Althea Petal Velvet Powder Review

Finally had enough time to test out the Althea Petal Velvet Powder (Note: This product was sent to me for PR consideration). TLDR; while I generally dislike white loose powders, I am ok with this. The powder is micro-fine and soft to the touch, as it says in the claims. I had concerns that it would look ashy on me–and it does, but upon initial application. Buffing it in and waiting for my oils to come up (which doesn’t take a while) solves the problem. Oil control is decent. My nose and forehead starts to show noticeable (but negligible) shine…

LOreal Infallible Stay Fresh Foundation Review

L’Oreal Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation Review

I got very excited when I saw L’Oreal Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation (Shade 150 Radiant Beige) at Watsons (P700). It’s rare to find a matte super yellow olive-toned drugstore foundation locally. I liked this foundation the first few times I used it. But I was applying it sheer and buffered with sunblock. It doesn’t look bad as a wash of color-type of base. It can even out my skin tone but it doesn’t do much for skin texture problems. I guess I initially liked it because it’s yellow AF. As for the claims…   No Transfer: Not True It’s…

Toss or Keep: L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Foundation Review + Comparison Swatches

Project Toss or Keep — where I would use one foundation for most of the month and decide if I would toss or keep it. I was looking to replace my L’Oreal Lucent Magique when I first saw the True Match Super-Blendable line. Unfortunately, I didn’t match with any of their “W” colors. The sales assistant (SA) almost forced me to settle with W4 instead. To be fair, it was a good recommendation since W4 was indeed the closest match out of all available shades. However, I’m really particular about getting the right undertone when it comes to foundations. Color A few weeks after…

Toss or Keep: BECCA Luminous Skin Colour Review + Other Foundations I’m Keeping

Project Toss or Keep — where I would use one foundation for most of the month and decide if I would toss or keep it. I kind of cheated when I chose BECCA to kick off this series. I started with something easy for motivation. I already tried letting go of this foundation last year just because of the scent. It smells like old school makeup. I decided to hold on to it again and found a way to make it work by setting it with a heavily scented finishing powder. Based on reviews, most people don’t seem to be bothered by the smell, so I…

Kick-off: The Toss or Keep Series

Before anything else, let me clarify that when I say “toss”, I mean, either sell or give away — not literally toss in the trash, unless the thing is expired. Last May, I did a foundation inventory.  I had 10 face bases at the time and at some point I was able to bring the number down to 5. Now I’m back up to 13 (Shiseido Sun Protection Stick Foundation not in the photo): I thought of doing the project pan strategy where I would deliberately use just one product until I use it all up. But then, I thought, that would…

Makeup Musings + My Challenges With Makeup

Most of the time, I ask myself why I’m even beauty blogging. I already mentioned this here more than once — if you see me walking down the street, you wouldn’t think I am running a skincare and makeup-centric blog. I usually go out wearing just sunblock and a strong-colored lipstick (sometimes, blush). Lately, I’ve been really trying to do a toned down full face of makeup at least once a week — mainly just to practice applying eye makeup on my hooded lids and partly to use up my stuff. The biggest challenge for me is eye makeup — a challenge…