Yeon Du Kong x Memebox Fix Lip #01 Red Orange

Memebox often collaborates with Korean Youtubers and Bloggers, and one of their newest products from their collaborations is the I’m Yeon Du Kong Fix Lip. Memebox was kind enough to send me this product to try out, and I’m always excited for long wearing lip things. When I heard this was supposed to be a 12-hour long wear product that blends a primer, tinted balm, and lipstick, my excitement grew a little more.

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First things first, don’t be like me and tug at the lid for a few minutes before realizing you’re supposed to twist it off. The bullet is similar to the Hourglass lipstick bullets – kind of a pyramid shape on the top. It’s not the worst shape, but it’s definitely not my favorite.  Continue reading

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Mishibox – June and July 2015

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Mishibox is another Asian Beauty subscription service that kind of burst into the scene in June. They had been reaching out online to people on Instagram and Reddit, and I decided to sign up to try them out.

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Mishibox costs $18.99 each month and they send you an assortment of products ranging from skincare to makeup to haircare. In June, there were six products included in the box, including a few things that I’ve seen people claim as their holy grail products as well as a a brand that I had never heard of.

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Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigment in Rose Gold

After a lot of hype, I decided to finally pick up the Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigment in Rose Gold (phew, that’s a mouthful).

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I’m not big on rose gold shades – they’re gorgeous but they’re just not something I reach for often. I prefer champagne shades over golds, which is why I sit back while everybody is gushing over the newest rose gold shade. However, after looking at swatches of this I signed up for a notification from Sephora for when it was back in stock, and then picked up two (one for me and one for a friend).

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Kae Q : Beso Balms in Rose Apple, Caimito, and Dragonfruit

Since I got to try out Kae Q’s reformulated products a while ago, I decided to pick up some of the summer colors when they were released.

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Kae Q’s Beso Balms use hand pressed oils and are inspired by products local to the owner, Nicole. You can see the local inspiration in a lot of her Color of the Month shades. They’re usually a bit out of my comfort zone which is why I didn’t pick up June or July’s shades. I decided to try out two of the sheer shades and one of the opaque ones.  Continue reading

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Makeup by Evon x Memebox HD Ready Creme Matte Lipsticks

I know I keep saying that I’m going to get back into blogging, but I’ve been working a ton. In July, I’ve been putting in more 10-11 hour days than not, which means I get home and there’s hardly any time for blogging. So instead of telling you my plans to get back into it, I’m just going to say that I’ll be around when I can be, and I’ll try to get at least a few posts out each month. Memebox was kind enough to send me some of their new (at the time) HD Ready Creme Matte Lipsticks from their Makeup x Evon line.

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This line has three liquid matte lipsticks – they’re more creamy than liquidy, similar to the Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipsticks over the Fyrinnae Liquid Mattes. There are three shades in the collection, all inspired by this year’s Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala.

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Beauteque’s Mask Maven : June 2015

As many of you have probably noticed by my Empties posts, I went full force into Asian Beauty, and with that comes sheet masks galore. And since I’m attempting not to haul from Korea at every paycheck, subscribing to things like Beauteque’s Mask Maven is helping to cull some of the spending.

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Beauteque’s Mask Maven is a monthly subscription where you get an assortment of Asian masks for $15 with a US shipping price of $3.95. This month, we only got sheet masks (I’m okay with that since I haven’t really touched a clay mask since picking up sheet masks). There are 9 masks from varying brands – 3W Clinic and Nature Republic were the repeated brands this month.

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A plus from last month is they started adding info cards into the bags, which I think is really awesome. They’re really simple in that it’s just the brand and name of the mask, along with a short description of the benefits. One thing I’d like for them to add to this info card is the amount they charge on their website – that way I can be slightly lazy and not have to look for them myself.

IMG_7276EWe also got a small note of thanks included in this month, which I thought was a nice addition.
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Empties #18: May 2015

Wow, is this Empties post late or what? I kind of took a couple week break from blogging, and I’m trying to get back into it now which means that I need to get my  May and June empties out of the way, along with the other subscription things I missed out on. And then we’ll get to the real product reviews again.

IMG_7182EMay saw a lot of sheet mask usage – a haul from RoseRoseShop and signing up for Beauteque’s Mask Maven basically doubled my inventory so I’m trying to figure out what I like and don’t like.

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Black Violet Creme Soap – Secret Passage
I haven’t used a Black Violet creme soap in a long time. Compared to Savor’s Whipped Soaps, these don’t lather as much. Mine was also pretty gritty and I found chunks of unblended shea butter. The scent was okay – it was fruity while also being candy sweet. I wouldn’t repurchase the scent or the soap, and just wanted to finish it before my next Blackbox shipment.
Repurchase? No.
Value: $4.50 for 2 ounces ($2.25/oz)

Savor Creme Fraiche Whipped Soap – Angel Food Cake
This is still my favorite Savor scent, and I typically have at least one of these stashed away in my bath & body drawer. It’s so almond-y and angel food cake-y, and I feel like I’m bathing in Angel Food Cake. If that’s not your thing, then you might want to pass, but it’s a staple in my stash.
Repurchase? Yes!
Value: $10 for 8 ounces ($1.25/oz)

Savor Creme Fraiche Whipped Soap – Mandarin Plum
This smells like plastic to me. I thought there was so much potential, but all I got every time I used it was plastic. I still like the Savor formula, it’s lathery and great, but I just couldn’t get behind this scent.
Repurchase? Not in this scent.
Value: $4.50 for 2 ounces ($2.25/oz)

Savor Creme Fraiche Whipped Soap – Red Lychee Bubble Tea
I actually really liked the scent of this. It’s very similar to the Lychee Rose sugar scrub, but without the floral. I don’t think this will replace the Angel Food Cake as my standard scent, but I think this would make a great addition to any gifts that I wind up giving.
Repurchase? Sure, for gifts.
Value: $4.50 for 2 ounces ($2.25/oz)

Savor Creme Fraiche Whipped Soap Scrub – Coconut Lime
I didn’t like Coconut Mochi and wound up sending that to a friend so I was a little hesitant about this one when I got it as a free sample. I’m actually pleasantly surprised! It did smell like coconut, but not like sunscreen. The lime added a nice hint of citrus. I’m not sure that I would pick it up again (I’m pretty loyal to Lychee Rose as a scrub scent), but I wouldn’t be disappointed having it in my possession either.
Repurchase? No.
Value: $4.50 for 2 ounces ($2.25/oz)

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Beauty Beyond Borders (3B) – June 2015

I had a really good mail day a few weeks ago. I got a Darling Girl order in, along with my Visage, and my 3B. I look forward to the 3B because it’s always fun to see how they curate for the month.

IMG_7194EAs a reminder of how Beauty Beyond Borders works, for $12 each month, you get sent an assortment of Korean beauty products which includes skincare, haircare, and makeup. This month, we got four items, which seems like fewer than what we’ve gotten in the past.

IMG_7193EThis month had more makeup than what I’ve seen included before – and of course that excites me because makeup!

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Preen Cosmetics – Lipsticks in Mourning Dove, Rose Robin, Varied Bunting, Bullfinch, and Frigatebird

A little over a month ago, I got a message from Jenn from The Maquillage Magpie letting me know she was about to open up her shop and wanted to know if I would be willing to review some of her products. Of course I jumped on that because she was releasing lipsticks and you all know that lipsticks are one of my favorite things. A few days later an announcement went up that she was opening, and I received a very, very generous package of her entire lineup.

IMG_7168EThere are currently five lipsticks available in Preen Cosmetics’ shop, along with a few flavors of lip balms.

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Beauteque BB Bag – June 2015

I’m impressed. This month, I got my Beauteque BB Bag the day that my subscription renewed. It’s so much better than when they first started and I hadn’t received anything until either the last week of the month or the first week of the following month. It gives me confidence in their ability to run two subscriptions.

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This month’s theme was Sizzling Summer. The items included should remind you of summer, and for the most part I found the included products to do that (at least in a sense).

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As a reminder of how the BB Bag works, for $24 + $3.95 shipping each month, you get a minimum of 7 products. They ship in a makeup bag similar to Ipsy. Beauteque is known for their shop which sells Asian beauty products, so that’s the majority of what shows up in each bag. At times, they do include some random non-Asian products (for example, the first month I got had a Milani blush/bronzer duo that left a lot to be desired). Anyways – onto this month’s products!

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