Tuesday, December 16

Review: YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats #210 Nude Accoustic

YSL's Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks are one of my favourite lipstick formulas of all time. I almost feel like they don't receive the attention they're worth as they aren't as pretty on the outside as the Rouge Voluptes. I purchased Rouge Pur Couture The Mats in #210 (Nude Accoustic) a couple of weeks back together with the ever so popular #52. 

Monday, December 8

Haul: Tatcha

If you follow me on Instagram/Twitter you might have already seen me post a photo of my Tatcha package which arrived today. I've been interested in the brand for quite some time now and I am so excited to try them. They recently had a family and friends sale which was the perfect opportunity for me to pick a few items I've been eyeing. I originally wanted the Kaiseki set which contains deluxe sample sizes of all the products Tatcha has to offer but they sold out so fast! *sad face* The beauty junkie inside me just wanted to try everything but I missed out so I went with what I originally wanted. Tatcha also offers complimentary international shipping for orders over $250US which explains why I did some major hauling (yes, I'm one of this people who would buy more just to avoid paying for shipping-bad habit!). 

What impressed me the most about Tatcha was the amount of care that has gone into the packaging which feels luxurious and elegant. Every item comes with its on leaflet which feels like a personal letter to the user. Read more on what I purchased and why after the jump!

Friday, November 28

Review: Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control

I mentioned back in June that I have been caught up on one of the latest beauty trends to hit Korea  -  cushions! In the last two years almost every Korean beauty brand has come up with some sort of cushion concept makeup, some offering many different ones to suit different needs. 
If you're not familiar with cushion compacts they are designed to be and easier and more convenient way to apply your base makeup. Perfect for a girl on the go. I can remember back when BB creams were the latest craze the idea was to pat and press on the product with your fingers and the puff in way mimics that action. 
My interest in cushions was sparked with IOPE Air Cushion XP which offered a more dewy finish. I really liked it but when I found out that Laneige was releasing the BB Cushion (Pore Control) I knew I had to pick it up knowing it's more ideal for oilier skin types or humid conditions.

Monday, November 24

Review: SK-II Facial Treatment Essence - Eye

I'm a big fan of SK-II and have tried many products they have to offer. This is the first eye cream I have tried from SK-II and I definitely had high hopes. It claims to reduce the appearance of dark circles and fine lines with a lightweight formula which is everything I'm looking for in an eye cream. 

Thursday, November 13

Review: Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner

I hate to admit it but for a long time I was guilty of neglecting the skin on my body. I spend a heck of money on my face but when it came to my body I was only moisturising every now and then and that was it. Of course I cleansed with a ph balanced wash but didn't really incorporate scrubs as such into my routine.

Lately I've been obsessed with body products and have bought a bunch of different care products experimenting with different scrubs and lotions. Thank Frank (the scrub) for that! It really got me interested in taking care of the skin on my body. 

One product in particular has definitely changed my moisturising game. The main reason why I didn't use to moisturise everyday was because I was plain old LAZY! It was quite difficult for me to reach my back and really work any products in. Ro's Argan body conditioner had definitely made the process a whole lot easier. 

After reading so many rave reviews from other bloggers I decided to pick one up for myself.

Monday, July 14

June Favourites

Hellooo again! It's now mid-July and time for me to post my favourites for the month of June. Better late than never, right? I missed out on May but most of the products I'll be mentioning I have been constantly reaching for through both months. Find out which products I've been loving after the jump!

Wednesday, July 9

Review: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet

As promised, here is my review on Chanel's Perfection Lumiere Velvet (PLV) foundation. Sorry it's been long overdue but I've now finished up the bottle and I am still deciding whether I should repurchase it or not. I guess we'll find out together at the end of this review.

Monday, April 28

April Favourites

Hello! Sorry I haven't posted in two weeks as I have been a feeling unwell but I'm back with my favourites for the month of April.

Monday, April 14

Cleansing Water Comparisons (Caudalie, Bioderma and Garnier)

Today, I have a trio of micellar cleansing waters I want to share my thoughts on with you. I'm no science expert so I'm not even going to attempt to explain how micellar technology works but Lab Muffin has a post that explains it very clearly with diagrams here if you're interested.

I'm a firm believer in double cleansing. I usually follow the cleansing water with a cleanser and my Clarisonic unless of course it's been a crazy day and I only have enough energy to remove my makeup. Find out which is my favourite after the jump!

Thursday, April 10

Preview: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet and Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder

I must confess, I'm Chanel kind of girl and it extends to cosmetics as well. I generally do like their foundations but was on the fence on Perfection Lumiere as it can look a little too heavy at times. When I heard they were releasing a lighter alternative I picked one up as soon as it hit counters here in Australia. I also couldn't resist this pretty little limited edition illuminating powder called Dentelle Precieuse which translates to "precious lace". I was matched with 20 Beige in the new Perfection Lumiere Velvet. 

In closer detail without flash, you can see the intricacy of the lace impression on the powder. This one will definitely hurt to use. It's just so gorgeous you would want to keep it in new condition. Such a shame as its a limited edition much like my all time favourite highlighter from Chanel, Lumiere Sculptee De Chanel. However, I'm not the type to buy two of the same colour item. As much as I like it, it would take me ages to go through one as I am constantly buying and trying something new.  

I'm going to test this new foundation out for the next week or two and check back with you. So stay tuned and follow me for upcoming reviews if you haven't already. Hopefully it'll be a favourite.

Read my review on --> Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet

Wednesday, April 9

Dior Nail Varnish in Palais Royal

Posted this earlier on my Instagram. It's such a beautiful colour in real life. It's dark but not too intense. Perfect for Autumn/Fall and Winter. 

Follow me on Instagram if you haven't already. Find me under my username "kaththy". 

Kathy xx 

Tuesday, April 8

Review: The Face Shop Hydro Gel Spray Pack - Face & Neck

The Face Shop's Hydro Gel Spray Pack is designed to be a one size fit all hydration mask for the face and neck. If you have ever used Laneige's Water Sleeping Pack, this mask reminds me of that, except it's more liquid and is sprayed on - more hygienic

I actually purchased this for the hubby as they were out of stock of his usual Neo Classic Homme sheet masks. Of course the mask junkie inside me had to give it a test run and I was quite pleased. 

How I use it?

After cleansing my face, applying toner and SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, I spray this directly onto my face about 6-8 times. I then gently pat it in, allowing the product sink in. I use this how I would use my Laneige Water Sleeping Pack. That is, whenever I need extra hydration but am too buggered and lazy to wait for a sheet mask to do its thing. 


To be honest, I didn't expect much when I first tried this mask as its consistency was quite fluid and just a tad thicker than Avene's Thermal Spring Water spray. Until the next morning, my skin felt really hydrated and soft with no sticky residue. If you're looking for a basic hassle free hydration mask this is the one for you. 

Would I repurchase? 

Yes. But I think this bottle will last me for a very long time. 

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Wednesday, April 2

Mini Illamasqua Haul

Just a short post tonight, before I go to bed. I picked up several items from Illamasqua today some of which I have been eyeing for a while now. They are just so pretty lined up together. 

From left to right:
Nail Varnish in Harem
Nail Varnish in Blizzard
Nail Varnish in Grab
Shattered Stars Nail Varnish in Trilliant 
Glamore Lipstick in Luster

Believe it or not, amongst all the pink lipsticks I own (at least dozen I'd say) I don't have one close like Luster. A friend of mine had it on and I knew I had to have it! 

Goodnight x

Monday, March 24

Review: GlamGlow Youthmud Tingleexfoliate Treatment

Wearing makeup daily can cause skin congestion over time, even if you properly remove it at the end of the day. My skin is mostly congested in my t-zone and the chin area. I've read so many great reviews of GlamGlow's facial mud masks that I had to try it for myself. I opted for the Youthmud as the sales assistant recommended I start with Youthmud and progress to the Supermud if needed.

I've always like the idea of mud masks and have tried at least a dozen different ones, from drugstore to high-end. I've found a few which I do like but haven't found "the one" until I discovered this little gem, which has quickly gained HG status in my beauty cabinet. 

It was like love at first sight. I wanted to rave about it from the first time I used but wanted to make sure I would give it a good use before reviewing. 

How I use it? 

I currently use this mask on a once weekly basis. My tip, follow the instructions carefully on this one. I use a spatula to loosen and mix the product before each use. I initially applied it to a clean face using my fingers but found that a brush did a better job. I leave it on for 10-15 minutes until the mask is dry and remove it using cool water, gently massaging in a circular motion.


The first time I used this mask I was quite shocked at the results. My first reaction was OMG my pores look huge. Shortly I realized the mask did its job and the reason my pores were so visible was because all the gunk that was congested under my skin for all that time had washed away with the mask! With each use I could see an improvement in skin clarity and my pores are looking less visible. 

This mask did cause crazy tingling which was almost a burning sensation but it went away after a minute. It didn't bother me too much as I could feel and see it working. My skin wasn't irritated or left with any redness afterwards either. I will start using it twice weekly as recommended. I only started with once a week as I was scared it was too harsh to use too often but I am absolutely loving this mask and it hasn't caused any problems. 

Would I repurchase?

Yes. I would definitely repurchase this mask. I am now eager to try the Supermud version as well.

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Tuesday, March 11

Sheet Mask Favourites

I hate to admit it but I'm a face mask junkie, especially the sheet varieties. Over the years, I've tried loads of different masks from different brands that promise to do all different things for my skin. Today, I will share with you the ones I tend to reach for and repurchased multiple times. These are my top eight, including six facial masks and two eye masks.  

Above pictured (left to right): TonyMoly Intense Care Snail Hydro-gel Mask, SK-II Whitening Source Derm Revival Mask, My Beauty Diary Natto Mask & Apple Mask, TonyMoly Intense Care Snail Eye Mask, My Beauty Diary Dark Circles Intensive Care Eye Mask, Black Pearl Mask and Imperial Bird's Nest Mask.

SK-II Whitening Source Derm Revival Mask

This is my "special occassion" treat as it is the most expensive retailing at AUD160 for 6 pieces. I usually wait for Myer's beauty sales to splurge on these. These are perfect for when I know I have a special event on the next day. They also have little eye flaps which go over the eye lids so my eyes can also benefit making it a two in one treatment. I'd pop one of these one for 30 minutes and by the next day my skin is plumper, more even and radiant allowing for better makeup application. I also love the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask but these work better on my dark spots.

My Beauty Diary Masks

These are my go to face masks for every other day as they are reasonably affordable and easily accessible. I usually purchase mine in Chinatown or on websites like Sasa and YesStyle priced between AUD12-15 for 5/10 pieces. I usually use a sheet mask 2-3 times a week where I can, changing up different types depending on my skin situation at the time.

Natto Mask (Moisturizing and Tightening): I use this mask on days where I feel my skin is a little sensitive or on days where I only feel the need for basic nourishment.

Apple Mask (Pore Tightening, Brightening and Clarifying): For those troublesome times in the month, I use this mask to keep those blemishes at bay.

Black Pearl Mask (Optimal Whitening, Brightening and Moisturizing): One of the bestsellers in the range. It's perfect for when my skin is looking a bit dull and lifeless.

Imperial Bird's Nest Mask (Ultra Nourishing and Hydration): A new winter favourite. Whenever I feel my skin is dehydrated or when I get those annoying dry patches around my cheeks and chin these save me.

Dark Circles Intensive Care Eye Mask: These eye masks are great for dark circles and puffiness. Although the results are only temporary and last only a day or two.

TonyMoly Intense Care Snail Masks

Snail mucus?! I was initially a little squirmish at the thought but I gave it a try and loved it! Both of these have a unique texture. They are gel, almost jelly like rather than a cotton sheet that is more commonly seen. This makes them feel a little more delicate to work with but I find they form better on my face.

Hydro-gel Face Mask
The face masks are pricier than the My Beauty Diary ones but they are more intensive. They cost around AUD8 a piece but I stocked up in Hong Kong where they had a buy 5 get 1 offer which worked out to be around AUD5 a piece. I like to use these every now when I need a complete pickup. These just leave my skin feeling so nourished and I feel it helped with my overall complexion. 

Eye Mask
The eye masks can be purchased as a pair but I opted for the more economical jumbo jar of 15 pairs which costs around AUD30. I like these as they are hydrating and cooling on the eye area. I place a pair of these once a week and enjoy the soothing relaxation.  

What's your favourite face mask? I'm always looking for new things to try and would love to hear your recommendations :)

Monday, March 10

Review: Benefit The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine

I was immediately attracted to this product because of its packaging. How incredibly travel friendly! I must confess I'm a loose powder kind of girl but it is a nightmare to carry around. Agent Zero Shine is so cute and compact I have no problems at all taking it with me whenever I need to touch up.

How to use it?

The packaging allows for super easy application especially when you're out and about. The mouth of the bottle resembles that of baby powder, which makes it spill proof. Remove the cap, twist open the chamber, tap the appropriate amount of product into the lid and sweep! It is even equipped with a hidden brush in the base. The brush itself is really soft, especially for something that came together with a powder. No scratchy brush here and a brush is always more hygienic. It's super easy to use, I probably didn't even need a mirror.


Agent Zero Shine claims to:
- Minimises shine: tick!
- Smooths the look of pores: tick!

It definitely delivers what it promises. It pairs well with multiple base products. Chanel's CC Cream, Giorgio Armani's Maestro Foundation and Skin79 BB Cream just to name a few. It eliminates shine and minimizes pore with ease.

I also tried using this product to set my base makeup to test out it how well it performs in the oil control department. I didn't see any mentions of oil control on the packaging but you would assume a product called Agent Zero Shine would keep oiliness at bay. I was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad. The shine surfaced around the 6 hour mark in my oily t-zone. Compared with other setting powders I own, this one was not the standout. Tarte's Smooth Operator is still my HG. 

Would I repurchase?

Yes. I liked the packaging concept of the Agent Zero Shine it's definitely my favourite touch up companion so far. However, I still prefer other powders to set as I feel the oil control is better. If only it was refillable with any powder of choice.

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Monday, March 3

Review: Clarins Double Serum

The Clarins Double Serum promises to deliver intensive anti-ageing treatment with the power of two serums in one. The two serums containing hydric (water-soluble) and lipidic (oil-soluble) ingredients based on 20 different plants are kept in separate chambers and are combined once pumped onto the palm and mixed well. 

Clarins claims the use of this power serum can reactivate of our skin's five vital functions:
- Hydration
- Nutrition
- Oxygenation
- Protection
- Regeneration 

How I use it? 

The directions advised two pumps, day and night but I preferred one pump day and two at night when I feel my skin needs the extra nourishment whilst I sleep and recover. I pump the product directly into my palms and warm it up between my palms before I pat it onto my face, neck and decollete. I use it after my SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and follow with my moisturiser. My current favourite moisturiser is the Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Gel.


This serum is a surprise favourite of mine. One of my close friends tried it and loved it but she had normal to dry skin. I didn't think it would've been suitable for my combination skin due to its oily texture but it did and it didn't make my t-zone more oily. I can honestly say that this is the first serum I finished completely without feeling the need to try another one in between because I saw an improvement in my skin overall in a short period of time.

The outer box suggests the serum will:

- Firm and reduce the look of fine lines: As I am only in my early twenties, I can't speak much of fine lines and wrinkles but I did see an improvement in some lines I had on my neck and my skin felt overall more firm and supple.

- Restore radiance and even out complexion: This I definitely saw within 2 weeks of use. My skin had that glow, redness was at bay and some darker areas around my chin seemed to lighten.

- Make pores less visible: My pores do seem slightly less visible but as I do have enlarged pores in my t-zone particularly on my nose. It will take longer use to see a better difference or perhaps a miracle product to make them invisible.

Overall, my skin feels healthier, firmer and more balanced with the use of the Double Serum. The product absorbs very quickly and does not feel heavy or sticky as I had thought. It wears well under my makeup and gives me a little bit of a radiant glow. By far one of the best serums I've tried as it delivered results fast.

Would I repurchase?

Definitely yes! In fact, I already picked up a duo pack as backup at the airport on the way back from my recent holiday. 

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Sunday, March 2

My Skin Story

As I started this post, I was going to review a skincare product that I have been absolutely loving lately but decided to hold that off for my next post. I will start by telling you a little about me, my skin story to be exact. Let's start with my teen years, age 12. The first year of high school, puberty hit me quite badly, my skin suffered. My skin broke out and was oily overall. Now I can tell you about my decade battling skin troubles but that'd be excessive. To cut the story short, I've tried so many products I've lost count. None seem to have worked nor made it any better. From drugstore to higher end brands, I've experimented with countless blemish fighting products. I even tried Proactiv which did more damage if anything. I gave up believing it is all hormonal and all I can do is wait.

The acne and oiliness stayed for most of my life until my early twenties, which was when I learnt the importance of a good skincare regime, a healthy healthier diet and most importantly drinking plenty of water. In my first few years of uni the breakouts began to clear. My skin was now combination, oily in the t-zone and normal to dry in the cheek area. While I can't speak for the troubles during my teen years, I discovered in the past year that the true cause of my oily t-zone was due to dehydration. My skin is also quite sensitive which means the wrong products would irritate it more, cause breakouts and redness.

I found recently that by switching out my usual oil control moisturiser for one that was gel based which also targeted hydration, my skin has become as close to normal than it has ever been. I'm now only slightly oily in the t-zone towards the end of the day where in the past I was usually a fry pan by midday. Now I only need to find a treatment for the years of acne scarring, hyper-pigmentation and enlarged pores. Which is probably the toughest ones to treat.

That's it guys a summary of my skin history. The important thing to remember is everyone's skin is different. What may work for me, may or may not work for you and vice versa. But if your skin is similar to mine - combination/sensitive, then hopefully my experiences will help you. I will share with you in the future the products I love which have worked for me. Stay tuned for makeup and skincare reviews soon to come!

Tuesday, February 25

Simply Me

Hello there!

My name is Kathy and this is my beauty blog. To begin, this isn't my first blog. I started my previous blog years ago when I was just growing up. Now that I have matured a little and have gained a better understanding of who I am, I wanted my blog to reflect that more. A fresh start, I guess.

I like to think of myself as a simple woman. I'm not going to lie, I also indulge in luxuries once in a while because you only live once. Here is where I will post my thoughts on personal beauty encounters in a way that's "simply said". There will also be the occasional post on the things I find beautiful in my life not just those that are cosmetics related. Feel free to comment, I would love some friendly feedback. And definitely feel free to say hi! I hope you find my input helpful even though it may be only itsy bitsy but it is also 100% honest.