A makeup expert I am not but you know that. I try, maybe. There are no perfect wings to my eyeliner nor cheekbones perfectly highlighted. I can’t contour to save my life. Fact is, the word to depict my makeup rituals would be messy. But when I suggested to Dahlia Nadirah that I want to experiment and blog about her brand, she said yes. So I made some coffee and poured the entire content of the package onto my work desk. I sat with my bare eyes and matching without foundation face to play with some products. And so, here are my novice thoughts on new lip colours, a BB cream and a mascara.
SERI BB CUSHION (NATURAL)
Seri BB Cushion in Natural
I am no expert in foundation. I would usually go medium coverage or totally barefaced. And with my recent acquisition of freckles that I quite like, I wanted to go lighter and barely there. This BB cushion is perfect and it is exactly what I’m looking for. It oxidizes really fast and it evens out my skin tone. It smells lovely too, like spring. I’ve actually added this to my makeup bag because I like it so much.
THE GINCU LIP CREAM
Left to Right: Asyik / Inang
I have heard so much about this lip cream. I have seen them on celebrities, beauty bloggers / YouTubers, my girlfriends and girls I follow on Instagram and now I know why. They are amazing. Now, I own a fair amount of lip creams and they are from brands both expensive and affordable and let me tell you, most of them suck! They are either too drying or the colour doesn’t stay. So.Lek offers up barely there, soft-matte and most importantly, long-lasting lip creams. I got the whole collection of Tari Gang – a nude, earthy, brownish tone series from the brand.
Left to Right: Zapin / Joget
This is definitely my favourite product from the pile. If you know me, mascara is a staple in my beauty rota. I am not blessed with long, beautiful lashes. I have terribly stubby eyelashes so I prefer the more powerful mascaras. So let me introduce you Lentik – an amazing mascara from So.Lek. This mascara didn’t clump at all, yet lace my lashes with incredible volume, which open up my already ginormous eyes.
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Website / Shop: www.solekcosmetics.com and www.prettysuci.com
I am lucky enough to experience almost the entire realm of Skinsaikel products. Skincare, I suppose, was never a passion of mine. I could never stick to a routine because I find it rather tedious and a time consuming endeavor, especially when I’m in a morning rush or a tired night. However, at 33 my skin’s texture has changed. It is coarser and far more dry. I also suffer from having combination skin – greasy as doughnut in some areas, dry and flaky like a desert in others and of course the occasional volcanic blemish. We as women collapse when our skin disobeys us. It’s been 4 weeks since I began my Skinsaikel regime. I perform it day and night with army discipline. My face is more dewy, more supple; the few lines that I do have are less pronounced and seem to have become more shallow. Honestly, I can’t believe it took me so long to find and use these products. And that’s the truth. I’m not being paid, why would I lie to you?
My skin is far more dry this time of year with the unbearable heat and the dust doing a lot of damage to the skin, but I refuse to deny myself these grand pleasures – which makes these products solid essentials for me. The steps go as follows: cleansing, toning, followed by moisturiser and concluding in the standard eye cream. Together, they create a calming blanket of layers. Once a week I will exfoliate and use the mask which smells heavenly. The results I’ve seen thus far are definitely keeping me diligent.
The Gentle Cleanser is soap free. A modest amount circled over the face is enough to remove all the dirt and excessive make-up accumulated throughout the day. I like to use my Konjac sponge from Sephora to really scrub all the impurities away. It leaves my skin glowing too. It’s a long lasting product which makes it worth the price. The Vitalising Antioxidant Mist is, for lack of a better word; WONDERFUL. It also doubles as a toner and it smells refreshing. If you were to only buy one product from this post, I would undoubtedly recommend this toner/face mist. The Gentle Moisturizer and Youthful Eye Cream are light, but also, hydrating. It smooths onto the face wonderfully. They make for an incredible (hydrating) duo. It works like magic, I promise. The 1 Minute Facial + Exfoliant is a formula of both AHA and BHA, the two components to help remove dead skin layers and enhance skin turnover. The Radiant Antioxidant Mask is a personal weekly pleasure. A humble amount of this all over my face is a soothing relief; my skin relaxes.
I adore Skinsaikel, they are down-to-earth, environmentally friendly (100% vegan-friendly, cruelty free, free from parabens, sulphates, synthetic colours or fragrance, and other evil ingredients) and ultimately, their products proved effective for me.