Product Review: J'ouvert Cosmetics

Here is my blog gift which i won on Stellas Addiction Holiday Giveaway in January (please refer to my previous post - DOT bag for the other blog giveaway i won). It was a sponsored giveaway and as stated in the post, the winner would win the full set of the J'ouvert Cosmetics gel liners.

I was the WINNER *yaaay!* and imagine my surprise when i went to the post office to collect my package and there were 3 of them in the carton &surpirised face*. Alas, aside from the gel liners i had also received a cream blush and the Drama Lash mascara set.

the entire package (from bottom - top) - gel liners, Drama lash mascara & cream blush
Deep Impact Blush
swatch of the Blush
The Blush is highly pigmented. Considering that this is my very first cream blush (God finally answering my prayers and sending me one) i was pretty excited to see it.

As you can see from the swatch it is a buildable product which shows up even on dark skin. Being me, and loving to use colours in different places, you can be sure that i will be using it on the lips and eyes very soon.

The Drama Lash mascara set is made up of the mascara itself and a duo fibre product which is to be appleid to the lashes to create increased volume.
i totally love the wand of the mascara. the bristles are firm clusters guaranteed to separate lashes and distribute the product evenly.
i must confess that when i first saw this i thought it was a dried up mascara with an itsy-bitsy wand perfect for lower lashes and i chucked it in the bin immediately after taking the pictures. On a whim i visited the J'ouvert Cosmetics site on my Blackberry phone one day while tidying up stuff and looked up the Drama Lash mascara only to see it there. I quickly retrieved it from the trash (Thank God it was still there) and I have been looking for an opportunity to use it ever since.
The actual win in a beautiful fuchsia pink package
the products in tissue
my 5 gel liners and an angled liner brush
Apparently, the gel liners always arrive with this wooden handled angled brush which i must admit is perfect for lining the eyes. Reminds me do much of Eco-tools.
All the liners come in this purple package (this is the black one. FYI, only the black and brown ones have the colours written on them)
all my beautiful J'ouvert gel liners in their glass bottles (not sure its glass though cos it doesn't break when it mistakenly falls to the floor). The transparent bottles help in identifying what product it is as can be seen from the next picture.
from left - black, brown, purple, blue and green
when opened they have a foil seal. Which is great because it prevents drying up of the product until it is opened after purchase.
the foil seal in the black liner has the J'ouvert logo on it
the black liner is matte and a very pure black i must admit.
as can be seen from the pictures of the products and the swatches above, only the black liner is matte. The others have shimmers in them
this is me trying so very hard to clean the swatches off. I ended up having to use a cream product and a tissue (while rubbing hard) to get them off the back of my hand.
I have incorporated the cream blush, mascara and gel liners into some of my daily looks so far (pictures will come when my camera is back from sabbatical as it is currently MIA). I recently received a sponsored brush set (which i will be reviewing soon)and so the angled brush has been relieved of e/l application duties.

Oops, i forgot to mention earlier that the gel liners are perfect as cream bases too and since they are waterproof they will perform double duty on the eyes as well *wink*

I will absolutely recommend this product to both makeup artists and makeup lovers and i really thank J'ouvert Cosmetics and StellaMaris for this wonderful package.

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My DOT Bag

In January this year, I won 2 different blog giveaways which was very surprising and at the same a pleasure to me. Being my birthday month, they were pleasant and unexpected birthday presents to me.

On the MORSI PR blog, i won this oh so pretty DOT bag.

the bag

Thank you Moriam. I am seriously loving my DOT bag and it will be a constant companion of mine at AMFW *wink*

Product Review: Beauty Blenders

I finally got my very own Beauty Blenders *dancing*. You cannot imagine how excited i was to receive them considering that i have known the brand for more than 2 years and have communicated back and forth with them on how i can get my very own Beauty Blenders.

I didn't get the BB cleanser because the person i got these from didn't have. She actually said that mild dishwashing liquid worked quite well for her but these are too precious to me and so i have purchased Johnson & Johnson Baby shampoo for my BBs (and my brushes now).

Points to note:
- When washed they swell to twice their original size but go back to normal size when they are thoroughly dry.
- They are also susceptible to getting stained so no hope for having that beautiful pink colour forever and ever.
- They can also be used wet (not dripping wet of course though) or dry.
- The pointed edge can also be used dry to apply powder to hard to reach areas on the face.

I have used it only once at a photoshoot and haven't gotten the hang of using them yet but i am not defeated and im looking forward to using them more often. They are definitely more economical than wedges and more hygienic too (in my opinion as you can wash them on set and still use them damp after squeezing well).

Please share your Beauty Blenders with me - pictures, comments, posts, looks etc. I would love to see them.

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Brush Review: Sigma P80 brush

I recently purchased my very first Sigma brush (yippee! and im more subdued now when i realise that as an affiliate i should have more. Thank God for international shipping and i can actually make that come to pass). I actually had this purchased for me via a friend who lives in the UK.

So i got the P80 precision brush which is a small duo fibre brush, perfect for use in small areas at a time. I must say that from the handle of the brush to the thickness of the bristles to the engraved brand and brush name on the sides, it was love at first sight and now i am addicted to Sigma.

Here are pictures of the brush:
As received, with the nylon cover.
the shiny and durable handle
full length
close-up of the brush
As you all know, i always apply either a concealer or foundation in my under-eye area to hide the intense dark circles i have. A gentle swipe of the product using this brush totally covered my under-eye area with no streaks or uneven blending. I also used it for a makeover and the result was the same.

Not only can you be assured of quality when you purchase this brush, you can also be assured of effectiveness as it delivers. I would definitely recommend this product.

*This product was purchased by me. Regardless of the fact that I am a registered Sigma Affiliate, all opinions in this post are my true opinions and i have not been paid to write this post.

Brush Review: Zaron brush set

This review is long overdue and I am very sorry about that.

if you recall, i got a whole bunch of Zaron products in my christmas haul. The brush set was among the Zaron products i got and i thought to share it with you.

The brushes
the brush pouch
they are all black handled
the small brushes
the big face brushes
- All the brushes are made of synthetic bristles.
- The powder and blush brushes are just ok for their individual purposes.
- The other brushes are smaller and flatter and thus are harder to work with  when powder is the subject. Thus i would recommend that they be used for creme products only.

This brush set is very handy and comfy especially due to the black packaging which will ensure that it does not stain easily. I will however not recommend for a new user or to be used alone for personal makeup application as it will be unable to fulfill all your application requirements.

*This product was given courtesy of Zaron makeup & hair. All opinions are my own and i have not been sponsored to write this review.