If you follow any kind of beauty channel or blog, you’ve most likely heard about L’Oreal’s new Lash Paradise mascara. EVERYONE was raving about this new mascara and how it’s a dupe for the Too Face Better than Sex mascara, which I’ve never tried. I managed to get my hands on a tube of L’Oreal Lash Paradise a few weeks after it was released – it was so freaking hard because it was not in any drugstore around me. I had to order it online from Target.com, which is highly annoying because we see all of the reviews and that it’s now released, but it’s actually nowhere in real life! I read from another blog that drugstores are releasing new items online first rather than in actual stores to make it more exclusive….but honestly, it’s drugstore makeup. It’s supposed to be accessible and inexpensive. Just let the people have it. *Eye Roll*. Anyway, read on to see how I feel about the L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara after a month of use. Continue reading
Recently, Lorac released three new Unzipped eye shadow palettes inspired by three different Southern California landscapes. Going with the popular “warm and hot” eye trend we see from the Urban Decay Naked Heat or Tarte Toasted palette that I don’t think is released yet, Lorac now has the Ocean Sunset, Mountain Sunset, and Desert Sunset palettes to add to the original Lorac Unzipped line.
When I saw pictures of them, I was excited for a split second. But then I saw that in each palette, there are a few colors that I know I will not personally like or use (or know how to use). So then I was not excited. Those brighter purples or strong orange and red based colors are just not my thing.
If I had to choose one, the Unzipped Mountain Sunset palette may be the most useful out of the bunch in my opinion because the colors seem to work together the most, and it has a lovely dark forest green for an accent color. But still…if I’m not going to use some of the colors, it doesn’t make sense to me to get the whole palette. I for one will not be purchasing any of the new Unzipped Sunset palettes!
Instead (haha), I purchased something I’ve wanted and put a lot of thought into for a long time – the original Lorac Unzipped palette that has been out for a few years:
Guys, I finally did it. I hit pan on a powder makeup item for the first time! I was swirling my powder brush in my Maybelline Fit Me face powder two days ago when I caught a glint. A glint of metal. The size of a period!! But it was a glint nevertheless, and I cackled with joy and sense of achievement. I hopped over to my fiance to show off the tiny pin point of a pan, to which he did not respond and maintained a bemused expression on his face. Dudes just don’t get it.
I have to say that I was waiting and waiting for this day, and sometimes it seemed like it would never happen.
So without further ado, here it is:
If you’ve got pale skin and are thinking about getting the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion, read on to see my thoughts on it for pale skin!
Hera is a Korean brand of cosmetics. I got a refill compact of the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion in the shade 13 Ivory, to try out, and also because I just love the name Hera, haha. Any other Greek mythology buffs out there?
The pros of this cushion:
Shade 13 Ivory is light enough for me! It is a light neutral shade. For reference, I am in the shade Y205 Alabaster for the MUFE Ultra HD foundation, and Y215 Yellow Alabaster for the MUFE Water Blend foundation. I have been matched to NC15 for MAC, but I think NC5 or NC10 would be better if MAC made those shades. I have a neutral skin tone, but lean towards yellow.
It is a dewy foundation. It will make your skin glow, if you’re into that, which I am.
It offers light coverage, which I like, but this could be a con for some.
It’s moisturizing, so it’s good for dry skinned people like me.
It has SPF 34. I would still use my regular sunscreen underneath though, as with all foundations.
It smells good. The scent doesn’t linger on your face though.
It looks good in photos and in real life at a distance (when I see myself in a mirror, I think, the skin looks good)
It never sets. I find the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion always feels sticky and tacky on my face. I definitely needed to powder or else my hair gets stuck on my cheeks.
If you touch your face without setting with powder, foundation will come off, and the foundation also slides around on your face.
If you powder, it will look cakey and bring out any lines you have. I think it still looks good in photos and if you’re not standing too close to people, but closer up, the cakiness shows. Not pleasant!
I think it oxidizes a shade darker.
There does not seem to be much product in the cushion. I used the cushion for 3 weeks and it looks empty. I’m pressing the puff into the cushion pretty hard, and not much is coming up anymore (see photo).
I tried storing the cushion upside down so product can drain to the top of the cushion, but that did not help. I don’t even use that much product because I prefer a sheer layer of foundation!
I wondered if the product dried up because I don’t have the actual compact to store the refill in (I just got the refill cushion to try). But the refill has its own cap that closes securely, so I don’t think drying up is the reason.
Do I recommend the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion? I don’t.
Honestly, with all the k-beauty craze going on, I’m disappointed that I haven’t found any Korean cosmetics that I like. When I first used this cushion, I really thought I was going to like it. Although the shade match is great for pale skin, and it will give you a lovely glow, the stickiness, cakiness, and “emptiness” of the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion after less than a month of use is not my cup of tea. I guess I am happy that I finished a foundation for my Use Up That Makeup goals though! I got the cushion from Jolse
All items mentioned were purchased by myself. All opinions are my own.
This no-buy I set for myself is downgraded to a low-buy haha. Obviously, I love makeup, so let’s be real and give makeup a bigger space in my life. I’m still being careful of the colors and products I choose. It’s all about that balance 🙂 Anyway, I recently ordered some things from ELF, and I am so excited about them because they seem really good for us pale princesses. I’m probably most excited about about the new ELF Best Friend Eye Shadow Duo because the colors look promising and duos are easy and quick to use! Read on to see my thoughts.
If I had to choose a favorite nail polish brand, it would have to be Sally Hansen. They have a ginormous color selection, excellent formulas, the perfect wide brush for sweeping on nail polish quickly and neatly, and they are widely available at drugstores for very reasonable prices. I seriously can’t believe some nail polishes cost $30 dollars. Give me my Sally Hansen, which ranges from about $1.97-$9.99, and I’m 103% certain no one can tell the difference once it’s on your hands.
Anyway, I am currently obsessed with the Sally Hansen Color Therapy line of nail polishes. All of the nail polishes in this line include nourishing oils, like argan and evening primrose, that keep your nails healthy. You supposedly don’t even need to wear a base coat so your nails can get the full benefit of the oils, but I still would if I’m using a dark color. I am currently wearing the Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish in Powder Room and all I can say is YES.
When my lips are chapped, these are the products that keep them soft! Best of all? They’re all affordable. Don’t forget the first step is to drink enough water though 😉
Wow June is here. Can we please just stop? Anyway, it’s time for another edition of Use Up That Makeup! The June Makeup Basket and Progress pictures! Read on to see some nice dents I’ve made in my makeup.
First things first – the progress pictures for a few products in my May Makeup Basket. I’m pretty proud! *puffs up*
Well, it was good while it lasted 🙂 Today I purchased a piece of makeup and broke my strict no-buy until the end of 2017. I had a good run – about 2 months of not purchasing any makeup.
I’m not kicking myself for my purchase today though. After decluttering all of the products that I wasn’t using, the sight of which was giving me stress and anger, and having a nice detox from makeup, I feel like I’m in a better place with makeup. I still am steering clear of the buy buy buy mentality. I no longer idly browse makeup aisles (…except for today when I went in to get a spoolie for my eye brows), but I think this one small item should be fine. The no buy will definitely resume after this!
Now what was it that broke my will and my no-buy? This little guy:
Summer weather has rolled in where I live (oh hello, 100 degree weather!) and with that comes sweat and shine on my face. Though face powders are kind of a boring, blah makeup product to me, they can become an essential product to have in the summer. A nice pressed powder can keep the oilies and over-glow at bay. Today I want to talk about the Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Pale Yellow. I’ve been using it for about two months, and here are my thoughts!