Beauty Empties #7 ♡ ft. The Body Shop, Phyto Tree, Freeman + More [2016]

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Sorbet

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Sorbet feels very cooling and refreshing when applied, it's lightweight, it's not greasy, but it is a little sticky and the sorbet texture looks frosty on the skin. It is very moisturizing and it hydrates my skin for up to 24 hours as The Body Shop claimed. My favourite thing about this body sorbet is the smell, it smells exactly like Spirte, the soft drink and as mentioned the stickiness feels as if spilling a can of Spirte on your hands and the thought of having to immediately wash your hands because it's so sticky and so sweet.

Virgin Mojito was a special edition range and most of its products from this range is not available to purchase now. I have since then purchased a body sorbet in Strawberry and I absolutely love it, just like the Virgin Mojito. The body sorbet is 200 ml and it lasted for approximately 2 to 3 months with not everyday, but regular use.

Phyto Tree Watermelon Cleansing Bubble Foam

Phyto Tree Watermelon Cleansing Bubble Foam was quite a disappointment, I am not sure if it's the packaging, or it doesn't contain a lot of product, the cleanser lasted for two weeks with everyday use. Phyto Tree claims that the bubble foam cleanser will remove dirt and toxin from your skin and clean pores throughly, leaving you with fresh skin.

I have tried many cleanser that cost less and performs better than the Phyto Tree Watermelon Cleansing Bubble Foam. I love watermelon, it is one of my favourites fruits and the only thing that attract me from this cleanser is the smell.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask

Freeman Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask is a cooling mask that contains cucumber extract and aloe, these ingredients will soothes skin while moisturize and ensure skin feeling super smooth and soft after every use. I have used this mask plenty of times in the past and I love that this mask makes my skin feels like baby soft every single time. The mask takes approximately 45 minutes to fully dry down and if applied too much, the gel drips non-stop while it is drying.

♥︎ SAMPLES ♥︎ 


Etude House Baking Powder B.B Deep Cleansing Foam is formulated with baking powder to deep cleanse pores and removes makeup. I have been wanting to buy the full size product of this cleanser and I am glad that I didn't, because it smells like a mixture of egg whites and flour; not only does it smells so weird, the cleanser makes your face feel squeaky clean, that feeling is like washing your body with soap.

Fresh Rose Face Mask claims to hydrates and tones the complexion to restore radiance to all skin types, it has a cooling gel formula and the product is infused with real rose petals. The face mask has a very strong smell of honey and black tea and my skin felt hydrated and soft after using.

REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is a one minute facial that firms, tones and smoothes the skin and it claims to give skin an instant glow and turn a dull complexion bright. I tried this mask in the morning when I just woke up with a dull complexion and I didn't see any skin glowing and skin brightening after use. The smell of the mask is hard to explain, it smells like an aftermath of gripping onto a bunch of cheap silver jewellery.

Tony Moly Intense Care Dual Effect Sleeping Pack is formulated with a skin-whitening ingredients that keeps your skin moist and smooth, it provides an intense care and soft and healthy skin while sleeping. I have always wondered what is a sleeping mask and if it will drip all over your pillow throughout the night... Surprising, this sleeping mask is nothing that I have imagined of, I wouldn't say it provides an intense care to my skin, but the mask did keep in place throughout the night and it made my skin feels soft and smooth the morning after.

Dr. Hauschka Hydrating Foot Cream claims to be 100% natural and it will deeply moisturize tired and dry feet. I received a few samples of this foot cream in my past Goodiebox (subscription box) and every time I use this foot cream my feet feels so soft and moist, my heel tend to crack and be very dry as I wear high heels to work most of the time and this foot cream fix all the problems! It has a refreshing smell of herb and it doesn't feel sticky or greasy as it instantly absorb into skin.

Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Dark Spot Correcting Serum has a sour scent like expired food or something weird, the texture is sticky and it made my skin feels a little dry.

True NARS Bright Lip Pencil Set ♡ Review + Swatches

True NARS Bright Lip Pencil Set
True NARS Bright Lip Pencil Set

When it comes to buying lip products, most of the time I opt for the nudes and the pink shades, I love the everyday neutral shades; but lately I have been loving the dark vampy shades more, so when the NARS Summer 2015 Gifting Sets becomes available on Mecca Cosmetica, I purchased True NARS instead of Ultimate NARS.

There are three full sized lip pencils included in the True NARS Lip Pencil Set, two of these shades are from the permanent range and one is a limited edition shade.

True NARS Bright Lip Pencil Set
PACKAGING
True NARS Lip Pencil Set comes packaged in a plastic rectangle shape case, on the cover it has a pretty colour combination of blue, red, purple and white splatter design and when you open the case there is a big full sized mirror, which explain the heaviness and the bulkiness of the set. Inside the container there is three specific slots to hold the lip pencils in place, the slots are not removable, so the case can't be used for other purpose.

LIP PENCILS INCLUDED
True NARS Lip Pencil Set comes with three NARS Lip Pencils in two finishes. Yu and Luxembourg are both from the permanent range and both are a Satin finish. Provocative Red is a limited edition shade and it is a Velvet Matte finish. The set also comes with a mini sharpener and all the lip pencils included are Made in Italy.

True NARS Bright Lip Pencil Set
True NARS Bright Lip Pencil Set

PROVOCATIVE RED

NARS Provocative Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Provocative Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS "Provocative Red" Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is described as a limited edition fuchsia rose, it is a brownish dark red plum shade with a non-drying, neither hydrating matte finish. Provocative Red is very pigmented, it does not stained the lips and it is easily removed with makeup remover. The colour worn well for five hours and it wears comfortably, it did not drag during application as the texture was smooth and creamy.

Provocative Red is my absolute favourite out of all three shades and I am talking about its colour, its texture, its formula and I especially love that it doesn't stained the lips and it is easily removed.

NARS Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil

NARS "Luxembourg" Satin Lip Pencil is described as a vivid watermelon with a satin, glossy finish, it is from the permanent range, so it is available to purchase individually. The colour is a bright pinkish red, the texture is very creamy and it has an amazing pigmentation. Luxembourg leaves a heavy stain and it is a little difficult to remove even with waterproof makeup remover. Luxembourg worn for seven hours on me and it felt lightweight and comfortable to wear, it was neither hydrating nor drying during wear.

NARS Yu Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Yu Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Yu Satin Lip Pencil is described as a shocking pink, it is a darker version of the Barbie Pink, it is very creamy, it glides onto the lips smoothly and its full pigmentation covers the whole lips with one swipe! Yu offers that not-over-the-top glossy look, it was a little hydrating during wear and it worn well for six hours on me, it is also another lip pencil that is not easy to remove and that stains badly. Yu is from the permanent range and it is available to purchase individually.

True NARS Bright Lip Pencil Set
True NARS Bright Lip Pencil Set - indoor
True NARS Bright Lip Pencil Set - outdoor

MY THOUGHTS?
I went from a non jumbo lip pencil fan to a complete lover of Provocative Red, that's saying NARS is definitely doing something right, right?! As for Luxembourg and Yu, I am not too crazy about the colours and the texture, both are too creamy and I mostly dislike that it stains heavily and is hard to remove.

What are your thoughts on NARS Lip Pencils?

BEAUTYLISH Lucky Bag 2016 ♡ First Impression

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2016 is inspired by the Japanese New Year tradition of fukubukuro (mystery bag), the lucky bag is USD $75.00 and the bag is worth over USD $150.00 of full sized products. 

Today I will be sharing with you what beauty products I have received in my 2016 Beautylish Lucky Bag. I have received my parcel earlier this week and the things that I have received are either limited edition products that I was too late to get my hands on or they're products that I have been eyeing up for a long time but didn't buy because it's too expensive. I feel so thankful that I got a very lucky bag, as soon as I opened my parcel, I was literally screaming inside with excitement. 

 Beautylish Lucky Bag 2016
  Beautylish Lucky Bag 2016
  Beautylish Lucky Bag 2016

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2016 comes packaged in a medium sized box with layered and layered of gift wrapping tissue papers and the products itself is wrapped in bubble wraps for extra protection to avoid damaged during shipment.

I placed my pre-order of the lucky bag on 27 December 2015, it was shipped on 04 January 2016 and I received my parcel on 13 January 2016. It took less than ten days to arrived.

  Beautylish Lucky Bag 2016

In my Beautylish Lucky Bag I have received...

Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Eye Shadow Palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Eye Shadow Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette | USD $35.00 is a limited edition intense coloured eye shadow palette that features fourteen shades ranging from a neutral beige to a galaxy black.

I have wanted this palette for a very long time, but every time I looked online, it is always out of stock. I love the colour combination of the palette, you have the everyday neutrals, the smokey black and a few other fun colours. The texture of these eye shadows are very soft and creamy, they blends beautifully and the colours has a "one-swipe" pigmentation. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Eye Shadow Palette

Buttery - beige with an ultra-matte finish
Blossom - lilac pink with a metallic finish
Blush - light beige with a duo chrome pink finish
Witchy - khaki gray with a sparkle finish
Self-Made - deep bronze with a satin finish
Metallic Plum - dark pun with a metallic finish
Pink Champagne - rose gold with a titanium finish

Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Eye Shadow Palette

Hot Chocolate - rich coca brown with an ultra-matte finish
Spirit Rock - galaxy black with a sparkle finish
Isla - sea foam green with a duo chrome gold finish
Sherbert - ultra-light peach with a velvet finish
Hot & Cold - a rum brown with a metallic finish
Treasure - ultra-light champagne with a metallic finish
Deep Purple - an amethyst purple with a titanium finish

Bioderma Sensibio H2O

Bioderma Sensibio H2O 100ml | USD $6.95 is a non-rinse micellar cleanser and makeup remover specially formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skin types. It can also remove waterproof face and eye makeup. It is fragrance-free, alcohol-free, paraben-free and it claims to clear up irritated skin and produces a feeling of instant freshness.

I have had a bad experience with the Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water and since then on I try to avoid micellar water as much as I can. Although a lot of people has recommended me to try Bioderma, I didn't think it was good enough for me to spend any money on a product that I know I would not use.

I am actually glad that the Bioderma Sensibio H2O was included in my lucky bag. At the moment I am only judging on the product by its name, it could be an amazing product that I will end up loving, or it could be a product that I will use and don't feel to find it to be a big deal.

It Cosmetics Hello Lashes Clinically Proven 5-in-1 Mascara

It Cosmetics Hello Lashes Clinically Proven 5-in-1 Mascara | USD 24.00 is one of ten top seller from the brand. The mascara claims to delivery a most dramatic and full lashes look, with rich black pigment that last all day and never flakes or fades. The mascara brush claims to lengthens, curls and separates lashes and it is designed to reach every lash either in the inner or outer corner.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured - Moonstone
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured - Moonstone

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured | USD $38.00 is a pigment-rich, creamy highlighter that provides high colour payoff with soft and sophisticated shimmer.

I got the colour Moonstone and it is described as a pale gold. I already own Moonstone in the pressed powder version, so I was very glad that I got the creme one instead.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured - Moonstone
Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Bronzing veil - Desert Nights
Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Bronzing Veil - Desert Nights

Last but not least...

Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Bronzing Veil | USD $56.00 is described as a silky, ultra-fine powder that adds a bronzed glow to skin. It is lightweight and buildable with a matte finish that has a velvety texture, it can be used to bronze skin and sculpt the face.

This bronzer has two shades and I received Desert Nights, the darker one; it is described as a matte deep warm bronze. The colour is a little too orangey on me and I wish that I got the lighter shade. The texture is soft and easy to blend, the colour is not too pigmented, I feel like it has just the right amount of pigmentation.

Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Bronzing Veil - Desert Nights
Wayne Goss Brush 05

Wayne Goss Brush 05 | USD $20.00 is designed as the perfect little brush for any small areas such as lower and upper lash line, it can also be used as a lip brush.

I have heard amazing things about the Wayne Goss makeup brushes, people says its quality and design is top notch, but the prices is too much, so I never thought that I would have a chance to try any of these brushes from Wayne Goss.

Overall, I feel so lucky to have received a bag full of products that I like and know that I would use. I have seen other people's unboxing of their 2016 Beautylish Lucky Bag, there's lucky bags and there's unlucky bags, some people received Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow quads which I am totally jealous of and some people received Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks which I am so thankful that I didn't receive one.

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2016 was USD $75.00, plus ten dollars for shipping to New Zealand; in total the bag cost USD $85.00 and the total cost of the products I have received is USD $179.95!

What is in your 2016 Beautylish Lucky Bag?
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Guerlain Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss ♡ #901 L'Oiseau de Feu Review & Swatches

Guerlain Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss: #901 L'Oiseau de Feu

Guerlain Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss in shade #901 L'Oiseau de Feu was a limited edition product from the A Night At The Opera 2014 Holiday Collection. I also have the Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette from this collection and I absolutely adore the blushes from that palette.

There are two colours of the Maxi Shine Lipgloss available from the A Night At The Opera collection, one is a very opaque red and another is a gold glitter top coat that I have and will be reviewing today. 

When I saw this lipgloss at the Guerlain stand in Smith & Caughey's, my first thought was it looks so luxury and I have never seen any clear lipgloss as pretty as this. I am a sucker for gold things and a crazy addict for limited edition beauty products, although I already own a bunch of amazing clear glosses, this was a must have and nothing could change my mind!

Guerlain Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss: #901 L'Oiseau de Feu
Guerlain Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss: #901 L'Oiseau de Feu

Guerlain Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss is a permanent product from the brand, there are over twenty shades available from this range and the lipgloss is described as a lip product with intense colour, high shine and a plumping effect. 

#901 L'Oiseau de Feu is a limited edition shade and it is described as a sheer top coat with golden pearls. In the tube it looks like a clear gloss packed with loads of gold sparkles and on the lips, the sparkles are almost invisible, unless if look closely. It is one of those products that if you're wanting more gold sparkles to show on the lips, you have to fish out the product; this reminds me of those clear nail polish with the heart and stars shapes of glitters, a lot of the times when using those nail polish, I always have to apply a few more coats to get that heart shape glitter I wanted.

Guerlain Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss: #901 L'Oiseau de Feu
Guerlain Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss: #901 L'Oiseau de Feu

Guerlain Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss has a very strong, flora-ish, soap-y scent. Other Guerlain products I have tried also have an unique smell, but non is as strong as this. The smell lingered around after application and it disappeared after a few minutes.

Guerlain Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss: #901 L'Oiseau de Feu
Guerlain Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss: #901 L'Oiseau de Feu
Guerlain Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss: #901 L'Oiseau de Feu
Guerlain Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss: #901 L'Oiseau de Feu

Guerlain #901 L'Oiseau de Feu wears beautifully as a clear gloss on its own, it also looks pretty when worn on top of other lip products. I don't find that it has a juicy, plumping effect as Guerlain claimed when worn on its own, I feel like it's just like any other clear gloss; but when worn over a lip pencil, the lipgloss instantly gives you that plump lips look.

Here is one of my favourite lips look combination: MAC Lip Pencil in Soar and Guerlain Maxi Shine Lipgloss in #901 L'Oiseau de Feu.

MAC Lip Pencil: Soar + Guerlain Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss: #901 L'Oiseau de Feu

It takes a couple of swipes to get the perfect full-lips application and the lipgloss wears for approximately five hours. It is comfortable during wear and the texture is non-sticky. Guerlain Maxi Shine Lipgloss feels so lightweight, as if you're not wearing anything and at the same time it feels moisturizing.

Since this shade is a limited edition product, it is no longer available on the market. I feel so bad every time I review a limited edition beauty product that is not available to purchase. *please forgive me* ~

Overall, I am a huge fan of Guerlain's products, the brand is expensive and it is a truly luxury high-end brand. From the few products that I have tried so far, I love every single one of them and I would recommend its products to anyone that is looking to splurge on a high-end brand that is actually worthy and offers a high quality product.

I am currently on a shopping-ban from now until June this year, *boo-hoo* *I can do it!* as soon as I am off the shopping-ban, I want to try another Guerlain lipgloss, this time with more pigmentation. Please do recommend a few shades of Guerlain Maxi Shine Lipgloss that you have tried and love.