REVIEW: Heidi’s 2016 Beauty Picks!

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Season’s greetings everyone!

It has been a while since I last posted, and today I thought: why not share with everyone my favourite beauty items in 2016?

You can call it a year in review (beauty/skincare wise), and if some of you are still looking for that last minute Christmas gift, maybe this post can be of some help.

All these products are relatively inexpensive and work well – in my humble opinion. I will be talking briefly about my thoughts and usage experience with them, hopefully it helps if you are considering to try some of these items.

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REVIEW: Etude House Play 101 Stick Blush vs Missha Soft Blending Blusher

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Happy May! Time flies, we are almost at the mid-point of 2016. Today I have a review of Etude House’s Play 101 Stick blush, in shades #10 and #11.

There are a number of shades for this product, but I bought the highlighter and contour shade primarily to see how they size up against my Missha Soft Blending Blush in Sugar Glam and Mud Brown.

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REVIEW: Benefit Cosmetics 2015 Advent Party Poppers Set

Benefit Cosmetics Party Poppers Set

SPOILER ALERT: The post below will show all the 12 items (in sequence) for the Benefit Party Poppers set.

It’s December! That means Christmas is coming (yay whoop whoop!) Besides wishing for snow, which will probably never happen here, I treated myself to the Benefit 12 piece party poppers set. The parcel came yesterday, and the review today will be the unboxing of the product(s). My box got a little squashed on the way, but that didn’t make me love it any less ❤

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REVIEW: Missha Soft Blending Stick Blusher (Mud Brown & Sugar Glam)

Missha Soft Blending Stick Blush - Sugar Glam, Mud Brown

It’s September! Jeez, where has the year gone? Anyway, I received the Missha Soft Defining Stick Blusher in the mail last week. (I bought them, by the way). I have been unlucky lately having lost two parcels from Qoo10; so I was really relieved these made it safely. Hopefully I can get a partial refund or some kind of resolution for the two missing parcels. 😦

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REVIEW: Aritaum Stylepop Juicy Tint [Cherry Rose]

Aritaum Stylepop Juicy Tint, Cherry Rose

I got the Aritaum StylePop Pudding Tints a while back, and today I got the Juicy Tint in Cherry Rose which I thought was a close dupe of Benefit’s Benetint. Lets see how it fares!

Price: SGD$7.80 on Qoo10

For the same size, Benefit’s cost about SGD$57, which divides out to about 7 bottles of Aritaum’s. There are 3 shades available: Cherry Rose (blood red), Red Mango (orange based) and Sugar Plum (deep burgundy).

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Packaging: Comes in a glass bottle with plastic screw on cap. Once open there is a sponge doe-foot applicator for catching the pigment. The glass bottle is transparent, which allows you to see how much product you have left.

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The cap is so cute, with the geometric print. I’m a total sucker for prints, tessellations and polkadots. I ❤ white polkadots on red.
I really do think that this is a close dupe to the Benetint, but I don’t own it 😦 Maybe someone can share your views?

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On the hand swatch I have about three dots of pigment blended out. The colour is a nice flush of red and it lasts rather long. After washing my arm and using cleansing water, there was still a light faded patch.

I tried applying it on my lips, and it tasted a little bitter just like the pudding tints. Once set, my lips looked refreshed and significantly livelier; but natural enough. I actually like this! On the cheeks this tint gives me a slight flush of colour. I would say this is a good product to have if you like the natural look. In fact, I’m guessing that Benefit got bootlegged hard by these tints!

And the smell! It smells like cherry syrup, sweet and not like cough syrup.

For the price I am pretty sure this bottle can last practically forever, or until it expires.

My rating: 5/5 (cute, good with a low price to boot)

I’m not trying to advocate here but if you are on a budget and want to get a close to Benefit tint.. TRY THIS.

cheerio,

hei

REVIEW: Aritaum Stylepop Pudding Tint [Tango Red + Swing Coral]

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Aritaum.. this brand is really new to me. From what I know, its another Korean brand and apparently their tints are quite the rage. So, I got these in Tango Red and Swing Coral, just to see how they do next to Benefit’s tints. (Sorry I only have Posie Tint and Cha Cha Tint)

Price: SGD$7.80 here (size is comparable to the full sized Benefit tints)

First things first, the price. This costs SGD$7.80 each while a bottle of Benetint costs about SGD$57 at Sephora. Meaning, with the same price, I can buy about 7 bottles of Aritaum’s tints.

There’s a whole bunch of colours available, and I’ve matched them with the corresponding Benefit tints which I think they are dupes of.

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So in my opinion:

1. Polka Pink to Posie Tint
2. Swing Coral to Cha Cha Tint
3. Tango Red to Benetint (maybe?)
4. Lollipop to Lolli Tint

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Here’s what Aritaum has to say about these tints, I understand the “pudding” notion now, the pigment comes out looking jelly-ish.

Packaging: Comes in a opaque glass bottle with screw on cap. Upon opening, there is a doe foot sponge applicator which picks up the liquid from the bottle.

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Tango Red: Smells faintly of strawberry and reminds me of Hello Kitty (like the red in her bow). Colour of the tint is more on the creamy jello side, and is very buildable. If this were a nail polish, I’d totally wear it.

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Swing Coral: Smells of orange (are they matching the product colour to a corresponding fruit?), and likewise, colour is creamier than most liquid tints.

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Swatches: On the skin, Tango Red is a robust bright red, while Swing Coral is a bright warm orange. Both swatches are two layers, so the more colour you want, the more layers you apply.

I tried them on my lips, and they were pretty much the same payoff as on my arm. However, the tints did taste a little bitter. Don’t know what’s up with that. Staying power is rather long, as they stain. Eating and drinking is not a problem, in fact makeup remover didn’t take all of Tango Red off. I still have that faint little red rectangle on my arm.

Did they dry my lips? Hmm, no but probably because I used lipbalm after I set the tints to dry.

Now, on to the comparison test 😀

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As you can see, Cha Cha Tint is more on the peachy coral side, while Swing Coral is a vivid orange. I initially thought they would be a shade off, but now I’m convinced they’re two colours on their own. Similar, but not the same.

Rub test below.

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Right, so this was what that remained after I tried rubbing with a piece of tissue paper, and washing my arm. Both tints have migrated onto my arm and left a stain. Kudos to their staying power.

Which led me to think.. wow, it would be crap if you ever stain your whites with either of them.

I think I may want to get Polka Pink, just to see how it fares against Benefit’s Posie Tint. Honestly for the price, this is a strong contender for Benefit. In fact, this performs almost equally as well. I think I’m stepping into the deep end of Korean makeup, someone save me. 😦

My rating: 5/5 (impressed!)

If you’ve tried the other shades, please do let me know how they fared! I’ll be getting Polka Pink and will do a revisit to this tint soon 🙂

cheerio,

hei

REVIEW: Sleek MakeUp Face Form, Fair

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Today’s post is on Sleek Makeup’s Face Form Palette. I’ve had it for a while, but it’s been sitting at the bottom of my drawer. I have this habit of making sure I finish using the current item I’m using, before opening up a new product. So, I’ve been using Sleek’s palettes for a while now, and it never really dawned on me to swatch them until I started blogging. This is the Face Form Palette in Fair, which is something of a mashup of the Blush for 3 palettes and Face Contour Kit.

Price: SGD$22 on Luxola
(I got mine during a 35% sale, making it SGD$14.30)

For something of this price, it’s a steal. The pans measure about 3.2cm by 5cm, whereas the full sized blush measures 3.5cm by 6cm. The palette contains 20g of product, which divides to about 6.6g per pan. For the full sized mono blush, it’s 8g of product for SGD$14.

Read more about my review on Sleek’s mono blushes in Life’s a Peach & Pixie Pink. ❤

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Packaging: The palette has 3 pans, which contains the bronzer, highlighter and blusher. The one I have is in Fair, and from what I know the difference between Light and Fair is the bronzer shade. Light’s bronzer is a tad bit darker. Everything else is the same. The palette is very sleek (heh, punny) and comes with a compact mirror. No brush included, I like to use my own so it’s ok.

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Here’s the swatches, the contouring powder is a matte brown (reminds me of chocolate milk). The highlighter is a shimmery beige, with white undertones. The blush is a warm coral with gold undertones. Now this is interesting. I find the blush to be very close to the Rose Gold mono blush and the middle shade in the Lace Blush by 3 palette. The difference I find is, Rose Gold has more gold, and the one in Lace palette is a deeper shade of coral. I did find the contour powder to be a little chalky, but the formula of the highlighter and blush stayed on for a while.

My rating: 4/5 (chalky contour powder)

The colours are very pigmented, my swatches are two layers each. I find the blush to be very versatile and should compliment most skin tones. The highlighter will probably replace my eye pencil for my inner eyes and brow arches. Also, the palette’s size and contents also makes it a good travel essential. However with most Sleek products, a little goes a long way. I see this palette serving me for a reeaaaally long time. 😀

Do you own the other Sleek contour palettes? Share your views!

cheerio,

hei