Today I’m doing a quick mention of what I am currently using to remove my makeup.
I love using cleansing oils because it’s a very efficient one step process (2 including double cleansing).
I don’t use eye make up removers because of the fact that you have to use cotton pads around the eyes, and 1 wipe might not be enough for WP makeup!!
You can read my previous reviews of a few cleansing oils here.
Kracie Naive Make Up Cleansing Oil
I have sensitive eyes and have had reactions to some high end make up removers that have made my eyes sting, go red for a few hours, and also go puffy.
So why do I dare to try drugstore grade cleansing oils? Well the price is pretty attractive XD
I read a lot of positive reviews about the Naive cleansing oil, and for its small $8.70AUD price tag it was worth a try.
I bought it from Sasa online.
Mineral oil, hexadecanoic acid 2-ethylhexyl ester, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Cetearyloctanoate, Cetearyloctanoate, PEG-8 Glyseryl Isostearate, Sorbeth-30 Tetraisostearate, olive oil, sunflower oil, aqua
The ingredients is pleasantly short and even contains mineral oil, olive oil and sunflower oil
The oil comes out clear and has a very light scent which is not strong at all
- Comes out in an oil form that is not too runny and not too thick
- 250mL for $8.70AUD
- If I opened my eyes momentarily to find something they didn’t sting from the oil accidentally entering the eyes
- Lasts a very long time, I think I’ve been using this one for 6-8 months, moderate usage
- Removes all make up, even waterproof Fasio mascara with gentle massage
- Washes off well, does not leave oily residue
- You don’t need to double cleanse, but I do anyway to ensure my pores are clean
- Feels gentle on the skin, skin does not feel tight or dry afterwards
- Emulsifies nicely
- Did not clog my pores
Cleansing oil once it touches water – becomes a nicely cloudy formula
- Stubborn make up requires longer to dissolve.
- For mascara I always massage gently over the lashes, then roll my fingers between my eyelashes as well to remove the rest
- Eyes can get cloudy if you open your eyes slightly during the cleansing process
- Needs multiple splashes of water to remove oil completely
- My eyes feel slightly uncomfortable afterwards, but doesn’t go red at all, and the feeling fades within the half hour
- Takes longer than 30sec to remove make up
- I would not use this wet because it doesn’t dissolve make up as well
- Not good for people who don’t like cleansing oil
If you’re worried about clogging pores or leaving oily residue, double cleansing usually removes any trace of cleansing oil left over.
I think that Naive is a very good cleansing oil and although my eyes felt slightly uncomfortable afterwards, it was nothing compared to DHC or Shu Uemura.
I just have to be very thorough in washing off the oil around my eyes (which should be done anyway right? )
The Naive cleansing oil did a great job in melting heavy duty make up away in a short amount of time. However I will continue to try others to see if there are any that don’t irritate my eyes at all ^^
Until next time that’s all for now folks!!
Hello! I’m here with a review of the Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl pencil in nude.
Rimmel ScandalEyes in 005 Nude
The ScandalEyes range boasts high intensity, budge proof, heat proof, waterproof wear.
It also boasts “scandal proof” although who really knows what that means.
The nude shade is a beautiful matte neutral skin color tone
For everyday wear, I wanted to try a subtle brightening liner for my lower lash line that wouldn’t look as harsh as white liner.
From Left to Right: Freshly swatched, wet and rubbed, then rubbed again after dried
So you can see that the liner can withstand some bashing about and is still visible after wetting, rubbing, then rubbing some more.
The most important thing is not to be teary when applying this eyeliner, the lashline needs to be as dry as possible.
- Super crazy pigmented
- Glides on like butter
- Subtle shade but has a brightening effect
- Great for applying as a base before highlighting e/s in the inner corners of the eye
- I like how it is a matte shade, I think Rimmel is the only drugstore brand with a matte nude eyeliner
- Sets in short time but long enough to allow for some smudging/blending
- Sets with a slightly velvety, rubbery texture. This makes the formula more flexible and less prone to cracking
- Waterproof and relatively smudge proof
- Lasted the whole day when used as a highlighter in the inner eye corners
- Suitable for the waterline
- Lasted quite a long time through the day on the waterline
- When it faded through the day it did not transfer or look patchy
- Did not get any irritations from it
- Very inexpensive -less than $10AUD
- A little too soft in formula, it crumbles a bit when you accidentally touch your eyelashes with it
- Do not like how it is not retractable. I have to sharpen it and I’m lazy
- This is just me but drawing on my lower line is so ticklish!!
- Difficult to draw a thin line
- Does not stay opaque for the entire day, does fade a little bit
- Not a completely brudgeproof eyeliner
- Crazy pigmentation means you get full coverage with the first stroke, not for those that want buildable pigmentation
My FOTD with Rimmel nude liner applied to the lower waterline
People didn’t really notice until I basically went “hey I’m using nude eyeliner on my waterline!! Can you see?!?!”,
In which they respond with a confused look followed by “oh yeahh, now that you mention it…”
AHAHAHAHA I have no shame…
I can’t remember when in the day I took that photo but it was probably a few hours after first application.
You can see that it has faded a bit, but the brightening effect is still there.
Even though it fades a bit I don’t need to reapply it through the day because it still does its job.
Overall I totally recommend the Rimmel nude liner. Their regular liner range is disappointing but the ScandalEyes range is a much improved formula and great for the low price.
That’s all for now folks!!
Hello! I’m here with a pic heavy review/comparison post of my favorite concealer brushes.
I hope this review helps you choose your favorite one too ^^
My Sigmax, Real Techniques, MAC, Sigma, and Ecotools brushes
I actually wanted to do separate reviews on the Sigmax, Ecotools and Real Techniques brushes but I figured this was better. Agree?
Sigmax P80 Precision Flat Brush
- Stippling motions provide the best finish
- Great for concealing blemishes
- Able to cover a large area quickly
- Covers blemishes quickly and effectively
- Does not absorb a lot of product
- Stiff and dense bristles that don’t poke at the skin
- Well built brush with a decent weight
- Large flat surface makes it awkward to use on concave contours of the face (i.e under eye bags, around nose)
The P80 brush is great, actually perfect for concealing pimples, freckles and point imperfections.
I think the Flat Angled Top version of this brush would have worked better under the eyes.
Why? The angled shape would probably make the brush fit around areas that aren’t flat or convex.
Sigmax P86 Precision Tapered brush
This was not love at first use, but I grew fond of it very soon
- Patting using the side of the brush provides best results
- Does not absorb a lot of product
- Stiff, dense but not scratchy
- Tapered end enables me to conceal with precision (the name really fits its function!)
- Can get the concealer really close into the lash line
- Multifunctional – can use to highlight inner corners, create a defined contour line on the nose and cheeks
- Again great build in the brush itself with good weight
- Takes a bit longer to finish blending out concealer under the eyes
- Would have liked just a bit more flexibility to make the job quicker
This is a great precision under eye concealing brush when patting on with the side of the brush.
Sigmax P82 Precision Round brush
Well known to be similar to using your own finger, this brush is multifunctional.
- Round, dense, stiff but not scratchy
- This is better than the Precision Flat brush for under eye concealing as there are no ‘sharp’ edges to the brush
- Can be used to apply cream e/s and eye primer as well
- Does not absorb a lot of product
- Best blended in a stippling motion to provide an airbrushed finish
- Can also blend in circular motions if you wish to
- I like to stipple while dragging down gently at the same time to spread out the concealer
- Sometimes I prefer it to have a little more flexibility in the bristles so that the job gets done quicker
- I think the angled version of this would provide better/quicker blending ability
This is a great multi-functional brush to have in your collection.
I would have liked to try the angled version just like I want to try the Flat Angled Precision brush though.
Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
The Deluxe Crease brush comes in the Your Eyes Starter Kit. My review on the set is here.
This is similar to the Sigmax P82 round brush except fluffier.
- Great for under eye concealing
- Dense, stiff yet quite fluffy so it is flexible too
- Does not get scratchy
- Does the job quickly
- Does not absorb a lot of product, but probably a bit more than Sigmax
- Although it is fluffy I can still get quite close to the under eye e/s to get the best finish
- I like to use a stippling motion while gently dragging down to spread the concealer
- Can also blend in circular motions
- Not as nice as Sigmax fibres even though they are similar
- Absorbs a bit more product that Sigmax
- Not as much precision as the Sigmax brushes since it is fluffier
I really love the Real Techniques crease brush for under eye concealing.
I reach for this more than the P82 round brush mainly because it gets the job done quickly.
Real Techniques Base Shadow brush
You would think that all the e/s brushes can be used for under eye concealing.
I don’t particularly like to because the stiffer and tapered ends of the other eye brushes give more streak marks that take more time to blend out.
Ecotools Airbrush Concealer brush
I picked this one up most recently and wanted to see how it faired against the other concealer brushes I have.
- Domed shape brush makes it easy to pat or blend in circular motions
- Multi-functional – soft and round enough to blend e/s
- Bristles are soft
- Bristles are not as dense as Real Techniques or Sigmax, but it holds its shape well
- I can use this for stippling on under eye concealer quite easily
- Slightly scratchy once the bristles become a bit damp from the concealer
- I tend to place the brush on an angle to avoid getting poked by the bristles
- Absorbs a bit more product than Sigmax and RT but not a lot
- Tends to leave more streak marks that need to be blended away
Once blended in, the finish by Ecotools Airbrush brush gives just as good a finish as the other ones.
However I’m still on the fence about it. It seems to take longer to get a similar finish.
Mine luckily is still going strong after 10+ washes ^^”
MAC 286 Duo Fiber Blending brush
The Duo Fiber brush is meant to be great for mineral e/s and under eye concealing.
- Able to blend out under eye concealer
- Creates a natural finish
- Bristles are soft, yet stiff. Keeps its shape really well
- You can stipple and blend with this brush
- Once all blended in the finish is quite flawless
- Does not absorb a lot of product
- Brush is well built
- Takes longer to blend than Sigmax and RT
- If used to blend e/s out, the bristles bristles splay out so it’s difficult to control how far I want to blend to
- Brush is made in China while my other ones are made in Japan or France – it is also most exi at $60AUD!!
The finish is natural but it takes more effort and a lot of stippling. By the time I finish stippling and blending the concealer is starting to set.
Real Techniques Limited Edition Duo Fiber Eye brush
This comes from their limited edition Duo Fiber set and they boast that the brushes create buildable color for use with dry or wet products.
Comparison between Real Techniques and MAC 286
- Real Techniques (RT) is small and tapered
- White bristles are stiff but flexible
- RT is better for blending out e/s because of the stiffer but still flexible bristles
- Able to conceal under the eyes with but not as quickly as the others
- Once blended out the finish is just as good as the others
- Does not absorb a lot of product
- Best to blend in circular motions using the tip of the brush
- To avoid streaking I start blending from the middle of the eye then bring it out, always in a circular motion back towards the middle of the eye
- The duo fiber bristles allow for buildable coverage
- If you try to stipple this under your eyes it kind of hurts
- MAC is fluffier and has a wider surface area
- Difficult to achieve precision application of concealer close to the under lash line
- Takes a long time to blend out the concealer because the white bristles leave streak marks
- Because the white bristles leave streak marks I end up having to blend a larger surface area than needed
So RT duo fiber eye brush is not a dupe for MAC 286.
The problem with duo fiber brushes you have to use it in a very specific way for it to work.
RT does not work well as a stippling brush but I feel like it blends out concealer quicker and is more multi-functional than the MAC 286.
Sigma F70 concealer brush
How do all these new age concealer brushes fair with the classic paddle shaped concealer brush?
- Able to achieve full coverage concealing
- It’s like painting colors on your face
- Provides precision application for lips, nose, contours
- Stiff tapered edge makes it difficult to blend out concealer
- Paddle shape brush doesn’t seem like a one step everything brush like the others are
- Concealer brushes are usually short, and when I use it on its side the ferrule touches my face
- Seems to hold on to product more than the others
So if you want to conceal spots and define the edges of your mouth the paddle concealer brush is great.
For under eye concealing I prefer the other brushes.
So there is my comparison review.
I reach for the P82 Precision Round, P86 Precision Tapered and RT brush the most for under eye concealing.
I like the P80 Precision Flat brush for concealing spots.
I use the rest as back up when I have been too lazy to wash the other brushes ^^
What is your favorite concealer brush?
Till next time that’s all for now folks!!
I’m here with a review on the ever so famous Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Eye Eraser concealers.
I’ve had to start using under eye concealer this year as a result of consecutive nights of bad sleep.
My eye bags never really recovered and are now a bit too dark for my liking
People who know me well would know that apart from being OCD about eyeshadow and eyeliner, I’m actually really REALLY lazy with everything else XD
For that reason I was after an affordable, medium coverage concealer that was easy to use (apply and blend) and was long lasting without creasing or fading.
I couldn’t decide which shade would suit me better so I ended up buying both Fair Clair and Light Pale.
The concealer retails $18.95AUD at Priceline but there are sales on all the time. Currently they are 20% off until Monday 18th.
This concealer boasts the ability to to brighten, reduce puffiness and fine lines.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Glycerin, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butyleneglycol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Nylon-12, Disteardimoniumhectorite, Cyclohexasiloxane, Peg-10 Dimethicon, Cetyl Peg/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodiumsteroyl Glutamate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Methylparaben, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Cholyphenesin, Ethylparaben, Aluminum Hydroxide, Peg-9, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptie, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tetr Apeptide-7. [+/- May contain/Peut Contenir:CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/Ironoxides] F.I.L. D44980/4 U.S Patent Pending
So as you can see there is a crapload of chemicals and parabens so if you don’t like that then you probably want to stay away.
The concealer comes with a sponge applicator. This is good and bad.
- Lightweight yet sturdy packaging
- Minimal product wastage as the twist mechanism pushes product down
- Sponge applicator is soft and distributes product under the eyes well
- Creamy texture that is not too thick
- Easy to blend out
- Feels very comfortable – like nothing is there
- Does not cause milia
- Finish is natural
- Coverage is a bit better than medium, not full
- Was able to cover my freckles a bit hehe
- Once set well with powder the concealer does not really move through the day
- Not scented
- 6g lasts a good few months
- Sponge applicator can’t really be cleaned – unhygienic
- I am tempted to remove the sponge applicator soon
- Would not trust the sponge applicator to blend out concealer – use fingers or a brush
- Contains parabens and silicones
- I feel like I use a lot of product to get the desired coverage
- Fades a little by the end of the day but circles are still covered satisfactorily
- Still get a bit of creasing but not badly at all if set well with powder
- Lid will probably crack after a while
- The lid collects left over concealer from the sponge and makes it look a bit messy
- Some people have had trouble with the twist mechanism and the red lid breaking – I haven’t had a problem yet
Swatch of Light Pale – see how creamy and nice the texture is? ^^
Light Pale has more of a yellow undertone which is better for Asian/warm toned skin I think.
Swatch of Fair Clair
Fair Clair has cooler undertone which I realised was not as well suited to my skin.
The cooler undertone brightens but leaves a slight greyish cast under the eyes which is less natural for me.
Swatched side by side – Light Pale on left and Fair Clair on right
Fair Clair looks like a better match to my skin from that picture, but under the eyes we have to take into account that under eye circles are darker, and have a purple/blue tinge that we need to neutralize.
The yellow neutralises my circles better and brightens as well. I find the finish a lot more natural.
Fair Clair brightens my under eye area, but leaves a slight grey cast which is less flattering.
I usually use a bit of my Lunasol under eye concealer in 01 to add a bit of yellowness to the shade.
Having said all that – Blended out, it is difficult to see the difference between the two concealers.
You can probably see that the right side looks a little lighter than the left which is not really noticeable.
I personally reach for Light Beige the most because it is most fuss free for me.
Taking the unconcealed picture from my SK-II post, you can see the fine line and under eye discoloration.
For some reason my left eye looks puffy in this picture. I shall blame it on shadow ehehehehe
I’ll let you be the judge of how well the concealer worked. I used Light Pale in this picture.
(My La Roche Posay whitening serum looks like it is doing a good job for non close up pictures ^^)
Hope this is helpful ^^
Until next time that’s all for now folks!
I have something really exciting to share with you all! Yes I have finally made a video!!
A short video but a video nonetheless.
I am a complete OCD when it comes to washing brushes and though people can buy things to help the drying process, I found that none of them were that versatile.
- Silicon face exfoliator is gentle but abrasive enough to clean brushes thoroughly
- Sudding up and rinsing becomes quicker with the silicon face exfoliator
- Everything used is very readily available around the house (apart from the silicon exfoliator)
- No chance of water going up the ferrule
- Brushes dry in good shape because it doesn’t rest on anything
- You can keep the elastic bands on the line for another day
- Pegs clip onto all eye brushes
- Elastic band holds onto any brush of any size or shape
- Brushes dry quicker
- Elastic bands do break after a while
- Need a bit of space
- Don’t use clothes lines outside because direct sunlight might damage the bristles/glue in ferrule
I have been washing and drying my brushes this way for a long time now and my brushes look just the same as when I first bought it.
I hope you all find this helpful ^^