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.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Birchbox June 2012

I finally broke down and subscribed to Birchbox.  Although I love my BeautyBar subscription for skincare samples, I wanted a subscription with variety. I love how Birchboxes are themed and are made up of lifestyle, cosmetic and skincare samples.

This month's "Jet Set" Birchbox was travel themed.  My box consisted of the following:

The designer Band-Aids from Cynthia Rowley are adorable. I'm glad I got them in my box because I would never pay 15$ for them at the pharmacy.  It's a fun little "Life Style" extra.

I'm excited to try the brightening mask from Masquelogy (at home, not during my next flight ;)) and the Likewise SPF 50 moisturizer will come in handy on my next trip to San Diego.  I love travel size skincare because I hate decanting my stuff into plastic containers.

I'm always happy to try another blush. The Balm's Stainiac in Beauty Queen is a nice sheer watermelon color. I'd probably use this on my lazy days where I don't want to wear full makeup and just want a touch of color on my cheeks.
I've never heard of Ada Cosmetics, so it will be fun to try something new. The sample sent was a mineral style bronzer, it seems similar to Bare Escentuals.  I'm not that crazy about loose powders though, they are hard to use and always end up making a mess.  The bronzer was a little shimmery and orange on my skin but I think I can make it work as an eyeshadow.

Monday, June 18, 2012


I confess, I bought these just for the tins. I have yet to open them and test out the cream which they say is freshly handmade using high-quality natural ingredients fused together by a shot of steam.

I just want to collect all the tins :)  

Saturday, June 16, 2012

UNE cosmetics

Along with the Bourjois haul, I also picked up something new from Superdrugs.  They were having a buy 2 get 1 free on all their products.

A brand that I have never heard of called UNE caught my eye.  I love their packaging.  They come in sleek rectangular cases that slide open and shut magnetically.  They even have a handy mirror built on the outside of the case so it doesn't get all greasy or powdery from the cosmetics on the inside.

I ended up picking 3 products: BREEZY CHEEK Blush in B02,  GLIMMER EYES shadow in G16 and SFUMATO EYES shadow in S02.

After doing a little research, I found out that this is a sister line to Bourjois that is organic and eco-friendly.  According to their website, UNE uses :

  • formulas 98-100% natural in origin
  • no oils derived from petrochemistry
  • no parabens or silicones
  • no artificial colorants or synthetic fragrances
  • eco-friendly packaging to minimise the impact on the environment
  • no ingredients of animal origin

I'm loving their products. I should have taken advantage of the sale at Superdrugs and picked up more blushes and some of their foundation products. ARGH. I was being cheap because of the exchange rate and now I am regretting it.

Anyhow on to the swatches :

They Glimmer Eyeshadow is just gorgeous. It shows up a little gold in the swatch, but  in person it is more cool toned.  The staying powder is up to 6 hours without primer and it doesn't crease on my lids (but keep in mind my skintype is normal to dry).

The blush in S02 is just the perfect rosy pink. I should have picked up all the other blushes they had in stock that day. It's a cream to powder finish that just looks so natural on the cheeks.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sewing Pattern makeup bag

I don't know how long I can resist this. It appeals to the crafter, sewer and makeup lover inside me.

Isn't this cute ? It's by Disaster Designs at

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation and Unifying Powder Swatches

On my latest trip to the UK, I stopped by Superdrug while they were having a sale and I finally picked up the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum gel foundation and Healthy Balance Unifying Powder.  I have heard a lot of good things about them. I love that they have testers for all the cosmetics in the UK drugstores. I had no problem finding a match for my NC30 skin (53 Light Beige for both the gel foundation and unifying powder)

I love how this foundation feels on my skin. It feels very light and moisturizing. It's easy to blend and provides light to medium coverage. It's definitely great for the spring and summer when I'm looking for a more natural finish.

I have never ever finished a foundation in my life but I have a feeling I'm going to finish this.

I don't have much to say about the Unifying Powder at the moment, I haven't been using it since my skin has been feeling really dry lately. I do love that it's the exact match to the Gel Foundation and can be used for touch ups when I'm out and about and need something portable.

Definately two thumbs up for these two products.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Benefit Push Glosses

I'm really excited about the new Benefit Push Glosses. I'm already such a huge fan of their boxed powders and now I will soon have my hands on the matching glosses.

I'm even more excited by the deal I got when I purchased the First Class Travel set off HSN.  With the code 10OFF25BEAUTY I was able to get the set for 16$ and FREE SHIPPING!
Photo from
I can't wait, they should be arriving any day now :)

Bourjois Intense 03

What they say : Intense color, twice as coloring within the first stroke. 16 hour hold.

What's nice about it:  The pretty light pink color with intense silver sparkles. It's not metallic, it's *sparkly*. When I swatched it at the store, I knew I had to have it !! Unlike the blushes that I own from Bourjois, the eyeshadows are unscented, so a huge plus for me.

What I don't like about it: The fallout.  Like most eyeshadows with sparkles, you have to deal with some fallout :)  I do find there is less when I apply the eyeshadow wet.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Bourjois Blushes

Wow, my first beauty post.  I never realized how much work beauty bloggers put into taking pictures and swatches of their haul.   I had the worse time with the swatches. I couldn't get my arm far enough for the camera to focus. Haha.

Anyhow, so here are the blushes.  They are both the same color, I just couldn't resist the cute Paris stickers so I had to buy both. The one on right has the Eifel Tower and the one on the left has a picture of the Opera National de Paris.  The color is called Rose D'Or, a very pretty bright pink with gold undertones.  I think this must be a special edition packaging because the rest of my purchases did not look so cute :)

I love the cute packaging from Bourjois. The compact comes with a mirror and a cute little brush that fits perfectly inside. 
Taken with natural light

Taken inside with a flash
Recently, Lola from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog told me that Bourjois is Chanel's baby.  I had never realized that but once she pointed it out, I could immediately see the similarities.  I thought just for fun, I would take pictures of them side by side.
The Chanel blush I have pictured here is #67 Rose Tourbillon. Side by side it's definitely brighter and instead of gold flecks, this blush has silver and pink flecks.  However, swatched - they look REALLY similar.

The swatch with the asterix is the Chanel Rose Tourbillon. 
Both blushes (Bourjois and Chanel) are  heavily perfumed, which I'm not a huge fan of, but I definitely prefer the smell of Chanel's Rose Tourbillion.   The Bourjois blush smells like perfume my grandmother used to wear, so I'm definitely not a fan.  I guess that's why I rarely use it ;)  The smell does not go away after I apply the blush.  

They are both definitely made in France at the same place (92299 Neuilly sure Seine) - which I thought was pretty cool.

Overall assessment: I have 3 of the same blushes.

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