Thursday, October 12, 2017

SHISEIDO | Synchro Skin Lasting Foundation

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When it comes to big name beauty brands, Shiseido is an international powerhouse that somehow manages to stay under the radar here in North America. With a whole string of well established sub-brands under its name in the overseas market, I always wishes there would be more to explore yet low and behold Shiseido releases two harmonizing base products; Synchro Skin Luminizing Foundation and Synchro Skin Lasting Foundation. I had the chance to test out the latter in the past few weeks.

Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Foundation

THE BASICS
Brand: Shiseido
Product: Synchro-Skin Foundation SPF20*
Colours: 11 shades
Size: 30ml
Price: 58CAD
Availability: The Bay, Nordstrom, Shiseido counters
Would I (re)purchase: No
Better Alternative: MAC Waterweight Foundation
Website: www.shiseido.com
Note: This product was provided by Influenster & Shiseido as a testing sample. I am not otherwise paid. All thoughts and review details are solely my own. 

Packaged in a sleek frosted pump bottle, the Shiseido Synchro-Skin echoes the fluid lines of familiar Japanese design. Though heavier in glass, it doesn't take up too much space on my vanity however the cap has to be matched a certain way to click closed which has be fickle.

Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Foundation

TEXTURE & APPLICATION
Due to the formulation, I recommend a vigorous shake before attempting to use the foundation for the first time. The high water content means there's often separation in the bottle so don't be alarmed if the first few pumps are just clear liquid.

Appropriately mixed, the texture of Synchro-Skin is smooth and creamy; easily spread with a brush or a sponge though I personally prefer the latter. The product spreads quite thin over the skin and feels very lightweight.

Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Foundation

COVERAGE & COLOUR
The shade I had been testing out is labeled Neutral on the bottle but the Shiseido's website appears to denote an intensity number which I am not able to find. Upon initial application, the colour looks quite close to my skin tone but is perhaps a smidge dark compared to my neck. There is slight oxidization throughout the day. Unfortunately this foundation doesn't brighten up my complexion and I tend to look dull in a hour or two. See my other foundation matches here.

With varying methods of application, I can achieve a range between light to medium coverage which is great for everyday wear. There is a tendency to cling to dry patches so a heavier moisturizer or a smoothing primer is recommended. Over applying and over buffing the foundation can also emphasize dry patches. The initial dry down is a soft matte but will soften to a satin finish in about 30 minutes.

Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Foundation
Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Foundation
Shiseido | Synchro Skin Lasting Foundation (shade: Natural)

LONGEVITY
I found average wear to be 4-5 hours on my combination skin before it starts to breakdown so it's not particularly long wearing at all for it's name. Oil control is lacking when worn alone. I prefer the finish on the drier parts of my face after a few hours of wear but by then my forehead will need to be touched up.

SENSITIVITY
This foundation needs proper double cleansing to remove. I initially noticed clogged pores after frequent wear but more thorough cleansing seemed to help. This is something I recommend taking off as soon as you get home instead of waiting around until bedtime.

Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Foundation

THE FINAL VERDICT
The Shiseido Synchro-Skin Lasting Foundation* is a light to medium coverage creamy product with a satin finish. The finish does look very pretty but it is for a very specific customer; someone who doesn’t have too many dry patches, has normal skin (or prefers to wear a primer) and isn't concerned about longevity. In every sense I simply found this to be a very average foundation. Personally, many things fall short for me but I may potentially give the glow version a try. 

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

BIOTHERM | Aquasource Ever Plump Night (Sleeping Mask)

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BIOTHERM- AquaSource Ever Plump Night Review

As one of Biotherm's cornerstone range of skincare, Aquasource had expanded earlier this year to include a new night time offering. Following the popularity of night masks and nightly restorative products recently hitting the Western beauty market, Ever Plump Night* is a duo use moisturizer and sleeping mask formulated to replenish, moisturize and restore skin's balance.

BIOTHERM- AquaSource Ever Plump Night Review

THE BASICS
Brand: Biotherm
Product: Aquasource Ever Plump Night*
Size: 75ml
Price: $65 CAD
Availability: The Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Biotherm counters worldwide
Would I (re)purchase: Probably yes.
Website: www.biotherm.ca

TEXTURE & APPLICATION
Gorgeously packaged in am ombre glass jar, Ever Plump Night* boasts dark cultivated algae extract as it's highlight ingredient and has a marine fragrance similar to the Life Plankton Essence. In the jar, the product behaves like a semi-solid jelly but transforms into a smooth gel once applied to the skin and has a soothing cooling effect on initial contact. While Biotherm describes this as a night time barrier that feels like a second skin, this is something that you can and will feel as a slight film since it doesn't absolutely absorb like a regular moisturizer. I don't find it particularity bothersome but it's probably a texture that's better suited to the cooler season. Although blue in colour, the gel won't turn your face blue nor will it leave any residue on your pillow give you apply the appropriate amount. A small nail sized amount is plenty. As it doesn't quite fully absorb, I'd categorize this more as a mask product.

BIOTHERM- AquaSource Ever Plump Night Review

EFFECTIVENESS
I found this to be a great overnight plumper just like it's namesake and there was a noticeable difference the first morning after. Biotherm is really only marketing this as an overnight moisturizer so for all its intentions I was very satisfied with the results. My skin was smooth, felt refreshed, plumped up and... dare I even say... juicy. My pores and skin texture were temporarily smoothed over and in the mirror my morning face looked well rested. There is some slightly shine since the gel is still sitting as a second layer so I do recommend you rinse off during your am routine. 

SENSITIVITY
The fragrance here while not an issue for me personally, can feel slightly overwhelming if you are new to Biotherm's products. It does linger for about 10 minutes after application. I did not experience any breakouts or sensitive reactions but I would not layer thing over super nourishing products, especially in humid / summer seasons as it can be too heavy and potentially be pore clogging. Rinsing off the morning after is recommended.

HOW I USED IT
After my wash routine, toner, essence and in place of my moisturizer.

OTHER PRODUCTS USED
Omorovicza Mud Cleanser*, Sulwhasoo First Care Essence, MISSHA Time Revolution Night Repair

BIOTHERM- AquaSource Ever Plump Night Review

THE FINAL VERDICT
Biotherm's Aquasource Ever Plump Night* is a great pick me up product to keep by your bedside. Whether you choose to use it nightly as a regular moisturizer or occasionally as a sleeping mask, it plumps up the skin after a hard days work and temporarily smooths over skin texture and fine lines. The gel like texture covers like a thin mask so it is something that takes getting used to but it shouldn't be uncomfortable to use. The large format of the jar slightly offsets the price point compared to other Aquasource products. I would recommend this to those with dehydrated, combination or dry skin types and those in all age groups. The neutral scent and texture of Ever Plump Night lends itself as an inviting unisex product so do share this jar!

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Monday, September 25, 2017

MISS DIOR | Blooming Bouquet Fragrance

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Sometimes, those teeny tiny samples thrown into your bag at the Sephora beauty counter actually work. Case and point, a few months ago I purchased my very first Dior fragrance and have been quite smitten with it the entire summer. As I was attempting to photograph this tricky all clear bottle complete with its sweet silver tone bow, pink was undoubtedly the right answer to this styling.

Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is an extension of the popular namesake range and is done up in Sicilian orange, pink peony, Damascus rose and white musk. It's categorized as an eau de toilette and comes accompanied by shower gel, hair mist and body milk options. Lighthearted and youthful, Dior describes this as chic, romantic and charming.

SHOP DIOR | Sephora | The Bay | ULTA (30ml @ $64CAD) 

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On my skin, this scent is very fresh and girly but doesn't feel like I'm trying too hard. I love that it's a departure from the overly sweet tones dominating perfumes lately and a welcomed breath of fresh air. It's flowers from your foyer in the Hamptons, twirling in your favourite sundress and taking a nap among the wildflowers. Thanks to its soft nature, I also find this to be a great office / day time fragrance as it wears close to the body and isn't cloying or sharp. On another note, this is a short wearing scent so expect to top up if you expect to be floating on a cloud of flowers all day. Personally, I'm happy with a light morning spritz and being on my way.

If you're a fan of scents like Philosophy's Amazing Grace which is currently my signature for 2017, you'll love mixing it up with Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet. And while I am storing this away for the cooler season ahead, I look forward to finishing up the bottle.


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I made a bee-sy tank top | Ogden Camisole - True Bias


Ogden Camisole - True Bias

Ogden Camisole - True Bias

This sassy little tank top started with me in my usual habitat...shopping, when I came upon this beautifully whimsical fabric with prints of little bees in bright yellow. On the next few trips, I'd always stop by to look at it on the bolt but with nothing to use for it, every time it stayed in the shops.

PATTERN: True Bias - Ogden Camisole
MY NUMBERS: 34 - 27.5 - 37
PATTERN SIZE: 2 (B33-W27-H35)
EDITS: Shortened body and straps
FINISHES: Double stitched rolled hem

That is, until I found the Ogden Camisole pattern and what do you know, the two together is completely adorable! As I don't prefer to wear anything too fussy design wise, I often find myself at the cusp of being boring with my wardrobe but it's these unexpected combination of fun fabrics and classic silhouettes that creates an interesting modern piece. My challenge with finding the perfect ready to wear tank is either a too low cut in front or too long straps but sewing one myself means I can fix both in a jiffy.

Ogden Camisole - True Bias

I love when simplicity in good design makes a garment easy to sew plus easy to wear and Ogden is just that. No bias cutting, no complicated seam finishes plus this even comes with a built in facing (which I'll have to lengthen next time). Being adventurous, I thought the loose looking camisole would be fine sized down but as you can see, it pulls at my high bust (where the fabric creates horizontal lines) so I'll have to go in for a size 4 next time. Can't wait to see how this looks made up in blush pinks, stripes, florals, leopards.....

Happy Sewing,



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

3 THINGS | Happify your beauty routine

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Fun Beauty Routine

Fun should always be an element in your everyday beauty routine and while my daily style is quite tame, there's the few odd products that always brings a smile whenever they catch my eye. Here's three that's currently taking up a lot of my attention.

Nails are an easy way to add fun and it's something I've been embracing more myself. As I'm typing this right now, my digits are painted in rainbow dots using the new Sally Hansen x Crayola* nail polish collection which lets you play with some of your favourite childhood colours in grown up way. It's my first time using the Insta-Dri formula and I am hooked on the pure colour payoff even for tricky shades like the white. If you want to see it in action, check out this week's #manimonday on my Instagram. In the shower department, I've been washing up with this smile inducing Shower Shaker* body wash by Zoella Beauty. Yes, I do feel much too old to be using this but there's something about the sorbet coloured packaging and sweet peachy scent that makes me pick it up for a little whiff every time I'm in the bathroom - don't lie, you secretly do this too. There's an entire line of Zoella beauty bath products coming to Canada (via London Drugs) so some more snooping is in order when I pop by a store. And of course, since we're all guilty of buying into cute packaging in the makeup aisle, you need to check out the new Essence Eye & Face Palette* which contains 4 shadows, 1 highlight and 1 blush all in a easy to use slim case. I own a few Essence colour products and most of them have been a hit for casual wear when you want an easy look that's soft, fool proof and 5 minute friendly. This palette has a golden undertone that's extra fitting for summer but according to the website, there's also a taupey toned version floating around somewhere...hmmmmm.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

My 1st Bullet Journal + Video

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beginner bullet journal

Starting a bullet journal took me completely by surprise. Although I've watched quite a few videos here and there, the practicality of having to set up and create my own notebook seem like a black hole for closeted perfectionists like myself. Yet having recently become disatisfied with my 3rd planner this year, I decided maybe yellow is the way to go.


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While I'm far from figuring out a personalized format for my daily usage, I like the idea of putting to use all my beautiful stationary (that's been collecting dust on my shelf) and the excuse to gather more washi tape and magazine cut outs. In a strange way, I'm also hoping this experience will force me to let go of some perfectionism and even be a little spontaneous as there's bound to be little quirks and mistakes when creating anything handmade. I'd love to hear your practical advice about bullet journaling, especially formats and styles that's worked well for you so type away in the comments!