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

Review: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

I loved the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation (which I recently used up… finally!), so when I was excited to hear about the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation.  There were so many great reviews online.  Let’s see how it worked for me!

What it does: (from the Sephora website)

Developed specifically for the film and TV industry’s most advanced technology, Ultra HD Liquid Foundation creates a naturally flawless complexion—in and out of the spotlight. Invisible under the latest, super-focused 4k lens, this revolutionary foundation features uniquely-coated pigments that provide medium to buildable coverage with an even lighter weight, second-skin texture that looks just like skin. This formula leaves your complexion with the same flawless results that you’d achieve with a flat foundation brush in a tap and stretch motion. It contains hyaluronic spheres to ensure comfortable wear on all normal, dry and combination skin types, and it lasts all day, leaving a natural-looking finish. Now available in an expanded range of 40 shades to match all skintones, Ultra HD is the perfect everyday foundation for a flawless complexion—and it doesn’t require touch ups. 

 

Price: $43 for 1.01 oz. For comparison, the MUFE Mat Velvet+ is $39 for the same amount of product.

 

Availability:  Sephora.com says this is an exclusive product.

 

What I thought:

Let’s compare this to the claims, shall we?

  • creates a naturally flawless complexion: Yes, I loved how it looked on my skin! It disappeared into my skin and looked great.
  •  medium to buildable coverageIt did a good job at making my skin look even, but I wouldn’t say it covered my imperfections
  • available in an expanded range of 40 shades: Yes, this is great!
  • doesn’t require touch ups: This is where I don’t agree. Although this product says it works for all skin types, and my skin is not oily in the winter, this product looked shiny on me within a few hours. It also rubbed off very quickly.

Maybe I need to set it with more powder? However, since I really do like how it looks, I have been mixing this with my matte foundations for a natural look.

 

Would I repurchase? Probably not.  Unfortunately, this was a let down for me!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Weekly Reads #277: February 4, 2017

 

weekly reads
 What were your favorite posts this week?

Urban Decay is repackaging their makeup sprays, via The Plastic Diaries.  The white bottle definitely becomes dirty quickly!

Sonia Kashuk leaves Target, via Musings of a Muse. But I really loved Sonia Kashuk products.

25 fashion mistakes that may be ruining your style, via Bridgette Raes. I try on everything because some clothes just don’t work with my shape.

My favorite products from the drugstore, via Franish. I love seeing what other people love!

MAC x Caitlyn Jenner collection, via Temptalia.  Well, we expected it.

Finding a better life balance for 2017, via Media Marmalade. My life has been pretty tough.

Top 10 vegetarian recipes of 2016, via A Couple Cooks. The rice bowl looks delicious.

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xoxo, K

Monthly Favorites #71: January, 2017

It’s cold. OK, so Kobe is not as cold as most places – but it’s cold enough that I am dreaming of warm tropical climates!  Here are my favorites for January.

 

Cheap makeup sponges

The Beauty Blender and the Real Techniques sponge that I bought when I was last in the US have worn out, and it was time for me to buy a new one. Rather than test all of the Beauty Blender lookalikes in Japanese drugstores, I decided to go back to these cheap disposable sponges.  The pictures is the ones from Muji, but I’ve found that the ones from Daiso work just as well.  They do absorb a lot of foundation, though.

 

Muji Jojoba oil

It’s cold and dry in Kobe, which means I need to seriously moisturize my skin. I’ve been using the Muji Jojoba oil for the areas where I have sensitive skin, such as the inner side of my elbows and behind my knees.

 

Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle (link goes to my review)

This is a nice pink lipstick which brightens up my face without looking like I put in any effort!

 

Hope you enjoyed my favorites!

xoxo, K

Review: Prada Candy Eau de Parfum

While I love trying out new perfumes, I usually like scents that are woodsy or marine-like.  But once in a while, I like to try out something which is sweet and girly.  Perfume samples are a great way to do so, and I’m glad I got to try out the Prada Candy Eau de Parfum.

 

What it does: (from the Sephora website)

Prada Candy is a fragrance with a novel olfactory balance combining exceptionally high-quality ingredients in excessive proportions. Magnified by white musks, noble benzoin comes together with a modern caramel accord to give the fragrance a truly unique signature.

Key Notes: White Musks, Benzoin, Caramel Accord

 

Price: $68 for 1 fluid ounce

 

What I thought:

This is a sweet fragrance! I didn’t feel that it was very musky, but I definitely picked up on the caramel scents. Many of the online reviews commented that it smelled like baby powder, but I thought it smelled more like vanilla.  This fragrance reminds me of a girl on a romantic date – provided, of course, that her date also likes this scent!

 

Would I repurchase? No. I liked this scent well enough to use up the sample, but I don’t think I could handle and entire bottle. For sweet scents, I prefer the Dior Miss Dior, which combines fruity scents with the sweetness.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K