During Sephora‘s recent VIB sale, I decided to go for the Stila Eyes Are the Window Soul Palette, which I have been eyeing for a while. I have been looking for a versatile, neutral eye shadow palette made up of shades I would actually use. I wanted a palette that I would get a lot of wear out of both for day and night, and with a mixture of not-too-warm matte and shimmer shades. The Stila Eyes Are the Window Soul Palette is beautiful and definitely meets those requirements, and I can’t wait to create some different looks for it. I know I will get a ton of use out of this palette.
The rose gold and gold packaging is so pretty, and super sleek but sturdy feeling. The palette and twelve shadows are a good size, and I really like how the shadows themselves are spaced out. I hate when palettes have a ton of wasted empty space. It doesn’t come with a brush or any kind of applicator, but since the palette is so compact that is OK with me. The whole palette is a little smaller than my hand. The palette does include a really nice large mirror.
The shadows are so pretty and perfect for creating a variety of neutral looks. I do wish the darker colours were a little more pigmented so they could be used to create a darker, smokier eye, but overall the shadow pigmentation is good and I like the shade range. I haven’t tried wetting the shadows yet, which would probably help with that. The shadows are also really smooth. The only colour I don’t see myself using a lot would be Light, as it just doesn’t really show up on my skin tone. I especially love the shimmer colours, including Stila cult fave Kitten which I didn’t own before. There are four versions of the Eyes Are the Window Palettes, and from reading reviews on Sephora, it seems some of the other versions are not as good as the Soul version.
(L-R: Light, Individual, Being, Kitten, Affection, Character)
(L-R: Thought, Heart, Peace, Vitality, Substance, Essence)
Originating in Korea, sheet masks have become increasingly popular in the US over the last couple of years. They are one-time use masks made out of thin material in the shape of a face, coated in serum, that you place over your face and leave on for a given amount of time. I finally got around to trying one, going with the Dr Jart Pore Minimalist Mask that I received in my Birchbox sometime last year, and wanted to share my initial reaction to using a sheet mask for the first time. I strongly recommend you forewarn any roommates, partners, and pets that may be home while you are using this mask – it’s pretty terrifying. I’ll spare you the compromising photo. The Dr Jart Pore Minimalist Mask is for oily skin, and includes Korean charcoal, spearmint extract, and arginine (apparently an amino acid) to clean and tighten your pores, and remove excess sebum.
The mask didn’t stay on my face as well as I thought it would, as it was a little too big for my face. It wouldn’t stay in place around my chin and I kept having to smooth it down. It was also a lot more wet and slimy feeling than I was anticipating. I thought it would dry out and I would have to peel it off, but it stayed pretty wet even though I left it on for about 30 minutes. I wasn’t really a big fan of that, I like how typical face masks usually dry out and don’t feel excessively wet on your face. The material for the mask was a lot thicker and sturdier than I was expecting, I thought it was going to be pretty flimsy. I thought it was kind of strange that you’re not supposed to wash your face after using it, and instead massage in the serum leftover. After taking the mask off, my face felt a little sticky at first, but the serum did sink in more after about ten minutes. My skin was slightly red after first taking it off, but that also went away.
It definitely did make my pores look smaller, especially on my nose, but the result wasn’t super drastic. Each mask retails for $7.50 each (or $35 for a pack of 5), which is pretty pricey for a one-time use mask. It was an interesting experience, and I would be open to trying other sheet masks, but I probably wouldn’t buy this specific mask again based on the wetness and the results.
And so commences the massive task of finding a lipstick to wear for my wedding next September (eek). I found a dress surprisingly fast. Nail polish is easy. But lipstick? I’m looking for something that’s not too pink but not too nude, not too subtle but not too bright. Long lasting but not drying. Not matte but not too shiny. So basically a lipstick unicorn. I tried searching around on Pinterest, but most wedding makeup pins are actually terrifying.
I really like the formula of Givenchy Le Rouge 301 Magnolia Organza, a bright pink lipstick I bought sometime last year ago, so I decided to start my hunt with another Le Rouge lipstick in a different colour. After much deliberation, I chose Givenchy Le Rouge 201 Rose Taffetas, which is described as a light pink coral.
The Le Rouge lipsticks are super creamy and opaque, extremely long lasting but not drying at all. The leather cases are heavy and feel very luxurious, so definitely wedding appropriate. Rose Taffetas is a little thicker feeling and shinier than Magnolia Organza, but I liked that in this case.
I really like the 201 Rose Taffetas colour a lot and have already worn it a lot. The colour does seem to look slightly different depending on the light, but I think in general might translate as a little too bright and warm toned on me for what I want to wear for my wedding. Any suggestions?
I have been on the hunt for the perfect everyday ballet flat forever. I’ve tried on countless pairs, returned numerous online orders, and googled “most comfortable ballet flats” for hours over the past few years. I’ve been looking for ballet flats that are comfortable but sturdy, well made but not ridiculously expensive, simple but still cute – and the J.Crew Factory Anya Suede Ballet Flats (the Factory version of the J.Crew Cece Suede Ballet Flats) are exactly that.
They come in a ton of different colours, the opening of the shoe is slightly elasticized, and the sole and sides of the shoe are nice and soft. The only downside of the J.Crew Factory Anya Suede Ballet Flats is that suede is not as durable and easy to clean as if they were made from leather. Now that the weather is (sort of) warming up in Boston, these have become the only shoes I reach for. Thanks Lisa for the recommendation!
J.Crew Factory Anya Suede Ballet Flats in Pale Mint
I’m late to the party on this one, but after admiring it from afar for many months, I finally picked up the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette recently. I was waiting for my Hourglass Abient Lighting Powder in Dim Light – which I love and use daily – to run out before purchasing, and when that happened to coincide with a 50% off Space NK deal on Gilt City, I couldn’t resist. The palette contains three Ambient Lighting Powders, in Dim Light, Radiant Light, and Incandescent Light, which is only available in the palette. The Ambient Lighting Powders are light reflecting finishing powders that are meant to create different subtle lighting effects on your skin. The key word is definitely subtle here.
(L-R: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light)
Dim Light is a peachy neutral colour that I apply all over to warm up my pale, pale face, that is also supposed to blur imperfections. I don’t use it as a setting powder – I apply it over Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder – as it does not have good oil control. The powders are very finely milled, and therefore great for layering. I find it really does finish off your makeup in a nice way though, somehow making your makeup and skin look smoother, livelier, and just more finished once applying. Since buying Dim Light separately about a year and a half ago, I’ve been using it every day. Radiant Light is more golden and shimmery, so I use it as a bronzer below my cheekbones and on my temples, and it is meant to add a sun-kissed finish to your skin. It looks pretty shimmery in the pan, but like all the Ambient Lighting Powders, the effect is very soft once applied. Incandescent Light is a very understated, slightly shimmery brightening powder. I use it to lighten up areas of my face, including my cheekbones, forehead, center of my nose, and chin, where I wouldn’t use an actual highlighter out of fear of being too shiny. I do usually put another highlighter such as The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer over it on my cheekbones since it is so subtle.
(L-R: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light)
So is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette life changing? No, not really (though I do love Dim Light a lot). But if you want a subtle, glowy, can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-it complexion boost then it’s definitely worth checking out.