Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain

This isn't going to be a long review. Instead, I'll tell you right now that I adore this new offering from Revlon!

Unfortunately, this isn't available here, but I'd heard absolutely rave reviews of the Moisture Stain lip products, so when I saw them in Singapore when I was there last, I had to pick one up to try it for myself. Yes, I limited myself to one! I am responsible!


[Revlon Colorstay's Moisture Stain in Barcelona Nights (015)]

I chose Barcelona Nights because I'd heard lovely things about it. Further, I can't really justify buying any more red lipstick, even though that was my first choice.

Barcelona Nights is a hot pink, warm-undertoned shade that is absolutely gorgeous! The product comes in a chic rectangular tube, with a nice, slightly bent doe-foot applicator.


[Doe-Foot Applicator]


[Hot Pink Mania!]

As the name suggests, it's meant to be a long-wearing lipstick that doesn't dry the lips too much. It's also meant to leave a stain.


[Just One Layer!]

It's incredibly pigmented! With just one application, I was sorted! The trick to layering this, though is to avoid adding too much product at once because it gets clumpy as all hell. So you need to start with one thin layer, let it dry, and build up from there.

These dry down matte and they are gorgeously rich in colour. I've heard that the formula is the same across the board, so I'm speaking in general terms. 

As to being a "Moisture Stain", both are reasonably true. It's not as drying as other matte lip products, and definitely not an uncomfortable wear. It didn't leave my lips feeling parched of chapped, which is more than I can say for even MAC lippies. 

And yes, it does leave a very lovely stain. It wears off gradually and evenly, but you will always be left with wonderfully flushed lips!

All in all, I feel I need the entire collection. They're wonderful and I have buyer's remorse over picking just one up!
Antipodes' Worship Superfruit Antioxidant Serum


[Antipodes' Worship Superfruit Antioxidant Serum]

A couple of months back I was offered the change to try Antipodes' latest offering: A serum. From past posts, you would know I'm a huge fan of the brand, so I absolutely couldn't refuse! And with the demise of my 2nd tube of hydraluron and just the dregs of my 2nd bottle of ANR remaining, I was in dire need of a new serum.

Their entire range of product comes in very sleek packaging, and this was no different. Like the serums before it, it comes in a somewhat opaque brown apothecary-esque bottle with a pipette for dispensing the product.


[Beautiful!]

With all Antipodes products, the shelf life spans only 6 months, so it's not something you want to leave wilting on the shelves while you go about your business. I know for a fact that this 6 month rule isn't merely lip service, as I tested it out with their Manuka Honey Mask and Kiwi Seed Eye Oil Cream.


[A Pipette for Dispensing the Right Amount of Product]

I used it for around 2 months very faithfully, and I've gotten through the bottle. I did find that using as much product as the pipette dispenses gives you the most effective results. I used it both night and day and saw neither clogged pores (believe it or not, there's a serum I'm testing out that has done this!) nor exacerbation of my oiliness.

It contains a very concentrated blend of antioxidants such as boysenberry extract, raspberry water, blackcurrent extract, kiwi fruit extact, grape seed extract, acai berry extract and coffee berry extract. Yes! That's precisely why it's referred to as "superfruit". It's taken a whole bunch of ingredients that have been individually touted for their antiaging and health-giving properties and packed it into this vial for us! It's basically the daily power smoothie your skin needs.

The fruit here are primarily acidic in nature which would help with a mild daily exfoliation through use of this serum. It doesn't hurt that it smells fantastic too! It's like fruit juice, though it's dispensed as a deep rust-coloured liquid.


[A Drop of Potency]

So, how did this fair? Spectacularly! My worst skin days are around that time of the month, and it's become a monthly battle with hormonal acne around my chin. They're not big, swollen, angry pimples, just annoying little bumps under the skin all over my jawline. These were rather noticeably absent over the two months that I used them. It clearly wasn't a fluke since the result was rather consistent. 

While this doesn't displace my love for hydraluron or ANR, it's definitely a serum I would purchase again because it truly is very effective. It left my skin feeling well-hydrated and I did notice a clearer, brighter appearance. Not to mention, it left it feeling wonderfully soft!

The moment I switched over to the new serum I'm trying out, I got a bout of hormonal acne, and it's left me rather distressed. If you suffer from something similar, or have skin troubles in general, this might be something that works for you to ease the torment we all suffer!

Antipodes' Worship is available for RM179 at all TNS Skin Lab Outlets. 



Clio's Gelpresso Waterproof Shadow & Tension Lip

I was recently sent a couple of Clio products to try, and I simply couldn't refuse since this is a brand I've heard only amazing things about. It's been on my to do list for a while, and I finally got the perfect opportunity to play around with two of their bestsellers. 


[Clio's Tension Lip and Gelpresso Waterproof Shadow]

Clio is a Korean brand, and we all know that Korean cosmetics and skincare have dominated the market of late.

The shades sent to me were right up my alley, and I tore them open in a fit of excitement upon getting hold of the package. 


[Clio's Gelpresso Waterproof Shadow in Feeling High (RM45.90)]

This is a cream shadow stick, and it came in a very shimmery shade of bronze. The packaging was a slim rubberized tube, not unlike what you would find from Nars

The creaminess on this was amazing. It glided on effortlessly and left quite a bit of pigment upon swatching. The packaging promises that it won't smudge all day...quite a toughie to live up to!


[Clio's Tension Lip in Virgin Kiss (RM55.90)]

The packaging on this was so incredibly sleek with the subtle etching of "Tension Lip" on the bullet. Absolutely lovely!


As for the colour...you know I love my reds and this was an utterly gorgeous shade of true red! 


[Look How Pretty!]

It was incredibly creamy as well, and it's meant to diminish the appearance of lines without being drying.

So, do these live up to their promises? Let's take a look.


[Base Sorted]


[Gelpresso Waterproof Shadow]

It took me a while to get used to using this. I was rather frustrated to begin with because my modus operandi is to apply cream shadows and blend them out with my finger or a brush. This was borderline disastrous with this product! I even tried it over an eyeshadow primer and it actually seemed to make it worse. 

After a lot of trial and error, I decided to just use the product without any extraneous help, and ta-dah! The effect was fantastic!


[Love!!!]

It is truly insanely pigmented and you could definitely wear this on its own without looking like a ball of creepy shimmer. I have very oily eyelids, and it seems to eat through anything without an eyeshadow primer on, but this shocked me with its lasting power. Even without being set, it lasted all day with only minimal creasing. I was pleasantly surprised because I wasn't expecting this to work at all. Score!

Of course, you could top the Gelpresso Shadow with eyeshadow to give it more dimension, though this shade actually sinks nicely into the crease to seem like you put a lot more effort into it than the 30 seconds it takes to roll it on.

It paired really well with the lipstick as well!


[Clio's Tension Lip in Virgin Kiss]

The colour is insanely pigmented and it glides on beautifully. It didn't bleed horrendously, but with red lips you always want a perfect outline, so I would use a lip liner under this. The shine is fantastic and I really do love this particular shade of red!

To complete the look, I added an eyeshadow that matched the Gelpresso Shadow and a bit of purple in the outer-v and crease, along with eyeliner and mascara. 


[The Finished Look]


[Don't You Love Makeup]

For those of you who hate creamy lipsticks because they get all over your face, especially reds, I blotted the lipstick and the result was fantastic! It was long-lasting and very, very pretty!


[Tension Lip in Virgin Kiss - Blotted]

Would I venture further into Clio? Absolutely! I'm extremely impressed by the lasting quality of these products once you learn to work with them a little. They have the most starkly gorgeous pigment to them and the end result is pure seduction!
Indeed Laboratories' Hydraluron Moisture Booster Serum

We all know I'm a bit of a skincare hoarder/addict, so when I repurchase a product, it's a sign that it's beyond spectacular. I'm someone who is easily bored and in need to novelty, so even finishing off anything is quite a challenge. However, hydraluron is a different story altogether. It stole my heart from the moment I first used it!


[indeed Laboratories' hydraluron Serum]

I'd been hearing the hype surrounding this serum for years before I finally caved and got hold of it when I was in Australia last April. Strange as it may seem, it was far more convenient to go all the way to Sydney to get my hands on it, as opposed to Sunway Pyramid! Yes, it IS available in muse by Watson in Sunway Pyramid, and last year it was just RM89, but the price seems to have skyrocketed to RM109 at the time of writing this! What madness is  this?!

Anyway, back to it!

This is such an amazing serum because it's no frills and pure quality. As the name suggests, its core ingredient is hyaluronic acid, which is a magnet for hydration. It's also extremely gentle and has no discernible scent to it, making it perfect for sensitive skin.


The worst thing about this serum is the packaging. While it's in a convenient, minimalist tube, it's also very, very difficult to know when you're going to run out. I discovered this during my wedding last November. My soul died a little when the night before my wedding was due to commence (3 day affair and all that jazz), I couldn't even squeeze half a face worth of product out of the tube and I pretty much panicked! Should I get a new serum? 

No! Trust me when I tell you that the night before your wedding is not the time to start tinkering with your skincare regime (would you guys like a wedding guide series?). I was extremely happy with hydraluron, so I figured I would stick with the programme. I shot a panicked, bridezilla-esque message containing everything from blame to emotional blackmail off to my fiance and requested that he pick me up a tube immediate lest my face be unfit for public viewing and I have to call off the wedding (this is the only time in my life I've gotten away with this level of drama!).

So yes, it is worth begging, borrowing and/or stealing should the need arise!

I've spoken about my holy grail serum being Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair, and I still hold that serum is very high regard. They are pretty much on par in my book, but serve very different purposes. 

I would say that hydraluron would suit more sensitive skin, and is the best thing for those of us with dehydrated skin. ANR on the other hand is more potent in its anti-aging and moisturizing properties. They're both bloody fantastic, but if I had to choose I'd go for hydraluron because of the price. It's less than half the price of ANR, and every bit as obsession-worthy. You also wouldn't feel so bad for slathering the stuff on! No mercy!


The serum itself is clear and spreads very easily over the skin. The moment you smooth it in, you feel your skin plump up and it leaves you feeling nourished and comfortable. The only drawback to it is that it is slightly tacky, but this dissipates within a few minutes. 

In a similar vein, I recent spoke about the hydraluron moisture boosting mask, and it's basically just a sheet mask saturated with the serum. It's spectacular and it may very well be my favourite sheet mask to date! I've yet to form a preference for one, and the time has come! 

They've also just launched a new moisturiser, or Moisture Jelly, and it's something I feel I have to try because I'm such a massive junkie where this range is concerned. I really do need it in my life!


It retails for just RM99, and I can completely justify it since less worthy products tends to come at a far higher price tag. All in all, the hydraluron range is one you need to stop hesitating about and try for yourself. Satisfaction is truly guaranteed! It is definitive proof that sometimes simplicity is the key.
Bubble Gum Wax Opens at Casa Tropicana!

There are very few reputable waxing joints around. Being Indian (and admittedly a monster when it's not taken care of regularly), this is a matter that affects me greatly. 

Just last year, I finally got round to trying out Bubble Gum Wax (BGW) at their first branch in Hartamas Shopping Centre (review upcoming), after much dissatisfaction with Strip! (another story for another time), and I can safely say that I haven't looked back since. I did stray to some random neighbourhood joint around November last year and regretted it immensely. 

Between the service you get at BGW, the quality of the wax and the environment, it makes the entirely situation of being part-bear far less distressing! 

Naturally, then, when they opened their doors in Casa Tropicana, I was all too anxious to see whether the standards would be maintained at their new outlet. So, I hopped on board The Butterfly Project's invitation to check it out. 


[Bubble Gum Wax: Making waxing as fun as your favourite childhood treat!]

Contrary to the name, their wax is not really bubble gum scented, which I'm personally glad for. I'm not overly fond of smelling like food!

We were first introduced to their new outlet as there were some wax virgins among us. What BGW is primarily known for is their Brazilian Wax, and every now and again they have offers where you'll only have to pay RM29 for it! They do offer Boyzilians as well, but I don't have the equipment to testify to those bits and bobs. Groupon currently has an offer where it's available for RM49, so for you boys out there, go for it!


[Jesslyn Introducing Us to the Experience]

The decor of their new outlet is really quite intriguing. It's very avant garde and makes you feel like you're in a chic boutique in the middle of Manhattan. I adore it, with all the brick and wood panelling! The earthiness of it makes you feel a lot calmer about what you're about to put your body through.




[Beautifully Done Up]

As with all Butterfly events, we were given some lovely goodies to munch on.


[Mmmm...]


[Aren't These Absolutely Adorable?]



[Motivation you can eat is the best kind!]

Since I'm quite a regular feature in BGW for their Brazilian (yes, this post is going to be a tad TMI), I opted to try their IPL (Intense Pulse Light). It's a form of permanent hair removal and I was keen to experience it. Yes, Brazilian IPL! 

The rooms, in true BGW style, the rooms were minimalist and comfortable. Needless to say, they were extremely clean despite having members of the media, bloggers and customers coming through all day. 


[Free Me of Hair!]

Be Warned:  This is about to get very personal!

I was a little worried, to be honest. I wasn't sure if this was going to hurt as much or more than Brazilian waxing. With Brazilians, they do hurt, but I've found that BGW does a quicker, cleaner and less abusive job than any other place I've ever been. They're also very skilled at distracting you with conversation so that you don't realise that you're having hair ripped out of a very sensitive area. If you want to try it, but you're worried about the pain, definitely got to BGW because there isn't another joint that is less pleasant for this purpose.

If you're deathly afraid of pain, you should really IPL your vagina (yes, I said it) to within an inch of its life because I was beyond shocked at the fact that I felt absolutely NOTHING while it was ongoing. No, I'm not broken; it's just that IPL is exponentially less painful than waxing. In terms of Brazilian, I literally could not feel anything, and it was a pleasant surprise. In fact, the shaving was far more uncomfortable than the actual IPL. 

We were given a soothing gel to apply to areas that have had hair removed, and even barring the hoo-haa, it's excellent any part of your  body. It's very cooling and soothing, and helps to prevent welts if your skin is sensitive.


[BGW's Soothing Moisturizing Cooling Gel]

You're meant to apply this at least once a day, twice is recommended, until your next appointment.


[Ingredients: Methylsilanol Mannuronate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Aqua, Isobutylparaben, Triethanolamine, Paraffinum Liquidum, Glycyrrhetinic Acid Propylene Glycol]


[BGW Price List]

As you can see, the cost of Brazilian IPL is far higher than that of a regular Brazilian wax, and there's a reason for it. With just 1 session, I did see a huge difference. It's been close to 3 months now, and I've been monitoring the situation. The growth has lessened and slowed SIGNIFICANTLY! I am beyond surprised by how effective this was. You'll have to take my word for it because I pictures of such things would classify my blog as something else entirely.

A word of caution, however. I was warned about this, but I didn't expect it to be so vicious. I was told the growth would be itchy, and oh my God! For 2 weeks, I was rather uncomfortable due to the itching, but the retardation of growth is well worth it! 

If you're keen on giving it a shot, they're offering your first Brazilian IPL trial at only RM96. I would say go for it! And then go mad applying the soothing gel because things will get itchy down there!

It's great that they've opened a second branch in Casa Tropicana for those situated in PJ. It's not too far from 1Utama, and parking is usually not a problem!

Address: B.1.5 Casa Tropicana Jalan Persiaran Tropicana. Tropicana Golf & Country Resort., 47410                       Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Hours: Tues - Fri: 11:00–08:00; Sat - Sun: 11:00–06:00
Contact No.: 03-78870669
Nars' Eye Opening Act Collection

Yes, I do apologize that I've been on a bit of a hiatus. I've been settling into domestic life and setting up my makeup room (yes, I need a room to contain the madness!). This review has been pending for 2 months, but I'm happy to report that this only means I can tell you definitively that I'm still using the stuff post-review period. Especially, the palette. 

So, let's jump in with both feet!

As with all Nars products, they're always so beautifully packaged that they're a work of art in themselves. By all means, judge this book by its cover because it only gets better!


[The Joy of What Lies Within]

Do you get that shiver of sheer pleasure when you crack open new makeup? Even years after my addiction of hoarding makeup began, I still do. There's nothing quite like the heady feel of Nars' sleek lines and smooth, rubberized packaging that fits perfectly in your hands...Quite the rush, indeed!


[Nars' Eye Opening Act Collection]

I am all too aware that the palette will lure you all in. First of all, it was smaller than I expected. It's got 6 pans of eyeshadow, and it fits more than comfortably in my hand. It's just slightly larger than my palm, but it doesn't stinge on product at all!


[Inoubliable Coup D'Oeil Eye Shadow Palette (RM190)]


To be perfectly honest, when I got my hands on this palette, my first reaction was, "Oh..." because they looked like colours I already had in my collection, and it didn't look particularly exciting.

Then I swatched it. I fell...hard!


[Left to Right: Dalliance, Pyla, Sidi Bou Said]


[Left to Right: Pandora I, Luberon, Pandora II]

None of the shades were anything short of pure pigment and buttery smooth, leaving me swooning. Not only do they swatch in a manner that belies how benign they look in the pan, but they are incredibly pigmented! These swatches are scarcely more than a quick swipe, which should give you an idea! Nars never disappoints!

Next up is a product I wasn't expecting to enjoy as much as I do. 


[Nars' Illuminating Multiple in St. Lucia (RM145)]

Nars Multiples are the best invention ever. They're products that can be used all over the face: Cheeks, eyes, lips, etc. This particular variant is a little more limited in its uses in that it's an illuminator.


As you can see, it has a very pretty sheen to it. I was expecting it to be too shiny on the face, but it's a slightly drier texture than their regular multiples so it provides the perfect amount of illumination without the horrible disco ball look some illuminators/highlighters provide. Further, because it is of a slightly drier texture, it doesn't make me look greasy! Score!

This collection was filled with goodies for the eyes, and I couldn't be happier! 

Nars' cream eyeshadows come in stick form and are called velvet sticks. I got my hands on two extremely versatile shades: Purple and Black.


[Velvet Shadow Sticks (RM98 each)]


[Velvet Shadow Sticks in Nunavut (Purple) and Flibuste (Black)]

They're so incredibly pigmented that I couldn't be happier, and I may actually need to acquire more of them. The black is just a flat, regular shade, but the purple is this beautiful plum-my shade that I still can't get over!

Now, how about some pictures of the products in action? Let's kick things off with the base, i.e. the illuminator


[Pre-Illuminator]


[Post-Illuminator]

(Excuse the issue with the top pic as the Sun was not co-operating!)

I used the illuminator on the tops of my cheekbones, feathered out from the middle of my forehead, down my nose, over my cupid's bow and on my chin. You can see that it truly does provide a very subtle bit of illumination that works wonderfully!

And, of course, the velvet shadow sticks!


[Velvet Shadow Stick in Nunavut - Blended Out]

[Velvet Shadow Stick in Flibuste - Applied and Blended Lightly in the Outer-V]


[Finished Look]

I would suggest using an eye primer with the velvet sticks though as they will crease throughout the day without one. 

And for good measure, a bit of a smokey eye using the shades in the palette!


[All Smoked Out]

 

[Finished Look]

And a more neutral eye:


[Neutralizing]


[Finished Look]

And a similar look, with purple, instead of black in the outer-v!


[Neutralizing Purple]


[Finished Look]

This collection is definitely one to get your hands out. It's been out in Malaysia since January, and it's worth checking out!