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I’ve found the ULTIMATE Holy Grail waterproof eyeliners with Solone & Dasoda


BEAUTY, Featured | by — April 7, 2014

SOLONE Pencil 1

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have retreated away from lipstick back to my obsession with finding good waterproof eyeliners, and after hearing rave reviews about Solone from bloggers and vloggers I decided I’d give it a go to see what the hype is all about.

In my first round of purchases, I bought Solone 30 Second Dry Gel Like Smoody Pencil for Eyeshadow and Eyeliner (Brown and Champagne) and Solone Automatic Auto Waterproof Eyeliner Shining Eyepencil 2mm (Black).   I love the whimsical paper packaging, which is refreshing change from that of other eyeliners at similar price points.

SOLONE Pencil 2

The texture of all three formulas was very smooth and creamy without tugging on the skin, and there was no need warm up the product at all for best results.  Pigmentation is intense at immediate application.

SOLONE Pencil 3

As testament to how waterproof all three are, I ran the tap on my arm  tried to rub off the swatches with my thumb and it didn’t budge at all.  Not even with cream cleanser.  The only thing that would get rid of it was eye makeup remover, which thankfully removed it quite easily.  It also stayed on my waterline very well.  I find that the product doesn’t transfer on my mobile lid as long as I use a good budge-proof concealer and set the eye area with powder.

SOLONE Pencil 4

The only downside is that the retractable liner lasted me only 3-4 weeks with daily use, as there’s not much product in it at all.  So I decided to purchase the Solone Magic Waterproof Eyeliner Smudger Shining Pencil in Black.  The packaging wasn’t as exciting but it did come with a sharpener.

SOLONE Black Pencil 1b

The pigmentation is slightly more intense than the retractable version possibly because it’s a larger surface area than the 2mm tip of the rectractable one.   I find that it is less prone to transfer as long as you blend the excess with a cotton bud seeing as it’s so creamy and easy to over apply.

SOLONE Black Pencil 2

This was just as waterproof as the other three eyeliners, and here’s proof of me splashing it with water and trying to give it a good rub but the intensity is just as good as the “before” shot.  This was the same result for the other three eyeliners.

SOLONE Black Pencil 2b

Next on my holy grail list is the Dasoda Mega Liquid Liner which I decided to try after seeing it on the top recommended list on imomoko.com.  The packaging leaves much to be desired, but the pink metallic lid makes it easy to spot amongst my myriad of eyeliners. DASODA 1

The pigmentation is not as intense black as Dolly Wink or K-Palette, but it’s black enough to intensify my eyes (which need a lot of definition).  Having tested it in the peak of summer in Australia, I can say hand on heart that this is transfer-proof, smudge-proof and waterproof.    The Dasoda Mega Volume Mascara is also smudge and transfer proof, however it does clump easily on my thin sparse lashes and I end up having to remove half of it with a cotton bud for clean separated lashes.  Nevertheless it’s still my go to mascara for work since I can’t take any chances with panda eyes when I’m at meetings for most of the day.


Have you tried Solone or Dasoda products?

What’s your holy grail eyeliner?


I purchased the Solone products from ebay here and Dasoda from ebay here.

Currently Using: Skincare (March 2014)

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BEAUTY, Beauty Articles, Featured | by — March 31, 2014

Currently Using - Serums Mar 2014

It’s with mixed emotions that I wrap up my final skincare post for 2014 as I prepare to say goodbye to Beauty Swatch and the beauty blogosphere.  I have been very fortunate to be at the forefront of trialling new skincare products before they release, and thanks to beauty blogging I have found the perfect customised skincare routine that I know works for me, regardless of whatever hype I see.  For my skin type that’s prone to dehydration and dullness, it’s a cocktail of AHAs, nourishing serums and masks, rich moisturisers and cream cleansers. I now know that eye serums suit me better for day time, and I have also come to terms with graduating from starter serums to needing a bit of oomph to look alive and well rested.

I hope you have enjoyed my skincare posts over the past 5 years! If you ever feel like browsing through my old skincare posts, I’ve saved them under the “Popular Posts” section (the link is also located on the top right hand corner).

La Mer The Lifting Contour Serum* & Lifting and Firming Mask* ($410 / $300 AUD)

La Mer has been one of those products that have taken years off my mum’s visible age before, so when I got the chance to try The Lifting Contour Serum and Lifting and Firming Mask I shipped them to mum to trial on my behalf.  The Lifting Contour Serum was a winner, with the cell renewing properties visibly softening her wrinkles and sculpted her skin into a smoother, softer and well rested finish.  The other most striking result mum experienced was how moisturising it was and kept her dry skin soft throughout the day.   This is thanks to the Listing Ferment™ ingredient, made from a combination of Perennial brown algae, copper-rich blue algae and marine peptides, to increase the skin’s natural collagen production for a more refined silhouette.

As for the Lifting and Firming Mask, the keyword mum repeated when she described this mask was how nourishing it was, improving her skin density and elasticity and rejuvenated.  Mum was also surprised by how well this “leave on” mask absorbed into the skin, and how easily it was to apply her skincare on top of it.  As for me, with the dollop that I saved for myself, my skin was more refined, also nourished with a “post facial” glow.  The key ingredient in this mask is a blend of brown algae, marine peptides and active marine plant stem cells, to enhance the skin’s support structure and increase density and elasticity.  A great gift idea for mum’s birthday, mother’s day or any special occasion.

Clarins Extra-Firming Eye Lift Perfecting Serum* ($72 AUD)

This morning eye serum does an fabulous job of de-puffing and firming the under eye area, thanks to Albizia extract, Caffeine, Escin and organic oat sugars, which together provide a lifting effect, encourage micro-circulation, elimination of glycated protein build up and release of fats under the eyes.  The serum also contains corrective pigments to illuminate the eye area, and on my very dark circles the results were subtle, requiring slightly less concealer than before.  I find it hydrating enough to use it on its own during the day in mild weather, but for more mature skin or winter weather I’d recommend topping off with an eye cream.  Works a treat for refreshing tired eyes.

Clarins Extra Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream* ($48 AUD/200ml)

Imagine a buttery cleanser that applies like a massage cream with water, that’s what I felt Clarin’s newest cleansing cream, which is designed to protect and calm the skin from pollutants.  It not only gently cleanses, but also contains Moringa Seed Extract to cleanse the pollution particles, Camomile extract to soothe, Bioecolia to restore the skin’s biological balance and Jojoba oil / mango and shea butter to prevent dehydration.  My favourite thing about this cleanser is that it doesn’t lose its creaminess even with water, smells of delicious mango and leaves absolutely no residue whatsoever. Best of all, skin has never looked better after cleansing than before, it looks smooth, bright and kinda peachy.

Paula’s Choice RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment w/ 5% AHA ($39 AUD/50ml)

Say hello to my new favourite AHA daily treatment.  It contains 5% glycolic acid plus pore-penetrating salicylic acid0 of 5%, which together renews skin texture, evens skin tone, smooths fine lines, and stimulates healthy collagen production via daily exfoliation.  Even though I already use AHA’s on a regular basis, the results are still immediate, with a noticeably more radiant, firmer and smoother complexion in just the first few days.  I recommend avoiding layering other serums on top of this, as it will cause other skin products (Eg. foundation) to ball up.

RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum ($43 AUD/30ml)

This is my first foray into Retinol & boy am I hooked.  Best applied at night time, it has a silky oil-like gel consistency that’s best massaged into your palm & finger tips and pressed into skin.  The morning after, my skin was noticeably less tired, tighter, firmer and dare I say it – younger.  In my long list of beauty products that are mandatory before I walk out the door (eg. concealer, sunscreen, brows), Retinol is definitely one ingredient I won’t go to bed without. For the amazing results it delivered, it’s very affordable & even better still –  Paula’s Choice is stocked in Australia via their website.

AHC Vital Complex C-15*

Having experienced amazing results with the AHC Hydra B5 Soother 6 months ago,  this time I decided to try the Vital Complex C-15.  Unlike the Hydra B5 Soother which was really viscous and clear in appearance, the Vital Complex C-15 was runny and dark amber, making it easier to pat into the skin without needing to massage.  The results on my face was not really noticeable as I have been using my fair share of skincare, but when I tested it on my arms I noticed it was immediately smoother, more supple and looked renewed.  Therefore I recommend this as a starter serum for anyone that is still relatively new to introducing serums into their skincare routine.

Elemis White Flowers Eye & Lip Makeup Remover* ($49 AUD / 150ml)

This makeup remover will appeal to those that love to unwind their day with a touch of luxury, with soothing white peony extract and cooling white tea to refresh and hydrate whilst removing even the most stubborn of makeup.  It’s gentle on the eyes and leaves the skin feeling fresh and comforted without much residue.  A little goes a long way & removes even the most waterproof eyeliner & mascara.  Simply shake before use.

 Hope you enjoyed my last skincare round up!


Products marked with an asterisk were provided for consideration.  All other items were purchased by me.

BOBBI BROWN Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick (Tuxedo Black) & Luminous Moisturising Treatment Foundation


BEAUTY, Featured | by — March 24, 2014

BOBBI BROWN Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick - Tuxedo Black 1

Not so long ago, I got to play with two new products from Bobbi Brown – the Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Tuxedo Black and the Luminous Moisturising Treatment Foundation in Sand #2.

After being impressed by Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Pencil back in 2012, I had equally great results with the Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick which worked really well as a cream shadow base under eyshadow, and as eyeliner when applied with an eyeliner brush.  It applies creamy at first and is easy to blend into a wash of colour, but once it sets it stays on really well throughout the day without much fading.

What they say

Effortless and high impact-that’s the essence of NEW Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick. This do-it-all formula glides on tug-free and can be used to shade, define, smoke up and highlight eyes. In subtle to eye-popping shades that last for up to 8 hours without creasing, flaking or fading, it’s a stroke of genius. Just swipe on and go.

Normally I’m not really into cream shadows, but after reading Paris B’s cream shadow stick comparison post I’m intrigued to try Laura Mercier next.

BOBBI BROWN Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick - Tuxedo Black 2

It has been many years since I last used Bobbi Brown foundation, as the last formula I tried didn’t agree with my skin.  But I really can’t help myself when a new foundation arrives in the mail and decided to give it a go.

I wasn’t brave enough to wear this continuously, but on the days that I did try the Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturising Treatment Foundation, I was impressed by how well it concealed redness and gave my skin a luminous glow. The coverage is quite sheer and Sand #2 is a little too warm for my complexion, but nevertheless the before & after pic shows how fresh it makes my skin look afterwards.

Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Treatment Foundation 1

What they say

Foundation meets skincare. Bobbi’s revolutionary 2-in-1 foundation utilizes Light Reflecting Technology to instantly give skin natural luminosity without traditional pearls. The formula’s effect: skin looks instantly radiant, plumped and moisturized with flawless wear that never looks cakey or dry – a long wearing foundation that’s great even for dry skin. Glycerin, sodium hyaluronate and muru muru seed butter boost skin’s moisture immediately and long-term, while milk thistle extract and natural collagen stimulators visibly lift and firm for suppler, smoother skin.

Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Treatment Foundation 2

Have you tried Bobbi Brown or Laura Mercier cream shadodw sticks?


These products were provided for consideration.

CLINIQUE All About Shadow 8 Pan Eyeshadow Palette – Neutral Territory 2


BEAUTY, Featured | by — March 17, 2014

CLINIQUE All About Shadow 8 Pan Palette - Neutral Territory 2 1

Despite my unforgiving work schedule (very long hours that sometimes eats into my Sundays!), I still have to look my best and be professional everyday, which means no bludging from makeup, using foundation on a daily basis after giving it up years ago and contouring my eyes to make sure they look well defined like I’m on top of the game.

After experimenting with Bobbi Brown and Sunday Riley eyeshadows for neutral browns, they have since taken a back seat with my new Clinique All About Shadow 8 Pan Eyeshadow Palette (which comes in a mirrored compact finish) for 3 reasons.

CLINIQUE All About Shadow 8 Pan Palette Neutral Territory 2 - 27 Peekaboo 2

1. They are amazing to blend

Not only is the texture so smooth that makes them amazing to blend, but they also stay pigmented throughout the day and I can get away with using my fingers to blur any harsh edges.   No primer required.  Need I say more?

2. The ultra fine shimmers makes my eyes come alive

After much trial and error, I have decided that matte shadows are not for me, and I need a hint of ultra-fine shimmer or pearl to make my eyes pop.  Clinique’s shadows are finely milled and have just the right amount of shimmer that makes my eyes glisten without actually looking shimmery.

3. The shades are perfect for my skin tone.

I have challenges with finding the perfect brown eyeshadow.   If it’s too cool my eyes look sleepier than I already am, and if it’s too brown it makes my eyes look too warm against my neutral skin tone.  The 3rd shade from the right is the perfect shade of brown for my neutral fair skin tone for a chic look.


The shades are a combination of other eyeshadow duos and quads.   They are crease and fade resistant, and ophthalmologist tested.

  • 1A Sugar Cane (soft shimmer
  • 1A Sugar Cane (soft shimmer)
  • Light shade of Diamonds and Pearls duo
  • Light shade of Neutral Territory duo
  • Light shade of Day into Date duo
  • Brown shade of Polar Blue quad
  • 23 Hazy (super shimmer)
  • 02 Black Honey (super shimmer)
  • Dark brown shade of Morning Java quad

The shades I use the most are the 3rd from the right, and the 3rd from the left.


I highly recommend this neutral palette to anyone who share the same challenges as I do with finding the right shades of brown to suit their neutral skin tone, and love ultra fine shimmers in their shadows.  I also love the subtle transition in colours which help with fool-proof blending.  Even though I don’t reach for the warmer shades on a daily basis, I like having them there for a rainy day if I need to match my eyeshadow to a warmer wardrobe colour palette.   I have swatched them very intensly there, but they blend easily into a semi-sheer finish for those that like a lighter application.

CLINIQUE All About Shadow 8 Pan Palette - Neutral Territory 2 2

 RRP: $65 AUD

Available at Clinique counters in Australia now.

This product was provided for consideration.

My 5 most successful SEO tips for beauty blogging


BEAUTY, Beauty Articles, Featured | by — February 22, 2014

My 5 most successful SEO tips

Now that I have finally prepared myself for saying goodbye to Beauty Swatch,  I suddenly have this urge to share things about my blog that one usually keeps pretty close to their chest.  Now that I have shared how I prepare my lips for swatching, next on my “blog bucket list” of things to share is  SEO – short for search engine optimisation.  Also known as the mystical 3 letter acronym that supposedly holds the keys to a blog’s success.

I have read countless SEO articles over the years, and if you have too I’m sure you know what I mean by how generic they are and often difficult to relate to as a beauty blogger.   The SEO tips I’m about to share with you are the backbone of the top blog posts that drive the majority of the traffic to my blog.  Such that even where I don’t post any new content it doesn’t  make much of a dent to my traffic, as these top posts are so successful that they keep the traffic coming even a year after the post was published.  That is as long as Google doesn’t change things with yet another Panda, Penguin or whatever the next animal is (Parrot? Peacock? Piranha?) that causes much grief to the blogosphere.

For those whose blog traffic have been dealt a heavy hand by Google, I hope these SEO tips will inspire you to keep going with your blogs and continue to create great content.

1. Secrets that have the world searching

It became apparent to me that the way people search for lipsticks on the internet is heavily focused on product reviews, and most articles about lip products are so cliched with little creativity.  I decided to take matters into my own hands and talk to people about lip products to see what they look for in making purchasing decisions, and address their lip concerns via blog posts.

Whilst my best ideas have come from conversations with people, the best thing I ever did for my blog traffic was to translate a Korean beauty book in my post “Beauty Secrets from Korea’s Skin Goddess Go Hyun Jung“.  I did it out of my own personal fascination with her beauty regime and took the opportunity to get my mum to help with translating the beauty tips from Korean to English during my trip home for Christmas.  As it turns out, the rest of the world is just as fascinated as I am with Korean skincare secrets and it is the number 1 performing post that trumps all other articles on Beauty Swatch.

2. Repetition works

I have many keywords repeated on Beauty Swatch (for obvious reasons being a lip swatch library), but all my deliberate attempts were trumped by a single keyword phrase that I used coincidentally.  In my earlier years of blogging, I would always include the name the lip balm that I used to prep lips for swatching and for a long time it was Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm.  By repeating this lip balm name over and over again in multiple blog posts (sometimes with back links added but after a while I gave up out of laziness), this lip balm is one of the highest drivers of traffic to my blog.

3. Tutorials work a treat on Pinterest

If you search for lipstick on Pinterest, you’ll find an abundant supply of lip art and stock images, with a noticeable gap in engaging content.  People love tutorials – be it for hair styling, DIY craft ideas or recipes –   so I decided to take a leaf out of their books and add my tutorials and selected swatches to Pinterest.  My best performing lip tutorial is the The Great Gatsby Inspired Lip Tutorial.

4. Masstige outperforms luxe

If you’ve ever felt that your blog is at a disadvantage due to the lack of content featuring luxury brands, you will be pleased to know that the swatches that I get the most traffic are from masstige brands that offer great quality and pigment at an accessible price point.  No surprises then that the top performing swatches are Revlon Lip Butter, Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipsticks and L’Oreal Shine Caresse Lip Colours.  Another highly successful post is where I swatched a significant number of shades in one post – the Clinique lipstick swatches for the “find your perfect lipstick” event I hosted.

5. Choose post titles wisely

Choosing the best SEO friendly post titles for your blog needs to be tailored to how your readers engage with your blog.  For Beauty Swatch, I know that most people search for keywords, get distracted and browse around 10 other related posts then head off on their merry way, so my post titles are structured based on the keywords that are most likely to be searched for.  I do however like Paris B and Tine‘s choices of engaging titles for their blog posts which works for a readership-based blog.

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I hope you found this insightful!