Nov 18, 2017

MAMONDE: Reward Yourself with Fun Flower-Inspired Products This Holiday

It's all about rewarding yourself this holiday as we wind-up the year. Mamonde's Holiday Collection themed "Flowers For Me" sends out a powerful message - that is to reward yourself before others. The holiday season has always been about buying presents for others that we often forget about rewarding ourselves. Therefore, Mamonde would like to make that change by crafting holiday sets specially for you!

Packaged with beautifully designed boxes that are printed with vibrant graphics of the Mamonde Garden in harmony with butterflies and birds, the collection offers visual impact that triggers happy thoughts for the recipient.

Mamonde's "Flowers for Me" Holiday Collection 2017 consists of 5 flower-amazing sets for you to pamper yourself with. In addition to the 5 sets, the holiday collection also includes a Holiday Limited Edition Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense and a Holiday Limited Edition Brightening Cover Powder Cushion.

Listed below are the Mamonde "Flowers For Me" Holiday Collection Sets:

First Energy Dio Set, RM219 (worth RM319)

This set features Mamonde's best-sellers such as wondrous First Energy Serum and First Energy Essence and the hydrating Floral Hydro Line.

The First Energy acts primarily as a booster to uplift your skin, giving you a firmer and healthier looking skin. Formulated with Floral Biotics Technology, the First Energy line is uploaded with the new Lactobacillus that is essential for healthy looking skin. It is also blended together with the 1-year-old fermented "Flower Vinegar", which leaves your skin less susceptible and more resilient to external aggression.

The Floral Hydro Line contains the brilliant Narcissus that is well-known for its hydration. The Narcissus is naturally able to store water in its bulb. Inspired by this, Mamonde formulated the Water-Cycle that keeps the skin moist by activating the aquaporing that circulates moisture within the skin while providing all its moisturizing benefits.

The First Energy Duo Set includes:

  • First Energy Serum, 100ml (Actual Size)
  • First Energy Essence, 150ml (Actual Size)
  • Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner, 15ml
  • Floral Hydro Emulsion, 25ml
  • Floral Hydro Eye Gel Cream, 5ml
  • Floral Hydro Cream, 15ml

Holiday Makeup Set (21) & (23), RM209 (worth RM260)

Look dazzling this holiday season with the Holiday Makeup Set featuring the Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense and Brightening Cover Powder Cushion.

Colour your lips with the Creamy Tint Colour Balm Intense 3-in-1 crayon-type lip pencil and show off that sexy pout! The Creamy Tint Colour Balm not only moisturises the lips but it also offers long-lasting vivid colour on the lips. Its highly pigmented matte texture with coccoid powder eaily glides and blends on the skin smoothly and evenly without clumping.

Remember to bring along the Brightening Cover Powder Cushion and touch up as you go! With just a pat on the skin, it transform tired looking skin to a fresh and downy look, covers the appearance of skin imperfections and pores while absorbing excess sebum.

The Holiday Makeup Set includes:
  • Brightening Cover Powder Cushion Medium Beige (21N) or Natural Beige (23N), 15g each
  • Creamy Tint Colour Balm Intense No. 05 Blooming Rose, 2.5g
  • Creamy Tint Colour Balm Intense No. 11 Velvet Red, 2.5g

Holiday Hand Cream Set, RM69 (worth RM116)

Nothing relieves stress better than the scent of flowers. Mamonde's perfumed hand cream features a variety of flowers, each with unique properties and functionalities for the skin. 

The Rose Bouquest hand cream is ideal for those who needs moisture care while the Gardenia Dream offers brighter effects and softens the skin. the Camellia Petal is ideal for wrinkle care and it also makes the hand supple and smooth. 


Nov 11, 2017

Christmas Gift Guide 2017: Gifts for the Beauty Addict

If you have friends or family members who are beauty addict like me, I believe these wonderful products will make a good gift. There are a variety of options ranging from different price point and also different functionalities. Some are suitable for younger crowd such as colourful palettes, and some are generic which can be gifted to any age group such as the Clarisonic brush or the table mirror:

Follow the Christmas Gift Guide 2017 Series to find ideas for your gifts.

  1. Clarisonic Mia 2. $164.47. Buy it <<here>>.
  2. Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette. $38. Buy it <<here>>.
  3. Urban Decay Heavy Metal Metallic Eyeshadow Palette. $55. Buy it <<here>>.
  4. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. $99. Buy it <<here>>.
  5. Personalized Yves Saint Laurent Lipstick. Approximately $40. Buy it <<here>>.
  6. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer SPF20. $42. Buy it <<here>>.
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush. $29. Buy it <<here>>.
  8. BECCA Glow on the Go Opal. $20. Buy it <<here>>.
  9. H&M Round Table Mirror in gold. $19.99. Buy it <<here>>.
  10. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick. $32. Buy it <<here>>.
  11. H&M Iridescent Makeup Bag. $7.99. Buy it <<here>>.
  12. Tarte 6-Piece Makeup Brush Limited Edition. $44. Buy it <<here>>.


Nov 9, 2017

SUGAO スガオ Latest J-Beauty Makeup Series

Rhotho-Mentholatum Malaysia launched its latest brand - Sugao, a Japanese makeup series that draws on naturality, sheer lightness and softness in achieving natural beauty.

The Sugao makeup series is available only at selected Watsons outlets.

Sugao スガオ, a Japanese word that denotes bare, natural face, offers young women including newbies a soft, tender and light makeup that gives a natural "transparent feeling". A Japanese based makeup line that exudes airy, natural, carefree and Asian character, Sugao aims not to only give skin's natural beauty a boost, but it also hopes to unleash the vibrant and energetic side of each female individual that mirrors the brand's image, which is young, simple and modern.

Sugao Air Fit CC Cream (Hero Product), RM69.90

Formulated with Rohto Patented Air-Fit Technology, the Sugao CC Cream comes in a light souffle-like texture that provides an amazingly light skin feel that spreads smoothly and evenly on the skin when applied. Contrary to any other CC Cream, this Air-Fit designed CC Cream covers pores and uneven skin softly with only a thin layer of 0.01mm. Moreover, at the same time absorbs excess sebum on skin surface effectively, which makes it ideal for long hour application. This Air Fit CC Cream (with both smooth and moist options respectively) leaves skin breathable with an airy, beautiful finish while at the same time brightens the skin with soft shades colours. It also comes with colour-correct powder which diffuses light and creates a soft- effect to blur visible pores, fine lines and rough skin.

The Air Fit CC Cream is also available in Pink Bright shade that produces a soft-focus effect upon application to give skin a slightly pinkish tone. The 4-in-1 Sugao Air Fit CC Cream contains SPF23 PA+++, and is free of fragrance and alcohol and also as a makeup base.

Sugao Cheek and Lip, RM59.90

Sugao Cheek & Lip comes in light, fluffy souffle-like texture that melts onto skin for soft flash of colour. It is formulated with pink bright changeable powder to create a natural rosy cheek and bright looking lip. Available in 3 colours (Natural Red, Active Orange, & Brilliant Pink), this 2-in-1 hybrid formula can be applied on the cheeks as well as on the lip. All you need is just to scoop an adequate amount of the moouse using your fingers and gently touch on the cheeks before applying in a circular motion to blend. You may also apply the Sugao Cheek and Lip on your lip in exchange for a brighter, healthier looking lip effect.

Sugao Lip Tint, RM45.90

The Sugao Lip Tint, which are available in 3 different colours, namely Juicy Red, Sweet Pink and Apricot Pink comes in water-like texture that provides a light, comfortable and weightless feel on lips. Sugao Lip Tint is long-lasting and stays on lips without smudging.

Sugao Chiffon Powder, RM64.90 (Photo unavailable)

This is a fluffy, light and finely grained powder that wraps gently on your skin with a feeling of lightness and transparency, just like wearing a chiffon veil. It absorbs sebum effectively and reduces oil on the skin surface, keeping you skin fresh all day long. Once applied, the Sugao Chiffon Powder helps brighten the skin as it balances uneven skin tone, leaveing you skin feeling flawless.


Nov 8, 2017

Colourpop x My Little Pony Entire Collection Review & Swatches

A true, true friend is a friend indeed!

I have so many emotional excitement rolling in my stomach when I knew that Colourpop is collaborating with Hasbro on the My Little Pony collection. I have so many sentimental memories of My Little Pony. If you're a girl in your 30's, you would feel the same. I'm not sure if you can feel my excitement from reading my post, but I just want you to know, I spent half hour on photoshop to make that display post on the top.

Overall I think this is a beautiful collection. There are some hit and miss in between but as a fan of My Little Pony, I totally approve everything. They could improve some of the things, such as including blusher and pick a better colour option for the eyeshadow palette. This is my very first Colourpop product and I can't compare with their usual products. Do bear with my first experience with the brand as a whole.

Colourpop My Little Pony 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

The star of the collection is obviously the eyeshadow palette. I am not feeling the vibe of My Little Pony from the colour selection. If it is a pan in a different packaging, I wouldn't be reminded of the cartoon at all. I hope there's light blue, pink and yellow in the palette. But this is what we get...

I want to talk about this palette separately in another post because some of the colours perform better and some are disappointing. Overall, I think you can achieve really colourful eyes with using just this shadow.

Brush Set

I'm not into the brush set because it feels like a toy makeup brush. The handle is short, the bristles aren't dense enough. I tried the brushes and it is not impressive as well. For traveling, the size suits to be carried around. If you're a makeup noobie then you may find these brushes useable. Otherwise, I think you can skip it entirely. It costs USD22 for the set, which is not cheap.

Powder Highlighter

These highlighters cost only USD8 each and it is amazing! Trickles (pink) is very similar to the Hourglass highlighter that I am using. The pink base will make your face flush and I recommend you to try out the highlighter yourself. Starflower (orange) has an orange base which suits darker skin tone.

Ultra Matte Lip

There are three shades of matte lip range in this collection. Moondancer - a blackened plum, dark maroon colour. Lemon Drop - A bright cool-toned lavender. I'm not sure why they call it lemon drop when there is no hint of yellow at all. It is more of a muted lilac. Pin Wheel - a vibrant cool-toned fuschia. I've heard many good things about the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip, it is not drying and long lasting. I will write a separate review on this.

Ultra Glossy Lip

You also get three lip gloss in the collection. Flutter Valley - golden undertone with tones of hot pink and gold glitter. Dream Castle - metallic fuschia blue, violet and gold glitter on top. Ponyland - lilac slightly sprinkled with pink and gold glitter. I am not a fan of lipgloss but these three glosses have the most amazing colour, especially Flutter Valley and Dream Castle.

Super Shock Shadow

The Colourpop Super Shock Shadow is another of their star item. Compared to the powder eyeshadow, the Super Shock Shadow is very soft and moist, so it glides easily without effort and has a buttery texture. You will get 3 shades in the set. Posey - Soft pinky beige with silver, pink and gold glitter. Sunbeam - Pastel lavender drenched with violet, hot pink and iced blue glitter. Cherries Jubilee - Opalescent pink with hot pink glitter.

Makeup Bag

Lastly, we have the makeup pouch that made of iridescent lilac purple faux leather. It has a very cute Little Pony zipper and a rainbow hardware. Everything screams My Little Pony with this makeup pouch. Although this makeup bag is very cute, I think it is pretty expensive for USD18.


I'm not sure which product I should review first. If you can help me to vote which product you would like to read a separate review one, that would help me a lot...

Which product you would want to read a full review?

My Little Pony 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette
Brush Set
Powder Highlighter
Ultra Matte Lip
Ultra Glossy Lip
Super Shock Shadow
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Christmas Gift Guide 2017: Gifts For Travelers

We will be suggesting gifts for avid travelers this week. Let's see what are the great gifts for your friends and family who are constantly on the go.

Follow the Christmas Guide 2017 series to find ideas for your gifts.

  1. Large scratch map. RM45. Buy it <<here>>. 
  2. V7 Ultra-Slim 17,000 mAh Dual USB Powerbank. $67.49. Buy it <<here>>.
  3. Diptyque deluxe candle. Buy it <<here>>.
  4. Aesop Resurrection Aromatic Hand Balm. $26. Buy it <<here>>.
  5. Flamingo Passport Holder & Luggage Tag. RM30. Buy it <<here>>.
  6. Subscription to Travel + Leisure magazine. $10.99. Subscribe <<here>>.
  7. Fujifilm instax Portable Photo Printer. $171.40. Buy it <<here>>.
  8. Airplane Mode Sleeping Mask. $14.95. Buy it <<here>>.
  9. Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lipbalm. $33. Buy it <<here>>.
  10. Tumi Voyageur Monaco Travel Kit. $155. Buy it <<here>>.

Nov 2, 2017

[MUA Series] Hygiene Practice To Take Note

In the MUA Series, I will be sharing all the info which I think useful for those who embark their career path to be an MUA as well. This series will be live on this blog every Thursday. Be sure to come back if you would like to follow this series. If you're an experienced MUA, I hope that you can share some useful tips by leaving me a comment. 

This week we will observe the basic hygienic practice you should incorporate into your work as a makeup artist. A lot of people don't realize the importance of having a makeup artist that is clean and most importantly, practice a hygienic routine on clients. 

1. Use fresh and new makeup sponge on every client

If  you're using makeup sponge, use a fresh and new one on every of your client. You can factor in the cost of your service charge. Normally a good sponge will cost around RM15, which is pretty decent. You can always give it as a gift to your client as well. 

2. Wash every brush

Stock up lots of brush cleaner. You will need lots of it. Make sure to give your brushes a bath after using it on every client. You will need to have separate brushes for your clients and for yourself. Speaking of brush, always use good brushes to ensure your brushes don't collect bacteria easily. Natural hair brushes catch dirt easily because it is organic. Use synthetic brushes to be safe. I highly recommend the Zoeva brushes. They're synthetic but feels and works just like natural brushes. 

3. Do not double dip mascara wand

Have you ever notice your makeup artist using mascara wand right away from the tube? This could invite bacteria transfer. You should stock up some disposable makeup wands to use on your different clients. The disposable wand doesn't cost much. It can be as cheap as RM1 or lower when you buy in bulk during Beauty Expo, or you can get some at a reasonable price from Magicboo. 

4. Keep anti-bacterial wipes in your makeup kit

Give your spray and makeup kit a spray with anti-bacterial spray. Or keep some anti-bacterial wipes. I have seen some makeup artist using medical type alcohol swap to clean each and every brush before they start their service. It can be costly to use that, so for me, anti-bacterial spray with some cotton pads will do. Constantly sanitize your brush to keep your tools clean at all times. 

5. Wear a face mask 

It is a good practice if you can put on a mask (glove optional). Our breath transmits bacteria and virus. Although you seem healthy, you wouldn't know the implication. I do prefer my makeup artist to wear a mask because I get insecure when they get really close to my face. The same applies to your client.

6. Clean your client's face before you start

Most of the time the bacteria comes from the skin of your client. Keep a good facial wash and scrub in your makeup bag, before you start, request your client to clean her face first and use the anti-bacterial wipe/spray to give her skin a thorough wipe. If you don't, acne is going to pop up on your client's face, especially if she is going to wear the makeup for a long time.

When it comes to hygiene care for your client, it is most of the practices are based on common sense. You will need to work with a few clients first before you know where to improve on. One of the biggest mistake makeup artists don't want is to get your client infected on the eyes or having acne problem after using your service.

Remember the recent issue about a girl suing Sephora because she got herpes from testing the lipsticks? Here's the news. What we can get back from the news is that sickness can be transmitted via dirty makeups. Be very careful in this area.

If you have any thoughts about being a MUA, do give me a comment. I will try to add the topic in next week's discussion. 

Nov 1, 2017

K-Beauty: Althea Wanderlust Beauty Box

When I heard that Althea comes out with the Wanderlust Beauty Box, I jumped right in (head first)! Nothing excites me more than beauty and travel combine together. Althea is a K-beauty online shop that ships directly from Korea.

Althea Beauty Box is a periodical beauty box. Unlike other beauty boxes in the market, Althea's box is a non-subscription box. You can purchase whenever you want, as long as they're not out-of-stock. Be sure to snatch your favourite beauty boxes fast, because the thematic boxes sell out like hot cakes. Check out <<this page>> for the current and past beauty boxes from Althea. 

Remember to comment below which product you want me to do a full review. And if you don't care about my review, and just want to get one set for yourself, you can do so by purchasing from <<here>>. Scroll to the bottom for a deal. Let's not waste time and dig right into the box because this stuff is so cute!!!!

L-R: Peripera Fashion People Mini Luggage Tint; Heynature Dual Eye Shadow; Momo Waterproof Gel Eyeliner; Aqutop Water Colour Blush; Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer

Peripera Fashion People's Carrier New Yorker (Lively Yellow)/ Mini-Mini Peppy's Carrier

I am most excited about this because the mini luggage bag is the most adorable makeup packaging I've ever seen! The bag contains Peripera Ink Velvet in 2 So Grapefruit; Ink Airy Velvet in 5 Elf Light Rose; Vivid Tint Water in 3 Apple Squeeze; Ink Concealer; and Ink Multi-Shadowing. The luggage is an actual luggage with 360 degrees wheel rotation. It comes with travel stickers for you to create your own design on the luggage. How cool is that?!

Although the case is pretty bulky for travel, the products sizes are just nice for a month trip supply of blush, lips, concealer, contouring and whatever your creativity invites. You can pop them into your handbag without taking much space.

I'm glad Althea includes the tint in the Wanderlust Beauty Box because it really fits the travel theme. Whenever I travel, I prefer to use tint. It is sweat proof, last a long time and don't appear cakey in photos. Even if you're not planning to get the beauty box, you can get this Peripera set individually on Althea. Scroll to the bottom for some deals as well.

L-R: Ink Velvet; Vivid Tint Water; Ink Airy Velvet; Concealer; Multi-Shadowing

The Peripera Mini-mini Peppy Carrier is RM99. You can purchase individually <<here>>.

Heynature Dual Eye Shadow 

This product is revolutionary! If you're one of those who doesn't really know to blend your eyeshadow well, just get this! You don't have to worry which eyeshadow combo to go with and it comes with a blending sponge as well. The shade that I get is No.2 Champagne Coral. This eyeshadow stick saves a lot of time.

Heynature Dual Eye Shadow is RM40. Purchase individually <<here>>.

Aqutop Water Color Blusher

Let's take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this blush colour is. It is a salmon pink with a hint of peach. I have not seen tint blusher in such colour before. It has a watery texture and blends really well on top of liquid foundation. The end result creates a natural flush on fair skin and a radiant glow on darker skin. It comes with 4 different colours, and I can imagine the Sheer Champagne colour can be an amazing highlighter.

Aqutop Water Color Blusher is RM58. Purchase individually <<here>>. 

Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer

This is a mascara base (or top) to gives an extra length and curl for your lashes. The product contains soybean extract that will nourish your lashes at the same time. Those of you who have tiny lashes and don't want to put on falsies, you can definitely use this to create dramatic lashes. If you notice from the photo, it has tiny micro fiber that helps to build up your lash each strand.

The Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer is only RM25. You can purchase it individually <<here>>.

Momo Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

Lastly, we have the gel eyeliner in a pencil form. I really love this pencil gel liner because it saves you time and effort with gel liner without having to use a brush for application. Generally gel liner comes in a pot, which is also easy to dry up if you don't use it often enough. This Momo Waterproof Gel Eyeliner lift up to its name. It is water resistent that I can't wash it off from my hand without using soap.

The Momo Waterproof Gel Eyeliner is RM20. You can purchase individually <<here>>.

Which product you would want to read a full review?

Peripera Mini-Mini Peppy's Carrier
Heynature Dual Eye Shadow
Aqutop Water Color Blusher
Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer
Momo Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
Build quizzes

Overall, all the products valued at RM242 if you purchase the individual product. But if you get the Wanderlust Beauty Box, all these are yours at only RM114. The combination of the products are well curated. Those are definitely products that I will bring when I'm traveling. However, it would be great if they also include a sunscreen. Personally, I out on tones of sunscreen when I'm traveling. That's just my personal opinion. In terms of value, I definitely recommend you to get the beauty box if you want to sample more products.

If you're an Althea first-timer, I have a deal for you. You can register yourself via my <<referral link>> and receive a RM20 off on your first purchase. 

I'm not sure if by the time you read this post, the Wanderlust Beauty Box is still available. Usually the beauty boxes from Althea sells like hot cake. If it is no longer available, I suggest you to check out their page often for more amazing beauty boxes like this. 
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