Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Top 5 makeup brands for EYES

ANYTIME is the perfect time of the year to use makeup products because the first thing that attracts the "eyes" is your face. Here's a list of products that I have been using often this summer & going into fall for eyes. This year, my goal is to use makeup more as I have graduated, entering the real world. Most often I hope to look my best for those unexpected, magical encounters ;)

My top 5 EYE Products

1. Rimmel scandal eyes waterproof eyeliner (pencil)- Work & Night Out

This was an unexpected find as it was on sale when I purchased it. My intention was to get a lighter color eyeliner so it will be appropriate for work. To my surprise, the eyeliner lives up to its "waterproof" standard! I had it on while volunteering for a special event in Vancouver, when a down pour came in the middle of nowhere. After 10 minutes of pouring rain, my windbreaker was drenched. Even my inner shirt was soaked. But my eyeliner stayed intact! I was glad the panda eyes wasn't a result of mother nature's dramatic change.

2. Lise Watier HD eyeliner- Work

This is by far my favorite liquid eyeliner. Its easy to put on as it glides through the surface of your skin. The brown had a hint of rose gold, which neutralizes the color for a natural result. I like how the color looks subtle on the lid rather than a dark, coarse line. As someone with oily skin, it doesn't smudge to the bottom of your eyes. Its perfect for everyday, fresh look.

3. NYX liquid eyeliner- Night Out

I bought this about a year back. The brush tip was really skinny but easy to apply. It is equivalent to Dolly Wink, if you have been using the Japanese makeup brands as well. Its not exactly a pencil, but its easy grip and the brush doesn't spread too much that you'll end up getting a thick line. This is good for going out, for sure!

4. Benefit "They're Real" Mascara- Work & Night Out

Received a sample version of this about a year back at Sephora. It is one of the best mascaras that live up to its advertisement. You can apply for a few coats and still look natural. Best of all, they don't smudge easily if you rub your eyes. (probably a different story if you rub too much)

5. Annabelle Expandable Mascara

This is the solution for Asian lashes that have a hard time staying curled, at least for me. I was lucky to have the opportunity to test the mascara before buying one. This mascara is formulated to hold up curls so it doesn't fall after two coats. The twist-able handle is designed for the change in bristles to brush both top and bottom lash.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lise Watier

This is one of the higher-priced beauty products at the event. Most of their products are manufactured in Europe focusing on quality and design. The Fall 2014 collection celebrates the free spirited woman, with a bohemian-chic twist. The beauty in this collection is the colors can be used for different occasion, from daytime to nighttime look. This is my most favorite collection thus far! *muah*

Work day toned-down look
1. QUATUOR FELINE Eyeshadow Quartet
2. Eyeliner HD (Brown)
3. FELINE Velvet Lip Lacquer (Nude)

Night time, glamorous look
1. Eyeliner HD (Black-dramatic look)
2. 24 HRS GLAM Eyeshadow (comes with a built in sharpener!)
3. FELINE Velvet Lip Lacquer (Rouge)

One down side:
Every time I use the HD eyeliner with contacts, the rose gold color color dye gets transferred to my contacts (on the left lens). Not quite sure why, but I don't use the eyeliner for the time being. 

Stay tuned for favorite hair products!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Beauty find at Sephora: Pencil Sharpener

I am a big fan of eyeliners because they make your eyes pop, especially after a late night out. For me, pencil rules over liquid eyeliner for the most natural look. But its difficult to find a good pencil sharpener for all kinds, including the "waxy type" of waterproof eyeliner.

After doing some research online, I found a pencil sharpener from Sephora with good reviews. House brands are known for their high quality as they compete with designer brands. A common saying is that "prestige" brands have better quality because they stand at a higher-price range. However, to my  knowledge, a portion of their profit goes back to marketing. This means exposing their brand more to gain more market share. 

Business school aside, a $3 pencil sharpener is worth the risk for trying it out. Sephora has a number of different types of pencil sharpeners: duo-pack for big and small, and mine which comes with dual protective covering. The one I purchased came with a plastic covering, ensuring its new. 

- protective shell: good for storing in makeup bags
- sharp: can use with waxy type eyeliner
- square-shaped: can fit into spaces easily 
- inexpensive

- only one color available
- storage with multiple can take up more space
- plastic shell will break after removing residue with prolong use

Note: This was bought using my own money, in no way affiliated with any company. This is written with personal insights and were not altered in any way.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My favorite mask brand

As I was strolling London Drugs while waiting for my friend on Canada Day, I spotted a number of skincare products on sale. The one that caught my eye were colorful tubes of masks. It has been a year since I last bought my first freeman mask. I always look forward to peeling off and it made the skincare routine much more entertaining. The irresistible part was Buy 1 Get 1 Free! So I picked up two new types of masks: the Brightening & Polishing mask tubes.

The Facial Brightening Mask helps hydrate and brighten the skin. Formulated with Vitamin C, the product helps to control dark spots, firm, and lighten skin. When you squeeze the tube, it has natural golden grain within the jelly-like substance. After applying onto the skin for 5-10 minutes, extra products are rinsed off. The skin truly feels more smooth and soft.

The Facial Polishing Masks contains Charcoal & Black Sugar as the main ingredients. It helps to purify mask and smooth exfoliant. Charcoal takes the oil and impurities from the skin while black sugar acts to exfoliate dead/dull skin cells.

The recommended use for both products are twice a week OR as often as needed. I only used the brightening mask so far, but will update on the polishing mask for next week. The brightening mask is clear so your significant other won't be startled when you put it on. Definitely worth buying :)

Note: This was bought using my own money, in no way affiliated with any company. This is written with personal insights and were not altered in any way.