REVIEW: MAC x Charlotte Olympia Lipsticks – Starlett Scarlet, Leading Lady Red & Retro Rouge

HAPPY 2017 EVERYONE!!!

It may already be the new year, but I still have a colossal amount of long-overdue beauty reviews that I would like to share so please bear with me while I take you back in time to March 2016 when M.A.C launched a collection of runway-inspired red lipsticks alongside other lip and eye products and accessories with Charlotte Olympia.

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In case you didn’t know who Charlotte Olympia is, she is a young British luxury shoe and accessories designer who  founded her own eponymous fashion brand. You would probably have seen her products if you shop often at high-end online boutiques such as Net-A-Porter and Ssense, or even her retail stores in Bangkok, Hong Kong as well as many other cities.

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick packaging

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick packaging

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick packaging

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick packaging

When first pictures of the limited-edition lipstick packaging were released via news outlets, it drew mixed reactions in the beauty community. While there were those who thought the the packaging was a breath of fresh air from M.A.C’s classic black dome-shaped cap packaging, a handful of beauty critics expressed their displeasure online over the see-through plastic exterior of the lipstick tube. Many felt that the poor choice of material made the supposedly opulent-looking lipsticks seem cheap like a drugstore product.

For me, I belong to the camp that adores the packaging. The clear, sturdy plastic exterior that deliberately reveals the gold inner tube (a far cry from those that it was being compared to – like the old Neutrogena MoistureShine lipstick packaging – which very apparently used lousier and more brittle plastic and did not conceal the glue that adheres the lipstick to the tube as cleverly as M.A.C did) exudes a sense of luxury and prestige. I like that every product in this collection is adorned with Charlotte Olympia’s signature gold spider web motif instead of just boringly stating the name on them. Perhaps because my interest in makeup came at the time when beauty brands had already stepped up their packaging game due to immense competition, I had never seen anything like that in Singapore so it definitely stood out for me.

#1 Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet (US$18)

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet (US$18)

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

Brighten your smile with Starlett Scarlet, a true red with Matte finish. Unlike most M.A.C mattes, it has a slippery application with an incredibly intense colour payoff at the very first swipe, topped with a natural sheen to give that luscious luminosity. The highly opaque formulation conceals lip lines fairly well and does not seep into major cracks and thus, lip exfoliation is not necessary. Moisturising, it does not leave the lip feeling parched. Although matte, it has a creamy texture which allows colour blending (if you don’t want to go full-red lip) and yet has relatively high staying power.

#2 Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red (US$18)

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red (US$18)

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

Leading Lady Red is described as a deep red with Matte finish. As compared to Starlett Scarlet, this is slightly darker with cooler blue undertones. It does not apply as buttery and would occasionally tug at the lips but the excellent pigmentation and coverage of the colour compensate for that negligible flaw. The slight sheen of the lipstick gives the impression of hydrated lips but in actual fact, it feels slightly dry and heavy which could also be the main reason for its more lasting longevity.

#3 Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

The darkest red in this collection is Retro Rouge, a cool-toned deep brown-red with Matte finish, but it is also the most underperforming and least matte out of the trio of lipsticks, sadly. For a start, it has a little drag to it during application which feels as though my lips are being lightly rubbed against. Some of the products settle into my lip lines, causing the colour to lose its overall uniformity (as you can see from dark streaks around the center). This colour isn’t smudge-proof for sure as it fades when I purse my lips and thereby leaving a rather obvious ring of lighter red shade on the area of contact. Nevertheless, it delivers full opacity to give an alluring and satiny pout.

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick swatch comparison 1

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick swatch comparison 1

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick swatch comparison 2, because these lipsticks reminded me of the Rocky Horror Picture Show collection

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick swatch comparison 2, because these lipsticks reminded me of the Rocky Horror Picture Show collection

On the overall, I think this collection offers one of the best range of reds M.A.C has ever produced even though the colours and finish are very repetitive. They are very true to what you see on the bullet and in spite of the pretty packaging (that M.A.C surprisingly did not charge a lot more for), the quality of the product was not discounted as you can tell from the excellent colour payoff and luxurious and mostly creamy finish of every lipstick.

This line has already been discontinued but I’m certain you can readily find them in resale markets like eBay or Carousell. The last time I checked, the listed prices were lower than the sale price. If you don’t already have reds like any of these (which is highly unlikely as they are very dupable), you should go for it!

What are your thoughts on the lipsticks in this collection in terms of the product quality and packaging? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! 🙂

Thanks for reading and have an AWESOME new year ahead! ❤

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia was launched in March 2016 and is no longer available online.

REVIEW: MAC x Halsey Lipstick in Halsey

Hello everyone!

It is not uncommon for beauty brands to roll out sales promotions on International Women’s Day to allow us ladies to pamper ourselves without feeling much of a pinch. This year, however, M.A.C took a different approach in celebrating women’s achievements by teaming up with four female artistes – Tinashe, Halsey, Lion Babe and Dej Loaf – who are dynamically impacting the music industry in a series of exclusive collaborations, launched one after another throughout the month of March.

Titled Future Forward, the campaign empowered each of these female visionaries to create a product that best represents them. As one who clearly hasn’t been following the pop culture of late (it must be the age), none of these names rang a bell for me so I supported the one with the lipstick, obviously! 😄

Halsey is an American singer-songwriter best known for her guest vocals on the Chainsmokers’ hit song ‘Closer’. Even though she debuted in 2015 and had been touring with popular acts such as The Kooks and Imagine Dragons, she didn’t quite gain traction until her explicit cover of Justin Biebers ‘Love Yourself” went viral a year later. Apart from her music, people like her because of her badass attitude too. You go girl!

And did you know that ‘Halsey’ is only a stage name derived from a rearrangement of the letters of her first name, Ashley? Cool.

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey packaging

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey packaging

Decked out in a limited-edition electric blue box with a stylised ‘Halsey’ printed on, the packaging stands out from the sea of black in the temporary storage space where I keep most of my M.A.C lipsticks.

“[Blue is] just my creative color. It’s like so many things at once. It’s electric, and it’s bright, but it’s also calm. It’s also ethereal. Blue is just an otherworldly color to me. Blue is the sky. Blue is the sea. Blue for me represents the unexplored territory.”

– Halsey’s interview with Complex magazine in July 2015

But the artwork ends there. All sense of exclusivity vanishes the moment the lipstick is taken out of the box. The lipstick tube itself did not receive any creative treatment so it looks just like any other regular M.A.C lipstick without the box. So basic.

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

Thanks to Halsey, there’s finally a M.A.C lipstick shade which I can safely proclaim I don’t have a dupe for. I’m so glad Halsey didn’t go ape over her inspiration colour and opted for a blue lipstick which is so been there, done that.

Breaking away from the usual reds and pinks from M.A.C is Halsey, a true grey with matte finish. It is an edgy shade that can also be used alongside another colour to create a beautiful gradient lip. It is quite drying, though, so it tugs at the lips. Be sure to exfoliate your lips before application as it will accentuate any dry patches. Further, It doesn’t give a seamless application when I run the bullet over my lips, leaving certain areas look unevenly applied. The finish is mostly opaque but not flat matte as there’s some slight sheen to it. I say this shade complements fair skin tone very well!

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey swatch comparison

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey swatch comparison

Since Halsey is my first grey lipstick, I don’t have other greys to compare it with (I do have ColourPop’s Petit Four, though, but it’s an entirely different finish). The swatches above serve as a rough gauge of how dark or light Halsey is in real life.

*UPDATED* M.A.C Halsey swatch comparison with other similar-looking liquid lipstick shades, as requested by a reader. This is under artificial lighting.

*UPDATED* M.A.C Halsey swatch comparison with other similar-looking liquid lipstick shades, as requested by a reader. This is under artificial lighting.

In case you’re wondering, M.A.C isn’t the first to launch a grey lipstick. A couple of beauty brands like ColourPop (Petit Four), Melt (Space Cake) and Inglot (Matte 436) are already ahead of the game but their grey lipsticks are nowhere as concrete-grey as this. Despite all the shortcomings mentioned about this lipstick, I still think this is a worthy buy because the colour is DOPE, true to what you see on the bullet and it is matte (not some Lustre crap).

To be the sole survivor from the Fashion Forward collection (the rest had already been taken down), it must be something, right? Perhaps that’s why M.A.C hasn’t been very eager to clear out the inventory of this lipstick with a substantial discount like what they did to some limited-edition lipsticks 😉

What are your thoughts on Halsey the lipstick?

Thanks for reading! ❤

M.A.C Future Forward X Halsey is an online-exclusive and is available on MACCosmetics.com for US$17 for a limited time.

REVIEW: MAC x Caitlyn Jenner Lipstick in Finally Free

Hello lovelies!

Whether you like it or not, the Kardashians/Jenners are the epitome of modern day phenomenon. They hold such immense influence that virtually anything they put out into the world would garner overwhelming response from the public. Even the male members of the family who don’t court the media as much as the ladies do get a fair share of the limelight as well. Hence, when Bruce Jenner (the father of the Jenner sisters, in case you’re wondering) went public last year with his new female identity, Caitlyn, it merely took 4 hours and 3 minutes for her freshly opened Twitter to reach 1 million followers, thereby smashing the Twitter world record previously held by President Barack Obama.

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Not long after the big reveal, M.A.C Cosmetics, who is already recognised for their efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS with their Viva Glam campaign, announced their partnership with Caitlyn Jenner on an online-exclusive lipstick which 100% of the proceeds would go to the M.A.C AIDS Fund Transgender Initiative to further its work in support of transgender communities. As a pro-LGBT beauty aficionado, this is definitely one M.A.C release I wouldn’t want to miss.

Finally Free packaging

Finally Free packaging

Housed in the regular M.A.C all-black matte plastic body, Finally Free unfortunately does not share the same privilege as the lipsticks in the Viva Glam line of having its own specially-designed packaging (possibly because it is only a prelude to her second and more extensive collection that is slated to launch in early January next year). Without any hint of the collaborator on the packaging, this lipstick can easily be passed off as any Cremesheen in the permanent line.

M.A.C X Caitlyn Jenner lipstick in Finally Free (US$17)

M.A.C X Caitlyn Jenner lipstick in Finally Free (US$17)

M.A.C X Caitlyn Jenner lipstick in Finally Free

M.A.C X Caitlyn Jenner lipstick in Finally Free

M.A.C X Caitlyn Jenner lipstick in Finally Free

M.A.C X Caitlyn Jenner lipstick in Finally Free

M.A.C X Caitlyn Jenner lipstick in Finally Free

M.A.C X Caitlyn Jenner lipstick in Finally Free

M.A.C X Caitlyn Jenner lipstick in Finally Free

M.A.C X Caitlyn Jenner lipstick in Finally Free

M.A.C X Caitlyn Jenner lipstick in Finally Free

M.A.C X Caitlyn Jenner lipstick in Finally Free

Finally Free is described as a midtone rosey nude with a Cremesheen finish. Staying true to the brand’s all-inclusive philosophy of embracing “All Ages, All Races, All Sexes” with their makeup, this lipstick boasts a universal shade that adapts to any skin tones. It glides on buttery smooth and leaves a very moisturising and buildable semi-opaque finish that sits comfortably on the lips. Although not very long-lasting as it stains everything it touches, this shade lends a healthy sheen without being too glossy and keeps the lips feeling supple and conditioned while still on. Dab lightly on the lips for a tint effect if you’re not in the mood for a full lip look 🙂

M.A.C Finally Free swatch comparison. It is quite close to Marque but with a cooler undertone

M.A.C Finally Free swatch comparison. It is quite close to Marque but with a cooler undertone

The ultra flattering wash of colour coupled with the fact that I would be, in a way, contributing towards a meaningful cause with my purchase makes me adore this lipstick even more and I’m already looking forward to her Spring collection which will also be online-exclusive. Likewise, 100% of the selling price from the second release will be donated to transgender organisations and it’s definitely going to top the US$1.3 million made from the sale of Finally Free. That’s a lot of money contributed by someone from a purportedly self-absorbed family, if you ask me.

What are your thoughts on this shade?

Thanks for reading! ❤

Finally Free is an online-exclusive and is available on MACCosmetics.com for US$17 for a limited time.

REVIEW: MAC x Star Trek Lipsticks – Kling-It-On & The Enemy Within

Ho, ho, ho-wdy everyone!

If you have stumbled upon any of my tertiary school chronicles, you would know that I studied media and communications for a good seven years. But just because I am a communications graduate doesn’t automatically make me a movie buff.  In fact, I am probably one of the rare few who would fall asleep to action-packed movies in cinemas. It gets worse the more intellectual the film is (*cough*Inception*cough*) as my short attention span means that I won’t be unable to sustain my concentration for long periods. Admit it, ladies – surely, I’m not the only one with this problem, right?

So what better way to arouse the interest of women in a predominantly male-centric science fiction movie than to work on a makeup line with a crowd-favourite cosmetics brand? Well, Star Trek did, and they – together with M.A.C Cosmetics – launched a 25-piece collection in commemoration of their 50th anniversary as well as to raise awareness for the third instalment to the rebooted film franchise that was premiered in July. Even I, who am usually indifferent to movies, got a little hyped up by the news!

As I have never watched a single Star Trek episode in my life, my knowledge about the movie was pretty much limited to the Vulcan salute. But I must say that the beautifully-illustrated promotional poster above had successfully sparked my curiosity for the female characters featured in it, so much so that I actually bothered to read up on the plot. Well played, M.A.C, well played.

Drawing inspiration from the Trekkie girls (Deanna Troi, Uhura, Seven of Nine and Vina the Orion Girl), this collection is supposedly stylish with colours that match the futuristic costumes of the characters. Thus there are bound to be lots of gold and silver which M.A.C promised to be nothing over the top and absolutely complementary to any skin tone.

M.A.C X Star Trek

M.A.C X Star Trek

M.A.C X Star Trek

M.A.C X Star Trek

Fusing unmistakable elements of M.A.C (all-black matte tubing) and Star Trek (50th anniversary Delta Shield), the packaging speaks clearly of the partnership between the two big names. Frost finish (The Enemy Within / LLAP / Kling-It-On) dominated the lipstick lineup in this collection with only one neutral Lustre lipstick (Where No Man Has Gone Before) to fall back on for a bit of normalcy. Envisaging that I wouldn’t be utterly pleased by any of the finishes (‘coz I’m a Matte kinda girl but still want that limited-edition packaging 😄 ), I eventually settled on the uncommon shades that I felt would perform better.

#1 Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On (US$18)

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

Honestly, it was disappointing to see that the range of lipstick shades didn’t quite correspond with the lip colours worn by the characters in the poster because I really wanted a bright purple lipstick as seen on Deanna Troi, but in Frost finish.

Kling-It-On, a deep purple with fine pink glitter topped with a Frost finish, was closest to what I was hoping for. The bullet applies smoothly on the lips and it feels almost like a Lustre. It seems mostly sheer upon application but somehow evens out to a semi-opaque layer after a few minutes with some product settling into the lip lines (boo..). It’s a sticky mess up-close (friggin’ hair magnet, argh) but the microshimmers take the attention away from it from a distance with their collective metallic sheen.

Kling-It-On swatch comparison

Kling-It-On swatch comparison

#2 The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within (US$18)

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within is described as a neutral gold shimmer with a Frost finish and it’s the only shade left for sale on M.A.C website (at clearance price now, not long after I paid full price for this pfffffft). I wonder why this shade isn’t getting the love it deserves. The colour payoff is drop-dead gorgeous although, true.. it has less-than-satisfactory consistency and a streaky appearance. But.. but.. this shade is buildable to a semi-opaque finish! Yes, it does undo the previous application with every swipe and yes, it requires the constant need of reapplication but hey, let’s be fair, we can’t expect a traditional lipstick to be as pigmented and long-lasting as a liquid lipstick, okay?!

GAAHH the gold is so sparkly pretty, it is clouding my judgement! But alright, for the benefit of anyone who might be interested to get this, it feels a little greasy on the lips and it also seeps into the lip lines. It would probably work better crushed, dried thoroughly and used as a pigment rather than an actual lipstick but heck it, the colour is so gorgeous I’m willing to overlook its imperfections and wear it out with pride.

The Enemy Within swatch comparison

The Enemy Within swatch comparison

All in all, I never thought I would say this (and I believe many would disagree with me) but I’m quite contented with the quality of the frosted lipsticks from this collection. My only gripe is that Frost finish tends to leave those sparkles even after the lipstick has been removed and it can be a pain to remove them entirely.

What say you, fellow lipstick junkies?

Thanks for reading and Merry belated Christmas everyone! 🙂

M.A.C X STAR TREK IS STILL AVAILABLE ONLINE IN LIMITED CHOICES WITH A REDUCED PRICING OF US$10.80 PER LIPSTICK.

REVIEW: MAC x Good Luck Trolls Lipsticks – Dance Off Pants Off, Midnight Troll, Sushi Kiss & Can’t Be Tamed

Hello everyone!

Back in the olden days when children still played with dolls instead of getting hooked on mobile games, toys such as Polly Pockets, Furbies and Barbie dolls – basically those that would be sneered upon by kids today – thrived. Anyone who owned these heavily-advertised toys were the envy of everyone else. But I had never understood the immense popularity of Troll dolls among my peers. I don’t know about you but their wrinkled face, bulbous nose and bulging glass eyes were hardly ever adorable to me. In fact, they terrified me so much because they look like a meeker version of the evil Gremlins (the Trolls actually look a lot better in cartoons). Walking down the aisle filled with Troll dolls at Toys “R” Us would feel like being stared down by a hundred of miniature Chucky dolls and it never failed to give me the creeps!

The original scary shizzle original Troll dolls

The original scary shizzle original Troll dolls

As the years went by, children born in my generation grew out of toys and for a long while, the Troll dolls became passé and overshadowed by trendier ones, so much so that I hadn’t seen them for more than a decade. I was glad to have buried the thoughts of these creepy dolls in the farthest part of my mind. I reckoned it was finally the end of the Trolls, but how silly of me to even fathom that thought..

Apparently, some meanies decided it was a fantastic idea to bring one of my biggest nightmares back in the form of my favourite makeup brand (evil, evil, evil..). In conjunction with the release of the Trolls movie by DreamWorks Animation, M.A.C introduced a lineup of makeup products in August inspired by the vibrant and wild rainbow hair of the dolls. It was the least unlikely collaboration (I mean, seriously, makeup inspired by dolls – and creepy ones, to say the least – like, what the heck who would think of that?!) but arguably very expected of M.A.C who is known for their unusual partnerships (remember The Simpsons and the controversial Miley Cyrus?).

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MAC Good Luck Trolls lipsticks

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipsticks

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick packaging

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick packaging

The colours of the boxes make them visually appealing and the lipstick tube itself is in bubblegum orange with the Troll artwork occupying a considerable amount of space on it. Despite not being a fan of Trolls at all, I would totally buy something from this collection just to admire the packaging. The packaging design ticks all the right boxes for me but I can’t say the same for the actual product, though..

#1 Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off (US$18)

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off (US$18)

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

Dance Off, Pants Off is described as a frosted hot pink with a Frost finish. Given my not-so-positive past experience with Frost lipsticks, I had half-expected this to be another excessively shimmery party shade that I would just chuck aside after this review but, lo and behold, it turned out to have pretty decent wearability! I had to do a double take at type of finish on the bottom label to make sure I wasn’t mistaken. The microshimmers in this shade are too subtle to give as much of the icy foiled effect as other Frost lipsticks I have. Rather, I feel that this lipstick leans more towards the Satin end of the M.A.C lipstick finish spectrum and applies very smoothly and evenly. It lends a moisturising opaque layer of colour and leaves behind a lighter flush of fuchsia when it fades. There’s really nothing much to dislike about this shade!

Swatch comparison for Dance Off, Pants Off

Swatch comparison for Dance Off, Pants Off

#2 Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll (US$18)

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll (US$18)

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

Midnight Troll is described as a rich blue with Matte finish. As with most M.A.C matte lipsticks, this shade has a rather drying formula (but doesn’t give a flat, dry finish) so it tends to tug slightly at the lips upon application and leave an inconsistent texture with tiny gaps here and there. The colour is intensely pigmented and does not budge but my lips felt increasingly parched over time (lip lines start to become more obvious for me) with this shade on. It also does not feel tacky so in a way it is also less prone to transfer as compared to other lipsticks here.

Swatch comparison for Midnight Troll

Swatch comparison for Midnight Troll

SHITZ SO SCARY SET THEM ALL ON FIRE

SHITZ SO SCARY SET THEM ALL ON FIRE

#3 Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss (US$18)

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss (US$18)

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

Sushi Kiss is an existing shade in the permanent line but this time, in a more fun and attractive packaging that costs only a dollar more. Described as a mid-tone coral cream with Satin finish, the colour reminds me of salmon flesh (or rather, salmon nigiri since clearly, the name of the lipstick is Japanese-inspired 😄 ) but instead of getting an application as smooth and clean-cut as when I slide my knife into my cooked salmon, it pulls the lips a little and leaves a streaky texture like the marbling of fat in raw salmon. Moreover, it accents flaws and dryness of non-exfoliated lips. That’s not what I would expect from Satin lipsticks..

The product settles into the lip lines as well and it requires extra effort to remove. How annoying! Also, I don’t know if I am imagining things but this shade makes my lower lip appear a lot plumper than it should too. I was so self-conscious about my smile (see how awkward my expression is in the pictures above) the whole time because the lipstick felt like bricks weighing down my lips.

Swatch comparison for Sushi Kiss

Swatch comparison for Sushi Kiss

#4 Can’t Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can't Be Tamed (US$18)

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can’t Be Tamed (US$18)

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can't Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can’t Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can't Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can’t Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can't Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can’t Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can't Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can’t Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can't Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can’t Be Tamed

Can’t Be Tamed is described as a sheer lime yellow with Cremesheen finish and hold up… is this lipstick meant to be used alongside other shades? Because it is HORRENDOUS on its own. Just who in the right mind would have okayed such poor quality product? This lipstick is a complete mess and I don’t even know where to begin.

As a lipstick, it has failed its basic purpose of adding balance to the overall look – the colour payoff is incredibly patchy and the terribly uneven consistency does absolutely nothing to enhance one’s appearance. Any drugstore lipstick would be able to a better job than this. The only good I can see out of this is, perhaps, its hydrating factor. Other than that, it is tacky and its staying power is not even strong enough to qualify it as a tint. Why Cremesheen of all finishes? It could have performed better as a Matte. How long will it take for M.A.C to realise that we don’t need anymore of sheer and poorly-pigmented light-coloured lipsticks?! 😡

Swatch comparison for Can't Be Tamed

Swatch comparison for Can’t Be Tamed

Needless to say, this is my worst purchase from this collection and I feel foolish for paying full price for this trash. #shouldhavewaited #onlyUSD7freakin20now #argh

While it is interesting that M.A.C kept to the theme of the collection by matching the shades to the crazy hues of the funky-haired dolls, customers ultimately look for practicality over novelty especially for perishable products like cosmetics. In terms of product quality, sadly probably only half of lipsticks in this collection make the cut. Most would agree too judging from the relatively muted interest in this collection and how heavily discounted the unsold lipsticks are now online (I’ve honestly never seen M.A.C lipsticks selling for that cheap on their official website before). Geez, so much for tying up with the Good Luck Trolls.. guess they weren’t lucky enough to bring in the bucks for M.A.C, eh?

Trolls in 2016 - they had a makeover and now look less scary thank God

Trolls in 2016 – they had a makeover and now look less scary thank God

What are your views on this collection? Chime in below!

Thanks for reading!

M.A.C X Good Luck Trolls is still available online in limited choices with a reduced pricing of US$7.20 per lipstick. The whole collection is still available at some parts of the world, including australia.

REVIEW: MAC x Selena Lipsticks – Como La Flor, Amor Prohibido & Dreaming of You

Hey everyone!

The year is drawing to a close. Looking back, there had been some noteworthy M.A.C collections released throughout the year but nothing comes close to the overwhelmingly positive response the Selena collection had elicited. It was a complete sell-out success which saw every single item flying off the shelves. Being a fan of Selena and her English music (which I first heard on a local radio a few years ago), I was really anticipating this collection and had been following the news of this launch very closely since M.A.C announced plans were in the works to fulfill the wishes of over 30,000 petitioners for a limited-edition Selena makeup line last year. M.A.C could have turned a deaf ear to their pleas (after all, the sales of their Mariah Carey collection would definitely do well) but they did not 🙂 #respect

selena-mac

For the benefit of those who don’t know who the collaborator in question is, well, she is no longer around, hence making this the second posthumous collection by M.A.C (after Marilyn Monroe) in honour of the late American singer-songwriter. Dubbed the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla was a one-time Grammy winner for Best Mexican/American Album and had made a name for herself in the English market back when Tejano music was virtually unheard of outside the Latino community. She was on her way to international stardom with her then-newly recorded English album but all these came to an abrupt end when she was brutally murdered by her psychopath fan club president in 1995.

Selena and her fan club president, Yolanda Saldívar

Selena and her fan club president-turned-murderer, Yolanda Saldívar (credit) Selena’s life is documented on her biopic Selena, starring JLo as the multi-talented singer

At time of her death, she had already accomplished more than most people would do in 23 years of their lifetime – on top of being a successful singer, she was also an actress and fashion designer having established two Selena Etc. boutiques which raked in millions of dollars before their gradual demise and finally closure in 2009. An inspiration to us all, she was a living proof that anything is possible through hard work and perseverance. She was such a prominent figure that her birthday was declared Selena Day in Texas by then-Texas governor George W. Bush after her death. Did you know Selena Gomez was named after her as well? That’s how big an impact she had made with her music and never-say-die attitude!

As an Obsessed member with M.A.C, I had the privilege to shop the collection a few days prior to everyone else online and I got myself all three lipsticks shades. If I had known that the lipglass was online-exclusive before it sold out, I would have bought that as well. Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise as I hardly use gloss 😄

M.A.C Selena

M A.C Selena

M.A.C Selena lipstick swatches

M.A.C Selena lipstick swatches

M.A.C Selena lipstick packaging

M.A.C Selena lipstick packaging

On the performing stage, Selena was often decked out in purple outfits as purple was one of her favourite colours apart from black. Hence, it makes perfect sense to encase the entire 18-piece collection in purple casing featuring her signature in lavender and aptly named after her popular hits in her remembrance. For those who are dying to own a piece of Selena memorabilia but barely have the money to travel to Texas, this is the closest you can get to the actual stuff sold at the Selena Museum at Corpus Christi.

Staying true to Selena’s down-to-earth and charitable public persona, I noticed M.A.C did not attempt to mark up the prices for this collection unlike what they did to their Mariah Carey holiday collection *sniggers* The prices are kept low (with the most expensive item being the makeup brush only at US$35 but I can’t say the same for Singapore) so that fans across all walks of life could afford them. Amidst all the accusations of animal testing thrown at M.A.C, it is heartening to know that they aren’t all that money-minded.

#1 Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor (US$18)

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

Even before M.A.C revealed anything about the collection, everyone knew for sure a bold red lipstick was going to be included in this lineup because red lips were part of Selena’s iconic look. According to her husband Chris Perez and other commenters on his Facebook status update, the shades for all the makeup products in this collection were matched exactly to the original that Selena used to carry around when she was touring (provided by her sister Suzette who amazingly still has her makeup bag up till today *gasp*). That is to say, this is the classic red (rumoured to be Chanel’s Brick which has already been discontinued) that Selena wore on her lips!

Como La Flor (“Like a Flower”) is described as a dirty cherry red with an Amplified finish. Fully pigmented with great colour consistency, it applies very smoothly on the lips and feels unbelievably hydrating. This shade creates a luscious sheen (Selena’s red lips looked more matte, though) and does not settle into lip lines but will require a lot of reapplications because a whole lot of it will transfer onto anything the lips touch.

M.A.C Selena Como La Flor swatch comparison

M.A.C Selena Como La Flor swatch comparison

Other alternatives to get if you missed the launch in October are Von Teese and Brave Red. Brave Red is slightly lighter and less pigmented while Von Teese lends a more matte finish.

 

#2 Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido (US$18)

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido (US$18)

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

Since nude lipsticks are hardly associated with Selena, Amor Prohibido could most likely be added to balance out the heavy and vibrant shades in this collection because not everyone who idolises her is courageous enough to step out of their comfort zone with head-turning red lips, yes?

Amor Prohibido (“Forbidden Love”) is described as a pinky midtone brown with Glaze finish. It is a pale mocha brown shade that leaves a lightweight, sheer but slightly oily texture when applied, giving the lips an extra plump on top of the moisturised and nourished appearance. Even though this shade is buildable, you would need to apply multiple layers to finally see some colour. Glaze lipsticks are known to have the sheerest finish so I wouldn’t recommend this if you have naturally dark lips unless a glossy look is your go-to.

M.A.C Selena Amor Prohibido swatch comparison

M.A.C Selena Amor Prohibido swatch comparison

Among the Fireflies (from the Faerie Whispers collection) is quite close – it just has a bit more yellow undertones. No one would be able to notice the difference, trust me.

#3 Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You (US$18)

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You (US$18)

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

Despite debuting as a Latin artist. one of Selena’s biggest dreams was to reach success in the English market. This dream was realised when her English studio album (also her last) titled Dreaming of You peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 selling 175,000 copies in it’s first day of availability. This achievement – which she unfortunately didn’t have the chance to witness – was what drew attention to Latin music. Selena also recorded an English track of the same name for this album and coincidentally, it was the first song I heard by her some years back. This lipstick is a great way to remember her by, at least for me.

Dreaming of You is described as a deep wine with Matte finish. It gives a mostly opaque colour payoff that guarantees a long-lasting wear. Instead of a flat matte texture, this actually has a natural sheen to it. The result is a richly pigmented dark red with blue undertones that makes teeth look whiter and faces fairer. Somewhat creamy, it tugs on my lips slightly. The consistency feels a lot more drying than the other two lipsticks and does not apply evenly across the lips. It does not fully coat the lips unless with several applications. Still, for a matte, it delivers a rather moisturising finish.

M.A.C Selena Dreaming of You swatch comparison

M.A.C Selena Dreaming of You swatch comparison

Dark Side has stronger hints of purple while Diva is slightly darker. I personally feel that the latter is a closer match.

As you can tell from the swatches, the lipsticks in this collection are nothing out of the ordinary. If you’re a lipstick aficionado like me, you’d probably already have something similar so unless you are a supporter of Selena (or a sucker for LE packaging), I don’t see any reason why you need to have them. What say you?

Thanks for reading!

M.A.C X Selena was launched online in October 2016 but has since sold out. Stocks may still be available in M.A.C. Ngee Ann City outlet (the only one that carries this collection in Singapore). An online restock is scheduled for early January 2017.

Yellow Teeth? Don’t Worry! Get Brighter Beam with Pop Smile’s Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit

Hello everyone!

I hardly share pictures of myself smiling broadly for the camera but when I do, I get compliments about my pearly white teeth. This is awkward but.. I have a confession to make. Those perfect set of choppers you see are simply another work of Photoshop. In fact, those who have questioned about my dazzling teeth in pictures won’t be surprised by this revelation because I’ve always been candid about it. Why conceal your flaws when you’re going to be upfront about it, you may ask. Well, that’s because I want your attention to be diverted from my dingy yellow teeth to the products (usually lipsticks) I’m reviewing :\ While this approach seems to be working, the quest for a permanent solution for my tooth discolouration still goes on because I want to smile with confidence and not worry about showing my teeth ever again!

Drinking tea is my daily ritual – I need a cup of tea to restore my normality everyday. But this habit has sadly cost me my Hollywood smile as the tannic acids found in tea has caused deep stains in the enamel of my teeth. I consider myself rather courageous when it comes to dental visits. I’m not afraid of any pain whatsoever (I even looked forward to having my milk teeth extracted when I was in primary school – okay I’m weird) but due to time and financial constraints, the number of times I’ve visited a dentist in my entire life can be counted on the fingers of one hand. I just don’t think it’s ever necessary to spend $1000 on average to whiten my teeth each time which probably wouldn’t last over a year for me since I’m a pretty heavy tea drinker.

I LOVE TEA AND I CANNOT LIE

I LOVE TEA AND I CANNOT LIE

Moreover, being a blogger means I would occasionally be invited to events. Hence, I’m constantly looking for an affordable temporary fix for my dental woes just in case I inadvertently expose my teeth to the camera lens. If you foresee yourself in such predicament, be it in an upcoming college graduation or wedding photo shoot, then great news my fellow comrades! There is now a cost-effective way to remove those stubborn stains whenever you feel like it without having to break the bank!

Let nothing take away your smile!

Let nothing take away your smile!

Have you heard of Pop Smile? It is a new teeth whitening brand based in Australia offering a quick DIY smile makeover that is absolutely pain-free and safe on sensitive teeth – all at the comfort of your couch! It even claims to give comparable results to that of dentist-administered teeth whitening treatments so much so that you can simply skip dentist visits altogether! Well, this sounded too good to be true but you won’t know until you’ve tried it!

There are three types of teeth whitening kits listed on their website but the Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit is the most value-for-money everything you need to achieve a dazzling white smile. Of course, there are also student-friendly options like the starter kit and besties value set which you can share the cost with your friend.

Now, let’s take a closer look at what the ultimate kit has in store for us! I’ve also added my own honest review along the way for those of you who’re interested 🙂

Reject if seal is broken!

Reject if seal is broken!

Unlike some whitening toothpastes in the market that use harmful chemicals (most notably peroxide) that can damage your enamel, burn your gums and sensitise your teeth, Pop Smile relies on a deep cleansing process using a 99% natural formula made in the U.S. which includes naturally active ingredients like Organic Peppermint Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Aloe Vera and Chamomile Flower Extract. FDA approved, it is perfectly safe to use even on the most sensitive teeth!

Included in the Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit

Included in the Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit – 1x smile goals card, 1x LED device, 2x customisable mouth guards, 3x 3ml syringes, 5x 0.2ml pre treatment swabs, 1x mouth guard case, 1x teeth whitening pen & 1x Pop Smile travel pouch

Neatly packed!

Neatly packed!

3 replacement plungers for the syringe!

3 replacement plungers for the syringe!

Pre-treatment swabs and teeth whitening pen

Pre-treatment swabs and teeth whitening pen

Mouth guards/whitening trays wrapped up in plastic

Mouth guards/whitening trays wrapped up in plastic

Smile goals card with a white-o-meter at the top LOL

Smile goals card with a white-o-meter at the top LOL

According to the Pop Smile website, their clinical study revealed teeth are up to 8 shades whiter after 9 daily uses, and 2 shades whiter from the first use. So, in other words, if my teeth are a 12 on the scale (which I feel is the case), they should become at least a 10 by the end of the programme. Wow, I can’t wait to find out for sure! 🙂

Each kit contains 9 applications (across 9 days). The whitening effect lasts up to 3 months but it can be maintained as long as you repeat the programme one after another. It is, however, not advisable to use the kit for more than 14 consecutive days without dentist supervision.

Step 0: Unbox the kit

Do brush your teeth prior to the teeth whitening session because you certainly wouldn’t want any remnants of your lunch to impede your whitening progress!

Step 1:
Mould whitening trays to your teeth

All of us have differently shaped teeth so it is imperative to have customisable whitening trays to fit your teeth with precision for the best results. This kit comes with a pair of whitening trays (or mouth guards) which needs to be softened in order for them to mould to the teeth quickly. To do that, hold them by the handles and dip them in freshly boiled water for 5-7 seconds to melt the silicone slightly. When the shape starts to deform, that’s your cue to remove them from the water. Don’t panic if they stick to each other – they can be easily separated while still in semi-molten state. Allow them to cool for 2-3 seconds before placing them in your mouth because you don’t want to risk burning your gum!

If you make any mistakes in the process of moulding, just repeat the steps above. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Step 1a: Form each whitening tray on both top and bottom teeth

The silicone sets and hardens rather fast so you would only need to keep it in the mouth for a few minutes. I bit down the mouth guard and push it from the front with my fingers (or just suck on the guard to create a vacuum) to ensure a more accurate mould of my teeth.

This is what my moulded mouth guard looks like

This is what my moulded mouth guard looks like

As you can see, my mold (especially the one on the right) is shaped rather irregularly. That’s because I have an extra tooth behind my canine tooth (it’s a well-concealed secret 😆 ) so non-customisable mouth guards will definitely not work as well for me.

Once you are satisfied with the mould, you may skip this step for future sessions as the mouth guard stays in shape of your teeth. Now that you have found a perfect fit for your teeth, you are ready to move on to the next step!

Step 2:
Prep your teeth with Pre-Treatment Swab

Step 2: Prep teeth with pre-treatment swab

These patented Pre-Treatment Swabs are one of the many things that make Pop Smile so different from other whitening kits. They deeply cleanse the teeth and maximize the absorption of our Pop Smile Teeth Whitening Gel and are clinically proven to help halve your treatment time. Thus, you get whitening results 50% faster! It doesn’t leave an awful retched medicinal taste like mouthwashes do. Rather, they taste pretty much like regular toothpaste, minus the minty sensation. You know what? I kinda like the taste of these.

To utilise the swab, hold the dispenser at the collar in the middle, keeping the cotton swab upright and on top. With the other hand, grasp the mid-point of the lower hollow shaft and slide it up slowly and smoothly until the cotton swab becomes moistened with liquid. Then. lightly scrub the front surfaces of the teeth with the swab tip in circular motion to apply the liquid. Repeat this step for each tooth for 3-5 seconds.

Use one swab for every application during the first 5 days but refills are available for purchase here if you are addicted to their cleaning and refreshing action.

Step 3:
Apply peroxide-free whitening gel

Many teeth bleaching products use peroxide (carbide, hydrogen, etc.) as the main whitening agent (as well as some teeth whitening laser treatments performed by dentists) to enhance whitening effects but do you know that it causes mouth irritation and increased tooth sensitivity to temperature changes, albeit only temporarily? You won’t know the gravity of this issue until you sink your teeth into a scoop of ice cream. I will never forget the excruciating sharp pain… and how my friends had to wait for me to be done licking my ice cream when they had already finished theirs eons ago. How embarrassing!

You may even already be sensitive to peroxide, just that you haven’t realised it yet! So, does that mean you have to shun away from every teeth whitening product? Thankfully not! You can be rest assured with the peroxide-free whitening gel formulated by Pop Smile because they have added Sodium Bicarbonate to maintain a high PH level. Therefore, the gel is not acidic so there’s no risk of tooth sensitivity or damage to your enamel, making it safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women as well. In fact, if you’re still sceptical about it, the Pre-Treatment Swabs also help to minimise sensitivity. Now, does that sound like music to your ears? 🙂

Step 3: Apply peroxide-free whitening gel with the given syringe

Evil nurse in the making *ohohohoho*

The whitening gel is stored in syringes premarked with dosage units ranging from 0 ml to 3 ml for you to expel the correct amounts onto the whitening trays. You would only need 0.5 ml of the gel on each whitening tray, so each syringe should last for 3 applications (there are 3 syringes in each kit). Be mindful of your strength, though, because the syringe has very little plunger friction and you may accidentally expel too much if you’re not careful!

Don't be like me and wonder why nothing is coming out from the syringe and then realise that I haven't removed the cap. Don't laugh. It WILL happen to you lol

Don’t be like me and wonder why nothing is coming out from the syringe and then realise that I haven’t removed the cap. Don’t laugh. It WILL happen to you lol

Gently fill the area that will be touching the front surfaces of your teeth

Gently fill the area that will be touching the front surfaces of your teeth

Move the whitening trays around your teeth using the handle to distribute the gel evenly. Press down the trays and remove excess from the gums.

Move the whitening trays around your teeth using the handle to distribute the gel evenly. Press down the trays and remove excess from the gums.

Cut off the handles and put the mouth guard back on!

Cut off the handles and put the mouth guard back on!

The handles are there to actually help you grab your mouth guards while they mould to your teeth. You can already snip them off at this point to allow your LED device to sit comfortably in your mouth (as seen in the next step).

I’d have to, however, apologise to all you beauties and hunks with braces because results may be inconsistent on yours since Pop Smile products only whiten real teeth. Don’t worry, it won’t be too late to get Pop Smile when the day comes for you to remove your braces! Good things come to those who wait 😉

Likewise, refills are also available if you run out of your whitening gel!

Step 4:
Use LED light to accelerate whitening process

Step 4: Use the LED device to speed up your whitening process

The LED light activates the Pop Smile formula for faster whitening and even brighter results. It does not whiten your teeth when used alone. Powered by two lithium batteries, it also has the most bulbs in the market, making results 5 times faster. While other brands require you to leave their LED device in your mouth for 20 to 40 minutes , this does its job in just 10 minutes!

If your LED device isn't working, don't panic! Chances are, you haven't removed the plastic sheet between the batteries

If your LED device isn’t working, don’t panic! Chances are, you haven’t removed the plastic sheet at the bottom of the batteries

Press the white button to activate the light

Press the white button to activate the light

Ba dum tss!

Ba dum tss!

With the mouth guard still in your mouth, set your timer for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can jut sit back and wait for the LED light to turn off on its own after the 10-minute mark

With the mouth guard still in your mouth, set your timer for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can jut sit back and wait for the LED light to turn off on its own after the 10-minute mark

Sit back, relax and get ready for your bright, new Pop Smile! 10 minutes never passed so quickly before!

Sit back, relax and get ready for your bright, new Pop Smile! 10 minutes never passed so quickly before!

You will be ready for the camera with just a few more attempts!

You will be ready for the camera with just a few more attempts!

Once you have completed the final step, rinse your mouth and clean your LED device with a cloth. Do not wash your device as it is not waterproof! You would need to get a new kit if it’s damaged because it is not sold individually. You have been warned!

And now… the results:

No photoshop (apart from the text), no filter!

No photoshop (apart from the text), no filter!

At a quick glance, the results may not be as noticeable and significant as some claimed. But upon closer scrutiny, you would be able to see that the yellow stains – especially that nasty one between my two front teeth (which dentists I had consulted simply dismissed as a natural discolouration *pffffft*) – have become lighter and less obvious. When I checked my smile in the mirror, I noticed that my teeth have also more or less regained its radiance. Considering that I’m only into my second day of this 9-day programme (at point of writing), this is a fairly good progress I must say! Also, do note that I made no efforts to halt my tea drinking habits for this programme because, yeah, I really mean it when I say I love my tea. Can’t stop, won’t stop drinking tea 😆 *sips* Pop Smile, however, recommends users to stop taking in coffee, tea and wine for the duration of the treatment to maximise their results!

And you think that’s all there is to the kit? You can’t be more wrong! Your Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit also comes with three additional items (including a mouth guard case) which you won’t be able to get anywhere else. Read on!

Bonus #1:
Teeth Whitening Pen

We are all busy people with appointments to keep and schedules to meet. That’s why we need a good and reliable teeth whitening pen for last-minute touch-ups and on-the-go whitening in our lives. Pop Smile’s Teeth Whitening Pen is for use between treatments or during emergencies such as when you had unwittingly chomped down a piece of chocolate chip cookie to appease your growling stomach before a date night. Go ahead and work that million-dollar smile!

Twist pen to dispense gel

Twist pen to dispense gel

Brush a thin layer of gel onto teeth, avoiding the gum line. Then, wait 60 seconds before rinsing your mouth with lukewarm water

Brush a thin layer of gel onto teeth, avoiding the gum line. Then, wait 60 seconds before rinsing your mouth with lukewarm water

Bonus #2:
Travel Pouch

There is absolutely no excuse for having yellow teeth in this day and age.. even if you’re always away from home. If you’re a frequent traveller, this complimentary zipper pouch is just about what you need to store all your Pop Smile teeth whitening tools.

A fashionable pouch that is able to fit EVERYTHING perfectly! A W E S O M E.

A fashionable pouch that is able to fit EVERYTHING perfectly! A W E S O M E.

All packed and ready to go!

All packed and ready to go!

Earlier today, McDonald’s offered me a complimentary cup of Oreo McFlurry as service recovery for their unusually delayed delivery so I took the opportunity to do a quick sensitivity test and voila, NO PAIN AT ALL. I was relieved yet ecstatic at the same time! 😀

I’ve seen plenty of teeth whitening/stain removal kits for sale at our local drugstores and had personally bought one to try but was of little to no avail (only caused added sensitivity). I thought this product was gonna be another gimmick but clearly it has proven otherwise. You’ve got to try it! 🙂

Meet my new smile!

Meet my new smile!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

The Pop Smile Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit is available on their website with free worldwide delivery. For more information on shipping as well as the countries they deliver to, please refer to this page.
This post is brought to you by Pop Smile.