Monday, May 25, 2015

Fave: Innisfree Soybean Firming Eye Cream




Well, it's been a year since I started using this and I've used it up a few days ago. It's a good eye cream because it provides immediate relief from puffiness and masks dark circles as well. 
What I like about this is the texture. It's a bit thick and quite moisturizing for my eye area. It helps concealer to glide more easily. I never experienced any allergic reactions while using this, the scent is very mild, so to sum it all up it is good value for my money, because it's not crazy expensive (around 1100 pesos)  but it works. Also, it contains 30g of product so it just lasted me for a whole year! I do recommend this for those looking for a good moisturizing eye cream which helps cancel out mild undereye circles. 


Monday, May 11, 2015

Quick Review: Kiss Me Isehan Sunkiller Super Lasting Base SPF 50 PA ++++


It's amazing how Japanese drugstore brands are popping out of the shelves here in my country (thanks to Watsons, Landmark, etc). Brands like SANA, Kiss Me Isehan, Biore and others are now available here and for me that's all good! I'm looking forward to see more of these brands come here. AT least I won't have to wait for my Japan trip later this year to get hold of these brands :D

Anyway, a quick review of this sunblock-slash-makeup base. I'm not fond of using primers because I hardly wear foundation, I'm more into bb-cc cushions and I'm pretty much happy with their wear time and performance. Wrong, because I got to try this:



It's the Kiss Me/Isehan  Sunkiller Super Lasting Base SPF 50 PA ++++! I was sold with the high UVA rating. Now I'm seeing more and more PA++++ products here which is good. Anyway, from the description below, it blocks UV rays, eliminates shine, primes the skin for makeup, and covers pores. Heavy duty if you ask me.


While I am absolutely in love with the dewy Korean actress glow that bb/cc cushions provide, sometimes I still long for that matte finish, particularly when the weather is too hot to bear (like right now). 

It has a yellow tint and a thick consistency:


When blended, it becomes undetectable but leaves a subtle brighter finish. It is not meant to provide coverage but it evens out the skintone.


Because of the thick texture it takes a bit time to spread.It definitely extends the wear time of my bb cushions and it makes them more matte. So yes, it takes away the "glow" and leaves a semi-matte, natural look. It also covers pores and does not darken or oxidize over time. It also covers pores and minor redness. It also does not make break out. 

My only con for this is that sometimes, it makes me look too flawless. haha. Not in an unnatural way though. It just enhances the coverage of my bb cushions to the point that pores and minor imperfections are undetectable. Great for dates or special occasions, but I like my makeup more natural looking for everyday wear. I think I would use this on top of tinted moisturizers and/or base with lighter coverage.

NOTE: I do not rely on this as my regular sunblock. This is a makeup base/primer so the amount I apply is too small for it to properly function as a sunblock. I like to layer my sunscreens, so I put on Sunplay and Biore UV Perfect first before this one. It says in the packet that it can stand alone as a sunblock but make sure to put a sufficient amount (about 1/4 teaspoon) for the face. 

Price is Php 450 (which is pretty reasonable). I will continue to use this because it is an excellent make up base and I need all the sun protection I can get. Every little bit helps! 


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Aritaum Water Sliding Tints Review

It's sweltering hot outside so I prefer lip colors with a lighter feel, with juicy hues that look natural, never made up...but I also want something with excellent lasting power,  a stain that is left behind after the lip color has faded.

I found it with the Aritaum Water Sliding Tints!

L-R: 01 Pink Prism, 03 Sweet Heart and 12 Fruits Punch






So basically, these tints have a lightweight, melty texture that apply easily on lips, combined with a punch of color plus the right amount of shine. They  have a comprehensive lip swatch of 15 colors online, so you can choose which color will suit you (I personally gravitate towards the pinks and reds!)

I love them because of the weightless texture and buildable color. Even the lighter shades are pigmented and last well over 4 hours, and leave a light stain. They will come off after eating and drinking though. I assume that the darker shades will leave a heavier stain and won't come off that easily. Well, what I do is reapply the color every 2 hours, so the color stains more and lasts longer. The pigment doesn't "pile up" unlike other stains--- instead the color stays true no matter how much you apply. It leaves a nice sheen on the lips that fades after an hour or so.  I find this fairly moisturizing. It doesn't emphasize lip lines or flakes, and I don't need to put on lip balm when I use this product. I imagine it won't be moisturizing enough for those with dry lips, because the texture is watery rather than balmy, but it works for me.

Because of the liquid-y texture, the packaging  allows up to 1 mm of product every time you twist it, and once you have it you can't put it back. It's pretty convenient for me because it's quite pigmented anyway and I don't need a lot!



01 Pink Prism is a warm pink/coral that's light and perfect for summer--- like I said I re-apply after 2 hours to make it last longer. Love the pinkish stain it leaves behind!



02 Sweet Heart is deeper that Pink Prism, still a warm pink but more of a strawberry-pinky one that leans a bit neutral indoors. It makes the lips look kissable. Both colors are light enough for everyday wear in the office. 



I bought mine at Gmarket for 5400 Won (sooo cheap----I will get more colors). Haven't tried 12 Fruits Punch yet because I'm enjoying these two colors so much! 

Bottomline: lightweight, juicy lip tints that are long lasting and perfect for spring and summer.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BB Cushion Series: IOPE Air Cushion XP in 21 Cover Vanilla


Ah, yes, another BB Cushion for me! After trying out Laneige (see my reviews on the Snow BB and Pore Control variants) I will be sharing my thoughts on the IOPE Air Cushion XP SPF 50. I believe this is the one that started the cushion craze, and I bought mine in Korea at Watsons. 




The finish is dewy, there is good coverage (light-medium), the shade is neutral, (pink+yellow undertones), and I love that I can pat and layer it on areas that need better coverage. 


It brightens up my skin without making me look too fair--I'd say it is quite a match. I have neutral tones myself but I tend to favor yellow-based shades for a brighter look.. but this is one works quite well. What I love about this is that it looks good on any kind of lighting. It gives a very soft-focused effect and a beautiful glow indoors and outdoors. I've had this on and people complimented me a lot on how good my skin looks. So yes, this is my favorite BB cushion as of the moment.. hehehe!

A few other thoughts:

- Even if it has SPF 50 PA+++, it doesn't leave a white cast. It photographs so well, despite the high SPF. 
-I still use sunblock underneath, for everyday use.. It's quite important to layer SPF and to put the proper amount for adequate protection.
-this one lasts for about 6-7 hours on me, considering that I have oily skin, and it does not slide off.
-It gives ample moisture for me, and even if I have combination-oily skin, I enjoy the dewy effect.

wearing IOPE Air Cushion XP in natural light



I highly recommend this one, because it is the closest I can get to that flawless Korean look (haha)!

Note: IOPE has upgraded this cushion this year, with the release of Air Cushion Intense Cover and Matte Finish. Intense Cover has two shades (21 and 23) while Matte Finish has 3 (13, 21 and 23). Hope to review them soon!


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Review: Ryoe/Ryeo Jayangyunmo Shampoo + Conditioner for Oily Hair

Given my love for Korean skincare it is only natural that I check out their haircare products! My latest obsession are with hanbang shampoos--those which are made from oriental medicinal herbs. I've tried a couple of variants already, from different brands, and I bought full sized products because I like the results.

My focus for today is from Amore Pacific, the Ryeo / Ryoe Jayangyunmo (anti hair loss) shampoo and conditioner:



Just to give you background, I have an oily scalp so I wash my hair regularly, my hair is a bit dry sometimes though from regular blowdrying and from skipping conditioner (heehee).

The shampoo and conditioner are targeted for hair loss, naturally I chose the variant for oily hair. Major ingredients of the shampoo (info from Koreadepart) include: salicylic acid, gold, licorice, ginger, green tea, and other Korean herbs). 

Now, I'm not sure if this shampoo is sulfate-free, it may or may not be, however, the texture and feel of this shampoo is very different from regular drugstore shampoos found in the supermarket. It is brown in color, with a very soothing smell of oriental herbs. It is also not "pearly" like regular shampoos. But it still lathers well. After I rinse it off, my hair feels silky smooth and my scalp feels cleansed and refreshed.

The conditioner also smells very good, and again, the texture is unlike the regular drugstore ones... It is quite thick, almost clay-like (even the color)! and you can tell that it's not made of silicones... I'd say it is packed with herbal ingredients. It still spreads well despite its thick texture, and my hair feels very moisturized and soft after I rinse it off. 

After using Ryoe I made it a habit to regularly use conditioner together with the shampoo. I get good results everytime. My hair feels silky and very manageable, it's growing out quite well and the hair fall is dramatically reduced, unlike when I used regular shampoos. I guess it does strengthen the hair well.. Today I only used the shampoo and my hair feels soft, not dry at all. And like I said, the smell is very relaxing to the senses. It keeps my hair thick and lustrous---I'm not kidding.

The other thing I noticed is that I don't see as much grey/white hairs as before.. I'm in my 30s and I would start to see one or two stray white hairs which stand out because my hair is very black... but after using hanbang shampoos I don't see them as much. I'm not sure if it did help but I guess the nutrition supplied to the hair is also very beneficial.

Just want to point out that I still "rotate" my shampoo usage every once or twice a week-- I still use drugstore shampoos or an anti-residue shampoo such as the Tsubaki Head Spa Extra Cleansing, to avoid buildup.

Overall I will keep using this shampoo because I love the soothing smell and the long lasting effects! It keeps my hair healthy and problem free. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

HG: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders in Diffused Light and Ethereal Light



These are my first products from Hourglass Cosmetics and I was very impressed! They are currently my favorite highlighters/finishing powders:



Love the effect of these! In my opinion they are more visible than the effect of Guerlain meteorites on my skin, and they do give that soft-focused, beautiful glow, depending on what you use and under what type of lighting.



Diffused light (left) is more yellow, hence it functions more as a finishing powder to me, taking away redness and highlighting my features subtly. It gives a fresh-faced look, like a "soft ray of morning light" with no over-the-top shimmer, just a nice glow that blurs out pores, redness, and other imperfections.

Ethereal light, on the other hand, has soft pinkish tones that mimics a moonlit glow and oh yes, I'm not kidding because it does exactly that! tIt looks very good as a highlighter, and again it just enhances the skin so well, no shimmery effect, but rather a glowy, ethereal look

I use them on top of foundation, be it liquid or powder, and they give the most amazing results. I'm planning to get the Ambient Lighting Palette as well, just to try out the other shades, because I'm very satisfied with these babies. They are quite expensive, but they are worth it!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Review: Tony Moly Intense Care Snail BB Cream



It's been a long time since I bought and used a BB Cream, because I'm not a fan of the pink ashy tones and the thick finish, plus the fact that I found my HG powder foundation already (It's the Lunasol Skin Modeling Powder Foundation). But anyway, I'll be talking about the Tony Moly Intense Care Snail BB Cream for now and my thoughts regarding this product.


It is packaged in a tube with a pump which is convenient and hygenic. Shade wise, it is still an ashy pink, which is still not my ideal kind of shade, but it blends with my skin after a few minutes. One co-worker commented I was "glowing" while I had this BB Cream on.


I did not buy this for the shade, but rather for its skincare properties.. I believe it has 45% snail secretion filtrate, plus a host of other skincare ingredients for firming, and brightening properties. It also has SPF 45 PA++.

As a makeup base/foundation, it was not very long lasting (around 4-5 hours on my combination/oily skin), but the formula was soothing to the skin.I had my warts removed 3 months ago and I'm left with dark spots on my face after the scabs fell off... my powder foundation could not cover them properly and I didn't want to put layers and layers of thick makeup to cover them up.. I used Tony Moly Intense Care Snail BB Cream for about two months, sometimes on its own, sometimes with another sunblock, and slowly my skin started to recover. The dark spots faded significantly and my redness/sensitivity was reduced...It  was  also moisturizing and it satisfied my need for hydration. So now I could proceed with my normal skincare routine, the marks have already faded and I could wear my sheer foundations again.

It was expensive (around 1600 pesos) but it has a lot of product and up to now I haven't used it up yet. It's a good BB cream for its skincare properties and high SPF, and it's great for my no-makeup days. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Happy Skin Lippies yet again!


I've had Happy Skin's Shut and Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippies before and I have kind of forgotten how moisturizing and long lasting their formula was... It's nice to know that the brand has grown and there are lots of other shades being offered. I bought 3 recently and I'm loving each of them:


from L-R: Honeymoon Glow, 24 Carats, Naughty and Nice


Honeymoon Glow is THE perfect nude for me---with the right balance of pink that does not make me look washed out, is not too pale, and just simply looks natural. After searching for it, I've finally found the one, haha.  On other skin tones it may come across as mauve, but for me it's such a great everyday color and perfect for when I want my eyes to stand out as well. 

24 Carats is part of the StyLIZed collection by style maven Liz Uy. It's actually bright pink-red, a bold lip color that looks great and not to cool on me. 

Naughty and Nice is part of their holiday collection I believe, and is a plummy-berry color that looks fall-appropriate but I wear it now and it looks sophisticated. Not too bright but it still stands out. 

All lip colors are quite semi-matte, non-drying and long lasting--- even with meals and drinks. Won't last for an entire kissing session though, but touch ups are quite minimal throughout the day, with deeper colors leaving a nice stain behind. Price is still the same, around 499 pesos for colors part of the basic lineup and 599 each for limited edition ones--- still great for hoarding! I love Happy Skin and it's great to know that a local brand is competing very well with other beauty brands out there. 

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