Mar 7, 2018

Yesstyle Haul Review on Shu Uemura S-Curler

I have recently discovered a new website to buy makeup online. This is my second order and I am very happy with the price and shipping time. It usually takes less than 7 business days for my orders to arrive. They offer free shipping to Canada (orders over CAD $45) and you can always track your orders online.

I have tried many brands of blackhead remover and this one has got to be the best one. It is not as harsh as the Biore's nose strips. It does a couple of steps though. I usually start with applying a hot face towel on my nose to open up the pores. Then I use the solution in the kit to prep my nose. After that, I splash some hot water on and then apply the charcoal mask. Leave it on for 10-15 mins(yes, it does take a while to dry completely) and remove it by peeling it off. The most satisfying step must be when you tear off the mask, you see how much dirt you have removed. Last step is to apply the soothing lotion from the kit.  This one is on deep discount( usually around CAD $28 here in stores) but this one is on sale for CAD $14.

I have heard so many great reviews about how good this ISEHAN liquid liner is. My current one is the Kat Von D Tattoo liner but I am almost out so since this one is on sale, I decided to try it. I got the black one as that is the only color available(my usual one is brown). It glides on very easily and doesn't smudge at all. Very similar to the Kat Von D one.

The Shu Uemura S-Curler has to be the most exciting item from this haul. I am an eyelash curler addict. Yes, I am not shy to admit that. If I don't wear any makeup that day, the least I do is to curl my eyelashes. I feel so naked when my lashes are not curled. This S-Curler is not your regular eyelash curler. It is much smaller in size and the way it works is you curl your lashes in sections to fully curl all your lashes. My problem with my inner-cornered lashes are much shorter and stubborn to curl. When I use my regular curler, it barely reach the inner parts of my eye. With this S-Curler, I can angle the curler to curl every section of my lashes evenly. It does take a bit of time to get used to it and when I curl them in sections, it triples the time. But let me tell you, the effect is very impressive. Not only my inner-cornered lashes are now curled, they last. I curl them in sections with this S-curler and then use my regular curler to curl them altogether. After I apply my waterproof mascara, I go back to curl them one more time and it last all day long. For us Asian gals, we have to work extra hard to get our stubborn, shorter lashes pretty. But this little gadget is worth trying out.

Last but not least is a brush cleaner. I just got this to bring my order total up to $45 to be qualified for free shipping. 

Mar 2, 2018

Trying New Makeup

I haven't done a new makeup haul for a long time. I am proud to say I have been pretty good in controlling my makeup purchase in the past year. Especially I will be moving to my new house soon and I have been doing major decluttering and I have thrown out so much unused or rarely-used makeup products which I felt so guilty. I have decided to buy minimally and will try my best to use up or rediscover my stash.

YSL Volupte Tint-in-balm in No. 1 Dream Me Nude
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Blush in 1 Pink Sugar

These were gifts from my best friend. I have tried YSL Volupte Tint-in-balm. I have the color No.4 and it is a stable in my purse. It is not very pigmented but very moisturizing. Perfect to leave in your purse for touch-up. 

The shade No. 1 Dream me Nude has a bit of mauve and brownish tone to it. 

Left: YSL Volupte Tint-in-balm in No. 1 Dream me Nude
Right: Bobbi Brown Pink Sugar Shimmer Blush

Loving this Bobbi Brown shimmer blush. I usually stay away from shimmer blush but this shimmer in this one is very fine and subtle. You can barely notice it. It is a very soft pink. I have been wearing this non-stop since I got it. 

I have been wanting to try Fenty beauty products for a while. My sister-in-law gifted me this Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. This is such an awesome lip gloss. It is a rose gold shade and not super sticky. You can apply it alone or apply it on top on your lipstick. This is quite long-lasting for a lip gloss and my lips feel moisturized for a long time.

Just picked up this Fenty Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Amber at the Sephora Rouge event last nite. This is my first cream contour stick and I have tried a few times in store and it feels very creamy and quite easy to blend. I don't have any cool-toned contour in my collection and thought this would be nice to try out.

Left: Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Amber
Right: Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb

My sister-in-law also told me about this Farsali Rose Gold Elixir. I am almost out in my face oil and want to try a new one. This dry face oil can be used alone or used together with makeup. You can mix a few drops with your foundation and make your skin more luminous. I bought the smaller size as I want to make sure I love it before commit myself to a full-size. The scent is very pleasant. Very citrusy, a combination of zesty lemon and orange. Very fast-absorbing and when I use it in the morning, I don't have to wait 10 mins for it to be fully-absorbed into the skin. 

Last product to try is the Kat Vond D Lock-It-Blotting Powder. I got it in the shade light. Not that I need another blotting powder for my purse but read so many great reviews about this powder that I have to try for myself. It claims to blur out pores and make your skin look like it has been photo-shopped. I am excited to try this out and will report back once I have tested it out for a few weeks.

What new makeup products have you tried lately?

Jan 25, 2018

Winter Survival Skincare Products

Winter Survival Skincare Products

Doesn't matter what kind of skin you have, if you live in Canada, winter is cold and dry. I have combination skin and in the summer time, I tend to go easy on moisturizer as I don't like the tackiness mixed with hot weather and humidity. But in the winter, I need to use extra products to make sure my skin is well-hydrated.

Belif is a Korean skincare brand which uses natural ingredients. In the past, I have tried to stay away from foam cleanser as they always tend to dry out my skin but this Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist does not and good to use even in the morning when my skin usually feels drier. This Travel Kit * also contain their refreshing toner, skin-luminizing essence, firming eye cream and my favorite: moisturizing facial cream. I am relatively new to use essence. This essence adds extra hydration to skin before applying moisturizer, making my foundation application much smoother. It is an excellent kit for travel and also a great way to try their best products.

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment has been my must have in the winter. I like to layer this on top of my current eye cream to make sure my eye area is well-hydrated.

My favorite sheet mask currently is still the G-Dragon Fantastic Shining Mask. Very affordable and delivers great results.(Not to mention I am a big fan of G-Dragon :)

For overnight, I sometimes use the Origins Drink Up Mask. It is a very thick leave-on sleeping mask. It does take some time to get used to the thick texture though and get absorbed.

Laneige Lip Mask is actually more of a thick creamy lip balm. Texture is similar to pricey Dior Creme de Rose but this is way more affordable and effective.

For mid-day hydration, I love using the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist. Unlike other hydrating mist, this one stays on the skin for an extended period of time and still give your skin a healthy luminous glow and moisture. Even though it is so pricey, I think it is totally worth it.

Last but not least is the Lush's Ro's Argan Body Conditioner. I fell in love with it a few years back and have been using it every winter. I use it as a rich body moisturizer and hand cream. Lathering a thick layer on my hand before I go to bed and my hands will stay feel soft and hydrated in the morning.

What are your winter survival skincare products?

Body moisturizer
44 CAD -

Beauty product
72 CAD -

Beauty product
48 CAD -

Lip Sleeping Mask LANEIGE
30 CAD -

15 CAD -

*this is a sponsored post

Jan 18, 2018

Miniso Haul

Excited about the opening of Miniso in Canada. It is a Japanese store(similar to Daiso) which sells a variety of products in very affordable prices. Ranges from make up, towels, sunglasses, umbrellas, vanity units, slippers, kitchen utensils, candles, power banks, headphones, speakers etc. A lot of items are under $4.99 and of course for electronic items, they are more.

I am super excited that there is a store nearby and I love going there. As it is a relatively new store, their stock is not very consistent and items sell out so fast. 

I got cotton pads which is quite good in quality. $2.99 for 180 pads which is not a bad deal. The candle is also quite nice. This is my second  Fruit candle and the scent is very subtle. This small jar is $4.99. 

I also got a mouth mask and an eye mask. With the cold weather here in Canada, this cotton mouth mask is a life-saver. I used to wrap my face with my scarf when I am out walking my dog in the frigid  -15 C but find it too suffocating. This cotton-blend mouth mask is just what I need to protect my face from the blowing wind and can still breath through.

The eye mask can be used both warm or cold. For tired and puffy eyes, I can stick the eye mask in the fridge to help with depuffing. Or for pampering, I can put the mask in the microwave for  20 seconds to warm it up and apply it on eyes.

Love using my hair band when I am washing my face. Keep my hair out of my face completely and when I do sheet masks at night, it is perfect.

Waterproof lengthening mascara is what I just got. I am jus testing it out so cannot tell whether it is a winner or not. It is $3.99 and there are two versions, lengthening and volume. I picked the lengthening and I used it the first time yesterday. It is very black and does lengthen. But will have to use it some more to see if my lashes would stay up.

I also got a few other items from Miniso such as pens, slippers, towels and underwear. They are all very good quality for their price. To me, the store offers so much better quality stuff for amazing prices. They are not your regular dollar store, that's for sure. 

Jan 15, 2018

Can't Seem To have Enough Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipsticks

I know I have been MIA for the past little while. Have a few big changes in my life but I am slowly getting back to my normal routine. 

If you have been following me on my blog, you know I LOVE Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipsticks. I have tried many brands of liquid lipsticks and I can proudly say I have found my "HOLY GRAIL". They are truly long-lasting and don't dry my lips out. Honestly, ever since I got my first one, I cannot wear any other lip products. I am just too used to applying the lipstick once in the morning and pretty much set all day long no matter what I eat. I may have to apply a lip balm mid-day but that's it.

I have got two more shades to add in my collection:

The sahdes I got are Suck It and Wine Not. I believe they are relatively new shades added to their collection.

Wine Not and On Point are quite similar. On Point is just a bit richer and Wine Not has a bit more brown in it.

Suck It and Sell Out are my two favorite every day shades. Sell Out is lighter and it is your perfect "my lips but better" shade. Suck It has a bit more earthy tone in it.

I also have a few other more vibrant shades in my collection for the summer. Suck It and Sell Out are my most-used shades. These shades look good on everyone and so easy to apply. The darker and vibrant shades are a bit trickier. I line my lips with a neutral shade(shade closest to my natural lip color) and then dab the lipsticks on and use kleenax to blend it out. I find if I apply those shades full-on, they are a bit intense and I prefer them to be toned-down. Let it dry for a minute or so and apply a bit of lip cream/balm and I am set to go all-day-long.

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.