Aug 22, 2016

Burberry Beauty Box

Burberry has a new beauty box this year. Last year was my first year getting one from Sephora and I am so happy about all the products in the box. Check out my blog post from last year. This year, they switched up the lipstick and blush which are shades very neutral and suitable for all skin tones.

Nude Radiance No.01
Cameo Blush No.02
Lip Velvet in Rosewood No.421
Mini Kabuki Brush with velvet pouch

Left: Cameo Blush
Right: Lip Velvet in Rosewood

Rosewood on my lips

Really love these luxury brand beauty box. Excellent way to try out a few products and not break your wallet. 

Aug 17, 2016

What is on my radar

What is on my radar

I admit I have been doing pretty good in controlling my splurges on makeup. Besides my latest obsession with sheet mask and skin care products, I haven't bought any new makeup products. But that does not mean I have lost interest in makeup.  Fall/winter and even holiday collection is gradually coming and I know with the Sephora VIB sale in Oct/Nov, I would be doing major damage on my wallet already. For now, I just have a few things on my radar.

Anything caught your eye lately?

Sephora Collection eyeshadow
125 CAD -

39 CAD -

Sephora Collection lip makeup
36 CAD -

Bite makeup
31 CAD -

Bite lip pencil
18 CAD -

Beauty Box - BURBERRY | Sephora
50 CAD -

Aug 15, 2016

What is on my Repeat Purchase List?

There are so many amazing make up/skin care products in the market and for me to keep repurchasing them says a lot about them. 

When I look through my back up stash in my make up room, these keep popping up. As soon as I am down to a 1/4 empty of that product, I would run out and buy another one.

Boscia  Makeup Breakup Cool Cleaning Oil
I have tried a handful of cleaning oil and this one is by far my favorite. It does an excellent job in removing my makeup, does not irritate my skin and even my eyes(yes I rub them on sometimes to remove my eye makeup). I have tried other cleaning oil but the texture is sometimes too runny or too thick, making it hard to spread out to thoroughly cleanse my face.

I know I can't live without this amazing toner after I forgot to bring it with me on a trip once. I notice my skin is much calmer when I finish my cleansing routine at the end of the day with this. 

La Roche Posay Anthelios Sunscreen
If you have been reading my monthly empties for a while, you wouldn't be surprised to see this on my list. I love this sunscreen. What more can I say?

Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover
Hands down best eye makeup remover, especially if you wear only waterproof mascara like myself.  Does not irritate my eyes and remove eye makeup and mascara beautifully. 

My sister-in-law introduced this awesome Korean foundation to me a year ago and I have been using it every single day. I like the medium coverage and still make my skin look like skin. I use this as a base and if I want more coverage, I would apply some more foundation on top. If you like dewy, glowy skin, you would love this. Only downside to this is it is hard to buy it here in Canada. It is available on the Sephora US website but not the Canadian website, probably due to different SPF restrictions. I always have to get this from a reputable Korean ebay seller.

I started using this setting powder 3 years ago and even though I have purchased a handful of other setting powder throughout the years, this is the one I always go back to. This is perfect to set your makeup, even under eye makeup. This is amazing to minimize pores and does not sink in pores like other ones I have used.

Lioele Auto Brow
Another amazing Korean makeup product I can't live without. It is so affordable(I get this from Korea and it is about CAD $8-10). This is very natural and if you are not very skilled at doing your brows like myself, you would love this. This requires little effort and even if you make a mistake, it is easy to correct. 

What is on your repeat purchase list?

Jul 31, 2016

Obsession With Sheet Masks

When it comes to quick pampering to yourself, what better way to throw a sheet mask on and enjoy a hot bubble bath(skip the hot bath on sizzling hot summer nights :). I have been obsessing over sheet masks lately and hoarded a lot of them to try out.

Unlike makeup products, sheet masks along with skin care products, take a while for the skin to react to see the results. Sheet masks that I picked up in Toronto this time are mostly Korean brands(see my previous post for more sheet mask and skin care haul). They range from $2 to $6 a piece so they are reasonably-priced. There are some which are more than $10 a piece which I don't want to try until I have read very good reviews about them. 

Besides the masks I picked up earlier in the week, these are my latest addition. 

MediHeal Line Friends Aquaring Ampoule Mask
IOPE Bio Essence Facial Mask
Forencos Black Pearl Brightening Silk Mask
MediHeal Line Friends E.G. T. Timetox Ampoule Mask
Animal Mask Sheep

My sister-in-law gave me the two individual masks to try and after I tried both, decided to pick up a box from MediHeal. I picked the Aquaring ones as you can never have enough hydrating masks.

I have tried most of the 7-day masks from Forencos and they are quite good. I don't know if I try on a whole bunch within a short period of time or not, but they are very similar to me. So I just randomly picked out the Black Pearl Brightening ones in a box. Maybe when I space it out a bit and try it a couple of times a week and I will see more dramatic results.

The IOPE Bio Intensive Essence Facial Mask is recommended by the sales associate from Amore. She said her customers buy these in 5 to 10 boxes each time, claiming they are so good. I have been using the Bio Intensive Essence daily and really like what it does to my skin. 

These masks are soaked in the essence and I have tried one already and honestly say I am in love. These are a bit more expensive($30 for 5 masks).  Each package has 2 masks, one for your upper face and one for your lower part of the face. They are extremely thin and how you apply is peel off one side of mesh of the mask, apply to your face and then peel off the other side of the mesh. For a good sheet mask, they feel like second-skin after application and essence get better absorbed into the skin. 

Are you into sheet masks? What are your favorites? 

Jul 26, 2016

Asian Makeup Haul(IOPE, Laneige, Forencos)

Whenever I go home to Toronto to visit my family, I always visit a couple of Asian shopping malls to browse around Asian makeup/skin care products. Especially now with the uncertainty of Canada Post, I don't want to risk buying something overseas and then not getting them for a while if there is a postal strike.

I want to try some new sheet masks to branch out from My Beauty Diary ones.

This is a Taiwanese brand called SexyLook. I have tried this already as I want to test it out and if it is any good, I want to pick a few more boxes up. This one is for hydrating and it is CAD $14.99 for 5 pcs. The price is quite ok for this as the mask is quite thin and it is designed for your neck as well. 

If you are into Korean drama and you would be familiar with this face on these masks. At first, I thought they are for men but they are not. Actor Song Joong Ki is the new face for the brand: Forencos 7 Days Mask has 7 different masks catered to different types of skin.  From detox to hydration, you would find one which suits your skin best. I have tried the tea tree one and it is quite good. 

My IOPE Bio Intensive Essence is down to 1/4 of the bottle down to a 1/4 so I thought I would pick another one up while I am in the city. I have tried a few other brands but they are not as effective so always go back to this one. 

I love my Laneige Two-tone lip bar( I have the #2) and happy to see they have new shades available here. I picked up the shade #11 Juicy Pop. I am glad I went to the store and swatch the new shades as I never thought of getting this shade if I have just browse the shade online. It is quite a vibrant salmon coral shade with a yellow shade. When it is mixed and applied on lips, it is very flattering and this formula is more moisturizing than the old ones.

Love going in store and when they have a good promotion(free gift with $100 purchase at Amore), I got this Laneige water bank kit and a deluxe sample size of water bank gel cream, body wash and a whole bunch of samples.

Will try out my new products soon and come back soon for my thoughts and reviews on these.

Jul 22, 2016

July Empties

Garnier SkinActive Ultra-Lift Miracle Wake-Up Cream
Kiehl's Eye Alert
Murad Renewing Eye Cream
Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant

Finished a few skin care products which I am quite impressed. I don't switch up skin care products too much. I know once your skin is used to certain products, they would stop making an impact. I love trying out deluxe sample sized products before going out to buy the full-sized ones. I have wasted way too much money on barely-used skin care products in the past. 

Dr. Brandt  Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant is an excellent exfoliant. I have used some which are too harsh to use, even once a week. And there are some which barely do anything for me even I use it every second day. This one is right between the middle. I use it every second or third day to exfoliate dead skin cells and find that helps with lightening dark spots. 

A good drug store facial moisturizer is hard to come by. Garnier's SkinActive Ultra Lift Miracle Wake-Up Cream is a very good one. I was sent a full-sized one to try out and so happy about it. It is a gel-like texture. Perfect for the morning. It is very hydrating but yet not sticky.

Murad Renewing Eye Cream is an ok eye product. It doesn't do much for me and considering the hefty price tag of the full-sized one, I don't think I would run out and buy one.

Hair and Body Products:
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Weather Works Styling Creme
Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment
Glysomed Hand Cream

Bath and Body Works Eucalyptus Mint
Bath and Body Works Tiki Mango Mai Tai

Back to my Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles. They are still the best. Burn well and even and the scent is amazing. Even though their prices have increased, wait for a good sale to stock up.

Jul 18, 2016

July Favorite SkinCare

Summer is almost half gone. Hot and humid weather does not do good on my skin. My skin used to be so oily in the summer but I find when I hydrate my skin well enough, it would keep my skin less prone to pimples and less oily.

Drinking lots of water is a key essential to keep skin clear. Besides that, I like to apply sheet mask every other day and I find it really helps. 

My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask is a very affordable and effective sheet mask. After applying it on my face for an hour(even though the package suggests just half an hour), I like to keep it longer so my skin can absorb better. 

2 products which I got lately from Sephora Soko to Tokyo Set have become my favorites. Skin Inc. Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask is such a good mask. Don't think of it as a mask but more of a good moisturizer. It is not sticky at all and I am a side-sleeper. I don't have to worry about my pillowcase getting all the "hydration". It absorbs into the skin quite fast and I didn't think much of it until after a few uses and I notice my skin has improved. More radiant.

Another product from the set is the Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Pack. I have used their Egg Mousse Soap and this is very similar. I apply this and massage into my skin after I cleanse my face. The scent is amazing and it is gentle enough to use every day. After I rinse off, I find my skin getting softer.

Last but not least is IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioner. I apply this after I wash my face in the morning and instead of using a harsh toner which would strip off the moisture, this adds hydration and make skin care and makeup products go on smoothly. I have had this bottle for 7 months and only used up a little over half. Even though it is a bit pricier than other brands, I think it is worth it.

How do you switch up your summer skin care routine to keep your skin hydrated?