03 February 2015

january favorites

origins active charcoal mask, fresh sugar lip serum advanced therapy, urban decay revolution lipstick in naked2

Three favorite products from last month. It's not a lot, but I'm keepin' it real here ok?

I'll start with the one that isn't mine, which is the Fresh Sugar lip serum. My mom bought it sometime in December, and I've been using it since day one. We agree that it's not particularly useful alone (because it is a serum after all), so we layer it under our favorite lip balms - mine being the Korres lip butter in Jasmine and hers being Shiseido's protective lip conditioner. I pat it on my lips at night, coat it with lip balm when it sinks in, and when I wake up the next morning my lips are feeling super soft, hydrated, and nourished. The woman has expensive taste, I tell you... but I'll return the favor by repurchasing that serum when it runs out.

Next up is the Origins active charcoal mask, which was introduced to me by my sister. Normally I wouldn't willingly buy anything from Origins because the few products that I've previously tried from them either broke me out or irritated my skin/eyes, badly. This one is the gentlest face mask I've ever tried. It doesn't sting, doesn't tingle, and most importantly doesn't burn, which unfortunately a lot of face masks tend to do to me. If I feel a pimple about to surface or my skin feels clogged, I slap some of this on the area and by next morning it's as if nothing was even there in the first place.

urban decay revolution lipstick in naked2

Last one is a lipstick I picked up while returning something in Sephora. Not because I actually wanted it, but I feel bad whenever I return something so I feel the need to buy something to make up for it. Plus I'm getting some money back in return too, so it's kind of like hitting two birds with one stone. Except not really.

urban decay revolution lipstick in naked2 swatch

It's an Urban Decay lipstick in Naked 2, and surprisingly it's just what I was looking for. It's lighter than my lip color without being too light, but it's a little brownish as well so it leans more towards nude without making me look dead washed out. The formula is really nice as well - not as much slip as the YSL lipsticks but still quite hydrating. I wish they had more colors that I'd be into, but I guess it's a good thing they don't cause I'd be all over those.


  1. I've never tried a lip serum before! That one sounds nice, I can't sleep at night unless I put a lip balm on first. I'd like to try something like that! That face mask sounds really nice too. I've been using some skin care stuff with charcoal in it and I'm super happy with the way it works with my skin. And the lip stick is prettyness!

  2. I've heard good but also less good about
    the Origin Active Charcoal mask o:
    I do use this facial cleanser that has
    charcoal in it (bought in Daiso) so I guess
    I could give this Origin a go c:
    The Sugar Lip Serum itself sounds YUMMY
    haha :P Xx http://icepandora.blogspot.com

  3. Hahaha, I have the same Sephora return guilt too....because they are expensive products and I feel bad for returning used stuff. I actually had to return that Origins mask because I wasn't a fan!

  4. That lipstick is life!

  5. I really want to try that lotion-- it looks really tempting!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  6. I've wanted to get that face mask for the longest time, I even came close but purchased another origins mask instead and that was only okay. I so need to get that charcoal mask! Great post love.


  7. i really like the mask, thanks for the review :)
    i'd like it if you checkout my last post Love tanya by tanya burr it's such good book


  8. The lipstick looks super pretty <3 xo

  9. digging that Naked 2 shade.. kinda has that greige thing going on! I've also picked up things for the sake of buying something. They always make you feel weird if you return something and don't purchase anything :/

  10. Same here with the lip balm, I'm a suuuper lazy person and I don't like to get up after I've gotten into bed but if I don't have my hands or lips moisturized, it bothers me to no end! Charcoal seems to be a strange hut magical ingredient!

  11. I guess it's because everyone's skin types are different to react differently! If I ever come across a Daiso again (only encountered one in San Francisco!) I'll have to check it out.
    The lip serum surprisingly doesn't taste bad when I lick my lips, though it's still a pretty unpleasant taste overall!

  12. ....Meanwhile my sister returns her stuff LEFT AND RIGHT. I wouldn't be surprised if they put used items for sampling though, so at least it's (maybe) going to a good cause??

  13. Their other lipsticks probably are, too!

  14. Hahaha, it's a face mask ;)

  15. Ooooo, I didn't notice it at first but it does indeed have a slight greige! I always have this thing where I imagine returning a bunch of things and never buying anything and I'll be known as the girl who always returns stuff but never buys anything :P