Review: ELF Small Stipple Brush

Every so often, as I watch a beauty review on Youtube or read a beauty blog, there is a product that I start to want to NEED.  Many times, it doesn’t live up to the hype. In fact, there are even Youtube videos dedicated to “Youtube made me buy it!”. When I heard about the ELF Small Stipple Brush, I originally was not interested. I’ve tried ELF brushes before, and I haven’t found one that I felt was good enough to recommend. But… this one was $3, and it was looking at me from the display at Target… so I bought it.
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What it does: (from the ELF website)

Use the Small Stipple Brush to create soft layers by adding texture for a natural airbrushed result. The two layers of bristles create ultimate control from sheer to heavy coverage for small and hard to reach places. Ideal with liquid, cream or powder products, foundation, concealer, and cream blush.

 

Price: $3

 

Availability: ELF products are available on the ELF website and select drugstores. The ELF website has a store locator for more info.

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Pros:

  • This brush is actually quite soft! It is not scratchy against my cheek.
  • I like to use this brush for blending cream blushes and highlighters, which it does a good job at doing.
  • The price!

 

Cons:

  • I’m not going to lie – I don’t think this brush is going to last very long. I’ve read reviews that say that some of the hairs have started to fall out after a year or so. To be honest, I feel like this is the case with many drugstore brushes, and at this price, I’m OK with repurchasing it.

 

Would I repurchase? Yes.  If you are a newbie with cream blushes (which I LOOOVE during the warm weather),  I definitely suggest you pick up this brush!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Weekly Reads #205: May 23, 2015

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that I recently started running again. I was a regular runner when I lived in China (wow, nearly 5 years ago?), but after spraining my ankle, I stopped running. If you are a new runner, I recommend the Couch to 5K program to help you get into it!

On the other hand, although I can now run 5k, I know that I can’t build up my body to run 10k. I tried that when I was in China, and I got so exhausted that it left me sleepy for the rest of the day.  I admire anyone who runs regular marathons, or half marathons or 10ks, but for me, 5k seems to be the distance which works best.

 

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xoxo, K

Review: Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Brown

Mascara is one of the first makeup products that I started wearing, back when I was a teenager. I loved how it made my eyes look bigger, and I still feel that it is one of the most “must have” products in my routine.

My mother, on the other hand, wears eyeliner but not mascara.  For a long time, I wasn’t sure how I felt about eyeliner. Somehow, it made my eyes look harsh. Every time I applied eyeliner, I felt that I was shouting “HELLO I’m wearing eyeliner!”.

Over the past few years, I have come to realize that dark brown pencil eyeliner is best for me.  It gives definition to my eyes without  looking too harsh or obvious. However, many Japanese makeup brands are dominated by black eyeliner, and liquid or gel eyeliner seems to be a favorite of Japanese girls. The combination of “dark brown” and “pencil” is so difficult to find, so when I find a product that matches both of those criteria, I grab for it!

This is a review of the Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Brown, which I picked up when I was in the US.
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What it does: (from the Rimmel website)

Long lasting shocking color intensity with kohl Britania High intensity color for an instant color impact Ultra smooth & creamy formula that glides on easily Waterproof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof, heat-proof, humidity-proof and scandal- proof Dermatologist & ophthalmologist tested. Safe for sensitive eyes.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal

Price: As with all American drugstore products, the price will vary depending on where it is purchased. Walgreens.com lists this product for $4.50

 

Availability:  This product is available at drugstores and supermarkets, such as Target, Walgreens, or CVS.

 

Swatch:

This is a cool-toned dark brown. It is extremely creamy, and in fact, the tip broke off during this swatch because I pressed too hard.

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Pros:

  • The color is exactly what I was looking for – a brown that is dark enough to give depth and shadow to my eyes, yet not look harsh
  • This product was very creamy, and applied to my eyes without pulling or skipping
  • This product is available in 10 different colors!

 

Cons:

  • Unfortunately, this was not smudge proof on me. After a few hours, I got dark smudges under my eyes.

 

Would I repurchase? No. For me, the smudges are a deal-breaker!

 

My favorite eyeliner is still the Jordana 12HR Made To Last Eyeliner in Espresso Last. Definitely try it out if you are looking for an affordable pencil eyeliner!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Empties for April 2015

I usually only do an empties post every few months, but for some reason I have a lot of empties in the month of April.

 

Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Marshmallow Candle (link goes to my review)

I really liked this candle, more than I expected. I have been unexpectedly liking sugary scents lately!
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Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods shower gel (link goes to my review)

This is a much loved, much repurchased product. I like that the scent is pretty unisex, without any overly floral tones. I think this particular one was a gift from a good friend of mine.

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Johnson’s Body Care Extra Care hand cream

This product and the entire line of Johnson’s Body Care seems to not be available in the US or UK. This was a hand cream that I used in the early spring. I liked that it was moisturizing without feeling heavy.

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Bifesta Uruochi cleansing lotion (link goes to my review)

I picked up this product wondering if it would be a dupe for the Bioderma. While I liked the simplicity of just wiping my face, I found that this product did not completely remove my eyeliner and mascara.

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Baby Oil

This winter, my skin was so dry that body lotions made my skin itch. I used baby oil for a while, and this was the cheapest one I could find.  Later, I switched to using pure olive oil on my skin.

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Marc Jacobs Honey Eau de Parfum (link goes to my review)

Although this is only a sample, it lasted me over a month! I ended up buying the roller ball, which is also lasting me for a long time.

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RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream

I have purchased this quite a few times, but it looks like I never wrote a review of it. I like that it is hydrating moisturizer that sinks into my skin very quickly.

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Bath and Body Works Fresh Brazil Citrus body lotion (link goes to my review)

I enjoyed the scent of this product, which smelled of pineapple and citrus. It reminded me of tropical summers!

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Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray (link goes to my review)

After I cut my hair to a bob, I have been really loving salt sprays to give an effortless look to my hair!

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Muji Blend Essential Oil in Relax

I don’t even know if Muji still sells this essential oil blend! I really enjoyed the lavender scent.

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What products have you used up recently?

xoxo, K

Review: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural N9

I have a love/hate relationship with lipstick. I know it makes me look good, it also makes me feel great, but a lot of lipsticks make my lips peel.  Even if I exfoliate my lips before putting on the lipstick, skin will start to peel off within an hour.

 

This happens to me even with moisturizing lipsticks.  Because of this, I don’t really love lipstick… and so I don’t like to spend money on them. This was a great chance for me to try out a high end lipstick brand!
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This is a review of the Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in N9. This was part of the Sephora Beauty Insider birthday gift for 2014.

 

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What it does: (from the MUFE website)
Rouge Artist Natural has an ultra creamy formula that hydrates the lips with a natural sheen. Enriched with a cocktail of vegetal ingredients, made of waxes and Cupuassu Butter, it contains nourishing properties for a moisturizing smooth texture that glides on effortlessly. Its translucent shine reveals pure pearls and pigments for a profusion of 50 luminous shades . Rouge Artist Natural makes it possible to find a color to suit every mood!

Price: $20

Availability: This and other MUFE products are available at MUFE stores, Sephora, MUFE counters in department stores, as well as online.

Swatch: This lipstick is a creamy dark pink color with no shimmer. It is slightly redder than a typical “My Lips But Better” shade, yet I enjoy this color year round.

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Pros:

  • This is a very creamy lipstick which did not make my lips peel
  • The color as well as the lack of shimmer made this color wearable for every day
  • The size that was in the Sephora gift was about half the size of traditional lipsticks. I wish this size were available for purchase normally, since I can never use up a lipstick!

Cons: None, really

 

Would I repurchase? Yes, I really liked both the color and how it felt on my lips!

 

I am so glad I got to try out this lipstick! Both the formula and the shade worked for me, and the small size made it a staple in my makeup bag.   I wonder why this size is not normally available, from any brand?

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K