Dec 21, 2014

Brand Introduction: Makeup Revolution

There are more and more international beauty brands are coming into Malaysia lately, and Makeup Revolution is one of it. This brand is one of the popular drugstore brand in UK and popular among teenagers and students because of its affordable price. Let's check out the stash of products I have with me.

1. Lip Power (Duo lipstick-lip gloss)
2. Ultra Face Base Primer
3. Vivid Blush Lacquer
4. I Heart Chocolate Eyeshadow Palette

I will write a separate review for each product. I want to try it out longer before I pass any judgement. At the mean time, the comments below are just my first impression.

1. Lip Power (Duo lipstick-lip gloss)

The color that I received is It's My Life. It's totally the color that I would love to wear on a daily basis (yay, for that!!!). When I first retrieve the product from the tube, the first thing that I notice is the scent. It has a plastic kind of scent to it. It didn't bother me much, but for some of you who are sensitive to it, you might want to smell it first before making your purchase. The texture is........ for the lipstick and .......... for the lip gloss. The price is RM24 which is really a steal.

2. Ultra Face Base Primer

I really love the texture of this face primer. Other face primer feels powdery when you apply and it becomes flaky when you apply face foundation (not all are like that, but most of it are just as disappointing). But this face primer doesn't feel like that. It is gel based and when you spread it out it feels matte. The application is so thin that you don't feel it's there. One thing that I need to confirm is the longevity of the application. Let me try it out a few times first. The price is RM39.

3. Vivid Blush Lacquer

Let me be very blunt here... I hate the packaging. Before opening it, I thought it's going come with an applicator like brush or doe-foot. But it is not. It has  a pump and there's no way to control how much products you want. I keep pumping more product than the amount I need. as for the product itself, it is very nice. The texture is smooth matte and glides on smoothly. The colour pay off is really good, very pigmented and long lasting. The shade that I have is called Heat. It is quite a pity because the product is good, but the packaging is a major turn off. The price is RM24.

4. I <3 Makeup I Heart Chocolate Eyeshadow Palette

This is the most exciting product I received of the whole lot. It reminds me a lot of Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. I <3 Makeup is a mini line under Makeup Revolution. The palette that I received is called I Heart Chocolate (love the name so much!). It has all the cool tone natural colors with a mixture of shimmer, glittered and matte. I think the colors are all useful colors for daily wear. And I really appreciate it that they give us more product for the whites (matte & shimmer) because those are the colors that will run out the fastest. Note that I haven't swatch it yet, so I can't advise you in terms of its texture and pigmentation. The price is RM65.

After reading my first impressions, is there any product that you would love to try? Or do you want to wait for my separate reviews for the products? Which product do you want me to review first? (I'll save the eyeshadow palette last because it requires a lot of time to do the swatching)

Makeup Revolution is currently available only online. It is local based (Malaysia) so it will be shipped directly from their warehouse locally. The delivery charge is pretty cheap as well, about RM3 cheapest. They do have plan to bring their brand into stores or stand-alone shop, but that will be at later stage.

Dec 17, 2014

Does The Body Shop's Deep Sleep Really Give You Beauty Sleep?

I never knew I have sleeping difficulties, until I downloaded the SleepBot App on my phone. The app helps you to readjust your bio clock by:
  • allowing you to set alarm based on how many hours you are required to sleep
  • allowing you to set fixed alarm to wake up every weekdays and weekends
  • monitor your sleeping pattern every night (very interesting)
 I'm taking initiative to give myself more quality sleep next year. So I'm trying different approaches to help me achieve my goal. One of my approach is to try out The Body Shop's Deep Sleep. This is a mist for pillow, bed, blanket and also can be used on body.

The mist contains jujube date extracts, camomile and blended essential oils (I assume there's lavender in it because I can smell it). It has very soft hint of lavender or eucalyptus, which puts you into a relaxed mood.

This product is not like skincare or makeup where you can see the results. It is hard to tell if you indeed had a better sleep after using it. So I put this on test with the SleepBot app that I installed. I benchmarked the first night where I didn't use the pillow mist, and the second night when I use it. Here's the result.

The first night my sleep movement was quite frequent. On the second night, I had a better sleep. I think the graph is pretty self-explanatory. It is pretty obvious that the Deep Sleep pillow mist did gave me a better sleep.

In my personal opinion, this mist doesn't help to put you to sleep. If you already have insomnia and find it hard to fall asleep, it wouldn't help much. But if you are looking for some quality sleep, it did enhance your sleeping pattern.

I'm not sure how useful you will rate this product. It is not something which I would recommend you to get it. But if you are interested, it is worth it to get it when there's The Body Shop sale.

Dec 6, 2014

Les Merveilleuses LADURÉE

Laduree has their own makeup line!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *scream like a fangirl* I'm so excited to blog about this that I don't know how or where to start. Maybe we should talk about the brand first. It is a French patisserie that's famous for its macarons. I get so hungry talking about it. The brand image is ala Parisian-Marie Antoinette style.

Let's talk about their beauty products. I actually didn't know they have a beauty line until last month. I'm not sure which cave I was living in. How can I possibly missed out such cute beauty packaging???

Fun facts:
The manufacturer of Laduree beauty products also manufacture for Anna Sui, Jill Stuart and Paul & Joe.

I've gotten myself the Face Color Rose Laduree and Pressed Cheek Color. Both are blush.

Face Color Rose Laduree

This is their best seller blush, which is also their  most expensive product. The blush is made into rose petals that looks exactly the same as dried rose. Each petal is handmade that's why it is rather pricey. The packaging and the product is sold separately. The vintage dome container and the refill cost 120euro. It comes in 3 shades - 01 (orangy peach pink), 02 (light fuchsia pink) and 04 (berry pink). 

I'm not going to swatch the product yet. I'm still stuck in the period where I want to admire its beauty for a longer time. Whenever I decide to use it, I'll write a separate review post on it. So sorry for being an inadequate beauty blogger. I just can't bear to destroy the pretty petals, just yet.

Pressed Cheek Color

For those who prefer the conventional pressed powder blush, the Pressed Cheek Color offers wide range of shades. In my opinion, this is more useful to have than the Face Color Rose Laduree. The packaging has a typical vintage lady portrait and the product has the same portrait embossed on it. Good luck on that first feeling when you break the product. It's going to hurt me a lot when I decide to use it. This cost 52euro for the case and refill.

The shades option is very wide. There are some dark shades which you can use as contour. Some of the shades are quite special, I've never seen other brands have shades like tangy orange and plastic pink before. This is one of the product that worth it to get.

Besides beauty products, Laduree also have a petite stationery line that sells greeting cards, personal note books, pencil, pen, envelops, candles, bags, keychain, etc. The price isn't that cheap as well. But it is definitely a very darling and luxury souvenir to give out, especially for girls. 

If you happen to find this brand and want to get a few products to try, I recommend you to check out the products below:

Cream Cheek Base - Cream blusher that very easily to glide on and has strong staying power
Eyebrow Palette - It has duo tone eyebrow powder for you to blend the colour and a gel to keep your eyebrow hair stay in place
Face Powder - The company that makes the product has reputation of making good face powder. Use it as loose powder.
Treatment Oil - No particular reason why you should get this, except the packaging is to die for. Girls that sucker for packaging should get this. It makes your dressing table looks really glam. 

After seeing all that, do you feel the itch to get some of the products? It is seriously worth it to spend the money. Not only they're pretty to see, the products are of high quality as well. Sadly it is not available in Malaysia. But if you ever go travelling, Les Merveilleuses LADURÉE is available at these places:

JAPAN (Tokyo)
Mitsukoshi Ginza
Isetan Shinjuku
Loforet Harajuku
Isetan Mirror Yokohama Lumine
Isetan Mirror Kichijoji Parco
Haikarado Lumine Omiya
Haneda Airport 

JAPAN (Nagoya)
JR Takashimaya Nagoya

JAPAN (Osaka) 
Hankyu Omeda
Daimaru Kyoto
Daimaru Kobe

TAIWAN (Taipei)
Pacific SOGO Department Store Zhongxiao

SOGO Causeway Bay

FRANCE (Paris)
Sephora Champs Elysees
Sephora Haussmann
Sephora Medeleine 

Dec 1, 2014

[Starting A Beauty Blog] Beauty Blog Posts That Garner Higher Readerships

If you are a beauty blogger, there will be a time when you're in a dilemma thinking what post to write. It can be a big headache deciding which post is more important. This post is to help you decide on what type of blog post to write, more specifically, what type of blog post that garner higher readership.

First of all, let me remind you that every blog is different. The most important thing for you to do is to understand your blog stats. If you haven't utilize your blog stats, I suggest you to install Google Analytics (GA) on your blog and start monitor your blog statistics. And you also need to be able to read the data on your GA. I will teach you girls on GA some other day, but today we're just going to focus on the type of posts that can acquire you high readership.

Product Reviews
Generally product reviews don't fetch a lot of readers in a short run. The readership often comes from search engine where people Google a specific product and land on your page. This type of readers aren't exactly your followers, they happen to come to your blog to get specific information. There are also product reviews that generate high readership in short term. These are normally the hype products. If you missed out the hype period, there's no use of posting the product review anymore. Chances are, other bloggers already posted it up and readers already overdosed with the reviews.

Mini Reviews
For my blog, I find that people love mini reviews posts.  Posts such as What's in my trash and What's in my travel beauty bag normally garner very high readership. It is concise, straight to the point, honest and covers more products in one post. As a reader, they want posts like this because it saves their time to read and they'll get honest opinion on the products.

Typically shopping haul post has high readership if it is done in a specific way. For example, shopping haul from Sephora, shopping haul from Hong Kong, shopping haul from Korea, shopping haul from Sunway Pyramid, etc. People don't just enjoy seeing what you buy, but they want to know what they can buy when they visit the places. Make sure you include relevant information such as where to shop for the products, price, promotions, etc.

In my personal opinion, event blog posts are the worst to write about. Not only it serves no purpose to my readers, the event is already something of a past, there is really no use to write about. After attending an event, always ask yourself the purpose of the event and focus your writing on the purpose. For example, if it is a product launch, talk about the new products. If it is a workshop, translate what you have learn in the workshop onto your blog. Always remind yourself what readers want to read. It is pointless for you to talk about the food, performance, who attended the event, etc.

Tutorial is one of the posts that readers love. Post like this let readers see how the products are use in action. And it is also a post where readers can learn new skills. When you tie in mini reviews with tutorials, readers really enjoy it. In fact, I myself enjoy posts like that.

None-beauty related
Sometimes you need to take a break from overloading your blog with just beauty-related posts. This is why I have my occasional Weekend Edition where I blog about things other than beauty such as book review, home decor, food, stuff I found on internet, etc. These posts get really hot for the week because readers need a breathe of fresh air.   

The suggestions above are based on my observation from my GA data. Generally, the info applies to most blogs. If you have very little time and deciding between different blog posts to write, I hope you'll find this post useful. Meanwhile, if I have missed out any type of blog post, do let me know. Or if you have any tips to share, do comment as well. I would love to learn more from you as well.