Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Achiote, I Could Not Find Any Reason Not To Love This Blush

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush is one of the highly raved blusher among the makeup junkies and I finally get my hands on it. YAY! Tarte has hit into Sephora Malaysia stores since November 2013 and I really wonder why many would love this blusher. Now I get my hands on it and I’m a happy girl that been using it for 2 weeks.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Achiote‘A long-wearing, supremely soft blush infused with Amazonian clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun.

Product Performance: This 12-hour blush universally benefits all skin types for a fade-free, flawless finish in shades ranging from soft to vivid and matte to shimmer to suit a wide variety of skin tones.

Powered By: Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place while also hydrating the skin naturally to restore moisture, reducing the appearance of dry, flaky skin.’

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Achiote 2

Tarte designs is usually more towards the nature where you could see vines, leaves or wood elements. For the blush, the case is designated round with spiral vines and leaves on the front of the case. The casing is made of plastic yet sturdy.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Achiote Open

It’s a flip open case with full length mirror and the blusher is imprint nature motives including the name of Tarte.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Achiote Close Up

A closer look to the imprint on the blusher. Whenever there is imprint on any makeup, it’s hard for me to put myself to use it because they look pretty! The shade does look dark from the pan but always keep in mind, less is better.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Achiote Swatch

The shade that I have here is called Achiote, it’s rose color with orange undertone. Almost like an apricot color but redder. Though from the pan, it may look dark but it is not as it seems.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Achiote Application

I would normally apply the blusher with makeup brush and I prefer to have light blush. I apply this by swirling my brush onto the blusher, gently pat in the middle of my cheeks with a smile and blend them in. Because I have oblong face, I tend to blend the blusher vertically across to shorten my facial feature.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Achiote Before & After

I applied light handed and it’s good enough to make me blush. The before and after might not seem dramatic but I’m able to noticed that the blush can be blended effortlessly and looks natural on me.

Ingredients: Talc, zinc stearate, polyethylene, tricaprylin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cera alba/beeswax/cire d’abeille, PEG-150 distearate, lanolin, laureth-4, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, bixa orellana seed oil, kaolin, polysorbate 20, chlorphenesin, tetrasodium EDTA, potassium sorbate. May Contain/Peut Contenir: Bismuth oxychloride (CI 77163), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), red 7 lake (CI 15850), red 27 (CI 45410), manganese violet (CI 77742), red 6 (CI 15850), ultramarines (CI 77007).

Above all…

I could understand why this blush is highly raved. It is well pigmented that when it comes to applying and blending, it felt so easy and effortless. There is no need to swirl the brush over the pan as much. The blush appears so natural on the skin because it doesn’t look chalky and as though I’m naturally blushing. It gives a matte and soft finish, great for all skin types. I have yet to hear it for 12 hours but I could say that it lasted very well throughout 9 hours. I could not find any reason not to love this blush.

Price: TBC

Weight: 5.6 grams / 0.2oz

Availability: Sephora

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PROs:

  • Easy to apply and blend
  • Well pigmented, less is more
  • Look natural, not chalky
  • Matte and soft finish
  • Last for 9 hours

CONs:

  • None

My Rating: 5/5

 

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

Review: Boscia BB Cream Light Broad Spectrum SPF27 Gives Dewy and Radiant Finish Keeping Skin Hydrated Up To 9 Hours

This is my first time trying Boscia products and it would be Boscia BB Cream Light Broad Spectrum SPF27. If you follow me for some time, you’ll notice that its hard for me to pick a good BB cream. Therefore, I can be quite picky.

Boscia  BB Cream Light Broad Spectrum SPF27

This one-step wonder creates a lustrous, flawless finish as it hydrates, firms, and soothes the skin. Helps diminish the
appearance of pores, fine lines, and uneven skin tone while providing long-wearing, natural coverage that conceals
imperfections. A self-adjusting shade formulated for all skin types.

BB Creams

  • BB Creams first became popular in Asia as anti-aging skin care products that provide buildable coverage and a polished finish
  • “Blemish Balms” or “Beauty Balms” flawlessly cover while treating “blemishes” (or, skin imperfections) like lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and visible pores
  • The boscia BB Cream also color corrects by diminishing and preventing discoloration, dark spots, and dullness

Abyssine 657 (Alteromonas Ferment Extract) (“a’-biss-SEEN”)

  • A naturally derived survivor molecule from sea algae that helps defend skin from free radical damage as it helps to restore damaged skin
  • Helps reinforce skin’s natural defense mechanisms against external aggressors
  • Provides exceptional soothing benefits

Boscia  BB Cream Light Broad Spectrum SPF27 2

The BB cream comes in a squeeze tube with white background and ocean waves designs. One of the reason that I chose to try this is because it is formulated light and oil free with SPF. Of course, I have my doubts earlier if this would turn out grey or oxidize on me.

Boscia  BB Cream Light Broad Spectrum SPF27 Tube

The BB cream dispenses by the pointy end where gives a much cleaner way to squeeze the product out and to avoid wastage. To a certain point, I could squeeze the BB cream directly to my face before blending it with brush or sponge and there was no contact with my hands.

Boscia  BB Cream Light Broad Spectrum SPF27 Swatch

Just from the swatch itself, I am able to tell that it could be quite light for my skin. The shade doesn’t turn out grey-ish like how some would and I’m surprise to notice after blending that it has some fine glitters. You could see quite a bit at the center of my lower hand.

Boscia  BB Cream Light Broad Spectrum SPF27 Ingredients

This BB cream is preservative, artificial fragrance, color, gluten and alcohol free. The active ingredients in this BB cream would be titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which serves the purpose as a sunscreen.

Boscia  BB Cream Light Broad Spectrum SPF27 Application

The BB cream is a shade too light for my skin but I am to counter it with a darker foundation powder. Normally, I would blend the BB cream with a brush or sponge. I have been using it for more than week now and I do find that it is easy to blend with either tools. I would try to avoid blending it with fingers to keep them clean.

Boscia  BB Cream Light Broad Spectrum SPF27 Before & After

Here is a before and after, from here you are able to tell how well the coverage of the BB cream is. In my opinion, 1 layer of the BB cream gives a medium coverage. You could also tell how well the coverage does especially around my eye area. Since the shade is a little too light for my skin, I tend not to double layer as I’m afraid I could appear ghostly with over the top BB cream. Though it is light, throughout the time I do notice that it doesn’t seem so bright as it adjusts slightly to my skin shade but not as much.

The BB cream doesn’t appear too grey and after blending the fine glitters is not as visible but it does show in selective areas such as my forehead. It is quite hydrating and gives a dewy finish to my skin.

Boscia  BB Cream Light Broad Spectrum SPF27 Before & After Powder

I would definitely set the BB cream with powder and I chose a foundation powder that is slightly darker to darken the light BB cream.

 Above all…

Despite the shade, I quite like Boscia BB Cream Light Broad Spectrum SPF27 because of it’s light weight formula, easy to blend and kept my skin hydrated pretty well especially when I spend long hours in air conditioning. The backlash from this BB cream is that it doesn’t control oil whereby my face oil began to seep through after the second or third  hour after applying it. Blotting it was still fine that the coverage remained well up to 9 hours. There are times I wish that the finishing of the BB cream is my skin because it finishes off bright and radiant. I would recommend this BB cream for normal to combination skin types.

Price: TBC

Weight: 50grams / 1.75fl.oz

Availability: Sephora

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PROs:

  • Light weight formula
  • Dewy and radiant finish
  • Easy to blend
  • Keeps skin hydrated up to 9 hours
  • Lasting coverage up to 9 hours

CONs:

  • Doesn’t have oil controlling properties
  • Has fine glitters

My Rating: 4.7/5

 

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

Bae Suzy 424 Facial Cleansing Technique

Over the weekend, I was catching up on Running Man series and couldn’t help to notice how Bae Suzy has such a beautiful complexion. She debuted in a Korean girls group called Miss A, she came as a guest in Running Man for a couple of times and her beauty is very much admired.

Bae Suzy Running Man 173

Image Courtesy of KOFAN

At one point it caught my eye for her beauty where she woke up from her slumber without makeup. From thereon, I was searching out for her skincare routine and found a very interesting way to cleanse her skin. It is the 424 technique, what about it?

This technique was shared around for sometime ago. I managed to find this from Youtube and it’s more of a compilation of still images of the video. I tried to look for the original video but wasn’t able to look for it. Couldn’t deny that she has a very beautiful skin canvas to begin with and the 424 technique is definitely interesting where the practice is very kind and gentle to the skin. Basically here is what she is practicing,

  • 4 minutes of massaging cleansing oil to remove makeup and impurities.
  • 2 minutes of using facial cleansing foam where it has lathered properly.
  • 4 minutes of rinsing of warm water then cold water to shrink pores.

To use 10 minutes to cleanse face may sound ridiculous but there is no harm to try. I’m trying to keep this as a practice for myself at the end of the day when I have my shower. It is not easy to remind myself to apply the 424 technique but I will try to keep positive as this could possibly benefit my skin. It has been a few days and I have not seen much difference but I believe this is a long term practice. Of course, I wouldn’t expect the outcome to have Suzy’s skin but then again, no harm in trying. Share with me, would you try this technique?

 

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

My Burberry Taking It’s Lead From It’s Iconic Trench Coat, A New Fragrance for Women

Don’t you just like the scent of the rain or dew in the garden, it brings out the liveliness and freshness of the grass and flowers. This scent is made possible with a tinge of sweetness to bring lovable memories along the way. It’s My Burberry, a new women fragrance that has just recently made their launch and currently made their way in Concourse Suria KLCC.

My Burberry Launch

Discover the new exclusive fragrance from Burberry at Suria KLCC from 9 – 15 October 2014 to showcase My Burberry alongside with Nude Glow Makeup Collection to coincide with the fragrance.

My Burberry Launch 2

Cara Delevinge and Kate Moss will be the face of My Burberry as they portrays individualism, optimism and distinctive characters as recapitulated in My Burberry and the fragrance recognizes no age constraint. The bottle and fragrance brings every elements of Burberry into one.

My Burberry

My Burberry was created by Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Bailey in collaboration with perfumer Francis Kurkdjian.Francis is renowned in the world of perfumery having worked in the industry for over 20 years. My Burberry was to be a timeless yet contemporary fragrance representing the legacy of the Burberry brand. The partnership with Burberry was a natural choice for both Francis and the brand.’

My Burberry fragrance carries the scent of London garden after the rain bringing the grand floral fragrance of confidence, elegance yet discreet in typical British way. My Burberry is a bright grand floral fragrance that maintains its fresh floral scent through to the dry down.

Top Notes
Sweet pea and bergamot oil
The oil is sourced from Calabria in Italy and extracted
from the fresh rind by cold expression

Heart notes
Golden quince and freesia with a dash of geranium oil
The oil is sourced from Morocco and Egypt, extracted
from the plant by steam distillation

Base notes
Rose absolute and patchouli oil
The oil is sourced from Malaysia and Indonesia
and obtained by steam distillation

The bottle reflects on the same design principles and craftsmanship as the Burberry trench coat, fusing British innovation and heritage with a timeless modernity. Simple yet bold, made of smooth, tactile glass, the design is shaped to echo the folds and soft pleats of the Burberry trench coat.

The bold horn-finish cap reflects the distinctive hand-stitched buttons of the trench coat. Like natural horn, the material has colour variations, making each cap unique and each bottle a one-off.

Around the neck of the bottle is a hand-tied gabardine ribbon knot, the fabric at the heart of the trench coat. Invented by Thomas Burberry in 1879, the waterproof fabric revolutionised rainwear and continues to be woven in Yorkshire, England from superfine cotton.

The shape of the inner glass bottle has been molded to mirror from iconic trench coat pocket shape. Presented in a trench-coloured box. The interior is lined in gold and embossed with the iconic Burberry check design, a badge of origin for the brand since the 1920s.

The My Burberry juice is reminiscent of the signature honey shade, one of the three colours used in the brand’s Heritage Trench Coat collection and synonymous with the trench coats worn by Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne in the My Burberry campaign.

SPECIALS* Personalized Monogram on My Burberry

Exclusively for the launch at Suria KLCC, you are able to get your bottle of My Burberry (90ml) monogram with your choice of 3 alphabets initials as you will be shared to discover the exclusivity of the fragrance and bottle designation of My Burberry on their iPad station.

The Makeup Look: Nude Glow

Nude Glow is an effortless look created to celebrate the launch of My Burberry. Designed for all skin tones, it is inspired by the iconic trench coat. Individual beauty is personalized with luminous, subtle hues from the Burberry palette. Skin glows with health, cheeks are softly warmed, eyes are defined with trench shades that can be intensified for evening. Lips are nude in a choice of finishes, nails feature a timeless Nude Beige.

I came to the event with light BB cream with brows done, eyeliner and mascara. Given with warm welcome, I was ushered to get a makeover to experience the Nude Glow Makeup Collection.

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance No.01

Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance No.01

A base that brings out skin radiance and treats the skin with hydration. The fluid base can be seen pearlescent but once blended it gives a very decent glow to the skin.

Burberry Light Glow in Earthy Blush No.07

Light Glow in Earthy Blush No.07

A blush with earthy brown shade that can be applied lightly as blusher or apply at the hollows of the cheek for subtle contour.

Burberry Complete Eye Palette Mocha No.02

Complete Eye Palette Mocha No.02

The palette comes with four shades combining dark brown, mauve, gold taupe and gold copper. I apologise for forgetting to snap a photo of the palette, basically the eye shadow placements in diagonal imprint with Burberry iconic checkered design.

Burberry Effortless Mascara in Midnight Brown No.02

Effortless Mascara in Midnight Brown No.02

This versatile mascara contains marine plant glycogen that accelerates fibre growth and strengthens the lashes, whilst providing effortless definition. A protective film forms on the surface of the lash and shields against humidity, rain and heat.

Burberry Lip Cover in Nude Rose No.25

Lip Cover in Nude Rose No.25

The lightweight combination of nourishing oils and gel dispersed pigment ensures intense moisture and long lasting colour. Burberry Lip Cover contains anti-aging ceramides for fuller lip definition

Nude Beige No.100

Formulated with patent-pending technology, Burberry Nail Polish has a protective and long-lasting high-gloss finish with accelerated drying and hardening times. The formula contains strengthening and moisturising elements, including antioxidant pro-vitamin B5 and myrrh extract, to help protect and care for nails and prevent breakages. Effortless application is guaranteed with a high-precision rounded-end brush design.

Burberry Nail polish in Nude Beige No.100

I managed to get the express manicure and I loved the shade so much. Indeed it is nude, so subtle just like the color of the trench coat and I have opted with Dark Bottle Green on my ring finger. This is the second day I have the nail polish and it has chipped but that is because of the things I do.

Burberry Nude Glow Makeup Collection Look

Here is the finished look from the Nude Glow Makeup Collection. I chose another lip color which Pink Appricot and I’m already in love with the eye shadow shades that they look so classy and sophisticated without being overly done.

My Burberry will be available at Concourse Suria KLCC from 9 – 15 October, Sephora and exclusively in Isetan KLCC. My Burberry comes in 3 sizes and prices are as follows;

  • My Burberry EDP 90ml – MYR 465
  • My Burberry EDP 50ml – MYR315
  • My Burberry EDP 30ml – MYR205

 

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh