Sunday, October 20, 2019

Beauty Empties #16 ♡ Urban Decay, Kylie Skin, Too Faced, Origins, Kiehl's, Maybelline + More

The last beauty empties I posted was nearly three months ago and since then, I have collected another basket full of empty products that I am excited to share with you.

I feel like majority of the times I buy the same products over and over, so in my empties posts, there are a lot of repeated stuff, but this time, I have tried a few new products and hopefully this post doesn't get too boring. Haha ~ 

URBAN DECAY CHERRY-SCENTED ALL NIGHTER SETTING SPRAY SMELLS SO GOOD! I love it so much that I bought a bunch of back-ups before it's all sold out. This one was limited edition that launched with the Naked Cherry collection.

URBAN DECAY MECCALAND ALL NIGHTER SETTING SPRAY was a Mecca exclusive and I can't describe the smell of this, but it smells kind of fake, like packages... I don't know, hahah.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is my all time favourites.

GLOW RECIPE WATERMELON PINK JUICE MOISTURIZER was okay and to be honest, I think the brand and their products are overhyped. This moisturiser is described as a lightweight, brightening product that boost radiance and glow and I feel like it does the same on my skin as any other moisturiser.

KYLIE SKIN VITAMIN C SERUM is one of the new products that I tried this year and really like. I am just really surprised at how fast this bottle finished, I used it every morning and it lasted about two months. I like that it reduces my redness and that it makes my face looks fresh.

TOO FACED PEACH PERFECT FOUNDATION IS THE BEST FOUNDATION FOR OILY SKIN and I had to write that all in capital letters, so you know how serious I am about it. I have recommended this foundation to people with oily skin and they all end up loving it! I love that it feels lightweight, it wears all day, looks flawless on the skin and it smells like peaches.

FRESH SOY FACE CLEANSER didn't wow me, but it didn't do a bad job either. I bought this to try because a lot of people has recommended, but again, I feel like it does the same on me as any other cleanser.

ORIGINS ORIGINAL SKIN MATTE MOISTURIZER is another product that I highly recommended for people with oily skin. It's so amazing, it keeps my skin matte all day without loosing the glow. I use this every morning with or without makeup.

GLAMGLOW GRAVITYMUD PINK FIRMING TREATMENT only comes in the travel size and this little pot lasted me three uses and it cost $39, which I think is really expensive. The product itself is amazing though, this is a peel-off mask and it makes my skin feeling lifted after every use.

KIEHL'S MANGO LIP BALM smells good and I bought it because it says to be one of the best lip balms on the market, and I love mango.

MAYBELLINE INSTANT AGE REWIND ERASER CONCEALER was THE THING back in the days and it is still an amazing concealer, but I think the sponge tip is totally gross.

COLOURPOP NO FILTER CONCEALER is one of my favourites products of all times. It's full coverage, but it doesn't feel heavy on the skin.

HEROINE MAKE SPEEDY MASCARA REMOVER does an amazing job at removing waterproof mascaras, even those that are super tough to remove, but for some reason, every time I use this, my lashes falls off randomly, to the point where I feel like my eyes were going bald.

NARS AUDACIOUS MASCARA is probably a good mascara, but it didn't work for me and these brands are not the ones to blame. I have quite short and straight lashes that only a few selected mascaras can lift up those stubborn babies.

REVITALASH ADVANCED, I bought the six months Revitalash exactly year ago and I am throwing them away because I don't think it's safe to use anymore. Although, I have only used two months of it and I think it may have grew my lashes a little, I couldn't be bother applying every single day and I end up just forgetting it.

BENEFIT GOOF PROOF BROW PENCIL is one of my most re-purchased brow product of all time and if it wasn't so expensive, I would probably have a bunch of backups already. I was a bit disappointed with this one though, the pencil breaks too often, like I could be lining my brows and it would randomly snap.

KAT VON D TATTOO LINER is the absolute BEST eyeliner I have ever used! I have gone through so many down times this year and last year, I have cried a lot while wearing the Tattoo Liners and it really surprised me that, while all my other makeup have faded, my eyeliners stayed perfectly winged.

COLOURPOP BROW BOSS PENCIL is one of the products that I talked about in almost all of my beauty empties posts. I usually have a bunch of Brow Boss empties, but this past months I have been trying to Fenty Beauty Brow MVP instead. Brow Boss is still my favourite, I love that it gives the most natural looking brows look.

THE GOOD VITAMIN CO. GOOD BIOTIN FOR SKIN HAIR NAILS, I have talked about this in my last beauty empties and so far I have emptied three bottles already. I do still think that the vitamin helped with growing my hair, but for my nails, I am not so sure anymore, even though my nails are growing, but they're breaking at the same time. Now I am thinking, the people at the nail places helps fixed my nails, not the vitamins, ya'know?!

LANCOME ABSOLUE SUBLIME RADIANCE COMPACT FOUNDATION is sooooo old and the shade doesn't even match me anymore, so I am throwing it out.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Too Faced Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Long Wear Lipstick ♡ Got Peach? Review + Swatches

Today I am reviewing the Too Faced Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Long Wear Lipstick in the shade Got Peach? which is described as a terracotta peach. I actually bought this lipstick a year ago and I initially bought it as a collective item as I didn't want to ruin the packaging, but as I was clearing out my makeup collection recently, I thought what's the point of buying something and not using it?!

So, I have been using this lipstick for a week now and I absolutely love the formula. If you are a fan of matte lipsticks that are moisturising with a good pigmentation, then I know you will love this and that is why I can't wait to share with you my thoughts on this range.

The Too Faced Peach Kiss Lipstick is described as "a hydrating matte lipstick with intense color, infused with peach and sweet fig milk". The formula claims to be long-wearing, up to eight hours wear with a comfortable matte finish.

These lipsticks are heavily scented, Too Faced described the scent as peaches and cream. I personally love the smell of these, they smell like peach candies, sweet and refreshing and the smell lingers around for half an hour before disappearing. If you are allergic to scented products, or you prefer absolutely non fragrance products, you may want to check this out in person before buying them, because the smell is very, very strong.

I am a lover of matte lipsticks, I especially love those matte formula that has a one-swipe pigmentation, with a comfortable wear and the Peach Kiss Lipstick is exactly that. I wouldn't say these are super long-wearing though as the lipstick often wears off around five hours for me.

Application is super smooth as the texture is quite creamy, it's not drying during wear, but it does emphasize flaky skin if you don't exfoliate before hand. It does transfer to cups and food whenever you eat and drink, but there's no feathering nor smudging during wear, which I like.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation ♡ #140 Warm - Review on Oily Skin!

Today I am sharing with you a review of the FENTY BEAUTY PRO FILT'R SOFT MATTE LONGWEAR FOUNDATION. I have been testing this foundation for more than a week and I know I probably haven't given it enough time to decide if this is right for me, sometimes things can grew on you, but sometimes you just know what's right for you from the beginning.

This foundation has a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from more than 3000 reviews on Sephora NZ. It is described as "a soft matte, long-wear foundation with a buildable, medium to full coverage". It is a matte finish and it claims to be "light-as-air", "instantly-smooth" and "shine-free".

There is a wide range of shades to choose from and I shade matched myself online where I was recommended the shade #140 Warm (for light skin with warm yellow undertones).

FYI - I wear Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation in shade Vanilla, YSL Fusion Ink Foundation in shade B20, MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in shade NC20 and Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation in the shade #3.

FENTY BEAUTY PRO FILT'R FOUNDATION in the shade #140 Warm actually matched me quite well, at first swatched I thought the color is a bit pale, but after awhile, it does oxidised a bit and the color is quite a good match.

I have tried this foundation with two different primers, one is the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer and the other is my all time favourite Too Faced Primed & Peachy Primer. Both of them gives a very different result as to the wearing time.

As mentioned in my profile, I have combination to oily skin. I wear glasses on a daily basis, so face products tends to wear off easily around my nose areas. My T-zone gets oily easily and so does my cheeks.

I have tried the Fenty Primer a few times prior to buying this foundation and it did not work for me at all. I thought that wearing a primer and foundation combo from the same brand would work better than mix and match with different brands, but I was wrong.

On the day I tested the foundation with the Fenty Primer, I applied the foundation at around 7.30 AM, by lunch time I looked in the mirror at around 12.15 PM, my face was totally shiny and the nose area seems to have completely wears off. Then I touch-up with MAC Studio Fix Powder and checked again at around 4.30 PM, my face was oily but it wasn't too bad, the nose area has worn off again and finally I got home at around 7.05 PM, my whole face was so shiny, the nose area has completely worn off and both sides of my cheeks were soooo oily.
Then on the day I tested the foundation with the Too Faced Primer, I applied the foundation at around the same time at 7.30 AM, by lunch time I looked in the mirror at around 12.37 PM, my face wasn't bad at all, it wasn't shiny, but my nose area has worn off. This time I didn't touch-up with a powder or anything and when I checked again at around 5.07 PM, my face seemed oily but it's not that bad. By the time I got home at around 7 PM, my faced looked about the same as when I checked in at 5.07, and when I take off my glasses, the side of my nose has completely worn off.
Both demos above are taken with iPhone XR and non are edited, I wanted to show you how my skin really looks while wearing the foundation.

After a week of trying this foundation, I have to say that I am not a huge fan. The texture is thick and it's quite easy to blend, either with a sponge or a flat top foundation brush, but the formula feels a little bit heavy on the skin and if looking from a distance, my face looks flawless, but when looking close up, it looks cakey and drying.

I feel like this foundation is not really suitable for oily skin and it's not as long-wearing as it claims.

The below photos are taken with Nikon P900 and these are also non edited.

This one was taken right after I did my makeup at around 8 AM, in here I am wearing the Too Faced Primed & Peach Primer, Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Foundation and Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush Flawless Finish Powder. I want you to know that the cakey look came from the foundation, not the CT Powder and I know this because Charlotte Tilbury Powder is the absolute best and I have already emptied three - four pans already, if it was cakey I wouldn't re-purchase it over and over especially when it's so expensive).

Lastly, these two below were taken after I got home at around 7 PM and that is nearly 12 hours of wear time with no touch-up during the day.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sephora NZ Beauty Pass Haul ♡ September 2019 ft. Lanolips, FRESH, Fenty Beauty, DIOR and Sephora Collection

Sephora NZ just had their Beauty Pass Sale and I have recently just reached their Black Member status, which means I get 20% off in this sale. It's so exciting, I finally get to stock up some of my favourites and try out a few new products on my wish list.

Last weekend I bought the LANOLIPS ROSE HAND CREAM INTENSE to try and I love it so much that I went back and bought two more! The texture is thick and sticky upon application, but it absorb into the skin so quickly and it instantly hydrates my dry hands. I am a sucker for rose scented products and the smell of this hand cream is perfect.

I am currently a little bit obsessed with Lanolips and it all started with their Strawberry 101 Ointment. Remember I used to love Carmex lip balms so much?! and now it's all about Lanolips.

I already have a lot of tinted lip balms that I doubt I will ever finish, but when I saw the LANOLIPS ROSE GOLD 101 OINTMENT BALM, I just had to grab it, seeing as I love their strawberry scented one so much.  I haven't try this yet, but judging from my arm swatch above, I know I am going to love it.

FRESH SUGAR TINTED LIP TREATMENT is another impulsive purchase haha, but I have wanted to try this for the longest time! I initially wanted the colour Icon, but they don't have it in store so I got the shade Orchid instead.

I have been wanting to try the FENTY BEAUTY STUNNA LIP PAINT ever since the brand launched this product, almost everyone in the beauty community raves about this liquid lipstick and it just makes me wonder. Matte liquid lipsticks has always been my thing and I have been really obsessed with rosy, mauve, nude shades in recent years, so I picked Uncuffed, even though I probably already have so many other lip products in similar shades, but I am so excited to try this, I heard that it's super long wearing and the texture is rich and creamy.

DIOR LIP GLOW is another lip product that has been on my wish list for the longest time, but it's not something that I can just grab and go because it's soooo expensive. I think Pink Glow is the OG, but I have noticed that the older I get, the more I lean towards darker shades and a non-glossy finish. So I picked the shade Matte Raspberry and it's absolutely gorgeous!

Whenever my bestie and I talk about foundations, she always raves about the FENTY BEAUTY PRO FILT'R SOFT MATTE LONGWEAR FOUNDATION, she and I have quite a similar skin type and we have similar taste in a lot of things. The last time I recommended to her the Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation, she loved it as much as I do, so this time I thought I would try a foundation that she can't recommend enough of. I shade matched myself online, so fingers crossed this is the correct shade for me.

Last but not least, I stock up on the SEPHORA FOOT MASKS which I have tried last week and absolutely love! Coming from someone that wears high heels daily, these really helps to soften rough areas and smooth my feet. SEPHORA LAVENDER FOOT MASKS provides refreshing, relaxing effect and SEPHORA ALMOND FOOT MASKS targets to nourish dry feet, soften rough areas and make skin supple.