Wednesday, April 6, 2016

SWATCHES: Lonely Planet Cosmetics Silky-Matte Liquid Lipsticks (Debbie, Brick City, Lori)!!!

A lot of buzz has been circulating through social media around an indie brand that creates liquid lipsticks. Lonely Planet Cosmetics is a rock and roll inspired brand that produces beautiful silky-matte liquid lipsticks that you can purchase through its Etsy shop online. According to their site and their lipstick box, these lipsticks are all handmade and are cruelty-free and vegan. Each tube of lipstick comes with 0.25 fl oz of product, which is a lot of product. Just for comparisons, Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks contain 0.22 fl oz. of product and retails for $20 whereas these retail for $15 each.

I picked up three shades during their anniversary sale: Debbie, Brick City, and Lori. I cannot give my full review on these yet, since I have not worn them long enough. However, based on my first impressions so far, these are quite spectacular lipsticks! They are pigmented and are very hydrating. They feel so comfortable on the lips! No patchiness, no dried lips, nada.My lips still feel like my skin whenever I touch them, which I cannot say for a few other brands. The purpose of this post is to provide swatches of the three I purchased. I posted the photo below on my Instagram and I stated I would do swatches so here it goes!


Lipsticks come in a nice doe-foot applicator.

No flash/Natural Lighting.

Debbie is described as a universal nude.
Brick City is a brick red shade. I can see myself wearing this often during the fall/winter months.
Lori is a burnt orange.


Now for lip swatches!

Hopefully these swatches help you if you were ever curious about their liquid lipsticks! :)

*These were purchased by me. Content posted is my own opinion.*

Friday, March 25, 2016

First Impressions: Elizavecca Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask!

The Elizavecca Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask was such a fun product to try out! It isn't the best clay mask on the market, but it's fun!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

First Impressions: Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream

This was my first time trying out a Korean BB cream! This Missha BB smells so pleasant!

Here are the pros and cons that I thought of after using this product:

- Good scent
- Feels lightweight on skin
- Evens out skin tone
- Brightens

- Limited shade range
- Fades throughout day
- Sheer coverage

Let me know if you have any recommendations on an affordable Korean BB cream that you like! I am currently into Korean cosmetics and skincare products! :)

Monday, March 7, 2016

HUGE Korean Beauty Haul (Innisfree, Etude House, Missha, etc.)

Lately I've been into Korean beauty, and of course I did some shopping! I've hinted before on several of my blog posts that I will be doing a huge Korean beauty haul, which I finally filmed! Check it out below, and let me know what products you want to see or read a review on! 

Products mentioned in video:

- Naisture Moisture Collagen Mask Pack
- Holika Holika Fresh Juicy Mask Sheet in "Blueberry"
- Holika Holika 3-Step Pig Nose Clear Blackhead
- Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam
- Skinfood Risk Mask Washoff
- Cosrx AHA/BHA Skin Clarifying Toner
- Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
- Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream
- A'Pieu Pure Block Natural Sun Cream Daily
- Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92%
- Innisfree Moisture Lip Treatment
- Holika Holika Wonder Drawing 1 sec. Finish Browcara
- Etude House My Lash Serum
- Etude House Sweet Recipe Dear My Jelly Lips-Talk in "JOR202"
- Etude House Sweet Recipe Dear My Jelly Lips-Talk in "JOR203"
- Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream in No. 23
- Missha Speedy Solution Firming Eye Patch
- Skinfood Beauty in a Food Mask in "Aloe"
- Skinfood Beauty in a Food Mask in "Bird's Nest"
- Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask in "Rice"
- Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask in "Shea Butter"
- Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask in "Rose"
- Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask in "Bija"
- Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask in "Pomegranate"
- Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask in "Tea Tree"

 In Other News...
  • There's only one more month until I take my big exam for my degree! Eeks!
  • I am thinking about doing a first impressions on the Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream in No.23 that so many people talk about!
  • I recently purchased a St. Tropica Organic Coconut Oil Hot Treatment pack from T.J.Maxx. I'm thinking about trying it out soon!
  • Rain, rain, rain in California!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

YSL Cosmetics @ Costco Online!

Several YSL cosmetic items are back on the Costco website including the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick and Glossy Stains. You might want to check these deals out if you're interested since last they sold out last time. You must be a Costco member  in order to purchase through the Costco website.

Wet N Wild Haul!

It's been a VERY long time since I have last uploaded a video to my YouTube channel, but after 11 months, here's my comeback with a Wet N Wild Haul. :P

By the way, if you live near a Rite Aid, all Wet N Wild products are 40% off this week (Feb 21 - 27)!

Wet N Wild products mentioned in my video:
- 1 Step Wonder Gel in "Stay Classy"
- 1 Step Wonder Gel in  "Crime of Passion"
- 1 Step Wonder Gel in  "Peri-wink-ie of an Eye"
- 1 Step Wonder Gel in "All That Jazzy"
- Megaslicks Lip Gloss in "Berried Treasure"
- Coloricon Blush in "Pearlescent Pink"
- Coloricon Blush in "Rose Champagne"
- Megaglo Contouring Palette Contour in "Dulce de Leche"
- Photofocus Setting Spray
- Contour Brush
- Large Eye Shadow Brush

You can find these products and more on the Wet N Wild website:


*All products were purchased with my own money. This is not a sponsored post.*

Sunday, February 21, 2016

REVIEW: Ecotools Pure Complexion Sponge - Sensitive Skin

Hi everyone! This post is going to be a review on Ecotools' Pure Complexion Sponge for Sensitive Skin. This sponge is a Konjac cleansing sponge that is supposed to help you remove impurities from your face. Here is what Ecotools advertises on their website:

"One of the newest trends in skincare is Konjac and our NEW unique Pure Complexion Facial Sponge is handmade with 100 percent natural ingredients, including Konjac* vegetable fiber! Designed for a better clean that reveals smooth, refreshed skin, our sponge is dermatologist tested for use both morning and night! Use it to wash away dirt, oil and makeup, leaving skin glowing!

*Konjac is a highly renewable root plant indigenous to Asia. It’s traditionally used as a detoxifying dietary staple and as a naturally exfoliating sponge for delicate skin by the Japanese.

Our packaging is 100% tree-free paper and 100% recyclable made from 80% bamboo and 20% cotton fiber."

First, I have never used a Konjac sponge before. Second, I love how environmentally friendly this product is, and third, this is a really great sponge!

When you take the sponge out of it's box, it's basically a really rough and hard loofah like below:

However, you want to dampen it in water and squeeze the excess water out. Just like a Beauty Blender, the sponge will expand and soften. I was actually quite surprised when I first used this sponge because I thought that it would be really rough against my sensitive skin since it was so hard prior to wetting it. I'm glad that wasn't the case. The sponge can be quite squishy.

The sponge is very flexible an soft once it expands as demonstrated below.

I've tried using this to wash my face several ways. The first method is massaging my cleanser (I use the Yes to -  Yes to Cucumbers Cleansing Milk) onto my face, and then going in with the sponge to gently exfoliate my face. The second method is putting a pump of my cleanser onto the dampened sponge. Lastly, I sometimes just use this sponge on my face without any cleansing product.

I really enjoy the cleanser that I am currently using because it makes my face feel clean and smooth, but with the sponge my face feels even cleaner without leaving my face dry and tight. It's a good tool to give yourself a massage while gently exfoliating your skin. Sometimes I feel as if my skin isn't clean enough whenever I use my cleanser and soap, but with this sponge I feel as if it's actually working to get impurities like dirt and oil off my face. Once you are done using it, the sponge dries back up again and becomes hard, similar to the Beauty Blender. I used to use a rubber brush from Daiso Japan to help me cleanse my skin, but this is a much better alternative because it doesn't rub and pull my skin. This is a great cleanser that I recommend if you need a little something extra to help you get a deeper cleanse for your skin.  The best part about this product? It's only $6! 


Monday, February 15, 2016

REVIEW: Wet N Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel

 Wet N Wild released a new nail polish line called the 1 Step Wonder Gel several months ago, and I am quite impressed by these polishes. I have been a nail polish fanatic for a very long time, but I have not worn nail polish in a while due to issues of chipping and the lack of time to paint my nails thanks to graduate school. However, I stopped by a local Walgreens and see these thinking they were interesting because it's being advertised as a gel-like formula and texture with no UV light needed.

I enjoy getting gel nails once a while, but it is a pain in the butt to take them off, and it takes forever for my nails to regrow and heal. The Wet N Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel doesn't necessarily give you gel nail, but it gives your nails that gel-like texture and look. They retail for $4.99 each at the drugstore (I picked mine up at Walgreens and Rite Aid), and the colors I got were: Stay Classy (mauve), Peri-wink-ie of an Eye (periwinkle), and Crime of Passion (bright red).

The formula of these polishes are nice and thick enough to just wear one layer. However, if you want your nails to look and feel more like gel nails then I would recommend wearing two layers instead. The dry time for this formula is quite fast. I think these dry faster than the many OPI and essie polishes that I own.

Wet N Wild claims that these can last up to two weeks. They haven't lasted me up until two weeks, but they have stayed put on my nails without chipping for 6-7 days without a top coat which I think is quite impressive. My nail polish normally chips within 2-3 days even with a top coat, no joke, so these polishes are quite good!

I highly recommend trying out these polishes whenever you get the chance. Wet N Wild is already an affordable brand, but drugstores always have sales like BOGO half which makes the prices even better. Plus, there are 18 shades you can choose from! :) Thumbs up for this polish line!

In Other News...
  • A review to come will probably be the Ecotools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge.
  • I made another (mini) Korean beauty order. I need to stop!
    • I've decided that I will film a Korean beauty haul once all of my orders come in despite not filming in almost a year. 
  • The weather in southern California has been ridiculous! It reached 93 degrees today! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SWATCHES: Cargo Cosmetics Venice Enchantment Eye Shadow Palette

I recently purchased the Cargo Venice Enchantment eye shadow palette that was released for the holiday season last year for $13 at Burlington Coat Factory. Yes, I said $13! This eye shadow palette retails for $34 (valued at $102), and is still available online through the Kohl's website. If you live near a Burlington, it would not hurt to try hunting for the palette, but I do warn though that availability may vary by store and region.

 This palette is supposed to capture the "richness and romance of Venice" which is probably why almost all of the shadows are shimmer or sheen. There are 12 eye shadows, one dual-ended eye shadow brush, and a black pencil eyeliner.

 Top row (l to r): canal, magic, carnival, murano, gondola, mask
Bottom row (l to r): gilded, rialto, lido, lagoon, bridge, palazzo

 All the swatches below are swatched over primer. They are all satin/frost finishes except for two: Rialto and carnival are matte with glitter.

They swatch beautifully dry too, but I always wear eye shadow primer, so I thought I would show you how they would appear over primer.

Here's a little close up look at the top row: canal, magic, carnival, murano, gondola, mask

Bottom row: gilded, rialto, lido, lagoon, bridge, palazzo

I just bought this yesterday, and I've only worn it once (today), but so far I am liking it. My favorite shades are murano and lido. I did have to reach for other palettes in order to get matte colors to blend these shadows out, since this palette didn't have any mattes. It's not a big deal to me since this palette was only $13. Would I pay $34 full price for this palette? Probably not since I own shadows that are very similar to this palette. I like the color choices in the palette though, and it really does ring out to me as "romantic." Nice palette so far though! :)
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