Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dry Brush Chevron Tips


Wow! I can't believe how easy it is to creative this cool looking pink and purple dry brush tips. This will be a short one!


I used a cream color as the base and this one is Julep's Lillian. 



Then I started brushing a burgundy polish on the tips. I dabbed off some of the polish onto a piece pf paper and just went in without thinking too much.



Then I did the same using a hot pink polish.



I kept adding little by little until I am happy with the result and we are done!



Polishes used:
White - Julep - Lillian
Pink - Zoya
Burgundy - Mineral Fusion

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

BoxyCharm Jan 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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I have recently unsubscribed from Glossybox because they started to have repeat items and they focus more on the skincare side, which isn't a bad thing, but I have too much skincare backups already. I think makeup products would be more fun and I know BoxyCharm is a popular one that constantly have good feedback. I will see if I want to continue this subscription. If I do, there are 3, 6, or 12 months plans that could save me some money.

What I got this month:


Pur - Bronze and Brighten Cheek Palette
Holy PIGMENTS!! This palette is intense! The shades are extremely pigmented and they are more like eyeshadows than face products. I am actually afraid to use them on my cheeks, well, maybe not the highlighter. I like a good beaming highlighter. Anyway, they are super soft and creamy to the touch. 


IT Cosmetics - Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil 
I already own and I am currently using this eyebrow pencil. I love IT Cosmetics as they use skincare ingredients in their makeup. This brow pencil claims to be anti-aging and contains biotin, saw palmetto (what is this?), and antioxidants. The shade is greyish brown which is good for me but I am not 100% sure if it is as universal as it claims. But so far I have heard good reviews from different hair colour people from the beauty community.


Girlactik - Matte Lip Paint in Posh
This is my first time trying Girlactik! The shade is an terra cotta nude which is very easy to wear. I like this shade on my skin tone. The formula is lightweight and it dries very quickly. I always wear a balm underneath any matte liquid lip and therefore I don't find it drying. So far so good!


Crown Pro - Glam Metals Palette
This palette has 8 brown/grey metallic shades and 1 matte black shade. All the metallic shades are good and pigmented.The black shade is not black enough, but it's still easy to blend. I think it still needs other shades to complete a look such as a lighter shade, neutral transition shade... But overall it's not bad. It is my first time trying shadows from this brand.


Dr. Brandt - Pores No More Luminizer Primer
I have used the original Pores No More Primer and really liked it. I think this is a new product that is luminizing. It has tiny golden shimmers in it but its not shimmery on the face under my foundation. It does provide a radiant glow to the skin. But I think the original Pore No More can blur pores a little better.

Overall I really like this month's box and I think the price is worth it. I will continue to next months and see if I will join for longer!


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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Ipsy Jan 2018 Unboxing and First Impressions

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Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service that comes with a new makeup bag and 5 beauty sample products for the price of $10 USD/month.

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This month's bag is a blue honey comb texture fabric with neon yellow stripe down the middle. It reminds me of the neon coloured fitness suits that people wear back then. I guess it is for the new year resolution since the card came with it kind of talked about 2018 goals. 

What I got this month:



The Balm Cosmetics - Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter - 1.05 g
I love this highlighter! This was one of my very first products that got my addicted to highlighters! It is so creamy and gorgeous without glitter. I use this all the time! Now that I have a fresh one to bring on the go! Love!



Seraphine Botanicals - Lip Stain - 2.5 g
This shade is called Rasin and Cream. It is supposed to be hydrating and long lasting. I love the feeling of the lip crayon, it is quite hydrating. I like the colour too! It is more terra cotta so the colour of the packaging is a bit misleading. Overall I really like this!



Lue by Jean Seo - Hydrating and Calming Serum - 15 mL
I like a good hydrating serum as I load that up on my face every day and night! This is quite light weight and contains only a few ingredients including sodium hyaluronate, which helps the skin to retain moisture!

Dermelect - Microfacial Exfoliating Masque - 15 mL
I love face masks and I do one everyday! This one is "made with kaolin clay to purify pores and absorb excess oils, coconut and avocado oils to nourish, and pure Vitamin C to get you glowing." I can't wait to try this out!



Slmissglam - L36 Tapered Highlight Brush 
What a cute brush?! It has a pink glitter handle, jewel stones, and ombre purple and pink bristles!! I love the look of this. It has soft synthetic bristles and it can be used for lots of purposes. Besides highlighting, I like this shape for setting undereye concealer. Love the look!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ipsy Nov 2017 Unboxing and First Impressions

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Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service that comes with a new makeup bag and 5 beauty sample products for the price of $10 USD/month.

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This month's bag is a blue and shiny black one. I don't think it is anything special.

What I got:


Tarte - Amazonian Clay Blush in Feisty - 1.5 g
I love Tarte! I also love their Amazonian Clay blushes! I am so happy to see a Tarte blush in this month's Ipsy! This color is a gorgeous neutral to nude tone that would look great on most skin tones! Love!


MAC - Prep + Prime Natural Radiance - 6 mL
I am surprised to see MAC in Ipsy! I have never seen MAC in subscription boxes! Anyway, this claims to be a primer and highlighter, which I don't think so. There is no highlighting effect on this in my opinion. It also claims to control oil, hydrate, and smooth out the complexion. Sounds pretty good right? I can't wait to test this out!


Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank - Matte Bronzer - 6 g
This is a more warm toned bronzer. I have never heard of this brand nor Lisa Frank. This bronzer feels smooth and pigmented. It's not bad! I like the leopard packaging too!


Clark's Botanicals - Deep Moisture Mask - Unknown Amount
I love masks especially moisturizing ones! I like the fresh floral scent of this mask. It claims to contain algae extract, Japanese green tea, and jasmine to calm, soothe, soften, and reduce redness.

Codage Paris - Scrubbing Cream - 15 mL
This face scrub is made with super fine rice particles. Interesting! It is free of nasty stuff like paraben and phtalates. I will put this to good use for sure!


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Purple Quilted Texture

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I saw this quilted nailart online and had to try it out myself since they are too pretty! However, it was harder to do than I have imagined. More practice is definitely required to perfect them!


I chose a purple pink polish by Julep called Julep. I painted a base layer and waited for it to dry.



Then after painting the 2nd layer, I took a dental floss stick and lightly pressed on the nail before the polish has set. It was quite a challenge to make everything even. You can see that some spots are shallow while others are too deep that you can even see the bare nail.



You can also see the rough edges of the dents.



I painted a layer of clear top coat over all the nails to smooth out everything and we are done!

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Suspension Bridge on Ombre Orange

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I have always wanted to do a nailart with bridges since I am a bridge engineer! This one is a simple one with a suspension bridge on the sunset background!


For the base, I used a shimmery orange polish by Mineral Fusion.


Then I did the gradient sky by sponging on a purple polish on the tips. As usual, I used tape around the nails to protect the skin so I would have minimal cleanup to do.




After the base had dried, I took a black nail striper and started drawing! I just used all black for the bridge for the effect of the sunset sky at the back. I might try to do a different type of bridge next time!





Products used:
Orange - Mineral Fusion
Purple - Julep, Butter London
Black Striper - Color Club
Sponge, Tape

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ipsy Oct 2017 Unboxing and First Impressions

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Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service that comes with a new makeup bag and 5 beauty sample products for the price of $10 USD/month.

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This month's bag comes in burgundy wine color with subtle lace detail. The color is perfect for the fall season but I wish the lace is more noticeable.

What I got:



Urban Decay - 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion - 0.8 g
Everyone loves Urban Decay right? I am excited to get this eye pencil since I have tried these before and loved them! It swatches so easily and it truly "glides-on"! The staying power is good as well since I had a hard time removing the swatch! Love!



IT Cosmetics - Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder - Unknown amount
I own this powder in loose form and I love it. I use it all the time! It really smooths out the skin to hide pores and lines without making the skin look dry or cakey. In addition, it has skincare benefits while doing it too! Now I can have a pressed mini size for on the go. Yay!



Hey Honey - Cream Concealer - 8 mL
I have never heard of this product before and this is quite a thick concealer. It seems to have high coverage as well. It also contains lots of good skincare ingredients and I love makeup with skincare benefits!



skyn ICELAND - Eye Cream - 4 g
This eye cream claims to improve skin elasticity and stimulate cell rejuvenation to help the under eye area look firmer and smoother. I am all for that! I love getting eye creams from subscription boxes because they last a long time! Haha.

JM Solution - Jelly Cleanser - 30 mL
This cleanser claims to foam up like a "foam party" LOL. It also contains hyaluronic acid which is very hydrating and I like it already! I have never heard of this brand. It is from Korea and I know the Koreans know their skincare well!


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Friday, October 06, 2017

Strawberry Nails

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Here's a set of simply strawberries nails that would sure impress!


I used a bright red polish for the base. This one is Myriam by Julep.



Then I used a white polish to paint on the dots as the strawberry surface beads and also added the leaves on the accent nail! Easy right?



Polishes used:
Red - Julep
White - OPI
Green - Mineral Fusion

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Bumble Bee Nails

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Buzz buzz... how cute is this set of bumble bee nails?? I love doing these colorful animal nails!


For the base, I used a black and a bright yellow polish.



Once the base had completely dried, I put some tape on the 4th finger nail to do the stripes.


Then I painted the black polish over it and then removed the tape right away. There we have the stripes!



On the 3rd finger nail, I painted a half moon on the tip with the black polish. Then I used a dotting tool to paint on the eyes and antennae, and we are done!



Products used:
Black Striper - Color Club
Black - Kiko
White - Collistar
Red & Yellow - Julep
Tape
Dotting Tool


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