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Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation in Tan-Deep Sand Review

For this foundation, the main reason why I was lemming for it so badly and actually got it is because of YouTube – land of reviews and enticement. Saw that quite a few oily and acne prone girls liked it, and when I saw that one of my favourite YouTubers when it came to foundation reviews, sarireanna had used it for a acne coverage foundation routine video, I knew I had to have it.

So, after being shade matched by a BA at Sephora, I got my foundation in Tan-Deep Sand, a shade that’s described as for ‘tan to deep skin with yellow undertones’ which pretty much describes me, considering how tan I’ve gotten after facilitating a number of adventure camps back to back.

A bit surprising tbh considering I’m not exactly extremely dark when it comes to Singaporean ladies let alone ladies of the broad spectrum of colours around the world yet I’m in the fifth darkest shade for their selection but ay, they’ve got 25 shades so I suppose a majority of ladies will find their shade one way or another!

Here’s a picture of my bare skin with only moisturiser on, for reference to see the canvas that we’re working with:

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Majority of my skin’s trouble are red bumps on my cheeks and chin as well as blackheads that are spread over my cheeks sporadically. Sprinkling of milia around my forehead and temple area as well, although those are dissipating right now.

So this is what the foundation looks like on it’s own, without concealer on my blemishes, only an orange color corrector for my upper lip as it’s pretty dark and if left unattended, leaves me looking extremely messy (what a queen word to say) at the end of the night-

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One layer all over, and another layer specifically on my cheeks and chin to cover up my blemishes. Coverage is pretty decent although not as full as I expected due to it being a full coverage foundation but it can be layered without looking cakey, and I like how natural it keeps my skin looking – soft matte rather than full on matte.

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Works well with other makeup products, as shown with my full face of makeup here and I’m glad I got the shade that I did because I find that it matches well with not just my face but my neck as well – it’s at this point that I must say that despite the shade description saying that it has yellow undertones, I still find that it looks pretty pink on me and when layered with my powder, looks orange but oxidises beautifully after 10mins.

If you find that the foundation is too light or pink, don’t worry about it! I did initially but it turned out fine.

Time check after full face is applied: 3:30pm.

For reference, here’s what I used for my base:

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Laura Mercier oil free foundation primer, LA Girl Pro Conceal in orange corrector,  Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour Foundation in Tan-Deep Sand applied with a damp beauty blender, MAC Studio Fix Powder in NC42 and UD All Nighter setting spray.

Staying Power

So here’s my first check in after approx. 4 hours of wear where I was in a open air environment with fans to keep cool –

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Update at 7:10pm.

Had to take a picture in the toilet because I don’t wanna seem so incredibly vain (although that’s what I am) in front of others in public HAHA

Slight shine forming on nose already which I blotted with one ply of facial tissue paper, not much to update on apart from that.

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Update at 11:20pm.

Second check in, approx. 8 hours after full face was applied.

This is after watching a movie in the cinema, heading out for a quick smoke and popping back in for another movie (HAHAHA I don’t do this often, in fact this is my first time so don’t think I’m so boliao with nothing better to do okay!) and I can start to see that my blemishes are peeking through now, with the foundation fading off slightly on my spots. More apparent on my cheeks rather than my chin and nose is starting to get oily (again), as well as my forehead this time.

Again, blotted with a ply of facial tissue paper and continued with my day.

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Update at 4am.

So the foundation claims it can last 12 hours? Let’s see about that. It has been 12.5hours since my full face was applied and this is how the foundation held up throughout the day.

Blemishes on cheeks and chin can be seen but overall face still looks put together to a certain extent. Nose and forehead slightly oily but that is to be expected since it’s been a full day and I have naturally oily skin.

In conclusion

Pretty decent foundation which provides good medium to buildable full coverage, commendable shade selection, lovely oil control (the fact that I just got oily on my T-zone and not my cheeks as well is really good in my books!) and it comes in a squeeze tube packaging so you can really get all of the product out –

I’d recommend with confidence this foundation to my friends who have oily skin, not necessarily those with acne to give it a whirl, and also to those who are looking for cruelty free makeup.

If you’ve got exceptionally oily due to dehydrated-oily skin like mine, just remember to bring along tissue paper (try to refrain from using blotting sheets! they soak up too much oil) or powder to control your shine.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing and doing a wear test for it!

Until next time,
xo, D.

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Recent Foundation Rotations

Been quite some time since my last update but I’ve got some good ish to share with you guys!

While I was gone, I’ve picked up a few foundations that are currently in my arsenal that I reach for when it comes to different occasions, and these are the foundations in question:

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Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion, it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream, Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation and Marc Jacobs ReMarcable Foundation Concentrate

Best part is, because it’s currently Ramadan and Syawal is coming up soon, I’ll be able to do a review on each of them pretty soon, with the first one coming up tomorrow!

Stay tuned if you wanna know what I think and how these different foundations look like and last on my dehydrated oily acne prone skin!

xoxo, D.


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Innisfree Long Wear Cushion

So recently I went out and got myself the Innisfree Long Wear Cushion in shade #31 because I’ve always been curious about how a cushion BB pact/ foundation would work.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a shade for me, considering I’m considered pretty tan due to my being Malay, and with Korean skincare and makeup normally being targeted towards the fairer skinned girls.

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This is what it looks like – everything’s really simple, from the box it came in, to the pact itself, coming in a off white pact with words stating precisely what it is.

I got it at S$34 for the pact and 15ml of product inside, with refills at $20 each. I didn’t get the refill as I was getting this product to try but 15ml seems very little, considering most foundations normally come in 30ml but we’ll see how it goes!

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My first impression was meh, tbh. Coverage was very sheer, that was the first thing I noticed about it. I was unsatisfied with the coverage one layer gave me, so I decided to pat my MAC studio fix powder plus on top to give myself a bit more colour and coverage.

Had to touch up about 4 hours in, due to some shine on my nose and cheeks and this is what it looks like after a day, approximately 8 hours in the evening, in mainly airconditioning areas:

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Tbh I completely forgot about keeping myself updated because I wasn’t happy with the product. I was really expecting it to fail on me but after the touch up I realised I liked how it looked!

So after that day I actually decided to give it another try, as I read that with BB cushions, if you were to want more coverage, you’d need to pat in your first layer, wait for that to dry before patting in another layer and this is how my attempt looked:

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Top right is what it looks like in natural sun conditions, while the others were in indoor conditions. Still not perfect coverage but perfect for going out casually out for lunch or what not – it oxidises to match my neck better after some time being out and about which I appreciated. Don’t wanna look like you’re wearing a mask!

Also, for the second attempt I set my face with Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder. Products from the same brand should work best together, right?

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In semi-sunny condition.

All in all, I understand that a bb cushion is, a BB cream in cushion form and I shouldn’t expect too much in terms of perfect shade selection, coverage and longevity. For my first bb cushion, this Innisfree one did pretty well!

Or at least, I’m not mad at it! Hahaha! Looking forward to trying other products from Innisfree!


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About My Hijab / Or Future Lack Of

I haven’t been updating for long but to be honest, it’s because I really have nothing to update you guys about. Not to say that life is uninteresting, more about the way you phrase it to make it interesting but even so, I’ve nothing to share, and I’m sorry for that.

I just wanted to write a short blog post about what’s been on my mind recently.

I’ve started going to school again for my advanced diploma in counselling psychology, something I’ve always wanted since I was a teenager and being a counselor is a career path I’d really like to embark on because I’ve been through my own adversities which I might share here in future, adversities concerning religion, sexuality and suicidal tendencies and it was through the help of nice counselors that I could better understand myself and the others around me.

It’s through these classes that I’ve been attending that I’ve come to learn and better understand what I’ve been hearing growing up – how to better listen and how to ‘seek first to understand, then to be understood’ a habit from Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

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I’ve been having really negative thoughts about my hijab and turban and Islam in general, recently. Less along the lines of ‘this is a bad religion’, rather, ‘I am not worthy of being an example for non-Muslims to look to and learn about the religion from’. When you don the headgear and cover yourself up, at least in Singapore, you are proclaiming that you are a Muslim and that you are an example for others to follow and I don’t feel like I’m ready for that stress and judgement.

I’ve been wearing my headgear for more than a year and I just feel as though the person I am now is unprepared for it. I smoke, I cuss, I’ve got bouts of impatience and a loud laugh that to be honest, everyone is allowed to do/ have, these are all personal traits but somehow, because I don the hijab, it’s inappropriate for me to do so.

And I can’t stand it.

I grew up in a very religious background but because I rebelled during my teen years, I’ve forgotten how to properly pray (although I’ve gotten myself a book to help me remember, don’t jump on me, mate), I’ve forgotten the 5 pillars of Islam, I’ve forgotten our ‘rules and regulations’ – I’ve basically forgotten everything that I’ve learned about Islam and I feel so disappointed in myself.

I would like to take baby steps to relearn this beautiful religion but somehow I feel ashamed of having taken a step forward by choosing to cover myself up, yet taking two steps backward by making a choice to take it off. What would people say, what would people think of me? What would they say about my mother, about my strength (or lack of), what would their perception of me be after this?

I realized I need to think of myself first, make myself happy before I can even care about what others say about me but I still wanted to hear someone else’s opinion and I decided to try talking to one of my colleagues whom I was starting to get close to.

Now don’t get me wrong, she’s a lovely person who I feel like I can connect to because we share some similar traits but as soon as I started sharing about why I don’t feel like donning my hijab anymore, she started telling me about how restrictive other Islamic states are, and that I should be grateful that I’m in Singapore where we have more religious freedom.

I just feel like I wasn’t listened to, and that’s slightly unfair on my part because having gone for counselling classes, the first thing we were taught is to listen, and listen well. Not just to the words being spoken but to the body language as well – it was unfair of me to believe that everyone should listen well just because that’s what I’m being trained to do.

I still like my colleague, a person’s behavior doesn’t define who they are as a person but I just wish I could share these thoughts and opinions of mine with someone who would understand, respect, accept and just listen without judgement before giving their input.

I’m not good at sharing my views, and more often than not, when I am speaking, I’m at a loss for words because not often do I get to speak, when I do get the opportunity I stumble but I hope people understand me anyway.

I hope you guys understand me.

I don’t know where I’m going with this, I just wanted to get something off my chest.

Everyone is looking for love and acceptance, but not everyone loves and accepts themselves.

I’m unhappy with the self that I am now, and I want to move closer to becoming my ideal self.

Australis Velourlips Thoughts & Opinions

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Sorry for the lack of updates!

I’ll be upfront here. I kind of suckered myself into the writer’s block because I did say that the next post was going to be about my new Australis products, but the thing is that I don’t wear eye makeup everyday and the two matte lip creams I got… oh, where do I begin?

My first impression of them when I wore them for a short period of time was fabulous. I loved how easily it applied, the smell and taste (like grape candy, come on, everyone’s favorite flavour is purple isn’t it?) (Purple isn’t a flavour but you know what I mean), the color, gosh I loved the color pay off, so pretty and vibrant!

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But there was one major reason why I didn’t want to post about them. Because like most matte lip products, they dried up not only on my lips but they dried up my lips as well! They didn’t work for me initially, but I didn’t want to post a negative review…

I have naturally dry lips (and oily skin haha what) so these products didn’t work so well for me as the day went on, especially if I ate oily foods.

Not all hope is lost though!

I found that when my lips get patchy or dry throughout the day, I just remove the product entirely from my lips with a wet wipe, apply the Nivea Med Protection lip balm and then apply Velourlips Matte Cream again and it’s all hunky dory until the next time I eat! I try not to reapply on top of the last layer as that causes crustiness – not a cute look.

The real hero here is this baby, to be honest.

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Nivea has always been good to my lips, so I’m showing it some love that it deserves! ❤

I bought my Australis Velourlips from some atrium sale, but if you’re in Singapore and would like to purchase them, search for Laycy on Carousell! They constantly have a buy 3 get 1 free promotion on their products, and I’ve heard that their service is impeccable! ☺

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Thanks for reading, can’t wait till the next time we meet!


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How I Got ELDW To Work For Me

As the title states, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup (ELDW) didn’t work for me initially at all on it’s own, mainly that it didn’t cover my blemishes, stayed tacky after application and made me oily at the end of a few minutes.

I was disappointed as virtually everyone else who used this claimed it kept them oil-free and their skin looked flawless throughout the day. It didn’t for me. At all.

But I was determined to make it work so I tried it again afterwards and here’s what I have to say!

I’m wearing it with a full face of makeup today, armed with tips from the Internet.

Read on reddit that silicone based foundations work best with silicone based primers, and that the ELDW pairs best with the Smashbox Photo Finish one – homie I ain’t got the funds to be dropping for one product. I do have the Monistat Chafing Relief Gel-Powder that’s supposedly a dupe so…

Here’s what I used for my base today –

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Aforementioned ‘primer’ (IT’S NOT VAG STUFF GUYS HAHAHA), NYX Matte Finish setting spray and bareMinerals Mineral Veil.

I’ve tried it before under an A/C environment and I’m trying it out today in the sun + A/C. Hopefully it works just as well!

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Here’s how my skin looks like with just sunscreen on.

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Immediately after application. Time check: 2.30pm.

I find that my blemishes are covered better now that I’ve put concealer beforehand and lowered my expectations (when you have pimples, the best you can do is reduce redness, the bumps aren’t gonna magically disappear, duh).

Quite happy with how my skin looks like even under natural sunlight as seen from my Snapchat:

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Let’s just see how it wears!

Here’s how it looks like at 7.05pm about 15mins after blotting my face with an oil blotting sheet:

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And now, 11pm:

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Slight shine on nose, forehead and under my cheeks but pretty good overall!

This was after 8.5 hours during which I shopped in an open air mall (Bugis Street), watched a movie and cried (ya I always cry – think I’m emotional) ((omg guys 1965 was a good movie)), and walked for 15mins from the MRT station back home and sweated a bit so I’d like to think I really gave this foundation a good wearing.

In conclusion I’d like to say foundations, no matter how good they are still need a proper base and setting spray/powder for it to be maintained throughout the day – for skin as oily as mine that is.

Gonna move on to my next product tryout, do stay tuned!

Xoxo, Diana.