2 0 1 4 | | R E V I E W | | ÉTUDE HOUSE Sweet Recipe Baby Choux Base [☆/☆☆☆☆☆]

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ÉTUDE HOUSE Sweet Recipe Baby Choux Base

#03 Peach Choux SPF25, PA++

Price: CA $11.00

WHERE I BOUGHT IT: SM Mall, Manilla

WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE ONLINE: www.etudehouse.com

I found out about Étude House from my friends as well as many other beauty enthusiasts on the internet, and became super interested in the brand. The packaging it adorable, the price is affordable, and they even have a point system (or at least they did in this location) that gives you additional bonuses. I was starstruck when I entered the store and I wanted everything of course that’s impossible unless I wanted to be in debt. So I started with buying a base. The base said peaches, so I bought it such dubious logic, I know. However the one downside to this particular store is that there were barely any testers available, and this primer had absolutely none, so I had no idea what the consistency would be, what the colour was, or anything really. The only thing I knew was that it smelled like peaches.

Sadly, this was a miss for me. Like most of the Asian cosmetics this is a whitening base with a grey undertone, which I had never tried before, and I’m not really a fan so far. I’m brown with yellow undertones, and I don’t like looking paler that my actual skin tone. The grey undertones in the primer wash my face out completely, and I look like I slapped on some baby powder, but at least I can cover it up with my foundation. Though what frustrates me is that this base claimed to be “moist inside and soft smoothness on the outside“, and perhaps I misread this and assumed this to actually have moisture and be smoothing. It really isn’t. It clings to dry patches and kind of highlights them as well in certain instances, plus it doesn’t really make much of a good base because I find that my foundation can sometimes shift.

All in all the best things about this base is that it smells like peaches and it has good SPF (which was the only reason I even used it). I think this would best suit the paler ladies out there with normal skin because it’ll give that extra bit of SPF and if your skin is already good, it’s not gonna cling to dry patches.

2 0 1 4 | | R E V I E W | | BOBBI BROWN Sheer Finish Pressed Powder [☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆]

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BOBBI BROWN Sheer Finish Pressed Powder

Soft Sand 5

PRICE: CA $43.00

WHERE I PURCHASED IT: Duty Free Shop, Vancouver Airport

WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE ONLINE: www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com


I purchased this powder just before went I off to the Philippines in midst of Spring 2014. The Philippines, like most places that are located close to the ocean, is a very humid place. However I did not have the foresight to plan for this in regards to my cosmetic collection (clothing wise I was fine, toiletries were all set, but nooo not my makeup). On average I have dry to combination skin, but I knew that would change once I got to the Philippines (oil-combination skin was bound to happen). So I figured a good matte finishing powder was in order. So I hit up the duty free shops at checked out what they had to offer.

I have been wanting to try out BOBBI BROWN products for quite a while now (like 2 years actually) and I finally saw an opportunity to give it a shot. Although I wasn’t quite sure what to look for, so I asked for help from the sales associate on what would be best and what colour best suited my skin tone. She recommended Soft Sand and though at the time I thought it was the one best for me, looking back I think it would have been better to go a shade or two darker (perhaps with Warm Natural or Golden Orange since I did get darker). Nonetheless I settled with this powder and it did serve me well on those days out. But I didn’t get as much use out of it as I thought I would, mainly because I didn’t like wearing makeup because it was so frickin’ hot outside.

On the days that I did use it I can only say…it did the job. It mattified and even after I got my tan it still worked for me. However I don’t feel that it has really made a difference in my makeup routine. Case in point; I totally forgot about it until I started writing this blog post. But this is more than likely because I went back to my dry-combination skin after returning home, so it didn’t really serve any real purpose. Plus I tend to go for more of a glowing finish or dewy finish, rather than matte, so there’s that as well.

However for people with a more oily complexion this might be something that interests you! I can’t say for sure whether or not it will cling to dry patches though, because my skin was super good to me while I was in the Philippines, but I’ve heard from many beauty bloggers and beauty YouTuber’s that this item is great for oilier skin types.

2 0 1 4 M A Y || PHILIPPINES COSMESTICS HAUL

With the end of 2014 fast approaching unfortunately, I just wanted to reminisce about what was most memorable for me in the year, which for me was my trip to the Philippines. This had been my third time going, the first being in 2003 and the second being in 2010, I at least had a better idea of what to expect and what I wanted to experience this time around. But that will actually be for a much later blog, one that will probably be posted closer to the end of the year. This time around I will just be going over what I managed to bring with me back home, starting (of course) with the cosmetics.

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…as you can already tell most of this is from Étude House

{I also apologize in advance for the lighting in some of these photos I’ll probably retake some of them later}


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BOBBI BROWN Sheer Finish Pressed Powder

Soft Sand 5

PRICE: CA $43.00

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ÉTUDE HOUSE Sweet Recipe Baby Choux Base

#03 Peach Choux SPF25, PA++

Price: CA $11.00

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ÉTUDE HOUSE Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit

Sand Beige W15 SPF30, PA++

Price: CA $15.00

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ÉTUDE HOUSE Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit

Natural Beige W13 SPF30, PA++

Price: CA $15.00

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ÉTUDE HOUSE Color My Brows

1 Rich Brown

Price: CA $6.00

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ÉTUDE HOUSE Blotting Paper Pact

Price: CA $2.50

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ÉTUDE HOUSE Milky You

Baby Milk Water

Price: $10.00

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ÉTUDE HOUSE Makeup Bag

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ÉTUDE HOUSE Bunny Tail Ballpoint Pen

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NIVEA Extra Whitening Anti-Perspirent

48h Gentle Care

Price: CA $2.00

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2 0 1 4 | | R E V I E W | | ÉTUDE HOUSE Color My Brows [☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆]

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ÉTUDE HOUSE Color My Brows

1 Rich Brown

Price: $6.00

WHERE I PURCHASED IT: SM Mall, Manilla

WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE ONLINE: www.etudehouse.com

So I picked this up mainly because I love the look of bold brows on people, and I have been wanting to take up the trend myself. But I’m a bit tentative about it, because I’m not really used to seeing that type of look on my own face. So I thought I’d ease myself into it by just starting with a tinted brow gel, and I liked the look of this particular one when I tried it in store thankfully this did have a tester. So I took the plunge and got it. I have to say I do like the formula of the gel, but it only came in in limited shades (this being the darkest) and I find the brush a bit too long for my brows in particular. But I make it work. I definitely think this will suit brunettes and blonds with dark brown eyebrows, who want to keep their eyebrows in place.