Shu Uemura Face Powder Colorless
Soft matte finish with long lasting effects. This super fine, fitting, light-weight powder is comfortable on skin, without drying. Packaged with a specific puff designed for the finish.
REVIEW: eyeko skinny mini liquid liner
I had previously wrote a brief review of eyeko skinny mini liquid liner on January 2012. (http://beautybright.tumblr.com/post/38347406295/eyeko-skinny-mini-liquid-liner)
Recently, I have started using this eyeliner again.
Staying power: Smudged to my under eye area within 3 hours (with eyeshadow primer). Raccoon eye effect. However, on the top eyelid, the line does not smudge or fade.
It is safe to use for the waterline, though it is not very waterproof.
The pen-style tip makes it very easy to use. The stiff & fine tip can create a thin precise eyeliner or dramatic eyeliner.
It is pretty affordable at UDS $16.
I would not re-purchase this eyeliner because there are other felt-tip eyeliners with better staying power such as 24K-Palette & MAC Liquidlast
Benefit Cosmetics Box O’ Powder Guide
NEW! Hydra-smooth Lip Color
hydra-smooth lip color is the fun & flattering future of lipstick! It’s enriched with shea, mango butter and vitamin E for lips that look supple & hydrated. It glides on irresistibly smooth with a double-slanted tip that’s custom designed to define AND fill. This collection was specially created to bring you the Top 10 most universally flattering shades…so they’re easy to pick & even easier to wear. Available in three levels of coverage: sheer, medium and medium-full.
lip service (pink-peach)
air kiss (bubblegum)
nice ‘n teasy (rosy neutral)
frisky business (shimmering nude)
juicy details (natural pink)
talk flirty (orchid pink)
Medium Full Coverage
fling thing (very berry)
dare me (true fuchsia)
wing woman (peachy neutral)
NEW! Dior CC Primer - Radiance Booster Color Correcting Primer
A lightweight spray that delivers Photo-Smart Pigments™ to color correct imperfections, erase shadows, even out skintone, and brighten dull complexions.
The perfect start for glowing skin, this exclusive formula is enhanced with an energizing mix of minerals to revive and refresh the complexion as well as hyaluronic acid to plump and smooth the skin. Apply this universal shade before any foundation for flawless application and extended wear.
Pick up the beat with a rush of heat! This rockin’ rose gold cheek powder gives a famously provocative flush that turns heads on-stage and off. The crowd will go wild for its sexy faceted design, accented in luxe gold. For an encore, the custom angled, dimensional brush gives rich, show-stopping payoff every time.
NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation
NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation - Empty Compact (USD $10)
NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation - Refill (USD $38)
Available in 15 shades.
New NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation brilliantly evens skin with a lightweight, luminous finish. Combining the supple feel of a cream foundation with the sleek ease of a portable compact, the Advanced Emulsion Technology formula may be applied wet or dry for artistic versatility. Blending seamlessly with weightless medium buildable coverage, skin feels soft and comfortable with moisture levels boosted by 80% after 12 hours, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and enhancing skin’s radiance.
NARS claims these test results:
- 90% noticed their skin looked brighter and more radiant
- 95% felt their skin was smoother
- 93% felt the appearance of dry skin was improved
My Base Routine (Foundation-Concealer-Powder-Blush) - Long Post!!
I figured it was a good time to demo my current base routine and give you some tips on tone correction along the way, since that’s an issue for my skin right now! Obviously, it’s not perfect skin, and I do get ravaged by premenstrual hormones from time to time. (Feel free to click and expand the photos!)
Obviously this isn’t the only way you should do your base. If your skin issues are significantly different, you’ll probably need to take what points work for you and throw out the rest. It’s just what I’ve found works well for me when I want a more perfected finish. It takes about 20-30mins to do my full makeup including eyes and lips, but then I enjoy the ritual when I have the time.
There are always days when I just throw on some concealer and powder and dash out the house.
Note: This isn’t a tutorial for covering severe acne breakouts. There are a lot of vloggers on Youtube who have informative demo videos that would be much more useful, as well as better first-hand experience with specific foundations for covering acne, so I’d recommend searching there!
A sneak preview before we begin!
A mini-introduction to Givenchy Teint Couture Long-Wearing (Illuminating & Comfortable) Fluid Foundation. This was provided for review, and I wasn’t expecting to like the texture so much. It has medium coverage, covers most small and light flaws, sets to a demi-matte finish and LOOKS like real skin - not flat, matte, obvious makeup.
Shade 5 Elegant Honey is a little too deep for my NC25 skin (but the difference is not obvious off-camera). I just wanted to let you see the overall texture and coverage. I’d say it’s good for normal to combi/dry-oily skins if you don’t like a completely matte finish.
Teint Couture comes in 9 shades (7 in Singapore) and should be available in most countries where Givenchy is sold by August (21st for SG). Check at your local counter for details!
My Skin for your Reference:
I’ll say I’m lucky in the sense that I usually don’t have many active spots or lumps and bumps (texture and contours are hardest to conceal; discolorations are easier). The one on my chin has just gone down and scabbed over, and the one on my cheek is a 2-week-old mark that has no contour.
The main things I need to fix:
- Unevenness: I have darkness around my eyes and slightly around the corners of the mouth, and hyperpigmentation from old spots that last sometimes for months.
- Sheen: It’s not particularly oily, but even regular clear skin can catch the light, making it look “shiny” and the pores more obvious.
- A bit of Scabbing: A recently-subsided spot means some flakiness and scabbing, which can be harder to conceal.
- Veins/redness: Somehow hi-res photography and bright lights seem to bring out every little vein I never knew I had. These tend to concentrate around my inner cheeks and my nose because this is where I also pick at my pores…. (don’t follow my example!)
I also have slightly dry skin around my eyes that doesn’t take well to lots of heavy powder.
MAC Cosmetics Master the Mix of Your Favourite Foundation
Benefit Cosmetics Vending Machine!! How cool is this? I wonder whether this is?
Beautiful pairing of blue & peach eyeshadow
REVIEW: Guerlain Meteorites Compact Powder in Teint Beige
Guerlain Meteorites Compact Powder in Teint Beige (02)
- The floral embossed powder is beautiful
- The packaging looks metallic but is actually a plastic-like material —> Lightweight yet sturdy, great for traveling.
- Very softly milled and goes on flawlessly
- Has a sweet rose scent
- Gives a nice matte finish that is not too flat
- No to little coverage - great as a finishing powder
- The powder is too soft. The plastic cover accidentally scraped the powder and it broke to pieces. See pictures for details. On one occasion, my long fingernails scraped it and broke off a substantial amount of powder. My heart was in pain when it happened. So now, I’m extra cautious when using this powder.
- Some people might not like the obvious rose scent
- No coverage so it does not work well as a touch-up powder
- Pricey at USD $56
Nars Eyebrow Pencil & Gel
REVIEW: BareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil
BareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Tinted
I initially bought this product to replace my Chanel pressed powder. I’ve always wanted to try Bare Minerals products but felt that the original loose powder form is too inconvenient. Since they came out with a pressed powder version, I knew I had to get my hands on it.
I bought the Tinted version as I felt that the translucent one might be too “white” for my yellow warm-toned skin. (Reference NC30-35).
The packaging is the rubber type so after a while it will get powdery. Overall, the packaging was light yet sturdy. The compact had a mirror and came with a powder puff.
Now about the actual product. The tinted powder was too dark on my skintone. The powder is not finely milled enough, and created a powdery effect even when I applied it with a large powder brush. I did not like how unflattering it looks after application. It exaggerated my “fine lines” and pores. I only used it less than week, and decided to ditch it because I could not stand how fake it looks on my skin.
Overall, I don’t recommend this BareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil. This is definitely a miss to the Bare MInerals lineup.
Lovin’ my new Julep nail polishes…the creme versions have fantastic pigment. My hand shown above (kinda sloppy sorry) is only one coat of paint in ‘Raegan’. (4/5)
Sorry its been soo long since I’ve reviewed! I’ll be doing more of these quickie on-the-go reviews more often. Stay beautiful, stay bright!