Base Makeup Journey: Part 2

Posted on 01-04-2017

Hi again.  So one of my greatest insecurities is my dark circles.  I’m fortunate in that they are not too deep-set, but they are very discoloured and hard to cover. So I’m on a constant quest to find the best undereye concealer.

I’ll be honest though. It’s been a struggle.

I’ve tried all sorts of concealers, including everyones holy grails at ridiculous prices.  Lemme just put it in list form for you all to see how much money I have thrown at the beauty industry:

  1. Revlon Age Defying: A really good concealer for undereye circles, but discontinued
  2. Maybelline Fit Me: A lot of people like this, so maybe the formula has changed since I bought it a few years ago. It was terrible – hardly any coverage and too watery.
  3. Maybelline Age Rewind: Still my staple undereye concealer, but does not work well with other concealers in the mix.
  4. Skinfood Salmon Undereye Concealer: This is weirdly shiny and never sets, but it honestly saved me when my undereye got all dry and patchy – it was the ONLY concealer that didn’t cling to the dryness.  I recommend it for dry skin, the shininess can be mostly covered up by foundation or powder.
  5. The Saem Cover Perfection Tip: Supposedly a dupe for Nars Radiant Creamy but that is definitely not the case – the consistency just isn’t as good as the RCC, it just isn’t as thick and creamy so it doesn’t have as much coverage.  It isn’t that bad, but I was too scared to continue using it with its strong floral scent.
  6. Inglot Undereye Concealer:  Super, ridiculously watery so impossible to get high coverage from it. Unsure if the product has changed since.
  7. YSL Touche Eclat: basically no coverage, it is not suitable for concealing.  It’s ok as a highlighter.
  8. Nars Radiant Creamy:  Lovely texture and consistency, but can be drying and obvious.  I still like it, but it doesn’t do the job 100% for me (and its forty bucks tho, I die).
  9. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye:  Very thick and heavy, people swear by this but I don’t think it worked well for me at all.  It’s very hard to blend due to the thickness, fingerprints basically get fossilised in it if you aren’t careful so your dark circles show through anyway.  Cannot use a brush to blend it effectively, must use warmth of fingers making it fiddly. Also, mine leaves an odd cast under the eyes – with their limited shade range I just don’t think it is suitable for me.
  10. Tarte Maracuja Creaseless:  Very thick texture like Bye Bye Undereye, but it was pretty damn terrible overall – similar issues to Bye Bye Undereye. I also think my skin also reacted to it so I haven’t gone back.
  11. Tarte Shape Tape:  I bought it in a shade WAY too light.  Light sand is light, everyone.  Not like Maybelline shades at all.  Still, it is obvious why everyone loves this concealer.  It has great consistency and coverage.  However, it can be drying and emphasises dryness, which is a problem if you have dry undereyes like me.
  12. MAC Pro Longwear: Mine is a shade too dark, and it oxidises a LOT.  The pump sucks, so it is hard to control the product.  But I still don’t mind it overall – it has excellent coverage and not a bad consistency. Works well mixed with other concealers. Can be a bit drying.

I think that’s all of my concealers.  These days I’ve been using most of them in rotation to see which one works best.  So far, I enjoy mixing the Shape Tape with other concealers such as the MAC Pro Longwrar, then baking with Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, mainly because mixing them matches my skin tone, but sometimes it just isn’t enough.  While I love the smooth result from baking, it can really dry your skin out and it can be risky if you mess up your concealer somehow, because you CANNOT fix it after the powder is on.

Honestly, because of where I place my concealer (under the eyes where there are the most wrinkles), I find the concealer far more important than foundation because if I need to use too much or the wrong formula, it looks cakey, dry or it ages me.  Sigh, I can’t wait for the day that find the perfect concealer so that I can rest my wallet.

Ok, so foundations.  I used to use BB creams but these days I’ve been leaning towards foundations more because my skin is a little darker than most bb creams.  I used to use Holika Holika Aqua Petite Jelly but since it ran out, I just haven’t bothered to purchase it again despite fairly good results.  I still LOVE my Lioele Triple the Solution BB cream (it has run out and I haven’t repurchased but I would still say it’s the best bb I’ve tried with it’s gorgeous finish and full coverage).

I wasn’t a fan of any of the pact or cushion bb creams I’ve tried – from the Face Shop to Mamonde to Clio.  They all seem to sit on top of my skin weirdly – possibly because even the darkest shades are too light.  Skin79, Missha, and those old school bb creams are far too grey.  So I’ve moved on.

My first semi higher end foundation was the MAC Studio Finish.  I can’t really remember how good it was but I liked it at the time, but now NC35 is way too dark for my skin.  My true awakening was when I discovered Estee Lauder Double Wear.  I’m shade Ecru, but I could go to Desert Beige if it is summer.  I still love this foundation pieces – it is super high coverage and has a lovely matte texture.  When I wear it, I don’t feel like I’m wearing makeup which is why it’s so great.  However, my skin is becoming drier and less oily – it used to be combo/oily but now I would say it is all over the place but leaning dry.  These days I’m looking for something less matte and more “skin-like” and natural.  Double Wear looks amazing but you can certainly tell you’re wearing makeup.

So I dropped a whopping $60-something on Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in Shade 5 on sale at Cosme-De.  In Australia, it retails for like $99 or something which is INSANE.  Like actually nuts.  Double Wear is only like, $40-50!  Anyway, I wanted to splurge on it after returning my Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, seeing as it has many people raving.  It’s supposed to give a luminous finish but I would say it’s pretty matte, which is kind of disappointing.  It is LOW coverage imo and buildable only to a medium at best.  I don’t really understand why people think it’s medium to full when it does nothing to cover my sunspots with 3 layers – am I missing something?  Have I been spoiled by the absolute 100% full coverage I get from Double Wear?!  It also has an old lady scent, which I hate because I hate fragrances lol.  For something that retails at almost $100 I was expecting so much more.

Anyway, the trick with this foundation is that you must get a color match – too light or too dark will not work and it is not forgiving about that (my hand is a bit darker than my face and I could see the lighter foundation settle into my skin texture).  A brush is not very effective with this foundation – the beauty blender gives a much, MUCH nicer finish.  Additionally, you have to wait a while and let it set before you see the full effect.  When wet it is very movable, blendable and sheer.  I’m disappointed but I’m going to keep trying with different primers and we will see how it goes.  I’ll probably do a full review after I’ve tried this out for another few weeks.  See you next post!


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Makeup Shopping in Korea vs Japan / What to Buy in Japan Series

Posted on 01-03-2016

Hi guys!  Long time no post, mainly because I am terrible at keeping up with them but I will get there eventually as the pictures are all edited for the next Japan post.  I just was thinking about my trip and about what I would change next time I go – and I realised that one of the things I sort of regretted was not doing more research on what to buy in Japan beforehand – I ended up forgetting to buy a few things as a result of thinking: I am not going to spend so much on makeup and skincare this trip.

There were a few reasons for my thinking this way.  One was that I wanted to save money.  Two was that I bought so much makeup from Korean in my last trip, that I didn’t think I needed any more.  And Three was that I thought I preferred Korean cosmetics because of the huge variety and great things I’ve heard about it (while I hadn’t heard that much about Japanese cosmetics).

So on to my comparison of shopping for makeup in Japan vs Korea.  Note that this is my opinion and I’m sure some people may find they had a different experience.

On one hand, makeup shopping in Korea is heaps of fun because there are so many brand stores in Myeongdong and it’s all very visually appealing and there is quite a lot of English on the packaging which makes it easy to identify what to buy.  For example, Etude House, Innisfree, Nature Republic, Banila Co and Laneige all have their own individual stores in Myeongdong.  These individual stores generally have a ‘top’ products display, so it’s very easy to see what each brand is known for and do a quick google search if you want to do your own research because there is pretty much always an English name for a product.

Meanwhile, Japan’s makeup shopping is not so clear because there is very little English, and only a few individual stores (if any) dedicated to a particular brand.  Instead, most Japanese makeup brands are found in pharmacies like Matsumoto Kiyoshi (the biggest drugstore/pharmacy chain in Japan), much like here in Australia.  It is quite difficult to tell which brands or products are popular if you don’t know Japanese.

So, in my opinion as a tourist, Korea is a lot more enjoyable when shopping for makeup – this isn’t to say that Japan doesn’t have great quality makeup brands because I really love a lot of their products as well, particularly from Dolly Wink.  But, even though I prefer Korean makeup shopping overall, my mistake was thinking that I wouldn’t buy anything of the sort in Japan because let me tell you…

I was wrong.

Makeup is not the main thing you want to buy in Japan.   What I really should have planned for in my Japan spending budget was skincare Japan has fantastic skincare products.  I have been satisfied with almost all the skincare products I bought in Japan and not to mention the awesome hair products.

But, as I have already said, there is very little English on Japanese product packaging and as a result, I found it really hard to know what to look for.  I found myself buying things that I accidentally thought were other things, because of the lack of English LOL.

So I’ll be doing a What to Buy in Japan series of posts about everything I bought from snacks to makeup to skincare/hair, and which products I recommend (but in-depth reviews will probably come way later).  Hopefully it helps anyone who is thinking of going to Japan to know what to bring home!


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Korean Beauty Haul 2015

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My website is finally back up again, and I have changed my webhost so hopefully I don’t have any problems this time

So, you guys know I love Korean makeup and skin care – last time I did a Korean beauty haul post, I went absolutely crazy with the purchases.  I actually had some Korean won left over from my trip in 2013, so my friends Calene and David kindly offered to spend it for me on their trip to Korea (especially since I have no idea when/if I’ll be going back :().  So huge thanks to them for running around Korea for me!

I’ve only included the Korean branded products in this haul, I’ll be doing a MAC lipstick mini-haul and review later, along with reviews or first impressions of each of these (and hopefully a video LOL) :D  Now onto the products!

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When I poured out all the products onto my bed upon first opening, I was immediately drawn to how beautiful the packaging was on this!  I actually had no idea that Mamonde was having a limited edition version of their Cover Powder Cushion, but I’m really happy that they were because this is probably my favourite product of the haul, purely based on visuals alone.  IRL it looks even prettier because it’s kind of shimmery, PLUS it came with an extra cushion!

This is the Mamonde x Marymond limited edition version of the cover powder cushion, in shade 23 Natural Beige.  More info & swatches will be in my review next time.

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If you guys have seen my terribly outdated skincare routine video (please don’t watch me overwork my skin LOL I’ve drastically changed my routine now) – I raved a little about the Etude House Mascara Cleaner.  Well the packaging has certainly changed since 2013 and it now has a grey lid – but I’m hoping the product is the same (or better – if they can make it so that it doesn’t sting the eyes)!

The Dr. Mascara Fixer has been pretty raved about online so I had to try it!  This is the Perfect Lash version (pink/red) – there is also a lengthening one which I will probably purchase online, if I love this one.

Daydreamt-Wonderpore-02Last time I went to Korea, my friends both Calene and Jess purchased huge bottles of the Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener, and at that time I didn’t buy it because I had already gone ridiculously over budget.  But I finally get to try it now!  I am notoriously bad about being consistent with my use of toner/essence so we will see how this goes.

(P.S. I super love how this photo turned out because the Wonder Pore looks so glossy and like it could pop out of the screen, but that might just be me LOL)

I received the Skin Food Green Gram Cleansing Foam as a gift from David’s family friend in 2013, and I had no idea that I would love it as much as I do now.  IMO the Green Gram Cleansing Foam is far better than the Egg Pore one, so I was so sad to hear that it has been discontinued!

Luckily, Calene and David found it in a pack thing with the (I’m guessing, new?  ’cause I saw a CF on Youtube) Andes Salt 0.9 Moist Essence & Cream.  I was in a very yolo mood so they bought it for me, even though it was quite a bit more expensive than the Cleansing Foam alone – so we will see how my skin fairs with the 0.9 set (so far so good though).

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I have reviewed the Etude House Cookie Blush before – and later decided I liked it, so I am now the owner of the same blush in a peachy shade (#10).  Hopefully this doesn’t make me look too yellow-y!

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I’ve purchased a 3CE lipstick before and thought the colour was very pigmented so I wanted to give their new line a try!  This is the 3CE Lip Colour in Tell the Truth.  A pink lippie with an orangey undertone.

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I can’t get enough of trying out new primers and this one was really intriguing because it claims to be able to be used on it’s own OR with other makeup.  I’ve read some good things about this so I’m excited to give it a go!

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Too Cool For School has yet to impress me, but after seeing everyone rave about Artclass by Rodin, I really wanted to try it, especially since my Urban Decay Naked Flushed contour has hit pan.  Swatches soon!

That’s all for my Korean beauty haul.  I have a heap more pics but they will be in the individual product reviews/impressions posts.


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Too Cool For School – BB Foundation Lunch Box Review

So, I’ve run out of my Holika Holika Aqua Petite Jelly, which I reviewed ages ago.   I should update that post with my current opinion on the product – that is, I really like it as a sheer kind of base in conjunction with either a higher coverage foundation/bb cream or concealer.

I was going to buy it again, but before I made the decision to repurchase, I had a quick look around the internet and saw that fairly new Korean Cosmetic Brand Too Cool For School, in their After School range, released what they call a ‘BB Foundation Lunch Box” – an adorable tube thing that includes a BB Cream that looked to be similar to the Aqua Petite Jelly.

After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - #2 Watery Skin After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - #2 Watery Skin I purchased it in #2 Watery Skin, which looked a little darker than the #1 Shade.  Generally, most Korean cosmetics are too light for my NC25-30 skin so I always purchase the darker shade if available.  At first, looking at the product on the spatula I thought it was too dark – but luckily it looks fine blended in.  It also has SPF 37, which is a plus.

I bought it from Ebay for about $AUD 24 – I know it can be risky buying cosmetics online but I don’t think the brand is high-end enough to really have fakes/duplicates made for it, tbh.  I found out later that you can also purchase this from the city, on Swanston St in Melbourne (next to So Good Jewellery – 215 Swanston St) for around $25, which might be more worth it than having to wait a few weeks for the product to arrive.

After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - #2 Watery Skin After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - #2 Watery Skin

As you can see, it has a spatula applicator thing, very much like the Aqua Petite Jelly – but don’t be fooled!  This BB Cream is far less sheer than the Holika Holika and, while it is still watery, it is also a little thicker. What drew me to this product is the fact that it is All-in-One, with a mirror, concealer, highlighter and BB Cream – it’s super travel-friendly.  And the packaging is adorable.

After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - Concealer & HighlighterAfter School BB Foundation Lunch Box - Concealer & Highlighter After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - Concealer & Highlighter  Swatches: Firstly, this is the BB Cream/Foundation portion of the product – After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - #2 Watery Skin Unblended After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - #2 Watery Skin Blended It is very smooth and easily blendable, but it is quite sheer (though not as sheer as the Aqua Petite Jelly). I really wanted to like this.  Really wanted to.  But I can’t say that I’m a fan though.  The lack of coverage really doesn’t do it for me, and unlike the Aqua Petite Jelly, it doesn’t feel as light on my skin – perhaps the scent kind of contributes to this.  Also, I don’t get the same radiant looking effect that I do with the Aqua Petite Jelly – this BB cream makes me look really grey with it on, which is definitely a bad sign.

Concealer: After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - Concealer After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - Concealer Blended

The concealer is okay, but it doesn’t have much staying power.  It is definitely inappropriate for the under eye area, far too cakey and hard to blend for that.  It does alright in covering blemishes… but as I said, it comes off easily.

Highlighter: After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - Highlighter After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - Highlighter Blended

The highlighter is really my favourite part of the product – it isn’t irritating and it creates such a lovely glow!  It’s also very blendable and looks good highlighting the nose bridge and cupid’s bow.  Use it sparingly and you will have a pretty glow, but overuse it and the product will look weirdly white on the face.

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Overall Breakdown:

The Good:

  • Compact & Travel-Friendly
  • Everything in One
  • Highlighter

The Bad:

  • Scent makes it feel heavier/more irritating
  • Greyish undertones
  • Lack of Coverage (but this is ok if you only need sheer coverage)
  • Low staying power



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Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder Comparison – Compact vs Loose Powder

It isn’t Makeup Monday, but I got sick of seeing words alone on Daydreamt’s homepage hahaha.  So.  I recently purchased the Too Cool for School BB Foundation Lunch Box, and along with this, I made a sort of repurchase of my favourite powder by Korean cosmetic brand, Innisfree – the Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder – BUT this time in Loose Powder form, rather than the Mineral Pact.

Innisfree No-Sebum & Too Cool For School

At first I thought the Powder was a little overhyped for what it did, but I don’t often hit pan on my products so clearly does something right.  I like how it is translucent and it also brightens my skin.  I love my Mineral Pact (shown below) – with it’s very finely milled powder which does a good job of setting my heavy under-eye concealer and base makeup.

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I was going to repurchase it, but because I couldn’t find anywhere on the Internet that pointed out the differences between the Powder and Pact: they look very similar, with the same basic packaging and the same apparent ingredients: “with Jeju natural mineral and natural originated mint” – so I decided to give the loose powder a go and give you guys a comparison.  It was $AUD 10.99 on Ebay (5 grams, ~$2.20 per gram) – just a little cheaper than the Pact which I found for $AUD 13 (8.5 gram, ~$1.50 per gram).  This means that the Pact is actually more bang for your buck, but outright you will be paying slightly more for it.

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Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder

Packaging: First of all, a lot of things are similar when it comes to the packaging of the products – the color of the container and the fact that it comes with a really lovely powder puff with the Innisfree label.  Innisfree does a great job at keeping their packaging minimalist and clean.

The clearest difference is the fact that the Powder does not have the mirror that the Pact does – and for some this may only be a small difference, but for me this is a bit disappointing.  The Pact mirror is possibly my most oft-used compact mirror because when you’re at the powder stage, it’s good to take a final close look at your makeup to ensure nothing is creased or unblended.  Also, mirrors that come with say, eye shadows or blushes, almost always end up messy and covered in fall-out product.  But the mineral pact mirror is protected by the powder puff and the pressed powder is not very messy or colorful, so the mirror is always pretty clean.

The mineral powder comes in a screw-on container, as opposed to a snap on lid like the pact.  This makes sense for a loose powder, since no one wants fallen powder anywhere if for some reason the container is dropped.

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder

The product is dispensed through the typical few holes in the container which allows a little bit of product out at a time.  I generally shake the closed container with the powder puff inside, to transfer some product onto the puff to use it.  The pact is a little more straightforward, just allowing you to rub the product onto the puff directly.

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder
Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder
Product: In terms of the product itself, it’s hard to identify a real difference.  It’s the same, finely-milled translucent powder in a loose form – and the powder does well to set your makeup and prevent too much shininess. The loose powder seems to be somewhat finer, but the difference is not very noticeable.

On it’s own, used to lessen shininess, I have to say that it does not last all day so it will require touching up.

The product feels very light and not at all cakey – sometimes when I use heavier powders, I feel uncomfortable applying it to my skin, but this product feels so light on my skin that I don’t feel like it’s going to clog my pores or anything like that at all.

It also claims not to contain 6 common causes of skin irritation: Parabens, Talc, Artificial Fragrances, Animal Ingredients, Artificial Colors and Mineral Oil, so I’d assume it’s good for sensitive skin.

Overall:  I really like the powder overall and definitely recommend it to anyone who is in the market for a good, low priced and non-irritating setting powder.  If picking between the two products, I would probably go with the pact because of the mirror and the ease of using it… but it depends on the medium you’re using to apply it.

If you use a kabuki brush, then the loose powder is better because it is easier to get the product without digging into the pact.  If you use the powder puff, the pact is much easier and less messy to use.



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