Let's Talk Eyes | Affordable Eye Makeup

Hello, gorgeousness! I am bringing back this series because honestly, I haven't been the best in keeping up with all of my series on this blog. Anyway, this series features my favorite beauty products as well as plenty of great recommendations that obviously are budget-friendly. This is my kind of joy, you guys. I am all about the affordable. I am your 'bargain girl' and will always be. Why? Because budget beauty blogs (like yours truly) are thin on the ground in my opinion. So if you're intrigued by all affordable beauty, I hope this series is the one for you!

Everything that has to do with eyes is going to be covered in today's topic. It seems that my selections are mainly popular products. Some are at the mid-range price, some are very affordable. Regardless, I think all of it is amazing and of course, affordable. How many times do I have to mention affordable in this? I think y'all probably get it by now. (Some links used are affiliate link)

Eyeshadow primer


Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base // View product

I love Essence products; affordable and the brand offers a wide range of products too. Why I love this eyeshadow primer because it is one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) eyeshadow primers available in Malaysian drugstore. I am a girl with eyelids that have lines so it helps with the creasing of eyeshadow, big time. My eyeshadow also lasts longer. I can get a maximum of 8 hours of wear. That's amazing for it being a drugstore eyeshadow primer. I have recommended this to my friends and my family and they loved it! It's cheap and gets the job done pretty well. Enough said.

Eyeshadow palette


Maybelline City Mini Palettes // View product

Maybelline has always been my go-to. So they deserve to be mentioned first. I think their City Mini Palettes are stunning. You get six pigmented eyeshadows in one mini palette that fits right in the palm of your hand. Each palette has a combo of shimmery finishes and also satins, I believe. The satins are the closest to mattes. They're all fantastic shadows! You can hardly go wrong with this; great pigmentation, blends like a dream, and long-wearing.

Rimmel London Magnif'Eyes Crimson Edition Palette // View product

If you're looking for a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette, this could potentially be the one. You get twelve powder eyeshadow retailing at RM35 and if you're lucky, you can get it at RM20+ during sale seasons. The formula of these shadows are pretty impressive. Pigmentation is superb, has only a small amount of fallout, and easy to work with. 

Makeup Revolution Iconic Fever Palette 

This is a pretty mid-range price point for an eyeshadow palette. It is a flipping RM60 palette. However, the quality of the mattes and shimmers in here are insanely amazing; buttery, very blendable, and pigmented. The colors in this palette particularly are perfect for day to day look. It has burnt oranges, rich burgundy, and a good mixture of shimmer finishes. It's definitely a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette that is a whopping RM245!

Eyeliner 


IN2IT Hair Brush Eyeliner Pen // View product

When it comes to eyeliner, I have a pretty good track record with IN2IT. I tried almost all of their eyeliner products be it liquid liner, felt-tip liner, brush pens, pencils, you name it. But if I have to choose only one from the brand, it is definitely their Hair Brush Eyeliner Pen. I am emotionally attached to this eyeliner because I have been using it since my high school days. The brush tip is specifically created for someone that is not so good at lining their eyes (read: me) because it is so flexible but easy to control. I can create a thin or dramatic liner with no pressure at all. It is also long-wearing and pretty smudge-proof to me. 

Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil // View product

Once again, Essence making an appearance. You gotta love this because of the price! It is probably one of the best drugstore eye pencils out there. Very affordable, yet very high quality. It is a pretty good deal, you guys. It applies smoothly, smudge-free, and it comes in a variety of shades. 

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner // View product

Liner that comes in a pot like this might overwhelm someone out there but it is not a big deal. It is a creamy gel texture that glides so smoothly and it has a matte finish. The brush provided gives you great control over the application. The brush works great if you wish to create a more exaggerated look but I can create the most simple and humble line with this product. And it doesn't budge. Not one bit!

Mascara


Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara // View product

One of the drugstore's best selling mascaras of all time and for good reasons! This mascara lifts, curls, makes your lashes super duper long and thick. It doesn't flake, won't smudge, and totally no 'panda eyes' for me. Ugh, this mascara is love! If you have thin, sad lashes, please go and buy this mascara now. Highly recommend!

Eyebrow pencil


Silkygirl Expert Brow Slim Liner // View product

It's the 1.8mm slim tip brow liner for me! I can create the most precise brow finishing with this. Whether I want to go with bold, pronounced brows or slim brows, no problem at all. It lasts the entire day out even after perspiring on a hot sunny day. I also appreciate that it comes in a retractable type so I don't have to worry about sharpening it. 

Alright, there we go. My list of affordable eye makeup that I think all are pretty much covered. I hope you guys enjoyed reading my recommendations. These are products that I personally use, and highly recommend. This list is filled with some of the good stuff that worth every penny. Thank you for spending your time reading this post until the end and be seeing you xx

Have you used any of the products mentioned?
  • Monday, October 26, 2020

Let's Talk Eyes | Affordable Eye Makeup

Let's Talk Eyes | Affordable Eye Makeup

Hello, gorgeousness! I am bringing back this series because honestly, I haven't been the best in keeping up with all of my series on this blog. Anyway, this series features my favorite beauty products as well as plenty of great recommendations that obviously are budget-friendly. This is my kind of joy, you guys. I am all about the affordable. I am your 'bargain girl' and will always be. Why? Because budget beauty blogs (like yours truly) are thin on the ground in my opinion. So if you're intrigued by all affordable beauty, I hope this series is the one for you!

Everything that has to do with eyes is going to be covered in today's topic. It seems that my selections are mainly popular products. Some are at the mid-range price, some are very affordable. Regardless, I think all of it is amazing and of course, affordable. How many times do I have to mention affordable in this? I think y'all probably get it by now. (Some links used are affiliate link)

Eyeshadow primer


Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base // View product

I love Essence products; affordable and the brand offers a wide range of products too. Why I love this eyeshadow primer because it is one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) eyeshadow primers available in Malaysian drugstore. I am a girl with eyelids that have lines so it helps with the creasing of eyeshadow, big time. My eyeshadow also lasts longer. I can get a maximum of 8 hours of wear. That's amazing for it being a drugstore eyeshadow primer. I have recommended this to my friends and my family and they loved it! It's cheap and gets the job done pretty well. Enough said.

Eyeshadow palette


Maybelline City Mini Palettes // View product

Maybelline has always been my go-to. So they deserve to be mentioned first. I think their City Mini Palettes are stunning. You get six pigmented eyeshadows in one mini palette that fits right in the palm of your hand. Each palette has a combo of shimmery finishes and also satins, I believe. The satins are the closest to mattes. They're all fantastic shadows! You can hardly go wrong with this; great pigmentation, blends like a dream, and long-wearing.

Rimmel London Magnif'Eyes Crimson Edition Palette // View product

If you're looking for a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette, this could potentially be the one. You get twelve powder eyeshadow retailing at RM35 and if you're lucky, you can get it at RM20+ during sale seasons. The formula of these shadows are pretty impressive. Pigmentation is superb, has only a small amount of fallout, and easy to work with. 

Makeup Revolution Iconic Fever Palette 

This is a pretty mid-range price point for an eyeshadow palette. It is a flipping RM60 palette. However, the quality of the mattes and shimmers in here are insanely amazing; buttery, very blendable, and pigmented. The colors in this palette particularly are perfect for day to day look. It has burnt oranges, rich burgundy, and a good mixture of shimmer finishes. It's definitely a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette that is a whopping RM245!

Eyeliner 


IN2IT Hair Brush Eyeliner Pen // View product

When it comes to eyeliner, I have a pretty good track record with IN2IT. I tried almost all of their eyeliner products be it liquid liner, felt-tip liner, brush pens, pencils, you name it. But if I have to choose only one from the brand, it is definitely their Hair Brush Eyeliner Pen. I am emotionally attached to this eyeliner because I have been using it since my high school days. The brush tip is specifically created for someone that is not so good at lining their eyes (read: me) because it is so flexible but easy to control. I can create a thin or dramatic liner with no pressure at all. It is also long-wearing and pretty smudge-proof to me. 

Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil // View product

Once again, Essence making an appearance. You gotta love this because of the price! It is probably one of the best drugstore eye pencils out there. Very affordable, yet very high quality. It is a pretty good deal, you guys. It applies smoothly, smudge-free, and it comes in a variety of shades. 

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner // View product

Liner that comes in a pot like this might overwhelm someone out there but it is not a big deal. It is a creamy gel texture that glides so smoothly and it has a matte finish. The brush provided gives you great control over the application. The brush works great if you wish to create a more exaggerated look but I can create the most simple and humble line with this product. And it doesn't budge. Not one bit!

Mascara


Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara // View product

One of the drugstore's best selling mascaras of all time and for good reasons! This mascara lifts, curls, makes your lashes super duper long and thick. It doesn't flake, won't smudge, and totally no 'panda eyes' for me. Ugh, this mascara is love! If you have thin, sad lashes, please go and buy this mascara now. Highly recommend!

Eyebrow pencil


Silkygirl Expert Brow Slim Liner // View product

It's the 1.8mm slim tip brow liner for me! I can create the most precise brow finishing with this. Whether I want to go with bold, pronounced brows or slim brows, no problem at all. It lasts the entire day out even after perspiring on a hot sunny day. I also appreciate that it comes in a retractable type so I don't have to worry about sharpening it. 

Alright, there we go. My list of affordable eye makeup that I think all are pretty much covered. I hope you guys enjoyed reading my recommendations. These are products that I personally use, and highly recommend. This list is filled with some of the good stuff that worth every penny. Thank you for spending your time reading this post until the end and be seeing you xx

Have you used any of the products mentioned?
Oily Skin 101: Managing Oily Skin

Hello, gorgeousness! I'm suffering from oily skin. Pretty sure I already let everybody know that I have oily skin since born. It's a struggle sometimes. I mean, wherever I go, in all the pictures I'm in, there's always this familiar, unwanted 'grease' that rests on my cheeks, nose, and forehead. While I'm whining about that, there's always someone that convinces me having oily skin means I will get fewer wrinkles in the future. Well, it doesn't change the fact that having oily skin can be irking on a daily basis.

Fret not, my oily peeps. I've compiled a list of tried and true skincare tips to manage oily skin, all the ingredients to look for when it comes to oily complexion, and more!

Don't over-cleanse your face

I used to cleanse my face more than twice a day using an overly stripping facial cleanser. I will get into more of this later. But please, if you think you have to cleanse your face every time it gets overly oily, you're stripping your skin, ma'am, and that's not cute for future you. Just properly cleanse your face twice a day using the #60SecondRule is already good enough. 

Use a non-stripping facial cleanser

I had to learn this the hard way. There was a time where my skin is overproducing oil and I'm just a big, walking greasy mess. If you have oily skin, the key is to be gentle. Use a gentle, non-stripping facial cleanser. 

"Wouldn't we have to use a stronger facial cleanser to suck up all the oil and gunk away from our skin?"

Here's the thing, cleansing your skin is good but using a harsh, overly stripping cleanser is definitely not it. Avoid alcohol-heavy cleansers if you can, because it's one of the main causes of stripping or drying resulting in the skin to overproduce oil which is gonna make you even oilier. 

I would recommend the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, Simple Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Facial Gel Wash, and Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser. These cleansers are filled with lots of hydrating ingredients, antioxidants, and humectants. Ceramide, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, you name it. It'll very much benefit oily skin.

Opt for rich moisturizer at night

It sounds crazy, I know. I love my Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel moisturizer. Y'all probably rolling your eyes by now and tired of me mentioning the Neutrogena moisturizer. But this is different! I promise.

Have you ever use a rich, hydrating moisturizer at night? I have and I realized that my skin was significantly less oily throughout the day. The moisturizer I used was pretty decent and most importantly, it was able to lock-in moisture at night as well as to make sure I wasn't losing as much water resulting in better, hydrated skin. It was the Some By Mi Miracle Cream!

It's not that rich for some people but it's pretty rich to me. It's rich but it doesn't feel heavy. It's like a somewhere-in-between kind of moisturizer. It has 70% Centella Asiatica extract, niacinamide, salicylic acid, tea tree oil, to name a few. The ingredients in this when I first look through it I'm just like "Yes, yes, yes, yes, give it to me." 

Cleansing oil is not your enemy

How can I forget to mention the elephant in the room? I know. It's the exact opposite of what you would always hear, right? I wear makeup almost every day and for me not to properly dissolve my entire makeup at the end of the day is a nightmare. If you think having oily skin is to use water-based cleansers all the time, wake up! Your micellar cleansing water is not meant to remove makeup, honey. 

My tried and true cleansing oil is definitely from Simple. Of course, me, and all of my drugstore recommendations. It's probably the most unproblematic oil cleanser I've ever used. 

I know it's going to give some people a 'freak out' moment but it will benefit your skin in the long run. The cleansing oil I'm using specifically for my double cleansing routine is so gentle, non-irritating, won't clog your pores, and yes, inexpensive but works so well! Don't get me wrong, I still use micellar cleansing water but only when I have no makeup on and just sunscreen/ cc cream. If you're using pretty heavy makeup on a day to day basis, consider using a cleansing oil.

Oily skin + makeup

Having oily skin but you love to wear makeup? Fear not. I've thought about this as well. First thing first, I would personally recommend to use mattifying and pore filling primer for the most problematic area on the face. Other than those areas, you can use hydrating/dewy primers.

I'm all about creating the right balance when it comes to my makeup. So yes, I double prime. Don't freak out! Primers are not meant to stay on your skin the whole day. Always, always, double cleanse to make sure you're getting all the makeup and dirt out of your skin. 

But yeah, a lot of the time I prefer keeping the center of my face a little matte while leaving my cheeks dewy for that perfect balance. My Mary-Lou Manizer is already good enough to achieve my perfect dewy, balanced look but with the Stila Heaven's Hue Highlighter it brings the whole look to another level!

Do you have oily skin? What are your tried and true tips to manage your skin?
  • Sunday, October 18, 2020

Oily Skin 101: Managing Oily Skin

Oily Skin 101: Managing Oily Skin

Hello, gorgeousness! I'm suffering from oily skin. Pretty sure I already let everybody know that I have oily skin since born. It's a struggle sometimes. I mean, wherever I go, in all the pictures I'm in, there's always this familiar, unwanted 'grease' that rests on my cheeks, nose, and forehead. While I'm whining about that, there's always someone that convinces me having oily skin means I will get fewer wrinkles in the future. Well, it doesn't change the fact that having oily skin can be irking on a daily basis.

Fret not, my oily peeps. I've compiled a list of tried and true skincare tips to manage oily skin, all the ingredients to look for when it comes to oily complexion, and more!

Don't over-cleanse your face

I used to cleanse my face more than twice a day using an overly stripping facial cleanser. I will get into more of this later. But please, if you think you have to cleanse your face every time it gets overly oily, you're stripping your skin, ma'am, and that's not cute for future you. Just properly cleanse your face twice a day using the #60SecondRule is already good enough. 

Use a non-stripping facial cleanser

I had to learn this the hard way. There was a time where my skin is overproducing oil and I'm just a big, walking greasy mess. If you have oily skin, the key is to be gentle. Use a gentle, non-stripping facial cleanser. 

"Wouldn't we have to use a stronger facial cleanser to suck up all the oil and gunk away from our skin?"

Here's the thing, cleansing your skin is good but using a harsh, overly stripping cleanser is definitely not it. Avoid alcohol-heavy cleansers if you can, because it's one of the main causes of stripping or drying resulting in the skin to overproduce oil which is gonna make you even oilier. 

I would recommend the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, Simple Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Facial Gel Wash, and Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser. These cleansers are filled with lots of hydrating ingredients, antioxidants, and humectants. Ceramide, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, you name it. It'll very much benefit oily skin.

Opt for rich moisturizer at night

It sounds crazy, I know. I love my Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel moisturizer. Y'all probably rolling your eyes by now and tired of me mentioning the Neutrogena moisturizer. But this is different! I promise.

Have you ever use a rich, hydrating moisturizer at night? I have and I realized that my skin was significantly less oily throughout the day. The moisturizer I used was pretty decent and most importantly, it was able to lock-in moisture at night as well as to make sure I wasn't losing as much water resulting in better, hydrated skin. It was the Some By Mi Miracle Cream!

It's not that rich for some people but it's pretty rich to me. It's rich but it doesn't feel heavy. It's like a somewhere-in-between kind of moisturizer. It has 70% Centella Asiatica extract, niacinamide, salicylic acid, tea tree oil, to name a few. The ingredients in this when I first look through it I'm just like "Yes, yes, yes, yes, give it to me." 

Cleansing oil is not your enemy

How can I forget to mention the elephant in the room? I know. It's the exact opposite of what you would always hear, right? I wear makeup almost every day and for me not to properly dissolve my entire makeup at the end of the day is a nightmare. If you think having oily skin is to use water-based cleansers all the time, wake up! Your micellar cleansing water is not meant to remove makeup, honey. 

My tried and true cleansing oil is definitely from Simple. Of course, me, and all of my drugstore recommendations. It's probably the most unproblematic oil cleanser I've ever used. 

I know it's going to give some people a 'freak out' moment but it will benefit your skin in the long run. The cleansing oil I'm using specifically for my double cleansing routine is so gentle, non-irritating, won't clog your pores, and yes, inexpensive but works so well! Don't get me wrong, I still use micellar cleansing water but only when I have no makeup on and just sunscreen/ cc cream. If you're using pretty heavy makeup on a day to day basis, consider using a cleansing oil.

Oily skin + makeup

Having oily skin but you love to wear makeup? Fear not. I've thought about this as well. First thing first, I would personally recommend to use mattifying and pore filling primer for the most problematic area on the face. Other than those areas, you can use hydrating/dewy primers.

I'm all about creating the right balance when it comes to my makeup. So yes, I double prime. Don't freak out! Primers are not meant to stay on your skin the whole day. Always, always, double cleanse to make sure you're getting all the makeup and dirt out of your skin. 

But yeah, a lot of the time I prefer keeping the center of my face a little matte while leaving my cheeks dewy for that perfect balance. My Mary-Lou Manizer is already good enough to achieve my perfect dewy, balanced look but with the Stila Heaven's Hue Highlighter it brings the whole look to another level!

Do you have oily skin? What are your tried and true tips to manage your skin?

Hello, gorgeousness! Happy October! Time flies by so fast and we are already 4 days into October but mentally I'm still processing March. I couldn't fathom that some of y'all really don't get out of the house much and been quarantining since March/ April. Is your mental health okay? Do you get support for your overall wellbeing? Just keeping you guys in check. I hope everyone is doing alright, especially in my own country, Malaysia. It's been a rough few days for us. The number of cases is suddenly pretty concerning so I hope we could just take all the safety precautions for ourselves and stay safe.

Anyway, back to why you're here. Yes, I did the COVID-19 nasal swab test a few days back. If you're following me on my socials, you would know. But yeah, I survived the nasal swab test *crying inside*

I believe you may have heard about the nasal swab test, which would determine if you might have been infected with the novel coronavirus. That being said, my workplace teamed up with the medical professionals and announced they would offer nasal swab testing for the staff and we're all encouraged to do it, which I clearly wasn't ready for. However, I'm a responsible human being and as a member of the public, I think it's something that I need to do regardless since I'm working as an essential services provider. So yeah.

I didn't get any pictures or proof of me being tested because the testing facility was a tad bit strict and we're all advised to keep our phones away while testing, no camera bla bla bla. I'm obeying the medical professionals here okay.

After lining up outside the testing facility for about 5 minutes, I then entered and have my name and IC number signed up. I was given like a transparent biohazard pouch which will hold my samples later on and I was told to wait until the doctor calls my name and do the test on me. After a minute or so, I heard my name being shouted and I was immediately freaking out and my hands are all shaking not gonna lie I was shit scared but of course I was playing it cool.

But you guys, it turned out slightly awful for me. Legit. I feel like someone was itching the back of my eye socket and it goes down to my belly button. Just for the record, the nasal cavity still feels off even after a few hours. The process, although it gives me a bunch of anxiety, was otherwise less painful. It's still painful and uncomfortable though like your eyes got watery and all but it's somewhat bearable.

All in all, it's still one of the most uncomfortable things I'll ever experience although the test took me less than 10 minutes. It's my unsettling 10 minutes that I couldn't get back for me.

Anyway, for now, my friends and I — none of us reported having any of the common symptoms — we will have to wait and see if our results are added to the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lahad Datu, which is not something we would want, or if they will simply just tick up the test rate and reopening businesses and push the region one step closer to begin again.

Hopefully, we'll be fine! Please stay safe. If you cannot for the life of you to avoid mass gatherings, please follow the SOP. Put your mask on, always carry hand sanitizers with you, practice social distancing. If any of you thought you should get tested, you should just go for it. Yeah, it's uncomfortable I don't ever want to put myself in that situation again but it's quick and it's for everyone's safety. One can be infected and be asymptomatic. Just saying. 

Stay safe and be seeing you xx

Tea Time Vol. 6 | My COVID-19 Nasal Swab Test Experience


Hello, gorgeousness! Happy October! Time flies by so fast and we are already 4 days into October but mentally I'm still processing March. I couldn't fathom that some of y'all really don't get out of the house much and been quarantining since March/ April. Is your mental health okay? Do you get support for your overall wellbeing? Just keeping you guys in check. I hope everyone is doing alright, especially in my own country, Malaysia. It's been a rough few days for us. The number of cases is suddenly pretty concerning so I hope we could just take all the safety precautions for ourselves and stay safe.

Anyway, back to why you're here. Yes, I did the COVID-19 nasal swab test a few days back. If you're following me on my socials, you would know. But yeah, I survived the nasal swab test *crying inside*

I believe you may have heard about the nasal swab test, which would determine if you might have been infected with the novel coronavirus. That being said, my workplace teamed up with the medical professionals and announced they would offer nasal swab testing for the staff and we're all encouraged to do it, which I clearly wasn't ready for. However, I'm a responsible human being and as a member of the public, I think it's something that I need to do regardless since I'm working as an essential services provider. So yeah.

I didn't get any pictures or proof of me being tested because the testing facility was a tad bit strict and we're all advised to keep our phones away while testing, no camera bla bla bla. I'm obeying the medical professionals here okay.

After lining up outside the testing facility for about 5 minutes, I then entered and have my name and IC number signed up. I was given like a transparent biohazard pouch which will hold my samples later on and I was told to wait until the doctor calls my name and do the test on me. After a minute or so, I heard my name being shouted and I was immediately freaking out and my hands are all shaking not gonna lie I was shit scared but of course I was playing it cool.

But you guys, it turned out slightly awful for me. Legit. I feel like someone was itching the back of my eye socket and it goes down to my belly button. Just for the record, the nasal cavity still feels off even after a few hours. The process, although it gives me a bunch of anxiety, was otherwise less painful. It's still painful and uncomfortable though like your eyes got watery and all but it's somewhat bearable.

All in all, it's still one of the most uncomfortable things I'll ever experience although the test took me less than 10 minutes. It's my unsettling 10 minutes that I couldn't get back for me.

Anyway, for now, my friends and I — none of us reported having any of the common symptoms — we will have to wait and see if our results are added to the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lahad Datu, which is not something we would want, or if they will simply just tick up the test rate and reopening businesses and push the region one step closer to begin again.

Hopefully, we'll be fine! Please stay safe. If you cannot for the life of you to avoid mass gatherings, please follow the SOP. Put your mask on, always carry hand sanitizers with you, practice social distancing. If any of you thought you should get tested, you should just go for it. Yeah, it's uncomfortable I don't ever want to put myself in that situation again but it's quick and it's for everyone's safety. One can be infected and be asymptomatic. Just saying. 

Stay safe and be seeing you xx

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