Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB: #1

I'm not sure whether this product is a BB or a BB cream base. It's interesting. At first I read the make-up base part and thought it was similar to primer or some sort of lotion. So I dispensed plenty of product.

Notice how there are tiny dark dots in the white cream though. As soon as I began blending the cream, the color started changing!!

COLOR: Works for me hue wise. Maybe half a shade dark.
TEXTURE: Leaves a "Sticky" dry frictious feeling.

I think this product will work as a makeup base/ primer because of it's "sticky" texture. This doesn't fare too well on my dry skin, but I do like it otherwise. It's a fun concept! Pick it up if you have a chance.

Review: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation +Powder, Eshiko Face Powder, & Smashbox BB Cream

I've been trying to find something for full coverage and people keep talking about Make Up For Ever's HD Foundation. Today, I spent a good hour in Sephora trying to match foundation colors (and testing other brands as well). I finally settled on #117.

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation

COLOR: The color looks to be ever so slightly too light and yellow at first (I am NW15-20). However, after giving it time to settle, the color darkens (good for NC20). Initially I thought the color being off wasn't too bad, especially for photos, but irl it looks terrible because the tone is not right.

COVERAGE: Medium. It didn't cover everything, but for a photo it will work.

TEXTURE: Blends nicely and leaves you with a matte finish.

PROS: I love how it smoothed out my pores. It's as if someone took the blur tool to my face.

CONS: Drying to my dry skin. As time passed, the makeup started showing the flakes.

I will have to return this because at $42 it cannot just sit around here. It does have my desired coverage effect, so I wish MUFE would come out with one for dry skin.

Make Up For Ever HD Powder

I have heard so much about this powder, and today I finally got the travel sized 5g to try out. It was $16 I believe, which is a lot more reasonable to try out products. I am really loving the travel sized products Sephora is offering. Some things you just want to try, and some you don't use as much of and buying the full sized is burdensome. I want to snag Benefit's High Beam travel set next ($12).

I packed the product on, and found that I did notice it smoothing out the makeup. The dry flakes of skin that were starting to show due to the HD foundation appeared a bit more blurred. This powder does lighten skin a bit. I can see how those flash photo mishaps would be glaring on those with darker skin tones. With this product you must take care to really blend the product well. I missed a couple spots in my photo.

This is a product that drys out skin and produces a matte effect, so those of us with dry skin might have to moisturize heavily. I'm not sure I want to continue using this powder because of my dry skin, but I'll hold onto it for a bit longer.

Eshiko Face Powder

I reviewed Eshiko before, but now I get to compare it against MUFE's HD powder. Again, I packed the powder on. There was not much improvement in the appearance of my makeup. In fact, I think this powder made things worse with this foundation. Areas started clumping together and it was quite unsightly. Perhaps it would fare better with a powder foundation. It did feel a little less drying than the MUFE HD powder- I'm assuming it's because it is more finely milled.

Applied on left side of face means that it is on the left side when you look at it (Left side of pic). It looked a bit too dark, so I tried using Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in No.13 as a highlight.


Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream-Light

I'm really glad the sales associate took note of my skin shade while giving me the sample. However, it's still too dark for me. When he gave me the sample he said, "And the BB, you just pat *gestures* around your eyes, use as a primer or your foundation". 

COLOR: Too dark for me, maybe good for a NC20-25?
TEXTURE: Easy to Blend, but drying on top. It has a certain sticking quality that is good as a primer.

Imo, it's already pretty heavy coverage-wise. Putting foundation on top of this is a bit strange to me. You'll likely end up breaking out more.

Fresh Sugar Lip Tint Treatment- Passion

You already know how much I love this from my review of the Rose one. Well, the Rose kind of melted and fell apart (don't leave in your car). So I went to Sephora and picked me up the full sized Passion. It has a good amount of color without going overboard. I can apply this in the church bathroom without fear of the old ladies judging me.

Recap of Before and After:

As a side note, I took a color vision test. Turns out I can perfectly distinguish hues (that's no mistakes!). It's kind of fun, try it.

I also tried the L'oreal Age Perfect Advanced Skin Repair Serum that came in the Allure magazine (yes, they still send me these). It has that translucent color every serum has, and smells a bit like sweet potatoes o_O. My dry skin is left feeling non-dry and a little more touchable. Hmm, not bad. No idea if the age repair part actually works or not.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Birchbox: July 2012

I am sad. This will be a short post.

I did get the eyeko in purple. It can make a thin line, but it's not very pigmented. Marker-like and I guess you have to go over it a couple times for fuller coverage. It's not waterproof and wipes off easily as well =/

The Larabar... is cherry flavored. I was happy until I tasted it. So sour X_X. =/ Missing that crisp crunch for the nuts. They should preroast these. 

Earbuds are pretty much good only for listening to talks. A bit fuzzy sounding.

These Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens work. Not much else to say.

Also receive the Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint. The size is smaller than the other subscription box. It's also in Golden. Guess I'll be giving this away too...

Oscar de La Renta- Read about Live in Love in my Sample Society box for June.

$10... down the drain.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Review: Jouer Cheek & Lip Tints + Butter London Teddy Girl Lippy

Got my second order from They need to seriously get smaller boxes.

The Jouer Cheek & Lip Tints are smaller than I would've thought.

I like how they have their own mirrors and can slide together. It was kind of disappointing that the actual product is maybe 1"x1". $20 for these things is a lot!

On the left- the darker red is Dahlia, on the right-the pink is Petal.

Petal is very light pink. Creamy in consistency

Dahlia sweated, and is more like an oil now. It has a lot of pigment, so just a dab will do.

Butter London's Lippy- Teddy Girl

It is tacky. You can't really rub your lips together or the application becomes uneven. Best to pre-exfoliate. People were complaining that it's not as light as the polish, but if it were really that light, this color would not be wearable. It's ok to me. The most offending part of this product is the smell. It smells like flowers. That is really distracting on your mouth. Why didn't they choose something edible to flavor? The smell doesn't really go away either. I had really wanted Primrose Hill Picnic, but was just out of that color. I'm not sure if I want to try another Lippy, or try to find a dupe with a different formula. Maybe an actual lipstick?

BTW, my Birchbox still hasn't arrived. At this rate, I don't think it's really shipped yet. Probably just sitting in their warehouse.

Monday, July 09, 2012

A Guess at my July 2012 Birchbox

Got my shipping notice today- means I'm getting my box tomorrow. Before then, why don't we guess which box I'll get?? After eliminating boxes with items I've already previously received, this is what I'm left with.

Any other time and I'd be super happy to get the beauty blender. Well, it's still good, but with so many other things to try it falls a bit behind.

The Oscar de La Renta I really hope I don't get. Only because I already got the sample size as part of my order way back when (how'd I know it was gonna be a hit?). Then a bigger one in the Sample Society June box. Really wish they wouldn't cross so much product-wise. Same brand I'm fine with, but when you sample so many of the same items it makes one of the boxes useless. And let's face it, a lot of us with subscriptions have more than one.

I want the lipstick!! So boxes with the lipstick are in the yes pile. And ones with Eyeko eyeliner (i need a new one). Ones with Supergoop are in the heck no! pile (even though they both have Eyeko liners). Jouer LMT I've already sampled so much of =/. I wouldn't mind the pink lipgloss though.

They have Blinc Mascara! How exciting! I remember when I was all over this stuff. Didn't smudge, didn't take forever to take off. Unfortunately it doesn't provide volume or length...

Stila lipgloss thing is an ok item. Colorclub nailpolish I'm not so excited about this month (maybe one of the dud months before it would've been ok). And no teas pleas >.

Is it just me or is the Dr.Jart+ bigger now? lol.

Highly coveted



Dud Boxes

Correct me if I'm wrong, but these two look like the same box.


Feather Lashes

Decided to get in touch with my funky side for a bit. The main lash tutorial I found on Youtube - Enkoremakeup's channel.

1. Buy some fun feathers from a craft store. I got these from Michaels- brand is Creatology.
2. Choose two that are the same in size. Mine are similar, but not exactly the same. You can trim it later a tiny bit.

3. Spray a tiny bit of hairspray so the feathers don't go everywhere.
4. Cut/ peel off half of the feathers

5. Run your nail under the quill to bend it (so it conforms to your eye shape better)
6. Apply with lash glue.

I used the pink Urban Decay eyeshadow from the 50 year anni palette. It's so much more wearable than I initially thought.

You can also play around with other designs.

This one underneath I used Urban Decay's "Rockstar" as a base color. I was trying to channel a rock star, but the rest of the picture actually looks more like a beauty shot -__-||

This one below was also inspired by another youtuber. She does it better than I do. You can find hers by searching up "Feather Lash tutorial" as well I think.

The eyeshadow above is by Fyrinnae, called "Sennyo", which means Fairy/ Nymph. I'd like to think I have a good start on that concept here!

I wish there were more dress up parties~