L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder

Price:  $16.99
Size: 27 ml (0.9 oz)
Shades: 12 shades (light to medium-dark skin tones)

To apply:

  • Before applying, shake the bottle to mix the formula.
  • L’Oreal recommends using your fingers to apply rather than a foundation brush. Ensure you have clean fingers so you do not transfer dirt and oil onto your skin.
  • Once you apply one layer, I suggest going back to apply a second on areas that need more coverage (i.e., acne scars) by dabbing it on with your finger. I continue to dab and build on top until I get the desired coverage and it blends well into my skin.
  • This product dries to powder so there is no need to apply a powder over to set the foundation.

Claims:

  • glides on
  • transform into a powdery finish (liquid-powder formula)
  • no make-up feel

My Observations:

  • I’m not a huge fan of applying foundation with my fingers. But applying this foundation, wasn’t too bad. Like any other foundation, you just have to work fast before the foundation dries to avoid streak marks.
  • The consistency is very liquidy and more product comes out then what I intend. If it was a pump bottle, I think it would help control the amount of product coming out.
  • The coverage is a light to medium matte coverage. I think it’s a great foundation for an everyday wear to even out the skin tone and cover any light scars or imperfection. However, I do not recommend this foundation if you are looking to cover a lot of acne.
  • This product does dry to powder and it gives such a beautiful finish to the skin. With a combination skin type (oily t-zone), applying a powder on top is not necessary.
  • My skin feels very smooth and the foundation feels extremely lightweight as if I’m not wearing anything at all.
  •  This contains SPF 18. Great for everyday wear to protect yours skin from the UV rays.

Shade: Sun Beige

Note:
no face primer applied underneath
no powder applied over to set
Note:
 Foundation faded a tad bit (you can see the acne scar on my chin a bit more)
Nose and area above my eyebrow got a bit oily
Skin still looked quite even

 Conclusion:
I have received so many compliments on the appearance of my skin whenever I wear this foundation.  With the lightweight feel and natural, smooth finish I would recommend this foundation for those who want a light to medium coverage everyday foundation. My skin gets moderately oily on my nose and center of my forehead, but I found I didn’t need to powder over this foundation. However, if your skin gets extremely oily, I would recommend lightly powder in those areas or where a face primer underneath.

 Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?

    {Beauty Panel} Who is your Celebrity Hair + Make-up Inspiration?

    A celebrity I always look to for hair and make-up inspiration is Eva Longoria. Whenever I want a fresh ‘do, I tend to Google her name, save the photo on my phone and then show the hair dresser.

    One of my favourite hairstyles of hers is when she wears her hair down and curled:

     [Photo Credit: www.people.com]

     
    My hair is thick and layered and with the right tools and technique I’ve been able to recreate her look many times over. When I’m in a rush, I use both a hot roller set and a curling iron. A hot roller set is so quick and easy to use and the curling iron gives me more curl control.

    Here’s how I do it:

    1. Side part your hair and separate the front section of your hair on both your left and right side. (We will be curling this section with a curling iron later on.)
    2. Take a hot roller set and apply the rollers in different directions (some outwards away from the face and others downwards). Ensure that what you do on one side, you do on the other in order to keep the curls symmetrical.
    3. For this look, I prefer loose curls so the jumbo and super jumbo sized rollers do the trick! Because my hair is medium in length, I tend to just use the jumbo rollers. The super jumbo rollers do not give me as much of a curl for this look.
    4. Once the rollers have cooled off, take them out.
    5. Take your curling iron (1” – 1.5”) and curl the two front sections you kept aside. Curl your hair away from your face as it opens up your face and neck giving it a more flattering look.
    6. Once this is all done, get your favourite hairspray and spray away!
    7. To loosen up the curls, gently and lightly pull some of the curls straight. I don’t run my fingers through my hair because I don’t want to create more volume — my hair is already pretty thick! And there you have it, Eva Longoria-inspired curls!

     Not only does Eva’s hair styles inspire me, but her bronzed, natural makeup is also a look I like to emulate. Here’s a few quick makeup tips:

    • Some people have told me that they are afraid their eyes would look tired with this look because of the brown tones. To brighten up, use an off-white pencil (more natural than white) and rim the inner lower lash line. Also, a few coats of mascara will really help open up the eyes.
    •  To deepen up a bronzy, natural eye look, take a black eye shadow and apply a bit of it on the outer corner of the eyes and gently blend up.
    • If you are limited on products, take your matte bronzer and apply it to the hallows of your cheeks and then sweep it onto the crease of your eyes. This will help warm up those beautiful eyes. 

     

    {Products used}: 

    .Hair.

    • Conair Xtreme Heat Jumbo and Super Jumbo Rollers
    • Palladium Ceramic by Jilbère de Paris
    • L’Oréal Paris Elnette Satin Hairspray
     .Make-up.
    • Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer in “Medium” 
    • Cover FX Matte Fx in “Medium” 
    • M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish “Sunny by Nature” 
    • Urban Decay eyeshadow in “Twice Baked” 
    • Stila Smokey Eye Palette in “Black” 
    • Nars Eyeshadow Duo in “Surabaya” 
    • M.A.C Fluidline eyeliner in “Blacktrack” 
    • Physicians Formula Eye Booster in “Ultra Black” 
    • Annabelle Expandable Mascara
    • M.A.C Lipliner in “Dune” 
    • L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipstick in “Golden Splendor”

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      COMING SOON: First Canadian-Made BB Cream!

      BB Cream has been the talk of the cyber-world for a while now amongst make-up artists and beauty-lovers alike.

      For those of you who haven’t heard of it yet, BB Cream apparently works wonders for your skin. {I say apparently because I have yet to try it for myself! 🙂 }

      No, BB doesn’t stand for Blackberry (in this case lol)! 😛
      It stands for Blemish Balm (or Blemish Base, Beauty Balm — there are quite a few different meanings).

      First developed by a dermatologist in Germany,  BB Cream was created to treat and soothe the skin of laser-surgery patients as well as to help cover-up scars and blemishes. It then made its way to Asia where many Asian celebrities have been using  this product to achieve flawless looking skin — this is how the BB cream craze skyrocketed. 


      Now, BB Cream has made its way to our side of the world! Sold in specialty stores in the United States, BB Cream will soon be easily available to all you Canadians at a drugstore near you.  

      MARCELLE will be introducing the first Canadian-made BB Cream available in-stores on  
      February 6, 2012!
      Retails for $22.95 (45 mL)

      There are different BB Creams out in the market right now some have skin whitening attributes, anti-aging properties, SPF protection, etc.  The skin whitening and brightening attribute is more popular in the Asian market as they find lighter skin is more beautiful and relates to success. However, in Canada and the US, skin whitening isn’t as important as skin treatment. So you’ll find BB Creams will have more anti-aging and SPF properties.


      What benefits does the Marcelle BB Cream have?

      It’s a moisturizer, foundation, and primer in one!!


      Here is some information from the press release I received for Marcelle’s BB Cream:

      • Perfect for any age and suitable for all skin types
      • Comes in two shades but has self-adjusting pigments that transform and adapt to your skin tone.
      •  Oil-free and paraben free
      • Perfume free
      •  Non-comedogenic and hypo-allergenic
      8-IN-1 Multi-Benefits
      1. minimizes the appearance of imperfections and pores
      2. evens out skin tone
      3. provides an excellent make-up base and replaces primers
      4. matifies skin and controls shine
      5. offers immediate and long-term hydrating benefits
      6. soothes and calms skin
      7. protects from premature aging and environmental stresses
      8. promotes skin regeneration

       For those of you who are interested in ingredients, the KEY ingredients are:

      Hyaluronic Acid: improves skin elasticity, hydrates skin, and helps minimize wrinkles
      Auaxyl: moisturizes and helps correct imperfections
      Glycerine: hydrates
      Vitamin E: anti-oxidant to protect skin
      Aloe Vera: soothes and hydrates
      Green Tea & Camomile: stimulates, reinvigorates and soothes skin
      Soft Focus Powders: light-reflecting, enhance complexion

      This is a multi-use product:

      • You can wear it alone for a quick and easy morning application since it can act as a moisturizer, primer and foundation
      • You can wear it over your moisturizer as a foundation
      • You can wear it under your current foundation as a primer to get an even better coverage 


      I know most of you are pretty excited for this launch! For those of you who can’t wait, you can get your hands on Marcelle’s BB Cream even earlier than February 6th! 

      Marcelle’s BB Cream is available to order online www.shop.marcelle.com starting on January 16, 2012! It will be $22.95 with FREE shipping if you spend over $25 before taxes.





      Thanks Marcelle, for sending me the test product! I can’t wait to try it!



      Have you tried BB cream before?

      QUICK TIP: Summer Foundation

      For summer days (especially hot & humid days like today), it’s best to wear a light, weightless foundation. It’s not pleasant having thick, cakey foundation melting off your face! :S
      So for an everyday kind of foundation, a tinted moisturizer definitely does the trick! It still evens out your skin tone just enough and with a weightless feel.
      Save your money and use the products you already have. 😉 I say there is no need to go out and purchase a tinted moisturizer if you already have a foundation.
      Just mix your foundation with a little bit of your daily moisturizer and VOILA you have just created your own tinted moisturizer! 🙂

      The more moisturizer you add in, the lighter the consistency of your foundation! So add in as much moisturizer as your face desires. Just remember, be kind to your skin and use a moisturizer with SPF if your foundation doesn’t already have some!
      Happy Summer!!!

      “I told myself I wasn’t going to buy any make-up”

      So my best friend (aka JB) asked me to go make-up shopping with her. I told myself that I was going to stop buying make-up for a while….so to fight temptation I quickly said “No, I can’t”!! But after giving it some thought and wanting to ‘help a good friend out’, I just couldn’t resist to tag along!! ;P

      First we went to Sephora to return an item that just wasn’t doing the job for JB (5 Camouflage Cream Palette). It was too thick and cakey to wear as an everyday concealer/corrector so she wanted to return it.


      FYI

      Did you know that as long as you have a receipt you can return your make-up any time at SEPHORA?! It doesn’t matter how long ago it was purchased?! So keep your reciepts ladies & gentlemen just in case you are not satisfied with a product!

      Fortunately JB was still able to return this product! So to replace this product, she wanted to try using a corrector and concealer from Bobbi Brown. A few nights ago she tried a Bobbi Brown corrector which I use and she fell in love with the coverage and the texture. So we headed our way to Holt Renfrew where they sell Bobbi Brown.

      Boy, was it an experience! LOL Although I told myself I was not going to buy any make-up today, I already had in mind what I wanted to purchase (life of a make-up addict?) . . . a Bobbi Brown concealer to go with my Bobbi Brown corrector. But to resist my purchase, I let the make-up artist help JB first, since that’s really why we were here. She said JB didn’t need a corrector (LUCKY girl! lol) but found a concealer that matched well with her current foundation.

      Once JB was done with her purchases, it was my turn . . . DUN DUN DUN

      I told the MUA I was looking for a concealer to go with my Bisque corrector so she helped me find a colour. She then looked at my skin and said my foundation coverage was too heavy and that it was not even the correct colour! She said this to JB as well!! She said that we both have great skin and that we don’t need to cover it up this much. So she suggested to give me a mini make-over to try a new foundation.

      Side note:

      As mentioned in past blog posts, I’m on a search for a new foundation. I bought one at MAC weeks ago – Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 (NC42). When I first tried it on, I thought it was too BRIGHT and too yellow compared to my actual skin colour and past foundation colours. But I thought, maybe the MAC MUA suggested this to me to maybe brighten up my skin. I’ve never worn MAC foundation, so I thought I’d give it a try. I got many compliments on the coverage and colour throughout the past few weeks…..so I was convinced that this colour was right. Being a make-up artist myself, I am more critical and indecisive of myself (but I guess everyone else feels that way about themselves too).


      So back to my story, the Bobbi Brown MUA tried the Skin Foundation SPF 15 in
      Honey and it looked sooo good on me! She also put on the Honey concealer over the Bisque corrector. The entire coverage was great and because my skin has been a little oily than usual I liked that this foundation wasn’t dewy and it had a lightweight matte coverage.


      After she finished with my mini make-over she looked at my skin and said that she was thinking of trying a foundation a tad bit lighter because as time went by the Honey foundation got darker on my skin (due to oxidization which I’ve mentioned in a past blot post). So she tested the Warm Natural which is half a shade lighter on my neck and to me either one looked good and there wasn’t a big difference in colour. So I told her I liked the one she originally applied on me – Honey. She then laid out on the table all the products she used on me (including the bronzer and blush) and as she was going through them one by one, I started GUESStimating how much this was going to cost me . . . even if I were to just get the foundation and concealer . . . I thought to myself, “I told myself I was not going to buy make-up today and here I am spending over $100!!”. So I kindly told the MUA that I was going to walk around the mall and let this foundation sit. I had to think about it and I had to ensure that this was the perfect colour for me as I wanted to see if the colour would get any more darker due to oxidization…..so she was nice enough to write the colours on her business card and I said I’d come back after we were done shopping……….

      and…..

      I didn’t! :S


      Instead I bought TWO PAIRS OF SHOESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHA


      On SALE $30!!

      On SALE $50!!!

      Aren’t they cute?! I love ’em!

      I told myself I wasn’t going to buy make-up and I didn’t! Aren’t you proud of me?! I sure am! haha LOL Instead I bought two pairs of shoes which still added up to be cheaper than if I were to buy my Bobbi Brown stuff! 😀 (Did I mention, I’m also addicted to buying shoes? First shoe purchase of 2010 and probably many more to come! yiiikes)

      What am I going to do with my MAC foundation?? RETURN IT! I found the receipt and I called the store to ensure I can still return it! I even kept the packaging and I’ll be returning it on Tuesday when I attend their “Spring Colour Forecast Collection” event.

      I feel bad that I never returned to the Bobbi Brown counter as I’ve worked at a cosmetics counter before and know how it feels. But I just couldn’t afford to spend a load of money on more make-up when I still have some at home and/or in my make-up kit! So in the meantime, I will use my Make-up Forever HD foundation that I still have left and either (1) try a better colour at MAC because I get their discount or (2) cross my fingers and hope that the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in Honey will be at the Estee Lauder warehouse sale in March!

      I am so cheap, aren’t I? I can’t help it!! I love sales!!

      Also just to mention, I enjoyed getting that mini make-over by another MUA, there are times I don’t mention that I am also a make-up artist so I can learn from them and see their ways of applying things. The Bobbi Brown MUA was very knowledgeable…she used to work for MAC in EUROPE! When I told her about my MAC foundation she mentioned that it’s hard for ASIAN women to find their colour especially when recommended by a non-asian person…which to be honest, I find somewhat true (not to be racist at all). I’ve had make-up artists in the past match my colour incorrectly and would give me foundations that had pink undertones when clearly I’m yellow! That was one reason that inspired me to go to make-up school –> to learn how to apply make-up on myself and on all skin colours!!!!

      Btw, hours have passed now and my foundation colour on my face is still in tact and did not get any darker. So I will definitely keep this foundation in mind!

      Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this little personal blog post of mine….I’m just babbling away, I hope it all made sense!! LOL ….

      Thanks for reading!

      xoxox tesstheshoe-aholic…I mean, makeupbytess ;p

      On A Hunt . . .

      I’m so sad Prescripvites has annouced that they will be closing all their make-up counters world wide on January 31, 2010. The company will still exist, but you can only make purchases online. They only ship to U.S. residents. (Lucky Americans! Sometimes I wish I lived in the States because it would make online shopping so much easier! 😛 But then I guess I’d be broke! ahaha)

      Anyway, it will be difficult for me to part with my all time favourite foundation – Flawless Skin Total Protection Makeup SPF 15

      My skin colour got darker after I came back from my trip to the Caribbean so my current Prescriptive foundation in “Beige 09” isn’t a perfect match for me. I currently use Make-up Forever HD Foundation in “155”.

      The coverage for this foundation is a medium coverage which I like. It’s also not too dewy and not too matte. I think it’s just right. It makes your skin look natural not cakey. I have a range of colours in my make-up kit which I love to use for weddings. But for personal everyday use, I’d like to find something else. The reason is because there is no SPF in their products. Ladies (and gentlemen) even though it’s winter, you still need to wear SPF on your skin! Shocking right?!

      Here’s a little lesson on UVA/UVB rays:

      Most people associate wearing SPF only in the hot summer months because it’s sunny…blah blah blah and they want to protect their skin from UVA and UVB rays. But believe it or not, UVA is presesnt all year round. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like and how sunny it is outside. UVA does more damage to your skin than UVB. UVA is responsible for the aging process of your skin. It’s responsible for the elasticity and strength of the skin and its youthful look. While UVB is responsible for giving you that “tanned” look and for creating age spots!! UVB is strongest during the summer as the earth rotates closer to the sun resulting in our skin getting darker if we’re out for a certain amount of time.

      Soo…with that said, please wear SPF all year round! 🙂 It’ll keep your skin looking youthful and prevent your skin from aging faster than it should.

      I apologize if you didn’t want to read my little lesson! LOL But that is the reason why I don’t like any of the Make-up Forever foundations as an EVERYDAY WEAR as none of them contain any SPF. Their foundations, in my opinion, are more for photoshoots and theatre.

      FYI – Foundations with SPF with them create a lighter/whiter film on your face in photographs (white cast). That could be the reason why Make-up Forever does not contain any SPF in it. Well that’s my assumption anyway.

      So I’m on the hunt for my new favourite “everyday” foundation. I still have to try Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing in “Natural Tan”. I bought it at a cosmetics warehouse sale for an awesome price! But I’m just waiting for my skin to get a tad bit lighter. What sucks is that this foundation doesn’t contain SPF either! SIGH!
      If you guys have a favourite foundation let me know. I’m on a hunt…

      (I suppose I can stock up on my Prescriptives foundation before January 31st!! :P)

      Thanks for reading! 🙂