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Cosmetic Junkie Quiz

I’ve always struggled with identifying myself as a beauty junkie, because it does sound a lil problematic (like I’m severely addicted), but deep down inside, I know it’s probably true. So when I saw this post by cookinginhighheels, I knew I had to try it out.


1. On your vanity, one would find

A. All types of cosmetics of most of the brands.

B. Cosmetics of the one-two brands I like most.

C. Only the basic cosmetics, a girl would need.

2. Whenever you go out, what do you apply?

A. My make-up routine would include foundation, concealer, talc, eye-liner, mascara, lipstick, etc.

B. A little face and eye make-up, and a lipstick.

C. A lipstick, and a face cream.

 

3. How much time do you take to wear your make-up?

A. An hour at least.

B. 15-25 minutes at least.

C. 5 minutes is enough.

 

4. Going for a party, what look do you prefer?

A. Totally glamorous, shimmering and shining. A diva look.

B. Subtle but still a gorgeous look.

C. A simple look.

 

5. How often do you buy new cosmetics?

A. When a new product is launched.

B. When I feel, I have over-used my current cosmetics.

C. Only when my current ones completely run out.

 

6. You wear make-up,

A. Most of the time. I adopt a simple routine, even at home.

B. Only when I go out.

C. Only on occasions, that demands it. Else I avoid.

 

7. How much do you spend on cosmetics?

A. Most of my money.

B. A sizeable amount, but not too much.

C. Hardly anything

 

Mostly As

You are a complete cosmetics junkie. You love to be a total glam doll. You wouldn’t dream of stepping out without your make-up.

Mostly Bs
You like cosmetics, but you aren’t freaky about make-up. You prefer to keep a subtle but great look. You have a balanced outlook towards cosmetics

Mostly Cs

You are not a cosmetics junkie at all. You avoid make-up whenever you can. And if you do use cosmetics, your use is minimal.


The results weren’t very surprising, but it’s good to know that my outlook towards cosmetics is still relatively balanced!

Feel free to try out this quiz, share your results in the comments, and repost on your websites as well 🙂

[REVIEW] Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Nose Pack

Time for a confession: part of the reason why I purchased this was because I needed to hit $20 for free shipping on Shopee. I wasn’t in particularly dire need of clearing my blackheads at that time, but let’s admit it, everyone’s gotta need a good nose strip at some point in time, right? I bought this in a box of 6, but I think they only sell individual packets in Singapore’s Innisfree stores.


Product Description

A nose pack containing Jeju volcanic scoria that removes blackheads and keeps pores clean.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 1 (for 1 piece)


Ingredient List

VP/VA Copolymer, Water/Aqua, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Ethyl Hexanediol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Volcanic Ash, Silica, Hamamelis Virginiana(Witch Hazel) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Black Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Red Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Yellow Iron Oxide (CI 77492)

I’m actually quite surprised that this product’s second highest ingredient is water. You wouldn’t exactly be expecting water in your nose strip, but I’m guessing it could be the ‘glue’, which helps the strip to stick on your nose. The fact that there’s more lavender oil than volcanic ash is also quite unexpected, but overall I’m quite happy to see other beneficial ingredients like witch hazel extract.


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Packaging: Very consistent with Innisfree’s eco-friendly, natural branding. It’s also very easy for you to tear open an individual packet, so I generally have not much to say about this.

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT AHEAD

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Effectiveness: The photos speak for themselves when I say that this pore strip is SUPER EFFECTIVE. I got a shock when I saw all these gunk trapped on the strip. I’ve seen my fair share of dirt when I use other brands’ but never so much before. It’s horrifying, but also actually very pleasing to see after you get over the initial shock. Of course, I’m extremely happy that this strip is effective because it means a cleaner nose for me.


Final Verdict

I’ve read some reviews online that this product is not good because it peels their skin off. I haven’t encountered this problem so far, and I think a possible reason it could happen is if you leave it on your skin for too long, so the glue (which is really sticky) dries up. My recommendation is not to put it on for more than 15 minutes, or you might not like this product even if they eradicate all your blackheads.

I would definitely repurchase this, but another good point to take note would be doing the necessary after-care (closing your pores using cold water, etc.), because this does such a great job in pulling out the dirt that your pores might be enlarged after that.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] TFS Inkgel Pencil Eyeliner

Besides BB cream and eyebrow pencil, the one product I can’t do without is eyeliner. Granted, my eyes are not that small, but eyeliner definitely helps to make your eyes look bigger, deeper, and a lot sharper than they normally do.

Thanks to my perpetual struggle with liquid eyeliner and the alarming rate at which I finish my eyeliners, I’m always on the lookout for new pencil eyeliners. I saw this product in Korea when I was buying a new shade of the Moisture Touch lipstick and decided to put this in the basket since it was TFS, and TFS’ products have never left me disappointed.


Product Description

Express deep and defined eyes with Automatic Pencil Eyeliner’s soft gel eyeliner and highly vivid ink-colour.
  • Deliver rich colour with one single glide of the creamy melting gel texture eyeliner.
  • The smudge-resistant eyeliner delivers neat, long-lasting eye makeup with no smudging from sweat and sebum.
  • The built-in sharpener is convenient. You can sharpen your pencil eyeliner anytime.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 15.90

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Ingredient List

TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE • CYCLOPENTASILOXANE•MICA (CI 77019)•IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) • IRON OXIDES (CI 77499) • ISODODECANE • POLYETHYLENE • ACRYLATES/STEARYL ACRYLATE/DIMETHICONE METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER • C18-36 ACID GLYCOL ESTER • SILICA • COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX/CIRE DE CARNAUBA • HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL • TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) • CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE • CYCLOHEXASILOXANE • POLYISOBUTENE • SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE • IRON OXIDES (CI 77492) • TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE • DIMETHICONE • GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE • TIN OXIDE • ALUMINA

A quick check on the ingredients shows that there’s nothing much to worry about, which is great news!


The names of many of the shades sound so delicious – I settled on Choco Latte, a chocolate brown.

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Packaging: A simple pencil, with a cap that clearly tells you what colour it is. It’s light and convenient to carry around in your makeup pouch.

Colour payoff & intensity: This product’s payoff is really good, in fact, much better than I had expected. It glides smoothly on the eyelids with a good colour payoff, so that you don’t have to keep tugging to get a decent colour (coughs at Innisfree). I think this brown is fantastic if you’re looking for something to make your eyes look bigger and more alert, without coming off as too fierce with dark black.

Staying power: I’m amazed at how waterproof AND smudge-proof this eyeliner is. I’ve probably got the oiliest eyelids possible, so I’ve been very impressed by how well this eyeliner stays put throughout the day no matter how much I sweat. On days that I know I have to sweat quite a bit in the hot weather, or with no guarantee that I’ll get time to touch up on my makeup, this is definitely the eyeliner that I go for. It also helps that it’s super easy to draw, almost like using a pencil or crayon.


Final Verdict

I haven’t said this before, but I’ll say it – this is my FAVOURITE pencil eyeliner!!

Although it’s not very cheap (sadly), I’d gladly fork out the money to repurchase this eyeliner in all the other shades because I love it so much. Easy to use, great colour payoff, and impressive staying power – these are the qualities I’m looking for in an eyeliner, and TFS’ Inkgel ticked all the right boxes.

I HIGHLY recommend this, with all my heart and in all sincerity. Once you try this product, you may never buy another type of pencil eyeliner again.


Rating

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

mustbuy

[REVIEW] Colourpop Crème Gel Liner

If I had to rank my preference for eyeliner types, pencil eyeliners would definitely top the list. No matter how much I practice, I still struggle a little with getting liquid and gel liners to work for me, so those are definitely not my go-to products when I’m rushing for time.


Product Description

Crème Gel Liner Colour glides on smoothly for comfortable application in the waterline. Creamy formula makes blending super easy and formula dries down for long-lasting wear.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: USD 5 (Colourpop site)

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Ingredient List

DIMETHICONE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, CERESIN, POLYETHYLENE, SILICA, STEAROXY DIMETHICONE, COPPER POWDER (CI 77400), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), MICA (CI 77019), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

The top ingredient, Dimethicone, is a type of silicon that ‘helps create improved texture in skincare, helping products to glide across the skin’.

According to Vogue UK,

There is some debate about whether dimethicone and other silicones can clog pores and worsen acne-prone skin.

It may sound like a serious cause for concern, but I have yet to experience any discomfort despite having sensitive and acne-prone skin. It might be because my eyelids are not as easily affected, or the area in contact is small, but generally, this chemical should not worry you too much.


I love using shimmery brown eyeliners because they add a layer of depth to the eyes without overly emphasizing them.

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Packaging: I like how it is simple, clean and light. The only issue I can find with this is that it’s white, which makes it prone to getting dirtied by the eyeliner pigment itself.

Colour payoff & intensity: I was initially a bit worried that the brown would be too light and not show up very well on my skin, but this turned out a lot better than I expected. It applies pretty smoothly and shows up as a mocha-chocolate colour. The colour payoff is good, and the shade itself is not too intense either, which is great for a more natural look.

Staying power: While generally waterproof, this has not been as smudge-proof as I had hoped. I can usually tell if it is smudge-proof based on whether there are traces of my eyeliner on my lower eyelid. My eyelids are always very oily, no matter how much primer and setting powder I use, so if I use an eyeliner that’s not smudge-proof, it’ll definitely smudge a little onto my lower eyelid, and that’s precisely what happened with this product. If you have oily skin and especially oily eyelids, you might need to take extra precaution with this one.


Final Verdict

This product is definitely value for money, at just USD 5.

While my fear of getting it smudged onto my lower eyelids has stopped me from making this my holy grail pencil eyeliner, I would say that everything else about this product is fantastic. I love the colour and smooth application and honestly would consider buying other shades (especially the white one for my waterline) in future.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] RiRe All Kill Blackhead Remover Stick

I’ve cycled through my fair share of blackhead removal products over the years, because honestly, who doesn’t struggle with blackheads? These pesky things seem to keep coming back no matter how many pore strips and clay masks I try.

I saw this product on Althea – it was on sale at the time, and I needed to add one more item to my cart for free shipping, so there it went into my shopping cart.


Product Description

Melt blackheads, whiteheads and dead skin cells with this simple-to-use stick! With extracts from charcoal power, rice, black bean and sesame, this cleansing stick targets hard-to-reach areas like the sides of the nose to thoroughly cleanse pores. Lavender, tea tree, aloe and chamomile extracts soothe skin and prevent a dry or tugging sensation. Apply on moist nose and rinse with water. Use 2-3 times a week.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 11 (Althea)


Ingredient List

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Most of the ingredients listed have been certified to be safe and don’t pose much of an irritant risk. If you’re worried about ingredients such as Propylene Glycol, you might be relieved to know that they are usually quite safe in small doses.

 


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Packaging: Black and sleek, this is actually much better than RiRe’s lipstick, although still not exactly the most luxurious of product packaging.

Texture: It reminds me a lot of gluesticks – I even suspected at some point in time that it might just be glue 😂 It rolls and applies very easily on the nose and cheeks (depending on which part of the face you’re trying to remove blackheads from).

As you can see from the product shots, there are little black and white specks all over. Apparently, those are charcoal powder, rice, black beans and black sesame seeds. Definitely sounds like it would make a delicious meal. They’re slightly bumpy to the touch, but nothing extremely uncomfortable.

Effectiveness: This product has really helped to remove a lot of my blackheads and dead skin. Although I think that it is not as effective or satisfying as using a pore strip, I love how smooth my skin feels immediately after I use it. It feels almost as though the little grains in the product helped to smoothen my skin while removing the blackheads. That being said, I still see a handful of blackheads after usage, so it’s most likely that it’s not that good at removing the stubborn ones.


Final Verdict

I think for a price of SGD 11, this is not too bad, but it’s honestly not the cheapest option you can get.

If you have really, really stubborn blackheads and whiteheads to remove, you may be slightly disappointed in this product because it’s not that good at removing them, based on my personal experience. Those will have to be eradicated by using pore strips.


Rating

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

[SAMPLE] YSL Black Opium EDP

This is my first review on fragrances, which is honestly long overdue. Although I sometimes am very lazy about using them as a final touch, I do love trying and smelling all these fragrances because they can smell so different with just a few different ingredients.

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Product Description

Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent is a glamorous yet edgy fragrance bursting with mystery and energy. The bouquet is an addictive gourmand floral with notes of adrenaline-pumping black coffee, seductive white florals and sweet vanilla.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 139 for 50ML (Shilla Duty-Free @ Changi Airport)


Details

Family: Warm & Sweet Gourmand
Style: Glamorous, Rock Spirit, Addiction
Top Notes: Green Tangerine, Pear
Middle Notes: Jasmine Tea Petal, Orange Flower Petal
Base Notes: Green Coffee, White Woody

I won’t claim to be an expert on the ingredients in fragrances, but as you can see, this EDP is a delightful mix of natural ingredients. If you’re curious as to what the different terms mean:

The Top Notes

Also sometimes referred to as the opening notes or head notes, the top notes of a fragrance are generally the lightest of all the notes. They are recognized immediately upon application of the perfume. The top notes are also the first to fade given their light molecular structure, but this does not mean they aren’t of utmost importance.

The top notes of a fragrance represent the first impression. How many times have you tested a fragrance only to be turned off right away? Why? Because the top notes didn’t make a lasting impression on you. It is hugely important that the top notes not only succeed at luring you in, but also smoothly transition into the heart of the fragrance.

The Middle Notes

The middle notes, or the heart notes, make an appearance once the top notes evaporate. The middle notes are considered the heart of the fragrance. They last longer than the top notes and have a strong influence on the base notes to come. A perfume’s heart is generally pleasant and well-rounded. It is ofen a smooth combination of floral or fruit tones; sometimes infused with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom.

The Base Notes
The base notes are the final fragrance notes that appear once the top notes are completely evaporated. The base notes mingle with the heart notes to create the full body of the fragrance, but are typically associated with the dry-down period. The job of the base notes is to provide the lasting impression. These often rich notes linger on the skin for hours after the top notes have dissipated.

The middle notes are akin to the highlight of the fragrance, so it’s little wonder that they are the main bulk of what you smell upon application of this EDP. Jasmine Tea Petal and Orange Flower Petal smell wonderfully fresh, but it may be slightly overpowering at times. I couldn’t quite smell the top notes of green tangerine and pear, but it’s probably just me.

The base notes are also very strong, and they surface after a while when the top and middle notes have evaporated. I really like the woody, musky smell – it brings a sense of rootedness (haha, pun) that sticks with you after the initial ‘flirty’ notes are gone.

While I love this fragrance, I wouldn’t say this is for everyday use. Reserve this for events when you want to get heads turning, and surely all the noses will be turned to you as well.


Rating

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[REVIEW] Etude House Dear My Matte Tinting Lip-Talk

I didn’t have too great an experience with Etude House’s Dear My Blooming Talk lipsticks the last time I bought one, so I honestly bought this just for the cute dog packaging, which is part of their Chinese New Year launch.


Product Description

The matte tinting lips-talk expresses defining rich color as it softly and smoothly adheres to the lips while providing a moisturized finish.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 17.90

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When I first started out playing with makeup, my first choice for a lip colour would have been either pink or red. These days, I’ve been veering towards more beige and nude shades for a daily look, so I naturally picked BE101 Skinny Beige. I’ve never been able to get myself to try a purple hue because… well, because i just think that it wouldn’t look great with my complexion.

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Packaging: It comes originally as just a bullet, and you get to choose a lipstick case to put the bullet in. I love the lipstick cases – so many to choose from! The one I have is from their CNY collection, but you can also choose from their usual collection if you’re not keen on doggies:

Texture: Don’t be fooled by the appearance of the lipstick bullet – it may look (and even smell) like the glass tinting lipstick, but definitely applies matte. It also feels comfortable on the lips because it doesn’t dry them out excessively.

Colour payoff & intensity: I’m actually really impressed by the colour payoff of this lipstick, because the Blooming Lips one I tried last time was the hardest, toughest lip product I had ever used. I could keep tugging and the colour wouldn’t come off evenly, which ended up leaving tiny coloured residues on the lips, and it looked really bad. This, however, applies smoothly so that you don’t have to keep struggling to get a good colour.

Colour: The colour may look red in the swatch, but rest assured that it’s definitely more beige in real life. This is easily one of my favourite nude lip colours, and is actually quite similar to TFS’ Moisture Touch BE03. I think it’s one of the most wearable colours in the launch as well, especially if you’re not too keen on reds and purples.

Staying power: The staying power of this lipstick is rather good – I’ve had it last at least one meal and survive multiple rounds of drinking water. I wouldn’t really expect this to last for one whole day in the office without any touching up though.


Final Verdict

This product has rekindled some faith in Etude House’s lip products for me. I think that overall it’s a pretty good product. It’s simple, straightforward, and does the job. It also helps that the price point is lower than that of a lot of other lip products.

If you are a beginner to makeup with no experience in liquid lipsticks, or just want to find something fuss-free that you can easily incorporate into a basic makeup look, this is definitely the product for you.


Rating

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