Friday, September 28, 2012

More swatches of BB Creams for NC30 - Hada Labo Emulsion Ochre , Hada Labo Moist in Ochre

Still going through all the BB creams that I can find to match darker skin tones that are without the grey tinge.  I don't want to look like death.

So here are the swatches of :

  1. Urban Decay Naked 4.0 (just for comparison sake)
  2. Haba Labo BB Emulsion in Natural Ochre
  3. Haba Labo Moist Natural Ochre
  4. FairyDrops Candybar BB Ochre
  5. FairyDrops Candybar BB in Light Ochre

The first picture is taken directly in outside sunlight - which I find true to color:

This was taken indoor with no flash :

Previous review and more pictures and swatches of Fairydrops here

Thoughts on Hada Labo:

  • Love that there is high SPF in the formula
  • Coverage is light to medium and evens out my skintone nicely but Fairydrops definitely has a higher coverage compared to Hada Labo
  • The wear on me is good for 4-6 hours, I definitely do need a face primer
  • The emulsion is great in the summer, has a nice dry texture to it and would be great for oily skin
  • The moist is very creamy perfect for dry winters
  • The color match is nice too - especially the emulsion version.  It's almost identical to the Urban Decay 4.0 Naked
  • I bought it through Amazon via Japanese sellers

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Elisha Coy Always Tattoo Dual Eyeliner

Testing out more Korean cosmetics...

 This is a dual tip liner, one side has a really fine tip liquid liner and the other side has a smudger with a really pretty metallic brown shadow. 
Swatches of the dark brown liner with the metallic brown shadow:
What I like:
1) I love the fine tip - you get lots of control and an amazingly precise (and thin) line. Makes lining right by the lash line a breeze.
2) This stuff is smudge proof, waterproof  - I never have to worry about racoon eyes.
3) I love the brown shadow that comes with it on the other side, the color is amazing and it allows you to soften the liquid liner for a more natural look.

What kind of scares me:
This stuff is so smudge proof and waterproof that I can't even remove it at the end of the day with my clinique dual phase eye makeup remover or face soap - haha, makes me wonder why...
They really mean it when they say "Always Tattoo".

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Lioele Color Eye Shadow Swatches #4 Modern Brown and #21 Cream Beige

I just couldn't resist these trying these Lioele eye shadows from Korea.  I got them for $8.50 each at
Sune in San Francisco.
 I ended up buying #4 Modern Brown and #21 Cream Beige
 The eyeshadows are really smooth in texture. Modern brown is a nice neutral brown with a pearlescent finish. Both swatches below are without any primer and they have decent pigmentation.  It's not a "Must" have but I'm still happy to have them in my stash.  They are perfect for the everyday natural look.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Another cute makeup case...

Modcloth needs to just stop !! I can't stop myself from wanting every thing they stock.  I just got their "Sewing Pattern" makeup bag and now I want this :

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fairydrops Candy Bar BB Cream - swatches

So I finally succumbed to the BB cream fad. I have tested some at the duty free shops in Seoul during my last trip abroad but I found that they were all way to light and grey for me. I couldn't see how they were supposed to be a "one size" fits all type of cream.

Recently I was browsing through PrettyandCute and and I came upon the Fairydrops BB cream.  Reviews said that this was the one BB cream that would suit NC30 and up.  So when PrettyandCute offered a 20% discount during July, I decided to take the plunge.

According to the package, this is a high-tech treatment BB cream that makes you photogenic and telegenic :) It contains 5 kinds of treatment essences in it (although they don't say what type of treatment essences) and it contains micro-gold pearls that will hide scars and freckles. It's water proof formula will also prevent your skin from becoming oily and shiny.  The finish is supposed to look like that of a soft focus powder which uses light diffusion to hide wrinkles and make your skin appear smooth.

 They have an interesting spong applicator that's attached to the dispenser, I have used it yet so I can't tell you if it's good or not. I prefer to use a foundation brush that I can wash after each application.
 Swatches of both colors Light Ochre and Ochre with flash.
Swatches of both colors on my skin in natural light. I'm pretty sure I'm an NC30 in MAC and both colors can work for me. 

Before and after the BB cream (no powder or concealer).  I used Ochre in this case. In pictures it looks fine and it does what it claims but in person I felt that the BB cream looked heavy, like I caked it on.   I need to play with the application a little more before I can decide if I really like it.  Maybe it will look better if after I put the rest of my face on ;)

July 2012 Beautybar Sample Society

Contents in this months box include :
*Sisley-Paris Hydra Global Intense Anti-aging Hydration
*Borghese Tono Body Creme
*VBeaute Eye Never Nourishing Repair Eye Creme
*Jouer Cosmetics Luminizing Moisture Tint SPF20 in Bronzed
*Vincent Long duo lip pencil in Sangria and White Glimmer
This months box is a winner for me :) I'm excited to try everything except the lip pencil. I'm not a "lip person" and the Sangria color is way too dark for my liking.  I'm loving these sample subscriptions - the travel sizes are so convenient and it allows me to try everything without having to commit to full sizes.  The only problem for me now is keeping up with them. I'm still working on the samples from my first box which was 4 months ago.

Swatch of the Vincent Long duo lip pencil : Sangria and White Glimmer
 Swatch of the Jouer Bronze tinted moisturizer in SPF20

Friday, July 6, 2012

Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense swatch and review

Swatch of tinted sunscreen

Blending into the skin

Completely blended and no white/grey cast.

Why I love it :

  1. It's a physical sunscreen so definitely great for sensitive skin.
  2. It has a very light texture and feels great on my skin.
  3. It blends out nicely and because it's tinted, it doesn't leave a white cast on my skin.

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