Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HERA UV Mist Cushion⎪Review

I want to talk about the foundation that I've been using every day since I first got it. It is the Hera UV Mist Cushion. These "cushion foundations" are big in Korea, and after seeing Korean girls wear it and look great, I thought I might give it a try. I know firsthand that Korean girls really love that dewy natural glow makeup. There's even a word "Mol-gwang" to define that water glow makeup. My skin is starting to look dull and dry, and I thought putting some moisture and life back into my makeup routine would be a good start. Read the Haul post.

Though I love this and I feel safe since I have three more packs of these left, there are a few downfalls to this foundation. But before I go on with what I don't like so much about this foundation, let me tell you why I've been using this over all my other foundations.

First: GLOW. You'll see in the last picture the natural gleam and glow you get. It's beautiful and your skin looks young and healthy.

Second: BRIGHT. Though the color range is very minimal like most Korean foundation color ranges, what I love is that the bright tone of this color remains that way. I'll try to explain myself better. There are some foundations that after application, oxidizes throughout the day, causing the color of the foundation on the face to eventually look yellow, dull, and darker. But what I love about this Hera cushion foundation is that the shade remains the same throughout the day. No oxidizing and all day "brightness".

Third: COVERAGE. Though the coverage isn't Estee Lauder's Maximum Coverage Foundation, this foundation does a pretty good job covering all my scars. What I love is that though it doesn't cover everything, it gives the impression that you have flawless skin. It glosses over scars and blemishes, and it gives this really natural coverage. But natural doesn't mean it doesn't cover well, because it does!

Fourth: PACKAGING. The inside is replaceable so you don't have to buy a new case and content every time. You can save the price by just buying the inside. You just put it out... you'll know when you get it, how that is done. Also, the whole concept of the plastic-like sponge to apply the foundation is wonderful. It really makes the application of the foundation bouncy and alive.

Now, for the bits of things I don't like about it. This foundation is really rich. At first, I thought there was no way I could wear this and expect the foundation to last even three hours. It definitely felt like it was slipping off my face. But how I remedied that problem was using a powder primer. I've talked about the Mario Badescu Special Healing Powder. I use this as a primer, and wow the difference it makes in the wear and application! Read it here.

So, if you are one really oily skinned person, this foundation may not be for you UNLESS you use a powder-like or a really good primer. You'll have the feeling that your skin is sticky all day, otherwise.

But oh boy, if you have dry skin - you'd love this to pieces!

Anyway, so that was a long in-depth review of this foundation. Have you tried this, and if so, how do you find it?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Beauty Habits⎪Maintaining Hygiene

I've gotten really good at keeping my brushes clean. I make sure to wash them at least once every two weeks. Ideally, I'd like to do it every week but with my ever growing collection of brushes, it takes me forever to get through all of them!

One of my pet peeves when it comes to hygienic makeup is when I see someone carry a brush in their bag without any closure- just a brush rolling around in their bag. Yikes. Think of all the bacteria that collects on that brush, that is later applied to the face! I once watched this beauty show that measured the amount of bacteria that one can find on a makeup brush rolling around in someone's makeup pouch. It measured as much as the seat of a toilet...

So, today I'm bringing to you these two products that have kept my paranoia of bacteria at bay. I got these from an online store called "Feel Unique". It's from a brand called the "Pro Hygiene Collection".

The two products I got from their collection are: Antibacterial Sanitzer for Natural and Synthetic Brushes and Antibacterial Makeup Spray.

The Makeup Brush Cleaner cleans makeup brushes. I use this in-between makeup, when I don't have time to do a deep wash of my brushes. I use this instead. It takes off most of the makeup and sanitizes while doing so. You can use this to wash your makeup in a certain sense, but you'd be using a lot of product. So I suggest using  separate product for wash, and this Makeup Brush Cleaner just for the in-betweens!

The Antibacterial Makeup Spray is my fave! You spritz this on all on your beauty products-- powders, liquids, eyeshadows, and even mascaras. You spritz it once. Let it dry. It not only eliminates bacteria but prevents bacteria from growing.

You know those touchup powders that you use throughout the day. Yeah, that rusty powder thing that you love so much. Putting a spritz of this before you put it in your bag keeps it hygienic for the next use. Then when you come home, don't forget to give it another spritz so that it eliminates any bacteria that collected throughout the day.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


It finally came! Here's what I got:
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con in "Lolita" 
  • YSL Touche Eclat 
  • Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Starter Kit
  • Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Minish Mist
  • Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Purifying Mask
  • Sephora Favorites Beauty Unmasked
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Legends