Friday, March 6, 2015

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Shades Suggested For NC25 ♥ Swatches

Mecca Cosmetica dropped their prices months ago and I was very excited about that, their pricing are still expensive because the brands they sell are all high-end cosmetics, but their prices aren't ridiculous anymore, they are actually quite affordable now. 

Even though Mecca Cosmetica has dropped their prices, NZD $69.00 for a foundation is still a bit too much for me to splurge on, especially when I have never tried out the foundation, nor do I know my foundation shade.

I have came across a lot of amazing reviews about the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, I don't remember ever coming across a review where someone talks bad about this foundation; I wanted to try it, but I was afraid of spending so much on a foundation, picked the wrong color and end up wasting a lot money. I often sell unwanted makeup, but it's different for foundations, because not everyone is in your shade, ya'know?

So I phoned Mecca Cosmetica Newmarket and requested for a few samples of NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in the shade most suitable for MAC NC25. I received my parcel with the four suggest foundation shades below:


image NARS Sheer Glow Punjab - medium with golden, peachy undertone

image NARS Sheer Glow Deauville - light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones

image NARS Sheer Glow Stromboli - medium with olive undertone

image NARS Sheer Glow Fiji - light with yellow undertone


Stromboli was too dark, Deauville was too light; Punjab and Fiji were similar, Fiji was still slightly too light for me and I have come to a conclusion that Punjab (medium with golden, peachy undertone) is the perfect fit for my NC25 skin tone.

I was able to try out the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation up to five times with the little sample pot, and during my trial with this foundation, I was impressed with the longevity, the texture, it feels lightweight, doesn't look cakey and it is easy to apply and blend nicely with either a foundation brush or a beauty blender. With my combination / oily skin, I was surprised to see my foundation lasted all day while wearing NARS Sheer Glow with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, my face did appeared oily during the day and I had to remove excess oil with blotting paper and blotting powder, but the foundation stay put and didn't slide around.

I have my foundation shade sorted and I did enjoy trying out NARS Sheer Glow, but that foundation formula is designed for normal to dry skin. There is a NARS Sheer Matte version that is designed for normal to oily skin, and I think I should buy that one. It is sometimes hard to make the right decision, especially when both of the items are very expensive.

I would love to know you guys opinions on the NARS Sheer Glow and NARS Sheer Matte, which one should I splurge on? 



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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Etude House Lock n' Summer Color Lips Fit ☆ OR205 Color Fit Coral / Review + Swatches

Remember the Etude House Lock n' Summer Collection that I used to rave about last year? Well, most of its products I purchased from this collection turns out to be a disappointment, especially the eyeliner (which I have not reviewed yet) dries out before I get a chance to use it.

Today I am reviewing the Etude House Lock n' Summer Color Lips Fit, looks and sounds familiar? This is exactly the same as the original Color Lips Fit, except they have changed the packaging to match the collection. There are five shades available from this collection and I only have one (OR205 Love Fit Coral) to share.

Etude House Lock n' Summer Color Lips Fit // OR205 Love Fit Coral

Etude House Lock n' Summer Color Lips Fit is described as a "New and Unique Magic Water Lipstick", it offers vivid colors and an innovative airy fit texture that turns from liquid to a powder. Etude House claims this lip product will apply like air, which I assume they means it applies smoothly and feels very lightweight on?!

Etude House Lock n' Summer Color Lips Fit // OR205 Love Fit Coral
imagePACKAGING / DESIGN
Lock n' Summer Color Lips Fit comes packaged in a plastic transparent tube with stars and stripes design printed all around it. I personally thinks the packaging does not fit in with the whole summer theme, stars and stripes does not symbolize summer. However, I adore the packaging, I like the transparent tube, it allows me to see how much product is left and also what color it is inside. I love the stars and stripes design when you don't try and fit it into the Lock n' Summer theme, I must say this packaging looks 10 times better than the original.

The size of the packaging is small, it is convenient to carry it in your purse or your pockets, but it get frustrating when you have that little gap left in your small handbag and it just sits on top of everything because it's so fat and rounded, it won't fit it.

Etude House Lock n' Summer Color Lips Fit // OR205 Love Fit Coral
imageAPPLICATION
Etude House Lock n' Summer Color Lips Fits features a doe foot applicator with a short handle, application is easy, it glides on the lips airy, just as Etude House claims. The feeling is very hard to describe, hmm... The lightweight texture makes it feels like applying lips color with a marshmallow, soft and smooth.

imageSCENT
Lock n' Summer Color Lips Fit has a nice fruity grape scent, the smell is not too strong to the fact that is not acceptable; it is actually quite subtle and the smell goes away once the liquid lip product sets into a powdery texture. I love-love grape smelling lips products, so of course I am a huge fan of this!

imageTEXTURE / FORMULA
The formula of the Lock n' Summer Color Lips Fit is like any other liquid lipsticks, it applies liquidy, wet and glossy, then it sets into a powdery texture, it is drying, very drying, I can't wear without packaging on loads of layers of lip balms and it does emphasis lines and shows obvious patches if you have dry lips and you don't exfoliate beforehand.

It is no surprise for a liquid lipstick to be drying though, I didn't have high expectation for this, so I was not disappointed.

Etude House Lock n' Summer Color Lips Fit // OR205 Love Fit Coral
imageCOLOR
There are five colors available to purchase from the Etude House Lock n' Summer collection, and again I am going to point out that the colors doesn't fit in with the summer theme. There is a bright red, a bright orange, a bright pink, a plum shade and I think the one I own represents the most summer out of all.

I have the color OR205 Color Fit Coral, it looks like a bright orange from the tube and my swatch above, but in real life, it's more of a sheer summery coral shade that can be build up to a more intense coral.

imageLONGEVITY
It must be the powdery texture, I am disappointed the Etude House Lock n' Summer Color Lip Fit only worn well for two hours max on me and every single time I have exfoliate, pack on the lip balms and prep for my dry lips before applying this lip color.

Maybe my color choice is the reason why it didn't last too long? I have OR205 Color Fit Coral which is the lightest of all and I often like to wear one layer for that pastel coral color.

Etude House Lock n' Summer Color Lips Fit // OR205 Love Fit Coral

Overall, OR205 Color Fit Coral is the first and only Color Lips Fit I own from Etude House, I haven't tried the original one, so I can't comment on that; but I wondered if this is the same as the original? I love the design of the packaging, not so much of the plastic tube though; I adore the lightweight feeling during application, it applies wet and glossy first, but it wasn't messy to work with, it is easy to apply and when the liquid sets into a soft powder texture, it feels smooth and smells like grape!

imageI LIKE...
creative design on the packaging
easy, not messy, soft and smooth application
lovely fruity grape scent
liquid to powder very lightweight texture
buildable sheer to intense coral shade
affordable and limited edition packaging

imageI DISLIKE...
very drying, emphasis dry and patchy lips
not long lasting, worn for two hours max

OVERALL PRODUCT RATING: imageimageimage
Sorry, not a huge fan ~ image

Have you tried Etude House Color Lips Fit? What are your thoughts on this product?



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Monday, March 2, 2015

MEMEBOX Special #33 K-Style 2 ♥ Unboxing

This is my last time featuring Memebox on my blog, because they no longer ships international.

Memebox Special #33 K-Style 2
Memebox Special #33 K-Style 2

MEMEBOX SPECIAL #33 K-STYLE 2
Korean makeup is all about radiant feminine beauty, and with this box, you'll be able to recreate all of your favourite K-celeb's beauty looks! Whether you want to take the spotlight with a fun and dramatic K-pop eye and lip combo, or want to perfect understated elegance with bright and flawless skin, and signature K-drama celeb lips, the final results will be some kind of gorgeous. Upgrade your beauty collection with this box and your makeup pouch will be the envy of every Seoulite!

Price Per Box: USD $29.00 including $6.99 standard postage.
Shipping Time: took approximately 11 days including weekends to arrive.

RiRe Luxe Mirror Eyeliner // Black 

RIRE Luxe Mirror Eyeliner Black 1ea
Full size product: 1ea ($14)

Product Description:
This unique black eyeliner comes with a tiny mirror attached to its bottle, making it easier for you to re-touch your lines whenever and wherever you are! Plus, it's very strong against water, oil, and sweat, it washes off easily with just warm water and a little bit of swipe, and its thin brush delicately fills in between the lashes for a deep, well-defined look.

How to Use:
Shake the bottle well before use. Draw in the upper and lower lines to your liking.

I haven't used a liquid eyeliner for as long as I can remember, I am now a total gel liner convert! Hehehe gel liners are easier to work with and they offer a sexier cat eye look, ya know ~ I love that the RiRe Luxe Mirror Eyeliner is small and handy, it has a mirror at the back and the eyeliner tip is thin and pointy.

Shara Shara Color Eyes Stick Shadow // GL01 Caramel Gold

SHARA SHARA 
COLOR EYES STICK SHADOW 1.4g
Full size product: 1.4g ($7)
Randomly selected from GL01 Caramel Gold & PK01 Sugar Pink.
Product Description:
We've picked out the best two shades from Shara Shara's lovely eye shadows that easily glide onto the skin and leaves a silky smooth finish. The romantic shadow is creamy in texture and comes in an auto stick-type, making it an easy-to-apply must-have for even makeup beginners.

How to Use:
Apply the shadow over your eyelids and naturally blend it in.

Gold & Pink are both my favourite colors, but pink never looks good with my brown eyes, so I am very glad Memebox has chosen the gold one for my box. The texture of the eyeshadow stick is creamy and smooth, it glides on the eyelid easily and the pigmentation is pretty amazing. It also blends well both using fingers and/or an eyeshadow brush. Reminds me of the NYX jumbo eye shadow pencils, but more frosty.

Original Raw Ten Cushion Foundation

ORIGINAL RAW Ten Cushion Foundation 13g
Full size product: 13g ($32)

Product Description:
This Ten Cushion Foundation is a makeup base, CC cream, moisturizing essence, moisturizing pact, and a sunblock all in one smart item! With just a single application, it'll soothe, brighten up, smooth out, moisturize, and cover up skin imperfections. Experience a truly glowing complexion that actually lasts all day long.

How to Use:
Apply the Ten Cushion Foundation for base makeup or instead of sunblock, and re-apply any time during the day when necessary, your face at the end of skincare routine and pop into bed.

I don't really understand this product... Memebox claims this is a CC cream, a sunblock and a makeup base, but it can be use as a moisturizing cream at the end of skincare routine before bed??? It just doesn't make sense! When I swatched this product on my hand, it shows up as a very pale shade. The tube is small, it feels more like a deluxe sample size product.

Royal Nautre Pantone Shadeliner // Spring

ROYAL NATURE Pantone Shadeliner 0.8g
Full size product: 0.8g ($12)
Randomly selected from PANTON 2247C. Spring, PANTON 2415C. Witch's Breath, PANTON 476C. Sweetly You & PANTON BLACK C. Winter Night.
Product Description:
An auto-type and easily-gliding like a gel liner, Royal Nature's Pantone Shadeliner series come in 4 unique shades. It includes a sharpening, fully dries within 5 seconds of application and boosts a long-lasting, waterproof, and oil-proof finish.


How to Use:
Draw onto eyelids according to your eye makeup routine. If you want to use as a shadow color to blend it with, make sure to smudge it before it's completely dried.

I received the color Spring and it is a beautiful jade color. This eyeliner looks like a pencil eyeliner with a twisty bottom and the texture feels like a gel eyeliner; it is long-wearing, waterproof and it can be easily removed with a waterproof makeup remover. 

Secret-stargirl S-Style 2 Set // No. 14 Delicate Eye

SECRET-Stargirl S-Style 2 Set
Full size product: 2 set ($7)
Randomly selected from No.9 Cat's Eye & No.14 Delicate Eye.
Product Description:
(No descriptions because Memebox has made a mistake on the introduction card and printed something else that is not related to this product).

How to Use:
Remove the fake lashes from the packaging and stick them over your own lashes, making sure to adhere it thoroughly from one end to another.


Eglips Real Color Lip Lacquer // Red

EGLIPS Real Color Lip Lacquer 6g
Full size product: 6g ($14)

Product Description:
Eglips' Real Color Lip Lacquer is basically a lip gloss, a lipstick and a lip tint all combined together for the better! The Trendy, vibrant colors leave your lips moist, glossy and radiant for all day long.

How to Use:
If you want to feature gradated lips, apply the lip lacquer only along the inner contours of your lip and blend it naturally. For a full color lip makeup, fill all of your lips with the lip lacquer.

Oh! Memebox has done it again! It's no surprise that Memebox enjoys sending me red lip products and every single time I just get totally annoyed because I don't even wear red lipsticks or gloss; but this time it is totally different. I have never tried the brand Eglips before, so I wasn't expecting anything good or bad about this product, I love the sheer tint and glossy look and the color I received is a vibrant red in the tube, but it looks like a gorgeous rosy red on the lips.

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Overall, I feel like the MEMEBOX SPECIAL #33 K-STYLE 2 is not K-style enough! 

I do enjoy a few products included, but these are products that I know I will either left it to waste or gift it to someone to may enjoy it more than me. 

My favourite item from this box has to be the Shara Shara Color Eyes Stick Shadow in Caramel Gold, the color is subtle, it is shimmer and gorgeous and the texture is smooth, blends well and apply effortlessly. Another eye product favourite is definitely the Royal Nature Pantone Shadeliner, this is different to all other types of eyeliners that I have used, it reminds me to PeriPera Disney Frozen and Tosowoong gel liner sets.

I also quite like the Secret-Stargirl S-Style eyelashes, I have received the set in no. 14 Delicate Eye, it looks very natural and pretty; but I kind of wish I got the Cat's Eye instead, as the falsies looks more fuller and thicker.

Last but not least, I love love love the Eglips Real Color Lip Lacquer, this time I am not blaming Memebox for always sending me red lip products, cause this one I have received is such a gorgeous color; it looks very red in the tube, but once applied on the lips, it shows up as a glossy, sheer rosy tint.

Anyway, have you check out my recent unboxing of Memebox My Cute Wish List 3? If not, you can click here ~ Also please link your recent Memebox unboxing link in the comment below, so I can check out your unboxing posts too!



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Friday, February 27, 2015

Beauty Empties ✿ January & February 2015

Beauty Empties // January & February '15

I spent most of January on holiday, so no complaint here; and February has been a good month, I have purchased a few beauty items and at the same time I have emptied out a lot of skin care and hair products. Ever since I made a plan of using up the products that has already been opened and not wasting things; I have been doing quite good; pretty impressed with myself.

I usually write up an empties post at the end of each month, but January was all about the holiday and relaxing time, I admit I was a bit lazy. So today I am combining the two months - January and February - and show you all the products I have emptied during these months.

Beauty Empties // January & February '15

TONYMOLY Red Cheeks Girl's Patch was mentioned in my recent Memebox unboxing (My Cute Wishlist 3), this product is described as a patch that hydrates and soothes the cheeks. One pack comes with two pink patch for each cheek and all you need to do is apply and leave on for 20~30 minutes.

I personally think a cheek patch is not necessary in your daily / weekly skincare routine, cheeks patches are not much difference to a lips patch in material and performance, both are very cute in packaging too; the only difference is, I can usually see an improvement lips patch makes as it soften and smooth my dry crack lips, but a cheek patch didn't make a difference at all! I didn't feel it hydrating nor soothes my skin and while using it, it keeps sliding down so I had to tilt my head back and not look down.

Maybe a full facial mask does a better job at soothing your cheek area than the actual cheeks patch.

Anyway, not bashing and talking down on the product; I still think the packaging is really adorable and I love that it's pink! If the product doesn't work for me, it does not mean it won't work for you!

Tonymoly Red Cheeks Girl's Patch is available to purchase at hikosencara and they are NZD $3.50 per pack, each pack contains two patches for each cheek. I may re-purchase this, even though it didn't do much to my cheek area, I love that it's adorable and very affordable.

Beauty Empties // January & February '15

I have very straight and very stubborn hair that won't curl, but at the same time it is very smooth, soft, fly with the wind (you know what I mean?!) and very healthy; apart from getting its split ends trim once a month, I hardly fuss with my hair or spend a fortune of hair products that doesn't work on me.

Surprisingly I have been loving the BATISTE Dry Shampoo, this product is kind of expensive for the big size, but it lasted me through nearly six months with regular use. Batiste dry shampoos comes with a few flavors and every single one of them smells amazeball! The best thing about this is I could go three days without washing my hair and without feeling gross. On day 3 it pretty much felt like I just washed my hair the night before.

SCHWARZKOPF Moisture Gloss 10 Days Shine Mask is another of my favourite hair products lately, I received this in my Beauty Review December Beauty Box and when I first saw it I was like... "mehh~ me no like hair stuff". Then as soon as I tried it, I instantly fell in love! On the packaging it suggested to use this product regularly, so I use this hair mask whenever I wash my hair. I already have shiny, gorgeous, smooth and soft hair, and after using this product; my hair has gone the softest it could get, but still healthy and not breaking etc... The hair mask smells so good too!

Batiste Dry Shampoo is available to purchase at Farmers, in-store only, and the price ranging from NZD $7.99 ~ $23.99. Schwarzkopf Moisture Gloss Hair Mask is available at Countdown and it is very affordable, only cost NZD $9.99 each. I have and will continue to re-purchase both hair products mentioned and I highly recommend them to anyone who loves their hair.

Beauty Empties // January & February '15

I have raved about the PURE SMILE Choosy Lip Masks many many times on my blog, even did a review on this product; it is one of my favourite lip masks of all times as it hydrates and smooth my dry crack lips. Choosy lip masks are very affordable and they come in various flavors, so far peach is my absolutely number one!

Choosy Lip Mask is available to purchase at Ippondo, Albany / Auckland CBD, not sure on the exact price as I have always purchased them in bulk; hmm it cost approximately NZD $15 for 10 packs, each pack contains one lip mask. I have already re-purchase this plenty of times and I will continue to re-purchase it, I love it so much!

Beauty Empties // January & February '15

As you can tell, I have been really into my sheet masks lately; I spot this MY BEAUTY DIARY Puffiness Intensive Care Eye Mask at the Japanese Mart in Albany and while looking at the ingredients etc... I saw the picture of the mask, it looks like one of those masquerade party masks and the first thought that came to my mind was... "it's so princess-y"! So I bought it based on the look hehe.

If I wasn't full of curiosity and didn't pick up the product to check its ingredients, I probably wouldn't know such amazing product exist! This product is described as a mild eye mask that contains double nourishing ingredients, vitamins and plant essences; it claims to soothes eyes from tiredness and avoid puffiness. Ever since using this eye mask, my eyes doesn't look as tiring now even though I often stay up late and hardly get any sleep, it avoids puffiness and my makeup doesn't crease around the under eyes like it used to.

My Beauty Diary Puffiness Intensive Care Eye Mask is available to purchase at the Japan Mart in Albany Mall, I am unsure of its exact pricing as it was purchased awhile ago; but I think it is something around the NZD $15 price mask per pack, each pack comes with five sheets of eye masks. I love this product, not only of how amazing it works for my skin, also of its butterfly shape, very girly and princessy, so pretty and I will definitely re-purchase!

Beauty Empties // January & February '15

I purchased the AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Lotion, all because I had a $5 off voucher. The product claims to improved the health of dry skin and to protect dry skin for up to 24 hours! I have always been lazy and avoid moisturizers, my legs are the worst, they look cracked and they are very dry. After using up the bottle of Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion, I see a huge improvement, my legs are getting better, no longer have cracked skin here and there and also super moisturizing at the same time! The lotion is not sticky and when applied on the night after shower, it could last till the morning / afternoon of next day.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion is available to purchase at Countdown and the price is NZD $10.99 each. I would happily re-purchase this lotion, it is very affordable, amazing product that I highly recommend to all that has dry skin.

Beauty Empties // January & February '15

My love for Lush started when I tried the SNOW FAIRY Shower Gel, it is a Limited Edition product that is only available during the Christmas seasons. This past Christmas I bought a bunch as a back-up, hehe I don't want to ever feel like I am panicking because it's running out soon! Snow Fairy looks pink, my favourite color and it smells like marshmallow; arghhh how perfect can it get?


Next to Snow Fairy is ULTA Travel Size 3-in-1 Beauty Smoothie in Yum Yum Yumberry, it act as a shower gel, bubble bath and shampoo. This product is free of Parabens, Phthalates, DEA & Gluten, it claims to leave skin and hair smooth and soft very every yummy cleansing. My favourite thing about this is the smell, it has a very gorgeous and rich berry scent.

I received the ELIZAVECCA Collagen Ceremide Coating Protein Treament in the Memebox Rapunzel Princess Edition box and I didn't really enjoy using it until I had nothing, no hair oil or treatment to use while I was on holiday at Mount Maunganui. After using it a couple of times and realizing my hair is softer than ever, I kind of just fell in love, I guess. This hair treatment is to prevents dry, damaged hair and split ends.

Snow Fairy Shower Gel is available to purchase at Lush, both online and in-store, its pricing ranged from NZD $14.50 ~ $35.90 per bottle depends on the sizing. Ulta Beauty Smoothie was gifted to me by my girly friend from the America, pretty sure you've all heard about Mary, I have mentioned her a lot on my blog; it is available to purchase at Ulta and it is USD $4.00 each. Elizavecca Collagen Hair Treatment was from a Memebox, not sure where this is available to purchase, sorry.

I look forward to every Christmas, just so I could stock up on the Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gels ^^ so YES! I would definitely re-purchase. Since both the Ulta Beauty Smoothly and the Elizavecca Hair Treatments are not easy to get my hands on; I won't be re-purchasing both items.

Beauty Empties // January & February '15

ROOIBOS Aqua Sprinkler Gel Cream was from the Memebox Herbal Cosmetics box, and it claims its sparkling water will deliver nutrition rich minerals and deep hydration to your skin. This product can be use as a toner or an overall facial moisturizer and even though it has a pudding-like gel texture, it can be sprayed like a mist. I have tried to sprayed it directly to my face, but the gel is too powerful, it often hurts my face, felt like something was shooting at me.

NEUTROGENA Oil-Free Eye Make-Up Remover claims to be that one product that can remove waterproof eye makeup the gentle way, it is oil-free, non greasy, and it is safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearer. This product is what it claims to be and I love that it removes makeup, even waterproof ones easily with just one cotton pad and it doesn't make my face feels oily.

I am on my third bottle of THE BODY SHOP Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, and it is one of my absolute favourite, must-have skincare products! This is a cleansing gel-based facial wash that is subtle for every day use to help prevent blemishes. My face looks a lot clearer since using this facial wash and I hardly break out these days!

DDOBYUL Plant Stem Cell Anti-Aging Solution came from my first ever Memebox, can you believe this little thing lasted me one year?! This product claims it increases collagen production to fight the appearance of aging, winkles and enhances skin complexion. Obviously I see no difference because I am still young in age and I still look like I am under 18 (got asked for my ID everywhere I go, including R18 movies =.=). What I like about this product is the bottle, lol seems like it's always about the packaging! Also the product itself feels hydrating during wear.

Both Rooibos Gel Cream & Ddobyul Anti-Aging Solution came from Memebox beauty boxes, and I have no idea where they are available to purchase and how much they would cost; I also wouldn't re-purchase neither of them, as they did not perform as good as it should on me.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-Up Remover is available to purchase at Countdown, Pak'n Save, New World and I think they are all priced differently, but the pricing is around NZD $10 ~ $15 per bottle. The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash is available to purchase at The Body Shop NZ website, or in-stores and it cost NZD $18.95 per bottle, usually one bottle can last me up to three months of every day uses. I love both of these products and I would love to re-purchase them over and over again!

Beauty Empties // January & February '15

I got a mini sample of the NEUTROGENA Deep Clean Gentle Scrub to try from the Beauty Review December Beauty Box, I have grown up using this product as a teenager and I love how it leaves my face very soft. To me it is one of those products that is not a must-have for me, at the same time I don't mind buying and using it.

TONYMOLY Latte Art Cappuccino Cream-In Scrub has to be my all time favourite facial scrub! The product came packaged in a mini coffee mug, the texture is thick like a jelly / gel type and it has a very strong smell of coffee! This facial scrub claims to remove dry and dead skin cells as well as providing nutrition to the skin. (click here to read my full review).

VELLA Fresh Creamy Soap is a not-so-coffee item that came in my Memebox Cafe Box, it contains donkey milk, honey complex and flora extracts. When using this product, it feels like taking a scoop of cream cheese and smooth it all over my face, and after cleansing, it gives me that "very very clean, absolutely no oil left on your face" feel.

I have tried one of those foil packet samples of the ANTIPODES Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream that came from one of those non-Asian beauty boxes (either Goodie Box or Sample Bar), obviously I really enjoyed it, so much that I went and purchase the full size! It is really an amazing night cream, a little goes a long way and it leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft the next day!

Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub is available to purchase at Countdown, Pak'n Save, New World and any other supermarkets, different stores have different pricing, I haven't purchase one in so long, I am guessing it would be around NZD $10 per tube. As mentioned above, it is not one of those must-have items, I would re-purchase the full size if I feel like. Tonymoly Latte Art Cappuccino Cream-In Scrub is available from eBay, prices ranging from NZD $13.93 ~ $40.66 o.O! I have already re-purchased the Tonymoly scrub, how can I say no to coffee? I love Memebox, but they always includes not popular brands that you can't buy anywhere unless if you buy from their store, which they charge an expensive amount per item! Because of that, I can't tell you how much the Vella Fresh Creamy Soap cost and nor would I know where to purchase it, now that Memebox only delivers within US. Antipodes Nourishing Night Cream is available to purchase at Antipodes (NZD $65.50), Feel Unique (AUD $63.67) or Beauty Bay (AUD $58.80). As you can see, it's VERY expensive! That little thing lasted me for the whole six months and I used it every night before bed, I would definitely re-purchase, but since it's not as affordable, I may have to think twice before placing an order.

Beauty Empties // January & February '15

SALLY HANSEN Salon Effects Nail Strips is my absolute summer favourite! It is so easy to apply, I don't have to wait around for hours to my nails to dry, and they last up to 10 days without chipping! I have received sooo many compliments whether if it's out shopping or at work.

I bought a bunch of HURRAW Lip Balms when Oh Natural was having a $5 dollars sale on all Hurraw lip balms, and so far I have used up the Night Treatment Lip Balm. I love the smell of this, but I can't describe it, the lip balm is very moisturizing, the texture is thick and creamy and that little tube lasted me two months and I used it every night before bed.

I buy all of my Sally Hansen Nail Strips from Trademe sellers driina (NZD $6.00 per pack), these nail strips are also available to purchase at Farmers, not sure on the exact price, but I think it should be somewhere around NZD $15 ~ $20. Hurraw Balms are available to purchase from Beauty Bliss (NZD $6.95 ~ $7.50) or Oh Natural (NZD $6.95).

Both products mentioned I will happily re-purchase again! They are each amazing in their own way.

Beauty Empties // January & February '15

I purchased a few PUREDERM Nose Pore Strips to try from a makeup sale group on Facebook and I have no idea where I can purchase them >.<; these are one of the most amazing pore strips I have tried, remove my blackheads very well and doesn't leave my nose sore after use. I would love to re-purchase, could someone please let me know where I can buy at a reasonable price?

I have tried a foil pack sample of the WEI Lady Berry Instant Line Repair, I received it as a complimentry sample from a Mecca Cosmetica order. I am not a fan of this, the texture is very thick, hard and it didn't apply smoothly; my face felt very heavy throughout the whole day while have this on. This product is available to purchase at Mecca Cosmetica (online or in-store) and it cost NZD $94.00, pretty expensive, for a product that didn't work for me, I would definitely not purchase the full size.

I bought a few packets of the Etude House Collagen Eye Patch to try when I did my Etude House order (should show you guys the haul soon ^^), I love love LOVE this product! It hydrates and brighten up my under eye area, I hardly get dark circle these days. It is available to purchase at Etude House and it is so affordable, only cost USD $1.00 per packet, each packet includes two eye patch for each eye.

Hope you all enjoy reading my January & February beauty empties, sorry for such a long article heheh; I wanted give you all as much information about the products as possible, so if you were interested in one of these products mentioned, you won't regret your purchase after.



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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack ☆ Chic Purple Review & Swatches

One of my readers has emailed me and requested for a review of the Berrisom My Lip Tint Pack in the shade Chic Purple, and that is what I am doing today. 

I have had plenty of experiences with this, including dripping it all over the carpet in my makeup room...  *oops* please don't tell my dad! The product is a very cool concept, I haven't come across anything like this before, I think it's fun, but at the same time it is kind of messy.

Berrisom My Lip Tint Pack Chic Purple
Berrisom My Lip Tint Pack Chic Purple

There are three seasons available in the Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack, the first two season only have two colors available in each season and each of the lip tint packs only contains 10g of product. I guess the whole idea of a peel-off lip mask tint is very popular, Berrisom has released a season three with eight new stunning vivid colors and the size of the tube has upgraded to 15g.

Berrisom claims the Oops My Lip Tint Pack are very moisturizing during wear, the brand also claims these lip tints has a high pigmentation and each of the colors offers a long wearing time, they claims it could last up to 12 hours wear!

The color I am reviewing today is Chic Purple, it is described as a burgundy purple color that is a perfect match with smokey makeup. I personally thinks it looks nothing like burgundy, it doesn't have any types of red and/or berries in it, the color looks to me like a violet purple.

Berrisom My Lip Tint Pack Chic Purple
PhotobucketPACKAGING
Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack comes packaged in a nice size handy tube, the color of the packaging is designed to suit the color of the actual product inside. The tube is one of those squeezy types and it has a plastic applicator.

I love the designs on the packaging, it has all types of lips, sheer lips, pigmented lips printed all over the tube. In the front it has Berrisom's logo printed in white on the bottom, a graphic of a juicy plump lips printed in the middle along with OOPS! coming out of the lips in a word bubble and on top it has My Lip Tint Pack and Chic Purple (the color of the lip tint) printed in white.

Right at the very top of the plastic it has the product serial number engraved on.

At the back of the tube it has some information printed in Korean (which I don't understand a word), this tube contains 15g of product, the packaging is recyclable and it is Made in Korea.

Berrisom My Lip Tint Pack Chic Purple
PhotobucketTEXTURE
The texture of the Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack is very thick and sticky, it has a same consistency of a peel-off facial mask and it felt like packing on layers and layers of super glue when applied on the lips.

PhotobucketSCENT
Chic Purple smells like rubbing alcohol. I am not sure if all the Berrisom My Lip Tint Packs smells like this or just the one I own, but it's not a very nice smell. I was expecting a fruity grape flavor scent, since the one I own is purple; and when it comes to Korean cosmetics, these brands always pack their products with a sweet fruity, or at least a nice flora smell.

PhotobucketHOW TO USE 
1. Cover your lips with the lip tint pack, be careful not to apply it outside of your lip.
2. Let it dry for about 5 ~ 10 minutes.
3. Peel off the lip tint pack from the corner of your lips once it is dried.
4. Remove all left over dried pack from step 3.

First of all, step 1 was very messy and it is messy every single time! It is hard to avoid applying the lip tint pack outside of your lips, unless if you were going for the gradient lips look. Berrisom My Lip Tint Pack does not dry within 10 minutes as it claimed in step 2, unless if you have applied a very very thin layer, which never really works with thin layer. For me personally, I always feel like I am not applying enough product and it looks uneven during application; the uneven-ness does matter, because on the spot that you have applied more lip tint pack, the after result is more pigmented and on the spot that you have a thin layer on, it will show as a more sheerer tint. The lip tint pack was not hard to remove during step 3, all you need to do is lift up the corner and peel off the mask, it doesn't hurt while peeling off, and step 4 is just removing left over packs that step 3 could not pick up in one go.

PhotobucketARM SWATCH (DEMO)
Berrisom My Lip Tint Pack Chic Purple Lip Swatch Demo
PhotobucketAPPLICATION
The application tip is pointy and it is easy to apply, what made the application hard was the consistency of the lip tint pack; the texture is very sticky and I always fear that I will either apply too much and it takes too long to dry or I will apply it outside of my lips, and by the time it dries, I won't be able to remove the purple stains outside of my lips until it wears off hours later.

During application, my lips feels very tingly, like that feeling as if I was applying a plumping effect lip gloss.

While the lip tint pack is drying, it feels like the product has suck out all the moist on my lips, it is very drying even though I have exfoliate and apply lip balms beforehand. Before it is fully dried, I have to constantly have my mouth open to avoid my lips sticking together.

PhotobucketLIP SWATCH (DEMO)
STEP 1: Cover lips with Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack. 
STEP 2: Let the product dry. (It took 15 minutes for me during this demo)
STEP 3: Peel off the lip tint pack from the corner of the lips once it is fully dried.
NOTE: The lip tint pack will pull and drag your lips.
NOTE: It doesn't hurt during peel off of Berrisom My Lip Tint Pack.
STEP 3: Done.
STEP 3: Once peel off the bottom lip tint pack, do the same to the upper lips.
NOTE: It pulls and drags during peel off for upper lip, but it wasn't as bad.
STEP 4: Remove / Peel off any left over lip tint pack from the previous step.
FINAL RESULT: Gorgeous sheer lavender purple and very drying.

PhotobucketLONGEVITY
My arm swatches lasted over eight hours and it was easily removed with body wash and a few rubs.

My lip swatches lasted just over four hours and I have only drank water during the whole wear.

PhotobucketBERRISOM CLAIMS
I would have to disagree with a lot of the things Berrisom claims about the Oops My Lip Tint Pack.

Berrisom claims it is moisturizing during wear and from my experiences with this product, there were never once it feels moisturizing; during application it felt like the product has suck out of all the moist from my lips and after removing the lip tint pack, my lips feels very very drying. I could never rock this on its own because of its dryness.

Berrisom claims it is highly pigmented and I am not sure if I should agree or disagree?! It is very pigmented when first applying the lip tint pack, but once peel off the pack, it shows up as a sheer tint. I actually quite like the sheer tint because I am too shy to wear such a bright purple out of the house, hehe.

Berrisom claims it has a long wearing time of up to 12 hours, and that one is a false claim my friends... I have worn the Berrisom My Lip Tint Pack for a couple of times now and each time it lasted around four to five hours, there were never a time it lasted more than six hours on the lips.

PhotobucketAVOID THE DRYNESS
To avoid the uncomfortable feeling of drying lips after peeling off the Oops My Lip Tint Pack, I loving paring it with MAC Tinted Lipglass in Lovechild, Chic Purple and Lovechild together is such a beautiful combination. 

Berrisom My Lip Tint Pack Chic Purple & MAC Lovechild Tinted Lipglass

PhotobucketOVERALL
Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack is an awesome product to try. It may seems like there is a lot of things I dislike about this product, but the whole peel-off lip tint concept has won my heart. Even though the application was messy, it smells like rubbing alcohol and it is super drying, I am still impressed by the result and I love how fun it is!

I have never come across a peel-off lip mask and this is my first time trying out such a cool thing, obviously I get very excited every time I use it. Plus, the sheer purple is gorgeous!

PhotobucketWHERE TO BUY:
RONA Makeup (Mid-City Auckland) - NZD $13
VANESSA (Mid-City Auckland) - NZD $12
WISHTREND (online) - USD $8.99 // on sale



have you tried Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack?

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