Kerstin Florian Makeup Product Swatches & Review

Kerstin Florian Luminizing CC Cream

To see the list of other foundation shades I usually wear, please visit this link:

https://luvsummeikup.com/2017/05/12/list-of-my-foundation-shades/

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 • Enhances Tone & Clarity • Reduces Redness & Pigmentation • 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 • Minimizes Lines & Wrinkles • Attracts & Maintains Moisture • 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 • Minimizes Fine Lines • Reduces Dark Circles • 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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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.

Play! By Sephora, December 2016

Play! By Sephora, December 2016

Sorry for the late post as I was away when this package came and I have been extremely busy catching up my work after the holidays. So the December Play! Box theme was The Partygoer. The box includes 5 deluxe sized products, 1 bonus fragrance sample and the 50 extra beauty insider points card.

ig Although these are nice products, I wasn’t impressed with the selection because I feel like I have received some of these in my box before. The followings will be the close-up photos of the products.

DryBar Detox Dry Shampoo – which is my favorite out of the 5; it really keeps my hair cleaned and adds tons of volume. I had a full size and I brought it with me to my Spain trip last month. It does give a white cast when first sprays on; what I do is to spray and wait for a good 2min, then rub it into my roots and brush them out (the white cast will disappear).

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My second favorite in this box is the Urband Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray – Again, I have a full size at home and I use it every time I wear face makeup. It’s weightless and keeps my makeup looking fresh and stay in place for the day.

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Then we have my old favorite mascara – Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara. I used to only use this then got sidetrack with all other new products in the market. It does give tons of volume to my lashes with two coats and stay looking nice all day.

lancomeAnd we have the Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer; I tried this primer before and think it was just ok, didn’t do much to my makeup in my opinon. I decided to buy the Yellow base primer instead since that one cancels out my mild redness on my cheek.

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Then we have the famous Cream Lip Stain in Always Red by Sephora Collection; I just wish this was a full sized being it’s Christmas and it’s their own brand.

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Lastly, we have the fragrance sample that I never really cared for much; I usually save them and give them all to a friend of mine. Here, we have Elizabeth and James’ Nirvana Rose.

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Thank you everyone for stopping by my blog! Hope you all had amazing holiday fun with friends and family! I look forward for more excited things in 2017! Image result for #sandiethecorgi

Play! By Sephora, November 2016

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I know everyone’s been saying this but – where did the time go?! It flew by way too quickly and it’s already Christmas before we know it.

Anyway, so I received my November Play! Box right before we take off for the long weekend, which is perfect! I can see that I will be actually using some of the products in this box and they are good for short road trips.

This month’s box came with:

Cover FX Illuminating Primer, Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet, Laura Mericer Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rose Gold, Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel in Pin Up Pink, Maison Margiela ‘Replica’ By The Fireplace, and GlamGlow GravityMud Firming Treatment.

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My favorite in this box that I already know I would enjoy is the GlamGlow GravityMud; I already have a full size at home that I use once a week. It’s once of those peel off masks that you peel off after 20-30min; it has definitely toned my skin after just a few uses.

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One of the product that I haven’t tried but I would want to try out is the Cover FX Illuminating Primer; although, the one that I really want is the green one, but this is a good one to test out the texture of their primers.

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The Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet was also on my list to try out; I have been looking for a moisturizing cream in a tube as part of my skincare routine because I try to avoid any skincare that’s in a jar. Will need to see if this sorbet provides enough hydration as it claims; I will report back on this shortly!

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Now, I don’t care for this Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel too much; I have a full size. I used it once and never picked it up again. Perhaps I am not a lip gloss person to begin with; this particular formula seems a bit too greasy for me.  It does give you a ton of shine though; hence, if you are a big fan of shine lips then you might love this.

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Lastly, we have the sample size perfume which I don’t care for. Here is the close-up of the Replica By The Fireplace.

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Alright! That’s this month’s Play! Box. Hope you enjoy this post! Until next time, please take care and have a safe and awesome Thanksgiving weekend with your friends and family! Image result for corgi smile

Play! By Sephora, October 2016

Play! By Sephora, October 2016

Sorry for posting this so late, I’ve been extremely busy with work. Here is the October Play! Box, which you can also see on my Instagram page.

This month’s box came with Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat, Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask, Skin Inc Pure Revival Peel, Blinc Mascara Amplified, Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb, and YSL Mon Paris.

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Here is the close-up of the Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat:

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Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask:

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Skin Inc Pure Revival Peel:

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Blinc Mascara Amplified:

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Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb:

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And lastly, YSL Mon Paris:

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My favorite from this box is the SmashBox liquid lipstick; it’s very long lasting but feel comfortable on the lips. It transfers a little bit but I don’t mind it since it’s so smooth and comfortable. The color Driver’s Seat is perfect for the winter.

Hope everyone’s enjoying this beautiful fall! Image result for corgi pup