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The One About the KKW Collab

Taking a break from the review of my Sephora haul, I’m going to review the KKW Collaboration with Kylie Cosmetics! Before I get into it I do have to make a full disclosure.

I literally cannot stand Kylie Jenner, She drives me crazy.

But, when you have a best friend who’s super into Kylie Jenner, and you yourself like Kim’s taste, the KKW collab seemed to be the perfect gift to express myself while giving her something I knew she would like.

In a previous post, I mentioned that I liked the NARS lip gloss in the shade Chelsea girls and that I only gave that shade a try because I saw Kim with it in a magazine article and fell in love with the color. The four shades in the pack are pretty much all just a VERY slight variation of that shade.


The outer packaging is nice, but I don’t really know how I feel about it. It’s a semi hard cardboard and somehow it just comes off as way too extra (although with Kim Kardashian, I should expect as much). High end products just don’t need that kind of packaging?

Here are the swatches of the shades. Like I said, nearly identical.

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The first shade, I tried here is Kimberly. It’s a really light nude, which with my Asian skin tone pretty much washes me out. I’m not a huge fan. I just don’t think this color is warm enough to be flattering on many skin tones. In my mind I can picture my bestie (very fair skin) being more washed out than me. Or just a dark skin tone with a bright white lip. It’s just not a very flattering color in my opinion but perhaps some people like it that light.

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The second one is Kim. It’s a little warmer than Kimberly. It’s a shade I think I can wear with a more pastel theme or when I just need a natural nude. In a way Kimberly was a more dramatic nude in my opinion just because of how white it was compared to Kim which is a little more natural.

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Third up is Kiki. I like Kiki. It has the most pink in all four shades of the collection. It’s a really pretty natural pink. I personally and not be biggest pink love but I can imagine this color looking good on virtually anyone.

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Last up is Kimmie! My absolute favorite shade in this pack. It’s warm, it’s natural, and it’s light enough so that it’s still “cute” glamor but dark enough so that it doesn’t wash out my other features but complements them.

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I used the Tarte Tarteist Pro eyeshadow palette today and created his nude/pink/light brown shade to pair with these lip shades. (Side note, if you still haven’t tried the Urban Decay Setting Spray even after people have been raving about it all these years because you think it’s just overhyped? I’m telling you. ITS NOT.) All of these pictures were taken with no touch up at 8pm after leaving my house at 7:30, working all day, and coming home at 7pm. That spray is like super glue for your face.

The packaging was okay but the actual bottle of the lip gloss could have been higher quality. They just didn’t feel high quality in my hands. The brush applicator for each was really scratchy and I felt like I was literally brushing out my lips throughout the application process The “crème lipstick” is more of a creamy lip gloss as well. Colors aren’t as highly pigmented as they show on the website or in any of Kim Kardashian’s Instagram promos. Divided up, it costs approximately $12.50 per shade not including tax. I guess it’s an okay buy? Ideally, it cost maybe $7-8 max per shade it would be a good deal. However for $48 or $45 (I forgot the price), it’s just not worth your money. Unless you’re one of those people who purely buy products to support the celebrity promoting them, I would not recommend this.

If anyone really likes the last shaded I spoke about, Kimmie, I have a dupe for you! The Tarte Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in the Shade Goals is absolutely amazing. Tarte products are always beautiful, applies incredibly naturally and glides smoothly across your lips. It is more pricy at $20 a tube but trust me, it’s worth it. It’s got the same level of pigment as this collection minus the smearing.

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The One About the Naked Palette

It’s been a while since my last post! I was working on reviewing all the products I purchased at the Sephora 15% VIB sale. Next item I’d like to talk about it the extremely well known original Naked eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay.

I only recently starting dabbling into eyeshadow. I’ve pretty much not worn any eyeshadow in the past until just this year. Therefore, it was ridiculous and I just simply couldn’t justify spending $54 for eyeshadows that I didn’t even know how to apply.

But hey! New year new me! I finally hopped on the bandwagon! I’ve always liked the shimmer and the fabulousness of the colors in this palette as pretty much any girl. We all know we’re interested in shiny things, but I couldn’t figure out how to use them! (Until Now.)

This is the look that I came up with using the Naked palette and one shade from the Tarte Tarteist Pro palette.

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I started with the Urban Decay Eden lid primer and put the shade Classic from the Tarte Pro palette as a base. Then I went in with the shade Naked in my crease with the Morphe 433 brush (most amazing brush ever! It gets the color even in my creases like no brush has ever been able to before). I then used the shade Hustle in my outer corner and finally a mix of Sin and Sidecar for my inner corner and went back over it again with Naked in the crease.

Overall I would say that the two matte colors are very universal and can be used with almost any eye look while the darker shimmer colors are more suitable for either an attention grabbing work look (low key shimmer but with SLIGHTLY darker outer corners) or a night out in Vegas look. Overall I wouldn’t say that this palette is very good for day time or work appropriate looks; although it may work for some people, I don’t know what people do for a living but I work weekdays at a financial company so…they’re not the biggest fans of dramatic looks.

The lighter shimmer shades are incredibly beautiful colors and I guess they are pigmented because a lot of it transfers to my fingers during swatches but they don’t show up very well on my Asian skin tone even with a light base underneath. I previously spoke about trying the NYX jumbo white eye crayon over the lid to see if it would make color pop but it didn’t help at all. Literally no difference.

One of the other products I purchased during the VIB 15% sale was the Urban Decay lid primer in Sin. It’s a shimmer primer. It worked! I applied the primer in Sin over the inner corner where I placed the shimmer shades and used my finger to pat down the shimmer shades instead of a brush or rubbing it in.

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Products used in order of application:

  • Benefit  Porefessional Primer
  • Makeup Forever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation
  • Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil
  • NARS creamy radiant concealer
  • Urban Decay Eden Primer
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer (on sides of nose)
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette
  • Benefit They’re Real Eyeliner
  • Ardell Natural 105 lashes
  • Dior Diorshow Mascara (very little, just to stick my natural eyelashes to the Ardells)
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer (cheeks and forehead for contour)
  • Benefit Watts Up Highlighter
  • Tarte Tarteist lip gloss
  • Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray
  • And the final touch of course is my all time favorite perfume! Versace Bright Crystal!

 

 

 

The One about My Daily Makeup Routine

It’s been a while since I’ve tried to focus on something that fun I like instead of all that’s bothering me. So today, I’m going to pick something I like to talk about! My daily makeup routine is actually such a relaxing way to start my day. I start the day feeling beautiful, put together, and happy with what I’ve created.

Every makeup look, regardless of what it is, as long as it’s different gives a small pop of excitement in our routine!

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As I work in a professional setting, I’m unable to play with all the fun color popping items. (I’ll save that for next time) So what I’m sharing today is my daily makeup routine for the professional setting.

First things first, skin is the most important to me. To be honest, I don’t use much skin cleanser, if I do it’s the Olay Regenerist Anti-Aging Detoxifying Pore Scrub. Technically it’s a scrub but it’s not the best for a scrub, more of a cleanser. The beads go away almost the second they hit your face.

For my face, I have the Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel and the Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream (There is a gel cream available for normal to combination skin). I love their products! Available at Target and made in Korea, they really know what they’re doing. You can use it morning and night; saves you from buying night and day products, and it locks in moisture to your face for a really long time. On my no make up days, I will only put Laneige on and I don’t feel dry all day. (I have dry to normal skin)

Porefessional from Benefit Cosmetics is the best!  The great thing about this product is how a tiny bead of it goes a long way. I don’t apply it all over my face, only my nose, forehead, and chin. Bumpy areas I’d prefer be hidden. It allows an even surface area for the rest of my routine.

Make Up For Ever Invisible Cover Foundation is hands down the best foundation I’ve tried so far. A small amount goes a long way and as long as there isn’t dead skin on your face, it applies flawlessly. Sometimes it actually helps me identify where these problem areas are as I can’t really see them until something points them out.

My next step is what I consider the most important feature on any face. Your eyebrows. I did use Anastasia in the past but since Benefit has come out with their new brow line, I am just smitten in love! Personally I use the Goof Poof Brow Pencil. As someone who isn’t a professional at make up and only a professional at trying to not look like a mess, it completely eliminates human error. The angle  of the pencil allows for precise application. I only outline the brow (again a little goes a long way) and then I blend with an ELF eyebrow duo brush. I believe it was part of their $3 black collection. The bristles are incredibly soft. ELF always impresses me with their products in comparison to their prices.

Next up, Benefit again! They are so good at helping people with no makeup expertise to application. They’re Real Push-Up Liner in Black. the applicator once again is chiseled to the point where you can always see what you’re doing and can guide the gel to exactly where you want it to go.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: Stays in place, doesn’t really crease, long creates a long lasting highlight on the center area of your face. There were definitely times I thought “I have deep bags under my eyes, I should apply more” and ended up with super white face. Wasn’t a good look. Rule of thumb, if you think you need more; you don’t.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer has the best color I’ve ran into yet, natural warm shade without being to glittery. I actually don’t even use a separate bronzer brush with it. The one that it comes with is the perfect shape to create a defined line when contouring. I do use a tiny ELF contour brush though when I’m applying bronzer to the sides of my nose. The color really is good for all over application.

Glitter department is covered by Benefit Watts Up Highlighter. Again, I love the easy application and color of the highlight. It also doesn’t have fallout like some powder highlighters. I haven’t even tried another highlighter for years because I’m in my comfort zone now. Too late for me, but I think I found a good one!

NARS lip gloss in Chelsea Girls! Natural color, a little bit of shine to brighten up the face, but not bold enough to get me yelled at my management. I believe it’s one of the only shades with no slimmer or additional glitter.

Now eyelashes, as an Asian chick I really don’t have that many. So…I apply mascara but I don’t have like a defined product for it yet. I typically find whichever mascara is convenient. For a while back, I got Ipsy bags and have a ton of mascara from them (one of the reasons I stopped Ipsy; too many products I don’t want). I’m now running from sample to sample on mascara. I’ve tried quite a bit now, and I think as for my favorites, I would have to say Smashbox X-Rated, Tart Tarteist (only to use the want to brush out lashes), and Make Up For Ever. I’ve tried the They’re Real Benefit mascara but…no. Just no. I also don’t care enough about mascara to purchase any of their other mascaras to try. (They’re like $20 a pop!)

Now my final staple, and must have is the Urban Decay De-Slick Make Up Setting Spray. You may ask I thought you had dry-natural skin why do you need matte setting spray? Because a girl can sweat! Yes, I do sit at a desk all day on the computer at work but as someone who has anxiety over the dumbest things, shit can really hit the fan for me real quick, and the setting spray saves my life every time. I actually stumbled onto this gem by accident. I went into Sephora to look for something to add to my make up to make it more permanent. (I was going to Vegas and this time I was done having my make up wipe off when I was in the day club pools) Found this miracle!!!

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So there it is! This is my daily work make up routine! I’m digging this share what makes me happy thing. I’ve been trying to distract myself with busy work but I haven’t been distracting myself with things I’m truly into.

I’m in awe of  people who have been able to turn their passions into a profitable career. True, I do like doing what I’m doing and I love my clients and I’m glad I can get that personal interaction with every person but I want to get to a position where I have the freedom and fulfillment these people do. All in good time!