Almost A Full Face of AB Makeup Reviews

While I realised this is a fairly generalising statement I find myself drawn to the sheer more natural looking makeup of East Asia. So my goal for this year was to try create my HG face, and after trying a couple of Asian makeup products I was sold, so I challenged myself to try fill in the gaps with some Asian products. I don’t often go all out with makeup and my minimalist day to day face is generally foundation, eyes, lips and done, though recently I’m getting more of a full face natural look because I love some of these products. 


I have normal leaning dry skin. My main concerns are redness, pores and hydration maintenance. Lighting wasn’t my friend when I took the photos so I retook them on a different day and my arm looks darker/warmer. I have edited them to try and be as close to real life for the product.


So this a slightly abridged version as I already have HG eyeliner, mascara.


Missha Colour Fix Eye Primer. I don’t know why I was all like ‘meh I don’t need a primer, they’re just unnecessary’ because holy crap this stuff is amazing. My eyeshadow lasts all day. It looks white in the tube but it definitely applies more transparent, though still with a white cast. It does offer some grab for the eye shadows and slightly boosts the colour. I haven’t experienced any creasing on my slightly hooded eyes. It doubled the wear of my sheerer eyeshadows which usually last 4 hours. They did fade a bit but again sheer and they were still there even if a bit dull. With a bit more pigmented shadows they still as amazing as when they were put on. I have semi-oily lids and my eyes look matte up until I take it off.

3CE Back to Baby Base – Cream Yellow and Sky Blue
Cream yellow – I originally got this as foundation mixer for foundations and are too dark and too pink. It works really well for that. I do also occasionally use it on it’s own or under makeup. I did try the green primers but they seemed to enhance the redness while making everything else look ashy. Then I had it recommended that olive undertones should primer with blue and someone else suggested priming with yellow. Blue does work but as I have a sheer foundation it just shows as a bright patch. Yellow doesn’t entirely get rid of it but it does a really good at minimising it. If I’m using it all over I’ll mix it with a bit of moisturiser and apply and then tap on more coverage where I need it. I would also say the finish is slightly very dewy. 
Sky Blue – I got this to add to foundations to make them a bit more olive and I find that this works great for it as well, but again it has a white base so it will also slightly lighten the foundation.



Aritaum Styling Eye Palette
I have a full review post here if you want to read it but I’ll give a short version of my thoughts here. I still really love this palette. I’m kinda re-deciding about buying different palettes but I’m very happy with the mattes. I often use the first shade as a one eyeshadow look and the second shade as a contour. I find that the shimmer shade looks really good with the sponge applicator provided so I recommend keeping that and I find it brings out the red in the shade more. 

For contour I use the second shade in my Aritaum Palette – mild sun. I was really surprised at how natural it looks. From front on it can look a little heavy but from the side it’s pretty much perfect.


A’Pieu Moist Creamy Concealer – Frozen
I can’t remember how I found this but it’s supposedly a dupe for Nars Creamy Concealer. Not gonna lie it’s not my favourite concealer. It’s very thick so I little bit goes a long way. I find that it separates and goes cakey on my cheeks when I apply it. At first I thought it was my powder but it’s definitely the concealer. I’ve also tried mixing some with a moisturiser to see if that helps and nope. Still cakey. It is a pretty high coverage concealer, you can still see some of my redness showing through. I think this might be because my skin is on the dryer side that it’s drying out and caking.

3CE Glossing Waterful Concealer- 01
This is my favourite concealer currently. It’s a very watery texture that I hope you can see in the photo. I find that this is perfect for undereyes and despite looking orange in the tube and when you first dot it on it lightens up a bit when you spread it out and it looks really nice on my under eyes. It definitely has a dewy finish but nothing a bit of powder can’t fix. I have dark circles but they’re not the darkest and this does a fairly good job of covering them with a thin layer. However if you build it up it will turn orange (depending on your skin tone). I find I get fairly good coverage with a thing layer but I wouldn’t consider it a heavy duty concealer. Unless I find a better formula for me I’ll repurchase this when I run out.


3CE Glossing Waterful Foundation – Milk Ivory
This is the first foundation I’ve tried from the bottle that looked good. It is a sheerer coverage but you can build it up to a light coverage. Sometimes I don’t like the sheer coverage, like when I’m wanting to use blush, but it does even out my skintone. It matches my face alright and because it’s sheer I can get away with it but I do usually mix in my yellow primer as seen in this post. It doesn’t last all day but it does fade gracefully, well as gracefully as anything can on my face. I’m not the biggest fan of the glow so I do tone it down with some powder, which also helps minimise the transferring.


Innisfree Mineral Highlighter – Sugar Candy
I don’t often use highlighter and not with this foundation, however I was interested in trying a AB highlight just for interests sake. I chose the Innisfree Mineral Highlight. I chose the shade Sugar Candy and I was impressed. I just kinda went ah whatever when choosing some face products because I couldn’t find any reviews on them. I have the Balm Mary-Lou which I like I find it can be quite overpowering at times. The Innisfree highlighter is an off white highlight with subtle gold glitter. I don’t want to say glitter per se but yeah. Sometimes it can be a bit too glittery for me but if I apply it with a light hand I can get the glow I’m looking for.


3CE Face Blush – Maybe
I was kinda disappointed at how this turned out. I was hoping for a pinkier pinky peach but unfortunately it pulls more orange on my skin, I was hoping for something closer to the swatch. It has a nice natural sheer coverage, giving that hint of colour from within look. I’ve seem some people say it has a bit of fall out but I haven’t experienced any.


Etude House Face Colour Corset – 4 Light Shading Corset
I’ll be honest; I’m a bit meh about bronzers in general, no particular reason they just haven’t caught my eye. So I randomly chose the closest AB bronzer I could find that wasn’t a contour. Though… a lot of the shades are warm. This caught my eye because a it’s cheap and b I originally discovered it through the Etude House Aloha V-line Slim Maker and I’m a sucker for Polynesian themed things so I went digging. Couldn’t get the newer V-line Slim Maker but found this instead. I was surprised at how small the compact was and how much i don’t hate it. It’s a sheer glittery tan, a couple of shades darker than my skin. YOu can’t see it in the photo but it’s riddled with glitter. I was a bit apprehensive about putting it on my face because I really didn’t want to look like disco ball. However I find it gives a subtle hint of a tan to my face and I can’t tell there’s any glitter. It lasts all day as far as I can tell. It piqued my interest in bronzers a little bit but not enough I consider them a necessity. 


Aritaum Idol Brow Mascara – 5 Dark Brown
I really like this product, however the shade just isn’t right for me. It stays all day and gives a tint to my eyebrows. However my eyebrows are medium/dark brown with a cool undertone and this has a very warm undertone and is slightly too light. 



Holika HOlika Pro: Beauty Bloody Oil Tint – RD801 Bloody Vampire
I ordered this on a whim as my other lip product hadn’t turned up and I’m somewhat pleasantly surprised. First starters this looks exactly like blood. I found that I really need to rub it into my lips to get a good tint. I do like the tint it leaves, and I acknowledge that this is a tint so I’m not expecting amazing -any- opacity but I kinda wish it had moore… oomph I guess. Or at least left my lips looking a touch more bloody. It does a great job of making the inside of my lip look like fresh blood so now I have something to try and dupe. The scent is a bit meh. My friend thinks it smells like grape, I think it smells like… rancid grape. Probably won’t repurchase it but it has got me a bit more interested in lip tints and stains. And reinforced me wanting to find something that looks like blood. I find that it does stain dry patches differently so it makes me look like a surprise vampire.

Peripera Peri’s Ink Velvet – 12 Pure Peach
I  a theory, whenever the universe hears me wanting to love a product it makes it so I hate it. I was super excited for the new Ink the Velvets to be released. There were a couple of shades I was umming and ahhing over but the peach caught my eye. I‘m not a fan of the colour but the formula. OMG. I am so happy I tried this. I got it in the shade pure peach. When I first apply it it looks like a neon pastel orange… I’m pretty sure that’s not a thing but that’s the best destriptor I can think of. It dries down to the normal orange leaning peach I usually get. Which I feel like it’s a bit too bright for me. However the stain it leaves behind is surprisingly wearable. I’ve been playing around with it and my favourite application method is to apply a little bit with a lip brush which gives me that instant soft peach. Sometimes it looks a little too bright and other times it look perfect. I’ve also found that scraping off as much product from the applicator and then applying to my lips gives a nice look. I love the formula it goes on nice and smooth. In saying that if you have flaky skin on your lips it will cling to it. The fresh colour doesn’t last super long but the stain it leaves behind is really nice. I’ve actually ordered two more shades and as soon as I can find shade 8 I’m going to buy it. But I do have to say I’ve been wearing this everyday and sometimes I’ll catch myself in the mirror and be like… my lips look good is it the stain or has it worn off?


3CE Fixer Spray

I’m surprised at how well I like this. So according to this Reddit post here I think this is actually a setting spray which I use to set my makeup before applying another spray. It takes away the powdery look and meshes everything together. By that I mean I got bored one day and tried ‘touching up’ my foundation to see what happened. Even though I had already applied foundation, powder and spray it actually looked alright. I wouldn’t recommend doing that though but it goes to show how good it is at removing the powderyness. Although I am super happy with this, I did notice that Aritaum has one that’s available in NZ and cheaper than this so if I can find the ingredients list I might try that before repurchasing this.

And done. The 3CE products are ones I’m happy to repurchase. I would say the Aritaum Palette is good for a beginner or someone wanting to try sheer eyeshadows. I cannot recommend the eye primer enough (It was $15NZD!). The Innisfree highlighter and Etude House ‘bronzer’ are probably gonna stick around in my daily makeup bag for a while. Blush has already been swapped out. Gonna keep using the brow mascara until I run out then try something from one of my favourite brands; Eye of Horus. I wear the Ink Velvet daily if I’m going for a ‘natural’ look and can’t stand the oil tint. Though I keep it to remind myself that I can get bloody lips. One of my goals to create a ‘makeup wardrobe’ so a few key products that I really like and are reliable and I think through doing this I’ve found a few products I’m happy to add to this list. My main annoyance was liking the formula but not the colour and then not finding a colour in a formula I like. 

Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Fondation

I have so many mixed feelings about this foundation. I want to love it but I can’t. It’s a lightweight medium coverage foundation with a satin finish.


I got the second lightest shade EF-02 which is the lightest yellow shade and it’s an amazing match for me, when first applied. However it does oxidise, not enough that my face is bordering on Trumpish but enough that you can see a difference where I’ve blended it down my neck, by a shade or two. Freshly applied it’s a great summer match for me, similar to Nars Sheer Glow in Gobi. I think the Etherealist foundation is a touch more yellow/green. This foundation with a tiny bit of blue mixer is a pretty spot on colour match.


It’s meant to be a semi-satin finish but I would describe it as more satin. You can definitely it has light reflecting properties when on the face. It gives a very nice lit from within glow. This can be toned down a bit with powder. Even though I have normal/dry skin, I find that any amount of oil can make already glowy foundation look super dewy, especially since they’re formulated for dry skin. This foundation is no exception. However freshly applied and after blotting it gives a beautiful lit from withn glow.


I find this applies best with fingers which isn’t my favourite way to apply foundation. However it does gives a beautiful skinlike finish without being too dotty on me. I generally pat over my face with a puff once I’ve blended it in. In saying that when it applies well it’s amazing, when it doesn’t I really don’t like it. If my skin isn’t in tip top condition it doesn’t look the greatest. My best application was following a full skincare routine including exfoliating.


I wouldn’t consider it the longest wearing foundation. I tried it from 9am to 8pm. Despite a terrible application, it faded somewhat gracefully. However I have applied it from 2pm to 8pm and it looked the same as when I first applied it. This is also a foundation that I would consider to improve with wearing it. Which sounds really weird but my natural oils kinda help blend it into the skin, or maybe the shiny helps hide terrible bits. When it’s good it’s a great foundation and I really like it, however it’s very hit and miss.


Now packaging is a semi-important thing for me, it’s not something I look for in reviews but I know some people like to read about it. The foundation comes in an airless pump. It looks elegent but there’s nothing stopping the product from accidentally coming out if the lid is pressed, or rather nothing stopping the lid from accidentally being pressed. If you travel a lot you’ll need to decant it. Additionally, the hole where the foundation goes out gets dirty really fast and get on everything if you don’t clean it up.  However, I do like the pump. I only use half a pump for my whole face and it’s easy to dispense just the right amount with minimal wastage.


Final Thoughts

I think this foundation is a good shade match. The formula and application are finickity, when applied well it’s great when applied not well… I will wipe it off and either start again or give up.



Finish: Satin
Coverage: Light Medium
What is it: Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Foundation
Price: 92 NZD
Would I repurchase: Maybe
Rating: 3/5

My (First) 10 Step Skin Care Routine

My Skin Care Routine


So it’s been a couple of months since I talked about starting AB and I thought I would give an update with my beginning routine. Just so I can compare in a couple years down the track to see how things have changed.


Step 1. Oil Cleanser
I’m still using my dermologica Precleanse even though it’s so expensive. I’m still on open to a good alternative. I love that they updated the packaging; it now comes with a pump which dispenses the perfect amount for my face. It is pricy at $67 for a bottle.

Step 2. Foam Cleanser
This is one step I haven’t found a good one for. I’ve tried a couple western ones and a couple AB and I haven’t found ones I like.

Step 3. Toner
I actually have two toners for this step, although I don’t really class one as a toner. It’s the Son and Park Beauty Water, it’s meant to be a toner-slash-exfoliator-slash-cleanser. I generally use it before my actual toner. I don’t know if I would consider it an essential in my routine but I shall keep using it until I’m almost out and then leave it for a bit to see if it makes a difference.
My actual toner is the Nature Republic Hawaiian Fresh Toner. This has don some wonders in making my pores less noticeable. Will definitely repurchase for sure.

Step 4. Exfoliator
I have two exfoliators that I use the NeoGen Bio Peel Guaze Wipes in wine and a peeling gel. I really love the pads and they smell amazing.

Step 5. Essence/Serum/Ampoule
I generally consider this the bulk of my routine I apply my Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100 first then Skinfood Watery Berry Serum, then Nature Republic Hawaiian Fresh Serum and finally Etude House Wonder Pore Tightening Essence. The first two I am determined to remain in my routine. The Hawaiian Fresh Serum I’m on the fence about but I do like it, the scent just puts me off a bit. I’m not sure about the Etude House Essence.

Step 6. Emulsion/Lotion
To Buy Primera Wild Peach Emulsion

Step 7. Eye Cream
I have some pretty noticeable creases under my eyes. I didn’t expect any product to make a difference but I was pleasantly surprised when the Skin Platinum Grape Cell Eye Cream made a slight difference. I’m pretty sure it’s only temporary but I also use it as a cover over a serum.
Step 8. Sheet Masks
I am meh about sheet masks. Shock gasp horror. I haven’t found one that gives me an immediate noticeable difference like other people have said but here’s a photo of my collection. I generally use these on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Plus any other bad day as part of my self care or when my skin is down.

Step 9. Cream/Sleeping Mask
I hate creams with a burning passion.  I find them really think though I have one I’m itching to try so I usually go for a gel one instead of a traditional cream and so far it’s worked out well for me. I generally use the gels in the morning as they sink it quicker. I use creams at night when it doesn’t really matter how fast it sinks in and then I top it off with a sleepibng mask

Step 10. Sunscreen
AB has made me fall in love with sunscreen. While it still has the sunscreeny smell I love the way it just melts into my skin and I can’t feel it on my face. This is obviously a morning only thing.


So that’s my ’10-step routine’ I’m really happy with how my skin is at the moment. 


A Month with my Hobonichis

So it’s been a month since I started using Hobonichis and I love them. While I’m not suddenly productive like I wanted to be. When I do use them and check them I’m kept on track.I’m still using both the Weeks and the Techo and I’m working on developing a system that helps me maximize my usage.


As I mentioned in my planning post I use the Weeks to give me a weekly overview and work out on which day I need to do what. I’ve found it helpful for assignments as I can write down individual goals for everyday so it’s a bit more manageable. I mainly use it as a study planner. I’m also thinking of getting another one specifically for an academic tracker. On the right side of the pages I just write out notes, ideas or things I need to look up. I use the top section for weekly things I need to get done. I have also been known to write down weekly goals on the right page.


I’m not really doing much in the Techo to my disappointment. I’m sure when uni gets into full swing I’m going to regret saying that. At the moment I have it mentally divided with the top left section where I write my appointments and task for the day. From the last line after the moon state I start writing notes or things I’ll need to reference in the future. I also have the bottom half from the 12 mentally blocked off for notes. 


Lastly I have my Avec. This is just my journal where I write down things that happened during the day. For example the modified pain scale for me to refer to in the future so I’m consistent with pain ratings. I also glue things in here and watercolour. Which is why I chose the Avec as I didn’t want a full size getting so thick I would be annoyed using it.



Zombies Run Review

I use two apps when running; Zombies Run and Run Keeper. Zombies Run was something I was at first hesitant to get into. I go running on tracks in a forest so the idea of having zombie chasing sounds didn’t really appeal to me, but I downloaded and tried it out and I loved it.


I’ve also had a subscription for 2 months now and I’m definitely going to continue with the subscription. It allows you unlimited access to all the stories so you don’t have to wait to unlock the next story. This works out well for me as I try to go running every second day.


The plotline is great, I will admit it took me a few runs to really get into it and now that I’m near the end of season 1 I’m really invested and want to find out what happens next. It also gives you a nice break from music. I find that listening to music so often gets boring and having a new story really makes it interesting.


Not gonna lie the “You’re doing great” comments are nice, even though I’m using on my walking phase at that point.

My Planning System 2017

So as I mentioned in my planning planning 2017 post I decided on the Hobonichi, and now I have perhaps too many. Here i’m just going to outline my planning system for 2017 which what I’m using and how I’m using it. 


My main planner is the Hobonichi Techo, I use this as my daily planner. I don’t plain in great detail but I use to give me an overview of the day and track things I need to track. As an appendeum to this I use the weeks booklet to pencil in my hourly timetable so I can have a detail view of my day and appointments.  I tend to write notes down on the day page so I can back and see when I had that conversation or thought, so I mark important pages with book darts until I copy it over somewhere.


I use my Hobonichi Weeks to give me a good idea of what’s coming up and for forward planning. I’m surprised at how much I really enjoy using the weeks. It allows me to plan and schedule in appointments to see how busy I am. I also kinda really want to buy two more… I know. It’s a problem. One to track mental health and one for fitness. I’m planning to have a review up on Friday,


I also use the Hobonichi A6 Avec as a journal, in here I doodle and paint and write whatever happened to me that day. I also use it to write down things that are bothering me, goals and things I want to work on.


Now last year I used a Rhodia Webnotebook which I still love. So I use as a… hmm I guess you could say list book. I use it to store important things and again I use book darts and book marks if I need to refer to something again.

Planning Planning 2017

This year I used a bullet journal, read about that experiment here, and while I did enjoy the system I wasn’t a big fan of having to draw out my layouts as I go. Admittedly that’s more of a flaw of my set up rather than the idea of bullet journalling.  So I looked into alternatives i.e. already laid out planners.


Okay so I kinda lied as my first one isn’t exactly a book, it’s the Midori Traveller’s notebook. I liked the idea of having the freedom to add any books for an particular topic, but a the same time I didn’t like the idea of keeping everything separate. And for some reason the idea of using elastics to hold the book to the cover felt weird.


I glanced at the Erin Condren but decided I didn’t like the size. I was using an A5 this year and I’ve found it slightly too big for me to be able to easily carry it with me. I do like the Erin Condren but it just doesn’t feel like me.


I did entertain the idea of using another Rhodia Webnotebook for a bullet journal this year, but I felt even with the improvements I still would be struggling with it. So I’m planning on using another one next year but as more a list book/bullet journal hybrid.


Then I discovered the Hobonichi Techo. They’re a Japanese planner which 4-5 different variations depending on how you count them. I really like the look of the English planner version and I’m hoping to use that as my main planner to replace my bullet journal from this year. They also have a Weeks version that I am debating with myself about getting.