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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What's in my travel makeup bag?

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! I certainly did!

My mom flew in from Miami and spent a few days with Bryan and I before we started a road-trip to LA. We took the scenic route by the coast and spread the 1,200-mile trip over the course of 4 days. We then spent about 7 days with Bryan’s family and pretty much just relaxed and did absolutely nothing other than stuffing our faces with yums (we went to In-n-Out an embarrassing number of times)… I feel so grateful to be able to spend some much-needed time with my loved ones.

Since I couldn’t pack my entire makeup stash with me for the road trip and to the in-laws (pretty sure they’ll have a heart attack and shun me for being a hoarder), I really had to be selective with what I bring.
BAM! Jam-packed with stuff! 
 Here are the criteria for the products:
  •    Sleek packaging—For obvious reason, to save space
  •    Longevity—Ain’t nobody got time to retouch throughout the day
  •    Wearability—We are going to see the in-laws (who are more conservative) and I wouldn’t want to look too cray
  •    Yet still allow for creativity—Just in case we are need to go out (As IF!)
  •    Versatile—Since I do my mom’s makeup, the products would need to work well for both of us.


FACE
-UD Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray—Act as a semi-primer and also as a finishing spray. I still love MAC Fix + more, but this is a mini…

-IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination in Light—This worked really well! It provided medium coverage and a satin finish. I loved how it looked on my mom and me after a couple hours. Instead of looking powdery, it provides the look of a glow from within. I was gonna take my trusty Physician’s Formula Mineral Talc-Free foundation, but I wasn’t sure if I had enough to last me almost 2 weeks.

-Maybelline Age Rewind concealer in Light—For discoloration that needs more skin-toned coverage, such as areas around my nose and cheeks. It acts for a full coverage foundation in a pinch as well.

-LA Girl Pro-Conceal in Classic Ivory—Color corrector of under my eyes since it’s HEAVILY salmon-toned.

--NYX HD Concealer in Fair—An ultra-light concealer to use on top of LA girl pro concealer to further brighten up my undereye area.

CHEEKS
-Sleek Face Form Palette in Light—Contains a matte contour, a shimmery champagne highlight, and a universally flattery goldeny peachy-pink. BAM. Done.

EYES
-Lorac Skinny Palette in Plum and Nude—LOOOOOVE! They totally saved the day by being super versatile, blendable, and wearable. I got them for $15 and it was one of the best purchases ever!

-Physician’s Formula gel liner—I think these are discontinued, which sucks a lot because they’re my favorite gel liners ever.

-Jordana 12 HR Made to Wear in Brown/Milani Liquid Eye liner in Black—These two are essentially the same thing. They are very soft, pigmented, and long lasting to wear on the waterline.

-Stila eyeshadow in Espresso—A matte dark brown for my brows.

-Revlon lash glue—My ride and die lash glue. LOVE it way more than Duo.

-Kiss Lashes in #3—LOVE this! It adds some drama for an everyday subtle glam look. Most importantly, its invisi-band makes wearing it soo comfortable. My mom has VERY sensitive eyes and even she can’t feel them.

(forgot to photograph)
-Shiseido Nourishing Mascara base--A must-have for length, volumn, and curl when you don't have/want to use multiple mascaras to achieve the desired look.

-Maybelline Volumn Express The Rocket mascara in Waterproof--My love for Maybelline waterproof mascaras are undying. 

LIPS:
NYX Angel Food cake swatched on left, IT Cosmetics Pretty Woman swatched on right
-It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush in Pretty Woman—A very wearable warm berry shade. I packed this for my mom as she doesn’t like to retouch her lipstick but likes having some color to brighten up her complexion. Very moisturizing and actually stains!

-NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake—My go-t0 lip product. Smells edible, feels moisturizing, and looks amazing on! It’s a parent-approved color as well.

Regrets?

I forgot to pack a lip balm… No one told me LA was so dry!! My poor lips were so chapped when I wake up in the morning. L

That’s it for this post! Please stay tuned for my 2014 wrap up and 2015 goals coming up.

Again, thanks for stopping by! Have a happy and safe New Year!!

XOXO,


Tao

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Blog Sale: Blushes!

While I'm sure most of you are busy preparing for Thanksgiving dinner and gearing up to brave the crowd on Black Friday, I've decided to use my PTO to clean out my makeup stash. Hence...

The blog sale is back! 

This par will be for cheek products only. Trust me, I have a lot more to go through. :(

First, the rules!

All sales are based on first come first serve basis. I’ll hold items for 24 hours. If the payment is not received within 24 hours, the item will go to the next person in line.

Unfortunately, due to exorbitant international shipping cost, this sale would only be for domestic (US/Canada) buyers. The shipping starts at $3 and $0.50 for every additional item. All packages are shipped first class unless you request (and pay) for tracking. 

If you are interested in any items, please email me directly at iamgrape1119@hotmail.com with the following information:
  • Items you want
  • Your paypal email address (I will send you an invoice)
  • Your shipping address confirmation (a lot of times it’s different than the ones listed in Paypal)
All the items are VERY gently used, and I’ll leave it to the buyer to sanitize them since everyone uses different methods of sanitation.


All sales are final. These are items purchased with my own money, so I can’t afford to refund or exchange things.

The goods:
Sleek blush trio $10 each
  • Pumpkin SOLD
  • Flame SOLD
  • Sugar SOLD

Benefit Hoola $15

Cargo blush $15 each
  • Key Largo
  • Mendocino
  • Siena SOLD
  • Amalfi SOLD
Benefit $15 each
  • Poppy Tint SOLD
  • Cha Cha Tint SOLD
  • Highbeam

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush $15 each
  • Amused
  • Fearless 
  • Natural Beauty SOLD
  • Glisten
  • Tickled 

The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer $12 SOLD
The Balm Instain blush $12 each
  • Toile SOLD
  • Pinstripe
  • Argyle
  • Lace

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Happy shopping!

xoxo,

Tao

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Product Review: Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix

Hi everyone!

Before we start this review, let’s just take a moment and do a happy dance for this Bite Beauty lip set. I totally missed out on the epic holiday set Bite came out last year, but I was lucky enough to have grabbed this during the Sephora F&F sale. Now, not only have I had the chance to try out the much-hyped High Pigment Lip Pencils, I was able to do so at an AMAZING value.
This set comes in a cute red metal tin that reminds me of Altoids. It retails for $25 and includes four mini High Pigment Lip Pencils containing 0.05 oz of product each. So get this, you are essentially getting 0.2 oz of product for $25, whereas ONE of the full size Lip Pencil, which contains 0.09 oz of product, retails for $24. You pay $1 more for over doubled the product, AND gets to try out multiple shades? Where do I sign up?
It also has a decent sized mirror on the tin.
Seriously though, how cute is this?!
The four shades that are included are:
Sable (exclusive)—described as “nude” by Sephora, this color comes off as a light yellow pink. While this isn’t my favorite since it’s too light for my pale complexion and washes me out terribly, the creamy texture makes my lips look amazing.
Rhubarb-- described as “plum rose” by Sephora, this is DEFINITELY a MLBB (my lips but better) shade for me. I would describe this as a dusty rose with a strong tint of plum. Very effortless to pull off, this shade is perfect for everyday wear. One of my favorites!
Winterberry (exclusive)-- described as “festive berry red” by Sephora, it’s more berry than red to me. It has a strong cool tone and is the perfect raspberry shade. While this color is great for the colder months, I personally don’t find this shade very unique.
Pomegranate-- described as “rich red” by Sephora. MY FAVORITE! It’s a face-brightening red that’s more neutral as opposed to cool or warm. I personally think this shade is way more festive compared to Winterberry; it’d be the perfect shade to wear during the holiday season.
Arm swatches!
L-R: Pomegranate, Winterberry, Rhubarb, Sable
L-R: Pomegranate, Winterberry, Rhubarb, Sable
This is my first time trying the Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencils, and I’m happy to say that the hype is real. The shades are all super pigmented (duh), and the texture…Oh the texture! It’s so dreamy!! All of the shades are creamy and buttery with decent lasting power (around 4 hours for me).  
All in all, I strongly recommend this set to people who:
  • Have been dying to try out Bite products but don’t want to commit to the high price tag  
  • Hoard makeup and can’t possibly use up a full-sized of anything
  • Want to get friends/family who are makeup lovers a great Christmas present

Thank you for stopping by my blog! Til next time, have a great day!
Xoxo,
Tao