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Colourpop Lippie Stix Review

5 Jul

Bonjour, my pretties.

I’ve always been a fan of Colourpop because the astounding quality in their products always gives you the best bang for your buck. Recently, I ordered seven of their Lippiestix and it couldn’t have been a better decision.

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The names of the shades can be found on the bottom

The first thing that caught my eye was the simple, minimalist white packaging of these lippiestix.  Something about this less is more packaging makes them stand out among my makeup collection. As you can see, not all of the lippiestix have the same texture; some are matte, matte X, glossy, and satin. Matte X simply stands for Ultra matte. My favorites are the matte and matte X’s because of their high color payoffs. The glossy and satin types are more on the sheer spectrum, though they have wonderful coverage also.

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One reason that makes these an irresistible buy is that they only cost $5 each and you get free shipping with a $30 purchase. New members also receive a coupon for $5 off. So if you buy seven, like I did, you spend $30 and get the free shipping. It’s great for makeup lovers who are on a tight budget.

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Here are the swatches on my fair complexion. As you can see, Bound is quite sheer because it’s a glossy type. Frida and Fetch, both of which are satin types, have a shinier finish.

Results: I wore these on a typical sunny day and was amazed to discover that they stayed put for a loonnggggg time. This is both good and bad. Good in that the color never leaves my lips; bad in that my makeup remover will only do half the job because this product really does stain your lip. If you’re looking to over-line your lips, I would suggest using the matte X shades because their richness are able to hide your lip edges better.

As for eating and drinking, they do leave prints on the rims of glasses and you’ll have to reapply after each meal. I learned the hard way to not order burgers while wearing these because opening wide to take a bite of my cheeseburger caused color from my bottom lip to smudge onto my chin. Since these are super hard to remove, I had to walk around with a red blotch on my face. Not cool.

So yes, don’t eat large foods when you’re wearing these.

Besides that, these are great for the price and color payoffs. My favorite color so far is Cami, a lightweight nude apropos for almost every occasion. I find myself reaching for this shade a lot.

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What did you think of this review? Do you own any Colourpop products? Put your thoughts in the comments. Thanks for reading!

Ipsy Glambag June 2017

15 Jun

It’s here!

My monthly sparkle of joy. These glambag designs only get cuter and cuter, as you can witness in this month’s theme Volume Up.

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I can tell you that, from experience, Ipsy is by far one of the best makeup subscriptions out there that will bring a lot of bang to your buck, as you pay only $10 for a bag of stuff that is worth much more. What’s even better is that some of the items are full sized.

So, keep it up, Ipsy. You’re going far.

1. Kokie Cosmetics Nail Polish in Atlantis at Last

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This was the highlight of this month’s bag. Since the beginning of time, I’ve been so used to selecting corals and nudes as my go-to colors that I forgot what’s even edgy anymore. Then comes this color. It’s going to be a unique touch to my nail polish collection. Why? Because this is the first cobalt blue I’ll ever own. And I’ll cherish it from the bottom of my nail beds.

2.Vasanti Cosmetics Lipgloss in Super Mom

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Move over red lipstick, the Nudes are taking over. When I saw this in my bag, I couldn’t have been happier. I mean, just lkghjtwfe look at that pretty shade! I’m sure this will collaborate well with my complexion because it’s neither too light nor too dark.

3. The Balm Cosmetics Balm Springs Blush

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Next up is a blush from theBalm that boasts a 12-hour coverage. The shade is more on the rosy side and would be more suitable for paler complexions. The packaging follows their cute matchbox design with a magnetic shut mechanism. I’m still quite ambivalent about this product and it would take a few wears for me to fully make a decision.

4. Doucce Maxlash Volumizer Mascara

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Yay! Another mascara. I mean, literally… another mascara. I’m not saying that this is another horrible addition to my stash of regular mascaras. It just takes more to wow me when it comes to mascaras because every single one of them does the same waterproof, volumizing thing.

5. SPF Rx Ultra-Clear Daily Skin Hydrator with SPF 50

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Last but not least, a moisturizer with SPF, which is great for wearing underneath your makeup as a primer! One of the problems I have with foundations is that very few of them are equipped with SPF. And those that are are usually very costly–around $70 or more. Therefore, I have apply a layer of sunscreen prior to foundation every morning. I’m just so glad that this product is going to become part of that ritual 🙂

As a bonus, I will include a picture of Butter to thank you all for taking the time to read my post. Until next time!

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In her zone

My Current Skincare Routine

3 May

It’s tempting to forgo any skincare routine after a long day. Take, for example, this picture: you walk into your house, you’re hungry, you’re tired, the cake of makeup is still sitting on your face. Just the thought of summoning whatever energy you have left to wash your face is already taxing enough, never mind applying the toner, mask, serums, creams afterwards…

There were many days/nights when I decided to cheat, thinking that once or twice wouldn’t make a difference. At times, I made myself believe that toner alone would suffice. I learned the hard way when craters of clogged pores and blackheads started to accumulate on a face that was once clear and bright.

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Long ago, I discovered a Korean skincare routine that, overtime, just proved to be too lengthy to fit into the schedule of a busybee like me. So, instead of abandoning it all together, I decided to adopt and tweak it into my personal routine while still keeping the philosophy in tact.

Step 1: Remove makeup

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If you don’t wear any makeup (all the power to you), then you can go ahead and skip this step. For those of you who apply foundation on a typical day, you should understand the importance of investing in a good makeup remover to minimize the daily tugging on your face as you remove the makeup. I currently use the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil (green tea antioxidant version), which I consider to be the best makeup remover by far because the formula is so excellent at removing all the traces of makeup that I never have to follow up with a cotton ball or q-tip. Using two squeezes of the pump, I massage the oil onto my dry face (still full of makeup) first, followed by wetting my face with a small amount of water just enough to emulsify the oil. You will know when the emulsification process has begun because the oil will become slightly foamy. As you massage the oil around your face, make sure to get your eyelids also to remove the eyeliner and mascara. The last step includes a thorough rinse with H2O. Then, viola! Makeup-free.

2. Facial Cleanser

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For some people, the cleansing oil gives their face an adequate amount of cleansing. However, I like to follow up with a foamy face cleanser in the shower to remove any further impurities. I bought this Sumi Charcoal Facial Cleansing Foam from Daiso. I underestimated this cleanser until I saw how clean and refreshing my face became after using it. You can tell my enthusiasm for this product by how little of it is left in the tube!

3. Exfoliate

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Next, I follow up with the Skinfood Black Sugar Mask or Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher, depending on my mood. Tbh, I enjoy using the sugar mask a bit more. I tend to leave my face a little damp. Then, scooping up a dollop around the size of my thumb, I spread and massage the product until it evenly covers my face. Rinse off after 15 min. and the result is a smooth canvas free of the dead skin cells that weighed down your complexion previously. I suggest you wrap up your hair in a scrunchie because sticky hair strands covered in sugar is not something that you want.

4. Tone

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Next, I apply the Innisfree Green Tea Moisture Skin–which have been mentioned countless times in my other posts–with a cotton pad onto my face. I’m almost out of this product and would definitely buy another one when the time comes. The refreshing feeling, combined with the heavenly scent, puts you in a better mood almost instantly.

5. Serum

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Sometimes I’ll use a moisturizer or coconut oil, but nothing can beat the BareMinerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum. A few drops of this essence is enough to bring out the best of your complexion in the morning. It’s just too bad that the company no longer sells or restocks this product because it’s one of the best serums I’ve ever laid my hands on. I suppose I better ready myself for another serum when this bottle runs out (which is definitely happening soon).

6. Eye Cream

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I’ve got a drawer full of eye creams. But the one that I find myself using a lot is the Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel, which serves to depuff your eyebags after a tiring day. And yes, it does work (for me, at least). I take a small amount with my ring finger and gently apply it to underneath my eyes. A moment later, you should feel a slight burning, which means that the formula is working. The only bags I like are Louis Vuitton ones!

7. Face Mist

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Then, to top it all off like the frosting on the cake, I like to spray a few spritz of the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist, which I got from my last Sephora Haul. I find this mist really hydrating for my face and can also be used as a great pick-me-up at anytime during the day.

What are some skincare products that have worked for you in the past? Leave your comments below. I would love to hear about them. Thanks for reading!

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