Friday, February 21, 2014

CLARINS SKIN ILLUSION FOUNDATION SPF 10

I grew up watching my mom uses Clarins skincare products, never makeup. I didn't recognise it as a makeup brand, until recently I saw a few Youtube gurus talked about their Clarins foundations. So I thought I should give the brand a go.


I bought mine from strawberrynet.com for NZ$50 (I think it's NZ$64 at Farmers). It arrived within the time frame I usually expect from this company, 7-10 working days. 

It comes in a sturdy glass bottle with 30 ml. (1.1 oz) of product, which is a standard size for most foundations. It has a SPF 10 which is alright. I picked the shade 108 Sand after I google-searched many swacthes on the net. It's a light/medium shade with yellow undertone. Well, at least it looks more yellow than other shades in this skin tone range.


The foundation has a very creamy texture. It goes on the skin smoothly. I prefer to apply this foundation with a Sigma F80 or Real Technique Expert Face Brush, then bounce a damped Beauty Blender to smooth everything out & remove any excess product. I find that it gives a nicer & more natural finish to my skin with this method.

This foundation lasts about 7-8 hours on my oily/combination skin with one touch-up during the day. FYI: I use it with a primer and a setting powder. It oxidized a little on my skin after a while but nothing too dramatic.


The only thing that I dislike about this foundation is the fragrance is really strong. It smells like a makeup in the 80s-90s. You know, the old lady's makeup scent. That's the smell it has. However, it fades away after a while. The colour isn't my perfect match but it's alright after powdering & contouring.




Be Peachy. Be Glamorous. Be You.




Friday, January 10, 2014

P-HAUL: ASOS (BOURJOIS & RIMMEL)

My 1st time buying cosmetics from asos. It took 7 working days to get here which I think it's reasonable. However, I wasn't impressed with the packaging. No plastic bag. No bubble wrap. There wasn't any protection whatsoever. Not even in tissue paper! I was surprised they arrived here undamaged.

Now, let's talk about what I've got....

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation: I've got it in Vanilla (52). It has a yellow undertone and matches me pretty well. I thought it maybe a little bit to light but it's quite dark compared to other Vanilla shades I've seen for foundations. It has a nice floral scent. Very clean & fresh. It applied easily with my Sigma F80. I'm liking it so far. I paid NZ$13.99 as it was on special. I would definitely try other foundations from Bourjois.

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer: The top one is in the shade Luna, a peachy apricot. Very pretty and would go well with many skin tones. The other one I picked is Celestial, a medium rosy pink. These lip lacquers are amazing. They're very opaque and have a very good staying power. The 2 shades I bought are a little bright but not in-your-face kind of bright. They're great if you normally wear a natural lip clolour but want to give it a bit of a kick.  

That's it for this P-Haul. Hope you like it. Until next time....


Be Peachy. Be Glamorous. Be You.



Saturday, December 21, 2013

BELLA'S ON TOP! (ESSENCE NAIL ART TWINS RELOADED)

I bought these Essence Nail Art Twins Reloaded purely because of the name. Edward and Bella. I saw there are 3 duos for this Twins Reloaded line at the shop I bought them from. Not sure if there's more than these shades. The other ones are Romeo/Juliet (purple) and Carrie/Mr. Big (Pink).


Each of the duo has a Base Colour and a Glitter Topper. The Base Colours have cream finish and the Toppers are clear top coat with glitters in them.


Edward is a cream periwinkle blue. Very pretty even on its own. And, Bella has blue, silver & black glitters.


Edward applies very easily and not streaky at all. The two shades coordinate very well together. I think they can wear alone or together. I can see Bella goes with other nail polished I've already got.


This is the 1st time I tried nail polishes from Essence and I'm very happy with them. They're only NZ$4 each. Very affordable compared to OPI & Essie which are RRP NZ$24. I would definitely try more of their nail colours in the future.



Be Peachy. Be Glamorous. Be You.




Saturday, December 14, 2013

P-HAUL: COVERGIRL

A trip to The Warehouse (NZ Discounted Store) means checking out Covergirl products. Not many places you can find Covergirl in NZ & The Warehouse often has good deals on offer.

I've been wanting to try Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation since I first saw it on itsjudytime's 1st impression video a while back. It's a foundation that claims to have combined primer, foundation & concealer in one bottle. It sounds very promising and I've heard so many good reviews about it. I bought it in the shade 805 Ivory. I find it's a tad too light for my light/medium skin. The pink undertone is also a little more than what I prefer. But that's what you get when buying drugstore makeups. It's "like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get" (a quote from Forrest Gump, the movie). Full of surprises & disappointments. 

The other thing I bought is Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Coral Twist. It comes in a big pencil shape tube. If you're familiar with jumbo gloss sticks in the market, eg. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains or Clinique Chubby Sticks, you'll know what this product is. The colour shown on the lid is not as bright as the actual shade but it's still pretty & very wearable. It's a bright pinky coral which is great for Summer (It's Spring/Summer here in NZ). I don't notice any scent from this lip gloss. It glides on the lips very well. The texture is very lightweight (lighter than Revlon Balm Stains). So it feels very comfortable on the lips.

By the way, The Warehous has NZ$5 OFF All Covergirl products until 24th December 2013. I think it's a good time to buy both for yourself or as stocking stuffers.




Be Peachy. Be Glamorous. Be You.





Friday, November 15, 2013

SWATCH COMPARISON: CONCEALERS

The other day I was a little bored, so I decided to play with my makeup stash & do some swatches. I thought it would be good as a reference for myself & for you guys who have the same or similar skin tone as me. My arm is about NC20-25. My face is a bit darker and usually NC25-30 (depends on which foundation I use).

I hope this swatch comparison helps you selecting the right shade for your concealer next time you hit the shop.


From Left to Right

Bobbi Brow Corrector (Peach)
TheBalm Time Balm Concealer (Light/Medium)
MAC Select Moisturecover (NW25)
Missha The Style Under Eye Brightner (yes, it spells like this on the package)
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
AVON Extra Lasting Concealer (Medium)
Revlon PhotoReady Concealer (Light Medium)
AVON Concealer Stick (Neutral)



Be Peachy. Be Glamorous. Be You.




Tuesday, November 5, 2013

P-HAUL: BECCA & MARIO BADESCU FROM APOTHEKA (with mini reviews)

I've bought these item from Apotheka (previously known as Glamourpuss). They're having a massive sale on Becca & Mario Badescu discontinued products. They're still have some items left, you can check them out here

I love Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion. Despite the funky smell and an unusual application, it does work. Their Seaweed Cleansing Soap is also my favourite as a morning cleanser.

Anyway, let's see what I've got for this haul......




Mario Badescu Orange Cleansing Soap (Sale price NZ$10, was RRP NZ$24) - It has a light & clean citrus scent with exfoliating AHAs. It's a non-soap formula, so if you like your cleanser to foaming up this is not for you. It removes dirt, oil & makeup (light makeup only). My face is clean without feeling tight on the skin. I've been using it as my morning cleanser & I like it so far.

Mario Badescu Glycolic Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion (Sale price NZ$10, was RRP NZ$35) - With AHAs and Glycolic Acid, it claims to prevent dullness and breakouts, reduce dead skin build-up for radiant glow. This toner is a little bit strong & can dry-out your skin. I'm switching it between my trusty Thayers Witch Hazel Astringent & Clinique Clarifying Lotion

Becca Fine Loose Finishing Powder in Cardamon (Sale price NZ$15, I'm not sure what the full price was) - I bought this powder to use as a bronzer as they didn't have it in my shade. Cardamon is a few shades darker than my skin which works perfectly for what I got it for. It's finely milled powder and blends very easily.

I think this purchase was such a great deal from the brands I love. I also like visiting their store in Newmarket (Auckland). Friendly staffs and very keen to help. Apotheka offers free shipping for all orders which always a bonus. Totally satisfied! 

16 Osborne Street, Newmarket

Be Peachy. Be Glamorous. Be You.





Saturday, October 26, 2013

ALL RIBBONS & BOWS

My current obsession is everything ribbons & bows. They're dainty & super cute on everything: jeweleries, shirts, sweaters, skirts, dresses or shoes. They add a feminine touch to any outfit. I love them!

Photos from Pinterest. Edited by me.



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