The Cosmetic Store Haul ♡ ft. Les Merveilleuses LADURÉE, It's Skin, Holika Holika, Too Cool For School, VDL, Etude House, Innisfree & Choosy Lip Mask


I haven't been online shopping for a very very long time due to some changes in life and seriously, I am secretly dying inside. I want to run into a makeup store, I want to give them all my money and that's when I lose control when I visited The Cosmetic Store in Auckland.

Usually I would avoid Asian cosmetics stores in Auckland because 1) I can't stand when their staff follows me everywhere and 2) I can get almost everything shown in this haul for a lot cheaper online.

The first time I visited The Cosmetic Store I was quite impressed with their customer service, no one follows me around and they only checked on me a few times to see if I needed help. Also, their prices wasn't too bad at the time and I got too excited when I spot the Les Merveilleuses Laduree petal blushes.

So, overall I bought a bunch of products that I don't need, but that was the best retail therapy I have in months! I had about two to three months to try out these products and the only advice I would give myself is to take a deep breath before I walk into the store next time. I give this advice to myself because I often get too excited and I would always end up with products that I wish I could return.

Les Merveilleuses Laduree
FACE COLOR ROSE LADUREE #04

petal blushes + pot (usually sold separately): NZD $280.00






It's Skin
POWER 10 FORMULA

NZD $24.90


Holika Holika x Gudetama
FACE 2 CHANGE PHOTO READY BB

NZD $38.90



Too Cool For School
DINOPLATS TRICERATOPS PALETTE

NZD $69.90



VDL
PANTONE COLOR CHEEK 

NZD $52.90



VDL Expert Color
LIP CUBE #01 SERENITY

NZD $39.90


Etude House
TINT MY BROWS GEL #3 GRAY BROWN

NZD $19.90



CHOOSY
Art Lip Packs

rainbow / present kiss: NZD $6.90
milk / banana / strawberry: NZD $4.90



Innisfree
IT'S REAL SQUEEZE MASK

10 for NZD $20.00
black berry / lime / pomegranate / acai berry/ strawberry / kiwi / rose / tea tree


COLOURPOP Ultra Blotted Lips First Impression & Lip Swatches ♡ 7 Shades!

ColourPop is one of my all time favourite makeup brands, I love their affordable pricing and I am especially impressed with their amazing product qualities. Almost every products that I have tried from the brand I love, so when ColourPop introduced its' new Ultra Blotted Lip formula, I was very excited and I couldn't wait to collect all the colours from this collection.

ColourPop launched their new Ultra Blotted Lip collection sometimes back in April 2017 and the collection consist of eight beautiful shades ranging from an everyday rosy mauve to a dark vampy plum. 

ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips

 FIRST IMPRESSION

I managed to get seven shades from this collection because when ColourPop launched their Ultra Blotted Lips, it's always sold out. So I have all the shades except for Doozy, which is their #1 best selling shade from this collection.

As much as I love the colours, I am not a fan of the formula and I don't understand why everyone arounds me is obsessed with this product.

I wasn't impressed with the formula when I first tired it on the lips, but I didn't just stop there, I have given myself almost two months to try and make it work. Which, at the end I just gave up trying because the formula is horrible and here are the reasons why I cannot stand the formula:

 first layer - watery consistency, lightweight formula, but you can never applies it evenly.
 second layer - it's no longer lightweight, it starts to feel drying, it cracks and looks patchy.
 the darker shades - applies uneven and it always applies into the "lip line look" even though I have no intention of doing so.
 during the day - I had to re-apply every two to three hours and it doesn't matter if I have on just one thin layer or a couple of layers. It's not transfer-proof, it's drying and it looks very patchy.
 by the end of the day - so patchy that I don't even want to look at myself in the mirror...

Fellow bloggers has suggested that "one thin layer is perfect" and some says that it's suppose to give you the "just suck on a lollipop" or "popsicle gradient" look. Well... I have tried and it didn't work.

ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips
ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips

 ARM SWATCHES 

ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips

  LIP SWATCHES 

ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips Zuma
ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips Slide
ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips Double Scoop
ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips Out of Beach
ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips Bit-O Sunny
ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips Split
ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips Cherry On Top

have you tried ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lip?
what are your thoughts on this collection?

PORES, BLACKHEADS & OILY SKIN ♡ Introducing b.liv

Disclaimer: The products featured were provided for review.

A new-to-me skincare brand contacted me last month to see if I was interested in reviewing some of their products, and I said yes! Although I am not a huge skincare person, I was excited to try out this brand because majority of their products claims to unclog pores, removes blackheads and control oil, and my skin is all about that right now. 

Established in 2009, b.liv, pronounced as "believe" claims to be a leading brand in pore management solution. I was told that they are an award-winning skincare brand which has gradually gained popularity in the South East Asia market such as Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, China and Indonesia with proven results in combating blackheads. b.liv also claims to be an affordable, salon-tested skincare regimen formulated for enlarged pores, oily skins, acne-prone skin, sensitive skin and redness due to hormone and stress.


 MY CURRENT SKIN PROBLEMS:
As you know, I have oily skin and my T-zone gets very oily during the day, hence why I no longer wear foundation to work because my makeup would just slides off. In the morning, I get these weird red patches around my nose and I have recently noticed this small area of dry patches under my lips area. Also, my nose is filled with blackheads and whiteheads that I am forever trying to get rid off but I just cannot stand the pain when squeezing out those gross stuff. Lastly, I cannot live a day without a poreless primer, unless if I was wearing absolute no makeup on the day, and because my face gets oily easily, my eyes would stings so badly if I don't blot away the facial oil during the day.

b.liv was kind enough to put together for me three of their star products based on my skin type and my current skin problems, and they are:
 Off With Those Heads (blackheads sebum gel)
 Absolute Matte (clarifying mask with active charcoal mask sheet - refreshing type)
 Deep Impact (deep pores massage and cleansing emulsion)

I have been testing these products for a total of three weeks and I am excited to share with you my initial thoughts and mini reviews of these products. Although there are good and bad, I am happy to say that one of these products has become my absolute favourite.

Below is a few photos of my bare face and skin condition that I have taken prior to trying out these products. I must say though, my skin is not as bad as I think and I am confident of going out with no makeup at all.








b.liv ABSOLUTE MATTE
clarifying mask with active charcoal mask sheet (refreshing type) | 1 pc | USD $2.50 | click

Absolute Matte is best suited for combination to oily skin and it helps combat excess sebum and control surface shine while purifying and refreshing your complexion. It has the benefits of lifting away impurities and leaving the skin clear, balanced and fabulously glowing.

b.live has suggested to use Absolute Matte "2 times 2 week" and as per usual, leave the mask on for 15 minutes, gently massage the remaining essence after removable, then leave it for complete absorption.

 THE GOOD: 
- I love the fresh minty scent
- The smell of charcoal lingers around after mask removable
- My face looks glowing after use, at the same time it also feels and looks matte
- It had a refreshing feeling

 THE BAD:
- The mask is too big for my face and it doesn't fit properly






b.liv DEEP IMPACT
deep pore cleansing and massage emulsion | 50ml | USD $35.00 | click

Deep Impact is best suited for oily skin. It has the benefits of gently but effectively exfoliates and clarifies your skin for the velvety smooth touch, it cleanse pores gently and it also prevent blemishes and pores blockage.

b.live has suggested to use the Deep Impact scrub "3 times a week" and I was reminded not to use it everyday because oily skin must not be over dried to maintain skin's essential moisture level.

 THE GOOD: 
- The texture of the scrub is not harsh, it doesn't hurt my skin as I scrub, but at the same time I do feel that it does clean my skin thoroughly.
- My skin doesn't feel squeaky clean or drying afterwards
- It has a nice smell

 THE BAD:
- I didn't see any difference when comparing with my other scrubs and cleanser


b.liv OFF WITH THOSE HEADS
blackheads sebum gel | 15ml | USD $35.00 | click

Off With Those Heads is a sebum gel that helps with blackheads and whiteheads removable without the need for painful squeezing and it is suitable for all skin type. The gel is suppose to softens the clog that is blocking your pores to allow effortless extraction. It has the benefits of helping with blackheads and whiteheads clearing, and keeping oil secretion under control.

b.live has recommended to apply Off With Those Heads on your T-zone for 14 day consecutively after toner and before moisturiser.

 THE GOOD: 
- cooling gel texture that absorbs quickly
- I was able to pull out more blackheads and whiteheads when using a nose strip
- blackheads comes out easily with a light-handed squeeze on the nose
- No pains whatsoever when squeezing blackheads from nose
- Removing blackheads on the nose has never been this easy! and painless!

 THE BAD:
- none
The photo above shows a before and after of using b.liv Off With Those Heads and I am so impressed with the result. Although it does not fully remove my blackheads and whiteheads on the nose, you can definitely see a huge difference.

Overall, I am glad that I get the opportunity to try out such a cool skincare brand and I am not just saying that because these were sent to me for free. If I was to spend my own money on this brand, I would definitely buy Off With Those Heads as that was the only product that really impressed me.

As for the Absolute Matte mask and the Deep Impact scrub, I didn't find too much of a difference when comparing them to the other skincare products that I have been using.

b.liv has this 14 days money-back guarantee policy and it takes a total of 5 days including weekend to arrive in New Zealand.

have you tried b.liv?