Jan 25, 2015

Tips on Makeup Primer & Ultra Face Base Primer by Makeup Revolution Review

A lot of people get the wrong idea about makeup primer. The main misconceptions about makeup primer are:

  • We don't need makeup primer because moisturizer is sufficient to protect our skin.
  • Makeup primer is expensive and will incur extra cost for our makeup needs.
  • Primer is only for eye makeup.

I don't blame you if you have any of the misconceptions above. Makeup primer was introduced very late as compared to other beauty produces. We have very little idea of what makeup primer is and we often skip it because we don't understand what the product actually does to our face. 

Today I'm going to explain what makeup primer is and hopefully you'll get some information about it. 

Makeup primer vs. moisturizer

We all agree that our skin needs some sort of base before we apply our foundation. So we go on and apply our moisturizer as the base before we put on the foundation. Do you know that, applying skincare as base (e.g. serum, moisturizer, etc.) will tend to block up your pores and cause congestion in your pores. This is because skincare are meant to be absorbed into the skin. When you put on your foundation on the top layer, not only the skincare gets absorbed into your skin, the foundation and the skincare gets mixed up (especially when you put moisturizer and liquid foundation on). As a result, your skin turns oily, this can be very obvious when you don't set your makeup. 

This is why you need a makeup primer - to provide a solid separation between your skin and the makeup you're going to apply. 


Some people avoid using makeup primer because it is expensive. This is because the market for makeup primer is limited. So most of the big brands take advantage on hiking up the price. There is very little competition for this product range. Not every brand have makeup primer in their product list. Those brands who are pioneer in this product will put a high price tag on their makeup primer. Currently leading brands priced their makeup primer at about RM100 to RM150. 

If you scout around, you will find good makeup primer with reasonable price tag. Moreover, you only need a very small amount of product (even smaller than a pea size). Read on to find out on the price of the makeup primer I'm going to introduce, you'll be surprised.

You only need makeup primer for eyes

If you hear this from someone, chances are, the person is an Urban Decay fan that's a little outdated. Urban Decay was famous of their cult product Primer Potion which is only meant for eyes. 

Makeup primer comes in different types (for eyes or face, with silicone base or cream base) and colours. Normally, the makeup primer comes in two formula, cream or silicone. The only difference is the texture. However, I find silicone base works better with liquid foundation and cream base works better with powder foundation. 

Makeup primer for face also comes with different colour - purple, green, pink, orange, skintone color. This is because different base colour can hide different concerns. This rules is the same with concealer. 

If you are concern with costs, you can get makeup primer that's closest to your skin tone or clear one. 

Makeup Revolution - Ultra Face Base Primer

Currently this is my favourite makeup primer. The texture is more of a gel silicone base. It's very hydrating as compared to other silicone feel makeup primer. 

This makeup base  holds my makeup in place for almost the entire day. I applied it at 6am in the morning, head out to work until 7pm and my makeup is still fresh. 

The difference of applying makeup primer and not applying them is not that obvious. I can't do a comparison on my face, but I find it useful to illustrate it on an orange. I've applied the Ultra Face Base Primer on the right side and no makeup primer on the left. 

As you can see, on the left the foundation appears dry and cakey. The pores of the orange is very obvious, you can see the bumps. Whereas on the right side, the foundation looks hydrating and the orange bumps are not as obvious as the left side. 

What I don't like about the Ultra Face Base is that the packaging has very little information about the product. It doesn't state the ingredients and what the product will do on your face. However, after so many applications, I find this as a basic face primer. It gives you all the basic function - giving a shield between your skin and foundation, even out the pores and make your foundation applies smoothly. 

If you are interested to try this out, the price is pretty affordable. It is only RM39. I've been using this for close to one month and I still have more than half a tube left. To break the calculation, I think for each day application it will only cost you 20 cents. You can purchase it online from Makeup Revolution website

Jan 18, 2015

[Weekend Edition] Michelle Phan's Book Make Up Review

I guess there is no need to introduce who Michelle Phan is. If you love beauty & make up and always connected to the internet, you probably know who Michelle Phan is.

Last year Michelle Phan released her very first book, Make Up. There has been a lot of ravings about the book and I couldn't wait to get it after seeing all that hype online. I spotted this at Kinokuniya, almost gave up on it because I already done my purchase and not willing to queue up at the check out counter again. After flipping a few pages, I decided I will get it because the photos are amazing and the page layout is very neat. Overall, I was sold by the design of the book, not so much on the content.

Let's be frank. I don't think this is a book that you have to have. It's more of a leisure reading. The beauty tips featured in this book are shallow, even a beginner knows most of it. The beauty tips are like reminder of what you already know, but never practice for a long time. If you're looking for a good and resourceful beauty book, this one might disappoint you. It feels like you're reading blog posts but they're printed in a book.

However, as a fan of this internet beauty sensation, the book is inspirational on its own way. Her success isn't an overnight story. The first two chapters of the book about her previous experiences are pretty motivational. Inspirational, but not educational.

If you ask me whether you should get it, my advise is browse through the book first and decide if you really need the book. The content of the book is very basic. You won't miss anything if you skip this book. If you're a fan of hers, this book might worth something to you. My personal reason of getting it... it has very pretty cover and it makes my bookshelf looks nice.

If you would like to browse more of the book, you can check it out on Amazon. If you're living in the city, you can always drop by Kinokuniya and check it out. The price at Kino is inviting - RM79.90 (+20% discount if you purchase another item).

Jan 5, 2015

Bath & Body Works Haul.... and Complaints

It’s almost a month since Bath & Body Works (BBW) arrived in Malaysia and the long-awaited trip has finally materialized for me. By the way, here’s a little update on what’s happening in my life. If you are here only to read about BBW, you can skip the next paragraph that’s in italic.

I’ve moved to Negeri Sembilan and currently working in Melaka. I’m living out of luggage in my uncle’s house. When I’m not working I keep myself occupied by tutoring my cousin as part of my rental there. This is why I hardly blog these days. The house that I am supposed to move into is not safe. The entire area has zero occupancy. I guess these days people very rich and buy houses for the sake of buying it with no intention to move in. I do hope I can move in by next month because I am planning to keep one room as my blogging office. So excited! Now back to BBW, here’s my little haul:

French Lavender & Honey Body Scrub (Signature Collection), RM62

French lavende, nectarine de Provence and sunkissed honey. With exfoliating sugar crystals, this Provencal recipe smooths and softens skin as it lavishes the senses with the fragrance of springtime in the south of France.

My main reason for the trip to BBW was to get a body scrub. It is disappointing to find that there are very limited options of body scrub at BBW here. If I’m not mistaken there were only 3 types to choose from and the other two had vanilla scent in it. I don’t fancy vanilla at all, so I left with no option but to get this one. Although the name suggest a soothing scent, but the scrub smells more like sweet berry instead of lavender. I don’t mind it. It still smells great.

Sweet Pea Scented Candle, RM45

BBW is famous of its scented candle and its various choices of scent. Unfortunately, the Malaysia BBW don’t carry much of it. I can’t find my favourite honey suckle scent which was another disappointment. Most of the signature scents are not available, instead they overload the shelf with the Christmas collection which isn’t suitable for the weather here. I picked up Sweet Pea (the best-seller scent at BBW in US), a scent that leans towards cotton candy scent. The smell reminds me a lot of childhood memories, but I can’t figure out how to describe it. Certainly there’s something familiar with the scent.

True Blue Spa Super Softening Hand Lotion with Parafin, RM75

Paraffin locks in essential moisture to keep skin soft, smooth and super protected. But spa-savvy you already know that, didn’t you? This softening hand lotion also includes moisturizing Olive, Avocado and Apricot Oils plus antioxidant Vitamin E.

I’ve been looking for a paraffin hand cream for a long time and I think BBW is the only brand that has it (besides other nail salon brand). If you have dry and wrinkly hand, use this hand cream every night, you’ll feel the difference after a week. You’re not advised to use this as your day hand cream (unless you don’t have a lot to do with your hands) because it might be a waste. This would be on the top of my list on what-to-buy at BBW because the product is good, effective, not easily available and useful to have. But I must say, I felt a little cheated with it. They didn’t put up the price for this hand cream, so I asked the sales assistant how much it cost. She told me it’s RM65. When I check the bill when I came home, I found out it’s actually RM75.

Sleep Sommeil Lavender Chamomile Pillow Mist, RM38

Use this sleep enhancing pillow mist each night before bed. Spray a light mist over pillow or sheets for an authentic aromatherapy experience. Allow fabric to dry prior to contact.

Remember my blog about The Body Shop pillow mist? Since I’ve tested out the effectiveness of pillow mist, I think this is a good purchase. The BBW pillow mist cost cheaper than The Body Shop and it has more content too. This is definitely another good buy. I think I prefer The Body Shop scent better. Let me try out another experiment with my SleepBot app to see which pillow mist gives me better sleep.

Sweet Pea Shea & Vitamin E Shower Gel, RM20

I didn’t intend to buy this. While I was bored waiting in line at the cash registry, I pop it into my bag. I love the Sweet Pea scent and wouldn’t mind trying out the shower gel. This is a travel-size shower gel and I think it’s pretty expensive for the price. Feeling a little regret with this purchase, but oh well…

That’s all that I got from BBW. I might go back another trip after I move into my new house. I was eyeing on the hand wash and spa range.

My trip wasn’t a pleasant trip because I’ve been to other BBW before and had wonderful shopping experience there. Writing bad comment about the brand I love isn’t what I plan for this blog post but I want to talk abuot some of the bad experiences I had at BBW here:

1.       Sales assistants weren’t helpful. The give me a cocky aura the whole time I was there (except for Nita). When I wanted to ask for something, one of the SA told me the product is not under her department and she just walked off without assisting me. It hurts my feeling as a shopper because I was so eager to look for it. If you would like to know, I was asking for the Honey Suckle candle.

2.       A lot of products aren’t properly priced. I went to the back of the shop where they display all the candles. There were some body wash at the display as well. I asked the SA how much it was, he told me the price is written at the front of the shop. He didn’t help me find out the price either, because clearly he was only told to take care of the candle department. I couldn’t be bothered to walk to the front again, so I ditched the shower gel.

3.       The candle selections are pathetic. I remember going to BBW in Dubai Mall and I was like a kid in candy store. I spent almost one hour deciding which candle to get and I got dizzy trying out all the scent. All the scent I love (watermelon, strawberry margarita, honey suckle, lavender .., …) are not available. When I walked in to check out the candles, I had this little voice in me “that’s all they have?” This is why I only manage to get one candle. Initially I planned to get 6, but meh…

I do hope that they will improve. Despite the bad shopping experience, I will still go back because as a newbie, I think they deserve a second chance. As for the product, I will review it separately. Hopefully I have the time to do so. Now, I'll go enjoy my bath. Can't wait to use all the products. 

Jan 3, 2015

Your Golden Tickets to SK-II #ChangeDestiny Museum & Get Facial Treatment Mask Worth RM150

Please read additional terms & conditions in highlight.

For those who missed the SK-II Pitera House at Publika few months ago, here's your chance to participate in another amazing SK-II event. For the fist time, SK-II will be launching #ChangeDestiny Museum which will highlight Pitera’s power to change skin’s destiny and to empower women to #ChangeDestiny with the theme - SKIN CHANGES DESTINY.

When: 5th Jan (Monday) - 11th Jan 2015 (Sunday)
Where: 1 Utama Shopping Mall, Old Wing Concourse Area

On the 10th Jan (Saturday), there's an amazing activity for all my blog readers at the SK-II #ChangeDestiny Museum. You will receive special Golden Tickets to the museum and receive 3 pieces of Facial Treatment Mask worth RM150 upon purchase of 1 bottle of Facial Treatment Essence 75ml. Here's what to do:

1. Mention my blog name "Million Dollar Beauty" at the entrance of the museum to receive the golden ticket.
2. Enjoy your tour at the museum. Take photos and upload at least 3 photos of the museum on your Instagram.
3. At the end of the tour, show your Instagram post to the person in charge and you will receive your 3 pieces Facial Treatment Mask worth RM150 upon purchase of 1 bottle of Facial Treatment Essence 75ml

This is not a contest, all my readers that visit the museum will receive the golden ticket as long as you mention my blog name at the entrance.

Terms & Conditions:
1. Open to ALL Million Dollar Beauty readers in Malaysia. 
2. The gold tickets are only valid for tour on 10 January 2015 from 10AM - 10PM
2. Readers to upload 3 photos of the #ChangeDestiny Museum on Instagram with hashtag #ChangeDestiny & #ChangeDestinyMuseum and show the 3 posts to the person in charge before they can redeem their gifts at the end of the tour upon purchase of 1 bottle of Facial Treatment Essence 75ml.
3. Redemption can be made at the special redemption counter at the museum.

There are other amazing activities happening at the event. SK-II global ambassador Sinje and Godfrey Gao will be unveiling the museum on the  9th January. If you don't want to miss them, make sure to make your way there at 4:30pm.

If you are going to the #ChangeDestiny museum, don't forget to tag me on your Insta photos ya! I would love to check out what you guys did there.