Minimalist Makeup Kit – Fancy version

Dear Pretties,

Happy Birthday to me ! yay..

As I feel fancy on this day, let me show you my “minimalist beauty investment” 😉 over the course of three years, the items below are the one that I know for sure how they perform and it’s a really good investment to have in your collection. Whether you just started dipping your toes on makeup or you want to find what’s essentials for your collection, these goodies will never fail (well, they never fail me ;D

Face

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1. Tarte Timeless smoothing primer – $ 39

With big pores like mine, this primer is the best choice for pore filling and create a smooth canvas. Smashbox Photo Finish is also a good choice.

2. CoverFx custom cover drop – $ 44/ Nars All Day Luminous Foundation

With my combo oily skin, I’m a huge fan of light-weight foundation and these two work very well for it

3. Laura Mercier Transluscent Powder –

4. Too Faed Chocolate Soleil Bronzer – $ 30

5. Too Faced Love Flush Blush / Becca – $ 26

I love the formula of Too Faced blush, it’s soft and pigmented but it’s buildable so you can layer it up without making you to get clown face easily.

EYES

6. Tartelette in Bloom / Anastasia single shadow

7. Kat Von D trooper liner / UD glide on pencil liner – $ 20

8. Benefit Roller Lash – $ 24IMG_5097

LIPS

9. Mac lipstick – $ 17.5

FINISH

10. Mac Fix+/Urban Decay – $ 32

Total $ 311.5

Well Guys, I know the total price of this kits is pretty steep, but it’s the quality that matters, right? Besides, most of the items here are the type of product that doesn’t require much to use for every application. You can also mix some items with the drugstore stuff. If you want to know which item that I prefer to get from the drugstore, check my previous posts.

What do you think, Pretties? Do you like my choice here or do you have other idea that’s needed to be added here?

As usual, leave your thought down below or send me your idea on Instagram or Twitter

Peace Out!

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Essence Colour Correcting Stick

Hey Pretties,

Essence kindly sent me their cute awesome goodies to play with last month. It’s their Colour Correcting Stick, which at that time I didn’t know that they have it. Now, y’all can find these colour correcting sticks at Essence website, Ulta (they’re having BOGO 50% now) or Target.

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Now, let’s get into the review but first,

Let me let you know about my relationship with colour corrector

The first time I received this product, I wasn’t a regular user of colour corrector in any type. The only color-correcting product that I have is the peach corrector from LA Girl. I only use peach corrector because that’s the only shade that I need to correct my skin tone. Little that I know, after I receive these sticks, my relationship with color corrector is about to change once and for all

First Impression

Great job, Essence! I love that this comes in stick form, it makes the application much quicker and easier. First off, the packaging is really cute yet so meaningful, because you can easily identify which one is which. I looove when a brand put their thought for their packaging, especially when it comes from the more affordable brand. Cheap price doesn’t always mean cheap packaging. Second, the formula of this color correcting is really beautiful. They’re very opaque but not crazily pigmented that will alter your concealer or foundation shade. The stick of the texture is more on the dry side but still creamy and easy to blend. My favorite method to apply this is by using my finger to melt and push the product into the skin. Lastly, it doesn’t really need to be set with powder. As for the wear time, I can say that this product stay put nicely on my combo-oily skin for good 8 hours without creasing. Even when I used only this product without topping it of with concealer, it last long and sit beautifully on my skin.

Product details:

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There are 5 shades of the color correcting sticks

Peach : Neutralizes dark spot

I use this in the mix with the yellow one for my under eye area. Hands down my favorite and the one that I use the most out of all five. I like this peach tone so much because it’s more to the peachy pink instead of orange peach. For the no makeup look, this stick has been a great choice.

Yellow : Conceal dark circle

As it’s explained above, I mix the yellow stick with the peach one for the dark circle, especially when I’m going on a full glam look, otherwise I only use the peach one.

Green : Neutralizes the appearance of redness

This is my life-saver on those days of the month when my hormonal acne came up. It covers the acne pretty well

Pink    : Brigtens tired looking skin

I don’t use much of this color, as it goes too light for my current skin tone. I think I will use this more in winter time when my skin is lighter.

Lavender : Eliminates dullness and sallow looking skin

This stick is also almost untouched. Only use it 1-2 times for the past month. Based on the color theory, purple or in this case lavender, is good for eliminating any unwanted yellow undertones on your skin. So if you have warm undertone, I think you will be able to use this stick more than me.

Final Verdict

Do you need all of them? I don’t think so. As you have read above, not all shades are useful for me. I will definitely get the peach and green ones again. If you need all colors, by all means but for me I will stay with what I need.

Is it recommended? Yes, yes, yes.

My combo oily skin loves this stick. It stays put, blends beautifully, not drying, flakey, doesn’t crease or get cakey at all. It also doesn’t separate for a long day usage. It works well with all of my concealer and foundation. For $ 4.49, and the amount of product you get, they’re really worth it. Another plus point for me is that this correcting stick is easy to apply. A little stroke goes a long way 😉

Finally, as I don’t really have many experiences with color correcting before I can’t really say much on how this product compared to the other brands. If you have tried this and compare it to the other brand, please let me know your opinion in the comment section below.

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