I did not know if I should categorize BB Creams (Blemish Balm Creams) under skincare or makeup so I left the category out from the title. Some people say that BB Creams are like skincare and so good for their skin. Others treat BB Creams as makeup. I would categorize it as makeup actually because it acts like a foundation and makeup base. And because its makeup, I don’t need a 1 month test period before I review! :)

Etude House BB Cream

Here’s my review on the Etude House BB Magic Cream which is the first BB Cream I’ve ever tried and the first Etude House product I’ve tried. So do bear in mind that I cannot compare this with any other brand of BB Cream in the market.

I found the packaging very cute and very strange. It comes in a soft plastic tube like a moisturizer or facial wash, but instead of being capped, it is capped off with a pump. In most cases, tubes don’t come with pumps and this is the first time I’ve seen anything like this.

Etude House BB Cream

To be honest, I detest the pump. The idea behind the pump is probably to make it easy to dispense the lotion. However, I had a problem with it because after a few times of working properly, it will get “stuck” and not pump anything out. And then when it does, it sprays the BB Cream all over the place, even spattering on my clothes and marking/staining it sometimes. I’ve had to change 3 times so far before leaving the house and I’m NOT amused! So, get rid of the pump and I’ll be a happy camper. I have however, worked out by now thatif you hold and store the tube standing up i.e. tube at the bottom, pump at the top, it doesn’t spatter as badly. Still, I detest the pump :P

The BB Cream I got was in Refreshing which is a light lotion that is recommended for normal-oily skins. The sales assistant told me it worked as a makeup base and foundation so you just have to apply it after moisturizer. Take note that this is NOT an all in one moisturiser, foundation product. I checked the ingredient list and it listed Titanium Dioxide as one of the ingredients but it does not say that this product has SPF (There is a separate BB Cream with SPF). I’m not sure why.
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Beautilicious

A while ago, when Malaysian cosmetics brand Beautilicious was first launched, I wrote some scathing remarks about my experience with it. So, when Julie Wong, Beautilicious’ principal and creative director contacted me recently for a little chit chat over coffee, I was rather apprehensive.

However, I need not have been because Julie was an absolute delight! Not only was she friendly, we both had a nice time discussing various cosmetics and brands available including hers of course, and the brands which ought to be made available. Julie did tell me she’s just a normal woman who’s into makeup, but hey, I’m sure that’s what Jeanine Lobell said when she created Stila :)

Beautilicious, as I previously wrote, is a new brand of makeup created, owned and marketed right here in Malaysia (look for their pink stand at selected Watsons and Jusco stores). So, without having to deal with all those hefty import duties, Beautilicious has managed to keep its prices relatively affordable and competitive. Price is not kept low at the expense of the product however, as they ensure that the ingredients are sourced from reputable sources, mostly from Italy. You will notice it stated on their packaging.

The packaging of Beautilicious’ products are also predominantly paper based and recyclable so although it might not be super cute plastic slider drawers like Majolica Majorca, they are keeping the environment in mind. I do have some comments about some of the packaging:- Continue Reading ►

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Women are a vain lot aren’t we? We love making ourselves look beautiful and why not? :) One of the most ego-boosting beauty things a woman can do is to go to a hair salon. Don’t tell me you never step out of a hair salon with a little spring in your step and a toss of your newly coiffured hair as you admire yourself in every plate glass window you come across? Or maybe its just me lol… :)

I managed to work out how to look like I just stepped out a salon right in the comfort of my own home. The secret for me – blow drying my hair.

I’m blessed with straight hair that has lots of volume and holds it shape well. However, when I air-dry my hair, I find that it loses some of the volume and has a horrible tendency to stick out in any old direction, especially at the ends. This isn’t a very professional look at work. I’m all for air-drying your hair naturally. Its good for your hair and doesn’t dry it out and damage it. However, I find that a little blast of hot air can do wonders.

Blow dry your hair into shape before air drying

To combat the messy hair look, I do this:-

  • Towel dry the hair to remove excess water.
  • Comb the hair with a wide-toothed comb to remove any tangles
  • Tilt your head down and blow dry the hair starting at the roots and along the hair shaft until semi dry (I use my fingers to roughly separate the hair)
  • Blow dry the hair back into shape using a barrel brush (round brush) at the ends
  • Air dry naturally until fully dry.

When I do this, I can go to bed and wake up with hair that retains its shape and style. I can then comb or style and go without further touch ups in the morning. If I don’t do this, I look like I just got into a cat fight, with hair sticking in every direction. I also find it harder to get hair back into control once its dried into a strange shape and believe me, I’ve had my share of strangely shaped hair. You can read more tips here.

Why does blow drying make hair look better?

I reckon its the introduction of air which provides “lift” at the roots. I was inspired by this thought one day as I was baking an apple tart and watching the pastry rise. Just as heat causes puff pastry to rise and puff out, so too does heat cause our hair to “lift” itself up and hold its shape. Think of a souffle and I think its the same idea. Can you tell I love my food too? ;) Anyway, I hope my theory is right. Continue Reading ►

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I’ve mentioned the Make Up For Ever Eye Seal numerous times throughout my site but have never really reviewed this product. Like many other Make Up For Ever products, this is one product that works well for me. It is also one of the easiest ways to learn how to tightline your eyes.

Make Up For Ever Eye Seal

Eye Seal is a product by Make Up For Ever that seals your eye makeup colour and help keeps it waterproof. It miraculously transforms any and all powder eyeshadows into budge-proof eyeshadow and eyeliner.

Eye Seal comes in a little translucent bottle that looks rather like a bottle of eye drops. For this, although its practical and useful, I would dock some points because it looks too much like a bottle of eye drops. I dare not think of what might happen if someone accidentally drops this solution into their eyes!

The liquid is clear and watery. One little drop is all you really need for its magic to work. I use the back of my hand as my palette (because I’m lazy to wash up after every use). Drop a drop of eye seal on the back of the hand, saturate your eyeshadow or eye liner brush with it, dip into the loose powder eyeshadow or brush onto pressed powder eyeshadow and apply on lids.

The colour of the eyeshadow takes on a brighter more intense hue and the shimmer becomes more pronounced. This is especially so with loose powder eyeshadows like the Star Powder. The Eye Seal seals the eyeshadow, making it waterproof, budgeproof and intense. It is easily removed with your usual makeup remover.

I don’t use Eye Seal for eyeshadows however. I use it instead for creating colourful eye liners and for tightlining my eyes. Instead of buying glitter or coloured eyeliners, I just create my own using Make Up For Ever Eye Seal and my eyeshadow colour of choice. I prefer using the more shimmery shades like Star Powders. This allows me to play with colours and experiment to my hearts content using products I already have instead of cluttering my up drawers with coloured eyeliners I might only ever use once or twice.

On a tip off from reader Monstro, I applied Eye Seal with a brush over the liner from Stila Convertible Eye Color that I complained smudged on me, and voila! No more smudgies! At least its now usable instead of just sitting away in my stash. Continue Reading ►

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