Skincare I’ve used up (September 2018)

I haven’t written an empties post since March…uh yeah this year has really flown! When I noticed that my pile of empties was becoming increasingly more difficult to store, I thought it was about time I posted so I could get rid of them.

I’m going to be breezing through (well I’ll try my best to) each of them, otherwise this will be very long. I’ve reviewed some of it in the past and will add a link to the review where applicable. Most of these products are minis, which I think is an affordable and smart way to try out new skincare, especially if getting samples beforehand isn’t possible.

All products were purchased by me (except for the last one which was in a members rewards box). There are no affiliate links in this post.

Simplistic Skincare – Essence wonder


Reviewed here.

Cost: $49 AUD, purchased from 

My thoughts since the review remain unchanged. I didn’t think it did much for my skin, even after using it up, I didn’t miss it or notice any differences in my skin. It is hydrating and absorbs very quickly. Nice packaging but won’t warrant a repurchase.

Goodal – Mild Protect Essence Sun SPF50+/PA+++

Goodal - Mild Protect Essence Sun SPF50+/PA+++
Goodal – Mild Protect Essence Sun SPF50+/PA+++

Cost: $9.81 USD, purchased from ibbi

After hearing the ladies at Glow Recipe rave about this sunscreen, specifically about it’s gel texture, I knew I had to try it. It’s a chemical sunscreen which is what I usually go for because I can’t stand dry and difficult to blend physical sunscreens. I’m sure there are more elegant formulas out there now but I just haven’t found one I’ve liked yet.

The gel consistency makes it easy to rub into the skin which I liked. There were two things that I didn’t like as much with this sun gel and the first thing is that alcohol is the 7th ingredient in the list (cosdna). I noticed this after I bought it, rookie mistake I know! I do know that alcohol is common in sunscreens since it helps make the texture more spreadable but I would still like to avoid it when I can. It wasn’t drying and didn’t smell like alcohol so that was a plus. The second thing was that it left my face dewy…borderline greasy. This could be a great thing for drier skin types but on my combo skin, I did not need the extra grease in my t-zone. Might be a better one for winter. Because of these two reasons, I won’t be repurchasing.

Fresh – Soy Face Cleanser (mini size)

Fresh - Soy Face Cleanser (mini size)
Fresh – Soy Face Cleanser (mini size)

Reviewed here

Cost: $20 AUD, 50ml, purchased from Sephora

As a second cleanser, it was a good one. Like I said in the review, it doesn’t leave my face stripped. It instead, left it feeling bouncy, hydrated and soft. Would repurchase. Keen to try more products from Fresh 🙂

MAC – Prep and Prime Fix +

MAC - Prep and Prime Fix +
MAC – Prep and Prime Fix +

Cost: $36 AUD, 100ml, purchased from Myer

This is a classic product which I will always keep repurchasing. I use it after makeup to set my face and to add a natural looking glow to my skin. It also helps melt powder into the skin, to mesh with the other elements. It doesn’t work like a setting spray (like urban decay’s all nighter) so don’t expect it to prolong the wear of your makeup. I just love the way it makes my skin look which is a good enough reason in my books. The mister on the bottle is glorious too, very fine. Good for use all year around but especially in summer because it also feels refreshing 🙂

Belif – The True Tincture Cleansing Stick (Chamomile)

Belif - The True Tincture Cleansing Stick (Chamomile)
Belif – The True Tincture Cleansing Stick (Chamomile)

Cost: I can’t access the order details but I think it was around $20-30 AUD purchased from eBay.

This was another purchase inspired by Renee (Gothamista). She compared this to the Su:m37 Rose Cleansing stick which I loved but can’t seem to find anymore. Anyway, this stick was nice, it had little bits of chamomile petals in it so it also gently exfoliated the skin while cleansing. I didn’t really feel it to tell you the truth. It did have a subtle natural smell and it was a nice sensory experience to use it. It also didn’t strip my skin but it wasn’t the most hydrating cleanser I’ve ever used either. I felt like if I didn’t apply toner right away, my skin would feel a bit tight. A stick last a really long time, mine expired before I could finish it.  I think I had it for awhile before use and didn’t pay attention to the date.

I probably won’t repurchase this. I prefer the Su:m37 Rose cleansing stick and Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick (Green Tea) over this one.

Amore Pacific – The essential creme fluid (mini size)

Amore Pacific - The essential creme fluid (mini size)
Amore Pacific – The essential creme fluid (mini size)

Cost: $25 USD, travel size purchased from eBay.

After hearing Liah Yoo and Jude (Fiddy Snails) rave about this moisturiser, I too also needed it. Especially when I heard that it contained 150 handpicked baby green tea leaves from AP’s own tea garden and that it’s a rich moisturiser disguised as a lightweight creme. Now Amore Pacific is impossible to get here in Australia. Managed to find a travel size on eBay which I probably overpaid for but oh well. I’m actually glad I only got the travel size because the full size is around $100 USD. I liked the texture, it was light and silky. My skin did feel moisturised but not that comfortable. I think it was the scent that bothered me, it smelt quite strongly of flowers I think, not a natural smell. Wish it smelt like green tea instead. For that reason I will not be repurchasing. Overall it didn’t feel unique enough for me to want to get past the scent. The good news is that Mecca, applicable to AU and NZ (I think), will be stocking AP products soon so it will at last be easily attainable!

Drunk Elephant – Beste Jelly Cleanser (mini size)

Drunk Elephant - Beste Jelly Cleanser (mini size)
Drunk Elephant – Beste Jelly Cleanser (mini size)

Cost: Came in a “Hit it off Duo” with the Lala retro whipped cream – $29 from Mecca 

I wasn’t a fan of the Lala Retro but I did enjoy this cleanser. It is hydrating, leaves my skin feeling similar to the Fresh Soy cleanser, which is soft and bouncy. There is no scent and I like how the texture is jelly like, so it doesn’t get messy.

I would repurchase, but lo and behold, my husband overheard about how much I liked it and gifted me with the full sized product for my birthday, yay!

Drunk Elephant – Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil (mini size)


Reviewed here

Cost: Came in a “Night Brights Duo” with the TLC Framboose Glycolic Night Serum, $40 AUD, from Mecca

I’ve already repurchased another Night Brights Duo before I finished it. I almost bought the full size but since I’m between a few oils, I thought I’d just buy it later because it’s quite expensive. I love this oil, it’s lightweight, easily absorbable, feels nourishing as well as moisturising. I like to apply it at night after my actives or retinoid. I don’t feel like to I need to apply moisturiser either. There’s just something about it sensory wise, it feels very comforting.

Acwell – Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner (mini size)

Acwell - Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner (mini size)
Acwell – Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner (mini size)

Cost: $9.50 USD for two mini sizes from eBay

Charlotte from Soko Glam sold me on this when she curated it into their store. It all sounded pretty good, low ph, licorice and peony for brightening and green tea. Honey skin also sounded pretty damn good too and her skin is flawless! I actually really liked this toner, it felt gentle and my skin felt balanced and calm after using it. I don’t know if it alone gave me honey skin, which I still don’t have anyway. I still have another bottle left but it’s something that I liked enough to repurchase.

Too Faced – Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray (mini size)

Too Faced - Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray (mini size)
Too Faced – Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray (mini size)

Cost: Free with my beauty loop box from Mecca (member rewards thing)

I’ve wanted to try this for awhile because I’m obsessed with anything coconut and this has coconut water in it. Too Faced says you can use it three ways, as a primer/setting spray/refresher, but I used it only as a setting spray (because it was so tiny). It’s more of a hydrating setting spray than something that would cement your look to last all day. I feel like it gives the same effect as MAC Fix + and now that they also have a coconut version (which I’m currently using), I haven’t made up my mind as to which I prefer. I can’t remember if this Too Faced one smelt like coconuts but I remember it being pleasant enough. Because of its teeny tiny size, I only got to use it twice or thrice so it’s hard to remember exactly. I’ll most likely purchase the full size once my current setting sprays are used up.

Ok if you’ve made it this far, you’ve done well! Phew that was a looong post, a lot of words. Let me know if you’ve used any of these products mentioned and if you have any questions, please post them below. Until next time 🙂














[Review] Fresh Soy Face Cleanser – is it really worth all the hype?!

Cleansers are something that you will know pretty quickly whether it’s effective or not or even if you like it. It’s also a skincare product that can be used up fast so even if it’s just meh, you can still use it up and not buy it again.

I haven’t liked a cleanser enough to repurchase since I enjoy trying new stuff (and reviewing them). During the Sephora Black sale (equivalent to VIB) a couple of months ago, I bought the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser in a mini size (the checkout isle of temptation got me once again!) and I have thoughts so if you’re interested to hear whether this much hyped product is REALLY worth it, please keep on reading.

About Fresh

Fresh was founded by Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg in 1991 where they first opened a store in Boston. Their oval soap was their iconic product and this was wrapped in pretty paper and was popular as a gift. The creation of their Soy Skincare line, which included the Soy Face Cleanser, was their first foray into skin care in 1999. More about the company here.


$20 AUD, 50ml, purchased from Sephora.
Also sold in a 150ml size for $54 AUD.


Fresh Soy Cleanser - 50ml - Ingredients list
Fresh Soy Cleanser – 50ml – Ingredients list




Soybean extract GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL is 7th on their ingredient list even though this is supposed to be the heart and hero ingredient of their soy line. There are a two more types of soy listed here as well, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) STEROLS and HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEIN.  There are some really nice plant extracts and oils as well such as PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER OIL, MALVA SYLVESTRIS (MALLOW) FLOWER EXTRACT, ROSA DAMASCENA EXTRACT, just to name a few.

The disclaimer is a bit odd but good that they did include it especially if they do tend to change up their ingredients.



Soy Face Cleanser for all skin types is an extra-gentle gel cleanser that instantly whisks away everyday impurities and makeup-even mascara-without stripping the skin of essential moisture. The multi-tasking formula also works to tone, soothe, and soften the skin for a radiant, healthy-looking complexion.

I would usually go into how to use, consistency and scent but I’ll roll it all up in my final thoughts below.

My final thoughts

Rating: 4 out of 5 (I really like it!)

I do really like this cleanser. It has some nice ingredients and is pleasant to use. I like its scent of cucumber. It makes my face feel soft and bouncy and its low ph of 5.5 is a big plus.

Fresh Soy Cleanser - 50ml
Fresh Soy Cleanser – Gel consistency

It’s important to note that I like to use this as a second cleanser, so after my first oil cleanser.  I keep this in the shower so right after I’m done with my first cleanse, I hop into the shower and do my second cleanse with this product. After both steps I generally don’t see remnants of makeup on my face but it doesn’t feel squeaky clean either (which I actually prefer).

I would however argue its claims of being an effective makeup remover.  If you wear really light makeup or just skincare, this might work as a first cleanser for you, but if you’re like me and wear a moderate (reasonable) amount (layers of skincare followed by sunscreen/primer/foundation/powder/bronzer/blush/mascara/mascara/eyeliner), this will not suffice to remove all of this.

I have tried to use this as a first cleanser, followed their instructions: from

“Wet the skin, and massage over the face and eyes, then rinse.”

And when I used a tissue to pat my face dry like I usually do, low and behold I can see foundation on the tissue…. There is also traces of eyeliner and mascara (I don’t even use waterproof) left on my eyes. I’ve had to use a makeup wipe to remove the rest of it.

I would take that claim with a grain of salt and advise you to be wary of any residue it may leave behind. It has a gel consistency which doesn’t really foam so that MIGHT be why it can’t get everything off in the first instance.

Fresh Soy Cleanser - even when water is added, it doesn't really change consistency, definitely doesn't foam.
Fresh Soy Cleanser – even when water is added, it doesn’t really change consistency, definitely doesn’t foam.

If this hadn’t been marketed to it being a makeup remover, then I guess you’d assume that it wasn’t and just use it as a second cleanser to clean the skin.  But the fact that it does… I also find the price a bit steep, especially compared to some of my k-beauty favs. It also claims to work as a multi-tasker, to also “tone” the skin, but I always still follow up with my toner as per usual.

Aside from these factors, it was worth a try and in my opinion, worth the hype.
Let me know if you’ve tried this cleanser and what you thought of it.










[Brand spotlight] RMS Beauty

RMS beauty was founded by Rose Marie Swift. She is a renowned makeup artist who after having health problems due to toxic ingredients in makeup wanted to find to find a healthier approach to beauty.

Her line is organic and the primary ingredient she likes to use is coconut oil. In an interview with Wendy Rowe (also a makeup artist) in the Beauty Truth, Rose Marie Swift describes the benefits of coconut oil:

This natural antioxidant is 100% organic, raw and unrefined, aiding in its protective powers against free radical damage—otherwise known as premature ageing. Coconut oil contains high levels of lauric acid, which has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, making it suitable for even the most blemish-prone skin.

Please note that not just any store-bought oil is equal to ours. RMS Beauty is superior over most coconut oils.

Since being first intrigued by the famous Living Luminizer, I have since added some more RMS products to my little collection. The aesthetics of the brand is clean, modern and minimalistic which resonates with the brand’s purpose of simple beauty.

If you’ve been interested in trying out products from this brand, please keep on reading.

Living Luminizer


What is it?


This formula is the ultimate illuminator for creating a sensuous, sheer, luminous glow. An ultra sheer, glowing, luminizer with a translucent, satin-pearl finish. This highlighter works great on all skin tones, making this a must have beauty product.

Ingredients (from

*Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Mica CI 77019] * CERTIFIED ORGANIC


Best to apply with clean fingers. I swirl my index finger in the pot to get the product out, then I lightly pat it onto my cheekbones or wherever I normally apply highlighter. If you have oily skin, you may want to set it lightly with translucent powder. This is also a multi-use product, you can also use it on your eyelids as well as lips.

RMS Beauty - Living Luminizer
RMS Beauty – Living Luminizer

Packaging and size

The balm is housed in a frosted glass pot with a white lid. It feels weighty and sturdy. There is 4.82g/.17oz of product which doesn’t seem like much but it will last you a very long time since you only need a small amount.

RMS Beauty - Living Luminizer
RMS Beauty – Living Luminizer – It’s hard to see the swatch but I can assure you that it looks much better on the face!


$55.00 AUD (from Mecca)

My thoughts

Rating: 5/5 (love it, HG status!)

This is one of my favourite highlighters in my collection. It was the very first product I had bought from the brand and I love the effect it gives me. It can be built up, from subtle lit-from-within look to a strong glossy glow which still looks natural. Since it’s a cream product, it’s usually criminal to apply cream over powder but you can with this product. It doesn’t mess with the foundation or powder underneath if you use the soft patting technique with your finger. I don’t normally set it with powder because I have combo skin with dry U zone. I usually just set my face with a setting spray like Fix+. This helps to melt the highlighter into all the other layers on the face. It generally lasts around 6 hours and because it looks like one with the skin, the fading isn’t noticeable.

Would highly recommend if you are looking for a natural looking highlight. If you’re like me and you hate chunky glitters or frost in your highlight, you’ll like this! On the RMS beauty website it says this can be used by all skin tones. I don’t think it’s a universal shade (but I also could be wrong) but I think that this highlighter is best suited to fair-to-light-medium skin tones because it has a slightly pale pearly sheen to it. If you are medium-deep, you may want to try out the Magic Luminizer which has a more of a champagne tone to it. On there are also two more variations, Peach and Champagne Rose Luminizers.

Lip2Cheek – Shade #Illusive

RMS Beauty - Lip2Cheek - Shade #Illusive
RMS Beauty – Lip2Cheek – Shade #Illusive

What is it?


Fusing a blend of nourishing oils and pure mineral pigments, this creamy emollient can be used on the lips and cheeks for a subtle tint of colour.

Ingredients (from

*Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax) (Cire d’abeille), *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, **Buriti (Mauritia Flexuosa) Oil, *Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Tocopherol(non-GMO), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Propolis Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract , *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica



I apply this the same way as with the Luminizer, with my fingers. I swirl my index finger in the pot and use this and my middle finger to pat it onto my cheeks, slowly building it up to the desired level of opacity. When applying it onto my lips or eyelids, I use my index finger. It’s also buildable and dries down nicely. You could use a small duo fibre brush as well.

RMS Beauty - Lip2Cheek - Shade #Illusive
RMS Beauty – Lip2Cheek – Shade #Illusive

Packaging and size

Same size and packaging as the Luminizer, 4.82g/0.17oz of product. I really like the frosted look of the weighted pot.


$52.00 AUD (from Mecca)

RMS Beauty - Lip2Cheek - Shade #Illusive
RMS Beauty – Lip2Cheek – Shade #Illusive – this was swatched quite strongly, once blended in, the colour looks much less intense.

My thoughts

Rating: 4/5 (really like it!)

I love anything that I can use for more than one purpose, largely because I’m lazy. I really like the texture of it and how I have some play time before it dries down. Since I have light-medium skin, the shade Illusive works nicely on the cheeks, eyes and lips. Because of its nourishing ingredients, it leaves my cheeks looking fresh and hydrated. It isn’t long lasting on the lips (nothing ever is on my lips!), bit longer on the eyes (3-4 hours) and the longest (6 hours) on the cheeks. Even though it’s not that long lasting, it tends to fade evenly which is a plus.

With any cream product, it always takes a bit more time in application, but the payoff is always more natural and worth it. Since I don’t always have too much time in the mornings, I generally opt for powders and use this on the weekends.

Definitely recommend this, it’s great for touchups and to just throw in the handbag. I’ll be looking to add more shades of Lip2Cheek to my collection since I’m hooked 🙂 Promise and Paradise look divine!

Tinted Un Powder – Shade #2-3

Tinted Un Powder - Shade #2-3
Tinted Un Powder – Shade #2-3

What is it?


This tinted powder contains light reflective particles that work to minimise the look of pores, soften the skin and absorb excess oil. Providing subtle coverage to the skin, the powder can be used to set liquid foundation or be worn with ‘Un Cover-Up’.
Talc, silicone, perfume and paraben free.

Ingredients (from

T2-3: Silica, Iron Oxides: CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77500


Like with all loose powders, I tip some into the cap then swirl a powder brush into it. I then tap off the excess on the side of the cap and lightly press it onto my face. I stupidly threw the puff it came with away so using a brush works best for me.

Tinted Un Powder - Shade #2-3
Tinted Un Powder – Shade #2-3 – the powder is very finely milled, there’s some on the cap.

Packaging and size

Clear plastic tub with white lid and has 9g/0.32oz of product. Smaller more compact than other loose powders I own such as the famed Laura Mercier Translucent Powder.


$49.00 AUD from Mecca

My thoughts

Rating: 4/5 (really like it!)

This powder does what it says it does. It sets my foundation nicely and the 2-3 shade matches my skin tone perfectly. The powder is so finely milled which makes application a breeze. It never looks cakey and just melts into the skin, leaving my face with a healthy glow. It does minimise the pores around my nose and controls oil in my t-zone for around 8 hours.

It’s not something I reach for everyday since it’s a loose powder and takes a bit more time to apply then a pressed powder. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m quite time poor in the mornings but I do like to use this whenever I remember to.

Would definitely recommend this powder because it doesn’t have talc like most powders and performs just as well or even better than most powders I have tried.

Wild With Desire Lipstick – Shade #Brain teaser


What is it?


This luxurious natural satin-finish lipstick is enriched with the signature rms beauty oil. Rich and powerful in anti-oxidants, this lipstick offers ultimate hydration and maximum color pay-off.

Ingredients (from

*Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Cera Alba (Beeswax)(Cire d’abeille), Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Kaolin, *Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax) (Cire de candelilla), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, *Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax) (Cire de carnauba), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Tocopherol, Isostearyl Palmitate, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Hypericum Perforatum Extract, *Equisetum Arvense Extract, *Calendula Officinalis Extract, *Hemidesmus Indicus Root Extract, *Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Leaf Extract, *Withania Somnifera Root Powder, *Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Leaf Extract, *Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Lecithin, Propanediol, Pentylene glycol, *Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Propylene Carbonate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, **Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil. May Contain [-/+]: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 28 (CI 45410), Mica, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 40 (CI 16035), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985). 



I apply it directly from the bullet onto my lips. Because it’s formula is a bit stiff, I tend to dab it onto my lips rather than using a swiping motion.

Wild With Desire Lipstick - Shade #Brain teaser
Wild With Desire Lipstick – Shade #Brain teaser

Packaging and size

The lipstick is housed in a sleek, silver tube. There is a slight weight to it and like her other products, has a clean and modern aesthetic to it. It contains 4.5g/0.15oz of product. The cap is very secure and gives a satisfying click when you close it.


$41.00 AUD (from Mecca)

Wild With Desire Lipstick - Shade #Brain teaser
Wild With Desire Lipstick – Shade #Brain teaser – swatch is using only one (wonky) swipe!

My thoughts

I love the formula of this lipstick. It’s a satin formula which is comfortable to wear and I love the shade Brainteaser. It is a soft peachy pink brown (more peach than pink on me), which is generally the type of colour that I’m usually drawn to. I can’t speak for its lasting power because not many lipsticks last on me after my morning coffee. I like how it contains nourishing ingredients such as shea butter and oils as well as antioxidants like turmeric and liquorice root. Quite rare to even get antioxidants in a lip product, let alone in an actual opaque lipstick.

I would highly recommend this for people who are looking for a lipstick which has nourishing ingredients as well as great colour payoff. Definitely will be purchasing more shades, the shade “Rapture” is calling my name!

Where can I buy it?

If you’re in Australia, you can purchase RMS Beauty from Mecca Cosmetica (, Beautylish ( as well as from the brand’s website (

I purchased these products myself from Mecca Cosmetica and Beautylish.

Final thoughts

Nothing from this range has disappointed me so far and I’m excited to try more from the brand. Taking care of your skin shouldn’t just stop at skincare. If there are cleaner options which perform just well or better, I will definitely take it! The products might seem expensive for their quantity but because a little does go a long way, especially with the potted products, you won’t be hitting pan for a long while.

Since coconut oil is a key ingredient in a lot of the cream products, I was a bit wary since I’ve heard that it is or can be comedogenic to certain skin types. I actually had nothing to worry about because I never broke out from it. For reference I have combo skin/oily t-zone/prone to hormonal acne. There is also no scent in any of the products which is a plus because I hate most scents in makeup. The products are also a joy to use, both in application and aesthetics. The un-cover up concealer, eye polish and raw coconut cream cleanser are definitely on my wishlist!

Let me know if you’ve tried any products from RMS beauty and which has been your favourite 🙂








[Review] Bobbi Brown – Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation

I recently hauled a few things from Bobbi Brown this year and it included this liquid foundation. Up until this point I had only tried one other thing from this brand, her pressed powder foundation, which was ages ago.

After seeing an interview with Bobbi herself and hearing her philosophy around minimal and natural looking makeup, I was intrigued to try more of her products. The models on the website had such fresh and modern looks that I knew I needed to try some products.

“Women want to look and feel exactly like themselves, only prettier and more confident,” – Bobbi Brown, 1991

I have been using the foundation for a couple of weeks now so I thought it was time to share my thoughts on it.

Claims: from

A 16-hour wear, full coverage foundation with a natural, multidimensional matte finish that’s comfortable, breathable and weightless.


I generally enjoy a demi-matte leaning to dewy/radiant finish since I use korean cushion foundations. What made me gravitate to this particular foundation was that even though it had a matte finish, it was described as natural matte, skin-like and weightless. I feel like the claims are true, it feels lightweight on the skin and it doesn’t give me a flat matte or dry look. It contains marine sugar cane which is known for balancing your skin’s oils as well as glycerin, which is an humectant that helps to retain moisture, keeping your skin hydrated and comfortable. I would disagree from the claims that it is full coverage though because its more like a medium. Maybe if you went heavy with a brush it could be buildable to full. I feel like since it sets so quickly, building it up might cause some caking. I haven’t tried it yet though so let me know if you’ve tried to build it up.


I had been matched at David Jones (Australian department store) but it was off. The sales assistant wasn’t overly enthused to begin with and applied Golden Natural 4.75, which ended up being too golden borderline orange for my NC30-35 skin tone. I hate department store lighting because its generally not realistic as well as getting mediocre service. So instead of purchasing that day, I gave it some thought and bought it online. I settled on Warm Natural 4.5 (warm undertone). It suits me a lot better than Golden Natural but still isn’t quite an exact match. Natural Tan 4.25 (neutral/olive undertone) might have been more suitable but this still works for me.

Bobbi Brown - Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation - Warm Natural
Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation – Warm Natural


I usually prep my skin really well with a few steps (cleanse, tone, essence, moisturise) and apply this after sunscreen and primer. I’ve used three methods of application, fingers, damp beauty sponge and buffing brush. Since I tend to like more of a lightweight application, I tend to like using a damp sponge the most. I use two pumps for my face and an extra half a pump for my neck. The consistency is a bit thick but I can still easily spread it around my face and blend it in with the sponge without an hassles. If you like heavier coverage, a buffing brush works well too. It sets quickly too so you need to be quick or apply sections of the face at a time.

Lasting power:

I dust powder on my t-zone since my skin is combination and it last for around 8 hours if its not too humid. Some oil does come through in the afternoon around 3 or 4pm but not enough to cause me blot or worry about it too much. If I use setting spray in the center of the face, this doesn’t happen.

I don’t think its completely transfer and sweat proof though because some of it comes off when I tap my tissue to absorb any sweat. The foundation is recommended for normal to oily skin types and I would agree with that. For oily skin types, I would powder the whole face and use setting spray for extra insurance especially if you live in humid climates.


I purchased it from for $70 AUD. When you buy online, depending on how much you spend, you get some complimentary goodies with your purchase. I received my products within a few days, beautifully boxed and packaged. I have bought something else from the David Jones counter and didn’t receive anything else besides mediocre service.

Final thoughts:

I really like this foundation. It is reliable in terms of wear time and the colour match, even though its not 100%, its pretty close. I like how my skin looks, it has decent coverage but still looks like skin. I could probably even get away with not powdering in autumn/winter since it sets quite quickly.

If you are looking to try a foundation from this brand and have normal – oily skin, I would recommend this product.

I’ll be writing some more posts on the other products I bought from Bobbi Brown as well so if you’re interested to see more, keep an eye out for more reviews.




[Review] Liquid eyeliner: Korean vs American

Today I will be reviewing two liquid eyeliners which I think are good dupes. The American eyeliner is the Tattoo Liner from Kat Von D and the Korean eyeliner is Waterproof Pen Liner from Macqueen New York. 

Macqueen New York products are made in Korea so I don’t know what “New York” represents in their name. There isn’t a whole lot of information or background on the company online.

Kat Von D is an American tattoo artist who created her own makeup line. Her products are exclusively sold at Sephora.

Ease of application and longevity is what I generally look for in liners. Since I have hooded eyes, eyeliners and mascaras tend to smudge on me. I think I have found my HG liner! Keep reading to find out which one it is.

The claims

Both liners claim to be waterproof and budge proof, lasting all day.

Tattoo liner – From

Achieve eye perfection with this high-pigment, waterproof liner that stays put all day for a fade-, melt-, crack-, and run-resistant finish. The superfine and flexible brush tip glides across the lashline for incredibly fluid application, allowing you to create a variety of looks with ease. Unlike traditional felt tip liners, this brush tip will not fray.

Waterproof Pen Liner – From

Keeps a long-lasting vivid line without smearing for a whole day.
Create a line from beginning to end along the lash line. Fine-tipped eyeliner makes it easy to contour and control eye definition. The waterproof liquid formula creates thin, smooth strokes that can be layered for more emphasis.


Macqueen liner – $6.19 AUD from
Tattoo liner – $28 AUD from


Both liners have the same brush tip which is awesome for precision lining around the lid. Great for creating wings.

They look exactly the same here.


Both are black and the colour and pigmentation looks exactly the same. The left is Macqueen and on the right is Kat Von D. Please excuse the wobbly Macqueen swatch.


Application on the lids is exactly the same. You need to shake them both a couple of times before applying.

Really easy to draw a line with no bleeding and opaque in just one go.
I don’t line my waterline so I can’t tell you how easy or difficult it would be.

Both are waterproof and smudge proof.

Both have matte finishes.


With all the similarities you might be wondering what differs between the two. And its the staying power.

The Macqueen liner lasts all day on me. By the end of the day I can still see it on my eyes.

However, the Tattoo liner does not last all day. It fades throughout and by the end of the day, it’s completely gone!

I had swatched both liners on my hand for one of the photos. Its only been a couple of hours and I can already see the Tattoo liner fading slightly. I have slightly oily lids so the fading is more apparent when I have it on my eyes.

Final thoughts

Since they are similar in many ways I would consider them to be good dupes for one another. But like all dupes, not everything is exactly the same.

I love the Macqueen liner. Its so budget friendly and fulfils all the requirements I have from a liquid liner. It’s opaque, easy to use and budge proof. Though it still is easily removed using my oil cleanser.

Rating: 5/5 (holy grail!)

I tried out the Tattoo liner maybe a year before I dabbled in k-beauty so that was my first love. I even repurchased it once more (a full size) since I had liked the travel size one so much. The issue with it fading on my lids is minor in my opinion as you can easily touch up but I prefer not to. It’s also more than 4x the price of the Macqueen.

Rating: 4/5 (really liked it)

What’s your favourite budge proof liquid liner? Have you tried these out yet?