Wednesday, March 29, 2017

January, February and March 2017 Empties

My pile of bottles, tubes and other empties has been growing in the corner of my room and I knew I had to make a point to recap the things I've used up soon. The end of February came and went and I didn't have time to do my usual bi-monthly update so here it is a month late. At this point I might as well do empties posts quarterly instead of bi-monthly. We'll see if I can stand the huge pile of garbage accumulating every three months....

I'm definitely seeing a pattern when it comes to certain products. I've used up many a tub of First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream and Shiseido sunscreens are something I always go back to. I finally used up pretty much all of my Malin + Goetz Deodorant (what little that was left fell out of the tube and onto the floor so I just chucked it) and I've already repurchased it. Another repurchase I've already made is the Dior Creme de Rose Lipbalm which I originally said was too expensive but it's actually the perfect daytime lipbalm. I also love the Shiseido Full Lash Serum which I also have repurchased and need to buy another backup soon.

Now let's talk about a couple of things I tried for the first time and enjoyed. The Bobbi Brown Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover is the best eye makeup remover I've ever used. It just takes everything, including waterproof mascara, off so easily. It's very expensive for how much you get (and eye makeup remover is something I run out of pretty quickly) which is the only reason I wouldn't repurchase this in a heartbeat. I have a pretty problematic scalp so I bought the 100% Pure Burdock and Neem Shampoo which is supposed to help with dandruff. I think it helped somewhat and I would consider repurchasing it in the future. I also really liked the Beautiful Nutrition Healthy Hair Diet Shampoo and think that might be my next shampoo purchase after I finish my current one.

As for things I really didn't care for, the super hyped up Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist failed to impress me. The full size mist retails for $48 but I just don't see what everyone loves about it. I'm actually a little glad I didn't like it because that saves me $48. The Lierac Cleansing Gel, which I received as a press sample, has been in my bathroom cabinet for a long time and I'm glad it's used up. I used about half the bottle to wash my face but found the strong fragrance off-putting and it was somewhat harsh on my skin. I used the rest of the product to wash some of my makeup brushes.

I have a couple of makeup empties this quarter which is nice to see. I finally finished the Stila One Step Correct Primer which is the clear one with the different colored swirls. It was a meh primer that didn't really do much for my skin besides adding another layer to separate my skin from my base makeup. I received it as gratis from when I worked in the beauty industry which is the only reason I had this primer. I finished another Laneige BB Cushion Concealer which has been my go-to under eye concealer for several years. It's no surprise I went through two more tubes of L'Oreal's Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara since it's my favorite mascara. I've probably gone through at least 10 tubes by now. Every time the drugstore has a 40% off promotion on L'Oreal, I make sure to stock up on a couple of tubes of this mascara. I finally finished the Lioele Eyebrow Pencil that I bought in Hong Kong back in 2013. More than once I questioned what sorcery was behind this eyebrow pencil that never seemed to end. Towards the end I realized this eyebrow pencil was a touch too dark for my liking and so I won't be repurchasing it. I also used up a Mac Pro Longwear Brow Set which was decent but the color was too warm for my brows. I'm currently pretty happy with the brow products I'm using so I'll have to do an update on that soon.

The only products that aren't used up that I'm tossing are the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer and the Maybelline Colorsensational Lipgloss in Mirrored Mauve. The concealer is from 2013 and while it's still usable, the packaging is utterly broken and it's a pain in the butt to use. I did like the salmon shade for under my eyes so at least I hit pan on it. I didn't care for the other concealer shade nor the powder at all. The Maybelline lipgloss is actually one of my favorite lipglosses ever but it's starting to smell a little different so in the bin it goes. Unfortunately it looks like they've discontinued that line of lipglosses so I won't be able to replace it with a new one. 

Being away from this space has made me quite a rambler, eh? Hopefully I didn't put any of you to sleep (unless you're reading this before bed, in which case, you're welcome). I have a couple of post ideas floating in my head but, to be honest, not enough drive to follow through on photographing and writing everything. I've been keeping pretty busy in pretty much every facet of my life other than my blog presence. I'm hoping I get bitten by the blogging bug again soon so I can muster up something worth posting! If you have any ideas or suggestions, feel free to shout them out on Twitter or Instagram (@Karyi12)!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Singles: Chase and Lost

Urban Decay eyeshadows hold a special place in my heart because they were one of my first forays into the world of higher end shadows. I looked forward to their yearly Book of Shadows which launched around the holidays, saving up my weekend tutoring money until the launch. Of course, the Naked Palette is a makeup must-have and it's been getting a lot of use due to my goal to pan six shades

You'll get more bang for your buck when you purchase a palette but while some shades get featured over and over (Half Baked, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Smog), others you'll rarely see in palettes. The single eyeshadows are $19 a pop so they're pretty pricey. If you sign up for Urban Decay's rewards programs, you'll be able to get a free single eyeshadow with any purchase so I just bought one eyeshadow to get one free. 

The two shades I chose were Lost and Chase. Lost is described as a medium metallic brown and Chase is a bright bronze. Both have a lovely shimmery finish but are not glittery at all. I love Urban Decay eyeshadows for their ultra smooth, buttery texture. The metallic shadows like these are my favorite because they apply onto the eyelids very easily and blend out beautifully with other shades.

I would say Lost is a dark metallic brown rather than a medium metallic brown. Of course you can blend it out to make it less intense - I personally use it most as an outer corner shade to add depth. This would also make a super easy one-and-done smokey eye. Chase is a very rich gold but it leans a bit more neutral compared to Half Baked, which is more of a yellow gold. I'm really excited to use Chase as an all over lid color in the summer time when I have more warmth to my skin.

Urban Decay single eyeshadows don't get a lot of love because their palettes are the main attraction. But if you can't find a palette that works for you or you just prefer single shadows, definitely check out what Urban Decay has to offer!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

My Growing Stash of Clinique Cheek Pops & Lid Pops

I've taken a bit of a blogger break but I have every intention to make a comeback. There's been some technical difficulties, personal life stuff and I've been spending a lot more time doing things other than planning out my beauty purchases and holing myself in my room taking photos of lipstick. Not that there's anything wrong with the last bit but I just needed to take a step back and pursue other interests. But, trust me, I miss blogging and hope to put my blogging cap back on in a few weeks.

I've been itching to write a post on my new-ish Clinique additions. Ever since I raved about their Lid Pop in Petal Pop last year, I've wanted to get some more shades. I'm a little late to the Cheek Pop bandwagon but no matter - these are beautiful! I ordered Nude Pop and Melon Pop as well as another eyeshadow in Cream Pop.

When I saw Nude Pop in the pan I was a little worried it might look too muddy or too light to even show up on my skin. But on the skin it's the loveliest, natural peach nude blush for fair skin tones. I love, love, loveeee it! It gives my cheeks color without looking obvious at all. These powders have that special texture so they feel quite hard to the touch. That means when you swirl your brush in the pan, you'll never end up with too much product. Honestly, I haven't worn Melon Pop on my cheeks yet but it's a very pretty bright coral that will be a nice flush for spring and summer.

Cream Pop was the only other eyeshadow in the range that interested me besides Petal Pop. Cream Pop is a lovely shimmery beige that is the perfect all over lid color. It's the kind of shade you don't have to think about that imparts a pretty sheen on your eyes. It's not a must have just because there are so many potential dupes for it but I really like applying the Lid Pops with my fingers for a quick look.

The Lid Pops are a nice-to-have if you are okay with a semi-sheer eyeshadow (which I love for everyday office looks) but the Cheek Pops are really something you should consider for your stash. There are so many shades to choose from so you're bound to find one that suits your fancy. I'd love to add some of the more daring shades like Cola Pop to my growing collection but for now I can't put Nude Pop down.

I think Clinique really hit it out of park with their various Pop products. From the blushes to the lipsticks, I've heard rave reviews nearly all around. Have you tried the Clinique Pop line? What are your favorite products from the collection?