Sephora Holiday Shopping Event 2016


I’ve been on a beauty product hiatus lately, not being very interested in new beauty products, and not very motivated to try new things. But when the Sephora Holiday Shopping Event is right around the corner, it kind of force me to plan and think about the items I need to restock, and also list out some things I would like to try. Every year beauty lovers all over look forward to this event, because it’s simply an amazing deal and the perfect time for you to stock up on basics or try out luxury items at a great discount! This year is no different, and I’ve manage to pull myself back together and create a list of items I’m extremely interested in getting my hands on during the sale! Here are some of the items I’m eyeing, what are you planning on getting?

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette 
    I’ve been eyeing this palette since it was released, the red tone in this palette is so different from anything I have. The colors are kind of intimidating, but after seeing a lot of tutorials online, they look so versatile! It is definitely one of those outside of my comfort zone product that I’m nervous but excited to try.
  2. Ouai Shampoo and Conditioner 
    Ouai has been one of the most talked about hair product this year, the baby of the hair genius Jen Atkin pretty much markets itself. I’m particular interested in the CLEAN shampoo to help tame the oily mess that’s on my head.
  3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Surreal Light 
    Okay, so I don’t need anymore face palette… But just look at this packaging! I’ve never tried any of the Hourglass powders so this palette seems like a great way to try them out!
  4. Tom Ford Ultra-Rich Lip Color 
    I think this one is pretty self explanatory here. Owning a Tom Ford lipstick is every beauty lover’s dream, but the hefty $50 + price tag is not a easy pill to swallow. The Sephora sale is a great chance to get your hands on one at a discounted price since there are no brand restriction during this sale. If you’ve been wanting to get a Tom Ford lipstick but haven’t been able to justify it, this is your chance!
  5. Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Magnet Liquid Lipstick 
    Another high end lip product that normally would be hard to justify buying… I personally have not tried this product yet but am definitely interested to see what all the hype is about.
  6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer 
    One of the things I always have to purchase (multiple of) during the sale is my brow pencil. When Anastasia Beverly Hills came out with the Brow Definer earlier this year, I was unsure about it because I love the Brow Wiz so much I didn’t know how I would feel about the new shape of the Brow Definer. Turns out, it’s just as amazing (if not more amazing) than the Brow Wiz. I love the fact that I can be more careless with this one and not have to worry about the “lines” being too obvious.
  7. Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil Easy Shape & Fill 
    Speaking of brow products, one simply can’t ignore the huge range of brow products Benefit launched this year. Everything you could ever want for your brows, they’ve got it. I’m a fairly boring person when it comes to brows, I need my brow pencil, and my Glossier Boy Brow. So even though I already have a brand I like, I’m always open to trying out other ones on the market!
  8. Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 
    Dry shampoo is something I haven’t really been able to get on with. I just don’t seem to find them effective and it usually just makes me feel more greasy. I’ve heard a lot of good reviews of this one tho, so I’m tempted to give it a try.
  9. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion  
    One of my favorite things to play around with makeup wise is eyeshadow, and one simply can’t go without a good primer. I’ve been loyal to the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer since the very beginning, because I find it very effective and doesn’t give me a silicon-y feeling when applied.
  10. Urban Decay Naked3 
    Another out of the ordinary color palette for me. But since I’ve pretty much got my neutral palette covered, I thought it’s time to add in some fun colors. I’ve played around with this palette before at my friend’s place, and really like the look of the pinks on me which is unusual. Though I’m really interested in the palette, I have yet to be able to pull the trigger to purchase it, but I think the 20% off might just be the push I need to get it!
  11. Buxom True Nude Lip Foundation 
    I’m forever trying to find a good nude lipstick. I really like the coverage on this one and the color selection seems right up my alley.
  12. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner 
    An everyday stable in my makeup routine. Always good to have a few in stock in case you run out!
  13. Stella Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner 
    I still can’t decide if I like this one or the Kat Von D one more. I think they each have their time and place, so I like to have one of each in my collection so I can have my options depending on my mood that day.
  14. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer 
    A good face moisturizer is hard to come by. I’ve tried a few brands that are ok, but I’m not wow by. The only one that I absolutely love is the Sisley one my mom gave me, but that’s simply too expensive for me to repurchase whenever I run out… So I’m still on the lookout for a good alternative for the day I run out of my Sisley moisturizer.
  15. Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream 
    Another product that peaked my interest because of the name. The fact that it’s supposed to help firm up your skin just makes it even more intriguing.
Sephora Holiday Shopping Event 2016

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

On my face today #17

I love a good light weight base for my everyday face (hi Glossier Skin Tint!), but when it comes to days where I want a little more coverage, I opt for the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. I love the fact that this foundation is very easy to wear, but at the same time it gives enough coverage/hold that I don’t turn into an oily mess in the hot summer afternoon.

And thanks to the nice weather we have lately, I’ve also been spending a lot more time outside and my skin is now nicely tanned, which means I get to break out some of the items that I wasn’t able to comfortably use in the winter due to the colors/tones (looking at you Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette). So today’s line up is a very simple bronzed look perfect for summer, with a nice primer and foundation to keep the oil under control, and a makeup setting spray that gives your makeup lasting power!

On my face today: Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer // Stila  Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette in Soul // Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 7.5 (my summer shade) // Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Strip // Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

On my face today #17

On my face today #16

Recently I’ve been putting a lot more effort in the morning to get ready for work. At first it was because I really wanted to try out all the new products I got during the Sephora sale, but it kind of became a habit to apply a full face (the term is used loosely here) of make up.

For today’s line up there are some relatively new items and some oldies but goodies. I’m loving them for a bronzed natural look that feels super light weight on the skin, and I just honestly can’t say enough good things about the Glossier products for those of you who loves a very natural look. Can’t. Stop. Using.

On my face today: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz // Lorac Pro Palette (rumor has it there’s a Lorac Pro Palette 3 coming soon!)// Benefit Cheekathon Palette // Kat Von D Shade Light Contour Palette // Becca Lowlight Highlight Perfecting Palette // Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, Stretch Concealer, and Boy Brow (get 20% off your first purchase here)// Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion // Lorac Breakthrough Performance Lipstick

On my face today #16

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