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.

[INFLUENSTER] Olay Regenerist Cleansing Whip

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Provided by Influenster


Again, from my second ever VoxBox.

This is the perfect fall/winter cleanser for my kind of combination skin. I love that it doubles as a daily exfoliator.

olayclay1Hello hello!

I’d like to begin with what a terrible time Autumn is, for my kind of combo skin. It’s when my skin freaks out from the subtle change of weather, when it decides to accumulate dead skin cells (even more so than usual) and create this horny outer shell that I refuse to call skin. Leather, more like.

This type of skin makes it harder for my moisturizer to seep in, leading to less moisture in my skin, leading to more leather, more pain on my behalf.

So exfoliating “just the right amount” becomes my mission, as overdoing it causes cystic acne to pop up and overstay its welcome.

olaywhip2There are fine micropolishers within the lather of Olay Regenerist, just enough to exfoliate the skin without aggravating it.

Some exfoliators tend to cut into my skin, leaving it open for contamination, the plague, and terrible little whiteheads… but this actually cleared up my skin. Plus, my skin feels baby soft now. Love.

olaywhip3Ingredient list.

I’ve been using this for three days and already my skin feels fresher 🙂 It’s a nice morning wake-me-up cleanser/exfoliator.

olaywhip4By the way, the lather is real. A pea-sized amount suffices for my morning cleanse because it lathers up like crazy. This can will probably last me months even with daily use…

And try this as a body exfoliator when you’re taking a bath. Love the way it makes my skin feel after.

[Influenster] Olay Pink Mineral Complex Mask

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Provided by Influenster


Hello my second ever VoxBox.

I’ve been meaning to branch out with masks, as I’ve been using (and reusing) my Herbivore Blue Tansy & Innisfree Volcanic Clay combo to death. This swooped in just in time.

olayclay1This was the Olay VoxBox, a winner, if I say so myself. Love both products.

It’s saying something that I can get excited about cleansers and masks, which tend to lean boring in my spectrum of daily beauty products. But hey, what works works.

olayclay2Nice and simple. Easy to use. And best of all – travel friendly.

Most clay masks I’ve used came in either huge tubs or heavy, metallic containers, and while I do love excess & sturdiness, it’s hard to find the perfect clay mask for traveling. I usually have to make do with a foil sample or a hastily-packed-sample-in-a-contact-case… that sometimes dried out mid-travel.

This feels like a good mask for traveling. It’s not messy like some stick-form products can get, and it’s a good decent size.

olayclay3How to use 🙂 As simple as it gets.

I personally like to get the tub running while I apply this. The warm steam opens up my pores.

olayclay5So here’s the embarrassing part.

I initially didn’t realize this was a cap. Was just fascinated by how smooth the product was and wondered if this was water-activated as it just didn’t seem to be getting onto my skin…

Well. It’s a cap. Do not be foolish like I was. Thank god no one was around to see it.

olayclay6Here’s the product sans cap. Still lovely and smooth….but actually goes on skin as opposed to its plastic counterpart.

There’s a nice fruity scent to the mask that’s not overpowering.

olayclay7On application, the mask turns your face into one of an Oompa Loompa. It’s not chalky, goes on smooth, and does its job without completely depleting your skin of moisture.

Best of all, it left my skin glowing after rinsing. Some clay masks briefly irritate my cheeks and nose area, but this didn’t flare up my rosacea. And my skin wasn’t dried out the next morning, so a win overall!

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[Influenster] Garnier Olia- Dark Mahogany Hair Dye

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Provided by Influenster


Hello my first ever VoxBox. It’s uncanny how these come at you at the right moment, when I was personally getting sick of my red-ish hair.

garnierolia_2garnierolia_4I received the shade “4.15 Dark Soft Mahogany.”

Influenster give you arbitrary colors out of the ones you chose in the survey, meaning you may not get the shade you wanted most, but will still receive something you can use and like.

I like Mahogany. I would’ve liked to try something lighter since my hair’s so dark, but this is good.

garnierolia_5garnierolia_6This product is 60% natural flower oils, no ammonia. Which may be the reason why I didn’t feel as much scalp-tingling as I got using other DIY hair dyes.

I did notice Olia makes you wait a wee bit longer. Most products I’ve used makes you wait for 20-25min, advising to go over only if your hair is very dark. Olia requires 30 min straight off the bat. Perhaps it’s less damaging on the hair?

garnierolia_1Here’s what’s inside the box:

  • Developer
  • Colorant
  • After Color Conditioner
  • Instructions + black gloves

The usual, for a DIY hair dye kit. The gloves were a little too big and slippery. I recommend putting a hair band around your wrist to secure them.

garnierolia_7Here’s my hair before Olia. It was red…ish, not very even.

My hair is straight and a bit dry, frizzy at the ends. I’ve seen reviews that say Olia, as an oil-based dye, may weigh down your hair if it’s greasy to begin with.

garnierolia_8Tadaaa – This is after Olia “Dark Soft Mahogany.”

It’s actually very reminiscent of my original hair, which I haven’t seen in a long while. Nothing exciting, but I like it 🙂

(Please keep in mind that this is me second day in without shampooing… I usually wash my hair everyday but I was pressed for time)

garnierolia_10With this (slightly) new color palette,  (slightly) different makeup colors suit me now. I’ve got a less warmer palette overall.

A few tips when DIY dyeing your hair:

  • Wear an old t-shirt. Drape an old, tossable towel around your neck (faux-salon style) and secure it using a rubber band. This will prevent your body from being stained.
  • Line your ear-tips and hairline with vaseline. Those are the areas that will inevitably get stained. Vaseline makes the stain easy to wipe off.
  • Turn on an air vent or open a window. Don’t let the fumes get to your head.
  • Time yourself. I usually apply first then set the timer.
  • Go slow, and use a old tossable hairbrush if you have one. Fast application may result in splotchy highlights. Look to my previous hair for proof. The hairbrush isn’t a must, but does help a lot in achieving even application.
  • If you feel the burn more than usual or to the point where you can’t stand it, quickly wash everything off. This has never happened to me but I’ve seen reviews. Please do a patch test before trying. Read the instructions carefully.

There is no way a hair dye would restore damage hair; the most it will do is inflict less damage with good color payoff.

I think I got a decent payoff even with my dark hair 🙂 Recommend.

(Do try the patch test though! You never know with allergies.)