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[REVIEW] CANMAKE Quick Lash Curler

I’ve never been a great fan, nor a frequent user of mascaras. It’s not because my eyelashes are naturally fantastic, or that I got extensions, but I have the tendency to slack off with regards to certain steps in my makeup routine when I don’t have the time, which usually happen to be contour, eyeshadow, and mascara. Mascara is the worst of them all tbh – I always have so much trouble curling my eyelashes, making sure my mascara doesn’t clump together etc. etc. – ain’t nobody got time for that in the morning.

One fine day, I went to a departmental store and saw Canmake’s products. I actually tried the tester, headed off, went home after a few hours, and saw that my lashes still looked fantastic. That was when I knew for sure that I had to get this.

Product Description

Boosts lash curl and keeps it in place!!!
● Keeps lashes looking perky for hours on end.
● Ideal for those who suffer from stubbornly downward-pointing lashes and curl droop!

Stands up to water, sweat, tears, humidity and sebum!
● Waterproof formulation is highly resistant to water, tears, sweat and humidity.
● Resistant to sebum, preventing your mascara from bleeding onto your eyelids.

Including beaytifying agents
●Sodium hyaluronate (moisturizing agent)

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 11.92 (RedMart)

Ingredient List

I’m not sure why I’m unable to find the ingredient list for this product anywhere on the web – can anyone enlighten me? 😦 It’s a tad disturbing that this information is not widely available.

Packaging: I love the unique packaging – it’s cute, but a different kind of cute from the usual K-beauty products.


This eyelash curler comes in two types – transparent and black. The transparent one works best if you’re using it before your usual mascara, while the black one helps to add length to your lashes. I bought the black one because why not get an added benefit, right? HAHA.

Effectiveness: I haven’t gotten around to taking before/after photographs but I found this photograph online that is an accurate portrayal of my experience using it:

Image credits

Look at how curled the eyelashes are after application!! I’m honestly so amazed every time I use this product because my lashes just seem to hold themselves up without me having to use an eyelash curler at all. I reckon there must be some glue-like ingredient in this mascara, because it really holds up very well throughout the day, and frankly, it does look a lot like glue.

Using the black curler also gives the added benefit of having your lashes look longer. I find that it doesn’t give so much volume, and it tends to clump your eyelashes together, which can look pretty weird, so remember to use the comb/any other spoolie to spread them out.

Staying power: This curler’s staying power is NO JOKE. It is so good that it even makes removal difficult. I’ve struggled every single time to get it completely cleaned off my lashes, and no amount of makeup remover and wipes can remove it cleanly. I often have to wipe it off myself using tissue paper AFTER washing my face, and even that doesn’t guarantee that all of the product comes off. I mean, it is great that you have something that will last you through all weather (I can attest to this), but having it almost impossible to remove thoroughly? Well…

Final Verdict

Everything about this product is fantastic, except the fact that it’s so stubborn to remove. It’s the answer to any lazy person’s call for an easy-to-use mascara, and in fact, I would suggest that you don’t even bother with using even more mascara after you apply this. I wish I knew about this product much earlier so I didn’t have to spend money on lash curlers, and didn’t have to struggle throughout all those times that I attempted to get decent-looking eyelashes.

Canmake’s Quick Lash Curler is definitely getting a thumbs-up for me, but you’ve been warned: you might lose a few eyelashes every time you try to remove this.



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

[REVIEW] shu uemura hard formula

I contemplated really, really long before I got this. I had heard so many good reviews about this eyebrow pencil, yet I just couldn’t find it in myself to buy this because I was so used to my Etude House pencil. However, I couldn’t help myself anymore when I went for my usual 3D brow styling session and saw the brow artist using this pencil to draw, therefore I became the proud owner of this holy grail product.

Product Description

natural finish and shape. this unique eyebrow pencil only releases color pigment when it interacts with the oils in the brow hairs. the result is natural, defined brows. smudge-proof and long-lasting.
hard lead to draw precise and fine lines.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 33

I had to admit, I was sold by the fact that the pencil only releases pigment when it interacts with oils in the brow hairs. It potentially means that I wouldn’t face the danger of drawing my brows waaay too off, and helps to save pigments because I am a clumsy klutz who sometimes doesn’t cap stuff back properly, or drops things way too often.

Colour: I wasn’t too sure what colour to get (I’m not great at identifying my hair colour), so I asked the brow stylist and she got me this. Personally, I’ve often been advised to change my eyebrow pencil according to my hair colour, but it’s usually brown anyway so it doesn’t make much of a difference to me. Of course, it’s worth taking note if you find yourself changing hair colours very often, though I wouldn’t advise bleaching your eyebrows to match your bleached hair.





I know the pencil looks really worn out here, but it’s actually because I’ve been using this almost every day for MONTHS, and haven’t been back to a shu uemura outlet to sharpen my pencil yet because I’m both busy and lazy.

Despite that, you can still see how wonderfully made this pencil is. shu uemura products are especially famous for their focus on tools, and it really does feel like I’m using a well-crafted tool to shape my brows. It glides and fills in very easily to give your brows a natural look.

Staying power: I wouldn’t exactly vouch for its smudge-proof properties though. I’ve had an instance where I accidentally rubbed my forehead and voila, there was a small patch of brown on my hand where it touched my eyebrows. Of course, there’s a possibility it happened because my eyebrows were too oily, but it’s just a gentle reminder not to bank too much on it being entirely smudge-proof.

Final Verdict

I’ve been telling my friend A that this is my new favourite eyebrow product, and once again, I am impressed by a holy grail product.

The one thing that throws me off is the price. I’m waiting to see how long this pencil can last me so that I can accurately tell you if it can last me for very long, but according to the current situation, there’s a high possibility that this will actually last me for a few years, if I can get around to sharpening it right down to a short stub.

I think it’s a good investment if you want to be able to draw good eyebrows in the shortest amount of time possible. I’ve often struggled with other products because they made my brows look worse than when I started. However, I feel that this will be much better if you’re going for a natural look favoured in K-beauty, rather than a strong brow game, so make sure you get the right pencil for the right look.


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