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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Beauty (Rinn's 3CE Series): 3CE Lip Lacquer and 3CE Fresh Aqua Mist [Part 4] @ Skincandy.co

Happy October! We're 3/4 done with 2014 *gasp* :O

Anyway, here's this month's issue of my fave 3CE products from Skincandy.co! Two very different product but very awesome functions! You can find my previous 3CE Series here - 3CE Eyebrow Shaper and 3CE Sharpener, 3CE Creamy Waterproof Eyeliner and Cream Blusher and 3CE Mascara & Fixer and Lip Color.

Introducing the 3CE Fresh Aqua Mist and Lip Lacquer. Are these hits or misses?

3CE Lip Lacquer in #Backstage

The 3CE Lip Lacquer provides a lipstick-like touch with a soft cashmere feeling like it's press-powdered. Honestly, it's one of the most unique lip products I've ever used. The whole range consists of 10 beautiful colours. With its vivid colours that shines through, you can easily mix and match the lipsticks to create different colours and use a a base or for gradient lips.

#Backstage is a refreshing and elegant cherry-coloured red. It's so classic and fine, you can use it to try on as many looks as you want! The packaging is similar to a lip gloss, but I'd call this product more of a lip paint. It comes with a doe-foot applicator for easy application and again, I simpl love the classy and clean packaging.

The lip lacquer has a one-of-a-kind texture. It's creamy when applied, but when it dries, it leaves a soft and matte cashmere finish that is lip-hugging. The application is also light and long-lasting, leaving your lips feeling moisturised and non-sticky the whole day.

This is what I mean by vivid colours and unique texture. As you can see from the swatch on the back of my hand, it was creamy but after applying it on the lips, the texture becomes matte! Feels like magic. The best way to use a red lipstick is of course to use a lip brush but since there is an applicator, I didn't bother to use a lip brush but I did use concealer to clean up the sides for a more defined finish. 

Here's a tip. After applying any dark coloured lipsticks, remember to use the finger or thumb method to clean up any lipstick residue from the teeth. You basically just suck your thumb (yea, kinda disgusting but trust me, it works) and pull it out. Or you can opt to use a tissue paper to remove and blot away any excess lipstick!

Elegant

I'll show you two different ways to wear this lipstick. First, it is full force as a base, of course. Red lippies are perfect for formal functions, a dinner date or simply for a day out if you're bold enough to rock it!

I wore this red lipstick for a formal event and pulled my hair back so that it looks more classy. Usually, the red lip is eye-catching enough so minimal eye makeup is required. I should've put on some eyeshadow and more mascara but sorry, I was lazy ._.



Refreshing

Next, you can try a gradient lip which is very popular among Koreans! It seems like a lot of work, but trust me, it's super simple. Simply apply some lip balm before using concealer to cover the whole lips, then apply a light pink colour all over the lips. Finally, dab a few drops of the 3CE Lip Lacquer in Backstage on the centre of your lips and blend with your fingers.

Tadaa! It's a cute and sexy look, kinda like you just-bitten and kissable lips :*

I'd wear this look if I'm feeling a little fancy when going out with my girlfriends. The bad thing about it though is that the gradient wears off after eating and drinking and touch-up is not very convenient. So take more selfies while it lasts! :p

My thoughts on the 3CE Lip Lacquer is that it is very smooth to apply! I really love the unique matte texture, but I'll definitely recommend using lip balm or Vaseline before applying the colour as it tends to dry up your lips and settle into the cracks, I think the matte lippie will be more wearable if I had gotten this is pink or nude shade but no complaints here! Red matte is really bold and cool too. It is also odorless which I really appreciate. Plus, it's so versatile and has dual ways to apply. My only complaint would really be that it's not moisturising but other than that, I'm pleased.
  
If you'd like to get this 3CE Lip Lacquer, it's available at Skincandy.co for only RM80. BUT if you'd like to get it at a cheaper price... Stay tuned till the end of the post and I'll tell you how.. ;)


3CE Fresh Aqua Mist

This has got to be one of the lesser known products of the 3CE range, but it's just as good as their other products! The 3CE Fresh Aqua Mist is a mist that provides moisture directly to your skin. It contains mineral-rich glacial milk and a mixture of 6 underwater plant extracts to provide nutrition for smoother and healthier skin

I got this in the mini size which is 30ml. It's just a simple bottle with a spray lid to disperse tiny tiny droplets of that sweet-smelling water.

To use, just put it at about a 15cm distance and spray it directly at your face! Basically, it's like giving your skin a drink to hydrate it. If you've heard of micellar water or facial mists, you'll know how to appreciate this. I love the sweet scent it gives off, it really awakes my senses. This product is so suitable for our weather here! I usually use this on days when it gets really really hot. You can not only use it on your face, but anywhere from your neck to body too! It's like a deodorant on the go to get rid of sweat and sticky feeling while keeping your skin moisturised. No joke, I can't find anything I dislike about this.

You can get the 3CE Fresh Aqua Mist from Skincandy at only RM14! This has got to be one of the most affordable items from 3CE already haha XD

BUT WAIT! Check this out! 

image from Skincandy

I'm sure most of you have heard of the #MYCYBERSALE from 29th Sept to 1st Oct right? It's an event organised by the Malaysian government to support online shops. All the amazing sales and discounts were really tempting.. Sadly, the sale only lasted for 3 days BUT I have some great news! In conjuntion with the sale, Skincandy.co decided to jump on board as well and they're having sales too.. The only difference is that their sale will not end on 1st Oct but instead last until this weekend (5th Oct 2014)! 

All your favourite 3CE products will be ready-stock and on sale! Buy more to get more discounts! Don't forget to quote CARINNXSC5 to get another RM5 off your purchases. *valid till 2nd November 2014*

Find them on Facebook to check the prices of your fave products. Follow them on Instagram. Tag your purchases with and @skincandyco and hashtag #skincandyco to be entitled to another RM5 off your next purchase! Skincandy will host a new giveaway for every 1K fans. Don't forget, their promo ends THIS weekend, so hurry up and like, share, invite your friends and let them know about the amazing offers NOW!

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 lips/ skin condition and other factors.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Shopping: How to Shop on Shopbop.com!

Hi guys! If you remember, I did a quick post introducing my current favourite online shopping site last month - Shopbop! Shopbop is awesome because they offer so many designer brands at affordable prices and gorgeous styles. Sometimes I can just spend hours browsing and <3-ing my favourite items for my wishlist :p


Today I'm gonna do a guide on how to shop on Shopbop. It's fairly straightforward and delivery is sooo fast! I did ask for your suggestions on what to get so here's what I decided to get in the end...


Step 1: Select your items.


I chose this gorgeous coral coloured Kate Spade Cherry Lane Stacy Wallet in the end. It's made of full leather and it's super lightweight and fits in any of my bags!

This little window should pop up once you've selected your item.

Another item that I got is this Marc by Marc Jacobs Adults Suck 13" Computer Case. Now I have a pretty laptop case to bring around instead of a bulky laptop bag!


Step 2: Checkout your shopping cart 
Once you're done selecting your desired items, proceed to "CHECKOUT" to checkout your order.


Step 3: Proceed to Shipping and choose a shipping method
Key in your shipping address first before selecting your shipping method. There are three main shipping methods with Shopbop. Each one has a different Terms & Conditions. For orders above $100, you are entitled to FREE Express Delivery Internationally! Find more shipping info HERE.

*Recommended* Free Express Delivery - Customs & Duties Tax are calculated based on the type of product, country of origin and destination. Delivery will take around 1-3 days and if the amount taxed is less than the charges, Shopbop will credit the extra amount back to your account.

Express Delivery - Customs & Duties Taxes or Import Fees are paid by the customer to the delivery carrier at the time of delivery. This method takes around 3-5 days for your parcel to arrive. 

Postal Delivery - Customs & Duties Taxes or Import Fees are paid by the customer to the delivery carrier at the time of delivery. This method takes around 7 - 20 days and is the most risky as it does not have provide package tracking.

For this round, I opted for the Free Express Delivery with an additional tax payment of 10% of my total purchase.


Step 4: Confirm your Order


At this stage, double check all your info and if you have a gift certificate, don't forget to key in your gift certificate number! 


Step 5: You're Done!!

Once you have clicked "PLACED ORDER", your order is now completed. You may opt to take a short survey and wait for Shopbop's confirmation email to be sent to you. 


Tadaaa! I really love the Free Express International Delivery cos I received my items in about 3 days only! I love how efficient Shopbop is and my items were all packaged nicely, with the invoice and authentication cards for each items included. 

Fancy getting one for yourself too? You can find more wallets HERE and laptop covers HERE.

That's not all. Shopbop has endless categories of items as well. You'll sure find something suitable for you! Check out some of my favourite categories. 


Clothing - from inner wear to formal gowns, I can't stop browsing for the latest fashion!

Shoes - From sneakers to flats to heels... Need I say more?

Accessories - Find the perfect jewelry, hair accessory or scarf to heat up your outfit!

And last but not least, my favourite category of all....
SALE!!! Shopbop is having final markdowns up to 70% on selected items! The items are available in limited sizes and quantities, so grab them fast!

I hope this post has been informative for you. I can't wait to get my next batch of items from Shopbop! Fast and convenient, just the way online shopping should be :)

For more information, log on to their website: http://www.shopbop.com/


Love,
Carinn 



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Friday, 26 September 2014

Carinn x OOTD: Downtown Hippie

Today it just hit me that all my major assignments deadline fall really close to each other that I'm on the point of suffocating. Just when I thought I can relax a little after submitting one of my crappiest assignments today, another one comes along.. and another one.. and another one.... #nosleep4lyf

However, I'm determined to not let it stop me from blogging because blogging is my form of stress relief! Today will be a throwback OOTD again because I seem to have a few archived lol. This was back in July when I hung out with my gf. A day in town, just walking around aimlessly, sipping coffee in a nice little cafe, taking photos... Sigh, what I wouldn't give to have those days back

Gf suggested we visit this new cafe downtown called Bev C. I saw some photos online and realised that the colour theme is so monotonous that if I wore something colourful, I'll be sure to stand out. So i opted for monochrome instead. I realise I have a lot of floral outfits XD Also, what to do when you ran out of things to wear? Borrow your sister's. :p











Monochrome floral weater (worn as dress) - H&M // White tank dress (inner) - H&M // Vintage leather bag - a gift from Thailand // Houndstooth T-bar flats - Vincci // Dreamcatcher necklace - Kitschen (sister's) // Gold floral headband - Random instashop (sister's)

Photographer: Hui Ying
Venue: Downtown JB / Bev C Cafe

This hippie look is so chilled and laidback! It's also really comfy because of the sheer material. I think it's a nice muted contrast against the colourful paintings in town. Somehow I always love hanging out in town. Didn't go to town for a few weeks and it has transformed to a colourful street! Who says JB is boring? :p

Lastly, just ending off with some photos of me and my gf and the yummy desserts we ordered. In the blink of an eye, she's now in UK to further her studies already. My last hangout buddy in JB is not here already.. Miss you so much, can't wait for 2 years to pass! :(



I'm rushing off to an event now! It's great to be able to take some time off on a Friday night before jumping back into assignments stress again. Do remember to hype me on Lookbook if you like this hippie look yea? Happy Friday! :)

Cheers,
Carinn 



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Beauty: Miss Hana Lip Balm Crayon

I just realised I've been blogging a lot this month but this is only my first beauty post of the month?? Quite amazing I would say loool. Anyway, here's a review on Taiwan's famous Miss Hana Lip Balm Crayons, courtesy of Natta Cosme!

As I said before, I am a lipstick junkie so any form of lip colour be it lippies, lip stains, lip crayons or coloured lip balms etc will make me happy hehe :D But I'm also particular about the colour payoff, lasting power and because I have dry lips, the moisturising effect. Let's see how these babies score!

Always look forward to Natta Cosme's parcels cos they're always so meticulously packed!


This totally brings back some childhood memories! I was wondering why did they include a box of Faber Castell crayons for us cos uh, I thought this was supposed to be about LIP crayons only? After that, I found out that it is for Natta Cosme's Peace and Humanity Campaign and they would love for us to draw our childhood dreams & fantasies on the postcard and mail it back to them to paste on their office all. Aww! But too bad I'm bad at drawing + I have no time due to the crazy assignments this month, so I'll send in my postcard late. So sorry! Will update this space if you'd like to laugh at see my drawing haha.

So sweet of Natta Cosme! I'm sure this box of Faber Castell crayons don't cost cheap as well :o

Pleasantly surprised that we received not one, but TWO beautiful Miss Hana Crayon Lip Balms in different colours!

Miss Hana Lip Balm Crayons are best suited for ladies with dry and chapped lips, especially those caused by staying in an air-conditioned room all day long. It contains ingredients such as Rose Hip Oil, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera Extract and Honey to keep the lips soft, supple, moist and smooth. With 5 colours to choose from, it is easy to achieve natural lip colour while repairing your dry and damaged lips at the same time! It's so soft that it will not rip off the dry skin on your lips. You can use it anywhere - at work, school or before bedtime to keep your lips tender and soft when you wake up. Even bike riders can use it to protect your lips from sand?? Lol. And this part is perfect for me.. To reduce lip-licking! A very bad habit, I know. 

Looks so fun, it's like playtime! Similar to the Miss Hana Waterproof Gel Eyeliners (read my reviews here and here), these crayon lip balms are basically just fatter versions of the eyeliners. They have the same pretty elegant pink & black packaging and plastic cap. Again, I do not really fancy the cap cos it tends to get dirty easily.

Some things to take note of.. Avoid placing at extremely high and low temperature places, and towards direct sunlight because the lip balm crayon is really soft and melts easily. Keep out of reach of children and do a skin stimulation test before use. Do not use if there are wounds, stop immediately if swelling occurs.

Swatches. The two colours look quite similar IMO!

01 Purple Sakura Season

I love that each lip balm crayon has a different design and name on it! This is 01 Purple Sakura Season, inspired by Japanese Sakuras.

I was pretty thrilled because I don't own any purple lipsticks, but it turns out, the colour is just kind of like hot pink. Still, I think it'd be a great colour to wear to parties cos it's so eye-catching!

To use, just apply evenly on your lips, just like drawing with a crayon :D You can choose to exfoliate your lips with lip scrub first. TIP: I would recommend applying some lip balm or Vaseline before applying the colour but these are already coloured lip balms and does not go well with Vaseline. In fact, it actually doesn't last as long when I apply Vaseline first.

This colour is great for the girly girls who are looking for a pop of colour in their daily makeup.

You can find this colour HERE.

02 New York Uptown Pink Girl

This colour is inspired by the busy workaholics, rushing here and there in busy New York City!



All those nights of rushing work and assignments (like me) will cause your complexion to pale. Throw on this colour for a natural look and brighter complexion! Um somehow it looks orangey on camera but trust me, it is pink in real life. Another TIP is to double up the lip balm crayon and use it as a blusher! Just dab some product on your fingers and use it as blush on the apples of your cheeks. Voila!

You can find this colour HERE.

03 Orange Twilight (BONUS)

I've also won this from blogger Angeline Tang's giveaway! Lol what luck. So I decided to show you guys this colour as well in case you're planning on getting it. Sadly, the colour doesn't show up much especially on camera... It looks almost non-existent.

...but it does look good when I take a selfie like that! I think it's all about the lighting. The colour is really bright and cheerful.

You can find this colour HERE.



Which is your favourite colour? Mine would be NY Uptown Pink Girl because it is so wearable for everyday makeup! My final thoughts on this lipbalm is that it is so, so moisturising! When I first applied it, it felt so pleasant because it glides on so smoothly. The tip is SO soft, I'm afraid it will break easily so I'll handle these crayon lip balms with care lol. The colour payoff is quite good for the pink colours, not so much for the orange. Of all the five colours, I would say they fall more into the pinks and peaches category. 

One thing I dislike about these lip balms is the smell. It smells like artificial sugar which smells good at first, but makes me want to gag after awhile LOL. The tip also tends to become blunt after awhile but this can be solved with a sharpener! Get your Miss Hana Professional Sharpener HERE. Sadly, the colour doesn't last long and wears off with eating and drinking but all in all, I am pleased with it. The moisturising effect is really good and if you notice, it doesn't emphasise my cracked lips but smoothens out the lip lines instead! I don't feel the need to keep peeling my lips with these on HAHA.

If you'd like to get these Miss Hana Lip Balm Crayons, here's a piece of good news for you!

Key in the discount code 'MHSHARP' to buy Miss Hana Lip Balm Crayons at RM35 instead of the usual RM39,90! You'll also be entitled to a FREE Miss Hana Sharpener with any purchase! *expires on 15/10/2014 so act fast!


Find more Miss Hana products here. It's Time for Beauty and Happiness with Natta Cosme. Do visit Natta Cosme's websiteFacebook and Instagram for more fun and exciting promotions and contests!


Cheers,
Carinn 



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