Since the beginning of 2014, I’ve been going a bit makeup-crazy. I’m not one to wear a lot of makeup, but there’s something so magical about shiny new products. It’s definitely a bad habit I have to break and something that I’ll be working on in March. But for now, I thought it would be interesting to share what I got and tell you guys about my first impressions of a few of the products.
• MAKE UP FOR EVER Duo Mat Powder Foundation • INNISFREE No-Sebum Mineral Powder • MAC Blue Brown Pigment • PAUL & JOE Lipstick CS Rosebud + Case 014 • YVES SAINT LAURENT Volupte Sheer Candy Succulent Pomegranate • NARS x GUY BOURDIN Day Dream Blush •
I have a really bad addiction to … base makeup – foundation, BB creams, powders … My main reason for wearing makeup is definitely to cover up scars and discoloration, so I guess it’s a given that I really like trying out new face products.
I needed a new powder foundation that I could easily use on lazy days or to touch up, and I really like Make Up Forever’s liquid foundation, so I thought I would give their Duo Mat Powder Foundation a go. So far, I’ve been really liking it. It helps keep my makeup matte and covers well without giving me cake-face. I think it’ll be really great during the summer and warmer months when I tend to get a little bit more oily. I’ve liked it a lot during the winter as well, although I do have to say that it does cling to dry patches. However, it’s rare that I have really dry skin, so this powder has been working wonderfully. The same goes to the No-Sebum Mineral Powder. My friend went Korea during winter break and I asked her if she could bring this back for me. I’ve heard so many great things about this and some people even call it a dupe for the Make Up Forever HD Powder. I haven’t tried that powder, so I can’t really comment on that, but I do have to say that the InnisFree powder is really great. It’s super lightweight and since it’s translucent, it’s perfect for setting my makeup in the morning and touching up when I just need to get rid of shine. It’s a good powder, it’s in a cute, portable container, and it’s affordable. How much better can you get?
While I love base makeup and wear it on an almost-daily basis, I never really wore eye makeup. I have extremely uneven eyes so it’s always difficult to make it look ‘right’. But recently, I’ve started to venture out and decided to buy MAC’s Blue Brown Pigment. I like putting it on a small, crease brush and just concentrating it near my eye, using it like a soft eyeliner. It’s a duo-chrome pigment that at first is more blue but blends out into a coppery-brown. It’s beautiful and looks amazing when the sun hits it. It’s an interesting color with the blue and the brown, but it’s surprisingly wearable as well.
Since I don’t really wear heavy eye makeup, I like to play around with my blush colors. I really love NARS blushes, so when I saw a few of the products from the NARS x Guy Bourdin collection at 50% off, I had to pick up a blush. Day Dream is a really pretty, peachy color that’s similar to Deep Throat. Day Dream is a bit less shimmery, but otherwise, it’s pretty much the same thing. If you already have Deep Throat, I really see no reason to buy this, but since I have it in a palette, I thought it would be nice to have another similar color that I could use on the go. Plus, how can I pass up half-priced NARS?
Lipstick Swatches : Left YSL • Right Paul & Joe
For some reason, I’ve been eyeing up lipsticks these past few weeks. Maybe it’s the soon-to-be spring weather, but I’ve been loving sheer, bright pink lips. It’s so refreshing and pretty without being high-maintenence.
I’ve always wanted an adorable Paul & Joe lipstick, so I finally caved in and bought one. You have to buy the case and the lipstick refill separately, which I didn’t have much of a problem with. The horse print on the case is so pretty and I love the lipstick which I got in the color Rosebud. It’s one of their sheer lipstick formulas with a slightly shimmery, rosy finish and feels ultra-moisturizing on your lips. If you’re one who likes a bold lip, they also sell opaque, full-color formulas.
My friend has also been talking nonstop about YSL’s lip products so I couldn’t help but purchase one on my last visit to Sephora. At first, I bought one of their glossy stains but the weird, jelly texture was a bit too much for me. Plus, I felt like it was drying out my lips the more I used it. I returned it and instead bought a Volupte Sheer Candy in Succulent Pomegranate. True to it’s name, it’s a pomegranate-pink color that’s sheer and moisturizing. It’s a really easy color to wear and instantly brightens your complexion. I’ve been absolutely loving this color and formula and am definitely planning to buy more. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get my hands on another one in the airport Duty-Free shop when I go back home to Korea during the summer :)
• URBAN DECAY All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray • URBAN DECAY Melt Build Your Own Palette • URBAN DECAY Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Midnight Cowboy •
If any of you guys are Urban Decay fans, then you’ll know that they recently had a 20% off sale on all of their products. I’ve been wanting a couple items for a really long time so I took this opportunity and purchased a couple of things.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve used and finished a small bottle of the All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray and loved it. I really do feel like it makes a difference and helps keep my makeup looking better for longer. Plus, it also gets rid of any cakey-ness that I might have after powdering my face. I especially like it during the warmer months when I get more oily as it’s nice and cooling and keeps me looking fresh and matte.
Swatches : Glitter Eyeliner in Midnight Cowboy (layered on and one swipe) • Melt • X • Half Baked • Smog
Inside the Palette : top left Melt • top right X + Half Baked • bottom right Smog