Saturday, September 29, 2012

Olive Love

The olive green vest was something I bought years ago from Hong Kong and I recently rediscovered it my closet. Jackets with leather accented sleeves are a big hit right now and I'm so happy that I can skip out on buying one after finding this perfect layering combination for the fall season! Don't you guys just love it when you find something you've hardly worn in your closet, had long debates on whether you should throw it out to make closet space but didn't and now you can pull it out again cause it's in trend?! Hoarding ftw haha!!! :D

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Leather Jacket - Sirens
Olive Green Vest - from Hong Kong
Basic Gray V-neck  - from Korea
Black Skinnies - Pac Sun
Red Crossbody Bag - Vintage
Sunglasses - Ardene
Gray Beanie - Forever 21
Watch - Diesel
Shoes - Toms (not featured)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Little Miss Classy

Since I have been able to successfully convince my wallet conscience to purchasing a high end foundation as an investment piece, I decided I might as well go up another notch. If I was able to fish out $55 at Sephora for NARS, I figured a Chanel foundation wouldn't be too ridiculously off the off I went to the Chanel counter and I was pleasantly surprised. I expected Chanel's Perfection Lumiere to cost a couple dollars more but it turns out to be the exact same amount as NARS Sheer Matte AND it comes with a really nice pump.

**will update the post with more pics later when i get the chance to snap a few demos (sorry guys, I've been too busy to cam whore LOL jk - Anyways, truth the time I get home there's no lighting to get good pictures. So bear with me! Sorry my lovelies <3)

Chanel Perfection Lumiere is suppose to come with SPF 10 but for some reason my bottle has a black sticker covering the imprint. I'm not sure if it's because it no longer provides SPF or if there's a mistake...? It's not a big deal for me but I just find that a bit odd. Anyways, moving on to the promises and claims:
Perfection Lumiere controls every detail of a perfect complexion. Its invisible yet perfect correction of all types of imperfections and it's "multi-faceted" radiance, colour, comfort and matte finish create a perfect complexion. Universal shades, an easy application, a light texture that glides on seamlessly, adjustable coverage: perfection has never been so simple.
Perfection Lumiere is also oil free and dermatologically tested. Longevity is claimed to last for 15hrs.

Texture & Finish: My colour is 30 Beige and it matches/blends into my skin perfectly. The foundation is light weight and has a creamy feel that quickly dries to a soft velvety powder texture. Perfection Lumiere has a matte yet natural looking finish which I am very pleased about (because my skin still looks like skin!). Usually matte foundations can make your face look dull and flat but this foundation still provides you a nice radiant look (not dewy).

Coverage: buildable from medium to full and evens out the skin tone very well.

Lasting Power: I'm also impressed by the lasting power of this foundation and how it looks by the end of the day. As time goes on, I find that my skin looks more and more natural and luminous. I'm happy that my face becomes luminous but not oily or greasy looking (*ahem* NARS Sheer Matte). However, after about 10 hrs or so without a primer, my forehead did get a little shiny and not just "luminous" anymore. But with a primer, this definitely lasts longer than 10 hours. Also, some people have said that they can go on the day without a setting powder, I think it's plausible but I still prefer setting it so it lasts as long as it potentially can.

Flaws: it has a tendency to accentuate dry spots without a moisturizing primer on my combination skin. So for those of you who have dry skin remember to moisturize or use a primer!

Final Verdict: Overall, If you're willing to pay the price for an investment I highly recommend this foundation. There's nearly nothing bad I can say about this product aside from the price and potential dryness effect. What I'm most impressed about with Perfection Lumiere is the finish and how well the foundation wears throughout the day. It's so hard to find a foundation that can give you good coverage without making you look like a fake cake paste (which is one of my biggest pet peeves and the reason why I don't like using foundation)!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Face It

Purchasing a new foundation has been on my "to-buy" list for the longest time but I never had the courage to splurge on one because I know it's not something I use everyday since my skin isn't very problematic (and also because I'm plain lazy and don't have time lol). I just wanted a new one for the special occasions and a good one that matches my skin tone well. So when I walked into Sephora and asked a MUA to recommend me a long lasting matte foundation with medium coverage she took me to the NARS section. Although Sheer Glow is the spotlight for many bloggers and youtube gurus I personally prefer a matte finish so I decided to go with Sheer Matte. As for MUF's Duo Mat powder, a few of my girl friends use this and recommended it to me so I decided to try it out.

Sheer Matte - The Claims:

What it is:
A soft, matte finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage.

What it does:
This Sheer Matte Foundation enhances, without masking, your overall natural complexion. The weightless formula absorbs oil and keeps skin shine free all day long. The complexion brightening properties improve skin brightness, radiance, and texture, leaving the complexion with a luminous, fresh finish.

What else you need to know:
Suitable for normal, normal-to-oily, oily, and very oily skins types. 

NARS Sheer Matte in Stromboli (Medium 3)

Having read the descriptions and a plethora of raves on the product I had high hopes for this foundation. Even if it isn't receiving as much love compared to the Sheer Glow, I thought this couldn't have been anywhere too far off from being good. I like how there is a really wide range of colours for pink, neutral and warm undertones and I am really happy that it matches my skin tone. It has medium coverage (the word "sheer" is a bit misleading as it is really just meant to describe the finish, not the coverage - so don't be fooled!) and makes my skin flawlessly natural without looking cakey or fake. Sheer Matte (and Sheer Glow) doesn't have SPF which makes it great for flash photography. In my opinion, this foundation isn't matte at all but instead it has a subtly dewy matte finish (in a good way) if that makes any sense (and from the reviews I have read/watched, the finish between Sheer Glow and Sheer Matte is relatively similar). But unfortunately, aside from the initial finish after fresh application I am disappointed and it sucks that this didn't work for me. My face was oily and greasy looking after 3 hours with a setting powder and I was at home not doing anything heavy duty at all. I have combination skin but I know for a fact that my skin does not misbehave so quickly like this and I didn't have a longevity problem with my previous drugstore foundation. I will be returning this foundation.

A Break Down:

The Pros
  • wide range of colors for different types of undertones ranging from light to dark
  • looks natural on the skin with medium coverage
  • buildable coverage to an extent - it will not cover all your pimples/acne flaws but it's no big deal as there is something called a concealer lol
  • blendable (some people have said that this foundation is thick and hard to blend but I personally don't have a problem with it so it may just be the method you used to apply the foundation)
The Cons
  • very expensive ($55 for 30 mL)
  • can be hard to pour out of the bottle because the foundation is a bit thick 
  • does not last long on the face, oily within a few hrs (if this wasn't the problem, I'd keep this product)
  • I honestly don't care or mind that it doesn't come with a pump because I dot the foundation with my fingers around my face....but for the insane amount of money I have paid for this foundation, I would expect nothing less than perfect packaging (if you want a pump, you have to buy it for $6 (shipping not included) off of the Nars website...what the hell NARS...what the hell)

Duo Mat - The Claims:

What it is:
A long-lasting, oil-free mattifying powder foundation for normal to combination skin types.

What it is formulated to do:
Provides a shine-free finish that covers blemishes and other imperfections and perfectly evens out the skintone.

Make Up For Ever Duo Mat in 203 Light Beige

I know that this is meant to be a powder foundation but I use this more as a setting powder for my concealer and foundation for an extra boost in coverage, mattifying properties and longevity. This is my first face powder that provides coverage, so I can't really give any comparisons or further insights but I do think this is a really good powder. It keeps my combination skin matte for most of the day and gives a good amount of coverage. As mentioned before, I currently have two pimples/zits on my face and this hides them fairly well with a few pats on the icky spot. I also like to use this to even out the redness around my nose. This is such an easy and fast product to use that I really do prefer this over concealer! It doesn't cover everything but for minor flaws this is great. The only thing to watch out for when using this product is that even though the coverage is buildable, a heavy hand will make your face look cakey and unattractive so you definitely need to apply sparingly.

A Break Down:

The Pros

  • good range of colours to match different skin tones
  • decent and buildable coverage
  • easy to use/apply
  • mattifying and lasts quite long on the face
  • good packaging - I like the magnetic closure and how it made the powder flipable to have the sponge underneath the product 
The Cons
  • although the powder is nice and finely milled, it can get the rims a bit powdery at times depending on how you dip your brush in it
  • can be cakey or powdery if you over apply (it is recommended to only use a maximum of 2 layers)
  • expensive ($38 - but because it is a good product, I guess the price can be justifiable-ish...maybe) 
  • wish it came with a bigger mirror

Btw, I want to apologize for the lack of posts but I've been having some major issues with class enrollment this semester so I've been stressfully and hectically running around school between advisors and profs for the last 2 weeks to get my butt into the classes I want and need. Although it has been solved, the new problem now is to catch up on all the stuff I have missed! UGH. Anyways, I hope you guys are having a good weekend and I'll get back to you guys asap cause I did some major retail therapy to treat myself LOL :3

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ready to Battle

It's officially back to school and I'm definitely dreading the mornings again. I'm having quite a heavy course load this semester and it's been a long time since I had class scheduled everyday of the week plus a lab to attend. I've got loads of stuff to carry around so....I decided to go shopping for a backpack! I haven't carried one since grade 8 or 9 lol and I found the perfect one at Spring for $40! Not too big, not too small, has enough pockets but not too many, good quality and most importantly fuzzy cute and goes with everything :D But shopping for this backpack came with many detours before I accomplished the mission. I'm sure a lot of you girls understand...buying and spending a shit load on other stuff unintentionally when you only wanted one thing. Yeap, story of my life. 

Cute sweaters from H&M that I couldn't resist! The white one is $29.95 and has a subtle high-low hemming finish at the bottom which I like a lot. The green jumper was only $17.95 so I couldn't say no to it either...however being really skin sensitive, the knit feels quite scratchy and uncomfortable so I haven't really decided if I should keep it or not. If I do, I'll have to wear long sleeves or something underneath. What do you guys think? Should I keep it?

I've been searching for a pair of reasonably priced or affordable black flats for the longest time. Since I have applied and am preparing for CO-OP I'm expecting to go to interviews quite a bit this semester, so a pair of cute basic black flats is a necessity for comfortable formality. I love the bows and it's only $17.80!

I've also been eyeing dainty earrings and studds lately so I made a spontaneous purchase while I was at the cashier. In fact, I finished paying for my flats and saw this pack of earrings sitting nicely in a bowl at the counter calling my name. I didn't want to be rude and not say hello so....the rest naturally became history LOL. I would also like to give myself an excuse and blame my dear pinky, shopping with so bad. Everything automatically becomes an easy must-have HAHAHA <3 Just kidding, I know I have a problem lol. XD