Saturday, March 30, 2013

Perfumies- Earth Angel, Clean Cotton, Stardust

I want to gripe about a purchase I made recently.

Perfumies.






For you guys who don't know what this is all about, it's stick perfume!
Super convenient and portable... just don't leave it in your bag for too long on a hot day!
You can look up the website here, or on Etsy because you can't find it in Singapore or any stores even in the USA, I think.

So I was instantly smitten because the pictures were so goddamn pretty and there were tons of awesome reviews about people saying how much they loved the products (especially the Clean Cotton one)
So I bought three at one go.
In short, it was

ONE OF THE BIGGEST MISTAKES IN MY LIFE.

I didn't take into account that I prefer subtle scents, and these being produced in the USA are really... pungent... really strong. The moment I unwrapped the package I was hit by a strong smell of detergent.
Apparently that was the 'clean' smell.
If I wanted to smell like detergent I would put it on my body, seriously.

Stardust was supposed to be this dreamy, fruity scent but to me it just smelled like air freshener.
The only saving grace was Earth Angel, this sorta musky smell which my bf says smells like incense  (don't know if he likes it or not) but anyway I like it ._. like, it's passable. Best out of the three. It surprised me because I just got it to fill up the numbers and I wasn't expecting much, but it turned out to be the best. Whee!
*cries*
At least the scents smell better after some time and linger pretty well enough to last half a day.

If you like Victoria's Secret scents, I think you'll like these.
Digressing a little...
I was at the airport last month and I decided to check out the Victoria's Secret scents because tons of people have been raving about how awesome they are, and I HATED THEM.
Many people say that the body lotions smell great but they are strong on chemicals and give you rashes... which is true on all accounts except for the smell.
The scents hit you face-on and don't last very long, so when you apply them people can smell you a mile away for the first hour or so, then after that the scent is barely there. *irritating*


If anyone is a big fan of strong scents and wants to purchase Stardust or Clean Cotton,
email me at critiquesofacritic@yahoo.com

The Body Shop Born Lippy Pink Guava Lip Balm

This will be a short review-

The Body Shop Born Lippy Pink Guava Lip Balm!




As you can see, the texture inside is sticky-ish...
I don't know why they call it a lip balm, it's more like a lip gloss in terms of texture and colour... (lip balm colours are more opaque, but gloss is translucent) 

Personally, I'm not a big fan of this lip balm because it tastes awful.
You got that right. It tastes awful. 
Okay you'll probably be shaking your head and thinking
OMG what a dolt no one asked you to eat it, you dumbass.
But anyone who's ever worn lipgloss should know that it will inevitably end up in your mouth for some reason no matter how careful you are, and drinking water is a pain...
So yeah. It tastes awful and artificial, and you can actually taste the smell of the lip balm (weird right)

I much prefer lip balms because they provide colour and look pretty natural (I'm not a fan of sparkly, bling-bling, eye-catching lip prints and colours) AND I can use them in school without any teachers getting on my case.
Plus I have long hair that flaps all over my face and they'll get stuck to my glossy, sticky lips when the wind blows, and I major hate that.


the slight translucent colour I was talking about.. orangey and pinkish and pretty natural except for the glossy shine

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Loves: Pretty colour
Hates: The smell gets sickly sweet after awhile, and it tastes awful, and my hair sticks to it.
Rating: 6/10 (because it is actually quite pretty, just my personal preferences affected the rating)
Pricing: 8.90 SGD

Note: I bought this last year so this is the old packaging, you might not see the same label on top anymore though the container is still the same!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

Hey guys~
Today, I'll be reviewing Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque! 

...... LOLWHUT (is that)?



...this!

Okay, okay, I know most of you (especially in Asia) will not have heard of this before, but it's pretty well known in the US!


I must first comment on the size of this.


IT IS HUGE.


Not convinced?

Let me give you a size comparison...
With two standard-size lip balms (for some reason all lip balms are the exact same height and size!)



Look at that! 
Stack three lip balms up and you get the rough height.
I couldn't stack three lip balms because I'm uncoordinated and clumsy, okay?
Stop harping on it already!

Okay, now let's have a look at the label behind-




That sounds pretty good, eh?

I'm kinda iffy about the ingredients though... 



Sounds really chemical-y. 

Kaolin is sorta like clay (I think it had its roots in China?), and it's used to make pots and stuff!
So essentially this is like a clay mask- thick and cracks upon hardening. 

This mask (masque) is quite refreshing and cooling, but not so much after you wash it off, and when it dries the mint smell fades and the sulfur in this dominates.

...Sulfur?

Don't worry guys, sulfur has been proven to be good for the skin and many skin products contain trace amounts!

People go to hot springs for the skin benefits, y'know! 
Swimming in sulfur~~
And you get soft, supple skin!

For some reason the mask was quite itchy when I first applied it but when I washed it off there was no redness or irritation, so perhaps it was cos I'm not used to clay masks?

Hmmmm.... 
Anyway when I washed it off I got baby-smooth and soft, firm skin, so I quite like the feeling of this mask!

I usually use this just before my bath, so I can wash it off and come out feeling refreshed!

No mess too :)

It does dry out your skin, being a clay mask and all, so people with dry skin should apply some moisturiser before and after using this mask!

I just apply my after-bath moisturiser and I'm set!


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Loves: Refreshing feeling, baby-smooth skin after using, huge size
Hates: Dries out your skin
Rating: 8/10
Price: 9.10 SGD, bought on Qoo10 (just type the name in the search bar)


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lip Ramblings

Okay okay this is kinda mean but I was thinking about how ugly some reviewers' lips are.

Case in point,

Here, here, and here.

What? I'm so mean??
I'm giving them more blog traffic okay!!

And what I seriously don't like is that some of them (okay, one) don't moisturise and look after their lips well.
It's not your fault if you don't have a very nice lip shape, but you can jolly well look after your lips.
Right?
I mean, you are implying that whatever you are reviewing is lousy because it doesn't help your chapped lips at all.

Unless you want to give a bad review, you better have plump, nice lips that don't have skin flaking everywhere. *gross*

And also, the products don't even seem to make their lips pinker at all?!
Hmmm maybe their lip colour was terrible at first.

And I don't know what the last one was doing, her pose looks terrible.
*cue duck face* 

Sorry if I sound so bloody stuck-up, it's because I'm real proud of my lips so I really want to show them off :)
In case you missed my Lip Ice post, look here.
This is how real lips should look like!

MUAHAHAHA

I was reading Xiaxue's blog entry on how to get Angelababy's lips (here) and then I was thinking, 'so pretty... I should learn that too'.
And then, I realised that
MY LIPS WERE ALREADY LIKE THAT.
like almost exactly, the coveted cupid's bow shape.

You jelly? You jelly? (some weird slang for jealous that's really in right now lol)
Die of jealousy!!! MUAHAHAHAHA!

So sorry I'm pretty much high on ego right now ^^

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mentholatum Lip Ice in Strawberry, SPF 15

Okay I'll do another lip balm post!

This was the second lip balm I bought, after Maybelline's Soothing Cherry lip balm! (see post)
I bought it in Laos when I was on an OCIP (overseas community involvement programme) for about 2.30 SGD (rough calculation) which is obviously only half the price here ^^ (about 4.30 SGD)

I originally intended to get it for my mum but she fell in love with the Burt's Bees lip balm instead (post, here) so she gave it to me instead. I'm glad she did! 




Sorry the pictures are kinda unclear, it's 'cos the balm is so translucent the camera can't really pick it up.
I was trying to focus on the tip and in the end I got so fed up with the lazy method of auto-focusing I just turned it on manual focus and adjusted and... viola! Slightly better. (I didn't upload the blurred ones though)

The camera actually picked up colour better when I put my hand there, so pardon my ugly fingers. 

I usually use this balm during the terrible three-hour lecture hell day because it has the 'oily' feel that I really need and the scent is not too strong, so it won't distract me much.

Why not use Burt's Bees? You may ask.
Well, because Burt's Bees gives heavy moisture but it has a matt/ dry feel, which I don't want during cold lecture periods- I want the oily feeling!
Okay I'm kinda contradicting myself in my previous posts but whatever, I just want that oily feel even though Burt's Bees gives me more moisture.

I think I'm developing a compulsive lip balm applying habit gosh :X

You should know from the brand name that this lip balm gives this 'icy' feeling after application. Burt's Bees gives me that feeling too, and it's actually because of the peppermint I think? Try putting toothpaste on your lips (toothpaste dries out your skin though) and that's the feeling you will get.

I'm not sure about how natural their ingredients are but I think it shouldn't matter much unless you are some organic health-conscious person.
If you are, Burt's Bees would be a safer bet- but not many shops in Singapore sell them. Just be warned.

You can like Lip Ice's page on Facebook for free samples!
Look at how cute the sample is!!




I have the same thing for the Lip Ice Sheer Colour balm~
I think the sheer colour sample giveaway is over though :( You can go to the Malaysia page to check, maybe they still have stock? That's where I got mine ^^
I keep them in my little pouch and bring them around everywhere- so convenient and cute! They should totally sell the samples ._.

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Loves: Oily feel, great for cold places
Hates: None! Er.... coverage doesn't last long actually
Rating: 8/10
Price: I think it goes around 4.30 SGD at Guardian, Watsons, SASA etc.

Maybelline Baby Lips- Soothing Cherry, Mango Pie, Baby Lips, Pink Blast

Hey guys~ 
Today, I'll be reviewing several lip balms~
I know, I know, it's kinda my fault for procrastinating and putting this off so much.

But it's not entirely my fault that I have term tests AND I've been busy with the new layout!  *nods furiously*
Plus I found so many cute favicons online and got distracted....  *guilty face*

Okay. I'll be reviewing the Maybelline range of lip balms, Smoothing Cherry, Mango Pie, and the new range of tinted lip balms- Baby Pink and Pink Blast!



Let's start with my first purchase nearly two years back- Smoothing Cherry! Back then, I was this baby-faced teenager with absolutely no zits and I didn't give a hoot about skincare. No cleanser, no toner, nothing!

Actually sometimes I think using so many products may conversely worsen the condition of my skin.... oh well. 


But I digress.

Anyway, I bought the lip balm (Cherry) on my friend's recommendation... It's a long story but I fell in love with it because it smelt so nice~ Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm a sucker for nice scents. Sometimes I dab it behind my ears... 
And my bf likes it! *hehe*

The scent is so fruity and delicious, it makes you want to eat it.



Delicious, no? 

Mango Pie's scent comes off as more artificial to me but it's nice nonetheless.

It has a less oily feel when applied as compared to Cherry but it's equally moisturising.
I prefer to use Mango in school because it has a lighter scent, less sticky, and does not have a tell-tale 'oily' or 'shiny' look, so I'm not tempted to wipe off my balm like I sometimes do for Cherry cos it gets sticky and annoying when I'm out of air-conditioned places.




The last two tinted balms have the same scent, Mixed Berry, which smells like raspberries  tons of different berries mixed together.






Either way, it smells so divine!

The scent is definitely more subtle than the previous two and not so artificial, and is less sticky/oily. It doesn't provide a lasting cover moisture-wise so I found that I had to constantly re-apply during my crazy triple lecture day, which really got my goat.

If you ask me, Lip Ice's Sheer Colour Lip Balm (review here) is waaaay better because:


1) Angled tip means easier application (see Lip Ice post)!

Maybelline's lip balms are all flat-tipped. That's okay if it has no tint, but these two have (no matter how light they are- talk about that in a minute), and so I find it immensely difficult to apply them confidently without a mirror because it'll probably go all over the edge of my lips and I'll get clownish big smackers.   

2) It has a deeper shade! Come on, I don't want to apply the balm over and over again just 'cos I want some colour in my lips.


3) It is cheaper. I got mine for 5.30 BDN (same as SGD) and the Maybelline tinted ones are 6.90 SGD at SASA, like seriously, so expensive for so little colour- might as well buy some cheapo lipstick with the money.

I shouldn't be complaining though 'cos I got mine on offer during the Chinese New Year sales for only 8 SGD for two!! Newly manufactured somemore hehehe.
Okay okay I'll stop before y'all bash me to bits :D

I've added my thoughts into nice tables for your easy reference :3




Between the four lippies....




...and the tinted balms!

Oh there's not much colour difference between the two Maybelline ones so might as well get which ever one looks cuter to you on the outside.
See below photo for proof.
I had to put it on white paper because you can barely see it when applied on the back of my hand, which again tells you how crazily light they are.

Pricing: 5.90 SGD for non-tinted balms and 6.90 SGD for tinted balms.

That's it from me :)
Super long post right!
In short, GET LIP ICE SHEER COLOUR IF YOU WANT A TINTED BALM.

Bye-bye!






Update as of June '13: I have decided that I am going for a natural look now and I much prefer the Maybelline lip balms now! Lip Ice Sheer Colour seems a tad bit strong for summer :P Sorry for the harsh reviews hahah!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Layout

Hey guys~

I've been working on a new layout for a while now, so please be patient!

Not everything is working very smoothly so you may see some rough edges (I'll be doing it over a few days) but eventually everything will turn out perfect!

What I'm most excited about is the fact that this code allows comments. *cheers*

Wait for it! :)