YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation

YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation

Price: HKD470
Shade: B10
Volume: 30ml
SPF: 20 PA+++

As a result of listening to a girlfriend’s praises about the YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation,  I also picked up this serum foundation to give it a go for my dry-ass sensitive skin 🙂 Seeing as I had some success with YSL’s Touche Éclat concealer, I had high hopes for this foundation.

Lord almighty, this was amazing and I was not disappointed.

Housed in a glass bottle with a pump and a cap, the packaging itself isn’t much to write home aside from the fact that it’s a little too heavy for it to be travel-friendly. However, if you’re someone who has dry, sensitive and flaky skin like me, you’ll probably look past this slight flaw in the packaging 🙂

Onto the product itself, the foundation is hydrating and easily smoothed on and buffed onto the skin for a flawless, dewy look. If you don’t have any major flaws to conceal, you can most definitely just dust on a little loose powder and go about your day; I’d say that this is a solidly medium-coverage foundation and it didn’t accentuate any of my fine lines or that flakiness around my nose. With this in mind, I would definitely recommend this foundation for the cooler months and those who have seasonally/perpetually dry skin as this foundation keeps the skin hydrated with its award-winning YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum without looking greasy or feeling heavy 🙂 Quick note here: the SPF included in this foundation is really..negligible and I would highly suggest layering a proper sunscreen underneath with a good primer that works for your skin prior to applying this foundation for the ultimate skin protection and preparation <3

In addition, there is a slight floral scent that dissipates quickly upon application; it didn’t upset my skin or start up any allergic reactions, but for those of you out there who are sensitive to fragrances as well, you might want to bear this in mind. Finally, the foundation had pretty good lasting power; I had the foundation on from 5AM to 8-9PM and although I had to blot away some shine in the t-zone around 2PM, I still looked as fresh as I did in the morning by the time I was home. <3

All in all, I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t discover this foundation sooner! This worked so well with my YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation, as well as other cushion foundations in my beauty cabinet <3 This will most definitely be on my repurchase list and if I’m being completely honest here…I’ve got my eye on the YSL Touche Éclat Foundation now for the summer 🙂

Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup Review

Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup

Price: HKD383 (Sasa) | HKD450 (RRP)
Volume: 30ml
Shade: 010image

Housed in the iconic pump-glass bottle with a dark blue cap that has CD engraved on it, the pump made it easy to dispense the right amount of foundation for each application. In terms of the texture, I felt that this was a little similar to Diorskin Star, albeit more sheer; the formula is satiny-matte that doesn’t look flat or dry on one’s skin; in fact, it smoothes over and brightens up your complexion and leaves your skin looking healthier; however, your bumps, spots and marks are  will need the help of a concealer to reduce their appearance as this foundation is meant to give one a skin-like coverage in a standard pump-bottle foundation form, as opposed to the Nude Skin Air, which is in a dropper, liquid form, and in my opinion, is an even more sheerer than this foundation.

In terms of application, I prefer to use my fingers to dot on the foundation and spread it out, before using a damp sponge — can be dampened with an alcohol-free toner or serum of your choice — to soak up the excess and sheer out the foundation and give it an actual near-nude coverage. As this wore on throughout the day, I got a nice, brightened and glowy complexion and I didn’t experience any oxidization with the 010 as I felt that it blended in with my skin and my tinted loose powder helped warm it up a bit, of which it lasted well through an 8+ hour workday without looking patchy 🙂 Although I was a tad glowier in my t-zone area, it was nothing that a touch of powder or a good mattifying base couldn’t take care of 🙂

In addition, if you’re in between shades, I’d suggest that you go with the lighter shade of the two as foundations oxidize based on one’s skin chemistry so it’s better to play it safe; in addition, I’d also like to note that if you are the type to use bronzer, contour or any kind of face base product that warms up your complexion, I’d go with a slightly lighter shade to factor in the added warmth as well as the (potential) oxidization, otherwise you run the risk of getting a fairly mismatched face and neck shade 😀 As such, I would suggest that you get colour matched directly at your local Dior counter to ensure the best shade and of course, whether your skin is happy with the foundation’s texture <3

All in all, this is a great weekend foundation that gives your skin a healthy glow, which can also be prepped and built up to last through a work day <3

Diorsnow White Reveal Perfecting Makeup Base Review

Diorsnow White Reveal Perfecting Makeup Base

Price: HKD 368 (Sasa) | HKD400 (RRP)
Shade/Type: Rose
SPF: 35image

Hands down, I love this makeup base for the summer.

I picked this up along with the Diorskin Nude foundation from Sasa because a) they were on sale and b) as a member, I get an additional 5% discount off the sale price and c) I got to redeem my cash dollars….so YAAAAAAS. I saved QUITE a bit on these two items 😀

Onto the base itself, I bought it in the hopes of brightening up my Diorskin Forever foundation as I’d gotten the 020 and frankly, it oxidizes just a titch too much on my skin for my liking; it comes in the Blue shade as well as a beige shade but I wanted a healthier, slightly rosier tone in addition to the brightening effect rather than the all-brightening/whitening effect that the Blue shade one would bring, or the beige one for correcting yellow tones for that matter, hence I got the Rose one instead 🙂 Housed in a small plastic bottle with a twist cap, one would need to shake it up well before squeezing out a small amount for use. This color-correcting base is a light pink colour and its lightweight, liquid-like texture applies easily and absorbed well without leaving a greasy touch. In addition, I love how the formula also allows for a solid SPF 35 so it’s an extra layer of sun protection on top of one’s regular sun care products 🙂 I’ve used this base with my Dior foundations (Forever, Star and Nude), Estée Lauder Double Wear Liquid Foundation, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation as well as my Revlon Colorstay and I’ve had excellent success with all of them <3

As a side note, I personally would choose to use this product over my Bobbi Brown CC cream during the summer as I find that although both are fantastic products that allow my skin to look healthy and rosy while providing the same level of SPF protection, the Bobbi Brown one does leave me a little shinier during the summer, whereas the Dior one does not; I have yet to try this Dior one during the winter months/in a drier, colder climate as at the time of writing, to add to the mugginess of it all we’re also reaching temperatures of 35 degrees celcius here in Hong Kong; as such, I need a product that provides the right amount of hydration for my combination-dry skin without amping up any more moisturization as I already have a face cream for that. As such, for now, the Bobbi Brown one is fantastic for the drier and colder months/climates.

All in all, this was a fantastic find at Sasa and I’m definitely repurchasing a bottle when I run out of it for this summer 😀

Estée Lauder Double Wear Pressed Foundation Compact Review

Estée Lauder Double Wear Pressed Foundation Compactimage

Price: HKD90 (Case) | HKD380 (Refill)
Shade: 2C0 Cool Vanilla

Continuing with my Double Wear series, I also picked up the pressed foundation compact for on-the-go touch ups and then some 🙂

Being of the rectangular, plastic dark blue case variety with a simple “Estée Lauder” imprinted on it, the case and the refill for that matter, is nothing to write home about. The magic is in the formula of the scent-free pressed foundation; normally, I find that pressed compacts/powders/foundations from Western brands tend to be less hydrating/moisturizing than their Japanese or Korean counterparts. With this in mind, this is not to say that their product is inferior to the latter, but this is more about how the product feels on skin, and more specifically, my combination-dry and sensitive skin that is prone to flaking whenever it damn well feels like 🙁 As such, finding the right pressed foundation compact is a challenge for me as I noticed that when I try to do some touch ups on my nose or wherever I feel like needs a bit of coverage, the powder just sort of sits on top of my skin as opposed to blending in seamlessly with my skin; it’s not a matter of it being the wrong shade — it’s not — it’s the formula because it’s just not hydrating enough to merge with my skin 🙁

Onto the Double Wear itself, I shade matched on bare skin in good lighting and I confirmed that 2C0 is absolutely the right shade for me prior to getting the liquid and pressed foundations. Although the Double Wear pressed foundation isn’t damp to the touch — as is a common texture for pressed powder foundations and compacts that have hyaluronic acid and/or oils added to it — the effect that it has when I powder this on my face midday is of seamless perfection. Any areas that need mattifying are wonderfully done so and if and when I use a foundation that is more prone to lose its coverage over time, a quick pat with this powder foundation reclaims the coverage without looking out of place or patchy-dry. In addition, I also went the minimal makeup route and used this powder over just my primer, and I feel that the coverage is buildable and excellent for girls who want a more flexible make up look where they can go from casual to glam depending on how heavy of a hand they go with this pressed powder 🙂

Although at the time of writing, it’s summer here in the 852 and given the weather and humid climate here, my skin seems to be happy with this product. I’m waiting to give this a go during the winter and in a drier environment to see if it holds up to its hydrating effects or if I’ll need to go look for another one that has oils added to the formula for extra hydrating and moisturizing effects 🙂 All in all, I’m most definitely picking up a refill when I run out <3   

Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer Review

Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealerimage

Price: HKD250
Volume: 15ml
Shade: 2C

Housed in a cute squeeze tube with a twist-off cap, this is a travel friendly, everyday makeup bag happy, kind of concealer to take along with you. Packaging aside, the formula of this concealer is absolutely amazing. Given the long-lasting and long-wearing claims of this concealer, I found that in order to get the best results from this product, one needs to:

  1. Moisturize the face well. I noticed that flaky scars will look…pretty flaky with this concealer on so make sure that area is prepped!
  2. Choose the right primer to set the base (for my case, I used my Smashbox one all over and the Benefit Poreprofessional on my t-zone) and then the foundation (for the sake of really trying this concealer out, I chose to use it with my Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation, Revlon Colorstay, Diorskin Star and the Diorsnow BB Cream just to give it a relatively fair testing ground in terms of different formulations and brands and lasting powers)
  3. Dot this onto the blemish/acne scar, and once blended in, it needs to sort of…sit on the face a little bit before you dust on loose powder; much like the Double Wear foundation, once this concealer settles, it really doesn’t budge, not even a smidge. Usually when I’m done putting this concealer on, I work on my eye makeup or something before dusting on the loose powder; I found that if you dust the loose powder on before you give this concealer just that little bit of time to dry, you end up smearing it up, and THAT bit dries up and does not budge.

    I also found that given the liquid nature of this concealer, you can easily build it up to the coverage that you need, but unless it’s a particular dark(er) patch that you’re trying to cover up, one thin layer is more than enough. If you need something super heavy duty, I’d suggest you give the Dermacol one a shot instead.

To attest to its long-wearing claims, I’ve worn this foundation through my 8-12 hour workdays; I’ve walked through the rain; I’ve been in the sweltering heat with this on and even though there were beads of sweat at the tip of my nose and around my hairline, the makeup itself didn’t melt off or do that gross white-coloured sweatdrop performance on my face 😛 In particular, the patches where I’d applied the concealer didn’t melt or look patchy either. 😀 I’m looking forward to popping this on during cold and low-humidity days/climates to see if this will fare well for my combination-dry skin 🙂 I’m more inclined to think that it’s probably nothing that a hydrating/moisturizing primer and skincare routine can’t fix <3

All in all, I can safely say that I am more than excited to add this concealer to my arsenal of HG face products; however, if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly or heavier duty option, you really should give Dermacol or the Benefit Playstick a quick look <3

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation Review

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundationimage

Price: HKD 340
Volume: 30ml
SPF: 10
Shade: 2C0 Cool Vanilla

I now believe in the hype.

Housed in a frosted glass bottle, I’m peeved at the fact that this iconic foundation is still without a pump; as such, I wouldn’t necessarily feel that this is travel friendly. However, upon a quick consultation with the Google gods, I found that many beautiful men and women around the world have found a perfectly viable solution for it: the MAC Foundation Pump; in fact, Narrsworld over here explains it perfectly well and the pump itself can be purchased at Nordstrom, Amazon  and possibly in a MAC store near you!

Packaging aside, the formula is absolutely amazing. Given the long-lasting and long-wearing nature of this foundation, I found that in order to get the best results from this foundation, one needs to:

  1. Moisturize the face well.
  2. Choose the right primer to set the base (for my case, I used my Smashbox one all over and the Benefit Poreprofessional on my t-zone)
  3. Work on one part of the face at a time with the foundation; the whole dot-it-all-over-your-face method doesn’t quite work as well as I found that the foundation settled real quick before I even got to that part of the face; once this foundation settles, it really doesn’t budge — not even a smidge.

To attest to its long-wearing claims, I’ve worn this foundation through my 8-12 hour workdays; I’ve walked through the rain; I’ve been in the sweltering heat with this on and even though there were beads of sweat at the tip of my nose and around my hairline, the makeup itself didn’t melt off or do that gross white-coloured sweatdrop performance on my face 😛 I’m looking forward to popping this on during cold and low-humidity days/climates to see if this will fare well for my combination-dry skin 🙂 I’m more inclined to think that it’s probably nothing that a hydrating/moisturizing primer and skincare routine can’t fix ❤️

All in all, I can safely say that I am more than excited to add this foundation to my arsenal of HG face products; however, if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, you really can’t go wrong with the Revlon Colorstay ❤️

My newest love: Estée Lauder Double Wear Series

Hello everyone,

I’ve been in a bit of a makeup rut recently…or rather that’s my excuse to pop off to the shops 😀 Since summer’s here in the 852, it means that I needs (or wants…really at this point 🙄) me a foundie, concealer and pressed powder to work me through the sweltering and sweaty mess that I become once I step outside 🙁

Along with my Estée Lauder collection of skincare goodies, I forayed into their cosmetics department and voilà:

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Reviews to follow <3

THREE Cosmetics: Ultimate Diaphanous Loose Powder Review

THREE Cosmetics: Ultimate Diaphanous Loose Powderimage

Price: ¥5000 (Get it online or check out for a store closest to you!)

Volume: 17g
Shade: Glow 01

Continuing with my recent THREE Cosmetics discovery, I picked up this loose powder with the foundations out of curiosity. Given that there are two options, Glow and Translucent, I chose to go with Glow as I already have a mattifying tinted loose powder and I wanted to try something new in this department. The 01 and 02 are use to basically distinguish the tinted tones; I’m an NC15-20 so I got the 01; I would say that the02 is for anyone between NC25-35. For tanned/darker-skinned beauties, you can pretty much just pass this as the shade selection is (very) narrow with this particular line, and really with a number of Japanese/Korean cosmetics brands:

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Courtesy of THREE Cosmetics 😀

For those of you who are ingredient-conscious, here’s the list straight from the company:

Inca inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) oil*, Camellia oleifera seed oil, Argania spinosa kernel oil*, jojoba oil*, evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) oil*, rosehip oil*, shea butter*, beeswax*

*Certified organic ingredient

(Courtesy of THREE Cosmetics :D)

In terms of packaging, this product comes in a plastic jar with a mesh netting as its inner lid as opposed to an inner lid with small holes for one to shake out the product, and a nice powder puff. I personally liked how I would just need to tap my brush onto the mesh netting to pick up some product and then dust it onto my face; I feel that I am better able to control the amount of powder I pick up and I am less likely to get an over-powdered face. As such, since the finely-milled powder has a very subtle shimmer, on my skin it leaves my complexion mattified but glowy and not greasy; even midday my skin looks healthy and dewy 🙂

The best part about this powder is that not only are its ingredients organic and natural, the price also doesn’t beat the bank and the quality is superb <3 Definitely going to repurchase this once I’m out 🙂

THREE Cosmetics: Flawless Ethereal Fluid Foundation Review

THREE Cosmetics: Flawless Ethereal Fluid Foundation

Price: ¥5000 (Get it online or check out for a store closest to you!)
Volume: 30ml
SPF: 36
Shade 202

I’ve always been a big fan of Japanese skincare and cosmetics, and my initial trial with this company has proven to be an excellent experience 😀

As a primary introduction to this line, I purchased this liquid foundation (all-seasons), along with a cream foundation (winter/dry climates) as well as a loose powder. For reference, I’ve been using this liquid foundation in a rather humid (read: anywhere between 80-100%) climate during the late spring season in Hong Kong and thus I am reporting on how happy my skin is with this foundation during this period of time 🙂

After a bit of googling, I shade matched to a 202 — for reference I’m an NC15-20 — and this was spot on for me 🙂 I’ll note here that since this is a Japanese brand, the limited shade selection can be disappointing for darker-skinned ladies:

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Yep. That’s it for this foundation LOL 😀

In terms of packaging, the frosted glass bottle comes with a pump and it is quite sturdy but relatively light to tote along for travelling; however, if you’re slightly accident-prone or you’re low on baggage space, I’d suggest decanting this into a smaller container or getting some sample sachets from the retailer <3 The product itself is hydrating and light, with a definitely buildable coverage; I would say that this is a light-medium coverage  and even if one were to build it up, it doesn’t feel mask-like or look cakey. In fact, since I have super dehydrated skin all year long, I add one to two drops of my favourite ANR II serum and mix it up prior to applying it. In addition, this foundation is formulated without parabens, synthetic perfumes, animal-derived ingredients, and mineral oils, so ladies with sensitive skin can rejoice! <3 In fact, for those of you who are ingredients conscious, here’s the list straight from the website:

Inca inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) oil*, Camellia oleifera seed oil, Argania spinosa kernel oil*, jojoba oil*, evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) oil*, rosehip oil*, shea butter*, beeswax*

*Certified organic ingredient

(Courtesy of THREE Cosmetics :D)

On the same note, perhaps it’s just me, but I noticed that when I used this foundation alone without the ANR II, on a particularly iffy day, it can accentuate some of the drier bits on my face, in particular my nose, and it’s also there where the foundation sort of…dissipates without disappearing near the tail end of a regular work day. This is not to say that this foundation isn’t long lasting; I just wouldn’t compare its power to the Revlon Colorstay, my all-time favourite for a seriously long-lasting foundation that has stood against the test of time (and sweat, rain and tears so to speak).

However, at the same time I loved how radiant, glowy and fresh it made my skin look and feel on the days when my face was not as dehydrated — and of course, when I’d added the ANR II to it — because my makeup looked naturally dewy <3 You can definitely make this work for a work day or relegate it to a nice weekend foundation for when you’re out and about with friends or running errands around town 🙂 I would like to note here that girls who lean more towards the glowy, oily skin type, I’d suggest using a good oil-controlling primer or base prior to applying this foundation, as even with my combination-dry skin, I looked dewy glowy near the tail-end of my work day; normally, my makeup would look as matte as it did in the morning LOL 😀

All in all, I’m definitely repurchasing this foundation based on its texture, quality and effect <3 If you’re interested in a foundation that leaves you looking radiant and glowy and is formulated without parabens, synthetic perfumes, animal-derived ingredients, and mineral oils, you definitely have to give this a shot! <3

Groupon Find: Missha x Line Friends

I’m a HUGE Line Friends fan and oh my word.

I saw this on Groupon and…well, let’s just say that the pretties are at home with me now 😀

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From Left To Right:

  • Brown – Microbubble Cleansing Foam (Lotus Seed)
  • Sally – Microbubble Cleansing Foam (Green Tea Seed)
  • Brown – Eye Color Studio Mini (Brown)
  • Cony – Eye Color Studio Mini (Pink)
  • Sally – Eye Color Studio Mini (Orange)

Reviews to follow <3

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