Friday, May 18, 2012

DESIGNER BRANDS OIL-FREE MINERAL FOUNDATION

The other day, I was at Radius Pharmacy to get my prescription for my whiplash injury. I was wondering around the store waiting for the medicines when I spotted a new arrival makeup stand from Designer Brands Cosmetics. For you who lives outside New Zealand & Australia, Designer Brands Cosmetics (DB) is an Australian cosmetic brand which is part of a company called Total Beauty Network. DB products are available at most pharmacies throughout NZ & AUS. They are being advertised as makeup at drugstore prices with high end quality. All their products are under NZ$30. 

To be honest, I walked pass DB cosmetics countless times before and never wanted to try any of their products. Why? I'm not entirely sure. Maybe they don't have fancy packaging? Maybe they're too cheap to be any good? Or, maybe because I've never heard anyone talk about this brand before. Anyway, I've now tried it and I have to admit. I am truly impressed. 


The one product that I'm talking about is DB Designer Brands Oil-free Mineral Foundation (NZ$14.99). It claims to formulated for oily and blemish prone skin. I've got this is the shade 706 Honey Beige which matches my skin very well. I'm in between MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC25-NC30. I think Honey Beige is a tad lighter than NC30 but doesn't look orange like most MAC foundations do. It appears more towards a pinky side but not too pink for warm skin ladies.


The package is a sturdy clear plastic pump bottle. The clear plastic and white/silver packaging makes it look clean. It doesn't look cheap but doesn't look luxurious either. Just a plain straight forward packaging and there's nothing wrong about it. It has a sticker with a barcode & details about the product sealed at the back. I think this is really good as it tells you whether the bottle has been opened or not.


From a tester tube I tried at the store, the foundation was on the liquid-y side. But when I used the one I bought, the foundation came out with foam/mousse texture and not runny at all. I find that it dries pretty fast. I have to apply & blend it very quickly. The foundation evens out my skin tone very well. Since it's oil-free, it gives more of a matte finish. I would say it's has light-medium coverage. Those darker acne scars on my face are still visible after applying the foundation. It's a little drying when using on its own. I find that it gives a better application when mix this foundation with either a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. I like using this with my Skin79 BB cream.

I normally set my foundation with translucent powder. During the 5 days that I used this foundation, I didn't use any powder to set and the foundation stayed on very well. I can tell that this foundation keeps my skin shine-free for about 3-4 hours before I have to use blotting papers on my face. The most important thing and a really good thing about this foundation is that it doesn't break me out...not yet anyway.

Overall, I really like this foundation. It gives me better results than what I expected. For a $15 foundation, I believe I do get what I paid for if not....more!




Sunday, May 13, 2012

TUTORIAL: EMERALD DUSK EYES

I was having this look on my day trip to Waitakere Ranges in West Coast Auckland. I bought this MAC pigment a while back and it's just sitting in my makeup drawer without being noticed for a long time. Finally, I use it and I really like the colour. No wonder why I bought it at the 1st place.

Products used.....


**FACE**
Olay Complete UV Protection Moisture Lotion SPF15
MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF15 in 2.0
Skin79 Super Beblesh Balm Triple Functions (Pink)
[I mixed  foundation & BB Cream together on the back of my hand before applying on my face with a Sigma Flat Top Kabuki Brush F80]
MAC Charged Water
[I spritzed this over the brush to dampened it]
MAC Select MoistureCover Concealer in NW25
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Nude
[I used this over the concealer to brighten up under my eyes]
Australis Ready-Set-Go Finishing Powder (True Translucent) 
[I used this to set my foundation]

**EYES/BROWS**
Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown
 Urban Decay Primer Potion (Eden)
MAC Eyeshadow in Wedge
[I use this shade with a fluffy brush & apply it on my creases to create depth & as a transition colour]
MAC Eyeshadow in Phloof!
[Put this on the 1/3 inner of my eyelids. Also, on my tear ducts & under the brow bones as a highlight & to brighten my eyes]
MAC Pigment in Emerald Dusk
[Put this on the other 2/3 of the lids]
MAC Eyeshadow in Nocturnelle
[Apply this shade on my crease with a fluffy brush MAC 224 & blend well]
MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon
[Apply MAC Carbon with a pencil brush Sigma E30 just on the outer corner of the lids] 
MAC Eyeshadow in Marvel (from Mickey Contrator Collection)
[Use this shade to blend out the black eyeshadow & create an outer-V. I use e.l.f. Blending Eye Brush]
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
[On the upper lash lines & to tight line]
MAC Eye Kohl in Powersurge 
[On lower lash lines & waterlines]

**CHEEKS/CONTOUR**
Benefit Hoola
[Apply this with a powder brush on my temples, forehead, under my cheekbones & along my jawlines to contour my face and add colour back to my skin after put on foundation]
MAC Powder Blush in Mocha
[Put this on the apple of my cheeks & blend it up towards the temples]
NYX Mosaic Powder in Highlighter
[I use a MAC 224 brush to highlight on top of my cheekbones]

**LIPS**
Nivea Repair & Protection Lip Balm
Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle


Hope you like this look :)