Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Review: e.l.f Shimmering Facial Whip in Spotlight [SPONSORED]

Highlighter is considered as a staple beauty items for a lot of people back there in 2015, especially those who are so into Western & bold makeup.  For the basic me, highlighter is just like a ‘side additional topping’ and considered not so important – don’t judge, I don’t do contouring & highlighting at all – so having one highlighter is more than enough for me already! I never get the beauty trends of strobing technique and the duo-chrome highlighter…like seriously?

When it comes to me, as you can clearly see in most of my selfie that I really adore simple face & eye makeup and emphasizes more on the lips & cheeks. I rarely highlight the high points of my face because well:
  •  It’s not practical – BF always arrives by the time I finished applying blusher and that means, I should curl my hair very quick and forget the highlighter thingy.
  • Most of my base makeup products would look lovely even after few hours when in contact with skin’s natural sebum, so my face would look nicely glowing and that’s enough for me.
  •   I ditch unnatural duo-chrome highlighter.


But as my package from Mirielle Beaute arrived few weeks ago, I was surprised to see that they kindly gave me the e.l.f Shimmering Facial Whip to try! Reluctantly trying, I admit that I actually underestimated the product when first hold it, especially after seeing the amount of silver shimmer in it. And the color. It’s pearl white, duh – I always ditch white highlighter too as they can look very unnatural when applied – which makes it worse.

BUT AFTER I TRIED IT…
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Here’s my thought about it.

PRODUCT INFO
e.l.f Shimmering Facial Whip [SPONSORED]
Brand: e.l.f
Netto Weight/Content: 9.5g
Origin: USA
Price: $1
Where to buy: Mirielle Beaute 

INGREDIENTS




e.l.f Shimmering Facial Whip comes in a simple blister packaging, dominated in white color. At the back of it, you will found additional information about product information and the ingredients list. Basic and practical indeed.


The product is housed inside a small, travel-friendly plastic tube with a nozzle at the end. I love how the nozzle has small opening so we can easily control the amount of product when dispensing it out.


The texture of the product itself is not the best, the liquid is thick, a bit sticky and hard to blend. To avoid the product being clumpy when blended out, I like making like small dots on where I want to highlight then using a clean finger to gently dab and blend away, not rubbing the product like how I usually do with cream or liquid product. It has orange-like, fruity scent which I find kinda unpleasant but some may like it though.



Spotlight is a frosty white with fine silver shimmer. It’s more of a frosty finish rather than shimmery. This shade is leaning cool and I think it would suit people with lighter skin tone, like below NC 30, and cooler undertone – pinks and neutrals. You can create just a subtle glow or a dramatic highlight using this shade, by applying it a bit much. The glow is super nice, but it stays only like 4-5 hours and starts fading away afterwards as you blot your skin – it got blotted away too, stuck to the blotting film I used!

Here’s how I look with the highlighter on:


I don't even know why I pose like dat....? ;w;

And I can safely say, BF loves seeing it on me so far. Tooty even asked me how to get that glowing skin and why is my face looking so beautifully glowing like the girl on one Korean beauty store’s wall poster *LOL* and literally asking me to put this highlighter on him when he plays on stage next month OMG I CANT EVEN

Score

Last Words?
e.l.f Shimmering Facial Whip in Spotlight is definitely a beauty steal! Retailing at $1, this frosty white liquid highlighter actually performs great and looks amazing especially best on people with lighter skin tone & cooler undertone. Even though the texture & longevity is not the best, but for $1 this is surely beyond expectation! The travel-friendly packaging is another plus point. I love using this one to highlight my cheek bones, cupid bows, and nose bridge. Not working very well on eyes though, as it can easily crease out.

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Have you tried any from the brand e.l.f? What do you think? Share your thoughts in comment box below~

Anyway! I am thinking to make a LINE@ account myself so that any of you who are curious and want to drop me some questions or just hi, could connect with me easily and get replies even sooner than contacting me via e-mail! What do you think?

see you next time and bye! XO

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

AWARD: Mumu's Best Beauty Picks 2015!

Hello Ladies ~
Happy New Year 2016! I know it’s a week late, but better late than never eh? ;) Time sure flies so fast without us noticing it. To celebrate the new year and also to embrace everything that we’ve been through last year, today I have a very interesting post for all of you: Mumu’s Best Beauty Picks 2015!



In this post I will be talking about products that I loved during 2015 – be it purchased within the year or not – and of course, those that I believe to be the best products that outstand the other ones in performance, quality, or price rate.
So, without further ado let’s get started ~



HACCI Honey Cleansing Oil
After trying so many cleansing oils from various different brands, I can safely say this one is the only cleansing oil that doesn’t cause my delicate, dry & sensitive skin outbreaks. It leaves no tight feeling or strips my skin after the rinse, plus it smells oh-so-heavenly! My skin feels so happy and moisturized with this product. Highly recommended for those who has desperately given up in looking the nice oil cleanser for their problematic skin.

IPSA Metabolizer Regular 2
Are you suffering from adult acne and dry, sensitive skin like mine? Had more than enough barely-unused-moisturizers? Given up already? You should go and try this one. It’s a SKIN-SAVIOR. It’s non-sticky and absorbs easily into the skin, leaving your skin glowy and hydrated. Indeed it’s kinda pricey compared to any other moisturizer out there, but this one works like magic to my skin. Coming in 4 different types for each skin type, you can easily find the one that fits your skin condition without a fuss! IPSA’s products are seriously great and yes, they deserve more attention from skincare junkies in 2016!

MUJI Light Toning Water – Moisture Type
It’s now a gem from the drugstore range. This water-like toner looks not promising at first glance, but it totally preps your skin ready for the next step and adds nice hydration boost to the dehydrated skin without leaving stickiness behind. Its fairly cheap price also makes a huge plus point for this product. I love using it for doing CSM method or making my own DIY mask sheet!




KANEBO Suisai Beauty Clear Powder
I am allergic to all foaming cleanser except this one. This mild exfoliating facial wash powder is totally a game-changer to my skincare routine. It leaves my skin so soft & smooth without harming & drying it like how any other foam cleansers would do!

TAKAMI Skin Peel Serum
I have always been worried how acids will do bad for my skin, especially those which are strong enough to perform exfoliation. This serum proves me wrong. It’s the best AHA peeling serum with nice, clean & simple ingredients and I will not look for any other exfoliation serums anymore. Non-irritating, non-drying, just does amazing to the skin.

NIVEA Crème (Germany version)
I use this for the rough skin on several area of my body. It’s been doing its job nicely, the only thing I don’t really like is the scent! I am planning to get the Japanese version of this crème and use it as a face cold cream.




THREE Flawless Ethereal Fluid Foundation SPF 36/PA+++
I admit that I was torn in two minds while picking which base makeup that I should feature in this post. Finally I chose THREE, because I’ve been wearing it a lot lately and I love how it looks on my face even after hours passed by. This is the only complexion product with SPF that doesn’t cause me outbreaks. With is very natural skin-like finish and nice lightweight texture, this wins my heart quickly and beats the ultimate ELDW foundation.

Innisfree Eco Gel Liner #2 Brown
Doesn’t budge, waterproof, sweatproof, and smudgeproof. The texture is super creamy and color payoff is opaque. This underrated gel liner actually performs really amazing for its price!

ARITAUM Mono Eyes #49
Basically all Mono Eyes shadows from ARITAUM is da bomb, but I totally fell in love with this shade and without second doubt I’d feature it right away. My Bae, Jovee, is telling me to grab this because this could be a dupe for her favorite Too Faced shadow. It’s even more gorgeous in person I’d say, a very glamorous medium purple with silver glitters. Sooooooo sexy.

Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil #05 Stone Gray
A lot of people questioned about the product I used for my brows and fellas, this . is . IT . If you want brows which are drawn natural and not ‘blocked’ with colors, you’d love to use this product to drawing hair-like lines when filling brows. The hardness of this pencil’s lead making it very suitable to make a natural and clean-looking brow. Beside, its hard lead makes this product lasts forever…! Curious about it? Don’t worry, I’ll review this soon~




Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Androgen
A perfect natural flush color! This seemingly-boring pale warm pink color turns into a beautiful milky pink-apricot color once applied on my cheeks. Longevity is awesome too, it’s waterproof and budgeproof as well!

Majolica Majorca Lash King Mascara
Need I say more about this? My lashes have said it all, haven’t them?

CHANEL Rouge Allure Velvet #50 La Romanesque
It’s Chanel. Why do you ask why I love it? BEST . MATTE . LIPSTICK . EVEEERRRRRR .

Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric Sheer Blush #506 Blush
Illamasqua indeed is my thing: bold, super-pigmented, great longevity. But sometimes the Angel side of mine needs something that’s sheerer, easier to apply and blend when I’m in rush and this product is the answer. I totally love how soft and smooth it goes upon application, but still buildable enough to create a subtle to  medium color intensity.




Etude House Silk Scarf Hologram Hair Serum
A perfect serum that makes my hair shiny, holds curl very well, and surprisingly makes my hair blacker also! Mom loves this one too. Repurchased for several times already. Cheap yet great!

Jill Stuart Melty Lip Balm
A lovely gift from Blogger fella, Tata, which quickly turned into a major love of mine and even a Holy Grail lip balm at the moment! It soothes and moisturizes my lips like magic, leaving my lips oh-so-smooth and kissable the next morning. Shiny and a bit sticky, but this is the only lip balm I would repurchase over and over again.

e.l.f  Shimmering Facial Whip in Spotlight
A $1 beauty steal! This product surprisingly makes a great debut, and the result is never disappointing – not even once! I can see why everybody’s raving the facial whip series from e.l.f. – they’re that good, I swear.

Jill Stuart Eyelash Curler
I’m so devoted to my Shu Uemura Curler, but I then found out this curler fits Asian eyes better, thanks to the flatter curve. It doesn’t pinch or poke the skin around lashes’ roots, not even once. And the real Swarovski accessories attached down there…who’s not mesmerized by it?

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And that’s all for this post! Have any of the items above gotten your attention already? ;) Drop the comment in the box down below, I’ll be excited to read and reply~

See you soon, Ciao ♥ XO