Sunday, May 17, 2009

Powder My Nose!

Sorry my posts are super long, I didn't want to play around with the coding again, it's too annoying.
I recently got 2 new powders, the Primavista Keep & Reset Pressed Powder and the Lunasol Micro Finish Powder N which is a loose powder.
The Primavista comes in only one shade whereas the Lunasol comes in transparent or natural beige (I have natural beige which came with the Lunasol set)

I mentioned once that the Lunasol powder is a bit too light for me, but after a few minutes it blends in with my skin. The powder is super fine and easy to spread. It doesn't look cakey and even if I pat too much on my cheek, it's easy to spread out without looking uneven.
As for lasting powder, it's not that bad. After a few hours, the usual area on my nose will start to get shiny. I don't bring this out with me for touch ups because it's inconvenient.
I think this is a lot better than the loose powder I was using before (Lavshuca Loose Powder in Lucent). When I apply this after foundation, my skin looks a lot smoother and because there's a light tint in it. It helps even out the little bits of uneven-ness on my skin and sets my foundation very nicely.

The next powder is the Primavista pressed powder from a swap with Nic nic. Primavista also has a loose powder if you prefer those ones.
I wanted to get a pressed one so I can take it out with me. I already have the Coffret D'or pressed powder, but the Primavista one looked very interesting because there are 2 parts to this. The top pale pink portion is a transparent powder while the bottom beige portion has a really light tint to it, kinda like the Lunasol powder but not as light.
You can mix the 2 powders or use each on its own. The beige portion is supposed to act like a founation touch up because it has the slight tint to it. I like to mix both the powders together, it's just easier that way.
The powder refill and case are sold separately. The case is made of plastic and it's a pale pink with a deep purple border and bow to match the rest of the Primavista products. It comes with a soft flat brush and a piece of plastic which sits just on top of the powder. I don't really like this concept because it's so inconvenient. I rather the company make a separate compartment for the brush.

I use the powder to touch up after blotting my face. I think it does very well in terms of oil control and my skin looks fresh after application, no cakeyness. I have a feeling that in the hot humid months, my nose will get oily even if I touch up with the powder.
I think if you were to choose a pressed powder, I'd recommend the Primavista one. I like how there are 2 powders that you can mix or use on its own and I also love how they included a brush!
I'm not sure if I've posted this video before, but it's a Primavista demo by makeup artist Gary Chung in Hong Kong. The video is in Cantonese, but it's pretty straight forward, he just explains each product.



I tried the Lunasol Nuance Change Foundation yesterday. This is a transparent shimmery cream and I think it's supposed to be used as a highlighter. I used very little on my cheeks to create a more dewy look. If I overy apply, my face will look like a disco ball. I'm not planning to buy the full tube, I still have the T'estimo highlighter to do that job.

I did my nails yesterday. I originally wanted to get 3 horizontal bars of colors, but my nails were too short and I didn't want to get fake nails. I walked into this tiny ass pink nail salon and the 2 girls that worked there didn't speak English! Luckily, a customer there spoke English. She happened to be friends with one of the workers and she helped me translate. The girl worked at a hagwon (private institute) and teaches English.

The worker said my nails were too short so I started to panic and didn't know what to do! Then the girl asked if I wanted something similar to her nail colors so that's what I did. I came out with orange and green nails that had white polka dots. It's not the same as the girl's nails because the colors were on different fingers and she didn't have the polka dots. It was 15,000won for the job which would have included tidying up my cuticles. I didn't do it since it was my first time, next time I will tho, the girls there were so nice. The polishes are the China Glaze, I don't know what color.

On Friday, my school had a field trip. I had a choice between going to a tomb with the grade 7 and 8s or going to the Children's Grand Park with the grade 9s. I chose to go to the park because my grade 9s talk more so I wouldn't be too bored.
There were at least 8 grade 9 classes and I only managed to take one class picture with their homeroom teacher.
My students are a strange bunch, the poses that they do crack me up. They really enjoyed talking to me during the trip, not like at school!

23 comments:

birkinbagbeauty said...

Thank you for the review. I bought the Lavshuca based on various reviews, but I do not like the sparkles in that. So I was on the lookout for another Japanese powder, and I think that the Primavista pressed powder is perfect, acccording to your reviews.

Lisa said...

The first powder looks extremely fine. But the second one shows up more white than pink. How come you didn't do all your nails the same pattern?

ning * star said...

the powder is so nice, but I hate how the price because it is count differently with powder and the case >.<
i think the artist is trying to do puppy eye looks too... the eye liner is really nice, he strengthen at the end of the eye lashes, good!

Jamilla Camel said...

Cute nails! Your students crack me up!

Hana aka acutelife said...

owow...the primavista powder seems calling me silently to purchase them lolz i think that will be my next powder ^^ and i love your polkadot nails!!u should do polkadots on all of ur nails ;) btw, i want to ask some qns abt your page formatting -_-" do you mind?

Cherrielantern said...

super cute nails =)

Sofie said...

The primavista powder is really interesting me~ Humm~ hehe

And you naisl are so cute! I love orange! ^^

fuzkittie said...

Thank you for the thoughts on the Lunasol stuff! I have tried the Nuance change stuff too, and oh boy is it shimmery!! Hahaha.

Banana said...

Your nails are so cute. The tiny pink nail salon sounds so cute! I wish I could go there, haha.

izumi said...

haha i have no idea about the more higher end powders :X so i can't say much about that.

i like your nails though! very fun. and it looks like your park trip was fun too (:

Beauty Snap said...

I've never purchased a Japanese brand powder.. Thanks for the info!
I love your cute nails, and your stories are so entertaining and interesting all the time ;)
Your students are hilarious hahaha, glad you had fun on the field trip!

Becky said...

Your nails are really cute~ I colours complement each other so well!
Your field trip looked fun. Hehe your students are so cute! haha

paperdollrevenge said...

Yay for field trips! Aww...I want to go on a field trip, lol.

That ice cream looks yummy and your nails look cute too. Also, cute header image!!

aichaku-愛着 said...

hi, you're right about Lunasol Nuance Change Foundation. the SA told me it's a highlighter, like YSL Touche Eclat. looks like a nice day at the park!

Syn@3sTh3sI@ said...

i like the polka dots.. look so young and vibrant... in case u dunno.. i love green .. haha...

innerchild said...

Thanks for the foundation powder review. Oh, I should search your blog for the Coffret D'Or powder foundation post, cos I have it too :) I tried a sample of Sofina Primavista, and it's a pretty good powder. Your nails look so adorable! But the green nails look blue-ish on my monitor, so weird. Yummy icecream! xD Your students are so full of energy haha

ktlolz said...

wow thanks for that video! it never occurred to me that cause the weather is getting hotter and more humid, I would need a different foundation :)

DSK said...

those nails are so creative and cute!!

DSK said...

Thank u ^^ I do feel better now , i have yet to play with the eye shadow palette!

pinky"the-middle-name-is-princess"beanie said...

Your nails are so cute! :) Love the polka dots.

Old Cow said...

YOUR NAILS ARE FA FA FAB!!! I LOVE THEM!!!

♡ Nic Nic ♡ said...

cute nails!!

im so glad its working for you!! :) watching the video right now xD

miss wiggle said...

Yea, i keep my nails short b/c I feel that long ones just get in the way (of bringing mass destruction to stubborn packages HAR HAR). Though a manicurist once said to me, "Do you bite you nails? It's not a good habit you know." It's like...!!! Whatever.