Sunday, September 21, 2014

Review & Swatches: Etude House Play 101 Pencil in #21


Etude House Play 101 Pencils have a gel base, but have a variety of textures ranging from matte to shimmery. Depending on the pencil and formula, they mostly can be used on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. #21 is a glossy neutral bright red and can be used on the lips, cheeks, and eyes. The price depends on where you can buy it, but I bought it for $7-8 from this ebay seller. I also used this blog post to help me decide what colors to buy since I couldn't find color descriptions or even a lot of swatches online. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Travel Makeup // 4 Days at Home!



I've done some travel makeup posts, but this one is for my 4 day vacation back home. I finished summer classes and wanted to go home for a bit. I'm an overpacker for everything, but I managed to just bring a handful of products and only one brush! I'm so impressed with myself. I did bring more than I needed, but I like having options. The only brush I brought was ELF's Complexion Brush and it has a paddle shape. It's dense enough to pick up color and fluffy enough to blend it in beautifully. 

Let's get started! I'll bold the ones used in the face picture above.


Left to Right -

Etude House Play 101 Pencil in #44 is a glittery copper brown color. It's great for a wash of color all over the lids, or even just lining the eyes. 

Etude House Play 101 Pencil in #42 is a glittery rose gold (but more pink) color. I like using this more to brighten up the lower lash line, but it's also great on the lids. 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer (review here) is a matte pigmented black pencil. I only use this to tightline my upper lash line. 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon in Brown(Out) (review here) is a warm brown with gold glitter. I use this like the Etude House Play 101 Pencils.

theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer is a neutral to slightly yellow bronzer with a natural sheen. It can be used as a contour or an all over color. 

Benefit Cosmetics Box O' Powder in Rockateur is a rose gold blush that also has a natural sheen. It's not shimmer though. This is one of the new products I was trying out and I love it so far. It's everything I wanted Tarte's Amazonia Clay Blush in Exposed to be. 

Maybelline Fit Me! Shine-Free Foundation Stick in #220 Natural Beige (review here) is a medium coverage stick foundation. It's so easy to use. I just swipe and blend and I'm good to go. 



L'oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black - This is a great mascara for definition and length, but adds a standard amount of volume. I thought I wrote a review for this but I can't seem to find it. If you want a review, tell me in the comments! But long story short is that it's probably my favorite mascara so far. CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara used to be my favorite, but it clumped easier and used to go all over my lids. 

I also brought Lancome Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base (review here) to help with volume. Since it was a travel / deluxe sample size, it didn't take up that much space in my makeup bag. 

I usually don't wear colored lip products while on vacation because I'm more relaxed on what I wear, and so I only brought a lip balm - Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss. It's slightly thick and very moisturizing. I didn't like it when I first started using it, but it really grew on me and it's so reasonably priced. I just don't like using my fingers to apply it. 

The other new product that I'm testing out is Urban Decay's All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. I haven't liked how powder looked on me lately and so I'm trying out setting sprays to make my makeup last. 

Not pictured - Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown. I used a spoolie to apply this. I basically just used this to make my browns look thicker, but I didn't want to make them look too defined. 

What products are your "must haves" for traveling?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Review & Swatches: Life's Entropy Lip Theory in Big Bang Theory


Life's Entropy Lip Theory in Big Bang Theory is described as "a dark vampy red with slight brown undertones." Lip Theories can be used on the lips and cheeks. They're highly pigmented liquid lipsticks and set to a satin finish. They also have the ability to stain the lips. Lip Theories contain 10 grams and retail for $8.00 each, but Life's Entropy does offer sample sizes like all their other products. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Review & Swatches: Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar in #4 Juicy Cherry


Tony Moly's Petite Bunny Gloss Bar in #4 Juicy Cherry is a bright pinky red gloss and comes in a form of a stick. It is like a tinted lip balm, but more shiny. It contains 2 grams and the price varies depending on what seller you get it from. I bought one from ebay from this seller for about $5.50, but I've also seen it in Urban Outfitters for $8.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Review & Swatches: Etude House Precious Minerals Magic Any Cushion SPF 35 / PA++ in Magic Mint


Etude House Precious Minerals Magic Any Cushion SPF 34 / PA++ in Magic Mint is a color correcting base for redness and it has a "cushion" packaging. The claims include whitening / brightening, toning and moisturizing while helping with pore control and some anti-wrinkle properties. It contains 15 grams / 0.52 ounces of product. The retail price depends on where you buy it, but I got mine for about $19 from this ebay seller.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

FOTD - Sept. 8, 2014 // Happy Days


For a small explanation of the subtitle of this post, I've been really happy with my skin. I still have acne marks / hyper-pigmentation, but they're slowly reducing in size and color. I also had problems with my lips (cold sores and a weird lip allergic reaction) and so I haven't been able to wear that many lip products besides lip medication and lip balm. I celebrated by testing out a beautiful red liquid lipstick by Life's Entropy. 

The look is pretty standard and even boring, but I used some older products and I fell in love all over again.

Now the list of products!

Face -
  • Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in #127 (review here)
  • theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer as a contour
  • Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray
Eyes - 
  • MAC Paint Pot in Indianwood 
  • Inglot Freedom System AMC Eye Shadow in #52 (review here)
  • Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Half-Baked
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Brown(Out) (review here)
    • On the outer half of the lower lashline
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer (review here)
    • Tightline on the upper waterline
  • CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara in Very Black 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown
Lips -
  • Life's Entropy Lip Theory in Big Bang Theory 
What products have you rediscovered?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Review & Swatches: Life's Entropy Eyeshadow / Pigment in Elephantry, My Dear Watson


Life's Entropy Eyeshadow / Pigment in Elephantry, My Dear Watson is described as a "medium khaki brown with slight silver shift" and has a semi-matte finish. I believe that the description does fit what you see in reality. It can be used on the eyes, lips, and face. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Review & Swatches: Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Eye Gel Crayon in Blacquer


Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Eye Gel Crayon in Blacquer is supposed to a shiny black, but it's a matte black for me. The Highliners from Marc Jacobs Beauty claim to be waterproof and long-wearing with a color-intense payoff. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review & Swatches: Maybelline Fit Me! Shine-Free Stick Foundation in #220 Natural Beige


Maybelline Fit Me! Shine-Free Stick Foundation in #220 Natural Beige is one of Maybelline's most recent additions to the Fit Me! range. It is a gel stick foundation with an anti-shine core. According to Maybelline, lightweight powders are in the core to dissolve excess oil. It contains 0.32 ounces / 9 grams of product and the price varies depending on where you buy it, but I got mine for $5.99. For skin tone reference, I'm about a MAC NC 35 / MUFE HD Foundation #127 / Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream in #27.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Review & Swatches: Lioele Auto Eyebrow Pencil in #2 Dark Brown


Lioele Auto Eyebrow Pencil in #2 Dark Brown is a retractable brow pencil with an attached spoolie. The color is a very very slightly warm dark brown. It contains 0.25 grams of product and the price varies depending on where you buy it. I bought mine from this ebay seller for $5.99.