[REVIEW] Innisfree Smart Drawing (Blusher)

I read somewhere that liquid/cream blushes were better for people with bumpy skin, at least compared to powder blushes. Liquid and cream brushes are also better for creating the ‘chok chok’ glass skin that I’ve been trying to get for ages. Sadly, most of my blushes are the powder type (I only have one from Etude House that’s liquid), so I really wanted to get more of them.

Innisfree also released this cream blush last year, I think slightly later than Etude House, so I didn’t get around to buying it immediately. As I was about to run out of my Etude House liquid blush (the tube is really small + I always squeeze out too much by accident), I thought that maybe it was finally time to give this one from Innisfree a shot, so here it is!


Product Description

Cream blusher aimed to express lively cheeks with moist color development.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 12.50

Ingredient List

See the full list here, together with information on safety and irritants.

I do find it rather interesting that they have included so many natural extracts (such as camellia, citrus etc), although I’m not sure if they actually do have any skincare benefits.

Another ingredient to look out for is parfum (fragrance) – a potential irritant for people with sensitive skin!


Packaging: This is definitely much easier to control and use than the Etude House one. It highly resembles its lip balm packaging, and is very easy to squeeze an appropriate amount of cream blush out.

The brush is a very good addition – I didn’t like how the Etude House blush required me to use my own fingers to dab on the colour, because its staying power was good that it stained my fingers. In this product, the product comes off directly on the brush and you can simply apply the blush on your cheeks without dirtying your hands.

As convenient as it may be, I do have some gripes with the brush. Although it makes for easy blending afterwards, it’s very hard to actually see how much product you have squeezed out until you realize it’s too late (LOL).

Colour: I bought shade 02 , which is darker and a bit less pink than Etude House’s PK001 but I think still a very nice colour to use if you are on the tan side and have warmer undertones.

Colour payoff & intensity: This product shows up really well on skin, so even if you don’t use too much product, you can definitely see the colour clearly.

I do think that it can get a little too intense though, so best to use as little product as possible, or you will have to spend time brushing away the excess colour.

Staying power: Liquid and cream blushes definitely have much better staying power than that of powders (which tend to disperse, if that’s the correct word to use) after a long period of time. I would say this Innisfree blush is pretty good if you are looking for a long-lasting one.


Final Verdict

Everything about this product is really good – except the brush problem. It’s not so serious that it puts me off from using it, but I just don’t like knowing that I always waste so much blush because I can’t see exactly how much I am squeezing out.

Maybe it’s just me? Idk. Let me know if you face the same problem with similarly packaged blushes!


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮

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[WARNING & REVIEW] Do not subscribe to No Make No Life!!!

After looking at a lot of my followed bloggers’ posts about subscription boxes, I had been itching to try them out myself as well. Unfortunately, I think a lot of them only ship within the US, or at least don’t ship to Singapore. So you imagine how excited I was when I saw an IG ad for a subscription box service called No Make No Life, that was based in Japan and could actually ship to SG.

My happiness was, unfortunately, very short-lived. Let me run through the series of unfortunate events:


STRIKE 1

I was a bit hesitant about forking so much money for a few months, so I opted for the 1 month subscription plan, which was USD35. It seemed quite decent to me at that point of time, seeing that they include a fair bit of really good Japanese and Korean beauty products:

From the NMNL website

My February box came as it should, and I was quite excited to open it up. Here are the contents:

I was like, eh, okay? Half of the box was occupied by the cotton balls, which didn’t really look that expensive. Here’s the price breakdown of the 8 products inside the Feb 2019 box (taken from NMNL’s linked website):

Skin Milk Bomb Face Mask: USD 2.97

Fascy Moisture Bomb Hand Cream: USD 6.52

Sparkling Eye Gloss in Honey Gold: USD 7.03

Tony Moly Eyebrow Pencil: USD 5.59

Colorful Cotton Balls (100 pcs): USD 8.68

Crayon Touch Me Lip Gloss in Shiny Orange: USD 2.69

Flower Puff in Pink: USD 6.14

Savon de Chocolate Soap: USD 4.24

Does this add up to USD35? Apparently it actually adds up to USD39.62, but I’ve found some lower prices for certain items on this list. I’m also a little doubtful about the cotton balls costing almost USD 9, because I found much cheaper alternatives on Google.

But this is not even the worst part!


STRIKE 2

I wanted to start using the items in my box, so on the same day, I took out the mask to use.

Now, I first noticed that the smell of the mask was a tad strange. I know that chocolate milk is one of the ingredients inside (correct me if I’m wrong), but it shouldn’t smell so… strange. And when I took out the mask, I was horrified to see that there was something that looked like MOULD on it!!

So I went to check the expiry date. I’m not sure what the format is, but according to No Make No Life, it is supposed to be YY/MM/DD, so it expires in 2020. My first instinct, however, was that it was supposed to be DD/MM/YY, meaning that it may have expired in 2013.

I don’t really know tbh. If you do, please enlighten me!

So the next thing I did was to, of course, contact No Make No Life about this. I wanted to find out if the mask really did expire, and if so, to check thoroughly if other customers are affected by the same batch of masks.

I first messaged them on 28 January 2019, via Facebook DM, as well as email. They didn’t reply me by the next day, so I proceeded to comment on one of their FB posts. They finally replied my comment, and also got around to replying my DM on the 31st. However, they also asked me details about my delivery and parcel:

“When did the box arrive and how long after arrival did you open the box? Was the box left unattended to in front of your house upon arrival or were you there to receive it directly from your local courier?”

On one hand, I understand they may have concerns about whether the delivery and stuff affected the product, but on the other hand, why would a mask (that is properly sealed, and has apparently not expired) have mould growing on it?? I’m really puzzled because I myself have shipped masks back from Korea to Singapore, and I’ve never faced this mould problem with any of my masks.

So anyway, I shot them an email on 1 Feb with the photos (of the box) and other stuff as they had requested via FB DM. However, I never heard back from them after that about this issue, not even an email saying that they are checking into this, or at least clarifying what that mould thing is. All I got were their emails about their upcoming box and blah blah, which made me quite frustrated because they seemed to have no problems sending promotional emails, yet could not even spare a minute to reply my email and let me know what was being done about the issue I raised.


STRIKE 3

The last straw came when I got an email on 7 Feb, saying that my March box is being shipped to me. Now remember, I only selected and paid for a one month subscription, so why was I receiving this email?! I surely did not want to get another box, considering that the issue from my previous box was not settled AND I did not want to pay for something that I didn’t order! I immediately emailed them back to ask, and till now (17 Feb), I still have NOT received any reply from them.

?????

I also found out that I’m not the only one facing problems with No Make No Life from their FB page:

I’m honestly very disappointed with this subscription service. I really expected something better from a Tokyo-based (and I’m assuming Japanese) company in terms of customer service & product quality.

I hope no one has to go through the same bad experiences as I did, as well as others who are still struggling to get a reply from NMNL about their missing boxes. Please don’t buy any of their subscription plans, not until they have clarified and settled all these issues.

I’ll update again if NMNL even replies me, and make any necessary edits if I have made any errors. Do share also if you have had a bad experience with No Make No Life!!

6 Favourite Beauty Products in 2018

2018 has been one of my favourite years in terms of experimenting with new makeup and skincare, so I’ll round up some of the ones I loved the most last year. I know this post is a little late, but better late than never, right? 😉


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10

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The BEST foundation I’ve ever used. I’ve even stopped using BB creams because this stuff is even better, be it in terms of coverage or staying power. I also love that it doesn’t clog up my skin, so it’s great to use even if you have oily skin with easily-clogged pores.

It’s a tad expensive, but a good foundation like this is honestly worth the investment, even more so than a luxury lipstick. This is coming from a lipstick lover, so you know how much I treasure this foundation. You also don’t need a lot of product because of the high coverage, so a little can go a long way.


the SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer

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Best concealer I’ve ever used – and the cheapest one ever! This stuff is creamy, promises super good coverage, and doesn’t oxidize. I’ve been using this (rather small) tube for months and still haven’t finished it – super worth it!


MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream

 

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I didn’t really dare to take the leap when it came to using snail mucin, but when I finally did with this product, I was absolutely blown away. I find this perfect for soothing and clearing up skin irritations, acne, and sunburns while hydrating skin. Now, where have you been my whole life??


COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol

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Probably my favourite toner this year for being really effective (at least for the most part). This is very good for clearing up acne and preventing breakouts from happening, so acne-prone people should definitely try this.


CLIO Kill Brown Waterproof Brush Liner

CLIO Kill Brown Waterproof Brush Liner

No one should be left feeling like a noob at using liquid eyeliner, not when CLIO has provided one of the best tools available. I find that the brush is much easier to control and use than the pen, so you can easily brush (haha) across your eyelids and create a clean line. Plus points for being waterproof.


Colourpop Ultra Blotted Liquid Lipstick

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I couldn’t end this favourites list without a lip product, and after much deliberation I finally decided that Colourpop’s Ultra Blotted Lip was truly the gem of the year. Comfort, great staying power, and beautiful colours – this highly affordable product truly provides them all.

[REVIEW] Muji Cheek Colour (Matte Type)

This was one of the items that I bought during my first time buying beauty items from Muji. I had seen some reviews of this blush online before, so I was interested in trying it out for myself.


Product Description

No official description available for this, sorry folks!

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 9.60

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Ingredient List

Also unavailable, sorry!


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Packaging: I like that it looks simple and minimalistic – absolutely befitting of Muji’s aesthetic and branding. It makes for a good blush to pack into your makeup pouch and luggage as well because it’s light and compact, so this is one blush I would definitely consider packing with me on my travels.

Colour: I’m really liking this shade because it’s not an obnoxious kind of pink – kind of like a natural flush, but just slightly darker? I usually try to opt for lighter colours because I don’t like blush appearing too intense on my face, so this one from Muji works just fine for me. If you are looking for a lighter colour, I would definitely recommend that you try Peach, because Rose is the darkest shade of the lot. You can also get this in the ‘crystal’ version, which is basically a shimmery version of the exact same shade.

Colour payoff & intensity: Typical of Japanese cosmetic products, I wouldn’t say this payoff is strong. It is, however, pretty good, and possibly even better than some of its Korean counterparts. It takes me about 2 swipes each time to get the colour to show up as a natural flush on my skin, which isn’t too bad.

Staying power: I did realize that the colour on my cheeks didn’t really last quite as long as I had expected, and this was despite the fact that I always remembered to prime my skin and set all my makeup in loose powder. By mid-day, after I came back from lunch, I realized that the cheek colour had started to fade, and if I really want it to still look fresh for the rest of the day, it would probably require touching up in the afternoon. That was something I didn’t particularly like, because most blushes I’ve tried so far actually boast pretty good staying power.


Final Verdict

I think for SGD 9.60, the quality is not bad. It’s in fact a pretty good deal, considering that you can get a good blush for less than SGD10, and especially when you consider that it’s a product from Muji. In fact, I was initially very excited about having found this at a good price because I heard that this blush is so popular that it’s often sold out, and people actually have to wait to buy the blush after it’s been restocked.

It’s not an absolute must-buy for me because it’s not something that I would be raving about, but it does have its own legion of fans. Why? Because it’s pretty, pretty reliable, and pretty affordable blush, duh!


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮✮

[REVIEW] Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip

Having reviwed Colourpop’s blotted lip and satin lip, it’s about time I got around to reviewing another of their star lip products – matte lip.


Product Description

This thin, lightweight formula smoothly glides on the lips leaving SUPER intense pigment with a bold, ultra-matte look. It is very long-wearing and 100% kiss-proof AKA no transferring!

Official Retail Price: USD 6.50

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Ingredient List

ISODODECANE, DIISOPROPYL DIMER DILINOLEATE, ALUMINA, NYLON-12, SILICA, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, POLYPROPYLSILSESQUIOXANE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492, CI 77499), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

There aren’t many ingredients in this list, and a quick check on most of them seem to be fine. Propylene Carbonate, however, has been classified as a human irritant for use around eyes, on skin, etc., so do take note of that.


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Packaging: Identical to the other Colourpop lipsticks. I find this a little problematic because the shades I buy all look pretty similar, and sometimes I can mix them all up. I have to look very carefully at the tube to see if I’m using the blotted, matte, or satin. It’s not a huge problem, just that it would have been great if Colourpop made some slight differences to the packaging for clearer distinction.

Colour: I was kind of prepared that the colour would turn out darker than the nudes and pinks I was used to buying when I saw the marketing photos, but the colour didn’t seem to fit me as well as I had expected. I think it’s a little too much of a dark brown for me, and it made my overall complexion look quite bad. It’s a bit sad because I really quite like this ‘dusty brown pink’ (as Colourpop puts it) :/

The colour payoff is, I think, the best among blotted, satin, and matte. It’s not very surprising, considering that it’s a matte lipstick, but still a noteworthy point.

Staying power: Best staying power I’ve had from a matte lipstick. Ever. I never had to worry about transfer, or having the colour disappear after a meal. In fact, I had the most amount of colour pigments left on my lips at the end of the day when I used this lipstick, and I absolutely loved the convenience of not having to touch up! My lips also didn’t feel uncomfortable at all with this formula – no drying out, no ugly cracking of lips, none of the horrors that usually accompanies matte lipsticks.


Final Verdict

Once again, Colourpop has not disappointed with its products. This is my favourite matte formula for liquid lipsticks thus far – my only regret is that the colour didn’t suit me quite as much as I wanted. Thankfully that’s not too big of a problem – I could always buy other shades in future…


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮✮

mustbuy

[REVIEW] the SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer

Ever since I stopped using BB creams, I found it even more necessary to use concealer because most foundations’ coverage pales in comparison to that of BB creams. I finally got around to (nearly) emptying my 3CE concealer and I considered repurchasing it, but couldn’t find the shade I wanted in Sephora, so I decided to try something new.


Product Description

Can’t seem to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep every night? It’s okay, with this concealer from The Saem, you can fake it till you make it!

This lightweight concealer smoothes over shadowy areas of the skin and blends out effortlessly, highlighting for a brighter complexion. It also wears well on blemishes and lasts throughout the day without sinking into fine lines and wrinkles (so you look like you’ve had enough caffeine to kick start your day). No more dreaded “you look tired” comments!

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 5 (Althea)

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I think they added 1.25 to the shades offered later on, and I’m pretty glad that they did because 01 would have been too light for me, and 1.5 a little too dark.

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Packaging: I thought my 3CE concealer was quite compact, until I saw this. It really is very thin and small, but I think it’s most likely because there’s less product in this. Nothing very revolutionary or terrible about the packaging, just your ordinary concealer with a doe foot applicator.

Colour: 1.25 is about the same as 3CE’s #001, and I have to say that I’m pretty lucky that I got this right even though I bought this online and had no way to swatch it. The colour applies evenly, and you can see from the photos above that it does manage to colour-correct some of the redness from the bump.

Staying power: I knew this concealer’s staying power was no joke when I saw that at the end of the day, my under-eyes were brighter than the rest of my face 😂 This concealer really holds up for as long as you need it to be, so you don’t have to worry about it oxidizing or the constant need to touch up.


Final Verdict

In comparison to some other concealers I have used, I think this one from the SAEM has a lighter texture (my 3CE one was a little on the creamier/thicker side), and its coverage is really quite good, so you don’t have to worry about your makeup not being able to cover your pimples and acne.

I enjoy using this a lot, but I am concerned that I’ll run out of it pretty soon because there is quite little product in it. It does help that this concealer is SO much cheaper than a lot of other concealers in the market, so you can definitely buy a few and stockpile for future usage.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮✮

mustbuy

Beauty Products I Won’t Repurchase

In an ideal world, we would love every beauty product because everything works and  everything is affordable. Unfortunately, things are not quite so rosy in real life. This is the first post on items I won’t be repurchasing – let’s hope that I won’t have to do too many of such posts :X


RiRe Luxe Glow Lipstick

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This was just… simply put, not what I was looking for. The colour was way too purple for my liking. I know, it’s fuchsia pink (I just realized they didn’t even spell this correctly on their marketing materials, oh man), but surely the colour should look much closer to pink like in the promotional photos? It also doesn’t help that the packaging looks cheap, the product smells like plasticky wax, and my lips had an allergic reaction to it. Yeah. Just don’t buy this, I really don’t think it’s worth the money.


Colourpop Crème Gel Liner

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I initially gave this product a glowing review but after I kept having huge chunks of the lead breaking off, I have changed my mind. I know this is really very affordable and the application is really smooth, but it breaks my heart whenever this breaks off. I swore I had half of the lead break off, so I had to go buy a new eyeliner much earlier than I expected. I’m never repurchasing this again to save myself the heartache.


TFS Signature Highlighter

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This just didn’t work for me. I don’t know why. Maybe you need to be very fair for the glow and colours to be seen. All I know is that I can’t see much on my skin, so I’m giving this a pass.


LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask

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I really wanted to love this product because it feels and smells so good, but my skin has not been reacting well to it 😦 I won’t be buying this again, but it’s a personal skin issue rather than a product deficiency. This might work better for you if your skin is normal/dry, and not so sensitive.


Etude House Any Cushion All Day Perfect

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Having tried other fantastic cushion compacts, I’m sorry to say that this really falls short. Coverage is minimal, staying power not as great as advertised, and leaves your skin looking patchy and cakey. It’s a definite no from me.