Thursday, July 25, 2019

Beauty Empties #15 ♡ ColourPop, ABH, Chanel, Drunk Elephant, Origin, Kiehl's, Narciso Rodriguez, The Good Vitamin Co. + More!

It's been a long time since I last posted my beauty empties and during this time I have finished up a lot of products, including makeup, skincare and my favorite perfume.

First up is my absolute favorite brow products of all time, the COLOURPOP BROW BOSS PENCIL, which has been mentioned in almost all of my beauty empties posts. This is an amazing product if you like natural brows that last all day.

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS BROW WIZ is like an expensive version of the ColourPop Precision Brow Pencil, which I also use sometimes, but it can be a bit heavy. I like that it glides on smoothly and application is so easy.

CHANEL STYLO SOURCILS WATERPROOF DEFINING LONGWEAR EYEBROW PENCIL (omg, such a long name!!!) was recommended to me when I last visited the Chanel boutique at Britomart. I like the slanted tip as it is very easy to shape and line the brows. I love that it gives a natural looking coverage and it is long wearing as well. The lady also recommended a brow gel (Chanel Le Gel Sourcils Longwear Eyebrow Gel) to go with this brow pencil and I absolutely love the combination! Both are expensive, but totally worth it.

After years of trying different cleansers from different brands and pricing ranges, I have come to realized that supermarket branded products are actually better than the expensive ones we buy in these beauty stores. I have been using the DRUNK ELEPHANT BESTE NO. 9 JELLY CLEANSER for months and I am so glad that I finally emptied the tube! This cleanser says to be perfect for sensitive skin and the gentle formula claims to rinses away without an ounce of residue, leaving skin clean and soft. Okay, I am not mad because this actually does what it says, but I just feel like it's not worth the price spent, because any cleanser can leave skin clean and soft, right?!

GLOW RECIPE WATERMELON GLOW JELLY SHEET MASK is also a product that I am not a big fan of, haha. This is my second time using this sheet mask and upon application I thought "it's quite refreshing and it's actually not that bad this time", but it ends up in disappointment again. I had difficulty trying to keep the mask on as it kept sliding down. It's a watermelon sheet mask but it doesn't smell watermelon. My face felt dry and sticky after the removable of the mask and the serum just don't seem to absorb into my skin at all. 

MECCA COSMETICA MULTI-PURPOSE PLUMPING BALM is amazing! I use it as a primer and it can be used as a daily moisturizer as well. The formula is hydrating and it leaves my skin looking plump and healthy, not oily at all. I also really like the packaging, it comes in a tube with a pump which is easy to dispense the product. My makeup looks flawless and wears all day (12 hours) whenever I use this product.

I have already re-purchased the WET N WILD COVER ALL FACE PRIMER many many times and I will continued to recommend this primer to anyone with oily skin! This one is really affordable and it does the job better than others that you spent $$$ on. It minimize pores, brightens complexion and even skin tone. Makeup applies smoothly and it is really good at controlling oily face.

ORIGINS ORIGINAL SKIN MATTE MOISTURISER WITH WILLOWHERB is literally the BEST moisturizer that I have tried, in recent year. I am currently on my second tub and I would definitely recommends to anyone with oily skin. This is a total life saver, it is very good at oil control, it keeps makeup looking fresh throughout the day and I wear this on days without makeup as well, it just keeps my face completely shine free without looking dull.

I have finally finished my KIEHL'S ULTRA FACIAL OIL-FREE GEL CREAM and I actually like this product, but I am not sure if I will re-purchase, only because Kiehl's is expensive in NZ. This gel cream was recommended to me when I was looking for a lightweight moisturizer suitable for oily skin. I like that the gel texture feels quite cooling and refreshing upon application and that the cream keeps my face hydrated throughout the night. 

I am also glad that I have finally emptied the KIEHL'S CREAMY EYE TREATMENT WITH AVOCADO as I have had this for a very long time. This was actually purchased a few years ago after reading all the rave reviews online. I like the creamy texture and the non-greasy formula is easy to spread. I see that my concealers doesn't crease much under my eye area after using this eye cream for awhile. It's quite moisturizing and I really like it. 

I got a travel sized KAT VON D LOCK-IT SETTING POWDER to try and I thought that it's an amazing product. This powder is finely milled, it goes nice on the skin, I use it to bake and it leaves my makeup looking flawless, but I find that if I touch-up during the day, it turns my face cakey. 

COLOURPOP NO FILTER LOOSE SETTING POWDER is another powder products that I have been loving lately. I use the translucent and although the powder is not finely milled like the KVD, when I use this to bake, it also makes my skin looks flawless. It has a lightweight texture that keeps my makeup in place all day, and I was able to touch-up during the day without turning my face cakey.

MAC X CHRIS CHANGE PREP + PRIME TRANSPARENT FINISHING PRESSED POWDER used to be my favorite until it forms a hard top layer on the powder and from my research, I found that it's cause by oil transfer from skin to tool then onto the powder. The top layer can be scrapped off but it's just a hassle having to scrap it every time before use. Otherwise this is a really good powder for setting an oily face. 

I get compliments every time I wear the NARCISO RODRIGUEZ FOR HER FLEUR MUSC PERFUME and it has definitely become 'my scent'. I absolutely love this perfume, I love everything from the sweet smell of roses to the pink packaging and this one wears all day on me, the smell lingers on my clothes for a few days as well. Just no word to describe how much I love this! 

Last but not least, I want to share with you a non makeup and skincare related product, but a vitamin that I have been taking lately which works a wonders. Me being a non believer of vitamins pills or chewy thought that you can get enough vitamin by eating lots of fruits and veges, so I was really skeptical about this product when I was shopping for one. 

As you know, I have been getting my nails done with gel or acrylic for years and years now and my own nails is really damaged. I find it very hard to grow my nails as they're just chipping all the time and tearing by the nail bed. My hair has been falling pretty badly as well and there were time my middle parted line was going bald... That's when I thought I had to do something!

I went to the chemist and I was recommended THE GOOD VITAMIN CO. GOOD BIOTIN FOR SKIN HAIR NAILS. I have already emptied one bottle and now I am on my second bottle and I thought this really works! On days that I am not wearing makeup at all, I get complimented on how glowy my skin looks lately. I see an obvious growth on my nails as I am wearing fake press-on nails at the moment and I see the little gap just by taking this vitamin for two weeks. My hair seems fuller these days, there is less fall outs and overall it seem to work really well!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Maybelline Tattoo Brow Gel Tint ♡ Review & Demo

Today I am sharing with you my review of the Maybelline Tattoo Brow Gel Tint in Dark Brown.

I have used similar products in the past, the first one I have tried was the Etude House Tint My Brows Gel which I absolutely love. Then I tried the K-Palette Lasting Eyebrow Tint which I was really not a fan of. Lastly, I have been using the Maybelline Tattoo Brow Gel Tint in the past few weeks and I actually really like this product, it's not bad comparing to the Korean branded ones.


Maybelline Tattoo Brow is described as a peel off gel tint that leaves brows perfectly defined and evenly filled for up to 3 days. 

Simply apply over brows in your desired shape and let dry for at least 20 minutes, for best result, the brand has recommended to leave the gel on for up to 2 hours before peeling off.

The gel tint is available in four shades, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Grey Brown and Light Brown.


I have been using the Maybelline Tattoo Brow Gel Tint for a couple of weeks now and I used it at least once a week.

I have tried both, leaving on for 20 minutes and leaving on for 2 hours and I find that the result is pretty much the same.

Leaving it on for 2 hours as suggested doesn't mean that it will last longer.

This tint last 3 days as claimed and I find that it doesn't matter how many products you have applied or how long you have leave it on, the color starts fading on day 2 and on day 3 it's literally gone.

I love the applicator and I really like how precise it applies and although the result comes out a little harsh and unnatural, it definitely helps me filling in the brows in the morning.

I have the shade in Dark Brown and after peeling off the gel, the color does match me alright, but I always find that on day 2, the color would fade and turn a little orange.

The brand has suggested to peel off starting from the inner corner towards the outside and I love how it peels off in one-piece and it's hassle free.

Maybelline Tattoo Brow cost NZD $24.99 from Farmers and honestly, I think the pricing is not bad as the tube can last awhile and the gel doesn't dry out too quickly.

Overall, I really like this product and would recommend to anyone, who doesn't have a lot of time to fuss with their brows in the morning.


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette ♡ Review & Swatches

Today I am sharing with you my thoughts and swatches of the ABH Norvina Palette.

This palette was released in 2018 and I only get to try it out recently when ABH becomes available at Mecca. I was actually deciding between the Norvina Palette and the Modern Renaissance, and I end up choosing Norvina because the shades all looks more natural and princess-ish.

I have been using the Norvina Palette for over a months now, I use it everyday, I love it, but there's a few things that ticked me off as well... and I wondered if people are experiencing the same things?

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Norvina is the daughter of the founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills, and this eyeshadow palette was created and named after her.

I have been following Norvina on Twitter for a very long time and I admire her styles. Her purple hair looks gorgeous and I love her makeup looks.


Norvina says she has always wanted to create a palette that embodies her spirit, she described herself as a dreamer at heart who gets lost in her own fantasy world daily... (aren't we all?!).

The Norvina Palette features 14 shades ranging from bold and bright mattes to soft pastel metallics.

It comes in a purple velvet-like packaging which feels soft and nice to grip onto, but it gets dirty so easily and it's almost impossible to wipe it completely clean because of its' velvet material.

The palette comes with a double-ended brush which I use sometimes, I am not a huge fan of it because the bristles feels a little harsh on me.

It also comes with a big mirror which is great for travelling.


The overall pigmentation of The Norvina Palette is amazing, most of the shades are very opaque and some of the metallic shades are literally jam-packed with shimmers; but a few of the metallics are quite patchy and the shimmers are quite chunky.

I love the shades included in this palette, the overall look gives you that whimsical feel. I use Base (matte eggshell, I use it as a base color), Incense (matte dusty terra-cotta, I use it as the outer corner) and Rose Gold (metallic rosewood, I use that as a topper) a lot and I love the formula, it's so soft and creamy, but it has A LOT of fall outs. The palette literally goes all dusty as soon as I dip in my eyeshadow brush and that really annoys me.


The Norvina Palette is the most beautiful eyeshadow palette at first glance, the shades included are so gorgeous and the pigmentation is amazing; but a month later, I kind of feel like, I spent $86 on this palette and I only use three shades.

I have been loving shimmer eyeshadow toppers and some of the metallics in this palettes are not as pigmented which would be perfect if using as a topper, unfortunately, the shimmers are either too chunky and or they applies patchy. 

The packaging, I absolutely adore the velvet-like feel and the purple looks unicorn-ish, but as mentioned earlier, this type of materials attracts dirts so easily and it's really hard to keep it clean.

The formula is also amazing, it's very soft and smooth, it's easily to blend and the eyeshadows stays on for hours. The only thing I dislike is, as mentioned, the fall outs and the pan becoming all dusty after one dip into the palette, If I tap off the excess and apply on the eyes, I find that they are hardly any fall outs, but it's just the pan being all dusty is what really get on my nerves.