Monthly Favorites #69: November, 2016

I actually haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup, but I do have a few favorites!

Cover FX Custom Color Drops

I bought this because my skin is darker than it usually is. It is quite difficult to find a range of foundation colors, so I bought this in N70.  I add a tiny drop into my foundation, and it is the perfect color!



Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation (link goes to my review)

Yes, I’ve had this forever.  It hasn’t changed color, it doesn’t smell strange, and it still looks good. I love the squeeze tube and I wish every brand used this packaging!

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation

Sofina Prima Vista primer

This is a best selling primer for the summer. I gave in to the hype at the beginning of the summer and there is still some left. Surprisingly, it still looks good on my skin!



Hope you enjoyed my favorites!

xoxo, K

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Throwback Thursday: Favorites from October

Here is a look back at my favorites from October 2013 and 2014.


In October 2014, I liked:

Pressed mineral shadows (link goes to my review)

I recently decluttered my eyeshadow collection, which made me realize how much I like certain shades. The Barry M Dazzle Dust in Mushroom is a beautiful taupe purple.


Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze Blush Stick in Just Pinched Pink (link goes to my review)

I no longer own this, because the cap cracked past repair.  Cream blushes work better for me in the summer, but some people prefer them in the fall.

Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze blush stick


Shirt Cool spray (link goes to my review)

This is a must have for me in the hot months. I buy a bottle of it as soon as the weather starts to get warm. It smells strongly of menthol, though.
shirt cool

In October 2013, I liked:

Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Foundation (link goes to my review)

Remember when everyone was raving about this foundation? It seems like no one talks about Revlon foundations anymore. I was so surprised to see that Revlon foundations are like, $14 at the drugstore! I could buy something from Sephora for that price!!



Ecotools Bamboo bronzer brush (link goes to my review)

I’m not sure if this brush is still sold, but I still strongly recommend Ecotools brushes. They are all very soft, affordable, and eco-friendly.



It’s always interesting to see that some of my old favorites are staples in my collection, while I have totally forgotten about others!


xoxo. K

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Review: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara

This is a review of the L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara.


This mascara has a really interesting wand. It is smaller at the tip and wider at the base, but only on one side.


The wand is supposed to be used so that the tip is faced toward your nose. The larger side of the wand is supposed to catch your lashes and make them longer, effectively giving you a cat eye effect.



What it does: (from L’Oreal’s website)

Stretch and extend your lashes like wings! Introducing Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, one of L’Oréal Paris most-exciting mascara innovations, yet. It’s revolutionary Butterfly Brush with asymmetrical lash line shape extends and lifts outer corner lashes to give you a winged-out effect, instantly volumizing lashes at the roots and stretching lashes outward. The unique Cocoon Fibers instantly wrap lashes in a soft, delicate veil to create silky, spectacular lashes that flutter.

Price: varies. Ulta lists this product for $8.99


What I thought:

I really expected this to be a gimmicky mascara.  What in the world was going on with this wand? I don’t like mascara wands which are not symmetrical, because I like doing both my right and left eye with my dominant hand. On top of this, I had to hold this wand ensuring that the side with the long comb was always facing up.  All of this was too much of a hassle for me.

After using this for a few weeks, I felt that the mascara itself was OK.  It made my eyelashes look longer, and they became side swept.

However, this mascara smudged under my eyes. Smudging is the biggest no-no I have for mascara.  I would deal with the hassle if only it didn’t smudge!


Would I repurchase?  No. 


Hope you enjoyed my review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light

This is a review of the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light, which I picked up on one of my trips to the US.


When this product was first released, it was a limited edition product. I searched around for it after reading many reviews online.

When I first tried the product, I was unfortunately disappointed. The product did not blend well into my skin, and also did not absorb well.

I tried it again recently with a makeup sponge, and it works much better! Previously, I tried using a stippling brush or my fingers, but the product was just too liquidy.  I found that using a sponge absorbs enough liquid to make it easy to use.


What it does: (from the Revlon website)

The iconic skin illuminator is now better than ever. Banish dullness and even out skin with light capturing crystals and photochromatic pigments for a lit-from-within look.

• Wear alone to highlight and brighten
• Mix with or wear over foundation to banish dullness and even out skin tone
• Available in 4 luminous shades

Price: Varies. I found it around $6.50.

Availability: Revlon is widely available in US drugstores, supermarkets, and discount stores.


What I thought: 

This product gives me a subtle highlight. The liquid itself is shimmery, but I get a subtle highlight because I use a sponge to apply it.  I found that I like using powder or cream highlighters better than liquid ones!


Would I repurchase? No


Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Nars Orgasm blush

After I bought the NARS Orgasm blush, I debated whether or not I should write a review.  Why write a review of a famous, well-loved product?

I have quite a few pinky-peachy blushes with shimmer which are considered drugstore dupes of the NARS Orgasm. So why did I buy this in the first place? Because I wanted to know why people still prefer the higher priced original, even though there are so many other products with a similar color and finish.

What it does: (from Sephora’s website)

NARS Blush offers a range of translucent, natural shades, each with a subtle pink for a natural-looking blush undertone to highlight the complexion. Designed to be worn alone or layered together for more depth, it provides a healthy glow that flatters any skintone.

Orgasm Blush gives cheeks a perfect pinky-peach flush and subtly highlights with accents of golden shimmer. The perennially pleasing, universally flattering shade is repeatedly a makeup artist and beauty editor favorite. 


Price: $30

Availability: This and other NARS blushes are available on the NARS website, Sephora, and other high end department stores such as Bloomingdales and Nordstrom

Shade: Orgasm is a pinky peach color with a strong golden shimmer


What I thought:

If you’ve got a warm undertone like me, pinky-peach blushes are flattering.  The shimmer, however, is a matter of personal preference. I liked how the shimmer looked on me, but I felt it was too strong when I put on a lot of this blush.

The difference for me between this blush and the drugstore dupes was the application and lasting power. This blush was one of the least powdery blushes I own, and did not kick up much additional powder when I was applying it. Also, it lasted on my skin well over 8 hours, even though blush usually is one of the first thing that fades for me.


Would I repurchase? Yes, now I understand why it’s so well loved. I also am interested to buy other blushes from NARS as well.


Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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