Gung Hey Fat Choy! I know it was on February 12th. I write these posts on time, but then I post them later because I have to edit them.
I wanted to feature non-mainstream brands on my blog a lot more. My friend Liz, gave me a beautiful gift that I wanted to share. It’s only appropriate that I share this for Chinese New Year! (Or, you know, an entire month later!)
Palace Identity is a new brand that started in 2020. I believe my friend found them on Instagram and thought of me! We’re both artists and makeup lovers so it makes a lot of sense that she choose for me, a beautiful art piece in the form of a lipstick! On the sides of the lipstick bullet is a laser-engraved Chinese-style dragon, and the company’s logo on the top. I have the dilemma of, “do I use this or keep it pristine?” That’s why you won’t see any swatches on my blog today. It’s just too pretty and I don’t want to ruin it! Perhaps someday, when I leave the house, I will be inspired to use it!
The shade I have is called Princess, they also have Empress and Queen. All three shades are different shades of red. For their opening collection, it seems appropriate that they base their collection on royalty and feature “power” colors. From their Instagram, they describe the colors as:
Empress (Orange red)
Princess (Russet red)
Queen (True red)
Since they are new, the shade selection is minimal. But as a brand grows I am sure they will have an array of shades. The lipstick color looks different in every photo, that’s just the lighting making it look different, but I assure you it’s the same lipstick! It’s difficult to say how it actually looks on because I just don’t want to destroy the design! It seems a waste not to wear it but also a waste to ruin the engraving. I’ll cave one day!
The packaging is fit for a Queen! The luxurious packaging will look amazing in anyone’s collection. I also think it’s makes for a nice gift to anyone who appreciates Chinese culture. I think my step-mom, who is from Taiwan and is also a lipstick junkie, would also love this! The lipsticks have a gold dragon wrapped around the tube and the foundation is in a frosted glass bottle with a… well it looks like a peacock, but the product is called Phoenix.
From the Palace Identity website:
“Chinese Luxury Premium Makeup, PALACE IDENTITY® was born, founded in China in 2020. We are proud of integrating the charm of ancient china classical culture into modern product design, using high-quality makeup ingredients, so that everyone can feel the joy of makeup and enjoy the surprise by presents.”
You can also find this product on Amazon. (Not an affiliate link.)
I wrote about my Chinese heritage, the search for foundations for my skin tone (not as easy as you’d think!) as well as my own experience being attacked in Oakland. But I have to be real, no one actually cares about me. I know what you are here for! I’m not giving any freebies away today, so I hope you like the pictures!
Because my friend (Who gave me this lipstick as a gift) asked, and she will be seeing this post. Here is the ninja bowl I was talking about! It’s not that I’m into ninjas, its that I like things that are decidedly untraditional!
The bowls are a Japanese brand is called Mino Ware. I first saw them at Sign of the Bear in Sonoma, CA. I regretted not buying them at the time so a year and a half later, I finally bought myself a bowl. Because there’s a pandemic, I wasn’t going out of town, and stores weren’t open for a long time… I purchased it on Amazon for $32. I’m still shocked that it wasn’t shattered in the mail! Sign of the Bear is a kitchenware store with a TON of interesting gift items! When I have the opportunity to visit Sonoma again, I’ll purchase a second one from them! (If they still carry it!) The bowl is massive and it’s perfect for ramen or hot pot!
I also want to share one gift I bought for her! I also saw an ad on Instagram and bought her a gothic cat mirror. You can buy this on Amazon. The mirror itself isn’t very big, but it’s just a cute item to display on your vanity. I want one myself!
My post on how I grew on Pinterest has been scrapped! On January 21st, analytics have changed and possibly the algorithm. I hit over 16 million impressions, but the number on my business page had dropped…. a lot. So my advice won’t work out anymore and the post is already outdated before it even got published.
As far as other social media, I have pretty much quit Instagram and Twitter. I’ve lost a lot of followers, even longtime ones and people I have met, so I’m not exactly inspired to start up again. Pinterest is really the place I go to feel inspired and not feel bad about myself. Like Chrissy Teigen said, “No one goes on Pinterest to get mad!”
If you have a Pinterest business account, and check “All Saved Pins” it shows you the stats for pins you have pinned or re-pinned, not on your claimed website. I almost hit 17 million. However it shows me that stats for my own site instead on the home page. It’s a little demoralizing. But at least I can see that I didn’t really lose over 10 million viewers.
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. As stated this product was given to me as a Christmas gift from a friend.
The Amazon links are not affiliate links.