Pat McGrath Labs Subversive MOTHERSHIP III Palette

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

For a long time, I wanted Pat McGrath Subversive but balked at the price. While I have purchased palettes north of the $100 mark, something about paying MSRP feels ever so slightly offensive. I waited for a good discount, even passed by a 20% Sephora sale and my patience was reward with 25% off on the Pat McGrath Labs website.

2019 Newly Reformulated: Missha Borabit Becomes Probio Ampoule

Wednesday, March 20, 2019




I've written about Missha Borabit Long Name Ampoule before - I first received it to try for free from 08Liter and it immediately became an HG product for me. Over the last two years I've bought at least four bottles of the stuff, I've tried to look for alternatives but they just didn't stack up. When I saw that Missha had released a new version of this ampoule now called Probio, I was eager to start it after finishing yet another bottle of Borabit.


Review: Sonia G. Worker Three & Crease Two

Sunday, March 17, 2019



A couple months ago, I picked up two more brushes from Sonia G. Those red handles, how could I resist? I liked the original brushes that I bought last year so much that I didn't overthink this purchase. The only thing that held me back was waiting for Worker Three and Crease Two to be individually available from Beautylish.


Four Mineral Sunscreens, Compared

Saturday, March 16, 2019


I have four sunscreens in my possession, and thought I'd compare them in case you also gravitate towards zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sunscreens. The ones I'd like to chat about are EltaMD UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41, Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50, Farmacy Green Screen SPF 30,  and Trader Joe's Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 50. 


Top Ten Favorite Eyeshadows (That Are Still Available)

Thursday, March 14, 2019


I recently posted a photo of my entire eye shadow stash on Instagram and it prompted a question from @anafterglow: what are my top ten favorites? I decided to pick ten that were still available, though truthfully many of my most unique powder shadows were limited edition and long gone. Nothing is worse than seeing something you really like, only to find out that there's no way of getting it - a tad cruel for me to do that to you, right?


rephr Brushes

Saturday, March 9, 2019

At the beginning of the year I ordered a few brushes from the Canadian brand rephr, after seeing a few Instagram accounts mention the Canadian brand of Kumano made brushes. I loved the way they looked with their black on black scheme and I'm a sucker for white goat, in no time at all I had purchased four brushes from the brand.


Review: JungSaemMool High Tinted Lip Lacquer Hyper Matt

Wednesday, February 27, 2019



I've eyed JSM Beauty's High Tinted Lip Lacquers for quite some time now, but they weren't easy for me to get in the United States. Bergdorf Goodman briefly carried the brand, but only some of the core products. I'm pretty much limited to using a forwarding service like KoreanBuddy. So when I had the chance, I ordered three shades in one go.


Ace Beaute Classical Paradise Palette

Monday, February 18, 2019



New to me in 2019 is the brand Ace Beauté. This palette, the Classical Paradise has been on my mind ever since I first set eyes on it, maybe three months back. The shade Golden Apple caught my eye, I'd been looking for a murky khaki brown, the perfect pea soup color. Plus, I will never say no to some saturated burgundies. During a recent sale, I picked up the palette. 

50 Words or Less: Winter Empties

Monday, February 11, 2019

Some things I finished over the last few months!

Review: Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle Liquid Foundation

Thursday, January 31, 2019


For the longest time a JSM foundation (review here) reigned supreme, but no longer! I now have a new favorite base product, Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle Liquid Foundation. This started as a press sample but I quickly ended up purchasing a bottle of my own.

Esqido Gel Eyeliner Review

Thursday, January 24, 2019



Good afternoon!

Over the last three months I've been testing out this Esqido Gel Eyeliner, sent to me by the company to review. These eyeliners jumped out at me because of one little detail on the packaging - that marvelous silicone seal that is supposed to keep it from drying out. I've lost so many liners over the years to the thief that is dry air, I can't even tell you how many I've tossed. 

Travel the World: Hanoi, Viet Nam

Friday, January 18, 2019

My mother and I took my 88 year old grandma to Viet Nam for week, it had been the first time she'd been on vacation in a while. We were hoping to do relaxing trips out of Hanoi, to take a cruise through Halong Bay. In hindsight, I'm not sure if Hanoi was the right place to bring her, while I enjoyed it, it seemed hectic due to some unfortunate planning on my part. 

2018 Favorites

Friday, January 4, 2019

2018 was a pretty great year, makeup wise. I didn't try too many new things (mostly just a handful of new lip formulas and just a few new Manyo Factory products) and mostly just beefed up my Natasha Denona collection in addition to my brush hoard. Here's my favorites from the year!