RED LIPSTICK | Fenty

Not the easiest to apply neatly in my opinion, does anyone else have that experience?

The color doesn’t show up well here on camera. In real life it looks like a great red. However, you can tell it exacerbates your lip lines… this is why I don’t really buy liquid lipsticks. Maybe I can use a balm over or under it but it won’t last as long

It is not kiss proof but the color on my lips still look in tact

Price: $25 for 0.13 oz / 4 ml – the bottle part is glass, most liquid lips are plastic in my experience. I’ve been wanting to try this Fenty lipstick for a while but per ush it looks dry 😦

I got it 30% off at a Fenty sale

LIP GLOSS | NYX this is milky

Hi all, I have been on a hiatus bc I am on a no buy this year (at least until Black Friday) and have not been excited about any products, but there is usually a Sephora sale coming in April so we’ll see what happens 👀

I got the NYX gloss from Influenster – I havent purchased NYX products in years it feels like. It reminds me of high school when we didn’t have a lot of colorful options and NYX was one of the few that was affordable

Moo-dy Peach
Nice applicator
1 coat and 2 coats – 2 coats is too much product for me personally and it doesn’t add enough to the color

I’m not into glosses as much these days but I like non sticky glosses. This one isn’t sticky and smells sweet. The shine is pretty nice for a nonsticky texture.

Price: $8.50 for 0.13 oz / 4 ml

What’s your favorite lip gloss?

SPF | Paula’s Choice tinted SPF 30

Zinc oxide base
Very spreadable texture

I didn’t have high hopes for this bc some tinted SPF previously were kind of dry or the tint was off. The texture of the PC one is actually quite nice, it’s almost watery but it looks silicone-y on the skin. Unfortunately, since I apply sunscreen liberally, I can see the tint is kind of pink on my skin. I think as a “primer” this is a bit slippery and the foundation doesn’t lock on well. I do think a lot of silicone type sunscreens don’t “dry” so you have to set it with powder. The tint doesn’t help much with redness or coverage either. I’d say this tinted SPF is more suited for light to medium skin.

Price: $33 for 2 oz / 60 g – I’m excited to see how this compared to the EltaMD SPF 41, which Dr. Dray says sets up well on the skin

Have you tried a good tinted mineral SPF? I find that most of the tint are off on my skin, I’m actually better off with the “white cast” ones. Lol

CHANEL | Classic Medium Flap

If you’ve purchased other Chanel bags before, they usually come with a black “rougher” fabric dust bag. I guess the classic flaps have their own style of dust bags
There’s a pocket on the flatter side, I tuck the chain there
Caviar leather with silver hardware – I would want gold but it’s apparently rare. The black fabric is here to protect the leather

If you aren’t familiar with Chanel handbags, caviar is probably the most hardwearing compared to lambskin, goatskin, and other materials. Patent leather is also hard wearing but I was never a fan of the plastic look. My minis are lambskin and I do think they scratch rather easily, but if it’s a dark colored bag it’s not too bad.

Unlike the WOC, the inside zip pocket here is actually useless, it may fit a pen but I’m sure most ppl don’t want to stretch the leather.
Made in France. I have seen this maroon leather since 2015, but I want to say it’s been around since 2010… Don’t quote me
Double strap shoulder | elbow | shoulder strap | crossbody (fyi I am wearing higher waisted pants)

Crossbody is a tad short for my preferences but I think if you have a short torso it’s probably fine.

This is my first “classic flap” if you don’t count the minis (post here). I always wonder what if I had gotten it a few years ago when it was under $5k, but at the time (2017) $4400 was a lot to me. Currently, the medium classic flap is $6800… I got it right before 1/15/21 (recent price increase) for $6500 + tax. I got this from the Chanel boutique, I didn’t actually check if the Chanel inside Neimans nearby had it… But I was 3 days before the price increase. This was the last medium flap (or so they say) and it had some scratches on the CC and kind of inside. What really “pushed me” is I will probably never pay more than that to get a Chanel bag in the future. Also, knowing Chanel now a days the prices will keep going up. $10k for a Chanel classic flap?? Pass.

If you know anyone traveling to Oregon, it’s best to buy brand names tax free there, esp now that we can’t travel abroad as easily (a lot of countries won’t let non-citizens in). For myself, for anything over $2k USD I need to really LOVE it, which is why I don’t really buy brands outside of LV and Chanel. I always imagined myself to own a Chanel classic flap so I guess I’m just getting it earlier. However, I do find that it’s bigger than my mini bags and I end up not grabbing it bc I’m not going anywhere fancy these days (lol). Chanel has been doing more frequent price increases (one or twice a year) the past 2-3 years. Previously they did price increases every 2 years, which isn’t too bad. In my opinion they are trying to price out a certain income level so their bags are less commonplace.

In case anyone is wondering, I do not currently pay rent, but 15% of my after tax/401k salary does support my parents. All my makeup/skincare/bags are paid for myself, unfortunately my parents are not well off and require support from me… But also at the end of the day, your money goes towards things you’re passionate and interested in, as long as you can support yourself I don’t think anyone has the right to judge you.

Funny story, I carried my LV Palm Springs mini backpack to a family gathering 1-2 years ago, and my cousin’s aunt (who also loves handbags) “outed” me saying “omg where did you find your bag it’s out of stock! It’s like $2k”. To which my parents responded, 😮 😮 :o. I never tell my parents the price of my handbags bc it’s outside the price range they can fathom. I took my mom to Louis Vuitton once to look, and of course most bags are over $1k. She was just like “it’s not worth it” (my parents grew up in a different era and they never made much money).

Would you ever get a Chanel classic flap? I have my eye on a red Chanel bag in the future… Maybe a mini if I can get my hands on it?

SPF | Cetaphil SPF 30

This isn’t lighting, it has a VERY noticeable white cast

Ingredients

TITANIUM DIOXIDE 3% (SUNSCREEN), ZINC OXIDE 10% (SUNSCREEN) INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: ALOE BARBADENSIS, LEAF JUICE, ARACHIDYL ALCOHOL, ARACHIDYL GLUCOSIDE, AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL EXTRACT, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, BUTYLOCTYL SALICYLATE, C30-38 OLEFIN/ISOPROPYL MALEATE/MA COPOLYMER, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, CITRIC ACID, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, GLYCERIN, GLYCERYL STEARATE, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) SEED EXTRACT,MAGNESIUM SULFATE, NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DIHEPTANOATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POLYSORBATE 60, SILICA, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, SORBITAN TRISTEARATE, STEARYL ALCOHOL, STEARYL/OCTYLDODECYL CITRATE CROSSPOLYMER, TOCOPHEROL (VITAMIN E), VP/HEXADECENE COPOLYMER, WATER

After trying the SPF 50 facial sunscreen (post here), I am not a huge fan of this SPF 30 bc it is quite thick and very white cast. I will say I have tried worst mineral sunblocks before, this one is relatively blendable if you don’t mind the white cast. Since my skin is pale I dont mind it as much as some people, but the whiteness tends to cling onto dry skin which I am experiencing this winter. I may keep this for my neck/hands since my face is paler than my neck, and a white cast sunscreen can help balance the difference… but I already have a lot of sunscreens 🤑

Price: $12 for 3 oz / 90 g – another affordable sunscreen. Something interesting I noticed, Cetaphil also offers this exact tube but “Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50” with 4.9% titanium dioxide and 4.7% zinc oxide which is less ZO than the SPF 30… I feel really unsure of the protection of these lower % of filters now. Lol

Would you try Cetaphil sunscreens if you see them in stores? I got them off Target online

EMPTIES | Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! honey mask

This conditioner is on its last leg. I don’t usually have opinions about hair products unless it’s really great or really bad. This honey scented conditioner is very cute packaging wise, and it moisturizes my hair alright, but I notice somehow there’s always a small chunk of my hair that has conditioner left on it – this never happens with other conditioners, and I apply conditioner very liberally. That means this Briogeo one is harder to rinse out. The scent is a bit strong and not pleasant enough for me to enjoy, but fragrance is a hit or miss for everyone.

The honey bear is limited edition and unfortunately I can’t find the official ingredients list as I tossed the packaging quite some time ago. I think it would be similar to the Briogeo original don’t despair, repair

Water/Aqua/Eau, Brassica Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Stearyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Biotin, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Laurus Nobilis Leaf Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Esters, Isododecane, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Brassicyl Isoleucinate Esylate, Citric Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol.

Price: $36 for 8 oz – my hair is genetically thin and straight, so nothing I apply really dramatically improve my hair… but I can tell the difference between a good and mediocre conditioner. You might wonder, why did I use it up? All my mediocre/bad hair products get used up eventually, although there is shampoo/conditioner that I tossed bc it made my hair smell gross. Price wise, I’d rather get the Shiseido Tsubaki premium repair mask (<$20, smells fruity and floral) or the Neutrogena Triple Moisture (smells fruity), which is <$10. There is also a new hair mask I am eyeing from a British brand, Bleach Reincarnation. I think for daily use I’d prefer to find something under <$20, esp at this 8 oz size. Pantene at Costco is like $10 for 40 oz!

SPF | Cetaphil?!

If you’re into skincare or have browsed the skincare aisles at any drugstore, you know the name Cetaphil. It is marketed as non sensitizing and simple, good for sensitive skin or acne prone skin. I tried their cleanser years back when it was recommended by a website named acne.org, they essentially promoted gentle cleansing and acne topical treatments. Personally I was not a fan of the Cetaphil cleanser and went on to use my salicylic acne cleansers which I still enjoy

This SPF 50 has a thicker texture than any of the shaky bottle types I’ve tried. I will say it’s not as oily as the Shiseido blue one or some of the Anessa shaky bottles. For me this performs as a standard zinc oxide SPF, slight white cast, clings onto dry skin, but comfortable wear. Please note I apply liberally with most sunblocks so if you under apply, this might be a non-issue. This SPF helps with the appearance of pores so I see why this is good under makeup, as advertised.

Price: $12 for 1.7 oz / 50 ml

Zinc oxide will continue to have white cast unless they add a tint, which varies by skintone. I think this is one of the better drugstore options considering others on the market. I hope Cerave comes out with an SPF now!

SPF | Biossance SPF 30

Not the best dispenser, little bits get into the cap

Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (14%), Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Methyl Dihydroabietate, Sorbitan Olivate, Coco-Glucoside, Cetyl Palmitate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Acacia Senegal Gum, Ethyl Ferulate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Gluconate, Lecithin, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Isostearic Acid.

I am still not sure how SPF is counted for mineral sunscreens, I’ve seen articles saying 1% zinc oxide = 1.6 SPF which would make Biossance SPF 22.4 instead of 30. The Sundaze C-Shells SPF 30 has 18.9% zinc oxide aka SPF 30.2 (see my post here, I’ve been using it daily). I’ve seen Dr. Dray on Youtube saying not to worry too much about the % since they do go thru an approval process in the US, but I notice a lot of mineral sunblock at Target has very low %, like 3-4% (titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide) claiming SPF 30 or 50. Even the US mineral La Roche Posay’s SPFs have low %, which is odd bc I know their European/Asian SPF releases are quite famous for sun protection. Doesn’t it seem suspicious after the whole Purito SPF incident? Food for thought. Keep in mind I am talking about mineral SPFs only, the chemical sunscreens have a bunch of filters that I haven’t read much about, I just know avobenzone is one of the few UVA filters.

I purchased Biossance at their 25% off Black Friday sale since a lot of reviews said it’s moisturizing. I expect most zinc oxide SPFs to have a slight white cast. However, I used this when my skin was acting up recently, and it’s pretty nice! The “whiteness” blends away pretty easily, it acts as a good base for makeup, it isn’t too thick or dewy, feels nice on the skin. I think this could be a good option for sensitive skin as it is fragrance free and not drying.

$30 for 1.7 oz / 50 ml – to me this is pricy but there are a few sunblocks I am willing to pay a lot for (Elixir SPF 50, Tatcha SPF). I probably wont repurchase Biossance since I am constantly eyeing new SPFs. From their sale I also got the Biossance repair cream, I’m very excited to try it!

Idk if anyone is interested but I JUST DISCOVERED an amazing website to purchase Japanese beauty products (adambeauty.com). Fellow blogger Citrine has been buying there for 10 years and I never noticed from her posts (oops). I am really excited to place an order once I make some progress on my products

PRIMER | Too Faced

Excuse the redness, I am introducing an AHA to my routine and my skin feels slightly raw
Idk if you but I see no difference in my pores lol

This “primer” has a thin, serum texture as labeled, I think it could be a good skincare serum, but for me it does nothing for makeup (if you are an avid SPF user, your SPF serves as a real primer, not the moisturizer or serum underneath). This has a candy smell but not as strong as the Too Faced lip plumper. The ingredient list is quite long, but most of them look like extracts from plants. I will probably use the remaining as a skincare serum and hopefully the advertised lift and collagen works – will update in 1-2 months

Price: $42 for 1 oz / 30 ml

LIP PLUMPER | Too Faced

This carries a good amount of gloss, not too much which is nice
The iridescence doesn’t show much on the lips. I observed it makes your skin more red so potentially it adds color to your lips

I don’t especially care for the large lip trend, but since Influenster included me in this campaign I dont mind trying them. Upon application this kind of burns, similar to when we eat spicy food. 10 minutes later I can still feel it but our nerves get used to it I think. There is an artificial candy scent which kind of lasts.

I don’t think this made my lips MUCH bigger but it definitely lightened the lip lines by plumping the lip. I think you can get a similar effect with just lip gloss without the pain but please tell me if you feel differently

Price: $29 for 0.14 oz / 4g