Quick beauty PSA

Hello all. Been super busy. Haven’t had time to write or post my budget post and probably won’t have time until after finals/end of semester.

But I just want to post this awesome deal I found the other day.

Caudalie Moisture Essential Set, $39 $29.25 via LovelySkin

This awesome Caudalie set is now $29.25 (down from $39) at LovelySkin and it contains three full sized items: the Moisturizing Sorbet (normally $39), Hand and Nail cream (normally $15) and Lip Conditioner (normally $12). The value of all three items if you bought them individually is $66! LovelySkin also offers free samples and free shipping.

As for whether the products are worth it, I received a deluxe sample of the Moisturizing Sorbet from Sephora a while ago and only recently tried it out. And oh my god it is so nice. The cold weather here has been wrecking havoc (re: dry + flakiness) on my already-inflamed (re: cystic acne 😦 ), normally-over-oily skin. Basically, my face is a fucking mess and I wanted something to moisturize and soothe while not being too heavy/pore-clogging. This product was a godsend. It isn’t hydrating enough to magically get rid of the flakiness overnight but using this moisturizer in conjunction with hydrating face masks I brought back from my last trip to Taiwan, not only has my skin started clearing up a little, but my face is slowly returning to its oily+hydrated state (never thought I’d prefer oily over dry!). I’ve been waiting to buy the full-size product from Sephora (with that $20 off $50 coupon) but when I saw this deal, I couldn’t pass it up.

The moisturizer is light and has this kind of choppy-whipped like texture. It’s hard to explain. And when it’s applied on the skin, it becomes almost liquid-y? It’s interesting… It sinks in faster than my other moisturizer and a little goes a long way. It is very lightly fragrance-d and it smells really good and calming (coming from someone who is picky about scents).

I’ve actually never tried the Hand and Nail cream before, but it gets great reviews online, and my hands need all the help they can get. I had eczema when I was younger and it’s mostly gone away except for my hands that burst into scaliness when I’m stressed (like now). And with this weather, I really needed a small hand cream to carry around. It’s only a matter of time before the cracking and bleeding begin, but I’d really like to delay this problem for as long as possible. So this product is perfect to fill my hand cream gap.

The lip conditioner is another thing I haven’t tried, but my friend who always has chapped lips swears by this lip balm and always has one on her person. Since I’m not used to this weather (and by this weather, I mean anywhere between -1 to 35 degrees F), my lips have also been rebelling and chapping like crazy which is something I’ve never really experienced before (only time my lips have gone cuckoo was when they were sunburned lol). So this lip conditioner is also perfect for me right now. I’ve been using the fresh lip treatment (the white one) but it tends to just sit on top of my skin rather than sinking in and helping the healing process.

So basically, this set is perfect for my needs right now and it’s on sale and you should get one too if you need any of these things. 😉 Not sure when this sale is over, so get this set while you can! It would also make a great gift as a whole or as individual items.

I was not sponsored or paid to endorse this product. It’s just that good!


Julep: Bombshell and It Girl Welcome Boxes + coupon

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So I never ended up posting my thoughts for my first Julep welcome box… mainly because I decided to cancel my subscription right after I tried them out (I didn’t think the subscription was worth the $19.99 a month) because I didn’t like the formulas of either one. The subscription is now $24.99 a month (cheaper with a longer subscription) which is quite pricey for 2-3 polishes or 2-3 beauty items a month, imo.

Scroll all the way to the bottom if you want details about the coupon code.

Free welcome box (just pay shipping).


My Taiwan skincare haul

Did a little bit of research before heading to Taiwan on what skincare items would be good to look for while in Asia. I mainly consulted the “Asian Beauty” subreddit and a bit of Googling. Tammy also sent me a list written by our good friend. So I had a general idea of what I wanted to look for.

Here’s a photo of part of (half of my haul consists of boxes of masks so you’re not missing much) my haul all laid out under incandescent light:


from top left corner going clockwise: Etude House face masks (singles), Skin Food Black Sugar Mask, Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner, The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil, Nexcare Acne stickers/covers, My Beauty Diary face masks (Black Pearl pictured), Missha Snail Sheet Masks
not pictured: Biore Deep Free Facial Bright Wash Foam


Swatched: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

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These are two of things I was looking to buy during Sephora’s Spring’s Hottest Ticket event aka 15% off your order (see if you qualify and what code you should use here). I couldn’t find swatches of Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Emerald and Olive (the colors I was interested in buying), and I also couldn’t find a decent swatch of Anastasia Beverly Hills’s Brow Wiz in Granite.

So when my mom wanted to go to the mall, I took it upon myself to run over to Sephora and swatch these two products in various colors on my arm. Click on photos to enlarge them.


left to right: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in black, olive, moss and emerald


Ulta Haul: Stila In the Know Palette and other things

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Warning: photo-heavy post.

Ulta was having their 21 Days of Beauty event and had a special on Stila’s In the Know eyeshadow palette. The palette was marked down from $39 to $20. I had been eying (can’t believe this is seriously how you spell it. “eyeing” just looks more correct idk) the palette for a couple of weeks and decided to just get the thing. To qualify for free shipping, I also picked up a few other items: an eyeshadow primer, a shimmery eyeshadow and a brush).


Julep Maven Subscription Box Details

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Photo from Julep, click to join using my referral code

After months of debating about it, I finally got a Julep Maven box. They’ve changed their policies since I first heard about them like 1+ years ago, so I decided to get a box before more changes occur. Since most subscription box blogs subscribed to Julep before these changes occurred, I haven’t seen many posts about joining for the first time after these changes and decided to make a post to help other new subscribers like me. I first heard about Julep back in late 2012-early 2013 so I’ll try to break down the differences between then and now as well as explain how the box works a little.