Christmas Wishlist

Hello my pretty berries,

So I’ve been thinking, since it is almost Christmas and I’m sure a lot of you are scrambling to get some last minute shopping and gift wrapping done I thought why not do a Christmas Wishlist for what I would want for Christmas. It’s not necessarily for anyone to send me anything but it’s things that I would want to get myself if I can buy myself Christmas presents. I did get the inspiration from astoldbykatie (you should go see her, she’s awesome) and if your reading this then I want you to post your wishlist on your blog too!! We can make this into kind of a tag I guess? Just comment below if you did so that I can check out your Christmas Wishlist.

So I did focus on make-up because there’s no such thing as too much make-up and it is what I would want to get for Christmas anyways. Let me know if you have tried any of the products in the comments below and let me know what you think of it. Is it worth the hype or nah?

 

contour kitAnastasia Beverly Hills – Contour Kit

I’ve always wanted to try this for a long long time but for some reason I cannot get myself to spend the $40 which is probably really worth it for 6 contour/highlighting pan. I think I’m just trying to finish up some of the ones I already have and then I can purchase it.

 

 

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Nars – Radiant Creamy Concealer

I heard so much good things about the radiant concealers from Nars and I’ve actually tested it out when I went to Sephora. It does feel smooth on your skin but rough on my pockets! It costs $35 dollars for one concealer! but hey if Santa is reading my blog post then I sure hope he gets me this for Christmas=)

 

hourglassHourglass – Ambient Lighting Palette

So this product claims to diffuse, capture and softens the way the light reflects on your skin. Don’t you just want to buy it right now!? If it’s going to make my skin look like I’m glowing from within then I want it in my Christmas stocking. I might just buy it if I don’t get this for Christmas as a gift for myself but let me know if this is any good.

 

 

UDUrban Decay – Naked On The Run

This just came out of the Sephora site and I almost put it in my cart. It’s gorgeous and compact…it’s a be-gorgeous-on-a-whim-palette. I can just see myself creating beautiful eye looks from day-to-night. It is a limited edition product which makes me want to hurry down at Sephora and buy it already.

 

 

lippieLG019-2TSigma Beauty – Lip Switch in Transcend & Pink Lotus

It doesn’t look much on the packaging but I think this could be really nice on the lips. I think it will give an ultra dimensional look on the lips. Oh my goodness I want this!

 

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Sigmax Kabuki Kit

This counts as a make-up related product right? Oh well, I’m putting it in my wishlist nonetheless because I’ve been eyeing this baby for a long time and I have heard it’s good. I hope they have a special deal for Boxing Day then maybe I can get it.

 

 

That’s all the top products that I would want to get for the Holidays but you can post up less or more it’s up to you. I can probably continue for a while but I don’t want to drive Santa broke. I really look forward to all your wishlist =)

 

-Joy

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Face Masks 101

Hello my pretty berries,

I thought I would talk to you about face masks. I’m not much of a professional when it comes to skincare but this is just how I do it and it’s been working fine for me. Basically, face masks comes in a gamut of brands that does different things, looks differently, smells differently and feels differently. There are even mask that comes in a creamy/lotion form or powder form or facial sheets. I guess my point is that the choices are endless with different purposes. The most important part in this process is how you prep your face prior to applying the face mask. For me, I like to give my face a really good scrub (I will talk about different kind of face scrubs in another blog) in order to remove all the dead skin and helps the masks to perform better. Then, if I have the extra time, I would grab some simmering water and put it in a bowl large enough that I can put my face over it . This will allow to open up my pores, again, to further help the face mask perform and I get the most benefit this way. Sometimes, I would put in green tea bags or those tablets that you can buy at Lush which are amazing!

Just click on the pictures to see where you can buy these face masks.

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I like all the Freeman face masks line but this one is my absolute favourite. Not just because it smells like chocolate heaven but it actually brighten your face and minimizes your pores. I’ve had this for a while now and I’m just halfway though the tube so I mean it’s a really good buy and it’s a drugstore product so it’s easy to find.

 

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I gotta tell you that your face will feel really minty and refresh overtime you use it. I believe I got mine at Sally’s when I was down in the U.S. probably 1.5 years ago and I still have more than half the tub left and I use this at least once a week. It does have a greenish colour that may be a bit unpleasant at first but after a while I don’t mind it anymore. As for the smell, it doesn’t really smell anything specific but I guess if I would describe it, I would say it smells like minty clay?

 

 

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St. Ive’s products are very affordable and can easily be found in any drugstores. I’ve used many of their products but I’ve used the “Timeless Skin” mask the longest and I have an extra one as a back up because I’m scared I will run out of it. It extracts all the gunk out of your face and leaves you with baby soft skin; what else can you ask for!?

 

 

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I am a true believer of this brand and I swear by all their skincare too I just wish that I don’t have to always order it online because shipping cost too much after a while. I am trying to save it so I only have to use it when my skin is really bad or breaking out or when I have a party to go to because it’s not as easy to get compared to my drugstore products. Anyhow, the product itself is amazing to my skin and the kaolin clay in it helps to draw out all the impurities and nourishes your face at the same time. I love love love love this! If there’s one thing you would want to get then I highly suggest you get this mask. Plus, it’s an organic product (the whole company focuses on organic products) which means that they don’t use any preservatives or other additives that are unnecessary or will irritate your skin. Okay, I can go on and on and on so I will just stop here and possibly do a big haul when I make a re-order of some of the products I love from Michael Todd.

 

 

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This is a more recent discovery but I already love it. I mainly got this because it was getting really cold and my skin is getting really dry (more dry than it already is) so I panicked and went on a hunt for some moisturizing mask because all my masks are pretty much meant for drawing out impurities out of your skin and they all make my skin a bit dry after I use them. I went to the Body Shop because they had a buy 2 get 1 free sale so of course I was all over that deal and I pretty much got this baby for free! I tried this that night and it immediately replenished my skin, it feels like my skin got a boost of moisture so the next time I tried it I put it on my face as per usual and then I slept with the mask on (it does dry to a point that it is comfortable to sleep with it) and I woke up with softer skin than I’ve ever had. All in all, I would recommend applying a thin layer of it on your face and neck and sleeping with it to get the most benefit that you can get.

 

That is all from me today my pretty berries, I hope you enjoyed my post and don’t forget to comment and like =)

-Joy

October Favourites 2014

Hello my pretty berries,

I don’t know about you but Vancouver has been raining non-stop for like a week now and it’s just bringing my mojo down so I thought what’s better to cheer myself up but to find my most valued beauty products for October. Most of my favourites are not that new but they’re all products that I have at least used for more than 1 month and I know for sure that I like them enough to be listed as my favourite.

 

 

The Balm Nude’tude nudetude_productshot_naughty_1

It’s basically a nude eyeshadow palette that comes in 12 colours and a double-ended make-up brush. The quality of the eyeshadows are to die for, it’s smooth, pigmented and not chalky. Also, there are so many eye looks that you can do with this one palette; from day to night looks. My fave is stand-offish, sultry and sleek – they’re just the perfect combo eye look. Let me know if you would like to see an eye look using this palette because I would love to do it. As for that double-ended brush that came with it, I think it’s okay for patting in eyeshadows to your eyelid but not that great if you want to blend it out. All in all, I think it’s worth the buy and The Balm products are generally great products (I haven’t found a product from them that I don’t like).

 

 

Urban Decay Naked Basics604214396906_nakedbasicsI have the original Naked Basics from Urban Decay, which is more on the warmer side compared to the newer Naked Basics. It does have 6 eyeshadows: 5 matte and 1 shimmery. I usually use this for days that I just want to do a simple eye look and nothing too shimmery. Also, the ‘Naked2’ eyeshadow is a great transition colour for me; it’s matte and helps blend the rest of the eyeshadow I use.

 

 

Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder – Translucent300I haven’t really heard a lot of people talk about this product but it’s so good for setting your make-up. I learned about it because Tati from youtube swears by this stuff and that got me curious so I went on a hunting trip to find this baby (found it at Walgreens). It does have a bit of a scent to it but nothing that I can’t stand plus it’s not really a bad smell; more of like a baby powder smell?maybe? I don’t know I’m really bad at describing scents. Also, it works great and it doesn’t even cost that much and the whole container will last you forever. I do use the puff that came with it cause I can’t find a good puff that I can use with my Airspun but if you know one then let me know.

 

 

The Balm Cindy-Loumanizercindylou_productshot_1It’s another ‘The Balm’ product that I have fallen in love with. I love highlighting my face and this product highlights your features like nobody’s business! It looks natural and just glowy. There’s none of those chunky glitter or chalky look. I’m pretty sure there are two different shades of highlighter they have: Cindy and Mary. The Cindy is more of a pinkier highlight and the Mary is more on the golden side. Both looks amazing and I think I might get the Mary-loumanizer (I usually wait until they go on sale on Hautelook- check it out they always have great sales on make-up, clothing, shoes, etc http://www.hautelook.com/invite/jdeocampo878). Anyways, I think that the Cindy-loumanizer is great for any skin tone and I think it’s best for fall/winter time.

 

 

NYX Full Coverage Concealer – light476This is really good for covering those dark under eyes without looking too cakey. It has a very creamy consistency, which makes it easy to blend with a small fluffy brush or your fingers works great too. I guess you can use it to cover acne or scars because it is pigmented enough to do that but just make sure they’re the right shade.

 

 

Lancome blush – Sheer Amouroses762955-main-hero-300If you were looking for a “natural-look” on your cheeks then the Lancome Blush in Sheer Amourose would be perfect. It has a matte/satin finish and the colour will just suit almost every skin type. It does stay on your face all day and it is build able without getting too powdery or chalky.

 

 

Rimmel Gel Eyeliner – Blackscandaleyes_gel_pot_liner_productAll I gotta say is that this product is very comparable to Mac’s black track gel liner and it’s quarter of the price. This was a recent discovery for me and I love how it’s so smooth and creamy, not to mention that it stays on all day without smudging of transferring. You can smudge it when you apply it but once its set then it is not going to budge until you take it off with an eye make-up remover (preferably oil-based).

 

 

2 Lip Combos:

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Dragon Girl & Sephora Lip Liner – Real Red

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I am in love with red lips for fall and with these two combinations, I get a long lasting red lip. The Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl is the perfect red and it’s matte without drying out the lips. It’s like a jumbo crayon, which makes it that, much easier to apply. As for the Sephora Lip Liner, it’s similar in colour of the Nars Lip Pencil. I mainly use it to line my lips to prevent any feathering because you always want a clean-cut line when it comes to darker lip colours. Let me know if you would be interested in seeing a blog post for putting on the perfect long-lasting red lips.

 

 

Annabelle Waterproof Lip liner – Boisenerry & Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil – Bramble

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The Annabelle Waterproof Lip Liner in Boisenberry can be another alternative to the Sephora Lip Liner in Real Red if you are looking for a deeper red lip. The Boisenberry has a bit of purple/magenta in it that can add a bit of dimension if used with Nars Dragon Girl. I just think it works great too if you add this on the outer corners of you lips to kind of create the illusion of 3-dimensional look and make it more plump and full. Ultimately, this lip liner can be used on its own or mixed with other lip colours to create unique looks. I guess this kind of makes it an alternate option for a lip combo, so there you have it!

As for the Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Bramble, is is another matte colour, jumbo crayon style lip product but this one is retractable so no need to sharpen it all the time. I love to combine this with my Anabelle Lipliner in Boisenberry, it just gives it that extra oomph. It is long lasting and not too drying on the lips much like to Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. I usually wear this when I want more of a “vampy” look and fall season is the best time to pull this off.

 

 

Live Clean – Exotic Nectarexotic nectar - argan oil leave in spray

This is a great drugstore product for your hair. It’s basically a leave-in conditioner for your hair and it’s loaded with a lot of good stuff including argan oil. I pretty much spray this on wet or dry hair and it doesn’t weigh down my hair or make it look greasy. In fact, I think it actually gives a bit of a healthy shine to my hair and makes it feel so soft much like if I just got out of the salon. It’s cheap, 96% plant derived and it makes you look like you have bombshell hair!

 

 

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I really want to say that this is probably by far the best hairspray that I have ever owned. I knew that the Moroccan Oil hair care line has good products but I’ve always been hesitant to try it because they are on the pricier side and I’m not one for spending too much money on hair care but I totally get it now. They are worth the money and they make my hair look amazing and last all day no matter what hairstyle I have on and it doesn’t get crunchy (I hate it when my hair gets crunchy, it’s just a no-no). It also prevents any frizziness that going on and tames my flyaways. Trust me, if you live in Vancouver, YOU NEED THIS! it will keep your hairstyle intact even with the crazy/humid/windy/cold weather we have here.

 

 

Lush Vanilla Dee-Lite Body LotionVanilla Dee-LiteThis smells so amazingly amazing that you would want to eat it. I have mentioned it on a previous post: Top Lush Products and I have raved on how good it is and how moisturizing my skin feels every time I use it. It’s smells heavenly and it’s super moisturizing-‘nuff said.

 

That is all that I have for my October 2014 favourites. I hope you enjoyed reading my post and don’t forget to like and follow=)

 

Kisses,

Joy