Month: October 2013

MUA blush

I must say, that out of my MUA haul, the product I enjoy the most is the blush. I really regret I didn’t buy all the shades! See them on their page here.

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Anyway, I have mine in shade 3 which is a really natural looking shade. There is a tiny bit of shimmer in it, but barely visible. It is perfectly pigmented and creamy, and goes on so nicely. For me, a blusher can actually be too pigmented – that’s those where it can easily go wrong. I have seriously not a single bad thing to say about this blush! Everyone is talking about the Sleek blushes. The Sleek blush in shade Suede 921 really looks like this one – I’m so choosing the MUA over the Sleek. Package-wise, the Sleek does look much better… But what more can you expect for 1£?

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Swatch: MUA on the left, Sleek on the right.

I was wearing this blush when I was doing the review for the MUA wild berry lipstick. I know it’s not very noticible on the picture, but I’m generally very careful with blush.

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I highly recommend the blushes from MUA, and will get them all next time I shop there!

Have you tried them? What are your thoughts on them?

Maria xoxo

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The dark plum lips

The fall trend everyone is talking about…. I was testing out the really dark looking lipstick in Wild Berry from MUA. I guess I was rushing a little when I ordered it. The lipstick itself looks so dark, but the swatch is very light and red – see it on the webpage here. I know it states that it’s a matte, but the formula is seriously very dry. It was not possible to build up either. This is not a product I would recommend – even not for 1£.

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So this is how it looks like applied:

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I was not satisfied, so I looked in my drawer and found an elf lipstick(in plum) and put it on top. I ended up with a somewhat satisfactory result:

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I really want to get hold of the one from Revlon Super Lustrous in Black Cherry as I love the formula!

Also, watch 10 fall lispsticks recommended my Emily. I love her videos!

What is your favourite fall lipstick?

Maria xoxo

MUA eyeshadow palette in Undress Me Too

Today is a review of the MUA eyeshadow palette in Undress Me Too. See the product on their page here.

I have actually been using this palette quite often lately. Most of them are not matte – but but but…. the matte shades in this palette are the bad ones, so I’m glad there are only 3 of them – the pigmentation is bad, dry, and does not go on very well. However, the rest of them – the shimmery/frosty one are fantastic. They look much prettier in real life than on the palette! They are creamy and really easy to apply and with minimal fallout. The staying power is pretty good. Just make sure to wear an eyeshadow primer with these shadows.

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To show you how it looks on the eyes, I used some of the shades to create this look. Realised I should have blended the black better. But as I stated, the mattes are really hard to work with:

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For this look, I used:

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A thin layer of Shy on the whole lid as base. Fiery on the lids(LOVE this shade), focusing on the inner part of the eyes. Lavish on the outer part of the eyes as contour. For further/darker contouring, Corrupt was used. On the lower lashline, I used Obsessed. And I used Shy again to highlight my inner corners and browbone.

This is the whole face, including some goofy pics. I tried to do the miley face, but my tongue is really short.

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Overall, if you like shimmery shades, I would definitely recommend this palette – it’s only 4£! I enjoy it! Not sure whether I would repurchase though. I do like the Sleek palettes more.

Maria xoxo

Do your products contain MI?

Check through your cosmetics and skincare products for MI, short for a word I cannot pronounce – methylisothiazolinone. It’s a chemical that has increasingly been put into the products many of us use daily. What it does, is that it can cause an allergic reaction. Many have been experiencing severely swelled faces. MI is a chemical used to extend shelf life – nothing else. Brands such as Dove and L’Oreal have had(still have??) MI in their products. We really need to be careful, ladies! Go through your products and chuck them out if any of them contains MI!

Read the article from dailymail here.

I also found a list of most common products that contain MI. The experiment was carried out by Gentofte Hospital in Denmark, and more specifically by Doctor Maria Vølund Heisterberg in her Ph. d. with the title; “Fragrance allergy – Diagnosis, causes and quality of life” from October 2013. The percentages are out of all the products tested. The article is in Danish, so I’ll just list them in English here:

1. Deodorants (25 %)

2. Perfumed creams (24,4%)

3. Pure perfumes (16)

4. Shampoos (13 %)

5. Liquid soaps (10,8 %)

6. Aftershaves (2,7 %)

7. Lipsticks (1,9 %)

8. Sunscreens (under 1 %)

9. Hairstyling products (under 1 %)

10. Shaving foams (under 1 %)

11. Mascaras (under 1 procent %)

12. Hair dyes (under 1 %)

13. Eyeshadows (under 1 %)

14. Make up-creams (under 1 %)

The information was found on this page.

Please check through your stuff and be safe! 

Maria xoxo

MUA BB cream review

A quick review on the MUA BB Cream. As I did a MUA haul a while ago, I’ve been trying some of the products out. For the complexion products, I like the BB Cream the best out of the 3 I bought. I have it in shade 3 – Dark, I’m NC42. And I’m quite satisfied with the match. Have a look on the BB Creams here.

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Overall, I think it’s an okay product compared to the low price of only 4£. I know I wrote that the consistency is quite light in the haul post, but I’ve actually realised that this product is on the creamier side. It can be a little hard to blend in, but I just use my hands to rub it in, and it turns out ok. The coverage is light(which was what I was looking for). As my skin is a tat on the oilier side these days, I use a tissue to dab off any oil excess and make sure to powder over. The lasting power is decent, but my face becomes a little oilier the end of the day.

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I’m wearing the foundation on the left side of my face.

I would say that I would not recommend this product as it makes my skin shine… I mean… look at the picture…

Have you tried this foundation before?

Maria xoxo

Weird beauty products 2

This is the second post on weird beauty products I find here in Hong Kong! I did one a while ago, click here to view. I’ll cut to the chase, so here they are:

On the 5th place: if you wanna tighten up your boobs and bum!

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4th place: for the extremely bushy eyebrows – a tool you can use as a guideline when trimming them… hmm..

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3rd place: I had to include this weird concept again – a nose clipper to achieve a thinner and taller nose…..

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2nd place: suck your way to a smaller, poutier mouth 😉

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1st place: how do they even sell this thing? I know many Asians are not fond of their mono lids, but this is physically impossible! You cannot wear a metal string poking into your eyeballs!!!

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Well… I’m speechless haha…. hope you enjoyed this post.

Maria xoxo

R.I.P my straightener

Thank you, my Babyliss pro ionic 230 for accompanying me the last 5 years through straight and curl. Although I’m still mad that you died on me!

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May you rest in peace.

I’ve ordered a new one on amazon. Will do a new blog post when it arrives in something like a month… This is gonna be a bad hair month for me 😦

It’s extra annoying because I’ve actually just got a new haircut and highlights! How can I straighten my new bangs now??

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Maria xoxo