June 12, 2015

Haul + First Impression: ColorPop


Everyone across the internet in the beauty community are raving about Colorpop all of a sudden. I had heard that they easily rival the high end brands, but with a $5 price tag. With the $5 dollars off first purchase and free shadow for Colorpop's first birthday, I couldn't resist the chance at getting 2 free products.

First off, how cute is it that they include  hand written letter. That's a sign of a good company, trying to make themselves more personal.


The packaging from Colorpop is great. Very high quality for items that are so inexpensive. The packaging of these products look clean and the holographic labeling is gorgeous. The sleek lippie stix packaging reminds me of Copic markers, which are artist grade markers. The packaging on these products don't seem the least bit flimsy either. 


Super Shock Shadows
Game Face: Metallic copper
So Quiche: Metallic taupe with pink and silver shimmer
Birthday Girl: Metallic pale pink with loads of glitter
Cricket: Metallic cool toned purple with silver and pink shimmer
Bae: Metallic plum with teal blue shimmer


(With Camera flash; L-R: Game Face, So Quiche, Birthday Girl, Cricket, Bae)

Seriously these Super shock shadows are so intriguing. The texture of them are pillowy soft, and silky, feel like a creme almost, but look and behave more like a powder. The texture is comparable to L'Oreal Infalliable shadows, but the Super Shock do seem to be a bit more creamier. I find the best application with these is with fingers. 

I definitely recommend getting Bae. I've never come across a shadow quite like this. Not to mention it combines teal and plum, two of my favorite colors. 

(L-R: Lumiere, Leather, Creature)


Lippie Stix
Lumiere: Matte warm mid-tone pink. 
Leather: Matte deep orchid
Creature: Matte oxblood

(Colorpop Lippie Stix in Lumiere)

I was never into MLBB lip colors. These shades always make my lips look puffy in my opinion. Some people seem to like it, but I think my lips are big enough as it is. I decided to give this shade a go, still gives me a puffy lip look, but the formula is nice.

(Colorpop Lippie Stix in Leather)

Leather didn't turn out how I expected it to be. I was hoping for a color closer to the tube shade, a deep purple, but this is definitely more of a dark purple orchid color. I'd say this is actually a great shade for those who want to dabble in purple lip colors because this seems quite wearable. I guess next time I'll try out Feminist to get that deep purple I wanted.

(Colorpop Lippie Stix in Creature)

Creature is oxblood heaven in all of its deep brown and red gory. Definitely a must have out of the 3 shades in my opinion. 

June 6, 2015

Haul: May 2015 Sephora


I've been on a no-buy for awhile. Believe it or not, I've been trying to focus less on makeup and more on skin care lately. While I was on Sephora to get my Birthday gift from them, I checked out the point perks, and the sales section. Lo and behold, I was pleasantly surprised with all the great things on sale so I indulged. A birthday gift to myself, I suppose.  

Sephora Haul 
May 2015:


Philosophy Purely New Beginnings set
Includes:
Purity made simple Deep-Clean Mask: 120 ml/ 4 fl. oz. 
Purity made simple One-Step Facial Cleanser:  473.1 ml/ 16  fl. oz.
Purity made simple Mineral oil-free Cleansing Oil: 174 ml/ 5.8 fl. oz.

I thought this was a ridiculously amazing deal. The retail value of this products together is $85, this set original retailed for $55, and I got it on sale for $38.50 from their website. TOO perfect of a deal for me, considering I was originally going to purchase the 8 fl oz Cleanser anyway because I'm running out. It's been my go-to facial cleanser for the past 2 years. So far I've went through 2 of the 8 ounce bottles. The 16 oz. bottle goes for $36 now, so for essentially $2.50 more you get the mask and cleansing oil. 

I was starting to get really bummed out that every time I look up the price of the cleanser I seems to go up a couple dollars. I believe my original 8 ounce was a straight $20 but now it retails for $4 more. Thankfully I'm all set for awhile.


Tarte Strike A Pose Limited-Edition Statement Lash Set
Includes:
Lash curler
Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara

I've heard brillant things about the Tarte and Shu Uemura lash curlers, but I never wanted to splurge on it. So I've forever dealt with flimsy low end lash curlers. Upon using it, I can definitely tell it is more well made and who wouldn't enjoy the luxurious gold tone of these? My only gripe is that the grips are too smooth and so you can't get a proper grip with them. The free mascara was a great bonus item too. This set was on sale for $13 when I purchased it.


Tarte Glam on the Go
Includes:
Kabuki brush 
Traveling case

I've never really owned a higher end brush before and I was on the market for a new kabuki brush. the traveling case will come in handy, considering my kabuki brushes are always deformed when I stuff them in my makeup bags.

FREE SAMPLE GALORE:


Gift with purchase over $25: 
bareMinerals spf 15 Original Foundation Powder + mini kabuki brush. 

Free 3 sample with online purchase: 
Dior Diorshow mascara 

Alien By Thierry Mugler perfume sample

Laura Mercier foundation primer sample in radiance

Free Beauty Insider Birthday gift:
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Rikugien and Cruella

Sephora is really steppin up their game with this Birthday gifts. First time trying anything from Nars and these are really generous sample sizes.


Beauty Insider 500-point perk:
Marc Jacobs
Mini Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
Mini Magic Marc-er Precision Pen Eyeliner
Mini O!Mega ash Volumizing Mascara
Mini LE Marc Lip Creme

I've been stalking the Sephora website for a worthy 500 point perk for AGES and I finally found it. I've never tried Marc Jacobs products because I think they are crazy expensive so it's nice to get to try these out. Big plus on the fact that everything screams to my taste buds: the magenta lipstick and the black eye products. 

November 22, 2014

Memebox Superbox #66 TonyMoly


I've always wanted to try out Korean skincare/cosmetics. I only really heard of Tony Moly prior, but the products looked adorable. Which begs the question: why isn't America stepping up their cute packaging game?

Here are my first impressions of Memebox's Tony Moly Superbox #66:



Panda's Dream White Magic Creme ($12):
It's a brightening cream that is suppose to moisturize while evening out skin tone.

The packaging is ridiculously cute being a panda. I had hopes that this would be amazing. Unfortunately, not the case.
The product has a whipped texture and super light feeling, but not necessarily moisturizing. It also applies patchy and like a white cast... I'm tan so the cast was very apparent, but didn't show under foundation.

Egg Pore Shiny Skin Soap x2 ($9):
Can be used as a cleanser or pack. Made from fertile eggs and is suppose to provide, moisture, nutrition, deep cleansing,sebum control, and pore care.

I have yet to use this. The concept is interesting and even has a egg carton package.

Luminous Goddess Aura Beam ($16):
Its a luminous gel that provides a supple glow to the skin and minimizes skin imperfections.

I was expecting the product to be more pearly than what it is.  It feels very petroleum jelly like in texture, which is where the dewiness originates. The scent is powdery.

Back Gel Eye Liner Long Brush ($10):
Gel liner with a built in brush. Out of the colors that I could have received, I got Choco Brown.

Choco brown is a medium brown with frosty white shimmer. The gel itself is very creamy and the color is long lasting, but the shimmer migrates if you rub it.

Apple Tox Smooth Massage Peeling Cream ($11):
Peeling exfoliate, massaging, and moisturizing cream.

I've never used a peeling exfoliate product before, but was always intrigued by it. It works brilliantly and smells refreshing and fruity. When using it is slightly tingles.

Mini Peach Lip Balm ($7):
Peach and Shea butter formulated lip balm.

This has an intense peach scent, very reminiscent of childhood gum I use to get at an Asian supermarket. The packaging also reflects a peach. The texture is very thin and not the very moisturizing sadly.

Delight Tint Crayon Neon ($8):
UV light reactive Neon lip balms.

Color I received was Neon Orange. I goes on more like a peach, than neon orange, on my lips. I don't have a UV light on hand so I can't test the reactivity, but I'm definitely using this at the next Amine convention rave I go to. The texture feels like a very thick but non-sticky lip balm and smells like gummies.



November 13, 2014

Review: Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

I was actually not planning to get another vice palette after my dying interest in my Vice 1 palette with the exception of a couple shades. Seriously. But after seeing at the amazing jewel tone colors in the Vice 3 palette, I had to have it.


Product Range NameUrban Decay: The Vice 3 Palette
Retail Price: $60
Amount: 0.8 g/0.03 oz. each
What is it? 20 piece Eyeshadow palette with duo sided eyeshadow brush and makeup bag.
Where to get it? Limited Edition at UD website, Sephora, and Ulta

Packaging: 7/10
The palette itself is thinner than the previous palettes (around 5 mm thinner). They also changed the opening mechanism. The Vice 3 is a magnetic closer, whereas the previous Vice and Vice 2 were latch closers that steadily rose the lid. It also comes with a large mirror the size of the lid.

On one hand, I do actually like the chrome silver/lime color scheme with the funky blur of colors on the front. Very sheek 80's. What I have a beef with is that it feels a ridiculously cheaper than its past version. It's made out of a really light cheap plastic that you would expect out of the drugstore. Also the "Vice" logo looks tacky. Maybe it's the font, but I would have much preferred the "UD" logo from the previous Vices, it just looks nicer font-wise and as a "jewel" like embellishment.



Truth: Pink toned matte creme. 

Undone: Cool toned matte beige.

Downfall: Matte medium brown.

DTF: Matte Taupe.

This column is composed of an array of great basic blending out shades, which are must haves in anyone's eyeshadow collection. All shades are pigmented and smooth. My only gripe with these is that they are super powdering. Very lightly dip your brush in and you almost kick up dust. Thankfully these are pretty light shades for the powderyness to not be a big deal fallout-wise.


Dragon: Metallic spring green.

Freeze: Frosty sky blue with white glitter

Heroine: Matte navy with blue sparkle

Brokendown: Shimmery golden bronze



Vanity: Shimmery dark purple

Lucky: Metallic orange-based gold. This one of the most pigmented in the palette.

Reign: Brown shimmer with a pink iridescence

Bobby Dazzle: Frosty white with gold shimmer


Alien:  Medium pink pearl with a gold sheen

Alchemy: Magenta Pearl with a lavender sheen

Bondage: Blackened purple with red/pink shimmer. Another huge pigment winner.

Sonic: Metallic coppery red


Last Sin: Champagne shimmer with white sparkle

Angel: Taupe shimmer with white sparkle

Defy: Matte dark grey

Revolver: Black with navy shimmer


Extras:

Brush: Its a double ended brush, much like the last brushes that came in the past Vices. One side is a dense C-shape shadow brush and the other is a sparsely packed bending brush. Its just inconvenient to store.

Bag: It's a well made bag and could probably fit the smaller tablets, but its not padded at all so maybe just makeup is the way to go for the bag. Wish they traded the bags for better palette material.

Overall:

Definitely better quality eyeshadow wise than the first Vice palette.  Bondage and Lucky are the most pigmented. Angel is pretty sheer in pigment and Defy is a bit uneven too. Packaging quality is a thumbs down. Shadow-wise this is a pretty good well rounded palette.Great for beginners because it has matte blend/highlight shades, shimmery neutrals, and jewel tone shadows to shake things up. Would make a great holiday gift.