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Curtain Call: 111SKIN Space Defence Bright Eye Gel

Halloween is right around the corner! I have the decorations up already for over a week and I’m getting a few more just in time for the day of. I hope we get more kids this year as last year it was on a Monday. Most have done their trick or treating over the weekend at some neighborhoods that designate the Friday or Saturday for it or even go to places like the mall for it. We got about 10 – 20 kids. That’s nothing compared to 2 years ago when Halloween fell on a Saturday. We had at least 300 kids come by in our cul-de-sac! Anyway, today’s post is another edition of Curtain Call. I got this product from my ipsy July 2017 Glam Bag. Here’s my take on the 111SKIN Space Defence Bright Eye Gel.

111SKIN Space Defence Bright Eye Gel

Stated from their website:

    The skin around the eyes is the most sensitive area of the face. This soothing Eye Gel reduces the appearance of dark circles, minimises puffiness and softens the appearance of fine lines while keeping the eye area hydrated.

What I love about this product? Directions to use are pretty straightforward — apply to eye area day and night with a light hand. The packaging is pretty attractive I must say. I am loving the cool and sleek color (is it magenta-sh?) against the silver. The eye gel is translucent in appearance and the consistency is what you would expect from an eye gel. There is a scent to this product…it’s like a baby powder kind of scent is how I can best describe it. It’s not really strong and definitely not noticeable after application. I experienced a warming sensation with every use but it’s not bothersome to me. I kinda take it as “THIS PRODUCT IS WORKING!” Haha! I started using it at the same time I started using the Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream. This tiny thing lasted about a week and a half longer than that. This is an eye gel and you use less of it obviously but I got a decent amount of use from this tiny bottle.

What I don’t like about this product? Probably the accessibility. This is not readily available in retail stores like Sephora or ULTA.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.

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ipsy September 2017 Glam Bag

I know, I know…it’s October already! But I already took the pictures a while back and rather have them go to waste I’ll just make a quick post about it. Here’s what I got in my ipsy September 2017 Glam Bag.

ipsy September 2017 Glam Bag

The bag itself is pretty different from what I’ve come to expect from ipsy for years. I like how it’s edgy. First item that caught my eye is the NEOGEN Dermalogy White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop. I love trying out new facial serums. This is on my next to try as soon as I free up a spot for it in my facial care regimen. Next is Ciaté London Wonderwand Mascara. The shade I got this in is called Black Magic. I think this is the only shade this particular product item comes in for now though. Then we have the Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer. I don’t use primer much but I do testing with it to compare how it fares with other primers. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It’s just a “thing” of mine. Next we have the The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream. I’m finishing up something from Philosophy right now and I’ll make sure this is next or the one after the next face cream I use. Last up is Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Lip Gloss. The shade I got this in is Nude Beach. I got too many lip stuff open so I’ll add this to my gifting pile. It’s a nice shimmery shade with a gold duochrome flash.

NEOGEN Dermalogy White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop

Ciaté London Wonderwand Mascara

Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer

The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Lip Gloss

Overall, pretty good. There’s a lot of stuff I will be using in this month’s bag.


Curtain Call: Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream

Hey there! How are you guys doing? Fall is definitely in the air. Some nights I can feel it in my bones! Brr! I’ve been busy with work and life in general but I decided to make a post today. Today’s post is another edition of Curtain Call. I got this product from my ipsy June 2017 Glam Bag. Here’s my take on the Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream.

Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream

Stated from their website:

    Restore smoother, firmer, younger-looking skin with this powerful anti-aging moisturizer that helps firm and hydrate the skin, while treating the signs of aging. Loaded with our patented peptides and natural vitamin C, this combination helps to enhance natural collagen reproduction and brighten complexion to a radiant glow…Infuse deep, rich hydration.

What I love about this product? It’s a simple to use product that comes in simple but nice packaging. The product itself is a white in color and is of the consistency between a facial moisturizer and a face cream. It’s not thick like what you’d think of a face cream and it leans more to the size of being a facial moisturizer. I personally love the scent so it doesn’t bother me that it’s strong if you sniff it directly. The scent is like a minty floral to me and dissipates fairly quickly after application since it is spread out. I get a warming sensation when I use it — definitely more noticeable the first time. I was bracing myself for burning or some other adverse reaction where I’d have to quickly wash my face but it was just a slight warming sensation that dissipates in less than a minute. I actually love that about this product. It makes me think the probiotics are working! Haha! My face feels so soft and smooth after application. I can’t say my skin is better or younger after use really but I love it.

What I don’t like about this product? Probably the price. For $68, you get 50 ml / 1.7 fl oz worth of product. Kinda steep but if it works then it’s worth it, right? I’m waiting for a sale on this. 🙂

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Zoya Sophisticates Swatches

Hey guys! Today’s post is on the entire Fall 2017 collection of Zoya! I haven’t done full collection posts in a while so bear with me on this one! Here are swatches for the Zoya Sophisticates Collection.

First up is Tabitha.

Zoya Tabitha

Tabitha is a beautiful green shade that makes me think of Christmas. It’s not as light and bright as Christmas green but it sure makes me think of it. It is described as “a refined pearl in a deep hunter green”. This is probably my favorite shade in this collection. Formula is good as with the rest of this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Tabitha (in shade)

Zoya Tabitha (direct sunlight)

Zoya Tabitha (close-up)

Next is Presley.

Zoya Presley

Presley is a pink mauve crème. It is described as “a smokey, mauve taupe cream”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Presley (in shade)

Zoya Presley (direct sunlight)

Zoya Presley (close-up)

Next we have Padma.

Zoya Padma

Padma looks like dark Barbie pink to me. It is described as “a deep, vermillion red cream”. I don’t really see it as a red shade — this is more pink than red to me. Formula is slightly thinner than the other crème shades in this collection but still applied beautifully. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Padma (in shade)

Zoya Padma (direct sunlight)

Zoya Padma (close-up)

Then we have Hadley.

Zoya Hadley

Hadley is a dark blue crème shade. It is definitely a Fall shade to me. It is described as “a smokey, midnight blue cream”. While I’m not a huge fan of this shade, it is certainly not one of my least favorites in this collection. Probably cause I feel like there’s not much variety in terms of shade color in this collection. It was tough to capture the shade accurately. Formula is good and it is both creamy and opaque. This is almost a one coater to me. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Hadley (in shade)

Zoya Hadley (direct sunlight)

Zoya Hadley (close-up)

Here now is Joni.

Zoya Joni

Joni is a darker version of Presley to me. It is described as “a deep, dusty plum cream”. It makes me think of vintage colors and patterns. Formula is on the thin side but nice. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Joni (in shade)

Zoya Joni (direct sunlight)

Zoya Joni (close-up)

Onto a lighter shade, here’s McKenna.

Zoya McKenna

McKenna is a nude shade with a slight shimmer. It is described as “a refined pearl in a soft almond”. It is a shade that shows brush strokes like frost shades. Formula consistency is nice. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya McKenna (in shade)

Zoya McKenna (direct sunlight)

Zoya McKenna (close-up)

Up next is Yvonne.

Zoya Yvonne

Now THIS is a red shade to me. Yvonne is described as “a rich, bordeaux red cream”. Formula is slightly thicker than the other crème shades in this collection but still very nice. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Yvonne (in shade)

Zoya Yvonne (direct sunlight)

Zoya Yvonne (close-up)

Then we have Gal.

Zoya Gal

Gal is a stunning olive-green shimmery shade. It is described as “a smokey, iridescent, peridot gold metallic”. This is one of my favorite shades in this collection. Formula is good but definitely more sheer than I thought. I feel like you can use this shade as a shimmer top coat over other shades. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Gal (in shade)

Zoya Gal (direct sunlight)

Zoya Gal (close-up)

Next we have Mona.

Zoya Mona

When I hear the name Mona, I think of the character Mona in the series Pretty Little Liars. I finished that entire series in a span of a few weeks about a month ago. This shade is definitely a Mona to me in that context. It is described as “a deep, burgandy plum cream”. I find this shade to be sort of the in-between of Yvonne and Elaine. Formula for this is pretty opaque and applied beautifully. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Mona (in shade)

Zoya Mona (direct sunlight)

Zoya Mona (close-up)

Another beautiful shade we have is Beth.

Zoya Beth

Beth looks like it would be a duochrome shade to me just by looking at the bottle but it’s actually not. It is described as “a soft, sandy, champagne metallic”. It is a shade that shows brush strokes as well but more so than McKenna. Formula is pretty good. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Beth (in shade)

Zoya Beth (direct sunlight)

Zoya Beth (close-up)

Here now is Hera.

Zoya Hera

Hera is a pretty pink crème shade. It is described as “a muted, red mauve cream”. Again, I don’t really see it as a red shade — this is more pink than red to me but what do I know? Formula is nice and creamy. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Hera (in shade)

Zoya Hera (direct sunlight)

Zoya Hera (close-up)

Last up is Elaine.

Zoya Elaine

I hate most brown shades. One of my closest friends love them. They don’t look horrible on me — I just don’t really care for the color brown. Elaine is a brown crème shade. It is described as “a dark, umber brown cream”. Formula is really nice and creamy. It is pretty opaque but certainly not a one coater as evidenced in some of the following shots. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Elaine (in shade)

Zoya Elaine (direct sunlight)

Zoya Elaine (close-up)

Overall, I’m not really impressed with this as a collection. I feel like there are too many shades in the same color family (like reds and pinks). They could’ve done an orange or a purple for Fall. But this certainly makes me look forward to their Holiday offering as they have released nice Holiday collections over the years.

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Friday Easy Listening: Nightcall

Friday is finally here once again! One of the first songs that started me back on putting songs on replay all day long — here’s Kavinsky’s Nightcall.

I’m giving you a night call to tell you how I feel
I want to drive you through the night, down the hills
I’m gonna tell you something you don’t want to hear
I’m gonna show you where it’s dark, but have no fear

There something inside you
It’s hard to explain
They’re talking about you boy
But you’re still the same

There something inside you
It’s hard to explain
They’re talking about you boy
But you’re still the same

I’m giving you a night call to tell you how I feel
I want to drive you through the night, down the hills
I’m gonna tell you something you don’t want to hear
I’m gonna show you where it’s dark, but have no fear

There something inside you
It’s hard to explain
They’re talking about you boy
But you’re still the same

There something inside you
It’s hard to explain
They’re talking about you boy
But you’re still the same

There something inside you (there’s something inside you)
It’s hard to explain (it’s hard to explain )
They’re talking about you boy (they’re talking about you boy)
But you’re still the same