Cosmetic Reviews

Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion Review!


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Being at the forefront of the Korean cosmetic industry, Etude House understands the incessant need for easy-to-apply make-up and sun care products by busy Asian women living in hot and humid climates. As such, this 6-in-1 Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion has been developed with whitening, sun-protection (SPF 34/PA++), wrinkle care, moisturising, sheer coverage and skin-cooling properties.

 

Unlike other cushion foundations available in the market, Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion is the first of its kind in its category that also serves as a colour corrector and primer in a cushion form. Available in three different types, each Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion is customised to suit a specific skin need for sheer coverage with a dewy finish. Magic Pink restores instant radiance to pale skin complexion for a healthy glow; Magic Mint conceals blemishes and neutralises redness of the skin to attain the perfect skin condition; Magic Peach covers uneven skin tone and brightens up the dull skin for a natural refined look.

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Whether it is to be used on its own or as a makeup base to prep the skin for foundation application, every busy woman can now ‘magically’ achieve her desired toned up and dewy-looking skin with this new multi-functional and fuss-free Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion.

Price: S$29.00 each. Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion is NOW AVAILABLE at all Etude House Singapore stores

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Here’s me using the Magic Peach under Sulwhasoo’s perfecting cushion foundation product :) I used Magic pink as a highlighter over my blush colour! Just look at that hue on the cheeks! Pretty right? :)

 

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I used Magic Pink over the entire face before using Elizabeth Arden’s Flawless Perfection Foundation. It gave me a youthful glow all night that I got lots of compliments for at the beauty event that I attended that night :)

I have been testing all 3 colours as a primer or finishing highlighter for the last 3 weeks. I love this colour correcting concept as I have dull skin from all the sleepless nights from rushing projects and reddish parts of my skin from acne scarring or colds. The compact is refillable and the air cushion sponge that comes with it disperses the product on the skin very evenly and coats the skin very lightly without making the next layer of foundation cake up. The packaging is stellar too, for the cutesy themed products that Etude House always scores with their monthly launches. The only drawback is that it can make your face appear white if you pile on too much. So just remember, this is a colour corrector, NOT foundation. So apply only what you need in small amounts and then bump the intensity up on areas that need some serious colour correcting. Fresh and dewy skin can only be possible when you make an effort to not pile on even thick layers of makeup. Spot concealing is key and to top things off, keep the cheeks area powder free for that natural glow on top of your blusher colour as the wear of your makeup prolongs throughout the day. That’s my main tip for glowing skin :) Of course, skincare is very much needed for a pretty face too! Drink lots of water and don’t forget you facial masks and serums! I’m currently on tea detox diet using SkinnyMint tea and have found it to have made my skin clear up much faster than before.

Do give these adorable and effective products a try at the Etude House counters! My top picks are the Magic Pink and Magic Mint ones! Those are great for everyday makeup and for ladies who have redness under the eyes and who have reddish acne scarring :)

xoxo,

Yvette

Elizabeth Arden Summer Collection 2014


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Leave the bustling city behind on the tranquility of a sailboat, where you can ease into warm relaxation. Escape to the gentle swaying of ocean water, soft salty breezes, sun-filled days and beautiful, golden sunsets. Inspired by the alluring colors of the ocean, the Escape Makeup collection captures a mix of sandy neutrals and vivid maritime hues for an effortlessly elegant look.

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heart attack, can i just stop and tell you HOW PRETTY THE PACKAGING IS?! The top picks for me are definitely the lippies! The coral shade’s a true orange toned coral with just a tinge of pink, so it’ll look perfect on asian skin tones that are a lil more on the sallow side. Just beautiful~

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Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup SPF 15PA++ – Natural, breathable formula that blends into a woman’s skin for a natural look and easy application. Luxurious light weight formula wears like a ‘second-skin’ to feel as comfortable as your own skin and lasts all day. Smooth and evens your skin while reducing the look of pores immediately and over time. Boosts moisturization and leaves skin with a perfectly even-toned glow.

 

I’m in the shade #4 Cream Nude. Do know that these shades do NOT go according to the lightest to the darkest number order sequence. So shade #5 may not be much darker than shade #4, it’s just a slight difference in undertone. It’s really confusing for me at first, but hey, who doesn’t try out the foundation colour first before purchasing? We all do swatches right? :) Or at the very least, ask for the SA’s help at the beauty counter! They’re there to help you :)

The coverage is light to medium, and it gives off a very beautiful glow on the skin. Think YSL touché éclat liquid foundation but with more coverage. Yup, this girl here loves this foundation already. The makeup trend now’s to have glowing skin! Korean stars all have radiant glowing skin even with makeup, don’t they? :)

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AND…. I WON THE PRIZE FOR BEST MAKEUP LOOK OF THE NIGHT using all of EA’s makeup products!^^ Thank you

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Stephen Gaskett, Elizabeth Arden Australia National Makeup Artist & myself! ^^

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Lovely company at the event! Makeup’s always more fun with awesome friends!

 

I haven’t received the Flawless Finish Correcting and Highlighting Perfector yet, so no in-depth review for that as for now. However, I can definitely say that it is a very close dupe for YSl’s touché éclat highlighter, shades wise, texture wise and even coverage! Price point’s slightly more affordable too!

Do check out the makeup collections at Elizabeth Arden! They haven’t been getting the much deserved rave reviews on many sites, but I’m definitely impressed with the quality and price point of their products! :)

Love,

Yvette

BeautyBiotics Product Reviews!


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I’ve been testing this UV White powder for a week and have found it to be the perfect touch up powder on-the-go! It doesn’t leave the skin looking patchy nor does it dry the skin up further after a long day’s work. Ultra fine powder is emitted from the sponge itself! So adorable!

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The shimmer one is my favourite! My go-to powder for the last 3 weeks and counting. It leaves the skin looking really pretty, something like a soft-focus effect on camera. The matte one is perfect for night parties when flash photography has to be used for all those pretty shots late at night.

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From left to right: Shimmer, Natural & Fair. I use Shimmer as a an overall base before BB creams as it’s the sheerest one among the 3 shades. Also, it gives the skin a dewy finish that looks amazing in photographs. Coverage wise, Fair and Natural are about twice as high in coverage as compared to Shimmer. Fair is my perfect skin tone match, but I could use Natural too when I’ve gotten a tan from the Vegas sun while I’m touring in US during my summer break at school. The formula of these are great for combination to dry skin types. Oil control isn’t the best as touch ups are needed after 5 hours. However, I don’t fancy full-on matte formulas that have high oil control ingredients since my cheeks always become flaky after using those makeup items for too long. I don’t mind an occasional touch ups in return for more hydrated bare skin at the end of the day.

Overall the BeautyBiotics line has impressed me. I’m gonna repurchase them for sure when I’m done with them! Very comparable to NARS! Especially the loose powder and Dream Cream!

xoxo,

Yvette

The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Products Review!


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It was so lovely to get invited to a cozy get together with the ladies of The Face Shop to get introduced to the new and improved Natural Sun Eco range! I’ve heard quite a lot about it from TFS sales assistants prior to this event and they all told me that this range is really good for sun protection!

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This power long lasting suncream of SPF45 is most ideal for skin types that are dry or dehydrated. Compared with the rest of the range, this sun care product is the most emollient in texture and leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated. Combination to oily skin types might not enjoy this product as much but if your skin is already sun burnt, you may go ahead with this product as it’s made of many natural ingredients that won;t further irritate the skin. It isn’t 100% natural or organic due to the sun protection compounds used, but compared with other cheap drug store sun care products, this suncream spf45 is much better in terms of texture and formula. You’ll know when you give it a swatch at the store :)

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See what i mean? :) Pretty soft, slightly dewy skin after rubbing the sun cream in!

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I love this smart cushion compact! this is NOT a makeup product, this is a SUN CARE product, meaning that this is mainly to give your skin sun protection, not so much of a thicker coverage as what a makeup product would do for you. One amazing thing about this product is that it goes on smoothly on the skin with the sponge given in the compact, and it doesn’t make the skin appear greasy at all! I layer this under my matte or dewy foundations to up the SPF levels, and gosh, this has seen me through 16 hours at sentosa with just 1 touch up and 14 hours in school with barely any touch ups. For ladies who want fuss free sun care, do keep this product in mind! :)

This product is refillable too!

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The Smim total treatment essence shown here is a PRE-toner step, meaning that it goes like this:

cleanser – THIS PRODUCT – toner – serum – moisturiser

This product helps to further remove debris on the skin to prep for maximum skincare ingredient absorption in the later steps. I can’t emphasise how important such products are because I’ve seen an improvement in my skin just by using pre-toning products like this. I’m not head over heels over this product but when I do head to Korea in June, I’ll pick this up as a skincare backup for the dry season otw to Vegas :)

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Here’s something cool for you beautifuls!

Just flash this bloggers badge at any THEFACESHOP outlets and  get a 15% off on Natural Sun Eco products plus an additional 10% off all purchases! ^^

Happy shopping ladies!

xoxo,

Yvette

Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush and Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15 Reviews


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Introducing Mary Kay® CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15, the “Complexion Corrector” that

acts like makeup to instantly correct complexion imperfections while formulated like skin care to help nurture skin’s

beauty tomorrow. So remarkably lightweight, you’ll look naturally flawless as if wearing nothing at all.

Whether looking for a quick, everyday multitasker or the perfect vacation, errand or weekend solution, Mary Kay® CC

Cream Sunscreen SPF 15 will deliver with results that answer your needs. Suitable for all skin tones and skin types,

and especially tested on Asian skin, the sunscreen provides instant lightweight coverage that masks imperfections in

an easy, all-in-one step.

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PRODUCT BENEFITS:

 

1. Protects: Against damaging UVA and UVB rays with broad-spectrum SPF15.

 

2. Brightens: Instantly amplifies skin luminosity and brightens the complexion.

 95% of women said it evens out skin tone†

 87% of women said it instantly illuminates†

 

3. Corrects with Lightweight Coverage: Mineral-based pigments help correct the look of imperfections and improve your overall complexion with lightweight coverage that doesn’t give that “made-up” appearance.

 93% of women said it feels lightweight on skin†

 92% of women said skin looks healthier†

 79% of women said it makes their skin look perfect†

 

4. Minimizes Redness: Provides visible relief and minimizes the appearance of skin redness. It was even tested on women with rosacea who agreed it helps diminish the look of redness.

 91% of women said it minimizes the appearance of redness†

 

5. Conceals: Instantly conceals the appearance of blemishes. It also conceals dark circles and dark shadows as it blends beautifully with your skin tone. It soothes and nourishes acne-prone skin and calms troubled skin.

 88% of women said it diminishes the look of blemishes†

 

6. Hydrates: For 10 hours. Skin feels instantly hydrated. It provides nourishing comfort without feeling oily or greasy.

 

7. Reduces Visible Signs of Aging: Fine lines appear less noticeable. It also helps minimize the appearance of pores while visibly improving skin’s texture.

 83% of women said skin looks younger†

 

8. Defends: Against skin-damaging free radicals thanks to powerful antioxidants.

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PERFECT FOR:

 Any woman who want lightweight coverage to instantly correct complexion imperfections.

 Appreciates an easy, one-step solution to flawless-looking skin.

 Uses TimeWise® foundation during the week but would like a quick, light option on the weekend for running errands,

going to the gym, etc.

 Has occasions where being “made up” is too much but still wants to hide minor imperfections.

 

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left is medium to deep, right is light to medium

 

FORMULA ATTRIBUTES:

 Suitable for all skin tones and skin types, including acne-prone skin and sensitive skin.

 Oil-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, dermatologist-tested and tested for skin irritancy and allergy.

 Suitable for and tested on Asian skin.

when blended out! it's really smooth and sheer! adds colour to the face without that strange orange hue, and it isn't oily at all!

when blended out! it’s really smooth and sheer! adds colour to the face without that strange orange hue, and it isn’t oily at all!

NEW Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15 is available exclusively through your Mary Kay Independent Beauty

Consultant starting 1 April 2014 at $37. To locate a consultant, call 62266888 or visit www.marykay.com.sg

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Still cleansing by hand? There’s a lot you’re missing. Like makeup, dirt and impurities.

Things you can’t see, so you think your skin is clean, but is it? The Mary Kay® Skinvigorate™ Cleansing Brush will

In an independent clinical study, women applied fluorescent makeup to their forehead (to show residue under UV

light). Using cleanser, they washed one side by hand and the other side using Mary Kay® Skinvigorate™ Cleansing

Brush for the same length of time. Afterward, the women were satisfied they had washed all of the makeup off and

saw no color remaining on their forehead. The results below show under ultraviolet light that the Skinvigorate™

Cleansing Brush side is clearly cleaner.

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NEW Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush is available exclusively through your Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant starting 16 March 2014 at $81. To locate a consultant, call 62266888 or visit http://www.marykay.com.sg

 

WHY YOU’LL LOVE SKINVIGORATE™ CLEANSING BRUSH:

This lightweight, two-speed power brush gently massages as it thoroughly cleans skin, removing residue, dirt and

makeup in seconds. It allows your skin care products to absorb better and more quickly and helps maximize the

instant hydration benefits of your moisturizer. Just a push of a button switches from a lower speed to higher —

reaching over 400 rotations per minute. Both speeds provide gentle massaging yet deep cleansing. From the first day,

you’ll notice a difference. And with continued use, the rotating action helps polish away the look of past skin damage

for a more even-looking complexion. The appearance of lines and wrinkles is softened and pores appear smaller. Skin

is invigorated, revealing its youthful vibrancy.

 

BENEFITS AND CLAIMS:

Here’s what women of all ages — from 13 to 70 — said about the Skinvigorate™ Cleansing Brush in an independent

consumer study*:

 Maximizes my skin care benefits: 97%

 Transforms dull skin into a radiant complexion: 94%

 Provides a more even-looking skin tone: 96%

 Reveals youthful-looking skin: 93%

 Skin feels softer, smoother and healthier: 95%

*Results reflect the percentage of women who agreed with the statements in a three-week independent consumer

study.

 

YOU’LL WANT TO TRY THIS IF:

 You want to “power up” the benefits of your skin care products and experience better makeup removal and

better product absorption.

 You want to enjoy a more even-looking skin tone and minimize the appearance of pores.

 You want the feel of an at home spa facial every day.

 You want to reveal youthful-looking skin and soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

 

PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES:

 Dermatologist-tested

 Tested on and suitable for daily use on Asian skin, even sensitive skin and acne-prone skin.

 Clinically tested for skin irritancy

 Waterproof (not recommended to submerge in water)

 Battery-powered (2 AA batteries)

 Two brush heads included (it is recommended to replace brush heads every three months)

 

Comparing Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush against Olay Regenerist Cleansing Brush:

  1. Softer brush bristles
  2. Comes with additional cleansing brush replacement
  3. Cream cleansers foam up much better with the softer bristles
  4. Lighter than the Olay one
  5. Packaging is pink instead of Olay’s grey buttons, feminine addition to your skincare counter stash!
  6. Better for sensitive skin, as the bristles don’t drag against and scrub too roughly against the skin as compared to Olay’s
  7. Though S$39-$42 more expensive than Olay’s, you do get a better quality cleansing tool and it works out to be roughly the same price when you do purchase the Olay refill cleansing brush packs.

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Here’s a photo of me 3 weeks into using the 2 products mentioned above! I used the light to medium one and the cleansing brush at the fastest speed once a day with Kiehl’s cleanser all over my face for half a minute. I only have a light layer of foundation mixed with the CC cream on and the mixture fits my sun-kissed complexion perfectly! I’ve been working at Sentosa, thus the darker complexion. This makeup look lasted for more than 16 hours without looking greasy or patchy. Skin was still in good condition after the deep cleansing with the cleansing brush.I’m all ready for summer now! ^^

Check these products out to get read for your summer holiday!~

xoxo,

Yvette