[Influenster] Garnier Olia- Dark Mahogany Hair Dye


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.)


2018 March Empties

2018MARempties_1.jpgMarch Empties! T’was a good month. Most of these were products I’ve been working on for months.

As usual, categories:

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

2018MARempties_3March FS/DS Loves!

  • ShiruKotto (takes some getting used to, but great facial cotton. It doesn’t absorb a lot of product, meaning everything goes to your face, not your cotton! This was a gift from a friend in Japan.)
  • Sephora Green Tea Gel Cleanser (A great second cleanser. I typically used this after the body shop cleanser. I think they’re phasing it out though? 😦 )
  • Botanics Shine Away Clay Mask (Amazing fast-working clay mask. A bit watery.)
  • It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed  (Keeps away the shine.)
  • Christophe Robin Sea Salt Scrub (tad pricey, but lovely scent + great scalp scrub. I don’t use this as a shampoo, but more of a scalp treatment.)
  • Hurraw! Lip Balm in Coffee (My favorite lip balm. I’ve been using this for years. Should’ve posted a review a million years ago.)
  • L’oreal HydraFresh Moisturizer (Great moisturizer but so hard to find.)
  • Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter (Caroline Hirons hooked me onto this. My mom loves it, too)
  • Dove Body Polish in Macademia & Rice Milk (The most intoxicating scent and leaves my skin baby-soft. Dries easily though.)
  • Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Light Mauve (One of my favorite blushes…but god, these Fit Me blushes have such flimsy packaging. It always breaks a month in.)

2018MARempties_2March Likes! and Mehs.

  • Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water (Lovely delicate scent. Doesn’t clean as well as my Bioderma though.)
  • Tony Moly Easy Touch Eyeliner in Brown (Nice color but the brush tip was too hard. Wasn’t like the one I used before. )
  • Philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake ( 😦 .. The scent wasn’t rich enough. I could barely smell it. Formula is as always, decent)
  • Nexxus Conditioner (My fourth bottle methinks)
  • Amorepacific Enzyme Peel (I noticed nothing … the Tatcha or NUDE powder is more to my liking. Love their face spray though.)
  • Bath & Body Works Candy Apple (Love the initial scent. Dries down too sweet, too cloying. Decent moisturizer, non-tacky.)


Hope to finish off more before I leave for Korea in May.

Jouer – Skinny Dip Palette


Price: $40

I traded this palette with another Beautylish Lucky bag item, the Jouer Skinny Dip highlighter. The lovely MissPuff traded me with no extra +@, being the generous lady that she is. Very thankful to her because I really wanted this palette!

(You can see what I originally received here: 2018 Beautylish Lucky Bag post)

skinndip_sokobaby9This pretty.

The Skinny Dip is not a palette for an everyday look. Every single shade here is a foil shimmer that goes on hard and shiny, with not much room for blending (though it is possible). And every single shade is gorgeous.


Brace yourself for a lot of product images because I was drooling over, not necessarily the packaging itself, but the color scheme + concept.

skinndip_sokobaby5skinndip_sokobaby6skinndip_sokobaby7skinndip_sokobaby8This is one of those palettes that actually photographs better with that rose-gold sheen, the yellow light that I usually avoid. Everything about it screams gold and sparkle.

Personally would’ve loved a sturdier package.. but I still deem this gorgeous. I’d have liked a nice tin, something metal. (If this was in a studier plastic/metal packaging, I would shell out more than $40 for it! …with maybe an extra shade on the side that screams taupe, in the “Tan Lines” shade formula.)

skinndip_sokobaby2skinndip_sokobaby1Swatches, from left to right (Under Yellow Light):

Starlight – Bikini – Skinny Dip – Tan Lines – Magic Hour – Midnight Swim

They apply light foil, thick and shiny. Especially Starlight, Skinny Dip, and Magic Hour. Bikini was a tad bit lacking in payoff, but I like variation. It’s fine. But I’d love to see a version of this shade that goes on like foil.

It is possible to use this as a liner with the right kind of brush and primer/wet brush.

skinndip_sokobaby10Swatches (Under Natural Light – Dull)

The weather has been doom and gloom (no surprises there) these past few weeks, so sadly, this was the best I could do. You can tell here how much Starlight and Magic Hour come off foil-like and solid. Everything was one-swipe.

My two favorite shades are “Skinny Dip” and “Magic Hour.”

There is some fallout, as is the case with most sparkly shadows out there, but the ones that stick to the primer-ed lid stays put. The colors are toned down enough that I can wear it to work, and as a liner, that pop of color gives life to your eyes.

skinndip_sokobaby11I honestly like this a bit more than the (dare I say it) Natasha Denona.

There’s not much room for play on my hooded asian lids, and something like the Skinny Dip Palette is perfect to draw attention without having to work too hard for it. (I blink and most of everything disappears. Like magic, but not the happy kind.)

I’ve had random strangers come up to me and compliment my eyes when I’m wearing this. Or ask me what shadows I used. I might have to buy a back-up someday 🙂

I’ll try to upload eye swatches someday. When the weather here gets sunny enough.

Lush Bath Bomb – Thundersnow


Price: $6.95

Hubbygift_2This was a part of my “Christmas Bathtime Favorites” Box (not to mention Intergalactic!). I’m sad to say this was a limited edition. You can’t find it on the Lush page anymore.. but as with most other Lush products, this may return.

I’ve still about 6-7 more bath bombs to go!

thunder1_sbMine was a tad more glitzy and messy, since it had been tumbling around with other bombs for a month or two.

You can detect flecks of Golden Wonder and Star Light Star Bright.



This one makes an odd popping sound as it melts. It apparently has some popping candy packed inside itself, along with peppermint oil and cocoa absolute.

The bomb is supposed to smell like cocoa and mint (a peppermint mocha, if you will) but it felt more powdery-sweet and pillowy, more like chocolate vanilla ice cream in a dry “space ice cream” form than something like.. peppermint patty? Peppermint chocolate milk in powder form? It’s hard to say.

That vanilla-chocolate swirl is intoxicating though. I loved it.

thunder2_sbCaribbean ocean-esque hues. Pretty pretty.

I only wish the scent lasted longer. I didn’t drain immediately and let the colors simmer for about ten minutes, but the scent didn’t last long. That initial waft when you first pitch the bomb is probably the strongest scent you’ll get with this bath bomb.


2018 Jan- Feb Empties

2018marchempties_1These are my Jan-Feb Empties, my first batch(?) of empties since 2017. Like in my previous post, I threw away the no-nos, so most of items here are either my loves or likes.

2018FEBempties_2Here are my categories:

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


Jan-Feb FS/DS Loves!

  • Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser (Best gentle cleanser/exfoliator)
  • Albion Skin Conditioner Essential (Soothing toner that gradually evens out my blotchy skin tone. Price point is a bit steep, and it’s only sold in Japan)
  • Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water (This is what, my fifth bottle?)
  • Mario Badescu Rose Facial Spray (I keep this next to my bed for sprtizes)
  • Kerasys Moisture Clinic Treatment (Delicious scent. Softens my hair like nothing else)
  • Dior Lip Plumper (Great lip primer. Quickly softens up lips.)
  • Opti-Free Replenish (My… tenth bottle I think.)
  • No-brand Eyebrow Trimmer (My fourth one methinks)

Most of these products will be repurchased at some point. I especially loved the Liz Earle (it came with a gauzy cloth), but it’s a hassle to keep the cloth dried and clean.


Jan-Feb Samples Loves!

  • Shiseido Facial Cotton (mistakenly got in the samples pile. Great face cotton)
  • Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser (Soothing. Lovely smell. Good cleanser)
  • Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser (Odd smell but cleanses well. Soothing)
  • Euneul Collagen Mask (Great prepping mask. Seeps into skin non-greasy/tacky)
  • The Face Shop Hydrating Mask (Feels more water-based than the collagen. Good prepping mask)



Jan-Feb Samples Likes!

  • IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel (Great smell. Greasy. Not for my type of hair)
  • Shiseido Ibuki Cream (Slightly tacky but decent moisturizer)
  • The Body Shop Mango Body Cream (Great smell but tacky)
  • Lush Boom Tooth Tablet (Fun, but gets black froth everywhere)
  • Inglot Gel Liner – Brown (Great color choices. Good liner but hardens quickly)
  • Sephora Waterproof Eye Remover (Decent remover. Slightly greasy)
  • Ajona Stomatikum Toothpaste (Smells like my bunny’s pee.. but great toothpaste once you get over the smell and taste)


Phew. Glad to have purged some of my old faves. I’ve been working on some of these since July 2017.

Beautylish 2018 Lucky Bag – Regular


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
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.

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”


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


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


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:


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.


  • 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)


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.