Aug 21, 2012

How to create your own makeup from Benefit products

Do you know that by having a few of Benefit products, you can create endless of other makeups? It is super simple. All you need are all these stuff from Benefit:

1. Lemon Aid
2. Boi-ing (in the shade that more suitable to your skin color)
3. High Beam
4. That Gal

Normally people purchase these products for its original use. If you mix a few of these stuff, it will magically turn into another useful product. Here are some of the chemical formula that I've came up with:

Stay Don't Stray = Boi-ing + Lemon Aid
BB Cream = Stay Don't Stray + That Gal
BB Cream = (Boi-ing + Lemon Aid) + That Gal
Girl Meets Pearl = That Gal + High Beam
BB Cream with Glow = Girl Meets Pearl + Stay Don't Stray
BB Cream with Glow = (That Gal + High Beam) + Stay Don't Stray
BB Cream with Glow = (That Gal + High Beam) + (Boi-ing + Lemon Aid)

I have tried and tested all that concoction for a few times, so far there was no irritation at all. They're perfectly safe to use. As for the proportion, it is up to your skin tone. If you have darker skin, add more pigments (Boi-ing) into your concoction.

This is the BB Cream test out.

And this is the BB Cream with Glow:

If you don't have Stay Don't Stray, you can create it from Boi-ing and Lemon Aid as per my formula above. It is Benefit's eye primer. Besides being an eye primer, it has strong pigments that can be used as concealer. 

Next time when you're playing with your makeup products, be creative. Who knows you might come up with something else like this and it can save you some money from buying new products which you can create yourself. 

I hope you find this useful. And if you have any of such tips, do share with me. I would love to learn from you too. 

Aug 18, 2012

Travel Beauty Tips

Keeping yourself pretty during traveling is not an easy job. Here are some of the stuff I practice when I go traveling. I learned through mistakes and experiences, and I hope they will help you too...

  1. Painting your nails
    Having your nails manicure not only look pretty. The nail polish actually helps to keep your nails strong. There are many times you have to carry your bags around and your nails are at risk of being chipped off. The extra layers of nail polish will help prevent such mishaps.
  2. Vaseline is your saviour!
    The 100ml limit of liquid can be a pain in the ass for beauty junkies. Imagine you have to pack your moisturizer, hand cream, lip balm, cuticle gel, etc. into your hand carry. This problem can be solved with one product.... Vaseline. And it's not considered as liquid.
  3. Bad hair day solution for chic girls
    Bad hair day tends to appear more often when traveling. There are many solutions to it, but not all is practical when you're on the go. Hat takes up too much space in the luggage. Cap is too boyish. Scarf takes too much time to fix. The best solution for bad hair day for chic girls is.... HAIRBAND! Despite the bad hair, you can even be Blair Warldof.
  4. Water
    Our skin gets dehydrated faster when we are travelling around. Drinking a lot of water seems to be the most effective way to replenish your hydration, but it can be impractical to look for toilet after that. Prepare yourself with plenty of moisture wipe. When your skin feels dry, wipe it with the moisture wipe to keep your moisture level balanced. Try H2O spray too. I particularly love the Evian one. It comes in different sizes and I always get myself the small size so that I can carry it around easily.
  5. Sheet mask
    Remember to pack some sheet masks along with you. After long ride on the plane, your skin can be exhausted. However, if you're going on a long trip, it might be more economical to take along the jar mask as you can apply over and over again. 

These are a few tips I can remember on top of my head. I will add on when I can think of more. Meanwhile, what are your travel beauty tips? Do share with me so I can make use of it too. 

Aug 9, 2012

Win a NYX Champagne and Caviar set!!!

I have a set of brand new NYX eyeshadow palette to giveaway. Because I am so considerate (lol jjk), I have carefully select the palette that has more useful colors and I got you guys the Champagne and Caviar set from the Runway Collection.

Of all the palettes that are available, I really love this one. The colors are somewhat similar to Urban Decay Naked palette. I could have gotten you guys the Naked palette, but business on this blog is not that profitable. Maybe next time. For now, I can only afford NYX, which is not a bad thing.

Photo from MakeupAlley

The eyeshadows are really creamy and pigmented. It lasts for more than 10 hours without primer. And the colors are all neutral colors so they're perfect for everyday wear.

But here's the deal....

You guys have to help me to get 50 followers, that is I need to have 50 followers on Google Connect on this blog before I randomly draw a winner.

How to participate?

  1. Follow this blog on Google (On the right bar click "Join this Site"). What if you don't have a Google account? Go get one! If you already followed this blog then proceed to comment.
  2. Comment on this post by providing me:
    Your Google ID:
    Also, if you have a fashion and beauty blog, leave your link in the comment. I would love to check them out.
  3. Sit back and wait until I reach 50 followers. Or you can ask your friends, sisters, aunties, cousins and everyone to follow this blog to expedite the drawing of winner. 

Terms & Conditions
  1. I have the right to replace the item with something else of the same value. I just ordered this and it's on its way. Well, just in case there's any defect when it arrives or it doesn't arrive at all. 
  2. Open to all readers whether you're from Malaysia or other countries. Unless you're from other planets then I don't think I can afford the shipping. 
  3. I will randomly draw a winner from the names on the comment. If you don't comment but following this blog then I would assume you're not interested in participating. 
  4. Once I hit 50 followers, I will draw the winner immediately and announce the winner on this blog. Winner will have to contact me. 
  5. This gift is 100% sponsored by my own pocket and not affiliated to NYX marketing in anyway. 

Good luck. 

Aug 8, 2012

Review: Limi Tea Tree Whisper Oil Control Cleansing Pads

Let me introduce to you this awesome skincare product that I recently discovered....

It is called the Tea Tree Whisper Oil-Control Cleansing Pads from Limi. It's a mouthful of words.

Before that, I want to tell you guys about Limi. Limi is a Chinese brand skincare and only available in Watson China. I've tried a lot of products from Limi and so far, they're all beyond satisfaction. Not only they have pretty packaging, the product itself really works. I'm beginning to love the stuff from Limi, unfortunately it is not easily accessible for me. If you're going to China, I highly recommend you to try out Limi products.

Back to this cleansing pad...

"Love is a vine that grows into our hearts". What a profound reminder as I opened the box.

Each box has 30 sheets of the cleansing pads. They have been soaked in tea tree essential oil (good for treating acne), calendula (good for pore cleansing), betula alba extract (helps prevent sebum blockage). You can use this cleansing pad anytime to help soothe the skin, leaving it fresh and clear. The soft and fine sensation brought by multilevel fiber mesh easily removes traces of makeup and excess sebum.

Because of lack of supply (I can't easily restock them), I only use this when I put on heavy makeups. What I do is, I'll clean my face entirely with makeup remover and facial wash, and then I will gently wipe my entire face with this cleansing pad. Surprisingly after so many times of washing, there are still makeup traces left on my face. The smell is so good. It has a refreshing iced tea smell that I don't know how to describe.

After wiping off my face with the cleansing pad, I feel my skin is refreshed, soft and delicate. My pores were entirely clean and ready for toner.

I would recommend you to get this if you can get hold of it. I know you'll love it.

Aug 3, 2012

Shanghai Haul and Tips on Shopping in China

I just came back from Shanghai. Initially, I didn't want to buy anything (you know what they say about China products) but I ended up with a huge haul.

As usual, at the end of my travelogue, I will have a giveaway on this blog. So you guys can start guessing what I will giveaway from the list of stuff I bought below.

But before that, here are some tips on shopping in China:

  1. If you're buying from shopping malls or retails, they don't provide plastic bags or paper bags. Remember to bring your own or they'll charge you 1 yuan for it. That's 50 cents in our money!!! Some places charge more.
  2. If you're buying from shopping malls or retails, the procedure is normal. You get your stuff, bring it to the counter and pay. But if you're buying from stalls, especially places with a lot of tourists, it is more challenging. Always bargain.
  3. Remember to break your money into small change at the mall or retail shops before buying at stalls. Give them exact change or small change. There are places that will give you counterfeit money when they give you your change. Be very careful with that. Make sure you're familiar with all the notes.
  4. When you decided to buy something, make sure they pack in front of you. Some idiots will change the products to lower quality ones when you're not looking.
  5. To get cheaper bargains, give them poker face while you're shopping. Do not show that you're interested. 

Now... here's my entire haul...

I discovered Limi (sold only in Watson China) and got these stuff. Some belongs to Christine...

I've used some of the stuff and they're quite good. The price is quite affordable. Somewhat like Hada Labo price range. And the packaging is sooooooooooooo cute!!!!

I got the sea cleansing foam. It's so mild and so refreshing. I would recommend this to everyone, if you can find it, grab it.

I'm loving the Tea Tree Whisper Oil-control Cleansing Pads that I bought. Each cotton pad is soaked in tea tree liquid that feels like toner. I use this after cleansing and all my makeup remains were totally removed. Anyway, I will write review on each of the products on this blog soon.

These are eye masks in red apple and avocado. I haven't try it yet. 

And my beloved wine masks...

The packaging comes in the shape of a wine glass, which I thought really cute...

And lastly, the Peach Hydrating Cleanser. I read from their website, apparently, this is their best seller... If you read Chinese do check out their website for all the wonderful products. If you don't read Chinese, just go and enjoy the animation. They're just as cute as the packaging.

It's kinda sad that we don't have such good products in Malaysia. The next time I want to buy anything from Limi, I have to fly to China again. There are a lot of stuff I wish I had bought like the face sunblock, hydrating mud mask, rose water and many more... Well, it's too late to regret. So I "proposed" the boyfriend to bring the brand into Malaysia. After all his job is to bring investors from China into Malaysia. Therefore, I believe it can be done. The next time you find Limi in Malaysia, you'll know my contribution. Thank me later.

The weather in Shanghai is quite hot at the moment. So, I definitely need some SPF and got the Nivea one that comes with Express Hydration Body Gel (a gel type of moisturizer). 

While scouting at Watson, I spotted the Vidal Sassoon hair fix at the bargain corner for only 10 yuan. That's RM5!!!!! In Malaysia, it is selling at about RM50+ if I'm not mistaken. How could I miss that chance?

I tried the Nivea Express Hydration Body Gel and it's the best moisturizer I've ever tried!!! Since it is not available in Malaysia, I went to Watson the third night and got myself another bottle.

Meanwhile, I also stock up my Evian water mist spray. This is very useful during hot days. Unfortunately, not available in Malaysia too. However, the Pomegranate Mask by Watson is available in Watson Malaysia. This mask is really good. You should try it and you'll know.

Some feminine wipe by Lactacyd. Tried and tested.... Proven useful during travel. When panty liner is insufficient... if you know what I mean. 

These milk nail polish remover are awesome!!! Fortunate enough... they are available in Sasa. I bought them for RM5 each but Sasa is selling at RM7.90. It is the most effective nail polish remover I've ever tried. At the same time, it's mild and leaves your nail moisturized. Worth trying...

After travelling for days and having my skin exposed to the sun and dirt, I decided I need a good scrub. So I got myself the Rose Japanese Bath Aroma Bath Salt. I wasn't hopeful with this because it only cost 2 yuan per pack. That's RM1! But it turn out to be sooooo good! My skin felt silky smooth. Literally!!! If I ever see this again, I would buy all of it. No joke!

You may ask "what is this?". Well... this is a jade face massager. I know I blogged about how bad these face massager is before. But long long time ago, I saw a video of my beauty idol Queenie talked about this face massager and I wanted it. So I bought it. Now I'm using it to massage my neck instead of my face.

Silk scarves. I picked those that looks like Hermes. LOL!!! But my ultimate favorite is this sheer Chinese painting silk scarf...

The camera don't do justice for the scarf. Or maybe I just suck at taking photos. But trust me... It's very pretty!!!

And I also got some statement rings...

Of course when you go to China you have to get some tea. I love tea more than any drinks... more than alcohol! They say if you drink tea, you'll leave longer. Not that I want to live longer... But I just love the idea that it has antioxidant, so I wish I live younger instead.

This is Long Jing green tea. Green tea from Long Jing is the best quality. 

I think I love the blue porcelain jar more than the tea. But my grandma said it reminds her of the jar to put body ashes :S

My biggest splurge was this cicada tea set...

It is made of purple clay mined in Wuxi. They're designed by famous lady tea pot designer (can't remember her name). This Yixing teapot is made exclusively for the Purple Clay Teapot Museum and you can only buy it from there. Apparently they made 100 of this, so there are only 100 out there. I don't really care about how exclusive it is... I just love the design and the cicada on top of the lid.

During the hot days, I got myself this milk tea...

It tasted really nice when it's cold. But when it's not cold... yucks! I had to throw it.

French rose tea. Nothing special about this tea. You can get it anywhere. And they don't sell it at cheaper price in China anyway.

I also got a book about tea so that I can level up my tea knowledge. Teehee... I was contemplating of getting the famous Chinese literature book Dream of the Red Chamber, but in the end I choose this tea book. Kinda regret. But oh well.... I should have gotten both.

And I also got myself the famous Mao Tze Tong red book. If found during the communist era, I could be prosecuted (or persecuted?). But this one is just for fun. It's like one of those quotation book of famous people you can get in any book store.

These mini Chinese literature comics are really fun to read. Should have gotten more. But I really don't know some of the stories.

I also got a lot snacks. I love snacks! And who doesn't? But this one... this really cracks me up...

It's like one of those biscuit with quotes on it. The quotes are hilarious!!!

It's not hilarious per se. But the sentence on the biscuit is kinda meaningless and senseless so it leaves you wondering... what the fuck is that? Anyway, it tasted great. 

Mini oreos!!!

Hello Kitty strawberry biscuit!!!

They have really weird Lay's potato chips flavour. That's my brand by the way. My grandpa owns Lay's. LOLOLOLOLOL!!!! They have flavour like asam fish (wtf!), avocado, and all sorts of weird flavour that you never thought you'll see on potato chips. I tried the cucumber flavour and the Texas Grilled BBQ.

At first, they taste kinda weird. But after the 5th chips in your mouth, your tongue will get used the flavour and it just tasted like any other potato chips.

My favorite lychee gummy sweets from Wang Chai!!!

Bayberry (or waxberry) juice...

I was wonder what the hell is bayberry. I got curious, so I tried it. It tasted like rambutan juice!!! Someone should come up with rambutan juice because it's really refreshing and nice. 

Mulberry juice... I must say this is not my favorite. It has that artificial sweetness. I think another bottle will kill me with diabetes.

Ad my favorite drink is the Collagen drink which contains up to 1600mg of collagen in one bottle. You can get this is Watson.

And at the airport... I couldn't resist the DOM. It's only RM108 for 1 litre. If you buy it from non-duty free shop, it will cost you the same price but for only 700ml. 

All women should drink DOM. It keeps you energetic throughout the day. 

And some chocolates...

That's the end of my Shanghai haul. Can you guess from all the items above, what am I going to giveaway next? Definitely not the teapot. But I think you guys can guess it well.