17 October 2017

Will I buy the Prism palette by ABH?

It's a question I keep asking myself as the palette has become available for Canadians on Sephora today.

I didn't find the colour story of Subculture appealing, so it was an easy "pass" for me. However, I'm more interested in Prism and at first glance, it looks very unique. I decided to search through my palettes and singles and see if I couldn't put together a little version of Prism myself. Perhaps my efforts will help someone else who is trying to budget or pan other palettes!

If you were to rotate the top, original palette clockwise, my swatches will be in that order; starting with Lucid.

Lucid - I used Shimma Shimma, a single from MUG. Lucid looks like a nice champagne shimmer, and I think most people have a shade like this somewhere in their collection.

Eden - I used Clementine from KVD's Pastel Goth palette. It looks orange or brown in my photo, but it's really almost spot on. A matte peachy shade leaning pink.

Unity - I used Bold from Tarte's Tarteist Pro palette. Unity appears to also be similar to MUG's Peach Smoothie and Kesi from Juvia's Magic palette. Likely another shade one could find easily.

Sphinx - I used Boronu from Juvia's Magic palette. I actually had a hard time finding a metallic copper exactly like Sphinx. I think something like MUG's Legend or Grandstand might be closer.

Osiris - I used Indigo from Lorac's Mega Pro 1. It's not even close, in pan in looks similar but it's really just a black with very limited purple shimmers. I don't have a good dupe for this.

Sphere - I used Star from KVD's Pastel Goth palette. It's basically the same thing.

Obsidian - I used Punk from Tarte's Tarteist Pro palette. Everyone owns a matte black, this isn't special.

Dimension - I used Yemoja from Juvia's Magic palette. It's similar enough, though perhaps more silver than purple.

Parallel - I used French Kiss from Colourpop's Yes Please palette. A matte brown like this is kind of unique, but most dark browns are easy to find. MUG's Cocoa Bear may also be close.

Pyramid - I used Butter Cake from Colourpop's Yes Please palette. It's lighter and more yellow, I have similar shimmery golds but most of mine are quite yellow. This one is potentially unique.

Throne - I actually layered two shades, Aja and Yara from Juvia's Magic palette. It's a very similar effect, but not perfect. I think this is a big hitter that is making many people fall for the palette.

Saturn - I used Zakiya from Juvia's Magic palette. I find this one to be fairly easy to dupe with all of the warm palettes on trend right now.

Eternal - I layered two shades, Louie and Chauffeur from Colourpop's Yes Please palette. I had a more challenging time with this one as well, even though it just appears as a shimmery copper.

Lure - I used Unexpected, a single from MUG. This matte grey-toned mauve has popped up a few times recently, I suspect Buon Fresco from Modern Renaissance would also work.

So what does this mean for me?

Sphinx, Pyramid, and Eternal and are coppery shimmer shades that vary only slightly in tone, and I don't have anything that resembles any of them. But they're probably not that special once applied in a look, so really to have 3 shades so similar is a bit of a waste.

Dimension and Osiris are purple based shimmer shades I don't have good dupes for.

Throne is fairly unique in the beauty world full of matte, warm palettes.

Everything else I can pretty much live without.

For really only "wanting" 4 shades in the whole palette, I'm better off to skip this one, I think!

Did you get the Prism or Subculture palettes? 

12 October 2017

SHEET MASK REVIEW! Secret Key's Nature Recipe Tea Tree


I've decided I'm going to be trying to review sheet masks that I am using for two main reasons:
1) so other people can read a review prior to trying one for themselves, and
2) so I have a catalog of reviews helping me to remember what ones I liked and didn't like.

I purchase sheet masks from just a couple of websites - roseroseshop on Ebay or beautynetkorea. I haven't tried many other websites because they are expensive or may not always ship to Canada. I also really like to try sheet masks from Winners and Marshalls since I can just walk in store and they always have different inventory, though most of them tend to be North American brands. I will specify where I found each mask when I write.

Why tea tree? As a skincare ingredient, most of us love it as an antiseptic agent for treating acne, and its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It tends to "calm down" redness and soothe the skin. 

I personally don't always choose tea tree for acne since it is not a skin problem for me, but if I use an exfoliating product or have a reaction to another product I might choose something calming and soothing like this. 

The fit of the mask is a bit wide and long, as some of the sheet rolls up along my hairline by my ears and some hangs a bit off my chin. Sometimes I really hate a mask that won't stick to my chin since it makes me usually just lay down for the duration of the masking. It sounds weird, but I don't like to sit up and "waste" some of the use of the mask if its not touching my skin! 

The essence is very watery and only lightly scented. If you've ever used CosRX Low pH Good Morning Gel cleanser, it smells nothing like that - that one is strong with the tea tree scent! If you're sensitive to smells, you're probably okay. 

I purchased this mask from beautynetkorea and I decided to buy it because I had heard good things about the Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence. Now, I know these two products aren't the same thing, but sometimes if I know a brand has a star product or two, I'm more willing to try their other products. 

Overall, I was happy enough with this sheet mask. It had a nice essence that absorbed easily without any stickiness of film and its focus ingredient is one I need from time to time. I wouldn't go out of my way to find one, though. I didn't like the fit very much and found it annoying. 

I believe I have another Nature Recipe mask to try still! 

18 July 2017

Peach & Lily Peach Slices' Citrus-Honey Aqua Glow Moisturizer - Review

I recently found some users on some makeup and skincare subreddits raving about this moisturizer and had to try it for myself. They had me at "light," "gel texture," and "honey." 

The worst part for me as a Canadian was finding it to purchase. I read reviews from Americans 99% of the time, so when they're like "just go to CVS/Ulta/Walgreens," it's not that simple. I ended up ordering directly from Peach and Lily. So if you're in the US and want to try this, apparently it's in the neighbourhood of $12USD at CVS in the new k-beauty section and there's no reason not to try it! That's a great price for (spoilers) a great product. 

Peach and Lily sent two samples, an essence and ampoule, both which were items I am interested in trying. Shipping to Ontario took about two weeks. which is decent... but the shipping was $17.36USD. Yikes. My other option was just never using it, which I guess is fine, but I was really interested in it.. so I swallowed up that cost and ordered 2 of the moisturizing gels to make it worth the order. 

The scent is nice. It is fragranced as advertised, a mixture of honey and citrus. It's not too overpowering, but it's there if you stick your nose in it. It isn't detectable after application. The texture is a light, clear gel. It is similar to my usual moisturizer from Clinique, the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, but maybe closer in feel to Moisture Surge. It absorbs quickly for me and leaves my face soft and smooth. 

I don't really like the twist off cap, it's small and hard to put back on sometimes. I like things that just pop on and off or pumps, to make my routine quicker and less finicky.

For reference, my skin is normal AF and I don't have too many skin concerns or goals besides maintaining moisture and preventing signs of aging. This is great for my goals and skin-type.