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Re-working my Skincare Routine Weeks 1-5: "A(HA)lll the Acids!"

12:20 AM

(L to R) AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, 10% Azelaic Acid Suspension, High-Spreadability Fluid Primer

In true hyunion fashion, this post is (yet again) long overdue!๐Ÿ™€ Hopefully, I can squeeze in a more in-depth update between my papers and midterms! But enough excuses and onto the review!

Since my last post on revising my skincare routine, I've integrated 2 new chemical exfoliants, one antioxidant, re-introduced a low-ph cleanser and toner, and tried an acid peel for the first time! I can't say that this is the right way to introduce new skincare (it's probably best not to attack your face with everything at once), but skincare has always been my way to relieve stress and, with midterms in full swing, I need all the stress relief I can get. Normally, I'd patch test all of my products and introduce them (one at a time) with at least 4-6 weeks in between adding new products. Not all of the products I've added are completely new (as mentioned in my previous post), but this is my first time using acids of this concentration! Despite the haphazard way of introducing all of these products, I can promise that I've been keeping an eye on my skin and reducing my usage when I've noticed any signs of dry/thin skin.

To provide some background, I had purchased a couple products from the Ordinary since my last post was written (3 weeks ago) that were set to arrive in varying amounts of time. The first 3 products (pictured above) were ordered from Beautylish (based in SF) and came fairly quickly. The Neogen cleanser and Cosrx Toner were ordered from Amazon (via Prime) and so they also arrived not long after I ordered them. My orders from Cloud9Beauty (based in Ireland) and Sephora took a while longer, which means that I had some time to integrate the acid based products from Beautylish before I started adding in the new, daily use acids shipped from the other two shops. Essentially, I spent the first week of my new routine introducing the Azelaic Acid Suspension (which I used in the PM) and patch tested the chemical peel.

To be honest, the idea of my skin peeling off (which isn't really how chemical peels work) sounded both terrifying and exciting at the same time, but I'm too much of a chicken to patch test on my face or neck so I started out with putting some on my cuticles for the 5-8 minutes stated on the package. Luckily, the peel worked wonders on my cuticles and as someone who has tried everything to get rid of my nasty cuticles, I can confirm that this removed so much of the gross, dead skin in around my nail! IT WAS SO SATISFYING  ๐Ÿ˜ป

Not long after my cuticle experiment, I patch tested the peel on my face for 1/2 of the recommended time on the package which sloughed off all the dead skin between my eyebrows, around my nose, and chin without causing any long-term irritation. Don't get me wrong, this mask definitely t i n g l e s, but it stopped as quickly as it started and didn't lead to any irritation after I washed it off. I'd definitely recommend using the time directly after the peel to apply super hydrating products as my skin definitely appreciated the soothing overnight face mask I applied after the intense exfoliation.

As a side note, look at how beautifully Beautylish (see what I did there?) packages their products! The stickers are definitely a nice touch also!


I haven't quite used the Lactic Acid 5% nor the Salicylic Acid 2% solutions enough to give a comprehensive review, but I can say for sure that my blackheads are less pigmented and generally less visible then they were 2 weeks ago. The skin that was normally slightly bumpy (mostly around my forehead, nose, and chin) is also smoother and generally less congested looking. I also currently have a couple small, raised spots (not sure if they are pimples yet and it's definitely possible that they are bug bites) on my right cheek and chin that I'm treating with the Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream (which has worked on all of my small spots so far). I've also been cutting down on the Azelaic Acid Suspension (3x a week) in order to adjust for the Lactic Acid + Salicylic Acid combo 2-3x a week. Both these acids are used in the PM and my Klairs Vitamin C Drop is used in my AM routine! Of course, as with any use of chemical exfoliants, I am using a high SPF PA+++ sunscreen every day to reduce the effects of photosensitivity that is often associated with using acids! I've used 3 different Asian beauty sunscreens so far (Klairs, Cosrx, Belif) and I can definitely say that Cosrx is my favorite sunscreen brand yet, although I love the smell of the Belif one so much more. Unfortunately, the Belif sunscreen has too low of an SPF (30 PA++) for using with acids, but it's definitely a great, lightweight sunscreen that I carry around to apply on top of my makeup when I know I'll be out in the sun for extended periods of time.

Just as it's important to use a pH balancing toner with acids as it is to use the acid itself. Often times, the pH of our water and the foaming cleansers we use to remove makeup are far to high for the actual acids to penetrate through and have any lasting effects. The Cosrx AHA/BHA toner is working well for me so far, but I'm considering switching to the Mizon pH balancing toner (if I can find more information about it's cruelty-free status), as the Cosrx toner still seems a bit too drying for me.
I'm also using a low-pH cleanser in conjunction with the toner to lower my skin's pH before applying acids. Because I typically don't wait at all after cleansing to apply my acids (and I apply them all at once), I essentially want to force down my skin's pH to a level that can allow the acids to do their thing. I've also found that low-pH cleansers are generally more gentle and less stripping—making them a great 2nd cleansing step when double cleansing!

I'm currently using the Neogen Green Tea Cleanser— which isn't marketed as a low-pH cleanser. Other bloggers and redditors have tested the pH of this cleanser and it sits in at around 4.5-5, which is just low enough to call it a low-pH cleanser.

I'm really enjoying the cleanser for the most part (I mean, it's a cleanser) It doesn't remove any makeup, but it's extremely gentle and isn't stripping the natural oils off of my skin when I use it after my oil cleanser. It also has tiny green tea leaves embedded throughout the solid cleanser, but I haven't found that these particles do much in terms of exfoliation. Because the cleanser is in a stick form, I've had to leave the stick un-capped to dry after using it and I'll usually run the very top of the stick under the faucet quickly to remove any of the slimy residue that's left if I've splashed too much water on the sink. All in all, the cleanser smells wonderful and does its job, so I can't ask for much else!
                                   
It doesn't hurt that the cleanser is so gosh darn pretty too
So far, I'm very satisfied with the results of the new additions to my skincare routine! I'd highly recommend checking out some of the products from The Ordinary if you're looking for some high-quality chemical exfoliants that are simple but effective. That said, I'd definitely consider introducing each of these products one at a time—instead of one after another like I did. I can't say that I can pin-point my favorite products out of the new products I've introduced so far, but I'm hoping to keep the blog updated with similar posts every month in more of a quick, highlight reel type style!




















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Reworking my Skincare Routine: Introduction

10:01 PM


sleepy kitten bored with all of this skincare nonsense (the blue paper/plasticky looking strip is just a paper collar!) 
Since my last skincare blog post, I've been scouring skincare subreddits for new products that I could integrate into my routine. I've ended up abandoning physical exfoliants (I used some Lush exfoliators once every 2 weeks or so) for chemical exfoliants. Currently, I've worked through most of my Cosrx BHA A-sol and half-way through my Klairs 5% Vitamin C serum and Cosrx Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. I've also emptied my both of my cleansers (see last skincare post for info) and repurchased my Klairs Supple Preparation Toner and Supple Preparation Lotion.
Unfortunately, Davis weather has made my the surface of my skin even flakier than before, which led to my interest in switching up some skincare. It's also been a while since I have used the actives so I was in the market for stronger chemical exfoliants! *acidssss*
I've heard great things about The Ordinary's line of chemical exfoliants and, since they were so reasonably priced, I decided to pick some things up and incorporate them into my routine! Based on the information provided on The Ordinary's site, as well as some advice from this blogpost from Detail Oriented Beauty, I've drafted up a routine that I will be testing for the next 2 months and report back weekly with updates on this blog!

Here are my routines for this week:
*newly added products are in red

AM
1. Wash Face with Neogen Green Tea Cleansing stick
2. Cosrx AHA/BHA Toner
3. Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drop Serum
4. Klairs Supple Preparation Toner
5. Cosrx Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
6. Klairs Supple Preparation All-Over Lotion + Physicians Formula Oil Elixir

PM
1. Oil/Balm Cleanser (rotating through different samples that I've used before and haven't broken me out)
2. Wash Face with Neogen Green Tea Cleansing stick
3. Cosrx AHA/BHA Toner
4. The Ordinary Azelaic Acid 10% Suspension
5. Cosrx Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
6. Beyond Phyto Aqua Cream

** I will be using my Cosrx BHA A-sol (which, after some more research, isn't really an exfoliant at all) between steps 4 and 5 in my PM routine. Once I run out, I am planning on re-introducing AHA + BHA products (possibly The Ordinary’s 5% Lactic Acid  and 2% Salicylic Acid) into my routine)
** once a week I will either use a sheet mask or overnight mask coupled with The Ordinary's AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

Skin History
I have some experience with using low dose acids in my skincare routine (Cosrx [AHA] and Pixi Glow Tonic [BHA]) and moderate experience with Vitamin C serums (Liz K 1st C (13%) and Klairs Vitamin C (5%). I've also used the Cosrx AHA/BHA Toner last spring-summer (with good results until my random (possibly stress/diet induced) eczema breakout). However, it's been quite a while since I've used chemical exfoliants, as I started to phase out actives and stuck to Vitamin C serums coupled with the occasional physical exfoliant. Because of my break from using actives, I will only be using The Ordinary's AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution once a week for 3-4 minutes (1/2 the recommended wait time) to limit the chances of skin sensitivity. The Ph of this product also seems low enough for me to use my low Ph cleanser and skip my Cosrx AHA/BHA toner (which would lower the Ph of the surface of my skin). As per usual, I will be patch testing all of the newly added products, with the exception of the Cosrx toner and Neogen Cleansing Stick (as I have experience with these), as well.

In terms of my current products, I am looking to work finish my Klairs Vitamin C serum so that I can replace it with The Ordinary's Azelaic Acid Suspension in the AM and add AHA/BHA products in the PM. I don't I will be repurchasing the Cosrx BHA A-sol, as it hasn't had the desired effects. Because my skin did better daily use of moderate strength AHAs (I may try Lactic Acid as an alternative to Glycolic for this) and mild BHAs (Cosrx Power Liquid was very gentle, but I didn’t have very substancial results) chemical exfoliants in the past, I'm likely going to return to similar concentrations of actives. During the first month of this weekly skincare log, I hope to transition fully to The Ordinary's Azelaic Acid Suspension and (hopefully!) build up a higher tolerance to The Ordinary's AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution. Hopefully, when The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid Solutions are restocked, I’ll be able to slowly integrate actives back into my routine as well!

I have included Ingredient Lists with the Ph of the products for reference below. The order in which I use these products is mainly due to the Ph of each product. To find out more about how to structure a routine, head over to Snow White and the Asian Pear; she has so many informative posts about how to go about crafting your own skincare routine!




Ingredient Lists
*Note: I did not personally test the Ph of these products. Instead, I deferred to the Ph stated by the brand or by other tested by other bloggers/redditors (all of whom are linked to the “Ph” text).

Neogen Green Tea Cleansing Stick (Ph: 4.5-5)
Glycerin, Water, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Lauryl Betaine, Betaine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citrus Aurantifolia Oil, Ocimum Basilicum Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Origanum Heracleoticum Flower Oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis, Fragrance

Beyond Phyto Aqua Cream
Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract, Betula Alba Juice, Glycerin, Trichosanthes Kirilowii Root Extract, Dipropylene Glycol,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride  ,Agave Atrovirens Extract ,Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panthenol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Vine Sap, Artemisia Annua Extract ,  Azadirachta Indica Leaf Extract , Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract , Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Stem Extract, Trametes Versicolor Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Glyceryl Glucoside , Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract , Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract  Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract , Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract , Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract , Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Water, Butylene Glycol, Sclerotium Gum, Nylon-12, Carbome, Tromethamine, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polymethylsilsesquioxan , HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Trisodium EDTA

Cosrx AHA/BHA Toner (Ph: 3.9)
Water, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Water, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Lactate, Glycolic Acid, Betaine Salicylate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Ethyl Hexanediol.

Cosrx Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (Ph: 6.90)
Snail Secretion Filtrate, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Arginine, Allantoin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol

Klairs Vitamin C (Ph: ~5.0)
Water, Propylene Glycol, Ascorbic Acid(5%), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Centella Asiatica Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Illicium Verum(Anise) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi(Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polysorbate 60, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Chaenomeles Sinensis Fruit Extract, Orange Oil Brazil, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Camellia Sinensis Callus Culture Extract, Larix Europaea Wood Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Rheum Palmatum Root Extract, Asarum Sieboldi Root Extract, Quercus Mongolia Leaf Extract, Persicaria Hydropiper Extract, Corydalis Turtschaninovii Root Extract, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Magnolia Obovata Bark Extract, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Lecithin, Acetyl Glutamine,SH-Olgopeptide-1, SH-Olgopeptide-2, SH-Polypeptide-1, SH-Polypeptide-9, SH-Polypeptide-11, Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol

Klairs Supple Preparation Toner (Ph: 4.5)
Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Betaine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Natto Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Panthenol, Arginine, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Beta-Glucan, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Copper Tripeptide-1

Klairs Supple Preparation Lotion (Ph: ~6.2- 7.05)
Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Beta-Glucan, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Microcrystalline Wax, Cyclopentasiloxane, Betaine, Ceramide NP, Polyquaternium-51, PEG-100 Stearate, Illicium Verum(Anise) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi(Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chlorphenesin, Carbomer, Arginine, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Apium Graveolens (Celery) Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Brassica Rapa (Turnip) Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Natto Gum, Centella Asiatica Extract, Disodium EDTA, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine

Cosrx Moisture Up Pad (Ph: ~5.0)
Propolis Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine Salicylate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate, Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Bright Booster Oil Elixir
Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (grape) Seed Oil, Lavandula Intermedia Flower/Leaf/Stem Oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil (Mongongo Oil), Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) Leaf Extract.

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% (Ph: 4.00-5.00)
Aqua (Water), Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Azelaic Acid, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysilicone-11, Isohexadecane, Tocopherol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Isoceteth-20, Polysorbate 60, Triethanolamine, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% (Ph: 3.5-3.7)
Glycolic Acid, Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Daucus Carota Sativa Extract, Propanediol, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Salicylic Acid, Potassium Citrate, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan gum, Polysorbate 20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

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Shiro Black Friday Sale Purchases + Mini Reviews!

1:33 AM

Samples!

I'll admit, if I had to list a couple of my greatest weaknesses Shiro Cosmetics would probably be in my top 5. So when they had their Black Friday sales this weekend (and the release of Great British Bake Off themed goodies), I had to go pick up some stuff for myself (and some friends!) Caitlin was also super accommodating and shipped out my order earlier so that my housing unit would have time to process the package before they close for the holiday season. Truthfully, I believe Shiro's customer service (coupled with amazing quality and quirky themes, of course) is what keeps a lot of customers coming back to their products!

Enough rambling and onto the swatches!

Note: The lighting in my room is slightly warmer than natural lighting, so the swatches lean a bit warmer than they actually are in person. My light also has a tendency to wash out and lessen the sparkliness of these shadows, so any glitter/sheen you may see in other (natural light) swatches are definitely there in person! 

                                      The Great British Makeup Box: Showstopper


Inside the Box (look at all the pretties!!)
The GBBO box came beautifully wrapped in some old-timey newspaper that fits the vintage art style used for the all of the GBBO boxes. One of the shadows (Star Baker—I think), had a little bit of leakage (thus the bits of glitter on the jars and lip gloss), but the amount of shadow in all the jars look about the same. I've only had one other shadow in all of my past Shiro orders leak a bit on the trip south and it has never been a significant amount of product lost. 

The "Showstopper" box comes with the following products (shadows are swatched below over NYX's Glitter Primer): 
1. Star Baker: eyeshadow
2. Sugarwork: eyeshadow
3. Tempered Chocolate: eyeshadow
4. Hollywood Handshake: blush
5. Showstopper: lip gloss


Top to Bottom: Tempered Chocolate, Sugarwork, Star Baker


Hollywood Handshake

All 3 of the shadows pressed beautifully and didn't lose any of their sparkle. I would say that both Sugarwork and Star Baker are more metallic, while Tempered Chocolate has a satiny brown base with discernible gold glitters. Hollywood Handshake is completely matte and reminds me of a brighter (more saturated) "been out in the cold" flush when blended out with a brush. 

In addition to the GBBO box, I also picked up some of the new Detrivore shadows as well as Through the Wood (from Shiro's "Into the Unknown" collection). Copper/Orange shadows are definitely another weakness of mine, so most of these shadows fall into that color vein. 




Top to bottom: Through the Wood, Carousel Calliope, Burn Yourself at Both Ends

Overall, my camera definitely does not do these shades justice. Through the Wood is far more orange and sparkly, Carousel Calliope is deeper and more metallic, and Burn Yourself at Both Ends is a bit more saturated and has more shine! These shadows definitely pressed just as well as all of my other neutral Shiro shadows! Sidenote: the only shadows I've ever had a problem with pressing from Shiro have been The End is Nye and It's a Misnomer! They're not unusable by any means, but require a bit of scraping (lol) to get normal pigmentation. Both have ultramarines in them (which probably accounts for their crumbly/slightly chalky(?) texture), which are notorious for being difficult to press. I know that some people do have success pressing them though! Also, I would likely use a little less alcohol and a little more oil/binder if I were to press those shadows again. 

Eyeshadows waiting to be pressed!
Carousel Calliope is a little bit more plummy than I thought it would be which was a pleasant surprise! It could also be my warmer lighting but, when blended out, I think it could be a great outer crease color! Through the Wood and Burn Yourself at Both Ends perfectly fit my bill of reddish/coppery shadows and are super shiny~ 

And last, but not least, the lippies!

Top to bottom: Technical (ordered as custom), Showstopper, One Way Ticket to Cozy Town

Top to bottom: Technical (ordered as custom), One Way Ticket to Cozytown, Showstopper

Top to bottom (slightly blotted): Technical (ordered as custom), One Way Ticket to Cozytown, Showstopper

These glosses are sooo beautiful and wearable! Just like all Shiro glosses, the formula is not sticky at all and are super smooth. Cozytown is described to have a "fig, citrus, and touch of pine" scent, but all I really get is bubblegum? I was super excited for the pine note (I love anything reminiscent of Christmas trees). Both Technical and Showstopper have the same "Costco Birthday Cake" scent (in the best way possible), although I think I'm more of a fan of Shiro's "Pink Frosting" scent. 

Neither of the lighter glosses left a strong stain, but Showstopper stains a beautiful cool-toned pinky/red color after a couple hours of wear! 

Overall I'm super satisfied with my order and can see myself reaching for all of these products quite often in the upcoming months! 





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