Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Green & Gold Dino for Shana Logic

This is one of my entries for a contest Shana Logic is having! (Read the rules here.) I'm wearing Sugarpill and the Hummingbird in Flight necklace. I've had the necklace for about four years now and it's one of my best handmade purchases. Over the years, it hasn't tarnished on the front or changed color and is still one of my favorite necklaces to wear. My earrings are also handmade and were gifted to me by my good friend Kate.

Rock & Republic Eye Colour in Corset, Electric, Emerge and Exile

Here are four more Rock & Republic eye colors for your viewing pleasure! The buttery application and minimal fallout from the first four I already reviewed mostly apply to these colors as well.

Shot of the Day

Monday, May 30, 2011

OCC Loose Colour Concentrates in Noise and Oberon

Loose pigments by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics or OCC are available for 12$ each at their website. They're also having a 20% off Memorial Day sale until the end of the day that you should totally take advantage of! I got these two colors during their online sale after New York's IMATS and even though their products aren't very expensive to begin with, I think any discount helps.

Stila Backstage Eye Shadow Palette

quote on the inside of the cover

This palette has been around since last year so it's out of stock at Sephora and Stila's website but it is available at Beauty Bar--use code TOKKI if you'd like to help me out! Also, I have one or two of these palettes to giveaway but I haven't decided how or when to yet. Please give me some ideas~

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Featured Review at Beautylish

My review for the Too Faced blush in Who's Your Poppy got featured on the homepage of Beautylish today! So exciting! I suppose it's not a big deal to other ladies, but I feel cool seeing my little review on the front page even if it's at the bottom. ^ᴥ^ Please check it out along with other reviews and lovely photos of makeup at Beautylish!

tokidoki Gelato Lip Stain in Donutella

Here is another addition to my tokidoki makeup collection! I love collecting anything with Donutella on it and that was the main reason I got this lip stain. There are tons of photos after the cut because I wanted to show you all the cute designs on it!

Fresh Magic Wands Mini Mascara Duo

I'm not too big on offering in-depth reviews on mascaras (and perfumes) because I don't think I can describe them very well. Although, I hope packaging photos will at least help someone out there. This is just a simple review for the Fresh Mini Mascara Duo from Sephora.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Too Faced Full Bloom Ultra Flush Blush in Who's Your Poppy?

This is currently my favorite blush! The video's kind of dark and I say "cute" a lot... but I think it's helpful if you want to see the blush in action. More photos and swatches are below the cut.

Lancôme Waterproof Artliner in Beach Gem

Lancome's liquid eyeliner in Beach Gem is one of two new Artliner colors that are waterproof. It is a lovely teal that is really bright and perfect for the summer.

Shot of the Day

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Out of this World by Orly

I only just recently got back into nail polish and it's been kind of exciting! I have my friend Paige and Frank to thank for that. ;D I stopped playing with nail polishes more than ten years ago because I'd drive myself crazy from all the imperfections. Plus, my left hand is terribly lacking in any sort of dexterity and that would be always quite frustrating. Anyway, I'm slowly creating a small collection now so you should be seeing more nail polishes here.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Traveling Sephora Box {Update}

Back in January I started TSB 14, the fourteenth Traveling Sephora Box in hopes that I could be part of a fun snail mail venture with other girls who like makeup. This was not the case for me and I wish I didn't start such a nice box for ungrateful and dishonest strangers.

Hypothetically, a Traveling Sephora Box is a bigger version of a makeup swap. A reused Sephora box is full of makeup that is mailed out to different girls who have signed up to be part of a particular box. The rules of the box are usually more specific to each owner of the starter box, but they are generally similar to the following. Only new and unused or cleanly swatched makeup and mid-high end (not necessarily Sephora) products are allowed to be put in; swap fairly, meaning do not put in a cheap lotion if you took out an expensive eyeshadow; be responsible and have fun. I don't understand what's wrong with people. How hard is it to play fair? Don't be a part of something you shouldn't be a part of in the first place. I guess it was naive and foolish of me to even trust 14 other girls not to get greedy with nice makeup. It is regretful that I could've used everything to instead giveaway on my blog to people who at least seemingly appreciate what I do.

It took about four months to make it around to thirteen other girls. Now, this is not including myself and the last girl on the list because apparently she has 'stolen' a box before.

For some reason, I didn't get updates from facebook for nearly a month before I realized that the second to last girl had already messaged me about what she should do with the box. Later, I found out that she did not donate anything (like she had suggested) and instead started a new box with the "few good things that were left." Granted, the girl did apologize, but I was still a bit upset that I didn't even get to receive the box back just to take photographs. Upon receiving it, I hoped to start another one afterwards. The girl offered to send me some things or put me on the list for the box she had started. I passed on the latter and haven't heard anything from her since.

I received TSB 15 during the first week of May and it was terrible. There wasn't anything from Sephora when the box got to me, or a lot of stuff to choose from. Most items were open and used (dirty), and nothing in there was even mid-level makeup. I felt like I was going through a garbage can of unwanted makeup. Originally I had signed up for that one in case my box fell through. I really wish I didn't have such high hopes for either of these boxes though. I ended up spending more on the postage and what I put into the box than what I took out. I don't know. I just felt obligated to take something since I wanted to be a part of it so badly.

I hoped that if I started a nice box, people would pay it forward, but it just seems like people get really greedy, take advantage of another person's generosity, and use the traveling boxes to get rid of used makeup they don't want anymore. Was it wrong of me to even expect people to at least be fair? I simply put too much hope in something like this, and am left feeling cheated and severely disappointed. Never again.

Don't trust strangers with makeup, folks.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Stila Color Wheel Eye Shadow Palette {Product Shots}

"When an artist is more concerned with what is said than how it is said, there is no art."

I purchased this palette back in December of last year and have been awfully lazy about reviewing it. I didn't like it initially and wanted to give it another chance because I did want to like it. This post only contains an initial review and product shots. Swatches of each eyeshadow will be featured in an upcoming post.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sugarpill Sweet Heart Palette

cute packaging (left) and the palette itself (right)
open palette with mirror

Sugarpill Cosmetics is Amy Doan / Shrinkle's amazing makeup line that really offers everything I enjoy about makeup. Products are aesthetically pleasing, packaged nicely, perform well, and are all backed-up by fabulous customer service and appreciation. This review will just show you the Sweet Heart palette, but there are more Sugarpill reviews on the way!

Rock & Republic Eye Colour in Affair, Brink, Chain Link and Chronic

I am such a big fan of Rock & Republic's eyeshadows. They're currently on HauteLook right now and will be until Wednesday, May 18th. Since they've been on sale a few times already, my collection keeps growing because I get into crazy hoarder-mode. This review will also cover their packaging as well, whereas future posts will just show you new swatches and my comments about them.