Holika Holika Blush No. 4 Purple

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Review for Holika Holika Blush No. 4 Purple



Hey guys! I’ll be reviewing the Holika Holika Blush in No.4 Purple which was featured in my recent Korea Beauty Haul. Through these past few years I have been crazily falling in love with powder blushes. Maybe you guys can relate to me, but I just find myself hunting for blushes in every shade possible.  


For girls with fair skin like me, blush is always a relevant step in my makeup routine. People are always telling me how pale and even worse, ghastly I look and sadly, part of that statement is true. Blushes brings back colour to the face, it can make the skin look healthy and refreshed. Now this particular blush has climbed to my top 5 best blushes of all times!


















 Swatches












Pros: 

This cool tone matte pastel purple blush is extremely suitable for fair girls as it brings out the light natural skin colour and it looks amazing. If you are going for a more natural look, I highly recommend this blush. I was trying to find a blush that was able to achieve light baby pink cheeks but unfortunately even the lightest pink blush I tried could not match my ideal pink cheeks.


 I can see this being very popular in Korea because they like to achieve very natural looks and this blush brings out a winter glow in the skin.


It may look chalky in swatches but after applying onto the cheeks it looks very smooth. I do think it can be used as an everyday blush because it is more of a very cool tone pink rather than a BAM purple. 


The colour is very sheer so it is not easy to over apply. The powder is very fine and I find that it does not create fall outs after swirling the brush in multiple times unlike some other blushes I own. 



 
Cons:

Mixed with the natural flush that the cheek already has, this blush comes out as a very light cool pinkish shade and definitely not a purple so if you are looking for a stark purple blush shade, I’m afraid this may not be the most appropriate choice. 

The blush is definitely sheer so I only recommend it to girls with fairer skin (light to medium). I am not sure if the blush will appear on tanner skin tones.




Yadda Yadda:

I bought it for $8 at Beauty Face in Korea. I have no idea how much it costs in Singapore so do leave it in the comments below if you have seen it. Will I repurchase? Maybe not because I really do not repurchase blushes because there are so many to try out and there are always dupes for any colour in mind.


I will recommend this blush if you are of fairer skin tones and looking for a cool pink blush. I may not recommend if you already have a large collection of blushes because high chances are that you already own a similar colour.   



 
A/N: If you have any questions or suggestions/ feedback, please leave them in the comments below, I will get back to your ASAP! I am currently working full time which means a crazy 9 hrs in an office everyday therefore the posts may be less frequent! I will try to post as much as I can so please be patient!




Packaging: 4/5
Lasting power: 3.5/5 (since it is sheer, it tends to fade out during the day)
Price: 5/5 (pretty affordable)
Overall rating: 4/5



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Anonymous



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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for sensitive skin and body + Get Free sample

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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for sensitive skin and body + Get Free sample

Hey guys! Today’s review will be on Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. I think I have said it before but have very problematic skin and ever since I started using Proactiv a few years ago, my skin condition became very unstable. My skin kept producing weird stuff, my forehead was covered in skin coloured tiny bumps that could not be gotten rid of. I will definitely do a more in depth post on my Proactiv experience and whether I encourage using it or not but I will leave that aside for the moment. 


I ran out of my Proactiv Cleanser and every Watsons or Guardian Pharmacy outlet I went to was out of stock. So I bought the Cetaphil Cleanser instead since I have always wanted to try out more Cetaphil products and it was really affordable. 











 
Pros:

Little to none purging period and this is considered quite the bomb since I was using Proactiv that is well known for massive breakouts after quitting.  My skin got used to it pretty fast and I was overall very impressed. My skin was not irritated at all. 

The smell is very mild and definitely not appalling. The cleanser does not contain micro-scrubbing beads and does not lather up at all. It is free of harsh chemicals and parabens. Therefore it is not abrasive or harsh on the skin. Quite the opposite really. 

My skin does not feel tight like what I usually experience with using Proactiv’s renewing cleanser. The skin still feels hydrated and supple since it is so mild. If you are looking for nothing over the top, just an inexpensive everyday gentle cleanser, I highly recommend this.

I see a great improvement in my skin looking more radiant and healthy.





Cons:

Cetaphil cleanser does not wash off makeup but I wasn’t expecting it to do so anyway. I always remove my makeup with either Biore makeup removing sheets of Mandom Makeup remover. 

I agree it does have limited effectiveness in controlling acne. If you have an explosion of acne breakouts all around your face and want a quick solution, this is not a product for you. The cleanser has a very mild cleansing effect on the skin and will help to control acne in the long run but is unable to contain severe acne breakouts.





Yadda Yadda:

I bought this at my nearby Watsons for around $13.50. Will I repurchase? Yes, if I ever finish using the entire bottle or if I find a better alternative to this cleanser. All in all, I am very impressed by this cleanser and I do recommend it to people who has sensitive skin or people just recovering from their acne breakouts.

 If you have any suggestions/feedback please leave them in the comments section below or email me at AR_Enquiry@hotmail.com, I will get back ASAP. 




A/N: For those who are not sure if the product is suitable for them, I found it on Cetaphil’s Youtube channel that Cetaphil is giving away free samples for those living in Singapore. I am not sure what product samples they are giving away, it either the cleanser or the moisturizer but we all like freebies anyway so go grab them now! http://cetaphil.com.sg/freesample





Packaging: 4.5/5 (Lots of product, great control)
Price: 5/5
Effectiveness: 3.5/5 (mild & calming but not the best at treating acne)
Overall rating: 4/5




Love,

Anonymous









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How I apply False eyelashes [Strip + Individual]

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How I apply False eyelashes [Strip + Individual]

Hey guys! Today’s post is going to be all about false eyelashes and it is requested by Katina. I was hesitant to do a fake eyelashes post because firstly, I don’t use fake eyelashes on a daily basis, I kind of have a love hate relationship with them and secondly, there are already tones of false eyelashes tutorials out there by Gurus & professionals. But I'll do my best and let you guys know what I think of them! :)


I do not have a big collection of eyelashes so below are the few types of eyelashes that I own. As you can see from the pictures, I really only use straight eyelashes compared to criss-cross eyelashes. I do not know why, I guess I like my eyelashes well defined. I usually buy false eyelashes in multiple packs unless they are too expensive. 


A/N: Blogger is being a pain in the butt so sorry for the uneven spaces, no pics are missing I've checked!
































Less Dramatic, more natural looking ones






Thicker, more dramatic ones








Ardell 110 $9.80  [very natural looking, soft]
















Ardell 110 - sideways


Daiso Half Lashes $2  [too hard, points at weird angles]




Daiso Half Lashes - sideways





Daiso Lashes(01) $2 [Comfortable & very natural]



Daiso Lashes(01) - Sideways




Daiso Lashes(02) $2 [Thick band, very natural looking]




Daiso Lashes(02) - Sideways




Ardell 104 - $9.80 [Too dramatic, not suitable for everyday use]


Ardell 104 - Sideways


Ardell 104 - Sideways (because I can't decide between the 2 pics)





Daiso Lashes(03) [Very pretty & flirty, rigid band]



Daiso Lashes(03) - Sideways





Kiss Me Heroine Make Impact Eyelash 03 $9.80 [Very hard, very heavy, not natural looking]



Kiss Me Heroine 03 - Sideways




Kiss Me Heroine 03 - Sideways 





Ardell Duralash Individual Lashes $9.80 [Very natural looking]



Ardell Duralash Individual Lashes - Upclose




Pros & Cons of Individual and Strip False Eyelashes:

The reason why I prefer individual false eyelashes to strip eyelashes is because they look so much more natural. With proper techniques, they can look as if they are really growing out of your eyelids. I also find that they last much longer, normal strip eyelashes fall out at the corners during the middle of the day (due to my oily lids) but indiv lashes stays on all day. And that saves me from embarrassment because I don’t have to worry about the ends sticking out during an important situation.


However, applying individual eyelashes takes a much longer time and requires so much more effort which is the main reason why most people prefer using strip lashes. Because individual lashes come in a knot of 8-10 strands of lashes, I find myself using at least 6 to 8 knots per eye which is pretty time consuming. On the other hand strip lashes are very quick and easy to apply, but for me the strands of eyelashes tend to stick out at weird and unflattering angles and I’m sure I am not the only one facing this problem. 


For individual eyelashes, you definitely need practice. I failed in the beginning because I was too anxious and ended up creating a huge mess. Sadly there is no shortcut in applying them except to keep trying with patience. The left eye will take more time because it is hard to maneuver the angle of the tweezers to the ideal spot so do whatever that floats your boat.


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This is how I apply my fake eyelashes, this may not be the most appropriate way but this is the way that best works for me.




How I apply Individual Lashes


1)      Prepare your glue 5 minutes beforehand using whichever glue of preference
2)      Use a pair of tweezers to grab and pull a knot of lashes out of the packaging. Hold the tweezers like this to prevent creating a kink in the lashes.
3)      Dip the ends of the knot into the glue prepared beforehand
4)      Wipe off any excess glue
5)      Slot lash into any empty spaces between lashes





 I use the Dark version

Tweezers


A tiny bit will do



Grab lashes at base and pull to extract



Tadaaa!




Dip end of knot into glue






Wipe off any excess




Notice the gaps? Insert Indiv lashes into gaps



End result








How I apply Strip False Eyelashes
1)      Peel Strip false eyelashes off packaging
2)      Apply glue concentrating on the outer ends
3)      Wait till glue is tacky
4)      Lay strip on middle portion of the eye then align the outer end and inner end as close to lash line as possible.



Trim to the length of eye


Apply glue concentrating on ends



Apply closest to lash line



Kiss Me Heroine Make Impact Eyelash 03 without any eye makeup





This time with Daiso Lashes(03) without any eye makeup






 Whoops there are left over glue all over my eye



 




         I tend to apply falsies further from the inner corners 
   because they always prick me and I have very watery eyes 
so the glue loses adhesion faster.




 
Semi permanent lash extensions

There are also semi permanent eyelash extensions by using Ardell Lashtite glue which is said to make lashes last for as long at 3 weeks. I will definitely try them out once I get enough practice and feel confident of not messing it up. 



I hope I gave you guys some useful information of how I apply my false eyelashes. Sorry this is such a late post! Please feel free to provide suggestions/feedback or questions down in the comments section below or email me at ar_enquiry@hotmail.com I will be sure to get back to you ASAP. So tell me what are your favourite lashes?





Love,

Anonymous




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