Jan 17, 2017

Skin Inc. Serum Set

I have been using Skin Inc. serum for a few months and happy with the results. I got the My Mask Cocktail Kit during the Sephora VIB sale in the fall and it is an excellent way to try out different serums in deluxe sample sizes before jumping onboard for full-sized ones as the serum is not cheap.




I got the custom blended serum set which includes 3 serums of your choice and an empty bottle so you could blend the serum. But I personally prefer to use the dropper and dispense a few drops of serum in addition to my moisturizer or Skin Inc. hydrating mask. 


I picked the Collagen, Licorice and Coenzyme Q10 serum from a choice of 9 different ones. I have tried both Collagen and Licorice which I love. Collagen serum helps with adding elasticity and firmness to your skin. Also helps with fine lines and wrinkles. Licorice serum really helps with calming irritated skin and dryness. Whenever my skin is acting up, I put a few drops of licorice serum together with my night moisturizer and the next day when I wake up, the redness is gone and calm. Coenzyme Q10 energizes and renew. So I am guessing it would perform similarly to the Collagen one.

The custom blended set is CAD $112. I was going to get just the one serum at $58 so with 3 serum at that price, it is a good deal to get the set. Skin care products are so expensive and I highly recommend to try out samples before going out and buy the full-sized ones. You really need to try out the products consistently for at least a week or two to know if they work for your skin or not. 

Have you tried any product from Skin Inc.?


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Jan 13, 2017

First Purchase from TooFaced.com

Ever since I got my Too Faced Chocolate Chip palette last month, I have been so impressed by their eyeshadow pigmentation, and also the delicious chocolate scent. I still have my eyes set on their limited edition matte chocolate chip palette exclusive to TooFaced.com.



I caught an awesome deal after Christmas when TooFaced.com offered 40% off their website as an apology to their customers at the launch of their Sweet Peach Collection(a lot of people placed their orders for a long time and still haven't received their orders.) Also found a free shipping code which makes the deal even sweeter. This is my first time placing an order with TooFaced.com and even though I read so many negative reviews about their recent purchases on their website, I am very happy with my experience with them and will definitely buy from them again. At the time I placed my order, I knew that TooFaced.com would be closed first week of January for inventory and orders would be shipped afterwards. I got my order via BorderFree in 10 business days(including their closed week) so not bad at all.

I decided to pick up 2 limited edition eyeshadow palettes which are not available at Sephora.ca.








Matte Chocolate Chip(left)
Original Chocolate Bar(right)

I have been using the Chocolate Bar palette for the whole month and loving it. This is how it compares to the Matte Chocolate Chip in size. It is about half the size and much more travel-friendly. 

So excited to try my new palettes out.


Jan 6, 2017

Sephora 2017 Tarte Birthday Gift Set


Sephora has new birthday sets for 2017. Here is the Tarte blush and lip paint set. I love their Amazonian clay blush and the shade is an exclusive shade called Paaarty.

sephora 2017 birthday

Paaarty is a pink shade with a hint of light lavender which is matte with no shimmers. This shade would look great in a lot of skin tones. Very natural and flattering. 

The lip paint is in the shade Birthday Suit which is a very light nude pink which I can only wear it with some darker lip liner applied first so I wouldn't look totally washed-out. I have tried a deluxe sample of the Tarte lip paint in Namaste which is also a very nude shade. The formula is a bit streaky but not drying.

Overall, very happy with this set. I think it is one of the best sets from Sephora in recent years.

There is also a Caudalie skin care set and a Jack Black Moisturizer/cleanser set which is only available on Sephora.com. 



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Dec 31, 2016

Too Faced Sweet Peach Papa Don't Peach Blush

I have been resisting hard not to get anything from Peach Collection from Too Faced. I am at Sephora  doing an exchange and walked past the new arrivals display and of course saw the Peach Palette. I didn't see any Sweet Peach Papa Don't Peach Blush so I asked one of the sales associate who is super nice and told me they have some at the back but since they haven't received the tester yet and cannot bring the blush on display. She brought the trio palette to show me which I don't think the blush would show up much on my skin tone. 


When I saw the blush, I knew I had to get it right away. It is a warmer pink which I know would suit my skin tone much better. The scent of peaches is quite nice and not too overpowering. From the pan, it looks there is a bit of shimmer but when applied on cheeks, it is quite subtle.




Even though the swatch on my arm is not as pigmented as I would like, I like that I can build up the color. It is more peach than coral pink which I was hesitated to get earlier online thinking it might be too similar to Benefit Coralista which I have already. But this is much warmer.

Have you picked up anything from the new Too Faced Peach Collection?

Wishing all of you a very happy and healthy 2017! Happy New year!

Dec 21, 2016

Hera Rouge Holic 147 Supreme Pink

If you are a big fan of the beautiful Korean actress Jun Ji Hyun, you would have been addicted to her latest drama Legend of the Blue Sea. Besides the unique story line and Jun Ji Hyun's clothes from the latest fashion runway, one thing you cannot ignore is what lipstick she is wearing.

As Hera's spokesperson, not surprised that Jun Ji Hyun is wearing the famous Rouge Holic No.147 Supreme Pink shade in the drama. 

I have been recently been obsessed with bright pink lip shades and of course I have to grab one.

Hera 147

This is my first product from the brand Hera. I got mine from StyleKorean.com. I tried to get this from ebay sellers in Korea but this popular shade is sold out pretty much everywhere. Happy to report that my first purchase from StyleKorean has been an extremely successful one. Not only the price is much cheaper than any ebay sellers but also the shipping time is super fast. It only took 10 business days for my order to arrive.



147 Supreme Pink is exactly as the name suggests, very vibrant and pink. The formula is very moisturizing and opaque. For vibrant shades like this, I would much rather prefer a sheen/satin finish than a matte finish.




Compared to MUFE C208 Magenta Pink and Clio Pinkvely, Hera Rouge Holic 147 is not as neon-pink as the other two. It has a slight coral pink tone to it.


This is how it looks on my lips, lightly-dabbed and blended with my fingers.

Fully-applied.


on Jun Ji Hyun

I really enjoy the formula of the Hera Rouge Holic lipstick especially in the cold dry winter months, it is very forgiving and won't show cracks on dry lips. This also leaves a slight tint on lips after application so it lasts longer even after drinking and eating.


Dec 16, 2016

2016 Favorites


I have tried a whole bunch of new beauty products this year. Some fails and some gems. I have been trying to branch out to get out of my comfort zone, especially lip products. Happy to discover some beautiful wine berry lip shades which I adore immensely.

Lip Products:
  1. Clio Virgin Kiss Tension Lip in Pinkvely 
  2. Labiotte Wine Fitting Lipstick in RD01
  3. ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Wink
I tried a few new Korean makeup brands this year and so happy to discover new favorites. Clio Virgin Kiss Tension Lip in Pinkvely is a hot pink shade(see my post for swatch and review) which is a hot pink shade. I used to stay away from bold hot pink shades but thought why not. To my surprise, I like it a lot and especially this formula. I don't like matte lipsticks and with bolder lip shades, a good moisturized formula is the way to go. 

Another lip product I am obsessed with is the Labiotte Wine Lipstick in RD01 (see my post). Wine berry shade is my new go-to. You would think that is too bold to wear during the day but how I apply this is to dab the lipstick on gently and then use my finger to smudge it out a bit to give a more natural and subtle look. With dabbing and pressing the product onto the lips, plus the tinting effect of this lipstick, this stays on the lips for the majority of the day.

Third one is the ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Wink. I just got it this month and have been loving it. No wonder why ColourPop get so much hype. So affordable and the quality is phenomenal. For us Canadians, just watch out for free international shipping promo from time to time to catch a good deal.

Face Makeup:
  1. MUFE HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation
  2. Burberry Cameo Blush
  3. RMS Magic Luminizer
MUFE HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation is my first stick foundation and oh my, this is my holy grail. I have always thought stick foundation is drying, cakey and unnatural. But this one has changed my view completely. This is medium to full coverage but yet it still looks like skin. It gives the coverage I want and still look natural. 

Got this Burberry Cameo Blush in the Burberry Beauty Box 2016. This is a mini size but this will last me a long time. This is a very natural pink shade which is perfect for my minimal makeup look.

RMS Magic Luminizer is a very subtle cream highlighter. This is especially great for winter time when your skin is a bit dry and dull. It gives your skin some life. I dab it on my cheek bones and the inner corners of my eyes.

Eye Makeup:
  1. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
  2. Surratt Eyelash Curler
I am so late in the game of getting the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. I was going to get their limited edition chocolate chip palette but since it is only exclusive to TooFaced.com and the shipping and duties are kind of crazy, I opted for the Original Chocolate Bar Palette. So glad that I picked this up and not only the chocolate scent is amazing, the pigmentation of these shadows is something else. So buttery and effortless to blend. 

I have been a loyal user of the Shu Uemura eyelash curler for years and years. But this year, I have switched up to Surratt Eyelash Curler. This fits better for my eye shape and doesn't pinch the skin or yank out lashes. 


Concealer:
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealer

My holy grail is the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer for years. This year, they introduced a new one with illuminating properties. Instead of applying the regular one and then apply an eye brightener concealer, this is a two-in-one.


Skin Products
  1. Skin Inc. Hydrating Mask
  2. Skin Inc. Licorice Serum
  3. Skin Inc. Collagen Serum
  4. Sunday Riley Good Genes
I got the Skin Inc. My Mask Cocktail Kit a couple of months ago. The hydrating mask is amazing. If you don't like overnight mask which is sticky, this one is for you. It is surprisingly hydrating and you would wake up in the morning with glowing skin. I bought the set with a few serum and these two: Licorice and Collagen help my skin so much. 

Sunday Riley Good Genes is another skin product which helps my skin. When it comes to skin products, I don't have a lot of patience in using the product for a few months to see the slightest result. Good Genes gives me results after  probably 4 or 5 days of use. It is very expensive and I highly recommend to try out a sample first before buying the full-sized one. It is an acid-lactic treatment which scares me at first. I have never used such treatment before and even though I don't have super sensitive skin, I was a bit skeptical. But this is gentle enough. How I use this is apply this on a cleaned face at night. After it gets fully-absorbed(after 10 mins), I would apply my usual face oil/serum and then my night cream. I have tried using oil first and then apply Good Genes and that does nothing for me. So the order of how you use this is very crucial.


Candle:
Bath and Body Works Peppermint Marshmallow 3-wick Candle

I love anything peppermint and I used to love the Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint but find it a bit strong. I discovered the Peppermint Marshmallow last month and it is a perfect mixture between the Fireside Marshmallow and Twisted Peppermint. After I finished my first one, I quickly stock up a few of these. 

Have you discovered some new gems this year?



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Dec 9, 2016

Sephora Haul

You would think after the Sephora VIB sale last month, I would be all "shopped out" from Sephora. NOPE. Still buying and it has no sign of slowing down.

If you are a Sephora VIB/Rouge member, you would get a gift card of $15/20/25 off your purchase of $50, depending on your status. I got $25 off and of course I had to take advantage of that. I started off by looking through my "love" list and decided which I was going to buy. One thing led to another and I ended up getting more than I needed.


My original plan was to get the Too Faced White Chocolate Chip palette. I have always wanted to get the original Chocolate Bar palette. Toofaced.com has a limited edition of Chocolate Chip palette but the shipping and duties to Canada defeat the purpose of getting a cheaper palette. So I turned to Sephora to look for the White Chocolate Chip palette. But after reading all the reviews and swatches, I have decided not to get it as the shades are very light and would work for lighter skin tones only. 


So I got the Original Chocolate Bar palette since it has all the shades the limited edition has. The scent of chocolate is so soothing. Yes, I am a chocoholic. I had the Too Faced Chocolate Solei bronzer for 2 years and the chocolate scent is still strong.



I love Buxom lippies and this set is on sale from Cad $42 to 32. I believe this set is from the summer . 



I have read reviews about how good the Living Proof Dry Shampoo is. Saw this in their sale section. Not much of a sale (from CAD $33 to 29). But just the dry shampoo of that size is $29 alone so getting extra travel-sized shampoo and conditioner is a bonus.



My birthday is coming up so I got my birthday gift. I picked the Marc Jacobs one even though I have the products from previous perks or promos. Sephora current promo is 25minis which you could choose your deluxe sample. I have placed a few orders so I got 2 of the Benefit Good Proof Brow Pencils to try.


The brow pencil has a diamond-shaped tip. I have used this pencil a few times and I find it very easy to use and the unique-shaped tip really help in filling my brows with precision. Glad I got 2 of these.

I also got the Anastasia clear brow gel. This is my second tube and I have had their tinted brow gel but prefer the clear one.



Redeemed 100 perks for this ABH lip gloss in potion. It is a very dark vampy shade but since it is not a liquid lipstick but a lipgloss instead, it is more sheer and it does not look too dark on lips.