WonderBox - January 2014

Yes, I was under the impression WonderBox had taken its bow as well, but apparently not! They did mention that December would be their final subscription box, but they would periodically release boxes as and when a box worth releasing pops up. So, did this box live up to that claim? Shockingly, it actually did an amazing job!


[WonderBox - Jan 2014]


Lo and behold the wonders!


[WonderBox - January 2014]

There is, as always, a rather eclectic mix of stuff contained within this box, but this is the first WonderBox in a long, LONG time where I'm actually extremely pleased with the hoard!

Let's start off with the least exciting product:


[Total Image's Apple Stem Cell Salmon & Silk Peptide]

Now, the only reason I'm not excited about this is because I don't consume things of this nature. If anyone would like these, do let me know.

Next up, we have something for the boys. This is something which has become an increasing trend where beauty boxes are concerned. I do think they're all realising that they're missing out on a large cross section of the market, and the best way to get to them is through the women!


[Bio-essence's Nugeno Men Oil Control Cleansing & Shaving Foam, Whitening Deep Cleanse and Skin Cleanse & Renew Gel]

I've definitely become quite the Bio-essence aficionado after the use of some of their products, so I'm quite pleased with this lot and have high hopes that it will keep the party they will be forced upon very happy when he gets used to using grooming products!

Next up, we have something from Dr Nano. This is a brand I've seen vaguely, but never really looked into and it's definitely a product I'm excited to start things off with.


[Dr Nano's 2 in 1 Cleansing Water]


The ingredients in here are really quite lovely so I'm quite keen on giving this a whirl! There's also a voucher for a facial lifting treatment worth RM500+, which I thought was a rather nice addition.

Next up, we have something I'm extremely please about! Hand sanitiser! 


[bloop's Germ Blaster]

This smells absolutely divine and it's shaped similarly to Bath & Body Works' hand sanitisers. The sticker included is also absolutely adorable and something I would happily adorn one of my personal effects with!

Yves Rocher has been making its beauty box rounds for a couple of months now, and WonderBox was no exception.


[Yves Rocher's Daily Exfoliating Cleanser & Clarifying Toner]

I've only comes across somewhat dodgy reviews of Yves Rocher, so I've avoided them quite religiously, but this is a good place to start. History has shown that my skin likes to run contrary to public opinion, so I might actually end up liking this stuff. I'm quite keen on the fact that these are clarifying products and should work reasonably well with my skin type. It's also quite lovely of them to provide 2 samples of each so that we get a decent quantity to experiment with. 

And finally, a touch of makeup!


[essence's Carbon Black Volume Mascara]

I received this in another box last month, but mascara is something which you can never have enough of because it isn't a product for long-term use. I've still not tried it as yet, so I'm not entirely sure if I'm happy with having 2 tubes.

Overall, I'm absolutely enamoured with this box. I really do feel like WonderBox has kicked the year off with a bang, and more exciting than that is the fact that I didn't have to pay a cent for this box. I cashed in my points from participation in product reviews, blog posts and purchase surveys on their website in order to get this box free. Yay! However, in the event that you aren't slightly mad like myself, one of their boxes retails for RM45 and there is no set date for their availability. Just keep tabs on their site and FB page.

I'm certainly back on board with their boxes and I do hope they maintain this level of brilliance for their future boxes! 

For more information on WonderBox, please refer to these sites:
Website: http://wonderbox.com.my
FB: https://www.facebook.com/WonderBoxMalaysia?fref=ts
Estee Lauder's Double Wear Light Foundation

I recently tried out Estee Lauder's Double Wear Foundation, and I wasn't as enamoured with it as the rest of the world seems to be. That, perhaps, had a lot to do with the claims people made about how effective it was at controlling oiliness. I've noticed that my oiliness has a vindictive mind of its own whereby it causes my skin to get much more oily than normal when I use oil control or mattifying products. That's right, my skin hates me! 

This, however, was touted as a less mattifying product, which slightly lighted coverage than the original. And if nothing else, it was worth a shot!


[Source: Beautylish]

This was the original tube, and in my bid to be less of a nutcase, I've taken to getting hold of sachets/samples of products before going all in and running amok with a full-sized product I'm not overly fond of. 

In any event, this foundation is much more true to colour than the original in that it doesn't oxidize quite as much, so you should definitely get colour matched to the exact shade you require. It also contains an SPF of 10, which isn't much, but it's something!


As with all situations of this sort, people like me looking like a freak, so I was given a shade that was too light for me. 


[No Makeup]

I was very happy that this wasn't as difficult to work with as the original, because that sets extremely quickly. This allows you time to blend. It provided less of a full-on flat matte finish, and was more satin-like. Coverage was medium-buildable, but I definitely needed something for under the eyes. I was also a little surprised at how the original was touted as insanely full-coverage, but still left me needing a concealer for undereye darkness. 


[Foundation]

Since this wasn't meant to be as mattifying, I did go ahead and powder it with MAC's MSF natural in order to minimize the insanity of my skin.


[Concealer & Powder]

Because the colour discrepancy wasn't exactly unnoticeable, and this wasn't meant to oxidize as much as the original, I added some bronzer on the perimeter of my face to look less disturbing. The overall effect of the foundation was that it sat well and blended very flawlessly into the skin.


[Bronzer & Blush]


[6:35 pm]

During the 5 hours odd that I used it, I didn't get the opportunity for touch ups. It did work reasonably well for my combination/oily skin in that the oil showed through only on a T-Zone, and only after a very reasonable amount of time (3 hours). 


[12:15 am]

Even with the oil coming through, it didn't look particularly greasy and wasn't disgusting. I definitely prefer this over the original because it's a lot easier to work with and not as heavy on the skin. If you have serious problems which you need to cover up, the original may be more tempting, but layering this may be a better bet for you.

Overall, I quite like this, but not enough to actually purchase it because there are better products out there. Now that Marc Jacobs' makeup line will be coming to Sephora Malaysia, I'm looking forward to trying out their Genius Gel Foundation as an alternative to Double Wear. I've also yet to try Perfection Lumiere, and I'm convinced that it will prove to be a better choice than this. 
Bag of Love - January 2014

So, I got my Bag of Love for the New Year, and I was so happy with December's bag that I could hardly wait to get this one in hand! As with all of lovely MiMi's bags, this one is of extremely fantastic quality, and something you would gladly reuse.


[Bag of Love - Jan 2014]

While the bags themselves are worth the price of the subscription, the products contained within are always an array of loveliness to make your heart flutter with joy! And this was no exception! 


[Ta-Da!]


[Product Description Sheet]

This bag contained 2 vouchers which were extremely welcome! 


[Mr. Lens Discount Voucher]

As I am quite the shortsighted character, this is something extremely useful! For those of us who don't fancy the coloured variety, they have an array of regular lenses (monthly, daily, etc.) to choose from as well! I've been seeing reviews of this brand floating around the internet for a while now, and I am all to happy to jump on that bandwagon!


[Strip Discount Voucher]

Yes, I am quite the evolutionary  throwback when it comes to hair problems, and this is a much appreciated addition! If you haven't been to Strip, you really should! While they charge a little more than their local counterparts, they do an absolutely amazing job in terms of speed and cleanliness. 


[Alqvimia's Body Oils]

I previously received a set of these in one of The Lilac Box(es), and I've grown quite fond of my thunder thighs and cellulite, so I've yet to test them out. I'm sure these will be loved by anyone else who has receive them, however!


[King of Masks' All-in-One Collagen Mask]

Oh sheet masks! These are a true blue Sunday ritual for me and trying different ones are always welcome!


It almost seems like there's collagen in everything these days, and it's always nice to have the opportunity to try something of this nature before picking up a whole stash of them.


[Wella Haircare]

Of late, Wella has been abuzz across the internet and it feels like quite a blast from the past. It's been at least a decade since I've tried anything from the brand, but their Enrich range seems to be all the rage which makes me all too happy! 


[Wella Professional's Enrich Moisturising Shampoo]


[Wella Professional's Enrich Moisturising Treatment]

I truly can't wait to try these out!

MiMi has done this in the past, with 2 kits in 1 bag, and here we got another full trial kit by Etude House.


[Etude House's Wonder Pore After Sun Special Set]


I have some serious issues with congestion and pore refinement, so this is something I can't pass up! I was actually looking at this range not a week ago in Etude House. This is evidence that MiMi and me are connected at the soul!

And finally, sharing is caring, which is why she has thrown in a little bonus for the boys in our lives! 


[Uber-Men's Whitening Hydra Gel Cleanser + Toner]

Should I be concerned that I am almost tempted to use this myself since it's a hydrating gel cleanser AND toner? Should I try it? I think I have enough cleansers in my possession to refrain from such insanity, so I shall give it to someone who needs it!

As always, MiMi doesn't disappoint with her vast array of treasure, and since this is the end of my 3-month subscription, I'll be resubscribing in anticipation of next month's Valentines' bag!

I am practically vibrating with excitement!

Bag of Love has Monthly (RM39.90), Quarterly (RM119.70) and Annual (RM478.80) subscriptions, and if you sign up for either of the latter, you are entitled to additional gifts as well. In all honesty, if you're looking for a regular beauty box subscription, it doesn't get ANY better than Bag of Love. Do it! Do it now!

If you're interested in Bag of Love, please visit the following sites:
Website: http://bag-of-love.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/BagofLove?fref=ts
Collective Haul

So, it's been a while since I've done a haul, and we all know it's not because I haven't been shopping. It's because I've been shopping too much, so it's about time some of the stuff made it onto my blog. What awesome is that out of this stuff, I've actually found some absolutely amazing stuff that I'm really excited to review within the next few weeks.

Now, let's first establish that the amassing of these items occurred over at least 2 months!

We can't have a MAC-free haul can we? Especially when they've been running amok with new products! I'm semi-upset and semi-applauding the switch-up of their palettes. They now come with clear lids so that you can see what is contained in the interior without opening it up. 10,000 points for aiding and abetting laziness! Since my 2 palettes aren't complete, I can't justify purchasing a new 15 pan palette because I really shouldn't be buying more eyeshadow. But a 4 pan palette is definitely fair, don't you think?


[MAC's 4-Pan Palette (RM30)]

I filled it with 4 of my favourite shadows and this doubles as a perfect travel palette!


[Mine!]

And lipsticks! I did state in a previous haul that I was appalled by how expensive MAC lipsticks had become (RM68!) and that there was no way in hell I would pay for them. And I didn't...well, not completely. The perks of being obsessed with 1Utama definitely shine through when you accumulate enough points to redeem them for products! 


[MAC's Lipsticks in Captive & Up The Amp]

At RM68 each, these would have run me RM136, so I redeemed RM100 in 1Utama points and shelled out the remaining RM36. Definitely worth it!


[MAC's Captive]


[MAC's Up The Amp]

Aren't these gorgeous! I'm so happy!

And then came my weakness: Brushes!

If I were asked how many brushes I own, I would be hard pressed to give you a ballpark figure because I really do have problems in this area. And yes, I've had to backtrack on stating that I wouldn't buy another MAC brush, but seriously, how could I not get this?

They've come up with hybrid brushes and since I own neither of the corresponding face brushes by MAC, the MAC 128 was irresistible! It's 2 brushes in 1 without the horrid dual-sided aspect. You can flip it over and use either side for its specific purpose, or use the fluffy bit on top as a brush on its own. So, technically, this is actually 3 brushes in 1!


[MAC 128]


[2 Brushes!]


[So soft!]

This brush is incredibly soft and makes me so happy! It retails at RM140, but I redeemed RM100 in 1Utama points and got it at RM40. So people, the moral of the story is that you should shop at 1Utama!

Recently, I've become enamoured with more natural skincare, and Aesop has caught my eye on that front. I'm a little sad it's no longer part of the Ken's Apothecary group because I can't get Ken's points for those purchases! Yes, I am a point fiend/hoarder!

However, I did a bit of research into their products, and their Parsley Seed range seemed extremely stellar so I dropped by to get a sample of the stuff. I tried it out and loved it, so I got the full size!


[Pretty Bag!]


[Aesop Haul]


[Aesop's Parsley Seed Masque (RM140)]

I'll have a full review on this up in due time, but it's really a wonderful cleansing/clarifying masque without being drying. Love!

I wouldn't be me if I didn't ask for samples, and they were incredibly accommodating. 


[Aesop's Samples]

Recently The Skintopic opened up in The Curve, and up until recently, New Zealand was only known to me for Lord of the Rings, but apparently they have amazing skincare too! I  got an email from the store regarding an offer whereby they would knock 50% off the price of a mask if you give them an empty skin care item. You know I couldn't resist, right?




[Linden Leaves' Clay Cleansing Masque]


[Unisex...hehehe]

I think I paid around RM50 or RM60 for it, but I don't quite recall. I'll review it once I've given it a proper go around.

Then there was Mivva. Since they've stop supplying beauty boxes, I had a bunch of points lying idle in my account and I figured I would try out something new. 


For a while now, I've been eyeing Yadah as a brand because their packaging is just so adorable. I used my points and ended up paying RM12 (it would have been RM2 if Mivva wasn't charging for shipping costs!) for shampoo.


[If only their beauty boxes were this well packaged!]


[Yadah's Natural Shampoo (RM45)]


I'm currently using this, and I'm very happy with it. I'll have a review up soon!

And I'm sure everyone knows that I've been to SaSa numerous times since I last hauled, but I've been going in and not buying everything in sight! However, SaSa in 1Utama is currently having a sale on The Balm products, and since I love their eyeshadows so much, I figured it might be time to give it a shot. I am definitely not disappointed in anything but the fact that I didn't pick these up earlier!


[The Balm's Cabana Boy Blush]

Just look at that packaging! I love it!!!


[[So pretty, so soft, so pigmented]

Honestly, if you haven't tried these out, you need to. They are amazing! You just know I'm going to be picking the rest of them up, don't you? I really don't understand why no one raves about these more!

Next up, we have TNS Skinlab. I'm a member there, and back in November, I figured that I would use my 25% discount during the month of my birthday to actually try out a brand which has been getting rave reviews across the board.


[Antipodes' Haul]

Antipodes is also a brand from New Zealand, and their skincare is so natural that everything needs to be used up within a 6 month time frame. What's even more exciting is that I've visited 3 different TNS stores (I just can't resist), and the people who work there really know their stuff. That was beyond shocking to me as I've dealt with my share of sales people who make me want to carry a taser around! 


[Antipodes' Aura Manuka Honey Mask (RM168)]


Honestly, this is the best mask I have ever used. I want to marry it! The only problem I have with it is its 6 month expiry period. But I suppose it would make me more diligent in terms of use! A full review of this is definitely coming up soon!

And then there was more eye cream!


[Antipodes' Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream]


Dare I say it? Best eye cream ever! I've never used an eye cream which I felt completely dedicated to, and since I sunk my fingers into this, I've cast all my other eye creams aside! I'm someone who gets bored of products easily, and this has proven to be absolutely fantastic!

I also adore the fact that it comes in a little glass jar. There is an obscene amount of product in there, and even with liberal use twice a day, I'm not entirely sure if I'll be able to use it up in 6 months. Nevertheless, it stands as the only eye cream to date that I would actually repurchase!

What would a haul be without a trip or ten to the pharmacy?

Of late, Guardian has been my haunt of choice, and they always have some fabulous deals!


[Garnier's BB Miracle Skin Perfector (RM14.90)]

Despite the rave reviews Garnier's BB Cream has gotten, I've held back because it's not made for those of us who are oily. This is their brand new oil-free version, so I'm really excited about trying it!

It only comes in one shade, but it seems to be a decent match.


[Garnier's BB Miracle Skin Perfector]

I've already mentioned my love affair with brushes, and I thought that after 4 years, it's only fair that I get new eye brushes to add to those which have served me really well. Years ago on YouTube, everyone was raving about Lowe-Cornell's paint brushes which served as dupes for MAC's shader brushes, and so I found a store (Craft Haven in 1Utama) that carried them and picked a few up. They weren't kidding! They are absolutely amazing and less than a quarter of the price of MAC's brushes!


[Lowe-Cornell's 1/2 and 3/8 Brushes]

I do believe these are natural hair brushes which is why they work so fantastically. More importantly, they retail at around RM15 per brush, which is a steal! Lowe-Cornell has other brushes as well, but if you're looking into them, make sure you get these specific brushes (Purple Handle + White Hair). The rest don't work as well.

And in the same vein, in another art supply store, I came across another brush which seemed like it was soft enough to use as a shader brush.


[Daler-Rowney's E52 Oval Mop]


This retails at around RM21, but it's not as good as the Lowe-Cornell brushes, so I would still stick with those! They are the sole reason I haven't invested in an expensive shader brush as yet.

Back to another trip to Guardian!

I know I'm late to the Revlon Balm Stain party, but I finally caved, and yes, I do regret not jumping on the bandwagon sooner. My caving had a lot to do with the fact that they've finally released the Matte Balms here and I couldn't contain my excitement!


[Revlon's Balm Stains]


[Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm in 001 Honey Douce]


Look how pretty that is! It truly does stay for hours and fades very beautifully! Now I want them all!


[Revlon's Matte Balm Stain in 225 Sultry] 


OMG look at that! No regrets! 

These retail at between RM29 and RM32 depending on where you get them and whether there's a sale on. Absolutely worth it and far better than the more expensive brands which carry these, such as Tarte.

In a similar vein, Maybelline has just released their Lip Polish. I believe these are known as Elixirs everywhere else in the world, but we are not special enough. 


[Maybelline's Lip Polish in Glam 6]

These are absolutely gorgeous! Not just the colour and packaging, but the product itself!


It has a doe foot applicator, and it applies beautifully. It's meant to be a 3-in-1 products (balm, lipstick and gloss), and it definitely lives up to it. I want them all! ALL!

If you've walked past a Chanel cosmetics counter or store, you would have seen the gorgeous pink-hued ad of their new SS2014 collection, and it's impossible to resist! I managed to refrain from going crazy there and contained myself to picking up 1 item which was a gift from someone.


[What a gorgeous sight!]


[Chanel's Cream Blush in Chamade (RM140)]

As with all Chanel products, the packaging is always so luxurious and lovely. Their compacts come in a little velvet pouch which is embossed with their logo.


[<3]

This collection was released with 2 blushes which look very similar in pan but the other swatches with a bit more of a peach undertone. 



Needless to say, the pigmentation is insane. This was barely touched! It applies and lasts like a dream. Chanel's formula for their cream blushes is more cream to powder, making it more vivid and long-lasting. Gorgeous!

And finally, Guardian was having a sale in Paradigm Mall over the weekend, and I got very excited. Not shown in this picture are the obscene number of wet wipes I purchased. 


[Guardian Sale!]

Yes, more eyeliner. This was a last minute whim, and I completely regret it. Worst eyeliner ever. EVER!


[In2It's Hair Brush Eyeliner Pen (RM12)]




Just look at that! I had just opened it and it was already dried out. How disappointing!


[>:{]

The next product was one I was extremely excited to see on sale. I've been eyeing the eye gel by Bio-essence since I saw it a couple of months ago, but I've passed it up based on the price for a while. This was impossible to pass up because it was further discounted to RM70 for this kit!


[Bio-essence's Kit (RM70)]


[Yay!]


[Bio-essence's Bird's Nest Nutri-Collagen & Whitening Cleanser]


I haven't really heard much about this cleanser, but it looks interesting. Definitely something I'm keen to try out!


[Bio-essence's 24K Bio-Gold Anti-Dark Circles Essence]



Yes, I know I've already found my holy grail eye cream, but it can't hurt to try this out! At least it isn't La Mer's RM600+ eye cream. Even I can't justify such a purchase...yet!

Right, that is all for now! I need to be locked away. I know this!