Monday, 30 September 2013

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Deauville

Nars Sheer Glow foundation is my very first high-end foundation. I have been looking for a foundation that does not contain any SPF so that I can use it for special occasions without worrying about my face turning into a "moon-face" or a white cast on flash photography. Before buying this, I google "top recommended foundations without spf" and in the end I settle my first foundation with Nars. This foundation is a cult favourite among the beauty communities. Moreover, if you haven't notice, I'm a Nars lover.

Nars sheer glow is a medium coverage foundation but it's buildable depending on how you apply it. I personally prefer using a beauty-blender than a foundation brush for this particular foundation. I find that, when I use a foundation brush like the Real Technique buffing brush it looks a bit cakey and doesn't look as natural as when I apply it using a beauty-blender.  Longevity wise, I reckon it stays on around 6hours max and it'll start to wear off . Despite the name being "sheer" and "glow", it's nothing like that. Although, it feels lightweight on the skin, I won't count Nars Sheer Glow to be a "sheer" foundation. I find that the word "glow" is kinda misleading as when you apply it on, it's more of a matte finish with a bit of sheen. Colour wise, I'm pretty content with the range selection. I would really recommend Nars foundation range especially to all pale girls out there like me. At first, I got the colour Montblanc but I find it a bit too pink for my taste as I want to cancel out the redness on my skin. So, I decided to swap it with Deauville which is describe to have a neutral undertone. I have not really figure out my undertone, do I have a yellow or pink tone? cool or warm or maybe even neutral? I'm not really sure about it.

I really like and enjoy wearing this foundation. For the price, it's on the pricey side for $68AUD. However, it's totally worthed as it gives me a flawless complexion. I can probably get away without wearing concealer. Btw, I have a combination skin where I have an oily T-zone. I think this Nars foundation lives up to the hype.

Before & After 

Have you try this? Do you like it??

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Budget Find : Daiso Brushes and Makeup Sponge Detergent Cleaner

Last week or so, I went to Daiso. I love visiting store like Daiso as I can find some gems from there and it's really fun. If you are not familiar, Daiso is a Japanesse store that sells all item at $2.80. They sell all sorts of things.

While wandering around the aisle, I noticed this so-called Detergent for puff and sponge. I thought I should just try it out for a mere $2.80, I got nothing to lose.  To be honest, I dislike cleaning my brushes, it's such a chores. Who else is with me ?? I hope I'm not alone.

This detergent works miraculously. I tried it on both of my old and new beauty blender, and it cleanse it like a dream. Although, the older one still has a stain on it due to my lack of care in cleaning it regularly.  I think this detergent is a good alternative to MAC brush cleanser. Moreover, I tried using this to clean my brushes and it works as well.

So, I am delightful to say that now, I do not need to spend so much money just to clean my brushes and sponge. So glad that I found this detergent. I'll keep on buying them.

Have you try this ? What do you think about it ??

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The repurchase products

Today post is dedicated to my most-loved trustee product. As the title suggest, it's a repurchased products. I have probably at least repurchased the item once which shows how much I adore the product as I don't tend to repeat on buying the same item again and again. I get bored easily. So, it's a pretty rare sight of me being loyal to one particular products.

Soap & Glory Clean on Me shower gel : This stuff smell amazing! If I need to choose one shower gel to use in my whole entire life, I'll stick to this as long as they keep on producing it. This shower gel, reminds me a lot of my favourite scents, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle.

Lucas' Papaw Ointment : A multipurpose product  but I mainly use it for moisturising my lips and sometime my cuticles. I think almost every Australian have this. This has become one of my staple product. One tube last me for quite a while.

Urban Decay All Nighter makeup setting spray : I don't know how I can lived without this spray anymore especially during summer where my makeup tends to melt away and wear off. This setting spray really helps my makeup to stay put. My HG , will continue to keep on purchasing this.

Indeed Lab Hydraluron : Out of all these item, the only item that I haven't finished is this hydraluron. But, I have already bought two more tubes as a backup. Great serum, can't go wrong with this stuff.

Maybelline Instant Age rewind Eraser concealer : Favourite under-eye concealer. The sponge applicator is a plus as well. Very hydrating on the skin.

Maybelline Mascara : I have to admit that my all time favourite mascara will be from Maybelline. They just offer a great range of mascara at an affordable price. My Top 3 mascara from Maybelline will be the Falsies, Colossal Cat Eye and Mega plush.

St-Ives invigorating apricot scrub : This is probably my 1000th tube. Before I become a skincare addict, my skin surface was terrible and I have a pretty bad blackheads around my nose. This has a become the Hero of saving my bumpy skin and nothing can beat this awesome scrub.

Do you like any of these stuff? What have you repurchased??

Monday, 9 September 2013

Coveting now #2

coveting now 2

1. Jouer Luminizing Moisture tint : I love their matte moisture tint version so much that I would love to try the luminizing version as well. 

2. Escentric Molecule Molecule 01 : I'm on the hunt looking for a new perfume as I'm running low. I heard about this perfume and become curious. The unique things about this perfume is that the  scent will adapt with our body, so basically everyone will end up with different smell. 

3. Origins Ginzing moisturiser : I adore Origins product. I have tried and used some of their skincare products and I have nothing to complain about. This is one of their new release moisturiser, I'm tempted to try it out as it smells amazing  and feels very lightweight (I try them on at Kit Cosmetic). Very summer appropriate. 

4. Jo Malone perfume : I have been lusting over this perfume for the longest time, I have even put it on my first Coveting Now post back in August. Really want to try one of their scents, but the price kinda putting me off. 

5. Jouer Highlighter : Interested in finding a highlighter that is not overwhelming and looks natural on. After researching a bit about it, Jouer highlighter just tick all the boxes. 

6. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick : Creamy , moisturising and great pigmentation. Absolutely adore this lipstick line. Wanting to try Naked for a nude lipstick , Anarchy for a hot pink and Obsessed for a pretty pink. 

7. Urban Decay Naked Basics palette : I don't actually need another neutral palette but I want it. 

8. Jouer Mineral Powder Blush : Can you tell that I'm a bit obsessed with everything related to Jouer?? Apart from lusting over their base product and highlighter, I really want to try their blushes as well. Especially Peony, the colour is so pretty. 

9. China Glaze nail polish : They got a pretty awesome selection of colours that I wanted to try. 

10. Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer : Kate from Ghostparties rave about this primer a lot that I have to give it a try ASAP! 

11. Nike Free Run shoes : I need a running shoes. 

12. Michael Kors Selma Bag : Isn't it pretty? A girl can never have too many bags as well as shoes and makeup. 

What are you coveting at the moment ? Mind sharing your wish list with me in the comments below. Would love to know yours as well. 

Sunday, 8 September 2013

FODT : minimalist makeup routine

Dior Lip Glow, Daniel Sandler watercolour blush in So Pretty, Maybelline the Collossal Cat eye, Nars Laguna, Nars Satin Lip pencil in Yu, Jouer Matte Moisture tint in Porcelain, Shu Uemura eye curler

Fact story, I'm not a morning person. I always wake up late in the morning. Snoozing my alarm has become my habit. So, when that kind of day come, I'll only have limited amount of time to get ready and do my routine. Therefore, when it comes to makeup product, I'll stick to the things that I know will work for me. Plus, I'll keep everything as simple as possible by using less product and undo-ing unnecessary steps. 

For the base product, I have been abusing my Jouer Matte moisture tint. I have rave about this in so many post including my August Favourites. It's just so easy to blend and looks very natural on the skin. I can get away without setting it with a powder as it gives a semi-matte finish. When in a rush, I'll usually skip the concealer part, if I do have an extra time, I'll use my Maybelline instant age-rewind concealer for my under eye. 

Then, I'll use the cult favourite bronzer, Nars Laguna. Instead of setting my base with a powder, I find that using a bronzer helps to set my base well enough. For blush, I'll stick with any pink blush, and at the moment I'm enjoying Daniel Sandler Watercolour blush in So Pretty. For the eye, as I am keeping everything as simple as possible, I'll only use a mascara, my all time favourite is the Maybelline Collossal cat eye. I'll finish it off with a statement lip colour, Dior Lip glow as a balm and  top it off with Nars Satin lip pencil in Yu. I find that wearing a pop of colour on the lips gives an effortless casual look without putting much effort. 

Overall, I'm done. This will probably take me around 10-15minutes. If I have an extra time, I'll spritz some MAC Fix+ to give my skin a dewy look. 

So, what's your makeup staple in a rush ??  Would love to know your recommendation. 

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

The BB/CC Cushion Foundation Rave - IOPE Air Cushion XP

IOPE Air Cushion XP - C21

From BB creams to CC creams and now the highly coveted product in the Korean market is the BB/CC Cushion Foundation rave. This BB/CC Cushion trend has been going on for awhile. It's like the new trend after BB creams and CC creams.

Basically, this is a new concept of  a "fuss-free" makeup application. Applying your base product from the cushion without the need of using any brush or pumping out your foundation. I was triggered by the hype due to its claim of lightweight texture, natural looking skin, non-cakey when reapply and high SPF. So, I thought why not, summer is coming and I never incorporate any suncream to my skincare routine. After researching a bit about the BB/CC cushion foundation, I decided to get the IOPE Air Cushion XP in C21 (buy here). Although, at first I struggled deciding between the IOPE and Hera version, but decided to stick with the IOPE as it's less dewy and more compatible with my combination skin. Moreover, IOPE is the mother of the cushion trend, as it's the first that launched and make it to the trend.

The concept of this cushion foundation is to provide hydration to the skin and also a cooling effect. Coverage wise I would say it's light to medium and very buildable. I tried wearing it on top of another foundation (Jouer Matte moisture tint) and it makes it look even more natural and dewy. I really like the finished of it, I would say a semi-dewy. I prefer wearing this by itself as I find the coverage to be decent enough for an everyday wear. I apply it using the sponge that is given, as the sponge will not eat up the foundation.  For the colour range, they provide three options which are natural #21 & #23, cover #21 & #23 and shimmer #23. Basically, natural for a lighter coverage , cover for more coverage and shimmer for brightening effect. Longevity wise, it stays on the skin pretty good through out the day around 6 hours and I do find my face looks a bit shinny at the end of the day. I bought this for around $36AUD, which I think is pretty decent as IOPE is a department store brand and inside the box there is an extra refill for the cushion. I really appreciate the fact that the compact is refillable. I find it very convenient, as I can just buy another brand refill cushion and put it inside the IOPE compact. It also have a build-in UV protection of SPF 50++.

I thought I should show you how incredibly good this thing is in evening out my complexion. So below I have provide a close up "before" and "after" photos. Beware of my bare skin look, pardon me if I scare you.

Bare Face

Wearing IOPE Air Cushion XP - C21

So have you try on any Cushion foundation ? If not, will you try them in the future??

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