March 29, 2015

Tatcha Skincare

It is no secret I am totally smitten with this niche luxury skincare brand. After experiencing The Discovery Kit, I did not hesitate to purchase full sized items. It has been full 4 months with Tatcha, a truly indulgent time for my skin that is, and I have used up everything except for a few.
Normally I'd get anxious to try new things especially near the end of regimen when the excitement is well gone and my skin doesn't seem visibly better probably because it is already used to it.
However, this time is different. I am seriously considering to repurchase the whole line right away, which is something that I almost never do.  Plus I do have some other skincare items in my hand to try. I know what Tatcha skincare does and how my skin reacts to it (maybe too well at this point), but rather than being bored with it, I feel like continuing with it.

It is still a decision to make, but I want to recap my experience with Tatcha regardless, and briefly review a couple more items I've tried yet haven't had a chance to talk about .

Tatcha Skincare

March 23, 2015

Lancôme Juicy Tubes Simmer

I am not sure if anybody actually pays money for Simmer, because Lancôme includes this popular lipgloss in their GWP, like, all the time.
I received a medium size tube of this for the third time in my makeup life. This was, of course, a part of GWP that contained a nice skincare regimen, and Simmer wasn't a selling point for me at all.
Because I knew exactly how Simmer would feel and look on me, I thought about giving it away. But the lipgloss tube looked prettier than I remembered a few years ago.
How softly it gleams! If something looked this pretty when simmering, it could be a potion of youth...

Lancome Juicy Tubes Simmer
Lancôme Juicy Tubes Simmer

March 22, 2015

Beauty Influencer's Sunday Column Vol.4: Makeup Brand Ambassador

BISC Vol.4
If you could be a brand ambassador for a makeup company, what brand would it be and why?
BISC Vol.4 Authors
RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog
Marcelle! I’d want to pick a Canadian company that I already know and love, and there’s no one sweeter than the folks that work at Annabelle/Marcelle. It’s the only pairing that I think would really make sense for theNotice, and I couldn’t live without their Cleansing Milk, 3 in 1 Micellar Solution, and translucent face powders. (That said, though, I would DIE if I could be a brand ambassador for Clinique — their makeup line right now is killer!)
Lily | Malaysia | Chloe Ash
I don’t think I’d like to be a brand ambassador. Being a brand ambassador means being employed by a company, having to use everything from that one brand and to promote all the products whether or not you really like it. I love my variety, and there’s no one brand out there that does everything right. That’s the beauty of being a blogger. I get to sample a variety of things and also tell my readers the good, the bad and the ugly. What ambassador can do that?
LENA | USA | Lenallure
Hmmm, it is a toughie! I have a feeling that I am not the only one who would choose this brand, but I would have to go with Chanel. Mostly because I have been buying quite a few things from the brand lately, and pleasantly surprised by their recent offerings. Plus I have my respect for their unique yet timeless color compositions. Chanel isn’t a brand that is known to feature Asian faces often, so maybe it would be a nice change in my wild imagination.
AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup
This is a really hard question to answer because there are so many amazing makeup brands out there that I’d love to be an ambassador for. However, I would go with Hourglass Cosmetics. Everything about them says luxury- high quality ingredients, hand made products, beautiful and elegant packaging. Each and every product they release involves a cutting-edge technology and amazing formulas. Although their makeup comes with a high price tag, I feel like you get what you pay for- luxurious packaging, high quality makeup, long lasting formulas and products that quickly become your every day staples (looking at you Ambient Lighting Powders and Blushes!).
ALICE | Belgium | Alice Yeh
That’s an absolute no-brainer. Even though I adore countless brands, Charlotte Tilbury stands out immediately. There’s just nothing not to love about her as a person, her make-up and the philosophy behind it. Her brand reflects her immense passion and knowledge of make-up, which embodies quality and luxury. I have yet to find a product I dislike. She does everything so well, from base to eyes to lip products – she doesn’t disappoint. It’s a brand I’d recommend to everyone – from my closest friends to complete strangers. She deserves to live in everyone’s make-up bag.
JAA | USA/Thailand | Hello Jaa
I shouldn’t have asked this question because I am having a hard time deciding myself! I’d like to say VERSO because I love all the science behind their products but then I realized they are not really a makeup brand! :) I think I’ll go with MAC Cosmetics because it would be so much fun to present and play with new makeup collections all the time! They have some really nice, good-quality, and affordable staple-worthy products in the line-up, too. Their MUAs are also talented, professional, and friendly which are the type of people I want to be working with. :)
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March 20, 2015

Paul & Joe Beaute Sheer Lipstick #108 Pink Balloon

Sorry about the three consecutive lippie posts! After a rather busy week, I just want to do a simple lipstick post.
(I hear it is the first day of spring..? As I'm writing this, it is snowing again in the city!)

You've seen this Paul & Joe Sheer Lipstick Pink Balloon in my recent haul post. This is like a replacement for my long lost Cupids Kiss (which was quite a similar shade in the same sheer formula). I also got the same plastick lipstick case for practical reasons since this one was also meant to be carried in my makeup bag to perform as "an all occasion pink lipstick". (I am always tempted to get one of those beautifully illustrarated paper cases, though.)

Paul & Joe Lipstick #108 Pink Balloon
Paul & Joe Sheer Lipstick #108 Pink Balloon

March 14, 2015

Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick Sultry Samba

Better late than never. I am so glad I picked up this beautiful matte lipstick on sale.
You see, I have been interested in matte lipsticks for some time now despite my usual preference for lipsticks. But, the doubts - matte lipsticks might look aging on me and dry up my poor lips! So I didn't want to spend too much on something I wasn't sure that I'd get much use out of.

After trying Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick Sultry Samba, I even feel encouraged to wear matte shades on my lips more often. Maybe I worried for nothing, or we now live in a better world where we can get quality matte lipsticks at affordable price.
It seems intense brighter colors tend to look more beautiful in matte finish, too. Maybe this makeup game is about the balance more than anything.

Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Sultry Samba
Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick Sultry Samba