Tuesday, 30 August 2016

#445; [Review] Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar in Pink Step

In my previous posts, I blogged about the Witch Pouch Ombre Lipstick and compared it as a cheaper alternative for the Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar. Prior to getting the Witch Pouch Ombre Lipstick, I bought the Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar and in this post, I will be reviewing the lipstick.
Hopefully, this post will help you decide if you wanna lay your hands on the Laneige/Witch Pouch version for that Korean Ombre lips look!

The shade I gotten is the No. 6 Pink Step and I have forgotten how much it costs, but you can get this at Laneige stores and counters for around $30+. Let's first talk about the packaging, the box it came in was classic of Laneige. A simple silver box that is elegant and clean cut. 

The Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar in Pink Step itself is a white with silver cap lipstick. The whole feel is very sleek and no frills. Which in my opinion, is what Laneige is trying to aim for with all their products. On the side of the Two Tone Lip Bar, you will see a slider. This pushes the lipstick up for you to apply.
Note: It is best to only slide it down (to push the lipstick up) when the cap is taken off. This will prevent the lipstick from getting all over the cap. 

One thing I noted was that the silver cap has a tendency to come loose on its own :/

You don't have to slide the slider fully to get a large amount of lipstick. The lipstick is also retractable to prevent any breakage. The Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar in Pink Step that I gotten comprises of two shade to give that ombre look - In coral and in pink. 

At the time of this post, I realise that I forgotten to do a swatch *tears*. 

This is how the Laneige Two Tone Lip bar look like when swatched on my lips. It has a very "juicy" look unlike the Witch Pouch's ombre lipstick. I find that the two shades have a tendency to mix together and give a very uniform peachy coral look instead of an ombre look. 

The Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar has a very pleasant peach scent and applies smoothly. However, I don't find that this is particularly moisturising even though it does not dry matte. In fact, I feel that this accentuates my lip lines and dry skin. 

This lasted decently on me and left a slight tint that gives my natural lips a much more uniform look. 

This is how the Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar in Pink step looks like on me. It is a very natural, shiny lip look and is fresh. It is perfect for days when you have very minimal makeup or when you want just a slight tinge of colour. 

Would I repurchase?
Maybeeeee... But for the price point, I think I would prefer something a little cheaper. 
If you are still debating if an ombre look is for you, buy a pigmented lipstick and dab into your inner corner of your lips. Use a finger to smudge out the lipstick to the outer corner and reapply more in the center for that ombre look. I recommend using an Etude House lipstick and this has been my go-to method for when I go to work. *fuss free, easy*

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Sunday, 14 August 2016

#444; Doll up for less with cash back and online shopping offers at ShopBack

My guilty pleasure is shopping online because of the convenience it brings me. Often times, I look at my account and weep at the pathetic amount of money I have left, because of my shopping. So imagine one day, when I got some money back after shopping at Forever21. That day, I felt extra lucky, like I’ve struck lottery!!

Side note: Dis the top I got :p

But you don't get that kind of luxury when it comes to shopping online, since prices are already lower than retail and there are often promotions to make the prices even lower. I thought about joining Shopaholics Anonymous (if there was such a thing) to stop shopping. I resorted to getting dirt cheap and sometimes “meh” quality clothes from Taobao. I've tried leaving my credit cards and Ibanking devices at home and almost succeeded. BUT! I don't have to try so hard anymore because I found a site to get me back some money while shopping!

Introducing... ShopBack! The online site that gives you cash back when you shop online! ERHMARGERD. The very first time I heard about them was while I was in the cinema and I was watching one of the many ads. When I heard about getting stuff for cheaper because of the cash back, my mind was gearing towards the “bo ko leng” category. Online shopping is already cheap. What do you mean I can still get money back after already spending lesser than retail?

And I admit. The movie was good so I forgot about it. Until I went to the cinema and caught another one of their ads. This time I remembered and went to their site to find out how it works. So here is what I found out:

  Merchants give commission for directing shoppers to their site. This is true. Especially site Z, the people who recommend you to their site will definitely earn commission from your orders placed. And you don't get a cent from their commission. But ShopBack will give you the money they earn from your commission, in the form of cash back!
The whole concept is really smart and just simple! You get cash back and you get cheap deals. So what’s not to love?

I already “beo” and saw that they work with places like Expedia, Foodpanda and many more. So why not look for a Sephora sale or even save on Groupon deals? Because ShopBack give you cash back when you shop with them!

I bought my tickets to Taiwan without realising that ShopBack can also give you a cash back with Expedia. Ragrets because every cents matter when you are on a budget! They even have Taobao cash back scheme which I will definitely be looking into. Check out their YouTube account for more instructions on how to shop at Taobao without incurring agent fee.

For added convenience, I have already looked through and found a page that has all their latest coupon for online shopping! Here is the link!

With the money that I can potentially save when I shop with ShopBack, I can totally spend more money on food there.... Or the duty free goodies at the airport :p

So here it is. I will definitely be using ShopBack the next time I order from Sephora, Zalora or even Asos. Because everyone loves some more cash to spend on more goodies! So check out that cart and just wait for that cash back!


Sunday, 24 July 2016

#443; [Review] Witch's Pouch Selfie Like Shot Dual Lipstick

Today I am reviewing the Witch's Pouch Selfie Like Shot Dual Lipstick in #02. 
That's quite a mouthful to say.. I bought this on a huge haul from Althea and this only costs SGD$8~ That is really affordable.

The box packaging is a striped box with accents of hot pink while the actual lipstick packaging is a sleek black tube with a tiny witch hat. It is quite simple but slim enough to slip it in a clutch for touch up. 

This is in the shade #02 Orange and Nudie. Not much of a description but then again, I am no expert in Korean so I will just go with the description provided by the website. 

Once you uncap the lipstick, it has a twist mechanism that pushes the lipstick up. The Witch's Pouch Selfie Like Shot Dual Lipstick is designed to give a flawless ombre lip effect and thus there is a lighter shade and a more pigmented shade. I find that this is comparable to many ombre lipstick in the market, such as Laneige. You can totally see how much I fell in love with this lipstick. 

Swatching it on my arm. The "nudie" part is really light pink while the "orange" portion is much more vibrant. This has a sheen but is not overly glossy. To use an ombre lipstick like this, on the top lip, you have to flip the lipstick so the lighter part is on top. For the bottom lip, the more pigmented side is on top while the lighter part is below. 

This is how it looks like when worn. Because the colors are quite contrasting, you have to use your fingers to dab away the hard edges and blend it out. I really like the overall effect because it makes my lips look really soft. 
However, the application can be a little tricky because the lipstick is a little dry and pulls at my lips when using it. I also found that if my lips are really dry and flaky, this accentuates my lip lines even though it is not a matte lipstick. 

There is no discernible scent to this lipstick and overall, I like it enough to repurchase more shades. There are a total of three shades and you can get them for SGD$8 from Althea. The link is here

The Witch's Pouch Selfie Like Shot Dual Lipstick in #02 is a MLBB shade that I think would suit most skin tone. It is very work appropriate and perfect for that just bitten look too. What are your thoughts? Would you try this out?

Laneige has a similarly concept ombre lipstick that I will be reviewing soon and I will be doing a mini comparison of the two in that post! So if you are interested in that, do like my page and stay tuned~

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