Saturday, 30 March 2013

Huge Accumulated Acquisition, and I need to stop



































Number one, I buy too much.  I know I was on Project 10 Pan, which is a pretty awesome collaboration with my friend Sam.  However, I didn't fully commit to not buying things with that competition going on.  I have decided to take a step further to start a spending ban of my own.

Number two, I want to buy less.  Some may not find endless shopping and spending an issue or problem.  I do.

Before I surrender my freedom to a shopping ban, there will be a series of 'haul' posts coming.  This post shows what I got locally since January, perhaps?  There's a lot.  And even more crazy is, I still have some other things waiting to be photographed and typed out.  Sick.

By the way, I'm going to call my 2013 Shopping Embargo.  Rules are listed (far, far) below...

Things I have recently paid for and got:
  • MAC Eyeshadow - Omega (Matte) $145, 1.5 g 
  • MAC Eyeshadow - Coquette (Satin) $110, 1.5 g - I wasn't in the right mind that day when I popped into the MAC store.  I know my friend could get me stuff with discount, but I still craved in and purchased two shadows.  I also blame this on Claire, who always uses Omega to contour in her videos!
  • Dior Addict Extreme - 536 Lucky $28 - Because I want one, and saw this mini one at Bonjour while my cousin H and I shopped!  You can see all of these Dior Addict Extreme glossy lipsticks swatched at KarlaSugar.
  • Sen by Kim Robinson Moisture and Repair Shampoo $88, 400 ml (with $10 off coupon)
  • Sen by Kim Robinson Moisture and Repair Treatment $108, 180 ml (with $10 off coupon) - One of my current favourite hair care brand!  Got some samples and coupons from this line from Glamabox, so I went ahead and purchase two items.  My friend Jen did a very nice review on this line, check it out!
  • Naris Up Brows Up Pencil Eyebrow - Natural Brown $35 - I was aching for some darker brows earlier last month so I bought the darker brown shade of my favourite Japanese drugstore brow pencil.  The spooly brush at the end is marvellous, I gave the grey one to my mum and she uses this every day, like I do with my light brown one.
  • Koji Spring Heart Eyebrow Pencil - 03 Light Brown, 02 Brown, 01 Dark Brown $39 each - I was on a major brow craze one day, or since forever?, so I picked up all three shades of this automatic brow pencil.  I think they will be great with the twist-up mechanism and the spooly brush attached.
  • Isehan Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow and Nose Shadow - 02 Natural Brown, $69, 3.5 g - One of the cheaper brow powder palettes available in Sasa, my Lavshuca is broken, so I think it won't hurt to get an extra to try/use.  (Do not remind me that I already have a Visee, two Gosh, and two ELF ones standing by.)
  • (No Brand) Doll Tweezers, $10
  • Titania Stainless Steel Tweezers, $18 - If you have read my last Finished Fortnight post, you may notice that I have discarded quite a few blunt tweezers.  I saw these decent ones which seem sharp and handy so I picked them up.
  • Daiso Ellefar Hanataka Powder Nose Highlight Powder - B $12, 1.5 g - Because I remember seeing it  somewhere, probably a Japanese magazine or random blog.  Given its price point, it slipped into my shopping basket without much guilt.  
  • Etude House Surprise Concealer Kit - No.01 Flaw Coverage $68 - Picked this up when I was shopping for a swap.  Etude House recently opened two stores in Mongkok, so it is very convenient for me to visit.  I swatched this in the store, and like it.  Will see how it works and sits on my face... Hmmm...
  • Garnier Instant Fairness BB Eye Roll-On, 15 ml 
  • Garnier Instant Fairness BB Moisturizer, 20 ml - I got a set of this Roll-On and BB Moisturizer for HK$149, which is about the same price of the BB Moisturizer itself.  The blame of this purchase goes to my cousin Honor, who commented on my last empties saying that this BB Eye-Roll is totally superior than YSL touche eclat in brightening the under-eye area.  She has her supporting from one of my favourite Taiwan bloggers seven321, so I went ahead and bought a set...
  • Luminous Change Eyelash - 01 Natural Extension, 03 Volume Glamorous  $142.5 for 2 packs (5 pairs each) - My little brother helped me with the translation of Japanese into English for these eyelash styles
  • Jewelove False Eyelashes - 05 Fluffy Extension/ Tearful, 06 Dolly Eye/ Charming $136 for 2 packs (2 pairs each) - My little brother helped me with the translation of Japanese into English for these eyelash styles
  • La Estephe Switzerland Milk Smoothing and Pretty Facial Mask, $15
  • La Estephe Switzerland Deeply Moisturizing and Tender Facial Mask, $15 
  • Daiso Shampoo Brush $12 - Can be used to massage the scalp, or brush on hair treatment on the actual hair.  I intend to use this also on my back/shoulder to clear up the never-ending break-outs too.  
  • Lancome Genifique Youth Activator $ 28 each, 5 ml x 6 pc 
  • Lancome Genifique Yeux Youth Activator Eye Concentrate $ 39 each, 5 ml x 3 pc - Basically these are the damage I have made to my wallet during the beauty dates my cousin H and I had.  That means I paid a total of HK$ 168 for 30ml of face serum which is sold at $ 680 at the counter; and $117 for 15ml of eye serum, which is sold for $480 at the counter.  I call this a steal!
  • Burt's Bees Head to Toe Kit $159.2 (Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream 20 g, Hand Salve 8.5 g, Milk and Honey Body Lotion 25 g, Fabulously Fresh Peppermint and Rosemary Body Wash 50 ml, Beeswax Lip Balm 4.25 g, Coconut Foot Cream 20 g) - I blame Sam for this purchase!  She raved and praised about the Beeswax Lip Balm that I already own, but I cannot find high or low in my whole room... So I bought this full set because the lip balm alone costs HK$ 50 with no discount.  This whole kit was on 20% off so I paid HK$100 for all the rest of the products - not bad a deal, right?
  • Dr. Morita Moisturizing Essence Ultra Slim Facial Mask $50.15, 10 pc - this has caviar essence in. 
  • Dr. Morita Repair Essence Ultra Slim Facial Mask $50.15, 10 pc - this has snail extract in it.  I just wanted the snail one but these are buy 2 get 15% off so I bought the caviar one too... :P
  • Lovemore Pearl Barley and Milk Smoothing Mask Sheet 4 pc (my review)
  • Lovemore Loofah and Aloe Vera Hydrating Mask Sheet 4 pc
  • Lovemore Wine Yeast Whitening Mask Sheet 4 pc (my review)
  • Lovemore Rosa Hybrida Whitening Mask Sheet 4 pc - (my reviewYuan's favourite!?
  • Lovemore Loofah and Aloe Vera Hydrating Watery Cream 160 ml - I got the whole of box of this for $154.9.  I totally wasn't tempted by the male celebrity on the box, nor the great deal of an extra aloe vera gel.  Yuan made me buy this, so I guess I'm beguiled again. :P
  • Lovemore Mountain Tea Polyphenols Moisturizing Mask Sheet $9.9, 1 pc
  • Sasatinnie Snake Revitalizing Face Mask $6, 20 g (1 pc)
  • Sasatinnie Snail Rejuvenating Face Mask $6, 20 g (1 pc) - They are cheaper in you buy in 10s or 20s, but I don't need that many.
  • Lovemore Wild Yam Firming Mask Sheet $49.5, 5 pc - Because I am really impressed by the four 'flavours' I have bought above, I had to get this 6th 'flavour'! (my review)
  • Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - 040 Rendezvous $68, 2.7 g
  • Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer - 001, $89, 27 ml - Wanted to try this for a long time and finally waited until it is reduced!  I remember seeing Sandra (15stepsblog) talks about it and I need to give it a go.
  • Revlon GrowLuscious Plumping Mascara Waterproof - 221 Blackest Black, $79, 10 ml - One of my ex-colleague raved about Revlon mascaras, which I have not tried many of.  This one sounds promising and I remmebered some youtubers talked about it.  Picked it up also when it is reduced in price.
  • Coppertone UV Protect Perfect UV Cut Cream SPF50/PA+++ $39, 30 g - Saw this on promotion while I was checking out the Bonjour store, attracted by the price and the fact that it is made in Japan.  It also has amazingly high PA (protection against UVA) and Edelweiss for moisture, I am eager to see if this will really not leave a significant white cast as it says!
  • Purevivi Cleansing Lotion (for Sensitive Skins), $64.6, 500 ml - I purchased a bottle of this in Japan last June, and I love it very much.  It is like Bioderma but better.  Cleanses more effectively and more moisturising.  I saw it on sale in ColourMix and I had to grab a backup despite I have at least 6 brand new Bioderma waiting in the cupboard.
  • Mannings 小曼家族 Horse Oil Hand Cream, $9.9, 75 g - I saw several offerings from this brand that reminds me of Choifung products.  I love the horse oil hand cream from Choifung, but see that this is cheaper, so I bought a tube to try out and compare.
Rules for my 2013 Shopping Embargo:
  1. Rules will be applied to full size items purchased, not free gift or samples or items in beauty box subscription.
  2. Only 5 items allowed for each category.  The list will be updated and kept in a separate page.  Exception: Unless I totally run out of that entire category. 
  3. Every new purchase must be opened and used as soon as purchased, to be tested and reviewed within 1 month.  Short review is allowed.
  4. Rules No.1 to No.3 will applied after 9th July, i,e. 100 days after 1st of April.  Why?  Because I will be starting the 100 Day Spending Ban on April Fools, also Easter Monday.  Come back for that!
Simples, right?  Wish me luck.  :)












Beautiful wishes,


Lazy silly Jacq :")

Friday, 29 March 2013

FOTD | Playing with Lavshuca, Jewelove, Lanolips






Lugged home this beautiful purple palette by Lavshuca last Summer.  Finally got around to playing with it.  It is limited edition so I'm afraid it is very difficult to get hold of now.  The colours aren't spectacular or unique.I'm sure you can find similar colours from other brands.  The attraction of this is definitely just the packaging and presentation of the four shades.  They look so much like pretty petals!

I used the Gold (centre colour) on brow bone, centre of lid.  Then I moved on to the Lilac (top colour), with a MAC #217 I dab and sweep it on my eyelids, blending up and into the crease.  With a MAC #219, I added the Purple (bottom left colour) to my lash line and lower outer corners.  Finally, using a no-brand 219 brush (fluffier but still pointed), I applied the Pink (bottom right colour) to the inner corners.  I like the end results.

Another recent favourite product is the Lanolips colour lip balm/gloss.  I am currently using the Rose shade which is a very lovely pale pink.  Milky, romantic, while moisturising and nourishing at the same time.

However, on the other hand, the newly acquired lashes from Jewelove I didn't find too flattering on me...  I hope you can tell from my expressive expression above? :P

Anyway, hope you enjoy this short FOTD!  Thanks for stopping by~


Face

  • Garnier BB Eye Roll-on (blended with Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush)
  • MAC Face and Body Foundation - C2 (with Real Techniques Buffing Brush and fingers)
  • Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder - Pale Yellow (a tiny bit under the eyes, with Real Techniques Setting Brush)
  • Cosmos Pro Eyebrow Pencil #201 Grey Brown (not pictured)

Eyes

  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance 
  • Lavshuca Pure Blossoming Eyes Limited Edition Set #PU
  • Palgantong Eye Liner Combi Pencil (only the Black end used)
  • Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara Waterproof - 001 Blackest Black
  • Benefit Eye Bright (lower waterline)
  • Dolly Wink Lash Glue
  • Jewelove Lashes No.5 Fluffy Extension

Lips and Cheek

  • Lanolips Lip Ointment with Colour SPF 15 - Rose
  • The Balm FratBoy (with MAC #188)


What is your current favourite eyeshadow/lip combo?

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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Un-Boxing | Glamabox March 2013





Hi guys, another Glamabox review for you!  I received my box quite late this month, probably past mid-March.  Hence, this post has to be published this late. (Luckily still within this month!?)

The website or facebook page of Glamabox kept hinting that a full size product will be included in this month's box.  To be frank, I am both excited and sceptical.  I mean, full size is good, but will it be something I really want to try or use?  

Spotted: Lavshuca Spring 2013 Candy Pop Shadow


Kanebo has always been my favourite company when it comes to producing amazing drugstore brands, I am a big fan of their Media, Lavshuca, Freshel and Kate lines for a while now.  It is not very common for Japanese drugstore lines to bring out individual eye shadows.  They tend to do palettes and sets.  Kate and Lavshuca tried to bring out duo small palettes, but they don't receive as much love as they do quads or larger palettes.  This time, Lavshuca not only brings out 10 new singles, but also, among them are two matte shades.  God knows how matte is under-represented in this market!

Yesterday I saw these in an Aster 雅施 store at Mongkok.  The store was quite small and crowded, I much prefer Sasa or even Colourmix than Aster.  However, I don't have a Sasa near me that stocks Lavshuca so I can't go and swatch all of them more freely.  I did swatch a few of them and then take a picture outdoor under cloudy day light.

Note: the above image was taken with Blackberry camera.

The Spring 2013 Collection of Lavshuca was also featured in blogs of Rouge DeluxeMusing of a Muse and A Touch of Blusher.


taken from http://www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/lavshuca/new/
taken with iPad camera under cloudy day light

taken with iPad camera under cloudy day light

Candy Pop Shadow

  • HK $65, 2.2 g of product
  • Pink Tin
  • 2 matte shades: PK-3, BR-2
  • 4 pearly shades: PK-1, BR-1, BE-1, PU-1
  • 4 glitter shades: PK-2, GN-1, NV-1, SV-1
  • First impression: The pearly shades are beautiful, high shine, buttery smooth.  From the swatch above you can see how amazingly pigmented and pretty BE-1 is, it will be a gorgeous highlight colour.  The glitter shades aren't very impressive.  Both the PK-2 and SV-1 don't deliver much glitter to my hand, they feel dry and a bit flaky.  Surprisingly, the two matte shades give great colour pay-off and they withstand rubbing quite well.  PK-3 is a sweet and bright pink.  BR-2 is a dark brown with hint of golden warmth, not as cool as the swatch I pictured.
  • 短評:盒子可愛,有點難開關。要用雙手。價錢不太可愛,我覺得如果有喜歡的顏色,入手一兩塊不錯。不必全包。
  • 亮澤:生火。BE-1BR-1是典型我愛的色系。金屬光澤很漂亮。我對淡粉的PK-1也有興趣…
  • 輝耀:失色。喜歡閃粉的可能要加強打底或者多點印幾次,因為感覺閃片不太貼皮膚。
  • 霧面:驚喜!霧面的兩色都非常出色。粉紅色PK-3或許比較難駕馭,但咖啡BR-2大部分人都能用,手上缺顯色的深棕色不妨考慮!


Eye Shadow Base

  • HK $65, 10 g of product
  • Pink tin
  • 01 (PK) is a pale pink with a hint of shimmer
  • 02 (BE) is a nude beige, cream with no shimmer
  • 短評:價錢很親民,還沒有試用過,摸上手感覺良好。眼部打底麻,開架上容易買到的就只有 Canmake(經常缺貨)和 Kate(容量很少)。

Sweet Perfume Cheek

  • HK $89
  • 4 shades
  • Comes in a round bulky plastic case
  • Puff included
  • Smells very significantly of sweet candy

Jelly Pot Essence

  • Only remark: it doesn't smell of anything :P


Did any shade caught your eye?  Are you a fan of palettes or singles when it comes to eye shadows?

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