Oct 17, 2018

Skincare Empties

I have not done a monthly empties for so long. I have switched up a few products in my morning and night time skincare routine and will share with you guys very soon.

secret key essence


Have been using this cleansing oil as part of my night time routine for years. I have tried many brands and this one suits my skin the best. It doesn't break me out and it does a decent job in removing my makeup. For stubborn waterproof mascara, I still have to use my Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover to wipe off before I use this oil. I used to get this from Sephora but for the past couple of months, I kept seeing this in my local Winners(TJMaxx/Marshall in U.S) in deep discounts and I picked up a few as backups.


This has been my morning eye cream for a while. This one does a very good job in moisturizing and depuffing. It has a salmon-pink creamy texture which helps with dark circles. 

La Roche Posay Anthelios has been my holy grail facial sunscreen for years. I apply sunscreen every single day, rain or shine. 


A new discovery of Korean skincare brand for me. I got this from Yesstyle.com and once in a while, they have sale on this item. I use this in the morning as part of my 7 skin method. For those of you who don't know about this popular Korean skincare routine is you pick an essence(doesn't contain alcohol so it wouldn't dry out your skin) and layer it 7 times to give your skin the ultimate hydration treatment. I don't necessarily do it 7 times but at least a good 4 times. I use a cotton pad first and put some essence onto it. Wipe my face with it and then start layering essence 3 more times by patting it. I wait a minute or two between each layering so it has some time to absorb into the skin.



When I was first introduced to this pudding cream by Papa Recipe, I wasn't sure if I was going to love it. But after my first jar, I knew it is going to a staple. The texture is very weird. You need a little spatula(which comes with the pudding cream) to scope out a little more than 2 pea-sized amount and apply to face. It is not the most moisturizing day cream but since I use the 7 skin method to deeply hydrate and prep my skin and this one is enough for a day cream. Maybe not in the dry winter months. Honey has a lot of benefits to skin and after my first jar, I stopped using it and I noticed my skin was acting up much more. So I quickly repurchased another jar and started using it again and my skin condition improved almost instantly.




Sep 30, 2018

Too Faced Sweet Smell of Christmas Matte Liquified Lipstick Set

Halloween is not even here and holiday gift sets are starting to roll out already. I love Christmas gift sets as they are deluxe-sized and it is a great way to try different products and honestly, how often do you ever finish a full-sized product?





4 deluxe-sized liquid lipsticks

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Lipsticks have been my holy grail liquid lipstick. The formula is excellent. Lasting power is long and do not dry out my lips. Check out my previous blog post about my obsession. 

When I found out Too Faced is launching their holiday collection with this set, I was so excited. I picked mine up from Sephora for CAD $32.

Too faced sweet smell of Christmas lipstick swatches

4 shades ranging a nude pink to bright red

too faced sweet smell of Christmas lipstick set
Sugar Cookie

Too Faced Sweet Smell of Christmas Lipstick Set
Hot Buttered Rum

Too Faced Sweet Smell of Christmas
Pumpkin Spice

Too Faced Cinnamon Bear

Cinnamon Bear

These cute deluxe sized lipsticks not only have great color pay-off and pigmentation, they smell amazing. Each lipstick smell exactly like what the name suggests. I am not a big fan of pumpkin spice latte (unlike everybody else on this planet!!) but I enjoy the scent of pumpkin spice on my lipstick. If you are sensitive to scents, you don't really have to worry much as you can only smell it when you apply and the scent doesn't linger on too long.

Too Faced has launched their Christmas holiday collection.





I am still contemplating on whether to get this shade in Gingerbread Girl. It looks a bit brownish on the website and I have quite a few similar shades in my collection. They also have the Gingerbread Man on the Too Faced website from last year. The two shades are quite similar and I prefer the Gingerbread Girl. 

Are you excited about all the holiday gift sets? What will you be picking up?




Sep 26, 2018

Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks found at Winners

I have been watching a lot of TJ Maxx Haul videos on YouTube lately. US TJ Maxx is similar to Winners/Homesense here in Canada. I enjoy shopping at Winners as you never know what you can find in stores. Very often when I have a few things to look for in the store and come out with a whole bunch of other items.


I was at my Winners this morning and found some Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks. There were 4 or 5 shades there and I bought two of them: Ashton and Striped.  They are both CAD $9.99. 

This is my first ABH liquid lipstick. Ashton is a brownish mauve shade with a hint of orange in it, perfect for the fall. Striped is a pale pink shade which I am going to gift to my Mom as she prefer lighter lip shade colors.


This is how Ashton looks on me. In real life, it is a tiny bit darker. As a liquid lipstick, this ABH one is ok for application. As this is a more pigmented darker shade, it takes a bit of practice to apply with the flat doe-foot applicator. It does go on smoothly and it dries to a matte finish. A bit of transfer and not as long lasting as the Too Faced Melted liquid lipsticks and my new holy grail: Kylie Cosmetic liquid lipsticks. 


I have a couple of similar shades in my collection. ABH Ashton is more brown than Kat Von D Lolita 2 but not as vampy as the original Lolita. 

For $9.99, I am happy with my new purchase. Would I get any more from the brand? Probably not. It is not a bad deal at all to get as deep discounted price at Winners though.

Have you scored big at your TJ Maxx or Winners?



Sep 24, 2018

Favorite Rose Pink Makeup Look

Ever since I missed out on the limited-edition Pillow Talk Eyeshadow Palette by Charlotte Tilbury earlier this month, I was so bummed that I couldn't get my hands on the beautiful eyeshadow quad. What did I do? Shop my stash.

Shopping your own stash is a great way to decide if you really need the new products in the market. More likely, you would find similar shades in your makeup collection. 

I like more neutral eye look as I can only carry more natural shades. Mostly neutral shades like earth tones fit me the best but I would like to switch things up once in a while and a rosy pink tone is my second favorite.


The pillow talk eyeshadow quad has 2 matte and 2 shimmery shades. When I try to look for similar shades in my stash, I found the Urban Decay Naked 3 which has a lot of similar shades. But I need some strong shimmery shade and I found a palette which I only used a handful of times: Coastal Scents Beijing palette. To be honest, I can't even remember that I have this in my collection. The shadows are amazingly pigmented and creamy. I use a shimmery peachy pink shade over my lids and use some mauve/pink matte shades from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette on my crease. 

For my face, I use my current favorite cushion from Moonshot. Check out my previous blog post for a review. Since I was shopping my stash, I rediscovered a few blushes that I forgot. Hourglass Diffused Heat is one of them and I love how natural this blush is and it has beautiful highlighting powder within the blush that it creates an amazing natural glow.

I am obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury's pillow talk lipstick and as pretty as the shade is, I don't want to ditch out another $27 for a lip liner. I found Annabelle Demure lip liner which is very similar to the Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk. 

Do you shop your stash to re-discover forgotten products?


Sep 21, 2018

Moonshot Micro Setting Fit Cushion Review

Ever since I became a big fan of KPop king, G-Dragon, I am more drawn to Korean makeup and skin care. I have raved many times about one of my holy grail sheet masks, GD Shining Mask, from the brand, MoonShot. Many times when celebrities put their names on their products, I have always been skeptical about how good the products are. That sheet mask really changed my view on those and I have decided to try more products from the brand.



Let's talk about the packaging. Moonshot has a few cushion foundations and each packaging is different. G-Dragon's black, BlackPink(an all-girl Kpop group)is Beige. This one is named after Blackpink's member, Lisa and the cover of the cushion is a holographic glitter top. Very pretty.


The puff it comes with has a pointy top, making it easier to apply cushion on the inner corners of the eyes and around the nose.


Shade 201

This cushion comes in only 3 shades: 101, 201 and 301. I picked 201 which is a light beige.



In comparison with shades, Moonshot Micro Setting 201 is in between IOPE XP C23 and Hera #23. 

For coverage, Moonshot Micro Setting Cushion has a light to medium coverage. The application is quite smooth and with the pointy puff, it makes the application much easier around the eyes and nose. The finish is not as dewy as my other Korean cushion foundation. I have oily combo skin, leaning towards drier skin now, this cushion is very good. I don't need to set the cushion with a setting powder to keep my t-zone matte throughout the day. But if you have dry skin, I am not sure if this one would be the right choice for you as it can cling onto dry patches.

The lasting power for this cushion is quite good. I tried it out yesterday going to the gym. It holds up quite good with excessive sweating on my face. I didn't notice transfer of cushion onto my towel. After gym, I had to reapply just by dabbing on top of my cheeks and I can go on with my day. I did notice after re-application that the cushion did cling onto blemishes. 

I got mine from YesStyle when they had a flash sale. Price is around CAD $25-38 on average. It does not come with a refill so I would say the price is a bit high for just one cushion. 

Moonshot Micro Setting Fit Cushion is a good cushion to try if you:
  • have normal to oily skin
  • are not into dewy skin
  • don't want to set your cushion with setting powder
  • have fair to medium skin tone
  • want buildable coverage 
  • like lightweight, non-greasy finish
  • have relatively good skin with few blemishes


Overall, I am quite impressed with Moonshot Micro Setting Fit Cushion. It is perfect for summer and warmer days into the fall. It is lightweight and it doesn't feel greasy or " I need to take off my makeup" feel at the end of the day. It is good for my oily combo skin but I might have to moisturize my skin good to use before applying this in the dry winter months. 





Sep 18, 2018

First Online Order w/ Beauty by Shoppers Drug Mart

I have been shopping at Shoppers Drug Mart for a long time. It is similar to CVS in the US. Drug store, makeup and groceries. They have a very good loyalty reward program. Used to be much better but still good now as they are with the mother company of one of Canada's biggest grocery chain, Loblaws so I can redeem my points buying groceries.

Shoppers Drug Mart has revamped its beauty online store a while back but this is my first online order with them.


I placed my order on the weekend and it took 2 business days for my order to arrive. Very happy.


I usually get my GlamGlow SuperMud from Sephora. But I am down to my 1/8 jar and I don't think I can wait until their VIB Sale next month. I was just browsing the Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique website and pleasantly surprised that they carry GlamGlow. I got SuperMud Clearing Treatment and my regular La Roche Posay Anthelios face sunscreen. It was 20X points so I thought why not.


What I didn't realize was I was gifted a huge bag of products with my first online order.



I am overjoyed with all these. I couldn't believe it. Pixi Glow Tonic, Garnier Micellar Water, Cake Dry shampoo, Loreal lipstick etc.

With the 20x points, I received over 30,000 points which equals to $30 on a regular redemption day(it would be more if I redeem on a bonus redemption day). 

Beauty by Shoppers Drug Mart is now carrying drug store makeup online as well, not just high end brands. It makes life easier as sometimes I would like to get the drug store brand but not all stores carry that brand or the shades I want. I can now just hop online and get my products instead of driving to 5 different stores to hunt for them.



Sep 15, 2018

Sephora Rouge Event Sep 2018

Just came back from my Sephora Rouge Event. Not very exciting to be honest. I wanted to check out Holiday gift sets and Charlotte Tilbury products but the store I went to didn't have a lot on display. Maybe if it is a bigger store, they would have more selection.


Charlotte Tilbury display

I was told that the store I went to will not carry Charlotte Tilbury so whatever they couldn't sell, they would send those back. I was only able to grab a pillow talk lipstick. Very disappointed that I couldn't even get the lip cheat(lip liner). Will have to order online, I guess.


Refreshments

Very nice selection of refreshments, including pastries from Tim Horton's.




Bite Beauty 4 little Bites Amuse Bouche Lipstick Set


Too Faced Dream Queen Limited Edition Make Up Collection



Beauty Blender Sweet Surprise Mystery Bag






Gift bag with samples