Kerstin Florian Makeup Product Swatches & Review

Kerstin Florian Luminizing CC Cream

Let me start off with the Luminizing CC Cream; it comes with 3 shades: Porcelain, Natural Beige, and Sand. Each tube comes with 1.7 fl oz of product, and it’s $46.00USD each. On Kerstin Florian’s website, it described as Lightweight, hydrating color corrector imparts a smooth, radiant, even-toned complexion. Plus these benefits to finish what your skincare starts ‚ÄĘ Enhances Tone & Clarity ‚ÄĘ Reduces Redness & Pigmentation ‚ÄĘ Refines Texture. Here are the shade comparison:

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The top swatch is the MAC Studio Fix in shade NC15, which is my perfect shade. The Porcelain is a shade and a half too light for me; and the Natural Beige is about half a shade darker than my skin tone. However, since it’s a CC Cream and has sheer to light coverage, it looks fine after I blend it out. I apply two layers with my BeautyBlender for a sheer light coverage, just to cancel out my redness when I run errands during the weekend. I find this CC Cream does not really set; if I do not set it with a powder, it will transfer even after 2 hours of wear. It can add slightly more coverage if I apply it with a brush; however, it tends to slide around and leave brush marks when I apply with a brush. It does not last long, I would say up to 3 hours max if I set it with powder; however, it fades nicely on my skin, so I do not mind wearing it for errands. For everyday work, I would want at least medium coverage; so I use this as a primer to give my skin a healthy luminous base before applying foundation.

Kerstin Florian Skin Renewing Foundation

The Skin Renewing Foundation comes with 3 shades: Warm Beige, Vanilla, and Tawny. Each tube comes with 1.0 fl oz of product, and cost $48.00USD each.¬†On Kerstin Florian’s website, it described as¬†Long-wearing, soft-focus foundation provides smooth, buildable, skin-healthy coverage. PLUS these benefits to finish what your skincare starts ‚ÄĘ Minimizes Lines & Wrinkles ‚ÄĘ Attracts & Maintains Moisture ‚ÄĘ Boosts Firmness & Elasticity.¬†Here are the shade comparison:

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Again, the top swatch is the MAC Studio Fix in shade NC15; the lightest shade Vanilla is a shade too dark for me. However, after using a lighter shade powder, it can make it work. Same as the CC Cream, I like to apply this with my BeautyBlender; it gives a more skin-like natural look. This foundation gives a light to light-medium coverage when applying with my BeautyBlender. It can be a full-medium coverage if I apply with a brush and two layers. However, it tends to separate around my nose and forehead when I apply with a brush, right around the 3-4 hour marks. So what I have been doing is to apply the CC Cream as a primer using the BeautyBlender, then apply the Foundation using the same Blender, and set it with a powder for everyday look. It will cover my redness and even out my skin tone; this method lasts 5-6 hours without separation. But it does start to separate after 6 hours of wear; not too noticeable though, unless I look super close to the mirror. And, for days when I need even more coverage, I would apply their concealer; which I will talk about next.

Kerstin Florian Brightening Concealer

Their¬†Brightening Concealer comes with 3 shades: Ivory, Beige, and Honey. It comes with 0.3 fl oz of product, and it’s $28.00USD each.¬†On Kerstin Florian’s website, it described as¬†Luminous age-defying concealer offers buildable coverage and lasting wear without settling or dehydrating. PLUS these benefits to finish what your skincare starts ‚ÄĘ Minimizes Fine Lines ‚ÄĘ Reduces Dark Circles ‚ÄĘ Combats Puffiness.¬†Here are the shade comparison:

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Comparing to the¬†MAC Studio Fix in shade NC15 on top, the lightest shade Ivory is about the same (if it’s not darker), so I cannot use it for brightening my under eye areas.¬† However, I can use it as all over face Concealer to cover redness and mild blemishes. I find it’s the best to apply with BeautyBlender as well; I tried blending it out using my concealer brush, but it gave intense brush marks on my skin. I do like the formula of this concealer though; it’s very creamy and hydrating. Just wish they would come out with lighter shade options, so that I can use it for my under eye areas.

I have been using these 3 products for the last few weeks; so far I’m enjoying it. They did not break me out, and they keep my normal but dehydrated skin hydrated all day.

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L’Oreal RevitaLift Intensive Moisturizer Review

Thanks to¬†@lorealusa¬†@LOREALSKIN¬†for sending me this L’Oreal RevitaLift Intensive Moisturizer, Triple Powder Intensive Anti-aging Day Cream to try out. This is a triple power intensive anti-aging day cream Moisturizer that claims to improve our skin in just 14 days. The #RevitaLiftChallenge claims to hydrate the skin and ¬†improve skim texture in 1 week, then reduce wrinkles and firming the skin in 2 weeks; it’s recommended to use day and night for 14 days after cleansing and use sunscreen during the day.

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I had been using this as instructed and completed the 14 days challenge. I used it after cleansing and toning during the day, followed up with SPF50; then at night, I used it after makeup removal, cleansing, and toning. I did not use any other skincare products because I wanted to make sure that I see the result only this cream gives. Unfortunately, I did not see result in improving my pores nor skin texture, I don’t have wrinkles yet so I can’t say if it in fact improves wrinkles. As far as firming and appearance go, I did not see big difference in firming, but it did soften my skin overnight. And, it did hydrate my skin and kept it moisturized the entire night and day; perhaps I need to continue using it longer to see greater result. You only need a tiny bit for entire face, using too much might cause break-outs because it can get very heavy. It has Parfum/Fragrance as one of the ingredients, but it’s very light as it appears at the end of the list; it did not cause any allergic reaction to my skin, I also like the fresh smell of the cream. However, if you’re sensitive to Parfum/Fragrance, you might want to avoid this. I recommend this for Dry Skin Type; so far for me, it’s a nice moisturized cream for my Normal to Combo skin, when using it with thin layer.

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Here is the ingredient list for your reference:

 

Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Isostearate, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Propylene Glycol Nylon-12, Octyldodecanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, C13-14 Isoparaffin, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitic Acid, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Capryloyl Salicylic Aid, Laureth-7, Polyacrylamide, Polyethylene, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, CI 15985/Yellow 6, CI 19140/Yellow 5, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Linalool, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Citronellol, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance.

Play! By @sephora , May 2017

Play! By @sephora , May 2017

So, as I mentioned previously that I canceled my subscription earlier this month, because I haven’t been impressed with their selections. This is my last box, at first I wasn’t sure if I’ve made the right decision, but now I am confident that I did the right thing. This box literally came on May 30th; since I’m busy at work doing month-end, I don’t think I will have the time to use the bonus point card. They actually sent me a shipment notification email 2 weeks ago, but¬†the tracking never been updated. I had to call the¬†shipping carrier and ask, they advised that @sephora never dropped off my package. So I contacted¬†@sephora and they immediately sent out this “replacement” by 2-Day shipping.¬†


This month’s box came with Grande Lips Lip Plumper in Clear, @trestique Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick in Maldives Luminescent, @tataharperskincare Resurfacing Mask, @christopherobinparis Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt, @milkmakeup Blur Stick, @nestfragrances Black Tulip. I am liking the clear cosmetic pouch though, it’s convenient to use because I can see what I have and it seems like it’s waterproof; I usually use all transparent and waterproof makeup bags when I go travel. As for the rest of the items, I might want to give the Milk’s Blur Stick a try since it was all over the internet. The rest… I’ll give them to someone who would enjoy more than me.

Below are the photos of the products:

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Have a great one lovelies! Thank you for stopping by my blog! 

Pur Cosmetics Product Reviews @purcosmetics

Pur Cosmetics Products Review

Pur Cosmetics sent me some of their newest products for me to try out a couple of weeks ago. I have been using them ever since, thought now it’s the time to give my in-depth reviews.

Pur Bare It All 12-Hour 4-In-1 Skin-Perfecting Foundation

Let me start with the Bare It All¬†12-Hour 4-In-1 Skin-Perfecting Foundation. It comes with 10 shades total; below are the swatches for the 9 shades, which I got from Pur’s website. I was not able to find a swatch for the shade Dark, so I had to use the image the of the product instead:¬†

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I wear MAC’s Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundations in NC20-25; I have pink undertone for my face and light yellow for the rest of my¬†body. And, my face is naturally 1 shade lighter than my neck, so looking for a “perfect” match has been quite difficult for me. The Bare It All foundation shade¬†Porcelain is too light for me and Light is a hair too dark, so I have to mix both¬†Porcelain and Light (1:1) to get my somewhat perfect shade.

Below, you can see the swatches in natural day light. I included the swatch of Pur’s Hydrafluid Water Serum Foundation in shade Light, which I will talk about in a minute:

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I like how the Bare It All¬†12-Hour 4-In-1 Skin-Perfecting Foundation provides semi-Matte finish; it provides light to medium coverage, I can still see my redness with 1 layer but it covers them with 2 layers. I have Normal skin type, so most of the foundations should¬†work on my skin. For this foundation though, I do need to well moisturize my skin and use a primer before applying; because when I wore¬†this alone over just my sunscreen, ¬†it emphasized my pores and laugh lines a little bit. If I don’t set this with a powder, it will last about 4 hours before I had the need to powder or blog my T-Zone area. If I set it with a powder right after application, it will last about 6 hours before it started looking a bit greasey on my nose; but it’s really mild and can definitely let it be without touch-ups for the entire work day. I like how it¬†has skin care ingredients to help improving our skin overtime. And, it’s also cruelty, gluten, paraben free.

It does not oxidase on my skin. As you can see from the image below, no.1 in was after it’s been set for about 10min, and no.2 was freshly swatched (shade Light):

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And below is the shade Light with MAC’s Pro Longwear NC25, in comparison, shade Light appears to have neutral undertone:

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Pur Hydrafluid Water Serum Foundation

The Hydrafluid Water Serum Foundation claims to deliver Swiss Alps-sourced mineral water that goes deep into the skin to hydrate for lasting radiance. HydraFluid’s lightweight formula satisfies the desire for dewy, breathable, luminous-looking skin and a bare-looking but perfect complexion. This foundation only comes with 5 shades, the shade Light is the lightest shade that they offer:

Hydrafluid Water Serum Foundation

The shade Light is currently half a shade dark on my NC25 skin tone. And as you can see from the swatches below, the shade Light (far left) has neutral undertone compare to MAC’s NC25 (far right). Since my face has pink undertone, I always tend to go with foundations that provide yellow undertone to cancel out the mild redness. I have to use a lighter powder to set my face when using this foundation, or else it will look¬†greasey after just a couple of hours; plus, using a lighter powder helps lighten up the shade a little bit to match better. I don’t think it is considered a Foundation as it doesn’t cover my mild redness, and it’s not build-able; I would consider this as BB/CC cream. The Foundation does fade on me at around 4-hour mark, but it fades nicely and doesn’t leave werid patches. ¬†I do like to use this during a weekend when I just need to go out for a few hours (I always need to set it with a lighter powder though), it evens out my skin tone and blurs out my pores.

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Note: For the List of my other Foundation Shades, please click¬†here¬†ūüôā

Pur On Point Lip Liners

Prime and line your pout with these lip perfecting liners. On Point glides on easily and locks lip color into place to prevent color from bleeding and feathering. The long-wear formula contains a plumping peptide that improves the appearance of lips for the look of a fuller, smoother pout. It has total of 10 shades:

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They sent me all 6 shades; the shades from left to right above are: See Thru (I did swatch¬†it, but since it’s clear so it’s not showing up lol), Low Key, Teddy, Tutu, Power Trip, and Vamp. These liners are so creamy and pigmented, they did prevent my lipsticks from bleeding; when I used the liners alone by filling the lips, they last at least 4 hours on me without fading. The cool thing is they sharpen itself when twisting it in its cap; however, I also feel like it also¬†wastes quite a lot of products by doing this every time I use them.

Pur Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks

They sent me 7 out of 10 shades of their Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks. I’m a huge fan of liquid lipsticks so I was extremely¬†exciting to receive¬†these in the mail. I have the shades Obsessed, Oh Bae, FBF, Innocent, Ever After, Addition, Dutty Wine:

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These Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks provide high-pigmented lip colors in mousse-like texture, they glide on my lips so easily and smoothly, rich and creamy. They dry down to a Matte finish without over-drying my lips; it did take a good 2 minutes before they’re completely dried down though. Once they’re dried, they stayed on my lips for up to 6 hours without fading; unless I eat some greasy/oily food. Here’s the swatches of the remaining shades:

Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick Pur Chrome Glaze High-Shine Lip Gloss

This lightweight, highly pigmented lip color utilizes gel technology to coat lips in vivid color and intense shine. The chrome-like gloss provides pigment without traveling or fading. They sent me all 6 shades: DIY, Smarty Pants, Squad, Heart Breaker, Arm Candy, and Rebel.

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I am usually not a fan of lip glosses, but I don’t mind wearing these ones. Pur’s glosses provide high pigments and they are not sticky on the lips. It feels so lightweight and comfortable on. It does give intense shine, which sometimes I don’t prefer; what I do is to lightly blot off the excess with a tissue, it takes away the shine but leave a nice¬†sheen. By doing this, the color lasts for a good 4 hours on mu lips without fading; I usually reapply after having lunch.¬†

That’s all the products that I have been testing out for Pur Cosmetics. Huge thanks to Pur for sending me these awesome products, I’m glad that I had the chance to try them out. Thanks everyone for stopping by my blog! Have an awesome week!¬†

LuvSumMeiKup: List of my Foundation Shades

Skin tone: My face has neutral undertone while my neck and the rest of the body has light yellow. My face is also naturally one (1) shade lighter than my neck. I tend to pick the shade that has yellow/golden undertone that’s closest to my skin tone, so it matches the rest of my body. But if the¬†yellow/golden is too light, I would pick the closet neutral shade, which usually works as well.

I wear MAC Cosmetics’ MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in shade NC15. It’s my perfect shade when it’s freshly swatched, but it turns slightly darker when it’s dried.

List of my Foundation Shades:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation: Ivory
Bareminerals barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20: Warm Light 07 & Golden Ivory 08 (mixed ratio 1:1)
BECCA Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation: Sand
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick: Warm Ivory 1
Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation: Light Beige 010
Covergirl COVERGIRL Healthy Elixir Liquid Foundation: Ivory
Covergirl TruBlend Matte Made Liquid Foundation: L30 Golden Ivory
Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation SPF35: 015 Tender Beige
Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation: 015 Tender Beige
Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup For Face and Body SPF 15: 2N1 Desert Beige
Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup SPF30: 1N2 ECRU
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup: 1W1 Bond
Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25: 1W2 Sand
Exuviance Skin Caring Foundation SPF 20: Warm Beige
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation: 150
Flower Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation: L1 Porcelain
GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY Luminous Silk Foundation: 4
GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY Power Fabric Longwear High Cover Foundation SPF25: 3
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free: Porcelain
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick: Linen
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50+: Fair & Light (mixed ratio 1:1)
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+Cream with SPF50: Fair & Light (mixed ratio 1:1)
La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20: 03 Crème
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Liquid 24H Longwear Foundation SPF15: 140 Ivorie (N)
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Cushion Foundation SPF 50: 140 Ivoire N
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Foundation Stick SPF 21: 140 Ivoire N
Laura Mericer Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation: 1W1 Ivory
Loreal Infallible Longwear Shaping Stick Foundation: 130 Vanilla
MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation: NC20 & NC25  (mixed ratio 1:1)
MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation SPF15: NC15
MAC Waterweight Foundation SPF30: NC25
Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation: 117 = Y225 – Marble
Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation: F6
Milani CONCEAL + PERFECT 2-IN-1 FOUNDATION: 00B Light
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation: Fiji
NYX Total Control Drop Foundation: Light
Stella Limitless Foundation: S01
Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Long Wear Foundation: 150
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15: Fair-Light Neutral
Tarte Clay Stick Foundation: Fair-Light Neutral
Tarte Water Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15: Fair-Light Sand
Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick: 2.5 Linen
Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15: 2.5 Linen
Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation & Concealer: 2.5 Linen
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation: Ivory
Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation: Almond
Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation: 2.0
YSL All Hours Longwear Natural Matte Foundation: BD20 Warm Ivory

This is the List of my current shades for the foundations that I have tried so far. I will keep adding new shades as I try out new products; please check back later for more.

Play! By Sephora, April 2017

Play! By Sephora, April 2017

This month’s theme is Step It Up and it contains mostly skincare products. And again, I am not impressed with the selections. I will ¬†be canceling my subscriptions next month; I do want to get May’s box since it’s my birthday month, so hopefully I will get something nice before cancellation. Plus, I never used the 50 extra bonus points card because I never had time going into stores; hence, it’s not useful to me, personally.

Here’s a photo of the box. I will not posting close-up this month since most of the skincare products appear white or translucent; and, I will be giving this entire box to my friend, hopefully she will enjoy it more than I do:

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And, here’s what they claim to do:

1. Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic  Cloud Cream

Lightweight moisturizer with airy formula delivers a burst of hydration with three different types of hyaluronic acid.

2. Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Clinical-strength exfoliator that gently polishes skin with natural fruit enzymes to reveal a glowing complexion.

3. Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer

This iconic primer creates the perfect canvas for makeup application while leaving skin soft and silky-smooth.

4. Makeup Forever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner

Beloved by makeup professionals, this creamy, budge-proof eyeliner glides on easily and leaves an intense, jet-black color.

5. Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

A gentle, go-to waterproof makeup remover perfect for sensitive eyes and enriched with lash-strengthening vitamins and extracts.

6. Marc Jacobs Daisy

A playful, free-spirited, floral scent featuring a sparkling bouquet of wild strawberries, violet and jasmine.

 

Alright lovelies! Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend and I will be back with a in-depth reviews on all new Pur Cosmetics products that I’ve received from them last week.

If you would like to see what I got, please head over to my Instagram Page ~!!! 

 

 

 

 

BECCA First Light Filter Face Primer, Soft Light Blurring Setting Powder, Soft Kabuki Brush

Reviews on BECCA First Light Filter Face Primer, Soft Light Blurring Setting Powder, Soft Kabuki Brush

Thanks to BECCA and Influenster for sending these amazing products for me to test out. Especially the Filter Primer, it was already on my Shopping List before they sent it to me. They also sent me the Soft Light Blurring Powder and its matching Soft Kabuki Brush. 

 

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Let me start with the First Light Filter Face Primer since it was the most exciting item to me. I used this immediately after I received it and I have been using it everyday since then. I currently have normal to dry skin at the moment; this primer gives my skin a very nice sheen and a smooth surface before foundations. It blurs out my pores and hydrates my skin. I tend to use matte finish foundations a lot; after applying the foundations, I have a healthy glow and natural skin look because of this primer. I absolutely love this primer and I can now stay glowy the entire day!

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Now onto the Soft Light Blurring Setting Powder and its matching Soft Kabuki Brush.¬†The Soft Light Blurring Setting Powder is not completely translucent, as you can see from the photo below. It does definitely set my makeup nicely and acts as a veil to blur my pores. It also gives my skin a natural and pore-less finish. This setting powder is infused with ceramic microspheres and it creates an even complexion. It has a light tint to it but doesn’t interact with my foundation colors and it’s an universally shade. I realized whenever I used this to set my makeup, my makeup last all day without being greasy. I usually get somewhat oily on my T-zoom towards the end of the day, but it doesn’t give me that when I wear this. It’s amazing!

The Soft Kabuki Brush on the other hand, is an ultra-soft, synthetic fiber kabuki brush that‚Äôs designed to provide full, flawless coverage. It’s also suppose to use for setting the face and for contouring, it will ensure seamless makeup application. However, I don’t find it working for contouring because of how soft the bristles are, plus the round top just doesn’t seem to work as a contour brush (to me). I tried using it on pressed powder and it doesn’t pick up the powder easily. I would recommend only using this for loose setting powders.

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Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope you’re enjoying your week and will see you next time. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram Page¬†for daily hauls and reviews. ¬†