Monday, August 18, 2014

Makeup Lust List #2

It's been about 2 months since my last Makeup Lust List and it just keeps on growing! There are some new products out, but I'm also looking at some older products that I've heard a lot about that that I really want to get. 

Let's get started! I'll be going from left to right and the top row first.

Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palttes in Body - Stila recently released some new eye shadow palettes and even though all of the others are very beautiful, Body caught my eye because of the non-neutral colors. I especially love the bright aqua blue and the purple and pink shades on the left column. Stila tends to have pretty good sales every once in awhile and so I'm probably going to wait until then to get it. 

Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème is supposed to be full coverage foundation that'll cover uneven texture too. I've read some reviews and someone even said it's like Kat Von D's Tattoo Foundation, but without the heavy feeling on the skin. I'm starting to look into more full coverage foundations and this one looks pretty good so far. 

Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer was also released along with the Perversion mascara (review here) and when I looked at it in stores, it reminded me of Lancome's lash primer (review here). Since Perversion gave me good results but with disappointing curl hold, I'm interested in the lash primer to see if it'll give me the same volume as the mascara. 

Lush Liquid Eyeliner in Quietly Motivated caught my eye while I was in Lush recently. Happiness (their copper / rose gold) cream eyeshadow actually caught my eye more, but it made me interested in some of the other cosmetics Lush had to offer. I used to wear a bronze liquid eyeliner from mark. so much but they kept increasing the price and I didn't want to deal with shipping so I stopped using that one. The applicator for Quietly Motivated doesn't look like it'll fit my hand that well, but the color does look really nice. 

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium has been raved about so much and since I'm in such a contouring kick, I've really been eyeing this product. Life's Entropy has a cream contour stick that's a dupe for this color and I kind of want to get the real thing to try out now. 

Kevyn Aucoin Cream Glow Duo in #4 Candlelight / Sculpting - Speaking of cream products, there's a cream duo version of the above powder. The highlight, Candlelight, is supposed to give a super light from within without being glittery look and I'm always interested in that. The duo is supposed to be pretty small though and so I'm wondering if it's really the price. Either way, I really want it in my collection because I'm a hoarder. 

Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadow in #24 is a light mint green eyeshadow with a "shine" finish. The Stila palette has a slightly similar color and the Sugarpill Palette I mentioned in my last Lust List also had a similar color. I was super excited to check out the Inglot store near me, but then I realized that it was closed! I really want to swatch this color or the matte version before I get it, but I don't have any colors like this in my collection and I think it'll make a nice pop of color. 

What have you been lusting after recently?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

EOTD - August 15, 2014 // Pink Twinkle

I went kayaking in San Diego yesterday and even though I didn't put on face makeup, I wanted to add a little something to my eyes and do my brows. It's a very easy, simple, and most importantly, waterproof look. I recently got two Etude House Play 101 Pencils in #21 and #28 and I've been playing around with #28 as a liner and shadow. It creates the most beautiful inner highlight, but also works wonderfully as an eye shadow. 

Please excuse the stray hairs on my brows. I'm trying to regrow my brows to create a better shape for my face. 

Products used - 
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner in Black (review here)
Etude House Play 101 Pencil in #28 for the inner half of the bottom lash line - review soon!
Jane Cosmetics Water-Resistant Eye Liner in Rose Gold (review here)
L'oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black as a "base" on the top lashes and lower lashes
Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum (review here)
CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara in Very Black on top of the serum
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

What are some of your favorite waterproof products?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Review & Swatches: Life's Entropy Eyeshadow in Just Kitten

Life's Entropy Eyeshadow in Just Kitten is a "medium pink-mauve with strong gold shift" with shimmer and how it looks like can depend on what the base is. All of Life's Entropy's full sized shadows are loose and they contain 2.0 grams / 0.07 ounces of product and retails for $6.00. There is not sifter and so be careful with opening and using the product. Just Kitten is part of their Animal Sanctuary collection. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Introducing Life's Entropy And A Sneak Peek At My Order!

Life's Entropy just launched and it's owned by Jane and Danny. Their shop link is here, their blog/making of link is here, and Jane's blog link is here. I first came across their shop while on Reddit and I was so impressed that I bought their blogger black which included a full sized eyeshadow (loose pigments), 10 sample baggies of eyeshadow (loose pigments), a full sized Particle Contour Stick, and a full sized Lip Theory (liquid lipstick) that could be used on the cheeks too.

I have not been able to test all the products yet, but I will be rolling out the reviews, EOTD, and LOTD / FOTD as soon as they're ready instead of the usual schedule I try to keep. I believe that the store is closed until the end of August and so there's enough time for me to review their products before they open up again. The lip theory will probably be the last product I review because my lips are in a pretty bad condition right now. 

So far, I am impressed with what I've tried and the swatches I've done. Some of the things I love about Indie Companies are that they're very affordable and tend to have more unique products/colors. The Particle Contour Sticks are supposed to be dupes of other popular contouring products and the Lip Theories remind me of OCC Lip Tars because they're so pigmented with one drop. Below this jump will be some more pictures of their products I got and their packaging. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hao Are You? #7 // Reunited and it feels so good!

What have you been up to?
I've previously mentioned that I have a boyfriend and now here's his debut! We're in a long distance relationship and he came to visit so that we could celebrate our 3 year anniversary. We've actually known each other for 13 years before we started dating because we met in kindergarten. 

We celebrated twice because I have work and classes during the week days. We had the most amazing dinner at Houston's in Irvine and the service was the best I've ever had. I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to have a more fancy dinner. The treatment I get at higher end places is always lacking because I'm young and well... I look younger than I am. The service at Houston's was incredibly welcoming and even those who weren't at my table were incredibly friendly. 

My boyfriend and I also went to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. They have discount tickets at night and so we took advantage of that. We went a bit earlier than the starting time to check out Long Beach and the area we were in was a really cute. 

What are you looking forward to?
I'll be going to San Diego again soon because some friends from my hometown will be visiting. They're still currently planning what we're doing, but I haven't seen them in awhile so I know it's going to be fun regardless of what we end up doing. 

As for blog updates, a new indie store called Life's Entropy just opened up and I ordered their blogger pack. I will be rolling out the reviews starting this week, but it will take me awhile. There's a lot of stuff to try out and because I have a bit busier with my boyfriend's visit, I haven't really had time to put on makeup. I also had a pretty bad cold sore this past week (I blurred it out in the above picture. Sorry!) and so I didn't want to try out any lip products either. I also misplaced my camera for a couple of days. I was planning on posting a review up today, but I couldn't finish reviewing and taking pictures by now. 

Some other products I've recently purchased include Etude House Play 101 Pencils! They're multipurpose products and I got a red and a rose gold, which is incredibly typical of me. Whoops! But at least I'll have other products to compare them too!

How have you been?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

My Trip To Lush! ft. Let the Good Times Roll, Celestial, Grease Lightning, and Cosmetic Warrior

Actually, it's two trips to Lush that I will be talking about. A few weeks ago, I decided to try a more natural skincare routine and so I went to Ulta for the Juice Beauty Organics to Clearn Skin trial Kit and Lush. I usually try not to get too specific about my locations, but I really want to talk about the Newport Beach Fashion Island Lush Location. The person that helped me was either Sierra (or Cierra?). I asked for her name, but I wasn't quite sure about the spelling. 

I came in telling her that I wanted to try a more natural skincare routine and was so helpful. She asked for my skin type and I told her that while I was back home, my skin was so dry but it's mostly normal to slightly oily on the t-zone in Southern California. I've been using a lot of Acne products lately and the majority of them are targeted towards oily skin and so they tend to dry me out. I also told her that when I break out, it's cystic acne that is red and sometimes hurts. 

She told me that her skin also gets really dry and so she showed me some of her favorites and another sales associate came over to help that had more normal skin. If you haven't been to Lush before, they have warm water bowls out so that you can try out their products. Sierra tried out Let the Good Times Roll and Celestial on one arm and I believe Dark Angels on the other arm. She also used a different moisturizer, but I can't remember what it is right now. She recommended the spot treatment, Grease Lightning, for future breakouts too. 

I was expecting her to push some products for me to buy, but I was so surprised that she didn't! After washing off the products and asking me which ones felt better, she packed up some samples for me and told me that I was pretty much done. She also included a sample of Ocean Salt for me (I have already tried a sample of this) since she said it was one of their best sellers. She said she couldn't give me a sample of Grease Lightning, but I ended up buying the full size anyway since I wanted to try out a new spot treatment. 

For the second trip, I ended up buying the full size of both the cleanser and moisturizer AND a fresh face mask. I'm done with my story now, but I'll be describing the products and my experience with them next!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review & Swatches: Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen in #001 Blackest Black

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen in Blackest Black claims to stay on for 16 hours and be easier to apply "than traditional liquid liquid liners." It has a felt tip applicator and Revlon recommends storing the liner horizontally. There is 0.056 oz / 1.6 g of product and the price varies depending on the retailer. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Review & Swatches: Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Single in Pink Wink

 Maybelline's Expert Wear Eyeshadow Single in Pink Wink is a a rose gold eyeshadow that leans more pink. It has gold shimmer shift and the glitters can sometimes be chunky. The more you pack it on, the more pink it looks. Pink Wink contains 0.09 oz / 2.6 grams of product and retails for around $3 depending on the location you're buying it from. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

July 2014 Favorites!

My first favorites blog post! So exciting, but kind of filled with basic boringish products. I've been trying to use up a lot of my makeup products before I move. During my hiatus, I didn't really experiment that much besides from the products I was trying out but I found myself consistently using these products and fell in love with them all over again.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review & Swatches: NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Powder Foundation in #2 Nude and #5 Soft Beige

When Ulta had their 40% off Nyx (and other brands) sale, I picked up their Stay Matte but Not Flat Powder Foundation. I originally got it in color #5 Soft Beige (Light-medium skin tone with beige undertones), but it was a bit dark and a tiny bit too warm for me. I went back and instead of returning it, I picked up a second shade in #2 Nude (Light skin with golden undertones). I was super impressed with the product that I kept the darker color to contour my face and even warm up my greyer contour shades. The product contains 0.26 oz / 7.5 grams and the price is around $10 depending on where you buy it from.