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    Half Drugstore Half High End

    You would have probably seen the Half Drugstore Half High End comparison if you’re a huge fan of beauty videos on Youtube. The Half Drugstore Half High End comparison is exactly as it sounds – you do one side of your face with all drugstore products and one side with all high end, then you compare both sides. I think it’s a great way to find drugstore gems that are just as good, if not better, as high end products. I will be including little reviews on each product, and which version (drugstore or high-end) is better!

    Today I have chosen products that look like they might be similar in terms of colour and finish. I tried my best to find the closest match, but my makeup collection isn’t that extensive. So, lets find out if high-end products are worth the splurge, or if their drugstore counterparts can give you that and more. Take a guess at which side is drugstore, and which is high-end! 🙂

    1Half Drugstore Half High End Face

    Primer

    *WINNER! Drugstore: Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser* ($5.99)

    High-end: Benefit Porefessional ($31)

    This winner is chosen based on my personal preference even though they’re both amazing primers. The formula of the Maybelline Baby Skin is a little bit oilier than the Benefit, but overall makes my foundation stay on for much longer throughout the day. However, the Benefit Porefessional is better at smoothing out pores. It’s not so good at keeping the foundation on the skin though. So I think it all depends on what you’re looking for in the primer – if you’re looking for one to smooth out your pores, go for the Benefit! If you’re looking for a great overall one that helps to keep your makeup on for the entire day, go for the Maybelline.

    Foundation

    *WINNER! Drugstore: Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Classic Beige* ($12)

    High-end: Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow in Honey ($36)

    I feel that the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation is the clear winner for this category. It’s like a party girl’s #bff. I’m no party girl, in fact, I’m quite the opposite. I go to bed early but I get up really early so I always look super sleepy in the morning. This foundation has microglitters which worried me the first time I put it on. However, it turns out that it doesn’t show up that much. This foundation brightens the complexion and gives the skin a gorgeous glow! Eventhough the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow feels lighter on the skin, it cakes up easier and tends to cling on to any texture on the skin. With the Rimmel one, it smooths out the face and looks like skin. It also gives a beautiful healthy glow!

    Concealer

    *TIE! Drugstore: The Saem Tip Concealer ($3.80)

    High-end: Laneige Cushion Concealer* ($20)

    Both of these products are amazing for different reasons. Both these concealers are thick and creamy but doesn’t feel heavy on. For the undereye area, the high-end Laneige Cushion Concealer definitely triumphs over the drugstore. This is because it’s better at brightening overall. However, for blemishes and covering up highlighting the face, the drugstore The Saem Tip Concealer is the clear winner. It’s like an eraser for your blemishes (until you decide to take it off, of course! haha) and smooths out the skin. The The Saem one also feels much lighter on the skin.

    Half Drugstore Half High End Face

    Blush

    Drugstore: Catrice Powder Blush in Madame de Pinkadour (Price N/A)

    *WINNER! High-end: NARS x Christopher Kane Blush in Starscape* ($30)

    The NARS x Christopher Kane Blush in Starscape is still one of my favourite blushes right now. It’s bright, yet wearable, and gives a beautiful glow to the cheeks. The colour of the Catrice Powder Blush in Madame de Pinkadour is very similar to the NARS, for a fraction of the price. However, the formula definitely isn’t anywhere near the NARS one. It’s more chalky and doesn’t last as long. It does have gorgeous packaging though!

    Highlighter

    *WINNER! Drugstore: Essence Soo Glow! in Look on The Bright Side*

    High-end: Laneige Cushion Highlighter ($23.66)

    If you’re a fan of a highlighter that make you glow like a unicorn (but looks super natural), look no further than the Essence Soo Glow highlighters! Not only are they super affordable, the formula is impeccable. They’re creamy, glides on smoothly and last for the entire day. It’s hands down, my favourite cream highlighter ever! On the other end, the Laneige Cushion Highlighter is also beautiful. However, it does have some glitter in it so it doesn’t look as natural as the Essence one.

    Matte Liquid Lipstick

    Drugstore: ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble ($6)

    *WINNER! High-end: Caked Makeup Lip Fondant in Low Key ($16)*

    The ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips are great for how affordable they are. Their formula is a thin liquid that dries almost instantly. However, they are definitely drying on the lips and it isn’t very flattering on me, being someone with super chapped lips most of the time. The Caked Makeup Lip Fondants are so good! My favourite is this one, in the shade Low Key, which is a dusty muted terracotta. Their formula is creamy, smooth and glides on the lips effortlessly. These are also one of the most comfortable liquid lipsticks I’ve tried to date.

    Half Drugstore Half High End Face

    Eyebrow Powder

    *WINNER! Drugstore: Elf Eyebrow Kit in Medium* ($3)

    High-end: Billion Dollar Brows Powder in Light Brown* ($18)

    The Elf Eyebrow Kit in Medium is something that I’ve loved for a long time now. It’s super affordable, and it works really well. It comes with a powder and a wax, but I only ever use the powder. It has just the right amount of colour, and goes on the brows easily. Not only that, it also stays on for a good 6-8 hours on me. As for the Billion Dollar Brows Powder, it doesn’t apply as easily because it isn’t very pigmented. So for brows, drugstore is the clear winner! 😀

    Eyeshadow

    *TIE! Drugstore: ColourPop Eyeshadow in Bandit and Amaze ($5 each)

    High-end: Stila Eyes are the Windows Palette in Spirit* ($49)

    I can’t say enough good things about the ColourPop Super Shock shadows because they are freaking amazing! The formula is buttery smooth, and they last on the eyes the entire day (without a primer! on my greaseball face!). The same thing can be said about the Stila Eyes are the Windows Palette in Spirit. All the shades in there are amazingly pigmented, and buttery smooth. I can’t decide which is better, they’re both amazing.

    Eyeliner

    Drugstore: Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner in Black ($17)

    *WINNER! High-end: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper* ($20)

    The Dollywink isn’t really “drugstore”, but I don’t have an eyeliner that even comes close to the Kat Von D. I thought I had found the one in the Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner. It was black, pretty smudge-proof and long-lasting. I used it for years and years and always repurchased it until my Australia/Asia swap. I got the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and as they say, the rest was history. It was super black in one swipe, completely smudge-proof and lasts the entire day. The brush tip is also amazing for creating the perfect wing.

    Mascara

    *WINNER! Drugstore: Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof ($5.99)

    High-end: Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara ($23)

    The Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes give a ton of volume and length, and stays on the whole day with no smudging or flaking. For the longest time, I’ve been using the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara because it gave me long and thick (well as long and thick as my lashes could get anyway) lashes. The downside? It smudges horribly! I know they came out with a waterproof version but my Maybelline Big Eyes work so well for me now.

    So, which part do you guys think was the high end? I think I kinda gave away the answer when I was comparing the concealer. 😉 Anyway, I did drugstore on the right side of my face (your left), and high end on the left side of my face (your right). What do you guys think? Which side do you prefer?

    I love my higher end products, but I’m still a drugstore gal. As you saw from the post, most of the drugstore products were better than the high end! That brings me to my motto – just because it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, doesn’t mean it won’t be good. I love drugstore shopping because there are so many hidden gems! What about you? Are you more high-end or drugstore? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

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    How to Blow Dry Long Hair | Tangle Teezer*

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    Want to recreate that salon feeling every day? The base of any good hairstyle is a good blow dry. If you have long hair, blow drying can be difficult. However, with a few tips and tricks, you can enjoy sleek, smooth and salon-fresh hair every day. Tangle Teezer shows us how:
    Slow down
    After you’ve washed and conditioned your hair, sit back and relax. Drying your hair straight after your shower or bath is a big no-no, as soaking wet hair takes longer to dry and means your locks will be exposed to heat for longer. Instead, let your hair dry off naturally before you start styling.
    You can wick away excess moisture by gently patting your hair with a towel. Don’t scrub — this could damage the strands, causing split ends and breakages. Squeeze the hair with the towel instead.
    Apply product
    To keep your hair looking sleek and hydrated, apply a small amount of hair product. Serum or heat protectant spray is a great choice, but make sure you only apply it to the ends of your hair. If you do apply it to your roots, it could make your hair look greasy and oily.
    Separate into sections
    If you have long or thick hair, it’s often wise to separate your hair into sections to make blow drying more manageable. The thinner the section, the quicker it will take to dry. Because of the length of your hair, it may be worth using clips to keep the hair in place.
    Start the blow dry
    Once you’ve separated your hair, you’re ready to start blow drying. You’ll need to check the settings on your hairdryer to make sure they match your hair type. If you have thin hair, choose a low air flow setting to minimise tangles. Likewise, if your hair is damaged, don’t use the highest heat setting — instead, test the temperature on the back of your hand to check it’s at a comfortable level.
    Using a Tangle Teezer blow-styling brush, blow dry from the roots down. Never blow dry upwards, as this can damage the strands. Use slow, smooth movements and let the hairdryer follow the brush. Don’t let the hair dryer touch your hair though, as this creates a greater chance of heat damage. As a general rule, keep the hairdryer around 8 inches away from your hair.
    Repeat this process until all of your hair is dry, working your way through each section. Once done, you can style the hair further or finish the blow dry with a spritz of hairspray.
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    Non-Invasive Skin Tightening Choices*

    Cosmetic surgery in the form of face lifts used to be quite popular in the past. That is no longer the case. Instead, people are opting for non-invasive forms of treatment before going to such drastic measures. Treatments that are non-invasive offer milder side effects, less recovery time, and far less risks to clients on an out-patient basis. You are no longer limited to one choice, but rather numerous different treatments, making it far easier to find the right selection for you.
    Infrared Light Procedures
    One procedure for tightening skin involves using infrared light energy to penetrate the skin without damaging the surface layer. It targets the lower layer of skin where collagen producing cells exist and heats them to stimulate collagen production and reparation of damaged cells. For those of you who have used medical laser before, you may know that the procedure can be mildly uncomfortable, depending on an individual’s pain tolerance. However, the technician will apply a topical anesthetic to the skin prior to using the laser. Temporary side effects include mild redness and minor swelling of the skin in the treated area. There is no down time after you have been treated by medical lasers, so you can get back to your regular activities right away.
    Radio Frequency Treatments
    Another method of skin tightening uses radio frequencies to heat up both the surface layer and subcutaneous layer of skin using controlled energy. The device has at least three electrodes which focus the energy to deliver the treatment to a specific area. It results in accelerated collagen reproduction which then heals and replaces damaged cells in the skin. When this technology originally came out, it was also known as a mono-polar RF treatment. Later, the bi-polar RF version was introduced. Both came with the risk of overheating the skin and thus had a chance of burning the skin. The latest version called TriPollar carefully controls the temperature being applied to the skin, making it much safer and painless.
    Ultrasound Methods
    While similar to the methodology of radio frequency and infrared lasers in stimulating collagen production, ultrasound has another advantage. It uses ultrasound to provide images to the doctor to see the exact area being treated. Although it is pretty effective for neck, brows, and the neckline, it has not yet been proven effective on other areas of the body. Also note that ultrasound treatments are not recommended for anyone with sun damaged skin or a lot of wrinkling.
    Skin Tightening Serums
    There are thousands of skin care serums, creams, and other topical products that claim they reverse aging and firm up the skin. Unfortunately, most of them do little to nothing to carry out their promises for improvement. The few that do work are temporary and provide barely there results. In fact, they require that the product be in conjunction with a more nutritional diet and exercise.
    The Best Choice for You
    Regardless of which treatment you would opt for, take the time to seek a consultation with a skin care specialist. They can help you select the best choice for you and provide additional information on the treatments available to you.
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    3 Ways to Use Stick Foundations

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    Good morning/afternoon/evening, beauty nerds! Today I have a “pictorial” on the different ways to use a stick foundation. The stick foundation (can we just keep track of how many times I’m going to use “stick foundation” in this post? haha) I will be using in this post is the Beige Chuu Stick Foundation. I have a whole in-depth review of this stick foundation if you’re interested in checking out how it works, the formula, the price, etc.
    The Beige Chuu Stick Foundation is a high coverage foundation with a dewy finish and I freaking love it. So I thought I’d show you guys the different ways I use this stick foundation and how you can use your stick foundation so you get more use out of it 🙂

    Foundation

    Foundation Stick as FoundationYes, of course, FOUNDATION! After all, it is a stick foundation. I love stick foundations because they are easy to throw in the purse and carry around for quick touch ups, etc. They are usually very creamy, high coverage and you only need a minimal amount for the entire face. What I usually do is: 2 swipes on each cheek, 2 down the neck, 1 on the chin, nose and a big one on the forehead. I blend everything out with a beauty blender, but using your fingers would work really well too because the heat helps to melt the product so it applies and blends easier.

    Concealer

    Stick Foundation as ConcealerBecause most stick foundations are so creamy and have amazing coverage, they can be used as a concealer as well. This is a great option especially when you don’t feel like wearing heavy layers of foundation on your face but still need to hide those dark circles from all those late nights, and maybe a blemish or two. This Beige Chuu Stick Foundation has great coverage and it works well at concealing my dark circles. Eventhough it’s creamy, it doesn’t crease under my eyes. However, if you have very oily skin, set the concealer with a little bit of powder to avoid creasing and smudging.

    Highlighting and Contour

    3 Ways to Use Stick Foundations: Contour and Highlight
    Last but not least, highlighting and contouring. I’m one of those people that are guilty of packing on highlighters on my face because I LOVE a good glow! If your stick foundation has a dewy finish like this one, then it’ll work amazing as a highlighter. When you do use a stick foundation as your highlight/contour, you want to make sure you don’t slap on too much or it’ll end up looking super cakey. However, if you use just the right amount, using stick foundations to highlight/contour can look amazing and more natural as compared to a powder highlight.
    3 Ways to Use Stick Foundations
    This is my face smothered in my stick foundation as a foundation, concealer and highlight/contour. I really do love the Beige Chuu Stick Foundation (more on that here)! It doesn’t cake up my face even with all those layers. Best part of it, it gives my face such a gorgeous glow! The picture above is without a powder, but if you have oily skin (like me! #bffs) then definitely set with a translucent powder to avoid looking too oily.
    You can get the Beige Chuu Stick Foundation for $35 on Chuu.
    I hope this post was helpful and you can get more wear out of your stick foundation! If you did find it helpful, please help a girl out (#bffs remember? :p) by pinning the image below to your Pinterest 🙂
    3 Ways to Use Stick Foundations
    Thanks for reading, xoxo
    Jiawun
    PS: It was 19 times.
    *This post is NOT sponsored. The product was sent to me for my review which you can read here.
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    Geolica Euro Lady Pearl Gray | Coloured Lens Review

    2-1Hey guys! Today I have a coloured lens review for you guys – on the Geolica Euro Lady Pearl Gray lenses. I love coloured lenses, they bring so much dimension and brightens up my eyes instantly. Not only that, I also love that I can have blue eyes one day, and green the next, and back to my usual brown eyes the next. With that said, I prefer colours that brightens up my eyes, without being too brightly coloured to the point where you can tell from a distance away. With that said, my favourite colour to wear is definitely gray coloured lenses – they’re soft enough but gives a gorgeous brightness to the eyes.

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    Colour

    These Geolica Euro Lady Pearl Gray coloured lenses are stunning! It has a mixture of grey, blue and a little bit of a hazel colour in the middle, so it blends more naturally with the natural colour of my eyes. They have this veiny pattern designed to mimic the natural human iris. I love the effect this coloured lenses give to my eyes – it kind of looks like it has a “ring light” effect that brightens up my eyes and gives it a gorgeous shiny look. I have dark brown eyes, and these transform my eye colour completely. It turns into a bright light grey.

    Comfort

    Moving on to the comfort of these lenses – they are one of the most comfortable coloured lenses I’ve worn to date. These are 3-month disposable so they are naturally more comfortable than yearly lenses. These lenses are soft and moist enough that it doesn’t feel like there’s “something” in the eye (some circle lenses can feel like that). They also don’t dry my eye out even after hours of wear (which I tend to be guilty of wearing lenses for way too long, which you shouldn’t do!). The longest I’ve worn them is around 10 hours (again, very bad for your eyes! Take them out after 4-6 hours) and even then my eyes don’t feel sore, dry or tired.
     
    These retail for $23.50 on Geo Coloured Lenses.
     
    I highly recommend these Geolica Euro Lady Pearl Gray lenses if you’re looking for a good pair of grey lenses. It is definitely one of my favourite pairs of coloured lenses and I tend to reach for these quite regularly. They’re super comfortable, non-drying and gives my eyes a gorgeous shiny, grey colour.
     
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    Thanks for reading, xoxo
    Jiawun
     
    *These were sent for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.
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