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! 


3B Beauty Beyond Borders: Mini Asian Beauty Haul!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Hello, everyone! In today's post, I'm going to be sharing with you guys some items 3B sent me and do a little mini haul for you. They sent me some new, fun and interesting products, so I'm excited to share them with you and see if any of you have tried these.

Let's get to the breakdown...

If you're not familiar with 3B, 3B stands for Beauty Beyond Borders. They're a Asian Beauty subscription service that is EXTREMELY affordable and brings new beauty products right to your door. I think that's the first thing I noticed about the box, is how much less it costs compared to other beauty boxes. For one month, the cost is $15. For 6 months, it costs $14 and for the full year, it costs $12. The last two options auto-renew themselves. For the boxes, the shipping is free so that's awesome! Unfortunately, for the time being, this is only offered in the United States. Hopefully that's a temporary thing :) 

So these are some of the products that I received in my box! 
 The first thing that jumped out to me when I was looking over the sheet masks was my beloved Leaders sheet mask. I can NEVER get enough of Leaders sheet masks and I recommend them to everyone. I haven't tried the other two yet but I have high hopes! 
 Prior to receiving my box, I did a little research on this brand, Neogence, It's a Taiwanese brand that is formulate by doctors so address different skin needs. I noticed that this was a Hyaluronic Acid based product, which I usually gravitate towards since I have really dry skin. The bottle, itself, is on the small size but when I opened it up and felt the formula, I was impressed. It has the weirdest consistency! 
 The consistency of this essence is like a thin gel. As you can see on the back of my hand, it holds it's form. So hopefully, that gives you a good idea of what this feels like. However, when you rub it into your skin, it almost melts into water. It's bizarre, but AMAZING! I took this little bottle and put it in my bathroom for immediate use in my current skincare routine. I've been using for about a week and a half now, and I love this extra layer of moisture. It goes on smoothly and feels slightly tacky for about a minute after applying. However, after this sets, it's perfect for layering! A night little addition to my skincare routine for another step of moisture :) 
 Next, we're these little bottles here. I took a picture with them in my hand so you could get the scope of the size. I think these are handy for traveling purposes, or if you want to test out the formula first and see if you like it. I haven't tried these out yet (because I was so excited about testing out the Neogence essence) but I'm looking forward to seeing how these feel. 

 This peeling gel is from the same brand as the other serums above. Prior to receiving this box, I've actually never heard of this brand before so we'll see how all these products do! After doing a little research, this is a Japanese brand that is somewhat popular for their serums (above). However, I'm going off a bit of a tangent here so back to the product below! This is evidently one of their best-selling products. This is a water-based peeling gel, so it's meant to be fairly gentle on the skin. I'd say, this is going to be nice not only as an exfoliator, but as a way to deep-clean my skin every once and while  
Alrighty! I hope you guys enjoyed this little Asian Beauty Haul! I've actually done a haul with 3B in the past, so I'll go ahead and leave it below in case you're curious. It's not of the products I just mentioned, but I give more information about the brand and talk about different products. As always, please don't forget to subscribe to my Youtube Channel, The Beauty Breakdown, and follow this website! :) 

The Ultimate Cushion Foundation Guide, Review, and Comparison...32 Different Cushions!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

It's taken me a while to get this review together because...well... I feel like it's pretty self-explanatory. I reviewed 32 CUSHION FOUNDATIONS in one video! So not only was the testing process super long, but it took me a while to be comfortable with the cushion foundations in this video. I mean, you've seen how often Korean Beauty companies come out with new products. I just couldn't decide when I'd had enough to do this review with. Well, I broke down and just did it! It took a ton of work and, of course, this video is super long but I think it's really informative. So I hope you enjoy this video and I also included the close up swatches I did on paper!

Let's get to the breakdown...

Here's a list of the cushions I reviewed in this video, plus links of where to buy them! 
Also, be sure to select the YOUR shade for the cushion foundation!
-Lancome Blanc Expert Cushion Compact High Coverage (Bought in Duty-Free at Airport)

Swatches on Paper
I decided to swatch each of the cushions on a piece of lined paper for two reasons: 1. So you could see the coverage because it's lined 2. So you could see the contrast in undertones against the white. Notice, I placed the brand name above the swatch and the particular cushion and its shade below. 

FTC: Links used are affiliate links! You can choose to use them or not :) This is not a sponsored review.

Anyways guys, I hope you enjoyed this video! It was a lot of work, but I think it's helpful for those of you guys who are looking into any of these :)


[REVIEW] Gold Elements Haul, Review and My Thoughts / Experience

Monday, November 14, 2016

Hello everyone :) So Gold Elements reached out to me a couple of months ago and asked if I wanted to try some of their products out. After looking into their skincare line, I was excited to try out their line because their products feature gold leaves! Fun and exotic right?! So let's go through, take a look at the products, and I'll explain my experience with their products.

Let's get to the breakdown...

Disclaimer: Gold Elements sent me these products for review. They did not pay me and all opinions are my own.
Truffle Infusion Eye Serum
So I know what you're thinking... truffles?! What the heck?! First of all, truffles are a VERY pricy food that's considered a delicacy. However, when incorporated into skincare, it can help make your skin look more even by blocking the production of melanin in the skin. It also contains amino acids, which help prevent aging. 
 So let's talk about my experience with this eye serum. This eye serum has a light-weight consistency. I love that because it's perfect for layering, daytime, and the warmer months...which is when I was using this serum. It also smooths onto the skin very nicely. The serum is a beautiful gold color and almost has a bit of shimmer to it. Now let me talk about my eyes for a bit. I have SUPER sensitive eyes. It's honestly way too much to get into, but if you follow my social media or youtube channel, you've probably heard me talk about this. This serum did not irritate my eyes, which was a relief. I also liked that it kept my under eyes hydrated. I can notice when I'm neglecting my eye area (because my fine lines are more pronounced when I'm not being diligent) and which this serum, I felt that my under eye area looked more plump. It's hard to say whether or not I noticed a long-term difference, but I like this! 
 But here's the thing. This is EXPENSIVE. I actually didn't realize how much this cost (because they sent it to me in exchange for a review) until I looked up more information of this product for this review. When I saw the price, my jaw dropped. It's $699. I actually think this is a very valuable part of this review... I had no idea how much this line cost. In other words, when I was using this line, did I think this was a $699 eye serum? No. I had no idea. I thought it was nice, the packaging is nice.... but I honestly don't this is $699 nice. So takes that for what it's worth. 

Age Treatment Moisturizing Cleansing Oil
I love cleansing oils. I can't live without double cleansing my skin! I don't wear makeup everyday, but when I do, I wear a cleansing oils and balms are a must in my routine. As you can see in the picture below, it's a beautiful gold color. I love the consistency of this because it's super smooth and glides onto the skin. As for my experience with this cleansing oil, I love that this doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped. It actually leaves my skin feeling very comfortable, soft and smooth. I would say this is best for those you who don't wear a ton of makeup. As you can see below, I applied some mascara and eyeliner to the back of my hand and massaged the oil on the swatches to show you guys how effective this is. It doesn't break up the makeup as much as I'd like it to, so I save this for my no makeup days. 
After massaging the cleansing oil onto the makeup swatches. 
After I rinsed my hand. 
Intensive Cleansing and Softening Lotion
 I have very dry skin. So I've become more selective when it comes to cleansers. I can immediately tell if I like a cleanser or not just by judging how dry my skin feels after using it. This cleanser is really gentle on my skin. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed because it's a nice soft cleanser. However, again, with most of these products... I didn't realize how expensive these products were. So when I was using this, did I think this was a $129 cleanser? No, I didn't. I did enjoy using but I don't think I would shell out that much money for ANY cleanser. 

Also, I would like to note... this cleanser does not really lather! Totally a preference thing.. personally I don't mind but some of you might prefer a cleanser that lathers more! 
D'Or Facial Cream
This moisturizer kept my skin nice and hydrated. As you can see in the picture below, it's a medium consistency... not too thick, not too thin. I felt like this absorbed pretty quickly and didn't feel heavy on my skin. Overall, I feel like this is a pretty basic face cream. I didn't notice a significant difference (possibly because I always heavily hydrate my skin with LAYERS of skincare) but I like that it felt comfortable on my skin.   

D'Or Facial Peeling
Last but not least, I tried out their peeling gel. I personally like peeling gels because I feel like it's a gentle way to exfoliate and stimulate my skin without having to abrasively scrub at my skin. This peeling gel makes my skin feel SO SOFT! It does a really nice job of removing dead skin cells and my skin looks visibly brighter after using this.  

I hope you guys enjoyed my review of some of the Gold Elements products I received! Let me know if you've tried some of their products. I look forward to hearing your thoughts :) 


[REVIEW] New Etude House Any Cushion Cream Filter First Impressions

Thursday, October 20, 2016

I know, I'm a sucker for cute packaging. Who isn't though?! I saw Etude House's promos of this cushion and I was smitten. Call it love at first sight? Yes, I think so. This is the new Etude House Any Cushion Cream Filter so...

Let's get to the breakdown.... 

Wanna pick one up too?! Here's where I got mine
I REALLY like the packaging of this cushion. Personally, I'm really liking what Etude House has been doing lately. I've noticed they're really slimming down their cushion packaging. Not only does this make it more compact, but it just looks so sleek. And can we talk about the holographic cover?! I'm obsessed. It's so beautiful and eye-catching!
The back of the box and compact
The coverage of this is low. This does not cover a lot of imperfections and you would definitely need to use a concealer with this cushion. If you have great skin already, you could probably get away with using this alone. For me, I like my pimples, dark circles, etc. to be perfectly concealed so I would've liked this cushion more if the coverage was higher.
I have a dark, little freckle on my wrist. I use that to demonstrate the coverage :) 
The formula of this cushion is extremely blend-able. It's very effortless and in no time, you're perfectly blended. The formula of this is also a bit sticky upon first applying this. This helps with the adherence to the skin, therefore, making it very easy to work with. Also, this cushion has a "net" aka, the filter. This helps the foundation smooth over the puff more evenly. In turn, making it easier to work with as well.

Shades. Shades. Shades. This is something that, for most, is an immediate "yes!" or "deal-breaker!". Fortunately, Etude House came out with 5 shades for this cushion foundation! Thank goodness. I personally feel like more Korean Beauty brands need to come out with a higher range of shades. There's vanilla, petal, beige, sand (the one I got!), and tan. I included the promo swatches in my video, but if you're still unsure, I would definitely recommend checking out other live/blog swatches online. Always super helpful, right?!

This lasting-ability of this is.. meh. I felt like a lot of it wore off by the 4-5 hour mark. Although, this isn't necessarily marketed as a long-wearing cushion. I feel like a little primer and powder would make it last a lot longer. However, on it's own, it doesn't last spectacularly long.

This finish of this is another win for me. I love how natural this looks. Now, when I heard this was a "moisturizing" cushion, I was torn. I loved the packaging, but I know myself... I usually don't like moisturizing or dewy cushions. I just don't like the look personally! Although, this is always a battle because I do have dry skin. To me, this cushion was the perfect balance. I LOVED the glow, didn't find it overly sticky or wet, and loved that it kept my skin hydrated.
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars
This is not going to make your skin look perfect... unless your skin is already really nice. I do find this is a nice, light cushion but I love me some coverage (like most people I think!). I just wish the coverage was a little higher and that it lasted for a bit longer. Do I think this is a bad cushion? Absolutely not. Is this a must-buy? Absolutely not. Worth a shot if you're curious but keep in mind the notes I made above :) For more information, swatches, and a demo, don't forget to check out the video review I did of this! Also, check out my youtube channel, The Beauty Breakdown, for more Korean beauty, travel, etc!