Friday, April 29, 2016

Kylie Jenner Lip Kits Swatches


I've been wanting to share my KJLK aka Kylie Jenner Lip Kit story with you and I finally sat down to  film this lip swatch! Woot woot! 

To be honest, I wasn't planning on getting any lip kits in the first place. I just didn't think I would be able to get any even if I tried, considering that these lip kits go out of stock within minutes. So I've been putting off the idea to get them since she released the news that she was launching her lip kits. 

I was really tempted to buy, don't get me wrong. I mean who wouldn't want to own one especially if you're a makeup fanatic (like me). Then I chanced upon @brokebypayday on Instagram, she have an amazing makeup flatlay feed by the way. So if you love looking at makeup flatlay and seducing yourself to go to Sephora, go check her out. ❤︎

Anyways, she had a blog post on how you can actually own a KJLK. Of course I had to check it out and I did. Which only tempts me further and I started to flirt with the idea to wake up 7am in the morning, hogging onto the website to wait for the restock. 


After reading her blog post, I was determined to do exactly just that. And of course I did, otherwise we wouldn't be here, looking at my somewhat narcissistic lip swatch photos. :)

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I currently own more than a dozen liquid lipsticks from three different brands and I have to say, the Kylie Jenner Liquid Lipsticks are the best amongst the three brands. They were really smooth on the lips and has a thin consistency unlike other liquid lipsticks that I've tried.

If you're considering to buy them, here's a little advice: 

1. I have a medium skin tone and I find that most of the shades I got looked pretty good on me with the exception of Koko K. Koko K is a pale pink that isn't quite as complimenting on tanner skin tone as compared to other colors. If you see the picture below, I looked washed out. 

2. If you love your nudes, Candy K & Dolce K is your best bet. 

3. I know that Carousell is selling these Lip Kits as well. If you only want to get one lip kit, I'll say find a trustworthy seller whose selling at $60 each and get it. Save the trouble to wake up real early on a weekday and pay someone else to do it for you. 

Why? In USD, the lip kit cost $29 and shipping is $14.95, which cost USD43.95 = SGD59

But if you want to get more than one lip kit, make the effort to go online and add them to the cart yourself because you'll paying multiple lip kits for a single charge of the shipping price. 

And trust me, the adrenaline rush is surreal when you buy them yourself! It felt like such an achievement. Hehe. ❤︎

kylie jenner lip swatches
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I hope this is useful for those of you who are still flirting with the idea of getting them. I honestly think that they're not as difficult to get as compared to when it was JUST released. (insert smirky smiley) 



Thursday, April 28, 2016

Lookbook | Bring In The Slacks


Haven't been out lately and that pretty much sums up my reason for the lack of lookbooks on my blog. :( I'm sad. I've been a homebody for the past couple of months and it can get really boring at times. 

But let's look on the bright side. ❤︎

I went online shopping a few days ago, spent hours on my laptop and came to a conclusion that being physically there at the shop is less taxing than the mental imagination you have to put yourself through while online shopping. BUT I'm waiting for my parcel from ASOS! ❤︎

I've been working on my online accessories store, sourcing for statement pieces and loving the process. It's a lone mission but I love how I get to make decisions of my own. It's honestly still a work-in-progress but if you're interested to see what I'm bringing in, check out my carousel page - carousell.com/brandbyree ❤︎

I finally got my Kylie Jenner Lip Kits! Woo woo! So excited to have them in my hands. I'll be writing  about them so stay tuned for that! ❤︎



Thinking about what I was going to wear for this lookbook reminded of the times where I would get really excited to head out for some shameless photos taken with Jasper. It still gets a little embarrassing when he takes my photos. Hopefully I'll pick my momentum back up and continue to be inspired to mix and match my outfits and of course, bug Jasper to take me out. 

And also, can I just say that my official favorite color is Khaki Green. This pair of khaki green pants is the bomb. They're so comfortable. I found them at Forever 21, went to try them on, went to the cashier asap after getting out. They are my jam right now. Yes I mean jam like music jam! 




A little close-up on some of the pieces I'm bringing it. I like them so much that I'm keeping the first pieces. ❤︎ Those stack rings is my current favorite right now, just because I've always been a arm candy more than a ring stacking girl. But now they are stuck to my fingers, they look so good together. 

Also, I'm currently on the lookout for arm-candies loving instagram babes. Holla at me if you're obsessed with accessorizing your outfits, drop me a instagram message or drop an email to brandbyree@gmail.com. I'd love to sponsor you! ❤︎


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Saturday, April 23, 2016

NARS Limited Edition Lipstick & Eyeshadow


I'm super excited about this right here!

Now recently I've been swiping through ASOS App on mobile looking at NARS products. I was particular looking at the eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, bronzers and basically everything else. Look at my Saved Items below. Basically my life in summary. Right?


Then, it's like NARS could read my mind. They contacted me and wanted to send me some items for being a #NARSISSIST. (woohoo) I was already hyperventilating okay when I received their message. So I sent my details over and was going goo-goo by the door each day, waiting. Like waiting for your boyfriend but with much more anticipated. Ladies you feel me right?!


Not to misled you out there looking at my page, wondering if all four of products are limited edition.

Answer is no, not all.  Only two of them are.


1. Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Cressida 

It's an electric blue color that would look really pretty with shades of brown on your eyelids. They have two other colors in Kari and Tarvos.


2. Lipstick in Rosecliff

Rosecliff is a dusty pink color with a slight sheen to it. I wore it today, it feels more like a lip balm than a lipstick. My lips rarely felt hydrated but it did when I had this on.


The Audacious Mascara was also gifted to me but it's not limited edition. :)

I bought the Dual Intensity Blush in Frenzy. Both the colors looked really intense in the palette but when it's swatched, the colors came off pretty gentle and looked wearable.

I chose not to adjust the light to make it brighten because the color is what you see if you're holding the palette.


That's all I have for you now. I'll most likely be doing a GRWM video on my channel soon to try them out so stay tuned for that!

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Click on the words in bold and it'll bring you to the respective ASOS page! Happy shopping!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick Swatches


These Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks are the first batch of liquid lipsticks that I own and they are perhaps the best (impulsive) purchase I've made. ;) 

I bought them off from Carousell and that was long before I wrote the previous post on my bad experience with preorder on Carousell. Check out my previous post - here

The two sellers that I bought from are @hey.vlala and @merolshopsg. Both of them have a good amount of positive feedbacks and were responsive with questions regarding the order online. If you're interested to buy them and have it in your hands within 3-4 days. Go check them out. 

Prior to purchasing, I went online to look at some of the swatches available to get an idea of what colors I wanted to get. I honestly find that going on Youtube is the quickest way to see swatches since most Youtube would buy a bunch of them and apply on their lips to show you. Plus, you would definitely be able to find one with a similar skin tone as yourself. 

But of course, if you want to have a quick glance at the colors, that's when you google and see if there's any beauty website that have good swatches of the colors. 

I'll continue blabbling on in a bit but I'll show you the colors on its own in the bottle first. 


Proud to say the colors you see above is as true as can be in real life. ;)

Okay, besides the fact that I really am a hoarder who buys a bunch of lipsticks at one go, there are others reasons as to why I bought them at one go. Haha. 

1. Because I'm buying on Carousell, the cost of shipping is determined by the number of purchases I made. I knew I really liked those colors and there's no need why I would want to pay for registered postage numerous times. It's just not very cost-efficient. 

2. Second reason is a no brainer - I simply like the colors and want one of everything. And I knew that I'm gonna use every single one of them in time. Out of the 9 that I bought, the only two colors that I'm not that into for now are Scrooge and Bad Habit. Not really into pink-pink for now if you know what I mean. 


One thing to take note is that the colors you see in the bottle is one or two shades lighter as compared to the actual color when you apply on your lips. See the comparison below. 

Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick Swatches

That's all I have for you today! If you want to see the colors on my lips, there's a swatch video on my Youtube channel. Click on any photos above to be directed there! 


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

My Bloody Experience with Carousell


Unlike my usual happy mood when I write a blog post, this is me writing straight after talking to this seller and concluding that never in my life would I preorder anything from Carousell ever.

Geez of the Story: 

I don't want to explain the story from start to beginning since my purpose of writing is to talk about the aftermath and precautions if you shop on Carousell pretty frequently. 

So in short, I paid this seller for a preorder two months ago, and a preorder should not take longer than 4 weeks. By right. But of course, things didn't end up beautifully that way. Communication was fine up until the point after I transferred her the payment. From then on, I don't get updates from her and she take days to reply to a simple text like, "do you have any updates?" Up till now, I have never seen the confirmation email you would received if the seller has ordered on the website. 

I never thought I would need to resort to threatening someone but I did. I was going to report her 4 weeks later because she seemed dodgey about showing me the confirmation email. So I told her I'm going to report to Carousell. And she didn't replied. Woman of my words so I emailed Carousell.

Reporting to Carousell:

Now this is the part that pisses me off the most. As a user, tell me if you would be pissed off reading this. 

I can reply myself in 10 words: hi, sorry we can't do anything for you, suck it. 

Or in less than 5 words: boohoo, suck it.

You see, I never intended to get my money back already because I see this as partly my fault for not doing my due diligence to pick the right seller and simply being too trusting.

So the point of me writing to them was to inform, warn and ask for their call of action. What's the point of having a 'Report User' function in your app when all you can do for your users is to copy and paste a template?

Your call of action was simply, hi, sorry we can't do anything for you, suck it. But you know what, I'm going to go the extra fucking mile for you and drop an email to the seller. 

My blood hasn't boil for a long time so thanks.

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Now, I'm still a user of Carousell and I like to buy and sell things there. I'm just particularly unhappy about the way they handle potential fraud and how they didn't speak of anything that says, we will investigate and warn Carousell users.

Because ultimately, I want others to know that this happened, don't be like me.

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Beyond Pissed & Hope: 

So it's officially 2 months since the transaction and I feel like I've been kind and patient enough to a non-responsive seller. I texted her 10 minutes ago and gave her an ultimatum.

I told her that I will be contacting the police if she doesn't reply by 3pm and sure enough, she replied immediately.


I wasn't kidding about reporting to the police by the way. Anyways, I'd already given up hope on her so if she return me my money and proof that she's not a fraud - awesome. If she doesn't - i'm gonna be the bad guy. 

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So let's work on a few do's and don'ts: 

Don't: 
  • be like me of course
  • preorder with someone who doesn't have a string of positive feedbacks (i did)  
  • bother with asking for assistance from the Carousell team 
Just don't preorder on Carousell. You can buy just not preorder. Get it! 

Do: 
  • research my darlings
  • look at multiple sellers and be willing to buy at a higher price with a trust-worthy sellers and ready stocks
  • read through their feedbacks before making a decision to deal with them
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I honestly did not enjoy writing this but it's important that people know. Like I knew that there were carousell scams but never really taken it seriously. Typically, we get complacent and shrug it off. (okay, just me being complacent)

Guess I paid for a lesson learnt. But it's okay. First and last. ❤︎

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sigma Affiliate Program | Welcome Gift


So recently I signed up for the Sigma Affiliate Program which I was really excited about. About a week ago I received a welcome gift from Sigma and I'm really excited about them!  I've taken them out of the box and used them already but I knew I wanted to share with you what I got so here it is! 

In case some of you are wondering what an affiliate program is, here's a short description from the Sigma Website: 

"The Sigma Affiliate Program is a partnership opportunity for those who enjoy our brand and products. Our program allows affiliates to share and promote their favorite Sigma products and earn money and other exclusive rewards at the same time. " - Sigma Beauty Affiliates

If you are interested and want to find out more about the program, click the link I created above or here.

I've always loved the brand and the brushes that they have and even though they are slightly pricey when it comes to makeup brushes but trust me, there are good reasons for it. Makeup brushes may seem like they are the easiest to purchase but they are really not. Depending on the type of eye look you are going for, there's different brushes for different purpose. 

For me, Sigma brushes definitely made its mark with the quality and the functionality of the brushes. Having a right brush not only makes blending a breeze and definitely saves much of your effort in your makeup routine.

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When I first opened the box, I felt like it was Christmas. ❤︎ I've always been a sucker for pretty packaging on my makeup products and I guess the box just made it extra special with the pinks and all. 

(the handwritten card from Emma, my account manager, made this so sentimental!)

In the box


1. Aura Powder - Cor-De-Rosa
2. Line Ace - Black Eyeliner
3. Sigma Pink - Power Stick (omg this color I can't even)

I did a Spring Makeup Look using the Aura Powder and the Pink Lipstick and I'm really impressed with the quality and pigmentation. Emma picked the right shade for me with the Aura Powder, it was just the right shade of mauve with a slight pink tone for a blush for me. Thanks Emma! 

And also, can I just say again that the packaging is so on point. And I'm going to get more Aura Powder. :) 



Brushes (clockwise order in photo)
1. All Over Blend E37
2. Tapered Blending E40 (major love for this)
3. 3DHD Kabuki 



4. Eye Shading Mini E55 (photo taken from here)

5. Sigma Spa - Express Brush Cleaning Glove 

I've tried washing my brushes using the glove along with my trusty Daiso brush detergent. It does make rinsing and cleaning my liquid foundation brushes a whole lot easier. The stains comes off after a few minutes of rinsing using the glove. (I usually have to soak my liquid foundation brushes overnight to remove the stains completely.) 


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Everyday Makeup Routine


My makeup routine changes all the time. There'll be a period of time where I'm always changing certain products in my daily makeup stash and that's usually when I just came back from a holiday and hauled a bunch of new makeup products to try. Then perhaps a week or two later, I'll start to consciously pick out products that I favor more than the others. 

When it comes to makeup products, it's always been the more the merrier for me. And you're right, I don't really need that many eyeliners when I already knew which one I like the most. And I don't really need that many foundations when I already knew which one I love the most. 

But if you never try them, you never know if there's a better one out there. (so greedy)

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So this is me sharing my current makeup routine on a daily basis. (which would inevitably change maybe next week but hearts on fire now) 

Everyday I wake up thinking if it's a makeup day. Cuz if it is, do it well or don't do it at all. I could go out shopping or dating with absolutely no makeup or I could go out with my face done. Haha. It's a conscious choice that I'm happy to make everyday! 

Anyways, if you want to see me in action - watch my video

If not, these are the products I used. And needless to say (but saying it), they are good stuff. 

Products Used ▹

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock
Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse - Medium Beige
Benefit The Pore-fessional Primer
NARS Sheer Glow - Barcelona
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade - Chocolate
Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer - Ivory
Sephora Smoothing & Brightening Concealer - Yellow
Savvy Loose Powder - Translucent
Tarlette Palette 
3CE Liquid Liner
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit - Light
NARS Highlighter - Albatross
Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick - Bumble