SK-II Facial Treatment Foundation

The SK-II Facial Treatment Foundation is not available in the U.S., but I was able to get my hands on one through a friend who was recently traveling. I’ve been loyal to SK-II products for quite some time now, and I wanted to explore the ‘makeup’ options that SK-II has to offer. Unfortunately, I didn’t really like the SK-II Facial Treatment Foundation that much and that was disappointing.

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The Singaporean website that I found explains that the “look of lines is less visible, and the infused oils and nutrients give the skin a radiant and refined glow.” Additionally, it states that “With the highest concentration of Pitera™ among all SK-II foundations, this satiny foundation results in clear, even and medium coverage while locking in moisture for 24 hours. The look of lines is less visible, and the infused oils and nutrients give the skin a radiant and refined glow.”

As with any SK-II product, I had high expectations for this foundation. In fact, I hyped it up so much in my mind that it would be great that I, at one point, had traveled with only this foundation thinking I wouldn’t need any other. After the first few uses, I regretted not having a trusty foundation that I could rely on while on my trip.

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The SK-II Facial Treatment Foundation’s “creamy formula glides easily onto skin for even coverage.” In addition, the texture of the foundation is actually quite heavy because it’s thick. It doesn’t thin out and stays quite chunky even while blending onto the skin. Because of this thick, creamy texture it looks and feels heavy on the skin — it also never fully absorbs because it just sits on top of the skin without melding into the skin’s surface. Instantly, it felt awful on my skin and I felt that the makeup had actually exaggerated imperfections on my face that weren’t even that bad. Peach fuzz, discolorations, and any raised surface on the skin was made to be seen much worse, which didn’t fare well for this foundation AT ALL.

Honestly, for the price this was a horrible choice. Furthermore, despite it being SK-II and packed with skincare ingredients, I felt that my skin was worse when I used this foundation and that was quite irritating. Also, the giant tub that houses the foundation is so not practical, and these days, makeup companies are quite aware of issues with having a jar for foundation. Needless to say, I didn’t like this foundation and wouldn’t recommend it. It was not only disappointing, but it was irritating to have such high hopes for this foundation and not being able to return it since I didn’t purchase it in the states.

Made in Japan.

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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-2

I’m picky about concealers, but for the most part, I don’t really use them to begin with unless I really need it. I’ve tried expensive concealers like the Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer, to the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer from the drugstore. For awhile, I used the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, which has been a longtime favorite of mine. Recently, I decided to abandon regular foundation wear and just use BB/CC creams. However, I got bored of that when I re-gained my love for mineral makeup. While those foundation offer a decent amount of coverage, I kept going more and more minimal.

For my minimal-look, just a setting powder wasn’t enough and didn’t do much for my skintone either. I came across the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer out of curiosity and by total accident. As a “two-shade concealer that can be color-customized to address your tone and imperfections,” this was perfect for what I was trying to achieve.

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In the mornings, I’ve been applying this concealer around my nose, my chin, and on spots or redness before setting everything with whatever setting powder I have on hand. What I’ve come to realize is that this “customizable concealer naturally and completely covers dark circles, blemishes, scars, minor imperfections, and discolorations with a unique two-shade system,” and is perfect for the lazy girl like myself who just can’t be bothered. I like that “one shade is formulated to match skin’s depth of color, while the other matches skin’s undertone. This dual-shade camouflage makes it possible for everyone to custom-blend her own perfect shade.”

This concealer is very thick, so a little bit goes a long way. Seriously, a swipe of a finger is literally all the product you need. I use that one swipe and dabbed little bits of product onto my face, and the “high-level of pigment requires very little product to achieve perfect coverage that lasts for up to eight hours.” It certainly doesn’t budge because of its waxy texture, so it’s easy to slap on and go without worrying about the product budging or smudging.

I’m using the shade SC-2, which is for fair to light skin tones. The light shade is a perfect match for my skintone, and the salmon shade is perfect for under the eyes. For severe discoloration, mixing the two shades is an amazing way to customize a shade for your skin. In addition, this compact will probably last forever since it takes so little to get the coverage your need. For some like myself, you won’t be using this everyday; however, if you did, you wouldn’t make a dent in this product for a long time — like, probably years LOL. I recommend this and it’s worth the money. If you need concealer and find it annoying to use/but, this is a great deal and great product for the low-maintenance and high-maintenance makeup individuals. :)

Retails for $34.00 USD.

REVIEW: Urban Decay Brow Tamer Flexible Hold Tinted Brow Gel

I’ve been eager to try a new eyebrow gel, and just had to give the new Urban Decay Brow Tamer Flexible Hold Tinted Brow Gel a try after Claire Marshall raved about it. She recently featured this product in her video “Monthly Beauty Review.” I’ve tried it out for the last few days and I’m totally thrilled that I love it so much. The Urban Decay Brow Tamer Flexible Hold Tinted Brow Gel is a “lightweight, water-resistant brow gel that provides flexible, comfortable hold and eight-hour wear.” Before this, I was using the Benefit Gimme Brow for months now. I was itching to try something new and I’m so glad I stumbled across the Urban Decay one. While I loved Gimme Brow, the product got goopy really quick. It was great for the first week or so and then product would start to collect around the opening. Eventually, it would make it difficult to close and twist the top/applicator properly because of the goop that would collect. Then, its itty bitty brush would get goopy and I would just throw it away to purchase something new.

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The Brow Tamer Flexible Hold Tinted Brow Gel is said to “tame even the unruliest of brows,” as it promises to “groom, define, and set brow [to look]…fuller, more polished.” I like how this brow gel is really lightweight, so it doesn’t feel cakey or sticky. It’s kind of a pet peeve of mine when brow gels make my brows stick together. I like for the hairs to be separated and look full. The great thing about The Brow Tamer is that “its water-resistant formula offers flexible, comfortable hold that lasts all day. The universally-wearable tints create natural-looking definition with a clear or tinted shades. The easy-to-use spiral microfiber brush, is designed to give you precise control for individual hairs and sculpt the perfect brows. It dries down quickly without getting stiff or sticky, leaving brows feeling soft and never crunchy.”

In addition, the brush is really nice too. Other brow brushes have been either really chunky and difficult to maneuver, or they’ve been too small or too skinny. While Gimme Brow was a long time favorite of mine, the brush only worked great (because of its size) until the product began to goop. Once that happened, the product would also collect in between the bristles, making it difficult to smoothly apply the product. However, with The Brow Tamer, the brow is still small, but much more slender in length. It’s pretty skinny, which makes it easy to use in a small space –like in the brow area. However, it’s substantial enough to deposit a good amount of product thinly into the brow hairs.

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I’m using the Warm Brown shade, which is a great match for my dark brown hair. I thought about getting the matching eyebrow pencil too, but I decided to wait until I used up what I’m currently using. I found that the Dark Brown was very, very dark (almost blackish) so I decided to choose the warmer, lighter shade. It all worked out in the end because it looks very natural on my brows, and doesn’t add too much of the light color onto my hairs. Overall, I’m quite happy with The Brow Tamer and I recommend it. I think that it’s the best of both worlds right now, but I think what I miss about the Gimme Brow is the texturing and volumizing formula. The Brow Tamer does all those things, but I have to put a little bit more effort to get the result I want. I don’t mind because I really like Urban Decay’s The Brow Tamer, and I think it’s worth checking out especially if you’re in need of a new brow gel!

Made in Italy.
Retails for $20.00 USD.

REVIEW: Skinvolve Body Boost Gel

I’m not one to spend a lot of money on body products, and most of the time, I find myself too lazy or forgetful to even apply lotion. However, lately I’ve been concerned with body-related concerns like cellulite and things like that. When I was 18, obviously, these concerns didn’t really cross my mind. But now, I find myself being more aware these concerns and I’ve been looking into finding products for these concerns.

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Recently, I was recommend the Skinvolve Body Boost Gel, and I’ve been surprised by results. Now, you have to be realistic with things like this. Obviously, it’s not a miracle product and it doesn’t replace a healthy diet or exercise. The body booster gel is designed to work alongside a proper routine. What I’ve found is that this product is great at ASSISTING.

“Body Boost Gel’s power ingredients rev up the “lipolysis” of your skin cells. Essentially that means, it is the releasing of “fat cells” within your skin to give you tighter, smoother skin, free of lumps and bumps. This works through the stimulating ingredients used and the concentration of each ingredient within our Body Boost Gel. Ginseng, Green Tea, Guarana, Menthol, Aloe Vera, & Vitamins A,B,C,E are our boosting properties that take us to the next level of skin perfection. Massaging into skin alongside daily use and healthy diet are key to see results.”

How to Use:
Apply a spoonful amount and massage into any part of the body until dry, especially stubborn fat areas like lower stomach, back of legs, and booty. You will feel a cooling effect.

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I like to apply this before I go to yoga. I slather on the gel onto my tummy, butt, and thighs and wait for a bit to dry. You’ll feel a cooling sensation that’s kind of intense…but it’s bearable and doesn’t hurt. After letting it dry, I put on my usual leggings or work out shorts and go to yoga. Afterwards, I rinse off in the shower and apply the gel on again. But I leave it on overnight and let it do its thing. The benefits of this gel is that it claims to fight cellulite, smooths, moisturizes, and tones your skin. I like how my skin feels and it looks and feels nice. Although your existing flaws are still present, it’s less noticeable and you feel like you’re doing something about it — which is always a good thing.

I recommend the Body Boost Gel and it’s great for allowing it to work in a small way.

REVIEW: Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation SPF18

As you know, foundations and base products are always on my radar. I get into moods when I’m really into YSL makeup and sometimes I get into moods where I don’t feel interested in them at all. Lately, I’ve been in the mood for YSL makeup and decided to get the Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation after reading reviews online. To get to the point (lol) I love this foundation and it’s quickly climbed its way to the top of my foundation list. It’s well worth the high price tag and I recommend it for all occasions and all seasons.

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The Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation is a “revolutionary, fine-as-ink foundation with broad spectrum SPF 18 that perfects the skin while it wears weightlessly for 24 hours.” Designed to be long-wear, it’s deceivingly lightweight and completely natural looking on the skin. If you’re one to not wear foundations or you’re just plain afraid of foundations…I’d suggest this one. It’s undetectable on the skin because of its texture; it’s impressive that it provides a skin-like finish and controls oil very well.

The Fusion Ink Foundation is named correctly, lol. It’s very much like ink for the skin. It’s also very watery, so you need to shake it really well before applying. It blends like butter on the skin and disappears into nothing; surprisingly, it provides really great coverage so a little bit of product goes a long way. In addition, when you apply more coverage since the formula is buildable, it doesn’t get thick or cakey on the skin.

“Get all-day comfort, broad spectrum sun protection, and a soft-matte finish with this featherweight foundation that suits every skin type. Its innovative hybrid stain technology provides a lightweight yet high-coverage formula, and its exclusive extendable polymers offer buildable coverage that lasts for a flawless finish.” I’m very impressed with this foundation and I highly recommend it whether you like foundation or not. More importantly, whether you have good skin or not, this foundation will help both and makes the use versatile as well. I’ve worn this for weddings and nights out, but I’ve also worn it to work and on the weekends — just with a lighter hand.

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I purchased the shade “B10 Porcelain” and I’m quite happy with it. It’s the lightest shade in the range and leans towards a neutral-peach undertone, rather than pink. It matches my skin nicely and blends out seamlessly, which I find to be the most important feature in foundation. I’ve applied this with a buffing brush, a foundation brush, and my fingers. However, I’ve noticed I don’t like how it looks when I’ve used a damp Beauty Blender. I think it’s because it breaks up the natural formulation of the foundation. The best thing about this foundation is the “special sweat and sebum-controlling agents” that allow for 24-hour of coverage and wear. I would never wear makeup for 24 hours, but even on long days (12+ hours), this foundation has held up nicely.

Oil-control is great without the skin feeling or looking dry, and even through humidity, heat, and and sweat, this foundation has looked great. It doesn’t budge and it doesn’t wear off in weird spots like some foundations do. Additionally, the foundation’s “dry oil complex allows it to set in seconds,” which makes application really fast and there’s also no need for a powder since the foundation works well on its own.

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I love this foundation and it’s one that I reach for every day almost. Even on weekends or when I’m going to an evening yoga class, this foundation doesn’t bother me or make my skin look bad. Even when my skin isn’t doing as well, I find that this foundation helps you cheat a little bit. Because it’s “formulated with pure-micro-coated pigments, it delivers lasting, radiant color, and the face-zoning applicator allows you to perfectly apply it to the face for precise, easy-to-use application that’s never cakey or heavy.” I highly recommend this foundation because it’s well worth the price tag. In fact, if I didn’t have any other foundations to wear and I was left with just this, I wouldn’t even complain. :)

Retails for $60.00 USD.
Made in France.

Dior Addict Lipstick in “Bright 260”

The Dior Addict Lipsticks have been re-formulated for the new season’s release, and of course, I had to go and check out what all the hype was about. Now, they’re being described as a “lipstick with a hydra-gel core for a top coat effect that flaunts audacious shine.” I’m a huge fan of Dior lipsticks, even though they’re super pricey for what they are. I was particularly interested in the new formulation because of the “hydra-gel core.” For me, however, the range of lipsticks were just okay; and, I don’t plan on making any more purchases in the future.

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Dior’s Addict Lipstick is “infused with expert oils and has an ultra-moisturizing soft core that runs the full length of the stick. It’s enriched with Shield oil to ensure that lip color adheres to lips and stays put. Layer after layer, it works like a top coat, leaving lips with a boost of shine and high-impact color with unbelievable comfort.” There are a variety of formulas, textures, finishes, and colors — which makes the Dior Addict Lipsticks worth the money and the attention. For me, I have high expectations of a lipstick that costs almost $40. The concept of the “hydra-gel core” was nice in theory, but it did little for me and I didn’t notice any drastic differences. In addition, I felt that the new Addicts made my lips develop that weird filmy top, which made my lips peel and feel goopy throughout the day.

Eventually, I removed the lipstick, wiped what seemed like dead skin cells off my lips, washed them, and then applied lip balm instead. The wear-time was not that great either, but I didn’t expect it to be since the original Addicts were the same way. So far, I just feel MEH about the whole thing.

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I got the shade “Bright 260,” which is really not that interesting. Perhaps I could’ve picked a more dramatic or bold color, but I really wanted something that was more every day since I wanted to use it regularly. It wasn’t quite ‘my lips but better’ because it was so sheer. It looked more like a really expensive lip balm that was slightly tinted — only my lips weren’t tat hydrated and that weird peeling thing my lips were doing was annoying. I tried this lipstick again for a few more days and then eventually gave up. It was just too high maintenance for me — I was constantly checking in the mirror to see if my lips were peeling, or if the corners of my mouth had collected that lipstick goop. GROSS, I know. I apologize for that image lol.

I’ve read mixed reviews on the new lipsticks, but one thing is for sure…and that’s I’m not really a fan.

Retails for $35.00 USD.