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The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • {Review} Tarte Cosmetics: Dollface Blush
Tarte Cosmetics has finally set foot in Singapore last year and, even if I did not intend to, I broke my shopping ban because I’m curious about their best-selling Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush. The blush is described as “a long-wearing, supremely soft blush infused with Amazonian clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun.” Wow, it sounds like a typical baking process of a cake or something.  [[MORE]]
But first, let’s take a look at the pretty packaging:  

The blush cost around S$45 (PHP1500), exclusive of taxes. </3 I came home with an empty wallet, but I have no regrets because 1) Sephora gave me a Prime, Shine & Define Tarte-To-Go Kit for free (worth S$25, I believe) and 2) my chosen blush, Dollface, is seriously one beautiful blush. 

'Dollface' is the perfect shade of light pink. Tarte recommends this shade on fair skin tones and when paired with brown eye shadows. I chose this blush color because I love soft pink blushes. Considering how light the blush is, it is also expected to be blendable and buildable. But more importantly, it gives me that natural glow finish!
My rule when it comes to blushes is that it shouldn’t be distinctively noticeable, otherwise it means you’ve applied too much (Deniece Cornejo is the perfect example. Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself and make that reference). But with this blush, too much still looks natural. In fact, I applied a lot on the photos for post! 
Update (as of March 8): This blush looks great with my golden blonde hair!
Although it’s not really a concern for me, this shade will only last for 6-8 hours instead of the 12-hour Tarte promise. Aww. 
The ‘Dollface’ shade might not be everybody’s cup of tea, especially for girls with medium or deep skin tones, but I definitely recommend Tarte’s line of blushes to anyone who wants to invest in a good quality blush. You can avail them at any Sephora Singapore branch or from Stuff in Style.

{Review} Tarte Cosmetics: Dollface Blush

Tarte Cosmetics has finally set foot in Singapore last year and, even if I did not intend to, I broke my shopping ban because I’m curious about their best-selling Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush. The blush is described as “a long-wearing, supremely soft blush infused with Amazonian clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun.” Wow, it sounds like a typical baking process of a cake or something.  

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The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • {Review} Benefit Brow Zings Eyebrow Kit
Ahh! My impulsive Sephora buy last November (I apologize for the backlog, lol!). Cariza, who visited for the weekend, was contemplating if she should purchase Benefit’s “Hello Flawless” foundation, and I told her that I’ll buy this eyebrow kit if she’ll buy hers. Wow this friendship. 
My original plan was to wait until I can get my hands on e.l.f. Cosmetics’ eyebrow kit because it’s 10x cheaper than Benefit’s obviously. I’m talking about a $3 vs $30 difference here. But if you’ve been inside a Sephora store, you’ll know how hard it is to leave empty handed. 
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But you know what? I don’t regret buying this. I like the packaging and works like a charm. 
The kit contains a pigmented wax for shaping (the darker color) and a natural-shaded powder for setting. It also comes with a tweezer, two brushes (a hard angle brush and blending brush) and an instruction pamphlet lesson.
Note: The case is really compact and sturdy, and so much better than the eyebrow kit I bought from Catrice Cosmetics. 
Why I Really Made The Purchase? 
I like to define my eyebrows using the Sourcils Poudre by Dior or e.l.f. Eyebrow Filler & Lifter. I find it easier and much more convenient to just use an eyebrow pencil BUT when I complement it with an eyebrow kit, my brows look 10x better! I also asked Cariza for an opinion, and she also said that my brows look fuller and neater! <3
I’m $30 short but with better looking brows. 

{Review} Benefit Brow Zings Eyebrow Kit

Ahh! My impulsive Sephora buy last November (I apologize for the backlog, lol!). Cariza, who visited for the weekend, was contemplating if she should purchase Benefit’s “Hello Flawless” foundation, and I told her that I’ll buy this eyebrow kit if she’ll buy hers. Wow this friendship. 

My original plan was to wait until I can get my hands on e.l.f. Cosmetics’ eyebrow kit because it’s 10x cheaper than Benefit’s obviously. I’m talking about a $3 vs $30 difference here. But if you’ve been inside a Sephora store, you’ll know how hard it is to leave empty handed. 

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The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • The Lifestyle Benefits Of Riding A Bicycle
If your goals in life at the moment include getting fit, being more eco-friendly and generally having more fun, then riding a bicycle might just be the answer for you. Cycling is already the number one way to get around in a number of countries, but it doesn’t just have to be for transportation. In fact, there are numerous ways that riding a bicycle can give you a more positive lifestyle.
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Improves your state of mind
Unlike sitting in a traffic jam behind the wheel of a car, or being packed into a crammed train, riding a bike can be a great way to relieve stress. Although some people worry about the dangers of cycling around traffic, you won’t be worried about this when you are feeling the fresh air rushing past you. Regular riding will help relieve stress and make you feel more relaxed.
Boosts your fitness
It’s not just your mind that will benefit from cycling - your body will noticeably feel more rewarded too. It’s a great way to burn off calories, and if you can tie it in with your commute to actually go somewhere then even better. The good thing is that it is also relatively easy in comparison to running, as no stress is placed on your muscles and joints.
It’s cheap!
Cycling means you won’t have to fill your car with gas or pay for train tickets - you’ll just be using the power of your legs! Although buying the bicycle requires an initial payment, if you look for a good 0% finance on mountain bikes deal, where you can spread the cost over a year or so, if becomes very affordable and the costs will end up paying for themselves with the money that you manage to save elsewhere.
Good for those around you
Cycling means one less noisy, polluting car on the road. If everyone decided to get on their bicycle, think about how fewer jams there would be! The world instantly becomes a more enjoyable, friendlier place when people are riding bikes. The pollution levels also drop - something which is a real problem in the world at the moment. Cleaner air means a better quality of life for you and those around you.
Speed
It’s often just quicker to get on your bike, especially if you live in a city where traffic jams are frequent. You can speed past the traffic whistling to yourself along the way while the stressed out drivers wonder if they are ever going to get to where they need to go.
It’s good fun
Most importantly, cyclists will tell you that once they start riding a bike it quickly becomes a passion for them. Whether they like to go out into the country with their mountain bikes and cycle down steep muddy hills, or if they just like to ride on the roads to and from work, it can provide much enjoyment for people.
So why not try and give it a go? 
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The Lifestyle Benefits Of Riding A Bicycle

If your goals in life at the moment include getting fit, being more eco-friendly and generally having more fun, then riding a bicycle might just be the answer for you. Cycling is already the number one way to get around in a number of countries, but it doesn’t just have to be for transportation. In fact, there are numerous ways that riding a bicycle can give you a more positive lifestyle.

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