CLINIQUE Lid Pop Eyeshadow Swatches & Review (Cream Pop / Cocoa Pop)

I have always been a fan of CLINIQUE skincare. It’s been years since opening my very first bottle of their world-renowned Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion/Gel (I have since switched to their Moisture Surge and have expanded my skincare repertoire). CLINIQUE prides itself in producing high quality goods which are allergy tested and 100% fragrance free – this includes their colour makeup lines.

My very first experience with their makeup is from Bonus sets (if you’re from Canada you will recognize this at Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Nordstrom etc.). I often enjoyed their mascaras and eyeshadow duo/trios. Not too long ago, CLINIQUE came out with 8 individual eyeshadow shades to compliment their POP collection : CLINIQUE Lid Pop.

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Tarte Quench Lip Rescue Swatch & Review (Opal)

There have been many exciting releases for spring 2016, but among the most anticipated stands Tarte’s Rainforest Under the Sea collection. This collection may be one of Tarte Cosmetic’s largest releases which includes an eyeshadow palette, a highlighter palette, many lipsticks (quench & drench), serum based foundation and concealer, an assortment of skincare and multiple brushes.

Official Release Date: February 29th (in-store March 14th) 2016.

Among the collection, I chose two items:

The Quench Lip Rescue 

According to Sephora:

What it is:
A moisturizing lip balm in an array of sheer color shades.

What it does:
Save lips from the signs of aging while delivering intense hydration and soft, subtle color. This tinted lip balm is infused with an antioxidant and vitamin-rich lip quencher that’s powered by a blend of essential extracts and oils to help restore the appearance of your lips’ softness, moisture, and elasticity that’s reduced over time while providing a protective antioxidant barrier against daily aggressors. The tinted, everyday formula gently melts into skin to smooth over the look of lip lines, leaving a radiant, dewy finish.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is vegan friendly and dermatologist tested.

whereas the Drench Lip Splash Lipsticks are marketed as a matte lipstick with more intense colour pay-off.

There are 4 shades in this lip balm collection: Opal, Nude, Rose, and Berry.


Nestled in a lightweight paper tube with an intricate flower and under-sea coral design superimposed on a pastel blue background, the Tarte Quench Lip Rescue Lip Balm is for sure to be noticed by others (of note, the colour and design varies depending which shade you choose but they all have an undersea design and embossing) . It’s pretty to look at and convenient to use. The cap interior is lined with plastic which is useful if you’re clumsy like me and don’t have the hand-eye coordination to properly close the tube (yep…).

Tarte Quench Lip Rescue Opal
Tarte Quench Lip Rescue Opal
Tarte Quench Lip Rescue Opal
Tarte Quench Lip Rescue Opal


Creamy and emollient without any pull on the lips. As you apply the product onto your lips you will feel a soothing sensation similar to lip treatments used to “plump” the lips to appear fuller. There is a pleasant peppermint fragrance which is noticeable after the cap is popped off, during application and up to an hour after.

Opal is a milky pastel pink which can vary in opacity depending on how many layers you apply. Beware of applying too much as it slips and slides (it is a lip balm afterall). You can definitely notice the moisturizing effects of this lip balm which linger even after the balm has faded.

Arm Swatch, one swipe under artificial lighting

Tarte Quench Lip Rescue Opal Swatch on Arm
Tarte Quench Lip Rescue Opal Swatch on Arm

Lip Swatch below (left = before, right = after) under natural sunlight

It’s my absolute first time doing a lip swatch…. so do bare with me that they’re not very good! I will improve though so any tips and comments are much appreciated 🙂


It’s a lip balm. It doesn’t last and performs a disappearing magic act after 1-2 hours without eating or immediately after a meal. It will transfer. It will get caught in your hair on windy days. Think of it as an extremely hydrating lip gloss.

Overall, I am satisfied with this purchase. Retailing at 23$ CAD  / 19$ USD, it’s quite a luxury lip product but it performs as stated: a smooth application with noticeable hydration and a glossy effect. Given its’ sheer-medium coverage, it is generally forgiving if it spreads and you can definitely apply it without a mirror and be worry-free of drawing out of the lines. Would I purchase the other shades? Maybe. Not sure. I was interested in Opal because it would lighten my lips… the other shades would do the opposite. But as for formula it would be a yes.

The only caveat… if your lips are sensitive to minty products or if you don’t enjoy tingling sensations / strong scents, I would avoid this product.

Available at Sephora and

Have you tried this? What other products in Tarte’s Rainforest Under the Sea collection are you eyeing?

Kelly (takaraboxx)

ZOEVA Graphic Eyes+ Waterproof Eyeliner Swatches & Review

ZOEVA Graphic Eyes+ Waterproof Eyeliner
ZOEVA Graphic Eyes+ Waterproof Eyeliner (Open View)

If we take a minute to reflect back on the latest trends in beauty, it is obvious that we have been constantly promoting easier application methods and creamier formulas with extended lasting power. These trends are so successful because it becomes so easy to incorporate them into our busy lifestyles (ie. cushion foundations, eyeliner pencils, eyeshadow sticks, stick foundations … and the list goes on).

As a beauty enthusiast and healthcare professional myself, I can appreciate the need for easy and quick makeup application and cosmetics that will last throughout a tiring and fulfilling work day without a need for constant touch-ups. My daily needs are summed up as: a base to cover my hyper-pigmentation and scarring, a concealer to brighten up those tired eyes, an eyeliner or eyeshadow to define the eyes and something hydrating on the lips to battle dry hospital air.

With that, I am proud to review 6 new ZOEVA Cosmetics waterproof eyeliner shades from their Graphic Eyes+ collection.

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ZOEVA Spectrum Collection : Swatches & Review (Pink Blush Spectrum & Cool Eyeshadow Spectrum)


Minimalistic. Elegant. Sophisticated. These are the words I’d use to describe ZOEVA Cosmetics new launch – The Spectrum Collection.

“Just like a raindrop breaks the light of the sun into a spectrum of infinite hues and with the manifestation of a rainbow brings to life one of the most beautiful, ethereal wonders of the universe, the ZOEVA Spectrum Collection worships color in all of Mother Nature’s splendor. Experience a radiant burst of endless color with ZOEVA’s Spectrum Collection, consisting of three distinctive eyeshadow palettes and three blush palettes for all skin types and unlimited makeup looks.” – ZOEVA Cosmetics

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Peach & Lily Korean Beauty Ordering Review (Shangpree Gold / Black Premium Modeling “Rubber” Masks & Gold Black Pearl Eye Mask)

Peach & Lily Shangpree Review
Peach & Lily Shangpree Haul: Gold & Black Premium Modeling Masks, Gold Black Pearl Eye Mask

If you live within the western part of the world and have ever set foot into exploring and experimenting with Korean or Japanese brands, you may find yourself disadvantaged in terms of finding legitimate and trustworthy sites or stores to purchase your items (at a reasonable price no less!) Founded by the beautiful @aliciayoon212 , Peach & Lily (P&L) strives to bring a slice of the Asian skincare and beauty market right to your front door.

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Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief Review

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray
Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray


I keep telling myself to stop neglecting my blog and obviously I don’t listen to orders very well (╯•﹏•╰) . I’m currently trying to redesign my webpage to make it appear more sophisticated and organized but that’ll take a while… In the meantime I have a short review featuring my recent skincare favourite : Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray (Thirsty Skin Relief)!

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//CLOSED//GIVEAWAY : Instagram


I wanted to do a giveaway that, in essence, represents who I am. The very first makeup product I adored using were eyeshadows. I liked using something a tint lighter than my skin tone and that was all. Then I snatched the black eyeliner. These are my go-to products which began when I was a student in university when going out and even to this day if I have extra time in the morning for work. A matte neutral eye with a natural cat eye flick. Never hurts to have some flashy nails as well 😉

This is just a small thank you for those who have been supporting me through this journey. I cannot say in words just how grateful I am for each and every one of you!


 – Milani Liquid-like Eyeliner Pencil

 – Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette

 – FormulaX for Sephora TopCoat in Chaotic


  1. Must be following my account @takara.boxx
  2. Repost this image with the hashtag #takaraboxx or tag me in the image so I can see it
  3. Tag 2 friends in your repost (or on my post) that may also be interested in this gift!
  4. No giveaway accounts
  5. One entry per person (reposting multiple times will not increase your chances)
  6. Open to Canadian addresses only

As this is my first giveaway, I am limiting it to Canada only. Later giveaways will be open to more countries around the globe. Please ensure your profile is public so I can see it. Giveaway closes a week from today on November 22nd, 2015 9PM EST where the winner will be chosen at random and announced soon after.

Best of luck!

-Kelly (takara.boxx)

ZOEVA En Taupe Eyeshadow Palette Swatches & Review

ZOEVA En Taupe Palette

It is not a surprise that a captivating and creative design is once again present in this newly launched En Taupe Palette by ZOEVA Cosmetics. Utilizing light reflecting strips which interlace to form an intricate two-point perspective is the base of the design – it also reminds me of strings which flow together to form a piece of fabric. This highly anticipated eye colour palette is not only beautiful in it’s outer counterparts; the pigments inside are drool-worthy.

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REVIEW: The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask


The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask
The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask

The Body Shop – Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask

The bouncy sleeping mask is the newest addition to The Body Shop’s most adored line of products – Drops of Youth. You may recognize this line in-store with its own separate display and promotions stating a bottle of the original concentrate sells every few minutes across the globe. The concentrate is enriched with criste-marine plant stem cells whereas the bouncy sleeping mask includes Edelweiss stem cells. Edelweiss stem cells is a type of plant cell that is not only an antioxidant but also inhibits the breakdown of collagen. This gives the product the anti-aging property by maintaining the firmness of your skin. 

The Bouncy Sleeping Mask claims to “moisturize and replenish skin overnight for youthful-looking skin which feels:

  • bouncier
  • smoother
  • refreshed
  • recharged and renewed”

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EMPTIES: Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray & Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

Urban Decay Chill Setting Spray and Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

Hey everyone! I’m embarrassed to say it’s been a while since I updated my blog. I should have a break from work coming soon so I promise to update more often!

I always loved watching YouTube videos and reading blogs on empties and reviews because if someone has gone through the whole bottle, jar, container, whatever it is that’s holding the product… it means the review that follows is really insightful. I bring two items to the table today Urban Decay Chill Setting Spray and Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (Orange Flower & Chamomile). 

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REVIEW: Jouer Crème Eyeshadow Crayons

Jouer Creme Eyeshadow Crayon

Happy Thursday everyone!

I’ve been loving Jouer Cosmetics products lately (their Luminizing Moisture Tint Sunscreen is amazing) and since I’ve also been obsessed with eyeshadow crayons/sticks/pencils, I thought I’d give my opinion on the Jouer Crème Eyeshadow Sticks. This will be a mini-review – I plan to make more in-depth reviews in the future! I bought mine from Nordstrom during their anniversary sale. They also had a promo with a free gift with purchase 🙂 They retail at 24$ USD (32.63 CAD) and currently have 5 shades available: Rococo, Renaissance, Baroque, Avant Garde, and Abstract. Continue reading “REVIEW: Jouer Crème Eyeshadow Crayons”

REVIEW: Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette Swatches

Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette Close-Up

Tarte has been known for user-friendly products with natural ingredients and beautiful packaging. The Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette is no exception. The first time I saw this palette, I knew I just had to get it! This eye and cheek palette is not only beautiful to look at but also very versatile and extremely good for travelling. Please read on if you want a more in depth review!
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COMPARE: Stila, Maybelline & Milani Liquid Eyeliners!

stila maybelline milani liquid eye liners
Eye liners and eyeshadows have always been my number one makeup products and they were the very first products I used. I still remember the very first eyeliner I bought (Annabelle Kohl Pencil Liner). Since then there has been many more eyeliner options: gel, pots, retractable pencils, liquid, and etc. When I’m getting ready for work or when I’m rushing out the door, I really like to use liquid eyeliner pencils because they’re quick and easy to apply, there is no need to find a clean brush and they usually last all day/night long! Continue reading “COMPARE: Stila, Maybelline & Milani Liquid Eyeliners!”

Review: NuMe White Truffle Shampoo/Conditioner & Leave-in Conditioner

Nume White Truffle Conditioners

I bought these NuMe products a few months ago and have finally gone through the full shampoo & conditioner bottles so I thought I’d tell you my opinion on them. NuMe is a product that many of you have probably heard about – they’re known for their hair styling tools and often have many discount codes available. When I purchased the NuMe leave-in conditioner there was a promotion code for a complimentary full-sized shampoo and conditioner. Continue reading “Review: NuMe White Truffle Shampoo/Conditioner & Leave-in Conditioner”