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Monday, August 17, 2015

[Beauty Review] Bifesta Water Based Makeup Remover

I've never realized the importance of removing makeup until my face getting more and more sensitive that I have to visit dermatologists. I understand that most of the women nowadays couldn't live without makeup and feel insecure - especially on those nights of glitz and glam. Despite the glow it affords our skin, if we do not remove makeup properly, the same saving grace can become your nemesis. Besides, skin is our largest organ and tends to expose to UV rays and pollutants on a daily basis which will destruct our skin tissue, hence it explains why do we have to use makeup remover even if we didn't put on any makeup.

Now, I bet most of you are well aware of the makeup remover brand, Bifesta, which was previously known as "Cleansing Express" in 2006. Bifesta is Japan's 1st drugstore water-based makeup remover and they are specialize in makeup removers only. As the name suggests, Bifesta embodies the meaning of "Beauty Festival", a celebration of beauty where beautiful skin can be achieved quickly, easily and joyfully with effective, fuss-free makeup remover.

So I'll start off by reviewing my favourite product, Bifesta Water Based Makeup Remover Cleansing Lotion (300ml @ RM34.90). There are four categories of cleansing lotion catered for different skin types, namely Enrich (Dry Skin), Moist (Normal to Dry Skin), Bright Up (Combination Skin) and Sebum (Oily Skin).

I'm currently using Moist makeup remover and I love how convenient is it especially when I come home late after a long day at work that I just want to remove my makeup quickly and go to bed. It is so easy to use that you just need to take a cotton disk, apply about three pushes on the nozzle per disk and wipe off gently until the cotton remains unsoiled.

The cleansing lotion contains adsorptive hyaluronic acid for translucent skin so it is recommended not to wash your face again with soap or any other cleansing product which will wash away the moisturizing ingredients. For waterproof and heavy eye makeup, Bifesta Water Based Eye Makeup Remover would be a better option as it contains oil after all.

Next up would be Bifesta Water Based Makeup Remover Cotton Wipes (46 sheets/276ml @ RM24.90). Similar to the cleansing lotion, it comes in two different type, Moist (Normal to Dry Skin) in pink and Bright Up (Combination Skin) in purple packaging.

Basically this cotton wipe works pretty the same as cleansing lotion - wipe off type and no need for a second wash. Take out one sheet at a time and use it on dry skin. One sheet of cotton wipe is large enough for full face coverage so you can refold the sheet to use the clean part and repeat this until the sheet remains unsoiled. I would say cotton wipes are definitely the best creation ever especially for traveler and I'm bringing this with me to Lombok trip next week!

Here comes the highlight as well as best selling product, Bifesta Water Based Eye Makeup Remover (145ml @ RM19.80). This eye makeup remover contains two types of moisturizing ingredients, Vitamin B and E derivatives, that are gentle on eyelashes and the eye area protect eyelashes and keep the skin moisturized.

The dual effects of the water based layer which contains skin lotion-derived cleansing ingredients and the oil based emollient layer removes waterproof mascara and eyeliner effortlessly yet thoroughly without rubbing or tugging.

Since there are dual effects of water and oil layer, shake the bottle well and ensure the water based and emollient layers are well mixed before apply it onto a cotton disk. Place the moistened cotton for about 10 to 15 seconds and wipe off gently. First wipe could remove most of my makeup hence there is no need for rubbing hard.

Previously I was kind of skeptical of water based makeup remover thinking whether it can remove my makeup properly. Furthermore, all of their makeup removers are wipe-off type and doesn't require second wash. I always have the thought that water based makeup remover could never beat oil based makeup remover but it has totally changed my mind! Oil based makeup remover leaves an uncomfortable oily residue and requires an additional step of cleansing but this single bottle just does all wonder!

I'm totally loving these makeup removers and it leaves my skin clean with toned and smooth effect. I'm so surprised because it helps to prevent breakouts as well and I get quite a number of compliments that my skin is getting better day by day. ;) I'm halfway through my first bottle and I'll definitely repurchase it! Bifesta Water Based Makeup Remover series are available at major Sasa, Watsons and Guardian outlets. Cheers to healthy and glowing skin!

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Sunday, August 02, 2015

[Beauty Review] Elianto Long Wear Eyeshadow Stick

Eyeshadow - when worn in a flattering shade and blended properly, it can add depth and dimension to one's eyes and simply draw attention to the eyes. On the flip side of the coin, it can become a beautiful disaster if you fail to do these two simple things. I'm not a big fans of eyeshadow as I don't even know how to apply it properly and subtly and now I'm going to challenge myself with Elianto's new range of Long Wear Eyeshadow Stick which they claimed that all you need to do is just glide and go, as simple as ABC!

Made with a German-based formula, this wax-based eyeshadow stick is not only long-lasting, its texture allows for effortless super smooth blending. It is waterproof, smudge-proof cream-to-powder compound is feather light on lids. Containing Jojoba Oil, this mineral oil free, paraben free and preservatives free eyeshadow stick is both dermatologically or ophthalmologically approved.

Packaging wise, I'm totally in love with these sleek, black colour twist-up eyeshadow sticks with the product name and shade written clearly by the side and a colour indicator at the bottom where you can easily identify the colour that you want at a glance. And what's best when the colour indicator is actually an in-built sharpener which can be either used as a delicate eyeshadow or a determined eyeliner. It comes in very handy especially when you need to touch up your makeup or during vacation as the size of the pen is just right and not too bulky for me to carry around.

Tips: Be careful when you're removing the cap as you might break the eyeshadow stick and cause a mess.

Elianto Long Wear Eyeshadow Stick is available in 6 shades - Black, Brown, Purple, Navy, Blue and White (from left to right). I love the shade selection as these colours are all earthy, neutral colours which is kinda fair and suitable for all types of skin tone and daily makeup look.

Upon first application of just one swipe on my hand, I'm so surprised by its pigmentation and it gives me a very soft and smooth finish. As you can see in the picture above, all the colours except for the basic black and white contains a bit of metallic accent which can enhance and brighten up your eyes. These bright and bold shade selection is allied with this Spring Summer beauty trend of smokey, sultry eyes with a contemporary edge.

These eyeshadow sticks are very creamy in texture and easy to blend. However, you have to be quick before the colour sets or else it will not budge once it dries and it will be very hard to remove. Beginners will have to practice a few times more to get the perfect finish while on a brighter note, it proves that its staying power and smudge-proof formulation is effective.

No doubt that the staying power of these eyeshadow sticks is much stronger, I've also tried and tested to see if it's really waterproof and smudge-proof as what they claimed. The colour stays perfectly no matter how hard I rub it and it only starts to smudge after about 4 to 5 hours (note that I have oily eyelids), hence smudge-proof checked. On the other hand, I would rate this product 6/10 for its waterproof formulation; nothing happened when I leave it under running water tap but when I try to rub it, the colour fades right away.

In the picture above, I'm using the basic colours - black, brown and white for my daily makeup look and I truly love the colour payoff! It is very easy to apply and smudge out the colours over my eyelid. The long lasting formulation would be the main highlights that I'm going to emphasize on. After all, I would highly recommend this especially for lazy people like me. Just glide and go; it's definitely something new for you to experiment with! Elianto Long Wear Eyeshadow Stick is available at all Elianto stores nationwide and priced at RM31.90 each.

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