Monday, November 26, 2012

Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit in Honey Beige Review

I purchased this maybe a couple months ago, but only last week had the chance to try this out and make a review!

For about a couple dollars more than the BB Magic Cream, you can get almost twice as much product with more benefits! There is 35ml in the BB Magic Cream, while you can get 60ml with the Bright Fit BB. The Bright Fit BB cream has sunscreen, anti-wrinkle and lightening properties. It also comes in 4 shades: Light Beige, Natural Beige, Honey Beige and Sand Beige.

I decided to purchase Honey Beige, since I was afraid that Sand Beige would be too dark on me.

I'd learned my mistake from the last BB that I bought, and pumped the product with the nozzle on the bottom. It only took me one try to get the product out of the container, as opposed to the last time. The BB cream has a very slight scent. It is also noticeably darker than BB Magic.

Honey Beige!

Size comparison
BB Magic for $11, Precious Mineral for $13

I used BB Magic a a highlighter on my forehead, nose, cheekbones and chin. The Precious Mineral BB was a perfect match for my skin tone. This meant I could always add a bit more on areas I wanted to conceal without looking like a blotchy ghost. The product glided on smoothly when I applied it with my fingers, and blended well. It held up pretty well over 5 hours, and only the BB Magic cream on my nose slightly wore off. It looks kinda ashy with the flash on, but in other kinds of lighting, it looked pretty natural.

sorry for the derp eyes, I wasn't sure where to look.
I give this product a 4/5, and I would definitely repurchase it! By the way, the retailer I got it from is on eBay, and This seller is based in Korea, so the prices are much cheaper than what you would normally get, plus the seller always includes free samples! You can get makeup cheaper on the eBay store, but the cosmetic-love site has a membership and allows you to accumulate points, and even become a retailer (to the best of my understanding.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Introduction to Bra Sizing and Marks and Spencer Limited Collection Pushup Plunge (T81-098448282P) Review

Hi guys! You might be wondering why I'm going to be posting pictures of me in my underwear here! Well, I wanted to inform you all about accurate bra sizing.

In this picture, you can see I'm not really packing much in the chest department. I'm not wearing a bra of any sort, by the way. You would probably guess that I'm an A-cup if you already know how to properly fit bras, but I actually measure at 24F.

Yes, duckface. It's supposed to be a ridiculous picture

With my measurements of 24 ribcage and 31 bust, I get the size 24F. Wait, what? 24F? Do they even make this size? Yes and no. The size exists, but currently only Ewa Michalak (a bra manufacturer) makes this size, and even then it's a custom size.
Bra sizes are normally made in 28 bands and onwards, in 2-inch increments. Cup sizes are determined by how many inches the cup size differs from the band size, in simpler words, cup size is relative to band size.. In my case, 31-24=7. According to the chart below, a 7 inch difference is an F cup.

Click for a larger view! courtesy of a redditor from r/abrathatfits (name will be edited when I check it!)

Sizing isn't about how big your boobs look to you or others. It's about how the bra fits on you! Different manufacturers size bras slightly differently. Even bras by the same manufacturer may vary in size depending on the model. So you might be wondering, how can I find out if a bra fits? Busty Resources can point you in the right direction with a guide on how to measure yourself to find a starting point to finding your perfect size.


Since the 24F I should be wearing is kind of expensive if I custom order it (currently the only way to get it), I ordered a couple Limited Collection Marks and Spencer bras in 28DD. 28DD is the sister size of 24F, meaning if I go up in band sizes but want to keep the cup volume, I add two to the band size and go down a letter (or double letter, as in the case of Ds, Fs, Gs etc).

Sorry about the unshaved pits, my husband is living No Shave November vicariously through my armpits
As you can see, a 28DD is nowhere near humongous. This is a push-up bra, too. I will restate this: cup size is relative to band size.

My thoughts on this bra:

The straps are waaay too wide set for me. I don't feel very comfortable with the strap placement. The band is snug, and does not ride up when hooked on the first one (Ladies, that is how you can tell if the band fits!). I don't experience any quadboobing, nor gapping (how you can tell the cup fits). It's a pretty good bra, and I can only imagine that the bra would fit much much better on someone with a 28 inch rib cage measurement.

I would buy maybe another of these bras, I feel like I look fantastic in it :3

More reviews to come!

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