Dec 13, 2017

Monthly Watch Club

If you are still struggling to get your Christmas shopping list done, welcome to my world. I have been occupied with a lot of things lately and this is probably my first year not getting my shopping done before December. 

For those of you who have someone hard to buy for, a monthly subscription would be an ideal gift. 

I have been approached by Monthly Watch Club and am quite amazed. Monthly Watch Club is a Canadian company. You can pick either watches for men or women. For little as CAD $33(US $25), you can have a brand new watch every month to enjoy. Watches are a must for me. Even though these days, we tend to use our cell phones for everything, I still wear a watch daily. 

Let's get to what I received*:

Each watch comes in a very simple box, packaged and sent in bubbled wrap. Also enclosed is a card of the watch sent. It gives you detailed description of the watch, including watch measurements, weight, strap length etc.

I was sent a simple black watch with detailed florals on the face of the watch. I am quite happy with this one as I like simple designs and this one is simple but has a twist to it. The leather strap is leather and for the first couple of times of wearing, it feels a bit stiff but I am confident that it will soften up a bit with more wear. I also like it being a bit oversized. I can wear it over a thin sweater even. 

You can either choose a trial subscription(one time), 3 month, 6 month or a 12 month subscription. They guarantee their products for up to 100 days so if you have any problem with your watch, simply contact them. 

The concept of getting a new watch every month is very unique. You know you will be getting a quality watch. You can also browse on their website to see what they have sent out in the previous months and have options to purchase them(life-savers if you are struggling to get a last minute Christmas gift!)

* PR product sent for review

Oct 25, 2017

Oct Empties

Bath Product:
Happy Bath Mineral Spa Essence

Skincare Products:
IOPE Bio Intensive Essence
First Aid Beauty Eye Duty
SNP Bird's Nest Aqua Eye Patch

Have been using IOPE Bio Intensive Essence for a couple of years. Instead of using toner in the morning, I use that to put in extra hydration for my skin before makeup. Have tried other brands but still find this the most effective. 

SNP Bird's Nest Aqua Eye Patch is my first eye patch tried. They are quick fixes for de-puffing eyes in the morning. I use them when my eyes feel tired in the morning and I just pop two on while brushing my teeth and then after 5 mins, I feel the eye area is hydrated and not as tired. I got this from at a special offer. Don't seem to find this anymore but have switched to other brands.

Got Happy Bath Mineral Spa Essence  as a gift-with-purchase when I got the IOPE Bio Intensive Essence a while back. This is a very good shower gel. I like the scent and the pump for easy dispensing. Will definitely go back to get more.

Chosungah 22 R4 C& T Blend Fresh Mix
Chosungah 22 24H Ray Beam Cream
Covergirl So Lashy Mascara
Loreal Voluminous Mascara

Finished two of my holy grail products from Chosungah 22. The 24H Ray Beam Cream is the only cream highlighter I use these days. This little tub last me more than 2 years and trust me, you only need a tiny dot to give your cheeks a beautiful and natural glow. C&T Blend Fresh Mix is my all-time-favorite makeup base. You can use this as a foundation but when I need extra coverage, I often apply a cushion foundation on top. 

Still committed to use face sheet masks at least 4 times a week. With the drier and colder weather approaching, I feel like using more hydrating sheet masks at nights is a must. I haven't switched up to new face sheet masks. I like to buy in bulk and use them all up before switching things up.

Bath and Body Works Sweater Weather & Honey Tangerine

I like to switch candles up and I am just finishing up my summer-scented ones. Honey Tangerine is one of my favorite summer candles. Sweater Weather is a nice transition from summer to fall. The scent is not too overpowering. I am not a big fan of Bath and Body Works fall candles, like the popular Leaves and Pumpkin-scented ones as I find them too strong.

Oct 21, 2017

COSRX Clear Fit Blemish Cushion

Yes, I have bought another cushion foundation. I have only tried COSRX pimple patches in the past and am super impressed with how this popular Korean skin care brand performs. When they released this new Clear Fit Blemish Cushion, I knew I had to get this.

I have been having hormonal break-outs lately and I want a foundation to act both as a coverage and healing product. This new cushion foundation claims to have trouble care and soothing essence to treat sensitive skin. 

This comes in 2 shades: #21 and #23 and I picked the #23 which is a warmer beige than the two.

This shade #23 is a bit leaning towards more beige. Unlike other cushion foundation, this one has a matte finish. So if you are looking for that dewiness look, this one won't be the one for you.

Troiareuke A+

I have one other cushion foundation to compare this to, it is my new holy grail: Troiareuke A+. Both foundations have skin care properties which can calm sensitive, acne-prone skin.

Left: Troiareuke A+
Right: Cosrx Clear Fit


Troiareuke A+

In terms of shade, COSRX is darker than the Troiareuke A+. With the same amount applied on my arm to cover the mole, COSRX has significantly better coverage. With that said, only small amount of COSRX should be applied by lightly padding on face, rather than your usual application of cushion foundation. If applied too much, it does look cakey and very unnatural on skin. 

COSRX Clear Fit Blemish cushion has a more matte finish and I don't need to apply powder to control the oiliness in my skin. The coverage is very impressive but have to be careful when applied to have a more natural finish. For the price comparison, COSRX is much more affordable than the Troiareuke. Both don't come with refills. As for skin care properties, I like the Troiareuke more. It is more like a skin care product with a bit of coverage. It doesn't feel like wearing makeup at all. COSRX has more coverage and is more suitable if you need it and don't want to apply a whole lot of concealer to cover up your blemishes.

Overall, I quite enjoy the new COSRX Clear Fit Blemish cushion and it is a very nice and more affordable alternative to Troiareuke. Have you tried this new cushion from COSRX?

Oct 15, 2017

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion

I love using cushion foundation as I find it most natural and still gives enough coverage. I prefer Asian brands, especially Korean brands as I love the dewy effect. Throughout the summer, I tend to stay away as with the humid weather, I don't want my skin to feel extra oily. But now fall is here and weather is cooling down, I switch back to cushion.

This is my latest purchase. I have been wanting to try this luxurious Korean brand for a while. They have released a new version.

This one comes with a beautiful makeup pouch. 

Shade No. 23

Compared to other Korean cushion foundation, this shade is a bit lighter.

Even though all three shades look very similar in the pan, Sulwhasoo is significantly lighter swatched. However, it does oxidize a bit on my skin after a while after application so I am ok with that.(for reference, I am a MAC NC30)

In terms of coverage, Sulwhasoo and Iope are very similar. Out of the three, Hera is a light to medium coverage and gives my skin the most dewiness effect. With that said, I would use Hera mostly in the cooler months. This new version of Sulwhasoo claims to have more skin care properties but since I have only been using it for a couple of weeks, I haven't seen any difference yet. Sulwhasoo also is the most expensive. (I got mine from at a special discount price last month). All three come with refills. I will do a more in-depth review of the three at a later time so stay tuned for it.

Are you a BB cushion foundation fan? What is your current favorite?

Oct 2, 2017

Sothys Paris Fall-Winter Makeup Collection

Even though we were spoiled by the unexpected warm(and even hot weather) the past week, October rolled around and fall is fast-approaching. I love to wear brighter shades for the summer and fall is the season I like to switch things up a bit.

Sothys Paris is a brand I have been introduced to recently. I have tried their lipsticks and cream blush and quite fascinated by the sleek packaging. 

Left: 320 rouge des Arts
Right: 310 rose Lepic

First up is their Velvet Effect Lipstick *.These lipsticks are very pigmented and have a velvety, matte finish. Even though I am not a big fan of matte lipstick as they tend to dry out my lips, these are not overly-drying. The pigmentation is awesome and just one swipe and  you get the shades shown in the picture above. As they are matte, they are quite long-lasting. I like to apply them full-on then after they are completely dried off, apply a light lip-gloss on top(as I can't stand my lips being dry). 

310 rose Lepic

320 rouge de Arts

310 Rose is a beautiful mauve shade which is perfect for every day.  At first glance at rouge de Arts, it looks a bit intimidating. But when it is applied, it is just gorgeous. It has a slight orange/coral tint to it, making this a perfect fall shade.

Cream blush
shade:30 voile de rose

This cream blush* is a cream formula which transforms into a powder for a healthy glow. It has a velvety texture with a satiny finish. What I love about this blush is very buildable. The shade is quite intense so I apply it little by little. I use my finger to dab on enough product on my cheeks and then use a damp beauty blender to blend it out. It gives a very soft natural finish which I adore.

I have a love-hate relationship with cream blush. I have tried a handful of other brands and they tend to dry out quite fast once they are opened. I will have to see how this one is. I will try my best to keep the lid tightly secured and see if this would help its longevity.

I am very impressed by Sothys Paris. Both the lipsticks and cream blush are of  high quality. They are on the pricier side though but you pay for the quality. Sothys Paris can be found in institute and spas throughout Canada. You can also call toll-free number 1-800-361-3004 to find a location near you.

What fall makeup trend are you most excited about?

* PR products are sent for review

Sep 25, 2017

Aug & Sep Empties

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
La Roche Posay Effaclar
Origins United State Tonic
Skin Inc. Licorice Serum
Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment
Diapia 24K Gold Snail Gel Eye Patch
Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel

Seems I have finished a whole lot of products but this is a combination of 2 months. A few are my staples and I am not going to repeat myself. Diapia 24 K Gold Snail Gel Eye Patch is new for me this month. Whenever I don't have enough sleep and my eyes look extra tired in the morning, I pop a pair of these eye patch for 5 mins to give my under eye area a boost to de-puff and for extra hydration. 
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel

Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner
Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin

I received Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin for PR review. To me, it is just a gimmicky product. It is no different than any other body moisturizer. Even I apply it right after shower when my skin is still set, I don't find the lotion being absorbed into my skin much better than other. Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner is my favorite at the moment. It is supposed to be used as a body conditioner, meaning you apply it during shower(you have to turn off the tap and apply the conditioner to your wet skin and let it sit for a few mins and then rinse off). I use this mainly as an enriched hand lotion for night time. That is the only hand lotion which keep my hands moisturized for the entire night. Even though it is such a great product, I am not a big fan of the rose scent. I will keep my eyes out for more new scents for Halloween and Christmas.

Batiste Dry Shampoo(Tropical)

New Sheet Masks tried this month:
Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Sheet Mask
Oseque Dual Bubble Toctoc Mask
Leaders Bright Toning Mild Cotton Mask

Chesapeake Bay Strength + Energy Madarin Verbena
Bath & Body Works Honey Suckle Bouquet
Bath & Body Works Palm Leaves & Mango
Bath & Body Works Congrats
Bath & Body Works Watermelon Lemonade

Sep 20, 2017

Tatcha Obento Box

Tatcha luminous dewy mist

If you are like me, contemplating on a beauty product for so long and finally got it, you would know how much excitement I am experiencing.

I have been eyeing on the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Mist for probably more than a year. Every time I pop into Sephora, I would go to the Tatcha display and spray myself with the incredible mist. But every time I look at the price tag, I just can't justify in spending almost $60 on a facial mist. I have combination skin and even though my face can get a bit greasy on hot summer days, my skin usually crave for some hydration mid-day. Especially during the dry cold winter months, my skin is desperate for some dewiness and some glow. 

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Mist is such a luxurious product. It is also the only mist I find that would create that healthy dewy look on my skin which last. Usually the other brands of mist would leave a glow but it would disappear as the mist dries off. But Tatcha lasts throughout the day. 

When I see the new gift sets rolling out at Sephora, I saw this new set by Tatcha.

This set contains:
- 1.35 oz/ 40 mL Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
- 0.34 oz/ 10 mL The Water Cream
- 0.34 oz/ 10 mL Violet-C Radiance Mask
- 0.21 oz/ 6 g Gold Spun Camellia Lip Balm

The mist is a full-sized one (alone is CAD $58) and three additional products which I haven't tried and excited to try.

If you are thinking of getting this, you'd better act quick as I know they sell out fast and that is why I didn't wait until the Sephora VIB sale in a couple of months.