Beautylish 2018 Lucky Bag – Regular

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Price: $75 + $8 shipping = $82


The annual Beautylish Lucky Bag is back.

Sign-ups ended months ago, but I managed to snag a regular box some time back in December. This must have been the tail-end of the orders, because most of the boxes started pouring in by the time I received my shipping notice.

LuckyBag2018_1Adore the packaging. It’s just kitschy enough to be cute. Festive, too.

I usually save the paper.

LuckyBag2018_3Cute. Thus is the origin of the 2018 Beautylish Lucky Bag. (By the way, why do they call it a bag if it’s a box? I’m curious… just going by the Fukubukuro?)

Everything came individually wrapped in plenty of black paper; nothing came broke. I did undo all the wrappings before I snapped the picture.

LuckyBag2018_2Item list:

  • Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 – #13 _ $48
  • Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray _$22
  • Wayne Goss 11- Buffing Brush _ $48
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips – Too Bad I’m Bad _ $34
  • Jouer Skinny Dip Powder Highlighter – $24
  • Sulwhasoo First care Activating Mask _ $12
Total Value came to: $188
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The promised total value is there but this was (from what I’ve seen) one of the lower-end boxes. It was a pretty good year for Beautylish Lucky Bags! There were some amazing ones out there.

At the same time, I’d decided long ago that I’d be satisfied if I ended up liking half the items I received…and I did.

I may not be jumping over the moon, but there’s definitely this quiet sense of pleasure, a satisfaction borne of having fun, new things to play with.

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Shots of makeup products outside of the box … but none are swatched just yet, as I’m looking to trade a few items.
I was pretty happy with the WG brush, the Natasha Denona palette and Charlotte Tilbury lip, though. They were brand-spanking-new to me. My stash has never known a Denona palette or a CT lippie.
And Wayne Goss brushes, you can never have too many.
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The 2018 Lucky Bag is sold out, but you can always get on the list for the 2019.

Here’s the link: https://www.beautylish.com/shop/lucky-bag-2019-sign-up

 

 

 

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil – in “Chablis”

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Price: $24

(During Sephora Weekly Wow Deal: $10)


I’ve always loved Bite “Meritage” and several of their Amuse Bouche lipsticks, so it’s no surprise the Weekly Wow stopped me in my tracks.

There’s a saying in Korea about how sparrows can never pass by a grain mill without dropping in (totally butchering the translation btw); in this case, the mill is Sephora; the grain is Chablis.

Chablis2The “Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencils” are a mere $10 during the Sephora weekly wow sale, so if you’re looking to add one to your stash, now’s the time.

Chablis3Chablis4As usual, ingredients list.

You receive 0.09 oz (2.52g) of product.

Chablis5Color in Chablis. 98% of product is consisted of natural ingredients.

Bite lip products actually taste good. (The smell…used to be better I think, if you think of the old lipsticks versus the reformulated ones.)

Chablis7Chablis is described as a “soft coral rose,” but I actually found this to be a bright coral. There is definitely some rosiness to it, but it feels more saturated and brighter than what I’d consider a “soft rosy coral.”

Chablis8Skin swatch in natural light. Beautiful deep coral rose.

Shade on the right is “Meritage,” (another winter favorite of mine) for comparison.

Chablis1On balmed bare lips + sunscreen-ed skin. Chablis is a gorgeous color if you’re into bright, rosy corals. This goes on smooth but slightly messy; it slides around so a steady hand is a must.

Finish is satin-matte. Then again, everything feels matte on my dry lips.

Glad I bought it. I should pick up more before the sale ends.

JoMalone – English Pear & Freesia Lotion

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Price: $55

(This was a gift!)


This is my first JoMalone product (that wasn’t a DS sample).

englishpear2“English Pear & Freesia” almost feels iconic. It’s the go-to scent that people usually recommend when someone asks them “what should I get for my first JoMalone scent?”… at least, that’s the case with people around me.

This smells like flower drenched in honey, or a slice of summer in an English cottage somewhere. Apparently, inspiration for this scent were verses by John Keats, Ode to Autumn. How apt.

englishpear3List of ingredients. You receive 8.5oz / 250 ml.

I know nothing of notes, but people detect: “Pear, Melon, Rose, Freesia, Musk, Patchouli, Amber, Rhubarb” in this scent.

englishpear4The lotion feels moisturizing and non-tacky. It spreads easy and sinks into the skin within a few seconds to minutes depending on how much you use.

Even a small amount packs a lot of scent so I tend to spread a tiny bit on my decolletage and wrist. Personal preference, but a full body of this may prove to be a tad overwhelming. (but that’s how I am with most lingering scents, no matter how much I love them)

englishpear5This layers well with most other floral/sweet/fresh perfumes I own, such as Viktor&Rolf FlowerBomb, Fresh Hesperides, most Anna Sui perfumes, Tocca perfumes etc.

It will take me a long while to finish, but I’ll definitely buy another bottle when I’m through.

Lunasol Quad-Scent Form Eyes 05 Chocolate Cosmos

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Price: 5000¥ (approx. $48)


According to my friend in Japan, Lunasol is considered one of the eyeshadow staples of women with brown/black eyes in Asia, much like Urban Decay’s Naked series.

When she offered to send me one as a late-birthday present, I couldn’t resist! (Because, ebay. All Lunasol quads are $60 + there.)

(Prior to reviewing, I apologize for that weird sheen on these photos. The sun was going crazy when I reviewed this)

lunasolquad_1Lunasol is known for its subtle yet dazzling shimmer, which (despite sounding oxymoronic) is the only way I can describe it. Even the casing here seems to echo that subtle, gorgeous shimmer.

The quad is $50-ish for 4 colors that amount to a total of 6.3g, ranking it med-to-high range in terms of price point.

lunasolquad_2I was given a choice among these beauties:

http://www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/lunasol/product/pointmake/index.html

And I ended up choosing “Scent Form Eyes – 05 Chocolate Cosmos,” because I’m a sucker for taupey/chocolatey shades.

From what I gleaned from beauty blogs, “Beige Beige” is the cult classic for Lunasol quads, but Chocolate Cosmos also is a fan favorite, both being one of the older, more “classic” quads.

lunasolquad_3Ingredients are unfortunately written in Japanese.

Hope someone would be able to decipher this, because I can’t read kanji. I was able to make out two words: Ta-ru-ku (Talc) and De-Me-Chi-Kon (Dimethicone).

Luna1Gorgeous. Palette is light & sturdy enough to stash in your makeup pouch, and it comes with a huge mirror that’s perfect for touching up.

Luna4Luna2All four shades contain a light iridescence that doesn’t go overboard. Unlike many other shadows, the glitter stays on your lids and doesn’t scream “Notice me!…before I fall everywhere.”

This, to me, makes this one of my most versatile quads, as it can be worn to any occasion, whether it be school, work, a night-out etc.

Luna3From left to right, shades I named arbitrarily because they have no name.

  • Nougat: Light ashy taupe
  • Toffee Crunch: Light creamy red-brown
  • Sugar Sugar: Particles of rock sugar
  • Espresso Royale: Deep Brown

Everything has shimmer. This might not work for people who dislike the bling.

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  • Left corner of the eye: Nougat
  • Right corner & eyeline: Espresso Royale
  • Fanning away & triangular zone: Toffee Crunch
  • Bottom: Sugar Sugar

This goes with most of my lipsticks, especially “Nougat” and “Espresso Royale.” Loving the subtle shimmer.

Luna4Having said all that, I wish Lunasol was more accessible in the US.


What’s your favorite eyeshadow quad? Your most versatile quad?

MOSCHINO + SEPHORA Collection (Palette, Highlighter)

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Price: $48 (Palette) , $22 (Highlighter)


This is a limited edition “MOSCHINO + SEPHORA” collaboration, one I actually missed out on when it first launched months ago.

Thanks to Sephora who brought it back a second time! I finally snagged the two items I really wanted, the palette and the highlighter.

moschino2This is the embodiment of kidult (kid + adult) culture; it has all the makings of a cute toy, but with a collectible twist.

I love the small details such as the “touch me” hole and the Moschino teddy illustrations on the side. Major ToysRUs vibes.

moschino3Just look at this beauty. I’ve no words for it; it speaks for itself. It’s plastic but feels heavy enough, doesn’t look cheap. Perfect as a decoration.

Be still my kid heart.

moschino4This holds 21 shades in mattes, shimmers, and satin finishes.

The inside is part-cardboard, much like limited edition holiday TooFaced palettes that come out every year. I’d have liked this portion to be plastic too, but oh well.

I’m not planning to use any of this by the way. It’s my collectible. Back to the box it goes.

moschino5And this beauty. The highlighter is a two-parter, and holds one part champagne and one part rose-gold powder shimmers.

The colors are very subtle and needs building up to actually show like, say, what a Becca Opal would do for your skin. I like subtlety so this is actually good for me.

moschino6Now some of the cons:

  • Durability: I’ve heard a lot of horror stories of these items coming with at least one shadow smashed, both the palette and the highlighter. It happened to me too, as you can see. Sephora kindly replaced my smashed one with a pristine, intact version, but I’d advise using this at home and not on-the-go.
  • Pigmentation: What little I tried felt decent but this may not please those who are more used to stark pigmentation, like KVD and Viseart. While this does work as decent makeup, it’s more of a collectible item, and I don’t mind that it may work less than what other $40+ or $22+ items would do for me. The packaging alone was worth paying for, but that’s personal preference.

I’m thinking of pressing the smashed extra with some rubbing alcohol and leaving at the office for touch-ups. The mirror is big enough, and the bear’s so cute I’ll be happy just looking at it.

DIY Candle Making- Reusing Candles

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Materials:

  • Leftover Candlewax
  • Candle vessel/jar
  • Pre-waxed wick
  • Pouring Pot

I’ve been burning B&BW candles all winter. I prune myself in bathtubs and light candles in winter.

According the candle safety guidelines, you’re not supposed to burn a candle all the way down; you should stop at 1/2 in. But for a 3-wick BBW candle, 1/2 inch is a pretty decent amount of wax. It bummed me out to see how much I was wasting.

3wickcandle1So instead of throwing out the jar, I decided to reuse the leftover wax and move it to a smaller vessel, leaving the sturdy jar free for all kinds of uses. (Pinterest had tons of ideas for reusing these jars)

I honestly take on these DIY projects whenever I’m mildly stressed or burnt out; it distracts me from how grim the weather is. (it’s snowing cats and dogs and reindeers)

mycandle11. Scrape out chunks of leftover wax from the 3-wick BBW jars. (This is easier if you leave them in the fridge overnight. The frozen wax will have fissures running through its body; all you have to do is insert your butter knife into the cracks)

These were chunks of BBW’s “Lavender” and “Midnight Blue Citrus.” This is enough wax to glean one small candle.

mycandle2mycandle42. Prepare the cup. Press a small dollop of all-purpose cement/glue on the bottom of the wick and press it gently onto the bottom of the cup. Make sure the wick is placed at the center of the cup.

I bought the cute cup from Anthropologie, the “ETCHED BANDS HURRICANE.” It was $3.57 each on sale.

Wick, I bought on amazon. I’d recommend buying something else. These were too wishy-washy; they had no back bone, too feeble.

mycandle3mycandle63. Melt the wax by double boiling. This was much like melting chocolate.

You fill a pot with water and boil the water. Rest the pouring pot in the boiling water and melt the wax. Avoid direct heat. Putting pan to stove may be too hot for the wax.

Pot was also bought on amazon.

mycandle54. Let the wax melt in low heat until it’s clear.

Then pour it gently into the prepared cup.

mycandle75. Make sure the prewaxed wick stands straight in the middle. Use pens to prop it up if necessary.

It’s okay if the wick is too long; you’ll have to trim it anyhow.

mycandle86. Let it stand.

The leftover wax from my two candles were just enough to fill this cup.

mycandle97. Enjoy. This personally was the perfect size for bath candles. I like lighting this while taking a bath.

The 3-wick jar now may be used to other purposes, such as storing q-tip, candies, hair bands, and other miscellaneous knick-knacks.

 

 

 

2018 Target Beauty Box 1&2

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Price: $7 (per box)


I’ve been doing so well avoiding subscription boxes; the piling DS from ipsy & birchbox was a bit too much. Then again, Target is a noncommittal one-time deal. Cheaper, too. Also, free shipping.

I passed on the previous few boxes, but this time around I couldn’t decide between the two boxes they offered. Hence, the two boxes.

Screen Shot 2018-01-09 at 3.58.03 AMItems arrived earlier, around Jan 8.

I was mostly interested in the face mask, shampoo (love ogx), clay mask, and the shadow palette.

2018Jan_2Theme of the first box is “Jetsetter.”

Getting major déjà vu because I’m pretty sure I’ve had a few subscription boxes named this. (Birchbox?)

2018Jan_3Mostly happy to try Sleek makeup and the clay mask. Am saving that serum for traveling purposes, since I have a million skincare DS open at the moment.

I’m considering gifting the body cream to a friend.

2018Jan_4As per usual, Target doesn’t forget to add on a coupon for $5 off $20, expiring at Feb 4.

If anyone needs this, please tell me. I don’t think I’ll use it.

2018Jan_5Second box. Theme is “Staycay.” I’m kinda loving the blue ombre.

2018Jan_7This was a decent box. I prefer this just a bit more to the first box. You get seven items for $7, bringing down the price of each item to $1.

I see myself using everything, especially the shampoo & conditioner (also love Nexxus) and the face mask.

2018Jan_6Another coupon, this time, for $3 off $15.

Wonder why they give different coupons for each box.

2018Jan_8All in all, good boxes.

Wonder what February would bring. I’m hoping for a really nice “Men’s” one.

GlamGlow – DreamDuo Mask Review

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Price: $59

(bought during Sephora 20% off, which brought it down to: $47.2)


This was the first GlamGlow product I bought out of my own pocket. I’ve only encountered this brand through samples, subscription DS, and the one cleanser I was gifted a million years ago. It’s pricey. So when I received a sample of DreamDuo, I was all set to use it up and forget about it.

But alas, I really liked it.

mask2This is a two-parter mask. There’s a step 1 and step 2, each of which uses different portions of the mask.

There’s “Dream Serum = Step 1” and “Dream Seal = Step 2.”

mask3Why hello you sexy expensive thing.

mask4Not that big, considering what you paid for.

There’s only 0.68oz (20ml) of each treatment.

mask6Pretty. Very chrome.

mask7DreamDuo is a night treatment.

Step 1: Apply DREAM SERUM (pearl) evenly on clean face and let absorb into skin for about 30 seconds.

Step 2: Follow with DREAM SEAL (gray)

mask8A plastic cover for sanitary reasons.

Left (pearl) is DREAM SERUM, right (gray) is DREAM SEAL. (Don’t know why I’m capitalizing; I’m being led astray by the descriptions on the box.)

mask9DREAMSERUM (pearl) is a melt-in face serum that infuses antiaging antioxidants into the skin, while supercharged essential vitamins support an even, flawless complexion.

DREAMSEAL (gray) is a nourishing moisture boost of hyaluronic acid and mozuku green algae that plumps and recharges skin’s glow.

mask5DREAM SERUM feels like a mildly sticky gel. It glides around but is absorbed pretty quickly. Smells strongly of orange creamsicle and toffee.

DREAM SEAL is tackier, a bit more cream-like than the pearl serum. It takes longer to absorb but once it’s absorbed, my skin doesn’t feel tacky.

The fragrance lingers, so if you’re sensitive to scent, avoid this product. I personally like the creamsicle scent.

mask6My skin remains moisturized and non-dry/non-flaky in the morning now. I do think it’s pricey for what you get, so I may only use this in the harsher winter months where nothing else really helps.

Interestingly enough, this doesn’t feel hydrating upon application. I’m surprised it lasts so well over the night.

PS: This is a treatment by the way, so it wouldn’t really work as a makeup moisturizer. It’s too tacky!

LUSH – Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb

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Price: $7.75


I’ve always had a thing about constellations, the moon, and the night sky.

This had to be the first.

Hubbygift_2“Shoot for the Stars” was a part of the LUSH “Christmas Bathtime Favorites” set my SO gifted me.

(That’s why it’s covered in miscellaneous glitter and pink powder; they’ve been snuggling all together)

Screen Shot 2018-01-02 at 5.41.26 PMThis has bergamot and Brazilian orange oil, but it doesn’t smell too citrusy. It had a more toffee-floral scent, if that makes sense. Very small hint of citrus.

It leaves your skin smelling like “Honey I Washed the Kids” and “Honey Bee.”

Watch it go:

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Much like Lush Dragon’s Egg, this one goes fast. It spews and gushes blue until it leaves behind three golden stars that melts into pretty glitter goo you can smear on your skin.

I’m sad my lackluster bathroom light tinted the whole shot. Thankfully, even with the yellowish tinge, you can tell how deep the colors are. Deep sea blue.

shootstars2Here’s a color-corrected version, though it still doesn’t do this bomb justice.

In the right bottom corner, you can see the leftover stars.

shootstars3When you smoosh the leftover stars, you get this golden glitter goo that feels just like a rice-powder scrub, grainy and slick.

shootstars4After bath. If you look closely, you can see residue glitter sparkling on the surface.

I hope they release this again. It’s too good not to.

PS: if you have dry skin, don’t skip the lotion after this bomb. Some bath bombs are moisturizing enough for me to go without, but this one will leave your skin dry after awhile. Not too lasting. But the scent lingers.

Lush Christmas Bathtime Favorites Box

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Price: $89.95

(currently out of stock)


This was part of a Christmas gift from my SO. He knows how obsessed I am with bathing come winter. I wallow in sweet water and prune myself daily.

Screen Shot 2018-01-02 at 2.28.08 PMScreen Shot 2018-01-02 at 2.29.57 PMThis was a great assortment of bath treats.

Among these, I’ve used “Golden Wonder” and “Butterbear.”

Hubbygift_1These came wrapped nice and tight with packing peanuts, which I removed for sake of presentation. Smells like heaven.

The bath bombs come separated into two floors. First floor had:

  • Christmas Sweater
  • Butterbear
  • Snow Angel
  • Sherbet Dip
  • Luxury Lush Pud
  • Star Light Star Bright

The only nitpicky thing I have to say about packing is … everything gets mixed up. So your bombs don’t stay pristine; they might get a glitter here and a blue there from tumbling in that big box together.

Hubbygift_2Second floor:

  • Lord of Misrule
  • Shoot for the Stars
  • Never Mind the Ballistics
  • Thundersnow
  • Golden Wonder

A total of eleven amazing bath bombs/oils.

Again, you can see how they rubbed against each other. It’s a wee bit messy. But I’m excited to use everything.