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Hey guys!

I’m sorry I missed out on last month’s favorites.. Ashley and I may alternate from now on depending on our schedules.. and we are so sorry. In fact, we are thinking about putting more mini reviews on our Instagram because it’s more on the go and easier to digest! So if you want to see/read something almost everyday, then feel free to follow us there: @samanthashley_ 🙂

Isn’t it such a pretty picture above? I love how their colors come together and look so beautiful! Anyway… some are sponsored, some are personally purchased, but let me promise you that all these thoughts and opinions come straight from the heart! June’s been more hectic than usual, as you can see we are now managed by The Sample Store, so woohoo! 🙂 These products have helped me through this very stressful period, and I’ll tell you why.

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1) La Mer The Powder

Let me start with my La Mer ‘The Powder” which is made of heavenly fine particles! I’ve just got this about the middle of the month…annnnnd nothing you can say will take me away from the beauty which is this.

The powder is so fine, my Guerlain Meteorites pale in comparison and look like huge chunks of glitter. It never settles into any lines, pores, whatever. Everytime I have it on, it’s like I know my skin looks perfect. EVERY TIME. No kidding. I know with some powders we just expect them to oxidize or cake, but this one does neither. And while it doesn’t do well with oil control per se, it makes up by allowing your skin to look dewy instead of oily. It lets your skin BREATHE, it lets your skin look G-O-O-D, it lets your skin look soft focused without the need for photoshop AT ALL. If you need more reasons, then go to the La Mer counter to test it out and I assure you, you’ll never look at your other powders quite the same way again.

Stockist: Any La Mer Counters (Tangs & Robinsons Orchard)
Price: SGD $123

2) Mac Prep + Prime Lip Primer

I got this because my lipsticks just don’t seem to stay smoothly on my dry lips, no matter how much lip balm I seem to apply beforehand. It just got so frustrating that everytime I applied lipstick, some parts would peel off or look horrid in comparison to the other parts of my lip…

Finally, my close friend (Hi Tashy!) convinced me to get this after raving non stop about how well her lippies apply and how long lasting they are with this lip primer below. I was a little hesitant because I’m not too big a fan of primers in general.. but when I saw just how moisturized and lovely my lips looked with this on.. I just shut up and bought it. Say goodbye to disgusting fine lines in between your lips and horrid feathering out whilst eating meals. Now your lips will look freshly painted on for so much longer! 😉

Stockist: Any MAC Counters
Price: Approx. SGD $30

3) Glam Glow Super Mud

We just received this recently from LuxAsia and Escentials as part of a mail package where we were to test out the entire range of GlamGlow (*ahhhhhhh happy scream*). Though this, along with the Youth Mud, were given in sample sizes, there was sufficient product within to test it out for a good few times! I’ve used this mostly for targeted treatment on my nose and chin as opposed to the whole face because my skin is rather dry and sensitive at this point of time. In this aspect though, it has passed with flying colors because I really feel the gunk being SUCKED OUT by this wondrous mask and my acne/whiteheads/blackheads have significantly reduced! Plus I like how it works like the Pore Strip where you can actually SEE the junk that comes out of your pores! I use this for spot treatment at night sometimes as well and my headless bumps have shrunk to mere pimples!

Stockist: Tangs and Sephora
Price: SGD $92

4) CLIV Max Hyaluronic Stemcell BB Cream

We both received this BB Cream when we attended a CL-IV (pronounced as CL4) event awhile back at SASA. Though we never really heard of this brand before, we were inclined to think that Korean cosmetics, especially in the BB Cream department, were excellent! The fact that it also boosted such assurances of heavy Hyaluronic Acid content which was supposed to add hydration back into our air-condition-beaten skin was just cherry on top of the cake! Ash and I both really like this as we find that a little goes a long way, and though it does start off fair, it does later come to suit your skin tone accordingly. It feels comfortable on, and our skin no longer feels as dry when we are stuck at work the whole day.

Stockists: SaSa Outlets
Price: Approx SGD $48

5) 13 Rushes Flat Top Sculpting Brush

13Rushes was so kind to send us a few more brushes to test out after our previous review, and I couldn’t help but pick this one out! It’s not one of their new brushes, but I’ve tried it out at Roseanne’s place before and I just LOVED how easily it applied on liquid foundation/BB Cream! It’s short bristles make it easy to control and navigate around contours of the face, and its shape just makes blending out a dream! When we were asked what brushes we would like to try again, I already knew I HAD TO have this!

Say goodbye to streaking or buffing-out-a-product-till-its-gone, because this will make sure you’ve got it all on and you’ve got it all on FLAWLESSLY. It also doubles up as a quick concealer brush for the undereye if you’re in a rush and don’t want to change brushes on mornings where you need to run off to work! Can you spell “Perfect”, because we can!

Stockist: 13Rushes
Price: SGD $19.80

Do you guys have any favorites this month to share with us? We’re always up for trying new things, so do let us know! 🙂

Have a happy week!(♥)Sam

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Hi, I’m Samantha Joy but please feel free to call me Sam! Welcome to my space where I pen down all my thoughts ranging from personal posts to beauty and lifestyle! Samantha dabbles with marketing by day, and is a beauty writer by night. is an avenue for her to connect more closely with her readers and shares her tips and tricks with them! With her sunshine smile, it is no wonder why she is adored by her readers!

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