February/March 2017 empties

Yay, empties!

In February, I only used up a mascara. I didn’t think it was worth writing an entire post on one item, so I grouped it in with March’s empties.

There was a lot this month, but I still have plenty to get through!

Makeup empties

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation & Concealer sampler card – There was only enough product for a jawline swatch for color-matching purposes. None of the colors matched me. I’m not even remotely interested in learning more about this foundation or trying a larger sample. Sorry, Smashbox.

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara – I finished this in February. I really like this mascara. It smudged a bit in the beginning, but as the formula dried out a bit, it became perfect. I’d consider repurchasing this. I’ve seen it at the Keeamoku Walgreens and Salt Lake Target, for any Oahu readers who are curious about the UK brand.

Innisfree Natural Oil Control paper – Picked this up in Korea over the summer. I had run out of my e.l.f. ones. These are pretty decent, and I like the dispenser. However, all blotting papers perform are more or less equal in my eyes, so I’ll just use whatever’s available.

Atelier Cologne Mandarine Glaciale – I really liked this fragrance. It was juicy and fresh. It’s spicier than the company’s other citrus offering, Orange Sanguine. I wouldn’t mind a mini of this one day. Here’s the Fragrantica page on Mandarine Glaciale.

Skincare empties

The Body Shop tea tree oil – I’ve been using this for years. Although I said I wouldn’t be including it in future empties, this was a jumbo size and it feels like a bigger accomplishment? Plus, I’m trying to get rid of as many extras and backups as possible before the big move. I still have way too much stuff.

Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Wash (And the longest product name in the world goes to…) – I’ve had this bottle for years. It’s supposed to be a deep clean product: you slather it on your skin and let it sit for a few minutes before washing off. It did a good job of bringing any gunk in my pores to the surface, and it also worked well for any flakiness. However, when I say deep clean, I mean DEEP. My skin felt squeaky after this — too clean. It definitely strips everything off and I had to moisturize almost immediately after stepping out of the shower. The consistency of the product was weird too, kind of goopy and runny at the same time. I wouldn’t buy it again.

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil – I love this makeup remover. It gets off every last bit of foundation, mascara, eyeliner, you name it. The only gripe I have with it is the packaging. The pump leaks, and it gets messy. I actually prefer the solid cleansing balm, because the results are the same but the product is neater. Still, I’d repurchase this if the balm happens to be sold out (which is why I bought this one in the first place).

Sephora waterproof eye makeup remover – This is a pretty standard bi-phase makeup remover. It does its job and doesn’t leave a film around the eyes.

The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil – I really like this oil. This was a gratis when I was still working there. I’ve already bought another one. First, I spray a face mist, which helps this oil to spread better. Then, after it absorbs, I pat on some moisturizer.

Bodycare empties

This is kind of a creepy picture. I also used up a jumbo shower gel, and a body butter, both from The Body Shop. Not sure why I only decided to include this one? Whatever.

Nature Republic Real Squeeze Aloe Vera Peeling Foot Mask – The first time I used this, a lot of dead skin peeled off. It was both gross and satisfying. But the past few times I’ve used this, I didn’t get as much peeling. So, it was mostly gross but less satisfying. I want to try the Baby Foot one next.

What have you used up last month?

Red Lips District – Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick Legendary

smashbox be legendary lipstick legendary

My fever for hunting down all the red lipsticks has died down considerably. However, I received a deluxe sample of this Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick Legendary in a recent Sephora order. I still have a number of red lipsticks I haven’t featured on the blog yet, so here we go.

Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick Legendary swatch

smashbox be legendary lipstick legendary swatch

The lipstick bullet looks deceptively opaque. Imagine my surprise when it swatched quite sheerly. This swatch is several passes with the bullet. It builds up quite nicely. It has a slippy, almost lip balm texture.

I actually prefer the transparent quality, though! It makes it much easier to wear. The result is a casual, everyday red. It doesn’t wear you; you wear it. It’s the ultimate jeans-and-a-tshirt red lipstick.

On my face

I used a sample card of the Smashbox Studio Skin foundation and concealer. There was barely enough foundation to even do a color match. Incidentally, neither 1.1 nor 3.1 were a good match; even mixing the two gave me an iffy result. Since there was so little of it, I just spread it around very thinly and blended it with a beautyblender. The result is hyper-natural skin. It looks like I barely have foundation on, because I don’t.

The concealer samples were the same story: fair was way too light and pink, and light/medium was almost orange. Mixing the two was barely passable. Also, I noticed that the concealer sets almost immediately. I had a hard time blending it out.

Needless to say, the sample card was next to useless for me. None of the colors remotely matched me, and there was only enough product to maybe give me an idea of where I’d fall in their color spectrum. However, I’m on a renewed “use all the things!” kick, so I just wanted to use it up and throw it away.

Products used

Kept it very simple and minimal!

Face

Smashbox Studio Skin foundation – 1.1, 3.1
Smashbox Studio Skin concealer – Fair, Light/Medium
The Body Shop All-in-One Face Base – 04
The Body Shop Shimmer Waves – 02 Blush
Smashbox Blush Rush – Masterpiece

Brows

Soap & Glory Brow Archery – Hot Chocolate

Eyes

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Zero
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara

Lips

Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick – Legendary

January 2017 Favorites

january 2017 favorites

My very first monthly favorites post! I don’t know if this will be a regular thing. Normally, I’m all over the place when it comes to makeup, and I rarely use the same products two days in a row. However, I did find that I reached for these more consistently than others, so I thought I’d do a word dump about them.

Here we go!

Sonia Kashuk Eye On Neutral matte palette

This has been a firm favorite for a few years already. It has a good combination of warm and cool mattes, with enough variations of colors to complement almost any eyeshadow look you could dream up: base/brow bone color, crease/transition, brows/liner. The packaging is slim and sleek as well, perfect for traveling.

At first glance, it looks a lot like the much-lauded Viseart Neutral Matte palette. I have both, and I don’t think they’re dupes in terms of quality. HOWEVER, I would recommend the Sonia Kashuk as a much more affordable alternative. The Viseart palette is $80 which is O_O!! for the average, casual consumer (and even still for the makeup junkie/collector). In contrast, the SK retails for $19.99 at Target.

Again, I do think the Viseart is superior in quality. It blends and layers effortlessly. However, the SK palette is a true workhorse: easy to work with, reliable pigmentation, and versatile colors. It’s also one-fourth the price of the Viseart! I always reach for the SK palette when traveling. It’s much slimmer than the Viseart, and cheaper to replace if anything were to happen to it.

The Body Shop Shimmer Waves 02 Blush

This was actually rescued from my purge pile. It has a hard pan, so my brushes don’t pick up a whole lot of product in one go. However, I find this works well to build a very natural-looking glowy sheen on days I want to look effortlessly fresh. While it’s called “blush”, I find it both too frosty and light to be used as such. Instead, I use it as a highlighter.

I’m wearing it in this FOTD below. Picture goes to the blog post.

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January 2017 empties

It’s my first empties post of the year! Starting off strong, riding the high of determination to stick to my New Year’s resolutions. I made it a point to use up both deluxe sample sizes, and foil packets. Here’s what I managed to get rid of this past month.

Makeup empties

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Groenland – This has surprising coverage for something called “skin tint.” It’s more like a medium-to-full coverage foundation. I didn’t like it very much on me. It clung to dry patches and made my skin look very flat. To compensate, I added copious amounts of highlighter. I’m wearing it in this FOTD here.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard – This had a lot of mixed reviews in the blogosphere. Some people found it too drying for the under eye area, and the finish too cakey or “makeup-y.” Other people love it and found it covers well and still looks natural. From what little trial and research I could do based off this tiny foil packet sample, I am one of the latter. I used to use the now discontinued dual pan concealer in Ginger/Custard, and I was pleased to see that this iteration of Custard still more or less matched me. I might consider purchasing this after I get through my army of concealers.

Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Sheer Anarchy – From the card sampler from Urban Decay, marketing their new Vice line of lipsticks. The blister pack is filled with a generous amount of lipstick; more than I can get through in a day. However, I’m not very diligent about reapplying. It took me several months to get through this tiny thing, mostly because it’s a pain in the ass to apply lipstick entirely with a brush, and even more of a pain in the ass to touch up throughout the day. This led to the formula slowly drying up and becoming tacky and sticky. Additionally, application was streaky.

Despite user frustration and laziness, I will say that the color is nice. I like bright pinks on me; they contrast nicely with my neutral leaning warm skin tone. Wearing it here.

Nordstrom retractable lip brush – It broke. I bought a very cute and tiny replacement one from MUJI. Thinking about splurging for this Chikuhodo one for my birthday. (I probably won’t do it. I’ve been unemployed for too long and am hoping to move halfway across the world. Now would be a good time to start being prudent, Jen.)

The Body Shop Smoky 2 in 1 Gel Liner in Brown – It’s dried up. I tried to revive it twice with Inglot’s Duraline, but it’s still not as creamy as it was when new. It was a great color, though. Deep chocolate brown with a matte finish. The cap includes a little brush, which was surprisingly very useful. If you can finish gel liners faster than I can, then I’d recommend taking a look at this one. It’s much darker and less red than the packaging would have you believe, though.

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Red Lips District: Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon Napa Vineyard

burt's bees lip crayon napa vineyard

I bought this Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon Napa Vineyard about one, maybe two years ago. At the time, I was going through my “omg red lips tho” phase, and I even started a sporadic blog post series on them.

However, I am nothing if not inconsistent, and that’s why it took me two years to get around to writing a post on this product. Remember, I bought it specifically “for the blog.” Ugh. But whatever. Onwards!

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon Napa Vineyard

Burt’s Bees is well-known for their “natural” lip balms. They came out with these “all-natural” lipsticks a couple years ago and since the swatches looked promising, I hunted this one down.

burt's bees lip crayon napa vineyard swatch

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon Napa Vineyard swatch

Napa Vineyard is a beautiful blue-based red. It’s very pigmented, quite unlike the famed tinted lip balms or lip shimmers. This lip crayon does not mess around. You want a dressed-up, I’m-going-to-an-event-because-I’m-a-grown-up red? This color will definitely fit the bill.

The formula is a bit on the dry side, however. The chubby crayon shape also doesn’t help much to create a sharp line, which I think is a must with such a bright, deep color. You have to go in with a lip brush. Alternatively, you could wear a lip balm underneath and pat this color on to achieve a less saturated stain.

I do like that it’s a twist-up crayon. However, the cap on mine, while cute with its honeycomb pattern, doesn’t stay on very well. In fact, I dropped it once and the cap popped off. The crayon hit the floor on the tip. Gross.

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