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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Last year, I was lucky and won  SOHO Beauty brushe set at the Generation Beauty event by Ipsy. I love makeup brushes, so I was jumping up and down like a little girl. And I was in shock because I never, ever win anything. It was so exciting!

 SOHO is known for their fun, bright and cute makeup bags. They also carry makeup brushes made from synthetic and natural bristles. They are affordable and can be found at Walmart or CVS. Price range from $6.99-$19.00.

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The makeup set I got included  stippling brush, powder brush, foundation brush, angled blending brush, eye shadow brush and and flat eye liner brush in an cheetah print brush bag

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It's the perfect brush bag for travelling. It has enough pockets to store atleast 20 makeup brushes. Like I really need that many to do my makeup. It also has a zipper pocket on the side to store makeup tools and it folds up nicely for easy storage.

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SOHO Eyeliner Brush
Has a flat top. Firm enough to apply gel liner or eyebrow powde, but I still prefer an angled eyeliner brush. I find them much easier to use than flat ones. It still works though.

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SOHO All Over Eyeshadow Brush
I really like it. It's big, soft and fluffy and applies eyeshadows quickly all over the eyelids.

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SOHO Angled Blender Brush 
I usually prefer a round fluffy blending brush to blend eye shadows, but this one works too. Just don't apply too much pressure on the eyes. It also works great as a crease brush. Pat the eyeshadow on the outer corner and gently drag it on the crease.

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SOHO Foundation brush
Soft and firm, just how a foundation brush should be. I really like it.

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SOHO Powder Brush
Extremely soft and fluffy, but it became a bit scratchy after one wash. It doesn't hurt my skin, but just not as soft as before.

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SOHO Highlighter Brush 
Also known as Stipping or Duo-Fiber brush. This one shed a lot of hairs before, during and after washing. Now, everyime I used it, a fiber or two comes off and gets sticks on my face. It's extremely soft and gentle on the skin, but with all the shedding, I wonder if it's gonna last?

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See what I mean?

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 The brushes were hit or miss. I prefer the eye brushes more than the face brushes. The face brushes shed way too much hairs and became a bit scratchy after one wash. I own other brushes from a more affordable brand that has better quality, I think. However, I liked the "ergonomic handle" that fits nicely on the fingers. It gave a unique look. I also loved the makeup brush bag. Lots of pockets for all my makeup brushes.

They don't sell this particular set on their website, but you can check it other makeup tools they carry.

Spotted: NYX at CVS

I spotted a full display of NYX cosmetics at my local CVS Pharmacy. CVS is a drugstore here in the U.S. Am I the only one who didn't know about this? I freaked out in excitement and quickly took a photo to share on Instagram and Twitter. Now, I have easy access to the products instead of going online. Also, I can use my CVS Beauty Rewards, coupons and Extra Care Bucks (cvs store coupons). Soooo exciting!

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Pond's Cold Cream! The Best Makeup Remover!

Ponds has been around since forever, but it was just a couple of months ago that I was finally able to try it. I had hopes that it may possibly cure my acne. I read somewhere online that Pond's cold cream has the ability cure acne and blemishes. I've been braking out really bad in a form of mini bumps all over my face. It's probably due to stress, but I've never broke out this bad before ugh!

So, I used it as face cleanser along with witch hazel toner. It didn't make my skin worse, but it didn't make it any better. I guess it didn't work as an acne treatment. However, it works amazing as a makeup remover. It was able to remove all my makeup from foundation to waterproof mascara.  I recommend this product as makeup remover and not a cure for acne.

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How I use it:
  • Using my fingers, I scoop a generous amount of the cream and apply all over my face.
  • I massage my face, eyes and lips until I see the makeup come off.
  • I use a makeup wipe to remove the cream. You can use a clean face cloth too.
  • I wash my face with regular cleanser.

Before and After 

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I loved how it's able to remove my heavy foundation, dark eye shadows and stubborn waterproof mascara. I'm impressed. It also liked how it left my skin super smooth and soft even after I used a regular cleanser to remove excess cream.

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Have you tried Pond's Cold Cream before?
If so, how do you like to use it?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Wet n' Wild Megalast Salon Nail Colors "The Style Award Goes To...Collection" *Limited Edition*

Wet n Wild Megalast Nail Color "The Style Award Goes To...Collection" is now available at your local drusgtores. These are a limited edition nail color collection for Spring 2014. They sheer nail colors with frost and shimmer finishes. 

Retails for $1.99 each

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34357 Elegance, 34358 Silver Lining, 34359 Sophisticated Lady, 34360 Candid Affair, 34361 Valet Tag, 34362 Champagne Toast 

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DISCLOSURE: Some of the products are given to Everyday Makeup blog for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on Everyday Makeup blog are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Wet n' Wild Shine Street Art Collection 2014 *Limited Edition*

Here are the photos and swatches of the new limited edition Wet n' Wild Shine nail color Street Art Collection for Spring 2014. This won't be a review since I don't wear nail polish, but I thought you guys might still find the photos and swatches helpful.

Available at your local drugstores for $0.99- $0.89 each.

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DISCLOSURE: Some of the products are given to Everyday Makeup blog for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on Everyday Makeup blog are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Stila Jade Blossom Hair Refresher Review

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Stila Jade Blosson Hair Refresher $28 is a scented dry shampoo powder that absorbs oil in hair and scalp that making it look and feel fresh and washed again. It also adds volume and the Jade Blossom is a nice floral scent that makes your hair smell nice. It's not meant to take the place a regular shampoo and water, but it's great when you don't have the time to wash your hair or if you want to lengthen the time between washing your hair. You can purchase it at 

They say it's not good  to wash your hair everyday because you're stripping away it's natural oils. Well, I don't know if that's true or not, but I happen to like washing my hair. I do it everyday, every morning during Summer and in the afternoon during Winter. My hair gets extremely oily after after 1 day, and it feels gross if I don't wash it. But I do understand the idea of dry shampoo that supposed refresh your hair. 

Well, I got to try dry shampoo for the first time. I tried the Stila jade Blosson Hair Refresher. It did a great job in absorbing the oils in my hair and actually made my scalp feel fresh and smells good, which was quite nice. However, that feeling only lasted for 2 hours the most, and the at the end of the day my hair became oily again and felt a bit heavy. I don't think it's for me.

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How I use it

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Here's my day old hair. It looks and feels extremely oily and dirty. I don't like it.

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I start on the top of my head by parting my hair to the side or middle. I sprinkle a little amount.

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Then, I massage my hair and scalp with my fingers. I repeat this step through out my hair.

                                 BEFORE                                       AFTER

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I can see a big difference in the before and after photos. However, I don't like the feeling of the powder once it settled in my hair and scalp. I have nothing against this product, but I feel like dry shampoo is not for me. I like the idea, but I won't use it anytime soon. I'll stick to good ol' shampoo and water. Never fails.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ball Beauty Supply Haul

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I wanna share a small haul I did this week from Ball Beauty Supply in Los Angeles. It was my first time visiting, and I really like it. They've been around since the 50's.They carry different cosmetic line, skin care, hair care, beauty tools, and they also sell popular professional makeup brands such as Cinema Secrets, Joe Blasco, La Femme and even Sigma Makeup brushes, which you'll never find in other beauty supply stores. The staff are super nice and provide great customer service. They just moved from another location so it's a bit unorganized, so I suggest to make a list of what you need or place an order online and pick it up in the store.

I mentioned in my last post that I'm updating my Freelance Makeup Kit, so I picked up some stuff I need. I got some hair clips, blotting papers, styling gown, metal palette, silicone disposable mascara wands, plastic spatulas and lip brushes.

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I also got Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner, Super Sealer and Moisture Spray. I'm very excited to try them.

Here are some photos of the store

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Ball Beauty Supply
1535 S La Cienega Blvd
Unit B

Los AngelesCA 90035
Neighborhood: Pico-Robertson

Friday, January 24, 2014

Make-up Designory Foundation Palette #2 Review/Swatches

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One of the things I hope to do this year is to get back into freelance makeup artistry. No matter how busy I am with work, I really need to find the time to pursue my passion. The first thing I did was update my makeup kit by replacing old makeup with new ones. I got a new foundation palette  by MUD or Make-up Designory. I am absolutely in love with it.The palette comes with 8 refillable shades. It has great coverage, creamy texture and has  nice semi-matte finish that looks very natural.

Make-up Designory says, "From a sheer natural look to a flawless full-coverage finish, these versatile Cream Foundations are easy to apply and hold up beautifully under the most extreme conditions. Formulated for ultra-smooth blending and application. Find your perfect match and use it alone, or blend colors like the pros to achieve a specific skin tone. Available in 8 refillable colors." (source:

What I like:
  • The shade selection. Palette #2 comes with 8 shades from pale, medium to dark with yellow/warm undertone. I am able mix my own shade or use the light and dark shades to high light and contour.
  • The texture of the cream foundation is creamy. It's easy to apply. I heard this is a new and improved formula. I've never tried it so I can't compare. This one does not require a lot of effort to warm up and blend. I am able to apply it directly on my face and blend with a foundation brush or beauty blender easily.
  • It has a beautiful semi-matte finish. It looks very natural. I love it.
  • Amazing coverage. It can be from sheer to full coverage depending on your need. I am able to cover redness, spots, acne and as long as I layer it. It doesn't look cakey and looks quite natural.
  • It can last all day/night with a good primer underneath. My face does get a bit shiny at the end of the day, so I just have to blot.
  • The packaging is is sturdy and has a bit of weight to it. It also has a big mirror.
  • It has 3.5 gm/.13 oz refill pan. That's a decent amount of product. Most foundation palette offers less product than that.  
  • The price is great. It retails for $99 on the Single compact is $28. is You can get it for a lower price is you wait for a sale or if you're a MUD almumni. 

What I don't like
  • I can't think of anything negative to say about it. 

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I love the sturdy palette.

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Swatches without flash

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A. YG 1 B. YG 2 C. YG 3 D. GY 1
E. GY 2 F. GY 3 G. DW 5 H. DC 5

Swatches with flash

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My shade is D. GY 1. It matches my medium/tan skin tone perfectly!!!

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(with flash)

Overall, I love this palette, and I highly recommend to add in your freelance makeup kit or personal makeup collection. The coverage is great, it's easy to apply and blend and the finish looks natural.
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