Thursday, April 27, 2017

FaceTory! April 2017 Review

It is safe to say that my love of KBeauty and my love of face masks are here to stay!

This is my third month (I think) of FaceTory, a KBeauty mask subscription. The prices actually just rose, to about $7 per month, including shipping, for 4 masks. There is also a 7 mask per month option.

It is worth noting that if you go by the retail value of the masks, they don't always go over the $7 cost by themselves. However, if you realize that the fee also includes shipping AND, most important, that if you ordered these 4 items separately, you'd pay a lot more in the long run, then the cost feels very justified.


The masks are sent in a flat FaceTory envelope with a few documents, including a sheet listing what each mask does. That is actually vital to me because not all of the masks have English on them.


The theme for any and all sub boxes delivered in the US in April HAS to be Spring. There's really no other choice!

Here are my 4, along with the English description below.



Note that the mask above does not match the description photo. I've noticed that in previous months, too. No biggie to me, just an FYI.



Well, nevermind what I said about the retail value not matching the sub value, because this month the masks add up to $12! Perhaps with the small price increase, they upped the products a bit, too.

I have only tried the Pearl Essence mask, which I'll review for you this weekend, but in conclusion, especially after seeing the retail values, I am once again thrilled with this sub!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mani Round Up: April 25, 2017


Maybelline Color Show Pretty In Peach: I forgot how much I like the Color Show formula! Do they even make this line any more? This is actually just two thin coats and topcoat! I am impressed with the formula for being a pastel color, too. I will def try to remember to grab this more often!


Orly Darkest Shadow: Well, this is pretty much impossible to photograph! I had to do something for work, so I wanted to look edgy and polished. I grabbed Darkest Shadow by Orly! It looks black in some lights, but has a blackened base with red and gold micro glitters. This is three coats, just because the base is slightly see-thru, and topcoat.

Update/Confession: I left this polish on for THREE days! That is pretty much forever in the world of a polish blogger. I did my nails Monday night and didn't remove this until Thursday night! Jeeeez!



China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely: Love this polish! This is a color that makes me smile every time I glance at my nails. It's an instant cheer up color for me. I only needed two coats, but I also did two coats of HK Girl topcoat as neons dry matte-ish and are also more prone to chipping. No worries once the HK Girl is on.


That's it for this week! I shall pick it up next week. Expect pastels coming your way!


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Mask of the Week: Acwell Honey Anti-Wrinkle Daanji Mask

I must say, I am loving My FaceTory subscription and the masks that I receive!  This time I tried the Acwell Honey Anti-Wrinkle Daanji Mask. My favorite thing about this sub is that these are all, pretty much, brands that are new to me as I dive deeper into KBeauty.

The My FaceTory sub is $6 per month, going up to $8, and for my first two months, the retail price of the sub items has been pretty much on par with the cost of the sub. While normally I would think that was a horrible value - what is the point of a bundled sub if you don't save some money? - here I am OK with it because if I had to purchase 4 KBeauty masks, in the US, and have them shipped to me, there is no way I would only spend $6 or $8 on 4 masks, even if they were all Amazon purchases.  So far, so good.


I decided to try the Acwell Honey Anti-Wrinkle Daanji Mask because I read great reviews about it on a KBeauty blog. Honey is supposed to be super moisturizing, which is something I constantly need in my skincare products.


First, let me tell you, the smell is amazing! While many masks have a simple, clean smell, this smells like fresh honey and springtime. It is not sweet or cloying at all, but just a fresh honey scent. Loved it!

What I did not love? The fit! Take a look below...


Seriously, I am convinced that my face is an odd shape. Is it just me?! This was a thicker fabric mask, drenched with essence, but really hard to mold to my face. It's got to be me.

I kept this on for about 20 mins. It stayed saturated the entire time and my face felt cool and smooth to the touch once I removed it. Con: it also felt a little sticky! You know, like there was honey in it? LOL. I followed this up with some Purito serum but overall, I wasn't terribly impressed with this mask.

Have you tried Acwell masks? What do you think?


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sephora PLAY! April 2017

The April Sephora PLAY! box is here! As usual, it came in the striped box, in a white pouch with a design, and a fold-out brochure that details the items and their uses. It also includes a card redeemable in store for 50 points and a consultation with an employee (which you can always get, FYI).


This month's theme is Step It Up, detailing each of the steps in your makeup routine.

The pouch for this month was cute, but I still have no idea what to do with these! I would really like Sephora to change this, but it is really the contents that count, right?



Group shot:


Honestly, there is nothing toooooo exciting this month. As part of the "step it up" theme, I think they were aiming for basics - stuff you should always have at the ready.


Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover: I had just recently been thinking I should stop using face wipes, at least on my eyes. I tend to be heavy handed and rub my lashes quite a bit, so this arrived at the right time for me to try out.


Philosophy Purity Face Wash: I know that I lot of people love this brand, but unfortunately I am not one of them. This cleanser does not agree with me, so it will be swapped. I am sure I will have no problem finding a happy taker!


Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream: I am always looking for that holy grail moisturizer, so this is the product I am most looking forward to trying. I don't believe I have tried any PTR products yet. Anything that promises 72 hours of hydration sounds intriguing to me!


Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer: This is a sub box staple! It is also a holy grail product, so I will certainly use this right up. I love the consistency of this product. I do have other favorite primers that I re-purchase, but seriously, I adore getting samples of this, especially for travel.


Makeup Forever Aqua XL Extra Long lasting Waterproof Eyeliner: I received this in black, swatched below. This is a eyeliner with a gel-like texture. I used it in my waterline and it did NOT budge! I will try it a few more times before I commit and re-purchase, but so far, so good.


There is also a Miu Miu perfume sample, but apparently I forgot to take a solo picture. I am pleased with this month's box but not super excited. I do like trying new basics that I use daily, like black eyeliner and moisturizer, in the hopes of finding that new holy grail item. I will swap the cleanser, but I don't mind receiving it as I know it is a hit for many. All in all, another good box! Looking forward to May already!

Do you get this sub? Did you get anything different?


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mani Round Up: April 18, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Today I have a mix of colors and brands that I wore last week. Let's check them out!

Hare Polish Washed Ashore: As I mentioned last time I featured a Hare Polish, I commented how much I missed this brand. Washed Ashore makes me reiterate everything I mentioned before x 10! I love this polish. It's got a beigey-peach base with silver, light blue, and grey sparkles. This is three coats and topcoat.


China Glaze Ahoy!: I truly love this color. It is a magenta base with thick glitters. The glitter is monotone and matches the base perfectly, so the glitter is subtle but there - very much there in the right light. This does have more of a jelly base, though, so I did three thin coats and topcoat.


China Glaze Don't Mesa With My Heart: So, I wanted a pink polish. But not a Barbie pink, not a petal pink, just a pretty PINK pink. Does that make sense? Don't Mesa With My Heart was exactly the color I had in mind. This is two perfect coats with topcoat, no application issues at all.


Zoya Meadow: The only metallicy polish that I truly love is Meadow. Be careful with the brush strokes and you can manage to make them look pretty straight and streak-free. I love the finished color - it has a gorgeous pink to gold shift that just shines in the light.


Essie Barefoot & Topless: One of my favorites! This is in constant pedicure rotation. It is perfect in two coats and compliments my skintone so very well. If you're in the market for an amazing neutral, I highly recommend this beauty.


I am also missing on photo - Essie Butler, Please, which I wore for Easter Sunday. It chipped, after washing dishes, and I just couldn't post a chipped pic on my blog!

That's it for this week.


PS: If you didn't see yesterday's post, I am having a LuLaRoe party tonight on Facebook! If we aren't FB friends, and you want to join me, please send a message to my FB page: and I'll send you the link!