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 shade is too light/dark or unavailable, 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
Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation: 150G Crème Brulée
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)
Jouer Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation: Linen
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation: 113
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
Loreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation: 201 Classic Ivory & 205 Natural Beige  (mixed ratio 1.5:1)
Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation: 101 Classic Ivory & 105 Natural Beige  (mixed ratio 1.5:1)
Loreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation: 301 Classic Ivory & 305 Natural Beige  (mixed ratio 1.5:1)
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 Forever Ultra HD Stick 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
YSL All Hours Stick 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’s 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.  

Play! by Sephora, March 2017

Play! by Sephora, March 2017

March’s theme is The Gleam Team, the perfect way to glow. It includes glowing primer and highlighter; also includes an unimpressed white cloth bag.

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First item is the Glam Glow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow; it claims to hydrate, blur and enhances a lit-from-within complexion finish. I used it as my primer before foundation, it did provide a luminous look and kept my skin looking hydrated; however, I am not a big fan of the smell, it has a very strong sweet candy smell that doesn’t go away as quickly as I hope it would. Also, it doesn’t keep my foundation last, it actually made my normal skin looked quite oil after a few hours wear. Perhaps it’s good for people with dry skin or a night out that doesn’t need to last the entire day.

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Then we have Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter; it claims to offer a luminous, soft-focus sheen with cream-to-powder formula. Personally, I do not see the “powder” finish in this; it does provide a very nice sheen and I used it to highlight my cheek bones and the bridge of my nose after foundation and before powder. The shade reminds me of Champagne Pop from Becca.

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The Surreal Deal by Josie Maran; it’s a surreal skin argan finishing balm that skim luminous primer that provides all over glow to the skin. I don’t have a swatch photo here because you can’t even see the swatch. When I first put it on, there was a slight sheen; however, the sheen quickly disappeared after blending out. It gave a soft and matte finish to the skin, no smell (which I like), and it blur out my pores. I do like to use this as my face primer, it made my foundation goes on a lot smoother.

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Next’s up, Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink; it’s a super-cream, waterproof eyeshadow stick. This is a second one I received from Play box, in different shade. Unfortunately, I am not a fan. It doesn’t last that long on my eyelids, it creases after about 4hrs of wear and I don’t believe I have oily eyelids.

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Then we have the Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast; it’s a weightless spray that delivers long lasting volume and adds texture to the hair. Now, I am a huge fan of Living Proof products! My favorite from them is the Dry Shampoo, I always have to have 3 bottles at home. This Full Dry Volume Blast does make my hair looks noticeably fuller; I just spray them on my roots, in sections, then use my fingers to distribute the products evenly.

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Lastly, the bonus fragrance sample – Chloe Fleur de Parfum. It’s a floral fragrance that has the notes of lemon and white cedar essence, rose, and cherry blossom.

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Play! By Sephora, February 2017

Play! By Sephora, February 2017 – The Soft Side

Sorry for the delay in posting February’s box, it’s been extremely busy at work the past month. This box’s theme is The Soft Side, stellar products are only the beginning. I like how they include a silky bag this time to go with the Soft theme. I would say this box provides semi-decent products, there are some lip products that I wanted to try out for a while.

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Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake. It’s a lightly tinted gloss that’s made with botanical-infused formula for plumping lips instantly; will also hydrate and soften the lips over time. I always wonder how well these work and boy the tingling sensation is strong! While I don’t mind the tingling part, the gloss did not plump my lips or hydrate and soften my lips. I was a little disappointed, but I guess I saved myself purchasing a full-size.

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Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Bound. It’s a semi-matte finish liquid lipstick that’s supposed to stay on all day. I like Nars Velvet Lip Glides, I have a few full sized ones at home, it’s nice to try out an additional shade; Bound is a very pretty nude pink. I won’t say it stays on all day though, unless you don’t plan on eating anything all day. I often find myself reapplying after eating light lunch (salad); if I don’t, the color will fade away. It does wear very comfortably on the lips, it will last as long as I drink my coffee/tea out of a straw and not eating.

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Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream. It’s depuffing eye cream that’s infused with coffee beans, gingseng, and magnolia extract. I used to use this eye cream during the day a few years ago and I remember myself enjoying it, it did hydrate my under eyes and brighten them up underneath makeup. Not too sure about the depuffing part because fortunately, I don’t get puffy eyes. It’s nice to have this deluxe sized for travel.

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Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer. It’s a oil free moisturizer and primer in one; supposedly to blur imperfections and provide all day hydration. To be honest, I haven’t had nice surprises trying out Clinique’s products. Their acne line worsen my skin condition so badly back in college and I spent a year on prescription skincare before my skin went back to normal; I’m afraid to try out their products since then. So I might give this to my colleague and see if she likes it, I will report back.

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Sephora Collection Lashcraft Length & Volume Mascara in Jet-Black. It’s a volumizing mascara that also lengthen and lift lashes. I personally prefer water-proof mascaras, so this one will be added to the friends & family gift box.

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Lastly, the bonus fragrance sample. This month is the Marc Jacobs’ Divine Decadence perfume; description says it’s a effervescent, floral, and bright; top notes are champagne extract, orange blossom, and bergamot. I have a full-sized at home and I love it. This is added to the fragrance sample box that I give away to my friends once a while.

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Alrightly, that’s a wrap! Hope you enjoy your Play! boxes. I am still deciding if I should cancel my subscription, I just don’t find myself liking most of the products they select. I will probably wait till after I get my May box since that’s my birthday month. Happy Tuesday lovely! Don’t forget to check my Instagram for more updated posts!  ^.^

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Play! By Sephora, January 2017

Play! By Sephora, January 2017

This month’s theme is “Sweat is just another way to Glow”. It includes products from skincare, to makeup, to hair care. While it does include variety of products, I am still not impressed with their selections. I even start to question myself if I want to discontinue this subscription services. First of all, this month’s bag is made out of cheap plastic and it just doesn’t seem very “Sephora” to me (hope someone knows what I mean lol); I prefer their silky bags over the plastic. img_9622

Here is the first close-up photo, and it’s the only product that I am interested in testing out. The AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF50+. I am a big fan of their skin care products; while I have tried so many, I never tried their cushion foundations and have been wanting to. Hence, I am pleased to see this in the box; it seems like the shade 104 would be a good match as well. I will report back to let you know how I like it. img_9650

Now on to the Tarte Frxxxtion Stick. This is my second and last favorite product in this month’s box; I already own a full sized and use it regularly. It’s a exfoliating gel cleanser in a stick form; it’s twist-up cleansing gel that gives nice foam to gently cleanse my skin. It’s very convenience for traveling; now I even have a travel-sized = perfect!

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Then, we have the Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. I feel like every subscription box likes to include this product, as well as sample packs that Sephora gives out from time to time. I have a few of them and really don’t need another; plus, they are not as moisturizing as my other sheer lip balm/stick. I will be giving them out to my colleagues instead.

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Then, we have the Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask. It’s a honey-based warming gel mask that turns into a decadent cream to hydrate and brighten the skin. While this might be a nice mask, the portion is not enough to test out, probably only one time use. The samples that we get from the Sephora retail stores are even bigger than this.

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The Quai Treatment Masque. It claims that it will restore damaged hair and leaves strands feeling, smooth and soft. I think it’s a OK mask, I was not impressed with the result; it was not as moisturizing as my new favorite Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask (please click to see more in-depth review). And it has an overwhelming flowery fragrance scent to it; I usually don’t  mind the scent if it’s light and refreshing, but this one I can’t really bare. If scent doesn’t bother you much, this might be a good mask to use; but you might want to use 3x a week to keep your hair moisturized.

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And lastly, the bonus fragrance sample that I gather and give out. This month is the Tory Burch’s Love Relentlessly. The feature notes are pink pepper, orris and patchouli.

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That’s all everyone; hope you enjoy my thoughts on this month’s box. Please keep in mind that I am not only writing about the products, I am also commenting the box as a whole. What’s your favorite product in the box? c9d00-11259729_496990953786891_1154764702_n

 

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask

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I received this mask about 6 weeks ago from Briogeo and have been using it since. It is an intensive weekly treatment to restore essential hydration and enhance hair’s resilience and strength. It is formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates, also free of silicones, DEA, and artificial dyes. It is color-safe, which is good for my hair because I dye my hair to cover the greys regularly; this does conditions my hair nicely every time after I use it. I use it just about once a week and I wash my hair 2-3 times a week.

They suggest to apply the mask and leave on for five to ten minutes after shampooing, then rinse. That’s what I do on a regular basics; however, when I dye my hair, I like to leave it on for 30 minutes, with my hair wrapped in a towel for extra hydration. Sometimes when I feel like my hair is damaged from the sun after a vacation trip, I would use this mask in place of my hair conditioner for a week, the vitamin B, rosehip oil, argan oil, and collagen will transform my damaged hair back to healthy-looking hair.

I would highly recommend getting this mask, it totally beats all of my other hair masks.