Sunday, April 14, 2013

Rosebud Three Layers of Lavish Lip Balm (Original/Strawberry/Minted Rose)

Rosebud Perfume Co. Three Layers of Lavish Lip Balm

Just wanted to do a quick review on this Rosebud lip balm set I got a while back on during their 20% off sale. My HG lip balm definitely goes to Rosebud Salve original lip balm! (I have a review post here) I think I probably have gone though almost 10 of this?! yes,that's how much I love this lip balm! When I saw this set on, I thought I'll like it since I like the original very much! This set includes: the original Rosebud Salve lip balm, Strawberry Lip balm, Minted Rose Lip Balm.

These lip balms come with a tin container which I think is very nice and cute! You can use it to store your lip balms or other tiny things.

Rosebud Perfume Co. Three Layers of Lavish Lip Balm

Rosebud Perfume Co. Three Layers of Lavish Lip Balm
Left to right: Original, Strawberry, Minted Rose

Original Salve Lip Balm: very moisturizing and long lasting. It has a very light rose scent, but nothing over the top. The pink color is only shown in the tin. When applied, I considered this as "transparent" (aka: clear), it's not even "sheer". 

Strawberry Lip Balm: This didn't disappoint me! It was a very yummy strawberry scent like candy, yet not too overpowering. If you love sweet scented lip balm, you will love this! It has a thicker texture than the original and Minted Rose, which is good if your lips are extremely dry. I found that the thicker texture lip balm stay on my lips longer. Same as the Original Salve lip balm, the color only show when in the tin, it did not provide any color to your lips. Also, the strawberry scent stays for almost an hour, quite long. I like to use this during the day time as I prefer very little to no scent lip balm on my lips when I go to bed. 

Minted Rose Lip Balm: This reminds me of Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 in Natural Mint & Shea Butter which I also love for on the go during the day. The cooling sensation for this Minted Rose lip balm is not as intense/strong as the Jack Black one, but still nice enough. The cooling sensation stays on the lips for about 40 minutes or so and then disappear. This is also very moisturizing and give you very soft and supple lips. As for the color, it's clear to sheer depending on how thick you apply on your lips. If apply a thicker layer, it will give your lips some life back (if you have pale lips). I think this is perfect for warmer days or summer as it has the cooling feeling plus a very sheer color to the lips.

Rosebud Perfume Co. Three Layers of Lavish Lip Balm
swatches on paper.

Rosebud Perfume Co. Three Layers of Lavish Lip Balm

Rosebud Perfume Co. Three Layers of Lavish Lip Balm
Swatches on bare arm. Left to right: original, strawberry, minted rose.

Here are the swatches. As you can see here, original and strawberry are shown clear, while minted rose has a sheer pink when apply thicker. 

Overall I really love these lip balm, they work wonders and really inexpensive (I paid $12.80+tax for these three). I will definitely repurchase. Highly recommend!!!

Have you ever used Rosebud Lip Balm? What's your favorite?

Friday, April 5, 2013

My First LUSH Haul!

Finally there's a LUSH store opened near me! I have been wanting to try their products, but was hesitated and overwhelmed since there are sooo many things and I really have no idea what to choose from and what to try first. So I did browse through LUSH website and read some reviews here and there before heading to store. When I was physically in LUSH store, still I was overwhelmed, but better. My first impression going into a LUSH store: the smell was just amazing, and they have so many cute, colorful and fun products. I have to admit, although I am not a "green green" person, I really like the concept of naked products, that is,  solid products with zero packaging, great for our living environment!! Everything is freshly handmade,and I seriously want the whole store............!!! ha ha

So here are what I got:

Honey I Washed the Kids Soap

This is one of LUSH's best-selling soaps and I can see why. I have used it for almost 2 weeks and I really really like it. The smell is so yummy, honey, toffee, and hint of floral. It lathers pretty well with the use of loofah. 

What LUSH said: Honey I Washed the Kids is one of our best-selling soaps because it's simply irresistible. People who fully intended to walk pasta LUSH shop find themselves unable to resist its sweet caramel fragrance. You'll inhale, drool, pick up a big chunk and immediately want to wash yourself all over with it. It's so gentle, buttery and scrumptious you'll have a hard time keeping it to yourself. The honey water and aloe are so softening and moisturizing, you can use our toffee-scented sensation on the whole family.

Seanik Solid Shampoo

Yes, you read it correctly. This is a solid shampoo bar. And those black little things are seaweed. This to me looks like blue rice with seaweed XD ha ha ha  I haven't used this one yet, but it supposed to boost your hair volume. And I can't wait to try this next time I shampoo.

What LUSH said: Solid, seaweed shampoo for shine and body. Soften tangled locks and add oceans of shine with this mineral-rich, sea salt volumizing shampoo. Like a trip to a blue lagoon, Seanik is made with the best ingredients from the sea; softening Irish moss seaweed, and Japanese nori seaweed to make your hair soft as silk from root to tips, and sea salt to give body and volume to hair that;s fallen flat. One seriously sexy shampoo, we added lemon oil for extra shine, and the exotic far eastern fragrance of sensual mimosa and jasmine oils to bathe you in the heady scent of tropical flora all day long.

NEW! Solid Shampoo

This New! shampoo is for stimulating hair growth/hair thinning. After giving birth to my little baby, I am now experiencing postpartum hair loss. Every time I shampoo, my hair sheds like craaaaazy!!! like a disaster *_* I know hair will grow back around 6-12 months postpartum, I still have couple shedding months to go >_< and seriously need something to stimulate hair growth. I have used this once so far. It has a cinnamon and minty scent. I am usually not a big fan of cinnamon scent, but this one is quite calming and the cinnamon scent wasn't that strong when shampoo.  

What LUSH said: There's nothing new about our stimulating cinnamon and clove shampoo bar. But, it is incredibly effective at giving you thicker, shinier hair and invigorating your scalp. When stress or life goes to your head, our shampoo will encourage hair growth and motivated tired scalps with spice and mint oils. It's intense, (in the best possible way), but works wonders on irritated scalps or hair that's thinning. Rosemary and nettle herbs rejuvenate, and make your hair shiny and soft as a feather. All of this, in one little beautifully fragranced spice bar; are you ready for a NEW shampoo?

Jungle Solid Conditioner

How cute is this! I have used this once after the NEW! shampoo and my hair smelled amazing! It has a nice fruity scent, yet not too strong. Solid shampoo and cool. They're leak-free and space-saving products! 

What LUSH said: tame your mane with our solid fruity conditioner filled with an abundance of fresh fruit and conditioning cocoa butter. Helen Ambrosen was the first person to make a solid conditioner work. She discovered that cocoa butter will slide on to your hair to make it softer, and then dissolve in water to leave it soft, shiny, and smooth. Jungle feels different on your hair than liquid conditioner in the best possible way; until you wash it off you hardly notice it's there. It smoothes and detangles, leaving a fruity coat of shininess.

Ickle Baby Bot Bath Bomb

So cute!!! The scent of this bath bomb is so relaxing. Lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood together makes a very soothing and relaxing bath for my toddler. I really like it!

What LUSH said: Relaxing robot bath bomb to battle baby insomnia. If you're looking to rewire your little one's energy panel so you both can get some sleep, draw them a warm bath instead of warming up milk. Ickle Baby Bot has been designer to mesmerize the senses with ray guns of lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood. These sleep-inducing essential oils are nature's cure for insomnia and calming restless babes.

 The Comforter Bubble Bar

I have read great reviews about this bubble bar so I picked this up. I haven't used this one yet, the smell of this bubble bar alone is so good, blackcurrant, fruity, sweet.

What LUSH said: When life is getting you down, crumble The Comforter under hot, running water for passionately purple water and creamy, comforting bubbles. This massive slice of vibrant fruitiness gives you the feeling of being enveloped in a warm hug and gently consoled by the friendly fruity aroma of blackcurrant candy. It was created to bring a real sense of comfort to people, just like a real comforter would. Snuggle in, and stay undercover until you're ready to face the world once again. Even better, each bar creates two baths of fruity comfort.

Long post?
Have you tried anything from LUSH? What are your favorites? If you are new to LUSH like myself, you have been warned: step in and get addicted! ha ha 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

EOTD: Neutral

Here is another EOTD I did last week, I thought I'd post it here since I haven't post much lately :D Naked 2 palette is just so convenient and amazing! I have been loving it since the day I received it hahaha

Product Used:

Eyeshadow Base: Urban Decay Primer Potion (Original)

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl (for inner eyes), Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (review and swatches here): Foxy + Bootycall for brow bone, Half Baked & Chopper for both upper and lower lid from inner corner of the eye to the middle,  Suspect from middle of the eye to outer and used Snakebite + Busted to add definition on the outer v.

Eyeliner: Sephora Flashy liner in Deep Black (review and swatch here), Dolly Wink Liquid eyeliner (review and swatch here).

Mascara: Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping (waterproof) in Blackest Black

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set (Review and Swatches)

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

When Urban Decay released this limited edition Ocho Loco 24/7 eye pencil set last year, I was all crazy about it. ha ha seriously! But I told myself, no you already have enough eye pencils. So when Sephora sent out free $15 reward card with $50 purchase, I thought I'd use it on this eye pencil set since this was something I really really want, and I know I'll get tons of use out of this set! I'm really glad that I got it. It's such a great value: 8 full-sized eye pencils plus one sharpener, $162 worth of product for only $59 (used $15 reward card, I actually paid $44). Aside from the amazing price tag, the overall pigmentation and formula are really great.

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Swatches on bare skin, no primer used.
Left to right: Stash, Junkie, LSD, Perversion, Psychedelic Sister, Rockstar, Hustle, Mushroom

swatches on bare skin (no primer)
Left to right: Stash, Junkie, LSD, Perversion

 Stash: olive-green with gold shimmer. So beautiful and very wearable, and very pigmented in just one stroke. 

Junkie: blueish teal with gold and teal sparkles. Color payoff was quite good, but not as good as Stash.

LSD: dark, blackened navy blue with blue sparkles. The color payoff is the worst out of these 8 pencils. I did need to layer it for desired opacity. 

Perversion: is a really, really, really deep and rich black. I don't think I have any pencils that's blacker than this one. It has a matte finish which I love. The pigmentation is greaaaatttt! Sooo black, Love it!

Swatches on bare skin (no primer)
Left to right: Psychedelic Sister, Rockstar, Hustle, Mushroom

Psychedelic Sister: It's a medium to deep purple with luminous sheen, no glitter. I have this shade in eye shadow form, so beautiful. The color payoff is great, too!

Rockstar: is a dark eggplant purple with luminous sheen, no glitter. The purple is so dark that looks almost like brown, and the pigmentation is great! 

Hustle: is a medium-dark warm metallic brown with bronze shimmer. 

Mushroom: is a grayish brown taupe with sheen. So so so beautiful. one of my favorite!

Urban Decay Grindhouse Sharpener

In addition to 8 full-sized eye pencils, they included a double barrel pencil sharpener which is great. Once side for regular eye/lip pencil, one side for jumbo sized pencils. But I found NYX pencil sharpener is almost exactly the same as the Ueban Decay one, and works as great! See below pictures for comparison.

Left: NYX pencil sharpener (Black)
Right: Urban Decay Grindhouse Sharpener (Purple) 

They all have the same shape, same blade, same design. The only difference is the price tag, really. I use it since it's included in the set, but I will buy the NYX one if I were to buy a new sharpener. (NYX one was $3.99 when I bought it, so cheap, but great quality!)

All in all, I really really enjoy using these eye pencils. Wonderful pigmentation, creamy, long-wear and waterproof! Although I'm more of a neutral person, Junkie and LSD didn't get much use, still, it's a great value for 8 full-sized pencils. My top picks: Stash, Perversion, Rockstar, Hustle, Mushroom. Love it! And I found these don't irritate my sensitive eyes, which is a great plus! 

What do you think of this eye pencil set? What are your favorite Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil shades?

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