FASHION & BEAUTY

Loving Right Now

Hello You Guys! Happy Post-Thanksgiving and Happy Cyber Monday. Y’all had a nice weekend? Did some crazy impulse shopping? I know I did, and darn… I was stuffed. I feel like I’m transforming into a Turkey. Anyhow, let’s get down to business. I have a new Loving Right now episode. A lot of it is mostly lip products and a really nice currently-released mini eye palette. I know I promised in my previous post that I’ll be reviewing some holiday palettes, so this post is a start, but please bear with me again because I’m gonna be traveling soon and I’ll be MIA from time to time. Please check out my Insta for more updates. Ok, here are the products I’ve been loving lately, and please stay tuned because I’ll be posting another “Loving Right Now Part 3” in a couple of days.

 

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil

 

Lazy Perfection: The Art of Looking Great Without Really Trying (Jenny Patinkin) Hardcover ($20) – I saw this book when I was browsing through Neiman. I was really drawn by its cover because it looks so chic. The book itself is like a life coach. Don’t let the title fool you from not buying, I swear, you’ll need this kind of book at one point in your life. Before reading this, I really thought this was all about how to dress effortlessly, well yeah, there are some pointers regarding that topic, but a lot of the book’s contents are all about the practical guides of having and using makeup without necessarily overdoing or hoarding it, plus some fashion tips thrown in. Well, this book may make you feel guilty for being so materialistic (I know, I feel ya), but I also think that the contents and ideas are in no way making you lazy but they’re actually helpful guidelines to keep you organized. So yeah, I definitely recommend that you read this, or keep this at your coffee table. FYI: This book is also available on Amazon, click HERE.

 

Sephora Catchall Tray review

 

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil (0.5 oz: $40, 1.18 oz: $80) – What can I say? I really love this oil and had purchased a larger bottle since then. It helps to control and prevent breakouts, plus, it’s not even that drying being the fact that it has salicylic acid. On top of that, it also helped with my oiliness, but that smell, my god, it’s too strong. I wish the scent is not that intense, but anyways, I’d like to keep this on my vanity just in case I’d get some major breakouts in the future.

 

Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream (1.6 oz: $35) – So excited to try this K-beauty favorite and Allure Best of Beauty Winner 2016 cream. I tried this at Sephora and loved it. This feels like a thick creamy gel that you could use during winter season without drying your skin, and if you’re the oily type, oh well, this is even better. I like the neat clean scent and you really don’t need to apply a lot. Also, for its size, you can’t beat the price. This is kinda like a thick winter cream version of Belif’s Aqua Bomb.

 

Sephora Catchall Tray (Free for 250 points) – This cute polka dot ceramic tray has a size of 6×3 inches and it’s ideal for holding a few lipsticks, mascaras or eyeliners. Even though it’s small, it’s really handy and practical, not to mention that it makes for a perfect gift or as a cute decor.

 

L'oreal Colour Riche Balm Pop in 518 Tender Mauve

 

L’oreal Colour Riche Balm Pop in 518 Tender Mauve ($7.99) – This was an impulse buy as I was passing through CVS. My lips were really dry and I needed something like a tinted balm at that time. I spotted this and fell in love with the description and packaging, LOL. This is definitely one of those well-done tinted balms, and I like that this is well-pigmented and it truly hydrates the lips.

 

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in 15 Lover ($9.49) – The formula of this matte liquid lipstick is really thick, in fact, a lot thicker than most liquid lipsticks I’ve tried before, be it drugstore and high-end. While I like the color, I noticed that this gets a bit sticky when it dries, and you kinda feel your lips sticking together, which is annoying. Honestly, this formulation is very similar to Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick (reviewed HERE) which has a pretty range of shades but has sticky formulation.

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in 15 Lover

Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick in Omi 107 (0.14 oz: $38) – Released recently, I admit I’ve never heard about Pat McGrath before, so I tried one of her much-anticipated matte lipstick, which is “word around the vine” supposed to be the best lipstick ever? so I’m like, gurl I gotta try this lipstick for real. My reaction? the Omi shade is gorgeous, the matte formulation is on point, I love that there’s no annoying flavor or scent, I adore the unique packaging, and its lasting power is ok, but! I’m not a fan of the price, and is the shade dupable? yes. Would I buy another one? probably not. One is enough for me unless something comes out.

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in 12 Loved

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in 12 Loved ($9) – Been curious about this brand making their own version of matte liquid lipstick ever since I fell in love with their Color Statement Matte Lipsticks (reviewed and swatched HERE). First and foremost, the shade Loved is very pretty and very pigmented. Second, the lipstick sets immediately but it’s very drying and very difficult to remove. You’re gonna need a waterproof makeup remover to do the job. Lastly, even if it’s drying, it really makes the lips look pouty and pretty, and for its price, well, it’s really cheap.

 

Last, but not the least…

 

Tarte Tartelette Flirt Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Tarte Tartelette Flirt Eyeshadow Palette review

 

Tarte Tartelette Flirt Eyeshadow Palette ($23) – Whenever Tarte releases an eyeshadow palette, I usually buy it. Yeah, ever since owning the Tartelette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette (reviewed HERE), I knew I’m gonna love whatever eye palette Tarte is gonna release. So, you can only imagine my excitement when I first saw this. Actually, this kinda reminds me of the mini version of the recently-released Tarte Toasted, which I’ll be reviewing soon as well. Now, getting back to this particular palette, I swear this is very pigmented, creamy and all shades are really beautiful, not to mention that they’re all Fall-ready shades. Such tones of warm matte browns, shimmery rusts and terra-cottas, I love it. Even the packaging is easy to throw into your purse or for traveling. There are almost no fallouts, and overall, my entire eye makeup is TDF.

 

Tarte Tartelette Flirt Eyeshadow Palette swatches

 

That’s it for now folks, stay tuned for the part 3 of this review and check out my Insta below for some previews.

 

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Sephora Play! November 2017

Hello There Babies! I got my Sephora Play November Box a few days ago and I tested them immediately. Guess what? I really enjoyed this month’s contents. Lots of new stuff to try and I’m glad that they finally focused on a few skincare goodies.

 

Ready to check out what I got?

 

sephora play november 2017 review

 

Read on…

 

Farmacy Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer

 

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask (1 oz: $18, 2.5 oz: $35) – I’ve heard good things about this mask and I think it might still be on my wishlist, but anyways, thank god for Sephora Play minis, I got to try this and I have nothing but good words for this mask. In fact, this is an Allure Best of Beauty 2017 Winner, which I think is a deserving recognition for this product. As someone with an oily-prone skin, this mask is perfect. It has salicylic acid which controls breakouts and prevents oiliness. I love that this is very exfoliating but it’s not harsh on the skin and that there’s no strong clay scent. All throughout my usage of this, I never had a breakout whatsoever and my face feels thoroughly cleaned and smooth. My whiteheads and blackheads are almost gone and I like that this mask spreads evenly over the face while not having to use a lot. Love this thing dearly.

 

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo (Mini: $10, 5.3 oz; $22) – I surprisingly enjoyed using this dry shampoo. I love that it didn’t leave any whitish residue on my hair while making it look clean. Though it didn’t necessarily volumize, I like the texture of my hair after spraying with this. I also use this dry shampoo to relax my fine frizzes and it made my hair shiny. The only thing that I don’t seem to like is the strong perfume smell. It can be a little too much.

 

Farmacy Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer (1.7 oz: $45) – I keep seeing this moisturizer at Sephora all the time, and I think I may have tried this on the back of my hand. Somehow, it just didn’t hit me enough to buy it. I wasn’t really sure what it was, I think it may be the fact that the scent seemed a little too plain for me or what, but now that I’ve tried it and have actually applied it to my face, I was like OMG! I love it! this moisturizer may be plain and lightweight, but it packs a punch. It feels like a gel, but it’s actually more like a very creamy gel, and oh my, just a little bit of this and your face gets moisturized all throughout the day or night. Impressive.

 

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

 

Burberry My Burberry Blush  Eau de Parfum (Mini: $29, 1 oz: $68, 1.6 oz: $90, 3 oz: $120) – Reviewed HERE. All praises for this amazing scent. For me, this is one of my best fragrance finds this year. I love the unique non-boring pomegranate scent. It’s a pretty feminine floral scent that is intriguing and riveting at the same time.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask

Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick in The Red (0.14 oz: &12.50) – Not exactly my kind of red, but that pigment! oh, men… so gorg… This is a creamy lipstick with a satin finish, and if you can find the perfect red or the perfect shade for your lips with this line, I swear, you can’t go wrong with this because as I said before, the pigment of this lipstick is to die for. I had to use a waterproof makeup remover to remove the swatch from my skin. That shows that this lipstick means serious business, and for the price, it’s perfect.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara review

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara (0.32 oz: $26) – I think I may have found one of the best mascaras ever. Not kidding here, I’ve been obsessed with mascaras lately and have been on the lookout for the best volumizing mascaras on the market. Just when I thought I may have gathered some of the best (which I’ll be reviewing soon), I found this one from MJ and I’m really impressed at its volumizing and lengthening power. I don’t have a lot of lashes in life, but this made my lashes looked like I applied horse shampoo on them. LOL. But yeah, you get the mental picture, this mascara really adds drama to your lashes, and on top of that, it doesn’t smudge or clump.

 

Burberry My Burberry Blush  Eau de Parfum

 

With this month’s box, I think that I’m pretty satisfied with the contents, and my top favorites are the following; Philosophy Pore Extractor Mask, Farmacy Honey Drop Moisturizer, Burberry My Burberry Blush (obviously), and Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara.

 

What products did you receive this month?

 

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 & Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick Review + Swatches

 

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick

Hello Everybody, in my previous reviews, I’ve talked about the Becca Apres Ski Glow Face Palette (HERE), which I am still very madly in love with. But, there’s another face palette that I just couldn’t resist. It’s been on my radar for quite a while now, but I just can’t seem to make my mind on it unless I’d see it in real life. Given its price, I almost skipped on it, but when the Sephora Beauty Insider Event Sale came and I caught a glimpse of it immediately, I knew it’s gonna be another one of those love at first sight palettes and Oh My Father Gohhhd, it’s so darn pretty. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 ($80) is such a beaut and it’s probably one of the most beautiful palettes I’ve ever seen. As I placed one in my shopping basket, guess what I saw? another OMFG, those Hourglass Confession Lipsticks! Jesus, my uncle, I had to stop myself, but I heard Amy Winehouse singing in the background “They told me I should go to rehab, I said, no…no…no…” so yeah, the damage was done, I got the Ambient Lighting Edit V3 Palette plus two Hourglass Confession Lipsticks. Mercy Me!

 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 ($80): Currently sold out at Sephora, but I’m pretty sure this will be restocked soon. This rose gold palette is shiny and luxurious looking. A real eye-catcher containing three of Hourglass’ bestselling shades, plus three new exclusives with a total of six different shades; two are setting powders (Finish, upper left and right shades) that color-corrects and blurs imperfections, while the upper middle shade is a universally-flattering highlighter. The lower left shade is a bronzer, while the remaining middle and right shades are blushes with different intensities.

 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 review

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 review swatch

 

To me, this face palette has it all. I love that I can use the finishing powders after applying my foundation, then I proceed into using the bronzer shade for contouring, while I use the sole highlighter to focus on the high points of my face where the light could hit. I then choose which blush I’d feel like using for that day, depending on the occasion and my mood, or I could just blend the two. For me, this palette is not only gorgeous, but I love its very soft texture, it’s natural effect on the face which is sheer but buildable, and it also gives that “lit from within” effect. I’ve tested the shades several times already, and while it’s no surprise how well pigmented they are, I’m really impressed with their lasting power. I applied the colors in the morning and I came home in the evening still with the same intensity of pigments on my face. There are two Holiday face Palettes that I think is worth having; one of them is Becca Apres Ski Glow Face Palette (reviewed HERE) and the other one is this Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3. I might be a bit more biased towards this Hourglass one because it has more colors to choose from, and I love the fact that there are 2 finishing powders included in it. It has everything you’ll ever need in a face palette, on top of that, it’s very compact, handy, and perfect for traveling. This is a must-have.

 

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick review

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick ($34): These uniquely-packaged lipsticks will make you happy and sad at the same time. Oh well, first, let’s talk about the good news. These lipsticks are housed in luxurious slim golden tubes with one pointy end. A bit like golden pointy cigarettes, these lipsticks scream luxe! What I love about these are their bold pigments. You can’t be heavy-handed while applying these. I find that I only have to apply it to some portions of my lips (sometimes dab), then I can just spread the shade all over without a problem. The formula is creamy and it settles into a satin-like finish. The lasting power is pretty good, probably around 4 to 5 hours on me, with some staining left on my lips. I love the fact that they’re refillable and the refill’s price is a bit cheaper. They’re pretty much easy to refill and it’s a no-brainer, although I tried to practice it at Sephora and I almost dropped the lipstick. But it’s just me, you know, because I’m clumsy. Anyways, these lipsticks are tiny and really slim. They’ll fit anywhere without a problem and I love their catchy “confess and fill in the blanks” kind of name. They’re almost pretty much easy and precise to apply on the lips. But here goes my beef on these. What a price for such tiny and slim lipsticks! It’s hard to justify collecting the shades, even though the range of shades is one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen. I feel like having one or three of these are probably enough. So you really need to carefully pick which color suits you.

 

Here are my two faves:

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick swatch

I’m Addicted: Terracotta Rose. My favorite everyday medium muted rose shade. Reminds me a lot of my other favorite everyday shade, the one that’s always in my purse, the YSL #66 Bois de Rose.

 

I’ve Been: Deep Rose Brown. A pretty perfect for Fall rosy brown shade. Very alluring.

 

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick swatches

 

Overall, I think these are such gorgeous makeup must-haves not only for the holidays but for the whole year. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit V3 Palette is a must for me, but I think any of Becca’s Face Palettes especially the Apres Ski would be a good alternative. If you can stomach the price on the Confession Lipsticks, given its size, then it’s good to have at least one.

 

Have you tried any of these?

 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3

 

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 is currently available at Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, & Net-A-Porter

 

The Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Hight Intensity Refillable Lipstick can be purchased at Sephora, NordstromBarneys NY, Space NK, Bergdorf Goodman, & Net-A-Porter

 

Buh Bye

 

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