Monday, November 17, 2014

Jodulu's Giveaway: Series One

After my adventure in October, November seems kind of boring...
So, in light of the upcoming festive month, I am having a series of Giveaways for my readers and followers!

Makeup


Giveaway 1 consists of:
Pond's Flawless White BB+ Cream
24h Cosme Face Powder (01)
Sleek Eye Shadow Maximum Impact (Tangy)
Pure Shine Lips (Apricot Nectar)
Sleek mini High Shine Lip Gloss (Sweet Sixteen)
Star Lash Tokyo Lash Collection (Flawless Flirty, TL006)


Giveaway 2 consists of:
24h Cosme Foundation (03)
Sleek Eye Shadow Maximum Impact (Ruby)
Sleek Makeup Pout Polish (The Show)
Philosophy Lip Gloss (Coconut Frosting)
Sigma Eyeliner Brush
Star Lash Tokyo Lash Collection (Flawless Flirty, TL006)


Skincare


Giveaway 3 consists of Philosophy Products:
Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash
Total Matteness Pore Refiner
Miracle Worker Anti-aging Moisturizer
Hope In A Jar Moisturizer
Miracle Worker Overnight Age-resetting, Anti-wrinkle Moisturizer
Take Shelter Sunscreen (UVA/UVB SPF 30pa+++)



Giveaway 4 consists of Belif Products:
Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist
The True Anti-Aging Essence
Peat Miracle Revital Serum Concentrate
Peat Miracle Revital Cream
Peat Miracle Revital Eye Cream
First Aid Anti-hangover Soothing Mask

TO ENTER:
1) Follow me on IG @Jodulu 
2) Leave a comment on my giveaway post stating your preference (Giveaway 1,2,3 or 4)
3) Tag 3 friends in your comment

Winner will be selected on 24th Novemeber, 10pm and notified via IG message!
Open to International followers too!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ingredients To Avoid: Toxic Trio in Nail Polishes

It's no secret that I love playing around with nail polishes and attempting various nail art myself.
You can view all my nail design attempts on my Clozette's Profile!


And to be honest, I am aware and conscious of the possible harm these products have on me. 
Hello~ Yellow nails, I see you.

So, today I would like to share with you the top 3 ingredients I avoid in nail polishes!


1) Formaldehyde

Purpose/Usage

Used as a nail strengthener
Prevent bacteria from growing in water-based products

Also found in nail glue, eyelash glue, hair gel, hair-smoothing products, baby shampoo, body soap, body wash, color cosmetics

Why should you avoid it:

It has been linked to respiratory-related cancer and even leukemia.The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen.

It is also a skin allergen and can cause dermatitis.

How to identify on a label:

Formaldehyde, quaternium-15, dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM) hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol)


2) Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

Purpose/Usage

keep nail polish from chipping
Used as a solvent for dyes
Used as a plasticizer to prevent nail polishes from becoming brittle

Why should you avoid it:

It is a suspected endocrine disruptor and classified as toxic to reproduction. Health Canada associates DBP with liver and kidney failure in young children when products (or polished little fingers) containing phthalates are sucked or chewed for extended periods.


3) Toluene

Purpose/Usage

Used to help nail polish go on smoothly and adhere evenly to the nail

Why should you avoid it:

It is known to cause eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Moreover, high amounts of toluene has been linked to birth defects, developmental abnormalities, along with liver and kidney damage.

How to identify on a label:

Toluene, phenylmethane, methylbenzene, or toluol.

Safer alternatives:

1) Go bare and just shine
Yup, the best alternative is not to use nail polishes at all. If you want a little something special, the best thing you can do is to buff them with those nail buff to shine your claws to a smooth finish.

2) Use water-based nail polishes
These polishes are made with the intention to be free from these toxic ingredients. The only downside is that it wont last as long as conventional polishes.

3) Do a quick google search
You will be able to find heaps of nail polish brands that are free from these toxic. Do your homework to make sure that they are certified and are truly toxic-free and not just brands that are using the term for marketing!

4) Do the Styrofoam test

So, this test basically helps you to determine how damaging the nail polish is. The more harmful the polish have, the more the Styrofoam will "melt". I use this to test out nail polishes on my own in secret and I will avoid using those that creates the deepest holes. I love nail polishes too much to abandon them totally, so this helps me to do lesser damage to myself.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Look Of The Day: Purple Party

In the recent Luxola's One Night Stand event, we were gifted with heaps of awesome goodies like it was X'mas already! In the goodie bag, I got some stuff from Wet n Wild and so, I decided to create a look with what I got!

Continue reading to learn how I create a party look featuring Wet n Wild's products:
1) Colour Icon Eyeshadow Trio (Spoiled Brat)- S$8.90
2) Silk Finish Lipstick (Dark Wine)- S$3.90
3) Megalast Nail Colour (On A Trip)- S$6.90
4)Fastdry Nail Colour (Everybody Loves Redmond)- S$6.90
STEPS


1) To help make the eyeshadow last longer in a climate like Singapore, I will be using an eye primer. Here, I applied LJH Cellabel M.C Prep Eye Primer on my lids and on my dark circles to help brighten and lighten the area up. This will also help the eyeshadow to adhere better on my lower lash line.

2) Pat the purple shadow from the lash line upwards towards the crease line. Blend out any harsh line at the crease.

3) Line the lower lash line with the same purple shadow and blend it out to create a soft line.

4) Line the upper lash line with the black shadow, creating a subtle flick at the end. With the remaining shadow on your brush, softly line the outer 1/3 of the lower lash line.


5) Pat the silver shadow on the center of the lids. Gently blend out any harsh line.

6) Line the center of the bottom lash line.

7) Fill in the brows with a soft brown shade. Here, I used Shu Uemura Brow Liner.

8) Curl your lashes and apply a few coats of your favourite mascara.


9) Complete the look with Wet N Wild Silk Finish Lipstick (Dark Wine).

For nails, I used Wet N Wild Megalast Nail colour (On A Trip) with their Fastdry nail colour (Everybody Loves Redmond) to create a mid half moon.


And that's pretty much it! There is a mini tutorial on the back of the product with the indication of which shades go where on your eyes but... personally, I think the instructions for this trio is a little old school and not very suited for asian eyes. Hence, my version of this look with the trio.

If you ever try this out or any of my looks out, #jodulu or tag @Jodulu (IG) to share them with me!

To purchase these Wet N Wild's Product, you may do so here at Luxola!
And you may use the promotional code of LXPARTY30 to be entitled to 30% Off on your next purchase which would be in time for your X'mas shopping!!!
Valid till 30th Nov 2014
Free delivery on any order over S$10.

Wet N Wild will also be retailing at SASA stores starting Mid Nov – early Dec!
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