3.29.2015

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 a 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 .

3.23.2015

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



3.22.2015

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

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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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3.20.2015

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


3.14.2015

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


3.11.2015

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss Pirate

I am very late in the game, so I will be brief about Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss.

* Some of you know that I love the formulation of Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss, which is the previous version of Rouge Allure Gloss (I have reviewed in Émoi shade here). I've heard that the new Rouge Allure Gloss is more pigmented with better formula, but I beg to differ. They are about the same. Maybe it isn't a fair comparison since I only own one from each range, but I wouldn't be too far off since they both are pigmented red colors with same amount of tackiness and they last on me about the same.

* The new click-y tube? It is very cool. I love the click-y tube of the whole Rouge Allure line. I was worried that I might have to deal with the messiness because of how the tube was designed, but fortunately it stays very clean. However, I do miss the hefty ceramic tube of Extrait De Gloss.

* I love this iconic red shade, Pirate. It is my kind of red with blue undertones and it looks quite flattering and natural.


That's about it. Now on to the pictures. :)


Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss Pirate
You've already seen this unrealistic filtered Instagram selfie.
The lip color is not really true to life, but I am wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in Pirate here.
For some reason, my hair was kind of wild that day and I felt like a pirate
Weird thing, this makeup is.



3.08.2015

Beauty Influencer's Sunday Column Vol.3 : If you could start your blog over

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bisc-ft-vol3-group2-coloredIf you could start your blog all over again, what would you do differently?
DEE | Canada | How Does Dee Do It
1.I would have made sure to choose a theme that allowed for featured images that were at least 640 px wide. I love blogs with large featured images for posts. 2.I would have networked WAY MORE and WAY SOONER..had I known how! I didn’t know how to connect with other bloggers till I was 6 months into my blog. I believed that the Internet would magically connect us :)) Still not a fan of Twitter but I love instagram, Bloglovin and just good old comments! Can’t stress how powerful a tool, as simple a thing as commenting can be.
AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup
Having been a blogger for less than a year, I still learn a lot every day and with time, I find out what works and what doesn’t. If there is one thing that I regret, it is that I did not start writing it earlier. My blog is my creative outlet, a place on the web where I can share my passion with others and interact with other people. I have never expected that Her and Makeup would bring me this much joy and that I would meet so many wonderful people through it- readers and fellow bloggers.
SYL | New Zealand | The Painted Rogue
To be honest, I’m reasonably happy with how my blog has trundled along! If I had things to do-over, however, I would be taking a serious look at my zany idea of starting a blog while wrestling with the end stages of The Battle of The Thesisbeast… ;-) There are so many things I want to do, but I’m forced to think: WHEN YOU’VE FINISHED YOUR PHD SYL, AND NOT BEFORE.
SUNNY | Belgium | Mostly Sunny Blog
“I wish I had/hadn’t…” is simply not a part of my philosophy. With that said, if I could start my blog all over again, I would have joined Instagram sooner. I resisted the idea for the longest time, knowing I am not a very visual person. However, finally joining Instagram has given me the opportunity to rethink a lot of things. What makes a popular Instagram picture? Maybe I can expand on the idea and incorporate it on the blog. As a result, Mostly Sunny has evolved in ways that I could not have foreseen. It’s an amazing ride!
ERIN | USA | Clever Girl Reviews
I wouldn’t do much differently. I often see other people’s layouts, color stories, and fonts with a certain air of jealousy but mine looks different and is more candid. The only thing I would chang is I would have waited to apply for Google Adsense until I was back on American soil, they won’t give me an account.
LENA | USA | Lenallure
Looking back, I can’t say I have too many regrets. There are things that I wish I knew back then, though. If I could start my blog all over again, I would spend time to learn basics like photography, blog platforms, SEO, etc. I would be more careful to form my relationships with PR and brands as well. I would always remember quality is more important than quantity, yet I would be more consistent with my posts. I would make the same efforts to stay true to myself, if not more.

JAA | USA/Thailand | Hello Jaa
I’d start experimenting with portrait studio lighting sooner. My older posts would have been more complete. I’d also make sure to choose a layout that accommodates larger picture size because I believe larger photos create higher impact. Another thing would be to tell myself to not be shy and connect with other bloggers sooner! It is more fun to have someone with the same interest to talk to and you just learn so much from them! Last thing would be to implement a Pin It button on all my photos right away because Pinterest is among the top three social networks that drive traffic to my blog the most.
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3.07.2015

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow 248 Tissé Rhapsodie

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Tissé Rhapsodie is an LE eyeshadow quad from Collection La Perle de Chanel for spring 2015. The whole lineup is on the soft and delicate side (Chanel says it is inpired by "the graceful world of ballet"), and naturally, it hasn't been received that well in the blogging world.
To be honest, I feel a little tired of this mainstream bloggoworld where "audacious and pigmented" is the key word and "sheer and delicate" is often dismissed.
This eyeshadow quad is exactly that - sheer and delicate, which many say "not worth paying for".

I happen to like it a lot as it is.


Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Tisse Rhapsodie
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow 248 Tissé Rhapsodie


3.05.2015

L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm Pop Wild Lily

This is one of the few (well, more than a few) lipsticks I've recently picked up from drugstores. I find many drugstore lipsticks that came out in the recent years are high quality, and it feels like I have been missing out since I've been paying more attention to higher-ends lately.
My faith in drugstore lipsticks is reaffirmed because I like all of them I chose, but I must say I am slightly let down by L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm Pop in Wild Lily. Not a bad lipstick (actually it is quite nice), but let's just say I am not blown away.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm Pop Wild Lily
L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm Pop Wild Lily






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