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.

Don’t hesitate to stalk me on Instagram and Twitter

Peace out!

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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.

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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. 

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!

Favorite Concealer

Hey Pretties!

Hope y’all have a great weekend.

Today I want to talk about my favorite concealer, cause God forbid you stay up, party all night on weekend and Bam! dark circle on Monday morning..Not cool!

Both concealers that works very well for me here are high-end, cruelty free and vegan.

Until now I haven’t found the drugstore products that works as well as these two. Yes I have and do use drugstore product too, Maybelline Fitme and Rimmel concealer and highlighter. Are they good? Yes, but isn’t as good as the one that I’m talking about here. In terms of coverage, application, both of the drugstore product I’m currently having and using aren’t so effective to tackle my dark circle.

So, what’s my favorite favorite concealer? Do you think you know what are they?

Drum roll please….

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1. Kat Von D Lock It Concealer Creme

Get it at Sephora and Kat Von D website

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Texture : It’s a cream concealer but very very very highly pigmented. Well, it’s a development formula of the old Lock It Tattoo concealer that was intended to cover tattoo so no wonder it’s very pigmented.

Coverage : Full buildable coverage.

Claim : instant one coat coverage, lightweight and comfortable, 24-hour wear, brighten under-eyes, cover blemishes, correct discoloration, neutralize redness, contour and highlight

Shades available : 21. 20 shades of skin tone and a pure white shade. I don’t personally have the white one but I tried my friend’s for eyeshadow base and it does a pretty good job.

Application : I feel that Lock It Concealer works  best with beauty sponge or finger application, it looks smoother than with brush application.

Why I love this better :

  • This concealer fulfill all its claim, except the 24–hours wear cause I never put on my makeup for 24 hours but it does stay put for good 12 hours on me.
  • It does only need one coat to cover everything! One swipe, blend it with sponge (my personal method of application) and you’re covered.
  • I love the pointed teardrop applicator because I can apply it precisely to the inner corner of the eyes. Prefer this type of applicator than the regular doe foot one.

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Kat Von D applicator is smaller and thinner which I feel make it easier for application.

  • The coverage is awesome, doesn’t budge, doesn’t crease even when I forgot to set it with powder. It’s very opaque even though the cream texture isn’t very thick and of course it’s not cakey at all.
  • I don’t personally use this concealer for highlight and contouring but one thing I know, I don’t need to color correct under my eye to cover up my dark circle. The texture of the Lock It Concealer is more liquidy than the Tarte one that’s very thick but I have to say the pigmentation and coverage of KVD is better.
  • I’m in the shade Light 11 – for neutral undertone.

Note : If you want even thicker coverage, choose the Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Concealer. I never personally use it a whole lot, but I did compare it the first time I bought KVD concealer. The Tattoo concealer is much more dense and it’s very thick, almost like tooth paste consistency but it really does cover everything. I don’t really like it because it look kinda cakey and not blended well into the skin

2. Tarte Shape Tape

Get it at Ulta (Exclusive) and Tarte website

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Texture: It’s a highly dense pigmented cream. The texture is thicker that Kat Von D one.

Coverage : Full coverage. Tarte Shape Tape isn’t as easy as Kat Von D one to work with. It’s very pigmented and you just need couple dots (not swipe) to get coverage. Because of its thicker texture, it tends to be cakey if you layer it up.

Claim : radiant coverage and contouring, instantly brighten and cover acne, dark circles and redness while softening the look of pores and fine lines

Shades available : 14. Tarte Shape Tape may not have as many shade as Kat Von D does, but the color range is quite wide, plus you can always mix some color to get the shade you want.

Application : Beauty sponge is the best applicator for this, because the sponge will help to absorb the excess product and somehow make it more flawless and less cakey.

My thought :

  • This one also lifts up to all its claims except the softening look of pores and fine lines. It sinks to my fine lines if I only apply one swipe like I do with my Kat Von D. I get a better and smoother application using my finger, this is why I love my the KVD more
  • The regular doe foot applicator is huge, so you get a lot of product when you pull it out of the container. Maybe this is why people say you only need a little of this product, cause basically it’s already bigger than a regular size concealer applicator. It doesn’t need to be set with powder either. My preference with this concealer is to only dust it with translucent powder a little bit, cause when I fully set it, it looks cakey
  • It’s very pigmented, doesn’t budge, and stay put for long hours. It looks good for all day, but I notice a little creasing at the end of the day, which I don’t find from the Kat Von D.
  • I’m in the shade Light Medium Honey, and my shade for Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water foundation is also light medium honey.

Are these two the best concealer?

Maybe not for everyone, but for me they are.

Are there any better concealer than these two?

Probably yes, but I choose these because they work well for me and based on my need.

If you have other suggestions, please feel free to write me in the comment below, since I’m also still on the hunt to find a good drugstore concealer too.

Are these your favorite concealer too? If not, what’s your favorite concealer or what do you suggest?

Have a great week!

Nyx Haul

Hey Everybody, smell the weekend already?

I lost my control last February. Not only because the tax return gives me more chance to do so, but also simply because I have no self determination at all to stop myself from buying makeup. So here is another post as the proof of my success (or failure) to get a good bargain on makeup

From Nyx Website

Nyx Lippies (Grabbed this on 40% off Sale)

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  1. Nyx Butter Gloss ($ 4.99)

($ 6.00 for the Butter Gloss set, as of right now when I posted the sets I got is sold out)

Set #9 : Apple Strudel, Cranberry Biscotti, Angel Food Cake

Individual : Peaches and Cream, Strawberry Cheesecake

Since you all know I’m not a fan of liquid lipstick, I’ll let you know something else about me here: If there’s any liquid lip product that I will gladly buy, It is gonna be lip gloss. Why? Because it feel comfortable on the lip, not drying (it’s hydrating actually) and it makes my lips look fuller without the hassle of drawing the lip with lip liner. Yes, I’m a lazy girl at its best.

  1. Nyx Pin-Up Pout Lipstick ($ 8.00)

Shades : Darling, Bombshell, Boundless

This lipstick is claimed to be a classic, creamy lipstick. Y’all probably have known my relationship with liquid lipstick is pretty much over so this year and I really avoid it. From the reviews about this new lipstick from Nyx, I haven’t heard any bad one. Since I just got it I haven’t really played with it much, but so far it felt fine on my lips, not drying but not as creamy as I expected.

PS: The shipping took quite long time. I made my order on 17th February and received my order on 1st of March. So you have to be patient a little bit

From Ulta

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BOGO Free SALE – I bought this in store, it’s not BOGO but each price is discounted 50% which turned out cheaper than if you buy BOGO. The sale valid until March 4

  1. Strobe Of Genius ($ 18.99)

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I’ve been eyeing this palette for so long, pretty much because of the lilac and rose gold tone in it. I’m actually not a fan of highlighter, but the first time I saw it, it just got my eye. After swatching it and seeing the pretty reflex from each shade, I know I have to grab this. You’re not gonna regret this palette, it gives you pretty glow, you can also use it as eyeshadow or eyeshadow and blush topper.

  1. Avant Pop – Surreal My Heart ($ 16.99)

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I grabbed this just because of the blue and teal green in this one, besides it’s BOGO deal so why not 😉 But it turns out the shades are really nice. I haven’t played with any Nyx eyeshadow since their super old one that came in small packaging called smokey. I have to say, I’m impressed with this palette. The pigmentation is good, not crazily pigmented but not patchy either. The texture is more on the dry side but it’s soft not gritty. The blue and teal is almost like metallic finish but not intense. The other neutral shades are semi-matte leaning to satin finish with no shimmer. Except for the yellow that I don’t really know when to use, the other colors are really nice. I like the grey shade below the blue, it’s not just grey but have some blue undertone in it and really nice for cool tone crease color. I’m actually thinking to grab the other 2 of this Avant Pop series

  1. Ultimate Brights (17.99)

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Still holding a ‘disappointment’ from my last rainbow colorful palette of UD Full Spectrum, I decided to try this one. Holy moly, this one is better than the UD one. Sorry UD, I love your naked palettes, but Girl for the price of $17.99 this little gem works better than the $39 one. The pigmentation isn’t as great like Kat Von D matte shade in metal matte, but it’s better than UD for sure, it’s not patchy and definitely you can get more pigmentation out of this one.

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I did swatch this with 2 methods, one without any primer or whatsoever and the second one using nyx jumbo eye pencil in milk. The one with white base is definitely more vibrant and bring out the color more. Overall, this palette is really good, and I highly recommend it.

  1. Sweet Cheeks Blush palette (19.99)

Let’s be honest, who need 8 colors of blushes? I believe people actually only need 4, pink, peach, and purple-y (plummy) one. This palette though, it really makes it easy to justify that I need all 8 colors in there. The first two shades on the top row are more like a highlighter or blush topper. The other six are all matte. The blush is pretty pigmented that I suggest you to dip in your brush with light hand, especially to the deeper shades.

  1. Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder ($ 7.99)

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For someone who claim to be not a highlighter fan, these illuminating powder caught my eye very well. Initially I swatch this in store to compare it to the Strobe of Genius and to see if they’re the same but they’re not. I got the shade Lavender Steel and Crushed Bloom. Lavender Steel in texture is more buttery soft like powder. It’s a beautiful lilac with pink reflex highlight. Crushed Bloom is more on the grittier side, not rough but drier. It’s a rose gold orange shade that’s really beautiful on top of pinky blush.

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T-B : Lavender Steel – Crushed Bloom

First time I swatch them, o my goodness, the reflex from these shades are GORGEOUS. I tried the Crushed Bloom on top the ‘Candied Peach’ shade from Too Faced Sweet Peach palette and it really amped up the peach glow. Love love love. Another thing from Nyx that makes me want to get every shade from this line. It’s not a Bam! blinding highlight but it gives you chic nice healthy glow

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

Let me know in the comments below

Peace out!

February Favorite + March Rotation

Hey Pretties,

It’s that time of the month again to review what you’ve been putting on your face. I start to like doing this kind of post as this reminds me to be more selective in buying products in the future (yeah right, like it’s possible haha…) well, at least I try not to buy everything 🙂

So without further due, let’s just get into them

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Makeup

  1. Tartelette Amazonian Clay

Y’all know that I’m trying to pan this palette this year so no wonder this now becomes my February favorite. I’m doing pretty good in using this palette. Not only because it’s basically a really solid palette for everyday look, but also for the so many matte shades that I can reach for every time I create a look, whether it’s for the crease or to set the eye shadow primer. I do mix this palette with others for some pop of color.

Side note: I don’t do as good with my Lorac palette though. I know I put it on my palette rotation and I did use it for a couple times this month, but my next favorite is the reason why I failed to use the Lorac palette more.

  1. Tartelette In Bloom

I know, I know, I’m terribly late to the hype of this palette. But, what can I say, since I got this on Valentine day I can’t stop using it. It smells so good (kinda similar to the Too Faced chocolate palettes scent) and the colors in this palette, especially the shimmer ones are STUNNING.. I don’t regret at all to choose this over the Tarteist Pro Palette when my husband asked me which one that I want. I feel I can use this palette a whole lot more that the Tarteist Pro, because yes the Tarteist Pro has more shades but it’s more warm tones. I love that the In Bloom palette is more neutral and daily use friendly. No wonder it’s on many people favorite (PS: Kandee Johnson and Kathleen Light love this palette so much)

  1. Too Faced La Crème in Juicy Melons (*)

I am not a fan of liquid lipstick, never was and never will. So, yes even though it’s kinda ‘old style’ I still and will always love conventional lipstick. It’s called lipstick so it should be a stick for the lips, and yes it should be in a stick form J Well, this lipstick in particular is so comfortable on the lips, creamy not greasy and has such a pretty warm pink tone. It doesn’t have the best staying power and I do have to re-apply it throughout the day but I don’t mind at all. I’d prefer to re-apply my lipstick over and over again but my lip doesn’t feel dry and I still can get away without exfoliating them every single day

  1. Milani Baked Blush – Luminoso

Again, another super late hype on a product. I really wanna bang my head and scream “where have I been?” This blush is sooo pretty. Well, I guess I don’t have to say much on this one. Pssst, I’m on the mission to get some other shades from this baked blush line. I do mix this blush with BH Cosmetics floral blush too. The BH blush is more on the shimmery side so I don’t use it as much

  1. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer(*)

Hey everyone, my name is Fenica and I’m a chocaholic. I’m obsessed with this sweet delicious thing since I was a kid. You all know that good stuff about this thing. It’s a chocolate-y brown completely matte bronzer with enough warmth to bring some life to my slightly pale skin during the winter. Who am I kidding? I don’t only use it on winter of course. This bronzer is so good and quite versatile I might say. It’s suitable for light-medium skin tone but even if you’re fair you can still put this on without looking muddy. I use this yummy bronzer for contouring too.

PS: I don’t have any contouring product, always use my bronzers for contouring.

  1. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – Mini Size

I just realized when I organized my makeup I have some mini mascara from my purchases so I’m gonna put mascara in my no buy list until mid of the year. I love this mini size Roller Lash so much. The curve wand is really nice to apply the mascara on top and bottom lashes. It gives nice natural curl even without curling you eyelashes first. I will definitely put this on top of the list of my favorite mascara and probably get the full size once I’ve used up all my other mascaras.

  1. Essence Pure Nude highlight

With my oily skin and big pores, blinding glowy rainbow highlight is not on my attention when I put my makeup on. I produce my own highlight on my skin J but anyway, this nude highlight really got me. It gives just enough subtle glow to balance out my matte products that I cake up on my face. I use this on top of my cheek, and a little on my cupid bow to give that lips a fuller look.

Skincare 

Check my Instagram for picture of these products

  1. Formula 10.0.6 PM Perfector

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If this isn’t a best friend for oily skin girl, I don’t know what is. I bought this at almost the end of January, and I can already see the difference in my skin in about a month using it intensively. It really helps to balance my skin condition. Before using this cream, I always woke up with greasy oil all over my face, yes all over my forehead, cheek, nose, and chin. After using this amazing cream, I notice that it’s only my nose that’s still so greasy when I wake up. It’s great that Formula 10.0.6 sent me some products and this PM Perfector is included so I have backup. A little note, if you have dry skin I don’t think this night cream will do much for you because it doesn’t feel hydrating but it’s soothing and feel tightening when you first apply it. After it’s absorbed it’s just nice smooth skin feeling, and not much hydrating going on.

  1. Treat Beauty Lip Scrub

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Holy Moly if I don’t hold myself I would have chewed this thing up. It smells so delicious, and taste sooo good too. I’m a lazy girl to the core, so if I can do something the easiest way, be sure that I will do it. I’m a fan of winter but I hate that my lips get dry so bad during that time of the year (it’s already above 75 degrees here, so winter is over here in SC) I love this lip scrub as much as I love conventional lipstick, because Treat Beauty makes it in the form of lipstick (the size is 0.5 oz, regular lipstick size is 0.11oz) Just apply this like you apply regular lipstick, well massage and rub it a little more and you’re good to go. Highly recommend this, it’s convenient, easy to use, travel-friendly and of course, smell delicious 😉 (Pssst..they’re always free shipping so you can buy only one product without paying shipping)

NOTE : Sad to say the Laneige sleeping mask and the yoghurt one makes my skin much more oily than usual so I stop using it. On the plus side, this will be a good alternative for the PM Perfector for the dry skin.

Now, as for the products that I’m putting on my March rotation are :

  1. Nyx Avant Pop
  2. Nyx Sweet Cheeks blush
  3. Nyx Strobe of Genius
  4. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation
  5. Maybelline Fit Me concealer

What’s your favorite during the month of love? Is there any of your favorite (or product you don’t like) that’s on my list here? Drop me a comment or two down below

Peace out!

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Ulta Sephora HAUL 1

Hey y’all

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already known that I did a little haul last week. So without further due, let’s see what I got

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here are the “damage”

From Sephora

  1. Kat Von D Lock It Concealer ($26)

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This was actually a repurchase after I’m out of this product in October last year. I’ve been using Tarte Shape Tape as the replacement, which is a really good concealer of concealer (you guys know all the hype around the Shape Tape) but I still miss the Kat Von D one so much. Stay tune for the review and comparison of these two BOMB concealer

  1. Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Love Hangover ($26)

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There is no particular reason why I bought this. I guess because of the cute packaging and still in the vibe of Valentine (yeah, right!) It has a really soft texture and the color is BAM! in your face. You need to use a very light hand for this blush because it’s so beautifully pigmented

From Ulta

  1. Formula 10.0.6 Seriously Shine Free Moisturizer ($ 6.99)

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Since I’ve been trying their mask and got some other products sent to me (thanks Formula 10.0.6) I fall in love more and more with their products. I’ve emptied my St Ives Collagen Moisturizer (Girls, it took forever to use up that giant jar 😀 ) Spoiler, this one lifts up to its claim as a mattifying oil-free moisturizer. I’ve been using it since last Friday and let me tell you this, I put this moisturizer to the test. The longest record it hold so far is yesterday when I looked shine free for a good 7 hours, no touch up, no blotting! so excited! Aaaand it doesn’t break your bank 🙂

  1. Nip Fab Exfoliate Glycolic Fix Serum ($14.99, as of right now when I posted this it’s on sale for $ 12.74 on Ulta website

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I’m aware that now I’m in my late 20s and I have to start the anti aging skin routine.  this serum is how I started to intensify my skincare. I’ve tried some Body Shop serum before but I didn’t really use it much. It was more on and off relationship with my previous serums until I can’t use it anymore cause it’s expired. I have more awareness now that I started to see a fine lines in my under eye area. I decided to give this serum a try as I’ve seen some good reviews about it on YouTube and Instagram post. The price is also very reasonable so why not.

  1. Burt Bees Eye Makeup Remover ($ 5.99)

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Another impulsive side of me made me clicked the added to my bag button, and Holy Moly how I’m falling in love with this! You don’t need long time to know if you like a makeup remover right? Well at least that’s why I feel and yes, again, I’m in love with this pad. It’s a thin cotton pad that you can just wipe it on your eyes and it’s good to go. It doesn’t burn my eyes, no tingling sensation and  it took out the super pigmented Kat Von D eyeshadow and Better than Sex mascara easily.

  1. Loreal Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender ($ 7.99)

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Just because I can’t justify myself again to spend $20 for Beauty Blender and I’m bored with Real Technique sponge (still love it though, still have RT sponge as backup too) This foundation blender feels more bouncy and a tad bit firmer than Real Technique one. Texture wise it’s more similar to the original Beauty Blender. Overall, it’s nice but I feel that this one absorb more product than the RT one.

  1. Physician Formula Butter Bronzer ($ 14.99)

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For the sake of my longing for summer, I need to bring this back to my collection. You guys already how good it is, smell so good, and lift up to their name for it’s really buttery soft. This bronzer is really subtle, and the color is lighter Too Faced Chocolate soleil bronzer. It’s more similar to the Milk Chocolate one.

Well, that’s part 1 of my haul this time 🙂 Have any of you done a makeup haul recently? Let me know what you bought and what do you think about it? March will be a no buy month for me so I would love to know what should I get when I’m back on market 😉

PS : Nyx Haul coming up soon 😉

Hope you all had a great weekend and amazing week ahead!