Review: Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

bourjois 123 cc creamI’ve waxed lyrical about the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in a previous post. It really is a versatile thing. The picture above shows this multitasking miracle in action, providing believable coverage and a finished professional look with a dusting of my current favorite loose powder, Guerlain’s Les Voilettes loose powder. It’s a current favorite day-to-day look that’s very quick to do; I use the shade Rose Beige.

Music for the Long Weekend: Mithoon Sharma on MTV Unplugged India

We’re in the midst of an almost unheard-of 4 day weekend. I’m quite happy slaving away on work though – actually looking forward to it. MTV Unplugged India is keeping me company, and I particularly love this set of music by Mithoon Sharma – a very talented Indian singer and composer. If you love acoustics with strings, you’ll love this set.

 

Review and Swatches: Tinted Moisturizers Alphabet Soup

Tinted moisturizer alphabet soup

They are tinted moisturizers. Period. BB cream, CC cream, ZZ cream… those are marketing rather than functional categories, for me. Over 15 years nothing has convinced me otherwise, so there.

My initial bout with BB creams weren’t a success, mostly they were ashy and gave too much glow. In the last couple of years, a few have wowed me: Hada Labo BB Moist Emulsion, Kate BB gel cream, and Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream. They’re swatched below.

BB and CC creams

Rohto Hada Labo BB Moist Emulsion was the first finding amongst the trio, based reviews of Keto (who sadly has ceased blogging). Although she didn’t like this too much, it sounded like something I would like and the shade match seems good. It’s not until a few years later that I was able to find this item – in slightly used condition so the price was also right. Verdict? I really like this. It is lightweight yet provides sufficient coverage, which can be taken up to medium. The finish is very nice, especially atop moisturizers. The sun protection is a great bonus. The shade is spot on (I aim for MAC NC25).

Kate BB Gel Cream was bought on a whim when I saw this in a store in Manila, and was able to swatch it in person. There’s been a mini hype of this product, and so it went to my cart. Verdict? The shade OC-D is great, but the finish is too dewy for me. It is also thicker and provides higher coverage at one layer. I’ve let this go, but for those looking for a dewy finish and is around NC25 with strongly yellow tones in their skin, this might be worth a try.

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Using Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in Rose Beige

Bourjois’ 123 Perfect CC Cream in shade Rose Beige was acquired late last year, and it’s the best of all the above. On its own, this shade is a bit too apricot-y for me, in a good way. It gives that peaches-and-cream kind of complexion which is slightly unnerving given one’s age. Ehem. What’s amazing with this CC cream is that it’s such a great addition to my other foundations which are mostly slightly too red. This CC cream evens out everything, making my already HG foundations even better! How about that. This is a must have for me, and I hope Bourjois does not discontinue this – I am hopeful as this brand is quite good about keeping their line up for longer.

 

 

 

Welcome, Princess!

As a self-professed Kate groupie, I will have to also commemorate the birth of William and Kate’s second child on this blog, a Princess! Check the awesome WKW blog for a recap of all the best news, it’s really a one-stop-blog for all my Kate cravings.

Can we take a moment to just ponder how amazing this woman is?  A prince, and now a princess. And 12 hours later (not even an overnight!), she came out looking like …that! *swoon*

Review and Swatches: Elf Mineral Foundation SPF15

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I’ve had this Elf Mineral Foundation SPF15 in my stash for at least a year, but just found it again whilst spring cleaning this long weekend. This is actually pretty good for a mineral foundation: great coverage that can be layered from sheer to full; good lasting power and oil control properties: some sun protection (useful for the morning commute): and a standard, no-nonsense packaging. I actually like the fact that this one takes a bit of product to achieve full coverage, unlike some mineral foundations that are so concentrated that even one sheer layer is hard to achieve.

20150503_102156Unfortunately, the shade ‘Fair’ (the lightest shade in the line-up) is way too red for me,  and layered for full coverage, is plainly too dark (see the difference with my lighter neck in the picture below). I’ve also about given up on mineral foundations as it takes too long too buff out the color, and used in the morning after a night treatment of gentle peeling (retinoids, vitamin c, etc), is just too much exfoliation overall.

However, if you are around NC30 and have neutral undertones, this would be a good one to try, I think. Elf products are priced very attractively (this one is priced at $5), and if you’re thinking of trying mineral makeup, this is a good one to test the waters. If you’re fair-skinned though, you’ll probably not have a match as even the lightest shade (Fair) is pretty dark.

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Review: Soundtrack from 50 Shades of Grey

The novel was lame. Just so you know. I tried reading a couple of random paragraphs, but it’s really pretty badly written, with bare bones vocabulary and poor dialogs. Really, ladies. The internets will give you better ones in this genre.

I have no interest in seeing the movie either (that can change though, as Dakota Johnson looks absolutely gorgeous in the trailers, and I’m a big fan of her mom), but the movie soundtrack, now that’s something else. I’ve been a big fan of Ellie Goulding, and found the soundtrack from Ellie’s Love Me Like You Do. The rest of the soundtrack is great, a combination of sweet ballads (Ellie Goulding),faster beats (Vaults! A delicious discovery), and oldies (Frank Sinatra). Preview the songs here.

Review and Swatches: OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby and China Glaze Life Preserver

20150425_093523OPI ‘Love.Angel.Music.Baby’ from the Gwen Stefani collection is described as “gold satin matte”; this is spot-on, but I really dislike its matte look. I always layer a glossy coat atop, usually Seche Vite. Whichever way you like it, this is a beautiful, understated pale gold that will look good on tanned and pale skin alike. As accent nail or full 10 fingers. Worn as I do (with base and top coat) it will last at least one week; forgo base and top coast? Maybe 2-3 days?

China Glaze ‘Live Preserver’ is described as “highly pigmented and luxurious poppy creme.” While it looks orange in pictures, it really is more of a burnt orange, or light terracotta. Absolutely beautiful, fun, yet not in-your-face bright. Still office appropriate. I’ve had this on toes for more than 2 weeks and it’s still going strong. On tips, 1+ week and still only minor chipping.