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Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10

Product description

15-hour wear, light as air: long-wear makeup is now lightweight makeup.
It’s makeup that keeps up. Fresh, natural, comfortable. Goes on sheer, leaves skin free to breathe all day.
Controls oil. Resists smudging and wont “melt” off through heat and humidity.
For a look that stays vibrant and fresh whether it’s a workday, a workout or a weekend. Smooth it on once and don’t think twice about it.

Ingredients

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Trimethyl Pentaphenyltrisiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Silica, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tribehenin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenyl Methicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Laureth-7, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Disteardimonium Hectorite, Methicone, Propylene Carbonate, Tetramethyl Hexyphenyl Tetrasiloxane, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alumina, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol. May contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide.

Price: USD 37 for 30 ml

Hello beauties! Let’s talk about makeup today! One of the first foundations I ever tried was from Estee Lauder. This one has sit in my makeup drawer long enough and after sporadic usage I manage to finish it, yay! Pat me, please? lol. Finishing base makeup seems to be impossible back then when I was still trying out gazillion of bases back then, it just seemed to last super long. I intended to review this one and I kept postponing it and before I realized it’s already an empty by the time I took a shot at it. Pardon me..

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10

If you were wondering about the slightly different packaging, mine was the old packaging, with all-gold cap. Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10 comes in a tube with a small nozzle. The opening is small enough so as to give controlled amount of product dispensed. However, like any other tube packaging, you have to be extra careful when bringing this out on traveling, especially if it involved traveling by air. The pressure change might cause a little explosion, so beware (personal experience).

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light is the lighter counterpart of its heavy duty best selling Double Wear. Double Wear Light, as its name implicates, provides a light coverage, and it’s buildable up to medium coverage. The texture, as you have seen in previous post, is quite light but not too runny with no discernible scent. It’s easily spread, but can get a little tacky. Hence me adding some silicone-based primer on every application. It has the tendency to settle into any fine lines it can find, so the primer helps to counter this side-effect. For such a light texture, I’m surprised it always sink into my fine lines *sigh*. It has SPF10, but in our tropical country such meager sun protection is surely not enough, so please wear a separate sunscreen underneath.

Step 2 - Squeeze tiny dollop of your preferred foundation (mine was a tad runny so it appears a lot more than it should be)

The coverage is enough to cover my pigmentation without looking to cakey. With light application, it immediately evens out my skintone. Any redness around my nose and cheeks are immediately neutralized. The finish is semi-matte, which is what I always prefer in my base makeup. I still need to conceal my undereye dark circles though as the foundation only manages to cover a tad bit of it. The dark circles still peek through it.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Action

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Action

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Action

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Action

The shade I was matched is Intensity 1.0. The shades available is less extensive compared to its sister, Double Wear but there are 9 shades available. Intensity 1.0 pretty much as neutral undertone so it fits me to a T. It’s pretty hard finding a neutral undertoned bases, most are always leaning towards yellow or pink. I have swatched it along with my other bases and you can see it’s the most neutral one.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Intensity 1.0

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Intensity 1.0

L-R: Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Intensity 1.0, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude, Garnier BB Cream, Revlon PhotoReady in Nude, NARS Sheer Glow in Deauville, Chanel VitaLumiere Aqua in Beige 20

L-R: Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Intensity 1.0, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude, Garnier BB Cream, Revlon PhotoReady in Nude, NARS Sheer Glow in Deauville, Chanel VitaLumiere Aqua in Beige 20

On me, once I set the foundation with loose powder (currently using SK-II Loose Powder) it stays on whole day until I removed it. Pretty impressive for the staying power. Eventhough the description states you can use it on a workout, I won’t recommend it. I personally think when you workout, all those sweats need to come out and I just hate the icky feeling when it’s mixed with whatever makeup I have on. So I always remove my makeup before working out. Besides, I usually just change my outfit and continue doing something else before showering, so I don’t like the foundation mixed with sweat stays on my face for too long. If you’re proned to breakout, never forget to remove your makeup before workout and at the end of the day. The foundation itself is not waterproof, so while sweating profusely there might be a little bit of it melts off but most of it stays intact throughout the day.

Would I repurchase? No. I don’t like that it sinks into my fine lines despite the light texture, I’m moving on to other foundation. We had a good run but that’s it haha.

Plus: light texture, easily spread, staying power is good, acceptable range of shades available, unscented

Minus: tendency to sink into fine lines, can get a little tacky, unable to cover dark circles completely

Adios.. Til next post!

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Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O

Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O

Product description

for ageing concerns
cleansing beauty oil premium a/o is the #1 selling shu uemura cleansing oil in the world. a premium anti-oxidant skin purifier that thoroughly cleanses the skin while protecting it against internal and external aggressions associated with skin ageing.
contains catechin, derived from green tea, botanical oils, deep sea water, and a calming aroma based on watermelon, jasmine, and sandalwood
the formula has anti-oxidant properties, and helps to hydrate and soothe skin.
it also naturally provides moisture to skin, and helps to enhance skin transparency and improves skin quality. 

Ingredients

paraffinum liquidum/mineral oil, zea mays/corn germ oil, polysorbate 85, carthamus tinctorius oil/safflower seed oil, sorbitan trioleate, isopropyl myristate, dicaprylyl carbonate, undecane, maris aqua/sea water, tridecane, squalane, glycerin, simmondsia chinensis oil/jojoba seed oil, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, propylene glycol, tocopherol, limonene, linalool, camellia sinensis extract/camellia sinensis leaf extract, ginkgo biloba extract/lactobacillus ferment,moringa pterygosperma seed extract,parfum.

Price: MYR 120 for 150ml / MYR 290 for 450 ml

Aloha world!

Today I’m going to review the iconic Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil. I’ve been an avid user of Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil since 2008, ever since I first started foraging into makeup. I couldn’t remember why but all I know I’ve been using their cleansing oil for ages and have repurchased countless time. I’ve tried the balancing (the one in yellow) and fresh (pink one) formulation and now I got itched to try Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O. Why so? Pardon me if I’m so shallow, just because it’s green! LOL. There are few more variants of Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and I intend to try them all. It’s baffling how I just started trying the rest of the line while I’ve been religiously faithful to the yellow one haha.

Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O

Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O

I believe recently there’s a new formulation Shu Uemura conducted on their cleansing oil. Now when I checked their website, the only green cleansing oil I can find is anti/oxi skin refining anti-dullness cleansing oil. I got mine from duty free shop, travel-exclusive 100ml bottle. My sister got me the big-ass bottle few months ago and I noticed the different name and the new one comes in slightly lighter color. I shall do comparison post once I try the new one.

Instructions how to use cleansing oil

Instructions how to use cleansing oil

I’ve been incorporating double cleansing method to my PM skincare regimen yonks ago. What I do is removing my makeup with cleansing oil, including waterproof eye makeup, and continue with regular facial wash. It’s easy peasy to use this great stuff. Just use 1.5-2 pumps on dry face (depending on how heavy the makeup I wear. Do note that the instruction recommends to use 3-4 pumps but I think 2 pumps is abundant already), spread all over my face and neck, massage it in circular motion, emulsify with water, continue massaging until all makeup breaks down and rinse. I take extra precaution on eye area as it’s very delicate, you don’t want to be too harsh and give yourself fine lines, or worse crowfeet. I don’t usually use separate eye/lip makeup remover because I find using cleansing oil is sufficient enough. When I first did it, some of the product got into my eye. It didn’t sting, but my vision got a little cloudy for a moment. However, it’s gone after a good rinsing with water. If you had very sensitive eyes, though, do skip this and use separate eye makeup remover. You’ve been warned lol.

Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O is significantly thicker than balancing or porefinist (what the fresh one is called now). It’s still quite runny nonetheless so spreading it allover the face isn’t a problem. The scent is very mild and relaxing, whilst the yellow one is always slightly more refreshing. I can definitely detect faint scent of green tea. I actually like it more than the yellow one, I don’t know why I took so long to get out of my comfort zone and venturing into other line of Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil. I love how it leaves my skin visibly more moisturized compared to the other two I’ve tried. Initially I felt it was too oily, but I get used to it after using it for a few days. I can safely say I’m a big fan now. Oh who am I kidding, I’m a worshipper haha.

The 100ml bottle lasts me for almost 2 months with regular use. I found that the 450 ml bottle usually lasts for about 6 months. So for such asking price, it’s not that expensive. The initial outlay is but not so in the long run. Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils contain mineral oil, so please don’t splurge right away on the big bottle if you were unsure whether you may be allergic to them or not. I’d suggest buying the sample bottles which comes with all variants, try them first and decide which one you like, or rather which one your skin prefers. I am a huge fan of this so I’ll continue use this as long as Shu Uemura continues producing it (keep producing it, pretty please?).

On a slightly related not (lol!), some of you might ask why am I getting the travel-sized bottle when I’m a religious user of cleansing oil. I just wanted to try it out, even though I know the previous ones I tried didn’t give me any problem, I still think getting a smaller version as a precaution, you never know what different formulation might do to your skin. Turns out I’m hooked lol. Also, the 100ml bottle is great for travelling, the pump mechanism is superb, I never came across a faulty one throughout the last 6 years I’ve been using Shu Uemura cleansing oils. Every bottle also comes with a plastic sort of seal you can insert into the neck of the pump so it won’t spill during traveling. I also put one bottle (the travel exclusive set comes in 2 bottles) at my mum’s. If I chucked the big bottle my mum will scream at me for overcrowding her bathroom haha, just kidding. All in all, it’s a great stuff. Enough said :P.

Plus: removes makeup excellently, keep my skin hydrated, relaxing mild scent of green tea

Minus: none, go get yourself one! teehee~

Til next post darlings!

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Good morning world!

As the title implies, today’s about a nifty beauty trick on mixing foundation with primer. Maybe you have heard or even tried it but it’s considerably pretty new to me. The idea has been there for the longest time but I never found the need to mix them, until recently. Have you ever experienced streaky foundation application, or thick full coverage foundation that’s pretty hard to smooth on? Read on why this tips might be useful for you 🙂

I experience such problems when applying my Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation. I don’t usually use foundation brush when applying this as I find fingers work better and faster. Oh I do wear brushes but not all the time, to spare me the brush cleaning afterwards lol. It’s just easier to clean my fingers with wet wipes rather than going fullblown brush cleaning. Besides I found that the warmth helps to ease the foundation to melt into the skin better. Now, on my good skin days (read: I use face mask the night before) the foundation applies smoothly. On so-so or even bad skin days, it looks horrible, just doesn’t work. Why don’t I just toss the foundation out, you might ask? Simple reason, the shade fits me to a T and I bought it with my own pennies lol. There’s no return policy here in SE Asia as far as I’m concerned so I have to find ways to make it work.

So few days ago I stumbled upon my old scribbles and found I have jotted down mixing foundation with primer idea. The goal is smooth and better application. I mix the foundation with a little bit of whatever primer I’m currently using, in this case Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel which is loaded with silicones and the result was amazing. The foundation glides on smoothly and no streaks at all. I also found that I end up using less foundation this way, so it’s a saving for me. I can always dispend more if I needed more coverage but most of the time I only need sheer coverage so it’s more than sufficient for me. The foundation actually lasts a lot longer on me this way. It’s a win-win!

Step 1 - Squeeze a little bit of primer

Step 1 – Squeeze a little bit of primer

Step 2 - Squeeze tiny dollop of your preferred foundation (mine was a tad runny so it appears a lot more than it should be)

Step 2 – Squeeze tiny dollop of your preferred foundation (mine was a tad runny so it appears a lot more than it should be)

Step 3 - With your finger, mix them well

Step 3 – With your finger, mix them well

The primer I’m using is loaded with silicones hence the smooth gliding result. If you’re allergic to silicones feel free to mix it with primer of your preference, I’m sure it will work just fine. I tried mixing my foundation with Guerlain primer, the one comes with pearls, which is a gel base and it work just as good. It didn’t glide as smooth as using silicone-based primer but the result is pretty much flawless. Some people I know mix their foundation with moisturizer to achieve similar result, however the coverage becomes so sheer like that of tinted moisturizer. Using primer retains the coverage I want. Nevertheless, it’s all your choice and you can always adjust it according to your needs :).

Have any of you tried this before? Which primer do you use? Do share your beauty tips in the comment section below :D.

Toodles for now!

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Yep another acquisition 😀 The package arrived last Monday but as usual the hubby forgot to inform me. What I got is mainly handmade soaps and brush cleanser from Moporie.

I have few transactions with Moporie before and they all went smooth. Recently I found out Erie (who’s the sweet lady behind the online shop) is into soap-crafting. I have seen several of her products and I was really intrigued. My skin is getting drier as I age, trust me I can tolerate sandpaper back when I was teenager, but now it’s like sahara. My recurring eczema doesn’t help either. Erie claims that all of her handmade soaps are free of SLS  which is known to dry skin out. She also came up with Brush Best Friend Soap intended for no other than our precious brushes. Besides, look at those beautiful soaps! Who can’t resist such pretty goodies?? LOL.

The Soap Corner by Moporie

The Soap Corner by Moporie

So what do I get? I ordered 2 bottles of BBFs (gosh it’s brush BFFs!! lol), I intend to give one to my sister so she can start taking care of her brushes, she’s mighty lazy when it comes to cleaning up her brushes. I also got myself Yuzu Silk Soap (which I used straight away, review will come up later), (from top left clockwise) Sweet Blooms Soap, Musk Silk Soap, Rainbow Soap, Coffee Soap, Black Raspberry & Vanilla Soap, Strawberry Milk Soap, and Calendula Breezes Soap. If you noticed, there’s additional soap in the center picture. That and Black Raspberry & Vanilla Soap are extras from Erie. Very sweet right? I can’t wait to try them all out, but of course it’s gotta be one by one. The presence of these soaps definitely makes me excited whenever I’m going to shower. I will review them all for sure :D.

Signing off now..

P.S. Fellow Indonesians, we’re experiencing lots of harpitnas (hari kejepit nasional lol). What did you do or plan to do? Happy Holidayssss

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated to Moporie and all the items are purchased by yours truly, except the extras of course 😛

 

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