When I was in Japan this past winter, I specifically wanted to find some complexion products with high SPF. The year prior, I had tried a little complexion set from Naturaglacé with sample sizes in it, and I’d found that the products seemed really solid. So when I found this year that the brand had a whole new display at Tokyu Hands with an expanded product range (at least compared to what I’d previously seen) and completely new packaging design, I spent some time with the testers and purchased the Moist BB Cream with SPF 43/PA+++ (¥2800 or about $25 for 30g) and Emollient Cream Foundation with SPF 39/PA+++ (¥4800 or about $43 for 27g).
I don’t round up favorite products on a regular basis except for at the end of the year, so this is my chance to put some of my reviews in perspective and talk about the stuff that really stood out to me. I’m highlighting some skincare and some makeup that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and span a wide range of price points. And I have to get this up and out there before I start talking about all of the newstuff I’ve bought for myself this winter and will be trying in 2018, so let’s go!
It’s time for me to talk about the It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact serum foundation because I’m reaching a point where I’m almost out of it. I was given this as a gift in the shade Fair for my birthday in July and have since been reaching for it regularly. It makes a really great day-to-day foundation because of it’s lighter coverage and high SPF, and it also travels well because it’s a cream in a compact, not a liquid.
Over the past couple of weeks I happened to be waiting for an interesting Sephora gift with purchase offer to arrive in my inbox before submitting an order, and Sephora just happened to suddenly launch the new Fenty Beauty line and released a gift offer for the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation at the same time. I jumped on it and got this nice sample bottle of the foundation in shade 150 to try out. The Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation advertises a lot with its name―long-wearing, imperfection-blurring, matte finish―and it’s available in a staggering range of 40 shades.
Milk Makeup is a relatively new addition to Sephora, which is where I first learned of them, and they seem to be kind of polarizing. I understand that the brand’s look and feel isn’t for everyone, but I personally think their approach is very cool. They were born from the bicoastal LA and NYC-based Milk Studios and really highlight fresh and expressive makeup in formats designed for easy application. I bought the Sunshine Skin Tint during the springtime Sephora sale and honestly, I think it’s really fantastic. This is a luminous light coverage foundation that looks really nice and healthy on the skin, provides some sun protection, and comes in a funny click-pen rollerball tube.
YADAH Cosmetics is a brand I hadn’t heard of until recently, but I’m excited about the couple of products I’ve tried because they’re quite nice and very affordable. And how cute is the branding on the packaging? YADAH is a Korean cosmetics and skincare brand focused on gentle, hypoallergenic, and plant-based formulations, with products available on the BB Cosmetic website. I’ve been trying their Brightening Ampoule with niacinamide and Angel BB Cream with SPF 20/PA++.
Dr.Ci:Labo Enrich-Lift skincare: Cleansing Cream, Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel, UV & White SPF 50+, BB Perfect Cream SPF 40By Erin on February 12, 2017
When I was in Japan, one of the skincare bits I picked up was this little set from Dr.Ci:Labo that includes samples and minis of five different products. This has given me a chance to try out the Cleansing Cream EX, Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel EX, UV & White SPF 50+, and the BB Perfect Cream SPF 40, all from the Enrich-Lift product line. This is a doctor-developed brand focused on product efficacy and simplicity, formulated for all skin types including sensitive skin, and the products exclude fragrance, coloring, mineral oil, and parabens.
I really enjoy mineral powder foundation, but this product from Raul E New York may be the first liquid mineral foundation that I’ve tried. They call it the Liquid Powder Foundation, and it boasts a mineral complex of magnesium, potassium, sodium, and zinc chloride to help protect skin and complement a variety of complexions, plus vitamins A, C, and E. It’s oil-free, includes broad spectrum SPF 15, and is described as a self-setting cream-to-powder formula with a matte finish and medium to full coverage.
I’ve found myself reaching for the same base makeup products nearly everyday when I’m getting ready for work, many of which are affordable, and all of which have been working really well for me. Most of them have only been mentioned in passing on the blog, but deserve a little more attention. So, here are the primer and complexion basics, as well as a mascara, that I’ve been loving recently.
Over the past year, I did a lot of traveling, moved across the country, and got married, which sometimes got in the way of trying lots of new products. After quitting birth control last fall, I also spent much of the year struggling with new hormonal acne woes, which at times kept me from feeling super motivated when it came to certain kinds of experimentation. However, as I was going through all of the products I tried over the last year I was surprised at how easy it was to identify a bunch of standout products that made a big impact on me and became staples in my collection.