Sunday, 14 January 2018

Review: Viva Naturals Organic Jojoba Oil

Viva Naturals Organic Jojoba Oil, 4oz, Cold Pressed & 100% Pure for Hair, Face, Nails, Skin, Stretch Marks & Sensitive Skin

Product: Viva Naturals Organic Jojoba Oil

What I love about it:

This brand of jojoba oil works well for my skin and hair with no complaints. The dropper is useful and the bottle is a dark glass.

I use it in multiple ways:

- oil mixed with cleanser for an effective deep makeup remover
- topper on top of my serums for extra hydration
- hair and cuticle treatment

What I dislike about it:

A pump would perhaps be more useful so the product won't have any contact with air at all, but given the shelf stability of jojoba oil, it doesn't seem to be a problem. 

Overall, I love how inexpensive and useful this oil is for absolutely everything beauty-related!

Available here!

Review: L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil La Creme

Product: L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil La Creme

From their website, this is a lightweight cream infused with 6 precious flower oil extracts that deeply repair hair from lengths to tips. The fine cream is instantly absorbed on hair, while 6 flower oils luxuriously nourishes the fiber & smoothens out cuticles on the surface for soft, sumptuously smooth and nourished hair.
Instant absorption. Non-sticky. Non-greasy

What I like about it:

It is an amazing product that leaves my hair very soft and shiny. True to what it claims, it is non-sticky as well and the smell is fresh and light.

I also really like the fact that it can double as a heat protectant which saves me time and money.

The packaging is also very nice and the pump makes it extra easy to dispense product.

What I dislike about it:

I really like this product so no complaints!

Overall, highly recommend this product as an all-in-one leave in treatment and heat protectant which makes my hair shiny and soft.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Best Drugstore Mascaras

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Best Drugstore Mascaras

I am a big fan of drugstore mascaras because you can find great products for a great price! Since it is recommended that you replace your mascara every 3 months (!), being able to find a quality product for cheap is really helpful to keep your bank balance in check.

Some of my favorite brands are as follows:

1. Maybelline



2. L'Oreal



3. Miss Sporty (UK brand)



Extremely affordable and washes off with warm water, detailed review here.

4. Mistine Supermodel Mascara (Thailand brand)



Crazy length-boosting and lasts the whole day! Detailed review here.

For higher-end mascaras, I really love Lancome:


I enjoy all of these mascaras as they are very black, builds length and volume and are pretty easy to take off at night. What are your favorites?

Sunday, 7 January 2018

HRH Collection Review (Orions' Belt, Shining Star, Mermaid Tail)





Product: HRH Collection - Orion's Belt, Pearl & Shining Star Duo (Mirrored Sugarplum) & Art Deco Tear Bracelet (Mermaid Tail)

What I like about it:

I ordered 4 pieces from HRH Collection (described and pictured above), a mixture of 3 bracelets and a necklace and with both gold and silver pieces. 

The 3 bracelets were customized smaller for my wrist (5.5 inches) and there is an additional fee of $5. (Note: I've seen a few bad reviews on customer service and returns for HRH so I made sure to drop an additional email regarding my customization request after I placed my order. HRH got back to me pretty quickly and confirmed they received my order with customization.)

I received 2 clear pouches for the bracelets which were part of the "Christmas stocking stuffers" sets, and the necklace came plainly packaged. 

The bracelets were all very pretty. Both gold and silver looked great and were very shiny. The mirrored sugarplum (purple rainbow) and mermaid's tail (emerald green) were gorgeous. 

The necklace (Orion's belt) was a dainty gold necklace that sits right about your collarbone. 

What I didn't like about it:

Despite loving the look, I have to say that all the pieces were of pretty cheap quality. The clasps were of average quality as well. Be mindful that these pieces are costume jewelry and may/may not last.  

The upside to costume jewelry is that the pieces are very lightweight and thus very comfortable to wear.

Since I had the bracelets customized, they fit my wrists well. I do find that the "gem" part of the bracelets tend to flip over while wearing them which is a little annoying. 

I've been a fan of Alex's Youtube Channel for many years and so I decided to take the plunge this Christmas and get a few pieces. 

Overall, I would recommend HRH Collection if you like the look of the pieces. I particularly love the tone of the gold and the metal of all the pieces is very shiny. However, they are definitely expensive for the quality. 

Rating: 3.5/5 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Best Inexpensive Brushes

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There is an overwhelming number and brands of makeup brushes available. I have 4 picks for my favourite brushes from the drugstore.

ELF Studio Professional Brushes

You just can’t beat ELF at their price point, and the Studio Pro line is especially value for money as they deliver amazing quality for the price. My favourite is the PRO powder brush, which is actually an amazing foundation and blush brush as well. The bristles are compact and very soft.

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Ecotools

My first set of brushes were from Ecotools and I continue to use them until today. The distinctive bamboo look is really lovely and the brushes are well-made and designed. I really enjoy their eyeshadow brushes and would recommend their Starter kit. 

Zoeva

Zoeva is a fairly newer brand but the quality is just impeccable. Their brushes rival those of any luxury brand any day and they have an amazing rose gold set.


Real Techniques
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Real Techniques is very popular on Youtube since their founders, Nic & Sam have a huge following on there. Their brushes are amazing quality and affordably priced and their version of the Beauty Blender (the Real Techniques Sponge) is also making waves in the beauty world. 


The good folks at Reviews.com have actually created a brush guide and personally tested out different brands to see which have come out top! If you are curious, check out their detailed guide here!

Friday, 10 November 2017

Review: Kose Babyish Mask

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Product: Kose Babyish Mask 

What I like about it:

What is striking is the amount of essence in the mask. The mask is thoroughly soaked and there is enough left in the packet to cover your entire neck and then some. 

The essence is a opaque white colour and is very moisturizing. 

What I dislike about it:

I generally prefer thin and soft masks. The material of this mask is quite thick.

Overall, this is a really effective mask that is wonderfully hydrating. 

Available here:


I highly recommend the Gold version which is plumping! I can definitely feel the lifting effect.

Rating: 5/5

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Review: Miniso Water Lip Balm and Essence (Natural Plant Oils)



Product: Miniso Water Lip Balm and Essence (Natural Plant Oils)

What I like about it:

Beautiful packaging, shiny gold tube and really cool lipstick surface. 

Colour is beautiful and the lip balm / gloss stick is really moisturizing. 

I would recommend it to anyone who wants an inexpensive and effective gloss-stick. 

Check out the full range of products here.

Rating: 5/5