Pixi Multibalm Review

Sep 22, 2016 | | 0 comments

Moisture: Usually cream to powder products leave my face feeling ashy, but these dont! They have almost a semi matte feeling where it looks matte, but still feels slightly dewy on the skin. They leave my face feeling nice and hydrated throughout the day. I loved this dewy look for the summer, but am REALLY looking forward to it over the winter!

Comes in five gorgeous shades (perfect for all seasons! :P) in Watermelon, Baby Petal, Soft Strawberry, Wild Rose and Sheer Sculpt.

Longevity: It has a really nice natural finish - lasted the whole day when set with a powder. (at least 4 hours) On the lips, it surprisingly kept my lips hydrated, and looked a little bit like a stain after a while. It does look pretty matte on the lips but because of the shea butter, oils and aloe vera, it kept my lips hydrated throughout the day. I did have to reapply pretty frequently.

Blendability: These blended effortlessly... however I had to becareful, because sometimes i blended too much, that i think I blended the color out. lol. I needed to do minimal blending to get the perfect color.

Colors: Of course I gravitated toward wild rose :P the mauve pink color, but it has a wide array of colors that are very buildable! Soft strawberry seems to be the most vibrant (and stains the most)


Above is Wild Rose on my cheeks and my lips! The perfect natural swatch of color! :) 

I think this is perfect for the girl that is always on the run. This is a perfect product to toss in your bag when you need an extra lift or when you need a quick 'healthy flush' - I gave some to my friend (who is a mom now) and she said its a godsend because how people don't ask her "how come she looks so tired" every 5 seconds. These are only $12 at target! Definitely less expensive than other multibalms out there :)

Will you be picking any up?! x

BTW.. let me know if you want a swatch post! <3



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GenBeauty Survival Guide

So GenBeauty is approaching - this may be your first time or it may not be... but I'm just going to share my thoughts on how to survive this fun, but grueling day lol! I've attended NY's event last year and LA's event in January and both experiences were completely different. As each year goes by, I feel like I can expect things to get a bit more crowded and crazy!

So, if you don't know - GenBeauty is an awesome weekend event run by ipsy, where you can connect with other beauty lovers, network with brands, meet your favorite stylist/beauty youtubers, explore new products and get so many awesome goodies! The beginning few are great for all attendees, but then the end ones are going to be more geared toward content creators!

1) wear cute, but comfortable clothes. you will be walking all day - and the last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable. Most of your time spent, when you are inside, is waiting on lines.

2) don't lose the map! The map has little perforated "tickets" on the edges. These serve as tickets to get your 'free items' at each booth.. some brands will give you a little sample and others will give you a full size goodie! On that, it also has your saturday and sunday goodie bags (if you were not invited to the cocktail party) - these have an awesome selection of goodies from the brands!

3) map out where you want to go first. Because all the lines get really long, you'll want to map out the places that are most important to you. For me, I know that toofaced and makeup forever always had AWESOME goodies (usually full sized foundations or palettes!) and sometimes they run out, so you will want to get to those first! A lot of times within the first hour, the lines get so ridiculously long, they close it, so you won't be able to get on it until things are out :(

4) stay connected to social media. a lot of times, if you are in it for the goodies (i mean who isn't!), social media will tell you what goodies you'll be getting. A lot of times if you just check the hashtag for #genbeauty, you'll see lots of people posting the free stuff they are getting. Then you can judge whether or not it is worth it to wait on line to get the item! This way you can map out your time wisely!

5) Bring a bigger bag. The first year, I brought this teeny little crossbody bag and it was so annoying because I had to carry all these samples and stuff! Luckily I was able to get a paper bag (I think ipsy provided it), but with all the crowds, it kept getting knocked around! The next time, I opted to bring a bigger bag, and I was able to shove everything in the bag! So much more convenient. This year, I have a cute lil backpack, so it'll be way convenient for me! HAHA :)

6) Bring water / a snack. They will have food trucks and what not outside, but since you'll be waiting forever on lines - it's smart to bring a little something to hold you over.

7) Make friends! If you don't bring a friend, make some friends! Remember, we're allllll beauty lovers so you already have that in common! You also never know the friendships that will be built from this event!

8) Bring business cards - some newer brands may ask for it when they see that you're a creator and some you'll just have a great conversation and will happen to give them out. Having it will just make networking that much easier - you can give them to other creators and be able to connect!

9) Do your research and don't be afraid to talk to the companies! I actually know most of the PR contact's names by doing my research on each brand. This way when I get to the brands, I can ask for a specific person to talk to. If I am in contact with some of the PRs, I will opt to even email them and ask if they will be there so they will know to expect me!  Don't be afraid to talk!! We're all on even playing field. It doesn't matter if you have 10 subscribers or 10,000,000 subscribers - if you are memorable and show that you are awesomely you, it gives you a better chance of them actually wanting to connect... which leads me to....

10) Ask for business cards - this was especially helpful for me when I was meeting with brands. If there is a particular brand you REALLY want to work with - after you chat with them, definitely ask for their business card. Yes - although its great to give them YOUR business cards... chances are they are getting a TON of business cards from everyone. However, if you take theirs, you can be proactive and follow up with them. What I always do is after our conversation - I remember something that was interesting about our convo and I'll write it on their business card. This way, when I email them, I can refer to that moment to help them remember who I am. For example - the PR from toofaced and I talked about how amazing the chocolate products smell and made all these jokes about it. When I emailed her, I referred to our conversation with something like.. "It was great meeting you - I'm so excited about the chocolate lipstick from GenBeauty... and you're so right! Every time I put it on, I can't help but want to lick it!" I found I gained way more responses when I emailed this way because it is a bit more real and thought out!

11) Be nice! I saw lots of people that would stomp up to the front of the line and say "I'm a creator!" expecting to get something and go to the PR right away. Sometimes it worked, but sometimes it made the people that worked for the brand go "uh... yeah, the lines over there for you to get on." It's not worth it to be rude and ruin your reputation.

12) Have fun and be yourself! You NEVER know the opportunities that may come your way through this weekend... so it's most important to be who you are! I've gotten to meet so many brands that I never dreamed I could work with through this event (benefit, toofaced, etc.).. even though my subscriber count isn't as high as many others. Believe in your self and be confident! :)

Please let me know if you have questions! I'm excited to go! And if you're interested, I can post about my full experience (including the cocktail party, haul and concierge program) after this weekend if it would be helpful for you all in the future! LMK! Are any of you guys going to GenBeauty? XO

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NYFW - Glossy Nude Lip Trend!

Sep 13, 2016 | | 0 comments
I could not be MORE excited that nude lips are coming to trend at #NYFW - so much so that I wanted to share with you my go to nude lip!!


When I'm putting concealer/foundation on my face, I also go over my lips as well to 'cancel' out any pigmentation that my lips have. (they are pretty dark!) Then I'll line a bit of the outside with a nude lip liner and then use a lip brush to dab on my favorite lip gloss: Nude by Jouer (fitting right?!) 

Have you been following NYFW? Do you have any favorite looks?! 
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Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit (Holiday 2016)

O M G. I've been fanning over how gorgeous this product is through computer screens I can't believe it's finally in my hands!!! This is another gorgeous Hourglass holiday palette packed with 5 never before released shades of powder, bronzer, blushes and highlighter!

For me, I'm such a sheer nude powder type of person, so if you are too.. then this is totally for you! It comes at a hefty price of $80, however you get 5 beautiful new shades.

The shades you receive are:
Finishing Powder: Surreal Light (.14oz)
Bronzer: Surreal Bronze Light (.04oz)
Blush: Surreal Glow (.04oz)
Blush: Surreal Effect (.04oz)
Strobe Powder: Surreal Strobe Light (.14oz)




L-R: Surreal Light, Surreal Glow, Surreal Bronze Light, Surreal Effect, Surreal Strobe Light 

Now, I'm a huge fan of the ambient line from Hourglass, so getting this was a no brainer - however if you are new to the ambient family let me give you a breakdown :)

Packaging: I LOVE this new marble packaging. I think it totally beats out all the other ones because you don't get the smudge factor (which always bothered me from older palettes... although I still got them ha ha)

Color: Because these are nude sheer powders, they are... well, very nude. You won't find any extremely bold colors in this palette. I do believe if you have deeper skintones, many of these shades will still work for you because of the formula of how silky these are. 

Formula: I LOVE the ambient formula because it is so soft, butter and finely milled. It gives you that almost "airbrushed" look because its so soft and goes on effortlessly. However, because of the softness, it does get used relatively quickly because the powder comes off the palette very easily. :T I am always bummed to see that if I use my products every day in about 2 months, it's done! :(

Blendability: This product blends so easily and effortlessly! Because of its neutral colors it almost looks like my dewy and perfectly pinched skin ha ha! 

Price: $80. It's expensive for what it is and how quickly it gets used. In all honesty, if they didn't have the pretty packaging - as AMAZING as the product is, I'm not sure if I would've gotten it because I have so many ambient products (I didn't get last year's edit).. however for a collector like me.. I don't have regrets of getting this gorgeous palette!

Right now this product is available for VIB and VIB Rouge on Sephora, but you can also be put on the waiting list on Hourglass.com :)
What do you guys think??? Will you be picking it up???





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ItCosmetics Superhero Palette swatches


I just opened and swatched the new it cosmetics superhero palette. itcosmetics is a brand that never fails me - their beloved cc cream, byebye redness, and vitality disc are among some of my holy grails and favorites.


I've gotten to try some of their eyeshadows before and they are incredibly buttery and pigmented and this is no different. This palette, compared to the others is arranged differently. At the top, there are three foundation shadows which serve as a base to neutralize and color correct your eyelid.  Then, they nine shadows on bottom are separated in threes. The left three are the "nudes" which you can create a very subtle natural look. The middle three are the "neutrals" which you can create a classic look. And lastly are the "liners" which are deeper smokey shades which you can wear wet, dry, as a contour or a smokey shadow look.

I think the concept is fun and allows you to create day to night looks all in one palette. I'm excited to try this palette out more to see what kind of looks I can come up with! Below are swatches :)









Have you tried this palette? What do you think?? You can purchase this at itcosmetics.com or at ulta :) 

ftc. this was sent to me by itcosmetics but all opinions are my own x 


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Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks: More Swatches!

Aug 24, 2016 | | 0 comments
I'm going to take a quick break from Japan blogging (have 3 more days to write about!) to share with you some more UD vice lip swatches. You guys KNOW I love these lipsticks if you read my original Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Swatch post.

Anyway... I was blessed enough to have Urban Decay send me a bunch more! They sent me Wende's (founder) top 10 picks! It's kinda cool and fun to see the different lipsticks that different people like. It's pretty cool because you can tell she's a very versatile woman! lol - she chooses browns to hot pinks to reds to purples to nudes... she's got them all! :)

Here are the lipsticks from L-R: Disturbed (CM), Conspiracy (M), Menace (CM), 714 (MM), Big Bang (M), Pandemonium (MM), Rocksteady (C), Naked (C), Firebird (C) and Backtalk (CM).

Because you guys know how I already feel about these formulas, I decided to show you my top three of these lipsticks! (Although that was hard because they are all so gorgeous!)


 Naked (Cream Finish): Nude Pink 
When I first saw the lipstick, I was like aww no... it looks too light! (Kinda the way I feel when I see velvet teddy from mac lol) but it's not! The color on the bottom of the lipstick (which almost looks like yellow-peach) does not match the actual color of the lipstick! It's perfection in a tube and I think can be everyone's MLBB color! It does lean warmer, but I think this could still be a great fit for those who have cooler skin as well. I tend to stick to cooler shades, but this color truly brightens up my face!


Backtalk (Comfort Matte): Mauve Nude Pink 
This is similar to the Naked except it leans a bit more cool (mauve) and has a matte finish (lol okay so they really aren't that alike...LOL)  Since cool tones look better on me, this is my perfect lip color (similar to my favorite Rush, but that has a different finish). I love that it has this matte finish, it looks polished but effortless!


Conspiracy (Metallized): Plum Bronzed Shimmer
At first glance, this just looks like a brown shimmer lipstick... but its SO much better than that! lol! I'm not one to really love shimmer lippies, but this one surprised me. It didn't irritate my lips and had a formulation just like the creams. The color from some angles look brown and some look plum and it is so cool! This is one of those lipsticks that make you feel badass and cool - maybe because my fifth grade teacher ALWAYS wore a shimmery bronzed lipstick and I thought she was the coolest person ever. This lipstick.. definitely makes you feel that way!

I'm so grateful for the opportunity to try more lipsticks. Thank you SO much Urban Decay (and Monika!) again for sending these over!

Now they also sent over 10 lip pencils.... raise your hand if you want swatches!!!
(PS I've never tried these before so I have to give them a whirl first!)

OH. btw. if you want to see Firebird, Rocksteady and 714 in live swatches. Here was an old video of my swatches from the Gwen Stefani collection!!! I love those three hippies as well ;D (Starts at 5:11)



ftc. as stated above, UD sent me these products for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own! :) 


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Japan Day 10: Nara Park + Lots of Deer!

Aug 13, 2016 | | 0 comments
I can't believe we're hitting the last leg of our trip!! So sad! However, we've had such a blast exploring Japan and getting to share it with you! 

Day 10, we decided to take a day trip over to Nara, which is a quaint little town that houses the famous Nara Park. Nara Park not only has gorgeous history and shrines, it is also home to a ton of wild deer! In Nara, the deer roam free and are legitimately straight chillen! 

You can even buy deer cookies and feed them! But beware, they all of a sudden come in packs when you do that. And although they are relatively friendly, they will definitely want to eat the crumbs off your shirt (may end up chompin down on some other body parts too ha ha ha) We had such a blast playing with them.. and they even bow to you when you bow!!! Too cute! 


They also had gorgeous sights to see as well - five story pagodas, fun mochi stands where they pound and slap the mochi and lots of little souvenir shops! 


After we got back, we decided to go sushi conveyor belt hopping so I could get my fix of sushi and asahi beer lol! and after a bit of resting and shopping, we got our last takoyakis and soaked up the last bits of dotonburi street before hittin the sack! 

Osaka is so full of life, fun, diverse... and a little bit sketchy at night. We had a blast though!! It was fun to visit - but time for a long travel to our next destination!
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Japan Day 9: Osaka Castle and more food!

Aug 12, 2016 | | 0 comments
Although today said it was 93 degrees, it said it felt like 102. And it was miserable LOL. Our hotel from the train station is a bit further (although right behind dotonburi street) which has made commute a bit more difficult. 

We decided to head to Osaka Castle. Dayumm... it was hot and far. We were walking up all these hills and stuff, I was literally drenched in sweat... but alas we made it. It was very beautiful.. but so was the line to get in. 

Look how far it was ha ha! 


Because of this, we decided seeing the outside and air conditioned gift shop was good enough lol! 

Then we ended up going to HEP Five where we went to the gudatama cafe. I just think this cute little broken egg character is so cute. The food looked adorable but it tasted gross... lol at least I got a decent picture... 



We shopped around the mall and I ended up picking up... many things lol. :-X 

After shopping, we went back to the hotel to drop off our stuff. We were going to rest a bit before heading out but then realized it was 4:50 and the really famous okonomiyake place opens in 10 minutes so we should head out asap before the line gets long! We arrived at 5:07 and praise the Lord, we were the last two seats at the first serving! So excited. We ordered an egg and pork yakisoba, a pork okonomiyake and a seafood one. It was legit the best okonomiyake I've ever eaten. Felix and I ate in silence but kept making sighing sounds of how good the food was LOL! 



So good. When we were done, we walked around again to walk off the food .. of course play a bit of claw for felix and then call it a night! 

Was such a fun night. Osaka is like the fun street food, night life city!!! One more night in Osaka!
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Japan Day 8: Osaka!

It was so sad leaving Kyoto - I think it was by far my favorite city. And as each day passes, we're feeling a bit more tired and worn, it's getting harder to post lol. 

We ended up waking up a bit late and traveling out to Osaka around noon. The ride was kind of crowded and so quick. I was literally jammed between 3 backpacks. It was the first time I actually felt claustrophobic and motion sickness. 


When we got off, we dropped off our bags at the hotel, got our new wifi device (Yes praise the Lord!) and were off to Dotonburi street to eat and shop. Dotonburi street is a gorgeous, crowded street filled with life! It was tons of shops and food! Its also home to Osakas favorites foods - takoyaki, yakitori, okonomiyaki and gyoza. One of Fel's favorite foods is takoyaki - or octopus balls so we decided to hit up as many placesto eat them. We tried regular balls, balls with egg and crispy balls (lol ayy) They were so tender, yet chewy - it's no wonder they are famous here! My fave was definitely the crispy one! The crunch gave it something so unique - its no wonder their line was so long!




After, we opted to go back to the room and take a nap since I didnt feel great still from the ride. Then when we woke up, it looked like dotonburi street had just woken up too. So we headed back out to hit up the arcades, drink some beers and have delicious sushi. 


Perfect way to cap off the evening! Cant wait to explore Osaka more!
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Japan Day 7: Bamboo forest and tea ceremonies

Aug 10, 2016 | | 0 comments
Kyoto has quickly become one of my favorite cities. Its richly filled with history, tradition and green tea (lol). Left and right people are dressed in gorgeous kimonos to keep the traditions alive. 

Because we were so exhausted from travel and heat, we had to choose between going to the bamboo forest in Arashiyama or to go see the Golden Pavilion. SO sad we missed the golden shrine because that looked SO amazing, but glad we opted to just do one. 

So we woke up early and headed over to the bamboo forest and it was so magical. I can't even put into words just how beautiful this place was. Walking down a huge long path with all these tall bamboo stalks and the sun just trying to peek through was such a gift to see. 


We walked in there for quite some time! We also passed a couple of shrines on the way!

After, we went to go try our first burnt miso ramen. I didnt really know what to expect! The broth had black bits of burnt in it that left this smoky after taste. It was such a unique taste - I'm glad I got to try it!! 


Then we walked through the Nishiki market again since we were in the area. This market is filled with so much life and fun - we got to explore new shops we didnt see the day before! I even found kyoto exclusive green tea kit kats! yum!

We then went to learn about traditional tea ceremonies. We learned a bit of the history of tea ceremonies and got to see how you traditionally make tea. Its such an intricate and calculated process. Each move she made was so purposeful! We then got to make it ourselves too!!! We got the water from the kettle and mixed the teas. We even got to enjoy little sweets before the bitter tea! It was a very worthwhile experience!!



Then we went to namco to play the arcade for felix. He won a couple pikachus pretty quickly but then realized they were bootlegged LOL... so we wont talk too much about that ha ha ha! 

Lastly, we wanted to enjoy the green tea in kyoto, so we went to this cafe that specialized in their matcha parfaits. It definitely hit the matcha spot!!! It was such a delightful mix of so many flavors nd textures - there was matcha cake, jelly, pudding, ice cream, crispies, chestnuts, rice balls and cream! 


needless to say, with all the sweets and tea.. I had quite some difficulty falling asleep.. lol! 

Were going to sleep in today (even though Im already up, but may nap again soon) and travel over to Osaka today! Excited to the fun eats on Dotonburi street!!! Until tomorrow...

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