Sunday, August 21, 2016

Wear Me Pro Addison Semi-Rimless Mirrored Sunglasses Review

I love Amazon! I mean who doesn't? It's so convenient to shop around at great prices and fast delivery. It was one of those days that I found myself just browsing around the app and I stumbled upon these cute sunnies! It was so affordable too at $9.99 that I was sucked in into buying two of them.

They arrived in pristine condition and packaged individually in their own plastic bags with the brand's logo and a mint green microfiber sleeves and the shop;s business card. I wouldn't have made a short review on these kind of things usually because I would use them right away but the business card is so pretty and the sunnies too that I can't help myself but share what an amazing find they are.



These sunnies are the Addison style semi-rimless mirrored sunglasses. They are made of plastic frames. Of course they are not high end sunglasses. They are very generic sunglasses without UV protection however they are quite well made. For a $10 fashion sunglasses, they are quite good and stylish. 

I decided to visit the Wear Me Pro website and saw they had so many more cute styles to choose from. They have sunnies for men, women and kids and they are all priced between $9.99 to about $19.99. 



I really quite enjoy these sunnies. I'm such a klutz and I would leave my sunnies behind somewhere so most of the time I'm scared to bring my more expensive sunglasses for fear of losing them. This is such a great way to up your style game without breaking the bank. They have a code SHOP20WMP for 20% off. Visit their website at Shopwearmepro.com

*This product is not sponsored*



Thursday, August 18, 2016

BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits Shimmering Skin Perfector Mineral Blush Duo Review and Swatches

If you have read my Sephora Haul a couple of days ago, one of the items I picked up is the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits Shimmering Skin Perfector Mineral Blush Duo. Such a long name. I hate it when a beauty product has such a long name but on the other hand I appreciate it because you would know exactly what that product is just judging by the name. 

When I first published the Sephora Haul post, I have included more photos of the Champagne Splits and also a swatch of it but I have decided to take those down to give a complete review on the product.

The first collaboration of BECCA Cosmetics and Jaclyn Hill was the Champagne Pop highlighter and with that becoming such a hit in the beauty community, it was placed in the permanent BECCA collection. The second collaboration came out as a holiday limited edition release which is the Champagne Glow. The palette is a trio of highlighters with the shades Pearl, Blushed Copper and Champagne Pop. The next collaboration between Jaclyn Hill and Becca Cosmetics came out a few months ago was the Champagne Collection which includes the Face Palette (two highlighters and 3 blushes - Champagne Pop, Prosecco Pop, Amaretto, Pamplemousse, and Rose Spritz), the Eyeshadow Palette which has five shadows (Chardonnay, Champagne Toast, Cordial, Cognac, and Bordeaux), the Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Champagne Pop and the Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Champagne Pop. The eyeshadow palette was later on discontinued due to inconsistencies and was pulled off the market.

As I said in my Sephora Haul post, I wanted to purchase the face palette from the Champagne Collection but I lucked out. On a happy note, BECCA x Jaclyn Hill came out with the Champagne Splits and a couple of other new products for another Champagne Collection which includes the Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlight in Topaz, Pearl and Champagne Pop, and an Angled Highlighting Brush. The Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Champagne Pop and the Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured as well as the Champagne Pop Pressed is still available in this collection.

The Champagne Splits Blush Duo have four different combinations: Champagne Pop /Flowerchild, Champagne Pop/Hyacinth, Prosecco Pop/Amaretto, and Prosecco Pop/Pamplemousse. The highlighters are 0.13 oz while the blushes are 0.15 oz.



The gold and silver mixed metal packaging is so pretty. It definitely looks pretty and expensive. Opening up the compact, the pan is divided into two with the highlighter on top and the blush at the bottom. I have purchased the Champagne Pop/Flowerchild combo since it's the duo that speaks to me the most. The peachy pink Flowerchild is very wearable and a very go to shade for every day look. Although it is pigmented, it is a shade that you really don't have to worry about being too heavy handed unlike the shade Hyacinth which is a bright poppy pink. Champagne Pop highlighter definitely lives up to it's claim to fame as one of the best highlighters in the market. 



Here's a couple of swatches on the back of my hand and some photos of me wearing Champagne Pop and Flowerchild.






Really loving the color pay off and the contrast of the blush against my skin. And there's no need for a bronzer or contour as seen in these photos! This is just blush and highlighter.

This is the same makeup as my Easy Summer Makeup Look I just smoked the shadows more added lashes, minus the bronzer and changed the lips into Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Color in Swag


Both blush and highlighter compliments my skin very well. Both are soft, smooth and blendable. It isn't chalky or blotchy when applied. I have no complaints about this duo. It is such a lovely product that makes me want to just splurge and get the rest of the other Champagne Splits, however I really can't justify buying all of them since I'm pretty sure I'll be reaching over Champagne Pop/Flowerchild more often than all the others. 

Jaclyn Hill is one of my favorite YouTubers and I'm so happy that she was able to come up with an amazing collaboration with BECCA. I am definitely looking forward to more collaborations between the two.

Let me know if you've ever tried any of the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill products and your favorite on the comment box below.





Sunday, August 14, 2016

Easy Summer Makeup & New Hair

It's been a good 4 months since I've done a makeup look and before that, even a longer time. I first started my blog with makeup reviews and hauls but I always enjoy doing makeup looks more. Trying on different makeup looks is so fun although I have never done playful and very artistic makeup looks, I would try to do a couple in the future. I like doing more wearable makeup looks. 

The look that I'm doing today is the one that I have been wearing quite often for the past couple of weeks, maybe even for a good month now. I have been complimented on it several times, even the Sephora makeup artist at my local Sephora store loved it when I went to pick up some items (Sephora Haul & Swatches). I am actually using most of the items I've purchased from that haul but the look is basically the same but the face isn't as contoured as I've been doing previously because I'm only using a bronzer not the contour palette for this look. 





Face/Cheeks:
  • NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Syracuse - Applied one layer all over my face with a damp sponge. I've been using the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I like this better than the Beauty Blender. Although they work quite the same I like how the Real Techniques has a flat side and it is just easier to work with and handle.
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand - I have been using the Vely Vely IM Custom Flawless Concealer in Natural for the past two months since it is a good light shade for an under eye concealer and brightener, but I have ran out of it a week ago, also I've noticed that it is a bit too thick for my liking for a summer time makeup. I have gone back to my all time favorite Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. I use the shade Sand for brightening. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is a dupe for the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.
  • Laura Mercier Transluscent Loose Setting Powder - I have applied this transluscent powder with the Real Techniques Setting Brush underneath my eyes, forehead and chin just to set the makeup.
  • Clinique True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer - Used as a light contour on the cheeks, temple and jaw using the brush it came with.
  • The Face Shop Lovely Me:Ex You & Face Blusher in 10 Sandy Brown - This particular line from the Face Shop is discontinued now according to the lady at The Face Shop. I bought a couple of items from this line because it was on sale and they're trying to sell off the rest of the products. The Lovely Me:Ex Eyeshadow in Toast is exactly the same as this bronzer which is one of my favorite blending colors. I used this light brown shade to contour the nose and underneath the lip. The shade is just the right shade for a subtle contour.
  • BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits Shimmering Skin Perfector Mineral Blush Duo - Using the blush Flowerchild, I applied it on the apple of my cheeks blending it towards the back. Using Champagne Pop highlight, I applied it with a fan brush on the top of the cheek, just above that blush, on the bridge of the nose, Cupid's bow, forehead and chin. I went back with the setting brush without any extra product and just go over my face so that everything is blended out nicely and seamlessly. 
Brows:
  • Ardell Brow Pomade in Medium Brown - I have been using the brow pomade recently for a fuller looking brows since I've always had sparse brows. This is optional, but I also sometimes use the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand with a synthetic brush to carve out my brows for a fleeky look. I only do this occasionally when I want extremely perfect looking brows or when I mess up. On the daily, I don't really care as long as my brows don't look bald or extremely wonky.


Eyes:
  • Ipsy x NYX Eyshadow Trio - I've had this eyeshadow trio for a good year or so but I have never really given it love up until a couple of days ago when I was going through my makeup drawer looking for a small eyeshadow palette good for travel. Although I have several palettes in my collection I love how versatile these 3 shadows are very day to night appropriate. I like how small it is too and I can take it anywhere. I can do a lot with only 3 shadows especially with a taupe, brown and black.  I applied the taupe shade all over the lid all the way to the crease and blended it with a blending brush. I applied the dark brown shade on top of the taupe right on the lid keeping it there and taking the same blending brush just blended the harsh lines. Stopping there would make it daytime appropriate but if you want a smokey eye, you can build up the brown shadow so that it would get darker and add the black shadow as well. On days when I want to feel glam, I actually do that trick and although it is the exact same makeup look, by packing more color, it looks different and more glammed up. I also applied the brown shade on the outer half of my lower lash line and just blended it out with the same blending brush I previously used. 
  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eeyeliner in Jet Black -  Lined the upper lash line and extended it with the liquid liner. You can go as dramatic or as simple as you would like with your liquid liner. I always prefer this style of lining my eyes of just slightly extending it on the outer corner rather than flicking it up. If liquid liner makes you feel that it would just smudge and melt off because of sweat and humidity, You might want to try using a black eyeshadow to line your eyes. I have been using that trick often too whenever I don't feel like being too precise with using a liquid liner. 
  • Doucce Ultra Precision Eyeliner in Black - Another Ipsy product from my glam bag. I have an Ipsy subrscription but more often than not, I just put them aside and forget about them. The eyeliners that they would sometimes send in the glam bag are the ones that I usually look forward to since eyeliners are some of the products that I go through faster than other makeup product. I use this black eyeliner to tightline my eyes and this is such a great eyeliner because it is extremely pigmented and doesn't smear or transfer at all.
  • Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Mascara Waterproof - Curl the lashes and apply your favorite mascara. My favorite mascaras are all Maybelline waterproof mascaras. I love the Colossal, the Colossal Cat Eyes, the Falsies, the Falsies Flared and the Mega Push. I get any of the above mentioned whenever I run out of mascara and they do quite well. The Colossal is the one I currently use. I would also use some false lashes when I feel like it but today is not the day for falsies. False lashes extremely changes your look so try on different lengths and styles.



Lips:

  • Too Cool for School Glossy Blaster Tint in Merry Tangerine - I usually change up my lip color and today I'm feeling orange. The Glossy Blaster Tint has a glossy finish yet it does not feel uncomfortable or sticky at all. This and the Stila Lip Glaze are the only glosses that I like on the rare occasion that I do use a gloss. The tint lasts for a long time too. Too Cool for School is a Korean brand carried by Sephora although not all products from the brand are available. I checked the Sephora website and the Glossy Blaster Tints are not available. This is among the several products I have previously received from BNTNews for review




What do you think of this look as an everyday summer makeup? What are your favorite summer looks?

Oh and before I forget, I changed my hair again. I'm back to black! While everybody else is lightening their hair and changing it into crazy colors I dyed my hair back to black. While my natural hair is brown black an inky black hair looks really beautiful and well, I'm on a dark hair phase as of the moment. I might lighten it again in a month or two but it would be a pain because black dyes are so potent and hard to lighten. What do you guys think? Would love to hear some feedback. 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sephora Haul

Hello hello! Long time no haul! It has really been a long time since I've splurged on makeup. I have been holding off buying makeup for almost half a year since I just have a lot of makeup that I want to go through. Except for an occasional palette or repurchase of foundation, concealers and lippies, I pretty much have been good with my "no makeup buys." 

Back when I first started blogging in 2011, I was an impulse makeup buyer and hoarder. I used to buy makeup every single week at the drugstore and at least twice a month at Sephora, Ulta and other stores. That phase of splurging on makeup whenever I have money dwindled when I began to see how excessive my makeup collection is. As a child, I was brought up to be frugal and not be wasteful of every single thing that I own, and upon seeing the endless amount of makeup piling, it made me feel really guilty. I sorted out my makeup drawers and gave away a good portion of it to friends and family. To be honest, the drawers are still full to the brim but there are just some things that I couldn't give away. And because I didn't want anything to go to waste, I've been really trying hard to go through them. 

I hit pan on one or two shadows in all my palettes, hit pan on half of my blushes too and gone through a lot of foundations. I only have 4 bottles left of foundation and all of them, I'm proud to say are nearing the empty mark. Twice during the past year I have ran out of bronzers and contour powders. Probably the only thing that I really couldn't go through are lip products because I constantly switch them up. I have yet to finish one tube of lipstick, lippie stick or liquid lipstick. EVER. 

I haven't bought any skin care products too for the past two years, thanks to BNTNews. They have been awesome at sending skin care and beauty products that are all full sized and it takes awhile to actually go through them.

Today's haul isn't a huge haul but it is a big purchase for me because I don't think I have ever purchased more than $120 in one go at Sephora. All the items I've purchased are products that have been in the market for quite awhile except one. These are the things I've been meaning to get for a long time now but just held back on getting. There's a couple of things on my list too that I want to get and try out but I stopped myself because I couldn't justify the price of buying all of them at once. 




The first item that I grabbed was this BECCA  x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits Shimmering Skin Perfector Mineral Blush Duo in Champagne Pop & Flowerchild. I really have been lusting over the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Collaboration since it came out and I actually wanted to get the cheek palette. It has sold out in my local Sephora but I saw it two weeks ago at Sephora Times Square but I held off thinking I could still get it at my local Sephora store but boy was I wrong. When I played with that cheek palette I was so in love with it that though I was sad I couldn't get my hands on the actual palette, the Champagne Splits would do for me.



I purchased the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation because I needed a lightweight foundation for the summer. As much as I love the MAC Pro Longwear Foundation, it was to heavy for the hot and humid summer days. The Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation is light but after a going through a whole bottle I encountered some issues with it that it didn't make me want to repurchase it. I've had a sample of the both the NARS Velvet Matte and Sheer Glow and I believe that the Sheer Glow's coverage would be the best for what I need during the summer. 

I have the shade Medium/Dark 1 in Syracuse. I have previously been wearing MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC 30 but it's a bit light on me now, I might be an NC 35 or 40 now. 



The next product is the Clinique True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer in 02 Sunkissed. This is a repurchase! The Clinique bronzer is one of my favorite bronzers along with the NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna I have long ago went through a pan but haven't repurchased it because I had the Laguna to go through as well and when I finished that, I couldn't find the Clinique bronzer and instead repurchased Laguna again and I also finished some other bronzers. Lately I have been using the Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette and I have been loving that but since it's summer, I want to get away from my extreme contours and go with a bronzy contoured face with the Clinique bronzer. 




I bought the Giorgio Armani Sun di Gioia Rollerball since I'm going to be traveling next week and I don't have any travel sized perfume. Also, though I have an atomizer, I really don't have any summer scents to put in it so I decided to pick up a rollerball perfume for convenience's sake. I was torn between the Acqua di Gioia and Sun di Gioia and eventually chose this one. 


I'm so late on the Laura Mercier Transluscent Loose Setting Powder bandwagon. I've been wanting to get this for a long time too but since I have a lot of setting powders I couldn't justify buying it without finishing the rest of my other powders. I purchased the full size as well as a travel size  since I didn't want to bring the full size with me when I travel in the coming week. 


Last thing I purchased was the travel size Urban Decay De-slick Makeup Setting Spray. I have recently ran out of the travel size All Nighter Setting Spray and when I saw this at the check out counter at Sephora I thought it would be perfect to combat the oiliness that I tend to get during the summer season and would be a great traveling companion too.


I have about 900+ points at Sephora and nothing really caught my eye except this Living Proof Prime Style Extender for a hundred points so I just decided to redeem 100 points and save the rest of my points until something good comes out. 


That's it for my small Sephora haul. I've placed the links to all the items I purchased if you also want to try them out. Also, I want to know what your top makeup and beauty items for summer and travel. Leave some love on the comment box and let's chat about makeup! 



Friday, July 29, 2016

LensFlavors EOS Fairy Grey Review

It's been awhile since I've done a circle lens review and I'm really excited to do one today. Today's lens is brought to you by LensFlavors, a budding circle lens online store based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

This is honestly a long overdue review since I have gotten in contact with the company in the middle of May, received my lenses the last week of May and the package have been sitting along with my other mails for review for a good month and a half. With work and other matters that life has thrown my way in the last two months, it took me a really long time to get to the products that were sent to me for review consideration and collaboration. I'm glad to finally be able to do this review since circle lenses are one of my favorite products to review.


I was given the chance by LensFlavors to choose the shade that I want to review and I chose the EOS Fairy Grey. In my earlier days of blogging and I've tried out green, violet, gray and even pink lenses but after awhile I began to go down the more natural route and only came to choose various shades of browns and blacks. Now that it has been such a long time for me to do a circle lens review I excitedly chose a grey colored lens to switch things up a little bit. 

The EOS Fairy series comes in 6 shades: brown, blue, green, grey, pink and violet. 





The EOS Fairy Grey has a diameter of 14.5mm, water content of 38%, a base curve of 8.8mm and 1 year shelf life. It retails for $25.90 at LensFlavors and each purchase includes a macaron case. 


Among the grey colored circle lenses I have ever tried, this one is the lightest pair I've ever owned. The limbal ring is present although it is not too dark or too defined to give an extreme dolly eyed effect despite it's diameter of 14.5mm. If you want bigger looking eyes than this, look for something with a darker/blacker outer ring (limbal ring). The design around the iris are in triangles made up of light gray dots which diffuses the natural color of the eyes beautifully and mixing it with the grey of the circle lens. With my natural dark brown eyes, this pair looks icy blue and in some lighting looks piercing icy grey.







Comfort: ♥♥♥♥/5
Design:♥♥♥♥♥/5
Enlargement:♥♥♥/5

I give this pair a 5 out of 5 for comfort. I watched a sappy, romantic movie and bawled my eyes out with these lenses on and it still felt comfortable afterwards. Other contact lens usually dry my eyes after crying but this one didn't. Another 5 out of 5 for design since I was aiming for an unusual and interesting look with the grey color and it definitely achieved that. Lastly, a 4 out of 5 for enlargement since I mentioned that despite having a 14.5mm diameter, the limbal ring isn't dark enough to provide the illusion of even bigger eyes than I was hoping for.

This is definitely not a natural looking pair of circle lens for my ethnicity. The EOS Fairy Grey definitely gives an ethereal vibe to my look. 

Defnitely check out LensFlavors for their wide assortment of circle lenses to choose from. Right now, they offer free worldwide (standard) shipping for any purchase and a free DHL Express shipping to any orders of $90 and above. The website also accepts various methods of payment like Visa, Discover, MasterCard, American Express and Paypal. You can also find them on Facebook (LensFlavors) and Instagram @lensflavors





*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.*






Wednesday, July 27, 2016

MAXCLINIC VITAMIN Purifying Oil Foam + Cloud Embo Masssage Brush Review

I received four products from MAXCLINIC in my BNT Beauty Box this month. The first one was a dud (in my personal experience), the MIRACLINIC Ampoule Dressing and Contour Object, and the second one was a so-so, the CIRMAGE Lifting Stick. The third and fourth product I'm reviewing is a combo and it's the VITAMIN Purifying Vitamin Oil Foam and the Cloud Embo Massage Brush. I''m praying that this would be good.



Made with natural ingredients and a handful of natural oils like Jojoba, Olive, Argan, Orange Blossom, Ylang Ylang, & Damask Rose oil for a refreshing cleanse. It also contain Kakadu Plum Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil and Camu Camu extract that specifically targets skin brightening. French clay is also incorporated and is in tiny beads to help remove dead skin cells, blackheads and makeup residue for an intense cleanse while controlling the sebum. 


The oil to foam formula ensure that the face is clean while leaving the skin thoroughly hydrated. 



To get the best results of the Purifying Vitamin Oil Foam, the White Cloud Embo Brush was also sent for review. This brush is the softest brush I have ever touched. No makeup brush has come close to how dense and soft this brush is.






The opposite side of the brush is the V-pad which has ridges to massage your face to improve blood circulation. 



To use both products, simply massage the face with the oil cleanser, with your fingers, this will help breakdown the makeup. Use the V-pad to massage your face. Do gentle, massage strokes all over the face. Take your time. Wet the brush and roll over the face and finally rinse with lukewarm water.

To store the brush simply rinse and clean after use, gently squeeze out the water, fan the bristles slightly to create spaces and to help it dry and store standing up in a dry area.

With makeup on

Using the Vitamin Oil Foam and Cloud Embo Massage Brush

Squeaky clean free of makeup!

The VITAMIN Purifying Vitamin Oil Foam + Cloud Embo Masssage took the crown home out of all the MAXCLINIC products that I've tried this month. The Purifying Vitamin Oil Foam itself is so wonderful to use. It has a burst of citrus scent when you use it that I quite enjoy because it is so refreshing. Using the Cloud Embo Massage Brush is another thing; I love massaging my face with the V-pad and the bristles of the brush itself is so soft and nice on the skin. Seeing my face foaming up with the use of the softest brush I ever tried was such a fun moment for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

I highly recommend this product! I'm super impressed by it and to think that this was able to remove all my makeup without too much fuss, this is definitely a must try!

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.

Don't  forget to visit the other BNTGirls, DorisLavenAlene, KimBellaBlairCharmaineMaryCeline, and Mitha

Visit BNTNews for the latest Korean news and trends
YouTube
Facebook
  
Twitter: @officialbntnews