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December 06, 2011

Review & Swatches: Revlon Colorstay Lip Butters


WHERE TO BUY: Drugstores
PRICE: Around $7 at Target, prices vary depending on location

- Affordable
- Pigmented
- Moisturizing
- No noticeable scent
- Comes in many shades
- Pretty packaging

- Can be a little bit hard to open

MY THOUGHTS: I am obsessed with these. I'm kind of picky when it comes to lipsticks because I prefer ones that are affordable, moisturizing, unscented, and come in very wearable shades. Finding every single of these qualities in a drugstore lipstick can be a bit difficult. Some brands tend to carry a lot of frosty colors while others have a very waxy smell to them. When I heard all of the raves about these, I thought I would like them and I was not disappointed.

Considering how moisturizing they are, the color pay-off is actually really good. I don't detect a scent when I use it or have it on. Lasting power is similar to your average gloss which doesn't bother me since it is a "lip butter" after all, not a stain. $7 is not the cheapest drugstore price, but for the price of one MAC lipstick I can get 2 from Revlon. There are so many gorgeous shades to choose from so I'll definitely be getting more. It's kind of hard to locate them at the moment since they're only found on new product displays, but I hear that they will be everywhere by the new year. I hope so!

Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee

Pink Truffle

Pink Truffle

Candy Apple

Candy Apple

Berry Smoothie

Berry Smoothie

Fig Jam

Fig Jam (This one looks SUPER SUPER dark
brown in the tube but looks like a brownish-red color on the lips. It's very
sheer in this photo but it actually looks more opaque in person, I really like it.)

December 01, 2011

Haul: Revlon Lip Butters

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters in Creme Brulee, Pink Truffle, & Candy Apple

I'm so excited about these! If you've been keeping up with beauty bloggers and youtube gurus, I'm sure you've heard about them. The color payoff is pretty good and they're so moisturizing. Love! I already want more of them. For now, they're only located in certain stores on new product displays. I found them at Target but more than half of the shades were already gone!

Creme Brulee, Pink Truffle, Candy Apple

Creme Brulee, Pink Truffle, Candy Apple

Have you tried these yet? What are your favorites?

October 12, 2011

Haul: Target, Forever 21, CVS

In the process of moving, I seem to have lost the charger for my camera! Luckily my phone takes some decent pictures with the help of photoshop.

Forever 21 jeans and sweater

Mossimo boots from Target

Sonia Kashuk eye makeup remover, Essie nail polish, CVS premium cotton rounds

Essie's "Eternal Optimist" - Neutral pinky-brown color

September 18, 2011

Korean Market Haul

There are always things that I want to blog about but I can't seem to find the time. School's been keeping me busy since I seem to have quizzes and exams every single week. In addition to that, my family recently relocated and moving is super tiring! Packing and transferring everything you own is pretty tedious, but things are settling down. After shopping for things to keep my room organized, I suddenly realized that I was running out of a lot of beauty products. Thus, a trip to the korean market! Hopefully I can post some more detailed reviews soon.

- Dariya Hair Magic Sheets [$3.99]: Velcro "clips" that hold your hair in place without leaving any weird dents. I've been looking for these everywhere! A lot of beauty gurus seem to use them.

- Shiseido Tsubaki Damage Care Conditioner [$18]: Been hearing good things about this. The big bottles are expensive but refill packs are $12. Sounds good to me. You save money and plastic :)

- Kose Softymo White Cleansing Oil [$11.49]: My 2nd bottle. Awesome at removing face makeup. Most cleansing oils are at least $20 but you can find a lot of affordable alternatives from asian brands.

- Skin79 Mini BB Cream Set [$15]: I have been hearing so many awesome things about BB creams being the holy grail, so I hope it lives up to the hype!

May 16, 2011

HANAair Professional Hair Dryer from Misikko

PRICE: $194.99 is an online store that sells a wide variety of hair products including hair straighteners, hair dryers, curling irons, and styling products. They have a lot of good deals on popular brands that you’ve probably heard of, such as Babyliss, CHI, GHD, T3, and more. They also sell some cosmetics and skincare items as well. Their customer service is great and the owners are super friendly. They offer free shipping on orders over $50. And let me tell you, they sure do know how to package their orders with ribbons and flowers- so cute!

Today I’m going to be reviewing my hair dryer from Misikko which is the HANAair Professional Hair Dryer. For the past few years, I’ve been using an old hair dryer from the drugstore because I didn’t know that high end products could make such a difference. That is, until one day, I borrowed my sisters CHI hair straightener. I am now a total believer in good quality hair tools because they’re efficient and make a big difference in the quality of your hair.

The HANAair Professional Hair Dryer has a ceramic heater. You probably hear the word “ceramic” a lot when it comes to hair tools, but it basically allows for smoother hair, less frizz, and faster/more even heat up time. I’ve been using this dryer for a few weeks now, and the overall condition of my hair has improved. Instead of feeling poofy and frizzy after drying, it feels soft, smooth, and shiny. My sister recently asked me if I was doing anything different to my hair because it looked really nice.

It has 3 main controls by the handle. On the very left is the cool shot button which releases cold air to help set your hair style. On a lot of hair dryers, the cool shot button has to be held down which can get pretty annoying. What’s cool about this dryer is that the button actually stays in place. Push it once for cold air, push it again to release. The switch in the middle controls the speed which has 2 settings. Both speed options are pretty powerful and they dry my hair really fast. It used to take me at least 30 minutes to dry my hair but this has cut the time IN HALF. Speed setting II can get pretty loud, so I tend to avoid using that one if I need to be quiet. The switch on the right controls the heat which has 3 settings. It heats up really well and that contributes to the quick drying and styling.

The dryer as a whole feels really lightweight. I don’t ever remember my hands getting tired as I’m using it. It also has a 12 foot cord which is pretty long and convenient if you can’t always be right next to an outlet.

Included is a big drawstring bag for storage and travel. It also comes with a concentrator attachment for styling and a small size of the HANA Shine Shield Thermal Protectant. This serum is really nice because it helps make your hair smoother and shinier without weighing it down or making it feel sticky.

I think the only con would be that it is pretty expensive. It costs $194.99. However, a lot of high end hair dryers are around that price so if you’re willing to invest, I would definitely recommend the HANA. It even comes with a 2 year warranty.

Here's a photo of my hair right after drying it with the HANAair dryer and applying some of the shine shield. I didn't even have to straighten it with a flat iron which I usually do.

* Products were provided by Misikko for review.

May 01, 2011

Best Friend's Prom Makeup & Nails

Meet Christine, one of my best friends! We pretty much grew up together. She's a pretty girl but she always refused to let me put makeup on her haha. That's why I was super excited when she told me that I could help her get ready for prom! I did her makeup and nails while our other friend did her hair.

I used china glaze innocence, china glaze love letters, & sinful colors snow me white

Such a piano player :) We thought it would make for nice pictures.

- Bare Escentuals prime time
- ELF tone correcting concealer: Spice
- Revlon colorstay foundation: Natural Tan
- MAC prep + prime powder
- MAC blush: Blushbaby
- MAC mineralize skin finish: Light Flush
- Smashbox bronzer: Suntan Matte
- Urban Decay all nighter spray

- Urban decay primer potion
- NYX eyeshadow palette: champagne & caviar
- Physician's Formula gel liner
- ELF waterproof mascara
- Ardell invisiband falsies: Babies
- NYX eyebrow cake powder: Dark Brown/Brown

- Chapstick
- ELF lip stain: Lucky Lady
- ELF super glossy lip shine: Goddess

April 27, 2011

Tutorial: Smokey Eyes for Prom

My first picture tutorial! I'm going to be doing my friend's makeup for prom this weekend and I decided to practice on myself. I ended up taking pictures at every step for a little how-to. This took more work that I thought, haha. Hope you like! I think neutral smokey eyes are perfect for prom. They're dramatic enough to show up in photos and they'll match any color dress.

Some quick tips for prom..
- Avoid using products with high SPF since they can give your face a white cast in photos.
- Use a lip stain instead of lipstick- they're long lasting, so less touch ups are needed.
- Set your makeup with a makeup setting spray, like Urban Decay's all nighter.
- Have fun and take lots of pictures!

For tutorial purposes, I'll name the shadows in the palette that I used.
1. Light beige
2. Medium brown
3. Dark brown
4. Black

Apply eyeshadow primer (urban decay primer potion.)

Light beige all over the lid up to the brow bone.

Medium brown on lid.

Dark brown on outer half of lid.


Black to the outer crease.

Blend blend blend!

Dark brown to the outer half of the lower lash line.

Light beige on the brow bone.

Light beige on the inner corners.

Black liner on the waterline (urban decay zero 24/7 liner)

Black liner on the upper lash line (mac blacktrack fluidline)

Apply concealer underneath eyes. Add mascara & falsies.

Eyes are done!

Just put on your foundation, blush, contour, lips, and ta-da!

Products used:
- Maybelline dream smooth mousse foundation
- Make Up For Ever concealer palette
- Maybelline dream matte powder
- Nars orgasm blush
- MAC emote blush
- Urban Decay primer potion
- NYX champagne & caviar eyeshadow palette
- Urban Decay zero 24/7 liner
- MAC blacktrack fluidline
- Wet N Wild mega length mascara
- Creme lashes
- MAC hug me lipstick
- MAC underage lipglass

My senior prom was 2 years ago :]