Category Archives: Foundation

[Review] Innisfree Mineral Water Foundation

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I got this mineral water foundation in Korea last year for 15,000 won.

Was quite excited since i’ve never tried mineral make up and always wanted to try.

Personally i prefer foundation / bb cream that is watery in nature as they spread and blend easily, without leaving a cakey feeling.

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credits to All made in korea for below photo

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I really like the water texture of this foundation, i think this is what a tinted moisturizer feels like (althuogh i have not tried)/

its probably the same thing if you ask me, just fancy names to vary the products.

it blends very lightly into my skin, and i use this every day if i am going out.
Coverage is not high, so dont expect to cover all your acne scars, but it does lighten them.
my skin feels moist and light after putting this and my face looks so naturally nude.

it also give off a healthy glow, and i dont have to put much powder to set the make up.

it comes with SPF15 PA+, which is not alot so i always use sunscreen as a base.

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can u see how watery it is..?
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here’s a comparison, i put this only on the left of the photo.
it covers imperfections naturally and skin tone is more even.
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i would mind buying this again!

My holiday make up & skincare stash

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Blogging from my iphone cos my PC is down

Im leaving for China in a few hours time and quite excited! Its my first time too. Beijing – pls dont disappoint me!

I limit my make up to 1 Bellabox.
These boxes i collected over the years are handy. I have another box for my skincare stuff lol

My minimalist holiday make up box:

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Dior lip glow, ZA Liquid eyeliner and brow pencil, Diorshow mascara, OCC lip tar, Innisfree mineral liquid foundation, SANA loose powder, NYX blusher, Revlon eye shadow, Canmake eyeshadow which is gg to finish!
I missed out my Silkygirl bronze eyeliner for undereye

Heres the skincare box:

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Mixure of stuffs from bellabox n my own loot, mainly bellabox though. I hope i can access wordpress there so can give mini reviews during the trip.

And of cos, LOTDs from Beijing.

Till then, have a great weekend! 🙂

[Review] Chacott For Professionals

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Back in my University days, I could get away with just some tinted sunblock & loose powder. My favorite back then was Chacott. I had a huge tub 170g and a huge powder puff to go with it. I loved it so much I even brought it with me to Paris for exchange. This is hard to come by as it is to my knowledge, only available in Japan. So when Fen had an extra tub, I was more than happy to buy it from her.

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Yes, there are different shades and I was skeptical cos I like mine to be translucent and my tub back then was a white powder 753 (no ghostly finish I assure you). What I love about this is that it last! Oil control is superb and I hardle need to blot when I’m using this. The powder is also super fine to give my face that flawless airbrushed look.

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170g

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30g

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So even though it isn’t the 753 that I’m used to. I’m surprise this “colored” powder isn’t all that different as I still have that translucent finish. Oh, the powder puff is sold separately and is different from the usual ones. Do pick it up if you are buying this product but for now I’m using my Sephora Kabuki 43 brush to apply this.

If you ever have the chance to buy this, please do it. Besides it’s very affordable..I think I paid Fen SGD18 for the 30g. The 170g is definitely super worth it, after 2 years I just threw it out cos I was afraid it was going to go bad. Can’t remember how much that cost.

[Review] SANA Maiko-han Face Powder

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This must be your lucky day cos i’m finally doing a make up review LOL.
I usually dont review make up and i do my make up in a rush every morning in 5 min and no time to take step by step process shots.

But this powder here is so awesome – after my FIRST application i told myself i MUST share this before i use finish!

Introducing… the Maiko-han Face Powder
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I ran out of loose powder and was shopping around Watsons and Sasa for one.. i try to avoid parabens but seems like its abit difficult.
I chose this cos of the SMALL size, as i am awaiting another loose powder which my friend has bought for me from Japan. so wanted something to last me for about 3 weeks.

OK this will probably last me 2 months – but its the smallest i can find.
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Seriously im sold by sheer words of marketing

“Top Seller” “Absorb sebum” “high temp” “Humid weather” “moisturizing”

im abit sad that there’s parabens though..

Here’s my clean bare back of hand
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applying my regular Good Afternoon BB cream from skinfood
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after BB cream, skin colour is even out

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matt and smooth looking skin! actually the picture still shows alot of my veins and arteries.
but in actual hand my skin looks flawless with some v fine glitter. the glitter is very fine and subtle that you have to look closeup.

here’s another closeup with iphone
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flawless right!!

comparing my left with make up and right hand without:
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i enjoy using this every morning, cos the powder is very very fine and soft. it comes with a soft puff which makes application a breeze, although i use a kabuki brush most of the time.
there is this very faint fragrance of… talc to it and i love the scent. my make up looks natural and my blusher glides on smoothly.
and yes the very fine glitter gives my face a natural glow.

even the small Palgatong loose powder is not as good as this in my opinion, that one is too cakey for me. when using Palgatong, i usually blott my face at the end of the day after work and the blotter would be almost fully oiled.

With this, i SUPER LOVE how my face stays matte ALL DAY!! i blotted once after 12 hours of make up and there’s hardly any oil! im superly impressed.

❤ this max!!
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[Review] Biotherm White D-TOX BB cream

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One of the samples i recieved in the June Bellabox is this Biotherm White D-Tox BB Cream.
Its a tiny tube, 5ml.. so i brought it to my Bintan trip recently

I have never read/heard anything about this BB cream before, so i have no expectations of this BB. in fact i was quite skeptical as i would thot BB creams are more established in Korean brands than western ones.

But anyways this had SPF25 PA++ and it is a hydrating BB cream, which is just what i need for my beach holiday 🙂


the nude cream colour looks just nice for my skin, since my face is more ‘yellow’ than ‘pink’. can wait to blend it


i am also very amazed with the light texture of this BB, in fact a first for me. the usual BB creams i used are heavier and ‘greasier’ to touch
lets see how this blends..


I applied this after my toner and sunblock.
this pdt really blends easily and smoothly into my skin. i did not have to belnd much with my finger and this becomes my 2nd skin so naturally. the light texture does not give my skin a greasy look or feel unlike the other BB creams!!
in fact i did not even touch up with powder after this – which i didnt intend to anyway since i did not bring powder to beach places… but this surprasses my expectations alot!!

Result: matte smooth and fair skin.
imperfections are covered moderately. Skin is hydrated and protected, yet able to ‘breathe’ in this. ❤


just BB alone – natural right!!

i am really tempted to get a full bottle, but i still have 2 BB tubes waiting for me to finsihed. 😦 and i dont believe it wastage.

it is only recently that i found out this BB a actually quite popular and awarded one of the fave BB by a local women’s magazine. not surprsing.

I still have some left so will use it for my next short trip!

Rating: 5/5

[Review] Rachel K Mineral CC Cream

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After Fen reviewed Rachel K Radiance Illuminator Collagen + Lotus Stem Cell Hydrogel Mask, I became interested in their products. Naturally the first thing I would try is their popular CC cream. Many asians are BB cream lovers and swears by this miracle product. I recall the first generation BB creams are 4-in-1, namely moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock. Now all the new and improved formulations, most BB or CC creams are claiming 10-in-1 benefits. This craze over BB/CC creams never really caught on with me as I was more of a tinted sunblock, concealor, loose powder gal. So when Rachel K was giving out samples via their fb page, I signed up for it.


I believe the sample they sent is the newer formulation/packaging that looks like that.

Additional beneficial ingredients found in CC cream that most BB cream lacks include: (taken from http://www.rachelkcosmetics.com)

White Tea extract, which contains powerful antioxidants (more than green tea because it undergoes less processing and is believed to be more beneficial than any other kind of tea ) that absorb, weaken and neutralize free radicals continuously and also provide protection from increasingly harsh environmental factors such as pollution, dust, and chemicals in the air. It boosts the immunity of skin cells and prevents wrinkling and pigmentation

Green Tea Leaf extract, also rich in antioxidants and boasts anti-inflammatory and natural disinfecting properties

CC Cream however contains Deep Sea Water which gives resilience and moistness to the skin and allows for better skin permeability.

Macadamia Nut Oil, an ideal anti-aging supplement for cosmetics, due to its high content of Palmitoleic Acid, an essential component of human sebum, which is lost with aging

Natural Vitamin E, which protects body tissues from breakdown and signs of photo aging, and aids in reducing the appearance of stretch marks, age spots, while maintaining the skin’s oil balance and reduces trans-epidermal water loss from skin, strengthening the skin’s barrier function.

The presence of Epidermal Growth Factor also stimulates collagen production in skin and speeds up skin regeneration. CC cream also treats and covers uneven skin tones more effectively and after leaving on for a 2-3 minutes, blends with skin tone better than BB Creams that sometimes appear too light on certain skin tones.
Besides being waterproof, Mineral CC cream includes an SPF 35 PA++ rating to ensure protection from damaging UVA and UVB rays while remaining smudge-proof.

A lighter texture than that of BB cream also allows for smoother application with a less oily finish, while remaining extremely nourishing to the skin

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Yes, I was sent a small sachet

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And the back lists the 10 benefits.

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Ok, the whole sachet contains slightly more than this. Definitely only enough for 1-time application. Kinda bumped cos I wanted to try it with and without loose powder.

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In the morning after my usual skincare routine. Skipped my regular sunscreen so this is my bare skin. Notice the under eye redness with a few red spots and some pigmentation.

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After application of the CC cream, skipped loose powder. Skin looks significantly fairer/radiant, and more evened out. My red spots are concealed, except the ginormous one on my forehead. Pigmentation looks less obvious.

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And this is how I look like after 10 hrs (pardon the hair). Throughout the day, I did not blot or touch up with any pressed powder. My nose still got a little shiny, but not too greasy.

Verdict:
Though not a regular user of BB creams, I have tried a number and I have to say that this CC cream is definitely lighter in texture. Application was alright but not fantastic as it was easy to blend into my skin and I had to check if there were streaks left unblended, especially near my hairline and eyebrows. I also didn’t have enough left over to reapply over my red spots, so I can’t comment on its concealing properties. By the time I put on the rest of my makeup, note that I skipped loose powder, I was underwhelmed by this product.

After 10 hours and when I got back to take the last picture, I was pleased that this product had at least stayed true to its claim of staying power. Yes, I still had a bit of shine but overall I think it did better than my usual routine of tinted sunscreen, concealor and loose powder. Hmm, I’m still undecided.

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