mereadesso : discovering their tinted all-in-one moisturizer (and telling you how you can get it on sale!)

April 13, 2015By stephanie

Did you get a load of that weekend weather we just had? Alright, maybe Saturday started off a bit wonky … but yesterday? The boardwalk stroll, only need a sweater, “gosh, I think I need to cool down with an Iced Cappuccino” super awesome weather?  Yesterday was the turning point – I’m thinking we really can put away our heavy coats and winter boots away now … *fingers crossed*

(pssst : stay tuned to the end of this post, I’m going to talk about every gal’s favourite thing : a sale!)

And just as we start to clean out our wardrobes to freshen up for spring, it would be safe to say that we can also refresh our makeup bag. The spring beauty lines are coming for us, full throttle, and now is a great time to rethink your routine for spring. Aside from picking up a brighter cheek colour or perhaps a glossier lip colour … have you considered lightening up your base?  When the weather takes a turn for the better, I tend to lighten the load switching to lighter, milkier versions of a base product.

One of my favourite ways to create a lighter, softer complexion for spring and summer is to use a tinted moisturizer. In the past few weeks, I’ve been playing with Mèreadesso’s Tinted All-in-One Moisturizer, which comes in four shades : light, medium, dark and deep dark. A step-up from their regular All-in-One Moisturizer, the tinted version boasts all the same tricks : 16 botanical extracts, 8 minerals and enzymes, and over 20 antioxidants. While lightweight, this tinted moisturizer is effective acting as a serum, primer, day cream and more, all while evening out the skintone. The best part of it all : while it is meant to provide the light coverage you expect from a tinted moisturizer – you can dab on a bit more here or there to reveal a more rich coverage when and where you need it. *hi five*

To apply this product, I used my favourite tool : my fingertips. With my fingertips, I could apply and blend all over, and then dab around my “red zones” – around the nose, under the eyes, the corners of my eyes. I found this method worked for me. I controlled the coverage. I did apply a few times with a regular foundation brush, and spot concealed with a concealer brush but I feel I get a better application with my hands.  The same goes for sponges – I prefer to see the product on my face and not the sponge and felt that the sponge soaked up too much! For use, I found one pump was enough to blend through and out from the centre of the face. Another pump to spot conceal and blend into the hairline.

I was provided a bottle in Medium by the lovely ladies at 1Milk2Sugars, which suit my typical asian skintone (light, warm, and yellow undertone) just find and disappears without a trace. I have only tested the medium, but given that the tone matched easily, and that tinted moisturizers tend to be more forgiving when being used by various levels in one “shade”, I have hopes that Fair will suit most pale and light and pinkier skintones; medium for some light, most neutral, and many light-to-medium golden skintones; dark for golden and tan skintones; and deep dark for the deepest skintones.

For coverage, I found it just right for me. It never felt thick or like it was sitting on top of my skin – which I like a lot.  It brightened my skin and gave a more glowing appearance. Keep in mind, that I tend to have normal skin, with a bit of oiliness through the t-zone, yet not oily enough that I am constantly addressing it. I have minimal acne but do have redness around the nose and sometimes the cheeks. I have minimal scarring and discolouration … but my skin could use a pick-me-up most days of the week. I do NOT wake up flawless.

What I love the most : as a makeup artist, I love that this product provides base coverage BUT also acts as a primer for the rest of my makeup. After evening out my skintone for me, Mèreadesso’s Tinted Moisturizer provided a soft, smooth canvas for the rest of my makeup to be applied. I would use a bit of cream blush and cream shadow for the eyes and it would last all day. I did not set with powder, yet felt that my makeup stayed put and didn’t fade!

Do I have you thinking about tinted moisturizers for the springtime? Awesome-sauce. Well, I’m here to make your Monday a little bit better too, because I am happy to report that Mèreadesso is offering a 20% discount from April 13, 2015 to midnight, April 20, 2015! Shop online and get 20% off any Mèreadesso products (not just the tinted Moisturizer-*fist pump*) using this special code : MUA4MERE

You’re welcome!

Have a wonderful Monday everyone!



spied: covergirl+olay eye rehab

August 6, 2013By stephanie 1 Comment

Okay. So, part of my “to be a better blogger” resolution is to do more posts with swatches and pictures of me wearing the product. I actually do lots of said swatching and wearing on Instagram which gets posted to tumblr and then shared on Twitter … but I’m sure you all want a full on review in one happy place.

So let’s do this.

Today, I decided to share with you my thoughts on COVERGIRL+Olay’s Eye Rehab 2in1 Brightening Concealer and Hydrating Serum. First – this product has all the words I live for: hydrating, concealer, and 2in1 (which is more a phrase/term than a word, but whatever …). These three words/terms alone are enough for me to want to “try” it.

This is a pretty ugly shot of my hand but you aren’t supposed to focus on that – focus on the blob of product I carelessly pumped out. I really like pump tops on skincare products. I find they are less messy than squeeze tubes or open mouth bottles and despite my overly enthusiastic pump shown above, the dispenser for this product is pretty controlled.

The colour provided to me for review was 330 or “light”. I’m your typical asian girl with a darker complexion for being Chinese and a lighter complexion for being Filipino. Normally I wear a NC30 in MAC foundations if that gives you a better idea of my skin tone. I think for most ladies of my descent, opting for “medium” or “beige” named concealers and foundations are more common, however, I found “light” to be just right for me. It blended away almost immediately and without a trace.

And here’s the money shot!

This is me wearing Eye Rehab underneath and around the eye. (Do not ask what is happening with my hair – you want real reviews and this is as real as it gets … a photo when the makeup was applied but while the hair still needed work!) I used my ring finger to apply and blend the product and I required two thin layers. In my opinion, you cannot detect a thing, right?  Right! The product feels like water over the skin and sinks in with very little effort. I do find it to be more of a hydrating serum than a coverage based concealer.  While it did brighten, I believe that if I had darker circles under my eyes it may not have been enough to mask and conceal … but I do think it did a great job to liven up my face a bit and give me a very youthful glow around the eye area.

Throughout the day, I continued to feel very smooth and lifted around the eyes and was pleased with how I looked when I got a glimpse in the mirror.  I felt that even at the end of the day, my eyes looked rested, even if I didn’t feel rested.

I think COVERGIRL+Olay Eye Rehab would be a key product to have when all you need to wear is a bit of a pick-me-up or polish-me-pretty product. For example, I would use this for a quick trip to the grocery store, for lazy days when I want to look pretty but have no reason to wear full-on makeup, for when my eyes are feeling lazy or tired, or for travelling and looking effortlessly ah-mazing as I land and the non-existent paparazzi is waiting at the gates to snap my photos …

I also think that this a product worth having on hand in the makeup kit. I can see myself using this on mature skin to perk it up a bit before applying the heavier stuff. I see it filling in lines and smoothing the skin to allow for a seamless makeup application.

And there you have it: my review. my photos. my swatches.