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Mac MatchMaster Cushion Foundation Review and Comparison

Today I wanted to post my review on the Matchmaster foundation from Mac. This was just released December 26th, 2015 and is a cushion style foundation. If you are curious what a cushion is, I would read here! Since the release of the famous IOPE cushion, many western brands have attempted to create their own version of this iconic Korean product. And yes, I say "attempt"! L'Oreal just released a drugstore version here and brands like YSL, Dior, and Maybelline will be launching their cushions early in 2016. 

So...on with the review....Mac is calling this cushion "Matchmaster Shade Intelligence Compact" and comes in 12 shades. Mac's website states that this is a sheer to medium buildable coverage foundation. The color I purchased is 1.0 which is the lightest shade available.

Oil Free
Provides hydration and controls oil
Instantly blurs lines and wrinkles
Instantly reduces appearance of pores
8 hour wear, sweat, humidity and water resistant
Non-caking, non-settling, and non-streaking
Won't Oxidize
Made in Japan - Nothing against Japan, my fiancé is Japanese :) However, if you are trying to compete with a iconic Korean product that has been extremely successful, wouldn't you have it manufactured in Korea?



December Mask Maven by Beauteque

December's Mask Maven arrived and I was happy to see that this month's theme was an assortment of different sheet masks. Don't get me wrong, the themed monthly sets are nice but not all people have the same skincare concerns.
As always, this month came in a mesh bag and this time it came with a description card unlike last months fiasco here



L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Review and Comparison

The Korean cushion style foundation craze has definitely sparked big western cosmetic companies here in the US and Europe to stop and take notice. In order for these company's to remain competitive against the strongly established "cushion" category in the Asian Beauty world, I think we are going to see the rise of US and European brands releasing their versions of the cult classic cushion foundation. Cushion foundations are beginning to pop up lately everywhere like the Lancome's Miracle Cushion, Pur Minerals' Air Perfection Compact Cushion and brand store brands like Physician's Formula All-In-1 ABC Cushion and the new L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion.
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The Display:

Here is the display for the new L'Oreal cushion at my local store here in Portland Oregon



Seattle Meetup

Today I wanted to post about the Reddit Asian Beauty Meetup in Seattle that I attended a little over a week ago. I drove up to the Seattle area to spend a much needed weekend getaway. I also got to meet some incredible ladies!

If you are unfamiliar with Reddit, it is a forum site and one of the sub's is devoted to all things Asian Beauty. It is a fantastic community full of great information and support. The community is a lot of fun so if you love asian beauty products, I would highly recommend you check it out here.

The group decided to meet up at the Hmart in the suburb of Lynwood just north of Seattle. This Hmart is pretty big and has an Amore Pacific store, a store devoted to brands under the LG umbrella and has a super cute bookstore. We also went to the Daiso store across the street located in the Alderwood Mall.

Here are a few pictures of the Amore Pacific store!



Skincare Update #2

I wanted to update you all on my progress using Curology and Korean skincare! I first did a post regarding my recent battle with hormonal, cystic acne here. Although my progress has been slow, my skin is healing and showing great improvement.

For those of you who do not know about Curology let me tell you! Curology is an online dermatological service. Once you sign up, you will fill out a lengthy questionnaire, upload photos and are assigned a practitioner and they will prescribe a prescription based on your skincare needs. The cost is $19.95 per month and this monthly fee includes your personalized Curology prescription, unlimited refills and unlimited access to your assigned practitioner. You communicate with them on your progress, upload more pictures and together you can change your prescription if needed. My practitioner is amazing.  I have sent her tons of messages and she has been patient and very helpful :)

If you use this link here you can get your first month completely free! Yep, free! You can try it risk free for a month.

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