Monday, February 22, 2016

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup SPF 10/PA ++ in 3C0 Cool Crème

Hi all,
I would love to share with you a full review of Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. For your information, I was never a “foundation kind-of-girl”, on everyday basis I prefer to use something light like cushion and bb cream. Basically I avoid thick, cake-face, skin-suffocating foundation. However this Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation  is so good I have to use it as a replacement for my everyday Etude Cushion and Laneige Cushion. Let’s jump on the full review.

This foundation is packed inside a matte glass bottle with gold twisted cap. It looks glamourous and luxurious. However it has no pump so be careful, do not pour too much product on your hand. 

The texture is light liquid and quiet runny. On everyday basis, I prefer to use a very small amount, as much as my short ring finger nail, applied directly to the face with clean finger. I only need this little because this foundation has a medium to full coverage that disguises imperfections on my face beautifully. If it is a special occasion like party or wedding I will apply more product with damp Beauty Blender. The SPF is so little it doesn’t resulted in white cast on flash photography. 

Even though it has medium to full coverage my skin never feel cakey or heavy, it still gives a light and fresh feeling that I love. It is not completely matte and natural glow still coming through. After hours of activity this foundation doesn’t separate on skin surface like so many others foundation. It blends well and sits naturally.

The color 3C0 Cool Crème  is suitable for my light-medium Asian skin-tone (NC25 on MAC). It doesn’t trigger acne or oil production on my oily acne prone skin. It is oil-free and do not oxidize. Bottom line I enjoy this foundation and recommend you to try it.

Price: Rp 520.000,- (Mid 2015) I got mine at Estee Lauder Counter, Sogo, Plaza Senayan

Friday, February 19, 2016

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit

Hi all,
Today I would like to do a review on newest addition to my makeup collection which is Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit. This limited edition palette contains three Ambient Lighting Powders, two Ambient Lighting Blushes, and one Ambient Lighting Bronzer in a large, plastic palette with a big mirror.

First of all, I would like to remind you that each product is not that big. Each palette is just slightly bigger than my thumb, finding brush that fits perfectly still become a challenge for me. If you know which exact Hourglass product that suits you, I recommend skip this palette and buy it individually. If you have a hard time picking Hourglass product then this palette would be great. 

This palette has 6 products: 

Ambient Lighting Powder in “Dim Light”
It is described as a neutral peach beige powder. I find it gives a slight warm tone when applied to my fair skin. It does not have the powdery cakey look that I hate. It slightly blurs any imperfection on my face. 

Strobe Lighting Powder in “Iridescent Strobe Light”
This products is described as rose pearl color highlighter, it translates as pinkish beige with very fine silver shimmer on my face.  For comparison, this highlighter is more subtle than Mary Lou-manizer from The Balm. It is create a slight powdery mess when picked up by brush from the pan.

Ambient Lighting Powder in “Diffused Light”
Described as soft, warm, pale yellow powder, this product suits my skin tone really well. It supposed to reduce redness and gives clarity. Perfect to use as finishing powder. It gives fresh semi matte modern look. 

Blush in “Mood Exposure”
This blush described as soft plum color blush. It translates as mauve pink with warm undertone on my skin. It gives a natural satin finish that’s very easy to blend and has medium pigmentation. I never have a blush color like this before, it just so beautiful. Currently this is my most used blush. 

Blush in “Luminous Flush”
This blush color is described as champagne rose. It gives me a nice peachy pink flush with gold undertone. Just like the “Mood Exposure” this blush has satin finish and very easy to blend. 

Bronzer in “Luminous Bronze Light”
This medium tan shade bronzer workdsperfectly to add some sunkissed glow to the skin. It is create a slight powdery mess when picked up by brush from the pan. 

I got mine for Rp 1.525.000 @joancorner on Instagram

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Favorite Concealers Review: RMS 'un'cover-up & Laura Mercier Secret Comuflage

Hi all,
Today I would like to share with you my two favorite concealers which are RMS ‘un’cover-up that I specifically used for under-eye area and Laura Mercier Secret Comuflage for blemishes and dark spots. 

In the past, I have used MAC Studio Finish Concealer, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Bobbi Brown Corrector (another good one for dark circle), Benefit Boi-ing and YSL Touche Eclat. Each one of them is good and has their own plus and minus. However the RMS and Laura Mercier are the two that I reach the most in these past months. Let’s jump into the review. 

RMS 'un'cover-up no 11

RMS brand is supermodel favorites. It is stated on their website that ‘un’cover-up  is completely lightweight and hydrating to the skin. The 'un'cover-up will reveal more youthful and radiant result. Shade 11 is a pale shade with a subtle yellow base. It has coconut oil, castor seed oil, jojoba seed oil, cocoa seed butter, and beeswax. All organic and doesn't create millia on my oily-acne prone skin.

Since it has moisturizing ingredients, my under eye area always feel smooth and hydrated, unlike some other concealers that resulted in dry, wrinkly and crepey-looking eye. The texture of ‘un’cover-up is heavenly: smooth, lightweight and glides on easily while still maintain a great pigmentation.  I use clean ring finger to apply this product.  

Price: I got mine at Beyorg, IFC Mall-Hong Kong. Price was HKD 345. See my full Hong Kong Haul here.

Laura Mercier Secret Comuflage in SC – 3

Lately I have some kind of hormonal cystic acne going on. My usual Erha medication doesn’t really heal it as fast as it used to be. I need strong, opaque, non-oily, long lasting concealer to hide those annoying bumps. This concealer is not your ‘dab and go’ kind of concealer. You need specific technique to use this product. Here’s what I learn:

  • Make sure your skin match the largest pan. You can use the smaller pan, which contains peach or pink tone to counteract redness, blue-ish or purple-ish skin imperfections. 
  • Use concealer brush to pick some concealer from the largest pan, put it on your palm. Next use concealer brush to pick some concealer from the smallest pan. Mix it on your palm with the first concealer. You can customize the color by adding more products. My brush of choice is Real Rechnique Detailer Brush.  
  • Secret Comuflage is such a heavy duty, dry, dense, and opaque concealer. It needs to be warm up before we apply on our skin. You can blast the pan with hair dryer, put the compact inside our jeans pocket for 30 minutes, or my favorite trick just put mix the two colors together on our palm. The heat from our palm helps melt the product together. 
  • Apply the mixture of concealer with our finger or concealer brush onto any dark spots, blemishes and scarring. 
  • Because of the dry texture, I find it not really suitable to use for under eye area. The Sales Associate at Laura Mercier also told me that this one is not for the under-eye area. Laura Mercier has other concealer for that purpose. If you insist to use it to cover dark circle, I suggest to apply creamy eye cream first to make it glides easily.

Overall this is not practical concealer. But if you know how to use this, the result is much better and longer lasting than any other concealer in the market. Price: I got mine at Laura Mercier Counter at Paragon Dept. Store, Bangkok. Price was Bath 1300. See mu full Bangkok Haul here

So that’s all for today, what is your favorite concealer for under-eye area? What is the best concealer for blemishes? I would love to try the Cle de Peau concealer in the future. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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