Hada Labo Shirojyun Mask

The Hada Labo Masks review continues with the Shirojyun Mask (middle picture).

Arbutin is the main ingredient separating this mask from her sisters. Arbutin is essentially extracted hydroquinone from botanical sources, so if you are allergic/has some reaction to hydroquinone, you may want to avoid this, although I suspect at this concentration and for occasional use, it is extremely low. The second whitening ingredients is the Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, which is really down below the list. Just think about it.. if the alcohol represents 1% weight/weight, imagine how minute is the amount of the MAP in this mask. In short, I don't think this mask will give an instant whitening effect, but it has the "potential" due to these two ingredients.

The 1% w/w alcohol content did not sting, tingle or burn. I wave this mask about for a bit before putting it on my face to evaporate some of the alcohol. Not much, just some.

  • Consistency similar to Gokujyun above, it almost came out dripping from the pouch. 

  • Slight cooling sensation due to the alcohol, but it dissipate quickly. I fan the mask about before putting it on my face.
  • It does not tingle, sting or burn.
  • No noticeable whitening effect from once a week use for a month -- maybe need to use this longer/more often?

Between this Shirojyun and Gokujyun, I'm still on the look out for a better Hada Labo mask. I will safe the best one for last, on the next post.


Thankful Tuesday

Sometimes in the middle of a crisis, I long for a little mental break, akin to a sun break in a long stretch of rainy days. This week, I had my little bit of sunshine in a very unexpected place. 

It was Friday afternoon and I decided that the family needed a bit of that break. So we went to a place where the Tod could visit his most favorite thing on Earth: elevators. We must have rode several different elevators up/down for gazillion-billionth time before we finally stopped by at a pizzeria place where he and his dad shared a slice of their most favorite pizza, pepperoni. Then we had to part for a bit since he needed to go potty and I needed to drop the leftover pizza in the car. On my way back down the elevator in the parking building (the very same one on the video above), I looked outside. I looked at the perfect afternoon summer sky, the happy people walking down the street below. I felt the cool AC-ed air inside the elevator against my cheek, and I thought, there is nothing that I need to do at this moment but riding this elevator down. And that happy, content feeling creeped in, ever so sneakily. I don't think I've ever felt this happy for a long, long time, just that feeling of looking at the world from the outside in. 

Happiness is not something spectacular. There's no marching band playing your song on the street, no fireworks in the sky. 
It is a general feeling that you are where you're supposed to be.

P.S. Before I had the Tod, I thought the above-type of videos are absurd, but now, I understand why some people are obsessed with elevators. For all the elevators at University Village shopping mall (i.e. the elevators the Tod knows so well), visit this link of a search query from YouTube. His fave? The Thyssen Krupp elevator.


MOTW recap: The Chanel Series

I love and enjoy all the five Chanel quads that I own. Each one fill a niche in my makeup collection, each produces a different look -- they are really different on the eyes and not just a hair warmer/cooler/less shimmer on the arm swatch, etc.

Links are below for your perusal:
  • Kaska Beige: a warm, earthy beige combo that has a good balance of matte and shimmer shades.
  • Raffinement: a peachy - bronzy - sparkling champagne shades of  Spring, deepened with chocolate brown.
  • Enigma: a balanced pink - plum - burgundy - dark mauve brown for Autumn/Winter.
  • Mystere: a yellow gold - khaki - dark green harmony.
  • Prelude: the neutral naturals.
So, what do you think is missing in my collection? If I were in the market to purchase a Chanel quad, would be something that has the harmony of cool grey - purple - lavender color; Tisée Gabrielle would fit the bill.

I organize my Chanel palettes in an old Jo Malone box. I stole the idea from Cafe Makeup; the Brother P-Touch labeling can be easily duped using your return-address printer label. As you can see, the box fits 9 Chanel palettes nicely, the back row is my Chanel blushes.

I hope you've enjoyed and gleaned some inspiration from this Chanel Series. I've certainly enjoyed making them. Shopping my own stash has pushed my creativity and resourcefulness, not to mention the good feeling that I get from using these makeup over and over again. 

Wishing everyone a great week ahead!


Hada Labo Gokujyun Mask

I am so lucky to live nearby a great Japanese grocer that regularly stock Japanese drugstore health and beauty product. Uwajimaya in Seattle and Bellevue are establishments of their own, a must-see/destination to anyone who are visiting the area.

Today, I will feature you one of Hada Labo masks that I purchased from Uwajimaya Seattle. Hada Labo masks are regularly stocked and regularly sold out at their Health & Beauty section, so do stock up when they are available because they usually get sold out very quickly.

After using up all three boxes of three different kind of masks, I can truly say that they worth the price. At $15-$18 a box (each with 4 masks), they are not the cheapest but quite a bargain in terms of quality mask. All three kinds of Hada Labo masks come unscented, which is a huge plus in my book: when I'm relaxing, I want my own scent around the home (be it scented candles, or EO) but not the intrusive scent of the mask itself. It comes in quite standard-size paper mask, so the fit may not be great, but the redeeming quality is that it comes super saturated with plenty of fluid to spread on the uncovered areas if needs to.

First, we start off with Hada Labo Gokujyun mask (far left on the picture), a hydrating mask, packed with humectants such as dipropylene glycol, glycerins and a host of hyaluronic acid derivative. I am sad, sad, sad to learn that it contains alcohol, in fact the highest percentage among the sisters (Gokujyun 3% w/w, Shirojyun 1%w/w), Gokujyn Alpha - no alcohol) -- c'mon HadaLabo, you can do better than this! The alcohol provides a cooling (read: prickly/tingling) sensation on my skin, but thankfully, the humectant-packed mask replenish my skin back with moisture, my skin feels very plump and refreshed after wearing this.

The bits of liquid left on the face is supposed to be massaged in, but I found it quite a bit sticky. What I do is I'd lightly massage the liquid and pat my face all over with damp cloth to remove the excess, before layering on my usual skin care combo. At other times, I left the sticky residue a while and I notice it disappeared some over time, especially if you apply your regular moisturizer/cream on top.

I feel the hydrating effect lasts temporarily, not overnight. In the morning, my skin is its usual self. I think this mask, as any other mask, only provide temporary effect. Nevertheless, it gives me an excuse to relax & lounge around uninterrupted by the Tod due to my Jason-look-alike appearance.
  • Mask comes over saturated, almost dripping from the pouch.
  • Clear and viscous in consistency, the mask does not dry out even over extended period of time.
  • Tingling/stinging due to alcohol -- avoid if sensitive.
  • Sticky residue afterwards but not as bothersome as others I've tried.

On the next few posts I will review the rest of the Hada Labo masks, so stay tuned!


Thankful Tuesday

It has been almost a month since PapaLorp lost his job and his car at almost the same time. The reality of it has sunk in now at the Land. The car was towed, the prospect of moving to an internal position was gone. We are out in the wild.

I've been back working almost full-time and I do believe that working moms have it harder than stay-at-home moms in maintaining the sanity of the family. Most of all, it is hardest on the Tod, who, day to day, have to wake up in the morning and follow me wherever my work is because we only have one car (and sometimes it is quite impossible for me to get to the job without one) and lost all of he knew as a comforting, daily routine for him with me at home.

I won't belabored on other things that worries me at night (health insurance is one of them, especially with the Tod almost going back to his preschool again), sufficed to say I feel no sense of security and certainty -- everything seems like shifting sands, days went by without any sense of hope or optimism. It is truly harder to find things to be grateful about the whole situation, especially when a child is involved.

The other day while I was working, I overheard a success-story conversation of people I used to know, people I went to school with, and I thought, here I am, left behind. Then almost immediately, a thought came this is exactly where I am supposed to be. And just like that, my worries are replaced by a sense of deep peacefulness -- if only for a millisecond. In that millisecond, I feel that everything is all right, that I'm not lacking anything or wanting anything.

Why am I here? I don't know -- there must be some kind of a life lesson to be learned. All I know is that I am here, exactly where I am supposed to be. And for that millisecond flash of enlightenment, I'm profoundly grateful.

May blessings big and small find you where ever you are -- I warmly invite you to share your blessings of the week.


MOTW: The Chanel Series - Prelude

Prelude is the last quad in the Chanel MOTW series yet it is easily the second most-used Chanel quad in my collection, after Raffinement. Just look at the dimples! Again, what sets Prelude apart from any other neutrals is the sophisticated execution of shades by Chanel. The taupy-mushroom is not your garden-variety white button mushrooms but the delicate shimeji. Ditto with the other mushrooms.. err.. shades.

Prelude is perfect for the ultimate no-makeup makeup look like the one here featuring Diane Kruger. I use:

  • Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua shade B20, which is a shade darker than my skin, to warm up the overall look. Think of this as my effort to dupe Chanel's own Beige series (I own none of the product in that range) which evoke that air of bonne mine -- healthy glow look.
  • Stila Convertible Color in Camelia, a brown peachy-beige shade to further warm up the complexion. Diane does not seem to have a blush on, so I use Camelia as a blush + contour, placing it high at the cheek bone and blending down, similar to the picture.
  • (not shown) Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl to mimic the highlight on the triangular V under the eye. You can also use a foundation/concealer a shade lighter but I prefer using SSP sparingly on top of the cheek bone and a bit on the upper part of the apples of the cheeks.
  • Chanel Prelude quad in traditional placement: mid-tone mushroom shade all over the lid, mid-tone darker taupe shade to shade the socket and to trace lightly on the bottom lash line. The highlighter shade in the inner corners.
  • Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in 04 Brown Black. It does not seem that Diane sport an overly-smoky look on the upper lash line, so I use this to tight-line instead of filling in between the lashes.
  • Little Witch Mote Mascara to cheat lush but natural lashes.
  • Boots No 7 Lip Liner in Nude all over the lips.
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Chic, circa Autumn collection few years back, to trace around the mouth, especially on the outer edges. Chic may look like a murky mud, but it is a sheer, greyish rose-beige on my lips, the perfect complement to this look.
When I think of a no-makeup makeup look, I think of minimal product to enhance facial feature. Actually, this look uses full-on makeup and can still look like there's no-makeup.

I hope you have enjoyed the Chanel MOTW Series so far. Let me know on the comment section which quad you think I should own and why. Next week, I'll share with you which quad I should own and a mini organization tip to conclude the series.

Wishing you all a great week ahead!


Paula's Choice Resist C15 Super Booster

At $45, Paula's Choice Resist C15 is one of the most affordable option in skincare, particularly vitamin C and antioxidant. I've used many PC's products in the past, some are so-so, some are my holy-grail staple. After three months of faithfully applying this product, I'll share with you my thoughts below.
  • Don't be tempted to apply it straight up, it burns, at least on my skin. I use it as directed, mixing it with one of Paula's Choice serum/your own serum. It also works nicely layered with face oil.
  • The product, once opened, only last for 3 months. The bottle's height is 6 cm, by the end of 3 months, with application of 2-3 drops twice daily, I still have about 1.5 cm worth of product left - approximately 25%. I throw away the reminder -- it is not worth my time & money to use oxidized product.
  • The solution starts out clear, gradually turns yellow as it oxidizes. The smell starts out metallic (ferulic acid is one of acidic compound containing iron) then turns citrus-like, then turns hot dog-like as it gets yellower and yellower.
  • It evens out my skin some, but I don't see noticeable improvement on age spots (accumulated for over 20 years of vacationing in the beach every summer without sunscreen -- don't do this at home, kids). I definitely have a lower expectation on all topical product: if everyone can get rid of age spots with a $45 serum then no MediSpa would survive. So long as this product is not irritating and keeping my skin in tip-top shape, I'm happy.
  • I'd like to think that it gives ample protection to my skin, but like any other preventative skincare product, the pudding will remain to be proven far in the future.

Resist C15 goes very well with one of Paula's Choice serum. I use the Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate without retinol. They both ran out at approximately 3 months, making it an easy combo to order together. The combo is priced at $75, so that means $25/month which in my opinion is extremely affordable in terms of quality skin care (compared with SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF gel/CE Ferulic at $150 +). My only gripe is the packaging. I wish it would have been reformulated & packaged in air-tight/vacuum, opaque container. The dropper is handy, but opening/closing the container multiple times increases the exposure to air and light and leads to wastage of products.

One last word of caution: when I received the first shipment of Resist C15 from PC, the container was leaking. Since the product is only potent for 3 months after exposure to air, I reported this to PC, which right away sent me a replacement. Kudos to PC's customer service -- I practically received the replacement product within one business day (it does help that PC operates near Seattle area).

THM: I think this is a worth-while vitamin C product to try. The vitamin C is in its stable form, good amount (15%) and combined with other antioxidants like ferulic acid, this may be a good contender for SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. 

I wouldn't be surprised if PC will take a stab at SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Gel in the future, and I do hope that they will!


MOTW: The Chanel Series - Mystere

For some reason, I don't reach out for Mystere that often but when I need something shimmering, something khaki, Mystere delivers. The inspiration look comes from an old Voce magazine I was about to throw away. I thought the clean gradation, paired with burned cheeks and sheer pink mouth is both flattering and unexpected at the same time. 

For this look, I used:

  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation and Concealer in 51. Both combo are wonderful to achieve that glowing yet flawless skin. I'd really say that the foundation is more of a medium coverage, despite of many claiming it has a light/sheer coverage -- maybe because I use a lot of other sheerer coverage TM/BB creams in my collection. In fact, I think this is the highest coverage of all my foundations.
  • Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in 74 Rose Ambre, the color of burned salmon, very warm and very pigmented on my skin, this is where the Suqqu cheek brush does its magic (thanks, Meow!).
  • Chanel Mystere Quad with mini tutorial below.
  • Coffret d'Or Black liquid liner
  • Burberry Eye Definer in Midnight Ash No 03. Many don't seem to appreciate the Burberry liner when I think it has been grossly misunderstood. See, there are many kinds of pencil liners, some are kohl liner (think the waxy, soft, crayon like pencil liner that you can smudge on the waterline), some are hard, powder like (e.g. Elizabeth Arden powder pencils, or Charlotte Tilbury powder pencil), some are long-lasting gel-kohl, the one that goes on soft like kohl but set and won't budge (like Pixi Silky Endless), some are in-between those. I think Burberry Eye Definer is more of a waxy, powdery liner, in that it is easy to smudge, does not define well, but goes on rather dry. The combination of powder + wax somewhat making it not suitable to use on the waterline, but it gives the eyes a natural, somewhat smudgy look that is in line with Burberry's philosophy.
  • Lashes are coated with Maquillage Lengthening WP Mascara in black (discontinued). This mascara is simply magic: it gives the appearance of glossy lashes that last. It is also fortified with fibers and the comb applicator comes in two-sides to coat top and bottom lashes. I may have to find a suitable replacement once I'm finished with this one, sadly.
  • Dior Addict Lip Polish Smoothing Lacquer in 002 Fresh Expert for a hint of sheer, pinky glaze without shimmer.

Point (clock-wise from upper left): one-tone khaki gradation for "natural/no-makeup" eye lids (素まふ"た), lower lash clusters ("defined lower lashes" would probably be a better translation) coated with sparkle, lower lids the same way gradation as the top lids, lining inside waterline.
Adopted from Voce Magazine September 2013.

Loosely translated, use the golden beige A shade all over the top eyelids, followed by D towards the movable lids and concentrating on B towards the lash line. You can slick some C on the eye socket if you like, but the model's eyes lack recessed socket placement. For the bottom lash line, lightly dust C and then follow the gradation with D and C. To give that sparkly cluster on the lower lash line, you can tap a little bit of transparent, sparkly shadow of your choice (I think Illusion d'Ombre Fantasme would be perfect for this).

Line the entire eyes with soft-kohl type black liner on the waterline, and top the upper lash line with the same pencil liner, extending the corner a bit (the original article used Anna Sui Eyeliner Pencil WP in 001 Black). Since I do not like to line my waterline, I chose to line the top and bottom lashes with Burberry pencil, as close to the lashline as possible, and top the upper lash line with black liquid liner (Coffret d'Or above).

I hope you've enjoyed this MOTW installment & wishing you a great week ahead!


Boots Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm

I can't believe I have not written about this product! I've been using this faithfully for more than two years now, then I came across Lisa E's video about cleansing balm and I thought, wait a minute, I know that balm! 

Among the most-talked about Eve Loms (at $19.8/fl oz) or Emma Hardies (at $14.8/fl oz), Boots Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm is an excellent cleansing balm with equally excellent price point ($4.18/fl oz) that I can hardly think of any improvement. It is readily available (from local Tar-jay), super affordable ($8 and change on the website but I stock up mine on occasional Tar-jay sales), and lasts almost forever (a pot easily lasts me 6+ months or so with daily use). 

The pot comes with its own muslin but I prefer using my own washcloth to remove excess. I use Satsuma Design Organic Washcloths that I received as a baby gift for the Tod, they are super soft yet effective for removing extra balms on the face (the Satsuma washcloth is the "dirty looking" cloth underneath the pot on the above picture. It's really not that dirty but I do not use optical bleach/whitener on my laundry so it does look "used")

I use this pot since the beginning of the year and I think it'll last me till the end of the month.

The somewhat waxy balm melts upon contact of body heat and is easily spreadable. It has a pleasant scent of citrus that is very light. An almond-size is enough to cleanse my face and neck. It feels luxurious to the skin, so luxurious that it may inspire you to do the famous Suqqu Gankin massage. It needs to be completely removed with hot cloth several times, but it never strips my skin. In fact, there were times when all I did was to cleanse with this balm, went to bed, and my skin looked rejuvenated in the morning -- almost like a break from all the chemicals in skin care. Finally, I can never seem to emulsify this balm with water but that's o.k, it does a great job removing all tenacious makeup, waterproof sunscreen, even mascara and it never stings my eyes.

Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Cera alba (Beeswax), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil, Cetearyl alcohol, Rosa canina seed oil, Limonene, Citronellol, Pelargonium graveolens flower oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis peel extract, Linalool, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) fruit oil, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) peel oil, Geraniol, Parfum (Fragrance), Citral

A natural choice for second cleanse after this balm is by using Boots Botanics Conditioning Clay Mask which was previously reviewed here. Ahh.. I can already feel my skin is gently cleansed and refreshed!

THM: Holy grail balm cleanser.


Tuto Friday: Cleaning a Mason Pearson Brush.

Handy-size, boar and nylon mix.

On my birthday this year, I received this Mason Pearson brush as a gift. And, as popular as this brush is, I am surprised that I couldn't find any tutorial/video out there on how to properly clean this brush. Here, I will share you my rendition, not claiming to be the right one, but just how I keep mine clean.

Whoa.. sorry for the over-exposure!

The MP brush comes with the cleaning brush for sizes Handy and up. In fact, it may be worth purchasing the Handy size if you are thinking of investing in sizes smaller than Handy, just to get the cleaning brush. The Handy size is just right for me: not too big, not too small.

The cleaning brush is made out of synthetic, stiff hairs. As you can see above, it comprised of small tufts of hair arranged in rectangular pattern. The idea is to get the tufts right in between the rows of the hairbrush fibers, so they clean both the red rubber base and also the boar + nylon fibers.

All MP brushes has a pneumatic hole at the top of the brush. This hole is not to be clogged/filled with water, otherwise the cushion-mechanism may be impaired. This is especially important while cleaning with soap + water: hold your brush upside down.

I do the dry brushing/cleaning each time after I use it, at least once every other day. The Vine below is shown with me applying firm, long strokes over the brush. I use this to get rid of stray hairs. I usually follow with short, light strokes to get rid of the "dust" that seems to cling to the boar fibers.

Once every other week, I cleanse the brush with soap + water, more or less often depending on how dirty the brush seems or how often I use it. If you hear any noise in the background of any of these Vines, they are just the soundtrack of my life :-)

As you can see, I use a mild hand soap and a plastic mesh/net to produce lots of suds with just one tiny squirt. I dip the cleaning brush onto the suds, and run it through the hairbrush. Again, I apply one or two firm, long strokes, followed by short, light strokes (not shown on Vine to save some video time). After I feel the brush is reasonably cleaned, I rinse the cleaning brush and run it again on the hairbrush. Shake shake, and dry the hairbrush upside down, as recommended by MP.

Read the whole manual about brush maintenance by visiting Mason Pearson's website here.
This is not a sponsored post.


Thankful Tuesday

Have you ever felt like there's nothing in your life to be thankful for? Last night, I was feeling like that.

Things has not been easy here at the Land, with PapaLorp staying at home, me picking up more shifts at work, and the Tod's routine totally disrupted (those of you who are parents know how important routine is in the life young children). It has been a scorching day yesterday, and our small duplex has been baking in the sun. I got off my 10-hour-turns-12-hour shift at work, the Tod was beyond tired, way past his bedtime and we were all ready to crash when my next door neighbors were doing BBQ party at 9 at night.

The problem with living in such close proximity with other people is that, no matter how wonderful your neighbors are, you share their noise and their smell. Open the window, and the full-blown smoke went in, burning your throat. Close the window and you were steaming inside the sauna of your own house. What to do when such basic things such as fresh air was not available, when you need it most? My whole family was cranky, I was cranky, we have got nothing to be thankful for.

Luckily, like all things good and bad in life, this too shall pass. And passed it was. Just like the good things in my life which come and go, so do the bad things. Amazing, isn't it? Just when I thought I couldn't take it anymore, the party died down and we slept with fresh air blowing through the windows.

Today, I woke up thankful once again for the basic things we still have in our family: a home, a running water, food on our table, clothes, fresh air, sun light. Small things I tend to take for granted that when it goes away, I know I'd terribly miss it.

What are the small things in your life that you are thankful for? Share with us your gratitude of the day.


MOTW: The Chanel Series - Enigma

Can you spot "Charlotte Tilbury" in the picture?

A few years back, I get rid a lot of my old Chanel quads, simply because the oil from the skin, transferred from the brush, got absorbed into the powder compact, altering the color, consistency and texture that they were not worth keeping anymore. Enigma survived. It is one of the newer-old quads, circa Autumn 2010. It contains many shimmering, sparkling colors of the Fall.

For this week's MOTW inspiration, be ready for a lot of makeup. In fact, this is a rather fake MOTW, in that I don't use this much makeup daily. But let's just say playing with makeup is what I love to do every now and then (don't we all?) and this is my muse -- in case any of you are anticipating the release of Charlotte Tilbury at Nordstrom:

Sure, Enigma is not equal to CT's Glamour Muse palette, but it contains the same.. feel for the look, a little less vibrant, a little less disco. This look is a tame-er version of the Glamour Muse, call it the Tame Muse.

  • Base is the luminous Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation applied over a very emollient base, followed by Eve Lom Foundation in shade 12 Honey to sculpt the cheek bone and Jouer Luminizing Moisture tint to highlight cheek bones. Think of the sample-duo as the low-wattage, cream version of CT Filmstar Bronze & Glow -- in case any one of you missed it from the recent Nordie sales.
  • Chanel Quad Enigma: the upper mushroomy shade applied all over the eye lids, through the socket, blending with the shimmering pink on the inner 1/3 corner in. Lower dark violet on the outer 1/3 of the eyes blending outwards and upwards per Tilbury technique. Lower dusky mauve to shade the bottom lids.
  • Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil Eyeliner in Black to line. My hooded lids don't accomodate wing eyeline kindly anymore, but if you can rock 'em, go for it! 
  • Lots and lots of Le Volume de Chanel mascara. Why do I love this one so much? First, because it holds curl. Second, it really gives that beefy lashy look without the gunky side-effect. Third, because it melts into any eye makeup remover as opposed to flake up and never dissolved (I'm talking to you, Eyeko Mascaras!)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Blush in Love Glow, the only original item from the inspiration look.
  • Aerin Mini Lipstick in Lolabird, previously reviewed here. To be completely accurate to the look, I'd also line my lips with a nudy-pink liner like Boots no 7 Nude Lip Liner.
  • Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Pink Lily from a Spring collection a few years back.
If you notice, rarely my makeup involved any brow products. That is because I am blessed with quite ample brows -- in fact perhaps I was quite famous for channeling Frida Kahlo herself during my teenage years. Now that I am a bit older, my brows are not as bushy that I have to gel them in place yet they are still full that I don't have to fill in with pencil and such. Sorry, don't be hatin' and do your own brow-thing to adapt this look

So, how do you recycle your old palettes, lipsticks, glosses to fit current trend? By shopping my own stash, I won't need to purchase a palette, an eye liner, a lipstick and a lip gloss from the impending CT line. Do you feel you need to have the actual product or do you strive to achieve the same "feel" of the look?

Wishing you all a great week!