I picked up a brochure for the L’oreal True Match Mineral Foundation at the pharmacy just a few days ago. This new commercial mineral powder foundation has just launched here in Malaysia with a promotional price of RM60+ or so. That’s pretty expensive when I know of some really nice mineral foundations from etailers that retail for much less.
However, the brochure was great because there were nice pictures showing how to apply mineral powder foundation. The product is the L’oreal mineral powder foundation but just ignore that and follow the procedure with any mineral foundation and a kabuki brush.
I do use a method similar to this to apply my Lumiere mineral foundation.
I’m not getting the L’oreal mineral foundation though. I tested it in Singapore at the end of last year when they launched and I did not like it. The brush felt stiff and poked my face and the powder was cakey and thick no matter how much I tapped off. I’m no stranger to using mineral powder foundation and I just did not like the texture of L’oreal’s. I’ve read people’s comments saying that it isn’t a true mineral foundation because of its ingredients but I’m no expert on that so I’ll refrain from comment.
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I saw these tubs of Canmake Loose Cheek blush powder in Sasa and I immediately fell in love with them. Which girl can pass up the adorable clear lucite tubs with the cute little puff nestled within? They are like mini tubs of Kanebo T’estimo’s layer loose powder blush.
This is a loose powder blush. From experience, loose powder blushes can be tricky to handle if they are pigmented. This is because just a little dab can leave you with clown cheeks. So, the fact that the Canmake powder blush is sheer has its benefits.
I tested Baby Pink, Rose Pink and Orange. Baby Pink is a very light pink colour with slight shimmer. It hardly shows up on my skin and would only suit the very fair in my view.
Rose Pink is a medium pink shade with gold toned shimmer. This one appeals to me because it is a slightly shimmery peachy shade on my skin. It reminds me of T’estimo’s PK20 loose powder blush which I missed buying and I’m happy to have a cheap option at my disposal. Orange was just orange. It would probably suit those with tanned skin but only made me look bruised and strange.
The loose powder blush comes in a little tub with the softest cutest powder puff you will find in a beauty store. There is a sifter so all you need to do is hold the puff against the sifter and turn the tub over a few times so the colour gets onto the puff. Then tap it against your hand to disperse the colour and only then pat it on your face. It is sheer so it makes for less mistakes and you can layer it on for more intensity. A tub of Canmake loose cheek powder costs RM36.90.
Now who said that cheap was not good?
Pros: Cheap, sheer, cute packaging
Cons: Wears off faster
Fashion goes round and round like a merry go round. Its not unusual to have fashion looks from bygone years making a reappearance in the present. Flip through the fashion mags, and one thing is clear â€“ vintage is cool because vintage is about being unique.
Rachel of Xtralicious contacted me recently. Xtralicious is a boutique owned by Rachel, that specialises in vintage inspired fashion. I really like that gold kimono top and black pants look above. I would wear the top (Betty – S$28) with a slimmer set of pants so I donâ€™t look so flowy; and Iâ€™d wear the flowy pants (culottes! – S$39) with a more fitting top. Being short has its disadvantages but I think this would create a bit of a modern twist to a vintage outfit. They sell vintage inspired jewelry and accessories too to complete your look.
Xtralicious is based in Singapore (Hi neighbour!) and prices quoted are in Singapore dollars. They do ship internationally and accept paypal, so thatâ€™s a bonus for international shoppers looking for an inexpensive vintage-inspired deal. It might be helpful to give an approximate idea of shipping costs for international shipping so buyers have an idea what to expect.
You know, that pant suit has really fired my imagination now!
I just got wind of the new Limited Edition Bobbi Brown Pink Satin collection. This is coming hot on the heels of the Nude eye and lip palette and is, in my view, a lot more interesting!
The Pink Satin collection consists of an eyeshadow palette, lipgloss palette and a mini brush set. I haven’t thought much about Bobbi Brown’s eye collections so far, but this eye palette seems to catch my fancy. Maybe its the shimmer – I like shadows with shimmer or maybe its the complementing tones or maybe its that lovely looking grey colour. It looks a little like the Metallics trio that was launched some time last year. This however, looks light where the metallics was darker. The trio retailed for RM150 so I’d expect the same for the Pink Satin. These 3 shimmery colours – Navajo metallic, Hot Stone Metallic and Pink Ice Metallic – are limited edition and only found in this set for now.
The lipgloss trio is a trio of pink glosses. I’m not a fan of lip product in palettes so I’d probably not be tempted by this one. There doesn’t seem to be a brush included which is surprising for a lip palette.
The final item in the set is the brushes – blush, eyeshadow and lip brushes in a case. The case holds the eyeshadow and lip trio too.
I’m not sure how they are selling this Pink Satin set. In the USA, I’m given to understand that it is sold as a whole set for US$140 (RM448). However, they might sell them separately here due to the high price tag. We’ll have to see.