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Sneak Preview: Australis Cosmetics

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So I recently got one Australis Velourlips matte lip cream in Shang-hi!, liked it so much I went out and got another and just decided to get more products by them as I just really like what I swatched from their display.

Will do a full review for my next post, do stay tuned!

Xoxo, Diana.

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How I Got ELDW To Work For Me

As the title states, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup (ELDW) didn’t work for me initially at all on it’s own, mainly that it didn’t cover my blemishes, stayed tacky after application and made me oily at the end of a few minutes.

I was disappointed as virtually everyone else who used this claimed it kept them oil-free and their skin looked flawless throughout the day. It didn’t for me. At all.

But I was determined to make it work so I tried it again afterwards and here’s what I have to say!

I’m wearing it with a full face of makeup today, armed with tips from the Internet.

Read on reddit that silicone based foundations work best with silicone based primers, and that the ELDW pairs best with the Smashbox Photo Finish one – homie I ain’t got the funds to be dropping for one product. I do have the Monistat Chafing Relief Gel-Powder that’s supposedly a dupe so…

Here’s what I used for my base today –

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Aforementioned ‘primer’ (IT’S NOT VAG STUFF GUYS HAHAHA), NYX Matte Finish setting spray and bareMinerals Mineral Veil.

I’ve tried it before under an A/C environment and I’m trying it out today in the sun + A/C. Hopefully it works just as well!

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Here’s how my skin looks like with just sunscreen on.

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Immediately after application. Time check: 2.30pm.

I find that my blemishes are covered better now that I’ve put concealer beforehand and lowered my expectations (when you have pimples, the best you can do is reduce redness, the bumps aren’t gonna magically disappear, duh).

Quite happy with how my skin looks like even under natural sunlight as seen from my Snapchat:

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Let’s just see how it wears!

Here’s how it looks like at 7.05pm about 15mins after blotting my face with an oil blotting sheet:

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And now, 11pm:

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Slight shine on nose, forehead and under my cheeks but pretty good overall!

This was after 8.5 hours during which I shopped in an open air mall (Bugis Street), watched a movie and cried (ya I always cry – think I’m emotional) ((omg guys 1965 was a good movie)), and walked for 15mins from the MRT station back home and sweated a bit so I’d like to think I really gave this foundation a good wearing.

In conclusion I’d like to say foundations, no matter how good they are still need a proper base and setting spray/powder for it to be maintained throughout the day – for skin as oily as mine that is.

Gonna move on to my next product tryout, do stay tuned!

Xoxo, Diana.


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ELDW: First Impression

So I recently got the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup to try out after careful consideration as I was looking for a full coverage, stays matte foundation for my sensitive oily acne-prone skin and after watching tons of YouTube videos and reading reviews on makeupalley and blogs, I decided on this.

It wasn’t cheap, at S$58 for a bottle, so I’m really hoping it would work out.

I chose 3W2 Cashew to match my NC40 skin, and here’s how it looks like on:

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This is with no primer, no concealer, no powder nor setting spray as I really wanted to see how it performs on it’s own. I’m not too impressed thus far as it doesn’t really cover up my acne or scarring on my cheeks too well and it stays tacky even after 5mins.

For reference: I applied it with a dense flat top kabuki today in a stippling motion.

Time check: 5:15pm.

So I’ve just came back from watching Paper Towns at JEM with my Abang Anjang, walked about, cried (John Green you suck but I love you) popped into the pasar malam there to get snacks for the family and I’m back and I’m pretty annoyed with how my skin looks and feels right now.

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Time check: 10.15pm

For a foundation that claims to be last 15 hours of wear I’m pretty annoyed that it’s gotten this oily just after 5 hours of wear and started to get shiny minutes after application. That’s appalling. It also feels ‘sticky’ somewhat and is slick to the touch.

I didn’t blot whatsoever except with a tissue paper for my nose at approximately 6.50pm and I’m still quite upset but I’m determined to make this work.

I didn’t drop 58 bucks for a dud, heck no.

Read somewhere that ELDW looks best with a silicone based primer underneath, so I’ll try that for work tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Xoxo, Diana.


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Haul: Skincare and Cosmetics

Hello world!

Sorry for the lack of updates recently, been swamped with work, with Ramadhan and Eid al-Fitr that has just passed – tbh these are more excuses than reasons but I’ll make it up to you, promise!

So I had the day off today and decided to visit my good friend Kela at NEX so that we could grab lunch together, and go shopping after she ends work, and this mall seriously did some damage to my bank account.

There’s just too many good shopping opportunities here, I can’t even. I’m not here to promote the mall but dang son, I was spoilt for choice.

Especially since there’s a sale being held at the atrium by Sasa! Here’s what I got:

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For skincare I grabbed the Combos Skin Tea Tree Balancing Mask and Pomegranate Whitening Mask as there was not only a reduction of price (from $16.90 to $11.90 for a box), there was also a promotion of buy 1 get 1 free. Grab!

I also threw the SaSaTinnie Snail Rejuvenating Face Mask into my basket after some consideration as I’ve been seeing snail extracts being lauded on YouTube and beauty blogs literally everywhere so I just had to. It helped that each mask was $2, buy 5 get 3 free. Hope this will be good! *fingers crossed*

Got a konjac sponge because I’ve never tried one ever despite all of the claims of it’s benefits (gently exfoliates the skin, kills acne causing bacteria, balances the skin’s pH)… truthfully? I just bought it because it was fun to squeeze.

Got the Raspberry Sherbet Body Scrub by Beauty Buffet as I noticed my body has been very berdaki recently like tons of dead skin errwhere (ugh gross) and

the Coastal Scents Brush Shampoo Cleanser as I’ve been washing my brushes with my own hair shampoo and I just wanna get the right tools for my beauty tools, you know?

Phew. Quite a fair bit right?

But that’s not all!

I also got some beauty products that I’m just so excited to use soon!

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The NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette because I really want to be experimenting with contouring more and the three bronzing powders that I’ve got just aren’t to my liking. The only highlight I’ve got at the moment is my Benefit High Beam and I’m just not feeling it. So yes!

The Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr perfecting primer because I really need a good primer that can control my oils, fill in my pores and let’s be real here, I was deliberating between this and the Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer but decided on this as it was 1. Cheaper (hehe) and 2. The color correcting version for the Smashbox primer didn’t have as good reviews as this. So excited to give it a try!

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream in Shang-Hi! Isn’t the name just adorable?! Really liking berry tones recently and since I don’t have any matte lipsticks in my collection I decided to add this in.

My first ever high end product omgimspazzingeek so I’ve been having really bad breakouts recently, not too sure if it’s my hormones, stress or my skin purging from my skincare routine (Cetaphil + Benzoyl Peroxide in the morning, Kojic Acid Soap in the evening) but I found that my current two liquid foundations just aren’t cutting it anymore. Been seeing rave reviews on this so I decided to pick it up and *crosses fingers* hope that it works for me as it has for so many others!

NYX Matte Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray just in case the primer and foundation can’t beat my oily skin.

The Beauty Blender because I just want to try applying foundation with a sponge rather than brushes as I’ve been doing thus far and lastly

The Coastal Scents BR-C-S48  Classic Tapered Kabuki Stick because I want to try applying my contour powders with a dense dome brush. Maybe it’ll end well, maybe it won’t but I sure won’t regret adding another kabuki brush to my arsenal.

And that’s it! I’ll definitely be posting up first impressions, reviews and updates soon, so it’s a date yeah?

See you soon!

Xoxo, Diana.