20 July 2016

Beauteque Sheet Mask Haul

In July, Beauteque relaunched their website and rebranded as the "mask marketplace" with a goal to provide skincare enthusiasts with a place to purchase affordable, high-quality masks. I had not heard much about Beauteque until recently when one of my new favorite YouTuber's TheBeautyBreakdown uploaded a video of herself unboxing her monthly Beauteque box subscription (aptly called Mask Maven).
Because I am a sheetmask hoarder, I decided I'd check place an order! Here is my entire order:

Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask - Rice $1.99 USD (currently out of stock)
Dr. Morita Green Tea & Amino Essence Moisturing Mask Sheet $1.99 USD
Hanaka Magic Garden Series - Marigold + Vitamin A $1.90 USD
Gold Cosmetic Bag - FREE!

Overall, I was very satisfied with their service. Order processing took a little longer than I expected, but I assumed that was due to the high volume of orders they were receiving at relaunch. I also appreciate the fact they included a free cosmetic bag with my order. I will definitely order from them again in the future!

29 June 2016

NYX HD Blush - Double Dare

Product Name: NYX Cosmetics HD Blush
Shade: Double Dare
Size: 0.16oz
Price: $6.99 - Ulta

This orange blush looks frightening in the pan, but if applied lightly and blended properly, it looks great! I picked it up on a whim because the color intrigued me. I don't wear orange anything, not even clothing, so this was a little out of the norm for me. My favorite way to apply this blush is with the Real Techniques Blush Brush, and I place it quite high on the cheekbones, where my highlighter usually goes. I find this gives me a more youthful look when paired with a clean matte base, soft brows and minimal eye makeup.

I've read reviews about faulty and cheap packaging. Luckily, I haven't had any problems with mine, although between you and me, for $7, I don't have high expectation when it comes to the packaging. But that's just me.

28 June 2016

Sephora Classic Mini Multitasker Brush #45.5

Price: $14.00
Suggested Use: Applying loose and mineral compact powders
Best For: Liquid foundation, powder foundation, loose and mineral powders
Material: Synthetic

I've had my eye on this brush for AGES and was finally able to purchase it a couple of months ago. It's meant for loose and mineral powder but it works really well with liquid foundation. It blends perfectly and leaves a natural finish. It's dense, but not too dense, so I think it works well with most formulations. I would not use this on anything too watery though, like the MAC Face & Body because it'll soak it up and just move the product around your face, but never truly buff it in. However, for anything thicker, it's perfect. It has become HG status for me and will probably purchase a couple more in the future!

17 June 2016

Sephora Wonderful Cushion Matte Lip Cream

Product Name:
Sephora Wonderful Cushion Matte Lip Cream
Shade: Wonderful Purple
Size: 9ml / 0.304 fluid oz
Price: $8.00

What I liked: The color and applicator! I like any lip color that's a berry sort of shade. I think it goes so well with my skin tone. The applicator isnt a true cushion, more like a sponge, but it still makes the product fun to apply. I also like that it a soft matte. Instead of the sharp edges and lines you get with liquid lipsticks, this one kind of just feathers at the edges, which I kind of prefer because it has a more youthful look.

What I didn't like: Well first, I think Sephora should've come out with better shades in general. This shade was the only one that I liked out of the four that were released. None of them are particularly wearable, in that they probably only look good on certain skin tones. They also should've formulated it better. Although it's pretty opaque, it transfers and never truly sets (kind of like the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams). However, it does work really well as a stain. Although it's not that impressive formula-wise, I'm still gonna wear the heck out of it.

15 June 2016

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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About a month ago I purchased a BRAND NEW Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge after my old one, which I bought last year, finally gave out on me. I was very disappointed to find out that they had changed the material of which the sponges are made.

As I stated in the video above, they used to be comparable to the Beauty Blender but they now feel like any other generic sponge that is sold at drugstores and other shops. I am very disappointed in Real Techniques, not for changing the material, but for not addressing the change. I have done some Googling and have found that I am not the only person that is having the same problem. Perhaps, it is time to finally go back to using a Beauty Blender.