Archive for the 'beauty-to-go' Category

Do You Travel Light?

April 29, 2009

I’m probably the worst packer ever. I feel this compulsive need to pack any and all items that I could I might potentially use, meaning I pack waaaaaaay too much. Case in point, I’m leaving for Korea in 6 hours or so and will be returning in 10 days–and this is what I packed.

In the photo you’ll see a few glosses (Chanel, MAC, Bare Escentuals), my Shu Uemura foundation brush, ecoTOOLS powder brush, MAC 187 brush, Innisfree BB Cream (love this for coverage and SPF), Kanebo Fluid Foundation, SkinFood eye cream, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin, Shu Hard Eyebrow Pencil, Shu Uemura Depsea Facial Mist (for the plane), Peter Thomas Roth serum, Amore Pacific skincare starter set (cleansing oil, enzyme peel, face cream, toner), MAC shadows, mascara, and a million other things! Better safe than sorry is my philosophy =D.

Are you as crazy as I am?

Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick Review & Swatches

April 6, 2009
Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick ($22)
Keep your foundation looking fresh all day with Bobbi’s Face Touch Up Stick. Carry this mini stick in your makeup bag, and use it to conceal any imperfections, redness or blemishes. Its creamy, full-coverage formula is perfect for the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin (not the under eye area), and is ideal for normal and combination skin types.

The Formula: I received Bobbi Brown’s Face Touch Up Stick (in Shade #5 Sand) as a gift a few weeks back, and it’s become an indispensable part of my makeup bag ever since. The formula is creamy, pigmented, and blends relatively easily while maintaining good staying power–everything that I look for in an on-the-go foundation/concealer product. I love how tiny and portable this is, and the fact that I can just dab it directly onto my blemishes without the need for carrying any additional brushes.

My oily skin does mean that this doesn’t stay put on me all day long, but the staying power really is decent for such a nice creamy formula. The other day I discovered this gigantor disgusting monster of a pimple taking up residence on my nose. I immediately whipped out my Touch Up Stick, ran to the bathroom, and my mini makeup crisis was averted! While I do wear foundation, towards the end of the day my face could use a little bit of a refresher, and Bobbi Brown’s Touch Up Stick is the perfect little tool to achieve that end.

Swatch of Bobbi Brown Touch Up Stick in Shade #5 Sand

All Blended

The Shade Selection: One thing I wasn’t entirely crazy about was the shade selection. I have this in #5 Sand, whch I happen to think is a bit too dark/yellow for me, although once blended it really does conceal beautifully. I’ve heard many complaints that Bobbi Brown’s face products all learn towards being on the “too-yellow” end of the color spectrum, and I’d definitely have to agree.

The Verdict: Bobbi Brown’s Face Touch Up Stick was recently awarded ‘Best Undercover Agent’ from “O” Magazine’s 2009 Spring Makeup O-wards, and while I’m not 100% satisfied with the shade, I’m definitely loving the portability, creaminess and coverage. If you’re like me and feel the need to touch up your makeup throughout the day, this could be the product for you!

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition ‘Foundation Stick’ Compact

March 31, 2009
Bobbi Brown Limited Edition ‘Foundation Stick’ Compact ($22)

For the first time ever, Bobbi is offering her legendary Foundation Stick formula in compact form. These limited-edition compacts feature pans with clear protective covers and can be used individually or popped out and inserted into Bobbi’s customizable palettes. Compatible with Bobbi’s customizable pan palettes.

I recently decided to finally indulge in Bobbi Brown’s Face Palette (see my review and what I filled it with HERE) so that I could have easy access to some form of foundation on-the-go ~ and of course Bobbi Brown goes and releases this limited edition foundation stick compact! I shouldn’t want it but I do =X.

Trish McEvoy’s ‘Beauty to Go’ Refillable Pen: How Did I MIss This?

June 27, 2008
Trish McEvoy ‘Beauty to Go’ Refillable Pen-$25

Somehow I managed to miss this handy-dandy little pen while browsing through the Nordstrom beauty exclusives a few days back.

A click-pen that you can fill with your favorite foundation for touch-ups on the go? Sounds good to me!

Although I am concerned that this could get really messy. The brush seems rather small (more along the lines of a concealer pen) plus how would you clean the thing? If you’ve ever tried to clean the inside of a foundation bottle, you’ll know the stuff is virtually impossible to rinse out.

I need to see this in person but I’m definitely interested!

What do you think? Would you use this or is it a complete waste of your hard-earned cash?

What are you pre-ordering from the Nordstrom exclusives? See my wishlist here.

Vamping for Camping

June 20, 2008

You know those crazy people who packs tons and tons of stuff even if they’re only going away for the weekend? I’m one of them. I’m really good with not taking too much clothing or accessories, but when it comes to cosmetics and skincare my crazy paranoia kicks in and I pack enough products to last me for years!


First of all I have major bug-phobia (especially mosquitoes!). They LOVE me-I guess I’m like nature’s candy 😛 Even if there’s not a bug to be seen, I’ll have bites all over my legs, arms, and face, while everyone else manages to walk away unscathed. Which is why I’ve packed bug spray, 2 anti-bug bracelets, and MORE bug spray!

My real issue is skincare and cosmetics though. I start out with a lotion or two, then it becomes, “What if I break out?” and in goes some acne medicine, then “what if my skin gets super-dry?” and of course we add in some Creme de La Mer, then “what if my skin behaves differently since I’ll be in a different place” and in go another 3-4 moisturizers =X

Same goes for makeup. Yes I know that the bears and bugs couldn’t care less what color eyeshadow I’m wearing, but I always worry that I’ll regret not taking something, so I figure better safe than sorry! Which is how I ended up with this for a camping trip from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon:


I wanted to pack more (and tried!) but there was no way it would fit into my cosmetics bags, plus I need room for clothes and shoes! Hopefully I don’t find myself missing anything 😛

Mini Bourjois Paris-The Cutest Cosmetics Ever! (Review and Swatches)

June 14, 2008
I know that these adorable Bourjois minis have been available abroad for awhile now, but I’ve patiently waiting, hoping that Bourjois would release these in the US and here they are!

(super long photo heavy post alert!)

If you’ve never seen or heard of the mini Bourjois Paris line (or if you just want to see the full line), I’d recommend clicking here or here for some great product images (can you believe they just came out with miniature Eau de Glosses?!? I want!!!), although I’m sure most of you have at least seen the miniature glosses at Sephora. Many of the other products are Ulta exclusives state-side!

Bourjois Mini Lipstick/Cell Phone Charm in R&B Shade #12 ($9)

I know it looks peachy in all the photos, but it’s more of a soft dusty pink with fine silver shimmer. It’s a gorgeous color, and while $9 is a little pricey for a mini lipstick, it’s so cute that I couldn’t resist! It’s actually not as tiny as you’d think, and it’ll probably come in really handy on those days when I have unexpected dinner plans and no make-up at hand!

The formula isn’t perfect-it’s a little gritty and I feel like the lipstick is rather soft and will easily break if left in the car/sun for too long, but I still love it 🙂

Swatch of Bourjois Mini Lipstick Shade #12

And on me of course! 🙂

Bourjois Gloss Effet 3D Les Nudes Lipgloss/Cell Phone Charm in Shade #19 Brun Poetic ($9)

How cute is that little brush? Shade #19 Brun Poetic is one of three Les Nudes available in the miniature gloss range, and is a pretty peachy nude shade (more nude than peach) with fine silver shimmer. It doesn’t look like much on its own but it’s gorgeous over nude or pink lipsticks.

The texture is rather watery (think Chanel Aqualumiere or Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect) and so I have the same problems with it that I do with the Chanel and the Dior–it tends to settle into any tiny little lines you may have on your lips. But when I apply it over lipstick it’s perfect!

Swatch of Brun Poetic Mini Gloss

It was really hard to get a good shot of Brun Poetic on its own, so here it’s photographed over Dior’s Box Office Beige lipstick, which is a really pretty nude.

And the last of my Bourjois minis, the Mini Dose de Nacres (mini loose powder eyeshadow) in Shade #6 (Ulta’s photos on these products are wrong for some reason).

Not-So-Great Swatch of Mini Dose de Nacres Shade #6 ($8)

It’s appleid here on the inner half of my eye, with a darker pink MAC shadow on the outer half. It’s essentially a very shimmery baby pink. These are surprisingly very pigmented and blend really well. The quality is great and I definitely want them in every shade!

A random MAC MA complimented me on my phone plus goodies yesterday. I like that if you have multiples of the glosses or lipsticks, you can just switch them out using the lobster-claw clasps rather than having to take off the whole charm and replace it. Now if only the lanyard for the gloss were hot pink as well!

I ended up not purchasing the Mini Volume Glamour Mascara because it was HUGE-nearly the size of my phone! I would’ve felt silly toting that around.

As for the Dressing Du Regard Eyeshadow Minis, while the packaging and the eyeshadow trio box are darling, I wasn’t too impressed with the pigmentation so no need to waste my money.

Is it bad that I want one each of the lipsticks, lipglosses, and loose eyeshadows? =X They’re just so cute!

Have you tried any mini Bourjois Paris products? Tempted? Not at all? Do share!

Don’t forget to enter my Giveaway for the Month of June before the June 22nd deadline!

Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush Review

June 10, 2008
Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush: $28.50


I’m sure you all know by now that I’m a HUGE sucker for packaging. I loved this shimmery black box with the oh-so-cute cherry blossoms–very reminiscent of Takashi Murakami‘s early work for Louis Vuitton.


No teddy bears were harmed in the making of this brush…I promise!


I was looking for a good travel brush to apply my La Mer powder with (since I now have a travel size thanks to Nicole!) and came upon Too Faced’s Retractable Kabuki brush. How could I resist? It’s pink and shiny!!!

But I have to admit that I was a tiny bit disappointed after opening the package, since it wasn’t nearly as pink as I was expecting it to be (it’s more of a dark purple-y pink as you can see).


The metal encasing the brush isn’t as sturdy as I would’ve liked (not that it won’t protect the brush-just seems like it would be easily dented), but other than that this brush is absolutely wonderful!

As you can see in the photo above, once you pop the top off the brush there’s a retractable pink “sleeve” that slides up and down, meaning both that you can more easily get the lid back onto the brush, and that you can control the density of your bristles depending on the type of application you’re going for.


The bristles are heavenly! They’re so seriously soft and dense (perhaps a little too dense!) that I can’t help but pull this kabuki out just to run it across the back of my hand. Pretty much all of my brushes are comprised of natural bristles, but this is definitely the softest synthetic I’v ever felt.

Powder application is very easy as the bristles pick up powders very well. One minor problem is that, since the brush is super-dense, it can tend to buff out your foundation if you’re over-enthusiastic in applying your powder-a light touch is key. But this also means it’d be perfect for mineral foundation application! And of course the extreme density means that this brush will take FOREVER to dry once you’ve washed it.

$28.50 for a travel brush is a little much, but luckily I had a gift card and so my wallet didn’t feel the impact! It’s not really a must-have if you don’t touch up your makeup throughout the day, but if you do need a travel powder brush, this is one of the best (and prettiest) out there!

Have you tried this? Played with it at Sephora? Tell me what you think!