Sunday, February 27, 2011

Makeup Hauls

I rarely take many pictures and post them up here on my blog, but I have acquired some nice makeup goodies over the week. My sister from PA came to visit on Thursday and she stayed till Saturday. I haven't had the chance to go shopping in a while, since having my daughter last December so this shopping week was a much needed therapy for a recovering shopaholic like me. We went to a couple of malls and the outlet. It was a lot of fun hanging out with her. I can't wait to do it again!

I ordered a bunch of Pop Beauty makeup goodies from last week because they had a 70% Off Sale on Pop Beauty products and it came this week. I only got about 50 dollars worth of stuff, but after swatching the goods I kinda wish I ordered more! Please refer to for the prices on each item.

You can click the blue link above or on any of the next pictures to get more info on the product.
I got three eye shadow palettes. Lid Neon, Lid Silver, and Lid Gold.

These colors are vibrant but you can definitely control the intensity depending on how much you apply. I was a bit skeptical about getting this palette because I thought it would be too over the top looking but it's really wearable and fun!
 Some swatches (without base)
All the palettes come with a dual ended sponge tip applicator that's a bit difficult to pry out of the cardboard-ish palette container. The lid can be securely closed because each end has a small circular magnet.

Some swatches (without base)

It has a slanted, rubbery tip. You turn the end of the pen to get the product out (think Stila lip gloss).
Swatches of No. 1 (top) and No. 2 (bottom)

This is a cool eye makeup primer and highly pigmented! I can't wait to use it.
You have to turn the end of the container to dispense the product.
Brush tip applicator

Now on to the MAC goodies!
MAC Viva Glam 2 Lady Gaga
Viva Glam 2 Lipstick (left) and Viva Glam 2 Lip gloss (right)

Tah-tah for now!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Review: Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil

The Product: Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil

The Price: $25

The Size: 150mL/5 fl. oz.

Pros: This is a very gentle cleanser yet it removes makeup very well. I love the minty scent and the cool green color. I like how when I initially put it on, it's of an oily consistency but once I put water on my face it emulsifies (turns from clear to white). It has a slight cooling and calming effect on the skin because of the peppermint and eucalyptus. I apply this all over my face, including my eye areas and it doesn't sting even though it contains peppermint and eucalyptus.

 On the side of the box, you will see the expiration date of the product. I don't know about you, but this particular feature is impressive and convenient for me. I think all cosmetic companies should adopt this because it surely takes away the guesswork in figuring out a product's expiration date.

I love the fact that this product is Preservative-free, dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic, etc. (see box picture above). This is especially vital for me to know since I have sensitive skin.

The packaging is great. It comes with a "small locking clip" so you can put it in your bag without having to worry about spillage. I threw mine away because I only use it at home.

Cons: It can be considered pricey compared to a drugstore makeup cleanser but I think it's worth it since it does remove makeup well and it's made from natural ingredients.

To Repurchase or Not to Repurchase: Yes! Definitely! This is a staple to my skincare routine. 

The Verdict: I LOVE THIS MAKEUP CLEANSING OIL. I've been using it for over 3 months now. After washing it off, my skin feels smooth and moisturized. I definitely recommend this to anyone who are looking for a good cleansing oil that won't leave their face feeling greasy.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sally's Haul + HK nail polish dupe!

Hey there! I hope everyone had a beautiful Valentine's Day with your loves. Hubby and I celebrated by first going to lunch at Tony's NY Pizza restaurant for brunch.
We ordered our usual Steak and Cheese sandwich and calamari. We like to eat our steak & cheese with mustard (and also mayo for him).
 After our lovely brunch, we went to Marshalls. Hubby needed to pick up a few things there and I went to Sally's beauty supply store which was conveniently next to it.
They are having a sale on Seche Vite top coat and base coat. If you buy a top coat, you get the base coat for free. I also picked up a China Glaze nail polish, which was a dollar off with an in-store coupon.
I came home and realized that it is the perfect dupe (except with better formula) of the Sephora HK nail polish that I bought online.
The color is in Re-Fresh Mint
It's seriously a gorgeous mint green color. This is how it looks with the Seche Vite base coat and top coat.
 Hubby had to leave for work so I decided to cook chopseuy and bake a chocolate mousse cake with toffee bits. When he came home he surprised me with red roses and a box of chocolates. I didn't expect it because he already bought me a new wok. Yes that's right...a wok because I love to cook!
Tah-tah for now! Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

WLKTHRU: Pink and Black

Hey there! I'm on fire this week! I can't believe I've actually updated at least twice this week so yay. Anyways, here's a new makeup look. I hope you guys like it.

So before you get started, you want to prep your skin. You want to moisturize your face with at least an SPF of 25 (even if it's for night time). Wait till the moisturizer settles into your pores, then you can proceed to applying a makeup primer. If your in a budget, a good primer to use is Monistat chafing gel. If you're iffy about using this as your primer you can go to this link to find out more about the pros and cons of using it.

  • I used a light pink eyeshadow as my base color (MAC e/s in Da Bling)
  • then I used a matte black eyeshadow (Urban Decay e/s in Perversion) on the outer and inner corner of my lids
  • used pink eyeshadow (MAC e/s in Sushi Flower) on my crease, and a white shimmery eyeshadow on the center of my lid, as my brow bone highlight, and on my tear duct areas (MAC e/s in White Frost)
  • I also used MAC eye kohl in Smolder to line the inner rims and lash lines of my eyes (sealed that with the same e/s in Perversion)

  • For my face..I used MAC strobe cream as primer
  • Chanel Vitalumiere foundation (skipped on concealer)
  • MAC blotting powder to set
  • NARS blush in Sin
  • MAC msf medium natural duo but only used highlighter part to highlight cheekbones, nose bridge, temples
  • I used MAC brow shader in soft charcoal. 
  • Prepped my lips with EOS lip balm in Honeydew (do this in the beginning when you're prepping your face)
  • I applied my MAC Viva Glam Lady Gaga lippie and topped it off with my Dazzle Lipstick in Win-Win.
 I used my T3 straightening iron to curl my hair a bit and used a medium sized velcro roller on my bangs.

I will be putting up a new makeup collection video as soon as I get my camera some time next week. The nerd in me is still diligently doing my research on the best digital camera that will best suit my needs without putting a huge hole in my pocket.
I am still working on my Boscia product review but I am hoping to post that up before this week is over. Tah-tah for now ladies! Have a great rest of the week.

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