Monday, December 09, 2013

REVIEW:: Apivita Express Beauty with Propolis

Happy Monday guys!

Apivita is a greek brand that focuses on using natural ingredients (all products contain between 80 - 100% natural ingredients). Apivita in Latin means "life of a bee" and the honey bee and the bee colony is one of Apivita's main inspirations. They have their own bee farm in which they harvest  natural bee ingredients including honey, royal jelly and propolis (that are free of pesticides and chemical residues) to be used in their skincare range. 

Apivita is extremely famous for their range of masks and due to their founding focus on bees - I was naturally very excited to try out their express beauty with propolis.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Eve Lom Cleanser:: Thoughts and Review

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend! 

I have acquired the infamous Eve Lom cleanser a few months back from but did not have the chance to test it out. Cleansing is a very important step in my skincare regime and honestly, I was a bit skeptical as to how one single cleanser can properly cleanse my skin as well as remove all traces of makeup. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

EMPTIES:: September and October edition with Lancome, Fresh, Kiehls andmore!

How fast has October flown by? It's that time of the month to share my empties again (I know I missed September, oops!)

I've managed to run through quite a bit of hair care and first up - Kiehl's Amino Acid Shampoo. I've heard great things about the shampoo but it really didn't do much for my hair. It was quite difficult to spread through my hair and 500ml ran out really quickly for this reason. I did like that it was made with botanical ingredients and do not contain the nasty stuff (parabens and whatnot) but seeing as there are plenty of alternatives, I probably won't repurchase this. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Dynamic Duo:: Biore Makeup Remover


Happy Friday everyone!  My facialist have been giving me grief for using an oil-based make up remover and have attributed my constant problems with little whiteheads and clogged pores to my previous holy grail make up remover, the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil.

I know a lot of you use the Shu Uemura as a make up remover, however, although it is the one-step no fuss make up remover that gets rid of everything, my facialist is of the opinion that as it is oil-based, you need to completely emulsify the oil in order to ensure that no residue is left on your face and she believes that even with double-cleansing, if oil is not emulsified properly, it may lead to clogged pores. However, I still love the Shu Uemura to date and use it whenever I am travelling and when I get home really late at night.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ellis Faas: Ellis Eyes Eyeshadow Review in Photos

 Happy Wednesday everyone! I have been back from Australia for a week now and of course, I owe a (or many) blog post(s) on my purchases over there. As Ellis Faas is one of the premium make-up brands not yet offered in Hong Kong, I picked up two of their eyeshadows in Melbourne (AUD52 each) and the colour is so pigmented and gorgeous that I had to try really hard to not pick up a 3rd and 4th.

The packaging of all Ellis Faas products (save for their powder and liquid foundation) comes in a steel-like bullet shaped pen, which I adore. Other than being sleek, it is very travel friendly - Ellis Faas even provides a pen holder (genius!) for you to hold up to 6 items (take your pick from their lipsticks, concealer, eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner) with their Skin Veil Foundation SPF15 (to fit in the middle compartment) as the size is slightly fatter than the bullets and also their powder (to bit fitted at the bottom).

Thursday, October 10, 2013

REVIEW: Lancome Visionnaire Yeux and Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector


Happy Wednesday from Melbourne everyone! I was very excited when Lancome released the Visionnaire Yeux along with their Visionnaire line and just had to purchase it just because the Visionnaire Advanced Corrector worked like miracle on my skin and I had high hopes for Visionnaire's formula to work just as well on my problematic eye area. 

Before that, let's talk about why I love the Visionnaire formula so much.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Gym attire ft. Lululemon and Nike!

Hello all from Melbourne! This particular post has been something that was on my mind for a while but my work simply didn't allow any time for me to post anything for the past 2 weeks - sorry for that!

So I admit that I am a little gym freak, I go to the gym at any period of time I can - I actually started off with Yoga, and moved into working out at the gym, and now I have worked my work out schedule so that the two just complement each other.

I have recently bought this "Sweat Happy" tank from Blogilates. For those of you who don't know, Cassie is an amazing qualified instructor in Pilates and all sorts of things and produces short work out videos on her YouTube channel, Blogilates. This tank is also created and designed by Cassie, and you may check it out in the link below!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

REVIEW: Top Beauty Picks Part IV - Mascara Products featuring Shu Uemura and more!

Finally, here is the last part of my top beauty picks series (for eyebrow products, I will blog about it separately with a description of how I apply it.) 

Heroine Make is a Japanese drugstore brand that is again, easily accessible in Hong Kong via stores such as Sasa and possibly Bonjour. One side of the mascara brush (the stumpy, almost flat side) is used for depositing the product on the roots of your lashes and the other side (with the bristles) is used to quickly brush your lashes upwards in a slightly zig-zag motion to spread the products. 

The Heroine Make mascara has a relatively dry formula, which is perfect for thin Asian lashes like mine as it means that the formula will not weigh down the curl of my lashes. It also holds the curl for over 24 hours (yes - I have tried this for over 24 hours). This mascara has quickly become my holy grail mascara.

My short, sparse and straight Asian lashes without mascara

The Shu Uemura eyelash curler is the best and only eyelash curler I've used since I discovered it during my senior high years. The curvature is perfect for my eyes and it manages to get every single lash in a single use. 

Left:: Curled with Shu Uemura lash curler || Right: One coat of Heroine Make mascara in Black

You can just see the dramatic difference just one coat makes. I have tried many Japanese drugstore mascaras previously and the lengthening ones are all fibre-based, which is a huge problem as the fibres fall all over my face and pokes my contacts during the day. This one however, lengthens my lashes without any falling fibre problems (not sure if it's fibre-based?).  

The side of the brush used for depositing product onto the roots of the eyelash also slightly lines my inner water line, defining my eyes without the need to apply any eyeliner. 

All in all, the Shu Uemura eyelash curler and Heroine Make mascara in Black are both products that gives me the quick fix I need before I rush off into the crazy corporate finance world every morning. 

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Monday, September 09, 2013

How to get Korean eyebrows?

Has anyone noticed that the brows of Korean celebrities are all pretty much the same? Not only does a straighter, fuller brow give a more youthful look, but it is also particularly suitable for people with long faces. An arched brow may not suit those with long faces or high cheekbones as it elongates the face, making it appear harsher. 

I personally have a long, heart shaped face and sparse grey eyebrows. If I had to choose one makeup product to live with for the rest of my life, it would probably be my eyebrow pencil. 

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

REVIEW:: Cle de Peau Silky Cream Foundation

An amazing friend got this incredibly expensive foundation for me as a birthday gift when I couldn't stop talking about it after trying a sample that came with my purchase of CdP's eyebrow pencil. Cle de Peau is a premium cosmetics brand under Shiseido and I have honestly never purchased either skincare or makeup at this price range to date. 

Saturday, August 31, 2013

EMPTIES:: August with SKII, Jurlique and more!

Hi guys! To be honest, I don't usually use up a lot of make-up OR skincare as I usually find something else I start using before I finish up anything...(not the best for my poor wallet). However, I have recently cleared up some skincare products.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

REVIEW: Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Complexion Correction Pads

I am one of the fortunate ones out there who don't usually have a lot of problems with my skin. However, I do maintain a rigorous skincare routine and when a friend went to the States for a holiday, she kindly brought this baby back for me. Peter Thomas Roth is a clinical skincare brand that most are familiar with. Unfortunately, only a very limited range of products are available for sale here in Hong Kong. I wanted to try these Gentle Complexion Correction Pads mainly for some hormonal acne that I get every month. 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

POSE - OOTD: Topshop in Black and White

On a hot summer day in Hong Kong, I decided to play with the crop top / high-waist bottom trend. A white crop top with lace detail and a beaded neckline and a high-waist side-slit (not sure what it's called?) maxi skirt. 

Please excuse the squinty eyes as it was a very sunny day! 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

REVIEW: Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

When a friend invited me to a Tatcha PR event, cocktails at MO bar in the Landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel, I jumped at the opportunity. Not only would it be my first time attending a skincare PR event, but I saw it as the perfect chance to learn more about a brand that I had heard of a bit before on YouTube but had never had much exposure to. 

The founder of Tatcha, Vicky Tsai, left her corporate career to study the beauty secrets of the Japanese geishas. She travelled to Kyoto, Japan, where she had a chance encounter with a modern day geisha. She discovered a two-hundred-year-old text containing the geishas' beauty rituals and secrets which led her to create Tatcha, a line of skincare products based on those timeless beauty rituals, harking back to the twilight of Japan's Edo period renaissance. All Tatcha products contain 3 key ingredients, red algae, rice bran and green tea. This special blend is patented as "HADASEI-3" and according to Tatcha, this bioactive complex is shown to improve the appearance of elasticity of the skin, moisturise the skin and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. 

We were each given a goodie bag at the event, tailored to our skin's needs, based on a quick skin analysis performed by Vicky Tsai herself. My goodie bag contained: aburatorigami japanese beauty papers (oil-blotting papers), the classic rice enzyme powder, the deep hydration lifting mask and the camellia nourishing lip balm. 

Having tested the classic rice enzyme powder several times, I'm in a good position to let you know my thoughts.

Packaging gets a big thumbs up. The push back mechanism of the jar keeps everything neat and tidy and you can easily control exactly how much powder you want to dispense. The recommended amount is half a teaspoon.

This rice enzyme powder acts as a gentle exfoliant - when mixed with water, it becomes a creamy foam that really quickly dissolves the dead skin cells on your face as you massage it on in circular motions. The powder is a blend of rice and papaya enzymes, conditioning pearl and Tatcha's signature "HADASEI-3" complex. This should be applied to a wet face. Be careful not to leave it on your face for over 10-20 seconds as it really does act fast and you don't want to overstimulate! After rinsing it off with water, your skin immediately feels extremely clean and smooth, almost to the point of being squeaky clean, but not so that your skin feels dried out. 

There are actually 3 different levels of rice enzyme powder in the Tatcha line - a gentle one for sensitive skin, this classic one for normal skin, and a deep one for active skin (i.e. acne-prone), so it's easy to find one that suits your skin type. Although I have acne-prone skin, I'm actually glad I was given the classic powder as I believe it's always better to go gentle on your skin rather than to dry it out too much (which, if you have naturally oily skin, will cause it to produce even more oil to compensate).

I like to use this exfoliator once or twice a week, followed by either one of my favourite masks - the Antipodes Aura Manuka Mask or the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. 

I can honestly say that this is the best exfoliator I've tried to date. Highly recommend! The only drawback is the steep price tag at US$65 (around HK$500) but I can see the jar lasting a long time.

Have you tried anything from Tatcha? What's your favourite exfoliant?


Monday, August 19, 2013

HAUL: Mini shopping spree from Sasa in Hong Kong

This is actually a belated post and I have already tried all three products on myself for about a week, so I will share a few of my first thoughts on these three products.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

HAUL: 3 Concept Eyes (3CE) Eyeliner

3 Concept Eyes (3CE) is a Korean cosmetics line under StyleNanda and was started in 2009. The product I naturally reached for was their eyeliners due to the infamous Korean clean eyeliner look that I love. The two products that I picked out was their black liquid eyeliner - Super Slim Pen Eye Liner in Black and their Creamy Water Proof Eye Liner in #10 Mojito. Here is both of them in action - 

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

POSE - OOTD: Work Fashion from Zara, Topshop and more!

We've been pretty focused on skincare and makeup so far on this blog and in order to not have you guys forget about the "Pose" element of PrimpPrimePose, I have decided to post an OOTD before Part IV of my Top Beauty Picks.

This post will be on work fashion! Some are not bothered to dress up for work because they feel grumpy, unmotivated and for all sorts of other reasons. For me, I love dressing nicely for work as feeling like you're looking nice actually keeps my spirits up and awake -  fellow Corporate Finance people, you'd know how important it is to stay awake!

The fashion posts that we will be posting here will usually be focused on high-street fashion that can look put together. For this post, I took pictures indoors (in my office, actually) as this is how the outfit would look in the office. As a fashion-related post, it will be picture-oriented, so without further ado, here goes!

Monday, August 05, 2013

REVIEW: Top Beauty Picks Part III - Lancome Artliner and Estee LauderDouble Wear

Part III: Eyeliner

Who doesn't love eyeliners? Yet, we have all had the most annoying encounters where our eyeliner smudges, giving us panda eyes without us knowing. I have tried numerous formulas of eyeliners (i.e. pencil/gel/liquid) with different brands (both drugstore and premium). I do not have particularly watery eyes, nor do I blink particularly hard, but somehow, nothing I have tried stays put on my waterline (other than liquid eyeliner but please do not use liquid eyeliner on your waterline!!!!)

Right now, my favourite combo must be the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil and the Lancome Artliner.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

REVIEW: Favourite Masks

One of my favourite ways to wind down after a long day is to treat my skin to a pampering mask. Being a beauty obsessive, I have tried a lot of different masks but have managed to whittle them down to my two favourites. Both of these masks work well for my oily, acne-prone skin.

1. Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

Antipodes is an organic skincare brand hailing from New Zealand. The brand first came onto my radar when Meg of lipssofacto blog started raving about their Juliette cleanser (which I've also tried - it's a good 'un!). Having read about the anti-bacterial properties of manuka honey and how it can work wonders for acne-prone skin, I couldn't resist popping this into my feelunique shopping basket and within a couple weeks it arrived on my doorstep!

This is a  deep-cleansing mask that provides a bucketload of hydration at the same time. Basically it's an all-rounder. The key ingredients are manuka honey, pohutukawa bloom, vanilla pod and mandarin. What stood out to me the most when I first smoothed this onto my face was the amaaaazing smell!! credits to the beautiful vanilla and mandarin mixture. The spa-like smell made me feel instantly relaxed and pampered.

Here's an extract from the Antipodes website:

A traditional remedy of New Zealand Maori people is antibacterial manuka honey, which powerfully draws moisture to your skin to hydrate it intensely. This facial mask delivers an intensely moisturising, cleansing and antioxidising treatment. It is the ultimate solution for spots and blemishes. Fragrances of vanilla pod and mandarin linger to bring peace and balance to your aura.

DAILY RITUAL: Smooth thick layers of this creamy mask over your face and neck twice weekly. Leave for 15 minutes then rinse with warm and pure water. Also ideal for treating spots and blemishes as they may arise. 

This mask leaves my skin feeling smooth, plumped and generally healthier looking. It also calms any angry pimples I have. Because of it's all-rounder properties, I tend to reach for this when my skin is looking a bit dull and needs a pick-me-up.
Left: Origins - much thicker texture; Right: Antipodes - more watery consistency
Both masks spread out - you can really see the difference in consistency here

2. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

This is the mask I reach for when my skin is oilier and more congested than usual - making it perfect for the hot and humid summers that we have here in Hong Kong. This is my second tube of the Origins charcoal mask and the almost empty state of the tube is a testament to just how much I love it! I've been a loyal user of this mask since my university days so it's been a good several years of regular use. 

Here's what Origins have to say about it:

When environmental toxins, dirt and debris get under your skin, its waste-filtering system gets jammed, pores get clogged, skin looks cloudy. Nature's complexion clean-up crew gets to the bottom of skins overcast condition and clears the way for it to act its best. Activated Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental toxins, Lecithin dissolves impurities. Without all that "stuff" down there, skin "breathes a sigh of relief."

HOW TO USE: Once a week or as often as needed, open pores with warm, moist towel and layer mask on. Allow to dry, rinse well. Watch your skin shake off the shroud of dullness and take on a new clarity.

Best for all skin types

Can I just say how much fun it is to use this mask? I've gotten many a kick out scaring family members and the boyfriend by popping out of nowhere with a black face and raccoon eyes. Very mature, I know...

This mask can be a bit challenging to remove due to its hardened texture once it's dried. My preferred removal method is with a wash cloth (i.e. face towel/flannel) dampened with warm water. This gives my skin a gentle exfoliation at the same time. 

To me, this is the ultimate deep-cleansing mask. The charcoal really sucks out all the impurities hidden under your skin, leaving your skin feeling thoroughly purified and fresh. There's really no comparison with other deep-cleansing masks I've tried in the past, such as the Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque and the Aveda Deep Cleansing Herbal Clay Masque. The Origins blows them all out of the water. I will continue to repurchase this - on to the third tube!

Warning: don't use this if you have a big night out or important event coming up the next day as you may be left with pimples that have come to the surface from all that charcoal action! Give it a couple days and your skin will look clear and fresh, guaranteed.

What are your favourite masks? Any recommendations for us?

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Monday, July 29, 2013

REVIEW: Top Beauty Picks Part II - Tom Ford Cheek Color and Chanel Joues Contraste

Part II - Blush:

Tom Ford Cheek Color in 02 Frantic Pink with Tom Ford Cheek Brush
Tom Ford Cheek Color comes in 6 flattering permanent shades and is by far the most excellent formula of blushes I have ever tried. I have a heart shaped face with high cheek bones, which means unlike most Asians, I do not contour but instead, focus on applying blusher to my cheek area, creating an illusion of a fuller cheek (otherwise - I'd look like Medusa). Frantic Pink is a very sheer, yet buildable baby pink. This is perfect for those of you who likes using one blusher for all occasions. It contains very slight shimmer and when applied, gives an illuminating touch similar to the effect of highlighters. I reach for my Tom Ford cheek brush for the application as it is very dense, picking up lots of product and allows the sheer pink to be easily applied to my cheeks. With that being said, this does not mean you cannot use the cheek brush if you'd like a sheerer wash of colour. Simply pick up some colour on your brush and use dabbing motions on your cheeks instead of circular motions for a light wash of colour. If you apply too much, turn over to the clean side of the brush and blend it out.  

The packaging of Tom Ford blushes is amazing. I am a very packaging-oriented person and packaging can push me to buy a product without thinking twice. The blush comes in a heavy bronze rectangular packaging with a gold front rim with Tom Ford embossed on it. It has a nice magnetic closure and also a little mirror when you open up the blush. The texture of Tom Ford's blushes are very soft and smooth. A comparable blush off the top of my head would be the Burberry's Light Glow Natural Blushes. Due to its lightness, Frantic Pink looks better on people with a lighter complexion (I vary from a Mac NC20 - 25) and Frantic Pink does not show up well (or become a little muddy) on my yellow skin tone. Most of my blushes are coral or have coral undertones but I love how long lasting Tom Ford cheek colours are - this lasts at least a good 10 hours on me without budging. I put this on as a base colour before layering my Chanel (below) on top so that my cheeks won't lose all colour at the end of a long day.
Chanel Joues Contraste in 65 Espiegle with Chanel Blush Brush
Many bloggers have raved and continue to rave about Chanel Joues Contraste blushes. I couldn't resist and jumped on the band wagon with of course, Espiegle, a sheer coral blusher. Espiegle contains golden flecks of shimmer that compliments the coral very well.

When applying this blusher alone (which is rare for me) I reach for my Tom Ford cheek brush. However, when layering it over Frantic Pink (above), I like using my Chanel Blush Brush for a wash of coral over the sheer pink. The Joues Contraste also comes with its own mini brush, though it does not perform great, it is perfect for travelling or short trips and situations where you don't want to bring a full size blush brush with you. The packaging of Chanel products are gorgeous in general and the Joues Contraste is no different. This comes in the standard Chanel black lacquered packaging with the CC logo in the middle. There is little button you press before the lid pops open and with it comes a mirror the size of the blush. 

The wear time of this blush however, is shockingly disappointing. I believe this blusher disappears off my face after about 4 hours and as I mentioned in my previous post, I do not reapply my makeup, so in this aspect, the Joues Contraste failed to impress. 

However, I give credit to how Chanel brought out an excellent range of blush colours. Espiegle is an extremely flattering, wearable coral. For all those who are afraid to try out coral blushes but still wants to nevertheless, this may be the choice for you. It is buildable, but I am not in love with doing that as it appears slightly powdery when built up. 

Left: Chanel Joues Contraste in 65 Espiegle / Right: Tom Ford Cheek Color in 02 Frantic Pink

Last but not least, both Tom Ford and Chanel are premium makeup brands and with it, again, comes a hefty price tag. The Tom Ford Cheek Color is HK$450 for 8 grams of product and the Chanel Joues Contraste I believe is actually more expensive at around HK$350(?) for only 4 grams of product. All in all, even though Tom Ford carries a steeper price tag, for the amount of product you are getting, it is definitely more worth it. I highly recommend the Tom Ford if you're not very familiar with cosmetics as you won't be confused with a large shade range available (only the permanent range is available in HK). If you're after a larger shade range however, the Joues Contraste may interest you more. 

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

REVIEW: Top Beauty Picks Part I - Giorgio Armani Master Corrector and Maestro Eraser

As I work crazy hours every week, I don't usually put a load of makeup during the week. My usual morning routine includes slapping on sunscreen as quickly as I can, put on under-eye concealer (with the little sleep I get, this step is NEVER SKIPPED), brows, light blusher if I happen to look like a vampire that morning, mascara if I remember, some setting powder and I'm out of the house within 20 minutes.  

As you can tell, when it comes to makeup application, I am probably as lazy as you can get. First, I hate reapplying makeup and never do it, so the products that have become my staples are all long-lasting and will not disappear off my face during any hot (32°C+), humid/rainy (90%+) summer day of Hong Kong. Second, I don't usually apply foundation or even a tinted moisturizer unless I need the extra coverage due to hormonal acne. I also do not often apply eyeshadow (even though I cannot seem to stop purchasing them) unless I am going out with friends at night.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

REVIEW: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15

The Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation with SPF 15 is one of Bobbi Brown's latest liquid foundation releases. It is marketed as a natural-looking and long-wearing (surprise surprise) foundation with an oil-free formula. This makes it ideally suited to oily/combination skin types. The make-up artist at the Bobbi Brown counter also explained that the foundation is gel-based, creating a barrier between your skin and the foundation, which is what makes it supposedly so long-lasting. 

This is what Bobbi Brown has to say about it on her website:

"Finally - a natural-looking and long-wearing foundation. Comfortable and hydrating, this medium to full coverage oil-free formula never looks cakey or masky. Glycerin and shea butter keep skin feeling moisturized while a gel base creates a lightweight finish that stays color-true. Lasts for up to 12 hours even in the most humid conditions. Protects skin from future damage thanks to broad spectrum SPF 15 with antioxidant vitamins C and E."

I picked up the shade "Warm Beige" (shade 3.5) and it's a perfect match for me. For reference, I am a MAC shade NC30 right now and generally in the summer, and  shade NC20/NC25 in the winter. 

As far as packaging goes, I couldn't be happier. The frosted glass bottle looks elegant but still simple and chic, and the pump dispenser works very well, allowing you to control exactly how much foundation you want to pump out. Generally, I use 1.5 pumps to cover my entire face. So far, I've only tried applying it with my fingers and it works perfectly well this way.

Some background on my skin, I have pretty oily skin and it is very acne-prone. I also have quite large pores on my cheeks (yikes!). My ideal foundation is something that is medium to full coverage, and oil-free. It's also very important to me that my skin still looks like skin and not caked with make-up. 

So, after over a month of daily use, here's my verdict on the foundation:

- excellent at evening out redness, providing a very even skin tone and finish
- feels weightless on the skin
- looks like real skin (as you can see in the picture above, you can't even detect it on my hand once it's blended in)
- doesn't cause any breakouts 
- comes in a wide range of shades (20!)

- starts to fade after about 6 hours, meaning that my acne-scars start to show through the foundation, requiring some touch-up (which I'm usually too lazy to do!)
- the hefty price tag (HK$420)

Lastly, I can't say much about the moisturising claims, as I've never had any issues with dryness. This is something that will have to be tested by someone with a drier skin type. However, I can say that the foundation has never made my skin drier than it normally is. 

Overall, a solid foundation especially if you have oily, acne-prone skin. To prolong the wear of this foundation, I would suggest using a primer underneath. I found that it lasted much longer on my skin when I layered it on top of the BareMinerals Prime Time foundation primer.

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REVIEW: Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturizing Cleanser vs Hada Labo AHA + BHA Mild Foaming Cleanser


First, let's talk about the Jurlique. Many of you will be familiar with Jurlique. Jurlique is an Australian skincare brand that has been developing biodynamic beauty products since 1985 - meaning that their ingredients mostly come from plant extracts. Jurlique has a herb farm in Adelaide, Australia where they use organic and sustainable methods to farm and harvest the ingredients they require for their products, including rose, lavender and calendula. For the people who love their botanical, organic products, Jurlique may well be a brand worth considering.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Welcome to PrimpPrimePose!

Hello internet friends. Thank you for stumbling across PrimpPrimePose and a very warm welcome to you all! 

So, a little about ourselves. There are two of us running this blog: Vivian and Stephanie. We have common passion for all things related to make-up, skincare and fashion! Living in a hectic and bustling city like Hong Kong means that our skin is constantly suffering from the effects of stress and pollution, which is exactly why we need to pamper ourselves to keep in tip-top form. 

We decided to start this blog to serve as a platform for us to share our thoughts and opinions on recent purchases and trends, as well as to recommend products we feel are worth spending your hard-earned cash on. We love to treat ourselves and with this blog, we'll be able to share our treats with all of you out there :)

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