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Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion Review for Pale Skin!

If you’ve got pale skin and are thinking about getting the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion, read on to see my thoughts on it for pale skin!

Hera is a Korean brand of cosmetics.  I got a refill compact of the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion in the shade 13 Ivory, to try out, and also because I just love the name Hera, haha.  Any other Greek mythology buffs out there?

The pros of this cushion:

Shade 13 Ivory is light enough for me!  It is a light neutral shade.  For reference, I am in the shade Y205 Alabaster for the MUFE Ultra HD foundation, and Y215 Yellow Alabaster for the MUFE Water Blend foundation.  I have been matched to NC15 for MAC, but I think NC5 or NC10 would be better if MAC made those shades.  I have a neutral skin tone, but lean towards yellow.

Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion Shade 13 Ivory

Nothing on my face except the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion in shade 13 Ivory

It is a dewy foundation.  It will make your skin glow, if you’re into that, which I am.

It offers light coverage, which I like, but this could be a con for some.

It’s moisturizing, so it’s good for dry skinned people like me.

It has SPF 34.  I would still use my regular sunscreen underneath though, as with all foundations.

It smells good.  The scent doesn’t linger on your face though.

It looks good in photos and in real life at a distance (when I see myself in a mirror, I think, the skin looks good)

Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion Shade 13 Ivory

On the skin: Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion Shade 13 Ivory with a layer of Maybelline Fit Me pressed powder, and Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light

The cons:

It never sets.  I find the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion always feels sticky and tacky on my face.  I definitely needed to powder or else my hair gets stuck on my cheeks.

If you touch your face without setting with powder, foundation will come off, and the foundation also slides around on your face.

If you powder, it will look cakey and bring out any lines you have.  I think it still looks good in photos and if you’re not standing too close to people, but closer up, the cakiness shows.  Not pleasant!

I think it oxidizes a shade darker.

There does not seem to be much product in the cushion.  I used the cushion for 3 weeks and it looks empty.  I’m pressing the puff into the cushion pretty hard, and not much is coming up anymore (see photo).

Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion Shade 13 Ivory

I tried storing the cushion upside down so product can drain to the top of the cushion, but that did not help. I don’t even use that much product because I prefer a sheer layer of foundation!

I wondered if the product dried up because I don’t have the actual compact to store the refill in (I just got the refill cushion to try).  But the refill has its own cap that closes securely, so I don’t think drying up is the reason.

Do I recommend the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion? I don’t.

Honestly, with all the k-beauty craze going on, I’m disappointed that I haven’t found any Korean cosmetics that I like.  When I first used this cushion, I really thought I was going to like it.  Although the shade match is great for pale skin, and it will give you a lovely glow, the stickiness, cakiness, and “emptiness” of the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion after less than a month of use is not my cup of tea.  I guess I am happy that I finished a foundation  for my Use Up That Makeup goals though!  I got the cushion from Jolse

 

All items mentioned were purchased by myself.  All opinions are my own.

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Missha’s The Original Tension Pact Natural Cover Review for Pale Skin!

I recently got my hands on some Korean beauty items and I am excited to write about my first impressions, especially the foundations.  Finding a foundation for pale skin is hard enough, but add in Asian skin undertones and you sometimes have a whole new level of difficulty.  Anyway, I thought testing some Korean brands would make finding foundations with the correct undertone a bit easier.  My first review and first impressions will be on Missha’s The Original Tension Pact Natural Cover in the shade 21.  Read on to see my thoughts!

Missha's The Original Tension Pact Natural Cover Review for Pale Skin

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MAC makeup sale and what to buy for pale skin

I just wanted to share quickly that MAC is having a 25% off sale for MAC Select members!  I think of MAC Select as like Sephora VIB.   You accumulate points and get discounts once in a while.  Sign up on their website for MAC Select (it’s free!) and you can get 25% off your purchase with code MAC25 online or in stores through March 20.   I pounced on the MAC makeup sale and ordered a few goodies last night.  As a pale princess, I’m the most excited about ordering the MAC Face and Body Foundation in the shade White! Yes, white!

I’ve been eyeing this for a loooong while but never wanted to spend $38 on it even though I knew I would get so much use out of it.  Most foundations are too dark for me so having a white foundation to mix them with would make my makeup life so much easier!  And when you think about it, $38 for 4 fl. oz.  of foundation is pretty great.  It’s comparable to drugstore prices per fluid ounce.  I guess I was always hoping to find more foundations that I did not have to mix too, but those are a rare treasure.  Whatever, I’m happy I held out for so long and snagged it on sale. 🙂

I confess I was cackling gleefully while ordering it last night for $28.50 after the discount.  Just thinking about going through my foundation stash and mixing pretty much every single one with the white F&B foundation so that they all match my skin, neck, and chest perfectly just made me giddy.  (insert googly heart eyes here)

I have never tried the white F&B foundation before, but I do have and adore the F&B foundation in the shade C1, so I’m pretty much certain I’ll love the white one too.  I love the light, moisturizing, and comfortable texture of the F&B foundation, and how natural and lit from within my skin looks with it.  C1 is a tad dark on me, so I absolutely cannot wait to mix them up!  Also, my NC 15 Studio Sculpt foundation, and my L’Oreal True Match Lumi in W1-2, and my Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth in porcelain, and etc etc…

If you’re struggling to find a foundation light enough for you, I highly suggest you try a white foundation like the white F&B to mix with darker foundations and to take advantage of the 25% off MAC makeup sale right now!

All products mentioned were purchased by myself.  All opinions are my own.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Review for Pale Skin!

Following my burgeoning crush on Bobbi Brown makeup, I recently got two samples of the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation at my local counter.  The foundation is supposed to give sheer to medium coverage and a very skin-like look, as its name suggests.  It is not a glowy or matte foundation, but very natural.  I was matched to both their lightest and second lightest shades, alabaster (00) and porcelain (0), and so I asked for a sample of both to try out at home to decide which one I liked more before purchasing.  Read on the see my Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation review for pale skin!

Although I will always love my dewy, fresh skin, sometimes I just want my skin to look like my skin.  I’ve always thought of Bobbi Brown brand as a classic, yet modern brand that enhances a person’s natural features so I thought I could definitely find a foundation here that fits the bill.  I was looking for a sheer to medium coverage foundation with a natural finish, and the lady at the counter suggested their Skin Foundation.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in Porcelain and Alabaster

Left: Porcelain 0; Right: Alabaster 00

In terms of coverage, the first layer is rather sheer, and if I add on a second layer, I get a medium coverage that still lets my freckles show through a bit.  Note that I only apply a thin layer of foundation at a time.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation review for pale skin

Left: Porcelain 0; Right: Alabaster 00  in bright, natural light

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation review for pale skin

Left: Porcelain; Right: Alabaster in dimmer natural light

The finish of this foundation is absolutely beautiful.  I fully agree that it blends into my skin and my skin looks like skin, but so much better.  My skin looked healthy.  However, my skin is quite dry, especially around my mouth and between my eyes, so in those areas, the foundation made my skin look powdery.  This foundation is meant for people with normal to oily skin, so I know this is not really the foundation’s fault because my forehead and cheeks (the more normal areas of my face) looked awesome!  And lets be honest – there hasn’t been one foundation, even the ones for dry skin, that has made my dry patches disappear.  However, just FYI, for my dry-skinned folks, this foundation can look noticeably powdery on your skin!

Based on how beautiful it was on the less dry areas of my face though, I was willing to overlook it and just exfoliate and over moisturize my face in preparation for this foundation if I chose to purchase it later.

This foundation feels very light on the skin, and there is no discernible scent to it.  My favorite kind of foundation!  The lasting power was all day, but my skin is dry, so that is typically the case for most foundations.  There was no oxidation for me either.

Now onto the color.  I was matched to alabaster 00 and porcelain 0.  Alabaster 00 is their lightest shade  It is a light beige with a white hint and pink undertone.  Porcelain 0 is their very fair beige with neutral undertones.

In the store, the nice lady who matched me thought porcelain worked better on me, but that alabaster also worked well.  I honestly couldn’t tell in the store myself, as store lighting is usually deceptive and terrible.  I was provided with little sample containers to test out at home before making a decision.  After trying it out the next week though, I think that neither of these shades work well for me unfortunately!!

I thought at first the porcelain 0 would work for me because it has neutral undertones, which suit me better.  However, when I apply it to my face, I can tell it is a bit darker than my neck and chest though the undertone worked quite well.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation review for pale skin

Wearing shade Porcelain 0

bobbi brown skin foundation review for pale skin

When I used alabaster 00, I thought the color match was amazing. However, the more I used it, the more I could see that the undertone was not quite right – it looked a bit pink and mismatched on my skin.  In some angles and some natural lighting, it matched perfectly, but in other situations (like certain artificial lighting and some other natural lighting), it looked off!

 

bobbi brown skin foundation review for pale skin

Wearing shade Alabaster 00. Looks like a pretty good match here!

bobbi brown skin foundation review for pale skin

Alabaster looks like a good match here too!

But now it looks a little too pink/light

If only porcelain with its neutral undertones were a shade lighter!!! Can we please make something like an ultra-porcelain? haha

So all in all, the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation is undoubtedly a beautiful foundation but the color is just not quite right for me to be spending $50+ on it.  The alabaster would be perfect for my pink toned ladies, or if you’re a smidge darker than me with neutral undertones, the porcelain would be perfect.  Definitely ask your local counter for free samples of the foundations before plunking down your money for it though!

All opinions are my own.

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Foundation and Sunscreen for Lazy Days! Physicians Formula Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder Review

As much as I have come to love liquid foundations over the past two years, some days, I don’t want to apply it.  Sometimes, I also don’t want to put on sunscreen even though you should, everyday.  I just want to be free! For those lazy days, powder is a quick and easy way to even out your skin.  Powder with the added benefit of sunscreen is a plus! My go-to foundation and sunscreen for lazy days is the Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder.  It is easily attainable at the drugstore and really deserves more hype than it gets!

Foundation and Sunscreen for lazy days - Physicians Formula Mineral Airbrushing Powder

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Makeup Forever Water Blend Foundation Review for Pale Skin

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’m excited for the holiday season – it’s my favorite time of year with the Christmas music, holiday decorations, nippy weather, and Christmas spirit!  Hence the Christmas tree background in my photos.  Today I wanted to share what has quickly become one of the my favorite foundations for pale skin – Makeup Forever’s Water Blend Face and Body Foundation!

Makeup Forever Water Blend foundation review for pale skin

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Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Review for Pale Skin

As someone with very pale skin, I know that foundations that really match your skin are hard to come by.  And when you do find one, you’re shocked! Although the foundation I am going to talk about is not that new anymore, I only recently tried it, and let me tell you, if you’re pale, go and test it out because it may work for you too!!  I’m talking about the Makeup Forever Ultra HD foundation! MUFE has an impressive shade range, and I tested Y205 Alabaster and Y215 Yellow Alabaster.  For the review and how these two compare on pale skin, read on!

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Review – Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue in Opal

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The Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream is described as a hydrating cream that provides a dewy, radiant finish.  It is supposed to combine the best in BB and CC creams and tinted moisturizers, according to Sephora.  The cream also contains SPF 30! Continue reading

Haul: Bare Minerals, MAC, Becca, Drugstore and more!

Hello everyone!  I’ve been wanting to try new foundations recently, which is an itch that comes regularly it seems.  While purchasing a few new ones to try, I also gave in and got some new eyeshadows and other bits and pieces that I’m excited to try out!

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