Monday, October 31, 2016

Lime Crime Matte Velvetines Haul, Swatches and Review

Happy Halloween! Ahhh the day where all the horror unleashes, complete with all blood and gore. Playing dress up has never been this fun for everybody, even pets! ^^ 

Anyway, today's post isn't really Halloween related. I'm putting up my small Lime Crime Velvetines haul with swatches. I've had these babies for a couple of weeks now but have been a little bit busy with other posts so I held back on putting up the post. Anyway, all but one shade in this mini haul are very fall/winter shades. 


Liquid lipsticks have been all the rage for the past year with every brand coming out with their own version of a long lasting liquid lipstick. Lime Crime is probably one of the first brands that came out with a liquid lip line with their Velvetines before liquid lipsticks were ever popular. I have always liked the formula of the Lime Crime Unicorn Lipstick but I've always put off buying the Velvetines because they were pretty pricey for me back then. Now that a lot of brands have them, I feel that the Velvetines, priced at $20 is an average price for these products. If I am not mistaken they used to be $16 or $18 three years ago. Still, I don't think that the current price is that much of a jump from other liquid lip prices. 

The Matte Velvetines are marketed as a long lasting, matte, liquid lipstick that has a velvet finish.

 

I purchased 5 of the Velvetines, three of them was from a set. If you are going to buy these lippies, I suggest checking out the Bundles since they can save you some extra $$$.  I'm going to go over swatches down below with a mini review on each shade.


True Love, Cupid and Saint is from the True Love Set. I really love this set since it has a bright pink, a pinky nude and an old rose shade which are shades that you can use throughout the year. The True Love Bundle is sold at $44. They are all full sized so you are saving $16 through the set rather than buying them all separately at $20 each. 

Wicked and Bloodmoon are sold in different bundles as well but I purchased both of them individually.


True Love is described as a matte liquid lip with a pinky red hue. On my lips, it is definitely a bright neon pink. Very comfortable on the lips and applies easily. It stays true to the description of the Matte Velvetines which is long lasting and has a velvet finish. It fills in all the cracks of my lips so it looks very seamless. True Love is on sale right now for $16.


Cupid is described to be a petal pink color. Quite accurate. On the bottle it looks more nude but on my lips it is a muted pink shade. As with True Love, it is stays true to product description although for some reason, it doesn't fill in the cracks of my lips completely. Cupid is also on sale for $16.


Saint is described as a cranberry red. This is the shade that is very different from all the stock photos from the website. On the site, it is a rich cranberry shade but this turned out to be an old rose shade on my lips. I don't hate it though. In fact, I love it and is my favorite among all the shades I got. It is a great shade to wear everyday all throughout the year since it is neutral but it still has a reddish hue that gives your lips something extra. The lip swatch above is taken with natural lighting although in person it may look deeper than that but still not as deep as the photo on the website. Among all the shades I purchased, this is the shade that is the easiest to work with. I had no problems with application and I didn't need to be so precise in my application in comparison to all the other shades which is quite understandable because this looks like an MLBB shade while the others are either too bright or deep. Saint is sold for the regular price of $20.



Wicked is described to have a blood red hue but on my lips it looks more of a cool-mid toned red. I love the shade but unfortunately it is so hard to work with. It was really difficult to apply since I have to be so precise with the application. As you can see on the lip swatch above, there are gaps on the lip line. Definitely a shade that you have to be patient with when you're using it. Wicked is also sold at the regular price of $20.


Bloodmoon is a limited edition shade that is described as the deepest blood red. Among all the shades, this is the most difficult to work with. More difficult than Wicked. It also doesn't appear as the darkest and deepest blood red shade. I also need to be precise in application with this shade. I suggest using a lip liner to make it an easier application. Also, you can definitely tell from the lip swatch that it is patchy. It is lighter in some areas and darker on the other areas. Of course, if you're not looking up close even in person, you won't be able to tell that it is patchy since this shade is still very pigmented but it irks me now since I can definitely tell. I have to go over the areas that are lighter with another coat but that is really bad idea since it gets crusty and crumbly a couple of hours after application. Bloodmoon is priced at $20.

In my experience, the Matte Velvetines generally last for a good 8 hours and more (as long as you don't eat anything oily since it would break down the lipstick) and are highly pigmented liquid lipsticks. It is waterproof, kiss-proof (unless you're full on making out! ^^) and no transfer. For brighter and deeper shades, I suggest using a lip liner to outline the lips since it is really hard to be precise. Also, use only one coat of the product since piling on layers wouldn't look too good since it gets crusty and crumbly like Bloodmoon. Carry with you a chapstick and tissue when you have to reapply after a meal so you can remove the shade first before applying it again on your lips. It is also extremely matte and although it is comfortable on the lips, your lips will really feel dry after removing it. 

If I would rate it, Lime Crime Velvetines would be my number 1 liquid matte lipstick just because of Saint and the True Love Set which are my perfect go-to shades anyway. The next brand would probably be Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip just because of it's price and color range although it is not exactly as long wearing as the Lime Crime. Third, would be the Kylie Lip Kit. It is smack down in the middle of being a good quality liquid lipstick: wear was decent, could get crumbly at times, limited color selection but it's a huge plus that it is sold with a lip liner (although I know you can get the liquid lipstick itself individually too).  Ah, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick used to be my number one liquid lipstick but in comparison to the Velvetines it is more pricey at $24 and Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick would come in close to second to the Velvetines because they are both priced at $20 although the KVD doesn't wear as long as the Velvetines for me. 

What's your favorite liquid lipstick brand and shade? Would love to know so I can try it out too! 

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I hope you have a great Halloween celebration!




Monday, October 24, 2016

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Review & Swatches

I love Urban Decay. It is one of my favorite brands ever since I started getting into makeup. It is rare for me to find a product from them that I really don't like and almost everything I have ever tried and bought from them are my Holy Grail. I especially love the Naked palette, come on, who doesn't? I live on the Naked 1 palette although I do have the Naked 2, 3 and Basics. The only palette which I don't have is the Naked Smoky and the Naked Basics 2. I passed on both of those palettes because I think I can achieve the smoky eyes with all the other palettes anyway plus the other palettes that I have from my collection. With the Basics 2, it was very cool-toned for me and I'm very much in love with the Basics 1 that I really didn't feel the need to get the Basics 2. 

About a good month ago Urban Decay released the Naked Ultimate Basics and I walked into my local Sephora the day it was available in store and I was informed when I purchased it that I was the first person who came looking for it and bought it! They expected it to sell out by the end of the day and I was glad that I was able to get my hands on it.

It took me so long to get this review up because of the number of sponsored posts that I have to do this month plus all the other things that went on with my daily life.


The Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics promises 12, new, all-matte shadows that everybody has been begging for for what seems like forever. 

The eyeshadows in this palette is also described as having a velvety texture and rich color. Honestly, I don't think this is true at all. Although these shadows are pigmented, I don't think they have the same texture as the other Urban Decay shadows. They are still as good and high quality but they don't have that smooth, velvety texture as the others. It is still smooth but slightly dry in comparison to the other Naked palette shadows. Good thing about the Ultimate Basics, all shadows are tightly packed in the pan and they are not dusty and doesn't have kick offs and little to no fall outs at all during application. In my book that is already an A+. 


The packaging is phenomenal as expected from Urban Decay. It is also lightweight and even if it is a bit bigger than what I am used to in palettes, it is pretty good for traveling. 


Inside is a lovely, wide mirror that stands up on it's own so you can set it down on a table and do your makeup. Very convenient if you like to bring this around with you when you go on a weekend trip or traveling since you don't have to hold the mirror since it stands on it's own.


The palette also comes with a short, dual ended brush. One end is a fluffy eyeshadow brush that I find great for applying an all over lid color and brow bone highlight. It is soft and fluffy enough to blend shadows that you have packed on the lid although I don't find it great for extreme blending needs. The other side feature a short, dense brush that is great for smudging and smoking out dark shadows. It is perfect for shadow application underneath the lower lash line. This dual ended brush would be everything you need if you want a light wash of color but if you do a complex look, you would definitely need the help of at least one flat brush and one blending brush. 



As I mentioned earlier, this palette consists of 12, all new, matte shades, with the exception of one which is said to be a demi-matte formula. 



Blow is a light nude demi-matte shadow. It basically is a cream, soft-satin shade. Although Urban Decay promised an all-matte palette and this one isn't exactly matte, I'm not mad at it since I always like a brighter, slightly shimmery inner eye corner highlight and this fits the bill perfectly.

Nudie is a soft pink-nude matte. On the swatch above, this shade barely show up on my skin. You might thin that since this shade doesn't really show up on a fair-medium skin tone there is no use for this eyeshadow, but it is actually a great shade to lay all over your lids before you start doing your makeup look. It makes blending for all the other eyeshadows you lay on top of it easier. 

Commando is a light taupe-brown matte. This shade is still light for my skin tone and it barely shows up too. It is slightly pink on me but it is a great transition shade. 

Tempted is a pale brown matte. This is one of my favorite blending shadows from this palette. Still light on my skin tone but definitely comes out more than Nudie and Commando. It might be light swatched but it definitely comes out when you use it with a fluffy blending brush. Again, great transition shade. 

Instinct is a medium pink-taupe matte. This is like the baby brother of Nooner from the Naked 3 palette. It is way lighter than Nooner but in the same family.

Lethal is a reddish brown matte. This shade is a lovely all over the lid shade if you want a gradient smokey eye, or it can go over the outer V of your lids to add more depth. It goes slightly plum-my on my skin tone and does come out darker on the lid than on the pan. 




Pre-Game is a pale yellow matte that is very similar to Foxy from Naked Basics 1 and the Naked 2 Palette. This slightly lighter than Foxy and is great as a matte brow bone highlight. It gives the brow bone a lifted look. 

Extra Bitter is a burnt orange matte shade. This is my favorite color out of all the shades in this palette. This scream fall. It surely reminds me of the leaves during the fall season. This can either be an all over lid shade or a warm transition color.

Faith is a medium warm brown matte. I lovely this color together with Tempted and Lockout because they are in the same family of brown and they make any makeup look put together.

Lockout is a rich neutral brown matte. It is indeed more neutral than all the other brown shades but it is a lovely shade. Again, a great blending shadow. 

Magnet is a smoky gray matte. If you love neutral grays this is your shade. This is my least favorite shadow just because I'm not a huge fan of gray eye shadows in general although I can see this working really well with Darkside, a more shimmery gray from the Naked 3 palette and Pistol from Naked 2. 

Blackjack is a warm black matte. It is warmer and not as black as all the other black shadows from Urban Decay. The truest black from UD is Blackout and Crave from the Basics 1 is more brown-black.

 











I love the fact that these shadows can be built up to your desired intensity and you can also go very light handed with it. It is such a perfect palette for beginners because of this. For pros, this is a great complimentary palette if you already have a lot of eyeshadows and palettes since it is all matte and neutral - you can definitely find your blending and transition shades in this palette.

Is this a must buy? Honestly, I don't think so. If you are a makeup junkie, a collector or a beginner this is a palette that you should buy but if you are someone who owns too many palettes already with really good matte transition shades in it, you might want to look at other makeup products to buy rather than to get this palette. 

I love this palette and I have been using this for the past month since I got it but I honestly think that there are other palettes out there that you should pick up. Unless you really just want an all matte, neutral palette.

The Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette is still my all time favorite palette the Juvia's Place Nubian Palette comes in second and the Urban Decay Ultimate Basics comes in third for me. 




Friday, October 21, 2016

Hansaeng Cosmetics Rin Bi-gyeol Yun Cream Review

Have you heard about hanbang cosmetics? Hanbang cosmetics are "beauty products scientifically formulated with multiple herbs based on the old wisdom of traditional Korean herbal medicine which ensures synergistic efficacy and safety that help improve skin conditions." I have dipped into this subject a month ago while I reviewed the Hansaeng Cosmetics Rin Bi-gyeol Yun Essence. Hanbang can be seen as a form of holistic medicine. 

Today's review will be focused on the Hansaeng Cosmetics Rin Bi-gyeol Yun Cream which is from the same line as the essence I have previously reviewed. 


Since hanbang uses traditional Korean medicinal ingredients, the core ingredients for this cream  are as follows: six-year-old fermented ginseng, Uncaria Sinesis, Cercis Chineses, and Danhwayeon. Ginseng is considered fully ripe at 6 years and it has the densest tissue and contains the highest active ingredient called saponin. A six-year-old ginseng root is considered to be of its highest value at this age. The skin absorption power of the active ingredient is higher and more effective when the ginseng root is fermented. Uncaria sinesis is a common plant in China which is a large tropical vine. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which helps stabilize and soothe acne and troubled skin. Cercis Chineses or the Chinese redbud has an anti-inflammatory action that is effective in combating dermatitis. It is also an anti-oxidant that protects cells from oxidative stress and prevents aging of cells and extend the life of skin cells. Danhwayeon is a red oriental flower and provides the skin with five composite flower gloss extract by supplying the skin with moisture and nutrition. It eliminates rough skin and helps smooth it, eliminate skin endotoxin and promotes blood circulation, balances oil and moisture, protects skin elasticity, inhibits melanin synthesis enzyme activity and brightens skin tone.

Other ingredients are peony, licorice, Polygonum multiflorum root, Phellinus linteus, Mulberry root, Sophora angustifolia root, Black cohosh, Black sesame, Angelica gigas root, Paeonia lactiflora, Scutellaria baicalensis root. 


The Rin Bi-gyeol Yun Cream is packaged in the same way as the essence. It is in a weighty glass jar with a gold lid, very luxurious and would sit nicely on top of your vanity. 

This has the same flowery scent as the Rin Bi-gyeol Yun Essence although I noticed that it is not as strong as the essence. 

The cream is rich and slightly heavy on the skin. As with the essence, it doesn't sink into the skin but sits on top of it. I have seen a significant moisturizing effect although not so much with brightening in comparison to the essence. The essence and the cream does work effectively together and makes your skin nicely hydrated. 

Personally, this product is too rich and heavy for me. I do like that it is an anti-wrinkle and brightening product and I do think it is very effective. I have seen what hanbang cosmetics can do and I think the Korean beauty and skin care industry has perfected it. I have given my jar of the cream to my mom because I think her skin needs it more than I do. I'm giving this product a two thumbs up although I personally think that is better for mature skin. 




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


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

THELAVICOS Nutrition Hydrogel Mask Review

You all know I love sheet masks. I use a mask at least once a week and for the past two weeks I've been using masks 2-3 times a week because my skin has been acting up. This might be due to the fact that the weather has drastically changed here in the East Coast, me being stressed, and me trying on a different skin care products almost every two weeks. Although my skin is not really sensitive, switching up products too often stresses out the skin too and most likely I would not be able to catch hypersensitivity to a product or an ingredient that fast because by the time I break out I have already switched to another product.

Face masks are always my savior during these times since it is an instant gratification for my skin. I've drenched my skin with soothing and hydrating masks over the last two weeks. The THELAVICOS Nutrition Hydrogel Mask is the perfect mask to use for my skin right now since I am due to use brightening and anti-wrinkle mask (I like rotating the types of masks I use). 




Made out of swiftlet nest extract, lactobacillus/soybean ferment extract, adenosine, niacinamide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide. Swiftlet nest extract stimulates cell regrowth, promotes wound healing and improves skin barrier. Soybean extract in skin care has shown that it is great for combination skin since it hydrates dry areas and decreases dryness in other areas as well. Isoflavone is a plant-derived compound with estrogenic activity (bind the estrogen receptor and promote estrogen-responsive gene transcription) and soybeans and soy products is the richest source of this. An isoflavone in soy called aglycones improves appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. Adenosine boosts levels of collagen and elastin in the body. Niacinamide or Vitamin B3 is a vital ingredient for reducing signs of anti-aging, rosacea relief and acne treatment since it serves as a fuel to strengthen cellular bonds in the skin and helps tighten the skin. Palmitoyl tetrapeptide is a synthetic peptide compound that reduces skin inflammation.


The THELAVICOS Nutrition Hydrogel Mask is a two - piece mask which has a subtle mesh side. To use, apply this mask after you have cleansed and toned, fit the upper half first and then followed by the lower half. The side with the transparent film should be the one sitting on your face. Remove after 20-30 minutes and gently tap the remaining serum on your face afterwards. Use two to three times a week.


I love the fact that it is a hydrogel mask. Although I do like the cotton sheet masks, hydrogel masks are in a different level since the air won't dry out your serum. Also, hydrogel masks feels more soothing on the skin especially if you pop it in the fridge for about 5 minutes. 

I also like that it is a two-piece mask since it would fit one's face better than a one piece mask. As you can see on the photo above, it is a bit big for my nose but since it's a two-piece mask, the mask sits perfectly on my face. 

I really love how this mask felt on my skin, very soothing and extremely hydrating. My skin felt really smooth and supple and bright after using this although after going through 3 masks already I can't tell if it did anything to the fine lines on my forehead which I've been noticing a lot lately. 

I definitely recommend this mask and for a box of 5 it is at 33, 500 KW ($33.50). Individually, that would be about $7 which is pretty steep but quality hydrogel masks retail from $6 and up anyways so I still think it is priced right.


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

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Lafine Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream

Lafine is back at it again with their Vegetable line of skin care products and this time around I'm reviewing the Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream. If you have missed out, here are my previous reviews on the Lafine Vegetable Massage Cream and the Vegetable Foam Cleansing




The Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream is slightly different in packaging than the other Lafine Vegetable products in the line since this has a green tub and the other ones I've tried has white packaging. I've seen a different packaging online for the Vegetable Foam Cleansing as well so this might be their newer packaging for the items in the line. 

Same with the Vegetable Massage Cream, it comes with a spatula that is great both for scooping out the right amount of product and for sanitary reasons. 

There's a ton of product in this tub, 6.76 oz (200 ml) which is so worth it if you do get this product since it is priced at 17,000 KW ($17). On Amazon, it is priced at $25.99 with free shipping which I think is still a good price.


The Lafine Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream is made from carrots, cucumbers, parsley, water parsley and tomatoes. Like all the other products I've tried from the line, you can see red and green granules that has the nutrients for your skin and at the same time help you exfoliate.

This Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream is marketed like a makeup remover and massage cream in one since it aims to remove makeup while you massage your face. 

To use, scoop an adequate amount and massage on your face for 1-2 minutes until the granules melt. Wipe with a tissue and double cleanse with your favorite cleanser.



This feels so soothing on the skin and quite relaxing. I love giving my face a good massage.


I wiped off the product with paper towel as instructed and it took out 90% of my makeup and I'm left with waterproof eyeliner residue.


I double cleansed with the Lafine Vegetable Foam Cleansing and it took off 99% of what's left on my skin. I had to run a cotton bud on my upper and lower lash line to take off the waterproof eyeliner since there's still a bit of residue there. 

I am not completely sold on this product for two reasons. One, it doesn't completely take off waterproof makeup. I really only wear waterproof eyeliner and mascara so it would have been amazing if this product took that off completely. Second, you would need to double cleanse after using this deep cleansing cream. It would have been more practical and more efficient if this would be a deep cleansing cream that removes makeup, cleanses and washes off with water. That way, it would eliminate the need of double cleansing while being able to remove your makeup and completely cleansing the skin. 

This product adds an unnecessary step to an already long skin care routine of mine. Although I really love massaging my face, it is such a hassle to deal with wiping the product off, and then double cleansing and then cleaning the eyes for residue. I would rather take a makeup remover cloth and take off my makeup and then head straight to cleanser.

This is not a bad product and I can still see myself using it on days where I want to give myself the spa treatment. It is also something that I will use during those days where I've only been wearing light makeup since I wouldn't have to deal with eyeliner and mascara residue. 

I'll give this product a 3.5 out of 5. This actually works really well with the Lafine Vegetable Foam Cleansing and together, they do make quite a combo - just don't use a waterproof eyeliner and mascara that day and everything else will be cleansed and your face will be hydrated.



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

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wigaholics Light Fushcia Medium Wavy Wig + Coupon Code

Today's post is slightly different than most of my blog posts where I do makeup tutorials and review beauty products. This post will be just picture-heavy and its is just photos of me using the Wigaholics Light Fuschia Medium Wavy Wig. I have collaborated with Wigaholics earlier this year and I really enjoyed the Baby Green Long Wavy Wig that they had sent me previously and it made me really want to try out a different hair color. This time around I purchased the wig with my own money and I came up with this look. 

I hope you enjoy this post and if you are interested on cosplay wigs, check out Wigaholics. Since my blog post on Wigaholics back in March of 2016, they have added a lot more costume wigs on the website. The prices are very reasonable for cosplay wigs and for the month of October they are also having a promo using the code WigaHalloween30 for 30% off. 

To read my review on the Baby Green Long Wavy Wig and see photos, click here.







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This post is not sponsored. I just very much like the company, the price range, the abundance of wigs, and it's fast delivery. If you have any questions about the look, feel free to leave a comment down below.

Have you ever tried costume wigs before for cosplay or otherwise? How do you feel about them? I would love to hear about your experience. ^^

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