Saturday, January 17, 2015

An exciting purchase & Empties

Hello beauties! Happy New Year!!!! :)

It's been a while and blogging more frequently is one of my new year's resolutions for this year. I know, I know... I do this every year, but I will definitely try to get into the habit of taking pictures every weekend since it's the only time I am able to work on blog posts and have access to natural lighting.

So I decided to spoil myself and made a purchase last night. I've been wanting to purchase something from this brand for over a year now, but I couldn't justify buying yet again another perfume. Because I haven't been really satisfied with any of my perfumes lately, I decided to solve my problem by getting new one. Well... new ones.
Jo Malone - Wood Sage & Sea Salt and Peony & Blush Suede
There were so many scents to choose from, but these two were the ones that stuck out to me the most! I knew I wanted Peony & Blush Suede immediately after smelling it, but after my husband suggested trying the Wood Sage & Sea Salt... I fell in love and knew I found my everyday scent! I'm horrible at describing scents, so here's a description from the Nordstrom website:

Wood Sage & Sea Salt: "Alive with the mineral scent of the rugged cliffs, the cologne blends woody earthiness with sage and the sea, conjuring images of breaking waves, and the air fresh with sea salt and spray."

Peony & Blush Suede: "a charming mix of peonies, red apple, jasmine, rose and gillyflower, all mingling with a sensual blush suede."

That was pretty much my exciting purchase! 

Now onto the empties:
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette - Not exactly an empty, but it's gone bad. I mainly used it to spot conceal and cover redness, but I don't know if I ever plan to repurchase. I haven't found a concealer that I really like just yet.

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Repair Eye Serum - This was a generous sample that lasted over a month! I don't really know how I feel about it because for me, an eye cream is just an eye cream. I haven't found an "effective" eye cream yet.

Eminence - Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer - There are only two pictured here, but I finished a lot more than that since my last empties post; my husband threw them out because he had no idea I was saving them on the side for pictures. Needless to say, I love this stuff!

Onto old images that were taken over a month ago:
Lip glosses from MAC & NARS - Over the years, I've learned that I do not like to use lipglosses... period. I dislike the feel of them and I rather just stick with lipsticks. Anyway, I plan to Back2Mac the MAC lipglosses.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner - I haven't been too fond of liners lately, but the Eyeko liquid liner is great. It stays on and easy to use.

Burberry Body perfume - This was a 2 oz perfume I purchased from Sephora during a VIB sale. I really enjoyed this perfume, but I don't plan to repurchase it until I use up a lot of my other ones.

Shiseido Pureness Balancing Softener -  I'm currently almost done with another one of these. I've been using the pureness line since I was in high school and I find that this toner balances my oily skin. Love!

Liners, brow wax, & lip sticks from the Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette (see image below) - They have been sitting in the palette forever and have never really been used. I decided to depot them and toss them out to be safe. I've only used the eyeshadows & blushes from the palette, so there's not much I can say about these items. I'm am thinking about depotting everything else and putting them into a large magnetic palette though. We'll see...

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Perricone MD - No Makeup Set {Review}

Why, hello there! I hope you are all well! Today, I will be reviewing the Perricone MD - No Makeup Set. I purchased this set during the Sephora VIB sale.

Here's what included:
- No Blush Blush [.17 fl oz]
- No Foundation Foundation Serum (No. 2 - Light to Medium) [.3 fl oz] & dropper
- No Mascara Mascara [.14 fl oz]
- No Lipstick Lipstick [.15 oz - full size]
- Face Finishing Moisturizer [1 fl oz]

Thoughts about each product:
Face Finishing Moisturizer - I always apply this before using the foundation serum. It seems like a nice combination, but that's all I ever really use it for. I haven't broken out, so that's a good sign.

No Foundation Foundation Serum - I hate applying foundation with my fingers, but I get better results using that method with this product. I love how natural it looks on my skin... It provides an airbrushed finish that lasts all day - I set it with powder and no touch ups.

No Blush Blush - I'm not sure if I would ever purchase the full-size product, but I think it's a nice product overall. It's easy to work with and just blends into the skin.

No Lipstick Lipstick - For me, this is a tinted lip balm. It's moisturizing, feels great on the lips, and provides a glossy finish. I like it.

No Mascara Mascara - This is a no-go for me. Although I love the way it makes my lashes look, it would transfer and smudge onto my lower lashes and under eye after a couple of hours.

Finished look: 1) Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum, 2) Perricone MD No Blush Blush, 3) L'oreal Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer, 4) MAC Studio Finish Powder, 5) Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush - Mood Exposure, 6) Perricone MD No Mascara Mascara, 7) Anastasia Brow Wiz - Ebony, and 8) Perricone MD No Lipstick Lipstick.

I don't wear makeup on a regular basis, but when I do, the products listed above is what I usually use (minus the mascara). I get so many compliments on how great my skin looks and how people cannot believe I'm wearing makeup. Needless to say, I will plan to purchase the No Foundation Foundation Serum whenever I use it up!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Erin Condren - 2014-2015 Life Planner Review

Hello beauties! Long time no see! A lot of things has changed since my last post, but I have no complaints. I am slowly getting back into the swing of things and working on blog posts will be my to-do over the weekends. A huge thank you to the lovelies who emailed me to check if I was ok and/or still blogging. It is very much appreciated. :)

Since the year is almost over, I figured a planner review might be helpful to those who are looking for a new planner for 2015. I have always been a paper planner kind of girl... I use the calendar app to keep track of my appointments, but that's pretty much it. Everything else goes into my paper planner.

I decided to go with the Scales pattern for the remaining months of 2014 and 2015. Something different this year are the interchangeable covers, but we'll talk about that in a bit. Some of you are probably wondering what happened to my 2014 Gold Edition Planner. At the beginning of the year, I lost sight of how I like my planners: clean and simple. I bought into the hype of decorating by buying and using tons of scrapbooking supplies and washi tape. Although the content was cuter, the planner was bulkier... which I didn't like. I missed the simplicity of how my planners used to be, so I purchased a 2014-2015 planner for a clean slate.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Three Things Thursday

Hi there, beauties! Here are three things I'm loving at the moment:

I love tea in general, but I've been really enjoying tea from Spice Traders Teas! I always make an effort to stop by their stand whenever I'm at the Renaissance Faire because they have an array of flavors to choose from (and I like to smell their samples before I make my purchase)... Their tea never disappoint!

Sticker Maker 
I adore my Xyron sticker maker! This sticker maker allows me to make stickers up to 1.5" wide which fits perfectly in my planner! It's portable and super easy to use. All I do is print onto regular paper, cut the image to 1.5", run it through the cartridge, and voila! - the stickers are made! I also cut scrapbook paper to stick them into my planner as well.

Example (the waterdrops image and the scrapbook paper were made into stickers):
In case you're curious, this is my Erin Condren Life Planner. I have a review here if interested.
**The waterdrop design was created by Janet Grant from We Love EC FB group!

Snail Mail
I simply enjoy sending and receiving mail (not bills, but mail from old friends and pen pals). There's something about it that makes me feel happy and it never fails to brighten up my day! It's the little things! =)

What three things have you been loving recently?

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

MAC Lip Product Collection

Hello! Today, I will be doing a MAC lip product collection post. As I stated in my last MAC post (link), MAC was the first makeup brand I first got into. I don't really purchase anything from MAC anymore unless I'm really attracted to a product (mainly blushes), but I do really enjoy most of the products that I own.

Here is my final MAC lip product collection! I've sold and given away a lot of lip products in the past.

We'll start off with the lipsticks.

First are my 2 Cremesheen lipsticks. The formula is quite creamy and offers a good pigmentation with a slight shine.
- Ever Hip is a peachy coral.
- Glamourdaze is a plummy red.

Amplified lipsticks provide an opaque coverage. It's similar to a matte finish, only less drying and has a slight sheen.
- Blankety is a pinky nude.
- Warm Me Up is a warm pinky-brown.

The rest of my lipstick collection are lustre finishes... my favorite formula! They're not super pigmented, but they're not sheer either. They provide a nice gloss and shine to the lips.
- Hug Me is a nude brown.
- Syrup is a mauvey-pink.
- Lovin' It is a warm brown.
- Viva Glam Gaga is a light blue-based pink.
- Viva Glam VI is a plummy brown.
- Viva Glam Cyndi is a rosy red.

On my lips:

Next are my Sheen Supreme lipsticks (they're glossy lipsticks) and only lip pencil.

- Whirl (lip liner) is a medium pink with a hint of brown. It's kind of a my lips but better shade.
- Bare Again is a pinky nude.
- Ultra Darling is a pinky-coral.

On my lips:

Onto my lipglasses and only lipgelee. As time went on and I branched out to different brands, I realized I don't like the texture of these. They're very sticky and not very hair friendly (as my hair is always glued to my lips whenever I have these on).

- Florabundance is a pale pinky nude.
- Love Nectar is a sheer peach with golden shimmers.
- Viva Glam VI is a plummy brown with glitter.
- English Accents is a pinky-lavendar. I received this lipgloss from Wendy of Fashionable Heart.
- Viva Glam Cyndi is a coral-red.
- Budding Beauty (lipgelee) is a peach with golden shimmers. It reminds me of Love Nectar.

On my lips:

I only own one cremesheen glass and one tinted lip conditioner.

- Boy Bait is a sheer pinky-nude.
- Gentle Coral (tinted lip conditioner) is exactly what it says it is. I also received this product from from Wendy of Fashionable Heart. I like that it's moisturizing.

On my lips:

Last, but not least are my Kissable Lipcolours. They're liquid lipsticks.

- Woo Me is a nude rose.
- Super is a neutral brown-pink.
- So Vain is a peach.

On my lips:

Do you own any MAC lip products? Which are your favorite finishes? Which shades are your favorites/staples?

Thanks for stopping by!