Oct 23, 2016

Obsession with hot pink lipstick

My obsession of makeup products goes in phases. If I am obsessed with hot pink lipsticks, I would go buy one. Then saw another and buy that as well and that would usually go on until I grab 4 or 5 similar shades before I stop.

Clio Virgin Kiss Tension Lipsticks are very pigmented and moisturizing. Pinkvely is a vibrant hot pink shade with a coral twist. 

I got this from an ebay seller in Korea and I searched for swatches online and at first look, it is so vibrant and intimidating. But when applied, it slides on smoothly and not as bright as I thought. 

Left: Clio Pinkvely
Right: MUFE C208 Magenta Pink

Compared to MUFE C208, Clio Pinkvely is more coral.

For a newbie bright lippie-wearer, I have learnt ways to apply depending how opaque you want. If I want a super bright and pigmented lip, I would apply lipliner then apply the lipstick full on. But if that is too much for day time, I would tone it down a bit. I would do a nude lipliner and then dab the lipstick and use my finger to blend it out without applying more product to add the pigmentation. Last step is apply some lip gloss.


Do you like hot pink lippies?


Oct 17, 2016

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Foundation Stick Review

I am fairly new to stick foundation. My first one was MUFE HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation which quickly became my holy grail foundation(see my post for a full review).

When I was lucky enough to be sent Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Foundation Stick*, I was excited to try and see how it compares to my holy grail.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick 

Shade 210 (Buff)

I was sent the shade 210(Buff) as highlight. It is probably two shades lighter than my regular shade. But since I didn't tan much this summer, it is not as light as I thought. I decided to try it to apply all over as a foundation in order to test out this product fully.

This is my first Lancome foundation. I have read a lot of great reviews about their Teint Idole Ultra liquid foundation. It is CAD $50 for 0.31 oz. 

L: Lancome 210 Buff
R: MUFE Y365

210 Buff is a light beige with neutral undertone. Compared to the MUFE Y365, it is probably 2 shades lighter.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Foundation Stick claims to be for all skin types, has SPF 21 and contains porous polymers that absorbs excess acne-producing oils. With that said, I think it is more suitable for oily combo to oily skin.

I have learnt with foundation stick, you don't need much product for your entire face. How I apply is to apply the foundation in wide stripes on my face directly from the foundation stick. Then I use my Sigma F80 flat top kabuki brush to blend it out. This foundation has a silky texture and is a breeze to blend out. It gives medium coverage with a satin finish. I like the coverage and my skin still peeks through to make it skin-like and not cakey. 

I have a few blemishes and find this foundation would cling to dry patches. So if you have very dry skin, this may not be for you or maybe you can apply a good layer of moisturizer before applying this foundation. What I like most about this foundation is I don't need to set it with setting powder as my skin does not turn into a grease ball by mid-day. It would be perfect for summer. These days, I tend to have a luminous finish so I would apply extra highlighter to give my skin more life. 

Compared to MUFE HD Invisible foundation stick, the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra foundation stick is drier. When applied, it is not as tacky as the MUFE. Definitely more suitable for oily skin. MUFE is CAD $50 for 1 oz while Lancome is CAD $52 for only 0.3 oz. Even though the packaging is very similar, Lancome has a lot less product for the same price. Lasting power for both is similar. So it all depends on the finish you prefer. If you like a more matte, satin finish, definitely go for Lancome. But if you like a luminous finish, MUFE is your best bet.

Do you prefer foundation stick to liquid foundation? I am loving the foundation stick as I find for a quick, no fuss application, foundation stick is definitely the one. 

*product is received from Chickadvisor Review Club #gotitfree

Oct 14, 2016

MUFE Artist Rouge Lipstick C208 Magenta Pink

When I look through my lipstick collection, I find most of them are mauve pink. I have been most comfortable in the neutral shades for the longest time. I have a few reds but just find them a bit too intimidating to wear for every day.

Have been watching a lot of Korean drama and amazed by how good shocking pink shades look on the actresses. I don't have those shades in my collection and want to get out of my comfort zone  and try those.

MUFE Artist Rouge in C208

MUFE newly-launched Artist Rouge Lipsticks are amazing. I have tested them out in store. There are matte and satin finishes. I prefer the satin finish and picked out C208 Magenta Pink.

The packaging is super chic. The pointy tip of the lipstick makes application very precise. 

 Just one light swatch gives enough color. It is so pigmented and opaque. I am used to moisturizing lipstick formula which I have to apply a few times to get the pigmentation I want. This formula is very unique. It is not matte but gives me the long-lasting effect matte lipsticks do. I don't like matte lipsticks as they tend to dry my lips. But this one gives me the pigmentation and long-lastint effect but yet not drying. 

I am loving this, both the shade and the formula. The shade is a lot more brighter than what my usual lipsticks. The formula is actually quite creamy. I usually have to apply a lip gloss on top of satin finish lipsticks but not this one. I am totally amazed by the formula and  may have to pick up a few more shades during the Sephora VIB sale next month :)

Have you tried the new MUFE Artist Rouge Lipsticks?

Oct 12, 2016

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl Color Enhancing Lipstick in Noir Revelateur

Have heard some good reviews about this Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl Color Enhancing Lipstick and curious to try. Sephora is having this mini-sized as 100 perks and it is a good time to redeem.

The color is Noir Revelateur which looks a bit intimidating. It is a dark plum. almost to a black color. But this unique formula would adjust to the PH balance of your lips. So it looks different on different people. I am always drawn to this type of lipstick. I have the Dior Addict Lip Glow (sheer pink) which also adjust to your own lip color. But that one pulls more pink on my lips so I am excited to try out this one and see what it looks on mine.

When swatched, it is a sheer plum color. The formula is very moisturizing. It claims to have a vinyl radiance on your lips, making it fuller and plumper.

On my lips, it darkens a bit a minute or two after application. I like the high shine look. Since the formula is very moisturizing, I do have to reapply a few times to get the pigmentation I want. The wear time for this is about 3 hours. I am loving this and I know this would make it to my purse for constant use.

Have you tried the new Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl lipstick?

Oct 7, 2016

Benefit Brow Products Review

Benefit has launched their new brow products in the recent months and I have tried 3 of them. 

Even though they are deluxe-sample sized, I got many uses out of them and look like they still have a long way to go. The packaging is super cute as in all other Benefit products.

Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel

I have tried this product before. This one is in its new packaging but still performs well, just as before. What I love about this the most is the tiny and precise brush head. This is a fiber gel so it actually gives your brow a volumizing effect without looking too obvious. The tiny brush is such a great feature as I have used other brands and the brush is too big and hard to apply.

This is a clear brow gel which keeps your brow in place for a whole day. The brush is quite unique and it gives an even application. Maybe I am near the bottom of the tube and sometimes the product comes out too much and I have to get excess product off at the top of the tube before application. But the formula is quite thick and you only need a little bit.

Ka Brow would have to be my favorite out of the 3 I tried. The formula is a cream-gel which is unlike anything I have tried before. It is buildable and I am not worried about making mistakes having the product set too quickly. Also the brush is included so it is very handy to bring it in the purse for touch up and you don't need to bring another brush. It is a very soft look and the lasting power is quite good. 

The other product I want to try is their Brow Pencil. If you want to try their brow products,  there is a Soft & Natural Brow Kit which has the brow pencil, Ka Brow and a brow highlight pencil.

Oct 6, 2016

Buxom Customizable Eyeshadow Palette

I love eyeshadow palette as it is easy and handy. You don't have to go through individual shadows and that saves so much time and headache. With a customizable palette, it is even better as you can hand pick every single shadow and use all the shades which suit you the best.

There was an amazing deal at Sephora last week for this newly-released Buxom Customizable Eyeshadow Palette. The empty palette is $20 and each shadow is $15. The deal was when you add 6 shadows and the empty palette to your cart, at checkout, $60 discount would be applied and the palette with 6 shadows would be $50. But for some reason, the total came to $20. The shadows were sold out very quickly but luckily went back in stock the next morning and I was able to grab 2 full palettes.

My palette is very neutral. You can never have enough of these shades. I picked all matte shades. 

This is how they come in: customizable empty palettes and the eyeshadows you picked.

There is this tray inside the palette which you could slide out to insert your eyeshadows. 

For each individual shadow, there is a tiny tab so you can easily insert into the space on the tray. You would hear a tiny click so you know it is secured. 

The tray full of your picked shadows can be slided back into the palette and there you go, your customizable eyeshadow palette. Later on, if you run out of the shadows or you want to switch up a bit, you can get more shadows and replace them. I am not very good at depotting eyeshadows and damaged a few of my MAC shadows. These are so easy to do. You don't have to worry about nicking your shadows while taking them out as you can lift the tiny tab.

I haven't had a chance to test out the shadows yet but they seem so creamy and buttery. Very pigmented and I know they would be a breeze to blend. Excited to try out.

Oct 3, 2016

September Favorites

I have made an effort in shopping my stash before running out to buy more makeup products this month. With the Sephora VIB sale approaching next month, I need to know what I have before hoarding another load of products and I am glad I did as I found some rediscovered goodies.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Pin Up Girl Blush Palette

Tarte always has the most amazing holiday palettes and there is Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel released:

That caught my eye and just before I hit the checkout button, a light bulb just went off in my head: " didn't I have a Tarte blush palette from 2 years ago?" Dashed to find the palette sitting in my bottom drawer. Started using it and ended up using it solid straight for 2 weeks. My favorite shade is Whimsy which is the middle shade in the palette. It is a light baby pink. I wasn't drawn to such light shades before but find it actually shows up nice on my complexion.

Rimmel Provocalips in I'll Call You
I have been loving lip tints lately and to be honest, I am too lazy in re-applying lipsticks throughout the day. This takes a little bit more time in applying it right the first time. You really need to let it dry it out completely before applying the lip seal. Then you will be good to go for the entire day.

Another lip tint I have rediscovered is the Chosungah 22 Dual Lip Tint & Gloss in Chiffon. The shade is very similar to Benefit Benetint but it is much easier to apply with the applicator and is not as drying.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard
Forgot how good this concealer is. It is creamy and it stays put. Very good in concealing blemishes and not drying out skin.

Last product rediscovered in my stash is the MAC Nude on Board Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder.  Have been using this so much this month that I hit pan which I am super happy about(yes, for those of us makeup hoarders, hitting pan gives us a great sense of satisfaction!) Such an easy and silky bronzer to use. It is a warm-toned medium brown shade and perfect to apply all over skin to give skin a healthy but subtle look.

Two new products I try this month:
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Illumination Concealer in Medium (see my post for a brief review)
I have been using this a lot this month. Usually when I use the Bye Bye Undereye regular version, I have to apply either YSL Touche Eclat or the Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen to give my undereye a boost. But with the new Illumination version, I don't have to. Really brightens up my dull undereye area.

Buxom Full on Lip Polish in Dominique
I got this from the Buxom 6 degrees below sexy mini full-on lip polish set. Dominique is a clear shade which I apply on top on almost all of my lipsticks to give my lips a plump look. It also helps moisturize my lips and seal my lipstick so the color stays on much longer.

Do you shop in your stash to rediscover forgotten products?