beauty · review

Lacura Stepping Out Makeup Applicator

2017-03-06_02-07-54Lacura is Aldi’s homebrand for beauty and makeup stuff

I have been wanting this since it appeared on Aldi’s catalogue last month, usually the remaining stock will have a slightly reduced price. After waiting for four weeks, because I was too lazy to make a special trip just for this, I got the electronic make-up applicator for $9.95 AUD, it’s not bad from the original price.

The unit comes with a cover, instructions and five applicators: 3 sponge and 2 fluffy pillows. The first main flaw is the sticky back of the sponge, which will adhere to the plastic unit of the applicator. I am not sure how many washes that back can last, already I am happy with the fact that this was a cheap buy.

It has two speed, fast and slow. The instructions say to use slow for medium and high coverage of foundation, and fast for powder and light coverage. Motor is not very strong, so I had to be gentle. Basically just hold the unit and let the tapping do the work. I tried to apply a little force, and the motor almost stopped.

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I used my Laneige BB cream to test this out, the sponge is pretty normal. After letting the sponge take some of the BB Cream, no more than my usual amount if I were to use the cushion. Then I used a setting powder to try out the fluffy sponge. Honestly the fluffy sponge was useless, because it ain’t fluffy!!

Verdict

Given Aldi’s nightmarish returns policy, I was happy just to try and see if this was a good product. Well, can’t expect too much from a cheap item. I did like the coverage it provided me with the foundation, but the powder stage is a disappointment. Yes, there are a lot of better make-up applicators out there, but honestly, have to give these small names a try yes?

I think I will need a good foundation soon, the BB cream can’t hide my sleep deprivation….

2017-03-06_02-07-12I wonder how long will it take for the Lacura Stepping Out to die?

book · review

Prejudice Meets Pride Review

Prejudice Meets Pride
Author: Rachael Anderson
Series: Meet Your Match 1
Genre: Romance
Publisher: HEA Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-1941363072

Prejudice Meets Pride … just your normal romance story

I remember getting this from Instafreebie, I am still unsure how I ended up subscribing it, but they do have good books once in a while. Plus, I have not been reading pure romance stories for a while now, there are so many genres to explore, and a single genre books seem to be unexciting at the moment. Glad to know that this is not true.

In the hands of skill author Rachel Anderson, Prejudice Meets Pride is about prideful Emma Mackie and prejudiced Kevin Grantham. Right from the started I wanted to slap Kevin, yup, because he is such a jerk! Ah yes, I have fallen into the trap of relating to my characters already.

When Emma turns up in Colorado Springs, moving into an old home with her two nieces, she was at a loss. She no longer recognizes her life, to top that off, she has to find a way to finance her new family. Then comes Kevin, who seems to be a nice guy, until he starts to complain about his new neighbor’s battered old car.

After a few wrong foot, Kevin and Emma finally somehow find common ground. There are some moments of hilarity, particularly when the foot was in his mouth. Overall, you have to know that all romance stories will have romantic times right? So there are a few hiccups, not as many romantic moments though.

Not to say that this book is not romantic, it is. If you are thinking about 999 flowers and lovely dates, this might not be your book.

Verdict

Prejudice Meets Pride is a funny, heart- warming book about two people falling in love. Click To Tweet

Prejudice Meets Pride may be fun and touching, it is still a single genre romance. Having read so many multi- genre books, I appreciate the simplicity of having just one theme to write about. This also reinforces my own reading habits, while I recommend this book, I will not be returning much to romance genre (alone) for a while. The book world has too much to offer, too many books my reading list to enjoy a single theme book.

beauty · thoughts

Questing For : Makeup Foundation

Foundation, my questing prize!

I threw away my last foundation and primer, it was lousy, despite being Covergirl. By that I mean it lasted half and hour. And the shade no longer fit me. I had turned a deathly shade of pale, mainly due to hiding from the sun too much during the forty degree heat (not Fahrenheit, Celsius!). Ever time I go back to Malaysia, I have envious looks from my relatives, Prince Brat too! we are like the fairest of them all, I hope no one gives us any poison apples soon. Trouble with me and foundation is my laziness.

I haven’t been using any makeup, and I think most of it is due to be thrown away Q.Q. I am writing this post in hope that someone may take pity on me and suggest a good and reasonably priced foundation.

What I tried

Maybelline Liquid Mousse

I had this liquid mousse for a while, it was more curiosity how it works. I applied it using my fingers, since I didn’t own a beauty blend then. The liquid mousse when on smoothly, and it blended quite well. Unfortunately it did not last the 16 hours as it claims. How I know? I worked twelve- hour shifts then, so by the time I return home, there were no foundation left.

It did say for normal skin, so probably it had run away with my face oil. Bleh

MAC Studio Powder Plus Foundation

I am not sure if Amazon sells the original stuff, but you can visit the store here (not affiliated) and see for yourself. This Studio powder plus is a medium matte coverage that doubles as a face powder. So you won’t have to add more during the day. For me, it was a one layer application, since I am a fan of light to medium coverage. Lasted a long time, even with daily use, actually about eight months…

For durability, I would say pretty good, at least it stayed on for the twelve hour shifts.

After that, I am using  BB Cream because I had no more decent foundation left, and was too lazy to get some more. I could get them online, but everyone knows that you need to try them on for the correct match. At present, I am getting away with BB cream, but will need a better coverage product one day.

What I feel like trying

Clinique’s Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup

Apparently is a gel- cream that can control oil and sheen, promising matte and satin finish. It also had been tested against fading and streaking, so I am curious to see how it holds up to its promise.

Max Factor Second Skin Foundation

Max Factor boasts a nude and natural finish with its multi- tonal pigments. It is also water base, so I am keen on trying this foundation. Although I am not sure how it would last being a water based product. Maybe I could use a setting spray.

As there are so many in the market, does anyone has one to recommend?

book · review

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga 1 ) Review


Frostblood
Author: Elly Blake
Series: The Frostblood Saga 1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13: 978-0316273251

Frost Blood vs Frostblood

The cover I got from the library is a rose covered with ice, it is not as cool looking as the top one, which looks eerily like Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series. Thankfully, the contents are pretty different, I think 😉 honestly there similarities when you compare both stories, but hey what else is new nowadays right? No, they are both books that are worth your time, and Ruby and Mare Barrow are different types of heroines.

2017-02-13_08-22-34 I wasn’t looking for a new book to read, only that it was sitting on the shelf, and I had read a few positive reviews for Frostblood. If it isn’t an invitation to read, what is?  I never did learn Ruby’s last name, not sure if she actually has one, or it is a secret till the last moment. All her life, she had to suppress her powers, less people know of her abilities and try to get her killed. She is in the wrong country after all, Fireblood and Frostblood are at war, and she’s on Frostblood territory.

If you are asking why she’s on the wrong land, beats me. Turns out that the history that Ruby knows is somewhat wrong, and the real version is much more interesting. Together with Arcus, Ruby tries to overthrow that blood thirsty king that was threatening her life. Arcus is a grumpy guy with a one track mind, but he does soften for Ruby. The ending is pretty cool, something that prepares us for her next book.

Verdict

Frostblood is a promising series for young adults, if you are a fan of Red Queen you will like this too! Click To Tweet

It might be unfair to compare it with Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen, Frostblood is a different story after all. Both girls have powers they both love to suppress, they are in very different circumstance. If you love the Red Queen series, you will like Ruby in Frostblood, so feisty and full of fire.

beauty · review

Natures Organics Baby : Review By Princess Brat

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Natures Organics Shampoo and Moisturiser review

I have received these two bottles as a trial team member for a beauty website, I do not receive any compensation for my trial and review, but I do get these to keep. As you all know, Princess Brat has severely dry skin, Prince Brat’s skin problems have cleared a little, but I still use moisturizing agents frequently.

When these landed on my doorstep, time for a trial.

Organic Care Baby Moisturiser

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Brat thinks it’s edible

In a way, Natures Organics would be safe to eat, its main ingredients for the moisturisers are coconut oil, oatmeal flour and sustainable palm oil, among other things. The brand boasts to be free from fragrance, petrochemical cleansers, SLES, SLS, ALES, ALS, mineral oil, parabens. Plus it is vegan as well, point of thought for some I guess, less of an issue for me. And of course, most (dare I say all?) Australian beauty brands are cruelty free, this one too.

If Brat ate this by mistake, I am sure it only tastes horrible. It smells like Indian coconut candy to me, I love those things. This is my second food smelling product, first one being Body Shop’s Vanilla Chai Body Butter. Honestly, I am more of a fan of Vanilla Chai than Coconut oil.

Does it work? Honestly, it is a good moisturiser for people with normal to slightly dry skin. If you have sensitive skin and are not allergic to the ingredients, I am sure you will love it. The silky feel of the lotion going onto your skin is lovely, and there is no residue because it is mostly natural.

However, as Princess’ skin is so dry she itches, it hardly made any improvement at all. Well, she did stop scratching for five minutes to take another picutre

 Organic Care Baby Conditioning Shampoo

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Use Natures Organics, it is good for babies!

We are not affiliated with this brand in any way, but I think Brat will make a good spokesbaby.

The Guar is the natural conditioning agent, while cherry flower and dandelion is more for the redness related problems. So if you have sensitive scalp, this might be worth trying. It does say suitable for all ages, and if Brat can use it, so can you.

The purple label is pretty cute, and it comes in a pump size. My only problem is its consistency, it is pretty thick. I had to use it as a bath as well, because the one pump was too much. Princess didn’t mind it, because the lather doesn’t sting. It also smells faintly of coconut oil, which made her really tasty. It washes off fine, but required a few more rinse than usual.

Verdict

I am blessed that Australian Beauty companies have focus on natural and sustainable products, and it does not cost an arm and a leg. Compared to my friends in Malaysia, I could easily afford to buy these without breaking the bank. Do you know that Sukin cost around RM 80 for a product that costs only AUD14?

Natures Organics Baby products are another new product line that is aimed at babies, or people with sensitive skin. Since I am spoiled for choice, I will recommend it if you see it being sold, but it is nothing special. Not worth looking high and low for it, but if you see it give it a go.