Daytime Summer Makeup Look
It's been forever since my last FOTD. I decided to share my pretty standard everyday summer day face. Its not revolutionary but its something that's quite simple and easy to replicate. The products I've used are perfect for the summer time. Let's get started.

After prepping with serum and sunscreen (see my current skincare saviours HERE), I apply NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Medium 1 St Moritz. Its a moisturising base with an astounding flash-safe SPF30. I then pat on MAC Mineralised Skinfinish Natural in the shade Medium Plus all over. Baking follows with a hefty dose of Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder underneath the eyes, on my forehead and nose. I let this sit while I apply the rest of my makeup.

I apply a peachy blush with gold duochrome like MAC Petal Power Mineralize Blush on the apples of my cheeks. I dust MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder in the shade Golden Rinse on the hollows of my cheeks, temples, forehead and jawline to add a bronzy glow and contour at the same time. I follow with NARS Albatross Blush on the high planes of my cheeks and the bridge of my nose. My eye makeup is simple with my favourite warm-tinted nude MAC Texture Eyeshadow on the crease and MAC Engraved Powerpoint Eye Pencil. I fill in my eyebrows with Blink Brow Bar Jasmine Mogra Brow Pencil.

Now I dust off the baked powder and apply mascara. My current favourite is MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Mascara. I add on a lippie, in this case Maybelline Touch of Spice Matte Lipstick, a matte lipstick with a creamy feel on the lips.

I love the beautiful subtle glow these products achieve and I thought you might like that too. Now off to enjoy the sunshine...

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Livia
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Maybelline Tantalizing Taupe, Touch of Spice, Daringly Nude Lipsticks Review Swatches
Maybelline Tantalizing Taupe, Touch of Spice, Daringly Nude Lipsticks 

Call me a makeup snob but it takes superb quality for a drugstore product to remain in my cupboard. American brand Maybelline does excellent mascaras, and it seems lippies too. I picked up these three Maybelline lipsticks in the USA a while back and they have remained in my makeup stash to use and reuse. And yes, they're THAT special. Let's get started!



Maybelline Daringly Nude Lipstick. This is a creamy opaque peachy nude in a satin matte finish. This goes opaque in 1-2 swipes without looking garish on my NC25-30 warm complexion. It's a beautiful colour for everyday use and would match a smokey eye very well.



Maybelline Tantalizing Taupe Lipstick. This is not quite taupe but rather it is a creamy pinky nude with a slightly pearlescent finish, similar to MAC Cremesheen lipsticks. It reminds me of MAC Plink! lipstick which is one of my favourites.



Maybelline Touch of Spice Lipstick. This is a beautiful rose colour in a creamy matte finish. Its a gorgeous everyday shade that is work-safe too. It is non-drying but a good balm always helps.

Maybelline Tantalizing Taupe, Touch of Spice, Daringly Nude Lipsticks Review Swatches
Maybelline Tantalizing Taupe, Touch of Spice, Daringly Nude Lipsticks 
I'm glad to have found these gems from Maybelline. Have you tried their lipsticks?

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Livia
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Revlon Seduction Ultra HD Matte Lip Color Review Swatches
Revlon Seduction Ultra HD Matte Lip Color Review Swatches 

Revlon has finally made its contribution to the matte liquid lipstick trend. Swatching these Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colors at Boots, I was drawn to Seduction, a matte peachy nude. It looks so beautiful in its sleek slick packaging. I just had to have it!

Revlon Seduction Ultra HD Matte Lip Color Review Swatches
Revlon Seduction Ultra HD Matte Lip Color Review Swatches 

The formula reminds me of the NYX Matte Lip Creams (check out a recent haul HERE) in that these are nondrying and feel velvety on the lips. There's a short-lived minty tingly sensation on application but otherwise it is tasteless and odourless *thumbs up!*. The doe foot applicator provides the perfect amount of product and avoids wastage.

Revlon Seduction Ultra HD Matte Lip Color Review Swatches
Revlon Seduction Ultra HD Matte Lip Color Review Swatches 

The shade itself is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. A nude peachy pink that does not wash me out. Its a very flattering shade that is easy to wear day or night, and I'm sure it also would look good on a variety of skintones. More pigmented lips could do with a matching lip pencil underneath.

Revlon Seduction, Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick, MAC Fanfare Lipstick, MAC Cosmo Lipstick
Revlon Seduction, Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick, MAC Fanfare Lipstick, MAC Cosmo Lipstick

I've compared it to some of my favourite nudes. It is similar to Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick, and it is considerably more peachy than MAC Fanfare Lipstick and MAC Cosmo Lipstick.

Revlon Seduction, Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick, MAC Fanfare Lipstick, MAC Cosmo Lipstick
Revlon Seduction, Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick, MAC Fanfare Lipstick, MAC Cosmo Lipstick

Overall I am very impressed by this offering from Revlon. It is available in Boots and Superdrug. Have you tried the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colors?

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Livia
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Caolin Perfect Pores Kit Review Peach and Lily Review
Caolion Perfect Pores Kit Review
No one does beauty better than Koreans, whether its skincare or plastic surgery. Skincare is a major Korean export product and its admirable how the government dedicates resources into the research of new products and funding the Korean beauty industry.

The Caolion Perfect Pores Kit from the popular Korean beauty e-shop Peach & Lily is a perfect introductory kit to Korean skincare. This is a set of 4 fun "pore-minimising" skincare products.

Now, just to put it out there, pore size is genetically determined and there is no topical product that can shrink them. However we CAN tackle the "appearance" of pores using skincare products that leave temporary effects. Let's get started on our new skincare set!

Caolion Freshly Chitosan Foam Cleanser Peach & Lily Review
Caolion Freshly Chitosan Foam Cleanser Review
Caolion Freshly Chitosan Foam Cleanser. The routine starts with this cleanser. It's a smooth peach-tinted cleanser. It only takes a pea-sized amount to cleanse the entire face. It does not have any pesky smells which is a good thing. Compared to my favourite La Roche Posay Cleansing Gel, it foams and I find this to be a lot more drying. It leaves that super squeaky clean feel on the skin but also on the fingers, which I'm not particularly a fan of. It does not seem to remove makeup especially eye makeup well so I would use a micellar water cleanser beforehand. Following patting my face dry, I rush to the next step as that squeaky sensation does get quite uncomfortable.

Caolion Freshly Chitosan Foam Cleanser Peach & Lily Review
Caolion Freshly Chitosan Foam Cleanser Peach & Lily Review


Caolion Premium O2 Bubble Pore Pack Peach & Lily Review
Caolion Premium O2 Bubble Pore Pack Review
Caolion Premium O2 Bubble Pore Pack comes next, which is an easy favourite from the set. It is a lightweight grey mousse with little bits of exfoliator. Massage it on dry or damp skin for a couple of minutes and it bubbles up on its own. Very cool! Leave to rest for two minutes and then wash off. It leaves my skin super soft. I've never had a skincare product like this and I love it!

 Caolion Premium O2 Bubble Pore Pack Peach & Lily Review
 Caolion Premium O2 Bubble Pore Pack Review
Caolion Premium O2 Bubble Pore Pack Peach & Lily Review

Caolion Premium Original Pore Pack Review Peach & Lily
Caolion Premium Original Pore Pack Review
Caolion Premium O2 Bubble Pore Pack is a soothing cooling clay masque. I would apply this on particularly oily areas ie. the T-zone to tighten the appearance of pores. In terms of its minty soothing nature, I find it similar to Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque with a main difference that it doesn't harden as it dries and thus makes it easier to remove. It washes off easily with warm water, and even better yet with a washcloth. My skin feels super soft, smooth, significantly more radiant. Any pus-filled blemishes shrink away.

Caolion Premium Original Pore Pack Review Peach & Lily
Caolion Premium Original Pore Pack Review Peach & Lily

Caolion Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Mask Review Peach & Lily
Caolion Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Mask Review Peach & Lily
Caolion Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Mask is a watery jelly-like product that's meant to be kept on the skin overnight as a sleeping mask. Apply a thin layer on clean skin and wash off in the morning. I feel it tightens up the skin when worn, but gets comfortable with time. In these summer months I don't need to add a moisturiser overnight but maybe in the winter time I may need to. My skin feels super soft in the morning. Another gem from this set!

Caolion Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Mask Review Peach & Lily

This Caolin Perfect Pores Set can be purchased from Peach & Lily for just $84. It's hard to pick a favourite from this set. I think all are winners, well except for that cleanser. Overall its a good skincare set, that's quite a steal. Giant pores - watch out...


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L'Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Review
L'Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Review 
"It's green."

Were the first thoughts that came to mind. An unnatural shade for any skincare/hair care product and yet this was meant to be applied on the scalp.

But as a greasy-roots type of gal with sebum production paralleling life's stresses eg. worse with on calls at work and less so if I'm off on the weekends, the promise of oil-reducing hair clay instantly grabbed my attention.

L'Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Masque Pre Shampoo Treatment. This stuff is interesting. The texture of this masque is quite unique. It's a lot more bouncy and not as thick as I had imagined. It has an easily work-able texture that doesn't cling on to strands. I find myself thinking "I could get used to this". And perhaps branch out to trying other hair treatment products.

I apply a blob half the size of my palm and smooth on damp hair. Using scalp massaging strokes, it feels like a treat. After gently massaging, I wait about 5 minutes then rinse out, followed by the shampoo.

This works excellently at stripping out flakes and oils from the hair; and it also works well to prevent build up of sebum on the scalp. It's a wonderful product!

L'Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing Shampoo. This blue tinted shampoo, like the clay masque, has a somewhat bouncy lightweight texture. After a rinse, it leaves my hair semi-squeaky clean. Not super clean to completely strip out the oils, but it does feel a lil squeaky. Compared to the pre-shampoo treatment, somehow this isn't as oil controlling, and adds weight to the strands. I wouldn't recommend it.

Now if you're wondering about the conditioner, it wasn't on my radar. I hardly use conditioner as I find they apply too much weight on the hair and most leave quite a bit of residue. Perhaps once my current tube of Moroccan Oil conditioner runs out, I might purchase the Extraordinary Clay variant. 

And the effect?
L'Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Review
L'Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Review
Overall out of the two, I would recommend the L'Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Masque Pre Shampoo Treatment as it does seem to do the trick. I wouldn't recommend L'Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing Shampoo at all for greasy roots. The search is still on for the perfect dandruff defying shampoo. I'm up for any recommendations. Care to share?

Livia
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La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Serum Review
La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Serum Review 
Does your skin resemble a spotty Dalmatian? If you're looking for a gentle pigment-evening serum, La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Serum may be up your alley.

It's active ingredient niacinamide (a B vitamin) has been shown by research to reduce excess pigment production, while lessening and potentially clearing dark spots. With dimethicone and water, this helps to calm down upset skin. Unfortunately it does contain alcohol denat, so it may not be suitable as a single agent for dry sensitive skin. (Check out my post on Alcohol in Skincare Products)

I've been using this serum for sometime now. The packaging is perfect. Slim and practical. The well designed pump makes it easy to gauge how much product you want to take at a time. With 1-2 pumps, I massage it on freshly cleansed semi-damp skin. I find it absorbs very well, within 3 minutes in fact, without a sticky residue. It has a pleasant faint fragrance, but it can potentially irritate sensitive skin.

Being a serum, it is not a moisturiser and would require a separate moisturiser or oil on top. It also contains alcohol which makes it a tad drying. I usually apply moisturiser 30seconds to 1 minute following serum; my current choice is La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Overnight Moisturiser.

As for its skin evening properties, its perhaps difficult to tell in person, but my skin definitely feels smoother and brighter. To sustain any brightening effects from using this product, make sure you use a sunblock with SPF30 or greater during the day time.

La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Serum Review
La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Serum Review 
Overall, I would recommend La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Serum for its brightening properties and the soft radiant glow it imparts. Dry skin textures should perhaps avoid or ensure you use a heavy duty moisturiser in conjunction with this product. If you have oily or combination skin, this may be one to try!

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