Jun 262014
 

Hum runway ready01 As I was running through a Sephora a few weeks ago grabbing some items, I noticed the HUM Nutrition Supplements that looked fun and friendly. Taking care of ourselves means eating right, but sometimes I need a little something to help my hair and nails to look their best. Because I really do agree with the line’s tag “Beauty Starts from Within,” I agreed to try out the HUM Runway Ready set ($36/30 pack). On my way to Colorado, I took a roughly two-week supply in my bag, which proved to be a good decision. Hum runway ready07 These daily envelopes each contain a mix of HUM’s Red Carpet and Killer Nails formulas. Each day during my trip, I found these very easy to integrate into my very packed days. I’d have one pre-measured envelope with a glass of Emergen C.  Easy peasy! Hum runway ready08 Although the line recommends that these be taken with food, I slipped up some days without any side effects (oops!). Anyway, the pills were very small and easy to swallow, and I had the side benefit of knowing that I was adding a little “beauty from the inside” once a day.  Click to enlarge: Hum ingredients If you don’t like the envelope format, these supplements are available in standard bottles, as well as other offerings to address a variety of beauty concerns, including firmer skin, hydration and omega-3 for overall health. Hum runway ready09Overall, I was impressed with the ease of use and convenience of the line. Definitely worth a look.

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Apr 132014
 

Shiseido Cleansing Oil

Over the past weeks, I’ve been busy packing and organizing for a cross-country move. Last week, roughly a dozen women-hours was dedicated to packing up a vault of makeup. If you’d like to learn more about how we proceeded, drop me a comment and I’m happy to post about it. There are currently about nine boxes of skincare, haircare, and makeup ready for the first phase of my move, which means moving out of my current home and to a transition property, at the end of April. Whew!

In the meantime, I’ve been rolling through my file of photographs and realized that I have many skincare items that I’ve tested and not yet reviewed. There always seems to be a reason–well, one more week of testing? Am I certain that one made me break out?–that seems to get in the way. But as they say, sometimes the perfect is the enemy of the enemy of progress and so I thought I’d post several today to provide my thoughts to anyone interested.

First up is Shiseido’s Ultimate Cleansing Oil ($25/5 ounces), a lovely and effective oil cleanser from a skincare master. Although my go-to for years has been Shu Uemura, I was determined to find alternatives since Shu left U.S. counters. This was an extremely gentle and effective product, housed in a plastic pump-topped bottle.

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This clear, colorless, softly scented oil was a pleasure to use, and it worked very well. As confirmed by a glance at my white Clarisonic bristles after use, Shiseido’s oil cleanser seems to me to be equally effective to Shu’s offering. It’s excellent. My only complaint was the size of the bottle–I wish that Shiseido offered an extra-large size (at a proportional price point, of course). This bottle lasted roughly 3-4 months of twice-daily use. Ingredient list (click to enlarge):

Shiseiodo Cleansing oil ingredients

Shiseido’s Ultimate Cleansing Oil is available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, and Barneys New York

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May 082013
 

Shiseido Tinted Sun Protection06

As much as I love a new color palette or bronzer, at the beginning of every day I also think about protecting my skin. Lately I’ve been considering summer options for base makeup. I live in Northern California, and the climate can be dry and bright. I have combination skin that is warm and light (Chanel Ivoire/Cameo and around a MAC NC15). I decided to try Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protection SPF 43 ($30/ 1 oz.) (available in 3 shades, I’m using #2). This one is easy to miss, it’s a quiet product that is worth a look.

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This is a tinted sunscreen in a cosmetically elegant makeup base that feels lightweight and a touch moisturizing. On application, I do not detect any strong scent. The coverage is on the lightweight side of medium, but far closer to the medium category. It covers about as well as many foundations, slightly more than Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (the Shiseido feels more moisturizing than Chanel).  The Shiseido is very comfortable when applied.

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It’s notable that Shiseido is offering this level of sun protection in a cosmetically elegant makeup base for $30, when the prices of other lines are pushing $40-90. Shiseido’s Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector looks like a true foundation, particularly when compared to the Elta MD Physical Sunscreen which feels and looks much heavier and drier. Shiseido’s has a pretty, natural sheen. This Shiseido Tinted Sun Protector does have dimethicones listed in the ingredients, is advertised as “oil free,” and has not shown any signs of pore clogging or breakouts (your mileage may vary, of course).

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Shiseido’s Tinted UV Protector takes a few minutes to dry down.  I usually wait and do my eyes/hair in the meantime, because applying blush over a wet foundation can be a one-way ticket to patchy-town. If I’m in a real hurry, I grab my duo-fibre brush and apply a quick dusting of Nars Light Reflecting Powder (loose), which settles everything down. I really like the SPF 43 features of the product, although to be safe I use a layer of sunscreen underneath as the sun can be quite unforgiving where I live. According to Shiseido:

  • Contains SuperVeil-UV 360™ offering comprehensive protection of the skin’s surface and Profense CEL™ protects cells and DNA and helps inhibit enzyme activity, which are the causes of wrinkles and uneven skin tone.
  • Thiotaurine and Rose Apple Leaf Extract are effective in inhibiting oxidation caused by external environmental factors.
  • Water resistant (40 min) but easily removable with regular cleanser.

My experience with Shiseido sun care products in the past has been quite good–they seem to know their business quite well in the sun protection area. Active ingredients:

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Inactive ingredients (click to enlarge):

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Let’s talk about stability. Shiseido Tinted UV Protector seems like a really good option for skin that leans a bit dry. I have combination skin, and on days when the temperatures are in the moderate range (the 70’s), the foundation was very stable. I got a good 10 hours without any shifting or fading. Note that I’m wearing Nars Light Reflecting Powder, which acts as a setting powder and does help. On very warm days (into the ’90’s, or 30’s Celsius), I start to get a “glow” on my forehead about 3-4 hours application (this also happens with Diorsnow BB Cream). Still, Shiseido Tinted UV Protector gives me stable coverage despite the glow–it doesn’t shift or fade, but I do have to powder down. Even with my combination skin, I love it because the texture looks nice, natural, and has a pretty finish. This one’s going to get used up.

Here are some swatch comparisons with some other foundations that I have on hand–Nars Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, Chanel Pro Lumiere in Cameo, and MAC Pro Longwear in NC15.

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 If you are looking for something similar with a broader shade range, has more coverage, and that stays matte longer in the day (and doesn’t feel quite as moisturizing), I’d go with Shiseido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation. (I’m planning to do a “foundations for hot, humid weather” overview soon–spoiler alert, this Shiseido foundation makes the cut).  By comparison, the Shiseido Tinted UV Protector has slightly less coverage, feels more comfortable, and has more a more luminous, natural sheen. Here’s a picture so you can see it blending into the skin:

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Available at Nordstrom and at all other Shiseido counters. Like this Sun Protection Liquid Foundation, the Tinted UV Protector is found on the sun/skin care display, not with the standard Shiseido foundations/BB Cream.

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