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