I bought this with a $20 off VIB discount at Christmas time, along with another item that totalled $50 for the discount. This is part of Too Faced’s Primed & Poreless lineup, which I had used the primer and wasn’t entirely impressed other than finding it pretty standard silicone stuff.
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Just like CoverGirl’s Lashblast, BADgal is a rubber brush mascara so it’s less forgiving if you accidentally poke your eye(s) with this, though a regular fibre brush mascara will do you in just as bad. The bristles are hard, and the brush is rather big, which doesn’t always work for me. As we get older, volume isn’t always better – our eyelashes tend to get more fragile and don’t quite support the extra volume these big wand mascaras provide. I find this to be particularly true now that I am well into my thirties.
At the time I purchased the Kanebo Freshel Mineral BB cream, I also bought Isehan Heroine Make Mineral BB Cream, but in 01 (Light) since I am kind of in between 01 and 02 in most Japanese BB creams. While the Kanebo Freshel BB cream was much thicker and has a stuffy closet smell (sorry, that’s the closest I can think of), the Isehan Heroine Make Mineral BB Cream has no scent at all, and is much lighter in texture. This one is substantially smaller too – only 30g instead of Kanebo’s 50g – but the UV protection is also slightly higher. The packaging suggests that this Heroine Make line is more for the younger crowd (think early twenties). It’s cute and inexpensive. In Japan, this only sells for 1000 Yen which is roughly US$10.
I bought this for my ‘waterline’, the lower rim lash line to brighten my eyes. This is a glittery waterproof gel liner, which is very creamy and blends easily, and like so many things at the Face Shop, you can’t go wrong!
Ever since the polar vortex, I get less and less time in the morning to do my makeup because I am just that tired to get out of bed. So, despite my previous hesitations to try another BB cream, I find myself looking for one. My daughter has to get up at 6:30am to catch the school bus now, which means I am out of bed around that time too, and out the door by 7:20am. I need a 10-in-1 product if I can find one, but I’ll gladly settle for a 5-in-1!
This is a liquid and powder brown eyeliner in one made by Bison. I find that brown eyeliners give the eyes a more natural look; on regular days when I am not going out to do anything special, this gives my eyes a nice, natural definition instead of the dramatic look I usually do with a black eyeliner. I have this in Bitter Chocolate, a dark brown shade, rather than the Milk Chocolate, which is a light brown shade I initially wanted but was out of stock on adambeauty.com.
At US$67.5 for 25ml, this was the most expensive foundation I have ever purchased. Based on good reviews and my fondness for Kanebo’s discontinued brand Revue which had the best foundation for my skin, I wanted to try the higher end of Kanebo’s foundation, since Coffret D’or somehow didn’t quite measure up to Revue (though both are in the same price range). I wanted to get the Cream Foundation initially; but I am not fond of the jar format, which is essentially a warm bed for germs. So I settled for the liquid version which comes in a glass bottle with a pump.
I have never used Cosme Decorte Lacouture line from Kose before. It’s supposedly a high end line, and I have great expectations(perhaps I shouldn’t) for this product. I do have a love-hate relationship with many silicone primers; the last one I used, Too Faced Primed and Poreless, felt slick but didn’t quite control the oil (I don’t even have oily skin) nor did it fill in the fine lines. This moisturizing base from Lacouture sounds so promising. It’s a milky texture primer that doesn’t feel at all silioney, and claims to target fine lines and dryness. It goes on clear without a tint, and won’t leave a white cast on your face, which I personally prefer. It also has an SPF20 PA++. It’s not high enough I would use it without a sunscreen, but better than SPF15 you would get from most western brands in their foundations.
Another Kose product I picked up lately.
First thing, if you haven’t used many Japanese brand eyeshadows, you may not know that they aren’t as pigmented as most of the western brands here; the shadows tend to be sheer. I love and hate it at the same time, because for the lighter shades, I wanted more pigments; for the darker shades, it’s nice not having to worry about being too dark at the first swipe.
This came out about a year ago but it was such a good deal (US$38) on Adambeauty.com that I thought I’d give it a try. Normally, just the refill alone would cost this much; but the whole set, including a 4g Multi Covering Makeup Base and the Foundation Case, came to the same price as the refill, and I have never tried Esprique. A nice looking set at a decent price!
When I read lots of reviews claiming that this was a dupe for Cle de Peau’s concealer (US$70), I took notice. I was never ever going to spend that much on a concealer, no matter how desperate I am with my dark circles. But at more than half the price, I didn’t hesitate to test this out. Plus, Sephora has a great return policy. There’s no harm in trying!
I have dry eyes, exacerbated by the indoor heat at this time of the year. Lately, even eyeshadows that didn’t crease on my lid before started to crease, from sheer dryness. After a relatively long period of time not using an eyeshadow base/primer, I finally had to be on the lookout for one!
The most I had ever spent on a concealer/highlighter was YSL Touche Eclat. It was downright robbery, at CAD$50; and what’s worse, was that it didn’t even work for me. It was too sheer, not enough pigment, and though it was a highlighter and not meant to really conceal, I didn’t find it did anything for my medium dark circles (brown) at all.
I have done enough research and read a ton of reviews before I decided to give Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer a try. The regular price is just CAD$9.99 (at Walmart), a fifth of Touche Eclat’s, though at only 1.5ml it’s 1ml less than the YSL version. I got really lucky when I spotted Shoppers Drugmart having a sale on two shades – Radiant and Ivory – for CAD$5.99 EACH!! So without hesitation, I picked both up.
I once had a luminizer I really loved: LORAC Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder, 0.35oz., US$32.00. It was the perfect product with soft shimmer; but now that I am on a budget, I am always on the lookout for a comparable product at a lower price. Enter SEPHORA COLLECTION Microsmooth Luminizer in 02 Light Beam. This shade is identical to LORAC’s in Spotlight, a warm beige that blends into my BO10/BE03 skin tone without looking too obvious.
This is my very first Sofina Aube Couture product. I need something to conceal my dark circles; and can you believe that after spending literally more than $100 I still can’t find my HG concealer? Well, I gave up on concealing. I moved onto highlighting, but Touche Eclat didn’t pan out…so I am trying this product specifically meant for the undereye area. This isn’t cheap, by the way. I have been using Shiseido Integrate Design Veil in White (3.5g, US$18) under my eyes, and it was a bit too stark that it gives me a reverse raccoon eye effect; I was hoping that Sofina Aube Couture Designing Highlight would be more subtle, since there is a bit of pink in it and less shimmer.
Lancome Definicils Mascara (regular version) has been one of my favourite mascaras since forever. It defines and curls the lashes, and holds the curls until I remove it; there’s a simplicity to this wonderful mascara that a lot of mascaras fail to live up to.
Dark circles…sigh. It took me a while to realize that my dark circles are from rubbing my eyes (allergy sufferers beware!) often, rather than from lack of sleep, since my dark circles are brown, not blue. One quick way to tell what type of dark circles you have, besides the colour, is to pull the skin under your eyes down – if the darkness moves with it, that means you have friction(from rubbing)-based dark circles. Asians are also particularly prone to having brown dark circles from pigmentation as well. It is important to know what type of dark circles you have so you can use the right products to treat and/or hide then!
This was an impulse buy. I had absolutely no intention of trying out CoverGirl; but I was glad I did!
I have heard a lot of good things about CoverGirl’s LashBlast, but admittedly, I am too much of a makeup snob to try CoverGirl. I had been burned a few times trying drug store cosmetics (Revlon: I am looking at you!) and I wasn’t going to do it again. But heck, even makeup artists have said that when it comes to mascaras, there isn’t really much of a difference spending $6.99 or $26.99. However, I am so infatuated with Lancome’s various mascaras(which still rank as the best ones I have ever used) to really give any drug store brands a chance.
By now, I lost count of how many jars of loose setting powders I have ever purchased in my lifetime! I usually opt for ‘translucent’, but I am sure a lot of you have used enough powders to know that a lot of them aren’t really translucent. I am especially wary of the white powders that claim to be translucent – they usually show up, especially under flash photography, as a stark white layer on your skin. I have done my homework by reading a ton of user reviews and bought Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder, in one shade (translucent), in the US since it’s almost $10 cheaper than buying it in Canada.
I have perpetually dry lips. I have used just about everything, from drug store lip balms to Clinique Repairwear lip treatment; nothing really works. Just like my forehead, my lips have taken on dehydration lines which I am trying to get rid of. Upon doing serious research and reading a lot of user reviews, I decided to try Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper which contains marine-based fillers and collagen.