Friday, March 27, 2015

Brand Crush: TARTE Cosmetics ft. Zalora.sg

Are you a lipstick/ lipgloss junkie & addict like me?

If you are, then you will totally get me in this post!

I have more than 20 lip products and the amount of it just keeps increasing that it feels like having 1 lip isn't enough! However, in my mini collection (I have girlfriends who have more than 100, so I have to be humble of my collection size haha) I noticed that while all of them are of a pretty shade, not all of them are "toxic" free.


There has been a growing number of reports on the harmful ingredients present in our lip products and I cringe at the thought of how I have been ingesting them through something I apply on my lips. Talk about dying for beauty!

So, that's why I have been on the search for safer alternatives that dont compromise on the quality and pigmentation of shades. And I'm glad that I dont have to look far because TARTE Cosmetics offers heaps of gorgeous lippies!


They have a range of lip balms to lip tints (which is all the rage now) to lipglosses and lipsticks. And just looking at that packaging and floral prints, I am totally in love that their lipsticks come in a unique, chic, eco-friendly packaging with all these specially-designed prints! My weakness is pretty packaging like that (typically huh~ Even though I know it's all part of marketing), things like that just makes me want to collect them all~ Haha!



 But the main thing that I love about TARTE Cosmetics is that all of Tarte's products are formulated without any of the icky stuff like SLS, Triclosan and even parabens which is just awesome! So, TARTE Cosmetics has my tick of approval and looks like some of these babies will be joining my makeup collection soon!


This post has been brought to you by Zalora.sg, the largest online fashion retailer in Singapore that makes shopping fun and easy.

HKCPlaza: Velieve White Clay Masque [Sponsored Review]

It's been awhile since I last reviewed facial mask, and today, let me share with you the clay mask that I've been testing out recently:



A wash-off facial mask that contains amazon white clay that absorbs excessive sebum and bodily waste leaving your skin clean, soft and dry. Temporarily contracts pores by removing dusty blackheads and helps to cultivate skin elasticity. It contains oats extracts to help maintain skin elasticity, accompanied by eco-certified aloe vera leaf extracts which act to ease stressed skin.

To Use:
Spread all over cleansed skin, avoiding the eye and lips area. Leave on for 10 minutes and wash away after with lukewarm water. Recommended to use once or twice a week.

VERDICT


Texture: Cream-clay base that dries off relatively fast, with very fine clay particles
Smell: Smells milky with a hint of aloe vera and very mild clay scents
Benefits:
  • Temporarily minimize pores
  • Gets rid of blackheads
  • Exfoliate and brighten skin
  • Has basic benefit of firming and calming skin
  • Leaves skin moisturized and smooth
  • Active ingredients are organic certified
Ingredients:



Cost: SG$34

Product Rating: 8/10

I was told that a blind test was conducted in South Korea with 100 women and the majority loved Velieve Clay Masque because it left their skin feeling mositurised and fairer. I've got to say that despite knowing that, I was quite surprised to be able to feel and see the difference.

I also did a little research on the top few ingredients on the list and I'm glad to find that they pass the test. So that's a plus~

This mask has quite a thick consistency and dries off relatively fast, so I would advice to start your application thinly on areas like the cheeks and layer up on oily prone areas like the nose rather than slapping on thickly. I just find that doing this helps the product to spread out more effectively.

I think the only area that let me down was the promise of removing blackheads, while it did seem to draw out my blackheads a little, it doesn't get them out. But I do have to agree that it made my pores of my cheek areas seem smaller, my skin firmer and less "angry" after use.



That's all for my review, do feel free to share with me your experiences if you get this mask!

Happy Masking!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Channel your Inner Ella with Zalora.sg

Have you watched the latest Disney movie, Cinderella?

I have and I'm totally in love with the visuals from scenery, to hair, makeup and even outfits! My eyes were having a feast to all the sights that the movie can offer. By the end of the movie, I am determine to try to recreate some of looks from the movie.
So using some of the scenes from the movie, I have created a Cinderella Inspired Look.
Read on to find out more!


For outfit, I have put together a look that is wearable and with the incorporation with some of the key concepts that Ella has in the movie, mostly from the scenes before the ball. I noticed that Ella is a character that has a very simple, clean spring style with nothing too flashy.

So I began by finding an off-shoulder airy dress with the hint of spring, and matched it with a pair of blue flats. If you want to glam things up, I have also found a beautiful faux rhinestone and gem necklace and a pair of cute butterfly earrings that have a hint of blue. I would advice wearing either of them, because it might be a little too much to have both on. 


For makeup, I did a little research and found Makeup designer of Cinderella, Naomi DonneI's statement on Cinderella's makeup look!

It was stated that she wanted Cinderella's face to look as if she has nothing on, to create the big contrast with everybody else: 

“She's the only one with nothing on her face, where as everyone else is overly made-up. She's very fresh and open and so was her mother and they come from a different world of honesty and music and culture and simplicity, as opposed to the complications of her wicked stepmother, her stepsisters and life at the palace. She's in a very simple place in a nice way. She contrasts really well. When she comes down into the ball, she does have a little bit more, but basically her face—and body—looks much simpler than everyone else. She sort of glows with that simplicity and that's why she stands out from everybody else, I think.”

With that, I would think that the focus makeup points are the eyebrows, eyes, cheeks and lips. So, all you really need then are 3 simple products:
1) Eyebrow pencil or Tinted Eyebrow Gel
2) Shimmery Beige Eyeshadow
3) A Cheek & Lip Stain 

With that being said, check out this list of products I have found on Zalora.sg to help you recreate Ella's look (Prices range from SGD13 to SGD50):



1. MOONRIVER: Iris Off Shoulder Dress
2. SALT- KOREA: Multi Coloured Diamante Butterfly Earrings
3. SOMETHING BORROWED: Faux Rhinestone And Gem Necklace
4. ZALORA: Matte PU Ballerina Loafers
5. STILA: Chinois Eye Shadow
6. TARTE: Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel (Medium Brown)
7. STILA: Coconut Crush Lip & Cheek Stain

Oh, and if you are interested in any of these products or are going to shop with Zalora.sg, do make sure that you make use of this voucher for 10% or 15% Off your order!
Valid til 31 March 2015!


Until then,
"Have Courage And Be Kind"

This post has been brought to you by Zalora.sg, the largest online fashion retailer in Singapore that makes shopping fun and easy.

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