Monday, April 18, 2016

Oh so almost perfect you...YSL Vernis a Levre Glossy Stain

One of my all time favorite lip product is YSL Glossy Stain.
YSL Vernis a Levre Glossy Stain

Yves Saint Laurent Vernis a Levre Glossy Stain is not something new. It's been out for over 5 plus years, it even has its spin offs like YSL Vernis a Levre Pop Water Glossy Stain ( a sheer version of the original in my opinion). The first time I tried it when it came out, I was impressed. Back then, there weren't many products that were cross between lipstick and gloss. It was either a gloss or lipstick, so to speak... The innovative technique YSL came out with for this product back then was really great. It's still great although now there are so many "dupe likes" you can find...

Here's why I still love my YSL Glossy stains.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Sephora Annual Spring Sale, Additional 15%off! Starts TODAY!!!

OK, drum roll, please~it's that time of the year.  Sephora Spring Sale for VIBs start TODAY!!! If you shop at Sephora often, you might have figured out their SALE pattern, if not, I'll briefly explain that to you. Sephora usually has their annual SALE twice a year. Once in a Spring sometime in APRIL and once in Winter, sometime in November. They  usually offer thank you certificate of 20-25$  off $50 minimum purchase for their members to spend in the beginning of December. Since it's April, I've been waiting for the Sephora notice in my mail for the code and Sale dates. They include all items, so it's a nice way to get your regular or wish list items at a discounted prices. The Sprin SALE is 15% off but the Winter SALE has been 20& off in the past. Starting last year, Sephora would start early SALE date for their VIB Rouge member since they are their top rollers, so I guess that will be a nice added bonus if you are a VIB Rouge member. Items sell out pretty quick during the SALE period, so I usually will pre-shop by adding the items I would purchase to the LOVED list, so when the SALE starts, I just have to go to my LOVED list (the heart button on the upper right corner) then add them to my basket. Too bad they don't carry CHANEL cosmetics...yet.

So, I'll share few of my lists that I usually stock up to last me till the next SALE time.


1. Caudalie Grape water . I've used so many bottles of this already. It mists so finely, so refreshing and I like how the ingredient is so simple.


2. Korres Wild Rose Advance Brightening Sleeping Facial. This is one of my go to leave on sleeping facial mask. It's just so easy to use, it's my must PM skincare item especially when I'm too tired to follow my regular ritual or if my skin was exposed to lots of sunlight.

3. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster If you are not familiar with Vitamin C serum, this is a nice one to start with. It's somewhat hydrating (I always put additional moisturizer after using a serum no matter what I use), you can feel the Vitamin C tingling your skin not in a bad way.  I don't think it's too concentrated (manufacturer didn't specify the concentration), but I think this would be a nice introductory Vitamin C serum for some. It has a yellow dye in the ingredient. I'm guessing they added that to make it look like you are getting Vitamin C or because Vitamin C is so un-stable, it changes color if it starts to oxidize, so maybe the serum has the yellow dye to mask that.

4. Fresh Rose Face Mask. If you are looking for a mask to use while you are taking a bath, this would suit the bill. It feels luxurious and if you like the rose scent, the smell might not bother you much either. The texture might be a bit too gooey for some, but it feels pampering to your skin. I would recommend you to scrub your skin gently then apply. It does moisturize your skin, not sure about toning, but maybe they think because your skin cells are hydrated so you might notice temporary firmness?

5. Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder.  If you've been purchasing made up vitamin C serums and wants to "boost" it, here it is. You could purchase the more potent form of the Vitamin C powder from Amazon.com or other on-line sites, but if you are not sure about using or adding powder Vitamin C to your skincare, I would start with Philosophy's Turbo Booster C powder.
6. SK-II Pitera Essence Set. Of course I would take full advantage of the SALE discount to not pay the full price on this pricey SK-IIs. I think this is a nice set for you to try out the two of their famous skincare items and their masks. I love their masks.

7. Yves Saint Laurent Vernis A Levre Glossy Stain. I first purchased this when it first came out. I liked the YSL's Rouge Volute lipstick case (it's just so luxurious looking, my grandma loved the gift), but I was too crazy about its formula. They YSL came out with Glossy Stain. Yes, you can get some drug store dupes for this. BUT, nothing comes close enough to its formulation in my opinion. There are dupes that can leave the stain and all, but I love the formula and how the stain fades in a more natural way.

8. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask.   If you are looking for a ip treatment that has good staying power and moisturizing and somewhat exfoliating, this might be it. I was intrigued by the Bite Beauty company's motto of using all natural ingredient for your lip care items since we end up eating them, so I gave it a try. It uses Lanolin which is also an ingredient in Carmax lip balm, so it Carmax works for you, don't bother with this. If you liked Carmax but it's menthol scent was too strong and you don't care for their mineral oil and other ingredients, here's alternative for you.


9. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. We all can use a bit of help even if we have fabulously flawless skin. The formulation is pretty sheer yet buildable, and it makes your skin looks like it's your skin but better. Obviously we all have different standards when it comes to "better" skin, but it glides over your pores and covers your face in a natural way where your freckles will show in a less visible way. What I love most about this is that at the end of the day, your face doesn't look patchy or streaky, your make up breaks down in a glowing, luminous way. Sephora now has this even in "travel"size, perfect way to carry it with you or try it out.
10. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. If you like this, or tried sample and has placed this on your wish list and use foundation daily, get the 2oz jumbo. It's a better deal for you. 1oz bottle looks more luxurious and convenient to use in a glass bottle with pumping tube. The tube tend to leak the product out since the opening is a bit big, so that's the downside of the package design. Other than that, it's a silicone based primer, with slight pearly iridescent color and feels lighter than some other silicone based primers.

11. Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow. There are so many other great eyeshadow palettes by other brands, but I'm little partial to Dior eyeshadows. It just feels a bit more creamier and love the satiny finish of the shadows. I love the sleek packaging that's not too bulky to carry around, the updated applicator sets and the fabulous 5 color combinations. To me, Dior eyeshadow palettes are splurge just because I know there are many other palettes with much more color combinations like Urban Decay's Naked palettes that's still great.

12 . L 'Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse Aux Papillons Gift Set. Perfumes are very personal, I don't recommend perfumes often just because what you smell from the bottle smells differently on everybody. I'm linking La Chasse Aux Papillons Gift Set because it's currently 30$ off and you get additional 15% off. L'Artisan Perfumer has a cult favorite among those who know niche perfumers. Sephora currently sells the bottles on line only and 1.7oz bottle realist for $100. The set includes the 1.7 oz and 100ml body milk at less than $60. It's a sweet deal. SO, if you are a fan of this perfume like me, great way to get this set. I actually bought this set during the Winter Sale when it first came out. It comes in such a cute & whimsical box that can be re-used. I just purchased one more again just because I like this scent so much, it's a scent that I remember from my childhood...it's supposed to be a scent about Butterfly chasing,,,,I don't know what that would smell like, but I love it.

If I don't stop here, your shopping bag is going to make you achieve the VIB Rouge status in one transaction lol. These are some of the products to consider, hope this was helpful for you. I would love to know what you all purchased.

Thank you for reading.



Friday, March 25, 2016

Bunny nails, Salon Mani-pedi? 99cents Wet & Wild nail polish.


Hi, All. Happy bunny day to you all. I'm sure some of you would be busy celebrating the full on Easter holiday, or some might be taking advantage of the long weekend (for some of you lucky people who got the Friday off). Many schools in my district are on Spring break next week, so yes, my daughter's very excited about the long long weekend that will last her for a week. She asked me why they only get 1 week off, not more? Haha...


Friday, March 18, 2016

Sephora SALE ? 5 samples at Sephora?

1. Did you know that Sephora.com has SALE section? I'm not talking about their VIB or F&F sales. Sephora.com has SALE link right on their website that's available for you to check out everyday. The inventory changes and they tend to have more after holidays and great place to check out discounted sets.

2. Do you always make sure you get pick 3 samples from Sephora.com whenever you order along with some promotion code for deluxe samples or discounts? 
Sephora.com 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Good deals. Want to try Wet & Wild cosmetics for free this week?

How do you like to try free make up from Wet & Wild cosmetics this week?

                                                    
As much as I enjoy using my high end make ups, shopping at Sephora.com , I also enjoy shopping make ups at drug stores. Especially when the deals are so great (almost free), I just can't pass the urge to try out few things I normally wouldn't, and I want to share the great deals for you. Plus, I love finding THE item from a drug store that works as good as high end make up but more money is left in your pocket....kinda like finding a gem in the mass...you know what I mean?

Monday, March 14, 2016

CHANEL Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour

I was surprised to find CHANEL Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour to be hydrating and show good color pay off. It's just a lipstick, once you have it on, no one can tell whether you got high end or drug store lip products on your lips, but maybe it's just me. There's something special about the CHANEL lipstick. In fact, most of my CHANEL lipstick purchases are meant as gifts for friends and family or as a thank you gift for some. It's just a nice small gift for no occasion or special occasion gifts.
CHANEL Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour

Friday, March 11, 2016

Guess what? It's that time of the year!

It's that time of the year again!
Photo from USA Today, Love it or Hate it, here comes daylight Saving time.

1. DAY LIGHT SAVINGS TIME! It always seems harder to get used to it in the March when we lose an hour than November when we get that hour back. I don't know if I'll  ever get use to it.  What about you? It's sad to hear that there's spike in heart attack during the first week of new time, but it does make sense though, I mean we are LOSING an hour for about 8 month, right? Check out Love it or Hate it on USA today for more interesting info.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff