Catch96 – Game of Thrones Makeup Brushes (Rose-Gold)


Price: $79.95

(Sale: $39.95)

My SO and I are both big fans of Game of Thrones.

When I saw these brushes on sale, I waved my macbook and yelled I was going to get them and no one can stop me, fire and blood .. but my SO beat me to it. He ordered a set for me and we waited with baited breath.

Shipping took about 2-3 weeks. (I think it ships from China)

GOT_brush_1GOT_brush_2These came wrapped individually in plastic covers.

We got the Rose-Gold Set. They feel heavy, like scepters in your hands.

GOT_brush_7The pouch they came in was kind of meh.

I wonder why they didn’t go full-on gold. The pink rendered the brushes kitschy.

GOT_brush_4The details are drop-dead gorgeous. Each symbol holds the house motto, with the exception of the “Hand of the King” symbol.

  • House Baratheon – Ours is the Fury
  • House Targaryen – Fire and Blood
  • House Martell – Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken
  • House Stark – Winter is Coming
  • House Lannister – Hear (Me) Roar
  • House Tully – Family, Duty, Honor
  • House Greyjoy – We Do Not Sow

There are a total of 8 brushes in this set. My only regret is the lack of House Tyrell’s golden rose.

GOT_brush_5The set includes (but is not limited to) a flat thick liner brush, tapered blending, flat long packing brush, flat shader, and a blending brush.

Bristles are of decent softness and density … but I don’t think I can ever use them! Too pretty. This set is strictly for display.


Currently, the brushes are on display as such.

The vase is a generic glass vase that I was gifted a million years ago. Stones were purchased from Michaels.

I should have them next to me while I blast through season 7!

The Body Shop – Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter


Price: $16 (on sale: $9.60)

Caroline Hirons turned me to this gem. I’m kinda in love with it.

I have combination skin that runs dry and oily, prone to breakouts–especially with oils. Most cleansing oils don’t work for me; even if there’s one that works, the journey doesn’t seem worth the payoff. (Those breakouts are easy to trigger but hard to exterminate)

This cleansing butter is perfect for those who’s got a love-hate relationship with oils.

camomilebutter_2Here’s the off-white miracle balm that gives in softer than real butter. It …

  • Gets make up off
  • Doesn’t leave a residue
  • Is not drying
  • Is gentle. No breakouts.

It is a bit of a hassle to manage. Your hands should be clean before touching the butter, lest you contaminate the rest.

camomilebutter_3Here’s a teeny red heart. (Cameo: BH Cosmetics Lip Liner in “Retro”) It’s cute but has to go.

Spread a mini dollop of cleansing butter on the teeny heart.

camomilebutter_4The butter melts into a gentle, oily gel when in contact with warm skin.

Rub gently in a circular motion for about a minute then wash off the residue. There will be nothing left behind.

For my evening double cleansing, I use this right after a swipe of Bioderma. Everything goes off and my skin is left moist, not dry.

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$16 might be a tad pricey, but the Body Shop often has promotions like this where everything goes on sale (and free shipping to boot).

I often stock up on 2-3 of these during the sale. That lasts me for half a year or more.


Bath&BodyWorks 3 Wick Candle Haul- August 2017

3wickcandle1B&BW recently had a “Buy-Two-Get-Two-Free” promotion.  Plus they had the $10 off $30 deal going on.

I usually don’t go for candles, but well, “Winter is coming” (despite it being August. It gets cold quickly where I live). Figured some scented ambience would be nice.

3wickcandle3I grabbed Eight candles and paid for four. Here’s what I grabbed:

  • Lavender
  • Midnight Blue Citrus
  • Bergamot
  • Rose Water & Ivy
  • Almond
  • Hot Cocoa & Cream
  • Marshmallow Fireside
  • Pumpkin Cupcake

Spent 30 minutes in the store, sniffing candle covers.

3wickcandle2Tried lighting two so far: Lavender & Midnight Blue Citrus.

They have a mild throw but pleasant calming scents. My favorite scents so far are “Hot Cocoa & Cream, Almond, and Midnight Blue Citrus.”


I’ll be looking for this next year 🙂

3wickcandle4Dancing light

Ipsy August 2017 Glam Bag


Price: $10

Agust2017_3My August Glam Bag. I resubscribed to Ipsy two weeks ago, and this was the first bag I received.

Can’t say I’m wowed. The only reason I resubscribed was because it seemed like they stepped up on the variety of brands… but these are brands I’ve been getting from Ipsy since 2014. Nothing new.

Adorable bag as always.

Agust2017_5Shade of TheBalm shadow/luminizer I got: Kuwakaribisha

Agust2017_4Swatches. Leftmost is Kuwakaribisha, and the rest are individual swatches of the Hikari bronzer. Cute colors!

Agust2017_1I noticed they changed from a pink envelope to a gold one.

Hope September is better.

DIY Lip Palette

selfpalette3Lip samples I’ve accumulated over the months.

The thing with these samples is that I rarely remember to use them. And there’s always one or two colors I’d never use in this lifetime. But they’re so cute with their mini lip brushes and teensy pockets! So I hoard them.

Until months later when I realize I want to declutter.

selfpalette4And declutter I did. Messy, but compact.

I started mixing everything in an “Elf shadow quad pan” (that I sanitized) and heated the bottom with a hair dryer.

Created one sheer lipstick, one lipgloss, one matte-ish lipstick.


From top to bottom:

  • Dior lipstick (Be Dior, Wonderful, Tribale, Smile)
  • Honest Beauty Lip Gloss (Creative Kiss, Dreamy Kiss, Inspired Kiss) + YSL Glossy Stain (Rouge Splash, Onde Rose, Plump Lip)
  • Clinique lipstick (nude pop, punch pop, love pop, cherry pop) + a dab of NARS matte lip pencil (Let’s Go Crazy)

Pretty happy with the outcome. All three are shades I’d use in a heartbeat.


Here’s what I used:

  • Lip card samples
  • Tiny spatula (used the pointy end of a sanitized angle toothbrush)
  • Hairdryer (it will get hot, so do use oven gloves!)
  • ELF empty palette (I got them for less than $1 during their sale)


Have fun mixing & melting.

Armani Lip Magnet – 504 Nuda


[Georgio Armani Lip Magnet Liquid Lipstick – 504 Nuda]

Price: $38

Amount: 3.9 ml / 0.13 oz

NUDA2I wanted a lip magnet for ages but could never decide on a shade.

I usually pick up one shade from a line before going back for others, so this first buy had to be the perfect daily shade.

After thirty minutes of debating between 504 Nuda and 505 Second Skin, I opted for Nuda because it seemed like a gorgeous muted coral.

NUDA3As always, ingredient list.

Beware; just like the Lancome Juicy Shakers, these babies are flammable.

NUDA4.jpgTo be honest, I was never wowed by this design. It reminds me of those seal stamps we use in Korea (called 인감도장), which brings up the imagery of banks and house loans and life that’s too painfully HD realistic.

And the cute belt buckle-like logo reminds me of LG Electronics lol.

NUDA5But that color… that sumptuous color. And the way it feels when the applicator touches your skin…  erased all my doubts about the design.

The color really sticks to you like magnet. Not tacky, not sticky, but magnetic.

NUDA6The pointed doe-foot applicator is sharp enough for detailed work.

I don’t need a lip liner with this product.

NUDA7Well. Here’s another miserable fail. These aren’t dupes, but … similar color groups. They go well together. Let’s leave it at that.

From bottom to top:

  • Armani Lip Magnet – 504 Nuda
  • Nature Republic Kiss My Mini Lipstick – 01 Juliet Rose
  • Tate LipSurgence Lipgloss – Blushing Bride

NUDA8Comparison with another favorite shade: “YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stain in 412 Rose Mix.”

Right pic: Left shade is “Armani_Nuda,” and right shade is “YSL_Rose Mix.”

Both gorgeous shades. “Nuda” was my ideal version of theBalm’s “Matte Hughes _ Committed.” Committed was a tad too dull & orangey to by my favorite daily hue; this takes the cake.

NUDA9Perfect daily color.

Now that I’ve seen how this performs, I kinda want to try “505 Second Skin” and “301 Heat” .. “507 Garconne,” too.


I lie. I want them all.

Etude Ice Cream Lip Tint- Dear Darling Water Gel Tint in “Watermelon”


[Etude Water Gel Tint -RD307 WaterMelon]

Price: 5,000 won = $4.46

(around $11~$12 on amazon)

Come summer, I drench myself in coral and peaches. And as someone who adores anything cutesy …and at this price point? Couldn’t pass this up.

I grabbed this in June 2017, when I was visiting my family in Seoul.

watermelon2You get “0.15 oz / 4.5g” worth of product.

Before I delve into how the tint does performance-wise, I’d like to explain the muse behind this adorable design.

PD0013_SPThis is called a “Subak-bah,” which literally translates into: “Watermelon Bar.” It’s one of those ice-cream-sherbet bars that have been around forever in Korea, since 1986 to be exact. (which makes it older than I am!)

Unlike the real deal, you can eat the green part, and seeds are sunflower seeds/nuts coated in chocolate. It tastes pretty good, but I like it more for the nostalgic value than anything.

watermelon3Considering the newly packaged “Dear Darling Water Gel Tints” are being called “Ice Cream Tints,” I’ve a feeling that “Subak-bah” was the motive for this particular color.

Etude is calling this a “Watermelon Red,” but it actually goes on like a reddish coral.

watermelon4Not very opaque, but pretty. The right picture holds the truer hue. Looks glassy but settles well. (feels a tad bit like Benefit’s Chacha Tint on the lips)

And it’s as hydrating as a non-oil tint can get.


Color dupes. From left to right:

  • Etude Dear Darling Water Gel Tint _ Watermelon Red
  • Aritaum Color Lasting Tint _ 02 Baby Wink
  • Tony Moly HD Liptone Get it Tint  _03  Peach Punch
  • Skinfood Lip&Cheek Trio _ 03 Cherry Tomato (first color)

All the dupes are products I use daily in spring & summer.

They’re gorgeous red-corals, though if you’re looking for a straight up red tint, you’d be disappointed!