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Today I thought I might do a foundation review! It’s been a while since I’ve done one because my skin has been breaking out so badly. Thankfully though, it’s on the road to recovery. It’s like unpredictable weather really and it can go crazy in a matter of days and heal up in just the same time. Melbourne weather. I’ve been trying out the new Lancôme Blanc Miracle Bright Light Creator liquid foundation and I’ve been really impressed by it’s coverage and lightweight feel.

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The Lancome Blanc Miracle was first launched in 2011 and was extremely popular because it gave you Aura-Bright radiance and was long lasting. In fact, it was the the number one best selling whitening foundation in Asia! You might think that it’s just another foundation, but Lancôme has really put a lot of effort and research into it’s new formula. Now in 2014, the Lancome Blanc Miracle is now re-formulated offering a higher SPF protection at SPF 50 PA++, a spectacular brightening effect, sensitive skin friendly with natural ingredients, and a “fit and fine” texture. It’s a lightweight and comfortable foundation that gives you great coverage without feeling heavy.

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I hate being caught with greasy skin and it’s really something I can’t control. My face just wants to be a discoball midday and there’s nothing I can do about it until I discovered make-up. I always touch up midday and there’s a couple products I really do recommend to put in your touch up bag. One of them is the NEW Benefit Agent Zero Shine Shine-Vanishing Pro Powder! I love this to BITS and it’s something I received last year from my dear friends at Benefit Cosmetics to try out before the launch date in Singapore. Girls, I have to say that this is really amazing and it took a while to review it because I really wanted to get to know this powder. So let’s get started!

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I remember when I first tried the Rachel K CC Cream a few years ago and loved it. Rachel K is the pioneer of the CC Cream craze and is in fact the first brand to mass produce and commercialise CC creams. When other brands like Chanel to Clinique to Etude House saw what could be a hot trend, they all jumped the bandwagon too. I’m also happy to say that Rachel K first started out as a local Singapore brand but has now turned international with creams selling globally like Malaysia and Hong Kong as well! Other than their skincare line, they’ve recently come out with a new cc cream now called the Rachel K CC Renew! In this post I’ll be doing a review and giving my thoughts about how it compares to the original Rachel K CC cream if you’re still wondering which to get.

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Guess what just landed on Singapore shores! Jane Iredale! I first heard about Jane Iredale when I asked my friend what her favourite skincare products were. She promptly replied that one of them was the Jane Iredale Dry Sunscreen. I’ve never heard of dry sunscreen before but that day, I went home and realised that that was just one of the many neat and unique things that Jane Iredale does with make-up! There is for example the Jane Iredale cleansing mitt which doesn’t need any skincare products at all. It’s a fibre cloth that removes all your make-up instantly – even waterproof mascara – with just warm water! It’s amazing and to be honest, I’m very impressed with the rest of their products as well! Today, I thought I might do a review!

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I would have to say that CC Creams are the in thing now. Almost every brand is dishing one out and brands that didn’t jump the bb cream bandwagon on time made sure to catch this wave. I still remember reviewing the very first one on the market – the Rachel K CC Cream – and now it’s a category of make-up. If you don’t know what CC creams are, they are just a more refined version of bb creams. That means you’re looking at more skincare ingredients, finer texture, more coverage – basically bb creams 5.0. A lot of brands are trying to differentiate their cc creams though and I find more korean versions gearing towards cc creams that have “color adapting technology” – meaning that they come out white but “turn your into your skin color” once rubbed in. However swanky and cool, I don’t really believe it. This “technology” is usually caused by micro capsules that contain pigment and break once rubbed into the skin. It’s not brand new news either with Revlon first coming out with it when I was still in High School.

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I love this foundation. It is so good. I’m sure you know that I’ve tried countless bottles of foundation. There were a few misses, hits but a few rare I love yous. This has gotta be an “I love you”. Today I’ll be doing a review on the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat! I’ve been a long time believer in YSL’s cult product – the Touch Eclat (YSL’s pen highlighter) – so I was very much keen to try this foundation out. Plus, I was at an event and I was talking to the beauty editor at Cosmo and when asked what her favourite foundation of the moment was, she quickly replied with this particular bottle! And after trying out for a month, I have to agree.

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If there’s anything I’m crazy about when it comes to make-up – it has to be foundation. Foundation is an uber important makeup step because it sets the base and well “foundation” for your make-up. Except for the fact that you may have absolutely flawless skin, the other parts like your lips and eyes won’t look half as good if you have a foundation that doesn’t work for you. I’ve been trying out the Lancôme Teint Visionnaire lately, the newest edition to the Lancome makeup family, and I am solidly impressed.

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First of all the packaging is fantastic and not to mention pretty innovative. I haven’t yet seen a foundation that looks like this. When I first got it, I thought it just had a gigantic cap but on closer inspection, it was actually the lid to another concealer! That’s why this is called the Skin Perfecting Makeup Duo. It contains both a precision corrector and your perfecting foundation. I’ve read a few magazines that have featured this baby and all say that you should start with the concealer first and then your foundation to achieve an even more naturally flawless complexion. This is contrary to what I’ve been doing – since I always put my foundation first and then my concealer so I don’t end up rubbing off the concealer when I buff and blend my foundation.

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I can’t wait to tell you my latest find – The Face Shop Aura CC Cream. Boy, is this stuff good. I’ve been trying to get on the CC Cream bandwagon lately just because it’s all the rage now. I remember reviewing the Rachel K CC cream a long time back, loved it and and now it seems like it’s everywhere now. Incredible how fast things can grow! Of course with the bb cream craze, I was a little skeptical. Most CC Creams now boast color correcting properties and a majority of Asian brand CC Creams try to differentiate themselves by having color changing technology – cream that comes out white and changes to suit your skintone. Basically what is happening here is that there are little sacs of color that you break when you blend the product out so the product appears to change color. Personally, it’s a gimic that is so last century and something that a few foundations already had before the CC Cream craze hit. This does not have the color changing technology but it’s sister, The Face Shop Smart Capsule CC Cream does of which I also bought and will review later.

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Giorgio Armani cosmetics only recently landed back on Singapore shores this year. They were previously available at the airport but now you can get their lux products in Singapore at the DFS on Scotts. I’ve noticed the somewhat large variety of international make-up brands making an entrance into Singapore this year including Tom Ford and Laura Mercier. Eventhough we associate Armani to be more like a fashion house than a cosmetics brand, it’s quickly following the footsteps of Chanel, YSL and Dior.

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Many would agree that the star of their show is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation that have been pawed by the press and even online. I’ve wanted to try it for a long time coming and today, I’m finally dishing out my review! It’s supposed to give you make-up that looks like skin, be as light as silk and provide decent coverage. The oil-free formula has a Micro-fil technology that allows the foundation to glide on the skin with a silky texture. But, it’s not cheap spend though, retailing for about $73 in Singapore. Today, I thought I might put it to the test and see what the hype is finally all about!

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Happy Thursday. I haven’t raved about a good bb cream in months. There were none. All were a little too gray, made me way too shiny and just didn’t provide the coverage I needed. Well, until I came across this one. It was really a spontaneous purchase at the Holika Holika counter at Isetan at Wisma and I finally don’t regret it.  I bought it for about $32 which is a really good price actually. I first laid eyes on the Aqua Petit Jelly BB in Sunnydahye’s video – she does crazy good asian make-up and kpop tutorials  and I’ve been wanting to jump on the asian make-up bandwagon since forever. And fine, I was a sucker for this cute little packaging. The name was too cute to resist either – i mean..aqua..petit…jelly? Why Yes, I do want to put that on my face. Someone save me before I start rolling around in it and tossing it in the air. Okay.

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I love NARS cosmetics – their blushes are amazing and so are their eye-shadows and multiple sticks. It’s no surprise that I gravitated towards their foundations too but retailing for almost a hundred dollars each (although now priced at $68 because of the recent price drop) when I was back in Melbourne, it moved to my “i want, but can’t have yet” list. Well, that stood until I got to get it only $35 bucks at the Shiseido private sale! Yeah, I was pretty eggscited. Countless of forums discuss the difference between the sheer matte and sheer glow foundations and I picked the sheer matte simply because I’ve been needing the coverage lately from late nights. Also forgive me if I look a little different today. For some reason, sometimes I wake up with single eyelids or double eyelids and today just happened to be a single eyelid day, lol.

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It’s that time of the month again! Well, no..not that time of the month but it’s certainly time to get a facial! Facials are an important to any skincare routine and is recommended by skin experts to be done once a month (or whenever you need a little pampering).  I was invited by Asian Skin Solutions to come down to try out their facial services and intrigued by the way they’ve dived into specialising in asian skin, I couldn’t wait to try them out to see whether it actually makes a difference.  Asian Skin Solutions have discovered that Caucasian and Asian skin is structured differently and that they both have different skin problems that can’t be solved by just one solution. In fact, it’s one of the few salons that specialise in Asian skin here in Singapore.

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There’s nothing like a DIY facial with a packet of face masks from the fridge but I find that my skin becomes multitudes better after a facial that’s been done. With so many facial salons out there, it’s hard to pick the right one! But,  about two weeks ago, I went to visit Indulge Spa for their Intensive Skin Renewal Facial and was very impressed with the results even after one week!

Indulge Spa can be found at The Star Vista Mall and was established in 2003 providing beauty solutions for their clients. What is super special about them is that they mix both Western and Traditional Chinese medicine within their both face and body treatments and are aimed to detox the body. They are also a proud partner of premium beauty brand Sothy’s and use their products widely in their services.

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I was recently invited to the launch of Benefit’s brand new concealer, Fake-Up! Benefit is the Queen when it comes to faking it. Whether it be eyelashes, radiance or even a flawless complexion. Now, they’ve found a product finally worthy of the name and that’s this concealer. P.S I had an amazing time at the launch, loved the skit they did below!

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The new concealer comes in extra chic packaging and an absolutely beautiful tube and the stick form makes it easy for girls on the go. What makes this concealer different from the rest? It’s wrapped with a “hydrating core”. Basically your pigment comes from the core of the product and a moisturising balm wraps around the pigment. So, when you glide, you get a mix of moisturisation and the concealer.

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If you hate bb creams because they never match your skintone, then you’re in for a treat, finally! In fact, the Bobbi Brown BB cream is one of those products you return to after a while and start loving again. I think in a cold country like London, the Bobbi Brown BB Cream’s glowy finish performs much better than humid Singapore and with a very rare warm undertone, it’s a gem in this crazy BB race!

The Bobbi Brown BB Cream is SPF 35 PA+++ which is a reasonable range as most BB creams are at SPF 25. Bobbi Brown also claims that this baby covers imperfections and evens the skintone, helps control oil, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and brightens dull skintone over time. I can’t say much about wrinkles but obviously being SPF 35, it should shield you against UVA and UVB rays as it also claims. The BB cream also comes in a uniquely extenstive range of shades which I think is this BB cream’s winning point. You in fact have 5 shades to choose from, all in natural skintones of our skin. Nothing blue or overly white, something that makes me extremely happy.

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Foaming foundations are now the new in the world of make-up. We have cream, liquid, powder even mousse and now it comes in a can. I mean, who would have known right? The first time I spotted a foaming foundation was the Maybelline Pure Mineral BB Mousse. I thought it was really cool and innovative but I expected the foundation to have poor coverage and to be extremely light. Little did I know I was wrong. When I saw the Maybelline Dream Nude Air Foam on shelves in Australia, I grabbed it off the shelves to review.

Maybelline claims that this product is 100% lightweight and offers nude perfection (whatever that means) and gives you effortless application because of the fine pigments. A concern I had was if it would break out on sensitive skin. I have uber sensitive skin these days and I’m pretty prone to break-outs and I’ve heard that foaming products have a chemical in it that isn’t so good for your skin. I’ve been wearing it though and have not seen any major complications.

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We all know that Topshop makeup has been around for a while now. The definetly different packaging of white chalk on black paper, squiggly sketches of make-up products has always caught my attention but I never really dove in for the kill until now.  I’m like a stubborn cat when I’m shopping. When I want to go shopping, I really go shopping. When I want to try something out, I want to try it all. And if I’m not in the mood, my parents have even begged me to buy something. Anyway, enough of being silly, here’s my take, opinion, review, whatever floats your boat of the majority of the make-up products.  Let’s get started.

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I’m still looking for that perfect liquid foundation that gives me a radiant glow, is absolutely flawless and actually keeps throughout the day. I used to be a matte face fan but I realized that it was harder to keep my face matte considering my skin type than to just celebrate the fact that my face likes to glow. So I’m letting it glow.

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Today I’ll be doing a review of the Rimmel Wake Me Up liquid foundation that’s supposed to reawaken your skin with a radiant glow, be 100% pore less and flawless and eliminate the signs of tiredness to make you look younger. That sounds like a pretty good catch, but let’s see if this baby works!

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I think if you know me enough, you would know that I’m a qualified foundation junkie. They’re essential make-up items, clearly because they serve as a base for the rest of your make-up and unlocks the key to looking flawless and polished. Without a good foundation or even application for that matter, you could look like the ghost from Casper instead of a hottie ready to take on the world. That being said, I’m always on the hunt to find the best foundations so today I’ll be doing a review of the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Light Infusing foundation which I have grown to love and wear daily now.

The L’Oreal Lumi Magique Light Infusing Foundation claims to do the following things:

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I’ve heard great things about this foundation and when Priceline (the local drugstore and drugstore make-up mecca in Australia) had a 2 for 1 deal on L’Oreal face products, I had to take the plunge and get it. The L’Oreal True Match foundation is a liquid foundation that is supposedly special because it matches your skin tone and skin texture with ultra fine pigments. So basically, it’s taking the whole “I’m wearing make-up but I still look natural” look to another level. I have to say after using it for a series of weeks, it has now made it to my list of favourite drugstore foundations. I love it for it’s light consistency, perfect coverage and flawless finish.

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I ought to be ashamed of myself. I have been in Australia for nearly 3 years now and I haven’t ventured much into Australian make-up brands. But don’t fret because it’s never too late to start to put my foot down on unexplored territory. Australia carries many local brands, just as much as it carries many Australian owned and made products. Visit the local make-up store and you’ll be sure to find brands like Australis, Gorgeous Cosmetics, Face of Australia and Napoleon Perdis dominating the scene.

Australis Cosmetics is a make-up brand that has been around for over twenty years. They focus on quality and affordable products for the beauty savvy and are commonly available at Priceline stores all across Australia. Today, I’ll be reviewing one of their foundations, the Australis Fresh and Flawless foundation, which happens to be one of my all time favourite drugstore foundations. At AUD $12.95, it can’t hurt to drop it in your shopping basket the next time you’re out either.

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Every now and then when I visit the drugstore, there will be a shiny new foundation that’s just come out. This one in particular has been on the shelves for a while now but that doesn’t make it not suitable for being relatively new. A foundation that boasts to be the perfect fit for your skin and coming from one of my favourite brands, Maybelline, I just had to get it. In this review, I’ll be talking about the claims of this foundation, the texture, colors, and overall look. It seems that Maybelline also recently changed the name of their colors. I’m usually a nude but I think they changed that color to a ‘nude beige’. I can say now that this foundation isn’t one of my favourites.

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Like a cream blush, liquid concealer has always been one of those products I’d rather only use if I had to. I love cream concealers and balm concealers because I think they are much easier to use, whip on and pop into my makeup travel bag.  However, with a liquid concealer, I have to whip out an extra brush, spread and then dab only to find that it seemingly does not last as long as my other balm or cream concealers. Yet, when the eye-bags hit from a sleepless night or two, there’s not much choice and the liquid concealers seem to work the best for this purpose.

Today, I’ll be giving a review of one of the first concealers I’ve ever used. Popular in Singapore and other Asian countries, ZA is a drugstore makeup brand that is commonly found at Watsons stores. Their ZA Perfection Concealer has won many accolades, been on the shelves for a while and is a liquid concealer for sure worth looking at.

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You can probably tell that I’m on a drugstore liquid foundation rampage. Actually, that rampage has been going on for quite some time now. There’s just something about foundation that makes me happy. I think it does the best job in transforming a face, it instantly takes away scars and redness, making your complexion flawless (well the good ones do at least). That and concealer and blush are probably necessities in ever makeup vanity. Today I’ll be adding into the archives a much loved foundation, the Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse foundation.

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Smart packaging. There’s no extra cap to drop and lose because the bottle has a twist function that allows for the foundation to be pumped out. I love pump bottles so much better because you can control how much of the foundation you need for the face. About 2-3 pumps is sufficient for mine.

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So we all know that Roseanne Tang is sort of on a bb cream craze lately and because of this craze, hopefully we all know what a bb cream is. If you still don’t, it’s a makeup and skincare product in one that doesn’t provide as much coverage as a liquid foundation can, but sure feels a lot lighter making it pretty perfect in the summer heat. Today, I’ll be doing a review on a much talked about bb cream online and offline, the L’egere Multi White BB Cream. I’ve wanted to get my hands on this for a while now and even considered purchasing it online –  but when I flew back home to Singapore, it was on the shelves and soon present in my shopping basket.

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The Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse foundation has always been a product on the shelf that I’ve fo sho been curious about. I’ve wondered whether it had good enough coverage, if it was indeed a matte foundation and silly enough, whether it was slick enough to slide off. Until I bought it. I have to say that the first two mentioned traits are pretty true, but the latter will have to pass. Today, I’ll be doing a review about the much talked about the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation and whether its supposedly tried and tested claims hold true.

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I admit that I’ve been reviewing BB products quite frequently of late but I have to say that they’re really interesting. They are a foundation, a make-up base and a cream that goes on as light as a feather. However, not many people celebrate these often “walk-past, and don’t look back” products. Nor do they know how to apply them. In this review, I’ll be giving my own thoughts after a good trial period of a new baby in the market by Rachel K, the Rachel K Color Control Blemish Balm with a tutorial showing you how to apply bb creams in general.

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I remember saying to myself not too long ago that I believed drugstore foundations weren’t as good as high end foundations. But, before you bring out the pitchforks and torches, this is probably one of the first drugstore foundations that marked my turning point into a new drugstore loving era. This is the Maybelline Superstay 24HR Foundation and if I were to sum it up in three words, it’s flawless, it covers, and it’s comfortable. There’s a reason why this is the second bottle that I’ve purchased.

The story to this foundation was a little funny. One of my best friends, Danielle, is one of those ladies who loves being tan. Even if I beg her to take the lighter foundation because I know it’s her color, she always insists that she’s the darker shade. It was one of those “I Told You So” moments and after quite a while bantering back and forth, I bought it from her. She’s quite a good saleswoman and she wanted to make up for lost profit. I’m not afraid to say that I am in love with this foundation and perhaps Danielle should buy the wrong color more often. I will make small comparisons with the Revlon ColorStayFoundation, because that’s my other favourite drugstore foundation.

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Along with your foundation, concealer is probably the next best thing to covering up flaws. Actually, it is THE thing. It’s like tangible photoshop and with a simple pat of your fingertips, a much aggravated blemish can seemingly dissapear. As my guy friend put it, “it’s like magic!”. Correct. It’s simply the key to looking flawless. It’s the “lie” behind make-up but nonetheless a necessary life-saver.

So, this is a review of the MAC Studio Finish concealer. This concealer is no doubt my all time favourite, my holy grail, and the magic behind my seemingly flawless complexion (that really isn’t). Trust me, I really wanted to zoom up on my zits and acne scars just to show you how bad they were and display it in all its glory, but I couldn’t let myself subject you to that much horror so I decided to give that opportunity a miss. It’s quite unecessary but I have shown you the after picture and hopefully you’ll take my word for it that it really is unedited.

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Wow, your discussion yesterday was amazing. I really appreciated your thoughts about the issue!

Today I’ll be doing a review of the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation. Bobbi Brown foundations are supposed to be gold so let’s see how this one holds up!

The foundation comes in a pump bottle which is convenient and doesn’t waste too much excess product. The product itself is surprisingly watery and thin, not like most foundations I’ve tried. At first pump, it seems like it wouldn’t provide any coverage, thinner than a tinted moisturiser but you’ll be surprised! The best way to use this would probably be a paddle brush if you need the coverage, if not a good clean stippling brush does a good job in blending everything together because it’s such a thin consistency.

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More exciting news first! I’m going to Sydney tomorrow for IMATS on Saturday after a talk with Dad. Super duper excited. Tickets are booked, and the theme this time is Alice in Wonderland, of course one of my favourite tales. Super duper excited. Breathe Roseanne. And look, I’m blogging. Finally, those 2 weeks of hell are over and now i’m able to prance around for at least a few days before I start burry-ing my head in books again.

So here’s a foundation review for you. I’ve decided I’m going to write less, and picture more. So, picture this. A foundation that makes you absolutely flawless and in my opinion blends pretty well and is probably one of the best oil controlling foundations out there. No, it’s not over sixty dollars fortunately, it’s the Revlon ColorStay Foundation.

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I still spy a little white overcast, but without the flash it totally matches my skin. It probably is my horrible camera though (thanks for the heads up Sarah love!) Flawless though :)

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*This is a sponsored review, I did not purchase this product, Elizabeth Arden was kind enough to give this to me to review. So I know this is pretty much overdue compared to my video launch already, but here it is in blog form for all of you who are too lazy to hear me rant. so here we go:

 

Powder foundation to me was always hidden back in the recesses of my makeup never try list because I always thought that it could never ever achieve the same effects and coverage as a liquid. Looking natural versus Barbie was never a hesitating choice, I wanted to look like barbie minus the blonde hair and never walk out with a single blemish on my face. I was happy with liquid until as always my onsugar newspaper had a little article by the lovely Sarah Chaudry and Diana Salleh about how much they loved this stuff and since EA was kind enough to sponsor me, I was totally eager to give this one a homerun try. And, I am glad I did.

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We all know what it is and where it came from and its achievements that have piled up from a number of youtube gurus and the make-up obsessed are numerous but is the MUFE HD Foundation & Powder really worth it? Well, lets digest how awesome this foundation is… slowly..

HD Foundation – So what’s the lowdown?

The Make Up Forever Foundation is a foundation that conceals, keeps your face fresher for longer, doesn’t cake, while emanating an aura of flawlessness. It even won Allure 2008 Editor’s Choice and is best known for diffusing fine lines while keeping it oil-free. But how does it do it? Simply put: Mica & Silica. The Make Up Forever HD foundation kicks everyone else’s buttocks because it has Cyracide Mica (otherwise known as light diffusing particles) and although it sounds dangerous, its the key to creating a soft focus effect, blurring blemishes and sweeping pores under the bed. However, I think its the silica thats the star of the show. If you have acne prone skin, don’t worry because there are three different kinds of silicone in this foundation that have a molecular structure that is too large to absorb into the skin sort of like: you = particle and you know those skinny jeans you bought a few years ago – yea thats the pore.

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