Even though I set up this blog as a beauty and skincare blog, I’ve never actually talked about makeup items here before. That’s because there are so many fantastic blogs out there that really focus on makeup with their beautiful colour swatches and makeup looks. I just do not think that my makeup skills are comparable so I do feel a bit self-conscious talking about makeup. I wear makeup everyday but my makeup is limited to loose powder, eyeliner, some basic eye shadow, mascara, blusher and lip stick. I hardly use highlighters or contouring powders and I’ve never done any brow makeup on my own (not counting my bridal makeup!).
However, I do love my mascaras and have bought and tried numerous brands and formulations before settling on the Heroine Make Long & Curl Super Waterproof Mascara. Since then, I’ve hardly bought any other brands of mascara because it works so incredibly well for me and my needs. As per normal, ingredients for the product are below:
How does the Heroine Make Long & Curl Super Waterproof Mascara fare?
I really love this mascara as it is super lengthening, quite volumising and is an intense black colour. You can’t really compare its effects to eyelash extensions or fake eyelashes, however I do think that it’s one of the best drugstore mascaras that you can buy. In my opinion, it rivals or even surpasses some mascaras in the departmental store brands. What I especially love about this mascara is that it is truly super waterproof! In fact, you definitely need a dedicated waterproof eye makeup remover (those bi-phase types) for this if you don’t want to be rubbing your eye area super hard to remove this mascara. I have oily eye lids so I need to wear waterproof mascara if I don’t want to look like a raccoon at the end of the day. Many mascaras claimed to be waterproof but did not meet the cut when I tried them. It had always bothered me until I used this product. It is recommended that you replace your mascara every 3 to 4 months and I love that the price of this product allows me to do that without burning a big hole in my pocket. There are definitely some mascaras in the departmental store brand (such as the Diorshow or Lancome mascaras which I love!) which are better than this product. But for its price and performance, I truly believe that this mascara provides you with great value for money!
Where can you find it?
The Heroine Make Long & Curl Super Waterproof Mascara is available in all Watsons store. It retails at S$21.90. I usually stock up when Watsons have their 20% off sale!
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My favourite thing to do while commuting to and fro my workplace (it’s a long commute!) is to scroll through Instagram and view the skincare routine of others. While doing so, I kept coming across this cream from Jane Scrivner called the ‘OO’cream and it piqued my interest because it was billed as a cream to apply over your facial oils (‘OO’ actually means Over Oil). Now many people have different views on the best way to apply facial oils, some recommend applying oils after your face cream and some would argue that oils should be applied before the face cream. But this cream has cleared up the confusion! It specifically states that it should be applied after your facial oils! I’ve been using this product for around one month and I’m ready to share my thoughts with you. Shall we begin by checking out its ingredients first?
English spring water aqua, oat kernel extract avena sativa (o), aloe vera aloe barbadensis, sun flower helianthus annus (o), shea butter butyrospermum parkii (o), cetearyl alcohol (emollient from coconut), argan argania spinosa (o), rose hip extract rosa canina (o), white birch betula pendula, glyceryl stearate (Coconut origin emulsifier), calendula calendula officinalis, phenylethyl alcohol natural (ecocert preservative), coco glucosides (coconut and fruit sugar thickening agent), eye bright (euphrasia officinalis), orange citrus aurantium (o), palmarosa cymbopogon martini, rose geranium pelargonium graveolens (o), tocopherol vitamin e, rose absolute rosa centefolia, vanilla vanilla plantifolia, benzoin styrax benzoin, sodium phytate (salt form of the corn derived phytic acid), sodium hydroxide, (alkaliser made by leaching ashes to maintain PH balance of materials) benzyl alcohol (plant derived preservative), *citral *euganol *geraniol *citronellol *farnesol *linalool *limonene *benzyl benzoate *benzyl cinnamate. *naturally occurring components of essential oils.
How does the Jane Scrivner ‘OO’ Cream fare?
The Jane Scrivner ‘OO’ cream looks really rich but it actually has a light whipped cream texture that is very easy to spread. But don’t be fooled by its texture! This cream packs a strong hydrating punch and you only need a small amount. I will usually use the scoop included with the product to scoop out the cream, swipe it all over my palms and gently smooth it onto my face and neck until it is fully absorbed. It has a strong smell of roses which left me feeling very relaxed after using it.
Jane Scrivner claims that this product locks in moisture, nourish, protect and mattify, leaving you with smooth, soft and hydrated skin without the shine. And I would wholeheartedly agree with her claims! I’ve been doing some experimental testing on my skin by mixing my Differin gel with another product (I’ll update you guys after I’ve had some time to evaluate the results from the experiment!) and I would usually layer this product over them. This product is specially formulated to fortify the skin’s acid mantle and protect from trans epidermal moisture loss. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is smooth, calm and hydrated even though the “experimental mixture” is known to be drying to the skin. On nights when I don’t use Differin, I layer this cream over my face oils and it also helps to form a thin film to lock in the nourishment from the oils, and does all this without leaving me looking like a grease ball! Major love for this product! I’ve also gotten their Affirmative face oil and I’ll update once I’ve used it for longer.
Where can you find it?
You can buy this product from their official website. It retails at £39 (100 ml sized!) and they offer a 10% discount for your first order with them. They deliver worldwide and if you are ordering this product outside of the UK, they would refund UK taxes to you (around 20%). Fantastic value for such a great product!
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My experience with Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm sparked off my search for more cleansing balms to try. One such cleansing balm which was highly rated is the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. Before I tell you about my experience with this product, let’s check out its ingredients, shall we?
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, PEG-8 Beeswax, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Seed Oil, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Silica, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax, Glycerin, Lecithin, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Borago Officinalis (Starflower) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Acacia Decurrens (Mimosa) Flower Wax, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Rosa Multiflora (Rose) Flower Wax, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Geraniol, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Tocopherol, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Citronellol, Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood) Wood Oil, Limonene, Mentha Arvensis (Mint) Leaf Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Menthol, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Citral, Coumarin, Citric Acid.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Mimosa and Rose waxes, UK Starflower Oil, UK Elderberry Seed Oil, UK Optimega™ Oil, Coconut, Shea, Sweet Almond Oil, Padina Pavonica, Vitamin E
How does the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm fare?
When I first got my hands on this product, I could smell it even before I open the box. The Elemis Pro-Collage Cleansing Balm smells so beautiful, like the oils which are used in the most expensive of spas. Looking at its ingredients packed full of luxurious oils, I certainly wasn’t surprised that it would smell so heavenly. What this means is that people who don’t like scents or are allergic to scents in their skincare products will not appreciate this product. This product also comes with a fluffy white cleansing cloth within the box. Immediately I knew that this cleansing balm was something special. It isn’t your everyday workhorse like the Clinique’s TTDO balm. This product is meant to be savoured and enjoyed, especially for those people who love a ritualistic approach to their skincare.
You will find a small scoop included with this product. You can use it to scoop out the product, warm it in your palms to slightly liquefy it and then massage over the face, neck and décolleté with light circular movements. Note that you will need to use dry hands for this initial step. You should see your makeup and sunscreen melting away as you massage it into your skin. After a while, moisten your fingertips with water and continue to massage. Lastly, you would remove this product entirely by using the warm damp cleansing cloth (that is included together with this product) to wipe everything off. Because of the rose and mimosa waxes formulated in this cleansing balm, I think that you would require a cleansing cloth to remove it. I wouldn’t recommend that you simply try to splash water and rinse it off as it won’t be thoroughly removed. This is why I would normally reach for this cleansing balm on the weekends when I have more time to enjoy my skincare rituals. When I look into the mirror after my cleansing ritual is completed, I noticed that my skin is perfectly clean, soft and intensely glowing. This is currently my holy grail of cleansing balms! A truly exceptional product!
Where can you find it?
I bought the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm from ASOS online. It retails at £40.00 (105g sized).
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