Products That Have Grown On Me

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Sometimes, it’s nice when you’re wrong. These are a few of the products I’ve encountered that I couldn’t stand at first, but that have grown on me.

Guerlain is one of my favourite brands, but because of how expensive they are, it’s pretty rare that I buy things from them. Thus, when I do spend my hard-earned dollars on one of their products, it better be good. Their Météorites Baby Glow product just did not seem to work for me when I first tried it. It was way too red and just didn’t seem to cooperate with my skin. However, the shade suddenly seems to be a near perfect match. Maybe it’s because my hair colour is changing or something, but it suddenly works. This product has gone from being one of my greatest disappointments to being one of my go-to products for everyday use.

KvD’s Bullet Lipsticks – You may have heard that all of the KvD bullet lipsticks are being reformulated and if I’d heard that months ago, I would have cheered. However, I’ve kinda grown to like them. I think the turning point was when I figured out that they were easily defeated by oil/greasy foods. Provided you stay away from that, they perform wonderfully. I still hate that the lids tend to come off if you look at them too intensely (or for no apparent reason). But some of these lipsticks are now products that I use on a regular basis, and I’m especially fond of the shade Chula. Let’s just say I’m kinda nervous about the new formula.

MAC – Viva Glam Rihanna (Frost). I’m not a big fan of mac. They’re overpriced, overhyped, and simply overrated. I’ve yet to find a MAC product that I genuinely love. This lipstick is the closest I’ve gotten. I’ve gone from thinking it was an absolute waste of money to thinking it’s alright. Not praising this one as much as the others, because it’s still only an (at best) fairly good lipstick that is still overpriced and overhyped. However, I don’t regret buying it anymore.

Colourpop Sculpting Stix in the shade Dove – I’m not massively into contouring. I find that it tends to look unnatural, unflattering, and muddy. It’s really hard to find contouring products for pale skin that are suitable for a more natural and subtle contour. However, this is one of the few products I’ve found that actually works. At first, I found that it either did nothing or looked clownish. But after spending a fair amount of time working with the product, I think I’ve figured out how to make it work.

Josie Maran Argan Oil – When my hair is in a decent condition, this product does nothing for me. But when my hair is having a bad time and looking worse than normal, it’s a lifesaver. So it helps revive my hair, but doesn’t improve the quality if my hair is already in a good condition.

Sacha Matte Face Powder – Nude Beige. This product is simply too dark for me to be able to use it as a regular powder foundation or all-over face powder. It’s not a bad product, just a poor match. That’s hardly surprising given that the brand normally targets women of colour, so it was more of an “ah well, guess that’s to be expected” case rather than “wow, this is so disappointing” one. What it does work for is when it’s combined with a foundation that is just a little too pale for me. It helps balancing it all out and means that I can now wear BB cremes that are just a little bit too light.

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Chocolate Collection

wp-1490665818331.jpgI’m weak for chocolate scents and that has started to become noticeable when you look at my makeup and skincare collection. This photo is lacking three products that I still use on a regular basis. I’ve got the Dark Chocolate version of the Gummy Bear Hand Gel in addition to the Cherry Chocolate one seen here, I’ve also got a Sesame Street Cookie Monster version of the Chocolate Macaron lip balm, and lastly, I’ve got a chocolate scented body wash from Etude House.

The Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar palette probably doesn’t need an introduction. It’s a series of highly pigmented shadows (almost to the point where they’re pigmented enough to be annoying) in a chocolate bar style package and it all smells of chocolate.

As you may have noticed from the photo, a lot of the chocolate scented/themed products I have are from SkinFood. Sure, the All Over Muffin Cake Finish compacts are a bit of a stretch but they’re close enough to the whole chocolate theme to count. However, one thing SkinFood does really well is scents. Both the Gummy Bear Hand Gels really do smell like cherry chocolate and dark chocolate respectively. The Choco Eyebrow Powder Cake doesn’t have a scent, but it contains two chocolate brown colours. One of those colours has a hint of red that works quite well with my current hair colour, so I’ve been using it more and more.

Lip balms are great products for scents and flavours. These macaron lip balms from it’s Skin are amazing and really convenient to keep on your desk or bedside table.

Scents appeal to our most primal senses and we are hard-wired to respond to them. The scent of chocolate is comforting to many of us and we generally associate that specific scent with happy memories. Even the scent of chocolate is a bit of a pick-me-up on bad days and being able to get that benefit from makeup and skincare is amazing.wp-1490621034059.jpg

November Favourites

Yes, I know it’s December. However, I thought I’d share some of the products I’ve been loving and favouring in the month of November.

So this layout might not win any awards, but it does do the trick. In terms of skincare, there are two products I’ve been especially fond of. The first is the Skinfood Tomato Sleep pack which has been my go-to solution for when I’ve just not had the time to obey my regular skincare routine.

The second is the TonyMoly hand creme in Apple which I keep on my bedside table and use whenever my hands feel dry. It smells like freshly cut apples and not the ‘apple flavoured candy’  many brands seem to be fond of when it comes to scents.

I’ve also really enjoyed the Bumble & bumble thickening shampoo this month. Tried a mini bottle when I went to Melbourne and picked up the full sized product some time later. With the exception of my hair occasionally feeling a bit dry, I’m really happy with this shampoo.

In terms of makeup, there are seven items I’ve found myself reaching for quite often. Firstly, the Too Faced Merry Macarons palette that I bought early in November. It’s a set of staple colours of the usual Too Faced quality and theme.

So, when it comes to the Kat von D Serpentina palette, I’ve actually not used all the shades. However, the shade called Hieroglyph is amazing. Without a primer, it’s a great bronze colour that works for everyday wear but if you add a primer, it stands out like a good metallic eyeshadow should. Works great with my new red hair and I find myself using it a lot.

For everyday & travel needs, I’ve been using the Smashbox Full Exposure travel sized palette. It’s just very convenient for most neutral looks.

We’ve also got the NYX BB creme in the shade 01 for day to day use since it’s a very very lightweight product, only downside is that it wears off if you don’t combine it with other products.

In regards to lips, I’ve only decided to add an Estee Lauder mini lipstick in the shade Envy since it’s flattering, convenient, and tends to go into my travel bag.

Another product I’ve been using almost every day is the good old Innisfree no sebum compact powder. It comes in both transparent and tinted variations, personally I tend to use the tinted one over a bb creme to help bring my face together colour wise. It also makes you look slightly less melted in the extreme heat.

Lastly, I’ve got a Bobbi Brown mascara simply called Smokey Eye Mascara in black. I got it for free and have been using it frequently since then. It’s quite similar to Too Faced’s Better Than Sex and Benefit’s They’re Real.

Current Favourites: May

20160501_090725.jpgYup, my phone’s camera is broken. Cracked when I dropped it, so the light & focus are kinda messed up.

However, I thought it worth sharing some of my current favourite products with you guys. Some of the classics aren’t included since there’s only so many times I can recommend specific products before it gets repetitive.

Let’s start with skincare and similar items. Only two current favourites when it comes to this section. Firstly, Geek Chic Cosmetics’ Buffalo Bill’s Skin Conditioning Lotion, which smells outright divine. It’s also quite effective. Geek Chic Cosmetics are currently working on updating their stock/presenting new products, so I’d keep an eye on their website over the next week or so.
Secondly, we have The Body Shop’s Grapeseed Glossing Serum, which is a leave in conditioning treatment for your hair. Since my hair is currently a bit damaged after having sections bleaches, I do need something to keep the frizz at bay. This does the trick.

In the makeup section, we have five products.
Guerlain’s Parure de Lumiere in 02 Beige Clair, which I’ve previously reviewed on this site. It’s my go to foundation at the moment and I’m really happy with it, works best when applied with brushes. Then, there’s Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara which is an absolute powerhouse when layered over another mascara. It’s decent on its own too, but it’s fantastic when you layer it. Thirdly, there’s a lipstick from The Body Shop that I’ve been using a lot lately. It’s a classic creamy red that feels wonderful on your lips. It’s from their Colour Crush line and the colour has the number 101 if I’ve read the packaging correctly.
Fourthly, we’ve got Rimmel’s Lasting Finish lipstick line, especially the shade 016 Heart Breaker. I’ve mentioned this on the blog a few times and it’s one of the best drugstore lipsticks I’ve ever used.
Lastly, we’ve got a new cushion! TonyMoly’s BCDation cushion with SPF 50 and PA +++. I’ve got the shade 02 and it’s still slightly too pale for me (Korean skin makeup is often one shade lighter than your actual skin tone), but it will look great once winter really gets going and my ran disappears.

30 Days of Products – Star Wars Mascara

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Everyone and their mother is on a Star Wars hype at the moment, including Covergirl cosmetics. They released a few different products with a Star Wars theme when the film was released and it seems like they’ve been selling really well. I’d originally planned to purchase the two lipsticks from the collection but they were sold out, so I decided to try this mascara instead.

The name of the mascara appears to be The Super Sizer and for some reason it’s marked with a 8/10 on the tube. I have no clue why.
For a product called the Super Sizer, it has a very thin wand. Not really what I expected.

It applies nicely. You don’t get drenched in product but get enough to still be able to work with it. The wand is practical and the thinness helps in reaching the lower lashes properly. It looks good. I don’t feel my lashes have been super sized, but they’ve been lengthened and look a lot darker than they naturally do. It’s kinda meh when it comes to holding curls. It’s not bad but it didn’t impress me either. By now you may have noticed that it’s not that easy to impress me. I’d rather be honest about products being alright than pretend to be super happy with everything and encourage people to spend money on products that might disappoint them.

This is a pretty standard drugstore mascara, it gets the job done and looks good without looking too exaggerated. If you’re a Star Wars fan who needs a new drugstore mascara, you may as well go with this one.

One negative is that my eyes are stinging very slightly. I have extremely sensitive eyes, so I doubt it will be a factor for most people but if you know your eyes have a tendency to sting, be careful.

Retro Essentials: Last Minute Holiday Dresses

The holidays really are creeping up on us, and with less than a week to go there’s a chance anything you order online won’t make it to your front door on time. Therefor it is worth having a look at some mainstream stores to see if they can come to the rescue. Here’s 17 options from three pretty common stores.

Let’s have a look at what Target has to offer.
Firstly there’s this red strapless lace dress for about 50 dollars, available in sizes 6-20. It’s a classic fit that closely resembles some strapless numbers you’d find in rockabilly stores. With black heels and your hair up, you’ll easily be able to adapt this dress to your style. If you prefer longer dresses or a more casual fit, there’s this maxi dress available in navy or olive for the same price as the red dress. There’s also this strapless fit & flare dress in black and white available for 70 dollars.If you prefer something that’s classic, has sleeves, and a pattern that works all year around, try this black floral dress. If you’re a bit tired of all the christmas patterns but still want an elegant dress that’s classic and fit for the warmer seasons. Another dress that will work for almost any event is this polkadot dress with a discrete v-neck. If you’re like me and like anything that looks like a wrap dress, try this knee length mock wrap dress with 3/4 sleeves/

H&M may not be as readily available as Target, but since they’ve got a number of stores up it’s worth including them.
If you want something a little bit different, try this beaded kimono dress for 90 bucks. Want to try something really bold? This is a jumpsuit with a leopard print in light blue and pink. Perfect for anyone wishing to go all out rockabilly. Perhaps something simpler, like this classic white sleeveless dress for budget friendly 30 dollars. A classic option is anything off-the-shoulder, including this black long sleeved dress. There’s also this maxi halter neck with glittery fabric. Lastly, we have this satin number in a deep purple.

Forever New may be a bit pricey, but there does seem to be one in every mall and some of their clothes are quite nice. This v-neck black lace dress is a rather nice option for fancier gatherings, especially the kind that involves alcohol and music. A less extravagant option is this white dress with floral prints and a rather modest neckline. There’s this black off the shoulder dress that would have looked amazing on Bettie Page. This dress is also a classic style and the red works with the season.

Current Favourites: Scented Products

20151203_222611.jpgAs someone who finds most perfumes far too strong and intrusive, I find myself appreciating pleasantly scented beauty products more and more. I’m the kind of person who gets a headache just from walking past Lush, so I’m not a big fan of strong scents. Discrete and pleasant ones however… Naturally, the product must also be good at what it’s supposed to do. Otherwise it would be weird to recommend them in the first place.

When it comes to budget skincare, Palmer’s is one of my favourites and this is my favourite product from them. It’s a no nonsense body butter that’s both moisturising and has a delightful scent. It smells of cocoa butter. I like cocoa butter. Sometimes it’s just that simple.

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