Mascara in the City: Too Faced BEAUTY GIVEAWAY! 💄💋

Mascara in the City

Hi my loves!!

Giveaway

In anticipation to almost reaching 500 FOLLOWERSand changing my blog name I wanted to spread the love, and give my amazing followers ANOTHER amazing TOO FACED GIVEAWAY!!THANK YOU ALL whom supported me, and continue to support me! Without you there would be no Mascara in the City, and I love you all sooo much!

The set that ONE lucky winner will be receiving is thisToo Faced Totally Obsessed Set, YAYAYAY!! I am super excited to give this set away because Sephora just posted this on there latest arrivals section. YES this set is BRAND NEW to Sephora. CaptureThis set contains:
– 0.17 oz Better Than Sex Mascara
– 0.08 oz Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
– 0.16 oz Melted Liquidfied Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua
– 0.17 oz Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
– 0.16 oz Hangover Replenishing Face Primer


To enter this giveaway…

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The Girly Tag

I saw this tag on A Little Bit of Jessica Mae and decided to do it myself. Feel free to tag yourself as well! If you do, let me know so that I can read your answers.

MAKEUP

What foundation do you use?
I don’t really like to use foundation. For daily use, I normally use BB cushion. My favorite is Laneige BB Cushion, but I am currently using Skinfood Royal Honey Cover Bounce Cushion. For heavier coverage, I use Nature Republic Super Origin Collagen BB Cream.

2015 Empties - Makeup

What powder do you use?
Benefit Cosmetics Hello Flawless! in Honey.

What eyebrow pencil do you use?
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz or Nature Republic Flower Auto Eyebrow.

What eyeliner do you use?
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black.

What mascara do you use?
I alternate between Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes, Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara in Black, and Revlon Lash Potion.

What are five of your favourite lip balms/glosses/sticks?
1. YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 4 Rouge Vermillon
2. Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lipstick in Barberry
3. Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Lip Balms (review here)
4. C.O. Bigelow Lemon Lip Balm – No. 1421
5. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

Fall 2015 Makeup Look

Do you colour your hair?
Not usually.

At the salon?
Nope, just at home.

What is your stylists name?
It always changes!

What is your natural hair colour?
Black.

Do you have straight or curly hair?
Very straight.

Do you use a curling iron?
Occasionally, usually if I’m going to a special event.

A straightener?
Nope!

Do you use serum and if so what kind?
I don’t use any serums, but I do use hair mists–Skinfood Lychee Essence Mist and OGX Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Weightless Hydration Oil.

Do you use any other hair products and what kinds?
I use tons of dry shampoo!

What shampoo and conditioner do you use?
Currently, Lush Big Shampoo and Big Solid Conditioner.

SCENTS

What deodorant do you use?
Dove Go Fresh Cool Essentials (cucumber and green tea).

What body wash do you use?
I have been using Lush Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly (review here). It smells like apple candy.

Lush Santa's Belly Gift Set Contents

What perfumes do you use or like? Name 5.
I have mostly been using Versace Bright Crystal, Prada Candy Florale, Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream, and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. I just purchased YSL Black Opium yesterday, so I will start using that soon!

Do you always have to smell good?
Not always, but I certainly don’t ever want to smell bad. I usually carry a spare rollerball in my bag, just in case.

JEWELRY

Are diamonds really a girl’s best friend?
Nah.

What jewelry do you wear the most?
A watch and earrings.

What jewelry do you crave the most?
I don’t really crave jewelry, but I love Kate Spade jewelry and Tiffany Keys.

PURSES & SHOES

How many purses do you own?
Not sure, but more than 10.

Which is your favourite?
I have a black soft leather Michael Kors purse that I love.

How many shoes do you own?
A lot…

Which pair is your favourite?
I currently love these inexpensive taupe wedge booties from Target.

SHOPPING

What are your top 5 favourite stores to buy clothes?
1. YesStyle
2. Forever 21
3. Victoria’s Secret
4. Macy’s
5. Uniqlo

What is your favourite shirt?
Any loose, comfy sweaters, or button-ups with lace panels.

What are your favourite jeans?
Jessica Simpson jeggings. They are SO comfortable.

MISCELLANEOUS 

Favourite nail polish?
Julep golds and metals.

Favourite magazine to read?
Glamour, Allure, and Popular Science.

Favourite book?
I like a lot of books, but don’t have a favorite.

Favourite band?
CNBLUE 🙂

Favourite girly movie?
27 Dresses! Love James Marsden ❤

Do you enjoy being a girl?
Usually, yes.

Beauty Box Korea Review

A review of the new online Korean beauty retailer, another Skinfood x Snoopy haul, and more!

Two weeks ago, I posted this announcement about the Skinfood x Snoopy collection and placed an order with Beauty Box Korea. My package arrived yesterday afternoon and I could not be more pleased with it!

Review of Beauty Box Korea —

Site navigation: The site is very easy to navigate. Everything is written in English and the prices are listed in USD. They have a huge selection, as well as a product request page. It looks like they’re still working out some minor details, but I have not encountered any issues.

Payment: You can pay via PayPal, credit card, or bank transfer.

Prices: As I mentioned in my announcement, their prices are extremely competitive. A large selection of sheet masks are priced under $1, from popular brands such as Tony Moly, Aritaum, Innisfree, etc. Most items are offered at a discounted price, and there are also coupons and reward points.

Shipping: Shipping costs are comparable to other online retailers. There are two options: EMS and standard shipping by weight, with the latter being the cheaper option. My package weighed 780 grams and shipping cost $14. The estimated shipping duration was 7-35 days, but my package arrived in just under 2 weeks. I placed my order on the 12th and the items were shipped from Seoul on the 13th. The items arrived at LAX on the 20th and were delivered to me (North Bay Area) on the 25th.

Packaging: I am so impressed with Beauty Box Korea’s packaging. They really take care to ensure that the products will arrive safely. My items were delivered in a brown cardboard box, which was fully protected with clear tape along all of its joints and edges. The box was taped up so well that I actually had difficulty opening it up (not a bad thing). Inside, each item was wrapped with bubble wrap.

Beauty Box Korea Review

These are the A’Pieu sheet masks that I ordered, along with a free sample pack. Seriously, how adorable is this packaging? I am in love.

Beauty Box Korea - Cute Packaging

Promotions: For new members, Beauty Box Korea is offering a new membership discount (10% off) and free gift ($5 coupon). These cancelled out the cost of shipping for me. As you shop, you’ll also notice that certain items offer reward points. Reward points can be redeemed after your order has been delivered.

Rating: Without a doubt, 5/5. I’m very, very happy with Beauty Box Korea and will definitely order from them again. The prices were great, the products arrived in perfect condition, and they also included a lot of samples and a free gift. Keep reading to see the free gift and the full haul!


Skinfood x Snoopy Haul, Part 2

Beauty Box Korea Skinfood x Snoopy Limited Edition Value Set

This is the Limited Edition Value Set that I ordered. It includes the Peanuts-embossed Royal Honey Cover Bounce Cushion, Royal Honey Good Moisturizing Cream, Marshmallow Hand Cream, Propolis Nourishing Lip Oil, and limited edition Snoopy & Woodstock pouch. The pouch is printed canvas and cushioned on both sides. I also ordered Innisfree Skinny Long Long Cara mascara, which I’ve read great things about.

I was really excited that Beauty Box Korea had the Skinfood x Snoopy clutch, which is a printed red leather pouch with black interior. I did not pay attention to the dimensions, and it turned out to be much bigger than I expected (300 x 220 mm). I’m actually very happy with the size, as I think it will be super useful for work and travel.

Skinfood x Snoopy Limited Edition Clutch

Here it is with my Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 for comparison:

Skinfood x Snoopy Limited Edition Clutch with Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

I also ordered a bunch of sheet masks, which were cheap and did not affect my shipping cost.

Beauty Box Korea Sheet Masks

And these are the free items that I received with my order:

Beauty Box Korea Free Gift and Samples

The Missha Bubble Maker looks like it will be super fun to use, and I can’t wait to try out all of the samples! Thanks, Beauty Box Korea!

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to check out my my original Skinfood x Snoopy haul from Tester Korea.

Sephora VIB Rouge 2016 Welcome Gift: NARS Blush in Goulue

No, I did not spend $1,000 at Sephora within the first 2 weeks of January. That would only happen if I won the lottery.

I hit the VIB Rouge tier in mid-December of last year (still, oops). My local Sephora had run out of welcome kits by then (a mini Marc Jacobs lipstick), so I was able to redeem the 2016 version instead.

This year’s VIB Rouge Welcome Kit features a mini NARS blush in Goulue–a cool-toned berry pink shade. Fun fact: goulue means “gluttonous” in French.

Sephora VIB Rouge 2016 Welcome Gift

The 2016 VIB Rouge Welcome Kit includes:

  • Explanation of VIB Rouge benefits
  • Beauty Studio All-Access Pass
  • “A Taste of the VIB Rouge Life” — a 45-minute makeover voucher for a friend
  • NARS Blush in Goulue (0.14 oz)

Unlike the VIB welcome gift, there are no coupons for 10% off or free shipping–not that I need to spend any more money at Sephora, obviously.

Sephora VIB Rouge 2016 Welcome Gift - NARS Blush in Goulue

I’ve been really into blushes lately and I love NARS, so I’m very happy with this little gift! I also expect it to last much longer than any mini lipstick would, especially considering that the full-sized NARS blush is only slightly larger at 0.16 oz.

Here’s the swatch:

Swatch of NARS Blush in Goulue

What do you guys think of the blush? Do you have a favorite blush, or are you more of a bronzer person?

Announcement: Skinfood x Snoopy Available at Beauty Box Korea!

While writing my Skinfood x Snoopy post, I stumbled upon this value set from Beauty Box Korea. It is currently on sale and includes a limited edition pouch (free gift), one cushion, one lip tint oil, the Royal Honey Good Moisturizing Cream, and the Marshmallow Hand Cream. There is also a second value set that includes the pouch, one cushion, the essential mist, the moisturizing cream, and the hand cream.

Beauty Box Korea Snoopy Limited Edition Value Set
Photo from Beauty Box Korea

I compared the Beauty Box Korea prices to those from Tester Korea and this truly is a great deal, thanks to the 25% off discount. After much debate, I actually ended up ordering a value set, the Snoopy clutch, and some other items. I just couldn’t resist the cute pouches, and the prices!

I had not ordered from Beauty Box Korea before, but I do know from Reddit that they are a legitimate website with good reviews. If you sign up for an account, you immediately get a welcome coupon and gift (10% off coupon + $5 credit). There are two shipping options at checkout: EMS and standard shipping by weight. I chose standard shipping (7-35 days) which cost roughly $14 for my order–highly comparable to the $13 I paid for my Tester Korea haul. I will do a full review on Beauty Box Korea as soon as I receive my purchase.

If you’re still interested in items from the Skinfood x Snoopy collection, I highly recommend that you check out Beauty Box Korea. And hurry, before it’s too late!