Tag: lip gloss

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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Korea’s Most Wanted Memebox Review & Unboxing

Today we have another old-ish Memebox unboxing post. This is my Korea’s Most Wanted Memebox review… this box shipped out at the end of August, but I didn’t get it until mid-September… and for some reason this post has been sitting in my drafts, about 3/4 finished, for well over a month! I seriously have no clue what’s up with me, but it’s time to get cracking on this Memebox review backlog, huh?

It’s not even like it wasn’t an exciting box, either – I actually really liked all the products and I’ve been frequently some of them – one item was even the target of attempted theft by my mother because it’s so nifty, haha. But I’m getting ahead of myself a bit, so let’s get back to the basic premise of this box.

It’s a sister act!

Did you know that Memebox Global has an older sister named Memebox Korea?

Both sisters were both born in Seoul, yes, but after Memebox Global’s move to San Francisco, and a long time of separation, the sisters are finally doing something fun! This time, it’s a sister act!

Memebox Global and Memebox Korea are teaming up to bring you Korea’s Most Wanted Box, the best of the best in K-Beauty!

Also a global hub for K-beauty-holics and makeup addicts, Memebox Korea carries only the hottest and most up-to-date Korean trends, and she’s giving us everything from hair and body products to makeup and skin care products so that you can get a taste of real Korean beauty! This box retails at over $100, but you can get yours for only $32!

Who can resist that, right? The hottest beauty trends AND bang for your buck? This was one of the first Memeboxes that I ordered, actually, as it just sounded like such a good introduction to Memebox in general. Honestly, I wasn’t disappointed, and I hope that they do more iterations of this concept in the future!

intro

This box includes a nice mix of items – you’ve got skincare, makeup, nail polish, and even an interesting kind of… utility product, I guess, would be the best way to define it?

If you just want a quick-and-basic idea of what was in the box, here is the front and back of the included information card:

…if you’re interested in more detail and my thoughts on each item, however, please click the read more!

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Superbox #54 Pinkaholic Memebox Review & Unboxing

I know, I know. I’m really behind on my Memebox review posts, largely because I just haven’t had the drive for beauty blogging lately. On the bright side, this means that I’ve actually had a chance to use a couple of these products for a month-ish already, so full reviews will be incoming & I can give a better overview of them in this post.

Today’s unboxing will by the Superbox # 54 Pinkaholic Memebox review. Here’s the premise of the box, according to Memebox’s site:

Life is so much better in shades of pink!

Pink cotton candy clouds, baby pink lips, happy pink balloons, little presents with big pink bows, bubbly pink champagnes, sweet pink peas… at Memebox we’re so obsessed with all things pink!

If you’re a fellow pinkholic, this is the box for you! Filled with every shade of pink that you can possibly imagine, and all lovely pink-y things, this box is an explosion of pretty, pink beauty things that will surely satisfy all you pink manias!

I’ve always loved pink (when I was little, I often told people that my favorite color was “cotton pink” which apparently confused my mother to no end – but I meant, like, cotton candy, you know?) and obviously, if you’ve been reading my blog here, you know that I love cute packaging. So I was instantly sold on this particular superbox as soon as I saw the listing!

first look

Here’s the first look. The hot pink Memebox packaging really suits this box, you know? If you’ve never received a Memebox before, they come shipped in BRIGHT PINK bubble mailers and then a hot pink box within the mailer. I love it!

pinkaholic memebox

…And here’s everything laid out and unboxed. It really is a whole lotta pink products, eh? I personally think they did a really good job and selecting products that were PINK PINK PINK yet still very functional and useful.

Let’s get down to the blow-by-blows for each product. As always, if you’re viewing this from the main page, please click the read more to see the entire post!

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My Cute Wishlist 2 Memebox Review & Unboxing

Like so many people, one of my favorite things about Asian cosmetics is just how darn cute the packaging can be. Etude House, Tony Moly, Skinfood, It’s Skin’s Babyface line, and my personal favorite Holika Holika – tons of brands make their names with both products that are both adorable and high quality. Given how often “cute packaging” in Western cosmetics tends to mean “cheap, crappy drugstore products aimed at pre-teens”, it’s really awesome to have a way for adults with real skin and cosmetic concerns to still be able to indulge their more whimsical sides.

All that is to say, when My Cute Wishlist 2 popped up on the Memebox site? OF COURSE I grabbed it.

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Here’s the official description of this Memebox:

It’s Back! We spritzed, powdered, and puckered up our way through thousands of precious darlings to bring you a box that bubbles over with cuteness!

The second edition of our My Cute Wishlist Box is loaded with darling delights that have swoon-worthy signature cheeky Korean names and gosh-darn-cute packaging. From miniature beautifying trinkets to precious pouch portables, this box full of darling beauty finds will make you bubble over with giddiness.

I’d have to say that personally, I think this box did live up to its hype! It’s definitely the box that I was most pleased with simply based on initial appearances. Obviously, as I try out individual products from all the (too many) boxes that I’ve ordered, that could change a lot, so that’s why I’m emphasizing that this is currently my favorite box just based on superficial, first appearances.

unboxed

Ever since finding out about the It’s Skin Babyface line, I have been wanting… well, pretty much the entire line! I was so happy to see the trademark smiley-face-and-wings packaging looking at me from within this box! The product in the ice cream truck packaging and the happy pig box also stood out to me upon first look.

As per usual, if you want the itemized product list and my opinions on each, please click the read more!

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September 2014 Glossybox Review & Unboxing + October 2014 Glossybox Spoilers!

Continuing my pattern of slowpoke Glossybox unboxing posts, it’s almost a week into October and here I am about to do my September 2014 Glossybox review! Apparently my mailman only feels like delivering packages in giant batches, I received *five* Memeboxes (that I’d been waiting on for like a month) and my Glossybox all on the same day. Since that’s highly unlikely to be coincidence – their shipping notices were all at least several days apart – it looks like my PO is content to just let people’s packages sit around until they finally feel like delivering things.

Sigh.

I’m on a no-buy right now, but if we still have the same abysmal mailman at the start of next year, I’ll probably have to look into getting a PO box (at a different PO because I’m not rewarding mine for bad service by paying them more $$ to get my mail on time) for my sub boxes and orders that need to ship USPS.

Anyhow, enough complaining, because the September box is pretty nice!

firstlook

As you can see, the September box was curated by Harper’s Bazaar. This had me interested, because I actually subscribe to and generally enjoy their magazine! If only they’d stop working with Terry Richardson, though… I find him distasteful enough that I likely won’t renew my subscription when it ends unless they’ve dropped him.

Their beauty advice is generally far sounder than their taste in skeezy photographers, though, so I expected that this would be a good box, and I wasn’t disappointed!

openbox

Here’s the first look with the card and tissue paper pulled back so that you can actually see the products. I spy an Essie polish, BVLGARI something, and an OCC Lip Tar! We had a spoiler about Benefit They’re Real Mascara, so that’s obviously what the black box contains, but the other white box is still a mystery at this point…!

I am really glad that they’ve kept the new box style that they premiered last month. I still feel something about the texture and shape just looks crisper and more chic. This special edition box was white and black rather than the classic pastel pink and black – I love that they let the guest curators design their own boxes as well. Really adds to the experience, I think!

unboxed

Here’s everything pulled out and lined up. Uh, please ignore the fact that the lip tar appears to be about to fire a laser beam at my (new, significantly less shitty!) camera.

Hit the read more if you’d like to see the blow-by-blow list of each product and my thoughts~

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Sasa.com & eBay Haul: More Asian Beauty Products (Featuring Photos, Descriptions & Mini Reviews)!

Apparently the mail service tapped into the speed force this month, because most of my overseas purchases from the last week of July have somehow arrived already! Usually it takes about 3-4 weeks for me to receive packages from Asia. Well, I’m not complaining! It’s been great fun having so much mail these past few weeks between my Etsy buys and now these all these earlier-than-expected packages~

Sasa August 2014 Haul

So this haul is from various eBay sellers and SASA.com, a well known place to buy Asian products online. As you can see, I got a decent range of Asian beauty products this time around – sunscreen, sheet masks, lipsticks, BB cream, etc.

Want specifics and some serious TL;DR about my product choices? Like you had to ask! Just click the read more~

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Tony Moly Petite Bunny Bar Lip Gloss Review – No. 6 Juicy Orange

The other day, I posted some photos of a few of my recent Korean beauty purchases. One of those items was the almost sickeningly cute Tony Moly Petite Bunny Bar Lip Gloss in #6, Juicy Orange. I tried it out today, so I thought I’d give my thoughts for anyone who was curious about this product and, in particular, the orange shade.

Here's the gloss next to one of my other purchases, an Etude House nail polish.
Here’s the gloss next to one of my other purchases, an Etude House nail polish.

Obviously, the packaging is insanely adorable. Each shade has a different “expression” on the bunny’s face, too, which I love. Apparently my bunny is doing his best Grumpy Cat impression, as he looks totally unimpressed…

Here's the open gloss - you can see that it's just a solid stick that you can swivel up and down from the base.
Here’s the open gloss – you see that it’s a solid stick that you can swivel up/down from the base.

The color in that photo is a little misleading, IMO – yes, the solid gloss part looks SUPER orange, but when you apply it, it’s really not such a strong shade at all. In fact, it’s rather sheer, so you can build it to your desired strength. To me, the color applies as a nice, glossy peachy-melon color, but it’s possible that my lip’s natural pigment is giving it more pink undertones than it actually has. According to random strangers, my lips are very pigmented on their own (yes, when I worked in a salon/beauty shop I’d have random customers try to buy my “lip gloss shade” when it was just me wearing a clear lip balm… oops?) – you can see here:

This is my natural lip tone, no balm or anything.
This is my natural lip color, no balm included.

First of all, this lip gloss is really effective as a balm as well. I didn’t need to put any balm on underneath it, the gloss applied smoothly and evenly all on its own. It’s also actually hydrating, so my lips don’t feel dry within 5 minutes (my lips are REALLY dry, so this is awesome for me – even a lot of supposedly “heavy duty” lip balms don’t moisturize enough for me, much less supposedly hydrating lip colors).

The balm has a very mild, not-too-sweet orange scent. It’s nowhere near as strong as, say, those old Bonne Bell Lip Smackers we all used to collect in middle school, but the flavor is there.

A liberal application of gloss gives a nice, smooth, peach-melon shine and a dose of moisture as well!
A liberal application of gloss gives a nice, smooth, peach-melon shine and a dose of moisture as well!

As you can see, this isn’t a super-pigmented, pow-boom-bang knock ’em out lip color – it’s more of a light gloss that allows you to play with some colors that you might not normally wear (such as orange!) without going too far out of your comfort zone if, like myself, you tend to prefer a more natural look for everyday wear.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of my bare lips and glossed lips, just in case it helps people see the color a bit better:

I have to admit, it feels a little weird taking so many pictures of my mouth!
I have to admit, it feels a little weird taking so many pictures of my mouth!

As for wear and longevity, it seems average. A decent amount of the color WILL come off if you do the napkin test, and if you’re drinking/eating you’ll probably wear the gloss away. However, since this gloss is so sheer and acts very balm-like, reapplication isn’t a big deal since you’re not likely to go overboard with the color even without a mirror; additionally, since you can forego lip balm with this product, you can just reapply as you would your normal balm. Plus, that cute packaging is just begging to be used around other people, right?

I’m really happy with this purchase – it’s soooooooooo cute and the color suits my recent peach/melon/coral craze perfectly. I’m also loving the hydrating effects of the gloss, since most “tinted balms” end up disappointing me on the moisture aspect. I’d definitely like to buy a few more of the colors – if they’re all as texturally smooth, hydrating, and have the same sheer pop of color, having a few shades in my cosmetic wardrobe sounds like a really excellent idea.

I purchased this balm from rinishop for $5.44, however you can also find it on Amazon from quite a few sellers, usually in the $6-7 range. W2 Beauty also carries the entire range of colors.

That about wraps it up – thanks for checking out my Tony Moly Petite Bunny Bar Lip Gloss review – it’s a really fun, cute product that gives great color and moisture, so I definitely recommend it!

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