Monday, July 15, 2019

BYS Cosmetics: Cosmic Eyeshadow Palette and Pure Silk Illuminating Drops

Happy Monday, dear readers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and ready for the new week ahead! Today's blog post sees the return of Australian brand, BYS Cosmetics. I had reviewed a few products from the brand previously here, and I am delighted to share the brand with you again! I've had my eye on several things and recently decided some up. I wanted to share two of these items with you today.

Pure Silk Illuminating Drops

BYS Cosmetics offers these Illuminating Drops in multiple options. I picked up the shade "Sun Glow". I am an avid fan of rose gold highlighers, so this caught my eye immediately.

The Pure Silk Illuminating Drops can be worn in a number of ways. It can be used alone or mixed with your preferred primer or foundation to add glow to your skin. I have it shown above with a strip placed directly on the skin from the applicator, Below that, I have more rubbed into the skin to show the subtle glow.

Cosmic Eyeshadow Palette

While not new to the brand lineup, I found the shades of the Cosmic eyeshadow palette to be inspiring and had to purchase it. This palette consists of 12 shades housed in a metal tin. It also comes with two eyeshadow applicators, although mine have been repurposed by my kids for some project as I am not a fan of them and prefer to use my makeup brushes.

I used both the Cosmic Eyeshadow Palette and the Pure Silk Illuminating Drops to create this look.

After applying my foundation, I gently dabbed on and blended the Illuminating Drops on my cheekbones. I also added a smaller amount on the bridge of my nose. This product is giving my skin the most beautiful glow! I'm so glad I picked this up with my latest order!

I applied the shade Stellar on my eyelid and used Solstice as a subtle liner on my upper lid. I applied Lunar on the inner corner of my eyes and finished off my lower liner with Sirius and a touch of Galactic on the far outer edge of my lower lash line.

I am really enjoying this palette! I love that it gives me the option of a more natural look or to play with colour as I choose. The only potential downside to this palette is there are no mattes, so if you like to use them, you'll have to use eyeshadows from a different source. Because I already have several mattes already, I don't particularly need more. While this does prevent this palette from being the "be all end all" for me, I like that it allows for more "fun" options with this palette.

The BYS Cosmetics Pure Silk Illuminating Drops in the shade Sun Glow can be picked up here. It retails for $9.95 AUD. There is a drop down on the top left corner on the website to change the currency over to USD at the current rate or your other preferred currency.

The Cosmic Eyeshadow Palette can be purchased from BYS Cosmetics here. It retails for $14.95 AUD.

If you haven't tried this brand yet, I recommend checking them out! The products I have tried are nicely pigmented and the price point is fantastic! Depending on what you are interested in, you may want to check out since some things can be found there. Individual items are a little more expensive, but you can Amazon Prime shipping which can work out to be less per item depending on how many items you purchase. Otherwise, you can purchase direct from BYS Cosmetics for the full product lineup. I opted to order direct as I wanted to try things not on Amazon, and I paid about $15 USD in shipping.

Have you tried any products by BYS Cosmetics? If so, what have you liked the most? If not, is there something in particular you would like to try? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Friday, July 12, 2019

My Nails are Bananas! Review of Yellow Stamping Polish from Born Pretty Store

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I have really been enjoying stamped nail art recently, and for today's blog post, I have a stamping polish by Born Pretty Store to share with you. I have always been happy with the quality of Born Pretty Store stamping polishes I had used previously, so I was delighted to give this vibrant yellow beauty a try!

When I was contemplating how I wanted to use this stamping polish, my head went straight to this banana image from the Summer Seeds stamping plate by What's Up Nails. I've not done any decals so pairing it with a softer yellow nail polish sounded like the perfect opportunity.

My decal technique clearly needs some work, but how pretty is this design! As expected, this stamping polish was fantastic. Super creamy and densely pigmented, I had no issues getting this polish to stamp.

This yellow stamping polish (AC03 Bright Yellow Sprouts) can be purchased directly from Born Pretty Store here. It retails for $3.99 but has been on sale for as low as $1.99. It's a good price even at full cost, but saving some cash is even better!

Speaking of saving some cash, please feel free to use my discount code off any full priced items! This isn't an affiliate code and I don't get anything if you use it. I'm just happy to pass along savings your way!

Born Pretty Store has a lot to offer! Be sure to check out all the items- you are bound to find many things that will suit your nail art needs!

Other items used:
Zoya Dacey, Robbie, and Bee
Glisten & Glow Matte top coat

Have you tried any stamping polishes from Born Pretty Store? What shades do you use the most? I'd love to hear from you!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Testing Out Three Masks From Papa Recipe

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Happy Hump Day, dear readers! I hope you have been having a great week so far! For today's blog post, I wanted to share three different masks I tested out from Papa Recipe. I was originally introduced to the K-Beauty brand a couple years ago and tested out a few sheet masks. If you are interested, you can check out my previous review from over a year ago here. I had the opportunity to try out three more products; let's jump in and get a closer look at them!

2 STEP Skin Cleaning Solution

I have seem 2-step skin care products like this before, but this is the first time I have used one. Let me start out with details on my skin. I have combination normal to oily skin. My oily regions are in the T zone: forehead, nose, and chin. I do not experience a lot of breakouts, but it is common for me to have a pimple or two around the time of my menstrual cycle. This mask is geared more towards someone with a lot of acne, but I opted to give it a go anyway just to see how my skin responded to it.

Step 1: All Kill PeelingBong

Ingredients and basic directions

Step one is to rub a large swab on your skin. Pretty easy and fast, right?

Because the second ingredient is alcohol, which is notorious for drying out the skin, I opted to use this on my T zone area only. This is wear I am most likely to get a zit, although I am occasionally graced with one on a cheek.

Step 2: All Care Mask

I used the second step face mask for about 15 minutes before removing from my face and tapping in the remaining essence left on my skin.

I have mixed feelings about this particular 2 step mask system. While the alcohol in step 1 and the tea tree water and witch hazel would kill acne-causing bacteria, they are so drying to the skin and can be irritating for many. The general premise behind this brand is using gentle but effective methods in their products, and I have to admit I am surprised to see this join the lineup. I'm not finding it on the website so perhaps it is now discontinued. My skin was left feeling a little tight and dryer than I would like, but other than that, I had no issues with the single use on my sensitive skin.

Sparkling Bubble Toc Mask

The idea of bubbling masks isn't new to me, but this was another first for me. This is another product geared more towards an oily skin type, and it is supposed to help clear out your skin and remove waste while helping to control oil production.

The base of this mask is black, and it started bubbling on my face almost immediately after application. I found the shape to be interesting as the cheek area is partially cut out. When I first unfolded it, I was also surprised there was no mask for the forehead area, especially since that is  common oily spot, but given how much this mask bubbled, I wasn't surprised too much longer.

I could wipe off the bubbled portion and it would build back up again quickly. This mask is meant to be left on for about 10 minutes, and I removed mine well before the 10 minute mark. I found the bubbling at the nose to be most problematic as the bubbles would go up my nose even with constant wiping off. It is not a sensation I would recommend.

This is another product I couldn't find on the brand's website. While it was overall a fun experience, once getting past nose issues, it left my skin feeling incredibly dry. Even with moisturizing immediately after rinsing off, it sent my skin into oil production overdrive, causing more breakouts than I generally experience with my skin. I would not recommend this product if you come across it.

Bombee Honeyed Pudding Peel Off Facial Mask

My mask world has been overtaken with sheet masks, so it has been quite some time since I have used a peel off mask! This one came with a handy spatula for application in the box. I didn't realize how much I would appreciate that fact! Yes, this mask does contain honey, but wow does it feel like you are rubbing honey on to your skin!

In addition to the stickiness, the next thing you can immediately see is gold shimmer. I'm not sure how I managed to not photograph the ingredient list, but one of the ingredients is gold.

Even with the spatula, this is not easy to apply to the skin. I found it to be a little too thick to come out of the normal opening of this tube and had to unscrew the lid to get it to dispense easily onto the spatula. The texture is very sticky. You would definitely want to have your hair pulled back when using this mask.

Once applied, you simply wait for it to dry. I found it takes about 15 minutes to dry off, and you then can peel it off your skin. I don't know if it's because it has been so long since I've used a peel-off type mask, but peeling this off stings. It's not as intense as the black charcoal masks I've tried in the past, but it still isn't a great sensation. Because this came in a tube, I have used it a handful of times, but I've not really noticed any improvements to my skin and I'm not crazy about the experience. Having to unscrew the lid to dispense on the spatula also leaves a sticky mess on my countertops to clean up, and that's just more of a hassle than I personally want to be dealing with. Add to it that my skin is just too sensitive for the peel off stage and it's going to be a pass for me.

Trying these three different masks has certainly been a learning experience for me. While I had initially enjoyed my experience with the brand, these products left me disappointed. The silver lining is two seem to no longer be available for purchase, so perhaps Papa Recipe realized they weren't great and removed them from the brand lineup. The honey peel off mask wasn't something I cared for, but others may enjoy trying it out. I have enjoyed their honey sheet masks in the past, so I'm not ready to write off the brand for myself altogether. They have several non-sheet mask type skincare products that I am curious about, so perhaps those would be better suited for me.

Have you used any Papa Recipe products? If so, which ones were your favorites? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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