Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter is an excellent drugstore range, although I am not entirely happy that the texture and the color payoff is quite inconsistent.
I currently have six of them after giving a couple away and repurchasing the favorites. The initial swatch post was full of my excitement for the new drugstore gems of the moment but not all that accurate in colors due to the lighting condition, so I wanted to do a new one.
I like to rotate my skincare regimen based on the active ingredients. I usually go back and forth between anti-wrinkle/firming products and brightening (or "whitening", some say) ones.
Seeing any visible difference from a skincare product is a rare thing to begin with, but brightening skin tone (not to mention erasing dark spots!) is a notion that is plain ludicrous.
Having said that, I still use brightening products periodically because I also know from my experience (although most of it was frustrating) that it does make difference if I use them consistently and correctly.
After another term with Avène retin-aldehyde products, I chose Kose Sekkisei line for my following brightening regimen. Kose Sekkisei line has been around close to 30 years now, which was the main reason for my choice.
That kind of thing speaks louder than anything, and I didn't mind having pretty blue things on my vanity for a while, either.
Collective swatch time again!
Lately I am having so much fun swatching my pretties and adding texts on the images.
(This post is picture heavy!)
Today I have some stila eyeshadows for you.
They are not my absolute favorites anymore because I slightly outgrew the buttery soft texure, but I still think they are one of the finest. Many makeup beginners would find them very useful as I did in my early days.
I love how easy it is to blend the color in. I rarely experience harsh edges with stila eyeshadows. Some of you might find the pigmentation is not as strong as MAC or Urban Decay shadows for example, but stila eyeshadows clearly differ from (some of) those chalky drugstore ones.
Most of them work wonderfully as all-over-wash colors for everyday use.
I have collected quite a few stila palettes.
(And you don't realize this kind of stuff until you attempt a grand swatching project. :o)
While I am perfectly happy with my L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow collection, there still are a few colors I want from the higher-end-more-squeeshy-soufflé-type eyeshadows.
Chanel Illusion D'ombre Mirifique was one of them, so I didn't really have to think twice when I saw it from Liz's blog sale a while ago.
A simple look with Chanel Illusion D'ombre Mirifique
LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer has easily achieved the holy grail status for me, which is rather ground breaking since I had been deeply devoted to Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
I think I have used two of the original Shadow Insurance and one Candlelight, and that is a long time if you know how little you need for each day.
I really enjoyed the soft shimmery finish and light color of the Candlelight, but the shimmer sometimes interferes with my eyeshadow colors (and that's actually the idea of it) and it started flaking off a little at the end (which is perfectly understandable).
I was so ready to go back to the original Shadow Insurance, but then I saw the price was dramatically increased. I think they adjusted the price twice while I was going through those three tubes. Again, it is understandable since we are looking at a long time here, but it was too much this time.
Feeling a bit betrayed, I started looking at other options.
Enter LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer.
After all, it was a good thing Too Faced raised the price of the Shadow Insurance.
Lately I have not been very inspired to try new makeup looks but also feel bored of the same neutral combinations of the norm, so I decide to push myself a little by putting some holiday-appropriate(?) looks together.
(Gosh, I don't know why I always feel I need to explain the reason. It is "No sin for a woman's transformation", after all.)
But then, it is not much of a transformation. I just used two colors that I wouldn't normally wear together.
The image of "Chocolate and Berries" came to my mind, and I thought this scrumptious dessert combo sounded quite "holiday". :)
Many people say L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder is almost identical to the much-raved Giorgio Armani Maestro which is revolutionarily different from traditional foundation. I guess I wanted to experience "the difference" without paying too much for it.
I even got this affordable counterpart on sale, so I did not have much to lose except for the possible guilt from looking at another unused foundation bottle sitting on my vanity.
I think I have been a bit chatty lately. Let's have a quiet swatch day, shall we? ;)
Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss is an excellent drugstore range (and actually, excellent even compared to higher-end), and I actually think they are close to liquid lip colors.
All the colors are very pigmented and coverage is better than most sheer lipsticks.
They feel very comfortable and moisturizing on lips but a tad gloopy despite of the "weightless formula" claim of Revlon, so it is best to wear them during the winter months.
So Pantone has announced the color of the year 2014 - Radiant Orchid (18-3224), and the beauty world is already buzzing about it.
I still am not so sure of the importance of "declaration of a color" each year, but hey, I always (secretly) look for a reason to buy new makeup and if it is good for the economy, I don't know. (Feel free to enlighten me, though.)
Still, not having to buy a new Radiant Orchid item right away is a good start, because I remembered I had this purple polish.
I tried my best to stay sensible during the past Black Friday/Cyber Monday storm, and I survived after making (only) a few makeup purchases (for now anyway, since these crazy companies extended their sales and I am sure they will run new ones in the name of holidays).
However, I effectively ruined my lippie ban and even managed to make an impulsive color choice at that.
My friend Larie of Eye Heart It is like the bloggerhood pusher, and she made me do this tag (but she is also very kind so she will forgive me for using the term "pusher" so loosely ;p).
I have always loved perfume, and choosing one in the morning accordingly depending on my mood, outfit and the weather of the day is such a pleasurable thing.
I started my perfume journey with the mainstream where most of my current collection stays within, but I did have some crazy perfume phase sniffing through many e-tailer scents and hand-poured niche.
Nowadays I just go easy about it spritzing whatever strikes my fancy. I haven't made a full bottle purchase lately. I don't feel guilty using the same scent two days in a row, either.
Still I have a cabinet full of perfume and since I hardly reapply my perfume, I am pretty sure I won't be able to use up the stash, ever.
As I promised, I have swatches for the Infallible collection of mine. I only (?) own seven out of the eighteen core shades available in the U.S., but I feel that I have acquired all the colors I need for now.
I nearly fainted to realize the initial swatch post was made about two years ago. Time does fly!
The good thing is that my swatching skills are a little better (although I still can't draw straight lines) and now I am equipped with better lighting as well.
(Oh, and I haven't gone blind or anything from using two year old eyeshadows. Good indeed.)
Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss is probably the first thing that ignited my love for drugstore makeup.
I remember the old version of the Super Lustrous Lipgloss (with the rectangular body) was introduced around the time the Estee Lauder Pure Gloss came out, and I was struck by the similarities, both in the packaging and the performance.
For a long time, I had shameless collected so many of them. I would hunt down for the LEs hopping from one drugstore to another.
I also gifted many of them to my friends proselytizing for my new found faith.
Although I slowly grew out of them as my lipgloss phase is behind me, the Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss will always have a place in my makeup heart.
Revlon revamped this range a while ago, repackaging it in the taller and round tube as well as introducing twelve new shades.
Some of them remind me of the great classic shades, and the Super Natural is one of them.
Some of you know I've had quite an affair with L'Oreal goodies for the past year.
Among other things I love from the brand, Infallible eyeshadows have become my favorites and I reach for them many times a week.
However, it is quite frustrating (and annoying) to see all the different names for the same colors depends on what country you live in.
Fine, I can deal with the name discrepancy. I can use my magic eyes to compare the swatches online and figure out which one is what, plus there are many wonderful bloggers with awesome swatches out there.
What I can't stand is..there are some colors that are not avail in the U.S. Ugh.
When I saw Liz's post on Infallible Black Star, I literally drooled. I wanted it. I looked to see if there is an identical one with different name from the U.S. line, but no, sadly that wasn't the case.
Some time had passed and I forgot about it (you gotta move on, right?), then I saw it on her blogsale pile. Can you imagine how excited I was?!
Long story short, the Black Star is well loved here at her new home.
(Thanks, Liz! ^-^)
In the olden days, treating the eye area was my number one priority in skincare and I did not hesitate to spend hundreds of dollars on a single item. It is because that was where I saw the first sign of aging and obviously I panicked. Anyone remember that feeling?
Sadly though, after spending so much money only to see very little result, I have become to disbelieve in the effectiveness of eye treatments in general.
It maybe a shock to some of you, but I haven't used eye cream for years.
So maybe I was in the perfect stage to try some of new eye treatments despite of my skeptical attitude towards "all" of them.
To be honest, when I was asked to try the NAT. Agebloc Eye Gel and Eye Cream, I started with no prejudice but with very little expectation.
My daily makeup routine only takes about 15 minutes but I do need more than 5 products. (I think I need 9 at least - foundation, loose powder, eyebrow pencil, eyeliner (that doubles as eyeshadow base), 2 eyeshadow colors, mascara, blush and lippie.)
I have to take everything with me even when I fly and check the bag, so it was hard for me to come up with just five products that would do my face.
I even considered buying a new makeup item (for this tag!) that can multi-function as blush and lip color cause I was stuck at 6 for more than a week. - This is just so typical of me, by the way. I believe this tag is meant for minimalistic look and effort, but I manage to turn it into another reason (excuse) to buy more makeup.
Anyway, with my sensible blogofriends' advices, I finally could select my five. Apparently, you can use your lipstick as blush (duh).
Unlike the rave review from yesterday, I don't really have nice things to say about this illuminating product.
This is also from the deluxe sample bag from Sephora, and it is interesting that the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal is the only thing that differs from the image from the site.
Because I got this.
When everybody was busy with the Sephora VIB sale, I just made a tiny order from Beauty.com.
I don't know what was wrong with me at that time but I ordered twice from Sephora just before the sale started.
(Oh, I know! It is called impatience which leads me to sing this out loud. "Be patient is a very good advice, but I very seldom follow with. That explains the troubles that I'm always in~~"
Anyone knows this song? It's from "Alice in wonderland".)
I was still feeling guilty yet compelled to order "something", so maybe that's why I redirected my mouse towards the other site.
The sane part of me thought "hmm, it should be something very different and something I don't have", and can you imagine how hard it was to pick something like that? ;)
All the justification aside, Cargo blush Louisiana actually fits the bill and I am so happy that I got it.
It is true that I was a little underwhelmed by my first box from Beauty Box 5, and I was initially mistaken thinking that was the November box.
However, I received another one shortly after. Turns out this is the November's, and I am quite pleased this time.
I was happy when I heard about the Lipstick Bar from VeryHoney.com because I was just about to run out of space for my ever growing lippie collections.
Sure, I can always box them away or put them in drawers, but we all know that it is just much harder to reach for something that is not readily visible, yet we don't want clutters on our vanities.
(Full product name : Smashbox Camera Ready CC cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Dark Spot Correcting - whew)
For me, BB cream is just greasy ashy version of cream foundation with very limited color range and very little sun protection.
It is just difficult for me to believe that one single product can take care of all our skin and cosmetic concerns.
(Let me rephrase. I don't believe it. )
Despite of my cynical view for BB cream in general, I have been curious to try CC cream, the next generation.
I still have very little faith that CC cream would actually improve my skin condition, but I expected it to provide better color match since it is supposedly very smart(!) and adjusts to our skin tones.
A Saturday manicure post with Clinique A Different Enamel Black Honey...
I got this as a part of the Black Honey Set and immediately fell in love with this classic vamp color.
Yes, I probably have more than ten bottles of vampy creme like this, but I still think it makes a nice addition to my collection.
You know how the little difference in finish and depth makes all the difference in the world, right? (and this is why our stashes are getting bigger and bigger..)
Clinique A Different Enamel Black Honey
I snapped this with my iPhone camera and was surprised!
I received these as a part of the Halloween sponsorship program offered by PinkParadise.
I explained I would prefer natural looking design that suits my makeup and life style better, and they graciously agreed to send Hana SPC Natural Grey to me.
Hana SPC is also known as Vassen, and their contacts have higher water content of 42% which ensures more comfort in wear.
I was looking for an easy everyday pink blush when I included Gracilis in my Rouge Bunny Rouge haul back in August, but it turned out to be so much more than that.
(I don't know what I was thinking. An easy pink? Like I don't have enough of that already...)
Rouge Bunny Rouge (For Love of Roses) Original Skin Blush
Often I feel the need of amping up the whole makeup look whenever I try to wear the color/circle lenses with more dramatic designs.
I usually balance them with darker smokey eyes or even with false eye lashes, but I thought liquid eye liner could be another option.
I did not want to spend much on something I would not use everyday so I decided to try a drugstore liquid eyeliner with good reputation.
Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner in Blackest Black (01)
No, I did not fall off the wagon.
This was purchased before I went on the lippie ban (and I have a few more stashed cause...you know).
Let me tell you.
Having a drugstore located right downstairs (and another one across the street) is a very convenient (difficult) situation for a beauty addict like me.
This was another impulse buy when I innocently went downstairs to grab some water. Of course, I had to go through the cosmetic aisles (which is on the opposite side of the water section).
My eyes sometimes work like the hawk's, I immediately noticed these were new although the tubes looked just like the other Super Lustrous lipsticks.
Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick Plum Velour (850)
It was a very busy summer for me although I did manage to get away for a sweet vacation.
It was not a terribly hot summer, either. I did not get to wear all my summer dresses, is one proof of that(?).
Once I flip over my closet for sweaters and boots (and purchase a couple more coats), I know I will be alright.
The truth is I am still reminiscing about the summer, though.
This would be another example of my "Green Frog (a Korean folktale character - often used to describe someone who does everything the opposite)" personality, I had to bring out the most summer-esque eyeshadow colors when others are busy sporting deep autumn shades.
(Oh, I will get to them eventually. Just give me some time..)
I haven't done a nail post in a while and I admit I haven't felt passionate about nail colors lately.
Busy and Irregular schedule often makes me neglect the required grooming and polishing.
(Dr. Niles Crane from the show "Fraiser" once said, "Grooming requires small consistent efforts", which we all should abide by...)
I still get my monthly pedicures and polish changes in between, but I have been wearing nudes on my tips just because it is easier not to think about them.
It is a bank holiday here in the U.S., and I had a bit of time (although I have to go to work later on) to do my nails.
Revlon All Fired Up seemed to be the perfect thing that would rekindle my passion for nail colors.
Such a vibrant classic red.
Many of you know I love lip colors in general and enjoy talking about them here on my blog.
The truth to be told, I don't really "use" them as much as I like them.
I wear some sort of lip color everyday but throughout the day, I don't usually reapply it more than once.
This is why I have not used up any lippie in a while. (Ah, plus I keep buying more..)
So, I have decided to go on a "lippie ban" for a while until I showcase every color I own, starting a new series - Lippie Library.
This would be like building a reference book for me reminding myself that I have more than enough.
Hopefully I would be providing better swatches and occasional overall looks to help you to make an informed decision as well.
A Chanel would be a nice start off on a new series, although this is a rather typical pink lipstick to be honest.
Nudy series is one of the classics from GEO and famous for its striking effects.
I remember being curious about Nudy and even considered purchasing it, but I guess I passed on while I was developing my circle lens preference leaning towards more natural looking ones.
When I was offered to try some of their products from AngelContacts, I was happy to see this particular design thinking this would be perfect for my halloween this year.
Sidetracked as usual, I must tell you I have never dressed up for the halloween, ever.
I lived in South Korea until I graduated from the university, and we didn't celebrate this holiday back then. (Now I heard little kids dress up and go getting candies in Korea, too.)
Or being a performance major, I have had many opportunities to wear costumes and wigs so maybe I didn't really feel the need to do so on another occasion. GEO Nudy Grey is kinda perfect for me to still get into the holiday spirit since it comes with tons of dramas without having to scare anyone.
(Speaking of halloween, I've just noticed AngelContacts is having a sale. You can get 10% off with the code "BOO". They also offer special FX lenses.)
Rouge Bunny Rouge Glassy Gloss Fleur Parfait is probably the prettiest mauve pink I have encountered.
However, I didn't fall in love with it immediately. I even sent it to my Blog Sale page for a while.
It is because of its rich creamy texture and great color payoffs (yes, all the great qualities!).
Sounds weird, right?
I guess I was looking for something sheer with lighter feel back then cause the weather was much warmer when I purchased it.
Time flies and I am rediscovering this lip gloss all over again as the autumn deepens around us.
Fickle you may say, but I have retrieved it from the sale pile and now I think this is the most gorgeous thing ever. ;)
Rouge Bunny Rouge "Sweet Excesses" Glassy Gloss in Fleur Parfait
(All Rouge Bunny Rouge products have some sort of "secondary" names. Why is that? I want to know.)
I was fortunate to be given an opportunity to try a couple of core products from the skincare range of obiqo. I did not know much about the brand since it is from New Zealand, but I was intrigued to try this range after reading about the brand and the concept behind it. Intensive Facial Serum and Restoring Night Cream were my choice (it was very considerate of them to let me pick the products, btw.) since I usually like no-fuss skincare items and facial serum and night time moisturizer are very easy to incorporate into my daily regimen.
They probably deserve individual blog posts.
However, I am still swamped with work most of days and struggling to find time to blog more.
Between the usual Reviews/FOTDs and occasional PR posts, chance is that I may never get to talk about these.
I guess I am still trying to do something about them rather than aiming for the unrealistic - detailed blog posts on each of them.
As an avid user of devices like Clarisonic cleanser and Sonicare toothbrush, I have become a believer of the "sonic" technology.
I mean, in my not-so-scientifically-trained mind, things get cleaned better if you add "vibrations".
I have worn circle/color contacts for close to two years now, wearing them safely is a more important issue than ever.
I always try to clean my contacts effectively, so I was very excited to try this vibrating circle lens cleaning device called "JitterBug" offered from AngelContacts.
For some reason, brown circle lens never really worked for me.
They are meant to be natural and innocent looking like the girls from K-dramas, but I often end up looking like a soulless alien (;o)
So naturally I was a bit hesitant to choose Fresh Brown contacts when AngelContacts.com offered a sponsorship.
(I received two pairs of my choice to review plus a cleaning device called JitterBug which I will talk about in the future posts.)
I am happy to report to you, despite of my concerns about single colored brown lenses, that the Fresh Brown works for me very nicely.
I even see why this particular design is popular among Korean celebrities since it is very natural yet dolly without requiring any amp-up on your makeup.
While I thought it was an excellent drugstore lipstick after I tried the Rose Taffeta from the same range, I didn't run out to buy another color probably because I was more into the Wet Shine Stains.
Normally a bright pink coral color like Blushing Sequin would not draw my attention especially in a lipstick form, but lemmings can come from anywhere. I was just browsing through some random beauty bloggers' pics on Instagram and saw this - not even a clear picture - and I had to have it in the name of curiosity, of course.
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