Top 3 Essential Beauty Tools

I always talk about makeup and skincare must haves, but sometimes skip the tools. Here are 3 tools that I can’t live without. These are tools I love and swear by!

Mason Pearson Hairbrush

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Nothing works for my hair like these Mason Pearson Hairbrushes. The mixture of boar bristles and nylon make this brush preform spectacularly. It makes my hair look nice and healthy, detangles without much resistance, and if you have frizzy hair just brush your hair with this to reduce frizz (great for when it is super humid where I am at). I have been using these almost all my life, and although they are expensive, they are well worth the splurge! They are an investment!

Beauty Blender

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I think if you have never used a real beauty blender before you may wonder what all the hype is. I mean it is just a sponge. But I don’t know what it is about this little sponge but it is a miracle worker. I use it everyday! Make my foundation flawless, and blends my contour and concealer beautifully.

Nice Large Fluffy Powder Brush

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I think when it comes to makeup brushes you can never have enough. I have dozens of brushes, some are higher end, others are budget. When it comes to brushes I recommend getting a nice large fluffy powder brush that is the nicest quality you can get. I get so much use out of my giant fluffy powder brush. Favorites are Sigma F30 (pictured), and  MAC 134. Must have in my opinion. I use mine for bronzer, finishing powder, and sometimes blush.

 

 

Haul :: Sephora April VIB Sale

I usually do 2 major orders for makeup and skincare a year, and they coincide with Sephora’s VIB sales (20% in November 15% in April). This year was a little tame for me since I bought a lot of products from other websites and stores (Neiman Marcus, Ulta, Saks, and various websites for my Korean and Japanese skincare and makeup items).

For the pictures I only have most of the items, not all. Because for some reason Sephora decided to ship my items in 3 different shipments (they have NEVER done that before so strange).

Here we go!!!!!

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The Goods

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  • SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion
  • SK-II Facial Essence Treatment- I got the new limited edition bottle, so pretty!
  • Chosungah 22 Dual Lip Tint & Gloss in Cashmere (I did a review earlier)
  • Chosungah 22 Dual Lip Tint & Gloss in Velvet
  • Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist – I bought the travel size previously and FELL IN LOVE so I got a full size too!
  • Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream
  • Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35
  • Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
  • Touch in Sol Style Neon Super Proof Gel Liner in Burning Sunset
  • Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette in Color 3

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  • Hakuho-do + SEPHORA PRO Wedge Sloping Powder Brush (Kusabi)
  • Hakuho-do + SEPHORA PRO Large Teardrop Pointed Powder Brush (Otsubu)
  • Hakuho-do + SEPHORA PRO Fan Cheek Brush (Ougi)Lancome Miracle CC Cushion – Color Correcting Primer in Purple
  • Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer
  • Sephora Collection Solid Clean: Solid Brush Cleaner

I have a picture of the first 2 brushes, and the YSL palette.

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The boxes are really nice

I have wanted to try Hakuho-do brushes, and I have been intrigued by these for awhile. I am not expecting the works of a real Hakuho-do, but I like that they partnered with Sephora for these brushes, and guess what… they are SYNTHETIC! I had mixed feelings about that but I read and watched some reviews so I figured I would buy a few.

Also it was buy one get one free! They are limited edition so if anyone is interested I would go grab one or two before they are gone!

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Sloping Powder

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Large Teardrop Brush

And this amazing YSL Palette!

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I really love that range of colors. Its really flattering for my brown eyes!

I also tried the Lancome cushion primer in the store, I was super impressed. I am looking forward to using that as well!

Anyway super duper excited for these! ❤

 

Review :: Chosungah 22 Dual Lip Tint & Gloss

I love lip tints, and as apart of my recent Sephora haul (Haul post coming later today) I decided to try out a few of Chosungah 22s Dual lip tints. I have heard amazing things about these tint/gloss duos and I decided to see how they worked for me.

I got the colors Cashmere, and Velvet. But I will be just reviewing Cashmere today, and also give you my overall thoughts!

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First Impressions

First the product has 2 different ends (obviously) one with the lip tint, and the other with the accompanying lip gloss. The applicator for the lip tint is really nice, but the brush for the gloss is MEH. I kinda wish they had matching applicators.

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The tint is watery, and nicely pigmented, you can layer it on for a sweet light berry lip, or darken it with a few layers. It smells slightly of strawberries. The gloss is a very light nudy pink, and it applies ok, but good golly is it sticky.

I decided to wear just the tint first and see how that wore, and then later on add the gloss to it and see how I liked that.

The Tint

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This is what it looks like with one application. Its a very pretty blushing pink/red color.

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Here it is with another application. I tried to layer an additional one more in the inside center of the lips. I like to do that with tints. I dunno I really like the bitten lip look.

With the Gloss

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The gloss kind of smoothed out the color and gave the lips a very juicy look. It also softened the color up.

Overall Impressions

I have mixed feelings. First I ADORE the tint side. it’s a little watery but the applicator is really great so you can get a nice coat on with one or two passes. Its really easy to build on, and it lasts for hours. I only had to reapply after eating a very soupy lunch. However. I can’t stand the gloss. It is way to sticky, I hate the applicator, and it doesn’t do anything to bring out the beautiful shade of the tint. Yuck and nope.

Its $19 on Sephora, and the price isn’t too bad. I got another color (velvet) which I will try later, so honestly if you want a really nice long lasting tint get this definitely (its MUCH cheaper then the Benefit ones, which I also love) You may like the gloss, I dunno I wasn’t a fan. Overall though I did enjoy the tint a lot!

Overall Grade- B

**Tint is an A+ Gloss is a D

Kashoen Brush Unboxing

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I got the rest of my Kashoen Brushes. I ordered these from ALEXICIOUS which is an amazing company with high end products from Japan. They have everything, including Kashoen Brushes. I could be wrong but I think its one of the only places to get them online.

I am a huge sucker for makeup brushes, and I wanted to do a small order to see how these worked, before I invested a lot more in a more full set.

I got a small makeup brush set (that comes in a pretty pink silk pouch) and a cleanser brush. I have the Cleanser brush set from Tatcha (WHICH I AM LOVING!), and read that the cleansers are good for powder and bronzer, thus why I got a second!

I am going to show you how they come because good golly the packaging is just STUNNING and I am a sucker for packaging!

The Kashoen Cleanser Brush

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This is a beautiful wooden box, that has the name and decal etched onto the box, it has some designs on the side too! So lovely! And ensures it arrives safely! ❤

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after opening the box.

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Wrapped in rice paper

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I got the one with the red handle because I just fell in LOVE with the color!

The bristles are super duper soft, and it is such a pleasure to hold. I like the little chain so I can hang it while it dries. Love love LOVE!

Little Hana Basic Brush Set

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The box.

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You can barely see, but the paper has the pretty floral decal printed in pale pint all over it.

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After you open the box. The attention to detail when it comes to packaging these is insane.

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Outside of the silk pouch. It’s a pretty ballet shoe pink.

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Inside.

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The Brushes

  • Cheek Powder Brush
  • Eye Shadow Applicator
  • Eye Shadow Brush
  • Comb and Brow
  • Lip Brush

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And here is the set put together.

I haven’t had a chance to try the makeup set set. It is a very petit set, perfect for my bag or travel. If I love them I may invest in the larger more extensive set in the future! But I am OBSESSED with the cleanser brushes!

I am also wanting to try some Hakuhodo, and Chikuhodo brushes as well. so I may get those in the future as well.

I hope you enjoyed this unboxing! ❤

Haul :: ETUDE House Goodies!

Today has been an excellent day of packages for me. Not only did I receive my beautiful Kashoen Brush set from Tatcha, my SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (I was almost out) but I also got my order from ETUDE House!!!!!

Let me share my goodies! ❤

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I got the limited edition set of the Pink Cherry Blossom items

  • Play Pencil 101 in 5 colors
  • Perfumed Hand Cream
  • Pink Cherry Blossom Eau De Toilette (this smells amazing) Not to sweet, with hints of violet, cherry blossom, peach and amber.
  • Pink Cherry Blossom all over spray
  • Pink Cherry Blossom Pouch (THIS WILL BE PART OF A GIVEAWAY)

I also got…

Wonder Pore Freshner- I have wanted to try this, and have heard really good things.

Snowy Dessert Ginger Cookie Blusher – Look at how cute that packaging is!!! He is in a little oven. 🙂

Play 101 Contour Duo Stick

Zero Sebum Drying Powder- not in the picture, he was hiding in the box

Precious Mineral Magic Cushion– In Pink and Mint

Pure Water  Baobab Moisturizer

Baby Choux Base #2 Berry Shoux

Dear My Enamel Lips  Talk – Color #12, very pretty coral color

Big Cover Cushion Concealer – in illuminate, OMG so shimmery and pretty (also was hiding in the box when I took this picture)

I also got a snow globe pen, and a sample set of their moistfull collagen skincare line!

Can’t wait to try these guys out!

 

Oh OOOOH, I will be doing a giveaway soon, will have items from etude house, 3 concept eyes, and more. stay tuned for more information! ❤

 

 

 

Review :: A’Pieu Air-Fit Cushion Blusher

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Today I am reviewing the A’Pieu Air Fit Cushion Blusher, in Color CR02. I initially got this from my Koreadepart haul and have wanted to try it out. I used it yesterday, and thought a review might be fun.

First can we talk about how adorable the packaging is? I mean, C’MON!!!

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First Impressions

The pigment in this is so saturated. I mean I put the teeniest bit on my cheeks and it looked so dark. So a little definitely goes a long way. The color I got is a really beautiful shade of coral as well, so after applying it and blending it in (which it had amazing blend ability) I was able to get a very soft rose coral cheek, which was very flattering.

 

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and a swatch, looks darker on the cushion, but lovely tones on skin.

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It also had a very slight dewy finish to it. I really like dewy looks, but this obviously wouldn’t be for everyone.

Overall Impressions

At the end of the day this lasted very well. It faded little, but wasn’t blotchy and just got little fainter so closer to evening just looked like I had a light application of blush on rather then blotchy hell.

Overall I really loved this. The color was very nice the application was easy (the little cushion is so cute). It blended well, and lasted a long time. So yeah. I freaking love this!

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My Favorite Face Primers

I love me some good base makeup. But since its so hot, sticky and humid in florida, all my makeup will melt off if I don’t have a good primer. Over the years I have tested out dozens and these are some old, and new favorites. I am only listing 3 but I have a couple more I really love as well. I choose which to use depending on the type of makeup I am wearing, to how fancy the event or place I am going is.

in no particular order

Face Blur from Etude House

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This is my go to, especially on days I don’t wear a lot of makeup. Leaves a flawless finish (no pores OMG), has nice SPF, and more importantly helps my makeup last perfectly most of the day. However if it is STUPID humid outside I might not go for this one, but thats because it gives me 6 hours of wear on my makeup rather then 8, so its still pretty nice! Also inexpensive!!! ❤ love that

 

L’Or Pure Radiance Face Primer from Guerlain

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It’s no secret Guerlain is one of my favorite brands for makeup and skincare. I could gush for days about all the things I love from them, but I will just gush about this for now. THIS PRIMER IS EVERYTHING. Like E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G! Its firming, minimizes pores, glides on smooth and makes my makeup look spectacular all day! It also gives a nice glow to my face. The only reason I don’t slather this all over myself everyday is the price tag. So I save this for when i am using more expensive makeup, or do a super full face of makeup. still so good!

Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 from Nars

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I love this one because it is so good for everything. Nice SPF, gives me the illusion of not having huge pores, makes my makeup stay on nice and long, and has a nice lightweight finish.

Those are my favorites but I do have a few more. But I usually go with these! They all work extremely well, and I would recommend any one of them!

MemeBox Haul

Weeeee, so happy I got my Memebox order in! I was stocking up on some things I was almost out of and I am also trying some new things as well!

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Also Look at that Panda Bear! TonyMoly has the CUTEST packaging! ❤

The Goods!

Dinoplatz UFO Multibox from Too Cool for School – I have wanted to try this forever. the cushion has a little compartment on then bottom that has blush, concealer and a pore balm! I wanted this to throw in my small purses so I don’t have to lug around a lot of products.

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JeJu Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam from Innisfree – I LOVE this cleanser, makes my face feel so fresh and clean! This is a refill because I am almost out! ❤

Panda’s Dream White Magic Cream from Tony Moly – I wanted to try this to see if it helped brighten my completion. I am plenty pale, but having my complexion be brighter has always been something I try to achieve, make my skin look luminous and not dull. So we will see how this works!

Green Tea Cleansing Water from Innisfree – I have wanted to try out this cleansing water, so I am super excited!

Green Tea Moisture Cream from Innisfree – Another product I have wanted to try!

Proof 10 Eye Primer from Etude House – I was almost out so I grabbed another little jar of this. If you want a good eye primer TRY THIS! Seriously it is amazing!

Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3 Step Kit from Holika Holika- I LOVE these, I was out so I picked up another little kit of them!

I am really excited to try these things!!!! So yeah, woohoo!

Teeny Haul from 3 Concept Eyes

I had gotten this a few days ago and shared on my Tumblr. Decided to share here as well!

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I have really wanted a nice burnt rusty burgundy eyeshadow for pretty much ever, and I found it! From 3 Concept Eyes in color Saturn! and I got a nice dark eye shadow crayon to add some nice contrast! I decided to try out their pore balm to cause Lord my pasty skin NEEDS all the help it can get!

SWATCHES, only two but still!

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Those colors are exactly what I am looking for. The shadow shows little more orange then it does IRL, But it does have beautiful rust undertones.

The eye shadow is in color Saturn and the eye crayon is in color bad times! ❤ Can’t wait to use these guys! I’ll probably do a review of the pore balm in the future too!

Anyways if you are unfamiliar with 3 Concept Eyes products do give them a shot. They are amazing quality, the colors are great, and they have some unique products as well!