Going Minimalist : Downsizing My Makeup Collection Part 2 – How?

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Hey Guys!

Welcome to the second part of my attempt to go minimalist on my makeup collection. Today we’re gonna talk about how to do it, where to start and all that good stuff and the steps here are all based on my opinion, my way. If you have other ideas on how to do it, please share and let me know on the comment section below 😉

I am by no mean an expert on this minimalist lifestyle, but everybody gotta start somewhere aren’t they? So, let’s just say this is me sharing with you, from a friend to friends, on how I do this. Honestly I never thought that I will be able to do this myself ut I’m determined to do it. If you want to know why I want to downsize and somehow start to go minimalist on my makeup, go check out my previous post about it.

Now, without further due, let’s get into my “method” on how I downsize my makeup collection.

It’s all started with your mindset

Knowing what you want from what you have is the starting point. Yep, don’t ever doubt the power of your mind. Start to picture how and what you want your collection look like? Do you want it to be just essentials? basic stuff? or full glam room like your mini sephora or ulta at home?

If your head say that you can’t go minimalist, chance is you will keep saying you will go minimalist but  you will end up never gonna do it it. It’s because in your head you already know that it’s not possible and you won’t do it. On the other hand, if you picture to have a vanity with only 2 drawers in the vanity that can hold or your collection then it’s not hard for you to resist all that new stuff that’s running around your IG and YouTube feed 😉

The way I started this “attempt” is by putting this simple thought in my head : One, I know and fully realize my love for makeup is undeniably huge, Two, I accept that there is no way that I can live with only a tray of makeup goodies like a pro-minimalist. Last but not least, I accept the fact that eyeshadow palette is my weakness so it’s gonna be the part of my collection that will be “extra” but I also realize that I have to be able to control myself to be more selective when I’m buying new palette. I know it sounds crazy right now, but once we get to the second step it will be more clearer.

Get to know more on what you need

I know damn well that one, bright orange, neon pink and yellow eyeshadow is not gonna work on me, and two, I also very aware that I’m very aware of my skin texture that’s why I’m grateful that I’m not a highlighter fan, nor do I will look good with blinding highlight. From these two things, I already know that I won’t need that Natasha Denona sunset palette, doesn’t matter how pretty it looks because I won’t like how the colors look like on my skin tone. I will also do not the Tarte unicorn palette with shimmers in it because my slightly hooded eyes won’t be really able to show all those colors in it. Did I want them the first time I saw them? Sure I did, but once you know in deep what you need from makeup and what suits you best, it’s easier to talk yourself out of not to buy something.

Be more aware on your habit and preference when doing your  makeup. It took me a month to realize what look I really like, enjoy, and always come back to. Check your YouTube history of makeup tutorials you watch, believe it or not you will see a pattern there because you will search the look that you know you can imitate or you like. Let me know if you want me to discuss about my favorite YouTuber, I can definitely do that =D

Back to the makeup need, here is the epiphany I got after examining my makeup habit: I always go for a simple, fresh, occasionally soft smokey look for day time and smokey look with pop of colors or occasionally glam for night time or events (my YouTube history full of the word “fresh look, natural look, no makeup look. smokey eye, simple smokey eye, smokey eye with pop of colors )

It also very important and will help a lot if you know what look that suits your face , skin and eye color you have so you can sort out better on what you need on makeup. By knowing all that, not only it will help you choose and declutter the makeup easier, but also it will be very helpful for your makeup application and make sure that doesn’t matter what you choose to put on it will always look good on you.

The next part is to sort out what you have in your current collection, keep what you need and you know it will work well on you and let go all the things that, again, you already know it won’t look good on you and you never reach for God knows how long. There’s better home for that “untouchable” items, or if it’s waaaay too old then time to throw it away.

I believe that more often than not, you will already have what you need and probably more than one too. Whether you realize it or not, everybody have a type so it’s not surprising that you will have the same color lipsticks (obviously duh..lol) or eyeshadow over and over again because unconsciously people tend to gravitate toward something that is strongly influenced by their preference

Keep What Makes You Comfortable

This is more than just how a product feel on you, but also the number of product you want to keep. If you don’t feel comfortable to have only 1 eyeliner at a time, don’t feel guilty to have a backup (or two) or other options, but definitely it’s not necessary to have 5 black eyeliners right?

For me, it’s very highly unlikely that you will see me in full coverage, full glam makeup with bright eyes and falsies because one, I don’t like how full coverage foundation feel on my skin, two, I don’t like falsies, and three all those things mentioned are not things that I’m comfortable with. So why bother to have those items that I know I won’t enjoy using and probably will never use? On the other hand, I won’t be able to stop thinking about the new eyeshadow palettes which are going to be launched the upcoming months and it’s gonna be a lie if I say that I’m not interested at all. The fact that I have, let’s just say more than I actually need palettes in my collection doesn’t make me feel guilty if I buy more. Again, minimalism or minimalist is not about number, but about enjoying what you have and focusing on what’s important so you can feel happy

Take it Easy on Your Heart

By know y’all probably already know that I’m a proud eyeshadow palette collector (who am I kidding? yes, I am a hoarder) and lipsticks. There’s nothing that can stop me from collecting palettes but now I’m being more selective and really examine the shades in the palette that I’m going to buy. It’s easier for me know to not buying palettes, doesn’t matter how “hype” it is. If I see that the shades are not what I will use a lot, I won’t buy it. Watch some Anti Haul video also helps me to rationalize my choice 😉 All hail Kimberly Clark, the fairy godmother of Anti Haul!

Being happy and being able to enjoy the items you have is the key in being minimalist (at least this is what I learn from the other people who already do this) I’m happy with my collection and I have let some items go too. I also love my lippies collection even though my husband say they look all the same color  but hey, I like having 10 nude pink lipstick and lipgloss and enjoying 12coral brown lip color

Shop your Stash

This is something that I already start before I choose to go minimalist. With the overwhelming makeup launch every day (yes, you know what I’m talking about) it’s very important to know what you already have and again, what you enjoy to use. Shop your stash is basically looking at your collection, closely, and compare that to the new launch. This “shopping” activity will remind you on what you already have and whether or not this item still excite you.

It’s very unlikely that you find me drooling over the launch of new highlighters, because basically I’m not a big fan of highlighter and I’m happy with the highlighters that I have now. But hey, the new naked heat palette doesn’t excite me much either cause I know it won’t bring out the heat in me 😉 Do I have highlighter? Yes I do. Did that Naked Heat palette attract me? Yes it did, but I do already have similar color in my collection and it’s not my regular cup of tea so i’m not bothered 😉

At the end of the day, start at the stage where you feel you’re most comfortable with. If you’re happy that you have mini Sephora at your home, embrace it. You can probably use this method for your clothing item, or kitchen stuff.

If you enjoy this series, stay alert for the last part on what item that I minimize the most. Hit that follow and like button, and don’t hesitate to stalk me on social media

Peace Out!

Going Minimalist : Downsizing My Makeup Collection Part 1 – Why?

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Hey Guys, so so sorry for being MiA.

No excuse,just being uninspired and not really buying a lot of makeup to review lately 😉 Long story short, May as a no buy month was a great success 🙂

Anyway, since I’m in the middle of moving to a new house in the next few weeks, I have to start to pack up my makeup carefully, and like it or not I have to choose which one that I really need and which one that I can pack up first. While I was doing it, I also think why not decluttering it and downsizing my collection all at once. I watched many videos about minimalism and I found it interesting and I have started to apply it on my wardrobe first. Now, here I am bringing that minimalist idea to my makeup collection

Let me know in the comment section if you want to see the minimalist series that is not only on makeup department.

Alright then, let’s get into why I decided to minimize my makeup collection

  1. Practicality

These are 3 questions that I asked myself when I start to think about downsizing

  • How long do I actually need to put makeup on?
  • How long do I want to spend time doing my makeup?
  • How long from that required time that you actually use to think and choose what color or what product that you want to use?

Let’s be honest, most likely you will keep most of the product on you use on daily basis on the top of the vanity desk or the drawer that you will definitely open every day for easy access. Hence the beauty gurus or influencer have their everyday drawer or product they used the most, or whatever that sophisticated glam term it may be 😉 It is also most likely (if not always) you will tend to grab what’s already on your desk and most definitely what’s on your desk is all that you need, because it’s just more practical, simple and easy that way.

Practicality and simplicity are something that I really enjoy in my daily life (hence my Husband calls me simple-minded or over simplicity often) and Girls, do I love being simple. Who wouldn’t like to be able to look put together and without caking up the face all the time? Psst, 5 minute makeup look or no makeup look videos are still the most popular and most searched in YouTube 😉

Well, by having less products in the collection makes it more practical, easier and faster to do your makeup. You don’t have to spend time to think what to use, what to choose from your items and you know what makeup look that you like for everyday basis. After all, it’s not like we put full face cut crease, bright eyeshadow, sharp dramatic wing liner everyday right?

  1. Expiration Date

How many of us that can proudly say that we use up all of makeup product that we have, and only throw it away because the container is really empty? Or  do we throw product away because we don’t remember when did we buy it or how long has it been sitting in our drawer, untouched for a long time? I know I’m guilty for this more often than I like to admit.

We all know that makeup products have limitation on their glory days, so why piling up stuff that you know yourself won’t be able to use it? Either it’s because it’s a wrong shade of foundation or the lipsticks that you know damn well you will only use it once or twice a year. Instead of letting many product going expired unused, why not use up several product that you know you will enjoy using and looking good when you putting it on.

  1. Basic Purpose

Knowing what’s the purpose of putting makeup on and the purpose of each product you have is definitely very important. This is the most fundamental and the basic idea of why I decide to downsize my collection. I look back to the basic purpose of makeup for me. I use makeup to make myself feel good, look good and sometimes I use it to express my “artsy” side and last but not least, I love to see a pretty corner in my bedroom with items that I love to look at and enjoy using. So when that corner is no longer pretty to look at, and it starts to create a pile of clutter and look too packed and crowded for my liking, that’s when I know that I need to downsize them.

If you’re a makeup artist or beauty influencer, it’s understandable that makeup has other purpose than just to make you feel good or look good. As a makeup artist, you will need a lot of products for your option to put on clients and of course, you will also have the place to put and organize your makeup in, instead of letting those pretty stuff lying around everywhere. On the other hand, if you’re just a regular makeup user with some (I dare not to say a little, cause that will be a lie) obsession to makeup 😉 like myself, I don’t think all people need beauty room or glam room that take up a whole room to itself. I remember one time My Mom saw my collection and what she said was “How many pairs of eyes you have that makes you need (at that time) 17 eyeshadow palettes?” and of course I could only grin at her LoL..

Well, If you do have that glam room, and feel the need to have that and happy with it, by all means, enjoy what you have and what you like. Like Jaclyn Hill said, you do you, Boo. For me, and maybe mostly the other regular makeup users, we probably have a vanity desk and a little storage for makeup items that we don’t use everyday. Instead of going crazy to get that white Ikea drawer to fill up, why not thinking to get makeup based on what fit in the storage that you already have? If it fits before, why not keeping it that way?

  1. Skin Health

The less product you have means that you will have product that you know it will work for your skin and suits your skin best. The more often we change product on our face, we have to be ready with the consequences whether it’s gonna work good or it’s gonna break us out, and let’s not forget that our skin need time to adjust every time with new product that we try on.

By going minimalist, now that I know exactly what products that I have, I know what problems that might come with the product I have and how to handle it easily. For example, by only having smaller collection of foundations I know which one that I want to use for sheer coverage or which one I should get when I want a little fuller coverage.

Going minimalist also makes me focus more on how to keep my skin on its A game. Having less product and personally I tend gravitate towards lightweight item, makes me have less skin problem. Having good solid skincare for me is more pleasing now because it makes it easier to apply my makeup and to be honest, less product needed too

All in all, going minimalist is a concept to make our life easier and happier. It’s also a better of personal choice. If by having a room full of makeup it makes you happy then enjoy it! But if you start to feel that makeup take over your space or even your life (cause you know there are people feel this way out there) then try downsize it, choose what you like, what make you happy and enjoy.

I am by no means is a total minimalist in term of the amount of what I have right now, but at least it’s not the amount that makes me think that my collection is getting out of hand. Stay tune for more discussion about this minimizing makeup series.

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Scentbird : Perfume Subscription Box

 

Hey Pretties,

I would like to talk about something that’s kinda rare to be discussed in the beauty community. Probably because it’s kinda hard to explain and really depend on personal preference. So, here it is, the perfume time!

Few weeks ago, Scentbird  very kindly sent me one of their perfume to try on. And for you who doesn’t have much time to read, here is the disclaimer: I LOVE IT. Love the smell, love the bottle.

For you who have more time, here is the details on this perfume by Scentbird

What is Scentbird?

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If you are subscribed to ipsy, boxycharm, you won’t be a stranger for this kind of service. Scentbird is similar to them, but instead of getting several beauty products, you just get a perfume to try each month for $14.95.

Feel free to use my link to register here. The link is not affiliated, it’s just like other subscription box where you and me can get free perfume if you sign up using my link. If you’re not comfortable with that, feel free to go directly to Scentbird website directly at http://www.scentbird.com

Once you’re registered, you can choose these options:

  1. choose the perfume you wanna try for each month based on your preference or get the perfume based on the perfume of the month chosen by Scentbird
  2. you can also buy samples for other perfumes that you want to try with the (a la carte option) for $ 16.95 and some perfumes are available in the full size too.

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 Is it worth it?

Well, it depends on how much you like to spend on perfume. As a cost comparison:

The perfume for April is Mon Guerlain by Guerlain.

In Sephora, it retails for $66 for 1.0 flOZ/ 30ml which means it cost $2.2 per ml,  meanwhile with Scentbird it costs $14.95 for 0.27 flOz/8ml which means it cost $1.8 per ml

What perfume can I choose?

Almost all designer brands perfumes you can try. Scentbird has a very wide range of perfume to choose. They have Issey Miyake, Burberry, Lancome, Gucci, Bvlgari, you name it.

If you look for suggestion, here are some of my favorite perfumes that’s available in Scentbird

  1. The Beat by Burberry
  2. Be Delicious by DKNY
  3. Mon Jasmin Noir by Bvlgari

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Pro and Cons?

Pro :

  1. you don’t have to splurge a huge amount of money to try on luxury perfumes. It has a very decent size, unlike the tiny sample from Sephora or Ulta.
  2. the bottle is very cool, compact and travel friendly. It’s a twist spray bottle that will be very unlikely to spill all over the place if you don’t close it properly.

Cons :

  1. the bottle doesn’t contain the name of the perfume so it’s hard to know which one is which.
  2. The scent doesn’t last all day. The scent fades away quicker than regular sample. As a perfume and EDT lover, I think the perfume in the bottle is kinda soften, even compared to the tiny samples from the mall or other retail store. As the smell isn’t as strong, it won’t last long time (or at least 6 hours like I usually prefer for when I’m wearing a perfume normally). This one feel almost like body mist in consistency. Well, you can always re-apply it, even though it won’t make it last as 30 days supply 🙂

Who is this for?

Definitely it will be very suitable for you who like to experiment with perfumes and different scent.

For me personally, I have my preference on my perfume. So I will end up choosing the same perfumes over and over again. But it’s nice to have option to try other perfume once in a while.

What’s your favorite perfume? Let me know if you have certain favorite

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Peace Out!

March Favorite

Hey Pretties,

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Just wanna say Hi to you all. Sorry I’ve been so inactive in my blog these past weeks, kinda “cheat” with the swimming pool as the weather’s been so warm (if not hot) here. I’m super late this month to write this, I know. But here we go with my super simple favorite of March. I’ve been in a very minimal product to use in March, so I use one palette to get a complete look.

1. Nyx Ultimate Bright Palette

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Since it’s spring already, I’ve been really digging the colorful tone in my eyes and this palette is a perfect fit for that. Personally, these are the tones of color that I will use in my eyes if I’m asked to do colorful eyes

2. Nyx Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette

This palette is beautiful! No kidding, all the shades are very wearable and have enough pigmentation to be used eyeshadow too. I’ve been using this palette a lot since I got it, especially for the days that I just want a very minimal makeup that makes me look put together

3. Physician Formula Butter Bronzer

I’m trying to get my tan back but not really a fan of self-tanning products so this bronzer has been a really best friend for me in the month of March. I use it pretty much all over my face because it has a very subtle bronze, matte and looks really good just like face powder. You can also build it up without looking muddy or cakey.

4. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation

Great formula for my oily skin, very liquidy but still have decent natural coverage that I like. Full review on this foundation was on my last post. It’s also buildable to medium coverage when I need it. This foundation also mixes very well with my moisturizer as a tinted moisturizer

5. Formula 10.0.6 Shine Free Moisturizer

You guys know that I’m super oily, so the less product for me the better. I’m obsessed with this moisturizer ever since I got it. It does keep the oil at bay, help my face looks dewy (not oily) and help to make my make up stay put longer. It has a light creamy consistency, and apply very well when I mix it with liquid foundation (I’ve been mixing it with my Tarte or Mac Face and Body Foundation)

6. Mac Prep + Prime Fix+ Rose

You guys know all the drill about Mac Fix+, and this one is just those good stuff with rose scent added. Love it to intensify eyeshadow, prep my skin before foundation and also setting up my makeup.

Do any of you like to “cut corner” in putting on makeup 😉 just to make it faster to get ready?

Let me know in the comment below if you like less makeup product when it’s spring-summer time

Peace out!

Oily Skin Series: Foundation

Hey Guys!

Can you smell the sun already? I do! Charleston weather feels like summer already 🙂

Anyway, since summer is almost here I believe we’re all getting ready to get more oily. Well, FYI, I’m an oily skin girl, all year long, not only on summer so it isn’t surprising that you will see me looking like waffle house pan (oily and greasy, not yummy though) with big noticeable pores around my nose and cheek area. Yay me!

So for the sake of all of us oily skin girl, here are my top 3 of high end and top 3 of drugstore foundation.

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Mac Face and Body Foundation ($ 38)

Coverage : Sheer – buildable to medium

Finish : natural

Best application : Sponge or Dense brush

Staying power : 12 hours

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I reach for this foundation on daily basis, because it’s so light on skin but it also gives you a decent amount of coverage but still look like your own skin. As the coverage is really sheer, this foundation is really good to even out your skin tone but not necessarily can totally cover dark circle. I usually do 2 layers for application, the second one is only on certain area that needs more coverage though. This foundation is buildable for sure, but again don’t expect full coverage from it. Oh, I forgot to mention that this foundation is also waterproof! It has a really really good staying power and doesn’t look like your face is melting under the heat or even rain

Tarte Rainforest Water Foundation ($ 39)

Coverage: Medium – buildable to Full

Finish : natural

Best application : brush then sponge

Staying power : 12 hours

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This is a more recent finding for me. I’ve been using it for about 2 months now and Girl!!! I love it. I can say the consistency is very similar to Mac Face and Body foundation but this one has more pigment for coverage. You can use only one layer of this foundation and get a really good coverage, but just like the Mac one, I put on second layer on certain area. I like to apply this with dense brush all over the face ( I use Real Technique Facial Expert brush) then blend it out with damp sponge for smoother finish. This foundation also have SPF 15 in it, but doesn’t give any flashback on photo 🙂

Nars All Day Luminous Foundation ($ 49)

Coverage: Medium – buildable

Finish : demi matte

Best application : Finger or Sponge

Staying power : 8 hours

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Yes it does say it’s luminous but this won’t make your face super dewy and ended up being greasy. This foundation works amazingly for winter time, when my skin is on its slightly drier side. Winter is the only time of the year when I don’t really need to set my foundation with powder on top. This foundation gives me a a slightly dewy but not greasy looking skin. On summer time, I suggest to apply a small amount of translucent powder before you apply the foundation (Wayne Goss APPROVED) to make this last longer and stay put. Ever since I got the trick from Wayne Goss, I always apply my foundation that way especially if I know that I’ll have that makeup on my face more than 6 hours, and trust me, it really works (at least for me). If you want to know the trick in detail, here is the link for the Wayne Goss video

Now on to the drugstore foundation

L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte ($ 12.99)

Coverage : Medium – buildable

Finish : Semi Matte

Staying power : 10 hours

Best application : Sponge

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With all the hype around this foundation, it really is worth it. This is a really nice foundation that will make your skin look nice and matte all day. It doesn’t accentuate pores like other matte foundations I’ve tried before. Of course with my oily ass skin it can’t last 24 hours, but I can look good like the first application without looking shiny for a good 10 hours. One thing that bothers me (not so much though) this foundation feels more heavier (not cakey) on the skin, as its more on the creamy consistency instead of the watery one. It feels like this foundation sitting on the skin instead of sink into it. But, it still gives nice coverage and smooth looking skin.

Maybelline FitMe ($ 7.99)

Coverage : Medium – buildable

Finish : Matte

Staying power : 6 hours

Best application : sponge

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This foundation seems to be a lot of people’s favorite and I’m in it too. It is a very good foundation. It has watery consistency but thicker than Mac or Tarte. To be honest, this also gives more coverage than the Mac or Tarte one, but too bad I don’t know why this only last very short time on my skin. This is the foundation that I will put on only when I know that I just need to get out of the house for a short time, cause it feels like my skin absorbed this foundation very quick. I usually need extra steps to make this foundation look matte and stay on my skin longer.

Covergirl Clean BB Cream ($ 8.49)

Coverage : Sheer

Finish : Natural

Staying power : 8 hours

Best application : finger

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I was a bit skeptical when I got this for the first time. I had bad experience with some BB cream before, they broke me out so bad or it made me look like a hot mess oily face just within 3 hours of application. Surprisingly, this Covergirl BB cream works very well for me. I did test this last summer, I put this on then did a little sun bathing and it stayed put. It feels light on the skin, and really comfortable for those bright sunny days where you just want to make your skin look even without much coverage.

So, what is your favorite foundation for oily skin Girl? Is there any of these  foundations listed here also your “holy grail”?

Let me know your favorite in the comment section below, or drop me a suggestion for another foundation that works well for oily skin, Girl.

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Essence Hidden Gem

Dear Pretties,

I’m such a lucky girl that Essence kindly sent me their cute awesome goodies to play with. They send me some lippies, eye products, and nail polish (yay me! Believe it or not, this is the first nail polish that I have since 2-3 years ago)

You can find Essence at Ulta or Target, and order online from Essence website. I suggest Essence and Ulta website if you would like to explore the complete set of their products though, because Ulta and Target store (at least the one in my area) doesn’t have much selection. So now let me tell you my thought on these products

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Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in the shade “Nude Love” ($ 2.99)

This is your typical classic bullet lipstick, which if you have been following me for a while, you already know that this is the type of lipstick that I like. It has a really nice formula that’s comfortable on the lips and doesn’t make your lips feel dry. Does it stay put on the lips for a long time? A BIG YES, It does lift up to their claim as long lasting lipstick! My oh my, I don’t even remember when and what was the last lipstick that have this same comfortable formula with great staying power and doesn’t budge, doesn’t smear and dry comfortably not matte. For the price point and the quality of this lipstick, I will definitely get some more shades of this line. Great job, Essence!

Essence Liquid Lipstick ($ 1.79)

Shade : Peach Party (Light pink) and Show Off (bright red)

Pretties, I know I told you at the beginning of the year that I’m done with liquid lipstick because it’s so drying and just not my cup of tea. I’ve heard a lot of mixed review about Essence liquid lipstick that’s why I haven’t really pay attention to this product. Now I can say my very own thought. So here you go. In my opinion, the formula between the two shades isn’t consistent. Both are true to color but the darker shade is more opaque, while the Peach Party is more sheer and you need to build it up to get the color. The texture is more like a lip gloss (reminds me a lot like Nyx butter gloss, but with thicker pigment) It does feel comfortable on the lips, but if you expect it to last long and dry down to matte finished, it won’t. It doesn’t have a long staying power either, which I don’t really have problem with. For such an affordable price, nice color and decent pigmentation, this is definitely a fresh air in the sea of liquid lipstick madness.

The Gel Nail Polish ($ 1.99)

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Shade : Lucky (neon pink) and Island hopping (deep teal)

I got 2 nail polishes from Essence and both colors are my jam. I’m not a fan of nail polish and I can get away without nail polish for about 7 months, but once in a while I don’t mind to pop some colors on my nails. I like both the colors they sent me, it’s so fun for spring and summer. From my experience, these two isn’t the most long lasting one (used to be a die hard fans of O.P.I) With my activities that I don’t consider a heavy work and without top coat application, this nail polish only last 2 days without being chapped. I don’t think that this is a gel nail polish, because it doesn’t last as long.  Does putting on top coat help to make it last longer? If you’ve tried it, please let me know in the comment section below how do you like this nail polish.

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Dip Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($ 2.99)

Essence eyeliner are one of the products that need more love. Seriously. I purchased their liquid liner in the marker form and it’s really good, and this liquid one is no different. It’s very opaque, very black and it stays put. It glides on easily and the applicator is a little more stiff instead of like brush, which I actually prefer because I don’t have the most steady hand. A little downside though, it took a good almost a minute for it to dry down. I still set it with black eyeshadow too. I prefer the marker one over this, just because it’s easier to use. If you love more dramatic look, this one is definitely a great option. It’s so affordable, even cheaper than other drugstore brands, with the same great quality.

Eyeshadow stick

Shade: She’s got the mauve

This is so far my favorite product out of all the items that I got. It’s a pretty grey taupe color, very pigmented and it stays put! Usually, eye shadow sticks are kinda oily and fade away really fast on me because as you know, oily girl problem. I have tried this with concealer as eyeshadow base and with urban decay primer potion. Both hold this eye shadow stick pretty well. It does stay longer if you set the eyelid with transluscent powder. I haven’t played this with other eye shadow a lot, because when I use this type of eye shadow I use it for a quick and easy makeup, apply this all over the eyes, and blend out a little and done.

I ❤ Extreme Mascara

Can I say I love this mascara? I even love it more than my rocket volume mascara, which is now gone (God bless her soul) I was actually plan to get a replacement for my rocket volume mascara when I received this item in the mail. So when I open the package and saw this mascara, I tried it on and yes! a life safer (and pocket safer ;D ) I love the wand, love how black it is, not clumpy, and very volumizing.

What do you think about Essence, Pretties? Have you tried it? Do you like it? What’s your favorite Essence products?

I have another Essence product on the mail from my purchase at Ulta (yes this brand starts to grow on me), stay tune for the other Essence review. And if you wanna know what I got from Ulta, follow me on Instagram and Twitter

Peace Out!

Disclaimer : Essence sent me this product, but I am not requested nor paid to write this review, neither it affect my thoughts about these products. All things said here are my personal opinion and thought. 

Glowy Haul from Beautylish

Dear Y’all!

I promise this is gonna be the last haul post because it’s the last shopping I did before I put myself on no buy month, in the spirit of Lent too! Please pray for me 😀

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This time I picked some stuff from Beautylish. I forget when does Beautylish start to have the option to pay in installment (no interest) for the minimum purchase of $ 99 So instead of paying the full amount, this time I paid one third of my total purchase, and it’s free shipping too. The delivery is really awesomely quick (head to head with Sephora) I made the purchase on Friday and the box came on Monday around noon. Wanna know what I got? Keep on reading

  1. Becca Afterglow Palette

I don’t have any Becca product before, and already thinking to get a couple shade at Sephora but of course with $ 38 for a highlighter compact it’s kinda steep (especially after all the haul that I’ve done lately) So of course, I jumped with joy when I saw the Afterglow Palette is still available on Beautylish. This palette is pretty in packaging, the box has a holographic effect and the product itself is a really pretty rose gold container. It look so pretty and luxurious.

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L to R : Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone – Rose Gold – Topaz, Mineral Blush in Wild Honey -Flowerchild

When you open it, the Afterglow palette has the beautiful shades that  I set my eye on before. Moonstone and Rosegold are my favorite shade so far. Topaz is a little to golden-y yellow for me right now, but I think I can use it more once summer is here. Oh, and the blush, Girls! both shades are satin finish, buttery soft not powdery, and it gives you just enough sheen that make your cheek healthily blushing like a cute shy girl.

2. Glow on the Go Kit in Opal

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It’s a little bummer that Beautylish doesn’t have Champagne Pop. So, after the 3 shades in the Afterglow palette, I snatched the Opal to get almost all the shade of Becca highlighter. It swatches beautifully! I should play with it a little more, especially the liquid one cause Girl! It’s intense.

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Top – Bottom : Liquid – Pressed

For someone who doesn’t really into highlighting, I think I’ve stocked up a little too much lately. This is only my first impression, my opinion, put the liquid one then top it off with the pressed one, this so far is my most blinding highlight.

3. Becca Blushed with Light Palette

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I missed this palette during the Sephora and Ulta sale at the end of the year. So again, I have to get this and yes, it’s worth getting. Not only the packaging is gorgeous, the blushes are also buttery soft and super pretty. Highly recommend this if you haven’t got it already.

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Top-Bottom: Luminous blush in Snapdragon – Mineral Blush in Song Bird – Wisteria

I will put blush in my no buy list for now, since I’ve been going crazy with blush shopping since beginning of the year. The shades in this palette are pretty much 3 shades that I use the most. The Wisteria is a very pretty matte soft pink blush that still have a little subtle sheen to it. I will say that it’s more satin than matte. The Song bird is a very pretty nude peachy blush. It’s said shimmering blush on the product description but it’s not really a crazy shimmery blush with glitter reflex. As for the Snapdragon, no doubt it’s a shimmering shade. If you’re like me who doesn’t really like highlight for everyday look, you won’t need highlight if you put Snapdragon on your cheek.

4. Jouer Lip Crème in Citronade Rose

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Holy Moly, this metallic liquid lipstick is gorgeous. If you follow me on Instagram you probably have seen that I couldn’t help myself not to play with this rightaway. Not only it’s a beautiful metallic pink on the lips, I also put in on my eyelid to intensify my eye look. Just pop it a little bit on the hand and pick it up with synthetic brush and pack it on the lid. It’s super pretty, especially with neon pink base.

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As a fan of pink lippies, this lip creme gets my attention in the first swipe. It smells really good to (kinda similar to Nyx soft matte lip creme) It’s super comfortable on the lips, dry down pretty quick and wanna talk about longevity, this one doesn’t budge and smear at all. Once it’s set on the lips, it stays put but not sucking up your lips that makes your lips feel cracking and dry. Psst…already started to put some other colors in my cart for the next haul 😉 Let me know what shades should I get!

So far I’ve been enjoying my haul, and I can see myself using them a lot.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think about them?

Let me know in the comments below, and feel free to stalk me on Instagram or Twitter

Peace out!