Sephora Play! December 2017

Hello! Happy 2018! what are your wishes and New Year’s Resolution for this Year of The Dog? I know I have a lot, but I’m pretty sure that they’re still gonna be my next year’s resolution, and the next. Oh my, such is life. I can’t believe it’s already 2018, I pretty much slept my way through the New Year because I have a massive lingering jet lag. So much so that I forgot to post last month’s Sephora Play! Oh well, anyway, better late than never as always, so let’s take a look back at the contents of my Sephora Play box last month.


Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick in Fuchsia Pink


It’s December, so the theme is all about getting a glammed up ready to party look. I wouldn’t say that the December box is the best I’ve ever had of the whole 2017, but I think it’s good and interesting enough. While I’m not also sure that the contents are that party-ready, at least I was sent some products that are very promising. So let’s examine them closely.


Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1


Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Parfum (Mini: $25, 1 oz: $52, 1.6 oz: $72, 3.3 oz: $96) – This light floral and feminine scent is delectable in a wintry weather. With notes of rose, peony, and amber, this scent starts off strong and tones down immediately to a soft non-heady fresh feminine fragrance that you may wanna try if you’re into light scented perfumes. I love the slightly sweet and fresh floral vibe of this, and I could see this as being my signature scent.


Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 (Mini: $13, 4.2 oz: $26) – This dry shampoo is a time saver and really practical. It does add volume and reduce the look of oiliness in your hair, but the smell! it’s like an extremely strong scent of toasted sweet almond vanilla and cookie plus some other diabetes-inducing scents! way too sweet and way too strong, it’s almost unbearable. I prefer the Klorane dry shampoos now because of their light scent.


Caudalie Vine(Active) Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream (0.5 oz: $39) – A promising eye cream that is supposed to smooth out wrinkles, brighten dark circles, and reduce puffiness. I love its soft, fresh, light scent and it’s really moisturizing around the eyes, which is a huge plus for me because I have a somewhat dry skin around my eye area. It’s very creamy but not too thick, so it gets absorbed by my skin easily and not just sit on top of it. I haven’t seen an obvious result yet but will continue to use this and see it for myself.


Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen in Black


Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick in Fuchsia Pink ($22) – An ultra-pigmented long-wearing lipstick for those who like super-saturated lip colors. This lipstick comes in two textures: matte and satin. I was sent the satin one and I love the smooth creamy texture of it. However, the Fuchsia Pink is a little too much for my taste, so I would really like to try this lipstick in some other wearable colors, which I plan to do in the next few days.


Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Au Naturel swatch


Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Au Naturel (0.05 oz: $29) – I’m a huge fan of the Caviar Sticks because they’re just so easy and practical to use. You can create a natural to smokey eye makeup without having to deal with messy brushes and fingers, and you can do it quickly, which saves a lot of time. I also love that they’re creamy, so they glide on the eyelids pretty easily. Now with the matte shades being released, I’m more than happy to try some and collect even more shades. Some swatches of the shimmery shades can be found HERE and HERE.


Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen in Black ($21) – What can I say? this gives my favorite Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner and Kat Von D Tattoo Liner a run for their money. The tip of this liner is so precise and the formula doesn’t budge for anything. Be it Typhoon or Cold Front, nothing beats a waterproof reliable liquid eyeliner like this.


Those are the contents of my December Sephora Play! aren’t they useful and interesting? I can only wish that this January’s box will be even better.


Happy New Year! Bones Festes! I wish you all the best in this year and for the next years to come. Muah!


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Tarte Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette Review + Swatches

Oh Hey! I’m back, alive and kicking! Belated Merry Christmas to you all and Happy Holidays! My apologies for being gone too long. I had a fun, intense, and short vacay in Asia (more details on that later). Anyhow, no worries now, I’m back and will always be back. No Gone Girl dramarama here. LOL.

tarte tartelette toasted palette

I’m so excited for this palette that we’re gonna be talking about today. It stems from the latest trend of Fall/Winter warm hues of eyeshadow palettes. Think Naked Heat, Natasha Denona, and some other similar tones. This Tarte Toasted Eyeshadow Palette ($46) is one of the latest holiday-released palettes to hit the market and mind you, it’s also really good.


tartelette toasted palette


I’ve been waiting for this shade to come out and since I’ve always loved the Tartelette in Bloom Palette (swatched HERE), I knew this Toasted one won’t disappoint. There are 12 shades in this smoldering Palette and it comprises of 7 mattes and 5 shimmery shades. In my opinion, all of the shades in this palette are well-thought-out and each of them is really pretty. You can mix and match the shades or apply accordingly by row or by column.



tarte tartelette toasted eyeshadow palette

tarte toasted palette swatch


As expected, this palette has a similar texture to its predecessor the Tartelette in Bloom, which is velvety smooth. There’s no denying the lasting power of the all the shades’ pigments which could last for hours and hours. So far, with my constant usage, I haven’t really experienced extreme fallouts. In fact, there’s almost none. I also like that most shades are wearable and can be worn for daily use without looking like you have too much copper dust on the lid.


tarte tartelette toasted swatch


It’s hard to tell which one is better if you compare this Toasted Palette to Urban Decay’s famous Naked Heat (reviewed HERE). I like both their texture and I like both their shades as well. I do think that having either of them won’t hurt, but you could also have both. The only difference is that the Naked Heat is more expensive and it also has more shades. But in reality, they’re both very good palettes for Fall/Winter look and their overall quality is really impressive. On the other hand, if you’re on a budget, you may wanna try the travel-friendly Tarte Tartelette Flirt Eyeshadow Palette (HERE), which has six shades that are quite similar to the Toasted Palette.


tarte tartelette toasted palette review swatches


Whatcha think of this?


The Tarte Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette is available at Sephora, Dermstore, JCPenney, Macy’s, and Ulta


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Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

What’s Up Readers! This holiday season is truly the season of beautiful palette launches, whether it’s an eyeshadow or face, there’s no denying that there’s lots and lots of beautiful breathtaking palettes nowadays. They’re so tempting that it’s difficult to only purchase one. Speaking of tempting, here’s an eye palette that I knew I just had to have because it’s simply one of a kind. The Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette (0.89 oz: $65) is a unique balance of matte and shimmery shades that are simply stunning. The entire palette has 18 gorgeous colors which allow you to create different looks, from having a simple natural eye makeup to an alluring and dramatic look.

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette review swatch

This is probably one of the prettiest eyeshadow palettes I’ve ever seen and tried, shade-wise. Even the packaging is pretty too. Each shade is well-made and well-thought-out. Most of them are something I’d be excited to try all the time, also, I really like that they’re so easy to blend. There are some matte shades, some glittery shades and some duo-chrome shades which are all very pigmented, very blendable, creamy-like and long-lasting. The price may be steep but it’s a pretty large palette, and each shade is truly worth it. Also, the possibilities are endless as you can customize your look quite a lot.


Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette


The glittery shades of this Desert Dusk Eye Palette are really surprisingly impressive when it comes to their blendability. You’d think there’s a lot of fallouts, but not really. I’m really surprised that the glitters stayed on my lids. Even the pearly are ones are very long lasting as well. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m really a fond of the shades, but there’s some really standout gorgeous shades for me, like; Royal, Retrograde, Twilight, Nefertiti, Blood Moon, Saffron, Blazing and my most favorite Turkish Delight. Cosmo is also a pure glitter shade that is very versatile to use. This palette really made me love glittery eyeshadows all over again, even if I’m not really a fan of them. But I have a feeling that that’s gonna change pretty soon.


Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow review


All the shades are very pigmented, but there are a few matte ones that are extremely long lasting that they almost leave a stain on the lids. The shades Amber, Oud, and Saffron have this property, but Blazing is OMG. It’s so staining that you might have to use a really good makeup remover to take it off. It’s a beautiful Turmeric-ish shade that is one a kind and very timely in today’s eye makeup color trend. I’ve read some reviews that mentioned about the mattes being not as pigmented, but that is really not the case in my experience.


Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette swatches


With all the eyeshadow palettes that have been released nowadays, I think this Desert Dusk is a must have, knowing that you’ll have a lot of colors to play with and that all the shades are very interesting. Also, their lasting power is very reliable, not to mention that each shade is easy to work around the lids. The colors blend seamlessly, with the matte and glitter shades all complementing each other to create a beautiful stare-worthy eye makeup look.


Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette review

Another Eyeshadow palette that is also worth looking into is the Tarte Toasted Eyeshadow Palette, a review of that will be out soon. But anyways, if you’re the type that doesn’t like to hoard a lot of eyeshadows or eyeshadow palettes but is on the market to for an investment-worthy one, then I think you may wanna try this because it has lots of color choices to choose from and their pigments and lasting power are really good. I usually apply mine dry or damp, and each time I apply the shades I always get a compliment for how unique, stunning, and different my eye makeup is.


Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette


The Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette is currently available at Sephora, Harrods & JCPenney


Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette


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