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Kaja Beauty Cushy Vibe High-Pigment Lip Stain Review + Swatches

Kaja Beauty Cushy Vibe High-Pigment Lip Stain review


Hello all. I am momentarily back. Between packing and doing some home improvements, I am sneaking in this review. I’ve always wanted to talk about the Kaja Cushy Vibe High-Pigment Lip Stain (0.19 oz: currently on sale for 9 USD) which is one of my lipsticks of choice nowadays. It’s been a while since I’ve put on makeup, so with this reopening, though not exactly a perfect scenario for all of us, is somewhat of a breath of fresh air. It’s nice to see the world mobilizing again and it’s nice to put on a lipstick again :-).


Kaja Cushy Vibe High-Pigment Lip Stain


I like the Kaja Cushy Vibe Lip Stain because I can customize the intensity of my lip color depending on the amount that I apply. The formula is definitely very cushy, thick, almost-whipped, yet very lightweight and comfy. It has a nice light fruity scent that is very appealing, and it comes with a robust brush applicator. At first application, the formula feels very creamy, which then sets into a softly diffused matte in a matter of minutes. It never feels drying on the lips and the pigment is totally vivid and long-wearing. It kind of reminds me of the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick (seen here) which I totally love, yet this Kaja Cushy Vibe has a very delicious scent.


Kaja Beauty Cushy Vibe High-Pigment Lip Stain review


The Kaja Cushy Vibe Lip Stain is cruelty-free, vegan, and free of parabens and sulfates. I believe this is another great product from Kaja and I’m really impressed by the quality, especially given the price tag. Some of the deep shades may be quite blotchy at first application, but it does even out when applied carefully and thoroughly on the lips. Personally, I like applying this in the middle of the lips, in order to create a gradient lip look, and then let this set for a couple of minutes before I put on my mask.


Kaja Beauty Cushy Vibe High-Pigment Lip Stain swatches


I suggest you grab one or more of this lip stain now before this gets completely sold out. I definitely recommend this for the overall wonderful quality and I hope Kaja will keep this in stock at Sephora all the time.


*Many thanks to Kaja Beauty(Memebox) for providing these lip stains. The reviews and opinions herein are solely by the editor.


Kaja Beauty Cushy Vibe High-Pigment Lip Stain


What are the lip products you’re loving nowadays? What are you excited about this reopening? Who’s the first person you want to see when all this is over?





Drunk Elephant Kamili Cream Body Cleanser & Sili Body Lotion Review

Drunk Elephant Kamili Cream Body Cleanser Review


Drunk Elephant recently released their bath and body collection, which also includes a couple of products for the hair. In this review, I’ll be focusing on their Body Cleanser and their Body Lotion. I did have a sample of their Sweet Pitti Deodorant, which I’m still in the process of testing and will update you all soon.


Like most Drunk Elephant products, I was very excited about this release. Who doesn’t love DE skincare? Most of their stuff is really wonderful and you could say truly skin-changing. Unfortunately, upon trying their newest Kamili Cream Body Cleanser and their Sili Body Lotion, I find myself having mixed feelings about these products.


Drunk Elephant Kamili Cream Body Cleanser Review


The Kamili Cream Body Cleanser (8.0 oz: 20 USD), though made for all skin types and has totally clean ingredients, is clearly a cleanser made for very very sensitive skin. It doesn’t foam or lather very much, so you’ll need a lot of it in every wash. I do like its very interesting ingredients which are definitely moisturizing on the skin. I like that it has different blends of healthy oils and antioxidants, like Marula Oil, Sacha Inchi Seed Oil, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids, among other things. I also like its cute packaging. However, I’m not a big fan of its scent. It smells like Play-Doh or Elmer’s Glue-All which can be hard to tolerate. Also, since it doesn’t form a lot of suds, it will not feel very good for those who tend to have oily skin, as you may feel like it’s not cleansing very well.


Drunk Elephant Sili Body Lotion Review


I thought the Sili Body Lotion (8.0 oz: 20 USD) will be quite different from the Kamili Body Cleanser, especially in terms of the scent, but unfortunately, this lotion smells just like the cleanser above. There isn’t much difference. This lotion is also made of clean and very moisturizing ingredients, which is nice, but I find the texture of this to be the type that sort of sits on top of the skin for a few minutes, which I’m not a fan of. I like my lotions to set into my skin easily so that it won’t stick to my clothes. But anyway, if you like a hydrating body lotion that is made for sensitive skin and you can tolerate its weird almond play-doh scent, then you might be ok with this.


Drunk Elephant Sili Body Lotion


Personally, I think there are better alternatives out there. I like my body lotions and body cleansers to have at least a decent pleasing scent, especially if it comes from a certain brand name with a certain price tag. These, unfortunately, aren’t my cup of teas. I believe there are better drugstore alternatives for these out there. Not sure why, I kind of expected a lot more from DE, but I think I can understand. Must be that these were released during this pandemic? Hmmm, I could think of a few correlations :-).


On a side note, please excuse my occasional posts. I will be MIA from time to time for a few weeks because I’m in the process of moving from my humble abode in the middle of this pandemic. I would like to say that it’s not scary or risky, but it is. Wish me luck! Here’s to chasing our dreams in this Covid-19 era! (virtual cheers!).


P.S. If you’re wondering where I got my pair of Carole Baskin-ish espadrilles (lol), it’s available HERE.



(and the rest of Drunk Elephant’s latest bodycare releases)



Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blushes Review + Swatches

charlotte tilbury cheek to chic blush


The Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush (0.28 oz: 40 USD) is a very popular blush that a lot of people swear by, myself included. There is something about the quality of each compact and the shade range that seem to make the blush work very well on each and everyone’s cheekbones. On top of that, the aesthetic of the compact looks very elegant, even though its packaging design isn’t the most ergonomic. The whole look of it is just simply stunning and it’s the type of blush you would want to apply on your cheeks all the time.


The Cheek to Chic blush is very easy to use and each compact has two shades. One is a center shade that is meant to emphasize and color the cheeks, while the outer shade is meant to contour and sculpt the cheekbones. All you have to do to apply is to swish the outer shade across the cheeks and then apply the inner shade for a multidimensional look. Personally, whenever I apply this, I pretty much just swirl both the shades together especially when I’m in a hurry and I’d still get the same depth or effect more or less.


Most of the shades I’ve tried from this particular blush are really well-pigmented and at the same time very buildable and blendable. They really make your cheeks look beautiful and glowy, especially if you find the right tones that complement your skin. For quite some time, the Ecstasy and the Love Glow compacts have been my constant favorites even though a lot of the Cheek to Chic blush shades also look very nice on my skintone. Then the latest Pillow Talk Intense came and it’s also very very good.


charlotte tilbury cheek to chic blush ecstasy review

Ecstasy – peach pink, adds a nice peachy coral glow for light to medium skintone. Reminds me a lot of the Nars Orgasm blush.


charlotte tilbury cheek to chic blush love glow review

Love Glow – pink with surrounding glowy peach, for those who love a dolly pink blush with some hints of peach.


charlotte tilbury cheek to chic blush pillow talk intense review

Pillow Talk Intense – deep rosy pink with very subtle glow, as what I’ve mentioned when I reviewed the new Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection (seen here), don’t be dissuaded by the deep tones of this blush. This gives a nice warm berry pink tone that seems to contour the cheeks especially when you’re lighthanded with your application. The original Pillow Talk blush is way too light for my skintone, but this intense version is a perfect blusher for Fall.


charlotte tilbury cheek to chic blushes swatch


I would describe the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic blush as very similar to Hourglass’, Bobbi Brown’s and Nars’. The type that is finely-milled, super soft, and most of the shades are very beautiful and very wearable. Definitely worth trying and collecting.


charlotte tilbury cheek to chic blush review






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