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Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation SPF 20 (02 Beige Clair) Review

Product Description

An invisible foundation that wears like a second skin. This unbelievably silky formula creates a natural radiance that captures and reflects light to reveal the look of naturally perfect skin. Imperfections are erased and coverage lasts all day long.


Between the time that I ordered this until now, Sephora has since restricted this item on the Canadian website. I’m not sure why because we stock their products at our store. I guess if you want this item when you take advantage of your VIB discount (Sephora’s Rouge members already had their sale) you would have to get this in store if you live in Canada. When I try to add it to my cart it lists the item as $69CAD so I’m not sure if that’s consistent with the price in store or not at the moment.

The foundation comes in a heavy glass bottle – a very luxurious feel. It also has a pump so it makes it easier to get the amount you need and also better for hygienic reasons. I noticed that I can’t tell how much of the foundation I’m using though even though it’s a glass bottle. I guess the color that you see is permanently painted on it.

For me, I need foundation that is light enough so that it doesn’t feel like a mask on my face, but can also cover enough of my imperfections. Guerlain did a good job with their formula and it really does feel invisible. Sometimes I forget that I have makeup on my face because I don’t feel the layer on my skin. It does, however, have that feeling at the end of a long day though. That’s to be expected though since my skin hates when I have makeup on for a long time.

A silky foundation that lasts for a decent amount of time. I wouldn’t say that it lasts all day, you would probably need to do a touch up if you’re wearing it for more than 4-5 hours. But that might just be me. My skin gets oily after that amount of time. I know some people have said that it turns matte after, but for me I still get a slight dewiness. Nothing like NARS Glow Foundation, but enough so that it doesn’t look too flat.

I like that it has SPF because I’m known for being really bad at applying sunscreen. It hasn’t bothered my skin and I have acne-prone skin.

The only think I find with this foundation that might be a negative for me is that the coverage is not as high as I would like. If you have good skin and nothing much to hide, then it would be great. If you have some spots to cover, you would probably need a pretty good concealer either under or over this foundation or else no matter how much you layer it on spots, it’s not going to hide it. I get pretty dark pigmentation after I get a pimple somewhere on my face so I like when a foundation can decently cover it up after I dab it a few times with my foundation.


Korres Nectarine Velvet Moisturizing Mask Review

Product Description

This rich, velvet-textured mask is formulated with nectarine extract — known for its high antioxidant properties — to instantly moisturize and tone skin. A unique multi-mineral complex tones as it restores and maintains hydration while deeply nourishing shorea butter softens the skin. Olive oil esters and provitamin B5 restore suppleness and provide long-lasting moisture while a cocktail of sweet almond and macadamia seed oils soothe and nourish skin. This at-home treatment is beautifully scented with the soft fragrance of sweet nectarines.


With the temperature dropping, it is about the time our skin needs some help to keep it from feeling too dry! I bought this mask because every winter I have the problem of flakey skin. I don’t have very dry skin, but it doesn’t stop certain spots on my face from flaking once the wind starts kicking up. I don’t usually prefer foundations that are aimed at people with dry skin because I end up with an oily face soon after. Instead, I like to choose skincare products that can give me a better foundation (my skin) to put makeup on.

I’ve been trying to stay with more natural skincare products for the past year or two. Not to say that all my products are natural, but I like to at least have one or two skincare products in my regime so that my face doesn’t go crazy. Korres is known for using a bit more natural ingredients in their lines so I decided during my last Sephora haul to pick this product up.

To my surprise, this product is highly scented. Anyone that is sensitive to scented products, I encourage you to stay away from this mask. Even for me, a person who likes nicely scented products, Korre’s Moisturizing Mask was incredibly overwhelming! In fact, I thought that because it’s more natural and uses nectarine extract, it wouldn’t smell so artificial. I would expect this from a drugstore brand aimed at a younger age group.

With that said, if you don’t mind the smell, the product is actually pretty good. It feels like a cream, but it is very light. Doesn’t feel greasy. And it also absorbs rather quickly into the skin so I was not left with a visible white mask on my face. I guess that wouldn’t matter if you’re putting on a mask anyway, none of us would be walking out with one on, right? haha. It was nice though, because usually wash off masks that advertises itself as a moisturizing product end up pretty oily on the face, which makes me nervous about breaking out.

After washing it off I’m always left feeling moisturized. I don’t feel greasy, I’m just left with soft skin! And it seems to have a lasting effect. I don’t wake up the next morning feeling like I need to apply it again. I would recommend applying this mask 1-2 times a week (I have combination skin). As long as you’re okay with the smell for a few minutes a week then you would be good :p


Lunasol Control Essence UV Review

Product Description

A protective serum for day time use that blocks daily UV rays to protect the skin from damages caused by UV rays while controlling skin condition balance. Gentle texture that does not cause any stress against skin. Products the skin from external environmental factors, such as UV rays. Prevents skin from becoming oily caused by excessive sebum secretion, and replenishes the skin with moisture to control skin condition balance. Leaves the skin smooth and translucent. Features a citrus green herbal fragrance that imparts a refreshing, purifying sensation of succulent citrus fruit sand herbs.


Soo, a little late in the year to be doing a sunscreen review. But we should be wearing sunscreen all the time anyway right?! To be honest, even knowing the benefits of wearing sunscreen regularly, I’m totally guilty of never wearing any. Sometimes my daily makeup products might coincidentally have SPF and that would basically be the only time I have on sunscreen.

The only time I usually wear sunscreen was during summer, but it would only be on my body. I did, however, stop wearing sunscreen altogether this past summer after my friend send me link that informs us which suncreen brands are actually really bad for us. I usually use the Neutrogena sprays and I had received a Banana Boat spray and was using that for a bit before I saw the link. Sometimes when it was especially sunny I would spray some on my hand and put it onto my face. I tried to not do that though because the formula for these sprays are usually pretty greasy.

This year I decided to invest in a real face sun protection product. Of course, I went straight for a Japanese product! Japan basically perfected this category of sunscreen – non-greasy, easily absorbable, doesn’t break us out. The only thing to really look for is probably what sort of formula would you prefer? Something more moisturizing? Something that helps keep your face matte?

Lunasol’s Control Essence UV has an SPF of 34. SPF maxes out at 50, so if anything advertises an SPF higher than that, it’s effectiveness works the same as an SPF50 product – you do not get higher protection from it.

The product comes in a plastic bottle with a pump. You all know I love me a pump bottle! It is not only more hygienic but also allows greater control over how much product you pump out.

The formula is not too thick and not too thin, easily spreadable. It becomes a bit more matte after application, which is perfect if you have oily to normal skin. If you like a matte finish, this will also work for you. It doesn’t affect my makeup application at all, which is great. If anything it might provide a bit of a better primer to go underneath makeup.

It also hasn’t bothered my skin. I’m usually pretty acne-prone so I’m always nervous when introducing new skincare products into my routine.

I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a facial sunscreen!


Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer Review

Product Description

A mineral-based, water-resistant primer with SPF 15 that neutralizes the skin, minimizes shine, and creates a smooth, uniform canvas for flawless makeup application. This clean, satin-finish formula helps keep makeup looking fresh and prevents fading. Veil Mineral Primer also absorbs excess oils and minimizes the appearance of pores by evenly distributing light to help hide and soften skin imperfections and fine lines.


Hourglass’ Veil Mineral Primer isn’t exactly the cheapest primer on the market costing around $60CAD for a 1oz bottle. It doesn’t stop it from being loved by anyone who is willing to put up that amount of money for a primer. The biggest benefit of using this one, is that it’s a mineral-based primer compared to the huge array of silicon-based primers out there. Anyone that hates the feeling of silicon-based primers would love this one.

One problem I had with the formula was how it separated in the bottle. I’m not sure if it was because I didn’t use it as soon as I bought the product, as I was still finishing up the last of another primer, but it came out really weird for me. It didn’t look separated in the bottle, but even after shaking it hard a few times the product came out really runny – just white liquid. It took a few days of shaking it a few times every morning before it finally combined. Before it separated again a month or so after and I had to go through the same ordeal.

When the formula wasn’t separated though, it was quite a lovely product. One of the best non-silicon-based primers I’ve ever used. It spreads like butter on my skin and my skin feels really soft with it on. It doesn’t leave an oily sheen and absorbs pretty well. Because of those two factors, my makeup doesn’t slide when it’s applied over the primer. When I use silicon-based primers sometimes if I accidentally apply a bit too much, my makeup would slide. It was especially evident if I had touched my face and suddenly I’d basically see a smudge on my face lol.

I also love the packaging of the Veil Mineral Primer. Heavy, frosted glass which makes it feel quite luxurious when holding it. It is also a pump bottle. I wish all my products came with a pump bottle. The opening is just big enough so that I have a good control of the amount of product that comes out.

I would recommend this primer to everyone, definitely one for everyone to try out. If you’re not sure about the price tag, ask for a sample from Sephora before purchasing! The 1oz bottle would probably last you a year even with consistent use!