Displeased Pink: Peripera Ah Much Real My Cushion Blusher 01 Pleased Pink Review + Swatches

01 Peripera Ah Much Real My Cushion Blusher Pleased Pink ReviewI was happy when Renee reported that she had snagged a Peripera cushion blush in the Peach & Lily sample sale.  I’d been eyeing this blush and in particular the beautiful creamy pastel goodness of the various shades (aaaaand the irresistibly cute doge name).

The full name is Peripera Ah! Much Real My Cushion Blusher.  It’s $16 for 20 ml at Peach & Lily, and I have the shade 01 Pleased Pink, a milky, pastel peachy pink.  (Some shops might call the shade 001 Sweet Pink, which is what the English-language overwrap says.)  With the consistency of a thin lotion, this liquid blush is dispensed by squeezing the tube to push the product through a floofy (real word) puff.  So it’s not a real cushion (unlike my DIY cushion blush!), but it is applied by patting the puff onto the skin.  Blend with your fingers or a brush.  (Blending with the puff doesn’t work because that just moves it around the cheek.) Continue reading “Displeased Pink: Peripera Ah Much Real My Cushion Blusher 01 Pleased Pink Review + Swatches”

Sea Spot Run: Shark Sauce Review

06 Holy Snails Shark Sauce Review
Why so angry, mer-man? Your skin looks great.
A month ago, Holy Snails (Chel) thoughtfully sent me a bottle of her DIY concoction called Shark Sauce (link is to version 2.0, the one that I have).  Update: You can buy the latest version directly from the Holy Snails store. Chock full of functional and purposefully selected and proportioned ingredients, Shark Sauce can be thought of as an ampoule or serum with brightening, repairing, and hydrating properties.

The ingredients that caught my eye were: 5% niacinamide, 3% n-acetyl glucosamine, and 5% licorice root extract. Where do the sharks come in? Thankfully, no sharks were harmed in the making, but there is some sea kelp bioferment (15%) and the recipe was spurred by /u/Sharkus_Reincarnus (aka Fifty Shades of Snail; link is about the first version of Shark Sauce). Continue reading “Sea Spot Run: Shark Sauce Review”

Show Some Skin: Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Light Review + Swatches

When Emily the Super Intern from “The Hills” (aka Emily Weiss of mega-celeb-worship/envy site Into the Gloss) unveiled Glossier, I was cautiously curious. This could be awesome or this could be mediocrity masked by marketing, I thought.

Glossier developed a limited number of products, which are actually not crazily priced. I have just one of them–the Perfecting Skin Tint in Light ($26 for 1 oz.)–because I wasn’t convinced that the other products were huge advances in the beauty world.

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Rainbow Connection: Dior Diorsnow Rainbow Powder Review + Swatches + Comparisons

Double rainbow all the way across the sky! Oh my God…Oh my God…Oh, God! What does this mean? Ohhh…Oh my God… -Unknown wise man

01 Dior Diorsnow Rainbow Powder ReviewThe Diorsnow Rainbow Powder (officially Les Neiges de Diorsnow Colour Correcting Radiance Powder in 001) is an Asia exclusive that Renee brought back from Taipei at my request. I thought this might be of interest because (1) it’s so crazy beautiful (serious makeup p0rn ahead!), (2) many of you live in Asia, and (3) sometimes Asia exclusives pop up in the U.S., such as during Nordstrom’s summertime Anniversary Sale (although that’s starting July 17th and I haven’t heard anything yet…).  Update: The beauty specials for the Anniversary Sale are now up and they definitely don’t include Rainbow Powder. Update #2 (Feb. 2016): An almost exact dupe–in appearance at least–can be found in the Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Exceptional Compacted Pearls of Powder ($179 with the case or $59 for the refill pan).  I updated this post with a comparison below.

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Koh Gen DO! – In CUSHION form 

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation SPF 15 Cushion is my new magic makeup. What’s that you say? They don’t make cushions? Well, I DO, beeches! Behold the KGD Magic Cushion. Inside a Laneige case. I will explain:

I blew $30 on the Laneige BB Cushion while ignoring the fact that it contains Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (octinoxate) in abundance for that lovely SPF 50+. Of course I broke out like it was the zombie apocalypse.
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Layer Cake: Code Glokolor N. All-uid Foundation in 20.5 Medium Review

01 Code Glokolor N All-uid ReviewThis will be a short review.  I hated this.  I even thought about giving it a second try, and then I thought, Why?  Incidentally, I received this in the K-Beauty Box/Get It Beauty Box promoted by Soko Glam last year, which also contained another hated foundation, the Dr. Jart+ Bounce Beauty Balm.  The most positive thing you’ll see in this post is the GIF.

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All My Cushion: Ranking My Favorite Cushion Compacts

Cushions cushions cushions!  -Jan Brady

There are now cushions as blush, highlighter, and eyeliner, colorless cushions, cushion pens for concealer and lip color, cushions for your hair, even cushions for your butt!

(Haha, gotcha.)

Now that I’ve used my 7 (yes, 7!) cushions for a while and found myself reaching for certain ones over others, I wanted to share my personal ranking of my favorites.

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Slim Shady: NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette Review + Swatches on NC15 & NC50 Skin

01 NYX Highlight Contour Pro Palette ReviewAnother day, another contouring palette. That’s what it seems like, doesn’t it? Never underestimate the power of the Kardashian bump to something previously reserved for makeup pros and serious makeup addicts (ahem, Renee). One of the recent entrants to the market is the NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette ($25 for 8 powders; provided for consideration by NYX). Continue reading “Slim Shady: NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette Review + Swatches on NC15 & NC50 Skin”

Dew York City: Innisfree Water Glow Cushion in No. 23 True Beige Review + Comparison to Hanyul and IOPE

Innisfree Water Glow Cushion ($14 for 15g refill) claims to bestow a radiant glow with natural coverage in addition to SPF50+ and PA+++.

01 Innisfree Water Glow Cushion 23 ReviewThe Innisfree cushions are reputed to run light. That definitely rang true for the Water Glow cushion, which is the only one from Innisfree that I’ve tried. I ordered a refill in No. 23 True Beige, hoping that it would match my winter color, which is a MAC NC15 and typically a 21 in other cushion brands. Indeed, the 23 was a good fit and I’ve been using it interchangeably with my shade 21 cushions this winter.

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A Blush with Fame: DIY Cushion Blush Tutorial + Heavy Rotation Creamy Cheeks 02 Cutie Pink Review

01 DIY Custom Cushion Blush TutorialEmboldened by my DIY cushion compact experience, I decided to try making a cushion blush (a la IOPE Air Cushion Blusher). Unfortunately, as far as I know, there aren’t any premade mini-cushion compacts designed for DIY-ing. (Missha, A’Pieu, Memebox, you listening?)

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