Sep 28, 2017

Christmas 2017 Beauty Products Feature Pt. 2 (Tarte)

Last post, we have a sneak peak on Too Faced 2017 holiday collection. While, Too Faced aces the packaging with the planner makeup edition, Tarte takes a safe approach with their holiday collection. All the colours are safe for everyday use, so it isn't something which you can only wear during the festive season. This translate to good value to me.

Also check out: Christmas 2017 Beauty Products Feature Pt. 1 (Too Faced)

The collection is inspired by Middle East designs, which is a good collection for Deepavali as well. Tarte has really amazing blush especially the Amazonian clay blushes. It last really long and easily blend. I would choose one of the blush set to get.

So, which one you'd get?
Limited Edition Treasure Box Collector's Set

Be Happy. Be Bright. Be You. Discovery Limited Edition Set
Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette
Big Blush Book Vol III
Limited Edition Blush Bliss Palette
Limited Edition Goddess Glow Highlighter (right)
Limited Edition Blush Bazaar Palette
1. Limited Edition Mermaid Kisses Lipstick. 2. Limited Edition Posh Pout Quick Dry & Glossy Lip Set. 3. Limited Edition Lips Luxuries Deluxe Lip Sculptor Set. 4. Limited Edition Pout Pleasure Lip Set. 5. Limited Edition Lip Bling Top Coat. 6. Lip Set

1. Limited Edition Lash Flash Eye Set 2. Eye Set. 3. Limited Edition Lash Delights Eye Essentials. 4. 4 colours eyeliner set
1. Limited Edition Lash Flash Eye Set. 2. Metallic Treat Glitter Liner Set. 3. Limited Edition Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara. 4. Limited Edition Treasured Tools Brush Set
Limited Edition Cheek Charmers Deluxe Blush Set

Limited Edition Magic Star Collector's Set


Sep 25, 2017

Christmas 2017 Beauty Products Feature Pt. 1 (Too Faced)

Each year, I will feature all the note-worthy beauty products for Christmas. I'm not sure about you, but comes Christmas, I feel like a kid in a candy store seeing all the beautifully decorated stores and packaging. This year, Christmas comes early as most of the brands already start selling their Christmas collections. I will break this into parts and will post this periodically from now til Christmas.

If you're looking for some cute Christmas collection (whether as a gift or simply for yourself), you should be saving your money from now.

Today, we will take a glance at what Too Faced Holiday Collection 2017 has to offer this year. Which one will you get? Or which one do you think I will get? Comment below.

Boss Lady Beauty Agenda

Best Year Ever Set

Pretty Little Planner

Unicorn Survival Kit

Chocolate Vault

White Chocolate Bar

Under The Kissletoe

'Tis The Season To Sparkle

More Than Meets The Eyes

Better Than Sex Mascara Set

Melted Matte Limited Edition

Deluxe Better Than Sex Ornament


Sep 18, 2017

5 Reasons Why The Barat Tioman Resort Is Not Worth It

"Kau asal mana? Sini ke?" My friend asked the driver as we were going to the Marine Park. He replied kindly, "Tak kak. Saya asal Bukit Tinggi. Dah 15 tahun tinggal kat Tioman."

Indeed, Tioman is a beautiful island, capable of captivating any visitors to stay longer than expected. The unspoiled nature, calming blue sea and the gentle waves are the reasons we were drawn to the place. Sitting on the South China Sea, Tioman island is one of the best diving spot in Malaysia rich with marine life and coral reefs.

I could list a hundred and one good things about the island to make me stay (I even considering to retire here), but on the other hand, I only have 5 reasons to let you know that I won't be reconsidering staying at The Barat Tioman Resort again. Let me tell you why...

#1 - Misrepresentation

When I make my hotel booking, I clearly checked the accessibility of the resort. And I found out it is only 700m away from the Juara Beach Jetty through Juara Express. Also, there is a complimentary transfer from the jetty. Sounds like a pretty good deal. However, the Juara Express is not operating at the moment. I only found out after confirmed my room booking. That left me with no choice but to take a boat to Tekek and then a taxi to the resort. The resort also charging us for the transfer from Tekek which added RM280 into our cost. We think that the price is really unreasonable.

The resort could have mention that the Juara Express service is coming soon or currently not in operation.

From the Barat Tioman website

Email reply from Juara Express

#2 - Non-accessibility

As mentioned earlier, the nearest jetty to The Barat Tioman is Tekek, which required us to get a transport from Tekek to the resort with an exorbitant price tag.

It is also far from the major spot such as Marine Park. When we requested for transport to the Marine Park for snorkeling, the hotel charged us RM80 per person. If we took the usual transport to Tekek, it only cost us RM70 per person. Not too sure where the additional RM10 go to.

#3 - Non-forgiving bathroom

When we first got into the bathroom, one thing you will notice is the missing toiletries tray you usually get in other resort. What we found was a attached-dispenser for soap like those you get in backpackers common bathroom. For a beach resort we would expect a proper toiletries set, shower cap, sanitary pad bag and laundry bag. All those are not available. Bring your own laundry bag.

The shower is not separated from the toilet. Each time we shower, the entire bathroom will be flooded with water. Add on to the pain, there was no ventilation in the bathroom. It smells pretty bad with the high humidity weather on the island.

#4 - Lack of amenities

Comparing with my previous experience at Alunan Resort (Perhentian Kecil), this resort lacks of some amenities. All the water activities are subjected to fees. Even renting a safety vest cost us RM10 each per day which you have to return by 6pm. Unlike Alunan Resort, guests can utilize the snorkeling mask and safety vest for free. You can jump into the ocean anytime you like without additional charges.

#5 - Lack of marine life around the beach

You can't rent a snorkeling mask and jump into the beach directly and expect to see some fishes around the resort.  I swam from the front of the resort towards the edge of the beach where the river ends, I only saw 5 fishes.

You get the usual water activities like snorkeling, diving, banana boat, kayaking, etc. But those activities have to be pre-booked and pre-planned ahead. We booked for a Marine Park tour that costed RM80 each only to find out that the Marine Park is at Tekek, which we could have rented a motorbike or a car for a lesser fee. (Another misinterpretation).

If given a second chance to go back to Tioman (more specifically to Kampung Juara area), I would book my stay at 1511 Coconut Groove which is right next to the Barat Tioman Resort. It is well-kept and shares the same beach front as the Barat Tioman.

My advise is to do a thorough research especially on the costs (if budget is your concern). In our case, it was a concern and we exceed RM300 that could have spent on something better - like donating it to the Juara Beach Turtle Project.

They say what makes the trip is the company. Although we didn't enjoy the resort, we did enjoyed the trip. We looked for our own activities like stars gazing, dancing in our own balcony and taking photos at the beach. The best memories were the stories we tell to others while catching our breath laughing.

Overall the resort is a nice place and there are a lot to improve in terms of the management. I hope the management will look into it to give a better experience for the guests.

Enjoy the rest of the photos....

1511 Coconut Groove


Sep 13, 2017

Mamonde Brightening Cover Cushion: For Blossoming Beauty

Mamonde, the floral inspired skincare and beauty brand continues to bing women the hidden power and energizing nutrients of flowers via its latest Brightening Cover Cushion Line. Inspired by the restorative properties of the Peach Flower and the Narcissus plant, the NEW Mamonde Brightening Cover Cushion Line fulfils every woman's' dream to have a bright, light reflecting skin resembling the blossoming peach which has its moisture locked by the water-storing Narcissus bulb!

Produced in the early spring, each Peach Flower measures about 3cm diameter and has five petals. Easily distinguished by its light pink to purplish colour, the Peach Flower is sometimes seen blooming in solitary or in pairs on short branches. One interesting feature of this flower is the colour of the inner surface of the hypanthium, which indicated the fruit's flesh colour. So the next time you would like to know the colour of the flesh, check out the colour of the flower's hypanthium.

If there is one distinctive feature of the Narcissus that is akin to the Peach Flower, it would be the plant's association with the waking of nature and the arrival of spring. The Narcissus is often regarded as the long-lived bulb due to its water storage capacity that enables the plant to be grown and maintained anywhere, even in well-drained conditions. Because of its rare ability to bloom through the frozen soil, the Narcissus is not only well recognized as an essence of spring, but it also bears the symbolic meaning of hope and persistence in rough times.

Specially designed and formulated with the Brightening Cover Complex, the new Mamonde Brightening Cover Cushion line, which includes the Brightening Cover Powder Cushion and Brightening Cover Watery Cushion work synchronously to give a tone-up skin while covering up the appearance of skin imperfections for a bright, moist and smooth looking complexion.

Mamonde Brightening Cover Powder Cushion with SPF50+/PA+++, 15g (RM90)

Formulated using the Peach Flower, the Mamonde Brightening Cover Powder Cushion is especially suited for individuals with oily prone skin. Unlike any other cushion that may congeal on the skin, the Mamonde Brightening Cover Powder Cushion is made up of Peach Flower particles which blend well on the skin to help cover any imperfections and pores on the skin surface. Through its specially designed cover-fit puff, the covering particles instantly spread onto the skin to give it a clean, flawless and downy finish. Moreover, its built-in sponge ensures the content is discharged evenly, providing a lighter coverage without the appearance of a heavy and cakey look. Skin feels fresh and downy without the sticky feeling after application as the sebum controlling soft peach powder helps to absorbs excess sebum to maintain a non-darkening, brilliant makeup.

Mamonde Brightening Cover Watery Cushion with SPF50+/PA+++, 15g (RM90)

Specially designed in accordance with the water storage capacity of the Narcissus bulb, the Mamonde Brightening Cover Watery Cushion is suitable for individuals wiht dry skin. It provides light yet a moist texture that spreads onto the skin just like water colour painting to naturally cover the appearance of skin imperfections and dry skin texture. Moreover, its water-fit puff helps enhance the skin fitting effect that provides great coverage for the appearance of skin imperfection, leaving skin feeling naturally radiant and moist. The watery cushion that is enriched with narcissus extract offers a cooling sensation on the skin while delivering ample moisture making it soft and smooth without any feeling of tightness. In ensuring that the skin receives maximum coverage and moisture, the Brightening Cover Watery Cushion also comes with a water-pump sponge that effectively discharges its content onto skin, leaving your skin feeling smooth, supple and moist.

There will be a suitable shade for everyone as the all-new Mamonde Brightening Cover Cushion Line is available in 5 different shades. They include 3 pink base colours, namely No.17 Light Peach, No.21C Medium Peach and No.23C Natural Peach and 2 yellow base colours for natural cover makeup, namely 21N Medium Beige and No.23N Natural Beige. Both the Mamonde Brightening Cover Powder Cushion and Brightening Cover Watery Cushion come with a sweet, floral scent.

Direction for use:

For oily skin with Acne / Dark Spots / Freckles

Recommended Finishing Tips: Apply the Mamonde Brightening Cover Powder Cushion on the cheek area to build-up coverage. Then, dab the Mamonde Brightening Cover Watery Cushion on the T-zone area to obtain natural coverage.

Step 1: Lightly press the puff onto the surface of the Brightening Cover Powder Cushion and twist the puff twice of thrice to pick up the foundation evenly.

Step 2: Dab the Brightening Cover Powder Cushion from the apple of the cheek in gentle, patting motion. Apply additional layers to areas that need more coverage. Repeat the same on the other side of the face.

Step 3: Pick up a small amount of Brightening Cover Powder Cushion using the puff and apply to areas around the eye in a gentle, pressing motion (for high coverage).

Step 4: Use the Brightening Cover Watery Cushion on the puff to apply to the centre of the face, nose and around the mouth in gentle, patting motion (for natural coverage).

For Dull Skin / Dehydrated cheek / Oiliness on T-zone

Recommended Finishing Tips: Apply the Mamonde Brightening Cover Watery Cushion to areas that require instant hydration especially the U-zone. Blend into areas that need more moisture using the puff. Then, dab the Brightening Cover Powder Cushion on the T-zone for sebum control.

Step 1: Lightly press the puff onto the surface of the Brightening Cover Watery Cushion and twist the puff twice of thrice to pick up the foundation evenly.

Step 2: Spread the Brightening Cover Watery Cushion from the apple of the cheek in a gentle, patting motion. Apply in a similar manner to the other side of the face (for instant moisture effect).

Step 3: Pick up a small amount of the Brightening Cover Watery Cushion with the puff and apply to the area around the eyes in a gentle, pressing motion.

Step 4: Use the Brightening Cover Powder Cushion on the puff to apply to the centre of the face, nose and around the mouth with a gentle, patting motion (to obtain sebum control effect).

The Mamonde Brightening Cover Cushion Line can be purchased through Mamonde Beauty Counters at Aeon 1 Utama, PJ; Aeon Mid Valley Megamall, KL; Aeon Bukit Indah, JB; Aeon Tebrau City, JB; Aeon Queensbay Mall, Penang; Parkson Gurney Plaza, Peanng and Parkson Suria KLCC, KL. 

Sep 12, 2017

[Haul & Giveaway] Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

Get yourself a coffee. This is going to be a long post. I'm going to feature the haul, first impression, review and lastly, you will be rewarded with a giveaway. Or you can straightaway jump to the giveaway section. If that's the case, I hate you!

Take note that below are just my first impression. I will do a separate review for the products. Do let me know which product I should review first.

A short story-time:

I think I was the first to purchase the Fenty Beauty product online because when I was browsing, everything seems to sell out. I could only get the Match Sticks Matte Skinstick (Mocha) and the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo (Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby). Off... I went to check out and paid for it (since everything else sold out). A few minutes later, I went back to check out the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. What was marked "sold out" was then magically available! That moment, I knew... My first purchase was made before they could release all the items!

My early purchase got me the limited edition holographic makeup bag. This is my most favourite thing from the entire haul!

I went back to the screen and saw all that I wanted was already in stock. To add salt to the wound, the Match Stix Trio (which includes the mocha shade I bought earlier) that I wanted is also available!!! I went on to purchase the second round. This is how I ended up with two of the Match Sticks Matte Skinstick (Mocha) that I decided to give it to you.

Rihanna, in partnership with Kendo Brands, a LVMH-owned beauty developer, launches her global makeup brand, Fenty Beauty, in an unprecedented 1,600 stores across 17 countries on one day. Beauty industry's most anticipated launch. Fenty Beauty was created by Rihanna with a vision that's always ahead of the game - Fenty Beauty redefines the rules with light-as-air formulas that love to be layered, in a global lineup of shades designed for all.
Rihanna was inspired to create Fenty Beauty after trying to find products that worked across all skin types and tones. With Rihanna's mandate to inclusivity, Fenty Beauty offers a wide range of products for traditionally hard-to-match skin tones, creating formulas that work for all skin types, and pinpointing universal shades.

Match Stix Trio (RM230)

A magnetised trio of longwear, light-as-air makeup sticks curated by skin tone with two Matte Skinsticks to conceal and contour and one Shimmer Skinstick to highlight. Take your complexion to the next level without the guesswork using a Match Stix Trio. The pre-bundled sets make it easy to conceal, contour, and highlight on repeat with light-as-air makeup sticks that are expertly curated. Each Matte and Shimmer Skinstick is weightless, easy to blend, and stays put. The cream-to-powder formulas are so seamless, it’s impossible to tell where skin ends and makeup begins. They’re buildable, crease-proof, and made to be layered in a range of combos that light up all skin tones. And with a magnetic physical attraction, Matte and Shimmer Skinsticks click to each other, uniting for the total skin-defining package that’s always at your beck and call. 

I got the set that has the shade Bamboo, Mocha & Trippin' for the medium range. The Bamboo was perfect for my skin tone (NC25/NC30) as concealer. Mocha would be my contour shade. And Trippin' reminds me a lot of NARS Orgams Blush which is also available in stick form.

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer (RM90)

The ultimate gotta-have-it lip gloss with explosive shine in one universal rose nude shade. The stop-everything, give-it-to-me, gloss that feels as good as it looks: Gloss Bomb delivers explosive shine in one perfect rose nude shade handpicked by Rihanna herself, Fenty Glow. One luscious swipe of Gloss Bomb’s XXL wand gives lips more to love, while conditioning shea butter conditions from within. Lips look instantly fuller and smoother, and although it’s super shiny, it feels amazing on your lips, with an addictive peach-vanilla scent you just can’t get enough of.

It claims to be the only lip gloss you ever need. But from the swatch it appears to look like every other lip gloss. It also reminds me of M.A.C.'s Lip Glass which is really sticky. In my opinion, this lip gloss is quite average (don't kill me if you love it). I just think that it doesn't stand out as much as what I expected it to be. Good to skip the lip gloss.

Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo (RM145)

Weightless cream-powder hybrid highlighters that range from subtle dayglow to insanely supercharged in expertly paired duos. Light up where you want, when you want. Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter was born to reflect your every mood with its lineup curated duos. Each duo features a subtle sheen on the left that's perfect for day and supercharged shimmer on the right, killer for night. With a dose of skin-glorifying colour, Killawatt ranges from subtle dayglow to insanely supercharged with shades that were designed for all skin tones. Unlike your everyday highlighter, it keeps skin lit beyond sundown with a weightless long-wearing formula—--a cream-powder hybrid that instantly melts into skin and blends with almost zero effort. Another win: It’s loaded with superfine shimmer for an ultra-smooth, creamy texture.

This is my favourite of all the products although it isn't the star product from the brand. It reminds me a lot of another NARS product - Hungry Heart Duo Highlighter. Mean Money is a subtle highlight which is not very prominent. Hu$tla Baby is more prominent and it gives that disco ball reflective effect.

Overall, I think it is worth it to get the Match Stix Trio. For the price of RM230, you get three full size of the Match Stix (RM105 each). You save about RM85. The Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo is also a good purchase. I really love the texture of the highlighter. It blends well on top of the loose powder, but not on liquid foundation. If I could return the Gloss Bomb, I would trade it for the Invisimatte Blotting Powder. I also wish to try out the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation that comes in 40 shades!


Lastly... the giveaway is the Match Stix Matte Skintstick in Mocha which is the same thing I got from the trio stix.

Before joining the giveaway, please read some of the T&C below:

  1. This giveaway is open to all Malaysian residents only. I will ship out within Malaysia (Sabah & Sarawak included).
  2. Winner will be contacted via email. If the winner don't respond to my email within 24 hours, I will select another winner.
  3. The closing date is on 30th September 2017 (Saturday). I will send an email to the winner on 1st October 2017 (Sunday).
  4. Do follow me on Instagram @queenjerine and like my Facebook page (it won't affect the winner selection, but it's just nice to do so).  
  5. Please click the photo below and fill in the form to be in the running to win the Match Stix Matte Skintstick in Mocha.