Sunday, November 24, 2013

A 'Quick' Look at Target

Target has finally opened up in quite a few places in Vancouver but I never had the chance to go visit and see what it was like. In addition, everyone around me who has gone only gave me the same feedback: it was disappointing and no better or equivalent to be comparable to the stores in the states (price and product offering wise). This just poured cold water on my heated urge to go but I gave in last week, and oh boy did the makeup section with its white fluorescent light ever call out so strongly to me when I walked inside. It's no wonder why they used such bright catchy lighting. Heaven is where it always shines brightest.

After much self control I only walked out with two lip products. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp and Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lip Colour in Nude Pink. These two wonderful things have quickly made its way into my makeup bag to carry around with me every day.

L-R: NYX Antwerp & Sonia Kashuk Nude Pink

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp: a gorgeous matte pink coral shade that isn't too bright and is perfect for everyday wear. After seeing it in Jenn's videos from Clothesencounter, Antwerp has always been on mind. It was only a matter of when I came across these Soft Matte Lip Creams. I have not tried anything like this lip product before and I am absolutely loving it. The description on the tube is exactly what it is: It's not a lipstick, nor is it gloss. It's like nothing you've experienced before. It's lipstick cream that goes on silky but looks soft matte. The colour is very pigmented and lasts 4-5 hours, reapplication after eating is a must (you may be able to get away with one drink though). I was actually quite surprised that this suited my skintone well. The only down side to this product is that you must make sure that your lips are well moisturized, or else the matte finish of this product will enhance all those fine lines and dryness that are extremely unattractive.

Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lip Colour in Nude Pink: MLBB shade, a muted medium warm pink with a satin finish. I didn't realize this, but there actually hasn't been much review on this product at all until I went home and tried to google for reviews and of those that I have found, there was none on this shade. This lipstick is extremely moisturizing and I can almost describe it as a chapstick instead. This lipstick also lasts approximately 4-5 hours on my lips and needs reapplication after meals. Initially, I picked up this lipstick only because I recalled Emily from Beauty Broadcast reviewing and highly recommending a range of Sonia Kashuk lip products. However, I had mistaken her and she was actually talking about the Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colours instead. But I don't regret purchasing this lipstick at all. I think this is just an understated product. I like the sleek black square packaging with the color featured on the cap. The imprint of 'SK' on the lipstick bullet is also a nice feature and makes the packaging a lot more classier and high end like, except I think it would've been a better idea to have it imprinted on the side. After one swipe on my lips, the imprint smudged and disappeared and my heart slightly clenched in disappointment that I had ruined it.

Overall, I highly recommend these lippies and I can't wait to go to Target again and browse in the makeup section. The next product that I have been eyeing is the Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette and maybe picking up a few nail polishes from Sinful Colors since they are so cheap. Although, I don't think I need any more nail polishes after getting The Twenty Two from Formula X......

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Tarte: Off the Cuff

If I had to describe this blush palette with two words, it will have to be absolute love. I absolutely love everything about this palette. I love the glittery gold-silver packaging, sleekness, big mirror, and the cute bow cuff that comes with the palette. I've actually already worn the cuff out a few times already and it just makes my outfit more interesting, cute, and spiced up. The only tiny complaint that I have is that I wish they would've imprinted the names of the blushes on the palette instead of slipping a clear plastic sheet labeling the blushes. I don't appreciate opening up the palette with the plastic sheet flopping all over the place every time, but I also don't want to forget the names of the blushes in the long run if I threw it out. The blushes are extremely pigmented and of great quality. They are very soft in texture and one dab of your brush in the pan will be more than enough colour for your cheeks. 

L-R: Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface, Park Ave Princess

Crave: a bright warm pink coral shade

Dazzled: a deep muted mauve/berry colour with tiny specs of gold shimmer which is not very noticeable on the cheeks; this can be a contouring blush colour

Darling: a peachy matte colour with a bit of pink tinge

Dollfaced: a matte blue-based light pink shade; a dupe of this colour would be ELF's Studio Blush in Pink Passion

Park Ave Princess: a warm golden brown bronzer in a satin finish; it's becoming my new favourite bronzer!

L-R: ELF Studio Warm Bronzer, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil in Milk Chocolate, ELF Blush & Bronzing Powder, NYC Matte Bronzer in Sunny, Shu Uemura Bronzer in Warm Sun, Tarte Bronzer in Park Ave Princess

Since the Park Ave Princess in this palette is quickly becoming one of my favourites, I was very curious on how it compared to the rest of my bronzer collection so I swatched and compared all of them side by side. I would definitely say that Park Ave Princess is the second most pigmented bronzer I own while the most pigmented is still ELF's bronzer from the Blush & Bronzing Powder duo. Park Ave Princess is the medium between ELF's bronzer and NYC Sunny for the golden brown shade, and has a satin finish similar to ELF Studio Warm Bronzer. Shu Uemura is always more orange compared to any bronzer. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil is the lightest out of all my bronzers but a very good pick for a subtle and natural contouring shade. If you want more detailed reviews about each bronzer I have, click here!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sephora Friends & Family Sale Haul

Recently the big buzz has been the Sephora VIB Friends and Family sale that only occurs maybe once or twice a year. Therefore, as a beauty addict's duty, it is a necessity to take advantage of it. I only bought two things, the first item I went straight to pick up was the Tarte Off the Cuff Amazonian Clay Cheek Palette and Bracelet. I was a little worried at first because there was none left on the display and the sales associate said that it was probably gone by the hour I came. But luckily I bugged another Sephora girl and they had more instock. This is a lesson to learn that never settle unless you know that they've checked in the back for you hahaha. I don't own anything Tarte so having been introduced to this holiday palette, I figured that it was a great deal. It comes with four blushes and one bronzer. Each product has 0.15 oz of product in it, which is roughly a little bit more than half of a regular individual blush (0.2 oz). Also, a regular blush costs $31 whereas this palette costs $50 (before discount) which evens out to $10 per blush. I'd still pick this palette up even if there wasn't a VIB discount. 

Isn't the packaging adorbs?! I'm also extremely happy that the bow cuff fits my small wrist! <3
L-R: Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface, Park Ave Princess

I wasn't really planning on getting the Formula X The Twenty Two set at first, but the night before the VIB sale I was watching Tiffany D's October favourites and haul video which convinced me that it would be something I'd like. Normally, I don't think I'd gravitate towards this set because there are more cremes than special effects or glitters that I want. But I realized that this set would be great for me because I have such a small range of colours in my collection and on a closer look, some of the creme colours are definitely right up my alley (not the neons though). Price wise, a set of 22 minis is equivalent to 4 regular sized polishes. Since I haven't tried any of Formula X's polishes I think this set would be nice for me to try out the quality of their polishes in every range that they offer before I buy a full size of my choice. I will swatch these polishes in a full review on this set. So stay tuned! :)

Overall, I'm quite happy and satisfied with the two things I bought. But the one thing I'm regretting about this haul though is not getting the NARS Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Cheek Palette. At the time I was in store, I thought that I shouldn't get so many blush palettes but now I'm just hitting my foot. SIGH. It seems like I always make the stupidest reasons for missing out on the NARS limited edition cheek palettes. :'''''''(((( Second lesson learned: if you see something you like, just buy it. Don't wait. Don't hesitate.

L-R: Turbulent, Need for Speed, Extraordinary,Omni, Infatuated, Thrilling, Vroom, Flashy, 
White Matter, Dark Matter, Meteoric
L-R: Bionic, Rocket Fule, Radioactive, Zap, Unmistakable, Brazen, Eureka, Racy, Indelible, 
Haphazard, Wham!

What did you guys buy from the Sephora Friends and Family sale?