review, pics & swatches: nars sheer glow foundation in #stromboli

For darker tanned, olive and Asian complexions with golden yellow undertones” – if this is not a direct message to me from NARS, then I don’t know what is. I swatched this foundation in store, liked it, bought it and I’ve been using it for a few months now.
Time to review!

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review, pics & swatches: nars sheer glow foundation in #stromboli

review, pics & swatches: chanel vitalumière aqua cream compact makeup in #50 beige

chanel vitalumiere aqua cream compact (BA50)
chanel vitalumiere aqua compact

If you’ve read my post on the liquid version of this foundation, you’ll know I’m a fan. A couple of years ago, I was travelling a fair bit for work so I wanted a purse friendly version. A quick trip to Myer and I walked away with this baby. I’m nearing the end of the compact so this one is from the stash.

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review, pics & swatches: chanel vitalumière aqua cream compact makeup in #50 beige

the obsession with skin colour

colourLet’s talk about this right now. It isn’t a new topic and I know it’s been discussed many many times before, but the problem hasn’t gone away. It’s 2016 and we are still making an issue out of something as trivial as skin colour. Judge me, if you must, on my merits and my actions. But the colour of my skin, really? Something I was born with and have no control over?

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the obsession with skin colour

review, pics & swatches: nars radiant creamy concealer in #ginger / medium 2

nars radiant creamy concealer
nars radiant creamy concealer

My eye sockets have a natural tendency to be dark. No matter how much I sleep, hydrate or religiously apply cucumber slices, without concealer, I look like I need more (I don’t actually do the last one but it illustrates the point). In fact, sometimes, even with concealer, I look exhausted because of the dark circles.

I am forever looking for a concealer that is not only the right shade (hello, difficult if you’re a person of colour) but is blendable and stays in place. I can’t deal with thick pastes that are like cold peanut butter being smeared on dry toast.

The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer has had rave reviews by nearly every blogger and their dog so natch, I had to give it a whirl.

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review, pics & swatches: nars radiant creamy concealer in #ginger / medium 2

review, pics & swatches: mac studio waterweight spf30 foundation in #nc40

Mac Studio Waterweight Foundation
Mac Studio Waterweight Foundation

Did I need another foundation? No.

Was I at the airport and was everything duty-free? Yes.

Foundation purchased . . . . .

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review, pics & swatches: mac studio waterweight spf30 foundation in #nc40

review, pics & swatches: lakmé absolute face stylist concealer in #5 honey

lakme absolute face stylist concealer
lakme absolute face stylist concealer

An old Hyundai ad aired in Kenya comes to mind when I come across the word Lakmé. No association with the car manufacturer, just they used the hauntingly beautiful Lakmé Viens, Malliká: Duo Des Fleurs by Léo Delibes as the theme for the advert (seriously, have a listen here).

But Lakmé is also a big Indian cosmetics and skin care brand. I recall in the 90s, as I leafed through my mother’s lady magazines and encountered the indescribably beautiful Aishwarya Rai proclaiming Lakmé the secret of her looks. I wonder how many women bought tubes of lipstick to emulate the same.

All this time, my exposure to the brand was limited to print adverts until I chanced upon it in Malaysia last year. Access to beauty products designed specifically for my skin type? Had to buy!

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review, pics & swatches: lakmé absolute face stylist concealer in #5 honey