Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Coty Airspun Face Powder

Did you ever watch your mom/elder sister/aunts put on their makeup when you were much younger? My earliest memories of cosmetics were watching my aunts put on their makeup. They were heavily into Indian Classical dance and when there was show, they would sit in front of an old wooden dresser with a worn out mirror and put on their makeup. I would be perched on a big old bed in their room and just stare at their images in the mirror. The memories of my childhood were somehow jolted to life when I came across this product online one day because I distinctly remembered seeing something like this on their dresser. (Its been around since 1935, my friends!) It looked so retro and reminded me for some reason of them and that memory in their room.....They are not around for me to actually verify that it was indeed the same powder they used but I just thought I'd share that with you.

Back to Coty Powder, which is not available here but easily purchased online and is relatively cheap. I bought Coty Airspun Face Powder in Translucent Extra Coverage for RM 38!

Coty Powder is a finely milled loose powder which you use to set make up and it does so very nicely. The color says translucent but it does have a tiny bit of color which does not bother me as it blends very nicely with my foundation . This one is also and Extra Coverage powder which is buildable and you can add on which is something I have not tried to do as I believe the coverage from my foundation is sufficient. I use my favorite Eco Tools Kabuki brush to pick up the powder and dispense all over my face.

I was pleased to note that this powder helps with controlling oil as my face still looks matte at midday which is nice.

The packaging has also changed very much for the better as previously Coty was sold in a stiff, round cardboard container and did not come with a sifter. Oh the horror of all that powder flying about as you open the thing! However, they have revamped the packaging recently and it is now housed perfectly in a plastic container with a sifter and a puff (which is totally useless, so don't even bother). I must say, since I discovered the kabuki brush, I have not used puffs to apply my powders at all.

It has a smell which I cannot explain but since a small amount is applied on the face, I don't smell it and it does not bother me.

The back of the packaging says that this powder will smooth out fine lines and  blemishes. Please take that with a pinch of salt as you will need to apply and build the coverage until that happens.

There is plenty of powder in there that it will take ages to get through it so if you are looking for value, then this could be something you consider purchasing.

Friday, September 17, 2010

NYX Eyeshadow Base

There are many Eyeshadow Bases around but this one is the best IMHO. I purchased it for the sake of trying and not really expecting it to blow my socks off but this one came out a real gem!

I put it to the test one day when I needed to take my look from the office to dinner with a group of friends with nary a minute in the middle for touch ups. I put on my make up at 7am that morning and came home at 9pm and went straight to the mirror to have a look at how my eye make up looked. Having oily lids, I sometimes see creasing as early as noon and its not pretty! BUT on that fateful day, at 9pm I looked and looked and looked and WOW!!!! my lids looked as fresh as when I put on my make up that morning! Thats 14 hours that this base held my eyeshadow together my friends!

How can this be, I asked the eyeshadow Gods.....and the reply was: NYX eyeshadow base!

The color that I chose was ESB 03 which goes on a little light as you can see below but does help with making any eye color you apply on it just that little bit brighter.

Let me tell you that a very little bit goes a long way. Just pick up a little of the product with your ring finger and apply all over the lids up to the brow bone, wait about thirty seconds for it to set (well, I like to anyway but if you dont have time....go ahead) and you are good to go with putting on your eyeshadow.

Now this puppy is part of my daily staple. I spend long hours in the office some days and I am confident enough not to be checking my eyes for that awful line in my eyelid crease that gives my oily skin away!

Go online now and buy it!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid Foundation with SPF15

I have been lemming this beauty for a while now so when things were a little slow in the office one day, I put my lunch hour to good use by stopping by a Chanel counter to check this out. I was a little apprehensive about whether they would carry a shade that would work for my skin tone, however I was delighted to find a shade that matched my skin perfectly which is 50 Naturel. I ran all the way to the cashier to pay for my new 'toy'! 

This is the product explanation of Vitalumiere on the website:- " Delivers a young, radiant look. Lines, wrinkles and imperfections seem to be erased. Ultra-gliding fluid provides buildable coverage. SPF 15 UV protection; nut extract guards against free radicals" Now who does not want all that?

Whats not to love about this product? Nothing at all, in fact I love it so much its been the only foundation I have been using for a while now. The pump bottle is super efficient in dispensing just the right amount of product for a light to medium coverage and on the odd day that I do notice some extra redness on my cheeks, I use a bit more.

Its wonderful to note that the foundation glides on and blends easily and it does not feel heavy on the face. You get a lovely dewy finish which lasts all day long and looks as fresh at the end of the day as when you first applied it in the morning. Unlike some foundations, my face did not get very oily towards the end of the day which makes me love this foundation all the more.

Here is the back of my hand with a little bit of the foundation on it...see how it matches quite nicely?

 And here is a picture of the foundation smoothed out on my skin!

If I were asked what I don't like about this product, I would not be able to provide an answer because I like the pump bottle, I love the product and the dewy finish, I love that there is a color that suits my skin, heck, I even love the slight whiff of an unexplainable smell that it has!!

For those of you who want to know what goes into making this beauty, here is a list of the ingredients:-

You know something dear readers, I think this may be my HG foundation!!!!