Wednesday, July 4, 2018

ColourPop No Filter Foundation & Powder Review

If you haven't heard, ColourPop has expanded their No Filter line to include foundations, setting powders and pressed powders! So, being the huge CP fan I am, I had to pick up these products to test out. I already own the No Filter concealer and I like the coverage it gives, but I found that it separates in the tube easily. It is also on the oily side so I'm always grossed out when I hear/see people use the concealer as foundation.

Anyway, the No Filter foundations retail for $12 and you get 25ml of product (slightly less than the typical 30ml size of foundations). The powders go for $9 at 8.9g of product for the setting powders and 5.5g for the pressed powders, which is kind of on the expensive side.

Packaging
The foundation comes in a glass bottle with stars all over and a pump with a lock mechanism because there isn't a cap. The pump isn't the best because it is kinda hard to control how much to pump out. It doesn't go down smoothly.

The setting powder comes in a small container with some sifter holes but I do wish that it had a powder puff or something to seal the holes with because it gets messy to deal with powder flying everywhere.

The pressed powders come in compacts similar to those you'd get if you bought their pressed bronzer/blush/highlighter. There is a mirror as well.

Color
I am NC20 with warm neutral undertones and oily combo skin. In korean foundations, I'm a match for #21. I wear Light 20 (old numbering) in the No Filter concealer line. For the foundation, I picked up Light 50 which is described as a warm foundation with yellow undertones. In the bottle, it looks really yellow but it looks a lot better once blended out on the skin. I'm thinking maybe I should have gone with Light 45 which is a neutral foundation with yellow undertones but it may be too light for me also. This foundation has high medium coverage that still requires concealer to completely hide blemishes.

For setting powder, I chose Translucent since Banana looked really dark.

For the pressed powder, I opted for Fair, but I'm thinking Light would be a closer match to my skin tone. Fair is a little light so it's good for brightening up areas like undereyes.

Formula
The foundation has a thin liquid consistency. I would recommend applying only one thin layer because the foundation tends to look cakey if layered on too much. Also, it does not absorb or sink into the skin easily so if you have too much on, you will end up with streaks and you will notice the foundation slipping and sliding around on your face. This foundation has a matte finish but it dries tacky. The tackiness does go away after awhile but it might not be so comfortable for prolonged wear. It does accentuate dry areas so you might want to exfoliate beforehand.

The setting powder and pressed powders are finely milled so they do not make your foundation look cakey whatsoever.

Performance
I found the oil control on the foundation to be pretty decent when worn with the powders. I got a little bit dewy at 3 hours in but I could easily blot the shine away. It's at the 7 hour mark where I start to feel really oily and the foundation starts to wear off on my nose and chin. The powder had faded by then so it would definitely feel better to blot and add more powder on. The foundation wore away gracefully without separation though.

Overall, it is a nice foundation but as compared to other foundations I have in my stash, it's just not good enough for me to reach for.

Foundation Ranking

1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 (2N1 Desert Beige)
Coverage: 4.8/5
Oil Control: 5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

2. Catrice Cosmetics HD Liquid Coverage Foundation (030 Sand Beige)
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 4.7/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

3. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (140)
Coverage: 4.8/5
Oil Control: 4.6/5
Hydration: 2/5
Longevity: 4.5/5 (transfers slightly)

4. LA Girl Pro Matte HD Foundation (GLM674 Natural)
Coverage: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.5/5

5. Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation (#363C Nude Ivory)
Coverage: 4.3/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5
Hydration: 1.5/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

6. Catrice 12H Matt Mousse Makeup (010 Soft Ivory)
Coverage: 3.5/5
Oil Control: 5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (transfers slightly)

7. Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control SPF 50+ PA+++ (#21)
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4/5 (transfers slightly and separates after 6 hours)

8. Etude House Big Cover Concealer BB SPF 50+/PA+++ (Sand)
Coverage: 5/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5 (mostly only oily at nose)
Hydration: 1.5/5
Longevity: 4.5/5 (separates at nose and chin but can be blended back in with fingers)

9. Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation (120 Classic Ivory) $12
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.3/5

10. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless (120 Classic Ivory)
Coverage: 4.2/5
Oil Control: 4.2/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.3/5 (transfers slightly)

11. ColourPop No Filter Foundation (Light 50)
Coverage: 4.3/5
Oil Control: 4/5
Hydration: 1.5/5
Longevity: 4/5

12. VDL Perfecting Last Foundation SPF 30 PA++ (V02)
Coverage: 4.3/5
Oil Control: 4.3/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.5/5

13. Innisfree My Foundation 1.5 (N21)
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 4/5 (will be better with powder)
Hydration: 1.5/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (will be better with powder)

14. Covergirl Trublend Matte Made Liquid Foundation (L40 Classic Ivory)
Coverage: 3.8/5
Oil Control: 3.5/5
Hydration: 2/5
Longevity: 4.5/5

15. Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream SPF 30 PA++ (Natural Beige)
Coverage: 4/5
Oil Control: 4/5
Hydration: 2.5/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (Transfers easily)

16. LA Colors Truly Matte Foundation (CLM352 Natural)
Coverage: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 3.5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (transfers with oil and sweat)

17. ZA Total Hydration 12-in-1 BB Cream SPF 43 PA+++ (Natural Beige)
Coverage: 3.5/5
Oil Control: 4/5
Hydration: 3/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (Transfers easily)

18. Etude House Double Lasting Foundation SPF 34 PA++  (N04 Neutral Beige)
Coverage: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 3/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 2/5 (Separates and transfers)

19. La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20 (Creme 03)
 Coverage: 3.2/5
Oil Control: 4.3/5
Hydration: 2/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (Separates and transfers)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Summer Skincare Routine

When it comes to skincare, I'm all for the "less is more" mentality. It took me many years to find the perfect balance of products to use on my face but I've learnt to listen to what my skin really needs rather than what everyone else is telling me my skin needs.

I currently have oily combination skin. Towards my period and ovulation, it definitely leans towards oily and causes some breakouts on my face. Pimples and clogged pores have been an issue for me ever since I hit puberty but I'm glad that my hormones have stabilised over the years.

My first dive at skincare was influenced by Korean beauty. I saw so many ads about products claiming to be able to control sebum and unclog pores and I was just drawn towards these words. Which oily skin girl can't relate? However, Korean skincare consists of so many steps and I was kind of doubtful that my skin really needed all those products.

I'm pretty sure you've heard of the 10-step Korean skincare routine but a typical skincare line consists of Cleanser > Exfoliator > Toner > (Mask) > Gel > Emulsion > Cream/Moisturiser.

Honestly, the most I've ever piled on my face is up to the Emulsion step because my skin never fails to feel oily and sticky by then. Living in a hot and humid climate, my skin hardly feels dried out and definitely doesn't crack and peel as compared to when I'm on vacation in a colder and dryer climate. But I was young then, and I didn't know that my skin didn't need all that moisture. I mean, there are so many blogs and reviews out there that follow the routine and it works out for them, so I'm left wondering why the entire routine makes my skin oil up faster and break out more.

Of course, it could be that the products just aren't working for my skin. There could be bad ingredients that clog pores and cause breakouts and I have definitely gone through that. However, the amount of products you put on your face also matter because as much as oily skin needs moisture, over-moisturising is not the solution.

I have since cut down my skincare routine to Cleanser > Exfoliator (twice a week) > Mask > Light Moisturiser and that is mainly for the night time. In the mornings, I simply wash and cleanse. Turns out that is what works best for me because my skin feels a lot lighter in the day and I don't get as much breakouts on my face. At night, I moisturise lightly and let my skin recover from the day's stresses.

For a colder and dryer climate, I might add a moisturiser in the morning and use BB creams instead of foundations to provide more moisture for my skin.

Cleansing is the most vital step in my opinion. Removing dirt and impurities from your face keeps your skin clean and reduces the chances of pores getting clogged. The belif pore cleanser bubble foam is a gel-to-foam mask and cleanser with sebum control herb complex. There are no directions on how often you should be using this but some of my favorite daily cleansers include *Etude House Wonder Pore Deep Foaming Cleanser, *Etude House Baking Powder Deep Cleansing Foam, *Baking Powder BB Deep Cleansing Foam.

I have a few masks that I put on rotation to do every day of the week such that I use each mask about 1-2 times a week. Sheet masks are reserved for when my skin feels extra dry.

If you have oily skin with clogged pores/whiteheads/blackheads that annoy the crap out of you, you NEED to pick up a *3-step peel off mask. It is important that you get the 3-step kits because the first step (sebum softening) makes a whole world of difference in how effective the mask pulls off your blackheads. I have tried the mask without using the sebum softener and it just doesn't work as well. As long as you have the sebum softener, you can use nose strips or other peel off masks that are targeted towards removing blackheads. I honestly can't live without this mask in my life because my face feels so smooth each time and it is so satisfying to see the blackheads come out.

In between, I use a charcoal mask. At the moment, I am using the Doll Face Little Black Mask and this helps to tone my skin, control oil and clear impurities from my pores.

After doing a mask, my skin usually feels a little tight and dry (unless it's a sheet mask). As such, moisturising is a must. However, the intensity of my moisturiser depends on how dry my skin feels. If it isn't feeling too dry, I go for the *Innisfree No Sebum Lotion or *Aritaum Pore Master Sebum Control Matte Gel. These are light moisturisers that aid in sebum control so you can use them in the day time as well. Another moisturiser that I like for oily skin is the Olehenriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator. I bring this along when I travel to colder climates. If you are into facial oils and want something truly moisturising, try out the Herbivore Lapis Facial Oil. I have been using 2 drops every night as a moisturiser and I really like it. It is rich in Azulene oil which as anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties to prevent acne. Take note that the directions do say to use 4-10 drops, but please use only what you need. Your skin will only absorb what it needs and anything else will just be sitting on top like an oily mess. It doesn't feel good and it most certainly won't help if you are wearing makeup over it. Honestly, I can't see anyone using more than 5 drops.

Since it is super moisturising, I only use the facial oil at night and this helps to keep my skin hydrated throughout the night. My skin doesn't feel oily at all when I wake up so I am quite pleased by how this performs.

Lastly, beauty comes from the inside out so what you eat shows on your skin as well. Teas have detoxifying properties and can cleanse your body from toxins and oxidants. White and green teas are rich in anti-oxidants. I drink a cup every morning and I find that this has also helped to clear my complexion a lot and keep my skin youthful. Some of my favorite teas include Kusmi Tea Le Thé Blanc Alain Ducasse, Kusmi Tea Blue Detox and Palais Des Thés Paris For Her.

Honestly, tea is like the greatest secret to clear skin but hey, what works for me may not work for you so it's all about modifying steps or products to suit your skin's needs.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Arctic Fox Hair Dye Review on Dark Unbleached Hair


I've been meaning to try Arctic Fox's hair dyes for a couple of years but never got around to it because I feared it wouldn't show up on dark hair. It's been coming up more and more on Instagram again so I did some research and apparently Purple Rain, Aquamarine and Poseidon do show up on dark hair. So that's what I purchased! These retail for $7.99 (4 fl oz) or $13.99 (8 fl oz) on the Arctic Fox website. 

Arctic Fox hair dyes are vegan and cruelty free. They also do not contain harsh chemicals like peroxides, ammonia and PPD. These are semi-permanent and they contain conditioning agents which means you can use these dyes as often as you want to without damaging your hair. Semi-permanent hair dyes only coat your hair so it will fade with each wash. The bottle claims that it can last up to 40 washes. These smell like grape candy so it is such a treat to use them.

The instructions to use this is pretty simple.
1. Shampoo and wash hair without conditioner. Wait for hair to dry.
2. Put on gloves/vaseline to protect skin from staining. These are really pigmented so you might want to lay some papers on your bathroom counter too.
3. Apply dye and let it sit for >30 minutes. You can put it up in a plastic cap and blow dry/process with heat for up to 15 minutes to lock in the color.
4. Wash off with cold water.

I have naturally dark brown hair but I had previously dyed my bottom half with the L'oreal Colorista Paint hair dye in Violet so it is considered "processed" since that dye involved developer. When I tested the AF hair dye, I did put it on the virgin parts and processed part of my hair.

I wanted to try all 3 colors at once so I dyed sections of my hair in different colors. It didn't exactly turn out as I was expecting but I still got the job done. 
This is Purple Rain and it turned out really nice on my hair. I really like this shade of purple because it has a warm pink undertone to it as opposed to a warm red undertone like most violet dyes do. This color bled when I used shampoo but stayed on well when I just rinsed with water. After 7-8 washes, it faded to a pinky red. It definitely wasn't as vivid as when I first put it on but it did stain my hair. 

Aquamarine turned my hair green although it looks like a nice teal in the picture. This color bleeds whenever it comes in contact with water. It stayed vivid for about 2 washes but after 4-5 washes, it was totally gone.  

I can't really find Poseidon because I'm thinking I didn't put enough to fully saturate my hair or the color neutralized my previous hair color. In person, I can sort of see it on my hair ends but I couldn't really capture it in picture or video. 
All in all, I think if you want to ensure that the colors show up in a vivid and even manner, I would recommend putting 2 layers because I noticed that the sections with 2 layers are so much more vibrant and lasted a couple of days longer. 

Unfortunately, it doesn't last very well on virgin/untreated hair so I will be continue processing my hair a bit with the Loreal Colorista before using Arctic Fox so that the color sticks better. You can also mix it in with your shampoos/conditioners to give it a touch up every time you wash your hair. But I get it, it is high maintenance. It will probably last a lot longer and stain better if you have lighter hair. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Innisfree My Foundation Review on Oily Skin

Coming at you with another foundation review! This time, it's from the Korean beauty brand Innisfree. I love the Innisfree No Sebum line for my oily skin because it works wonders on my skin so I'm super excited for this foundation because it contains Jeju Volcanic Ash and it is customisable to suit your skin needs.

This foundation retails for ~$18 and you get 1 fl oz/30 ml of product in a glass bottle with a pump. There are 50 combinations to choose from (some sites say 50 "shades" but it's technically "combinations" because there are only 5 color shades).


How to choose:
As you can see, the bottles have got a decimal number on them and it basically represents the moisture and coverage level.

The first digit represents moisture:
1 - matte
2 - semi-matte
3 - dewy
From what I have researched so far, option 2 (semi-matte) is pretty dewy so if you have oily skin, you might want to stick to the matte finish.

The second digit represents coverage - 1 being the sheerest up to 5 being the fullest coverage. If you want something in between, go for 3 or 4.

Finally, choose your shade. This is printed on the top of the box or bottom of your bottle. There are 5 shades to choose from: C13, C21, N21, N22, N23. If you know your Korean foundation shade, this should be pretty easy. I am NC 20 and I usually wear #21 in Korean foundations. I chose N21 and it applies pretty pale at first but the foundation does adjust and darken a little bit so it looks much better after awhile.

Take note that this foundation does not contain SPF.

So, this is my bare face. You can see my enlarged pores on my cheeks and some blemishes all around. I have oily combo skin. I primed my face with the Kiss NY Pro Mattifying primer, which I have been using as a control primer in all my foundation reviews.
I got the foundation in 1.5 (matte, full coverage) and shade N21. You can see it blends out a little bit lighter than my skin tone and looks kinda ashy at first. It does warm up to my skin tone after awhile. The texture of the foundation is quite creamy and there is some "grip" when blending out with a brush so it doesn't feel super smooth to spread. Regardless, I had no issue with blending it out.
Final result with one layer of the foundation. I used about 80% of one pump for my face (excluding forehead because my fringe covers it). As you can see, the coverage is pretty good and definitely a high cover. My blemishes are almost covered, especially my sun spot! Pore coverage is pretty average. They are minimised but not totally covered unlike some foundations. This foundation definitely has a matte finish and it might be slightly tacky at first but it settles to a smoother matte.
For the first wear test, I decided to set half my face with powder from Kokie Cosmetics. I ended up wearing it for a total of 8 hours. The foundation did start to break down and separate on my nose after 2 hours, with the powdered side holding up better. My cheeks weren't shiny yet but by the 3 hour mark, they did start to have a bit of oil. The foundation doesn't really transfer when blotting so that's good. At the end of 8 hours, the foundation wore off on my nose, cheeks and chin. The drier sides of my face were starting to show signs of separation and the foundation just felt sticky and uncomfortable at this point.

The second and third time I tested this, I wore my Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer and Innisfree NO Sebum Mineral Powder. In my opinion, the powder really works with this foundation to control oil better and make the foundation last longer. I found that my face didn't really get oily until about 5-6 hours in. Also, the foundation only wears off on my nose rather than my entire face. At the end of 8 hours, it still looks good everywhere with the exception of my nose.

Overall, I like this foundation for its high coverage but because I rank my foundations based on how it performs alone (without powder/primer), I cannot say that it did very well. Oil control and lasting power are lacking when it is worn alone and definitely cannot compare to Western brand foundations. Unfortunately, this is going to be ranked at number 12 for me. However, if you can get it to work for you with the right powder/face combo, it might got up to number 6.

Where to buy:
Innisfree My Foundation: https://bit.ly/2vgGbgP
Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer: https://bit.ly/2qyx71U
Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder: https://bit.ly/2mq286d

Foundation Ranking

1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 (2N1 Desert Beige)
Coverage: 4.8/5
Oil Control: 5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

2. Catrice Cosmetics HD Liquid Coverage Foundation (030 Sand Beige)
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 4.7/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

3. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (140)
Coverage: 4.8/5
Oil Control: 4.6/5
Hydration: 2/5
Longevity: 4.5/5 (transfers slightly)

4. LA Girl Pro Matte HD Foundation (GLM674 Natural)
Coverage: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.5/5

5. Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation (#363C Nude Ivory)
Coverage: 4.3/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5
Hydration: 1.5/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

6. Catrice 12H Matt Mousse Makeup (010 Soft Ivory)
Coverage: 3.5/5
Oil Control: 5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (transfers slightly)

7. Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control SPF 50+ PA+++ (#21)
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4/5 (transfers slightly and separates after 6 hours)

8. Etude House Big Cover Concealer BB SPF 50+/PA+++ (Sand)
Coverage: 5/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5 (mostly only oily at nose)
Hydration: 1.5/5
Longevity: 4.5/5 (separates at nose and chin but can be blended back in with fingers)

9. Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation (120 Classic Ivory) $12
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.3/5

10. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless (120 Classic Ivory)
Coverage: 4.2/5
Oil Control: 4.2/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.3/5 (transfers slightly)

11. VDL Perfecting Last Foundation SPF 30 PA++ (V02)
Coverage: 4.3/5
Oil Control: 4.3/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.5/5

12. Innisfree My Foundation 1.5 (N21)
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 4/5 (will be better with powder)
Hydration: 1.5/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (will be better with powder)

13. LA Colors Truly Matte Foundation (CLM352 Natural)
Coverage: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 3.5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (transfers with oil and sweat)

14. Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream SPF 30 PA++ (Natural Beige)
Coverage: 4/5
Oil Control: 4/5
Hydration: 2.5/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (Transfers easily)

15. ZA Total Hydration 12-in-1 BB Cream SPF 43 PA+++ (Natural Beige)
Coverage: 3.5/5
Oil Control: 4/5
Hydration: 3/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (Transfers easily)

16. Etude House Double Lasting Foundation SPF 34 PA++  (N04 Neutral Beige)
Coverage: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 3/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 2/5 (Separates and transfers)

17. La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20 (Creme 03)
 Coverage: 3.2/5
Oil Control: 4.3/5
Hydration: 2/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (Separates and transfers)

Thursday, April 5, 2018

LA Girl Pro Matte HD Foundation Review on Oily Skin

I'm always excited when a drugstore brand releases a high coverage matte foundation because I find it fun to see if a new formula can beat one of my holy grail formulas in my collection. My current #1 foundation is the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation which is really expensive so if a drugstore foundation can compare to it, I am all for it.

This foundation is pretty new. LA Girl does have a Pro Matte Illuminating foundation that was pretty popular but I read that it is more for dry skin since it is pretty dewy with little oil control. The Pro Matte HD foundation is targeted towards oily skin and retails for $10 on the LA Girl website or Ulta. I got mine off Amazon for $12.99 including shipping.

The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a pump and 1oz/30ml of product - very good packaging imo. There are 14 shades to choose from but the website swatches are horribly inaccurate and I would suggest looking around YouTube or Google for better swatch images. I got the 4th lightest shade called Natural, which actually ended up looking pretty good on me but the color on the website looks like this:
I think Beige would suit my skintone too but it seems to lean more ashy.

These are some claims of the foundation:
With a soft and suede-like finish, PRO Matte Foundation will have you covered and shine-free all day. Creamy, liquid formula provides smooth and buildable coverage for both day and night time wear. Minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines for an even, soft focus effect. Paraben free formula with added vitamin E, B5 & sunflower oil.
This is my how my bare skin looks. I have some blemishes and enlarged pores on my T-zone. I am NC20 with neutral warm undertones. Some other foundation shades that I wear are Maybelline Fit Me in 120 and Wet N Wild Photofocus in Soft Ivory. I have normal-oily combo.

I primed my face with the Kiss NY Pro Mattifying Primer as it is a neutral primer that doesn't have any oil control or pore filling claims so that I can truly test the claims and performance of this foundation.
As you can see, GLM674 Natural is quite a good match for my skintone. The formula of the foundation is a creamy liquid. It spreads and blends very easily, and sets pretty fast too.
This is how one layer of the foundation looks like. I only used 1 pump for my entire face and it has pretty high coverage. My redness is gone and my skin is evened out. There are still some spots peaking through but pretty unnoticeable. I don't think the coverage can be built up anymore because I did try to spot conceal those spots but they looked the same.
My pores are definitely minimized but I have seen better results with other foundations. It does have a smooth matte finish just as described. I did not find the foundation to cling onto dry areas on my face.

I powdered my right half of my face (your left side) with my Innisfree No Sebum Powder just in case the foundation ended up separating or getting really oily. I left the other side with just the foundation.

After 4 hours, this is how my face looks like. Pardon my expression, it's a screen capture from my video.
Not super oily but there is a thin film of oil on my nose and cheeks. I took a blot at this point and noticed that there is minimal transfer. Also, the foundation has worn off on my nose, which is typical of most foundations.

So far, I've worn it for 6 hours only and I really like it. The oil control is decent and the foundation stays put. I'm going to wear it more over the next few days so I'll update my wear test again.

UPDATE: I really like this foundation. It wore well during my 8 hour and 12 hour wear test together with my Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder. The foundation does not break down or separate on my face and it transfers minimally. Overall, the coverage and oil control are great and that is what I look out for the most in a foundation since I have oily skin.

I am ranking it at number 4 on my foundation ranking list, just below Fenty because Fenty & Catrice have slightly better oil control and coverage. It's a minimal difference so if you are looking for similar foundations to those, this is a good option.

Where to buy: Amazon

Foundation Ranking

1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 (2N1 Desert Beige)
Coverage: 4.8/5
Oil Control: 5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

2. Catrice Cosmetics HD Liquid Coverage Foundation (030 Sand Beige)
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 4.7/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

3. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (140)
Coverage: 4.8/5
Oil Control: 4.6/5
Hydration: 2/5
Longevity: 4.5/5 (transfers slightly)

4. LA Girl Pro Matte HD Foundation (GLM674 Natural)
Coverage: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.5/5

5. Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation (#363C Nude Ivory)
Coverage: 4.3/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5
Hydration: 1.5/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

6. Catrice 12H Matt Mousse Makeup (010 Soft Ivory)
Coverage: 3.5/5
Oil Control: 5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (transfers slightly)

7. Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control SPF 50+ PA+++ (#21)
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4/5 (transfers slightly and separates after 6 hours)

8. Etude House Big Cover Concealer BB SPF 50+/PA+++ (Sand)
Coverage: 5/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5 (mostly only oily at nose)
Hydration: 1.5/5
Longevity: 4.5/5 (separates at nose and chin but can be blended back in with fingers)

9. Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation (120 Classic Ivory) $12
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.3/5

10. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless (120 Classic Ivory)
Coverage: 4.2/5
Oil Control: 4.2/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.3/5 (transfers slightly)

11. VDL Perfecting Last Foundation SPF 30 PA++ (V02)
Coverage: 4.3/5
Oil Control: 4.3/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.5/5

12. LA Colors Truly Matte Foundation (CLM352 Natural)
Coverage: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 3.5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (transfers with oil and sweat)

13. Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream SPF 30 PA++ (Natural Beige)
Coverage: 4/5
Oil Control: 4/5
Hydration: 2.5/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (Transfers easily)

14. ZA Total Hydration 12-in-1 BB Cream SPF 43 PA+++ (Natural Beige)
Coverage: 3.5/5
Oil Control: 4/5
Hydration: 3/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (Transfers easily)

15. Etude House Double Lasting Foundation SPF 34 PA++  (N04 Neutral Beige)
Coverage: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 3/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 2/5 (Separates and transfers)

16. La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20 (Creme 03)
 Coverage: 3.2/5
Oil Control: 4.3/5
Hydration: 2/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (Separates and transfers)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Shop Hush Aura Palette Review

Shop Hush has been pretty active in social media marketing. I'm pretty sure you would have come across their brand name on Instagram and YouTube by now. Not gonna lie, the videos and swatches that I have seen got me curious about the brand because they are known to dupe a lot of high end palettes. Thankfully, they were willing to work with me and send over a care package with lots of their palettes. You can see my full haul video here with swatches of all the palettes that I received.

In general, the quality is good for the price you are paying. However, I wouldn't say they are the best eyeshadows to work with. Personally, I would rather invest in a better product. 

BUT they do have a few gems and this palette is one of them. The Aura palette by Bad Habit Beauty is a dupe of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism palette. The colors are 90% similar with a slight difference in tones or metallic-ness. It retails for $12 and you get 14 x 0.99g of product. The palette is nicely made with a mirror on one side and magnetic closure. Not super luxurious but good enough to throw in your purse and travel along with. 
Color Scheme
At first glance, this palette looks intimidating, but you can definitely create some neutral looks with this palette. Just cover up the pops of colors in the palette like the neon yellow, metallic green and dark purple.
Formula
These shadows are really pigmented. You just need a light touch to pick up enough product with your brush or fingers. The shadows feel very finely milled in the palette and may kick up a little but this palette has one of the better formulas than the others, which feel very dry and powdery. The metallics are flawless though - really pigmented and high shine. Also, that black is super pigmented and spreads/blends very well.

Application
All of these shadows blend very well on the eyes. The neon yellow and nude shade are pretty sheer so they may need some building up. The darker shades definitely go a long way. The black shade spreads and blends so well - a little goes a long way.
Eyebrows - Immortal
Transition - I went in with Energy first and placed it all over the crease/transition area, followed by Awakening slightly below it and Mystique towards the outer corner area.
Lid - Ecstasy
Outer Corner - I blended some Vibe on my outer corner to smoke it then placed Destiny and blended it together with Ecstasy
Inner Corner - Soul
Lower Lash Line - Manifest towards the center and Ethereal towards the outer part with Vibe to smoke everything out
I did use Haze as a blush and it is actually a really nice dusty mauve shade. I also used Vibe as my contour but it was a little bit on the warmer side. For my cheekbone highlight, I used Phenomenon which turned out to be a really BLINDING highlight. I don't have pictures so you can watch my video :D
So, I essentially used all of the shadows in this palette (except Radiate) to do my full face of makeup and I really like the look that I created with this. I kinda need an occasion to wear this look out.
I have monolids/hooded eyelids and I have no issue with the wear of these shadows.

If you are looking to try a palette from Shop Hush, I would recommend getting this one and Retro Love. I have the Sugar palette, Inferno palette and Aphrodite as well but they aren't as good as this one in terms of formula. I always end up with a muddy look so I'm not into those palettes.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Loreal Colorista Paint in Violet on Dark Hair Review

I apologize for neglecting my blog for awhile. Continuing off from my previous post, I decided to do a review for the L'oreal Colorista Paint hair dye. I have been wanting to try the hair dyes from the Colorista range but after reading reviews on the wash-out line, it didn't seem to be suitable for dark hair. However, the Paint line seems great for dark hair and the box also indicates that results will show up on darker hair than on lighter hair! 
This retails for about $15 at the drugstore and it includes a 60ml tube of hair color, 60ml bottle of developer, 40ml bottle of conditioner, a brush applicator and a pair of gloves - pretty much all the items you need to dye your hair.
The instructions are to mix the hair color and developer in a 1:1 ratio. For my shoulder length hair, I used less than a quarter of each bottle (I don't have a lot of hair). The development time is 30 mins, so be prepared. You could use a towel or plastic bag around your shoulders, or apply vaseline if you fear the dye staining. I didn't use anything but I made sure to clean up the dye on my skin immediately after I was done applying the hair dye on my hair. So, just wet and rub the areas where the dye got on your skin and it shouldn't stain badly.
So, I have dark brown/almost black hair with ash tones and I have never bleached my hair so this is my natural hair color. I did an ombre look with this because I didn't want the chemicals to touch my scalp. My scalp is pretty sensitive to products and a lot of shampoos cause my hair to shed like mad. 
And here are the results! This is the result after washing out the hair dye and drying my hair. I couldn't get the water to run clear on my first wash though. 
You can see the clear difference between the dyed portions and undyed portions when light hits it.
I love how it turned out. It was truly a purple violet and exactly what I want in terms of purple hair. It's not super obvious under normal room light conditions but when the light hits it, you can see the hints of purple and berry. It looks phenomenal under sunlight.
Also, my hair looks and feels very smooth and soft thanks to the conditioning balm!
I wash my hair everyday and the color continued to run for a week every time I shampooed. However, I did not notice my hair get dryer or frizzier than it normally would.
This is how the color looks like after a week. It has lost most of its purple tones and turned more into a berry violet. Certain portions of my hair still retain the hint of purple. It's still pretty but just not as pretty as it was 1 week ago.
I'm currently in my 2nd week with the dye and unfortunately, some of it has faded in patches. There are a couple of sections that still have color and other sections that have turned into a bronze-brown. Thankfully, my hair is dark so it isn't super obvious but still quite a bummer. I had thought it would last longer since it is a permanent color.
All in all, I still think that it is a pretty good option for dark hair. We don't get a lot of fun colors to play with so if something works, I'll take it!

UPDATE: I decided to re-touch it and the dye sticks better now that my hair has been pre-treated/dyed already. I managed to go 3 weeks with color in my hair. Now, it's fading in patches again to a bronze tone.

Friday, January 5, 2018

How To Get Mermaid Hair On Black Hair Without Bleaching / L'oreal Colorista Spray Review

If you have dark/black hair, you would be familiar with the struggle of finding hair dyes that work on your hair without the need to bleach it because everyone wants to have some fun and color in their hair sometimes. Bleaching can be damaging to hair and dark hair tones can lean orange or yellow so that alters the hair dye color too. Thankfully, we dark haired creatures finally have a product that can use to add color without bleaching or damaging our locks!
Introducing the L'oreal Colorista Spray! This is a 1-Day hair color spray that works on all hair colors. I found this in Australia at various drugstores. I got it for about AUD10 in Priceline and AUD7.50 in Coles when it was on discount. Usually, it retails for about AUD15 and in the USA, it goes for USD9.99. There are 43.2g/75ml of product
I got 5 colors - Pastel Blue, Pink, Lavender, Mint and Hot Pink. There are several other colors but these were the only 5 that I found in Australia. I really want the Teal shade though.
The can looks simple but I find it cute that they used the hashtag trend to label their shades. #pastelbluehair #pinkhair #minthair

The back of the can has some claims and instructions. To use it, shake it well and spray 10-15cm away from your hair. If you want to intensify the color, then spray it longer. This claims that it doesn't smudge or budge and that it dries quickly without a chalky feel. All that is true except that it does budge. If you touch it, the product will come off onto your hands even after the product has dried. 
The nozzle is really thin so it's great for targeting areas and doing highlights in your hair.
How to use:
  1. If you use any styling products in your hair, you should put this on first. Style your hair using heat tools if needed. 
  2. Make sure you have a paper towel or tissue in between your hair and shirt. Wearing a white shirt is relatively safe with this product because it doesn't come off or stain white shirts (except the hot pink color). 
  3. Shake the can well and start spraying! 
I wouldn't recommend combing your hair or touching it after putting the hair spray. It is a hair spray so your hair feels a little stiff after the product has dried. The product does come off a little if you touch it. It has a glittery finish so you can see it shimmer in person. 

The first shade I used is Pastel Blue. It doesn't look pastel at all on me so I'm not sure if it will turn pastel on blondes. It is a deep ocean blue on me and I really like it. It's so vibrant and pigmented!

Next to it, I used the Pink shade. I overlapped it with the blue so that created a nice purple in between. The pink turns up really nice and faded though.
I have the Lavender beside the pink but it doesn't look very obvious. It is actually quite similar.
The mint shade looks very green on me and I dig it.
Lastly, we have the hot pink shade. This one is super pigmented and vibrant and looks true to the picture on the can but it is super messy too. This is the only shade that transferred and stained badly even after it had dried. None of the other colors stained or transferred onto my shirt.
Review:
The pictures speak a thousand words about the pigmentation and vibrancy on dark hair. IT. IS. AMAZINGGGG. I LOVE IT. If you do not touch the color, it can last you the entire day. I do find it a little faded and gone in some areas after a day's worth of wear because of the wind and having to readjust my hair. This totally didn't feel chalky or drying like hair chalk and it did not dry my hair out. To remove it, simply hop in the shower and wash it off! 

I can't stop obsessing over this and I need more colors!