I love pretty packaging. That sure can be a problem sometimes especially when shopping for makeup! I fell for this highlighter from Clio because of how beautiful the compact looks. Adding more pretty things to your makeup drawer is okay right..especially if it is a highlighter 😉
The compact is plastic but looks and feels sturdy. The art work is printed on it and also on the outer box. I didn’t have the heart to throw away the outer box since the print looks like a water color painting.
There are 3 shades of this highlighter available. 01 pearl white is the one I picked up. The other 2 shades are gold toned and rosy toned. Having a medium color skin tone, I kind of shy away from white based highlighter since they can look frosty on my skin coloring. I decided to take a chance with this one and am happy I did!
As you can see it is a baked product and gives a lovely sheen to the skin. It is not a chunky highlighter nor is it the very intense type of highlighter people seem to like these days. This is a soft and subtle highlighter like the Bobbie brown shimmer bricks can be. It looks lovely when buffed into the skin.
The compact comes with a nice mirror and also a brush which feels really nice. I have not used the brush but I am sure it will work fine in a pinch.
As you can see, this highlighter lets your skin peak thru a bit when it is buffed into the skin ( I swatched the highlighter with a brush) and that makes it look a bit more natural. I love the glow it imparts and it stays put all day too.
Overall, I am extremely happy to own this highlighter. I might just go ahead and pick up the other shades too some time soon 😀
I have always wanted to try the Laura Mercier caviar sticks, but somehow that purchase keeps getting pushed to the back burner. One of the reasons being my doubts on if I’ll actually use it enough. Cream products always land up in the back of my drawer since I kind of skim over them when hurrying out the door. The Kiko Milano long lasting eyeshadow sticks are touted as being dupes for the Laura Mercier ones, so when I got a chance to visit a Kiko store I decided to try one out. And not surprisingly (like a lot of the Kiko stuff I’ve tried) I am in love!
The kiko ones are more cost effective compared to the Laura Mercier ones especially if they have a sale going on. I don’t remember how much I paid but it was below the 10$ mark for sure!
I picked up the shade 38 which is lovely taupe with specks of gold shimmer. It reminds a little of the Blink 1982 shadow from The Balm Jovi Palette by The Balm.
The shadow sticks applies beautifully. No tugging no nonsense..just the perfect creamy glide over the lids. The shadow is super pigmented too and lives up to the 8 hour no transfer claims. I have used it with and without primer and it does not budge or crease.
I find myself using the shadow stick for a quick eye look before dashing out of the door. These can also be used as bases for other eyeshadows and can be blended within the first 30 seconds or so after application. They set and become budge proof after that!
Overall, I highly recommend the Kiko Milano eyeshadow sticks! They have the perfect price tag, are pigmented, long lasting and also very travel friendly. I plan to pick up a few more shades. Do you have any shade recommendations?
Hello folks! We just did a major move back to the U.S from Asia with a 14th month old and survived! 😀 The stress of moving, long haul flights and the dry weather of Boston has taken a toll on my skin. That called for a special spa night at home with a face mask and wine !
I had picked up the Tosowoong Pure Snail mask from the website Cosmetic Love a while back and since it said skin soothing decided this is the one for the current lifeless skin situation 😀
The sheet mask was nice and sturdy so I doubt it would tear easily. The mask was well soaked with the essence but not dripping in essence like some masks which meant a no mess no fuss application. There was enough essence left in the packet to apply on my neck and hands (I usually apply left over essence from the packet all over my body).
The instructions tell you to put this on for 10 to 20 minutes but I landed up keeping mine on a for atleast 45 minutes since it felt so relaxing!! I found the mask really soothing and relaxing to keep on the face. The essence does not sit on top of the skin so there is no uncomfortable stickiness to deal with while the mask is on and also when you take it off.
My skin looked brighter and felt plump and moisturized after I took off the mask. Like I mentioned, since the essence soaks into the skin there is no overly sticky gross feeling post masking. I had applied the sheet mask at night before bed and found that my skin felt great even the next morning.
The ingredient list also looked pretty good to me which is why I decided to buy this sheet mask. As you can see there is Niacinamide and snail secretion pretty high up on the list (yay!).
Overall, I really enjoyed using this mask and plan to repurchase this one in the near future. Have you tried any of the Tosowoong sheet masks?
Hello folks! We are currently in the process of moving back to the United States and packing is a nightmare! I hope to keep posting at least once a week as I usually do here at the blog. Blogging helps cut off the stress and hassle of real life 🙂 Since we have a super active toddler this time around for a big move, packing is painfully slow. One way to de stress post packing is to put on a face mask!
I picked up the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic clay mousse mask a while back but I started using it only a few months ago. The volcanic clay range from Innisfree is quite popular so I thought I’d try this clay mask. I have dry skin and usually finding a clay mask that does not dry it out further is a challenge. When I went to the Innisfree store, the sales person recommended the mousse version, saying it is less stripping than the original clay mask in the jar packaging.
The packaging gets an A+ from me. The aerosol can comes with a pump that dispenses the mousse easily. The dispenser also has a plug to prevent any leakage so this is excellent to travel with.
The mousse, as the name suggests is very creamy and you need very little to cover the whole of your face. I have been using this mask once every week for at least 3 months now and I still have quite a bit left in the can. The instructions tell you to leave this face mask on for 15 to 20 minutes.
The first thing that hits you after you rinse off the mask is your ghost white face! Hah! That is the work of Mr. Titanium Dioxide who figures at number 4 in the ingredient list. I am not sure why they have included it since it does not have any long term benefits that I know of. I usually do not use a cleanser after washing off a face mask, but in this case I do it most of the times just to get rid of that white cast.
The mask does leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. The guys responsible for that are Glycerin and Butylene Glycol who come up on top of the ingredient list. Overall, I do not find the ingredient list all that special (At least for my skin). In fact, as I type this post out I notice there is alcohol in the list ( not good for my dry skin). Th soft smooth feeling goes away in the morning and I have not seen any long term effect from using this mask. My skin is the same as it was before I started using this mask. My all time favorite clay mask is the Coast to Coast red clay mask (REVIEW HERE) which used to be sold at Ulta a while back. Unfortunately, it is very hard to get my hands on it unless I ask someone from Australia to send it to me (Coast to Coast is an Aussie brand).
Overall, this clay mask was Meh for me. I am on the look out for a good gentle clay mask for my dry skin. Any suggestions?
Hello folks! It has been raining a bit here the last few days and it feels like summer is starting to say its final goodbyes. Rain or shine, I seem to have dark circles from lack of sleep these days (Thanks to a super active baby boy). I still don’t think they are as bad as the dark circles I have seen with certain friends and family, but its visible and makes me look tired so they gotta get hidden! I made an order with the UK website Feelunique back in January when they had a sale and decided to try the Bourjois Radiance concealer. I have had good luck with Bourjois products in the past, so I was excited to try this out too 🙂
The Bourjois Radiance Reveal concealer claims to correct, illuminate and provide 24 hour hydration. Sounds good so far right? They have also written on the bottle that it contains Mont Blanc glacier water and Hyaluronic acid. Sign me up please!
I picked out the shade 02 Beige. It is a good match for my NC25 TO NC30 skin tone. I plan to use this primarily as an under eye concealer so this was a good match for that purpose.
The concealer comes in a nice frosted glass looking plastic tube. I like the luxe look :). The applicator is a standard doe foot which works well with the product. The concealer is light in texture and not too thick. I dab 2 to 3 dots under my eyes with the doe foot applicator and then use my ring finger to dab and spread it. It is a quick and easy way to get the job done!
I have dry skin under my eyes and this concealer does not accentuate the dryness. In fact it is hydrating and look very natural. The big question is does it do a good job concealing? Yes! It works really well for my moderate dark circles. I am not sure how well this would perform if you are looking to cover up blemishes, acne scars and really dark circles under the eyes. Have you tired this concealer for any of those purposes? Let everyone know in the comments what you think 😀
After using this concealer I like to set my whole face and under eyes with the Laura Geller Balance n Brighten face powder. It gives the best natural look and everything looks perfect and holds on till end of day.
I do not have any negatives to mention! Looks like this might be my new favorite concealer for a while!! It conceals under eye darkness, stays put once set, has a light weight texture, no dry and crusty under eyes…pretty much checked all the boxes on my perfect under eye concealer list 🙂
Have you tried the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer?
Hello folks! I am a big fan of Kiko Makeup products and have reviewed quite a few of their makeup items on my blog. Most of the time I end up buying stuff from their gorgeous limited edition collections. They have great prices (especially on sale) and pretty packaging – enough to get my attention 🙂 So far everything I have tried from the brand have been hits.
I decided to try out the Unlimited lip stylo in number 17 from their permanent line. The lipstick is described as being creamy with a semi matte finish. This also promises high pigment and a long lasting finish. The packaging as you can see is on point! It looks like a gun metal pill and has the color printed on. Now, the color is not 100% accurate but it is quite close. The lipstick also has some weight to it so it feels more expensive than it really is.
The color is best described as a bright red with orange undertones in the tube. Once applied on the lips however, the orange doesn’t come thru so much and it looks like a nice warm red. The lipstick bullet shape is quite nice too and gives good coverage with a single sweep.
Everything so far sounds great, but the formula is where I kind of went meh! The lipstick is described as being creamy but I found that this drags a bit over the lips especially if I tried wearing this with no lip balm underneath. It is a bit waxy in texture. I was disappointed since I absolutely love the formula of their matte lipstick from the Rebel Romantic Collection (REVIEWED HERE). The formula on that lipstick is amazing..it is creamy, matte, pigmented and comfortable.
They do deliver on the promise of intense pigmentation! The color is quite vivid on the lips and it does stay put on the lips for an entire work day. This particular color does stain my lips a bit so I always have some color on my lips at the end of the day ( in a good way!)
Overall, this isn’t a bad lipstick. The formula is so so. I have tried better products from the brand before, so this is my first average product from Kiko.
Hello folks! By now I am guessing most regular readers of the blog know I have dry skin and I am always looking for hydrating products. I have not tried too many sheet masks and recently decided to look into them a bit more seriously. I picked up the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask in Shea Butter from the Innisfree store I found during one of my travels a while back. The shop assistant recommended this one for dry skin so here we are!
The packet like most sheet masks felt heavy and opening it up, I found a well soaked sheet mask. The liquid is quite thick and is best described as white color lotion. The material of the mask felt quite sturdy at first when I took it out of the packet, however it did tear while I was removing the mask after I was done. The mask was not too messy to put on, and was quite big! The instructions said to put it on for 10 to 20 minutes after cleansing and toning your skin.
The mask unfortunately has a baby powder smell which I hate. Even the L’occitaine Shea face cream I tried had the same baby powder smell. I wonder why all things Shea have to smell that way 😦
Removing the face mask after 20 minutes, my face looked like it was slathered in white lotion (with the smell, it almost felt like baby lotion on my face). They say in the instructions to gently tap the skin to absorb the excess stuff. I kept the lotion on for a good 40 minutes beyond which I could not tolerate the slimy feel. It became increasingly sticky and my face felt like it was covered in sticky sweat. After washing off the excess, my skin did feel soft and moisturized but nothing too amazing to go thru that awful sticky feeling.
Overall, it is a decent face mask and good for some hydration once in a while if you can tolerate the sticky feel. I most probably will not purchase this one again since I am not a fan of the smell nor that sticky feeling.