A generous amount is needed to cover completely, because I find it quite sheer when it spreads. The formula is weightless, no scent and is lotion-like. The primer is surprisingly green, which makes sense, as the green mineral pigments help neutralise any redness on the face. Additional ingredients that it is packed with to cover blemishes, are chamomile and arnica.
This primer is priced towards the mid-high end. I use this primer, especially on days when my redness won’t go away and on special occasions. I find that it works amazing on drier days and when I know I might be out in the sun. To some degree, this primer controls face shine.
The result is great, it does not feel sticky and truly diminishes mid-faint redness on my face. As it is quite sheer, more amount is required and is completely buildable, without it looking “cakey”.
I am slowly building up this little collection of Innisfree’s cotton ink lip tints. I have been meaning to use lip tints more, just because of its natural finish look. For $16.10 you get 4g of lip tint and is available in 15 shades, I believe in the same colour palette. Mainly reds and browns.
I love the soft, flat-edge wand used, as it applies the shine essence oil-infused (camellia, mango seed, avocado, cotton seed oil) tint across the lips. I wonder how it would work on the cheeks mmm? Anyways, it feels moist, soft and non-drying once applied and has a slight fragrance to it. I would spread a tiny bit in the inner-most of my lips and then spread it out with my fingers. A little tint dabbed on, goes a long way! It is super pigmented so it lasts for a good 3-4 hours. Definitely buildable and once dried, it does not smudge. Non-sticky too! The finish is matte, with subtle shine.
CAOLION | AMAZON
Talk about the convenience of removing makeup on the go! I was thinking of bringing along my usual large pot of balm overseas, but luckily thought otherwise. This cleansing stick starts off as a balm which you can directly slide on your face, then into an oil and with a bit of water into foam. With my experience, it does not entirely transform into a foam like texture in the end, mind you I tried various amounts of water.
The end result is that your makeup will be somewhat removed, however further cleansing after this product is recommended. I would use another foam cleanser after this product and/or makeup wipes prior, to ensure everything is removed. My skin did not feel dry nor irritant, for the price point you get a lot out of the product and the convenience of carrying it is a major plus. However, since extra steps is required I won’t be likely to re-purchase.
TOO FACED | MECCA | AMAZON
Giving you a natural shade, this gorgeous peach-scented blush is great for daytime and afternoon wear. Buildable and I recommend applying it with either your fingertips or a dense brush, for a seamless look. The shade once applied, has a slight orange to warm pink undertone with light shimmer. I have also been using this blush over darker shades of blush, to bring dimension and luminosity.
I never have problems with scents from Too Faced, as this peach scent is not over-bearing which reduces after a few minutes. The amount of product given also justifies the price, as a little goes a long way! The cute design and case, of course is what you expect from a reputable brand.
KIEHL’S | AMAZON
Been using this potent eye cream religiously every night. The skin around my eyes tend to dry up quickly, so I made it a mission to start caring for it now rather than later. After all the cleansing, once you apply the cream filled with squalane, lavender essential oil, evening primrose and other goodies, you can immediately feel it providing moisture whilst minimising the fine lines. I also found it to reduce the dark-circles, not entirely but it does brighten it.
Weightless, scent-less and it does not leave a sticky residue this restorative eye cream is a must! I love how it is perfect for sensitive skin and little application is needed to get the benefits.
SUNDAY RILEY | MECCA MAXIMA $80
I have mixed thoughts about this toner. Yes, the packaging is beautiful and sturdy, but the dispenser is a bit difficult to use. There is not a high degree of control to pump the amount you need, and trust me you only need a little. The smell is quite strong, so I would recommend using this during your night routine.
One of its goals is to minimise your pores as it has a mixture of bentonite clay, but for me I do not see a change. I have been using this for over 3 weeks. What I do like, is the usage of marshmallow and green tea, as I wake up, my face has a reduction of redness and it feels supple. Other key ingredients are cucumber, witch hazel extract, manuka, magnolia bark extract and black cumin all there to help tone, balance and prep your skin. I love the burst of potent ingredients and it feels great once applied, non-sticky and it absorbs fairly quickly. However, due to not completely matifying my skin and providing the results it claims to do… It is a nay for me.
BANILA CO. | W COSMETICS
An eye patch, more like an eye mask is designed to look like lace-designed mask. You do not need to worry looking like a ghost around the house, now you can look stylish whilst you pamper!
Filled with ingredients to whiten and brighten, such as white flower complete, ceramics and rose, it smells beautiful but not overpowering. The serum was non-sticky and did not provide too much that it would drip down my face. Some face masks I have bought in the past, kept slipping off because it had too much serum to hold. The design is something I absolutely loved, as it does not slip off and covers the top and bottom areas of my eyes. I bought another because it was not only affordable, but it covers a wide range of the eye area.
TOUCH IN SOL | BB COSMETIC $7.97
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Don’t you love pops of yellow and against black? It provides the ‘edgey’ feel but at the same time, combining it with youth. That’s what I felt this mascara gave, when applying. The handle I found is perfect, great for people like me who has a unsteady hand.
Super buildable, this mascara delivers a light-weight black finish and swiftly separates your lashes. I find that the texture of rubber-like, which allows the lashes to truly open. It is formulated with silk protein, protecting and maintaining your eyelashes health. I do enjoy wearing this during the day or a simple day/night out, just because it looks natural. I love how it doesn’t transfer and it is perfect for sensitive eyes, well for me in any case.
To point out, I like the wand because of its arch. With the arch I can lift my lashes whist coating. For a price this affordable, I highly recommend!
KOCOSTAR | SEPHORA | AMAZON
At first I was a bit confused on the concept of the 6 ways, the patches can be placed. After looking for an image online, I finally got the idea and I think it’s brilliant! To be able to patch desired areas, and it is all in one pretty container.
Locations are eyelids, smile lines and the eye bags. Super cooling and it adheres to the skin beautifully due to hydrogel. Made to last for 30 days, you will notice the toning, conditioning, detoxfying and brightening results due to these goodies – peony, phillinus, ginseng, baikal skullcap extract and good old flakes of gold.
I have been using it every night and when I wake up. I highly recommend these convenient patches, I find placing this in the fridge, provides a more powerful cooling effect once used.
DRUNK ELEPHANT | MECCA MAXIMA | AMAZON
I use this serum in conjunction with another water-based item, beforehand. This best thing I have found using this, is that the next day my face feels hydrated and smooth. For me, consistency was key as it took about a week to see noticeable differences.
I looked into this company and I loved what they strive to do, especially educating others that not all natural products are good for the skin. I have noticed that by using this, it has brought the natural radiance back. So I can go out to work the next day, without wearing foundation and sometimes concealer. This intensive night treatment’s highlights are, pigmentations and blemishes are targeted and faded, roughness like bumps are reduced and for me it helps control oil. Dead skin cells are lifted away, which results in even skin tone. With a punch of 12% AHA/BHA and other non-harsh ingredients, you won’t be disappointed.