Some Primers I’m Enjoying

Yesterday, I talked about the few concealers I’m enjoying. Today, I’d like to talk about a few face primers I’ve been really liking as well. I have some glow primers / illuminating primers, and a couple of pore fillers / mattifying primers. I have combination normal dry-ish skin and I have enlarged pores around my nose. So I use different primers for different reasons.

Every time I talk about primers, I’d get comments that these are just an extra step in makeup, and they are unnecessary. That, my friends, I agree. In part. A face primer can be an extra step, but if you can’t find a foundation that’s just right for you, texture wise, or if you have to control very oily skin, then a primer might be useful. I use pore fillers around my nose, before foundation because they help smoothen the skin and foundations stay on better if I stay out all day. Do I use it every time I apply foundation? Nope…only when I feel like it. And these are the 2 I like. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and Bobbi Brown Skin Smoothing Pore Perfector are the ones I reach for when I know I’ll be out most of the day. I think they are similar in performance, and I prefer the lighter texture of Bobbi Brown, not to mention it is more affordable. Some of my friends who have really oily skin swear by the Hourglass one but I think it is overpriced especially in Malaysia.

 

 

As for illuminating / glow primers, I have quite a few I’ve been using regularly. I rotate them so I make use of all of them. Since I’ve been really into dewy skin finish, these primers help me achieve it even without foundation. I like to use these as a base before I apply my concealers. I use a small fluffy brush to lightly blend the concealer in when there’s still some tackiness on my face. That way, the concealers blend better. This is one of the ways I use these primers.

 

 

As you can see here, I included the Chanel Huile de Jasmin because I love using it for extra shine. I also mix a drop or 2 to foundations I find are too matte for my liking. It immediately sheers out the foundation and changes the texture to something I prefer. I also sheer out the foundation if the shade doesn’t match completely, because sheerer foundations are more forgiving. The Becca Backlight Priming Filter is my favourite. I bought the full sized product after using up a deluxe sized sample. It doesn’t feel oily or greasy at all, which I think is suitable for all skin types, and it just gives my skin a beautiful warm glow even just on its own. You see that it’s tinted, but it doesn’t give any coverage at all.

The Chanel Le Blanc Multi Use Illuminating Base has been sitting in my drawer, unopened, for the past year. I purchased it before the dewy skin craze, because I was curious, and I’m glad I bought it. I like to mix this with foundations instead of using it on its own. I also like to add a tiny bit on top of my cheeks for a highlighted but never over the top look. It isn’t oily either, and I think even those with oily skin can enjoy this.

Finally, I’ve talked about the Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Balm before, and this one is good if you have really dry skin. I only use this when my skin feels particularly dry, or if I plan to use a thicker foundation. Because this is creamy, I also sometimes mix this with concealer, and use it as a tinted moisturizer.

Why don’t I just buy a foundation with the right texture, you ask? Because it’s difficult. There are only so many foundations I can try. It’s not easy to get samples here either, because the sales people will give me looks if I just walked in and asked for one. LOL! Also, my preferences change from time to time. So does my skin, which is sometimes drier than normal. Then on the few crazy days of the month, my skin gets slightly oilier. So different primers, for me, actually help me use the foundations I already have, despite changing conditions or preferences.

Do you use primers? I never really did because I’d just slap on foundation and go. But now, I appreciate a bare skin look but cheating with some makeup 🙂

 

xoxo Lily

 

Review: Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm

I love dewy skin. Dewy, glowy and healthy skin. If you go overboard, then you’ll look like you have super oily greasy skin, so the balance has to be there. For that, I always use a glow primer on top of my sunscreen before my base (foundation or concealer or both). I hardly use highlighter because erm, lazy, and I like primers 🙂 I like Becca Backlight Priming Filter and Chanel Multi Use Illuminating Base. I don’t think I wrote about these before, but I bought those and have been using them regularly. I also like Bobbi Brown Illuminating Face Base SPF25 because it brightens my skin slightly as well. I purchased that last year and have also been using it regularly. I like to rotate my products. If you want a review of these products, do let me know. I think those I mentioned are great for normal skin. As my skin is slightly drier than normal, I’ve been appreciating the extra richness of Bobbi Brown’s Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm.

 

 

I was gifted a big tub of this, a limited Christmas edition, and I’ve been really enjoying it. It does not brighten like the Bobbi Brown illuminating face base, but it gives my skin such a healthy glow without the grease. Bear in mind I have combination normal dry skin. When I wear this, I like to leave my skin translucent, and just cover any dark circles and redness around my nose using minimal concealer. I can’t begin to describe how good it is. It takes a bit more work to carefully blend the concealer in, to make sure it’s one with the skin. If I use a tinted moisturizer, I can just slap it on my whole face and call it a day.

 

 

This illuminating moisture balm also gets rid of any flakiness so if you have dry skin with texture, this will help smoothen your skin before your foundation. If you have oilier skin, then this is not for you. You might then want to explore the Illuminating Face Base which I really like. It is lighter in texture and absorbs into the skin quicker.

 

 

Here, I am wearing just the Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm and some concealer under my eyes and around my nose. The rest of the face is mine. The balm makes my skin glow and this is how I want my skin to look all the time. People mistake this for my bare skin. I don’t mind 🙂 I’ve been having good skin days, and I don’t want to cover up using foundation. What this balm does not do is cover up pores. It is not a filler, and you can see in the photo below that the pores around my nose are still noticeable. Not many primers can take them away anyway, and I don’t really fancy silicone pore fillers that much, even though I do use them once in a while.

 

 

This balm is actually permanent and is available in a 30ml bottle. I just saw on the US website that there are 3 new versions. There are bare glow, pink glow and golden glow, retailing for RM275 each. I’m curious how these new ones work. There isn’t any Bobbi Brown counters where I live, so I can’t just walk in and test them. How sad. If you have tried those, please let me know how they perform!

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

Some Hourglass Stuff

In case you didn’t know, Hourglass is now available in Malaysia at Sephora! Well, has been available for the last couple of months. Not all Sephora stores have it, but you can also get it online. I checked the prices, and yes, they are UP there. So while I’m not going to tell you to run and get it, the option is here for you to touch and feel the products before purchasing. If you’re like me, and have had really bad experiences with our local customs (which confiscated lots of my stuff purchased online, shipped from overseas), then this is also another option for you. I compared the prices for all the products available, and most of them are priced at a premium. The cult favourite, the Veil Mineral Primer however, is reasonably priced.

 

 

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I thought this primer would work best on oily skin so I was a little apprehensive to try it. I have normal to dry skin and some enlarged pores around my nose. This primer smoothed out dry flakes and minimized the appearance of my pores, while making my liquid foundations last longer. It also doesn’t feel thick like the silicone fillers so that’s another bonus. Instead of using this on my entire face, I just use this at the center of my face where I need it.

 

The powder you see that I hit pan on is Diffused Light, which I purchased when the ambient lighting powders were first launched. So many raves back then, and when I tried it, I wasn’t wowed. I had combination skin, and this powder oxidized on me. Now that I have drier skin, I appreciate this powder more. It gives a finish that is non powdery, and a little glow that is so trendy right now. Diffused Light is the perfect shade for me so I use it to set foundations. I know some use Diffused Light as highlighter, and some use darker shades as bronzers, but I haven’t tried that yet. It’s still not love for me, but I don’t hate it either. When I finish this powder, I wouldn’t be repurchasing though.

 

Last but not least, the 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner. This product had quite polarizing reviews. You either love it or hate it. When I first tried it, I loved it. It went on beautifully, the blackest of black, transfers pigment onto my lash line with just a touch, no pulling or tugging, stays on my waterline! I use 5 clicks on one eye, so in total 10 clicks. Hourglass did say this eye liner is only good for about 20 uses, but I’m getting more out of it. Maybe because I only use it to tightline (a very thin line at the roots of my lashes), the pencil is still going strong. However, one day, I wore this liner and didn’t finish off with mascara. Somehow, it transferred to my eye bags. I’m guessing, I’m assuming, the pigments, which got onto my lashes transferred there when I blinked. Tried it again without mascara and the same thing happened. Now, I’m conflicted. I was going to purchase the set of 3, but now that I know I can’t use it without mascara, I don’t want to buy it anymore.

 

What’s your favourite Hourglass product? (The primer and liner were sent for consideration)

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

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Review: By Terry Cellalurose Moisturizing CC Cream

I purchased this last year. The By Terry CC Cream is a color control multi tasking sheer tinted cream. And sheer it is. I don’t have the box anymore, so I don’t know what mumbo jumbo the brands says about this, but to me, this is more like a primer. I have the shade Nude, and it’s a pretty good match for light skin – about NC 20.

 

 

CC Cream By TerryBy Terry CC Cream

 

 

I use 1 pump of this CC cream and it’s enough to cover my face. If I need to apply on my neck, I use another half a pump. As you can see here, the texture is quite liquid. CC creams to me are usually smooth and creamy, and some quite full of silicones, but this one feels a little grainy and is very fluid. It says to shake before using, and I did. When I shake it vigorously, it feels less grainy, but heck, it’s like giving someone a handjob. OK sorry, I shouldn’t have said that, but c’mon!

 

 

liquidy texture

 

 

While this CC Cream is lightweight, it is also very light in terms of coverage. It evens out my skintone and some of my redness, and that’s it. I would need to use a concealer for spots and dark circles. I even need to use concealer around my nose where it’s red. I can’t use this CC cream on its own because it doesn’t last 4 hours on me. By the 4th hour, the oils around my nose would have penetrated through and melted the CC cream. And hello, I have normal to dry skin. If you have oily skin, this CC cream doesn’t have a chance against your oil attack. Here’s the before after photo and a close up for your to see. The little pimple mark on my nose is still visible, and in the close up, you’d see some dry flakes that it picked up. In the “after photos”, I only have the CC cream on my face, nothing else.

 

 

before after close up

 

 

Basically, I use this CC cream as a primer. On top of this, I usually use powder foundation. If I’m out for only a short while, and if I’m particularly lazy that day, I can get away with not powdering. But is this CC cream worth the US$85 I paid for? No. I could have used the $ for something better, like skincare. Ah well, live and learn. Oh, also, it has a strong rose scent. If you don’t like it because it reminds you of grandma, then you probably won’t want to wear your grandma on your face. The scent lingers. For quite a while.

And this my friends, is my unedited review of the CC cream, which I wrote at 1.30am this morning. At this moment when I’m writing, my eyes are dry and I’m tired so I’m going to bed. I’m still going to schedule this to be posted in the morning, even though I didn’t proof read it. I just read my friend Tracy’s post, saying that she gives her all while doing everything. I feel bad because this is quite half assed. Then again, that’s how I feel about this CC cream. So let it show!

Night night 🙂

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

ps: here’s the ingredient list in case you’re interested

 

By Terry CC Cream Ingredients

 

 

 

Face Primers for Drier Skin / Base

My skin has been going through some changes lately, and I notice that my skin is getting drier. I’m sure this has got to do with aging as well, and I’m also not sure if it’s because of the heatwave and I’m just dehydrated. I try to drink more water, but there’s only this much I can gulp before feeling all bloated! I find that foundations that used to sit well on my skin look weird on me. They just sit on top of the skin looking patchy so I’ve been using foundations that used to look too dewy on me. These look so much better because they make my skin look healthier, not to mention they do not emphasize dry skin.

That’s the case for NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint, and the PR kindly sent me a primer (NARS Pro Prime Multi Protect Primer SPF30) saying that the Skin Tint will sit so much better on top of this primer. She was right! This and Diorsnow Bloom Perfect Brightening Perfect Skin Creator have been doing a great job in making my old foundations sit right on my skin.

 

 

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I like that these are very light in texture, and I am sure they are silicone based because it smooths out my skin before applying foundation. They both have high SPF and the lighter texture makes it easy to use them even as replacement for your sunscreen. I personally ALWAYS use a sunscreen prior to makeup no matter what and always recommend that, but I know some of you don’t like to pile on products on your face. When I feel lazy, I skip primer and just use my cushion foundations which are on the dewy side. They are kinder to my face, and I’ve been really liking more dewiness and glow for my bases lately. A change in preference, because I used to like demi matte finish. Then again, my skin used to combination oily.

I like that primers can help with our skin condition temporarily, to prep it for the foundation that comes, and in this case, I can still use my old foundations without buying new ones!

What do you do if a certain foundation doesn’t sit right on you anymore? Do you use primers? How do you deal with changing skin condition? About this, I changed my night skincare routine and I’ve been seeing changes. I’ll share that with you in the next post 🙂

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

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Review: Dior Diorsnow Bloom Perfect Moist Cushion and 2 Other Bases

Glowy skin. Cushion foundations. They seem to be the trend nowadays. Dior gives you glowy skin with primers and a cushion foundation catered to the Asian market. I believe Diorsnow is Asia exclusive, but if you happen to chance upon this, please let me know!

 

 

Diorsnow Bloom Perfect

 

 

Diorsnow Bloom Perfect Brightening Perfect Skin Creator SPF35 PA+++ (RM385)

This is marketed as a hybrid skincare, and I had to read through the pamphlet thoroughly to decide what it is. I initially thought it’s a brightening moisturizer, since it says to re-plump skin and diminish dark spots but it’s not. I think it is very misleading and confusing, and they should just make things simpler by calling this makeup, with some added skin benefits. Most makeup are nowadays (with added skin benefits), so it’s nothing new. Marketing it in a different way doesn’t make it a different product.

I decided this is a primer to be applied as the very first step of makeup, before foundation. It very subtly evens out the skin, and gives it a hint of rosy glow that is very natural. I tried applying it on its own after sunscreen, with some concealer where needed, and I like it. Underneath foundation, I find that after a few hours, there is less pooling around my nose, and drier / heavier foundations look much better on my skin. Let’s just say, it makes foundation go on the skin more skin-like. The SPF35 is quite useful, because I think this can replace sunscreen (if you apply enough). I used enough product as I would a sunscreen and it doesn’t feel heavy at all. While I still apply sunscreen as usual, I think this can replace it if you’re on a whim.

There’s also a little sponge that comes with it, and it works like a beauty blender, but I personally don’t find any difference if you apply it using your fingers or bounce it on your skin using a damp sponge. You certainly use MORE product with a sponge though. For a confused skincare, I’m not sure I’d personally fork out RM385 for it. It’s nice, yes, but there are others that are also nice at half the price. I can’t attest to the skincare benefits, and if it’s actually a moisturizer, I might actually pay for it (Dior skincare has been good to my skin!).

So tell me, Dior, is this a moisturizer, or a face primer, or are you going to tell me this is skincare that is also a face primer?

 

 

 

Diorsnow cushion

 

 

Diorsnow Brightening Makeup Base Colour Correction (Bleu) SPF35 PA+++ (RM210)

This is a makeup base with skin brightening properties. There are 3 shades and I have the blue one which corrects sallow skin tone. The texture is very fluid and light and I made a mistake to apply this as I would sunscreen. I initially thought I could use this as a sunscreen. Perfect texture for it. However, the blue tint is actually quite opaque and I ended with a white mask on my face, and 2 dark circles around my eyes. Yes, panda. I looked like a panda. For this product, a little goes a long way, and skin is instantly much brighter, that’s for sure. So, even though there’s SPF35, it isn’t possible for me to use enough product to have sufficient protection.

I find that when I apply foundation on top of this, my skin still looks lighter and brighter. This base provides for more slip and I think it pairs better with heavier foundations. With lighter sheerer foundations, I find that the foundation is somewhat sheered out further. With this primer on, my face feels a little oily after a few hours so if you have dry skin, then you might like this. My skin is normal with slight dryness.

 

 

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Diowsnow Bloom Perfect Perfect Moist Cushion SPF50 PA+++ (RM268)

Finally, the cushion foundation. They started in Korea, and their cushions are lightweight, with all the skincare benefits you can think of. High sun protection, anti aging, boost hydration, brightening, etc. I have tried a few, and I love them. I’d willingly pay for them because they’re mostly affordable. There are some more expensive ones, like the Sulwhasoo and Whoo, and Dior is at the top with them. RM268 is not a price everyone would pay for, but is it something WORTH paying for?

Dior’s cushion foundation has skincare benefits as well. Corrects imperfections, improve radiance, high sun protection, and has brightening powers. It is a very sheer foundation (as you can see in the swatch above). If you have good skin, you’ll appreciate it. The texture is so light, it feels like nothing. It is the lightest cushion foundation I’ve ever tried. Once it’s on, it immediately blends into the skin. It evens out my complexion nicely, reduces redness and gives me a beautiful glow. I can reapply this foundation without it being cakey. The sponge washes easily, and I find that this cushion foundation applies BEST with the sponge provided. Below, in the before after photo, you can see that my face looks more uniform in color and redness is reduced. Somehow my dark circles don’t look as bad after I applied the foundation. I really like how sheer and light it is, because that’s how I like my foundations.

 

 

 

before after

 

 

Here is a close up of me wearing the cushion foundation and nothing else. Doesn’t it look like my skin is just so awesome? Ah, and of course you’d notice, it doesn’t do anything to camouflage large pores. Darn those pores. I have to do something about it.

 

 

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What do you think of this foundation? What about the primers? Below are the ingredient lists for those of you who are interested. I believe this Diorsnow range is available this month, so some counters might already have it. Some stores might have it later of the month. Have you seen it? Have you tried any cushions yet? What’s your fave?

 

 

Ingredients

 

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xoxo Lily

 

 

 

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