2017

REVIEW: MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation

I received a sample of this foundation from the MAC beauty counter at Myer in the shades NC25 and NC30. I have used this foundation more than 5 times now so I think I know enough about it to do a full review on it.

Disclaimer: Because all I had were samples, I do not have my own images of the product itself. I will be using images I find from Google.

 

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“A foundation that delivers colour in an ultra-fluid, thin, elastic, gel-serum formula.”

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

As the name suggests, this foundation claims to be a lightweight foundation with a stay-true colour. It blurs imperfections such as pores and fine lines. While it is a water based foundation, it does claim to control oil.

PACKAGING

The foundation comes in a frosted glass bottle. Instead of the common pump, the foundation is dispensed through a dropper. I find this packaging very nice and sleek. However, I’ve always preferred a pump on my foundation bottle.

 

MAC waterweight foundation NC 30 swatch

Swatch

 

This foundation, as the name suggests, is very watery and does provide a dewy finish. I myself have always been more in favour of dewy foundations/BB creams. This also comes in a wide range of shades so it’ll be easier for one to find a perfect match.

 

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NC30

NC30 is a perfect match for my skin as of now and I’m glad I finally know my MAC shade! It makes the process of purchasing other foundations so much easier.

 

 

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NC25

As you can see above, NC25 is way too pink for my skin and does not match my neck at all.

FIRST IMPRESSION

This foundation is very lightweight so yes it does live up to its title. It has a very sheer finish. It leaves your skin looking dewy, natural, and healthy. It is buildable and does not cake up, but the most coverage you’re going to get is a medium. As for the oil control, I was surprised that for such a watery foundation, this did not make my face look greasy throughout the day. It actually maintained its fresh, dewy look even after sweating.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I actually really like this foundation. As some may know by now, I love dewy foundations and I love how it feels like you’re literally wearing nothing on your face. Due to the very sheer coverage, this foundation is good for those who are blessed with perfect skin. But for those with acne or trouble areas, this foundation would be a waste of your money. Also, if you are looking to get a medium coverage out of this, you need to use ALOT of product which again, is a waste of your money.

 

 

Pros:

  • Feels like you’re wearing nothing
  • Controls oil
  • Gives a natural glow to skin
  • Buildable
  • Wide shade range

Cons:

  • Highest amount of coverage is only medium
  • Requires ALOT of product to cover the face

Overall rating: 4/5

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REVIEW: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Hey everyone! I’m back again with another review. I finally finished uni so now I have the time to review more products. Thank god 🙂

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Disclaimer: The image above is NOT mine. I just had to use one from the internet as I have already thrown away my old bottle before I had the chance to take any photos of it

This is a foundation that has SO much hype surrounding it so naturally, I was very excited to try this out and I had very, very high expectations of it. This is what Mecca Maxima has to say on this foundation:

A complexion perfecting foundation that provides natural looking medium to full coverage. Oil free, hydrating makeup.

Key claims:

  • Medium to full coverage
  • Oil free
  • Hydrating makeup
  • Enriched with coconut water to replenish skin
  • Gives a naturally radiant looking skin

You can purchase this at Mecca Maxima for $57 AUD for 30ML worth of product.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Disclaimer: The image above is NOT mine. I just had to use one from the internet as I have already thrown away my old bottle before I had the chance to take any photos of it.

My first encounter with this foundation was actually as a gift given to me by my best friend. Unfortunately, the shade she gave me was many shades lighter than my skin tone. Way too light even for my winter shade. So one day, I decided to pop into Mecca Maxima and request for a tester.

I actually love the samples from Mecca Maxima. Even though the sample pot is tiny, I can still get more than 5 uses out of it.

I was colour matched by a beauty consultant and she matched me with the shade “Nude”. This foundation comes in a whopping 18 shades. Your skin is pretty much guaranteed to find a perfect match!

For reference, my MAC shade is NC30 and Nude is just a tiiiiiny smidge lighter than my skin but it still fits well.

 

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Disclaimer: The image above is NOT mine. I just had to use one from the internet as I have already thrown away my old bottle before I had the chance to take any photos of it.

This foundation comes in a standard frosted glass pump bottle. I think the packaging on this is just beautiful.

Keep in mind, that the packaging is heavy so if you were to travel, i’d recommend transferring some product into a small pot.

Refer to the captions for more information!

The fourth image was taken an hour after the first one and the sun had moved so the lighting in my room had changed.

My final thoughts: I absolutely LOVE this foundation. It certainly lives up to its claims. It really does give my skin a very nice looking glow without getting oily. It doesn’t crease anywhere which I love considering I usually crease in my smile lines. It’s a buildable foundation and the finish isn’t cakey. It’s also lightweight and does not feel heavy on the face.

I wouldn’t say its entirely matte or dewy but it definitely leans more towards the dewy side. I just love how radiant my skin looks when I wear this and I would definitely be open to purchasing a full sized bottle in the future.

Pros:

  • Makes the skin look glowy and radiant.
  • Doesn’t make the skin oily.
  • No creasing
  • Buildable
  • Lightweight
  • Beautiful packaging
  • Comes with a pump

Cons:

  • Heavy bottle
  • A little on the pricey side

Overall rating: 5/5! 🙂

 

 

REVIEW: Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Hello everyone! I FINALLY had the time to do another review which makes me really happy. Uni is actually killing me.

Anyway, today I will be doing a review on Benefit’s famous ‘Roller Lash’ mascara.

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Benefit Roller Lash mascara

I purchased this at Myer for $42 AUD because I was on the hunt for a new mascara. Previously, I was using random old mascaras that I had sitting on my makeup desk and I had decided (for health reasons) that I should probably get a new one.

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Benefit Roller Lash mascara

I actually love the packaging of this mascara. Pink has always been my favourite colour. Whenever I enter a Benefit stand, I find the whole place so aesthetically pleasing.

The mascara comes in a regular tube with a rubber handle which provides a better grip. The bottom half of the tube is made out of a shiny type of plastic.

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Benefit Roller Lash mascara

“It’s a roller for lashes! The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls.”

Key claims:

  • Satin finish
  • Water-resistant & easy to remove
  • Holds for 12 hours
  • Long -lasting curl

This product has won an award for the ‘Beauty Heaven Best Mascara 2016’. Many beauty YouTubers and personal friends love this mascara and are loyal fans. This raised my expectations.

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Benefit Roller Lash mascara

This mascara is available in two colours. Black and brown. I have the one in black. I’ve never been a fan of brown mascara.

This product contains provitamin B5 and serin which are known for their lash-conditioning benefits.

The image below are my eyelashes immediately after applying Roller Lash. Yes, I also curled my eyelashes. My natural lashes are quite a long length but face straight down so I always need to use an eyelash curler.

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My eyelashes after applying Roller Lash.

Roller Lash lengthens my eyelashes but does not hold the curl which disappointed me a little. I mean, Roller Lash makes my eyelashes look pretty good but I really want something that would hold the the curl. My biggest issue with this mascara is that it smudges! As the day progresses, the mascara slightly smudges under the eye and it annoys me so much.

This mascara does a decent job at lengthening my lashes but overall, I do not see the hype with this mascara considering how much it smudges and the fact that its unable to hold a curl.

Pros:

  • Lengthens the eyelashes
  • Rubber handle for better grip
  • Comes in two colours
  • Easy to remove
  • Does not clump

Cons:

  • Smudges under the eye throughout the day
  • Does not hold a curl

Overall rating: 3.5/5

REVIEW: Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask

It’s been a while since I’ve posted because I’ve been so busy with uni work 😦 but I’m back!

I’ve wanted to try this sheet mask for so long. This was recommended by one of my favourite beauty YouTubers meejmuse in one of her videos where she talks about the best of Korean face sheet masks which you can watch here.

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Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask

I purchased this mask at MDRanking in Sydney for around $2.50 AUD for a single mask. It’s not exactly cheap but it’s almost impossible to find affordable Korean sheet masks here in Australia.

You may also buy this sheet mask online.

 

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Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask

I was never familiar with this brand prior but I’m always open to trying new skincare products. Papa Recipe is a South Korean skincare brand established in 2012 by a doctor. Papa Recipe is formulated with natural ingredients without the use of artificial preservatives.

Unfortunately, there isn’t an offical website for this brand where I can find more information on other products that they carry.

 

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Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask

This Bombee Honey mask is enriched with honey extract and is made to supply moisture and nourishment. This aims to target different skin needs while maintaining the moisture and vitality of the skin.

This mask also said to contain exclusive gold complex which helps moisturise the skin and boost the hydration. I’m not too sure what gold complex is myself but it sounds good.

 

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Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask

I use this after cleaning and toning my face as per usual. While using it, I was surprised to find a lack of a honey scent, although it doesn’t really matter much to me.

This mask is made out of natural bio-fiber paper which made it very easy to apply and stick on to the skin. I really hate thick, hard, and paper-like sheet masks which I have experienced with some Innisfree masks. There is a generous amount of essence soaked into it so it really feels like your skin is taking in all of that goodness.

My face felt super soft and supple after using it and I definitely would use this again in the future.

Pros:

  • Targets different skin needs.
  • Little to no scent. Good for those who are sensitive.
  • Sticks onto the face very well.
  • Soften and smooths the skin.

Cons:

  • Not as accessible as some other brands.
  • More on the pricey side.

Overall rating: 5/5

REVIEW: Tony Moly Pikachu Mask Sheet

This was something I purchased purely based on the packaging. I’m a sucker for anything cute. Can you blame me?

I purchased this at MD Ranking for $2.50 AUD which is not bad but there are other cheaper sheet masks out there.

For those who are not familiar with Tony Moly, it is a South Korean brand that offers skincare and beauty products. It is an affordable brand that offers quality products without breaking your wallet.

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Tony Moly Pikachu Mask Sheet

This isn’t my first time using sheet masks from Tony Moly and I enjoyed using their I’m Real sheet masks.

Tony Moly actually have these sheet masks featuring other Pokemon characters and I have inserted an image below.

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At MD Ranking, they were only selling the Pikachu and the Meowth mask and I considered purchasing both but eventually just settled with Pikachu.

Tony Moly also has other Pokemon skincare products and even makeup!

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Tony Moly Pikachu Mask Sheet

Each Pokemon mask caters towards different skin needs:

Pikachu – Moisturising

Meowth – Nutrition

Charmander – Brightening

Squirtle – Hydrating

Bulbasaur – Pore

This is what websites online have to say about the Pikachu mask:

“The nourishing honey provides full vitality to skin as the nourishing honey deeply penetrates into skin.”

Because this is a moisturising skin, this will be suitable for those with dry, flaky skin.

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Tony Moly Mask Sheet

This is one of those masks that feel kind of stiff and paper-like. However, it is not as stiff as the Innisfree Real Squeeze mask so it’s not too bad.

In terms of moisturising, this mask is adequate but nothing outstanding. This mask is one of those products that is only really interesting for the packaging. I can’t really say that my skin was feeling VERY soft after but it was okay.

However, I am not saying this is a terrible product. If you are looking for an affordable mask that will provide nothing more than a decent job at moisturising your skin, then this will be good for you.

Pros:

  • Attractive packaging
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Only mediocre in moisturising

Overall rating: 2.5/5

You can purchase this mask from these sites: YesStyle, Style Korean, Shopee

 

REVIEW: Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask – Rice

I have used a few masks from Innisfree before however, I never had the chance to review them. This was given to me by my brother but you can purchase this at any Korean cosmetics store in Sydney for $1.80 AUD which is very affordable considering majority of the sheet masks range from $3 to $9.

So let’s just jump straight into the review!

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Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask – Rice

This mask is part of Innisfree’s It’s Real Squeeze line which consists of 10 different type of masks. The line contains Aloe, Acai Berry, Rose, Tea Tree, Cucumber, Manuka Honey, Green Tea, Pomegranate, Rice, and Shea Butter. All of these have different purposes, catering towards whatever your skin needs.

I have tried a few of these before (before I started reviewing) however, for now I only have the rice mask. The rice mask is made to give your skin a dewy finish so I would not recommend this to those with oily skin.

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Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask – Rice

This is what Innisfree has to say about the line:

“It’s real squeeze mask – A top 10 best seller that provides a customised solution suited to various skin concerns with freshly squeezed natural ingredients”

I use this after cleansing and applying toner. I leave it on for about 15 mins and gently pat the remaining serum into my skin.

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Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask – Rice (Ingredients list)

This mask feels like thick and paper-like. I’m not a fan of the thickness of the mask because I feel like it does not stick to my face as well as I would like it to. The serum inside is quite milky and moisturising. Although I would have liked a little more serum. I’m one of those who likes to dump thick layers of skincare on my face. However, it is moisturising and left my skin feeling soft and smooth. There is little to no scent which is good for those who are sensitive to scents, like me.

This mask isn’t outstanding but it does the job and it is also affordable. This is nice mask to use for those who are looking for something affordable but is also a quality product.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Moisturising

Cons:

  • Mask does not adhere to skin very well

Overall rating: 3.5/5

REVEW: Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste

Aesop was one of those skincare stores that I have always seen everywhere but never actually went inside and browsed. For some reason I was just never interested in going inside until my brother, who is also a skincare junkie himself, decided to shop there.

I lost my Aesop virginity to this product and I was very curious about how it would affect my skin. First impressions with skincare brands leave quite an impact on me so I had very high hopes for this.

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“Fine river-bed Quartz contained in a cream base sloughs away tired surface cells while Lactic Acid offers a mild chemical exfoliation to leave skin immaculately cleansed, soft and polished.”

This cream-based exfoliating formulation suits most skin types and also claims to polish, smooth and refine the skin.

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The price for this is $55 AUD for 75ml worth of product which I personally feel is a little expensive for an exfoliator. I’m currently using my Skinfood Black Sugar exfoliator which is probably a holy grail product for me and it only costs around $8 AUD! For something around $55, I am expecting GREAT results.

I’m not really a fan of the type of packaging Aesop uses which feels kind of like a really strong foil. I’ve just always preferred a general plastic squeeze tube or tub. However, because of its foil-like packaging, it’s easier to get every bit of product out, leaving no waste.

Because this is an exfoliator, naturally I use this product after double cleansing my face.

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So moving on to my final thoughts of this product. This product does soften and smooth out the skin BUT (yes there is a very big but here) the smell is way too suffocating for me. It smells like some sort of foreign or exotic plant and it is VERY strong. I’m very sensitive to scents and I’ve always leaned towards the more fresh, citrus-y scents.

This product is adequate in terms of exfoliating my skin but overall, I would not use this again purely based on the smell. I’ll just stick to my Skinfood Black Sugar Mask.

Pros:

  • Foil-like packaging helps execute every last bit of product
  • I really don’t have much else to say about this product

Cons:

  • Smell is way too strong and suffocating

Overall rating: 2/5