Monday, 19 January 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty - Lust for Lacquer Full Coverage Lip Vinyl 202 Paint It Review

Ever since I got pregnant, I haven't been buying anymore beauty or makeup products since I decided it would be safer so cut down my skincare regime to the bare minimum and not working also means I'm at home a lot so there goes the need for makeup...*looks wistfully at her mountain of goodies from Japan*

BUT!

Dinner with a girlfriend last week inevitably led to some strolling down the makeup aisle and a romp through Sephora turned up a 30% promo on the Marc Jacobs lippies! Up came last year's temptation to get the Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl (U.P S$39 / 5ml) and so I skipped away with a full coverage version in 202 Paint It~

Pictured with a few other recent purchases =)
Product Description:

Satisfy your lip gloss craving with Marc's color-drenched, champagne-infused lip vinyl. This gently plumping formula wears like no other, while the unique pillowed applicator is an experience that leaves you lusting for more.

Available in 6 full and 6 sheer coverage color palettes, with names inspired by Marc's favorite music. Full Coverage is decorated with a black logo and features a pointed applicator for a more precise application, while the Sheer formula has a silver logo and an oval paddle for an effortless application. 


Extracted from marcjacobs.com

202 Paint It has been described as a terracotta red but strikes me more like a corally pink. A very easy colour to wear, sort of a vibrant my-lips-but-better shade! 



The packaging is simple and sleek, a transparent flat-ish oblong tube with a screw-on top that pops up on it's own after a few turns. Seems sturdy enough and I haven't experienced any sort of leakage so far.




The pointed applicator is pretty sturdy and makes for precise application. The formula is on the light side, like a slightly watery gel and not as thick or sticky as some lip glosses. Gloppiness is a big turn-off for me so thumbs up for that!
Swatches true to colour~

Nice gloss factor!


I had the swatch on for about 10 seconds while I took the shots and it left a slight stain that removes easily with water-based makeup remover.

On the lips, one swipe out of the tube was enough for full on coverage:


A clearer lip swatch - taken in natural daylight

In indoor white light

This is really one of those shades that goes from day to night easily if you're not vamping it up. The plumping effect is quite minimal but my lips are on the full side already so maybe it's just me. There's a minty feeling after application that lasts about 5min that I quite enjoy, nothing too strong. The packaging says 'Champagne Grape infused' but it smells more minty than anything, reminds me of the Chuan Bei Pi Pa Gao (Loquat Cough Syrup) we take when we have a bad throat. It's not a strong fragrance so you probably wouldn't notice it unless you put your nose to the tube~

Headed out for a wedding dinner and came back about 5 - 6 hours later with a pretty good stain still on my lips. Only touched up once halfway through dinner for some photos and dabbed my mouth at least 10 times over the evening.


Sorry for the slightly blurry pic but you can see that the stain is pretty decent! ^^ Despite being in aircon all evening, my lips weren't too dried out so I would say there's a slight hydrating effect. After removing the stain I realised there was actually a small dry patch on my upper lip that was completely camouflaged by the lip colour, that's a plus!

So to wrap up, the Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl:

  • Easily available at Sephora, slightly pricey at S$39 but you can always look out for in-store & online deals~
  • Available in both sheer and full coverage shades, 12 in total.
  • Sleek, sturdy tube, transparent so you know when product is low, with custom applicators for sheer and full coverage shades.
  • Full coverage as promised, dabs well and leaves a pretty good stain considering this is one of the 'gentler' shades in the the full coverage lineup.
  • Has a light watery gel texture that isn't thick or sticky, very comfortable!
  • Leaves a refreshing minty feeling after application that lasts about 5 min.
  • Didn't notice much plumping effect on me.
  • Slightly hydrating, didn't highlight any dry patches or fine lines, didn't bleed either!

With the 30% promo, this was a really good deal! I love me a lightweight full coverage lip gloss anyday, and in such a pretty colour no less =) Well worth checking out!

Friday, 26 December 2014

Tengoku Pet Crematorium - Sendoff to the Rainbow Bridge

I know this is primarily a beauty blog but I feel there are people who would benefit from such a review though it may be rather depressing.

As some of you may know, my family has not had the best Xmas. One of our family dogs passed away on Xmas evening from what we now realise was most probably a heart attack. As you can imagine, it was very sudden and unexpected. Some Xmas.

After a few calls to 24hr crematorium services, my dad was quite upset as some of the people who answered our calls did not sound empathetic in the least. Then we called Tengoku, a 24hr standby same-day single pet cremation service located at Pasir Ris Farmway 2, just next to Mutts & Mittens.

Perry, the guy who answered our call and drove by promptly to pick up our old girl, was very professional and respectful of our grieving, explaining gently and slowly the procedures involved and what time we should come by for the cremation the next day (i.e today). He and my dad transferred Miko to a very sturdy and well-designed black (styrofoam I think) Tengoku collection box and brought her back to their facility.

The next day, we arrived at Tengoku at 8.45a.m, 15 minutes earlier than our appointed time and were pleasantly surprised that they were ready and waiting for us. Perry ushered us to a small open air space and wheeled Miko out to us for us to say our last goodbyes. They left us to ourselves for awhile, only asking that we let them know when we were ready.  Some fresh white carnations had been placed between her paws, which was really a beautiful touch and made her look asleep and at peace.

When we were ready they wheeled her round to the furnace and ushered us to the viewing area where Perry stood silently by the side while it commenced. Later we went to the office to fill out some paperwork and select Miko's urn before returning a couple of hours later to pick her up.

Tengoku has a pretty good range of urns though the ones that come free with the cremation are of a very oriental design. So we took a look at the more modern designs and topped up $38 for a round minimalistic white medium urn. Plus the $380 (the price for small breed cats & dogs) for her cremation, it was one of the most affordable rates around and the service (we met another guy at pickup and he was very nice too) was top notch. I regret that we forgot to take his name but he was just as gentle and empathetic as he explained that they don't grind the bones at Tengoku and that they had placed her skull bones at the top of the pile in the urn.


For all of us who have pets, sending them off is an unfortunate part of the package. We've had dogs in the family since the day I was born so I'm no stranger to goodbyes and it doesn't get easier. All we can do is make the best of it and it means a lot when the final steps are as dignified and nicely done as with Tengoku.

So a heartfelt thank you to Perry, Nice Guy No. 2 and Tengoku for their empathy and professionalism, your good work really helped my family with closure.

Tengoku - 24 hr hotline 6749 5039 
www.tengoku.com.sg
11 Pasir Ris Farmway 2 (By appointment only)

Thursday, 18 December 2014

MIA Apologies!! And some stuff about Salicylic Acid.

Hi again! Didja miss me? (^^;;;;) Sorry I've been gone for....a little over a month now ahahaha~ Some little developments have me all in a tizzy in more ways than one really. And with all most situations, I have a very good excuse.

And here it is.

Get it? Get it?!?

Yep, 100% natural in the traditional way. LOL

I have to say it wasn't expected but I guess it's about that time in life before I get much ahem older. The Husband's a lot more excited than I am. I guess it's hard to get excited when you feel pretty bleh and slightly motion sick so often throughout the day m(=____=)m yep, that's my life now...constantly clutching a bottle (sometimes 2) of medicated oil. I tell people the kid might have a hearing problem at the rate The Husband keeps yelling into my belly button like it's the Grand Canyon lol Just joking of course, about the hearing problem, not the yelling. That part's true unfortunately XP

Looking forward to including some new topics into the blog with this development and thought I'd start with a small piece that I was checking up this week.


This is especially important if you intend to breastfeed.

In a nutshell, topical use is considered safe as long as it's within 2% (if it's near the bottom of your product's ingredients list you should be fine.). The general opinion is that toners are ok because you do a quick swipe instead of 'soaking' your skin in the stuff but it's safer if you know the concentration of your product. Peels are totally out of the question. ALWAYS check with your gynae if this is a big concern of course.

Oral forms of salicylic acid are a big no-no because the chemical in oral form gives rise to higher risks for miscarriage, heart defects, heart & lung problems for the baby as well as bleeding issues for both mother and baby. These are the same reasons for not taking aspirins during pregnancy.

Sidenote about painkillers: My gynae tells me Panadol (the regular type, not Max or Cold/Flu etc) is fine if not taken often and just 1 tab.

My DHC Salicylic Acid Acne Toner has Salicylic Acid listed fairly high up on the ingredients list, 3rd to be exact, but a check on the website (DHCCare) states 2% Salicylic Acid so I'm slightly relieved. I have just a few drops left in my current bottle so I'll probably down the usage to once a day till it finishes and hunt for a more natural toner option for my combination skin.

All in all, anything that's too concentrated is potentially harmful to your new little best friend. So if your hormones aren't doing kamikaze somersaults and creating absolute havoc on your skin, it's best to go as natural and minimalistic as possible with the skincare routine during pregnancy just to be absolutely safe. OR you can bombard your gynae with a list of products and ask their opinion~ Fortunately my skin isn't breaking out or anything so far...hopefully it'll stay nice and calm for the next 7 months!

Now to stock up on my Konjac sponges again~

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Philosophy - Kiss Me Tonight Intensive Lip Therapy Review

I've been an avid lip balm user for almost a good decade now, ever since I started working and was in air-conditioned environments for extended periods of time. My best buys have been Mentholatum Organic, Maybelline Baby Lips and currently UltraSun UltraLip, thankfully all drugstore brands =D And of course the lip masks from The Face Shop have been great too!

But you know how it is with us women...can't help sniffing around the stores for new products to play with~

While it's not a new product, the reviews I read online were almost 100% positive so when I spotted the Philosophy Kiss Me Tonight Intensive Lip Therapy on Luxola during their many sales, I thought, why not?

S$23 / 9g from Luxola

It's a small screw top pot, not unlike the usual balm pots in terms of size.


Ingredients list:


Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, hydrogenated polyisobutene, glycerin, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, flavor (aroma), beeswax, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, c18-38 alkyl hydroxystearoyl stearate, hydrogenated castor oil, c12-16 alcohols, irvingia gabonensis kernel butter, octyldodecanol, dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, hydrogenated coco-glycerides, tocopheryl acetate, beta vulgaris (beet) root extract, melia azadirachta leaf extract, palmitic acid, retinyl palmitate, eclipta prostrata extract, moringa pterygosperma oil, hydrogenated lecithin, phenoxyethanol.

Product description:

Kiss Me Tonight is an intense lip therapy that keeps lips soft and in perfect kissable condition with an ultra-creamy formula. It works on contact soften roughness, relieve dryness and sooth seriously dry lips. This luxurious lip treatment helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, adds shape and definition, and restores a healthy rosy appearance.

Apply to lips at night. Can also be applied throughout the day as needed.

The texture is similar to vaseline but more smooth or buttery.


It applies very smooth, isn't sticky on the lips and smells lightly of minty vanilla, nice!


It's colourless so it doesn't add anything except a glossy sheen to your lips. If your lips are dry this does help sooth it and over regular use, softens the lips. Unfortunately, that seems to be all it did for me. #sadface

The before & after pics were after 1 overnight use and the next morning, despite the name of the product, I don't think The Husband would've liked to kiss me (^ - ^;;) because there was this slightly white-ish layer on my lips that needed rubbing off aka overnight exfoliation.

From L - R : Before, During and After

After rubbing off the dead skin, I was like (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ that my lips looked even worse than before. I really thought I would behold juiced up lips like when I use the lips masks from The Face Shop. Sigh.

After a little over a week's daily use now, I still don't see any difference in the fine line department. My lips are softer and feel smoother but aside from that....not the overnight miracle I was expecting after all those glittering reviews I'd read online.

So now I just use this as an overnight exfoliator and a daytime gloss or base for lip colour since it does make my lips feel softer & smoother. But as far as the fine lines go, I've given up on getting any fantastic results. Not anytime soon anyway.

So in a nutshell, Philosophy's Kiss Me Tonight Intensive Lip Therapy:

  • is an affordable and easily available option in this Philosophy's product range.
  • comes in a small sturdy plastic tub, pretty & very convenient except you need an applicator if you don't want to stick your fingers in.
  • product's texture is nice, like a buttery-er version of Vaseline, and very lightly scented mint & vanilla.
  • a light peach in the tub but applies clear, giving a nice sheen to the lips.
  • applies well, smooths and soothes dry chapped lips and makes for a pretty good base for lip colours.
  • performs well as a lip balm, 1 application and no dry lips even after 12 hours in aircon! (but no SPF aww..)
  • behaves like Vaseline if used overnight i.e exfoliating, but didn't leave my lips feeling particularly moisturised.
  • after 1 1/2 week daily use (overnight & daytime), lips feel smoother & softer with less dry patches.
  • didn't make any difference on the fine lines yet (T_T)
  • if purchasing, do note that full results might take some time to surface.

Would I repurchase? Probably not. It's works ok but isn't the intensive treatment I was hoping it would be.

Do you have any intensive lip therapy or treatment products to recommend? I'd love to get a headsup!  =)