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Contour -NYX - Powder Blush - Taupe

on 6/21/2017 11:02:00 PM


Love this for contouring! It's great for an everyday contour but it's also so easy to build up for a more dramatic look.

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Powder -Meow Cosmetics - Flawless Feline Mineral Foundation


Flawless Feline in Fierce Abyssinian is the best match I've ever found in a foundation (and I've tried A LOT). I'm South Asian-descent, NC40ish, with cool yellow olive beige undertones and I'm very muted. This can be a little too olive/yellow if built up too much, but worn with a big Kabuki brush (E.L.F.), on top of the Sephora Gel concealer for spots that need better coverage, it's absolutely perfect. Abyssinian is such a gorgeous true yellow-beige shade. The finish is so natural, no sparkle, nothing. It start out matte but lasts into a natural dew by the end of the day. I'm really oily, so I also set this with a rice powder/kaolin clay mix I DIY. After like 12 hours tho the foundation starts to break down (but that's lasting a p darn long time).

I don't think this is total full coverage the way I wear it, but there was a point in time when I did wear this full coverage. I went through the Munchkin size too quickly doing this, but it's still possible. I recommend using the E.L.F. flat top powder brush, spraying it with Fix+ or water, then stippling the powder on -- not blending. You don't really need to buff this on unlike other powder foundations tbh. When I'd do this, I'd use Fierce Manx as a corrector for PIH (it's very yellow with some peach, close dupe for Nars Stromboli but less peachy actually). And you can get a pretty natural-finish full coverage beat look. But again, the FF can also be worn pretty sheerly so it's very flexible. It also plays well with cream/liquid concealers and blushes! And best of all, it doesn't break out my super acne-prone skin. This does, however, require a good base to work well. I use a Japanese sunscreen milk that's quite siliconey, but back when I just put this on top of regular moisturizer, it wouldn't "stick" to my face. Mineral makeup has a learning curve, and this is no exception. Brushes, base products, and application technique are all extremely important for making this work.

The only thing is, color inconsistency. This has me pissed because I love this so much. First time I tried the Fierce Abyssinian sample, it was great. I order it in the munchkin size, but it's much more saturated, green, and yellow than I recall. I mix some Korat and Siamese in Naughty to tone it down but it just ends up a bit too warm. Still workable, I finish it off and order a full size of the Abyssinian, and it's the exact color of the sample from the first go! I was excited but also mad, like, why.....does it have to be inconsistent. That's my main gripe with this. The full size will last me a while, but the whole thing got me feeling some type of way. And I'm not the only one who's had this experience.

All in all, HG to the moon, despite this.

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Liquid -Bobbi Brown - Skin Foundation SPF 15

on 6/21/2017 10:50:00 PM


I'm really disappointed to be writing this review, because I loved this product so much in-store. It matches my skin tone perfectly and it has a nice coverage that seems very buildable. I balked at the price, but I figured that if it was a good foundation it would be worthwhile. What I found, however, was that it had virtually no staying power, and even the slightest smudge was enough to take off a glob of makeup. Even with setting spray AND primer I have to be extremely careful about not touching my face. Sadly, I think I'll be returning this product, since $60 CAD is awfully pricey for a foundation that needs a lot of extra help to stay on.

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Masks -Deciem - The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

on 6/21/2017 10:47:00 PM



Been using this together with the copper serum (also another great buy, but that broke my wallet while this one didnt), and my skin has never felt smoother. I have an old acne scar that lightened up and scabbed off almost immediately after using this for the first time, so im very pleased with this product. Been trying to use it about twice a week, but i do use a very thin layer, and i usually wash it off after about 5-7 mins.

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Liquid -NARS - Sheer Glow Foundation

on 6/21/2017 10:46:00 PM


Not sure why this foundation is so popular. My skin gets lumpy three hours or wear. Not sure what they are called. Not pimples, small in diameter, skin coloured and a lot around my tzone. They disappear after removal. My go to foundation is still dior

Concealers -Sephora - Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer


A reviewer below me described the shade 11 Tatin as a weird muddy yellow, and that's exactly why I love it. I have never seen a concealer in this shade. Most concealers are way too peachy, light, pink because brands have the idea that you're using the concealer primarily for correcting undereye darkness and highlighting. That's fair, and I wouldn't use Tatin for that (it would look ashy), but for really natural-looking spot concealing on the face, Tatin is absolute perfection for concealing the PIH on my NC37-40 muted cool beige-yellow olive cheeks. I don't need a lot, and when patted in with my fingers it gives good (not full though) coverage and an extremely natural finish. You could probably wear this bare, without foundation. I use an indie mineral powder sheerly all over to set and make everything seamless, and it's really such a good "no-makeup" makeup base. For more intense PIH, though, I do have to layer it on top of a yellow corrector, but the finish still makes it seem so natural. It's not a thick, cakey full coverage concealer, but it really is so lightweight and natural-looking. I do think if you got some flaws but want a nice no-makeup base, a natural finish concealer that matches your skin nearly perfectly is 100% necessary. No weird peachy undertones, no mask matte finish, none of that. I have a very difficult to match skintone because of my undertones (medium depth, neutral-cool olive yellow, muted), and I've only found one foundation that's even closely matches me. I'm so impressed that this concealer looks so seamless on me as well. It's not perfect (got more pink in it than I'd like -- I'm very particular lol), but I find the slight pinkness counteracts the darkness of the PIH anyways.

The shade range is extensive, but it's deceiving (as it goes with the Sephora collection). I still think the line could use more variation in undertones, and I got lucky with this outlier (though 12 Pecan is a very yellow NC42 olive shade FYI). If you got NC37-40 cool olive beige yellow undertones going on, definitely give this a try. It's such a rare gem. The Becca Aqua Luminous concealer in Medium is somewhat similar to this in color and finish, but the Medium oxidized deeper/warmer/pinker on me than this.

Also, this doesn't break me out/clog me up! That is really a feat.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem - NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum

on 6/21/2017 10:32:00 PM

So I stumbled across the store at Spitalfields markets by chance - and I was glad i did because i wouldnt have picked up this copper serum if not for the very helpful staff that I was speaking to. she mentioned taht the staff were just talking about how this serum was the only product that they actually see visible results with, and so I took a chance and got the 30ml bottle (15ml was sold out lol). I use this together with the AHA BHA peeling solution (the scary one that makes you like you just spilled blood all over your face) and my face has never felt so smooth. This serums seems to smooth my skin and make it less sensitive and irritable, and skin definitely looks more refined and glowy.

I use the serum right after i wash my face, and tend to use about five drops over my whole face. I then wait for a few minutes before putting on my other serums / moisturisers.

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Primer/ Corrector -Guerlain - L'OR Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold

on 6/21/2017 10:08:00 PM


This stuff is pricey, but it lasts a very long time. It's not a silicone primer like Smashbox and such. It goes on wet and then dries down very quickly. I'm on my second bottle and the first one lasted over a year. So I think you get what you pay for. Sometimes I this doing anything? And then I go a day without it and, YEP, it's doing something to keep my foundation looking great all day, even in a humid heat.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Cleansers -Neutrogena - Ultra Light Cleansing Oil

on 6/21/2017 10:02:00 PM


I have used pure oils such as coconut, grapeseed and such to remove makeup, but wanted something that would emulsify as well, so I tried this.

Now this is one of my nightly skincare essentials, and I'm disappointed that I can no longer find it in ulta, walmart or target. The alternatives are ineffective and pricey...overall it seems that cleansing oils are a waning trend so I'll have to start looking into k-beauty for a replacement.

Why I like this: using just one pump with dry hands and skin and really rubbing it in for a good 20 seconds dislodged all the makeup off my face without the waste, pulling and wiping associated with makeup wipes and micellar water + cotton. After rubbing I finally just rinse with cool water and am left with a clean face ready for a step 2 cleanser. When I'm extremity tired I skip the step 2 and this alone lets me go to bed quickly without waking up to a dirty pillow or breakouts. I wear pretty heavy eye makeup some days and I've never had a problem removing it all, as long as i don't try to wet my hands or face first. That's the key to cleansing oils, I've found.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Polishes -Essie - Sunday Funday

on 6/21/2017 9:49:00 PM

Pretty color; unfortunately it applies streaky and the shimmer doesn't show when it's on the nail. I normally love Essie but this one is a no-go for me.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

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