IPSY DECEMBER 2018 GLAM BAG

DEC2018_0Final glam bag of 2018.

And we’re ending the year relatively strong!

DEC2018_1As is the case with my October bag, love the concept but not so much the execution. The bag feels flimsy and cheap; the spangle side almost rustles like paper.

At the same time, it’s cute and kitschy-glam. That festive gold makes sense to me. December should be festive.

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Items I received:

Finding Ferdinand Blush in Skinny Dip – Lovely mute-pink blush. A bit chalky. It’s a shade lighter than what is shown in the product photos. Think more NARS Deep Throat than Orgasm. Like.

The Balm Cosmetics Nude Beach EyeShadow in Bootylicious – Raspberry brown, with hints of shimmer. I like The Balm shadows in general, so this was also a like.

Ciate London Glitter Flip Liquid Lip in Infamous – Not as glittery as the name makes it out to be. A reddish berry shade that dries down into a matte shimmer. Like.

F.A.R.A.H. Brushes Blending Brush 35E – This is such a beautiful blending brush. And fitting, with the gold theme of the bag. The bristles are soft and the handle doesn’t feel cheap. Love.

Coco & Eve Like a Virgin Coconut Hair Mask – Smells overwhelmingly like coconut. This may be a like or a dislike depending on how it works as a mask. Undecided.

Dr.Lipp Colour Tint in Sweet Potato – Love the idea and the name, but the product refused to leave the tube. Squeezing with both my hands made a bird’s nostril-sized amount squirt out, and even that was too tacky. Barely any color. Dislike.

DEC2018_2Six items in total. 5/6. This was a good bag.

I’m sad about the Dr.Lipp. Had such high hopes for the Sweet Potato. I hope I got a bad batch.

DEC2018_3Here’s a close-up of the brush. It’s gorgeous.

Come to think of it, I’ve never disliked a brush Ipsy sent me. I’ve failed with plenty of other products, but never a brush.

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From left to right:

Ciate London Glitter Flip Liquid Lip in Infamous

Dr.Lipp Colour Tint in Sweet Potato

Finding Ferdinand Blush in Skinny Dip

 

 

 

2018 November & October EMPTIES

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My November & October empties. Finally used up all of the Shiru-kottos my friend sent me!

I meant to upload this sooner, but the weather’s been so doom and gloom. Today was the first day in weeks where I felt there was actual proper sunshine in the morning. Long winters are depressing.

Categories:

  • Loves (will/already have repurchased)
  • Likes (likes enough to use it again someday)
  • Meh (meh)
  • Underline (already repurchased)

November2018EMpties_2Decent amount of empties for two months, don’t you think?

I’m sad to say the Becca Backlight Filter and Glop&Glam were a meh for me.

Also, very much wanted to love the PTR Hungarian Heat Mask, but it was a nightmare trying to wash that thing off my face. It never wanted to leave the tube (took all my strength to squeeze some out) and despite the mask doing what it said it would (heated my skin), well. Just wasn’t worth the effort of having to waste bucketloads of water trying to rinse it off.

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Here are my Likes & Loves:

  • Lancome Genefique Serum
  • Frank Body Coffee Scrub
  • Age20s Cushion Pact (Refill) 
  • Bath&Body Spiced Apple Bourbon Hand Wash
  • Philosophy Apricots & Cream Hand Cream
  • Too Faced Hangover Primer
  • Nature Republic Aqua Watery Essence
  • It Cosmetics Brow Power
  • Illamasqua Liquid Liner
  • Formula X Nail Polish in Revved Up
  • Plu Apple Tone Up Soft Peeling Gel
  • Opti Free Replenish
  • Centrum Vitamins (lol)

Am sad that FormulaX has phased out. Despite its flaws (inconsistent quality across the colors, dries out fast) it had beautiful colors and so much potential. I’ve moved on to Nails Inc. As of now, Zoya and Nails Inc are my favorite nail brands.

By the way, a new (happy) discovery. The “Frank Body Coffee Scrub” mixes amazingly well with “Soap & Glory’s Breakfast Scrub.” Together, they smell like Lindt’s Intense Orange chocolate bars, a weakness of mine. Try them both!

 

IPSY NOVEMBER 2018 GLAM BAG

Nov2018_2My November 2018 Glam Bag.

Decent items, but I couldn’t get over how ugly the bag was..  😦

Nov2018_3This is not okay. This is Randall from Monsters Inc. with a heart motif, but purple. (Technically, Monsters University, which I watched on a plane flight from the US to Korea one summer. TMuselessI) Why would you make a bag out of Randall?

I dare say this is the ugliest bag I ever got from Ipsy, but keep in mind this is personal preference.

Nov2018_1That being said, the categories of items received are pretty great. I love sheet masks, powder, blush, nail polish, and lippies.

But then again, I liked only three of the items.

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Items I received:

Inara Cosmobeauty Nail Polish in Proud Coat – I love that they switched up from baby pink into something nude-sy and different. (By the way, that baby pink polish from my October Glam Bag? Super patchy …) Like.

Timeless Beauty Bar Glam&Glow + Up In the Clouds – Hmm. “Up In the Clouds” smells like chemical and feels tingly. Almost burns. This may not be for sensitive skin. Dislike.

Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Shameless  – Like. Huda Beauty is amazing. I love their liquid lips.

Lottie London Blush in Zayn – Lovely color, but chalky. Meh.

Ciate Translucent Setting Powder in Hideout – Decent setting powder. And perfect size for traveling, too! Like.

Nov2018_4Cute color. A fleshy Ivory?

Nov2018_5Pan is a decent size. I could use this for weeks with daily use. Color is a bit deeper than what I’d normally reach for.

Nov2018_1Overall, a 3/5 bag. I’m hoping for a cute bag in December.

 

Holika Holika Heartful Lipstick – Almond Choux, Black Tea Pong

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Price: 8,300₩ (approx. $7.30)

On sale: 4,150₩ (approx. $3.66)


I’ve heard a terrible rumor that they’re discontinuing the Heartful lippies down at Holika Holika. I’m disappointed to hear this, as these are one of best “roadshop” lipsticks I’ve ever tried.

Price has halved from 7.3 bucks to 3.66 bucks… meaning they’re trying to get rid of inventory. The rumors must be true.   😦

Heartful_3I got “BE01 – Almond Choux” and “BE03 – Black Tea Pong.”

Heartful_2The Heartful line has two types of texture, “Chiffon Cream” and “Melting Cream.”

Chiffon goes on a tad more matte but both are creamy and moisturizing enough to wear in winter.

Heartful_4Ah. Can’t say much about packaging design. Pretty slapdash… but sturdy enough to stash in your pouch. The top stays on.

I do like how we can see the color.

Heartful_5Look at this beauty. This redeems the flimsy packaging and then some.

Left is “BE03 – Black Tea Pong” and right is “BE01 – Almond Choux.”

Heartful_6Adorable.

Heartful_7From left to right, BE03 – Black Tea Pong” and “BE01 – Almond Choux.”

The colors seem boring but are strangely unique; I couldn’t find anything similar in my stash. Black Tea Pong, being the “Creamy Melting” type has the more slippery texture. Almond Choux is a wee more matte but I wouldn’t call it drying.

Heartful_8Really enjoyed the color of Almond Choux. For the price you’re paying, this is as good as it gets.

PS  Made the mistake of applying black tea pong first… its staying power is decent, meaning the lippie refused to leave my lips. This is why my lips look crazy smudged with Almond Choux.

[Birthday] Hermes – Eau des Merveilles Bleue

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Price: $110 (= Sephora Price)


This was part of a birthday gift my SO gave to me. I love him!

Ever since I took a whiff of this at a Sephora a year ago I was enamored, and now I get to smell like it everyday. Blue also happens to be my favorite color 🙂

hermes1This Eau de Toilette is about the only woodsy & earthy scent I love. It reminds me of the sea shore, of minerals and sea salt and the ocean.

I usually go for full-on citrus or floral (and super mainstream), something like Atelier Cologne’s Clementine California or Viktor&Rolf’s Flowerbomb (and ..Marc Jacobs Daisy)  but this scent is so clean-cut and fresh that I tend to forget about the amber and patchouli.

hermes2Some fragrances remind me of their separate notes, of how they smell like bergamot and lavender before diving into vanilla, but Merveilles Bleue just is what it is. This may be due to my lack of capacity for discerning notes … but I argue that it also says something about how expertly it was crafted.

hermes3Such a pretty cobalt teal.

hermes4Ingredients list.

hermes5Size: 1.7 oz / 50 ml

Made in France.

hermes7Constellations and then some. The bottle reminds me of those snow globes that sparkle glitter everywhere.

hermes8Or a large drop of jewel.

hermes9Or a galaxy.

hermes10The fragrance is not overwhelming like some scents can be. Light and fresh enough to not cause nausea to the general public, but staying power is decent! Better than JoMalone (which has beautiful scents but lasts about ten to thirty minutes tops on my skin).

This is considered unisex, if you’re into that sort of classification.

B612_20181001_181418_697KakaoTalk_Photo_2018-10-20-23-29-48A practical scent, in the sense I can wear this to literally any occasion whether it be a wedding, a classroom, the workplace, or a night out at the bar. Love.

Target October 2018 Beauty Box Review

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Cost: $5


Another amazing box by Target, 6 items = $5 + free shipping.  Super affordable and great product coordinating.

I’ve passed on previous boxes but this one caught my eye because I knew I’d use every single item on the list.

Screen Shot 2018-10-20 at 11.45.46 AMOrder was made Oct 8. Box was shipped Oct 10 and delivered Oct 13. With tax, price was $5.30.

They’ve changed the design of these boxes! Very reminiscent of Birchbox. Sort of a pumpkin spice cow(?) motif.

2018OctTarget_2Hello Autumn Groove.

2018OctTarget_3Here are the list of items, along with that $5 off $15 Beauty Purchase coupon.

It’s a bath&body&skin laden box with one toothpaste, one makeup cleanser, two hair products, and two moisturizers. Approx. two weeks worth of bath & body.

2018OctTarget_4These are pretty substantial for minis. Am especially loving the Cetaphil, Olay, and the bliss because they’re the perfect size for traveling.

Thanksgiving is coming up and I know I’ll be packing a few items from this box along for the ride.

2018OctTarget_5Looking forward to the next box 🙂

2018 Summer Empties

2018 Summer Empties_1.jpgSummer Empties, just the likes and loves (I tossed the rest…). I accumulated these from May to September.

Categories:

  • Loves (will/already have repurchased)
  • Likes (likes enough to use it again someday)
  • Meh (meh)
  • Underline (already repurchased)

2018 Summer Empties_2Everything here is at least a like or a love, things I’d most likely purchase and use again.

2018 Summer Empties_3Here are my loves:

  • Nexxus Promend Shampoo
  • Lancome Grandiose Mascara
  • O Hui Perfect Sun Water Cleanser
  • O Hui Miracle Moisture Cleansing Foam
  • It’s Skin Power 10 Formula GF Effector
  • Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
  • Shirukotto Cottons
  • A’pieu Sorbet Sleeping Mask
  • YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer Sample
  • PeterThomasRoth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
  • Sum37 Secret Repair Toner
  • ABH Brow Wiz – Dark Brown
  • Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil

2018 Summer Empties_4Starting next month I hope to do bi-monthly Empties!

IPSY OCTOBER 2018 GLAM BAG

Oct2018_3.jpgMy October 2018 Glam Bag.

Another good one, and I see the bag is of better quality than September’s.

Oct2018_1Not wild about the color but it’s cute. Very masked-ballsy.

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Items I received:

Royal&Langnickel MODA PRO GLOW Brush – I adore getting brushes in my bag. This one looks good for detailed contouring & highlighting.

Oryza Lipstick in Opus – Lovely color but doesn’t suit me. I’m all about corals and MLBBs. Will be handing this off to a friend who rocks wine/burgundy. Her birthday’s coming up.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – Have been meaning to try this forever, so I’m extra glad to get a sample. Sample size is perfect for stashing in my pouch.

Soo Ae Donkey Milk Sleep Mask – Masks are a must. This one’s a sleeping mask so it’s quite rich and thick; smells like glue but pleasant. The consistency’s quite tacky and may cause things (e.g. hair) to stick to your face, so I advise using only half the packet per day. One packet looks to last 2-3 days for me. The mask takes time to seep in. No break outs. Decent sleeping mask.

P.R.M.I.T. Beauty GELusion in Pink Cream – Nail polishes are always at least an A- in my book, but light pinks have been multiplying like rabbits. I can literally paint each nail on my hands a different light pink…but why bother, they’d look all the same. Am craving a more daring, unique color for my stash. But hey! Toxic-free.

Oct2018_4Poor nail polish came squashed.

Oct2018_6Oct2018_5Good bag! 4/5.

Oct2018_2October’s my birthday month and I’ve got a “Moon” in my name, so this made me smile. How apt.

Ipsy September 2018 Glam Bag

Sept2018_2My September 2018 Glam Bag. It’s been awhile since I subbed Ipsy. This is my first bag in almost a year I believe.

I was a tad disappointed by the quality of the bag, but I like the products I was given!

Sept2018_1Like the concept art but not the execution. While the design is super cute, the bag feels flimsy and papery in comparison to the previous Ipsy bags I’ve received…

Unsure if this is the norm now. I sincerely hope this bag’s an anomaly because the cute bags were half the reason I subbed Ipsy and not Birchbox.

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Items I received:

Luxie Wonder Woman Detail Tapered Blender 140 – Love. I’ve loved Luxie brushes ever since Ipsy sent me two amazing blending brushes; they’re still in my brush rotation after 3-4 years. They haven’t fallen apart unlike other brushes I’ve used that are in the similar price range.

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola – Like. I happen to have a sample already, so I’m sending this new one to a friend who loves Benefit.

Botanic Farm Natural Sheet Mask in Avocado – Like. Sheet masks are always a like or a love. Avocado is a bit heavy on my combo skin, so I tend to use this in the evening.

Evelyn Iona Cosmetics Green Tea Primer – Like. It’s a watery primer that leaves your skin plump and hydrated. Smells great, like morning dew. But again, this has avocado oil, so I wouldn’t recommend it to those who have acne-prone skin.

Neuma NeuMoisture Instant Fix – Like. Non-greasy with a decent smell. Leaves my hair soft.

Sept2018_330% cash back on these products 🙂

Sept2018_4All in all, it was a decent bag. Other than the Hoola I’m giving away, I will use all of the products.

I hope the October one (birthday month!) proves to be of better quality.