Ornthology

Nudy Micro Fiber

Sunday 23 November 2014

Let me start the review by saying the grass is always greener on the other side. Many born with deep eye sockets with ample eye areas to paint on envy Asian girls with exotic almond shaped eyes. The majority of Asian girls on the other hand would love nothing than to have double lids and big eyes (preferably light-colored). The trouble with Asian eyes is you will most likely have either monolids or hooded lids. Each with a unique problem of their own. Girls with monolids find it hard to create depth and drama with their eye makeup and those with hooded lids, well, good luck getting any contouring and the highlighting that you have perfected for half an hour to show at all.

I have been ‘blessed’ with the second kind. While my eyes are my favorite body part, I sometimes despise how very little color show through after I open my eyes. In the past, I have tried the eyelid tapes which is a popular choice for many girls. The only problem for me is they are difficult to apply evenly on both sides and they make my eyelids look super puffy and hung-over – not the look I’m after.

I heard about this new microfiber technology via a local online beauty community and decided to purchase one at the mall. I researched how to apply them on youtube and so on and then tried my first pair. I have to say, it is incredibly easy to put on. Seriously. I always struggled slightly with falsies and these extra gears but this is easy as 1,2,3. You peel the fiber from the packet, string it across your eyelid, aim where you would like to create the second eyefold, press and cut the gold ends off. And voila, double lids!

One thing though, BE CAREFUL with the scissors. Try to pick a small handy scissors to cut the edges off because I accidentally pinched the skin on my lid with the scissors and the pain is INDESCRIBABLE. With the fibers on, I find that all my hard work finally show through on my eyes and never felt better. Highly recommended for beginners who want to create no-fuss double lids. Bonus, below is a picture of my lids with and without the fibers. Good luck, girls!

Nudy Micro Fiber
   4.5 / 5 1
Tags: Eyes

10 Ways to Update Your Fall Beauty Look on a Tight Budget by Popsugar

Monday 22 September 2014



10 fall essentials that are light on your pocket. The perfect way to begin a new season!

1. Dove Style+Care Cream Serum
Gone are the days of your hair looking greasy and fried — instead, you have to worry about frizz, flyaways, static, and wind destroying your coif. Dove Style+Care Cream Serum ($5) softens, strengthens, and tames unruly strands without making your hair oily.

2. Elf Studio HD Blush
Cream blush is not only more natural-looking than powder formulas, but it also hydrates your skin. A little goes a long way with a deep hue like Elf Studio HD Blush in Showstopper ($3). Use your fingers or a stippling blush to apply and blend thoroughly for a flushed, chic cheek.

3. Bath & Body Works Hand Cream
You need a thick, nourishing hand cream when Autumn rolls around to protect the skin on your hands (and don't forget your cuticles!). This yummy, practically edible pumpkin-pecan-waffles-scented formula from Bath & Body Works ($5) contains shea butter and vitamin E to leave skin feeling soft and prevent pesky, painful cracking.

4. Dr. Jart's Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask
After suffering from oily skin all Summer long, you may be looking forward to a more matte face. Careful! Dry skin is more prone to looking old and wrinkly. Lock in serious hydration with Dr. Jart's Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask ($9). It's packed with hydrating hyaluronic acid to plump your skin.



For the full list go to the link below

Tags: Tips & Inspiration
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http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Best-Fall-Beauty-Products-Under-10-32165592?stream_view=1#photo-5

Nivea Lip Butter Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss

Saturday 20 September 2014

Chapped lips have always been one of my main concerns. And along with finding the most perfect shade of nude, I have also been on a lookout for the world’s best and most moisturizing lip balm. I have tried all the items on Best Beauty lists including EOS lipbalm which has the most divine smell but just not moisturizing enough. I was giving up hope when I bought the Nivea lip butters in these two flavours (yum) on a whim at a trade fair. Yes they are not available in Thailand but Thai shoppers always find a way to get around such inconvenience. And let me tell you, put on these lip balms before bed, leave on overnight and you will wake up with the softest, most sumptuous lips. And did I mention the scent? It reminds me of warm vanilla milkshake and buttery nutty lattes and who wouldn’t want to put that on? It is thick but not too greasy. It is definitely a night time treat as slicking on these balms in the morning might be a tad bit too heavy. I have found it, the world’s most hydrating lip balm (or treatment, if you prefer). Tell your friends!

Nivea Lip Butter Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss
   4 / 5 1
Tags: Lips

BeneFit Cosmetics The POREfessional

Friday 05 September 2014

I’d admit I was drawn in by Benefit’s retro packaging because I’m a sucker for the look but I gradually became a real fan of the brand because their products do work. So when I’m in need of a reliable (and cheap) face primer, I look no further than POREfessional. I have been told by friends that the primer is addictive but I underestimated its power. I wear make-up a lot and for an extended period of time (Duh, the lady who writes beauty reviews) so I don’t always have time for touch-ups. I wanna get a good bang for my baht and make-up that will last from dusk to dawn. This primer delivers just that and more. My make-up stayed put the whole day and night and colors do not tend to fade. On top of that, once you apply this baby, your skin becomes a smooth, silky canvas for whatever you paint on your face. It will not make you completely poreless (or maybe it’s just my pot hole of pores that can’t be concealed) but your skin will look even and make-up application will be made super easy. Highly recommended for first-timers because it is just that easy to use. I got mine with the “How to Look the Best at Everything” set and never looked back.

Benefit POREfessional
   4 / 5 1
Tags: Face

Mistine JOOPS!! Color Rich Lip Tube

Monday 18 August 2014

For decades, Mistine has been an iconic brand in Thailand’s direct selling cosmetics market. Those were the days when Mistine ladies walk up to people’s homes and open her trademark pink box to sell a range of skincare, perfume and cosmetics. Recently, the brand has waned in popularity, that is, until a very explosive comeback just this past year. Mistine started launching ready-to-wear and cheap-as-dirt cosmetic products in 7-11 and other convenience stores. Words start to catch on that their products are not only good value for money but are of good quality. Their So Quick eyeliner has quickly become a crowd favorite and these juicy lip tubes have also been listed among one of the best beauty newcomers. The lip gel comes in 8 vibrant colors that can be mixed into infinite number of colors. The texture is strikingly similar to OCC Lip Tar but clearly at a mere fraction of the price. A number of colors can be worn alone but many mix beautifully into another wearable color. The colors are semi-long-lasting, especially when applied on top of one another. Pocket-friendly and nicely scented, the bargain lip tube has a permanent space on my dressing table and in my purses.

Mistine JOOPS!! Color Rich Lip Tube
   4 / 5 1
Tags: Lips

Todays look - Inspired by a peacock-feather by Linda Hallberg

Saturday 02 August 2014

I’ve been following Linda Hallberg on Pinterest for a long while because she has consistently the most amazing eye looks. The look today is no different as she draws her inspiration from nature – a peacock feather. Just behold the pictures below and prepare to lose your breath.

Tags: Tips & Inspiration
For the original article please click the following link:
http://stureplan.se/bloggar/linda/2013/05/19/todays-look-inspired-by-a-peacock-feather

Majolica Majorca Lash King

Friday 01 August 2014

This is my most recent purchase after my Fairy Drops Platinum mascara was running out. My old favorite is in available for purchase in Thailand but boy, does it come with a hefty price tag. For the longest time, I was waiting for another special promotion on the brand which never came. I heard a lot of good things about Majolica Majorca Lash King through the beauty grape vine and decided to give another Japanese brand a chance. It is half the price of Fairy Drops, and even more so during a special promotion. I was pleasantly surprised to find my lashes feathery long and naturally curly after applying. I must have applied about 50 coats but my lashes still didn’t feel heavy. The lashes stay up all day, despite some fiber fallouts. It seems to be sweat-proof and is advertised to be rather water proof too. Fairy Drops will remain the number one in my heart but this newbie is definitely a good dupe and a close second best.

Majolica Majorca Lash King
   4 / 5 1
Tags: Eyes

11 Amazing Eco-Friendly Beauty Products by Buzzfeed

Friday 18 July 2014

There are ways to make your beauty routine more environmentally friendly and the first step is choosing the right products.
Buzzfeed recommends the following for the green goddess in all of us

1. Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint
These are marketed as tints, but apply more like lipsticks (and incredibly good ones, at that). The entire line of Tarte products is naturally formulated and packaged in recycled or post-consumer recyclable materials, so any of their products are a great way for someone looking to enhance the eco-friendliness of their daily routine.

2. Juice Beauty Organically Gorgeous Lip Set
This company basically does everything they possibly can to make amazing skincare products while helping the environment out in the process. Plus, 5% of the profits from this set will be donated to The Organic Center, which promotes the environmental benefits of organic food.

3. Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick
Vapour uses a minimum of 70% organic ingredients to make each of their awesome products, my favorite of which is this lipstick. And it’s not like the remaining 30% is toxic waste harvested from radioactive dumpsters — they use natural vitamins and mineral pigments. Other great stuff: the line isn’t animal tested, uses recyclable packaging, and supports organic farming. Also it will look totally sexy on your face.

4. Aveda Damage Remedy Kit
Aveda is one of the biggest environmentally-responsible beauty companies — in 1989, they became the first one to sign with the CERES principles, a set of rules for creating products in an earth-conscious way, and they’re the only cosmetics and health company to be 100% wind-powered.

5. Korres Zea Mays Blush
Pink is better when it’s green, too. This super-pigmented blush comes from a company that works with microfarmers and agricultural unions to source ingredients from small farms instead of big agribusinesses. They also make their products using 100% reusable energy.

For the full list go to the link below

Tags: Tips & Inspiration
For the original article please click the following link:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/verymuchso/11-amazing-eco-friendly-beauty-products#1zw8jcs

Wet n Wild lipsticks

Wednesday 16 July 2014

This brand is quickly becoming a cult favorite here in Thailand after being launched in Watson, Eveandboy and other leading stores. It is cheaper than most drugstore brands but delivers so much quality that most luxury brands should really watch their backs. Wet n Wild clearly has been one of the public’s favorite in the US for a long time but I know very little about the brand until recently. Since I bought the first lipstick in ‘Just Peachy’, I have come to discover that I can’t stop. ‘Just Peachy’ is a nice nude coral shade with high pigment and a semi-matte finish. I should let you know that I, like many others, have been on a quest for the perfect nude lipstick my whole life. You know, your lip colour but better. And I think I have covered the holy grail of nude lipstick in Wet n Wild ‘Bares it All’. It is a brownish nude color that is perfect for an everyday look and seriously compliments my yellowish complexion. My love affair (or rather, obsession) with this brand seems to be never-ending as I have since also nabbed myself ‘Carrot Gold’, ‘Pink Sugar’ and ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’. I’m contemplating on also getting ‘Rose Bud’ but I feel I should stop somewhere. Ok, maybe tomorrow. The only downside is that it is not all that long-lasting and the packaging is rather flimsy but with the lowest-end price, you can apply and reapply or might even use a spatula to save some in your make-up kit. The possibility is endless!

Wet n Wild long lasting lipstick
   4 / 5 1
Tags: Lips

Cosluxe auto pencil eyeliner and slim brow pencil

Saturday 28 June 2014

Like any other girls, I’m always on the lookout for a bargain. So when I heard about this incredibly cheap brand that offers super long-lasting products, I thought ‘that sounds too good to be true.’ Beloved by many bloggers and raved by online users, Cosluxe is quickly being sold in major department stores like Paragon and Central Silom. After my Clinique SuperFine Liner for Brows was nearly all used, I decided to give this cheap newbie a go. Wow, good things can come in cheap packaging. At a little over 200 baht, both the pencil liner and brow pencil exceeded well beyond my expectation. The brow pencil is just as slim as my 600-something baht Clinique pencil, it is incredibly easy to apply and the color looks natural, especially when paired with my Kate eyebrow powder. The pencil eyeliner is a big shocker because many kohl pencil came close to being long-lasting on my eyes but my lids manage to always wear them off. This is the ONLY pencil eyeliner that stays put all day, and through anything. I went to the gym (as you can see, I am an avid gym bunny), swim in the sea and commuted through all sorts of pollution with it, and it doesn’t even budge. Both products performed so well after many swimming laps that my friend blurted out in amazement as to what kind of ‘stuff’ I have on. Easy on the pocket and surprisingly easy to remove. It’s quickly moving to the number one spot on my list.

Cosluxe auto pencil eyeliner and slim brow pencil
   4 / 5 1
Tags: Eyes

Josie Maran 100 percent Pure Argan Oil

Monday 02 June 2014

So one of the side effects of being on the pills, especially ones designed to combat acne, is Sahara-level dry skin. I love how my skin is no longer oil-slicked and breakouts are a thing of the past but obviously there’s a catch. I begin to have dry patches and flaky skin and nothing, not even the highest-rated face mask or the world’s most iconic serum can rescue my skin. That is until I read up on a new skincare trend where bloggers mix their night time moisturizer and a face oil to up the hydration factor. The idea makes sense to me because by then I was on the verge on slathering vegetable oil on my face any way. I started off with Caudalie Divine Oil but soon realized it was too heavy for my face. I heard many wonderful reviews about Josie Maran products and decided to give it a go. As the product was not available in Thailand (it is now), I had to jump through some hoops to get my paws on this and I have never been happier. I mix two drops of this oil with my Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and apply day and night. Miraculously, my skin was never parched since! It is the perfect way to add moisture to my skin without leaving it greasy and I never looked back. I carry the smallest size with me during my trips abroad and no matter how harsh the weather is, my skin can bounce back, no problem. I also love how it is formulated without a lot of chemicals as I already used so many products with heavy stuff, I need to give my skin a little breather. Lightweight, hydrating and non comedogenic, it is the glow-getter and skin enhancer, all in just 2 drops.

Josie Maran 100 percent Pure Argan Oil
   4.5 / 5 1
Tags: Face

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Crystal Liner

Friday 30 May 2014

My relationship with NYX started off with a rough patch. I bought the Jumbo Eyeliner and one of its eye and lip palettes and was left rather underwhelmed. I went off and explored other brands before deciding to come back and see if I miss anything good from their range. And thank God, I did. I tried on this eyeliner at the store, hoping to infuse a bit of sparkle into my life. And lo and behold, hours later, after a shower and numerous handwashes, the glitter from the liner still glared back at me from the back of my hand. I went back the next day and the liner has been living happily ever after in my eye makeup drawer (yes I have a drawer dedicated for that. I am nothing if not dedicated). I usually swipe the liner, apparently infused with glamorous micro-glitter, along my lash line and boy, do they pop. In photos and real life. Anywhere with light, really. And the best part is, as I have mentioned, it stayed put FOREVER. In fact, on some of my lazy after-work evenings, I have a hard time removing it with cotton pads. Like nail polish glitter, they really do stick. My verdict? Perfect for nights out and parties, but for everyday looks, it may be a bit of a chore to take off.

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Crystal Liner
   4 / 5 1
Tags: Eyes

Fairydrops Platinum Mascara Water Proof T2

Saturday 17 May 2014

Born with short, straight, Asian lashes, I always thought falsies is the way to go to achieve red-carpet glamorous eye looks. Life is no fun when you can’t glue the falsies on elegantly without gluing your eyelids shut in the process. That is until I stumble upon this Japanese invention that basically changed my life. I don’t know what my lashes were like before this mascara but I can only guess – mistreated and not reaching its full potential. This water-proof fiber mascara thickens, lengthens and nourishes my lashes. After what feels like a million strokes, my lashes look naturally feathery and long and in no way resemble spider legs. The best part is that after working out for 2 hours or swimming my lungs out, my lashes look just as long as curly and they did before I go about my intense gym sessions. If you are not blessed with long, curly lashes that you see in magazines, this mascara gem will get you as close to your dream lashes as possible.

Fairydrops Platinum Mascara Water Proof T2
   4.5 / 5 1
Tags: Eyes

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow

Friday 25 April 2014

This is my go-to eyeshadow primer for days that I work out, swim, go to the beach or sweat it out in Thailand’s sweltering heat. Basically everyday. I use Bold Gold and Eternal Gold and not only do they help my eyeshadow to last for hours and hours on end, they give the golden undertone to any color I apply. Eternal Gold is a brighter shade and wakes my eyes up nicely (I need that after many late nights on the weekend). Bold Gold gives a subtler hint and is one of the first products I really used up (coming from a girl who never finishes her lipstick). Can’t compliment this enough – crease-free, long-lasting and intense colors. It goes directly onto my Hall of Fame!

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow
   4.5 / 5 1
Tags: Eyes

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Thursday 10 April 2014

The ultra-luxe palette got me hooked the first time I laid eyes on it. Not only did I imagine the glamorous packaging will look amazing on my dressing table, I was also encapsulated by the mystery of what the product actually is. On its official website, the palette contains a “groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on skin.” After a rough search on youtube for tutorials on these babies, I still am mostly in the blind about what they are. I took a risk and bought this rather expensive ‘finishing powder’ based on rave reviews other bloggers and users online who may be just as confounded as I am (?!). And that was the best decision I made. The finishing powders come in Incandescent Light, a shade exclusive to this palette, and two existing shades, Dim Light and Radiant Light. I found Radiant Light compliments my complexion the most. I use it on my cheeks as blush and bronzer. It creates a perfect healthy glow and contours my face in a way that is flattering and subtle. I have nothing but praise for this palette and am getting ready for a re-purchase next time my friends are flying to the US (this product is not on sale in Thailand, but boy, do I try).

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
   4 / 5 1
Tags: Face

Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eyeshadow Comfort Zone

Thursday 03 April 2014

Finally, I found the ultimate everyday palette that I can bring during my travel and can use during most of my busy mornings. This palette contains some of the most flattering shades for all eye and skin colours. And at a fraction of a price. I purchased mine with a discount at just a little over 200 baht for 8 amazing colours. I’m genuinely thrilled because the eyeshadows have just enough shimmer without being overly blingy, are highly pigmented and stay put for over half a day (especially when paired with Maybelline Color Tattoo). Anyone who struggle with the search for good-quality and inexpensive eye palette should look no further!

Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eyeshadow Comfort Zone
   4.5 / 5 1
Tags: Eyes