Monday, July 16, 2018

Royal Blue Dry Brushing


I love doing drying brushing because I can do endless color combinations! This time is a darker toned manicure with royal blue and black and grew dry brushing.


For the base, I used a metallic royal blue polish by Julep and it's called Danica.


Then I started dry brushing with a black polish and did some vertical and horizontal strokes.



I repeated the dry brush strokes with a cream color and a pearly silver/white polish and called it a day!


Polishes used:
Blue, Black - Julep
Cream - Deborah Lippmann
Pearly Silver - Butter London

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Ipsy June 2018 First Impressions

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This month's theme is Pride Month. The bag is in shades of pink and red which is cute but I think it can be more colorful to match the theme.

What I got this month:


Makeup Up Forever - Hydrating Primer
I have tried this line of primer in the pore blurring one and liked that! I know there are many in this line. This hydrating one feels light and quite hydrating on my hand. But let's see how well it can prolong the makeup.


Kaleido Cosmetics - Blush in Primadonna
I got the shade in a golden pink and I likethe shade! It can look very flattering in most skin tones. I love that it is made with "entirely plant-based ingredients and is 100% cruelty-free, vegan, talc-free, phthalate-free and paraben-free". I love makeup products with more natural and safer ingredient! Gonna be wearing it lots for sure!


Estate Cosmetics - Lip Icing in Goodie
This is a very light pigmented pink gloss with tiny holographic shimmer. It is very comfy and easy to wear. I like to use it over a lipcolor as it is too sheer on its own. One thing I don't like about it is the wand does not pick up enough product and I have to re-dip it back at least twice for each application.


Dr Lili Fan Probiotic Skincare - Eye Cream
This eye cream is made with "anti-inflammatory, stimulating stem cell and lipopeptide technology to help give under eye puffiness, lines, and circles the boot." Yes to all please! It also says to apply a liberal amount and don't over dab in. I love receiving eye creams!

Formula 10.0.6 - Three Times Sublime
This is an interesting product that you can use as a cleanser, scrub, or face mask. I have never heard of that! It has grapefruit scent and is made with jojoba oil so it won't be too dry. I most likely will be using it as a scrub and leaving it on as a mask!


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Friday, June 22, 2018

Watermelon Nails

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Let's do a summer nailart to get into the mood of the season! I love doing fruits nailart during this hot time of the year because they are very bright and colourful!


For the base, I use a bright pink and a green.


On the 3rd finger, I painted a green tip across over the pink and I added the watermelon pattern on the 4th finger.


Then I added the seed and the white along the seam of the green tip and we have a slice of watermelon! Done! Bright and cute!


Polishes used: 
Pink, White, Dark Green - Julep
Green - Mineral Fusion
Brown - Zoya

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ipsy May 2018 First Impressions

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This month's theme is travel and the bag is a yellow with red mail stamp all over it. I think it's very cute! Like! 👍

What I got:



Trèstique - Mini Matte Blur Stick
I was most excited about this item from this month's bag! I love a good blurring primer and this one really does blur the lines on the back of my hand. It says you can also wear it over your makeup to instantly reduce shine and it won't mess with your makeup. How cool is that? Love!



First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum
I love First Aid Beauty and I am happy to get this serum to try out! I already love their Ultra Repair Cream which is super moisturizing and can heal patchy dry spots. I love a good hydrating serum and always try to use one under my moisturizer. It's a clear gel which absorbs into the skin very quickly!

Veneffect Skin Care - Micro-Exfoliant
This is my first time hearing this brand. I use exfoliant all the time in both physical and chemical form. I like that this one contains grapeseed, soy, pomegranate, and willow bark, so it adds some beneficial properties on top of the scrubbing!



Slimissglam - Beauty Sponge
I use a beauty sponger everyday to blend my foundation and concealer. I mostly use the Beauty Blender. This will be my first time trying Slmissglam sponge. It seems to be a bit firmer than the Beauty Blender but it has the bell shape with a flat edge. I will see how this performs!



Pureheals - Centella Green Tea Mask
Another new brand to me. I do face mask everyday and love trying out new ones. This one contains green tea (detox) and vitamin C (brighten) - yes to both! It says you can also use it as a targeted spot treatment for blemishes and dark spots. Interesting. I will be using this tonight!


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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Blue Leopard Print

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I always say I love doing animal print nails because they are very easy to make and yet can be quite impressive! This time I chose blue as my leopard pattern theme.


I used a cream white and silver polish besides the blue.


On the white nails, I dabbed some light blue polish straight from the brush in the bottle.


I then outlined the light blue patches with the darker blue polish using a detailing brush to complete the leopard look, and that was it!


Polishes used:
Blue and White - Julep
Light Blue - Spa Ritual
Silver - Mineral Fusion

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Ipsy April 2018 First Impressions

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This month's make up bag is a cute and pinkish tone one with butterfly print and rose gold details. I really like it and have already been using it in my purse!

What I got:


Ciate London - Startruck Double-Ended Stamp Liquid Liner
At first I didn't think I would like this stamper eye liner but after playing with it by stamping on my hand and pretend its a tattoo, I think this is so fun! The normal felt tip liner side is super black too. However, I wish the formula is more long lasting. The ink stamp seems to fade easily. But overall I love it!


Wander Beauty - Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks
What a fun name "baggage claim"! I love any masks and this gold foil technology lets the serum to fully soak into the skin before evaporating. It says it can brighten, reduce dark circle, and hydrate. Yes to all please!


Paula Dorf Cosmetics - Bronzer in Bora Bora
This brand is new to me and the bronzer powder feels very smooth. It swatches nicely on my hand. I like that the color is not too dark so I can slowly build it up until I am satisfied. The bronzer has a brown undertone so I won't be using it as a contour shade.


Purifect by Symphony Beauty - Micellar Cleansing Water in Coconut
Another new brand to me. I learned about how the name "micellar" got used from reading about it on Ipsy website. "It looks and feels like your everyday H2O, but it contains microscopic molecules called micelles that act as magnets and attach to dirt, grime, and other icky stuff lingering on your skin." Hey you learn something everyday! I use micellar water once in a while (I normally use a cleansing oil) and will be using this for sure! It removed my hand swatches pretty darn well!

Ruby - Eyeshadow Blending Brush
OMG the brand Ruby? It's my brand!! Haha. I like brushes in this size and shape for my crease color. It is made with synthetic material and it feels quite soft!


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Triangle Blocking Tips

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Here's a simple color blocking manicure with no special tools required!


After the base pink polish had dried, I painted on the black and silver onto the corner tip of each nail. I made different sizes of the block for a more random look.



Then I simply paint over the tips with the other color and covering the first block partially. And that was it!



Polishes Used:
Black and Pink - Julep
Silver - Spa Ritual

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Monday, April 16, 2018

BoxyCharm March 2018 First Impressions

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BoxyCharm is a monthly beauty subscription that focus mainly on makeup with 4-5 full size products. It costs $21 USD per month.

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What I got this month:



Pretty Vulgar - Make Them Blush in 111 Prim Vixen
I was most wowed by this product when I opened this box because of the gorgeous gold packaging. I have never tried anything from this brand and this blush is in a bright pink color! I don't usually go for blush color like this but hey, that's why we get subscription boxes right? It feels super smooth and luxurious to touch! I am excited to wear this on my cheeks!



PUR - Eyeshadow Palette
This is a pretty big palette with 12 eyeshadows. Most of them are very creamy and pigmented! This is my first time trying PUR eyeshadow and I quite like them. The color scheme here is more peach, pink and neutral, which is easy to wear.



The Vintage Cosmetic Company - Eye Brush Set
There are 3 brushes in this set and they are all nice and soft. I like that they are white so I can see if I have leftover colors on the brush before applying new color. Every makeup wearer can use more eye brushes right?



Butter London - Double Decker Mascara
This mascara claims to give you 200% thicker lashes with 314% increase in curl! Haha, 314% that precise hey? This is my first time trying Butter London mascara. I already love their nail polishes and I hope their make up is good too!



South Mane Beauty - Under Eye Gel Mask
There are 3 pairs of eye masks in the pack and I have already tried them under my eyes. They are soft gel patches that stay on very well. I like the feeling of the gel but it was hard to tell if they did anything after just 1 use. I love doing masks tho!


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Monday, March 26, 2018

Elegant Burgundy with Jewels

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Why don't we do a simply elegant jewels nails this time? You can re-create this with any colors you want! Let's start.


For the base, I used this gorgeous burgundy color by Butter London. It's call Pash. I left out a half moon shape with no polish on the index finger.


Then I took some Sally Hansen silver studs and some clear polish to line the index finger and placed a triangular shape on the middle finger. I also added one stud on the 4th finger.

A tip for making sure the studs stay well is to dab extra clear coat around the studs after placement. This might decrease the reflective properties of the studs so try to dab around them instead of piling on top.



Products Used:
Burgundy - Butter London - Pash
Silver Studs - Sally Hansen

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Ipsy March 2018 First Impressions

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This month's bag has a "creativity" theme with cute black and white print for coloring. There are two crayons in the bag (extra items) that you can color on the bag! Fun right? 

What I got:


Tarte - Sex Kitten Eyeliner
Who doesn't need more black eyeliners? I love Tarte and I am excited to try this eyeliner. It claims to be smudge proof and that is a big factor for me. It swatches easily on my hand but I think it can be more black. I like the twist up and how pointy it is tho! Can't wait to try on my eyes.


Finding Ferdinand - Mini Lipstick in Rose Gold
I have never heard of this brand but I am surprised by the quality of it. It is a creamy lipstick and the shade I got is so flattening (rosy pink). It claims to have sunscreen in it so the lips are protected. It's very comfortable and non-drying. I love it!


Benefit - BAD Gal Bang Mascara in Pitch Black
This is a brand new mascara by Benefit and it claims to give you 36 hours of full-blast volume. It has a slim brush that claims to reach every lash. Let's see how this new mascara can give me volume!


AHAVA - Purifying Mud Mask
This mask is made with mud from the Dead Sea which claims to detox, unclog pores, and still boost hydration. Sounds pretty good right? Usually I find mud or clay mask a little drying. Hope this one is good!

BRTC - Jasmine Waterful Foaming Cleanser
I have used this Korean brand years ago but only tried their BB cream when BB cream was still new. This cleanser claims to remove makeup (even long wear lipsticks) and exfoliate when keeping the skin hydrated. That seems to be a lot of goodness claims for a cleanser. I know the Jasmine line focuses on hydration and I always love a good hydrating skincare product!




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