Review: Shiseido Dual Balancing Foundation in I20

My loot from Strawberrynet arrived yesterday, which happened to be my birthday (: so I had many gifts from myself! Compared to RMK liquid foundation, this shiseido dual foundation is thicker in terms of texture.. but like the RMK one, it’s undertone is warm and matches my skin tone pretty well (:
I enjoy sheer coverage, so I put only where ever I find my skintone less even, and blend it in with the rest of my bare skin with a wedge. I used the RMK foundation primer before that, and it blended in easily enough. I set it with Paul and Joe Pressed Powder N in 3, which I got at a sale a few days back.
I am leaving the house soon, and will update as to whether the foundation truly helps to balance serum and dryness! (:

OH well, I’ve been using the Shiseido foundation and I don’t find it much better than the RMK Liquid Foundation in terms of oil control. In a few hours and my nose, as always, shines. Even when I put the Biore Perfect Milk (which really helps with oil control), it still shines. Also, I find the finish a leetle too matt for my liking. I like a leetle dewy glow (:
However, the colour is a perfect match for my skin, a leetle less yellow compared to the RMK one. However, both are fine!
Coverage: Medium
Oil control: Nothing special
Hydration: Medium
Finish: Matt
Texture: Thicker than RMK one by quite a bit (which is very watery)
Overall: 3/5 Average foundation

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Review: RMK Face Protector N SPF 31 +

Rating: 4/5

Plus sides: Hydrating, is absorbed quickly

Downside: Contains Merylparaben & other Parabens ): Is pricey considers the amount of sunscreen inside.
only PA+ when it comes to UVB protection.

The sunscreen itself is a light white cream which is hydrating and gets absorbed very quickly. Very good for mornings when one is in a rush to apply on other makeup after. Also very suitable for dry skin or skin that will be experiencing air conditioning for long hours.
I’ve only been using it for a short while and I have a leetle difficulty getting the sunscreen out of the tube. I was so freaked, you mean.. it’s finishing already??? Although I admit I use a potent amount of sunscreen.
It is afterall, your greatest Anti-Aging tool. For me, it definitely is (:
Because RMK Face protector N is only PA +, I make sure the makeup products I use after that have more sunscreen. yes, this may seem ‘kiasu’ to you, but honestly, I cannot further emphasize the importance of sunscreen.
I sound like my Mum, and this advice came from her. yes (:

All in all, I enjoy using this sunscreen but would prolly venture to explore others (:

image from RMK site

Review: RMK Liquid Foundation in 102

Altas, it is true. Those rumors you’ve been hearing/reading. RMK makes base foundations that looks absolutely natural. For a girl looking for the no-makeup makeup look, you’re in for a treat. RMK liquid foundations come in tones for both pink-based and yellow-based tones, very suitable for Asians.

1. RMK wears like a dream on the skin. I was so excited after the SA applied on a fresh makeup for me, complete with RMK makeup base and RMK liquid foundation (102 for me). It looks absolutely lovely and NATURAL. Correction, I looked absolutely lovely (: (Sorry, I am not in the habit of taking photos) Just take my word. haha.

I bought both the makeup base and liquid foundation. The texture is very watery and blends very easily.
BUT… yes, the downside of the foundation:
1. For someone with mildly combination oily skin, I can get by with dabbing at my nose every few hours, but this foundation would NOT work for someone with very oily skin. This RMK foundation has poor oil control.
2. It can accentuates fine lines. It accentuated some fine lines around my mouth. But I haven’t got any very deep ones, so I am okay. But for more mature skins, this might not have sufficient coverage. Also, if you prefer completely flawless outlook (yes I don’t), you prolly wouldnt like this.

But for me, this is a 4/5. Because I really enjoy the natural coverage (:
It isn’t so cheap though, retails at SGD70 at Taka and Isetan Scotts.
Image from RMK website.

Review: Benefit’s Stay, Don’t Stray eyeshadow primer

What else can I say? If it does bother you whether your shadows stay, get this one. It works alright.
I got a couple of samples from Benefit with my other purchases and it is fun to put a leetle of it on my lids before layering on my shadows. But for me, it is too much trouble. I am fine with putting Benefit Creaseless Cream shadow in Birthday Suit as a base and layering on my powder shadows. It stays sufficiently well.
But if you really must have an eye shadow primer, this works! all day (: Also, this works well to keep undereye concealers on as well, also since it is flesh toned.

A tip from my Mum & I: honestly, avoid putting any makeup at all in the delicate undereye area. It tends to accentuate fine lines, and makes them worse as well.

It however, dries up when left sealed improperly. Be careful with that. 4/5

Review: Benefit Moonbeam

Benefit Moonbeam, the sister of the much raved about Highbeam.
Altas, I am one of those skintones Moonbeams practically disappears on.
So bye bye, Moonbeam. I am returning it.
Moonbeam is described on the website as an iridescent complexion enhancer.

According to dictionary.com, the definition of iridescent as used as an adjective is:
– displaying a play of lustrous colors like those of the rainbow.
Let’s not be anal and take it literally. Well, basically I really expected to at least sport a glow, and perhaps see a slight mirage of colours under sunlight. Well, I clearly did not.

Maybe the problem is I already sport a glow. No, it isn’t because I have oily skin. yes, defensive I am. I have an oily nose area, but my cheeks sport a slight glow. And this iridescent complexion enhancer does not enhance my cheeks. I tried it on my nose- below foundation, it was barely visible. above foundation, it smudged it. yeeks.

Bye Moonbeam. 1/5 for you. 1 is for the pretty colour I see on the nail polish brush and the lovely packaging.
(photos from Benefitcosmetics.com)

Egg white: The secret of my mum’s youth

At 53, my mother does not have a single crow feet or wrinkle at the outer corners of her eyes. Her skin is plump, fair and youthful. Yes yes, there’re some ages of aging. Light pigmentation at the corners of her cheeks, but hey I have some faded freckles, and her age spots are about as dark as my freckles!

At 53, my mother has beautiful skin. And her secret? Egg White. She’ll be really peeved if she knew I posted “her secret” online. I mean, we do know the uses of egg white. It tightens your pores and firms up your skin and clears your pores when you use it as a 15-minute mask. But hey, we use other natural remedies as well. But for my mum, egg white is her Holy Grail skincare item. She uses it every single day.

I used to recall that as a young child, I would request for my maid to cook tons of eggs in the day for me.. only to be reprimanded by my mother for using her “Facial stuff” in the evenings. I couldn’t understand then. I mean, come on, Mum. Those are eggs, they’re meant for eating!
Well, not to my Mum (:

Im not saying she doesnt use any other skincare products. She does. But none of those insanely expensive La Mer under the ocean stuff. She swears by Egg White.
Being her daughter, and wanting to follow in her footsteps, I am trying to pick up this habit. But honestly, it stinks. -holds nose-

Review: Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit

The colour is beautiful on the site. When you look at it in the lovely packaging, it is lovely. This beauty is transferred over to your eyelids, but is such a muted chrome, (although it’s described as Crushed Chrome) that it can be use only as an eyeshadow base.
It is, like I say, a beautiful colour. But if you’re looking for a potent eye shadow colour for your creases, you’re looking in the wrong place.

Staying Power: 3.5/5
With Benefit Stay, don’t Stray primer, it does last all day. Without it, hmm, it does crease on your eyelids. I do not have double eyelids, just under eyelids, but even then, it does crease.

It works best when you apply a thin layer at a time, allowing 30 second intervals for it to dry before layering on more. With a darker shade, you should get a buildable colour. Colour: 4

I just bought another of these in Get Figgy! (: we’ll see how that one goes.


Images are from Benefitcosmetics.com

Review: Benefit Benetint

This has to be a Holy Grail product for many girls and makeup artists. It is easy to use, to control, and colour is so buildable and suitable for every skin tone that you could never go wrong.

Trust me when I say that purchasing a Benetint for SGD40 is worth every cent. You can use the leetle bottle for more than a year, if you use it everyday that is (: If you don’t, it would last longer.

But then again, with so many products many of us own, would it be worth it as you might not even bother with using it. Well, if you enjoy sporting a fuss free natural looking glow, you will use this as often as you enjoy putting on makeup (:

Being a red tint, it really matches the blushing shade of any skin tone. Therefore for colour wise, it’s a 5/5.
Being a cheek stain, it lasts alllll day.. and I mean all day. Blushes I’ve used so far don’t last more than a few hours on my cheeks (they’re not oily), but Benetint stays alright. Staying power: 5/5
However, that being said, being a cheek stain, it does stain your cheek pretty quickly. You got to blend it in really fastly, or it will dry and leave red streaks on your cheeks. and fingers too! if you use your fingers, which I detest. So I use a wedge sponge, which blends it in nicely (: ahh. a fresh-faced natural glow.

If you don’t enjoy having the makeup look, this is for you. it is for everybody really. (:
Oh and to add, when you blush, it blushes with you. I can certify that. haha.

This product retails at Benefit website for USD28
and at Benefit counters in Singapore for SGD64 (which is crazy)

Do not be turned off by the strong colour. When blended, it looks like it’s a part of your skin (:
(images from Benefitcosmetics.com)

1st ever purchase from Strawberrynet

Clara and I tried our luck with strawberrynet (:

We both got an Elizabeth Arden 8-hour Sun defense for Face at SGD25.50 -beams-
and I got Benefit O’ Powder in Dallas. I cannot wait for the shipment to arrive. This is going to be fun!


(images from strawberrynet.com)

Strawberrynet

Strawberrynet is insanely addictive, and innately evil!
I have been surfing, and surfing and surfing all day, and constantly halting myself from purchasing ‘items’ I don’t need. Yes, I am not there yet, not the beauty obsessed female that many women become, that I would purchase and purchase items out of pure desire and insane quickening of heartbeat. Nope, I am parked in the safe-zone. And with my lack of a credit card, and therefore the need to borrow my boyfriend’s/sister’s in order to purchase something online.. It saves me. (:
-triumphant grin-

This month however, happens to be my birthday month, and I deserve gifts from people and myself. So..
I purchased the following from Strawberrynet,
– Shiseido Dual Balancing Foundation in I02
– Benefit Creaseless Cream shadow in Get Figgy!
– Christian Dior Poudre Shimmer in 01 Rose Diamond
And, for being a first-time customer, I get…
Stila Perfecting Stick Foundation in Shade B (hopes that’s correct)

See? Told you there’s hope for me (:

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