Sunday, May 28, 2017

HANDBAGS | Valentino?

I was casually strolling through an outlet mall in the Bay Area and discovered this bag at Saks Off Fifth. I've never heard of nor seen Valentino bags, so I thought I'd take a look.
This blush colored leather bag caught my eye, it has a similar shape and chain to the oh so popular Chanel bag but not nearly as expensive.

What really sold me is this compartment, I've seen other knock off Chanel designers but they generally don't have a divider in the middle (although... take a look at the zipper, the quality of the fabric inside that bag is also incredibly cheap feeling. What kind of color is this?
Granted, this bag is slightly larger than my other crossbodies, but I do like the little divider
Low quality dust bag, it's a little sad that even Coach and Michael Kors comes with a nicer bag than this... If I didn't buy this at Saks Off 5th I would think this bag was a knock off from China
Even the authentication tags look cheap/fake, no?

Official details
I'm semi-regretting this purchase as I type this blog post. I'm not really into the quilted leather and chain bags anymore, but I've been really into neutral (esp grey) leathered goods lately.
See the Saks page here
For $400, the quality is good enough. I can't imagine paying full price for any of the real Valentino bags, the designs are so sub-par. Although the collections I see on Nordstroms website is very true to their rock stud style

Upon more research, it seems like Valentino at the outlet stores is by Mario Valentino. Aka, NOT THE DESIGNER YOU MIGHT BE THINKING OF.

But interestingly,
Mario Valentino claims to have begun their business in 1952
Valentino Garavani found his company in 1960
However, I feel like people (like me) who aren't familiar with all the designers would easily think that this line of handbags are from Valentino Garavani. Now it makes sense why the dust bag and tags are so low quality... Bc it's not designed to be a luxury brand

Valentino Garavani's line of leathered goods are sold at Nordstroms and presumably most high end department stores.

Least expensive:
I just realized Michael Kors has done something similar a few years back (presumably copying Valentino), no wonder it doesn't appeal to me

Most expensive:
Look at the price on these bags o_O I can only imagine spending that kind of money on LV or Chanel

LIQUID LIP | Hard Candy Velvet Mousse

I'm back with another color!
After the pink one I was a bit discouraged from this line, but when I went to Walmart to return it, I saw the Walmart I went to had full stock of every color. I chose a neutral one so even if  I don't love it I could probably give it to a friend. This color is a bit of a paler pink nude, on my complexion, but it pairs well if a darker eye look

Friday, May 26, 2017

LIPSTICK | Urban Decay Vice in Hitchhike

Maybelline Touch of Spice | UD Hitchhike | NYX Exotic

I am really pleasantly surprised by this color. I'm not a red lips girl unless I'm going out, but this seems like such a wearable red! I ordered a color I thought was neutral when Ulta had a 20% off sale a few weeks back and never tried this on my lips until today. 
This is definitely my favorite color that I've purchased in a while. Most of my lipstick purchases recently (even high end ones) are either too bright or too neutral, nothing I'm excited to wear.
The UD comfort matte formula is very good, not drying and doesn't transfer like crazy. Love!

If you have pale skin and are usually afraid to wear reds. I think you'll enjoy this color (:
Plus this is on the cheaper side of high end makeup 
Fragrance free

$17 for 0.11 oz / 3.25 g

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

TINTED MOISTURIZER | Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector SPF 20

As you can see, if you don't use it everyday, it'll solidify inside the pump
I bought this on a whim when my skin was super dry and flaky looking at work one day
It's a bit expensive for drugstore ($16) but it went on really well on un-moisturized skin. As you can tell, the coverage is almost nonexistent, but if you have drier skin and a bit of redness, this is a good very sheerly tinted moisturizer that smoothes over your pores. I definitely need concealer on top

At Target it's sometimes $11, but mostly it's $14+ for 1 oz 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

LIPSTICK | Missha Signature Dewy Rouge in CR02

High quality packaging
This smells eerily like the flower lipstick (review here) which I'm not sure I like
It's a bit of an artificial floral scent

This was recommended by my favorite Taiwanese Youtuber (Catie) and the texture is very lightweight and pigmented. Maybe I should've gotten a more natural color though, bc this is a little bright for my taste now
Ughhh see my freckles? Goodness gracious

Sunday, May 21, 2017

LIPSTICK | 3CE Stylenanda

902 Rose Breath

I got this on a whim at the Honolulu airport. I previously tried to order one of their lipsticks, but the shade I wanted was out of stock :(
 Forgot why I chose this shade, it's a little bright for my taste but was less bright than the coral I was looking for. The texture is very creamy and pigmented, I look forward to trying other colors

$19 for 
The color on the model looks a bit different

DRY SHAMPOO | Orlando Pita Revive

If anyone likes shopping at Costco, you probably have seen this.
I purchased this several months ago for $15 for the 5 oz /142 g and a 1.8 oz / 51 g
I actually quite like this. Although it looks gray at first, it brushes out quite nicely on my dark roots. The scent is pretty refreshing, not particularly pleasant but not weird.
My hair looks really fresh and not gross when I use a decent amount
I noticed the trick to using dry shampoo is really using enough to absorb all the oils, esp if you have an oily scalp like me.
If you're in the market for a dry shampoo, I do recommend this one, but I think Bastiste is just as good (maybe better according to my roommate, who claims this one is a bit sticky - which I don't notice) and slightly cheaper. I always love a travel size dry shampoo though 

The brand Orlando Pita is also available at Ulta, but obviously Costco is slightly cheaper.
I also tried their volume shampoo and heat protectant treatment, and a leave in conditioner (see photos below), all of which are pretty decent. I am not blown away by this brand but I will probably use it all up.

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