Archive for June 2009
Sometimes I get afraid of mascaras since they’re the reason why I don’t have many lashes anymore. I use to have thick lashes and certain mascaras that I’ve used in the past caused my lash loss. So I’m pretty picky now when it comes to mascaras. But I’ve been hearing a lot of people raving about Benefit’s Bad Gal Mascara (US$19), so I decided to give it a shot.
Let’s start with the packaging.
I got the waterproof version. Its pretty slim, which I like since it can easily fit in your purse. I also like how the brush is curved unlike the regular formula. I put it next to my Sonia Kashuk spoolie brush so you can see the difference a bit. The brush makes easier for me to get in the inner corner of my eyes without poking my eye out. Its thicker outside and a little thinner inside.
When applied, it doesn’t weigh my lashes down after a few coats and doesn’t seem to clump like most waterproof mascaras would. I like how it defines, lengthens and separates my lashes as well. I love how it looks natural.
I’m sorry about the redness around my eyes. My allergies were acting up a little bit. Anyway, when wearing mascaras, my eyes tend to get irritated when I wear it all day. I’m happy to say that with this mascara, my eyes weren’t irritated at all. Though at the end of the day, I felt that my lashes were a bit dry. Maybe it might be different if a lash primer was used.
Normally, I wouldn’t use waterproof mascaras mainly because most of the ones I’ve tried always smudged on me. Plus, they’re such a pain to remove. With this mascara, I didn’t experience any smudging at all. I used my Target makeup remover (the Almay brand burned my eyelids – this Target brand worked much better!), and it removed all the mascara off my lashes. I like it and do recommend it to those who are still looking for a good waterproof mascara.
A very small haul, mainly skin care and some small things. I wanted to wait until my MAC purchases came in, but I’ll just put that in a later post. I’m going to focus more on the skin care items that I purchased because they’re my current favorite items these past few weeks.
Lumene is a Nordic brand with a wide variety of skin care and cosmetics. Their skin care is sectioned off in age ranges.
I really like the cleanser – it doesn’t leave my skin all dry and tight, yet my skin feels clean and smooth. Those beauty drops in the far right are my favorite! I put this on before my moisturizer and it leaves my skin matte and helps my moisturizer absorb into my skin much faster. It also leaves my skin super smooth. As for the Time Freeze serum, I use that at night and apply it before I use my night cream. Its really soothing and it gives off a slight cooling sensation. I have noticed a difference in my skin. My skin has less dry patches (around my cheeks), it isn’t as oily (especially in the t-zone!) as it was before and my skin looks brighter and my skin’s texture has been much smoother. Plus, these items are very affordable, so go and give this line a look.
Ok, I know that there a lot of people out there who like the YesTo line. But honestly, I don’t really see what the hype is all about. This eye gel is the only product I have from this line and I wasn’t impressed. It cost US$15 and that isn’t including tax for that small thing. Yes, I know that eye products are a little more on the pricier side, but really, this is worth its price. It gave a cooling sensation, but that faded quickly after a few seconds. As it was absorbing, my eye area felt sticky and uncomfortable. It took long to sink in. I didn’t really see an improvement in my eye area. The Hanwoong Collagen Hydro Eyepatch worked much better than this and it cost much cheaper. Sorry YesTo lovers, but I not going to purchase anything else from this line. I’m just going to stick with Olay, Roc, Laneige and Shiseido.
I didn’t want to purchase any Jesse’s Girl products because I thought that they were too glittery for me. I’m not a big fan of shimmer and glitter as much as I used to be, but these colors were really nice and I couldn’t resist! And what I liked about them the most?
Look how packed it is – its crazy! But the new pots have a sifter now, so its not as packed as this one – but less messy.
You can’t really see here, but when you look at different angles, you see different colors. I especially love Sunlit Cactus! It has beautiful green and olive specs in it – gorgeous! These work wonderfully as highlighters and as blending colors.
Along with the pigments/shadows, I purchased Pretige eyeliners from there Smooth Minerals line. These pencils glide on very nicely and they don’t tug on your eyelid. I also got some MAC pigment samples and purchased an eyeliner brush from Stars Makeup Haven. Its nice and pretty thin, but I haven’t gotten a chance to use it yet. Also, I bought the Olay Quench with the gradual tanner, but it’s not doing much for me. The TREsemme 24 Hour Body finishing spray is crap – total BS! It didn’t even hold my style all day, and my hair became flat after a few hours. I wouldn’t buy this again. Hopefully I can start doing some makeup looks here soon and thanks everyone for viewing and/or commenting! I hope you like my mini haul and reviews. Bye lovelies! ♥
images from Digital Gravel
I haven’t done any “On the Rise” articles lately because I realized I’m not good at writing much about fashion (I looked back at my other posts – and YUCK). Anywho, I wanted to give it another try since I don’t want this blog to be mainly about makeup & beauty. This next brand I’m going to talk about has to be one of my most favorite clothing brands to date – 12 Grain.
I accidentally came across this brand when I was looking for Imaginary Foundation, which I will be writing about a little later. I was just clicking random brands and clicked 12 grain since I’ve never seen it before. I saw this really nice shirt called, “Sneaker Head” and fell in love immediately. It was an image of a boy surrounded by shoeboxes and had tons of sneakers stacked on top of his head. I was lucky to find one of his shirts at a Zumies store where I was called, “Walrus Mask” (I believe) and had to purchase it right away. Its my favorite shirt of all time. All artwork for 12 Grain is by Sam Flores, an artist located in San Francisco. His art is really eye catching, innovative – everything is just so unique. I love that he uses lots of pastels and warm colors in his designs. I like the fact that 12 grain doesn’t have neon colored or super bright colored shirts like most brands are doing nowadays. I like that they’re basic colors and the designs itself draws the attention. I encourage everyone to check this brand out. Its definitely worth the look!
I really can’t keep up with all the new releases- there’s so much! But MAC is coming out with a collection for Nordstorm in July called, “Graphic Garden” – a beautiful collection with fresh colors and pretty floral designs. I don’t have a Nordstrom where I live at, but I might order a palette or a look box from their website.
U.S. Launch Date: July 17th
- Brush Bags (US$49.50)
- Define & Blend 129SE, 190SE, 209SE, 219SE, 252SE
- Shape & Perfect 168SE, 187SE, 194SE, 212SE, 275SE
A black and white twill bag with a separate brush holder featuring a rose or poppy pattern.
- Eye Shadow 6 Palette (US$38.00)
- – Fresh Cut Palette
Floral Inc. (Frost)
Fresh Cut (Veluxe Pearl)
Poppy Noir (Velvet)
Bloomcycle (Veluxe Pearl)
Part Peony (Lustre)
- Graphic Garden Palette
Social Climber (Veluxe Pearl)
Botancial Blue (Frost)
Straight Hedge (Veluxe Pearl)
Wild Wisteria (Lustre)
Linear Lilac (Veluxe Pearl)
Graphic Garden (Velvet)
A black metal compact with a black and white plaque featuring the repeat signature MAC logo that morphs (holographic) into a black and white floral pattern when viewed from different angles.
- Lip Bags (US$34.50)
- – Summer Crop Lip Bag
Lipstick: Semi-Annual (Lustre)
Lipstick: Garden Bed (Lustre)
Lipglass: Summer Crop (Frost)
- – Baby Blooms Lip Bag
Lipstick: Soft Illusion (Frost)
Lipstick: Spiceflower (Amplified Cream)
Lipglass: Baby Blooms (Frost)
A black and white twill makeup bag featuring a rose or poppy pattern.
Look Box (US$59.50)
The Look box is for North America only I believe so I won’t be including information on that. You can go and check Specktra’s blog post here.
credits: TEMPTALIA & SPECKTRA
So the Naked Honey Collection came out last week in Thursday, and the whole collection was alright. I only purchased one of the high-light powders. I initially wanted the Honey Light, but then I saw Golden Nectar, and it was gorgeous. You can’t see it in the picture now because I’ve been using it since I got it, haha. But it had a real nice shimmery pearlescent finish.
I actually purchased it because of the honeycomb pattern (yes, I’m a sucker for pretty things). There was a light spray on it, so it looked super shimmery, but after you swatch it, it comes off. When you first apply it the sheen is noticeable and it gets less prominent after a few uses.
I don’t know if you could see the light sheen in my hand. I swatched it over UDPP, but my camera didn’t seem to catch it. I also swatched it on a piece of paper so you could see the color. I actually hoped it was a bit more shimmery (like at the beginning), but this can be used as bronzer too – its a really nice color. I think this color is more suitable for lighter skintones since I’m sure it’ll show up better on their skin. Medium to Dark skintones can probably uses this as a blush. Its an all-over-powder, so you can pretty much use this however you like. I used this on my eyes as well, and it looked great.
US and Canadian beauties, don’t forget about the MAC F&F Sale from tomorrow to Thursday! Happy shopping!
So I actually got this for free when Dillard’s was having this free giveaway thing months ago. Macy’s also had a giveaway with Sarah Jessica Parker’s body wash and perfume. I’ve heard some good raves about this night serum, plus some magazines have featured it as well. And since it was for free, I decided to give it a shot.
I got the free full-sized Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex (retails for US$47.50 for 1.0 oz). You are to apply the serum on your face an neck before your moisturizer and its supposed to help repair visible damage and help protect the skin from future damage. I heard that some people woke up with a “glowing” face. Its Dermatologist-tested, Ophthalmologist-tested, Fragrance-free and Non-acnegenic.
Some information on this:
Exclusive Chronolux™ Technology
Repairs the appearance of past damage. Addresses damaging effects before they become permanent. You’ll see a visible improvement in the signs of aging-specifically lines, uneven skintone and immediate hydration.
Enhanced Environmental Repair
Neutralizes up to 90%* of environmentally generated free radicals before they can affect skin’s appearance. That’s key, because environmental assaults such as UV, smoke, pollution and even emotional stress are the #1 cause of premature signs of aging. Our advanced technology repairs the appearance of damage caused by every major environmental assault.
Creates the optimal environment for repair with nature’s long-proven moisture magnet Hyaluronic Acid. Clinical tests prove skin’s levels of moisturization increase dramatically. Soothes daily irritation and builds a rich anti-oxidant reserve to help replenish skin’s natural protectants.
Think of it as “insurance” for younger, healthier-looking skin, today and tomorrow.
As you can see above, the product is pretty small. I was a little hesitant to try this since at the time my face was still breaking out. This serum didn’t make it any better.
I don’t know if you can see it on the right but, the serum is of a light peach color and goes on clear. When you apply the serum, it gives a nice colling sensation to the skin. The smell isn’t very pleasant – it had sort of a old musty smell to it. I’m a little sensitive to smells so this was a turn-off. But the good thing about this was it didn’t leave my skin dry. I woke the next day and everything seemed ok. Though I didn’t notice any “glow” or immediate change in my skin. I used for about a week and still didn’t see a change in my skin, but I started to breakout a little bit. I’m always giving products second chances, so I gave it a try for a few more days and my skin didn’t seem to get any better. So I just gave it to my boyfriend’s mother since she also got one and it seemed to work well for her. I don’t know if anyone had the same issue like me, and I think this product is better suited for more mature skin.
PROS: Gives off a cooling sensation, doesn’t leave the skin dry
CONS: Smells funky, gave me blemishes
So I made a haul post last month and I must say, this is one of my favorite moisturizers this year. My HG moisturizer is the Olay Complete. I have sensitive combination/oily skin, so I’m scared of trying new products because when my skin freaks out – it freaks out. But to my surprise, it works great for my skin – especially now since its summer. The smell is really nice – its a cross between a grape and some kind of berry. I like the formulation of this and it didn’t leave my skin oily at all. It has a mouse-like texture and feels really light. The thing I like most about it is that it absorbs into your skin pretty quick. What I love about this moisturizer as well is that it also contains dimethicone, which can be found in face primers. I usually use a face primer or my homemade mixing medium to help my mineral foundation stay on longer, but I don’t use it much anymore because my foundation lasts all day with the moisturizer alone! Some of my acne has gone away after using this as well. I totally recommend this for those who have oily skin and for those who are looking for a good moisturizer during the summer. I’m not so sure about the winter since it does absorb into the skin fairly quick and you might have reapply a few times. People with dry skin might not benefit from this moisturizer much since the consistency of it isn’t thick enough.
PROS: Lightweight, absorbs quickly, doesn’t leave your skin oily
CONS: Maybe too light for the winter, bulky packaging
Random? Yes, I’m going to talk a bit about food right now. So I was super hungry yesterday and was craving some chicken wings. I wanted to try the Atomic wings, so I bought that along with Cajun wings, and let me tell you – the Cajun wings taste so much better than Atomic. Atomic was crappy as hell. Its just chicken super drenched in all the spices you can think of. It’s not even that spicy like a lot of people has said it was. It did have a little “kick” to it, but not a “fire in the hole” flavor. My friend actually coughed a bit caused the spices were a little overwhelming, but he said it wasn’t that spicy either. My boyfriends’ dad could make a spicer chicken wing than that, haha. Aside from the spices, it had a super sour taste to it too (thank goodness I had some ranch around). So those of you who heared about Atomic wings being super hot and have yet to try it out, give it a shot. Its not so “Atomic” as people said it is.