Feb 19, 2017

February Favorites


My favorites this month include a few new loves I discovered. 

Hera UV Mist Cushion is definitely my new favorite cushion foundation. Coverage is a little bit better than the IOPE one and much more hydrating, perfect for the cold winter months. Not sure if I would wear it throughout the summer though.

Another Korean brand favorite is Chosungah 22 Raybeam highlighter. I have other highlighters but always go back to this one. It is a pink shade which gives my cheeks a very subtle highlighting effect. 

Ever since I got the highly-raved Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, I have been using it every single day. Coverage is great and doesn't budge if you set it with setting powder. Perfect to conceal blemishes and don't have to worry about it moving around throughout the day.

I got the Bite Beauty Multistick in Almond as a deluxe sample from Sephora. I have swatched a few different shades in store but not too impressed with them. I find them quite dry. But I guess it is drying out since it is a tester product. I got the shade Almond and I really love the lasting power of this. Also, it is great to carry in my bag as I can touch up as a lipstick as well as a blush.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Papa Don't Peach Blush has been my go-to blush for the past couple of months. You would think it is such an ordinary, nothing special peach shade. But it is very flattering on the cheeks. 

Last one is Lush Snow Fairy Body Conditioner. I got it from the annual sale from Lush on Boxing Day. I love Snow Fairy scent and this body conditioner is perfect to apply as a hand cream as well as a body lotion. Very moisturizing and save my hands from being cracked. 

Have you tried any of these products? What are your favorites this month?

Feb 13, 2017

Bag Shopping

I have been good in limiting myself from buying new makeup products. But my obsession of shopping made a turn in hunting for new handbags. 

Have to admit there are a lot of good sales on after the holidays and it is hard to resist.


Michael Kors Selma Medium in Cinder
Michael Kors Mercer Medium Duffel in Cinder

Michaelkors.ca had a great sale two weeks ago and prices have since gone back up. I hate retailer who do that. If they go on sale, the sale price should stay like that unless for further reductions.


Selma medium is a classic at Michal Kors and each season, they come out with new colors and I picked Cinder which is a brownish taupe color which matches everything. 


Mercer Duffel bag didn't grab my attention when I was browsing. It looks like my Louis Vuitton Speedy bag. But when I received my order, I fell in love with it more. The leather is very soft and durable. I am quite clumsy in handling my bags and often scratch the leather. This won't be the case.

Both bags come with long adjustable straps which I attach them at all times. When I go shopping and need both hands, it is so handy to have straps to wear on shoulders. 


Picked this bag up from Browns Shoes. I saw this in store a while back and I don't have a lot of blue bags. I picked this one up to bring to work as I haul a lot and this one is big and roomy. Comes with same-colored zipped up pouch so I can put my wallet and keys in there. 

After these few bags, I think I am good for a while for bags. I am the type who hate to switch up bags every day and usually use the same bag for weeks before switching them up. Do you switch up bags daily?

Feb 1, 2017

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer

If you watch enough YouTube videos and heard about all these beauty gurus raving about one particular concealer, you would too want to see what the hype is all about.

Yes, it is the Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer.


I was late in jumping in the bandwagon is this concealer is exclusive to Tarte Cosmetics website and Ulta(which unfortunately does not ship to Canada). Shipping fee at Tarte Cosmetics is not too "Canadian-friendly" unless orders are over $75.  But I finally bite the bullet and ordered two shades.


Left: Light Medium
Right: Light Neutral

This concealer comes in 14 different shades. I picked two shades: Light Medium and Light Neutral. Light Medium is for my overall concealer and Light Neutral is a bit brighter so I would use that for my undereye area.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer comes in a tube with a giant doe foot applicator. Texture is extremely creamy and if you slap on the applicator, it would be way too much product. You only need a tiny bit for full coverage of blemishes. I have tried a lot of concealers for blemishes and let met tell you, this is sure the winner. It is so easy to blend and the coverage is full. When you set it with a setting powder, I guarantee you it stays on for the entire day. I have a few blemishes/ dark pigmentation near my nose and I constantly rub and touch my nose, this is the only concealer which doesn't get rubbed off. 

As a concealer for the undereye area, this is quite amazing as well. I have been using the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer for years and has been my holy grail. This is going to be a tough tie with my holy grail. It Cosmetics one is very thick and it is not as easy to blend as Tarte Shape Tape. Both very creamy and does not accentuate fine lines under your eyes. I use a beauty blender to apply for my under eye and for blemishes, I use a small kabuki brush to dab product on. 

Overall, I am super impressed with the concealer and its performance. Con is it is not as readily available here in Canada. Maybe Tarte would start selling this at Sephora.ca.

This is my first time ordering from Tartecosmetics.com. Shipping is not the fastest and it is by Canada Post if you don't opt for Fedex shipping. I did have some issue with my order but customer service is very good and got my issue resolved. 

Have you tried this highly-raved concealer?

Jan 29, 2017

Nov, Dec & Jan Empties





Combining empties from the last couple of months. 

Makeup:
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Covergirl Plumpify Pro Blast Waterproof Mascara

Covergirl Plumplify has been my favorite drug store mascara for a while. But ever since I got the Covergirl So Lashy, that has become my new favorite as I prefer the brush better.


Skincare:
Shiseido White Lucent Eye Cream
IOPE Bio Hydro Cream
Origins United State Toner
Skin Inc. Deep Sea Hydrating Mask
Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm
Fresh Soy Cleanser
Dermalogica Precleanse
Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover
L'occitane Lip Balm

IOPE Bio Hydro Cream is such a good hydrating day cream. I started using this in the summer and well into fall. The scent is amazing and not sticky. It is perfect for the summer but not so much for the drier months. Will definitely get another one in the summer.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm is my go-to lip balm. I was addicted to the Dior one but not a big fan of the hefty price tag. This one is much more affordable and just as moisturizing. This jar last me a good year and I apply that daily.

Bath & Body:
EO Organic Deodorant
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash



Candles:





Went through a whole bunch of candles over the holiday season. Found my new favorite from Bath and Body Works which is the Peppermint Marshmallow. It is a much more subtle than the Twisted Peppermint which I find too strong now. Another all-time favorite is their Winter Candy Apple. I am glad they bring it back every Christmas.



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Jan 24, 2017

Hera UV Mist Cushion Moisture

I have been using cushion foundation for a few years. I have tried a couple Korean brands and my current one is the IOPE. The coverage is light to medium and it looks very natural on the skin. What I love most is the dewiness of cushion foundation. I have oily combination skin and I like to use it mostly in the cooler months so my skin wouldn't look too greasy.

I am almost out of my IOPE one and it is time to try a new one.



I have only tried a lipstick from Hera and quite impressed with it. So I picked their new version of mist cushion which claims to provide extra moisture and deep-hydration. Winter would be perfect time to try this out.


No. 23 Beige

It is your typical package for cushion foundation. Embossed with Hera in the middle of the pan. It looks quite dark in the pan but when you swatch it, it is much lighter.



To show the coverage, below is the picture of a mold on my arm.


Here is the coverage of just one light swatch. It does not cover the mold completely. So I would say this is medium coverage.



Left: Hera in No. 23 Beige
Right: IOPE Air Cushion XP Cover in 23

Both IOPE and Hera are under the same umbrella of company, Amore Pacific, so the shades are quite similar.


Left: Hera 
Right: IOPE

Comparing the two, the coverage of HERA is slightly better. It is much more moisturizing and dewy. One major difference is the strong fragrant scent for HERA. If you are very sensitive to scent in your foundation, you may not like this.  It does linger on the skin throughout the day. For my review on the IOPE one, you can read my review on IOPE here


I find both IOPE and Hera very similar. The wear time for me in the winter is about 4 or 5 hours. Since Hera is more hydrating, I find it a bit sticky after a few hours. Not to a point where I feel the need to blot.  I think Hera would be more suitable for normal to dry skin. However, this new version claims to be more deep hydrating than the regular version. So maybe in the summer time when I am finished with this, I would try the regular version.

Pricewise, Hera is a bit more pricier. Both IOPE and Hera cushion come with one refill. Depending on where you are getting it, price is around CAD $50. My IOPE one last me a while. Whenever it feels drier in the pan, I flip the cushion to the other side and can use it for another few weeks.

Have you tried any cushion foundation?

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.