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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Commodity Goods Fragrance Fitting Kit Review

Commodity Goods - Fragrance Fitting Kit Review

Finding a new fragrance is often like dating--there’s a lot of “No, they’re great; a total catch! Just not for me,” and abstract notions of whether it feels right.

It’s a fickle business.

I personally suffer from fragrance indecision all the time at Sephora, which makes me a nightmare for all the ladies who work there.

Consequently, when I saw the Commodity Goods Fitting Kit, I thought two things:

  1. It’s a fantastic idea.
  2. I must have it.

The Try at Home Kit is here!

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Face Shop Haul: Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam Review & Others

The Face Shop Haul!

The thing about The Face Shop is that even when you go in knowing that you only need 1 thing (like a cleanser), you end up leaving with about twice as much stuff. Or in my case, 4 times as much stuff.

The Face Shop: Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam 

I have been using this cleanser (far right in the above photo) since high school, largely because it has the same price point as many other cleansers you find in the drugstore, but it looks better and smells prettier. The products smells faintly of sweet rice, and is a sticky cream where “a little goes a long way” is the rule of thumb.

It promises to brighten your face, and I am honestly not the best person to say whether or not that is true. I mainly use this cleanser at night, while I use the Korres Milk Protein cleanser in the morning.

The Face Shop - Natural Sun Oil-Cut Sun Cream SPF 40 Review

The Face Shop: Natural Sun Oil-Cut Sun Cream

I had used this before and honestly didn’t think it was very special. Yes, it kept me matte all day and blocked the sun, but it was hard to work into the skin and left a white cast if not properly applied. It wasn’t my favorite thing to apply in the morning, shall we say.

However, it wasn’t until I switched sunscreens and found my face an oil spill by noon that I realized how well this sunscreen worked with my skin.

It is pricier than your run-of-the-mill sunscreen, but the ability to throw it on and let it provide the same magic of a primer and sunscreen without a problem is well worth the money.

The Face Shop: Nail Polish Top Coats 

I am going to be completely honest here, and that I can’t even differentiate the differences between these two top coats. They’re fine. Not great.

(I miss Seche Vite.)

And of course in true Asian beauty fashion, the nice ladies at The Face Shop threw in a bunch of samples with my purchase. I have actually used 2 of these items before (the Chia Seed moisturize and the CC cream) to great success in the past, so it’s nice to have these old favorites in my life again, albeit in a smaller sample pack-sized capacity.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Jill Stuart: Mix Blush Compact in Sunny Holiday Review

Jill Stuart's Mixed Blush Compact in N 05 Review
ジルスチュアート ミックスブラッシュ コンパクト (05) "sunny holiday"
This blush quad by Jill Stuart has been a long coveted item for me, ever since it was released years ago on what seemed to be every single Japanese beauty magazine . Although they’re difficult to find in the States, I luckily came across the Jill Stuart counter in my most recent trip to Hong Kong, and are still available online. 

Swatches of the Jill Stuart Mix Blush Compact

There are 4 blushes which include 2 bright pink shades and 2 coral blushes. All the blushes work wonderfully on their own, but one of the best parts of this quad is the ability to blend multiple blushes together to make a custom color. All of the blushes have a slight subtle shimmer, but it’s very fine and not glittery at all. 

Inside packaging

All the colors are very soft, but the color can be built up without a problem. In short: it’s versatile, beautiful, and a joy to use.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Shiseido: UV Protective Liquid Foundation SPF 42 Review

Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation Review

I find it odd that a lot of reviews of foundations don’t include information on whether the product transfers or not. Regardless of how flawlessly applied, if a foundation transfers onto your sunglasses/shirt/friend’s shirt/etc, everyone will know that you're wearing foundation.

Luckily, this SPF-laden liquid foundation from Shiseido does a great job of adhering to your face and not leaving little marks on everything that touches your face.

Monday, May 19, 2014

European Wax Center - The Exfoliate Review

European Wax Center - The Exfoliate Review

Like a lot of people I have very sensitive skin, which makes me fairly unwelcoming to new skincare products. , a skincare product needs to be killer in order to find its place in my family of skincare products. Although it might be too early to say, I think this exfoliant from the European Wax Center might pull it off.  

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