FOTD: Oh, Put It On

I’m still not on board with liquid lipsticks. Nevertheless, I had to pick up this one when I saw it at Target. It’s hard to find new color releases here.  So, fellow Hawaii makeup addicts, Target has quite an impressive selection of NYX products, including the new NYX Liquid Suede colors. ;)

Oh, Put It On is a deep, almost-black purple. I think it makes enough of a statement on its own, as all dark lips do, so here is my go-to pairing: almost nada on the eyes and face.


Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun
LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer – Light Neutral
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish
Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Palette (The Sculpting Powder – Medium, Celestial Powder – Starlight, Matte Bronzing Veil – Desert Nights, Pure Powder Glow – Aurora)


Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade – Medium Brown


Phee’s Makeup Tips – Peppered
Makeup Geek – Vanilla Bean
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara


KIKO Invisible Lip Liner
ColourPop Lippie Pencil – Nevermind
NYX Liquid Suede – Oh, Put It On

Red Lips District: Urban Decay Vice lipstick 714

urban decay vice lipstick 714 fotd

I have such a brain block when it comes to trying to write this post. Red lipsticks may never go out of fashion, but my enthusiasm and energy for writing about them is certainly waning. Let’s just get straight to it.

This is Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 714. It’s a holdover shade from the Revolution + Gwen Stefani line. Incidentally, I recently saw this very shade on clearance at Nordstrom Rack for $9. *wink wink nudge nudge*

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 714 swatch

urban decay vice lipstick 714 swatch

714 is a bright, intense red. To my eye, it leans a little orange, which is super flattering on my skin tone. Unlike the previous red I wrote about, Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick Legendary, I definitely feel like I need to dress up somewhat for this red. The day I wore this, I actually changed out of my sweat pants to walk my dog, because I thought the disparity between my face and my clothes would be too great otherwise.

The look

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Instead of the predictable sharp winged liner, I opted for a soft bronze-y haze. The orange tones in the eyeshadow complement the warmth of the lipstick, don’t you think? I added some trio clusters to balance the eyes with the strong lips, and kept the rest of the face minimal.

This was my first time trying the new matte Vice formula, and I really think they knocked it out of the park! It’s comfortable to wear, and it stayed put throughout a meal with very minimum fading. I used a clear lip liner around the outside edges and didn’t experience any bleeding. If and when I ever run out of this lipstick sample, I may consider buying a full-size. I’m glad there is a long-wearing option for those of us who dislike liquid lipsticks!


The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
theBalm bronzer – Balm Desert
Soap & Glory Glow All Out
NARS x Pierre Hardy blush – Boys Don’t Cry


Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown


Phee’s Makeup Tips – Sphinx
Makeup Geek – Peach Smoothie, Vanilla Bean
Too Faced – Coffee Bean
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil – Demolition
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara
KISS Trio Lashes – X Short, Short


KIKO Invisible Lip Liner
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 714

urban decay vice lipstick 714 fotd products used

What’s in my travel makeup bag? September 2016


I’m back!!

Well, I’ve been home for almost three weeks now, but as I am practically incapable of behaving like a functioning adult, I am only getting around to reviving my poor blog now-ish. Heh.

I was away from my makeup stash for most of the month of September. First, I went on a trip to Asia with my dad. I came back to Hawaii for a few days and stayed at my uncle’s place while waiting for our bathroom renovation to wrap up. Then, I spent a weekend in Las Vegas for my cousin’s wedding. When we finally moved back in, it took awhile to sort our lives back in order. It’s still not 100% sorted out, but whose life really is, amirite?

Anyway! This post is on what was in my travel makeup bag that I used for the past month. Let’s see what made the cut.

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FOTD: Embellishment

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Yet another FOTD venturing into the world of liquid lipsticks. It’s a trend that I am not 100% behind. I only have three liquid lipsticks: two from NYX, and one from Stila. Honestly, I don’t really get the hype. They supposedly last forever (and yet, they don’t on me), and they have lots of cool and unusual colors. But they’re so drying and in my humble opinion, I don’t think the super matte lip is very flattering on anyone. You know, they kinda make your lips look like a butthole. :X

However, I will admit that there are unconventional colors that probably wouldn’t translate as well with a traditional bullet formula (like Stone Fox). The colors are really the only reason why I bothered to buy some, as I find them rather fiddly to apply as well.

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The NYX Lip Lingerie line are basically nudes with a hint of 90’s grunge. There are quite a lot of brown and gray tones in the line, some of which would probably look awful on my skin tone. Embellishment isn’t the most flattering on me either. The strong purple gray tone is a little hard for me to pull off, and I have to carefully coordinate the other colors on my face to avoid looking dead and drained.

I used Makeup Geek’s Prom Night, a purple-y taupe, and blended it out with a few gray tones in the Viseart Neutral Matte palette. A touch of plummy brown on my cheeks pulls the look together.

fotd embellishment products


Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle liquid foundation – Chestnut Milk Parfait
The Body Shop Honey Bronze – Drops of Sun
LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer – Bronzer
Physicians Formula All-in-1 Custom Nude palette – Warm Nude
Benefit Dallas


??? Either the ABH Dipbrow or Freedom Makeup version, I can’t remember. I didn’t write it down. Fail.


Viseart Neutral Matte palette – 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 12
Makeup Geek – Prom Night
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Zero
Boots No. 7 Velvet Lash mascara


NYX Lip Lingerie – Embellishment

I’m still not in love with Embellishment, nor the liquid lipstick trend. Neither the formula nor the color are “swipe on and go” friendly. Still, it’s a unique color that’s worth keeping around.

The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain – Dusty Rose 037

body shop lip cheek stain dusty rose 037

Right before I left London, I decided spontaneously that I needed to buy one of the new Lip & Cheek Stains by The Body Shop. For science!

I used to work for The Body Shop, and their original Lip & Cheek Stain was one of my favorite products. It was often overlooked and under-appreciated! Whenever I needed to inject life into my sallow skin (made worse by the fluorescent overhead lights), I dabbed a bit of it on my lips and cheeks. Suddenly I looked like a human being again, with normal blood circulation!

However, the most telling evidence that I genuinely used and loved the product? I actually finished an entire tube. When you have a stupid amount of makeup like I do, that is quite the feat.

Recently, The Body Shop revamped this product and expanded the color range. While the old line had only three shades, this new one has nine. Additionally, the product was previously packaged in a clear lip gloss tube with a doe-foot applicator. The new ones are much stouter, with sleek black opaque packaging.

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An interesting thing to note about the doe-foot applicators: they’re colored red. Normally, applicators are white and they take on the color of whatever product they’re applying. These red applicators somewhat skew the color perception of the product. It looks like this will swatch a bright, almost neon pink, right?

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