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!

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.

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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. 

Formula 10.0.6 Face Masks

Disclaimer : Some of the items here are sent to me for review purpose. However, all the opinions and thoughts written are all mine and based on my personal experience with the products.

Brand Review

For all of you who are not familiar with Formula 10.0.6, this brand started in 1933 by a chemist and dispensed exclusively by pharmacists. It has a really good history for teenagers back in 80s – 90s. They relaunched the brand with the current sleek modern packaging back in 2009, and completed their collection with the facemasks for every skin need in 2014. So it is not necessarily new brand, but I can say this is an oldie but a goodie.

You can find them at Ulta or their website, and all masks are $6.99 for 3.4 Fl. Oz or 100 ml.

First time I found Formula 10.0.6 was when I made my trip to Ulta around end of last year, in the search of replacing my Origins charcoal mask (Girl, that mask is good but dang it’s so pricey!) The first product I try from them were some face masks and night cream. (Review on them are on my previous post)

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In my opinion, Formula 10.0.6 is a great brand that really deserves more love from the Beauty Community. They have such a great choice of product that really under-rated because of all the Big Beauty Gurus or YouTubers are so overwhelmed with the expensive mud mask, magnetic mask, magic mask or whatsoever. What’s important for me about skin care is how effective they are, and how well it suit my skin. Doesn’t matter if it cost a fortune, if it doesn’t suit me I won’t use it. Formula 10.0.6 happens to be the one that works very well for my skin need and doesn’t cost an arm and leg to get it.

So without further due, let’s see what they got

Pore Be Pure Skin Clarifying Mud Mask

Type : Regular cream mask

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This is my favorite mask so far. With my big pores and  oily skin, this mask really helps me to minimize pore. I used to ignore people saying that I need to put on face masks twice a week to help my skin, but once I started using this mask I want to use it everyday. It smell so refreshingly good (all the masks here do all smell GOOD) and within first 2 weeks I started using it, I noticed that my pores are shrinking, my skin is also less oily. After washing it off, my skin fill firm, tight (in good way) and really soft.

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Type : Peel Mask

Base : Papaya + Citrus

I have quite sensitive skin, and there’s a nice little tingling effect when I put on this mask the first time but once it dries down I can’t feel it anymore. First time I put this on, I notice it helps with pore minimizing too. My pores visibly look smaller and skin look smoother from the first use. For the past week I have been using the peel mask and mud mask almost everyday interchangeably, and I can really see the difference especially when applying foundation. Peel mask also helps to remove your dead skin cell that can make your skin look dull. I feel that my skin feel more plump after using the peel masks, instead of tightened like when i use the mud mask.

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Type : Peel Mask

Base : Raspberry + Acai

Yes you read it correctly, I do use Illuminating Peel Mask for my oily skin. The illuminating here is not to make you skin look more dewy, but it’s leaning to a brightening effect. I notice that it helps to brighten my skin in the area where I have darkened acne scar. Sometimes for the day when you’re lazy to wash your face over and over again, peel mask is really fun to use. Aside from the smell that’s also amazing, this mask also helps to minimize pore. I notice that it also help to reduce the texture on my skin, especially if you exfoliate first before you put on the mask. The difference with the get your glow on, this peel mask takes a little longer to dry. The after effect is not as plump as the Get Your Glow On, but it feels more hydrating.

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Type : Regular cream mask

Base : Bilberry + Neroli

For you my Girl with combo skin, I feel this will be suitable for you. I combine this with the Pore Be Pure mask on my face. I feel that this is more suitable for oily skin, especially when you are having break out.  It is definitely refreshing to use, don’t question me on the smell cause it smell awesome just like the other mask. My skin feels smoother after using this, not as tightening as Pore Be Pure though but it has more calming and soothing effect.

There’s one more mud mask that I haven’t tried, it’s the Deep Down Detox Mud Mask and  one other peel mask, Be Berry Smooth Peel Mask (this one is moisture rich, which I don’t think it suits oily skin type). Let me know if have tried or about to try any of these.

Final Words:

Formula 10.0.6 face masks are really under-rated. They deserve more hype, not only because of the quality of their product, but also how affordable they are. For you who love to do skincare at home, these masks are worth to try and are a really great options. You can choose the mask type that’s right for your skin type and suits your skin need, or combine them. I would suggest to try one of their mud mask and one of the peel mask to start with, so you can get to know which formula that suits your skin, or which one that you prefer. If you want to try all of them, that is totally fine cause they’re so affordable. I can get 5 mask for the price of 1 mask of my previous face mask 🙂

Special note for my oily girls out there, since I myself an oily girl 😉 : Pore Be Pure Mud Mask and Be Berry Clear Peel Mask will be your best friends