JUST IN: Glowy Foundation Routine for Winter

Winter months are different in Texas as some of you may know. While it may not get super cold here until well into December-January, I’ve found that with the climate and temperature changes, my skin is having some up’s and down’s. Even though today’s high (even in December) was 70 degrees Fahrenheit, I’ve resorted to more moisturizing products since my skin has been needing it lately. Since my signature base/skin makeup is a dewy, glowy finish, dry skin or flaky skin is definitely not good for me. I’ve noticed that with my skin being drier, I’ve had to resort to creative ways to maintain the dew.

Today’s post is about my glowy foundation routine for winter…Texas-style. :)

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Innisfree The Green Tea Serum
In the mornings, I’ve been using a moisturizing serum for hydration to plump my skin and prevent it from feeling dry or uncomfortable. I skip the cream or moisturizer intentionally and move straight onto a suncream/sunblock before applying my base makeup. This particular serum is “a moisturizing and nourishing serum with organic green tea seeds from Jeju to fill the skin with suppleness and clarity.” It’s super lightweight and the water-gel texture feels like nothing on the skin when applied. It doesn’t make my skin oily or slippery; and, as part of my morning routine, this helps keep my skin hydrated and happy underneath makeup.

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Oil
Lately, the trend in Korea is to add a drop of face oil to foundation/BB/CC creams for an added dewy effect. This “anti-oxidant moisturizing oil, [is] formulated with eco-friendly Jeju green tea seeds[that] replenishes moisture and nutrients from deep within your skin.” While it feels rich on your skin at first, it absorbs nicely, which gives a moisturized feeling. On top of that, it seals in all your previous skincare so it helps your makeup glide on easily and effortlessly. I don’t mind mixing a drop of this with my foundation, and it doesn’t make my skin overly oily or anything like that. When applied alone, this can be an extra-hydrating moisturizer replacement.

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Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation
My go-to foundation lately for glowy makeup is the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation and the shade 115 Ivory is a perfect match for me. I’ve also noticed that this particular foundation is great as a mixing agent. I’ve mixed this foundation with other formulations, and it’s never interfered with application or color. I like to add my face oil to this and it applies sheer, but naturally. In addition, it adjusts the coverage level which I like since I prefer sheer to light coverage. This foundation “creates a soft-focus effect, which is designed to meet the coverage concerns of those in the spotlight.”

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
Normally, I don’t like to powder over my foundation or base makeup because it affects the dewiness. However, lately I’ve been into it since using the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder. As “weightless, translucent powder for all skintones that creates a soft matte finish that looks luminous in any light,” it’s truly invisible and doesn’t negatively impact the color, tone, or texture of your already applied makeup. It’s so natural that I feel like you don’t even really notice a difference until you see your skin in natural light. Pores and lines or minimized and your makeup is set perfectly — and, surprisingly, oil is controlled substantially well.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Ethereal Glow”
The final touch to glowy winter makeup is really the blush. While the complexion is important, nothing is more prettier than naturally flushed pink cheeks. A lot of blushes can do this, but one that is equal parts pretty and glowy without the glitter and shimmer. I like “Ethereal Glow” so much for this; and, it’s seriously the final touch that I look for when I’m completing my routine.

What are some of your dewy makeup tricks for the winter time?

Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil in “Black Diamonds”

As promised, more Charlotte Tilbury reviews are here! In today’s post, the Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil in “Black Diamonds” will be the star of the show and it’s truly a product that has impressed me. While the reviews I’ve read about this is about average, I find that it’s a really easy product to use — so, for me, it’s great for travel or when I’m in a hurry.

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Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil is a product that is designed to “bring out the natural sparkle of your eyes.” The pencil is not self-sharpening, so you’ll have to have a separate sharpener on-hand for this product. However, the formula is superb so it’s something I can personally overlook. This eyeshadow pencil “is infused with synthetic sapphire, a mineral gemstone with natural soft-focus powers for a smooth, perfect finish.” It’s packed with tons of glitter, so if that’s not your kinda thing then this won’t be a product that you’ll like. “Black Diamonds” in particular is highly-pigmented and has chunky, noticeable glitter.

Also, “combined with lighting tricks learned by Charlotte Tilbury’s experience in the makeup industry, the pencil will transform and enhance your natural eye color. The long-lasting, easy-glide formula smoothes on and stays on for up to 10 hours.” Now, while I’m a sucker for gimmicky product, I can’t say that my naturally dark brown eyes “change” because of this eyeshadow pencil, LOL.

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The pigmentation is controllable — meaning, you can make it as light as you want and as dark as you want. Before blending, it’s really easy to pack on the color too. After swiping it directly onto my eyelids, I use my finger or a blending brush to blend out the color. For me, using my finger has been more useful. Another way to use this product is to sweep is onto your eyelid by using a pencil brush or flat eyeshadow brush. Just wipe the product onto the brush, and use the brush to apply the color. With the particular shade, blending or smudging with my finger has given me a grungy but neat look, which I’ve really been liking.

Work quickly, as the formula sets after 30 seconds. So, it’s better to do one eye before moving onto the other. This product is great for glamorous nights out, parties, and special occasions. While the smokey eye isn’t for everyone, I think this is great for anytime that you need a little oomph for you eye makeup look. I recommend “Black Diamonds” and I think it’s a great shade to have on-hand.

Retails for $26.00 USD.
Made in Germany.

Perricone MD Hyalo Plasma

As a skincare junkie, I love when there’s a promising skincare product. While I’m cautious with what I use, I’ve found that I don’t mind venturing into new brands after I’ve done some thorough research. Recently, I came across the Perricone MD Hyalo Plasma, and found that there was limited reviews that met my expectations. For such an expensive product, I found that it was only fair that I post an extensive review before anyone decides to make the investment. To begin, let me say that this really is an investment product. At $135.00 USD, I was hesitant to purchase it; but, since the U.S. (and Sephora) has generous return policies, I thought that I would give it a go anyway.

The Perricone MD Hyalo Plasma is a “dermatological-grade, hyaluronic treatment that offers an alternative to more invasive procedures to achieve the appearance of youthful skin.” Because anti-aging products are normally what I look for these days, this peaked my interest. “Hyalo—the name derived from the medical prefix meaning ‘resembling glass’—harnesses the forms of hyaluronic, each holding a different molecular weight to target various skin functions. This unique formula addresses aging skin dehydration by nourishing collagen responsible for firmness for youthful-looking muscle convexity, addressing hydration needs, and superbly preparing skin for makeup application with its oil-free hybrid cream/serum formulation.”

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The texture of this product is unique. It’s like a jelly that jiggles in the jar; however, when you scoop a little bit out, it feels kind of creamy and bouncy. Once you apply it to your skin and massage it in, its gel-like texture melts onto the surface of your skin. It feels cooling, smooth, and your skin feels instantly more supple and hydrated. This product is recommended for all ages and skin types, and is a multitasking treatment that “works to re-establish the look of youthful muscle convexity, plumpness, and suppleness.”

In addition, “Hyalo Plasma’s gel-like texture disappears into the skin leaving it fully hydrated, imparting a radiant, glass-like translucency.” I like how my skin feels instantly better, and somehow, it seems to look better too. Luckily, a little bit of it goes a long ways; and, it absorbs instantly — leaving my skin smooth, hydrated, and clean-feeling. This has been a great day-time moisturizer for me since it’s so hydrating without feeling greasy or oily. It has great oil-control even though it doesn’t promise to be oil-controlling, it helps my skin look and feel good, and most importantly, I really do think that “youthful volume” has been restored to my skin. I think this product is great and I recommend it. I think this is worth giving a shot and the customers on Sephora’s website seem to be quite pleased as well. Watch this QVC video for more information.

Made in USA.
Retails for $135.00 USD.

REVIEW: Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch

Normally, I don’t do much to my under-eye area and I use highlighters are my face when I remember. While I’ve dabbled in using the Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer, the YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch, and the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer, I only reach for the products when I feel that my skin really needs it.

Lately, however, I’ve been intentioanlly incorporating the Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch in shade #2 (which is the lightest shade), and I’ve been impressed with how it’s helped my skin. As a “radiance-enhancing concealer to wipe away shadows, blur imperfections, and brighten the complexion,” I’ve found that this product is a key part of my routine now.

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The Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch is a “high-precision concealer” because of its unique applicator that not only blurs imperfections, but also allegedly treats dark circles, and highlights the complexion as well. The product “contains light-reflecting pearls, which diffuse light for radiant skin.” Along with that, “Vitamin E and moisturizers pamper the delicate eye area.”

The “high-definition applicator” is unique because it’s super thin…literally like strands of hair. It’s soft and flexible, with just enough give to add the product where you want to place it. A little bit goes a long ways, so a few swipes here and there is really all you need.

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I like to use this concealer under my eyes for brightness; and, while I can’t really see the benefits of anything anti-aging, it feels comfortable and nice on the under-eye area. It doesn’t smudge my eye makeup or my eyeliner, and it feels virtually undetectable on my skin so I really like that. I also use this to highlight my cheeks and it provides the most subtle lit-glow that isn’t heavy or cakey.

I recommend this concealer, even though it may not seem like it’s unnecessary. The effects of this concealer are really subtle; but, it’s a product that would be missed if you forgot to use it, I promise. It’s pricey for what it is; however, it’s a great investment and will make such a big difference for your skin.

Made in France.
Retails for $39.00 USD.

REVIEW: Dr. Jart+ Premium Firming Sleeping Mask

As “an anti-aging, overnight, quick-absorbing gel that enhances surface cell turnover and delivers continuous moisture,” the Dr. Jart+ Premium Firming Sleeping Mask is the perfect, final step in your nighttime skincare routine. Previously, I reviewed the Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask. The Premium Firming Sleeping Mask is different, in that it targets more of the anti-aging concerns rather than moisture.

“Sleep is when the body repairs itself,” and the Dr. Jart+ Premium Firming Sleeping Mask is a great product for dull, tired skin that needs anti-aging benefits. Much like all sleeping masks, you apply this product after your toner, serum, and night cream. As the final step in your skincare routine, I appreciate that this product is light in texture and it absorbs quickly.

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“Make use of this precious healing period with this weightless, leave-on mask that creates a protective barrier on your skin, locking in vital moisture and nutrients while you ‘beauty sleep.'” The texture of this product is a thin gel that spreads easily onto the skin. It’s a bit cooling, but dissipates quickly. “Niacinamide and kava boost the look of elasticity and firmness, while Korean medicinal herbs help expel toxins and stimulate surface cell turnover.” In addition, “Hyaluronic acid replenishes skin’s nighttime water supply for long-lasting moisture, transforming dull, dry, dehydrated skin overnight.”

This mask is packed with tons of skincare and anti-aging benefits. It’s light and absorbs right away, despite layering it on top of other nighttime products. I don’t mind the additional step because it doesn’t feel like anything after application — and, the best part is that when you wake up and wash your face, your skin feels amazing soft, smooth, and looks so even.

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The color of the mask is a bit strange — a weird organey color, but it doesn’t smell bad; and, once your spread the product onto the skin, it turns clear anyway so it’s not detectable. Essentially, it’s designed so that you can “wake up to beautiful skin.” However, since that’s technically the concept of sleeping masks, using one at night boosts my skin for the morning. Since the “sleeping mask is an essential Korean beauty ritual,” it’s also important to remember that “this overnight treatment creates a protective veil over the skin,” and maximizes on the healing/resting period of what your body repairs during the time you sleep.

I recommend this product because of its anti-aging and firming benefits. In addition, the “restorative action—boosting hydration, strengthening the look of elasticity, and locking in nutrients” contribute to making this sleeping mask essential for my nighttime skincare routine. For reviews on other sleeping masks, check out my posts on the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, the Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask, the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask, and the Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask.

Made in Korea.
Retails for $48.00 USD.
Item contains. 1.75 oz.

REVIEW: Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation

Before Charlotte Tilbury made its way to the U.S., I had only read about the product range online and saw it on YouTube via U.K. bloggers/vloggers. Now that the brand is available on Nordstrom online and in some store locations, I was really excited to see that the Houston Galleria (Nordstrom) location had the brand in-store with brand/makeup artists. My small haul consists of the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation, Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil, and the Lip Cheat Liner. More reviews will be coming for Charlotte Tilbury products, trust me! :)

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The Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation is an “air-light formula that illuminates, smoothes, hydrates, minimizes pores and reduces wrinkles for perfect skin.” As an oil-free foundation made for dry, normal and combination skin types, I’ve fallen in love with this foundation since its first use and it’s quickly made its way up the ladder on my favorite foundations rotation list! This foundation contains “youth-boosting actives [that] help give you a gorgeous baby-skin effect, [while] smoothing and evening out tone.” The foundation is light-weight and virtually weight-less on the skin. A little bit is all you need, and the effects are instant. My skin is smoothed out and evened immediately; and, its light texture is easily blendable and buildable. The formula “lasts for up to 18 hours, while stimulating epidermal renewal by kick-starting collagen production, delaying the onset of wrinkles and creating the perfect makeup base.”

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I can’t say that the “youth-boosting actives” have done much for my skin, my the formula does plump up the skin so lines and wrinkles are less visible. Another great thing is that the color selection appeared to be really great, with good mixtures of both yellow-toned, pink-toned, and neutral-toned base. I chose the shade 01 Fair and it’s a perfect match for me. Pores are minimized and so is redness, so I really like that. I chose the shade Fair 01 and it’s absolute perfection!

A really great tip for a natural look is to add a thin layer on your skin first; and, then apply an additional thin layer for areas where you need more coverage. Either way, I’ve found that cakiness is pretty much not a problem; and, oil-control is surprisingly great without any dryness. I highly recommend this foundation and please look forward to more Charlotte Tilbury reviews!

Retails for $45.00 USD.
Item contains 1.4 oz.
Suitable for dry, normal and combination skin types.
Made in Italy.

The Body Shop Masks: Warming Mineral Mask & Blue Corn 3 in 1 Cleansing Scrub Mask

Face masks are an important part of my weekly routine, and I rotate various masks depending on what my skin needs. I started venturing into The Body Shop’s masks after reading reviews, and I’ve come to learn more about the brand’s support in cruelty-free products, community fair trade ingredients, and defending human and planet rights. So far, my two favorite masks are the Warming Mineral Mask and the Blue Corn 3 in 1 Cleansing Scrub Mask.

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Warming Mineral Mask
“This mask magically warms itself up as you smooth it on. With feel-good ginger, cinnamon oil, and kaolin clay to deep cleanse all skin types.”

This is a great pick-me-up mask that I like to apply after cleansing my skin and getting ready for a bath. It’s great because the texture of the mask is thick, so once you gloop it onto your face, it stays put. The heat that the mask generates feels nice and doesn’t cool off too quickly. It really does feel like it’s penetrating deep into my pores, and cleansing blackheads and whiteheads. While this mask doesn’t do much for active breakouts or irritated skin, it does a great job at maintaining your skin and keeping it clear and calm. It’s recommended that you apply a generous layer to clean, wet skin. You will immediately feel a warming sensation on your skin, so avoid the eye and lip areas. Leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing with warm water (mask will not dry). Use one to two times per week after cleansing

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Blue Corn 3 in 1 Cleansing Scrub Mask
“Cheat a little, care a lot. If you don’t have time to clean, scrub and moisturize, just layer on this absorb-exfoliate-condition treasure. For normal to oily skin.”

This mask is a 3-in-1 so it’s a great multi-functional product. More than anything, it’s a gentle yet effect exfoliator so it’s another option for skin maintenance. It’s quite gentle even though it looks abrasive and harsh in the tub. It’s recommended to cleanse skin and pat dry before applying a generous layer of the mask to the face. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water (mask will not dry). Use one to two times per week after cleansing. I like how while removing the mask you can use circular motions to exfoliate; then, when you rinse, you’re not left with feeling dry or too squeaky clean.

I like both these masks and they do very different things. I recommend them both and feel that the deals you can get during the holiday season online and in-stores is a great way to try out these products.

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 796 “Cuir Cannage”

Expensive eyeshadows sometimes tug at my heartstrings, and more often than not, I’ll cave. Normally, I’m content with brands like Laura Mercier, MAC, and Benefit; and, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve been tempted by any of Dior’s 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette. The palette in 796 “Cuir Cannage” has been my newest addition to my eyeshadow collection. More importantly, it’s quickly risen ranks and now is seriously a favorite of mine.

At $60.00 for the entire palette, I try to justify a purchase like this — technically, with five colors included of equal weight and size, it’s $12.00 per color. Considering the supreme quality of the shadows in color and texture, it’s a bargain and investment in the long run. What I really appreciate is that it seems that the Dior colors are designed to work together, so whether I decide to pile all 5 colors on or use 2-3, they work well together. The quality of the shadows are buttery smooth and apply nicely onto the eyes. It’s pigmented without being obnoxious and difficult to work with; they blend easily; and, can be worn with a light-hand or heavy-handed for a dramatic effect.

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As for longevity, it stays on my lids throughout the day without any issues. I’ve worn this palette alone and with the NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base, and so far, both ways have yielded good results.

I recommend Dior products in general, but I really feel that the investment in Dior’s palettes is worth it. In particular, 796 “Cuir Cannage” is a good choice for me because of the earthy tones that can be burgundy and bronze, with shimmer and glimmer that isn’t too much. The middle shade is a great starter color and all-over color; and, is great for using as a “transition” shade between the bronze and the burgundy. The light shimmery washes of the light colors are perfect for inner corner highlighting, brow-bone highlighting, and even for the lower lashline for extra oomph.

Retails for $60.00 USD.

Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch-Up

After a recent disappointment with the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara, I ventured back to high end brow products and decided to try the Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper. As a “cream-gel formula effortlessly defines and fills in brows,” this brow product is great at controlling and shaping brow hairs without making them look and feel crunchy. It appears that the brush has changed since its initial release, and the Nordstrom website states that the updated product now “features a new, shorter brush for more definition.”

I’ve featured other brow mascaras here, and also review my current brow product: the Benefit Gimme Brow. Recently, I also reviewed Tarte’s Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel as well. In the past, I wrote about NARS Brow Gel in “Kinshasa” if you’re interested.

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The Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch-Up is just like any other eyebrow gel/eyebrow mascara out there; however, where it differs is the unique cream-gel texture. I chose the shade “Mahogany,” which is a warm gray-brown shade that tints my eyebrow hairs without drastically changing the tone or color. It also doesn’t feel crunchy on the little hair that I do have, even though it still provides a light hold. Additionally, the cream-gel texture of the product allows for flexibility and it doesn’t dry down too fast.

I think if you’ve enjoyed using Benefit’s Gimme Brow, you’ll like the Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper. The brush is much bigger obviously, but it somehow works because of the narrow tip and dense bristles. It really catches all the brow hairs without getting messy and getting product onto the skin. The shade “Mahogany” seems to be a bit darker than what I was initially expecting, but it seems to work when I use the product lightly and with a soft-hand.

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I used to think any old eyebrow mascara/gel would do, but really, I’ve found that color and tone differ depending on the brand. For me, as a fair-skinned Asian, I’ve discovered anything too gray or gray-black is way too harsh, and anything too brown comes off reddish so it’s so unnatural. The color for my brows is my favorite part of using the product, but I think I still really like Benefit’s Gimme Brow’s teeny tiny brush. I think for many brow products like this, it’s important that the design of the brush is small and efficient. As for the formula, it’s workable as long as it can be applied in an easy way.

Overall, I recommend the Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper; and, while I haven’t quite used it as a “hair touch-up” product, I like how it performs and how it looks. Of course, there are a variety of eyebrow mascaras/gels out there so this particular one isn’t a necessity. I prefer it over all the ones I’ve mentioned (except Benefit’s Gimme Brow).

Retails for $22.00 USD.

Make up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N51

Previously, I wrote about the Make up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N52, and shared that it was the most perfect nude-peachy-pink shade for me. After being so enthusiastic about that shade, I admit my curiosity for N51 came into play, so naturally, I had to pick this up at my next Sephora visit. So far, I’m pretty satisfied with the shade, and I would recommend it to those who are looking for a shade like this one.

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I’m very picky about coral or peachy-pink shades, and often, I find that I’m dissatisfied with a shade being too orange or too red. I also think that with my skintone, I have to find a good in-between shade of both peachy and pink because I want it to still be flattering. For me, N51 does that without looking like too much on my lips. Since my lips are naturally a reddish shade, anything too orange will come off red-orange rather than coral.

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I think in general I’m pretty happy with the lipstick range that Make Up For Ever has to provide. I also think that it’s worth looking into different shades. If you’re a Make Up For Ever fan and curious about the lipstick range, I’d recommend looking for a shade that you’re interested in. I think the HD foundation is a phenomenal product, and I’d also recommend the HD cream blushes as well. As for the lipsticks, some of the colors are good, but the others I can live without.

Made in France.
Retails for $20.00 USD.