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Giorgio Armani Beauty Foundation + Concealer + Primer Review

Giorgio Armani Makeup Beauty review

 

Hey there everybody. Happy September to you all. Soon, we will be falling for fall :-). Here is a review that I thought of posting but never got the chance to post until now. Please excuse me for my current MIA situation. I am currently very busy and will not be able to respond to your messages quickly. Rest assured that I have read all of them and will respond as soon as I have the time. Thank you mucho.

 

Armani Luminous Silk Face and Under Eye Concealer in #5

 

So, back to this long-overdue review, the Giorgio Armani beauty is one of the most exciting beauty products to always have in your purse. In line with the Chanel and Dior beauty, Armani’s makeup line is superb and well-crafted. I am a big fan of their makeup bases, powders, and lip products. These last few days of summer and even last year’s, I have been using and testing some Armani products, and I am very satisfied with each product’s quality.

 

Here are my top picks in Armani foundations, concealers, and primers.

 

Armani Neo Nude Foundation in #5

 

Neo Nude Foundation in #5Light with a neutral undertone. Marketed as a lightweight hydrating foundation infused with skincare benefits. This foundation is meant to give a natural glowy finish. To me, this feels like a tinted moisturizer that is ideal to use on good/clear skin days because the coverage is light. There is no sticky feeling while wearing this, and this is the kind of foundation that is ideal for warm temperatures.

Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer – This is one of my most preferred primers ever due to the fluid consistency. This product feels like a skincare/primer hybrid, similar to the Milk Makeup Hydrogrip primer, also my holy grail. I have tried using this primer with just about any foundation, and the gripping power is very good. The fluid consistency is never sticky, and gives a moisturizing effect on the skin. I believe this is a great primer to combine with the Armani Neo Nude Foundation.

 

Armani Luminous Silk Face and Under-Eye Concealer in #5

 

Luminous Silk Face and Under-Eye Concealer in #5Light with neutral undertone. This concealer is an Allure Best of Beauty winner in 2020. I like this concealer a lot. This sets well on the skin, and this has medium coverage and a somewhat radiant finish due to the micro-shimmer effect. Meaning, the finish will not look so flat while you are wearing this. The texture is creamy but never sticky once the product sets on the skin. I find that it is easy to build this product on the blemishes I want to conceal, and the lasting power can be more than 4 hours.

Power Fabric Concealer in 4.5Light to medium with a golden undertone. I reviewed this concealer before, and I always love this in any season and at any temperature. The lasting power is impressive, and the finish does not crack on the skin. The coverage is full, and the finish is matte, yet will not look flat once the product sets on the skin. Additionally, this concealer will hide your blemishes, your feelings, and your sins, LOL. This will even hide your age. So, go try! You are welcome (kidding) :-).

 

Armani Power Fabric Compact Cream Foundation Balm in #4.5

 

Power Fabric Compact Cream Foundation Balm in #4.5 – What can I say? I love this product VERY MUCH. I am not sure about the bad reviews about this product, but this product is heaven-sent for me. Imagine having a full-coverage foundation packed in one gorgeous Armani compact? This is it. I am not sure why Armani called this a “balm”. To me, this is like a true creamy foundation with the concept of a cushion that you dab on the face in terms of application. I like the idea of this product because this is easy to carry. Also, the coverage is really good and will cover anything you want to cover. There is no need to keep packing the product on the skin, as one dab will usually work. If the packaging of this product is gorgeous, the packaging is also a caveat because it feels quite bulky. The product feels like there is too much packaging that it may be tricky to carry the product in small purses.

 

Giorgio armani beauty foundation concealer primer swatches

 

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The Crème Shop BT21 Skincare & Makeup Review + Swatches

the creme shop bt21 makeup and skincare review

 

Hi friends! The Crème Shop recently released some BT21 skincare and makeup, and what an exciting moment for us kpop and kbeauty lovers. I, for one, is so stoked of all the colorful goodies I hauled from that trendy store. The cuteness of each product’s packaging is just on another level. You can tell from the photos of this review who my bias is and who my bias wreckers are.

 

Ready to see the stuff I hoarded? Keep on scrolling…

 

SKINCARE

 

the creme shop bt21 Printed Essence Sheet Masks and Hydrogel Under Eye Patches

 

Printed Essence Sheet Masks

Never have I ever: tried an overnight face mask that made such a difference in my skin’s texture. My skin felt so smooth and so moisturized after using one of these masks. No more dull and sallow skin. Any of these masks is a keeper. I especially love the one from Chim and Mang. Use this while eating chicken noodle soup while trying different filters. Ya know what I mean? (wink wink)

  • Mang’s Magical mask – with salicylic acid, tea tree, and niacinamide. Great for oily and acne-prone skin.
  • Chimmy’s Charming mask – with Vitamin C, turmeric, and niacinamide. Works overnight to improve the skin’s texture and makes blackheads/whiteheads easy to remove.
  • Shooky’s Shining mask – with hyaluronic acid, triple peptide, and manuka honey. Great nightly face mask.

 

bt21 Printed Essence Sheet Masks

 

Hydrogel Under Eye Patches – Just like the sheet masks, this one is so gel-like and will definitely improve the texture of the undereyes. You can pop this in the mini-fridge for extra coolness.

  • Chimmy – Rejuvenating, calming, soothing, and extremely hydrating. Stays in place even for overnight use.

 

the creme shop bt21 Printed Pore Strips

 

Printed Pore Strips – These actually work. Each strip pulls whiteheads and blackheads, and even clogged hairs. Just add a bit of water around the nasal area, and the strip will harden, which will then adhere very well to the skin.

 

Lip Balms

 

the creme shop bt21 lip balm

 

Cutest lip balms I have ever seen. These really look like real macarons in terms of packaging, and each of the products has a distinctive yummy scent.

  • Koya – Açai Berry. Delicious true berry scent.
  • Mang – Birthday Cake. Smells like true vanilla whipped cream cake.
  • Chimmy – Lemon Drop. True lemon.

 

Cleansing Towelettes

 

bt21 complete cleansing towelettes review

 

These are some of the best makeup-removing towelettes I have ever tried. Each pack contains 20 prewet towelettes for 6 USD, and each has a very interesting scent. The towelettes remove all kinds of makeup and can remove waterproof eyeliners and mascaras.

  • Cooky – Rose with hyaluronic acid. Smells like Fresh’s Rose Water Toner.
  • Mang – Coconut Water with Raspberry. The coconut scent prevails on this one.
  • Chimmy – Vitamin C with Witch Hazel. True lemon.
  • Koya – Salicylic acid with green tea. A very clean green tea scent

 

MAKEUP

 

Lip Tints

 

the creme shop bt21 universtain lip tint review

 

Very interesting lip stains with peach berry candy scent. It is a very yummy and irresistible scent with a non-sticky texture. The application feels a bit of a mystery to me because it usually takes two coats to get enough coverage on my lips. Yet, after the second coat, the product leaves a waxy film that sits on top of the lips. I had to use a lip brush and my little finger to really set the product on my lips. The effect is really nice because it gives an even stain throughout the lips. The staining effect is natural and long-lasting.

 

the creme shop bt21 Lip Tints swatches review

 

  • Cozy Rosy (Cooky) – rose mauve (medium)
  • Berry Mocha Crunch (Shooky) – berry rose
  • Rusty Rose (Koya) – vintage brick rose

 

the creme shop bt21 universtain lip tint swatches

Lip + Cheek Chic Sticks

 

the creme shop bt21 Lip + Cheek Chic Sticks

 

My most preferred products from this BT21 makeup release. The light colors are suitable for cheek colors, while the deep tones are perfect for the lips. A little bit goes a long way, and I love how the product glides effortlessly on the skin. The finish starts as sheen; then it will slowly set to natural.

 

the creme shop bt21 Lip + Cheek Chic Sticks swatches

 

  • Rose & Doze (Koya) – peachy coral.
  • Cherry Blossom (Chimmy) – light barbie doll pink
  • Rocky Road (Shooky) – brick vintage rose. What a beautiful hard-to-ignore color, like everyone’s bias wrecker 
  • Berry Cute (Cooky) – berry rose. Ahh, the versatile color that will work with mostly every skin tone.
  • Moonwalk (Mang) – beautiful, irresistible, and complicated shade. Just like Mang, it is hard to discern what is really in this color. Is it brown? Is it red? Is it berry? Or is it a mix of all three?

the creme shop bt21 Lip + Cheek Chic Sticks

Sanitizing Sprays

 

the creme shop bt21 Sanitizing Sprays

 

Who does not hoard hand sanitizer nowadays? I know I am, and I am obsessed with finding hand sanitizers in different scents. These sanitizers from BT21 are now my holy grails because each bottle contains interesting scents, and each has 70% Ethanol. Each is also infused with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. My skin does not feel dry after using any of these.

 

  • Chimmy – yuzu scented. To me, this smells like lemongrass. The scent is quite complicated and different, actually. To some, this may smell like grapefruit.
  • Shooky – green tea. A very light green tea scent that is almost hard to discern because I can also smell the ethanol. A clean, pleasing scent, overall.
  • Cooky – strawberry vanilla. This smells so sweet and delicious, making me nostalgic of my childhood memories of eating strawberry shortcake with dirty impatient fingers, lol.

 

Bottom line, I really really love these goodies. I think BT21 nailed these products very well. I did not expect much quality when I first got these, but I was blown away after trying the products. The face masks, the hand sanitizers, and the lip+cheek sticks have sealed the deal for me. I hope they will seal the deal for you too.

 

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Charlotte Tilbury Look of Love and Tinted Love Collection Review + Swatches

charlotte tilbury tinted love and look of love makeup collection

 

Halu there! Happy warm summer days. Some of the latest Charlotte Tilbury collections are beaming with love and beauty. Their latest Look of Love palettes are gorgeous, and so are the Tinted Love Lip and Cheek Tints. These collections are well-done, and if you are not a fan of the Tilbury makeup yet, well, these might help you change your mind :-). Personally, I love all their matte revolution lipsticks, or should I say, anything “matte” from CTilbury. I also love their all-in-one face palettes because they are so convenient to use. It is like that palette where everything you need to look bee-you-ti-ful is right there in one gorgeous compact.

 

So, let us see what beauties we will discover in these “full of love” collections.

 

Look of Love Collection:

 

charlotte tilbury look of love matte revolution mrs kisses wedding belles

 

 

charlotte tilbury look of love matte revolution mrs kisses wedding belles swatches review

 

Wedding BellesRosebud pink. This color looks a shade deeper than the Pillow Talk matte revolution lipstick. The photos and swatches shown online, both from Sephora and CTilbury’s site, do not actually capture this lipstick’s actual color. I would call this a slightly rosy, warm, medium, everyday nude lipstick. Complicated eh?

charlotte tilbury look of love matte revolution mrs kisses wedding belles, lip swatches reviewMrs. KissesGolden peach. I am not sure if this shade can be truly described as a golden peach. I would say that this is more of a vintage medium rose, which has a very similar tone to the Wedding Belles shades above, especially when swatched on my arm. On the lips, and in reality, this lipstick is a shade deeper than Wedding Belles.

 

charlotte tilbury look of love instant look in a palette pretty blushed

 

  • Instant Look in a Palette, Pretty Blushed – Gorgeous everyday palette in which you can never go wrong with each shade. This particular palette will work best for those with fair to medium skin tone. For those with very warm or deeper skin tones, the Glowing Beauty is the best option. There are seven shades in this palette: 3 for the eyes, 3 for the face, and 1 for the cheeks. I love the setting powder (No. 7) and the cheek shade, along with the highlighter (No.5 shade). For the eyeshadow, you can play and combine the shades, and they will still look good on the lids.

 

charlotte tilbury look of love instant look in a palette pretty blushed swatch

 

Tinted Love Collection:

 

charlotte tilbury tinted love lip cheek tint review

 

  • Lip and Cheek Tint: Can be used on the lips or the cheeks, or both. The formula is very fluid and tends to set quickly. Some shades can be slightly streaky when applied to the lips. No transfer or smudging noticed. CTilbury is not kidding on the staying power of these. The colors stayed on the following day.

 

charlotte tilbury tinted love lip cheek tint review

 

Santa EuphoriaNude brown. This shade is almost non-existent on my lips but looks great on my cheeks. As a lipstick, this would be fitting for those with fair to light skintone.

 

Petal PinkSoft rosebud pink. I thought this shade would also not show on my lips. But, I am surprised by how it softly shows, almost like an everyday natural rosy lip color. On the cheeks, this gives a nice healthy flush.

 

charlotte tilbury tinted love lip cheek tint swatches

 

Bohemian KissPeachy brown. I like this color a lot. It fits well for anybody with a warm medium skintone, and will probably look more like a nude shade for those with deeper complexions. I think this might be the color I will constantly use among all of the shades in the Tinted Love Lip/Cheek Tint collection, especially as a lipstick.

 

Tripping on LoveCherry red. I am not exactly sure if this color can be described as cherry red. An overripe cherry red for sure, but not a bright freshly-picked cherry. Surprisingly, I love this shade a lot because this belongs to my favorite spectrum of red lipsticks — the wine reds. I recommend this in the Fall as a lipstick.

 

charlotte tilbury tinted love lip cheek tint, lip swatches in Santa euphoria, bohemian kiss, tripping on love, petal pink

Lots of heart eyes for these Charlotte Tilbury collections. I love everything, and I highly recommend them. Having at least one of the all-in-one face palettes is a good investment. The same is true for the Lip and Cheek Tint. And if mattes are your go-tos, try any of their matte revolution lipsticks.

 

 

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