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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Beauty (Rinn's 3CE Series): 3CE Fixer & Mascara and 3CE Lip Color @ Skincandy.co

Finally managed to convince myself to buck up and get back to work! I have a few more posts to share with you dearies so here's another one of my 3CE Series! You can read my previous posts here and here. Too bad I can't be more consistent with these posts, but I'll do my best! I really enjoyed taking photos and writing this. Makeup really does make me feel more confident and happier. FYI, I bought these items myself  so it's not a sponsored post and I just want to share my honest opinions with you. :) 

Today I'll be focusing on the eyes and the lips. For me, the eyes and lips makeup are the most essential part of a makeup routine - you can make it casual or heavy to suit the occassion. I'm not a fan of heavy makeup but I do love my lipsticks stash because of the colours!

3CE Fixer & Mascara in #Black

I don't think this mascara is very popular in the 3CE family although I think it deserves more credit! I've spent my whole life looking for a good mascara that works on me and I think this may be it! The 3CE Fixer & Mascara is a dual-function mascara that gives scanty, weak lashes a boost of depth and volume! The mascara comes in a long tube with duo ends - one end being the fixer, and the other end is the mascara. The tube is pure black rubber, but mine has gotten dirty somehow and the colour has faded :/ Like all 3CE products, do watch out for the authentication sticker! This mascara comes in Brown too.


Wondering what's the function of a FIXER? Note that each end has been labelled carefully for you with the names of the products. The fixer is coated around your lashes to make it stronger, water-, oil- and sweat-proof .It also helps to prevent smudging to enable long hours of wear. The fixer is whitish/ colourless and uses a conventional mascara brush.


Using hypo-allergic organic wax, this mascara formula has a rich and smooth texture to add volume to your lashes. The specially curved brush that is thinner along the middle and bulbous at the ends, along with hiper-max fibres allows you to achieve longer lashes up to 3mm-long... This sounds like an all-in-one holy grail mascara!


To use, first you have to curl your lashes. I have pathetic lashes which are sparse, weak and just WILL NOT curl. Let's see if this mascara can save meee!


After curling your lashes, apply the fixer mascara first. It will help your lashes to stay curled longer.


Then, coat a generous amount of main mascara on your lashes! I usually start from the base and move up in a zig-zag movement, then by normal combing. 
Tip: Do not pull the mascara brush directly out of the tube to avoid it drying out and clumping up fast. Instead, remove and put it back in with a slow, steady twisting motion.



Don't forget to show the top and bottom lashes some love too! 

Lastly, apply the fixer again to seal in the mascara. It will keep your lashes clean and fixed for the entire day! You can also choose to use the mascara without using fixer as base first. Use the curler to curl your lashes again if necessary. 


The comparison between both eyes - one using the mascara and one without. What a huge difference right? My right eye does look way more awake and brighter with mascara. The fixer coating appears a little whitish on the lashes initially, but it will disappear after awhile. The mascara has also made my lashes longer, but I wouldn't say that it is more voluminous or richer. Btw ignore the eyebags pls -_-


Overall, I really like how I finally found a mascara that suits my stubborn lashes. So glad Audrey decided to introduce me to this! I think the curler you use also has an effect on the curls so make sure you invest in a good curler :) I think the shape of the mascara brush helps too because the thicker rounder ends makes it easier for me to reach the outer and inner corner of my lashes better. This mascara also dries quite fast upon application. I wonder if the fixer can be used with other mascaras as well.. The mascara does keep to its promise and stays clean all day! However, the removal process is a little difficult to remove. It's also a little pricey at RM 80 and also a little tedious to apply due to the additional steps. But if you think about it that in the long-run you won't look like a hot mess by the end of the day, it's totally worth it! The fixer and mascara makes the best combo ever! 


3CE Lip Colour in #504 Glass Pumpkin

Like I said, I'm a huge lipstick junkie and I think I own almost every nude, peach, orange and pink coloured lipsticks oops :x I've been meaning to try out 3CE lipsticks because their colour range, which consists of 6 other colours, is so wearable and pretty! Luckily, Skincandy carries a wide range of these lipsticks!

This glass lipstick gives half coverage and keeps the lips soft and moisturised. It may look very orangey from the tube but it's actually more of a natural nude orange, just like pumpkin colour to give your lips a soothing feeling! It gives a natural, healthy and glossy-looking lips while does not leave the lips chapped.


It comes in a rectangular shaped tube (with the sealed sticker of course) which I find to be quite interesting - it's classy yet quirky at the same time. I heard it comes in Pink series too, omg imagine a pink coloured lipstick tube. So cute! For the new packaging, I think the box is this one, with a photo of the lips and "3 Concept Eyes" written on the lips.


It's especially hard to find a good orange coloured lipstick that will look good on most people and I think this colour is really suitable. It's quite sheer but it does look promising. This colour caught my eye because it looked so good on the model!


Because the lipstick is so sheer, I had to prep my lips in advance before using it. I used a lip scrub, applied some Vaseline/ lipbalm and concealer before applying the lipstick. This is to ensure a truer colour from the lipstick. 


Apply in more layers for more vivid colour. This does not leave a sticky feeling even after numerous applications. You can also use it to make gradation lips with matte lipsticks.


Um, to be frank, I was a little disappointed the first time I used this lipstick. It looked so much better on the model! :( My bf kept saying it looks like I'd just eaten curry and it stained my lips -_-
 It did emphasise on my chapped lips and doesn't make it look healthy as promised. However, I must say the glossy effect is good and my lips really do look hydrated and soft. The coverage is more sheer than I expected. One layer is not obvious especially if your natural lip colour is red, so reapplication is encouraged. It is too much work from prepping to applying few layers on the lips, so I will not be getting any other glass lipsticks from 3CE again. Lesson learnt that the colour in photos and in real life are not so similar! 


From far though, the results look good! It's perfect for a cute, sun-shinny look for summer. It gives off a more fresh-faced appearance, perfect for days when you look sleepy. Selfies with my baby Ted to emphasise the cuteness. XD


You can get both the 3CE Lip Colour and Fixer & Mascara, each for RM 80 from Skincandy! Remember to quote "CARINNXSC5" to get RM5 off your purchase! *valid till 20th September 2014*


image from Skincandy
Psst.. Breaking news! Congratulations Skincandy.co on reaching 1K followers! What a milestone. To celebrate, they are hosting a GIVEAWAY!! Stand a chance to a set of 3CE products of your choice (choose from Set A or Set B above) worth RM165 each! For more details, click HERE
Giveaway ends on 22nd August 2014, so HURRTY AND JOIN NOW!!

 Don't forget to like them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram. Tag your purchases with and @skincandyco and hashtag #skincandyco to be entitled to another RM5 off your next purchase! If you missed this giveaway, don't fret because for every 1K followers, Skincandy will host a new giveaway. So hurry up and like, share, invite your friends and let them know about the good news!

Details:
Company name : SkinCandy.co (SkinCandy Trading JM0673490-T)
Tagline : SkinCandy makes your skin happy
Instagram : http://instagram.com/skincandyco (Hashtag: #skincandyco)
Email : skincandy.enquiry@gmail.com
Line/ WeChat : skincandyco
Whatsapp : 011-12717270
Carousell : Skincandyco

Skincandy.co do provide meetup/ COD for JB and Singapore customers at specific locations.
For JB : City Square - Weekdays during working hour 9.00am - 5.00pm
For Singapore : Little India/ Bugis MRT- time to be advise.
For COD, do contact Skincandy.co for more details and arrangement.


Love,
Carinn 



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Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored review. The review is based on my honest personal thoughts, experiences and preference after getting the products and trying out the service. How I use it may not be the best way for you and effects may vary depending on individual eyelashes/ lips condition and other factors.


Monday, 18 August 2014

Motivation


Recently, I've just been feeling quite down in the dumps. I know the reason that started this is very very silly and you might even laugh at me, but it's a serious matter to me..

I lost my phone a few days ago. Seriously don't wanna use any vulgarities but I just feel it's so unfair. FYI, it was a great way to end a great week at MTV World Stage 2014. We were all so happy and lucky that day. I won a pair of tickets from ChurpChurp, bought a pair for my friends and managed to sell off one for a profit. Then my bf and another friend won us a pair of Platinum Entry Pass for the after party at SOJU. Platinum! And I couldn't even enjoy myself. The crowd this year was so tame, so there were no difficulties entering the Surf Beach at all, unlike last year. We even got ushered to X-Zone aka VIP Zone for free. Enjoyed ourselves so much and when B.o.B came out, everyone rushed forward to crowdsurf and touch his hand. I couldn't reach for his hand but it was nice to see an artiste close up. Suddenly..  My bf turned to me and ask if I took my phone back because it was initially in his pocket. I didn't. And I knew then that someone stole it. In the midst of a crazy chaotic crowd no less. And I wasn't the only one, a few others lost theirs too so we bet it was a syndicate who planned it. Damn, those jerks are fast cos no one felt anything. And I happened to be one of the unlucky ones. Guess my luck ran out.. 

This is a bad week for me to be left alone at home.. Bf just went back today, housemates went to Thailand and my hostel toilet flush and lights are spoiled. I have to shower in the dark -.- Seriously I am so unmotivated to do anything. I haven't instagrammed for two days, I think I should get an award for that LOL.I have assignments and blog posts due, but all I wanna do is sleep and eat. I know I'm supposed to save money but I really just wanna... Shop to elevate my mood. Talk about retail therapy. Ugh. Seriously Rinn, pull yourself back together. 

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I also just feel so... Ugly lately. Yes, ugly. I don't think I've ever had any serious self-esteem issues, even when people tease about my height. I believe that's my unique feature that makes me stand out from the rest. And it's quite thick-skinnes, but I do enjoy being different. I am never one to be quiet and stay in a corner, I'm a small girl with a loud personality (and voice). 

I really put a lot of time and effort into the project. Really. I didn't even get a day of rest during the 2-weeks holiday as I stayed up everynight to do some admin work for the girls, find sponsorship, complete my work and rush blog posts. I had my outfit planned right from the start, did my beauty regime and all the night before.. Maybe it was all that late night staying up, the crying that caused me to look like that hahaha. But in the end, it might also be due to my own expectation and I just felt so.. ugly by the end of everything. It really left an impact on me. 

I've also been super super busy. Like I said, I have so many things to do, so many responsibilities to take up. School has just reopened and it's my last sem. I'm going into the working world soon, if all goes well... Wow. And I'm still struggling with the present, how am I going to cope with the future? After one project or task is over, I have another one that pops up. I think Freshies' Night was a success, but it could've gone way better. Guess the organiser always has doubts about herself.. :(

And then there's the fact that my blog views have been going down, and I've been getting less and less exposure and approach even from sponsors. Where's my luck, my oomph? I sound so stupid and vain right? But that's just how every blogger feels, I guess. I bet you've felt that way at least once too - underappreciated.

I really felt so dejected. So tired. I'm not proud of who I am and what I do anymore. I just want to complete the tasks, but I feel no sense of satisfaction in the end. I want to put my head down, cos I'm afraid of what people will think of me.. I'm so busy that I sometimes don't even have time to eat or bathe or do my nightly facial regime now. Don't judge and call me vain, I know every girl has felt like that at least once in her life..

Ah, enough of my complaints....

My friends have been telling me to cheer up and take care. Don't be so attached to material goods! I guess what they say makes sense.. These things do happen and it's beyond my control, no use crying over split milk and moping all day. But I'm really angry that those idiots had to steal and rob. Why do they have to ruin other people's night like that?! Not only me and the people who lost their phones, but my friends and their friends too who had to stop having fun to help us look for our phones. I feel so bad for ruining my friends' good time... And the money I've saved to go on vacation, I have to use it to buy a new phone now.. I've also talked to my bf about my emotions. And he said something that really made me think hard... Why am I doing all these for? In the past, my objective for stepping into the blogging world is to share my thoughts and happiness with the world. Right now, all my blogging objectives have changed. I'm only rushing sponsored posts everyday, where's the sense of satisfaction? Where's the joy I want to spread? I know, I feel guilty for not updating more on MY life, there's so much happy things and nice places or food or things that I see that I want to share with my readers but these deadlines are restricting me.

No, I should STOP being like this. I must find that motivation again. I must find that confidence, that passion to drive me to do better. It's time to be stronger and look forward to the future. I have to buck up and be prepared for the challenges ahead of me! 

To any of you who felt like this before, I'll be honest and tell you that reality is brutal. But you have to know that this is only part and parcel of life. So, my advice to you is to find happiness in everything you do, in every day. As cliche as it seems, you only live once and what is life if it's not full of activities everyday? I thank my boyfriend and loving friends around me who have encouraged me all these while. I am touched by all the calls, gestures and texts that really warmed my heart. I am more driven than ever to continue doing what I love. Thank you for bringing me back on my feet again. 

Friday, 15 August 2014

Beauty: GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

A little birdy told me that... The most popular skincare brand in the world, GlamGlow is now available in Malaysia! 

Following up to my previous announcement about the launch of GlamGlow Hollywood in Malaysia, I was fortunate enough to be one of the selected Caterpillars to join in Chapter 12 of the Caterpillar Project and review this much-raved about mask from Hollywood! Thank you Butterfly Project!

Chapter 12 of Blogging School 101: Butterfly Project x GlamGlow

Even the 15g sample is so glamourously packaged in a suave black & silver tube. Sadly, the words on the front were a little faded already when I got it.



Lights. Camera. Action.
This is how the normal 50g tub of GlamGlow YouthMud looks like. Super classy, it totally reminds me of the red carpet and the fabulous Hollywood celeb life.

GlamGlow was originally designed for professional backstage uses in Hollywood to prep the stars to be camera-ready in an instant! In 2011, it became and instant hit when it became available to consumers worldwide. GlamGlow uses a groundbreaking patent-pending and proprietary time-release TEAOXI technology to deliver the freshest ingredients into the mud via real tea leaves. No wonder GlamGlow is well-known for its fast-acting results and innovative mask technology!


GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment was designed as a 10-minute "facial-in-a-jar" using a mud base from South of France Mediterannean Sea - home to beautiful Cannes, St. Tropez and Monaco. GlamGlow's moisturising synthesis is suitable for both men and women. It also provides gentle resurfacing exfoliation to help leave skin softer, smoother and brighter. Get Glam-tastic, photo-ready skin in just 10 minutes! 
The TEAOXI technology helps to deliver Super-Squalene, EGCG Anti-Oxidant and Polyphenol directly into the mud via the tea leaves. TEAOXI is the magic behind the revolutionary anti-aging and anti-wrinkle results!


I've always wanted to try out mud masks. This mask is definitely not for the faint-hearted if you can't bear the colour and texture.. 
I have to warn you though, this post has 'graphical' content with many close-ups, so please bear with me!



It is recommended to use a spatula when applying it on your face for hygiene purposes, but over here I shall just use my fingers. A reminder is to be quick because the mask dries REALLY fast! Remember to seal the tube tightly after use as the mask will harden. 


Upon application, it's a greenish-greyish kinda colour. I bet if I used this in a forest I'd blend right in, perfect camouflage :D I only applied a thin layer here. It's cold, wet and has a sandy texture. Spot the black debris? Those are actual green tea leaves for even more goodness and acts as an exfoliant! There is a soothing, subtle tea scent which I adore! Doesn't smell gross at all.. 

It was a challenge trying to capture the images as the mask hardens fast, but I did the best I could to demonstrate to you just how easy it is to get glamorous skin with GlamGlow!



The mask hardens really fast, no joke! By the 2nd minute, the mask had already harden at the edges of my face and around my lips.

By the 5th minute, the mask was already 50% hardened, except for my cheek area. I would suggest concentrating on frequent problem areas such as the nose, chin and forehead area. I realised, these areas are also the ones that dries the fastest.

By the 10th minute, the mask had completely dried! My face felt so stiff I could hardly smile. When it dries, it will leave some little bumps on the face.


Notice that the mask turns white-ish when it dries. I can see the little clogged up pores on my nose and cheeks, so gross! >< It also cracked up around the edges, indicating that it's done and ready to be washed off!


omg I look as pale as a ghost...

To wash off the mud, wet your hands and rub gently in a circular motion. The mask dissolves fast and washes off easily :)

After washing off the mud mask, my skin became so clear and smooth! No joke, I couldn't stop admiring my skin cos it feels so silky soft. I absolutely love that clean amd refreshed feeling. I did not apply anything else on my face before I slept that night and I noticed that my makeup stayed on a lot better on well-prepped skin. :D

Don't believe me? Check out my before and after photos for living proof!




I was hoping that the product would minimise my pores, but it seemed like the result is not so drastic. However, it did get rid of my blackheads and whiteheads significantly. However, the exfoliation process is not gentle as claimed. As I have sensitive skin, the washing process is a little painful for me what with the mud and tea leaves scraping against my skin, hence leaving behind some redness. The most obvious results is from the area under my lower lip. The whitehead seems to have completely disappeared. I couldn't believe my eyes!

Here are some real, behind-the-scenes statistics to prove it:
- 100% of users agreed that it brightened their dull skin after using it 3 times a week
- 97% agreed that it left their skin smoother, brighter and softer after 1 day of use
- 91% agreed that it brightened their dull skin
-97% agreed that it provided gentle surface exfoliation after using it 3 times a week

10 minutes or LESS is all you need to be red-carpet ready!

 I had higher expectations for instant results. I guess this isn't a miracle cure... But it's close to it! I love GlamGlow so much as it works much better than other masks or creams that I've tried. It's the perfect skincare you need when you're in a rush to get ready for a big event. It's a pity the sample size is so small, I could only use it twice! :( My dull skin has become much brighter and smoother with just one use, imagine if I use it continuosly! It is recommended to use GlamGlow YouthMud at least twice a week.

Price-wise, GlamGlow YouthMud costs RM 240 for 50g.. My wallet will bleed, but for the results, it is definitely worth it! 
GlamGlow is available at Sephora outlets nationwide. You can check out the other ranges (here) too such as GlamGlow PowerMud Dual Cleanse Treatment, SuperMud Clearing Treatment (with eucalyptus leaves), BrightMud Eye Treatment (with peppermint leaves) and the recently launched ThirstMud Hydrating Treatment (with olive leaves). :D

For more information or to purchase this awesome product, you can find it on Sephora's website HERE
Don't forget to get more information from GlamGlow's website and follow The Butterfly Project - Beauty Bloggers for the latest updates! 


Cheers,
Carinn 



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Disclaimer: Even though the product was sponsored, the review is based on my honest personal thoughts, experiences and preference after trying out the product. Effects may vary depending on individual skin condition, usage frequency, personal lifestyle and other factors.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Shopping: Markets @ Jaya One

I've heard so much about Markets @ Jaya One ever since I came to KL to study. It's the perfect set-up for a bargain hunter aka shopaholic like me to satisfy my fashion craves. And last Sunday, I finally got the chance to attend it! 

My #ootd for that day. R for Rinn cos I couldn't find the C XD



Markets was held at The School, Jaya One this time. I was quite surprised that the bazaar was indoors and that the space could fit so many vendors! The best part about an indoor bazaar is that you get to shop in the comfort of an air-conditioned and sheltered place. :p 

Almost couldn't contain my excitement. I felt like a kid in a candy store looking at all the items on display. My friends already predicted beforehand that I will disappear as soon as we started shopping XD

The crowd was already kinda dwindling cos we arrived quite late on the second day, at about 4pm. I was told that those who went early on the first day got a free goodie bag featuring Tanks for 5 tank tops.




A bunch of us mainly went to support and say hi to our friends, Pam and Boon, who own Dress & Style Boutique! They were at booth no.30, did you spot them? Check out my previous #carinnxootd post here on one of their items :)


Sneak peak of Batch 2 items that will be up soon on Dress & Style!


Mei Yen, Aliscia, Eelaine & Yixin :)


Covetz items going for as low as RM10 per piece!


There were stuff for the kiddos too.


I expected most of the clothes to go for really low prices, but this was by far the cheapest I saw! Most of it were like RM5-RM25 per piece which is still quite reasonable.. There were mostly brand new and some preloved items from various blogshops too.



Bags, accessories and clothes by I Can't Sew (Therefore I Buy). Super cute name haha. They even brought along a portable changing room!


I spot EOS lipbalms!


There were A LOT of stalls selling accessories that day so I was trying to snag some statement necklaces for myself.



Isn't this just adorable?


Handmade bags by Anntidote!



Pretty dreamcatchers!




Handmade soap and vintage shades, anybody? Project Swissify carries some pretty rad glasses IMO.


Clothes for your phone.


Spot that cute smiley ukulele!

Time for some selfies with my pretty babes and shopping kakis of the day!

Pam and Yi Xin.





Thanks Mika, Kwai See and Vincent for bringing me there!


Thank you Yik Fei and Yi Xin for the awesome dinner recommendation!


If you're hungry or thirsty, drop by the stalls selling food and desserts. Salt 'n KoFFie particularly caught my eye.




After shopping, we spotted the Redken van outside, so we all decided to get a free hair styling service for the fun of it. Met a blogger friend there too who coincidentally sat next to me while I was having my hair done.




Tadaa the final result! Nice not? You might have seen me post this on my Instagram if you follow me. I was actually inspired by one of the staff outside who did a side braid and curls XD Now my hair doesn't look so flat. How I wish I could have nice hair like this everyday! But.. I'm too lazy/ noob to style my own hair..


Those who got their hair styled and photos taken will also stand a chance to win the #MyRedkenStyling grand prize and take home some products to try!


And how could I leave a bazaar without buying anything? Here's my mini haul of the day. Surprisingly I didn't buy much, because most of the items that I fancied are either too pricey or not in my size.. But I'm still really happy with my haul! I got all these for about RM68 only?!


Coincidentally, most of the items I bought came in brown paper bag, which is something I love. 
Snagged this white jumpsuit from Chiq Fliq and I'm really pleased with it! It was the last piece and to my pleasant surprise, it could fit me without dwarfing me (the pants are long) so of course I had to get it. What a steal for RM40! Can't wait to do a new OOTD post with this ;)


My favourite item of the day - this beautiful statement necklace from Entree for RM15. Most of the necklaces I saw were RM30+ so this was the best bargain ever!


Saw Noteworthie selling these beautiful notebooks for a discounted price of RM5 and I couldn't resist getting my hands on one. It has a calendar inside so hopefully I'll utilise it to jot down all the things I need to do. Plus, I like that it's small enough to fit in my bag. Lastly, I got myself some temporary tattoos. Habitatt was selling these temporary tattoo stickers for RM8 for any 3 designs so I got them and used one on the spot. They gave a complimentary mangosteen sticker too for following them on Instagram, in conjunction with Merdeka month.

Were you at Markets last weekend too? Share with me your experience and hauls, I would love to see them! I can't wait for the next bazaar, sometimes I wish JB could have more events like this too. It'll be so fun!


Cheers,
Carinn 



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