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Drugstore Series: Maybelline Clear Smooth BB UV White Cream

As promised, here’s a quick and short write up on the latest Maybelline’s BB Cream that had arrived on our shores. If you are regular readers of my blog, you will know that I thoroughly enjoyed using the Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream SPF 26 and it’s a staple in my makeup routines for school and days which only require me to wear light makeup. I am very excited to share my thoughts on the newest Maybelline Clear Smooth BB UV White Cream that boasts of SPF50 and other rich minerals such as Copper, Zinc, Magnesium, Sodium, Titanium and 3 other Iron Oxides. As with the regular range of BB creams, there are 2 shades for consumers to choose from and I picked the lighter shade in 01 Fresh:

It comes housed in a turquoise plastic squeeze tube bottle with a nozzle tip and white plastic cap. I really love the convenience of the nozzle – it allows just the right amount of product to be dispensed without making a mess everywhere else.

comparison swatches

freshly applied


Face: Maybelline Clear Smooth BB UV White Cream, ZA Skin Beauty 2-Way Foundation #21, Amazing Cosmetics Concealer – Light Golden

Eyes: UDPP, Paul & Joe Eye Gloss N #05, Clinique Quick Liner for Eyes – 10 Dark Chocolate, Clinique High Impact Mascara

Cheeks: Jill Stuart Mix Compact Blush #09 Little Bouquet

Lips: Maybelline Baby Lips

My Thoughts:

The texture of the UV White BB Cream feels more watery and easily blendable as compared to the regular Clear Smooth BB Cream. It also imparts a very lovely satin finish with the slightest bit of dewiness unlike the Clear Smooth BB Cream which is mostly just matte. The coverage for this is also much sheerer and does not cover up much flaws at all as can be seen from the obvious freckles and redness on my cheek. I love the glowy finish and the less-than-perfect coverage – it reminds me a lot of how I want a good tinted moisturizer to be. With that said, this makes a great BB cream to use under your liquid foundation as a primer because it’s so lightweight and it’s a great alternative to 2way cakes or liquid foundations on days when you are comfortable with just minimal coverage.  Wear time is not too bad as I noticed signs of wear around 6 hours or so but that’s not something a little powder wouldn’t fix. This high SPF is also a bonus. Definitely will repurchase when I run out!




Drugstore Series: Alobon Fantasy Magic Baking Powder Blush #13 & #27

Visited Mustafa Centre with a group of colleagues some weeks back and I took this opportunity to check out the range of drugstore cosmetics that were available there. For the uninitiated, Mustafa Centre is open 24/7 and carries the largest range of products among other retailers including electronics, beauty products, toiletries, furniture, bedding etc. It is exciting to shop there because you’d never know what treasures you may chance upon!

I found these Alobon Baked Blushers sitting forlornly in an unobtrusive corner amongst other random cosmetic products and initially I was ready to pass on them when curiosity got the better of me. Like any other beauty enthusiasts, I couldn’t help but reach in for a seemingly innocent swatch… and I ended up buying two of this babies home.

(L-R): #27, #13

They look really unassuming in the flimsy plastic packaging but they sure do pack a punch when swatched!

Don’t you just love mineralized blushers? The way these colours are swirled together remind me of the Paddlepop icecreams from my childhood days.



#27 is an orangey-bronze with plenty of silver swirled into it whereas #13 reminds me a little of MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Petticoat (but they aren’t dupes!). It is a berry/mauvish colour with pale pinks and a little bronze mixed into it.


This was two swipes over no base and while the blushers are powdery, they do not look chalky nor faded and show up very well against my skin with a LOT of shimmers.

#13 worn on cheek

#27 worn on cheek

I had wanted to use #27 as a highlighter but apparently the orangey-bronze is overpowering and hence it makes a really nice contouring blush whereas #13 just shows up as a healthy berry pink on me but too much and the tendency of appearing too red is high. When worn, the silver shimmer sheen is noticeable in both pictures and therefore may not be so suitable for people battling pore problems or people with oily skin. These blushers really look very dewy and shiny due to the shimmer particles but one upside is that the shimmer bits are not chunky. I recommend going very lighthanded with them because they can look overpowering on the cheeks. I don’t love them, but they are such nice additions to my blush collection and will be perfect for anyone new to makeup or are just starting to build up their kit.


$6.80 / Net vol. was not recorded on the packaging 😦

Drugstore Series: Maybelline Mineral BB Mousse

In my previous entry, I mentioned about the arrival and sale of the Maybelline Mineral BB Mousse at Watsons.

CLEO Maybelline Special

The mousse is housed in a metal can and comes with a nifty pump that helps to dispense the appropriate amount of product. Reminds me a lot of the Shu Uemura UV Underbase BB Mousse (which coincidentally had undergone a revamp this year).

Both products also contain SPF30/PA+++.

freshly pumped out 

after 10 seconds

The oxidation rate for this product is awful, it oxidizes to a dark orange barely after 10 seconds. But somehow the product manages to eventually blend in with my skin colour without much rubbing in.

This is less than a fifth of a full pump and you can see that there is more than enough product for application on the entire face.

A drugstore look I did using the Maybelline Mineral BB Mousse, 5 hours of wear (in air-conditioned environment):

Face: Maybelline Mineral BB Mousse, Amazing Cosmetics Concealer – Light Golden

Cheeks:  NYX Mosiac Powder – 01 Highlighter, Milani Baked Blush – Luminoso

Eyes: ZA Impact Lash Mascara – Volume, Topshop Mousse Eyeshadow – Glint, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil – Milk (browbone highlight), Silky Girl Long-Wearing Eyeliner – 02 Black Brown

My thoughts:

Reminds me a lot of the Shu Uemura UV Underbase (I have only tried it in pink) in terms of texture, blendability and application. I didn’t like the Shu because the pink tint was odd on me and it was way too drying. There is also a need to blend one area at a time because it dries fast. Do not attempt to work on multiple areas at one go because the result will be cakey and streaky.

The Maybelline one is drying too, since it dries down to a satiny-matte finish. As such I was able to skip setting powder altogether. Coverage is sheer to medium with buildable coverage. I wouldn’t recommend this to people with dry skin because even without the use of setting powder, the skin feels tight and dry as I was constantly exposed to air-conditioning. Oil control is fair, I started oiling on my T-zone about 3 hours later but that’s ok for me because I really like a bit of shine. If you have oily skin, you might like this better than I do. Also, it oxidizes rather quickly. You won’t be able to tell from the picture but in real life I looked half to one shade darker (and orangey).

I don’t hate this product but there is a need for me to “try to make it work” because of how drying it is. I love the texture though because it is so light and airy and feels like nothing on the skin. It should be better as a primer/base that you apply before your powder/liquid foundation even though the coverage is sufficient for me.



Drugstore Series: Bourjois Effet 3D Gloss #33 Brun Poetic

If you ask me what’s the only drugstore brand of lip gloss I love, it is definitely the Bourjois Effet 3D Glosses. I only wear 3 brands of lipglosses from drugstores (because I have dry lips and DS brands really DRY them out) and they are Bourjois, MM, Stage and the occasional NYX. My absolute favourite? Definitely Bourjois.

And my favourite colour will be #33 Brun Poetic which is a pink nude that amps up any nude lipstick and tones down others that are too bright or in-your-face. This is my second tube already, the cap on my old one kind of broke and it started leaking everywhere so I had to toss that.

The brush is small yet firm – just the tool for “colouring within the lines”. You might have to re-dip the brush just for one application but it is worth the effort.

When worn:

Face: Garnier BB Eye Roll-On – Natural, Heroine Make Smooth Cover Powder

Eyes: MAC Shroom Eyeshadow (as all over wash), Clinique Quickliner in Dark Chocolate, ZA Impact Lash Mascara Volume

Lips: Bourjois Effet 3D Gloss #33 Brun Poetic

Adds a barely there neutral shine to your lips. I absolutely love that the gloss is so pigmented and shiny yet not sticky or thick. It also stays on well (2-3 hours in air-conditioned room without eating/drinking) and does not migrate out of the lip lines. 2-3 hours might seem unbelievable to some but this gloss does it for me. The best part? It is totally non-drying. Know how some lip glosses look perfect freshly applied (Hi MAC Lip Glasses, I’m looking at you) and once you step out of your door, it’s like wrinkle-ville on your lips? This one does not. One downside however, is that after the gloss disappears, it leaves chunky glitter on the lips which is hard to remove. I usually just wipe my lips clean using a wet tissue/makeup towelettes and it is good enough for me. What a gorgeous colour, and the quality rivals high-end brands – I would repurchase in a heartbeat.

Drugstore Series: ZA Cutie Curl Volume Mascara

I haven’t done a mascara post before, so I thought it’d be nice to introduce my favourite drugstore mascara. I haven’t tried many counter brands because I really cannot justify paying $40 for something that I’d have to throw out in 6months max.

This is not a new product but ZA Cutie Curl Volume Mascara is one that I had repurchased many times over. Besides their 2way foundation, ZA makes impressive mascaras too:)

It comes in a sleek plastic black tube with a metallic teal label and measures a wee bit more than 10cm.

It has a regular conical wand with plenty of short stubby bristles like teeth distributed evenly all round. This makes it super easy to reach even the shortest lashes.


The mascara has successfully volumised my pathetic asian lashes at the base but it might be clumpy if you are not careful. It’s important to comb out any clumps with a old clean mascara wand to achieve that long-lashed look.

My Thoughts:

To get my lashes to show up as visible on camera is no mean feat so this mascara makes me very happy! Also, it holds curls really well so no fear of floppy lashes halfway throughout the day. On its own, it doesn’t really curl lashes much but it does a fine job of volumizing. However, be careful with the clumps as this could get really clumpy in 3 coats or more so avoid piling on more than you need.

A good time to get this will be during Watsons’ 20% sales which happen quite frequently. Sometimes these mascaras come in a bundle pack with ZA’s own eyelash curler which I have tried and loved. Definitely a star product but highly underrated 🙂


BB Creams / Drugstore Series: Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream SPF 26/PA+++ #01 Fresh

Have been truly busy!

But I have recently bought and tried the Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream after reading a lot about it on forums and blogs. It was going for $2-$3 off at Watsons so no harm picking up a tube to try, right?

It came housed in an attractive (by drugstore standards) sturdy cardboard package.

It also boasts of containing 8 healthy minerals such as copper, zinc, magnesium, sodium, titanium and 3 iron oxides and helps with hydration, skin elasticity etc etc.

What’s a BB cream if it doesn’t claim to do all that?

The product comes in a nifty little 18ml tube. 18ml, seriously?

swatch: #01 Fresh

taken with flash

I was really quite impressed when I first swatched the tester tube at the back of my hand, which prompted me to buy the tube home. The back of my hand looked and felt even-toned and I could barely see any lines.

5 hours of wear

As you can see, I’m starting to oil a teeny bit on my forehead and nose but it’s nothing serious.

10 hours of wear

I did not do any touch ups along the way just to see how long this BB cream could stay on. If you take a closer look (click on the images), the BB cream is wearing off on areas around my nose and upper lip where I am usually more susceptible to perspiration. It also started to look slightly patchy around my eye areas.

Nonetheless, it seems to give me a nice glowy sheen without looking greasy.

My thoughts:

This is a good BB cream for the price as I think that the oil control is good enough. It is not as dewy or glowy as moisturizing BB creams but it does give a semi matte finish after applying. The #01 Fresh shade also matches my skin tone perfectly but I think it’d be too dark for those lighter than MAC NC20. I am also very surprised by how long-lasting this is and how natural this looked on my face.

Best for:

People with dry/normal skins who like sheer coverage foundations. This does not have fantastic coverage but it does a good enough job of evening out skin tone. Coverage may be buildable but I wouldn’t bet on it. Fantastic colour match too. Doesn’t leave a white/grey cast at all upon application which was rather surprising.

Not good for:

People who dislike sheer finishes. This gives sheer to medium (at most) coverage. Not good if you have a lot to conceal. You can always top up with 2way cake foundation or liquid foundation but I personally find that too heavy for daily use. I personally think this degree of coverage is sufficient for school.

Would I repurchase?

In my opinion, this is a good staple to own but I’m always in search of new things to try so no, I probably will not repurchase once this runs out.


$13.90/18ml (RP: $16.90)

Drugstore Series: Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil

I was on the lookout for a good eyebrow pencil for a few months now, and I’ve tried lots of brands ranging from high end to low end ones and so far I’m loving the Clinique Superfine Eyebrow Pencil. But at $26 a pop and lasting for 1 month each,  it gets a little expensive. Also, the Clinique only comes in two shades and even though I’m using the lighter-shade one, I still find it a tad too dark for my liking.

I came across the Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil while watching videos on YT and I find that it looks really similar to my Clinique one… At a lower price. Decided to get it via a spree and I received it 2 weeks back.

The pencil is housed in a lime green slim packaging with a brown cap. There is also a comb at the opposite end, presumably to help with smoothing out the brows but I personally think it’s pretty useless :/

how tip looks like

This really reminds me of Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows. The packaging is really alike!

Shade: Medium Brown

My thoughts:

This is a good eyebrow pencil because it stays smudge-proof and does not rub off or transfer until the moment I was ready to take it all off. Very well-pigmented but not to the extent of leaving harsh lines on your brow. Easily smudged and blended with fingers before it sets to give a natural look. Performs exactly like Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows but at a lower price point. Will repurchase:)


USD5.49 / 50mg (available on or

Drugstore Series: Milani Liquif’eye Metallic Eyeliner Pencil – Brown

I am going to do a Drugstore Series where I will feature, swatch and review drugstore products for the benefit of readers. I am a lover of counter AND drugstore makeup as I believe that high prices do not mean better quality and vice versa. As an example, I’ve used ZA 2way foundations for over 6 years already and even though I’ve strayed couple of times, I ended up going back to it anyway because honestly, it’s the BEST I’ve ever used.

Today, I will be featuring the Milani Liquif’Eye Metallic Eyeliner Pencil. This is a review that I had promised for ages but never had the opportunity to.

Milani Liquif’eye in Brown

According to Milani, the Liquif’Eye Metallic Eyeliner Pencil is an “extremely smooth eye pencil with the application and feel of a liquid liner that delivers true color payoff, in a metallic finish with a long-lasting wear.”

Extremely smooth? Check. Application and feel of a liquid liner? Hmm not so much but lasts as long as one. True colour payoff? Check. Metallic finish? Not really. Long-lasting wear? Absolutely! What can I say, the description is rather accurate.

That is just one coat and you can see how rich and pigmented the liner is.

I have it on my eyes today (and also for my past few posts where I alternate between black and brown (approx 6 hours of wear):

What I love:

  • creamy (no tugging at eyelids)
  • pigmented
  • smudge-proof, no feathering (no panda eyes at the end of the day)
  • long-wearing (removes only when you are ready to remove it – no need for touch ups)
  • affordable

What I hate:

  • requires frequent sharpening due to creaminess (tip becomes blunt fast)
  • gets used up quickly (see above)
  • smudges when applied on upper waterline, not so much on lower waterline
  • tip breaks easily (due to its creamy formula)
  • not available in Singapore


If you are a lover of Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner especially in Bourbon/Zero, this is a worthwhile dupe. It’s half of the price of UD but performs better in my opinion. As you can see from my pictures, the liner is highly pigmented and if you sharpen the tip well, you can create a very nice defined wing which is comparable to how my Bobbi Brown gel liner looks. I don’t use liquid eyeliners alone so I can’t vouch for the application.

As for application on the waterlines, I find that it tends to smudge if I tightline my upper lashline but it works great on the lower waterlines. That said, this makes a great water-liner because it goes on super smooth. This eyeliner also becomes budge-proof after setting (give it a minute) and it doesn’t rub away even if I tried to. Did not bother to include a picture after rubbing because there is no difference 😛

I have the black liner on my waterlines in this post.

Buy this if:

You are a beginner at eye lining or make up in general. I’m hopeless at eye-lining but this pencil makes it a very easy and enjoyable process (though I do make mistakes now and then). Or if you are on the look out for a convenient, smudge-proof, transfer-resistant, pigmented and creamy eye liner. That’s a mouthful, but it truly does what it claims to do.

Do not buy if:

There is NO reason why you shouldn’t get this, the cons really overwrite the pros 😉


USD7.99/1.2g on Cherryculture (this is the only online website that I know carries Milani)