Since the beginning of 2014, I’ve been going a bit makeup-crazy. I’m not one to wear a lot of makeup, but there’s something so magical about shiny new products. It’s definitely a bad habit I have to break and something that I’ll be working on in March. But for now, I thought it would be interesting to share what I got and tell you guys about my first impressions of a few of the products.
• MAKE UP FOR EVER Duo Mat Powder Foundation • INNISFREE No-Sebum Mineral Powder • MAC Blue Brown Pigment • PAUL & JOE Lipstick CS Rosebud + Case 014 • YVES SAINT LAURENT Volupte Sheer Candy Succulent Pomegranate • NARS x GUY BOURDIN Day Dream Blush •
I have a really bad addiction to … base makeup – foundation, BB creams, powders … My main reason for wearing makeup is definitely to cover up scars and discoloration, so I guess it’s a given that I really like trying out new face products.
I needed a new powder foundation that I could easily use on lazy days or to touch up, and I really like Make Up Forever’s liquid foundation, so I thought I would give their Duo Mat Powder Foundation a go. So far, I’ve been really liking it. It helps keep my makeup matte and covers well without giving me cake-face. I think it’ll be really great during the summer and warmer months when I tend to get a little bit more oily. I’ve liked it a lot during the winter as well, although I do have to say that it does cling to dry patches. However, it’s rare that I have really dry skin, so this powder has been working wonderfully. The same goes to the No-Sebum Mineral Powder. My friend went Korea during winter break and I asked her if she could bring this back for me. I’ve heard so many great things about this and some people even call it a dupe for the Make Up Forever HD Powder. I haven’t tried that powder, so I can’t really comment on that, but I do have to say that the InnisFree powder is really great. It’s super lightweight and since it’s translucent, it’s perfect for setting my makeup in the morning and touching up when I just need to get rid of shine. It’s a good powder, it’s in a cute, portable container, and it’s affordable. How much better can you get?
While I love base makeup and wear it on an almost-daily basis, I never really wore eye makeup. I have extremely uneven eyes so it’s always difficult to make it look ‘right’. But recently, I’ve started to venture out and decided to buy MAC’s Blue Brown Pigment. I like putting it on a small, crease brush and just concentrating it near my eye, using it like a soft eyeliner. It’s a duo-chrome pigment that at first is more blue but blends out into a coppery-brown. It’s beautiful and looks amazing when the sun hits it. It’s an interesting color with the blue and the brown, but it’s surprisingly wearable as well.
Since I don’t really wear heavy eye makeup, I like to play around with my blush colors. I really love NARS blushes, so when I saw a few of the products from the NARS x Guy Bourdin collection at 50% off, I had to pick up a blush. Day Dream is a really pretty, peachy color that’s similar to Deep Throat. Day Dream is a bit less shimmery, but otherwise, it’s pretty much the same thing. If you already have Deep Throat, I really see no reason to buy this, but since I have it in a palette, I thought it would be nice to have another similar color that I could use on the go. Plus, how can I pass up half-priced NARS?
For some reason, I’ve been eyeing up lipsticks these past few weeks. Maybe it’s the soon-to-be spring weather, but I’ve been loving sheer, bright pink lips. It’s so refreshing and pretty without being high-maintenence.
I’ve always wanted an adorable Paul & Joe lipstick, so I finally caved in and bought one. You have to buy the case and the lipstick refill separately, which I didn’t have much of a problem with. The horse print on the case is so pretty and I love the lipstick which I got in the color Rosebud. It’s one of their sheer lipstick formulas with a slightly shimmery, rosy finish and feels ultra-moisturizing on your lips. If you’re one who likes a bold lip, they also sell opaque, full-color formulas.
My friend has also been talking nonstop about YSL’s lip products so I couldn’t help but purchase one on my last visit to Sephora. At first, I bought one of their glossy stains but the weird, jelly texture was a bit too much for me. Plus, I felt like it was drying out my lips the more I used it. I returned it and instead bought a Volupte Sheer Candy in Succulent Pomegranate. True to it’s name, it’s a pomegranate-pink color that’s sheer and moisturizing. It’s a really easy color to wear and instantly brightens your complexion. I’ve been absolutely loving this color and formula and am definitely planning to buy more. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get my hands on another one in the airport Duty-Free shop when I go back home to Korea during the summer :)
If any of you guys are Urban Decay fans, then you’ll know that they recently had a 20% off sale on all of their products. I’ve been wanting a couple items for a really long time so I took this opportunity and purchased a couple of things.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve used and finished a small bottle of the All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray and loved it. I really do feel like it makes a difference and helps keep my makeup looking better for longer. Plus, it also gets rid of any cakey-ness that I might have after powdering my face. I especially like it during the warmer months when I get more oily as it’s nice and cooling and keeps me looking fresh and matte.
Since I’ve become more interested in eye makeup, I wanted to invest in a couple more eyeshadows and decided to ‘build my own palette’. Urban Decay eyeshadows are amazing quality and they create the most beautiful colors. When I do wear eyeshadow, I like wearing shimmery or pearlescent colors. When you use matte eyeshadows, you usually have to wear a couple different colors to give dimension to the eye whereas more glittery or shimmery eyeshadows have dimension on their own and can be easily worn alone. I usually just pop on one color and call it a day. So far, I’ve been using X a lot as it’s brightening, natural, and easy to use. I don’t fuss around with my eye makeup so it’s a perfect color for me. All the shadows have perfect pigmentation and are so soft and wonderful. I’ll be filling in the empty spot in my palette soon.
The last two things are items that I actually bought before the sale. I purchased the Glitter Eyeliner around the end of December, dreaming of using it on New Year’s Eve (which I actually didn’t get around to… sadly, I was in Chicago and we got snowed in and were miserable) and I purchased their eyeshadow in Smog at that time as well. So far, I haven’t really gotten around to finding an event to wear the glitter eyeliner to, but I’m patiently waiting for it. I’m not really too sure how to wear it for a daily look yet, but I’m working on it. If you guys have any ideas, please let me know… As for Smog, I’ve been using it almost daily since I got it. This is the eyeshadow that got me into playing around with my eye makeup a teeny-bit more. As with the Blue Brown Pigment, I usually use it like a soft eyeliner with a small brush just to define my eyes a bit. I don’t like wearing eyeliner (that’s a story for another day) so this seems to be the perfect item for me. It’s a warm bronze that really suits me and is easy to work with. I’m sure it’ll look great on a multitude of skin colors, so I recommend everyone to check it out.
• PHILOSOPHY Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths • WILLA On The Go Face Towlettes • VICTORIA’S SECRET Secret Charm Smoothing Body Scrub • GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment • JOSIE MARAN 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil Light • PHILOSOPHY The Microdelivery Purifying Peel One-Minute Purifying Enzyme Peel •
I can’t really give full reviews of these skincare products yet, but there will definitely be full reviews of these coming up soon! I really love testing out new skincare items and decided to try out the Purity Made Simple Cleansing Cloths from Philosophy as well as the Towlettes from Willa. The Purity Cleansing Cloths are meant to be makeup-removing wipes and the Willa Towlettes are just supposed to be refreshing wipes. I like to use them after a long day at the library when I don’t have any makeup on or after the gyms when I feel all icky. I also decided to finally buy the GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment after lusting for it month after month. I have to say, I really like it so far. I’ve also been quite dry lately so I purchased the smaller size of Josie Mran’s Argan Oil Light as well as an Enzyme Peel to help get rid of dead skin. I was able to get the Peel for 50% off and am super happy with it. I also repurchased the Body Scrub from Victoria’s Secret that I absolutely love and mentioned in my empties post
Last, but not least, I couldn’t help but buy more nail polish. I think I’ve actually been quite good. I realized that I wasn’t using all my nail polish anyways and decided to really cut down on my nail-polish hoarding habit. The Petrol Overcoat from Butter London is something I’ve wanted for a long time and I really love it so far. It gives the most beautiful, oil-slick look to your nails and it transforms any nail polish that you wear under it. it also looks good on itself as well and gives a lovely sheen to bare nails. Essie also came out with their new nail polish range for this season a couple weeks back and I decided to purchase Resort Fling as well as their Apricot Cuticle Oil. I’ve worn Resort Fling a couple of time already and it’s such a pretty, refreshing color. I’ve been loving orange tones recently and this is perfect. I also adore the Cuticle Oil. I have problems with biting my nails and I’ve been trying to fix it for a long time and I think I’m finally getting around to breaking the habit. I have dry cuticles so this has really been helping with it. I put it on all the time before bed as well as after I polish my nails. Finally, I bought the NARS x GUY BOURDIN Nail Polish at the same 50% off sale where I bought the blush. It’s a gorgeous darker, more plummy magenta color that would look suit any season. It’s toned down enough where it would look great in the colder months but is still bright and fresh enough for the warmer months. I’ve been wearing it nonstop since I got it and even have it on right now! I just can’t get over the color. Plus, it’s super easy to work with and looks opaque and beautiful in just one coat. Hands down, the best nail polish purchase so far.
Well, I hope you guys found this post interesting. Here’s a song that I’ve been listening to non-stop recently. You can ask anyone around me. I bet they’re sick of hearing me blabbering on about it all the time.
Don’t be a fool
And play it too cool
So cool that you can’t see
How much you mean to me