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Etude House Any Cushion

I’ve mentioned about the Etude House Any Cushion previously in my January Favorites post and finally I got the time to snap some photos for a proper review.

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I purchased my Any Cushion from Gmarket hence it is white in color which is the Korean version as compared to the pink version available in Singapore.

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Similar to the many BB cushions out there in the market, the product itself is stored in a sponge at the bottom compartment and the puff is separated by a flap.

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Personally I feel that the puff is the star of the product itself. With this puff, you press onto the sponge to get the product on and pat it onto the skin. By doing so, there won’t be excess product per application which means you apply just the right amount. Patting on the product with this puff also evenly spreads out the product, giving you a smooth even finish. I am pretty sure I can get the same effect with any other BB creams using this puff.

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One thing I don’t really like about the cushion system is that it can get quite messy. And after using it for quite some time, you will realized that it’s quite hard to get the cream out of the sponge. I thought perhaps it is finishing hence, I changed the refill. Out of curiosity, I took out the sponge and found that there’s still quite a bit of product left. Through this cushion system, I think there’s too much product wastage as it will be too troublesome to get the remaining cream by removing the sponge etc.

No doubt it’s a convenient product, especially for travels.

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Here’s a before and after photo of me wearing the Any Cushion. It has great coverage and can last pretty long. Oil control is decent.

On my lips is the Etude Vivid Pop Stick with Clio Lipnicure layered on top. Review of the Lipnicure will be out soon. 🙂

Overall I rate the Any Cushion a 3.5/5. It would be better if the product itself is designed to better minimize wastage of the product. I hope this review is useful!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Flirty Feb BellaBox 2014

February is the month of love with Valentine’s day. This month’s BellaBox is preppy you for a flirty February!

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This month we get a total of 6+2 bonus items!

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-Darlie Expert Fresh
-L’Oreal Paris Everstrong Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner
-Apothederm Firming Serum
-Rachel K Lotus Stem Cell Hydrogel Mask
-Apivita 3 in 1 Cleansing Milk for Face & Eyes
-Collection Hotlights Lipgloss

Bonus: L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil & Rachel K Purifying Cleanser Gel

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My favorite item this month would be the Hotlights Lipgloss from Collection that comes with built in light and mirror for easy touch ups even in the dark! This is retailing at $15.90.

Get your very own BellaBox or find out how you can subscribe for a monthly box over at http://BellaBox.sg now!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush

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I’ve purchased these two blush from Sephora two weekends ago when they were having 20% storewide. Tarte is pretty new in the local beauty scene but definitely no stranger to the beauty community world wide. These are retailing for SGD45 each at our local Sephora stores.

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There are about 10 or 12 colors available at our local stores and I’ve got them in Natural Beauty and Exposed.

Natural Beauty is a red blush of a satin finish. It might looked a little scary off the pan but it’s very light when applied on the cheeks. Just a little and you can get a nice flush. What I like is that the color is build-able to the saturation of your preference. Pigmentation is great, I would say.

Exposed is apparently one of the popular shades in the beauty community and I can see why after owning it myself. I would describe it as a mauve peach color that goes on beautifully on all skin tones. I’ve pretty fair skin and a light application of Exposed gave me a nice healthy flush. My gf who is about two tones darker wears and it was gorgeous on her, giving her that nice bronzed look.

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Here’s a slightly heavy swatch of the blushes for you to see the color payoff.

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That’s me wearing Natural Beauty in daylight. I applied slightly heavier to test the pigmentation and lasting power. I wore it for 11 hours straight before removing and it only faded a little into a very natural flush. But I won’t say it’s the same case for Exposed, which faded a bit more.

Did I also mentioned that the packaging is very pretty too? You can differentiate the colors from the casing itself! Am definitely going to purchase the other colors! Overall, I love these blushes and I’m rating them a 5/5!

XOXO!
Joyce.Forensia

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Review: Etude House Vivid Pop Stick

I’ve purchased these Vivid Pop Stick from Etude House some time back when they were having 40% store wide. These are actually in matte formula and I got the four darker brighter shades out of the colors available. I skipped the nudes and light pink and corals as I’m currently in a bright lip phase. Plus I think those colors will be a little chalky looking in matte formula.

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These looks more crayon like due to the matte formula and I must say, what you see is what you get. And I love how easily I can draw my lips with these crayons lip sticks.

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Here’s a swatch to show how pigmented and vivid these colors are.

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And here’s a lip swatch. One thing I’ve noticed about these is that they can be a little drying and get into the lines of your lips after sometime. So it’s best to prep the lips with a balm first. And I must say they look a lot brighter in real life.

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I also must say that the staying power of the vivid pop sticks are mediocre. They stay if you don’t eat or drink for up to 3-4 hours but if you do, they will be gone in no time. But if you don’t mind touching up since these are easier to bring along and apply, it should not be an issue.

Overall, I rate this a 3.5/5. But I must say I love the color payoff!

The vivid pop sticks are retailing at $14.90 if I’m not wrong.

Hope this helps.

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Review: Vichy Normaderm

Met with the lovely ladies from Vichy Singapore sometime back and was gifted with this pretty metal box which consists of some of the star products from the Normaderm range.

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I’m not a stranger to the Normaderm range having used them previously when I was suffering from a severe case of acne. Those who have read my blog from the beginning, will know how bad my skin was last time. Through my constant trials of products, the Vichy Normaderm products is a range that actually helps to control my acne. For those with sensitive, acne prone skin, I would recommend you to try out the Normaderm range, since I’ve tried and tested out myself that it works. 🙂

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Before I go on talking about the products, let me share with you some myths that the the Vichy ladies shared with me that I relate to.

If you ask me, whether I prefer oily or dry skin, I would say I’m actually prefer oily skin. We all need that little sebum to get that nice glow on our face. What is the real culprit behind excess sebum and breakouts then? Simple, dehydrated skin and clogged pores, and bacteria too. As long as we hydrates our skin and deep cleanse our skin regularly, we should be able to avoid oily looks and breakouts.

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When I was having bad skin conditions, my mum always tells me not to put on makeup as it will make things worse. She also nags at me for using too much stuff. Makeup will only make our skin worse if we did not remove it thoroughly. And you are probably just using the wrong products if your skin condition is not improving despite following a strict regime. We have to know and identify our skin conditions to use the correct products. If you don’t know how, Vichy usually have friendly consultants at their counters so you can just approach them and ask!

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Pimple creams are spot treatments. They treat what is on the surface of the skin. For blemish prone skin, it’s important to keep the skin clean and the pores unclogged and free from bacteria. I had clear skin for awhile after which I got complacent and slack of my skincare, blemishes start to appear again. So it’s important to have a basic cleanse, tone, moisturize regime. But I must say pimple creams are handy for the occasional breakouts.

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Why do I need a toner? What does it do? I’m sure you all have asked these questions once and so did I. Guess what, nowadays if I’m super lazy at night, toner is the only thing I use. For me, the toner helps not only to remove any excess makeup that I did not managed to remove, it also helps to freshen up my skin, tighten up my pores and hydrates my skin. Of course it depends on what toner you use, I currently use two toners in my regime. Put your toner in a spray bottle, and you get a handy facial mist which you can use to freshen up the skin on the go!

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Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel

A gel cleanser is more suitable for sensitive skin like mine. I love this gel cleanser as I can whip it up to a creamy foam to clean away the impurities hidden in my pores. I also love how supple my skin feels after using this without any tight feeling.

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Imperfection Prone Skin Lotion

Like I mentioned earlier, I love toners, especially this one by Vichy as it’s alcohol free. They have two variants, one with alcohol and one without. I like this alcohol free one as it hydrates my skin and helps to reduce the redness of my cheeks. For those whose skin can’t take alcohol, this is the toner to use!

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Tri-Active Moisturizer

One of my favorite moisturizers out there after trying so many. This is one moisturizer that I will not hesitate to repurchase. Quick absorption into the skin and does not feel sticky at all. It sorts of have a matte finish to it and the texture is super light! This is a great day moisturizer which also corrects skin imperfections. For me, redness is greatly reduced after using this moisturizer.

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It has a very light gel like texture which the skin absorbs really quick.

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Hyaluspot 

This is a relatively new product introduced by Vichy just some months back. I finally got a chance to use it due to a pretty bad breakout. It managed to dry up those yellow pus filled blemishes within a 2-3 days period. When I first used it, I used it before my moisturizer and it was ok. After being advice by the ladies at Vichy, I used it after moisturizer and I find that it works better. Do take note to only apply to blemishes only as it can be a little drying.

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One thing I like about Vichy, is that they constantly work on improving their formulations to produce better efficiency for the consumers. It is one brand that cares about their consumers. Do you know that Vichy products in Europe and Asia markets are of different formulations?

One of my absolute favorite products from Vichy is their Thermal Spa Water which is used in every single Vichy product.

If you are looking for a dermatological brand at an affordable price point, I would highly recommend Vichy Normaderm.

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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