Swatching 29 NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil on my Lips!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

It was a glorious day. I checked my mailbox and discovered a mysterious box. To my surprise, inside was 29 different shades of the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils! I wanted to play around with the shades and I figured it was the perfect time to do a swatching video. So without much further adieu, here are the swatches!

Let's get to the breakdown...

Shades Swatched in the Video:
-Get Off
-Do Me Baby
-Famous Red
-Let's Go Crazy
-Pussy Control
-Dirty Mind
-Endangered Red
-Lonely Heart
-Belle De Jour
-Dragon Girl
-Mysterious Red
-Never Say Never
-Pop Life
-Red Square
-Roman Holiday
-Sex Machine
-Train Bleu
-Consuming Red
-Infatuated Red
-Dolce Vita
-413 BLKR

Well, what do you guys think? What's your favorite shade? I definitely have a few that I gravitate towards... cruella, dolce vita, do me baby, walkyrie, etc. Can't wait to hear your thoughts! 

FTC: This is not a sponsored video or post. Products were provided for review purposes. Links provided are affiliate.


New Etude House Wonder Fun Park Collection Haul & Review

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Ah, Etude House... you kill me with your packaging. I have been anticipating this launch for a while... ever since I saw the promo pictures on Etude House's social media. I actually ended up ordering them straight from Korea (with rush order, mind you! I'm dedicated. haha) because I wanted to get these products to review for you so you could decide which products would be worth the money. Well, let me tell you... this collection in particular is a prime example of why reviews are so helpful. Because SPOILER ALERT: there are some major DUDS in this collection!

Let's get to the breakdown...

Etude House Wonder Fun Park Collection Haul & Review
(swatches of everything are in the video!)

 Etude House Wonder Fun Park Color Eyes #01
Usually, I like Etude House eyeshadows. However, this palette is AWFUL. Do not buy. First of all, it's quite expensive for what you're getting. Check out the last close up of the palette next to the Aritaum Shine Fix Eyes and a standard Etude House single eyeshadow. This thing is tiny and at $20... not worth the money. Plus, the quality is severely lacking. These are not pigmented, super chalky and powdery, and they're not smooth at all. This reminds me of childrens' makeup... cute but useless. haha. 
 Etude House Wonder Fun Park Highlighter
Another miss! This is not pigmented at all and is super powdery. One swipe of your brush and you'll have dust flying everywhere. This does not show up on the cheeks at all and has no shimmer. 
 Etude House Wonder Fun Park Candy Cheek
Annndddd... it's a total dud. Again, it does not show up at all and is super powder-y. Doesn't deserve much more of a review than that! 
 Etude House Wonder Fun Park Dear My Blooming Lips Talk
I purchased two shades: OR212 and PK034. These are fine... the formula felt slightly different in each of these but nothing too crazy. It's a nice formula, but besides the packaging, nothing special! 
 Shade OR212
 Shade PK034
Etude House Wonder Fun Park Dear Darling Tints
Now these are the most unique pieces in the collection. From left to right the shades are OR202, BL601, PK003, and PK001. I love these colors! Even the orange and blue shades are nice. Again, swatches are in my video above! I like these because they're a glossy tint. So while they look nice and shiny on the lips... once they dry or wipe off they leave a nice tint behind.  

FTC: This is not a sponsored post. I purchased all the products with my own money. Links used are affiliate links!

Hope you guys liked this post and all the close-ups! Let me know about any other launches :)


Korean Beauty Things You Should Never Do!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ok, so I felt like this video deserved a post on the blog as well. I've noticed that although Korean Beauty has been gaining popularity, there are also some things that are being done...incorrectly. I don't like using that term because I feel like I'm being very patronizing. Also, let's face it...there's really no definite way to do anything. There always several ways to do something and different methods in makeup and skincare. However, there could be certain things you're doing that's not utilizes Korean Beauty to its maximum potential. So, I'm here to clarify! But hey, if you are doing these things and they work for you... by all means... don't let me stop you!

Let's get to the breakdown... 

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1. Not washing off your sleeping pack
Sleeping packs are meant for...well...sleeping. I know all of us sometimes get lazy in the morning and decide to skip washing our face. If you applied a sleeping mask the night before, then this is a HUGE mistake. Leaving sleeping masks on the following day can causes breakouts because it's collects dirt and oil ... and then you're applying makeup on top of that *cringe*. I've experienced it myself. I literally forgot to wash my face (hey, I get wrapped up in work!) and then immediately had little breakouts all over my skin. I understand, sometimes we're running late or don't have time for a whole skincare routine in the morning. At least, use a cleansing water or face wipe on your skin though. Moral of the story, start your day off with a fresh face... ALWAYS!

2. Rubbing vs. Patting 
If you're familiar with Korean dramas or you've watched Korean skincare commercials, you'll notice that everyone majestically pats skincare onto their face. Is this just a ploy to sell skincare and make it look more luxurious?! No. It's actually a technique. The idea behind this is that through patting, you're increasing the absorption of your skincare. You're essentially slapping (ok, don't slap that hard!) the skincare into your pores so it absorbs more effectively and faster. Also, when you pat your skin, you don't agitate your skin as much as you would when you rub your skin. It also bring blood flow to the area, which is thought to be healthy for your skin. Side note: I once took a yoga class where we started each class off with 5 minutes of patting the skin on our bodies. I always thought this was silly (I'm sure it looked silly) but I have to say, my skin and body did feel more energized. If anyone knows the science behind this, please share!

3. You're not double cleansing your skin
Double cleansing is a Korean technique where you use a cleansing oil/balm first to break up your makeup and then you cleanse your face with a face wash. Why is this important? Simple. When you don't double cleanse, you're not really cleaning your skin. The first step is using a cleansing balm or oil to breakup your makeup, sunscreen, etc. I know what you're thinking... if I don't wear makeup, should I still double cleanse? Yes, because I'm assuming you're at least using a sunscreen everyday (SMH if you're not! Protect that skin!). After you breakup all that makeup and rinse your skin, then you can use a cleanser to wash your skin. This step actually works into the pores and removes all the impurities. If you just go straight to your face wash without using a cleansing balm or oil first, your face wash is working hard to remove the makeup, sunscreen, free radicals. It doesn't actually get down to your skin.

Here's what I use to double cleanse if you're curious! 

4. You're not toning your skin 
Toning in North America is a little different than toning in Korea. In North America, toners are usually very astringents and harsh on the skin. It's not suitable for dry skin because it dries your skin out. It could also over-strip oily skin and cause your skin to produce more oil. In Korea, toners balance your skin after cleansing and adds moisture to your skin. Think of it as a reset for your skin after washing. It's super important and helps the rest of your skincare routine absorbs more effectively.

5. Don't be too rough with your skin
For this point, I'm also referring to toning. You'll notice some people really pull at their skin when they're toning. You don't need to be rough with your skin! Just gently swipe the toner over your skin. The toner will do the work! Also, always swipe in an upward morning. You do this to fight gravity and prevent premature sagging/wrinkling!

6. Pat on cushion compacts, don't swipe
Wow, I talked a lot about applications methods! Now this one, I can't really fault people for. Cushion compacts have become more popular in the last year and I've noticed a lot of bloggers reviewing cushion compacts. However, most of them are not into Korean Beauty, nor do they research or follow it. Because of this, it's assumed you're supposed to swipe on the foundation. However, the correct method is to pat the foundation on. The foundation will have higher coverage, will look more smooth, and will blend better. Plus, I LOVE air puffs and I want everyone else to see how amazing they are! To do this, you must pat, not swipe and you'll experience the magic that is the air puff!

7. You're using eyelid glue or tape
*Sigh* I know this is going to be rough for those of you guys who use eyelid tape or glue. I'm really doing this as a PSA so you understand the consequences of using these products. They might make your eye appear larger and give you the effect of a double eyelid, but they could permanently stretch your eye. Anything that is pulling at your eyelid for prolonged periods of time will stretch the skin and cause it to sag. So even though it might correct something, it could also be causing another issue. Just keep that in mind! I know that some people also use them thinking that it'll eventually create a double eyelid but unfortunately, this is not how it works. This might be slightly controversial but there's no way that these will permanently create a crease. If you don't believe me, just do a little research. A lot of doctors and plastic surgeons (who are professionals!) say that these do pull at the skin and cause sagging.  

I hope you guys enjoyed this video and maybe learned something! Let me know of some other things you've noticed are being done incorrectly or videos you'd like to see!