So there I was at SaSa feeling the pinch of recession, not to mention depression when I stumbled across this "Lip Spa" kit. Complete with lip dye, lip gloss, and ... *drum roll please* ... lip balm! I was hooked, and I admit it was the lip balm that banished my woes of depression far, far, far away. Or maybe it was the Step 1, Step 2, Step 3 process. Or the cute Japanese looking packaging (which by now is in some big trash collection center somewhere I am sure .. not decomposing as I type .. so what? We all gonna die anyway. *choi!*), but maybe, just maybe it was the hope that there was actually a product in the market that would even out my lip color tone and make me all pletty while I was feeling ... not so pletty.
Step 1 Lip Tattoo Spread a tiny amount on your lips and wait for the white (which turns to pink or red, depending on your body heat I imagine, or lips, or chemistry.. bla bla bla) goop to dry into 'your custom shade'. It has taken (depending on how humid or dry its been of late) anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes. It doesn't taste bad, but I wouldn't go recommending you lick it to try.
Step 2 Anti-age lip gloss. Now this is where I get all paranoid. In the instruction leaflet they include with the cute Japanese packaging, it says its one of the first products (with regards to this whole tinting of the lips, or teats, or even.. O.O down there .. ya... dun look like that lar .. O.O ... they wrote it, I read it and now telling you .. *paiseh*) that includes an anti-aging lip gloss. My theory is that the Step 1 Lip Tattoo is just plain out drying. If not, why they bother to give a super nice lip balm for us to use at night? OOo..damn..that's the next step.
But like I was saying, typing.. writing... I got all paranoid thinking "why would I need an anti-age gloss if all I really want is to tint my lips.. omg.. is this tinting thing going to dry me out so bad that it'll prematurely age me?!!" ... ya lar.. imagination went a bit wild..
Step 3 Lip Masque Nite Treatment This is when I had an inkling this product was made for us Asians to get suckered into. No one calls lip balm a 'Masque'. And true enough... thinking this product was from Japan cause of the cute packaging.. they bluff lar. It's from the USA.. but then I got all confused cause they mentioned something about Italy and Japan..and I went.. huh? But I have to say that I love the lip balm, its sooo moisturising and smells soooo good. BUT.. and huge BUTT... they blooody only gave half only! I mean.. you'd think they'd give you the full damn stick right? But no.. they only gave half! Bloody cheapskates.
So has it worked. Wait, lemme go get mirror to check.
The Result I think it works. It may be my eyes, but somehow or rather I think it works. I've used the product for about two weeks, and haven't for the last day to see if I've had any results. And I can say, there is 'some' improvement'.
I guess if I really wanted pink lips, I should just go get an actuallip tattoo hor. Somemore... long run..cheaper.. less hassel.. I just don't want to turn out like one of mom's friend who looks like she's has a constant 'smacked the wall with her lips' look.
Finally my post on the blending brushes that I have. All 3 of em!
I'll start with The Body Shop Blending Brush, recommended by Oprah herself! And yes, though its all soft and blends really, really, really well, I do have a few qualms with it. But the price was not bad though. Around RM30 (I think). Ok, back to the 'qualms', firstly people I have smmmalllll Asian eyes lar, and from what I've heard there are even smallller Asian eyes out there, so common why are the bloody hairs on that thing like a mile long? And everytime I use it, it blends further than I was aiming to go. Like two miles further than I initially planned. But its soft and dun scratches my precious soft eyelids!
Second brush, the infamous Stage Makeup Blending Brush. Ok, I admit.. the price wasn't and isn't worth it. I think about RM60-90 qua? I can't remember la, but I do remember that I was desperate for a good blending brush to try and hone my 'smokiee eyeball looks'. Waste of money la - and ya la, I should have called my friends (you know who u arrr horrrs) for advise before I wasted my mon.. I mean.. before I bought the brush cause bloody hell la... everytime I use it, it feels like I'm rubbing sawdusting paper onto my eyelids. And you know that they are precious ya? (>.<) So painfuls. Oh.. and as you can tell.. even though the lenght is perfect for us Asian small eye people, there doesn't seem to be enough bristles to do a proper job.
Last brush. Oh.. I am loving this little bugger. Cheap and good! Cheap and good! Cheap and gooooood! RM16 ONLY!!!! From...*drum roll please* ... *trumpets please* ... *timble please* ...
Just enough bristles, just enough length, and just enough softness, and Cheep! So cheep! Omg ... My favorite.. and just incase.. hehehe.. I went out and bought one more for when I travel. Cause you never know la, I just might lose the first one here or there, so better safe than sorry.
Ooh talking about travel brushes.. who wants me sell (tee hee, or give) me their Lumiere Blending Travel Brush? Yes, the one out of the travel set ... Kekekekeke..
So ya la, there you have it, my review on blending brushes!
Oh just incase anyone was wondering if I was going to throw away the Stage brush, no la. But I am planning on marinating it in clothing softener first to see if can soften the damn thing. Ok la, I'll be nice, first I'll marinate it in hair conditioner, and when that doesn't work I'll just dunk the whole thing in clothing softener la!
I have been in search of the perfect blending brush. So far I "think" i have 3. But I could be wrong.
The first one I bought was from Stage, it was RM100 over. I can't remember how much la. It may have even been RM80, but I really can't remember - wait, more like I dun care, cause I've already spent it, and since I cant' return it, it's mine for life. ... (>.<)
The second one I bought was from The Body Shop. About RM40 .. I think.
The third I bought from Carrefour! For like RM16.
Ya la. Will update you and tell u which one is the best so far.
And Ya LA... I know I wasted money on the Stage brush and that I should have asked 'you all' before I bought it. ....
I admit. I stopped being a Stila 'fan' when I came to Malaysia. It was wayyy expensive for a student's budget (yar lar - back then ok, back then) and ever since then the flames for Stila dimmed a little at a time..and made way for more suber powderfull pigmentation!
Aka M.A.C \(^.^)/ In or Out of water, the shit stays on! Imagine sweat now.. eewll....still stays on.
But when a beautiful birdy told me that Stila was going to close its doors on Malaysia, and then finally the world, of course I jumped at the chance to stock up. Still stocking up actually, tat's why this post is "Part 1", of course got "Part 2" wat.
So ya la, collector that I is, I said, "I WANT TO GO, ALSO, I WANT TO BUY!", and went and bought I did. Sick right? Recession hitting us at a all time high, and pockets at an all time low.. but still... 'buy'... still ... 'spend'... I swear to gawd this whole spending thing is in our Malaysia D.N.A, common think about it.. we don't do pottery or art on the weekeneds, or bike.. or fish.. we.. attack..Malls...
Sick la u people, sick.
Anyhoo, thanks to infamous birdy Beetrice (who recently got poo-pooed by stupid Cherry Culture, they suck, they really do) , I was able to get my panda paws on some Stila! And more apparently to come! ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I Must Have Their Eyeshadow Palattes! I Must Have! Someone sell me theirs cheep cheep if u dun need churs anymore? Hehehe.
One thing I have to say though about Stila, I never really liked their damn cardboard box containers. I have this fear that if it gets wet...it will die. If I squash it in my bag ... it will die. If I put it in my bag, it will open and then my bag will die!
So how? Special rubber band to wrap around it? Ugly la. Special makeupbag to hold it? Well it better be the right size or it will open up there and the rest of the stuff in the bag ... will die...
So how lar? Keep it at home?!
Waste money. I wanna bring it everywhere with me!
Btw, anyone have any ideas on sustaining the cute little light action with compact 1? I wanna use it, but scared that when the battery dies... then I will die trying to hack into it to replace the damn battery...
Oh and for the recording palette 2.. believe it or not..that little bugger got Bass man! Serious... Of course I didn't download my voice, not that Hiao yet.. Can you imagine? I open it up and it goes, "You are Soooooo beautiful Pomme! So! So! So! Beauuuuteeeefooool!"
Instead I placed it infront of my speakers to the lyrics of, "Cause you're beautiful.. something in your eyes.."
Here's the rundown.
Stila Contouring Trio (3 'powdres') Flash, Light, Dark. It's said to be good for contouring the face, cheeks, and eyes, but I just use them as eyeshadows. I've tried to contour but didn't work so well. But as eyeshadows its a really good look for daytime work makeup.
Stila Record a message talking gift palette; the complete classic look. I like this palette, alot, but the lippy/cheek cream is a bit one kind on my Asian skin. Fine, a bit one kind on 'my' skin.
Empty case (hee haw - hee haw, to be used with no.8.
Eyeshadow - yes I am too lazy to take it out of the tin, but it's really nice and light
Eyeshadow - yes I am too lazy to take it out of the tin, but it's got an awesome light sheen to it.
Eyeshadow - yes I am too lazy to take it out of the tin,I know it starts with a C.. that's about it. Awesome base for night makeup.
Eyeshadow - Diamond Lil. It's suber sexy.
Eyeshadow due - Lily, Haven't tried it yet.. kekekekeke.
Plumping effect lippy in Melon Mint (I am loving the taste, too bad no one to kiss)
Plumping effect lippy in Vanilla Mint (Also loving the taste, once again too bad no one to kiss... so the cinabai right?)
Kekekeke...The box that the lippies came in. Not two la, only one can fit.
I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever buy another one of these from any pharmacy ever again. Waste my monee. Wasteee my mooneeee. It was about RM8 I think. And waste my mooooooneeeee. I put in conditioner into one of those 'bottles', and shampoo in the other, and left it over night. In the morning, both burst on me. As in the bottoms cracked and everything leaked out. Waste my moneee...Waste my mooooneeeeeee.
Dun buy. Waste Monee. Cannot get refund in Malaysia. Tupid.
Use empty Body Shop bottles instead. And they are prettier too. Oh and can saveeee monneeee. *sings* Recycle that's what you do! Recycle for me and you!
I have to say, when they have a SALE - go buy their crap. Cause you'll save some.
I mean it's already cheap, but at least its cheap and it workssss - ahem - for my faceeeee. And shockingly enough it works for my mama too! ....For now.
Back to the prices, if you have a friend who somehow is heading to Korea and back, give them a loooong list. The price difference is huge. I got for my mom the Flebeaute Collagenic Collagen Treatment Ampoule Mask, said to be able to firm up old and saggy skin after the first use. It's retailing at about RM159.90 per pack of 5 small "ampoule's" (fancy term for thick toner really), and 5 Collagenic Masks.
I got little brother to pick up a box for my mom in Korea. It cost me ... *gasp gasp choke* RM60. OMG! Bloody Hell! Thank gawd I didn't have itchy hands that day in KL huh? Oh btw, it works. Mom's not all saggy anymore.
Now the only thing is, is to see how long each effect of the mask will last. It's been a day and she still looks quite 'toit'. Kekeke.... (O.o) ... eewwll. The ladies at the shop said once a week. So we shall see hor.
Will update, will update.
P.s Photo courtesy of faceshop's website. P.p.S.s NOTE: If you have saggy skin like the mama, and I'm talking Sharpei-esk then use this product. If you don't, please don't mess with it. I have a friend that bought it and used it for fun, only to have her laugh lines protrude prodominately the very next day! So if you have good skin, dunnnn play play with it! Waste money (alot) while looking like a Sharpei.