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Brigitte – Blooming Rouge Lipstick

wpid-20150207_120426.jpgI’ve been scouring the internet for some background on Brigitte Blooming Rouge lipstick which I’ve bought it from Watsons in Singapore some time back. I was re-organizing one of my make up pouches (oops, yes I have more than 1 because I can’t decide which of the pretty colours I should bring along with me all the time! :p) and decided that perhaps I should do a review on this lipstick.

About this Product

I am not able to give more background on this product, aside from the fact that this is a Japanese cosmetic brand, which is very popular with young ladies in their 20s. The underlying concept of this brand is to mimic the ethereal look of candy sweet girls who are almost doll like (sounds very kawai!). Anyway, Brigitte is a eye makeup cosmetic brand under Sho-bi Corporation in Japan (founded in 1948), a company listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange.  The company has had several other cosmetic brands under them, including Lumikki and Playgirl. Brigitte’s focus is on eye lashes, lash wands and shadows for young girls. It is intended to be a drugstore / pharmacy brands so that it is able to reach out to its target customers. Recently, Sho-bi has also gone into the development of coloured contact lenses that would enhance the eyes. Picture this, lovely long lashes with soft eye makeup, enhanced with decorative contact lens! Anyway, I’m not going to delve too much into the main product line under Brigitte, but will talk about the Blomming Rouge Lipstick. The Blooming Rouge Lipstick is intended to be longer lasting and hydrating. There are very few lipstick shades under Brigitte and I must admit they all look lovely on asian skin! The Blooming Rouge also includes lip gloss (which I have not tried) but that too comes with limited shades.

From the Sho-bi Online Store, the ingredients of this lipstick are:  jojoba oil olive squalane (moisturizing) Color: PK-1 / PK-2 / CR-1 / RD-1 / OR-1 / BE-1component: triisostearate polyglyceryl-2, diisostearyl malic acid , macadamia nut oil, triethylhexanoin, ceresin, polyethylene, dimethylsilyl silica, candelilla wax, microcrystalline wax, tocopherol, squalene, jojoba seed oil, titanium oxide, mica, Yellow 4, Red 202, Red 201, Blue 1.

Using the Product

The Brigitte Blooming Rouge Lipstick does glide on nicely, with little to no feeling of stickiness. It did last longer than regular lipstick but I didn’t find it more hydrating than the other lipsticks that I’ve used before. I guess its usually a trade off: Longer lasting lipsticks won’t be able to deliver the level of hydration comparable to lip balms. As you can see from the ingredients of the lipstick, it contains silica so those of you who are allergic to silica or have silica on your “No” list, you may wish to avoid this product. Otherwise, I would think that this is a reasonably fine product to use if you love the shade.

Where to Buy the Product

If you live in Singapore, Watsons is where you can find this product (but do note, its not available in all Watsons. I’ll recommend the outlets in the popular shopping centres.  For those who can read Japanese, you can try checking out the Sho-bi Online Store coz its all in Japanese. I haven’t tried going onto this site to order any Brigitte products so am not able to tell you if they ship overseas.

Have you used any of Brigitte’s products before? Tell me about your experience! 🙂

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Karen Murrell – Lipsticks

KarenMurell Lipsticks.jpgI chanced upon Karen Murrell (KM) lipsticks when I was shopping on Taobao, the Chinese equivalent of Amazon and Korean Gmarket. It caught my attention because several vendors who are selling this product claimed that this is a “可以吃的口红” or “lipstick that can be eaten”. They also claimed that this lipstick is safe for pregnant women. I thought that products which are safe for mothers should be very safe, so I did a run of the product background and found the KM website.  I did eventually grabbed what you see on the left from the Taobao website, if you’re wondering if I had bought it from KM website directly – coz I was buying a lot more from Taobao and I though it would be a lot cheaper to just ship them back together with my other purchases via my favourite agent, 65daigou.

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Based in New Zealand, the KM Lipsticks are made from natural based ingredients. They do not contain any mineral oils, animal-based material, parabens or preservatives. And because of the fusion of Mother Nature’s miracle ingredients, the more you use KM Lipstick the better condition your lips will be in. This high-quality formulation means KM Lipsticks are long lasting on lips, and they smell and taste great. For green warriors out there, you’ll be happy to know that the packaging of the KM range, with its original artwork, has been designed with sustainability at the forefront. The outer packaging is a 100% recyclable and renewable box made from New Zealand trees and printed with soya ink. (Source – KM website).  The KM lipsticks are moisturizing and nourishing because of the natural ingredients used in making them.

KM Sand Storm.jpgUsing the Product

I love KM lipstick because of its ingredients and the lack of “nasties” in the lipsticks. I am using Sand Storm currently (yup, you heard me, I am using a NUDE lipstick and I have asian skin). Sand Storm active ingredients are:

Candelilla (Euphorbia cerifera)

The candelilla plant grows in the semi-arid environment of northern Mexico. Plants growing in the hottest and driest areas produce a protective covering, which yields a hard vegetable wax of superior quality after processing. Candelilla wax is yellow, and is celebrated in lipstick production for its hard, brittle, glossy and slightly tacky properties.

Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis)
Rich in omega-6, soothing and very moisturising.

Castor oil (Ricinus communis)
Excellent emollient properties and a high-acting pigment dispersant. Due to its high viscosity, castor oil also helps to suspend pigment in the manufacturing process to avoid settling when hot. KM Lipstick pigments are milled into castor oil in a ball mill. The milling process reduces particle size and ensures even suspension and distribution.

I love how Sand Storm glides over my lips, and I like the NUDE look when I have my blusher and eye lines. I may look a tad pale (I am fair skinned with slight yellow undertones and dark brown hair) but it gives a rather fair faced look when I wear Sand Storm *muack!*. The only surprise I had was the scent, which might seem a tad too “waxy” because there are no fragrance used – but get pass that and you’ll love the lipstick just like me. Overall, still like KM lipstick coz “I don’t like nasties on my lips”! Nothing beats having a piece of mind when you use lipsticks! 🙂

Where to Buy the Product

You can purchase KM lipstick from:

1) Karen Murrell Official Website – And I wish to congratulate the KM team for bagging another nomination in NZ!

2) Taobao – if you are a frequent online shopper like me!

Drop me a comment on your experience if you have also used Karren Murrell Lipsticks and loved it just like me!

Sephora – Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover

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The Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover was an unplanned purchase. I thought I should review it after use, especially of anyone of you share similar woes with removing lipstick.

About the Product
This Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover claims to be super efficient in removing all kinds of lipstick, even the most long lasting one.  The texture of the product is gel like (as you can see in the picture) and is easy to use. Can hardly tell whether there is oil in the product by touching with your finger tips.

The ingredients of the product are listed in the picture embedded in this post. From Sephora website, this product is without Parabens (Yay!)

Using the Product
The instruction on the box said to apply the product on the lips and leave it for 30 seconds before removing it with the lipstick. I had tested this product with my Karen Murrell Sandstorm lipstick and it seems to be able to remove the lipstick efficiently without traces. The lips felt smooth and somewhat hydrated after wiping off the product and the lipstick, although I would have preferred if its even more hydrating. 🙂

As I do not own a long wearing lipstick, I will leave it to you, my readers, to try this product out and share your views with me. 🙂

Where to Buy the Product
I purchased this at the Sephora located at Tampines One, Singapore.