Monday, December 29, 2014

NYC Challenge: Party Look with Bold Lip

Going to New York for New Years is definitely on my to do list! But this year I guess I will settle with a party in Vancouver.

I got this NYC box right after I did my Holiday Looks Tips & Tutorial post which is too bad!. But for this NYC Challenge, the focus will be on the lips which will be different from my other look

Here are the products for this look:
-NYC HD Color Trio Eyeshadow in Central Park Plums
-NYC Sun n Bronze in Coney Island Glow
-NYC Liquid Eyeliner in Black
-NYC Ultra Moist Lipstick in Mahogany


Before Photo!

First, take your favorite foundation to provide a smooth surface. Then, use the NYC Sun n Bronze bronzing powder to warm up the face. Sweep the product in a "3" pattern on each side of your face.

Next, for the eyes take the NYC and use the middle color all over the lid. Then take the darker color and make a "v" shape on the outer part of your lid and line the bottom lash line. This will help to complete the look as it connects with the top liner. Finish off with the NYC Liquid Liner, this can create a thin line with light pressure or a heavier line if you press down more.

Lastly, swipe the NYC Ultra Moist Lipstick all over the lips. Use a q-tip to clean up any lipstick outside of your lines and ALSO you can use the q-tip to help fill in smaller areas you couldn't reach with the lipstick.

Close up!

I am in LOVE with the NYC Mahogany lipstick. It looks brown in the tube but it's this gorgeous deep plum/berry color that is so trendy for the season.

After photo! 
I had to use my old camera to take this photo so sorry for the bluriness.
Makeup for some reason just doesn't show up in photos on my face!! >=(

Hope everyone have a fun and safe new years! 2014 has been a big change for my blog and I can't wait to see what 2015 will hold. Happy New Years my friends!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Use It Up! Products to Finish in 2015

Hello friends!!

After all the presents and shopping it's that time of realization again. OH SHIT why do I have so much stuff! Here's the items I've rounded up to finish in 2015! It seems like the inflow of products keep exceeding the outflow. AH!

You can see which items I wanted to use up last year here. You can also see my current progress here, but I will do an updated finalized one in the upcoming days.

EYES


Maybelline Great Lash Mascara: I bought this earlier in 2014 and have used it a bit. I liked it at the beginning but not a super big fan of it anymore. See review here

NYC Big Bold Volume Mascara: I received this in August 2014 as part of the NYC Beauty Pro program but I don't really like this one. It has the synthetic brushes which kind of scares me haha. I will just give it a couple more shots and see how I feel. 

NYC HD Color Trio in Central Park Plum: I also received this through NYC in October 2014 so this is relatively new. The colors are beautiful and really easy to use for everyday.

Bare Minerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 in the Inspiration: This mini duo is from the Beauty in Bloom set I got in April 2014. I'm not a huge fan of the colors but there's only .5g of each so I'm going to try to use it up!

Tarina Taratino Eyeliner in Broken Doll: Finally an old product! I've had this since October 2012 and have loved it since! It's harder to use up though because it's a highlighting type of color.

Kat V Don Eyeliner in Proud Peacock: Bought this one December 2013 as part of my big haul. This color is quite unique and beautiful!

FACE


The Balm Hot Mama: I realized I stopped posting hauls this year but I bought this on Hautelook in July 2014. It's a really beautiful shade but there's 7g of product so I doubt I'll even hit pan!!

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB: I looovee this! Bought it in June 2014 but it's a bit dark for me right now. So hopefully in the summer I can use this up! Review here.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer: OLDIE ALERT! This was literally one of the first high end products I've ever owned. I bought this in December 2011 and think that I've used it quite a bit but there's barely a dent! TYPICAL!

BareMinerals READY Blush in The One: This also came in the Beauty in Bloom set I got in April 2014. There's 2g of product and it's a relatively neutral shade so I'm hopeful.

LIPS


I won't go into each in detail but the tarte ones are from December 2013. The Marc Jacobs and Buxom are from this year's Sephora Got lips set.

The Too Cool for School lip pencil is from Asia so around fall 2013 and lastly the Burt's Bees lipbalm which I love but haven't been using it cause I don't like my lips to tingle in the winter. HAHA is that weird?

I like all of these products and should be able to finish all with no problem!


Bare Minerals Lipstick in Speak Your Mind: This came ALSO in the beauty in bloom set haha. It's a really pretty mid toned pink.

One Direction Lipstick: The color looks so bright in the tube but it's just a tint of color. It smells sweet as well! See review here.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #5: I splurged on this in summer 2013 and it's so beautiful!! I can't believe I still haven't blogged about it haha. But I definitely want to use this up before it goes bad!

Etude House Shini Stars Lipbalm: Got this in Asia so November 2013 ish. Love the way this smells but don't like how I have to use my fingers.

PHEW! Thanks for sticking with me to the end. I noticed a lot of the products I picked are quite new so I might browse my collection and a couple of the older items in. I want to keep my makeup under 3 years old! 

If you are doing something similar please link me so I can read it! And we can keep each other on track during the year ;)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Party Look: Tips & Tutorial

Hope everyone's December is going well! I can't believe it's almost Christmas!

Today I'm showing you a quick tutorial and some tips I have for achieving a holiday part look. This is a gold & black inspired look that I wore to my company's Christmas party afterwards. The tutorial will be brief as I find most people have different features and might not be applicable. I will share my tips and what I like to use.

Step 1: Foundation


It's super important to have a flawless canvas and I love using my Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation with my ELF Stippling brush. This foundation creates a perfect coverage without feeling cakey.

TIP: Remember to contour your face as it will add more depth in pictures ( and you know there will be tons of pictures!)

Step 2: Eyes


Once I get my foundation, bronzer, blush on then I will focus on my eyes. I try to give myself at least 30 minutes to do my eyes so I won't feel rushed. I'm using my Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette as I find this gives me the best selection of shades in one palette. 


TIP: Use a gold cream shadow on the inner half as a base to really brighten up the eyes. In this look, I just used "Half Baked" in the palette.

TIP: Make sure to line the bottom of your eyes to soften the look and make it smokier. I start on the outside and use the darkest shade that I put on my upper lids. As I move inwards, I use the lighter colors such as the gold to also create a seamless look on the bottom.

Step 3: Lips


TIP: Use a fun bright color to liven up the look! Or choose a deep color and be winter trendy. For my lips I used the MAC Narcissus Creamsheen Lipglass. 


Ta da! That's it! Hopefully these tips can help you create your holiday party look!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

My First Memebox!!

Recently, this little box has been gaining a lot of traction in Canada and I was so excited to receive my own! MEMEBOX (prounouced me-me-box) curates the best Korean products and puts together themed boxes for purchase. They are not a monthly subscription, so you pick and choose which box you want to order. I really like that flexibility option because you get the products you actually WANT!

MEMEBOX Special #42 OMG 3
How much? $23
Shipping? It took about 5 business days to receive my package which is so fast considering it came from Korea!
Theme: The weirdest, coolest, and most eye-brow raising trends in Korea!

A photo posted by @raincouverbeauty on

1. On the Body Makgeolli Soap - Buy Here
85g Full Size $12



I haven't tried this soap out yet. Apparently Makgeolli is a rice wine and has benefits due to the fact that it's unfiltered. I find soap gets messy around my counter top so I haven't broken into this yet. Will update you guys on Twitter/Instagram how this goes. The soap smells nice- kind of sweet and savory.







2. Cleomee Three-Layer Perfume Donkey Oil Mist - On sale for $35
100mL Full Size $59


When I saw the words "donkey milk" I was definitely saying "OMG" as the box described. The three layers quickly melt together once shaken. It leaves a subtle but amazing scent after.The mist absorbs quite quickly and is not greasy after! It's just a personal preference that I don't like the feeling on my hands after rubbing oil in. This is a really neat concept though with cool ingredients!





3. Migabee Bee Venom & Honey Cream - Buy Here
50mL Full Size $54



This is a definite favorite from the box! The cream contains bee venom and royal jelly. I've been using this alot and it helps my dry skin stay hydrated! It also hasn't caused any sensitivities which is great. The texture of this thick but in a jelly form so it's really refreshing when you put it on your skin. A winner in my books!








4. Tonymoly Delight Tint Crayon - Buy Here
2.8g Full Size $8


This is my other favorite from this box! The color is a bright pink and the lipbalm smells really sweet and amazing! This also doesn't dry out my lips which is awesome! :) The cool thing about this product is that it's suppose to glow neon pink in the dark. Although you'll see from the swatches that the day time color is really bright already! But I guess I'll have try this next time I go out in the town ;)




5. Tosowoong Platinum Pore Tightening Pack- Buy Here
150mL Full Size $19


I realized all the masks I've used before are sheet masks! This is the first time I used a mask like this. I think this would be really good for oily skinned girls. The product is suppose to tighten pores and get rid of blackheads. When I tried it, the product gets SO tight but in a good way. You definitely feel it working and you can see little circles around your blackheads/pores. After I rinsed it off, my skin felt really smooth! I would probably use this twice a month as a repair for my skin.




Value of Products: $152
Cost: $23
This box is an INCREDIBLE value! Even though a couple of the products may not be for me, I would definitely pay more than $23 for a good facial moisturizer and a chubby pencil. Currently they only have two boxes available online but I'm definitely keeping my eye out for future boxes!

You can purchase your own MEMEBOX here :)

Let me know what Korean products you like and what subscription boxes you have?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

NYC Challenge: Fresh Winter Look

Today I'm bringing you my November NYC Beauty Pro challenge! Better late than never right? ;) And how appropriate of the "Ice Skating at Rockfeller Center" theme with the snowfall we had last night.

For this theme, I wanted to create a natural flushed look appropriate for the chilly weather.

Look at the snowfall! It's quite impressive for Vancouver


I was really excited by the package this month because we got some products that are new to me! The details of the items in the picture are:

Show Time Volume Waterproof Mascara $3.99
-Black

Cheek Glow Blushes $4.99
-652West Side wine

Applelicious Glossy Lip Balms $3.49
-353 Pink Lady
-354 Apple Blossom

Swatches: Pink Lady, Apple Blossom, West Side Wine

The lip balms have a cute apple design in the center and smells really fruity. Don't expect too much color pay off but it's perfect for younger girls to swipe something on their lips or even for makeup junkies having a natural day.


For this look I swiped a beige color eyeshadow all over the lid and applied the NYC Show Time Mascara. I dusted a bit of powder all over just to even out my skin and then applied NYC Cheek Glow Blush in West Side Wine. Although in the swatch, it was pretty pale, on my cheeks it's a nice healthy flush of color. Lastly I finished it off with the NYC Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm in Apple Blossom.

The whole process definitely took less than 5 minutes and would be a great daily routine for the winter time!

And a silly picture with my red mittens! Sorry NYC, got to add some Canadian pride ;)

Hope you enjoyed this easy look! Have you tried any of these NYC products? What's your go to winter look?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Candy Meister Review + GIVEAWAY

Hellooo!! Today's post will be a bit different, it's about CANDY! If you know me in real life, you'll know that I love candy. I prefer candy (especially if it's sour) over cookies, cakes, chocolates, brownies, or any other snack you can think of. So I'm really excited to be collaborating with Candy Meister to bring you this review!

What is Candy Meister?
The Candy Meister is the first and only food truck in Vancouver that serves a variety of yummy hard candies that are all natural, gluten free, dairy free, corn free and vegan friendly. The company is founded by a young Berlin couple and they wanted to bring the flavours of Germany to Vancouver.

What I like about it?
Before I tried the candy, I was really intrigued by the fact that the candy is all natural! Since I'm eating junk food, at least I should try to stay away from artificial ingredients! They also have really cool flavors and I chose the most German sounding flavors to sample haha! Each bag is approximately $3.50!

I got Mulled Wine, Bavarian Malt, and Waldmeister. 
They threw in a candy jar and the Assorted Fruits!

Mulled Wine: This is very sweet tasting and tastes like a traditional candy. It's not as wine flavored as I thought it would be. The taste reminds me of the holiday season but I think this one is a bit too sweet for me.

Waldmeister: This tastes a bit salty and kind of reminds me of those asian plum snacks. I like the flavor of this! It's refreshing and fruity with a bit of a salty kick.

Bavarian Malt: This one is also pretty sweet but the flavor is very interesting! It's a more savory taste and reminds me of baked goods. 

Filled up my candy jar!

I liked Waldemeister the best out of these! The other two were quite sweet but I'm really impressed at how they can make it so tastey using quality ingredients that's all natural.

These would make great stocking stuffers and would also be really nice holiday treats for yourself!

Where to find them?
The Candy Meister will be out at the Vancouver Christmas Market this year! You can find more information on the Christmas Market page here. If you are going, make sure to check Groupon or Social Shopper as I saw some promotions on there!

If you don't live in Vancouver, don't worry! They offer shipping with online orders to the USA and Canada! And this Friday for Black Friday, they are having a one day sale and all candies are $2.99! Shop online here.

GIVEAWAY

Lastly, I'm bringing you a chance to win a candy prize pack consisting of 6 different flavors and a candy jar!! This is open to Canadians only, sorry! You can enter using the rafflecopter below.

The giveaway will end December 5th and I will pick one winner. Good luck!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wild Argan Oil Collection from The Body Shop



Recently, The Body Shop released a new collection featuring the Moroccan Wild Argan Oil. Growing up, I've become familiar with the well known scents such as Satsuma and Pink Grapefruit. I was really intrigued to try this new scent and see if it's up my alley.

The whole collection has 9 products and I was sent 4 to try out. I got the body lotion, bubble bath, miracle solid oil, and the massage soap (not pictured).


Moroccan Wild Argan Oil: I remember discussing the Body Shop's social initiatives in one of my business classes before and always are curious to see what they are doing for the community. In this collection, The Body Shop is working with a cooperative created by women in South West Morocco. The partnership gives these women a chance to earn higher wages and help support their family. Since the cooperative is in the villages, this project helps the rural agricultural communities from the grassroot level.


Bubbling Bath 250mL / $12
I have to be honest, I didn't use this to take a bath. I usually take showers and just don't like the thought of sitting in my bathtub. So unfortunately I couldn't see how well this performed as a bubble bath but it was a good shower gel? 3/5

Body Lotion 250mL / $12
I am really enjoying this product and it's sitting on my night table now! The body lotion is slightly thicker than other brands such as BBW or Fruits & Passions. I really like the texture of it and the product absorbs nicely. The scent is quite strong so if I put it all over my body before going to bed, it's a bit too much. But it smells really good! Smells like honey and nuts, and quite tropical. The product hydrates my skin and keeps it nice and soft all day! 5/5

Say hello to my dry legs!

This product sounds super cool but unfortunately I'm not a huge fan of it. In the tin, it's solid, but once you put your fingers on the product, it melts and you are able to swirl your fingers around to pick up the oil. It is quite moisturizing for extra dry areas, but I hate how it leaves my finger oily too. For me, the body lotion is enough for most areas, so I will pass on this one. 2/5


Massage Soap 150g/ $6
I loooveee this massage bar! I got too excited to use it that I forgot to take a picture first whoops. On one side, you get these bumps that can act as a massager, and on the other side it is smooth. The soap leaves your skin squeaky clean. The smell is amazing (well all these products are). I haven't used a "bar soap" in ages but I would highly recommend this! 5/5

It looked nicer when it was new!

Overall, I think think the scent is really nice for the winter time and The Body Shop did a great job incorporating Argan Oil into bath and body care products. The Body Shop is having some really great sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday (50% off sitewide) so definitely keep an eye out if you are looking to get Christmas shopping done!

Have you tried this new collection? What's your favorite The Body Shop scent?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Favorite Fall/Winter Perfumes

I don't know about you, but I love switching up my perfumes and smelling like something different everyday. Although, on most days I just forget, whoops! However, my favorite scents are citrusy, fruity, light and refreshing. This makes it a bit difficult during the fall/winter times when everyone's layering on the heavier, woody smells.

I have 3 perfumes that I've been loving for this time of the year. So if you aren't into those darker sensual perfumes but want something more appropriate for fall, then read on!



For each of the perfumes, I will share the main notes as well as a silly imagery that it conjures up for me. Since scents are so hard to describe, I thought I'd try to share what the scent makes me think of.

$39 30mL



Notes: Bergamot Leaves, Mandarin, Vanilla Orchid,

What it smells like to me: A big joyous family dinner with tons of food and laughter while the leaves are falling outside and the fireplace is roaring next to the table.

I wrote this description before searching up the perfume online and I feel like I'm pretty bang on. The style according to Sephora is: warm, comforting, sensual. It's a pretty woody smell but the scent is lighter than most other so I don't feel overwhelmed by musk.

This is what a bergamot is!

$22 50mL


Notes: Amber, Vanilla, Frangipani

What it smells like to me: I'm in a shop filled with candy and delicious baked goods. I buy it all and eat it while watching a sunset.

I've never been a fan of sweet scents but this one is really enjoyable. It starts off more light and citrusy and as it dries it becomes more sweet. The perfume was inspired by tropic islands and is a nice escape from the rainy weather.

What's also cool is that it contains Community Fair Trade organic alcohol made from sugar canes. You can learn more about it here. It's a bit fluffed up due to marketing but it's still a really neat thing that the Body Shop is doing.


A Frangipani!

Abercrombie & Fitch Perfume 41


Notes: It's been discontinued so I can't find the official notes. But from research there's notes of Sandalwood and Jasmine.

What it smells like to me: Just coming out of the ocean after surfing waves and being greeted with warm towel from one of those AF boys ;)

This scent is pretty unisex and almost kind of smells like a cologne which is what makes it smell so good. It's described as an aquatic smell so it's great for those days when you need a refreshing and pick me up scent.

What's your go to scent in the winter time?

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Interested in more of my favorites? Here's my top picks for fall lip products.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

October Empties!

It has been a whillleee for an empties post! But I have a couple items to share. Since it's been so long, I will most likely use emoticons to give a quick review of the product.



1. Up and Up Cotton Rounds 
 I'm trying the more expensive one at Target and like it much better!

2. Impress Nails by Broadway Nails
 See my review here. I'm liking these more and more especially for special occasions.

3. Olay Fresh Effects Makeup Removal Cloths
 Effective and is gentle.

4. Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes
 The smell was a bit weird and slightly stung my eyes.

5.Crest Complete Extra Whitening
 Like it!

6. Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Shampoo
 I really like this line, it makes my hair so smooth!! See review here.


7. Benefit Silky Finish Lipstick in Skinny Dip
 One of the first nude lipsticks that I liked! See review here!

8. Tarte Maracuja Oil
 I did like this, but now that I'm using lotion again, I realize how much more I like it compared to oils. I think facial oil is just not my thing.

9. OFF Spray Insect Repellents
 This is a random item but this was a lifesaver in the summer months! The small portable format made it easy to toss into my purse if I was going out to the park.

10. Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Spark
 This was kinda meh, nothing bad but nothing special. See review here!

11. L'Occitane Hand Cream in Subtle Violet
 At first I didn't like the scent but now I love it; it's really sophisticated and light.

12. Urban Decay Primer Potion
 One of the most hyped products in the beauty community but I don't have oily lids or deal with creasing so I don't see too much difference when I use it.

13. H2O Marine Calm Rescue Serum
 So silky feeling, love this!

And here are a couple of things I threw away.


The Paul Mitchell hair spray makes my hair so stiff. I have two loose eyeshadows from a small company called Vicious Bakery. The products are not that bad but I can't deal with loose products. Also throwing away an old shaving cream.

I'm throwing away a tarte lipgloss and a burt's bees lip balm because the smell is a bit different! I'm so sad about the Tarte one because I just got it last Christmas and haven't even used it yet. 

I LOVE the Springtime in Provence candle from BBW. I actually finished burning this.

That's it for me! Link me to your empties! Also I've been watching decluttering videos on youtube and it's really fun haha. Anyone else watch them?

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