Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Review: Laneige BB Cushion SPF50+ PA++ | my gift to you | peachsbeauty

hi there,

I mentioned in my 'What's in My Travel Bag' video [watch] that I'd be trying out the Laneige BB Cushion on my little Melbourne getaway and report back, so here's my review. I actually picked this up in Hong Kong because my boyfriend's cousin asked me to pick one up for her and being the true makeup junkie that I am, I popped one in the basket for me too (as you do).

Laneige BB Cushion 13 True Beige Review | my gift to you | bit.ly/peachsblog

What I think of Laneige's 6 claims:
* Whitening: It does brighten the skin a little with its natural finish but haven't use it consistently enough to notice any long term whitening effects.
* Moisturising: It does feel very moisturising and comfortable on my normal/dry skin and doesn't accentuate any dryness or flakiness at all.
* Sunscreen: SPF50+ is always good for during the day.
* Water Resistant: Can't really vouch for that. You will lose some coverage if you're sweating but it does wear off nicely and not in patches.
* Soothing: You can feel a cooling sensation when I applied with the sponge provided and it feels pretty soothing to me.
* Makeup Effects: It certainly gives a very pretty skin-like buildable medium coverage.

Application... I tried two application methods with the BB Cushion: the sponge that it came with and a Kabuki style brush (Sigma F84 Angled Kabuki - bit.ly/1FDiEiM~ used in the demo below. I actually prefer the Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki - bit.ly/1I7C1TS~ as it fits perfectly in the compact). The image below shows my bare face and what the compact looks like inside (more on the packaging later). 
Laneige BB Cushion 13 True Beige Review | my gift to you | bit.ly/peachsblog
The top left photo below shows one layer of product on the left side of my face (your left) and the photo below shows two layers, as applied with the sponge provided. When applying, you'll notice that the sponge has a cooling effect on your skin which is awesome and unlike any other sponge I have ever used before. It's a shame that you only get one sponge per pack although it doesn't stain/absorb product so it does stay fairly clean. Still remember to give it a gentle wash every week or two as you would a normal brush.

The coverage that you get from the sponge is pretty good, buildable medium coverage with two layers. That's about the amount of coverage I would expect from such a lightweight BB-type liquid product where your skin still looks like skin but the majority of your imperfections are no longer there. Some concealing can always be done if required.


The top right and bottom right photo below shows one and two layers of the product respectively applied with an Angled Kabuki brush on the right side of my face (your right). The coverage is less than with the sponge as the brush will absorb some of the product. There is a lot more redness and imperfections showing through as the brush blends out the product too much to build decent coverage. My preferred and recommended method of application would definitely be the sponge.


Wear... To be honest the lasting power is the only con with this product. I will admit that it wears off nicely, so no blotchiness or streaking but just more of my imperfections/redness showing throughout the day. I can get about six hours without setting but if I'm in a really humid or sweaty environment, all bets are off. It's also not transfer resistant so setting it probably is the way to go although the natural skin-like finish is very nice. The compact makes it very easy to touchup throughout the day if needed and it just depends on your skin-type whether you sacrifice longevity (setting) for the finish. You might find that on combination skin, it wears off within four hours so you would rather set than have to touchup every four hours. I'm probably making it sound worse than it is but it just happened to be fairly hot most of the days I tried this and for the other days the product actually lasted just fine on me.

Scent... There is a slightly sweet floral scent which you'll notice during application but it doesn't linger and is actually quite pleasant. 

Packaging... It comes in a typical refillable Cushion compact, although maybe a little bit bulkier than some. You get two 15g refillable cartridges, a compact and sponge per box. It has a nice big mirror and a lid over the 'BB Cushion' to separate the application sponge. The packaging is white with silver trim, which is very chic. 

Recommend... this for mostly people with normal to dry/very dry skin. I did not notice it accentuating or drying out my skin at all and it does feel fairly moisturising. This compact is great for travelling as you don't need anything else for applications/touchups, gives you enough SPF during the day and is so lightweight and comfortable to wear on your skin. I probably wouldn't use it as an everyday base at home just because it's not the cheapest BB cream/tinted moisturiser out there. As with all BB Creams, you can also use this as a primer/tinted SPF and go over the top with a foundation to add some extra coverage and increase longevity.

Name: Laneige BB Cushion SPF50+ PA++
Price: HKD320 in HK stores | $50 at Cosme-de bit.ly/1zbjS2C~
Rating: ✿✿✿✿
More about cushion/cooling sponge technology: bit.ly/1Ou3BPe - I found the most information in English on Laneige's Singapore site.

Have you jumped onto the 'Cushion' bandwagon yet? Even my mum has! She was telling me all about her 'History of Whoo Cushion Foundation' like it was the best thing since sliced bread and I was like yeah.. I have one too. Hahaha, love to know if you've tried any cushion products! 

Every comment on my April posts counts as an entry into my birthday giveaway on 30.04.15!

xox cheng

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Book Banter: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami | #BB | my gift to you | peachsbeauty

hi there,

If you know me in real-like you'll know that I love reading and since this blog is all about my loves, where better than here to have a little bit of a book banter. This Book Banter series is all about sharing my thoughts on some books as a whole experience without getting into the plot or giving away any spoilers.

Quick disclaimer: I don't look up reviews before I read a book so this is purely my first impressions. I will sometimes read reviews after I have finished to see if people felt the same way as me, but only if I'm torn about something.

Image: Random House - I read on iPad.

I usually chose the books I read from recommendations, or their cover (because yes, I'm that kind of person), or if I have read something from that author previously, which is the case here. I read 1Q84 by Murakami quite a while ago now so I might not remember the plot exactly but I do remember the overall feel of the book and it's a very interesting read that makes you question reality through the idea of parallel universes. It's technically a trilogy but it's often sold as one book and really should be read together. Despite the extraordinary length of the book, I did read it in one go and loved it, which brings me to Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (Colourless), which is what I'm going to call it from now on because the title is just way too long.

So, what did I think about Colorless? Like, 1Q84, Murakami makes you really contemplate the meaning of life events and the lessons that must be learnt. His writing can be described as captivating yet really gentle, which I feel is like a way of life for Japanese people. His ability to capture the emotional quality of the story is what sets him apart from any other author, in my opinion. Whenever I read his books, I can play out the entire story in my mind because that's what his writing encourages - to experience reading with all five senses. It may just be that I have a good sense of imagination or that I'm more of a visual person but even now when I think about 1Q84, I can recall vividly in my brain the way I pictured the characters and certain landscapes even though I may remember the entire plot.

I hate endings (period) because I never want anything to finish - think books, tv shows, movies, etc. That is, if I've made it to the end of something it means I really enjoyed it but it also means I never want it to end. The ending of Colourless definitely left me wanting more, not just to know what happened to Tazaki and his conquest for love but the other conundrums and mystical scenarios which had been brought up along his journey. Unlike 1Q84 where you know to blame all the weird things on the parallel universe, there is no 'other realm' in Colorless so you're left thinking well what the blimy was the stuff with the old man about??

BASICALLY... Self-help book meets Inception.

RECOMMEND... This for anyone whose after something a little bit different; not scared to dig a little deeper into the soul and the meaning of life; and open to learning a thing or two from a novel.

QUOTE... "Never let fear and stupid pride make you lose someone who's precious to you."

Amazon Affiliate Link: amzn.to/1EByzmI~

Hope you enjoyed my first Book Banter post. I'd love to know your thoughts on Colorless if you've read or any other books that you've read recently that you would like to recommend! Always up for adding more books to the 'To Read' list. Don't forget every comment on my April posts count as an entry into my birthday giveaway at the end of the month xx

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

High End Haul | Hump Day Haul | #HDH | my gift to you | peachsbeauty

hi there,

Let's talk haul, and not any haul - a high end haul. I've had these products for a few months now but as per my usual bad habit, I haven't gotten around to really playing with them until now. The silly season really made me a little silly with the moneys too so a little splurge was inevitable. I'm really happy with all my purchases so let me know what you'd like to see reviews of!

high end haul | beauty bay | mecca maxima | spear | new zealand | mirenesse | too faced | becca | hourglass | nars | my gift to you | peachsbeauty

Beauty Bay:
Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Powder - $34 at BeautyBay bit.ly/1AIqtHC
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette - $61.20 at BeautyBay bit.ly/1CKXal8

Mecca Maxima:
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard Medium 1 - $35 at Mecca bit.ly/1vZ3GW0
Nars Algorithm Laguna Bronzing Powder Palette (LE) - $79 at Mecca bit.ly/1AntY2V
Nars Audacious Lipstick in Grace - $44 at Mecca bit.ly/1vjrQtQ
Hourglass Ambient Blush Wardrobe (LE) - $76 at Mecca

high end haul | beauty bay | mecca maxima | spear | new zealand | mirenesse | too faced | becca | hourglass | nars | my gift to you | peachsbeauty

Sephora Sydney:
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone - $66 at Sephora - $52.80 at RY. bit.ly/1MC2XPy~
Sephora Cleansing Water 400mL - $25 at Sephora - bit.ly/1DxrbYG~ (US Sephora Link)

New Zealand:
Wanaka Lavender Farm Lavender Water - wanakalavenderfarm.com

Mirenesse:
Studio Magic Face Blur Powder - $33.94 at Luxola bit.ly/1NQrIFE~
Lip Bomb Laquer Nude 12 - $26.47 at Luxola bit.ly/1y0rCsQ~


I'd love to know if you've purchased anything lately! Every comment on my April posts counts as an entry into my birthday giveaway on 30 April.

xox cheng

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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Review: Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder | my gift to you | peachsbeauty

hi there,

Firstly, hope you've all had a great Easter looong weekend!

I've been hearing a bit about the Suisai Beauty Clear Powder here and there for a while now (it's definitely not a new product) but I've never been able to find a lot of information about it since it's a Japanese product. I decided to pick up a trial pack (15pc instead of the standard 32pc packaging) when I was in Japan to see for myself what this beauty powder was all about. All that I knew about it was that it was a powder, which I assume you mix with water to create a foam that you use to clean your face. It potentially had some exfoliating/deep cleansing properties which would leave your skin smooth and brighter (like all Japanese skincare). If you know any more specific details, e.g. ingredients etc. please leave me a comment!

Review: suisai beauty powder | my gift to you | peachsbeauty | bit.ly/peachsblog

[Note - I still don't know much about the product but here are my thoughts]

Application... is very simple and self-explanatory. Pour the powder into the palm of your hands and slowly start adding water to it. Rub your hands together to create some foam and gently wash your face in circular motions (or up and down motions.. the motions don't matter haha). Continue for about a minute, adding more water if required (it will keep foaming!), then rinse off. You should end up with quite smooth, clean feeling skin, especially in the pores and not a hint of tightness or dryness.

If you'd really like to take it up a notch, use the beauty powder with your Clarisonic or other facial cleansing tool/brush. Apply the foam to your face first then clean away. It will leave your skin feeling so soft and like every single bit of gunk has been extracted out of your pores without stripping your skin of its moisture or natural oils.

Scent... is soapy?


Results... were very surprising - surprisingly good of course. I really didn't know what to expect with this product since I wasn't able to read anything on the packaging or find any solid information online. I found that the smooth, clean pore feeling lasted for a week with a gentle scrub during the week to get rid of some of the dead skin buildup (more of an issue for me with my dry skin).

Recommend... this for anyone and everyone! It really is quite amazing how it's able to be so deep cleansing but extremely gentle at the same time. I really like the packaging as well so you know exactly how much to use and it's literally made for travelling.

Name: Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder
Price: Y1,000 for 15pc in Japan or $32.95 for 32pc at BlushMeUp bit.ly/1K69SSg (0.4g in each pod)
Rating: ✿✿✿✿✿

Have you ever tried this beauty powder, or something similar? Every comment on my April posts counts as an entry into my Birthday giveaway on 30.04.15!

xox cheng

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Thursday, 2 April 2015

March '15 Favourites | my gift to you | peachsbeauty

hi there,

Today I want to share with you what I've been loving this past month. It's a mishmash of beauty products with some miscellaneous things thrown in at the end for good measure. Hope you enjoy!

@peachsbeauty March '15 Favourites - bit.ly/peachsblog | #mgty | #peachsbeauty

1 | Daiso Cotton Pad Dispenser $2.80
The first item is not a beauty product but a makeup junkie essential - a cute as a button cotton pad dispenser. I saw them in black (shown) and pink (similar to the mirror - also from Daiso), but I have seen images online of clear ones and translucent pink ones. It's just so handy to keep your cotton pads in there with a lid so they don't get dirty and dusty. It does come with some cotton pads as well, the Daiso ones in the double pack pink boxes, though my favourite are the 'Fresh Cotton' which comes in a soft pack of 130pc.

@peachsbeauty March '15 Favourites - Daiso, shu uemura, Maybelline, Bobbi Brown, Chanel - bit.ly/peachsblog | #mgty | #peachsbeauty
2 | Maybelline Color Elixir in Rose Redefined $17.95 at Priceline - bit.ly/1EACTTb~
3 | Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Dusty Pink $44 at Bobbi Brown - bit.ly/1G4spvL~
I have been loving these two colours together and on their own lately. I'm back on my cool-toned pink lipstick bandwagon after a brief detour through bright-lips town. The Art Stick also doubles as a cream blush when mixed in with a moisturiser which is great for matching your lips. It really surprised me how much I love the Art Stick because although it applied matte, it feels so comfortable and creamy on the lips. It doesn't stain so it isn't a long-wearing lip product but it does wear off nicely if you're drinking and you will need to reapply after a meal. If throughout the day I feel like some glossy pink lips then I layer the Maybelline Elixir on top. It's actually quite pigmented on its own but layered on top of the Art Stick get a completed saturated pink lip. It does have quite a florally scent which I personally don't mind but can see it driving some people up the wall. 

4 | Shu Uemura DeepSea Water Lavender Mist $56 at Fresh Fragrances and Cosmetics - bit.ly/1GeJLo3~
Not sure why but lately I've been having a little bit of trouble sleeping, which happens to me on and off quite regularly. I love using Shu Uemura's Lavender Mist lightly all over my face before I head of to snooze land. The subtle lavender scent really helps me feel relaxed and the extra hydration is always welcome.

5 | Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera $11.24 at iHerb - bit.ly/1EAOO3j~
Even though March is the beginning of Autumn, it's still quite warm here so I have been enjoying using a refreshing toner after cleansing as well as throughout the day. Some of you may have tried witch hazel before that was quite harsh but this is "Rose Petal water blended with Hazel Extract and Aloe Vera" and has no alcohol, no paragons and no propylen glycol (whatever that is..). All I know is that it makes my skin feel fresh and clean without any dryness or discomfort - although it does kind of have that old granny rose scent, you've been warned.

6 | Chanel Body Excellence and Nourishing and Rejuvenating Hand Cream $107 at Fresh Fragrances and Cosmetics - bit.ly/1GeZfsi~
This hand cream is an absolute luxury (and so it should be given the price tag). It's creamy, lightweight and sinks in immediately. It just leaves your hands feeling really soft and smelling amazing. I love ending a pamper day/night/routine with this because I can smell the 'floral-fruity' scent all day and it's divine. 

7 | Sunsilk Keratinology Advanced Reconstruction Program Overnight Treatment - Discontinued??
I started using this lately because I've been too lazy to use a hair mask when I shower. I can use this in my hair every night to keep it smooth and not feeling dry without it weighing my hair down or leaving a residue feeling. I didn't think I had the product for that long but apparently it's discontinued now.. I would love recommendation for your favourite overnight hair treatment!

8 | Alpha-H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid $47.37 at RY - bit.ly/1xVZZRZ~
In terms of acid exfoliators, I have always preferred Paula's Choice 2% BHA Lotion to the liquid gold as it was gentler and more suited to my skin type. However, having recently moved to a hotter and more humid climate I found that my skin was not as sensitive so I could use the Liquid Gold without any irritation. I use it about three times a week to exfoliate and smooth out the texture of my skin which seems to become more of an issue during the hotter months. 

9 | Billie Goat Soap Peach Lip Balm $5.95 - bit.ly/1C5NcaJ
I use this before I go to bed every night and I wake up with the softest lips. It smells exactly like peach candy and makes me want to eat sweets every time I smell it even though it has no fragrances and no colour, no parabens, no SLS, no 'nasties' and no animal testing. 


10 | MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette £4.00 at MUA - muastore.co.uk/12-shade-undressed-palette
Last but not least beauty product is the MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette. I used this in my Reese Witherspoon inspired GRWM [watch] so you can see it in action there. The colours are gorgeous and pigmented, so easy to apply and blend, not powdery, quite smooth and the metallic shades are just to die for. A really great, super affordable palette that will take you from day to night.

Best Read: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator) - amzn.to/1EByzmI~
Murakami's books are always so thoughtfully written and really makes you think about life. I've been addicted to his writing ever since 1Q84 and I definitely want to read more of his books. I'm posting a Book Banter on this read to let you know my thoughts so stay tuned for that!

Best Watch: Scandal Season 1-3 - amzn.to/1MxBpNV~
My friend recommended Scandal to me last month and I was hooked straight away. I just kept going season after season, now I'm all caught up and four seasons in, it's still as fresh as the first episode. The storylines are always new, nothing repetitive. Really recommend for anyone who is into American political drama.

Best Person: Bonnie from BonnieBeautyXo - youtube.com/user/BonnieBeautyxo
A fellow Shanghainese girlie down under! (Sort of) She's a beauty YouTuber from Dunedin, NZ. She's so cute, her makeup is so on point and I actually love her accent. She liked one of my photos on Instagram, which totally made my day!

Leave me a comment letting me know what you've enjoyed using the past month to enter into my birthday giveaway on April 30!

xox cheng

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