Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in “Lychee Parfait”

In experimenting with some fall colors, I’ve come across Laura Mercier’s Crème Smooth Lip Colour in “Lychee Parfait.” Not straying too far from my usual tones, “Lychee Parfait” is a neutral pink rose that is surprisingly flattering even though it’s not really that pink. The Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colours are “luxurious medium-to-full-coverage lipstick[s] that give lips the ultimate in color, texture, and finish.” It’s smooth and creamy; buildable in intensity, and looks great on the lips.



I’m new to this range of Laura Mercier lipsticks. However, because my experience with “Lychee Parfait” has been so great, I’m open to looking into other colors like “Peche” and “Antique Pink.” In addition, the formula is really nice and comfortable to wear. It’s not heavy even though it’s a medium to full coverage lipstick; and, it keeps the lips hydrated without looking too glossy or shiny. The texture is smooth even when my lips are feeling dry.

“This cream formula envelops lips in rich color with a semi-lustrous finish that lasts six to eight hours. The cushiony, lightweight texture feels comfortable, while pure olive oil and vitamin E nourish lips. Color glides evenly onto lips without skipping, dragging, feathering, or setting into fine lines. You’ll have the appearance of visibly fuller- and younger-looking lips in just one swipe.”


“Lychee Parfait” is a neutral pink rose and it’s a great my lip but better kind of color. It’s great for every day wear, and can be amped up at night if needbe. I like to add a light layer for a more natural look. But I also like to apply it fully with a heavier hand, as it gives my lips a plumped and fuller look. Another minor thing that really does wonder for me is that this lipstick is a fragrance-free formula, which is a nice surprise from the traditional fake-vanilla scent I find in many lip products. Because this isn’t dry, I find it easy to wear and I really recommend this lipstick and this shade!

Retails for $27.00 USD.
Item contains 0.14 oz.

Morning Skincare: Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic & Bobbi Brown Hydrating Gel Cream

It’s time for a morning skincare routine update really quick. Not much has changed, but I’ve been really into restoring my dehydrated skin lately. There’s a big difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin; and it’s important to treat both for optimal skin health. For me, my skin is dehydrated most days and I don’t like stripping it for the sake of oil-control. However, I’ve found that with using these two products, the radiance and balance in my skin has happened naturally because my skin appears more healthy. I’ve also discovered that my skin is actually LESS OILY because my skin is balanced.


Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic $28.00 USD
After cleansing my skin with Cetaphil, I dry my face with my face towel and directly apply my toner of choice. Currently, I’m totally loving the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic to restore my skin from being freshly cleansed. I use a cotton pad and apply the toner on my face. A little bit goes a long way with this toner and there’s no need to be wasteful and saturate the cotton pad. Just a few drops is enough to get the results you want. Immediately, my skin feels fresh and moist.

This toner is a “skin-conditioning tonic that restores and balances skin so that it is soft, soothed, and prepared for treatment products.” It doesn’t feel sticky or slimy; just moist. I like how it doesn’t strip my face, which is important to me since I tend to use harsher nighttime products. The Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic “delivers instant, 24-hour and long-term hydration. Formulated with Bobbi Brown’s signature Enriched Mineral Water Blend and cucumber, chamomile, licorice, aloe leaf, and lavender, it works to soothe and soften the skin. The Vitamin B5 softens and conditions, leaving your skin prepped for the next treatment step.” I give it a moment to sink into my skin a little bit before moving onto my gel cream. Also, remember that this is a hydrating toner, so it doesn’t contain alcohol or strip the skin, and instead, it balances and refreshes the moisture in the skin. Perfect for dry or sensitive skin, it brings a refreshingly hydrating step to any skincare routine.


Bobbi Brown Hydrating Gel Cream $56.00 USD
After applying the toner, I give it a few seconds to sink in but not all the way. Then, I apply the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Gel Cream, which is a “water-based gel-cream that hydrates and balances skin.” It feels rich, but lightweight at the same time. The gel texture feels like water once applied onto the skin and absorbs nicely into the skin. Upon contact, it feels a little tacky at first. After a moment, my skin feel nice and refreshed; the look is still moist but not greasy at all. LOVE.

Last year, I reviewed the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream, but I like the GEL CREAM much better. It’s perfect for the in-between season we’re in, but I don’t think it will make my skin dry in the winter months here in Texas. My skin is combo/sensitive and this gel cream really helps moisturizing my dry cheeks but balancing my oily t-zone. “This refreshing, lightweight emulsion provides a burst of moisture, leaving skin feeling healthy, rejuvenated—and perfectly prepared for a seamless makeup application. It contains a powerfully enriched mineral water blend to hydrate, balance and revive skin. Ingredients include a tropical grass extract, which instantly increases the skin’s natural ability to hold onto moisture, and vitamin E, which provides antioxidant protection against environmental damage.” Normally, after applying the gel cream, I get dressed. By giving this moment for everything to sink into my skin, I find that applying my sunscreen and then base makeup on top has better results because nothing is slipping and sliding around. My skin refreshed, looks even and healthy, and the constant moisture that these two products provide keeps my skin so comfortable throughout the day — even in the heat. There’s such a difference in how my skin looks when it’s restored of hydration; and, the best part is that my skin doesn’t feel oily or greasy.

I recommend both these products together, honestly. I use the toner both day and night, but I only use the gel cream in my morning skincare routine. They both prep my skin nicely and makeup applies wonderfully as well.

REVIEW: SK-II Auractivator CC Cream

I’m a sucker for base products and SK-II products and I couldn’t wait to share this post with you. Normally, I’d spread out the base-related posts but I was too excited about the SK-II Auractivator CC Cream. “The new SK-II Auractivator CC Cream is formulated with Day Soft Aura White, to create irresistible glowing skin,” and includes 5 skincare benefits in just one step.



• Brightening: 40% of whitening ingredients from SK-II’s best-selling
Cellumination Aura Essence, boosts skin’s inner luminosity
• Protection: SPF 50 PA++++ protects skin against future damage from
harmful UVA and UVB rays
• Coverage: The natural tint conceals spots and imperfections for
a flawless finish
• Moisturizing: The light, hydrating formulation glides easily onto
the skin
• Glowing: Iridescent micro pearl pigments instantly improve skin’s
surface glow


SK-II claims that their secret ingredient “Day Soft Aura White complex” is part of this CC cream’s greatness. The “Day Soft Aura White complex is composed of UME extract, Niacinamide and concentrated Pitera.” This cc cream is thick in texture, but it’s easily spreadable onto the skin. It blends easily and quickly, taking away redness and blurring pores upon contact. It leaves behind a dewy film that can look greasy soon after, so I tend to powder over my t-zone when I’m wearing this product.

Additionally, the added skincare benefits of SK-II let’s me feel better about just slapping this product on for long flights, traveling, and definitely lazy Sunday’s. Auractivator CC Cream is especially light and glides easily over your skin for even and breathable coverage. I’ve both used both my fingers and a foundation brush to apply this, but honestly, I think it’s faster and better with the fingers. Something about the warmth of your fingers helps this product work better, I think.


Because this is a CC cream, it comes in 1 shade. It’s a pretty standard neutral peachy shade that warms up to the skin and blends invisibly. It doesn’t leave a white or gray cast on my skin, but I do feel that it may just be a tad dark. However, because the formula is so blendable it’s pretty much undetectable on the skin. I highly recommend this CC cream; unfortunately, you can’t get it in the US so I’ve ordered a backup online. Remember to use trusted eBay sellers only!

This CC cream is perfection on its own and I find that I prefer it that way. Because it’s designed to color-correct, pigmentation and redness pretty much instantly go away with this product. It provides an even invisible coverage that really lets your skin shine through. In some cases, I’ve worn this underneath mineral powder foundation for additional coverage, but most of the time, I don’t really need it. The finish is dewy, so be aware when attempting to work out after apply this product lol.

Made in Japan.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

During the summer months I’m a big fan of tinted moisturizers if my skin will let me get away with them. The Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 is on its way out since I’ve been using it nearly every day for the past few months, but it’s an item that I’m considering purchasing again. As a “three-in-one tinted moisturizer that corrects, perfects, and provides light makeup coverage and SPF 20 protection,” this is a great product for lazy days, weekends, and afternoon yoga sessions.



The Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer is a tinted moisturizer that includes “mineral pigments [to] cover skin imperfections, leaving you with a smooth, even complexion so that over time, spots become less visible, and the skin is more beautiful.” Ideally, this TM is great for all skin types, and “it contains a high concentration of viniferine, which is more effective than vitamin C. It’s formulated with a blend of mineral pigments to blend with skin to cover skin imperfections, leaving a very natural-looking yet smooth finish.”

This TM is super lightweight and smooths onto the skin easily and seamlessly. It works nicely both with hands and a foundation/buffing brush as well. The coverage is minimal; but it provides a nice glow and an even finish so your skin looks natural and healthy. I don’t think this would photograph well because the coverage is so light and it contain SPF 20. However, it’s great to throw on when you’re just heading out real quick to the gym or to brunch. For me, if I need something extra, I’ll just tap on some concealer and powder my t-zone and I like the result it gives me.



This is a pretty expensive tinted moisturizer that doesn’t have high coverage and multi-function as the NARS tinted moisturizer (which is still one of my faves). It feels nice and looks good if you’re having a good skin day. I think for traveling this may be a good option because it’s so fast, easy, and contain skincare ingredients and an SPF. For work days or special occasions, you may want to opt for a real foundation. Also, if you’re having pigmentation issues or skin needs more coverage, I don’t think this product is going to do the job! Other than that, I think this is a great TM and I like all the skincare benefits that it contains. It lets me feel better about minimizing my morning routine if I’m in a hurry, so it can be an all-in-one kind of product for some people.

Made in France.
Retails for $49.00 USD.

MAC Mineralize Blush in “Dainty”

I can’t believe I’m just now discovering the MAC Mineralize Blush in “Dainty,” but I’m nonetheless, so in love with this. In the past, I’ve written about how MAC’s face products scare me since they’re known to make people breakout. When I was in college, I remember suffering horribly from a breakout of cystic acne — which had never happened to me before prior to trying MAC’s foundations. Since then, I’ve stayed away from all of MAC’s face products except for their blush in “Well Dressed” (which is my all time favorite blush.



MAC Mineralize Blush in “Dainty” is a beautiful warm pink shade that leans a little peachy-pink. It’s frosty in a good way and looks great on the skin because it adds a pop of color with a highlighter kind of look. Your skin glows without the chunky glitter that some blushes have. I haven’t had any bad reactions to wearing this blush, so I’m thinking I’m in the clear. It goes well with my skintone and a little bit of color goes a long way.

I like to apply this with a fluffy blush since the color can be a little concentrated. It’s pretty long lasting, but it’s not a blush that I would wear to yoga if I’m going to be sweating it all off!


I’m not that familiar with the mineralize range since I’m so cautious when it comes to trying out any face products from MAC. I like this blush and this one shade, but I’m not interested in the other colors it comes in. As for the mineralize face powder, it made my skin horribly clogged and my pores were in bad shape when I tried it. Since I’m not interested in any of the other products, I can really only recommend this particular shade. I think it’s unique in that it provides a highlighter effect; I personally like that frosty glow but it’s really all personal preference! Considering it’s a blush, it’s a bit expensive from MAC but because a little goes such a long ways, I think it’s worth trying.

Retails for $27.00 USD.

REVIEW: Boscia Sake Treatment Water to Hydrate and Brighten

Now that summer is quickly coming to a close with fall upon us, my brain has already decided to plan ahead into the cooler and drier months. While actual cooler weather for Texas is still a few months away, I’ve regardless began to incorporate hydrating products into my skincare routine. Additionally, many of you may already know that I’m a big fan of SK-II products and I find that it’s important to invest in skincare. So between the two, I was excited to see that Boscia had released their new Sake Treatment Water to Hydrate and Brighten. Much like SK-II products, sake is at the heart of this treatment water so I was curious about how it would compare.

As an “innovative, sake-infused, Treatment Water that hydrates, brightens, and preps the skin for maximum absorption of treatments, serums, and moisturizers,” this is a great first-step in my skincare routine. For now, I’m not using typical toners per se; instead, I’m using the Boscia Sake Treatment Water to prep my skin after cleansing both morning and night. This “Sake Treatment Water allows for greater absorption of skincare products. It is rich in vitamins and minerals that deliver powerful hydration and brightening benefits to the skin. Formulated with the finest sake grade to deliver powerful hydration and brightening benefits to skin, it works to revive the skintone and texture while it primes the skin.”


The use of this product is much like the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence in that you pump the liquid into your hands and press it directly onto the face. As you gently press the product into the skin, you are to massage onto the skin to activate formula for instant hydration and a brighter complexion. You can use a cotton pad, but it’s probably not a good idea since you can waste so much product like that. Occasionally, I’ll pump a little onto a thin cotton pad and place it on a specific trouble area (like a breakout) if my skin really needs it.

I really like this treatment water and I really enjoy starting off my skincare routine with this product. It’s non-drying and doesn’t leave a slippery feeling on the skin like some toners do. I like that the ingredients are all essential for good skin, such as: sake, which is “highly-rich in vitamins and minerals to provide powerful hydration and brightening benefits.” Additionally, ingredients like vitamin B3 and Sodium Hyaluronate “revives skin’s healthy tone and texture to prime skin for greater absorption of products,” and “hydrates as it penetrates skin and supports the skin’s ability to attract and maintain moisture” respectively. And, finally, “Jojoba Leaf helps to prevent free radical damage while nourishing the skin.”


I use this product as instructed morning and night before my skincare routine begins. My skin looks bright and healthy even before I carry onto applying serums and creams. More importantly, it doesn’t interfere with my original routine and I do feel that it has made a positive and effective impact on how my routine unfolds. There is pretty much no smell to the product and feels very much like water, just a little thicker in consistency. It absorbs nicely into the skin without drying out the skin. My skin is nicely prepped before moving onto other steps, so I feel that it’s made a huge difference in my skin such as pore sizes and redness. When I do have a minor breakout, I concentrate the product onto those areas and the trouble spots seem less irritated and red.

I can’t say that this product can replace SK-II, but it comes very closely to being effective for a cheaper price. However, it’s still expensive for what it is because it’s $46.00 USD for 1.85 oz. Also, since I feel that I will be going through the product quickly because I use it day and night and as a treatment product, it’s not really that cost-effective. If you want to compare it to SK-II, however, it still comes out to be cheaper so that may be a selling point for some. For example, even if you double the amount (2 bottles = 3.7 oz.) of the Boscia Sake Treatment Water to Hydrate and Brighten at $46.00 each, you’ll be at $92.00 before taxes. This is still cheaper than 2.5 oz. bottle of SK-II for $105.00 before taxes. I still recommend the Boscia treatment water, so if you’re looking for something that’s sake-related, give this a go. Next on my list is the Sake Balm, which has been on my radar so check back for that!

Made in USA.
Retails for $46.00 USD.
Item contains 1.85 oz.

Burberry Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow in “Rosewood”

I’m a huge sucker for neutral eyeshadows, and because of that, I own way more than I should. Realistically, it would be nice to use them all every day so that I can use them up; however, I never actually get around to rotating all the products equally. I tend to not have any designated favorites because I like them all for different reasons. But, when I came across the Burberry Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow in “Rosewood,” I knew that I had come across something special.



The Burberry Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow in “Rosewood” No. 202 is the most perfect netural, taupey, brown shade that is nearly fleshtone-ish. It’s extremely natural and is perfect for days you want some color but not really on your lids. This is the epitome of an everyday eyeshadow color, and pairs nicely on its own or with just eyeliner. Additionally, it also is a great base color to apply before applying any other eyeshadow shades. I haven’t used it wet because I prefer to use my shadows dry. It’s very pigmented but doesn’t have fall-out. Most importantly, it spreads on like butter onto the lids and blends out beautifully. There’s a hint of color on your eyes behind your fluttery lashes, so it’s really feminine and pretty without going overboard.



When applied with a heavier hand, the color is a much more taupey color that is a brown-purple that’s still quite fleshy. By “fleshy” I mean that it blends in with my skintone quite well, which leaves the natural hint of color behind. This is great for work or any other professional settings; however, even for nights out, this is great with a heavier hand underneath smokier colors. It helps darker colors blend seamslessy into the skin as a transition color.Burberry “Pale Barley” is reviewed and swatched here. However, the numbering on the shades have changed; so now, “Pale Barley” is shade No. 102 (which I equally recommend).

Burberry Beauty’s Wet and Dry Eyeshadow “is a weightless formula that creates a silky-smooth texture on the skin while remaining smooth and flexible. Using next-generation technology, the eyeshadow can be mixed with water for saturated color effects and precision lines or dry for a more natural, buildable finish.” I like that the all the colors are buildable, which is why “Rosewood” can be used in such versatile ways.


Burberry Cosmetics as a range has been high on my makeup radar, and I’m happy to report that I really love all their products. The eyeshadows are worth the splurge since they’re so high quality. Consider reviews posts on the Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in 01 Nude Radiance and the Burberry Velvet Foundation Long Wear Fluid Foundation in addition to “Pale Barley.”

Retails for $29.00 USD.

Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush in “Love Hangover”

It hasn’t been that long since I reviewed the Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush in “Baby Love”, but I’m back at it with another shade! The Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blushes are slowly becoming my favorite blushes. It’s hard to resist buying more and more shades every time I go to Sephora.

Today’s shade “Love Hangover” is considered to be a “perfect warm pink,” and that’s all very true. It goes with everything, looks great, and is long-lasting in this gross, Texas heat!



As previously stated in my last post regarding “Baby Love,” the “flush of true love” shades are long lasting, long-wear, fade proof, and smudge proof as well. Whether I wear it alongside liquid, cream, or powder foundations, I find that it lasts great all the same. I’m really liking “Love Hangover” because because it’s still my standard bight pop of pink. However, what makes this different from other blushes I own is that it’s brightening without looking frosty, which is sort of a pet peeve of mine. It looks naturally pretty, but at the same time, allows my skin to show through so it’s more natural.

The long-lasting effects are still an important part of why I really enjoy the blush formulas from Too Faced. Most of all, I like that it’s not difficult to work with. Some overly matte blushes that claim to be long-lasting are difficult to blend, but definitely not this one.


If you get a chance, take a moment to play around with the blushes shades in this range. Maybe to some the colors provided aren’t anything new since they’re all pretty standard shades; however, the long-lasting formula makes all the different with these blushes. If I didn’t have so many blushes already, I’d totally be down to get more shades. :)

Retails for $26.00 USD.

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in 01 Nude Radiance

Recently, Houston’s Nordstrom got the Burberry counter in the beauty section and it’s been to simply die for. Since it makes me hesitant to purchase products blindly without ever having seen them in person, I’ve been slow to dabble in Burberry’s products for this reason. Now that the counter is readily available, I’ve been really enjoying playing with the products; more importantly, it’s been fun to discover the products that have been on my shopping list for some time now. The Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base was my first purchase and it’s by far my favorite primer/base.



The Burberry Fresh Glow is a “lightweight, luminous fluid base [primer] that gives the skin a gentle fresh shimmer and sheer dewy finish. The unique pink color complements all skin tones and enhances the complexion for an effortlessly radiant, healthy look. The beautifying formula contains wild rose extract, which provides moisturizing benefits and regenerating properties. The skin is hydrated, protected and has a natural healthy glow.” The pinky-pearly color is very natural looking, yet glowy without any shimmer, glitters, and heavy silver/gold tones. Because it’s a nude shade, it suits my skintone very well without looking chalky.

The great thing about this primer is that you can apply Fresh Glow all over your prepped face for immediate, natural radiance. If you want targeted glowiness, you can apply it to the high planes of your face only — such as your cheekbones, nose bridge, chin, and the middle part of your forehead. Additionally, “to perfect your complexion and give skin an added glow, mix Fresh Glow with your shade of foundation. It won’t dilute your foundation or the shade, but the glowiness can be added so that your skin looks lit from within.



This is easily now my favorite primer/base. The fluidity of the primer makes it easy to mix with various liquid foundations; and, because I can use it alone as well, I find it to be versatile. In addition, the formula is easy to work with since it seems to cater to many skintones without looking too pink or white. I like that the sheen within the primer isn’t glittery and that the effects are quite natural. Sometimes I wear this over sunscreen without any foundation because it looks so pretty. However, paired with foundation it looks and feels great.

I don’t think this primer’s main function is to help makeup last longer. I don’t notice that much of a difference when it comes to that. Although I like to use it strictly as as highlighter, it works nicely underneath foundation even though I don’t think it helps my base makeup last any longer. I highly recommend this primer and I think it’s great for all seasons.

Contains 1 fl. oz.
Retails for $48.00 USD.

REVIEW: Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Total V Contouring Serum

I’ve been dabbling in various serums in the mornings as a part of my day time routine. I’ve found that if I leave the heavy duty stuff for my nighttime routine, I like to use something pretty light during the day time. However, lately, I’ve really been into adding serums into my routine instead of relying on day creams/moisturizers. Now, what I do use is I tone, use a serum, then apply a moisturizing sunscreen before applying my makeup. I’ve found that I still feel moisturized and hydrated, but my skin doesn’t feel heavy because I’m not layering on both a serum and a corresponding cream. Currently, my serum of choice has bee the Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Total V Contouring Serum, and I’ve been super happy with it and its effects.



Clarins claims that this is a “luxurious serum for the look of perfectly defined, V-shaped facial contours.” Additionally, they’ve been marketing this specifically for Asian women and it’s indicated in the product’s packaging, marketing, and insert. The serum is designed to use “three powerful plant extracts [contained within]—guarana, zerumbet ginger, and kaki—that refine facial contours, define cheekbones, and visibly lift jawline. It delivers complete facial contouring performance for women of all skin types and tones.” Specifically, the serum is used to help the face look less puffy — therefor, looking more defined.

Because the Asian culture — like the Korean culture — is pretty much obsessed with the “small -face” and the “V-shape,” which is supposed to give you the look of a small point chin, chiseled cheek bones, and appropriate contours — the serum is designed to deliver those results without the drastic results of facial surgery. Now, obviously, this serum cannot replace drastic surgical results, but I’ve found that the ingredients work well together on the skin to help it look refined.


As for the slimming features, I can’t say that I see much different. But, when I do apply the product, I before sure to apply it first and then press it in along my cheekbones. I apply it firmly under my chin and press it in around my nose area as well. Psychologically, I feel that ‘pressing away’ fat and skin to reveal the contours of my face, lol. I like to apply extra around my eye area to help it appear less puffy as well. I like how it feels on my skin. It’s lightweight; and, the gel-ish texture absorbs and nicely. It seems to be fine under makeup so I’ve been wearing it around during the daytime. I recommend the serum but I think it’s important to have some realistic expectations regarding the performance of this product. I’ve noticed that if sometimes I reach for a different serum in the mornings, I feel like my skin takes longer to de-puff in the morning. I don’t have any proof of this (lol), but it’s just a feeling I get (which may or may not be true).


Corresponding with this serum, there’s also the Shaping Facial Lift Wrap and the Defining Eye Lift. The Shaping Facial Lift Wrap, which is next on my list, is a “soothing cream-mousse mask to relieve redness and puffiness due to fluid retention caused by fatigue, an unbalanced diet, heat, or stress.” It’s received great reviews so far, and the sample I’ve been trying has been great as well. I think I’ll be purchasing that next. The Defining Eye Lift is a new product that contains a “powerful formula to relieve puffiness, brighten dark circles, and visibly lift heavy-looking eyelids.” Additionally, like the serum, it’s supposed to “relieve puffiness, tighten slackened skin, and promote brighter, wider-looking eyes. Clarins’ triple action formula contains pure plant actives that brighten dark circles and eyelids for eyes that appear youthfully radiant.”

I like Clarins and I’m really liking this particular range within the brand. I think it’s pretty great in terms of realistic results and I think it’s worth checking out if some of these issues are a concern for you.

Retails for $80.00 USD.