21.1.15

Makeup Revolution | Affordable, High Quality Makeup Finally in Malaysia

Makeup Revolution has finally launched in Malaysia! Well, they actually launched about a month or two ago. Makeup Revolution is a UK brand that sells high quality, really affordable makeup at prices as low as RM8! They also bring out many products that are dupes of high end makeup - they have a palette similar to each of the Naked palettes, they have foil eyeshadows similar to the Stila Foil Shadows, and they also have blushing hearts, similar to the one from Too Faced.

Today I'm reviewing a couple of their products - a palette, a blush, an eyeliner, and a lip duo.


Redemption Palette Essential Day to Night Palette (RM32 - Click to buy)
This palette comes with 12 shades. It has a good mix of neutrals and just the right amount of colour. These eyeshadows are all shimmery. Most of the eyeshadows in this palette are super buttery and pigmented, while a select few are chalky and not all that pigmented. The first eight eyeshadows, and the last one starting from the left of the palette are all absolutely beautifully formulated. This is a great palette for, as the name suggests, day to night looks. You can do a neutral look in the morning, and add some colour and smoke it out for a beautiful night look.

Cream Blush in Framboise Shake (RM12 - Click to buy)
The packaging on my cream blush broke :( This colour is a cool-toned pink with no shimmer. This blush is super pigmented and it's an absolute dream to blend! This also has no trouble staying on for a couple of hours, but if you dust on a powder blush over top, it'll last a longer time. 

Amazing Eyeliner Waterproof Black (RM12 - Click to buy)
My favourite liquid eyeliner by far! The brush tip of this is a little bit harder and not as flexible (which I like) because it's easy to use and won't flick the liquid eyeliner all over your face lol. The brush is also super versatile - you can draw thin or thick lines depending on the angle. This is seriously waterproof. I put this to the test three days ago. I wore this in the morning at 7:30am, left the house and went about my day, got home at 5pm, did some dance and work out while wiping sweat off my face for an hour, then jumped into the shower and WASHED MY HAIR. Naturally I got water on my face, but this stayed on when I came out of the shower. This is really really long lasting and waterproof. I love it!

Lip Power in It's My Life (RM24 - Click to buy)
This is a duo of lipstick and lipgloss. This is in the shade It's My Life. The lipstick on this one is a little more pink than the lip gloss. The lip gloss is a nude-peach colour. This lip duo is okay, but not amazing. The formula of the lipstick is creamy, but can be improved. The lip gloss is a little sticky.

Overall, my first impression on these Makeup Revolution products are really good. Considering they're so cheap (compared to drugstore prices that range from RM20-RM50), they are super good quality! I really want to try their dupe products, and I think I'm gonna pass an order online. What do you think of these products? Have you ever tried them? What's your favourite product from them?

Thanks for reading, xoxo
Jiawun

16.1.15

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Range

Finding the perfect moisturiser for my combination skin has been a problem for me for so long! If a moisturiser hydrates my skin, it makes my face look and feel greasy. If it doesn't make my face feel greasy, it doesn't hydrate well enough.

Kiehl's was a pretty foreign brand to me - I've heard of it, I've seen it in stores, but I've never tried anything from them prior to this. When Kiehl's contacted me about this worldwide best-selling "oil free, fresh feeling, 24 hour hydration, 24 hour shine free" moisturiser, I was most definitely sceptical, but still a little bit hopeful. They sent me the Oil-Free range to try out.

Kiehl's has been around for almost 160 years. All of their products are made with the finest, natural ingredients. 
I've used these products for a little over three weeks now. The cleanser was so-so, the toner was good, but the hero is the moisturiser. 

The Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser is a foamy cleanser which lathers up really well. This is an okay cleanser, but not the best. It does give that "squeaky clean" feeling to the skin where it feels a little dry. It makes sense, 'cause it's an oil-free cleanser but since I have combination skin, the dry parts of my face gets drier. This cleanser would work better on someone who has full-on oily skin. Also, if I get this in my eye, it stings really bad.

The Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner is really really nice. The actual toner is yellowish in colour (you can't really see in the picture because of my lights) which kind of puts me off a little but it feels very light, cooling and refreshing on the skin. This does put back some moisture into the skin after the cleanser so it all works out fine.

The Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream (RM100 / 50ml) is perfect! It's amazing, it's wonderful, it's awesome, etc etc LOL. Like I said, it's the hero of the entire range. I honestly thought "fresh-feeling, 24 hour hydration, 24 hour shine free" was a little bit gimmicky, but they actually turned out to be true. This cream is a medium consistency that feels light on the skin. Right after applying it, you can definitely feel the product on your skin. But give it a minute or two and it sinks into the skin so well, the skin feels silky smooth with no stickiness or greasiness. It doesn't leave my face looking shiny. After using this for three weeks, I did notice that the dry, flaky skin on the dry parts of my face are gone. It also makes the skin feel really smooth. I apply this both day and night and waking up the next day after applying it at night, my skin still feels fresh and smooth. It's almost like a gulp of water for my skin.

Three active ingredients in Ultra Face Oil-Free Gel Cream:
Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract - This is a desert plant and is prolific in the Australian Outback. Its roots contains high levels of potassium that help provide immediate and lasting hydration effect.
Antarcticine - A glycoprotein from Antartica that provides protection against dryness and helps hydrate skin. Provides skin a smoother look, while shielding skin from harsh aggressors. It also helps protect skin by facilitating skin's retention of natural water reserves.
Glycerin - Pulls moisture from air to hydrate and replenish skin.

My skin LOVES the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream! It's an absolute dream for my combination skin. It hydrates the dry parts and keeps them smooth, while also hydrating the oily parts without making them greasy. I never really splurge on skincare, but I might have to make an exception for this one. Kiehl's also offer a range of Ultra Facial products for dry to normal skin types.

Kiehl's Malaysia:

Have you tried the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Range? What do you think about them? Leave them in the comments below!

Thanks for reading, xoxo
Jiawun

*product was sent for review purposes. all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

12.1.15

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop

Hey guys! Today's post is a review on the Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pops! I think these are pretty new (not new new but considerably new..). It was the first time I saw them in Malaysia when I picked them up about a month or two ago. There are three shades from this line: a pink, a purple, and an orange. I only picked up the pink and the orange because purple is really not my kind of shade.

Basically these Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pops are the original Baby Lips formula but with neon colours! I am a huge fan of the original Baby Lips formula, and I have a few of them and a few of their coloured ones as well. The thing I find with their normal coloured ones are that they aren't all that pigmented so they don't give much of a colour to the lips. 

These Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop gives much more colour to the lips. They give a sheer wash of colour, but is buildable to full-on bold coverage. The formula is also super moisturising. I have been using this in place of lipstick most days because it also fills in the lines on the lips and leaves my lips looking soft, moisturised, and with a pop of colour. 

The scent of these differ with their shades. The pink one I have is supposed to be watermelon-scented, but it smells like candy and I LOVE IT. The orange one smells like dishwash soap so I'm not a huge fan.

I wear the pink one all the time, but not so much the orange. The pink gives a beautiful pop of pink, but I feel like the orange is a very light, muted orange. It's not neon enough to give an orange colour to the lips.

Lastly, lets talk about the packaging. I love that it is the clear cap packaging because the ones on sale in Malaysia is usually the typical lip balm packaging with a tiny cap (check out this post to see how it usually looks like, and for some of my favourite lip balms!). However, I hate that the product doesn't twist down completely (see second pic above) so when you go to close the cap, if you're not careful, it hits the product and it's a big mess.

The Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop shade in "Pink Shock" has been my go-to shade every single day. I love the formula of these! Have you ever tried these? What are your thoughts? Leave them in a comment! :)

Thanks for reading, xoxo
Jiawun