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…)