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Ilia Eye Primer + Moondance SPF 20 Powder Review

November 28, 2017

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A few months ago, I picked up two things I was really needed that were missing in my makeup collection: a natural eyeshadow primer and a translucent finishing powder with sunscreen. I did not fulfill my search for an exceptional, natural, long-lasting eyeshadow primer so I decided to give the Ilia Eye Primer a try. I also picked up the travel-friendly Ilia Moondance SPF 20 Powder. I gave both a good test so continue below for the full review!

Ilia Natural Brightening Eye Primer in On & On
This eye primer claims to instantly brighten, intensify color, hydrate and depuff with a feather-light formula that won't crease. It comes in a lip-gloss-looking tube and can be applied directly onto the lids with the doe-foot applicator. Although the eye primer looks like a shimmery ivory shade, it leaves a clear, semi-matte finish without a trace of shimmer once applied and blended. Retails for $24.

I have extremely oily eyelids and watery eyes so it's a challenge to prevent my eyeshadows from creasing and my eyeliner from fading and smudging.

I love that it's made beneficial key ingredients like skin-soothing aloe vera, nourishing rosehip and olive oils, depuffing arnica, and calming chamomile.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin*, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Polyglyceryl-2 Oleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Coco-caprylate, Jojoba Esters, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Dimethicone, Mica, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Bean*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf*, Arnica Montana*, Matricaria Chamomilla (Chamomile) Flowers*, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol. *Certified Organic

Pros

  • Leaves a clear finish without any shimmer
  • Lightweight, airy formula makes it easy to layer
  • Doesn't dry out the skin
  • Makes eyeshadows more vibrant
  • Extends eyeshadow wear
  • Packaging doesn't leak
  • Smells like baby powder
Cons

  • Stings my eyes in the first couple of uses—it doesn't irritate my eyes anymore but I thought it was strange that it stung my eyes when I first used it...
  • My eyeshadows still crease by the 8th hour
  • It will be hard to retrieve the last bits of product since it's in a lip-gloss-looking tube versus a squeeze tube

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Ilia Moondance SPF 20 Powder
This portable, travel-friendly powder protects the skin from harmful UV rays and controls excess shine. It claims to leave a hint of luminosity to the skin, as well. The compact powder comes attached with a super soft, magnetic brush to dispense and blend the powder. There's also an option to 'open', 'close', and 'buff' which makes it convenient to touch up on the go. Retails for $34.

Some notable ingredients include nourishing sunflower oil, skin cell-protecting rosemary, antibacterial and skin-soothing thyme, skin-soothing aloe vera and antioxidant-rich hibiscus flower. I'm impressed with all of these ingredients because most finishing powders aren't formulated with additional skin-enhancing botanics.

Ingredients: Active: Non-nano Zinc Oxide 14%
Inactive: Mica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Sunflower Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf*, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate. *Certified Organic

Pros
  • Convenient and easy to use—I also like to use it on my ears, behind my neck, and on my arms
  • Makes retouching with SPF a breeze
  • The brush is magnetic and detachable so you can wash it
  • The brush is really soft and high quality
  • The 'buff' option is useful since it prevents additional product from dispensing onto the brush
  • Leaves a semi-matte finish without any shimmer
  • Does not dry out the skin or accentuate flakes 
Cons
  • It only dispenses product in the center of the brush
  • Sometimes I have to apply the powder onto the back of my hand first to get the product moving
  • Does not control extremely oily skin very well—reapplication is a must if you want a shine-free face

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At the end of the day, the question comes down to this: would I repurchase these products? It's hard to find a product that does it all but I would gladly repurchase both the Eye Primer and Moondance SPF 20 Powder. Have you tried any of these? I'd love to hear how they work for you!

P.S. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I'm really grateful for everything and everyone—including you.

Quick Autumn Makeup Routine

November 21, 2017

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Autumn's officially here in LA but to be honest, I'm not sure how I feel about it! I'm not a huge fan of the shorter days—the sun sets between 4-5pm which means it's dark outside before I leave work. However, I am enjoying the cooler, foggy weather and the fact that I cozy up in my sweater without breaking a sweat. It's also nice to see the foliage transition into warmer tones. The red, brown, and orange autumn color palette inspired me to switch up my neutral makeup look to something more earthy and spicy.

Foundation
I always start off with my good ol' trusty Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation I use the shade 115, however, I did get tanner from kayaking in New Zealand a month ago so this shade is a bit light for me right now.

I use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush to pick up product from the stick foundation itself. Then, starting from the center of my face, I gently buff and blend. I repeat this on areas that need more coverage but avoid putting on too much product on the outer parts of my face—I want my foundation to look natural.

You can read my full review about the Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation here.

Blush
Next, I add Au Nautrale's Pure Powder Blush in Fig to give my cheeks some life. Fig is soft peachy pink shade with hints of micro shimmer.

The application process of the new Au Naturale Powder Blushes are quite interesting: the loose powder comes in a pump dispenser. I've heard mixed reviews about the pump but I personally think it's handy! I spritz the product onto my fluffy blush brush, tap off the excess product onto the back of my hand, and tap and blend onto my cheeks.

Although not completely mess-free, the pump creates an easier application since you can control how much product to dispense. It's also travel friendly and won't spill everywhere compared to conventional loose powder packaging. I'm a fan!

Eye Primer
If I'm ever wearing eyeshadow or eyeliner, I NEED to prep my eyelids with some eyeshadow primer. I have extremely oily and watery eyes. On top of that, I have double eyelids with a good amount of fine lines—it looks like ripples in the ocean? What I'm saying is that there's a lot of room for creasing for me so I won't take any chances.

I've been testing out the Erin's Faces Eye Primer* for the past month. I like that it contains a bit of tint to brighten and fade any darkness and veins. It dries down rather quickly and leaves a matte, clean base for the eyeshadows. If you have dry skin, this primer can accentuate and cling onto the dry patches—this happened to me when I was in Apollo Bay, Australia and forgot to properly moisturize the night before. Overall, this keeps the shadow in place for most of the day. I still experience creasing and fading which I expected from a more natural eyeshadow primer.

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Eyeshadows + Liner
It's time to bust out the warm, autumn inspired colors!

With a flat eyeshadow brush, I apply Han Skin Care Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Sunset all over the lids. Sunset is, hands down, my all-time favorite eyeshadow! Nourishing ingredients like shea butter, argan oil, and acai oil make the formula glide on like butter. Sunset is a warm, peachy champagne shade with pretty micro shimmers. I also apply this on my lower lash line to brighten up the eyes.

Next, I add some depth to the outer portion of my crease with Silk Naturals' Brandy Eyeshadow—a matte rosy mauve shade. The images on their website look more like a burnt, bright orange but it's actually a muted, rose shade.

Then I dip a flat angled brush in some water to pick up the Nu Evolution Eyeshadow in Chic*. Chic is a shimmery copper shade that reminds me oh so much of fall. I use this eyeshadow, wet, as my eyeliner! Lately, this has been my favorite, quick and easy way to define my eyes. Also, this shade combined with the Sunset eyeshadow makes my dark brown eyes pop during the daytime.

Brows
I quickly fill in my brows the the Kimiko Super Fine Eyebrow Pencil Automatique in Black Tea (not pictured). I create thin, hair-like strokes following the direction of my brow's natural growth. I brush and brush again with the spoolie on the other end to prevent my brows from looking harsh.

Lipstick
Okay! One last step: lipstick. To finish off the look, I chose Nu Evolution's Lipstick in Fierce, a  beautiful, deep brownish red shade from Nu Evolution because it just screams autumn! I apply a sheer layer and blend it out with my fingers for a more wearable look. Then I build up the opacity by applying more product in the center of my lips to create a Korean-inspired gradient effect.


Thanks for reading! Do you change up your makeup choices during autumn? Or is that just me?

*gifted.

What's in My Travel Skincare Kit

November 18, 2017

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Hello, hello! I recently went to Australia and New Zealand for two weeks and wanted to share the travel-friendly skincare products I brought on the trip. Weather forecast: cold, slight chance of rain and winds, and a lot of sunshine! The spring season didn't alter what I included in my travel skincare kit—I've been using the same products for the past few months and my sensitive skin has been loving it! So technically this is my everyday, minimalist skincare routine. ;)

Cleanser
I remove my eye and brow makeup with a few drops of the Pai BioRegenerate Rosehip Oil on a cotton pad. I love how the oil nourishes my thin lash and brow hairs!

Then I pour a teaspoon of the Fig + Yarrow Rose Clay Mask, add a few drops of the Pai BioRegenerate Rosehip Oil and some water to create a liquidy cleansing paste. I use circular motions to massage the cleanser for 10-20 seconds and then rinse off with warm water.

The Rose Clay Mask exfoliates, cleanses, and calms redness without drying out my skin. It also smells heavenly! This concoction removes all traces of my foundation and face makeup and leaves my skin feeling soft and balanced. I highly recommend cleansing with clay masks if you have sensitive skin!

Toner
After cleansing, I spritz a generous amount of the Lake & Skye Rose Floral Water*. I'm a huge fan of rose waters because one, they smell amazing, and two, they don't cause my skin to breakout! Rose water is also great at keeping the skin hydrated.

Moisturizer
While my skin is still damp from applying toner, I add 2-3 drops of the Pai BioRegernate Rosehip Oil to seal in the moisture. If my skin isn't damp, I'll spritz some rose water onto the palms of my hand and mix it with the rosehip oil. This helps the oil to penetrate into the skin more effectively! Then I press the oil onto my skin and hold for a few seconds to allow the product to fully absorb.

Before using the Pai BioRegenerate Rosehip Oil, I was using hemp seed oil as a moisturizer. Unfortunately, hemp seed oil goes rancid rather quickly and requires refrigeration which is why I stopped using it. But it all worked out because I found something better for my skin! I seriously LOVE this rosehip oil: it moisturizes without being too oily, calms down my breakouts, and smooths out my skin texture.

Sunscreen
Being outdoors for majority of the day means exposure to tons of sunshine. I use the Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28 Sunscreen* every morning to protect my skin from the UV rays. It leaves a beautiful, dewy sheen and acts like a makeup primer. My makeup looks even better when I use this stuff underneath!

This is the only sunscreen that works well with my sensitive, acne-prone skin. It doesn't contain any pore-clogging coconut-derived ingredients or any highly oleic oils—it's definitely a keeper!

Body Wash
I know we're talking about skincare but I wanted to include this Organic Body Wash by Dr. Alkaitis* because it's in a cute, little bottle! It contains aloe vera gel to help soothe and soften the skin.


My skin was well behaved throughout the trip thanks to the amazing weather and to these skincare items! All of these fit nicely and securely in my Away Mini Suitcase*.

If you've made it this far and are wondering how the trip went...
Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia
Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia
Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia
Three Sisters, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia
Behind the scenes at Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia
Twelve Apostles, Princetown Victoria, Australia
Cuties at One Tree Hill, Auckland, New Zealand
One Tree Hill, Auckland, New Zealand
Marokopa Falls, Te Anga, New Zealand
Cathedral Cove, Hahei, New Zealand
Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua, New Zealand
Kayaking in Milfound Sound, New Zealand

*gifted.

Seraphine Botanicals Liquid Coal Waterproof Eyeliner Review

September 27, 2017

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Nowadays, I only wear eyeliner for when I want to feel exceptionally put together. I gravitate towards liquid eyeliner since they tend to last the longest on my oily eyelids and watery eyes—plus, they tend to be easier to apply!

Seraphine Botanicals kindly sent over their Liquid Coal Waterproof Eyeliner for me to try. The black liner retails for $22 and features a felt-tip applicator. I was especially interested in this eyeliner because of its waterproof claims and its "Rubberflex" nib applicator to create thin, precise lines without any tugging.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua)**, Ethylhexyl Palmitate**, Glycerin**, Pvp, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil**, Glyceryl Stearate**, Polyacrylic Acid, Sorbic Acid (Acidum Sorbicum)**. [+/- (May Contain/peut Contenir) Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)**] *Vegetable-Derived (D'origine Végétale) **Natural (D’Origine Naturelle)

After testing it for a few months during the summertime, here are my final thoughts!

Pros
  • Very pigmented and black
  • Felt-tip applicator is thin but can create fine or dramatic lines and fills gaps between the lashes without a problem
  • Easy to apply—even for beginniners
  • Leaves a semi-matte finish
  • Doesn't irritate the eyes
Cons
  • Lasted quite a while on my oily, watery eyes with primer underneath but started to smudge at the end of the end
  • Will fade easily if you rub your eyes

Overall, I am impressed with the application and ease of use of the Seraphine Botanicals Liquid Coal Waterproof Eyeliner! Although it didn't last all day for me, I still find myself reaching for it when I want to get dolled up for an outing. If you have normal or dry skin, I think this will last a really long time on your eyes and recommend you to give it a try!
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Hollybeth Organics Lavender Mist Review

September 18, 2017

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Hello! Summer is coming to an end and I'm having mixed emotions about it—I'm definitely going to miss the sunshine but not the crazy hot temperatures. My latest summer skincare obsession has been facial mists. I never knew how much I loved them until recently and it's all thanks to the heat and my desire to keep my skin feeling fresh.

If you read my August Favorites post, then you know that I really enjoyed the Rose Geranium Toner from Hollybeth Organics. I also tried out their Lavender Mist, which retails for $22, and fell in love with it! It's made of 100% USDA certified organic lavender flower distillate and can be used on the face, body, and hair. You can also use it to freshen up the air, clothing, or fabrics.

Lavender has great antibacterial properties which makes it perfect for treating blemishes and healing minor cuts and rashes. It also calms irritation and redness. I personally love the grounding scent of lavender—it really helps destress my mind.

Although this mist has a wide variety of functions, I use it as a facial toner and makeup setting spray. Luckily, this nozzle is able to create a very fine mist unlike most mists.

Here are some of the reasons why I love the Hollybeth Organics Lavender Mist:
  • Calms down redness
  • Reduces my angry breakouts
  • Makes my skin look radiant and glowy
  • Hydrates and leaves my skin feeling supple
  • Sets makeup and leaves a dewy finish even if I use a heavy amount of mineral powder foundation
  • Instantly cools and refreshes my skin

Ever since implementing a facial mist into my skincare routine, I always look forward to spritzing my face because it makes me feel like I'm pampering myself!

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My Summer Makeup Look

September 10, 2017


Hi guys! I've been feeling very inspired to create video content lately so I decided to show you how I do my makeup during the summer when I want to feel a little more glam—watch the video here.

Here's the list of products used:

  • Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28
  • Vapour Luminous Foundation in 115
  • Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation in Popcorn Silk
  • Naturals Blush in Nuance 
  • Silk Naturals Mineral Glow in Halo 
  • Sappho Brow Pomade in Taupe Grey 
  • Kimiko Retractable Brow Pencil in Black Tea 
  • Tarte Eye Primer Seraphine 
  • Botanicals Chia + Camellia Eyeshadow Palette 
  • ETVOS Mineral Liquid Eyeliner in Brown 
  • CHI 1" Flat Iron Teddie Organic Rose Water 

And if you're ever wondering what I use to take photos... here it is! The same is used for this video except I went for the 35L for a wider crop.

  • Canon 5D Mark III 
  • Canon 35L Rode 
  • VideoMicro Compact Mic 
  • Final Cut Pro

Excuse my inconsistent voice—some were recorded late at night, after I got home from work so I was really tired.

Anyways, thanks for tuning in! I want to do a video featuring some of my basic outfits because all I wear is basic clothes and maybe my skincare routine? Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see!

S.W. Basics Exfoliant Review

September 4, 2017

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If you didn't know by now, I love S.W. Basics because of their minimalist ingredients list so don't be surprised that I'm reviewing yet another product from their line. Before summer started I knew I wanted to keep my skin feeling fresh and looking clear so I went with the Exfoliant (retails for $19.99) to slough off dead skin cells.

Ingredients: Organic Oat Flour, Organic Almond Flour, Sea Salt

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This exfoliant is made with only 3 ingredients to brighten and soften the skin. I've actually been looking for a skincare product with oat as an ingredient as it helps combat redness and inflammation. 

Pros
  • Smells very pleasant
  • Removes dead skin cells very well
  • Leaves the skin feeling baby soft
  • Calms down the overall redness of my skin

Cons
  • The texture of this exfoliant doesn't look like what's shown on their website—the photos on the website make the exfoliant seem finer and more like a powder whereas mine looks like there's huge chunks of oats and salts?
  • The exfoliant is bit rough but I think I may have gotten a bad batch
  • The sea salt stings my dry lips and some acne spots

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Have you seen S.W. Basics at your local Target? That's how I discovered them!
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