Friday, 16 March 2018

Bad Habit Beauty - Athena Palette

hi guys!! 
i'm getting really rusty at blogging, i come on here occasionally then disappear months on end. really need to get my groove back, take more pics and upload more content on here. 

this year i'm hoping i can upload at least ONE makeup video on YouTube. been playing around with Lightworks lately, and the video on top is my first baby. HAHA (don't judge) just getting the audio in was a headache for me, i'm really not a professional in video editing at all. while all these YouTubers make it look wayy easier than it actually is. 

also, i recently created a new Instagram account (@crayomel_) for all things makeup related cause my old one just couldn't upload photos. yep, instagram just woke up one day and decided that i don't deserve nice things and stopped me from uploading ANYTHING on that account. i even had loads of problem with hashtags, as in i upload but nothing shows up when i follow that #. and yes, i checked, none of the #s i used were shadow banned. so yea, insta just hates me :( 

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all that aside, let's get on to the palette. 

today's post will be all about the Bad Habit Beauty - Athena Palette ($12), which is raved about all over YouTube for being one of the best dupes for the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette ($68). i mean, that price difference though. 

i, for one, don't own the Huda Beauty palette as it is wayy too expensive in Malaysia. currency exchange + international shipping problems :( 

after much research i decided to give the Athena Palette a go. I got it from an instagram seller (@fbeautybank) for RM85 + RM12 (postage within M'sia) = RM97. the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk on the other hand, is RM335 before postage. my broke ass def's can't afford that. =S  

the two palettes really are alike, quality wise, i am not sure. but according to a fair number of YouTubers, they claim that the Athena palette beats the Huda Beauty one? idk. let's move on to pictures of this gorgeous baby. 

without flash

with flash

close up with flash

under flash

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been using this palette for a month now. here are my overall thoughts on it:

packaging (10/10)
very sleek packaging with a sturdy mirror. everything is nicely done, definitely more than you would expect from a $12 palette. i wouldn't say it's as classy as the Huda Beauty one, but it's definitely not flimsy like some drugstore ones either. so it's almost high end packaging, but with drug store pricing?

shadows (7/10)
first things first, i don't like the smell. it has this chemical smell, and it's not the pleasant kind.

the shadows are similar to Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) in terms of kick up, meaning you have to go in with a light hand, else shadow will be flying everywhere. this is different from Tarte, Urban Decay, Kat Von D, Too Faced, Colourpop eyeshadow palettes, where you can just swirl your brush in to get pigment, and there won't be much kick up / fall out as the ABH and this Bad Habit one. this can be a good or bad thing, depending on personal preference. for me, it's a slight turn off especially when I'm in a rush. don't want no shadow flying all over the place when i'm in a rush, y'know.

let's talk pigment. i find it weird, it's like these shadows have mood swings (like me). some days they're pigmented af, then other days i struggle to get colour to even show up on my eyes. sometimes i feel like they're too soft? when a shadow is too soft it annoys me cos i feel like there's nothing on my eyes. but then again, these are on bad days only. on certain days, the shadows are spot on, exactly like the ABH shadows. so i think its performance depends on how well you prepped your eye lids as well. (you have been warned)

i wanna talk about a few of my favorite shades in this palette!!

  • MEDUSA - ahhh this gorgeous rose gold shade. i love it, i'm so in love with it. 
  • CUNNING - it looks nothing like how it does in the pan when applied. it has this gorgeous pink shift to it which i can't help but love!!! 
  • POWER - finally a red shade that actually shows up red on the eyes. idk about you but i've had palettes with a gorgeous red shade in them, only to show up brownish/burgundy-ish on the eyes -_- this red gives the grungy red look, sort of how those Lime Crime girls look. hahaha 

lasting power (10/10) 
despite having trouble with the shadows on off days, they still last through the day!! which is awesome. i have super oily eyelids, but please do still prep your eyes like how you normally do. i haven't found any eyeshadow that didn't crease on me if i don't set my eyelids with concealer beforehand. so yea, if you're oily, just set your eyelids. 

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that's all i have to say about this palette. do i love it? i definitely do. but i wouldn't say it is my number 1 palette, cause i love all my palettes equally (ha!) 

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Colourpop Yes, Please! Palette

ahhhh. this was such an unplanned purchase.

the Colourpop Yes, Please! palette was sold out immediately so it never even crossed my mind to get it. this is sort of my tactic to avoid disappointment lol. anyways, there are tonnes of comparison videos of this palette with Natasha Denona's Sunset Palette on YouTube. they're literally all over YouTube. how do people even afford the $100+ dollar palette i can't even. i saw someone on Insta who bought the N.D. palette for MYR700++ . siao 

cutting my story short, i stumbled on this instagram account (bless and curse you Explore Page for understanding my needs so accurately) that actually had this palette in stock. my eyes nearly fell out its socket (not even kidding). i googled to make sure it actually is this palette LOL. i didn't want to end up buying a wrong palette. i say this because they posted the box (yellow YES, PLEASE!) and the actual palette (white, CUTE AF) together. uhm confusing much, Colourpop? so is it the Yes,Please palette or the Cute AF palette? hahaha either way, both are good names!

and that, my friends, is how i met this palette. (ha ha)

the Yes, Please palette retails for $16, but here in Malaysia we have to endure international shipping, currency mark ups, and local postage. T_T i got it for MYR112. not too bad considering it was ready stock. i received this palette last Monday, today is Wednesday and I have not had the time to swatch them. WHAT? so just these gorgeous pictures will do. HEHE isn't this palette pretty?? did i mention i'm also very happy because this is my first round-panned eyeshadow palette??? ugh can't wait to dip my finger and brush in the pans. SOON!

before i end, let me just sum up my first impressions of this palette:

➷ packaging - mad love for the packaging. it's small, compact and sturdy. it has magnetic closure, no mirror, which is fine for me. i never use the mirrors anyways. only con is it's white and looks like it'll get dirty pretty easily. especially when you're using and the shadows kick up. boooo

➷ size - a lot of people were saying that it's really small. i was pre-informed hence i was not disappointed! hahaha but it's not that small, same size with Tarte's Tartelette in Bloom. I checked, it even has more product (overall) compared to ABH's Modern Renaissance. *shock face* anyways, i'm not complaining about the size cause i'm already having trouble finishing my eyeshadows. *gulps

➷ what's with the shade name Big Cocktails tho? watched a few YT tutorial and every time the person says "apply Big Cocktails on your crease" .. "now i'm going back to Big Cocktails and dipping a little more at the side" i cringe. LMAO! i can't be the only one.

okay for real. picture time:

that's all for my post! hope you enjoyed the pictures and i hope these pics helps you on your decision whether to get this palette or not. :P it is limited edition but there's a restock soon. i suggest you get it before it's gone!!!

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Zhuco Cosmetics - Unicorn, Choco, TOP {review}

yaszz. today's post will be about a local cosmetic brand - Zhuco Cosmetics!

if you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed how mildly obsessed I am with this brand.

first off, they're from Borneo! can't remember how i stumbled upon their page, but i fell in love with the colors they offered and also the packaging of the lipsticks. price wise, it is very very reasonable @ MYR35 each. sometimes they even have promotions & you can get them cheaper.

i was skeptical at first so I only tried one color - Choco. it's their most in demand shade and is constantly sold out, i was lucky enough to get one through a seller in Miri. oh, i should mention, it's really easy to buy from them if you're staying in Malaysia as they have agents spread all over the states. I got mine from a local seller so i saved on postage. that's awesome 'cause i'm a cheapskate when it comes to paying postage. oops*

the lipstick is very much comparable to high end brands like Kylie Cosmetics & Stila. I only mentioned these two as I have their liquid lipsticks. can't compare them to brands i have not personally tried out yet. :)

in short, the Zhuco Cosmetics liquid lipsticks :

i) are fast drying 
these dry down pretty quick. takes a little more time compared to Kylie, but it's not too much of a hassle.

ii) does not stain your glass/bottle (well, you know the struggle)
i tend to shy away from lipsticks as i find it annoying when i see the stain left behind on glasses/bottles whenever i take a sip. amazingly, these do not. so if you're out with a night of drinking with your girls, best believe you can trust on these lippies.

iii) stays on forever! 
these are kiss-proof once they dry down. and won't budge unless you have a heavy oily meal. :p

but of course, these aren't perfect. they're not food proof. if you eat something oily, they will wear off! tbh i don't think there's any liquid lipstick out there that is oil/food proof. even Kylie wears off after eating. so either don't wear liquid lipsticks to eat, or chop your food into smaller pieces so you can avoid it touching your lips altogether. ahaha. or just bring your lipstick out for touch up! oh, these are slightly stickier compared to Kylie & Stila. but after a few use i feel like they're less sticky? not sure if i just got used to it or... lol

but hey, Zhuco is RM35, Stila RM99 and Kylie ~RM110 (price for liquid lipstick only), i'd say the Zhuco is a pretty good alternative if you don't have tonnes to splurge on lippies.

close up of the applicator

the three shades i got from Zhuco Cosmetics.
swatch on my hand from left to right (/bottom to top) - Unicorn, TOP, Choco

Top most is Choco. followed by TOP & Unicorn.
TOP & Unicorn are the newer shades that also came in a newer more slick packaging. :D

more swatches! L-R: Unicorn, TOP, Choco (w/o flash)

L-R: Unicorn, TOP, Choco (w/ flash)

a little breakdown on the shades: 
[tried to take pics of the swatches to be as close to the real thing as possible.]


Unicorn is a really pretty mauvey purple shade. it somehow reminds me of Poison Ivy and gives out a "don't you dare mess with me" vibe, which i adoreeee.

TOP is a brownish shade, something like Kylie Cosmetics' Brown Sugar // Dolce K. I have Dolce K and am in love with it but just can't fork up the $$ to get the full size. (i'm currently using the Birthday Edition mini's) I find this to be a good dupe, albeit a little bit darker than Dolce K.

Choco is definitely the more wearable shade among the shades i've chosen. no wonder it's a big hit. it's a gorgeous terracotta brown that goes well both day & night.


what do you think of Zhuco Cosmetics' liquid lipsticks? feel free to head down to their website or instagram page to view the range of shades they carry.

instagram: @zhucocosmetics
facebook: Zhuco Cosmetics


this is not an ad or sponsored post. i wrote this on my own freewill as i love their products.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Becca Champagne Splits

today's spotlight is on the BECCA Champagne Splits in Champagne Pop and Flower Child. 

i know i know.. this review came damn late. idk why i left it in drafts for so long. as you can see my motivation to update this blog comes and goes. anyways, don't expect a professional/thorough review from me as i'm no makeup pro. just enjoy the gorgeous pics. hehehehehe 

i mentioned in my Sephora competition post that i won RM200 sephora voucher. so this was what i purchased using that :P else i doubt i would've splurged RM209 for this!!! just thinking about the price of this hurts my poor heart. why oh why are Becca makeup so overwhelmingly pricey!? 

need i say more? it's just too pretty for words.

i chose the Champagne Pop + Flowerchild combo. it was between this and the Prosecco Pop + Amaretto, i opt for the champagne/flowerchild combo as i lack a soft peach/pinky blush in my collection. plus Amaretto looks more to a bronzer for my skin tone.

i don't think i need to say much about this highlighter and blush. BECCA is infamous for their highlighters (mainly Champagne Pop) and long lasting blushes. i love everything about the champagne splits, especially the packaging! its shiny gold packaging just screams l-u-x-u-r-y!

one thing to note though, these are extremely fragile!!! brought it travelling once, wrapped it in bubble wrap, and it still cracked. :( thankfully it can still be pressed back into the pan, but the crack line is still visible. i used to store this in an acrylic storage, it's slanting sideways. i always put it back gently after use and one day i notice the same crack! yea, very fragile.

so now i store it like the queen it is (lol) inside an acrylic drawer, laid-flat!! lol. this is definitely the Mariah Carey in makeup world.