a collage of michelle's face. Left to right: no makeup, just primer, with makeup.

Minimal Makeup Routine – NO Foundation and NO Concealer!

I have to say, I’m pretty proud of this updated minimal makeup routine. Compared to last year’s video, I cut my products down significantly and it takes me no more than 5 minutes to complete! I also find it a testament to how much more confident I feel about my skin (and face in general). It’s by no means perfect, but I have come to the point where I accept it for what it is without feeling the need to cover and change so much of it. I also like this super simple makeup routine during the colder months, where I feel like I need to reapply moisturizer (as well as SPF).


Products Used

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Base

Primer, in my opinion, is the most important step of this minimal, no foundation (and no concealer) makeup look. It acts as a bridge between skincare and makeup, but I actually find the primers I use to lean more on the skincare side. They act as a barrier on the skin, apply easily after sunscreen, increase makeup longevity, minimize the look of skin texture, slightly reduces excess shine, and has a bit of colour correcting properties!

Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas Protective Primer
Has a pink-purple hue so it helps brighten and even out my skin complexion, making it looks a smidge fuller.

Indeed Labs Green Nanoblur (gift)
Green help cancels out redness, and I appreciate the subtlety of the colour so it doesn’t look too obvious when I wear it on its own!

 

Eye Area

Here’s where it gets even more simple. I only brush my brows and apply a coloured brow gel, and curl my lashes. My eyes tend to get especially dry during the colder months, and last year while at the office I found myself applying my hand cream around my eye area throughout the day! Keeping it simple just allows me to apply moisturizer (and SPF) without looking in the mirror and without worrying that I smudged something.

Glossier Boy Brow – Brown
Perfect brush size, dispenses the right amount of product, and a great match to my eyebrow colour.

Muji Eyelash Curler
Just the one I currently have in my vanity, seems to be made more for Asian-shaped eyes.

 

Cheeks

Depending on the occasion, this step is actually optional! I use cream or powder, but I was feeling some fall colours this day.

Glossier Cloud Paint – Dusk
A little goes a long way with this cream blush, and I like using this colour in particular up to my temples like a blush/bronzer kinda of product.

 

Lips

Depsite current events and still needing to wear a mask, I still like wearing gloss to keep my lips comfortable and give it a tint of colour..

Fenty Gloss Bomb – Fenty Glow
Just a nice pinky, sometimes pinky-brown tint and a comfortable gloss.

Glossier Generation G Lipstick – Cake
I’m surprised how much I like this formula – it easily applies as a nice blotted look, which is how I prefer wearing lipsticks. Although it is matte, the formula is not too drying. I find this colour in particular to pair well with the Cloud Paint I’m using.


 

And that’s all, folks! As always, I hope you found this helpful and informative, or at least inspires you to embrace your face!

xo, M


 

Links

Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas Primer
https://bit.ly/32qiiSd *

Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer
https://bit.ly/32mMk9n *

Indeed Labs Nanoblur Colour Corrector – Green (gift)
https://indeedlabs.com/shop/nanoblur-colour-corrector-green/

Glossier Boy Brow – Brown
https://bit.ly/32oO16b *

Muji Eyelash Curler
https://www.muji.us/store/eyelash-curler-4547315844388.html

Glossier Cloud Paint – Dusk
https://bit.ly/3n1gBlZ *

Fenty Gloss Bomb – Fenty Glow
https://bit.ly/38nuF5m *

Glossier Generation G Lipstick – Cake
https://bit.ly/3n2V0JN *

* Indicates affiliate links. This means if you use this link to make a purchase, I make a small commission. Thanks for your support if you decide to use them! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #15: Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF50

Well-known or their Vitamin CE Ferulic Acid serum, Skinceuticals is an American cosmeceutical brand that can be found in many a dermatology or medispa clinic. I decided to pick up their Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF50 at my dermatologist’s clinic. I’ve heard this being a great mineral sunscreen for all skin tones, so I had to try it for myself!

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INFORMATION ON SKINCEUTICALS PHYSICAL FUSION UV DEFENSE SPF50

SKIN TYPE: All Skin Types, Very Sensitive
SKIN CONDITION: Aging and Sun-Damaged Skin, Discoloration
WHAT IT IS
Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 is a tinted, broad spectrum sunscreen fluid with 100% mineral-based UV filters which promotes radiance and an even skin tone.
WHAT IT’S GOOD FOR

• Provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB Protection
• Boosts radiance for a more even, luminous complexion 
• Helps boost skin’s natural defenses to environmental stress

DID YOU KNOW?

• Water- and sweat resistant for up to 40 minutes 
• Sheer, tinted sunscreen adapts to most skin tones without a white cast 
• Non-comedogenic, paraben-, alcohol-, dye-, fragrance- and gluten-free

– Skinceuticals.ca

Price: $34 USD / $48 CAD
Amount: 50 ml
Packaging:  Opaque grey plastic bottle, twist off cap with a small spout.

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UV FILTERS:

Type: Mineral
Zinc Oxide: 5% Z-Cote®
Titanium Dioxide: 6%

Protection:
UVB: SPF50
UVA: ~16.67 – in Canada, the recommended minimum UVAPF has to be 1/3rd of the SPF. (See Table 4 on the Government of Canada’s website). I found on this website that the PPD is 21, but nowhere on Skinceuticals website is it confirmed.
Contains Iron Oxides

INGREDIENTS:
Active ingredients: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide. Cosmetic ingredients: water, dimethicone, isododecane, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, undecane, triethylhexanoin, isohexadecane, nylon-12, caprylyl methicone, butyloctyl salicylate, phenethyl benzoate, styrene/acrylates copolymer, silica, tridecane, dicaprylyl carbonate, dicaprylyl ether, talc, dimethicone/peg-10/15 crosspolymer, aluminum stearate, pentylene glycol, peg-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, alumina, polyhydroxystearic acid, phenoxyethanol, magnesium sulfate, caprylyl glycol, iron oxides, peg-8 laurate, disteardimonium hectorite, triethoxycaprylylsilane, tocopherol, propylene carbonate, artemia extract, benzoic acid, peg-9, disodium stearoyl glutamate, aluminum hydroxide.

The Zinc Oxide in this sunscreen is Z-Cote®, described as a microfine, photostable physical UV filter that is translucent and non-greasy. Knowing this, it is what’s supposed to help this mineral sunscreen produce minimal cast for most skin tones. Skinceuticals describes the Titanium Dioxide in this formula as microfine, and the Iron Oxides as translucent coloured spheres. Aside from Tocopherol as an antioxidant, the bulk of the ingredients list make up the texture and emollience of the sunscreen.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH SKINCEUTICALS PHYSICAL FUSION UV DEFENSE SPF50

CONSISTENCY:  Thin fluid.

FRAGRANCE: None.

APPLICATION: I applied the sunscreen in 2 thin layers. It slides on very easily with a light touch.

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FINISH: Glowy, sometimes too shiny for my liking. Even when I give it time to set, it still has quite the flow.

FEEL: Sometimes it stings a bit after application. Slightly greasy for initial feel, but it sets to a slight tacky finish.

STINGS EYES? A little bit on application, but it goes away.

WHITECAST / TINTED? The tint is grey, and if applied in thin layers it seems to mostly adapt to my skin colour. I have tried 2 thin layers, and 3 even thinner layers, both types of application had resulted in a similar tone – mostly my skin shade and undertone, a smidge grey. If too much is applied at once the grey is very visible and doesn’t seem to adapt so well. I also tested this sunscreen on my cousin (she is NC40 in MAC shade) – I made her apply a VERY generous layer of this sunscreen on, and it looked great on her! She told me she actually uses the Klairs Mid Day Blue UV Shield as her current sunscreen as well with no makeup on top. We both have fairly neutral undertones on our face so that could be another reason why it blends into her skin tone as well as mine (NC16 or NC20).

WATER RESISTANT? The Canadian website says yes for 40 minutes, but on the packaging itself it recommends to use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. For sun safety, I’d go with what’s on the packaging.

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SKIN BENEFITS? Evens out my skin tone, makes my skin feel slightly drier as I wear it throughout the day, and seems to always gather/pill around my hair line. In the colder months I notice it picks up my dry patches more easily, so I need to have a lighter hand with application to prevent it.

UNDER MAKEUP: Does not add or subtract to longevity. I don’t need to apply as heavy of a coverage because the slight greyish tint cancels out redness.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON SKINCEUTICALS PHYSICAL FUSION UV DEFENSE SPF50

PROS:

  • High protection – SPF50 (although I always prefer SPF50+)
  • Fairly easy to apply the 2mg/cm2
  • Feels light
  • Evens skin
  • Skin-like finish
  • Doesn’t look cakey
  • With specific application, I can wear this on its own (provided there are no patches visible)
  • Reminds me of what a classic Korean BB cream does – the grey reduces the redness and allows for a thinner foundation application to make your makeup seem more natural looking.

CONS:

  • Sometimes stings.
  • Pills around hairline and emphasizes dry patches – didn’t notice this when I used it in the summertime though!

IN-BETWEEN FEELS

  • I don’t think anyone would be a fan of the price per ml, however I look past it because of how well it performs compared to other mineral sunscreens I’ve tried (during summer especially)
  • Sometimes I feel like the undertone looks too neutral, almost grey. If you have easily reddened skin, you may like this though. In addition you need to apply this a certain way to minimize that grey tint as much as possible.

Overall I am pretty impressed with Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF50! Next to the Klairs Mid Day Blue UV Shield, this one has a pretty forgiving tint on my skin tone with the right application, and it performs well under makeup. I personally still prefer using either hybrid-sunscreens or pure organic UV filter sunscreens because I can confidently apply 2mg/cm2 without worrying about a cast or grey tint. This is a feeling I can never shake off with 100% mineral sunscreens.

WHERE TO BUY:
Skinceuticals.ca
Dermstore *

*This is an affiliate link. If you use this link to make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra charge to you. Thank you if you decide to use it! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

As, always I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M

REVIEW: Avon Anew Vitamin C Brightening Eye Cream & Illuminating Priming Moisturizer

I seem to be on a Vitamin C kick, for I have another 2 products to review for you all! Avon Anew Vitamin C Brightening Eye Cream* and Illuminating Priming Moisturizer*. I’ve been rotating these products in my beauty routines for a bit and am ready to share my experience!

Products sent for review purposes. All thoughts are my own, always *casts doe patronus*


INFORMATION ON AVON ANEW VITAMIN C EYE CREAM AND PRIMING MOISTURIZER

EYE CREAM: Visibly reduces the look of dark circles and leaves the under-eye area looking brighter and more even-toned. 88% of women showed improvement in under-eye clarity in 2 weeks.

PRIMING MOISTURIZER: Instantly illuminates, hydrates, blurs imperfections, smooths and enhances the staying power of makeup. 94% of women showed an improvement in skin’s overall appearance.

– Avon.ca

ADDITIONAL CLAIMS:

  • Vitamins C and B3 boost radiance
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dermatologist/clinically tested

PACKAGING:  All are packaged in opaque, plastic components. The eye cream is in an airless pump, the priming moisturizer in a tube.

HIGHLIGHTED INGREDIENTS:

  • Vitamin C – Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (ATIP), derivative of L-Ascorbic Acid. Penetrates the skin more easily because it’s oil-soluble, can be formulated at a higher pH, and in-vitro seems to do the 3 main things LAA can do – collagen boosting, skin brightening, antioxidant protection. However on INCIDecoder the main study showing ATIP benefits states that ATIP was formulated at a 7% concentration with 10% L-Ascorbic Acid, so it can’t be sure if the results of the study are from ATIP alone.
  • B3 – Niacinamide. One of my favourite ingredients, for it is able to regulate sebum production, brighten and even skin, help with pigmentation, reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines, improves skin barrier by increasing its lipid production.
  • Citrus Extracts – Orange Peel, Bergamot Fruit, Lemon Peel, Tangerine Peel – I feel like they added these extracts due to the “vitamin C” theme of the products, but from what I have read, they don’t really do a lot for skin benefits. I’d rely more on the key ingredients doing the work.
  • Iron Oxides. Can help protect against visible light.

AVON VITAMIN C BRIGHTENING EYE CREAM

AMOUNT: 15 ml
PRICE: $48 CAD
WHERE TO BUY: Avon.ca

INGREDIENTS

The main occlusive used are a variety of -cones, which in my experience is rather light for my dry skin type and not enough to retain moisture. Glycerin is listed as the 4th ingredient, a skin-identical humectant. ATIP is just above the midway point on the list, with Niacinamide and the Citrus Extracts following suit.

EXPERIENCE

  • Light citrus-sweet fragrance.
  • Thin formula.
  • There are reflective particles in the eye cream, most likely from the Mica in the ingredients list.
  • Feels nice under the eyes and made the skin feel smoother.
  • Did not find it moisturizing enough for my dry under eyes.

AVON ANEW ILLUMINATING PRIMING MOISTURIZER

AMOUNT: 50ml
PRICE: $48 CAD
WHERE TO BUY: Avon.ca

INGREDIENTS

Glycerin is 2nd ingredient in the formula, a nice humectant that is also naturally found in our skin. Tocopheryl Acetate is also listed after Niacinamide, so we have some additional antioxidant protection. ATIP is mid-way through the list, below the Citrus Extracts.

EXPERIENCE

  • Texture is like a moisturizer.
  • Feels lightweight on the skin.
  • It is quite reflective on my face, I don’t find is blurring and it emphasizes my enlarged pores.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON AVON ANEW VITAMIN C EYE CREAM AND PRIMING MOISTURIZER

Avon Anew’s Vitamin C Brightening Eye Cream and Illuminating Priming Moisturizer were okay in terms of performance, but overall a lackluster experience. I wish the percentage of ATIP was given so I would have more confidence that these products have the vitamin C benefits that they claim. I’d say most of the brightening work is coming from the Niacinamide rather than the vitamin C derivative. Overall both products performed nicely, they just don’t suit my skin’s needs.

As always, I hope reviews like these are helpful and informative.

xo, M

FOUNDATION FRIDAY #2: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare

When I found out IT Cosmetics launched a new complexion product, I immediately added it to my Sephora cart to try out. Back in 2018 I tried and adored their Your Skin But Better CC Cream, so I was super excited to see how their Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare performed!


Information on IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare

Experience an instantly better-looking complexion and better bare skin in two weeks! Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare features medium buildable coverage that instantly perfects skin—minimizing the look of pores and imperfections while delivering all-day hydration and wear with a natural radiant finish.

Suitable for all skin types and infused with skin-loving hyaluronic acid, aloe vera extract, vitamins E & B5 and hepes acid, your skin-improving makeup works behind the scenes as you wear it. After just two weeks, skin looks smoother, skin tone appears more even and skin texture is visibly refined. IT’s truly your foundation for better skin!– Itcosmetics.ca

PRICE: $52 CAD
SIZE: 30ml
Made in: U.S.A
Total # shades: 40, various undertones
MY SHADE: Light Neutral 22 (picked it myself online)
Undertone: Neutral leaning pink, not my undertone. I feel like the Warm version would’ve been better and possibly similar to the Estee Lauder swatch.

Michelle's foundation swatches from top to bottom: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare Light Neutral 22, MAC Studio Sculpt NC20, Estee Lauder Double Wear 2N1 Desert Beige
Foundation swatches from top to bottom: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare Light Neutral 22, MAC Studio Sculpt NC20, Estee Lauder Double Wear 2N1 Desert Beige. Last 2 were matched by a MUA.

PACKAGE: Clear glass bottle with a pump
TEXTURE: Thick fluid. It travels down my hand but not very fast.


IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare Ingredients

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AQUA/WATER/EAU, DIMETHICONE, ISODODECANE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, GLYCERIN, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, HYDROXYETHYLPIPERAZINE ETHANE SULFONIC ACID, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE, HEXYL LAURATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, TOCOPHEROL, SILICA, PANTHENOL, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, HYDROXYETHYL UREA, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE POWDER, SODIUM HYALURONATE, TIN OXIDE, HYDRATED SILICA, METHICONE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, [+/-: CI 77891/TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/IRON OXIDES, MICA, CI 77007/ULTRAMARINES, CI 15985/YELLOW 6 LAKE, CI 42090/BLUE 1 LAKE, CI 45410/RED 28 LAKE, CI 15850/RED 7]. D247442/1

Highlighted Ingredients:
Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera: Instantly hydrate and visibly smooth skin.

Hepes Acid: Gently exfoliates for a brighter-looking complexion.
Vitamins E and B5: Moisturize and fight free radicals to support skin‘s barrier.

– Sephora.ca

Skinthusiast Perspective…

Contains moisturizing ingredients such has various -cones (mostly for texture but nice as a type of occlusive in skincare in general), Glycerin (5th ingredient), Panthenol (vitamin B5), Hydroxyethyl Urea, Aloe Leaf Juice Powder, and Sodium Hyaluronate.

Antioxidant Tocopherol (vitamin E) and Iron Oxides are also in the formula to help protect against visible light.

Taken from a previous Foundation Friday post:

Both antioxidants and Iron Oxides have shown to reduce the effects of visible light and help with pigmentation issues. Lab Muffin does a great job at explaining all of the research behind this in a digestible manner – be sure to check out her blog post and others as well!
https://labmuffin.com/does-visible-light-cause-skin-damage-and-how-to-protect-against-it/

– Me

Now let’s look at this HEPES Acid, a.k.a. hydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid. Skinceuticals describes its function as a “synthetically-derived acid [that] activates natural enzymes in skin to help break the bonds that bind dead skin cells to the surface for even exfoliation.” INCIDecoder and Paula’s Choice lists this ingredient as a buffering agent. The Derm Review also shares that HEPES Acid is pH neutral and commonly combined with Glycolic Acid as a buffering agent. Browsing the interwebs further, Skinceuticals actually formulated their Discoloration Defense serum with 5% HEPES Acid, and Vichy’s Idealia Peeling also has the same concentration, both exfoliating products are however formulated with other acids. Overall as a consumer I’m quite confused. For me personally, I don’t use exfoliating products in my skincare daily in general, and I don’t really want that feature in a potential daily wear foundation either.


Experience with IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare

PREP: Regular skincare routine, I always wore the foundation over a moisturizing sunscreen base that doesn’t add or subtract to foundation longevity. Eg. Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50 PA++++.

Overall Activities: Sitting on couch working, working out, walking outside, wearing a mask for 2 minutes. Wore it to the mall with wearing mask for a few hours.

Application:
1st Attempt:
1st layer Split-face application with Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush and Beauty Blender. I dotted the foundation on various parts of my face and neck, brush-side had some minor streaking. 2nd layer I used the sponge all over face and neck, still using the dotting technique. Used about 2 pumps total. Looked very cakey, dry patches all over, radiant finish, medium coverage, pores looked more textured. I decided to wash my face and start over.
2nd Attempt: Decided to just apply 1 layer with the Beauty Blender. Instead of dotting all over, I dotted in one area and only applied more when I needed it. I used 1.5 pumps all over my face and neck with this method and it was the best one.

Coverage/Buildable?: 1 thin layer is a light coverage. 2 layers it is a low medium coverage.

Finish: Radiant, not borderline oily. Seems to be the particles in the foundation that disperse light more nicely. 1 layer skin looks smooth, pores look blurred despite radiant finish. Noticed some dry patches but it is forgiving, I don’t see them unless I look really up close. 2nd layer of foundation skin looked cakey, the radiance was a bit extra, sitting into pores, more dry patches, pink undertone was more obvious, wasn’t flattering at all on my skin.

Feel: Light, slightly tacky. Skin started to feel dry every time within 2 hours of wearing the foundation. Sometimes I felt itchy.

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Flash Friendly? Yes. My face is lighter than my body (and ears) so I don’t consider this flashback, just a mix of my lighter-skinned face and a wrong shade match.

Oxidize? No, however with 2 layers I notice the pink undertone more.

Oil Controlling? I don’t get super oily until end of day, I found my oils did peak through around that time.

Long Lasting? After work outs, low activities or just chilling all day, I found most of the coverage still lasted after 8-10 hours. I didn’t notice anything significantly disappear unless I wore a mask in which it rubbed off my nose and chin.

End of Day: 1st layer skin always looked like skin from either far away or up close, coverage was still there, some of my natural oils came through.

Natural Light: Looks like my skin but better with 1 layer. 2nd layer looks terrible.

False Light: Looks fine most of the day with 1 layer. End of day I find I notice my skin texture in general but it’s not grossly emphasized with the foundation. When I tested with the 2nd layer I saw texture on my forehead and pore area from a distance near end of day.


OTHER WAYS I’VE WORN THIS FOUNDATION:

  • With powder (over 1 layer) – Emphasized dryness in the center of my face, made my skin look more dehydrated, nasolabial folds looked more prominent. I did a split-face with my Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation (NC20) and my Mac side looked moisturized, no dry patches, and skin still looked plump and moisturized.
  • Cream and powder cheek products – Both work fine.

Final Thoughts on the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare

DID IT MEET THE CLAIMS?

  • Better bare skin in two weeks – With the handful of times I wore this foundation, my skin felt dehydrated every time I wore it and I actually feel like this broke me out.
  • Medium buildable coverage – More like light to medium buildable coverage.
  • Minimizing the look of pores and imperfections – Yes. Skin looked smoother and I like how my pores looked most of the time with 1 layer.
  • All-day hydration – Nope, opposite actually! (Refer to first claim)
  • Natural radiant finish – Yes, I noticed the particles and felt like light was reflecting off my skin differently. Looked too much when I layered though.
  • Suitable for all skin types – Meh, I guess, it’s just up to you how you want to work with it/can work with it.
  • After just two weeks, skin looks smoother, skin tone appears more even and skin texture is visibly refined – Did not wear this foundation long enough to see, but I have my skincare routine to do this stuff. I never rely on foundations for skincare benefits other than maybe not drying out my skin, and potentially protecting against visible light. I actually noticed my skin broke out every time I wore this foundation, quite a bit on my cheeks.

OVERALL PROS:

  • Quick and easy to apply all over face and neck with a brush or sponge.
  • Radiant finish doesn’t look borderline greasy.
  • Improves the look of my skin texture, makes skin look smoother.
  • Buildable coverage.
  • Pores look blurred despite radiant finish.
  • 1 layer looks the most skin-like and not cakey once I finished my makeup routine.
  • 1 layer it looks really good up close as I wear it throughout the day.
  • 1 layer dry patches are not exaggerated.

OVERALL CONS:

  • Cannot build the coverage without the foundation looking horrible on me. 2 layers don’t work for me because it increases how cakey my face looks, the dry patches, and gathers near my nasolabial folds.
  • Can’t use powder to subdue shine without it making my skin have more dry patches and look dehydrated.
  • On its own, 2 layers makes my skin look dehydrated.
  • Feels drying within 2 hours with both 1 and 2 layers.
  • I don’t like exfoliating ingredients in my foundations, it just invites more skin problems than improvements in the long run.

MY BEST FACE: 1 thin layer applied with the beauty blender, no powder (other than cheek product).
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Overall, the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare is a pass for me. I was hoping this could be a potential go-to for an effortless, medium coverage, natural, long-lasting, pore blurring foundation. Alas, I just don’t like my skin feeling tight and dry throughout the day, and building coverage does not work for me. If you’re not prone to dry patches, do not get easily sensitized to drying products, like radiant finishes but want a skin-perfecting quality, you may actually like this foundation! It overall has a good shade range with a variety of undertones and has good coverage, so it may work for you more than it did for me!

WHERE TO BUY:
It Cosmetics
Sephora
Ulta

All links are affiliate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra charge to you. Thank you so much if you decide to use it! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

And that’s it for this review! Hope you found it helpful and informative!

xo, M

REVIEW: By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 21.5% Advanced Serum

Another day, another vitamin C serum for review! Once I finished up a bottle of By Wishtrend’s  Pure Vitamin C 15% with Ferulic Acid *, I cracked open their Pure Vitamin C 21.5% Advanced Serum * to compare!

I’ve had the latter serum in my fridge for a few months while using the former serum, and have now been using it for about a month or so. With that said, I’m ready to share my thoughts!

This product was sent as a gift.


Check out my review comparing the By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 15% with Ferulic Acid and 21.5% Advanced Serum!


DESCRIPTION

This high concentration vitamin ampoule is made with 70% Vitamin Tree Water and 21.5% Pure Vitamin C to deliver the concentrated effects of vitamin C to the skin. The serum removes dead skin cells to even out the skin tone and brighten the complexion.

– Wishtrend

Amount: 30ml
Price: $30 USD
How to use:
1) After cleansing, prep the skin with the toner.
2) Dispense 1-2 drops of the vitamin serum on hands and apply over dull areas that lack elasticity.


INGREDIENTS

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Hippophae rhamnoides water, ascorbic acid, sodium lactate, 1,2-hexanediol, sodium hyaluronate, panthenol, cassia obtusifolia seed extract, allantoin, xanthan gum, ethyl hexanediol

Hippophae rhamnoides water: 70%
Ascorbic Acid: 21.5%
pH Level: 3.0 ± 0.5

INCIDecoder

I’m happy to see that the serum is minimal ingredients, low pH and with a good concentration of L-Ascorbic Acid! Usually the sweet spot for LAA serums are 5% – 20%, so that additional 1.5% may be too much for those who cannot tolerate LAA at high concentrations. The reason you want L-Ascorbic Acid serums is because it is the most scientifically backed ingredient when it comes to skincare benefits. It is an antioxidant shown to boost collagen synthesis, fade hyperpigmentation, boost UV protection under sunscreen, brighten complexion. Vitamin C serums are probably one of the few OTC products that skin professionals recommend to add in your skincare routine (if your skin can tolerate it) so I personally do for the antioxidant benefits.

Hippophae Rhamnoides (a.k.a. Seaberry, Seabuckthorn, Vitamin Tree) Water never really striked my fancy – I find high percentage of it just makes everything feels sticky (more on feel in the experience section of this post). I recall the Hippophae rhamnoides extract having a good source of antioxidants such as vitamin C, E, and B – but water, as you can guess, will have these potential benefits watered down. Expect the antioxidant benefits mainly from the actual vitamin C molecule in the formula, not the water. It is however a nice-to-have in this type of product.

I also like seeing Panthenol and Allantoin on the list to provide skin soothing and protecting properties. In a high LAA percentage product, soothing ingredients are welcome!


EXPERIENCE

Packaging: Dark dropper bottle.

Texture: Liquid. It looks clear when you open a new bottle.

Fragrance: Faint smell of the Seabuckthorn water, but only if I hold up the bottle to my nose. Otherwise, I never really noticed it on application.

Application: The directions say 1-2 drops on specific areas, but this is LAA we’re talking about. I’m applying a full dropper of this all over my face and neck and getting good use before oxidization sets in!

Finish: Thin and adds some glow.

Feel: Somewhat sticky, there have been occasions where my hands are momentarily stuck to my face lol. Also, it tends to sting. I feel like this has been more frequent the more I used it.

Instant Results: Surprisingly smaller pores, face looks glowy, takes a while for an even complexion to come back because of how much this irritates my face.

Long-Term Results: Haven’t noticed much myself since I’ve been using Vitamin C serums for a while solely for the antioxidant benefits. I also have been using vitamin A for a couple of years so any anti-aging benefit mainly comes from that ingredient.


FINAL THOUGHTS

I’m happy that the By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 21.5% Advanced Serum has a low pH, good concentration of L-Ascorbic Acid, and that it can last while refrigerated before it oxidizes. However the stinging is just way too much for me! I know the directions say to apply to specific areas, but the serum will turn orange before I get halfway through the bottle. It reminds me of the 2 unsuccessful bottles of the Timeless CE Ferulic serum I tried in the past. I also would’ve liked to see Ferulic Acid and vitamin E in this formula – instead they recommend purchasing the By Wishtrend Vitamin 75 Maximizing cream for the vitamin E in the formula to boost this serum. I prefer this serum over their new C 15% with Ferulic Acid for the low pH, but the new one is more gentle and has a host of other nice ingredients in the mix.

I will be sticking with my PC Super C15 Booster for now, and I plan on purchasing the Geek & Gorgeous vitamin C serum in the future to see if it’s a good, gentle, and affordable option!

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As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M