YSL's Matte Lip Stain

My very first lipstick splurge at Sephora, which was a very monumental moment for me, was the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine in #3. It was also really the start of Pineapple Lipstick and one of my very first blog post that you can read here. I remember I was absolutely obsessed with the lipstick from it's pristine packaging and high end formula. This is almost a nostalgic post for me since Pineapple Lipstick recently turned three and I'm truly grateful for all my readers and the growth I was able to experience throughout the years. With that, let's go into the review of the new Yves Saint Laurent's Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain* I've been loving.

The color I got was #8, Black Red Code, which really is a deep burgundy. Dark colors are typically more popular in the Fall but I'm a big fan of them year round. It's a beautiful dark red color for a bold lip look that could spruce up any plain jane laundry day outfit. The matte lipstick formula has a slight floral scent, which I believe is typical for YSL lip products. Most matte lip products feel dry once it settles in but this one still feels pretty moisturized compared to most matte lipsticks. The one thing I will say is the applicator is very different from your typical liquid lip product. I did have a bit of a struggle in the beginning but eventually you'll get the hang of using the angle. Given that it's a dark color, do not skip out on cleaning up the lines with a lip liner. If you're looking to splurge on a higher end product, I definitely recommend going for YSL as there you can clearly see the high end packaging + formula.
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First Impression: Klair's Midnight Blue Calming Cream

Soko Glam is a great site to purchase K-Beauty products online from in US, especially for products that aren't as readily available as if you were in Asia. And lucky for you/me, you're able to purchase Klair's Midnight Blue Calming Cream* through their site! Before we go into the review, can we just take a second to digest how soothing the blue cream look as it stands? I associate blue colored products to be the champions of moisture - another example is Belif's Aqua Bomb, which is also to die for.

My skin frequently sees a ton of redness and irritation due to being acne prone and this is where the calming cream comes in! The cream's main ingredients consist of Guaiazulene and Centella Asiatica Extract. Guaiazulene, which gives the cream its natural blue coloring, is a plant-based component extracted from camomile oil, a powerful skin-calming agent. Centella Asiatica hydrates skin and helps relieve irritation and redness. On the nights I use my Clarisonic brush to cleanse + exfoliate, I make it a point to make sure I finish with this moisturizer because that is when my skin flares up. I am absolutely obsessed with the calming cream and pat in a generous amount into my skin as the last step of my evening regimen. I immediately feel the redness from my skin disappear upon application, which preps me for a relaxing sleep. When I wake up in the morning, my skin still feels really moisturized and plump. This moisturizer is really affordable at $24.50 and I highly recommend it for you next Soko Glam haul!
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All About Thayers - Hit or Miss?

Thayers is a natural remedy brand that basically has been around since the beginning of time (1828) and they've recently did some beautiful re-branding with their products. Not only that, Target has picked up their skincare line and is selling it in stores. A recent trend I'm noticing is non-traditional beauty stores have been ramping up their beauty offering with up and coming brands, between Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, and Target, just to name a few. The brand was generous enough to send me this amazing package of products, which I have been testing over the last few months. All of their products are cruelty and paraben free. Certain products can also be gluten free as well, which I find astonishing.
So let's start off with the toners. The two toners I sampled were the Witch Hazel Rose Petal Toner* and the Original Aloe Vera*. The original one doesn't have much of a scent and as expected, the rose petal one smells absolutely amazing. I'm about halfway through both bottles and could not be any happier with the results. It's formulated for oily skin folks (me). The alcohol-free formula prevents unnecessary drying out and will soothe with its certified organic aloe vera ingredient. I've seen a huge difference in my skin texture and it feels very smooth upon application. The toners have natural, non-distilled extracts from the Hamamelis Virginiana plant (otherwise known as the Witch Hazel shrub), which is different from most toners out in the market. I pour a generous amount onto a cotton pad and swipe across my face twice a day after cleansing. The price ranges between $7-$11 depending on the formula so it's really affordable. When I'm done with these bottles, I'm looking to purchase the cucumber one next - these toners are def a hit!
Next up, their bar soap line. The ones I received were the Thayers Body Bars Rose* and Citrus*. I'm personally not the biggest fan of bar soap because I don't get the lather I desire but it was not the case for this one. I used up the Rose formula in a few weeks and was obsessed with the scent. The bar is formulated with certified organic aloe vera, coconut oil and palm oil combined for a rich lathering and moisturizing shower. I love the scent of roses and this filled my need for that. On the flip side, I'm not a citrus scent fan so I passed that bar along to my mom and she was just as obsessed! They are also very affordable, ranging from $5-$8 so definitely a hit.
Last batch of products are their lip balms. These guys range from $2-$5 so it's on par with competitors. To me, it actually takes a lot for me to love one lip balm from another and nothing in particular about this one would make buy it again. I went through the Peppermint* one and gave the Vanilla Bean* and Orange Grove* to my mom because again, not a fan of citrus and two, vanilla scent things are one of my worst nightmare because it's way too strong for my personal preference. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of all these Thayers products, it's just the lil balm that is a bit of a miss for me.
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In Love with MUFE's Foundation!

I know I'm pretty late to the party here when it comes to how amazing MAKE UP FOR EVER's Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation* is. This is my second bottle of it and I can't get enough. I still switch between this and L'Oréal's Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation for my daily foundation routine because although I love the formula to death, it still comes with a $43 price tag. I for sure reach for it 100% on the weekends though because I my day offs are way more worthy of higher end makeup than the days I just go to work. The shade I use is Golden Sand (Y375), which is a match to my Sephora Color IQ of 2Y08. I have a ton of hyperpigmentation of my cheeks and this has buildable coverage to leave me looking flawless *cues Beyonce*. It comes in 40 different shades so there is no doubt going to be one that matches close to your skin. Even during my 12-hour days, the formula stays put with little to no touch up and barely oxidizes (major pet peeve). This is also my go-to foundation when I'm in Hawaii because it can last through the humidity. If you are one of the rare folks that hopped on this bandwagon late, I'd rush over to your nearest Sephora asap and add this to your collection!
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All About Chapstick!

Next to hand sanitizers, chapsticks are my #1 items I lose but now that I've been investing on higher end brands, I'm trying my best to kick the habit. I wasn't a big user of chapstick until my move to San Francisco because the cold weather took a big toll on giving my dry lips. Today's post is going to be a round up of all the chapsticks I currently have on rotation.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose: This one is hands down my all time favorite and most recommended. I had a hard time justifying a $24 chaptstick for a long time until I received this in one of Fresh's holiday value packs that is sold in Sephora in the Fall. It's literally the best chapstick I've ever used and leaves your lips baby soft. It comes in 10+ tints and scents packed with SPF 15 that moisturizes, protects, and smooths. Even my boyfriend hopped on getting his own because it's frickin a-ma-zing. Highly recommended and don't let that price tag scare you off because it is worth every dollar. I've lost guy over and over but has been found every time *knocks on wood*.

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm: They sell this in the US but I was super intrigued when I passed this in a beauty store in Hong Kong because I had never seen it like this before. The watermelon scent smelled SO good so I actually stocked up big time on this guy big time, especially since the watermelon scent isn't sold in the US. Watermelon is huge with Asians so I bet that's why it's not sold here. I LOVE watermelon juice and they frickin sell bottles of it at Starbucks there! I'd kill for that. Even though this packaging looks cheaper than the ones in the US, I prefer this one much more. This one is loaded with SPF 20 sunscreen and leaves you with of course, baby soft lips, aka the name. Much cheaper price point if you're not willing to splurge yet.

Tony Moly's Mini Fruit Lip Balm: I'm stupid obsessed with this brand's fun packaging. My last blog review included their apple shared hand cream, which is similar to this one. This one is a tiny tomato shaped lip balm, which smells 110% true to a fresh cherry tomato, ie to die for. It leaves your lips moisturized and honestly just super cute to have in your purse/makeup bag. The one thing I would change with this is I wished it was more like the EOS lip balm when you don't have to use your fingers to apply onto your lips. You have to dip your fingers into it, which I don't find completely sanitary but that doesn't stop me from loving this because I have hand sanitizer with me 24/7.

Honey Belle's Matcha Kiss Lip Balm: I picked this up at their lil stand on a 626 Night Market visit in LA. Anything matcha automatically catches me attention so obvi I had to pick this up. The formula is packed with Organic Cold Pressed Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, and Organic Beeswax that helps to nourish the skin. Although it doesn't have SPF, I don't mind it because the owner of the brand is super inspirational so I highly recommend you check out her products. There is also Eucalyptus Essential Oil to help balance the strong matcha taste so the after-feeling is a refreshing minty tingly feeling. Love this one and it's perfect for any matcha fans!

A Roundup of My Favorite Hand Creams

I feel like I've previously mentioned this but in case you aren't aware, my beauty obsessed mom has made me use hand cream for as long as I can remember. With that, I basically have hand creams with my in all my purses + in main places where a majority of my life is spent (in bed and at work). I'm going to go into a snippet of all the hand creams I currently have on rotation in no particular order so enjoy!

Tony Moly's Red Apple Hand Cream: I had one of these sitting on my desk at work, which I recently finished. At any given time, I have 1-2 of these guys in my back up stash because I am stupid obsessed with the scent. A second one sits on top of my Ikea Alex Drawer, which is my last top of items to put on (perfume, my daily lil trinket jewelry pieces) on my way out to work in the morning so I do a dab of this hand cream on my way out the door. The hand cream smells EXACTLY like it's name and is so on point I can't even put it into words. I literally could smell it all day long and it's lightweight on your hands and absorbs very quickly. 10/10 stars from Pineapple Lipstick on this one. Cannot live without it.

Gourmand Matcha Hand Cream: Over the last few years, Urban Outfitters has stepped up their beauty/skincare game. I was strolling through their beauty section on some random afternoon and the matcha distinction immediately caught my eye. It seems like this brand is exclusive to UO and they have additional scents in addition to Matcha. This one sits on my the counter top of my bathroom sink as a post-hand wash hand cream.

Tony Moly Pokemon Edition Hand Cream: I unfortunately couldn't find an online store to purchase these limited edition Pokemon hand creams. Tony Moly was genies to do a Pokemon collaboration when Pokemon Go went viral. I picked up a couple of these when I was in Hong Kong. The formula is very similar to the Red Apple one and really has nothing to do with Pokemon. It's just the packaging but I'm clearly a sucker for that.

Aesop's Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm: I am absolutely 100% obsessed with Aesop's packaging aesthetic. Personally, I refer to the as 'grown-up adulting' products because I personally can't justify $30-40 hand soaps but would love to one day splurge on once I make it haha. I mean damn, I couldn't even buy the hand cream for myself - it was a gift from my sweet boyfriend. This hand cream lives on my vanity, that really acts as a end table for my side of the bed. I use a dose of this one right before bed and I purposely don't take it out because I'd be devastated if it ever got lost before finishing it. (I have that bad habit with chapsticks).

L’Occitane Lavender Hand Cream: This is the hand cream I've been using for as long as I can remember. I literally have a million of these everywhere because my mom is gifted this pretty frequently and she sends them my way. My two favorite are the Lavender scent (pictured) and the original Shea Butter one. This is probably my mom's #1 go-to. Her favorite time of the year is in the Fall because L’Occitane almost always has value gift sets of these guys at Sephora. I do prefer the Shea Butter one because it's thicker than the Lavender. This one is really a staple in the hand cream world.

Whoo, if you had the patience to read through my hand cream picks, hats off to you! If you have additional recommendations, please send my way! I'm always happy to add to my never ending collection.

Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

Cheers to my first review of 2018! I picked up this Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask back on one of my Hong Kong trips but I know it's easy to find in the US as well. The formula is packed with charcoal powder, green tea, pomegranate extracts, and collagen that is supposed to help exfoliate and draw dirt from your pores. This mask is truly one of a kind because it's a bubble bath for your face!
When you first apply the mask to your skin, it has a lightweight creamy texture but once you give it about 3-5 minutes, you can literally feel it bubbling/carbonating up on your face. In addition, if your surroundings are quiet enough, you can also hear it bubbling up which is super fun. To keep it real, this mask is really more for fun than using it for misbehaving skin. I've used it about 2x a week and yes, my skin is immediately plump and soft but I haven't seen much difference in terms of skin texture. The two pictures above show the result of a five minute span of the mask on your face. I leave it on for about 10 minutes and massage the bubbles for an additional 1-2 minutes before rinsing off. The Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask is fun to do with your kids, significant other, or a night with your girls!

Pineapple Lipstick is Back!

Ok you guys, I have a life update here. As some of you may have noticed, I went on a hiatus from blogging in the Fall of last year, which is unfortunate because it's literally my favorite time of the year. Long story short, life got in the way but by no means is that an excuse. My real hustle is in the advertising/marketing industry and I got a new job towards the end of 2017, which was not an easy decision for me to make. On top of the life changes and new busy work stream, I made two trips back-to-back trips to Hawaii for weddings + the Christmas/New Year's holiday. Being home is when I'm the happiest and if Hawaii had the same opportunities as SF for my career, I'd move back in a heartbeat. I highly recommend you follow my Instagram account @sillaaa because I post daily updates there, whether I'm active here or not. In addition to all that, I picked up a planting hobby. My Grandpa had the greenest thumb so I’m giving that a shot. I’ve successfully killed succulents in the past but happy to report I’m doing much better this time around.

Hawaii was great. I basically lived at the beach, gained 50 pounds from all the amazing food, did some stand-up paddle boarding, ATV'd through the Jurassic Park movie set, and countless of hours spent with friends, family, and my lovely Cocoa Bear (a summary of pics above). Anyways, Valentine's day will mark Pineapple Lipstick's 3rd birthday so I thought that would be the perfect time to start the blog back up again so keep an eye out for a post in two days! I appreciate every single one of y'all and I'm excited to see what 2018 will bring.