Illamasqua Powder Blusher Morale

Illamasqua Powder Blusher Morale

Illamasqua Morale was highly recommended by my friend who is usually on point about all cool-toned makeup colors. She said "your face will be instantly lit up", and I must say she was right. It is the brightest and most stunning pink blush that I own (so far). If you find most pink blushes too warm, take a look at this silvery blue pink.


Lunasol Three-Dimensional Eyes 02 Soft Beige

Lunasol Soft Beige review swatch

This is the latest addition to my Lunasol eyeshadow collection. Three-Dimensional Eyes were introduced many years ago, but 01 Neutral Beige and 02 Soft Beige are still in production. I got 03 Mysterious Beige first and fell in love with it (this has a lavender accent color and shall be reviewed soon). Soft Beige initially escaped my radar because I usually go for something a bit more dramatic. Later on, I convinced myself that I did not have anything "pink" in my eyeshadow collection and decided to get one more Lunasol palette. 


NOTD - Pointy & Glittery

Let me do a quick mid-week post with fewer words here. I am sporting non-red nail polishes this week. And, I went for different nail shapes!


HABA Skincare

HABA White Lady Squalane VC Lotion review

HABA skincare line is something I have been consistently using for the past two years. I just repurchased White Lady for the fifth time. I've also gone through at least three bottles of Squalene and VC Lotion. There are several other things I've tried from the brand which I find rather excellent, but I always seem to miss these three whenever I run out. 


Chanel Les Ombres Quadra 14 Mystic Eyes

Chanel Les Ombres Quadra 14 Mystic Eyes

I remember when Chanel Mystic Eyes Quadra was first introduced. Neutral eyeshadow lovers were buzzing on the makeup board and it was even considered as a must have. I didn't pay much attention to it probably because at that time I was more into purple and blue eyeshadows. It was last year when I suddenly wanted this classic quad like a hole in my head. Surprisingly, Chanel still has Mystic Eyes available on the website. Maybe it was repromoted at some point. Chanel U.S. website had retired non-baked Quadras quite some time ago, and what is available now seems the half-baked formula. I hesitated a bit since I actually like their baked eyeshadows a lot, but ended up getting the old version off eBay


NYX Pro Foundation Mixer White & Luminous

NYX Pro Foundation Mixer review swatch
NYX Pro Foundation Mixer White & Luminous

For me, a good shade match is the single most important factor in choosing a foundation. Finish and wear come after that. Normally, I wouldn't bother, but I just love how this Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Foundation wears and feels on me. I initially tried using a brightening primer and a highlighter on top, but it still looked very off. Buying a lighter shade of the same formula and mixing two would be an option, but the lightest color from the range is #2 and it would be supposedly a good match for me by itself. Besides, the image of two GA foundation bottles sitting on my vanity was too much even to think about it. I have other foundation bottles and tubes, you know. So I bought these NYX Pro Foundation Mixers on sale from Ulta.com. It seemed a sensible choice since they are quite affordably priced. (I didn't realize that each tube is as big as a full sized foundation until later on...)


Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Rose Pulpe & Tendresse

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Rose Pulpe & Tendresse
Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss 728 Rose Pulpe & 172 Tendresse

I didn't have good pink lip gloss (no, really) and also wanted to see if Chanel had reformulated Glossimer for better indeed (not for an excuse to raise the price). Trust me, I was ready to criticize and almost wanted them to fall short of expectations. But, what can I say? I fell in love with them and might get a few more very soon.


Lunasol Modeling Glossy Eyes 01 Icy Glow

Lunasol Modeling Glossy Eyes 01 Icy Glow

Encouraged by the successful introduction to Lunasol eyeshadow palettes (Beige Beige), I got four more. I bought Icy Glow with extra confidence, too. It is a cool-toned gray smoky palette with pinkish highlight colors and a gorgeous taupe, which looked like an easy one. However, for some reason it took a while for me to appreciate this palette. 


RMK pastels

RMK makeup review

Every year I hang on to my winter coats dearly and secretly hope that spring never comes. I know it sounds weird, but hear this. I have a thing for coats and have many of them. Spring always comes before I get to wear every one of them out of my closet then soon after my birthday arrives. (Am I the only one who dreads birthdays, by the way?) But, this year for some reason I can't wait till spring is here! I've been playing with the RMK pastel colors a lot lately thinking these will look nice with those frilly dresses and blouses with puffy sleeves which seem to be very much in this spring (yup, I got those, too). 


Pretty and Mundane - Glossier Cloud Paint Puff

Glossier Cloud Paint Puff

My friend Catherine was visiting from San Francisco and we had our date at the Glossier showroom in TriBeCa. I didn't know Cloud Paint was all the craze thanks to the Academy awards (apparently, a few actresses wore it and looked gorgeous.) nor did I know I was working 7 minutes from the showroom that day. So that's how I came home with a Cloud Paint. I guess it doesn't matter that you live under a rock if you have trendy friends. 


Two makes it better - Essie Ballet Slippers & Mademoiselle

(or four, I might say)
From left to right
Essie Color Corrector Primer, Ballet Slippers, Mademoiselle, and Gel-Setter Top Coat

I have been wearing Essie Ballet Slippers for over a decade now. Whenever I feel like a light nude pink on my tips, I reach for it and it never fails to fetch compliments. Ballet Slippers is a shade with both good and bad, though. It goes with everything but I need to moisturize my hands like mad otherwise, the dry spots and cuticles look more obvious. It is the epiphany of a mod and posh nail color but is incredibly streaky and difficult to apply. 


Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Prismatic Amethyst

Becca Prismatic Amethyst review swatch
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed - Prismatic Amethyst

Becca has finally brought out the glow I want. I've always admired the whole highlighting range of the brand but thought it was missing a cool-toned one with soft hues. I've acquired quite a few of new highlighting powders lately, but Becca Prismatic Amethyst is indisputably the crown jewel of my collection. The color and the finish is perfect for my liking. I shall not want (okay, maybe I still want a full size Pearl pressed).


FOTD - Chanel Codes Élégants & Ardente

FOTD Chanel Codes Elegants & Ardente
Chanel Spring 2017 Codes Élégants & Ardente

It's not even March, but it feels like Chanel (and every other brand) will roll out the summer collections any day now. I might as well show the look before it's too late (wink), although I don't think I will limit these gorgeous colors to spring makeup. Both the eyeshadow quad and the lipstick look distinctly warm but once worn neutral in a certain way, which is almost weird. My opinion hasn't changed since my initial post with swatches, and I'd highly recommend them for those who don't usually wear warmer hues yet want to try some.


Holika Holika x Gudetama Lazy & Joy Collection

Holika Holika x Gudetama Lazy & Easy Collection review swatches
Holika Holika x Gudetama Lazy & Joy Collection

I mean, how cute is this..?! I love makeup with pretty packaging but animation or overly cutesy stuff is not my thing at all. Still, these gifted cuties made me squeal. I believe they are from the season 2 (called "Lazy & Joy") of Holika Holika x Gudetama collaboration which seems ongoing due to the popularity. I can clearly see why. It's not just the adorable exteriors. What's inside is pretty awesome, too.


FOTD - Blue and Brown

You probably see no blue nor brown here. This is a sort of signature look for me - smokey eyes, pink cheeks, and pink lips, and it is very easy to achieve with this old(and discontinued) Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics quad in 03, which has equal parts of blue and brown. I have been adventurous with makeup colors trying out different warm-toned shades and some latest trends like reddish eye makeup, but this is my go-to look on a regular work day.


PUR Cosmetics Bare It All 4-in-1 Skin Perfecting Foundation

PUR cosmetics Bare It All foundation
PUR Cosmetics Bare It All 4-in-1 Skin Perfecting Foundation 12-Hour Wear

I was sent new foundation samples from PUR Cosmetics to try. I usually opt for light coverage ones with liquid consistency so I admit that I wasn't sure how this creamy (almost pasty) foundation that provides a full coverage would work for me. The new Bare It All foundation is actually very impressive, and I have been wearing it all week. (I had a very busy week and this long lasting foundation helped me a lot to get through it.)


NARS Heat Wave

NARS Heat Wave Semi Matte Lipstick

The name suits this famous lipstick from NARS. It is a blazing red with bright orangey undertones. I don't feel entirely comfortable wearing either warm-toned shades nor mattes, and this is why I hesitated quite a bit before I finally bought one for myself. I still find Heat Wave challenging and often wonder what would be the best makeup pairing with it. I do love the color so I brave myself and reach for it once in a while, though.


In Love | Jeffrey James Botanicals

Today I want to talk about my current skincare items with which I happen to be deeply in love. I never heard of the brand Jeffrey James before, but my friend who is very knowledgeable about skincare products recommended his mud-based facial mask to me and that was the rabbit hole. Next, I bought a few more items from the Jeffrey James website taking advantage of the holiday sale. Every item I've tried is unbelievably high quality and most importantly, the whole line suits my current skincare needs. So far, I've tried pretty much everything from the brand maybe with exception of a few. I was surprised to learn that Jeffrey James is a former football player and his skincare line is organic as well. As some of you know, I loathe those subpar organic skincare stuff that often comes in ugly inconvenient containers. Jeffrey James Botanicals is none of that and I grew even more fond of the brand.


Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint | Cherry Pink (PK001)

Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint Cherry Pink
Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint  in Cherry Pink (PK001)

I believe Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint (앵두알 맑은 틴트) has been out for a couple years at least, but I only came across this one about a month ago. I can understand why Fresh Cherry Tint is Etude House's steady-seller, although the merits don't strongly appeal to me (which I will explain further down) that I would go out of my way for more. Cherry Pink (PK001) is a misleading name since it is a light milky pink. I am not complaining because it was a color missing from my lip collection for quite some time (shocking, I know).


Chanel Codes Élégants & Ardente (Chanel S/S 2017 Makeup Collection)

Chanel Coco Codes Collection swatches
Chanel Les 4 Ombres 274 Codes Élégants and Rouge Allure 175 Ardente

Yes, it is still too early to talk about a spring makeup collection and I may have initially thought this particular collection looked rather mundane. However, I was totally won over after seeing Sabrina(of The Beauty Look Book)'s swatches. I picked up two items both in warmer colors. Which is quite unusual for me, but lately I have been wearing warmer shades more comfortably and wanted to add more to my current collection. 


NOTD | Essie Shall We Chalet?

Essie Shall We Chalet?

Now holidays are over, I am back to wearing red nail polishes (I wore non-reds around that time). Most of my red polishes are creme, and I must have at least five ruby red shades that look alike Essie Shall We Chalet?. Among the similar that I have, I think I prefer Forever Yummy or A-List. The difference is quite minuscule that I can't explain it well, but one is always a hair darker or a tad glossier than others. I wonder if this is why people (I mean, I) end up with a pile of red nail polishes. 


L'Oreal Infallible Lip Paints Fearless Fuchsia (318)

L'Oreal Infallible Lip Piants review swatch
L'Oreal Infallible Lip Paints Fearless Fuchsia

Liquid lip colors seem to be very popular nowadays, but I haven't gotten on the trend. I think I am still partial to lip tints and conventional lipsticks even. However, a few days ago I impulsively added a tube of L'Oreal Infallible Lip Paints to the shopping basket while I was ordering dish soap and laundry sheets. L'Oreal has impressed me with their lip products over the years (Wet Shine Stain range is still one of my favorites - it seems that the range is being discontinued but is available on eBay, of course. I've stocked up.), so I figured trying one from their take on liquid lip color would give me some ideas. 


Friendliest Coral: Rouge Bunny Rouge Starina

Rouge Bunny Rouge Starina review swatch
Rouge Bunny Rouge | Original Skin Blush For Love Of Roses Starina

Back in June when I purchased Starina on sale, I thought it was going to be discontinued. Surprisingly it is still available on the Rouge Bunny Rouge site. It is the old version at a more affordable price than the others ($28 vs $35). Some of the colors like Delicata and Gracilis have been repackaged and embossed prettier (if that's even possible). I am not sure if Starina will be brought back in the other packaging, but I know that it wouldn't be a bad idea to take a look before it is gone. This shy beauty is kind of special.


Swatch Set: Etude House Look At My Eyes

Etude House Look At My Eyes Swatches

Happy new year, everyone! A collective swatch post seems most appropriate for the first one in 2017. Wouldn't you agree?

So now thanks to my friend Pauline, I have a bunch of Etude House Look At My Eyes singles (Many of them seem to be discontinued as Etude House is into this kind of marketing, but you can find most of them on eBay).

I actually don't mind having single eyeshadows and even dislike depotting, but this time I knew that I had to do something (well, there were fifteen of them). Etude House offers empty palettes in various sizes that fit these singles perfectly (available on eBay). I initially wanted them but decided against it because I did not want to wait too long to receive them. Domestic options would be the famous Z Palettes and MAC Pro Palette Customize. I opted for the latter which is more affordable ($8) and has clean aesthetics. Personally, I think MAC Pro Palette is priced right and much better quality than those Zs.

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