The Haul That Ended My Hauling… mini reviews + swatches

…or so I thought. ^^;;

Bouncy Blush in Velvety Peach, Intensely Lavish Lipstick in Pretty Mauve, Smart Lip Liner in Rosewood, Colour Definition Eyeliner and Kajal in Darling Butter, Intensely Lavish Lipliner in Melodious Wine

About a week ago (according to IG), I posted a picture showing my Kiko Cosmetics haul. This is my first time I’ve tried anything from Kiko and I am pleased. The Rebel Romantic limited edition collection is absolutely gorgeous! I wish they have a physical store in San Diego, but alas, none exists. As far as I know there’s one supposedly going to open up in Los Angeles. But I digress (as I often do on this blog. I just get so excited about makeup).

It’s a study break right now and I want to pop this blog post out before I head back to my powerpoints and lecture recordings.

I wish I ordered the whole collection...
I wish I ordered the whole collection…

Can I just say, the packaging is absolutely everything. I ordered four items from their Rebel Romantic collection and one lipliner from their permanent line.

  • Rebel Bouncy Blush (satin) in Velvety Peach
  • Colour Definition Eyeliner and Kajal (matte) in Darling Butter
  • Intensely Lavish Lipstick (cream) in Pretty Mauve
  • Intensely Lavish Lip Pencil (cream) in Melodious Wine
  • Smart Lip Pencil in Rosewood (not pictured)

I haven’t had a chance to play around with most of these (my days include quick and easy makeup with my extra time dedicated to perfecting my eyeliner), but I can speak for Darling Butter and Velvety Peach.

I initially didn’t intend to purchase anything for my eyes as eyeliner and I have had issues in the past (oily lids, nothing stays on my waterline, watery eyes…) but this liner has the biggest potential to become HG status. This liner has lasted me for about 8 hours with very little fading. Not even the Rimmel Kajal liner does that for me! Miracle liner?! Maybe… My liner savior, most definitely!

The texture of the Rebel Bouncy Blush is reminiscent of the Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes I’ve seen while back. I haven’t tried those out personally, unfortunately, so I can’t give a complete comparison. But this was seriously love at first swatch. I will have swatches later in this post and just a heads up, the blush swatch is two swipes. I think that’s perfect because you can never go heavy handed with a blush that applies lightly. I find that fingers apply the blush (which is very soft in texture) more opaquely than a dense brush, but I prefer the brush application than the fingers. I like that soft, natural blush/glow on the cheeks and this shade delivers just that. Wear time is okay. I have oily cheeks so if I wear my makeup for more than…10 hours, it’s definitely faded by then. A good primer/base + setting the blush with a powder blush should prolong its wear time.

Closeups of the Rebel Romantic collection
Closeups of the Rebel Romantic collection

As far as scent goes, no scents detected! I was a little disappointed. I like scents in my cosmetics – gives them character. I should mention, the eyeliner is the twist up kind while the lip liner is not.

Swatchy-swatches + that janky swatch of Velvety Peach
Swatchy-swatches + that janky swatch of Velvety Peach

All swatches were taken with natural lighting, indoors. My skin tone around this time of the year is NC35 to mayyyybe even NC40? I’ve never gotten matched before in my life. Please refer to My Shade References page to determine for yourself. Lip swatches to follow once I get an actual break from school =_____=.

As always, thanks for reading!



At First Swatch: TheBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush


School has started this week so I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to blog everything I want. But I have a little down time in between studying, so I wanted to bust out this quick swatch and review post for you guys.

I ordered this quite a while ago – when TheBalm had their flash sale sometime in…June?


TheBalm packaging gets me every damn time. I love how retro their packaging looks, it makes me want to keep the boxes even though I really need to recycle them because storage space. I need more storage space <____<

So, this is advertised as a bronzer/blush. I really thought I would be able to use this a blush but since I got a little bit more tanned this summer, I generally use this as a bronzer. I used this my first week of school and it has stayed all day long. I’m typically at school for about 5 hours, but I don’t take off my makeup until, really, the end of the night. This stuff is super pigmented (as is most of TheBalm stuff) and blends away perfectly.


This product is not matte, but it’s not straight up glitter either. There is a really subtle pearlescent quality when you swatch it but it’s not very noticeable when it’s blended on the cheeks. It gives you a ‘Just tanned; look at my face’ look when you wear it.

I absolutely love this stuff! I really don’t see myself reaching for anything else – unless, I really need to use up something. This retails for $21 USD but you can always wait for the surprise Flash Sale TheBalm does or do the Sephora sale. Or just buy it. It’s your choice. There is no other shade for this product, so one shade should suit all skintones. It’ll depend on your skintone to see how you would use it.

Thanks for reading!

xx, Lorraine

When You Have ‘Too Much’ Makeup…

There’s no such thing as too much makeup, right?

Recently, I’ve been working on a little project, in terms of my makeup collection. + a little bit of self-teaching (self-learning? …whatever, I taught myself). I decided to make a spreadsheet of my makeup and keep myself up to date on when I purchased certain items so I can be sure to throw them out when they become expired. Because what’s a makeup collection when you haven’t properly loved all the items in your stash?

Here’s a screenshot of what one (out of three) of my Lips spreadsheet look like currently.

I...have a lot of neutrals.
I…have a lot of neutrals.

As you can see, I’ve made categories based on: brand, name (or collection), type, size, and whether or not I would repurchase an item. I follow this general list with my other makeup sheets. I keep the Notes category as optional to fill in, only if I find there’s something really specific on an item. Most of my makeup has a ‘?’ in the Purchased category because I can’t remember when I bought them..’s bad, I know, that’s why I have this list.

If you’re thinking about doing the same (extremely time consuming, but so worth it in my opinion), I’ve uploaded my current spreadsheet for your viewing purposes. I have no shame in how much makeup I have. I just hope I can go through most of it (because let’s face it, there’s no way I can get through everything within a year). Check out my spreadsheet here: Maquillage

Thanks for reading!



Quick Thoughts: Dove Advanced Care Deodorant

*This product was received complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

It feels like a bajillion years since I received this product but it’s only been a month – give or take a few days. This arrived in my mailbox a couple days before my vacation (to Asia) from Influenster. I had received an email a couple days before informing me of its impending arrival, so I got a little nervous when it came close to my flying date but thankfully it came before then.

I didn’t really put much thought into what I put under my arms before – I just usually used whatever my mom bought from Costco. Which is usually Dove, but a different Dove product. Before Dove, I used Lady Mitchum, I think.. Some gel deodorant – I remember, because I had to brace myself during the winter when I put on deodorant.

Anyway, I used Dove until my first semester at my university. It was really hot and I was sweaty and I kept smelling sweat around me. I just pushed it aside and thought it was the people I sat next to in class. But lo and behold, I find out it’s me. I smelled. TT^TT so, I switched my deodorant to Secret and I didn’t get so sweaty anymore. Which was great, however, the product I used would leave white marks on my clothes (especially the ones I hand wash). It also made it look like I was super sweaty whenever I raised my arms. But I kept it, because why the heck not?

Then this came in and I was super skeptical. Because Dove didn’t work on me when I get really sweaty, so I didn’t have high hopes. I was so wrong. This deodorant is really great. It keeps my underarms dry, like, forever. I tested it against the shirts I hand wash, and there was very minimal amounts of white marks. I brought this with me on my trip to the Philippines and let me tell you, on the days it wasn’t raining, it was hot and humid. But this deodorant really held up. I can go out confident now, knowing I don’t smell like B.O \(T∇T)/

I am super impressed with this deodorant and I am sure I’ll be buying this when I run out.


L’Oreal LA Palette Nude 2

La Palette Nude 2
La Palette Nude 2

This is probably one of the greatest, cheapest buys I have ever made.

Once upon a time, Rite-Aid had a 40% off sale on L’Oreal cosmetics (much like the Ulta sale going on right now, *HINTHINT*). I initially bought the Infallible Liquid Lip Color in Everlasting Caramel and the Infallible Eyeshadow shade in Amber Rush. When I went over my receipt, lo and behold, a $4 off L’Oreal La Nude Palette coupon was included (amongst other coupons) in my receipt. So, you know, I went back the next day to pluck this palette off the display (THE LAST ONE ON THE DISPLAY, might I add). And here it is, in all it’s beautiful glory.

The pigmentation of these shadows is superb! Very soft and buttery, a bit powdery but, I don’t find that to be a very big problem. The packaging is a little bulky and a little on the heavier side as it’s made with plastic and not cardboard. There is a mirror included, which is a plus, and a dual ended brush.

The staying power of these shades is really great. I’ve worn these for a full 8 hours without any creasing or fading. I haven’t worn these by themselves, as I have oily lids and always use a base.However, swatching them without a base makes the shadows look a little light. That might be a problem for those who don’t use eyeshadow bases but I think it’s great since it’ll be hard to look like you’ve got a bruised eye (not done on purpose, of course). In my swatches, I used a base and built up the color of shades.

The only downside that I can see with this palette is that there aren’t any names for each of the shadows. They’re just numbered but, I would much prefer eyeshadow names. Other than that, I really like this palette. I haven’t tried the Maybelline eyeshadow palettes, so I can’t compare with that. This palette does offer four different looks on the back of the palette, so if you’re a n00b like me, they’ve got you covered.

The first four shades of the Nude 2 palette
The first half of the Nude 2 palette
The second half of the Nude 2 palette
The second half of the Nude 2 palette

With this sale going on at Ulta (40% off L’Oreal, NYX, Physician’s Formula, and Neutrogena), I hope this palette is one of your considerations. It’s a really great investment for a beginner palette with seriously beautiful shades.

As always, thanks for reading :)