Mar 5, 2019

Too Faced Peach My Cheeks

At my local Winners, there has been a lot of great cosmetic finds lately. From high end skin care products to make up items. A lot of products found there are discontinued but there are also some which are still available at Sephora at double the price.

Too Faced Peach My Cheeks

Peach Berry

This blush claims to be cream to powder finish. Once you get over the waxy top layer of the blush, it gets much easier to get the product. I picked the shade Peach Berry which is the darkest as I find the other shades not pigmented enough. 

The shade suits my skin tone very well. But I find the lasting power is not that long. Usually around 3-4 hours. The finish is between a radiant and matte which I love. For the price, I think this blush is a great bargain. 

Have you found any gems at your Winners/Marshall/TJ Maxx?

Feb 4, 2019

My AM Skincare Routine

Canadian winters are cold and harsh. Last week we had major snow storm followed by frigid cold days of -20C. Today is a little better. Bounce back to 6C. Better enjoy it while we can :) 

I have oily combo skin which with age, it seems to lean more towards normal. But in this cold dry winter with the indoor heat blasting non-stop, my skin needs more hydration. I like simple skincare routine especially in the morning.

I still 'practice' the Korean 7-skin method, layering essence several times right after I wash my face to prep my skin. Secret Key Essence has been my go-to as it is super affordable and does the job well. I am almost done with this and I have a new brand I would like to try out after this. I swear with the 7-skin method, it really help with helping my skin lock in moisture.

For eye cream, I like to layer 2. I am using the Origins Dr. Andrew Well Mega-Bright Dark Circle Minimizer with First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy. I got the First Aid Beauty Eye  Duty Triple Remedy from Winners at a deeply-discounted price. I like the cool metal applicator to help depuff my eyebags. The Origins one claims to minimize dark circle and has a slight tint to it. I haven't noticed a majorly difference but it is ok moisturizing so I will keep using it.

Then I apply Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum. I get this from their duo-set. This has to be my third set and this little bottle usually last me a whole month. I'd rather get this in the smaller size as vitamin C has a short shelf live and once it is in contact with air, it loses its effectiveness. Price-wise, it is not bad compared to getting it in the full-size. So I would continue to get this set(comes with a hydration serum which I love as well)as long as it is available.

La Roche Posay Anthelios is still my go-to sunscreen. I have been using this for years and will continue to use this. 

I will let all this sink in for a couple of minutes and then apply my day time moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration. It is a super hydrating moisturizer. When I first got it, I use it at night. But now with the cold dry winter, I use it in the morning. It is quite thick in texture but absorbs quickly.

Jan 19, 2019

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Eyeshadow Palette

Finally, Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk Eyeshadow Palette is made permanent in her collection. I missed out when it was first released in the fall. It was sold out so fast online. I did try to find dupes to hold me over but her shadows are pretty unique in colors and texture that it is such a challenge.

I do very simple eye makeup and love the rose pink shades. There are 2 matte and 2 shimmer shades. 

This palette is exclusive to Charlotte Tilbury online website for now. If you are contemplating whether you would want this palette, I highly recommend this as the shades are buttery soft and so easy to blend. This is my first Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette and it has lived up to all its hype and great reviews. Yes, it is a bit pricey for a 4 shadow palette(CAD $66). But I'd rather spend money on a palette where I can use all 4 shades than spending the same amount with double the shades and can only use a few. 

Next question is would I get the Pillow Talk duo blush? It looks very natural and right up my alley but at the same time, it is not as unique as I can probably find dupes. What are your thoughts? 

Jan 9, 2019

2018 Favorites

When it comes to favorites, I tend to stick to what work for me in the past. This past year, I have been branching out to try out new makeup and skin care products. When it comes to skin care products, it usually takes a while for me to notice the difference in my skin to really tell whether I like them or not.

For skin care, I started to incorporate the Korean 7-skin method in my morning routine. For those of you who are not familiar with this popular Korean skin care routine, this 7-skin method is worth-trying. Basically, after washing your face, apply a non-alcoholic essence/toner with a cotton pad. Then pat a generous amount of essence onto  your face. Leave for a minute and then repeat for 5 more times. For me, I usually repeat steps for 4 or 5 times and I feel my skin is hydrated enough. After that, apply your serum, moisturizer, sunscreen etc as normal. 

This is my second bottle and this is one of the best essences. It doesn't contain alcohol and this is very important to pick an essence without as alcohol will dry out your skin so the more you apply, the drier your skin will feel. This essence is very affordable. I got mine from and it is around CAD $23 and one bottle usually last me about 2 months.

Another great find from the same brand is the gentle yet effective exfoliator. Don't let the word 'peeling gel" scare you. This is such a gentle exfoliator that I can use every other day without irritating my skin. 

This is my first vitamin c serum I use. Vitamin C helps with fading hyperpigmentation and I am so happy that I finally try this. I got this in a Rise & Glow Duo. I read that Vitamin C has a relatively short lifespan and once you open a bottle, it oxidizes quite fast. So I prefer to get to get this in this smaller size and this bottle last me over one and a half month(I use this every morning). I apply this and then my sunscreen. After using this for consistently for over 3 weeks, I notice fading of my hyperpigmentation. 

I am so glad I decided to get this. I was contemplating whether this would be too "glowy" for me. Picked this up during the Sephora VIB Rouge sale in November and have been using this non-stop since I got it. You can use this as a primer, highlighter or a light-coverage foundation. I use this mostly as a highlighter. After I apply my cushion foundation, I dab a few dots of the flawless filter onto my cheeks to give my skin a healthy glow. For the past couple of days, I dab this as my foundation and I like the effect even better. 

This is my first liquid lipstick from Armani. I picked this up during the Sephora VIB Rouge sale as well. Otherwise, I would not as this is one the pricier side. But so glad I did as besides the Too Faced Melted Liquid lipsticks which have been my holy grail, I found a new love. I picked the shade 510. It is described as Tawny Rose but on my lips, it looks more like a rich rose without the lavender shade. It is not as long-lasting as the Too Faced ones but this one is very comfortable on the lips. Lasts a good 6 hours before I have to touch up or feel a bit dry on my lips. 

I am so late into getting into the game of this highly-hyped liquid lipstick as it is so hard to get my hands on these in Canada. I finally got to try the kit which includes a liquid lipstick and a lipliner. I picked up a couple and Posie is the shade I like better.

MAC Studio Perfect Hydrating Cushion Foundation
For my favorite cushion foundation, MAC Studio Perfect Hydrating Cushion won. This is only exclusive to Asian market and not sure if this would make it to North American any time soon. I have not been a MAC foundation fan as I find the coverage is always so high and makes my skin look super cakey. But this hydrating cushion foundation is a totally different story. Coverage is medium and it still gives skin a healthy natural glow. I got this in the shade N18 which suits me in the winter time. For the full review, go to this blog post.

This Japanese drug-store brand eyeshadow palette is amazing. The pigmentation is great and so easy to blend. I got this from as well and this is kind of pricey for a drug-store brand (CAD $32) but I find I can use all 4 shades unlike other palettes which I only pick a shade or two to use and have to go to other palettes to find other shades. 

This is not the shade of blush I would usually go for. It is duo blush and one is bright yellow and the other is orange. This duo blush can be used blended or separately. I have only used this blended to create the most beautiful coral peach shade. The pigmentation is great and it is so hard to find a blush that would stay on my cheeks on more than 4 hours and this one surpass my expectation. I love this so much that I am getting one in another shade.

Last but not least is my favorite sheet mask. This year, I started to do sheet masks every other night. I find together with the Korean 7-skin method, my skin is super hydrated and plump. So even though I don't use a heavy moisturizer in the cold winter months, my skin is still well-moisturized. JM Solution sheet masks are one of best finds this year. These are easily accessible here and they are affordable. They are around CAD $20 for 10 sheets and they are so rich in essence and your skin would thank you for pampering. Highly-recommend this brand.

Dec 18, 2018

Laura Mercier Metallic Caviar Eye

Looking for creamy eyeshadows which are glittery and long staying-power for your holiday parties?

This gorgeous eye shadow stick set from Laura Mercier is definitely the one made perfect for the holidays.

I entered an awesome giveaway hosted by fellow Canadian blogger MacaronandMischief and luckily won  and received this gorgeous set by Laura Mercier.

I am a big fan of the Laura Mercier Caviar eye shadow sticks. They are the creamiest and I got a set from previous season and still using them.

These eyeshadow sticks are so easy to use. If you are in a rush, simply dab a little of the lightest shades to your eyelids as a primer or a light splash of color, use your finger to blend it out. Then use a darker shade as an eyeliner or outer edge and you're done. So easy to blend and the shadows stay put for the entire day. 

Dec 12, 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter Review

I have oily combo skin and when I was younger, I hated the look of oiliness on my face. But there is a big difference between oily and healthy glow. As I am getting older and skin is slightly drier, I am craving for makeup products which can give me the healthy glow. That is one the main reason I love using cushion foundations from Korea as they are very hydrating and give my skin a boosting effect.

I am not a big fan of glittery highlighter. As I don't wear a lot of makeup, I like products which are more natural-looking. My holy grail has been the Chosungah 22 24H Raybeam Highlighter. I have been using that for years and love it. However, not sure if it is being discontinued or what, it is getting harder to buy it online. So I am branching out and on the hunt for alternatives.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter 

Hollywood Flawless Filter from Charlotte Tilbury has received mixed reviews. Some are raving about how flawless it makes your skin become. Some are saying it is just too oily. Also there are reviews about how to use this product. Is it a foundation? Is it a primer? Is it a highlighter?

Product comes in a glass bottle. It comes with a very big and chunky doe foot applicator. If it is a foundation, it should be equipped with a pump . Since I read reviews and people say that a little goes a long way, I assume this is used more of a primer or highlighter.

I picked the shade 4 Medium which is a neutral golden yellow shade for medium skin tone. I was contemplating between 4 and 2 which has a more peachy tone. I decided on 4 even though it is a bit darker but as I am planning to use it mixed with foundation or a primer, thought this shade should work.

I have been using this as a primer to give my skin a booster kick to mimic a healthy glow. I dab a few drops on my cheeks and a couple of dabs on my forehead. I don't know if I dab too little or not, but the effect is so subtle. Even when I try to examine my skin under bright day light, it is not noticeable at all. 

Another way I have been testing this product out is to mix the Hollywood Flawless Filter with my foundation. Find that is more worthwhile in applying the product. At least I can see a slight glow on my cheeks. I want to show you guys the before and after but the effect is so subtle that it is hard for the camera to pick up. Only way to see it is during direct sunlight and when I turn my head that I can catch a glimpse of the glow. 

If you are looking for a "bam in your face" highlighter, this may not be the product for you. This is quite pricey, CAD $50 for the amount of product you get. If you like a very subtle glow, this may work for you.  I am going to continue experimenting with this product and try out more ways to pair this up with different foundations and see if this has a more dramatic effect to make this product worthwhile.

Dec 7, 2018

Ready for Christmas? These outfits will put you in the mood

Christmas is approaching. With the early first snowfall in Toronto here, it already set everybody in the holiday season mood. If there is no snow where you are, how do you set yourself ready for Christmas?

Holiday shopping can be overwhelming and frustrating. Why not shop in the comfort in your own home and have goodies come to you? I came across DressLily and they have a wide variety of outfits at very affordable prices.

A lot of people still like to shop for your typical "ugly sweater" for Christmas. Who wants to be stuck with ridiculous sweaters in their closets? Why not get something fun and festive and sweaters you would actually wear?

My personal favorites for the holidays are pajamas. I can live in them all winter. Warm, comfortable and cozy. These would also make great family gifts and perfect for family holiday pictures.

This dress would be perfect if you are hosting Christmas parties and dinners. Very festive and yet comfortable.

Or a Christmas-themed tee which you can wear out or as pajamas top.

If you are those organized people who are all ready for Christmas and done with your shopping, DressLily has new arrivals. Here are the new arrivals. It's time to refresh your wardrobe! DressLily prepares the high quality but low prices products for you, make you free under all occasions for Monday to Friday.

DressLily is kind enough to give you guys a 20% discount code (DLBF20), valid now till Jan 10 2019. Happy Shopping!

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