18.4.15

Etude House Rosy Tint Lips

Etude House Rosy Tint Lips
Etude House Rosy Tint Lips
Swatches of Etude House Rosy Tint Lips
Swatches of Etude House Rosy Tint Lips
Swatches of Etude House Rosy Tint Lips
Swatches of Etude House Rosy Tint Lips
The matte/velvet lip trend is so in right now, and these Etude House Rosy Tint Lips lip creams are the way to go! These first came out in Fall 2013 if I'm not mistaken and during the release, I only picked up one shade - which is #8 After Blossom. Sometime during the end of 2014, they were having a sale on these and I couldn't resist it and picked up another one - #3 Rose Petal.

#3 Rose Petal is a bright, rosy pink with a tiny hint of coral. #8 After Blossom is a darker berry colour that's great for fall and winter. I believe the entire line consists of 8 different shades, ranging from nudes to bright pinks to darker berries. I have my eye on #7 Tea Rose, which is a nude colour.

These are highly pigmented, creamy lip creams that glide on the lips smoothly and give off amazing colour, and a velvety finish. Because these are so highly pigmented, a little bit goes a long way. This product is very versatile because on days where you want just a little bit of colour, you can dab on just a tiny bit of product and blend it out for a beautiful, soft flush of colour. If you're feeling like a bold lip, then you can use the product normally.

The packaging of this product will either be a hit or miss because it does feature a "sponge-tip" applicator. I personally love this sponge applicator because it does a wonderful job of spreading the product and it absorbs the excess so you don't have too much product on your lips. If the sponge applicator is a problem, you could always squeeze the product out onto the back of your hand first :) The sponge applicator on these are also great if you want to try the gradient lips look (darker in the middle, lighter outside) as they blend out the colours really well. There are some complaints regarding the tube being too hard to press, but the two I have seem pretty okay to me.

On to the formula of these. They are a medium consistency - thick, but still fluid enough to easily spread over your lips. The feel of these on the lips are very lightweight and "dry" on the lips. "Dry" in the sense that it does not feel slippery, sticky, etc. But because these are velvet/matte, they will fill in the fine lines on your lips more than normal lipsticks do, but with these I feel that they are a ton better and less drying compared to other matte lippies, say the Etude House Vivid Pop Sticks. This problem can be easily corrected with some lip balm beforehand! These are very comfortable to wear throughout the entire day.

The longevity of these are amazing. Since these are a tint, they will stain your lips a little bit. With eating and drinking, the lip colour will fade after a few hours, but leaves a beautiful stain that makes it look like you have a gorgeous natural lip colour for the rest of the day. 

I highly recommend these if you are looking for a lightweight, matte lip cream that will last as long as you need it to (at an event, work, school, etc). These are by far one of my favourite lip products in my entire collection!

You can get these at Cosmetic Love for $9.45 each, or Hermo for RM37.50!

Thanks for reading, xoxo
Jiawun

15.4.15

Mario Badescu Silver Powder & Drying Cream Review

When I received an email from Luxola to try out some Mario Badescu products, I jumped at the opportunity! I picked the Silver Powder, and the Drying Cream that are supposed to help unclog pores, and dry out breakouts. My skin has been so bad lately and I have no idea why. I haven't been using makeup much, and I'm still using the same facial products but I've been breaking out all over my forehead (little tiny bumps), and left jawline. I've read that it might be due to hormonal stuffs, but have you guys ever experienced breakouts in these areas?

The Mario Badescu Silver Powder is a powder that helps unclog and tighten pores. Many breakouts, especially on the T-Zone are caused by clogged pores and since I have a ton of them on my forehead, I decided to give this one a go. It is a super absorbent powder that absorbs the oil from the skin and tightens the pores naturally.

Basically, you dampen a cotton ball and press it into the powder to pick it up, and then you press in into your t-zone area (or where ever you want to unclog) and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Using a cotton pad with your toner/astringent, just wipe it off! 

I've tried this product for about two weeks now, and I have to say it really does help! I haven't given it enough time to clear up my skin completely, but it did help reduce the number of breakouts on my forehead and nose. I also notice that the pores on and around my nose are a lot less visible.

It can be a little messy to apply the first few times (cotton ball not dampened enough, too much powder, etc) but should be fine after a few tries. This product doesn't have a scent to it. A little bit of the product goes a long way, so this tub will last a really long time.

The Mario Badescu Drying Cream is a "flesh-toned" cream that heals bumps by drying them out, and also helps to conceal the bump (like a concealer). This product is great for those huge pimples that appear as bumps that are so annoying and painful to touch (you shouldn't be touching your pimples anyway haha).

You can use your clean fingers to apply the product directly to the face, or you can use a brush (as you would a concealer). Just dab the product onto the bumps and blend it out. You can use this alone on your face, or under your makeup.

This works great healing and drying out those annoying pimples, but as you can see in the pictures above, this "flesh-toned"' cream doesn't blend well with the tone of my flesh lol. Because of that, I only use it at night but I make sure to wash it off well when I wake up. 

Now.. the worst part about this product to me is... the smell! I don't know what it is, I've seen someone say it's the smell of sulfur. It has a terrible scent that lingers on the fingers (if you use your fingers, that is) even after washing it with soap twice. When it's on your face, you can't really smell it though, which is a good thing. Because of this, I like using a concealer brush especially for applying this product.

These Mario Badescu products have really helped heal my face a lot in these recent weeks, and I'm looking to get their Drying Lotion next because I've heard a ton of good things about it. They have a ton of products that target certain skin conditions (like rosacea, aging skin, and in my case, ACNE!).

If you have acne like me, you can treat your skin to some Mario Badescu products that you can get from Luxola, and I have a 15% off code for you guys! Enter code "BLX-JIAWUN" for 15% off  your first purchase sitewide (*excluding non-discountable brands). This code is valid through 15th May 2015.


Luxola:

Thanks for reading, xoxo
Jiawun

22.3.15

Body Whitening & Brightening Routine with NIVEA

NIVEA Whitening + Brightening Skin Products
NIVEA Whitening + Brightening Skin Products
NIVEA Whitening + Brightening Skin Products
NIVEA Whitening + Brightening Skin Products
NIVEA Whitening + Brightening Skin Products
The term "whitening" is on almost every Asian beauty product and some people are afraid to use them. This term refers more to brightening up the skin to achieve glowy, rosy skin rather than actually lightening your skintone. Bright, glowy skin gives an overall healthy look. 

I love using brightening products because I do have some sun spots/pigmentation on my skin that makes my skin look dull and bleh. I'm always on the hunt to find great "whitening" products that can lighten these spots and brighten up my skin to make it look glowy and radiant.

Dull skin can result from one (or both) of mainly two reasons - dry, dead skin or sun damaged skin. Dry, dead skin on the surface of the skin can look flaky resulting in rough skin, and also dull out the skin. Sun damaged skin usually shows in sun spots, age spots, or uneven skintone.

Nivea sent me some stuff and this duo of skin brightening products really caught my eye - the Nivea Extra Whitening Skin Therapy Serum and the Nivea Whitening Night Serum

The Nivea Extra Whitening Skin Therapy Serum is a day moisturiser for the body. This has SPF33 to protect the skin from the sun's harmful rays and also prevents future sun spots at the same time. The Vitamin C in this product is 95% pure to help with repairing the sun damaged skin while improving skin elasticity.

The Nivea Body Whitening Night Serum is like the name suggests, a night moisturiser. With 10 precious nutrients including Vitamin C Derivative, Vitamin E and Anti-Melanin Complex with Rucinol helps smoothen skin, lock in moisture, and brighten skin among other great benefits. 

The day moisturiser is a lot more watery in consistency and feels lighter on the skin. Since I live in a tropical country, it's always very humid and warm so I like something light and refreshing on the skin in the day time. The consistency of this moisturiser makes it very easy to absorb into the skin so it doesn't feel like a waxy layer on the surface of my skin. This also protects me from UVA and UVB rays. This is very moisturising on the skin and after using it for a few weeks, my skin is a lot smoother and feels very moisturised. It definitely also helped reduce the dullness of my skin by lightening my sun spots and giving me overall brighter skin.

The night moisturiser is a heavier, creamier consistency but it still absorbs pretty well into the skin. I typically don't mind having a bit of a heavier body lotion on when I sleep as long as it doesn't make me feel super warm (and all sweaty) at night. This still feels very refreshing and smells absolutely heavenly - super relaxing! This product makes my skin feel and look more moisturised when I wake up. 

Using these products together has really helped my skin look brighter and more glowy. It moisturises my skin so well that all the dull, dead skin is gone, leaving brighter and smoother skin. It also lightened the sun spots I have, and prevented new ones from forming, leaving me with brighter skin.

Nivea Malaysia:

Thanks for reading, xoxo
Jiawun

*sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.