December Favorites & Empties!

So, for December I decided to just put my favorites/most used products and empties together. To start off, here are my favorites for this month:


  • Prada Candy
Delicious scent is delicious, enough said.

  • theBalm Cabana Boy Blush
And lovely blush is lovely. I really love this blush; it's a beautiful color and has excellent quality. You can find my post for it here

  • Clinique Chubby Stick in Mega Melon
I love this little guy..! I started using it again a lot more this month and I remember why I loved it! I can get away with using it in place of a balm, and I love the natural hint of color it gives my lips. It's not a very festive color for December but I used it a lot!

  • theBalm Balm Girls Lipstick in Mai Billsbepaid
Another lip product that isn't exactly all that festive..! During December I really just seemed to throw on a natural lip and go.. I was a bit too lazy to go all out and wear red lips just to buy some Christmas presents..! If it wasn't my Chubby Stick I was wearing this, or Rimmel's lipstick in 07 by Kate Moss which I forgot to picture! Anyway, you can find my post for this lipstick here.

  • L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
...What? I know, I know.. I made this post about this mascara. If you can't be bothered to read it then let me make it easy: I simply just really didn't like this mascara. I didn't like the rubber wand or the wet formula and it did nothing for my lashes. I mentioned in my post I would try using it but it got stowed away to never see the light of day again. Until I dug it out for this post for its pretty gold tube. And then I thought, "Hey, I'm having a lazy and natural makeup day so why don't I just use this for once?" So I used it and then went, "Hey! What happened, this doesn't suck anymore..!" I really like the way it made my lashes look, and it also seemed that the formula had dried up a little bit. I've been using it everyday since.

While I actually enjoyed it and it became my go-to mascara for the month I don't think I would repurchase it. It sat for about three months to get to the point it worked for me and such, but that's also about the time you should be tossing a mascara. So.. It's not worth it.

Anyway, onto my empties for the month:


  • Clean & Clear Facial Cleansing Wipes
Surprise, surprise.

  • Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment
It was nice but not nice enough to drop $30 on - won't repurchase. I  forgot to mention in my post on this, though, that the balm is too.. skinny for the tube and moves around a bit, and the balm itself is also very soft so.. Like a lot of people, I ended up smooshing the balm up against the side of the tube. Sigh.

Well, looks like this will be my final post of 2012..! I'll see you all next year! :)

New Years Eve Nails!


I know, I know.. I didn't clean up entirely, I apologize. I hate doing my nails and I'm lazy, yet I want them done - blah.

Anyway, it's New Years Eve tomorrow so I wanted to change up my nails..! I used Black Cherry Chutney by OPI as a base, and OPI's The Man With The Golden Gun 18k gold topcoat (which you can read my opinion about here). I was originally just going to use a black base but I received Black Cherry Chutney in my Christmas stocking and it's really gorgeous..! I also love how it looks with the gold flakes!

While I was impatiently waiting for my nails to dry and trying not to smudge them I decided to see if there was anything interesting on Facebook (as usual, not really..!), and I saw that the OPI page reccommended wearing The Man With The Golden Gun topcoat for New Years Eve..! I just thought it was kind of funny and neat to see that post after I had just finished doing so. :p

Are you doing anything special to your nails for NYE? :)

theBalm Hot Mama! Review


Hot Mama! has been on my theBalm wishlist for quite a long time, so when it was on Hautelook last I grabbed one! This blush, like all the other products by theBalm I've tried, is awesome and I really like it. This won't be too long or too detailed of a post since I've reviewed other theBalm blushes and powders and the quality of each of them is fantastic, including this one.

Anyway, here's what theBalm's website has to say about Hot Mama!

"Sexy shadow, beautiful blush and subtle highlighter tucked inside a go-anywhere compact. The pinky-peach hue adds a splash of color to cheeks, a hint of shimmer to the lids, and illuminates your finest feautures."
 
 
Like theBalm's other powder products, Hot Mama! is packaged in a cute little cardboard compact with a secure magnetic closure.
 
This blush is a shimmering pinky peach that has a golden sheen. It's very comparable to NARS Orgasm blush (and it's cheaper!). I think that this would suit any skintone, and is like a blush and highlighter in one!
 

 
Here it is swatched - and it's gorgeous! It gives your face a beautiful and healthy glow, and is  a great 'pick-me-up' blush. It's also not too peachy, too pink, or too shimmery - it's a perfect combo!
 
The quality of it, like all theBalm products, is wonderful. Great pigmentation, easy to blend, lovely texture.. the works! I'm still totally convinced that this brand adds magic to their products.
 
 
Other theBalm Powder Reviews:


MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream Review & Swatches


Um.. This product is a BAMF.

I received this MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in the shade 13 Warm Beige as a gift on Christmas, and I really like it a lot. Before I begin here's some of the information on this product from Sephora:

What it is:
An ultra-pigmented, long-lasting waterproof cream.

What it does:
Aqua Cream combines the highest-quality pigments with mother of pearl particles to give immediate rich color payoff with a luminous finish in just one application. It's long-lasting formulation will not crease or smudge under the most extreme conditions and its creamy and elastic texture allows for easy blending.

These Aqua Creams are $26CA for 0.21 oz of product, and have quite a nice selection of neutrals as well as 'pure bright tones', and you can most likely 'find the perfect color for any purpose'.

First thing I'll say is that all of the above is indeed true! This awesome little guy is wonderfully pigmented, doesn't crease, doesn't smudge, is waterproof, is easy to blend, and is long lasting. All of these claims can usually make one somewhat skeptical but they're all true for the Aqua Cream!

Now, when I first tried this out I was expecting it to be a cream similar to something like the Maybelline Color Tattoos in terms of texture and such. I was ready to dip my finger in and rub gently to pick up product and this is what happened:


As you can see, I used too much pressure! You really only need the lightest touch to pick up this product. I wasn't expecting this and my finger dug in a bit, revealing an almost mousse-like kind of texture. It's not 'hard' like other cream shadows I've tried and I really like the formula and texture of it!

You only need a little bit of this whether you just want a sheer wash of it or something more pigmented and opaque. It's super easy to sheer out or build up depending on what you're going for. It also blends very easily, and gives you quite a nice amount of time to work before it sets. Once it sets you yourself are set - this stuff isn't going anywhere! As I already said, this doesn't crease, smudge, budge, fade... nothing! It's wonderful!


Finally, here's a (quite heavy) swatch. Warm Beige is described as a 'champagne shimmer', and is a lovely shade for a neutral lover like me. It's a great shade to just wear all over the lid on a lazy day! And it looks beautiful either sheered out or built up. It is quite shimmery, though, so I'm careful not to get any sparkle where I don't want it when I'm blending it.


And here's a much more sheered out swatch of it..! Very pretty both ways, isn't it? Now there is a con to this product being so smudge-proof etc.. It's quite difficult to remove! At first silly me thought I could just rub it off..! I was wrong, very wrong. I then tried to rub it off with a tissue. Still didn't work. So I tried rubbing it off with water. Still no luck. Alright, get out the makeup remover then..! Even then it was really hard to remove and my wrist ended up quite red from scrubbing at it! So use a good makeup remover and try to be gentle on your eyes when removing this!

And the only other con about this product for me is that I don't like the smell. It smells almost like.. chemicals? Do not like. I can't smell it unless I put my nose right to the pot or something, though, so no biggy! So, overall this stuff rocks my socks! Have you tried it?

Coming Soon!


Alright, here are the products that will be in future posts! Check back soon for swatches or reviews of them! ^.^

  • theBalm Hot Mama! Blush
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream 13 Warm Beige
  • Too Faced Natural Eye Palette
  • Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Palette

Merry Christmas!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas today!


Here I am in my festive sweater with our little tree - I'm only 5"1 and it's still a bit shorter then I am! As a kid, we always got very tall trees that we had to hang from the cathedral ceilings! Recently, we've been getting a smaller tree every year though.. It was just too much hassle having to bring a ladder in and hang a tree!

Again I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas with family and friends. We just sat around watching Animal Planet and eating turkey. We also had cake as it's also my nanny's birthday! She's 85 today!


Here's my little pile of gifts! ...Makeup of course! As well as Sephora samples! Hot Mama blush I actually purchased on Black Friday. It took so long to arrive that when it did I figured that I would just wrap it up..!

I also recieved another smaller traincase since my mother remembered me saying mine couldn't hold anything else..! She also got me some rollerblades (not pictured)! I loved rollerblading when I was younger and when I grew out of them we discovered they had become quite hard to find..! You could only find expensive ones, so I was excited to have gotten a pair! My brother got me a super cute Yoshi backpack - it's pretty teeny (camera is a perfect fit!), so I will most likely just use him as a cuddle buddy :')

Other lovely gifts are a Sigma brush (also purchased this from Black Friday and took forever to arrive..!), a scarf, earrings and necklace from one of my best friends Reena, cat mugs from my best friend Megan as well as some Hello Pandas and some kleenex..! It's become kind of a tradition of ours to exchange tissues for gifts - it's a silly story...! :p

Anyway, I'll leave you with this picture.. I'm sure you'll be able to pick out items that will appear in future posts! :)

So once again, I really do hope you enjoyed Christmas this year! What was your favorite gift you gave or received? :)



PS, I'll have a proper list of upcoming posts up tomorrow! :)

Red

The holidays are the perfect time to break out the red lips, so today I dug out all of my red lip products (which isn't too many) for this post. I have a lip-liner, three lipsticks, and a gloss to show you! First up is the liner:


Avon Glimmersticks Lip-Liner in Red Brick, $7.99
First of all, you can always get these on sale or with a deal..! I only own two lip liners - a pinky neutral and this one - a red. Lip-liner is something I feel I really don't need and don't want to spend money on so this one is great!

Like the name states it's a brick-red and is matte. I really like the formula and it's easy to use. Lasting power is also really great! Sometimes I just wear this as an all-over lip color, it's really nice, but a little bit drying so be sure to use balm prior.

Next is gloss:


Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss in Cherry Bomb, $9
Confession time: this gloss is pretty old but still going strong! They've repackaged these glosses now and also renamed them, I believe. I prefer this packaging much more, though!

Anyway, this is a bright cherry red, but swatches much more pinky. It mostly sheers out on the lips but does leave a slight tint to the lips. It's a super comfortable gloss and it's also not sticky! Tastes and smells good, too!

Next up, lipsticks:


Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red, about $6.97
I really love Revlon's matte lipsticks, and have three other shades. Really Red was kind of an impulse buy, but I don't regret it. It's what it's called - a really red, red! It's quite a classic, pin-up kind of shade. Depending on what you compare it to it can lean more cool toned or more warm toned.

I do love these lipsticks and think the formula is nice but definitely use a balm beforehand, and if needed, exfoliate your lips! This is very long lasting, and left a stain from swatching (swatches at the end of the post!)


Stila Lipstick in Ponytail
And here's my favorite for a 'straight up' red! This is Stila's Ponytail which came in one of Stila's Barbie Loves Stila Paint Cans, which were limited edition, so this lipstick isn't available anymore :(

Ponytail is another classic red. It's more cool toned and has more of a cream finish. Formula is really nice, as well as staying power. It applies feeling almost like a matte, but isn't exactly dry and is comfortable. The swatch of this also stained..!


Lancome Color Design Lipstick in Sugared Maple, $27
Okay, I love this lipstick. I use it carefully and even have a backup..! I never have backups! Well, I got the backup because it came with a GWP but still..! Anyway, this is a sheen lipstick. Lovely formula, easy application, and very comfortable. This is more like a brick red like the Avon lip-liner. I love it lots. It's has a kind of glossier feel then the other two lipsticks so lasting power isn't as long.

Anyway, I find this would be more comfortable to wear for someone who is intimidated by bright reds like the previous two! It's supah nice.

Alrighty, and finally swatches of all of these reds!

 Avon Red Brick, Revlon Really Red, Stila Ponytail, Lancome Sugared Maple, Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Cherry Bomb
 
You can see here that Cherry Bomb swatches much more pink! Almost fuschia..! You can also see how Avon's Red Brick and Lancome's Sugared Maple are more brick reds, and Revlon's Really Red and Stila's Ponytail are much more bright and.. red.
 
What's your favorite red lip? :) 

A Sneak Behind The Scenes

This is a filler post of sorts..! I am a crazy cat lady, and 'kitten' is in my blog title so I decided that I would share a couple pictures of one of my kitties, Smudge, helping me out with product photos.





She's the nicest little girl, and is always watching and observing. And "helping". I simply shake my head when I'm resizing a photo and then realize there's a stray piece of cat fur sitting there. I guess that's what you get when you live with six cats..!

Products seen in this post:
China Glaze Nail Polish in Fast Track
Urban Decay Feminine Palette
Giorgio Armani Gloss D'Armani in Pink 510 

Inspired by the Holidays


Today's post is simply a collection of some items that remind me of Christmas..! Obviously, lots of reds, some gold and sparkle, as well as some warmth.

Products pictured: Kim Kardashian Perfume, Calvin Klein Obsession, Ricci Ricci by Nina Ricci Lotion, Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss in Cherry Bomb, China Glaze Cranberry Splash, China Glaze Champagne Kisses, Stila Lipstick in Ponytail, L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara, Lancome Eyeshadow in Mannequin, CoverGirl Cheekers Blush in Wild Raspberry, Avon Glimmersticks Lip Liner in Red Brick, and Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment.

Aaaaaand, a random Christmas candle that we had laying around the house.

I'm trying to decide what my next post will be, so you may not hear from me for a bit longer. I will definitely have more product reviews and swatches and stuff after Christmas, though! :)

Two Polishes For The Holidays!

Hi everyone! Today I just wanted to share two great polishes for the holidays that I picked up today. They're both from the Holiday Joy collection by China Glaze, and they look lovely on their own or paired together!


This is Cranberry Splash (left), and Champagne Kisses (right). Cranberry Splash is a really rich ruby red with very fine and subtle shimmer, with an almost metallic finish. Champagne Kisses is, well, a gorgeous golden glitter polish.

 
Here's Cranberry Splash with just one coat. I find that it's pretty much opaque with just one but you could use two for good measure. I find that this photo doesn't quite capture the polish correctly, though..!
 
Anyway, the formula for this polish was great. It wasn't too thick or thin, and applied very well. There was no trouble with bubbling or bad streaking. If you have too much product on the brush it will come out a little streaky, but it's not all that noticeable - I find it more noticeable when at an angle in certain light. I used too much polish on my thumb nail, and made sure to get the right amount for my other nails. Again, it's not noticeable unless you're looking for it or it's at the right angle with the right lighting. It's easy to prevent, though - just make sure to wipe the access off of the brush before painting!
 
 
 
And here's Champagne Kisses, again with just one coat but you can build it up to your liking. First off, I'd like to apologize for my cuticles and such in this photo, sorry!
 
So what can I say about this one? It's a standard glitter polish - but a good one. The base isn't thick or goopy, and the glitter applies quite evenly. You can easily use this as a polish on its own or for layering over others!
 
 
Here are the polishes swatched on a nail wheel. From left to right is Cranberry Splash, Champagne Kisses, and Champagne Kisses layered over Cranberry Splash.
 
This photo shows Cranberry Splash a little bit more accurately, I think..! Anyway, you can see here how these two polishes look together. Very festive, right? I'm thinking of wearing Cranberry Splashes for Christmas, with Champagne Kisses just near the tips!



Avon Cream Eyeshadow in Winter Taupe Review

Avon's Cream Eyeshadows are a new product that will be available in the Campaign 1 book. When I heard about them I was kind of excited and thought I might order a demo one to check them out, but decided none of the colors stood out to me all that much. When I received my others orders, though, I was surprised that Avon had thrown one in to try out. It was also in the shade that stood out to me the most..! So, obviously I tried it out.


The shade Avon sent with the order was Winter Taupe - which is obviously a taupe! There are eight shades in total, and the other seven are Exquisite Blue, Pebble Stone, Candy Sorbet, Cool Grey, Sparkling Plum, Frothy Mocha, and Seafoam Green. It was all of the neutral colors (Pebble Stone, Winter Taupe, Frothy Mocha..) that stood out to me. What can I say? I love neutrals.

Anyway, once these shadows arrive in Campaign 1 they'll be $3.99, but they will be $5.99. You get 4g in a small glass pot. While the packaging is pretty nice, there is a lot of excess glass on the jar.. You could have added more product or just cut out the excess altogether. Anyway, here's the description for these shadows:

"Sheer wash of color feels light and fresh, brightens lids with a cool shimmer. Buildable, easy to blend, and smudge-proof."
 
Alright, so the first thing I want to say is that these cream shadows are unlike any other I've tried before. They're super smooth and silky, and almost like butter. I'm not sure how to describe them other then "super nice!". They also apply really nicely! (I use my fingers to apply this.)
 
 
Here's a swatch. This is about two or three swipes so that I could build the color up since they're just a wash of color with one. As you can see it's a really shimmery, almost frosty, taupe. It reminds me of Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe, minus the shimmer.
 
This makes a really nice and natural sheer wash of color on the lids. You could just swipe it on and leave it at that for shadows! If you blend it out too much, though, it gets really sheer and you're left with 99% sparkles and 1% hint of the color it used to be - so don't overblend it! If you build it up a bit more it leaves a cool almost somewhat wet feeling to the lids, but then dries. I've also found that this makes quite a nice base as well! So you can use it on its own (as a wash of color or built up more), or as a base for other shadows!
 
I find that it did fade a bit after a day of wear, so I would probably use a primer beforehand next time. It's also supposed to be smudge-proof.. Well, I kind of rubbed my eye before I got to taking my makeup off and this pretty much disappeared on the side of my eyelid that I rubbed, lol. So I don't think it's completely smudge-proof.
 
Anyway, I think that this quite a nice cream shadow but I'm not sure if I'd purchase another. I'm glad that I was able to try one out, though! It was nicer then I thought it would be!


Avon Retractable Lip Brush

I've been wanting to try out a lip brush for a while now.. I didn't want something too expensive, but I also didn't want something so cheap that the quality was no good. Avon recently came out with a lip brush, though, and I thought "perfect!". At $4.99 it wasn't too expensive nor too cheap, and lately I've found that the quality of Avon brushes is better then I previously thought so I ordered one to try out.


So this is Avon's Retractable Lip Brush. It has "firm natural bristles with a tapered tip for precise application. Retractable, protective cover." It's 11cm long.


This is what the brush looks like originally before you take the cover off and put the brush up. When you remove the cover you get this:


There's a little knob on the end of the piece on the top which pushes the brush up. To push it up you simply put the cover onto the end. If that's confusing I took a small video to show you how it works!

video

Tadah! It's a handy little compact thing. Now let's get into how it actually performs and such..

To start off this is the first lip brush I've ever tried so I don't have anything to compare it to..! To shorten this up, this isn't a bad product - I just personally don't care for it that much. I'm glad that I didn't try out a more expensive lip brush because I just don't think they're for me..!

I found that this brush was a little stiff.. It's also very fine and small which is nice for precision but also makes doing the entire lip a longer process. I found it very tedious to apply my lipstick with this as I had to keep going back for more product. No matter how many swipes I took there never seemed to be enough product on the brush. It took me so much longer to apply lipstick this way, and to me it just wasn't worth it. So again, I'm not saying I hate this brush or anything, it's just not my style. I prefer applying my lipstick straight from the tube! 

Also, applying lipstick with the brush gave a much more sheer coverage. If I tried to build up the color/opacity the brush just moved everything around, so a more sheer color was all I could get from this brush. So again, I prefer my lipstick straight from the tube. As a pro, I'm able to make my more opaque and dramatic lipsticks more sheer if I want them to be. This brush gives the lips an almost 'tinted' look with whatever lipstick you use. Other pros are that this brush is great for getting into the corners of the lips which can be tricky straight from the tube. I can see myself using this brush for that! I imagine that this would also be great to create ombre lips or add a little dimension to a color.

So while I probably won't be using this brush to straight up apply lipstick, it will be great for other little things! It's good for getting the corners of the lips, creating special lip looks, and allowing you to make a lipstick more sheer and natural like a tint if you want.

So, here's a question for you! Do you prefer to use lip brushes to apply lipstick, or apply straight from the tube like me? And as always, thank you for reading! :)

Stila on Hautelook


Just popping in again with another Hautelook sale! This time Stila will be on sale tomorrow, December 7, starting at 8AM Pacific as always.

I'm working on some new posts currently so I'll see you soon! :)

Hope Girl Super Black Pen Eyeliner Review


So, here's the eyeliner that our family friend brought me from Hong Kong. It's Hope Girl's Super Black Pen Eyeliner. Hope Girl is a brand I've never heard of and can't seem to find much on.. With a search all I can find are a few items on ebay and such or a few reviews here and there, but no actual website.. If you know of one let me know!

When I saw this, though, I was instantly drawn in by the packaging. Leopard print? Yes please! I love anything and everything cats - big or small. When I searched the brand I saw that leopard print seems to be their thing..! I like.


So, here's the packaging of the actual product - I really like it! Obviously, I love the leopard print, as well as the black and gold combo. It's styled like a pen as the name suggests, and just about reaches the tip of my pinky when holding it up against my palm.


You simply pull the cap off, and here you can see the felt tip, which is also flexible. This liner is named Super Black and it is quite black! It doesn't try completely matte, and it's not too shiny.. it's a typical liquid liner finish.

The tip is very thin, fine, and precise. You can easily create a thick or thin line. It's a very nice liner.. There's not too much to say about it..! You could compare it to Lancome's Artliner (or I guess really any other felt tip liner), with the flexible and fine felt tip as well as its precision. I prefer using my trusty Artliner, but that's what I'm used to using and I've only used this liner two or three times. I also feel as if the Artliner tip may be a bit more flexible.

This liner has pretty good lasting power. If anything, it will fade just a little. If you have it near the corners of your eyes though it may smudge a bit if your eyes water or anything. I wore a winged line with this liner and rubbed my finger on it and it didn't smudge - just lost some of that "super black"-ness. Pretty good!

When I first swatched it on my hand it did run a tiny bit into the lines of my skin (not sure how to explain, hope you get what I mean!), but I didn't experience that on my eyes.

Overall it's quite a good liner! It's pretty standard and typical, but it's a good one! If I were to run out of my Artliner I would consider purchasing this to replace it :)

Too Faced on Hautelook


Hey everyone! I just wanted to make a quick post to make sure you know that Too Faced will be on Hautelook tomorrow, December 3! As always, the sale will begin at 8AM Pacific.

I've explained about Hautelook a few times before, but if you want to know more just simply visit their site! And if you still haven't signed up you can do so here if you want to!

So make sure to check out the sale if you're interested in Too Faced products, and I'll see you soon with some new posts!

KATE Gradical Eyes Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

 
So the eyeshadow that our family friend (he might as well be my uncle!) brought for me is also by KATE. I was very excited to be able to try out their shadows since I've heard such good things about them!
 
The packaging, like the KATE Cheek Color, is a small plastic compact that fits into the palm of my hand. It snaps shut as well, but I find the eyeshadow easier to open then the blush!
 
 
The palette I have here is PK-1, which as you can see, is a gradiation of four pink shadows and a creamy eye base. This is definitely not a palette I would have picked out for myself..! When I looked these up online I probably would have gone with the shades like BR-1, BR-2, GY-1, or GD-1, which are all of the neutral shades, hehe. Either way, this is a nice addition to my collection. The only other pink shadows I have are ones in palettes with other colors.
 
 
Here's a closer look at the shadows and base, as well as the included dual-ended brush and sponge applicator. Like the blush brush, this one is also very nice! I actually use it to highlight my browbone when I don't want to use my fingers or bother finding a regular brush. The KATE website says that the brush is %100 natural horse hair.
 
Onto swatches..!
 
 
 
Swatches go in the same order as the palette. Each shade is also labelled, which you can see in the first picture of this post. Swatches are done without a primer and with only one swipe each!
 
First off, the eye base is really nice and creamy! It's a bit shimmery and similar to the highlight color.. I think you could also use this base as a highlight, though. I haven't used it just yet, I've only swatched it, but it is quite nice!
 
As for the shadows they're super nice! My expectations were somewhat high having heard so many raves about KATE shadows, and I wasn't left disappointed! They're soft (but not too soft!) with a really nice texture. They also have great pigmentation and are true to the color in the pan. The 'deep color' shade can apply a little unevenly sometimes and I didn't find it was as pigmented as the others, though.
 
I've used the highlight color a few times to highlight my browbone and even down my nose, and cupids bow. Off the top of my head it kind of reminds me of Benefit's High Beam in color. I haven't used the actual pink shades yet, but they'll be fun to play around with!



KATE Cheek Color Review & Swatches

This past week a family friend was here visiting from Hong Kong. He had asked if there was anything each of us wanted him to bring down and I asked if it'd be possible to try out some makeup..! I've always wanted to try out some Asian brands, and I was very excited when he arrived with a cleanser, eyeliner, blush, and eyeshadow. I'll have posts of each of these, but the first one I'll be posting on is the blush!

 
The blush he brought me is by KATE, which is a brand I have heard of and am somewhat familiar with.. I mostly hear things about their shadows and liners, though! Anyway, the shade he brought is OR-1.


 
These blushes come with two shades.. OR-1 contains a light peachy pink and then a darker peach shade. Also included is a brush, which is surprisingly very nice..! Why aren't our included drugstore brushes like this? While the brush is nice it's too small to apply blush with, though.
 
The packaging is just a small, plastic compact that fits into the palm of my hand. It snaps shut and can be a bit tricky to open..! It's very simple packaging, but kind of sleek looking as well.
 
The texture of this blush kind of reminds me of Covergirl Cheekers blushes off the top of my head.. It's pretty firmly pressed but not too hard nor too soft.. Here it is swatched, as well as both separate shades swatched:
 
 
They're light shades to begin with and are kind of hard to see, especially in pictures, but they do have pretty good pigmentation.. From left to right is both shades mixed together, the light pink shade, and then the peach shade.
 
Together they make a nice, glowing natural shade. It's pretty sheer, and well, natural looking. I've actually used this kind of like a highlight when I wanted something more subtle as opposed to something like theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer. On my cheeks, though, as a blush the actual color doesn't show up all that much.. Again, it's very natural. I applied a few layers but it's a blush that's not very noticeable. After a few hours wear I couldn't see a trace of ever wearing anything. I believe that it would show up much better on lighter skintones.
 
So, if you're looking for a more pigmented or dramatic blush this probably isn't for you..! Of course you could always try using it like a highlighter like I did, though!
 
(Edit: Out of curiosity I decided to try this out with the included brush.. What a difference! The peachy color showed up much better on my cheeks, and while it was still quite natural it was definitely more noticeable. It also didn't seem to pick up as much shimmer. If it makes a difference I also swirled the brush into the product rather then sweeping it side to side like I had done before with my own brush (I used a QUO blush brush). This brush is still too small for my liking but it works better..! I'm going to say it again.. Why don't our drugstore products have included brushes as nice as this one?!)

November Empties

The months go by so fast, don't they? I mean, it will be Christmas in a few weeks! Anyway, I finished up a few products this month and they're all skincare related in some way or another.

Pictured: Avon Foot Works Cherry Ice Moisturizing Lotion, Lancome Absolue Eyes Precious Cells, Avon Solutions Nutura Replenishing Cream, Nivea Gentle Toner, Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion, Wanted by Jesse McCartney Shower Gel
 
So, the Avon Cherry Ice lotion came in a set with the matching exfoliating scrub from my October empties. Didn't really like the scrub and didn't really like the lotion, either. It was just too runny for me.. I prefer a thicker almost balm-like formula for my.. feet. If you didn't know, I hate feet. They're weird and gross and I don't care whose they are, they could be mine or.. or Jesse McCartney's! and I'll still freak out. Moving on..
 
I really loved this deluxe sample of Lancome's Absolue Eyes Precious Cells eye cream. I've been scraping at the sides trying to salvage the last of it but sadly it's finished. A full size of this eye cream is about $120 - a little out of my price range. Okay - a lot out of my price range. I can't even imagine spending that much for it if I had the money! Luckily I've been trying out a new eye cream that I'm liking quite a bit so far, though.
 
This is the second jar of Avon's Nutura Replenishing Cream I've gone through, and I've already started on my third. I really like this stuff! It's a nice moisturizer and it also helps clear pimples when I get them even, though it's not what it's marketed for. I'm down with that.
 
Speaking of seconds, this is my second bottle of Nivea's Gentle Toner, and I've also started on my third one. I wrote a small review of it way back here. Back then I didn't think I would repurchase because I didn't find it neccessary but here I am with my third bottle..! It's become a part of my skincare routine!
 
Ah, how I love Benefit's Triple Performing Facial Emulsion. This is a lovely, lovely moisturizer, especially for the daytime. It sinks in immediately and does its job wonderfully. I'm quite sad about finishing this one up! I'm also sad that there's a bit more product in the bottle that I can't get out..! This one is more in my price range, though, and I may just splurge on it in the future.. It's $28US, but it's not on Sephora's Canadian website so I'm not sure of its price here. One way or another me and this product will meet again, though.
 
And last is Jesse McCartney's Wanted Shower Gel. Hmm.. I love Jesse McCartney, but his fragrance isn't really my favorite. It kind of smells more like a cologne then a womens scent - either way it does smell good, though! Just not my favorite. Anyway, I didn't really like the shower gel just because I find it.. strange. It really was a gel consistency.. A really.. weird gel consistency.. And it didn't lather up all that well. Also the bottle made me want to hit my head on the tub. As soon as you unscrew the cap it comes running out. You get too much of it and it's messy and difficult to screw the cap back on. It just stressed me out, okay?


Tarte on Hautelook


When I saw this I rushed onto blogger to share with you guys! Tarte is going to be on Hautelook Thursday (today!) until Saturday. It begins at 8AM Pacific and will end at 8AM Pacific on Saturday.

Tarte is a brand I'd really like to try out.. Unfortunately I'm running a bit tight on money after my trip to Boston and doing some Christmas shopping! From the looks of the preview it looks like there are some good gifts or stocking stuffers you could give, though! :)

If you don't already have an account on Hautelook you're missing out! I know I was before I signed up! You can save up to 75% with the deals they have. I mostly buy makeup, but I've also gotten some really awesome wedges! They pretty much have something for everyone! So if you want, you can go ahead and sign up here!

OPI The Spy Who Loved Me


Originally, I wasn't going to get anything from OPI's Skyfall collection -  but I saw this shade swatched and thought it would be an awesome polish to wear for the holidays!

This is The Spy Who Loved Me, which is a gorgeous red with lots of golden shimmer. It somewhat reminds me of candy apples..!


Here's the swatches! Application was very nice and smooth. The left is just one coat while the right is with two coats. You can definitely wear this polish with just one coat. With one coat I find that it's not as red as it is with two, though, so it's up to you how many coats of it you want to wear.

I'd also like to point out that this photo was taken with flash, and in real life I find that it's a bit darker..!