FOTD: Old and New

(Ahem, next time I will remember to dry my hair before taking pictures.)

There are already plenty of FOTDs on this blog as I always try to include one in my review posts. Not that I am trying to start a new blog series or anything, but I will be adding standalone look posts from now on. This would help me to post regularly and motivate me to be more creative in my daily routines. I am hoping this attempt will encourage me to dig deeper in my makeup stash, too.

Today I put some new makeup items into work for the first time. It wasn't easy as I had initially thought because there was a fundamental obstacle such as the wrong foundation shade. My all-time favorites and silent workhorses came into play to make this look work, though.


Holiday nails, sort of

A quick post today - I wanted to share my take on holiday nails with you.

I wear variations of red pretty much all year round and I am intentionally avoiding red polishes these days. I even wore a dark greyed blue (Essie Bobbing For Baubles) on the Christmas day. 


Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips-Talk (Cream) PK002

Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips Talk Cream review
Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips-Talk (Cream)

Generally speaking, of course, but I kind of hate K-beauty naming sense. You see, here is a perfect example - Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips-Talk (Cream) PK002, 화난 핑크(Angry Pink: what the heck is that?). It is grammatically wrong(although I am no one to judge), confusing, and mouthful.  I have another lipstick from Etude House to review, which comes in a curvier case with a cute bow attached and is named Dear My Wish Lips-Talk. My guess is that "Dear My" is an extensive lipstick line from the brand. (You have no idea how much I wish the words were placed the other way around.) 

Dear My Blooming Lips-Talk (Cream) is the first Etude House lipstick I've tried in a while, and luckily for me(?), I do not love it so that I would get into figuring out all these variations. I do like this cool artificial pink color a lot, though.


More of an amber: Chanel Joues Contraste 89 Canaille

Chanel Joues Contranste 89 Canaille
Chanel Joues Contranste 89 Canaille

When introduced in 2014, this limited edition color was clearly described as a "burnt orange" by Chanel. It looked orange from the pan and swatched orange so that I even featured Canaille in an orange-themed collective post before. Canaille is an intense and gorgeous color which totally deserves a spot in my blush collection. However, I assumed it would be one of my novelty items (like Chanel Joues Contraste Rouge - reviewed here) and never thought I would reach for it as often as I do now.


Current Favorites : Sunscreens from Skin Aqua

Skin Aqua Sunscreens review
L to R
Skin Aqua UV moisture Gel SPF 35 PA+++
Skin Aqua UV super moisture Essence SPF 50+ PA++++
Skin Aqua UV moisture Milk White SPF 50+ PA+++

Sunscreen reviews are not very exciting, but I wanted to share my ongoing love for the Skin Aqua sunscreen range. I have been using them since last spring and even repurchased them more than a couple times now. They are perfect for my current skin conditions that I haven't looked at other sunscreen options in a while. I usually get them on Amazon or eBay. They are relatively easy to acquire (some ship from overseas but there are U.S. sellers available as well) and priced reasonably (under $15 USD).


Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Diamond Dog

Urban Decay Diamond Dog
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Diamond Dog

I do not have much to say about Diamond Dog except that I love it and reach for it frequently. If you like cool brown and lots of shimmer, go treat yourself.


Etude House Look At My Eyes Budapest Collection

Etude House Look At My Eyes Budapest
Four colors from Etude House Look At My Eyes Budapest Collection 2016

When my friend Pauline said she wanted to send me some Etude House eyeshadows, I was skeptical. Eyeshadows from Etude House are something I had experienced a decade ago and completely dismissed. They were no different from "chalk" back then. My friend probably read my mind and added, "Now they are good." Which is true as she always is when it comes to cosmetics.


Berrisom Oops! My Lip Tint Pack in Bubble Pink

Berrisom Oops! My Lip Tint Pack review
Berrisom Oops! My Lip Tint Pack Bubble Pink

I initially disliked this peel-off type lip tint. It is not a product you can put on and go out the door. There is a bit of learning curve to apply the gooey gel evenly (now I get the "oops" part). It tastes terrible - sour and synthetic. Yet slowly I have become to depend on this weird lip tube for the utmost natural color and longevity. 


Lunasol Geminate Eyes 04 Sapphire (SP)

Lunasol Geminate Eyes 04 Sapphire (SP)
Lunasol Geminate Eyes 04 Sapphire (SP)

(I personally think it is highly debatable if cosmetic industry is indeed the biggest evil of child labor related to mica mining. Not to discourage many conscious consumers out there, but let me just say that cosmetic industry takes only a fraction of this whole mica business (not to mention there have been many successful endeavors to find substitutes) and women are almost always targeted whenever consumerism is in question.)

On a lighter (and prettier) note, I think Lunasol does shimmer and glitters right (plus I suspect they use synthetic ones although I don't have ingredient lists to confirm that). Lunasol Geminate Eyes 04 is another fine example, and I must apologize in advance this particular color is no longer available.


NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Kari

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Kari

I bought a few from NARS Spring 2016 collection in the summer and started using them right away without photographing first. (I know. It sounds wrong on multiple levels.) 

Being a cool-toned pinkish mauve, Kari seemed an easy choice, and I expected it to fill the void where MAC Soba couldn't for me. Kari performs exactly how it is supposed to do and is reached for quite often. I just wish I like the formulation a bit better.

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