Can’t get enough Glossier

Can you tell I’m a little obsessed with Glossier? They’re hands down my favorite makeup brand for when I want an effortless look. I’ve been holding out on getting the original Glossier product Balm Dotcom because I have so many lip balms and chapsticks sitting around my house, though I’ve been dying to try them. So after a couple of months of clearing out my balm/chapstick stash, I was finally at the point where it’s time to restock!

With my parents coming to visit next month, I thought it’s a good idea to get extras for my mom and have her bring a few back for some of my friends in Taiwan to try. I ended up ordering the Balm Dotcom Trio and the Coconut Balm Dotcom, and now I’m having a hard time deciding which one to keep.

Their packaging is always so cute, and the graphic design is beautiful but funky at the same time. I think of all 4 of these, I would most likely be keeping the rose because I love the hint of color in the rose and the scent is just so dreamy, but I also like how versatile the coconut can be because you can use it for dry patches on the skin as well since it’s colorless. Decisions decisions… But either way, I’m excited to give these a go, and who knows, I might just end up ordering all of them again for myself later on…

Can’t get enough Glossier

On a good hair day

Summer always makes me long for beachy waves and blond hair. My hair was already pretty light after my trip back to Taiwan, and recently I decided to chop it off for a change. Not only did I chop off 6″ of my hair, I also ended up doing some color correction and got rid of the very obvious roots growing on my head, and I’m loving my new hair do! Now I pretty much have a balayage which is something I’ve always wanted to try!

With a new hair cut, I thought it was appropriate to get some fun hair products to go along with it. I’ve heard so many good things about Oribe, and I finally ordered some of their products to try.

First lets start with the Gold Lust Hair Oil which I have been eyeing for the longest time. I’ve notice my hair getting really dry since the coloring/highlighting session in February, and I’ve been desperately looking for a solution for it. This is the perfect match for what I was looking for! It’s light weight, but feels very nourishing and helps fix the dryness  of my hair. I love that it doesn’t make me feel greasy or leave my hair looking oily, it gives just enough oomph on the dry parts.

Second is the Matt Wave Texture Lotion, a product that is supposed to give you the salt spray beach waves but without the dryness. Sounds like a dream come true! I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting out of this because I have stick straight hair and salt sprays usually don’t work that well on me. And as expected, when I first used it as directed and let my hair air dry, it only gives me the pieciness of being at the beach but unfortunately with no waves. After experimenting with it for a few times, I find it very helpful when I put it in before I blow dry/style my hair. It kind of acts as a pre styling cream and helps hold the curls and it gives a little bit of the pieciness to create a more “beach like” look. Although it doesn’t give me beachy waves just by air drying, it does help me get there with a little help!

Lastly is the very much hyped Dry Texturizing Spray that I was always hesitant to purchase because I have not had good experiences with hair spray in the past. I was lucky to have a coupon code for a sample size can so I could try it before committing to the full size one, I used it for the first time today and the result is seriously amazing. I really love the texture it adds to my hair after curling, it gives my roots some much needed lift and make the overall look that much more effortless (though we all know the effortless look are the ones that takes the most effort).

Overall I’m very pleased with my Oribe purchase! It left a very good first impression on me and I’m excited to experiment around more with them. What are some of your favorite hair products? What would you recommend someone with really straight hair like me to try to achieve a nice and long lasting beachy wave hair?


On a good hair day

Summer masking

There’s something so satisfying about using sheet masks that words can’t really explain. I love the way my skin feels after I did a mini sheet mask session at home and wish I could get my hands on all the ones out there.

I’ve seen a lot of different types of sheet masks from Korea and have been wanting to give them a try, but they’re not easy to get and you also don’t know if you can trust the source you’re ordering from (read some reviews on Amazon where people got moldy ones, ew!). So I’ve opt for the easiest ones I can find from a place I trust – Sephora! As you can see I couldn’t decide what I need, so I got a little bit of everything to try.

So far, I’m really liking the consistency, it is light weight and not too gooey on the face. Though the serum gets a little sticky when you try to use the leftover ones on your hand/arm/leg, it doesn’t leave that feeling on the face. I think occasionally treating yourself to some sheet masks really helps you relax, because you’re practically forcing yourself to relax for 15 minutes, and on top of that you don’t have to deal with the hassle of washing it off, which is great for using right before you go to sleep.

I can’t wait to try them all and explore other brands! Let me know what brands are your favorite and which ones you would recommend me trying next!

Summer masking

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

This collaboration is all the rage lately in the beauty world. I personally really enjoy Jaclyn Hill’s videos and snaps, and was extremely interested when I saw this palette launched back in May. However, I didn’t purchase it back then because I didn’t use a lot of highlight in my day to day routine back then (speaking like that was so long ago) and wasn’t sure if I’ll really get a lot of use out of this. But after seeing everyone talking about it, I started to do more and more highlighting with the products I already have, including one from Becca, and I fell in love with the idea of having glowy, dewy skin especially for summer. So when this palette relaunched on June 16th, I immediately placed an order.

You may have read lots of other reviews already, but I want to share a little of my own opinion as well! First of all I really love the packaging, it is beautifully made and the mirror is amazing! Though I’m a little worried about the white/glossy material attracting fingerprints, scratches and other makeup products… In this palette, I was most excited about the highlighters because I think they are so fun to play with, and Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop are both beautiful but very different. On me Champagne Pop is not too pink, but more like a pearl with a hint of pink/peach which is gorgeous. Prosecco Pop is the perfect gold for my more tanned skin tone in the summer, although it could be a little intense. My favorite way to use them is what I did in the picture above, where I mixed the 2 together. As mentioned the intensity of Prosecco Pop, you can see some gold shinning through!

I was a little afraid of the blushes because all the reviews say they’re very pigmented and one of the colors (Pamplemousse) looks SUPER bright in the pan, which is very unlike any other color I usually use. After playing around with them for a while I’ve come to the conclusion that the best way to approach them is to just use a fluffy blush and with a light hand, and they will look amazing on the skin. My favorite is probably Amaretto because it’s a more neutral color that’s very easy to wear, but when I want something that pops I like to mix Pamplemousse and Rose Spritz to give my cheeks some extra glow. Rose Spritz is seriously gorgeous and is perfect for giving your overall look an extra oomph.

Overall I really enjoy playing around with this palette, but it’ll probably take me forever to hit pan because there’s just SO MUCH product in this palette. And on a separate note, I want to say that I’m not a professional make up artist and I’m not very picky or sensitive when it comes to formulas. I know there are a lot of rumors/drama going on about this collaboration, but I personally don’t have any problem with it. So if you’re interested in the colors and adding fun highlights to your summer makeup, I’d say give this a try! It’s a great value and the color payoff is amazing.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

Summer ready

This winter I’ve neglected my nails for the majority of the time. I just wasn’t in the mood to paint them myself and it seems like none of the colors I have really spoke to me. But spring and summer, that’s a whole other story! I really love a light color nail, I think it looks so pretty and really brightens up your mood. Here are 5 from my stash that I know I will be using a lot this year!

From left to right:

Chillato – A fun light lime green that is funky but very wearable. You definitely have to be in the right mood to use this type of colors, but if you’re like me and don’t really mind a little mix and match between your nail polish and outfits, it’s really fun to throw this one in your rotation to spice things up a little.

Rock the Boat – Although blue is not a neutral, it might as well be when it comes to nail polish. Personally, I think any hues of light blue is wonderful in the warmer months, and is also very relaxing to look at.

Sand Tropez – A sandy, neutral nude with a little more brown to it. This color is great for all the occasions, and perfect with a tan. It’s extremely neutral but not too girly, you could rock it with an all black ensemble or all white.

Topless & Barefoot – This is my go-to wedding guest/bridesmaid color. It is the right amount of girly-ness but at the same time is a very mature color. It has more pink compare to the Sand Tropez, which is perfect when you want to go for a more romantic look.

Blanc – I was really against white nail polish for the longest time, because I thought they were really hard to pull off (because a bright white can be super in your face on the hand), but last year I decided to give it a try and I actually really like it. It’s harder to apply because the white is so bright and not as forgiving, but when done correctly, it’s a perfect vacation color that will bring out your tan.

Summer ready

2 Years of MLBB

If you’re reading this post, I want to say thanks for celebrating 2 years of Everything Shyusized with me!

To mark 2 years of this blog, I thought it would be fun to recap all the neutral, my lips but better everyday lipsticks I’ve collected over the past 2 years. Some of them might not necessary be your traditional nudes, but to me they’re the perfect neutral shades for my lips.

From left to right:

MAC Lipstick in Twig– A rose/pink with a little bit of brown that is perfect for the fall and winter time. Since my lips are very pigmented, I like to have full coverage when it comes to lipsticks. This color compliments the colder months perfectly and the Satin finish provides great coverage like the Matte formula but without causing dryness.

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in Stark Naked– One of the lighter, more traditional nude color with a slight peach undertone that’s perfect for spring and summer. I love the formula for the Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick because  they’re super creamy. And even though it provides a matte finish, it feels very hydrating on the lips.

Lorac Breakthrough Performance Lipstick in Premiere – Another light pink with brown undertone, but this one is slightly less intense on my lips compare to Twig. These Lorac lipsticks are one of my favorites, I really love the creaminess of the formula and the color payoff is amazing. .

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb – A classic beige nude with an amazing formula from Bite Beauty. This is the newest of the bunch and I’ve been wearing it nonstop since I got it. A creamy formula with a citrus scent, its very pleasant to apply and has great color payoff. I also love the matte packaging with the curve on top, it gives a slightly different twist from your traditional lipstick packaging.

MAC Lipstick in Patisserie – A very beautiful pink/nude, with the Lustre finish which is slightly sheer compare to the others in the bunch, but it is a great no mirror lipstick to keep in your purse when you’re on the go.

Lorac Breakthrough Performance Lipstick in Vanity –  This dusty rose color looks very natural on me. It is my go to color, and dare I say the favorite of the bunch. It has enough warmth in the color that makes me look very healthy when applied. It is however on the darker side of the neutral so it might not work for everyone, but it’s perfect for me.

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1993 – When I find a formula I like, I tend to stick with it (as you can probably see on all the repeats above). 1993 is perfect for the winter time when you are going for a darker look, but in the spring and summer if I’m not careful, it could make me look ill. It definitely pulls more brown on me compare to some others.

2 Years of MLBB

Sephora love note haul 2016

I waited to write this post because I want to be able to give everything a try before writing my review. Though the Love Note sale is behind us, I hope this will still help you with your future purchases! Now lets go over the (long) list of things I got from the Love Note Sale!

  1. Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette – I have been using this palette none stop ever since it arrived in the mail. Although I have only tried a handful of contour items, I really love the creaminess, blend-ability and the longevity of the formula. I never thought having a multiple shades in a contour palette is important, but after realizing how drastic my skin tone changes season to season, I find the variety of shades offer so many options and allows me to use the palette year round.
  2. Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Collection Palette – This peachy beauty is one of a kind, when I saw this I thought it would be the perfect start to help me stray away from only using neutral palettes. The peachy scent is also something worth noting, I don’t own any of the chocolate palette, so I can’t speak to the comparison between the two scents, but I must say that I really enjoy the whiff of peach every time I open this palette. I have already done a review of the palette last week in time for the supposedly Sephora in store release date in case anyone is interested in getting one. Give it a read if you want to know more about it!
  3. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb – I haven’t purchased a true “nude” lipstick in the longest time, probably because of the traumatizing experience of using a lipstick way too nude for me and then thought maybe nude is not my thing… But after seeing a lot of tutorials on YouTube with people using beautiful nude colors, I thought maybe I should give it another shot. When I tried this color on in store I immediately fell in love! It’s a beautiful nude with a little brown and honey that is a true nude on me. My go to has been those “dusty mauve” when I want to achieve a MLBB neutral lip, but I’m really loving this color and think it’ll be a good change of pace for me.
  4. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray – Setting makeup is definitely a very important step in your makeup routing, but I’m the worst offender when it comes to doing so because usually by that time I’m either so tired of putting powder on my face or am already running late to wherever I needed to go. I like the simple step of just spraying it on your face instead of powder, it feels very refreshing and helps wake my skin up. I’m not sure about the lasting power or if it really helped my makeup looking fresh because at the end of the day I feel like my face looks a little shiny… It might take a few tries for me to figure out if this works for me.
  5. Benefit Cheekathon Blush & Bronzer Palette – This was one of the last minute items I added to my basket. I originally had Hoola in there ready to go, as that’s one of the items I’ve been wanting to try since last year, but when I saw this palette with 5 full size product and only costs $28 more than the individual Hoola, I caved and got this instead. I really love Hoola as it’s a more neutral/cool tone bronzer which is very different from the very warm tone one in my Urban Decay Naked Flush Palette, and it’s also more pigmented and completely matte unlike my NARS Laguna (my current go to). I also like the range of blushes in this palette, covering a pale pink (Dandelion) that’s great for adding a little flush to your face, a coral (CORALista) that’s perfect for the summer days, a shimmer pink (Rockateur) that can also be used as a highlighter, and a mauve-ish tone that is almost brown enough to be bronzer (Dallas). I think this is a great deal especially if you don’t own any of the Benefit Box o’ Powder like me.
  6. Too Faced Melted Chocolate in Chocolate Honey and Chocolate Milkshake – As I mentioned previously, I’m on a nude kick lately! When I swatch these in store I love how creamy and pigmented it is. One of the problems I run into when applying nude color lip products is the pigmentation of my lips, as they’re naturally darker and if a formula is not pigmented enough, it will not be able to cover up my natural lip color and creating a not so pretty look, so I love how these feel like gloss but is super pigmented and doesn’t dry my lips out. It’s definitely not as long lasting as liquid lipsticks but I prefer to have a more comfortable formula over something that will make me uncomfortable.
  7. Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair 5 Piece Brush Set – Let me just say that, although I’m not a pink person I can’t resist saying “aww” when I saw this set. Of course the brush handle color is not the main reason I purchased this set, it’s definitely a nice plus. I’ve been looking to beef up my brush collection but have been on the fence about getting more individual brushes because they’re pretty pricey. This set comes with 4 eye brushes and 1 face brush and all are brushes I will use. There’s a powder brush that is perfect for bronzer application, a contour eye brush that is angled which is unlike anything I own and works wonders when applying shadow on the crease, an all over shadow brush to pack on colors on the lid, a blender brush to help with blending color on the crease, and a liner brush for creating detail lines around the under eye area and is the one thing I’m lacking in my collection. They are all super soft and also the fact that it’s cruelty free is a big plus in my opinion!
Sephora love note haul 2016