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Nude by Nature – Natural Mineral Cover

Mineral makeup has been becoming more and more popular as there is more demand for makeup since its meant to be better for your skin.  “They” say mineral makeup is better for you.  To be honest, I have never looked too much into it.  Today, however, I thought I should share my review on my first mineral product, atural Mineral Cover Foundation from Nude by Nature, and whether it makes a different.

Nude by Nature

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Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation

I have never used a stick foundation before so this is a first for me.  My first thoughts when I first used this was.. am I supposed to drag this stick foundation over my whole face?  The answer.. no, not really.

 

Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation comes in 12 shades with various undertones.  The ones I tested in store had pink and yellow undertones; suitable for everyone.  This foundation comes in a twist type bullet packaging (like a lipstick) which is pretty light and sturdy,  It is definitely very handy to transport, especially if you’re going to the gym before work or during lunch and need to do your makeup.

 

Application of this foundation is pretty easy, I smear it  over my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and just spread it across my face using my fingers.  If I need more coverage, I just apply more but instead of spreading the product, I dab it  gently to blend it.  Coverage is light to medium, depending on how much you spread it across your face.  It is definitely buildable in coverage.  Texture wise, when you first apply the product on your face it is slightly wet/shiny but as you spread it across the face it feels quite powdery.  Finish wise, it looks semi-matte.

 

When I apply a face primer and set the foundation with powder, this foundation is shine free for at least 6 hours.  Even at the end of a very very long workday, I can come home and not feel like I have to wash my face immediately because it does not have the gunky feeling.  On its own, it does not last very long on my oily combination skin.    I did also give this foundation a good sweat session at the gym.  It definitely holds up as long as you do not wipe your sweat off.   This foundation has a SPF of 15, although it is not the SPF I would generally wear (I usually wear SPF130 for my face), some protection is better than nothing, especially in the Australian sun.  There is no flashback with this foundation.

 

I do notice, however, that I go through this foundation fairly quickly.  After each application, a few millimeters of the foundation stick is gone!  Because this foundation is in stick form, if you buy it in a shade lighter or darker, it makes a fantastic contouring product.

 

Picture time!

Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation

Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation

Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation

Bare face with one swipe of the foundation
Bare face with one swipe of the foundation
Face with foundation
Face with foundation

 

Conclusion:

There are many things I love about this foundation – longer lasting blot-free effect if has on when I prime my face properly.  I would definitely repurchase this foundation and maybe in a lighter and darker shade.

Price:

AUD$13.55 for 9g

Where to buy:

Pharmacies, Coles, Woolworths

 

Stick foundation anyone?

 

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

The last Bourjois Foundation I bought was the The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.  It did not really work for me because of my really oily/combination skin.

 

When the Priceline 40% cosmetics sale came along.  I had to get myself the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum.  This foundation comes in 5 colours – not very many.  The bottle comes with a simple pump.  One pump is sufficient to cover the whole face and blend it down the neck.

 

The foundation is smooth and silky providing light to medium coverage.  When applied, the foundation does not feel heavy.  It does hide most of my redness and does not cling to my dry skin.  The finish of this foundation is semi-matte, meaning it’s not really matte because it still has a little bit of shine to it.

 

I have very oily skin (when I say oily, I mean, REALLY oily!  I can wake up from a night’s sleep and my face feels like it has been soaked in oil!)  This foundation is probably not suitable for very oily skin as the oil will start to peek through after a couple of hours.  I do have to blot throughout the day even though I set the foundation with powder.  Unlike the other Bourjois Foundation I tried, this foundation does not make me feel “weighed down” after a long day.

 

There is a very slight floral scent which will go away after awhile.  Sensitivity wise, this foundation has not been and issue and I have not had any more breakouts than usual.

 

Picture time!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

Face without foundation
Face without foundation
Face with foundation
Face with foundation

 

Conclusion:

I’m currently loving this foundation as it does not feel too heavy or look like I’m wearing too much.  I do have to blot throughout the day as I do become really shiny.

Price:

AUD$32 for 30ml

Where to buy:

Priceline (where I bought mine!)

 

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Palladio Rice Powder in RP02 Translucent

I have not been reviewing any beauty products lately.  It’s now time to break that drought.   I bought this item almost a year ago from the Make Up Geek Store (wow, definitely does not feel like it was a year ago).  I’ve been using this powder for a few months now and it’s probably time to give my review before I finish using the product.

It seems I’ve been using a few “rice” products nowadays (SK-ii, my grandma’s “rice powder mask” – which is fermented rice and dried out)).  Rice products seem to have a lot of good properties but don’t quote me on that since I have not delved deeply into it.   But I’ve always been told not to wash my rice (for consumption) more than twice or I’ll wash all the nutrients away.  So, maybe there is a lot of nutrients in rice.

Palladio Rice Powder is a setting powder you use after your foundation to allow your foundation to last a little bit longer and to give it a matte look.  The colour I purchased was Translucent and it definitely is translucent even though it does not look like it in the container.  This product comes in a square container, with a lid that does not snap close and a “sieve” to separate the sponge from the powder.  The packaging is quite inconvenient for travelling as you do have to either tape down the lid or tie it up.  There is a thin sponge that comes with the product.  It is not the best quality but it definitely does the job.

If I do not use this product after my foundation, I notice that I tend to get quite oily at around the midday mark.  When wearing this product on top of my foundation, I only start to get oily around 3pm.   What I notice about this product is that it takes a lot of it packed on my face before it starts to look cakey.  It does contain talc, so if you’re allergic/sensitive, this product might not be suitable for you.  In regards to it being good or bad for my acne, I can only comment that it does not make it worse because I don’t think it made my acne any better.

Picture time!

Palladio Rice Powder in RP02 Translucent

Palladio Rice Powder in RP02 Translucent
Apologies for the very dirty sponge. The original colour of the sponge is cream-white. And the “sieve” should not be the colour of my foundation.

Palladio Rice Powder in RP02 Translucent

Palladio Rice Powder in RP02 Translucent
Top picture: Rice Powder on hand; Bottom picture: Rice powder after blending into hand

Conclusion:

I love this powder.  It definitely does it’s job at setting my foundation and keeping me less oily for the most part of the day.  The only thing about this product would be the difficulty in getting it, since very few places in Australia actually sell this product and for a higher price as well.  Even with the excess, this product is definitely worth the money! (would be good if they changed the packaging!)

Price:

Varies but roughly USD$5.00

Where to buy:

Few online Australian beauty stores but I bought mine from the Make Up Geek Store.

Have you tried Rice Powders before?

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

FOTD: Achieve flawfess skin with foundation for the acne scarred skin

I went to a friend’s wedding a few weeks back and wore a purple smokey eye and had my hair up in a formal twirly bun.

Purple Smokey FOTD

Today’s post will be about how I managed to achieve a flawless looking face for my acne ridden skin.

Here are the products and tools I used:

  1. Benefit Porefessional
  2. Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
  3. The Balm Time Balm Concealer 
  4. Mehron Celebre Pro HD Foundation
  5. Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder
  6. Alcone sponge
  7. Big fluffy brush

Here are the steps I took:

  1. Make sure your face is prepped and ready to go.  There should be as little flakey skin as possible on your face so that the foundation does not get caught on the flakey bits.  If you have extremely dry skin (especially from the acne treatment), make sure it’s nicely moisturized.  Wait for at least 1-2 minutes after the moisturizer so that there is plenty of time for the moisturizer to be absorbed.
  2. Prime your skin with a primer.  I used Benefit’s Porefessional.  The reason for priming your skin is to allow the foundation to go on as smoothly as possible.  It also allows the foundation to last a little longer.
  3. Apply your first layer of foundation using your fingers.  I used Make Up For Ever HD Foudation for my first layer.
  4. Apply your concealer to the red parts or the dark spots (acne scars) that the foundation did not cover.  I used my ring finger as it helped warmed up the product and allowed me to blend it properly.   The ring finger is the weakest finger, so it’s good for concealer application as you tend to be a bit more gentle in application and not smudge the foundation beneath.  It’s okay if just a little bit of scars are still peaking at this point as you’re going to go over with your second layer of foundation.
  5. Using a damp sponge (put the sponge in water and squeeze out excess water), dip the sponge into the foundation.      Try to take some of the product from the bottle/pan and place it on your hand so that you can easily pick up the product with the damp sponge.  Dipping a wet sponge into the pan itself can cause the product to “spoil” quicker than normal.
  6. Now, use the damp sponge with some product on it and bounce the sponge lightly on your face for the 2nd layer of foundation.  It is important to bounce it lightly so as to be careful not to smear the concealer.  I used my Mehron foundation as it is a creamier foundation and gives more coverage for my scarred-ridden face.
  7. Dip your big fluffy brush in some setting powder and tap off the excess.  Now, set your foundation by lightly pressing the brush onto your face.  It’s important not to sweep as the sweeping motion can move the foundation and concealer on your face and cause your concealed parts to show again.  I used the Ben Nye Banana Luxury powder.  Don’t be too heavy-handed here or you may look too cakey!

And you’re done!

Below is a picture of my before and after:

Flawless skin for the acne ridden face

What do you think? Easy-peasy?  Personally, I do not use so many products for a normal day.  This is usually for special occasions.

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam