Remember when the last 21 Days Of Beauty was at Ulta? That's how long I've been neglecting to post this haul... This most recent 21 Days Of Beauty wasn't all that exciting (though I did end up purchasing a few Beauty Steals); the only deal I was really looking forward to was the 25% off all Mario Badescu products. But I was really looking forward to it!
Saturday, April 30, 2016
I had a Clarisonic, once. The Mia II, to be exact. I purchased one because I had heard about how amazing it was and how clear it would make your skin and how unicorns would come down from the mountain and kiss your baby butt soft cheeks if you used it. While it's not the most expensive thing you can buy for your skin, it's still a pretty big investment and I waffled about buying one for a long time before caving in. I don't have super bad skin or anything, but I seem to constantly have at least one pimple somewhere on my face, along with some acne scarring on my cheeks, and I was hopeful that my new Clarisonic would help keep my breakouts at bay and improve the texture of my skin. Unfortunately, I ended up hating it. No matter what brush head I used, it irritated my skin. If I didn't keep it out of my shower and deconstruct it each time, it would grow that weird red/pink mold that you see on shower curtains. The brush heads needed to be replaced every 3-6 months, at about $30 a pop. After about eight months of struggle, without any visible difference in my skin, I gave up and gave it to my mom. I had sworn off facial cleansing devices that weren't manual (and even then, I avoided the brush kind). Until I heard about the Foreo Luna.
Recently, I've seen a lot of people on Youtube hauling these "weird" and "unique" lip products from eBay that are supposed to stain your lips. It kind of upsets me when people form opinions about these type of lip product since those are dupes the Berrisom Oops! My Lip Tint Packs, and I don't feel like it's a very fair comparison. Normally, I don't have anything against dupes; if a company is able to recreate something from another and sell it for a cheaper price (without trying to trick people by labeling it as if it were the real deal), then go for it! But it bothers me when people think the dupe is the original or only try the dupe and then write off all similar products because of their experience with it (like people who say the Naked palettes aren't worth it because they don't like the L'Oreal Nudes palettes). Basically, I just want people to keep an open mind and to do some research. Again, no hate towards dupes or drugstore version of products; there are plenty of high-end products that are not worth the money and/or have drugstore dupes that are just as good, if not better.
Monday, April 25, 2016
The secret's out: Korean skincare is light years ahead of American skincare, at least ingredient-wise. A lot of recently popular (and newly accepted) ingredients like snail slime and bee venom, have been widely available in Korean products for a long time now (they've been in products in the US as well, but mostly secretly, or in a "luxury" setting. It always amused me to tell people one of the first ingredients in the It Cosmetics CC Cream is snail slime). I'm still kind of surprised that there are still people who refuse to try these (kinda-sorta) new-to-the-US skincare ingredients because they think they're gross or unsanitary.
Memebox has come a very long way; from a Korea-based company that focused solely on value boxes of Korean makeup/skincare (which took forever to get here since they shipped from Korea and you had to sign for them and it was annoying), to a US-based location (it's still a Korean company, I believe, but it now has a base of operations in the US) that still sells boxes, but is more focused on individual products. If you love Korean skincare and makeup, Memebox is a great website to check out since everything is reasonably priced, the shipping is free with a $35+ order, and all the products are authentic (I always get slightly weirded out buying stuff from random sellers on Amazon since you never really know). For this post, I want to share with you a box I recently picked up (and that's still available!): the Mini K-Beauty Travel Kit.
Hello! Sorry for the radio silence! I recently got back from a convention where I was selling some of my crocheted items, and I've spent every waking moment (that I wasn't at work) in the last few weeks preparing for it. The stuff I want to blog about has been piling up so it's time to try and get through it all! Some of these purchases are pretty old and the products and/or deals are no longer available, but I still want to share them with you guys. For posterity's sake.
Out of all the lipsticks I've ever tried, the one brand that I consistently love is MAC. I'm not MAC-obsessed; there are some products that I consistently recommend and repurchase (Fix + and the Fluid Line in Black Track), but there are a lot of their products that I really don't think are worth the price, nor the hype. But the lipsticks...the lipsticks are quite impressive (there are some duds there, too, but considering how many colors are available, there is a ton more good than bad).
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
It's no secret, I love subscriptions boxes. As do a whole bunch of other people; so much so, that there are entire blogs, Youtube channels, and Instagram pages (to name but a few social media platforms) dedicated to them. It's also no secret that I love makeup, and because of my love of makeup, I am quite fond of Sephora. So! When I heard that Sephora was coming out with their own subscription service, I was understandably quite excited. Unfortunately, Sephora has been slowly rolling out their service, offering it to only a select few regions at a time (though I think they also offer it to popular bloggers/Youtubers, regardless of their region). I signed up for the wait list as soon as I was able to, and was finally able to fully subscribe starting in March.