Etude House Snowy Dessert Collection Haul and Review (Pink Bird Ambassador Box)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Boy, do I have an exciting post for you guys today! You might've seen my review and demo of these products already on my channel, The Beauty Breakdown, for the 12 HoliDAYS of Beauty, but I wanted to make a post so you guys could get close-ups of the packaging and products themselves!

So let's get to the breakdown...
First off let me tell you now that there will be no swatches in this post! I swatched and demo-ed all the products in my video review, so check that out if you want to see what the shades are like! 
Etude House Play 101 Pencils
I received two Play 101 Pencils in my Pink Bird Ambassador box this month and they're AMAZING! I don't know what I was expecting, but these shades are even prettier than I thought they were going to be! I got shade 71 and 73. Shade 71 is a beautiful bright pink with gold shimmer. I love that this is a duo chrome color and I think it'll look really pretty on the lids! I also got shade 73, which is a nude, shimmery beige. This is the perfect pencil for the inner tear-duct because it doesn't look too "aegyosal" but at the same time it brightens the eye area beautifully! 
Snowy Dessert Ginger Cookie Blusher
 Not gonna lie... I was thinking this product was going to be a bust when I first saw it. It looks super orange in the pan, but when I applied it, it is actually a very gorgeous bronze shimmer. This might look a little too orange for those of you with a lighter skin tone, so I would definitely recommend this product to those of you who have a little bit of a tan/darker skin tone. 
Snowy Dessert Pudding Tint in Grapefruit Pudding
Now this is where I was disappointed. *sigh* The packaging of this, like everything else in this collection, is amazingly cute. It even comes with a little spoon to apply your "pudding" with. The texture is very unique and interesting and is actually jelly-like. However, on my dry lips, this product really emphasizes the cracks. I really need my lip products to be super moisturizing, and this just doesn't cut it unfortunately. So I wouldn't recommend this for people with dry lips like me. It is a beautiful color and awesome texture, just not a good fit for my dry lips!
Yuck! Look at those cracks :(
 BONUS: Etude House Honey Cera Skincare Samples
In my Pink Bird Ambassador box, I also received a little box of the new Etude House Honey Cera line. It comes with a cream, eye seem, toner and emulsion. Honey has several beneficial qualities so I'm thrilled that I get to try this set. Also, these are great for traveling :) 
And that's it! That's everything I received in my Pink Bird Ambassador box for the month of December. I wanted to share with you guys because I knew a lot of you would be interested in seeing the new holiday line. Check out my video (above) for more in-depth reviews, swatches, and demos of the products :) Thanks for reading!

xoxo,
Morgan 

[Review] Memebox I'm Stick Shadow Swatches and Review

Monday, December 7, 2015

I promised this to you guys last week (I think!) but I got so busy I didn't have the chance to post about these! But now, here they are! The Memebox I'm Stick Shadow swatches and review! Right now they're $5 on sale! So check them out while you can :) 

Let's get to the breakdown...

Packaging 
These are packaged very simply and I love that. Plus, I like that the colors are at the bottom of the tubes so you know which shades you're picking up when it's been thrown in the midst of your makeup collection!
Last Ability/Pigmentation
These colors last all day and they look nice on the eyelids. The only thing that I find a little disappointing about them are the lighter colors (Milky Way, Falling Star). Unfortunately, they don't apply as smooth on the eyelids. It's hard to explain, but for some reason, they don't look as nice on the eyes as they do swatches. But I do love the darker colors (Spinal, Moonrise, Ash Stone).   
Colors
Like I mentioned above, I really like the darker colors. Especially Spinal and Ash Stone. I think they look very nice and love that they have a bit of duo chrome to them.. nice and unique :) 

 I'm Stick Shadow in Spinel
Do I know what they mean by spinel? No. But I do like this color! It has a beautiful, slight duo chrome to it. The base is a plum purple and the duo chrome is an indigo color. You can see this a bit in the swatch! This is probably one of my favorites out of the five shades I have!
 I'm Stick Shadow in Moonrise
This is a nice, toned-down copper color. The reason why I say that it's copper colored is because it's not spectacularly vivid, but that doesn't mean it's not a nice color. It would be great for those of you who are looking for a more natural bronze :) 
I'm Stick Shadow in Milky Way
Like I mentioned above, this is one of the colors that I'm a little disappointed in. Don't get me wrong.. it's still a really nice color and applies fairly smooth, but it's just not as pretty on the eyes as it swatches. As you can see in the swatch, it has a bit of a pink under tone, which I wish more apparent on the lids. Like I said though, still not a terrible stick shadow.. I'm just picky ;)
I'm Stick Shadow in Ash Stone
This color is my other fave from the stick shadows I have. I like this because it makes a nice smokey base for darker looks, but it's not overwhelmingly hard to work with. I'm going to try to explain this, so I hope you know what I'm talking about. You know when you put a dark base on your eyelids and it gets messy/looks too dark? Well this is a happy medium. This color adds a nice smokey slate shade to your look, but isn't too black. Plus, look at that taupe under tone! 
I'm Stick Shadow in Falling Star
I pretty much have the same thoughts about this shade as I do with the Milky Way shade. It's still a nice stick shadow, but I wish it looked as pretty on the eyes as it does in the swatch. When you apply it to your lids, you can't quite see that beautiful pink/peach under tone. 

Well, there you go! Sorry it took a little longer than I was anticipating, but better late than never right!? Don't forget to check out my youtube channel, The Beauty Breakdown, where I do more video reviews and talk about other beauty-related topics :) Hope you're all doing well!

xoxo,
Morgan

Beauteque November Fresh Produce Mask Maven Bag Asian Beauty Haul and Review

Monday, November 30, 2015

Alright guys... you know I've got to post about Mask Maven if I post about the Beauteque BB Bag! Mask Maven is a subscription service that provide 9-11 mask type products every month. Now they can range from anything from sheets masks to clay masks to wash offs... you name it! For the month of November, the theme is Fresh Produce..

Let's get to the breakdown....


 Green Harmony Pear and Pumpkin Mask Pack
So far, I've only tried the pumpkin one, but boy are these interesting! I wasn't sure what to expect, but I wasn't expecting a cream mask. I was thinking this was going to be a jelly mask or a clay mask, but they actually apply like a super heavy cream. I applied the pumpkin one in a thick layer onto my skin, left it on for 20 minutes and washed it off. It left my skin nice and soft so I think this will be great for winter :) 
 No:HJ Healing Mask Pack in Lustre and Anti-Pore
These are AWESOME! I saw this on Get it Beauty, and was super excited to see this in my Mask Maven! They're a thinner sheet mask, so they adhere really nicely to the skin. Plus, they have flakes of 24k gold on them (which I show in my video), which just seems super luxurious! I can't wait to try the lustre one :) 
 Nature Republic Real Nature Mask Sheet Avocado
I'm not super familiar with Nature Republic products (besides their aloe vera soothing gel) and I've heard great things about their sheet masks! Can't wait to try this one and love that it's avocado since my skin loves anything that adds moisture. 
 Foodaholic 3D Natural Essence Mask in Orange and Blueberry
I didn't realize this at first when I pulled this out of my Mask Maven bag, but these are 3D MASKS!!!! I love 3D masks since they adhere better to my skin! I love these and think this really helps make Mask Maven such a good deal. These, plus the NO:HJ masks really introduce those who are new to sheets masks to new and innovative Korean technology! Yay! 
 Tony Moly Pureness 100 Collagen Sheet Mask Elasticity and I'm Real Broccoli Sheet Mask
I've also never tried any Tony Moly sheet masks, so YAY for trying new things :) I love that they included the I'm Real line.. how cute is the packaging?! 
So that's this month's Mask Maven bag. Again, I am such a fan of all kinds of sheet masks, especially sheets masks (hey I made a whole video on how much I love them! :) ) so I love that I get to try different ones at such a low cost :) I think it's such a great deal and think you'd love them too! Hope you're all doing well!!

xoxo,
Morgan

Beauteque Fall Favorites November BB Bag Asian Beauty Haul and Review

So it's that time of the month! I love being able to show you guys what kind of products are in Beauteque's monthly BB bags because I know you guys are always interested and it's fun for me too! Just to give you a little more information about Beauteque, they're a monthly subscription service that features all kinds of asian beauty products! They feature all kinds of beauty products like makeup, skincare, body and hair items!! This month's theme is Fall Favorites, so let's jump into the products!

Let's get to the breakdown...

 Baviphat Touch My Body Wash and Bath Sponge 
I'm a big liquid soap lover. I prefer liquid soap over bar soap so I'm glad they included this in this month's bag. This one from Baviphat smells so nice and creates a nice, soft lather. Plus, bonus points to Beauteque for throwing in a bath loofah. These are pretty much all I use and I like to switch them out every month... so I'm glad I have a back up once I use mine for a month. 
 Cow Bubble and Aroma Bath
You. Guys. Need. To. Smell. This. This stuff smells amazing. It's straight up smells like a vanilla milkshake! Honestly, I wasn't expecting much with this. I just thought, "Oh ok. It's a bubble bath". This is so much better though! It's actually a very milky consistency, so I left the bath feeling nice and moisturized!
 Banila Co It Radiant Lace Hydrogel Eye Patch
I love Banila Co hydrogel sheet masks. Not only are they super nice and hold their moisture for a very long time, but they're also pretty to wear. I'm glad they included this eye patch because it gives those of you who haven't had a chance to try these masks a chance to see what I'm raving about. 
 Secret Key Lemon D-Toc Peeling Gel
Peeling gels are great gentle exfoliators. How you use them is you apply a small amount to dry, clean skin and massage till you see your skin beading off of your face. It sounds totally disgusting, but boy is it satisfying! Lemon is know to resurface your skin and help even out your skin tone! Nice right :)  
 A'Pieu Finger Blusher in RD01
I've been really into cream blushers lately so I was pleasantly surprised with this. As you can see in the video, where I demo-ed this product, it's a super natural color and easy to blend. Some cream blushers can be hard to work with, but not this one! It blends into my skin in a couple seconds and looks so pretty!
 Baviphat Paprika Moisture Hand Cream
How cute is this packaging?! Plus, this smells amazing. I like to keep this on my desk and use it whenever I feel like my skin is dry. I love that I have something specifically to take care of my hands since they get abused so much on a daily basis!
Beauteque Pore Brush 
I love pore brushes and if you've never tried a pore brush, you should definitely try one! I love these because they're great for point cleansing. So if you have problems with blackheads or areas of your face that tend to break out, you can use these to give those areas a good cleanse!


Well that's what I received in this month's Beauteque BB Bag! What do you guys think? Are you subscribed to Beauteque? Let me know :)
xoxo,
Morgan 

5 Natural Ways to Slim and De-Puff Your Face

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Now, I've been known to have a puffy face from time to time.. especially the day after eating something super salty or seafood. I kid you not, my eyelids and face reflect my diet and are the first thing to balloon up after eating something salty, not sleepy enough, or *cough* *cough* a night of drinking. Because of these, I've come up with my own natural methods of de-bloating and sliming down my face!



1. Ice Roller
In my opinion, this is by far, the easiest way to combat puffiness. I found out about ice therapy and ice rolling specifically recently, and have been hooked ever since! I'm really excited to share with you guys this tool, in particular, because it's been so helpful and so convenient! 

How you use this is place it in the freezer for a couple hours. Then, just roll it starting from the inside of your face outward, and BAM! Your puffy face will go down.. it's also super relaxing might I add!
Ice therapy and ice rolling are very beneficial to your skin in many ways. I discussed this in more detail in the video, but ice rolling is good for skincare, acne, skin irritations, de-puffing, and your body! It helps with skincare by prepping the skin for applying your products! With acne, it can prevent a massive acne flair up because icing the area diminishes the redness and the severity of the acne. I compare it to a bruise.. in restricting the blood flow temporarily, it can reduce the redness. Plus, icing is a soothing and natural way to relax the skin. Ice rolling is also great after a wax or any type of skin treatment that might irritate the skin (microdermabrasion, facials, etc.) as it, again, helps with puffiness and calms the skin. Of course, ice rolling slims the face as well! On top of ALL that, I like to roll it on my body if I'm sore from a workout as a light massage and I also roll it on the back of my legs to prevent cellulite! 

For the roller I use, go to: http://vpwow.com/morganice
(Use code "morganice" for 60% off! :D )

2. Cucumbers
We've all seen it on TV or in magazines.. people wearing cucumbers on their eyes while doing some type of face mask. But did you ever wonder why this is such a common treatment? Since cucumbers are high in water content, they help nourish the skin. They're also packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, which is awesome for the skin! I always keep sliced cucumbers in my fridge as not only a snack, but a relaxing way to de-puff my face and eyes whenever they're bloated!!

3. Green Tea Bags
I drink a TON of green tea. I drink a cup or two a day so I'm always left with a ton of green tea bags. What do I do with them after I've drank the green tea? I put the used tea bags in the freezer and store them away until I need them to de-puff and treat my skin. Green tea not only has a lot of antioxidants, like the cucumbers, but they're very calming very the skin. This is not only good for puffiness, but it's also good for skin irritations! I like doing a green tea facial every once and a while and feel like it's an easy way to perk up my skin!

4. Coffee Face Mask
Like green tea, I drink coffee everyday. If you're an avid coffee drinker like I am, you're probably always left with a little bit in your coffee pot after you drink your fill. I will sometimes take this leftover coffee, place it in the fridge for an hour or so, and then dip cotton pads into the coffee to apply to my face. Why does this help? They coffee stimulates the skin and it really wakes everything up encourage lymphatic drainage (which is probably a major cause for your puffy face!). The coolness also works as a cold compress and once I'm done, I'll just rinse my face and continue on with my day!

5. Sweating
I know, some of you are going to hate me for this tip. However, working out is an AWESOME way to de-puff fast.While you're working out, you encourage blood flood to other areas of your body. Why is this helpful? Because it gets your blood circulation moving and also encourages lymphatic drainage, which flushes everything through your system! Plus, I swear by sweating. Sweating for me is a big reason why I think my skin looks nice... it's because it pushes everything bad out and just gives me a nice, healthy glow. There are so many healthy benefits to working out, so here is just another reason why you should be doing this regularly if you're not!

Well guys, I hope that was helpful for those of you who have been suffering with a puffy, bloated face like me. Always know, you're human and we're all just doing the best we can right? :) So no big deal if you do get puffy-faced... there's always something you can do about it!

xoxo, 
Morgan