NARS Heat Wave

Jan 28, 2017

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

Jan 26, 2017

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)

Jan 21, 2017

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)

Jan 15, 2017

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?

Jan 10, 2017

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)

Jan 8, 2017

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

Jan 5, 2017

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

Jan 2, 2017

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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