Skin Deco

Friday, May 29, 2009

DIY: Sheet Masks

I recently came across this tablet-mask thingy which is basically a dry and very compacted piece of cotton mask. Apparently, when soaked in a toner or a treatment in watery form, the pill will expand and become your very own homemade sheet mask! Cool, isn't it?

Read on for more details and the transformation pictures...

First, I placed the tablet into a little container. Then, I gradually pour in the Shu Uemura Deepsea Moisture Replenishing Lotion. Look at that thing expanding! You will need about 10ml of fluid to soak up the entire mask.

So, what's the big deal? Basically, now you have the freedom to make any sort of mask that you want! If you're looking for whitening, you can use whitening toners (eg. RMK Skintuner Fruit) or if you want anti-acne perhaps you can try a toner with salycilic acid (eg. Clinique Clarifying Lotion)? Heck, if you wanna make an SK-II Miracle Water mask, you can too. The possibilites are only limited by the type of toners that you can get your hands on.

You can find these tablet-masks in Daiso and SaSa. They're quite cheap -- RM9.90 for 15 pieces from SaSa, which is the one I'm using.

(I'm in my towel, you perverts!) :p

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Summer Tutorial: Goa

Isn't that one of the most beautiful sunsets ever? I done looks with similar colors (see here and here) but realized that I never did do a tutorial on it. Since this look goes with the series' theme, here's Goa of India for ya.

Despite the many colors involved in this look, I've tried to make it as wearable as possible. This is also a great way to cram many many colors on one eye -- eight to be exact!

Read on for the video and picture tutorial :)

Items Used:

Benefit Dr. Feelgood (base)
Everyday Minerals Foundation in Buttered Tan
e.l.f. Healthy Glow Powder in Luminance

Everyday Minerals Blush in All Smiles
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Light Flush

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencil in Dusk
88 Color Palette: F7 (Berry Blue), H6 (Shimmery Plum), I6 (Shimmery Raspberry), I3 (Medium Orange), B1 (Soft Yellow), A3 (Off White), J6 (Shimmery Bronze), J7 (Dark Brown)
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Bloop Pencil Liner in Black
Daiso Auto Eyebrow Pencil
e.l.f. Brow Kit in Light
RMK Eyebrow Mascara
Maybelline Cat Eyes Mascara

RMK Irresistible Lips C in Shiny Beige

After prepping with an eyeshadow primer, create a base by applying a deep purple line up to the crease. Blend out the edges using your finger. Then, pick up the Blue and apply it on the lid beneath the crease. After that, layer the Plum shade above the blue until the crease. Use a blender brush to blend the crease. Next, get a round crease brush and lightly apply the Raspberry shade above the Plum. Blend some more. Basically, you blend every time you place a color. Repeat the same steps for the Orange and Yellow. Finally, apply the Off White right under the brow.

You'll get something that looks like this. The colors show up very nicely in real life but not so much in flash photography.

Using a small brush, place the Bronze shadow on the lower lash line and darken the outer half of the lash liner with Dark Brown. Then, highlight the inner corner with Soft Yellow. Line the upper lashline with black gel liner and tightline.

Curl lashes and apply mascara. Groom the brows and you're done!

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Review + Swatches: RMK Gloss Lips

I found yet another favorite lipgloss and this time it's from the RMK Gloss Lips range. You may have seen cameo appearances of Gloss Lips here, here and here. Having gathered swatches of 8 shades, these glosses are ready to be reviewed.

Read on for more.

The RMK Gloss Lips packaging is a classic tube with a brush applicator that seems to be nothing special but if you paid more attention, you'd be able to tell that the quality is superb. The stopper that squeezes out excess gloss does an excellent job so that the wand comes out clean with gloss only at the end. The brush itself is firm and applies a good amount of color to the lips.

Texture-wise, the gloss is smooth, not sticky and has a pretty decent lasting power. I get a little annoyed by the very shimmery shades though 'cause they tend to feel very gritty, as though they're lip scrubs. That aside, these are very good quality lip glosses that truly separates themselves from budget brands and not just with a high end price tag (RM78)

Most of the Gloss Lips shades are sheer without strong colorations. The shimmer shades contain multi-colored shimmers so that the glosses won't look tacky. One thing that all of the shade have in common is the signature 3D-shine.

  • 01 Clear Peach: Clear with a berry-colored tint. I don't usually wear clear glosses due to my pale lips but this one delivers just the right amount of color to take away the pale-ness
  • 15 Metallic Pink: Pale warm pink with golden and silver shimmers
  • 25 Shiny Brown Pink: Cool-toned brown with pink shimmers. Looks weird from the swatch but this color is great to pair with more intense eye make-up
  • 27 Shiny Sheer Gold: Multi-colored and golden shimmers. Very intense shimmer
  • 28 Silver Pink Beige: Pink-ish beige with silver shimmers. A nude color that won't make the lips look washed-out. My favorite
  • 29 Silver Coral Beige: Quite similar to #28 but more coral and with golden shimmers.
  • 30 Clear Beige: A milder version of #27
  • 32 Neutral Beige: Yellow-ish beige with silver and gold shimmers. Meant to be paired with brown smokey eyes

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Summer Tutorial: Bali

The theme for our most recent blogger/bunch-o-zany-ladies (as dear Bee so eloquently put it in her post) meet was Bali and quite naturally, I had to do a Bali-inspired look for the night's outing. I love how this look turned out and it's one of the simplest looks ever to do, I promise! It doesn't seem like much when you go along the tutorial but once the whole look pulls together, it becomes a fast and foolproof makeup for evenings.

Read on for it! We need more bananas!

Not bad eh? :D I didn't have enough time to do a complete video tutorial so I'll explain the face routine a little here. Since my neck and shoulders looked a little pale, I blended the foundation leftover from my brush over them. The cheeks are BAM-ed! with a wee bit of bronzer, warm blush and some gold highlight.

Items Used:

Monistat Chafing Gel
RMK Liquid Foundation #104
Revlon Skinlights Liquid Illuminizer in Peach Light
I Nuovi Undercover Concealer in 4Y
Giorgio Armani Loose Powder
e.l.f. Healthy Glow Powder in Luminance

MAC Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden
e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush and Bronzer (Blush only)
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in New Vegas

Urban Decay Primer Potion
The Body Shop Nature's Minerals Eye Color in Radiant Graphite
MAC Eyeshadow in Ricepaper
NYX Eyeshadow in Hot Orange
MAC Eyeshadow in Rare Specimen
MAC Eyeshadow in Faintly Fleur
MAC Fluidlin in Blacktrack
Dior Pencil Liner in Black
Maybelline Turbo Boost Mascara
Half lashes (some random Taiwan-made lashes)
Daiso Auto Eyebrow Pencil
e.l.f. Brow Kit in Light
GEO Nudy Golden Blue Lens

RMK Gloss Lips in #28 Silver Pink Beige

Let's begin!

After prepping lid with a shadow primer, pat on shimmer taupe brown shadow (Radiant Graphite) up to the crease. Apply highlight color (Ricepaper) on the rest of the lid. Then, using a fluffy crease brush, blend orange (Hot Orange) above the taupe brown. Darken the outer edge with a burgundy-toned dark brown (Rare Specimen), using a round crease brush.

Place the dark brown (Rare Specimen) on half of the lower lash line and the orange on the other half. Blend the orange into the dark brown. After that, highlight the inner corner of the eye using a frosty pink shadow (Faintly Fleur). The first highlight color would work too. Complete the eye makeup look by waterling with black pencil, lining the upper lash line with black gel liner, applying mascara and finally, fixing on the half lashes.

You should get something like this...

Hope you liked this look! I meant to do a full video tutorial but I lost track of time and didn't wanna be late for the meet! Don't worry, there'll be more to come :)

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Skin Deco for TiC: Make Up Base Comparison

Make up base is a new essential for foundation wearers to help with better application and keep foundation looking fresh throughout the day. It's basically a product, be it cream/liquid/balm/powder/mousse, that you apply before your foundation and after your sunblock for the stated reasons. For this week's post, we'll be comparing two make up bases that appear to be rather similar to each other but give different results. Look out for the unexpected winner!

Read the rest of the entry @ Tongue in Chic

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Adidas Shower Gel "Fair Play"

The hot unbearable heat in the recent weeks has definitely left everyone feeling icky and sticky, at least for me, I guess. However there’s one product that I truly recommend to leave you feeling cool and refreshed.

Read on to find out more.

Basically this time, I’ll be reviewing on a shower gel instead on facial products. It all started a week back when assignments and chores were piling up that’s when I got frustrated and decided to call up a few friends to have a round of badminton to release my “stress”. When I got back I realize that my body was actually heating up and that’s when I remembered that Connie sent me an Adidas Fair Play Shower Gel.

(pardon my photography skills)

The shower gel comes in a rather unique 250ml bottle packaging with both sides having anti-slip design and just the right size to slip into your gym bag or for travelling purposes. At first, except for its uniquely refreshing fragrance nothing seem really appealing to me, the fact that the texture and see-through gel is just like the other ordinary shower gel. However what makes me change my mind was the after-effect. After using it, I could really feel the immediate fresh feeling on my skin.

I know most of the readers would think, any shower gel that comes with the ingredients such as menthol or mint could easily pass on that feeling. I wouldn’t deny that as I myself have try on shower gels from the likes of Dettol and Shokubutsu which both come with similar refreshing properties. But the cooling effect that lingers on your skin from these products may sometimes be too extreme and in the end cause irritations. However this does not happen with the Adidas Fair Play Shower Gel as the cooling sensation is just right and it stays on for quite some time as well.

Not a single product is perfect therefore this shower gel is no exception as well. For starters, for the price that I’m paying, I find it slightly more expensive compare to the other shower gels in the market. Not only that but some will not be enjoying the unique refreshing fragrance as a few of my friends find it rather, how do I put it “special”.

Overall, Adidas Fair Play Shower Gel is definitely my favourite shower gel for now and I’ve recommended to most of my friends who enjoys outdoor activities or just couldn’t stand the recent heat wave. To sum it up, the pros are the gel provides the right level of cooling sensation not overdoing it, has a uniquely refreshing fragrance and the ergonomic bottle design. And the downside is, it’s slightly overpriced. But kudos Adidas, this is definitely one of the products suitable for men and especially for athletes.

The Adidas Shower Gel is also available in two other varieties, Ice Dive and Team Force but I did see other shower gels during the late of last year which was Adidas Shower Gel Game Spirit. As for the ladies, no worries, there’s three various Adidas Shower Gels catering especially just for you.

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How NOT to Do Your Make Up - The Asian Edition

Few weeks back I went to Malaysia's longest night market in Taman Connaught. Despite being very much distracted by the Uncle Bob Fried Chicken, coconut water, Tako Tao, and smelly tofu, I couldn't help noticing all the fake-looking false lashes flashing around me. Perhaps it was the shine from the plastic lashes. That night in less than 2 hours, I counted not five, not ten but TWENTY pairs of plastic lashes unconciously. If I was seriously counting, fifty would not have been surprising. Matching the fake lashes were utterly bad makeup that should never ever be seen out, what more in a night market.

This video should give you an idea on what I'm talking about.

Read on for more talk on bad makeup and their fixes.

  1. Way too white foundation: It's alright to wanna look fairer but let your skin care take care of that! A foundation that's one shade lighter than your skin tone should be the maximum that you'll be able to get away with.
  2. Unblended foundation: You don't wanna show the world that you're wearing a mask of foundation so make sure to blend it down your neck.
  3. Powder Foundation over foundation: You most definitely can do this but be very careful because piling on the coverage may cause your base to look really cakey. Opt for a full-coverage foundation and set with translucent powder so that the coverage looks more natural.
  4. Over-concealing: Too much can lead to bad caking! Slowly layer on your concealer instead.
  5. Over-highlighting: Try not to highlight your entire face or you'd look like a walking disco ball. Concentrate on one or two features and use a subtle highlight so that it'll appear more natural.
  6. Unblended contouring: You're not fooling anyone if your don't blend those harsh lines! Gradually add color and blend well.
  7. Hot pink blush: If you're wearing such a strong pink, tone it down, please!
  8. Extreme black line: Putting black eyeliner all over your eyes doesn't equal to smokey eyes. I have loads of tutorials on smokey eyes so do check them out.
  9. Silver highlight: If you have heavy lids, try not to make your highlight color stand out too much or your eyes may look swollen.
  10. GLITTER!!!: Use them in the right places and at the right time.
  11. Harsh brows: Don't just draw on your brows and call it a day. Use feathering strokes with your pencil. You can also try drawing an outline using templates and fill in the brows with eyebrow powder.
  12. Dramatic lashes: Thick lashes will just make your eyes look heavy. Try natural lashes instead to really open up the eyes. Oh, and let the glue become tacky before you stick on the lashes.
  13. Drippy glossy lips: Ew.... just ew... You don't need me to explain this

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My Business Card Sucks. Help?

That thing up there would be my sorry excuse for a business card. Yes, I can put on eyeshadow and draw a steady line but other than that, my artistic skill is close to zilch. What more trying to design something with my computer.

I need a simple yet effective business card design and I need it soon. Are there any Skin Deco readers here who think that they can do a way better job than I can? Heck, an elephant can probably design a better business card. Just too bad I don't personally know any elephants.

Here I am, asking for help. Pretty pretty please? *bats lashes*

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Connie's Beauty Profile

Inspired by the So Loverly girls, I figured it'd be useful to have my very own Beauty Profile floating around my blog for reference.

Age: 23
Skin Type: Combination Dry. Sensitive and eczema-prone. Only oily on nose after 5 hours. Occasional breakouts pre and during menstruation
Main Problems: Eczema, allergic reactions, beakouts on dry areas ie. cheeks and forehead, fine lines on forehead, eye bags, uneven skintone around chin
No-no Ingredients: High content of... petrolatum, beeswax, alcohol. But it all depends on the quality of the ingredients as well.
HG Ingredients: Salicylic acid, jojoba oil, shea butter, dimethicone, tea extract, hyaluronic acid

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The following products are the ones that I'm currently using in my regime. It may change from time to time.

Last Updated: 22 April 2010


Cleanser: Kose Softymo Cleansing Oil, Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser
Scrub: The Body Shop Honey & Oat Scrub Mask, MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
Mask: Origins You're Getting Warmer (deep cleansing), Various sheet masks (hydrating), Clarins Hydraquench Cream-Mask
Serum (Day): Perricone MD Cold Plasma, Perricone MD High Potency Amine Complex Face Lift
Serum (Night): Perricone MD Cold Plasma, Beautymaker Skin Repair Wakening Gel
Treatment (for eczema): Ointment prescribed by doctor
Treatment (for skin discoloration):
Treatment (for pimples): 3M Nexcare Acne Patch
Eye Treatment: None
Toner (Day): Madara Deep Comfort Toner
Toner (Night): Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion
Moisturizer (Day): Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream, A'Kin Emergency Gel, Skin MD Natural Lotion
Moisturizer (Night): Shu Uemura Phyto Black Lift Renewing Night Cream, Madara Regenerating Night Cream, Origins Youthtopia Cream (weekend)
Sunscreen: RMK Face Protector, Sunplay Skin Aqua Moisture Gel, Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense, and Shu Uemura UV Under Base Fluid (light/no makeup days)


Blush: Peach, bronze, golden
Eyeshadow: Gold, green, teal, red-brown, yellow, orange
Lip: Nude, flesh-toned, brown, peach

Read beauty profiles of Kahani, Syen and Eli.

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Don't Let Bad Packaging Stop You!

In my previous review post about the fabulous I Nuovi D27 Eyeshadows, I mentioned how their only flaw is the weird packaging that looks like the capsule out of toy vending machines. For convenience, I've de-potted all of my I Nuovi D27 eyeshadows to fit in the e.l.f. Empty Compact. At only $1USD each, this pan comes with a full-sized mirror and a metal base. Even if you don't have I Nuovi eyeshadows, this compact fits MAC eyeshadows and NYX Trio pans as well.

Read on for the step-by-step and my gushing over the latest D27 in my growing collection.

Deciding on just ONE color to get from the I Nuovi D27 range can be more challenging than voting for the next political party. There are so many colors to choose from and almost all of them are pretty. After about 3 sets of swatches, I finally decided on Spellbound which caught my eye from day one but surpassed me for being "yet another brown". If I wasn't biased towards Velvet and Charcoal, I'd say that this is my favorite color so far.

Spellbound is basically a bronzed brown with a good amount of bronze shimmer so what you get is not metallic or frosty but proper shimmer. This color will look good on anyone and it can easily be matched to any other color. The only reason that I'm not using this much these days is because I don't want to make my other eyeshadows feel abandoned. With that said, if you're considering to get a D27, make this your first color choice. I assure you that you won't go wrong.

See me using this color here, here and here.

We'll need to get the good stuff out of the funky-looking plastic. First step, peel off the label and stick it onto the back of the compact.

Then, use something pointy (I used a pair of forceps) to push the pan out. See that little hole there? If you're having difficulty, try heating up the base of the pan with a lighter to loosen up the glue bond.

Next, cut out a magnetic sheet or you can use any old magnet that fits, and stick it to the back of the pan with double sided tape. This way you can easily pop the pan in and out of the compact.

Finally, pop it into the pan and you're good to go! My brain went missing and UHU-glued down Velvet and Charcoal. Don't do that, k? Do the magnet thing.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Summer Tutorial: Dominican Republic

Did you think that I've ran out of ideas for the Summer Tutorials Series? Not likely! Here's the third tutorial inspired by the clear blue sea of the Dominican Republic. Thanks, Kia, for the suggestion! I made both a video and picture tutorial for this one and again, do let me know which one you like better so that I'll have an idea on what to do in future. I've adjusted the white balance and zoomed in so I hope the quality's better now. Since this tutorial only focuses on the eye, the video is in normal speed.

Read on for both media of tutorials!

This is the look we're trying to achieve... Check out the hoop earrings! I'm so into them but I know my interest will only last for a little under 2 weeks.

Items Used:

L'Oreal True Match Make-up Base
Youngblood Mineral Liquid Foundation in Tahitian Sun
Revlon Skinlight Liquid Illuminizer in Peach Light
I Nuovi Undercover Concealer in 4Y
Giorgio Armani Loose Powder
e.l.f. Healthy Glow Powder in Luminance
Make Up Store Blush in Oh So Fresh

Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Paint Pot in Rollickin'
MAC Eyeshadow in Electric Eel
MAC Eyeshadow in Ricepaper
Stila Eyeshadow Duo in Kajiki (the dark blue)
Shu Uemura Glow On Blush in P Gold 91 (highlight)
Bobbi Brown Long Wearing Gel Liner in Ivy Shimmer Ink
Dior Pencil Liner in Black
Maybelline Volum' Express Trubo Boost Mascara
Daiso Auto Eyebrow Pencil
Prescriptive Eyebrow Powder

MAC Lipglass in Florabundance

Star by applying your base makeup as usual. I'm using a darker foundation to give myself a warmer complexion. And also, this is the only foundation that would agree with my messed up skin for the time being.

After prepping lid with a primer, apply a teal base (Rollickin') on 2/3 of the lid with your finger. Pat on a bright teal (Electric Eel) over the base with a firm eyeshadow brush (e.l.f.). Then, apply a beige (Ricepaper) shade on the inner portion of the lid, blending upwards and also into the bright teal. Take a round crease brush and place the dark blue (Kajiki) into the outer corner of the lid and bring the color halfway into the crease.

With a fluffy crease brush, blend the dark blue really really well until it gets smoked out. Apply highlight color under the brow. Use a small brush and place the colors on the bottom lash line following the order of the colors on the top lid.

Line the top lash line with dark green gel liner and the water line with black pencil liner. Finish off with mascara.

Hope you found both tutorials useful!

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Copy Cat: Fuzkittie's Anti Aging Facial Massage

If you haven't already checked out fuzkittie's Anti Aging Facial Massage video, please make sure that you do!

I did the massage as I watched the video so that I won't miss out on the steps and thought I'd on my webcam while I'm at it. Bad idea...

Continue reading to view my video. Please don't take it seriously, it's just for fun :)

The video doesn't finish loading for me. Is it the same for you? :-/

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Wonderful Gifts From Wonderful People

Before I go to bed, I'd like to thank my gorgeous cousin, Eve, and a very kind reader, Lisa, for the very generous gifts.

I know some people have negative thoughts towards me getting things for free thinking, "She has so much cosmetics already! Why does she need more? Other people with little cosmetics should deserve them".
I was gonna defend myself by explaining but you know what? People can think whatever they wanna think. Many others know better and there's really no need for me to please the haters, eh?

Read on to see my new additions. Good night!

From Eve: Tommy Girl Summer Cologne, Bobbi Brown Living Beauty Palette, Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencil, Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow, NYX Ultra Pearl Mania

From Lisa (She helped me cut off some stuff from my wishlist!): Skin Food Gingko BB Cream, Everyday Minerals Blush in All Smiles, Everyday Minerals Eye Shadow in Thank You and Cypress.

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Review: RMK Eyebrow Mascara

Lighter-colored brows have the ability to soften the entire face and bring more focus to the eyes. Being an Asian with naturally dark hair my eyebrows tend to look bold after filling them in. What more, my dyed medium brown hair contrasts with my eyebrow color, which makes them brows look funkier [see pic here].

Now that I have new found urgency for properly groomed brows, RMK Eyebrow Mascara is the icing on the cake that makes me completely satisfied with my brows. The effect is wondrous although subtle.

Read on for the full product review.

"Mascara for grooming as well as lightening the eyebrow to match your hair color. Its comb is designed to deliver even coating on the hairs, leaving absolutely no trace on the skin. Water-resistant formulated to provide the smudge-free, beautiful eyebrows all day long"

*Thinks that the description looks weird*

RMK Eyebrow Mascara is basically mascara for your eyebrows. Duh! The colored cream coats the hairs of the eyebrow thus, lightens the color of the hairs. Once the cream dries, it holds the hairs in place so that they'd look more neat. The color that I'm using is 04 which looks kinda bronze and even has a metallic sheen. Although not a perfect match to my hair color, it's close enough and the metallic gives more dimension for the tint to look realistic. It's packaged in a very simple mascara-like tube with a brush that looks like a toothbrush and it's relatively simple to use.

There's a technique to apply eyebrow mascara so that the tint doesn't stain the skin. You definitely won't want to look like you grew a mole under your eyebrows. Start with filled eyebrows. The brush should be coating the lashes against the direction of hair growth, then lightly coating any remaining hairs. Following that, brush the hairs in place with a clean spoolie.

And voila! You get neat lightened brows! If you have full brows that don't require filling, you can use the eyebrow mascara on its own. Try not to use this on ungroomed brows, please. Unless you're aiming for a brown unibrow.

The formula is indeed long-wearing and doesn't fade. Just like mascara, the cream does get clumpy after a while but it does have a longer shelf life.

All in all, I like this product very much. I've seen dupes (eg. Fasio) but none that can actually lighten the brows without looking too fake. I've placed an order for e.l.f. Studio Treat & Tame in hope that it'll be a suitable dupe. We'll see. Got a cheaper alternative suggestion? Do let me know!

RMK Eyebrow Mascara comes in 7 shades total but only 5 shades in Europe and Southeast Asia. Retails for RM105 at RMK Counters.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

I Nuovi Mummy's Girl Contest Winner!

Sorry it took so long for me to announce the winner for the I Nuovi Mummy's Girl Contest!

Since the winner for this contest is picked based on their entry and not by random, I had an incredibly difficult time deciding on the winner. After shortlisting to 10 entries then to 5 and finally the top 3. I proposed the top 3 entries to Rina from I Nuovi and we both agreed on a winner.

*drum roll please*

Congratulations to...


"Hi, this beauty tip has been passed down from my grandma to my mum then my mum to me. Since young, my mum will keep all the rice washed water into 2 portion, one for me & another portion for herself, as face cleanser. Believe it or not, it did help us look & stay young."

Thank you so much everyone for participating in this contest. You do know that the more y'all make the effort to join in means more giveaways and contests in future right? And who wouldn't want that!

If you've tried many times to enter and you never seem to have the luck to win, don't give up yet! Your moment will come just when you least expect it!

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Review: I Nuovi Undercover Under-eye Dark Circle Concealer

In need of a liquid concealer since my e.l.f. Tone Correcting Concealer is running out, I decided to join the majority and got the I Nuovi Undercover Under-eye Dark Circle Concealer. Lately my dark circles and eye bags have become more prominent due to lack of sleep and not using an eye cream *GASPS*. The e.l.f. concealer, although wonderful, is a tad too sheer while the Undercover is formulated specially for concealing under eye dark circles. For extra bonuses, the formula is claimed to be anti-cake and contains treatment for the eye area. Sounds good, no?

Y'all know I've fallen for I Nuovi after discovering so many of their awesome products. Read on to see if the Undercover makes the cut into the favorites and perhaps pick up a few tips for concealing dark circles.

This liquid concealer is packaged in a soft tube with a small nozzle, which is hygienic and practical. Oddly, the tube doesn't dispense the product very well because there seems to be a lot of air filling up the space in the tube, which requires me to squeeze hard for the product to come out. However, when I do manage to squeeze the product out, too much fluid tend to come out and the amount becomes difficult to control. There basically is some flaw somewhere in the packaging that I can't quite figure out.
The concealer itself is very fluid but it does give a medium coverage which is sufficient for my not-so-intense dark circle. For a more yellow-toned color, I got shade 4Y. This formula is not one that would work with fingers due to the fluidity. You can pat all you want and the concealer just won't seem to be concealing because it doesn't adhere to the skin.

Differing from my usual method, applying this concealer with a concealer brush seems to give the best outcome. Here's how I apply the Undercover:
After foundation, I sweep the concealer with a concealer brush right on the dark areas then blend with the brush. After that, I smooth out the edges by patting lightly with my finger. To set the concealer I apply Coastalscents Silica Powder over the concealer.

The Coastalscents Silica Powder was given to me by Kahani (Thanks!) and it's supposed to be a dupe for the Make Up For Ever HD Powder. They're basically the same thing with very different prices. I don't fancy using this as my setting powder because it can be drying and leaves a slight white cast in photos when not buffed properly but a light dusting on the under eye area provides a smooth and bright finish without caking.

Back to the Undercover, it did manage to stay on without fading much throughout the day. As for the anti-cake... not always consistent. Sometimes it cakes and sometimes it doesn't, depending on how heavy I apply the concealer and the type of foundation I have underneath. Regardless, even if does cake, it's not severe.

I must admit that my hopes were rather high for this product and it didn't deliver quite as amazingly as I expected it to. It's still a very good concealer compared to many that I've used but there's room for improvements in terms of packaging and the fluidity of the product.

Retails for RM62/10ml ( I think!). I forgot again. I suck.

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