Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Next Stop Adventure: June Birchbox

Hey Pandas!

I took advantage of the offer to get a Birchbox for only $1.29 including shipping, so I thought it was a great deal to try out this subscription service again. I was with Birchbox a few years ago but wasn't impressed. Was I this time around?

June 2015 Birchbox
The theme of the June Birchbox was "Next Stop: Adventure" and is full of summer products. I received 6 items that I will take you through.

Vasanti BrightenUp!: The full size retails for $34, making this 20g size worth roughly $5.60. This is a microdermabrasion scrub that has a very nice texture and is 99% natural, paraben and sulfate free.

Dr. Jart+ BB Night Beauty Balm: Full size is $38, so this tube is worth about $3.80 (.17oz). There is really only enough in here for a few uses and it comes out as clear beads that self-adjust on the skin. It is supposed to be gentle enough to sleep in while providing sheer coverage and fighting signs of aging. Last time I checked, I don't need coverage while I sleep!

Coastal Scents Revealed 3: The full size palette is worth $19.95 and this little sample is worth about $1.50. There is a matte brown, a gold, a deep rose, and a nude but I find the pigmentation sorely lacking. I've heard good things about this palette so maybe the sample formula is different?

Marcelle Waterproof Liner: Full size is $11 and this is over half size worth $6. The shade I got is a matte navy with an odd smattering of sparkle here and there. A little patchy but passed a waterproof test!

Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37: The full size here is $45 making this sample worth $6 in theory. But I feel it is mostly full of air! This was the sample I was most looking forward to as I am always looking for eye creams with SPF and it is nice so far.

Bonus: Emi Jay Hair Tie: A pack of 5 is $13, making one worth $2.60. No way would I pay that much for a piece of colored elastic but hey, it was a nice freebie!

Total value: $25.50!

Overall, I got a lot of product for that $1.29, but I did end up cancelling my subscription. For $10 I am still not that impressed! Haha, call me crazy, but if I felt the samples were even worth the price (had that amount of product instead of air), I would be more inclined to stay. Did you get a Birchbox this month? Have you tried any of these products?
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Monday, May 25, 2015

TokyoMilk Dark Everything & Nothing

Perfume/fragrance/scents...these aren't words that come up often here at PrettyPanda. In fact, I had briefly sworn off all fragrance. I have awful allergies, and I figured that fragrance would only hurt the issue. It took me a while to realize there are certain notes I do well with, that do not give me a headache, and do not irritate my allergies. Still, fragrance is something I can't wear everyday, but now that I know I can enjoy it, I am amassing a little collection I will be sharing with you.

Keep in mind, as with any product I review, what works for me may not work for you. You may sneeze with this perfume, whereas I don't, etc.

Everything & Nothing comes housed in a 1.6 oz spray bottle for $36 and it available at Sephora or online at

The bottle itself is sturdy: glossy black with a gunmetal cap and the image associated with the perfume printed on it in white (this one is a feather) with the number (10) and description in faded blue. This particular perfume is part of a line called TokyoMilk/Dark, also known as the Femme Fatale collection. All of the names (Arsenic, Bulletproof...etc) evoke a sexy, alternative vibe that I love.

TokyoMilk Dark Everything and Nothing Perfume Review

I really love that the design of the perfume is unassuming yet sleek, which can make it very unisex as well if a man in your life likes it!

Now, let's get to the notes of this and how it smells and dries down on me!

The main notes that are both printed on the bottle and Margot Elena (the creator) describes Everything & Nothing are Sweet Orange, Pressed Petals, Desert Moss, and Tea Leaves.

After the first spray, the clear top note is the Sweet Orange. It is fresh and vibrant and has quite a throw to it. A few minutes in and black tea leaves and a bit of muskiness are present. It really smells like sour orange gummy worms for a while! I like it, but not everyone will.

About an hour in and the scent loses a bit of it's throw, although I am always aware of it on me. The pressed petals seem to be the middle note and have the most presence here. They aren't cloying and 'old' smelling, but are definitely romantic and vintage.

TokyoMilk Dark Everything and Nothing Perfume Review

On me, the moss and tea leaves are the base, and the orange does linger throughout the wear, which was a good 6 hours. This is not a fragrance that will last all day (you will still smell it on your skin until you take a shower, but the throw disappears), but it is good for going out.

Overall, I feel very sexy but also strangely comforted by wearing Everything & Nothing. It shows how much of a duality there is to the fragrance, as the name implies. It is familiar, yet fresh. If you love citrus scents, give this one a smell!

Also, Happy Memorial Day! I know the night is waning, but take some time to think of our troops serving and who have served!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Baby Now We've Got Bad Blood

I have mixed feelings about Ms. Swift. It is a long, complicated, boring story. But what I DO like is the awesome film noir, black and white, gorgeous makeup looks in her new music video for the song 'Bad Blood', so I wanted to create my own 'persona' to join in the fun.

Naturally, my superhero name is PrettyPanda, and I wield concealer and red lipstick. If you like T Swift or even this idea, I challenge you to make up your own. It's nothing but a few basic Photoshop tricks. (I stress the word basic, my skills are so sub-par)

Taylor Swift Bad Blood Makeup

For the eye, I decided to do a very graphic liner that almost covers my whole lid. Any funky black liner would work though, a double or triple line would be cool too! I also did a lower line with an inverted wing.

Taylor Swift Bad Blood Makeup

The key to this look is a strong, dark brow, the graphic liner, and a clean base. I didn't use any blush and instead lightly contoured with bronzer. You can tone down this look and make it less editorial with a lighter brow and a slightly thicker cat-eye than normal (I wear a cat eye everyday. If you don't wear a cat eye, even trying one can be fun and new!)

Taylor Swift Bad Blood Makeup
I also think that a glossy lip works better here than a matte. Since my eye look is very black matte, I thought the glossy texture was a fun addition. Alternatively you could do a vampy matte red lip and a vinyl eyeliner look!

This look isn't so much dependent on specific products, but more how you use them.

1. Prime your eyes. Draw a rough outline of a thick cat eye with black liner (I used Rimmel Scandaleyes in Black). Fill it in, but don't worry, you will refine it later!

2. Fill in your brows! I used the Espresso shade from the Lorac Pro Palette.

3. Prime for your base and use your favorite foundation. I preferred a matte one for this look so used the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation and set with Rimmel Stay Matte powder.

4. Conceal blemishes and dark circles because the dark eyeliner will bring out shadows! I used IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under eye Concealer.

5. Contour lightly under the cheek. I used Too Faced Sun Bunny bronzer.

6. Head back to your eyes. Define the edge of the cay eye with liquid liner. I used NYX Matte Liquid Liner. 

7. Mascara! I used L'Oreal Miss Manga because it is so messy but when your eyes are covered in black, mascara smudges don't matter! (Blogger logic).

8. Gloss those lips with a red gloss or liquid lipstick. I used L'Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche in Scarlet Concerto.

9. Embrace your inner femme fatale!

I hope you liked my corny look/post! Have a great day! 

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