Thursday, May 24, 2012

What's in my travel make-up bag!

I generally tend to over pack when it comes to make-up. This time I think I have done pretty well though and only took some basics with me. As you know, I will be traveling to Turkey for a week and this should more than suffice.

I found this cute bag a few months ago in one of our local drug stores. I <3 it!


On to the products (MAC concealer and MSF are in LE packaging):

As you can see I have a little eclectic mix of products with me. I am taking some trusted favourites and some items that I am trying to use up or that get too little love.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (53)
MAC Studio Finish Concealer (NW20)
Rival de Loop Hydro Roll-On Concealer (light)
MAC Mineraliz Skinfinish (Medium Plus)
MAC DSquared Bone Beige/Emphasize
Milani Luminous Blush

Nars Smudgeprood eyeshadow primer
MAC Jaunty & Mulch eyeshadows
L'oreal Voluminous
Catrice liquid liner

Essence In the Nude lip stick
Smashbox Pout lip gloss

What do you think? How much do you usually take with you?

I'm off to bed now. I shall be back with a new blog post next weekend!


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

next blog post: please vote.

Hey guys,

I will be flying to Turkey for a week in a couple of days and would like to put up a blog post before I do. I'd like to know what you would like to see here. Please let me know, which of the following posts you would like to see on here by replying below.
  • What's in my travel bag?
  • Current skin care favourites
  • May favorites
  • Essie haul
  • Mac Jaunty Dupe
The post will be up tomorrow evening!


Monday, May 21, 2012

MAC Hello, Sailor! Haul

I haven't bought anything from recent MAC collections but when I checked out Hello, Sailor! I really liked one of the eyeshadows.

Jaunty (frost finish) is totally up my alley. It's a gorgeous champagne colour that's quite taupy (!). After swatching it, I decided to pass it up, but ended up checking it out again a few days later. Luckily, they still had it and I caved in and bought it.I really like the packaging too, but it feels a little lighter and cheaper than the regular MAC packaging.

Did you get anything from the collection? Are you into buying limited edition items?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

french skincare goodies - caudalie & bioderma

After running out of my makeup remover, I decided to give Bioderma Sensibio H20 Lotion a shot. You can buy Bioderma, Vichy, La Roche Posay, Caudalie, etc at the apothecaries here and if they don't have something in stock they will order it in within a day! Awesome!

So while ordering Sensibio H20, I also wanted to try Caudalie's Beauty Elixir and a 10ml bottle of the scent Eau Fraîche Thé des Vignes and picked those up too. So far, I like everything I got.

The sales assistant also gave me this lovely linen bag by Caudalie. Will definitely come in handy.

What are your favourite French skin care products?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Product Review | YSL Teint Resist Foundation

There are girls that like their blushes, girls that like their eye shadows. I am always on the lookout for that perfect foundation that's just...perfect! Over the past few years I've tried quite a few drugstore and high-end foundations.

About a year ago now, I purchased Teint Resist by Yves Saint Laurant after a brief hype in the beauty community. I was excited, as it promised everything I was looking for. I have been meaning to review this foundation, but have been on the fence about it. Call it a love/hate relationship. At the moment, I am quite okay with it.

On to the review!

My skin & what I am looking for:
I have combination skin with an oily t-zone and some dry patches on my cheeks depending on the weather. During the summer months, my skin gets oilier in the t-zone and normal on my cheeks. I have some hormonal breakouts and some acne scaring. With that being said, I am looking for a medium coverage foundation that will conceal my spots and scars and last all day without looking cakey or overly matte.

What YSL promises:
This oil-free foundation, guarantees unfailing wear and radiance for up to 14 hours. The luminous transfer-resistant formula forms perfectly to the skin for a soft and seamless result. The complexion is preserved from feelings of discomfort or tightening, remaining supple and silky-smooth from the morning through to night. Pigments are specifically coated for a color-true effect and the formula absorbs excess oil through the day, for a complexion which always looks and feels fresh. Medium coverage. Semi-matte finish. Oil-Free SPF 10, 1.0 fl. oz. 

Price: 55 USD

The product comes in a beautiful milky glass bottle with a golden lid. Big bonus is the pump that the product comes with.

I bought this in 5 Peach. I am currently an NC25-NC30 (MAC), Fiji-Punjab (Nars). The colour match has been one of the main reasons why I am on the fence about this product. The product comes out ashy neutral and oxidizes to a peachy shade that almost leans cool toned. It takes about half an hour for it to turn into a neutral shade that I can pull off with my yellow undertones. This foundation requires quite a bit of blending down the neck for me and some added bronzer or warm toned powder. During my paler NC25 months, this foundation is too dark and noticeably neutral for me. 4 Sand may be a better match.

Here are some swatches on my NC25 coloured underarm. 

with flash, top to bottom: MAC SFF NC30, YSL Teint Resist 5 Peach blended & initial application

no flash, left to right: MAC SFF NC30, YSL Teint Resist 5 Peach

Consistency, scent and application:

YSL Teint Resist SPF10 has a delicious fruity melon scent. For more sensitive skins this may pose a problem.

I found that the foundation applies easily and blends in well. I like to use my hands or a flat top kabuki to apply it. I would say this is a light-medium coverage foundation that will cover redness, but barely cover scaring or breakouts. I need to use about 3 pumps, which is quite a lot and additional concealer! The foundation sits lightly on the skin and has a semi matte finish, that will let your natural oils shine thru. I didn't find that this foundation kept my oils at bay tho. After about 3 - 4 hours, my t-zone gets oily (w/o powder/primer). This foundation is not transfer resistant.

- light medium coverage
- natural semi-matte finish
- nice scent
- very light weight
- blends in easily

- may flashback in photographs due to SPF
- doesn't control oils
- may not be suitable for sensitive skins
- price tag
- colour match

Final thoughts:
This foundation is probably most suited for girls with normal skin or if you don't mind blotting during the day. On me this foundation looks good for the first 4 hours and would need touching up after about 6-7 hours.

Will I repurchase?
Probably not, as I have seen cheaper foundations that perform better.

Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?

Sunday, May 6, 2012

currently on my nails - essie navigate her

I am generally not into greens or pastels, but this colour is something special. My sister bought this nail polish recently and obviously I had to get my hands & nails on it after seeing it on her.

Navigate her is a gorgeous warm pastel green. I would describe it as a light pistachio shade. Application was a dream. Opaque in 2 coats, dried fast and according to my sister minimal chipping after a week.

Will definitely check out more Essie polishes. What are your favorite Essie nail polishes?
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