January 12, 2015

The Makeup Addict Tag

It is getting quite challenging to find time to blog lately. Work has been so hectic that I usually come home with nothing but the desire to eat and sleep. No creative juice left in my poor brain. And I've learned that putting on makeup is truly an act of creativity, because I have not really felt like wearing makeup for a while. This is not healthy, I tell you!

I've been wanting to do this tag (lovely Liz of Beauty Reductionista and Larie of Eye Heart It tagged me), although I no longer consider myself as a makeup addict.
To do this tag (I mean, to take pictures for this post), I finally cleaned my vanity and weeded out some of the old makeup yesterday - a great motivation, by the way. ;)
I ended up throwing out a shopping bag full of makeup (which was a weirdly liberating experience, and I may have dumped more than necessary), and now I'm left with something that resembles "a normal person's stash".

No? You think it is still too much?
Then I'm in denial, I guess. ;)

December 26, 2014

elta MD UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45

I can wear those Japanese waterproof sunscreens pretty much all year round, or so I thought.
It suddenly felt different this winter. I used my trustee Sofina Perfect UV daily when I was in San Francisco, but I had to stop after I came home because the combination of the Sofina and New York winter literally hurt my face.
I have been curious about elta MD sunscreens for some time, and it seemed a high time to try this sunscreen with cream formulation.

elta MD UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45
elta MD UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45

December 20, 2014

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer Pink Ruby

The look is deceiving in this case, but Revlon did not lie about Ultra HD Lip Lacquer being "Lip Lacquer", because it ain't lip gloss. I can tell you right here that Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer is a super saturated liquid lip color. Or at least the color I got, Pink Ruby is.

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer Pink Ruby
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer Pink Ruby

December 06, 2014

Old Almay Eyeshadow Trios & My First Z Palette

This is one of those useless blog posts, because I am going to talk about some old drugstore eyeshadows that are now completely reformulated but not necessarily for better, in my humble opinion. Which means I am not going to recommend the new version for you nor are the old ones readily available anymore; hence "useless".
I have been extremely busy with work and feeling quite stressed out lately. Blabbering about random beauty things that are not sparkly new is all I want to do today, and it feels quite relaxing, actually.

The old Almay eyeshadow trios are probably the last drugstore eyeshadows I was enthusiastic about. For some reason, Almay has tweaked the packaging quite often, and it seems the quality has changed as well, which is a real shame.

These are the first generation of the various Almay i-trio series.
Weirdly enough, these simple ones are the best out of all I've tried.

November 28, 2014

Tatcha The Ritual Discovery Kit

Sorry about the long hiatus!

My business trip to San Francisco was supposed to be only a week long but I ended up staying there for more than 2 weeks. San Francisco is a great city but it would have driven me absolutely crazy if two of the lovely local ladies (Liz and Catherine) had not rescued me out of my hotel room and shown me all the pretty spots. They even introduced me to the Tatcha staffs at Barneys SF so I could receive the most lovely (and much needed) facial. (Elena is a really amazing esthetician. If you're a local, I recommend you rush to Barneys and speak to her.)

I had received the Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit before the trip and of course I made sure to pack it along. This beautiful set turned out to be another sane part of my rather insane trip!

Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit
(+ mini Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream)