Catrice Luminous Lips Lipsticks - Swatches and Review

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Hey everyone! Today I have a review of three Catrice Luminous Lips Lipsticks in Coffee & Cream, Lovable Me, and Read Me a Cherrytale. I recently reviewed the Liquid Metal Longlasting Cream Eyeshadows and wanted to talk about their lipsticks next. These are an incredible find if you're into a shiny lip products or want to steer away from the matte lip trend.

Click through to read more about these lipsticks!

I'm Late to the Party : Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette Review

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As you might have guessed by the title, I'm reviewing the popular Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. The hype is so real, I don't think you could have escaped hearing about this palette last year on social media. Dare I say it, it was probably the most well-known palette launch from last year and it's still popular (especially in comparison to the Subculture palette that just launched).

I know I'm about a year late when it comes to the Modern Renaissance train but it's never too late to talk about this palette. I wanted to give this palette a good try so I did a two looks to show some of its versatility, one warm-toned and one cool-toned before posting this review.

Click through to read my review and see swatches!

Catrice Liquid Metal Longlasting Cream Eyeshadow - Swatches and Review

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I have a review on the Catrice Liquid Metal Longlasting Cream Eyeshadows. I think I first heard about these eyeshadows on Instagram and on blogs in the UK/Germany. Catrice recently launched in the US but has been much more popular overseas. These were very enticing cream eyeshadows, mainly because the idea of anything promoting themselves as liquid metal/metallic has me saying "sign me up!".

Click through to read my review and see swatches of this drugstore priced cream eyeshadow!

Stay Cool for the Summer: Hard Candy Sheer Envy Coconut Water Primer Stick - Review

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Today I have a review of the Hard Candy Sheer Envy Coconut Water Primer Stick, a new cooling water-based primer stick. This stick is meant to prime, refresh, and depuff your skin. The idea for this isn't actually new since there are a few iterations on the internet but this was one of the more accessible ones and I really wanted to try this out especially for the summer.

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Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser - Review

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Today I have a review on the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. I know I've been reviewing a lot from Glossier recently but I've had the opportunity to get a bunch of their products thanks to referral credits from you guys so I figured I would try as much from the brand as I could. I'll be rotating in more non-Glossier reviews soon!

But back to the Milky Jelly Cleanser, oh but if I could talk about how hyped up this face cleanser is on the internet. Like the name suggests, the cleanser has a jelly-like texture; the cleanser itself was actually crowdsourced and developed from input by Into the Gloss readers. 

I've been using the cleanser for about two and a half months now and wanted to share my thoughts. Click through to read my review and whether I think it's worth it!

Glossier Generation G in Cake and Leo - Swatches and Review

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Today I have a review of the Glossier Generation G lipsticks. Before I get to the review, I wanted to say thanks to everyone who's been reading my reviews and using my referral link when making your purchases. It's helped me try out more of Glossier's products and review them for you guys. I've already reviewed the Boy Brow, Balm Dotcom, and Cloud Paint if you missed it and I'm focusing on the Generation G lipsticks today.

Glossier says "Generation G is a new kind of lip color that gives the look and finish of just-blotted lipstick, without the blot. We’ve created a short list of the six most important shades, with dialed-down pigment loads for a casual look: Zip, Leo, Crush, and Jam, along with the super subtle Cake and Like, which give some oomph to lighter lip tones. They’re lipsticks that adapt to you, not the other way around, so they'll appear a bit different on everyone as your natural lip color shows through. The effect? Diffused, matte goodness—just swipe it on."

Click through to read my thoughts/review, see swatches, and whether I think it's worth it.

ABH Modern Renaissance Look #2 - A Cooler Smoky Mauve

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Today I wanted to share another look I did using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette. Whenever I looked at the palette and saw makeup looks online using the palette, most people went for really warm or reddish looks since there are a ton of warm colors. I already did a warm reddish orangey look using this palette so I wanted to contrast that with a cooler toned look. I went for Buon Fresco since it's a beautiful cooler mauve and it's such a nice pop of cool tones relative to the rest of the colors. 

Click through for close up eye photos and everything else I used in the look! 

Viseart Petit Pro Palette - Swatches and Review

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Today I have a review on the Viseart Petit Pro Palette. I think most everyone in the beauty community has heard about Viseart eyeshadows; this is a range of French eyeshadows that were primarily targeted towards makeup artists/professionals before being thrust into the consumer spotlight after launching on Sephora. 

I've mentioned the brand before, almost consistently every time I went to The Makeup Show LA but I never splurged on one of the palettes despite how well loved they were by the professional community. However, the launch of the Petit Pro Palette (and its $30 price tag) was much more palatable and I decided to pick this up.

Click through to read my review and see swatches!

ABH Modern Renaissance Look #1: Warmish Orangey Red

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I recently got the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette (yeah look at me I got on the hype train can I call myself a true beauty blogger now) when I went to the grand opening party at Sephora Century City. 

Given how popular the palette is, I wanted to pretty extensively try it out before reviewing it on the blog. I figured I would share some of the different looks I am able to create from the palette and this is the first one. I'm so into warm orangey red lately so here is the first one I did.

Click through to see close ups of the eye look and a list of what I used.

Glossier Balm Dotcom in Original Review

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Today I have a review of the Glossier Balm Dotcom in Original. For a brand like Glossier, who markets that "effortless my skin is perfect so I don't need to use a lot of product but here's what you can use to get that I'm not trying that hard" vibe, it's not surprising that they have something like the Balm Dotcom in their range. It's marketed as a universal skin salve, something you can use all over for dry skin. They say you can use it on lips, cuticles, or any rough patches.

I'm personally someone who really really loves petroleum jelly based lip balms so even though it's $12.00 for 0.5 oz, I had to try it anyway. I'll also make a comparison of this lip balm to my current favorite lip balm later on in the review.

Click through to read my review and learn whether this lip balm will be for you!

ULTA Juice Infused Lip Oil in Jojoba + Peach - Review

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Today I have a review on the ULTA Juice Infused Lip Oil in Jojoba + Peach. These lip oils are an oil-infused gloss, so there's a lot of shine without it feeling greasy on your lips. This type of product also has the benefit of usually lasting much longer on your lips than the traditional lip oil (because it's got some weight).

The Juice Infused Lip Oil comes in six flavors/scents; each one has different added ingredients which are supposed to benefit your lips in different ways. The flavors/scents are:  Cranberry + Pomegranate, Black Raspberry, Jojoba + Peach, Sweet Rose, Coconut, and Green Tea + Avocado. All of the flavors/scents look slightly tinted but they all apply clear on the lips.

A Lipstick for a Good Cause: MAC Viva Glam II Lipstick - Swatch and Review

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Today's post is about the MAC Viva Glam Lipstick in Viva Glam II. I went to the mall to get a few things from Target and of course I walked by MAC and walked out with the lipstick (after paying of course).

Maybe it's a reaction to the constant "must buy now" mentality of limited edition collections coming out each week, but I feel like I've been looking at staple or permanent products from a brand in a new light. I think it's cause it doesn't make me feel that "gotta have it now FOMO" rush so I don't put products up on a pedestal only for it to fail if it doesn't live up to the hype. Don't get me wrong, I will still purchase limited edition collections if they strike my fancy but is anyone else starting to feel this way about many limited collections?

Click through to see my swatch and read my thoughts!

Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk - Swatches and Review

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Today I have a review on the Glossier Cloud Paint, the brand's new cream-gel blush launch. Glossier makes some pretty lofty claims about all their products (no one garners a case of FOMO (fear of missing out) like Glossier does) so I couldn't resist getting this along with their Boy Brow (which I reviewed here).

Click through to read my review and see my swatches!

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip - Swatches and Review

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Today I have a review and swatches of four Colourpop Ultra Satin Lips. I picked up a few of the best selling shades to try out: Aquarius, Dopey, Echo Park, and Frick N' Frack. I'm a bit late on the Ultra Satin Lip train but I decided to pick them up after they had a promotion for free shipping.

The Ultra Satin Lip are 3.2 grams/0.11 oz for $6.00, which is extremely inexpensive for a liquid lipstick nowadays.

(I love the holographic text but be warned that the writing wears off rather quickly!)

Click through to read my review and see my lip swatches/full face photos.

MAC Metallic Lips Lipstick Collection - Review and Swatches

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Today I have a review of the MAC Metallic Lips Collection, a line of metallic lipsticks. In contrast to the popular matte lipstick trend, MAC decided to buck the trend with metallic colors. They came out with eighteen colors; some neutral and some looking super bold.

Click through to read the rest of my post, see lip and face swatches, and my review.

Glossier Boy Brow in Black - Review and Before/After

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Hey everyone! Today I have a review of the Glossier Boy Brow in Black. I've been chilling out with my makeup routine, going more for a "more is less" kind of vibe and finding products that make me look put together without needing a ton of steps. One thing that can be done super easily are my brows so I looked towards finding something quick and easy. 

Glossier as a brand overall exudes that "effortless beauty" vibe and their products follow along the same lines.I've been hearing so much hype about the Boy Brow that I was simultaneously repulsed (because something with that much hype was set up to disappoint  maybe?) and intrigued (okay but what is the truth) so I bit the bullet and bought it. 

Click through to read my review and see a before/after of Boy Brow in my brows.

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour - Spring 2017 Shades: Swatches and Review

Hey everyone! Today I have swatches and a review of the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours. (I know my last post was a liquid lipstick review but I've been really into liquid lipsticks lately please forgive me)

In all honesty, when MAC launched their Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours, it took me by surprise, mainly because I felt like they were a little late to the game when they came out. Still, I was so curious about how they compare to other liquid lipsticks on the market. They released more shades for Spring 2017 and I have ten to show you; some of the shades are limited edition while others will be permanent to the range.

I have arm and lip swatches to show you and my thoughts on the formula. 

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Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick In Rebel Rose: Review and Swatch

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Hey everyone! Today I have a review of the Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Rebel Rose. I know I know, yet another liquid lipstick to talk about but I'll admit that I've really been into liquid lipsticks lately especially as the weather is starting to warm up. This isn't Wet n Wild's first foray into liquid lipstick, they had another formula years ago called the MegaLast Liquid Lip Color (which I absolutely hated) but after hearing some good reviews I thought I'd try one of the colors out.

Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick In Rebel Rose

A New Year, A Reintroduction, and Blog Changes Ahead

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So recently I was reading a blog post by Krystal (a fellow blogger) where she was taking the time to explain her journey as a blogger and her transition to blogging on her own terms. After reading her post, I felt inspired to take the time to reintroduce myself, give some background into the blog, and explain the vision/trajectory that I have for the blog in the upcoming year and future.

My name is Mai Thy, though I generally go by Mai. I've been blogging about beauty on and off since 2010. Virtually since the beginning of the blog, I was a full college student until I finally graduated with my Master's degree and started a full time job in July 2016. 

Though the blog had gone through many changes in the six years since I started (initially I was more into nail polish, then makeup looks, then reviews, and indie makeup), things really changed when I started my full time job and I had difficulty balancing work, home, and blogging. At the same time, I was also dealing with blogging starting to feel like a numbers and money-making game; I felt stagnated and compelled to blog for the sake of blogging and I think my posts began to reflect a change in my enthusiasm and posts tapered off by the end of last year.

For many people, they were happy to see 2016 go. 2016 ended up being an extremely memorable and life-altering year for me. I graduated, got a big girl job, and moved in with my then-boyfriend, now fiancé because we also got engaged. However I know that good change may not be in store in 2017. 

However, I am taking this year by the reins, especially when it comes to blogging. I'd like to transition to a new blog name/brand (which has been in the works for a while) and I'd like to return back to blogging when I had more fun and was much less focused on the numbers/popularity. I started getting into planners and planner stickers, especially the ones by Laura/MyNewestAddiction and it's been serving as an inspiration to get both my life and blog in order. I hope to do more makeup looks, reviews, tutorials, and possibly get back into doing Youtube videos. 

This week I'm going to IMATS LA and I hope to reinvigorate my love of makeup and beauty brands while at the show. I'll be doing my best to take photos of the makeup that I try (and probably buy) while at the show. Let me know if you're going to be going, I'll be going on Sunday!

Thank you if you managed to get even through part of this post. If you've been reading my blog for a while or recently discovered it, I want to say that I hope that you like the direction that it's going to go in and I hope you stay for my journey. This year will be a year of survival for many less privileged than I and I hope to be able to do what I can to have this blog be a source of positivity and frivolity for those who may need it.

Warm Sienna Browns Eye Look ft. Anastasia Eyeshadows

Hey everyone! It's been a little while since I posted an eye makeup look and thought I'd share one using some of the Anastasia Eyeshadows I got from their Black Friday sale. The single eyeshadows were only $4.80 (discounted from $12.00) and I used Fawn, Fudge, Sienna, and Peach Sorbet in this look. 

I'm also trying something a little new when it comes to my eyebrows. I feel like in the past I tried to downplay the overall width of my brows and used product to add "sleekness" but now I'm trying to embrace the overall fullness while still enhancing its shape.

Products Used:

Anastasia Fawn (in the crease)
Anastasia Fudge (in the outer corner)
Anastasia Peach Sorbet (in the inner corner)
Anastasia Sienna (on the lid and blended upward towards Fawn)

I'm trying to make a conscientious effort to update my blog/social media more frequently and balance out my time between work and my hobbies more fairly. The blog got very review-heavy over the last few years and I'm hoping to counter that and go back to my roots with more makeup looks.

Hopefully the new year has been kind to you so far!

Disclaimer: I purchased the Milani, Makeup Geek, Anastasia, and Ardell Lashes myself. I got the Tarte Liner courtesy of Gen Beauty. There are affiliate links in this post which provide me with a commission based off your use of the link.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft - Swatch and Review

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Hey everyone! Today I have a review of the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft. I got a mini size as part of a Sephora set and though I've swatched a lot of the lipsticks in store, I hadn't gotten a chance to really try one.

The shade range for this lipstick is massive, thirty nine different shades in typical and atypical colors (including a navy and seafood green). Lovecraft is more a typical color, described as a "matte mauve pink nude". It's like a dusty pinky mauve, a color I find surprisingly flattering on my skin.

Kat Von D makes some pretty lofty claims about the formula but does it live up to the hype?Click through to read my review and see my swatch.