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MY TOP 5 HIGH-END FOUNDATIONS 2016

It’s about time, isn’t it?  Seeing that the top trending post on the site for the last 3 years was my Top Foundations post I’m convinced that this particular makeup topic was crying out loud for an update.  Here are the slightly more luxurious ones that I feel have been worth spending for as part of my foundation arsenal.  I present my top 5 high-end foundations plus, a brush and pressed powder so worth mentioning.

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Along with mentioning my Top 5 foundations I need to share about the compact powder I use to set or tone down shine along the T-zone for the dewier formulas, that together with the foundation brush that I love for both liquid and powder application.  I’ve gone the extra mile by shooting my face wearing all 5 foundations this morning.  I used NUXE oil to gently remove my makeup between every transition followed by a wet face towel to take it all off quickly without additional chemicals…result, my face did not get irritated or break out into a rash.  To see how these magical liquids wear and appear on my face (all without concealer) keep reading.

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MY BUDGET SUMMER MAKEUP EDIT 2016

I get the random comment about my makeup recommendations being safe for normal and clear skin types.  A good number of you out there, I’ve observed, prefer more coverage.  So, for today’s budget  summer makeup look I am sporting more coverage and a heavier less dewy finish, more than what I’d personally wear.  For those among you who like things more packed in and shine-free I give you this edit.

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In the look I do not use the eyeliner but I’ve still added an eyeliner recommendation.  Read on for more on the look and product details.

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HOT VALENTINE Beauty Giveaway 2016 | CLOSED FEB.10

We had the Thanksgiving giveaway last year and I had the pleasure of personally delivering the loot to the winner Rafflecopter chose for the first time.  She was really happy and I was pleasantly surprised because she was pregnant!  I know I’ve said this more than once but this Hot Valentine Giveaway is by far one of my most exciting giveaways yet.  A couple of the prizes are items that are so good they’ll make you wonder why I’m giving them away.  Just to be clear, the contents of these pouches are not just Sleek and Happy Skin products.  I always first take my share of the products to review or use to honor the brands.  Both pouches are jam-packed with so many different brands for this giveaway.  I mainly chose these pouches because they’re so well made.  Both these pouches of skincare and makeup will go to one winner.  To join the giveaway you can enlist in the Rafflecopter widget at the end, but first…see an overview of the goodies!

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BRANDS INCLUDED: Benefit Cosmetics, Sleek Cosmetics, Maybelline, Nuxe, Shiseido, Mario Badescu, K-Palette, Leaders Skincare, LUSH, Belo, Pond’s L’Occitane, L’Oreal, Tony Moly, Happy Skin Cosmetics, Santee, Pixi by Petra, L’Oreal, Revlon.

The contents of these pouches are divided into skincare and makeup items.  Read on to get a closer look at the complete list of loot and proceed to the Rafflecopter widget.

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THE POWER OF POWDER REVIEW & VIDEO DEMO

Powder is a local cosmetic favorite here in the Philippines.  It is by far the base of choice for many women on the go in humid, tropical countries especially for some with little or no makeup skills.  Some are just in for the bare minimum and don’t want a shiny T-zone while others choose to cover a multitude of sins.

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To some of you, and I do understand, liquid seems lethal and powder is just…easy.  However, it’s just as easy to get powder wrong especially in the shade department.  Pick a powder in the wrong shade and you’ve done yourself in.  Choosing your spot on shade is the first step in the right direction with powder bases.  Today, I want to share three of my favorite locally available powder products.  Read on to see how these powder products look when worn and watch the video demo I made to show how I apply them.

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Happy Skin Zz Cream SPF20 | Natural Coverage Rediscovered

I’ve blogged about Filipino brand Happy Skin’s Zz cream about over a year and a half ago in 2014, it was the base I kept reaching for then for several weeks.  Then of course an influx of more press samples to try flowed in, and I forgot just how great this light to medium coverage base product was.  What I like is that for a MAC NC30 shade girl like me, this tone is spot on.  That’s the only caveat, is the Happy Skin Zz Cream comes in just one arguably medium to fair universal shade.  Happy to report that in my case it’s a match.

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“This non-silicone foundation does not clog pores and is infused with Grapefruit Extract. Rich in antioxidants, grapefruit is touted as the new skin care secret. It effectively prevents skin acne and sebum oxidation, the trigger that starts pimples. It keeps troubled skin soft & supple, too. Wonder food Yoghurt Extract treats and minimizes the growth of acne bumps & plugs, and also serves as a skin brightener helping lighten scars & blemishes. Licorice Stem & Root Extracts act as anti-irritants that help reduce redness & irritation, thanks to their anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties. Salicylic Acid helps exfoliate pores and eliminate the clogging residue that causes breakouts. This contains SPF 20 PA++ and is suitable for all skin types especially blemished skin.” – HAPPY SKIN COSMETICS Zz Cream, Php1299.00 purchase here

I like that it’s got more cling than slip to it, it takes a bit more working into the skin with fingers, I prefer fingers to a brush for  applying this sort of base.  The coverage is light to medium with a healthy, not shimmery sort of glow.  It reminds me of a more lightweight version of Clinique’s Even Better Foundation which I really like.  Kind of like the tinted moisturizer version of the Clinique Even Better range.

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Just Happy Skin Zz Cream on right, no concealer, no setting powder on the face except for a little sweep under the eyes and a tap of NARS Madly blush on the apples of the cheeks.

Happy Skin supplied me with a new tube of their Zit Zapping Cream Foundation (for acne-prone and sensitive skin) and for the last 3 days I’ve been really loving it again.  I’ve also observed things I hadn’t before.  This time I also took photos of how it looks on me at night.  Read on to see it all.

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Za True White Liquid Foundation SPF25 | Dewy Definition Done Right, for Php595

I am sooo psyched that Asian drugstore brand Za Cosmetics (parented by Shiseido) has returned to Philippine shores, the global mega brand once made waves locally in the 90s but it was shortlived, there was even a TV ad on MTV, but frankly, we were just not as interested back then.  Mom and I are particularly fond of Za’s base products, especially their 2-Way foundation compact and she would ask me to buy this for her in either Hong Kong or Singapore back then before we discovered the IN2IT compact locally.  I was invited as a blogger to attend the Za launch yesterday at SM Aura and I did come away with a couple of freebies but to avail of the 20% off discount I did make one purchase, especially after trying this out at the makeup station.  I simply just…could…not…resist owning yet another liquid foundation, but like we all do, I have my reasons.  By the way, the name True White I think sucks because in no way is this going to make you “white” don’t worry about that, it just provides coverage and UV protection.  Think of it this way…Chanel Vitalumiere/YSL Touche Eclat foundation  dupe for Php595?  After the 20% discount offer I got it for Php476 at the launch.

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“Achieves a pearly white finish…” (not really but that’s okay, coz that’s not the point naman) with Bright White Complex and Vitamins C & E

You get 30ml of product in a glass bottle (which reminds me of the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation bottle) with a pump. I have a love-hate relationship with foundations that contain SPF, but this one I truly like.  During the daytime you can be ever so glad foundations with UV protection provide it, but come nighttime any foundation with an SPF level above 20 is a high risk for facial flashback in photos with flash, at 25 though it’s possible that this might still be okay.  My Shiseido perfect refining foundation that was SPF24 didn’t give me problems.  Za Cosmetics makes wonderful Asian skin shades for light to medium complexions, they offer a more neutral series of shades that begin with “P” and the spot on yellow undertoned shades that begin with “O”.  My current shade in this is OC20 which is like a fair medium (looks like a MAC NC30 shade in the bottle but after a few minutes oxidizes/deepens to an NC35) but in a week or two when my slight tan fades I’ll be an OC10 which will oxidize and settle to a MAC NC30 shade.  Given that I have normal skin that isn’t oily I’m blessed with the flexibility and option to use dewy foundations, if I don’t want to have as much sheen I simply lightly powder over the T-zone with some blot powder or translucent setting powder.  In these photos however I don’t have any powder on.

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This is how I look like with the foundation on in a dim room on a cloudy day, by the window.  The coverage on this foundation is light to medium and matches the texture of Revlon’s Nearly Naked foundation which I tested when I was in Europe.  There is some detectable shimmer in this but it’s tastefully part of the mix.  At first when I was shooting for this I was a little bit frustrated with the lighting at home, when the sun hid behind the clouds it got pretty dim.  The foundation’s lovely finish still came out okay on camera though as you can see above and I was like “Great, it’s nice”…and then SUDDENLY (cue Mr. Bean)…the sun filled the room and I was even more beside myself with glee.  Brace yourself…

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Holy wow…I nearly gasped at myself or er…the finish when I finally cropped the photo and after matching the colors to real life.  I’m also wearing the Za Plumper Lips lipcolor in Rose Vintage which is best described as something like the Clarins Instant Light Perfector lipglosses in lipstick form or glorified, sheeny lip butters.  Heart, heart, heart.  I’ve got no highlighter nor contour on here but Za’s True White Liquid foundation provides enough dewy definition so I can skip excessive contouring or highlighting.

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When it comes to lasting power I’ve had this on for 3 hours so far and it’s pretty good considering I was sweating quite a bit here at home during the 2nd hour.  It feels like it’s gonna last for a good 3-4 hours more though I can’t speak for if I’m actively sweating the whole time.  I’d safely say I recommend this for people with normal to dry skin, not people with oily skin.  Good stuff, really good stuff and once it sets the finish is sheeny but not sticky.  Honestly speaking if you’ve got troubled, spotty skin, this may not be enough to cover the unmentionables so a good concealer is essential or perhaps a foundation with more coverage.  Overall this is a wonderful dewy drugstore foundation now made available for Php595 at select Watsons beauty halls in SM department stores.

 

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