Good Girls Wear Peach

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I'm sure bad girls wear peach as well but today, I'd like to share with you my peachy-pink blush collection which includes one of my favourite blushes this month and my favourite blush of 2015. Surprisingly, I don't actually have as many blushes as I thought, especially since I use them daily! Blushes are as staple to me as eyeliner is to my eyes. My face can appear quite flat and round if I don't put some colour to it. Peachy pinks are something I pull out whenever I'm not sure what to wear so they tend to be part of my most used items.

The blush that spurred this post would have to be Essence's Good Girls Wear Peach blush. I've always heard good things about Essence blushes so I picked this one up a few months ago. It's part of their Limited Edition Good Girl Bad Girl collection. I don't enjoy posting about Limited Edition stuff but it seems that Essence release their collections over a large span of time so things that were released in Europe over half a year ago may be just released in Canada. I don't quite understand it yet but for reference purposes, I'm going to post my swatch today.

Essence Good Girl Bad Girl (Good Girls Wear Peach) - I believe this is the only blush in this collection. It's one of the most powdery blushes I've ever own. However despite that, it does have a nice colour pay off. It's a true muted peach shade that is hard to find in the drugstore.  I'm pretty pale so it adds a light bit of colour on my cheeks and give them a bit of definition but not enough where I'm screaming blush. I really like this colour but I'm not sure this will show up all that well on deeper skin tones. Essence should really have released another shade as well so that there's options.  GGWP wore beautifully and at the end of 8hr day, I could still see it on my cheeks. In pan there's a bit of shimmer but on swatches, the shimmers don't really show.

Etude House Cookie Blusher (#6 Grapefruit Jelly): This is my favourite blush in 2015 and I love it so much, I'm already contemplating on buying a backup despite not having hit pan yet. I've reviewed it in its own post here. Comparing it to GGWP, it's much brighter and have a lot more pink in it. It's also not powdery at all. 

Tony Moly Crystal Blusher (#3 Pleasure Peach): This is very similar to GGWP but with a bit of pink added in and also brighter. I've reviewed the all the Crystal Blushers I own in this post. The texture is drier and more powdery than Etude House but less definitely less powdery than GGWP. It's also very long lasting. 

I'm wearing GGWP  - it's just a light wash of colour that is hardly detectable. On the lips I have Too Face Melted Lipstick in Melted Peony.

Etude House's Grapefruit Jelly is still my favourite but if you ever come across GGWP, it's not a bad idea to pick it up, especially since it's only $3.50 CDN. 

[MOTD] Giving More Love to My Unused Stuff

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
In 2015, I really played it safe as you can in my Best of Beauty 2015 post. I stuck to low maintenance, natural, barely there makeup. In 2016, I'd like to experiment more often. As a beauty enthusiasts, I've accumulated quite a lot of things I admire and never use. Here are some beautiful items I love in my collection but rarely wear outside. 
I'm not really skilled at all with eyeshadow. I have tons of palettes that I never use it. This discontinued quad from Innisfree has a lot of cool toned coloured shadows that I think I will be conformable starting with - like the olive gold and cool tone silver. The shadows are actually really soft and flattering so I think this will be a favourite soon.

I'd love to use glitter and shimmer more often but the eyeshadow trend here is mostly the matte, neutral kind. I'll try to work the Aritaum Shine Fix Eyes into my routine daily and add some dazzle to daily life. The one in the picture is #13 Brown Bunny which I love using on top of my regular liners to get a bit of sparkle. 

Nars Cruella has got to be my favourite red classic red lip. It's deeper red than most reds I own so it doesn't really pop as much as others. I got this as part of my Sephora Birthday gift last year, and I haven't had the chance to wear it yet. I've been trying to work it into a gradient lip. 

 Too Face Melted Lipstick in Melted Peony is my latest flattering almost "nude". It's a soft milky pink that always makes my lips look fuller than they are. 

Falsies - My eyelashes aren't flattering, even with mascara. This year, I'd like to use more individual lashes to amplify my own.  It's still a bit time consuming so I've been using Maybelline's Falsies and I actually really like it.

Using the products above with a bit of light contour with TCFS Artclass by Rodin

[REVIEW] Snoopy Limited Edition Skinfood Royal Honey Good Moisturizing Cream

Sunday, January 10, 2016

When Skinfood came out with the Snoopy Collaboration, I was so excited. It was actually this product that I saw first on Instagram of the collab. I can tell you, I was immediately in love with the packaging. Skinfood skincare has always done pretty well with my skin so I knew that it was a brand I could trust for my skin. Good skincare + super cute packaging = I needed it.

Skinfood Royal Honey Good Moisturizing Cream has been around long before the Snoopy collaboration but it was only with the adorable good packaging that I really paid attention to it. 


"Free of 10: Mineral oils, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, benzoic acid, salicylic acid, silicone oils, talc, triclosan, triethanolamine, polyacrylamide"

100-hours of hydration 

I love it when products come sealed. It makes a world of a difference to me!

This product comes in a squeeze tube with 200g of product. I really love how it's in a tube form. Most of the creams I've been using lately have all come in a jar form. More often than not, I'm in a hurry or don't have a q-tip around to scoop products out. It's truly my pet peeve when I get cream underneath my nails. I'm just constantly thinking about contaminating the rest of the product even though I know I washed and dried my hands. This tube, although quite large, really allows me to squeeze the right amount out. 

The texture of the cream is lovely.  It's not too runny where it will just ooze out of the tube without pressure nor is it too thick where it would get stuck in the tube. It's just perfect, it really is. When you touch it, it feels light, almost like a gel - cream and upon spreading, it becomes almost watery.

Since I've been using only this product as my skincare since I got it, I feel comfortable giving a review on its performance. As a product that can be used on the body and on the face, I really wasn't expecting much. However, I have to say, I really, really enjoy this cream. It's a simple, hydrating cream and that is completely true to its name, Good Moisturizing Cream.  Previously I've been mixing argan oil in my moisturizer to keep my skin supple, however with this, there's no need to do that. Ever since I started using this cream, I haven't really needed anything else. The watery-cream consistency allows the cream to smooth out onto my skin easy and sink in right away.  It feels really light and gives me a sense of hydration right away. The only drawback is that there is an ever, so slight, barely noticeable stick to it when I apply it on my face. On my hands, it just sinks right in and disappears. It really leaves my skin feeling nice, moisturized and smooth which is amazing because it's winter in Canada right now.  It also does well under makeup. My BB cushion applies on easier and does not cake on top of this cream. 

Although its name includes the eye catching Royal Honey, it doesn't really say anywhere on the box how this will make the cream more effective. You'd think that if it's named after something, the ingredient should be somewhere near the top of the list. In this case, honey extract and royal jelly are actually somewhere in the middle of the ingredient's list. Despite this, the ingredients list consist of some really beneficial top ingredients which include Water, Glycerin, Olive Oil, and Macadamia Oil.  True to their brand name, Skinfood, skincare is essentially what your skin eats and it makes me feel good about using this product knowing that it's made with good things and without the 10 ingredients listed in the claims.

The scent is the only downside to this product. It smells unpleasant.  Two people have confirmed with me that theirs also smell the same so I'm sure mine isn't defective. I've been trying really hard to pinpoint what it smells like and all I can say is, it smells like a farm + plastic. When the cream is first applied to the face, the scent is noticeable and it's not appetizing. It fades after 5 to 10 minutes but it's still something to consider if you're sensitive to smell. On the good side is that it means there were no added fragrances which we all know are not good for skin anyways. 

The original comes in 100g for 13 000 Won ($13USD - roughly) whereas with the Snoopy Limited Edition only 200g size is available for 20 000 Won ($20 USD).  Since they're under the same name, I would think they're the same product just in different packaging. Besides the difference in the appearance of the tube, I've also read in some reviews that the original is scentless.

There are actually a lot of products under the Royal Honey line. Here are some of their staples.

I really like this product for its mess free application. It's been gentle while super hydrating on my skin. With 200g of product, I can imagine that this will last me a while.  The only downside is the scent which is something to consider. I'm also curious to try other products in this line. Currently, I've got the BB Cushion to test out.

[COLLECTION] Best of Beauty 2015

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Stock Photo from PinkPot
2015 ~ It wasn't my best year. There were a lot of changes and transitions that really force growth. Even now, I don't know if there will ever be a moment when I won't be growing. I think that's just life. You face challenges, you meet them, and then you deal with it to the best of your abilities. While in the meantime, indulge in things that make you happy - which in my case is playing with makeup.


On the beauty front, I really stuck with simple, easy things that I knew I could depend on.  Here are my beauty favourites of 2015. This is the first time I'm writing this type of post and I'm truly showing everything that I would genuinely repurchase if I ever use up. Many, many of the things are stuff I've shown before and if you ever ask me for recommendations, these are the things I would suggest.

Too Cool For School - Artclass by Rodin: It's become my go-to-contour palette this entire year. Neither too cool nor too warm, I think it will suit a lot of skintones. (Reviewed Here)
Clio Touching Apple Cheek: This is my second favourite for contour. Simple and quick, it gives me instant cheekbones - though it's not as long lasting as the TCFS.
Urban Decay Duo Shadow in Sin/Mushroom: I love this combination. Sin is amazingly natural, bright, and beautiful while Mushroom is warmer and taupe. It's just an easy duo to have and to throw into my purse when I'm traveling.
Etude House Surprise Concealer: My go-to for amazing coverage under the eyes. Got to keep those bags under control!
Essence Long Lasting Lipstick (Barely There): I highly recommend this lipstick range for anybody. It's a drugstore gem. (Shown Here)
Dior Addict Lip Glow: This goes into my work bag everyday - simple, moisturizing, and gives a natural tint of colour.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow 20E: Just about my favourite stick shadow at the moment. The colour is light neutral taupe.
Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion: It's really hydrating but not overly dewy!
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner (Black Scotch):  I love this liner! It's seriously a great everyday special something colour. I see it on so I guess, it's back this year? (Reviewed Here)
Tony Moly Peach Lip Balm: This is my favourite lip balm of all times. It's clear but really hydrating. I put it on before I sleep and in the morning I can still feel it. It smells really tastey too!
Dior Rosy Glow Blush: This is actually my second favorite blush of this year and every time I use it, I try to be really careful not to dent the design. My absolute favourite blush is Etude House's Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit. I've lost it somewhere though. 
Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer: This mascara primer out performs a lot of more expensive lashes primers.
Physician's Formula Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio: I've been using these for years and I still can't find anything better. They last really well and does not smudge on my oily eyelids.
Etude House Drawing Eye Brow Pencil: This is a simple slanted pencil that twists up. It's really cheap and easy to use. I've gone through many of these.
Darkness Eye Lash Glue: The best eyelash glue ever. It's got a wand tip that allows for more precision.


Missha Flower Bouquet Cherry Blossom Cleansing Oil: It gets everything off easily and doesn't leave my skin feeling dry nor irritated. (Reviewed Here)
Mamonde Lotus Mud Mask: This draws out clogged pores without feeling overly drying. In fact, after rinsing it off, my skin feels pretty nice. (Reviewed Here)
Aritaum Fair Smile Fermentation Lip and Eye Remover: This really gets even the most stubborn eye makeup off easily. (Reviewed Here)
Physician's Formula Ultra Nourishing Argan Oil: I love adding a drop of this into my moisturizer just to amp up hydration.
Scinic Snail Matrix Cream: This stuff is wonderful! I pulled it out after my skin began having really dry patches again. When I use this I don't need the Physician's Formula Argan Oil. (Reviewed Here).
Origins Ginzing Eye Cream: This eye cream has a bit of cooling sensation as well as a peach tint so it's great in the morning when I'm in a hurry but I'm also feeling tired.
Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate: Really light, hydrating, sinks in quickly and does not mess with my eye makeup. The only downside is that it's expensive. I've just been using this at night time to ration out the sample. 
Bother Pure-Fect Skin Gel Cleanser: Although it may seem like a runny clear gel, it actually lathers up amazingly and cleans my skin without stripping it. 

That's it for my favourites 2015! I felt almost a bit guilty pulling this list together after realizing a lot of the products are things I've reviewed but I hope you've found it helpful. I'd like to know, what are your favourite item of last year?
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