Thursday, 5 May 2016

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

This foundation was everywhere lately, and has been receiving mixed reviews. As a foundation junkie, I just couldn't resist so I put an order from Sephora and chose the shade based on swatches I found online. My review is going to be a bit mixed too on this one though.

Born This Way Foundation is the latest foundation launch from Too Faced. There are a lot of decent  full range swatches online so it was not difficult for me to choose my shade. I opted for Vanilla which is a good match for my complexion and has a yellow undertone ( before I found out that it oxidised -___-, but it was still a good match, just not on point ).

Born This Way foundation is housed in a nice glass bottle with pump spender. The packaging is good, functional and appropriate for the price range. 

This is how they described it on Too Faced's website :

"Born This Way is an oil-free foundation that masterfully diffuses the line between makeup and skin. For coverage so undetectable, you can’t see the makeup and you can’t see imperfections—all that’s left is naturally radiant skin that looks like you were Born This Way."

The foundation has thick liquid consistency. It applies and blends nicely.  It provides medium to full coverage and creates a flawless creamy finish. A lot of people mentioned how the foundation looked matte on their skin. Upon application, it just looks 'creamy' and a bit wet on me though. It sets into a satin finish after setting powder. Another thing, I don't find that it layers well. A little goes a long way with this foundation, because too much of product will make my face looking cakey and mask-like. So I usually apply a thin layer of foundation and blend it using damp beauty blender to achieve a solid medium coverage but still looking natural finish. 

Based on the texture, finish and how it performs, it reminds me a lot of NARS Sheer Glow foundation. But I have to say that Born This Way-despite of the claim to be oil free, doesn't have impressive oil control. My T-zone gets oily within few hours so a constant blot is needed. 

On a good note, Too Faced Born This Way foundation is a good solid foundation with decent coverage and nice finish. It looks great on picture and would suit almost all skin types ( for the exception of extremely oily skin ). The staying power is great too ( I got a solid 8-9 hour with a good setting powder and occasional blotting ). The shade range is wide, from very pale to very deep, so I think Too Faced did a good job on those aspects. 
However, there are some aspects that do not really please me such as ; oxidation and lack of oil control despite of the oil free claim. 

Overall, a good mediocre foundation. It's not bad, but it's not groundbreaking. I am happy to have it in my collection though.

Have you tried this new Born This Way Foundation?

Friday, 29 April 2016

Banila.Co Clean It Zero

I am a huge fan of cleansing balm and use it every single day for my PM skincare routine as a first step cleanser ( I do double cleanse because #doublecleanseforlife , lol ). I've tried several cleansing balms and was really curious to try the one from Banila.Co due to its positive reviews online. I put an order and the cleansing balm came in the mail ca.2 weeks ago. I have been trying every single day and now ready to give you my opinion on it. Clean It Zero cleansing balm comes in a nice jar packaging. The jar is made out of plastic, but has a good weight to it and very well made. I personally like the packaging even though it's rather bulky and might not be the best option for traveling due to its size.

The cleansing balm is milky in color. It has a lightweight and a bit slippery balm texture ( similar to TBS Camellia cleansing balm rather to Emma Hardie cleansing balm ), upon contact with skin, the balm melts into oil form and removes make up thoroughly. It doesn't require vigorous rubbing at all, my make up just melts and can be easily wiped away. A little goes a long way too. I usually scoop around 2 peas size amount of product for my whole face, wipe it in circular motion then wipe it with muslin cloth soaked in lukewarm water. After that, I proceed to my second cleanser ( I usually opt for cream cleanser afterwards ). Clean It Zero doesn't leave my skin feeling dry or stripped off after cleansing. It cleanses well, but it is gentle enough for daily use.

Clean It Zero has a very subtle powdery scent which I really really like. I know some people who are sensitive to perfume in cosmetics might not like it, but I have enough with unscented cleanser which smells soooo bad ( Eve Lom, I am thinking of you ) and since cleanser is meant to be cleansed or rinsed off anyway, I don't have any problem with it being scented. It is very subtle anyway.

For those of you who live outside Asia, this might not be easy to get. But there are a lot of trusted sellers on eBay which sell this particular product and offer free worldwide shipping. I personally ordered mine from and my order took around 2 weeks to arrive from South Korea to Germany.

Overall, I can only recommend you to give it a try. It is reasonably priced too. 

Do you use cleansing balm to remove make up? What is your current cleansing routine?

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Burberry Highlighter

I've been a a fan of Burberry make up range and constantly checking their website to see what's new xD. When I saw the new highlighters from the spring/summer runway 2016 collection I just couldn't say no. The details are so beautiful, and since I have always had good experiences with Burberry make up line, I decided to put an order online despite of lack of swatches I could find at that time.

I decided to get shade 1 which is a frosty white shade. The other shade available is warm gold, and since I didn't have any white highlighters, I opted for the white one.

Burberry spring / summer runway highlighter in shade 01 white is a frosted white highlighter with cool undertone. Comparing it with other highlighters on my stash, it is the closest to Tom Ford Moonlight ( Daylight ) highlighter, but while Daylight has a slight golden sheen and warmer undertone , Burberry White is a full on white with frosted sheen.  The texture is a tad dry but smooth and a little bit bouncy. Texture wise, it reminds me a bit of MAC Soft & Gentle. It is not as creamy as BECCA pressed Opal but not as dry as Soft & Gentle. It applies well and blends seamlessly. It doesn't apply patchy and looks natural on the cheeks. I also like the fact that it doesn't emphasise pores.

Housed in a beautiful Burberry gun metal magnetic case, it also comes with a mini brush and velvety pouch. The case has a built in mirror

It lasted a good 7-8 hour on my cheeks. It is overall a very decent and well executed highlighter, everything from design, packaging, texture, and performance are on point and ticked all the boxes. You might not need it if you already have similar shades on your collection. For me, it's more a collectible item xD.

Burberry Spring Summer 2016 Runway Highlighter retails for €53 and available in 2 shades.


Monday, 18 April 2016

Laura Mercier Candleglow Foundation

I get excited every time I see a new foundation release. I just love foundation and find it the most interesting make up item to try.
Just recently, I accompanied a friend of mine looking for the perfect foundation for her dry skin, so we visited some beauty counters and spent a lot of time at Laura Mercier. Predictably, I didn't go home empty handed xD.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Foundation is a new foundation by Laura Mercier. I personally have never owned any foundation from the brand ( I've only tried their tinted moisturiser. Liked it but not head over heels ). The Candleglow foundation is marketed to be a medium coverage foundation with lightweight and hydrating formula. First of all, I must say that those claims are not 100% true IMO. 

Coverage wise, Laura Mercier Candleglow foundation is rather sheer than medium. One layer of this foundation barely covers anything. I applied 2 and half layers of it on the picture above, and still you can see that it doesn't really cover the redness on my cheeks ( I had concealer too on the picture ). So, if you have a lot of blemishes or skin problems, you might find this one lacking in coverage department. I won't pinpoint the sheer coverage if Laura Mercier doesn't advertise it to be medium coverage though. There is nothing wrong with a sheer foundation as it can look very good and natural on people with less problematic skin, but don't claim it to be medium because it's misleading. 
The foundation barely covers any imperfections, but it does even out the complexion and provides a very natural finish. Think about tinted moisturiser with sheer coverage, it's what you can achieve with one layer of this foundation. Due to its dewy finish, I have to always set it with setting powder and periodically blot my Tzone area because it gets oily very quick.

Texture wise, the foundation has a lightweight liquid texture. It applies nicely and easy to blend. I find it best to apply it using damp-but not too wet beauty blender as foundation brushes can make it appear streaky. 

Overall, I don't think this foundation is a bad one. It is just not suitable for my preference and skin type. I can imagine it works beautifully for people with dry to normal skin and less problematic skin. The foundation is housed in a beautiful frosted glass bottle with a pump dispenser which is great. It retails for €48,99 / 30ml and yet it's not a bad foundation, I do think you can achieve similar - if not better effect with cheaper alternatives out there.

Have you tried any Laura Mercier base products?

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

H&M Beauty Cream Eyeshadow

I hope you're not bored yet reading another H&M beauty line post from me xD. I went to the shop and bought 2 cream eye shadows from the range. They don't have as many color selection as the powder eye shadows, but you get almost all the basic shades covered. After some heavy swatching, I went home with 2 shades ; Gentlewoman and Dauphine Truffle.

H&M Beauty Cream Eyeshadow comes in a glass pot packaging, the packaging is simple yet well made and has a good weight to it. There is nothing spectacular about the jar / pot, but it's functional.

Dauphine Truffle is a medium chocolate shade with very fine golden shimmers and Gentlewoman is a  deep purplish plum with fine golden shimmers. The shimmers in Dauphine Truffle are not really visible once applied unlike the shimmers in Gentlewoman. Both shades are great to perform solo on the lids without looking dull or flat. Dauphine Truffle will work really well as base too due to its lack of shimmers while Gentlewoman won't be best option for a base.

H&M Beauty Cream Eyeshadow has a very nice creamy texture. They're smooth and easy to apply. Pigmentation is great and it blends seamlessly. I usually like to apply the eye shadow with my fingers and blend the edges using blending brush. They set pretty quick though, so it's better to blend it directly after application and do one eye at a time.

For €5,99, the H&M Beauty Cream Eyeshadows are great finds. They stay on really well , don't crease nor smudge even without eye primer. I hope H&M will expand the color selection and add more shades in the near future.

Have you tried anything from H&M beauty range? and what is your all time fave cream eye shadows?