Archive for foundation

MAC studio sculpt foundation

Posted in makeup with tags , , on March 8, 2009 by LPB

A creamy, luxurious, gel-based foundation that provides medium buildable to high coverage with a natural satin finish. Hydrating, instantly revitalizes the skin while keeping it looking smooth, soft and plush. Long-wearing, water-resistant.


I agree that the finish is dewy & long lasting, the gel cream texture makes application smooth & sleek, the coverage is adjustable ; But i don’t think this foundation is hydrating enough, the formulation is a bit occlusive ( as felt by my skin) & doesn’t cover pores.

Someone with extremely dehydrated, scaly skin might find this helps to create a smooth, radiant base; other skin types will need to set this with loose powder to prevent oily breakthrough.

Great Makeup Tips?

Posted in makeup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2008 by LPB

Here is the 10 Great Makeup Tips i found on the blog.

Frankly, i disagree with most of the tips; don’t get me wrong, the principles are right, but rules are meant to be broken! Aren’t they?

IMO, we could be more resourceful, creative & daring.

Remember, you are your own guru.

Put on whatever you feel comfortable with; whatever makes you happy.

Makeup Tip 1)

Apply concealer to the areas of concern like eye bags, dark eye rings or any blemishes for better foundation coverage or for a more natural skin tone.


Well, i find optically illuminating highlighter offers a much credible and forgiving coverage to dark circles.

If you couldn’t be bothered by concealing, why not try the smudged smoky look? Bet you got a fairly good base to begin with already.

In terms of blemishes, i tend to cover mine with my usual foundation. I just apply mine in layers with a concealer brush to build up the coverage, allowing each layer to dry off completely before the next.

If the blemish is not to prominent and i am in a playful mood, i actually turn it into a mole by painting it with liquid liner.

Makeup Tip 2)

If you have not been sleeping well and need to look fresh in an instant, blend a little concealer to the outer corner of your eye, put on simple eye shadow and a tinge of blusher to make your face glow.


I believe in applying a highlighter or beige shade with subtle shimmer over the inner corner of my eyes, lining the lower rim of my lids to open up and freshen up the windows to my soul.

When i am really tired/busy, i just put on a pair of shade or glasses with nice frame.

Makeup Tip 3)

Make your lipstick last longer by brushing your loose powder gently across your lips, press tissue paper onto it and reapply the lip stick again.


I just make sure I buy a good lipstick with great staying power; it’s not difficult to find a long lasting lipstick in a shade you like these days.

Makeup Tip 4)

To save money on specialized face contouring products, use any ordinary face powder which is few shades darker than your usual one and apply to the sides of your jaw line.


Contouring? It’s so 80s, it’s so “dynasty”! I firmly believe that contouring should be left to the professionals. I do not try this at home, okay, maybe for my halloween do.

Makeup Tip 5)

Add a drop of witch hazel to turn normal foundation into a medicated one to prevent acne and pimples.


Witch hazel distillate shrinks pores temporarily ( by irritating the skin so that the pilo-sebaceous units swell up and you  pores disappear ), it doesn’t prevent acne/pimples/oily breakthrough!

Would you rub chillies on your lips to make them appears redder and more voluminous?

When it comes to foundation, my mantra is the 3C1F -Chemistry ( formula), Colour ( shade & tone ), Coverage and Finish.

I like Tiffany, De Beer, Cartier, Harry Winston on my ring finger; I will not put any inferior foundation on my face.

Makeup Tip 6)

Extend your eyelashes by using mascara with lengthening and volumizing properties.


Well, what can i say? A mascara is a mascara; A great mascara is a miracle. It’s the lingerie equivalent of your wardrobe; It’s tiny, it’s sexy, and never underestimate its charm. Yes, it does need to have a clean, polished finish that oozes elegance & sultriness. 

Makeup Tip 7)

Rub your hands together before applying your moisturizer to your face for better absorption.


Yes, heat does enhance penetration of your moisturizer, so does serum or any lotion/potion with superb spreadability. Unless you are using that La Mer stuff……

In fact, i do like massaging my face oil/cream in a fashion my facialist once taught me, in order to aid the lymphatic drainage & improve circulation.

Makeup Tip  8)

When using blusher, always brush your cheeks in an up-down-up “U” shape to create that smiley look on your cheeks.


I like to apply blusher to the apples of my cheek – this gives me a radiantly flushed appearance; and i only smile if i fell like smiling.

I disregard the rules about matching the hue of your blusher to you underneath skintone ( cool,neutral,warm ). Sometimes clashing of elements make wonders.

Makeup Tip 9)

Apply only a dot of lip gloss to the center of your lips and spread it out gently. Do not coat your entire lips with lip gloss as it will make your lips look oily.


Gloss in the center makes your lips look poutier/fuller.

If you like full on gloss effect, go ahead, a gloss is a gloss, it should be shiny & juicy. I even apply gloss over my eyelids for a sparkly look!

Oh yes, i hate to admit this, but expensive gloss does smell nicer, taste better & last longer.

Makeup Tip 10)

Give your eyes that lift by applying the correct type of eye shadow colors and also highlighting the eye ends near the nose area.


Remember what Coco Chanel said? Always minus 1! Do not go overboard with the shades. I know Dior’s 5 colour palette looks great over the display counter, but putting all 5 shades onto your lids will be another story.

My experience is pinkish shades never look good on puffy lids; Monotonous finish can be very flattering if done right; cream shadow is great if you are in a hurry.

No, you dont have to match the colour of the shadows to your iris; you can highlight wherever you want.

Becca’s stick foundation & pressed powder

Posted in makeup with tags , , on October 7, 2008 by LPB



The ultimate skin savior, creating the illusion of flawless skin by evening out skin tone and lightly concealing blemishes. A unique balance between maximum sun protection (SPF 30+) and long lasting wear.

The soft, creamy texture allows a totally controllable level of coverage.

The non-powdery formulation is suitable for most skin types (including ultra-sensitive) and provides sheer to medium, natural looking coverage.

Doubles as a sheer under-eye concealer.

Contains broad spectrum SPF 30+ to protect against over 96% of both UVA and UVB rays.

Contains antioxidant vitamins A, D, and E, which help to increase collagen renewal and the skin’s moisture holding capacity.

This foundation stick offers enough slip upon application and blends effortlessly, the underlying yellow tone may looks overwhelming on the stick but dispersed to a natural skin enhancing hue after blending.

The coverage is medium and the finish is dewy, with SPF of 30. It definitely needs to be set with powder and lasted about 5 hours before any shine breaks through ( i set mine with bobbi brown sheer finish pressed powder ).

The shades selection is excellent, i am thinking of getting a shade lighter  & a shade darker for subtle highlighting & contouring.

The down side is it has a strange aroma , feels waxy ( without appropriate skin preparation ) & tends to slide off & smudge after 6 hours without touching up.



The ultimate “show off” compact. Beautifully packaged with its own fabric pouch for protection in the handbag, this exceptionally fine, silky pressed powder is designed for portable touch-ups to reduce shine and freshen make-up. This micro-milled powder contains a superior, modified rice starch, allowing it to be applied as often as desired, without cakiness.

Reduces shine and freshens makeup throughout the day or night.

Will never look cakey on the skin and can be applied as often as desired.

The powder compact is accompanied by a brown zippered protective pouch.

This pressed powder is really fine and offers sheer coverage when applied alone. The finish is again somewhat dewy/satiny rather than matte.

It does not minimize pores or absorb oily breakthrough.

Armani face fabric second skin nude makeup SPF 12

Posted in makeup with tags , , , on September 19, 2008 by LPB

Giorgio Armani translates his skills in texture and layering into its unique range of cosmetic textiles, a wardrobe for face.
Face fabric is an invisible makeup with a 3D Micro-fil™ technology. 

Its unique Micro-fil™ formulations bring lightness and fluidity to makeup, allowing infinite blending and layering to enhance the natural glow of the skin.

A subtle, neutral palette is accented with three shades – porcelain, apricot, soft rose – to be used alone to create a healthy-looking glow, combined with any of the shades to boost the color, or alone to sculpt or highlight the complexion.

This magical cream transformed to a semi matt powdery finish upon application, shade 4 suits my skin best ( i m shade 3.5 with bobbi brown ); its looks dark on the tube but once spread onto skin, it subtly enhances my skin tone & covers multiple of sins.

Fabric second skin nude is definitely a league among those tinted moisturizers/primers!

Foundation for the future

Posted in makeup with tags , , , on September 15, 2008 by LPB

MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation

This foundation was created to meet the new needs of digital imagery. 
It harmonizes the complexion and does not accentuate wrinkles, leaving natural-looking skin, and meets the needs of all women who want a beautiful complexion in daylight.
Its extremely fine texture is supple and easy to apply. 
Its pump dispenser makes it easy to measure out the right amount. 
A small amount of HD Foundation is enough for the application of face make-up. 
Enriched with moisturizing agents, HD Foundation leaves skin soft and radiant. 
It is available in a wide range of shades for all skin tones. 
Oil-free formula, dermatologically tested. 


This unique, extremely fine powder was created to meet the new needs of digital imagery and all women who want a beautiful complexion in daylight.
Extra fine and available in one universal shade, this powder makes skin absolutely radiant. 
A new technology, HD Microfinish Powder consists solely of mineral silica powder, thereby respecting all types of skin, even the most sensitive. 
Its talc-free formula does not dry skin. 
High Definition Powder appears white in its jar but is extremely transparent when applied, which means it can be adapted to any skin tone, from the lightest to the darkest. 
The spherical micro-beads that make up the powder have a “Soft Focus” effect which optically reduces blemishes and produces a perfect, radiant complexion. 
Its ultra fine texture has a “Soft Touch” effect which leaves no visible powder traces and therefore does not accentuate wrinkles, giving skin an incredible velvet finish. 
HD Powder fixes the foundation and creates a slight matte effect while promoting the appearance of the skin’s natural contours. 
Tested under dermatological control.

Double Wear light foundation

Posted in makeup with tags , , on July 5, 2008 by LPB

Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup:
– Sheer-to-medium coverage
– Natural finish
– SPF10 protection
– Up to 15-hour’s wear

Long-wear makeup is now lightweight makeup. Fresh, natural, comfortable. Goes on sheer, leaves skin free to breathe all day. A liquid foundation that has been formulated to glide on fast, comfortably and evenly for a naturally-sheer, flawless finish that lasts all day – up to 15 hours without fading or transferring – no matter how active the wearer or humid the weather.

Controls oil, resists smudging and won’t “melt” off through heat and humidity. For a look that stays vibrant and fresh whether it’s a workday, a workout or a weekend. It’s makeup that keeps up. Double Wear Light is a “thinking” foundation. It adjusts to each individual’s skin type, keeping moisture levels balanced while controlling excess oil and shine. With additional SPF10 and antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, Double Wear Light also helps provide powerful protection against UV damage and other environmental assaults.

Oil-free. Photo-friendly. Fragrance-free. Non-acnegenic. Dermatologist-tested.

I had been wearing this foundation daily lately, it really gives my skin a velvety veil, helps controlling sebum secretion, covering  pores, blurring lines & stays for at least 12 hours without creasing or changing hue. The finish is rather sheer to medium & “camera friendly”. This has surpassed the original double wear.