[REVIEW] Bifesta Eye & Lip Makeup Remover

I’ve been using Bifesta’s makeup removers ever since I started using BB cream a few years back, but it was only in recent times that I got around to trying their makeup remover that is formulated and targeted at removing eye makeup.


Product Description

Skin lotion-derived Moisturizing Cleansing Water
for thorough eye makeup removal

This product contains a moisturizing ingredient usually found in skin lotion that has high affinity with oily ingredients of makeup. Thanks to its moisturizing/cleansing ingredients, which quickly “float” and envelop oil-based makeup, you can easily remove eye makeup without rubbing, keeping the eye area fresh and moisturized.


Easily and thoroughly removes even waterproof mascara
The double effects of the water-based layer, which contains skin lotion-derived cleansing ingredients, and the oil-based emollient layer, realizes quick “floating” of waterproof mascara and eyeliner, which are then enveloped and removed quickly without rubbing.
The two types of moisturizing/cleansing ingredients that are gentle on eyelashes and the eye area protect eyelashes and keep the skin moisturized.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 12.90 (145ml, Watsons


Ingredient List

Hypoallergenic Formulation, Vitamins B & E

I’m a little concerned that the official ingredient list provides so little information, despite its claim of a hypoallergenic formulation.


Packaging: This one I have is the old packaging – I think it may be a travel-sized one that we bought a while back before they changed to the new one. The formula remains the same though!

I prefer the pump packaging that Bifesta does with their other makeup removers, because having to pour this out usually involves some unnecessary spillage and wastage.

However, I do appreciate how handy it is to bring such a small bottle when you are travelling – enough for you to remove at least a week’s worth of heavy eye makeup, but not heavy or space-consuming at all!

Texture: Frankly, I was a little surprised when I first used this. It definitely looks like a liquid, but it felt so oily on my skin. I found out afterwards that it contains an “oil-based emollient layer, [which] realizes quick “floating” of waterproof mascara and eyeliner”.

I’ve never been particularly keen on cleansing oil, to be honest. I know it’s supposed to be good for you to use oil-based cleansers when you double cleanse, but I could never bring myself around to doing it. I really dislike the feeling of oil on my already-oily face – it feels like an impending breakout, no?

Oil near my eyes just felt like a even scarier thing for me. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I really did not quite like the idea of an oily makeup remover on my eyelids. And oil on my lips? Oh no!!!

Effectiveness: Despite all my gripes about the oil, I have to acknowledge this makeup remover’s strong cleansing power. All it takes is one cotton pad and a decent amount of this makeup remover, and I can thoroughly clean any eyeshadow, waterproof eyeliner, and lip tints easily.


Final Verdict

If you always do elaborate eye makeup looks, cannot live without your eyeliner, or love to use lip tints that don’t budge, it’s probably time to invest in this makeup remover from Bifesta.

The oily texture needs some getting used to, but for those who are already using cleansing oil in their double-cleansing routine, this should be nothing new for you.

I’m thinking of repurchasing a bigger bottle of this in future (I’m currently using banila co.’s Clean It Zero to wash off all the stubborn eyeliner) – let’s just hope that I will learn to accept the oil in the cleanser over time!


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] Innisfree My Hair Recipe Moisturizing Conditioner

I quite enjoyed using Innisfree’s Camellia range of hair products, but I wanted to try something new after I emptied my last tube of conditioner. This looked pretty promising, so it went straight into my shopping basket!


Product Description

1. Natural protein from Jeju soybean complex 
The natural protein provides radiance and elasticity to the hair. 

2. Rich and soft texture 
Its thick and soft texture allows it to be applied smoothly and evenly over the hair. Each strand of hair will be deeply moisturised for more lustrous locks. 

3. Deep hydration and nourishment 
Jeju camellia flower and leaf oil nourish the hair, and Jeju green tea hydrates hair together with hyaluronic acid and xylitol.

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Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 15


Ingredient List

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glycine, Soja (Soybean) Protein, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Bacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycolipids, Glycogen, Glutamic Acid, Disodium Edta, Lysine Hcl, Lactic Acid, Mannitol, Butylene Glycol, Serine, Sucrose, Citrulline, Amodimethicone, Alanine, Arginine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Threonine, Trideceth-10, Propanediol, Pca, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Histidine Hcl, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

I was quite happy to see Camellia extracts on the list, because I loved having them in my haircare products.

Don’t panic at the sight of Cetearyl Alcohol though: although we usually scorn products that have ‘alcohol’ ingredients, Ceterayl Alcohol is actually used to soften and detangle your hair!


Packaging: While there’s nothing truly ‘wow’ about this packaging, I have to say that this is one of the better ones I have seen. You’ll see a lot of colourful, fancy shampoo packaging nowadays in supermarkets and drugstores, but sometimes simple is just better, you know?

Texture: The consistency is pretty much like hair conditioner. It feels quite oily, but as Innisfree says, you have to let your hair absorb the oil (which is beneficial for your hair), so I guess I can’t complain much about it.

Effectiveness:  I actually finished this tube in less than 1 month (this is shared by 2 people), and I have to say that my hair gets tangled way less than it used to with my previous brands. I feel that certain ‘famous’ haircare brands (Pantene, Sunsilk, Dove???) don’t really work as well – maybe my hair will feel super good immediately after the wash, but the next day it’s all disastrous and frizzy again.

However, Innisfree’s one doesn’t feel so ineffective. My hair definitely looks much better, even in humid weather. I’m a little sad that I haven’t bought a new tube of this to use yet since I finished this some time back, because now I’m seeing stuff like split ends (!!!) and suffering from dry, frizzled hair again. Ick.


Final Verdict

Could this actually be the secret to Koreans’ beautiful locks?

I’m probably exaggerating (the Koreans probably do a fair bit of blowouts at hair salons), but of course I think this conditioner shows the prowess of Korean haircare products.

Most people may not think of Innisfree as their first choice of retailer when it comes to buying haircare, but my personal experience is that once you try it, you’ll probably keep going back to repurchase more of their haircare line.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Memebox I’m Meme Tic Toc Lipstick Satin

I bought this partly because Hwang Minhyun was the brand’s ambassador for their Cashmere finish, and partly because I couldn’t resist these cute heart-shaped applicators!

I saw this all over my Instagram, all over my newsfeed, and I decided that I would finally put an end to this lippie-lusting once and for all by buying it.


Product Description

A heart shape lipstick collection comes with 10 colours, ranging from nude beige, cherry red to burgundy.


Intense pigmentation creates vivid, long-lasting colour payoff with a satin finish.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 19.90

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Ingredient List

I’m having problems finding this, let me know if you see it around!


Packaging: It looks quite similar to the Cashmere one, the only difference being the applicator and product itself. It’s famous for its heart-shaped stick – so cute, right? In fact, I find the heart shape to be quite useful during application, especially if you are trying to do an ombre lip effect.

My only gripe about this packaging is that it takes quite a fair bit of clicking for the product to come out. Only 0.1mm comes out with every click, which is supposed to help makes things less messy – imagine if the whole stick comes out at one go when you don’t use as much! The downside to this, of course, is that you struggle with getting a decent amount of product out at the beginning, which made me rather annoyed.

Colour: I like to pick colours that are labelled as best picks haha, can’t quit the habit. I picked 007 Pink Bomber, a very gorgeous MLBB shade. It reminds me of moonshot’s cream paint lightfit, which I personally really love because the shades are so flattering for Asian skin tones. Pink Bomber is a shade that you can wear on any occasion, for any mood, and I dare say it is a very universal shade that fits most skin tones and skin colours.

Pro tip: if you can’t decide on a shade, go with the one recommended by the brand!

Colour payoff & intensity: It’s very pigmented, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise because it leans towards a matte lipstick, and most mattes definitely boast of high colour payoff.

Colour application is quite even, although I think it can be a little tough because the product is a bit like a crayon, so you might get small unwanted chunks of product here and there if you are not gentle enough.

Staying power: This product’s staying power is actually quite impressive! You don’t have to touch up after a meal because you ate most of your lipstick, which is always great. I’m guessing that it’s also because it’s quite matte (I don’t know why they call it satin though, maybe the formula is a little less dry than their actual matte lip crayon?)

Although this is more drying than the Cashmere finish, I still found this comfortable enough to wear the whole day without feeling like my lips were going to dry out and become raisins. I would still advise for you to prep with a thin layer of lip balm before you apply this product, just as a precaution.


Final Verdict

Everyone knows I’m not the biggest fan of matte-like lipsticks, but I found myself liking this a lot more than I had expected.

I wanted to make this a must-buy product, but I’m still a little annoyed by the clicking thing, which I feel is worse than the Cashmere one. Another downside is that having a heart-shape applicator/stick makes me extra conscious, and I keep worrying about whether I will ruin the beautiful shape after repeated usage.

I also feel that this still lacks a little in the hydration and comfort aspect when you compare it to alternatives from the same brand, or actually from any other brand that has similar offerings, although I do acknowledge that it is rather creamy.

If you are worried that this is not worth the pretty heart shape, don’t be! I think you should definitely go ahead with it, just that you should manage your expectations about how good this product may be.


Rating

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

[SWATCH] Powder blushes

Recently, I got hooked on buying blushes because I think they really help to complete your makeup look. It makes you look more radiant and in the pink (pun intended) of health.

These are 3 powder blushes that I bought not long ago, 2 from MISSHA and 1 from Muji. Apologies for the dent in my Muji one, I am a horrible klutz T___T

As you can see, the Muji one definitely pales in comparison when it comes to colour payoff. It’s not very surprising: Japanese beauty products have rather low colour payoff, and their Korean counterparts have been catching up (albeit rather slowly).

I really like the MISSHA cotton blushes – #My Candyshop is good for creating sweet and fresh looks, while #Sunny Afternoon helps in looking lively, thanks to the bright colour. The orange coral shade also comes with slight hints of shimmer, so you can apply it on your cheekbones for a nice pop.

On the other hand, I use the Muji blush when I want to create a more understated look that is natural – good for when I want to look like I have minimal makeup, but still want to look healthy even though I slept for less than 5 hours.

All three are nice blushes, so take your pick based on what you prefer!

[REVIEW] ZOEVA The Basic Moment Blush Palette

I love multi-palettes that help you to do so much more than makeup for one feature, so it’s little wonder that I wanted to try out this palette from ZOEVA.


Product Description

In honor of the most precious moments, the ZOEVA brings an ethereal collection of gorgeous, vitamin E-enriched shades to enhance your favourite features.

A darker contouring shade flawlessly shapes the face while the champagne highlighter illuminates the complexion with a veil of shimmering gold. To finish the look, the universally flattering peach-toned blush imbues cheeks with a subtle flush of colour.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 26

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Ingredient List

Unfinished, Yet To Come: Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Magnesium Stearate, Mica (Ci 77019), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D’abeille, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, [+/- Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake)]. //

Liquid Clock: Mica (Ci 77019), Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D’abeille, Dehydroacetic Acid, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).

Some key points:

Mica: creates a natural shimmery finish, since it can be milled to a fine powder. Because it is naturally produced it is a particularly well-loved ingredient among organic and natural beauty brands, and is safe to use on almost all skin types with little to no side effects (source)

Dehydroacetic Acid: A fungicide and bactericide predominantly used as a preservative in cosmetics. It works by killing off and preventing the growth of microorganisms that contribute to a product’s decay (source)

Apricot kernel oil: Apricot seed oil contains high fatty acids, Vitamin E and A which can be used to moisturise and nourish dry and mature skin (source)


Packaging: This is considered pretty compact for a palette, and I like that it’s thin enough to fit easily into my luggage. It is, however, a little too big to put inside my makeup pouch.

Colour: I love the shades included here for each product use (blush, highlighter, and contour), because they are so universal.

Peach-pink works perfectly for most people to create a healthy flush, and it’s also my go-to colour for blushes. The bright, vibrant gold in the highlighter is also great – I always steer clear of silver highlighters because of my warm undertones, which those cool-toned ones don’t look very good on.

The brown for the contour is also just right. I’ve had some trouble with other contours because the brown wasn’t exactly a shade that worked for me, but this is perfect.

Colour payoff & intensity: I was a little surprised by how light these were when applied to my skin, especially since this was a Western brand. It’s a given that Korean brands offer the least colour payoff and so I never expect intense colours from their products, but this one really did take me back by surprise.

It’s not entirely a bad thing: I like subtlety in my makeup, and a tinge of peach or sparkle is enough to give me the glow I want.

However, I don’t really like the contour much because it’s quite patchy. It’s sufficiently good enough for contouring your nose and brow bones, but I don’t really see much of an effect when I attempt to contour my jaw.

Staying power: I haven’t found any need to touch up on my blush, highlighter, or contour even after a long day, so I think it’s safe to say that these work great even for the days where you are out for more than 12 hours.


Final Verdict

I bring this around on my travels because I love the convenience that I can get from one palette. Granted, there’s not much variety in terms of shades, but I’ll swap variety for convenience any day if I’m struggling to stay below my baggage weight limits.

The one thing that I don’t really like from this palette is the contour. It’s clearly not the best contour product you can get, which is a little disappointing, especially since the blush and highlighter are good.

I do think that this palette is really worth the price tag. It’s cheaper than most other palettes you can get out there, and works just as well (sans the contour).

I highly recommend this to those who are just starting out in makeup and want a basic palette to hone your skills in applying blush, highlighter, and contour. For those who are more experienced and want something more challenging and exciting to work with, this may not be your cup of tea.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Thayers Peach Witch Hazel Astringent With Aloe Vera

Thayers Witch Hazel was one of those products that EVERYONE on the Internet seemed to be singing praises of, and I was really dying to try this out once my toner was running out.

Fortunately, my chance came when I saw this going off at a huge discount in Olive Young – I found out at the cashier that it was because it was expiring in February this year, but it was okay, it was still much cheaper than if I had bought it at original price.

I also found out afterwards that I had bought the wrong type. I wanted the alcohol-free toner, but ended up buying the exact opposite: an astringent with 10% alcohol!


Product Description

Thayers Peach Witch Hazel Astringent with Aloe Vera Formula cools, refreshes and cleanses the skin. The famous tag line of the Thayers company says it all…”Not made by witches, but Magic for your skin!”

Thayers Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Astringents and Alcohol-Free Toners have been soothing, softening, healing and stimulating skin since 1847.

Made of extract from the Witch Hazel shrub (Hamamelis Virginiana) and a blend of other time-tested ingredients – THAYERS® Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Astringents and Alcohol-Free Toners are soothing, natural treatments that cleanse, tone and soothe your skin. THAYERS® are the only Witch Hazel products made of non-distilled extract from the Witch Hazel shrub maintaining the highest levels of therapeutic tannins.

These natural elixirs have been a fixture in medicine cabinets for generations. Once you use them, you’ll know why.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 17.90


Ingredient List

Purified Water, SD Alcohol 40-B (Natural Grain) 10%, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Passiflora Incarnata (Passionfruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract, Fragrance (Natural Peach), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)

For many people, a lot of ingredients in this list ring alarming bells: Alcohol, citrus extracts, citric acid, ascorbic acid, etc.

It is said that witch hazel and aloe vera are supposed to counteract the harsh, stinging effects that these ingredients will cause – I’ll share more about this later.

I also wanted to talk a little more about the magical ingredient here: witch hazel. It’s a medicinal ingredient that’s revered by skincare enthusiasts, even for those with sensitive, acne-prone skin – it is said to do a brilliant job in cleansing, removing excess sebum, and preventing further infections (you know, those that come with acne).


Korean packaging

Packaging: I bought this in Korea, hence the Korean packaging. It looks exactly like a traditional remedy, no frills or anything, which I like. I always prefer my skincare to be as fuss-free as possible with the packaging because it gives a sense of professionalism, that I can trust my skin with the brand.

Texture: You can see that the liquid inside looks a little yellow (no, it’s not the bottle), so it pours out as a faint yellow liquid that’s as viscous as water. Very easily absorbed by the skin, albeit with a faint stinging sensation.

Effectiveness: When I first tried this, I was really scared that my face would break out and I would have bright red spots all over by the next day. I have avoided alcohol in all my skincare products as much as possible, so I really freaked out quite a fair bit when I realized that I had bought the wrong Thayers product.

Luckily, the stinging sensation was actually a lot less intense than I had expected (I always have a very bad experience with The Body Shop tea tree toner, stings like mad). It was a dull sting, but nothing painful. You can also definitely smell the peach and passionfruit extracts inside, which is quite pleasant.

I restrict my use of this to about once every alternate evening, just to be on the safe side. This dosage is quite acceptable for my sensitive skin. I find that my pores have been looking smaller, and my skin a lot less oily than usual. I have also progressed to using it as a mist that I spray when I notice that my skin is getting way too oily in the day.


Final Verdict

I know a lot of people have reservations about using astringents, especially one with 10% alcohol. It’s also a bit ironic that I quite enjoy using this even though I always warn about having alcohol in skincare products, but I genuinely find that this product, when used in moderation, can be really good for controlling excess oil and cleaning your pores thoroughly.

Of course, if you ask me whether I regret getting the astringent instead of the alcohol-free toner, I’m more inclined to tell you no. Why? Because I still prefer having a product that I can use everyday as compared to one that I can only use sparingly. HAHA! Jokes aside, I honestly think an alcohol-free product still beats anything else for me.


Rating

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

[WISHLIST] March 2019

Almost everyday, a brand releases a product or collaboration that is sure to tempt you into buying, even if you already have a ton of unused products on your vanity table. That’s how I feel every time I scroll Instagram, so I wanted to share some products that’s been on my wishlist for some time!


Canmake Cream Cheek

I feel like it’s no secret by now that I’m quite obsessed with blushes (oops). It’s probably one of my favourite collectibles, right after lipsticks.

Firstly, I really can’t resist this cute packaging from Canmake. It looks like a gorgeous jewel, and I have a serious penchant for all these pretty and feminine shades.

I’m also at this stage where I’m trying to move on from powder blushes (slowly but surely) and buy more liquid & cream ones. Considering that this cream one is said to be very popular in Japan, how could I leave this out of my wishlist, right?


Glossier Cloud Paint

I’ve been eyeing Glossier for the longest possible time, but I never got around to buying any of their products. For starters, it’s not easily available in Singapore, and the price point is even less accessible :/ I also feel that their products, which focus more on ‘good skin’ and letting your natural beauty shine, are really just meant for people who already have good skin (I don’t).

However, I think this blush from Glossier is actually one that would work well especially if you have bumpy, acne-plagued skin. I’ve seen some swatches of these and I’m quite impressed. This blush gives you a flush that comes close to the dewy and barely-there look that K-beauty brands have been championing since forever.


Canmake Marshmallow Powder

If there’s one thing in my makeup routine that barely changes, it’s my setting powder. I alternate between Innisfree and Althea, but I think maybe it’s time for me to try something new soon.

I feel that the Korean glass skin is a little out of reach for me, but the Japanese mochi skin is probably not as difficult to attain, and this is one product that looks like it will give you seriously bouncy & smooth skin!


Heimish Bulgarian Rose Hydrogel Eye Patch 

My eyebags and dark eye circles are so bad these days, I feel like they may be stuck there forever, even if I manage to get 8 hours of sleep someday. I haven’t been paying much attention to eye care as well and felt quite guilty about it, so I got quite interested when I saw these online.

Plus, the patches are made of pink, glittery hydrogel – so pretty! Now who could say not to pretty skincare products, right?


Etude House Quick & Easy Blur Tint

I have a love-hate relationship with Etude House’s lip products, but thankfully my opinion of them has been getting better these days.

I saw these on Instagram for some time and I thought this was an interesting lippie that EH was pushing. This definitely looks like something Innisfree is already selling (Vivid Cotton Ink). Peripera has, well, obviously already been there with their Airy Velvet Tints, and even 3CE is famous for their velvet lip tints as well, so this is not a new innovation or anything.

Even so, I’m curious to see how different these blur tints from Etude House will be. One thing I really like about EH’s tints is that they are truly made to last, with a staying power that even Peripera finds it hard to beat.