☆REVIEW☆ Marc Jacobs Beauty — The Conceal Full Cover Correcting Brush No. 14 + KVD Lock-It Concealer in Light 1

Let’s be honest: I’ve never had much use for a concealer brush before, as someone who breezed through their teen years with the enviable, ‘effortlessly perfect’ skin and little darkness under my eyes. I could probably count the amount of times I used it– or actually needed to when I did– on my hands.

Now at 22, and quite a bit more stressed out in my personal life (those dark circles are starting to come in :0 ), my skin has become…. oh-so mysteriously acne prone, and myself unprepared for how to deal with covering it all up.

Because I’d heard many people say that ‘your fingers always work better than brushes’ at applying concealer than a brush would, I tried that a bit, and found myself having little luck. Foolishly, I then proceeded to use my ‘Sephora PRO Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush‘ that I already owned (trying to save money) for months, not realizing that was for buffing out undereye concealer, and not covering blemishes– at least, it certainly was effective at the former, and not the latter. It just buffed the concealer right off the blemish, really.

So when my acne finally went from nightmarish to ‘hellish’, I decided to look up better alternatives on Sephora’s website, and ended up coming across one that had over 4.5 stars of solid reviews, despite having many, many reviews on the record– which is something you really hardly see on that site, if ever. If $30 could hide what was destroying my self esteem– especially while I’m still on the hunt for a job, and need the confidence for in-person interviews– (and also help me look cute again just for going out, or dressing up/cosplay), I was more than willing to pay that much.

And let me tell you. Oh, boy do I have before -> afters for you, friends.

I really came here to review the brush, because I’ve tried it with different concealers and it is really the changemaker at play here, but I’ll review the KVD concealer while I’m at it, because that’s the product I’ll be using in the review and B&A’s of the brush.

Let’s see how this brush (and the concealer!) stands up to all the hype~

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☆REVIEW + TRY-ON☆ Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in 100

….I’m just going to call this product the ‘Fenty Beauty Foundation’ from here on out, because I kind of hate when brands come out with absurdly long names like this that I’m sure not even Rihanna herself would be able to remember when she needs to hahah

I first swatched this shade when I dropped by my local sephora for a job interview a few days ago, and my heart nearly skipped a beat when it blended in effortlessly with my skintone– WITHOUT a white-pigmented mixer added in. I ordered it almost immediately when I got home that night, and it arrived just yesterday.

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Guys. I am convinced that this stuff is liquid magic. It is an intentionally all-inclusive line that has a bottle for every shade and undertone, from the oft-ignored dark skinned, ebony queens, to the nearly-transparent, literally-sickly ghostly fair, like myself. After having used it twice now, I feel ready (and downright excited) to review it, and share my new infatuation with Fenty Beauty with you all.

Join me below the cut as I share my admiration for Rihanna, her all-inclusive vision, and this downright amazing foundation!!

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☆REVIEW☆ Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream

It’s about time I reviewed a western skincare product, now, isn’t it?

For the inaugural western beauty review post, I also just happened to chose a product that has been a consistent favorite of mine for a few years now, and which I’m about halfway+ through my second container of (a rarity for me, as I tend to explore products so much, I often never hit pan on many that I buy, let alone go through multiple repurchases~)

I can honestly say that I’ve tried to find a cheaper, asian-er alternative for this eye cream– which can be bought at Sephora at $41, though for only 0.5oz/15ml of product (womp womp)— but have failed to find anything that could come close to having such a pleasant texture, and that provides the perfect amount of moisture under my eyes– to the point where it almost seems to perk me up in the mornings!!

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No matter how much I may ever seem to preach about the occasional ‘superiority’ of ingredients and prices among Korean/Japanese/Taiwanese skincare products, this is my one product I can’t seem to one-up somehow– not even a hugely popular or well-known one, either– perhaps it was just made for me, in terms of hitting all the right marks!

Allow me to elaborate~

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[13/9] Minor Site Updates / Questions

[SITE UPDATES]

  • after looking into some of my new followers and what they’re all about, I’ve decided I want to put some more ‘heart’– more of myself and what I believe in into this blog– though it’s still a beauty blog that will remain at least 80% reviews/swatches/etc or more, I’m assuming. But to reflect that, I changed my tagline– and subsequently, my header, to reflect more of who I am!
  • A guide, for anyone who may be confused:
    • pale: pretty self explanatory lmao.
    • nongendered: I don’t really feel much like a boy or a girl? just neutral or neither, really. I honestly don’t fixate on it, or bring it up randomly unless mentioned/relevant, so you don’t have to worry about this one if you don’t really ‘get it’ entirely– I understand. Also, if you choose to ‘disagree’ with my identity, that is alright, too– as long as you are respectful to me as a person~
    • spoonie“: a self-identifying term used by people with debilitating chronic illness, disability, etc. derived from lingo in the chronic illness community, all stemming from this story, the spoon theory. If you want to be a pal to any ‘spoonie’ friends you may have, I’d recommend giving that a read– but it is a bit of a long one, so find the time to really take it in someday c:
    • beauty blog: this is my blog to post reviews, swatches, and discussion of both western and asian skincare, makeup, and beauty/cosmetics in general! Though I may make occasional life posts or update posts like these, that shall remain the main purpose of this blog until/unless stated otherwise very overtly.
  • New page added to ABOUT menu tab: ☆20 Fun Facts☆.
    Give it a read if you want to learn a little more randomness about me that’s pretty much all unrelated to beauty/skincare~ ଘ(੭ˊ꒳ˋ)੭♡

[Questions/ISO]

    • Looking for advice on how to take nice ‘flat lay’ photography? Like, idk where people who take those beautiful photos have that much space to lay things out, and such bright, clean white surfaces, but I’m really interested in trying my hand at it, as it seems really popular and aesthetically pleasing.
    • sorry if it’s weird to ask these things here, but wordpress really isn’t a ‘social network’ as far as I’m aware, so I don’t know where to find advice and information on how to do certain things for my blog, otherwise, hah

 

[MEME FUN] + [Looking to befriend other Chronically Ill / Disabled / Spoonie Beauty Bloggers!!]

[alternate post title: “I post various photos of my cosplay makeup and swear up and down that it’s relevant to the meme I’m filling out”]

 

So I went out in search of other spoonie beauty bloggers and ended up actually finding one (not sure if she’d be comfortable with me tagging her here, but regardless), which made me so happy!

She had a meme posted on the top of her blog, which I thought might be fun to fill out myself and post here, so you may all get to know me and my habits a bit better through a little harmless fun~

Also consider this an all call– if you know any chronically ill / disabled / spoonie beauty bloggers, send their urls my way, I’m so eager to make new friends with whom I have that in common~!

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I myself am a spoonie w/ Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome III and its many friends (severe Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, etc!)

Now that we’ve got the melancholic sharing aspects out of the way, check out the fun makeup meme-ery below the cut~

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☆REVIEW☆ Nivea Extra Whitening Pore-Minimizer Roll-On Anti-Antiperspirant

This is one of my absolute favorite daily use products which happens to be of general East-Asian origin– and one which I don’t believe we put nearly enough thought into, or due credit towards ones which are deserving: Deodorant!

Though I’m sure I’m far from the first to write one, I don’t know if I can recall ever having read a deodorant review before. As I was reflecting on what to write about today, though, it occurred to me that I had yet to apply my antiperspirant for the day– and when I remembered that the little bugger is from Taiwan, I realized I should seize the opportunity to bring this lesser-discussed topic of beauty and self-care to the table!

Now, I first bought this product as an impulse purchase because it was available for dirt cheap on sasa.com as I was assembling a haul on there, and I also happened to be in search of a deodorant– any deodorant– that wasn’t the sort of chalky stick that I’d been using since I was 11 or 12. After an incident at work in which one exploded in my backpack– covering everything I loved and regularly used in goopy chunks that then reeked of Dove Cucumber Mint for months– I was hell-bent on swearing off any kind of deodorant that could explode in such a horrific manner.

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that amount of emptiness reflects months and months of regular use~

So I decided it couldn’t hurt to try this: a cheap roll on, by a brand name I knew and trusted, with some rather outrageous claims (whitening? pore minimizing?? who looks at pit pores?) that I didn’t care as to whether they actually delivered or not– I was just hoping for a stable, trustworthy antiperspirant.

Let’s see if it delivered, huh?

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