All posts filed under: Makeup

#SummerBeauty: Is Birchbox Dying?

Is beauty subscription box boom over, or is it just Birchbox? A few months ago, lured by the very enticing marketing image of the Birchbox April Magic Box , I decided to give Birchbox another try after cancelling its service a year ago due to constant disappointment in its sample offerings – the alleged personalized samples lead me to end up with too many samples from unheard brands that I was just too scared to put on my face. Unfortunately, nothing changed, I end up with only one of the samples showed in the image, and the rest are products that I will never use, that Birchbox probably acquired at 0 cost from these small brands, and could not wait to get rid of. I really respect Birchbox as the forth runner in beauty subscription services. However, they expand their business to online/retail beauty store too quickly that they lose the very core of their service, which probably is not too profitable, but is indispensable in bring in loyal customers that they can build their …

All that glitter – Stila metallic liquid eyeshadow

If you are bored of the usual matte/bronzy eye look like I do, look no further, this no-joke metallic glittery liquid eyeshadow from Stila is what you need to vamp up your eye look. This is what I’ve been obsessed with over the last few weeks. The application process alone is such a joy – with extremely pigmented (with glitters as well as color) and is easy to apply to the eyelid. The liquidy metallic finish is beyond-this-world pretty! You can use it as a eyeliner or apply generously to the eyelid and blend out the edges with fingers or a blending brush. You have to blend fast though, it sets after a few seconds-hence it’s really long-lasting and does not become messy or crease up. It is not your every-day look essential; although, why not? It will look amazing on your eyes under the sun during summer time.  

Beaty Spot: Cult Beauty

My obsession with podcast (and Youtube) has lead to me to yet another great podcast, At home with.. , hosted by youtubers Anna (from the Anna Edit) and Lily Pebbles; in which they conducted interviews with these amazing women in beauty, like Lisa Eldridge and founder of By Terry. In this week’s episode, they interviewed the co-founder of cult beauty, Alexia Inge; which made me realize – I haven’t written anything about Cult Beauty in my blog yet! Why this happened is beyond me, since Cult Beauty has been my go-to place to buy beauty products (other than Sephora). This is the place that does not have almost every brand, but every single one on the site is as good as a brand can get, no exception, big or small brands – “Sunday Riley, MV Organic, Charlotte Tilbury, Pixi, Huda, Tata Harper, Oskia”  On top of that, if you live in the US, full price of the product on site is usually 70% of the price of those same products sold in the states (no …

Because beauty shouldn’t cost you a fortune

I used to consider ColourPop as a brand intended for teenagers, with their somewhat flamboyant image (and I think myself as someone at the age that use “serious makeup”); until I could not hold my curiosity anymore and got myself a super shock eyeshadow set. OMG, their eyeshadows have the best formulas I’ve ever seen – super soft and creamy. When you touch them, they sink in a little bit like cushions (just because they are so creamy). They are really pigmented and really long lasting as well. I seriously consider only use ColourPop‘s eyeshadows from now on. With only a fraction of other brands’ eyeshadows, it has one of the most luxurious formula and gorgeous color selections; especially with eyeshadows, you always want to try new colors; with ColourPop, you can keep up with this ever-changing industry without breaking the bank!

Sephora’s subscription box is beyond amazing!

Yes, Sephora has subscription boxes now – Sephora Play! For all you beauty lovers who became more and more disappointed by Birchbox and other beauty subscription boxes, you should definitely put your money into this one instead! For $10/month, same price as Birchbox’s, you will get (much better stuff): 1. 5 deluxe skincare, makeup or hair care samples (plus a fragrance bonus and a makeup bag!) But no BS samples from random brands that make you too scared to even try; especially because Sephora carries great (filtered) brands. For my first box, I got some of my all time favorite products and some I’ve always wanted to try. Satisfaction level ? 120% ! ! Belif Hungarian Water Essence 0.33 oz Tatcha Pure Camelia Cleansing Oil 0.5 oz Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask  22mL NudeStix Magnetic Matte Lip Color – GreyStone treStique Highlighter Stick 2.  PLAY! BOOK with tips, tricks, how-tos and beauty advice 3.  PLAY! PASS to redeem in store for 50 bonus Beauty Insider points and a free one-on-one tutorial  

Review: Dr.Jart+ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment

From my experience, if a product’s review score on Sephora is above 4.3, it will be ok if not great; ok, until this one. I was looking for something to help me banishing all the redness on my face. I came across Dr.Jart’s Tiger Grass Correcting Cream in store. The description on the jar sounds like a dream. It covers and treats skin redness. Plus, it suppose to be a tinted moisturizer type of product – perfect for when I want to have a no-makeup makeup day.  It turned out to be nothing like that. First, it’s not moisurizing at all. It appears to be, with its thick texture, it feels heavy upon applying. But even with face oil on before this, my skin became drier and drier throughout the day (and I have combination skin). It corrects redness, but turns your face green. So unless you want to look like the hulk, you really should not apply it to the whole face like a tinted moisturizer like I did. Instead, use it as a …

Cotton Facial Pads You Need in Your Life

To remove eye makeups: Sephora Soft Touch Cotton Pads You want something cheap, durable, and gentle on the eyes. Voila, Sephora’s cotton pads are your perfect choice. For $4 you can get 70 of these babies. They don’t leave those annoying tiny cotton wools on your face like some other drugstore pads do, while still are soft enough to not irritate your skin. To apply toners and lotions: Shiseido Facial Cotton I am so late to the party! These Shiseido facial cotton are like cotton from Heaven – they are so soft.  Never have I used cotton pads as soft as these. And that is not the only reason why you should use them to apply toner and lotions (and want to keep rubbing them on your face). The don’t absorb liquids as much as other pads, so you will not waste any products using them. To use as face masks: Muji 4 Layers Cotton Pads If you want to use pads + toner/lotion/liquid serum as a DIY face mask (which I just realized is …

Some Recent Favorites

Daily Harvest Smoothies My favorite out of all the favorites! DH is a Smoothie subscription service that deliver your smoothies of choice, but with freshly frozen ingredients in each cup, that you can just pour everything into your blender and add the liquid of your choice and then voila, there goes your freshly made smoothie. Every cup of smoothie is so delicious! And it’s packed with 98% organic & 100% vegan freshly frozen ingredients! My boyfriend and I are so obsessed that we made it our daily routine to share a jug of smoothie together 1 hour after dinner. Cult Gaia Gaia’ Ark If NYC is not still as freezing as it is now, I would be wearing this bag every day! I bought it ( as a photo prop) for when I was in Cuba, but it turned out to be both practical and pretty. You will not wear it once and put it to the back of your closet.  This bag goes with almost every outfit, t-shirt and jeans, dresses, pants, you name it. …

Review: Glossier Cloud Paint Cream Blush

Do people buy glossier for the products themselves? Probably! But there are tons of alternatives out there. People buy Glossier because there is no other Glossier in the market. Get 20% off your first order with my referral link. When I saw this new cloud blush coming out, I thought to myself, how different could this blush be, compare to others? Except it is a Glossier product and looks so cool as always. I was so intrigued that I purchased even though I have 50 other blushes in my collection. ( A recent favorite is Bite Beauty’s Multistick) I got two colors, a brownish one (dusk) for contouring and an orangy one (beam) to use on the cheek. The formula is like a liquid foundation, a thicker liquid texture, one I’ve never seen before in other blushes. There is no sparkle, the finish is matte and has no sheen to it. It’s quite sheer but not to the point that when you blend it out, there is nothing to be seen. What really impressed me …

Are Eyelash Extension Worth the Money?

I’ve had my doubts but I am falling back in love with it again. It’s addicting to look fabulous 24 hours and to spend only 30 minutes getting ready in the morning. Think about all those time saved from putting on eye makeup and photoshopping (only occasionally). From my experience, the first time is quite hard to get through. It’s difficult to wash your face without getting water in your eyes. And because your eyelashes are not used to all this weight, they fall out pretty quickly. I’ve given up before at this stage. What’s the point of spending that much money if they cannot stay put? This time, I tried retouching after the first three weeks, and as if my eyelashes got used it, they still look great three weeks after retouching. The place I have my eyelash extension’s done here in NYC is a place called Bling Lash, highly recommend the place girls there have really delicate hands.   The downside of all this is, of course, the cost. The first pair cost about …