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 🙂

BB Cushion Round-up!

BB Cushion Round-up!

After a royally bad sun rash from my trip during the summer, I’ve been hiding out for the past month and a half; I’ve had to do a major overhaul in both my skincare and makeup arsenal to accommodate my super red, dry-flaky and sensitive skin 🙁

On the makeup front, I’ve moved on to powder-free formulas and looks that were a) lightweight and b) forgiving on my angry, flaky skin. I now welcome you all to my newest love(s): BB Cushions! I used to have this feeling that the cushion itself would be a hotbed for bacteria and that I would be grossed out to the max pressing my sponge into it and patting away on my face. I now have learned the errors of my ways as clearly, the sponge can be cleaned up very well and I could spray a bit of alcohol onto the sponge itself to (quickly) disinfect it if I felt the need to, without ruining the formula itself — or my face for that matter — in the process. These products were the only base products that helped my skin look semi-presentable in broad daylight and at work 🙂 As a general introduction, the BB cushions I have listed below are in chronological order of when I purchased them and are now on a regular rotation for me:

img_9485Missha Line Friends Cushion (Magic and Magic Cushion Moisture BB Cushions)

Shade: 21
SPF: 50

I tried both formulas from Missha, and really, for the fact that it was part of the Line Friends series <3 Brown is the Magic Cushion one, which is supposed to have a little more oil control while still maintaining a relatively dewy look, whereas the Sally one is the Magic Cushion Moisture version and it leaves you with a relatively dewier look than its Brown counterpart. I noticed that there was a slight scent that dissipated quite quickly upon application; in fact, the scent was not as significant as Sulwhasoo’s. However, given that Sulwhasoo is known for its herbal formulas, I can’t say the same for Missha’s at this point; luckily, I didn’t break out or react to the scent in either of these cushion but if you’re adverse to (lightly) scented products, take note 🙂 I’d also like to note that I found that it’s easy to end up looking a little paler than usual with this cushion as it has a considerable amount of coverage for one layer, especially since it doesn’t have the distinction between a Natural or Cover version like other Korean BB cushions; thus, I would suggest to start off with one layer first and go from there without going all tap-happy with it because both of these formulas have decent coverage from the get go 🙂

 

imageThe Face Shop CC Cushion
Shade: V201
SPF: 50

Out of all the ones on this round-up, it was my least favorite as it really did leave me with a mask-like look upon initial application and it looked quite patchy even just before midday. This is the Cover version of the line so although the shade with quite good for my NC20 skin tone, this left me looking (very) pale, almost greyish, after applying one layer, Although this was the cheapest one in terms of price, I don’t think I would repurchase this particular one mainly because I can get the same hydrating and overall coverage with the other cushions. I would say this is a good cushion for beginners or those who are a little tight on budget but if you’re looking for a real wow-factor, you can try other ones 🙂

 

imageIOPE Cushion
Shade: C21
SPF: 50

Considered to be the granddaddy of all BB cushions, this was my first foray into the higher-end cushions. When I bought this one at the time, I had a couple of blemishes to cover up so I chose the Cover version of my shade, 21. To be fair, since I DID choose the Cover version of this BB cushion as opposed to the Natural version, the higher coverage was to be expected and as such, with the higher coverage came with the…slightly whiter cast. I mean, I was a full shade paler. I almost looked slightly sickly had I forgotten my cream blush; the oxidization helped by mid-afternoon but still, even for me it was a little too pale to be touched up.  Therefore, for those of you who choose the Cover version, go in with a light hand and if in doubt, I’d opt to get the Natural version and use a separate concealer on problem areas; I know it’s counterproductive but at least you don’t end up with a mask-like appearance? 😀

 

Hera Age-Reverse Cushionimg_9484
Shade: N21
SPF: 38

I find myself reaching for this almost every day as it leaves me with the most natural finish; it’s truly a “my-skin-but-better” type of look. By this point, the blemishes on my face had significantly receded and all I was left with was…just sahara-dry but relatively clear skin; as such, I chose the Natural coverage as opposed to the Cover version because of my skin condition. In addition to having little to no fragrance, this was the most hydrating cushion for me out of the entire round-up; I chose this one over its sister product, the UV Hera Mist, mainly because of my need for a more hydrating cushion as opposed to an oil-control one; once my skin gets better though, you can bet I’ll be trying it 😀 This cushion was also easy to touch up midday or post-meal as it didn’t leave me with a visibly paler face. I LOVED this one 🙂

 

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushionimg_9487
Shade: Medium Pink 21
SPF: 50

I find myself reaching for this one on those days when I’ve had enough sleep as it has quite a sheer finish; this high-end cushion was one of the more hydrating products for me compared to the rest of the ones in the round-up. It’s also worth noting that this cushion has a distinctive herbal/floral scent that is characteristic of Sulwhasoo products; personally, I didn’t break out or react to the scent itself possibly because it’s a result of its herbal ingredients, but for those of you who would prefer a scent-free option, this is definitely worth considering about. With this in mind, I’d choose the Hera one over this one primarily a) based on its (slightly) better coverage and b) minimal fragrance, but it does lose out on the SPF coverage compared to Sulwhasoo.  

YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation
Shade: B10
SPF: 23 PA+++

As a new addition to my collection, this cushion came highly recommended from a girlfriend of mine who loves YSL products. As of this cushion, I am now a YSL-convert <3 Much like the other cushions, I personally enjoy using BB cushions for touch-ups during the fall/winter months as my sensitive-dry skin embraces the dewy look and since this is a liquid-to-powder kind of formula, it’ll basically dry to a satin finish (for me) without needing any powder on top. For this cushion, I noticed that when you first start using it, just a light press on the cushion with the sponge will give you enough coverage for the entire face; this cushion gives off more product with less effort than the other cushions I have tried. In addition, I will note here that this cushion does have quite a perfume-y scent upon application, however it does dissipate quite quickly; those of you who are sensitive to scents might want to bear this in mind when doing a swatch test at the beauty counter. Aside from being a little disappointed that this only has SPF23, I normally use a separate sunscreen as a base so it’s not necessarily a dealbreaker for me at this point; those of you who generally don’t use a separate sunscreen, this might be something to bear in mind. In addition, you have to buy the refills separately; the YSL cushion only comes with the one cushion already in the case 🙁

All in all, I found it very easy to re-apply moisturizer on the drier parts of my face and then reapply with any one of the cushions in the round-up, depending on the level of coverage that I would prefer for that day. I had beautiful, dewy and an even-looking complexion even at the peak of my angry, flaky skin situations.

Major love for BB cushions right now <3

YSL Touch of Light Gift Set Review

YSL Touch of Light Gift Set Review

Touche Éclat Shade: #2
Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Shade: Noir | Travel Sized (2ml)
Price: USD40 (Las Vegas Premium Outlets :))2015-07-24 18.22.04

On my short but sweet Vegas trip last year, I did a relatively clean sweep of the store 😀 I’ll justify my 25-minute sweep by saying that…there was a good 25% off everything in store ranging from Smashbox Palettes to Clinique sets to YSL and more 🙂

Amongst my findings, I found the YSL gift set perched right by the door amongst a series of their blushes and eyeshadows 🙂 I picked up a YSL blush for Mama Cappuccino, the gift set for myself and a couple more beautiful Smashbox palettes as souvenirs 🙂

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I kept the gift set with me until I got back to Hong Kong and it was only recently around last month that I pulled out the Touche Éclat to give it a go 🙂 I know, I know, I know. Shopping at the outlet malls for cosmetic items could end up being a disastrous situation (i.e. products having gone off, been opened, etc.), and the fact that I kept the products till now to try out is not only insane but a skin disaster waiting to happen.

So far it’s been good. I’ve tried out the Touche Éclat since last month till now and I’ve had no issues thus far. What I will say is that not only is the product creamy and easily used (two clicks is all you’ll need for both eyes :)) even for newbies, the packaging is great to tote along for travel and this product is the ONLY concealer I’ve used under my eyes that has not creased or budged by the end of the day. The coverage is excellent 🙂2015-07-24 18.23.40

The fact that it hasn’t creased or faded away is saying a lot for me because for my age, I’ve got my fair share of fine lines, naturally dry undereye area and dark circles compared to girls who are in the same age range as I am. I’ve tried using anti-aging treatments for the eye area by different companies, but it seems like my skin isn’t at the age range for the products to fully work? I end up getting milia and it’s all greasy and gross. I guess I just have naturally drier eyes and I’m prone to getting fine lines 🙁

The mascara didn’t do much for me as I have rather straight stubby Asian lashes that just won’t quit in…staying straight. LOL 🙂 It’s a nice formula and easily removed with makeup remover; it lives up to its volumizing properties but my lashes couldn’t stay curled 🙁 ; I don’t think it’s good enough to dissuade me from my love for my Lancôme Hypnôse Star Waterproof mascara <3

The Touche Éclat is on my repurchase list when I run out because I’ve done some more googling online and this product is also great as a highlighter 🙂 I don’t normally do contouring/highlighting for my everyday looks, but when the time comes for me to do so, I’m going to be all swatch-happy with it <3

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