The 2014 Beauty "Haul"

Ho ho ho, I hope you all have had great Christmases and Santa was kind. As we are approaching the end of the year, I guess no beauty blog is complete without reviews of new beauty purchases. Since my family has been keeping me quite busy, I haven't been able to sit down and properly ponder about my purchases throughout 2014, so let's cozy up and join me as I review these new products that I purchased throughout the year.

Keep in mind, some of these products has been featured in many of my previous posts or even discussed in MOTWs, so please bear with me for any duplication (I will try to link previous posts on each product as I have time).

Charlotte Tilbury

CT is one of the brand that I thought I'd buy more once it landed in the U.S. but the lack of in-person availability detered me from venturing further, since I was especially interested in her base products (turned out most of them are pink-neutral based, so I think I can pass). 

The Classic Powder Eye Pencil in Audrey is a repurchase from the original one that I bought direct from U.K. (which also cost an arm and a leg compared to this one). If you are a regular to my blog, you know how I feel about powder pencil liner. I used up one Audrey already, I love it, I use it almost if not daily. It is a dupe of Elizabeth Arden powder pencil but alas, as EA is not as readily available, CT is it for the convenience.

Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze is perhaps the only color you need if you are thinking of buying either the Dolce Vita or Golden Goddess palette, especially if your makeup collection is quite extensive already. This key color is that sparkly, shimmery bronze which coordinates nicely with browns, taupes, and beiges you have already in your collection. I never have any shadow creasing problem, so I can't vouch for the tenacity, but sufficed to say, this one lasts until I take it off at night. The bronze has a slight reddish tone that brings out the green in my hazel eyes, which I quite like. Since the day I got this (which was back in early December), I have this and Audrey pencil in my purse for a quick bronzy-smoky look that applies in two minutes. 

Filmstar On The Go in Breakfast at Tiffany's is supposed to be the side-kick to the Colour Chameleon mentioned above. Well, half-sidekick. The blush is lovely: it is meltingly dewy and the slight milky apricot really is a fresh alternative to my go-to pinky-peach blush. It is also rather comfortable and flattering worn as lip color (on top of some balm/gloss, but not by itself) with its MAC-like vanilla scent. The texture is less waxy than Bobbi Brown's Pot Rouges but not as soft as say, LMdB Creme Fresh. Perhaps almost similar to Stila's Convertible Colors.
The shadow is another story.. sufficed to say, it is rubbish. I never have any shadow creasing problem due to dry skin, until this one, which managed to crease and migrated, so bad that it accentuated every folds on my eye lids. I also don't think shadow primer will solve the problem as the shadow is quite emollient and made from a greasy base (think of RMS shadows, all of which also crease badly on me, but with even more slip). Now, to be fair, the color is quite lovely, I'd say a tame-er version of the Amber Haze with less sparkly shimmer, and it can, theoretically, be layered for more intensity. Sadly, sadly, it does not translate well. Do peruse other blogs, I am most certain I'm not the only person who have the creasing problem with this beauty.
So, if you think $55 worth a small stripe of cream blush, I'd say go for it. Otherwise, you can safely pass on the whole Filmstar On The Go collection. 

By Terry

My relationship with by Terry comes in phases. Sometimes we get along well, sometimes we don't. The two that I purchased in 2014 turned out to be loves. I've written before about the Ombre Blackstar in Frozen Quarts; it proves to be a worthy successor to my beloved Chanel IdO in Emerveille. The color on this one is a little cooler than Emerveille, but applies easier and dare I say better than IdO. I've reached for this many times throughout the year, definitely the staple product for a little something on the eyes on the days when I need something fast. The Cellularose Blush Glace in No 1 Rose Melba is also a winner; good-skin-in-a-pot type of product. A tiny bit patted on both cheeks gives a dewy sheen and lovely pinkish glow, again, for those days that I need something fast. The problem with this is the strong, soapy, rosy scent, which thankfully tends to go away quickly -- the very same soapy-rosy scent is the reason why by Terry and I will never get along in the lip product arena.


Rieuse (above) and Tiny Pink (below) are the two Fluid Sticks that I managed to purchase in 2014. The soapy scent is the only downside to the otherwise stellar lip products. I've worn these two many times, and either one of them actually resides in my purse for a quick touch up. I've been really tempted to jump the gun on some other colors but somehow these two have kept me satisfied. 

Asian Haul

Had I been more organized and without the Tod, the size of the Asian Haul could easily occupied half of my carry-on suitcase (can you tell I still kick myself in the rear for not buying more?). Of the few that I managed to purchase, the Lunasol Skin Modelling Liquid Foundation is almost used up. I love the consistency and the coverage: so thin yet so potent with a good punch of pigment. It layers extremely well with the sillicon-loaded sunscreen that I use, and the yellow-tone hits just the right note. It does not come off until I remove it (but then again, my skin is dry so I never have problem with makeup worn off before the end of the day). My shade is OC02, which fits my summer skin (maybe NC15-20?). I don't think Lunasol is that well-known for its foundation but if the middle-of-the-road Japanese foundation is this good, I can only imagine the quality from the tuna brands such as Suqqu or Addiction. Lunasol Sand Natural Eyes in 04 Cool Sand is from their Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Those who are looking for a pigmented quad will be disappointed with this one, as this only yields an ethereal, shimmery veil of color (read: sheer!). But, I think it is the intended look of this whole collection so I go with the flow. The sparkling top-right taupe (bottom-left on the picture above) color actually layers well with the Burberry shadows that I owned, so I sometimes put that as a topping which gives my otherwise-boring look a little something-something. 
Innisfree Eco Tint in Camelia is a lip-and-cheek product that I regret not purchasing in more colors. As a lip tint on its own, it is drying, but top the stained lip with balm and it stays put almost forever. The gel consistency allows ample of playing time and the scent is minimum. Moreover, the price was right for a product of this performance (I forgot how much exactly, barring currency rate and all, but I remember I was surprised on how inexpensive it was).
SkinFood Good Afternoon Honey Black Tea BB SPF 20 PA+ is another stellar Korean product. It has that signature Korean movie star dewy-finish, great coverage, and texture. Such a shame that product this good has to be heavily and artificially scented. I wouldn't recommend this on oily, or perhaps oily-normal skin, but it goes on smoothly on dry skin.


Josie Maran Coconut Water Color Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise has been a staple product during summer month. I love the cooling sensation, the sheer, super blend-able gel application and the cheery coral pink color. The small pot is quite hard to dip in, I use a thin spatula to get product out and I already hit pot with this one. 

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg is a present from Santa. I will write a separate post on this.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, blessed New Year of 2015. 

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