Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Review: YSL's Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation

For years now, I've been mixing my foundation with YSL's Touche Eclat. I don't actually have a stable foundation and have been living off sample tubes. I always get given a stack of beige-coloured foundation samples with my skincare purchases. I am on the paler side, so I like to mix a little bit of Touche Eclat in it to lighten the shade and to give my face a hint of radiance. 

Awhile ago, I learnt about YSL's Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation ($400HK) which has been inspired by the illuminating effects of the Touche Eclat. I read a few reviews online and found that the comments were generally positive. So I made a mental note to try it out when I was in Hong Kong!

The Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation is being marketed as a weightless fluid foundation that highlights and contours, giving our face greater dimension. It is free from opaque fillers and helps with evening out skintones.

More simply, the product is not meant to entirely conceal our natural skin colour. Its intention is to even out our skintone by letting it shine through the foundation particles.

Like most girls, I am in love with YSL's packaging. That gold really emphasises that sense of prestige that I associate with the brand. The foundation is housed in a glass pump bottle that I find very convenient for application. It'll be interesting to see when I'm close to finishing the bottle whether I'll have any problems getting any remaining product out of there.

I got matched several times for the foundation - B20, BR20 and B30. The first two shades belong to the paler beige colours. BR20 is a lovely milky beige colour with a hint of pink rose and B30 is a yellowy shade that in actuality, matched my actual face colour the most. However, I ended up purchasing B20 which sits between BR20 and B30. 

B20 is a creamy beige that simply made my face look alive. It gave me that hint of vibrancy that neither BR20 and B30 could deliver. Although B30 is close to my actual skin colour, it made my face look dull and a bit flat. 

The SA that was helping me really wanted me to get BR20 but the colour itself is quite pale despite it having that lovely rosy hue that I like. Pale might be the way to go in Hong Kong because that's the look that most women strive for but it's impractical for Australia where I would turn out looking ghostly.

The foundation is extremely light, fluid and feels like silk on my face. A little bit goes a long way as it spreads easily. I've tried applying this with a brush, sponge applicator and my fingertips, and have found that the latter works the best for me. I like to work the product into my skin with my fingers. I also genuinely believe that this foundation works for all skin types. It's light enough for oily and normal skin types and creamy enough for dry skin.

The first few days I wore this, I kept staring at myself in mirrors. My face looked much more radiant and healthy. I also loved how it didn't feel like a mask on my face. Just about every other foundation that I've tried makes me feel like I'm wearing a veil on my face.

However because the product offers such a dewy finish, it does not do much in terms of coverage. At the most, it covered the minor redness that I have on my eyelids. It did not sufficiently cover my dark eye-circles. By extension, I have found that it's not a long-lasting foundation. I struggle to have the product on my face the entire day. 


Friday, 18 January 2013

Macau Restaurant, Tsim Tsa Tsui

Hi everyone!

I'm back again! You have no idea how excited I am to get back to blogging! For those who have been following my Instagram and Twitter, you'll know that I've spent a month in Hong Kong and Macau. I've just returned home and I cannot wait to share with you all the amazing things I've done!

I've been travelling between Australia and Hong Kong since I was a few months old according to my parents. This is mainly because our family is split between the two countries. I can definitely say that this trip was by far the best. I saw so much and learnt even more!

Hong Kong is filled with a million different eats and it's always difficult for me to answer those who ask which restaurant is my absolute favourite. However, Macau Restaurant in Tsim Tsa Tsui is definitely on my recommend list for travellers and those looking for a quick but fulfilling meal.

Situated near Canton Road, the Macau Restuarant is a great choice for those who are fuelling up or refuelling after a hectic round of shopping. It's not a fancy place to eat, since it's a Hong Kong style Tea Restaurant but the extensive menu features delicious Macanese and Hong Kong eats served piping hot and in quick succession. Great for hungry hippos and those on the go.

A lot of people go to the Macau Restaurant for the Pork Chop buns. A lot of people say that this is what Macau people eat but after speaking to a few locals on my Macau street, they all laughed and said 'This is what Hong Kong people think we eat. We don't all eat Pork Chop buns'. 


Nonetheless, the Pork Chop bun at Macau Restaurant is really taste and I like them more than the ones I've had in Macau. The pork chop piece is always seasoned perfectly and is sandwiched between a crispy bun. Pork chop buns always taste better when the bun is crispy!

Stir fried green beans with minced pork and olive paste is a Cantonese dish that I always order in Hong Kong. When done well, you can actually taste the 'Wok Hei' from the wok. This one isn't bad. What I liked most about it was that although it looks quite oily in the photo, in reality you couldn't really taste it.

We also ordered a mild chicken curry. I'm not big on curries but my brother is and he found this curry very well done. He said that it was full of spices and the potato pieces just melted in your mouth. 

I can't eat spicy things because I seriously start sweating! AHAH. 

The whole fish with fried noodles, vegetables and mushrooms was also super tasty! The best part was the crunchy friend noodles which was softened by the sauce that was layered on top of the dish. 

The only critique I have about this dish is that they could have at least chopped up the veggies a bit more. Far out! That piece of vegetable is almost as long as the dish!

Hope everyone has having a great 2013! 

Macau Restaurant
25-27 Lock Road
Tsim Tsa Tsui, Kowloon