ETSY | ALEX CABAL
I came across Alex’s illustrations through her instagram and I fell in love. I was intrigued by her use of Filipino influences, the patterns, colours, mythology and the women, they all look strong and confident. It was nothing like I’ve seen before, so I had to purchase my own!
This piece in particular, spoke in volumes. How the woman holds the cigarette, juxtaposes with the title of ‘Mother Nature’, it’s strangely fascinating. The patterns used for the tattoo was beautifully done, emphasising the Filipino influences and showcasing the culture’s art style. This illustration is printed on a 9″x12″ matte cardstock paper.
The formula was thick and was rich in consistency, it was truly satisfying when it was applied. Due to the thickness of it, you just need a little when applying. I use it during my night-time routine, but I did read you can also use it before your morning cosmetics.
Targeting fine lines, wrinkles and those pesty dark circles, this collagen-boosted eye cream will be your right-hand weapon! The secret ingredient I think, would be its use of Vitamin C. The banana pigment, it says, would be a great colour corrector for the eye area. I haven’t tried it, but that answers why it has that banana pigment to it.
My results was great! I found my eye area brighter, like I would look less like a panda when the weeks went by. Eye concealer I found was easier to buff out, due to the application of the eye creme the night before. The eye creme had an effect of smoothing and hydrating the under-eye area. I wished I bought the larger version.
I am slowly building up this little collection of Innisfree’s cotton ink lip tints. I have been meaning to use lip tints more, just because of its natural finish look. For $16.10 you get 4g of lip tint and is available in 15 shades, I believe in the same colour palette. Mainly reds and browns.
I love the soft, flat-edge wand used, as it applies the shine essence oil-infused (camellia, mango seed, avocado, cotton seed oil) tint across the lips. I wonder how it would work on the cheeks mmm? Anyways, it feels moist, soft and non-drying once applied and has a slight fragrance to it. I would spread a tiny bit in the inner-most of my lips and then spread it out with my fingers. A little tint dabbed on, goes a long way! It is super pigmented so it lasts for a good 3-4 hours. Definitely buildable and once dried, it does not smudge. Non-sticky too! The finish is matte, with subtle shine.
TATCHA | AMAZON
Can we take a minute and appreciate the packaging? It looks and feels luxurious! It was a definite treat opening it up and then finding the balm, cased within a beautiful circular clear case.
To be honest, what attracted me to this product, was the flakes of gold. Once applied, it gives your lips a slight simmer, which is prefect when your lips need that little oomph. The balm is a mixture of camellia oil and squalene, which will provide your lips with a generous amount of moisture throughout the day. The balm is not sticky and it glides, as well as dissolve, evenly when applied. There is quite a bit of balm in the container, which will sufficiently last you a while! A definite bang for your buck.
Three highly-dense and soaked masks, are cased within the box. Covered with Enchinacea GreenEnvy, chichoric acid, coconut gel, carrot extract, cucumber extract and more, you can be rest assured your skin to feel hydrated, smooth and almost plump-like.
Due to the high amount of goodies soaked into the mask, it is quite heavy on the face and it brings about a cooling sensation throughout the process. There is a slight difference to my skin’s brightness after application. It is non-sticky which I love and has a slight fragrance. The price for 3 masks is quite high, which I believe is because of the dense ingredients used. However, I don’t mind re-purchasing the other target-related masks in this brand, because I have found it to be affective, non-irritating and the hydrating benefits is immediate.
SMASHBOX | AMAZON
The consistency of Smashbox’s photo finish foundation primer, has this almost silicone feel that feels quite soft against the skin. I do however find the primer to be difficult to spread across evenly, at times it just sits on top of the skin and would clump. It somewhat blurs the pores, but like what I said earlier, because of the difficulty of spreading the primer you may find yourself with areas that are uneven.
I purchased this primer to see whether the ‘oil-free’ property of this primer, has any effect on my medium-oily skin-type… It keeps my skin matte looking for about 3 hours, but later throughout the day I definitely need to blot. I’d say this primer works well, if you have a smooth surface, tend to be on the non-oiler side or have an applicator to evenly spread the primer.
The primer is fragrance-free and has enough formula to last you 2-3 months!
When you first see Tatcha, what do you envision? For me it speaks out luxury, history and a leader in the beauty industry. So I had to get my hands (and skin) on a Tatcha cream!
I am almost half-way through this hydrating moisturiser, 1 to 2 little scoops is enough for the face and neck. Richly hydrating, non-sticky and it has this cooling and calming affect. I do use it during my night-time routine, as it is definitely more on the heavier side. The fragrance scent is barely there. What I’ve noticed is when applied at night, the next day my skin still retains that softness. It does take about a minute or two to fully absorb and does not sit on your skin.
The packaging was exquisite, from the box it came in, the thoughtful note and down to the sturdy jar itself. This is the full size costing about $100+ and you can also purchase the travel size.
Pricey? Yes, but you’ll feel pampered once you’ve have applied one or more masks!
A bento set is what this glamorous set of masks are called, created by Skin Inc. You get spoilt with 3 sets of masks with specific functions, Lines Be-Gone in rose gold, Get Glowin in platinum and Soothe-N-Purify in gold. The quality of these masks are amazing, sturdy and are not over-soaked. As these beauty masks are quite dense, they don’t slip or slide on your face, however mine were a tad too large. Interestingly these masks are cut in half, so it provides you with an opportunity to mix and match depending on what you’re targeting.
FENTY BEAUTY | AMAZON
Fenty Beauty’s gloss bomb lip luminizer has been out on the shelves for a while now and I have been loving this gloss for a few months now! First off the packaging is so chic, playful and it comes in a handy size, convenient to bring with you on the go. The amount of product you get out of it is amazing and if you only use gloss once in a while, this will definitely last.
The brush applicator spreads the gloss evenly and efficiently. My lips are pigmented more towards a mixture of medium brown and medium pink, which I find this rose nude shade blends perfectly well with. I generally apply mine on its own, but I have also used it on top of lipstick if I want an extra shine to it. For me, it lasts well between 2-3 hours after which I’d have to reapply. It is non-sticky even though the consistency is quite thick, has a slight peach vanilla scent and enriched with shea butter, keeping your lips looking youthful and conditioned. You will instantly see the shine come through and it does have tiny specks of glitter I think, which is another plus.
I’d repurchase this lip gloss, not because of the brand but because of the quality of this gloss. I don’t wear lip glosses often, but since this is not sticky, creates an illusion of fuller lips and keeps your lips hydrated it is worth the price for me.
TOO FACED | AMAZON
Coconut-infused did you say? That is why is smells so refreshing, as well as super hydrating. The only challenge with this product is that it doesn’t keep the oiliness at bay. I probably won’t recommend to use this primer/setter in the warmer seasons.
Yes! You read right, the Hangover 3-in-1 is primer, setter and an everyday face spray. As my skin tends to verge more on the oiler side, I would normally use this as a setter. It is on the pricer side, about $50. Size I got was 120ml and I am so happy that it sprays evenly. I most likely won’t repurchase as my skin is too oily.