Makeup | Early Fall Copper Orange Makeup Tutorial


Hey, guys!

 It's that awkward season where you want to start wearing your sweaters but you just can't yet! This video I'm going to show you my go to "pre-fall" makeup that's centered around warmer copper, orange eyes + orange lips. Here I give you 2 options: lip tint balm for a more natural look or an opaque lip color for an evening look. As mentioned in the video, later  around October I'll be uploading a vampy, darker berry lip tutorial so keep an eye out for that!
Listed below are the products I used :)

Key Tip: Figure out what your main focus of the look is and base everything else around its undertone. Here it's the orange lipstick with a yellow undertone. Therefore, I make sure that my eyeshadow also has a yellowy base (BR403 from Etude house is a sandy beige!) This help make everything look cohesive :D

I would love to hear your feed back through comments down below or on the video!

Look 1: Every-day



Look 2: Evening

Makeup Used:

Base:


  • Cezanne Make Keep Base
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix in 53 + Revlon Colorstay Foundation
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer 03 (darkest)
  • Cover Girl Outlast Powder

Eyes:



  • Smashbox Eyeshadow Primer
  • Etude House Look at My Eyes Br401 - Caramel Latte
  • Modern Renaissance - Raw Sienna, Cyprus Umber
  • Lancome Le Metallique Liquid Eyeshadow
  • Etude House Drawing Show Brush Eyeliner - Brown
  • Shiseido Eyelash Curler
  • Maybelline Lash sensational mascara

Cheeks:


  • NYX blush HOB10 Double dare
  • Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

Lips:



  • Missha Coloring Tint Balm Joy to You
  • Tony Moly Panda's Dream 01 Hey Orange

Setting Spray:


  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Sun Care | COOLA Makeup Setting Spray & Body Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 Review



Hi Guys!

COOLA's a really amazing brand that recently launched in Canada! What's really interesting is that their formulas are known to be 70% organic which is an amazing feature to boast. Their products are developed using as many ingredients as possible that are natural, organic, sustainable and locally sourced. Additionally,  each of their products protects and nourish the skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants like strawberry, lemon oil, aloe, algae, orange fruit extract etc. It's kind of like sun care + skin care in one!

A lesson I took away from interning at the company Well.ca over the summer is that it's important to consume healthy products, but also just as important to use healthy products on the skin as well - after all, the skin is our largest organ! 

---> Although the summer is over, it doesn't mean you stop applying sunscreen. If you haven't already read about UVA/UVB rays and what type of damage the sun can do, Read it here and here

Use the code: " JAY20 " for 20% off  Coolasuncare.ca from September 11th, 2017 - September 18th, 2017. 

**I'm super thankful for COOLA for sending me these products to review! I do not get compensated for reviewing or if you use the discount link. All my thoughts are my own and honest opinions about the product. 

COOLA SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB

COOLA SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray


Benefits

• For use after makeup applications, touchups and reapplications
• No Touch/Rub Matte Finish Spray
• contains 70%+ Certified Organic Ingredients
• Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid for hydration benefits

Description
Makeup meltdown and UV exposure have met their match! Introducing SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray from COOLA to contain 70%+ organic ingredients.

A weightless, matte finish mist protects the sensitive skin of your face while keeping your makeup looking fresh all day. This highly advanced formula includes both Cucumber and Aloe Vera Extracts to help soothe and refresh skin; and Hyaluronic Acid, known to bind moisture and help soften, tone and rehydrate skin. Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays with broad spectrum SPF 30 protection.
Protect as you set!

Certified Organic Ingredients

  • Alcohol
  • Aloe Leaf Extract
  • Algae Extract
  • Glycerin
  • Orange Water
  • Cucumber Fruit Extract
Active Ingredients
Avobenzone (sunscreen) 2.1%, Homosalate (sunscreen) 3.5%, Octinoxate (sunscreen) 3.5%, Octisalate (sunscreen) 2.8%

Inactive Ingredients
Alcohol*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract*, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Silica Silylate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Povidone, Fragrance/Parfum (Green Tea), Glycerin*, Water/Aqua/Eau, Algae Extract*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*
*certifed organic
They recommend that you apply it to your hand and then apply it to your face - however, that doesn't make sense since its a "setting spray?" A second look on their website revealed a contradictory comment where they say to just spray on face with eyes closed....So I would suggest to just do what you're comfortable with.
  • Price: $51
  • The mist is really nice - doesn't give you water droplets on your face. However, there's a lot of alcohol in the product (No.1 on the ingredients list, however, it's...organic? I didn't know alcohol could be organic lol) which you can smell when you spray it. But that allows the product to evaporate very quickly once sprayed and not leave much of a residue. I recommend closing your eyes and tucking your lips in. The alcohol slightly burns my lips if I don't tuck them away and would definitely sting my eyes (this is probably why they said not to directly spray onto face). 
  • It smells a bit weird, not a fan of the "green tea" scent. 
  • It has a gel like texture and doesn't disturb my makeup. Once it evaporates it feels very nice on the face! It leaves a slight hydration feeling and a matte finish which is really nice for touch-ups! 
  • It's a great touch up product throughout the day but doesn't seem to really prolong the wear of my makeup. 
Overall really enjoyed the product aside from the "green tea" scent and alcohol. If you get past those 2 things, I would highly recommend this product! A really great option if you're looking for a way to reapply SPF over your makeup and not having the sunscreen sheen. The size is also super portable and easy to take out if you find yourself out in the sun for a few hours. My only wish is that this was SPF 50 and it prolonged my makeup like a setting spray does. 

PROS: 

  • Really doesn't disturb your makeup underneath - great way to touch up on SPF
  • Moisturizing 
  • Matte finish 
  • SPF 30 UVA/UVB
  • Skincare like ingredients (Algae, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Orange fruit water etc) 
CONS: 
  • Green Tea smell (personal) 
  • Alcohol content
  • Price ($51 CAD)

Rating: 4/5 

Shop it here on Well.ca
Shop it here on Coola  (Use code JAY20 for 20% off)

COOLA Body Sunscreen SPF 30 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB

Hurray for Spray! Spritz your sunscreen on the go with this clear, continuous spray in an all natural Citrus Mimosa scent. Offering broad spectrum SPF 30 protection, this deluxe, eco-sized Farm to Face sourced, the antioxidant-infused spray will nourish and hydrate skin with 70%+ certified organic ingredients like Cucumber, Algae and Strawberry Extracts; and Red Raspberry Seed Oil (a natural sunscreen booster rich in Omega-3 and 6). Have your fun in the sun and then some with COOLA!
Features
  • Easy Spray-On Application
  • 70%+ Certified Organic Ingredients
  • Infused with Anti-Aging Antioxidants
  • Naturally Scented
  • Water Resistant (40 minutes)
  • No Nano-Sized Particles 
  • After 80 minutes of swimming or sweating
  • Immediately after towel drying
  • At least every 2 hours 
  • limit time in the sun, especially from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses
  • children under 6 months: Ask a doctor before using Sunscreen
Directions: Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure.  Reapply
Sun Protection Measures: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a broad spectrum SPF of 15 or higher and other sun protection measures including:
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (Sunscreen) 2.0%, Octinoxate (Sunscreen) 7.5%, Octisalate (Sunscreen) 4.0%, Octocrylene (Sunscreen) 7.0%
Inactive Ingredients: Alcohol (ORGANIC), Algae Extract (ORGANIC), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Cucumis Sativus (ORGANIC Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Vesca (ORGANIC Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Glycerin (ORGANIC), Hydrogenated Methyl Abietate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Rubus Idaeus (ORGANIC Red Raspberry) Seed Oil


  • Price $49
  • When you spray, it leaves a clear sheen onto the body and then gets absorbed pretty quickly. It starts off looking wet but then feels like there's something on my skin but not the usual sunscreen oiliness. It's not super tacky and greasy like normal sunscreen, instead, it leaves my skin feeling a quite moisturized. This feeling goes away progressively until the product is fully absorbed and it doesn't feel like I'm wearing anything at all
  • There's definitely a very distinct alcohol smell,  that is masked with the citrus smell. However, it quickly evaporates and smells like nothing. 
Overall, I surprisingly really enjoyed this body one. It definitely has an interesting finish that is super tolerable compared to other invisible dry finish sunscreens like the Vichy and La Roch Posay sprays. I will for sure use this going out as my boyfriend has much less tolerable to sunscreens... this maybe one of the few ones he's going to be willing to use 8D (you know its good when guys are gonna be okay with it lol ).

PROS: 
  • Moisturizing 
  • Absorbed into nothingness! 
  • SPF 30 UVA/UVB
  • 70% organic ingredients
  • Skincare like ingredients (Algae, Aloe, Citrus Limon Peel Oil, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Strawberry Fruit Extract etc)
CONS: 
  • Alcohol
  • Price: $49 CAD

Rating: 4.5/5 

Shop it here on Well.ca
Show it here on Coola (Use code JAY20 for 20% off)


Makeup | IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ Fair Review




I'm super excited to have been sent the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream! I remember first seeing this product adored by Emily Noel on youtube as Beauty Broadcast. Unable to get this product for years, I was super excited to hear that they were going to launch in August 2017 in Canada :D Finally, I'm going to get to review this much raved about CC cream :) I'm also very lucky that they gave me a 10% off discount code you can use on their Canadian website till Oct 31st 2017, so definitely take advantage of that! The shade I received was "FAIR" which is the lightest out of the 7 available shades. 

**This product was sent to me by It Cosmetics - however, I don't receive any compensation (including if you use the discount code ;) ) Also, my thoughts are honest and my own! 

CODE for 10% off Till October 31st, 2017: ITGIRLYANG
 

About:

It truly gives you full, flawless, perfect coverage and protects your skin with SPF 50+ UVA/UVB broad-spectrum physical sunscreen. Clinically shown to give you 179% of skin hydration, smooth skin texture and enhance skin brightness, this breakthrough color-correcting cream never creases or cracks and instantly camouflages skin imperfections including dark spots. Plus, it's infused with an advanced anti-aging serum made of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, vitamins and antioxidants that work in harmony to diffuse the look of wrinkles, minimize pores and give you a more radiant, supple and flawless-looking complexion.

Developed with plastic surgeons, CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ is your anti-aging, hydrating formula infused with high-performance brightening, color-correcting and nourishing ingredients including hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C and E.
Delivers 7 products all in one:
  • Full-coverage foundation
  • SPF 50+ UVA/UVB broad-spectrum physical sunscreen
  • Brightening color corrector
  • Hydrating anti-aging serum
  • Poreless finish primer
  • Dark spot concealer
  • Moisturizing day cream
Ingredients: 
Active: Titanium Dioxide 9.0%, Zinc Oxide 6.3%. Inactive: Water, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hexyl Laurate, Stearic Acid, Calcium Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Niacinamide, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Cholesterol, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Lactobacillus/Honeysuckle Flower/Licorice Root/Morus Alba Root/Pueraria Lobata Root/Schizandra Chinensis Fruit/Scutellaria Baicalensis Root/Sophora Japonica Flower Extract Ferment Filtrate, Perfluorohexane, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Perfluorodecalin, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sprout Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Pentafluoropropane, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Steareth-20, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Colloidal Oatmeal, Hydrolyzed Silk, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Tocopherol, Thiamine Hcl, Riboflavin, Retinyl Palmitate, Pantothenic Acid, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Niacin, Folic Acid, Chrysin, Carnitine HCl, Biotin, Ascorbic Acid, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chlorhexidine Digluconate. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499).

Claims:
"Developed with plastic surgeons, CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ is your anti-aginghydrating formula infused with high-performance brighteningcolor-correcting and nourishing ingredients"

Delivers 7 Products, All in One: 
  1. Full Coverage Foundation
    1. Medium buildable 
  2. SPF 50 UVA/UVB Physical Sunscreen
    1. Yes
  3. Brightening Colour Correcting
    1. Brightening is hard to tell since my shade is way too light LOL Colour Correcting is also difficult as I don't have any red patches to correct.
  4. Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum
    1. Yes very hydrating and full of anti aging products like snail secretion
  5. Poreless Finish Primer
    1. Definitely will not make them disappear, but does make them seem not as obvious. 
  6. Dark Spot Concealer
    1. Medium buildable coverage - would not use this as concealer for major blemishes, but if you have slight hyper pigmentation this should be enough. 
  7. Moisturizing Day Cream
    1. Would not use this to replace my moisturizer, but I guess if your skin isn't too dry you could potentially skip moisturizer. 
It Cosmetics was developed with plastic surgeons, very similar background to how the BB Cream came to be. Additionally, with a little search I found that this CC cream is actually made in Korea! This would explain the ingredient list and ingredients. The second ingredient is Snail Secretion, which is commonly used in Korean skincare and known for its anti-aging and skin rejuvenation properties. I find that it has a very similar consistency like the Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream, however that one has a bit better against oily skin + not as high coverage. 
Love the packaging: Yay for Pumps! Also, super travel-friendly 

Swatch of the shade It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair against NC30 (my hand looks so tan LOL)

Overall Thoughts: 

  • Price: $49 CAD
  • Durability: It doesn't have the longest wear time - I would personally reach for this product only when I know that I'd be out for 4-5 hours max. 
  • Skin Type: Highly recommend this product for those who have dry to combination oily skin (slightly oily). Those who have oily skin, best to skip out on this product because it doesn't have a whole lot of oil controlling properties. I personally will be using this more in the fall to winter vs summer. 
  • Coverage: Medium to full, depends on how you layer it. You could use this as a concealer if you don't have any severe blemishes. Personally, I found the texture slick and hard to build with a buffing brush. If you want to build coverage, best to use a beauty blender. 
  • Finish: Natural, glowy but not satin. Has a almost gel like texture (probably from snail mucus) and very moisturizing.
  • Smell: It has a light fragrance, almost like lavender but it disappears almost as soon as you apply it to your face. 
  • Finally, having the broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50+ is a great bonus for those who are on the go and want a product that does it all - covers, protects and conceals!

Rating: 4/5

Tips for picking your shade: 
  • Fair: NC15-20
  • Light: NC20-25
  • Medium: Nc 30-35
PROS: 
  • Wide color range
  • Skin care infused
  • Comes with a pump
  • Easy to Travel with
  • Moisturizing
  • Sunscreen SPF 50 + UVA/UVB
  • Doesn't strip my skin
  • Medium buildable coverage
CONS: 
  • Not very good oil control
  • Claims to be concealer as well - wouldn't use as one unless I have minor blemishes
  • Price: $49 CAD - pretty pricy for a CC Cream. For that price you can find similar products (ex: Missha  M Perfect Cover BB Cream, much cheaper but not as many skincare benefits, colors, but better oil control) 
You can purchase here:
It Cosmetics Canada (Discount code: ITGIRLYANG for 10% off)
Sephora


Makeup | Laneige 2 Tone Lip Bar in #3 Pink Salmon Review


Laneige makes a bunch of beautiful shades in the 2 Tone Lip Bar Series. The one I will be reviewing today is the #3 Pink Salmon (~$30 CAD) . Koreans love doing a gradient lip as an opaque one color lip look can make you look older. Gradient lips are said to create a more youthful look and have spread around the world. This product is readily available at Sephora in store and online. Continue reading for swatches and lip swatches!


(Bare Lips)
(Applied) 
(Blended out with fingers to smooth out the lines) You can clearly see which part of my lips are dry D:
(Mixed all together)



Blended together the shades appear to be a slightly neon salmon shade. Although it can appear more pink or orange depending on which shade you apply more of! 

Overal Review: 

Laneige's 2 tone lip bars come in a variety of shades which are all very flatting on Asian complexions. My only issue with this product is that for $30 CAD - this product wasn't very moisturizing and really emphasized dry lips. As you can see in the photo it does have a shine - but you can also clearly see where my lips were dry. You would really have to use a lip scrub before this or apply a lip balm underneath. Additionally, the packaging isn't very well made. After the first time using it, when I pushed the lever to bring the product back down - it didn't move. I now have to physically push it down with my lips or finger. I do really love the color (very brightening to the face!) but it simply doesn't feel like its worth the price. 

Rating: 2.5/5
Repurchase? - No

PROS: 
  • Color is very beautiful 
CONS: 
  • Drying 
  • Emphasizes dry patches 
  • Price 
  • Packaging isn't made very well

Makeup | 15 MINUTES Everyday Makeup - Back to School Tutorial



Schools sneaking up on us this year! Glad that I could show you guys my go-to makeup look during the school year. Super versatile, and adaptable to any outfit,  you don't need to think too much and just get out the door ( and hopefully make it on time to your classes :P ) Keep reading for some application tips and full list/mini reviews of the products I used.


Tips:

TIP #1: Hooded/Not Prominent Double Eyelids = Gradation Eye Makeup
Personally, I think for those who have hooded eyelids or double eyelids that are not as prominent, a gradation eyeshadow is one of the best options! Starting with the darkest color at the eyeline area/slightly in the outer corner, medium shade till just above your crease, and the lightest shade in the inner corner and blending upwards above the medium shade.

TIP #2: Layer your PRIMERS! 
Additionally, I love layering my primers. By layering them, I can adjust my tone, smooth my skin out, even before adding bb/cc cream and or foundation. By doing so you use less product, therefore the skin looks a lot more natural, less cakey and foundations last longer.

TIP #3: Match your Lips - Cheeks - Outfit
An easy way to look super put together is making sure you match your lipstick, blush and outfit. In this case I matched my top, lips AND cheeks together with a peachy pink shade. However, you don't always need to match all 3, I usually try to go 2/3 so it's not overly matched! :)


Products Used: 

1. The Base:

  • Cezane Make Keep Base - My favourite primer for oily skin! Slightly brightens your skin (the primer is a bit pink) and also a slight blur. 
  • Rimmel Fix & Perfect Makeup Primer 002 - Is good at controlling oils, keep my makeup sticking to my face and increases the wear time of my makeup 
  • The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Make up Base Purple - Brightens and color corrects. 
  • IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Fair (Light would have been a better fit)  - Obviously way too light of a shade (NC15-20) Light would have been perfect for those who have NC20-25 skintone. It does oxidize a little to match your skin! I would only recommend for those who have dry to combination oily skin. 
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer 03 (Darkest one available out of 3) - Really great concealer for under the eyes and spot concealing. I wish it color corrects, but it does stay in place really well and brighten and conceal my under eyes!
  • Cover Girl Outlast All Day Setting Powder 830 Light to Medium - My new HG setting powder. Very soft, finely milled and great for oily skin girls! Review to come soon. 
  • Wet N Will Photofocus Setting Spray - This is great for setting my makeup and keeping it in place for days that I'm out up to 6 hours. If I know it will be a long day I usually swap it out for Urban Decay's All Nighter.


2. The Eyes

  • SmashBox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer 
  • Lunasol Beige Beige Eyeshadow Palette 01E - An eyeshadow palette that I just keep going back to over the years. I rarely ever hit pan, but this one I have on 2 shades! Super smooth pigments, and great for creating a gradation for those who have light - medium skin tones. 
  • Innis Free Gel Liner (Eyeliner Pencil) #9 Dark Brown - Super reliable eyeliner that I'm running out of! Creamy, pigmented, and stays in place - no more panda eyes :) 
  • Etude house Drawing Shadow Brush Liner - Dark Brown - Another product I'm almost out of! ( I have 2 backups already :P ) Comparable to the Kat Von D liquid liner, this dark brown liner is smooth, and doesn't skip. Although, my only con is that it's not that water resistant as it tends to fade if I tear up. 
  • Shiseido Eyelash Curler 
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara - Recommended by lead makeup artist for Maybelline New York Canada - Grace Lee, this mascara does it all: hold a curl, lengthen, volume, and separates. Easy to take off, it doesn't travel under my eyes either. 
  • Tony Moly Lovely Eyeshadow pencil 03 Grey Brown - This eyebrow pencil is the perfect amount of soft:stiff ratio. Alghough initionally I found this hard to use as it's very pigmented and you can easily apply too much. I like to gently draw a slight amount and use a spooley to blend it out before adding on more.  

3. The Face

  • NARS Bronzer Laguna - Not much to say :) It's great for contouring and bronzing.
  • Lip Balm 
  • Chanel Coco Rouge Shine 46 Liberte - Satin finish on lips, peachy and pink. Hydrating, but not the longest lasting lipstick.
  • Elf Blush Candid Coral - Dupe for NARS Orgasm! Peachy pink with a little bit of a gold sheen.
  • Essence Silky Touch Blush 10 Adorable - Soft and creamy, this pink blush is very bendable and super affordable!

4. The Brushes

  • Elf Ultimate Blending Brush
  • Elf Complexion Brush
  • Elf Flawless Concealer Brush 
  • Elf Professional Eyeshadow Brush
  • Sephora Crease Brush 
  • Blush - Elizabeth Arden 
  • Elf Face Brush 

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**Thank you IT Cosmetics for sending me their CC Cream, however, my thoughts genuine!  Everything else was purchased myself.

Sun Care | How to Reapply Sunscreen Over Makeup


As I've previously ranted in my Shiseido post (click here) sunscreen is crucial to keep your skin healthy looking now and in the future. The sun's UVA rays penetrate deep within your skin, causing long term damage. This usually leads to tanning, wrinkles, sunspots and skin cancer. Part of what I call my "skin care regimen" that I abide by every day always includes a sunscreen in the morning. I apply my Biore UV Perfect Bright Milk (Pink bottle) that helps me from looking too shiny and brightens my skin before applying any base.
However, once I have all my makeup on, how do I reapply makeup throughout the day?
As mentioned in my previous sunscreen review, sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours or so. This makes it difficult if you're out for a few hours as it's quite impossible to remove all your makeup and redo your base. When you have makeup on, your options of reapplying sunscreen are really quite limited (unless you want to mess up your makeup!). So, when picking the correct sunscreen there are a few terms you should be looking out for: Broad Spectrum, UVA/UVB, PA(++++), PPD (What are they? Read about them here)
Here are my 3 recommendations:

1. Mist/Spray

Perhaps my favourite way of re-applying my SPF! Finding an aerosol can sunscreen may give you the evenest distribution without getting large droplets. They usually form a very gentle veil that does not disrupt your makeup underneath and sinks in momentarily! The cans are usually very portable and fit into your bags for reapplications. Although it may be easy to find these products anywhere in Asia (a Japanese favourite is the Kose Whitening Sunblock UV Protection Spray), I found it extremely hard to purchase these in North America. As mentioned in my previous sunscreen post, NA does not have a standardised scale for measuring UVA rays like Asia and Europe does (PA and PPD respectively) which makes it even more difficult!
Bioderma Hydrabio Eau de Soil Moisturising anti-UV mist SPF 30 PA+++ 50ml
Price: $10 Euros (Roughly $15 CAD)
Although this product is not available in NA (my mom in France shipped it to me hehe) I found it was great that it had the PA+++ scale labelled on it. This mist is gentle and easy to use and felt hydrating. The first time I used it I over applied and looked way too dewy! However, a lighter hand left my skin looking healthy and glowy without disrupting my makeup. Rating:3.5/5
Coola Makeup Setting Spray Green Tea & Aloe Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Organic Suncare + Hyluronic Acid 50ml
Price: $51 CAD
Rating: 4/5
Read more about it here!
La Roche-Posay Anthelio 50+/60 Advanced UVA/UVB Protection 148ml
Price: $35 CAD
La Roche-Posay uses 2% Mexoryl as one of its main active ingredients which is known for its UVA protection. Although there is no scale in NA to measure UVA, the chances that the UVA protection is high can be associated with the use of Mexoryl. This special ingredient used to be patented by L'Oreal but now is used in many sunscreens in North America. Although this product is praised for its great sun protection, I found it to be only just bearable to use over makeup. Although when applied to the skin it leaves a light film that's quickly absorbed, on the face, it doesn't quite sink in and requires some time. However, given the limited choices, I would say this is a good option! Rating: 2.5/5
VICHY Ideal Soleil SPF 50 UVA/UVB 155g
Price: $23 CAD
Having tried the La Roche Posay and the Vichy at the same time, I would say that this is a good dupe! It has a similar feeling as it dries quickly on the body but creates almost a film like a barrier on makeup. Although this is not ideal, it's bearable. Additionally, they have very similar ingredients as this one also has 2% Mexoryl, making it a good UVA protector. Rating 2.5/5
Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 Broad Spectrum 100ml
Price: $28 CAD
Despite not having personally used this product, Supergoop's claim that their refreshing setting mist has SPF 50, broad spectrum and protects from photoaging UV rays. Using this product as an example, these claims are exactly what you should be looking for when picking a spray out. In Canada, Urban Outfitters sells it online and is widely available in the US through Sephora.

2. Setting Powder 

If sunscreen sprays are not readily available, perhaps picking a setting powder with SPF would be an easier alternative. These powders would be great to apply on top of your makeup to refresh your look and get rid of the shine that's breaking down your makeup! In Asia, most powder foundations have a PA included which makes touch up extremely easy (a popular favourite: Canmake Marshmallow Finish Powder SPF 26 PA++)

A few options for North America after doing some research are:
Peter Thomas Roth Oily problem skin instant mineral SPF 30 UVA/UVB Protection
SuperGoop 100% Mineral Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45
(Has Zinc Oxide 20% that delivers broad spectrum sun protection)

Sunforgettable Loose Mineral Finishing Powder SPF 50 Broad spectrum UVA/UVB Sun Protection
(Includes Zinc Oxide)

3. BB Cream/Cushion

Lastly, if you don't mind re-applying your base makeup, then carrying your bb cream/cushion would be another option! Cushion Foundations are especially easy method of reapplying your SPF. BB Creams/Cushions from Asia usually already have a SPF, and a PA protection in it. Personally, I use the Hera Long Stay Cushion and Laneige Pore Control which both have SPF 50 PA+++.
Many Korean brands can now be found at Nordstrom/Sephora/Malls in NA (ex: La Neige, Amore Pacific, Sulwhasoo, The Face Shop) which makes these products easily accessible! If I don't have too much makeup on, first I blot my face and then reapply my base with the cushion. Be cautious that if you set your makeup with powder, it can make your reapplication patchy! Please remember that BB cream by itself is usually not enough, and you should still apply a sunscreen as part of your skincare morning regime.

 I struggled so much with finding ways to reapply sunscreen with makeup on. After doing a tone of research to find all the different options I hope you were able to learn something as well! Remember that sunscreen is especially crucial in the summer times or if you're using any acid peels, retinol/retinoid, vitamin c products.
In conclusion, when picking sunscreen look for terms like Broad Spectrum, UVA/UVB, PA, PPD, Zinc Oxide and Mexoryl.
Please let me know if you have any questions in the comment section :)

Until my next post!
JAY


Sun Care | Shiseido S.O.S Sun Kit VoxBox Review

  Shiseido S.O.S Save Out Skin Sun Kit - Influenster VoxBox Review

It's finally summer here in Toronto - we're starting to get more sunshine than rain lately! When it comes to protecting my skin - I'm just as diligent to applying sunscreen as I am skincare. I strongly believe that the key to healthy skin is through sun protection.

A little bit of education....
The sun's harmful rays come in two types: UVB and UVA.

UVB: Many sunscreens only cover UVB - "Burn." These are the rays that are harmful to the skin's surface level - they burn you, causing your skin to peel.

UVA: However, UVA in my eyes is just as important, if not more than UVB. UVA - "Ageing" rays penetrate deep into our skin and cause sunspots, tanning, wrinkles etc; basically everything we apply skincare for! To measure UVA, Asian sunscreens are labeled with "PA" scale that range from 1-4 + (ex: PA+++). Additionally, Europe has it's own scale called the PPD - persistent pigment darkening.

In North America, when looking for sunscreen, we should always be looking for ones that state "broad spectrum." "Broad Spectrum" means that the sunscreen protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. It is crucial that we make sure we protect ourselves from the sun!

There are several ways you can diminish the harm to your skin: you can choose to stay away from the sun (ex: staying indoors, wearing hats), go out when the rays are not as strong (avoid 12-4pm) or applying sunscreen. Shiseido creates some of the best sunscreens and is easily accessible at your local Shoppers Drug Mart or Sephora. 

Influenster and Shiseido sent me a few products for review purposes!

Shiseido WetForce Sports BB SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum 30mL 

Price: $48 CAD 
Sunscreen and makeup in one. This ingenious hybrid keeps skin looking undeniably gorgeous and protected, even while you have fun under the sun playing sports and working out. Now in a transfer-resistant BB tinted sunscreen, discover the ultimate sun protection formula with innovative WetForce technology. The super-lightweight formula blends easily into skin and stays put, delivering comfortable natural coverage that camouflages uneven skin texture and tone so you can look your best while you sweat. 
 I found the Shiseido Sports BB to be a really great for when I'm out spending time in the sun. On weekends I like to explore Toronto - visiting cafe's or walking around Harbourfront. As the temperature rises in the noon, many BB creams I use (ex Laneige, Hera, Missha) tend to break apart from the sweat and heat. However, I find the Shiseido Sports BB to be really great and holds together throughout the day. I still do need to occasionally blot - but it does not disturb the makeup underneath.  It controlled my oils fairly well and I can see all skin types using this.The texture is very light weight, a little runny and has medium coverage. The finish is matte/satin and natural looking. My only complaint is that there are only 3 shades - light, medium and dark- and tend to lean more beige. I picked "medium" and felt that it was a little dark for my NC25 skin and therefore I mix it with the "light" shade from the Urban Environment Tinted sunscreen. Finally, I love that the packaging is no hassle and easy to take when travelling. I find it convenient for sticking it in my purse for touchups when needed! Overall great product that is long lasting. 

Rating: 4/5

Urban Environment UV Protection Cream SPF 40 Broad Spectrum (Travel Size) 

Price: $40 CAD (56mL)
A feather-light daily cream sunscreen that shields the skin to fight unavoidable environmental aggressors.This daily shield utilizes advanced sun care technology to protect against dryness, oxidative pollutants, and UVA/UVB rays that cause photo-aging, spots, and wrinkles. This product spreads quickly and provides long-lasting, exceptional moisture to the skin. It can be worn daily as a makeup base for a beautiful foundation finish and easily removes with daily cleanser.
Shiseido claims that this cream spreads quickly, long lasting, can be worn as a base and moisturising. I must say, despite the thicker cream texture, the sunscreen spread out really easily on my skin and blended in very quickly. The first time I used it, I applied way too much but it absorbed easily and didn't feel thick! I had no problem using this as a base as it almost turned into a slightly powdery finish (it was a bit matte). However, I did not feel that it was moisturising. 

Rating 4/5



Shiseido Ultimate Cleansing Oil 75mL (Travel Size) 

Price: $33 CAD (150mL) 
A rinse-off oil-based cleanser. This specially designed purifying formula quickly and easily removes long-wearing foundation and water-resistant, high-SPF sunscreens. It rinses away quickly leaving no sensation of stickiness. This product is for use on face and body.
A really good oil cleanser that takes off all my makeup and sunscreen. It's a very runny formula which takes off my face makeup easily. It took off all my makeup pretty easily and left my skin feeling soft and not greasy. The only complaint I have is I wish there were more benefits to the product, ex: including green tea extract. Additionally, the current oil cleanser I use (RMK Cleansing Balm) is just a tad thicker and creamier. It just felt slightly "boring" and too simple of a product for the price... however, it does get the job done well! 

Rating: 3.5/5


I hope everyone's having a great summer, and please look forwards to my next posts! I'd love to hear some ideas to what other products I should review next :D 

Love,
JAY