Review: Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner and Makeup Remover

Hi beautifuls! It's been a little while since I last posted. I want to apologize for the delay. Work-life has been hectic lately! Now that the holidays are officially over, the new year's been in full swing. I've also consolidated a lot of my makeup products and made room for fresh new things. Of course, I still adore bright lipsticks but also I've shifted my focus a bit to include more skincare and health. These changes will be prevalent in the next few posts :)

One review I've been itching to get out here is from December's Frosty VoxBox. In it, it included two products from Rimmel that I was super excited to try. One was the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner and the other a waterproof makeup remover.

First of all, the reason I thought the eyeliner was intriguing is because of its use as both a waterproof eyeliner and a kohl liner. Those two never go hand in hand, right?

I thought this would be a dupe of Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in Perversion but it's not quite there. Packaging wise, it certainly does look the part. But after wearing it for one day in the office, I came home to raccoon eyes. Not very waterproof.

When i first swatched it, it was definitely really soft and meant to create smokey looks. It is definitely not a pencil you want to create sharp lines with. You can smudge it out for a deeper look but I'm not suited for that since I don't have much eyelid boo. I found that it wasn't as waterproof as some of my other liners like the Dollywink pen or the Mac Fluidline. Scandal Eyes was too "kohl" for me - too smudgy. It didn't work well with me because it literally melted off my eyes in less than 3 hours. I only applied it on my upper lids but it somehow transferred to the bottom of my eyes.

 The photo below illustrates how the eyeliner looks like after its been smudged lightly. That's a no-go for me, and as much as I wanted to like it, it just didn't work as I hoped for it to -_- It was also flaky too, so i'd get black specs on my under eyes too.

I decided to take it off gently since it was waterproof. I used the Rimmel Let it Go makeup remover but it didn't budge at all! Rimmel claims that this product will take off waterproof eye makeup but such was not the case. I was disappointed in the fact that this makeup remover was the result of direct false advertising. I'm not sure many women would want to come home after a long day only to pull and tug at their eyes to get the makeup off because their makeup remover was not up to par.

(Hi Bacon!)

My trusty Trader Joe's jojoba oil did the trick and I removed the eyeliner in less than 3 seconds :)

In all, I would not repurchase these two products from Rimmel. The eyeliner was too messy and transferred color all over my face. I had the dreaded panda eyes look! The makeup remover did not work at all, even on a Rimmel product. Both had very extreme claims which I did not find appealing, and in it, all claims were based on false advertising, which disappointed me further. 


Back To Basics! Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack

It's that time of the year again where holiday cheer comes to an end and we finish the leftovers of wine and chocolate. Where Starbucks Red Cups make that once made appearances will now disappear into its hiding place for the next 11 months, where the leaves fall in preparation of the coming Spring.

Finding the right eyeliner for me is like finding a unicorn in a luscious green landscape. Most eyeliners either work for a few hours or fail horribly because my eyelids do not adhere to them. I always envy people who can use a pencil and draw in a line casually while looking spectacular and at ease. Or someone who has a kohl liner who messily draws an awesome looking line. I, on the other hand, have to spend a lot of time prepping and priming the lids just to make a fabulous eyeliner look mediocre. This is one of the reasons why I don't sport eyeliner on a daily basis despite my intense love for it. When I do have a few extra minutes in the morning, I use the one eyeliner that has never failed me - the Mac Fluidline gel liner in Blacktrack.

MAC Fluidline is a gel liner that is both waterproof and long lasting. MAC has made it into one of their staples of the brand and is consistently on everyone's favorites list. I have tried other gel liners from several different brands but I've always come back to MAC's because there's something about their eyeliners that actually deliver. I could wear this for 7 hours straight without budge and it's the greatest thing after a day of work or play. There's nothing worse than looking like you were involved in a bar fight while touching up your makeup in the ladies room. 

My attempt at a winged look, flicking out the ends as much as my Asian eyes can bear! ;) 

What I like about a good eyeliner is that it can make your look go from nice to sharp. It compliments everything from a neutral day look to a dramatic nighttime look.What I like about Mac's fluid line is that it does not budge at all. However, when I remove it, it comes off like butter! I've tried other gel liners that claim to be waterproof but the product starts creasing, cracking and sliding all over the place. 

I'm still unsure why this gel liner in particular is the only one that works for me. I've tried many gel liners from various brands that lasts for minutes and gets smudgy in a short amount of time. 
Thank goodness for Fluidline!!!

What are your go-to eyeliners? :)



Hope you're all having a wonderful holiday with your friends & family! 


Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Set

Hello beauties! I was so excited when I got the Sephora Give Me More Lip ($59.00) set in the mail. Every year I look forward to Sephora favorites (they get better and better). 

The 2014 Give Me More Lip set contains 17 lip mini's that range from lipstick to balms to stains, in shades of reds, berries, nudes and pinks. 

This set is absolute LOVE! See swatches below. 

This is a gorgeous nude shade with an opaque cream texture. On my lips, it appears more of a dusty rose color, semi-sticky and has a fruity scent. The only con about it is that it does settle into fine lines because of its opaqueness. Heavy texture. I like this, but it's not my favorite.

This gloss is a real MLBB shade. Sephora describes it as a medium brown rose but it's more of a nude on me. The texture is much lighter than the Stila one and much more comfortable to wear. I really like this one and would use it as a daily lip gloss. Hydrating and non-sticky, and isn't tacky and does not settle into fine lines.

 Too Faced La Creme in Naked Dolly
Not the most flattering. This cream lipstick is very pale, and meant for girls with very light complexion. It is a really gorgeous base to conceal the lips for a dramatic color over it. Not something I'd wear on a daily basis. Formula is very balmy, hydrating and soft.

Sephora describes this one as a bubblegum pink but it's such a pretty pink. Nothing bubblegummy at all about it. The texture is really soft, and it feels really creamy on the lips. It's a formula i really like. I might explore deeper red shades next time. One of the most comfortable lip colors I've ever worn!

Minty, and cooling... this lip tint is surprisingly pigmented and has a nice satin finish. I really like pencil lip colors because it offers so much precision and this one gets a plus for having a hydrating formula. I really like this one! this is the most perfect pinkie nude.

This tinted lip balm is PERFECTION. A blue-based lip color that feels wonderful on the lips. It's also such a flattering shade as well. I really like this and will likely repurchase this exact one. Formula is really soft, and has a flexible slip that's not overly oily. It sits well, and makes my lips feel really pampered. Definitely a real treat to wear this!

This lip treatment is nothing less than their sisterly counterparts (see my review here). I absolutely love the lemon-y warm scent and the insanely gorgeous packaging. This lip balm also has SPF 15 in it so it'll protect from the sun too. This balm is enriched with real sugar and black current oil, making it feel so luxe on the lips. The balm has a rich buttery texture and it coats the lips for hours keeping them nourished and hydrated. Absolute LOVE.

In terms of color, this gorgeous lip color from Too Faced takes the cake!!! It is the most intensely pigmented color in one swipe. This is like a cross between a lipstick and a liquid lip color. Texture is extremely silky and silicon-y.  Dries to a satin finish. 
While I love the color, I'm not particularly fond of the scent. It has a very bathroom cleaning product smell and that is quite off-putting. 

The applicator is fuzzy and the lip color spreads around it. 

A pretty fall shade that is light weight and moisturizing. Glides on soft but the color is a little streaky. Color fades  very quickly, and isn't long lasting at all. When it disappears, you just get a streaky mess. Not very good.

Like the Too Faced Melted Lipstick, Bite Beauty's lip color is also insanely pigmented with a gorgeous satin finish. Bite Beauty has been touted as one of the most natural lipsticks you could wear - ingredients are food grade that you can practically eat! One interesting fact about this lip range is that it contains as much resveratrol as five glasses of red wine. 
I absolutely love this gorgeous and super long lasting color. It has a nice smooth feel and not drying at all despite its intense color. 

This brick red shade is a lipstain that dries really quickly into a matte finish. Very long lasting and a great quality formula. Really beautiful bright red! The stain lasts for hours and is a bit drying so you do have to keep your lips moisturized as much as you can. This matte shade also tends to settle into lip lines so before you wear this, definitely pamper your lips the night before.  But overall, gorgeous color! I really love it.

This gorgeous Laura Mercier color is so pretty! It's a  cherry red that's more toned down than the one above. A much more hydrating and lower maintenance red. I really like the way it feels - very smooth and so creamy. Texture feels like a balm. Use a lip liner to avoid feathering and to keep the color vibrant and bright. 

This gorgeous wine colored shade is the perfect cold weather color. This lipstick has a cream finish and an amazing smooth formula. It's also long lasting, and keeps your lips stained. This highly pigmented shade is bold and so beautiful. A definite re-purchase for sure. Feels very nourishing on lips and the vitamin E and coconut oil makes my lips feel divine and soft. 

Black Dahlia is a high opacity lip color that applies as a stain and dries to a matte finish. This shade is a blackened red color, perfect for a sexy vampy look. This lip tar is actually a duplicate in my collection (see my past review here). It has a minty formula, and feels very balmy. This is one of those really high maintenance lippies that needs a lot of care. It takes some priming and aftercare to keep this color looking fresh and clean. Even with all that, I am still a huge fan of OCC and their range of of lip colors. 

This is the only Sephora branded item in the set. This lip stain is so pretty and actually one of my favorites to use. It dries to a really flexible texture. One of the better stains I've used. The formula is really lightweight and soft and isn't drying at all. I really like this!

Of the entire set, one lipstick sits apart from the rest - and it's this one! This Hourglass lipstick is absolute perfection, in both formulation and color. First, blue-based reds are the most flattering for me. Secondly, this shade is truly a classic red. It's perfectly bright, dries to a semi-matte finish, and super long wearing. Feels extremely comfortable, and so high quality. Absolute love. Will be looking into other shades and their gorgeous Ambient Lighting Blushes ;)

....and the aftermath of testing all these lip colors!!! 


Bold Lipstick; a Mac Impassioned Review

I like lipsticks. In fact, I am guilty of hoarding a bunch of lipsticks I rarely use. I think many women can attest to that because we just absolutely love having a color to choose from at our leisure. In my case, there was a period when I was collecting bold lipsticks for when "that special occasion" would arise. Like a fine wine, I stored each special lipstick in a dry, cool tempered drawer with the lippies housed in their original packaging for safekeeping. 

It wasn't until recently that I started to wonder what the point is to keep them and not use them! So i unboxed them all, and put them with the rest of my lippies. Instead of saving them for an occasion, I decided to use one of my favorites, Mac Impassioned, for a night out that's anything but "glam" - an NBA game! As in the home of hot dogs, chicken strips, fries and a bunch of other yummy eats that is lipstick unfriendly ;) It didn't matter because the shade is so gorgeous and shouldn't be locked away.

Impassioned is a classic fuchsia shade in Mac's permanent range of lipsticks. After seeing this shade on so many people, a particular Korean celeb caught my eye. Jeon Ji Hyun sported a similar fuchsia/bright pink in the drama My Love From Another Star. While I never watched the drama, she was the inspiration for many looks recreated by bloggers. I have to admit, I cannot stop staring at her lips. It's gorgeous! 

Impassioned was the most similar color I could find. The lipstick is so hydrating, and has a gorgeous buttery texture. Since it's an amplified shade, the pigmentation is strong. To make it more wearable for the day, I would suggest using a darker pink, or red gloss to soften the bright neon look of fuchsia. 

I used Starlooks lip pencil in Tipsy as a base to keep the strong lip as long lasting as possible.

Readers, do you like bold lipsticks? Do you tone them down for work/school or save them for special occasions? :)


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