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Sunday, July 20, 2014

theBalm Swing Black Liquid Eyeliner - Swatch and Review

Yesterday was a busy day spent with family, cooking pho, and some shopping. I am so tired today. Was up most of the night watching Scandal on Netflix and I feel like I want to sleep some more in spite of sleeping in already. I normally don't watch TV shows and don't care much for it but I find Scandal interesting and addicting to watch because it's a mix bowl of politics, scandals, conspiracies, spies, murders, deceptions, love triangles...It's crazy. I like that.

Anyhoo...My blog has been little slow because I've been slacking off a bit. Been feeling more tired than usual lately and a little depressed. Secondly, I'm not hauling as much as I used to and I'm glad in a way because I'm tired of spending money on things I don't need or can't finish. I know I'll still buy things here and there but only if it is something that really excites me and I find that the more I have the harder it is for me to get excited now, especially if I see products that look too similar to others that were previously released.

I purchased this liner from Hautelook a little while back when they had it on sale. I tried it numerous times already so I'm ready to give you my thoughts on it.


  • Sleek with a long handle and foam tip applicator. I would prefer the applicator to be just a little more flexible. It doesn't glide as smoothly as I'd like, which also creates jagged lines and makes it difficult to create that perfect winged cat eye.
  • .05 oz or 1.7 ml


  • This liner is very black and pigmented and quickly dries to a matte finish. You can draw fairly thin lines if you're careful and apply very light pressure. 
  • I used liquid liners a lot and I would consider myself an experienced liquid liner user. With that said, even I have a bit of problem getting a straight and crisp line with this foam tip. I find this is where brush tip applicators excel cause they glide more smoothly on the skin. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that it is doable but not fool-proof. If you're new or have difficulty using liquid liners, this one wouldn't be the best choice for practice. 
  • The liner isn't smudge-proof or water-proof. I've worn it on humid and hot days and it will quickly smear and run when you get oily and perspire. Other than that, it performs just fine under cool temperatures. 

Final Thought

It's a very pigmented black liner but I would not recommend for those who aren't experienced with using liquid liners. I would also avoid using it during warm and humid weather or if you have watery eyes because it will smear and run like water. Not a pretty sight if you're going to be around people because you're guaranteed to get raccoon eyes. They should definitely tweak the formula and make it water-resistant at least, especially for the price.

Rating: 8/10

Price: $17.00
Availability: theBalm

Hope you had an enjoyable weekend!

Monday, July 14, 2014

L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush Soft Peach

I was at Ulta last weekend and picked up a couple products. Of these items, I got the new L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush. They come in 3 colors.

  • Squeezable plastic tube with sealed opening. 
  • .6 oz or 20 ml. I think this a generous size product. 

  • Soft Peach is a lovely peachy pink with a satin finish. The texture is light and creamy. Feels silky and slightly silicone-ish. Easy to blend.
  • The color payoff is light to medium light and would work well for lighter complexion. 
  • I get up to 4 hours of wear before I notice fading.

Final Thought

I heard that the other colors had an odd texture to them so I opted for Soft Peach, which indeed had a more even texture. For my light skin, the color payoff works out. The only drawback is that the product doesn't last very long and will need touch up. 

Rating: 8/10

Price: $12.99
Availability: Ulta

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Makeup Look

I decided to pull out my Chocolate Bar palette and create this look since I haven't done a full face makeup look in a while. Plus with all the new eyeshadows I've been getting lately, I haven't got a chance to with it or get a feel for it. So far, I like it!

Product Used



What's your go to neutral palette?

Bare Minerals Loose Eyeshadows Swatch, Review, Eye Look - Imagination, Mint, Peacock

I purchased these Bare Minerals loose eyeshadows at a Bare Minerals store in my local outlet mall. They usually have pretty good deals every time I go in there so I try to pick a little here and there whenever I pay them a visit.

  • plastic jar container with sifter. Oops, I forgot to take a picture of them with the sifter on. 
  • .02 oz or .57 g

  • Imagination - shimmery muted medium blue with grey undertone.
  • Mint - light shimmery green mint
  • Peacock - shimmery teal green with golden shimmers.
  • They swatch beautifully, are pigmented, and easy to blend. They're good quality but you still need a good primer but a glitter base or one made especially for loose pigments, such as Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, would work better to bring out the intensity of the shade.

Final Thought

I know pigments are a bit messy to handle and I don't like the packaging. The sifter doesn't help but get in my way. Otherwise, I love the colors that I picked up. Bare minerals make beautiful eyeshadows.

Rating: 9/10

Price: 3 for $15.00
Availability: Bare Minerals

Imagination, Mint, Peacock

Imagination on lid

Mint on lid

Peacock on lid

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Estee Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Lipstick Mirrored Orchid - Swatch and Review

I purchased this lipstick at the CCO for $21.00. It normally retails for $26.00. I think it might have been a limited edition shade because I cannot find it on Estee Lauder's website. There are several colors from the Vivid Shine line that you can purchase but if you are looking for this specific shade, you might have to hunt it down at the CCO or somewhere online.


  • Fancy schmancy!  Look at the gold packaging! It has a nice weight and looks luxurious. I love it.
  • .13 oz or 3.8 g


  • Mirrored Orchid is a beautiful medium berry plum with pink micro glitters and a frosty finish. I know the frostiness might turn off some people but for this shade, I don't mind it personally. I don't think the frostiness is overkill and still find the color lovely. 
  • The formula is very pigmented and creamy. I get intense color payoff with just the first swipe. I think the micro pink glitters is what makes this color more interesting and different for other berry lipstick I own. It adds a very subtle glimmer and depth to the color that looks almost holographic-ish (I don't know if that even makes sense) and the best part is that I don't feel them. 
  • Although creamy, the color stays where you put it and doesn't slip or slide so it creates a nice even application. I find it to be just slightly moisturizing but very comfortable. It's doesn't feel heavy but not too light either. 
  • I get 3-4 hours of wear before it starts fading. 

Final Thought

Fancy packaging, lovely formula, full coverage, and I dig the color. I like wearing this lipstick with just a simple cat eye look, no eyeshadows.

Rating: 9.5/10

Price: $21 - $26
Availability: CCO, Estee Lauder

NYX Baked Eyeshadow Review and Swatches - Cosmos, Love Junkie, and Vesper

Happy Tuesday!

It feels nice to be on vacation even if I'm not doing anything special. It's relaxing and I really needed that. They have finally hired a manager and she will be starting next week. For the past couple years, we've undergone so many changes with new management and even though change is supposed to be good. I think we are all getting tired of things constantly changing. I have no doubt that this new manager is going to add some more changes. I really hope this is the last major change we have to go through.

Anyhow...let move on to the review of these somewhat new NYX Baked Eyeshadows that I picked up at Ulta a few weeks ago.

  • I think the packaging is adorable and sturdy, although a little bulky. It looks like a box with a bow on the opening side.
  • .1 oz or 3 g

  • Cosmos is a light shimmery minty green. This one is very sheer.
  • Love Junkie is a dark shimmery purple.
  • Vesper is a medium shimmery warm brown with pink undertone and s subtle silver sheen. 
  • Pigmentation is very weak on these eyeshadows, even with a primer. They swatch well with the finger but try applying them with a brush and you'll find that it doesn't pick up much product. 
  • They show up much better when I used them in conjunction with Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. I personally do not like to use them wet but you could if you want to. It's just another hassle I think and doesn't do much difference with these eyeshadows. 
  • With a primer they last about 4 hours before fading.  With primer and Pixie Epoxy, they stay on for most of the day. 

Final Thought

My main complaint would be the lack of pigmentation and the longevity. You will need a base made especially for loose pigments or glitters in order to get the best out of them.

Rating: 7/10

Price: $6.00
Availability: Ulta, NYX Cosmetics

Cosmos. Left no primer, right with primer.
Cosmos. Left with Pixie Epoxy. Right with eyeshadow primer.

Love Junkie. Left no primer. Right with primer.
Love Junkie. Left with Pixie Epoxy. Right with eyeshadow primer.

Vesper. Left no primer. Right with primer.
Vesper. Left with Pixie Epoxy. Right with eyeshadow primer.

Cosmos / Love Junkie / Vesper over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

Friday, July 4, 2014

What I'm Currently Wearing...Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliques Silk Rosette

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you enjoy the day, the fireworks, and stay safe. As for me, I'm not doing anything special. Will be hanging out with my sisters at home, grilling a good meal, gossip, and watch TV...Oh and I am off work for a week and I haven't figured out what to do with myself. Yeah, it was sort of a last minute decision. Fail. I don't mind sitting at home doing nothing but I don't like feeling like I'm wasting it.

I purchased these Revlon nail appliques months ago at CVS because I had some rewards bucks to use and I got them for a pretty sweet deal.
I'm wearing Milani High Speed Fast Dry White On the Spot as my base color and once dried, I applied the stickers. Yes, they are stick on nail designs.
You probably won't be able to find these in store anymore but who knows, you may find them somewhere.
The design is absolutely beautiful. I really love how they look on the nail but I find the application kind of a pain cause you have to be careful when positioning them during application. They are very sticky and if you have to re-position them, it can make them less sticky. I also had to trim them a bit so that they fit the contour of my cuticles and the edge of the nails. It's a meticulous process and takes time.
Another issue I came across is that they don't all stay flat on the rounded edge of my nail bed. So if I wash my hand or use lotion, the sticker gets a bit loose on the edges. It's so annoying cause I am itching to peel it off.

Have you tried nail appliques? What brands? And what do you love or hate about them? I love the beautiful design but hate the application process and the fact that I'm just itching to peel it off soon after I have them on.

I don't know, perhaps I'm not applying them correctly or there is a trick I don't know about. I have a few of these I have yet to use but not so inclined to reach for them. Do you have any tips or tricks?

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