Thursday

MAC Liptensity Lipstick Swatches & Review - Mulling Spices, Postmodern, Hellebore, Gumball

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MAC Liptensity Lipstick Review

You guys know I love a good lipstick, but I'm super picky when it comes to how they feel on my lips, which is why I really like a good gel formula when I can get my lipstick-loving hands on them. The problem is, most gel formulas are often semi-sheer from my experience, which works for some looks, but not all.

When I heard MAC was releasing a hyper-pigmented gel formula (I see you, Liptensity!) I did a little dance and I'm happy to say I may have done another after giving 4 of them a try!

Saturday

Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 - Sneak Peek

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Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 - Sneak Peek

If you follow me on Instagram (you should if you like sneak peeks and swatches in real-time!), you probably saw that I shared a look at the upcoming Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 the other day. I included a closer look in Instagram story along with some info.

Friday

MAC Good Luck Trolls Collection has launched!

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MAC Good Luck Trolls 

When I first heard that MAC was launching a Good Luck Trolls collection I have mixed feelings. What would it look like? Would the packaging be cute? Would the products include colors I'd use? I wasn't a huge troll doll collector, but I had a couple that I loved and treated well. One was an mini orange-haired guy that sat on the top of a pencil and the other was a rainbow-haired guy that I thought was the business.

Saturday

MAC X Chris Chang First Look

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MAC x Chris Chang Collection Review

MAC x Chris Chang Overview

If you love makeup, if you love color and if you have an appreciation for Eastern culture (like this hapa) then this collection is going to demand you bring it home!

Drops Online: May 5, 2016
Drops in Stores: May 12, 2016
Available: Maccosmetics.com/MAC stores & counters

Chris Chang, a Shanghai based fashion designer, has teamed up with MAC to create what may be the most colorful and beautiful collection I've seen in a while. Inspired by one of the oldest forms of Chinese opera--Kunqu, this collection is absolutely bursting at the seams with loveliness.

When I first saw promo pics for this collection they got me excited, but I have to say that the actual products in person exceeded my expectations. Limited edition packaging often calls to me, but this screamed my name!

As if the packaging wasn't already color-drunk enough, the actual products created for this collection are just as vibrant and beautiful. Bright cream colors, shadows and lipsticks are accented by the appearance of MAC's tried and true blacktrack fluidline and prep + prime transparent finishing powder.

This collection includes:

  • 5 lipsticks (ranging from teal to red)
  • prep + prime transparent finishing powder
  • Blacktrack fluidline
  • 3 cream color bases
  • 4 eyeshadows
I have got to get my hands on DDDevlish (pink) and Vermillion Vee (red) lippies, they have my name all over them!

What do you think? Will you be grabbing anything from this collection? If I had to make predictions regarding the launch I'd guess the lipsticks and large compact will go first, followed by the shadows, cream color bases and then Blacktrack. Lipsticks tend to be some of the most popular items in LE collections and large compacts with special designs also tend to draw a lot of attention, so if these are on your must-have list scoop them up fast!

Happy MAC stalking. ;)


Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday

March 2016 Doki Doki Crate - Spoiler & Review

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March 2016 Doki Doki Crate Overview

I've mentioned the Doki Doki Create by Japan Crate quite a few times since they've launched and I've been fortune enough to review them the last few months. I was super excited to receive March's as I'd heard they'd done a bit of revamping and this month promised to be ever better than the last! As with any new subscription there's going to be some growing pains along the way and it seems that despite some little bumps the first couple months, Doki Doki is really coming into its own and finding the right brands and distributors to partner with to provide licensed, high-quality kawaii goodies for its boxes.

Cost per month: $30 (shipping included)
Where to subscribe: Doki Doki's website

March's box had a bento theme and being a fan of bento storage I was super excited to see what they put together. Overall, I'd say this box was actually my favorite thus far! While I am a fan of kawaii plush and can't wait to see more over the coming months, it was really nice to get some items that were super useful and not just decorative in this month's box. Don't get me wrong, I love collecting fun things to display, but getting things that I could use on a regular basis was great as well!

I shared a video on instagram the day I received my crate, but if you haven't seen it yet here it is...


I know a lot of you guys already received your @dokidokicrate, but mine just arrived and I'm totally in love! 🍱 Food themed goodies plus more kawaii fun 😍 First of all, this hapa loves bento and the cute little supplies to make your own bento boxes are adorable! I also love Re-ment everything and this month included TWO re-ment blind boxes. The cute little food accessories 🍩 are definitely going on my travel backpack and I can always use more stationary goodies--pens, a mini notebook and stickers this month. Overall, I actually like this month's better than last month believe it or not! Can't wait to see what next month's has in store. 💞 Have you subscribed? Thoughts? #dokidoki #japancrate #kawaii #japanese #japan #hapa #love #blindbox #rement #socute #aforable #bento #subscriptionbox #instagood #instadaily #beautygram #stationary #donut #bao #sushi #onigiri #bblogger #blogger #beautyblogger #bestoftheday #subscription #lifestyle #youneedthis #prsample
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As you can see, March's box offers plenty of value!

This month's box included:
  • one-time use folded bento boxes
  • bento dividers
  • bento sauce containers (animal theme)
  • bento food decorations (galaxy theme)
  • squishy cat bao hanging charm
  • squishy donut hanging charm
  • kawaii food stickers
  • kawaii doll pens
  • mini notebook
  • 2 Re-ment blind boxes
As I've mentioned before, it can be hard to find Japanese goods in the U.S. and often when you do they're either not legit or they're very expensive. The one Japanese-only store near me that carries a few similar items to those included in this box would cost me a pretty penny to purchase, so I personally found the value of this box to be really great this month!

If you're a fan of kawaii goodies I highly recommend you give Doki Doki's subscription a try. Especially now that they seem to be partnering with some really great brands and distributors, I think the boxes will only continue to get better!

Get your Doki Doki subscription in time for April's box and you could get the adorable plush I've heard rumors about!

What do you think? Is this the type of subscription you would be interested in?


Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions are my own based on my personal experience.

Thursday

Spring Beauty & Skin Care Coming Your Way Soon!


Spring is coming. Here's a quick update on me, the blog and more!

Valentine's Day Beauty Gift Guide

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2016 Beauty

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Beauty Lovers

Flowers are fine and chocolates are delicious, but you may want to skip traditional gifts when looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gifts for the beauty lover in your life! With so many gorgeous products launching as we transition from late winter to early spring, now is the perfect time to grab some gorgeous goodies that the beauty lover in your life is not likely to have already bought for herself/himself.

Here are my top pics for Valentine's Day 2016! All of these items can be purchased online--perfect for last-minute Valentine's Day shopping.