My New HG Top Luxury Foundations | Koh Gen Do Aqua & Koh Gen Do Moisture

I first tried both these foundations by Japanese brand Koh Gen Do a few days ago at Beauty Bar in Podium. I know I’m a little late on the bandwagon because bloggers were raving about these a little over a year ago? When I tried these I crankshafted my jaw up off the floor twice, first because of the excellent quality and second because of the price. They’re painfully expensive (almost matching Becca Luminous Skin Tint in price over at Adora) which is probably why the Koh Gen Do hype didn’t last for too long…these aren’t exactly budget friendly repurchase candidates unless no other foundation at all works for you.

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These KGD gems are only so far the best and most luxurious foundations I have ever…as in EVER tried. Note though that’s a personal and professional opinion based on how I like my base products to work. Some of you might want more coverage. The Moisture Foundation is the more buildable formula. They’re both formulated with a majority of natural ingredients, free of mineral oil and mainstream nasties and they are made in Japan. The local price difference of Php100 between these two I find strange because they’re not that dissimilar in quality and one contains much more product for money than the other (and they cost the same abroad). I do have my reasons for purchasing 1 of each kind in spite of the small difference. For the review you’re about to read I applied both foundations from the center of the face outward with a Real Techniques Expert Face brush. This review won’t contain hand swatches simply because I’m saving product, it costs too much and the shades are almost the same anyway. What’s better than a foundation review? Well, how about two? Read more to see the full reviews and more photos.


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Pro Tips for Light Photogenic Makeup | Bless My Bag @ Sample Room!

Today’s post is over at the Sample Room Blog!    There I lightly discuss tips on being believably fresh and photogenic during the daytime without overdoing it.  It’s a great stream of tips for people who want to practice looking fresh during the day without putting on too much.

Makeup by Julia for a lighting workshop…

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A Newborn BB! – Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion compact

Three words…I love Laneige.  I like practically everything about how this Korean brand is represented, advertised, and I like the subtle prestige of the quality I’ve tested in the boutique at Shangrila.  I’ve just never been brave enough to buy anything ‘coz I didn’t need anything at the time and believe it or not this brand is totally overpriced in Singapore.  I even appreciate the way the makeup on the girls in the ads is on but toned down in a classy way (check their awesome site here, choose English) .  I came home yesterday with this press gift, one of Laneige’s more unique base items, the Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion compact and my experience within a span of 3-4 hours with it was kind of like a Pride and Prejudice romance.  I wasn’t too keen about that dewy finish at first…yes, at first, then time DID tell.  I’ll get to the details in a sec.

New-concept:  Whitening + Sunscreen + Sweat-proof + Soothing + Makeup Effects SPF 50+ PA+++ (Shade 21 Natural Beige)

  • Skin Types : ALL SKIN
  • Size : 15G

I know what you’re thinking, looking at that you’re probably like letting out a “WTH” thought bubble.  Trust me, it’s not as strange as you think and it’s not that dark on the skin, that’s just how it looks in the compact.  That in there is a sponge soaked with a BB cream formula.

“Bright and Clear Whitening Care + Strong Sunscreen Effect
Contains White Plus Renew Complex™, the major ingredient of Laneige White Plus Renew, for bright and clear skin. Moreover, its SPF 50+ PA+++ formula blocks UV rays even under strong sunlight.  High molecules strong against sweat and sebum form a network to create an elastic barrier on the surface of makeup to hold makeup and UV screen on for a long time. Also, highly elastic cushion powder holds up the makeup barrier that can easily be collapsed by sweat and sebum for long-lasting makeup even with one layer.

I was supposed to show my finger afterwards but I couldn’t get a decent photo after this shot with one hand, sorry LOL.  Basically I had liquid base product on my fingertip as if I had dipped it into a bottle.  Read more to see how the product looks applied on my face.… To full post & COMMENTS...

No.7’s Massive Relaunch & Lisa’s Giveaway Video – Product Development Chat by Lisa Eldridge

I run the risk of sounding like a “fangirl” this way, but so what if I do, I simply have to share this.  Lisa Eldridge is a true cosmetic guru.  There is no doubt about her decades of passion and expertise as a high fashion and celebrity makeup artist and more recently her cosmetic product development work with brands like Shiseido and Boots No.7.

Draw up names like Katy Perry, Kate Winslet, Emma Watson, Liv Tyler…you can name a few more and more than likely Lisa has done their faces once, twice, or who knows…perhaps even thrice.  She’s done magazine cover work for Glamour, Marie Claire, Elle, and even for Vogue UK, Italy, Turkey plus more.  She’s endearingly shared her makeup wisdom via her blog and on her YouTube makeup channel to swarms of hopeful women while displaying how she’s done celebrity and model looks.  Budding make-up artists like myself all over the world flock to her channel for the latest cosmetic scoop from the European scene.

Anyway, to cut to it…the cosmetic brand Boots No.7 is doing a massive relaunch and Lisa’s got a giveaway going your way and I thought you might like to know about it.  She chats up the whole world about No.7’s new investment in innovative skintone detecting technology, a whole new range of No.7 foundations, and lots, lots, more.


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Urban Decay Unveils NAKED Skin – Zero SPF in an Ultra Defining Foundation, Awesomesauce….

This product hit the web last week and despite consumers’ frowns on Urban Decay after their statement on China, animal-cruelty and what not, they’ve still got me wanting a bottle of my own.  Urban Decay has just released their first high definition  foundation WITHOUT SPF if I’m not mistaken as I view the website now which is a big plus for makeup artists because SPF increases the chances of flashback in photos.  With this base range they’re openly competing with big brands like, MAC, Lancome, Laura Mercier, and even Make Up For Ever (check the “Switch Your Foundation” tab on their site).  Now, I must say the way it is being aggressively, but beautifully presented is making me want a bottle of my own like right now… demi-matte, no SPF, fragrance & paraben free?  Gimme, gimme, LOL just teasing (not)!  Plus the navigation on their site for this product is absolutely far out (try scrolling down when you’re on the product page).

I told you…geez louise, right?  G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S… CAPS Police not welcome here.  This launch very much reminds me of Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow…which for me is a lovely, silky, foundation but since it’s got a high level of SPF I view it more as a consumer product and can’t really consider putting it into my pro kit because of the SPF level.  Urban Decay NAKED Skin comes in 18, yes E-I-G-H-T-E-E-N zero spf shades, my friends, and costs $38.00 on the website, that’s about Php1600.00, price also similar to Benefit Hello Flawless.

This is where they openly make their case when mentioning the competition.  Some or many of you may be familiar with Temptalia’s Foundation Matrix, which uses your existing brand foundation shade to direct you to your shade in other brand ranges.  Urban Decay set up a similar mechanic on the site so as to pitch a switch to you who are interested and hope to find your shade.  Among the shades I’ve found I’m most likely a mix between 3.0 and 4.0, and don’t worry there are in-between shades like 3.5 etc but sometimes the similar undertones skip a shade.  This is my shade without sun exposure, I’m probably a 4.0 if I’ve been outdoors a lot.    The lovely Leesha of Xsparkage YouTube Channel has just done a video demo applying the foundation on herself.  It’s not quite a sharp demo but it is satisfactory HD video quality (tick the 720 HD option on one of the buttons of the youtube bar) and I can already tell from Leesha’s demonstration that this is going to be a big retail favorite from the get-go.  Honestly, now I am also shamelessly wanting that Urban Decay buffing foundation brush Leesha is using.  If you’re interested in this product you will have to ask a friend or relative in the U.S. to get it for you via their website or perhaps in Sephora stores.  What’s great is their foundation switch page makes it easier to be assured that the shade you’re asking them to get for you will match…that is if you happen to be using any of the competing foundations they mentioned in the matrix.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Launch – At Rustan’s, Shangrila Mall

Because of bloggers, a widespread following of makeup enthusiasts, and professionals online, brands like Estee Lauder are no longer just for Tom Pecheux and your stunning grandmother.  As Sam Chapman once rather said in one of the older Pixiwoo videos, “Estee Lauder’s products always deliver because of a customer who won’t put up with anything rubbish.  They go back to Estee Lauder and use the same excellent products over and over again.”

It’s no secret that Estee Lauder’s luxury cosmetic range is still one of the most admired and trusted  in the world, and now a younger bracket is partaking of the brand’s excellence and it’s not at all hard to see why.

I was invited last week with other beauty bloggers to Estee Lauder’s Double Wear get together.  The Double Wear range has been around for quite awhile but they also wanted us in on some unconventional makeup tips the pros use to get the most out of different Estee Lauder products.  The night before I was feeling quite sick at a friend’s place and had to be given paracetamol so you can imagine how glad I was when they asked me to be the makeover model for the product demonstration 🙂 Read more to see all the photos.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Ecotools Bamboo Bronzer Brush – Eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and great for foundation

Since quite a handful of you asked regarding the brush I used in my last video post, voila, here it is :).  I first spotted this brush via Charlotte’s post on her blog Lipglossiping (one of the UK’s top beauty blogs) and when she used the word “mahoosive” to describe it I couldn’t help but laugh.  The timing of her post was perfect because I was looking for a more affordable alternative to the only buffing brush I already own which almost EVERY model/TVC talent I worked on (guys included) asked about…both guys and girls would come to me for retouches sometimes only because they liked the soothing feel of that Ellana brush on their face!  This Ecotools one though not as dense, performs just as softly on the skin for a better price.

“Create a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow with this beauty editor favorite! Our widely-acclaimed bronzer brush features soft, cruelty-free taklon bristles, a recycled aluminum ferrule and heavy bamboo handle. This brush is packaged in our zip-top, reusable pouch.

The lovely thing about buffing brushes, which is a popular method now, is that you conserve more foundation because it diffuses and buffs out minimal product evenly all over the face, you get the most out of a tiny bit of product and the brush doesn’t drink it up.  The Ecotools bronzer brush is absolutely massive I agree which makes it so ideal for buffing in a base, just like my reviewed Ellana XL Buffing brush (local, Php800 with shipping) which is slightly smaller but the bristles are more densely packed (which I like).  That Ellana one is almost exact super more affordable dupe of the NARS #19 bronzer brush which costs about $50.  I was hoping this Ecotools one would be as dense as my Ellana one but I’m not irritated that it isn’t only by a fraction.  This glides smoothly and softly all over the face, they’d be better kept though if you used brush guards which I believe are sold locally by Suesh Makeup Tools in Greenhills.  Note though, this would also be FAN-TAS-TIK as a mineral powder brush or general setting powder brush and what it was originally named for of course, all over bronzing.

Anyway, I got this at almost a third of the price of the Ellana one at about Php300.00 ($7 US) EACH, free shipping off Ebay from this link.  I found the pricing so worth it and since I believe in Ecotools (their retractable kabuki is in my personal kit) I decided to buy 3 in one go to take advantage of the free shipping offered by the Hong Kong ebay seller I found online, can you imagine…Php900+ for THREE of these?  That’s practically the price of only one Ellana XL Buffing brush (but I think that Ellana one is a step up in density and quality).  I needed more of these because on shoots when there are so many models I’d like to have a brush to use for light, medium, and dark shades of foundation that I can rotate, also so they don’t get disappointed by the fact that I’m only using one brush I repeatedly clean on the spot for all of them.  I suddenly remembered what my Yaya (nanny) used to tell me which I found ridiculous when I was young “1,2,3 means I love you” LOL.   To see how I use this brush go to my last blog post here and watch my video day makeup tutorial.

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What’s In It? – MY Full Personal Makeup Kit!

This is a bit anti-climactic dontcha’ think?  It ought to have been one of my first posts perhaps, but then again…over time I’ve collected some really interesting makeup items that work since I’m a makeup professional (folio here) and part-time beauty blogger.  A few of my blogger friends can’t seem to keep their hands off my stash when I’m around for an event and of course it evolves frequently.  Here, however, is my current collection.  There’s one item I took out coz I don’t really use it.  I’ll make a quick mention later.

I use one of Muji’s clear “kikay” kits.  A lot of you must be going “Dapat ba Muji…e ang dami dami diyan na mura” oh yes I’ve had lots of those cheaper versions, the ones with zippers that tear straight off the opening after a few uses and burst or crack open at the seams and creases.  Even some from beabi didn’t work well for me.

“No more” I said, a few months back, I got this medium size, fat clear case from Muji for about Php400 that embraces all without bursting prematurely and is stitched all around with fabric.  So, here are the contents.

Generally from top to bottom, CONTENTS (Reviewed items in bold, complimentary with *) FACE: 1. Shiseido Sun Protection Foundation*, 2. Benefit Hello Flawless OxyWow Foundation*, 3. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural MED, 4. Ellana Perfect Blend Powder foundation Hazelnut Latte, 5. The BALM’S Bahama Mama bronzer/contour compact, 6. UD Primer Potion, 7. The BALM’s Time Balm for Spots, 8. MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC35, 9. Nichido Mineral Concealing Pencil, 10. ECOtools Retractable Travel Face Brush, (whats missing here for blush is my Tarte Amazonian Clay one “Dollface”*, it’s in the pocket of another bag, but it should’ve been here) LIPS: 11. Colour Collection Eye Lip and Cheek tint*, 12. The Body Shop Born Lippy Strawberry balm, 13. ZEN Organics Strawberry Lip Butter, 14. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, 14. Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream Stick*, 15. NARS Pure Matte lipstick in “Bangkok”, 16. MUFE Rouge Artist Intense lipstick Mat5, 17. MUFE Rouge Artist Intense lipstick #17 (lol, pun unintended)*, 18. Revlon Lip Butter in “Sugar Plum”, 19. Jordana Matte Lipstick in “Taupe”, EYES: 20. Majolica Majorca Lash King Mascara, 21. Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Mascara*, 22. Maybelline Hypercurl Volum Express Mascara, 23. Color Collection Triple Effect Mascara*, 24. Anastasia LASH GENIUS Waterproofing formula, 25. MAC automatic brow pencil in Brunette, 26. MUFE Aqua Eyes Liquid Liner, 27. K-Palette 1-Day Tatto Liquid Pen liner, 28. Stila Smudgestick in “Damsel”, 29. MUFE Aqua Eyes waterproof eye pencil, black, 30. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

 

I’m pretty surprise at how many of these items I’ve already reviewed and that the kit contains exactly 30 items.  Of course as a follow up to this a few posts ahead I will narrow down the kit to my TOP 10 essentials.  The item I removed was the flesh colored Stila Eye pencil in topaz…it was too melty for our country, too soft.   Am more excited because I have a lot of catching up to do, I have lots of goodies to review for you guys in the next few days, sorry I’ve been busy.  I’ll make it up to you.  Stay tuned for the MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist launch and review of the lipsticks I came away with from that event 🙂… To full post & COMMENTS...

The Winners of my Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Giveaway

Hope you had a wonderful Holy Week whether at home, abroad, or at the beach!  The blessed three who each won a sample of Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation are…

1. CHAMPAGNE – Lee Garcia  2. HONEY – Karen Ramos  3. HAZELNUT – Luey

Congratulations ladies, you each won a boxed, mini pump bottle sample of Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation in your chosen shade as indicated in this giveaway post.  I shall contact you also individually by email for your shipping details.  If you’ve just read this post you may also email the details directly to me at probinsiyana(at)gmail(dot)com

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Open to Metro Manila residents only.
  • 3 winners will be picked randomly from CHAMPAGNE, HONEY, and HAZELNUT comments.
  • Blessmybag.com and Benefit Cosmetics Philippines are the sole promoters of this competition
  • Giveaway closed on April 1, 2012 at 11pm
  • Winner will be notified within 2 days from closing (SORRY LATE…AGAIN)
  • Prizes will be shipped to the winners by me.
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