21.5.15

Top Lipsticks for Spring/Summer 2015

Lipstick is probably the makeup product that I hoard the most. I LOVE lipsticks, I feel like it ties any look together, and also makes you look put together when you have no other makeup on at all. Lipstick is a fun way to make a statement, express your daily mood (haha) and just gives a beautiful pop of colour. So naturally, during the hotter seasons, we like to pull out the bright lippies because, well, SUN!

During the hotter seasons, I switch between lightweight, sheer lipsticks and bright, bold colours. I put together a list of my favourite lipsticks for Spring, starting from the sheer lippies to the bold ones :) 

The Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop is probably my favourite tinted lip balm out there. If you would like to see an in-depth review, I have one up from January. These are super moisturising and they work so well worn alone or under lipstick. They have three colours (that I know of): purple, pink and orange. I love that they are very moisturising, but colour-wise, only the pink one works for me. The pink one is sheer, but very buildable to a full coverage. The formula somehow erases the fine lines on my lips, leaving my lips looking soft and smooth!


The Maybelline Color Whispers are also amazing sheer moisturising lipsticks. I like these better than the Revlon Lip Butters because these are more of a "slippery" feel rather than thick butters. These feel really lightweight on the lips and they feel moisturising as well. There's also a big variety in terms of colours, ranging from nudes to darks. These are definitely not the most long lasting lipsticks out there, but they are so easy to reapply even without a mirror, so it doesn't really bother me.


MAC Amplified Lipstick in Morange was in my last year's Spring/Summer lipstick favourites too, and I'm still as in love with it as I was last year. This bright orange lippie is my go-to bold lipstick. When I feel like wearing something bold but don't feel like wearing a red, I put this on and go! It's great for events, dinners, etc. All the MAC lipsticks I own are very creamy, and they smell yummy. They feel like a normal lipstick - not too dry, but definitely not moisturising.


These Etude House Vivid Pop Sticks are great matte-finish, bold lipsticks. They have quite a few colours and they're very creamy to apply. The finish of these look very velvety on the lips, but these are definitely a little bit drying - nothing a little lip balm can't solve though. When I use this, I make sure my lips are nicely exfoliated so the fine lines aren't there. I love these because of the colour choices, and because these are super long lasting. You can eat, you can drink, but these are not going anywhere!


The Etude House Rosy Tint Lips are also an amazing velvety finish lip cream. I have an in-depth review on these that I just posted two posts ago, and this is my favourite lip product of the moment! They are velvety, creamy, and apply to the lips really evenly. They feel lightweight, and they last for ages! The colour definitely wears off in time, but it leaves a beautiful stain on your lips. These are pretty affordable too!


Those are all my Spring/Summer lipstick choices, and I hope you found a new purchase or two :p I'm looking for a few new purchases too. Let me know in the comments what your top lipsticks for S/S 2015 are!

Thanks for reading, xoxo
Jiawun

14.5.15

Get Fresh, Hydrated Skin for Summer | L'Oreal HydraFresh

Want fresh, hydrated skin for summer without feeling greasy? I was sent the newly formulated L'Oreal Hydra Fresh range which recently hit stores to try out. I have combination (mostly oily) skin, and it's tough to find a range of skincare (especially from the drugstore) that will moisturise my face without making it feel greasy or oily.

This collection is also amazing for Summer, because it is very cooling on the skin, and can help soothe sunburns. It will help reduce the red, patchy, flaky, sunburned skin by morning, with their spotlight product, the HydraFresh Night Mask In Jelly.

L'Oreal HYDRAFRESH | Beauty Nerd By Night
This range consists of a cleansing foam, a spa water, moisturiser and a night jelly. These products all work together to help you achieve hydrated skin without the greasiness and stickiness of moisturisers. These are from the drugstore, so they are very affordable.

L'Oreal HYDRAFRESH Cream Cleanser | Beauty Nerd By Night
The HydraFresh Creamy Foam Cleanser is a cleansing cream to foam (like the name suggests), and it claims to cleanse the impurities and left over makeup from your face without stripping out your skin's natural oil. I honestly haven't tried this so I can't say much about it. I have tons of opened cleansers, but I'll definitely try this one out and keep you guys posted!

L'Oreal HYDRAFRESH Spa Water | Beauty Nerd By Night
The HydraFresh Spa Water is an amazing toner for the skin. I LOVE this stuff! I don't use it much like a traditional toner (cotton pad and wipes off left over dirt), I pour some on my (clean!)palms and pat it into my skin. It's a milky solution and soaks into the skin so fast. It makes my skin feel amazingly hydrated, and it's very cooling. 

If you get sunburned in the Summer, no worries! Use some cotton pads, or a dry mask sheet, soak it with this spa water, put it on your face and relax! It will cool your face down and soothe the sunburns. If you have sunburns on your body, use cotton pads soaked with this and place it on the burn.

L'Oreal HYDRAFRESH Mask-In Water Gel | Beauty Nerd By Night
L'Oreal HYDRAFRESH Mask-In Water Gel | Beauty Nerd By Night
Follow up with the HydraFresh Mask-In Water Gel to further moisturise and lock in the moisture of your skin. This moisturiser is a "water gel" and therefore is very lightweight on the skin. I hate moisturisers that kind of sit on your skin instead of being absorbed. I like using a generous amount of this on the skin and then patting it in and it absorbs really well. It usually absorbs within 15-20 seconds (with patting) to a minute (without patting).

This is also very cooling and refreshing to the skin so it's great for not just Summer, but after a long day out at work, school, etc, to bring back moisture into your skin. It's like a gulp of water for my skin after a long day. 

L'Oreal HYDRAFRESH Night Mask-In Jelly | Beauty Nerd By Night
L'Oreal HYDRAFRESH Night Mask-In Jelly | Beauty Nerd By Night
Now here is the secret weapon to waking up to beautiful, hydrated skin - the HydraFresh Night Mask-In Jelly! This product is a sleeping mask that puts moisture into your skin while you're sleeping while also locking in the moisture to avoid your skin from losing moisture to the surrounding (especially if you sleep with the AC on). This product, does absorb into the skin a little, but it definitely sits on your skin. The absorbed product helps to moisturise, whereas the ones sitting on top of the skin help protect your skin from dry air. 

I only put this on right before I go to sleep because it is a bit sticky, but not to the point where all your hair gets stuck on your face. I wake up the next day, wash this off my face, and I'm left with really moisturised, bright and bouncy skin. Again, this would be amazing for sunburns because while you're sleeping, it soothes and calms your skin while intensely hydrating it.

I love this L'Oreal HydraFresh range so much that it has quickly replaced my previous skincare routine products. I use these products (except the Night Jelly) twice a day - once in the morning, and once at night. I use the night jelly once every three days. I love how it makes my face feel, especially when I wake up, and also throughout the day. 

If you're looking for a great skincare range to hydrate your face minus the oiliness, or you want a great multitasking range that also helps soothe sunburns, this is the way to go.

You can buy this range from leading pharmacies (Watsons, Guardian, Caring, etc), and if you're international, check your local drugstores.

Thanks for reading, xoxo
Jiawun

*PR Samples. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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