Weekly Reads #279: February 18, 2017

 

weekly reads
 What were your favorite posts this week?

Boyfriend does my voiceover, via Tati (Youtube).  This one is hilarious!

DIY eyeshadow primer, via The Beauty Department. It works if you think about it.

Why being black is exhausting, via Clumps of Mascara. This is important to all minorities.

Hairstyles you can do in the car, via The Beauty Department. I love textured hair.

30 simple ways to save money in the kitchen, via Graceful Little Honey Bee. I shop off of a list.

6 alcohol delivery apps, via Spoon University. What a great way to try new drinks.

2016 recipe disasters, via How Sweet It Is. Some of these are recipes that didn’t work, and some of these are that they did not come out they were supposed to. It’s refreshing to know that food bloggers also mess up sometimes.

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xoxo, K

Throwback: Favorites from February

Here is a look back at my favorites from February 2014 and 2015.

 

In February 2015, I liked:

L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow Crayon in Everlasting Gold

I effectively used this up!  It was a great chubby eye pencil, equally good as an eye base and as an all over eyeshadow.

 

 

Nichido 7x Volume Curl mascara (link goes to my review)

Nichido is a local brand that I found in the Philippines. These products were super affordable, and I liked this mascara a lot. If I ever have a chance to go to the Philippines again, I will definitely check this out!

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Airless pump for foundation

I get these airless pump bottles at Daiso and other 100 yen stores. They are made of plastic, and are a hygienic way to store your foundations that come without a pump!

 

In February 2014, I liked:

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (link goes to my review)
I currently use sponges to apply my foundation, but if you like brushes better, this is the foundation brush that I recommend. It is soft, very affordable, and buffs your foundation in to a natural finish.
Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Misbehaved
(picture from my instagram account)
I haven’t been wearing anything on my nails in a very long time… They are no longer shown on the Sally Hansen website, so it looks like they may have been discontinued!  Oh dear – I liked them a lot!
 Ahh yes, one of my favorite foundations ever. I think I talk about this product waaayyyy too much! This is only one of two foundations that I have ever repurchased.
Hope you enjoyed seeing my past favorites!
xoxo, K

Review: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

The last time I was in the US, the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation was extremely hyped up on Youtube.  “It’s a matte foundation from the drugstore!  It’s full coverage!” etc…

Did I really need another foundation? Obviously not, especially since I love the Estee Lauder Double Wear and I’m not going to run out of it any time soon.  But hey… I had to check out American products while I could get my hands on them!
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What it does: (from the Ulta website)

For the 1st time, a super gliding mattifying formula with a high water content for maximum comfort that lasts. Contains Shine Defy Blotting Spheres that act like blotting paper to mimic makeup artist gesture, instantly absorbing sweat and oil without disturbing color pigments. Medium coverage.

 

Price: Ulta lists this product for $13 for 1 oz.  Drugstore foundations are getting pretty pricey!

 

Availability: L’Oreal products are widely available at US drugstores. I had no problems finding this.

 

What I thought:

First off, I really like the packaging.  Many people gripe about how drugstore foundations come in glass bottles without pumps, which dispense too much product at once. These squeeze tubes are the perfect solution, and they are probably cheaper to produce than pumps.  I especially like this kind of packaging for travel because they are lighter than glass bottles.

This product was extremely cakey on my skin. I like matte foundations, but this seemed to be too matte, even in warm weather.  It looked too fake to apply on my skin.

I decided to mix it with the MUFE Ultra HD foundation, which made my skin look too shiny.  Score! The mix of the two foundations worked perfectly on my skin, giving it a natural finish and lasting well!

 

Would I repurchase? Maybe.  I still think the Estee Lauder Double Wear is a better foundation if you need full coverage, and this was too matte for me. However, it is a great option for matte foundations from the drugstore!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Weekly Reads #278: February 11, 2017

 

weekly reads
 What were your favorite posts this week?

Remember how blogging used to be before it became a spinning reeling money making machine?, via Worship Blues. Wow.

Invest in a black dress, via Luxiare. I’ve found that dark grey works better for me.

Gift guide for medical students, via Franish. I should make a gift guide for engineers next winter.

Stylish loungewear, via Bridgette Raes. I’m usually in sweats.

Sarah’s big girl room, via The Average Girl. Watching a little girl grow up is amazing.

The ultimate kitchen cheat sheet, via Budget Bytes. Especially, how long you can store things.

How to cut and core cauliflower, via Simply Recipes. Eye-opening!

 

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xoxo, K

Review: Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

This past summer, I spent a lot of time in Okinawa, the southern most island of Japan which has a subtropical to tropical climate.  I also like to take a trip to Hawaii in the winter as well.  While I try to wear SPF 50+ when I go to to these places, I usually forget to reapply sunscreen and I end up getting tan.

 

After I get back from my trip, my foundation is always too light! Because most Japanese people have similar skin tones, it is quite difficult for me to find a foundation that matches, or one that I can use to adjust the color.  Sometimes, I buy a darker foundation at the drugstore when I am in the US, but then I have the risk of changing the finish of my original foundation.

 

When I first heard about the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, I immediately thought, “oooh, maybe I can get a darker color to mix in with my foundation and adjust the color!”  Therefore, I bought the shade N70, For medium to deeply tanned skin with neutral undertones”

 

 

What it does: (from the Sephora website)

These award winning, revolutionary drops of pure pigment were not designed to be worn alone but instead allow you to transform all of your favorite liquid beauty products into your ideal foundation or tinted moisturizer. With this breakthrough formula you can customize both your level of coverage and desired finish. What you choose to mix Custom Cover Drops with will determine your finish. For a radiant finish, add to products like oils, serums, or creams. For a matte finish, mix with a mattifying primer or lightweight lotion. Just drop in your desired amount of Custom Cover Drops: one drop achieves sheer coverage, two drops imparts medium coverage, three drops provides full coverage, and four drops leaves you with utra-full coverage.

 

Price: $44 for 15 ml

 

Availability: I found this product at Sephora online, Sephora stores, and the Cover FX website.

 

What I thought: The shade I bought worked extremely well. I started off mixing a medium sized drop with my foundation, and as my tan wore off, I used less and less until I was using my original foundation shade.  I don’t really like the packaging – the screw of the bottle seems to be a little loose and I was afraid that some of the product would seep out.

 

Would I repurchase?  Yes. Even though I don’t like the packaging, this product works great at changing the shade of my foundation without changing the texture.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K