Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mario Badescu Glycolic Toner & Acne Repair Kit - Haul & Review - Plus More!

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!
Mario Badescu is one of the unsung heroes of the skin care world; the packaging is pretty basic and they do little to no advertising. but that means you get great products at a very reasonable price (which is made even more reasonable by getting an additional 25% off!).

Foreo Luna Mini - Review - Plus Birchbox Extras!

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.
The Luna seemed to be everything the Clarisonic wasn't: a solid, waterproof device (the Clarisonic is waterproof, too) with no niches for mold or bacteria to grow in, made out of hygienic silicone with no brushes to replace. Ever. It comes in a few varieties and sizes and is pretty comparable price-wise to the Clarisonic. But again, there are no brushes to replace, so it's actually cheaper in the long run. Like the Clarisonic, this isn't the most expensive skincare item ever, but at $100 for the mini version, it took me some time to mull things over before finally deciding to purchase one.

Berrisom Oops! My Lip Tint Pack - Sexy Red - Swatch & Review

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.
Okay, rant over! Let's talk about the Berrisom Oops! My Lip Tint Pack in Sexy Red!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Memebox Mini Benton Trial Kit - Unboxing & Review!

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.
For this post, I want to share with you the Mini Benton Trial Kit from Memebox, a Korean beauty website. Memebox has changed a lot in the last few years, but it's grown into a great resource for people in the US when it comes to purchasing Korean makeup, skin care, and hair care products! This box is currently available from Memebox.com and it is $8 (for a $16 value).

Memebox Mini K-Beauty Travel Kit - Unboxing & Review!

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.
This kit is $10 and, while you don't get a huge value in products (the retail value is around $22 and it includes a lot of foil packets), you get a wide variety of things to try and it's a great introduction to Korean skincare (it's also, obviously, great for travel). Everything comes in a clear plastic zip-top bag with the Memebox logo and there is an information card that lists all the products, how to use them, and in what order you should use them in.

Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner - Swatch & Review!

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.
I ended up picking up some things during Ulta's most recent 21 Days Of Beauty (...that's how old some of these purchases are), and one item I got, mostly on a whim, was the Tarteist Clay Paint Liner from Tarte!

MAC Nippon Lipstick - Swatch & Review!

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).
What makes MAC lipstick even better (astonishing, I know), is the Back 2 MAC program; turn in six empty/used up/just-don't-want-it-anymore products (full size, non-holiday, non-Viva Glam; there are other rules which can be found on MAC's website, but those are the big three requirements), to a MAC store or counter, and you get a free lipstick of your choice (if you go to an actual MAC store, I think you can chose from a lipstick, an eyeshadow, or a lipglass, but at the counters it's limited to just lipstick). So technically, I got this lipstick for free for using MAC products!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

March 2016 Play! by Sephora - The Perfection Collection - Unboxing & Review!

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.
I'm super pumped to share with you guys my very first Play! by Sephora beauty box: the March 2016 Perfection Collection box (which, according to my booklet, is the seventh month this service has been active, which goes to show how long I've been on the waiting list...).