[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.

 

[Review] Shu Uemura Porefinist anti-shine cleansing oil

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The Shu Uemura Porefinist cleansing oil is described as ‘An incredibly lightweight cleansing oil that leaves the skin clean, fresh and refined.’ on the Shu Uemura site. Targeted towards people with normal to oily/combination skin, the cleansing oil claims to reduce pores and remove blackheads.

At 67 USD / 640 HKD for 450ml, this product isn’t cheap. However, it is well worth the money. This bottle will last me at least a year. If you travel often, some airports such as Hong Kong international airport always have Shu Uemura cleansing oils at duty free prices. I got mine in a set with another cleansing oil, the green one, for around 1000 HKD.

Cleansing oils works by breaking down the make up, including the eye make up, and then Shu Uemura suggest adding water to the oil to create a slight milky consistency and massaging it into the skin before removing with water or a cloth. I personally just wash off with water.

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A lot of people are wary about using an oil to remove their make up, especially those with oily skin. However, this oil washes off leaving a clean feeling to the skin without an oily layer that a lot of other cleansing oils seem to have. The oil doesn’t strip the skin of it’s natural oils (Stripping the skin of it’s natural oils will cause the skin to produce MORE oil). This particular oil however, might not be suitable to those with a dryer skin type, because it is less moisturizing than other cleansing oils Shu Uemura has to offer.

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The consistency is very watery, with a slight floral scent.

Whether or not it removes blackheads or reduce pores, it is not something I have noticed on myself. I don’t have large pores or many blackheads, I mainly use it to break down my make up and cleanse my face. My skin feels extremely clean after using this cleansing oil, without feeling stripped of oil and moisture in the skin.

After cleansing, I will sometimes go in with another cleanser if I am wearing heavy make up on the day (Also known as double cleansing), or just go straight to a moisturizer.

Overall, I highly recommend this product to those that want to try out cleansing oils. I think Shu Uemura makes the best cleansing oils on the market. They come in 450ml or 150ml.

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