spring orange

by prettymom on 2013-09-01 21:50 • Send feedback »


it's first day of spring down under!

it's also my first fotd in a long time. i'm kinda excited i can wear more makeups now!

light orange eyes

initially my eyes were makeup free, but it looked too plain so i added a bit of orange to match my orange lips. it'd be perfect if eye liners and mascaras were applied. but i ran out of time.

maybelline color tattoo in tenacious teal

by prettymom on 2013-08-28 15:27 • Send feedback »


this is another long overdue post. maybelline color tattoo was one of the most talked about item when it first came to the market. it's said to be the affordable version of mac paint pots. everyone wanted to get their hands on it, including mine. as usual, it took a while to come to australia and this is the very first color tattoo i bought. why i haven't blogged about this is beyond me.

maybelline color tattoo in tenacious teal

maybelline color tattoo in #40 tenacious teal. it retails at aud$11.95. of course you don't have to pay for full price if you can wait for discounts and pricelines has discounts all the time.

maybelline color tattoo in tenacious teal

it comes in a big glass-like pot. the packaging is quite bulky. if you look from the side, the amount of product is quite thin. however i'm not too bother with it since i've never finished anything! i've had this for over a year and i've only made a very small dent.

maybelline color tattoo in tenacious teal

the view from the bottom, where you can view the color of the eye shadow.

maybelline color tattoo in tenacious teal

the color of tenacioius teal.

maybelline color tattoo in tenacious teal - swatch

this color is wysiwyg, ie just as in the pot. it's very vibrant and very intense.

while it's called 'cream gel shadow' it's more of a creamy texture. very smooth and blendable.

the product is marketed as long wearing and crease proof. i'm more interested in the crease proof property.

when swatched at the back of my hand, it is long lasting. i didn't purposely clean it off washing my hand throughout the day, while the color fades slightly, it's still there. i had to use makeup remover to remove at the end of the day.

on my eyes, the color is still vibrant after a few hours. however, it creases! a vibrant intense teal line on the crease in just 2 hours! of course the problem is fixed when eye primer is used. like many other products that promise creased proof, i can't wear this just by itself. i even tried the layering method and nope, i still need a good eye primer.

this is a great color to be used as a base to brighten your blue toned eyeshadows. if you have blue eyeshadows but can't get the required color intensity, this is your friend.

warning. make sure you screw tight the cap. i've had this for over a year, the product is start to show signs of drying even though i make sure the cap is tightly closed after use. it's still usable, but not as creamy as when i first used it.

color tattoo vs mac paint pots? compared with the only one paint pot i have, the product consistency is quite close. paint pot seems creamier. both can be used as base. both crease on me unless primer is used. i can't compare on the color intensity because i have soft orchre and it's a skin tone color. paint pot also dries up slowly as time goes by but it's easier to work with when it's less creamy.

revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in adore and smitten

by prettymom on 2013-08-21 21:57 • 2 feedbacks »


this is a long overdue post. a review of something i purchased quite a while ago.

revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in adore and smitten

earlier this year selected brands were 50% off at chemist warehouse. i've been eyeing on revelon's just bitten kissable balm stain since it was launched a few months prior. they look like affordable version of clinique's chubby sticks, which i didn't buy due to the price factor. i was trying to hold back buying these since i already have too many lipsticks. but the 50% discount was simply irresistable!

revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in adore and smitten

i wanted to buy all the colors! but i tried to limit the purchase and narrowed it down to adore and smitten.

revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in adore and smitten

both are the darker colors in the range.

revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in adore and smitten - swatch

swatch of adore and smitten.

about the product

Just Kissable is a pampering balm fused with a lightweight lipstain that gives you softer, smoother lips with a perfect flush of colour that lasts hour after hour. What’s more it comes in an adorable chubby crayon form – and no sharpener required!


  • Lightweight Lipstain + Moisturising balm
  • Perfect flush of colour lasts hour after hour (3 hours)
  • Retractable chubby crayon, no sharpener required
  • Ultra-moisturising formula glides on for baby soft lips with light peppermint fragrance
  • Smooth gel formula gives your lips that shiny kissable look & feel
  • Baby soft lips that feel supple, conditioned, moisturised and look fuller
  • 100% of women felt lips were moisturised with a soft stain of colour

my thoughts

it has a light minty fragrance that fades quite quickly after application.

it is very moisturizing and glides on smoothly. it feels like a balm. when my lips aren't super dry it can be applied directly on the lips without lip balms. however if you're relying on the balm properties and if your lips are dry, it's not very long lasting. so i'd suggest, use a balm anyway.

usually with moisturizing color lip products i do not expect staying power. i was really surprised that it lasts! not lasts-all-day kind of staying power but long enough. the glossiness fades fairly quickly but leaves lovely stain on the lips. this explains the word 'stain' in its name. the stain will be quite difficult to remove initially but it will slowly fade. very slowly. keep in mind that the colors i chose are quite dark so it probably lasts longer than lighter colors.

most chubby lip crayons gives a nice sheer finish. revlon just bitten balm stain also gives more color payoff with more layers. just take a look at the photos below, with 1 swipe of color on the left and 3 to 4 swipes of colors on the right.

revlon just bitten kissable balm stain - adore
revlon just bitten kissable balm stain - smitten

they comes in a convenient package. its twist up features means not sharpening required. it's so convenient to carry around in my bags too.

i love it! i also love the 2 colors i bought. if i'm not on spending ban, i'd get all the colors!

revlon just bitten kissable balm stain is available in 10 vibrant shades and retails at aud$17.95.

arbonne lipstick in scarlet

by prettymom on 2013-08-11 21:25 • Send feedback »


arbonne lipstick in scarlet

arbonne lipstick in scarlet. it's a perfect color for winter / fall. it's also perfect for the great gatsby inspired looks that's been around beauty blogs lately.

arbonne lipstick in scarlet

the first thing i noticed was the sturdy sleek matte black case it comes in. looks simple yet modern.

arbonne lipstick in scarlet - swatch

the color is quite pigmented and glides on smoothly. it's matte yet it doesn't feels as drying as most matte lipsticks. with my very dry lips i still need the help of lip balm prior to application.

arbonne lipstick in scarlet

please excuse my very dry lips...

the color looks deep red from the tube. while it looks like deep brick red when swatched, it leans towards burgundy tone when applied on my lips.

you can make the color appears more red or more brown or more plum with it's respecitive tone lip pencil as base.

this is one of my favorite color this season because it makes my complexion appears paler. yes, i love being snow white!

being matte the staying power is fairly good. and being dark color the color only fades slightly after drinks. if i don't eat oily food and without touch-ups, by the end of the day it's lovely stain on my lips.

quite a good qualitiy lip product, from the packaging to the lipstick itself.

arbonne lipstick retails at aud$37, is available in 14 shades and can be purchased from independent consultants or from the website.

product was sent for consideration.

jeunesse luminesce essential body renewel

by prettymom on 2013-08-09 13:37 • Send feedback »

reviewbody care

are you contantly battling with dry skin? are you also trying to maintain your skin's youthfulness?

i am. i have dry skin. the condition always gets worse at this time of the year when it gets cold and dry. 

today i'm going to review a product that not only claims to moisturize but also rejevenates your skin.

jeunesse essential body renewel

luminesce essential body renewel.

about the product:

Luminesce™ essential body renewal delivers the ultimate in deep hydration. This exclusive body lotion has been specially formulated with optimal ingredients under the expertise of world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Nathan Newman to help boost collagen formation, improve skin elasticity, and protect against the signs of premature ageing. Luminesce™ essential body renewal gently nourishes, restores, and softens all skin types, particularly in rough and dry areas, without clogging your pores.

Luminesce™ essential body renewal uses a powerful phospholipid delivery system to penetrate and replenish your thirsty skin by locking in moisture and stimulating cellular renewal. This luxurious lightweight formula contains potent antioxidant-containing botanicals to help protect your cells and encourage your body’s natural processes to produce more proteins like collagen and elastin. Luminesce™ essential body renewal provides instant and  xceptionally long-lasting dry skin relief to men and women, revealing a healthy, ultra-radiant complexion, all day, every day.

more information about the technology used in luminesce products, check out this video.

jeunesse essential body renewel

the product comes in a elgant sleek grey tube. it has a flat metal cap on the other and this is where i'm bringing your attention to. see the hole on the cap? that's where product is dispensed. you do not twist open the cap to get the product. what a clever design! if you often clumsily drop caps when using products, you'll love this design.

jeunesse essential body renewel

the consistency of the lotion is light weight and thinner than most lotions that are marketed for dry skin and delivers deep hydration.

it spreads easily and instantly relieves the discomfort of dry skin - the tightness and itchiness. skin feels nourished and refreshed and softer too! i love that you don't feel like carrying extra weight on your skin like most thicker creamier lotion do.

in addition, it's light fragrance is lovely and soothing. it disappears soon after application. i wish this fragrance could stay longer!

if you have normal to dry skin, this satisfies your thirsty skin.

if you have serious dry skin problem that's as dry as sahara dessert, you'll probably be disappointed that the hydration isn't long lasting. on my very dry skin, all the goodness i felt on application starts to disappear and discomfort starts to emerge around 2 to 3 hours later. but, this is a common problem i face especially at this time of the year. to date i've yet found anything that satisfies my winter skin and provided the desired long lasting, ie all day, effect.

i think this might work better for me if it's used during the summer months.

the 150ml tube lasted me around 2.5 weeks. with re-applications to my arms and legs from time to time. however i find that skin felt best when it's applied immediately after shower with patted 95% dry skin.

as with the produce's claim to repair and protect against premature aging, with less than 3 weeks usage it's hard to detect any visible improvements. you probably need continual use to see the benefits.

jeunesse essential body renewel

luminesce essential body renewel retails at aud$48.35. for stockist information please visit http://www.jeunesseglobal.com/ or call (02) 8007 3116.

product was sent for consideration.