Huda Matte Liquids + Lip Primers

Loving the new line from Huda Beauty [USD 20/ GBP 18]! Their matte liquid lipsticks are to die for! The packaging is beautifully-designed, sleek, simple and smart. Loooove the lips biting design on the packaging. It's like you can see the swatches just by looking at the boxes, without swatching them on your hands. I find that really genius of Huda Kattan, the famous Dubai MUA for coming up with such idea. They have 16 shades to choose from but my favourites would be Trendsetter [brownish-pink] and Icon [more to brown kinda melon pink]! I'm so bad at describing the colours, so please youtube for the swatches hahaha. Not a fan of pink lips, but Icon is an exception! After hours of Youtube sesh, only this video that I found very helpful [to me].

In terms of formula, this Italian-made matte liquid is quite tricky to apply as the formula is really wet/runny/watery. Comfortable to wear, does not leave patchy/cakey finish, slightly sticky after awhile as the formula does not 100% dry up even though it leaves my lips looking matte. Lasts up to, maybe 3 - 4 hours, if I don't eat hahahaha. Shades on the boxes are almost true to the colour, but might be slightly differed when applied on different people, different skin tones. Not so much, just slightly differed.

  • Very pigmented.
  • Does not leave my lips feeling dry [during and after].
  • Matte finish/ looking.
  • Feels light on the lips, like not wearing any matte lipstick at all.

  • Not long-lasting.
  • Fades easily when eating.
  • Slightly sticky on the lips after a while [but still comfortable to wear].
  • Not transfer-proof/ kiss-proof.

3.9/5 from me but still, I would say it's worth the hype! This is my first time trying such formula, that is different from what I've tried before; creamy liquid lipsticks. I would recommend you to get it at least one. If your lips always become dry after wearing liquid lipstick, or you just hate the matte feeling on your lips, yes Huda liquids might be the one for you or just get a lip primer. I'm using the one from MAC Cosmetics, Prep + Prime Lip [RM 82] before I discovered Lippie Primer [USD $5] from Colourpop. Both work the same *cries*. GAME CHANGER, I tell you. After I discovered this thing called lip primer, I always have it in my handbag, always. Never will I put any liquid lipstick on before applying lip primer. NEVER! Trust me on this one. I thought it was just an over-priced lip-balm so fuck that shit but boy, I WAS WRONG. If I can turn back time, I'd slap myself. 10/5 for lip primers because they're God sent.

P/S : Thanks Alia for introducing me to lip primers. I learned something new last month HAHAHA


What's Your Favourite Collagen Drink?

I was about to pay for my shampoo at a pharmacy last 2 weeks before I saw Kinohimitsu Collagen Beauty Trial Box of 4 at the counter. “Uh, why not”, so I took it and paid RM 20 for that. That means, it’s RM 5 per bottle/ per day. I came home and told Ika about it. She tried the NH Colla-Plus last time and according to her, it works on her. It got me thinking and that's how my "collagen research" started. HAHAHA
This Kinohimitsu Collagen Beauty with Perilla Seed contains 2,500mg of fish/marine collagen. After finish drinking all 4 bottles, I can feel that my skin [face and body] is more plump, hydrated and firm. Even lady lumps are rounder and firmer too. Didn’t use any body lotion during that time, not even few weeks before I started drinking. No complain about this one and it sure does feel amazing since I can tell the difference after just 4 bottles, probably more will come if I keep on consuming for 3 months as recommended.

I googled few reviews on the Internet and seems like both Kinohimitsu and NH Colla-Plus give good results. Price wise, NH Colla-Plus is slightly cheaper compared to Kinohimitsu. As recommended by the netizens, if you’re thinking of trying collagen drinks from Kinohimitsu, you should try their Collagen Diamond Drink [contains 5,300mg fish collagen].

Based on Kinohimitsu's website, Kinohimitsu Collagen Diamond Drink [approx RM150 for box of 16] acts as a powerful moisturizing agent that helps to protect skin cells against free radicals, prolonging the firming and hydrating effect within the skin. I stumbled upon few reviews about the drink. Here are some of its benefits based on Swanple’s experience with the Kinohimitsu Collagen Diamond Drink :
  • Firms up skin for a more lifted look.
  • Tightens pores for velvety-smooth skin.
  • Helps make-up stay on longer and adhere better to the skin.
  • Lifts up bust and buttock for a more attractive body shape.
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and heals scars.
  • Re-densifies the skin’s dermis layer for fine and supple skin.
  • Seals in precious moisture for lasting retention within the skin.
  • Lightens skin for a snowy complexion.
  • Strengthens hair and nails, keeping them strong and healthy.

Based on her blog, there is also Kinohimitsu Diamond Nite to help those who have sleeping problems! It helps by inducing mind relaxation to improve sleep quality while helping the skin to remove toxins that cause cells ageing and ensure an effective repairing and renewal process takes place. Do check her blog out to read about her brother’s positive experience with Diamond Nite drinks.

Kinohimitsu Collagen Beauty + Perilla Seed contains 2,500mg of fish collagen.
Kinohimitsu Collagen Diamond Drink contains 5,300mg of fish collagen.

Yesterday I went to Guardian Citta Mall, one box of 16+4 Colla-Plus [green bottle] costs only RM97 after sale, RM 4.85 per bottle! But I got my eyes on the [blue bottle] NH Colla-Plus ADVANCED. Paid RM 117 for one box of 16+4. That’s RM5.85 for a bottle. The difference is that, ADVANCED is for whitening. I believed both green and blue bottles help our skin to deflect UV, eliminate spots, lighten scars, fight against discolouration, retain our skin’s moisture, repair skin and regenerate healthier skin cells from within, just like Kinohimitsu's.

The main reason I chose NH Colla-Plus ADVANCED is because it contains 6,000mg fish collagen which is a much higher content than other brands. That means, it has stronger beauty effects and hopefully [God's willing] gives more significant results within short period of time. Teheee! My skin showed improvement after 4 bottles of Kinohimitsu’s 2,500mg collagen drink, just imagine if I take 6,000mg. [hik hok hik hok :p] I was standing for almost 30 minutes or more in front of the beauty drink shelves. The staff kept on peeking at me from far, maybe they thought I’d steal things or something HAHAHAHA

NH Colla-Plus [green bottle] contains 5,000mg of fish collagen.
NH Colla-Plus [blue bottle] contains 6,000mg of fish collagen.

How to consume?
For first time user, consume 1 bottle a day for 6 days straight.
After 6 days, consume 1 bottle every 2/3 days.
Consume on an empty stomach in the morning or before bedtime.

You can continue drinking during menstruation because the loss of collagen is higher during menstruation. Most of the collagen drinks do not contain hormones, so they're safe to be consumed during menstruation and ideal for both genders. Fun fact, 20% of our body is made up of protein, and one third of it is collagen. There is no way to tighten skin non-surgically, without stimulating collagen. Collagen production is gradually disrupted as part of the natural ageing process and also can be disrupted without sufficient levels of vitamin C

There's "Collagen Drinks for Men" too, if you're still doubting that works as antioxidant, controls oil/ sebum, reduces acne, heal facial scars, reduces wrinkles, tightens pores, protects skin against UV rays and many more. Take a look at some reviews on the web. I saw Kinohimitsu For Men 5,300mg in Watsons yesterday but didn't bother to check them out HAHAHA but still, men still can consume normal collagen drinks even though there's no "for Men" written on the box.

There are also boxes of 4 and 6, if you want to give it a try before spending more on one-month stock. Oh by the way, it's 50ml per bottle. According to my Math [HAHAHA], one box of 16 can lasts up to 1 month. Sometimes, there are Guardian/ Watsons/ etc promotions like box of 16 + 4 FREE bottles [20 bottles in total for same price], sales or both [sale and free bottles] so keep your eyes open for that!

If you’re allergic to seafood, do not consume both brands since they contain fish collagen or you can check again with your doctor. Check out Brand’s Innershine drinks since they’re using fruits extract for that line. Brand’s Ruby Collagen and Marine Collagen contain fish collagen too. Kinohimitsu, NH-Colla Plus and Malaysian Brand's are HALAL certified.

Personally, I prefer pharmacy’s collagen drink than the rebranded ones. Be careful in selecting your collagen drinks. The rebranded ones are NOT cheap as well, so why not spend the same amount of money or a ‘lil bit more on products from companies that actually specialized in that field. Don’t get me wrong, but you need to check the ingredients too. Some rebranded collagen drinks contain little amount of collagen and more on sugar and flavouring so be careful.

P/S: Still too early for me to confirm anything but for sure I will write again once I finished the whole box! It is recommended to consume at least 3 months to see full result. Geez, getting old is hella expensive I tell you! Hahaha oh well, what's your favourite collagen drink? :D