Re: Fall 2016 Makeup Haul

While walking around our neighborhood with my sister and baby niece, we attempted to stop by Shoppers Drugmart for a few minutes. Well, a few minutes turned into almost an hour… I saw that Maybelline and Rimmel were having a sale on some items I haven’t tried before. So I grabbed a few items for fall.

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Decided to save the Joe Fresh eye shadow in Ice for another post in case you’re wondering where the white eye shadow on the bottom right is from. 

First up is the Maybelline Fit Me Liquid Foundation in 220 Natural Beige (Normal to Dry range). One of my friends posted a video a few months ago, talking about this product so I wanted to give it a try. I normally wear powder foundation because I find liquid foundation heavy at times. So, I was pleasantly surprised that this foundation felt weightless. It also blended well with a sponge or foundation brush and it has SPF18! In terms of colour match, I find that the foundation matches my skin pretty well, although I did notice that the formula oxidizes a tad darker. Also, the foundation is light-medium coverage so if you’re looking for a more full coverage foundation, this product is not for you. I would say it’s long wearing, especially if you set the foundation with powder and a setting spray.

IMG_0022.jpgNext up is a liquid lipstick from Rimmel, the Provocalips 16hr Kiss Proof Lip Colour in 750 Heart Breaker. It has a doe foot applicator for both the gloss and the actual liquid lipstick. I tried this product a few times and I like that it’s pigmented. It is also kiss proof, but can be very drying on the lips. It is a liquid lipstick after all so that’s understandable. You can layer the product to get a more opaque finish, but the product is not long wearing and you’ll see the liquid lipstick crumbling over time. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend getting this product even if it is kiss proof. Crumbling lips ain’t cute! Haha 😉

IMG_0021.jpgFrom Maybelline again, I got an Expert Wear quad eyeshadow in 220 Chai Latte. It’s not a new product launch, I simply wanted to give the quad a try. The copper eye shadow on the top right corner attracted me to this quad since I’ve been looking for a similar colour. Honestly, the eye shadows are okay in terms of pigmentation. You will probably have to layer a few times to get the true colour of the eye shadow. It’s a versatile quad that has 3 shimmers and 1 matte eye shadows so you can easily use the darker shade if you want to try a smokey eye with a hint of copper tone.

IMG_0020.jpgBaked Highlighter from Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics in Bellissima, was a product I got from one of my ipsy glam bags. It’s a very pigmented highlighter that has a slight hint of peachy pink. A beautiful highlighter for your cheekbones! You don’t need a lot of the product on your brush since it picks up pretty well.

Finally, my L’Oreal love affair continues with the Tint Caresse in Lily Blossom. I got this baby from my dad since he flew back from the Philippines for a couple of weeks. It’s actually an item I have wanted to try since last year. Unfortunately, they were out of stock since it was a new product launch. L’Oreal doesn’t carry this product in North America so it wasn’t something I can buy here.

Right of the bat, the packaging is gorgeous! It has a sponge applicator and the product is deposited from the cap. You’ll hear a little click once you unscrew the cap. From there, the product is immediately deposited on the sponge. I wanted to try this product because despite of it being a lip product, the lip tint formula is powder. I thought that was really cool and innovative! After trying this product a few times, the application process is easy and the formula is not drying on the lips. It’s not a long-wearing product so you will probably have to reapply, especially if you like to eat as much as I do. 🙂 From what I gathered, the product is supposed to help you get a gradient lip effect (a popular trend in Korea). If you have very pigmented lips like myself, you can add a little bit of foundation to cancel out the colour.

That’s it for my Fall Makeup Haul! What are some of your fall makeup favourites? Share with us by leaving a comment below!

Always,

K

 

 

 

Re: Finally hitting pan on the first makeup I ever bought!

IMG_8651I was 18-19 years old when I bought my first makeup. It was a blush-bronzer compact from Caryl Baker called Venice Beach. The shimmery copper tones with a pretty rose pink shade and a hint of champagne gave me a nice summer glow pre-highlighter craze. Plus, it was great for contouring my cheeks! Buying this compact and a few other makeup items after that was my first venture of expressing my femininity using makeup. So, naturally noticing that I finally hit pan after a few years of using the blush-bronzer compact made me feel a little nostalgic…

Growing up with my two sisters, you would think that makeup would be a big thing in our house, but it wasn’t. My mother seldom wore makeup and if she did wear any, she only wears a little lipstick and maybe a touch of powder. That’s about it. It also didn’t help that for a really long time, I saw putting on makeup as something similar to putting on a mask. It just didn’t feel like something that I would do everyday. So, what changed my attitude?

For starters, having fun with makeup and seeing the difference that it can make when we use it to accentuate our best features instead of covering up our worst.

For starters, having fun with makeup and seeing the difference that it can make when we use it to accentuate our best features instead of covering up our worst. In that mindset, we’re focusing on our best qualities and owning it instead of looking at our worst qualities and trying to “fix” them. Understanding that difference helped me start to embrace a different kind of femininity and beauty that I wasn’t necessarily exposed to as a young girl. At 24, it’s still awkward sometimes when someone compliments me!

It was always, about taking care of your skin and making sure that I don’t pop pimples because it might leave a scar or I shouldn’t touch my face too much because of the excess oils and dirt on my fingers from touch everything else, blah, blah, blah. All of those are good habits to have but it’s also nice to feel pretty. It feels great when you walk into a meeting with the top honchos of your firm and you know that you’re slaying it with your voluminous lashes and blinding cheekbone highlight.

That, my beautiful friends, is the power of makeup.

Do you remember your first time wearing making up? Share with us your experiences by leaving a comment below! 🙂

Always,

K

P.S. Hiding your beauty is so passé. Embrace it. Feel pretty because you are.

 

 

 

Re: Who names these eyeshadows?

I’m sure we’ve all thought about this. We swatch the eyeshadow colour, ouu! It’s nice! Then we look at the back to get the name of it for future reference and it says, “Scratch.” Scratch what? Oh right, that’s the name of the eyeshadow! Womp, womp… So I thought, why not find the most interesting eyeshadow names you can find in the market?! Here’s a top 10 of the most unique names of eyeshadows!

Mildew eyeshadow by urban decay
Who wants to wear ‘mildew’ (mold) on their eyes? I don’t know, just a thought.
  1. Mildew by Urban Decay
  2. Erotic by Colour Pop
  3. Multitasker by Tarte (in Tartelette palette)
  4. Beans are White by Zoeva (in Cocao Blen palette)
  5. Hammered by Colour Pop
  6. Schmooze by Buxom
  7. Tease by Urban Decay
  8. Dive Bar by Urban Decay
  9. Grind by Tarte (tarteist metallic shadow)
  10. Hussy by Tarte (tarteist metallic shadow)

From this little experiment I found out: 1. There are a lot of eyeshadow names that can be mistaken for sexual innuendos and 2. Sometimes the names don’t actually describe the eyeshadow colour, well in the most obvious way possible.

I’d really like to hear your thoughts on this; pretty curious is anyone else noticed these with other makeup products. Feel free to leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us! 🙂

Always,

K

Disclaimer: These eyeshadows as a product are pretty awesome in terms of pigmentation and wear. Definitely not hating on the products or brands mentioned in this post. They have beautiful makeup products! 🙂

 

Top 5 Under $5

 

Top 5 makeup picks under $5While browsing through Walmart’s cosmetics department to repurchase my L’Oreal mascara I noticed that Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara was significantly cheaper! Knowing that many makeup artists and beauty gurus on Youtube have raved about this mascara over the years, I still reluctantly bought the mascara because I personally haven’t tried it before. For $3.96 I wouldn’t be losing too much anyway. Reading more reviews about this mascara lead me to writing a post dedicated to my top 5 makeup picks under $5. I know right?! UNDER $5!

Starting of with elf cosmetics, I ordered 2 items online from their huge collection: Ain’t that sweet Smudge pot & Makeup Mist & Set. All of their products are very affordable, cover a good range of skin types, and they have brushes too! I got the smudge pot and spray for $3 each and FREE shipping for signing up for their newsletter.

The smudge pot is shimmery and easily buildable. I liked using my ring finger when applying the product because I found that the product was a tad patchy. The colour pay off is moderate; you definitely have to build it up a bit but once you do, the product will not budge! I actually had to go over it with makeup remover twice to get it all of off! Now, I haven’t been able to really test out the mist & set spray yet, but when I do I’ll be posting my thoughts on my Instagram account. Feel free to follow me on Instagram for the update! 🙂

Onto essence cosmetics! This brand does not have a huge line but they do have the basics. I got an eyebrow gel for $2.99 and a lip liner for $1.99. If you ask me, those prices are a steal! I really like the brow gel because it’s clear and it dried relatively quickly. Since I have a healthy brow size and thickness, the brow gel was able to help me lock in loose eyebrow hairs. Meanwhile, I also liked the lip liner a lot! It went on really smoothly and it was very pigmented. I added a touch of gloss on top since I’m really into gloss right now, making my lips look plump. Did I mention that essence cosmetics is cruelty free too? 😉

Maybelline Great Lash mascara in blackest blackLast but not the least, I tried the Maybelline Great Lash mascara in blackest black (waterproof) for about a week consistently. The formula works well with my lashes and I appreciate that the wand is small; that was helpful to getting at the very root of my lashes. Though, I didn’t like that it my bottom lashes were smudged after a long workday. Come to think of it, I had a similar experience with the Maybelline rocket mascara when I tried it a while back. That being said, I wouldn’t mind finishing the bottle before trying out different mascaras. It’s still a good product for the price and it did hold up my curls well.

This completes my top 5 under $5 for today! I might do a post a like this when I found more products. 🙂  Do you have a makeup item to add to this list? Share with us by leaving a comment below! 🙂

 

Always,

K