Saturday, November 29, 2014

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation and Concealer

I always get so excited when Maybelline releases new foundations or concealers - they always create something innovative and I'm quite sure that Maybelline has the widest variety of foundations and concealers among other drugstore brands. I've used their Fit Me foundation and their Age Rewind concealer and I can certainly say I'm a fan of both. Maybelline released their Better Skin range a few months ago and I had my eyes set on it from day dot. Nuffnang (who are awesome by the way) had a product talk opportunity for this range and of course, I jumped straight onto it. Thanks to them, I've had the chance to trial both the foundation and concealer and now I'm ready to share my thoughts on them.



I was rather intrigued by what Maybelline had to offer with this new range, boasting that it is their first vitamin-enriched long-wear foundation and concealer with skin-improving 'Actyl-C' (I actually haven't heard of this before and couldn't find anything in particular about it online). Let me firstly introduce the foundation in the shade 030 Sand:

About half a pump on the back of my hand

I didn't get a chance to swatch the foundation to test for my shade - instead I used the chart provided. I picked Sand as it seemed closest to my MAC shade of NC30 which is a medium shade with a yellow/warm undertone. For reference, here are the available shades for this foundation:



RRP $23.96 AUD (Source: Chemist Warehouse)

As you can see, there isn't a very wide variety of shades and the majority of the lighter shades seem to have pink undertones. Depending on how lucky you are, it may or may not be difficult to find a perfect match.


Product's claims:

  • Vitamin Actyl-C leaves skin feeling energised and looking fresh, healthy and radiant. It also has the ability to promote skin regeneration
  • Visibly improved skin in 3 weeks
  • Smoother skin, more even skin tone, brightening of dull areas, hydrating and supple complexion
  • Flawless all-day coverage and finish with a lightweight and comfortable texture

Here's a before and after picture of one side of my face to show how well it covered up my no-makeup face of patchy skin discolouration areas, redness and blemishes:

A very natural-looking finish

As seen above, my skin tone certainly looks more even and despite my blemishes still being visible on camera, they've been covered up nicely without appearing overdone or cakey. I can conclude that this foundation gives a light to medium coverage that can be buildable. It looks really natural on the face.

Thoughts:

It definitely felt lightweight with a very smooth texture. It felt comfortable to wear all day and it evened out complexion very well. With an SPF of 14, I find that it's quite standard for a foundation and I wouldn't expect any more than that. In fact I think it's better than none as a hint of sun protection in my foundation is reasonable. I can't comment on the claims of improving the skin since I haven't been wearing this everyday (I admit, I'm more of a BB cream-wearer) but if I do notice any changes, I'll be sure to update this post or leave a comment below.

Packaging:

I like pump-bottle foundations, the product comes out faster compared to screw-top bottles where it needs to be poured out. It's especially good for those mornings/days where you're in a rush to do your makeup so it's easier to pump the foundation out a voila, you're good to go with application.

Recommend/purchase?

I would recommend this for people who are looking for a foundation that gives a natural finish while still covering blemishes. I could see myself purchasing this however I do like to try different types of foundations as I never really stick to one brand!

Now moving onto the concealer in the shade 03 Medium:



RRP $14.95 (Source: Chemist Warehouse)

With only two shades in this range, it made it even more difficult to pick one which may sound odd but for someone who has light to medium skin, it's not an easy task! I would say that I'm a little more towards medium but I found this shade of medium to be too dark for me :( Light Clair probably would've suited me more however I was worried that it was going to be too light for me.

Product's claims:

  • Provides flawless coverage
  • Covers imperfections
  • Reduces dark circles

Thoughts:

Like I mentioned above, it wasn't the best match for my skin tone however I did manage to give it a try to test out its consistency and ability to conceal blemishes. It felt very similar to the foundation but heavier in coverage by perfectly covering redness and spots. It still feels comfortable on the skin because only a small amount is needed to provide that extra coverage. Unfortunately I have no before and after pictures for this - you'll just have to take my word for it!

I feel that the best way to apply this product is to use a small concealer/detailer brush by squeezing out a small amount of concealer and using the brush to swipe a tiny amount to then apply to areas that need concealing. Alternatively it can be patted on with fingers and blended in.

Packaging:

When I first saw it I thought ooh, it looks just like a squeeze-tube lipgloss. I do like squeeze-tube packaging because that way, all of the product can be used. It's easy to open up the tube with a pair of scissors and scoop out the remnants.

Recommend/purchase?

Sure, why not! I'm thinking of purchasing the 02 Light/Clair one just to see whether it is a better match for me. And if it isn't, I can always mix the two shades together to create my own shade to better suit my skin :)

So that's that! Thanks again Nuffnang for this product talk opportunity, it's been a pleasure to test out and review these new products and share them on my blog. And I hope it's been an interesting/informative post for anyone reading this now!

Questjen for you:

Do you have any foundations/concealers that you recommend?

I'm thinking of trying a high-end brand for my next foundation/concealer splurge~


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Monday, November 24, 2014

2014 Blogger Kris Kringle

Ah yes, the Blogger Kris Kringle tradition continues! For those who are unfamiliar, this lovely idea came from the wonderful Melody in 2011 and I've been co-hosting the Blogger KK ever since, except last year due to being away on my holiday. That didn't stop it from happening though - the sweet Jasmine stepped up to the role in 2013 and this year there's three of us hosting it, yay!

Clockwise from the right: Myself, Melody and Jasmine

Kris Kringle, also known as Secret Santa is all about exchanging Christmas gifts with someone - you know who you're giving your gift to, but that person doesn't know. And you don't know who's giving you a gift. Hehe it can be tricky to explain but hopefully everyone's participated in this activity through school and/or work. It's a lot of fun and my experience with doing this among the blogger community has been awesome! A really nice way to get to know new bloggers and have them get to know you too :)

Your KK will be selected at random and here are the rules:

1. You must be a blogger with a public blog.
2. The minimum you must spend is $10AUD with the maximum of $20AUD.
3. You must send the package by the latest, the 12th of December 2014.
4. Write your name/blog address on a card in the package as a way of introducing yourself :)

This is open to all public bloggers worldwide so if you'd like to join in, simply complete the form below. You only need to complete the form once - the same form is embedded in Jasmine's and Melody's posts.

Please note, the deadline to submit your form is the 30th of November 2014 and you will receive information on your KK on the 1st of December.




We hope that many of you decide to join us as it's a fantastic way to connect with other bloggers and spread the Christmas cheer! 

We'd also appreciate it if you could help spread the word to others who may be interested in participating by posting this image on your blog's side bar and/or social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, linking back to this post:


If you have any concerns or questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself, Jasmine or Melody :)


 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

10 Beauty Products I Can and Cannot Finish

With brighter days now that it's spring time over here, I feel more motivated to clean out my drawers and tidy up my room to help liven up the atmosphere while the sun shines through. It's no wonder they call it 'spring clean'! Cleaning my drawers allowed me to find all sorts of items that I had forgotten about and also made me realise how often I use the makeup and skincare products that I have. In these past couple of months I was able to finish a number of products and I had thought about writing another 'empties' post but why do that when I can do something a little different... talk about the products that I know I can finish and those that I just cannot!
 
Let's start with the 10 items that I can finish, and here's proof:
 
Not all 10 items shown, only my recent empties - more can be seen in my previous empties post


1. Liquid eyeliner
Easy peasy Japanese-y! Liquid eyeliners are my one true love. I tend to feel incomplete without that single line above my top lashes - the one thing that I think makes the most difference compared to not wearing any makeup. Happy to go without the rest but liquid eyeliner, I need youuuuu, and lots of you. I finish these off really quickly, not only because I use them almost daily but because the pen ones only have around 6 mL.
 
2. Eye makeup removers and wipes
Without these in my life, would I even bother applying makeup? Using regular face cleansers aren't enough when it comes to removing waterproof eye makeup for instance. I need the good stuff that gently and effectively removes all traces of makeup. I've gone through bottles and packets of these and I'm always keen to stock up whenever there are sales. Besides using facial wipes to remove my face makeup, I use them to spot-clean my brushes too.
 
3. Cotton pads, tips
To assist with the removal of makeup, of course. They're also great for fixing up any mistakes :)
 
4. Lip balms
I apply lip balm at least 3-4 times a day, and times that the amount of days in a year... yep that's how much I use lip balm - basically, a lot. It's as though my lips depend on it because a day without lip balm = chaos. I get dry, cracked, flaky lips, a nightmare for some. I don't have a favourite brand but I generally stock up on Maybelline Baby Lips and Nivea ones.
 
5. Body lotion, hand cream
For someone who has dry skin, moisturising creams are a godsend. Need I say more? I feel so uneasy when my hands, elbows, knees feel drier than a desert. I guess everyone would but even that feeling I get after drying my hands from washing them makes me feel uncomfortable unless I apply hand cream straight away. Weird, right?
 
6. Foundation and BB Cream
Medium-coverage ones especially! A big confidence booster when my blemishes are covered to a point where it doesn't look too obvious or caked-on. I've gone through a couple in my lifetime and the ones I have now are starting to finish up too.
 
7. Concealer
These typically come in small tubes and when there are plenty of blemishes to cover, it's all gone before I know it.
 
8. Face and body wash
The only way to really remove dirt within the skin and exfoliate is to use face and body wash. When they're used daily, I can't see how they CAN'T be finished.
 
9. Shampoo and Conditioner
Reasons why I can finish these products: Water on its own won't cut it, the greasiness will still prevail. Conditioner keeps my hair in top condition :D
 
10. Perfume and deodorant
I'm aware that it can be quite rare for people to finish a bottle of perfume but trust me, it's possible. As seen in my empties post, I finished a 50mL bottle of perfume and I have gone through many aerosol cans of deodorant. Not because I stink (or maybe I do *sniffs*), it's because I was once obsessed with spraying on lots of deodorant as a teenager. It made me feel cool and grown-up, okay.
 
 
Now moving onto the ones that I cannot, let me show you my current collection of each:
 
1. Lipstick/gloss/pencil
 
 
Impossible to finish any of these no matter how hard I try. Actually to be honest, I've hardly tried. I'm reaching for lip balms these days, tinted lip balms to be more precise. My mum on the other hand doesn't use lip balm as she never has dry lips! Hence she's able to go through many tubes of lipstick. There was a phase where I was really into using lipglosses and then that died out. Everything else I just use occasionally since none of the above help with my dry lips :( I don't think I have that many lip products but it's not like my collection is getting any smaller (and I kinda want it to so I can feel less guilty about buying more).
 
 
2. Blush
 
 
I've never hit pan on any of them let alone finish any! Plus I rarely use blush due to my naturally flushed cheeks. Only on special occasions and photos for my blog. Whenever I do though, I only sweep a tiny bit. The blushes themselves are pretty to look at and have photogenic packaging (that Physicians Formula heart one in particular!) and as a result of my lack of use, they ain't going anywhere. Looks like they're stuck in my drawers unless I decide to give them away or something.
 
 
3. Pressed or translucent powder and bronzer
 
 
I know many girls out there rely on face powders to set their makeup however I'm the complete opposite. With dry skin that's prone to flaking, I don't feel the need for powder, in fact I find that powder tends to enhance my dry areas and so I'd rather use a setting spray or blotting sheets when my face needs mattifying. For contouring I use the bronzers and contour palette and just like blushes, I sweep a very small amount. My bad for not showing a picture of them all opened - I swear they'd all look pretty close to brand new. Best example is that Rimmel Bronzer with a clear lid that still has the star pattern on the pan.
 
 
4. Pencil eyeliner and brow pencil/products
 

 
Close to impossible for me to finish these, I can use the same ones for decades. Sharpening them decreases their size a little but no matter how much I use them, I can't seem to make them decrease to a size that deems them unusable or 'finished'. Same thing goes to my colouring pencils that I used as a child, which I still have by the way.
 
 
5. Nail polish
 
 
They dry up on me before I get the chance to finish the whole bottle. And besides, the brush applicator doesn't even reach the bottom for you to finish entirely. I can chuck out old ones and replace them with new ones but to be completely done with a bottle of nail polish? Uh...
 
 
6. Eyeshadow
 
 
Ah eyeshadow, another photogenic beauty product that I seldom use. I'm always so tempted to buy new ones for their pretty packaging/colours whenever I go shopping and then when I think about my collection, temptation is no where to be found. I haven't hit pan on any eyeshadows and I haven't finished any single one let alone a duo, a quad or a palette. Don't even get me started on my 88 shadow palette that I've had for years... which almost looks brand new. 
 
Just this week I bought more eyeshadow palettes... what. What happened to no temptation, Jen?
... Yeah about that... review to come!
 
7. Hair spritz and serums
 
 
You can only spray so much out of a x mL bottle. For me, getting through one bottle takes forever, same with serums where you only need a couple of pumps of product. It's unfortunate that I get lazy using these sometimes :/
 
 
8. Primers for face, eyeshadow and lashes
 
 
Don't know why these are never-ending for me when I use them ALL THE TIME! I've had a backup eyeshadow primer for a few years now... and I'm no where near the end of my current one. I forgot to include my lip primer in the above photo, whoops.
 
 
9. Mascara
 
 
I have never finished a whole tube of mascara. Yes, the formula goes funky or dried up but there's still product on the wand which can be used, thus doesn't technically count as being finished... you know what I mean?
 
 
10. Many packet items i.e. samples and face masks
 
These are just my samples. I have about the same amount of face masks
 
Samples and face masks themselves are easy to finish but I can't finish many samples and face masks, like when I have an overload of them! Sometimes I'm too scared to use samples for my face 'cause there's no expiry/manufacture date on them which isn't helpful for knowing how old or new they are! I have really sensitive skin too and to me it's not worth taking the risk. Same with using face masks where I could get an allergic reaction from them anytime. The only difference here is that they have a manufacture and expiry date which I tend to forget about anyway. There are times where I feel like putting on a sheet mask so I go to look for them in my drawers, then I see that many of them have already past their expiry date! It feels like such a waste when I have to chuck them out :(
 
So, now that you've seen what I can and cannot finish, I'd like to ask you a questjen or two:

Which beauty products can you finish? 
Which can't you finish?

I wonder if there's anything similar or different~



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