Month: August 2012

Sofina Primavista – Liquid Foundation UV

image taken from Sofina official website

For those not familiar with Sofina (link to Japanese website), it is a subsidary brand of Kao. I knew that Bioré is part of the group but was surprised to learn Kanebo (umbrella of 6 other brands including Lunasol), Molton Brown, and Jergens are also in the family!

Primavista is marketed as a range of natural looking foundation that takes 5 years off your appearance. They have a liquid, cream, creamy compact and a powder foundation. In Japan they have Primavista Dea, which is formulated especially for ladies over 50. I picked up the liquid and powder, also one of their primers, the Multi Cover Base.

August Favourites

Can’t believe it’s the last day of August! The month just flew by didn’t it?
If I consolidate this and the favourites post from July, give or take I may just have a list of my summer favourites.

MAC Sheertone blush in Gingerly
This blush really grew on me this summer. It is just beautiful on tanned skin. Don’t get me wrong, it looked good on me when I was paler too, but perhaps it leaned a little more tawny. A lovely terracotta colour in the pan it goes on very natural looking, with a hint of rose.
Just as I found Chanel’s Fleur de Lotus works best on lighter ladies, I would say people with med-darker skintones would get the most out of Gingerly. I certainly reach for it more now than before. (more…)

August Empties

Quite a number of products this month! Woohoo~
Sad but empties are an accomplishment for me.

Chanel Gentle Biphase Eye makeup Remover (100ml)
Do I really need to turn to Chanel for an eye makeup remover? Probably not. But did I like this? Yes, a lot. It was my second (third?) bottle and is hands down my favourite eye makeup remover.
It takes off stubborn waterproof eyeliners (like NARS’ and Armani’s) and mascaras easily when others struggled. I’ve tried a few: (more…)

ck one cosmetics

the side-shave is everywhere
I first saw this line a couple of months ago at Marionnaud when I had a gift card to use. I don’t usually shop there, Sephora is, well more modern and it has more brands. As it turns out Marionnaud is the exclusive distributor of ck one in France. I became curious about this line – I remember Calvin Klein’s first makeup range yonks ago, it was one of the first fashion houses to venture into cosmetics. (more…)

Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics #8


The YSL Pure Chromatics eyeshadows come in quads, you get 3g of product in 4 shades that can be used wet or dry. Using an eyeshadow wet is not new, the difference with these apparently is that a high concentration of water has been incorporated into the formula and pigments, and their real intensity and colours come through upon rehydration. So I guess it’s like they were made wet and were then dried in the palette. Anyway!

I got this in #8. (more…)

July Favourites

SANA Super Quick Gel Pencilliner EX in Real Black (approx 9 euros)

This was a real find.

I picked this up in Hong Kong and the thing that caught my eye was it being a gel liner in pencil form (or so I think, I don’t read Japanese). Also says to be waterproof and long-lasting, which seems to be the requisite for most of the Japanese eye makeup product on the market (or the drug store ones). 
For a cheap black eyeliner, I’m extremely pleased and impressed with it. First, it’s thin – at 2mm lining the waterline has never been easier. It is also soft enough that it doesn’t tug on the skin. Second it’s a nice black, intense and buildable (see swatch below). I tend to reach for pencil liners when I’m in a hurry to go out, and this little baby makes it that much quicker for me to get ready. I’ve been using it almost daily since I got it. It has replaced my brush and gel liner in my makeup bag during my travel. I don’t need to sharpen it, you just twist it up as you go (you can’t twist it down however so be careful you don’t have too much of a nib up). It’s just really efficient.

July Empties

Again, only three products in July:

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser (Travel size)

I have actually used up 2 large glass bottles of this in the past. It remains one of my favourites mainly because of its revigorating scent that immediately puts me in a good mood. The one things that keeps me from buying it more often is the price. When I think that I’m washing this down the drain in small doses I simply can’t justify paying so much for a shower gel.

Repurchase? If only …

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara (#1 Black)

Hall of Fame status for the past 2 years. It’s the best mascara I’ve found for my wimpy, straight lashes. This gives volume and length, coats each and every one of the lashes.

Repurchase? Yes

Vichy Laboratories Liftactiv Retinol HA Total Anti-Wrinkle Renovating Care (15ml)

This eye cream promises to reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes …
Perhaps I should say upfront first that I’m not really a believer in eye creams or any miracle products. Just as well because this didn’t work. Granted I didn’t do as they ask, that is apply the eye cream in a circular motion with the curved head. I tried that method once and found it took me 3-5 minutes to complete the task. I’m afraid I simply don’t have the patience for that.

Repurchase? No