Aug 12, 2019

2 second Nose Contour - 16 Brand Filter Shot

If you are always in a hurry to do your makeup in the morning and I have a new product for you to save you minutes.

This is Filter Shot (in color Contour Peach) from 16 Brand. It is a 3 shade contour palette specially designed to contour your nose in merely seconds. With 2 natural brown shades and a highlighting light beige shade in the middle. What makes this palette unique is the brush it comes with. It is wide enough to swipe on the palette and pick up enough product so you can apply directly on your nose to achieve a very natural look.



The effect is very subtle but still noticeable. I finally have a nose bridge! This palette is so easy to use. You just need to be careful and apply brush between your brows and top of your nose. I usually tap off excess product so it wouldn't be too obvious if I apply the brush slightly crooked. 

finished look

Jul 25, 2019

July Empties

Haven't done a monthly empty in so long. I love reading other bloggers' monthly empties to see what they use up. If you are a makeup junkie like me, you would know how hard it is to actually use up something when you have a zillion others in your stash.

Secret Key Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel
Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Pudding Cream
Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone
First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy
Neogen JoanDay Day & Night Cream
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Apple

Secret Key Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel
This is my second tube used up. This is such an excellent exfoliant to be used after cleansing on a daily basis. Don't let "peeling" scare you. It is such a gentle exfoliant. I use it more often in the summer when I feel my skin is always congested. I got this from

Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Pudding Cream
This is also a re-purchase. I love Papa Recipe skincare products. They have natural ingredients and very affordable. This pudding cream is very light in texture. It is almost a gel-like texture and fast to absorb.

I have been using this Vitamin C product from the Ordinary for a few months now. I was first drawn to the brand with its affordability and effectiveness. You can spend 10 times more just to get similar products with exactly the same ingredients. I have used other Vitamin C products which does pretty much the same. I wouldn't say it is a miracle product but I do see a subtle difference in lightening a few dark pigmentation spots over time.

I bought this day/night cream a while back and it took me a while to finish it. It is a duo cream with one side for daytime and one for night time. Daytime cream is a thicker texture surprisingly and I use it throughout the winter time. I like the night time cream much more as it contains lavender and the scent is amazing and still moisturizing.

Nioxin Scalp Therapy Conditioner
Macadamia Deep Repair Mosque
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen
Benefit Porefessional 
Troiareuke Seoul Aesthetic Cushion
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Berry

Macadamia Deep Repair Mosque
I love this deep hair mask. I go to the gym 4-5 times a week and I wash my hair every time afterwards which make my hair so dry. This mask helps me a lot. Only downside for this is it needs 5-7 mins after application to be rinsed off and I like to take quick shower. Sometimes I will just apply a small amount on wet hair and get out of shower. Do my other "chores" and go back to rinse it off.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen
Sunscreen is so important year round. I apply facial sunscreen every day but for body, I only do it in the summer time. Have been using this Neutrogena for years and I have switched to other brands but always go back to this as this is dry touch and doesn't feel sticky at all. 

Troiareuke Seoul Aesthetic Cushion
Such a big accomplishment to use up a makeup product. Cushion foundation is probably my only ones which I can finish up. Troiareuke is known for its skincare properties:90% skin care and 10% makeup. So I always use this one when I just want little makeup and still look presentable. Coverage is not high but with some concealer, I am ok.

I am going to skip the rest as they are all repurchases and they have appeared in my other monthly empties or favorites.

What have you used up this month?

Jul 11, 2019

Coral Lippies(Dior Lip Tattoo, Chanel, Armani Lip Magnet)

I have been loving coral shades for summer. In the past, I have been "reserved" to MLBB shades year-round. My lipstick collection consists mainly of mauve nude shades. When I went through my collection, it was extremely boring to see repetitive and similar shades. I was so happy that I decided to branch out to try other colors and loving them.

Coral is my new favorite for the summer. With minimal face makeup, coral lipsticks and blushes give your skin a very natural and healthy look. Just the beautiful sun-kissed look I have been craving for.

Dior Addict Lip Tattoo in 451 Natural Coral

This is my first Dior Addict Lip Tattoo. I like a no mess no fuss type of lip product for the summer. The Lip Tattoo has a very watery texture compared to other lip stains in my collection. It has a very nice sweet scent. The shade I just picked up is 451 Natural Coral. When it is swatched on arm, almost have to swipe it back and forth a few times to get the pigmentation for the above picture. It looks slightly darker when swatched and after a few hours on the lips, it fades to a much softer coral peach shade.

Looks very beautiful on the lips. Not drying and relatively easy to apply compared to other lip stains. When first applied, this shade may appear a bit neon but after it dries off a bit, it settles into a pretty natural coral shade. Not too bright and not too subtle. I can see myself wearing this daily.

Here is a comparison of swatches of other similar shades in my collection:

Dior Lip Tattoo 451 Natural Coral
Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet 504
Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 144
Chanel Le Rouge Crayon #20 Ultra Rose
Dior Ultra Rouge Lipstick 450 Ultra Lively

Dior Addict Lip Tattoo 451 swatches comparison

Dior Addict Lip Tattoo is very similar in texture with Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet. Dior Addict is a bit more forgiving when applied. Armani Lip Magnet is much more pigmented and thicker in texture. I could easily apply the Dior Lip Tattoo without a mirror. Lip Tattoo definitely has a more staining power, making this perfect for lazy gals like me who hate reapplying throughout the day. 

Do you like coral lippies and what are your favorites?

Jul 6, 2019 Sunglasses Review

Summer is finally here in Canada and there are a few summer essentials that I cannot live without. For skin care, I religiously apply my sunscreen. Also remember to reapply after a few hours. For hydration, I always carry my bottle of water everywhere I go. So important to stay hydrated in the hot summer days. For eye protection, sunglasses are a must for me. 

I was contacted by Jupitoo Optics, which is a global online optical store, to try a pair of sunglasses of my choice. They have a wide variety of both regular eyeglasses and sunglasses. 

I picked a pair of polygon sunglasses which I think fits my round face the best. 

The sunglasses are packaged extremely well in this luxurious sunglasses case. It was shipped with extreme care in bubble-wrapped packaging. 

These sunglasses are very well-made. Very sturdy.

This design is very chic. Not your average aviator. The lenses are cut beautifully into polygons to fit the frames. I love the details to give it a special twist in design. 

This has become my new favorite and I keep them in my car for everyday wear. 

Jupitoo has very excellent customer service. My sunglasses were shipped internationally and  tracking information was provided and it only took a few business days to arrive at my door step. I also love the fact that very detailed measurements are given for each pair of sunglasses. You can also pick the color of the frame and lenses. Very unique experience indeed. 

Whether to shop for your regular eyeglasses or a pair of sunnies, I highly recommend Jupitoo.

* Sunglasses sent to me for my honest review

Jul 2, 2019

First Glossier Haul & Review

I am probably the last ones to try the hyped Glossier products. I was contemplating on which products to try first and after reading reviews online, decided to try their concealer and cloud paint.

I love a good cream blush and from all the ones I have tried so far, it is either very liquid-y and doesn't stay on or it is very thick and it takes forever to blend out.

My first order from Glossier includes Stretch Concealer in shade G8 and two Cloud Paint in shades Dawn and Storm which are the two newest shades.

 From L to R: Stretch Concealer in G8
Cloud Paint in Storm
Cloud Paint in Dawn

The swatches of the Cloud Paint may be a bit intimidating. Since the cream blush comes in a little paint tube, be very careful to squeeze out product as there is really no control on how much it is going to dispense. From the above swatches, I only use a 1/8 pea size amount. 

My bare face

Stretch Concealer in G8

The Stretch Concealer comes in a pot. It has a very creamy texture.I picked the shade G8 which is described as medium neutral shade. I was going to pick a lighter shade for my under eye but thought I would mostly use this to cover minor blemishes so I picked a shade closer to my skin tone. 

The concealer has a very light coverage. It glides on like butter so you can guess the texture and coverage. I applied concealer on my left side of the face(right side on the above picture), covering dark circles and blemishes. If you have a lot of redness and major blemishes, I wouldn't recommend using this. It also has a luminizing texture which I like. Not to a point to greasiness but give my skin some life.

Cloud Paint in Storm

This is the amount I squeezed out of the tube and this is too much already for both my cheeks.

I dotted the cloud paint onto my cheeks and this is too much product for my preference already. This is incredibly easy to blend out using just my fingers. But if you are clumpsy like me, I would recommend using a dense blush brush to blend it out so you wouldn't get the product onto your clothing.

After blending

I use a beauty blender and this brush to sheer it out. Even though it is a lot more product than I would like, it is still easy to "fix" by dabbing the excess off.

Cloud Paint in Dawn

Once again, too much product and I find it extremely hard to get the right amount from the tube.

This is how much blush I got on my cheeks with the few dots of product. Again, I had to use my beauty blender and brush to dab off excess.

After blending out, it looks so natural. I always like the natural flush of color on my cheeks, just like after you have worked out. The Glossier cloud paint definitely can achieve that look. Just remember a little goes a long way and you only need a tiny tiny bit. 

This is my first online order with Glossier and I am in Canada. I am super impressed with the customer service and how fast I received my order. It only took 2 business days and they ship free with orders over CAD $40. They ship by UPS and package comes right to my front door.

I would definitely order some more products from Glossier to try. Have you tried their products? If you haven't and would like to, here is my link to get 10% off your first order(and I would get $10 :)

Jun 5, 2019

Current Favorites

  1. Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Blurring Powder Foundation
This new discovery has quickly become my new favorite. I rarely use powder foundation as I thought it would be too "made up" and cakey. But this MUFE blurring powder foundation has changed my opinion instantly. This has a beautiful, blurring and yet amazingly-natural finish. This is perfect for a quick makeup kind of day. I do my undereye and concealers on blemishes, set it with a setting powder and then "swipe" the powder foundation and I'm done. Just like that, I can do my whole face makeup within minutes. No blending, just swipe. I sometimes use the sponge which comes with the foundation or use my new Hourglass duo powder brush. (my shade is Y235)

This is a gift from my BFF. This brush is just so soft. I use this to set my makeup or use this to apply MUFE powder foundation. Highly recommend this luxurious powder brush if you are in the market for one. Well-worth the money.

I have been using the Laneige lip mask for a couple of years and as much as I love it, it is not as easy as to reapply during the day. This glowy balm is the perfect solution. Almost the same texture as the lip mask and not as thick, this balm can be reapplied throughout the day. This has a slight tint to it and this comes in 4 shades. The one I have is Berry and just has a slight pink tint. 

I have tried a handful of skincare products from the Ordinary and sometimes it is a hit and miss. This Caffeine Solution is definitely a hit. Really helps with de-puffing my dark circles. I apply this generously both in am and pm. It has a pretty thick texture and it is quite easy to apply to contour of eye bags with the dropper. Can't go wrong with the price tag on this one.

I saw this featured in the CityLine beauty segment a couple of weeks ago and quickly ran to Shoppers Drug Mart to pick up one. If you have some skin discolorations or imperfections on your body which prevent you from wearing short sleeves or skirts in the summer, this one is for you. I injured my right knee a long time ago and ever since then, my knee cap is always darker than the rest of my leg. I have tried many solutions, like exfoliating, brightening soap, hydrogen peroxide etc but all those don't help much. This Dermablend Leg and Body Makeup comes in a wide variety of range. I recommend going for a shade darker than your skin. I don't apply it on my whole leg, just on my knee cap to lighten up the darkened skin. Then I set it with a setting powder which is optional. This last for hours as it claims. It also says it is semi- waterproof but I haven't tried it yet so cannot say whether it is true or not. 

May 6, 2019

Sephora VIB Sale Haul 2019

I have been really good in controlling my impulse makeup buying for the last little while. That's why I have been MIA. But the Sephora VIB spring sale is happening(sale ends tonite) and this time around is 20% for VIB Rouge members which I am not proud to say that I am one of them. So here is my little haul.

I tried to make a list of all the absolute essentials, mainly my regular skin care products before the sale. Luckily all mine were in stock and I didn't have to stalk on line as in previous years to check whether they came back to stock. Oh well, just one item, the Dyson hair blow dryer which I have been wanting to get but don't need it. The one I want is the special Mother's Day gift set which includes two extra brushes. So, if this doesn't come back to stock before sale ends tonite, I won't get it which is a good thing :)

1. Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
This is a repurchase. I got this during their sale last fall and has been using it pretty much daily. It is such a beautiful beautiful product. I use it as an overall foundation which has a light coverage but subtle luminous finish which gives your skin the healthiest glow. When I use other cushion foundation, I apply this to my cheeks as a highlighter. I got it in #4 medium shade last time and this time around, I went for #3 light/medium shade.

2. Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush in Pillow Talk
Have been wanting to get this for a while. I got the Pillow Talk lipstick and eyeshadow palette and love them. So might as well go for the blush. Very beautiful as well and so happy with it.

My holy-grail cleanser and I only get this when on sale. I went for the Limited Edition as it is slightly bigger size and only $5  more than the regular size.

This is a repurchase as well. After I used up my first bottle, I said to myself, yes it it is a great mist but the price tag is hefty. CAD $59 is expensive for a mist. I have been trying to find dupes but let me tell you, there is no dupe close to this. 

Best blemish concealer hands down. I am not close to finishing up my first bottle but I need a slightly lighter shade. When you have a blemish and have to apply makeup, you feel so guilty and not treating  the blemish until you wash off your face at the end of the day. But with this concealer, it is treating it during the day when you have makeup on. So at the end of the day, it is much better already and all you have to do is to apply your regular skin care and a little blemish treatment and the next day the blemish is pretty much all gone. 

6. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Sand
This one is for my Mom as she loves this formula and coverage for everyday.

Just when I thought I was done with my haul, I realized my regular loose powder is almost out. So picked up Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder. I have tried many different brands throughout the years but always go back to this.

Well, this is a last minute impulse purchase. I rarely use powder foundation. As a matter of fact, I haven't had powder foundation in my collection. I have always thought powder foundation doesn't give me the coverage and I prefer liquid foundation or cushion foundation. This is changed. I have had MUFE stick foundation and love the formula and coverage. This relatively new blurring powder foundation is going to my new go-to. This has amazing coverage. My skin has evolved from oily to normal/combination and this powder foundation doesn't make my face greasy. I tried it out yesterday and the coverage is awesome. The finish is not totally matte and after a few hours, it gives a more satin finish. My t-zone does get a tiny bit oily which happens for all my other foundations. This really does what its name suggested: blurring. It does blur out pores and doesn't sink into pores which is so rare. This comes in so many different shades and I went for shade Y235 which is an ivory beige.  Highly recommend this if you would like to try a medium to full coverage all day foundation.

What have you bought during this Sephora VIB Sale?