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[REVIEW] TFS Finger Cotton Tint

I’ve always been a huge fan of TFS’ makeup products, so it is little wonder that I got back to buying stuff from them again. I do think that TFS in SG gets a lot less attention than they deserve despite selling some products worth holy grail status, so do show the brand some love if you’re looking to try something new ~


Product Description

  • Contain moisture oil complex to create moisturizing gorgeous and vivid lips without lump.
  • Cotton applicator with diagonal tip allow soft and delicate lip makeup with creamy texture at first then a semi-matte finish.
  • Apply a moderate amount from inside to outside lips gently.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 13.23 (Qoo10)

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Ingredient List

Again, I’m not sure why I’m unable to find the ingredient list for this product anywhere on the web, just like a few others previously 😦 Ah well.


I had such a hard time trying to pick a colour – did I want to buy something more vibrant, or a wearable shade that I could pull off everyday? In such times of doubt, I went with the easier option – buy both!

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Packaging: It reminds me a lot of paint tubes, which is probably what they were going for when they designed this. I like that it’s easy to bring around and use, and is not too messy either.

Texture: Even though the shots make it look like it’s slightly glossy, it definitely dries down to a matte finish. It gets a little drying as the day progresses, but nothing too uncomfortable.

Colour payoff & intensity: The swatches in the photos were achieved with just one swipe each, which is honestly very amazing. I find the #08 Brown-presso is a lot more pigmented than #04 More Coral, which can probably be partly attributed to the fact that it’s a darker shade after all. I like to create a gradient look using these because I’m not too keen on

Colour: I’m so happy that I picked these two shades, because they are definitely complimentary to any occasion you can name. You can use #08 when you want to achieve a more mature look for an important event, and #04 for a casual day out, or even wear it to school!

Staying power: The staying power of this lipstick is pretty okay, but nothing really outstanding. I’ve had it last at least one meal and survive multiple rounds of drinking water, but what’s left is usually just small patches of colour on the lips. Do also note that it’s not transfer-proof, which is slightly disappointing 😕


Final Verdict

As usual, TFS has not disappointed with this lip product. I really like the colours available, but it would be great if they offered more MLBB/nude shades in future, as the current selection mostly comprises bright, vivid colours that not everyone may be comfortable with.

The staying power is not too bad, but again, nothing really noteworthy. It doesn’t actually promise to be long-lasting or transfer-proof, so I guess you can’t fault the brand for it. But I guess you would expect a lip tint to last longer, no?

I do think that it gets a bit too drying over time, despite being branded as a semi-matte lip product containing moisturizing oils. Maybe it’s just my lips? But the problem is not too serious, you can always prevent the problem of dried-out lips by applying lip balm before the lip tint.

This is a good product to try out if you love bright and bold colours, so do pop this in your basket the next time you visit TFS 🙂


Rating

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

[REVIEW] CLIO Kill Brown Waterproof Brush Liner

I’m a fan of CLIO’s liquid eyeliners, so I tried to buy them again when I went to Korea last December. It came to no one’s surprise that I managed to buy the wrong one – I had intended to buy the pen liner again, but ended up getting the brush liner cos I was blur.


Product Description

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Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 16.90 (ezbuy)

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Ingredient List

CLIO KILL BROWN WATERPROOF BRUSH LINER

 

I couldn’t seem to find this online for some reason, so I had to use a photo taken from the packaging. Again, you’ll find that the main ingredient in this product here is water. The iron oxides are presumably to give the pigment its brown colour, which could also explain why the colour is much lighter than you might expect.


I only use brown eyeliner, period. I think no one will ever be able to convince me otherwise. I got this limited edition set – I’m hypothesizing that it’s got to do with the repackaging/rebranding of the liner series. It came with a free furry mirror that you can bring on the go, and who doesn’t like freebies, right?

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CLIO KILL BROWN WATERPROOF BRUSH LINER
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Packaging: This is slightly thicker and shorter than the CLIO pen liner I have. Again, I’m not sure if this is a new packaging, but I find that it being thicker actually allows for even better grip, and in turn an ability to draw more comfortably.

Colour payoff & intensity: It’s still a lighter brown that I would have liked, but I’m very pleased with this eyeliner’s payoff. I was initially quite worried that it would be harder to use than the pen liner, and I’d end up drawing uneven lines all over my eyelids, but my worries were unfounded. I would even say that this brush liner’s payoff is much better than the pen liner, and doesn’t fade throughout the day. One stroke is sufficient for a good colour, so you don’t have to keep drawing again and again on the same spot.

Staying power: The pen liner doesn’t hold up too well when oil is in question, but the brush liner is totally in a league of its own. This has survived all kinds of undesirable conditions found in sunny Singapore, including thunderstorms, buckets of sweat rolling down my face, and too much oil from my pores. For even better staying power, I sometimes pat a small amount of Innisfree No-Sebum powder and I know that I’m all set to survive the day. Don’t believe me? Check out this infographic:


Final Verdict

I’m sticking to CLIO for all my liquid eyeliners for as long as I can. I love this brush liner and I can definitely vouch for its claims of being waterproof and smudgeproof. If you’re a beginner at eyeliner and want to try your hand at liquid eyeliners, this is the one for you.


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum

One important step in all Korean skincare regimes is serum. If you’re not too sure what serum is, here’s a definition for you:

serum is a product typified by its rapid absorption and ability to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, together with its non-greasy finish and intensive formula with a very high concentration of active substances.

Essentially, it’s a product that contains a high level of nutrients that should be well-absorbed by your skin. It sounds fantastic, but not every serum is made equal.

The first serum I ever used was this Innisfree Green Tea Serum. What I tried was a small sample, but I loved it so much that I’ve actually purchased a full-size version of it.


Product description

A moisturizing and nourishing serum containing eco-friendly Jeju fresh green tea and green tea seeds

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 36


Ingredient list

The green Tea Extract (75.9%), Propanediol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Ethanol, Glycerin, Betaine, The green Tea Seed Oil (208mg), Prickly Pear Extract, Orchid Extract, Tangerine Peel Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Orange Extract, Tangerine Extract, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sorbitan Olivate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cocoa Extract, Dextrin, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

The first thing that caught my eye (probably yours too) is the 75.9% green tea extract!! That is honestly one of the most impressive % of a key ingredient I’ve seen in any of my skincare products. Some products highlight certain ingredients as their key selling point, but their ingredient list will usually have other ingredients (e.g. water) as their top ingredient. This serum, however, is truly a green tea concentrate on its own.

You’ll also see many other natural ingredients such as green tea seed oil, prickly pear, orchid, tangerine peel, camellia leaf… and all ranked high on the ingredient list! Looking at this already makes me feel like I’m getting my money’s worth.


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Packaging: Green for green tea – straightforward enough. I like that it’s not very bulky, and comes with a pump that makes it easy for you to pump a sufficient amount of serum out at one go.

Texture: It has a very thin consistency which allows for fast absorption by the skin. As a hydrating serum, it definitely feels almost like water (lol), and doesn’t leave a sticky feeling on the skin.

Effectiveness: The serum smells strongly of green tea: not too overpowering, but definitely enough to convince you that it contains a strong percentage of green tea extract. I can’t say much about the nourishment, but when it comes to hydration power, I’m truly convinced that this product works.

I used to have very dry and even flaky skin for a period of time because I’m usually stuck indoors in a dry, air-conditioned room, and I was too lazy to even use moisturizer for days (yes, terrible, I know). However, after using this product for about two weeks, I noticed that my skin wasn’t as dry anymore. It is currently visibly more hydrated, and I haven’t had a flaky skin problem since then. My skin also feels more supple and hydrated throughout the day when I apply this – do take note that I usually apply this twice in a day (in the morning, and at night) to replenish the moisture in my skin.

I’ve had no breakout problems with this product, which is great for people with sensitive and acne-prone skin just like mine.


Final Verdict

This is definitely my favourite serum of all time.

It might be a tad difficult to convince anyone that their skin needs such a powerful boost of nutrients, but my favourite part about this serum is its hydration power.

I do believe that green tea extracts have a lot more benefits, of course. One of my favourite ingredients in facial masks is green tea (along with aloe vera) because it always leaves my face feeling clean and refreshed. It’s a little too early to say for now if my skin is truly benefitting from the nutrients in the serum, but I can vouch for its fast-acting hydration properties.

At SGD 36, this serum is not cheap. Frankly, I don’t usually buy such expensive skincare products (at least not in Singapore), but I made an exception for this because it’s been so effective.


Rating

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

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[SWATCH] LANEIGE Two Tone Lip Bars

LANEIGE has been on a roll recently with their new product launches, but one of their most famous launches so far is probably their two tone products. Ranging from lip to contour, it seems like everything can be two-toned. A few other K-beauty brands have also jumped on the bandwagon as of late, but LANEIGE is probably one of the best-known pioneers of this trend.

I first bought the Two Tone Lip Bar thanks to PPL with Lee Sung Kyung, followed by the Tint Lip Bar. Both have a very nice sheen to them, but with different product features – the Lip Bar is a cream/stain lipstick, while the Tint Lip Bar is, well, a tint and balm combined into one. You can read my respective reviews on them, but in a nutshell, I prefer the Tint one for its better staying power and colour.

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I’ve got my eyes on LANEIGE’s latest Matte launches, because the colours look absolutely amazing ~ I’m particularly interested in #3, #4, #7, #8, and #9. I guess I just really like the pink shades because they look so flattering on any skin tone. Have any of you tried these shades yet? Let me know which ones work for you!

LANEIGE is definitely on a roll with these two tone products, and I’m excited to see what else they will be adding to this line in future. What could be in the pipeline after lipsticks, eyeshadow, colour correcting, and contour? Foundation? Blush? 🤔

[REVIEW] Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer

Primer for the face, and now finally primer for the eye. I’ve definitely come a long way since my lazy days of applying nothing other than BB cream on my face.

I’ve actually always wanted to try eye primer because I love playing with eyeshadows, and I can’t do without eyeliner. My eyelids are always oily, so it really messes with my eye makeup as the day goes by. The UD one is waaaaay out of my budget, so I decided to try something more wallet-friendly from Etude House.


Product Description

Proof 10 Eye Primer supplies coverage to eyelids and around the eyes to enhance eye shadow color and integrity for a longer lasting, Perfect 10 look.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 11.90 


Ingredient List

TALC, ISODODECANE, VP/HEXADECENE COPOLYMER, MICA, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE TRIHYDROXYSTEARIN, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, PEG-40 STEARATE, BEESWAX, PROPYLENE CARBONATE

I’m not very surprised that talc is included in this product because it is fantastic for keeping your makeup in place. A lot of setting powders would definitely have talc. If you look at UD’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, you’ll find talc in it too, except not in such large proportions.


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Packaging: I’m not exactly sure what this is supposed to resemble. A mermaid? A woman wearing a dress? LOL. But I do appreciate that it’s compact enough for me to pack into my makeup pouch, definitely handy when travelling.

Texture: It looks like BB cream/concealer in the product shots, but actually applies almost like sheer, nude glue. It really does look like glue, although thankfully it doesn’t smell like glue. I’ve found it a bit difficult to apply evenly on my eyelids – sometimes I get too much product on and it doesn’t dry fast, and sometimes I don’t get quite enough. It’s a tad frustrating, but nothing too hampering.

Effectiveness: I’ve often talked about how Etude House’s eyeshadows disappoint quite a fair bit with their colour intensity and payoff. I realize the missing key must be this eye primer. Take a look at the swatch shot below:

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I used the Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick to show the difference. You can clearly see that the one used on top of primer is definitely a lot more glittery, and it looks a lot better than the one applied on bare skin.

In terms of longevity, I’ve found that using this with my Clio eyeliner definitely works miracles. This eyeliner hasn’t been working too well since it’s on the verge of drying up, and it sometimes smudges when I sweat buckets. However, I notice that it’s been holding up a lot better whenever I apply this primer before I get to drawing my eyeliner.


Final Verdict

Can I call this a dupe for UD’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion? Yes, I definitely can.

At a fraction of the price, this Etude House product is definitely something you need if you’ve been spending all that money on your expensive eyeshadow palettes, and cannot afford to splurge any more money on primer.

I make sure to use this every time I decide to apply eyeshadows for the day because I know that it will effortlessly boost the intensity of my look. I’ll definitely repurchase this, but I’m hoping that it won’t be anytime soon…


Rating

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

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[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] Innisfree Flower Cotton Ink

As I’ve often said, I’ve been on the hunt for my favourite Eco Flower Tint in Innisfree stores for a long, long time. So when I finally saw a lip product that resembled the tint in the 2018 Jeju Colour Picker, I knew I had to get it.

(Can I also just say that the entire collection is gorgeous? It’s inspired by pastel-coloured hydrangeas in Jeju ~ I really wanted to get the highlighter but it was out of stock 😦 Sigh.)


Product Description

For that soft, diffused just-blotted look, our medium coverage liquid lipstick dries matte, doesn’t budge, and feels soft and comfy on the lips.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 15

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Ingredient List

Purified Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Octyldodecanol, Propanediol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Silica, Ethanol, Isododecane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Red Oxide of Iron, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Red 202, Propylene Carbonate, 1,2-Hexandiol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Dimethicone, Yellow 4, PhenoxyEthanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Stevioside, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Hydrangea Macrophylla Leaf Extract, Perfumery

The good news: no potentially-harmful chemicals/irritants!

The bad news: hydrangea macrophylla leaf extract ranks low here, there aren’t many natural ingredients used in this product 😢


Having to pick just one colour when all the colours look fantastic is indeed torture. (Un)luckily, this product comes only in five shades, so you won’t have to rack your brain so hard. Alternatively, if you’re feeling generous, you could even buy all 5 shades!

I eventually went ahead with no.5 after swatching at a physical store. It’s a beautiful pink – not too much of a bright pink, together with a tinge of coral.

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Packaging: Very misleading – I got duped into thinking that it was my favourite Eco Flower Tint, all thanks to the packaging. Personal grievances aside, I thought that this product’s packaging is pretty good. it’s definitely compact enough to fit into any makeup pouch. What’s more, I love this little catch they designed in the lipstick – there’s a soft, satisfying click when you cap it back so that you know for sure you’ve capped it properly.

Usually, when I close the cap back after using my lipstick or concealer, I get a little worried that I didn’t really cap my products back properly and they will end up leaking everywhere. Thankfully this hasn’t happened to me yet, but it’s always nice to have a sort of guarantee and ease of mind, which is precisely what this

Colour: It looks like red in the swatch, but it actually applies pink on your lips. I would say it’s a coral pink?

Colour payoff & intensity: This lipstick’s colour payoff is amazing despite being marketed as ‘medium-coverage’ – just one swipe is definitely enough to coat your lips. It’s not too intense that you might end up having to blot off some lipstick – just enough to look naturally good.

Texture: It applies matte, but feels much softer and more comfortable than usual matte lipsticks. I definitely got reminded of Colourpop’s Ultra Blotted Lip and Peripera’s Airy Ink Velvet, both of which also apply matte while leaving a nice blotted, cotton-like feeling on the lips.

Taste & fragrance: The moment I applied this, I immediately thought that it tasted like a bandung rose drink. It smells and tastes like a rose, which I’m not complaining about because it’s great.

Staying power: With a bold claim that it ‘doesn’t budge’, I put it to the test on a few different days to see if it can survive long hours and multiple drinking & eating. It’s definitely capable of lasting if you’re going without food and drink for a few hours and still holds up very well even if you’re drinking.

However, it does not hold up as well after eating a meal – most of the colour is usually gone after your food is gone as well, with only a very slight tinge of colour left on the lips. It was slightly disappointing because I was honestly hoping that it wouldn’t budge, as advertised.


Final Verdict

I love the texture and colour of this lip product. Colour-wise, I don’t really have anything similar in my Peripera and Colourpop collection, so this feels like a great addition.

The staying power doesn’t bother me so much that I’ll stop using it, mainly because I really like how the product settles nicely on my lips with minimal effort on my part. With some liquid lipsticks, I always have to use a cotton bud to wipe off excess around the edges (because I’m not using a lip liner, oops), but with this Flower Cotton Ink, you don’t have to worry too much about a messy application. The staying power is also not that bad in comparison to most products I use, just that it falls short of its claims :/

Overall, I think this is one good product to try if you’re a big fan of a soft, blotted lip look. I definitely am, so you can be sure that I’ll consider buying the other shades in future.


Rating

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

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