2016 | Make Up Goals

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I just got back to New Zealand in the last few days. After neglecting this blog for the whole duration of my Christmas break, I didn’t know what to write next. I didn’t want to do a stereotypical new years resolution post, because I still don’t know what my resolutions are yet. I also didn’t want to do a reflection on 2015 post because that chapter is behind me, and I didn’t want to start 2016 thinking about all the things I should have done in 2015.

So I decided to come up with some make up related goals.

I own a decent amount of make up. More than the average person, less than the average make up guru. My spending on make up reached a high last year when I made multiple Sephora orders within the first few months of the year, which landed me in VIB, as well as a drawer with a bunch of stuff I really didn’t need.

So for 2016, I want to cut down my spending on makeup.

Going through my drawer, I have so many things just sitting there, some not even opened, waiting around to finally get used. The reality is that I know I will never finish or even come close to finishing any of these products. I shouldn’t spend more money to buy things that’s just going to sit there gathering dust.

I also want to be more bold with my makeup, mainly with lipstick. I am scared to wear bold lipstick, especially at work. And while I still don’t think I will wear magenta lipstick at work, I want to wear it after work, when I am with friends, on the weekends.

I want to wear more makeup in 2016. And that might sound weird, but normally for work I either am too lazy in the morning or wake up 30 minutes before I am meant to be at work, so all I wear is some brow product. I want to actually fix my sleep schedule, wake up earlier so I actually have time to do things and put on proper makeup before heading out for the day.

And lastly, I want to do something about that makeup artist certificate I have. The one that sits under my university degree, not doing anything (along with my university degree). I dunno whether I would go into freelancing, doing tutorials or what, but I don’t want to put that to waste.

Travel makeup bag

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I am the worst packer in the world, I will carry so much stuff that people might actually think I am moving there instead of just going for a trip. Because I normally buy so much when I am back in Taiwan, I try not to carry too much stuff, especially makeup since chances are I will just buy a bunch of stuff there anyway.

I tried to condense everything to one item per category, except for eyeliner and lipstick, because obviously one cannot just pack one lipstick.

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Face:

Sleek Contour kit – Light
Hourglass Ambient Lighting PaletteMaybelline Powder
Tarte Celebrated Blush
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer – Light
Mac Studio Finish Concealer
Nars Sheer Glow Sample – 04

Eyes:

Too Faced Natural Eye Palette
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Bobbi Brown Eyeliner
Etude House pencil liner x 2
Shiseido Brow Pencil
Stila Liquid Liner
Kat Von D Liquid Liner
Anastasia Dipbrow – Soft Brown
Fairydrops Mascara

Lips:

Dior Lip Glow
Innisfree Real Fit Lipstick – 03
Mac Lipstick – Sunny Seoul
Tanya Burr Lipgloss
Artium Lip Tint – Wild Coral
Sephora Creamy Lip Tint – 01

Best of 2015 – Makeup

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Foundation – YSL Fusion Ink Foundation
I discovered this foundation early in the year and it quickly became my favourite foundation, maybe ever. Because of the satin-ish finish, it can be used in winter and summer. It is also really long lasting which is perfect for that 9-5 life when you want your makeup to last all day.

Blush – MAC Dainty Mineralized Blush & NARS Torrid
Mac Dainty blush is a neutral pink shade with tiny specks of glitter in it. It is very pretty and easy to use, as well as extremely versatile since it goes with so many different looks. I use this blush all throughout winter and spring because it gives that out in the cold kind of flushed look.
NARS Torrid is a beautiful coral shade that looks amazing with a tan. The formula for nars blushes are long lasting and pigmented, and defiantly one of the best blushes on the market. Torrid is great for summer, and leading into Autumn. The only thing I don’t like is the packaging.

Contour – Sleek Contour Kit
This product is perfect for contouring since it contains no shimmer at all, as well as leaning more gray than orange toned. It creates the shadow-y look. It is also really cheap and comes in a few shades.

Bronzer – Hourglass Ambient Bronzer
Have you ever wanted that JLO glow? This product warms up the complexion so nicely, and it contains shimmer so it is more suitable for being an all over bronzer. The formula, like all the other hourglass products, is super fine and applies beautifully.

Concealer – Maybelline Instant Age Rewind & Mac Studio Finish Concealer
I love the maybelline instant age rewind concealer for everyday use. I apply this under the eyes, above the brows and down the nose for a highlighted look. It also evens out the skin.
When I want to cover any blemishes, I use the Mac studio finish concealer. It is very good at concealing almost everything, but the formula is quite thick so it doesn’t suit being applied under the eye.

Powder – Hourglass ambient lighting palette & Maybelline powder
The hourglass powder is almost like photoshop in palette form. It has the tiniest shimmer particles in it, creating this glow from within (but not oily glow) look. It is amazing for setting makeup and the middle shade is great as a highlighter.
The maybelline powder has been one of my holy grails for years (I think this might be my third one). I can only find it in Taiwan, so I buy one every time I go back. It is just so smooth and sets foundation perfectly.

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Brows – Shiseido brow pencil & Anastasia dipbrow
I have probably gone through four of these things this year alone. It is super natural and easy to use, and it doesn’t have the learning curve required for the dipbrow. The only downside is that it does run out quickly, and is more expensive than the dipbrow (which literally never ends)
The dipbrow is what I choose when I want super long lasting, doesn’t budge even if you’re in the ocean brows. It is a bit hard to use, and it is really easy to go a bit heavy handed with this product.

Eyeshadow – Too Faced Natural Eye Palette & Colourpop Lala & HolikaHolika
I own a lot of palettes, but out of all of them I reached for this one the most. It is just the easiest to use, and you can create so many good looks with this one palette. The Too Faced formula is really smooth and pigmented. The packaging is slim and easy to travel with, making it my ideal travel palette as well.
Colourpop Lala shadow is for when I just want a simple one sweep of colour look on my lids. I love the formula and the consistency of the colourpop eyeshadows, as well as the super intense colour payoff.
The holikaholika dual shadow is something I like to bring with me on the go because it comes in the tiniest packaging, and offers decent pigmentation. The pink and brown shades make a really great daily look.

Mascara – Tarte 4-in-1 Mascara & Fairydrops scandal queen mascara
The tarte mascara does a great job at volumizing my sad Asian eyelashes while remaining waterproof and holding a curl. The packaging is kinda chunky and the wand is pretty huge, but overall it is one of the best western market mascaras for Asian lashes.
The fairydrops mascara has been a hot topic in the beauty community lately. It is super waterproof, like insanely hard to get off waterproof. The wand is kinda weird, but the formula is great for lashes that point downwards since it really holds a curl. It is more lengthening than volumizing.

Eyeliner – Kat Von D liquid liner & Stila liquid liner & Mac pencil liner in black ice
Liquid liners are my fav type of eyeliner. The kat von d liquid liner is one of the beauty community favorites along with the stila liquid liner. Both are great eyeliners that I highly recommend depending on your preferences for liquid liners. The stila one has a felt tip while the KVD one has a liner tip, the KVD one being more flexible. Both are super long lasting, and the KVD has more of a matte finish, while the Stila is more glossy. Stila is darker than the KVD.
For lower lash line, I like a pencil formula since it creates more of a softer edge than the sharpness of a liquid liner. The MAC pencil liner is a nice basic black liner that is great for applying on the lower waterline, and doesn’t smudge like a lot of other pencil liners.

Eye Primer – Urban Decay
Eye primers are an essential for me because of my hooded Asian lids. No matter what eyeshadow formula I try, they always seem to fade and crease on me so I need something to make them last. I have been using the Urban Decay primer all year. It makes everything more vibrant and longer lasting on the lids. I don’t like how they changed the packaging to using a wand with a squeeze tube now, but it is something I can look past.

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Lipstick – NARS Rikugien
I received this in my sephora birthday gift thing. It is just the most perfect everyday lipstick for me, since it is this mauvy pink shade that is kinda glossy, but not shimmery. I haven’t been that into lipsticks this year ever since I ventured into the world of lip tints, but I can see myself buying a full size when I finish this.

Lip Tint/Stain – Sephora luster matte, Sephora creamy lip tint & Aritaum lasting tint
I have really been loving lip tints lately. They are pigmented and long lasting. I have been loving the brighter shades, with a classic matte red shade, a super bright magenta, and a cute coral shade that’s perfect for summer. Lip tints I find are longer lasting than lipsticks, especially after eating and drinking. They also don’t feather as much as lipsticks, so I prefer my brighter shades in a lip cream / tint formula.

Lip Balm – Dior
This is one of those expensive lip balms that isn’t really necessary, but such a luxury to have, and since this is my end of year favorites I am just going to include it. It is just gorgeous, from the way it applies to the pink packaging. I am tempted to buy another when I go through duty free for Christmas because I know I will run out of this one.

 

 

 

Bronzer & Highlighter Collection

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With the whole contour and highlighting trend going around lately, brands have been bringing their A-game when it comes to releasing products to match what consumers want. With hourglass releasing their ambient bronzer and BECCA doing their collab with Jaclyn Hills, the hype for contour and highlight products is real.

I myself, have accumulated a tiny collection of highlight and bronzing products.

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Sleek contour and highlight kit in light

Hourglass ambient bronzer in luminous light

Bobbi Brown bronzing powder in natural

Not pictured: Benefit Hoola, which I finished and threw away. Will repurchase in the future.

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Mac mineralized skinfinish in perfect topping (the 2014 version)

BECCA skin perfecting powder in rose gold and moonstone

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BECCA skin perfecting liquid in moonstone

The texture for the sleek contour and highlight kit is more chalky than the rest. However for the price, the product it is totally worth it.
Texture wise, BECCA has the nicest powder formula. It is smooth, buttery and a dream to apply.
Shade range wise, gotta give it to Bobbi Brown.
I wish Hourglass would come out with more shades of their bronzer because it is so pretty.
I want to try NARS Laguna and the Too Faced chocolate bronzers.

Shine Bright Like a Diamond

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I only recently started being obsessed with highlighters. When done right, it is glowy, healthy and perfect. When done wrong, it can look greasy and shiny. BECCA is probably most well known for their highlighters, especially after their recent collaboration with Jacklyn Hill for the Champagne Pop Highlighter.

I have the pressed shimmering skin perfectors in moonstone and rose gold, and the liquid shimmering skin perfectors in moonstone.

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The liquid formula is the least shimmery out of the liquid and pressed versions. I don’t have the poured formula, so I don’t know how that compares. The only issue I have with the liquid formula is the pump. It is hard to use, and dispenses too much product at one time. It is more glowy than shimmery, for those that want a more natural looking highlight. There is a slight scent to the product, but nothing offensive.

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My first BECCA product was the Moonstone pressed shimmering skin perfector. It is a sparkly intense pale gold shade that looks great on paler skin tones. The powder is super silky and soft, a little bit goes a super long way. I don’t think anyone would ever finish one of these products.

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I originally wanted to get Opal, but it was out of stock so I settled for the rose gold shade. On me, I don’t use it as an highlight but more as a blush. I layer this over a nude blush to give it a bit more of a pink tone + shimmer.

The pressed contains 8g for 38USD

The liquid contains 50ml for 41USD

BECCA products are expensive, but in my opinion worth it. I will never finish any of these product, and they are so beautiful.

I just wish the pump wasn’t so annoying.

Blush Collection

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Blush is my weakness. I have more than I will ever need in my life. Maybe it is the colours, maybe it is the packaging, maybe it is the way it finishes off a look. There is so many great formulas and shades out there that I kinda feel like I have to ‘catch them all’.

Mauve’s:

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Bobbi Brown Washed Rose, NARS Oasis

Nude’s:

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Clockwise – Tarte Exposed, Tarte Celebrated, Nars Madly

Pink’s:

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Clockwise – Mac Dollywink, Benefit Dandelion, Canmake Cheek and Highlight (Discontinued), Mac Pink swoon, Nars Angelika

Peach’s:

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Clockwise: Mac Dainty, NARS O, NARS DT, NARS SO, Canmake PW23.

Coral’s:

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Clockwise – Tarte Tipsy, Colourpop Bonus, Canmake Cheek and Highlight (Discontinued), NARS Torrid, MAC Solar Ray

Other:

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Jill Stuart Candy Orange

 

 

Sasa Haul

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I made an order off Sasa around two weeks ago because I saw that they had the Fairydrops Platinum Waterproof Mascara in stock (also known as the Fairyfrops scandal queen waterproof mascara), and I have been trying to find this mascara for ages. It is a popular mascara amongst beauty bloggers, and I couldn’t find any on my trip to Asia last year.

So I bought 2…because I am a hoarder. I also recently got some other Asian mascaras to hopefully do a mascara comparison post.

I also got five Innisfree sheet masks in rose, green tea, cucumber, tea tree and aloe, as well as the innisfree jeju volcanic pore clay mask. I can’t wait to have a pamper evening and use this mask, I have heard a lot of good things about this clay mask.

I then picked up the Shu Uemura eyelash curler and a box of the BN Luminous change fake lashes in 09 Natural Eye.

Current Lip Products

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A problem with having too many lip products is that it is hard to get good use out of the whole collection. I try to keep my lip products in rotation so that I get the chance to use everything.

Nivea Lip Balm – A basic lip balm that does the job. This is always in my makeup bag. One day I went to work without it and it made me very sad.

Revlon lipstick in Red Lacquer – It looks like a bright red, but it is actually pretty sheer. Better for everyday wear, compared to other reds.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 Always Red – Just a classic matte red shade. I don’t get a lot of opportunities to wear red lipstick, but it is just nice to have around just in case.

Marc Jacobs Sheer Lip Gel in Eat Cake – Can we talk about that name? It is so perfect for this shade. It is the nicest rosy pink colour, a perfect nude for me. I have trouble with nude lipsticks since it always washes me out, but this one has the perfect amount of nude and pink for my skin tone.

Mac Lipstick in Lickable – A bright pink, one of my favourite lipsticks to wear during the weekend. The formula is moisturizing since it is a creamsheen finish.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Rose Petal – My everyday work shade, it is a nice rosy mauve shade that is mature and elegant.

Sephora Luster Matte Long-wear Lip Colour in Magenta – This is super long lasting and super bright. I wore this on a night out, and after drinks and dancing it stayed on perfectly. The name pretty much describes it.

Revlon Lip Butter in Macaroon – Another mauve-y plum shade, similar to the bobbi brown lipstick, except not as long lasting and more moisturizing.

Dior Lip Glow – This is one of those magic lip balms that works with *something science-y here* to create a shade unique to you. I like it, it is luxurious feeling and the packaging is super cute (I mean, its Dior), but perhaps not worth the price tag because it is still just a lip balm.

August Beauty Wish List

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush: The ambient lighting products from Hourglass are some of my favourite beauty items ever. I love the bronzer and the finishing powders because they are so luxurious and finely milled, but I have yet to give the blushes a try. The finish of their products are always so beautiful and flawless. I really want to try Dim Infusion and Luminous Flush.

Lorac Pro 2 Palette: I have the Lorac Pro Palette and I love it very much. The quality of the eye-shadow’s are some of the best on the market right now, and I am particularly interested in the shade Jade. I don’t normally wear any shade outside of the brown spectrum, but I think this shade would look lovely as a smokey eye.

Anastasia Brow Wiz: I love this brow product so much that I always need a back up or two of it, but I think I might try a different shade next time. I normally use soft brown, but I think medium brown might be more suitable.

Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick: I have been loving the liquid lipstick trend going on right now. Kat Von D liquid lipstick suddenly appeared in the best seller list on Sephora, and pretty much all over the beauty community on the internet. I want to try outlaw, a-go-go and backstage bambi.

Too Faced Bronzer (Milk Chocolate): Too Faced has a lot of different bronzers on the market, but this one apparently smells like chocolate, and you know chocolate makes anything better.  I have a few bronzers in rotation right now, but I don’t have a good matte bronzer that I can use on a daily basis. Maybe the next time I make a Sephora order I’ll pick this up.

Kat Von D Liquid Liner: I always need more liquid liners. The Kat Von D one uses a brush tip instead of a felt tip, which I prefer since it is more flexible and easier to apply. One of the reasons I don’t like the stila liner is that it has a felt tip brush.

Bronzer vs Contouring

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As any member of the makeup obsessed community would know, contouring has been the new IT thing for the longest time. However, outside of the small circle of beauty addicts online and in real life, a lot of people don’t seem to know the difference between contouring and bronzing.Both methods just use a darker shade of something under the blush area, right???

Wrong.

Bronzer focuses on warming up the skin so they tend to have a bit more warmth to them. Contouring is supposed to give your face more dimensions, which is why contouring products tend to be grey toned since it is supposed to mimic a shadow effect. Some bronzers contain shimmer to really give you that sun kissed look, but you should never ever use a shimmery product for contouring because the shimmer will reflect the light, which kinda defeats the purpose of making it look shadowy.

Bronzer can be applied around the face with a fluffy brush, from the temples to under the cheekbones, and then down to the chin in a “3” motion. It is meant to bring warmth and colour to the face, which is why a lot of bronzers lean towards a orange / gold tone.

Contouring is mainly applied under the jaw with a more precise brush right underneath the cheek bones in a diagonal line, stopping when it lines up to the iris of your eyes, and down the sides and bridge of your nose. Basically, you want create a shadow illusion by shading in the areas you want to appear slimmer. Contour is meant to sculpt your face, while bronzer warms up your complexion.

Recommended bronzers: Nars Laguna (contains shimmer), Hourglass ambient lighting bronzers (also has shimmer), Benefit Hoola (Leans grey, so can be used as a contour)

Recommended contour: Sleek contour kit, Anastasia contour kit, Mac mineralized skin finish natural (2-3 shades darker than your natural skin tone)

Prepare to see my amazing art on paint….

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Isn’t it amazing?

Perfect Palette Tag

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I love eyeshadow palettes, and I probably own more neutral eyeshadow palettes than I will ever need in my life. With so many options, it is hard to pick a favourite, but I narrowed them down to do the perfect palette tag.

  1. Best Packaging – Urban Decay Naked 3 – I love the rose gold wavy packaging on the naked 3 palette. It is in a tin case with a snap closure, which makes it great to travel with since it won’t just randomly open like a magnetic closure.

  2. Best Color Payoff – Lorac Pro – Especially the shimmer shades. The lorac shadows are the definition of pigmented and buttery. The matte shades can be a bit chalky sometimes, but it is still creamy and extremely pigmented.

  3. Most Versatile – Lorac Pro – It has wide range of 16 shades, with 8 matte and 8 shimmer shades. There is just such a range of colours for so many different looks.

  4. Best for Traveling – Urban Decay Naked Basics – A tiny palette, smaller than my phone. The packaging is sturdy and the shadows are great for an everyday look, to a darker smokier look. The only thing missing in this palette i feel is a sparkly shade.

  5. Biggest Regret – Too Faced Smoky Eye Palette – I only use 3/9 shadows in this palette since I don’t wear grey or purple tones so it was kind of a wasted purchase. The formula is very nice, like all of the Too Faced shadows, but the colours just weren’t for me.

  6. Best Colour Names – Too Faced Chocolate Bar – With names like salted caramel and milk chocolate, it is easy to see why this would be my favourite when it comes to colour names.

  7. Least Used – Naked palette. I know, I know, how could I? I love this palette, I just don’t reach for it as often as I should, considering how much I like it.

  8. Most Used, Most Loved, Desert Island – Too Faced Natural Eye Palette – This is the palette I reach for the most. It is small and convenient, with pretty colours that can great a range of looks.

Review // Lorac Pro Palette

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One of my favorite palettes ever is the lorac pro palette. It comes with 16 shades and 8.8g (.32 Oz) of eyeshadow. It also comes with a 5.5g (.19 Oz) mini eyeshadow primer. It is 42USD I believe, and I got it from beauty.com, since Sephora no longer stock Lorac. I used YouShop to ship it to New Zealand.

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The quality of the eyeshadows are amazing. I know everyone uses buttery to describe the naked palettes, but the Lorac Pro palette, especially the bottom row, is the definition of buttery. The matte shades can be quite chalky, especially the lighter shades, but it is the shimmery shades that really shine in this palette.

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Top row: White, Cream, Taupe, Light Pink, Mauve, Sable, Espresso and Black

Bottom row: Nude, Champagne, Gold, Light Bronze, Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple and Slate.

Favourite shades: Espresso, champagne, gold, pewter and garnet

Least favourite shades: Light pink, white

A few of the lighter shades don’t seem to show up in the swatches. Perhaps it was because of my phone camera.

Overall I prefer this palette over the naked palette. Both palettes are amazing, but I think this one is just a bit better, especially since it comes with more matte shades. However, this palette comes with less product, despite having more shades, so if you use this everyday you’ll probably hit pan really quickly.

MAC lipstick collection

I have been collecting MAC lipsticks since 2012 or so. My first lipstick was Angel, which turned out to be pretty terrible looking on me. Now I have 10 MAC lipsticks.

Most of my lipsticks are creamsheen or amplified formulas. MAC has a tonne of different formulas and lipsticks, but these are just the ones that I own and like (mostly).

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Impassioned, VG Miley, Girl about Town, Lickable, Pink Pearl Pop, Sunny Seoul, Costa Chic, VG Rihanna, Angel, Syrup

Impassioned (Amplified) – A bright pink with orange undertones. I love wearing this during the warmer months. The formula lasts a good few hours, but it is slightly drying after a while.

Viva Glam Miley (Amplified) – Another bright pink with more of a blue undertone. It is a bit darker than impassioned.

Girl about town (Amplified) – A bright pink that leans towards magenta. It has cool undertones, and is also long lasting like the other amplified lipsticks.

Lickable (Creamsheen) – A shade similar to Girl About Town, however it is more moisturizing since it is a creamsheen formula.

Pink pearl pop (Creamsheen) – Somewhere in-between barbie pink and hot pink. Came in the same permanent collection with Sunny Seoul.

Sunny Seoul (Creamsheen) – A coral pink shade that is perfect for spring. I use to wear this a lot during the day.

Costa Chic (Frost) – A coral colour that would look great with a tan. This shade slightly washes out my complexion, and it is something that I can only get away with wearing during summer or when I apply a lot of bronzer.

Viva Glam Rihanna (Frost) – A darker red shade perfect for a night out. Comes in a red velvet-y packaging.

Angel (Frost) – Light baby pink that does no suit my skintone. It doesn’t have that frosty finish that a lot of the other frost shades have. It also washes me out, unfortunately.

Syrup (Lustre) – A light mauve shade perfect for autumn and for work.

All these shades are permanent.

Favourites: Impassioned, Syrup, VG Rihanna

Not so favourites: Angel, Costa Chic

[Review] Too Faced Natural Eye Palette

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There is just something about palettes that I love. Maybe it is the fact that all the colours look so pretty together, maybe it is because of the packaging. I much prefer buying palettes compared to buying single eye shadows. In fact, I only own one single eye shadow. I know, I know, that is how much I love palettes.

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Out of all the palettes on the market, I gravitate towards the neutral palettes because I do not like to wear colour on my eyes on a daily basis. There are a lot of good ones out there, including the naked palette and the lorac pro palette.

Too faced makes a lot of good palettes as well, such as the natural eye palette. The packaging for the palette has become sleeker compared to their old cardboard packaging. The closure is still magnetic, but I would have much preferred a snap closure since the magnet isn’t that strong and I don’t want my palette opening in my bag or luggage. Other than that, it is made of tin and super cute.

There are 3 larger shades with 2.0 g / 0.07 Oz. each, and 6 smaller shades with 0.9 g / 0.03 Oz. each. The palette is $36 usd on Sephora or $53.80 aud on BeautyBay.

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The shades in this palette lean more towards the warmer side, especially the last row. The first row is completely matte, as well as the shade nudie in the last row. Nudie and Cashmere Bunny make great transition / crease shades, while Sexpresso would make a great liner shade.

The texture is soft and fine. Apart from Heaven, they all offer great pigmentation. With eye primer, they last a good 10 hours on my lids without creasing or fading. The glitter in Chocolate Martini and Erotica are quite chunky, but nothing super noticeable.

My favorite shade is probably Honey Pot or Push-Up. I love to wear it all over the lids, and then with a bit of contour in the crease and a darker shade in the outer edges. Silk Teddy is also a great shade on days where I just want something really subtle on the lids.

Overall, it is a great palette for beginners or those that want to expand their collections. Super cute packaging and good quality shadows. Great versatile palette that can be used for a day at work, to a night out in town.

 

 

 

May Favorites

What?? It is already almost June??

The weather got significantly colder in May here in the corner of the earth. It is almost winter,  time to bring out the big coats and gloves. This month I had heaps of new favorites, and some old classics.

MayFavsCelebrated Blush, Hourglass Bronzer, Argan Oil, UD Primer, Brow Wiz, Watch, Dollywink, Colourpop, Primer, Sheer Glow

Danial Wellington Classic Winchester Lady watch: A classy minimalistic watch that is so perfect for everyday. A lot of people like the leather strap, but I really like the look of the Nato Strap, especially with the pop of pink.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer – Luminous Light: The Hourglass ambient powders are highly rated amongst the make up community, so when Hourglass announced the new bronzers, I was one of the many people that were extremely excited. I got the lighter of the two shades, but I wish they had bought out more shades because it is such a great product. While it does contain a slight shimmer, it will not make your face resemble a disco-ball x oompa loompa. It is a very subtle glowly bronzer that perks up the face and gives it a bit more dimension.

Tarte Celebrated Blush: A lovely pink blush that gives the cheeks a slight touch of colour. This blush isn’t as hard in texture compared to most of the other tarte blushes. It also isn’t as pigmented, so it is defiantly more suitable for people with a lighter skin tone.

Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner: A long time favorite of mine, a product that I have been using since my university days. It is so easy to work with since it has a brush tip instead of a felt tip, so it is more flexible and doesn’t tug or jump on the lids. The formula is really nice and long lasting. It can be purchased from most places in Asia, and online from Sasa or Yesstyle.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer: On days when you just need your foundation to last for hours and hours, a primer is extremely important. I got a sample of it at a New Years eve party, and have been using it recently. It really makes the foundation last throughout the day without fading.

Nars Sheer Glow – Deauville: A great foundation for the colder months. It is moisturizing, but not super glowly on the skin, unlike what the name suggests. It has a great shade range, and overall a really good all-rounder foundation suitable for different skin-types.

Urban Decay Primer Potion Original: Eyeshadow smudging is the worst, so an eye primer is always an essential part of a makeup routine. This product is a cult favorite, and it is easy to see why. It amplifies the shadow intensity, while leaving things crease free throughout the day.

Colourpop Eyeshadow – LaLa: A pinky bronze shade that is good for all over the lid on days when you just don’t feel like blending. Add a bit of eyeliner and mascara, and you’re good to go. The texture for this product is really weird, kinda like a cream but not really a cream. For five usd, this product is a great deal considering how great the quality is and the amount of product in it.

Anastasia Brow Wiz – Soft Brown: If there is one thing I always need to do, it is filling in my brows. This pencil is very precise and fills in the brows naturally.

Josie Maran Argon Oil: Because it is getting colder, my skin becomes flaky and dry. This product helps bring back the moisture into the skin while smoothing out the dry patches. It can also be mixed with foundation for a more dewy finish.

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Honorable mention: The Secret Garden Inky coloring book. There is something about sitting down with a coloring  book that brings back so many childhood memories. The illustrations are so pretty and detailed. It is extremely calming to sit there coloring while you let all the other thoughts cluttered in your mind slowly fade away.