Wednesday, April 16, 2014

IMATS NY 2014 Haul: Hakuhodo, Wayne Goss, Bdellium, Alcone & Esqido

Looking at all my IMATS loot in one picture makes it look like a pretty modest haul. While I feel proud of my self restraint, my wallet still took quite a hit and I guess that's what happens when you go for quality over quantity. So far I'm happy with everything I bought and this is one of the most exciting haul posts I've ever had the pleasure of writing. 

At Hakuhodo I splurged on the Yachiyo Large Pointed Brush ($48). I chose this brush because it is totally unique from anything I have in my collection so far and the shape is brilliant for applying product to the cheek area. The handle is made of cane and the hairs actually go all the way down to the tip of the brush. I washed the brush after taking this photo and the hairs fluff out a lot more after washing to produce an almost round shape. I slightly regret not stocking up on more Hakuhodo brushes because they were so well crafted and luxuriously soft but I would have spent all my IMATS allowance at the first booth....

From Beautylish I bought the Wayne Goss #4 Brush ($28) which is a tapered blending brush. This brush is very narrow and unbelievably soft. I plan on using this brush to place colors in the crease and to lightly blend colors around the eye area. 

Bdellium Tools had one of the best deals of the day and I picked up three face brushes. I have a mini tapered foundation brush from Ecotools and I wanted to give another a try so I got the 949 Pointed Foundation Brush ($8). I was looking for a fluffy contour brush to apply bronzer with and the associate recommended the 990 Angled Face Brush ($11) for a quick fix. I was really drawn to the short handles of the green bristled brushes so I also purchased the 953 Duet Fiber Foundation Brush ($8) which I plan to use with cream cheek products. All of the Bdellium brushes were super soft to the touch and well made. Again, I now regret not purchasing more!

Next up, I bought a few goodies at Alcone. The only actual makeup item I bought was a tiny tub of the Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Banana ($10), a cult favorite for those who like the look of a somewhat stark undereye highlight. I'm keen on trying more brands that cater towards professional makeup artists so this is an exciting addition to my growing powder stash. I picked up a Z-Palette Pro ($18) and Z-Palette Small ($10) because I have had these on my wishlish for ages and they will come in handy if I ever buy compact-less products. Monika and I split a double pack of Beauty Blenders ($22/2) because she had never tried them and the one I have is ready to be binned. 

Finally one of my most exciting purchases is a pair of mink lashes by Esqido. I opted for the most natural lash called Unforgettable ($20). I have never worn mink lashes and am honestly a tad clumsy with false lash application but I really like the way certain lashes open up my eyes. I can't wait to try out this pair and see if it actually holds up for 25 uses!

Lastly these are the freebies and samples that I picked up. Monika and I picked up some Sigma shopping bags and intended to purchase some brushes but the line was insanely long. It probably would have taken an hour or two before we could make a purchase so we ended up passing. It was a nice surprise to see a bunch of cool samples in the Sigma bags like travel versions of the E25 blending brush and E05 eyeliner brush. We stopped by Dermalogica and the kind associate gave me a trio of skincare sample sachets for my oily skin to try. 

Watch the video below to see the products I bought and to hear more about my IMATS trip!

I can't wait to play with all these goodies and share my thoughts with you on whether they live up to my expectations. Going to IMATS definitely made my wishlist grow exponentially and I can't say for sure if I can hold up to my yearlong makeup ban.... Which products look the most interesting to you?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

IMATS NY 2014: The Experience

If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Youtube, you'll know that I went to IMATS for the first time with Monika and it was a fun morning and afternoon of swatching, chatting and hauling. This post will be about the actual event and how our day went and my next post will be all about what I purchased. 

The doors opened at 10AM but I knew we would want to be early so we arrived at the line at around 9:15AM and secured a spot in what would be the first third of the loooong line. If you want to have a productive time at IMATS, be prepared to go early, make a list, know what products cost at retail prices and look at the floor plan. 

The first person we saw when we made it through the front door was Marlena of MakeupGeek! She was so sweet and beautiful in person and I wish there was a MakeupGeek booth at IMATS NY because I definitely would have bought some eyeshadows. IMATS LA had a MakeupGeek booth and many more brands than NY so if you're traveling from the middle of the country for IMATS, I'd probably suggest LA.

Hakuhodo was probably the booth Monika and I were most excited about so we scrambled there first. The Japanese associates were very helpful and answered any questions we had about the brushes. We felt numerous brushes and they were all incredibly soft and high quality. I only bought one brush from Hakuhodo but now I wish I had bought more. There was no discount but there was no sales tax and shipping is usually a flat rate of $9 on their website. 

Then we wandered to Esqido because I wanted to purchase my first pair of mink lashes. We were greeted by Brenda (I'm 95% sure that is her name! I'm really bad at names!) and she explained how to care for the lashes and we ended up just chatting about IMATS in general. I think we actually hung out around the Esqido booth longer than any other booth just talking because Brenda was genuinely interested in getting to know us a bit better. Later in the day, we walked by Velour Lashes and although there were more customers and they were offering lash applications, the vibe seemed to be less personal.

Then it was back to brushes! Bdellium Tools was offering 40% off everything and their prices are already affordable so I picked up a few interesting brushes. There were a good number of helpful associates at the Bdellium booth to answer questions. There wasn't too many people crowding around the booth so it was relatively easy to browse and feel the testers.

For more amazing quality brushes, we headed over the the Beautylish area which housed the Wayne Goss brushes. I had previously felt the original The Collection brushes when they first launched but I was excited to feel the new The Face brushes in person. I'm onto you #12! This was my second time interacting with one of the lovely Beautylish members and she was super passionate about the line on both occasions. Another wonderful customer service experience! At Hakuhodo, Bdellium and the BeautylishXWayne Goss booths, there were barely any customers and this can probably be attributed to the ridiculously long Sigma line. I was happy that I didn't have to push and shove to make my purchases.

Stila had one of the best discount which was 40% off. Unfortunately nothing really caught my eye and it was all but impossible to flag down an associate to get you what you wanted. I was debating if I should get a Convertible Color but I restrained myself since I'm still technically not supposed to purchase color cosmetics (see Makeup Ban post).

Monika and I mostly did a lot of perusing and not much buying at some of the more popular booths. We felt the brushes at Royal and Langnickel and were mostly unimpressed after experiencing the gorgeousness of Hakuhodo.

Yaby was an interesting brand to see in person because they have an extensive range of eyeshadows and the cutest (and tiniest) pans. Monika swatched a few shades and they were really interesting because they totally changed once applied to the skin and didn't look like what was in the pan at all. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing....

Kryolan had a number of palettes and professional makeup products to offer. I swatched a blush and it was not only intensely pigmented but it almost stained my skin. I am definitely intrigued and will have to keep an eye on this brand.

Lastly, here's a glimpse of the Alcone booth which was a bit more crowded. Alcone sells a variety of well known beauty staples from Beauty Blenders to Z-Palettes. The discounts were quite random and differed depending on the product. It was also a bit troublesome because there were no prices labeled so you had to ask the associates. At hectic events such as IMATS, it should be common sense to have appropriate signage that tells everyone the same price so that there are mistakes in terms of discounts. 

After about two and a half hours of walking about the venue and lugging around heavy shopping bags filled with exciting loot, Monika and I were content with our IMATS experience. IMATS wasn't as frantic as I thought it would be (although it might be because we went on Sunday and all the popular beauty vloggers were there on Saturday). I think I got some great goodies and it was fun being able to go and try out things I wouldn't otherwise normally get to in person. But I don't think IMATS will be a must for me every year. Perhaps in a few years I'd go again if I had a friend to go with, but with all the e-commerce sites that do frequent promotions and great bloggers to review products, I don't think a makeup tradeshow is necessary for me. What do you guys think of IMATS? Have you ever been before or are you planning to go this year?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Collective Haul: The Face Shop, Nature Republic, Lush, Sephora & Drugstore

Even though I'm technically on a makeup buying ban, I've been sneaking in some purchases which I've deemed "necessities". Whether or not these are really necessary purchases can be debated but I'm really happy with the things I've picked up over the last few weeks. You'll see a trend in this haul because I'm so ready for the warm weather and I'm essentially stocking up on beauty so I can look presentable when the summer humidity is threatening to melt my face off!

While I was purchasing things at The Face Shop and Nature Republic for my 500 Youtube subscriber giveaway, I couldn't help but pick out a few gel masks for myself. I bought Nature Republic's The First Fermentation Hydrogel Mask Sheet and Snail Solution 1,000 Hydrogel Mask Sheet because The First is supposed to be Nature Republic's dupe of SKII's Facial Treatment Essence line and I've read positive things about the snail mask. From The Face Shop, I chose the Vita B and Vita C Hydrogel Mask Sheets as well as the Hyaluronic Acid & Colostrum 3D Ampoule Mask Sheet. Hydrogel mask sheets are quite popular now and I've been wanting to try them for awhile so I picked out a bunch to gauge my opinion. I hope they work well since they were each quite pricey at about $5 a piece! I also bought a refill Laneige Cushion BB Sponge because it's so hard to wash the sponges and they deteriorate quite quickly.

I returned five empty black pots to Lush in exchange for a free Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask which has calamine and blueberries in it. I've used it a few times so far and had really great results so I will do a more in depth review soon. I also bought the Breath of Fresh Air Toner because I'm running low on my Innisfree Rose Toner and want something more soothing and refreshing for summer.

I bought the Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray a few weeks ago when I had a $10 giftcard so ended up paying around $4 for the small bottle. I probably should have waited since the 15% discount just happened and I had another $25 giftcard which I spent on the Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder and a Sephora Crystal Nail File. So far I'm liking the setting spray for days I know I'll be out and about for over 10 hours and the setting powder is very natural and has surprisingly good oil control. I love that the nail file comes with a travel case and hope it lasts me a long time.

Lastly we have some drugstore products, most of which are new to me. If you saw my post on my most recent Influenster VoxBox, you would know that I'm very excited to try the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation in 103 True Ivory as well as the N.Y.C. Expert Last Lip Color in 447 Forever Fuchsia. I only have one unopened tube of waterproof mascara in my backup stash so I took advantage of a CVS 30% off coupon and the $5 Extrabucks rewards for buying $15 worth of Maybelline. I repurchased the One by One Waterproof Mascara which is one of my favorites and also got The Rocket Waterproof Mascara and The Mega Plush Waterproof Mascara, the latter two I have never used before. Just by looking at the brushes, The Mega Plush looks more volumizing and more promising whereas The Rocket reminds me of Covergirl's Lashblast which I wasn't a huge fan of. 

Watch the video below to hear a few more first impressions on these new goodies!

Have you tried any of these products before? What beauty products have you been buying to prepare for the change in temperature (assuming you live in a place that has different seasons)? Stay tuned because I went to my first IMATS today with Monika and I'll be doing a haul post with details and prices soon! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Lioele Water Drop BB Cream: Review, Swatches and Before & After

Where do I begin to sing the praises for Lioele's Water Drop BB Cream? I bought a set of mini Lioele face products in Hong Kong just because I had heard about Liole for years but never had a chance to try their famous BB creams. Well, the hype is real and the Water Drop BB is one of my favorite BB creams for everyday wear.

It's hard to pinpoint exactly why I like this BB cream so much. First off, it only comes in one shade which means it won't look completely "right" on most people. However the coverage is very light so it's easy to blend and it suits my skin well in the winter. The BB cream has SPF 27 PA++ which is great for everyday use. There is no detectable fragrance in this BB Cream which is nice because a lot of Asian cosmetics are often heavily fragranced. This Water Drop BB claims to hydrate the skin and provide a natural glow without the use of shimmer. It also claims to cool the skin and reduce redness.

Lioele is pretty hard to find so your best bet will be to purchase this online. Pretty and Cute seems like a legit website that sells the Lioele line and the Water Drop BB retails for about $23 which is not too bad. Seeing that this is one of my favorite daily base products, I think it's well worth the price for a 50ml tube as a little goes a long way.

Here I swatched a bunch of my bases so you can get an idea of the shade range. Please excuse my misspelling of the brand because I always forget the first "e".... The Lioele Water Drop BB is actually darker than most BB creams from Asia which I like. The Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream is almost exactly the same shade as the Water Drop variation but maybe a tad warmer. The Water Drop BB definitely has a tinge of gray to it. But once blended out, the gray cast disappears and I think it looks pretty natural. The consistency is light and creamy but not watery or too thick.

On the left you can see my bare face with a bit of untinted primer and on the right is after a few dots of the Lioele Water Drop BB Cream blended out with a flat top brush. You can still see some discoloration and my acne scars aren't 100% covered up but it is evident that most of the redness is toned down and my skin looks very vibrant and fresh. I only used a large pea sized amount and that was enough to give me the coverage I need for the day.

My favorite thing about this BB cream is how comfortable it is to wear. It never feels heavy or cakey and wears decently throughout the day. Even though this claims to be moisturizing, I don't feel that it is particularly so. Those with very dry skin might experience clumping around dry spots as this doesn't glide over the dry patches on my nose very well. Eight hours after application and my makeup isn't melting off and my oily-combination skin is not feeling gross. Powder is always a must no matter what base I am wearing and a blot session or two throughout the day keeps shine to a minimum.

I can see myself repurchasing the Lioele Water Drop BB if I ever run out of BB creams and foundations (which won't be anytime soon). It's a great shade for me in the winter when I'm pale and I can always mix it with some darker bases to adjust the color. The blendability and comfortability are huge pluses and I would highly recommend this to those with normal skin who want a natural, my-skin-but-better look. What do you think of the Lioele Water Drop BB? Are you sick of BB creams yet or do you think they're a great all-in-one product?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Youtube 500 Subscriber Giveaway: Korean Beauty Goodies

Viewers seem to be very interested in Korean cosmetics so to celebrate my Youtube channel reaching 500 awesome subscribers, I wanted to giveaway a bunch of goodies from Korean brands. Of course I wanted to tell all of you who read my blog about this as well. Just follow the easy rules below to enter for a chance to win!

Rules and Details:
- This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada only (next giveaway will be international!)
- The giveaway will end on April 30, 2014 at 11:59 P.M.
- I will randomly choose one winner within the following week and contact them via Youtube message.
- I will also announce the winner on Twitter (@KarYi12).
- Be over 18 years of age or get your parents' permission.
- I am not responsible for the prize after I send out the package.

How to Enter:
- Subscribe to my Youtube channel.
- Make your subscription list public so I can see you are actually a subscriber!
- Leave a comment on the giveaway video telling me which product you are most excited to try.

Good luck everyone! I am so excited for the person who will win because honestly I haven't tried most of the products I picked out for the giveaway and they look very promising!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Overnight Lipbalms: Rosebud Salve and Nuxe Rêve de Miel

The last step of my skincare routine is always a generous layer of balm to lock in the moisture on my lips so I don't wake up with flakiness or irritation. The one I have been using for years is the Rosebud Strawberry Salve Lipbalm which I bought at Sephora in high school. It's essentially glorified pink, sweet scented Vaseline but it works at moisturizing my lips. It's also easy to find and costs $6 for a pot that will last forever. 

I recently broke out the Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm which I bought last year in Paris. I meant to save this for after I finished the Rosebud Salve but I just couldn't help myself and was curious how the highly raved about Nuxe balm would fare when my lips are at their driest. Rêve de Miel is not as readily available but you can purchase it from Birchbox or It retails in the states for $19 but I bought mine for $9 at City Pharma

Besides being housed in pots and being cult favorites in the beauty community, there's not a lot the two balms have in common. I must say the glass jar packaging of Rêve de Miel is much fancier and more hygienic than the metal one of Rosebud Salve. Sometimes the Rosebud Salve pot can be hard to open since it's not a twist lid and you can see how the metal rusts over time.... Oh, and both products have a light scent to them that are quite pleasant and not overpowering. Nuxe often puts heavy doses of fragrance in their products which I'm not a fan of but they didn't go overboard with this. 

In terms of actual product, Rêve de Miel is much thicker and almost dry feeling. I have read that it has a matte finish and I can see why people say that. When I apply it, it sometimes sloughs away the dead skin on my lips which is mostly a good thing since I pretty much only use this in the evening before bed. I do not find Rêve de Miel very moisturizing but it does create a layer over my lips that protect them from drying out throughout the night. Even though Rêve de Miel is very thick, I find that I use a lot of it per use and the pot already has a sizable dent in it. 

Rosebud Salve is much more emollient and has a shiny finish. It feels a lot like Vaseline but maybe a tab less dense and the scent is nicer. A little goes a long way and I'm surprised at how long it's lasted me without going bad. I also quite like that it is a multi-use product that I can apply on my knuckles or elbows in emergency situations. I cannot do that with Rêve de Miel. 

I am surprised to say that I'm not enamored with Rêve de Miel like many other beauty bloggers. I'll definitely use the pot up, and quite quickly, but I can't see myself running out to get another pot. The $19 price tag is quite high for a meh product and I'd much rather get a Rosebud Salve for a fraction of the price. But would I repurchase Rosebud Salve? Maybe.... maybe not. I think it's a good product and suitable for night stand purposes but the pot format means it will be forever relegated to my bedroom since it's plain unsanitary to use it outside. I think my next bedtime lip balm will be a new venture. Any recommendations?   

Friday, April 4, 2014

In My Stash: Orange Blushes for Spring and Summer

Orange blush looks remarkably natural on my warm toned skin, especially when I've got a tan going. I gathered seven of my most true orange blushes to share with you guys today! All of these are beautiful and I can't wait to dust them off and put them to use this season.

I have a variety of textures going on from liquid to cream to powder. Most of my bold blushes are matte because I don't want to look like a disco ball and a clown at the same time. I have a pretty diverse range of brands from Asia, Europe and back home in the states. On the lower end of the price spectrum I have an E.L.F Studio Blush in Candid Coral (the only shimmery pick of the seven), Sleek's Blush By Three in Lace and the two Etude House blushes are around the $10 mark so they're not too pricey either. The Etude House Cupcake All Over Color in Orange Choux Cake is a dense cream consistency whereas the Etude House Watercolor Blusher in Apricot starts off very liquidy but blends out to a matte finish.

Illamasqua's Cream Blush in Rude is one of my favorite summer blushes and cream blushes and it is quite similar to the Cupcake All Over Color but a smidge more dewy and pink toned. The MakeUpStore blush in Must Have is the least orange of the bunch but I love the soft, smooth texture and shade so much that I had to include it. In the pan, by itself, it looks like a soft orange but next to all the bold tangerine shades, it looks like a baby pink! Nars Gina is a favorite because it gives almost a satin sheen to the skin. It looks very natural and never looks powdery or chalky. 

The swatch photo doesn't quite do the three blushes on the right justice because my light source was uneven. Watch the video below and near the end of the video you can see up close swatches!


Do you like orange blush? Do you wear them all year round or mostly in the spring and summer like me? Have any recommendations I need to get my hands on?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector: Time Saver, Face Saver

If I had to pick only three makeup products to wear for a quick and easy "my face but better" look, undereye concealer would definitely be one of them. For everyday, I favor thin, easy-to-blend formulas and a pen applicator is one of the easiest delivery methods. Shiseido's new Sheer Eye Zone Corrector* is the latest one I've tried and it's been a challenge to use any other concealer in my collection since. 

Pen style concealers aren't the best bang for your buck in terms of how much product you get. The Shiseido corrector contains 3.8 ml or .14 oz and costs $30. For comparison purposes, the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in a tube contains .22 oz and costs $29. There are six shades to choose from and I am shade 103, the third lightest shade. The product dispenses when you twist the end of the pen and one or two slight twists is all you need for both eyes. The product has a nice fragrance that I like but can do without since I don't need my undereyes to smell nice and it can be irritating for some people.

The brush is quite flat and wide and the synthetic bristles are soft to the touch. A few swipes around the eye area and a few pats with my ring finger ensure the product is evenly distributed. The formula is very lightweight and creamy but it gives surprisingly decent coverage for a pen concealer. Shiseido did well when it emphasized this product was meant to be sheer. It's not near medium coverage by any means but I think it does a good job at covering my slight dark circles.

The ingredients list is fairly long and conveniently found on the packaging. Those who don't react well to silicones might not like this product as there are a number of 'cones in this formula. I guess that's what makes this corrector so blendable and light on the skin.

You can see what a big difference this corrector makes for my undereye area. It totally brightens up my complexion without looking ashy or dry. The product wears well throughout the day and does not crease or cake up. Good stuff all around!

Although I have used thin, dry and meh pen concealers in the past, Shiseido's Sheer Eye Zone Corrector caught me by surprise and has become a staple in my everyday makeup routine. The ease of it and the instant results make it a win in my eyes. I would highly recommend this product if you don't have much time to do your makeup and prefer a no-makeup-makeup look as opposed to a totally flawless, borderline fake look. Do you like pen style concealers? Which one is your favorite?

*This product was provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

February and March 2014 Empties

Ah, another round of empties from the last two months. It seems that there are less products in this post than usual but I suppose it's because I have a few things on their last legs and they'll be in my April and May empties. Let's get right into it!

I finished a sample of Origins' Mega-Bright Skin Illuminating Cleanser but wasn't impressed. The scent was not particularly enticing and there wasn't anything special about the product. I much prefer the Origins Checks and Balances Cleanser. I used up a sample of the Ahava Essential Dry Moisturizer which is meant for the face but I used it as a body and hand lotion before bed. There's nothing noteworthy about it and I've never been particularly attracted to the brand so I'm glad this product is in the recycle bin. I went through a mini tub of Lush's Ro's Argan Body Conditioner which I've had the full size one of before. The scent is nice but the product isn't hydrating enough for my super dry skin. I received a box of DHC Make Off Sheet Makeup Remover Wipes a few Christmases ago and just got around to finishing them. I usually dislike makeup remover wipes and these were particularly bad. They were dry and the cotton sheets were quite small so you needed at least two wipes to remove face makeup. I used up most of them to wipe off swatches. 

The Jurlique Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Gel Mask* lasted me ages and it's one of my favorite moisturizing masks. It soothes and heals my skin overnight which is great especially after a bout of bad breakouts. I would definitely consider purchasing it again. The Holika Holika 3 Seconds Starter Vita Complex was something I bought only because it was buy one get one (my Mom has another version in the pink packaging). The artificial orange scent was offputting and it did nothing for my skin. I used it like a toner but really did not find it had an effect on my skin. The Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser came with the "It Kit" gift set they released last year. This exfoliator had small scratchy beads that felt a bit harsh and the cleanser didn't feel like a high end product. I assume this is like the overpriced version of St. Ive's Apricot Scrub.

Since I dyed my hair, I wanted to try a more moisturizing shampoo to combat dryness and breakage. I chose Lush's Blousey Shampoo because it's the thickest shampoo they offer featuring moisturizing ingredients such as bananas. Unfortunately the scent is a bit strange and the shampoo wasn't moisturizing enough for my locks. It's also quite pricey and not worth a repurchase. Another can of Klorane Dry Shampoo beats the dust as I can go through this fairly quickly if I'm not being mindful about how much I use. I really enjoy this dry shampoo but am trying to transition into powder dry shampoos since aerosol cans are not environmentally friendly. I finished samples of the Aveda Invati Shampoo and Conditioner which I didn't quite enjoy due to the strange scent. The Ojon Color Sustain Pro Conditioning Treatment actually seemed to make my dyed hair more brown and vibrant but the scent was horrible and lingered for two days after I used it. I couldn't stand the chemical smell of my hair after using it so I would definitely not try it again.

I finally used up a one ounce sample of the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. I liked that it wasn't silicone based and it glided onto the skin nicely but it didn't have a major effect on prolonging my makeup or making it appear smoother. The Covergirl Lashblast Waterproof Mascara was a disappointment because it was very difficult to remove, more so than my favorite Maybelline waterproof mascaras. It didn't curl or lengthen my lashes as much as my beloved Maybelline ones either. The Rimmel Accelerator Endless Lash Mascara was an Influenster free product but a bust because it didn't do much for my lashes. I never reach for this sample of the Dior Lipstick in 738 so I'm passing it along to my mom. Lastly is the tiny tube of Origins Pink Your Cheeks Tint in Raspberry seems to have gone bad because it now squirts out a clear gel.... Into the bin it goes.... 

That's it for my empties! Lots of disappointments and meh products but a couple of standout products that I really enjoyed while they lasted. What have you used up recently? Any repurchases coming up?

* This product was provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Influenster Uni VoxBox 2014: First Impressions

As part of the Influenster community, I occasionally get sent some free products to test out and possibly review. A handful of the last few products I received weren't very interesting so I didn't bother to blog about them. But the latest Uni VoxBox definitely has a few products that I was excited to receive and try out!

Of course, being a makeup junkie, the two cosmetics products were most intriguing. One of the products is Rimmel's Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation which I got in shade 103 True Ivory. The shade is a little dark for me at the moment but that's perfect since I'll be able to test it out more towards the summer when I'm a bit tanner and oilier. I'm not a big fan of NYC makeup because I'd like to think I'm past the $1.99 lipstick stage (call me a makeup snob if you want, but I'm just being honest) but the shockingly bold pink color is nothing like anything else in my collection. The NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia is a blue toned hot pink that will be super fun to play with when it finally warms up in New York.

I'll be testing out the Red Rose Real Tea Premium Water Enhancer with my boyfriend this weekend since he likes iced teas. I'm generally not one to drink flavored water because I actually really enjoy drinking plain water as it's refreshing already. I'm not a fan of press on nails so the Broadway Nails imPRESS Manicure will get passed onto a younger cousin. The Playtex Sport Fresh Balance Tampons will come in handy sooner or later and let me point out that I am impressed with such a generous full sized box. Lastly, there was a Pilot Acroball PureWhite Pen included in the box as well but it slipped out of the group picture. It's not the most exciting product but definitely something I can use everyday.

After falling out of love with Influenster for a few months, my interest has piqued again. While you're bound to get a lot of drugstore products and mass marketed brands, it's a free box and still worth signing up for. I often give products I won't use to friends so they can possibly enjoy something I don't (like a big pack of Sour Patch candies in the last box). Do you have an Influenster account? What product would you want to try from the Uni VoxBox?