Friday, July 27, 2012

Sneak Peek with Swatches: Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow Quad in The Happy Place

bare minerals the happy place
bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Quad in The Happy Place 

This is not a review but I had to do a post swatches because I can't contain my love for it! Also this quad is fairly new and limited edition so more swatches floating around internet, the better! :) They swatched beautifully and I am guessing they will perform beautifully on the eyes as well based on the bareMinerals Ready line's track record. Can't wait to use it. :)

Gah!! I just love it! lol.

Comparison Review: MAC Blacktrack Fluidline and Wet 'n' Wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyelienr

mac gel liner wet n wild
Wet 'n' Wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner and MAC Blacktrack Fluidline 

Another comparison review time! I am going to review the popular MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack and mad affordable Wet 'n' Wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyelienr. The result of the wear test (aka having MAC on one eye and Wet 'n' Wild on the other and swapping the next day) was quite surprising. It was opposite of the impression of each product as I wore them by themselves. Anyhow, more of that to come later.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

NOTD: China Glaze Atelier Tulle

atelier tulle
China Glaze Atelier Tulle
NOTD!! First off, please excuse my cuticles/nail shape/etc. I completely neglect them when my nails are short. X_X

Anyways, I haven't been painting my nails as much as I used to so application has been a little difficult for me. Plus I painted them at night and I wanted to get it done quickly and go to sleep ASAP. lol. So I needed something that you practically apply by itself. Atelier Tulle is it! It has the hands down the BEST formula out of the all the polishes I have. This is two coats but you can get away with one thick coat. Not my favorite color but formula is just so amazing!! It's a lovely one to have!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My favorite eyeshadows! Inglot 344 and 358

Inglot 344 358
Inglot Eyeshadow 344 and 358 
There are my favs! I don't feel like they are the best of qualities but I am absolutely in love with the colors. They are probably the most flattering shades on me. I often alternate using both as a lid color and crease color and they work well.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Review

ole henriksen cream
Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation

Woo hoo! I finished the jar of this. I was a small one at 0.5oz but still. Lol. Finishing a product = trying out a new product so it's always exciting for me. :D

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation is a oil free night creme that helps with hyperpigmentation issues with vitamin C and E. It's a white creme that applies and spreads really nicely. It's light but hydrating enough. My skin actually produces less oil overnight when I use this. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick in Torch Review

revlon shadow stick
Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick in Torch

I've got lots and lots of love for Revlon Colorstay line. It's full of great long wearing products for oily skinned people like me! But cream shadow is still tricky business. I decided to try it out any how.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Coastal Scents Classic Buffer Large Synthetic Brush Review


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Coastal Scents Classic Buffer Large Synthetic Brush
This chunky brush is my go to stippling brush. :) LOVE! This one is called Classic Buffer Synthetic Brush (BR-C-S29). It's a very dense and big, so it's great for quickly stippling on the foundation. It's dense enough that bristles don't flop around when you stipple. It's also on the weighty side which I like, and it feels very well built. Ferrules are on nice and tight and bristles are glued together well.

There has been minimal shedding. Very very minimal. May be one every other washing. The brush washes well and dries in a reasonable amount of time. As with other foundation brushes, I wash this one with dish soap and olive oil. Works like a charm in getting all the foundation out.

Bristles are soft so it doesn't hurt when I stipple on the foundation. I have felt softer brushes but this one's not bad at all for a stippling brush. Many stippling brushes have bothered me for that reason but this one is not painful at all. I can feel it but it doesn't hurt.

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Coastal Scents Classic Buffer Large Synthetic Brush Top View

I am sure I have mentioned before, but stippling brush is great for people who have flaky skin. No microexfoliation to accentuate the flakes. This one is a great brush if you haven't liked stippling brush for 1)hurting your face and 2)it taking way to long to stipple around entire face. I highly recommend you check it out! :D

Price: 14.95 USD Coastal Scents website
Rating: A

Thursday, July 19, 2012

L'Oreal Concentrated Last Boosting Serum Review

loreal lash serum
L'Oreal Lash Serum
For those of us who need a little help with lashes but not interested in prescription or mega expensive products, L'Oreal Lash Serum is a great alternative. :) This is my second tube of it, and I have been loving it. My lashes are naturally on the sparse and short side. In addition, I regularly use waterproof mascara so I tend to lose some during removal. :( But this has certainly helped in both aspects. There's more growth (as in more lashes) and my lashes grow longer with daily use. :) It's not an insane effect but it's noticeable.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Comparison Review: Benefit High Beam and NARS Illuminator in Copacabana

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Benefit High Beam and NARS Illuminator in Copacabana

First off, hoot for deluxe sample sizes. :D Benefit High Beam and NARS Illuminator in Copacabana are both liquid highlighter/illuminator. I thought I would keep things simple and try using a table. lol

Monday, July 16, 2012

theBalm Down Boy Blush Review

the balm down boy
theBalm Down Boy Blush

theBalm Down Boy blush is a light pink powder blush. It's straight up neutral pink, so it won't clash on warm skin tones. It gives a very nice pale baby pink flush to your cheeks. It's quite pigmented so it can be very easily built up to bright, strong pink. If that's not what you want, be sure to use a light hand or a stippling brush. :) The product itself contains a little bit of microshimmer but once applied it's matte finish. The shimmers don't really show. They just help the blush look not too flat.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup Review Part 2 with Buff and Sand Beige

Revlon whipped foundation buff sand beige
Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup: Buff on the left
and sand beige on the right
As I was getting paler like I usually do in the summer (yes, I do that. lol), I decided to get Buff. My original review is here. This is more of a swatch update. I used Studio Finish NC20 Concealer and original Colorstay shades for comparison. I also used natural light for the swatch. :)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Inside My Unii Palette



Today's post is about my Unii palette and what's in it. :) Unii palette is am empty magnetic palette that you can put in depotted eyeshadows/blush/etc in metal pans. It's very handy for storing and traveling purposes. The version I have is the new version which can't be taken apart for cleaning. I have it in color Midnight which is black with sparkles.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Favorite Drugstore Nude Lipsticks!

best drugstore nude lipsticks
Favorite Drugstore Nude Lipsticks

We all need some nude lipsticks for smokey eye days. ;D Not all nude lipsticks are the same, and I have three picks for my favorite drugstore nude lipsticks. I would say they are all pretty popular. Guess there's a reason for that. :)


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Philosophy Miracle Worker Dark Spot Corrector Review

philosophy dark spot corrector
Philosophy Miracle Worker Dark Spot Corrector

Philosophy Miracle Worker Dark Spot Corrector is indeed a miracle worker. I have severe hyperpigmentation issues from acne that has been going on for too damn long!! Lol. I don't have sun spots so I am not sure how this will work on those, but I can tell you that this has been working like a charm on my acne marks.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush Review and Comparison Pic

Mac 239 brush
MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush
 MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush is the best!. It's the best. It looks like your basic flat eyeshadow brush but oh it's so much better than all other ones I have tried. It's made of white goat hair so it picks up and deposits shadows beautifully. It's on a smaller side, which is perfect for working on my small eyes. It's tapered and remains tapered and nicely in shape after washing. \o/ Hooray! It's also stiff enough that you can use it to work some shadow into lash line and other precise work. :) It doesn't flop around so you can direct where you put the color down really well.

Closeups!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Review Part 2 for Honey and Rendezvous

Revlon balm stain honey rendezvous
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey on top and Rendezvous on the bottom

This is a followup of the review of shade in charm in this post. Review of the product remains the same so this post is more like a color description and photos. :)


Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation Review

Vichy Liquid Foundation 15 opal 35 sand
Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation: 15 Opal on the left,
35 Sand on the right

Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation is a medium/full coverage foundation. That medium coverage description might trigger WTH. Yeah, some people use this as a concealer. It's that high in coverage. But here's where the medium description comes in.

I have read that Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation has the same ingredient list as Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation. Vichy one started to have spf in it when Dermablend one started to. Very likely that the two are same foundation. Vichy calls the foundation full coverage, but Dermablend calls it medium coverage. I would go with Dermablend description. Yes, it covers very very well. But it doesn't cover EVERYTHING. You still need concealer for darker marks. My idea of full coverage is the cream foundation for theater makeup sort of thing. If your idea of coverage mainly involves wearable foundations in real life, yeap. This would be full coverage. :) 

15 Opal has very STRONG peach tone. My guess is it would fit NW15 and NC15 people the best, but again the peach tone is very strong so if you are very pink or very yellow, this wouldn't fit well. 35 Sand has more yellow than pink. It's not too yellow though. It would suit people around NC35 the best.

Like I've said, this is very high in coverage and gives matte finish. You definitely need to contour and add blush to put color back in because this makes your face solid one color unless you have really dark spots. It looks a bit cakey but it's not bad at all considering the coverage. It goes on nicely, and there's enough blending time before it dries down. I would recommend setting it because it's transfers a bit easily. Also it has spf 20 (titanium dioxide). Lastly, the formula tends to separate so be sure to shake it before use.

Staying power is decent but it's no Colorstay. It looks decent for about 8-9 hours when I set it. After that it starts to shift a bit on my oily skin.

Packaging is plastic tube, which I like. It's convenient and sanitary. Opening can be a bit messy if you open right after you shake it. They have not very adhesive stickers for the spf info and back. Lame! :(

Here are pictures and swatches! :)


theBalm Meet Matt(e) Palette Review

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

TheBalm's Meet Matt(e) is a palette of 9 eyeshadows and a small brush. Each eyeshadow is called Matt + last name. Cute idea! :) According to my sister, the guy on the front looks like a creeper. I don't think so. Shirt and tie. All good. All nine shades are matte or close to matte. Nine shades are Matt Smith (pale beige), Matt Gallagher (light brown), Matt Ramirez (dark warm brown), Matt McDonald (darkened blue with greyish tone - satin finish), Matt Horowitz (cross between navy and blue again with grey tone), Matt Chung (pale pink), Matt Batali (reddened dark brown), Matt Chilling (greyish teal), and lastly Matt Patel (medium brown with strong grey). Overall many shades have greyish tone to them, and there are more darker shades than lighter shades.

Formula is great for matte eyeshadows. Matte eyeshadows are usually more difficult to work with than shimmer, satin shadows but these perform just as well as some good shimmer shadows. The shades are buttery and pigmented except Matt Chung. These are not particularly prone to fall out but since majority of shades are quite dark, I would be careful to tap off the excess and etc. There is a bit of excess powder kicked off when you use it but not much.

These last well over good base. I do notice the darker colors like Matt MacDonald looking slightly muddier and faded after 6 hours of wear.

Packaging is cardboard with magnetic closure. The magnet is strong enough for palette to not fling open unless you open it. :) Since it is cardboard with off white color, it gets dirty quickly. :(

Pictures!


Saturday, July 7, 2012

NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base Review

NARS eye primer
NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is a pretty much a colorless eye primer. This is my absolute favorite primer out of ones I have tried. I have used a few eyeshadow primers including very popular Urban Decay Primer Potion and Too Faced Shadow Insurance. None of them really impressed me. On my super oily eyelids, all other ones = creasing in 4 hours. So naturally, my main focus when choosing eye primer is prevent creasing aspect rather than making shadow colors pop. 

With this primer underneath, I see no creasing up until 7th or 8th hour of wear. While that's not perfect, this practically doubles the wear time for my eyeshadows compared to other ones. It's amazing stuff!! I love.

The formula feels a bit waxy before it dries down, and I need to keep my eyes closed for 10 seconds so it will dry down completely. If the primer itself creases from not letting it dry, it's a moot point because the area prone to creasing will be primer-less. I do find it's a tad bit harder to blend eyeshadow on top of this primer but if that's the price of long hold, I will gladly pay.

It has an doefoot applicator, and the outside packaging is the standard NARS packaging, rubberized plastic. Now both white and black parts of the packaging is prone to getting dirty. I reach for it after I am done with my face makeup so very often, and the primer makes me say eww and then wipe intensely. I think this would have been more sanitary and cleaner looking if it came in a plastic tube. But NARS is not about that, and I admit, it does look nice (when clean). Also I have a feeling I can't get every bit of product out of the packaging with this one.

Anyhoo, picture time!


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sigma Sigmax F82 and F84 Brushes Review and Upcoming Launch!

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 Sigma Sigmax Brushes: F84 on top and F82 on the bottom

Sigma Sigmax Brushes F82 and F82 are super duper dense face brushes with synthetic bristles. They are really soft and the densest brushes I own. Both of them are two of my best performing foundation brushes but I like to save F82 Round Top Kabuki for Soleil  Tan de Chanel as I discussed in this post. Some people find F82 a little too dense and stiff for foundation use. I think it works great but I see where that can come from. F82 bristles are shorter, so they are stiffer, which might make buffing a bit more difficult. I don't buff all over, I don't have a problem with it. Still I need F82 for my bronzer, so F84 is my go to brush unless the I need to stipple foundation.

F84 Angled Top Kabuki is great because you can spread around the product and then buff. The angle cut makes it so easy to move foundation around your face. Plus, it's so dense that it effectively spreads out the product without absorbing too much into the bristles.

F80 Flat Top Kabuki is the highly highly raved Sigmax brush. I haven't gotten it because I think people who love it like to buff all over the face with it. I love the finish of buffed in foundation on skin but I have flaky area on my skin that buffing all over my face is a huge no no. So I need a brush that has a more precise head and is more convenient to spread the foundation around and then to buff in small regions. F84 it is. :D

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Charm Review

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Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Charm

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Charm is a very pale peach balm stain. I would say it's the balm stain version of Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Creamsible. Charm has a light pink tinge when applied on lips. Of course the pink tone will be more obvious on people with pink/mauve toned lips as the product is not completely opaque.

Formula is great. It goes on smoothly but it's not too smooth and buttery that it will melt all over the place in heat. This particular color is not too opaque but few swipes, then it's no problem. It moisturizes little bit. Not too much though. But considering that most stains and long wearing lip colors dry out your lips quite a bit, it's really good. This does tend to accentuate dry patches so I recommend regular exfoliating. :) It does not settle into lines on your lips. Also it doesn't get used up quickly. Yay!

Staying power is not too great for this shade. It wears off in a couple of hours and then the stain is supposed to remain. However, since this is such a light color, the stain isn't too noticeable. As shown in the pic below, it does stain but it doesn't quite compete with your natural lip color. It does change the tone of it slightly. Darker colors have much much better staying power as they stain more. 

It's a pencil type product that you can twist up and down (nice because some don't twist down for some reason). The narrow tip is bound to be lost as you use it but even when it's flattened out, the surface area isn't too big. It's still small enough for a precise application. I really like pencil type product because it's easier to apply/reapply without mirror if need be.

Here are some pictures!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer Review

the Balm MAry Lou manizer
theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer Highlighter

TheBalm Mary Lou-Manizer is a ultra shimmery highlighter/eyeshadow. The color is beige with light golden tone. The shimmer gives off  golden sheen, which I think gives more natural glow than an iridescent sheen. The sheen is very intense with out making your face look greasy when applied. Very very effective highlighter. If you are looking for a subtle highlighter, this isn't it.

The formula is good. It's buttery and blends really nicely. The fallout isn't bad at all for the amount of shimmer  it contains. Mary Lou-Manizer does have the pretty common problem of accentuating pores, so you may want to avoid putting it on areas with large pores. 

The highlighter doesn't move around on face. Sheen stays for a really long time. At least until oil consumes them for me. Haha

Packaging is plastic. It feels like I should never ever drop it. The product itself might survive by absorbing the shock but the packaging feels like it wouldn't be much of a help. But it closes securely and has a huge mirror. I think it's cute but I know design is really personal preference.

Pics!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Eyelash Curler Comparison Review: Tarte, Shiseido, and Shu Uemura

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From left to right: Tarte, Shisheido, and Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers

A perfect eyelash curlers are quite hard to find. The one that will fit your eye shape and will give a good curl without crimping. Out of these three, none of them are perfect for me. =/ but I thought I would do a comparison. :)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Haul!

mac shy shine, mac garb, bobbi brown desert rose kiehl's foaming cleanser
MAC Lipstick in Shy Shine (Lustre), MAC Sheertone Blush  in Garb,
 Bobbi Brown Blush in Desert Rose, and Keihl's Foaming Non-Detergent Washable Cleanser

I went to an outlet today and I couldn't pass by Cosmetics Company and Designer Fragrances and Cosmetics Co. A magical force pulled me into these stores. :) Seriously, I was headed to them without thinking about it.

This has to be one of very few times I make impulsive cosmetic purchases. I really like to research products and plan my purchases out but there was no way of knowing what's available in those stores. I purchased    MAC Lustre Lipstick in Shy Shine, MAC Sheertone Blush in Garb, Bobbi Brown blush in Desert Rose, and Kiehl's Foaming Non-Detergent Washable Cleanser. I got the lipstick and two blushes from Cosmetics Company and the cleanser from Designer Fragrances and Cosmetics Co. The two MAC products are not currently available as they were limited editions. 

Shy Shine is sheer, slightly shimmery mauve/pink nude color. It's very wearable because it's pretty close to my natural lip color. It's my lips but better color for me. It gives a more polished look than bare lips. 

Garb is a sheer nude blush. It leans orange but it's very toned down color. 

Desert Rose is mauvy pink rose color. It's also very wearable. 

I was safe with color choices today, which is more practical because colors that make me say "Oooh~ Pretty!" look ridiculous on me. Safe blushes are good for me. :D

Here are some pics for the three items!