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SHISEIDOSynchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20: First Impressions

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Where have I been? I guess I fell into a black hole of grad school papers and projects. However, I’m back for my seven followers (maybe just six now) and I’m here to post just for the holiday. Because nothing says “Irish” like a new foundation from Japan. For reals, I received a sample and I wanted to talk about it. 

I just started freelancing for Shiseido, and I was excited to try a sample of their newest foundation, Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20. 

I present:

(Photo from Sephora but this can be purchased in-person at Lord and Taylor and Macy’s)

This is a lightweight, oil-free foundation which “harmonizes” with your skin. Oh and it’s also long wearing. 
Let’s see it in action:

  (Taken around 11 am).

*Note: In the picture on the right, I added their stick concealer. It’s similar to the amazing concealer from their sister company, Cle de Peau, but it costs much less. 

Btw, my foundation shade is the third shade level in neutral. It also comes in a rose and warm undertone. 

Pros and Cons:


  • Did NOT break me out. No bumps, no tumor zits. Nada. Amen
  • Long lasting. This wore well until the time I took it off. A little shine started on the forehead and nose by the 7th hour. 
  • No primer necessary. But honestly, I’m not one to use primer anyway. 
  • This is going to be your holy grail foundation for the summer. I really hate that expression but I must call it as it is. 


  • Price is 45 dollars, but a little goes a long way. It is long lasting too. Seems like you get your money’s worth. 
  • Some more shade options would be nice for deeper skin tones. 

Let’s see how it looked at the end of the day:


As you can see, humidity is starting to happen here in New Jersey. Hence the Jersey curls. Current look: Simba’s angry. 

The verdict: Get this foundation. Get it no matter if you are oily, combo, or dry. It’s for all skin types and let’s be real, we all sweat in the summer so this is a perfect fit for that. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋


NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer =Got You Glowing

I’m confused. I’m the girl who needs her foundation oil and fragrance free or her skin freaks out either immediately (bumps) or after a day or two (cystic acne). Yet for the last week I’ve been using a concealer made with coconut oil and nothing. has. happened. Nothing. Infact, my skin looks better and has less clogging overall. 


Oh, and I’m using it as foundation. Yes that’s right, it’s madness! Let’s have a look see:


I’m currently using shade 4 which is a touch dark but I feel so pale this winter that I don’t mind. Shade 3 is too perfect and I feel like I look anemic or I may pass out from the vapors. 

This tube of concealer is $6.00 at Ulta. A little goes a long way, so I have a feeling it’s going to last a while
I can’t tell you why this is working out for me, but it is. Maybe the cold weather is making my skin need oil? If you’re dry, try this out. If you are combo/oily keep it minimally applied. I think applying this under the eye is not enough and it is not super flattering. However, as a glowy foundation it rules. 

Check it out:

Makes dry skin happy! Now if only the cold would stop pissing me off. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

Simple Micellar Water: First Impressions…

Water, water, everywhere and not a drop to drink. While this looks like water, and is odorless like water, it’s not water. Don’t drink it. 

This is one of the hot new Micellar cleansing waters on the market. These types of cleansers are able to remove makeup with out having to be rinsed off. Hmmmm…

The other day my friend messaged me for my opinion on cleansing waters, and I was honest that I’ve never tried one. However, after some research I decided that I NEEDED to try one. Who wouldn’t want to  cleanse their skin fast and without the need to rinse? However, when I tried to research a good one to try, I was pretty bummed.  Many Micellar waters have fragrance. 👎. 

The  trick was finding one without fragrance. Fragrance is so irritating! Nobody needs fragrance on their face, so why use it? 

My first choice in sampling this water was the version from my beloved La Roche Posay, but when I saw that fragrance was the last ingredient I was turned off. 

That’s when I found this bottle from Simple skincare. 

Pro’s and Con’s:


  • You get a generous amount of product for under seven bucks. 
  • Feels gentle on the face.
  • Contains Niacinamide. That ingredient can increase ceramides and promotes a soft texture for the skin. 
  • Did not cause a breakout*


  • This does not really remove every trace of makeup
  •  Pretty terrible at removing heavy mascara. 

How did I know that all my face makeup wasn’t removed? I was skeptical and not wanting to risk a breakout, so I washed my face with a foaming soap and my Clinique Sonic brush. The brush had picked up significant traces of makeup! No bueno. Although this cleansing water didn’t break me out, I can see this weak cleansing effort not helping in the long run. 

So, do you need Micellar water in your life?  That depends. I think the super dry and sensitive skin folks will love this. But anyone with an oily section of their face, like the tzone, will not really benefit as this product doesn’t deeply cleanse. Perhaps some of the pricier Micellar waters may be more effective, but I’m not willing to try any one of them if they have fragrance, and most of them do. 

Other ways I recommend to use this water:

  • For a quick refresher before reapplying evening makeup for a night out. 
  • To clean up makeup mistakes around the eye. This water is great for that because it can remove shadow, but does not make the skin oily. 
  • To keep by your bedside for the few nights where you just don’t have the strength to wash your face. I’d keep that to a minimum. 

If these off label benefits interest you, or if you wear very little makeup, then you should consider trying Simple’s version of Micellar water. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋