Friday, August 3, 2012

Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation Review

Hello my dear lovelies, and happy early long weekend to my Canadian girls! What are all your plans for it? I'm going camping with some friends at a camp ground in Oshawa. I'm not exactly one to be thrilled by the outdoors, but I'm willing to give this one a try! 

Anyway, today I'm going to be doing a review on a product that I picked up on a whim from Walmart since I got a rapid tan in Cuba, and needed something darker, cheap, and decent. Today's review will be on the Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation. My shade is 260 Buff and I have been using it as a creamy concealer rather than all over my face as a cream foundation. 

Lets begin the review!

 

Packaging: 
It comes in a screwtop jar with two sections. The top comes with a sponge which is great so the bacteria won't be seeping into the foundation, and the bottom comes with a nice amount of foundation. I'm not a huge fan of the screwtop and would prefer it as a compact top, but this is decent.

 

My face with no makeup on at all. Note the dark circles and uneven skintone, however I feel very fortunate to have no major skin problems.

 

This is how I apply the Smooth Mousse Foundation. I dot it on places where I feel needs it and then smooth it out with a brush.

 

This is after being spread out. As you can see it covered most of my imperfections and made it look smooth. 

The Review
I believe Smooth Mousse is great as a concealer. It has a nice, light, whipped texture and definitely does not feel cakey on the skin if you use it in moderation. However, if you use it as a foundation all over the face, it feels SO thick. It may appeal to those who feel the need for intense full coverage foundation, but the feeling is awful. 

One up for Maybelline is their colour selection. It's definitely not as extensive as high-end brands like MAC or Lancome, but for a drugstore brand it has most colours which will suit most people. Unfortunately one thing is their selection for the darker end spectrum is still slightly lacking. 

All in all, Smooth Mousse covers well, feels light (as a concealer), has a great price as you can frequently catch it on sale at drugstores, and is easily accessible. I definitely recommend this product if you only have spots to cover. Give this a try! 

Hope you enjoyed this review today! xoxo

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara Review

I'm a self-confessed makeup junkie, addict or whatever you call it and whatever can extend my lashes and make them longer, thicker and curlier is a winner in my books. Let's begin with a little lash history. I'm Asian and as most of us have an issue with curl, I fortunately have lashes that curl themselves naturally which means I have never really used an eyelash curler. Strange right? Unfortunately, I have the curl but I lack in the length department. Don't get me wrong, they're not short in any way, just not perfect. 

 In comes Smashbox's Hyperlash Mascara, whose brand isn't exactly renowned for causing lash-envy, is causing a bit of a stir. Before trying this out in the "Try It" kit from Smashbox, I was completely unaware that their mascaras were any good. 

 Let's see how Hyperlash fairs!
 
The Travel Size Version

   
The Bare Lashes: Somewhat short, lacks volume, length and colour!

   
One Coat of Hyperlash: Definitely builds quickly and doesn't clump. Good for an everyday look!

   
Two Coats: Now that's what I'm talking about. It adds a ton of volume to my little lashes and is super dark! I hate mascaras that look grey :(

   
A look of both my eyes with two coats of Hyperlash

 My Review: 
I definitely think Hyperlash is one of the better mascaras on the market. It has a good formulation, a fantastic brush, super pigmentation and layers on beautifully. I can't say for people who distinctively need curl, but for those who want volume, length and colour, you should definitely consider the wonders of Hyperlash. As for negatives on this mascara, there really aren't many. There are only two downsides to this mascara and the first one is that this is a dry formula, which means it could become clumpy if you have thick lashes or pile on too many coats. The second con is the price, since I myself included are not too fond of spending $25+ on a mascara. Other than these two, there really is nothing bad about this mascara.

  Pictures of the Brush 

 I really do love Smashbox's Hyperlash Mascara and I hope you do too! Do you have this mascara? Do you like it? Let me know! 

 Erica xoxo

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Golden Violets

Hello girlies on this wonderful Sunday night. How was everyone's weekends? Mine basically consisted of working out, bargain hunting with my Mom and a date with my boyfriend. Dang it, sometimes I do wish my life was a wee bit more exciting. Anyway, today happened to be my Aunts birthday which called for a family dinner of which I did something to my face that's just a bit cooler than usual. 

 Lets break the ice on the FOTD's!

   

Face: 
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer 
Almay Smart Shade Foundation + Concealer 
Diorskin Forever Compact Powder 

Cheeks: 
NARS Laguna Bronzer 
NARS Albatross Highlighter 
TheBalm Hot Mama Blusher

 

Eyes: 
Urban Decay Primer Potion 
Joe Fresh Eyeshadow in Gold Rush 
MAC Pigment in Violet 
MAC Eyeshadows in Sketch and Shadowy Lady 
Maybelline Line Stiletto in Black 
Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara 

Lips: 
Smashbox Illume Lipgloss

Hope you enjoyed my look of the day! xoxo

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sephora Haul, Shoes & Cuba

Hey there! It's been 12 days since I've posted. The reason being is that I went to Cuba for a 7 day vacation on a lovely resort! As you might be aware, I live in Toronto and the beaches here are simply lacking. Therefore I decided, time for 7 days of swimming, tanning, eating and relaxing. I went with my friend Priscilla and we had a lovely time at the Riu Varadero Resort in Varadero, Cuba. It was my second time in Cuba, and lets just say I will definitely be returning!

Since this is a beauty blog, what else is better to talk about than makeup? I recently placed an order off Sephora for a few goodies that I've been eyeing and also made an unexpected trip out to the Markham Fairgrounds for some Revlon/Loreal Warehouse Sale action. Keep reading to see what I got!

  So much goodies!
  Revlon Polishes in Grape, Carbonite, Mistletoe, Gold Coast, Blue Mosaic and Silver Dollar
 
Tarte Mini Primer Trio

  Revlon Age Defying Concealer

  Tarte Amazonian Clay Concealer

  Smashbox Try It Kit: Hyperlash Mascara, Lipgloss, Lid Primer, Face Primer, Limitless Eyeliner


 
Vera Wang Princess Perfume Trio: Rock Princess, Princess, Preppy Princess

  Benefit Dr. Feel Good Primer

 
 Almay Smart Shade Foundation and Concealer

  Too Faced Leopard Love Kit

 
Revlon Colorburst Lipsticks in Cherry Ice & Carnation

 
Almay One Coat Dial Up Mascara & Stila Forever Your Curl Mascara

 
Revlon Base Coat & Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

  Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

  Sketchers Shape Ups

  Red Studded Stilettos
   Victoria's Secret Sexy Little Things Noir Perfume

   
Marc Anthony Easy Lites

  Diorskin Forever Compact Powder 

Quick picture of Priscilla and I(On the right) at the beach in Cuba! Sorry for the quality, I took it with my phone.  As you can see, beautiful white sands and clear water. Can't wait to go back! :)


That's it for my haul girlies! Hope you enjoyed it and talk to you again soon!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Hello There


Hello y'alls,

My name is Erica Cho and I'm a University student born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I love this place and its perfectly kind people, awesome ethnic foods and most importantly, its Warehouse Sales! I'm also a makeup addict and have been since the ripe young age of 12, being 18 now. I have also had a blog before and have been using that one until several months ago, but I felt as though that one had many followers who simply followed for giveaway prizes, much to my own fault. In my previous blog I also wasn't honest about my age because for some odd reason, I felt as though my young age would turn off several readers from taking my blog seriously. However, I'm here to break away from the past and start something new.

On this new blog, I hope to explore the wonders of makeup through haul posts, makeup looks, ways to save money, etc. My goal is to help women of all shapes, sizes, colours and personalities to discover the best way to be confident, sexy and glamorous, but most importantly, feel beautiful.

Some may know me as ericateresacho on youtube, and I'm planning on revamping my makeup channel as well. I guess being not too well known on youtube is sort of a good thing for me since it gives me more of a personal connection to my viewers/readers. Well, that's it for today, and I sincerely hope to share my love of makeup with you!

Erica Cho