Beauty · thoughts

Makeup Brushes : Why they are an Investment

2017-03-27 10.14.33
suddenly I have 2

Makeup Brushes : How I have 2

Walking into a pharmacy one day, the bigger box of Model Co brushes had a AUD9.90 tag on. Upon closer inspection, the price before the discount : AUD50. Like every good bargain hunter/ beauty wannabee, I bought it. Makeup brushes are useful, because those makeup sponge tip does not always give you a look that you are going for. And brushes are easier to clean and dry, so it is a good buy generally.

By the way, this photo does not include the set that I have currently. I am looking to throw those away, as they are more than five years old. Prince Brat is four already, so that means they are closer to six than five. The bristles are going anyway.

Here a photo of the Model Co brushes

2017-03-27 10.16.01

And the Purple gift brushes that I got free with purchase, sometimes loyalty does have it perks.
2017-03-27 10.14.42

While not all of the brushes are the same, I can tell you now that even the quality is different. Yes, the ModelCo I did pay less than 10, but it is a discounted price. When I touch the bristles, they are soft and none of it falls out. Same goes for the purple gift, but you will notice that the brush heads are not as full looking, and there is a sponge applicator and an eyebrow comb. Running my finger over the bristles, they are slightly coarse. Until I try them out for a good amount of time, I cannot say much about these two.

By Experience

You get what you pay for in terms of makeup brushes usually. Yes, you will find bargains now and again, but there is good reasons why some brushes are more expensive than others. Mainly is the quality of the package. I have tried Nude’s kabuki brush, it costs a pretty penny but it is so soft and as long as you clean it right and dry it well, the brush lasts a good while.

I do have free brush sets, and I have thrown a lot away, as they just fall apart. I am not saying that all cheap makeup brushes will do it, but the risk is higher there. No matter expensive or cheap, maintaining the brushes is an important step in promoting longevity.

Which means, please do not clean your brushes with dish washing detergent or body wash, it’s not on and it ruins the whole thing.

Take it from the idiot (me).

Just lucky that I actually experimented on cheap gift brushes.

Book · review

Double Interest : Book Review

Double Interest
Author: Odeda Yaari
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: drugs, sci-fi, thriller
ISBN-13: 978-1544739588

I have received Double Interest in exchange for a fair review

The synopsis and setting were interesting

It tells of three dreamers, focusing on their own scientific research to make the world a better place. To say dreamers, they are highly qualified scientist who are researching in their own field, trying to make their world a better place. With most innovations/ inventions, there would be a good side and a bad side. The cover, as you guessed, is poppy. The flower is how opium was derived from, and how opioids were made synthetically after the structure. Yup, it is a story about drugs.

Unbeknownst to them, someone is interested in their research, and will stop at nothing to get it. This sounds like a conflict that will draw you in. Hence why I chose this book to review. A lot is promised, it has high stakes and high payouts.

The trouble is, it did not deliver.

Not like the story is bad or boring, but the author somehow failed to invoke something in me. It is quite possible that because I know nobody fell victim to drugs, so I could not have emotionally linked myself to the story. Then again, the author uses more telling than showing, and it felt like a report. By half way I was bored and confused.

Then I got annoyed

It’s 2017, and this story still uses men as scientists, women has some by roles. I am not judging, but to say that a whole team of researchers are male, is telling something. In today’s world, highly unrealistic. Then I have no idea why another plot is set, which confused me even more.

Whatever high hopes I had for the book, it soon dissipated with the appearance of the first female character. In truth, although the story showed promise, everything else fell apart. I chugged along anyway, hoping for maybe a spark of something.

Till the end, I did not find it.

Verdict

I have no doubts that some people will like the story, but it is just not for me. I couldn’t relate to it, and most of all, cannot understand why the plot and characters behave so.

Really.

Implying scientist with high IQ and low EQ is one thing, but to insult that intelligence is another problem this book has. If you are a fan of thrillers and chase, this *might* be for you, but don’t hold your breath.

Book · review

A Million Worlds With You

IMG_20170302_104853434_BURST000_COVER_TOP
she volunteered

A Million Worlds with You (Firebird)
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #3 end
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: sci-fi, teen, multiverse
ISBN-13: 978-0062279026

Firebird ending

Marguerite faces a grim future, the Universe where she is evil has plans end other Universes. I cannot believe that this is the end, it seemed like yesterday that I have started reading A Thousand Pieces of You. Now I am saying good bye, time sure flies. Special thanks to my library for keeping all three books, I actually ordered this one in via them.

After finding out the ‘dastardly’ plans of Evil Mom and Dad, and realizing how far the Evil Marguerite is willing to go to please her parents, our heroine dashes off to prevent more disasters. It seemed hopeless, because Evil had a head start, and was determined to kill all of her, just out of spite.

Not only Marguerite had to stop her evil-self from wrecking havoc, she had to find a way to stop the madness. I will admit that the story is well crafted from the beginning. But I had hoped for an ending that did not feel rushed, it did by the way. Jumping from one Universe to another, it was fun seeing how different one Universe differs to another, purely by decision.

That is what this story is based upon, the multiverse. The belief that each major decision (not what you had for lunch) branches out into a different verse. Such as your mom and dad decided to get married, or if cockroaches decided to rule the world. I digress, but Firebird series is wonderfully unique in that way, utilizing a scientific theory to craft this beautiful romance story.

Litte Gripe

While I love how it ends, it was the process that made me a little … annoyed. In the end of everything, all the pain that Evil inflicted on different universes’ Marguerite, her ending is a little anticlimactic. Yes, I know that it is not the worse possible scenario, and I do feel sorry for her. But Evil is the ultimate villain, you can’t get any worse than making all the other ‘yous’ commit suicide. If she could fall off a cliff, that is ideal…

As the pages move nearer toward the end, the story rushes more and more. The focus becomes to the relationship between Marguerite and Paul, which is fine except there is a love triangle somewhere?

Verdict

I cannot complain, nor that I will. A Million Worlds With You is a romantic book in a teenage kind of way, how love can trump a lot of things. In the end, I wish that it wasn’t such an easy way out. Some struggling depicts growth, and having your growth taken away from your back is cheating.

Have you read it, what d0 you think?

My Kids aren’t happy that their mom reads too much

 

Our mommy reads to much! #bookstagram #babieswithbooks

A post shared by Ailyn Koay (@ailynkoay) on

bloghop · Book · thoughts

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts Hop : Reawakened

banner borrowed from https://unconventionalbookviews.com

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts is originally hosted by Lexxie at (un)Conventional Bookviews, I have been meaning to do the hop, but I couldn’t find something that is fitting enough to have a grand entrance, until this:

Reawakened (The Reawakened Series)
Author: Colleen Houck
Genre: YA, adventure, fantasy

This is my mom’s favorite author, a fantasy YA author Colleen Houck likes to combine ancient mythology with modern characters. Such as this one, Reawakened is a series featuring an Egyptian Mummy Amon and modern girl Liliana Young.

From the Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts rule, it didn’t say I cannot do screenshots, so out of extreme laziness I took one. Mainly you can see the difference between the two characters: a hungry un- mummied guy versus a girl who’s looking out for her figure.

Of course, this is not the only place you would find food in the book, or the series. Egyptian dead people seem to love food a lot, and the book is peppered with danishes and fruits. As Amon and Liliana journeys to find his brothers and stop darkness from breaking into the world, a feast makes everything better.

If you are looking for a great book, this might be slightly disappointing. The story is solid, and the characters make you smile, but like most Young Adult genre, it is lacking. Somehow has big plot holes, while there are gaps in the story that should have been filled better. And then you have Liliana, who seem to be infatuated with Amon. Amon seems to be hot and cold, though being so much older I had assumed that he would be more responsible.

Problem with YA, the author tends to think like young adults (to appeal to the audience) and love trumps all is like a theme in these books. It does make the realist in me cringe, but hey, forgivable right?

Beauty · review

Bourjois : Liner Feutre Felt Tip Eyeliner Review

2017-03-27 10.16.56
Bourjois Felt Tip Eyeliner

Bourjois, I’m back for more

I got this because I wanted the free birthday gift, which is a set of travel brushes. It is from my favorite online shopping place. Let’s be honest, eyeliners are hard to buy, there are so many but only a fraction actually works well, and within that only a few that actually lasts.

Bourjois Liner Pinceau Liquid Eyeliner still reigns supreme, by a lot. The liquid eyeliner lasts a good eight hours when I last had it. Naturally, I assumed that the staying power would be comparable for the felt tip one. My laziness also was a major factor in me picking this one over the fine brushed liquid, because felt tip is just easier to use.

2017-03-27 10.23.54

The tip is not rock hard, but firm enough for amateurs to get a good line. It is easy to use, but only if you know what you are doing. The tip does not give you a smooth line if you press too hard or just simply uncoordinated. The trick is to do dash lines, and gently close them up.

It will take some practice, trust me you will get beautiful line soon enough with this pen.

When I drew my line, I was impressed. The color is dark and bold for a black, and seems flattering on me.

2017-03-27 10.26.02
Cat eyes, not bad eh?

 The bad

2017-03-27_03-44-10
My Head Looks Big @_@

It does not last!
I could forgive if this could last me long enough so I do not have to reapply while I am at work, say ten hours. I have had brands that easily last until I take it off at night. You can see that the line has all but faded around the corners, and this is a mere three hours later.

It boasts long lasting, but it isn’t. Very disappointed in the “long lasting” claim on the eyeliner. For the same price, I would go back to the liquid liner. Now I will be using that as a calligraphy pen … hmm that ain’t a bad idea.