In the hierarchy of beauty staples, lip colour ranks high for me. A swipe of a lip colour can affect not just how you look but also how you feel. That said, I’m fascinated by all types of lip products. But my favourite, as do most people from this side of the world, are those with a matte finish. In stores and online, I naturally gravitate toward the matte section.

That said, my tolerance for matte lip products has become high. I like the products really matte, and I don’t care much for dryness. I’m also a busy mum who’s often pressed for time, so I need something that would ideally last me an entire day with minimal to no touch-ups. Of course, I love a nice colour, too.

Naturally, my interest was piqued when I learned about the Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Liquid Lipsticks. From the line’s name, you can already get a gist of what the products promise.


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Packaging, scent and texture


The product comes in a tube with a silver cap. It has a doe foot applicator, which helps make sure that the product glides on the lips smoothly and precisely. It has a bit of a chemical smell to it, but it’s not something that would throw you off. It has a creamy texture but not overly so that you can’t apply it evenly. The colours are pigmented; one layer is all you need to get maximum opacity (but you can layer it on according to your liking, of course. It doesn’t clump up when you do it).


Formula, application and wear


The product promises to be lightweight and moisturising on the lips. As mentioned, I don’t really put a premium on this criterion because I’m not particular about having a dry feeling on my lips. I’m not a lip balm addict either. But I do exfoliate my lips before putting the product on. A word of warning to those who are more sensitive to texture, though: it’s not as light as a feather. But it’s also not something you’d be annoyed by if you’re used to wearing liquid lipsticks.


Top to bottom: Montauk, Sorrento, Newport


The product sets quickly, but it feels tacky when you put your lips together. Despite that, it doesn’t feather or smudge. So yes, once it dries, it’s budge-proof. You can even put your fingers on it and it won’t transfer. I’ve tried wearing it for an entire day — I got ready for an event in the morning and got home late — and it still looked good. It’s Swimmable, as in you can swim in it. I wasn’t able to use it in the water, but I did brave heavy rain in Metro Manila with it on and it didn’t move.




Wearing Montauk


A bit of the lipstick gets removed in the inner part of my lips at the end of every meal, but that’s something that usually happens when you eat with lipstick on. I’m happy to report, though, that it doesn’t move or stain other parts of your face even when you eat haphazardly. It doesn’t leave its mark on your straws or cups either. I’ve tried eating with oily food with the product on as well and have learned that it stays on quite well, with the exception of eating overly oily food like chicken wings. I lick my lips a lot, too, but it doesn’t fade even when I do so.

The interesting part is despite being budge-proof, it’s actually quite easy to take off. I just use a makeup wipe, and it gets removed easily.

If you want something that you can put on and forget about (yes, even your doubts about how you look or if you need to touch up), get yourself a tube of Cargo Cosmetics Swimmable Liquid Lipstick.




You can get the Cargo Cosmetics Swimmable Liquid Lipstick at Beauty Bar.

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Micellar water is a blessing to anyone with sensitive skin. While oils, balms and other cleansers can easily irritate delicate skin, micellar water soothes it while effectively removing a day's worth of gunk. It has become popular, with many brands coming out with their own versions. However, there are several brands that have stood out beyond the rest.


But as always in the beauty world, new product innovations challenge current brand champions. Lucky for us because it's always good to have options. That said, we're excited to find out if Estelle & Thild's Biocleanse Micellar Cleansing Water is a worthy contender. 



Just to recap, micellar water contains micellar molecules that act as a magnet to lift up the dirt, oil and other impurities to thoroughly cleanse the skin. Because all micellar water have the same hero ingredient, the edge of a product comes from the other elements added in the formulation. For Estelle & Thild's Biocleanse, it's the nourishing aloe vera and natural coconut tensides.


Aside from its excellent hydrating benefits, aloe vera leaf juice also contributes to skin regeneration and fights free radicals, making sure you maintain skin that is healthy and supple. To boost its cleansing prowess, Estelle & Thild's Biocleanse added natural coconut tensides, which have a mild but effective cleansing agent that gets rid of grease and dirt.


Along with their new Biocleanse micellar water, Estelle & Thild also launched a line of organic cleansing products. The Biocleanse skincare system is designed to wash away impurities and reveal a fresh, silky complexion without compromising the natural skin barrier. 



The Biocleanse range includes the multi-action cleansing gel with new eco-technology that restores skin's moisture level. It also has a silky soft cleansing milk that nourishes dry skin while melting makeup, a multi-action facial toner that hydrates, balances and tones the skin, and a 3-in-1 cleansing foam that forms a soft lather for gentle cleansing. The key ingredient in this organic cleansing line is the Black Elderflower, which is effective in decongesting pores and reducing inflammation.


So what's the verdict? Would you replace your favourite micellar water with Estelle & Thild's?




The Estelle & Thild's Biocleanse Micellar Water and Biocleanse Range are available in Sephora and sephora.sg.

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You probably already know by now that there are no dull days in the worlds of fashion and beauty, but these hot news will surely remind you. Here are just some of the things you wouldn't want to miss.


Miss Universe history was made


The swimsuit competition is part of just about any beauty pageant there is. But one Miss Universe contestant, Muna Jama, is defying standards. The UK representative wore a kaftan during the competition, and the Internet is loving her choice.

Lady Mmmmmm



Lady M has opened its fourth boutique in Singapore. Enjoy the world-famous Mille Crepes at Scott Square! You can also find other Lady M branches at Orchard Central, South Beach Avenue and Westgate. Indulge in the new boutique's exclusive offering, the Rose Mille Crépe, which features the delicate flavours of rose and creme in between handmade crepȇs. The delicate dessert, which is adorned with rose jelly and edible rose petals, is perfect to pair with a cup of tea.



It's a shopping party




Banana Republic is holding a shopping affair to remember on 11 August, 5 PM, at Greenbelt 5. Rediscover Banana Republic wardrobe staples as well as new releases for 30% off. Treats from TWG and wine from Marks & Spencer will be served. You also get to take home vouchers from I'M Onsen spa and Clinique when you purchase.


ColourPop in Sephora



Now's our chance to snag coveted items from ColourPop minus expensive shipping. The cult-favourite LA brand is coming to Sephora.


(Cover photo from: @msmuna_jama)



Check out what happened earlier this week.

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