Monday, December 05, 2016

NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait

NYX Strawberry Parfait was a cartfiller from an online purchase at nyxcosmetics (there are some liners I want that are not available in store).  I might just mention that is was the single worst online shopping experience I had, not only it took them 10 days to ship things out, I didn't find out that one of the items was unavailable until I received the package (which came with a random lace pouch and no receipt/invoice). 

Luckily, there is a newly opened NYX standalone store in the city (there is one in Jersey as well but it's a bit far away) so I never need to deal with the site again. 
Strawberry Parfait is a creamy blue pink that turns a good deal more purple on my lips (well, I am not surprised). The thick cream gel texture of the gloss is very comfortable and line-smoothing and the color wears pretty well. 
I am not in love with the color (it's one of the few shades available that's not deep brown or purple) but for a cartfiller, I have no complaint.  

Later on while I was at Harmon and the Union Square store (both are pretty close to each other) I picked up three more shades which I ended up loving, the review won't be up for a while since day light is scarce...

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Kat Rudu Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid Serum

One of my my biggest skincare concerns is hyperpigmentation (stemmed from overly sensitive skin that reacted to everything, including sunscreen) and increasingly sallow skin tone. After my successful purchase (Andalou Turmeric and C serum)  I was all of a sudden, very into products with Vitamin C. 
Here comes Kat Rudu with a humble origin (I mean I got it from Marshall for cheap around 10-12 bucks). It's supposedly from a Hollywood skincare expert's and normally retails for 32 dollars. 
The Rosemary Vitamin C serum has a watery consistency, medicinal smell (like a hospital) and comes with cloudy suspension (I assume is mostly Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate). The liquid is dispensed with a weak dropper. 

The instruction calls for a few drops each use, which is an amount that I can't spread it evenly because the serum is as runny as water.  When I did get enough to cover my whole face (one third to half a dropper full), the formula ended up being too irritating on my face, causing thinning of skin and break out (which always turns into hyperpigmentation on me). 

It could be an amazing formula but I guess my skin Just doesn't agree with it. Even if it does, it's difficult to use it up (two three drops at a time) before the whole bottle oxidize anyway. 

The English Rose Hyaluronic Acid Serum was a much more pleasant one.  Hydrating serum is something I started to play with two years ago and I use it to sooth away dry flakes, plumping up the skin before slathering on oil. It's also a good prep for body lotion on cracked skin.

This formula is hydrating but also a wee  emollient, it lets thicker moisturizer sink in better and gives something for the oil to seal in. The old school rose scent way is too overwhelming for face so I prefer to use it on my hands and legs instead. After all, there are a bunch of hydrating lotions that's easier on the nose.

Overall: The vitamin C serum is a no-go but for the price, the hydrating serum is well worth the 10 dollars. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Five Days in Bay Area Part I - What I brought and What I Saw

So as I mentioned, ealier this month, I went to the Bay Area with another friend to meet up our highschool-college buddy (the two knew each other since 7th grade) .  Here is all the random phone camera photography I did that I wasn't able to squeeze into my Instagram

I tried to add a what I hauled part to this post, but I reckon it's better to keep it separate since I bought too much craps there as well. 
 The Bay Bridge...I forgot about the Golden Gate Bridge *face palm*
A Benefit vending machine at SFO. There is also a Tom Ford counter where every single eyeshadow palette is sold out.
San Fransisco Chinatown was a very relaxing place to walk through and a paradise for bead (semiprecious, jade and pearl!) lovers. Around 90% of the damage was done here. 
Cloud above the Golden Gate Park. I miss the flowers there already (and I will have to wait for half a year before we get any bloom here). 
Cosmos from neighbor's yard
Butterfly at the Academy of Sciences. People call that glass dome a rainforest? It felt like Houston on a balmy day...
Irvin Cafe - with very reasonable pricing and great bubble tea. 
Asian Art Museum - Fairly interesting stuff bottles but could use more painting and textiles.
De Young Museum (didn't have time to go in)
My favorite piece in Asian Art Museum - The Yongzheng single colored porcelain 雍正单色釉. The Palace Museum in Beijing has more of these (fancy plates) in vibrant colors like Granny Smith green and lapis blue...It's on my must see list.

We were in the city for three days (I went to Chinatown twice because...gotta get all the beads) then drove to Yosemite to experience the great outdoor (hiked, was dying). 
Artistic log at Yosemites (I wipped out my DSLR for it) 
Artistic pinecone near Glacier Point (no I didn't do it) 
Now pretending to be a #bbloger - Skincare I bought with me (left my Shiseido cleansers at friend's bathroom and forgot to take out the Josie Maran sunscreen)

1.Andalou Vitamin C Serum
2.Akin Rosehip Oil
3. Jurluque Skin Balancing Face Oil (I mix it with rosehip oil and pad onto damp face).
4. Shiseido lash serum
5.Holysnails El Dorado (I use it on hands and nails)

Two Majolica Majorca palettes which is easy to replace and/or I have (more than 1) backups of (MJ BE-700) . I am actually wearing it today, it goes so much better with the dim lighting of Northeast winter. 
Every vacation I take, I end up packing mutiples of the same thing...This time is four sheer red: Coffret D'Or PK 305, RD 214, Lunasol Energy Red and Revlon Wild Watermelon. 
On my way back. I guess I sort of saw the Golden Gate Bridge?
Back to Jersey on the 7th

That's all for today, I promise the second part will be more orderly.

Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor and Blush Collection

More Revlon goodies spotted at Rite Aid
 New lipstick range (maybe to replace the old Ultra HD line) called Ultra HD Gel Lip Color
 HD Sand, Dawn, Desert, Arabica, Pink Cloud, Sunset
 Tropical, Garden, Coral, Rhubarb
 Lava, Adobe, Vineyard, Blossom and Twilight. I haven't gotten any of those Ultra HD lipstick (because nothing was new) so I guess I will be skipping these as well, for the same reason.
 Cute display of Blush Collection
 Instablush Blush Sticks (which is quite pricy at 14 dollars) - I think I will just play with my beloved (and ancient) NYC blushable creme stick.
 More powder blush - I actually like most of the colors here (but I guess since I already have a bunch of Milani and other drugstore ones, these aren't must-have either).
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