Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Another Haul (Kiehl's Clearly Corrective, Urban Decay, Cargo, etc.)


Found this at Nordstrom Rack
Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box (only $10!) so excited when I saw it
Cargo Fresh Face Complexion Kit in Light ($20)
- full size Cargo Blu_Ray pressed powder (wanted to try this since a YTer talked about it a while ago, hopefully it controls my oil well)
- full size OneBase concealer + foundation in one (seems a little dark when I tried it on my hands)
- travel size Activating Face Primer
- travel size Bronzer in medium



Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution 1.7 oz ($76)
Got this with a giftcard after MissGlamorazzi talked about it in her favorites, I didn't see results in 3 days, but I'll keep everyone updated in the next few weeks/months


Kiehl's Clearly Corrective
Purifying Foaming cleanser $27
Brightening Moisture Emulsion $58
This line is very expensive, only a little less expensive than Shiseido White Lucent, I got it only because I have a discount at Bloomingdales


Tweezerman Emerald tweezer ($20) - I can feel the quality difference between this and the Sally hansen, but I wish it came with a little tweezer holder
Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser 16 oz ($33)
I like this cleanser a lot for removing face makeup, but it doesn't remove eye makeup as I expected after hearing Youtubers talk about it

Burt's Bees Coconut Foot creme
The texture of this is really interesting, very oily at first and when you message it in it turns into more of a cream. I used it once and haven't used it since because I've been kind of lazy o.O

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Review: L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation




9 hours later, no blotting

Pros
- Blends in easily
- Dries quickly

Cons
- Accentuates dry patch
- Not long lasting
- Minimal coverage
- Hard to tell color from bottle

Value
$11-14 for 0.91 oz / 27 ml

Verdict
Since I have acne prone skin and lots of acne scars, this foundation doesn't work very well covering those areas since it will accentuate the dry skin, or not cover that patch of skin at all because it is hard to stick to those surfaces. For a foundation named "liquid powder" I am definitely not impressed with its staying power, although it smear or anything. However, I wouldn't recommend it to oily-skinned gals.

Repurchase?
No.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Splurge: Chanel Sunglasses

I added text on the pic in case someone took the pic and pretended to sell it or something

I don't know what everyone's favorite luxury brand is, but I've always wanted a pair of Chanel sunglasses since I started working when I turned 18. Hopefully once I graduate I will have a job where I can afford to buy a Chanel handbag and matching wallet.
However, Chanel accessories are not offered online at Nordstrom or Bloomingdales. Two weeks ago, I was lucky to have gone somewhere near Union Square in San Francisco, CA to take care of something. Of course I couldn't resist going to Bloomingdale's to see if they have Chanel sunglasses.

I originally wanted the 5205 which had a bow with the double C logo, but that style is not offered anymore and I don't trust any websites that sell it. Since I get a discount at Bloomy's, I figured I'll just get the sunglasses and see what happens.
I absolutely LOVE these sunglasses, I wasn't crazy about them in the store but it was the best choice for my face shape. After wearing them for 2 weeks... I am really glad I got these <3

These retail for $340 in stores, which is VERY expensive but I figure... I will never want to spend this much money on any other brand of sunglasses, so I will treat myself this time for my 21st birthday (2 months early... But hey).

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Review: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream

Happy August!




Before / After

Pros
- SPF 30
- Evens skintone
- Light coverage
- Hydrating
- Doesn't feel heavy on the skin

Cons
- Limited color selection
- No long wave UVA protection

Value
$7 for 1 oz / 30 ml

Verdict
I didn't like this much when I first used it because I had applied a moisturizer beforehand, it basically wiped away on my skin and did nothing. One day, I tried it after using toner without moisturizer and it gave me a lot better coverage, and I've been using it daily ever since. The BB doesn't really give much coverage compared to the Asian BB creams, but I like to use it on days when I'm just lazy and doesn't feel like putting much on.
It goes on very dewy and makes me look kind of shiny, sometimes my hair even sticks to my face more as a result of this BB cream, so I don't exactly love it but I like the SPF 30 and how light it feels on the skin.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Random Haul (Butter London, K-Palette, Hello Kitty, Minions!)


Butter London Backstage Basics ($24 from Nordstrom)
I've always wanted to try Butter London, and I had a Nordstrom giftcard. I didn't know it came with an actual nail polish, will post soon

K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Lash Perm ($18 at Asian Beauty store)
Tried this once already... Disappointed and it was expensive -_-
K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo brow pencil in Greyish Brown ($7.50)
I like this so far, but brow pencils last me forever anyway, I thought the color was unique. If I find this in China I will be very disappointed that I paid the higher price


I've been kind of shopping for my trip to China to go study abroad, and of course I found cute Hello Kitty things and decided to buy them...
Quilted PVC bag ($65 retail, $49 on sale)
Neck pillow ($19.50)


I don't know if Coach outlets are around everywhere, but I went to one recently and found these little wallets. They're so cute!
$24.50 on "sale," not that cheap but I like how small it is with your ID on the back


Calvin Klein leather Prelia flats in Mint ($49 on sale)
Of course I couldn't resist this color. I need to stop buying these stretchy flats though, they're rather uncomfortable if you wear them for long


I love Minions! They're adorable.
Poster ($5 from Walmart)
Bandaid ($4? from Walmart)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Review & Application: Maybelline Fit Me Shine-free foundation


Left: bare face
Right: foundation applied with fingers

After ~8 hours w/o powder

Pros
- Natural, medium coverage
- Smooth texture
- Relatively long lasting
- Fragrance free

Cons
- Not too much product

Value
$7-8 for 0.32 oz / 9 g

Verdict
I surprisingly liked this foundation, considering most stick and cream foundations could get cakey, unnatural or hard to blend. This one was very smooth and blended in perfectly and still lasted a good while. There is a good color selection considering it's in the Fit Me line, I just eye-balled my color.
The product is supposed to have an anti-shine core, which I think kind of helps with the wear of the foundation but the foundation itself is very good. I highly recommend trying this foundation if you have normal to oily skin.

Repurchase?
 Yes.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Review & Application: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation




Applied with fingers


Pros
- Natural-looking
- Light to medium coverage
- Pleasant fragrance (could be con)
- Light texture, kind of liquidy

Cons
- Not long lasting
- Expensive

Value
$45 for 1 oz / 30 ml

Verdict
Overall: B
This is the second most expensive foundation I have ever tried (the 1st being the Chanel Perfection Lumiere), and I have to say I'm mildly disappointed after MissGlamorazzi on Youtube said this is a "second layer of perfect skin."
Granted, I have a lot of scars from past acne spots, but I found that the best way to work with this foundation is using a slightly dewy moisturizer, because the foundation might settle in some parts of your skin that's dry. However, as the day goes on and oil starts seeping through my skin, the foundation kind of "breaks" and you can see your original skin peeking through. If you powder it's not as bad depending on what powder you use. You can also add primers and use setting sprays to your liking, but as a lazy person I want something that'll just work, esp since this was so expensive. The best way to apply this is with your fingers since it dries kind of fast, I've tried it once with a brush and didn't like it.
As you can tell from the picture, it did diminish the redness quite a bit, but it also accentuated the dry flakes on my skin.
If you're still interested in this foundation, I recommend getting a sample before getting it, especially considering its price. I would say for acne scarred skin like mine... There are better foundations and BB creams out there that will cover more.

Repurchase?
Maybe, leaning towards no.

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