stuff from (l’il) steph : COVERGIRL clean whipped creme foundation

December 11, 2013By DJMC

As someone with sensitive skin, I can really appreciate CoverGirl’s latest foundation launch, the CoverGirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation* ($10.99) comes in 10 shades. It’s non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, and didn’t clog my pores for the few weeks I tested it out, not to mention the formula worked nicely with my oily/combo skin. I tried out two different colours – 320 Creamy Natural and 135 Buff Beige.


You’d expect a cream product to be a little thick, but that’s where the “whipped” nature of this product comes in. It’s ultra-lightweight and feels a like it’s been pumped with air when you apply it on the face.


Typically, foundation coverage and lightness are traded off. You can never have both. This product is the exception. To my surprise, one layer was medium coverage and the second was inching near full coverage, yet it still looked and felt natural. Impressive.

Another plus, the finish on the skin sits nicely between that “dewy-like-I-just-got-back-from-a-run “and the “cake-face-matte”. I’ve got oily skin, so lasting power was a so-so 3-4 hours but nothing a little powder over the t-zone can’t fix.


Unfortunately, neither creamy natural nor buff beige were a perfect colour match for me, both were way too pale. In the picture above I’m wearing 320 Creamy Natural. Let’s be honest here, I look a little ghostly (and Halloween has already passed).

Despite the absolute beauty no-no that is wearing the wrong foundation colour, I was pleasantly surprised (and intrigued) by the performance of the CoverGirl Clean Whipped Creme foundation that is pushing me to pick up a shade that that suits my skin tone a bit better.

Stephanie Lau is the creator and writer of FUN SIZE BEAUTY, a blog encompassing beauty reviews, handmade accessories, and the occasional food post. Upon discovering a fuchsia lipstick in her mom’s stash at age 12, she fell in love with all things beauty. She started her blog in November 2012 as a creative outlet to share her thoughts on beauty products and escape from the stress of school.  Aside from blogging and beauty, Stephanie enjoys all things travel, photography, DIY, small business, and sample hoarding.  An undergrad Accounting student at the University of Waterloo and an avid multi-tasker, on rainy days you can find her studying the Income Tax Act, watching food network, recreating makeup looks from magazines, and sipping on tea.

stuff from (l’il) steph : maybelline instant age rewind – the perfect powder

October 1, 2013By stephanie

The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind The Perfector Powder* claimsPressed powder and smoothing primer resurface and perfect skin, while adding a touch of radiance for a younger looking skin instantly.”

First thing’s first. This packaging was made with the in-the-purse, on-the-go type of girl in mind. The powder is on one side and there’s a mirror and sponge conveniently placed on the other. Also, I tried the “drop test” out to see how if the powder would break, and it didn’t!

When I tried this out on my arm, I saw shimmers and immediately got irked. I don’t quite understand why cosmetics companies think glitters and shimmers are equivalent to “radiance” in products. In general, seeing shimmer in a product bothers me.

Despite the shimmers, they aren’t actually visible on the face (sorry for the false alarm). I tried the colour Fair 10 which you’d think would be much too light for me. However, it turns out this powder is quite sheer, almost translucent. The powder has a mattifying effect that’s not too matte or cakey and makes my skin look super smooth.

Not that I need any “age rewinding” (I’m only 19) but this powder was a hit for me. It’s got great packaging features and the luminous matte finish that this powder offers is perfect for transitioning your makeup from summer to fall.

Stephanie Lau is the creator and writer of FUN SIZE BEAUTY, a blog encompassing beauty reviews, handmade accessories, and the occasional food post. Upon discovering a fuchsia lipstick in her mom’s stash at age 12, she fell in love with all things beauty. She started her blog in November 2012 as a creative outlet to share her thoughts on beauty products and escape from the stress of school.  Aside from blogging and beauty, Stephanie enjoys all things travel, photography, DIY, small business, and sample hoarding.  An undergrad Accounting student at the University of Waterloo and an avid multi-tasker, on rainy days you can find her studying the Income Tax Act, watching food network, recreating makeup looks from magazines, and sipping on tea.

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. 

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