Oily Skin Series: Foundation

Hey Guys!

Can you smell the sun already? I do! Charleston weather feels like summer already 🙂

Anyway, since summer is almost here I believe we’re all getting ready to get more oily. Well, FYI, I’m an oily skin girl, all year long, not only on summer so it isn’t surprising that you will see me looking like waffle house pan (oily and greasy, not yummy though) with big noticeable pores around my nose and cheek area. Yay me!

So for the sake of all of us oily skin girl, here are my top 3 of high end and top 3 of drugstore foundation.

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Mac Face and Body Foundation ($ 38)

Coverage : Sheer – buildable to medium

Finish : natural

Best application : Sponge or Dense brush

Staying power : 12 hours

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I reach for this foundation on daily basis, because it’s so light on skin but it also gives you a decent amount of coverage but still look like your own skin. As the coverage is really sheer, this foundation is really good to even out your skin tone but not necessarily can totally cover dark circle. I usually do 2 layers for application, the second one is only on certain area that needs more coverage though. This foundation is buildable for sure, but again don’t expect full coverage from it. Oh, I forgot to mention that this foundation is also waterproof! It has a really really good staying power and doesn’t look like your face is melting under the heat or even rain

Tarte Rainforest Water Foundation ($ 39)

Coverage: Medium – buildable to Full

Finish : natural

Best application : brush then sponge

Staying power : 12 hours

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This is a more recent finding for me. I’ve been using it for about 2 months now and Girl!!! I love it. I can say the consistency is very similar to Mac Face and Body foundation but this one has more pigment for coverage. You can use only one layer of this foundation and get a really good coverage, but just like the Mac one, I put on second layer on certain area. I like to apply this with dense brush all over the face ( I use Real Technique Facial Expert brush) then blend it out with damp sponge for smoother finish. This foundation also have SPF 15 in it, but doesn’t give any flashback on photo 🙂

Nars All Day Luminous Foundation ($ 49)

Coverage: Medium – buildable

Finish : demi matte

Best application : Finger or Sponge

Staying power : 8 hours

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Yes it does say it’s luminous but this won’t make your face super dewy and ended up being greasy. This foundation works amazingly for winter time, when my skin is on its slightly drier side. Winter is the only time of the year when I don’t really need to set my foundation with powder on top. This foundation gives me a a slightly dewy but not greasy looking skin. On summer time, I suggest to apply a small amount of translucent powder before you apply the foundation (Wayne Goss APPROVED) to make this last longer and stay put. Ever since I got the trick from Wayne Goss, I always apply my foundation that way especially if I know that I’ll have that makeup on my face more than 6 hours, and trust me, it really works (at least for me). If you want to know the trick in detail, here is the link for the Wayne Goss video

Now on to the drugstore foundation

L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte ($ 12.99)

Coverage : Medium – buildable

Finish : Semi Matte

Staying power : 10 hours

Best application : Sponge

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With all the hype around this foundation, it really is worth it. This is a really nice foundation that will make your skin look nice and matte all day. It doesn’t accentuate pores like other matte foundations I’ve tried before. Of course with my oily ass skin it can’t last 24 hours, but I can look good like the first application without looking shiny for a good 10 hours. One thing that bothers me (not so much though) this foundation feels more heavier (not cakey) on the skin, as its more on the creamy consistency instead of the watery one. It feels like this foundation sitting on the skin instead of sink into it. But, it still gives nice coverage and smooth looking skin.

Maybelline FitMe ($ 7.99)

Coverage : Medium – buildable

Finish : Matte

Staying power : 6 hours

Best application : sponge

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This foundation seems to be a lot of people’s favorite and I’m in it too. It is a very good foundation. It has watery consistency but thicker than Mac or Tarte. To be honest, this also gives more coverage than the Mac or Tarte one, but too bad I don’t know why this only last very short time on my skin. This is the foundation that I will put on only when I know that I just need to get out of the house for a short time, cause it feels like my skin absorbed this foundation very quick. I usually need extra steps to make this foundation look matte and stay on my skin longer.

Covergirl Clean BB Cream ($ 8.49)

Coverage : Sheer

Finish : Natural

Staying power : 8 hours

Best application : finger

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I was a bit skeptical when I got this for the first time. I had bad experience with some BB cream before, they broke me out so bad or it made me look like a hot mess oily face just within 3 hours of application. Surprisingly, this Covergirl BB cream works very well for me. I did test this last summer, I put this on then did a little sun bathing and it stayed put. It feels light on the skin, and really comfortable for those bright sunny days where you just want to make your skin look even without much coverage.

So, what is your favorite foundation for oily skin Girl? Is there any of these  foundations listed here also your “holy grail”?

Let me know your favorite in the comment section below, or drop me a suggestion for another foundation that works well for oily skin, Girl.

Don’t hesitate to stalk me on Instagram and Twitter

Peace out!

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Essence Hidden Gem

Dear Pretties,

I’m such a lucky girl that Essence kindly sent me their cute awesome goodies to play with. They send me some lippies, eye products, and nail polish (yay me! Believe it or not, this is the first nail polish that I have since 2-3 years ago)

You can find Essence at Ulta or Target, and order online from Essence website. I suggest Essence and Ulta website if you would like to explore the complete set of their products though, because Ulta and Target store (at least the one in my area) doesn’t have much selection. So now let me tell you my thought on these products

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Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in the shade “Nude Love” ($ 2.99)

This is your typical classic bullet lipstick, which if you have been following me for a while, you already know that this is the type of lipstick that I like. It has a really nice formula that’s comfortable on the lips and doesn’t make your lips feel dry. Does it stay put on the lips for a long time? A BIG YES, It does lift up to their claim as long lasting lipstick! My oh my, I don’t even remember when and what was the last lipstick that have this same comfortable formula with great staying power and doesn’t budge, doesn’t smear and dry comfortably not matte. For the price point and the quality of this lipstick, I will definitely get some more shades of this line. Great job, Essence!

Essence Liquid Lipstick ($ 1.79)

Shade : Peach Party (Light pink) and Show Off (bright red)

Pretties, I know I told you at the beginning of the year that I’m done with liquid lipstick because it’s so drying and just not my cup of tea. I’ve heard a lot of mixed review about Essence liquid lipstick that’s why I haven’t really pay attention to this product. Now I can say my very own thought. So here you go. In my opinion, the formula between the two shades isn’t consistent. Both are true to color but the darker shade is more opaque, while the Peach Party is more sheer and you need to build it up to get the color. The texture is more like a lip gloss (reminds me a lot like Nyx butter gloss, but with thicker pigment) It does feel comfortable on the lips, but if you expect it to last long and dry down to matte finished, it won’t. It doesn’t have a long staying power either, which I don’t really have problem with. For such an affordable price, nice color and decent pigmentation, this is definitely a fresh air in the sea of liquid lipstick madness.

The Gel Nail Polish ($ 1.99)

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Shade : Lucky (neon pink) and Island hopping (deep teal)

I got 2 nail polishes from Essence and both colors are my jam. I’m not a fan of nail polish and I can get away without nail polish for about 7 months, but once in a while I don’t mind to pop some colors on my nails. I like both the colors they sent me, it’s so fun for spring and summer. From my experience, these two isn’t the most long lasting one (used to be a die hard fans of O.P.I) With my activities that I don’t consider a heavy work and without top coat application, this nail polish only last 2 days without being chapped. I don’t think that this is a gel nail polish, because it doesn’t last as long.  Does putting on top coat help to make it last longer? If you’ve tried it, please let me know in the comment section below how do you like this nail polish.

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Dip Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($ 2.99)

Essence eyeliner are one of the products that need more love. Seriously. I purchased their liquid liner in the marker form and it’s really good, and this liquid one is no different. It’s very opaque, very black and it stays put. It glides on easily and the applicator is a little more stiff instead of like brush, which I actually prefer because I don’t have the most steady hand. A little downside though, it took a good almost a minute for it to dry down. I still set it with black eyeshadow too. I prefer the marker one over this, just because it’s easier to use. If you love more dramatic look, this one is definitely a great option. It’s so affordable, even cheaper than other drugstore brands, with the same great quality.

Eyeshadow stick

Shade: She’s got the mauve

This is so far my favorite product out of all the items that I got. It’s a pretty grey taupe color, very pigmented and it stays put! Usually, eye shadow sticks are kinda oily and fade away really fast on me because as you know, oily girl problem. I have tried this with concealer as eyeshadow base and with urban decay primer potion. Both hold this eye shadow stick pretty well. It does stay longer if you set the eyelid with transluscent powder. I haven’t played this with other eye shadow a lot, because when I use this type of eye shadow I use it for a quick and easy makeup, apply this all over the eyes, and blend out a little and done.

I ❤ Extreme Mascara

Can I say I love this mascara? I even love it more than my rocket volume mascara, which is now gone (God bless her soul) I was actually plan to get a replacement for my rocket volume mascara when I received this item in the mail. So when I open the package and saw this mascara, I tried it on and yes! a life safer (and pocket safer ;D ) I love the wand, love how black it is, not clumpy, and very volumizing.

What do you think about Essence, Pretties? Have you tried it? Do you like it? What’s your favorite Essence products?

I have another Essence product on the mail from my purchase at Ulta (yes this brand starts to grow on me), stay tune for the other Essence review. And if you wanna know what I got from Ulta, follow me on Instagram and Twitter

Peace Out!

Disclaimer : Essence sent me this product, but I am not requested nor paid to write this review, neither it affect my thoughts about these products. All things said here are my personal opinion and thought. 

Complete Palette Collection

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Let’s be honest, there’s no way as a makeup lover that we can survive with only 1 eyeshadow palette. As a palette hoarder myself,  I do feel that I have eye shadow palettes more than I actually need. So for the sake of my self-achievement to proof that I can minimize my collection, I think so hard about this:  If I can only have 5 palettes that I can use for the rest of my life, which one that I know I will definitely need and use

So here they are

  1. Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte – the Basic

As you all know this is one of my favorite matte palettes in 2016. It comes with a mirror in a sturdy, pretty packaging. The shades here are all mates and the color range from the light cream to blackest black matte. This is what I call as my basic palette, and it’s also a great palette with abundant transition colors. As a hooded eyes, I definitely need this matte palette to complete my look

  1. Kat Von D Metal Matte – the Complete

To be honest, if I can only choose one palette from my entire collection, I will definitely pick this one in a heartbeat. You can get a complete choice of looks to create, with the pop of color and metallic shades as variation, I’m sure that if I only have 5 palettes in my life I will use this one often. All shades in this palette are very wearable, not to mention their blue, green and purple are amazing (both matte and metallic one) The only down side is this palette is limited edition so it’ll be hard to find the replacement.

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  1. Too Faced Bon Bon Palette – the Romantic

This palette may seem to be a basic palette, but it’s not just a basic for me. The pink shades in this palette is really good. Bon bon palette comes with soft pink, neon pink, with cool tone brown shades that  I love. This is probably the reason why I picked this over the original chocolate bar palette (that’s leaning more to the warm tone browns). Let’s just say, this is my romantic palette because it has pink and purple for sultry romantic look.

  1. Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette – the Warmth

Not gonna deny that the scent from this palette is a strong factor for me to choose. It might be a turn off for you who’s sensitive to strong smell, but I love the sweet scent coming from this palette. However, there’re other reasons why I put this to complete my collection. I’m not a warm tone lover for eye shadow because it tends to make my makeup look muddy, but the warm tones in this palette doesn’t. It’s not extremely pigmented but very easy to build the warmth on the eye

  1. Juvia’s Place Masquerade Mini – the Color

I come to realize that as much as I love colors on my eyeshadow, the colors always run in the same color family. If you follow me on Instagram, you can see that I love blue eyeshadow (a lot!) purple, green, and pink tone. This palette is perfect for my color preference because it has all the color that I will actually use. Never will I use red or yellow for my eyeshadow unless it’s halloween (maybe). After knowing what I’m comfortable with, this palette definitely has become one of my staples.

So, what do you think? Do these choice make a complete collection for you so then you don’t need other palette? Probably not (yeah, why do I still I want other palettes even though I have all of these hahaha..)

Let me know what will be your choice if you can only have 5 palettes

Do you think this 5 palette will cover your need?  You decide!

AM/PM Skin Care Routine

Hey Lovelies,

I do not, by all means, have the most flawless skin, but I would like to share with you guys my attempt to take good care of my skin. Here are the products I use, started with my skin condition so you can see if these products might be suitable for you.

Enjoy!

SKIN CONDITION

  1. Oily skin with visible pores on my nose and inner cheek (near the nose)
  2. Visible dark circle with fine lines (the aging is real)
  3. Hormonal acne

MORNING ROUTINE (This routine is a must and I never skip any of this product anytime, anywhere)

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  1. Cetaphil Daily Cleanser for Oily Skin

This has been my best friend for about 7 years now. I struggled to find the right face wash for me until a friend of mine suggested this. It’s really gentle on the skin, and controls my oil without making my face feels stiff. I usually went through a break out phase when I change face wash, but not with this one. Wouldn’t change this with anything.

  1. Clean and Clear Deep Cleansing Toner

Another long time best friend of mine. CleanNClear has been with me even longer, probably since high school so it’s been forever. This toner helps to prevent blemishes, acne, and control oil too. It smells kinda strong, almost like rubbing alcohol, which I’m totally fine with it, my skin always feel so refreshed and cool after using it.

  1. St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer

Wow, that’s a mouthful name! I have never used moisturizer because of the classic mistake, more moisturizer = more oily. Nope, that’s not the case with this moisturizer. I believe I’ve reviewed this in my 2016 favorite,(here) Long story short, not oily, moisturize my skin very well and make my skin feel firm not stiff (kinda like jello haha…)

EVENING/NIGHT ROUTINE

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  1. Noxzema Classic Clean

This gives me the best feeling to strip of my makeup off without exfoliation. I have big pores problem and definitely need to deep clean my face everyday especially after putting my makeup on. But, I just can’t stand using face scrub, even the gentle one, everyday. What I notice was that the facial scrub made my pores more visible, and make my face feel so dry afterward. Noxzema has that nice cooling and tingling effect on the skin, it also smells so good and refreshing (eucalyptus – just in case you are not fan for this scent). Within the first 2 weeks of usage I can see the difference on my pore, it look tighter and less visible.

  1. Clean and Clear Deep Cleansing Toner

For the night time, I use less toner than in the morning. In the evening, I use the toner only to make sure that there’s no makeup left on my skin.

  1. PM Perfector by Formula 10.0.6

This is a more recent product that I started to use. I noticed fine lines under my eyes and some dry patches, so I try to get more moisturizer and anti aging product on my skincare regime. First time using it, it felt really nice on the skin, absorbed quickly and my skin feel softer in the morning. Oh, one more thing Formula 10.0.6 products have really nice scent. This night cream has fruity sweet scent (It’ said blackcurrant and licorice on the packaging)

  1. Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

I use this for a lot of things. For night skincare regime I put this under my eye as an eyecream ( I read the article about this on Pinterest) I also put this on my lips as a lipbalm, I mix it with honey and sugar for lipscrub too. Well basically, this product will always go with me anywhere I go 🙂

Weekly Routine

  1. Pores Be Pure Skin Clarifying Mud Mask

This mud mask is a big help for my big pores! It smells really nice too! I try to put on facemask at least twice a week. At first I didn’t believe that you need to dedicate so much time to take care of your skin, but after trying this product, I’m addicted to it! It really cleans up your pores, noticeable shrinking pores after using it, and refreshing effect. Not to mention this mask makes my skin look more refreshed and not looking dull.

  1. St Ives Green Tea Scrub

We can’t deny that exfoliation is very important. I limit myself to exfoliate to twice a week only. I exfoliate in the middle of the week, and on weekend to relax. Usually followed by putting on the face mask after exfoliation. Exfoliation really helps to reduce the texture on the skin, especially dry flakes from acne scare.

FINAL WORDS

Finding the right skincare is not easy, and it does take a long time to adjust, but it is really important and necessary. Give a new product a try at least for 2 weeks on your skin to see whether it suits you or not. It’s never too early to take good care of your skin, however please make sure that you use the right product and what’s necessary for your skin and age. I personally didn’t really pay attention to skincare product (moisturizer, face mask, night cream) until I reached 25. A good face wash based on your skin type, and toner for my oily skin girls out there are enough to begin with.

Let me know what’s your skincare routine, Girls or if you have any product suggestion for my skin condition =D

Peace Out!

2016 Favorites

Happy New Year Everybody!!

Hope you all had a great celebration and wish us a great year ahead of us. Amen!

If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know what’s in this post, so without further due let’s get into it

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Beauty Favorite 2016

  1. Body Shop Honey Body Butter

This has been a long time friend of mine. It’s buttery (hence the name   body butter, duh!) smells soooo frickin good, and it’s not sticky or runny. The packaging is also very travel friendly. This body butter is also my best friend for the winter, when every other body lotion do not make my skin feel moisturized enough, this one never fails me.

2. St. Ives Collagen Elastin Moisturizer

Large amount of product, with very affordable price and big impact. I just started using moisturizer in the last 2 years, and I had trouble finding one that doesn’t make my skin more greasy than it already is. Hey hey hey, I finally found this one (thank you Pinterest) and Girls, it does its wonder. Not only it moisturizes my skin very well, it also helps to make my skin to get normal. Couldn’t ask for a better moisturizer.

3. Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

Do I really need to explain why this product is so good? Multifunction, that’s the best way to define it. It works wonder for lip balm, mix it with sugar then it’s a lip exfoliator, dry skin on your elbow, knee? Grab this one to make it soft again. Another recent find is that put this as an eye cream before you go to sleep, it helps to reduce fine lines. Oh, one more thing, as my skin is too sensitive, it’s hard for me to find a makeup remover that doesn’t break me out and Girl, I tell you what, this jelly works wonder in removing makeup! Even that waterproof mascara so ever since I found this function, I never ever ever not having this in my house.

4. Baby skin by Maybelline + Nars All Day Luminous Foundation

This is the combo that has become my no brainer almost everyday. When I just need to look presentable for running errands or just an everyday look, these two are my first choice. The primer covers my big pores very well, no funny smell, and even though it’s silicon-y type it doesn’t slide or feel greasy. Nars foundation is the one and only foundation with “luminous” in its name that I’m not scared of. It doesn’t make my look oily, but give a nice glowy and dewy effect without looking like a greasy pan. This foundation has a medium coverage but buildable without looking cakey. You only need 1.5 pumps for all over the face and it already give more than decent coverage on the skin.

5. Tarte – Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette

You guys probably bored with this palette, cause I’ve mentioned this so many times. Check the full review why I love this palette here. But in short explanation, hooded eyes, matte lovers, transition color, versatile, travel friendly, pigmentation and blendability, this palette is a staple.

6. Mac Lipstick, blush, powder.

As the first high end brand that I knew back then, these products have a special place in my heart. The comfort on my lips, super wide color range and multiple finished (matte, frost, satin, creamy) you can find everything you need from their lipstick and blush. As for the powder, with the different type of products (blotting powder, powder foundation, mineralize powder) available and its color range from light to deep skin tone, make Mac hard to beat. This is not only 2016 favorite but it is probably a decade favorite for me.

7. Better than Sex Mascara by Too Faced

I know this mascara probably is in a lot of people favorite, but that only help me to explain why this mascara is so good. First time I tried this (around April) I found it has a little weird wand shape but holy moly, As a hater of fake lashes, I can never stop using it ever since. What happen next is sometimes I put 2-3 coats mascara but this one is always the first one I reach (kinda use it as a base). It gives a really nice volume and length to my straight eyelash. The only down side is that this mascara isn’t the easiest one to use on lower lash.

Last but not least,

8. Chanel Duo Eyeliner

This can actually be the most expensive of the product I love here. Bought it in Singapore airport duty free and Girls, this last a looong time. It comes with 2 brushes in it, one for lining and the other one for smudging and 2 eyeliner compacts, one is opaque and the other one is with a sheen glitter that can also be used as eyeshadow. Smudge-proof, last long, doesn’t smear. You do need to wet the brush for making the liner work but after it dries on you lid, it stays put.

Hope you all enjoy this post and have a nice new year!

My Favorite Eyeshadow Palette 2016

If you follow me in Instagram, probably you already know what’s my favorite eyeshadow palette in 2016. So without further due, let’s get into it

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-2-21-18-pm1. Kat Von D – Chrysalis Palette

Can be found at Kat Von D website at $ 46

If you’re lucky, I found this palette at Marshalls for $19.99

Girl, look at those colors. Yes, I am a sucker for blue and purple shadow because     those two are just so easy to wear and match me the best (in my opinion). So here is my opinion about this palette

  • Pigmentation is excellent. You can get the color just like what you see on the pan. Using eyeshadow base will make the color pops even more.
  • Very soft, smooth, and buttery on the texture
  • Very easy to blend
  • Almost no fall out even though it’s so soft
  • Last for a good 4-6 hours without creasing

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance Palette

Can be found at ABH website, Sephora, Ulta

This is a palette that I never thought I would like at all. I’m a neutral, cool tone eyeshadow lover so it’s so rare if not almost never you see me with red, pink, orange color on my eye. Dark bronze and rose gold are the warmest I can go. My opinion for this palette is the same with the Chrysalis palette in terms of pigmentation, texture, blendability, and no creasing. However there is a little difference in the Modern Renaissance palette in terms of fall out, this palette is so soft and you can get a lot of kick up from the pan so you do have to tap the brush before applying it to the eyes. My suggestion is to use very light hand in picking up the colors in this palette.

Final words :

  • These two are my favorite, and if people ask what will I recommend as a must have eyeshadow palette, I will say this two will make you have more than enough eyeshadow color to create various look from neutral, cool, warm, smokey, rosy, feminine or even grungy and gothic look.
  • Do you need these two palettes as your collection? I will definitely say yes, cause they are very unique and their color combination can be hardly found in other palette.
  • Do these palettes worth the price? For me, yes. I got the Kat Von D at Marshalls for $20. With this kind of high quality that you get in both palettes they are both definitely worth the price. And to be honest, ever since I get them I always compare other palettes to these in every aspects

Palette Recommendation or Alternative?

For the Chrysalis, I haven’t found any other palette that has the same color combination. Maybe Urban Decay Smoky, but the UD color is darker and it’s more in the shimmery finish while the Kat Von D is in matte to sheer shimmer finish.

For the Modern Renaissance, there are more alternatives such as Huda Beauty or Natasha Denona which are more in the high-end alley, as for the drugstore probably morphe 35F.