As mentioned before, I was on a no-buy for a while, upon realising the unacceptable hoard of new makeup and skincare lurking deep in my drawers. It was pretty good and quite empowering while it lasted. For about 25 days. Then Beautybay sent me an email mailer notifying me of the new products available… and the rest is history. I did a mini haul, and I am really excited for all the products I’ve purchased so let me share them with you before I dive in and get them all grimy.
Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder in Day Glow
I watched Kathleen from Kathleenlights rave all about this so when it launched on Beautybay, I knew I had to purchase it. I was going pretty well with curbing my makeup spending recently, but seeing this resulted in a waning of self control. This glow powder looks stunning and I absolutely cannot wait to use it! This highlighter is said to contain light-reflecting pearls to help create a radiant finish that define the features with a healthy, warm glow. Sounds pretty good to me already.
I purchased mine in the shade 02 Day Glow, which looks like a pretty warm bronzey champagne shade. There are a total of 7 shades available so that is a decent range as well. I got mine for about SGD 20 (here) but I realised that when I went back to get the link, all of them were already sold out! Regardless, you can check them out on Milani’s main website here where it retails for USD 10.
Morphe Gold Y14 Pro Detail Highlight Brush
Since I was already purchasing a highlighter, I thought why not purchase a highlighting brush as well. I have a problem, you say? Yes girl, I already know. And I tried to stop. But obviously, that didn’t work. Back to the brush, this pro detail highlight brush is part of Morphe’s recently launched gilded brush collection. Not going to lie, the sleek gold handle was a large contributing factor to this purchase. This is a small tapered synthetic hair brush that looks perfect for highlighting the areas that you want. As someone who struggles with oily skin, highlighter is something that I have to strategically place onto the face or I’ll risk looking like a used up frying pan at the end of the day. This brush is small enough to provide enough control and the bristles aren’t too sparse or dense, giving it the potential to apply just the right amount of highlight onto the high points of the face. I got mine for SGD 11.50 here. Once again, it is sold out! Do check it out on Morphe Brushes’ main site here where it retails for USD 5.99.
Morphe B42 Bullet Crease Brush
I like to have many small bullet brushes at hand as these provide the ultimate control when it comes to the application of darker eyeshadow shades onto the lid. Not having much eyelid space as it is, I find that applying the dark eyeshadow with a small bullet/pencil brush first and then blending it out later with a fluffier blending brush helps to keep the dark shadow where I want it, and not all over the lid which can create a look of a bruise. This brush was calling out my name as it was a mere SGD 6.20 (here) so I’d thought to add it into the cart. It does the job pretty well. It has a decent amount of bristles that help to deposit the colour nicely onto the mobile lid. Having a domed shape as well as natural bristles definitely helps in the application and building up of colour intensity as well. So far, I am enjoying this brush!
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% Serum
The Ordinary has picked up quite a bit of attention in the past few months, for the ultimate reason of providing effective skincare at a really affordable price. I was pretty jealous when I kept reading about it on the blogs that I frequent, as I could not get my hands on it as the main website does not ship to Singapore. Then, it arrived on Beautybay. You know my eyes widened and my fingers did some immediate clicking. The first serum that caught my eye was the Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% Serum. Lactic Acid is an AHA, great for exfoliating the skin. This 10% Lactic Acid formulation offers mild exfoliation and is supported with a purified Tasmanian pepperberry known to reduce signs of inflammation and sensitivity that is often associated with exfoliation. That sounds great already, since I do have pretty sensitive skin to begin with. I am really excited to try this out as I realised that chemical exfoliants really do help my skin and control all the tiny bumps that I constantly struggle with. This only set me back SGD 11.70 (here) or you can check out The Ordinary’s main website here (retails for USD 10.80)
The Ordinary Buffet Serum
I also decided to get the Buffet Serum, which is a multi-technology peptide serum that is oil-free and silicon-free. This is probably one of the more expensive items in the range, but I was looking at the ingredients and it does seem to have plenty of potential to target multiple signs of aging. Honestly, I do not fully get all of these ingredients, but I’ll just list them here for your reference anyway.
- Matrixyl 3,000 peptide complex with palmitoyl-pentapeptide 35
- Matrixyl Synthe’6 peptide complex with palmitoyl tripeptide-38
- Syn-Ake peptide complex with dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate
- Relistase peptide complex with acetylarginyltryptophyl diphenylglycine
- Argirelox peptide complex with acetyl hexapeptide-8, pentapeptide-18
- Probiotic complex with lactococcus lactis lysate
- A base of 11 skin-friendly amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes
As this post is really just to share with you what I’ve purchased, I will update this post with links to reviews of the products when they are up!