Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Glossier: Cloud Paint

 10ml | £15 from here

Cloud Paint* just sounds dreamy, right? Glossier was inspired by the New York sunset when creating these cream blushes. There are currently 4 shades available: Beam, Puff, Haze and Dusk.
  • Beam: an orange-coral
  • Puff: a light, bubblegum pink
  • Haze: a deep berry
  • Dusk: a brown-nude  
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Glossier's aim was to create a new way to blush. A user-friendly product that anyone can master with just their fingers. Basically, if you can finger paint, you can Cloud Paint.

Packaging
I like that the squeezy tube shows what colour each one is so you don't have to look for the shade name. It takes the confusion out of having multiple shades of the same product. My only gripe is that I find it difficult to control how much is dispensed. You have to be very cautious when squeezing or else you may end up wasting a lot of product.


Application and performance
The gel-cream formula is extremely easy to blend out into a sheer wash of colour. With all Glossier products, your skin still ends up looking like skin but better. The blush doesn't just sit on top of the skin. Instead, it looks like the colour is radiating from within. A true flush of colour which lasts from day to night. I'm telling you, the staying power of this product is truly surprising.

As recommended by Glossier, I like to apply the blush with my fingers. One dab, blend upwards and outwards and repeat until I reach my desired intensity. It does take a little bit of time so I wouldn't say that it's ideal for a quick makeup routine during the morning. 

Tip and tricks 
When I accidentally squeezed out too much product, I was sad. I didn't want to waste it so I decided to apply it onto my lips and damn, did it look good. Just ensure that you exfoliate your pout well as with any lip stain. Also, I recommend lining the lips afterwards as it adds some much needed definition and fullness.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Mica, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glycerin, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Isostearate, Pentylene Glycol, Magnesium Sulfate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Soluble Collagen, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Silica, Tin Oxide. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985) | Beam

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methyl Trimethicone, Mica, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glycerin, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Isostearate, Pentylene Glycol, Magnesium Sulfate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Soluble Collagen, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Silica, Tin Oxide. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 7 (CI 15850) | Puff

*PR Sample

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Cover FX: Natural Finish Foundation

30ml | £36 from here 

When you think of natural beauty, mainstream brands don't often come to mind. However, Cover FX is free from mineral oil, fragrance, gluten, parabens, and talc making it great for those seeking cosmetics which don't just look good but are good for the skin.

The Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation is as the name states, oil free. This water-based liquid foundation has buildable coverage and leaves a soft, luminous finish which I adore. I'm all about that dew so I love a bit of shine which is why I also skip setting my foundation with powder. However, I have noticed that powder products like bronzer and blush don't cling or skip when applied on top of this foundation - they glide on beautifully.

This foundation is recommended for those with normal, dry and/or sensitive skin so if you have oily skin, stay away as I don't think that you will like this very much. Even though it's oil-free, it adds moisture and nourishment to the skin which may make you look a little on the greasy side. Plus, the radiant finish will have you running for the hills. I know you girls like it super matte.


How I apply the foundation
In terms of application, I give the tube a good shake and dot the product all over my face directly from the tube. I first blend out the product with my fingers and then use a damp beauty sponge (normally the Flawless Blender from My Kit Co). Thin layers are always better than piling a load on as it makes it easier to blend. Also, I find that thin layers give the foundation time to warm up and melt into the skin. This makes it easier to apply another layer and achieve a seamless, even finish. One time I accidentally squeezed out too much and I could see the foundation sitting on top of my face. Plus, it felt really tacky to touch which left fingerprint marks. Not pretty. 


Throwing shade
There are currently 40 shades available for the Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation. The shades not only consider the range of skin colour (light, medium, medium deep and deep) but also the undertone (pink, neutral, golden and golden plus). Pink (P) is suited for those with a rosy, cool hue to the skin. Neutral (N) is for those who have equal parts of pink and gold to their skin. Golden (G) is for those with a warm, yellow hue to their skin. Finally, Golden Plus (G+) are for those who are even warmer and more olive than the standard G range.

It is suggested for those who don't know what their undertone is to try out the N range first. If you find that it is too yellow, then you should try the P range however if the shade is too pink on your skin, you should try the G range.

My current shade is G50+ which is perfect for my medium to tan skin as it has a golden undertone which doesn't make me look ashy or muddy. I was using G50 previously and didn't mind it however, in the side-by-side swatch comparison above you can see that G50 leans towards the peachy side whereas G50+ is more yellow which is what I prefer.

As of late...
Recently, I have been mixing a small amount with some moisturizer to create a tinted moisturiser because I've become extremely lazy when getting ready for work in the mornings. I find that although it loses some of its coverage, it feels really light weight on and gives a natural skin-like finish. It's also a lot quicker to blend out and if you're using your hands, you don't have to be very precise.


The good
  • Excellent colour selection
  • Practical packaging 
  • Makes skin appear healthy, fresh and dewy 
  • Buildable coverage - from sheer to full
  • Doesn't emphasise dryness, enlarged pores or fine lines

The bad
  • Can feel a little heavy on the skin due to the thick consistency unless blended out well with a damp sponge
  • Not suitable for those with oily/combination skin
  • Begins to fade after 6-7 hours unless set with powder

Ingredients: Aqua, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Caprylic/Capric, Triglyceride, Isohexadecane, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Diethylhexyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Erythritol, Dimethicone, Squalane, Tribehenin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Triacontanyl PVP, Ethyl Linoleate, Ethyl Linolenate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethyl Oleate, Magnesium Sulfate, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Stearoyl Stearate, Bisabolol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Lauroyl Lysine, Sorbitol/Sebacic Acid Copolymer Behenate, Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine, Xanthan Gum, Homarine HCl, Tetrapeptide-21, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Chromium Oxide Green (CI 77288)

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Jouer: Powder Highlighter in Skinny Dip

 4.5g | £19 from here

I'm shook. This highlighter is both talc and paraben free. Look at how pretty it is. Just loooooooook.



It's a beautiful rose gold colour which looks pale gold when applied to skin however, has a peachy sheen to it when under light. For the most part, the highlighter gives that "wet" look however, there is some glitter in the product, albeit fine and not chunky at all.

The powder is smooth and finely-milled which means that glides onto the skin like silk. I like to use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to apply the product because I enjoy a blinding highlight when using powders. Subtle is what cream highlighters are for.  

I have a love/hate relationship with the compact. It's sleek and chic to look at however, because the outside is mirrored, it gets grubby really fast. On the inside, there's a large, good quality mirror. PSA: I've heard that because the highlighter is so buttery soft, it easily breaks so please be careful because broken makeup = broken hearts.

I definitely want to try more powder highlighters from Jouer. Citrine and Topaz are calling my name. Practically screaming.

Ingredients: Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide. May Contain / Peut Contenir [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77499)]

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Whamisa: Organic Flowers Toner Deep Rich


120ml | £33.90 from here

Whamisa is a Korean skincare brand which excels in using fermented ingredients. When I think of fermented ingredients, I think of foods (because I have a problem, clearly) i.e., kimchi, kefir and kombucha. However, fermentation isn't just exclusive to food as its also a great componant to have in skincare. But what is fermentation? It is the process by which sugars are converted into acids, gases or alcohols by using yeast and/or bacteria. This process helps to break down larger molecules into smaller ones, making them easier to be absorbed by the skin.

It's important to note that fermentation usually creates an acidic environment so when using skincare with fermented ingredients, it is important to wear sunscreen as your skin becomes more sensitive to the sun's effects. But I don't have to tell you that because you're wearing sunscreen every single day regardless, right? Okay, enough of me being a condescending little shit.

Superstar ingredients
  • Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate: helps to reduce pore size, acne and increase skin brightness1
  • Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract: a restorative ingredient which promotes youthfulness by improving skin elasticity and firmness
  • Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate: a natural skin-whitening agent to help reduce dark spots, hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone2
  • Lactobacillus/ Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Ferment Filtrate: has antibacterial, antifungal, and significant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
  • Lactobacillus/Taraxacum Officinale Rhizome/Root Ferment Filtrate: has anti-ageing properties as it protects the skin from photoaging i.e., UVA and UVB rays3


I am whatever I say I am
Even though this product is marketed as a toner, I treat it more like a serum/essence. The cloudy coloured liquid is a lot more viscous than normal toner, which is usually quite thin and watery. The texture is also light and bouncy which I feel would be wasted applied to a cotton pad to remove traces of makeup. I'll explain how I use this product later on.

The Organic Flowers Toner has, surprise surprise, a floral scent which dissipates quickly after application. The aroma is subtle and naturally sourced so if you're allergic or sensitive to synthetic fragrances, you may not have an issue with this product.

It comes packaged within a frosted glass bottle printed with beautiful pink flowers. There's a small hole at the top of the bottle to dispense the liquid in droplets. I like how this gives you maximum control and also, no product with go to waste as you can use up every last drop.

There are currently 3 types of toners available from Whamisa:

  • Original: suitable for all skin types. 97.95% organic ingredients
  • Refresh: recommended for oily/combination skin. Contains alcohol. 97.96% organic ingredients
  • Deep Rich: recommended for normal/dry skin. 97.4% organic ingredients


7 skin method
Skin loosely translates to toner in Korean. The 7 skin method is a Korean beauty secret which promises hydrated, healthy skin. It's simple. All you have to do is apply your toner or essence in thin layers on your face, 7 times. Simply pat the product into your skin with your hands, pushing and pressing rather than spreading it about.

There are only two requirements for this method. First, select an alcohol and artificial fragrance free toner or else you can end up irritating your skin. Second, ensure that you allow the previous layer to fully absorb into the skin before applying the next layer. That way you don't end up with a ton of product sitting on top of the skin. The Whamisia Flowers Toner in Deep Rich quickly sinks into the skin so it doesn't take much time at all. Remember to lock in all that extra moisture with a good moisturizer or else all your hard work would be for nothing.

This method is great for those with dry and/or dehydrated skin however, everything in moderation. Now that my skin is feeling plump and hydrated throughout the day, I only do the 7 skin methods once a week. Every other day, I apply 1-2 layers of the toner for added goodness.

Ingredients: *Aloe Maculata Leaf Extract, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, *Glycerin, *Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, *Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, *Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, ***Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, ***Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, ***Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract, *Helichrysum Arenarium Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, *Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract,*Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/ Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Ferment Filtrate, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, **Fragrance, d-Limonene, Linalol. *Certified Organically Grown **Natural Origin ***Natural Preservative/Bergamot Oil Bergapten Free

References
1http://www.e-ajbc.org/journal/view.php?number=697
2https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26786567
3https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4630464/