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The entire world is hopping onto the organic skincare trend, and for good reason. Products that are organic are safe for the skin, less likely to irritate sensitive skins, and gentle, yet effective. Today I'm reviewing a range of organic whitening products, so if you're looking for bright, luminous, clear skin - you're in the right place (or at least, reading the right article). Here we go.

Product



Organique by Olinda Spring is a skincare brand that formulates their products using the natural spring waters of Olinda, in Mt. Dandenong, Australia. The waters are not only naturally filtered and pure, they're also mineral rich and supposedly good for health and highly beneficial to your skin. They've been making waves in Australia and beyond with their effective, natural, and affordable skincare, and they have, happily, reached Malaysian shores.

I received their entire whitening range. In this Whitening range there is the Gentle Cleanser, Multi-Active Toner, Facial Serum, Day Care Lotion, and Eye Cream. The range utilises Magnolia extract - high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and prevents UV-induced pigmentation.



I have been using and testing the products over the past 3 weeks. My skin at the beginning of my trial was pretty good - dehydrated, but clear and even. I did have freckles and sun spots around my cheekbones and temples, and I was hoping to reduce their appearance with continued use of this range.

Packaging


What struck me immediately about Organique's packaging was the high quality, despite the product's price point. The bottles are made of a beautiful frosted glass and have the weight and feel of a luxury product. The pumps and covers all function beautifully and smoothly, and in these 3 weeks of use their functionality has remained top notch. I was incredibly pleased and impressed.

Performance

As is expected when you receive an entire range, I used all the products together in my daily skincare routine, only swapping out the day cream for a heavier, more hydrating moisturiser (the one I was using daily before trialling this range) at night.



The cleanser is foaming but doesn't give you the kind of crazy foam that you get from most - I personally prefer this because I feel it doesn't strip the skin as much.



I expected the lotion and day cream to be heavy and sticky, but they were both very lightweight and absorbed into the skin very quickly. My entire experience using the range was delightful and refreshing. The eye cream was slightly heavier, but still very lightweight, and almost felt like a heavier serum instead of a cream. This range is mildly scented, but I found it quite pleasant and the smell disappeared pretty quickly after application.

Verdict

After my 3 weeks of use, I've found that my skin is brighter and more luminous - there is this glow about it when it's photographed, and my skin is less flaky in the dry areas around my cheeks and mouth. I haven't noticed a significant reduction in the darkness of my freckles and sun spots, though I do think this range is much more effective at preventing the development of new spots than it is for removing pre-existing spots.

In my opinion, this is a beautiful starter range for anyone looking to begin an affordable, complete whitening skincare routine. It covers all the bases - great value for money, good hydration, good protection for the skin. If you're looking to solve a more serious pigmentation problem, you might want to look at more extreme options instead (e.g. laser or peeling treatments).

This range retails at the below prices and is currently available at www.organique-skincare.com.my and I have a promo code! Enter EMILY20 for 20% off at checkout on their site.

Gentle Cleanser RM69
Multi-Active Toner RM79
Facial Serum RM129
Day Care Lotion RM89
Eye Cream RM99
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OK, I admit, it's been a hot minute since I last went for a full-on facial. You're meant to get your pores cleared and blackheads extracted at least once a month, but I haven't had it done in a while (you really don't wanna know how long it's been), so suffice it to say, my skin's been suffering.

I was approached by Celmonze The Signature and given the chance to try out their Appelution (anti-aging) treatment recently, and obviously I was game.

Celmonze the Signature

Celmonze is a Paris-based professional skincare salon, with research labs based in Europe and North America. They introduced Celmonze The Signature salons, which is currently celebrating its 2nd anniversary. They've launched a pretty interesting campaign in conjunction with their anniversary - "Where Beauty Meets Innovation", featuring 3 successful women who have "successfully innovated themselves to achieve their goals in life". Check the campaign out here if you're interested, it features Carey Ng, Anjoe Koh and Shiha Zikir.

Celmonze's extensive product range.

Back to the treatment, Appelution is an innovative facial treatment aimed at solving 5 skin problems -  dehydration, sagging, dull skin, pores and pigmentation. The treatment is based on and utilises swiss apple stem cell, derived from a special species of apple called Uttweiler Spatlauber. This treatment took 7 years of research to perfect. It is meant to make your skin look more youthful and luminous.

In case you were wondering, it's needle-free (phew!). It uses a device called a Titanium Mesojet to deliver the skincare treatment deep into the skin. It feels like a very tiny massage device on your skin, and only stings the tiniest, teensiest little bit when the device hits your facial bones like the cheekbones.

I won't bore you with the details, I'm sure you want the real-life treatment process instead, so here it goes.


When I first arrived, I was taken into consultation, where they analysed my skin with a micro-camera. They then decided that my skin was too sensitive and troubled (read: badly maintainted!) to proceed with the Appelution treatment from the get-go, so we started with 2 facial sessions first called 'Medify'. These really helped clear out my pores, and cleanse and hydrate my skin. That took about 2 weeks to complete, and then I was ready for the Appelution treatment itself.


My consultation session with the micro-camera.

The facial rooms were extremely well-maintained (I visited their Sri Petaling branch) and clean, and the facial therapist was lovely. There's an awesome hot stone massage at the end of each facial, and she immediately changed the pressure of my massage to suit me when I told her that her initial pressure was too strong for my liking.

In the treatment room

On to the facial itself. We started with the usual facial cleansing, massage, a light peeling exfoliator, and then my favourite - extraction (it just makes me feel like my skin is going to be so clean and fresh after). Once that was done, the actual treatment began. The Titanium Mesojet device was brought in, and the therapist started loading the treatments into the machine. All in all, there are 5 activators/concentrates that are applied to your skin - Fresh Makeover for hydration, Fast Recharger with antioxidants and to boost blood circulation, Quick Fixer to cover fine lines (yay!), Insta Younger to smooth pores, and Visi-Illuminator to boost the skin's glow. Each activator is used for 1 facial session.
The application process was very quick, maybe about 10-20 minutes in total, and the entire facial was an hour long, so I definitely recommend this if you're looking for a relaxing lunchtime skin-boost. There is no downtime for this facial - just bring along some makeup to touch up after you're done and you'll be ready to head back to the office with 'glowier' skin.


The Appelution treatment package


Once I was done, I was taken into consultation again to check on the progress of my skin. It was definitely instantly more glowy, it felt hydrated, and I felt friggin' amazing after that hot stone massage. There are skincare products that come in little vials that you're given to take back so you can maintain your skin after the facial, the Appelution Stem Cell Concentrate and the Appelution Power Repair - both to boost your skin's youthfulness. There are also extra skincare products you can purchase if you want to - a Stem Cell Complex infused with Vitamin C and antioxidants, and a Lifting Flash Essence with hyaluronic acid to restore the skin's elasticity and firmness.

It's been a week since the facial, and I can definitely see how much smoother and firmer my skin has become. As far as my pores go, they're slightly smaller, but they're definitely still visible, and the makeup still settles in there (my pet peeve), but I'm still optimistic because they have actually shrunk in size a little, and that's a win for me. I'll keep an eye on them and see if there are any further improvements, but do bear in mind that even if a treatment shrinks your pores, they're not gonna stay shrunk for long if you don't upkeep your skin and go for monthly (at least) extraction facials (and yes, I am talking to myself when I say this!).

I'm really happy with my entire experience at Celmonze The Signature, and I will definitely be going back to get more facial treatments done. I'll be releasing a more in-depth review of the Appelution treatment once I've had the chance to observe my skin a little bit more, and I will be sharing that soon.

A little comment about the "Where Beauty Meets Innovation" campaign - I think it was a wonderful idea for Celmonze The Signature to launch a campaign featuring beautiful (and I mean both inside and out), successful women, to encourage and inspire other women out there to innovate, create, and be the best version of themselves. Innovate yourself for the better, but don’t define your success by someone else’s idea of what success is. Achieve innovation and success on your own terms, in your own way.

If you're interested in trying out the Appelution treatment for yourself, you can get a discount for the Appelution Flash Lifting Essence (60ml), Appelution Stem Cell Complex (30ml) and Complimentary Appelution Travel Kit (7pcs) – for RM388 instead of RM488. Also, if you sign up at this link below, you might stand a chance to win a free Appelution treatment for yourself worth RM680. Sign up and discount link below:


Alternatively, you could also try their Signature Facial Facelift Massage for just RM99 – it’s their best selling facial treatment and solves acne, sagging, pigmentation, and sensitive skin. The massage sets 7 types of facial muscles. Click here for more details:

https://goo.gl/rnqEKD
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Here's a brand-new skincare trend you probably haven't heard about yet - gemstone-infused skincare. It's long been believed that precious and semi-precious stones give off an energy that is beneficial to the body. People all over the world place crystals in their home to redirect the energy and flow. I myself use crystals here and there (they worked beautifully for me when I was stressed out and homesick during my uni days) so of course I was highly intrigued by the concept of putting them into skincare. What exactly would they do? How does it work?

Meeracle has the answers. They're a new-ish player in the luxury skincare market, owned by Edelsteen Sdn Bhd - a Malaysian company. Their gemstone infused skincare uses active organic ingredients, alongside a very unique combination of diamond, ruby, and pearl extracts.
These gemstone extracts are gaining traction in the skincare market because they are very mineral-rich, and able to restore the skin's radiance and luminosity.


The two products in their range are a Facial Serum, and a Facial Cleanser.
Both products have simple, classic packaging. The serum comes with a pump dispenser, and the cleanser is simply packed in a squeeze tube. Both hygienic and practical.

Meeracle Facial Cleanser


This product removes excessive oil (malachite), minimizes the appearance of pores (avocado), is anti-aging (malachite, apple stem cell), eliminates and treats acne (malachite, green tea, aloe vera), and moisturises the skin (aloe vera, avocado).

It definitely is moisturising - I don't feel that dryness and tightness in my skin after cleansing, which is my number 1 pet-peeve and the main thing I look to avoid when it comes to cleansers. It foams and lathers up quite a bit, so a little goes a long way. I'm a huge fan of the smell, because it's quite nostalgic, and reminds me of a face cream that my mom used to use when I was younger.

Meeracle Facial Serum


This serum is basically an all-in-one - it brightens, whitens and reduces pigmentation (diamond, pearl, alpha arbutin),  reduces acne (diamond, alpha arbutin), protects the skin from UV damage (verbascum thapsus flower), and is anti-aging (diamond, pichia ferment lysate filtrate).

It's lightweight, has an almost sort of cooling effect on the skin when you apply it, and absorbs pretty quickly. The smell is a little strong for my liking - you know me, I only like subtle, natural smells - but fades into a subtle scent after a while. It is highly moisturising and you wake up in the morning to supple, soft skin. I'm so drawn by the texture and colour of this serum - it's extremely pearlescent, and has a pink tint to it. It almost looks like an otherworldly highlighter. When you apply it to your skin all it does is just provide a subtle glowy sheen, but it's so beautiful to look at up close. I'm considering using it as a natural-finish highlighter on top of my makeup, it's so beautiful.


Overall

These two products are meant to work together, so to buy them in a duo would be best. I personally enjoyed using them and I think they're a great all-rounder skincare product. They're moisturising and very well-packaged, and the concept of the serum is just so interesting, I am thoroughly fascinated by the look of it. I think they're a fantastic, affordable (both products together only cost RM150) option to have if you're looking for a skincare line that addresses multiple skin concerns. I'm definitely going to be using the serum though, on top of makeup this time, because it's really such a gorgeous looking product!

Do I think the gemstone-infusion is a gimmick? Not at all. I think this product is well-researched, and I do see the benefit in using skincare infused with gemstone extracts. My skin feels moisturised and tighter since using the serum in particular.

To find out more about Meeracle and their gemstone-infused skincare, visit their websiteFacebook page and Instagram.
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Just over a week ago was the launch of a new skincare concept in Malaysia - gemstone-infused skincare. The brand behind this? Meeracle. A Malaysian-owned brand, this skincare uses a unique blend of extract of ruby, diamond, and pearl as its main ingredients, alongside active organic ingredients.


The product range includes a facial cleanser and a serum (best used together), and both have gemstone extracts as their main ingredient. The serum is a brand new and improved formulation, and now contains 23 different active ingredients (previously, it had 21). I know it's strange to hear the word gemstone when you're talking about skincare, but the gemstone extracts have genuine benefits for the skin like anti-aging, whitening, skin cell renewal, oil reduction and pore cleansing.
These products are formulated with interesting textures, too. Most products are foam or gel based, but Meeracle's are lotion-based, and very moisturising. Plus, their serum is tinted and turns a beautiful, skin-flattering pink when applied.



Meeracle is currently the leading skincare brand in gemstone-infusion skincare and is the first product in Asia to utilise a blend of 3 gemstones in their product. You can find their products in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and Dubai.

Their products are affordable enough so you can incorporate them into your everyday skincare without breaking the bank - the Meeracle Facial Cleanser retails at RM49 for a 50ml tube, and the Meeracle Facial Serum comes packaged in a 30ml bottle and retails at RM79.

During the launch, the brand (to my surprise) also announced a CSR campaign called EMPOWERING YOU, where they plan to reach out to disadvantaged women to help them improve their situation in different ways.


Meera Nordin, Founder of Meeracle and the Managing Director of Edelsteen Sdn
Bhd, Raja Mohd Nasrullah Haziq at the product launch event

If you're as fascinated as I am by this skincare concept, check out Meeracle on their socials here:
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/meeracle_my/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Meeracle/
Website : www.meeracle.com.my

I'm also so excited to announce that I've got a promo code for those of you who are thinking of purchasing the product! All you need to do is call +6010 298 5279 (Ika) and by quoting 'MeeracleEmily', you will get a 20% discount on the cleanser and serum set. This is only available to the first 50 callers, so get in on it quick if you want your discount!

What do you think? Will you be testing out this brand new concept skincare? I'm excited to try it out! Stay tuned for my updates J
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Ah, Korean skincare. Always at the cutting edge of technology, always pushing boundaries. That's what I like about Korean skincare.

Plus, skincare formulated specifically to cater to Asian skin concerns?! Come on, what's not to like!?

So when THE FACE SHOP wanted to send me skincare, I was like "BRING IT, THANK YOU!"

So I received this box of goodies (Thank you again THE FACE SHOP, seriously) and of course, had to share my thoughts.

Product

The Yehwadam range uses traditional herbs to restore and retain moisture in the skin. Their new Revitalizing Moisturizing range has been formulated with a gel-like texture, so it's lighter and more refreshing for people with oily skin, or people who live in warmer climates (hello, Malaysia).
I got the chance to try out the Yehwadam Revitalizing Moisturizing Fluid, Yehwadam Revitalizing Moisturizing Cream, and the Yehwadam Revitalizing Moisturizing Sleeping Pack.

As an added bonus, I also got to try out their premium anti-aging cream, the Nokyong Collagen Contour Lift Gold Capsule Cream. This is very interesting, because it comes in 24K gold capsules that contain collagen targeted at lifting the '8 aging lines' (Forehead, between the eyes, laugh lines, around the lips, facial contours, neck, under eyes, and around eyes).

Packaging

The entire product range has a minimalistic aesthetic, and they all have a lovely 'heavy', luxurious feel. The jars come with their own spoon, so you can keep the product clean.

Performance


Yehwadam Revitalizing Moisturizing Fluid
This is a very lightweight, refreshing gel that basically is your toner and lotion in one. On its own, it already feels really moisturising on the skin. I love how cool it feels when I apply it. The bottle is a beautiful frosted glass, so it feels cool as soon as I pick it up. The entire experience is just so pleasing, I look forward to doing my skincare each night now.


Yehwadam Revitalizing Moisturizing Cream
This is only very slightly creamier than the Moisturizing Fluid, but it is still light as air and barely feels like anything on the skin. I prefer to use this in the morning because it makes my skin feel refreshed for the day. Makeup glides on beautifully after this. It ticks all the boxes for a daytime moisturiser - hydrating, plumping, and lightweight. At night, I tend to prefer a heavier moisturiser to really hydrate my skin while I sleep.


Yehwadam Revitalizing Moisturizing Sleeping Pack
This product wasn't my favourite, because it left a sticky film on the skin. It most definitely did a great job moisturising my skin, and if you're in the market for something like that and don't sleep on your side (read: squish your face into your pillow) at night, then this is a great option for you.
I, however, do squish my face right into my pillow at night (not a good thing, I know, but I can't seem to stop doing it) so this was a deal-breaker for me.


Nokyong Collagen Contour Lift Gold Capsule Cream
I love this. First of all, I love the concept of it! The product comes in little gold-infused balls suspended in a gel, with its own handy little scoop of course. You're meant to use 2-3 balls at a time, and crush them (it's easy, the balls are like jelly) before you apply the cream onto your skin. It feels very luxurious and smooth when you apply it, but it also absorbs beautifully and doesn't leave a film on your skin at all. My face feels smooth, and my skin feels plumped the next morning when I wake up.

I've been using all 4 products in my skincare routine for the past couple of weeks and have seen changes already. My skin is glowy and hydrated and plumped. I would definitely restock the Moisturizing Fluid and the Capsule Cream - those are my two favourites from the range.

I would highly recommend this range as a base range for all skin types (except very dry skin), especially for those with oily skin. These products are lightweight, refreshing, and soothing on the skin. 

These products are currently available at all THE FACE SHOP counters and stores.

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Ladies and gents, I am back with an update on the Eucerin Hyaluron Filler + Elasticity range! Recently I shared that I received the entire range and would be trying them out for review. If you want to find out more about these products and what they’re meant to do, check out my last post.

I’ve been using the 4 products for about 2 weeks now – I’ve listed them below in case you want a little refresher:

Eye care: RM169
Serum in Oil: RM269
Day Cream: RM229
Night Cream: RM239


Product
I’ve never tried Eucerin products before – all I know is both my sister and husband were (separately, on different occasions by different tattoo artists) recommended Eucerin body lotions after they got their tattoos, because it would help to reduce flaking and dry skin so the tattoos would come out nicer. So needless to say, I had a good opinion of the brand, but never had a chance to use their facial range.
The Hyaluron Filler + Elasticity range is neatly bundled into 4 products, an eye cream, a serum oil (my favourite product by far), a day cream with SPF, and a night cream.


The range targets sagging skin in these areas:
·      Forehead
·      Expression lines around the eyes
·      Cheekbones
·      Jawline
·      Neckline

All the products feel very rich and moisturising, but not oily or heavy. Products absorb into the skin beautifully, even the oil. Bear in mind this is an anti-aging range, so it’s a lot more emollient than your regular moisturiser and therefore might be a little too heavy for the oily, acne-prone skin that younger people living in tropical climates tend to have.

I’m a huge fan of the SPF in the day cream, not because it replaces my sunscreen, but because I feel like even at home especially in a house with a lot of windows you’ve got to have a bit of sun protection, so this covers me for lazy mornings lounging about the house and I love how convenient it is.

The serum oil is also fantastic because oils are skin-saviours, whether or not you’ve got oily skin. This one feels very lightweight and doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy. Add it into the moisturiser and you get a beautiful, very emollient texture, which is great for facial massages. I’ll share a quick facial massage in my next post which is great for draining lymph nodes, slimming your face, and keeping your facial muscles from sagging.



Packaging

Although the products are packaged in plastic, they still feel very luxurious, with matte champagne gold lids and a clean, sophisticated design. The moisturisers come sealed, so you know they’re brand new and ‘fresh’. They’re relatively travel-friendly too – I took them to India with me on holiday and they didn’t leak or break, despite my luggage being handled pretty roughly during multiple transit flights.


Performance

Here’s where it starts getting interesting. I’ll discuss performance of the range as a whole, since that’s how I experienced it.




Personally, my main concern areas when it comes to aging are fine lines underneath my eyes, the general sagging of my hooded eyelids and undereye bags, smile lines around my mouth, and sagging at the corners of my mouth. I’ve also found that the skin around my neck has changed its texture and doesn’t feel as firm anymore. As much as I could, I tried to track the changes in these areas of my skin to gauge the performance of these products, and here’s what I found:

Fine lines underneath eyes – these didn’t go away, though they so seem less pronounced. I like that the eye cream helps my undereye concealer sit a little bit better and crease less, so it’s still a sort-of win for me.

Hooded eyelids – not much change here.

Undereye bags – I’ve definitely seen a big improvement here – I’m pretty sure it’s the combination of this cream plus my finally catching up on sleep that I lost whilst on vacation.

Smile lines – I think I do see a slight improvement here – they weren’t very prominent to begin with but I feel like my skin texture in this area looks a little better in photos now.

Sagging mouth corners – these are a big issue for me. I really don’t like how this particular feature ages my face, so I was definitely looking out for changes here. It might be a little too soon for a big change, but I can already feel a change in the texture of my skin. I find this really promising, because the range is, after all, specifically formulated to target sagging skin as an alternative to fillers. So stay tuned to my Instastories to find out if this continues to improve over the course of the next few weeks!

Skin texture on neck – this is where the products showed the most difference. Before I started the trial, my skin was dry, and had a soft, almost crepe-y texture? (Eww, I know.) But after these past 2 weeks, my skin is already feeling firmer and fuller.

So far, this range is on the right track, as far as I am concerned. I am pretty impressed, considering this is a drugstore brand, and that the products are quite affordable in comparison to other anti-aging products out there on the market! As I mentioned above, I will be posting a facial massage technique video, and will update you then if there are any further changes in my skin.

If you want to learn more about your own skin, don’t forget to head over to a Guardian outlet in Suria KLCC or Mid Valley Megamall this month to test it at one of the ‘Eucerin Face-Age Test’ Mirrors. This innovative test evaluates skin elasticity, firmness and overall radiance of the face to determine the age of your facial skin!


More info on the range right here, and you can follow me on Instagram and my Facebook page for more updates!
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Let's face it - we all age at some point. I'm feeling the effects of gravity already, and I am trying to take steps to prevent any further damage. It's always better to start early, in my opinion, and that's definitely what I'm going to teach my daughters (or sons!) once they hit their twenties. I'm always on the lookout for anti-aging products, and this brand new one is supposed to be hot stuff.

Eucerin has been around for over 100 years (can you believe that?!) and is known as a well-researched, well-trusted brand. Their Hyaluron Filler + Elasticity range is Eucerin's foray into anti-ageing skincare, and is designed to target ageing skin, particularly in areas like the forehead, expression lines around the eyes, the cheekbones and jawline, and the neckline.
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The range is pretty complete – it’s made up of an eye cream, a serum, and a day cream and night cream.

Its key ingredients are hyaluronic acid for boosting hydration and plumping wrinkles, burdock plant extract for skin elasticity and firmness, and lady thistle plant extract for improved skin radiance.

Eucerin is marketing this as an alternative to the more invasive filler, which is a bold claim to make, so I'm very interested to test this claim for myself. I've already heard a little bit about this range and the reviews are really good so far. Here's what their study results have shown:


Obviously, I'm extremely intrigued. I have myself a box of the products and will be diligently testing them out over the next couple of weeks to see what kind of results I get. I cannot wait!! Stay tuned if you want to see what happens with my skin. For updates, you can subscribe to my Facebook page or follow me on Instagram.

In the meantime, if you want to find out a little more about this product, check out Eucerin's website here. Prices are below:

Eye care: RM169
Serum in Oil: RM269
Day Cream: RM229
Night Cream: RM239
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Trust me when I say, mascara is absolutely essential as part of your daily beauty routine. And an eyelash curler, of course.

Don't believe me? Check out all my makeup tutorials and see the before-and-after's for yourself. Curled and enhanced lashes look feminine, flattering, and really help to open up your eyes.

Now that I've convinced you (I hope) that mascara is an important part of your beauty routine, here's a review of a mascara to help you decide which one is best suited for your eyelashes.

Zahara Cosmetics is a Singaporean-based makeup line that's halal and cruelty free. They make some gorgeous halal liquid lipsticks, and have now branched out into mascaras with their Daredevil Lashes mascara, which launched on the 8th of September.


The Daredevil Lashes mascara is made using only halal ingredients, and is designed to lift and thicken your lashes. It comes with a massive brush wand meant to catch even the smallest of lashes.

Packaging

Simple and elegant, the white bottle with gorgeous rose gold accents is sturdy, and closes securely so you're not going to find splotches of black all over your makeup kit or handbag.


The wand is massive, and picks up a lot of product.

Product

The product itself is a beautiful jet black, with a lovely matte finish. Jet blacks (instead of charcoal blacks which look a little more grey) are great because they really bring out your lashes and make them look nice and thick and voluminous, and you always want to look for a nice matte finish, so your lashes look natural - no one wants to walk around with shiny, plasticky-looking lashes!

Performance

I love the way this mascara enhances the lashes! It never clumps, so you're not going to get that 'Twiggy'/spidery look to your lashes. Instead, they always look natural, and beautifully enhanced. By 'enhanced', I mean that my lashes look longer and thicker, and they're always very beautifully fanned out.

The product lasts well on the lashes - I find that some mascaras break down and start to come off in tiny little grains on my lower lids, but that never happened with this mascara. My lashes never feel crusty or dry, and are still soft to the touch. Even though the product is not waterproof (that I know of), I find that it stays on very well, with no smudging or melting at all.

One thing about this mascara that didn't do it for me was the fact that it couldn't hold the curl in my lashes. After curling my lashes, I applied this mascara and found that my lashes started to lose their curl slightly. Disclaimer: my lashes are stick straight and require a lot of help (as you can see in the picture below), and very few mascaras are actually able to maintain the curl in my lashes in particular, so unless you've got lashes like mine, you shouldn't take this part of the review into account when deciding if you should get this mascara.

My natural lashes, no product or curling.

My natural lashes, curled with an eyelash curler.

The big brush was a plus and also, a minus for me. On the one hand, it separated my lashes and deposited product really well and anyone would absolutely love the finished result.
But on the other hand, I have small eyes, and the brush would, well, brush (haha) against my eyelids and cause a few smudges, and it was a little too big to reach the inner and outer corners of my eyes.

Lashes curled, Zahara Cosmetics Daredevil Lashes Mascara applied. No eyeliner.

Overall, I would recommend this mascara for anyone who loves a natural finish, and also wants to be able to build their mascara to achieve a more dramatic finish without clumping problems. The only people I wouldn't recommend it for are those with small eyes and extremely stick-straight lashes that won't hold a curl - in that case, you're gonna need a little bit more help. Try a waterproof mascara instead!

The Zahara Cosmetics Daredevil Lashes Mascara retails for SGD$22 and launched on the 8th of September, 2017. For more information, head on over to the Zahara Cosmetics website.
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A couple of weeks ago, I was sent a new range of skincare to review - the KAO Curel Intensive Moisture Series.



I'm sure you guys know by now, I'm a huge advocate of keeping your skin well-moisturised to retain the skin's protective barrier, and to keep your skin looking youthful and supple. I have dehydrated skin, and not a lot of skincare products are able to rectify the condition of my skin.

The KAO Curel range piqued my interest because it's a Japanese skincare range (and you know the Japanese make amazing skincare), and it's affordable (this is a huge plus). I test out 4 products from this range:

Makeup Cleansing Gel (130g)
Foaming Wash (150ml)
Moisture Lotion III (150ml)
Intensive Moisture Cream (40g)

Obviously I was super excited to see if it was effective, and I tested it out for a little over a week before I was able to come up with this video, and my review of the products:

First Impressions and Review: Curel Japanese Skincare for Dry Skin - YouTube

I hope you enjoyed the video, and my review of the KAO Curel Intensive Moisture Face Care range! Here's some more information if you're interested in checking these out:

Instagram - @CurelMY
Kao Official site : http://www.kao.com/my/

Curel is available here:

Also, 11Street is selling trial kits and a discounted price (from 17th - 27th July), so get in on that before they sell out!
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So MAC has released a collection called 'Next to Nothing', and it's made waves in the beauty world.

This skin colour and powder duo are meant to be no-filter-needed base products that you can apply underneath, on top of, or instead of your foundation to give you that flawless skin for your selfies.

Are they worth the money, and do they live up to the hype? Find out with me below!

Road Test: MAC Next to Nothing (No Filter Makeup!) REVIEW - YouTube

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