Friday, 22 July 2016

Product Review - Innisfree Long Wear Cushion


I am a convert when it comes to cushions. The quick, easy, convenient and travel friendly packaging was enough to convince me into the craze. 
Innisfree's water based Long Wear Cushion was the first of many cushions I had ever purchased and fell head over heels in love with. In saying that - I decided to do a review for you all so you can see the coverage and how it wears through the day. 

The brand Innisfree have two available cushion formulas, 'Ampoule Intense Cushion' Click Here, which caters more towards those with dry skin and then the 'Long Wear Cushion' Click Here, which caters for all skin types. 

Before delving into the review I do have to mention that along with most Kbeauty foundations, cushions and bb creams, Innisfree doesn't defer from the lack of shade options. There are three shades available in both cushion formulas; Ivory, Light Beige and Natural Beige. I, being about a Mac NC 30 - 40 purchased Natural Beige and found it to be a bit too light, especially since I found that the Innisfree cushions come a lot lighter than normal. 

Claims:
"A cushion made to keep the skin smooth and bright for a long time. This foundation reduces the appearance of pores, discoloration, and imperfections and ensures a perfectly flawless complexion every time. 
The long-wear complex containing Jeju volcanic powder delivers flawless coverage with this long-lasting effect. 
Whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin, sebum-controlling Jeju volcanic powder will adjust to address your skin concerns for makeup that lasts better, longer, and truer. 
Enhances your complexion by reducing the appearance of pores, discoloration, and imperfections...
"
- Via Innisfree website click here

Ingredients:
WATER, ZINC OXIDE (CI 77947), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, TRISILOXANE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, NIACINAMIDE, LAURYL PEG-8 DIMETHICONE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, POLYPROPYLSILSESQUIOXANE, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, GLYCERIN, ORCHID EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA JAPONICA LEAF EXTRACT, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, DISODIUM EDTA, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, LECITHIN, MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, MANNITOL, MINERAL SALTS, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT EXTRACT, BORON NITRIDE, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, SODIUM CHLORIDE, STEARIC ACID, SILICA, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) POWDER, ADENOSINE, ACRYLATES/ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE/DIMETHICONE METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FRUIT EXTRACT, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH, ISOSTEARIC ACID, ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, CITRUS PARADISI (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CITRUS TANGERINA (TANGERINE) EXTRACT, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, POLYGLYCERYL-3 POLYRICINOLEATE, POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, PROPANEDIOL, VOLCANIC ASH, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), FRAGRANCE [No.21 Natural beige] WATER, ZINC OXIDE (CI 77947), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, TRISILOXANE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, NIACINAMIDE, LAURYL PEG-8 DIMETHICONE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, POLYPROPYLSILSESQUIOXANE, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, GLYCERIN, ORCHID EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA JAPONICA LEAF EXTRACT, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, DISODIUM EDTA, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, LECITHIN, MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, MANNITOL, MINERAL SALTS, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT EXTRACT, BORON NITRIDE, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, SODIUM CHLORIDE, STEARIC ACID, SILICA, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) POWDER, ADENOSINE, ACRYLATES/ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE/DIMETHICONE METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FRUIT EXTRACT, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH, ISOSTEARIC ACID, ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, CITRUS PARADISI (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CITRUS TANGERINA (TANGERINE) EXTRACT, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, POLYGLYCERYL-3 POLYRICINOLEATE, POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, PROPANEDIOL, VOLCANIC ASH, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), FRAGRANCE [No.23 True beige] WATER, ZINC OXIDE (CI 77947), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, TRISILOXANE, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, NIACINAMIDE, LAURYL PEG-8 DIMETHICONE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, POLYPROPYLSILSESQUIOXANE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, GLYCERIN, ORCHID EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA JAPONICA LEAF EXTRACT, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, DISODIUM EDTA, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, LECITHIN, MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, MANNITOL, MINERAL SALTS, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT EXTRACT, BORON NITRIDE, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, SODIUM CHLORIDE, STEARIC ACID, SILICA, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) POWDER, ADENOSINE, ACRYLATES/ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE/DIMETHICONE METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FRUIT EXTRACT, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH, ISOSTEARIC ACID, ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, CITRUS PARADISI (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CITRUS TANGERINA (TANGERINE) EXTRACT, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, POLYGLYCERYL-3 POLYRICINOLEATE, POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, PROPANEDIOL, VOLCANIC ASH, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), FRAGRANCE

Packaging
  • In the form of a cushion
  • Plastic casing
  • Comes with a mirror
  • Contains 1x Puff (which is easy to wash, like the beauty blender)
  • Contains 15g of product









Trial

Initial

Before - Five minutes after skin care regime. 
  • Sunscreen and eye cream applied - no primers. 
  • Hyper pigmentation, healing blemishes and discolouration
  • Darkness around the eye area
After - One light layer and then focusing on certain areas, my temples, under eye area and cheeks.
  • Medium coverage - Very buildable, conceals blemishes, hyper pigmentation and discolouration
  • Natural finish
  • Sets well
  • Feels very lightweight
  • Easy to blend
  • Quick to apply - did my entire face and down my neck within the minute. 
Makeup Of The Day - No setting sprays or setting powders applied. 

3 Hours Wear
  • Everything remains concealed - blemishes, pores and discolouration
  • A natural shine is apparent along my four head
  • Still remains as a natural finish - no caking or creasing
  • Still feels lightweight
8 Hours Wear
  • Slight oiliness along four head
  • A few blemishes are starting to become apparent on my cheeks, however the blemishes on my temples still remain concealed
  • No caking or creasing
  • Still feels lightweight
Final Verdict
As you all already know from my introduction, this is one cushion I absolutely love. 
Not only is the whole packaging convenient and time efficient, the formula is pretty dope too. 
It is completely buildable, low maintenance and light weight. 
No matter the amount of layers I applied to further conceal areas I found that it felt so lightweight that I was comfortable enough to touch my face through out the day (you know those heavy foundations that make you completely aware you have makeup on... yeah well no, this definitely never felt that way).
It fascinates me how good the coverage is and yet how natural it made my skin look. 
I recommend that if you do have oily combination skin and you plan to wear this foundation for a longer duration than 8 hours that you either set your oily areas with some sort of powder or you blot and touch up throughout the day. 
The one let down I do have to mention is the colour selection. Not only does it have only three colours available (almost making it impossible with anyone with a deeper skin tone than Beige to purchase) but it also runs lighter than most Kbeauty cushions. 

To purchase this cushion online click here.

So tell me, have ya'll tried out this cushion? How do you guys find it?

Thank you to all that have read this blog post. I hope you all found this review helpful and intriguing. Till next time! 
Ciao. 
xx/Vanessa 

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Youtube Episode: First Impressions - Always Off Makeup Remover Cloths


Hello guys!
My youtube channel has been updated with a new episode - a review on the Always Off Makeup Remover Cloths.
The concept of these cloths is to be able to remove your makeup (even stubborn waterproof mascara) with just the cloth and water. Amazing concept right? Watch the episode below to see how it goes!
Now usually I post my first impressions/product reviews on my blog, but this time I decided to post it as a video so that you guys can get a thorough review and demo of the product in action.



Pretty interesting huh? Don't forget to subscribe to my channel CLICK HERE so you don't miss out on any of the action!

Youtube Episode - Korean Makeup Haul June 2016

I ain't gonna lie, I am so guilty when it comes to skipping the gym this Winter. I usually go around 5-7 times a week, but now I'm down to 2 times. I'm literally paying to not go to the gym. HELP!
It's freezing cold in Sydney, my alarm clock for 4:30am goes off and I just can't be f*cked. I've become an eating couch potato. Who's been skipping the gym for a nice cosy warm bed, packets of chocolates and online shopping.
And did I mention? I'm one of those people who constantly have a "watch list" or ongoing "shopping cart" on online stores.
I'm usually the person at a party who is on their phone, searching and adding more things to their cart and browsing at what new makeup products are now available (it's an illness), more so than browsing on FB or instagram.
So eventually that shopping cart and watch list has to be purchased right? RIGHT! So as one sick person who already has more makeup than one person should have, I carted, I bought and paid and now I have hauled. This is a recent episode I've uploaded of a load of Korean makeup items that I've purchased online. Beware... this is just part 1... I'm still waiting for part 2 to come in the mail. lol.


Thursday, 23 June 2016

Youtube Episode: First Impressions - Daiso Beauty Products




Hey guys!
Recently I've uploaded an episode onto my youtube channel Click Here. I get ready using a full face of products from Daiso where in I show you the quality and my first impressions on all the products. You will honestly be surprised the quality of some of items!


I hope you all enjoy the episode, don't forget to subscribe to my channel for more videos!
xx/Vanessa

Product Review: Etude House Lash Serum


Hello guys!
On today's blog post we will we reviewing Etude House's "My Lash Serum".
If you guys don't know I have become a huge, HUGE fan of KBeauty products, Etude House being one of my favourite brands - and honestly this product doesn't let me down.
I've always been interested, yet skeptical when it came to lash serums, especially with the steep price that a lot of brands are throwing at us for them. When I saw Etude House sold a lash serum for just $8AU a pop, I couldn't resist.

Claims
"Formulated with Cornus Officinalis Fruit extract and Panthenol, this eye lash treatment conditions for healthier looking lashes."
- Etude House 

Ingredients
WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, PHENOXYETHANOL, CARBOMER, TROMETHAMINE, SYMPHYTUM OFFICINALE LEAF EXTRACT, PEG-32, PEG-6, DISODIUM EDTA, BENZOPHENONE-5, SWERTIA JAPONICA EXTRACT, SODIUM HYALURONATE, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, YELLOW 5 (CI 19140), ETHYLPARABEN, RED 33 (CI 17200), ISOBUTYLPARABEN, BUTYLPARABEN

Packaging
- Clear Tube
- Clear bristles
- 19g of product













Trial - Before and After One Month Use 

I have been using this product day and night for a month and once I sat and compared the before and after shots I noticed a huge difference. My lashes have definitely increased in length and volume. They appear a lot more fluttery and wispy and aren't the short sparse ones I had only a month ago. 

Final Verdict
I believe this is one successful product. After seeing such huge results I can't skip a day without using this. It's definitely a product I recommend you purchasing if you've always wanted to try out lash serums but could never bite the bullet in spending the doh for it. 

CLICK HERE if you would like to purchase it online. 

Thank you for reading today's blog post. I hope you all enjoyed it. Don't forget to visit my channel Click Here to view more reviews/tutorials. 

xx/Vanessa

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte+Poreless Foundation Review

Today we will be reviewing the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte+Poreless Liquid Foundation - something I was determined to review because it's had so many mixed reviews.
To purchase this item CLICK HERE

Claims
"Fit Me! Matte + Poresless from Maybelline New York goes beyond skin tone matching to fit the unique texture issues of normal to oily skin for the ultimate natural skin fit. While some foundations can exaggerate pores and oily skin, only our pore-minimising foundation contains our genius blurring micro-powders that erase pores and absorbs oil for a naturally matte and poreless-looking finish. 
  • Blotting micro powders absorbs oil for a matte finish
  • Lightweight blur technology erases pores for an airbrushed look"
- Via Maybelline New York Website CLICK HERE

Packaging

      • 30mls/1 FL.OZ. 
      • Glass bottle with plastic lid
      • No Pump
      • Shade labelled on the top of the lid

 



















Ingredients
Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Nylon-12, Isododecane, Alcohol Denat, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, PEG-20, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Sulfate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Methylparaben, Acrylates Copolymer, Tocopherol, Butylparaben, Aluminum Hydroxide, Alumina, Silica, Glycerin +/- (CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491/CI 77492/CI 77499/Iron Oxides)

Trial 

 Initial Application

 Before Shot - Sun screen and lip balm

  • A lot of hyper pigmentation.
  • Healing pimples
  • Dark under eye circles

After Shot - After One Layer
  • Thin consistency
  • Easy to blend
  • Light weight
  • Evens skin tone
  • Buildable coverage
  • Healing pimples are still visible with one light layer
  • Under Eye circles are reduced but still visible
  • Satin finish (matte but not powdery)
  • Natural Finish
  • Pores are still visible
  • Clings to dry patches
Makeup Of The Day 
  • No setting/primers

Close Ups
  • No white cast
  • No flash back
  • Looks natural 
  • Clings to dry areas
  • Pores are still very visible
  • Emphasis uneven skin texture

4 Hours Wear

  • Shine along four head
  • No caking or creasing 
  • Still remains natural
8 Hours Wear

  • Oily
  • Caking along four head 
  • Faded around nostrils 
  • Feels heavy on the skin
Final Verdict
It's not a foundation I would ever repurchase. The market this foundation is targeting is those with oily skin. Yes, it does start off as a matte/satin finish, but how long it lasts that way is questionable since only 2 hours into wear I noticed my oil was coming through. 
Along with oily skin comes blemishes and problematic skin, and yet this foundation didn't conceal those concerns. 
It had claimed to be a pore minimising foundation and yet my pores were visible and emphasised. 
I did however, enjoy the natural finish it initially gave my skin, but the finish isn't enough for me to be convinced in buying it again - I'm all about the lasting power and how well it maintains my complexion throughout the day. 
It doesn't live up to it's actual product name "Matte+Poreless". 
All I am is confused when I use this product, fair enough it doesn't suit my skin type (oily combination) and yet how can it suit normal/dry when it emphasis and clings to dry patches? Not too sure where they were going with this one but it was a miss. 

How did you guys find this foundation? How did you guys make it work?

I hope you all found this review helpful. CLICK HERE to view and subscribe to my youtube channels for more girl talk. 

xx/Vanessa


Thursday, 26 May 2016

K-Beauty Inspired Winter Makeup Tutorial

I've recently uploaded a Winter Makeup Tutorial inspired by Korean Makeup Techniques. I didn't fully submerge the entire tutorial on K-beauty Techniques since there is still so much to learn, but I've applied a few that have really gained a lot of my interest.
In the process of creating this makeup look I made sure to make this all season friendly, whether you are currently experiencing Summer or are in the midst of hitting Winter - all you have to do is switch up the lip colour.

Episode

Products Used
Australis Oh Hai Brow Shaping Kit

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte+Poreless Liquid Foundation

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Australis AC ON TOUR Contouring & Highlighting Kit

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder "Etheral Light"

- Maybelline Blush "Ravishing Rouge"
DISCONTINUED

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeshadow Stick "Bulletproof Beige"

Kat Von D Shade+Light Eyeshadow Palette

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment "Improper Copper"

Etude House Dear Girls, Cute Eyes Maker

Etude House Play 101 Pencil #5

Essence Kajal Eye Pencil "Teddy"

Tony Moly Prestige Super-Proof Eyeliner #02 Brown

- Fashion 21 Double Up Mascara
ONLY AVAILABLE IN PHILIPPINES

-  NYC Lovatics By Demi Lip & Cheek Tint "Cheeky Berry"


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