Usually Fridays are reserved for fashion posts, but some of my beauty products were running dangerously low, so I had no choice (lol) but to head on to ASOS to get some replenishments! Yes, I love ASOS for both the clothes and beauty products. Mainly because we can't get a lot of stuff here unless I head to town to Sephora, but also because some stuff are really much cheaper in the Sale section (which is, as you might know, my forever love).
ASOS always has good stuff lurking in the sale section, so be sure to check that out first! I was running low on bronzer and my concealer, but totally out for my eyeliner. So after multiple Googling sessions + loads of MakeUpAlley reviews, I settled for two Bourjois products, one Rimmer product and an extra Korres lip butter. Also included in the "Haul" shot is the Garnier BB Cream + Moisturizer.
First I'd just like to state that because of my two fur babies and of course, the awful, awful thing that animal testing is, I really try to buy products that are free of animal testing. I also usually keep my beauty buys at a relatively low price (below $15) and rarely go above it. That's why you will definitely see lots of E.L.F, Coastal Scents etc. products because I tend to stick with them! This is actually my first time trying Bourjois, Rimmel and Korres. From a quick research on Google, Bourjois and Rimmel claim not to test on animals but are a little ambiguous. Korres also follows the EU ban on no animal testing (hurray for EU!) but is also linked to J&J, who still tests on animals. I feel okay that they expressed to not test on animals, but I will hope that they are clearer the next time round and I will take extra care to go back to E.L.F or NYX the next time (got carried away...).
Back to business...
From left to right, the cute box is actually a Bourjois Bronzing Powder in Bronze ($11.86) packaged to look like a box of chocolates. The Bronzer itself is in the shape of and smells like chocolates too! I only got the color Bronze because it was the last (maybe only?) color left at ASOS.
Verdict: So far, I've only used it twice. I have yellow undertones and am just very slightly tan. I feel that the bronzer does look a little too dark for me, because I've previously been using E.L.F's Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder in Sun Kissed (but I think this has been discontinued! Bummer!) and it was much bronzier (with light shimmer) and lighter. The Bourjois, on the other hand, is totally matte and very much brown (not bronze). I've been very light handed with this one, and it really is pretty good for contouring. But for a healthy glow, I'd say the E.L.F does better and is much, much cheaper if you could get your hands on one ($1 - $3).
Product: There's quite a lot of product in this one, I'd say about 50% more than the E.L.F's, but still, I might go for the E.L.F's Baked Bronzer instead the next time round.
The Korres Lip Butter in Pomegranate ($13.58) was a slightly more expensive buy for me. But I LOVED the packaging and the clean design and I also heard rave reviews about this product. I have dry, chapped lips and I have a bad habit of making them worse, so I thought this would be great for me. I really dislike lipstick and lip gloss, and this was slightly tinted so I thought I'd give it a go!
Verdict: I think it's really quite moisturizing but it's really very, very lightly tinted. It does give a nice pink sheen but I don't think it lasts for a very long time. It smells nice but not overpowering, so overall I think it's a good product to try if you're like me.
Product: Quite a bit. I'd say it'll last me quite a while but the bottle is opaque and I can't see how deep the base is.
The Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector is a relatively new product! You can get it at any drugstore and even supermarkets in Singapore. It is priced at S$13.90 - 15.90 so it's a reasonable price. I got it at a sale for S$12. It claims to be an all-in-one moisturizer with a BB Finish and has SPF26 PA+++ coverage. Also called the "Instant Fairness BB Moisturizer". It only comes in one shade.
Verdict: OK, first of all, this isn't a bad product. But it does take quite a while to fall in love with it. The squeeze packaging feels cheap, and many times I felt like as if there was NO PRODUCT LEFT in the tube. It felt so empty and then suddenly quite a large watery blob comes out of it. It is very watery and I love using my E.L.F Complexion Brush with it (a sponge soaks up a LOT of product since it's so watery). It offers a light to medium coverage, is easy to apply and generally fits well with my skin tone. BUT BUT BUT it becomes awesome with the E.L.F Mineral Booster (in sheer) and leaves me a flawless finish. Even more so if I pair it with a decent concealer. I'd definitely recommend it for everyday wear since it hydrates as well (does a decent job on that claim) and is oil-free and fragrance-free.
A huge CON is that Garnier is NOT cleared free of animal-testing so I definitely won't purchase again. My next buy will be the E.L.F Mineral Foundation though I never liked powders. I have two E.L.F Flawless Liquid Foundations though, and they work fabulous, but have limited shades. I mix 'em!
Product: Not a lot of product, I'd say a tad expensive.
The Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer ($9.32) has good quality packaging and good reviews!
Verdict: Decent coverage but I have fairly clear skin (thank you Daddy God! lol) but does quite a good job covering my dark eye circles. A little harder to blend out in my opinion, but is easy to use and a good, decent-priced choice.
Product: Quite a lot of product. Worth the price.
Lastly, I have a love-hate relationship with the Bourjois Liquid Eye Liner ($6.02). Also has relatively good reviews on MakeUpAlley so if you are in need of a liquid eyeliner, check this one out!
Verdict: Does not smudge all over to the bottom of your lid, but does fade after a day of wear. To me, it takes practice to get a perfect line because the brush is very fine and it takes a while to dry. But with the price and the staying power (I'd say not 16-hours but definitely at least 7), it really does make quite a good choice if you're not into kohl liners.
Product: A very small tub but seriously, who uses that much eyeliner. Could last 6 months to a year I reckon.
The ones pictured on top are my OLD FAVS. I do still use them, so I just thought I'd share so you gals could try them too! From left to right, the E.L.F Mineral Booster ($5) is a great setting powder which helps fight acne at the same time. Great to use and LOTS of product for the price (all-natural too!). In the foreground, the Carmex Lip Balm I got in London at 2 pounds. Great moisturizing power especially in cold, dry weather. E.L.F Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Nude Pink ($1) is a steal and has a gorgeous color. Great shine but not sticky like a lip gloss (which I HATE). The E.L.F Essential Lipstick in Seductive ($1, seriously I LOVE E.L.F) is quite transferable so I don't LOVE it, but the color is super duper gorgeous at an unbeatable price with lots of product.
In the background, the no-need-for-introduction Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara is my ultimate favorite since my wedding in December 2012 but the huge brush does take time to get used to. But ZERO clumping and stays all day. Dries up pretty fast though. Lastly, the Brow & Lash Growth Accelerator I got for my wedding since I have short, straight lashes. They did grow! But you have to apply it religiously, and I didn't. LOL. But I use it as a mascara base and it's working pretty well, so I'd say worth the money!
OK, and last but not least, TEETH CARE. Makeup is so important but so many of us forget our TEETH. Sure, you can go for whitening and stuff but seriously, some self-grooming never hurt nobody! I love my electric whitening toothbrush (get one with a dual-brush function, one that spins and one that vibrates), it cost me S$19.90 at Watsons Singapore, and the refills are S$13.90 for 2. Great price for an AMAZING toothbrush, I tell ya!
The VALUE PACK of Pearlie White Floss Care is a MUST-BUY! 90m for S$5.00 and relatively easy to use. Flossing is hard work, but I can really feel my mouth + teeth getting cleaner!
And lastly, the one that everyone forgets -- TONGUE CLEANING. Honestly I've always only known of the ones where you bend a plastic or metal to scrape your tongue with. But this 'new' Thera-Med, Thera-Breath tongue scraper is ergonomic and easy-to-use without having to gag too much because of the shape. A bit pricey though.
Hope this uber-long post was useful for some ladies out there. TGIF, have fun over the weekend!