Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wishlist #6⎪beauty & others

There is something lovely about putting wish list products in a visual collage. These are some of the things that I've been dreaming about :)

  1. Tom Ford Wild Ginger
  2. Chanel Les Bieges
  3. Longchamp Le Pilage Backpack
  4. Pashley Cycles Britannia 
  5. Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess eye palette

Brand Focus⎪LORD & BERRY

A brand I wanted to talk about for the longest time is Lord & Berry cosmetics. It's a brand you don't hear about too often on beauty blogs, and especially in the US beauty world. I'm still not sure whether it is a UK brand or an Italian brand but what's for sure is that these products are made in Italy. I became aware of the product after Lisa Eldridge the goddess of makeup she is, used one of their lip liners in one of her beauty videos. What sold me was that the lip liner in the shade "Mandarin" which I actually have, was used on Kiera Knightley.

So what do I love about their products? Let's start with the packaging, shall we? I just love their sleek box packaging! The font is just super flattering. I couldn't throw away the boxes because I just thought they were so sleek and too cute to throw away. 

But aside from the design of these things, their products are honestly amazing! There aren't too many places you can buy them at. Their website definitely isn't the place to get them. I got all of my Lord & Berry from Hautelook but I also know that they sell some (SOME) of these on ASOS. I first bought a lipstick in the shade 60s Pink Vogue. The color was hands down, one of the prettiest bright pink ever. The pigmentation was intense, and once you apply it, you don't feel it on your lips. It's vibrantly there on your lips, but you don't feel it. It's great! This shade is from their vogue lipstick line, which is their semi-matte line. I heard so many compliments when I wore this lipstick, and I even let my friends try it on, just so they can see how amazing it also felt! 

I loved this lipstick so much, I just waited for the day Hautelook would sell them again on their website. When the opportunity came, I kind of went a little cray and got a bunch.

The lipstick below is a shade called Rose nu. This formulation is the same as the shade Secret Garden, from the line INTENSITY. You can see from the swatches that they are a bit shinier and glossier. But that doesn't mean that their pigmentation is any less sheer. I love the shade Rose nu because it gives you the I-have-nothing-on-my-lips-but-it-is-well-kept-and-one-toned. What in the world do I mean? Haha. Well, you know those days when you don't want to put any color on your lips; when you feel like your lip color looks really nice with the makeup you have on? But, at the same time, you find that your lips look a bit too bare? Then, this shade Rose nu seems to be that perfect shade that is a real your-lips color. 

Not a nude. Not a pink. Just right.

Before I splurged on Lord & Berry lip products, I did search up a few blogposts to know what to get. Most of the British beauty bloggers seem to rave in unison about their sheer Twistick. It's like their lip crayon line. I thought I'd try the shade Rock & Rose which is a bright pink as well. It isn't too neon pink as it look but actually quite wearable on a daily basis! It is definitely moisturizing and sheerer than their lipsticks. It is something you can easily slap on. But it isn't completely sheer. I'd say it was medium pigmentation. 

Another lip product that is constantly in my bag nowadays (August favorite?) is this lip crayon thing. It's crazy but I don't actually know the name of this product! All I see on the pencil is a number, so you can refer to that if you're interested in buying this exact shade. But considering how tan I am, I didn't think this nude pink would work with my skin tone but it does! It gives that pinky nude lips that I want -- a feminine, lovely illusion haha. It is super creamy and thick. What I like to do with this one is tap tap on my lips and smudge it by pursing my lips together. 

Seeing these pictures, I'm starting to think that maybe I did splurge... a lot. But they are just so good that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try a range of their products. In terms of pencils-- I've got both lip liners and eyeliners. Their eyeliners aren't the best, but they are good. I use the black one all the time. The gray one, I only bought because Lisa Eldridge mentioned it, but I find that it doesn't really work well on me. The nude pencil is just a necessity! I love it for brightening the eyes. 

The lipliners are nice and waxy. I bought an orange one (Mandarin-- the one Lisa Eldridge used on Keira Knightley) and a red one because I feel that for these two shades, you need a lip liner! 

Finally, a blush. The shade sun kissed is supposed to give you that summer glow without actual pearls or shimmer in them. I thought it'd be good for that blush+bronzer shade where you can achieve two things at once. Unfortunately, the shade is a bit too dark for me. I'm still seeing if it is working for me but so far, it's taken a seat all the way in the back of my makeup drawer! 

... and that is all! That was a lot, but I did want to introduce this brand for those folks who haven't really heard about them. I love them loads and if you ever get the chance, try some when they become available on Hautelook. Not sure when, but I'm sure they will sell again soon! Otherwise, check other websites like ASOS or Urban Outfitters. xx

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Discovery Product #7. SPECIAL HEALING POWDER as a PRIMER

This is for the peeps who have been having trouble keeping their makeup on... on those days with the hormonal breakouts! I'm here with a good news :)

I took an endlessly horrible skin week to find something that would help me look decent and presentable. I have been having such bad skin after I came back from California. Don't know what it is, but when I was in Cali, my skin was behaving so nicely and right when I come back-- it's completely gone!

After doing my usual routine, I decided it was time for change. I did switch up my skincare routine, which helped my skin immensely but something else that has been helping me look quite good-skin'ed is a new healing powder that I've had for a long time, stored away in my cabinet.

It is the Mario Badescu (can I talk about this brand enough?.... no!) Special Healing Powder. I bought this, opened it, and found it made the biggest mess and so I had stored it away. Perhaps I used it twice before, each time saying... "it's good, but it makes such a mess!" and not using it again.

But recently, my skin has been producing so much oil and I was getting painful acne around my chin. I tried hydrating my skin, detoxing it, and doing all sorts of stuff. But nothing was really working, and even my well-beloved Benefit Porefessional couldn't keep up with my skin! Makeup was just dying on me... cracking, melting, and patching away!

So out of the blue, I thought I'd try the MB Special Healing Powder underneath my makeup... as a primer. Although it did make such a mess, I stuck with it. I powdered my face and I did look a bit like a clown! But after I powdered my face evenly, I then went on to apply my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer... finish it off with the Tarte Amazonian Clay Powder Foundation. Maybe I'll do a separate post on this new foundation routine, but seriously... effective.

The Special Healing Powder is this loose greenish powder. It says on the packaging that: "it is a sulfur based powder that will help not only control excess oils and reduce redness, but will also disinfect and heal blemishes."

I recommend it for the oily-sensitive skinned gals, or for those that are going through that skin-irritation caused by hormonal breakouts period. The green powder, as a primer, helps reduce the redness in the face. Then, when you apply foundation you will see that you skin looks so much healthier, velvety, and the makeup lasts so long.

And what is better than knowing that underneath the makeup you have on (all day, even) is this Special Healing Powder that is constantly working to heal your irritated skin? It reduces oil indeed! And helps with the pore coverage! And, it disinfects and HEALS blemishes.

I don't care if this powder gets everywhere and makes a mess! If this is the result that I am getting, I'm sticking with it! xxx

If the applicator is too much of a hassle and mess, you can use a brush or what not. Also, I know some people use this on top of makeup to set it! I find that using it underneath is the best and when I do that, I don't need to reapply it on top. Also, don't be surprised at how powdery this is! I bet you will all look like a clown after applying it haha. But stick with it and keep spreading it out evenly. Make sure to use it sparingly of course. You don't want to overdo it or you might dry out your skin a bit too much. If you apply this after makeup, make sure you use a BRUSH and dust it maybe in your t-zone area. Don't use the pad applicator that it comes with or you'll end up with blots of green powder. But if you are using it underneath, no worries if you look cray. You just need to go through your next step in apply foundation. Then the green dissolves :)