This blog is run by some chickadee named Diana.

This blog is a hot mess of reviews, tips, Q&A, self post-its, and whatnots. Mainly whatnots. But, whatever it is, I hope my little two-cent packages of experimentation help you see if you really think that stain or concealer is all that or not. C:

Open to questions, feel free to ask!
29/11

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skelet0ns-paradise:

Pastel Goth //via Tumblr | via Tumblr auf We Heart It - http://weheartit.com/entry/68082852

skelet0ns-paradise:

Pastel Goth //via Tumblr | via Tumblr auf We Heart It - http://weheartit.com/entry/68082852

17/6

Video

theboywithmakeup:

This is such a worthwhile thing to start doing. Conceal under your eye in a triangle shape. Your makeup will look more blended and you’ll achieve that more flawless look. Plus, it won’t show up as harshly in flash photography (if your concealer has SPF or just isn’t great with flash). I do this every single time I do concealer even if that’s all I’m putting on that day. I know so many people that do what is done on the right (concealing just right under the eye) and let me tell you it doesn’t look that great.

(Source: loveyourmakeup)

Discontinued Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC for short) Lip Tar in “Strutter” for Bite Beauty's “Zivoli”. I personally don't own them, so I'll be using photos from Temptalia and Pink Sith’s blogs:

Temptalia’s swatches!

There’s a link to Pink Sith’s blog (underlined hyperlink) if you’re curious! I’ve just been looking around for a nice, mellow, brick red lippy and it’s really too bad that OCC put Strutter out of production. It looks great!

birchbox:

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I’ve mentioned on the blog before that I have frustratingly sensitive, breakout-prone skin. But what I haven’t talked about is another one of my most bashful beauty secrets: I inherited fantastically bushy eyebrows from my dad.

You might say, “But Candice, I haven’t seen those crazy brows in a Birchbox video before!” (At least hopefully! Maybe you have seen them? Eek.) But I’ve been able to shape and manage those tiny caterpillars—sans wax-induced breakouts—thanks to the Indian art of threading.

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10/6

Video

Mally Beauty’s Perfect Prep Primer


Hey little lovelies!

I’m just sharing something I was watching earlier today—from the tips and tricks section of her website—Mally’s primer prep. According to Glamour Magazine (which has spurred this interest in her as she was in a featured, horribly written insert) she does the make up of Beyonce and her sister Solange. As you know, there’s a huge fandom following behind Queen Bey, and she’s absolutely stunning with or without makeup, but if someone’s giving out the secrets to her makeup routine we all might as well take it, right??? 

First and foremost, I love how Mally describes her products—elaborately, effortlessly—you can also tell she’s not looking at a telecommuter to read off of. It’s all on her. She brings up things like peptides and marine extracts (which honestly makes me think of La Mer) so you know as the creator and marketer of these products, she’s got game. And I really respect that.

And her cute little dance at the end?! Oh my gosh. Yes.

I was wondering: Are any of you guys interested in a YouTube version of my cosmetics blog?

I feel like that would be much easier, and more entertaining and engaging than reading. Then you guys wouldn’t have to suffer through me trying to make my posts seem “fun” hahaha. This has been in the works since December, ever since my trip to California, but I’m still, still mulling it over…

What do you guys think?

birchbox:

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I tend to associate custom beauty products with major celebrities and people with far more money than me. A one-of-a-kind product that I created would be fantastic, but I’ve kept that dream on my “If I win the lottery”-list. (I know you have one too.) Well, that was until Bite Beauty came along.

The Canadian beauty brand recently launched their pop-up lipstick lab in New York and I have been freaking out about it ever since. I could make my own lipstick? Right there in the store? For only $28? I had to go.

Yesterday, I finally paid a visit to Bite Lip Lab and it was better than I imagined. In just 7 minutes, the beauty lab techs helped me create a custom lip color that I know I’ll be wearing all summer long.

Come take a digital science field trip with me and read on to see all the photos of how my lipstick was made right before my eyes.

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4/6

Photo

Hello lovelies!
I’m usually very scant on which products I normally use (known in the makeup world as “HG” or “Holy Grail” products) which is, for me, very “high and mighty” for me to do if I don’t even tell you guys my experiences on things I use on a daily basis or things I don’t even review (because it might just help you out).
Here we go! (from left to right, top to bottom)
1. Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser — $8
Remember when Biore was still that silvery green bottle on the shelves? Well, they did a makeover and took a spin off from the Asian Biore (Biore actually is an Asian line!) and projected that onto the American Biore packaging. In any such case: Why I prefer to use this compared to anything else for a cleanser is that it’s gentle on my skin. And, I have a huge history of getting milia or pimples from drying formulas or too-rich formulas—and for one thing (the most IMPORTANT thing!!!) it actually keeps acne from forming. Unless I’m closing in on my period…because hormonal acne HAPPENS. When I like to use it: during my night-time shower after I condition my hair.
2. Eskinol Lemon Cleanser — $3
Don’t let the name fool you—it’s a toner, and a brilliant one at that. I stumbled upon this some few years ago at one of the Vietnamese markets I frequent (one of many, I live in Houston!), and it’s worked better for me than the old Clean & Clearer astrigent toner back from middle school. It has a nice, clean, lemon scent (not “in-your-face” lemon) and it’s refreshingly cool after a shower or in the morning to perk up your senses. When I like to use it: Right when I step out of the shower if I’m not doing a mask, and in the morning after I splash my face (I don’t use cleanser in the morning). 
3. Nexxus Pro-Mend Split End Binding Serum Creme — $16 (regularly)
Amazingness in a pump-bottle, I tell you. In the last two semesters alone I’ve bleached my hair about 4 times and as any of you golden-haired pixies know, your hair takes on the texture of itchy, scratchy, straw. That was my problem, until I found this on sale at my local Walgreens for $4  at 75% off (it’s normally $16). How I like to use it: After a shower and after my hair is DRY but slightly moist (not even damp?) I’ll pump one or two squirts of this godsend into my hands, rub my palms together, and then pat/squeeze/ruffle into my hair’s midshaft and ends. If you use it while your hair is wet, your hair will turn crunchy (like dried product crunchy) for precaution.
4. Pond’s Evening Soothe Wet Cleansing Towelettes — $5
The first time I used this was during Spring Break and I went to Stewart Beach on Galveston Island, so whenever I pop this open and smell the wafting chamomile scent, I’m taken back. At the time I was looking for good wipes—the dollar pack I usually got from HEB just wasn’t cutting it (it had a gross, sticky residue). High and low, I found this on Allure’s best picks list thingie and I just went out and got it. There are a total of 30 wipes, but I don’t wear makeup every day so that’s not bad for me at all. The wipes themselves are big, and could get your entire face off even if you wore simple beach makeup or even all-out banquet makeup. The texture of them also helps (they’re diamond mesh) get rid of the layer of film on your face without being too abrasive. When I like to use them: After a day of sporting a full made-up face, and especially when I get home too late at night to take a shower for a quick fix (I usually also use EVOO to take off heavier, water-proof products). 
5. Garnier Moisture Rescue Lotion  (SPF 15) — (discontinued :C)
I’m a sucker for nostalgia. Guess what the fruity, pleasant scent of this bad boy reminds me of? (It’s San Francisco, where I first picked it up.) Winters are harsh on my skin, so finding a good day AND night cream for the biting, cold chill is difficult enough. I found this, and another amazing heavy cream for my dry-skin ailments for half it’s price. I got this for about… $4.50? Garnier has been the only brand to date where the moisturizers haven’t given my skin a nasty reaction, so I’m sticking to it. It’s even got SPF 15! When/how I like to use it: In the mornings, after my toner (especially if I’m planning to go somewhere for the day). 
6. Lancome Tonique Confort — $25
I saved the best for last and the last is… expensive. Relatively expensive. ($25 for a Lancome product will get you an eyeliner, too) On my roadtrip to California/San Jose/Tulare/San Francisco, my family stopped by the Westfield mall. My aunty, who’s an aesthetician and owns her own beauty parlor/nail salon, uses this. Don’t blame me—as a girl with no sisters, I confess, I LOVE to dig through other girls’ makeup bags or vanity cases and things like that. I’m a curious little bugger. My stay at her house taught me a lot about my own skintype as well (I’m a dry/normal) and techniques on how not to be too abrasive to your skin if it’s thin like mine. How I like to use it: Since this is pricey and I can’t afford to buy another when it runs out, I only use it after the most stripping of routines. If that day, I use an exfoliant (and do I mean exfoliant) which leaves my skin entirely naked of oils and protection, I will follow up with this. Of course, there’s a slight burn from raw skin-product contact, but it’s nothing unbearable and not even an annoyance. This is a moisturizing toner, so my skin feels baby-fresh and supply after patting it on. And, then there’s the iconic Lancome Rose scent that’s not too “aged” or grandma smelling. It’s just very chic.
So that’s it, folks! My top 6 HG products. :)

Hello lovelies!

I’m usually very scant on which products I normally use (known in the makeup world as “HG” or “Holy Grail” products) which is, for me, very “high and mighty” for me to do if I don’t even tell you guys my experiences on things I use on a daily basis or things I don’t even review (because it might just help you out).

Here we go! (from left to right, top to bottom)

1. Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser — $8

Remember when Biore was still that silvery green bottle on the shelves? Well, they did a makeover and took a spin off from the Asian Biore (Biore actually is an Asian line!) and projected that onto the American Biore packaging. In any such case: Why I prefer to use this compared to anything else for a cleanser is that it’s gentle on my skin. And, I have a huge history of getting milia or pimples from drying formulas or too-rich formulas—and for one thing (the most IMPORTANT thing!!!) it actually keeps acne from forming. Unless I’m closing in on my period…because hormonal acne HAPPENS. When I like to use it: during my night-time shower after I condition my hair.

2. Eskinol Lemon Cleanser — $3

Don’t let the name fool you—it’s a toner, and a brilliant one at that. I stumbled upon this some few years ago at one of the Vietnamese markets I frequent (one of many, I live in Houston!), and it’s worked better for me than the old Clean & Clearer astrigent toner back from middle school. It has a nice, clean, lemon scent (not “in-your-face” lemon) and it’s refreshingly cool after a shower or in the morning to perk up your senses. When I like to use it: Right when I step out of the shower if I’m not doing a mask, and in the morning after I splash my face (I don’t use cleanser in the morning). 

3. Nexxus Pro-Mend Split End Binding Serum Creme — $16 (regularly)

Amazingness in a pump-bottle, I tell you. In the last two semesters alone I’ve bleached my hair about 4 times and as any of you golden-haired pixies know, your hair takes on the texture of itchy, scratchy, straw. That was my problem, until I found this on sale at my local Walgreens for $4  at 75% off (it’s normally $16). How I like to use it: After a shower and after my hair is DRY but slightly moist (not even damp?) I’ll pump one or two squirts of this godsend into my hands, rub my palms together, and then pat/squeeze/ruffle into my hair’s midshaft and ends. If you use it while your hair is wet, your hair will turn crunchy (like dried product crunchy) for precaution.

4. Pond’s Evening Soothe Wet Cleansing Towelettes — $5

The first time I used this was during Spring Break and I went to Stewart Beach on Galveston Island, so whenever I pop this open and smell the wafting chamomile scent, I’m taken back. At the time I was looking for good wipes—the dollar pack I usually got from HEB just wasn’t cutting it (it had a gross, sticky residue). High and low, I found this on Allure’s best picks list thingie and I just went out and got it. There are a total of 30 wipes, but I don’t wear makeup every day so that’s not bad for me at all. The wipes themselves are big, and could get your entire face off even if you wore simple beach makeup or even all-out banquet makeup. The texture of them also helps (they’re diamond mesh) get rid of the layer of film on your face without being too abrasive. When I like to use them: After a day of sporting a full made-up face, and especially when I get home too late at night to take a shower for a quick fix (I usually also use EVOO to take off heavier, water-proof products). 

5. Garnier Moisture Rescue Lotion  (SPF 15) — (discontinued :C)

I’m a sucker for nostalgia. Guess what the fruity, pleasant scent of this bad boy reminds me of? (It’s San Francisco, where I first picked it up.) Winters are harsh on my skin, so finding a good day AND night cream for the biting, cold chill is difficult enough. I found this, and another amazing heavy cream for my dry-skin ailments for half it’s price. I got this for about… $4.50? Garnier has been the only brand to date where the moisturizers haven’t given my skin a nasty reaction, so I’m sticking to it. It’s even got SPF 15! When/how I like to use it: In the mornings, after my toner (especially if I’m planning to go somewhere for the day). 

6. Lancome Tonique Confort — $25

I saved the best for last and the last is… expensive. Relatively expensive. ($25 for a Lancome product will get you an eyeliner, too) On my roadtrip to California/San Jose/Tulare/San Francisco, my family stopped by the Westfield mall. My aunty, who’s an aesthetician and owns her own beauty parlor/nail salon, uses this. Don’t blame me—as a girl with no sisters, I confess, I LOVE to dig through other girls’ makeup bags or vanity cases and things like that. I’m a curious little bugger. My stay at her house taught me a lot about my own skintype as well (I’m a dry/normal) and techniques on how not to be too abrasive to your skin if it’s thin like mine. How I like to use it: Since this is pricey and I can’t afford to buy another when it runs out, I only use it after the most stripping of routines. If that day, I use an exfoliant (and do I mean exfoliant) which leaves my skin entirely naked of oils and protection, I will follow up with this. Of course, there’s a slight burn from raw skin-product contact, but it’s nothing unbearable and not even an annoyance. This is a moisturizing toner, so my skin feels baby-fresh and supply after patting it on. And, then there’s the iconic Lancome Rose scent that’s not too “aged” or grandma smelling. It’s just very chic.

So that’s it, folks! My top 6 HG products. :)

31/5

Video

A swatch of “Seashell”, a translucent peachy-nude lacquer from Revlon’s 2013 summer collection by Gucci Westman.

As of late, Tatcha’s been on my personal version of the BBB (Better Business Bureau) list: not only are their products superb, but the amount of consideration into packaging and get-out-there deals are finely tuned to my all-about-customer-experience pampering mindset. The last post or so I mentioned Tatcha having a free throw-in Aburatorigami Blotting Sheets pack with purchase code, which I fancied myself to try these infamous “geisha secret” tools of the trade (the sheets were the only things I could afford, so it was like a BOGO Free!). This is my initial take on them:

"Special Delivery for Diana" — it’s no wonder I’m a fan. This envelope looks like it’s encasing something so worthwhile to be packaged and signed by hand, right?! But no, it’s just the invoice.

(Slivers of pearly silky goodness, and a cute sticker that looks like a candle stamp!!!)

This is my order in full: 

  • Two Aburatorigami Blotting Packs (the regular kind)
  • Samples of Rice Enzyme Facial Wash in Gentle, Classic, and Deep

Onto the review:

The paper has flecks of goldleaf which is just decadent in itself. It’s very light, like rice paper. Very, very pretty. According to an insert within the same envelope as the invoice, this very same durable paper was used by goldsmiths to wrap and carry gold to the imperial palace and how the geishas discovered its latent oil absorbent powers, no one knows why. (I can take a guess: Anyone in Japan who worked with metal liked to shine their swords, tools, and the like with “tsubaki” or camellia oil, which sort of has an anti-corrosion and anti-rust effect. Camellia oil is also a geisha secret, so my guess is that the paper “cured” the shined gold for shipment to the palace and that’s there it got its start.) In any such case, the paper is quite large and at first I thought I’d need to cut all the sheets in half to not be so wasteful.

Instructions: Pat on trouble areas (do not wipe or smear). Today was a regular steamy day in Houston, TX so my face wasn’t necessarily oily, it was a mix of sebum and sweat. This is the result:

The paper itself becomes transparent as it becomes soaked with oily residue but still retains a level of classy glamour. I touched my face: still hydrated from this morning’s moisturizer and toner combo but otherwise no longer sticky and slick with sebum which is great—I can’t wait to try it out with a full face of makeup!

THE VERDICT:

  • pricey for blotting papers, but if you like a little luxury and the great business behind the brand, I think it’s worth it
  • removes unwanted oil build-up on the face without budging other products
  • always watch Tatcha for great deals! If $12 is pricey for 30 goldleaf waifish sheets for you, then wait for the throw-in code so it’ll be BOGO!