With the new year slowly approaching, it seems only appropriate to do a wrap up post! I’ll be (hoping) to do two of these, so first up is my Makeup post! In my first year of blogging, I realised that I like to test out make up products more than I do skincare – even though I am an absolute geek for a thorough and well considered skincare routine. Perhaps this is because I’m not a very patient person and I like something where I can see results right away. In addition, I do wear quite a bit of make up every day of the week for work, so finding the perfect products is really important to me. I am someone with rather temperamental skin conditions (sometimes very oily and sometimes ridiculously dry) and sensitive eyes, so I am quite strict sometimes on the products that I love and I don’t.
For this reason, I am sometimes a bit of a stickler for brand choices. My brand choices for this year have mainly centred about long-lasting power, high pigmentation and my beloved dewy finishes. Clio remains on top as one of my favourites, with 3CE being a very strong contender in some areas and LUNA being a surprising – but not that surprising – new obsession of mine.
If you’re interested in reading about my top choices (and yes, of course you are) then click on! These products are in no particular order but are all products that I loved and used continuously throughout the year.
I’ve been wanting to try using foundations again but have been hesitant to pick up some Western brands because they’re often a bit too heavy for me (though seeing Sophia use the NARS one is tempting me to pick up a bottle myself), so I was pretty glad when I went to Stylenanda to see that they do carry foundations and not only BB creams. I picked up two from one – a cream that was thicker and this water based foundation which had a light, natural coverage. I thought that this would be suitable for every day use, especially in the hotter weather when I don’t want to be caked on.
I picked this product up in Natural Ivory, which is actually a shade lighter than what was recommended to me. I find that most store assistants will recommend me a slightly darker shade (usually a 23) but I much prefer the look of a 21 on my skin. I find that it blends better and looks more natural with the rest of me too. Plus, I am also a sucker for wanting a pale complexion.
Read on for my full review!
So, so many cushions! Honestly, I can’t believe that it was only a few months ago that I never really used BB cushions. I mean, I knew what they were and I did own one, but I had always preferred bottle formulas – most likely because I am a creature of habit. I did jump onto the cushion bandwagon with IOPE and Clio though and, before I knew it, I absolutely couldn’t stop. I think that I am now slowly approaching thirty cushion compacts (not including refills) so you can see that I’m rather picky with what I do and don’t like now.
This pact (though not technically a cushion, I will count it as one) is actually the first LUNA product that I had tried over a year ago – that was when it first came out, I think, and I saw the special stand at Watsons in Sinchon. Since I wasn’t a big user for compacts, I hadn’t bought it then but I regretted it so badly. I spent an entire year thinking about the amazing dewiness of the finish and the perfect coverage that I had swatched, so it is understandable that I didn’t even care how much it cost. Once I stepped foot into the Watsons, I grabbed the compact – no questions, no hesitations.
I did find an exclusive Halloween edition though, which was sold only at Watsons called the Lucky Horror Show, so I knew that I wanted that design. Aside from the cushion, I also grabbed their liquid concealer and concealer palette (which I will review at a later date) but I do think that I’m obsessed with their brand. Read on for my review!
I’ll be honest, I completely splurged at Banila Co because I am so excited about Taeyeon being their new model. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge (and probably embarrassing) fan of hers – and SNSD, of course. Prior to this, I had never actually never used anything from them, not even their super famous Clean it Zero cleansers. However, I think I’ve stocked up on a pretty good variety to get a good feel for their brand (and figure out their strengths and weaknesses).
So here I go with my first Banila Co review! This is a cushion that I wanted as soon as the collaboration came out. Of course, this desire was only further augmented with Taeyeon’s photoshoot came out. This is from their collaboration with Iphoria, a super quirky accessories brand and comes with four different cases. The refills are interchangeable – they are previously existing Banila Co formulas, so it is really only the packaging that’s different.
When I heard that IOPE had released a new series of their cushions, I was beyond excited. They now have a broader range of colours and finishes – ranging from matte, natural to dewy. Since I first tried their XP cushion, they had been on the top of my HG list, so I was really excited to see how they had improved the formula. And goodness, I am happy.
With this cushion, I bought it on G-Market around the time it was first released, so I also got an extra refill, a limited edition case (not photographed as I don’t have it on me, but you will see it on Instagram) and a bunch of samples. I was tempted to try out their higher coverage version, but I ended up going with their ‘Moisture Lasting’ formula. I’ve always been a big fan of dewy finishes, though often have issues with it slipping or caking during the day – as I’m not very good at touching up.
What I found with this cushion is that I rarely have to touch up, and the caking is super minimal. I used it throughout my trip in Korea and I am still using it now. I bought a lot of other cushions, but this one remains at the top of the list.
Read on for my full review!
Hi everyone! I really wanted to get one last review out before I head off to Seoul tomorrow morning, so I thought that this would be a good post to go with. It’s also very possible that I’ll write up some stuff before boarding my plane (as I’m wanting to schedule a few posts to go in between my travel posts too) so don’t think I’ll be silent for the next nineteen days! In fact, I’ll be extra talkative.
I proved myself wrong!
Hi all; it looks like I’m finally back from my Korea trip with a lot of photos and videos to share, new products to review and some others that I’ve been testing and need to catch up on. Without further ado, let’s roll right back into it with a new review!
This is Tonymoly’s BCDation Plus, a liquid base make up that combines BB/CC Cream with Foundation. This isn’t the first that I’ve heard of this formula, as I think Clio do something similar as well, but I was wanting to try this because my favourite Youtuber SINNIM has said some good things about this product. I was tossing between the cushion and the liquid version, but I chose to go with this bottle simply because I have been using a lot more cushions lately (when, funnily enough, I usually prefer bottled BB creams) and this one contains a lot more product than the standard cushion. It’s been said that there is little to no different between the two though.
I received this product to review from My Korean Makeup and you can check out their website to purchase this (or anything else).
Hi everyone! Double post for today because these have been sitting in my drafts for the longest time and I’ve tested it for plenty long enough to give my thoughts. This product is the Snow Lotus White Tone Up Cream by Petitfee, a Korean brand that exists in partnership (or under) Koelf. This is meant to give an instant brightening effect though I’m not entirely sure of whether it is meant to have long-term melanin reduction effects like the other whitening cream that I use (Cloud9). This product is designed to be used anywhere on the body and is meant to be applied as the last step of your skincare regime.
I received this product to try out by RoseRoseShop and I was really interested to try out another whitening cream. For the past year or so, I have been using Cloud9 almost exclusively and, although it is proven to be effective, the main issue I have with it is that it’s quite drying on the skin – which is quite common for whitening products, but worse when it contains pigmentation (how the instant brightening happens). I’m hoping that this product is different in that sense.
I’m back again with another cushion review! I seem to be doing so many of them lately that my cushion collection has been seriously building. I have no complaints though because base make up is such an important part of your make up routine and, personally, I think the key to perfect make up is to find the perfect base. However, it’s important to note that these products are often subjective and really dependent on your personal preferences. For me, I love dewy finishes, blendability and a medium coverage – full coverage is a bit too heavy for me, as my skin is pretty decent on most days.
One of the first BB creams that I used is actually from Missha! We didn’t have many asian beauty stores in Sydney those few years ago and my choices were limited between Tonymoly, The Face Shop and Missha. Missha had won me over with their Perfect Cover product and, since then, I’ve always really liked their products. I’ve heard that they were fairly late on the cushion compact game but, after seeing this one, I couldn’t help wanting to test it out.
This product was sent to me for review my My Korean Makeup! They have great service and free shipping too, so don’t hesitate to check them out if you want to get the Missa M Magic Cushion Moisture (which is super affordable at USD$9.90) or if you want to check out the rest of their products.
And with that, it’s on with the review!
I hope everyone’s having a great weekend! I’ve been spending some time working out finances for my upcoming trip to Korea and… well, accidentally on purpose making some purchases on Gmarket. For now though, I’m going to restrain myself from spending for the next three weeks until I’m abroad. This is all the more reason to really dive into my reviews and talk about the wonderful things I’ve been trying lately. So, without further ado, here’s my review of April Skin’s Magic Snow Cushion Pink!
This is one of their new cushions (with a super improved packaging and logo design) and comes in four colours, three of which are colour correcting bases. I was really excited to try this and received it at the same time as the original cushion from StyleKorean. Compared to the white cushion, I definitely think that this rose gold case is a lot prettier and the holographic lettering is really eye-catching.
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Concealer can either make or break your base make up and, honestly, I seldom get it right. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect concealer product for me and, at the moment, pretty much swear by Clio’s Kill Cover. It has been the only product that could simultaneously give me super high coverage (because I am a night owl and definitely need it) while not making my skin look super dry and aged. However, just because I found one thing that works pretty well, doesn’t mean I’m giving up on it all!
KollectionK sent me the following product for review and I was pretty excited to try it out. My friend Sophia uses the pot version of Aritaum’s Full Cover concealer, so I had high hopes for this. I chose to review the stick version instead though, as I find it a lot handier to carry around in my bag. I’ve used MAC’s studio sculpt pot concealer before, which had pretty good coverage, but felt it didn’t suit my on-the-go and hurry-up-you’re-late lifestyle very well.