Category Archives: Makeup

Sedona Lace does happy seal

Sedona Lace does happy seal

It’s been a while since I got any happy boxes, but Sedona Lace¬†indulged me with this ridiculously cute seal. I’m impressed, as I made this order during a 20% off and free shipping sale, so I can imagine their shipping department was very busy.

Inside the box: One flat top brush that … someone on Youtube convinced me is The Ultimate Brush for applying foundation, one angled brush because I can never have too many of those suckers, and the packing slip with proof that¬†my request entertained somebody.

Collaboration #1 Memebox X Pink Diary

As the name indicates, this Memebox is a collaboration with Sharon of the blog The Pink Diary. Sharon has a very different style than me, so this box will be interesting. Let’s open it up!

Hope Girl Tinted Lip Balm 01 Strawberry

Hope Girl Tinted Lip Balm 01 Strawberry

Scented with a delicate strawberry fragrance, Hope Girl’s Tinted Lip Balm serves both as a lip tint as well as a lip balm. While the co-enzyme Q-10 and shea butter formula deeply nourishes your chapped lips, the lovely pink tint will leave your lips with a long-lasting radiance.

I’ve bought many lip balms like this, with or without tint, over the years. Usually as an emergency purchases when I’m out and about, finding myself in dire need of lip balm but have forgotten to bring one with me. Typically the product will be used that day only, and then forgotten in a drawer somewhere.

This is not a fault of the product, but entirely of the packaging. I simply don’t like balms in jars, and I don’t like applying lip products with my fingers. It’s sticky and messy and can quickly get outright disgusting.

So while this seems a fine product — although all lip balms seem about equal to me — I doubt I’ll use it. I may keep it with my makeup and use it pre-lipstick, when I’m wielding a lip brush anyway.

Hope Girl Tinted Lip Balm 01 Strawberry swatch

There’s a very light pink tint. The strawberry fragrance is mild enough to not offend my scent-sensitive nose.

Croquis crayons

A-ha. There’s two Croquis crayons included in this box, and one of them is for lip use. I don’t feel so silly for assuming the crayon in the Waterproof Makeup box was a lip product now.

Croquis Lip & Blush 10 Pink Brown and Eye Shadow & Blusher 04 Go

Croquis Lip & Blush 10 Pink Brown

The famous Lip & Blush from Croquis can be applied on both your lips and cheeks for a natural and well-blended pink that gently enhances your complexion. While this shade itself might seem light and shimmery, it will leave your lips and cheeks with a long-lasting radiance.

I don’t see much brown in this “pink brown” shade, which is just as well. I can’t wear brown anything on my lips at all, it just looks like dirt. Instead this looks like a pleasantly pink shade which is just a touch darker than my natural lips. This will be excellent for those days when I wake up and find a pale grey ghost in the mirror.

Croquis Lip & Blush 10 Pink Brown swatch

The colour is very sheer; the swatch is about ten swipes.

This applies like a balm, and continues to feel like a balm long after application. I’m not trusting it to last long, but it’s not a crisis if a subtle shade like this wears off.

Croquis Eye Shadow & Blusher 04 Goldy Brown

When blended in with a darker color shadow and a liner, Croquis’ waterproof, cream-type crayon can create a shimmery peach gradiation eye makeup! It smoothly glides onto your eye contours, giving it a nice, silky finish without being clumpy or sticky.

Yup, the description is exactly the same as in the Waterproof Makeup box.

I feel the colour of this crayon is less gold and more bronze. Which is great, as I’ve been wanting a bronze for my autumn colour lineup. The swatch is refusing to budge from my arm, which gives me some hope this could actually survive on my eyelids for more than ten minutes.

Screw using this on the cheeks, though.

Croquis Eye Shadow & Blusher 04 Goldy Brown swatch

Now that I have three Croquis crayons, a problem is surfacing: The crayons all look the same. There’s nothing to indicate a given crayon’s intended use. There’s some writing in korean on the crayons — which I can’t read — but as far as I can tell it’s exactly the same for both Lip & Blush crayons and Eye Shadow & Blusher crayons. I’ll either have to mark them somehow, and/or hope they are all lip-safe and eye-safe.

Banila Co. Prime Primer Classic

Banila co. Prime Primer Classic

Prep your face with the ultimate Banila Co. Prime Primer! Banila Co. is one of Korea’s cult favorites and this primer is one of its longest standing bestsellers. It’s a must-have classic that smoothens out any unevenness in skin texture by filling in all fine lines and enlarged pores. It also coats your face with a protective layer for optimum moisture retention while preventing your skin from getting oily.

The description makes Banila Co. out to be a big, famous brand. I find this intriguing, as other sources tell me Banila Co. are small and kinda ignored, and this primer is one of the few products that justifies their continued existence. I can’t verify either claim easily, but it’s interesting. Anyway…

Primers are another product that seem more similar than different to me. This one is clear and does the skin-smoothing thing that primers do. It’s very similar to Maybelline Baby Skin, but does perhaps feel a little bit lighter on the skin.

Tosowoong Black Sugar Facial Scrub

Tosowoong Black Sugar Facial Scrub

All natural, and made from sugar, sunflower seed oil, portulaca extract, huttuynia cordata and various other minerals and vitamins, the Black Sugar Facial Scrub works to remove stubborn blackheads, excess sebum, and dead skin cells without dehydrating your skin. It will leave your face glowing with a natural radiance.

This is not a product I would have purchased myself. Peels and scrubs just don’t seem to do much for my skin, so I tend not to bother. I’ve also heard some fairly convincing explanations on how sugar scrubs can be too harsh for the face, so I’m really not keen on this product.

I guess I could use it as a body scrub, except I don’t really feel a need for those either. Most likely I’ll use this once and then forget it in a cupboard somewhere.

L.vida Nail Polish LC-06 Baby Angel

L.vida Nail Polish LC-06 Baby Angel

Pamper your nails with L.vida’s bright, beautiful nail polish colors that last. This collection is formulated with a unique combination of resins and waxes that provide a fast drying, long-wear shine.

Very cute little nail polish with decorative flower. I like. Many points for presentation.

The colour looks suspiciously like yet another so-sheer-you-can-barely-see-it bridal pink, AKA “colour I don’t see the point of”. We’ll see. I’ll do a proper manicure with it, as soon as I can be bothered to peel Gumdrop off my nails.


Pencil Sharpener

In addition to the products listed, I also received a pencil sharpener. It’s exactly the same as in the Waterproof Makeup box, and I now have enough pencil sharpeners to keep one in every bag and still have a few to spare.

All in all, this box is a little meh. The crayons are quite nice. The primer is useful, but not exciting. I remain cautiously optimistic about the nail polish, but the lip balm and the sugar scrub are pretty much wasted.

Box Value

This box cost $23 plus shipping.

Product Stated Retail Value
Hope Girl Tinted Lip Balm 01 Strawberry $12
Croquis Lip & Blush 10 Pink Brown $17
Croquis Eye Shadow & Blusher 04 Goldy Brown $17
Banila Co. Prime Primer Classic $22
Tosowoong Black Sugar Facial Scrub $12
L.vida Nail Polish LC-06 Baby Angel $6
Total Box Value $86
Since writing this review, Memebox has changed significantly. They no longer publish frequent & interesting boxes, and they no longer ship outside of the US.

Dear thick eyebrows trend, please don’t ever die. I could never do the super thin arches (or arches at all, really), but this? This I can do to perfection. I love you. Don’t ever change.

Ugh, Superdrug

It has already been established that I did a mighty amount of shopping during our pre-christmas trip to England. I did a good chunk of it at Superdrug, a beauty chain with some pharmacy services, that offers a lot of cheap makeup brands that I can’t get back home. Now, I like the products Superdrug carries. I don’t like the actual shops at all.

There are two reasons I don’t like the shops, and they are closely connected. One is that there is a lack of upkeep in the shop. Missing or used-up samplers are rarely replaced, and the shelves are equally rarely cleaned and tidied. Second is the costumer base — cheap makeup means lots and lots of teenagers. These teenagers do not give rat’s ass about how they leave the place. When they use samplers, they spread product over half the shelf. If they can’t find samplers, they’ll just open the product they want and try it, putting it right back if they don’t want it. Y’know, behaviour that most other shops would consider theft.

The two factors combined means the average Superdrug is a filthy mess. The only reason I go back is because it’s months between each visit, and in that time I manage to convince myself it’s not that bad. This is wrong. It is that bad.

During our trip, I shopped at two different Superdrugs. Both gave me problems.

At the first Superdrug, I picked up a Bourjois mascara and a powder. The mascara is a gimmicky type that comes with a small battery-powered motor that rotates the brush. Sitting down in a coffee shop post-shopping I noticed the battery cover and the battery was missing, and they were not lying loose in the bag. Back to the shop with it. The cashier offered me a replacement, but the only possible replacement had been left turned on, letting the battery run down. I got a refund instead, with the shop keeping my receipt.

With no receipt, I’m sure you can imagine how trilled I was when I later found out that the mirror in the powder compact was cracked. The powder itself was covered in plastic, so there shouldn’t be any glass bits in it…

At the second Superdrug, Sleek was my main target. I grabbed two three-shades compacts of blushers. The compacts were boxed, and I didn’t want to be that rude person opening boxes. Bad mistake to make at Superdrug.

I didn’t open the blushers until I got home, and found this:

Three pans of makeup with finger marks in each pan.
Marks not made by my fingers.

Finger marks in every colour. Someone opened both of these, sampled the colours with their fingers, then put the compacts back in the box and back on the shelf. Ugh.

I’ve definitely done all the beauty shopping I need for a long time.

Security theater: Liquids edition

I travel several times each year. As I travel with hand luggage only, I’m getting used to running into the limitations on liquids:

Liquids in hand luggage

There are restrictions on the amount of liquids, creams and gels that can be carried in hand luggage onboard all flights. A maximum of 1 liter of liquid, creams and gels are permitted in hand luggage. Each item must not exceed 100ml. Liquids, creams and gels must be packed in a separate transparent re-sealable bag must be presented at the security checkpoint.

The helpful signs at the airport’s security checkpoint usually show a nearly empty bag, where a tube of toothpaste, a stick of deodorant, and maybe a small bottle of perfume have plenty of room. When I’m flying out, my bag does in fact look a lot like that.

But when I’m coming home from a week of shopping? We’re playing for keeps, darlings.

Security theater: Liquids edition

Said signs also say “do not overfill”. It’s not overfilled if I can close it without bursting a seam. Serious Tetris skills certainly doesn’t hurt.

Here is the lot, unpacked:

Security theater: Liquids edition

With some determination, I could fit:

  • Moisturiser (75ml and the biggest item in the lot)
  • Two bottles of liquid foundation
  • Deodorant
  • Two mascaras
  • Four lipsticks
  • Traveldose of Lemony Flutter
  • Concealer
  • Two gel eyeliners
  • Eyecream
  • Perfume
  • Dry shampoo (not even sure when or why I picked this up, but uh, it could come in useful, I guess)
  • Eye shadow base
  • Samples of lip plumper, lip primer, and eye primer
  • Handwash
  • Eye pencil (which probably didn’t need to go in this bag, but it’s big and I didn’t feel like potentially getting my bag searched for the sake of one bloody pencil)

Let’s not get into the non-liquids I purchased, although packing all of those was certainly an art in itself…