ETUDE HOUSE Dear My Enamel Lips-talk Swatches & Review (BE101, OR205, RD306)

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk

Here with another launch from Etude House, the Dear My Enamel Lips-talk moisture lipsticks!

Quick overview courtesy of Etude House:

With the hybrid of moisturizing effects and beautiful vivid colors, the Enamel Lips Talk will leave your lips dead-skin-free and smooth for a long time.

I have always suffered from dry and flakey lips which is why I used to always opt for lip glosses or just pure lip balm. In recent years, the beauty community has advanced tremendously in lip care and lip innovations which allow those with dry lips like me to enjoy colour once again. Lipsticks are now infused with moisturizing and enriching ingredients to, if not keep your lips luscious throughout the day, at least prevent drying out the lips. However, one downfall from moisturizing lip products is the lack of colour longevity – not only do they transfer, they fade after a few sips of water.

With the launch of Etude House’s Dear My Enamel Lips-talk, I am pleasantly surprised to find a new lip product that will accompany me through the harsh Canadian winters.

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk

These lipsticks combine the vivid colouring from a traditional lipstick with the moisturizing shine from a lip gloss. Available in 20 shades from Beige and Orange to Pink and Red. Each tube contains 3.4g / 0.11oz of product housed in a cute baby pink plastic case with snap closure retailing at 24 USD each (recently reduced to 12.60 USD).

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk Shades

I have three shades to review for you today: Beige (BE) 101, Orange (OR) 205 and Red (RD) 306.

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk Shades

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk BE101
Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk BE101

BE 101: there are two shades under the beige category (BE 101 & 102) which contain more brown neutral tones compared to the rest of the collection. BE101 is the lighter of the two and gives your lips a very natural MLBB finish.

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk OR205
Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk OR205

OR 205: there are four shades under the orange category (OR 203, 204, 205 & 206) which are the coral toned lips. I tend to not veer towards coral lips because they don’t flatter my skin tone and OR205 is quite orange. I can’t wear this lip alone but I do enjoy layering it with other red or neutral lipsticks for a gradation effect.

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk RD306
Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk RD306

RD 306: comprising the majority of the Enamel Lips-talk collection, there are 8 Reds in total (RD 301-308). These shades make up the darker side of the spectrum and are especially fall-appropriate. RD 306 is a mid-toned red with blue undertones.

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk Arm Swatches (Daylight)
Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk Arm Swatches (Natural Lighting)
Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk Arm Swatches (Flash)
Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk Arm Swatches (Flash)

True to its claim, all three of these lipsticks feel very moisturizing on the lips and diminish any flakiness you may have (even after exfoliating). They don’t settle in the lines and dry to a demi-gloss finish. The flat tip of the lipsticks make application a tad more challenging compared to traditional pointed tips (similar to Tom Ford Moisturecores) but apply smoothly nonetheless. If you want to use a lip brush, you can. If you want to dab on some colour, you can. If you want to layer it on top of another shade, you can. I love the versatility of this because no matter how you choose to apply it, it keeps your lips looking moisturized and feeling great.

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk

The Etude House Enamel Lips-talk lipsticks take about 5 minutes to fully set (you could always put a tissue overtop the lips and brush some loose powder to remove the shine). All three shades are fairly opaque even on my pigmented lips and last around 3 hours. These will fade with any food or drink intake. I didn’t notice any feathering during wear but these lipsticks do stain your lips (especially the red). It took a lot… and I mean A LOT of effort to remove the swatch stains from my pale arms!

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk

In all, I’m getting more and more sold on Etude House lip products. Their formulas are hydrating and flattering on the lips. My favourite shade from the three is BE101 and I’m very tempted to get BE102 and some from the Pink and Red categories!

You can shop their entire collection HERE .

Have you tried any lip products from Etude House? Let me know!

Kelly (takaraboxx)




Burt’s Bees Lipstick (Nile Nude) Swatches & Review

Burt's Bees Lipstick Nile Nude

Burt's Bees Lipstick Nile Nude

“A lipstick that loves you back.”

First off, Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians! It’s going to be a gloomy day in eastern Canada with rain and thunderstorms but nevertheless, hope you have a lovely day celebrating!

For the longest time, I’ve been using Burt’s Bees lipbalms for my excessively dry lips. I recently switched to Forever Living Aloe Lips (with Jojoba oil) lip balm after purchasing a large bulk order of them, but Burt’s Bees is definitely easily accessible and does a very good job.

A couple months back, I saw Burt’s Bees released their line of moisturizing lipsticks and I was anticipating their arrival in Canada. Two weeks back I finally came across them in Shopper’s Drug Mart and immediately purchased one. Without a doubt I chose the palest shade in the collection: Nile Nude.


Packaging Details

Burt’s Bees prides itself on “the Greater Good” in which their philosophy follows three main foundations: people, profit, planet. The company strives to look look out for their employees, customers, families and our environment, too. Their ingredients are simple, natural, and responsible and the same can be said about their packaging. Each lipstick is made to be recycled with 100% #5 plastic and 60% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content.

Burt's Bees Lipstick Nile Nude
Burt’s Bees Lipstick Nile Nude; honeycomb pattern on removable lid.

Despite the simple ingredients, they included a very signature beehive hexagonal lattice on all four surfaces of the lid (which changes colour depending on the lipstick shade).

The tube is lightweight and perfect to fit in your pocket; however, I must note that the lid comes loose quite easily.


Burt’s Bees Lipstick Information

Intense colour meets conditioning 8-hour moisture. Full-coverage, vibrant colour in 14 shades made with 100% naturally moisturizing ingredients like moringa and raspberry seed oils to help soften and condition your lips all day long.

Burt's Bees Lipsticks
Burt’s Bees Lipsticks

It features a smooth satin finish that helps to hydrate and moisturize the lips leaving them feeling soft throughout the day.

Application / Longevity

The formula is very smooth and glides effortlessly on the lips. It leaves a very natural glow (no shimmer) and the shade Nile Nude is a perfect MLBB. Burt’s Bees Lipsticks feel very lightweight on the lips and doesn’t leave any sticky residue.

Burt's Bees Lipstick Nile Nude From Above

Although the release statement claims 8-hour moisture, the lipstick itself does not last 8 hours. It is indeed hydrating and may supply moisture to the lips (like their lipbalm), but the colour does not remain for that duration. I’d say the colour lasts up to 2 hours if you don’t eat or drink (unless you’re drinking with a straw) but it definitely transfers and disappears after a meal; therefore, re-application is a must.

On the positive side, it fades very naturally and you don’t have to run to the mirror every few minutes to touch-up in fear it will look obvious.

Swatch Comparisons

Nile Nude is a very natural warm-toned nude pink. Compared to Laura Mercier’s Amaretto Swirl, it has more brown tones and is less glossy. To the left is a swatch of Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Meringue which is two or three tones darker and more matte.


BiteBeauty Meringue Burt's Bees Nile Nude Laura Mercier Amaretto Swirl Swatches
Bite Beauty Meringue, Burt’s Bees Nile Nude, and Laura Mercier Amaretto Swirl Swatches (under artificial lighting)

Final Remarks…

I’m very satisfied with Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Nile Nude. The colour is buildable and supplies a natural enhancement to the lips. It is an effortless lipstick that, although needs retouching, does not need constant attention especially for those who have busy days. Nile Nude is the perfect everyday shade for me as I work in a professional environment where heavy colour makeup is not permitted – it’s also wonderful for casual days out doing errands.

At the price point of 9.99 CAD, I’ll definitely repurchase and experiment with more shades.

You can buy these from or your local Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall pharmacies.

Burt's Bees Lipstick Nile Nude

Until next time! ❤

– Kelly (takaraboxx)

GUERLAIN Terracotta Summer 2016 – The Bronzing Powder – 02 Natural Swatches & Review

Guerlain Terracotta Natural 02 - Limited Edition, Summer 2016
Guerlain Terracotta Natural 02 – Limited Edition, Summer 2016

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening!

I’ve been experimenting with my blog lately. I would like to make a combination of shorter reviews (maybe even just swatches or product shots etc. with a few words) because each comprehensive blog post as it is takes a good full day to complete (I’m very picky). I really hope my thoughts and swatches help you (especially for products you can’t physically test in store) so I would love to find a way to better convey that to you. I have always been a very visual person and followed the saying: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” In the future, I may incorporate more photos in a creative manner rather than having many paragraphs to read (of course you can always skim though).

Without further ado, let’s introduce my first Guerlain Bronzer : The Terracotta in Natural 02.

Guerlain Terracotta Natural 02 Box
Guerlain Terracotta Natural 02 Box

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Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eye Palette Swatches & Review

Helloooo~! Back with some more swatches and a review! This time featuring the Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eye Palette that I picked up from Hudson Bay during their beauty sale a couple weeks back . . . actually I think it’s been a month now ¯\_( – ﹏ – )_/¯.

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L’Oréal Infallible Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

It’s been a busy past few weeks with the weather acting up. We had one day of snow, one day of summer, one day of rainfall and one day of spring all in one week. I’d seen people wearing winter jackets accompanied with boots and scarves then suddenly the next day wear shorts and flats. Canadian weather ._.

Nevertheless, I recently heard about the L’Oréal Infallible Eyeshadow Pots (they’re not new, but they’re new to me). Amazing pigmentation with the creaminess of a high-end product at a fraction of the price. With those selling points, I went and purchased 6 shades.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow (inverted)
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow (inverted)

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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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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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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!”