Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Starting Afresh

If I had to start my collection over from scratch, I would buy these products. And then I would buy Real Techniques brushes, NARS Deep Throat, Skin79 BB Cream, the LORAC Pro Palette which I currently don't own but wish I did, and use whatever money I had left on Antipodes skincare. Realistically I would definitely buy Antipodes skincare before I bought any of these products, but that's not the point. Point is, these are good products and if you haven't tried them before and you like the sound of them, do try it. -Dilmah Tea's founding father raises a cup to you-

Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer in 53 Dark Radiance
This concealer has done it all. Blemishes, hyperpigmentation, redness and darkness is gone when I've applied this concealer. It doesn't sit well on dry patches but it's reliable, blends easily, layers well and the end result lasts a good long while on primer-less, unpowdered skin.

Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in Real Sand and Natural Beige
Mineral makeup used to seem like an impossibly faffy process but I've grown to love the versatility and ease involved. Powder has always seemed more appealing to me because it's not sticky and the coverage that this mineral powder provides makes it worthwhile. I find it smooths over large t-zone pores and makes them disappear. 

NYX Blush in Terra Cotta
This blush looks quite unassuming in the pan but it's surprised me. I quite like my blush-bronzer-highlight trio to do its job but if constricted and thrifty, I would just buy this blush. It's a particularly pretty shade of apricot with a golden sheen that translates very nicely onto the cheek without being outright pink or too shimmery. 

Jemma Kidd Make Up School Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Creme in Iced Gold (in the round palette)
It was a tough decision but I chose this highlighter instead of a bronzer, partly because the NYX blush is a bit bronzy and partly because it's versatile and a beautiful product in its own right. It doesn't leave noticeable shimmer particles, just a glowy gleam and the cream texture is so light and easy to dab into the skin. It can also double as a highlight for the inner-corners of the eyes.

Lioele Artist Auto Eyebrow Pencil in 03 Grey-Black
I've experimented with MAC Brun, Revlon Brow Fantasy and Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil but this wins for Asian brows. The pencil is easy to apply, extremely affordable (eBay!) and a perfect colour match. It has a spoolie on the end for when you need it and it seems to be lasting ages so that's a plus too. A definite repurchase when I ever run out.

Holika Holika Jewel-Light Waterproof Eyeliner in 01 Black
I posted about this individually (in fact, all of these products have their own reviews) and in it I swatched it alongside the Rimmel ScandalEyes liner, and Physician's Formula liners. This wins for longevity, pigmentation and application. 

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
Default. Lasts all day without primer, easy to apply and it's the most flattering shade of neutral bronze. 

L'Oreal Infallible in Tender Caramel
I use this for one purpose and that is solely to line the lower lashline when I have Bad to the Bronze, mascara and eyeliner on. This is my default eye makeup when the occasion calls for it and it never fails me. I love this shade because it's a subtle purple but so intensely pigmented and metallic that it adds something special and a hint of colour that's not a shocking blue or green. 

Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume and Curl mascara
I've used this mascara for over a year now, and it's my favourite. I tried branching out into Majolica Majorca but I absolutely hated it and I will continue to repurchase this one. It has the best staying power and holds curl, gives great clean separation and definition and it a pain in the butt to remove if I only use micellar water, but it's worth it. 

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Charm
I included this one in the photo but frankly this is a tie- I also really appreciate MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Bare Again, Korres Lip Butter in Pomegranate and plain clear lip balm. I usually default to this in the warmer months because it leaves a gorgeous pinky coral stain behind that lasts for a few hours.


  1. I bought the Lioele eyebrow pencil because of your review and I love it as well. Grey-black is perfect for black haired people like us. My friend also bought a couple from eBay after enquiring what I was wearing on my brows! Spreading the love.

    I keep on meaning to try the Laura Mercier powder (although have you seen that there's a Chanel Vitalumiere powder coming out?!). I'm just trying to finish up more of my current bases at the moment.

    1. It's so affordable and everything you could want to match uncoloured Asian hair! That's awesome to hear you recommending it! Glad you like it.

      I heard about the Vitalumiere powder too! I wonder what the coverage is like. I thought mineral powder would be matte and light coverage but the LM mineral powder is glowy with a medium-full coverage. I'm also doing an unofficial Project Pan to finish up more of my products. Bases and skincare are going the fastest at the mo, but I think I have enough blush to last me the next 10 years. :/

  2. Some lovely products here. That Bourjois concealer sounds nice. And I've always eyeballed Tender Caramel, it looks so pretty! Terra Cotta looks like a great natural shade too. I've come to love mineral makeup as well, the coverage that they give really amazes me!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

    1. Terra Cotta is really good- highly recommend for all seasons and super pretty. Mineral powder is surprisingly easy to use and I love the feeling of powder foundation! Liquid foundation seems like such a chore to bear with now.

  3. Great pick of products! A nice mix of high end and drugstore and also Korean brands! I really like the lip pencils.

    Raincouver Beauty

  4. Finally someone that likes the Healthy Mix concealer! I mean, I like it too, but I don't find it covers as well as some of my other concealers. Still a decent concealer though. Also, I love layering Terra Cotta over other boring blush shades. Really makes the cheeks look 'summery'!

    Vanessa | Citron and Guavaberry ʘ‿ʘ