july ’17 Ipsy bag

yay I finally subscribed to the Ipsy bag! I got my July bag quite late but I still wanted to post a little somethin’ somethin’ on what I got.


The star of the show HAS to be the Gudetama bag that all the sample products came in. I’ve always been a fan of Gudetama and absolutely adore this little egg. The bag is sturdy and a great size for makeup or toiletries. Most importantly, it’s just so darn cute! I will definitely be using this when I am travelling next month.

Beau Gachis Illuminator Brush


The first item from the bag is an “illuminator brush” by the brand, Beau Gachis. I have never heard of it but my first impression of the brush is that it’s just a normal, synthetic, soft brush haha. It’s hard to review brushes right off the bat, I will have to play with this one and see how it applies and blends out my concealer.

TreStiQue Mini Crayon Concealer


Super cute packaging. I am not a huge fan of this concealer-it’s definitely a light coverage concealer in my opinion. It is buildable but the formula is just not for me. It sat on my skin and didn’t really blend out. The shaded matched me perfectly though! I might give this another try…

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet


I tried applying this over my hands and face a few times actually. Not a big fan, to be honest. It is, indeed, a very light moisturizer which I appreciate but the texture was almost watery. Maybe a little too light for my taste. I can see how some people would enjoy this. It’s simply not for me. I might gift this to a friend!

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel


This is the only one I have not tried yet. I was looking up reviews and this product did okay. I do like the fresh scent and the concept of a cleansing gel. I mostly stick to micellar waters, but will give this a go!

Ciate Gel-Kohl Pencil Liner


I don’t use pencil liners very often anymore but I thought this one was pretty decent. It applies like butter and it does come with a smudging application on the other end. The downside is that it is not waterproof. My eyelids are naturally oily so this would not work for me. But I think it would be great for people who don’t greasy lids haha.


All in all, I thought the products were decent. Again, I am just in love with the Gudetama bag-it is obviously my favorite thing from Ipsy this month haha. But I do love trying new products and giving my take on them. Can’t wait for the next one!


paige, xx





stuff that didn’t work for me.

hey! I have a small cluster of products that I have had for over a month now and still can’t seem to enjoy using them. Some of these, I have tried multiple times to see if maybe my opinion would change but unfortunately these just didn’t cut it. We all have different skin types and preferences but I thought it would be informative and interesting to share my not-so-pleased thoughts on these products.

1. Alba Botanica Hawaiian Oil Free Moisterizer


This one came as a surprise as I have used Alba Botanica’s face washes and hair products in the past and have loved them all. Sadly, this moisturizer breaks me out. At first, I thought I was just hormonal because I was using it around my period. But then I tried reusing it on a normal day and like clockwork, I sprouted angry pimples across my face. But since I was such an avid Alba Botanica consumer, I tried using it for the THIRD time just to make sure and again, I broke out. Besides the pimple-breakouts, I thought of it as a solid day or night moisturizer- it’s very light, dries quickly, and leaves your skin hydrated and fresh.

2. NYX Liquid Suede


Man I really wanted to like this product since I absolutely adoree almost all of NYX lip products. I don’t know if it was just me but this did not give me a suede finish. It was heavy and kind of sticky on my lips? DEF not suede haha. I couldn’t even purse my lips together without the product sticking to each other. I was disappointed because I was very excited when I saw this Target but I guess it was just not meant to be.

3. Colourpop Cosmetics Blush


Another surprising one for me…I LOVE almost all of Colourpop’s products: their lip products, highlighters, and eyebrow pencils are bomb but their blushes are ehhhh. Yes, they are cheap at $8 a pop but I personally like my Wet n’ Wild Color Icon blushes much more and they are around $4-$5. My Colourpop blush dried down completely in a month and I was very meticulous with closing the pot tightly after the few uses I got out of it. Other than the drying out part, I thought the blush itself was okay. Not something I would repurchase as there are cheaper, better alternatives at the drugstore that won’t dry out.

4. NYX Eye Primer Pot


I was skeptical with this one from the beginning and I also have tried this product out a handful of times to give it a fair shot. It just doesn’t work for my eyelids. I prefer my Urban Decay Primer Potion of the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I felt like it sat on my lids but didn’t really do anything-I didn’t see a difference in the wear of my eyeshadows and it definitely did not enhance any colors. Usually when I use the UD Primer Potion, my eyeliner goes on smoothly and extremely pigmented than usual. But the NYX primer didn’t do anything.

5. Burt’s Bees Brightening Daily Facial Cleanser


Another company that I usually am pleased with but this face wash literally does nothing for me. I feel like it just sits on top of my skin and I don’t feel my face getting any cleaner..Haha. I thought it was because it was a non-foaming face wash but I have tried Alba Botanica’s and Yes to Carrots non-foaming face washes and they are splendid! I don’t hate this product since it did not break me out or anything but for around $9-$10, it’s not worth it for my skin. I also did not see any brightening effects (I  managed to used the whole bottle too!) nor did it do a good job of removing my makeup.

Has anyone used any of these products but did enjoy them? I am curious to see what other people think, especially with the Colourpop blushes. Hope this post was informative/interesting!


paige xx



January 2017 Favorites

January favorites…

I’m going to be honest, the things that I have been loving this month are mostly all from my Winter Skincare Routine post. I do have some new bits and pieces that I would like to share though!


Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask

This was in my Winter Skincare routine blog post and it is an amazing clay mask! It is made purely of calcium benzonite powder. To be able to be utilize the full effects of this mask, it is best to mix the powder with an equal portion of apple cider vinegar. I like to use non-metal bowls/spoons when making my masks because it can make the clay powder lose its efficacy. It’s true when it claims to “pulsate” your face. It is extremely strong and tightens/draws your skin. I only use this a maximum of twice per week and I really feel like it draws any impurities from your skin. It’s also only around $8 for a tub that could last years! I got mine from Whole Foods and can be sold online or any natural/herb store.


Rimmel Finish Foundation with Comfort Serum

This foundation has been my go-to ever since around December. It is great for oily/combo skin and with my trouble with dry patches, the comfort serum formula in this foundation has been really helpful. I strayed away from my usual L’oreal Infallible Matte foundation for a few months now since it was accentuating my flaky patches. It claims to be a 25 hour formula but I honestly don’t think it can last that long on me. I also don’t wear foundation for longer than 8 hours so this doesn’t apply to me. Coverage is medium and buildable. Just a great, affordable, comfortable drugstore foundation!

Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer/Highlighter

I have never really heard anything about this product but I really enjoy it! I use mine as an under eye highlight instead of a concealer. It blends just as well as the coveted Maybelline Age Rewinder and I think it’s cheaper too. Rimmel face products are surprisingly awesome. I’ve been a fan of their lipsticks but their face stuff is amazing!


Morphe E27 Blending Eyeshadow Brush

The BEST eyeshadow blending brush EVER. Not only is this affordable, but also incredibly easy to use. This is a great beginner brush for makeup noobies as it makes blending a breeze. I love how dense and soft it is. I find myself only using this brush when applying eyeshadow because it’s just that great. This also was/is really hyped up in the beauty guru world and was the reason why I purchased it to begin with. Best $7 investment ever!


Celestone-G Cream | Korean Cream

If you have acne problems and don’t know where else to turn, this is something you might want to try. I have been using the Celestone-G Korean Cream ever since my teenage years and I have fallen in love with it again this month. I honestly don’t know much about the formula so please do your research on this before trying it. I have moderately sensitive skin and this product works great with my acne. Whenever I have some new ones, I just pop some of the cream on my spots, sleep, and they are noticeably smaller the next morning.

Lemon/Sugar Acne Body Scrub

A goal of mine this year is to control/eliminate my body acne/scars. I have them on my chest and back primarily and after my sister experimented with the lemon sugar scrub for a few months, I decided to try as well. I have only been doing it for almost a month and my boyfriend already notices a difference with my skin. I also noticed that I was getting less breakouts!

Champion Sweaters

It’s been cold in SoCal and it was sweater weather for some time. I live in sweaters and my favorite brand is Champion. Some like soft sweaters that drape over you but I have always loved thick, structured ones. I find them more comfortable and they seem to last longer through washes because they are sturdy. This is a super random favorite but I have been wearing them all day every day in January.


Wet Brush

I am finally using a proper wet brush for my hair after showering. Another one of my goals this year is to take care of my hair. I honestly have never cared for it but I was starting to notice all the baby hairs due to breakage all over my head and decided to start caring more haha. The wet brush I have is from Target and was only $6. The main difference between a wet brush and a regular brush are the flexible bristles that don’t tug on the hair. It’s definitely something to try if you are noticing a lot of dry, hair breakage!


I hope you enjoyed my monthly roundup-what are your favorites from January?

xx | paige


2017 Winter Skincare Routine


    I’ve been neglecting my blog for too long and this year, I am determined to go back to regular posting! Today, I have an updated Winter skincare routine that finally works great with my skin. I usually have an all-over oily face but that changed dramatically around 3 months ago. I started experiencing extremely dry patches around my mouth, apples of my cheeks, and the area right under my chin. The skin would be flaky, white, and really noticeable. It was also difficult to find a face lotion that could control the flakiness underneath my makeup but wouldn’t be an oily base. Lo and behold, I found something that completely eliminated my dry spots and also took care of the parts of my face that are oily.

If I am wearing makeup that day, I would first take it off with a makeup remover.


  • Laneige Lip & Eye Remover | I have been loving this makeup remover! It is specifically for the eyes and lips but sometimes I just use it all over my face. It is a mild solution and can be for all skin types, which was perfect for my oily combo situation.

I then cleanse with:


  • Alba Botanica Gentle Acne Face Wash | I have been using this product for almost a year now and it is a solid acne face wash. I like it because it is composed of natural ingredients and does not have any unnecessary dyes, parabens, or synthetic fragrances. Great for oily or normal skin!



  •  Pixi Glow Tonic | The Pixi glow tonic was super hyped up in the beauty world and literally everyone was using but me. I finally decided to pick it up at the drugstore and I love it! I use it twice daily and noticed a tremendous difference in the brightness of my skin. It’s a process but my boyfriend, Sean, was started to comment on how clear my face was starting to look.
  • First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads Toner | Another great toner for oily combination sensitive skin. I started using First Aid products a few months ago and I enjoy how their products focus on sensitive skin. It didn’t dry out my dry patches but did an excellent job with the oily parts of my face.

Face Masks (used only once or twice a week):


  • Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask | An all natural calcium bentonite clay powder face mask that is only around $6 or $7 for a huge tub that could last years. This stuff tightens and pulsates your skin and draws out any impurities from your skin. It seems to work great with my sensitive skin and I use it a maximum of twice weekly.


  • I.P.I Lightmax Moisturizing Sheet Masks | Sheet masks are an awesome way to bring moisture back into the skin, especially after cleansing. The particular sheet masks I use target brightening and moisturizing of the skin. I leave them on my face for up to 20-30 minutes and do this biweekly.



  • First Aid Beauty Face/Body Ultra Repair Cream | This is basically the main reason why I don’t have any dry, flaky patches around my face. I love how you can use it for both your body and face. Again, an excellent product for sensitive skin as it is unscented and paraben, chemical-free. It’s lovely on the skin and dries without an oily residue. I noticed a difference in only a few days!


  • Simple Face Moisturizer with SPF | A classic and staple item in my daily face regimen. I have been using this for some time now and it has helped so much on the areas of my skin that are oily since it is such a light face lotion. The SPF is another bonus!


With the help of these few but mighty products, it’s safe to say that my oily, dry combination skin has been tamed! Never have I ever experienced dry patches before and I am happy that I was able to find products that revitalized my skin. If anyone else have used these products before, feel free to share your experiences.

I really hope this can help any gals (or men!) out there who was having the same issue as me.


xx | paige


Clinique Take the Day Off Balm | Review

heya friends!

Woo wee, it’s been a while. I haven’t posted in almost a month which is crazy because I used to post multiple times a week. I actually got a new job so I’ve been busy adjusting and pretty much trying to organize my life. Nonetheless, I am back and I have a review on the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm today. I know boys and gals, I’m super late on trying this heavenly product but I finally got it and I love it.


Price & Packaging

  • $29 at Ulta for a 3.8 oz acrylic/plastic container.
  • It is a balm so you have to use clean fingers to pick up the product. Some prefer the oil version of this but I actually did try that before and it didn’t work as well for some reason.

Consistency, Scent, Efficacy 

  • You apply it on dry skin as a solid balm and it dissolves into a nice oil consistency as you massage it around your face.
  • Absolutely no scent.
  • Literally takes off ALL makeup. Waterproof makeup, makeup with sunscreen, long-lasting makeup, etc…



  • I love how there is no scent.
  • It is perfect for sensitive skin. I massage it gently around my eyes and it never stings my eyeballs.
  • Non-drying and non-greasy formula.
  • The price is good for what you get. I don’t wear makeup every day so I can see myself using this tub for quite some time.
  • Gently emulsifies all makeup with no tugging or scrubbing of the skin. (BIG PRO.)


  • Some people don’t like the balm consistency since you do need to dip your fingers in every time. Like I mentioned above, they do have a cleansing oil with the same exact formula if you want something easier.

All in all, where has this product been all my life?! Literally all over the beauty world and social media haha. I’m so glad I finally decided to purchase one. This is the ONLY makeup cleanser I use now. No more cotton rounds or makeup wipes for meeeeee. Please like or comment if you love this product or if this post makes you want it 😉

Btw, I am determined to post more often!








Skincare Favorites | Origins, Kiehl’s, etc…

heya friends!!

Today, I wanted to share some of my skincare favorites that I have been using for quite some time. Most of them are masks because they are one of my favorite products to use. Maybe we share some favorites? xx

OriginsIMG_2668_Fotor_Collage_Fotor.jpgThe infamous Origins Charcoal Mask ($26). This baby is so popular/talked about/hyped up in the beauty world. And it really is a great product. I’ve been using it for almost a year now and it’s one of my favorite charcoal masks. There are many reasons why it’s so great: it’s deep pore penetrating capability, the cool black color, how clean/smooth your face feels, etc…


IMG_2666_Fotor_Collage_Fotor.jpgAnother very popular/talked about product! This Creamy Eye Treatment ($29) is exactly what it claims to be: moisturizing, light, and very gentle. I love the soft fragrance and how it sits underneath my eyes. A great treatment for your eyes before bed time, indeed!

IMG_2662_Fotor_Collage_Fotor.jpgI didn’t hear about this product until I actually was suggested it from a person who works at Kiehl’s. This Pore Cleansing Masque ($26) is a phenomenal mask to help minimize pores and soften skin. It contains Amazonian White Clay that naturally acts as a magnet for dirty, clogged pores. My boyfriend is obsessed with this one haha.



The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask ($24) is an interesting, unique mask. It’s a very light, dewy, gel-like substance that smells heavenly. You basically apply a thin layer before sleeping and essentially sleep with it on. The next morning, you can just rinse it off and your skin feels super moisturized, supple, and refreshed. I use this once a week!

The Face Shop


This Rice Water Massage Cream ($17) is another special product that I discovered. If you like products that help brighten the appearance of your skin, this is for you! It’s a gentle, luxurious cream that you massage into clean, dry skin. After, you can either lightly rinse or simply wipe off with a soft towel. It melts into a lovely oil so it’s definitely something you pamper with. I do this once every week or so. It also has that signature spa scent that is just so heavenly!

These are the skincare items that I have been using the most lately and I swear by them! If you haven’t tried any of these, please do and if you have, feel free to like/comment ❤


xx | paige



Night Routine 2016


Today, I shall be sharing with you my updated night time routine; not just my beauty/skin care regime but also what I do to prepare myself for bed time 🙂

  1. Fresh Face | The first thing I do after I eat dinner and start getting ready for bed is taking off all my makeup. All the girls out there will agree that this is one of the most satisfying feelings! I use an oil based make up remover with some cotton rounds, followed up with a natural face wash, and then a light pat of the Simple Micellar water just to ensure a fresh, clean face.IMG_2349_Fotor.jpgIMG_2350_Fotor.jpgIMG_2348_Fotor.jpg
  2. Shower | I shower/bathe in the evening since I work at a laboratory and work out during the day so I like to be squeaky clean when it’s time to get into bed. I’ve been using the Matrix Biolage Shampoo and Conditioner set. Smells fresh and moisturizes my hair. For body wash, I enjoy St. Ives Oatmeal and Shea wash; it’s cheap, natural, and helps with dry skin.IMG_2353_Fotor.jpg
  3. Get Comfy | I LOVE getting into my pajamas after a long day. I like wearing loose things for sleep; I never wear anything tight/fitting.
  4. Skin Care | On days when I’ve been wearing makeup for a long period of time or just having a stressful day, I put on a mask: it rotates between Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty, Kiehl’s Rare Earth Clay Mask, or Origin’s Charcoal Mask. But most evenings after I floss, brush my teeth, and gargle some mouthwash (yes, I do all three every single night haha), I like to moisturize my face with some hydrating night time cream. I then delicately apply the Kiehl’s Avocado Under-eye cream and finish off with a thick layer of Carmex lip balm.IMG_2352_Fotor.jpg
  5. Body Care | The weather has been dry in SoCal so I find myself slathering shea butter all over my body before sleepy time. I also like to use the Origins Ginger hand lotion not just for my hands but for my feet as well.
  6. Relaxation | Finally time to hop into bed!! Yes, my favorite time of the day haha. I usually end up watching a show on Netflix, browsing through the internet, or reading a book. I’ve been trying to stay away from electronics at least 30 minutes before I sleep so I’ve been really into Stephen King’s “Doctor Sleep”. It’s kind of a thriller book so it’s probably not the best to read right before sleep, but I love it haha.IMG_2354_Fotor.jpg
  7. Good Night | I always keep a glass of water next to me because I ALWAYS wake up dying of thirst. I also have been keeping my windows open at night since it’s been really hot lately. Sleep is one of my favorite things to do (haha) and it is the biggest reason why/how I got rid of my face acne. Therefore, I do keep sleep as one of my priorities! If you any of you have a specific routine like I do, please share! ❤


xx, paige