Review: Beauteque Mask Maven (May)

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I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to have been able to review this May’s bag! My opinions about the overall service still holds and I have only positive things to say about it. I will include all the necessary information from last month in this post so I apologise if it’s repetitive to you since you would’ve already read about it! However, for those of you who are unaware of this service then you will definitely find it extremely useful! =)

Beauteque offers a monthly subscription service, where you can try out 9 to 11 masks every month at an affordable price. The bags do not only contain sheet masks but also hand and feet, hair, wash-off masks and many more. As I have mentioned before, this service is the perfect way to test out a wide selection of masks on the market for a very affordable price!

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The packaging is the same as last month except it is in a hot pink fabric bag this time! This month also has 9 amazing different masks for you to test out!

If you wish to try out the service, there are a range of options for you to choose from:

  1. Month to month at $16 per month
  2. 3 months at $16 per month
  3. 6 months at $15 per month
  4. 12 months at $14 per month

If you do decide to subscribe, keep in mind that billing occurs on the 20th of every month if you choose the first option. If you subscribe after the 10th of the month, you will receive next month’s bag! Bags get shipped out on the 20th of each month.

⟪ Click here to start your monthly subscription! ⟫

I know that I mentioned that I would be reviewing the masks but unfortunately I currently have issues with taking portrait pictures after losing my phone near the start of the month. My current phone is an old hand me down so the quality is just not on par and I am not content about uploading poor quality pictures! I will try to work out a way to post more reviews because I have been slacking in that department but I hope you still enjoy the other posts that I publish!

Blog Tour Award

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Thank you Janice and The Beautified Blogger for nominating me for this award! For those of you who haven’t checked out either of them, you are truly missing out on so much! You will love them as much as I do, there’s no doubt about it! =)

The rules:

  1. Pass the tour on up to four other bloggers.
  2. Give your nominees the rules and a specific Monday to post.
  3. Answer four questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do.
    • How does my work differ from others in my genre?
    • How does my writing/creative process work?
    • Why do I write or create what I do?
    • What I’m working on at the moment?
  4. Compose a one-time post on a specific Monday (date given from your nominator).

I got given 25th of May as the one-time post day!

My answers:

1. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
This is a really tough question to answer because I drew inspiration for my blog from other bloggers! I guess my blog doesn’t differ that much in terms of content but I feel as though I’ve created a layout and theme that has made it more ‘me’. When I was first starting to think about what I wanted my blog to look like, making it personal and also making it a true representation of myself were things that I considered as being extremely important. I guess that’s what makes my blog different – just the fact that it’s a part of me, a part of my personality and interests as a person that makes it truly unique!

2. How does my writing/creative process work?
I don’t really have a particular set process. What I decide to post is usually very spontaneous because I get ideas as they randomly come by. I normally have a few posts prepared in advance that I can publish when my schedule allows, and I honestly just choose the one that feels right to me at the time. I just space them out so that I don’t upload two similar posts back to back! There’s really no set layout or guideline that I follow, I just use my gut feeling! It’s the same when it comes to writing my posts. Of course, if it’s a PR post then I will definitely plan it because I will have to make sure I include all the information needed but if it’s a regular post then I just go with the flow. I guess a review post is closest to me having a mental guideline because I normally start off with an introduction into what the product is and it’s claims, then work my way through to the packaging, all the way to how well the product actually works and finishing off with my signature advantages and disadvantages, and product rating.

3. Why do I write or create what I do?
For me, blogging was a way for me to just simply share my interest in makeup but that’s no longer the main reason why I blog. Now, it’s all about creating a positive and happy environment while still expressing my passion in beauty! I started my blog while I was on my end of year break from uni and I was feeling really unfulfilled, like I wasn’t do anything productive in my life. It was starting to bother me quite a bit so I decided to finally start a blog. I think I’ve said this a few times before but YouTube was initially what I wanted to start off with but being the perfectionist that I am, I wanted to invest in a better camera and lighting setup. After much thought, I realised that the investment was too much so I decided to give blogging a try instead and I’m really so so happy that I made that decision. I now write because I truly have fallen in love with it and most of all, being able to interact with all of you is just so special to me! =)

4. What I’m working on at the moment?
I haven’t been working on anything major for my blog at the moment unfortunately! =( If anything, I’m working on a schedule to follow once I finish my finals! I will have a lot more time to blog starting from the final week of June when I’ll be completely done with the first uni semester of the year!

My nominees:

Karen
Katie
Stephie
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The date I’m going to set is two weeks from now, which will be the 8th of June! =) I look forward to seeing your answers to these questions! It’s always fascinating to read about how everyone’s creative mind is so different from each other and these questions are perfect to learn more about them!

How To Improve Your Self-Esteem! ♡

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Hi everyone! Today I bring to you another lifestyle related post to help boost up your self-esteem and help you feel more comfortable in your own skin! This was a list I came across via onlinecounsellingcollege so I have to give the credit to them! I always love sharing tips I stumble upon online because I personally relate to them and always feel a lot more reassured when I read them, so I want to pass it along to all of you guys! =)

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1. It starts with a decision to be your own person. Don’t live your life to please or to impress someone else.

2. Try and grasp the fact that we’re different and have different goals and values, and don’t be swayed by other people who criticise your dreams.

3. Don’t compare your path or journey to someone else’s journey as we start from different places and face different challenges.

4. Be kind, understanding and patient with yourself. Accept that failures and mistakes are a part of everybody’s life. Also, choose to frame mistakes as learning opportunities.

5. You need to root for yourself and seek to be your own best friend. Don’t denigrate yourself in public or when you’re alone.

6. Remind yourself that a weakness can become a strength in time. It takes patience and effort but eventually things change!

7. Make a list of what you’re good at and keep adding to the list. Also, note the strengths that others see and comment on as well.

8. Treat yourself with respect and praise the things that you do well. Don’t write them off as “nothing” or as being “no big deal”.

9. Find ways to dissipate and channel negative emotions. Don’t allow them to dictate the way you start to see yourself.

10. Spend time with those who like you and can see your worth and value, and ignore those who attack you and would like to see you fail.

11. Choose to stand up for yourself and value being more assertive. Also, decide to start to set and then enforce appropriate, healthy boundaries.

12. Admit your mistakes – then learn to laugh at yourself. It helps remove the pressure and the stress of “being perfect”!

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I really hope that you’ll be able to take these on board with you and make you feel better if you’re struggling with self-esteem or confidence issues, or maybe you’re having a rough day and need a few pick me ups! Either way, let me know if these were useful and I can’t wait to share more tips in my future posts! =) ♡

Beginner Makeup Series: Foundation

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Hello everyone and welcome to my first ever series on my blog! =) I thought it would be a great idea to do a series on beginner makeup to help those of you who are maybe new to makeup or are just looking for more tips and tricks. Today I’ll be starting off with foundation as the first instalment of face makeup and then I’ll be working my way through cheeks, eyes and lips!

Foundation is definitely something that most people do not get right at the very beginning without the help of someone else, myself included, so I thought it would the best to begin with! There are so many different factors to take into consideration when picking out a foundation so I’ll be sharing different pieces of advice on how to pick the perfect one for you.

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This is the first thing that people will look for when selecting a foundation because it’s so important to pick one that is the right shade for you. Everyone’s skin tone varies throughout the body so it can be quite difficult to work out what shade will work best for you especially when you are under artificial lighting, which can change the look of your natural tone!

♡ Work out your underlying skin tone. A good way to test this is to look at your veins on your wrist! If they have a blue hue to them, your skin has a cool undertone so it will be more on the pinker side. If they are green, then you have a warm undertone and you will have more yellow or olive pigments in your skin. If it is in between then you have a neutral undertone, where you don’t lean more on one side but you’re just in the middle. It’s not enough to get the right darkness in a foundation but to pick up one with the right undertone so that it will match you perfectly!

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Another important factor to look into is your skin type! Do you have dry, oily or combination skin? Do you prefer a matte or dewy finish? Do you have acne or breakouts? Do you have aging skin? All of these questions are really important to take note of when picking out a new foundation.

♡ If you have oily skin, go for a foundation that has a more matte finish to it so that it will keep oil and sebum at bay throughout the day. If you have drier skin, go for a more dewy or moisturising foundation so that it will not pick up any dry spots on your face!

♡ If you have acne prone skin then you would definitely be eyeing a foundation with fuller coverage. If your skin is more on the clear side, opt for something that has light to medium coverage. However, also remember that foundations are buildable so even if you do have acne prone skin, there is always concealer that you can use to cover up any blemishes that your foundation doesn’t!

Application

♡ Always use a tester or sample! Most of the time, your hands are not the same colour as your face so definitely test out a foundation on your jawline to find the perfect match. A sample would be the most ideal because you will not be in contact with any germs or bacteria build up in a tester bottle, and you will also be able to take a proper look at the foundation under natural lighting at home.

♡ Sometimes a foundation works well with a particular brush and doesn’t work well with another so definitely give different application techniques a try before you completely mark one off your list.

I hope you all liked the first part of my new series! I will be progressively uploading these as my schedule allows so I hope you look forward to them. I’d love to know your feedback and whether you agree with the tips I’ve shared too! If you have anything to add, I’d love to know and I’ll definitely update my post to give you credit! I think it would be amazing to expand these posts so that they will be helpful for everyone. =)

The Sunshine Award

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Thank you StephyFree Spirit BabeKatieAlyssaLucy and Prim for nominating me! As always, I’m really appreciative of the nominations I receive! The rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
  3. Nominate a few other bloggers
  4. Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated
  5. Notify the bloggers on their blog
  6. Put the award button on your blog

Questions:

S t e p h y

1. What is your blog about? My blog is mainly about beauty but also has the occasional fashion or lifestyle post! I also like to do tag posts but my blog is basically just for me to share all the different interests and hobbies in my life. 2. Why did you choose to start blogging? I’ve always wanted a creative outlet where I’d be able to express my interest in makeup. YouTube was something I wanted to get into at first but I thought it was a bigger investment, especially since I didn’t want to just use my laptop camera to film so I thought a blog would be a great start! 3. What do you want to convey to your readers? I just want my readers to be happy and enjoy all my posts. I am always honest in everything I post up and I want everyone to know that all the advice and reviews I share are here to truly help you! 4. If you could pick ANY place in the world to visit at least once, where would it be? Japan has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit since forever. I know that I will definitely go there one day! 5. Do you have any advice/tips to other bloggers for achieving success? Be patient, it takes time to get yourself out there but just never give up and keep going! Interacting with other bloggers and checking out their posts is really important if you want people to view your blog in return! 6. Places you have been that were memorable? Going to Korea was really really memorable to me. It was the first time I travelled overseas without my family and I just had the most amazing time with my friends. It’s a trip I’ll never forget! (Also can’t forget all the amazing Korean makeup stores hehe). 7. Are you an over worker/achiever? I would say that I am. I don’t think there’s any point in doing something at only 50% when you can give 100%. Even if things don’t turn out as well as I wanted, I at least feel satisfied knowing that I’ve given it my all and tried my best. 8. What is the one thing you would say needs changing in our current generation? I think the current generation needs to appreciate the real world more. We’re so heavily involved with the internet, technology and social media that we forget how beautiful life is outside of that. I remember how when I was younger, just being outside and running around was the most enjoyable activity to do but nowadays we get caught up inside just being on our computers and phones. Even though that’s not a bad thing at all, we should still appreciate the beauty of the real world time to time! 9. Milk chocolate or white chocolate? I would probably go with white chocolate. I don’t really eat chocolate but if given the chance, I would choose something like a Milky Way bar over a regular Cadbury milk chocolate. 10. What’s your message to me? First of all, thank you so much for nominating me! Your talent in baking is out of this world and I wish I could at least bake half as good as you do! I aspire to someday be able to cook at the same level (although that would be extremely difficult for me)! I really look forward to trying out the different kinds of recipes you post up when I get the chance to because I just know they will be exceptional! Please keep continuing to share your recipes. =)

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1. What has been the absolute highlight of your week? This week has unfortunately not been extremely eventful because I have more assignments to do! =( But I would go with just completing an intense run on Monday! 2. Money isn’t an issue, where do you buy a plane ticket to and why? Other than Japan (which I answered in Stephy’s questions), probably Italy! I would love to visit Venice. =) 3. What is one thing (can be anything!) you really want to learn how to do? Oh there are so many different things! Hm, I think I would go with programming! I think it would be really neat to be able to make a phone app or something like that. 4. It’s time to play Family Feud! *insert Steve Harvey here* What household appliance could you not live without?! LOL Family Feud is a hilarious show, I love it! I would go with a kettle, I need to boil water for my tea! 5. If you could choose, would you live in a flat in a prime location in the big city, or a small beach house in a remote location on the coast of the ocean? I like being around people so I would probably go with a flat in a big city! Living by the ocean would be extremely beautiful but considering I’m not a beachy person, I would rather be in the city! 6. Think about your best friend. What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think about him/her? Bubbly! 7. What’s your biggest goal you hope to accomplish this year? I hope to have done exceptionally well in terms of my academics! I’ve been focusing a lot more on my studies this year and I’m really hoping that it will pay off despite how hard it is! My nominees:

Arielle Dominique Jasmine Joy Katie Rebekah Sassafrass

My questions:

  1. What is your favourite ice cream flavour?
  2. What TV show(s) have you been completely obsessed with lately?
  3. How would you describe your style?
  4. What is a major pet peeve of yours?
  5. What is your biggest accomplishment?
  6. What do you like most about yourself, both physically and in terms of your personality/traits?
  7. What food can you not live without?

Thank you again for the nomination! To my nominees, I really look forward to reading your answers! =)

May Wishlist ✮

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Hi everyone! Mother’s Day was yesterday for me but I know that it’s today for a lot of you so I’m wishing all of you and your mother a lovely Mother’s Day!

Today I’m going to do a post on a few of the items I’m eyeing for this month! I rarely ever end up purchasing the items in my wishlist LOL but I still find it so fun to put these kind of posts together nevertheless! =P

① L a n e  C r a w f o r d  ‘ M a t i l d e ‘  C r i s s c r o s s  S t r a p  S u e d e  P u m p s

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I’m in love with how classy these shoes look! I feel like they would be appropriate for so many different purposes and occasions, plus they would suit so many different outfits too!

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I really want to get more into contouring and I have heard so many great things about this brush. I feel as though it’d make contouring so much more easier and faster to do! The only thing is how ridiculously expensive it is! =(

③ T h e  B a l m  M a r y – L o u  M a n i z e r

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Another product that gets talked about so so much! I have been using the same highlighter for the longest time and I feel like now is the time to try something new! I have literally not heard anything bad about this highlighter, everyone seems to be in love with it! It’s definitely one that I am going to look into next!

④ K a t e  S p a d e  C l a s s i c  N y l o n  D a v e n e y  L a p t o p  B a g

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It’s always a struggle for me to try and find cute bags that can fit my laptop! My backpack is starting to get a little too small for me and I’m having issues with the zipper when I’m carrying a bit too much. I think this bag will be absolutely perfect because it has a special compartment just for your laptop, with more room to spare for other essential items! =)

I hope you liked my wishlist for this month! I find putting together wishlists so much fun to do even if I don’t end up purchasing the items! =P What are you hoping to pick up this month?

First Impression: Argan Dew Miraculous Argan Oil & Replenishing Hair Mask

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Argan oil has always intrigued me because it is always talked about as being one of the best oils to use. I have only tried macadamia oil infused hair products and I am still using them now, so I am very curious about giving argan oil a try. Because I was only provided samples for this review, I won’t be able to say how well these products work in the long run but I will give my initial honest impression on both of the products. =) From now on when I do posts on products that are only one use, I will be doing first impression posts instead of full reviews! (Note: the images I used above are from the official website)

The writing on the packaging claims that argan oil has a powerful antioxidant effect, which helps to neutralise free radicals and prevent skin and hair damage. It is also supposed to provide deep moisture that is easily absorbed by the skin and hair to protect from dehydration to create a smooth, beautiful glow.

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I’ve never tried any hair oils at all before so I was definitely very curious to try this out and I had high expectations too because I always hear about how great it is! I haven’t had a hair cut in almost two years so you can imagine how dry the ends of my hair must be! I don’t ever expect a product to get rid of them because that’s not really possible but my judgment will be on how much it can tame the frizziness and by how well it can minimise how dry and brittle it looks.

The oil is translucent in colour and is definitely not greasy at all after it has time to absorb, which was something I was concerned about before trying it out. It does take a little bit of time to distribute throughout the hair especially if you don’t rub it between your fingers beforehand so that is a tip I would like to share. However, after the oil absorbed, my hair was definitely noticeably more silkier and luscious looking. My hair also smelt heavenly afterwards, which is a major plus! The oil did a great job at minimising my frizzy ends and made them a lot more manageable! I’m really impressed by this oil! =)

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The scent is quite earthy and natural such that it doesn’t smell like chemicals. It doesn’t smell the same as the oil, which I actually prefer the scent of but it isn’t bad at all. It definitely lingers in your hair so if it is a scent that you dislike from the get go then it would unfortunately bother you! The texture is comparable to a thick conditioner. When you apply it, it does not run down but it gets absorbed in the hair and will remain there until you wash it out after 5 minutes.

Immediately after coming out of the shower, my hair didn’t feel any different but after letting my hair air dry, it was noticeably silkier! My hair felt very soft when I brushed my fingers through it. However, my dry ends were by no means completely moisturised, but they did feel less brittle and more manageable than usual. In my opinion, the hair mask is very comparable to the Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Masque that I’ve been using for a really long time. They both leave my hair feeling really soft the next day and I love it! My hair can get really frizzy but this mask helps manage it really well. If your hair is dry and needs a bit of a pick-me-up, then this mask is worth a try!

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♡ Although traditional argan oil has a scent that most people dislike, Argan Dew’s products have added fragrance to them so that it is more pleasant!

♡ Argan Dew’s products are SLS/SLES, paraben, salt and alcohol free! Only natural ingredients are used

♡ Argan Dew is animal cruelty free, their products are not tested on animals!

If you’re interested in trying out Argan Dew’s products at a 20% off discount then click this link and enter the code ‘argandew‘ at the checkout!

Disclaimer: These items were sent for review purposes but as always, all my opinions and thoughts are completely honest and genuine.