Saturday 30 November 2019

MakeOver Indonesia Cliquematte Lip Stylo in #201 Eclair & #202 Hollywood Review

in Eclair & Hollywood

I suck at makeup. I suck more when it comes to choosing the right shade of lipsticks. Similar to my fashion style, I went through some experimental phase with lippies. Some shades are too light, too pink or too red. My safest and favorite shade is coral and I always buy them in lip gloss. Just very recently, I discovered matte, brown shades which I'm starting to love big time! That's thanks to my discovery of MakeOver Indonesia's Cliquematte Lip Stylo in #201 Eclair and #202 Hollywood.

in Eclair and Hollywood

I did a whole lot of investigating prior to purchasing since these are not cheap, at RM42 each. In case you are wondering where you can purchase these original MakeOver Indonesia products, check out Dear Momiji.

Dear Momiji's post on these MakeOver Cliquematte Lip Stylo

What caught my interest is because one of my favorite IG influencer, Elle Yamada appears to be the brand ambassador for MakeOver Indonesia and she rocks the shades well!

The lipsticks are dispense with the push at the end. Note to click to only as needed length because it is non-retractable!

The brown shade, Eclair is my absolute favorite of these two. As you can see, I've been wearing them super often if you noticed on my IG! I have gotten a lot of compliments for this shade and a friend who owned the same has equally good things to say she even went to look when she was at Yogyakarta.

Hollywood is a lovely coral and a shade I am comfortable in wearing but I haven't worn it as frequent as Eclair to be honest. Loving the formula nevertheless! Btw, sorry the photos are not doing justice for these lippies! X(

Since my discovery of nude, brown lippies, I can say I'm hooked! It's one of the best beauty trends that ever happen!! Currently I am eyeing L'oreal Paris Color Riche Matte, Maybelline's The Powder Matte, 3CE's Inked Heart or even Dior's but do not have enough excuse to purchase them yet lolwhat. Perhaps when I've used up MakeOver's Eclair. Dreading the day though!

Friday 29 November 2019

Reviewing Bamboo Toothbrushes

So you've heard me talk about minimalism, converting to sustainable and greener lifestyle since last year.  And in case you're wondering, yes, it is still on and the thoughts about how I can contribute to the environment has been the back of my head more often now as depressing news like the Amazon fires and us Malaysians (pljus our neighboting countris) experiencing the worse transborder haze of the century yadayadayada. That aside, this post is about my experience converting to bamboo toothbrush.

Until now, I have only tried three types of eco-friendly toothbrushes _ the generic bamboo brushes from Taobao which cost about RM1-ish each, one from The Hive that cost me RM11 and another available in Aeon called Jordan for about RM10 made of recycled plastic.

Unlike the gentler design of plastic toothbrushes, the bamboo ones are hard. I always find bruises on my the side of my lips after brushing! It doesn't hurt nor obvious but annoys me.

Because manufacturers are so eager to accommodate to consumers' growing demands for greener options, little emphasize are put on the bristles. The ones I got online (no doubt made in China) are course and sharp they hurt my gums. To fix, I simply use a scissors to trim the sharp edges and it was good to use.

Before & after trimming

Another which I got from The Hive has such soft bristles, they were already out of shape after the first use. I get it will be some time before they figure what's a greener alternative to nylon bristles, but I would want better bristle designs.

This is how it looks about a month... Very rarely do my other toothbrushes look like this by the time I replace them.

I have switched 3-4 bamboo toothbrushes over the past few months, which I think is quite frequent. Reason being I found that the bamboo part do not last long because they're very susceptible to molds.Read Natural bristles retains moisture and are breeding grounds for bacteria and malodour EWWW!! That is even though I made sure they're kept dry. I think that's the case because the bamboo part were not treated with chemicals to make them waterproof, leaving it in its au natural state. In other words, you want to store them dry, in  toothbrush holders with more open spaces for ventilation. Maybe out of the bathroom where it can get humid.

See those black spots are molds!

All this kinda makes you think twice about using bamboo toothbrushes... I'm persisting is because I do think they do their part in reducing plastic waste. If I have to decide which, I will get more from China because the bristles are better and they're cheap so I can change whenever molds start growing. Tho still hoping there will be more ergonomic designs available soon!

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