Sunday, July 12, 2015

Review: Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation

I won  2 tickets to see Love & Mercy a couple of weeks ago, after seeing a few ads on TV my partner and I decided to hit Dendys. To be honest, I didn't know too much about Brian Wilson or The Beach Boys prior to seeing this movie. I'd often associate The Beach Boys with Cadbury or The Good Guys - very very guilty.[MINOR SPOILER ALERT] Let me just say that after seeing the movie, I appreciate The Beach Boys a LOT more, the movie provided a lot of insight into Brian Wilson's private life, he was a sheer musical genius with a very dark life. The story telling was captivating and provided synchronicity between Brian's experience as a young adult (music and early onsets of Schizophrenia) and how his mental illness with surrounding factors impacted his mid adult life. Elizabeth Banks stole the movie, I've only ever seen her play minor roles in Pitch Perfect and The Hunger Games, she sure did show off her talent in this movie.

If you're going to see a movie this week, I highly recommend Love & Mercy... now onto the foundation review!

Price: $85 (from Myer and David Jones)
Shade: BD 40 Golden Beige (Great for light olive skin - this is too light for me during summer)
Weight: 25ml

Product Claim

- 24 hrs soft matte, first YSL foundation that provides all day wear and comfort with hybrid technology for feather light texture and concealing features.
- Provides total symbiosis with your skin as ultra smooth texture glides on effortlessly, melts into your skin for an even, matte complexion
- First YSL foundation applicator of it's kind, provides the idea dosage of foundation to apply directly onto your face.
- SPF 18
- Available in 21 shades

1. Shake
2. Swipe with applicator wand
3. Blend with fingers or brush


Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 3%
Inactive Ingredients: Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Isododecane, Alcohol Denat, Vinyl Dimenthicone/Methicone, Silsequioxane, Crosspolymer, Phenyl, Trimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Water, Propylene Carbonate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Silica Silyate, Fragrance, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Aluminum Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

My Verdict

- The packaging of the foundation is slender, classy and overall luxurious, instead of your usual plastic bottle, you get a nice heavy glass bottle.
- I really liked the application wand, the amount of foundation on the wand will cover your whole face, the product spreads and blends exceptionally well. In fact, not much blending is required, definitely fits their slogan "fine as ink" - not that I know what fine ink feels like on my face. IMHO - it glides like elemental mercury (not that you should be using mercury on your skin).
- It provides medium to high coverage, concealer is a thing of the past with this foundation, my blemishes, under eye bags and scars were gone while most of my pores were very well covered.
- Not sure about the 24hr wear, I don't think I've ever worn a foundation for that long, but it definitely lasted at least 7 hours (a night out - long night).
- Not recommended for dry skin, it really brought out the little flakes on my nose, I can't use this product on or around my nose during winter. It will look flawless on normal/oily skin.
- Not recommended for flash photography, I looked really washed out.
- This foundation is 5ml less than the standard 30ml foundation, yet the price-tag is exponential compared to my usual foundations. The most expensive foundation I have are approximately $40-$50 from Shiseido/Clinique - and I thought they were pretty good. Never have I had the luxury of putting on a whooping $85 foundation. This foundation is expensive.

*This product was kindly provided by BeautyHeaven, all opinions are my own

What's your favourite high end foundation?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Review: Rimmel London | Oh My Gloss!

A few weeks back, I went to see Jurassic World on the weekend of it's release, the line was out the door, at least 25% were children between the age of 6-15. With the last Jurassic Park movie hitting the cinemas circa 2001, this movie was highly anticipated. [SPOILER ALERT] Unfortunately, it was a little bit of a let down for me, I enjoyed Chris pratt until his bromance with the raptors excelled without reason - and I love bromance. The fact that Claire was running around in 6 inch heels throughout a dinosaur movie was ridiculous. Quite a few plot holes, the T-Rex would've killed the raptor + the main characters towards the end, I mean why stop after the hybrid? That defeats the whole nature of the T-Rex... and eventually, they'll have to contain the Rex (Didn't the whole park go to shits because of the T in the first movie?). Rant over.

I'm a bit of a movie buff, so bare with me as I learn to incorporate movie rants at the beginning of beauty posts.

Price: $11.69 (from Chemist Warehouse)
Shades: Pin Up (left) Purrr...Glossy Cat (right)

Product Claim

- Up to 6 hours of colour, shine comfort and moisture
- Infused with Argan Oil and Vitamin E
- Featuring "Gloss-lock" technology; providing long-lasting 3 dimensional shine
- Non sticky light weight and comfortable to wear
- Available in 8 shades


Pin Up (top) Purrr...Glossy Cat (bottom)
My Verdict
  • It was definitely glossy - but most of my other glosses are glossy too, I don't think I'm really seeing the  "Gloss Lock Technology", what is that anyway...
  • I hate wearing glosses during winter or windy days, my hair just can't keep itself away from my glossy lips. While these weren't too sticky, I'd still recommend you to avoid using if you are as terrified of the hair in gloss situation during windy days.
  • My lips did feel moist to begin with, but with most glosses it tends to dry my lips out a little after an hour of wear. It was comfortable to wear and relatively light.
  • There's a weird perfumey, soapy, sickly sublte but sweet scent. I'm not a big fan (back story: I've developed an odd senstivity to smell a couple of years back during my university placement in outpatient rehabilitation where I had to be around a lot of used commode chairs).
  • It's accessible and affordable, the range of shades (or lack thereof) was a little bit of a let down, no corals, no purples and no darker shades.
  • This is definitely not my favourite gloss, I'd probably give it a 3/5. 

Purrr...Glossy Cat 

Pin up

*These products were provided for my consideration, all opinions are my own

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