My Beauty Junction

Friday, July 25, 2014

Memebox Cacao beauty box review, unboxing, photos

Memebox Cacao beauty box review, unboxing, photos
A chocolate-special beauty box sounds like the ultimate dream, does it not? The moment this box was released, I bought it. It was one of those Memeboxes that sold out rather quickly. No surprises there. As a rule, I prefer eating white chocolate over anything with brown cocoa, but I'll take skincare with any kind of chocolate, please!
The heady smell of cocoa hits you the moment you open the box. It is rather like opening a large box of Cadbury's (I am not quite reconciled to the idea of Kraft buying the company) best selections. I have no idea how to take you through the experience - as you read through this post, would you please imagine that you are actually in a chocolate factory? Or, better still, go grab a bar before I show you the contents. Trust me on this one.

Here is my unboxing and review of the Memebox Cacao Special beauty box #11.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kat von D True Romance eyeshadow palette in Poetica review, swatches

Kat von D True Romance palette in Poetica review, swatches, photos
I fell in love with Kat von D makeup last year, after using her High Voltage Eye Primer, reviewed here. But I had not tried any of the eyeshadows from the brand. It was certainly not my intention to buy any palettes this quarter. But the best laid plans et cetera et cetera.
Kat von D True Romance palette in Poetica review, swatches, photosWhile I still have not managed to get my entire haul together and photograph it - an upset stomach with all the junk food I downed has contributed to the post-travel lethargy - I had swatched this palette within a couple of days of buying it and have loved using it on evenings out.
I had hemmed and hawed between Sinner and Poetica - both contained purple eyeshadows. I have been missing a purple-centric palette in my stash. Poetica won out because it had three eyeshadows from the purple family while Sinner had only two.

Here is my review and swatches of the Kat von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Poetica.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Eyeliner review, swatches, photos

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Eyeliner review, swatches, photos
I was somewhat surprised to find that Sephora ME was giving out travel-sized samples of the Benefit They're Real Push-Up Eyeliner from the Benefit counter. I had expected sachets of The Porefessional, minis of They're Real mascara or That Gal, vials of perfume, even mini kits as gifts with purchase, but not something this recent.
I am someone who does not really mind any kind of black eyeliner, as long as the fiddly thing is pigmented and black enough, if you get my drift. I'm not into pencil eyeliners except on the lower waterline, but apart from that, I am not fussy about liquid or gel eyeliners. In fact, I can even put up with wonkiness or gloopiness or thickness. Who is going to examine my eyeliner that closely?
Very few people like the Bourjois Erasable Eyeliner, whereas I do - reviewed here - and have used it in quite a few eye looks I have done. I draw the line (pun intended) at an eyeliner flaking and spreading all over the place of its own free will. But apart from those, anything from an eyeliners goes with me.  I'll take anything, although I reiterate that I do not like pencil eyeliners.

Here is my review and swatches of the Benefit They're Real Push-Up Eyeliner.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Milk Special Memebox review, unboxing: Korean beauty box

Milk Special Memebox review, unboxing: Korean beauty box
In my post on the Oriental Medicine Memebox here, I had said that Memebox had released a skin care bundle of three beauty boxes - Milk, Whole Grain and Oriental Medicine. I had skipped Whole Grain, but bought the other two - something I remedied during the recent restock.
The Milk Memebox is one of the heaviest Memeboxes I have received till date. The moment you open the box, the smell of milk whitener, cheese and vanilla hit you. In a good way, that is. And then, the size, quantity and kind of products in the box for just $23 is even more of a surprise. I'm afraid even the restocks are sold out and only Whole Grain, which I have purchased, is available here.

Read on for my unboxing and review of the Memebox Milk Special beauty box.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bdellium Tools and EcoTools makeup brushes hauled from iHerb

Bdellium Tools and EcoTools makeup brushes hauled from iHerb
Recently, iHerb offered free worldwide shipping for orders above $40. I was looking to get myself some new makeup brushes anyway, so I went on board rightaway.
Makeup artist and blogger Norah Salazar of Norah Loves Makeup had recommended the Bdellium Tools brushes to me and those were at the top of my wishlist. 
For those who are new, iHerb sells natural and eco-friendly brands and they ship worldwide. They have regular offers where non-DHL shipping is used, so it does not always fall under the customs radar. You can sign up here and get up to $10 off your first order with my referral code WZJ030.

But first, check out the Bdellium Tools and Eco Tools makeup brushes I bought.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sephora Middle East samples and gifts with purchase

Sephora Middle East samples and gifts with purchase
Call them gifts with purchase, freebies, samples, or whatever you like; we all love receiving beauty goodies!
Remember my December haul from Sephora Middle East? I had signed up for their card programme and received a few samples/gifts with purchase back then. I had also said that the US outlets had been more generous sample-wise, when I visited about three years ago, with a dozen or so foundation, skin care and perfume samples from Seattle and D.C. outlets. I have changed my mind! I have been to at least a dozen Sephoras on three continents now. The Sephora outlets in Spain and Portugal and the ones in Singapore and Malaysia palmed me off with perfume vials or a couple of 2ml tubes and sachets.
Sephora Middle East has several outlets across eight countries (there are eight Sephora outlets in the UAE alone). The haul posts can wait. Here is a quick look at my samples and GWPs from Sephora Middle East.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Memebox Oriental Medicine Beauty box review, unboxing, photos

Memebox Oriental Medicine Beauty box review, unboxing, photos
I have a number of Memeboxes to unbox now, thanks to my trip interrupting a good number of posts. I have some brilliant boxes to show you, while a couple of others have been meh. But you will see them all in good time.
A while ago, Memebox released three natural skin care boxes - Milk, Whole Grain and Oriental Medicine. I opted for Milk and Oriental Medicine, skipping Whole Grain because I wrongly presumed it would be full of exfoliants and scrubs. Birdbrain!
These have been some of the best Memeboxes we have ever seen IMO, and an absolute steal at just $23 each - that is not counting any points I may have used back then. I am going to show you the Oriental Medicine beauty box today. This box contains products made of ingredients that were used in the beauty regimens of ancient queens in Korea. Obviously, you know that ginseng is going to feature heavily in these products.

Here is my review and unboxing of the Memebox Oriental Medicine beauty box.