Halloween 2018 - The Corpes Bride

Alright y'all, this late is coming a few days post Halloween but I still wanted to share! During the countdown to the holiday, I love to re-watch old Halloween classics such as Corpes Bride and Halloweentown. With that, I immediately got inspired to be the Corpes Bride for Halloween! It was an easy face paint job and I could've worked harder by getting a blue wig but I honestly just wanted to use what I already had. The dress, flower crown, and makeup were all things I already had. The only two items I had to purchase was the blue and white face paint, which I grabbed last minute from the Spirit Halloween store and I think they were $3 each so they were very affordable!

As you can see from the photos, my other half was very cooperative in letting me paint his face as well haha. I'm still waiting for the day he lets me put makeup on him but this will do for now ;) The makeup was super easy, I prepped my face with the proper skincare first + primer because I had no idea how my skin was going to react to the face paint. Within 3-4 hours, the paint started to crack off so I did have to retouch throughout the day. However, it all washed off easily and even though there were no immediate signs of a bad reaction to the paint, I still did some major masking during the next few days just to be sure. Halloween is a super fun holiday that I always poorly plan around but something always comes through the last minute. I'm already looking forward to next year but in the meantime, we're finally on the countdown to Christmas!

PL Update + Face Masks on Rotation

Pineapple Lipstick is back in business - I can't believe the last time I wrote a post was back in March of this year! The last advertising client I worked on took left me little to no free time to continue this fun hobby of mine but now that my work load has freed up a bit, I'm hoping to get back onto a regular posting schedule. My purchases at Sephora has since decreased though over the last few months because I've been prioritizing my budgets towards more 'adulting' things such as an overhaul of furniture upgrades in my apartment + finally creating a makeshit home office. If you continued to follow me on Instagram, you'll see a ton of money was spent at West Elm. Maybe I'll do a post on that - we'll see lol. Anyways, let's get into the real beauty stuff.

Lately my skin has the best it's ever been in my adult life *knocks on wood*. Now that my acne has cleared up, I'm focusing on my pores and the texture of my skin. The current masks I have on rotation for these two problems areas are below!

Glow Recipe's Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
I copped this guy during a Sephora sale since it had raving reviews but I don't know exactly how I feel about this yet but it could be because my expectations were set really high. Note, I didn't previously sample the mask before purchasing. When I was growing up, watermelon was favorite fruit (it's second now behind mangos) and whenever my mom cut it up, she would give me the rinds to wash my face and it remember it being so refreshing and feeling amazing. I expected the mask to give me a similar feeling but it didn't. The mask barely smelled like watermelon. However, even though the mask experience wasn't what I imagined, the mask still led to great results. The mask felt more oil-like than gel even though the formula is oil free. I pat in a generous amount into my skin right before bed and I wake up with dewy skin! I've used it a ton of times and I've barely made a dent in the jar.

boscia's Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment
I actually grabbed three of these guys that were the mini sample 100 point items at Sephora months ago. I've never met a boscia product I didn't love so I knew I should stock up. I'm also pretty picky about what samples I spend my points on - I prefer to hold off for the good stuff ;) The mask alone looks really cool because of the black and white swirl. White charcoal is known to absorb 1,000x its weight in impurities, purifying and deeply cleaning your skin. You take a generous amount and apply to your face all while mixing the formula together, which then creates a grey color. You leave it on for 15-20 minutes. The jar is deceiving because it looks tiny but you actually can get a ton of uses out of it. The texture of my skin and pore size has definitely improved over the last few weeks of using this. Once I run out of the samples, I will be purchasing the full sized one!

Origins' Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores
If my memory serves me right, I copped this guy last Fall during the Sephora sale. I personally feel like people sleep on the Origins brand more than they should. Origins was one of the first brands I was introduced to as a teenager fighting acne that I've been loyal to since. Their masks are fairly priced and has amazing results. They have recently been rebranding their packaging so I hope that helps more people to jump on the brand. This deep clean masks focuses on the two main parts I'm focusing on 1. pores 2. texture. I use it twice a week, leaving it on for 10-15 minutes at a time depending on how quickly it dries down. The formula helps flushing out environmental toxins, dirt, and debris that can clog pores and cause skin to look dull—leaving.

Fresh's Rose Face Mask
I'm not going to go too much into detail here as there is a dedicated blog post to the mask here! However, I have so much masks that this actually fell victim to the bottom of my skincare drawers. I recently re-discovered to finish it off since it was about 2/3 empty. I absolutely loved this one but will hold off on repurchasing for now. It smells amazing and did wonders to my pores but at the price point is a tad steep. I'd rather spend the money on Fresh's Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner, which I haven't tried yet but there are a ton of positive reviews on it.

*Paula's Choice's Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask
This one is very similar to the Origin's mask in my opinion except for the fact that it's gel. Because it is a gel, the formula doesn't dry down the way the Origins mask does. I hear a lot of good things about this brand and it was my first time trying it out. There really is no greater feeling than topping off a long work day with a relaxing mask. I leave it on for 10-20 minutes and wash off. Your skin immediately feels smooth with minimized pores. It's also really easy to wash off since it doesn't dry down. I def recommend this one, especially since it's really affordable!

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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.