Fun & Frank Product Reviews and Experiences! I write reviews on individual products and occasionally posting Empties – always with the hope that some of my experiences here are helping others find what they need and answer questions. I don’t like being pretentious and I don’t pretend to know everything – I like to have fun with my blog and hope that it’s fun for others to read as well
I’m so excited to try out this foundation!! I received this complimentary from Influenster, but my thoughts below are my own! I used both for a few days before reviewing them in order to really get a feel for them, so this is not a first impression.
So, I received the Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere Foundation and they also threw in the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer along with it, which I was excited about!
The packaging of the foundation is very sturdy glass with sturdy-feeling metal twist-off cap; when you have it in your hand it has a good weight to it. The Primer, on the other hand, is just a plastic tube – granted, it is a sturdy-feeling plastic tube compared to, say, the Wet N Wild squeeze tubes, and I have nothing against squeeze tubes, but still… at $38 for 1.75oz, that’s $21.70 per oz, which is expensive and I feel deserves more than a plastic squeeze tube… unless the product deserves the price… we shall see!!
Below are the ingredients (click HERE to see the CosDNA analysis):
I love that it has some real skincare ingredients like Retinyl Palmitate and honey among others!
Here is the description on the back on the tube, the twist-off cap end and the product squeezed onto my hand:
It has a very light floral scent that doesn’t linger very long at all, which is nice. It feels like a light, hydrating gel-type lotion that absorbs very quickly. I felt it didn’t do much besides creating a nice, hydrated base for the foundation; it didn’t hide or minimize my pores, it didn’t blur anything, but it did add a touch of subtle glow and my skin felt soft, smooth and prepped for make-up:
This foundation feels expensive when you pick it up. Which is good, because it’s $48 for 1oz!!!
It has a very solid-feeling snug-fitting cap that pulls and twists off to reveal a solid metal pump. The bottle itself is made of heavy-feeling glass. I did feel special holding it, not going to lie.
Here are the ingredients (click HERE for the CosDNA analysis):
This is 1.5 pumps squirted onto one of my candle lids:
Under my bathroom lighting it seems to pull a little yellow, but this shade is more of a neutral shade on my skin. In natural lighting and under the hospital lights at work it matches my more pink-leaning skin just fine. The picture on the LEFT is the foundation all over my face but not under/around my eyes. I decided to double it as concealer to better show you that this is a light- to medium-coverage foundation; it evens out redness, covers small freckles, but most of my freckles still shine through and it doesn’t cover my darker under eyes completely.
It blends very easily, and on the box it came in, they stated both brush and sponge work for blending it out; I chose to use a sponge because it’s more on the liquid/thin side (I tend to use brushes with thicker foundations). It blends very easily with a moistened sponge and dries down not long after blending it out.
Here is a closer look:
Note that you can still see my pores in my nose crease.
This has a subtle glow to it but it’s more of a semi-matte foundation once it dries down. It blends well, doesn’t really have any scent to it, and is leaning towards a liquid foundation but it’s not too runny. It’s buildable, but I like to leave it more natural-looking because I think that’s what Laura Mercier intended to do with this foundation.
Here is a full face of make-up with the foundation:
I used blush/bronzer, Huda Beauty Warm Obsessions for my eyeshadow, Too Faced BTS mascara, Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach blush and MAC lippie in “Kinda Sexy” with MAC lip liner “Boldly Bare” underneath. I also used my favorite eye pencils from Holika Holika in gold and black. I sprayed my Too Faced Hangover setting spray all over to melt everything together! It actually helped smooth over the foundation over my pores a bit better.
Below is a closer look under different lighting in my apartment to show you how the lighting can slightly change the tone in my pictures:
I’m more partial to medium or full-coverage foundations, but if you are looking for a more high-end foundation that’s light-coverage leaning and lasts all day, this might be for you!
I definitely think this is something I will use on a frequent basis; this more natural look is excellent for work. Usually more natural-coverage foundations don’t last very long in my experience but this one does last! I’m glad I got the chance to try it, because I definitely would never have purchased it on my own. Will I repurchase this? Well… I’ll let you know once I finish the bottle, because $48 is still a hard pill to swallow. It’s a good quality foundation, but as someone who has explored a variety of Kbeauty foundations whose caliber occasionally matches this foundation… at a drugstore price… well, I might just stick with Kbeauty dupes… we shall see!!!
It’s time to break open another mask from my stash!
This one was calling to me with its simple but elegant design. Plus, Sundays call for something to soothe my stressed-out skin for the upcoming work week.
Here are the ingredients:
Click HERE for the full CosDNA ingredient analysis!
The fit was okay – it had plenty of cuts to help adjust the fit, but they were in odd places for my face shape so I just folded it wherever I needed to. The eye shape wasn’t the best, and the mouth could have been better too, but it works.
It’s an average-thickness mask, well-soaked with clear essence. It had a light fresh scent that didn’t linger too long once I applied it to my face.
I used my Daiso silicone mask on top to make sure it stayed in place on my face since the fit wasn’t perfect and I knew it would slide around as I walked around my apartment waiting for it to soak in.
I took it off after a half hour. It felt hydrating and made my skin feel softer and smoother!
The next morning, I woke up to soft, hydrated skin!
I’d give this a 3 / 6. It was an average, hydrating mask – it did it’s job but I felt like it should have done more considering it was a tea tree mask; with tea tree extract, I would hope to have extra calming effects on my skin and the like, but this was just hydrating for me. Otherwise, I would have given it a higher rating!
I held off trying this for a long time because I didn’t feel like I needed a moisturizing wash-off mask with all the sheet masks I had in stock.
I had so many sheet masks that I canceled my subscription; I’m working way too much lately and I just don’t have the energy or discipline to remember to use them before bed lately. I’ve finally started to make a dent in my collection, so I treated myself to this wash-off mask finally the other day!
Here’s the packaging:
It comes with a second, protective lid underneath that you just lift off by pulling that tab:
It was thicker-looking than I expected for some reason, but it’s pretty similar to really stiff whipped cream.
It has a pearlescent quality to it almost:
It has a light, sweet scent that I didn’t really notice once it was on my face. I smeared it all over and let it sit for 10-15 minutes:
I wasn’t really expecting much, but after washing it off I did notice my skin felt more hydrated. I figured a sheet mask would be more effective (and, I think in the end, it is), but if you need a quick boost of moisture and you don’t want to walk around with a sheet mask, this is a good option.
I like it enough to go through the whole jar, but I’m not sure I’ll feel compelled to repurchase it. I feel like I get more bang for my buck with moisturizing overnight masks instead of the wash-off kind, which makes sense because it stays on your skin. For a wash-off mask, I think this one is decent, though! I’ve had wash-off masks that do absolutely nothing, so this one does work, I feel.
So it’s been a hot minute since I posted last; a lot of things have been going on in my personal life and have taken me away from blogging both here and on my Instagram! I always either had no time leftover to do any of this or I just ended up without any energy/motivation to come back to it.
I decided to dive back in by making a few purchases online, get my feet wet again (ahhh the joys of shopping on JOLSE and YesStyle, how I’ve missed it!!) and I figured an Empties post would be a logical place to start since I’ve used up a few things since I was here last. Some things are probably missing or got thrown out because I have moved a couple times, but here’s what’s left:
Skinfood Rose Shake Point Make-up Remover
I really, really enjoyed using this as my mascara/eye makeup remover! It worker super well; it’s biphasic, so you have to shake it up before using it and it turns into a pink-creamy liquid that smells lightly of roses. Mmmmm. I would totally buy this again! I only needed one cotton pad for each eye and a few drops of this! Lasted me quite a while!
The Saem Eco Earth Power Light Sun Cream
This is my current favorite sun screen! I didn’t order another one right away because I had a freebie that I was trying to use up, but with my aforementioned online purchases I did throw one in, so I’m excited to see that arrive! It’s creamy but not thick, absorbs very quickly, doesn’t leave a white cast that I noticed at all, and makeup blends well over it. I don’t find that it has any strong scent, but I do remember it smelling a little like a fresh scent; mostly it’s a generic lotion/sunscreen scent to me though.
Etude House Honey Cera Essence
I believe this was my second bottle; I purchased this because I remember it worked really well in combination with the rest of the honey cera line that I had at the time. It’s a thicker essence and it is moisturizing, but I’m not sure I would repurchase it again… I probably would if they redesigned the bottle – once it gets kind of low it’s hard to pump anymore of it out, and I always feel like I end up throwing out some of the product stuck in there just because the pump doesn’t really get the rest out. Ugh!!
Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner
This is my holy grail toner!! If I’m so low on energy/time at night, at the very least I take off my makeup with some wipes and I wipe my face down with this! It saves my skin when I’m lazy!! It really evens out my skin and gives it a glow in the morning. UGH I love the stuff, I’ve been repurchasing this for a while now and I’ve officially lost count. Lol. Also back when I used to have my pH strips, I did see that this has a low & effective pH, which is a plus.
Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser
So I got this after I moved, which means it arrived after I lost my pH strips, lol. I wasn’t able to confirm that this actually is a pH of 5.5, so I just had to trust it. I felt like it cleansed my face gently and it didn’t strip my skin, so I used it all up! Actually I ended up enjoying this one; the scent is subtly fruity and not overpowering at all, AND it foams up nicely! It’s a creamy froth with super tiny bubbles and it feels like such a luxurious face wash to me. I’m not even the one that finished off this tube – my picky boyfriend actually ended up loving this one and stole it from me!!
Skin Planet M-NMF Solution Cream Mask
This mask was a milky essence type (my favorite kind) and it was rich and moisturizing, but not as heavy as the shea butter one by Nature Republic; this one is more of a middle of the road kind of moisture and I’d use it again.
Cos W My Real Skin Charcoal Mask
This was an okay mask – the essence was clear, the mask was well-soaked, but I felt like it didn’t really purify or moisturize that much. It was hydrating but nothing special or amazing.
Skin Planet Pomegranate Mask Sheet
This one was okay too – it was clear-essence type, well-soaked, stayed on my face fine and wasn’t heavily scented. Didn’t wow me, but if I had it around I’d use it again for some everyday hydration.
Esfolio Volcanic Ash Essence Mask Sheet
This mask is from my favorite mask company! I fell in love with this company’s sheetmasks when I lived in Taiwan and my local stores had these in stock. They always have thicker masks (which I love), fit my face well and were well-soaked with essence and lasted a while on my face. Also apparently it’s 100% cotton, so that’s cool? Anyway, this one in particular is a clear-essence type that’s hydrating and I liked it. My favorite one from Esfolio is their Milk one, but all of them are good in my experience.
As a bonus, I’m going to show you my haul from YesStyle (the one from Jolse is still on its way):
The box at the bottom is from a company I’ve never tried before (so exciting!) but that seemed to have a lot of products on YesStyle, so here goes! Plus green tea seems like a great ingredient for under eye patches so… o(^▽^)o
That’s it for now, I’ll be updating again with another post soon, I hope! Yay!!!
It’s about time I posted another empties – my box isn’t exactly overflowing, because I wasn’t able to use up as many products this last semester as I wanted to, but these have been sitting in there for months! It’s high time to toss them out!
There will be a blurb about each and how I felt about them, and I’ll break them down into categories – sheet masks, skincare, makeup, body, and samples:
My Beauty Diary Tranexamic Acid Treatment Mask: I’ve long been a fan of My Beauty Diary masks; I used them all the time when I lived in Taiwan, and they never disappointed me. This mask was no different; I woke up to glowy, even skin that felt hydrated!
Adeline Keep Cool and Let Shine Mask: I’d never heard of this company and didn’t know what to expect – I knew it would probably be decent because I received it in one of my Beauteque Monthly Mask Maven shipments and they usually don’t send duds. This did help me wake up to moisturized, plump skin that looked more even-toned – I like it! The fit was good and it was an average-thickness mask.
Secret A Collagen 3 Step Total Facial Mask: This was something that also came in a Mask Maven of mine, and I really enjoyed it! It was one of those sheet masks that also came with a face wash and a cream – great for travel since you don’t have to bother with bringing your tubs/bottles of creams and face wash. I remember the face wash felt really silky and foamed well, the cream was hydrating and the mask was as well. I would have used this again for sure if I had more!
TonyMoly Chok Chok Green Tea Mask: I reviewed this on my Instagram recently; I liked it, it was hydrating and a good mask overall.
Y.E.T. Infant Mask (Wrinkle): This was okay – I don’t remember being blown away or anything, and I don’t remember feeling like I would purchase this again.
HiddenCOS Latte Mask: THIS was one of my all-time favorite sheet masks because it was moisturizing, evened out my skin, and it smelled SO good – it smelled like coffee in a really good way. Mmmmmm. Would repurchase this one in a heartbeat!
Etude House OneShot Morning Gel Cleanser: I would probably buy this again if I wanted something that didn’t foam up – it’s a great get cleanser that doesn’t strip my skin (and it claims to be at a lower pH). It’s definitely citrus-scented though, so if you don’t like that, it wouldn’t be for you. The smell isn’t overpowering or anything, but it’s definitely there. I also like the fact that the pump can be locked for travel to prevent leakage.
Soap & Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash: This was just okay. I had heard good things, but on the first use I immediately felt dismayed; it contains those hard “exfoliating” beads that are terrible for the environment. When I saw it in the store I thought that the little pearls of color would dissolve once you move it around on your face, but NOPE. I finished this as soon as I could and I would never buy this again. I suspect the pH wasn’t as great with this either; I felt like it was probably around a 6-7 based on how it made my face feel after using it.
Wei Foaming Cleanser: I got this sample back when I was still subscribed the the 3B Box. I really enjoyed using this – it has a lovely natural-smelling rose scent, very light – and it foams very well and with very fine bubbles. It doesn’t strip my skin and I enjoyed every last drop! I’d probably buy it again if it had a lower price-point.
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil: I like this oil – I also got this in my last 3B Box I believe, and I’ve actually used up a whole bottle of this as well (I’ve purchased it in the past, before I received this sample). It’s effective, but not that exciting. Just a really good, dependable cleansing oil!
Atopalm Real Barrier Extreme Cream: I absolutely loved this cream! Usually I’m not too excited with plain creams, but this one was SO effective that while I had this jar, I didn’t even bother with a full routine – I would just slap this on after cleansing and be done! So if you’re looking for a great one-step routine – this is a great cream for that! It’s not heavy and absorbs quickly, but is very moisturizing.
Etude House Honey Cera Eye Pack Cream: This lasted forever!! I liked it, and many people do, because it IS moisturizing – but it doesn’t plump up my undereyes like my HG Etude House Collagen eye cream does, so I won’t be repurchasing it for now.
VENN Age Reversing All-In-One Concentrate: I liked this! If you’re looking for a one-step, lightweight moisturizer you might like this as well. If I wanted more of a moisturizing effect I just used more of it. I probably won’t purchase the full size, though, as I do enjoy multi-step routines most of the time.
YES to Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Wipes: This is actually almost a full package, but I have to throw it out because it dried up extremely quickly. These packets never used to do that, but somehow this and the previous one I purchased both dried up very quickly, so I’m not sure I want to repurchase it a third time – it used to be a HG face wipe, but now that they’ve been drying up so quickly I’m not sure if I want to buy them again?! What happened to the packaging?! Has anyone else experienced that?
L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara: This has been my HG mascara for the past few months and these are my 2nd and 3rd tubes of it. I currently am working through an Essence mascara, but I will definitely be getting more of these in the future! They give excellent volume and length to my lashes and it doesn’t crumble or smudge throughout the day.
Kneipp Foaming Bath Salt (Relax): My German pen pal sent me this in a care package, and I enjoyed it, but it was definitely very floral – heavy on the scent! So if you don’t like strong scents, I would’t recommend it. It did feel nice! Kneipp is my favorite company for bath oils!
Method Moisturizing Body Wash (Magnolia): I’ve been really enjoying the Method body washes because they actually leave my skin feeling moisturized and it still foams up very well with my luffa! This scent, while floral, was subtle and very nice.
Enprani Fondant Cheese Foundation: I didn’t think this foundation was that great, but I have found that sometimes the sample packets don’t represent how the actual product works, so I could be wrong. Anyone else try this foundation? It didn’t last long on me and the texture didn’t impress me at all.
TonyMoly BCDation foundation: I’ve gotten several samples of this foundation in the past from Jolse and I always enjoy using it – I haven’t gotten around to buying the full size just because of the sheer amount of foundations I own, but once I free up some space I might get the full bottle!
TonyMoly Goat Milk Premium Moisture Cream: I really enjoyed using this cream! It’s very moisturizing and does well at night and even under makeup! I don’t recall it having a scent.
Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream: This was okay – I wasn’t that impressed by it. It didn’t do anything exciting and was hydrating, but I’ve definitely reviewed and tried much more effective creams. I know this one is popular, but personally I think the serum in this line is much more effective.
TonyMoly Intense Care Gold 24K Snail Eye Cream: I liked this eye cream, but it was nothing special. It was moisturizing but not groundbreaking.
TonyMoly Chok Cook Green Tea Watery Cream: This cream was better than the Mizon All In One, even, it was hydrating but not heavy and did well in evening out my skin tone over night.
Ceragem The Starry Night Pack: This surprised me! I didn’t know what to expect from this but it really locked everything in overnight and I woke up to super glowy, moisturized skin. Never heard of the company on this one and not sure where to buy it! Maybe Jolse has it for sale since they sent me the sample?
Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule: I LOVE this stuff! I’ve gone through a bottle in the past (a long time ago)..