Thursday, October 30, 2014

Memebox Global #14 Unboxing + First Look

I've been putting this post off for SO long, I honestly think it's been over a month now! This is my third Memebox that I have received and it was jam packed full of neat stuff!

If you don't know what Memebox is, it is a Korean based beauty box (non-subscription) where you choose the box you want to buy and everything in it is a surprise! If you are interested in purchasing one, just stay tuned for some links below.

This one is the Memebox Global #14 - no main theme, just one of their regular monthly boxes you can order.

Totally packed full of goodies! 

Shower Mate Perfume de Whip Body Wash (Full Size - $4 x2)
This is one of the first beauty boxes where I got body wash! I love body wash and I wish more beauty boxes let us try samples of them. I hate getting shampoos and conditioners because my hair already likes one, its not ready for something new! I find it weird seeing Marilyn Monroe on them but whatever, they smell great! 

Sally's Box 4 Set of Masks (Full size - $14)
Not one, but 4 masks! Whats great about this set is that they aren't all the same. They gave a variety of masks to try out which is awesome! 

Beauty People Miss 100 Super Waterproof Gel Liner (Full Size - $19)
What I love about beauty boxes/subscription boxes is the element of surprise. I love getting products I wouldn't think of buying. That is the main reason I love subscription boxes. This is a bronze liner/eyeshadow pencil, which is something I wouldn't think of picking up on my own. I also love that the girl on the pencil looks like Snow White haha.

VOV Good-Bye Black Smudge Waterproof Mascara (Full Size - $16)
I'm always happy to receive mascara, especially waterproof ones. I love the nautical blue, white and orange packaging! 

Kocostar 4 Package Set (Full Size - $20)
At first glance I thought "wow more face masks?", but to my surprise, this is a set of hair, nails, feet and a face mask! An amazing set to give yourself an instant spa day. 

Sua Young Mineral Essence Liquid Foundation (Deluxe Sample - $5.65)
I was ecstatic to see a foundation sample in my Memebox, but I did not let myself get my hopes up. As expected the shade was WAY too light for me. This is to be expected in Memeboxes because in Korea, a lot of Koreans prefer or already have very fair skin, so a lot of the skin products are extremely light. I mean, it could maybe work as a highlighter, or maybe a concealer, but otherwise this may be going to another home! 

Recipe by Nature Golden Time Vita Capsule Essence (Full Size - $42)
I've never heard of a vitamin essence before, but it looks rather intriguing. I was thrown off by the orange tinge, thinking it was some sort of perfume. This essence helps deliver deep nourishment and nutrition to your skin. It also helps balance your oil/moisture levels, and brightens your skin.

A;T Fox Fantasy Holic Lip & Cheek Designer Pencil (Full Size - $7)
Essentially a lip and cheek pencil. Not a huge, huge fan of these but the colour is very pretty.

I love Korean beauty products and I feel that Memeboxes are always way more than what you paid for.

Memebox Verdict:
Full Size Products: 7
Deluxe Size Products: 8
Sample Size Products: 0
Price of Box: $23.99(+$6.99 shipping) / NO SUBSCRIPTION
Value of Box: $131.65

Considering I only paid 23.99 and shipping for this box, you are getting almost all full sized products! If you are interested in purchasing your own Memebox, just click here. Every month they come out with a bunch of awesome themed boxes. Though you may not be getting this box, theres always new and better boxes!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Review

This is going to be one of my first beauty reviews where I focus on one product only! Todays review will be on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette.

What makes "ambient lighting blushes" so much more special than regular blush, is that Hourglass uses something called photo-luminescent technology, which are micron-sized, colour correcting particles, to alter the appearance of your skin. What this does is it refracts favourable light, which creates a soft focus on your skin, minimizes wrinkles, imperfections, and basically keeps your skin looking flawless.

Behold, one of the most beautiful blush palettes I've ever seen:

 I can't get over how pretty it is. If you're in the market for a good blush palette, this is calling your name.

The packaging: 
 Hourglass has the most simple, exquisite, sleek packaging design. They definitely know how to make their products look extremely expensive (which some may suggest they are).

 You get three blushes in this palette for $67 CAN, which is well worth it considering a full sized one is $41. Luminous flush and mood exposure are two colours in their permanent line of ambient lighting blushes, and incandescent electra is the limited edition shade made for this palette.

If you own the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, you will notice its the exact same packaging except this one is gold and not brown. 

What's inside:
 From left to right: Luminous Flush - described as a champagne rose colour
Incandescent Electra - a cool peach
Mood Exposure - a soft plum colour

 What amazes me about Hourglass blushes, is that extra step they took to make their blushes more radiant and formulated well for everyone's skin. Instead of a flat colour, their photo-luminescent technology brings out depth and dimension on your face. 

 I don't know if people are applying this wrong, but the people who say that these colours don't show up on their face must not be using it right. Let me tell you this; a little goes a LONG way. These blushes are EXTREMELY pigmented. I gently swept my blush brush on the top of the blush, tapped off the excess and there was still so much pigment when I applied it on. Trust me when I say, apply with a very, very light hand. 

Swatches: (With bright lighting)
 Look at the beauty and variety of the shades you get. This is the perfect palette to get someone as a gift, or even to treat yourself to. I have a new found love for blushes and this blush palette just takes the cake. Its stunning, vibrant, and it works. 

Swatches: (less lighting)
My favourite would have to be luminous flush. It's such a bright pink, so you definitely don't need much to complete your look. When you apply it right, it gives you nice rosy cheeks.

 Here is the Ambient Lighting Palette and the Ambient Lighting Blush Palette side by side. 

Hourglass has got it all figured out with their products. Their finely milled lighting powder and lighting blushes are products I would recommend to anyone. Their formulas are amazing and these products are worth every penny. 

If you're in the market for good quality blushes, give it a try. This palette is worth the value you pay for, and the product is of high quality. I'm considering picking up the other shades of blushes in the Hourglass line, because I absolutely love all the colours in this palette. 

Are you a fan of any Hourglass products? 

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sephora Haul - 2014 Holiday Sets Edition (#4)

I'm on a roll with these blog posts and I'm quite happy about that. Did you know, I haven't purchased ANYTHING from Sephora since April? Yep thats right, I've deprived myself from my Sephora addiction for 5 whole months. It was torture. I walked into Sephora many times when I was at the mall, but I controlled my cravings and didn't purchase a thing. Until now. I relapsed pretty hard haha. I sound like I'm a drug addict or something. Anyways here is my pretty huge, but not huge purchase from Sephora.

3 of the 4 things that I did pick up were limited edition or are holiday sets, so if you're thinking of picking them up, better hurry before they're gone! 

If you love checking out Sephora Hauls, you can check out the other ones I've done here, here, and here.

Just four things. Four. Plus a deluxe sample. Yet, I spent so much money in that one day. *Deep sigh*. Don't get me wrong, I'm ecstatic to try these products, but my wallet is crying. 

The only reason this set caught my eye was because of the beautiful make-up bag and eyeshadow palette. Everything else is just meh to me but I just absolutely love the colours in that palette! 

The palette:
I've been hearing a lot of bad reviews regarding the pigmentation of these eyeshadows, but you're just going to have to look forward to my full review on this set to see if its worth it in my opinion. (So far the answer is yes!)

The other goodies: 
You also receive a full sized lip gloss and lip tint, deluxe samples of their mascara, cheek tint, maracuja oil and finishing powder! 

This was the one product that I was iffy about purchasing online, so I had to go in store to make sure I truly wanted it. I did. I wanted it so bad. This is my favourite purchase from this haul. I don't want to get into too much detail because I will be saving that for the full review. 

Just take a look: 
Absolutely stunning. You get 2 blushes from their permanent line, and one limited edition blush made just for this palette. 

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lip Set
I've been eyeing this product since Sephora released their holiday gift sets. I've been wanting to jump the gun and try the Kat Von D line of lipsticks, but I'm so glad I held off. Now I have the opportunity to try many of the lipsticks in her line!! Look forward to a swatch post and review soon! (Unfortunately this product has sold out online since I wrote this post, but I'm sure it is still available in most Sephora retail stores!)

I'm not much of a skincare buff, but my skin has been extremely oily lately so I needed a quick solution. I've heard great things about this product so I decided to give it a shot. I shall keep you guys posted when the review is up! 

My 250 point reward:
I need the full sized perfume in my life. I didn't want to spend the money on buying the full sized so I settled for a sample size. I instantly fell in love with this scent when I received one of my magazines that had a sample inside. Its absolutely divine. I will probably purchase a full sized perfume in the near future because its simply amazing. 

Did you pick up any amazing holiday sets this year?

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