Stage Cosmetics Eyeshadows And A Failed Attempt At Fixing A Broken Eyeshadow

I’ve finally got around to reviewing the Stage eyeshadows that I bought at the Stage Moving Out Sale more than two months ago. I got these wonderful high quality eyeshadows at a good deal – 2 for S$9! Can you believe it!



Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow Quad In Wild Orchids: Pretty, But A Total Waste Of Money

Drugstores in Singapore never carry the full range of Revlon cosmetics, not even the Revlon counters found in Metro or Robinsons. Hear my rant on the inadequacy of cosmetics range in Singapore here.

Imagine my ecstasy when I saw the Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow Quad in Wild Orchids in a Watsons store at Ximending during my trip to Taiwan! I’d long heard of these cream eyeshadows but they never appeared on our shelves. It felt surreal to actually hold in my hand the chic black palette with small clear plastic circles that pop out.

There was no tester but I didn’t care and immediately grabbed it! I think we are more susceptible to impulse shopping when on holidays. These thoughts might sound familiar:

“I can’t find this back home!”

“It must be cheaper here”

“What’s one more item in the basket?”

 “I’ve already got the currency exchanged, might as well use it all”

Well, these thoughts certainly ran wild in my mind when I was considering whether to buy the Revlon crème eyeshadow quad.

It didn’t help that it was the last one on the left too! So I had another thought to add:

“It’s the last one! It must be very popular, that’s why!”

This is definitely a good example of why most things bought on impulse turn out to be completely useless. Bah.


My Travel Makeup Essentials For A Seven Day Trip To Taiwan

Besides beauty product reviews and makeup tutorials, I love reading posts about beauty bloggers sharing with their readers on ‘What’s in my purse’, ‘My top 5 beauty products’, ‘Makeup essentials for a trip’, you know, lists of favorites.

I’d just returned from a trip to Taiwan when I read Leesha’s post on what she brought on a trip. So that inspired me to write mine too! The picture above is also a Taiwan Tourism Logo inspired-picture! Must not copy exactly though, copyright issues! XD

I actually meant to get this post up long ago. Like reeeeeeaaaaalllllyyyy long ago. 5 months? It somehow got buried under and I cleanly forgot about it. But it’s a good thing though, since now I would have reviewed more products than I did 4 months ago.

Some of the products mentioned in this post I may have stopped using by the time of writing – like mascara which must not be used for more than 6 months, and others which I may have found better alternatives. It’s been 4 months, things get used up and there’s always a new contender! =)

Now let’s get started!

Here are what I brought with me on my seven days Taiwan trip!

I just HAD to bring that many makeup items. And I haven’t even started on the tools yet!

I really tried to cut down, but these are my travel makeup essentials! XD


Why Dark Brown Eyes Probably Won’t “POP” With The Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Chocolate Shimmer Ink

The Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate Shimmer Ink is one of my greatest guilt and regret purchases. From the day I bought it, I’ve never liked it.

There, I just said it.

I just said something that very few people would say about Chocolate Shimmer Ink, or for that matter, the whole dynasty of Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliners.

I am always interested to know what other people think about products, especially those I don’t fancy. Imagine my initial confusion and gradual forced acceptance with the fact that almost every beauty blog I visited RAVED about Chocolate Shimmer Ink.


“The chocolate shimmer is perfect!”

“So impressed with this product.”

“Would definitely rebuy this when it is finished”

“I much prefer Bobbi’s shimmer inks to the normal inks, which can look a bit flat.”

“Lovely shimmer effect and really rich, gorgeous effect for winter”

“Choc Shimmer Ink goes great with just about every eyeshadow color.”



Birthday Makeup Haul: Lancome, MAC, NYX, elf, Too Faced

July must be the month of mad spending!

After my birthday haul of close to S$200 at Watsons to make use of the birthday bonus points, and order of Sugarpill cosmetics, OCC lip tars, MAC sample pigments from ACW, and order of Lancome Artliner, Lancome Blanc Miracle, and Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Liner in Black Ink from a friend, I still went ahead to buy more makeup.

Level-headedness doesn’t go well with me during my birthday month, I guess.

So here are my loot:

Lancome Oscillation Mascara

MAC Eye Khol in Fascinating

NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Rust Pearl

NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Turqoise Pearl

MAC Eyeshadow Stars ‘n’ Rockets


Are They Dupes? Makeup Brush MAC 217 vs. Paint Brush Loew-Cornell 1/4″ AMM Mini Mop

It’s really fun doing reviews and comparing dupes of famous (and famously expensive) makeup brushes. Previously I did a dupe review on whether the Loew-Cornell Maxine’s Mop 3/8” is a good substitute of the MAC 239 – Flat Eye Shader Brush.

MAC 239 and 217 are two must-have and much loved brushes of every makeup artist or junkie. There are many brush dupes out there but people (like me who bought a lot of dupes) ultimately succumb to the softness and precision of these two incredible MAC brushes.

Also, MAC brushes are more available internationally to the masses than some premium brushes (eg. Adesign, Royal & Langnickel) and others which one would otherwise probably only be exposed to at exclusive MUA events like IMATS (International Make-Up Artist Trade Show). I hope to attend IMATS one day. Please come to Singapore!

Some people say the Loew-Cornell 1/4″ AMM (Ann’s Mini Mop) Brush is a dupe for MAC 213 (Fluff Brush), some say it’s for MAC 217 (Blending Brush). I say it’s a combination of both. You have a little bit of both, but not in a good way.


Like the Loew-Cornell Maxine’s Mop 3/8”, it looks very much like a typical art brush and is lightweight. It is also longer than the 217. I prefer my makeup brushes to be fatter at the handle and weigh a little more.