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Friday, September 26, 2014

Laneige BB Cushion Review

Hi guys!

I'm currently super sleepy... it's 1:30am (haven't been up this late for a really long time X_x) but as I am still waiting for the yogurt on my face to sink in enough... figured I might as well come up here and type type type type type xD (← This intro was obviously written on a different day haha)

Another super overdue post... Here's my review for the Laneige BB Cushion. Also took these pics like a month ago. But this cushion did take longer for me to review because I had different experiences compared to the first time I used it, so I wanted to make sure I gave it sufficient tries before I can write about it. 

The pics in this post are all a bit dark... cuz it was a gloomy/rainy day.
By the way, if you guys remember from a haul post from wayyy back, you'll recall that I badmouthed this BB cushion and said this was exactly like the IOPE cushion.


Dear Laneige BB cushion, please accept my apologies XD

Eventually, I did decide to keep this cushion (:


Got my shade in Light. I am fairly sure Light= 23. Not 21.










Pretty much exactly identical to IOPE.

Oh look! Twins!


The difference between 21 and 23.


Here's a comparison swatch. IOPE N21 versus Laneige Light (#23)

Even though you can see #23 is just a hair darker for me, it's still a much better match for me at the moment (about NC25) because it's so brightening-- it still tends to make my face look lighter.

Bare face.
My skin was relatively clear at that time. Excuse the zit underneath my lip... that's why my lower lip looks so swollen. I never broke out there before O_o so weird. But I woke up that day with a HUGE zit. And later that night I saw it was close to bursting so I proceeded to squeeze it out. Man the thing had roots, it's like squeezing freaking toothpaste. Took me two tries to get everything out. Umm sorry if it's TMI XD but the satisfaction oh man XD

With BB cushion

It is pretty glowy finish.


I want to mention that I was using my Diorsnow UV Shield underneath that day, so the finish is extra extra glowy. So please keep that in mind. Just imagine this finish but taken down a notch XD It's really not super different, this BB cushion itself gives a really glowy finish on its own anyway.

And um yeah that time of the month= zit on my temple XD I didn't apply the cushion over it cuz my hair covers the thing anyway... not fussed about it.



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Haha I thought I might as well guest star a review for this product since I was wearing it in this pic. The Revlon Moisture Stain in "Barcelona Nights"

Bare lips

Application. The color looks quite vibrant off the tube, but after it sets on the lips it's more muted. 

The color isn't as vibrant as it looks from the applicator/when it first applied, but I do like this color. It's an easy color to throw on that will add life to your complexion and it goes with pretty much anything.

The staining of this product is just okay though. Didn't find that particularly impressive.


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After putting on full face of makeup (no blush). I want to say that... I notice with super shiny/glowy finish foundations... you should really take care to powder down the sides of your face. Or contour it. Because of how brightening it is, it can make your face look bigger/ a little bit swollen. Just imagine if you put highlight all over your face... it's gonna make everything stand out... hence... bigger face XD

Anyone else agrees glowy makeup makes my face wide? Lol don't be shy it's okay X)



Not gonna lie I adore the finish. Looks so HD. Hehe.



10 hours later
I did spend the whole day running around... and it was the very gloomy but humid type of weather so I remember sweating quite a bit that day. Let's take a look at how the foundation held up!

Besides the obvious oiliness on my nose, it actually held up pretty well! The foundation around my mouth got rubbed as I ate and wiped my mouth.

By the way, I have worn this cushion to the gym... it fared pretty well too, I was really surprised LOL (I didn't touch my face that much though... but in general I've learned not to touch my face when I'm wearing makeup lol).


The staining of the Revlon moisture balm isn't too attractive, haha.

I was pretty oily, and I did start to feel the cushion foundation was starting to feel heavy.

I want to let you guys know that until the Innisfree Long Wear Cushion came along, I actually didn't realize how heavy the IOPE and Laneige cushions feel... not that my skin feels like it's being suffocated when I wear them, but I can now feel the difference. Regardless, I still adore it since it has a pretty different finish from the Innisfree one.

And in regards to my first experience with this cushion where I said it made me extra oily like the IOPE one... I really don't know what happened that time. I distinctly remembered it made me extra oily on my nose, and the oil beads just sit on top of my nose, exactly like the way the IOPE one did. But it never happened again O_O so I have no idea. But I do like it enough to keep it :D

That's all for my review! By the way I got mine from Target. I suggest you guys to go online and check the product availability first because from my understanding, it's not available at every store.

Alrighty folks! Hope some of you found this review helpful. Did you try the Laneige BB cushion? I think in general this BB cushion has received pretty good reviews. I definitely like this a lot more than the IOPE one! The price is much cuter too. Grrrr.

Whew... only one more cushion left to try/review :D Still haven't tried out my Hera one but I'm really looking forward to using that one ^_^

I'm off to get some dinner. Hope you guys enjoyed the frequent posting this week hehe. Don't get used to it, because now I ran out of pre-typed drafts so I'll prob go into MIA again XD I felt like I got carpal tunnel from all the excessive typing from blogging and work T_T

Have a lovely weekend and remember to keep warm <3> <3 Frances

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September 2014 Empties

Hello guys!

Sit back and relax and get ready for the longest empties post in history... XD You can tell by the length of this post that it's been forever since I've done one of these O_o Since it's super long I'm just gonna stop blabbing and get right into it!

1. SKIN79 Gold Label BB Cream: I think it's safe to say that it's probably my all-time favorite BB cream. I have used this for years. See my review here. Prob won't repurchase this for a while because I want to try other things, but I still have little samples of SKIN79 BB creams that I still use occasionally as concealers when I have blemishes that I want to conceal and help lighten up.


2. Eve feminine wash: Honestly I didn't even know feminine washes existed until last summer when I stayed over at my cousin's place XD she told me she uses them because it's supposedly more gentle on the sensitive female parts, and it helps reduce odor, so I got a bottle to try. Honestly, I noticed no difference O_O"

3. FDS Feminine Wash: After I finished the Eve one I thought I might try something else just to see if I get a different experience. I don't like this one at all -_- it's a very gel-y formula... and I suppose it's supposed to be moisturizing or whatever... but it always makes me feel like there's a layer of residue... I do not enjoy. Plus the cap of this thing always pop open even though I made sure to snap it shut. I suspect I lost a lot of the product just from that -_- Between this and Eve I definitely prefer Eve, but I noticed no difference from neither. Any one out there has a good recommendation for feminine wash? And what are your general experiences with them? 

3. Bath & Boday Works candles in "Frosted Cranberry", "Pineapple Mango" and "Wild Popplies": technically not beauty products, but I thought it's fun to include anyway. Love all these scents! (Obviously, otherwise I wouldn't have purchased them XD). My fav is probably frosted cranberry :) I honestly think the scent is suitable for all year round XD If you like sweet fruity smell definitely check that one out.

4. Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner: I think I'm over Wen products lol. I basically went on a Wen craze because of Claire Marshall because her hair is so so so beautiful. Also at that time I had some hair loss issues so I wanted something gentle (which I later realized it was because of my near 20lb weight loss... it had nothing to do with the shampoo, really) But now I know she washes her hair like every 3 or 4 days... that's probably why it works so well for her. I wash my hair every day and I found that I can't use this on a daily basis because after day 2 or 3, it starts to weigh my hair down, and I made sure I rinse my scalp very thoroughly. So I use this thing about once a week. I have another bottle that I am currently using but after I'm done, I don't think I will be repurchasing any.

5. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle conditioner: Not sure if this is a new "moist" edition because I don't recall ever seeing the word "moist" stamped across the bottle. It doesn't matter though cuz it does the same thing. My all time fav conditioner. Cheap and cheerful.

6. Etude House green tea mask : I got this as a free sample. It was pleasant! I don't know why that surprised me lol. Maybe because I kind of only associate Etude House with makeup... not skincare. But anyway, I enjoyed it! It's moisturizing and brightening. Won't mind purchasing if it's cheap.

Mamonde mask: When I saw the mask my thoughts immediately jump to Etude House... the shape, size, material are exactly the same as the Etude House one (I used the EH one the night before that's why I noticed it XD), which makes me wonder if they are sister companies. The serum in the mask has a white, milky consistency. I enjoyed it but I liked the Etude House one more.

7.Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream SPF38 PA+++: It was a nice sunscreen. It's pretty creamy (not the runny liquidy kind if that's what you're looking for). I liked it but it's not my favorite. Won't repurchase. I noticed it does have a little bit of oil control.

8. Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer: I finished a small bottle of this, plus this full size one. Let's just say I got sick of this product XD And toward the end I just used it on my body because it expired haha. To be fair it's a nice product, but I just got so sick of it because I had been using it for so long. Plus it's very suffocating for warm weather (also makes me extra oily). It's really only suitable for winter. Will not repurchase. 

9. Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher: It gives matte finish, and it has a slippy feel to it? Kind of reminds me of a silicone primer??? The sample lasted me three days... can't really tell if it minimizes pores or just the matte finish makes the pores look smaller...lol.

9. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream: I've bought the full-size product before but ended up returning it cuz it didn't do anything. Decided to get a sample to give it a second try. Still didn't do anything lol.

10. Physiogel Lotion: I remember not really fully appreciating this until I had sensitivity issues and my skin was having a mega dry crisis. This and the Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream were the only things I could use on my face for a while if I recall correctly. I'd say this is heavy duty stuff... I only used it on a daily basis during that time cuz my skin was just so dry. But I don't think this is suitable for normal/combination skin. Repurchase? Ehhh... probably not for a while as I have other fragrance-free skincare.

11. Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector: wrinkles> → no change. Pores? → no change (but then again I don't have huge pores to begin with... it does nothing to the pores on my nose though). Eveness? → no change. This thing does have an illuminating pink tint to it though... I wonder if that's where the corrector comes in. Got this with my 100 Sephora points. Will never actually pay for this product. I have tried it several times before just because there were so many rave reviews on this; I was excited to have a decent sample to actually test it out properly, but it's really meh. . On another note... I thought it's interesting the company markets it as LR2412.. when an ingredient has letters and numbers in its name, it means the effects are not established and are experimental. It just goes to show despite all my logic I was still powerless to resist the rave XD

12. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence: Generally this thing does nothing to my skin, although it did help me get through one of my skin crises-- you can read about it here. My skin has been breaking out quite a lot lately and it does nothing to that (heard this is supposed to be a God-send for those who have acne prone skin... and I was getting those random zits with whiteheads embedded in the middle... nope did not help). At most I will say it's hydrating. I still have a huge bottle that I am almost using up... but it's not something I would repurchase.

13. BeautyBlender: I officially retired my old BeautyBlender like months ago XD Call me a hoarder but I felt so attached to it and I couldn't bring myself to throw this away for a while. I did toss it eventually though lol. Love the BeautyBlenders and as you all know, have repurchased.

14. Majolica Majorca mascara primer: you guys have heard me talk about this a million times-- love it, can't get enough!

Maybelline the Falsies: it's meh. What's up with all the rave reviews?? I think it's probably great for ppl who have great lashes to begin with.

Lancome Cils Booster XLsuper-enhancing mascara base: I cannot use this alone as it has zero curl hold and makes my lashes droop. I would apply a thin coat of MJ primer, and apply this over it after it's dried. It gives a nice boost for volume and length. Awful lot of steps but was just trying to find a way to make this product work to use it up lol. Will never spend money on this.

Majolica Majorca mascara: Y'all know MJ makes my fav mascaras

KissMe Heroine Make volume & curl mascara: this mascara really grew on me! Good length even though it was marketed for volume. I've never used it on its own so I have no idea if it has any curl hold. Tried the long & curl one and did not like that one at all (it flakes!) The drawback of this mascara is toward the end it became really dry and applied so clumpy. Can't remember what's the price point for KissMe mascaras... but I think it's more expensive than MJ. If that's the case I prob will just stick with MJ... although I might repurchase another one. 

15. Jack Black Lip Balm: I enjoyed but it's not my fav. Mainly like it for the high SPF. Have repurchased.

16. Aveda Lip Saver Lip Balm: Used to be my holy grail, but I found I live just fine without it XD it's a great lip balm though. I have a backup that I'm currently using. 

17. Phyto Volume Express conditioner for fine hair: Ehhh... can't remember, must be unremarkable LMAO.

18. Shiseido Eyelash Curler: Obviously I did not use this product up XD but mine broke while I was on my trip in Puerto Rico earlier this year. I have no idea what happened to it... maybe the cleaning lady stepped on my makeup bag or something =_= but I didn't leave my makeup bag lying on the floor... so who the hell knows lol. Anway, it's my fav lash curler. I've gotten so used to this that I found this is a better fit for my eye shape (flat, that is) than Shu Uemura and Kevyn Aucoin. I have tried going back to use my Shu and KA curler... but nope, did not like those anymore XD I think I'm pretty set on this curler for life. Yes have repurchased.



19. Hakuhodo G522 eyeliner brush: This was my all-time favorite eyeliner brush! I obviously repurchased so you guys can see the comparison between a brand new one next to my 5-year-old one (yep... lasted me five years. Good investment). However, I used the past-tense because I couldn't help but notice the new brush feels different... I am not sure, but the bristles weren't packed as well. I found this new brush splays... which is really annoying. I don't know, I just know I am very disappointed. I don't know if I will repurchase it yet... I'm hoping this brush will last me another year or 2 (really not hopeful it would last for 5 years like my old one did, because the quality just isn't up to par), but I think it's time for me to start looking elsewhere for a new eyeliner brush :(   

20. Perfect Whip facial cleanser: one of my fav drugstore cleansers :) part of the reasons why it's so awesome because I paid like $3 for it.

21. Philosophy Peppermint Stick shampoo/shower gel/bubble bath: it was a Christmas present lol. I've always adored Philosophy shower gels! They're pretty nice and they don't leave that ick residue feeling after. I have used it as a shampoo and it was nice too. Don't try to use those for bubble bath though... you will probably empty half the bottle before your bath tub starts to bubble (and the bubbles last for like 5 minutes).

22. REN No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm: Okay, I know I said I liked it when I first reviewed this thing, but I changed my mind. I HATED it. Mainly because it REALLY STINGS my eyes. Cannot freaking open my eyes when I use this to remove my eye makeup (no I don't use separate eye/lip makeup remover-- for me, the whole point of cleansing oil/cleansing balm is that they can do it all). It was a torture to use, and frankly, I just started using more than necessary because I was so eager to just use it up and get it over with. This thing is really expensive too. Waste of money. Also, the muslin cloth that came with it just became so filthy so I just tossed it (yes I cleansed it with my face wash every time after I use it). The muslin cloth really isn't necessary in my routine since I always follow up with a cleanser after makeup removal. But if you're not planning to do that, without the muslin cloth, you really can't remove the balm off your face. Thought I should throw that out there in case some of you are contemplating purchasing this-- something to consider.

23. Dove Dry Oil shampoo, Aveeno Pure Renewal shampoo, and Dove Nourishing Oil Care shampoo: Haha man you know I haven't done empties in forever when you see I've already gone through 3 bottles of shampoo O_o but I've been shampooing my hair twice ever since I switched from Aveda to drugstore. I don't know, I just feel like shampooing once doesn't properly cleanse my hair and scalp. Anyhow, these are okay. Just your regular drugstore shampoos, nothing to go crazy over. I prefer the Dove ones over the Aveeno one though.

24. CONI exfoliating gel: My standby exfoliating treatment since undergrad lol. To be honest I think I'm starting to get tired of them. Want to try new products :D But I have 5 or 6 backups... XD oh man. It's just an enzyme/peeling exfoliator... don't go out of your way to get your hands on those :)

25. Anessa Perfect Essence Sunscreen: I didn't purchase this, my cousin gave it to me XD it's super fluid and thin, which I like! This one is supposed to be more hydrating, and there's a gold bottle that's supposed to be oil controlling. I enjoyed it but I won't be purchasing it... want to try the gold bottle :D Oh the formula is nice for smoothing down flakey skin though, thought I would mention that (the only downfall of my Diorsnow UV Shield... it does nothing to help with flakey skin :(  )

26. Caudalie Polyphenol anti-wrinkle Defense Serum: the formula is nice and light... it's a pleasant serum, but I didn't notice anything while I used it.

27. Living Proof Thickening Cream: I didn't use it up lol, I tried it like 2 or 3 times. While it makes your hair "feel" thicker when you run your fingers through it, it doesn't make your hair "look" any thicker. Glad I got the sample cuz I'm not tempted to buy the product anymore. 

28. Eyelashes Fixer Ex: Didn't finish this... it dried out =( but I think it's the best eye lash glue out there... simply because it dries SUPER fast. No waiting! Hehe. Prob won't repurchase though cuz I'm just so past using false lashes.

29. St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub: My fav face scrub =) I believe this was my 2nd or 3rd bottle? Didn't repurchase it this time because I thought I'd take a break from it and try the Apricot one. To my surprise the texture of the two are different! The beads/exfoliants int the apricot one is much bigger/less refines and rougher... I definitely prefer the green tea one. Planning to repurchase after I use up the apricot one!

30. bareMinerals Renew & Hydrate Eye Cream: Ehhh.... didn't do anything. Just used it up it's whatever. You guys can pass on this cuz it's not worth the price. I still yet need to find a good eye cream!

Whew! That's all folks! I feel like I'm getting carpal tunnel from all the typing O_o *flexes wrist and fingers* Have you tried any of these products? What are you thoughts?

Hope you guys enjoyed this post... a nice break from all the foundation reviews yeah? LOL.

Next up will be the Laneige BB Cushion review though LOL.

Hope you guys enjoy the rest of the week. Weekend is almost here!!!

<3 Frances