Hello! I love trying Korean beauty products in general since they are effective and fun at the same time. I have not really tried too many lip products from the K beauty world and was pleasantly surprised with the Holika Holika Velvet lip pencil.
The packaging is real cute (as most Korean makeup is) with the polka dots reflecting the color of the actual product. The pencil is twist up (yay!) and for being less than 5 $ that’s impressive. I picked this up a while ago from the K beauty site called Cosmetic Love. Ulta has now started carrying this online which is awesome!
I picked this up in the shade CR04 as per the sticker on the side. It is a nice coral color perfect for summer time in particular. Ulta is offering 6 shades in total.
This immediately reminded me of the NARS Velvet matte lip pencil. The formula is not the same for sure but quite close. I found the NARS Velvet lip pencil to be a bit more moisturizing. However, I think this is still pretty good especially considering the price difference. Holika Holika also wins an extra gold star for being a twist up pencil 🙂 The application is quite smooth and I found it to last very well too. When it does wear off, it wears off in a uniform fashion leaving behind a faint tint which is okay.
Overall, this a is a fun product and I really like the shade. Now that they are available at Ulta albeit at a slightly higher price than online K beauty stores, I might pick up a few more shades.
Have you tried the Holika Holika Holi Pop Velvet lip pencils?
Hello! I always like to check out the Kiko Milano website every now and then to see what their latest limited edition releases are. I think they do a good job with the packaging for many of their limited releases. The Sicilian Notes range is no exception. The 2 eyeshadow palettes in this range immediately caught my attention! The layout of the shadows is gorgeous and the outer packaging looked super elegant too!
The outer box is so pretty too with the lemons! The palette is made in Italy. They had 2 versions of this palette and I decided to go with the more neutral of the two called the Valley of the Temples. I picked this palette up during a trip to their NY store but recently I saw that this is available at Ulta too.
Now you know why I fell for this one! The layout is super gorgeous! There are 10 shades total, out of which 5 are matte, 1 is almost matte but with small micro glitters and the rest are shimmers. These shadows are very soft in intensity. I really like the mattes in this palette, they are easy to blend and pigmented. The shimmers are okay except for the gold shade which was a big disappointment. I found it a bit sheer and the fallout is insane. I had so much glitter under my eyes the day I wore that shade even though I always use a primer.
The shades are swatched with a brush clock wise (from the wrist up) starting with the matte pinky beige shade. The gold shade is not very intense in the swatch either. Another issue I have with this palette is the hard pan that instantly formed upon contact with my brush. It happened with almost all the shades but is most obvious with the darker matte shades.
Overall it is a decent palette which can give you good everyday looks. I am not a fan of the hard pan that has formed from touching it with a clean brush. For 25$ I am not sure if I would pick up the other variation that they have. I would wait for an offer to grab this one!
Have you tried this palette or any of the other products in the Sicilian Notes range?
Hello! I was not really looking to buy a foundation but decided to try out the Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow foundation on a whim. That is how most makeup shopping happens right 😉 I really enjoy trying out stuff from Physicians Formula and they are one of my favorite drug store brands. I have enjoyed the spotless youthful wear foundation (reviewed HERE) in the past. This is described on their website as a weightless foundation that gives your skin an illuminating veil of radiance. I am not sure if they are phasing this out since they now have the Healthy foundation. I hope not, since I really like this foundation!
I do not enjoy heavy coverage matte foundations in general and if you are like me, you’ll love this one! It is sheer and build able and helps even out your skin without covering it completely. It is pretty much non detectable and I use barely a pump for my whole face. Oh I forgot to mention that this beautiful rose gold bottle has a pump 😀 Physicians Formula never disappoints when it comes to packaging.
I have been using this foundation happily this summer and found that this foundation holds up till the end of the day. I do have dry skin and I think its perfect for my skin type. I am not sure how this would work for people with oilier skin.
They do have only 3 shades unfortunately but if you are able to find your shade. I’d say try it out!
What are your favorite products from Physicians Formula?
If you’ve been reading my bog for a while now, you would know that I am a big fan of using oil cleansers to remove makeup. They work like a charm and there is no scrubbing and tugging involved. I like to try new oil cleansers each time I finish the current one 😀 I I have tired many Shiseido products in the past and they have never disappointed me. This cleansing oil is no exception!
It comes in a nice simple and elegant plastic pump bottle. The oil is very light and silky feeling on the skin. This isn’t the lightest cleansing oil I have tried (If I remember correctly the DHC Cleansing oil feels very light) but it glides very easily over the skin.
I like to take 2 pumps and massage it all over the face. If I am wearing eye makeup then I use an additional pump to clean off all that mascara, liner and eye shadow. It does the job really well and I never find traces of any makeup after using this to remove makeup. I always go in with a foaming cleanser as a second cleanse though.
The oil has a slight fragrance which has not irritated my skin so far..touch wood! If you are very sensitive to fragrances I would not recommend this one. The only other negative I have to mention about this cleanser is the price (35$)! The ingredients are nothing special..it is basically mineral oil and just like in the case of Shu Uemura you are basically paying for the brand name. Just for this reason, and my general obsession with trying out different cleansing oils and balms, I won’t be repurchasing.
My previous post was on the lovely lipsticks in the Avon Iconic Beauty holiday collection which I had ordered from their website. In order to get free shipping, I added the Iconic Beauty Palette too into my cart 😀 and today our review is all about this palette.
Avon gets an A+ for the beautiful packaging! I love the outer box and the inner palette cover looks nice too. This palette comes with 4 eyeshadows and 2 blushes. Out of these 2 products I’d say the eyeshadows were not the best. The shades look pretty in the pan, but the color payoff was not that great.
The gold shade was the biggest miss in my opinion. It has sparkle but is extremely sheer in pigmentation. I have to really really build up the shadow for it to look atleast somewhat close to how it looks in the pan. The other 3 shadows are better pigmentation wise. However, all of them are extremely powdery. The shadows do last on my eyelids when used with a primer. So all that building up of the color does not go waste! I do not think these shades will last very long without a primer, since they are so powdery I think they might just ‘dust’ away.
As you can see from the brush swatches above the gold has barely any pigment. You really need to keep packing on the shadow for any pigment to show up!
The 2 blushes are the saving grace of this palette. One of the shades is a peachy pink with gold shimmer ( NARS Orgasm style) and the other is a more deeper matte peach blush. The blushes are also powdery so expect some powder fallout all over the palette. These blushes are build able which is a good thing as far as blushes go! You have better control over the amount of color you are depositing on your cheeks. I found the blushes to be pretty long lasting too! I have dry skin so I generally do not have issues with powder products disappearing towards the end of the day.
Overall, this is an okay palette. I think I will stick to buying lipsticks from Avon since their formula on the iconic lipstick line was amazing 🙂
This review was supposed to go up in December but then I got caught up with so many things around the holiday season as we all do! I had purchased these lipsticks and an eye and cheek palette from the Avon Holiday collection on black friday. To be honest, I have never been interested in Avon as a brand, but when I saw these lipsticks on Instagram, I just had to have them!
If you are into vintage and retro makeup, this is your dream collection. Look at the beautiful outer boxes for these lipsticks! I have decided to keep these boxes..they just make me happy 🙂
Now if you’ve fallen for the outer box packaging, wait till you see the actual lipstick cases 😀 They look fabulous..especially since these were 6 or 7$ a piece. Each lipstick case is gold metal and has a distinctive pattern on the lid. They have a nice weight to them so they don’t feel cheap.
I usually buy a shade or 2 from a collection but with this one I just couldn’t resist getting all the 5 shades. The 5 shades are Sugar Plum: a magenta shade, Holly red : a classic holiday red, Holiday Chocolate: a pinky brown nude, Wine Kisses: a deep purple shade and finally a shimmery lipstick in the shade Merry Mauve. Merry Mauve is more light pink than a mauve so I’m not sure why they named it so!
Things get even better ;)..the formula of these lipsticks is amazing! They feel like a high end lipstick. Avon describes these as a satin finish, but they look more creamy than satin on my lips and I love it. They glide on very smoothly, have rich pigment and feel very comfortable on the lips. I even like Merry Mauve although it is shimmery. It did not look frosty on the lips thankfully! Except for Wine kisses, which is too dark for my personal liking I have been rocking these lipsticks all through December 😀
The formula is consistent across all the shades. There was no patchiness or skipping among any of them.
Overall, it is a beautiful collection which hit the mark with the packaging and the actual product too! I am impressed with Avon and would love to try more of their lipsticks in the future 🙂
I am sure you have been in this predicament quite often..you are happily shopping online and to reach the minimum order value to qualify for free shipping you start looking for non essential stuff to add to your cart 😀 Well, that is the story of how this mini eye and cheek palette from Bare Minerals landed up in my hands!
This is a really cute little palette which is a limited edition release for the holidays. I picked up mine from Ulta for 6$ and at this point of time it is still available on the Ulta website but at its full price of 12$. The packaging is cardboard, but the palette overall is quite sturdy and makes a good travel palette. I have heard good things about the gen nude line and this was a perfect way to try out the blush and sample eyeshadows from the line.
The Northern Lights Palette comes with a blush in the shade Strike a Rose and 2 eyeshadows: Girl’s Night and Couture. The blush is available in their regular line of Gen Nude blushes. I am not too sure about the eyeshadows since I couldn’t find the same shade names in their gen nude eyeshadow palettes. The palette is made in the USA so I am guessing they didn’t skimp on the quality.
I really like the 2 eyeshadows in this palette. They are perfect for every day office wear. They are not matte but have a nice sheen which makes them ideal for professional settings. The formula is great; nice pigmentation, no fallout, lasts all day (I always wear a primer) and are easy to apply. Both shades can be used individually for a wash of color or together to create a nice subtle eye look.
The Blush shade strike a rose is a neutral pink which again fits in with the eyeshadow look. The formula is a bit powdery and you have to be careful while dipping in your blush brush.
I have used a brush to swatch the shades and as you can see the eyeshadows have a nice sheen as I mentioned earlier. This palette is probably ideal for light to medium skintones since I think the blush might look a bit ashy on deeper skintones.
Overall, I really enjoy using this palette and if you can grab it at a sale price, it is a steal!