Spring Makeup – Beauty Favorites

Spring Makeup Favorites

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze (cream)
L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Eternal Sunshine (pigment)
L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Bronzed Taupe (pigment)
Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie (lipstick)
K Palette Tattoo Eyeliner in Black (liquid pen liner)
Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Black (liquid pen liner)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Shadow Pencil in Sin (cream)
Rimmel Day 2 Night Mascara in Blackest Black (mascara)
Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum (liquid gel for acne)

Rimmel Day 2 Night Mascara in Blackest Black
I’ve been on a great mascara hunt trying from Revlon, Maybelline, L’Oreal and finally to Rimmel.
I really liked the Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara, but I’ve come to find that this one takes it up a notch!
This mascara is very interesting contraption where it able to give volume and length.
The invention is a mascara wand with a long tube in the cap that can either pile on mascara or squeeze the excess off.
I find the volume wand gives me lots of product to build up my lashes and the length allows me to define the tips.
It can be a bit tricky at first getting the right amount of product. I really love the effect.

K-Palette Tattoo Eyeliner in Black & Dolly Wink Eyeliner in Black
These are foreign brands, can be purchased at Ichiban Kan & Sasa.com for US buyers.
They claimed to be one of the best and darkest liquid eyeliners in Asia.
I’ve come to prefer them for their depth in color and easy of application compared to my physician formula eye booster pen.

(Swatched On Hand – KPalette, Dolly Wink)

The two pens are extremely comparable in formula, wear, pigmentation, packaging and design.
I use them interchangeably for my black winged eye look.
Click here for super detailed review of the two pens

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum
(sample size)
“This stuff is magic” say E …and well it sure feels like it. 🙂
Thank you for Birchbox for allowing me to find this.
Recently I bought I splashed out and purchased the full size bottle of this product because it was just that good.
It’s definitely a higher end acne skin product at $30 for 2-oz  but for once just trust me it’s so worth it!!!

The product is a clear watery gel that you can either use as all over face serum or just spot treatment for acne.
I only use it as a spot treatment on breakouts/irritated skin.
I avoid using it as entire face serum because I do have dry to combination skin.
The product quickly soothes my blemish and absorbs into the skin.
I find it provides next day results where my blemish is cleared or significantly smaller.
Another benefit is that a little goes a long way. 🙂

Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie
Revlon lip butter are hybrid product with the pigmentation of a lipstick and feeling of a lip balm.
They come in a huge range of colors from pinky nude to sizzling red.
I really like to use raspberry pie both as a intense pop of color and lightly as a lip stain.
It feel comfortable for a day wear, easy to apply and smooth texture like butter 😛
I would highly recommend trying out this drugstore goodie.

Ecotools Mineral Kabuki Brush (I have reviewed the whole set in blog archives)
This has been my go-to makeup brush for most of the spring.
It’s light, small, compact, durable, soft synthetic bristles, bamboo handle and picks up the right amount of product.
It’s doesn’t shed and holds up great.
I use it for translucent powders, bronzer and blush powders.

Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Eyelash Curler (I have reviewed the item  in blog archives)
I recently raved about this eye lash curler and it’s a steal for $7.
I’ve been using it frequently over my Sephora Gold Karat curler as I’m not afraid to bring it every where with me.
It’s light, simplistic design, no spring and gives a great full curl.
It’s a great partner to my Rimmel Day 2 Night mascara.

Latest * HOT * Spring Eye Products
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze (cream)
L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Eternal Sunshine (pigment)
L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Bronzed Taupe (pigment)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Shadow Pencil in Sin (cream)

These are must have in my collection and I pull them out on a daily basis.
I’m even tempted to just stick to these above all other eye shadows I have… dare I say I am tempted.
These hot new release are on par with their high-end counterparts!!!

(Swatched on Hand – Without Primer – UD Sin, Maybelline Bad to the Bronze, L’oreal Eternal Sunshine, & L’oreal Bronzed Taupe)

Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Shadow Pencil in Sin
I like to use UD Sin as both a all over lid shade and a shimmery primer for the lids.
The UD 24/7 eye shadow pencils are a dream to work with.
They are incredibly creamy, fast drying, smooth and a gorgeous color.
They seriously last all day without creasing or fading – A+ in my book!
* Currently on sale at Urban Decay Website for under $10 for a set of 5

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
I hear these have been compared to Mac Paint Pot, Makeup Forever Cream and many more high-end brands.
All I can say is RUN! to the store and buy this bad boy.
It’s a wonderful bronze that med-tones, shimmery and great for both base/lid use.
It very blend-able, fast drying, creamy, doesn’t crease, lasts all day and is $6 bucks!!!
It’s dare say my best find of the year.

L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadows in Eternal Sunshine & Bronzed Taupe
I’d say this item is closest to a pigment product.
However, it provides the best attributes of pigments and pressed eye shadows.
It’s incredibly pigmented, vibrant, smooth texture and it’s NOT MESSY because it stays a strange malleable solid form.
It’s also been compared to Chanel Ombre / Giorgio Armani Eye to Kill eye shadows.

These are for sure something a beauty lover needs in their collection.
The colors provide great depth and dimension to the eye.
I often use Maybelline Bronzed Taupe as a base, L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine as all over lid and L’oreal Bronzed Taupe for crease color.
I can only compare this to how great the Lorac little black baked palette performs – impeccable!

p.s. Don’t you think Eternal Sunshine is such a wonderful name?!?

Yep those are my spring favorites 🙂

Birchbox – Feb 2012 Spotlight Beauty Box ($10/month)

Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription service
This means that it will automatically renew & charge $10 fee each month like a magazine will be delivered to your house each month. You can cancel at any time before your next box is shipped.
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FAQ about Birchbox
1. $10 a month + free shipping (auto – charge)
2. They deliver 1 box a month
3. You will fill out a survey and it can change what it’s in your box, every box can be different
4. Each box is filled with 4-5 deluxe size samples of high-end makeup, skincare and beauty products
5. Option – Each time you write a feedback review for each item in your box, you get 10 Birchbox points
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10o points = $10 dollars to use in the store

FYI – You don’t choose what it’s in your box, it’s a surprise.
After the monthly box is sent out you can’t purchase the current month’s box due to cut-off dates.
* Cutoff for March Birchbox is Feb 29th

Feb 2012 Theme: Spotlight
This month’s samples are to highlight your awesomeness and maybe attract a little attention. 🙂
This is what I received the following in my Birchbox (can vary customer to customer)
1. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
2. Eye Rock Designer Liner
3. Jouer Lumizing Moisture Tint
4. Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum
Treat – Heart Shaped Nail File & Green River Ordinance Digits Download

Below are “quick reviews” of the products… if anything changes I will add followup

1. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (Full Size $50)
I’m quite interested in this product because I’ve never tried any Dermalogica products or powder exfoliant.
The packaging is designed like a shaker. At first glance I found that powder is white, light weight and similar appearance to baking soda. It can be a bit messy so make sure to do this over the sink. There’s a scent but it’s not particular strong and I don’t find it leaning towards anything in particular. When you add water to the powder there’s light foaming/creamy. It appears to be a very gentle exfoliant and I do find that my skin becomes smoother.

2. Eye Rock Designer Liner
(Full Size is 2pack for $13)
I don’t know what it is about the temporary tattoos in the makeup world. There’s tattoo nails, tattoo lips and now tattoo eye liner. I haven’t tried this product out yet. However my first impression would be that it’s a bit gimmicky but could be fun to use for costume makeup. The “tattoo” is jet black, it comes in a peel form, and with 4 different eyeliner designs to choose from. The eyeliner design is rather long and will need to be trimmed upon application. I personally wouldn’t buy this product as I don’t have issues with eyeliner application but doesn’t mean I won’t invent an occasion for it.

3. Jouer Lumizing Moisture Tint  (Full Size $38)
I don’t know what it is about Jouer but they sure are stingy with their samples. I really enjoy most of my Birchbox samples but every time I get Jouer brand stuff …it’s the smallest sample known to man! Whew, that’s off my chest!
Anyways, I got the color in Golden which is a hint bronzey compared to my regular skintone. Nevertheless the product blends in smoothly, has a wash of golden shimmer, no significant scent, light weight and very light coverage. It does give my skin a luminous appearance without being over the top noticeable.

Is it worth the full size price tag? I don’t know yet… the sample is too tiny to tell ><

4. Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum (Full Size $29)
This is a clear yellowish toned serum and it works amazing. I used it once yesterday and I can see noticeable difference already. I think it has hint of citrus scent. The serum is leans more towards liquid then gel form. I’m pretty sold on this product already though I just tried it. I think it’s a keeper. 🙂

5. Other Stuff
I really liked the packing in this month Birchbox! There was silver and gold tissue paper and a cute heart nail file. I really got to take better care of my nails, they keep chipping. Meh. Oh I’m excited to use my Birchbox points to get The Balm’s Nude Palette and some Ahava hand cream! Yay for Birchbox points! This month also came with a free download from Green River Ordinance but the site didn’t work. Well if you are interested in listening, I’d say try Grooveshark.

Don’t forget to click on your products on the Birchbox site and review them!
10pts per review, 100pts = $10! in Birchbox store.

Overall, I’m quite happy with Feb 2012 Birchbox so I’m stayin’ on.
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P.S. You only have until the end of this month to signup for Mar 2012 Birchbox, there’s a Teen Vogue themed option!