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Friday, April 29, 2011

Review: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Why yes, I have been on a new products seeking phase. Thanks for noticing! 

I saw a Giorgio Armani counter (the only one!) at Nordstroms in Park Meadows when I was down there for the MAC Master Class. I've heard sooo much about this foundation (and most of the reviews are positive), I figured that it couldn't hurt to try it out. 

I admit, the GA counter just looks straight up classy and expensive. You just feel good by shopping there. The GA artist didn't seem like she had her stuff together thought, not gonna lie. She kept pushing skincare to me, without investigating what type of skin I have, what my concerns are, etc. I'm 23, I don't need your $250 Restoring Serum, thank you though. 

She also kept matching me in a shade 6. I got little darker, but not THAT dark. If working at MAC thought me anything, it's foundation matching. I matched myself a shade 4. It went on a little light, but after 5 minutes it just morphed into my skin. 

This is what the package looks like:

I like the pump, 2 pumps is all I need for my entire face. 

The color:

How it looks like on:

The price: $59 + tax

Coverage: Light - Medium in my opinion.  

How it feels: It feels weightness and moisturizing. 

How it wears: I usually wear a primer underneath, so it lasts all day on me. I do think that because it is so moisturizing that the longevity will be compromised. 

Overall rating: 3 out of 5

Would I repurchase: No. In fact, I already returned it. While it's a nice moisturizing foundation, it does NOT justify the $60 price tag. I can easily find a drugstore foundation (Milani Glow Natural) that performs the same at a WAYYY lower price point. All in all, it's just an average foundation. It's DEFINITELY overhyped in my opinion. 

However, if you have extra money to blow and great skin to start out with, I'd say give it a try. Then at least you'd know what people are talking about. I came, I tried, I failed. Again, everyone's different and products perform different on different people. What works for me might not work for you and vice versa.

Lastly, just because everyone's talking about the Royal Wedding...
image from http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lh8ei4MUVS1qhxg9co1_400.jpg

Call me immature but I find that HILARIOUS!! LOL! 

Happy Friday!

Tao

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Products I'm using right now!


I was reading Sandra's blog and came across this post. I thought it'd be a great idea to update my list, so here it is.


Shampoo: Suave Deep Clean for Men (Yeah, I use shampoo for men. It smells great and cleans like no other. Yes, it’s drying, but that’s why I use LOTS of conditioner.)

Conditioner: Either Suave Almond & Shea butter conditioner or Aussie Moist conditioner

Treatment: Aussie 3 Minute DEEEEEEEEEEEP or Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition 3 minute undo damage treatment (what a mouthful!)

Styling products: I don’t ever style my hair, I just let it air dry. Unless you count leave-in conditioner, in which case it’d be Redken Extreme Anti-Snap.

Styling tools: A wide tooth comb to brush out my hair when damp.

Shower Gel: Um…I think it’s the Tone Moisturizing body wash in Mango Splash. It smells divine!

Body moisturizer: I’m trying to use up BBW Peppermint body cream. It lasts FOREVER!!!

Deodorant: Dove, the cucumber scented one... cucumber and lemongrass, I think!

Fake Tan: I’m giving Jergens Natural Glow another try. I’m using for Med-Dark skin tone. I’m also LOOVING MAC F&B foundation in a deeper shade as a body bronzer. C5 is amazing on my legs.

Makeup Remover: Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil for face (got the BIIIIIIIIG bottle for free, but don’t love it as much as MAC Cleanse Off Oil), Lancome Bi-facil for eyes.

Cleanser: Switching between Philosophy Purity Made Simple and Acne.org Cleanser

Toner: MAC Fix +

Facial moisturizer: During the day I’m using Garnier Fructis Moisture Rescue SPF15 day lotion (LOVE!) and Avon Enjoy Your Day SPF15 cream. At night I use MAC Complete Comfort crème (LOVE!!).  

Exfoliator: Acne.org AHA+ or Philosophy Microdelivery.

Primer: Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer

Foundation: Switching among Laura Mercier Crème Smooth foundation in Warm Ivory, Rimmel Lasting Finish in Warm Ivory, and Milani Glow Natural in Shade 1

Foundation brush: Everyday Mineral Flat Top Kabuki

Concealer: Dior Moisturizing concealer in 520 w/ Coverblend by Exuviance concealer in Light on top

Powder: Don’t really use one

Blusher: I’ve been using MAC Secret Blush a lot, which is weird because I’ve never really paid attention to it.

Bronzer: NYC Sunny (LOVE LOVE LOVE!)

Highlighter: MAC Soft & Gentle

Eyeshadow base: MAC Soft Ochre Paint pot

Eyeshadows: It changes everyday because of work. Some staples are MAC Dazzlelight, All That Glitters, and Patina.

Eyeliner: I’m back to Stila Smudge pot in Black. I also use Physican’s Formula Gel Liners.

Curler: Shu Uemura!!

Mascara: Shiseido Lasting Lift

Lipstick: I’ve been using A LOT of the new Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks. My favorite color is Romance.

Lipgloss: MAC VG6

Nail Colour: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Bittersweet.

Wow. I’m really high maintenance…but hey, at least I look good. LOL!

Thanks for reading guys! What are YOU using right now?

Happy Easter! 

xoxo,

Tao

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Venturing into the unknown...

...high end skincare category that is!! 


As many of you know, I'm not one for expensive skincare (or anything for that matter). 
I'm a firm believer that when you are young (or semi-young like me), it's not essential to use super expensive products that claim to anti-age/anti-wrinkle/lifting/make-everyone-fall-in-love-with-you-within-10-seconds. 


I've always found my beloved skincare products at drugstores/online indie skincare companies like Garden of Wisdom (Their HA serums are to die for!!).
However, when my friend Alice raved and raved about Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturizer and how it miraculously changed her skin (and therefore her life), I closed my eyes and swiped my card. I got the 5 oz luxury size for $120 (valued at $190), and the original size is 1.7 oz for $65. It was a deal I couldn't resist. 


Alice has combination to dry skin with noticeable pores and redness to her face. She said that this moisturizer gets absorbed within seconds and leaves her skin hydrated, incredibly soft, and minimizes the size of her pores. Sold, sold, and sold! 


This is what the package looks like. Very clean and simple looking with air tight pump dispensing mechanism. I really like how hygienic it is. The bottle is semi-transparent so you can guesstimate how much product you have left.




The original 1.7 sized one comes in one of those pressed-down top thingy...I don't know how to describe it. Here's a picture:
Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisture


Their claims:


Moisturize, rejuvenate and brighten skin with this sophisticated blend of proven anti-aging ingredients. Refreshing and light, Nourish is the perfect daily moisturizer for those interested in preventing and reversing the signs of aging.

- Contains Matrixyl™ 3000 and retinyl palmitate, clinically proven to rapidly diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Encourages collagen production.
- Rich in antioxidants, shields skin from free-radicals.
- Light feel, absorbs quickly and leaves skin balanced, fresh and healthy.



What the cream looks like:


It's almost like a gel consistency. It's VERY easily spreadable. It almost reminds me a little like Laura Mercier's foundation primer. 




My review:


First off, let me tell you a little about my skin. I have extremely dry skin that peel and itch if I didn't moisturizer it within 15 seconds after washing. Now that Spring's here, it's gotten A LITTLE better, not by much, but anything helps. 


I think Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturizer is AMAZING for people with combination to oily skin. It's light, it's fresh, and in my opinion, it's oil controlling. Unfortunately for me, I need every bit of oil I can get. 


What I've been using it for (and it's INCREDIBLE at it) is a moisture mask. I moisturizer my skin like usual (with MAC Complete Comfort Creme), then I use two pumps of Nourish Daily Moisturizer (more than anyone needs as a moisturizer) and slather it in a thick layer all over face, let it sit for about 10 minutes and wipe it off. I'm left with incredibly soft skin and a glow like no other. It seals in all the moisture of the MAC comfort creme and gets rid of the stickiness. 


Final Verdict: 4 out of 5


Is it absolutely necessary? Not if you have extremely dry skin, there's something more hydrating than this. I would consider it a possible HG product for ppl with combo skin though.


Would I recommend it? ABSOLUTELY. While it doesn't really cut it as a moisturizer for me (maybe in summer?), it's wonderful as a moisture mask. It's hard to find something that isn't too thick or too light. This is the perfect balance. 


Hope this is helpful for some of you. Let me know if you have any questions. :)


Have a great day!


<3


Tao

Friday, April 15, 2011

Quite cute? Quite cute!! FOTD 3



So here's my favorite Quite Cute look.

But before that, please allow me to vent a little. IT'S APRIL!!! HOW THE HELL IS IT STILL SNOWING?!!!!!!!! OMGWTFBBQ?!

Anyways, this is the face chart I tried to imitate:
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Here's my take:
What I used:

Face:
--Laura Mercier hydrating primer
--Laura Mercier creme smooth foundation in Warm Ivory
--MAC Vibrancy Eye Primer
--MAC Prep n' Prime highlighter in light boost
--MAC Studio finish concealer in NW20

Cheeks:
--MAC MSF bronzer in Give Me Sun! <--pretty legit stuff
--MAC blush in Melba
--MAC Soft & Gentle MSF

Eyes:
--MAC Soft Ochre paint pot
--MAC Paradisco in crease
--MAC Da Bling on lid
--MAC Vibrant Grape on lower lash line
--MAC Macroviolet fluidline
--Model 21 lashes in #36

Lips:
--nothing in these pics, but later on it was MAC Ample Pink plushglass

Close ups:



More pics:
I think I'm gonna wear stars on a daily basis now.


Gotta fob it up yo!

Thanks for reading guys! More updates coming up ASAP!

Enjoy your Sundays!

Tao

Monday, April 11, 2011

Quite cute? Quite cute!! FOTD 2



Lesson of the Day: NEVER EVER REHEAT TACO BELL!!!

This is the face chart I tried to imitate:
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My take:

What I used:


Face:
--Laura Mercier hydrating primer
--Laura Mercier creme smooth foundation in Warm Ivory
--MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NW20 under the eye
--MAC Studio Careblend powder in Medium

Cheeks:
--NYC bronzer in Sunny
--Ben Nye contour #1
--MAC blush in Sakura <--Surprisingly good color on me 
--MAC Soft & Gentle MSF

Eyes:
--MAC Soft Ochre paintpot
--MAC moshi moshi! e/s on lid (pale mint green)
--MAC Fig.1 to carve out the crease/bottom liner
--Tarte Amazonian clay liner (from that 8th world wonder set)
--Shiseido lasting lift mascara

Lips:
--later threw on some Playing Koi l/s

More pics (Sorry no close ups today. I was in a hurry)

Oh!! The hearts were made by MAC Magenta Madness pigment. Pretty cool huh?

I have one more FOTD coming up. I love that one the best. Please stay tuned! :)

Thanks!

Tao


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Quite cute? Quite cute!! FOTD 1

Hi guys! Long time no see~

As many of you know, MAC launched its Quite Cute collection on 4/7 and promptly made A LOT of wallets to commit suicide.

However, this collection, while extremely adorable, didn't do much for me. I'm not one for pastel-y colors. I typically go neutral (my FAVE e/s in MAC Patina), but when I do color, I go BOLD. I got some stuff in gratis (thanks to my manager, everything I got was lavender....I DON'T do lavenders).

Anyways, since we had an event for the Quite Cute collection, we had to copy some facechart looks.

This is what I did for the 1st day. I know I didn't do it right, I went A LOT more drag...well I least I tried!! LOL!

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This is my version

What I used:

Face:
--Estee Lauder DW Maximum Coverage in Creamy Vanilla <--SOOOO thick yet covers soooooo well. I wanted that porcelain-doll look
--MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NW20 under the eye
--MAC Studio Careblend powder in Medium

Cheeks:
--MAC blush in Sakura <---Even though it's lavender, it shows up more like a cool tone pink on me
--MAC Soft & Gentle MSF <---Need I say more?

Eyes:
--Cutie e/s palette
--Stila Smudgepot in Black <--Yes, I came back to this
--False lashes <--I used Ardell 117...Can't say I love it. I also bought some Model 21 lashes they are freaking AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (did I use enough exclamation points to emphasize how amazing they are?)

Lips:
--Rimmel l/s in In Vogue <--I thought it looked like Candy Yum Yum...I was wrong.

Close ups:

Look! We got eggs n' bacon necklaces!!

Again, I didn't really like this FOTD. I have two more coming up and I love A LOT more. Stay tuned!

<3

Tao

P.S. I gained 3lbs...FML.
P.P.S. Taco Bell at 2 am is yummier than Taco Bell at 2 pm. Just sayin'

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tarte 8th World Wonder FOTD

So I did a detailed review on this QVC exclusive set a couple weeks ago and promised to show a FOTD using the set.

Here's the look:

I used everything from the set and added MAC Soft & Gentle MSF (don't tell me you didn't see that one coming), Stila Nanda Devi e/s for brows, and MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack.

Since the FOTD I've sold the Tarte Amazonian clay foundation because I just couldn't make this work. It accentuated my flakes and slided off of my face. I had a tinge of seller's remorse after viewing Emilynoel83's review, but thinking back on the different ways I tried to make this work, I just don't think we were meant to be.

Close up:
More pics:


Overall this was a great buy! I'm so glad I set up Auto-delivery with this so I get automatically renewed for the new set in a couple of months. They are always coming out with new QVC exclusive shades. I'd just have to find someone to buy the foundation each time, LOL!

Hope everyone's having a great day. It's my day off (finally) and it's gloomy outside. Poo. :(

xoxo,

Tao

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Difference Brows Make + a quick FOTD

It rather pains me to see SOOO many girls over-tweak or neglect their brows.

I tell customers ALL the time: "Eyes are the windows to your soul, lashes are curtains, and brows are frames". You should embellish each feature slightly in order to achieve balance to your face.

This is me with one brow done and one undone. See the difference it makes?

Now both sides are complete:

I think it made the whole look a little more complete/fierce.
What I have on my face:

Face:
--Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation in Warm Ivory
--MAC Studio Sculpt concealer in NW20
--Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Banana
--MAC Bronzer in Golden

Cheeks:
--MAC Blush in Secret Blush
--MAC Soft & Gentle MSF

Eyes:
--MAC Soft Ochre paintpot
--A little MAC Satin Taupe all over lid
--Physicians Formula Gel liner in for Blue Eyes (blue color)
--MAC e/s in Embark on the outer lower corner
--MAC e/s in Honey Lust on the inner corner

This is how I do my brows:


Hope that was helpful guys! Have a great day!

xoxo

Tao