ZA Cosmetics

The Make Up

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What I Did :

1)  Primed my face with Mac Prep+Prime Skin Base Visage.

2)  Applied Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation with Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation Brush.

3)  Applied Bobbi Brown Corrector to conceal the dark circles with Bobbi Brown Concealer Blending Brush.  With the same brush I applied Bobbi Brown Corrector to my eyelids as an eye primer.  Trust me it works great cause the texture is thick, doesn’t crease as easy and due to it’s thick texture it helps eyeshadows to sustain, and eyeliners too.

4)  With Empro Eyebrow Triangular Pencil I sculpted my brows, and there’s a big dent on my right brow cause this slick smarty pants decided to trim her already insufficient brows.  I really recommend this brand, and you can find them in Watsons/Sasa stores now.  My friends have switched from Estee Lauder eyebrow pencils (refillable) to this and I too find it to be way better than Lancome’s.  The brush is thick and luscious, blends the brows really well.  Pencil builds the colour up nice and evenly, less prone to mistakes as you can build up the intensity and it’s triangular shape really really helps a lot in sculpting your brows.  I honestly got mistaken as an makeup artist cause my brows were so well done, like a steak.

5)  Applied Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot.  What I did was different, I did not apply directly on the apples of the cheek.  The blush begins somewhere a finger below where my eyebags end, start from the mid section of your cheeks (am I explaining correctly?) to the hairline.  Instead of sweeping hard across, I pat on with the brush.  The days of sweeping blush is over.  That way, with the patting method, the blush appears more rounded and not a definite line along the cheeks, neither “the apple of the cheeks” look that just seem off when your smiles drop.  Pat as the lights go.  You will look natural at all angles.

6)  Then, sculpt the cheeks with Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, start heavy along the hairline and move inward following the cheeks.  Again, do not sweep harshly.  What I did was I followed the cheeks guided by the lights, and sweep upwards along the shape of the cheeks.  Once nicely sculpted, blend it out so it doesn’t look too harsh or you’ll look like an 80s glamour shot.

7)  Powder the face with Shiseido Translucent Powder.  It’s not the best powder but it’s what I have.

8)  Highlighted my cheekbones and my browbones with Nature Republic 4D Powder.  This product has such nice highlighting function and it’s matte in its highlighting, creating a beautiful look of naturally contoured face, bringing the cheekbones up.

9)  With matte highlighter as base, I applied a light touch of ZA Cheeks Groovy in 05 June Bride along my cheek bones, brow bones and nose bridge.  It is such a nice subtle shimmer in white, so beautiful in highlighting and capturing the lights.  I really recommend in investing in one.  Brings your makeup to life.

10)  To the eyes, I used only 2 tones of colour.  First was a touch of light pink from Diorshow Makeup Palette for Eyes and Lips – 001 Daylight Madonna.  Contour the eyelids with Racy Kacy – Shady Lady by The Balm.  This helps the double eyelids to stand out.  Top the inner corner of the eyelids and bottom waterlines with champagne shade Envious Erin from the same palette. This is by the instruction of mum’s, she still thought I looked plain without eye makeup.

11)  I then lined my eyes with Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Caviar with my Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush.  It doesn’t require too much and it doesn’t look too harsh (or boring) as jet black liners do.

12)  Moistened up the lips with a lip balm (consider how thirsty and hungry I was then) and applied with a matte light pink lipstick.  Remember your lip colour should go hand in hand with your cheeks.  Too many colours if your cheeks are pink toned and your lips are nectar/peach.  Matte lipstick for a day look that’s easy on the eyes.

By now it’s over an hour dolling up and I can’t be bothered with Mascara.  So I camwhored in the car and thought I’d share.

Cheers!

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What’s your look today?

Objective today is to achieve a Professional Corporate Day Look.  Tutorials coming up soon.

And to be fair, I used ZA True White Plus Liquid Foundation today!

Tutorial will include how to go from looking like cement –

cement colored zombie that her natural habitat does not include sleeping.

to this –

Zombie goes out on Halloween

 

Zombie’s Corporate costume on Halloween

 

Shiseido vs. ZA Liquid Foundation

(I’m about to lose my shit here, youtube’s giving me so much problems with uploading, set an ugly thumbnail to my video, after many times of resetting but youtube just doesn’t respond to the button “saved”.  I was also writing the comparison review and after some bad mistakes of wrong clicks, my post wasn’t even saved as draft.  It’s almost 5am and I got a teleconference at 10am.  My level of murderous tendency, go figure.)

So I’mma make it ninja-quick.

I had been wanting a liquid foundation for a long time as I found my shades have changed compared to last year.  I had a few brands in mind to try out, and even after I’ve decided on Shiseido, I still went on to different Shiseido counters to just make absolute sure I had the right shade.  (Bad experience with Lancome, another story another time.)  And one of the huge factor that pushed me to Shiseido was because I had first bought Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush.  Amazing, amazing brush.  It’s like you’ve bought a house and moved into the house, you won’t think of staying in another house, at least for a commoner.

This Ipad cover is serving really well as a background, heh.

Brush Head

But back to the reviews :

Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation

  • Medium coverage to the dot.  Nothing more, Nothing less. Natural, light, yet covers all your flaws.  Redness is well covered, pores are concealed but in a natural way, not in a filler way.
  • After 5 hours it still did not feel heavy, or oily.  Which is amazing, most liquid foundations after 2 hours of oxidization, makes you wanna go home and scrub your face and apologize to your skin.
  • It has SPF 15.
  • Comes in 3 tones, Neutral, Ochre and Beige, so be careful with your pick, since the differences are so subtle.

ZA True White Plus Liquid Foundation

  • Coverage is definitely sheer-light.  Coverage is also beautiful.  And definitely lighter than Shiseido, ever so lightly.  Redness/pimples are covered but can be seen through.
  • Long lasting, what surprises me is the feeling of oxidized foundation only occurred after 6hrs or so into wearing it.  But the sensation was light, didn’t bother me any bit.
  • Bout 5-6hrs into wearing it, the coverage got less.  Pores were less concealed and the foundation followed its dents.
  • SPF 25, was it?
  • Vitamin C & E!  Woot!  What a tall order.

Swatches : Shiseido – left and ZA – right

Summary :

I like both.  Both are worth the money.  They are both my happy purchase.  I’ll probably wear Shiseido if I know my work day is gonna be under the sun a lot (you must have a real Sunscreen and not rely on the SPF on cosmetics) cause it’ll last a wee bit longer without irritation.  ZA liquid foundation, maybe when I know I’ll be in the office doing much more of paperwork.  So I just sit my bum down and let all the Vitamin C & E it claims to beautify my face while I shred papers and write emails.

Good night guys, I really need to flipping sleep.