[DAILY VANITY] 15 lip tints that should be in your makeup pouch ASAP if they aren’t already

This was originally written for Daily Vanity, and I have published an excerpt of the article on THERAGEFFECT. Do check out the full article on DV here!

Lip tints are definitely one of the best lip products you can ever get, and they’ve definitely become an essential in any beauty lovers’ makeup collection. Long-lasting colour, shiny gloss, and comfortable application – what’s there not to love about lip tints?

New to lip tints and not sure what’s hot? Check out our recommendations of the best lip tints that you should add to your makeup pouch right now!


Infused with floral and fruit extracts to keep your lips moist and nourished, this tint adheres smoothly so that a nice colour stays on throughout the day. Shade RD03, in particular, has been frequently touted by beauty bloggers as a perfect dupe for Yves Saint Laurent’s Vinyl Cream Lip Stain #407, so you know that this product is definitely worth trying!

A’PIEU Water Light Tint retails on online e-commerce platforms such as Shopee and Qoo10 at around SGD10.


Benefit’s rose-tinted lip tint is a holy grail for many beauty lovers, thanks to its kiss-proof and smudge-proof formula. You can easily blend it with your fingers, and it has a buildable texture so that you can have your lips (and cheeks) looking gorgeous with a radiant flush.

Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain retails in all Sephora stores and Sephora.sg at SGD21.



Lip Tint Etude House

If you’re looking to create a gradient lip, you’d definitely want to buy this lip tint from Etude House. This super-pigmented tint is touted as a long-time favourite among Korean women. To add to its accolades, the Dear Darling Water Gel Lip Tint was awarded the 2017 Soko Glam Best of K-beauty Award winner.

In a K-Beauty world dominated by lip tints, to be recognized as one of the best tints in the market is truly an amazing feat. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s one of the most affordable lip tints on this list. Who says good quality must come with an expensive price tag?

Etude House Dear Darling Water Gel Lip Tint retails in all Etude House stores and Lazada at SGD8.90.


Lip Tint Ysl

YSL Beauty Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres combines the texture and shine of a gloss with the long-wear of a stain for a unique lip product. Boasting a lightweight texture that immediately melts onto lips and does not feel sticky at all, you’ll be sure to have perfect, glossy lips no matter how many snacks you munch on.

YSL Beauty Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres retails in all YSL stores and Tangs at SGD52.



Lip Tint Peripera

Peripera has been established as one of the best lip tint brands since their gamechanging watery lip tint released many years ago. They’ve since released a range of tints in glossy and matte formulas in a variety of MLBB (my lips but better) shades.

Ink The Airy Velvet is one of Peripera’s latest additions to their tint products – a cream lip stain with a matte-like finish that is so lightweight, it applies and wears like air. It also contains cotton seed oil, green tea seed oil, and mango seed oil to keep your lips comfortably hydrated and perfectly tinted throughout the day.

Peripera Ink the Airy Velvet retails on online e-commerce platforms such as Shopee and Lazada at around SGD8 to 10.

[Daily Vanity] Is it OK to use expired products on your vanity? You need to know these things so your beauty doesn’t become poison.

This was originally written for Daily Vanity, and I have published an excerpt of the article on THERAGEFFECT. Do check out the full article on DV here!

As a beauty junkie, there’s a high chance that you have bought too many products for you to remember. New collection? Definitely on the waiting list. Pretty packaging? Goes straight into your shopping cart. Already have another product with similar shades? Who cares?

It can be very easy to lose track of when you bought and first started using makeup products, which leads to the problem of unknowingly using expired stuff. You might think it’s not much of an issue, since makeup products aren’t ingested (not in huge quantities anyway), and they’re made of weird chemicals that bacteria wouldn’t like as much, right? Well, just look at this picture.

This bevy of bacterial colonies grown from expired makeup have tested positive for some very serious diseases, like Meningitis, the bacteria that infects the brain, and Enterobacter, which infects the intestines.

Using expired makeup is actually a problem just as bad as consuming expired food, but it’s one that we do not pay much heed to. Expired makeup can be nurturing a whole lot of dangerous bacteria, and using them can cause breakouts, redness, swelling, and, in the worst case scenario, infections.


Different products naturally have different shelf lives, depending on how often you use them and what ingredients they contain. Most products should have an open cream jar icon, known as the PAO (or “Period After Opening”) symbol, which includes the number of months a product is safe to use after it has been unsealed.

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Generally, most products should be thrown away and replaced after 1+ year upon opening, even if the expiry date on the product itself indicates otherwise. In most cases, the products’ consistency will change when they expire, so they won’t work well anyway. Below is a quick guide to the average lifespan of different products:

While expiry dates are a good indicator, it’s still best to check for any signs of your makeup products going bad.


The one makeup product that tends to go bad really quickly is mascara. The dark and moist environment of the mascara tube is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, which can potentially cause many types of infections.

If you sniff your mascara and sniff something that smells foul, it’s a sign that you should toss it away. If you want to be safe, remember to replace your mascara every 3 months.

DV Tip: Stop pumping your mascara wand into the tube if you want your mascara to last longer! The pumping action actually introduces air into the product, which can accelerate its degradation.


Foundation Tips For Acne Skin Feature

Changes in colour, texture and smell of formula are sure signs that it’s way past its day. Most water-based foundations can last up to a year after opening, while oil-based foundations can last up to 18 months.

Foundations contain ingredients that can start to separate when they’ve expired. The oil-based ingredients will always rise to the top, so if you continue to use expired foundation, you may be applying a higher concentration of potentially pore-clogging oil to your skin, which may cause breakouts (termed acne cosmetica).


Look for changes in colour and texture whenever you use your concealer. Most concealers will last a year or more, depending on their type. Stick concealers should last up to one and a half to two years, while liquid concealers have a shorter lifespan of only one year.


It’s time to throw away your favourite lip products when you notice a change in their texture. Lipstick is full of natural, hydrating ingredients, which, when exposed to air, can dry out and make it difficult to use.

Whether you’re using a lipstick bullet or a liquid lipstick or gloss with a wand applicator, you’re putting that directly on to your lips. The human mouth is actually thriving with bacteria, there being as much as 100 million bacteria in each milliliter of saliva!

Your lipstick applicator is touching all that bacteria, and then going back into the tube, introducing them to the rest of the product. We hope that image will make it easier for you to part with your lippies after a year.


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Powder blushes and setting powders will usually last around two years, as bacteria do not thrive in a dry environment. In fact, experts have also said that it is perfectly fine to keep a blush for three to four years as long as it looks okay and still delivers results.


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While powder shadows can last as long as powder blushes (about two years), they should be replaced more often since they’re used around your eyes. Your eyes are considered sensitive areas, and bacterial infections there would be more severe than, say, on your skin. Watch out for discolouration, waxy build up or a change in smell.

Cream eyeshadows would, of course, have a shorter shelf life than their powdered counterparts. They are good for about one year after opening.


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Experts warn that eye redness, irritation, and infection are all side effects of expired eye products, and eyeliners are the biggest culprits when it comes spreading infection. If your liner begins to lose its colour, dry out, or become ineffective, don’t hesitate to throw it out.


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Pencils last longer than most eye products since they’re constantly being sharpened, which gets rid of any bacterial build-up on the tip. As with most cosmetic products, check the colour and the smell to see if they have turned bad.

January Updates

Hi guys!

January is coming to a close, and I’ve been pretty excited about all the developments so far.

I’ve received overwhelming responses to my previous requests for guest blogging, which is something I’m really looking forward to in the upcoming months. In addition, I’m looking to further expand this level of engagement through interviews – more updates on this next time!

I’ve also been working on two other blogs, catered to my other interests (K-entertainment and traveling in Korea).

THEKIMCHIEFFECT – a side blog borne from my decision to convert this blog into purely focusing on beauty, and mostly includes my reviews, recommendations, and thoughts about the cluttered industry.

THEVYPEFFECT – an effort to record and show the best of my Korea travels, with a sprinkling of warning for things that didn’t go quite as well.

Please do show lots of support for my blogging endeavours, and I hope that the upcoming months will treat you well! x

Calling for guest posts!

I’ve been toying with the idea of inviting fellow beauty bloggers (or just readers with a keen interest in beauty) to write guest posts on my blog for some time now because I think it’s always great to bring fresh perspectives every now and then ~ it is also a great opportunity for promotion of your blogs, so please do consider it!

If you’re keen on guest posting on THERAGEFFECT and vice versa, please do drop me a comment or a message via the contact form! I would love to further discuss what kind of topics/products we can write about 🙂

Thanks as always for reading THERAGEFFECT and staying tuned to my beauty reviews and recommendations ❤


2018 has now descended upon us, so it’s time to revamp and refresh!

You might have noticed that a lot of posts on this blog are undergoing edits, and it’s mostly the photographs. I’m trying my best to take as clear photographs I can of the various products, as well as swatches. I find that these are fascinating insights into how products are designed for ease of use, as well as product textures, etc, which would be very helpful in your consideration of purchasing them.

I’ve decided to post these photographs on Instagram as well, so do follow this account if you wanna see photos of pretty products and swatches in your feed 🙂

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As always, my priority is to serve honest reviews and recommendations on products so that my readers can make more informed choices, as well as get to know a bit more about what’s hot in the beauty scene. If you’d like to see a bit more of certain products, or certain topics (my main love remains k-beauty, but I’m open to other things as well), feel free to drop a comment and let me know 🙂

Lastly, I’d like to work more on collaborations this year. I’ve been very focused on writing, but not so much on engaging the community and brands, so I hope to shake things up a little in 2018. I’ll get around to replying comments as soon as I can, and I’d love to feature fellow beauty enthusiasts, write guest posts, or get around to researching new topics. If you have an idea that you want to work on, hit the contact page and let me know how we can work together.

Thank you to every one of you who made this blog worthwhile. I hope 2018 will be the year we all learn and grow together as a beauty community 🙂

[REVIEW] RiRe Luxe Glow Lipstick

I had never heard of RiRe until I was shopping online on Althea. I am usually a bit wary of buying cosmetics from brands I’m not familiar with because I’m afraid of allergy reactions and disappointing results, but I decided to try this after my relatively ok experience with the brand’s All Kill Blackhead Removal Stick.

Product description

Long lasting lipstick color creates a delicate shimmer. The soft texture creates a uniform coverage and improves lip luster and volume.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 11 (Althea)

For full details on the product (and how to purchase, click here!)

I always have a hard time choosing lipstick colours, so I usually refer to model photos in the product description.

I thought this was a very sweet colour that can brighten up my skin complexion, so I went ahead to buy 01 Fucshia Pink.













The product I received was… quite different from the product shots I saw on Althea. The packaging is not very luxurious, and the colour of the lipstick looked a lot more purple than I had expected.

I’m quite pleased with the colour payoff this lipstick gives. It took just one swipe for the swatch above, and that shows how intense it is. Don’t be fooled by the shimmer of the colour though – it’s not exactly hydrating. I do admit that this lipstick is quite long-lasting, capable of staying on your lips for a decent few hours.

HOWEVER – I’m not sure if it’s just my personal sensitivities or some other contributing factor, but I experienced a slight swelling in my upper lip on not just 1, but 2 occasions that I used this. It happens when I’m in contact with too much dust, so I’m not too sure if that’s the reason behind it, or if there’s something in this lipstick that’s irritating my skin.

Final Verdict

To be frank, I haven’t used this lipstick for quite a while because I’m afraid that I’ll get the same reaction as I had before, and I’m not keen on going out with swollen lips. I don’t think it has actually happened to other customers yet, so maybe it’s just me. Nonetheless, if you have sensitive skin/prone to allergy reactions, you might want to give this a miss.

I think it’s a pity about the skin irritation/allergy thing because I actually like the formula – it lasts long enough, and the colour is pretty good. Maybe I will try it again and cross my fingers in hopes that the next time will be fine.


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

[REVIEW] COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pads

COSRX is the skincare brand that everyone seems to be talking about, including Youtubers such as Joan Kim, who sings praises of their products in almost all her videos. I knew I had to try it out when I went to Korea, so I bought one of their star products, the One Step Pimple Clear Pads.

Product description

Oil and excess sebum control just got easier. The award-winning COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pads are pre-soaked in betaine salicylate and willow bark water to chemically exfoliate without drying out your skin. Active ingredients penetrate deeply into pores to dissolve oil and dead skin cells, which help in controlling breakouts. Not only are they good for the face but also recommended for blemishes on the chest and back..

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 19.90 (MyBeautyMoments)

Ingredient list

Salix Alba(Willow) Bark Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine Salicylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panthenol, Allantoin, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate,Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Ethyl Hexanediol, Sodium Hydroxide

I did a bit of research on the Internet to find out what this product’s star ingredients (Betaine Salicylate & Willow Bark Water) are supposed to do for your skin:

Betaine Salicylate: A fatty acid-type ingredient derived from plants. Beta-sitosterol occurs naturally in many fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. It is similar to cholesterol, which occurs naturally in skin. Applied to skin, it is considered a good moisturizing and skin-soothing ingredient.

Willow Bark: Plant extract that contains salicin, a substance that when taken orally is converted by the digestive process to salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid). The process of converting the salicin in willow bark into salicylic acid requires the presence of enzymes, and is complex. Further, salicin, much like salicylic acid, is stable only under acidic conditions. The likelihood that willow bark in the tiny amount used in cosmetics can mimic the effect of salicylic acid is at best questionable, and, in all likelihood, impossible. However, willow bark may have soothing benefits for skin.

Credits: Paula’s Choice

The first time I used this, the first thought that popped into my mind was how much it smelt like herbs. I think it’s the smell of willow bark – not unpleasant, but not my favourite scent either.







There are 2 sides of the pad, one is slightly more corrugated for you to “scrub” your skin, and other smoother side for you to wipe off any excess dirt and oil. As far as I have observed, the pads do a really good job in exfoliating. I usually use these after I have washed my face with a cleanser, and I still see traces of dirt on the pads (yikes).

I’ve been using these for a few months (70 pads is really a lot) and I’m still nowhere close to finishing them. You shouldn’t be using them everyday anyway – treat this as the exfoliation step in your skincare, and you should just be exfoliating a few times per week. I can safely say that I’ve seen an improvement in my skin condition. The acne is reduced by a fair bit, and my pores don’t feel quite as clogged as they used to.

Final Verdict

I feel like a lot of skincare products are either a hit or a miss with my sensitive skin, because they are either too mild or too strong. However, I would say that COSRX’s One Step Pimple Clear Pads has been more of a hit with me.

I had a very bad time with acne during my time in Korea due to a cocktail of factors (the weather, terrible eating & sleeping habits, applying makeup almost everyday), but this product really helped me to keep the problem in control.

I think at its retail price, this is pretty reasonable, and is something you should definitely get your hands on if you’re also suffering from breakouts.


Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮