Etude House Precious Minerals Moist Any Cushion & Other Goodies

I’m a huge fan of the Etude House Precious Minerals Any Cushion because it gives me the coverage I need without any heaviness while giving me a dewy and natural look. So imagine my delight at the launch of the new Precious Minerals Moist Any Cushion with moisture being its key property to keep face hydrated all the time even in extreme dry weather.

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5 Beauty Products I’ve Received Which I Love So Much That I’ve Bought Them Again

As a beauty blogger, I often get samples and even full-sized products to try out. I usually do not blog about the ones which don’t really tickle my fancy. While there are those which are so good that I have purchased or plan to purchase them once the samples which I’ve been given are all used up.

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Currently, these are my top 5 picks which I love so much that I have repurchased them.

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My Favorite Korean Beauty Trends 2014

Ever since the Hallyu wave came crashing upon us, all eyes have been on the Korean beauty scene, with many fans wanting to emulate the looks of gorgeous celebrities. The BB Cream invasion came and took the world by storm. Korean TV show My Love From Another Star caused tubes of YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture No. 52 to fly off shelves. Such is the power of the Koreans and their influence.

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In this blog post, I will be sharing my favorite Korean beauty trends of 2014.

Vivid Lip color

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Cheon Song Yi is known for her natural makeup, highlighted by vivid, bright lip color. Wearing bright hues of red, pink or even orange are a self-expression of your confidence and beauty.

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I’ll admit that I am not that adventurous when it comes to lip color. In fact, I seldom wear anything on my lips. But these damn Kdramas made me wanna try wearing them out more often. That’s me in Etude House’s Dear My Blooming Lips Talk in PK004.

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[Review] Mary Kay® CC Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15

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I’m a big fan of the liquid foundation by Mary Kay so imagine my excitement when I was introduced to the Mary Kay’s CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15.

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The Mary Kay® CC Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 delivers eight benefits in one step: protects, brightens, corrects, minimizes redness, conceals, hydrates, reduces visible signs of aging, and defends. These are the 2 shades which I got to test…  Continue reading

[Review] WHITE LABEL Premium Placenta Elastic White Skin BB Cream

I recently got to try out a new BB cream by Miccosmo Whitelabel.

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Formulated in Japan, this BB cream is an essence, UV cream, make-up base, concealer, foundation all rolled into one product.

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Chanel CC Cream Now Available In New Shade

Chanel CC cream fans would be delighted to learn that there will be a choice of shades now available at the counters. In the past, the CC Cream was only available in 20 Beige but now a new shade called 12 Rose Beige has been launched.

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Check out my previous review on the Chanel CC Cream in 20 Beige here.

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[Review] Etude House Almighty Foundation Precious Minerals Any Cushion SPF 50++/PA +++

First, it was the BB creams, then we had the CC creams and now, one of the latest Korean cosmetic fads are BB creams in a cushion compact. Innovative, much? So what results would I achieve from this BB cushion compact? Would it be much better than the usual BB cream in a tube? Read on to find out…

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The shade I tried on is Honey Beige W24. It may look sticky on the cushion sponge but upon application, it turns matt pretty quick. I was also delighted by the coverage it provided. As you can see from the below comparison photo, it managed to conceal most of my blemishes rather well. It did a good job with my dark eye circles for a BB cream.

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20131005_091914_resizedIt’s compact sized casing fits well in my palm, I could just bring it out for a quick touch-ups in a small purse. Another plus point, I guess 😉

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The Almighty Foundation boasts of 6 multi-functions: Suncreen, Sebum Control Powder, Moisture Essence, Whitening Essence, Cooling and Foundation.

Loving the light, natural sheen it gives off like that of a CC cream. If you have just ran out of BB or CC cream, maybe you would like to stop by an Etude House store to check this out.

[Review] Chanel CC Cream

A lovely ex-colleague gave this to me and I was pretty eager to try it. And it’s my first luxury make up brand CC cream. If you had been following my CC cream reviews, you would notice that I had managed to try out a variety of Korean brands only. A short extract taken from the Chanel website: With its CHANEL signature, CC Cream combines 5 actions in 1 single step:

SOOTHES. Cornflower water comforts sensitive skin.
MOISTURIZES. Hyaluronic acid helps maintain hydration level all day long by trapping and retaining moisture inside the skin.
PROTECTS. SPF 30 and PA+++ sun filters block aging-accelerating UVA-UVB rays. A mineral filter guarantees higher tolerance on the skin.
PREVENTS. An active ingredient of natural origin, Rejuvencia, provides the best shield against external aggressions.
EVENS OUT IMPERFECTIONS. Redness, dark spots and pores are visibly diminished.

Within moments, skin appears flawless and glows with a natural beauty. The complexion is visibly even-toned, fresh and radiant. CC Cream delivers complete correction and natural-looking, long-wear makeup. An ideal cream for day-long confidence with a lightweight, non-oily, comfortable texture.

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If I’m not wrong, its available in one shade only – 20 beige

There is a strong scent, not sure if that’s the smell of cornflower water? Upon application, it turns matt instantly. In fact, it was so quick that I was worried I won’t have time to do my entire face without it drying up on my palms.

In terms of coverage, I would say it’s average. Which is a good thing for those who prefer something light or have pretty great-looking skin to begin with. Those who like me, have these crazy dark eye rings, broken capillaries and blemishes might not find the coverage sufficient. Hence, a concealer is recommended to be used together with the Chanel CC Cream.

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Like the other CC creams I have tried, the Chanel CC cream does not disappoint with it comes to achieving that radiant glow.

If you ask me, I still would prefer The Face Shop’s CC Cream due to the coverage it provides. However, this one does not pale out in comparison much, I guess it would have worked better on me if I had a blemish-free complexion (which I unfortunately do not have).

[Review] The Face Shop Aura Color Control CC Cream SPF30 PA++

So I was given this from The Face Shop to try out. And upon opening the beautiful press kit (yes, kudos to you marketing team for such a pretty box), I was quite stunned to see a compact instead of the usual CC cream in a tube.

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The Face It Aura CC Cream comes in the form of a compact case complete with a face sponge and mirror.

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There is a tab that you press down to get the CC cream out. And I was in for yet another surprise; this was a skin tone shade CC cream! I had been reviewing other CC Creams previously and all were whitish in color. So I was really psyched about trying this one out.

I was given the one in 02 Natural Beige to try which I presume is one of the most commonly used shades or so I’d been told.

Anyway, I tried using it with the given sponge but I was not used to that. Thus, giving up eventually and ended up using my fingers instead. It has a creamy texture (like a BB cream) that goes on smoothly and best of all, it becomes matt rather instantly. I did not even have to apply loose powder. It felt just right on my skin.

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So you know how some BB creams can still appear too light for my somewhat tanned skin tone? This surprisingly blended pretty well. And because it had a beige tone, it gave me the coverage that I needed. I believe the Face It Aura CC Cream is one of the CC Creams in the market that comes with the highest coverage. As you can see, it did quite a good job of covering up my broken capillaries (those tiny red veins on my cheeks).

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I also like the fact that it comes with SPF30 and PA++ so I can skip my sunscreen when using this. Some might like the compact packaging because it is easy to carry around even if you do not want to bring your whole cosmetic pouch along. The mirror in the compact comes in real handy when you can’t find a powder room to touch up.

You can check the Face It Aura CC Cream out at all The Face Shop outlets :)

[Review] Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream & CC Cream

This is seriously way overdue but I’ve only got the test to test them out recently. I’ve tried and tested out a few BB Creams from different brands. Some from Etude House, with the BBdation being one of my personal favourite. But check this out… Now, they have a new range out, presenting the Precious Mineral BB Cream Cotton Fit. It’s a global best-seller of Etude regarded as K Beauty BB Cream.

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 Why cotton fit? Because it instantly displays incredibly smooth skin with a cotton-like powdery finish.

It is currently available in 3 different shades: N02 Light Beige, W13 Natural Beige, W24 Honey Beige. I got the W13 Natural Beige to try out. This is one of the most commonly used shade too.

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Next, check out the Skin Polishing CC Cream,  which acts as an instant skin-coreecting make-up and skin-care all at once. It has an 8-in-1 function (Anti-aging, Stress Relief, Hydration, Whitening, Sun Protection, Tone-up, Smooth Texture and Luminosity). Its specially formulated Magic Layering Capsule of structures will layer the skin with glow while correcting and moisturizing.

There are 2 types available, the Silky for smooth or Glow for a needless to say glowing complexion. And because the current craze on CC Creams are all about achieving that all natural dewy skin look, I was excited to try out the Glow type.

After my trial, I managed to get some shots with my iPhone and here you go:

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As you can see from the above photos, BB cream gave me the coverage I required. I had blemishes and redness but my skin tone was even out upon application of the BB cream. I was amazed at how fast it turned into a powdery smooth finish. This is definitely worth checking out, who knows, it might just as well replace the BBdation on the top of my list.

When I applied the CC cream alone, it gave me a glowy and radiant complexion which was however lacking in coverage. This is good enough for those who have perfect, flawless skin but just want a more glowing effect. But for those plagued with crappy skin like me, fret not, cause when you combine both the BB cream and CC cream. You will see wonders!

After applying the CC cream as a base and then adding on the BB cream for coverage. I saw that my blemishes were concealed while I got the most radiant, glowing complexion ever. It felt like as if my face was radiating sun beams out. Haha! Seriously, just check out the last photo above and how light was just bouncing off my cheeks?!

Do check out the Etude House branches in Singapore for these products. You definitely won’t regret trying.

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