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Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder- Review

When I bought the cushion foundation from Innisfree, I thought I might as well try their mineral powder.

The powder come in a light, pastel green case. It is light weight and I can see the appeal if you want to carry it with you. Its website indicates that it has minty fragrance but you really have to put it up close to your nose to smell that.

The powder itself look snow-white. However, it just kind of disappear once you start to really dab it into your skin. I would try to pick up just a little bit at a time though, as I find that too much of this powder can settle into the fine lines if you are not careful.

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As to its claim of no sebum, it really does help control oil in hot weather. I like that it doesn’t feel like you are wearing makeup. The only gripe I have with this product is it’s applicator sponge. The applicator sponge has to fit the size of the case, which unfortunately means that you can only insert 2 fingers under the little belt the back. I find this difficult to control and the applicator keeps falling off of my finger. I think what I would do in future, is to just pinch and fold the sponge between my fingers instead of employing the belt.

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Very small powder puff
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Innisfree Cushion Foundation Ampoule Cover- Review

With the popularity of Korean TV dramas sweeping through Asia, the beautiful actresses and their flawless skin became a big selling points for many Korean beauty products. I’ve resisted the hype for as long as I could but became curious when a new product called Cushion foundation came on the market.

Cushion foundation is liquid foundation in a compact form. Inside the cushion compact, you will find a sponge soaked with foundation, and you use another applicator sponge to press on it to pick up a small amount of foundation. I think this helps to pick up just a little bit of foundation at a time so the makeup does not look too cake-y and you can slowly layer it on.

It took me awhile navigating on the Innisfree’s website to figure out how to order. It turns out that you have to order the case (which does not include the cushion foundation), the filling (the cushion foundation) and the applicator sponge separately. I think this is kind of fun for someone who likes to have a case that they can keep refilling, a nod to being environmentally friendly. I ordered the Ampoule Cover cushion, and when I was checking out, I was told that I got one free cushion refill, so I chose the Waterfit to try for next time.

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There are many designs to choose from, which actually makes it bad for me coz I am very indecisive ><

Next came the actual cushion foundation. I was surprised to see that it was packed in foil. I suppose this makes sense in that everything has to be sealed to ensure quality of product.

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Innisfree Cushion foundation come sealed in foiled pack. It’s nice to see that they actually have English at the back : P
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Innisfree Cushion Foundation Refill
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The Big Reveal

 

[Aside:When I was reading up about cushion foundation, I found out that the principle was based on these stamps used in Asia. Then my memory raced back to long long time ago, where every office desk is adorned with a case of red ink. The ink is infused in a cloth- like material and you use a stamp to pick up the pigment and transfer that onto papers. Almost everyone has a stamp with his/her name on it. Instead of signature, it is customary to use your name stamp for official documents and occasional your fingerprint.

There is a certain artistry involved in carving of the names and the material used for the stamp. The stamps can be made from wood, marble, jade, glass, or any number of material you want. It can be as simple as a piece of wood or as elaborate to have intricate pattern carved into it. For the very traditional parents, they would consult a fortune teller when a baby is born. Based on the birth date, time, and then decide the right material on which to carve its namesake stamp. I was also surprised that there are a small numbers of YouTube videos (such as this one) that discuss how to properly use the stamps and the ink so that the pattern of the stamps turn out beautifully.]

Nostalgia aside, how does this cushion foundation fare in my book? Well, I like that it’s lightweight and allow a bit of customization for yourself. The foundation itself is fragrance free which is always great in my book. The foundation I tried on is Ampoule Cover Cushion. I have to say, I was very surprised at the coverage. The cushion feels cool to the touch when applied on my face. I unfortunately did not get the right colour for my skin tone  (the pitfall of buying cosmetic online 😜) so I had to use it very sparingly and really dab it in. The result looks made- up but actually feel sheer to my face. That part is probably my own fault for not getting the right shade.

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Amount of foundation being picked up with one dab from the cushion foundation. I find that this amount is enough to cover the entire face

 

Would I try this again? I think I will. I want to see what it looks like when I have the right shade.

What is your favourite cushion foundation? Do you frequently buy foundation online or always in store? What do you do to avoid buying the wrong shade? Share your experience below : )

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Shu Uemura Ultimate Natural Mascara- Review

After the disaster with Maybelline’s Great Lash, I thought it was time to do further research. I decided to try the Japanese brand Shu Uemura, as recommended by many Vloggers. I figured that an Asian cosmetic company would know the woes we face- short and straight lashes, smaller eyes where lashes constantly touches the lower lids and oilier skin (one of the pros for our delay of wrinkles lol), thus creating the smudge.

This mascara is so understated. It applies very light and the lashes remain soft and natural. It doesn’t really lengthen but it darkens enough to have a visual impact. The curls stays but not as dramatic as Maybelline’s Great Lash. Unfortunately, after 4 hours, I could start to see sign of smudging under one eye. It’s very subtle and I suppose for some people they can use it to play into that sexy smokey eye effect but that’s not for me. I really wish this would be the one but I returned it to Sephora 2 days later.

 

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Burt’s Bee Lipsticks- Review

As the weather warms up, I am feeling a bit bored with the nude. I feel like changing to something more vibrant. I always linger at the Burt’s Bee’s lip product display at Shopper’s Drug Mart and now I get to find out.

I love the packaging. It’s very cute with the little honey combs on the lid. There are many colours on offer and I chose #513 Doused Rose. Despite its use of natural fragrance oils, I find this lipstick smells like some sort of fruity bubble gum. Olfactory- wise, this is not my favourite.

Now on to the colour. The colour is pretty sheer and requires a few passes to get close to the colour in the tube. It is creamy and moisturizing and therefore does come off a bit after eating and drinking. Your lips do retain some colour. In fact, I think it looks more natural after some colour had come off. I don’t mind it not being long lasting as long as it doesn’t dry out my lips. I wore this lipstick alone without a lip balm base and my lips stayed very comfortable and moist.

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Colour of lipstick after 3 swipes

While I like this lipstick in general, I cannot get past the smell. I will probably keep searching for another formula. So close!

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Pixi Natural Brow Duo- Review

I must say it was Pixi’s display in Shopper’s Drug Mart that caught my eyes. Its pale green packaging looked soothing and invoked a feel good sense that comes with many of the brands focusing on the market of natural or organic beauty products. While I do prefer to use products with readable ingredient lists, one can’t help but wonder if we are all just willing participants of the clever marketing?

Anyways, personal musing aside, this brow duo is okay enough to keep but I doubt I’d buy it again. Here are my thoughts:

I like its simplistic design with the pencil on one side and brow gel on the other. There is no strong fragrance which I always like. The transparent tube allows you to see the colour (more on that later) and you will be able to know when it’s running low. Honestly though, brow products don’t really get used up that fast… or is it just me? 🤔

So here is the close up of the pencil

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I was intrigued by the choice of this elongated triangular shape and I quickly found out that I do not like it. It was not easy to control how your strokes would turn out and it could easily made your brow look too thick. Not one for fine-tuning. I had to experiment holding the pencil in different positions and still needing Q- tips to clean up.

The colour goes on smoothly and blends naturally with my brow so it’s a shame about the design.

Now onto the brow gel

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The brow gel is basically a mini- mascara for the eye brow. From the outside the colour of the gel appear to be the same as the pencil, but when you apply it it was actually almost transparent.

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Colour of Pixi Brow Duo side by side

The problem is that the brow gel gave my brow an unrealistic, shiny plastick-y feel once it dried. While the brush did help to smooth out the hair and make the brow look neater, I felt that I could easily do without the gel.

So there you have it. I am keeping this for its pencil’s natural colour, but I am sure there will be other products which are easier to apply.

 

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Maybelline Great Lash (Waterproof)- Review

When it comes to mascara, I don’t ask it to have specific function like curling, lengthening or volumizing. I don’t care about any newly improved bristles. I don’t need any specific brand with mission statement to save the earth, use recycled package, or be chemical free.

My one and only criteria- Smudge free

I have long been puzzled by my ability to get racoon eyes despite using waterproof mascara. It doesn’t matter if I teared up or not. Most mascara cannot wait to leave my eyelashes and darken my lower lids.

It turns out the culprit is sebum (plus or minus any moisturizer or foundation I might have).

I’ve tried lash extension. While this eliminated the need to apply mascara, it was pretty expensive and I felt my eyelids had to work extra hard to stay open 😅. The lash glue did not play well with any oil- based skin product, which meant I couldn’t use some home-made essential oil products.

I’ve left my lashes alone for the past year or so. Last week I decided that enough is enough- I want to feel girly damn it! So I googled best smudge free mascara but alas, Google thinks smudge-free= waterproof and I was taken to a few pages on waterproof mascaras, some of which also swore that they were smudge proof. So I ventured out and bought Maybelline’s Great Lash Waterproof formula.

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The reviews I read lauded how this mascara had been around for a long time. Despite its cheap looking design, I figured that if it had longevity it must have been a good product to stick around amidst the newer, fancier sounding formulas.

I applied this mascara last night and was immediately impressed with how light the formula felt. It was also very build-able, making my lashes longer. I was further impressed that my lashes stayed curled after 10 minutes- Yes my lashes usually go straight after 10 minutes of eyelash curler and mascara application. I felt like a million bucks when I left for a party.

All fair tales do come to an end… when midnight struck and I saw myself in the mirror, my old nemeses had shown their ugly faces. I didn’t want to believe it but there they were, two unmistakable dark rings under my eyes. I wiped them off and headed back to the party. The lashes still stayed curled and long though.

It’s such a shame. I liked the way my lashes look with this. Back to the drawing board. I hope the drugstore will be able to give me a refund.

I still think this is a good mascara for people who don’t have oily skin around their eyes. For me, however, the search continues…

 

 

 

 

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5 Popular Lipstick Colors That Truly Look Awesome on Everyone | Glamour

Six women, five beloved lipsticks—get their honest opinions below!

via 5 Popular Lipstick Colors That Truly Look Awesome on Everyone | Glamour

This is a very detailed review on lipstick colours, complete with girls with various skin tones and how the colours look on them.

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Why Women Wear Makeup: Spoiler, It’s Not for Men | Glamour

In the florescent glare of that Florida bathroom, Kate and I stared at each other. My own front teeth were widely spaced, my belly was baby-round, and my hair was cut in a too-short bob that was totally unsuited to its thick, wavy texture. The pink splotch of lipstick over my mouth resembled a welt. Neither of us looked remotely grown-up or beautiful. In fact, we both looked deranged. We screamed with laughter.

via Why Women Wear Makeup: Spoiler, It’s Not for Men | Glamour

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Review- YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch

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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch

This was given to me as a gift. I wasn’t too sure how to use it. The description said that it could used to brighten under eye area but many reviews said that it made them have a reverse shadow kind of situation. I looked up YouTube tutorials on how to use it, and settled on using it to highlight my nasal bridge, under my brows and cheekbones…

The pen and brush design was supposed to help with precision in application. You click the button at the end of the pen and the product comes out through a hole in the middle of the brush. I find that one has to be careful with the number of clicks you do. The first few times I clicked too often and found big glob of the product dripping everywhere. While I appreciate the brush inclusion, I am concerned about the brush part essentially acting as a petri dish as the products and skin cells will be accumulating here.

The texture is a bit creamy but blends easily with fingers. There is a light fragrance to it but it’s tolerable.

I have to say that unfortunately, it only seems to make a difference in highlighting my nasal bridge. It’s entirely possible that this is not the right colour for me. This is not a product that I would buy again.

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Review- Aveda Nourish Mint Sheer Mineral Lip Color

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Aveda Nourish Mint Sheer Mineral Lip Color #951 sheer primrose

It’s difficult for me to wear lip makeup. My lips dry  easily and wearing any colour just accentuate the fine lines or the little bits of dry skin hanging off of it. I envy girls with beautiful red lips. The last time a friend let me borrow her long wear lip colour, my lips became so dry within a few hours that I had to keep applying lip balms.

I decided to give Aveda’s lip colour a try when I bought the masque. I like this colour because it’s earthy and subtle with a little bit a shimmer. It has a very faint mint smell to it but not too overwhelming.

The colour takes a few application to show and it looks as if I am wearing nothing. I find it more or less even out the colour of my lips more so than providing a coloration to it. It is, very nourishing as its name claims.

It is not long wear so you do have to keep applying it during bathroom trips and watch for lip stain on glasses.

I like this range a lot and perhaps next time I will try a different colour now that I find one that feels good on my lips!

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Review- The Face Shop Brow Master

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The Faceshop Brow Master Pencil

This was one of those impromptu buys. There are more and more Asian beauty shops popping up in the major malls. We are no longer confined to going to Chinatown or the Asian shopping centres for a bit of far east. This was the first product I tried.

First of all, one of the reason I passed The Face Shop by was because the place are always crowded. Their products are easily accessibly on the counter and shelves for people to try on but the shopfront are generally very small. The price tags are very reasonable so perhaps that is their appeal. There is a lot of “Excuse me” “Sorry” “Passing through” going on.

As a rule, I bypass the skin care products under bright illuminating display lights and looked at the little baskets of goodies in the middle of the shop. There were so many selections of eyebrow, eyelashes, eyeshadow and lip colour products. I found the displays a little bit confusing and not immediately obvious the formula of the pencil one is trying on.

I like this brow pencil because I do not need to sharpen it. I can’t believe it takes me this long to get one of these “automatic” brow pencil but I’ve only owned ❤ brow products in my entire life so I am hardly an expert. The colour is actually quite faint. You have to make a lot of tiny strokes to get the depth of colour you want but this is probably a good thing for someone who tends to be heavy- handed. The line goes on very precise, which for me was not very good coz it seemed a bit fake. Luckily it comes with the brow brush which helps to soften the lines a bit.

Overall, I find this brow pencil to be pretty good. It does take some used to to figure out how to get what I want out of it. I probably will not repeat buy again but will definitely look at The Face Shop for other products in the future.
UPDATE: Jan 16th 2017

I am sad to report that while the crayon part of the browser pencil still works, the brush end of the pencil has come apart. The brush is okay but it’s joint to the main body had come undone. It’s still usable but just that I have to put it back all the time.