Shiseido Sun UV Protective Liquid Foundation SPF 42 in “Light Ivory”

Roughly a year ago, I wrote a post about the Shiseido Sun Protection Compact Foundation SPF 34 PA+++, which was a major part of my summer foundation routine. Since then, Shiseido has released its refined version of the sun protection line with new names and slightly different color matches/choices. Previously, I avoided the liquid version of the sun protection foundation because the colors available were awful and none of the shades matched me. With the new release, I decided to try again with the liquid version to really lock in my summer foundation routine.

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The Shiseido Sun UV Protective Liquid Foundation SPF 42 is a better version of its old shade “P10.” It’s less orangey-pink and a proper light ivory shade that suits my skintone much better. The shade “Light Ivory” is the lightest shade in the range, and leans a peachy-beige tone which works well with my skin. The “Shiseido Sun UV Protective Liquid Foundation with SPF 42 is a full-coverage foundation that leaves you with flawless, dewy, luminous skin while protecting you from the sun for total health and vitality. The transfer-, water- and oil-resistant formula also fights against the signs of aging with exclusive SuperVeil UV360™ and ProfenseCEL™ technology.”

This foundation is super lightweight like the Shiseido sunscreens, so you need to shake the bottle well before application. The formula is super runny, so I like to apply little dots on my face with my finger to avoid dripping. It absorbs instantly and dries down semi-matte without looking to flat or dry on the skin. While the product comes with its own sponge + case, I prefer to apply this foundation with a buffing brush or my fingers. For additional coverage/spot concealing, the sponge may be an added benefit. As with all Shiseido products that contain a sponge, it’s a great quality, thick sponge that won’t absorb excess product or tear.

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The coverage is medium to full and is buildable. Like with all foundations, I like to apply a sheer layer — but I’ve noticed that even when you build the coverage, this foundation doesn’t get cakey and gross. Lines, discolorations, pores, and even spots are concealed well; and, best of all, this foundation’s OIL CONTROL ability is truly amazing. For that reason, I’d recommend it for anyone who specifically needs a “summer foundation,” or for those who are just oily in general and need some oil control. While the added sun protection is nice, I apply this product so thinly I still layer a proper SPF underneath. However, I love this for its impeccable oil control. Even when oil breaks through hours later, my skin is just dewy and not greasy looking. Personally, I’d consider this foundation heavy-duty since it’s fuller coverage with no transfer. It’s best to remove this foundation well with a cleansing oil/balm before doing a final cleanse of the skin before bed time.

Made in USA.
Retails for $36.00 USD.

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 1.9%, Titanium Dioxide 8.3%

Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer

I’ve been casually on the hunt for a good summer time moisturizer. I say “casually” because I’m currently trying to use up my current one. As a drugstore option, I decided to try the Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer after reading about it in Lenallure’s post here. It’s been awhile since I used any Oil of Olay products, but I remembered being satisfied with the various moisturizers I tried when I was younger.

Designed as an “oil-free, breathably lightweight, and non pore-clogging” moisturizer, this “24-hour moisturizing gel instantly cools and is infused with the essence of honeysuckle and white tea. Formulated with a powder, the unique gel moisturizer makes skin look less oily.” Based on reviews and the description, I purchased this and I’m very pleased with it. I don’t think I’ve ever given a drugstore moisturizer such credit, but I’m so happy with it I think I’ll stick with it officially as my summer moisturizer.

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This moisturizer is super easy to use because it absorbs quickly. It’s cooling and disappears like water onto the skin quickly. You’re left with soft, supple skin that feels comfortable and hydrated without the oiliness and greasiness of regular moisturizer. This sheer moisturizing gel eaves skin feeling hydrated and energized because it’s oil-free, lightweight, and won’t clog pores. The refreshing essence of honeysuckle and white tea soothe the skin and doesn’t interfere with sunscreen and makeup application. While my skin does produce its regular amount of oil throughout the day, I feel that starting with a gel moisturizer in the mornings keep my skin looking less shiny for longer.

There is a light fragrance that’s clean-smelling and it doesn’t bother me. The scent lingers but not in a bad way. It’s so soothing I like to apply it on my neck sometimes. I think I’ll end up going through my first jar fairly quickly, but I like it so much, I don’t mind re-purchasing in the future. To conclude, this is by far the most noteworthy drugstore find yet.

Retails for $12.99 at Target.
Item contains 1.7 fl. oz.

Innisfree Eco Essential Lipstick + Eco Real Color Lipstick

My newest lipstick obsession has the three shades from Innisfree. I discuss a bit about this Korean brand in my post about the Innisfree Mineral Melting BB Cushion Compact, so check that out if you’re curious about the brand’s story. The Eco Essential Lipsticks and Eco Real Color Lipsticks are popular in Korea for being made from natural ingredients without compromising quality and pigmentation.

Currently, my three favorite shades are Eco Essential Lipstick in shade 2 and 10; and the Eco Real Color Lipstick in shade 6. I purchased mine from ebay and waited about three weeks for delivery.

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The Eco Essential Lipsticks are made with 90% natural ingredients and applies smoothly. It also fades nicely as the day wears on, so I don’t mind not re-applying. Much like a lip balm/lipstick hybrid product, these lipsticks give you the moisturization of a balm and pigmentation and richness of a lipstick. Shades 2 and 10 contain no glitter or shimmer and applies semi-matte. It isn’t overly flat, drying, or glossy so it functions as a good standard lipstick kind of product. As you can see, pigmentation is rich so a little goes a long way.

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The Eco Real Color Lipstick in shade 6 is very creamy with high pigmentation. The formula is bit drier but is more long lasting on the lips. It applies smoothly and doesn’t cake around the mouth and crease into the lines of my lips. I apply this over a thin layer of lip balm and it stays for hours even after eating and drinking. I like this shade paired with a stronger eye look since it leans more nude/pink.

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I like both the formulas and textures for the Eco Essential and Eco Real Color Lipsticks. I think the quality is great and feels and looks comparable to high-end lip products. I feel that the undertones of the colors go well with Asian skin tones, so since it’s a South Korean brand, I wouldn’t expect any less than that! I recommend Innisfree products even though they are not that accessible. Going through a trusted eBay seller has been my only convenient option until I visit Korea again. However, I feel that waiting 3 weeks for the products’ arrival is worth it because they’re so great.

Made in Korea.

REVIEW: Glam Glow Supermud™ Clearing Treatment

Previously, I’ve written about the Glam Glow YouthMud™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment and the Glam Glow ThirstyMud™ Hydrating Treatment. My conclusion was that both masks were great, but I preferred the Glam Glow ThirstyMud™ Hydrating Treatment for its soothing and super hydrating properties. In the posts, I mentioned I tried samples of the Glam Glow Supermud™ Clearing Treatment; and, it was so great that I had to purchase the full size version immediately.

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The Glam Glow Supermud™ Clearing Treatment is “scientifically advanced” and is designed to be a “clearing treatment to target, prevent, and heal problem skin.” As a boosting treatment, this mask is designed to work fast making it ideal for big events and special occasions. What makes this mask different from the other two is that it is made “to help fight all common skin concerns including breakouts, discoloration, black and white heads, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. Powerful, skin-clearing mud visibly draws out dirt and congestion while a proprietary six-acid blend dramatically brightens and softens skin. It works to magnetically draw out dirt and pores with Activated-X Charcoal, leaving skin smooth and healthy-looking.”

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I use this one of two ways:
(1) I will use this as a targeting spot treatment only on areas that need some help — like a mini breakout or an area of my face that feels/look congested. When applied on spots, I dab a Q-tip into the product and dab the product on my face to conserve this pricey mask.
(2) I use it as a t-zone treatment along my nose and chin (sometimes the forehead) because those two areas are the most congested for me. While I do get more oily around my t-zone, my pores are also the most visible there. I also get clogged pores on my nose and chin more often than any other parts of my face.

As you can see, in both situations, I don’t apply the mask to my entire face because I don’t need to. Since my skin is no longer problematic, I only use it on areas that have issues and leave the other parts of my face alone since the mask can be quite strong. More often than not, I’ll apply the Supermud™ Clearing Treatment to my nose and chin, and apply the ThirstyMud™ Hydrating Treatment on my cheeks and forehead.

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I love this mask because it works fast and delivers quick results. As directed, you are to apply a thin layer to clean skin and leave it on for 5-20 minutes. The “Pore-Matrix” will reveal dots of vacuum extractions as it dries and hardens; then, I remove with water and a washcloth. This mask dries quickly and isn’t goopy or drippy. When I’m not using this as spot treatment, I’ll leave it one for 20+ minutes depending on what I feel like my skin needs. When I remove the mask, my pores look clearer and smoother and less visible in the mornings when I apply makeup. It’s like it sucks up all the gunk and pulls it out to the surface to be washed away.

As a spot treatment, I’ll leave it on for hours while I clean, do the dishes, or cook dinner. Then, I remove and finish the spot(s) with acne treatment. If it’s a spot that’s extra bad, I’ll leave the mask on overnight because by the morning, it’s reduced in size and easier to conceal. Either way, this mask is great and definitely the winner out of the 3 masks. If you have problematic skin that requires a lot of attention, this may be a great option for treatment. It’s expensive, so it’s wise to use it wisely (like a spot treatment). If you’re like me, this product is great for maintenance and preventative measures — and, by that, I mean it’s great for maintaining your skin’s condition and preventing problems from occurring by skin your pores clear and smooth.

I highly recommend this mask and I don’t think I’ll be able to live without it!

Retails for $69.00 USD.
Product contains 1.2 oz.

IT Cosmetics Tightline Full Lash Length Black Mascara Primer

It’s unheard of for me to stray from my Japanese mascaras and primers, but this time around, I had a good reason! This video from MakeupByTiffanyD had me curious about the IT Cosmetics Tightline Full Lash Length Black Mascara Primer and I just had to give it a try. The Tightline Full Lash Length Black Mascara Primer is ” a true game-changer in mascara and eyeliner technology. This multi-tasking beauty must-have utilizes an ultra-skinny wand, allowing you to start coating your lashes at their actual root, so you coat black along your entire lash length.”

The concept was intriguing and seeing the product in action made me want it even more. However, to be fair, I did have reservations regarding the product before initially purchasing it. The Tightline Full Lash Length Black Mascara Primer “gives you ultimate length and volume. But the best part is, if you have sparse or missing lashes, the Tightline brush lays down black pigment along your entire lash line, filling in spare spots, giving you a full beautiful lash line and the look of an eyeliner.”

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As a double-duty product, this is designed to be stamped along the upper lashline to create the “tight line” effect; then, drag the wand up towards and into your lashes to use a base/primer before mascara application. This “creates instant definition without taking up extra eye lid Space,” and is an interesting two-in-one kind of product. “The skinny wand also allows the conditioning serum to infuse a blend of lash-enhancing ingredients including peptides, collagen, proteins, biotin, nettle extract, green tea, jojoba, and vitamins all the way down to the root of your lashes, giving your lashes the most effective dosage of nourishment and protection.”

The wand is ultra-skinny, so it fits perfectly in the waterline and lash roots. In essence, I’ve discovered if you already have a good set of lashes that aren’t sparse and thin, I think this primer could really be a life-changing product. However, for me, it just doesn’t give my lashes enough oomph to maintain the degree of curl I require. Even though I chose a waterproof formula, it still wasn’t as good at holding the curl like my trusty Japanese primers/mascaras. I liked the tight line effect, but you can do that with any mascara wand — just stamp it along your waterline as you apply your mascara, right?

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Check out what my trusty mascara primers are, and consider my longtime favorite — the Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Bone Black Fiber (Eyelash Mascara Base) because it still ranks very high on my list. Also recommended by MakeupByTiffanyD is the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream reviewed here, and I may try other products from this line.

Overall, for me, this product wasn’t that great but it’s not because it’s a bad product. It’s because, naturally, I’m just not equipped to even fairly applying this product because I just don’t have enough lashes to begin with. And, for Asian lashes, they’re tricky to work with so it’s best that I continue to stick with my Japanese products! What are your experiences with the IT Cosmetics Tightline Full Lash Length Black Mascara Primer?

Retails for $24.00 USD.
Made in Korea.