Affordable Makeup Brands That Look Luxurious

Affordable Makeup Brands That Look Luxurious

Makeup brands such as Urban Decay, NARS and MAC are all too familiar but there are also numerous homegrown makeup brands are making locally and internationally waves. Malaysians can be proud as our local brands have a unique range of products that are high quality and offered at an affordable price. Check out some of the affordable makeup brands that looks luxurious and gives the perfect result. 1. DIDA Founded by two friends, Tengku Chanela Jamidah and Didie Nasir, DIDA Cosmetic brand goes with…

These Are The Only Makeup You Need When Travelling

These Are The Only Makeup You Need When Travelling

Packing makeup products for traveling can be pretty stressful because you are not sure what to bring and how to fit all of it in your bag. However it cannot be denied that some of the makeup may end up not being used at all while on your trip. Now do not worry as here are among the only makeup products you need when travelling. Less is more. 1. Moisturizer/Primer Travelling can dehydrate your skin because you will be seated for long hours…

Hari Raya Beauty Essentials That You Will Need

Hari Raya Beauty Essentials That You Will Need

It's almost here! Hari Raya Aidilfitri is just around the corner. Whether you're a Muslim celebrating Aidilfitri or a non-Muslim looking forward to open houses and Hari Raya dishes, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is for everyone. We all know that new baju raya is a must, but do you know that the right skincare and makeup are as (if not more) important as new Raya outfits?…

BB, CC, DD, EE? Your A-Z on Facial Creams

Let's face it: you've walked into the store a couple of times and noticed these double letters on many makeup products. These alphabet creams may be all the rage now, but what do they really mean? Do they even stand for something at all? And how do you know which letter to choose for your skin type? Fret not! Read on below to decode the meaning behind BB, CC, DD and even EE.



1. BB, aka The Blemish Balm

BB, which stands for blemish balm, is a good face cream that you should consider if you want something that results in a natural look. It comes with sheer, hydrating coverage and all the benefits of a serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock in one. The coverage is good enough for you to cover up blemishes and scars. BB cream may be limited in shades, but is recommended for sensitive skin, to minimize pores and to brighten up your complexion. (Suitable for: Dry/sensitive skin types)


2. CC, aka The Colour Corrector

CC stands short for colour correction. It is not that different from BB's properties, but is often more matte and has a heavier consistency when compared to its counterpart. With CC, you can colour-correct your skin tone. Tip: Purple/pink CC cream is used to correct yellow spots, green CC cream is used to cancel out redness, and orange CC cream can be used to counter bluish under eye circles. This does not mean CC is equivalent to concealer, however, as concealers have much more thicker coverage than CC creams do. CC cream is also recommended for those with acne and age spots. (Suitable for: Oily skin types)


3. DD, aka The Daily Defense or Dynamic Do-all

DD is short for daily defense. What it means by daily defense is the SPF it provides compared to both BB and CC. Some BB and CC creams may not come with sunscreen protection, so you can be sure to count on the DD cream - which always comes with SPF. It is not so different from BB and CC, as it is just a part of the companies' marketing strategy. DD is recommended for those who want to focus on anti-aging and are constantly outdoors. (Suitable for: Aging skin types) 


4. EE, aka The Extra Exfoliator

EE stands for extra-exfoliation, or even effect. Much like the previous three creams, EE comes with all those basic benefits mentioned, only with exfoliant. It claims to promote skin cell regeneration after exfoliating it, resulting in a youthful glow. EE however does not provide as much coverage as BB and CC creams -  it mostly utilizes silicones and polymers to blur the skin in order to hide pores and wrinkles. EE cream is not recommended for daily basis, as exfoliating your skin is a process that should only be kept to few times a week. (Suitable for: All skin types)


In conclusion, these double letter creams are meant to be added as the last step to your skincare regime, or to function as makeup primer before a heavy makeup routine. Nevertheless, these creams are definitely similar to one another, hence read lots of reviews before purchasing any of them in order to make a wise decision for yourself. 

So, are you the type to use these double letter creams? Or would you rather stick to tinted moisturizers and basic sunscreens? Let us know in the comment section below!

MLBB is Here to Stay

You have probably heard or even came across the term MLBB in beauty vlogs and blogs alike, but you may not know what that is. In case you don't, MLBB is a Korean trend that has been going on since 2016. It is an acronym for the words "My Lips But Better", referring to applying the lipstick colour that is the same shade as your own lips but with added depth and intensity to your pout. It often results in a natural, almost nude look and can be used for the no-makeup makeup style without looking washed out, or simply to complement your dramatic eye makeup.

So how do you go about choosing your MLBB shade to match the lips your mama gave you? Here are five helpful tips to achieve it.


1. Glitter is a no-no


Obviously when it comes to finding a lipstick that looks natural, you do not want to get something that has extra shine or shimmer to it. Matte lipsticks and lip tints are usually preferred, but if you want your lips to look hydrated, a little gloss application would suffice.


2. Match it to your inner lip


The easiest way to find your shade is to match the lipstick with your inner lip colour. Some beauty bloggers have also suggested matching it to your fingertips or even your nips (LOL) - but the inner lip colour is what will flatter your pout the most. 


3. Match it according to your undertone


Knowing your undertone also helps in your search for a flattering lip colour. How to check? If the veins on your wrist appears blue/purple, then you are cool-toned. Pink and mauve shades will look great on you. If the veins on your wrist appears green, then you are warm-toned. Orange and brown shades will suit you. If you cannot tell whether your veins are blue or green, then do not worry - consider yourself neutral-toned and extremely lucky as you are able to pull off any shade.


4. Purchase it directly from the store


You may feel tempted to buy your very first MLBB shade online, but it is so much better going to the store and compare the shade for yourself than guessing your correct shade online. This is because you might end up with the wrong shades that are too dark or too light for you. You can never depend too much on edited photos from the website. But if you are feeling lucky, then no one is going to stop you either.


5. Remember to care for your lips


This is the most important step if you want to flawlessly pull off your MLBB shade. Do not forget to wear a lipbalm to avoid chapped lips and gently exfoliate your lips with a lip scrub or soft toothbrush. After all, the whole point of going MLBB is to enhance your lip's own natural beauty.


So, have you tried out the MLBB trend? Or are you yet to give it a go? Leave your comments below.