Luvmilk Review: My Favorite Fall and Winter Scents from OfficialLuvMilk on Etsy

So… initially, I meant to have this post about my favorite Luvmilk Fall scents go up on Thanksgiving night, to coincide with Luvmilk’s Black Friday sale – but my SSHD had other ideas, as it went into a death spiral on Thanksgiving afternoon and just barely allowed me to run enough checks to confirm that yes, it was a disk failure and not something else, before I had to completely reset Windows to be able to get into the OS at all and backup the last few days’ worth of files. And given the state the SSHD was in, resetting Windows? Literally took two full days.

I mean, on the bright side, Black Friday is possibly the best day to suddenly need new computer parts, yeah? But it also pretty much nuked any chance I had of writing this post in time for the sale, since even with the crazy fast shipping I get from Newegg (they have a distribution center ~2 hours away), it was still a Holiday weekend and deliveries were backed up… so I didn’t get to install my replacement SSHD (and my new SSD, since I finally decided to pull the trigger on that as well after “meaning to” buy one for about a year now) until the next Tuesday.

I did also totally forget to put a bracket in my order (weirdly, I definitely looked them up, but for some reason did not add them into my order with the cables. I am smart?) and Amazon Prime saved the day, both by delivering the bracket I needed within an hour as well as a 4-pack of one of my favorite semi-local beers:

All in all, not the worst turn of events.

So here I am, with my OS on a new SSD and my PC now all zippy because of it – let’s talk about some yummy Fall and Winter indie fragrances!

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Baby Bat Beauty Fall Haul Swatches & Review

Joining the Indie Beauty Fanatics group on Facebook was a fun decision, but definitely throws the door wide open to constant temptation – there are so many amazing indie brands being featured in that group that I’d never heard of despite my lurking and posting on /r/Indiemakeupandmore! One of those brands was Baby Bat Beauty, and I immediately fell in love with their name and aesthetic (I just love bats, they’re super cute, what can I say?) as well as a ton of their swatches. I decided to indulge when they posted a pretty hefty coupon code one weekend, and while I tried not to go too crazy, I did get a decent selection of their cosmetics that I’ll now review here.

All in all, I selected one blush, a liquid highlighter, two matte lipsticks (one classic, one liquid), and a gel eyeliner. The order also came with a cute logo sticker and some promo inserts, as you can see above!

Let’s go through each product, one by one.

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Sephora Favorites Skin Super Foods Kit Review & Unboxing

ETA: Okay, wow. This post was meant to go up back in late July, but unfortunately my motherboard died and the repairs to the PC ended up taking almost the full month of August. So this review is slightly outdated as the Sephora Favorites Skin Super Foods Kit is no longer available, but I’m going to post it anyway just in case they bring it back (which, frankly, they should – this was a bomb kit and easily the best Sephora Favorites box to date in my opinion)!

I was lucky enough to grab the Sephora Favorites Skin Super Foods Kit before it went out of stock, and I thought I’d post my unboxing and initial thoughts just in case anyone’s out there considering going to a brick & mortar Sephora to try and get their hands on one. Given how quickly this kit sold out, though, I would be pretty shocked if Sephora didn’t restock – seems like it’s leaving money on the table if they don’t, you know?

Since the link may or may not be dead depending on current stock levels, here is what you get in this kit:

1 oz / 30 g Boscia Luminizing Black Mask
.32 oz / 9 g Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask
2 oz / 60 g Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish
.15 fl oz / 5 mL Josie Maran Cosmetics Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter
2.5 fl oz / 75 mL Kopari Beauty Coconut Melt
.23 fl oz / 7 mL Tarte Maracuja Oil
.5 fl oz / 15 mL Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
.4 fl oz / 12 mL Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
.5 fl oz / 15 mL Youth to the People Age Prevention Superfood Mask

…all packaged up quite prettily in a very on-trend faux rose-gold-and-marble box.

Read on for my individual thoughts on each item!

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My First ColourPop Haul – with Swatches!

It finally happened: my very own ColourPop haul. Yes, I know I’m insanely behind the times with regards to ColourPop – I think it was because I wasn’t paying enough attention and all of the myriad articles comparing Kylie Jenner’s makeup to ColourPop shades linked the two in my mind. Even though they weren’t actually associated, I find Kylie’s makeup aesthetic to be so far from my taste (I’m trying to be diplomatic here – is it working?) that I kind of subconsciously wrote off ColourPop just based on that tenuous, subconscious link. Plus, you know, I’d held off on buying a lot of new makeup until I did my big destash-and-sell inventory check a few months ago – I was being responsible, yeah? Kind of?

It wasn’t until my beloved Jackie Aina posted a video with a temporary $5 off any order code that I actually decided to go give ColourPop a serious look. I grabbed a few things that immediately jumped out at me from the Jackie-recommended mini-page they had set up (Hammered, More Better, La La, and Come and Get It) – but what really grabbed my attention was the KaePop collab with Karreuche Tran. Yes, old news, I know. But new to me and very much right up my alley – I’d really been slacking on trying out the matte trend, and her nudes and berries and browns actually looked like they’d work on me and not make my lips look grey or washed out (as many of the more popular nude shades do, sadly). And Saigon… well, that would be a test of my daring, because before this order I only owned one kind-of-red lipstick, the MAC x Selena Dreaming of You shade – and that was a deep berry red, even still. I love how red lips look on others, but I’ve always kind of shied away from a true red on my own lips, just out of worry that I wouldn’t be able to pull it off!

I also ended up grabbing their lip primer – since I’d never used matte liquid lips before beyond one Tarte shade, I figured it might be better to be safe rather than sorry – and also netted some mini lippie stix from the ‘mini bar’ promotional area.

Even though I know these shades are not new and have been swatched all over the internet, I thought I’d also make this one of my very first full swatch posts – I mean, since I’m entering the current Western makeup era by finally getting on the Colourpop boat, I might as well also jump onto the swatch bandwagon as well, right? Plus, who knows – maybe my specific skintone with these shades will help someone.

For reference, my only perfect foundation matches are Tarte’s Light-Medium Honey (in winter and probably on my arms, since my arms are lighter than my face) and Medium Honey (if I’ve encountered too many unavoidable DEADLY LASER BEAMS in the summer). So I am a peachy-olive, light-medium type of coloring.

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Probably Obvious PSA: Domain Change!

So if you’ve been following me on social media at all, you already know that I changed both my instagram and twitter handles awhile back to reflect my peach mania. I also registered this domain, mostly because I just liked how it sounded and had kind of a vague idea for something to do with it – but after some more thought, I’m going to just use it as my blog domain. As fun as Mint Mairi was, I fucked up by choosing a name that isn’t super intuitive when it comes to spelling and type-ins. So today I’ve moved the site over to its new home here at peachgummy.com 🍑🍑🍑

I’ve also switched web hosts at the same time. I’m hoping that we’ll all notice some performance boosts, as I was getting sick of all the downtime alerts that I’d been getting recently. I’ve moved to SiteGround, which has gained a pretty solid reputation lately – especially for hosting WordPress blogs. Their plans seemed quite generous, too, compared to what I was paying for with Namecheap before. I’m hoping that it works out well! If you’re interested in SiteGround, you can use the affiliate link in this post and net me some free hosting time if you seal the deal, by the way 😘

I am also physically moving in real life this weekend, so the site’s gonna be in this sort of weird in-between limbo for a few days until I get my net set up there and can redesign the site’s look a bit to match its new domain. You know what that means, yeah? Get ready for peach, peach, peach mania!

Once I’m settled in and the site’s looking better, I have a few hauls to post (Sephora, TWO!! Luvmilk packages, Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual and some various K-Beauty goodies from eBay shops) as well as several product reviews that have been simmering for awhile (Shara Shara Green Apple Martini Pore Ampoule, Candy O’Lady Chewy Jelly Cleanser, several sheet masks, Skinfood Dragonfruit Sun Stamp, among many others…) and a few more Blade & Soul presets – all coming sooner rather than later, hopefully!

I also obtained a pretty rad deal on body composition analysis via Groupon, and am planning on doing an experiment where I get analyzed, do the PIIT28 & 28 Day Reset program from Blogilates, and then get analyzed again so I can share the results here in a write-up – so we can see the nitty gritty of how much that program changes me, both in measurements and in-depth. I’m a big fan of the Blogilates monthly calendar already, and have dabbled in PIIT28 before, but I’ve never committed to the 28 Day Reset before – I figured right when I’ve just moved and don’t have any extraneous foods in the house to derail me will be the optimal time to try it out, right?

(I also may have snagged a bunch of the Mermaid Popflex workout clothes as well when coming up with this whole plan… 😇)

I think that’s about everything. Let me know if you find anything that’s broken, though – I’m already aware of missing images in a few posts, but I may be overlooking some other errors that could have hopped along for the ride when moving the site’s databases and files.

Thanks for reading and see you soon!

Hello Care Olive Collagen Sheet Mask Review

Remember how I was planning to step up my sheet mask review game? Hahahahaha, yeah. Good joke, I guess. But I’m actually going to pay up today and give you guys my Hello Care Olive Collagen Sheet Mask Review, since I actually remembered to take photos when I used it two nights ago!

But seriously, guys. This is how crazy my sheet mask backlog has become: I posted this pic of my Hello Care Sheet Mask haul from Asian Food Grocer twenty-six weeks ago, and I’ve only tried a whopping two of them since then.

Got a bunch of clearanced sheet masks today, lucky lucky ? #kbeauty #skincare #shopping

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I may have a problem.

Anyhow, as I alluded to in that insta post, I managed to get these sheet masks dirt cheap when Asian Food Grocer was clearing them out. I guess sheet masks weren’t selling very well for them, because they slashed them all to like 50 cents each and don’t seem to have ever restocked. I grabbed one of each type available, though looking at Hello Care’s website, the Intensive Collagen line has a TON of variations beyond the seven “flavours” that I purchased.

However, today I’m only going to be talking about the Hello Care Intensive Olive Collagen Treatment Mask.

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Xaivita Goat Milk Whitening Cream Review

Thanks to my 2014 Memebox spree, my backstash of moisturizers and facial cream is positively insane. Today, I’m going to post my Xaivita Goat Milk Whitening Cream Review – this is a product that I’ve been using for the past eight weeks, but I’ve actually owned since the Cleopatra Memebox was released way back in winter of 2014!! Seriously, guys, this is why I’ve been trying to make 2017 the year of depop, because things are a little out of control…

Anyhow, the Xaivita Goat Milk Whitening Cream is one that I’ve had on my shortlist for when I needed a new wintertime moisturizer, due to its myriad hydrating ingredients. Among other standouts, this cream includes sodium hyaluronate, goat milk at 10,000 ppm, macadamia oil, jojoba esters, niacinamide, and glycerin. It seemed like a great choice for a season where my skin would be battered by cold temperature and winds when outside walking my dog and running errands, you know?

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