Although it has been a little bit since this was hauled but it’s still pretty new because I have JUST started using these products. So in a way.. it’s not THAT delayed. Yeah, now I’m just trying to make myself feel better. Lets just get into it.
From Korea, I got…
Etude House Lip Gel – Because I have super dry lips so anything that will “hydrate” it, I’m onboard.
Etude House Dear My Jelly Lips-Talk (JOR202) – This is one of those changing lip color and I’ve never tried one before so this will be a first!
Innisfree – Green Tea Seed serum – Feel like a very lightweight serum that is perfect for the hotter season.
Innisfree – Green Tea Mineral Mist – Just a refreshing facial mist. Nothing special
If you EVER buy ANYTHING from Korea, make sure you get SAMPLES!
And from Japan I got..
Heroine Make Mascara – I have seen this for so many years and now I will finally be trying it.
This is a Feet detox pad that you stick onto the bottom of you feet and the pad is suppose to turn black removing the bad toxins from your body. We shall see if this actually works or not.
Now… we can sit back and enjoy these yummy snacks.
Thank you guys so much for tuning in and i’ll see you next time!
It has been awhile since I went shopping for beauty products on items that I just want to try out. I have been limiting myself on shopping because I have so many products that I need to go through in my beauty collection already. But… there were some pretty good deals so I couldn’t resist!
WOW Butter Toffee Gluten Free Cookies – Probably the softest cookie you will ever have. It almost crumbles when you touch it. Although it is nice and soft but because of the Gluten free factor it tastes more on the cookie dough side than a baked cookie.
Yes To Grapefruit Facial Scrub – Needed a new facial scrub and sine I have NEVER tried anything from the Yes To line, I thought I’ll give it a go.
Aveeno Hydrate + Protect SPF30 – This is not new on this blog. I love it for the summer because its essentially a lotion with SPF that doesn’t stink!
Mossimo V-Neck Tee – My ABSOLUTE ALL TIME FAVE V-neck 😀 ❤ It!
Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Volume Express Mascara – New to try!
Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser – My current under eye concealer is running low so I thought I’ll revert back to what has been tried and true.
Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Foundation – Saw a review on this and they said that its their ALL TIME fave foundation that is really underrated by the blogging community. If its a light weight foundation, I gotta try it!
Carlton & Sephora
I was not planning on repurchasing Moroccan Oil anytime soon because it is quite pricy. BUT since there was a giant sign in front of Carlton’s when I walked by that said 30% off ALL Moroccan Oil products, I caved. I caved hard. I left the store in less than 10 minute $60 less in my pocket.
To equal things out, I had my target set on this Too Face Better than Sex mascara and walked in and out of Sephora with just this. Proud? Yes. Since there was so much hype around this mascara in March I had to try it out for myself to see if it really is THAT good. I have used it once since and for my first impression I can see why so many people like it. For a first impression I do like the volume and length it gives me but unfortunately it does not hold my curls (damn asian lashes!).
Sorry that this post was delayed! I had a crazy crazy weekend to meet some deadlines and lets just say that I was operating in zombie mode.
Finally, here is the part 2 of my winter empties that includes makeup products! I realized that this was along the lines of a Hit or Miss so I guess it works both ways!
Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara – I know I have written a review on this and have said that I would repurchase it but my mind has changed! For the price, there are better ones out there instead of a 4/5 it has dropped to a 2.5/5.
Maybelline The Rocket Mascara-One of my HG mascara giving me volume and hold. One of the few that actually holds my lashes and for drugstore price you can’t beat it.
Majolica Majorca Lash King Mascara- With a higher price tag than the Maybelline Rocket, this is another one of my HG mascaras. This has fantastic hold, length and volume. The formula is more on the dry side so keep that in mind. I don’t experience much flaking due to the dry formula but I have read from others that it can be a problem.
Etude House Oh My! Eye Line – A liquid liner that I don’t recommend because of how the formulation works. While applying it, if it dries on you and you try to go back to fix certain areas it will rub off on itself. This can be quite annoying because I for sure am not an eyeliner expert that can get things right on the first try. It is long lasting and will not fade or smear throughout the day but there are definitely better mascaras out there that has the same staying power and finish without the frustration.
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Line Pencil – Standard eyeliner pencil. Will smudge after about 4 hours on the waterline but thats expected considering it is a pencil liner.
Cover Girl Liquid Line Blast – Very similar to the LiquifEye liner but not as soft.
Milani LiquifEye Metallic Pencil – Nice and soft and blend-able with decent staying power of about 4 hours as well before slight smudging begins.
Covergirl Olay Concealer – I expected this to be super hydrating since it is infused with moisturizer but I didn’t feel as though it was much different than other concealers without the moisturizer swirl. It is smooth and blend-able but I only wish that it was more hydrating.
Physicians Formula Conceal RX- One of the cheapest higher coverage concealer from the drugstore. The only problem is that the tube doesn’t last that long because the product will start to separate in the tube and theres really nothing you can do. Towards the middle I had to squeeze the liquid out before I actually got to the product and eventually I decided to throw it out because it got a little nasty. But for about $5 bucks its great while it lasted.
Holika Holika Concealer – This is a medium coverage concealer that I don’t really care for. It didn’t impress me nor disappoint so it was a regular concealer that can be overlooked. The color was more on the cool side reminding me of a BB cream color.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Undereye Eraser- Cult favorite and its understandable why it is. Super blend-able and smooth on the under eye while brightening it as well. The packaging can be improved because mine broke and I was unable to get the rest of the product out. I would repurchase this again in the future though.
Nivea A Kiss on Mint and Mineral- Not a lip balm that I would run out to repurchase. I have super dry lips and for me this didn’t penetrate through my dryness to actually moisturize my lips. Instead it kind of just sat on the top and temporarily protected it from the surface.
Laura Geller Spackle Tinte Primer – Bronzer- Absolutely not my type of primer. The feeling of this was extremely silicone-y like the smashbox primer that I am not a fan of. If you are okay with it then you probably won’t have a problem with this. The second thing would be the color. I have very fair skin and the bronze color was very muddy on me so all in all this did not work for me at all.
I was so over the moon excited to try this mascara when I saw it launching because its every stick straight lash girls dream to have a mascara that will miraculously lift your lashes AND hold a curl all on its own. It sounded too good to be true so I did go in trying this mascara with skepticism.
What the mascara claims to do… ” It’s a roller for lashes! The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls.. while the instant curve setting formula holds for 12 hours.”
Packaging- Super cute with the retro hair roller concept. The brush handle has that rubbery grip so it feels really nice when you’re holding it.
Brush – This is a plastic brush that is on the smaller and slimer side. To give you an idea, it is about 1/8 of an inch shorter than the They’re Real brush. It has sharp plastic bristles that grabs on to your lashes. The application from the brush is easy and even without requiring much work.
Formulation- I would say this falls right in the middle. Not dry not wet. Your lashes are not left really hard and crispy like some mascaras do so the finish is a lot more softer. It doesn’t flake off throughout the day but it does smudge on me after a couple short hours unfortunately.
For me… the only thing it does is separates. Which doesn’t impress me that much because there are very few that doesn’t do that. Its kind of how a mascara works.. yeah…
1. It doesn’t lift my lashes 2. I curled my lashes before hand and it doesn’t hold my curls.
These two points I’m not too surprised of because there are VERY VERY few mascara that actually does that for me and I can name them on the top of my head. It is VERY hard for me to be impressed by a mascara. The following points are kind of disappointing though
3. It did not hold for 12 hours. Halfway through the day my lashes felt very limp 4. The mascara started smearing on me after hour 3 or 4? Boo!
Curled with mascara
It would’ve been amazing if this worked for me but at the same time I wasn’t expecting much because it sounded too good to be true. I haven’t had much luck with Benefits Mascaras but it might just be me because there are so many others that love it.
If you have tried this mascara what are your thoughts?
Another month has passed which means its time to reflect back on this past month and think.. what products have I been really loving and reaching for nonstop?
I am going to start off with something that I have just been OBSESSED with..
Maybelline Rocket Volume Mascara:I just reviewed it here and I have not stopped using this since I opened it in the middle of this month. I am not joking that I can’t stop admiring my own lashes as to how awesome it looks because I have finally found a drugstore mascara that will keep my stubborn stick straight lashes curled all day.
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF20 – Fair to Medium: I am not an outdoorsy person so when summer comes around and I bust out those shorts my legs can probably blind you from a mile away because they are so pale and white. I have tried Jergens regular moisturizers in the past so when I saw that they had one with SPF I was like SCORE! There is nothing better than finding a multifunctional product that works really well. This is a gradual self natural looking tanner that is a moisturizer with SPF that doesn’t stink or feel sticky. I think thats all I have to say for you to get the overall picture of how awesome this product is.
Moroccan Oil: I normally do a deep repair hair mask about once a week but since I finished the ones I had I haven’t had the chance to repurchase any so I didn’t have any to use this month. To compensate for the lack of extra moisture I usually give my hair I have been using this Moroccan Oil after I wash my hair. It leaves my hair feeling soft and good smelling without it getting greasy. I can’t say that it prevents my hair from getting damaged and split ends because I have a ton to begin with but it is one of the best leave in conditioner/oils I have tried.
Michael Kors Watch: I’ve had this watch for awhile now but it was never my go to watch until this month. I didn’t realize how versatile it was and the leather strap goes great with my casual everyday summer outfits. My other watches are linked watches so it just looks more formal with the metal hardware compared to the leather. Also leather is just more comfortable to wear when it gets hot and sweaty.
Puzzles and Dragons: I have been obsessed with this game! Its a game on you phone that has bejeweled type puzzles that you have to clear to fight monsters. Through the game you get to accumulate different monsters almost like pokemon and you also get to assemble your team to fight the next levels. It’s a lot more fun than a regular puzzle game like candy crush because your progress goes beyond just passing the level. You can add your friends that plays as well so you can assist each other through each stage/battle.
If you could recommend one product that you loved this month what would it be? AND if you play Puzzles and Dragons then we should probably be friends!
I have been on a Mascara Binge lately which would explain why I have so many mascara reviews up. I would like to do this review a little later but I just can’t contain how excited I am to have found this miracle worker in a tube.
Package: Feels just like any of the other Maybelline Mascaras.
Brush: Although I have mentioned that I generally don’t like plastic brushes but I DO like this one. This brush is very similar to the CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara (which is another mascara that I like as well).
Formulation: The most PERFECT consistency. Just the right amount of wet but not overly wet that will make my lashes loose its curl.
Performance: I got this in the waterproof formula (my usual) and I haven’t experience much smudging during a 7+ hour day. Your lashes are properly separated without it clumping up and best of all it holds a curl fantastically!
Final Verdict: Hands down the BEST drugstore mascara I have ever used. The curling power of this is comparable to my beloved Majolica Majorca Mascara which is amazing because I have not found one that is comparable until now. My only complaint would be that I would like this to be a bit more volumizing. I’m not saying that it isn’t volumizing already because it is, but in a very natural way. I like a bit more volume but besides that I Really Really Really do recommend this to those that have trouble finding a mascara that will hold your curls.
So I have shared a lot of my beloved product discoveries but as we all know there are many not so great products that was tried along the way. Instead of snatching a special spot in my collection of products they get their own special blog post.
Maybelline EyeStudio Cream Shadow Palette: Just don’t do it. This is one of the worse cream shadow products I have tried. If you have tried the old NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow pencil and those don’t work for you then I can guarantee you that this will fail you miserably. It creases on me almost instantly.. well.. more like an hour after application. It tends to just slip and slides and never really sets.
Loreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara: I have heard so many great things about this mascara but unfortunately it doesn’t work for me at all. The formulation is really wet, it’s a plastic flexible brush, it doesn’t hold a curl at all, and it smudges within a couple hours without it giving me any volume.
Stila One Step Bronze Primer: The product looks like mushed up jello when it’s dispensed from the tube. The bronze coloring doesn’t disperse evenly so it leaves your skin blotchy after applying. The weirdest and grossest part is that after application theres some residue that forms if you continue to rub it. It’s so weird and nasty that makes me almost believe that I got a bad bottle.
Bare Minerals Face and Body Color Genuine Jade: This highlighter gets more and more green each time you use it. Unless you’re the Incredible Hulk I haven’t met anyone that has a green undertone to their skin. I have quite a yellow undertone so I thought that this product would work and the first couple of times did work but as time went on I noticed how green this product actually is.
Laura Geller Blush n Brighten in Honey Dipped: As much as I tried liking this bronzer in the end I just couldn’t force it to work. The color was just too orange for me and a little to shimmery as well.
Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play: I don’t like crunchy stiff hair spray. That is all.
I have here another mascara review! I got this NYX mascara for Christmas which came in a set with some other products. I’ve actually never heard of anyone talking about this mascara so I’m not sure if it has good or bad reviews until now. I wanted to see what others have to say about it so of course I turned to Makeupalley right before starting this post. There are quite a lot of negative reviews on it and the thing that most people pointed out was that “it did nothing to their lashes”. I have to disagree with that actually because for me it does give me volume and a bit of lengthening like it says it does.
Package: Pretty normal square tube. Nothing special.
Brush: Very basic round bristle brush and it applies the product without clumping.
Formulation: Its not too dry or wet so right in the middle. It gives me enough volume but I wish it would give me a bit more length. The length it gives me is very minimal and like a lot of mascara it doesn’t hold my curls very well. The mascara probably brings my 100% curled lashes down to about 50% after application. I can still live with it because it hasn’t gotten to the point where its pointing downwards which will cause smudging later on the day.
Performance: Its lasts all day and I have only experienced smudging with this after about the 8th-9thth hour of wear which is still pretty good.
Final Verdict: The rating I would give this mascara would be a 3/5. This Mascara retails for $5.99 which is fairly cheap but for what it does there are way better mascaras in the drugstore for about the same price. This isn’t a horrible mascara but also it’s not something thats noteworthy. I will continue using this until I’m out but I would probably not be repurchasing this.
The feature today is going to be one of Lancome’s Mascara and is one of those mascara that I have grown to love. It’s not exactly my HG mascara though but there is a reason why I love it.
Package: Super adorable with the glitter on the ends. I think its probably one of the most gorgeous mascara packaging out there.
Brush: This brush is a flat triangle? I think the brush is what makes this mascara give your lashes a really nice volume boost. It separates and coats it with just the right amount of product and it helps flare out your lashes. It creates the most beautiful full lash effect. I prefer bristle brushes over the plastic ones just because I feel that they give a more natural look compared to plastic brushes that separates in a very artificial way. Formulation: Whether you like a dry or wet formula you will find the perfect consistency for you during the lifetime of this mascara. When you first open the tube it’s more on the wet side (which I didn’t like very much), then after letting it dry out a bit I personally think it works and looks even better. This is not one of those mascara that will dry out to the point where you can’t use it anymore within a couple weeks of opening.
Performance: For the most part it lasts all day without smudging but if you are out on a very hot summer day then you will probably experience some smudging after the 6/7th hour of wear but its nothing major to the point where you will turn into a panda. Please keep in mind that I don’t apply mascara to my bottom lashes so I don’t know how well it performs there. The only down side to this mascara for me is the fact that it doesn’t hold curls very well. It’s not as bad as some mascaras that I have tried where afterwards it looks like I never even curled it in the first place but the Hypnose Star brings my curls down about 40%. With my stubborn lashes this is actually quite good because the one and only brand of mascara that will hold my curls 100% is Majolica Majorca. The removal of this mascara is quite easy so some simple makeup remover will do the job.
Final Verdict: The rating I would give this mascara would be a 4/5. What I like about it is the brush, volume and effect it gives my lashes and the fact that it’s not hard to remove at all. If only this will hold my curls better then it will most definitely be my HG but its not. I will not be running out to repurchase this the moment I run out but it will be part of Products I would repurchase list in the future.
Do you have any Mascara recommendation?
**question for fellow bloggers.. Does your pictures change color when you upload it on wordpress? The color of my pictures gets more saturated to the point where it’s almost fluorescent? It’s really weird because when I upload it anywhere else the color is fine. help!**
I am going to start off with makeup first because the hair stuff you’ve seen in recent post already so its really nothing new.
Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner+Serum – $10.95
Need I say more? Theres 2 of these in the trash bin right now and if that doesn’t say that I freaking love this stuff then I don’t know what does. Long lasting, smear free, easy application, great price point, very pigmented, and just overall a HG product. I will repurchase this.
Model Co Fibre LashXtend Extreme Black Lengthing Mascara – $??
I got this in my birchbox awhile ago and this mascara just does absolutely nothing for me. It didn’t lengthen or volumize much. I like it when a mascara is on the drier side but this was just way too dry. I’m not sure if I got a bad tube but I couldn’t use this anymore after like a month after the first initial use. I would not recommend this product.
Benefit They’re Real Mascara – $23.00
Don’t you just hate it when an overhyped cult favorite product just doesn’t work for you? Well, I was really excited to try this mascara because sooo many people loved it and said it was such a great product but unfortunately my stubborn asian lashes didn’t like it. If it doesn’t hold my curl very well I can look past because I have accepted the fact that it’s very hard for me to find a mascara that will actually hold my curl well. So it did lengthen and separate my lashes like it claims but it didn’t volumize, lift, or curl my lashes. It started to smudge a little after the 6 hour mark but that acceptable. Overall, this is not the mascara for me so I would not be repurchasing this.
So for the next 3 products I’m not going to say much because I have mentioned these in past post before. I will be providing the link to a more in depth review if you’re interested.
Batiste Dry Shampoo Floral and Flirty Blush – $7.99 ($5.99 in TJ Max)
Don’t you agree that it’s one of the most rewarding feelings when you finally finish a product? You finally stuck it through to the end and now you can venture into the next new item. Although its a bittersweet moment when we have to say our farewells to some beloved products but we know that we will come together again one day when the repurchase has been made.