Hold Live Cosmetics ♡ First Impression

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Hold Live Cosmetics First Impression

Today I am sharing with you a first impression of a makeup brand that I have recently tested, this is my first time trying out this brand, so it's totally new to me.

The brand is called Hold Live Cosmetics and it is a Chinese makeup brand.

I purchased all products shown in this post from Taobao and I used the parcel forwarding service *Superbuy to ship everything to me in New Zealand.

Some of you may have heard of Superbuy from YouTube beauty gurus, but for those of you that aren't familiar, Superbuy is a parcel forwarding service based in mainland China that helps delivers stuff you bought in China to your destination country. They also offers a shopping agent service that buys products from Taobao on behalf of you. Think of it as a Chinese version of Shipito.

Ever since New Zealand Post cancelled YouShop China, I have been using Superbuy. Their customer service is always amazing, quick to respond to your queries, they packaged your parcels really well, I never get charged at customs and my parcels always arrived in the time framed given.

Anyways, let's start with my first impression. I am so excited to share with you my thoughts on some of these products!

Hold Live Lipsticks
Hold Live FeiPink Velvet Lipstick #106
Hold Live FeiPink Velvet Lipstick #106
Hold Live FeiPink Velvet Lipstick #106

 HOLD LIVE FEIPINK VELVET LIPSTICK is also known as the Pink Diamond Lipstick, it is available in six shades and lipstick comes packaged in a pink diamond-shaped casing. The formula is described as creamy and smooth, it claims to be long-wearing and hydrating during use.

Hold Live Banquet Starlight Lipstick #563
Hold Live Lipsticks
Hold Live Banquet Starlight Lipstick #563

 HOLD LIVE BANQUET STARLIGHT LIPSTICK is available in six shades and the lipstick comes packaged in a similar packaging to the FeiPink Velvet Lipstick, except that it comes in a starry night glitter colour instead. The formula is described as creamy, pigmented and long-wearing.

I like both packaging of the FeiPink Velvet Lipstick and the Banquet Starlight Lipstick, one is pink and girly and the other looks quite elegant. Both have a silver chain attached to the tube and you can wear the lipstick as a necklace, which I assume they took inspiration from Christian Louboutin. While they are fun and pretty to look at, I do find them quite bulky to carry around.

Hold Live Cheek Color Book Palette #205
Hold Live Cheek Color Book Palette #205
Hold Live Cheek Color Book Palette #205

 HOLD LIVE CHEEK COLOR BOOK PALETTE is available in five themes and each palette comes in four shades. The one I bought is #205 and it consist of mauvey, orangey and brown shades that are more suitable for autumn and winter. The brand has described the palette as high pigmentation that blends easily and smoothly.

Hold Live White Jade Highlights #901
Hold Live White Jade Highlights #901

 HOLD LIVE WHITE JADE HIGHLIGHTS has the prettiest marble packaging and with every order they gift you a pink makeup brush that is super girly. The highlighter is available in four shades and I bought #901 which is called the Moonlight Goddess and it is suggested for all skin types.

Hold Live Marble Contour Stick #102
Hold Live Marble Contour Stick #102
Hold Live Marble Contour Stick #102
Hold Live Marble Contour Stick #102

 HOLD LIVE MARBLE CONTOUR STICK or a control stick as they call it is designed to be an easy to use, swipe and go product. Each one contains two shades, a darker contour and a lighter one and it claims to be water-proof, sweat-proof and long wearing.

I have always been afraid of contour sticks as they takes forever to blend out, but I have been trying this one from Hold Live for a week now and I love that the formula is so creamy and it blends out easily. I am not a huge fan of the lighter shade though as I feel like it blends out really chalky on my skin, but the darker shade has been amazing! The darker shade is pigmented, but it blends out smoothly and it doesn't make my face looks muddy. It's long wearing and it feels lightweight on the skin.

Hold Live Fruit Juice Blusher #403
Hold Live Fruit Juice Blusher #403
Hold Live Fruit Juice Blusher #403

 HOLD LIVE FRUIT JUICE BLUSHER is available in four shades and it is described as a long wearing liquid blusher that blends effortlessly with a fresh fruity scent.

Liquid blusher is also another makeup products that I would always avoid because they often dries too fast for me to blend and it would end up looking like a stain, and then I would try to fix the problem, but I always make it worst, so to me, liquid blusher is a scary thing.

Although I am no fan of liquid blusher, I still love buying it, I am not sure why, maybe they're just really pretty to look at and they're affordable, so I buy it. I have been trying the Fruit Juice Blusher for a week now and I can't believe I am saying this, but I have been absolutely loving this blush! The color is pigmented when I first dotted it on my face, but when I blend it out with either my fingers or a makeup sponge, the color becomes sheer and it looks very natural on my skin.

The shade I bought, #403 is one of their best-selling color and it claims to be a dupe for A'Pieu's Juicy-Pang Water Blusher in shade BE01.

Hold Live White Jade Small Lipstick #511
Hold Live White Jade Small Lipstick #511
Hold Live White Jade Small Lipstick #511

 HOLD LIVE WHITE JADE SMALL LIPSTICK is described as a lip colour with rich and silky texture. It has a great pigmentation and it wears for long hours. It is available in six shades and I bought the color #511 which is a rosy-red.

I have used this lipstick once and I like that it's long wearing and moisturising during wear. The color is more suited for autumn and the colder season, but it is a beautiful shade anyway. It does transfer to cups when drinking, but there was no need for me to re-apply during the day.

Hold Live Marble Velvet Matte Lipstick #603
Hold Live Marble Velvet Matte Lipstick #603
Hold Live Marble Velvet Matte Lipstick #603

 HOLD LIVE MARBLE VELVET MATTE LIPSTICK has to be my least favourite out of all the products shown in this post. I initially liked it, I love the color and the formula is very lightweight.

As with all matte liquid lipsticks you are expecting it to dry down completely right?! Well, upon my first application I did applied lip balms before-hand and the formula becomes oily as expected. I was on my way to work that day and I fell asleep on the bus, then I woke up an hour later with the lipstick smeared all over face and I thought that was the cause of the lip balm. At that point I still liked it and I was willing to give it a second chance.

During the day, the lip color did transfer to cups and food and after lunch I re-applied, my lips were completely dried, no lip balms or anything and after my second application I thought, this is it, I love this lipstick! It's absolutely gorgeous!

Then on my way home, I fell asleep again and of course, I woke up with lipstick smeared all over my face, AGAIN!

Hold Live Matte Lip Glaze Set
Hold Live Matte Lip Glaze Set
Hold Live Matte Lip Glaze Set

 HOLD LIVE MATTE LIP GLAZE SET is one of the most popular products from the brand. The set contains five liquid lipsticks that are described as lightweight with a smooth matte texture and long lasting color.

It contains shades like #501 brown red, #502 orange red, #503 tomatoe red, #504 fancy ruby which claims to be a dupe for Fenty Beauty's Stunna Lip Paint in shade Uncensored and #505 choco jam and it claims to be a dupe for Giorgio Armani's Lip Maestro in shade 200.

I have only tried the shade #501 and I love it! The set has a very strong jasmine perfume scent that can be a bit over-powering for some, but the smell fades as soon as you apply the lip product. The lipstick does transfer to cups but it last literally all day and I mean more than 12 hours. It's matte but it doesn't feel dry during wear, it's neither moisturising, but it feels comfortable and the color is so gorgeous!

Hold Live Mousse Velvet Lipstick Set
Hold Live Mousse Velvet Lipstick Set
Hold Live Mousse Velvet Lipstick Set

 HOLD LIVE MOUSSE VELVET LIPSTICK SET is also one of the brand's best selling product. The set consist of five matte lipsticks in beautiful shades and the formula is described as velvety, lightweight and lasting moisturising. Think MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in a more affordable and longer lasting version, this is exactly it.

#316 is the only one I have tried so far, I love the color and the formula is very comfortable to wear. I had Dante's Pizza for lunch that day, it's delicious, but it's greasy and we all know that matte formulas can't handle greasy oily things, but this one stays all day. I didn't have to re-apply after lunch and it stayed on throughout the 11 hours I was out. So impressive right?!

The only negative thing I would say about these lipsticks is that they break so easily and I'm not sure if it has something to do with the climate. It's currently winter in China, I heard that it's very very cold and while in New Zealand we are still in summer and it's very hot. The breakage has nothing to do with the delivery as they break while I was doing the arm swatches.



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2018 Beauty Favourites ♡ Too Faced, ColourPop, Kat Von D, Urban Decay, NARS, Canmake, Kylie Cosmetics, Jo Malone London + more


Ever since Too Faced released their Peaches & Cream Matte Makeup Collection, I have been very obsessed with the line. I have tried almost everything from this line and my two absolute favourites has to be the TOO FACED Primed & Peachy Cooling Matte Perfecting Primer (NZD$51.00 - Mecca) and the TOO FACED Peach Perfect Foundation | Vanilla (NZD$57.00 - Mecca).

The primer was mentioned in my latest beauty empties and I have since purchased a new one because it's THAT amazing! I love that it blur flaws and smooth complexion, it feels lightweight and it wears comfortably throughout the day, it keeps my makeup in place and it smells delicious.

The foundation is literally the BEST summer foundation! It has a thick texture, but once blends out, it feels lightweight on the skin. It creates a flawless matte look without looking cakey, it wears for long hours even on a very hot day and it's good at oil controlling.


COLOURPOP No Filter Concealer | Light 14 (USD$6.00 - ColourPop) has been a long time favourite, although I don't use a lot of concealers these days as I am more into the no makeup makeup look, there are days that I still feel like glamming up with a full coverage look and this is the only concealer I reach for and/or re-purchase every single time. I love that it's full coverage, but it feels lightweight and it's not cakey nor does it crease under-eye.


COLOURPOP No Filter Setting Powder | Translucent (USD$9.00 - ColourPop) has been my go-to setting powder for the past three months, I use it with a powder brush and I just wish that it comes with a puff. I use it as an all-over setting powder, I use it for work and I use it for gym, and I just love that it makes my skin looks so soft and flawless. Although I do have oily skin, sometimes I get dry patches around my chin area and surprisingly this powder doesn't clings to dry patches.


I feel like I don't have to explain further with this brow pencil as it has been mentioned plenty of times in my beauty empties post. I love it, I am obsessed with it and I literally go into panic-mode when it's running out. COLOURPOP Brow Boss Pencil | Dark Brown (USD$5.00 - ColourPop) is the best, best, BEST brow pencil if you are looking for that natural brows looks. Ever since the first time I used this product, I have been getting a lot of compliments on how natural my brows look, its amazing and it wears all day. 


There are two brow gels that I have been loving during the past few months, one is from Chanel and another being the URBAN DECAY Brow Tamer Gel | Neutral Brown (NZD$36.00 - Mecca). I like both equally, but because I haven't had Chanel for a long time, I decided to put Urban Decay in my 2018 beauty favourites instead. This brow gel has a water-resistant formula, the brush is not too big, nor too small and it's able to brush on precisely. It's not crunchy, it's lightweight, the formula dries down quickly and it wears comfortably all day.


TOO FACED Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette (NZD$78.00 - Mecca) is probably the only eyeshadow palettes that I have hit pan on. I have only started using eyeshadows on a daily basis from last year and Sweet Peach is the one I reach for all the time. My favourite thing about it is definitely the peach scent and I also like that the eyeshadows are so soft and blends out smoothly.


COLOURPOP It's A Princess Thing Eyeshadow Palette (USD$20.00 - ColourPop) is also another eyeshadow palette that I have been reaching for a lot during 2018. The top rows are all base and crease colors, the texture is smooth, pigmented and blends nicely. My favourite has to be the middle row and I love using them as eyeshadow toppers, the colors are all glittery and pigmented, but they are not like crazy blings, which is great for daily wears.


If you are a glitter lover, you will adore the STILA Magnificent Metals Liquid Eye Shadow | Rose Gold Retro (NZD$38.00 - Mecca)! I love that the eyeshadow is easy to blend with a brush and the glitter stays on all day. It's easy to apply and the color is beautiful and vibrant.


KISS ME Heroine Make Long and Curl Mascara is the BEST and the ONLY MASCARA that works on my short, downward "Asian" eyelashes! Although I haven't worn mascaras in a long time, this is the ONLY ONE I reach for when I do and I am forever recommending this because it can hold my eyelashes up for as long as I have it on. I have worn this mascara for 18 hours or more and my lashes stays curled, it doesn't smudged and it doesn't give you the clumpy look.


I have heard amazing things about the KAT VON D Tattoo Liner | Trooper (NZD$28.00 - Sephora) and let me tell you, it is TRULY AMAZING! I have worn this eyeliner on a bad day, I cried all the way home and by the time I get home my eyeliner stayed looking perfect as if I have just applied it, mind you, prior to the bawling out on the bus, I have already worn this eyeliner for 10 hours! Talk about IMPRESSIVE! I love that this eyeliner is long-wearing, it's water-proof, sweat-proof, it's very black and the tip is soft, yet applies precisely.


NARS Orgasm Infatuation Cheek Palette is a limited edition palette from the 2018 Holiday Collection. I didn't want to share with you a product that is no longer to purchase, but I can't go without sharing with you my favourite highlighter of the year! This palette includes a bronzer (Laguna), a blush (Orgasm) and a highlighter (Orgasm), I initially bought it for reviews and first impressions, but who would have though that the highlighter hits pan before I could prepared for the post. The highlighter is so beautiful, it gives a subtle glow that last all day.


I have used and loved a couple of Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks in the past and this time I decided to try a matte version, which is the CANMAKE Mat Fleur Cheeks | 02 Matte Girly Rose. I love that this blush is so subtle, it gives you that natural cheeks look and it wears all day. I can use it on a daily work day or I can use it for gym for that natural flush.


Kylie Cosmetics has to be my favourite brand for lips products in 2018. Ever since I purchased the KYLIE COSMETICS Velvet Liquid Lipstick | Goals (USD$16.00 - Kylie Cosmetics), I have been using this shade non-stop, although I do switch up my lip colors from day to day, I find that Kylie Cosmetics Goals is the shade I reach for the most. I love that the texture is soft, it dries to a velvet finish, it wears comfortably all day, it doesn't smudge nor feather, it only transfers a little to cups and the color is absolutely beautiful! Goals is described as a soft strawberry, it's not too vibrant, it can be worn in day times or party nights, the staying power is really good as well, I rarely had to touch-up, except after eating a proper meal.


BIORE Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser (NZD$13.99 - Farmers) has become a favourite since the first time I tried it. The cleanser feels so refreshing during and after wash, it has a cooling feel when I spread out the product on my face and it doesn't give me that squeaky clean feeling afterwards.


I kind of fell in love with Jo Malone in 2018 and a lot of new perfumes that I have purchased during this year are from the brand. My overall favourite scent has to be JO MALONE Tropical Cherimoya Cologne 100ml (NZD$236.00 - Smith & Caughey's), it's fruity, it's subtle and it's a perfect summer scent. During the winter times, I have been loving the NARCISO RODRIGUEZ For Her Fleur Musc EDP 50ml (NZD$173.00 - Farmers), I love the sweet, roses smell and I find that it's a very feminine and girly scent.