Sunday, November 10, 2013

[Review] Etude House Precious Mineral BB cream (Bright fit)

Hello!

Wow... I've been gone for a long while, haven't I? I'm really sorry about that! This year's first term of uni is going to be an absolute pain so I'm pretty much frantically studying/cramming if I'm not in lecture. Basically.
I'll be posting a lot more after mid-December, though! ;o; Sobsob.


Today's review will be on the much-hyped about Etude House BB cream precious mineral (bright fit). This post is sponsored by a small store called "Psychedelico Milly". Have you heard of them before? They're a small "big cartel" store that sells accessories, apparel, bags and cosmetics. More on them later!


So without further ado, here's the review on Etude House BB cream~ (Honey Beige, W24)




Description

"Precious mineral BB cream promotes silky complexion with pearl infused sheer coverage. Contain-sadenosine and arbutus for anti-wrinkle and whitening efficiencies. SPF for UV protection"




Features/claims:
- UV protection (SPF 30)
- Whitening, anti-wrinkle
- Anti-darkening (isn't that the same thing as UV protection...?)

- Prevents skin from becoming oily/dull by controlling sebum balance
- "Natural antioxidant powder" prevents oxidization, to get you vivid+clean skin tone
- Pearl ingredient extract = whitening, moisturizing, prevents melanin accumulation to give you bright/clear skin.
- Seaweed extract = moisturizes skin




There are 4 different shades in the "bright fit" range. I'll be reviewing the "Honey Beige/W24" shade.



Packaging: Standard, it's good and hygienic, and the pump packaging allows for better control in how much you want to use, without wasting too much product. (I really don't like BB creams that come in jars... looking at you, Holika Holika.)


Scent: Floral scent, the scent fades away after a couple minutes.

Price: $15.50 at Psychedelico Milly
(Not a huge difference from eBay stores, I'd consider it a fair price if you're not a fan of eBay. I've seen these BB creams extremely overpriced in other stores, so be careful when buying!)




Swatches
I actually ended up choosing a shade that was pretty dark on me. One of my friends uses this BB cream, and she's the same shade in MUFE HD as me, so I just got the same shade she uses for this. Uhm... it was darker. Though it may be harder to tell in the "face" picture below, it's definitely not similar to mufe hd n120. I'd fit the "natural beige" shade much better, so I guess I'll use this when I get darker.




I compared this BB cream to the same BB/foundations I used in the last Iope review.



1. MUFE HD N120
2. Etude house CC cream, silky
3. Etude house precious mineral Bb cream (w24) bright fit
4. Etude house nymph aura volumer balm #2
5. Missha perfect M BB cream #23 







Application

The BB cream part - the BB cream was creamy, and it spreads smoothly and nicely over the face. I had no complaints about the actual application. For BB creams, I like using my hands (compared to a sponge, brush, etc.) because the warmth of my hands really makes the product go on smoother and just generally gives off a better finish than when I use a brush or something.




Look! I used a bit of the BB cream on Mrs. Orange (Mrs. Tangerine? Idk). Mrs. Orange has pretty big pores, which she's very insecure about. But this BB cream seems to have covered them quite well to some extent, and Mrs. Orange is a veddy veddy content old gal.



Clearly... I'm bored.

Though it was on the "creamy" side, it felt pretty lightweight on my face. No problems there! It kind of reminded me of the Lancome Teint Idole foundation, minus the "foundation feel". The BB cream gives off a pretty dewy look, it's got a shiny, healthy glow to it.

Coverage is decent, better than other BB creams I've tried, but still won't cover up dark pigmentation spots, scars, etc. too well.





My experience
A lot of people have raved about this BB cream, many stating that this is their "HG". Humhum. I don't think this is "HG" material for myself, though. 

To me, it's just a standard BB cream that offers a bit of coverage, while giving a bit of SPF. It's nothing "sent from the Gods" or anything like that. Decent and standard.

I see myself using this BB cream on those lazy days, when you don't feel like reaching for your usual foundation or something. The days when you don't want to look too done up, but are going for just a "my skin but (a bit) better" look.



Repurchase?
It's decent and standard, and would be great for people looking for a natural, healthy skin tone (without too much coverage).

But for me? No, I don't think I will. 
NOTE: There's nothing wrong with the BB cream.

But if this is $15, I'd rather just keep the $15, save a couple more dollars and get myself an "IOPE air cushion refill". It offers the same amount of coverage, it's really easy to use, and it gives you a helluva lot more SPF.



Pros
- Offers decent amount of coverage
- Natural, dewy look
- Affordable
- Easy to buy
- Ease of use (pump packaging, and it's travel friendly)
- 4 different shades


Cons
- Pales in comparison to BB creams that do the same, but can offer more (more SPF, more skin benefits, etc.)



Rating: 3/5
Wasn't an amazing product, but it did what it had to do. Though I didn't buy into the hype of this Etude House BB cream, I should remind you that it's just my opinion. Lots of people have had good experiences with this - I'm just not a fan of Etude House BB creams overall, as I always find them lacking in some way or another.



Psychedelico Milly
This BB cream was from Psychedelico Milly, a "big cartel" store. Though it's a pretty small store (compared to the huge online asian stores you're familiar with), I had fun browsing around.

They sell accessories, apparel, bags, cosmetics and more - products are shipped from Vancouver (Canada) or Seoul and the cosmetics are 100% authentic. No fishy business here.

If you're not a fan of using eBay, and want to support a smaller, "cozier" store, PM's definitely not a bad place to shop from!






What about you?
Have you used this BB cream before? What'd you think about it?


Monday, October 14, 2013

[Review] Iope Air Cushion XP Cover 23

Do you chase beauty trends? 
I don't - not really.


But even if you're not a trend chaser, you've probably heard of "air cushions". They were a huge hit in Korea recently, and is currently the product to use now as well. Almost every brand has their own air cushion product, but Iope's Air Cushion XP is the #1 best selling. It's seen as the cushion that started it all~




Literally every single Korean girl/woman I know has heard of this particular product. If they don't already have it, they want it. My friend, Shin, brought one back from Korea and she raved about it so much my ears dropped off.

At first, I didn't really understand the insane hype. It's just another way to put on foundation, isn't it?
Hmm. After actually trying it - I get the hype now. I've been bitten by the cushion bug! ): Oh NoOoOOo.





The Iope Air Cushion XP (upgrade from EX) - here's what's inside this small white pact.

1. Built in mirror (good size!)
2. Blue "air puff" (a special puff to dab at the foundation sponge and apply the makeup)
3. A sponge soaked with foundation

The air puff and the sponge are divided with second "lid". It holds the air puff in place, while keeping air out from the bottom compartment (where the sponge is).







Description 

"Not to mention the greatly increased SPF, it includes more than 25% of hydro-mineral ingredient to keep the skin moist and glossy.

It's application over makeup does not push away the makeup, and keeps the skin protected from the UV ray all day long.

Small container with more bang!

A 4-in-1 marvel of whitening + cooling + UV block + makeup with consumer's convenience in mind!"
- Description from Mootta.com.




This product is actually really convenient - they're not joking about that. It's "bam bam apply done" with this thing. I don't need any brushes, soak a beauty blender, or get my hands dirty. A+!

The air puff is also made specifically not to absorb too much product. So what you have on the puff... will go to your face. Magic, isn't it? If only all worldly sponges were like that.

The pact itself is a little bulky, but small at the same time. It's easy to fit into a purse. It's also easy to pull it out in the middle of the day, and touch up. (I don't find myself needing to touch up, though.)

- SPF 50+/PA+++
- Sweat proof
- Vitamin B5, Vitamin E derivatives, Vitamin P.
- 30% mineral water 
- Usually comes with refill (warning: some stores will not include the refill, so make sure you know what you're paying for)



Types / Shades
I have the "cover" in shade 23.

There's 3 types of the Iope Air Cushion.

1. Natural
2. Shimmer
3. Cover


Then, there's 3 shades (colours) that you can choose from.

1. 21
2. 23
3. 22 (for "shimmer")



Size (amount of product you get)

It's a small pact and you can easily carry it in a bag, big or small. There's about 15ml of product in 1 pact. That's half the size of a MUFE HD Foundation.
- If you buy it with an additional refill, that's 30ml. (same amount in MUFE HD)



Price 

You can buy this for $39 at Mootta. (No refill)



If you buy it with no refill, it's quite expensive for that price imo.
But obviously, Iope is pricier compared to the "cute brands" (i.e. Etude House, Tonymoly, The Face Shop, Holika Holika).



Swatches

Yeah, I probably took way too many pictures for this section. But overdoing is better than under-doing?  I think?

There are 2 pictures for each "set".
1. Picture with flash (the brighter one)
2. Picture with no flash (dim window light - it was a rainy day)
- "Natural light" photos will be posted as soon as this impossible Toronto weather gets better.

I've compared the "Iope cover 23" to other well known BB/CC creams/foundations. Below:
(Note: My skin colour is usually MUFE N120; and Cover 23 is similar to that.)


(Left to right)

1. Makeup Forever HD foundation (Shade N120)
2. Etude House CC cream (#1 Silky)
3. Missha BB cream (#23)
4. Etude House nymph aura volumer baby glow balm (02 natural beige)

1) MUFE N120
2) Etude house CC cream
3) Iope Air Cushion Cover 23 
4) Etude house baby balm 02 natural beige
5) Missha 23


Spread

Blended



Applied

The "cover" shades obviously (through name) offer more coverage than "natural" or "shimmer". Many of my friends/family use the natural version, and it looks like it covers any bits of skin redness just fine.

I'd have to say that coverage is good for Cover (23). It offers medium coverage - but it's buildable. If I have particularly red skin for a day, this will easily cover most of it up.
- That being said, I don't think it covers large, red, inflamed pimples that well.


Left side; covered. [Right side is bare]


It still looks natural, and I don't look "caked".
The Iope air cushion gives a healthy glow, but it doesn't look greasy either. I still like to put on some powder on top of it.

Forgive my chappy lips... omg.
And the unruly brows. This is what midterms do to me, ok? ):

Which brings me to my next point - staying power is decent. Stays on for a good while, and I don't even think about touching up.

The "sweat proof" claim. If it's a bad day (i.e. hot and gross), it'll slip off a bit. I don't know why Iope claimed that this is sweat proof... I don't see anything that really helps support that.



Thoughts / Experience 

I actually really liked this Air Cushion! It's one of my favourite products right now - granted, there are a few "cons", but the overall experience of using this was awesome.

I'm quite tanned from the summer, so the shade doesn't fit me perfectly right now.
For much of the year (October - May), I'm a MUFE N120 and this is a very close shade match to it. So it'll match me later on in the upcoming months. I hope I get a bit paler, I really want to use this more often!

Convenience? This is convenience in a pact.
You don't have to soak a beauty blender, bring out 'yo brushes, get your fingers dirty, etc. Take out the air puff and use.
Touch up throughout the day? Easy.

It looks really natural, and light - but still offers enough coverage for me. (Again though, I don't think it'll cover large, inflamed acne too well.)

Additional note: I don't think this is easy to use on dry skin, though. I have combination skin (usually), but when I'm a little drier than usual and use this product... it will show. It will. If you have dry, flaky skin, it'll accentuate that more than other BB/CC/foundation pacts I've tried. I guess you can exfoliate well and super moisturize, though. Hmm.



The Air Puff 

I thought this was a noteworthy thing to talk about. Some people  have been talking about the air puff, how difficult it is to clean, etc.

The puff is specially designed to pick up the foundation and apply in on your face "flawlessly", without absorbing a lot of product (compared to usual sponges). And it works!

But when it comes to cleaning said air puff... hm. I've tried to, just to see how hard it was to clean.
It's difficult.

So rather than spending time attempting to wash and clean this air puff (or using a dirty puff for a long time, or using a puff with soapy/remover remains still in it), in my honest-honest opinion... I would just get a new one.
It's not too expensive.
- You can find air puffs for $2-3 in Korea.
- They're around $4 (lowest) on eBay. Some are priced at $9-10, but... I say just get the $4 one. Same thing. (Just make sure you're getting an air puff, and not a "regular puff")



Pros 
- Lightweight
- Natural looking
- Gives off a lovely, healthy glow
- Medium, buildable coverage
- SPF 50+/PA+++
- Vitamins included



Cons
- Accentuates flaky skin patches
- Air Puff is difficult to clean
- Not sweat proof
- Expensive (If you're used to buying the "cute brand" foundations/BB/CCs)



Recommend?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this product if you're looking for a natural, pretty, healthy look! I'm a big fan of this cushion, and I'm really happy that I had a chance to try this out.



Repurchase?

Yes, I will be repurchasing a refill of this. I won't be buying a full, new set (i.e. a new pact + refill) because I don't need a new pact (the "shell" part).

Yeah, the price for the Iope Air Cushion is pretty pricey.
But if I had to shell out that $35+ for a new pact, I'll bite the bullet and get it. It's too good to pass up.



Rating 
Note: I don't give half marks.

Coverage: 3/5 (medium but buildable)
Quality: 5/5
Ease of use: 4/5 (loses a point for the "air puff problem")

Overall: 4/5



That concludes the review! Maybe you'll jump on the cushion bandwagon?





What about you?
What do you think about the "legendary" Iope Air Cushion? Have you tried cushions before? 



Note: This product was sponsored. The review is 100% honest. My opinion cannot be bought.

Monday, October 7, 2013

[Review] Tonymoly Green Appletox Smooth Massage Peeling Cream

Haiiyaa!

I'm back with another review! After reviewing the Tonymoly Appletox honey cream, I was curious about the green apple (ahem, for the packaging really). It turns out that one random day, my brother felt super nice and decided to buy this apple for me. Nice, ain't he?
He's not usually that nice but whatevs, y'know.


Anyways, tada - here it is! This is Tonymoly's "Green Appletox Smooth Massage Peeling Cream"!





Description 

This '3-in-1' multi peeling cream contains both unripened apple extract and papaya extract, which work to remove dead skin cells and manage impurities. In just one application, this cream delivers 3 functions - massage, moisture, and peeling.




"Contains green apple extract. Minerals such as (Mg, Fe) and Vitamins such as (A, E, B1, B6, C) 
maintain skin’s natural firmness and brightness. This is a highly effective exfoliator. AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) accelerates skin’s natural exfoliating process. Acid loosens the bind between the skin and the dead cell, which makes them easy to remove. This will soothe the outer skin to make is fresh and silky."



The green appletox comes (obviously) in an adorable, apple shaped tub. It doesn't have the extra leaf design that the red appletox has, but still - it's cute nevertheless! There is 80ml of product inside here, same as the red appletox.

No box was included with this purchase (it came on its own, bubble wrapped). And unlike the red appletox, this one did not come with a spatula. That's a "boo"!





The cream itself is white in colour, and isn't really "thick". It's quite easy to spread around, so it's easy to use. As for the smell - it's not as "heavenly" as the red appletox, but there's still a light, fresh, "unripe apple" fragrance to it.
It's not overwhelming and it doesn't give me allergic reactions. So that's good!



Size: The size of a real apple, just fuller around the edges. It contains 80ml of product inside.

Price: Approximately $9 on eBay.



Directions

1. After washing, apply a moderate amount all over your face. Avoid the lip and eye area.
2. Massage for 1-2 minutes, and wait another half minute.
3. Massage again (dead skin cells should be peeling off and visible at this point), and wash with warm water.


Application

Note: I didn't take a picture of the dead skin cells coming off my face, because... idk. I guess it looks better on the hand, yes? (Before/after face shots below)

I got a good dollop of the cream on my hand here. Wish it came with a spatula!




Massaging for a couple minutes - doop de doop.




I like to wait a bit longer than the 30 second mark - I personally find that the dead skin cells come off easier, quicker and less messier if I wait around 1-2 minutes.

Look! 





My thoughts + experience

I thought this was an useful product.

Other exfoliators (like St. Ives apricot scrub) just exfoliate with those little apricot beads, and you feel it scrub away at your skin. This Tonymoly apple, though, there wasn't any "scrubby" feeling or any harsh abrasions. I've got really sensitive skin sometimes, and this didn't hurt my face. (FYI, it's painless.) Even though you can't really feel anything, you can see the dead skin come off! Whoo!~ 

After using this product, my skin felt really soft. Baby butt soft. I like that.

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The downside, however... even though my face felt super smooth and soft, it didn't feel "fresh", or light. Because really - if a whole lot of dead skin was taken off my face, wouldn't I feel fresh faced, like my skin could breathe?
Hm... it didn't. Just felt normal. Meh.
(NOTE: If you like the "fresh" face feeling too, I'd recommend the Innisfree super volcanic clay mask. That is freeeeeesh.)

Below is Tonymoly's promo picture for this product. 



I will tell you right now - those are not accurate/realistic results. Sorry 'fo bustin' yo bubble. 

There is a slight brightening effect. (Obviously, not as crazy as the promo pic.)
Other than that - doesn't get rid of blackheads, acne, etc. 


Gets rid of dead skin, excess oil, softens, slightly brightens



How I use it

I just basically use this as a "pre" step before the actual skincare part. Meaning: I use this product only to make the effect of the other skincare products better and stronger.

Analogy: Y'know Yu-gi-oh? (The card game / old anime show)
Basically, I summon this "weak" appletox-monster and later morph/combine it with another monster... so that the final outcome (the fused monster) is better than the original appletox-monster. 

I would never ever use the "weak" appletox-monster alone in battle, and would never ever depend on the appletox-monster alone.


Omigod what did I just say. o____o
Ok whatever let's forget that.


Anyways. I don't think that this Appletox is good enough to use alone.
As in: "Scrub off my dead skin... and done!"= nono.

I use it to scrub off my dead skin, and then use products on top of that. Because you took off the layer of dead skin, products would absorb much easily into the skin now.
So after the Appletox, I use my essence, serum, cream, etc.

That being said - I think peeling creams like this are very useful. If you don't have a peeling cream like this yet, I'd recommend you to get one!



TL;DR: Useful, effective cream in getting rid of dead skin cells.
- Don't use it alone and think your skin will become amazing after using it by itself.
- Other products should be used after this to bring full use of the Appletox cream.



Pros
- Makes skin super soft and smooth
- Effectively gets rid of dead skin cells
- Cheap ($9)
- Slight brightening effect
- Gets rid of excess oil



Cons
- Doesn't get rid of blackheads/acne
- No spatula
- Not really portable



Recommend?
Yes, I'd recommend this product to anyone who doesn't have a peeling cream.
It's cheap! You can't really go wrong with $9. (And the packaging alone is loooovely.)



Repurchase?
Unless I find a cheaper peeling cream, I'll repurchase this.



What about you?

Have you used this product before?
What's your favourite Tonymoly product? 



Disclaimer: This product was not sponsored. 
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