[REVIEW] NUDESTIX: Concealer Pencil (Light 3), Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil (Kiss, Pixi, Belle, & Purity), Lash Lengthening Mascara

NUDESTIX has been a brand I have always stared at in the distance while browsing Sephora, but never bothered to swatch and play with. The moment I did, it began a new obsession! As the name suggests, they are makeup sticks. They have concealers, lip&cheek products, eyeshadow pencils, contour sticks and more! I started off by purchasing the following:

Concealer Pencil in Light 3 (0.05 oz/ 1.5 mL)
Full size of Intense Matte Lip&Cheek Pencil in Kiss (0.05 oz/ 1.41 g)
Mini set of their “nudes” Pixi, Belle and Purity (0.088 oz)
Lash Lengthening Mascara (0.28 oz/ 8.28 mL)

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REVIEW: Chosungah 22 Bounce Up Pact Ultra SPF 50 PA+++ 02 Sand Beige

Based on a friend’s recommendation and increasing curiosity exploring Sephora’s K-Beauty section filled with brands I never heard of, I picked up the Chosungah 22 Bounce Up Pact Ultra SPF 50 PA+++(colour 02 Sand Beige). While I didn’t find this on the Sephora US or CA website, I was lucky enough to get it in person while browsing Lotte El Cube in the Ewha Women’s University area while on vacation in Seoul.

Now what’s intriguing about this product is that it is a puddy-like complexion product that is a cream to powder formula. Yep, like puddy!

While reading up some reviews, it’s surprising that there are quite the number of people who do not like it! Some due to the colour, the finish, and even the packaging. When it comes to base products, I am super analytical, so hopefully my review is thorough and well thought out for you readers!

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[REVIEW] Belif | Witch Hazel Herbal Extract Toner, Hungarian Water Essence, the True Cream – Moisturizing Bomb

While experimenting with the Ordinary serums a couple of months ago (check out [REVIEW] One Month (and more) of the Ordialnary: Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinimide + Zinc, Lactic/Azelaic Acids (plus last minute buys)), alongside the products I used consistently were and still are from Belif. I spotted Belif in the Face Shop at the Eaton Centre and my eyes protruded pretty fiercely!

Belif is a Korean brand that combines traditional herbal processing methods based on British herbalist Duncan Napier (from the 1860s), with their own innovative extracting method. They value their brand to be the most truthful and inimitable in the cosmetic industry because of their safe and effective formulation process.

I’ve been wanting to try one of their hydrating toners ever since I dabbled it on my hand at a Sephora in the US and followed up with major ragrets after not buying it. It was still winter, my moisturizer ran out, so I thought I’d try the Moisturizing Bomb to help with my dry skin. Bonus, I got a sample size of the Hungarian Water Essence as well to complete the set!
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DECLUTTER #2 | Let the Lippies Go!

As 2016 came to a close and I browsed my makeup collection to pick the best of the year, I have come across some poor products that I just have not bothered with in a while. Having sat untouched for so long, I felt it was time to make the move and kick them out.

3 decluttering posts coming up here, and the first one I’ll touch upon is the most common for all beautie junkies – lip products.

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It’s a shame letting some of them go, but if they’re old and unused, and have been sitting there for years… It’s time to let them go.


Lippies

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Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick (Fairytale) – This was a great colour. Bright and bold, not too warm or cold on my lips. Lasted quite a while, even when out partying. I would have continued using it had it not irritated my lips. You’ll notice that to be a pattern with some of the lip products I’ll soon mention.

Etude House Color Lips-Fit (Fantasy Fit Pink, Dream Fit Coral) – I bought them and never wore them. I didn’t realize how neon-looking the colours were until I applied them for the first time. On top of that, they bled pretty easily and didn’t distribute an even colour to the lips.

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Glossy Box Lipstick (Glossy Pink) – This was a nice mauve pink given to me by a friend. It’s pretty, but the more I wore it, the more I didn’t like it on my lips. I felt like it was too cold of a colour and it washed me out.

Gosh Cosmetics Velvet Touch Lipstick (Darling) – It seems like an intimidating pasty nude, but once I put it on it actually looked decent without washing me out. I stopped wearing it because my skin tone is not as pale as it once was, so the colour doesn’t compliment me as much anymore. Otherwise I’d recommend it to the fair ladies!

Mac Cremesheen Lipstick (Coral Bliss) – Way back when this was a big mention on Youtube. I bought it and wore it constantly. And what do you know… My lips became irritated. Unfortunately this is the case with all Mac lip products.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick (Nude Creme) – An AMAZING nude colour. Very beautiful on the lips. I loved wearing it on top of a pink-brown type of lip liner. Why I’m letting it go? Lips became irritated and dry. If you’re not super sensitive to drugstore products like I am, this one is definitely a good one to try (if you can get a hold of it – it’s always sold out).

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Nyx Lip Liner Pencils (Dolly Pink, Peekaboo Neutral, Coral, Pinky)  – Nothing wrong with how they applied or pigmentation. You’d think they’d be a win for me for affordable lip liners. Unfortunately, they irritated my lips within minutes, and I had to rub them off. They must go!

Nyx Xtreme Lip Creams (Strawberry Jam, Natural (Shine))  – These were the affordable version of Sephora’s cream lip stains. Have to let them go because I have found more moisturizing versions of these colours since. Love the colour of SJ for a warm berry look; Natural was very close to a concealer on the lips – but it didn’t look bad at all in the colder months when my skin is lighter, and it was actually a good-go to to neutralize the lips to make a colourful lip product stand out. I also purchased Tokyo which is the one I disliked the most, so I gave it to my sister shortly after purchase.

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Revlon Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick (109) – This was an awesome coral colour that was recommended to me by a colleague who loves the colour herself. After wearing it for a while though it irritated my lips. Unfortunately it must go!

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters (Sweet Tart, Strawberry Shortcake, Tutti Frutti) – I remember when these were ALL the rave on YouTube! Out of the 3, I would repurchase the Tutti Frutti (Orange one) because I enjoyed wearing it the most, and the others seemed a bit pasty for me.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Creme (Ravish Me Red) – loved the colour, beautiful orangy-red, the kind I like most on me! Problem? It bled around the lips quite a bit, and I always had to check up on it. Kinda the reason I stopped wearing reds for a while.

lipswatches4The Face Shop Real Gloss Vivid Vibrant (Rouge Hommage) – LOVED the colour, unfortunately it was too liquidy for my liking. When dealing with a red, I don’t want it to be very prone to smearing. I would have just used it very lightly, unfortunately I have to let this one go because the applicator broke.


As beautiful as some of these lippies are, they are old, unused, and need to go. A very big common denominator for the ones from the drugstore is that my lips became very sensitive and irritated as I continued wearing them, so I had to toss them aside.

Hope you enjoyed this decluttering post, and it inspires you to go through your makeup collection and LET THE LIPPIES GO!

xo, M