If there is one makeup application that I am proud of, that would be my brow shaping. I go through brow pencil so fast that I no longer bother to spend loads on eyebrow pencil. Everyone on Youtube including their mama and grandma uses Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. Brow Wiz is a ultra-thin automatic pencil that is said to be the best among the best. When NYX came out with Micro Brow Pencil, everyone on Youtube started to compare it with Brow Wiz saying it is a cheaper dupe.
A lot of us are not aware that Sisley has been present in Malaysia for quite some time. I remember when I first started dipping my toes in beauty blogging, Maybank credit card was kind enough to have a few sampling exercise. It was not just any ordinary sachet sample redemption but what I get was a whole complete deluxe size trial kit in a pouch worth RM150, if I’m not mistaken. This generous redemption happened not just once but two to three times! 😀 . That is how I got to know the brand Sisley. I had a good first impression on the brand as the beauty advisor did not hard-sell their products during the redemption. Usually brand like this attracts me more to ask and fiddle with the products.
Fast forward to four years later, today, Sisley Malaysia had its first ever blogger get-together two months ago. It was a good one as we get to see, smell, and trial some Sisley skincare products as well as their makeup. Specifically the Phyto-Eye Twist and Phyto-Lip Twist. I have been wearing these two product frequently. It is fast and easy to use makeup products.
Baaammm! I bet you did not see this coming. Product swatches on second photo? What? Yes. I want to show you the swatches of the two Phyto Twist products I had with me before I go into detail.
Phyto-Eye Twist (RM170)
Phyto-Eye Twist is a 2-in-1 product; an eyeshadow that doubles up as an eyeliner. Usually eye jumbo pen like this are designed to be a fool-proof, quick and easy to use product. No precise application needed. But what makes a good eye jumbo pen having to be spoilt with choices in the beauty market recently? Sisley’s Phyto-Eye Twist are infused with skincare formula such as plant-based active ingredients likeGreen Tea, White Lily, Camellia that works to protects the skin of the eyelids.
It comes in an amazing 12 shades, four of them being the new shades. The one I have with me is 3 Khaki, which is more of an army kinda green 🙂
Compared to all other jumbo eye pen I have, this Phyto-Eye Twist has a smaller tip. It is huge enough for Asian eyes don’t worry lol. Although it glides on like a butter and is a water-proof product, boy this sets in a short few seconds! I would strongly suggest you to work on the blending on one eye first before applying on the other. Work fast is the key here. No precise application is needed with this. It is so easy to use. On a normal outing, I would just apply along my upper lash line and use my finger to blend upwards towards the crease before using a transition shade to blend on the upper crease to create more depth.
It has a metallic finishing, which is absolutely beautiful especially on the lower lash line. Whenever I had this on my upper lid, I will line my entire lower lash line with it too. But I also like to imitate what I used on the upper lid on my lower lid so I would use the same transition brown to apply under the Khaki shade. This step is not necessary. It is complete up to you 🙂
On certain days’ outing, I like to take things up a notch by intensifying the shade even more. I would apply Phyto-Eye Twist #3 Khaki on the entire upper lid and blend the edges with my finger. Then using a darker brown with a fluffy brush, I would then apply on the upper crease as transition shade. This will blend and smash with the Khaki shade. Basically it is the same step as above, just more intense 😀
Phyto-Lip Twist (RM170)
Phyto-Lip Twist is also a jumbo pen type of lip product. In fact this is not just a lipstick but more of a tinted lipbalm. It has the colour of a lipstick and shine like a gloss. However, to me this is a cream lipstick. Not so much of a gloss. The moisturizing and plumping effect is amazing. I believe this attributes greatly to the plant-based active ingredients in the lip twist.
It comes in 15 shades, with 6 new summery shades added to the existing collection.
I was lucky enough to get a shade that suits my lipstick preference. When I saw shade 11 Litchi, I said “this is Fiona shade” and everyone agrees 😀 . Litchi is a nudey pink shade, similar to My Lips But Better (MLBB) shades. I love the huge pen tip. I can get my lip done within a snap of a finger. It does not have any funky lipstick scent at all. It feels good on the lips and does not dries out my lip. I read that an ingredient called Phytosqualene is responsible to keep the lips suppleness and moisturized. That explains it. I also notice that the product does not settle in the fine lines on my lips as Commiphora Resin Extract plumps and smooth the lips contour.
The point tip makes retouching a breeze thing to do even out in the public 😛
The zebra-ish print on the tube does not bothers me a bit. For a high end brand like this, no doubt a pinch of quirkiness like this can be a surprise to most people. And since I am someone who is into quirky everything, I absolutely love this! However the similar packaging for the eye and lip product is a bit confusing. There was a few occasions where I nearly apply eyeshadow on my lips lol. I should really pay more attention to the tube size 😉 . Phyto-Eye Twist has a blue “Sisley” print on it while Phyto-Lip Twist has a “Red” print. I can’t remember this. I am just going to stick with the tube size to differentiate both products apart 😛
Hope you have a fantastic zebra-day ahead!
Disclaimer: Press gift from event. This doesn’t affect my judgement in the review in any way.
Did you notice all the pretty and cute collection for Spring 2016? The one I was not aware of until being told to Google for photos is none other than Mary Kay Into The Garden Color Compact, which I am going to talk about today.
For Spring 2016, Mary Kay is all about the inspiration captured from warm sunshine, fresh flowers, beautiful blooms and lush greens. Thus born the all-NEW Limited Edition Mary Kay® Into the Garden™ Collection. The entire collection is in collboration with fashion designer Patricia Bonaldi.
Most people I know find drawing eyebrows are a dreadful thing to do. Me on the the other hand are obsessed with drawing eyebrows. Maybe because my eyebrows are has very little hair and sparse that I find fixing them are therapeutic. I spend quite some time with my brows everyday before leaving the house. I may appear to have eyebrows on fleek to most of you but in reality it takes a lot of effort. When it comes to eyebrows, I hold on to three rules – a good eyebrow pencil, a good brush, and skills of course. Now it’s four as I have added Bourjois Brow Design Brow Mascara into my eyebrow routine 😀
Brow mascara is getting more and more in trend these days. Last time you hardly can find any and now? Almost every single brand has at least one. Bourjois is not new in this brow mascara bandwagon. In fact they already had one selling at Watsons and at their store called Mascara A Sourcils Eyebrow Mascara.
I love bizarre beauty products. Bizarre in the sense that it is something unique or never seen before in the beauty scene, and something that looks like ordinary but gives you the wow impression. And I especially love products that are not available in Malaysia. It gives me a sense of uniqueness of owning something that is not easily available here. The fact is, there is this product from L’Oreal that is available in Hermo.my that I am not aware of until last week. L’Oreal Tint Caresse is available exclusively at Hermo.my and to make the exclusivity even more exclusive, Tint Caresse is ONLY available for 2 weeks. Say what?
L’Oreal Tint Caresse is the 1st lip gradation pen that are inflused with tints from the most refined blend of precious flowers. It comes with an applicator with soft cushion tip which also works well in blending in color on the lips for the most natural ombre effect instantly. This is not my first time seeing such soft cushion tip design as I have used something similar for the eyes from Anna Sui before. But Anna Sui one was a pain to use so let’s not get into there.
Mascara is my cheat way to not using eyeliner. I believe most people cannot leave the house without any eyeliner, however I am the opposite. I would be gladly to skip eyeliner and yet I cannot live without mascara. I find mascara to be easier to apply especially when I am in the rush comparing to eyeliner. When you are in the rush, eyeliner can go very wrong 😛
Bourjois has a few pretty interesting mascara. And just recently they came out with Volume Glamour Effet Push Up Mascara and Lash Machine, which goes well hand in hand or on it’s own. Let me rephrase. These two goes superbly well together. So why separate them right? 😉