Revlon Colourstay Foundation | Liquid or Mousse Debate

Revlon’s Colourstay Foundation is probably the most iconic drugstore foundation still in production today and a hot seller at that. I had discovered this liquid cover in a bottle years ago when I first dabbled in makeup and its residency in my makeup collection has quite a long history. When the whipped mousse version debuted, I hardly gave it a second look because hey, why mess with a good thing?

Yet as a self proclaimed foundation hoarder, this eventually made it’s way into my drawers and after much back and forth debate I feel greatly compelled to do a little one on one. Let’s bring them both into the ring and see who gets a knockout.
Revlon Colorstay Whipped | $18.99CAD Retail

At only 23.7ml and with the same high price tag, the Whipped version did not start off well as you’re paying more per mil than the liquid. The luxurious looking glass container (which can easily double as a paper weight for that matter) is packaged in the same colour theme albeit a little more modern looking. Inside the jar is a soft mousse like foundation with medium coverage that, thanks to a heavy dose of silicone, blends easily over the skin. I’ve used this frequently in makeup photos particularly because it smooths over pores and creates a velvet finish on the skin. Plus takes less than a minute to apply when buffed in with a flat top brush. Unlike most liquid foundations, the Whipped Colorstay never quite sets on my skin so it’s not the most long lasting especially if you’re worried about transfer. Better for those with drier skin rather than oily, this wears easily over fine lines but like most silicone heavy products, picks up on dry flakes and patches when buffed in.
Ingredients: Dimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Water, Isododecane, PEG/PPG 19/19 Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Trimethylsioxysilicate, C 13 16 Isoparaffin, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Bis Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, C10-13 Isoparaffin, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid, Tocopherol, Lactobacillus/Eriodictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Serica (Silk), Alumina, Polyisobutene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Cyclodextrin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Methicone, Sodium Chloride, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Propylene Carbonate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Silica Silylate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, 1, 2 Hexanediol // May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Zinc Oxide
Revlon Colorstay Liquid | $18.99CAD Retail
The liquid version of Revlon Colorstay is in actuality much more of a creamy product than a thin fluid consistency. It takes a few good shakes to coax it out from the bottle but I like to use a cotton bud for better control of how much I need. Having been in my collection for many years, I find this to be a very versatile foundation and can be easily manipulated into different finishes and coverage. It can go on sheer-light with a flat brush or buildable to almost full coverage with a sponge / buffing brush. I also find this to be one of the foundations that I can use for patch coverage, meaning I don’t necessarily need to wear it all over my face. On it’s own the dry down is a natural slightly matte finish and can be a little pesky with pores though tapping it on with finger usually minimizes the problem. These days, my favourite way to wear this is mixed in with my MAC Face & Body Foundation (reviewed) when I need a bit more coverage and long lasting ability for photos.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua (Water), Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Tribehenin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Nylon-12, Cymbidium Grandiflorum (Orchid) Flower Extract, Lactobacillus/Eriodictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Alcohol Denat., Alumina, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Methicone, Laureth-7, Magnesium Sulfate, Silica, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Ethylene Brassylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, PEG-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate, Salicylic Acid, Silk Powder, Sodium Citrate, Dipropylene Glycol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Serica (Silk), Tetrasodium EDTA, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Now one thing worth noting is that while I wear both formulations in buff, these are actually quite different in colour and brightness even though it’s not very noticable in the bottle/jar. As the natural colouring on my chest is quite light, I’ve always found the liquid to be a good product to even out my facial colouring to one consistent look. The whipped looks fine at first but once settled tends to reflect a greyish cast, similar to that of an Asian bb cream which can be obvious to a discerning eye.

THE FINAL VERDICT

While I liked the smoother application and coverage of the Colorstay Whipped, two things kept me from truly loving it. The smell, every time I opened the jar, was a terribly unpleasant chemical scent that would linger around through out the day. The second is that this just wasn’t a skin friendly formulation for me with all that heavy silicone and (sneaky sneaky) mineral oil in the form of isoparaffin. In the end, the long standing favourite still belongs to the Colorstay Liquid which is so much more versatile for different occasions and as a whole, lasts longer on my skin. Nice try Revlon but this foundation lover ain’t loving this.

STAY IN TOUCH

Review: MAC | Face & Body Foundation + Video

 

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THE BASICS
Brand: MAC Cosmetics
Product: Face & Body Foundation
Shades: Large selection but varies from online to stores
Size: 120ml or 50ml
Price: $42 (large), $32(small)
Availability:  MAC Pro Store, MAC online, MAC by phone
Would I repurchase: Already have and always will.
Website: www.maccosmetics.com
It may seem like an odd thought but one of my favourite foundations in my entire beauty experience is one that I have never reviewed. Looking back, I suppose it always seemed almost too basic to talk about and I often wondered if anyone would take a second glance at its plane and simple looks.
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The MAC Face & Body foundation however, really deserves more love than it’s shown because not only has it held up to the test of time (along with countless runway shows and fashion shoots), it still remains one of the most effortless products to use while giving you a glowing complexion. Since welcoming this bottle back into my collection, it has quickly regained prime real estate in my top makeup drawer. And while I used to opt for heavier fully coverage base products for filming, my currently reasonable skin meant that I’ve been wearing this in most of my videos for the past month as well.

THE VIDEO REVIEW

THE FINER DETAILS…
As I mentioned in the video, MAC base products tend to be very saturated in their colours. Here in the swatch below you can see how rich both C1 and C2 look in the bottle and on my skin (my neck, which is my natural colouring). Ideally, I would mix a touch of white to lessen the yellow in C1 (what I currently wear) but even worn own its own, it blends reasonably well.

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On my face (below), this foundation knocks out a bit of redness and splotchiness around my cheeks, lessens the appearance of some smaller blemishes on my forehead and chin. This is with one layer over my skin applied in a patting motion. Note that undereye darkness and the red mark on my nose are still apparent. The difference is subtle but noticeable and the foundation works to enhance the skin while maintaining it’s natural glow. In addition, the colour does not oxidize throughout the day and remains very consistent.

MAC Face and Body Foundation BeforeAfter
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THE FINAL VERDICT
An industry secret weapon that isn’t so secret anymore now that I’ve told you how wonderful it is. And while it may not be as flashy or fancy as many of the high tech formulations on the market, there’s a reason the MAC Face & Body has been in makeup artist’s collections for over a decade. I truly adore how versatile this foundation is, taking me from everyday coffee meets to weddings and even for filming. The finish and texture is flexible enough to be used as a mixing product with thicker base products and imparts a softer more natural look to the blended concoction, moreover it acts as a skin evening base for powder foundation as well.

Recommended for: Very dry to combination oily skin, seeking flexible sheer to medium natural coverage with minimal makeup look/feel on the skin. Photographs/films very well in various lighting. Would look beautiful on both young skin and mature skin as it is both fresh yet forgiving.

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MAC Face and Body Foundation Ingredients
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De-Stash: Base Product Clearout + Mini Reviews

Having a bit of a beauty addiction definitely means you have to keep your collection in check. I like to do clear outs once in a while to make sure I’m keeping the really good things, this is especially important for foundations and bases which don’t keep that long to begin with. In a way I find cleaning and reorganizing my stash rather therapeutic (in a strange beauty blogger in of way) and I love the look of a clean and primped drawer.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

  • A’PIEU | Flawless Cover BB Cream | reviewed
  • MAYBELLINE | Dream Fresh BB Cream | reviewed
  • HADALABO | BB Whitening Cream 
  • RIMMEL | Wake Me Up Foundation
  • ETUDE HOUSE | Precious Mineral BB Cream
  • PERIPERA | I Love Pact Powder | reviewed
BB Base Destash swatches

I think over the years I have acquired quite a distinct taste in base products both in terms of finishes and textures that I really like. Many of these didn’t score high enough in the important categories for me to keep them around. When I first started using foundations, everything was quite nice but with time and experience I’ve certainly grown to be much more selective and with good reason… makeup has become more than just a “product” for me, it’s a little bit of luxury that that makes me feel womanly and happy… and thus if the items don’t do the same then it’s time to say good bye.

Do you share a similar makeup philosophy as me?
How do you keep your collection in check?

Review: Marcelle BB Cream

Well, well what do we have here?
A NEW BB Cream?
YES IT IS!
With the onset of the BB Cream trend in North America, I was very curious yet cautious to approach them. Having been reasonably familiar with Asian versions, I had high expectations about what I was expecting from these little tubes of wonders. Better colour selection perhaps? Lighter textures? As good as many of my previous BB Creams were, there were still improvements to be made.

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When I happened upon this release from Canadian brand Marcelle, I was pleasantly surprised. A drugstore available product with high claims this BB Cream had much to prove….

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The Basics

  • Name: MARCELLE Beauty Balm Skin Enhancer (BB Cream)
  • Size: 45ml or 1.50 oz.
  • Shades: Light to Medium, Medium to Dark
  • Plastic squeeze tube, pump dispenser
  • Hypo Allergenic, Non-Comedogenic, Perfume Free, Oil Free, Paraben Free
This is what Marcelle has to say…
 ” The 8 in 1 multi-benefits BB Cream that does it all for you, instantly!Your ultimate skin care enhancer for all ages and skin types, this multi-purpose skin care cream is more than a tinted moisturizer or simple make-up base. It perfects the skin to reveal a more even epidermis and well-hydrated, flawless complexion, all in one. Use it alone as a tinted moisturizer; over your moisturizer to unify your complexion and reduce the appearance of blemishes, or apply as a make-up base under foundation for total coverage and improved stay-on power. BB Cream is offered in two shades and is suitable for a wide variety of complexions thanks to its self-adjusting pigments that transform and adapt to skin tone.

Hypo-allergenic and perfume free. Suitable for all ages and skin types.”

Now on to my review!
Let’s see this BB Cream in action… this is one layer of Marcelle BB Cream with no primer, no concealer or powder. As you can see the finish is incredibly natural looking and virtually undetectable on camera.

Marcelle BB Cream After close up

*photo taken in the shade, natural lighting*

Surprisingly as dark as this base looked in the colour swatch, the “adaptive pigments” worked well to blend with my skintone fairly well. My skin is in reasonably good condition at the moment but you can see the diminishing of redness on my cheeks, slight reduction in under eye darkness and the evening out of the darker edges of my mouth.

Marcelle BB _Before-After
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However for larger/darker spots such as that mysterious red dot on my nose, you will be needing some concealer for a truly flawless finish.
As you see in the ingredients list below, this product reads more like a foundation/makeup product than a skincare item. None the less I would say that this BB Cream does full fill (to some degree) all of the 8 benefits that it clams to achieve.

Marcelle BB Cream_Ingredients
*click me to enlarge!*

Did I mention that this BB Cream photographs like a dream? With no SPF or shimmers to get in the way, the creamy texture blends into the skin impeccably and will give you velvety skin that requires minimal post-editing for those without major issues.

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My Final Break Down
  • Solid and realiable everyday base product: medium coverage, satin finish.
  • Very long lasting while still being hydrating through the day.
  • Performs consistently and is a fantastic skin-balancing base.
  • Smooths easily over uneven skin texture, enhances the look of natural skin.
  • Photographs beautifully! No breakouts, allergies or negative reactions.
  • Ideal for: Very dry to Slightly oily skin.
  • Age Range: All ages.
  • *Tip: Pat on the BB Cream and smooth around the edge, do not rub.
  • THINGS TO NOTE
    • There is no SPF, so put one on if you will be in the sun.
    • Unlike Asian BB Creams this had minimal skincare benefits or healing results for my skin.
    • More similar to a foundation/makeup rather than skincare.
This Marcelle BB Cream has been my product of choice recently, especially for days that I do not want a fussy face and do not have the time to pull out the sponges and brushes. It is also one of the very few products which I think look best applied with fingers. Throw this on, my MAC paint pot, Maybelline mousse blush, brows, mascara and I’m out the door in under 15 minutes which for me is very quick!
Tried this yourself?
Let me know in the comments below!

HAUL: Spring fabric, crafting goods & makeup books!

A mummble jumbo of fun items in today’s 2 for 1 haul video. That’s right, one for beauty items and makeup books and the other for my fabrics and notions. Though you might want a chance of topic once in a while and since I am a crafty bunnie at heart, what better joy to share than some wonderful spring fabrics and sewing accessories.

Let’s jump in with the beauty goods!
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As you can see today’s beauty haul had a different twist to it, I am currently in a huge reading/book phase and of course I went hunting for new ones to add to my collection. Two classic beauty items made its way back into my life and I couldn’t be more thrilled…

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Through all my experiences with beauty products, in the end you realize that when it comes to certain products…it is what it is and boy are these two bottles special. I won’t leak too much juicy details right now but you can be sure this is not the last time you’ll see of them.
 Shalimar and Escada samples
At both Sephora and the Guerlain counter I was gifted sample vials of perfume. Shalimar, which is the other Guerlain legend (next to Samsara of course) and Escada’s new release named Sexy Graffiti. It took me a second to realize that the Escada vial came in a stick format which I thought was particularity clever as it allows you to precisely control the application and amount used. Sprays on the other hand, tend to go everywhere!
Rae Morris_Scott Barnes makeup books
Well how gorgeous are these faces!
I have been a fan of Scott Barnes products since I first tried it out about 2 years ago but alias it’s rather difficult to get a hold of (as it is now discontinued, I think) and the selection is poor from the few places that you can still find them online. I was especially interested in his face sculpting technique and the way he uses it to transform and define the features, quite brilliant I must say and very Hollywood!

And for a little something extra, here’s a look at some fabric and trim I picked up recently. A good selection of spring hues, fun lace and yards of crochet just waiting to be incorporated into a flowy sundress.

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A quick compilation of the pieces themselves, I just love the soft tones and beautiful textures of these fabrics. I’m already thinking a shabby chic blazer and a Laguna Moon inspired denim jumper with crochet trim (Lena was wearing it in VIVI, what can I say?)… if anything happens, you’ll definitely see a post!
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 That’s all for today, I will have a review on something awesome posted next so don’t forget to check back soon. Wishing you all dream wonderful crafty dreams….

 Ciao,

HAUL: Wait what? Yes! Bourjois, Orly, LE L’oreal & Maybelline

Hello y’all
Hope you are all in the festive spirit! We’re only 2 days away from December and I am eager to start decorating the house. I’ve got reindeers, squirrel toys, pine cones….
But before we get there, today I want to share a few items I’ve added to my collection from a purchase from the UK. And of course (if you still remember) my 6 month makeup ban is still in effect but I’ve decided that limited edition items and/or overseas products should still be up for grabs. Most of them I will end up storing in my “save” box for use after the 6 month period is over. (Yes, I’m an incredibly organized product collector.)

Let’s get in first with the video ^-^
A bit more information!

  • Bourjois Healthy Mix serum foundation: I think this may have been one of my favourite purchases in a long time. The way this applies on the skin just feels incredible and the finish it gives is just as pretty. I’d say it’s not very long lasting but otherwise seems pretty perfect in my books. I might have to do a review on this one later on but very good first impressions.
      • 30ml / 1 fluid oz. Made in France.
    • Bourjois does have a Canadian website if you are interested, though the selection is very sparse. You can see it HERE.

  • Maybelline AngelFit 2-way powder foundation: is by far my favourite powder foundation that I have used and that is saying a lot since I cringe at most powders. Many are too thick, resulting in a dust ball effect, others are so thin they do not provide any coverage at all. The AngelFit powder foundation seems to be a great medium with a light texture and feel on the skin but imparting enough coverage for those “just rolled out of bed” mornings when you do not have the time or energy to put my regular base makeup.
      • SPF22/ PA++ (7.5g/ 0.26 Oz.) Made in China.
    • This is an Asia exclusive release but you may be able to find it through ebay.
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  • L’Oreal True Match superblendable powder foundation: I believe this is a different formulation than what we have here in North America but the concept is meant to be the same. Seamless coverage, impeccable blendability, matching your skin tone and texture to provide a natural and undetectable finish. Big promises from L’Oreal but this is going into my “save” box for now since I want to use up some other items first.
      • SPF20/PA++ (9g) 

  • QUO by ORLY polish keeper: Now THIS is something that I am incredibly excited about and have been gushing over it ever since I tried it for the first time. Those who use and love the Seche Vite fast drying top coat will understand what I mean when I say that Seche Vite can be “difficult” at times, drying up goopy in the bottle and hard to work with over time. Well, this new product from Quo is a solid contender for the top spot of best top coat. I think it’s a very smart move by QUO to team up with a big name like ORLY to launch their nail products and the quality is certainly evident.
      • 14ml/0.48 fl Oz., Free of DBP, Formaldehyde, Toluene. Made by ORLY in USA.

That’s all for now.
Have a wonderful day Everyone!

Ciao,

Foundation Collection (Nov 2011)

Get ready! Today’s post is going to be lengthly but I think it will be worthwhile and help alot of you out there who have been curious about various types of foundations. There will be lots of links everywhere to reviews I have done for these products so look out for those sneaky links!

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 So let’s talk foundation, it’s my favourite makeup item since I have long battled with skin issues.

A quick few points about my own skintype.
  • Very breakout prone, large visible pores around the center of my face
  • Combination skintype with oily forehead but also dry patches, easily dehydrated
  • Neutral/pale yellow undertone (click here to see a list of all my foundation matches from other brands)

    I prefer foundations that have a satin to glowy finish as I feel it looks the most beautiful on the skin for a day to day wear, it’s fresh for younger skin but also very forgiving on mature skin as well. A good foundation should stand well on its own, without the help of primers and powders, which I consider “extras” because this way I will know the true effectiveness of the product. Long lasting ability is not the greatest concern for me but my foundations have to feel comfortable on the skin.

    Now that we’ve covered the basics, 
    let’s jump into the video!

    Products mentioned in the video
    *all photos can be enlarged on flickr, just click them*

    Foundation Swatch--Asian brands bb cream
    • Holika Holika : Aqua Petite Jelly BB (SPF20)
      • best for normal/oily skin, powdery finish, high coverage
    • Skinfood : Red Bean BB Cream (SPF20/PA+) (review here)
      • best for dry/normal/slightly oily skin, satin finish, medium/full coverage, will transfer
    • ***Hadalabo : BB Moist Cream (SPF32/ PA+++) (review here)
      • best for dry/normal skin, glossy finish, medium/buildable coverage, will transfer
     Foundation Swatch--Drugstore
      • Rimmel : Lasting Finish 25hr wear foundation
        • best for slightly dry/normal/oily skin, satin-matte finish, light-medium/buildable coverage
      • ***Maybelline : Fit-Me foundation (SPF15) (review here)
        • best for dry/normal/slightly oily skin, dewy/glossy finish, light-medium coverage, slight transfer
      Foundation Swatch--Department Store
        • Clinique : Even Better foundation (SPF 15)
          • best for slightly dry/normal/slightly oily skin, satin finish, medium/full coverage
        • NARS : Sheer Glow foundation (review here)
          • best for normal/oily skin, satin-matte finish, light-medium coverage, extremely long lasting
        • ***Lancome : Teint Miracle foundation (SPF15) (review here)
          • best for normal/oily skin, glowy/pearl finish, medium/buildable coverage, slight transfer

         ***These are my favourites of the bunch for their overall performance.

         I have also posted previously about my foundation swatches/collection, feel free to browse those posts (here & here2) to see what I have used before.

        Hope this post was informative for everybody and thanks for stopping by.
        Have a wonderful day!
         Ciao,

        Haul: Holika Holika, Etude & makeup ban!

        This will be my last makeup haul. 
        F-O-R-E-V-E-R 

        Well no, just for 6 months but that already sounds like forever for a product junkie like me. As I’ll explain further in today’s video, I’m approaching a threshold in which I have too many products and I can’t possibly keep track of them all, never mind using them on a regular basis. It’s time to clear out and rediscover the gems that I own!

        But before this horror sets in, I thought I’d share with you my last haulage before the ban takes effect (well actually, by the time you are reading this post, it would have already started). A few Korean items and some drugstore goodies.

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        Ready to jump in?

        *read on!*

        I present to you, today’s fine selection of eye candy.

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        I think this haul is a good balance of everything and while this may look more like a summer haul to you, the key items that make this a winter them is the Etude House foundation primer and the Limited Edition Maybelline eyestudio quad…I’m super anxious to try them out!

        Oh and did I mention I have a special treat for you guys today?
        Ah… yes, my first makeup-less video in a long time.
        *click to play!*



        ~ a photo summary ~

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        Heard this is number #1 selling drugstore bronzer (though the ad didn’t mention the details of this statistic), either way if it turns out to be good that would be fabulous since it’s very affordable.

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        Too bad this photo doesn’t quite how off the beautiful shimmery metallic sheen of the dark graphite shade. This quad actually looks very similar to my favourite Daiso pearl shadow palette but I would say that the texture is different and the two browns in the middle are more of a satin finish instead. Overall a stunner for all seasons.
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        Who can resist the cuteness that is this blusher?!?! I haven’t even swatched this yet because I didn’t want to touch the pristine pattern. Mood boosting? Looking at this photo makes me happier already!


         ~ my Korean items ~

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        I had a budget to keep for this Korean haul so it was really hard for me to choose what I was going to get but I am thrilled with the look of everything that I picked out.

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        Have never been much of a primer addict but moisture and winter goes hand in hand so perhaps this will become a useful product come the next few months. I’ve tried small samples of the skincare from the Collagen Moistfull line and loved the smell and feel of them but this (upon first application) actually feels drier…a thicker consistency and ever so slightly silicone-ish…Hmmmmm.
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        Doesn’t looking at this lipstick just make you feel warm and happy all over? Just because we are heading into fall doesn’t mean we have to put away all the fall colours. In fact, shades of oranges like
        rust and terracotta are always in style for fall. I think I’m going to mix this gorgeous lippie with my warm brown clothing pieces.

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        This is my first Holika Holika item and I have high hopes! I was lucky enough to find the ingredients for this product before I purchased it and it looks good on paper. Having swatched it on my hand the jelly texture absorbed quickly and didn’t feel at all tacky or too wet on the skin.
        This ends today’s post, hope you found something fun. I will try to keep you updated on my 6 month makeup haul break (though I have a sneaky feeling that the lack of makeup will lead to an increase in haircare or skincare things)
         I’ll see you in tomorrows post!

        Ciao!

        Review: Lancome wows with Teint Miracle!

        Hello Everyone,
        Another popular product today to share with you, Lancome’s Teint Miracle foundation! This can be said to be one of Lancome’s most exciting releases in the past year. As I am not all fond of their mascaras (though they hold the top selling mascara in the prestige cosmetics market), I think they have a good shot with their base makeup products. I was thrilled to see this being used by a couple of makeup bloggers and even more excited after seeing the demos on HSN.

        Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation
        First and foremost, you can’t resist the beauty that is Juila Roberts. I think Lancome’s choice for the spokes model for this foundation is spot on. Sure, there is Photoshop and a team of beauty experts behind this ad to “enhance” her look, I still think that Julia represents the aesthetic that Teint Miracle is trying to sell.

        Lancome bottle cap

        If you aren’t a Roberts fan, well then I still think that the design team at Lancome did a fantastic job with the look and feel of the product. Classic, simple and somehow very elegant without looking too dated. The iconic Lancome flower tops the lucite cap as you can see here.

        Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation

        Meant to produce flawless yet natural results on the skin, Lancome claims several new technological developments with this foundation. Here’s what Lancome has to say about this….

        Light emanates from the most beautiful skin. Now, reproduce it.

        With Aura-Inside™ technology, Lancôme invents its 1st foundation that recreates the true natural light of perfect skin. Its unique weightless texture provides perfect buildable coverage with a bare sensation. Instantly, complexion appears lit-from-within, visibly flawless.


        With 10 years of research, and 7 international patents pending, this ultra lightweight formula enriched with soothing rose extract, unifies the skin for a flawless complexion, while giving 18 hours of hydration.


        Technology
        • Aura-Inside™ technology
        • 10 times less powdery fillers
        • Liquid Light Essence “liquid micro mirrors”
        • 37% pure water and soothing rose extract calms the skin
        • Oil-free, fragrance-free formula
        • SPF 15


        Buildable/Moderate Coverage
        True-to-Skin Natural Finish
        Suitable for sensitive skin. Oil-free. Fragrance-free. Non-comedogenic. Dermatologist-tested.

        My Video Review
        Before/After swatches
        My Shade: Buff 2 (w)

        Lancome Teint Miracle foundation--before-after


        • Reduced redness overall
        • Evened skintone to a uniform shade
        • Reasonably good match to my neck colour
        • Natural finish, felt thin and comfortable on the skin
        • Not at all greasy and no obvious shine to the skin afterwards

        What about Lancome’s own claims? 
        Did it live up to what it said?

        Benefits

        • Enhances skin’s natural light. The complexion appears flawless, full of life – as if lit-from-within (true)
        • Bare skin sensation, correction with translucency for a natural finish, as if matter-free (true)
        • 18 hour hydration (decent)
        • Diminishes redness for a more uniform complexion (VERY TRUE)
        • Non-irritating/doesn’t cause break-outs (true)
        • Protects skin from UV damage (N/A)
        Ingredients

        lancome-- teint miracle-ingredients

        In short…
        • Recommended for most skintypes unless extremely oily or extremely dry
        • No breakouts or skin issues after use
        • Medium coverage and spread well without loosing opacity
        • Great for all ages, from younger age group to mature skin
        • Comfortable feel though not long lasting (try primer and powder)
        • Slightly rose scent enhances the application experience
        • Dries to a sophisticated sheen on the skin, not too flashy but not matte either


        I think beyond the longevity factor, this product by Lancome has really impressed me. The texture and feel of it is quite perfect and it certainly gives a brightened look to the complexion, I can see myself reaching for this one often. It has a strange reminder to my beloved CHANEL Pro-Lumiere but slightly less creamy and better suited for combination oily skin. Both are in my top list!


        Leave me your thoughts on this product if you’ve tried it! 

        Review: HADALABO | Moist BB Cream + Swatch

        Hello Everyone,

        Following the success of their very popular skincare line, Hadalabo (the Japanese Skincare line) has released a sunscreen and BB Cream line!

        *jump for excitement*
        Hadalabo BB Moist Cream_03

        As I’m already a devoted fan of their Shiroyjun Whitening skincare (reviewed HERE), I went straight to try their BB Cream. I believe its a good sign when a skincare brand starts doing makeup because I feel that they will likely make colour products with a skincare conscience. 

        …..want to know what I think of this Hadalabo BB Cream? Read on!

        The packaging and aesthetic of this product certainly reflects Hadalabo’s concept on simple, effective skincare…the branding is minimalistic with clear bright text. Perhaps a little bland for some, but I personally think it works well with its pre-existing line, one look at this and you KNOW its from Hadalabo.

        Hadalabo BB Moist Cream_01

        THE BASICS
        Brand: Hadalabo
        Product: BB Moist Cream SPF32/PA+++
        Variation: Emulsion type (for oily skin) and Cream type (for dry skin)
        Colours: #01, #02
        Size: 45g
        Price: $20 CAD (via eBay)
        Availability: eBay or Adam Beauty online
        Would I repurchase: Yes.

        I choose the darker of the 2 shades available for this BB Cream (the Emulsion version also has 2 shades but not the exact same shades as the BB Cream), which is Natural Ochre. While it is darker than my skin tone, I find that once it blends out, I have no real problem with it though that might change as I get paler in the winter.


        VIDEO REVIEW
        BEFORE & AFTER
        (having a terrible breakout at the moment…oiiii)
        HADALABO BB Cream Before-After

        *Sorry Everyone, I couldn’t find the packaging for the BB Cream so no ingredients list for you today 😦

        Hadalabo BB Moist Cream_02

        THE ROUND UP

        • BB Cream (2 shades) & BB Emulsion (2 shades)
        • Leaning towards yellow undertones, runs slighter darker than other Korean BB Creams I have encountered
        • Both have SPF to protect you from the sun rays
        • Texture is very bendable with fingers
        • Medium coverage & layer-able
        • Hydrates the skin through out the day
        • Soft semi-glowy finish
        • BB “CREAM” version: recommended for dry, normal or combination skin
        • No breakouts or sensitivity!

        Overall this has got to be one of my favourite BB Cream ever, of course I’ve still got my eye on a few others I want to try but really, I think this product full fills pretty much all of my requirements on a basic BB Cream. Albeit it doesn’t have any “miraculous” skincare/healing results, the fact that it can keep my skin hydrated through a 10hr + day is a huge feat on its own and I’d say that the skincare background of Hadalabo really stands out in this base care. Highly recommend this for everyone, try the Cream or the Emulsion, either way I think the quality of the product is certainly evident.