[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: ✮✮✮✮✮

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[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.

[REVIEW] MISSHA Cotton Blush

I recently got really addicted to blushes because I think they add a very lovely flush to the face, so I had been eyeing these blushes for some time after seeing on Instagram (oops). When I went to Korea and saw that these were going for 1+1 (basically buy 1 get 1 free), I knew it was the right time to finally get my hands on these.


Product Description

Non powdery soft velvet texture to give soft blending.

Natural staining transparent vivid colour.

Silky Elastic Powder high sebum control effect with soft colour fit.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 6.10 (Althea)


Ingredient List

For the shade #My CandyShop

Talc, Nylon-12, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Mica, Hexyl Laurate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Diphenyl Dimethicone/Vinyl Diphenyl Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Acrylates/Stearyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Magnesium Myristate, Aluminum Hydroxide, 1,2-Hexandiol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Glyceryl Caprylate, Acid Yellow 23 (Yellow 5), Vat Red 1 (Red 30), Red Oxide of Iron, Black Oxide of Iron

Althea

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)

Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer: absorbs excess of sebum or acne-producing oils (source)


Sunny Afternoon
My Candyshop
Sunny Afternoon
My CandyShop

Packaging: Simple, compact, and easy to carry around – scores on all grounds!

Colour: Sunny Afternoon is a slightly darker, more reddish shade with speckles of gold glitter, while My Candyshop is a peachy/apricot flush. I love using Sunny Afternoon when I want a more intense look – let’s say if I know that I will be having photographs of myself taken/wefies etc. and I want my makeup to actually show up in the photos. However, I would say that My Candyshop is probably more suitable for daily, natural makeup looks because it makes you look like you have a healthy flush.

Both are very healthy and vibrant colours that work great with those who have warm undertones, and should fit most Asian skin tones!

Colour payoff & intensity: My Candyshop’s payoff is not that good, so for those of you who do not have very fair skin (me included) you have to apply at least 2 or 3 layers for some colour to show up.

Sunny Afternoon is much better in terms of payoff though, but be careful not to apply too much at one go because you may end up with super rosy and glittery cheeks. Maybe not so much a bad thing if you are going for a photoshoot, but it’s not something you want to sport at school.

Staying power: I haven’t found any need to touch up on my blush, and I still do see a fair bit of the blush 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

At around SGD6 per blush (I got this for less), I think this is really worth the money. It’s got a good range of beautiful colours for you to choose from, whether you have warm or cool undertones, fair or tan skin; its colour intensity is pretty decent for a Korean brand, and it stays on for as long as you need it to.

I think this could even double up as eyeshadow because the colours are really gorgeous and there’s little fallout, which makes this an even better choice if you are looking for an affordable blush.

I really want to buy more shades of this because it’s so good, and I think I would probably even bump it up to be my favourite blush of all time because it’s just so good.

The only issue I have with this is that my skin is quite ‘bumpy’ from acne, so it makes those pesky pimples look a little more obvious than I would like, but that’s just really a personal skin issue that happens with all powder blushes.


Rating

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

6 Favourite Beauty Products in 2018

2018 has been one of my favourite years in terms of experimenting with new makeup and skincare, so I’ll round up some of the ones I loved the most last year. I know this post is a little late, but better late than never, right? 😉


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10

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The BEST foundation I’ve ever used. I’ve even stopped using BB creams because this stuff is even better, be it in terms of coverage or staying power. I also love that it doesn’t clog up my skin, so it’s great to use even if you have oily skin with easily-clogged pores.

It’s a tad expensive, but a good foundation like this is honestly worth the investment, even more so than a luxury lipstick. This is coming from a lipstick lover, so you know how much I treasure this foundation. You also don’t need a lot of product because of the high coverage, so a little can go a long way.


the SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer

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Best concealer I’ve ever used – and the cheapest one ever! This stuff is creamy, promises super good coverage, and doesn’t oxidize. I’ve been using this (rather small) tube for months and still haven’t finished it – super worth it!


MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream

 

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I didn’t really dare to take the leap when it came to using snail mucin, but when I finally did with this product, I was absolutely blown away. I find this perfect for soothing and clearing up skin irritations, acne, and sunburns while hydrating skin. Now, where have you been my whole life??


COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol

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Probably my favourite toner this year for being really effective (at least for the most part). This is very good for clearing up acne and preventing breakouts from happening, so acne-prone people should definitely try this.


CLIO Kill Brown Waterproof Brush Liner

CLIO Kill Brown Waterproof Brush Liner

No one should be left feeling like a noob at using liquid eyeliner, not when CLIO has provided one of the best tools available. I find that the brush is much easier to control and use than the pen, so you can easily brush (haha) across your eyelids and create a clean line. Plus points for being waterproof.


Colourpop Ultra Blotted Liquid Lipstick

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I couldn’t end this favourites list without a lip product, and after much deliberation I finally decided that Colourpop’s Ultra Blotted Lip was truly the gem of the year. Comfort, great staying power, and beautiful colours – this highly affordable product truly provides them all.

5 Brands On My 2018 Wishlist

Last year, I had the opportunity to try out a wide range of brands, and my hope for this year, of course, is that I can explore and experiment with many other brands.

Here are my personal top 5 brands to try out this year.


NARS

One of the main reasons I really wanted to try this is because of the packaging. It’s black, simple and sleek – what’s there not to love?

Another reason is, of course, the Orgasm line of products. It’s a shade of pink that I seriously adore because it goes very well with my skin tones. It’s also close to millennial pink – a colour that’s very in-trend and flattering. I wanted to buy the lipstick last year at a Duty Free store at Incheon Airport, but they ran out of it 😦

This year, I have my eyes set on the blush and lipstick – let’s hope that it will become a reality.


Tony Moly

I was this close to purchasing Tony Moly products in Korea because their ambassador was Seo Kang Jun…! Our favourite pianist (read here for my opinion on this show) aside, this brand is actually famous for its cute packaging. I prefer sleek, minimalist packaging (see above) over cute ones, but I’ve heard of some pretty good products from TM.

For example, TM’s Petite Bunny Gloss Bar is Soko Glam’s Best of K-Beauty Award Winner in 2017, rated 4.5 out of 5 with 92 positive reviews on the Soko Glam website. That is honestly very, very impressive. I’m also interested in their lip tints, because the lip swatches look so good.


too cool for school

Again, I’m a true sucker for their packaging. There is so much old-school plaid, coupled with adorable doodles and illustrations.

They are famous for their egg skincare/haircare products (not even kidding), but I’m really not too keen on it. What really caught my eye is the BB Foundation Lunch Box. A lunch box, for goodness sake!


It’S SKIN

I walked past their stores quite often in Korea, but never really stopped to look at their products. I’m very curious about this Power 10 Formula. Having an essence targeted at a specific skin problem sounds like the kind of thing I need, but it also sounds like it will be an extremely expensive affair, haha.

I’ll probably get around to checking their prices soon, though I think there is a 99% chance I won’t be trying this at all this year 😦


Estee Lauder

There are so many products under this brand that I’ve heard raving reviews of but never had the opportunity to try. I’m particularly interested in Double Wear Foundation and Pure Color Envy, but the price is not exactly friendly on the wallet :X Ah well, we’ll see how things go.