The Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation and Maifanshi Moisture Foundations are cult favorites among makeup artists and those with dry skin. I recently ordered a set of samples from the Koh Gen Do website that included the Fair-Medium ranges of both shades. As you can see, the range is a bit limited for the fair range, pretty solid for the light/medium folks, and also very limited for darker skin tones. I didn’t order the darker samples knowing they wouldn’t fit my skin tone, but there really aren’t any options for those beyond a “medium” shade in the Aqua foundation. The Moisture foundation range includes three “deep” shades.
Hi there, friends!
In an attempts to help remind me of what I have, find dupes, and contribute back to other folks who are looking for their shade in foundations, concealer, and other products…I’ve decided to start The Swatch Library! These won’t be full reviews of products, but rather swatches and brief descriptions. If you see anything here that you want to know more about, let me know and I can work on a full review.
These posts can be found under the “View By Category” button on the sidebar–> The Swatch Library, and will also show up in product specific searches.
Let me know what you think!
Just a quick announcement– Triple Shot of Beauty has become Swatches & Stethoscopes!
You can now find me here at www.swatchesandstethoscopes.com for more beauty-related content, reviews, as well as the occasional bits and bobs about my coffee addiction and medical school.
Hair care lovers? Keep an eye out! There will be a giveaway coming soon from a brand I have worked with in the past 🙂
In the meanwhile, you can read my most recent post about my eyelash extension experience and make sure you are following along so you don’t miss anything!
This post has been highly requested! I was surprised at how many people were curious about the process of having synthetic eyelashes adhered to each of your individual eyelashes one at a time…but hey– if you want to hear about my experience with eyelash extensions, you’ve come to the right place!
Hello again everyone! I thought I would start my first “ingredients” posts with the “ABC’s” of skincare ingredients– first up, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). If you missed the first Beauty Nerd introductory post, make sure you read it here.
First, my disclaimer: Nothing I write in this series is medical advice and I will be writing from the perspective of a consumer interested in understanding how products work and if they are effective. If you have any medical questions, you should talk to your doctor!
What are they?
AHAs are organic compounds that contain a carboxyl group and one hydroxyl group at the alpha position (hence the name, Alpha Hydroxy Acids). Examples of AHAs include glycolic acid and lactic acid (the two most commonly used for cosmetic skincare results), citric acid, malic acid, and tartaric acid.
What are they used for?
It has been about two months since I’ve posted on the blog and it has been a crazy and wonderful time! Since the last post, I had a birthday, celebrated Thanksgiving and spent a month back home with my family, and got engaged. The hiatus to focus on family has been wonderful, but I am ready to get back to blogging!
I thought I would share some of my favorites, material and beauty-related and otherwise, to fill you all in on the time since the blog hiatus.
Before, when traveling I was afraid that I would forget something that I needed or not have enough options so I would pack a ton of stuff. It made it difficult to find the things that I actually needed! Now, I’ve paired it down to just the essentials.
Going on a trip soon? Just nosy about what I pack in my travel makeup bag? If so, read on!
So as promised a while ago, I am starting the beginning of a blog series about being a smart consumer, or “beauty nerd,” when it comes to skincare and makeup– focusing on one ingredient or type of product at a time. Before I jump right into the series and start analyzing an ingredient and the products that contain it… I feel like I should cover some basics. If you are a science person, this will probably all be review for you, but if you aren’t then this will be a good place to start. So lets get right into it!
From the title of this blog post/review…you can probably guess how I felt about these products….but I feel like even products that don’t work for me deserve a thorough review. Maybe it will work for you, or maybe I’ll save one of you the frustration of finding a product that doesn’t work!
There was a lot of hype surrounding the new Anastasia Beverly Hills foundation sticks, especially on Instagram and other social media sites. One of the biggest selling points of this foundation was the announcement that there would be 30 shades, including those in very fair to very dark skin colors and in several undertones. As someone on the fairer end of the spectrum with a neutral-olive undertone, this got me pretty excited. If you read my “Most Wanted” post from several weeks back– I had been planning to purchase a foundation and contour stick from the brand for a while. Now that I’ve gotten a chance to use it multiple times, lets talk about what worked and what didn’t.
In exchange for an honest review, POPSUGAR offered to send me their September Must Have box to try out. POPSUGAR, the website you might now for their Facebook share-able articles, celebrity news, seasonal recipes, and makeup tips offers a subscription box. With so many subscription boxes on the market, I feel like you have to have a really good product to make it worth the buy. Keep reading to see what came in my box and whether I think it’s worth the price!