Roundup: Five Makeup/Beauty Items 30/12/15

Disclaimer: I am not being paid, or otherwise compensated, to write this. All opinions are my own.

Hi everyone! Recently I’ve bought/received some products that I’ve been using~ Rather than review everything individually, I thought I’d share a few thoughts and photos of each ^_^ Also yeah… this was supposed to be posted end of last year whoops… my bad B)

innisfree, burts bees, stila, biore, garnier

Micellar Water from Garnier

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Ever since The Beauty Department did a post about micellar water, [x]  I was keen on trying this product out. An all-in-one cleanser that is gentle on the skin? Sign me the fuck up!

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Thoughts: I like that it’s quite simple and convenient to use (dab onto a cotton pad then rub over your face) and that it does pick up on quite a lot of stuff that your normal facial cleansers don’t…! I haven’t used it consistently enough to see any effect on acne though. It also is good as a makeup remover but won’t effectively remove strong eye makeup or any that’s been primed using a strong primer.

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm

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Sorry for the dust lol

A fast-minute purchase before my Princess Jellyfish cosplay shoot. The reason being that I FORGOT my actual lipgloss I wanted to use haha. I chose it because it has some glitter in it, making it shiny. Also, it has peppermint in it, so when you put it on your lips you’ll feel a cold sensation…!

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Thoughts: Despite being a tinted lipbalm, it really doesn’t offer much moisturising properties for lips that are quite dry (put a layer of pawpaw ointment on first!). That said, if your lips have a ‘normal’ amount of hydration, it’s good in keeping your lips hydrated. 🙂 I also like the light pink shimmer it gives off, but I kinda regret not picking up the shade Champagne instead (because I have a lot of lipglosses with the strawberry colour haha). But it’s great for adding a pop of colour in daily wear without being difficult to maintain throughout the day (like lipgloss is. See, I find it hard to wear lipgloss because I’m very self-conscious that something is on my lips).

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Colour swatch! Side is eyeliner (below)

Stila Navy Liquid Eyeliner

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A gift from one of my best friends’ mother…! Said best friend also gave the Innisfree mineral powder~ I love Stila’s liquid eyeliners! I have one in black that I use frequently. I’ve also been meaning to get both coloured eyeliner and translucent powder for a while now… can you read my mind?!

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Thoughts: The only problem I have with Stila eyeliners are they sometimes are strange to use due to the cushion tip – the liquid doesn’t come out where I want it to? I have this problem with my black pen as well 😦 They’re also lighter than what I like. Otherwise it’s relatively easy to apply and gives a subdued colour that you can wear both during the day or night.

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Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder

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I have combination skin and was looking into getting a translucent powder to control the amount of oil that my skin produced, especially on a hot summer’s day in Australia! So I was quite surprised when I was gifted this…! B) THANKS BEB

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The inside puff is really cute. I don’t use it though, instead opting to dip my powder foundation brush on the plastic barrier (pictured below) and gently brush it all over my T-zone. The powder works as promises, with my T-zone being noticeable less oilier when I wear it, compared to using just powder foundation to set.

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Biore Nose Strips

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It’s not ideal to use pore strips frequently as they can cause your pores to be permanently enlarged (or so I’ve heard…) but I couldn’t resist picking this up from my local Asian grocery supermarket (okay, actually it wasn’t local at all, but with the distance I’ve been travelling this past year on a daily basis… it felt pretty damn local lol). I love seeing all the gunk on the strip, it’s disturbingly cathartic to be honest. The first time I used it, there wasn’t as much gunk on it as I hoped there would be (even after a hot shower, the #lifehack bargain way instead of steaming your face when you don’t have a steamer). However, it did clean many of the pores on the side of my nose.

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Have you used any of these products? Or what are you using this month? B)

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