Review: Too Faced’s Born This Way Foundation

I’m not usually  one to sport the statement eye makeup or bold bleeding lips, generally my statement makeup focus was always on the skin. This may seem bland and boring but honestly it’s super difficult to do! I’ve always desired to have that perfect makeup canvas, skin that’s firm, bouncy,  dewy and importantly  natural non I-have- loads-of-pore-clogging-foundation on type look. However, I’ve very rarely been able to sport the look described above. Instead, I’ve sported every thing else ranging from cakey/streaky face to mismatch foundation (especially looking a tad too orange or pale for my skin tone).

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation Review Ivory

It’s no secret that skincare plays a massive part in good skin, however selecting the right foundation can be just as pivotal (and possibly easier).  So that leads to this rather popular/ Instagram worthy foundation, Too Faced’s Born This Way Foundation. This foundation was highly raved about by one of my favourite youtuber, you may know her .. Liah Yoo. She loved this foundation so much she made a separate youtube video about it just to rave about it.  So I thought, ‘what the heck’ lets try this baby out!

Let the review begin !

Claims

So the fancy claims for Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (according to Sephora’s website):

Coverage:
✔ Full
✔ Medium

Skin type:
✔ Normal
✔ Dry
✔ Combination
✔ Oily

Finish:
✔ Radiant

What it is:
An oil-free, medium-to-full coverage, natural-looking, radiant foundation.

What it does:
Get full, undetectable coverage with Born This Way Foundation. It’s infused coconut water to help replenish the skin’s moisture levels without over hydrating. It’s also enriched the resilient Alpine rose to brighten your skin’s appearance and promote elasticity, while hyaluronic acid provides long-lasting, skin-balancing hydration for a smoother, more youthful appearance.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is vegan and cruelty-free.

 

Tinnie’s Verdict:

Too Faced Born This Way Review

Coverage: Medium- Full. Depending on how much product you use and whether or not you build it up, you can get a medium to full coverage with this foundation. I don’t like building it up too much however, because it makes me look more cakey and I want to look like I was born this way.

Texture: Creamy. The texture of this foundation is very different to what I’m used to. It’s  a lot thicker in consistency and is more cream like than any other foundation I’ve used before. It’s thicker consistency almost means that it doesn’t look as natural as my other watery foundations.

Born this way shade Ivory

Finish: Dewy but… The finish of the foundation is nice and dewy, a gentle pat of powder is probably all you’ll need if the finish is a tad too much for you. The finish is also very natural (if you don’t use too much product) and the formula is bendable (especially with a beauty blender damp or wet). However, as you can see, if you have a lot of fine lines and/or dry skin then this foundation will definitely accentuate it and make it a lot worse.

Longevity: 4-6 hours. This foundation looks great on my skin until the 4 hour mark, after that the sebum on my skin (even if I pat it down with powder) starts to separate the foundation making me look like a oily mess.

Shades: ~24 shades. I actually counted the amount of shades they had on the Sephora website and it looks like there’s about 24 shades! There’s bound to be a shade for anyone who’s interested! 🙂 I got mine in the shade ‘Ivory’ – a very yellow toned shade which looks a tad too warm on my arm but it covers my redness really well on my face! 😉

Price: Medium-High. At $57 AUD, it’s not too expensive but nor is it exactly cheap. However, paying this amount for a product from brands like Too Faced isn’t too bad at all.

Packaging: Good. The bottle is frosted and made of glass, its a tad heavy and may not be as travel friendly as we’ll like. However it does make a nice addition to the vanity table!

Repurchase? Probably not. I like this foundation enough to use it on most days of the week, however I’m still on the hunt for ‘the one’. Until then, I avoid repurchasing the same foundations if possible (just to save myself time and money).

Overall, if you’re after a foundation that will even out your skin tone and boost your complexion then this is the one. However, if you have dry skin  (or dry patches) then best to avoid this foundation as it may not do you any favours 😦 . For my fellow oily skin brothers and sisters out there, beware that the sebum can actually separate the foundation so look out after the 4 hour mark. Otherwise, if you’re just needing something for a nice little evening or event then look no further!

I hope you enjoyed the review and until next time,

Stay curious!

Tinnie

xoxo

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Review: Drunk Elephant’s Shaba Complex Eye Serum

Drunk Elephant's Shaba Complex Eye Serum Review

If eyes are the windows to the soul then your under-eye condition is the secret bearer of age! You’ve probably heard it all before, the first place to reveal your age is your under eyes. Your late night extravaganza, poor diet and hours staring at your electronic devices will one day, be bare to all on your face. So prevent, prevent, prevent! Obviously, diet and sun protection plays a big part in under-eye care, but today lets talk about the easier option – eye creams/serums.

I find that there’s a lot of misconception about eye creams/serums out there. When do you start eye cream? (the sooner the better I’d say). Do eye creams even work? (I sure hope so). What eye creams should we use (Ah, thats the fun my friends – the deep unknown!).

I’ve talked about my favourite eyes creams which I still stick by, but I’ve  ventured into some new space and wanted to try something a bit more affordable (although not all that much more). When it comes to eye creams, I need the real deal because wasted time is lost time! The wrinkle underneath your eyes once there will be there forever so be careful to prevent them in the first place. 😉

A brand that I’ve recently become obsessed with is Drunk Elephant, I’ve review their  C-Firma Day Serum and am still trailing their T.L.C Framboos out. Naturally, when I found that they had a eye cream too I had to test it out!

So lets dive in!

Claims:

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A silky eye serum formulated with a powerhouse of ingredients to tackle the major signs of aging under and around the eyes, such as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, fatigue and dark circles, puffiness and age spots. The result is a more youthful, radiant appearance.

WHAT IT IS FORMULATED TO DO:
Shaba Complex™ Eye Serum contains potent doses of black tea ferment and copper peptides that work together to support a firmer looking appearance around the eyes, helping to slow down the signs aging before they appear. A unique combination of edelweiss stem cells and niacinamide helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles. The powerful antioxidants in Co-Q10 help diminish signs of premature aging from environmental aggressors, while also helping to fade the appearance of age spots. You won’t believe your eyes.

 

Drunk Elephant's Shaba Complex Eye Serum

Packaging: Great! I love skincare products that comes in pumps for two reasons. Firstly it keeps the product hygienic and secondly it keeps the product stable as you are not exposing the rest of the unused product to oxygen or bacteria in the air. If only all eye creams come in pump bottles … 😦

Price: Expensive. This 15ml pump bottle costs $88 AUD which comes to  $5.86 per 1mL, umm not cheap!

Texture: Watery. Some would argue that this eye serum is creamy … NOPE – no it is absolutely watery and a pain to work with! The product itself doesn’t absorb into the skin and I find myself there just rubbing in stubborn cream for what seems like zonker years.

Scent? Nothing. My friends don’t expect aroma therapy with this product, but I’m not complaining. There really isn’t any need for your eye cream to smell like a Bali spa retreat.

Convenience: Great. The fact that it comes in a pump bottle makes it so easy to use, no fiddling with spatulas or lids.

Repurchase? Nope. I’ve not noticed anything with this eye serum. Unlike with the SK-II and SU:M 37 eye creams, this one did not leave my undereye area feeling mositurised or plumped at all!

Overall, I can’t wait until I finish off this eye cream. Another disappointing product for me and I certainly won’t recommend it unless you’ve got a plenty of money to spare. The eye cream itself is nothing to rave about and I feel like other eye creams, especially Kiehl’s Avacado Eye Treatment is superior in efficacy and price!

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Until next time,

Stay curious!

Tinnie

xoxo

Laneige’s Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask

Laneige's Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask Review - The Rainy Wonderland

Always the one to be late on new trends and hypes, I’ve finally whipped out my Laneige’s Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask to see for myself what the fuss was about. The  Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask was something that sent the internet into a bit of a buzz late last year (or earlier this year? ), reviews and youtube videos alike were raving  about it’s potential to transform dry peeling lips into a smooth luscious pout!  A luscious pout sounds nice for Christmas don’t you think?

(BTW: I didn’t actually buy mine, no, I stole it from my younger sister – who in the heat of the moment bought a value pack if 4 at Singapore’s Changi Airport – I’m sure she doesn’t mind! 😉 )

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If you’re interested to know the state of my lips then continue on, but if you’ll much prefer to skip to the product review then I suggest you skip this paragraph :). So, lips … well mine are dry not very dry per se but not exactly a nice canvas for liquid lip sticks. My sister’s pout? Well, a lot drier with lots of peeling and cracks (you’ll see the importance of this information later).

Claims:

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*Image from Laniege SG’s Website

 

The New Lip Sleeping Mask gently melts dead skin cells making lips feel smooth and elastic the next morning.
Experience smooth firming lip night care with the new lip sleeping pack, available in berry, grapefruit, apple lime, and vanilla scents.

Laneige has recently released three additional scents to the original berry flavour, which is the one that I’ve got.

So lets get into this review and see what it does for my dehydrated pout!

Laneige's Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask Review - The Rainywonderland

Packaging: Cute! The lip mask comes in a nice and sturdy 20g jar with a pink spatula. The jar itself does not fell cheap or flimsy but is light weight and sturdy enough. Perfect for traveling.

Price. High. For 20g of product you’re looking at ~ $37-$40 AUD. Although to be fair, one jar will last you a pretty long time!

Scent? Sweet Strawberries. There is a nice fresh and sweet strawberry scent but nothing too over powering and it fades away quickly. If you’re someone who hates scents in your products then rest assure that this won’t bother you all night. If on the contrary you LOVE scented products then you might need to sniff the jar for a while longer!

Convenience: Good. The spatula is nice and flexible allow application of the product onto your lips to be a breeze ~

Texture. Buttery. The best way to explain the texture of this product would be that it’s very butter-like. Solid to the touch yet melts easily when you run your finger or spatula along it.

Repurchase? No way in a million years! This product was simply a waste of time and money for me. Despite it working great for other reviewers , it did absolutely nothing for my lips. In fact, it appears to have dried it out further. 😞 The mask itself was super oily and can smudge (since I toss and turn when I sleep) to the outer perimeter of my lips causing white heads and break out around the area. For my sister’s lips, well it does absolutely nothing at all. As a matter of fact, she couldn’t even finish her sample size and is dying to get rid of her stash.

Claims: Exaggerated. I can’t see how this slippery lubricating lip-gloss type thing can melt off anything. My lips certainly do not feel smooth or elastic in the mornings.

Overall, I was left bitterly disappointed. I very desperately wanted a Laneige product to work on me (.. lips and skin like Song Eye Kyo? Yes please!) but nope, again Laneige has let me down.  I’m rather surprised that others have liked the products so much. I’m trying to use up my 20g jar not but that will be difficult, wish me luck!

Until next time,

Stay curious!

 

Tinnie

xoxo

 

Innisfree’s No Sebum Mineral Powder

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder

Hello Wonderlandians!

I hope you have all adapted to the seasonal changes well! So spring has sprung in Oz (as I have been rubbing in everyone face’s since the last two posts) and that for me means oilier skin. Winter seems to help keep my oil glands at bay but Spring is a completely different story!

I’m not usually a fan of powders in general but when I heard about all the hype surround Innisfree’s No Sebum Mineral Powder I thought I’ll have to give it a go!

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So without further ado, lets dive in! 😉

Schmanzy product information: 

What it is:

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1. Sebum control powder that allows for non-greasy, downy baby skin
Sebum absorption powder and mineral sebum control powder absorb excess sebum for a bright, downy skin as if presently putting on makeup.

2. Jeju natural minerals and mint for refreshing control of oil and moisture
Sebum absorption powder with Jeju natural minerals and mint restores an unhealthy balance of oil and moisture, leaving a refreshing finish.

3. Absorbing excess sebum and oil for downy makeup and an even skin tone
Absorbs excess sebum and oil to prevent makeup from becoming patchy, while correcting dull skin tone to keep the skin bright and radiant all day.

Review: 

Packaging: Simple and cute. The powder comes in a plastic powder jar with a nice cute looking applicator.

Oil control: Good-meh. The powder gives me about 3 Horus of oil control before the oil rigs on the nose and cheeks takes over and make me look like a crease ball.

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder

Formula: Good. The powder is fine and makes your face look powerless and soft. using too much of it may leave your face look too pale (it’s not exactly a translucent powder).

Price: Cheap! For $11 for 5g it’s super affordable (for a powder) and has lasted me a super long time ( > 8 months).

Repurchase: Yes. There’s simply no reason not too.

Overall, this is an affordable and great powder that does a good Job. It leaves a soft velvety feeling on the skin and can actually make you look a tad paler if you leave it on for too long.  In terms of oil control, it’s not all that great but then again I have super oily skin! Another thing with this powder is that it can emphasis dry skin (as with any powder), especially if you use too much. So be sure to use a light hand!

Once again, thank you for visiting and until next time!

Stay curious!

Tinnie

xoxo

 

 

 

Skincare empties: Where are they now?

First and foremost, apologies for my recent MIA – I blame discovering Harry Potter (yes, yes I’ve been very late!) and being struck down with a cold. Thought I should exercise my blogging nerves with an ‘Empties’ blog post .. and also, I’ve kept these empty containers for long enough and now that spring has sprung it’s finally time for me to do some serious Spring Clean!

Empties- Where are they now?

*Left to Right* : SK-II’s RNA Eye Cream, SK-II’s RNA Moisturiser (sample size), The Ordinary’s Rosehip Oil, Su:m 37’s Secret Reprogramming Eye Cream, Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo’s Balancing Water EX

 

SK-II:

SK-II’s RNA Power Eye Cream

SK-II RNA Power Eye Cream

Review: SK-II RNA Eye Cream review

Status: Holy Grail

Comment: Applies smooth and buttery, absorbs super well and leave the under-eye area plump and well moisturised.

SK-II’s RNA Cream

SK-II RNA Power Moisturiser

Review:  SK-II’s RNA Cream

Status: Holy Grail

Comment: Leaves skin moisturised but also smooth and clear looking. Theres no moisturiser quite like it (yet anyways 😉 ).

 

The Ordinary’s Cold Press Rosehip Oil

The Ordinary's Rosehip Oil

Review: The Ordinary Brand’s Rosehip Oil

Status: Replaceable

Comment: Your basic Rosehip oil, that works just as well as the Trilogy Rosehip oil (although it has the extra bonus of being more affordable).

 

Su:m 37’s Secret Reprogramming Eye Cream

SU:M 37's Secret Programming Eye Cream

Review: Su:m 37’s Secret Programming Eye Cream

Status: Irreplaceable to almost Holy Grail

Comment: This eye cream is a lot thicker than your usual eye creams , more like an ointment than a cream. The eye cream is great, and one of my favourites, but it’s thick texture may make it too heavy for warmer seasons.

 

Sulwhasoo:

Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum EX

Sulwhasoo's First Care Activating Serum EX

Review:  Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum EX Review

Status: Holy Grail

Comment: This is my second bottle and I used all my strength to stop myself from repurchsing it, just to test if my skin can do without it or not… and the verdict is, it cannot. This serum moisturises my skin so deeply that without it my skin flakes and dries and o amount of moisturiser or facial oil was able to help!

Sulwhasoo’s Essential Balancing Water EX

Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Water EX

Review: Sulwhasoo’s Balancing Water EX

Status: Irreplaceable

Comment: This toner/balancing water is something that I need straight after a shower (since my skin becomes super dry afterwards). I’ve tried using other hydrating toners but nothing works as well as this does! Not yet a holy grail but defiantly getting there.

Hope you enjoyed this  quick empties review!

Until next time,

Stay Curious!

Tinnie

xoxo

Sulwhasoo’s BB Perfecting Cushion Review

Spring has sprung in the nice little land of Oz and it’s time for me to take my makeup down a notch. The weather is beginning to become a bit drier and my face can no longer handle the layers of makeup it did in winter.

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Sulwhasoo’s Perfecting Cushion brightening was something I reached for often during winter, but only for the puff applicator and not for the product itself. During winter I needed something higher coverage, not necessarily because my skin needed it but because I know my skin could tolerate it, and frankly it was nice to have full-ish coverage.

Enough with the babbling and  lets dive into this product review!

Schmanzy things about the product:

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Brighter complexion with 12 hours lasting glow
Brightening cushion’s magnolia extract and Pearlescent Complex evens the skin tone and leaves lightweight brightening effect on your complexion.

The power of lucid mother-of-pearl
The mother-of-pearl complex extracted from the mother-of-pearl that embraces and nurtures pearls reflects light in every angle to complete the radiance of skin.

Oil Capture System
With an oil-capture system for excess oil control, the cushion provides a lightweight, satin-like texture with smooth finish.

Color Shade
The 7 personalized shades create radiant makeup just right for anyone.

Review

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening

I got mine in the Shade 17 Light Beige

Packaging: Beautiful. The packaging is nice and slick. The compact is also nice and sturdy so would make a perfect travel companion. The puff applicator is also pretty good quality and has very minimal product absorption.

Coverage: Light. This foundation is a lot more like a BB cream than foundation (unlike the Sulwhasoo Perfecting cushion that had pretty high coverage). The coverage is enough to enhance your skin tone but certainly not enough to cover up any blemishes or skin problems.

Longevity: ~4-6 hours. This foundation lasts about 4-6 hours at most.  If you’re going to be sweating then expect it to melt off faster.

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Scent: Flowery fragrance. Unlike the original perfection cushion, the brightening once has more of a perfuming scent which I don’t really like. I prefer my products to smell natural if possible.

Oxidisation: Orangey. This foundation oxidises after 3 hours and becomes a tad darker and more orangey.

Added benefits: Unsure. The product claims to be a hybrid of skincare and makeup. Honestly, I have witness any improvement in my skin with this product alone.

Price: Expensive. It’s pretty much the same price as the old perfecting cushion (~ $70 AUD) for the compact and one refill.

Repurchase? Unlikely. Only because I’m interested in trying out other products and this one didn’t seem to wow me enough.

Overall, I think its a decent product. Skincare and makeup, what more can you ask for? I do dislike the oxidisation which can happen with this foundation and feel like the coverage is way too light. It’s a great product for good skin days, but I don’t have many of those. If you’re a fan of minimal makeup then this compact may be a nice addition to your collection but do not expect this to have the same coverage as the old perfecting cushion. Another thing I really love about this cushion is the wider range of shades, it’s rare for a Korean brand to have more than 3 shades and this has 7!

Hopefully the review was useful to you!

Until next time,

Stay curious!

Tinnie

xoxo

Maybelline’s HyperSharp Eyeliner

Maybelline's HyperSharp Eyeliner Review

If you need an eyeliner that will deliver a sharp and black crisp winged liner then look no further.

Maybeline is a great drug store brand, they are especially know for their mascaras and recently their concealers and eyeliners have been gathering some great press too!

If there’s one thing I should tell you about my eyelids before we proceed would be that I have super oily eyelids so eye makeup products just don’t sit on my eyelids for very long, if at all!

Maybelline Hypersharp eyeliner

Packaging: Typical. This is your typical eyeliner packaging, the purply cap is pretty nice but otherwise nothing else too significant.

Formula: Good-meh. This formula is smooth and dark making it a pretty good eyeliner.

Colour: Pigmented. This black eyeliner was super black and dark which is perfect for days when I’m after a bad-ass winged liner look! 🙂

Longevity: Short.  Even though this is a water proof formula, it does not stand a chance agains my oily lids at all! 😦

Smudge-proof: Not at all. This eyeliner does not stand a chance against my oily eyelids at all. I generally avoid this eyeliner on work days just to avoid those panda eyes but a bit of powder or eyeshadow on top of the eyeliner seems to keep it in place for a bit longer.

Price: Affordable. This is a pretty affordable eyeliner, I think it was about ~$14 each!! Bargain!!!  🙂

Repurchase: Probably not. Only because it doesn’t work all that well  my oily lids, making it super inconvenient for me.

Overall, if you’re not someone with oily skin in particular oily eyelids then this eyeliner would be a great buy. However, if you suffer from oily skin like myself then you may want to give this eyeliner a pass. 

I hope you enjoyed the brief review!

Until next time,

Stay curious.

Tinnie

xoxo