Sunday, August 20, 2017

Three 4D Eye Palette in Star Guitar

THREE is a fast-growing indie Japanese beauty brand that I first heard from Kate from Drivel about Frivol. While the brand's philosophy is more centered toward natural skincare, I am gravitated toward their eyeshadow palettes.

As soon as I had the disposable income, I started look around the net, looking for the least ripped off offer. When I do find these kind of palette on eBay, I then wait for one of their periodic flash sales (usually 15-dollars off 75). When the stars align, I can score these somewhat comparable to regular retail.
THREE 4D Eye Palette in 09 Star Guitar. The name! The layout and the color scheme! I always have a thing for dirty purple taupe since it's essentially my skin tone during winter.  

The paper box is sleek and taunt. I forgot to take a picture of the actual compact, it's a simple gray one with THREE across the waist line and it's made of gummy plastic. While they aren't dust-oil magnet like Nars, it has sucked in quite a bit of glitter fall out (from the palette itself) for the 1.5 years I had it.
There are four square pans with 8 grams of product. Upper left is a cross between warm rose and pigeon gray, in a sheer satin texture.

The lower left is a nutty brown taupe, still light on the color payoff. Lower right is a silvery shimmer in pewter base,  it feels a bit scratchy to the touch and is prone to fall out when used with brush.

The star of the Star Guitar is the upper right jewel purple. It's a very condensed cream that functions as a clear and texturally light base as well as cream eyeliner. 

There are two applicator, a bigger (what seems like) horse hair paddle brush for the two powder pans and a duo-side for cream. The duo-end has a synthetic tapered flat side and a pointed smudger. For me, the glitter is best padded with finger (that's how it ended up allover the gummy compact).
As much as I love the jewel purple, using it as a base just mud up the whole look and make me look punched in the eye. Other shades are quite demure (even the glitter pan doesn't make a statement) and only subtlety shades. The texture of them feels powdery and easy to blend finely milled enough, nothing unique.
Taupe gray-rose as base, brown to shade, glitter patted allover and purple to line. I like the polished look but feel like it's a little too subtle for my liking. 
While I like the palette, I am not in a hurry to get more...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mid August Collective Sighting - Drugstore and Magazine

 Some collective sighting from last week. My freebie bag broke (well at least it lasted three months) so I was looking for replacement...Somehow looking at magazine is less stressful than actually shopping for bags.
Steady has some Snoopy coin pouch. Bijin Hyakka has a jewelry pouch. Otona no Oshare Techo has nail polish that got confiscated
 Can Cam has gym backpack
Seventeen has a Snoopy pouch, Muse has leopard bag
 Sweet has a real-looking bag...I wish it isn't hot pink
In Red's plates got blocked by custom...Scawaii has a pouch (yawns)
 Estherbunny tote (it's quite expensive after markup though)
Very half assed Moomin backpack (only the patch is moomin)
 New mask from by OSkin
 msh lip cheek crayon
 From Rite Aid - LA color Liquid Lip Color

 Rimmel Brow compact
 Black Radiance Metallic Matte lip creme
Julie G Bohemian Dream nail color

 Look Nail Color

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mamonde Highlight Lip Tint in No.9 Number Memory

Here is another toy I picked up on my first trip to the Aritaum store at Chinatown a few months ago.  From my most recent grocery trip (Deluxe Meat Market ftw, yo) Aritaum, Mamonde and La Neige are buy one get one free in store and...Meh.
Mamonde Highlight lip tint is a liquid lip color that's high in pigmentation but feels weightless on the lips. Each tube corresponds to the actual product inside, with the name and number printed on the tube. The tube is not only quite solid, the color also makes it easy to store and fetch.
The wand is plush and hold a decent amount of product. 
No. 9 Number Memory is a burnt orange in a red base. No shimmer that I can see and the scent (as with other Mamonde lippies) is delicious floral candy (I managed to find Kasugai Flower Kiss from Hong Hong supermarket, a block away from Aritaum store). 

The texture of the Aritaum reminds me of fluffy cake frosting: It's light on the mouth, doesn't overspread and settles into a smooth finish that's not shiny. Unlike other lip gloss that spread over lip surface, this actually creates a natural gradation that has been popular in Korea. I have never been a fan of such trend on myself so it hit me as a surprise.
No.9 Number Memory is this super popular color that's bright and just there. So far from the two Mamonde lip colors, I found it hard to love them as the colors both look very cheap (for lack of a more politically correct word) on me. 

I guess it's for kpop sweethearts...

Friday, August 11, 2017

Wander Beauty Beach Balm in Sangria

Wander Beauty is a newish beauty brand that popped up at Sephora since the beginning of the year. When I first saw it, I totally judged it by its cover. 

So... A brand created by a Victoria's Secret Angel (Do I really have to look up her name? Fine. Lindsay Ellingson), inspired by her fabulous life filled with travel (at least it's not wanderlust. Oh wait, that's the name of the foundation...) and comes with glamorous grandma packaging. The selection doesn't look like it would be all that competitive but I managed to get a toy I like enough.

Yup, it's another sheer red tint.
Wander Beauty Beach Balm is a cool red tint for lips and cheek. When I tested it in store, the color (more like packaging) reminds me of Lipstick Queen Medieval and the texture isn't shabby, as in nothing that reminds me of 3-dollar tinted Chapstick. It's cruelty free and claim to be natural and good for your skin but it isn't full fledged natural like Bites.

Ingredients: Bis-diglyceryl, Polyacyladipate-2, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Ozokerite, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Microcrystalline Wax, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, CI 77491, Phenoxyethanol, CI 15850:1, Mica, CI 42090, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Fruit Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter

The tube is slim and unnecessarily long because the cap covers the lipstick and 40% is empty space. It doesn't fit my lipstick storage and it pokes right out of pocket so I don't get how travel friendly the design really is. One feature I like is the inner plastic lining so it closes securely without scratches.  (After using it for five or six times, the inner sleeve cracked and no longer shut right...) 

Here is the Beach Balm with Opera lip tint (standard length). 
The product itself is a soft glossy balm kind of texture that breaks off the base and  doesn't swirl back (unless you push it down). No scent or taste can be detected.
Sangria is a deep garnet red with loads and loads obvious shimmer that filed the whole thing. Thanks to the very glossy base, it's largely invisible on the lips and cheeks.
Despite the strong blue tone, Sangria looks like a very natural flush on the cheeks. When dabbed on cheeks, it has a slightly dewy finish and a tint that's a little stain-like and long wearing. It reminds me of Tarte cheek stain but easier to control and less sticky.

The flushed tone is natural and makes me look like a villager from northwestern China, aka 村姑...
Bare lips 
On the lips, Sangria is a bright cherry red with a glassy finish. The thick oily balm feels comfortable and nourishing and I do feel it softens the dead skin a bit. 

Overall: If it weren't for the shitty cracked inner tube, the Beach Balm is actually more than decent for the $22 price tag. It works for both lips and cheek (it's just not the most unique or flattering color on me) and I think I will enjoy the dewy finish during winter. 
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