Here’s for Loraine =)

Botanics Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover ($5.99)
This is hands down the best dual-phase eye makeup remover in the market considering how cheap it is. It contains Iceland moss extract to hydrate and calm the skin and oil to remove stubborn eye makeup, including waterproof mascara. It also feels very gentle on the skin and is never too drying or too oily. I highly recommended this for all types of skin.

Chanel Precision Gentle Biphase Eye Makeup Remover ($27.50)
Like Lancome’s Bi-facil, this comes in a dual-phase formula. It contains water cornflower extract and water rose extract to soothe and calm the eye area. It is also fragrance-free and does not leave a oily film like Lancome’s and it never stings. It is pretty effective but a tad expensive for an eye makeup remover so I say get it only if you have the extra money.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (~$3)
People have been using this to remove waterproof mascara and the most stubborn makeup since forever. It is extremely gentle, non-irritating, cheap, widely available and works just as well as your department store makeup removers. I used this last night and my eye makeup came right off after one swipe. If you wear contacts like I do, however, remember to take them out before using it – the oil can mess up your contacts.

L’oreal Gentle Eye Make Up Remover ($6)
Since Lancome is owned by L’oreal, their products usually share a similar, if not, the same formula. I *loved* Bi-facil so I picked this one up, hoping it would be a great knock-off but boy was I wrong! Compared to Lancome’s Bi-facil, this definitely feels drier on my skin. It does remove my eye makeup but for heavier makeup, you would need a few more swipes. It also does not do anything to waterproof mascaras and made my eyes all dry and itchy. I am so staying away from this one!

Chanel Teint Fluide Universel Multi-vitamin Natural Makeup SPF 15 ($42) was one of my very first foundations and definitely one of my favorites. I liked this so much I even wore it to my high school graduation!

The foundation comes in a 30ml glass bottle so you do get a decent amount of product. There are a variety of shades to choose from and I use 20 Clair for my NC30 skin.

The oil-free, vitamin-enriched formula has one of the creamiest textures that moisturized my skin nicely. It blends like a dream and does a good job evening out my skin, giving it a dewy, natural look. Not to mention that it stays on really well and comes with SPF 15. Highly recommended!

* Update: This foundation is now discontinued – what a shame!

MAC Face And Body FoundationA popular on the runway, MAC Face And Body Foundation ($30) is a water-based, water-resistant foundation that claims to provide a long-lasting, natural coverage for your face and body.

The foundation comes in a huge 120ml plastic bottle so you do get a lot of product. But other than that, this foundation does not seem to work out for me at all.

Despite its so-called water-based formula, it feels really greasy even on my dry skin. The coverage is also very sheer. In fact, so sheer it barely covered anything for me. Not to mention the foundation seems to separate easily. Blah!

MAC Studio Tech FoundationI have always preferred liquid foundations but when EVERYONE raved about MAC Studio Tech ($27.50), I had to find out what it is all about.

A tri-system blend of water, emollients and powder, the Studio Tech comes in the regular MAC compact with a sponge on the bottom compartment.

While the foundation looks solid, it has a creamy texture that goes on smoothly and melts into my skin, leaving behind a natural and semi-matte finish. Coverage-wise, it is on the heavier side so I like to apply it with my MAC #190 foundation brush to sheer it out.

The only thing I did not like is the color. I always use NC30 for MAC foundations/concealers but for some reason, this one seems to run a lot darker and looks more orange. It also does not oxidize well so at the end of the day, I always end up looking darker – not hot!

Becca Luminous Skin ColorI got Becca Luminous Skin Color ($40) when it first came out back in 2002.

A combination tinted moisturizer and sheer foundation, Luminous Skin Colour promises to visibly improves the complexion, yet looks incredibly natural on the skin while offering skincare, makeup, and sun protection in one ingenious product. It also contains anti-oxidant vitamins, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic ingredients with a broad spectrum SPF 25+.