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Monday, 30 June 2014

Beauty: Maybelline Hypersharp Liner - Laser Precision

My absolute makeup essentials are BB cream, eyebrow pencil and eyeliner. In fact, eyeliner was my very first step towards learning how to put on makeup. I'm contented with my *ahem* quite big eyes, but still, I love to draw a quick cat-eye/ winged eyeliner before I go out as I find that it defines my eyes better. That's why it's so important for me to have a long-lasting, sharp and easy to use eyeliner!

I've been using liquid eyeliner ever since I found out how quick and sharp the lines are, but it's sooo hard to get a good liquid eyeliner that doesn't smudge and does the job well! I discovered Maybelliner Hypersharp Liner last year at the OnlyBeauty Sale, and I've never looked back since then. I love it for the precision, the colour and the staying power. Not to mention, the price is super pocket friendly! 

I was so excited when the new Maybelliner Hypersharp Liner - Laser Precision was launched. With it's new and improved formula and 0.01mm tip, it's even better than the previous ones! I was going to purchase it as my current one was finishing but I am thankful to be contacted to try this out before I even bought it. Thank you!

From the No. 1 eyeliner brand in Malaysia, Maybelline Hypersharp Liner Laser Precision allows you to have better control and sharper precision when you line your eyes. The simple pen type liner is super lightweight and easy to hold, so you can draw your eyeliner with ease. One difference I noticed in packaing between the Laser Precision liner and the old Hypersharp Liner is the price (duh, the old one costs half of this one only) and this one has a huge "X" design on it. So don't be blur and make the mistake of buying the wrong one, cos I almost did! The Maybelline Hypersharp Liner was designed for people of different lifestyles, so you can draw your eyeliner anyway you want to match your lifestyles, and not worry about its staying power as it lasts all day!

There are 3 colours to choose from - Black, Brown and Soft Black. I got the one in brown, the one with the orange cap.

Look at that sharp and thin brush tip! A first in Malaysia, this 0.01mm ultra-fine tip offers laser sharp precision, and allows you to fill in even the smallest gap between your eyelashes for a more even finish.

I love how easy it is to draw with this eyeliner! I usually prefer finer lines, it's like I'm wearing eyeliner, but not. Hehe. The colour payoff is also good and intense, but not too "in-your-face" as it's a brown liner.

This eyeliner claims that it is smudge-proof thanks to a special polymer coating inspired by mascara. Mind you, Maybelline has some of the best mascaras too so I'm quite confident that it will stay.. The Hypersharp Liner Laser Precision is smudge-proof, humidity-proof (perfect for our weather!), sweat-proof and lasts up to 24 hours!

Let's put it to the test, shall we?

Passed the waterproof test, it doesn't budge at all under running tap water.

For the smudge-test, you can see that it did smudge and flake a little at the last "n" of my name. but otherwise, it stays on quite well.

Now for the removal test, seeing as it passed the previous two. Maybelline Hypersharp Liner Laser Precision is also easy to remove. Just one swipe with my Maybelline Eye Make-up Remover, it comes of quickly and cleanly! With fuss-free and easy removal, it's the best eyeliner for trendy girls on the go!

I usually like to wing out my eyeliner at the sides before filling in the centre and inner corners of my eye. How do you draw yours? :)

Love how easy, precise and smooth the eyeliner feels when I draw it on! Brown eyeliner is perfect for a subtle day look as it looks more natural. I only drew this once, you can go over a few times if you like for a darker finish.

My first time doing eyeliner 'art' ok don't judge. Love how precise and sharp the lines are! I'm sure this design would look better with black liner though.

Before going out for the day. On this day, I had a coffee date, got some shopping done, dropped by the seaside for awhile and attended a food review. What a long day! Wonder if my eyeliner will last the whole day?

Tadaa! I'm not even kidding when I say this eyeliner rocks because it truly lasted the whole day! Mind you, it was a really hot day, especially by the seaside. I was sweating non-stop and I don't usually sweat! Usually my eyeliner leaves me looking like a panda at the end of the day, but with this new formula, the Maybelline Hypersharp Liner Laser Precision did not budge, even if I rubbed my eyes. I honestly think this is a way better and improved version of the previous Hypersharp liner. This is my holy grail eyeliner now!

Define your true self and express your personality with the new Maybelline Hypersharp Liner Laser Precision. How do you like to draw your eyeliner and what's your style like? Share with me, cos I'd love to know, and learn new methods of drawing eyeliner! Hehs. 

You can purchase the Maybelline Hypersharp Liner Laser Precision for RM 35.90 in all participating pharmacies nationwide. Don't forget to show off your #eyeam and #drawyourtrueself looks on Instagram!

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Event: Eskayvie Enriching Your Lives

Last month, I attended my first Butterfly Project event in KL, in collaboration with Eskayvie. It was kinda last minute, someone pulled out so I decided to attend the event, since I was just done with assignments.

Eskayvie is a local brand that has built a strong foundation and a large group of loyal users within a few years of launching. They are usually invited on major TV programs such as Wanita Hari Ini, Nona and more, to speak about their wide range of products. 

The event was held at Pullman Hotel, Bangsar at a beautifully decorated confernce room.

The main objective of the event was to showcase Eskayvie Redianze and the latest addition to their product range, the i-Qids. Eskayvie's innovative products are designed to preserve and promote health and beauty using imported premium natural ingredients.

Mr Wong giving his speech.

Dr Syed Ayob Syid Mustafa Al Qudri is the man behind the research and development of Eskayvie products. He specialises in anti-aging. With 15 years experience in practicing medicine and more than 10 years in formulating biotechnological health and beauty supplements, he is the right man to deliver the talk to us on that day. I really enjoyed his "lecture", it has been awhile since I heard so many scientific terms in a day but it was truly interesting and not to mention, entertaining!
Oh btw, can you believe he's 50 this year? :O

I shall try and elaborate a little about the products we were introduced to that day.
Eskayvie Redianze is an advanced nutritious collagen drink for health and beauty. It has beauty reviving and health restoring properties, such as preventing wrinkles, elimintaing blemishes, promoting fairer skin, minimizes appearance of cellulite, maintaining strong nails & hair and boost skin hydration & radiance. There are many success stories claiming the Redianze health restoring properties such as relieving joint pain, promoting cardiovascular health, boosts immune system, aids in weight control and relieving mental stress.

All you need is 6 days to see visible results. Redianze is 6000 times more potent than vitamin C and 3000 times more potent ahtn Resveratrol and Quercitin. It is formulated with the latest innovative HMCP, AstaReal P2AF, Vitamin C and other natural ingredients. According to Dr Syid, this is his secret to looking so young and healthy at his age!

i-Qids is a cutting edge formula, combining brain nutrients of Memofortex and Omegalinol with other "brain-food" for a synergistic drink that delivers DHA, AHA and PC for kids. i-Qids helps to develop a stronger body, immune system, aids in nervous systerm development, supports memory & alertness and promotes better sleep.

We all know that kids should be nurtured from a young age, right? But don't be mistaken, adults like us can consume this too! We just need a higher dosage of it to stay alert and energetic throughout the day!

After the talk, there was a short Q&A session to win RM500 worth of Eskayvie products! :o Congrats to the winners!

We were then invited to try out the drinks. Here's one of the friendly staff mixing the drinks for us!


Finally got to meet the mama butterfly, Tammy! Hope you recover soon! :)

With the beautiful emcee, Tamina.

Got to meet a lot of other bloggers on that day too. I'm glad I didn't feel left out cos everyone was so friendly. Meet my partner of the day, Nicole! <3

Amelea aka Mocchi :D We were both freaking out cos exams were around the corner lol.

Selfie queen, Shini :p

With two Nicoles! Nicole Yie & Nicole Sim.

New friends that Tammy introduced us to, Bing Xin and Ridley!

There was a yummy buffet set up for us, yay! Hungryyyyy.

Not forgetting, a group photo with all the beautiful bloggers and organisers. Thank you for a fun and interesting experience!

*******Product Review*********

Eskayvie Redianze

Ingredients: Peach powder fructose, hydrolysed marine collagen peptide, AstaREAL P2AF micro algae extract, canthaxantin and beta-carotene.

Price: RM 160 (WM)
           RM 176 (EM) 
           Free shipping, box of 20 sachets

Directions: Just pour the powder in the sachet into a shaker, add 200ml of cold water (or room temperature water) and shake it up! Take preferably oan hour before or after meal and maintain an adequate fluid intake daily.

Thoughts: I've been drinking this for about two weeks now, but sadly, not consistently (because I tend to forget). On days that I consume this, I do feel more energetic and pumped up to do more things (like, blog haha). I think that my complexion has also cleared up a little as there are less visible blemishes on my forehead now. Other than that, I don't see much difference such as whitening, etc. Btw, you'd think this is orange-flavoured but it's actually peach! Super yummy and not too sweet.

Eskayvie i-Qids

Ingredients: Memofortex, Algalithe, Omegalinol (DHA and alpha linoleic), Vitaral, malt extract, creamer, fructose and cocoa powder.

Price: RM59 (WM)
           RM 64 (EM)
           Free shipping, box of 20 sachets

Directions: Just like Redianze, empty one sachet into the shaker with approximately 150ml of cold or room temperature water. Shake or stir it up and consume immediately. Take preferably before breakfast.
Suitable for children above 1 years old (one sachet daily) and for 12 years and above (2 sachets daily).

Thoughts: I actually gave this drink to my little brother to try. I myself have tried it and I do like the chocolatey, creamy taste! However, I find that it's quite hard to dissolve the powder? Or maybe I did not stir/ shake it well. Anyway, I prefer to use a shaker as it leaves a layer of foamy chocolate on top, tastes so good! It's a good breakfast drink/ alternative. Other than that, I don't feel any significant difference other than being more energetic during the day.

Here's to a happier, healthier life!

Log on to Eskayvie's website and Facebook for more details.

Lastly, thank you Butterfly Project for the invitation, can't wait to join more Butterfly activities in the future! Check out Butterfly Project's newly launched website and Facebook for more announcements and events!


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Disclaimer: Even though the products are sponsored, the review is based on my honest personal thoughts, experiences and preference after trying out the products. Effects may vary according to personal health, lifestyle and dosage taken.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Beauty: 3D Beauty Blending Sponge

Girls, I have a question for you. What do you use to apply your makeup? Do you use brushes? Or your fingers? Well, have you heard of this makeup sponge called Beauty Blender?

Beauty Blender is a very popular makeup sponge but it can be quite pricey. I got this Beauty Blender dupe from Supermodel's Secrets instead, the 3D Beauty Blending Sponge, and it works JUST AS WELL! 

The 3D Beauty Blending Sponge is a very versatile make up applicator that is washable, reusable and recyclale. It can be used with all types of makeup and works well damp or dry. It promises flawless foundation application every time and you can put on makeup like a pro because your makeup will be evenly distributed and provide excellent coverage!

There are 2 shapes for this 3D Beauty Blending Sponge - hour-glass/ gourd or tear-drop shaped. Both comes in various colours and Supermodels Secrets will send a random shape and colour to you unless you specifically request and email to them :) Each sponge is approximately 2.25" x 1.5" x 1.5" (L x W x H). These sponges are recommended by top makeup gurus around the world as they help to save makeup usage and prevent wastage. They're also durable and of high quality, but only a fraction of the cost of the original Beauty Blender sponge!

I chose the gourd shaped sponge. Basically, the only difference with the tear-drop shaped one is that it has a "dent" in the centre for better grip. The sponge is hydrophilic and feels so soft and gentle on the skin! Apparently, it has incredible blending ability, highly breathable and the colour will not fade even after many washes.

Grab your favourite foundation or BB cream and put the sponge to use. I'm using my current fave (and first ever) foundation, Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation. Super love the peach smell! You can even use the sponge for liquid or even powder foundation, blushers, concealer, eyeshadow and many more. Wow! Talk about multi-purpose. Just make sure you clean the sponge properly after each use/ make-up product!

Wet the sponge a little to let it expand and feel softer. I kinda just dunked it into a bowl of water, not sure if it's right or not lol.

The sponges are also suitable for all skin types and all ages. For problem skin, this can help to cover blemishes and open pores and leaves a perfect finish. For dry or sensitive skin, it is best to use a damp sponge. You'll get different effects by using a damp or dry sponge but I personally find that the makeup lasts longer with a damp sponge.

Start with your bare face. Skin looks quite good here, quite happy! :D

Squeeze some foudation on the back of your hand and dab the sponge gently to get the product on the sponge.

The wider surface area of the base can be used on the cheeks and forehead. Use a patting and twisting motion to really get the product on your skin.

The tip of the puff is suitable for the wing of your nose and undereyes. Pat gently especially under the eyes as the skin there is more sensitive. I love that its sharp enough to get into the hard-to-reach places, especially the sides of my nose!

I may not be so good at explaining, so see what the founder Michelle has to say about her demo on this sponge!

To ensure the sponge lasts longer, do wash it frequently after use for daily wear. Wash it with a mild cleanser and let it air dry. It's that simple! Sponges get contaminated by bacteria more easily than brushes so make sure you keep it in a clean place and that it dries fully.

I love how smooth my makeup looks here! The foundation goes on much easily and evenly, and there is less wastage than using your fingers, which can be unhygienic too. I'm also obsessed with how soft the sponge feels on my skin! It isn't rough at all and another plus point is it's so easy to use, anyone can do it! Be it for professional or home use, the 3D Beauty Blending Sponge is of the latest fashion technology and is the best makeup tool you'll need to make your life easier!

The sponge is only priced at RM9.90 from Supermodels Secrets! Find it HERE. PLUS, if you key in the discount code "Carinn" upon checkout, you can take RM10 off your purchase! *valid till 31st December 2014*

Till then, please watch this space for future posts on other Supermodels Secrets products!


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Friday, 27 June 2014

Carinn x OOTD: Who Says White Has To Be Boring?

They say the colour white is boring. I, for one, disagree. White is a basic colour and a wardrobe essential that every girl should own. Do you know that a white tee, a white singlet or even a white dress is so easy to dress up or dress down with? I have an LBD, LRD, of course I need a LWD too :p 

My whole outfit is from H&M and Happy2u today :)

White long singlet from H&M // Denim vest from H&M // Sling bag from Coach // Lace-up army boots from Happy2u // Ruffles socks from Cotton On // Diamond floral bandage necklace from Happy2u (here) // Earrings from Diva

Photographer: My sister, Shalinn

Today I'm feeling a little casual, so I decided to wear my simple white tank dress out. I also wanted to showcase my new denim vest, hence the idea for this outfit. It's amazing how a plain ol' white long singlet is easily transformed into a street-worthy outfit just like that. 

Little details matter. I'm kinda obsessed with wearing socks with anything now so can you try and spot my RM6 ruffles socks peeping out from my boots? Hehe. Also, I finally got two more holes punched on my Coach bag, which was a gift from my parents when they travelled to Spain, and now I can finally bring it out! 

I love holidays. I have a ton of outfit posts to do and I'm so excited! So expect to see more of my outfits here PLUS a little surprise ;) Lemme know what you think of this outfit in the comments below? I super appreciate all your comments and criticisms! Do hype on Lookbook if you like my look yea? :) 

If you'd like to see more, you can view my previous Carinn x OOTD post here :)

Love loads,

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