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COSTCO, LET ME LOVE YOU MORE – Beauty for Cheap(er)

My fellow savvy shoppers out there know the pain of looking for better deals or waiting for sales. Ebay, Amazon and other online retailers are kind of sketch and require tons of research and review reading. Then there’s online Costco with random little treasures.

The local drug dealer in all things food. And soon to be all things beauty? You’re probably used to thinking of Costco as your source for cheap nutella, toilet paper and kb socks but they now pack some pretty impressive (and prestigious) beauty items. Forget the 20% Sephora Sale for your staples, check out Costco first. I’ll just let the comparison screenshots speak for themselves. Retail Left, Costco Right. As always, click on the pictures to enlarge them.

But seriously, Costco. Add more stuff ples. Let me love you more and throw money your way instead of at Sephora or department stores. These were just the things that caught my eye. The beauty section also includes Chanel, Jane Iredale, more sisley stuff, more  brand name products and stuff for hair. But I don’t know anything about hair products so I dind’t bother doing price comparisons. Head and Shoulder for days. These are products that i’ve had my eye on or ones i know to be “cult” products that many people are still interested in and/or repurchase upon finishing.

One of the main drawbacks is that they have a high turnover rate. Once something goes out of stock, it may or may not be restocked.

First Up: Make Up

Picture1Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (the box says it contains 0.63 oz. i don’t know where the 0.28 oz. came from)

  • $48 for 0.63 oz. = $76.19/oz.
  • $33 for 0.63 oz. = $52.38/oz.
    • only shades available are SX03, SX05, SX06, and SX11
  • 31% savings

Picture4Clinique Long Last Lipstick Trio

  • One tube (0.14 oz.) for $16 = $114.29/oz
  • Three tubes for (0.42 oz.) for $30 = $71.43/oz
    • only available in a multi-pack with Sugared Maple + Blushing Nude + All Heart
  • 38% savings

Picture8Clinique Chubby Stick

  • One stick (0.1 oz.) for $17 = $170/oz.
  • Three sticks (0.3 oz.) for $35 = 116.67/oz.
    • only available in a multi-pack with Two Ton Tomato + Super Strawberry + Mighty Mimosa
  • 33% savings (basically buy two get one free)

Picture9Dolce & Gabbana Smooth Eye Colour Quad

  • $61 for 0.16 oz. = $381.25/oz.
  • $40 for 0.16 oz. = $250/oz.
    • Only options available are Smokey, Femme Fatale, and Desert
  • 34% savings

Picture10 Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner

  • 1 pot (0.1 oz) any color for $25 = $250/oz.
  • 2 pots (0.2 oz total) for $37 = $185/oz
    • only available in a multi-pack with Black Ink + Sepia Ink + mini liner brush
  • 26% savings

Skin Care

Picture5Eve Lom Cleanser Balm

  • $135 for 6.8 oz = $19.85/oz
  • $100 for 6.8 oz = $14.71/oz
  • 26% savings

Picture6Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask

  • $162 for 2.1 oz = $77.14/oz
  • 100 for 2.1 oz = $47.62/oz
  • 38% savings

Picture11Philosophy Hope in a Jar Moisturizer

  • $44 for 2 oz = $22/oz.
  • $25 for 2 oz = $12.50/oz.
  • 43% savings

Picture12Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Hydrator

  • $38.50 for 1.7 oz = $22.65/oz.
  • $30 for 1.7 oz = $17.65/oz
  • 22% savings

Picture13Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

  • $76 for 1.7 oz = $44.71/oz
  • $60 for 1.7 oz = $35.29/oz
  • 21% savings


Picture2Kevyn Aucoin Concelaer Brush: $21.99 vs $32 = 31% savings

Picture3Kevyn Aucoin Soft Buff Powder Brush: $38.99 vs $60 = 35% savings

Picture7Clarisonic Mia 3 (Aria) Cleansing System: 149.99 vs 199 = 25% savings

Qualifier: Costco is by no stretch of the imagination a makeup maven’s playground because fancy asses like me  lust for bright colors and wacky hues, but it’s got the basics. Part of the trade off with whole sale places is lack of selection. You sacrifice choice for lower prices. Different people prioritize one over the other.  Think of the Costco beauty section as a luxe studio apartment: the essential are present and there are some very nice basics. *cough cough eve lom cleanser* The stuff the carry are popular ones that cater to the majority, so my apologies if you are super pale or super dark and i got you excited about the KA Skin Enhancer but they don’t carry your shade. Also, the selection of goods that different, physical Costco locations carry will vary. The one i frequent carries covergirl, loreal mascaras and bourghese beauty in store. If i want to restock on bareminerals powder foundation i have to drive alll the way to another location… which is only 20 minutes away or so.

Yes, the multipacks are a pain sometimes. You might run through several packs for the Super Strawberries and end up with a couple Tons of Tomatoes. It kind of sucks if you’re a repurchaser but you can always gift the other colors or do stuff with them. I remember hating the Wild Cherry that came in the Capri Sun juice multi-packs…. so i would trade at lunchtime with a friend for delicious inarizushi.

Do note: Costco stuff is for members only but there are ways around that :3


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BareMinerals California Bronze Palette Review, Swatches and Demo

BareMinerals California Bronze Palette Review, Swatches and Demo

I always look up other people’s posts about a product before i write a review to see if there are useful bits of info or differing reactions & opinions. It’s like doing lit-searches. But more fun. Anyhow, I was lurking around the lovely Isabella Muse’s blog and nearly laughed myself to pieces when i read this little blurb about the California Bronze Palette:

“I wish I was in California right now. This snow is getting tiresome! But hey, at least I have the Bare Minerals California Bronze Palette for Spring 2015 to look at today. It’ll make me thing of warm sandy beaches, the bright sun shining in my face, and a place where snow, slush, and ice are a thing of the past.

Oh the irony. It snowed on Monday (March 3rd, 2015) at Huntington Beach! This is SoCal and we got SNOW. On. The. Sand. The last time that happened was in 1967! Its no way even comparable to the beast thats been battering the Midwest and East but dammit, I’m Southern Californian. I get excited when it rains.

Getting this California Bronze palette just seemed like the thing to do even though i normally don’t give two shakes about naming. Side note, i would probably make the stereotypical SoCal resident cry out in shame then proceed to attack me with spray tan. Just for reference I’m somewhere between a NC15 and  NC20 in MAC lingo. I have juuust enough color to be able to find foundations but I’m pale enough to look colorless most of the time. Speaking of foundations and colorless, when I went to get a new bottle of foundation the SA tried to get me a darker one to match tanner spring/summer skin. I noped out and opted for the shade lighter to her absolute confuzzlement. I explained to her that I’m actually tanner during the winter (and lighter during the summer) because i get lazy and skimp on the sunscreen when its cloudy or over cast. (Shhhhhhh. I know that’s skin no-no numero uno.) When summer rolls around it’s too hot during the day to go out so i pretty much turn nocturnal, only venturing out after dusk and hiding from the sun in the darkest den of my lair. When i DO see the sun I coat myself in sunscreen. As result, i get paler during the summer.

Anyhow, this palette is supposed to provide me with a triple dose of Californian Coloring. This review aims to review the palette in detail to help you decide whether to get this or not.


First Look
The box is supposed to connote Spring time feelings though its colors but I’m getting a heavy dose of Easter: delicate pastel-pink eggs, milk chocolate, golden caramel, and beige bunnies.


It looks like a chocolate bar….

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Posted by on March 4, 2015 in Face Product, On the Fence


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Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME 744 (Poppy) Review and Swatches

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME 744 (Poppy) Review and Swatches

As always, the preface is just background information or rambles about why i decided to pick up a certain product so feel free to skip this whole first section and go directly to the review.

If you’re wondering “Who in their right mind would buy a metallic, tomato red eye shadow?!” this following section is for you.

I’ve been in a classic-red cosmetic mood the last month or so, starting with my acquisition of Smashbox’s Be Legendary Lipstick in Bing. I didn’t have a red lip liner to match despite the fact that i have 5 or so other red lipsticks. I had been using UD’s ozone for literally everything because it was doing a pretty good job at it’s, well, job. After getting Bing though, I got the itch to find a red lip pencil to make it easier to do a sharply-define red lip, so i started poking around, looking for a good red, lip liner. By a stroke of Sephora’s sale section serendipity I got my hands on 6 full sized pencils from OCC’s Cosmetic permanent line of Cosmetic Colour Pencils for a whopping $22. Total. I literally could not resist a deal like that.(Full sized pencils alone retail for $16 each.) I went, “Eh screw it,” forked over the extra 6 dollars for the entire set and got NSFW, a “true balanced red” + 5 other pencils, some of which were in interesting colors.

These pencils are marketed as multipurpose for eyes, lips face and body….  BUT red based shades have a little disclaimer (*) at the end saying that the color is not recommended for use around the eye area. This cautionary line is directed for people who have allergies/sensitivities towards red pigment, more on that here. Anyways, long story short, I tried using NSFW as an eyeliner but alas, it smudged and ran like a famished dingo was after it. It barely stay put for 4 hours which just won’t do as far as my eyeliners are concerned (on the lips is a different story).

I decided that I needed a matching (or brighter) red powder to set it (same concept as foundation and setting powder) so I looked into ME-744 Poppy by MUFE and Exhibit A by NARS which are both bright, orange-based, reds. After weighing a bunch of pros-n-cons of each choice, I ultimately decided on MUFE’s ME-744 Poppy for a variety of reasons which i will get into. While there, I accidentally picked up MUFE”s Aqua Cream in #8 which I reviewed *almost* right away because i became instantly smitten by it. (In my book, reviewing something the following weekend is down right FAST and reserved only for stuff that I truly love). Anyhow, acquiring Aqua Cream #8 sorta rendered the point of getting 744 Poppy to set NSFW moot because the Aqua Cream is so effortless and sticks really damn well. But I love red so i kept it all.

I’ve linked reviews to all the red stuff I’ve mentioned except for NSFW and the rest of the OCC pencil set because it has 6 pieces. SIX!  I have a lazy personality on top of my habitual procrastination tendencies so there are still two colors i have not tested and written about yet. I refuse to post the review until all colors are accounted for so yeah…. It might still be a while. Anyways, sorry for that long intro. The review for Make Up For Ever’s Artist Shadow in ME – 744 Poppy begins now.


ME-744 Poppy on top.

First Look
It comes in temporary (read: shitty) packaging as a refill pan, but that’s okay, because cheap packaging keeps the cost of the product down at a reasonable range. You can buy a permanent compact for it for a whooping $1! There’s also a giant 28 pan palette for $14. I’m eyeing that one. I know that MUFE packaging in general is very economical while retaining professionalism, and i admire that, but a little voice in the back of my head can’t help but grumble that this is drugstore level. Think Maybelline eyeshadows with their clear tops and crunchy black plastic. Hell, never mind the drugstore insult. L’Oreal has some pretty nice packaging.


Looks almost orange in this lighting.

The letters “ME” denote the finish of the shadow: Metallic. The other Artist Shadows all have various letter(s) in front of the number code to categorize them by finish (ie: I for iridescent, M for matte, S for Satin, D for Diamond). 744 is the actual code “name” of this shadow. “Poppy” is just the nick name for convenience’s sake in case you are horrible at remembering number sequences like me. It much easier for you to remember that I’m wearing “Poppy blended over Mandarin with Buttercup in the inner corner,” than it is to remember that I’m wearing 744 blended into 722 with a little 400 at the inner corner.” Take notes Inglot. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 2, 2015 in Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, Face Product, On the Fence


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Quick Look: Ember Lining


One class was cancelled today so I was super productive and used that extra morning time to wash brushes, organize my stuff and paint my eyes.



This post is the result of me wanting to test some new stuff that I’ve been procrastinating on reviewing.



How To:
1) Prime
2) Pat down a layer of orange eyeshadow. At the crease line, blend it up into the skin, not out . I used MUFE’s Artist Shadow in I-722 Mandarin which is marketed as a blush due to potential irritability, but I live dangerously. See this review here for the explanation.
3) Paint on a medium thick line with a golden colored gel/cream/liquid/anything that will go opaque . I used MUFE’s Aqua Cream in shade #11 and a ultra thin liner brush.
4) Draw on a thin line with black liner. Keep it as close to the lash line as possible and wing it at the edge. Note: gel or cream work better. I struggled to get the Stila liquid liner to go opaque black on top of the aqua cream. It took a couple of layers and drying.
5) Line the outer corner + outer third of the eye with a damp brush dipped in a dark-colored powder shadow. I used NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Subra.
6) Mascara of your choice. I screwed my lashes up so I’m too embarrassed to even name what I used.


The end result should look something like this on both eyes, hopefully. Variations in finished product are natural as there are a fk ton of different eye shapes.



Quick Chinese (Lunar) New Years Makeup Look: Triple Red

Today is an excuse to pile as much red on my face as possible.  I thought I’d share the resulting look. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Chinese culture, more red = more luck/prosperity/health/higherGPA (wait… what!?)

I started with my eyes, primer first as always (Smashbox 24 Hour Photo  Finish). You can’t see it on my weird half mono lids but I put down a layer of The  Body Shop’s color surge eyeshadow in Golden Cinnamon up to my crease. I followed with a few stokes of Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Cream in shade 8, painting a thick-ish cat eye on my upper lash line (with an arced liner brush).


The only product on my lips is OCC’ s Colour Cosmetic Pencil in NSFW.  It’s so nice in every way, I hope to get the review of NSFW and its siblings done soon. I have 6 colors to test.  Blegh.


Occ pencil in NSFW

After my lips were done, I cleaned up edges with some makeup remover, sharpened the edges with concealer, and followed with my foundation routine.


I have no idea why my nose looks red, Stupid camera

Lastly I used Make Up For Ever’s Artist Shadow in ME-744 Poppy (review here) as blush. Poppy is an intense, vibrant orange-based red straight or of the pan. As you can tell (hopefully), I applied it quite sparingly.  My skin is already yellow-toned.  Had I not diffused Poppy out, I could probably pass for Pikachu.

Anyhow, Happy Sheepy Year!


Posted by on February 19, 2015 in Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, Face Product, Lips, Paint By the Numbers


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Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #8 (Red) Review and Rambles

This post is primarily dedicated to reviewing MUFE’s Aqua Cream in Shade 8 (a poppy red shade), however I went off on a bit of a tangent on how i managed to get my hands on it: I made an exciting little discovery last weekend! If you don’t care to read about this and only want to know about the product being reviewed, feel free to skip ahead. Read the rest of this entry »


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Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray vs. Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray

Make up is expensive. Make up is fickle. Makeup is tragic, when its melting off your face. However there are a variety of  “finishing” or “setting” sprays that are meant to be used the last step of your makeup routine to ensure that your face doesn’t go the way of Chernobyl by the end of a long day/night.
Almost every cosmetics company offers at least one and most of then claim that their spray will lock down makeup, preserve it some way and extend its wear time.

What’s This About
Two of the most well known are Urban Decay’s “All-Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray” and Skininavia’s “Makeup Finishing Spray” (original version). They don’t exactly make your make up bulletproof in the way that “fixing” sprays do but they do help your makeup withstand the shit that daily-life throws at you. Well, not literally shit  but you get the point. Both are designed to help your makeup last longer, keep it in place and on your face.

This comprehensive review and comparison of the two contending sprays will hopefully help some people decide whether  they should get one or both of the finishing spray and provide more information by a direct comparison of both.

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Posted by on October 7, 2014 in Face Product, On the Fence


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