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    Loving Drugstore #1

    Can you tell I’m into numbering my blogposts? They seem organized that way. I’ve been numbering my collection videos, my routine videos, and who knows what else!

    This is my first (no wait, second) Drugstore faves post. I hardly ever feature any drugstore products into any of my blogposts or favorites because honestly, I’m not a fan of drugstore products. No prejudice. Simply because I have failed to find some of them even worth $5. I had come to the conclusion that I’d rather save the $5 and buy one really good luxury item. I have had many trials and errors with drugstore products, so much that I almost gave up on spending anything at these places at all!

    But recently, I have found that I am enjoying quite a few of them. Most (all) of the ones I’m going to be talking about are ones that have been frequently raved about in the beauty blog world. These are products that I have tested out for months before I could make my mind up about them.

    Unlike most beauty bloggers, I don’t like to hoard all the colors in a particular line of products. Again, just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean that when you reach the cash register, it won’t come out to be a lot. I’ve seen $$$ being spent at CVS and let me just say, it really isn’t hard to spend that much at drugstore. That being said, I don’t like to hoard a lot of drugstore products. Not only do I find the packaging not particularly attractive for my collection, but I find it is again potentially a waste.

    So whew, that being said, here are some of my favorites. [In no particular order]

    1. Revlon Lip Butters


    This is talked about. A lot. By almost everyone. Honestly, it took me awhile to figure out why. I bought this during the transition from fall to winter, when my lips were chappy. I found that this sunk into the creases of my lips and did not help repair the lips at all. I remember how people said that this was super moisturizing, but to me at the time, it felt like it only “felt” moisturizing but it didn’t actually “moisturIZE”. (I was a linguistics major so if you get my grammatical point there, yay!). Anyway, so I had put it off for awhile.
    But recently, with the hot weather and the less chappy lips, I found that I actually really like this stuff. I still think that once your lips are chapped, this is a no-no. But, if you do have an already moisturized lips, this could help MAINTAIN that moisture.

    I also liked the finish of it. It almost looks glossy, and so there’s no need for a lip gloss (not that I even wear lip glosses). Also, if you consistently apply it throughout the day, then I found it does have lasting power and even tints the lips.

    Left: Sweet Tart; Right: Tutti Frutti

    The shades I have are “Tutti Frutti” which is an orange shade. This is such a flattering color for the summer when you have a bronzing summer makeup on (should I do a makeup look post/video with this? tell me down below). I have been wearing this a lot.
    The other shade is “Sweet Tart” which is a pretty pink shade. Not too blue-toned, not too pale, not too red, not too pastel. It’s just… pink. And it’s pretty, and so it just gives a natural neutral pink lips when applied. Again, the finish is quite lovely!

    2.  Maybelline Color Tattoo- “Bad to the Bronze”


    Need I say more about this line of products? People go on and on about them. I only have one though and it’s the shade Bad to the Bronze which, as the name suggests, is a bronze gold color. It is a really pigmented and creamy eyeshadow that you could hardly say is anything of “cheap”. It feels luxurious and the color is stunning on the eyes. They have a whole line of colors, but I have yet to find enough temptation to get anything more than this.
    I find I gravitate towards this on days when I am lazy with even an eyeliner and I just want some kind of definition on my eyes, quick and easy. This does the job, and it’s great. Packaging is also glass so it feels pretty nice, I have to say.
    The rest of the review I previously wrote can be read here.

    2. Maybelline Under-Eye CONCEALERS

    Okay, so I have recently fallen in love with under-eye concealers. They make all the difference in the world. And although I don’t have any prominent dark circles, I do find that putting a concealer that is 2 shades lighter than your foundation can brighten up the face so much.

    My all time favorite under-eye concealer has been the Burberry Sheer Glow concealer but so sadly, it’s currently lost. So, I had to resort to the only other under-eye concealer I had, which was the Maybelline DreamLumi (Touch Higlighting Concealer) and though at first I kept comparing it to the long-lasting, dewy Burberry concealer, I grew to love this Maybelline one as well. I bought it in the lightest “highlighting” shade and I love it. It’s definitely a salmon-pink color that will contrast any blue under the eye.

    Left: DreamLumi, Right: Instant Age Rewind

    Then, recently I had to run to the drugstore to pick up a concealer because I was starting to look dull that day and I had no touch-ups in my bag. So, I decided to try something new and I picked up the Maybelline New Instant Age Rewind Eraser for Dark Circles. I instantly fell in love with this because I had applied it to an already flaking makeup and this did not stick to any flaked skin or makeup! It’s seem more lighter and powdery than the DreamLumi concealer so it does not crease. I am definitely going to carry this in my bag! The shade is again in the lightest shade “fair”. It doesn’t have as much salmon shade as the other Maybelline concealer, but it does the job beautifully!

    If I had to choose between the two to repurchase, I honestly don’t know what I’d pick!

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    Loving Drugstore #1

    Can you tell I’m into numbering my blogposts? They seem organized that way. I’ve been numbering my collection videos, my routine videos, and who knows what else!

    This is my first (no wait, second) Drugstore faves post. I hardly ever feature any drugstore products into any of my blogposts or favorites because honestly, I’m not a fan of drugstore products. No prejudice. Simply because I have failed to find some of them even worth $5. I had come to the conclusion that I’d rather save the $5 and buy one really good luxury item. I have had many trials and errors with drugstore products, so much that I almost gave up on spending anything at these places at all!

    But recently, I have found that I am enjoying quite a few of them. Most (all) of the ones I’m going to be talking about are ones that have been frequently raved about in the beauty blog world. These are products that I have tested out for months before I could make my mind up about them.

    Unlike most beauty bloggers, I don’t like to hoard all the colors in a particular line of products. Again, just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean that when you reach the cash register, it won’t come out to be a lot. I’ve seen $$$ being spent at CVS and let me just say, it really isn’t hard to spend that much at drugstore. That being said, I don’t like to hoard a lot of drugstore products. Not only do I find the packaging not particularly attractive for my collection, but I find it is again potentially a waste.

    So whew, that being said, here are some of my favorites. [In no particular order]

    1. Revlon Lip Butters


    This is talked about. A lot. By almost everyone. Honestly, it took me awhile to figure out why. I bought this during the transition from fall to winter, when my lips were chappy. I found that this sunk into the creases of my lips and did not help repair the lips at all. I remember how people said that this was super moisturizing, but to me at the time, it felt like it only “felt” moisturizing but it didn’t actually “moisturIZE”. (I was a linguistics major so if you get my grammatical point there, yay!). Anyway, so I had put it off for awhile.
    But recently, with the hot weather and the less chappy lips, I found that I actually really like this stuff. I still think that once your lips are chapped, this is a no-no. But, if you do have an already moisturized lips, this could help MAINTAIN that moisture.

    I also liked the finish of it. It almost looks glossy, and so there’s no need for a lip gloss (not that I even wear lip glosses). Also, if you consistently apply it throughout the day, then I found it does have lasting power and even tints the lips.

    Left: Sweet Tart; Right: Tutti Frutti

    The shades I have are “Tutti Frutti” which is an orange shade. This is such a flattering color for the summer when you have a bronzing summer makeup on (should I do a makeup look post/video with this? tell me down below). I have been wearing this a lot.
    The other shade is “Sweet Tart” which is a pretty pink shade. Not too blue-toned, not too pale, not too red, not too pastel. It’s just… pink. And it’s pretty, and so it just gives a natural neutral pink lips when applied. Again, the finish is quite lovely!

    2.  Maybelline Color Tattoo- “Bad to the Bronze”


    Need I say more about this line of products? People go on and on about them. I only have one though and it’s the shade Bad to the Bronze which, as the name suggests, is a bronze gold color. It is a really pigmented and creamy eyeshadow that you could hardly say is anything of “cheap”. It feels luxurious and the color is stunning on the eyes. They have a whole line of colors, but I have yet to find enough temptation to get anything more than this.
    I find I gravitate towards this on days when I am lazy with even an eyeliner and I just want some kind of definition on my eyes, quick and easy. This does the job, and it’s great. Packaging is also glass so it feels pretty nice, I have to say.
    The rest of the review I previously wrote can be read here.

    2. Maybelline Under-Eye CONCEALERS

    Okay, so I have recently fallen in love with under-eye concealers. They make all the difference in the world. And although I don’t have any prominent dark circles, I do find that putting a concealer that is 2 shades lighter than your foundation can brighten up the face so much.

    My all time favorite under-eye concealer has been the Burberry Sheer Glow concealer but so sadly, it’s currently lost. So, I had to resort to the only other under-eye concealer I had, which was the Maybelline DreamLumi (Touch Higlighting Concealer) and though at first I kept comparing it to the long-lasting, dewy Burberry concealer, I grew to love this Maybelline one as well. I bought it in the lightest “highlighting” shade and I love it. It’s definitely a salmon-pink color that will contrast any blue under the eye.

    Left: DreamLumi, Right: Instant Age Rewind

    Then, recently I had to run to the drugstore to pick up a concealer because I was starting to look dull that day and I had no touch-ups in my bag. So, I decided to try something new and I picked up the Maybelline New Instant Age Rewind Eraser for Dark Circles. I instantly fell in love with this because I had applied it to an already flaking makeup and this did not stick to any flaked skin or makeup! It’s seem more lighter and powdery than the DreamLumi concealer so it does not crease. I am definitely going to carry this in my bag! The shade is again in the lightest shade “fair”. It doesn’t have as much salmon shade as the other Maybelline concealer, but it does the job beautifully!

    If I had to choose between the two to repurchase, I honestly don’t know what I’d pick!

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    Missha Signature Concealer⎜Korean Beauty Haul #3

    This is fast becoming my number one most loved product I bought from Korea. I know I’m doing these post in order of how much I love them, and when I first thought out these posts, this product was my #3. However, using this again and again, I keep telling myself that I really love this! (Not that I like any of my #1 or #2 any less!)

    the duo: Signature BB cream + Signature Extreme Cover Concealer

    This is Missha’s Signature Extreme Cover concealer in color no. 23. This is a duo with their Signature BB cream that I last blogged about here. These two were selling as best-selling, and after trying it out at the store, I was impressed at how “tacky” the consistency was, so much that once I pressed it down on my blemishes, it did not budge!

    It has an SPF of 30 PA++ and this concealer is meant to plump up the skin as well. Although it comes in only two shades, somehow it just works. If you are fair/light then you can go for no.21, and if you are tan or olive toned, no.23 may work just fine! Of course, this is marketed to the Koreans and so the shades are limited. As for me, it works superb!

    I love that the color works so well on my skin, and mostly because it really lasts all day long! And the consistency is super creamy. It is so moist that when you put on blemishes or pimples, which means it is already a very troubled and maybe flaky skin, this cream just glides right on top of them and does not flake! It will not cling to dry spots and make you look all uneven like some concealers do. This is so moist that it just conceals and even plumps up the skin so that after you’re done with the concealing stage, your skin looks really healthy and even glowing!

    If you do read up on my posts, you’ll know that I am not a concealer person. This is not because I don’t have any scars, it is because I just don’t have time for that! Finding the spots and tapping them in… goodness! But on those days I want that flawless finish, this concealer has been my absolute go-to. It is one of my fail-proof products. (I am actually planning my FAIL-PROOF products post!) Also, I don’t really use this for my under-eye. I feel it may be a bit too tacky for the very thin and sensitive under-eye area, but I think it may work? I’ve actually never tried it! I keep to my Burberry Sheer Concealer for that (since it is really watery compared to this).

    Again, this is something I highly recommend if you are ever planning a trip to S. Korea. They do sell Missha in the States though, just not sure where :/ If you do some Korean beauty shopping here in the US, tell me where’s good! Some places sell for way higher than the original price. (BTW, Missha products are so affordable!)

    So, what do you think? xx

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    Missha Signature Concealer⎜Korean Beauty Haul #3

    This is fast becoming my number one most loved product I bought from Korea. I know I’m doing these post in order of how much I love them, and when I first thought out these posts, this product was my #3. However, using this again and again, I keep telling myself that I really love this! (Not that I like any of my #1 or #2 any less!)

    the duo: Signature BB cream + Signature Extreme Cover Concealer

    This is Missha’s Signature Extreme Cover concealer in color no. 23. This is a duo with their Signature BB cream that I last blogged about here. These two were selling as best-selling, and after trying it out at the store, I was impressed at how “tacky” the consistency was, so much that once I pressed it down on my blemishes, it did not budge!

    It has an SPF of 30 PA++ and this concealer is meant to plump up the skin as well. Although it comes in only two shades, somehow it just works. If you are fair/light then you can go for no.21, and if you are tan or olive toned, no.23 may work just fine! Of course, this is marketed to the Koreans and so the shades are limited. As for me, it works superb!

    I love that the color works so well on my skin, and mostly because it really lasts all day long! And the consistency is super creamy. It is so moist that when you put on blemishes or pimples, which means it is already a very troubled and maybe flaky skin, this cream just glides right on top of them and does not flake! It will not cling to dry spots and make you look all uneven like some concealers do. This is so moist that it just conceals and even plumps up the skin so that after you’re done with the concealing stage, your skin looks really healthy and even glowing!

    If you do read up on my posts, you’ll know that I am not a concealer person. This is not because I don’t have any scars, it is because I just don’t have time for that! Finding the spots and tapping them in… goodness! But on those days I want that flawless finish, this concealer has been my absolute go-to. It is one of my fail-proof products. (I am actually planning my FAIL-PROOF products post!) Also, I don’t really use this for my under-eye. I feel it may be a bit too tacky for the very thin and sensitive under-eye area, but I think it may work? I’ve actually never tried it! I keep to my Burberry Sheer Concealer for that (since it is really watery compared to this).

    Again, this is something I highly recommend if you are ever planning a trip to S. Korea. They do sell Missha in the States though, just not sure where :/ If you do some Korean beauty shopping here in the US, tell me where’s good! Some places sell for way higher than the original price. (BTW, Missha products are so affordable!)

    So, what do you think? xx

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    Creating a Flawless Base! (Current Foundation Routine)

    I wanted to make sure to put up the reviews for all the products that I mention here before posting this one. At the moment, this is my current foundation routine, meaning after all my skincare routine is done:

    1. Apply This Works “Perfect Look Skin Miracle” with fingers smoothly all over face. It preps, primes, and moisturizes my face!
    2. Take needed amount of Estee Lauder Maximum Cover foundation and the Burberry Fresh Glow (1-2 pumps) and mix them together. (The Burberry Fresh Glow is optional, and something that I don’t do all the time.) I apply them with my Real Techniques Expert Face brush.
    3. Again only when needed, I take my Burberry Sheer Concealer in No.02 “Soft Beige” under the eyes or where I want a bit of brightening. 
    So everything here is only the face-base. I’ve taken away the whole highlighting, blush, contouring, etc., steps to a beautiful face… just the most fundamental. The FOUNDATION routine!
    I’ve blogged about This Works perfect look skin miracle so many times, I wonder if I need to go through that again. As for the Burberry Fresh Glow I just blogged up, linking it right here. The Estee Lauder Maximum cover foundation is perfect for me at the moment. It’s a super high quality that is neither too matte nor too glowy. When I do want to create a more glowing and naturally radiant look, I mix my foundation with the Burberry Fresh Glow. It’s lovely. It makes the foundation more liquidey which makes applying easier. Also, you can sort of use less of your foundation because it spreads over a large surface area. The Fresh Glow is a makeup base, created to give a luminous glow to the face. I’ve reviewed that here. 
    Applying foundation is great with the expert face brush from Real Techniques. It’s a more condensed but very soft brush that really helps my foundation stay on longer and cover so much better! I’ve put away the buffing and stippling brush all together! 
    Lastly, only when I do need it, I apply the Burberry Sheer Concealer to make me look more “awake” and highlight certain areas. It’s really great. I’ve reviewed that here as well.
    With the coming warmer season, my foundation routine will likely change. We shall see, but for now, this is pretty much it!
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