Swatch & Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in #53 Light Beige

I have shied away from foundations till I purchased Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in #53 Light Beige for a lot of reasons. I have received samples of different foundations from time to time in the past, but I always had the impression that they felt like a mask on my face, made my T-zone super oily, or just didn’t feel/look natural. My skin is generally speaking pretty OK aside from some blackheads and enlarged pores on my nose, pigmentation spots on my cheeks, and occasional acne caused by hormones. Therefore, I never made up my mind to take up the task of finding a foundation.

I was watching the Youtube channel of the talented makeup artist Lisa Eldridge one day, and saw her use Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in some of her tutorials. That sort of sparked my interest. Since it would be my first foundation ever, and I didn’t know if I would make a habit out of using it, I did not want to splurge out on a high-end one. After reading a lot of positive reviews about the Healthy Mix Foundation, I set out to test it out in a drugstore. Coming from someone who had been detesting foundation in general till that point, it was surprising how much I liked it! It is light-weight, natural, and has a slightly dewy finish. After selecting my shade in #53 Light Beige (I am about NC30 in MAC at the moment, but in summer I could go a shade darker), this baby came home with me.

The packaging of this foundation is great. Being a drugstore product, I find it normal that the bottle is not made of glass or doesn’t look luxurious. It is, however, very practical. I am a big fan of the pump, because it gives you very precise control of how much product you need. I like to pump out a tiny amount each time for several times, and I haven’t had too much product coming out even once! It blends easily into my skin with my fingers (no need to invest in a brush right from the start, hooray), which is pretty convenient!

I have been testing it out for quite a while now, and I can tell you this is definitely one of the drugstore gems! It only offers a light coverage, but if I use two thin layers under my eyes, it does enough to counter the darkness (do note I do not have very big dark circles/bags under my eyes though). It evens out my skin tone, makes it look healthy and radiant, and for my combination skin it isn’t too oily at all. I set it with a tiny amount of Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder, and it stays put all day. It has never slipped off my face or made it look obvious that I am wearing foundation. It is just a second layer of more perfect-looking skin, and it does not oxidize (change color) on me. I have yet to witness it settling into my pores or fine lines (which I don’t really have, but certain products can make them show by creasing). What I wish to add is also the fact that I have allergies, and it is quite impossible for me to go through one day without blowing my nose. In the past, all the other foundations I have tried left a yellow mess on the tissue (gross, I know), but this one is just fine! I’m not going to tell you nothing will ever come off with all the nose-blowing, but it is definitely no way as bad as what I have experienced before.

Something else I love about this foundation is the fact that it doesn’t lean too pink. A lot of foundations, especially those produced by European or American companies, have a strong pink undertone which will never look right on my skin. This one, however, has a yellowish undertone that blends right into my skin. I would say that 53 is a tiny bit lighter than my skin tone and 54 a tiny bit darker, but 53 is already a pretty good match and I will probably grab 54 when summer comes.

The foundation has a sweet, fruity smell that doesn’t bother me because it doesn’t linger for too long. I think Bourjois chose to add it so that it would reinforce the impression that the foundation contains all the fruit extract it is supposed to have. A little goes a long way. If you see the picture below, that tiny amount of foundation was more than enough for the back of my hand. To take the comparison picture of half of my hand with and the other half without foundation, I had to wash it off and start over again.

Now, just to give you a general idea about how much coverage it has and how it looks on skin, here is the back of my hand. The left side has no foundation while the right side does.

Even when you get so uncomfortably up close and personal, you don’t really see “makeup.” You see less pores and more evened-out skin, that’s it!

The only problem I can see with this foundation is its limited selection of shades. In Belgium, only 6 shades are available. Since there are only 3 shades that are darker than 53, it really doesn’t go that far. However, this does seem like a common problem when it comes to drugstore foundations, so it is not exclusive to Bourjois or the Healthy Mix line in particular. Also, it doesn’t have an spf. The trade-off is that it photographs very naturally without the white cast that foundations with an spf could give, but if you want some sun protection while using this foundation you might need a day cream with one.

Bottom line: if you have normal-to-combination skin and you want a foundation with light coverage and slightly dewy finish, I would highly recommend Healthy Mix. I would encourage you to set your goals while looking for a foundation, including the amount of coverage (light, medium, heavy. This also plays a role in how “heavy” the foundation feels on skin) you want, the type of finish (dewy or matte. If you have oilier skin you might want something more matte et cetera), and how hydrating/mattifying you want it to be depending on your skin type and the climate you live in.

Also, a word from Bourjois on different undertones: “Bourjois has developed a range of natural shades, with an ideal balance of pink and yellow, to match all skin tones and boost your skin a radiance boost! All you have to do is choose your colour gradation depending on your skin tone. No need to deliberate (from their UK website)!” Just to give you an example though, the French website says the same thing about the new Flower Perfection line. However, according to the adorable BunBun, it is a tad pink on her. So again, foundations are highly possibly even more personal than other makeup items. I strongly encourage you to try it out (or at least read as much as you can about it) before making the purchase!

How about you? What is your holy grail/current go-to foundation and what do you love about it? What are your criteria when it comes to selecting a foundation? Please let me know in the comments below!

Sunny xx

FOTD: Glittery Darkhorse and (Accidental) Dramatic Liner with Urban Decay Naked Palette

If you get to know me a little better, you’ll know that I am always running late. Doesn’t matter where I have to be or when I have to be there, I am most probably running late.

The same thing happened when I was supposed to meet HM in Brussels yesterday. She was estimated to get there at 9, so I was supposed to be out of my door at around 8:20. However, it was almost 8 when I was out of the shower with my hair blown dry, so I knew I was going to be late… In that case, all the new things I planned to try on my face had to wait. Instead, I opted for a look I have done a couple of times before but one that I dearly love.

For the list of products I used and more photos, please keep reading!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 53 Light Beige
Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder
Bobbi Brown Sable on eyebrows
I primed my eyelids with UDPP (unless otherwise stated, I systematically use UDPP) before putting Sidecar from the Naked Palette on the inner half of my lids, and Darkhorse on the outer half. I used Virgin to highlight my inner corners, and Bobbi Brown Bone to highlight my brow bones.
For my lower lash line, I used Urban Decay Bourbon and Urban Decay Darkhorse to smudge it out a bit.
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black for my upper lash line
Maybelline Magnum Volum’ Express Black (waterproof)
Tarte Exposed on cheek
MAC Harmony to contour my cheekbones
Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil on lips

I know I am this close to pronouncing my everlasting love for Darkhorse, because I incorporate it in a ton of looks that I do. Nevertheless, I have to bring your attention to the fact that it looks particularly hot with Sidecar. There are a lot of different looks that I like on myself, but a combination like Sidecar and Darkhorse is nothing short of mind-blowing and I am not even capable of telling you why! Admittedly Sidecar is not a standout shade from the Naked Palette. Compared with a lot of other shades it is not as insanely pigmented (don’t get me wrong because it IS pigmented. It’s just that I need maybe an extra swipe or two with my MAC 239), and it is the only one that has glittery fallout. Naturally, in my state of haste I completely forgot to hold a tissue over my face while I was using this shade, so by the time I was done there was a bit of glitter everywhere (I found a grain of glitter under my nose, if you can believe it). It was mostly cleared up after foundation and setting powder, but you can still see a bit around my eyes in the close-up pictures. I would suggest you use a patting motion with a shading brush when it comes to this shadow, hold a tissue under your eyes during application, and do your foundation afterwards. I would more than love to find a dupe for Sidecar sans glitter, but before that can happen I am willing to live with it.

Here are some close-up photos so you can see my eye makeup properly:

I call my more dramatic liner an accident because it really was an accident. You know what they say about haste making waste, and in my frantic hurry I drew the liner a bit farther out than I intended to. To balance it out, I had to repeat the same mistake on my other eye. I thought my eyes looked a bit rounder this way, which I was not so used to. However, HM really loved it, and by the end of the day I was convinced it isn’t a bad way to line my eyes at all!

Because my eyes were sparkly enough, I opted for a matte blush Exposed, and I contoured my face with MAC Harmony instead of bronzing it up with Bali Brown. I didn’t use any lipstick/gloss all day, so when I finally got around to taking pictures I just slathered some lip balm on. The Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil is definitely not my favorite lip balm because it disappears from my lips so fast, but since I bought it in a discount pack at Walgreens I’ll finish it. It is very slightly tinted but I doubt very much it changes the color of my lips in a detectable way, so what you see in these pictures are pretty much my natural lip color.

One more picture so you can see how much thicker my eyeliner was. You can also see my cheekbones are more sculpted with MAC Harmony. By the way, Tarte Exposed was faded after 12 hours when these pictures were finally taken, but it was definitely still there!

Last but not least, the Beautybay goodies that are supposed to be my Christmas present from Dr. D finally arrived last night! After I opened the packaging, Tango and Muffin swiftly proceeded to proclaiming their territory on the packaging material. In the picture below, Tango is sitting on the plastic wrapper while Muffin occupies the box. Tango’s tail is a blur because he was annoyed with Dr. D, who was trying to direct their attention to the camera by making some noise.

I will for sure review what I got soon! I just have to wait for better natural light to take my swatch pictures… Stay tuned and stay around folks!

Until then, I hope everybody is alive and kicking!

Sunny xx

FOTD: Golden Olive, a Subtle Way to Wear Green with MAC Sumptuous Olive, Urban Decay Stash, and the Naked Palette

(I’m sorry about the bathroom picture, but the pictures I managed to snap before leaving the house this morning were not of good quality, and by the time I got home at night my bathroom is basically the place that has the best lighting for photos)

Hello everybody!

Phew, the weekend is almost over. One more day and it’s the weekend! How are you guys doing? Are you planning for the weekend already?

I went to Brussels today with my best friend HM and ex-roommate T. We all met in Taiwan 6 and a half years ago. When I think about it I can hardly believe how much time has gone by! Just because any excuse is good for playing with makeup, I tried to incorporate some colors into my look today. Don’t be frightened even if you are a total newbie when it comes to non-neutral eyeshadows though. As you will see, this is really a very subtle and safe way of exploring the realm of colors!

To see more photos and the list of products I used, please keep reading!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 53 Light Beige
Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder
Bobbi Brown Sable on eyebrows
MAC Sumptuous Olive on inner half of the lids, Urban Decay Smog on the outer half, and Darkhorse in the outer v.
The lightest shade of the NYX Rock and Roll trio to highlight my inner corners, and Bobbi Brown Bone to highlight my brow bones.
For my lower lash line, I used Urban Decay Stash and Urban Decay Darkhorse to smudge it out a bit.
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black for my upper lash line
Maybelline Magnum Volum’ Express Black (waterproof)
Tarte Peaceful on cheek
Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Bali Brown under my cheekbones, sweeping into my temples and forehead
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze on the top of my cheekbones and down my nose bridge
MAC Sweetie

Here are two close-up photos of my eye so you can see everything clearly:

As you can see, Sumptuous Olive’s green sheen is subtle. You can only see a flash of green from certain angles, so if you are just getting into wearing more colors it is a shade I would highly recommend. It allows you to experiment without going out of your comfort zone, and it is quite a team player! Urban Decay Stash performs beautifully well on my lower lash line. Even though I used Darkhorse to smudge it out, you can definitely catch the green in it. If you are a bit more comfortable with wearing colors, you can easily smudge it out with for example Urban Decay Mildew instead.

One last photo in which you can see more of that olive green:

All the photos were taken a bit more than 12 hours after the application. However, besides having to blot my T-zone once and reapply my lipstick, I think my makeup held up really well until I decided to remove it! Thumbs up for quality cosmetics!

How do you feel about wearing colors? Are you comfortable with it or are you still feeling your way around? What are your favorite colors if you use any? Are you a green fiend (hahaha I just found the definition of green fiend on Urban Dictionary. Let’s say I am not a green fiend in that sense, but if Urban Decay names this eyeliner Stash, I think it is only appropriate to make this association) like me?

FOTD: Gilded Smokiness for New Year’s Eve with L’Oreal HiP duo Gilded

Hello everyone, happy new year! Did you have a good celebration? D and I went over to some friends’ for a copious amount of food and alcohol before going out at midnight to see the fireworks. Nothing crazy, but definitely a lot of good conversations and fun!

I am here to show you my New Year’s Eve look. Since I don’t do smokey eyes very often, I am going to do a more detailed breakdown of how I achieved it. I will also be reviewing how L’Oreal HiP duo in 806 Gilded performed.

For a detailed breakdown and more pictures, please continue reading:

1. I began by filling my eyebrows in with Bobbi Brown Eye Brow Brush and Sable. I know that some people prefer to do that after completing their eye makeup, but I think eyebrows offer good indicators of for example how far the outer edge of eyeshadows can go, so I always do it first.

2. Next, I curled my eyelashes with Shiseido 213 Eyelash Curler. I know that most people do this right before applying mascara, but I don’t like to have my eyelash curler against my freshly-applied eyeshadows (it’s probably my particular eye shape and bone structure though), so I try to do it before I put anything on my eyelids.

3. I primed my eyes with UDPP. I knew that it’s a bit more of a challenge to have a smokey eye hold up perfectly towards the end of the night, so I paid special attention smoothing UDPP over my eyelids, lower lash line, inner corners, and outer corners.

4. To minimize fallout, I held a tissue under my eyes throughout the process of eyeshadow application. With a pencil brush (I used the Yves Rocher one that is too fluffy for my inner corners, but serves this particular purpose pretty well), I applied the darker side of L’Oreal Gilded all over my lids, smoothing it out and carefully blending the edges as I went. If you have limited lid space like me, I would suggest you be a bit more cautious with this step. Going overboard right in the beginning will be very tricky to deal with afterwards, unless you are planning to wear false lashes and going all out. For the inner half of my lids, I like to keep the height to a point that the shadow is barely visible when I open my eyes.

5. Once that was done, I used MAC 239 to pat the lighter side of the duo to the center of my lids. You will notice how this step dramatically brightens up your eyes!

6. I then proceeded to highlight the inner corners of my eyes with Half Baked from the Naked Palette, and my brow bones with the lightest shade of NYX Rock and Roll. I used a light hand, but I did blend it down to the edge of the black shade I used earlier.

7. I lined my upper water line and lash line with Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black before patting a but of Creep from the Naked Palette to set it. I lined my lower lash line with Urban Decay Bourbon and layered the darker shade of Gilded over it. I could have used Zero for the job, but the way I looked at it, I could either play up the gold or the black in the look, and I wanted to test Bourbon out.

8. Now the eyeshadows were finally done! I used 3 coats of Maybelline Magnum Volum’ Express Black on my upper lashes, and one careful coat on my lower lashes.

9. I cleaned up the fallout with the piece of tissue before doing my foundation (Bourjois Healthy Mix) and finishing powder (Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder). That helped cleaning everything up nicely!

10. I used Tarte Peaceful on my cheeks, a bit of Bobbi Brown Bali Brown on my face (concentrating on my temples and below my cheekbones, sweeping gently across my forehead, nose bridge, and jaw line).

11. Last but not least, I applied Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Nougat.

Here are some more pictures so you can get a better look!

I am very happy with the way the look turned out, but to be honest the darker side of Gilded is not the easiest eyeshadow to work with. It produces more fallout than what I would like to see, and smoothing it out is a bit of work. It is not patchy, but even application takes patience. The good news is the edges did blend OK, and once you manage to make it nice and smooth, it does hold up with no creasing/obvious fading (I wore the look for 8 hours). The lighter side of the duo is an absolute joy! It is very pigmented, smooth, and easy to work with. Just for this shade along I would still recommend this duo!

I wore my mustard yellow turtle neck under a new dress. You can see some of it in a couple of pictures, but the whole dress is more interesting than that in a sense that the print is not uniform! It is from my favorite brand Lavand. I have been collecting their dresses (especially winter dresses) for two years in a row, and now come to think of it I haven’t worn anything but dresses for at least one year! I love colorful dresses because they are very flexible. When it’s cold, you can pair different turtle necks, stocking, cardigans, and boots with them, but they can be worn alone when it’s spring/autumn. You can really play with colors when you dress this way. I don’t think/know this is common everywhere, but in Europe you see enough of this (I think girls have a better idea what colors work for them here). If anyone is interested I can do a post about my dress collection at some point, just give me a shout 😉

So that’s my New Year’s Eve look! What do you think? What did you wear?

Again, happy new year and please stay tuned for more swatches, reviews, and style posts!

Sunny xx

FOTD: Let’s Roll with NYX Rock and Roll!

Hello everyone!

For some reason I woke up a lot earlier than I intended to today. Since I had extra time on my hands, I decided to test some makeup out. I experimented with different camera settings/lighting/locations, so you can probably see some improvement in the quality and color accuracy of the photos. Please do excuse the bad skin though. It’s almost that time of the month, and lack of sleep doesn’t help!

I got NYX Rock and Roll a while ago (swatched and reviewed here), but except for using the lightest shade for my inner corners, I haven’t actually used the two other colors. I was curious about how the two cool-leaning colors would work on my eyes, so this is the theme of my FOTD.

For the list of products I used and close-up pictures, please read on!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 53 Light Beige
Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder
Bobbi Brown Sable on eyebrows
NYX Rock and Roll trio (TS29A): I used the lightest shade for my inner corners and brow bones, the middle shade all over my lid, and the darkest for outer v contour and smudged over lower lash line.
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black for both upper and lower lash line
Maybelline Magnum Volum’ Express Black (waterproof)
Tarte Exposed on cheek
Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Bali Brown, just a teeny bit on my cheekbones and temples
MAC Sweetie

Here is another picture so you can see my eye makeup more clearly:

The pigmentation, texture, and lasting powder of the trio are decent. I do need to work a bit more for the middle shade to show up better, and it looks slightly different from my swatches (less shimmery and taupe-y). But other than that I can’t really complain about it.

I feel pretty neutral about this mostly because the darkest shade is pretty cool and makes me look a little bruised from certain angles. For example: (and whoops, I overdid my eyebrows today! This doesn’t happen very often at all with Bobbi Brown Sable, but I was distracted…)

I like the shimmer it brings to my lower lash line, but blended out on my outer v it doesn’t look as flattering. I will try to use it in a different way to see if I will like it better, but in the meantime I probably should stick to a warm shade for contouring!

Oh, and for anyone who is interested in ordering something from Beautybay. The 15% discount I talked about is extended to midnight of January 2nd. Do grasp the chance!

I wish you a happy new year! I will definitely come back with my New Year’s Eve look and more swatches/reviews soon (I have some 24/7 pencils, Tarte blushes, Cargo blushes etc lining up, so keep your eyes peeled)!

Until then, enjoy yourselves folks!