Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Nails!

Red nails are my favorite because they look so classy, yet sexy at the same time. LOL It's the holiday season so I decided to throw some silver and white colors on my nails. It's a very easy approach in achieving holiday nails! :P



What am I wearing?

China Glaze's "Red Satin" is very sheer. You need at least three coats to get it looking opaque. Milani's Holographic nail polish is discontinued, but it's a beautiful holographic silver when you build it up with 4+ coats. It also takes forever and a day to dry! I purchased the Sephora Formula X "Vaporize" polish at Marshalls for $4! It's a sheer white pearl shade - definitely perfect for the holidays!


Happy holidays friends! :)

Friday, December 12, 2014

SWATCHES: Em Cosmetics Lip Gallery Lipsticks!

Yes, I have more lipsticks to swatch and share with you guys! :X These are the Em Cosmetics Michelle Phan Lip Gallery Lipsticks that I purchased during the BOGO Free Black Friday sale. I have seven of them, but two are the same shade. I've heard great things about Michelle Phan's lipsticks, and at $7.50 a piece, why not?!

Watch below or read on!


I am wearing "Pomegranate" by Bite Beauty.

I provided lip swatches with(top)  and without flash (bottom).
  • Nude Lace (creamy) - nude pink
    This is my favorite of the bunch. It's such a a beautiful neutral shade. This definitely looks good on warm skin tone complexions! 


  • Misty Mauve (creamy) - mauve





  • Uptown (matte) - pink mauve 


  • Be Mine (creamy) - red pink 


  • Nine to Five (matte) - pink (cool tone)



  • Daredevil (creamy) - berry
    I apologize for this ugly swatch. After swatching my lips all night, my lips just felt worn out. Haha!


Here's a better picture of daredevil!


Have a great weekend! :)





Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Clinique - $30 off $80+ Voucher via Gilt City!

I've noticed that Gilt City has provided a lot of high end beauty vouchers at 30%+  off lately, and I checked their site today and they have a $30 off $80+ voucher that you can redeem on the Clinique website until the 29th of this month. All you have to do is RSVP, checkout (pay nothing), and you will receive a unique coupon code that will be sent to your email.



I'm not sure if I'll be using this promo since I really don't need anymore makeup or skincare products, but $30 off $80 is 37.5% off if you spend exactly $80! That's a great deal. Shipping is also free with any purchase on the Clinique website, plus you get a free gift if you spend $35+.




REVIEW: L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in "Tempt"

Everyone, and I mean, everyone has been talking about the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints and how similar they are to the O.C.C. Lip Tars! I've never tried the O.C.C. Lip Tars before, but I definitely picked up the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint since it was less than $4 (ikatehouse.com). Let me be the first one to say it: I am not impressed.

I picked up "Tempt" which is the most "vampiest" of the 12 shades available. I have to admit that the color is stunning, but what the heck am I wearing on my lips?! I don't know what I was expecting, but I should have known by the product name that it's a "glazed paint." It really does feel like I am wearing thin paint on my lips, which isn't pleasant by the way.

The applicator itself is messy since it's in a squeeze tube, and the applicator or maybe it's the formula of the product or both, I don't know-- is just not good an applying an even application. Expect patchiness and an uneven lip color unless you apply a million layers on top one another. One pro about this though is that you can control the intensity of the color. If you want your lips to be darker, add more product. If you want your lips to be lighter, add less. It is however, really difficult to wear this product sheer because the color looks uneven too! What do I mean by uneven? One part of your lips is darker than the other part of your lips-- the color isn't evenly distributed.


My lips look much better further away. This is not a comfortable lip product to wear.

Do I recommend this? Nope, at least not this color, but even then this type of lip product isn't for me, since I'm more into a creamy lipstick formula.

CONS:
  • Messy, squeeze-tube applicator
  • Thin formula 
  • Uneven application and even patchiness
  • Takes forever to dry...

PROS:
  • Inexpensive <$4
  • Ability to control color intensity... somewhat.



Don't get me started on their concealer either!  That's going to be another story/review sometime later. I'm already laughing just thinking about it. LOL

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Tarte Cosmetics - Friends & Family Sale 30% OFF!!!

Wow. Tarte is going big this holiday season because on top of their great deals from Black Friday and Cyber Monday, their Friends & Family Sale just started, and it's 30% off your purchase!


Go shop your little hearts out (not that you are the Grinch) because this is a pretty great deal! Promo ends 12/11 @ 11:59 PM PST.

Image Source: tartecosmetics.com





Holiday Home Decor!

I am obviously in the holiday spirit! I shot this video during my Thanksgiving break looking busted and tired, but I love the holiday season so much that I wanted to film and share with you how my moma and I decorated the home for Christmas! All holiday decor items you see are from Target and Michaels from a year or two ago. We like to buy our holiday decor after Christmas when they go on super clearance! It's worth it! :) Enjoy!

P.S. Turn down the volume because "Jingle Bells" WILL play. :P



In Other News...

  • I am turning a quarter of a century tomorrow (December 8). I am not sure I feel about this! :P 
  • A review will be up on an LA Girl's Glazed Lip Paint I recently purchased sometime this week.
  • Swatches/video of the Em Cosmetics Michelle Phan Lip Gallery Lipsticks will be posted either this Thursday or Friday! 
  • It's finals week...





Have a great week!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Black Friday Haul! :)

I know it's December, but I did film a short Black Friday haul from last week when I went with my sister! I didn't purchase too many things, and I did manage to spend a reasonable amount of money. *Pat on the back.* I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving last week! Expect this blog to get busier once it's December 17 a.k.a. the day after my last final! :P LOL










Saturday, November 22, 2014

REVIEW: Tarte Cosmetics LipSurgence Set (Holiday 2014)

I missed out last holiday season on the Tarte LipSurgence set, so I knew I had to get my hands on it when I saw that Tarte released their set this year sometime in September. I am pretty satisfied! Most of the LipSurgence lippies are good, but a few of them are just a-okay. Watch my video below to find out my thoughts on these beauties.



Just want to see the swatches? :) I got'ya! 

Click the images to enlarge in order to view lip product names.

Without flash

With flash.


You can purchase this set on tartecosmetics.com, sephora.com, and ulta.com for $34 which is a great price considering this set retails for $100! :)



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

List of Current Beauty Deals!

Updated 11/22 @ 8:48 AM PST

There are A LOT of pre-Black Friday beauty deals going on right now that has gotten me really curious as to what the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals will be!

Take a look at the current promos:

  • Benefit Cosmetics - Free shipping with promo code: SWEETSHIP, offer ends 11/30 11:59 PM PST
  • Bobbi Brown - Free full size lip gloss, 2 minis, and free shipping with any $75+ order with promo codes: SKIPBF1 or SKIPBF2 (ends 11/23 @ 11:59 PM PST) OR free shipping with any order no minimum
  • clariSEA - 25% off any purchase with promo code: GLOW; offer ends 12/31
  • Costco (online, & must be a member)
    • Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Glossy Stain - $26.99
    • Yves Saint Laurent Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain - $26.99 
    • Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics - $22.99
    • Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick - $32.99
    • Clinique Longlasting Lip Trio - $29.99
  • Em Cosmetics - 50% off select items; offer ends 11/22 @ 11:59 PM PST
  • Estee Lauder - $30 off $100 purchase + free shipping; "RSVP" via GiltCity, and an exclusive coupon code will be sent to you via email that you can use on the Estee Lauder website. Last day to redeem is 11/30
  • GlamGlow - 30% off any purchase (excludes sets, kits, eGift) with promo code: IPSY; free shipping no minimum; offer ends 11/31
  • It Cosmetics - Friends and Family Sale - 25% off your entire purchase with promo code: FRIENDSFAMILY25 + free shipping $25+;  promo ends 11/24 @ 11:59PM EST
  • J.Cat Beauty - 25% off any purchase with promo code: 25JCAT; free shipping on orders $30+; offer ends 12/31
  • Jesse's Girl Cosmetics - 20% off any purchase with promo code: IPSYOCT2014; offer ends 11/30
  • Kiehl's - $20 off $60+ purchase (excludes gift sets) with promo code: JOLLY + free shipping $50+; promo ends 12/3
  • L'Occitane - Free shipping, no minimum.
  • Space NK Apothecary - Free shipping, no minimum.
  • Tarte Cosmetics - 20% off your entire purchase (excludes holiday sets) with promo code: IPSYNOV; free shipping $40+, offer ends 12/10.
  • The Body Shop - 40% off + free shipping with promo code: BEMERRY
  • Ulta - $5 off $30 CK One Color Cosmetics purchase with promo code: 202882 (ends 12/31); Buy 2, Get 1 Free Perfume Rollerballs - TODAY only (11/22)

Monday, November 17, 2014

What is life?

What is life? Well, right now I can tell you that life for me has no brows. See photographic evidence below.

I am wearing "Rhubarb" from the Bite Beauty Remixed set. (Sold out online at Sephora)


But besides the fact that my brow hairs are sparse and has been lacking growth, the seasons are coming! The seasons are coming! Yes, fall has finally arrived as temperatures average around 70 degrees, and continue to slowly drop. Soon enough winter will come too... in February. I noticed that I tend to become less productive as it becomes colder, which isn't good considering the fact that finals are coming in just a mere two weeks. Half of December will be filled with presentations, exams, and assignment deadlines, and then a few days later it will be Christmas time!

I am definitely already in the holiday spirit! 

I drove home Thursday evening to San Diego for the weekend to get a teeth cleaning at the dentist (which by the way was horrible as I found out that the office was closed, despite having an appointment), and it's refreshing to be back home. 


I escorted my uncle with my mother to his post-op eye appointment. He has down syndrome and recently got a cataract surgery. It's unfortunate that he can't speak, but he sure has a lot of personality! Do you see all that paper on the floor and stool of the seat? His favorite activity is tearing paper into little bits and pieces. His favorite paper is shred is tissue paper, oh and a few of my books and coupons have been victimized by my adorable 40-year old uncle too!



Because I am in the holiday spirit, I started decorating the house! :D It's a tradition for my mother and me to put up holiday decor the week of Thanksgiving, but it just felt appropriate to do it sooner since I am no longer living at home. I like having a home where it feels cozy and warm! I think I accomplished just that!

Would you believe me if I told you almost everything in this picture was on super sale (50-90% off) with the exception of Mr. Grinch? ;)


For all you beauty fanatics out there, the CVS beauty clearance sale has begun! Look for the pink 50% off and green 75% off stickers placed on beauty products or if there are none yet, go on Instagram and look up the hashtag "#cvsbeautyclearance" to see what people have found that are ringing up as clearance. I stopped by a local CVS while I was in town and picked up the NYX Mosaic Powder for $3.74. Not bad!


One of the best reasons about going home is being able to hang out with my friends again! We celebrated Thanksgiving a little early by having an "Epic Hot Pot Night!" It was indeed "epic" as we feasted on seafood, meats, veggies, and maybe had a little too much soju and beer to drink. It was great seeing everyone again and having a blast like we used to in our college years. 




Now it's Monday, and Monday means business. I can't wait until it's Thanksgiving and then Christmas! :) Have a happy Monday, and a great week! 
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