Review - California Naturel Balancing Complex & Nourishing Cream

Jul 31, 2014

2014 has been wonderful so far in terms of experiencing new skincare items. I have tried some great drugstore classics as well as higher-ends, not to mention the all natural products from California Naturel which has been a delightful eye-opener for me.
I must say that I have nothing but love for this up-and-coming natural organic brand. Everything I have tried from California Naturel is wonderful, but these two facial moisturizers that I am going to review today get my special love.
(I have reviewed some of their offering in my previous post.)

California Naturel Skincare Products

Review, Swatch - Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation 112

Jul 23, 2014

I initially fell in love with this foundation but ended up sending it to my blogsale pile.
No real issue here. In fact, I feel torn about it and might retrieve it back because I still think this is an excellent foundation.
I took some swatch pictures when I first opened it, so I decided to review on it after all. It does not seem there are many swatches of Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation in shade 112, which is "a natural light ochre for yellow undertones".
Hopefully this post will help you out a little if you are planning an online purchase.

Koh Gen Do Manifanshi Moisture Foundation
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation 112

Swatch, FOTD - Chanel Les 4 Ombres 226 Tissé Rivoli

Jul 19, 2014

When the new Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi Effect Eyeshadow Palettes were introduced, I was sure I wanted Tissé Gabrielle which is a smoky quad with variations of grey, but ended up buying Tissé Rivoli instead. I might still get Gabrielle, but Tissé Rivoli seems much more versatile and suits better for my current color preference.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres 226 Tissé Rivoli

Swatch, FOTD - L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain Stubborn Plum

Jul 17, 2014

My adorations for this drugstore hybrid lippies are well documented here on this blog.
I won't be reviewing this in details since it's been done so many times. Basically L'Oreal Wet Shine Stain is an affordable and sheerer version of the Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain.
I ended up with 7 shades after giving one away and replacing a lost one. I think Stubborn Plum is my 6th one. Honestly, I would have bought it sooner if it had a different name. I mean, Stubborn Plum?  ;-/

L'Oreal Wet Shine Stain Stubbron Plum
L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain Stubborn Plum

Review, Swatch - Maybelline Master Kajal Cream Kohl Eyeliner Navy Night

Jul 14, 2014

This impulse pickup from downstairs (there is a drugstore) turned out to be a total letdown.
I use hybrid kajal pencils (L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Liners) daily to base my eyeshadow colors. These have ideal texture that is not too dry nor too creamy, so I got all three colors from the line - black, brown, and grey. I have wanted something like this in blue color as well, which is why I decided to try Maybelline Master Kajal in Navy Night.

Maybelline Master Kajal Cream Kohl Eyeliner Navy Night

Swatch, Comparison - NARS Blush Super Orgasm

Jul 12, 2014

Supposedly NARS Super Orgasm is an amplified version of the famous Orgasm.
Instead of the fine shimmer of the Orgasm that gives you the golden glow, Super Orgasm has gold glitters.
It is darn pretty to look at, and in this case it is also very cute being a mini.

NARS Blush Super Orgasm
(GWP mini)

Review, Swatch - Chanel Les 4 Ombres 41 Fascination (US version)

Jul 8, 2014

The whole thought process that led me to purchase the Chanel Les 4 Ombres Fascination is rather ridiculous.
I did not think I needed another Chanel Quadra to begin with, and even if I did, wouldn't it have to be one of the new Tissé Collection? No. I do wish my brain worked that way, though.

It actually started with the Transat summer collection of Dior. The only thing I was interested in was the navy eyeshadow single (it made my heart sing, by the way), but of course, it did not make its way into the U.S. market. (Who decides these things anyway?! I am angry.)
Still thinking I needed a good blue palette, I looked at the Dior Transat quint which I eventually thought too warm for me, then a couple from Yves Saint Laurent that were nice but did not make my heart sing.
I did seriously consider the blue quadra from the new collection (Tissé Riviera), but I couldn't justify getting another purple/pink tinged blue palette. What I wanted was something more complex, something maybe a little salty and dusty (I mean, if that makes sense to you).

Still following and sympathizing with how my poor makeup brain works? Thank you.
Anyway, that is how I ended up with Chanel Les 4 Ombres Fascination.
Sorry for the long intro, but I thought this weird agony of mine deserved some documenting here.

So, ta-da.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres 41 Fascination
Chanel Les 4 Ombres 41 Fascination

Review - California Naturel Gentle Cleansing Gel, Sunscreen SPF 30, Lip Balm SPF 8

Jul 5, 2014

For someone who has been always skeptical about "natural and organic" skincare products, experiencing California Naturel has been a pleasant eye opener.
I have been more conscious about adding naturally derived things in my beauty routines both internally and externally, but it is also true that I feel tired of hearing all the hypes. 
It is not that I have anything against natural products, but simply that the first thing I would want from my skincare items is for them to function properly. However, many of them I've tried seem either ineffective or even irritating to my skin, and often they come in flimsy packagings that are not so user-friendly.
California Naturel has officially banished all my stereotypes away, and I think they may have converted me as well.

There are two other facial moisturizers which I will soon review, but I feel I need more time to dedicatedly use them to produce useful reviews, although the initial impressions make me want to sing for them.
Today I want to share my opinions on California Naturel Geltle Cleansing Gel, Sunscreen, and Lip Balm, on which required a little less time for me to gather my thoughts.

California Naturel Skincare Products
(From the beginning, I was won over by the wholesome and clean packagings.)

Review - L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara

Jul 4, 2014

Patience is a virtue. I should have waited for the waterproof version of this to come out, which has already happened.
Of course, I have my excuse for buying another mascara with regular formula. My excuse consists of equal parts of hope, curiosity and sale. I have pretty much given up on non-waterproof mascaras because every single one of them uncurls my curled lashes right away, but I still have a faint hope to find one that keeps my curls intact yet washes off easily. Plus there are so many good things said about this new mascara with the cutest name and packaging. Finally, you cave in if there is a 40% off sale going on.
So there, you have it - my threefold academic excuse.
I hate to tell you that L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga is another mascara that bites the dust, although it may not be a total loss.

L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara
L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara in Blackest Black
(Another failure with such potentials)

Review, Swatch - NARS Lip Gloss Priscilla

Jul 3, 2014

I adore NARS Priscilla. She is so hot.
I received a GWP mini (finally!), and I adore it even more because it is a mini. I even wonder if NARS is kidding with those longer tubes. Not only the mini is so cute, but also the shorter wand is so much easier to control. You might be surprised to hear this mini tube holds about 2/3 of the full sized one, too.

NARS Lip Gloss Priscilla (a GWP mini)

FOTD - Softly Bronzed

Jul 1, 2014

Believe it or not, I used to self-tan every summer but I stopped for a couple of practical reasons. It was fun to play with darker shades of foundation and bronzers, though.
I can't say a warm bronzed look is the best bet for me (one of the reasons why I stopped), so all the beautiful new bronzers came out this year have not really reached out for me on a realistic level. 
Still, I should have a bronzer or two somewhere, right? I do, and last Sunday, I felt like playing with them. 
(BTW, I have realized that Sunday is a perfect day to play with neglected makeup and challenge myself. I know, I am incredibly late to join this "Sunday Stash Shopping" party.)

Cargo Beach Blush (Coral Beach), Cargo Eyeshadow duo (Sardinia) and Bbia pigments (02) were used for the "softly bronzed" look.

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