[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.


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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.

[Daily Vanity] 10 best-reviewed Natasha Denona products to try if you’re planning to give this new-to-Sephora brand a go

I may not have mentioned this before, but since last year, I became a community writer for Daily Vanity SG, so that I could get to explore and write more on beauty in a local context.

I’ve two published articles on the website as of now, and the latest one has just been published on the website. Do give it a read if you’re interested in knowing more about Natasha Denona products ~

Thank you as always for all the love and support!