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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Mini Haul from Nordstrom Rack!

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Long time no see, blog! I've been super extra busy with work and handing out my job applications that time just flew by, but do not worry, that only means I have more exciting stuff to share, as my makeup buying habits have remained the same.. so without further ado, I present to you my mini Nordstrom Rack haul!

Nars Eye & Cheek Palette and Lorac The Stylist! Click for larger image.

I wanted to pick up the Stila Countless Color Pigments in Lyric and Finale at Nordstrom Rack today (missed them at the Stila 80% off sale), but I couldn't find them anywhere, but I did manage to scoop up a Nars Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi, Ce Soir? Eye and Cheek Palette and the Lorac The Stylist Palette that I was lusting over on Hautelook for a bargain price. The Nars palette was marked down from $59 to a managable $39.97, a small price to pay considering that it was a limited edition Nordstrom Exclusive, which contained 4 eyeshadows and 2 beautiful blushes. The Lorac Stylist Palette was only $15, and it's the same one from Hautelook, but without the exorbitant shipping. From what I see, the Nordstrom Rack location near me has also taken to providing testers, and it's definitely made me want to go there to purchase more!

Unboxed! Click for larger image.
The Nars Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi, Ce Soir? Eye and Cheek Palette consisted of the blushes Deep Throat and Dolce Vita, and the shades Molokai, Antananarivo, Lhasa, and Ragoun. Deep Throat is a slightly darker version of Nars Orgasm, and Dolce Vita is a dustier rose with very slight shimmer, which would probably look really pretty as an autumn blush. Molokai is your standard brow/inner corner kind of more silvery-champagne, Antananarivo is a soft brown, Lhasa is a really pretty cool taupe that's slightly shimmery, and Ragoun is a darker brown. Overall, it's a palette with very usable colors, and blushes that I could contour with, so I'm very, very excited about possibly using it for a FOTD sometime.

L-R T-B, Deep Throat, Molokai, Antananarivo, Llhasa, Ragoan, Dolce Vita. Click for larger image.
The Lorac The Stylist Palette consisted of 10 shadows, 2 of which are larger highlighter shades, one matte and one shimmery. The palette itself has more shimmery shades than matte, which I don't really prefer, since I feel like shimmery shades make my monolids look more pronounced and a teensy bit puffier, but to each their own, as it is a personal preference. The palette is definitely a steal at $15 though, as most full sized Lorac Shadows retail for $19 for .06 oz. This palette has a beautiful darker plummy color that would be perfect for fall, which was really the breaking point for me.

Lorac The Stylist opened, click for larger image.
Hope you liked my haul! I'll post pictures of the swatches and a photo of the day soon! Thanks for joining me~
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Monday, September 9, 2013

Stila Haul, With Swatches!

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Stila 10 pan. Click for larger image.
Sorry for the hiatus! I picked up the Stila 10 Pan Eyeshadow Palette from Nordstrom Rack a while ago on sale, and it's absolutely beautiful.

Stila 10 pan opened. Click for larger image.
The shadows are a mix between shimmery and matte, and the quality of these shadows are amazing for the price! These shadows are my first official Stila eyeshadow purchase and I am very impressed. Some of these shadows feel as smooth and buttery as my Lorac eyeshadows, but some of the mattes feel slightly more chalky, but I feel that they are much better than, say, the quality of matte NYX eyeshadows.

Stila 10 pan labeled. Click for larger image.
I'm usually a neutrals kind of girl, so this is something that adds a LOT of color into my rotation, and I'll hopefully try to work one or two colors in my daily rotation. I included some swatches of the eyeshadows below, over elf primer.

Swatches without flash, labeled. Click for larger image.
Swatches with flash, labeled. Click for larger image.
My favorite colors are Cassis and Copper, what are yours?

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Review: Les Merveilleuses de Ladurée

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Les Merveilleuses de Laduree in pot - click for larger image.
My Les Merveilleuses de Laduree was gifted to me by my lovely boyfriend, and it's something that makes me feel like a princess everytime I look at it. I've placed it next to my Guerlain Meteorites and Etude House Eintoinette Collection Blush, but I feel like a more appropriate place would be on a pedestal somewhere, far, far away from my clumsy hands.


Without flash, applied with a very light hand, built up after three applications - click for larger image.
With flash, applied with a very light hand, built up after three applications - click for larger image.

Although the packaging was certainly beautiful and memorable, the blush itself left something to be desired. I found that although the color was a buildable beautiful soft pink, which translates to a natural, healthy flush, many applications were needed in order to get the color it self to show up. This may be due to the initial waxy layer on top of the petal, but it makes it rather hard to apply, especially since I didn't want to press the blush too hard. It' beautiful, but when you compare it to the price of the product, you can't help but expect more from it.

Blush by itself - click for larger image.
Although I wasn't exactly thrilled over the application of the product, I absolutely love it on my vanity. As many have said, it's more art than makeup, and having something this beautiful always starts my day off with a smile.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Haul: Boyfriend Edition

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Entire thing - click for larger image. Sorry for the slight wobble, I was too excited.
As you may or may not know, my 3 year relationship with my boyfriend had just turned long distance, and it's looking to be long distance for the next few years. In an effort to pamper me and make sure that I think of him daily, he bought me makeup and brushes! Not just any makeup, but makeup that I'll probably definitely use daily, like the Lorac Pro, with it's huge number of neutrals, or the Lorac Unzipped, or the Nude 'Tude, yet another neutral palette that I'd probably reach for, for my work looks. He's also gotten me Real Technique brushes, which has GOT TO BE foresight, I don't deem my current brushes worthy to touch slightly higher-end shadows..

Lorac Pro, Lorac Unzipped, theBalm Nude 'Tude - click for larger image.
Unboxed - click for larger image.
Opened - click for larger image.
Real Technique Core Starter Set & Core Collection - click for larger image,
Unboxed - click for larger image.
Other than those wonderful palettes and silky-soft brushes, he's also bought me 'Why Not Zoidberg?' by Shiro Cosmetics, an indie brand that I've wanted to try forever, but didn't because of the slightly high shipping charge. It's definitely in a color I'd reach for everyday, and I couldn't be happier.
Why Not Zoidberg? & Mockingjay sample - click for larger image.
He also remembered that my favorite lip balm was the eos in Sweet Mint, and bought one for me, what a sweetheart!
Eos lipbalm, Les Merveilleuses de Laudree set - click for larger image.
The real star of the show, however, is the blush he got for me. In hindsight, he must have known about this because of how much I had been gushing over it. I think I've probably spent days staring at it and marveling at it's beauty.

Les Merveilleuses de Laudree set - click for larger image.
Sample - click for larger image.
Unboxed - click for larger image.
Unboxed - click for larger image.
Rose petal blush - click for larger image.
Opened - click for larger image.
Placed where they belong! Click for larger image.
It's Les Merveilleuses de Ladurée, whose name I butcher everytime I try to say it, and it's absolutely gorgeous. A slightly translucent container with blush that is in the shape of actual rose petals. The scent that it gives off is very rose like also, with a splash of old lady, but I don't mind at all. I'm satisfied to just stare at it.

The cute box! Click for larger image.
He packed the entire thing in a gift wrapped box, with hand drawn pictures, which is impressive, because he used to always ask me to wrap things for him.

Unboxed - click for larger image.
 All in all, he has probably purchased everything that I'd ever want, makeup-wise. I no longer require anymore neutral palettes, and since I don't reach for colorful palettes very often, I'm satisfied with my large elf/coastal scents palettes. This gift really reminds me of how much he cares and thinks about me and what I like, and I'm really glad, and happy, and just everything. If you're reading this, thank you, I love you, and you know you really shouldn't have you big silly man!

Thank you for joining me in this emotional haul.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mini Hautelook Haul: theBalm!

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theBalm haul - click for larger image.
I've heard so many wonderful things about theBalm cosmetics, so I had to try it when Hautelook had their 50% off theBalm sale! I picked up Meet Matt(e) Nude and FratBoy, which I've heard many good things about. In each of my packages, Hautelook also included a free Schick Hydro Silk razor, which I'm also quite excited to try.

Opened - click for larger image.
The haul unboxed is above. I'm super excited about Meet Matte Nude, the matte white looks really intimidating, but I'm sure I'll find a use for it, maybe as a highlight? We'll see. The FratBoy blush also looks really tempting, and I reaally want to dig in, but I'm refraining until I can hit pan on my current favorite : Wet 'n' Wild Pearlescent Pink.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Current Skincare Regimen

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Skincare regime kit - click for larger image.
My skincare regimen tends to change from time to time, as my hormonal acne fluctuates. The above picture is what I'm currently using in my morning and night routines.

Kit contains (L-R):
  • Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Faces SPF 50+
  • CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser
  • CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
  • St. Ives Scrub Free Exfoliating Pads
  • Stridex Maximum Strength Pads
  • Clarisonic Mia2 with Deep Pore Cleansing Brush
  • Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner + 5% Vitamin C in elf spray bottle
  • Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner in spray bottle
Morning routine things -- minus the sunscreen. Oops! Click for larger image.
My morning routine consists of washing my face with the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser and my Clarisonic, and then spraying on the Paula's Choice Skin Balancing toner. When the toner dries, I put on the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, and wait for it to absorb while having breakfast. After the cream sinks in, I put on sunscreen, SPF is very important, especially for skin that is trying to heal, and start my beauty routine.


Night routine items - click for larger image.
My nightly routine is a little more complicated than my morning routine, but it starts off basically the same way. I use coconut oil and some cotton pads to take off my eye stubborn eye makeup, before washing my face with the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser and the Clarisonic. Then, I make my green (mung) bean mask, and wait for it to dry before washing it off. Following the mask, I wipe my face with either the Stridex or St. Ives pads, depending on what I used the previous night. I alternate the pads, so that my face doesn't get too much AHA/BHA exfoliation. After the pads dry on my face, I use the Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner + 5% Vitamin C. When the toner dries, I use CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, and tada, I am finally ready for bed. 

My routines may sound long and complicated, but I feel like it has helped my skin become more acne-free and happy, and I would recommend the CeraVe Cream to anyone, it feels like it absorbs really easily into the skin, much faster than the Cetaphil Cream, and I reaally like it. You might have noticed that my Paula's Choice Toner isn't in it's original container, I poured it into two spay bottles so that I can differentiate between the one with the Vitamin C and the one that doesn't have it.

I know I'm supposed to try to incorporate the Asian skincare I bought into my current regimen, but it's working so well that I don't really want to.. I guess I will start by replacing the Paula's Choice Toner, because as you can see, it's basically on it's last limb. What's your skincare routine like? Would you recommend trying anything else?

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mini Haul: Sephora 3x Points & Goodie Bag (AKA Why I Can Never Go On No-Buys)

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I caved, I really did. When Sephora sent out the 3x points email, I wasn't going to go, but when they sent out the email that proclaimed a free goodie bag filled with deluxe samples for purchases over $35, I had to go. It was fate. I purchased Nars Soulshine, my first Nars blush, and received the goodie bag with 11 deluxe samples!

Haul unboxed - click for larger image.

Samples:
  • Boscia - Luminizing Black Mask
  • Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
  • Stila - Apricot Lip Glaze
  • Sephora - Age Defy Moisture Cream SPF 15
  • Hanae Mori - Sample Spray
  • L'Occitane - Almond Shower Gel
  • Benefit - Porefessional Deluxe Sample
  • Buxom - Dolly
  • Sephora - Eyeshadow Sample



Haul opened - click for larger image.
I was really kicking myself when I didn't buy the limited edition Nars Blush by Pierre Hardy in Rotonde/Boys Don't Cry because they were SO beautiful, but this blush almost makes up for it, since it does have three separate colors and it's beautiful in it's own right. 

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Monday, August 19, 2013

DIY OCC Lip Tar Pencil!

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When I saw Mai's post on how to turn your Lip Tars into Lip Tar pencils, I knew that I had to do it! Although I loved the pigmentation and staying power of my OCC Lip Tars, I hated how difficult and time consuming they were to apply, with the brush and dispensing the product.

I ordered the items that were suggested by Mai from tkbtrading, and followed her instructions. One thing to note is that this process de-vegans the Lip Tars, so my lovely vegan readers would have to find a vegan base in order to do this.
Materials assembled, minus the gloves and alcohol - click for larger image.

Materials:

  • Your Choice of Lip Tar, I chose Stalker
  • Eyeliner Base
  • Lip Pencil Blank
  • Scale
  • Microwave safe container
  • Small spatula
  • Gloves
  • Alcohol


I first sanitized all my containers using alcohol.
2 grams of Stalker - click for larger image.

3 grams of eyeliner base - click for larger image.

Using my small scale, I bought this one from Amazon, I weighed out 3 grams of eyeliner base, which is lip safe, and 2 grams of OCC Lip Tar in Stalker.

I microwaved the eyeliner base for 30 seconds at a time, until the the base became liquidy (took 2 times), but not boiling, and mixed the base with the Lip Tar, which was also microwaved for 20 seconds.

Mixed, not quite enough yet.. but you get the idea! Click for larger image.
Finally, mix the base and the Lip Tar super well, then pour the mixture into the lip pencil blank.

Finished product vs original liptar. Click for larger image.
I plopped the pencil into the freezer for 5 minutes, and sharpened it, and viola, it's ready for use!

One swipe with lip brush and one swipe with lip pencil - click for larger image.
The lip tar pencil pigmentation was actually pretty shockingly good, considering that there was 3 grams of eyeliner base compared to the 2 grams of lip tar.

On lips - click for larger image. (Sorry for my acneeee:()
Left side with regular liptar application with lip brush, right side with lip tar pencil. Both were equally easy to apply, but I have to say the lip tar pencil would be easier to travel with for touch ups, not that you'd need it!

Full face comparison, side wth lip pencil = lip pencil - click for larger image.
As you can see in the swatches, the color payoff is around the same. I feel like there might be a slight difference, but the ease of use/travel-friendliness more than makes up for it!

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Pink-Orange-Nude Summery Ombre Nails

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L - R Wet 'n' Wild Megalast in Candy-licious/Rose bonbon, Nicole OPI in Dream Catcher & Milani Nail Lacquer in Thai Tea - click for larger image.
Summer is drawing to a close, and how better to celebrate summer than using some fun nail colors! I used Wet 'n' Wild Megalast in Candy-licious on the tips, followed with Nicole OPI in Dream Catcher in the middle, and Milani Nail Lacquer in Thai Tea for the rest of the nail. This resulted in a pretty, pink to nude transition, although I probably should have added a topcoat and base coat of some sort. The nail polish managed to last 5 days without chipping, which I was pleasantly surprised with, since I did buy the Wet 'n' Wild Megalast for $1 at the local dollar store!

The finished look - click for larger image.
I think the end result was fun, flirty, and it really made my fingers look longer from further away. My sister commented that she couldn't see where the base of my nail begun, which gives my fingers kind of an elegant elongating effect. Overall, I really like this color combo, and I'll probably try something with dark blue, neon green and nude for fall or winter! What are your favorite color combos?

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Review: Tony Moly Tomatox Brightening Massage Pack

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Tomatox - click for larger image.

As you all know, Asians love their whitening products, and I'm no exception! I tanned a little more than I would have liked this summer, making me a NC 20, but I hope to remedy it with some Whitening/Brightening packs. I bought two of the Tony Moly Tomatox Brightening Massage Packs in my Korean Cosmetics haul and I couldn't wait to dig in!

Tomatox opened - click for larger image.

The Tomatox did not have too much of a scent, if I were to describe it in one word, it'd probably be fresh, or crisp. The cream itself was very easy to apply, and it came with a small, clear flat spatula to dispense products, which to be honest, is probably one of the most useless things, next in ranking to the applicators they give out with palette purchases.

After application - click for larger image.

I usually don't like having products with large open mouths, because I feel that they're unsanitary, but I think that this product has some good points. I used it after I cleaned and dried my face, and massaged it on for around 2 minutes. I left it on my face for around 10 minutes, rinsed it off with warm water, dried my face and applied my toner.

Before/After - click for larger image.
As you can see in my before and after pictures (I know my skin is faaar from perfect, please excuse my acne scarring), both taken under the same lighting conditions with no Photoshop, other than cropping and placing them together, there is a noticeable difference in the before and after, particularly in my forehead area. I have not used the product enough to determine if this is permanent, but I did notice that if you don't rinse your skin off carefully, you will have a small white film left on your skin.

I feel that this massage pack is probably better suited for morning use, after washing your face, but before putting on toner/moisturizer/sunscreen/bbcream. I'll test it further and report the findings here!

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