Jul 022015

As promised in my last blog post, here’s my review short on ipsy June glam bag! I’m trying my best to pick up my blog and write again. The last few weeks I’ve regretfully been in a funk, not quite sure why! But anyways, good news is I’M BACK!

wp-monalisa icon Stay tuned for my next blog post, which will be the SumerBeauty Essentials Giveaway hosted by myself… about time right?! Can’t wait to post!

ipsy bag june review makeup

What came in the ipsy June glam bag:

  • Ipsy Black and Orange Bag
  • NUXE Gentle Exfoliating Gel with Rose Petals (for sensitive skin, massage onto skin and rinse 1-2x per week)
  • treStique Mini Shadow Crayon in Marimoto Pink Pearl (twistable eyeshadow stick)
  • Befine food skin care: Cucumber Facial Mask (5 min face mask to be used 2x per week)
  • smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
  • Liptitude 24/7 Hydrating Lip Stain (opens up similarly to a nail polish bottle)

Out of the three ipsy bags that I’ve received so far, this one is perhaps my favorite. I’d be happy to use 100% of everything I received, and that’s super rare. I especially can’t wait to use the cucumber mask.

For the ipsy’s month of June glam bag, I would value everything at around $12. Even though that’s less than what I valued last month’s bag at, I’m still more satisfied because these are products that I may use. I retook ipsy’s quiz before receiving the June glam bag, so that may have played a part. Guess I’ll have to wait and see what’s in store for July’s bag!

Bottom line: ipsy’s June bag was a hit and I’m happy with everything I got

Jun 302015
ipsy May Glam Bag Review Shorts

This is my second ipsy glam bag, ever. I received it in the month of May. Wish I could have done a review short on the bag while it was still May, but if you’ve noticed, my blog has been on a hiatus recently. Guess the end of June will just have to do! Very soon after this review, I’ll be posting my ipsy June glam bag review as well. There’s also a giveaway coming up too! So at least I can promise you that much. Overall, I am pretty satisfied with ipsy’s May glam bag. Also it’s been confirmed by a blog reader and myself that once you get off the waiting list, you don’t have to wait anymore. So far all of my bags have arrived in a timely fashion, usually around the middle of the month. What’s inside the ipsy May glam bag: “VIP: Very Important Products” canvas bag bellápierre cosmetics Gel Eye Liner in EBONY NO.02 (looks very much like a pencil eyeliner that you need to sharpen) amie naturally kind: Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturizer (controls oiliness & shine, hydrates & softens after cleansing) Briogeo Rosarco Milk: reparative leave-in conditioning spray (use on clean damp hair, contains rosehip,

Jun 102015
ATRUE Real Black Tea True Active CC Cushion Review

I’m finally back after a two week hiatus with a review on ATRUE Real Black Tea True Active CC Cushion. This product is sponsored by and can be found at Cosmetic-Love.com for $41.80. As always, my product came neatly packed in a well cushioned box. It also came along with 2 BBOGEUL Moisture Cream samples! I need to start figuring out what to do with all of my samples that I’ve amassed in the last 6 months. The ATRUE CC Cushion boasts of being a multi-function product. According to ATRUE, the CC Cushion is excellent for complete coverage and has SPA50+/PA+++ UV protection. It’s also good at plumping and 6-multifunction. By 6-multifunction, ATRUE is referring to these six: radiance, firming, hydration, tone, brightening, and boosting. Black Tea Fermentation is part of the process used to help create all of the skin revitalizing nutrients in ATRUE’s CC Cushion. On Cosmetic Love’s product page, they go into detail on the entire fermentation process. I’m not going to go into the details of fermentation here since I’d rather focus on my experience with the product. One thing worth noting is that the product is Paraben and Ethanol free. There as also no testing done

May 202015
Top Makeup Trends of 2015

I’ve never been an expert at makeup, but I’ve always had an interest in wanting to look good and how I could improve myself. Naturally, I looked to those who knew makeup best, the Japanese gyarus aka “gals”. For over a decade now, gyarus have been constantly pushing the bar in cosmetics application. They are always several steps ahead of the game. Although they may have a more extreme take on makeup, I find that they know how to transform themselves best. Having a slimmer face, higher nose bridge, larger eyes, are similar to the ABCs in gyaru fashion — and the rest of the world is finally catching on! For example, 3d nail art is a big booming trend that has exploded over the last 5 years, and it all started originally in Shibuya. Then there’s also the circle lens trend. And now, the new hot trend in mainstream makeup is contouring! All gyaru basics! Contouring has existed for many years in Japan. But now, all of a sudden, you see big name brands in America advertising their new contouring products because it’s what’s hot. Probably the most popular contouring tool now are these fat, thick, contouring sticks, similar to tarte’s the sculptor contouring face slenderizer (~$24). These sticks are great for

May 182015
Reddit Game of Thrones Gift Exchange

This past weekend, I went camping with family at Yosemite National Park. When I returned late Sunday night, I found my Game of Thrones reddit gift waiting for me at my door. I love getting things in the mail (but who doesn’t?!)! I was super excited to open my package to see what I got (hehe.. GoT). To my surprise, I got this beautiful Game of Thrones map blanket. To my secret santa: Thanks so much for the awesome gift! You’re going to have to explain to me what “Don’t eat nails. (from Finn M. via the internet)” means, because it’s making me feel retarded since I briefly googled it without much return result. I’m guessing “Finn M” is either your name or handle, but the “Don’t eat nails” is really throwing me off!!! Also, thanks for following my crazy demands of no stuffed animals, funko pop, shot glasses, glass cups, and house banners… haha and I realized that’s basically a majority of GoT merchandise. You did well, who would have known that I needed a GoT map blanket?!? Happy that I have one now Here’s a close up of the blanket! The detailing is amazing, considering that its on

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