Koh Gen Do, Skincare infused makeup product reviews & swatches

Huge thanks to the wonderful team at Koh Gen Do, I was able to test these skincare infused makeup products. They sent over their famous Aqua Foundations, along with their Pressed Powder, Moisture Fit Concealer, and Makeup Color Base.

main pic

The Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation has a total of 10 shades (see below shade swatches from their website). According to their website, The coveted Aqua Foundation, known for giving skin the same youthful glow you experience right after a facial, is redesigned for increased coverage, radiance, hydration and longevity. Formulated with signature Gloss Film Powder, the light-diffusing minerals brighten and minimize pores, while resisting sweat and oiliness. This breathable serum foundation contains weightless skin-conditioning emollients that improve the hydration and health of skin for a flawless and comfortable complexion all day.

koh gen do

They sent me two shades, 013 and 113. The shade 013 appears a little too pink for my yellow/warm skin tone. The shade 113, which is their lightest warm shade, seems to be a good match for my MAC’s NC15 skin tone. Below, you can see my arm swatches comparing to the MAC’s NC25 and NC15. I have mostly normal skin, sometimes dehydrated if I don’t consume enough water.

foundation swatch

For your reference, I have listed all of my other foundation shades here:

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

The first day, I applied with a Kabuki foundation brush, it gave me a medium coverage with 2 layers of applications. I used the Makeup Color Base primer they sent me; it’s in the shade Lavender Pink. As you can see from below photo that I pulled up from their website, they have 3 other shades, which are Green, Yellow, and Pearl White. It might have been a better shade if they have sent me the yellow instead, because the Lavender Pink appeared to be too pink for me, and it made my skin tone half a shade to a shade paler. However, it did give my skin a smooth canvas; the foundation went on smoothly and gave a nice natural finish. I also set with the Pressed Powder; it’s the only shade available. primer swatch

The powder is too white for me (below, you can see the swatches for the powder), it made a shade lighter than it is; with the Lavender Pink base, I was almost 2 shades lighter. However, the powder sets the foundation pretty well; it gave me a matte finish, and the bronzer and highlighter went on smoothly. If I have the right Color Base shade, I think I would like this combination, because it lasted a good 7 hours. At the 8 hour mark, the makeup still looked fresh; I didn’t see any creasing or separation, not greasy either.

powder 1powder 2

On the second day, I applied with a round top Kabuki foundation brush again, this time I used the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, and then used the Hourglass Ambient® Lighting Powder in Diffuse Light to set. This combination made my skin look dewy, and it slightly enhanced my pores around my nose. The foundation itself provided light to (buildable) medium coverage; it covered the redness on my cheeks but not my pimples. The bronzer and highlighter went on smoothly. I actually quite liked the natural look it gave me; it didn’t exaggerate pores, but didn’t diminish either. At the 5 hour mark though, the center of my face became a little greasy, as well as some separations around my nose, and the foundation came off my chin a little bit too. Hence, this wasn’t my favorite combination.

 

On the third day, I used a BeautyBlender to apply. This time I used the SmashBox Photo Finish Primerizer; it only gave a light medium coverage with 2 layers of applications. I set my face with BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder; the bronzer and highlighter also went on smoothly. It gave my skin an extra smooth complexion, and a natural finish. My pores looked the smoothest with this combination; even my nose looked pore less. My skin still looked very fresh even after 8 hours of wear; no dry patches, no creasing, no greasiness. This is by far the best combination.

 

I also tried to wear this foundation with no primer and no powder. It gave me a light medium coverage with BeautyBlender, and medium coverage with a Kabuki foundation brush (2 layers). They both provided with natural finish; a little bit dewier using the BeautyBlender. I waited about 5 minutes before putting on bronzer and highlight; surprisingly, although it felt tacky, they blended on top of the foundation nicely. After 4 hours of wear, my skin became a little bit oily, especially around my nose area; however, there was no separation and still looked pretty good from a conversational distance.

 

According to their website, the Moisture Fit Concealer has 3 shades, which are 02, 03, and 04 (see photo below). They sent me the shade 03, which is darker than my NC15 skin tone. You can see swatches from above/earlier photo for shade comparison with the MAC foundation; so I can’t use it for my under eyes for brightening. I tried using it to cover my pimple scar, but the coverage is too light for that. However, when I used it on top of my cheeks after 1 layer of foundation, it enhanced the coverage by covering my redness on my cheeks.

concealers

Overall, I recommended the Aqua Foundation if you’re a fan of a natural finish, buildable to medium coverage foundation. I have been using this foundation with the SmashBox Primerizer and BECCA Hydra-Mist, because it lasts the longest and it gives a beautiful natural finish. I would use it with their Makeup Color Base too if I have the Yellow shade instead of Lavender Pink, since it does provide a nice smooth canvas.

 

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Koh Gen Do; however, all of my opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Advertisements

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:

IMG_0915IMG_0912IMG_0914IMG_0913

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

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:

IMG_0508

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. 

 

becca

 

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!

primer

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.

powder

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.

full bag

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.

GlamGlow

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.

Benefit

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.

Josie Maran

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.

BobbieBrown

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.

LivingProof

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.

Chole

Thank you for stopping by everyone! Hope you’re enjoying your week so far! Don’t forget to check out my Instagram for more daily posts. 🙂

Image result for sandiethecorgi

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.

Untitled

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.

Too faced

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.

Nars

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.

Origins

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.

Clinque

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.

Sephora

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.

MJ

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!  ^.^

Image result for sandiethecorgi

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!

img_9649

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.

img_9647

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.

img_9648

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.

img_9646

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.

img_9651

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