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Freelance Make Up Artist and Stylist who shuttles between New York, Italy and Dubai, Anna has been in the Make Up industry since 1996. She trained under Mario Dedivanovic and Scott Barnes in NYC and has a certificate for Hairstyling from Cinema Make Up School A true lover of all the elements of Fashion, she studied Fashion Design and Styling at the prestigious Istituto Europeo Di Design in Milan, Italy.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

PRODUCT REVIEW: LAURA MERCIER CREME SMOOTH FOUNDATION


Hi My Lovelies! So, I am back for another product review! Another review, another foundation. I bought 4 new foundations over the holiday season, thus, the onslaught of reviews. I promise to be back with looks using my new palettes, celebrity inspired looks that you guys can try.

The 3rd foundation that I got over the Holiday Season was Laura Mercier's Creme Smooth Foundation. I got mine from Bloomingdales at The Dubai Mall. You can't imagine how happy I was to see a fully stocked LM counter at Bloomingdales! My last purchase from LM was years ago in Manila when I got the lip velvets. :)
Four Days of Laura Mercier's Creme Smooth Foundation. :-)


Anyway, on to the review. I, unfortunately could not subject the foundation to the gym test as I was still nursing my semi swollen ankle, so, the no retouch test was the maximum that I could go. All photos in this collage were taken with my blackberry, thus, editing wasn't possible.

1st thing that I want to share with you regarding the foundation is the packaging. May not be the best as it is in a glass jar, it does take a lot of space in your make up kit. It does look good on top of your dresser. On the site it is USD 50 for 30grams of product. I cannot remember how much I got mine for because I used my Bloomingdales GC. The fact that it also comes with its own spatula, is great for hygienic reasons. Make sure that you clean your make up kit though because if it is dirty and you dip the spatula in it, it will contaminate your foundation. 
Laura Mercier Day 1
1st day of the trial and I have to agree with their claim that it is light weight. Because of the texture of the foundation, it doesn't settle on fine lines and it is easy to blend. I suggest that you apply the foundation using your fingers, the beauty blender or a stippling brush but not the foundation brush. Reason behind that is the brush leaves streak marks and this foundation needs to be worked "INTO" the skin.

I set the foundation with the Mineral Powder, which, unfortunately proved to be a mistake, as I was pretty oily and shiny before the day ended. This is even with Benefit's Porefessional Primer. Because of this, I don't suggest that you purchase this if you have oily skin, however, it will look amazing on women with normal to dry skin.

Incidentally and totally off topic, I started the Victoria's Secret Train Like an Angel Work Out Series and worked on my Glutes the day before, thus, the whole body photo on the side.

Laura Mercier in Daylight and Indoors


I also took photos of myself outdoors using LM's Creme Smooth Foundation to show you that it still looks like your skin and far from being mask like. Because of the formulation of the foundation, you can build this up without feeling like you are wearing a ton of foundation.

Because I experienced getting oily using the LM Mineral Powder, I opted to Make Up Forever's Full Cover Powder to set the foundation. I also used NAR's Laguna Bronzer and MAC's Chez Chez Lame. For my lips I used NARS Turkish Delight Gloss.

The whole feel for that day is very Spring/Summer. Flawless, Glowing Skin. Big, beautiful brows and glossy lips.

Laura Mercier Day 3
Because I felt and looked oily the 1st day I tried LM's Creme Smooth Foundation with LM Mineral Powder, I decided to use a different setting powder on Day 3 - Make Up Forever Full Cover Powder. I was so much better. I still looked fresh without retouching till the end of the day.

An because it was foggy and gloomy that day, I decided to wear a floral trench and MAC Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Morange to bring Spring closer. :)

Laura Mercier Day 4


Day Four - So far, so good and it appears that LM's Creme Smooth Foundation works better with a Matte Setting Powder. I met my GF that evening to watch Les Mis and she complimented my skin. She said it looked flawless and glowing. :)

Day Four Look was all about colour and I just love MAC Cosmetics' Snow Orchid! 

So, my lovelies after 4 days of thorough testing of Laura Mercier's Creme Smooth Foundation, hope you keep my pointers in mind should you wish to purchase this foundation. :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

PRODUCT REVIEW: GIORGIO ARMANI FACE FABRIC FOUNDATION

Hi my Lovelies! So, I am back with another product review and apologies if you are expecting an eyeshadow palette or a lip product as I ma back with another foundation review. If you are new to reading my blog, allow me to introduce myself. I am Anna de Leon, Make Up Artist/Stylist and a Foundation Freak. lol! My previous review brought me to the drugstore and this review brought me to the swanky, every posh Bloomingdales. :)

I have been reading/hearing great reviews about Giorgio Armani's Face Fabric Foundation and obviously as a Foundation Freak I just had to get my hands on it. Luckily, a very generous Santa gave me a gift certificate from Bloomingdales and straight to the Giorgio Armani section I went.

According to the website, GA's Face Fabric Foundation is an invisible make up with a 3D Micro-Fil Technology. This sounds all scientific, right? In layman's term, it means that the foundation allows infinite blending and layering to enhance the natural glow of the skin. 

Let me start with the texture of this foundation because that is one of its unique features and it is like no other texture that I have ever tried and tested. If you have tried Benefit's Porefessional and have felt and seen the smoothening effect of the product's formulation, the texture of GA's FFF is similar to that but more liquidy. It  really feels like silk when you smooth it on you face. Trust Mr. Armani to wow not just through his impeccable clothes but through his make up line as well. To say that it feel luxurious will be an understatement.
I used GA's Face Fabric Foundation on the 25th of December to attend Christmas Lunch with friends and all of these photos were taken with my blackberry with no editing. :)
Top Left: GA Face Fabric Foundation with no concealer. I think that one application is perfect for someone who has good skin. 
Top Right: GA Face Fabric Foundation with Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Bottom Left: GA Face Fabric with Maybelline Fit me Concealer and Powder
Bottom Right: A simple lunch date look with GA Face Fabric Foundation, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and Powder, NARS Laguna Bronzer, MAC 's Kohl Pencil in Teddy and NYX Cosmetics LipLiner in Nude Truffle.

I think that using the foundation once isn't enough to be able to give a fair review and since I could not hit the gym because of my sprained ankle to subject the foundation to the Work Out Challenge, I decided to use GA Face Fabric Foundation for 4 straight days and probably the worst four days for me as I was achooing left, right and center.
Based on these 2 collages, I can honestly say that the GA's Face Fabric Foundation truly is like your second skin. Being fluish on those 4 days, my skin was kind of sallow and I had redness around my nose that the foundation was able to cover.
Eventhough I am very satisfied with the product, I think that I have yet to see how this foundation adapts to the Summer Days and Night of Dubai as a good friend of mine who is a MUA in the Philippines said that it does not fare very well in hot and humid countries. 

Day 1
Giorgio Armani Face Fabric Foundation with MAC ProLong Wear Concealer
NARS Laguna Bronzer for contour  NARS Orgasm Blush and MAC's MSF in Soft and Gentle for highlight.

Day 2
Same Products as above.

Day 3
Same products except for the highlight. I used MAC's Chez Chez Lame this time.

Day 4
Same Products as above except for the lipstick. I used NYX Cosmetics Matte Red Lipstick.

Over all, I give Giorgio Armani's Face Fabric Foundation an 8/10! Although pricey, it is worth it. The packaging is excellent because it is in a tube (lightweight, good for travel) and hygienic eventhough it doesn't come with a pump, you just need to squeeze the product out. It has SPF 12, so it is good for everyday wear and the flashback won't be too much. Downside is that it only has 5 shades to choose from.

I hope that this review has been helpful to you all and let me know your thoughts if you have tried this foundation as well. :)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

PRODUCT REVIEW: MAYBELLINE FIT ME FOUNDATION

Hi my lovelies! And we are back in business! As promised, I will try my utmost best to blog regularly and here I am with my 1st product review for 2013 :-)

If you have been following my blog since its inception, you would know by know that I am a foundation junkie.My quest for the ultimate foundation has brought me to scour drugstores and department stores, an adventure that all Make Up Artists probably love, and- like adventures, some will lead to blah discoveries and some will lead to an "AHA" moment. :)

Discovering and Trying on Maybelline's Fit Me Foundation is one of my AHA moments in this quest for the ultimate foundation. According to the site and I quote in Verbatim. "Flawless. Lets the Real You Come Through. Beyond Matching: Fresh, Breathing, Natural Skin. " And Maybelline's claim can't be truer!

If you look at the collage below you will see that on your 1st application, (top left) you already look flawless. It covers very well yet it is as if you aren't wearing make up. Like the true doubting Thomas that I am, I applied a 2nd layer just to see how true Maybelline's claim that it is "Breathing, Natural Skin" and boy did I believe. :) Flawless yet ever soooo lightly. 

The photo on the bottom left is with Maybelline's Fit Me concealer already. The concealer is good but I was fixated on the results of the foundation that I didn't really bother.  You can already tell that I was impressed with the foundation.


The last photo on the collage is with Maybelline Fit Me Powder. Polished and Natural. I was half sold.

Half Sold???? Why after all the superlatives was I just half sold? Well, because I needed to subject the foundation to the ultimate test. :) Yup, you guessed that right. The no retouch, gym test!
The 1st photo on the left is Maybelline FIT Me Foundation unretouched at around 6pm and the one on the left is after an hour of rigorous Cardio activity :) I think that the oiliness (this is not next to godliness. lol) is acceptable considering that this is not a full a coverage foundation.

Excuse the lighter face as compared to the neck, both photos were taken with a flash. Since this foundation contains SPF 18, do expect a flashback.

Like with all products and eventhough I may have showered this product review with a lot of superlatives, the fact that Maybelline's FIT Me Foundation doesn't have all its oolours in Dubai could be its biggest let down. Their darkest shade is 315 (my shade)

Over all, I have to say that Maybelline's FIT Me Foundation is a definite beauty buy and for the amount that you have to pay, it doesn't only fit your beauty requirements but budget requirements as well. :)

Monday, January 7, 2013

BEAUTY RESOLUTIONS 2013

Hello Everyone! I hope that you all had an amazing holiday break and an even more beautiful way to welcome 2013. :)

One of my resolutions is to post more regularly and let me start that with some of my Beauty Resolutions for 2013 :)

BEAUTY RESOLUTION ONE
LOVE YOUR SKIN AND IT WILL LOVE YOU BACK.
IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY OR TOO LATE TO START INVESTING IN GOOD SKIN CARE PRODUCTS AND INCORPORATING A SKIN CARE ROUTINE IN YOUR LIFE. 
IT MAY TAKE SOME TIME AWAY FROM YOUR SNOOZE TIME BUT BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY THAT IT WILL BE WORTH IT.

WHEN I SAY INVEST IN PRODUCTS, I DO NOT NECESSARILY MEAN EXPENSIVE, THEY JUST HAVE TO WORK FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE.

NEVER EVER FORGET TO REMOVE YOUR MAKE UP. I HAVE BIODERMA AND LUSH'S ORCHID OIL LOTION BUT WHEN I AM ABSOLUTELY TIRED I REACH OUT FOR MY BABY WIPES. IT IS FAST AND EASY AND IT DOES.

MY SKIN CARE ROUTINE IS PRETTY SIMPLE. I FIND THAT MY SKIN WORKS WELL WITH THESE 3 CLEANSERS.
1. CETAPHIL
2. DERMALOGICA'S SPECIAL CLEANSING GEL
3. DERMALOGICA'S CLEAN START CLEANSER (WHEN MY SKIN IS MOODY)

I ONLY TONE WITH DERMALOGICA'S CLEAN START TONER.

NOW, THE ONLY PART WHERE IT GETS TRICKY IS THE MOISTURISING PART. I USE A LIGHTER MOISTURISER DURING THE DAY AND MOST OF THE TIME I ONLY APPLY IT ON AREAS WHERE I FEEL I NEED IT.
DURING THE DAY I MAY USE CETAPHIL'S MOISTURISER OR I USE DERMALOGICA'S AGE SMART SUPER RICH MOISTURISER.

AT NIGHT ALSO USE DERMALOGICA'S AGE SMART SERUM.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I STRESS ON THE MOST IS THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING CARE OF YOUR UNDER EYE AREA. 

FOR MY UNDER EYE AREA, I USE TWO PRODUCTS. IN THE MORNING I SWEAR BY GARNIER'S EYE ROLL ON AND AT NIGHT I USE A MORE POTENT EYE CREAM LIKE DERMALOGICA'S AGE SMART EYE REPAIR.

BEAUTY RESOLUTION TWO
TAKE THE TIME CHOOSE YOUR FACE PRODUCTS.
WHEN YOU ARE BUYING YOUR FOUNDATION, CONCEALER AND FACE POWDER, TAKE ALL THE TIME YOU NEED. 

DON'T EVER FEEL COMPELLED TO BUY THE PRODUCTS IMMEDIATELY. TEST IT ON YOUR JAW LINE, WALK AROUND THE MALL AND SEE IF IT DISAPPEARS ON YOUR SKIN. MAKE SURE TO CHECK IT WHEN YOU ARE OUTDOORS.

BEAUTY RESOLUTION THREE
MASTER THE ART OF THE VAVAVOOM HAIR.

I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THE VAVAVOOM HAIR EVER SINCE I DISCOVERED CINDY CRAWFORD! AND ME AND MY VELCRO ROLLERS HAVE BEEN INSEPARABLE! LOL!

I HAVE BEEN AVOIDING HEATED TOOLS TO STYLE MY HAIR SO IT IS BASICALLY JUST A BODIFYING MOUSSE FOR ME AND A HAIR DRYER WITH A DIFFUSER AND MY EVER RELIABLE SET OF VELCRO ROLLERS.

BEAUTY RESOLUTION FOUR
DRUGSTORE MAKE UP IS YOUR BESTFRIEND.

2012 WAS AN EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD YEAR FOR A LOT OF DRUGSTORE BRANDS AND I AM SURE THAT 2013 WILL GIVE ME MORE PRODUCTS TO RAVE ABOUT.

FOR THIS LOOK, I USED NYX COSMETICS' BOHEMIAN CHIC PALETTE. YOU WILL IN ALL OF THE PHOTOS THAT THE EYE SHADOW COLOUR IS VERY PIGMENTED AND I DID NOT EVE USE AN EYE PRIMER.

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE EYE LINER, WHICH IS MAC'S TEDDY, THE MASCARA IS ALSO A DRUGSTORE BRAND, MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE, ONE BY ONE VOLUME EXPRESS FROM MAYBELLINE.

BEAUTY RESOLUTION FIVE
BE YOUR OWN MAKE UP ARTIST. INVEST IN GOOD BRUSHES.
AS A MAKE UP ARTIST, ALL THE LOOKS THAT I HAVE DONE WILL NEVER BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT MY TOOLS.

IT IS NOT BECAUSE THESE ARE MY BRUSHES, HOWEVER, I KNOW THAT MY WOMAN BY ANNA BRUSHES ARE AMAZING! MY TRAIN CASE IS NEVER WITHOUT IT AND I ALSO HAVE MY PERSONAL SET THAT I TAKE WITH ME.

BEAUTY RESOLUTION SIX
CURL YOUR LASHES.

THIS IS A COMMON MISTAKE THAT WOMEN MAKE. THEY APPLY MASCARA BUT TOTALLY FORGET ABOUT CURLING THEIR LASHES. THIS, INSTEAD OF OPENING UP YOUR EYES CLOSES THEM FURTHER.

CURL YOUR LASHES, SEPARATE THEM WITH A LASH COMB AND THEN APPLY ONE MORE COAT. :) THIS TRICK SHOULD MAKE YOUR EYES THE CENTRE OF ATTENTION. :)

BEAUTY RESOLUTION SEVEN
DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE BEAUTIFUL, BOLD LIP.

SOME WOMEN ARE CREATURES OF HABIT. THEY MELT INTO THEIR BEAUTY COMFORT ZONE AND MOST OFTEN THAN NOT THEY BECOME AFRAID TO TRY DIFFERENT THINGS. ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT THEY BECOME AFRAID OF IS THE BOLD LIP.

THERE ARE SOOO MANY BEAUTIFUL BOLD LIP COLORS AVAILABLE AND IF YOU CAN SEE HERE, I AM  NOT WEARING THE CLASSIC RED BUT MORE OF A FUSCHIA COLOURED LIPPY

BEAUTY RESOLUTION 8
SMILE MORE OFTEN. IT IS GOOD FOR YOU.