Yes, I love cork, too. I'm NC35 or NC40, C4 skin, yellow golden tone, Asian. First after reading ALLURE Eva Mendes cover Jan 09, they showed you how to contour your face. They recommend NARS Blonde for medium skin as a contour shadow for your eyes. So, I bought it, but I feel it's still a bit too transparent on my skin tone. Then, I found Cork thinking it's similar to NARS Blonde. I like Cork more, it's still very subtle and natural, about 1 or 1 1/2 darker than my skin tone. I just love the result and I don't have crease eyes like Western people do. It actually giving you some depth illusion, my eyelids look deeper. I did apply it on the crease of the eyes, although it's non existent. But with that technique, you can get the result. I use my MAC brush, forgot the number, it's white tip for drawing lines on your eyes and I blend it with MAC 224 black tip brush. You need to blend, blend and blend like a wiper left to right. It's great for an eye base as well and you can top it with some colors if you wish.
I have NC35 or NC40 or C4 skintone. Yellow undertone. I'm surprised at MAC cremesheen lipstick, love the creamy texture, it last pretty long on my lips and non drying unlike the typical MAC lippies. I'm not a MAC addict gal and been disappointed many times from their lipstick and lip gloss. Their formula is drying, not something that you can wear daily. The older I get, I don't mind spending more on high quality lipstick like Guerlain, YSL, etc. On the hand, it's nicely medium pigmented pink. But, when I tried it outdoor under natural lighting, I can see the blue undertone in it. That's why I'm giving 4 stars. Anything that is too cool or blue tones, doesn't match well with my Asian golden yellow skintone. I really wished it's more of a mixture warm and cool medium pink. I'm thinking of exchanging with lovelorn, but I really love this cremesheen formula. MAC please make more colors under cremesheen. I'm still impressed of MAC cremesheen.
Primer/ Corrector -Prescriptives - Flawless Face Primer Spring09
babyslk7 1/13/2009 7:32:00 PM
I have oily/acne prone skin that needs to blot many times and use face powder in between. I would say this primer is pretty good in oil control. I also like the texture, it's not too clear silicony feel like Smashbox or other general silicone based primers. I noticed my face turns quite oily 6 hrs later. Overall it's a pretty good primer and I would repurchase again in the future. I hate Smashbox primer, Makeup Forever HD primer, even Sephora ones makes me oily, DHC primer is not bad either. I like the small typical Prescriptives plastic tube, it's light and convenient. Go and try it, it's great. The tube says it will minimize redness as well altho I don't have any redness.
Styling Products -Joico - JoiWhip (formerly I.C.E. WHIP)
babyslk7 1/9/2009 1:05:00 AM
This whip gives more of a hold than volume. Volume level is 3 out of 5. I want it more full, body and big hair rather than strong hold. I have thin, fine, straight hair, no texture, my hair turns limp the next day especially at the top back roots area. I prefer Kerastase Nutri Sculpt, even ENJOY volume mousse. The Kerastase gives my hair so bouncy and has humidity resistance.
Tinted Moisturizer -Josie Maran Cosmetics - Tinted Moisturizer
babyslk7 1/8/2009 4:45:00 PM
Me: Oily/acne prone skin, acne spots, NC35-40, Asian with yellow undertone. I would give it a 2 stars rating actually on my skin type. When I tried it on hands, I really like the finish, it has some glowy look due to Sephora lighting. But when I tried it at home and outdoors, it's completely natural as if you're not wearing anything. No coverage, didn't cover any imperfection. Best for normal to dry skin, maybe some combination skin with dry cheeks area. It makes me oily after an hour or so, even when I layer it, still too natural. Disappeared on my skin at mid day, suits more beige undertone people or pink based. I'm a golden yellow, I wear BE in Golden Medium. So, color is a bit off. I like the mousse like texture, the tan shade looks good, too on hands. Maybe great for summer time for a bronzy look. I tested this on my boyfriend. I know, sounds like I'm turning him into a gay boy :P. He has normal to dry skin, Italian, light olive beige with a slight pink undertone. I tried the 2nd shade which is linen if I can remember. It's completely natural on him, not dark/tan either. So so natural, he even likes it, it just give you a healthy skin look, more natural than Laura mercier oil free one. I never tried the original LM tinted moisturizer version tho.
Styling Products -Kerastase - Mousse Nutri-Sculpt [DISCONTINUED]
babyslk7 1/3/2009 4:49:00 PM
I really like this mousse. I just finished a bottle, got it from a swap. I bought a new hair mousse ENJOY $16.95 from Pure Beauty months ago and just opened it. Honestly, I'm thinking of repurchase the Kerastase again and returning ENJOY. WHY? Ok, the first thing I noticed from Kerastase Nutri Sculpt is my hair feels "bouncy", yesss....I have a weak, thin, fine hair and very Asian straight, no texture, so any hairstyle doesn't last long on my hair type. Plus humidity plays a big roll in how my hair looks like, imagine San Francisco, LA, New York and Hawaii weather. As soon as I walk outside the house or hotel, etc, my hair will turns flat, the wave turns loose and I do have side bangs, it always looks so flat and freezy an hour later. I hate flat hair, my main enemy. It gives volume as well, but not majorly, hair feels soft, no stickiness or hardness and lots of movement. I read in magazine that Jennifer Aniston and Brooke Shield use this mousse as well. You can find much cheaper Kerastase line online, rather than going to major salons.
After practicing with this brush about 4 months, it's a pretty good brush. At the beginning, the brush is a bit hard to blend and kinda hurts my eyes. Just don't poke the pointy edge with too much pressure. Use the side of the brush to smudge the lines and it's pretty good.
I started on Jan Marini since May08 recommended by my medical spa in San Francisco, Gentle Star Spa (check the review on yelp). They are so amazing and I really convinced by my facialist who has a science background as well. I have oily and acne prone skin, I'm 27 by the way. I do breakout everyday, but not those tiny regular acne. I have medium level acne and lots of marks behind, very sad. Anyway, he started me on Bioglycolic night cream in a jar, bioglycolic cleanser and the sunscreen. I've tried Bioclear lotion and Oily skin Bioglycolic cleanser. The result, I don't like them at all. It's a mistake, since Jan marini products already stated "Must be used under pro care". Since I like to try new things and brands easily....so, the bioclear lotion didn't work at all, so drying and I get worse acne for weeks. So, I stopped, I really hate it. To make story short, the bioglycolic cream has been working really good on me especially after deep facial and extraction. I was free of acne for 2 months, even during PMS, I only got 2 acne and healed so fast. It's very very unlikely, believe me, my skin is so stubborn. I read good review regarding the Factor A plus, so I was like...let me give it a try after I finished my bioglycolic cream. Result: I broke out in cystic acne after 1 week of using it. I'm on my 4th week and still breaking out horribly on both cheeks, now forehead which is rare. I do break out on cheeks and upper chin close to the mouth area. I know that retinol will makes you break out in the first few weeks. But, I can't go thru break out all the time by using new products. I should just stick to my bioglycolic cream again. Doesn't really make a difference on my skin either. I can see the result during week 1 only. It does kinda absorb the oil on the surface tho.
Eyes -Milani - Glitter Glamour Duo in Bronze Beauty
babyslk7 11/27/2008 9:40:00 PM
Ughhh, what a disappointment. I'm not sure if ULTA will take it back, since the plastic is already unsealed. That's why I don't really like drugstore brand (unless I was still in high school). This glitter mascara does nothinggg. If you want to see the glitter, you have to use the tip of the wand brush and kinda dot it one by one. Useless. I'm looking for glitter eyeliner and mascara for holiday season. So far, Anna Sui glitter mascara is the best that I've tried. But, that was like 9 years ago I would say. lol..
Eyeliner -Milani - Color Brilliance Pencil - Black
babyslk7 11/27/2008 9:36:00 PM
This pencil is not bad for the price. I just started getting more familiar with Milani makeup. Milani is a great drugstore brand makeup. It's very easy to glide on your eyes. At first, it's very pure velvety black color. But when you smudge it with cotton bud, the result is nice. I picked the other eye color from Milani, but seeing Color Brilliance in black only one left plus Made in Italy....So, I ended up buying this one.
I'm Asian, light/medium skintone, yellow undertone. I really like this color. I always do my makeup on the natural girly side (peachy, bronzy, pink and brown eyeliner or shadows). Kind of Stila or Shu Uemura type. I honestly don't like MAC girls dramatic look who work at the counter. I don't think Asian can carry a lot of makeup like Caucasian or Latina does. Anyway, this eyeliner is pretty cool. I was looking to buy a solid black eye liner. But, then the MAC girl's eyemakeup caught my eyes. I lover her smoky eye makeup, plus she's also Asian. If she can carry it well, why can't I right? lol....It has a navy bluish tint mix with jet black. She uses black glitter eyeshadow with black fluid liner on her eyes and just blend them together. Everything just around the eyes, you don't have to draw more eyeshadows on the lids, etc. Result is fantastic. I'm so ready to wear this for girls night out. Sexy. It's water resistant, too.
I am: Asian, Golden Medium BE foundation, yellow undertone. I would say I'm NC 30 or 35. Not really sure about MAC coloring either. I don't have any pink at all. This blush is super pigmented. So, just a tiny dust will do your cheeks. Color is a bit too pigmented and strong on me. Although I have light/medium skintone, I found it a little too much. This is a true medium peachy pink shade. That will give you girly, cute Japanese pop teen. It's best to apply on the apples of cheeks for this color, not on cheekbones. I can mix this with warm radiance on cheekbones. The result is pretty. I think this will suit all skintones, fair to dark. It's just too cute and strong for me. Cos, I like to master on my eyemakeup more nowadays, especially smoky look. So, I need more of a natural lightly pigmented blush to compliment. Anyway, it's a pretty color like Shu Uemura blushes. I also like "Morning" blush. SO cute.
This is a quite pretty color. It does give you that warmness to your face. I'm Asian, light/medium skintone, yellow base, oily/acne prone. I wear Golden Medium in BE foundation. I've been wearing BE for 4 yrs now and back then, they didn't make the golden shades, yet. Finally yes they did, so happy. I don't have any pinkness at all. I never really care about other BE products, only their foundation. But, I just came across checking out their all over color and blushes at Sephora. I found them such pretty colors with lots of range to choose from. I think BE blushes becoming my HG in a replacement of my Shu Uemura blushes. *sigh*. They are just like Shu blushes in a mineral form. Plus it's healthier for problematic skin. The price is close to Shu as well, expensive. But you just need a tiny bit to use. Warmth all over color is kinda like a bronzer or you can use it a blush. I would say it's good for light to medium tan skin. It's pretty sheer light, nothing dark or dramatic brown. More like golden peachy color. I gave it 4 lippies, cos it's similar to my other bronzers that I normally get. I'm looking for something a bit different. I really want to own like 10 of BE colors. Aghhh....such cute colors. I like the glowy mica shimmer as well. Unlike NARS Orgasm or bronzer. Quite similar to MAC MSF in Dark. Pretty overall to give you that healthy look.
Well, I would give this 3.5 stars. It kinda helps with concealing my pigmented lips. But texture wise, it's a little tacky. It's cheap though. Not bad. I like this better than MAC Pro lip concealer in the pan which is drying.
Highlighters -Guerlain - Les Meteorites balls powder
babyslk7 9/12/2008 9:17:00 PM
I got a sample of this from my Guerlain lipsticks purchased. The sample is considered a lot, comes in a small container, looks exactly like the full size one, only smaller version. Mine is the rainbow colors one, pink, lavender, green pastel, etc. This powder gives you a brighter complexion. I do advice to apply it lightly and wait for about 5 minutes and you will see the difference. It best suits for fair to light/medium skintone. Looks pretty good in pictures.