(E) Skin79 Hot Pink Triple Functions BB Cream Review

After postponing and postponing and postponing (more like procrastinating), I have finally decided to do this review. I have had this BB cream for months on end now, so it’s about time! Ne?

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This was my very first BB cream and I think I bought it back in September, at Everyday Beauty Supply (Chinatown, NY). It said $35 on the price tag but I’m sure there was a small discount when I purchased. You can get it on Skin79’s official website, skin79northamerica.com (they have a lot of info for the BB cream). It is also sold on prettyandcute.com in various sizes, so please check out this website. They have so many things to offer!

I prefer to get things in person if it’s easier than getting it online, I didn’t mind paying more. But seeing as how I would repurchase, online is the cheapest way to go.

Now onto the BB Cream itself—

This BB Cream offers light/medium coverage. I just love this BB Cream for lazy days where I don’t want to put much on. You can build up the coverage if you would like but use really light layers or it might look cakey. The texture is somewhat light but not really all that thick… (Not sure how to explain). A little goes a long way, and if you have some scarring or anything that needs a little more, you can always go back and apply a little more.

If you have a lot of scarring or prominent discoloration, I’m not sure how well the coverage would be for you. My freckles aren’t covered at all by the BB cream and same goes for dark spots. But since my skin has been doing well, I am satisfied.

The BB Cream has a strong grey cast when you apply it, but will oxidize after 15 minutes or so. For reference I am about NC25- NC30… but since I lost my summer tan at last, it could be different.

It match my skin okay with my summer tan, but now that I’m paler, it is perfect. It provides a natural finish—not too matte that you look flat and like you’re wearing makeup but not dewy where you look like you’re oily. The perfect balance. It’s great for my oily skin and it has sunscreen. I’m not one to set my make up with powder, I hate matte finishes for face products.

I really love this BB cream, and highly recommend it as an everyday one. It’s light, compact, provides natural light/medium coverage, and good for oily and combination skin.

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The Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream is in obviously a hot pink tube that pumps out the product– Very hygienic. The reason why all the BB creams I have purchased have pumps ^^. There are no problems in how much product is pumped since it’s really controllable. And I like it for travel purposes too!

I have mentioned that you should be careful when ordering BB creams online, and below, I’ve uploaded pictures I took to show some things to be on the lookout for this specific BB cream.

  1. Look for the authenticity label at the bottom of the tube! If it’s messed up—no good. If it isn’t there—worse!
  2. Check to see if there is a perforated line on the back of the box!
  3. Check for manufacturer’s date on bottom.
  4. The top of the box should have “Super+ Beblesh Balm” in a red circle… (which was hard to get in a picture).
  5. Check the inside of the box, which has a language on each side– Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese.

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I highly recommend this BB cream, it didn’t break me out, make me more oily or give me any problems. It was worth my $35 dollars, and I will repurchase for sure!

That’s all for this post. I’ll be reviewing more masks and BB creams in the following days so “stay tuned”.

Thanks for reading, see you next time. Bye~

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(E) The Face Shop FACE it Magic Cover BB Cream in 2호 Natural Beige Review

I got this one by mistake because I originally went to The Face Shop for the FACE it Power Perfection not Magic Cover. It was a mistake, and as much as I feel a bit comfortable with the product—I’m not sure I would repurchase.

PRICE/SALES INFO: The price—I paid $28 for this BB Cream at The Face Shop located on 32nd Street in Koreatown. Pretty okay price… considering what the prices are for the Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream, Hanskin Magic BB Cream and the Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream. I’m sure you can find this BB cream and the others I mentioned online. Some sites that seem to be pretty secure to me are Mikanjan.com and prettyandcute.com. Just check to see if they do sell TFS. If not, Amazon and eBay are good alternatives, but please, PLEASE be cautious in case you stumble upon anything fake.

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On the box, it claims that– “The PERFECT COVER Fix powder magically covers fine skin flaws through dense coverage to enable the skin to appear fair. It adheres to the skin comfortably and helps make-up last for an extended period of time.” On the side of the box in English it also adds on to say– “BB Cream covers skin flaws meticulously resulting in the appearance of a naturally perfect skin.” “-Sunscreen and wrinkle improving dual function cosmetic-” “Containing the Acetyl Hexapeptide and evening primrose oil, it maintains the skin firm and healthy.”

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PACKAGING: The packaging is much like the Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream. It is in that same tube with a pump—which I don’t like for the same reason as the Missha one. Since this is a BB cream with more coverage, the packaging gets really dirty and it’s not as easy for me to remove.

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TEXTURE/FINISH: The texture is not thick but it isn’t light either. It is pretty similar to the Missha BB Cream I reviewed. It has a matte finish which I am not all too crazy about. Matte finishes highlight what my trouble spots and dry spots are. And I have combination oily skin, and the oily parts… shouldn’t look dry. It is light though to the point where I know it’s there but I can’t feel it. Long lasting power too~ The finish is matte, but it is soft to the touch which makes it pretty easy to blend.

COVERAGE/SHADE: It has medium to pretty full coverage. It covers better than the Missha BB Cream, and it is pretty amazing. A little goes a long way! My everyday method of putting on BB cream is pretty much like the method Jen from Frmheadtotoe showed. I’ll link the video at the end of the post. 🙂 What I do differently is that I mostly pat and with this BB cream I can slightly cover my dark circles, freckles and dark spots much better with light, buildable layers. On days where I’m not rushing, I’ll apply with a latex sponge wedge.

The 2호 shade is light for a “Natural Beige”. It’s not as grey as the Skin79 BB Cream which makes it look a little “darker” than it but lighter than Missha’s 23호.

After ten to fifteen minutes the BB cream does oxidize pretty well. It’s really light when you first apply it but for me (NC25-30) it adjusts well enough. But I don’t mind, the slightly lighter shade only makes my skin look a bit brighter and not ghostlike.

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ADDITIONAL POINTS: Because I have oily skin, I do have to blot. I usually do so after about 4 hours and with this BB cream I don’t blot. Because it has a matte finish if I get slightly oily, I’ll leave it since it gives a dewy look and not oily in a disgusting way.

As I promised, here is the video in which Jen explained the application of BB Cream. I think it’s really helpful.

(Update – 2013.01.21): I’ve pretty much gone to all the TFS location (except for the newer one at Chinatown…) and at the one in Flushing, one of the women gave me samples, saying its really popular in S. Korea because of the coverage it offers. I didn’t object to the samples though, (I’ve had this BB cream for almost a year now) since samples are always good for travel, hehe.

As far as application goes, my method has changed. The only oily part of my face is now my T-zone, my cheeks are drier than they used to be when I first published this post. I apply Missha’s BB Boomer after my moisturizer and while my skin is still moist, I mix the same amount of the Magic Cover BB cream with my Skin79 BB cream (just to make it less drying or matte…). Still covers well and makes my skin look brighter! I really like doing this during this winter season, the weather has been crazily drying my skin out.

 I hope this post was helpful, I saw no review for this except for one… so hopefully it is!!~

Thank you for reading and I’ll be posting more frequently for sure!

(E) Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream No. 23 Review

I’ve finally decided to post my review on the Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream in No. 23. It’s kind of long, so bear with me if you want to know what I think concerning details on consistency, its benefits, etc.

I have actually been using this BB cream instead of my Skin79 Super+ Triple Functions BB Cream. I’ve been doing this for almost two weeks now.

My opinion about this BB cream is pretty strong now and I thought I was ready to do the review.

So let’s get started~

This BB cream is available at the Missha website (missha.net or misshaus.com) for the price of $29.99 USD. This is for the 50ml bottle. I’m sure the price will vary depending on where you buy it, I know there are a few locations of Everyday Beauty Supply and other Beauty Supply stores in Chinatown and Flushing that sell them. Doesn’t hurt to check other beauty stores in those areas too!

Here are some pictures of the BB Cream, packaging, and swatches:

The actual BB Cream and it’s box.

Snapshot of the ingredients, the English and actual BB cream pump.

On the top is the BB Cream blended out and oxidized, the bottom is an immediate application.

On the bottle and box it says that:

“MISSHA M Perfect Cover B.B Cream offers a novel skincare concept with B.B cream, which lightens skin tone by healing visible wrinkles amd blemishes with excellent skin-cover ability, and prevents skin aging through effective whitening and anti-wrinkle properties.”

“This M Perfect Cover BB Cream makes your skin tone clean and natural by concealing blemishes with excellent skin coverage. It is a multi functional makeup cream with blocking UV rays, whitening and wrinkle care effects and simplifies makeup formalities. Its moisturized application with W/S texture makes sleek skin tone while supplying moisture and nutrition at the same time. “

On their site (misshaus.com) they claim:

“The M Perfect Cover BB Cream gives an even and natural-looking coverage with the soothing, moisturizing properties of a cream. It is suitable for all skin types including acne-prone skin, and can be used as a makeup base or foundation. “

BENEFITS: This BB Cream has UV blocking, whitening, and wrinkle repairing properties. UV blocking is superb compared to other BB creams I have, since it is SPF 42 PA+++. The least amount of SPF recommended is SPF 15, so it’s safe to say this is really really good sun protection. As for whitening, this product has Adenosine and Arbutin, which is known to be the whitening ingredients in some, most or if not all (I’m no expert) BB Creams.

CONSISTENCY/TEXTURE: The consistency of this BB cream is pretty light, it isn’t runny/watery but it isn’t thick. And as for the overage of the BB cream, it is medium to full coverage. I can’t say it is full because I can still see dark spots and my freckles with a thin coat. If I layer a bit more, they are still slightly visible.

FINISH: The BB cream itself doesn’t give a really dewy finish since the skin isn’t completely mattified. I personally like that because if it did mattify my skin any more, it would look really chalky. When I first apply the BB cream my skin looks a little dry but it doesn’t feel dry. I’m an NC25-NC30, pale tan I guess you could say. M Perfect Cover in No. 23 is perfect. It oxidizes a bit after 15 minutes, but it doesn’t change much in tone.

It does actually improve the texture of my skin. After applying it, my skin feels really soft and it’s moisturized. What I do not like, is I get more oily than usual. I actually have to blot my skin when I use this BB cream. What helps me is not putting it on my nose (which is the part that gets most oily).

The scent is not prominent, it actually reminds me of like baby lotion or baby wipes (you get the jist, a soft baby smell)– and it goes away after you apply it. I actually really like it, I swatched a bit on my hand and I’m still smelling it. Heh.

To apply, in case you don’t know…

You can either use a foundation brush and apply as a foundation or you can use your hands. I personally like to use my hands and fingers for an easier application. I pump a bit on my fingertips (3 fingers), rub my fingers to warm it up, and then pat it on my skin.

Oh, one more base to hit…

PACKAGING: I don’t like one thing about this BB cream and it’s the packaging. You can see it is a bottle with a pump and then the cap. That darn cap, if I forget to get the excess off the pump it’ll rub onto the cap and smudge all over. =.= I don’t like it, but I’m getting the hang of wiping off the bit before capping it.

All in all, I love the BB cream. I tried to hit at many points as possible without making this boring. And I’ll be sure to update anything thing I may have missed or if you have any questions– I’ll be happy to answer them.

In case you still wanted to know more– or if interested: Bubbi did a review on this BB cream quite a while back and I think it is also pretty detailed. It helped me a lot. ^^

(Update 2013.01.21): I have stopped using this BB cream for a pretty long time. During the hotter seasons, my skin started to break out with this BB cream. And during the fall, It still broke me out. I’m not sure why… I’m thinking maybe it’s the mineral oil that the BB cream contains… My forehead easily breaks out if my pores are clogged, so I guess maybe the mineral oil is a reason. I’m going to try wearing it during this colder season and see if I still get break outs– just to eliminate the whole season shift reason to the break out…

Thank you for reading, hope it was helpful.

See you next time. Bye~ 🙂

What To Post Next…?

I don’t know what to do for my next post…

I’ve been trying to write my BB cream overview or comparison post with two Hanskin BB Creams I’ve tried, two Missha BB Creams and the Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream. But I’m debating if I should do that overview now or when I try a couple more like a Lioeli BB cream or the Fairy Drops BB Cream.

To be honest I feel like maybe I should just do an individual review now and then do an overview. I’m the kind of person who likes to be thorough in just about anything that already requires effort on my behalf. As I’ve been writing the overview I feel like it would be too long– so here’s a thought; why not make multiple posts…?

Oh I’ll figure it out some time or another. I’ve gotta wake up early tomorrow to hand in a paper and then go finish up my Christmas shopping.

Or… I’ll go watch Inkigayo that’s on now… At 2:30.

Bye~

First Impressions of Missha Products

So, on the evening of Thursday, December 8th– I finally got my Missha order!

Everything I posted in the “Missha Thanksgiving Weekend Sale” arrived, except they put in a Real Essential Sheet Mask. In this post I will be letting you guys know what my first impressions are of these products.

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PERFECT COVER BB CREAM No. 23:

This BB cream provides good coverage. More than medium coverage, but it is not full coverage. My face seems a little more even toned. I can’t say my skin is flawless, because I can still see my freckles and dark spots.

It blends easily, and it is lightweight. When I apply it my skin doesn’t feel dry.

As usual, with its grey undertones I look pale, but let’s see how it oxidizes.

I don’t like that it makes my skin appear dryer than it is once I finish applying it with a brush. I blended it out with my hands, and still had that dry appearance but less obvious. It feels really nice on the skin; it’s not all that noticeable, but I do know it is there.

It’s been about half an hour to an hour since I applied it, and it has darkened up. I still have a bit of a grey undertone and I look pale but I guess it’s expected. After an additional fifteen minutes, it is just about the same as my skin tone and my skin does look brighter. YAY~

SUPER AQUA FOAMING CLEANSER:

The cleanser is thick. A little goes a long way. I took a pea sized amount and it was way too much when I put it on my cheeks… it ended up being enough for my whole face! It lathers well, and does foam up, just not all bubbly.

It has a nice smell, nothing floral or strong… but a fresh smell.

My skin felt really clean when I rinsed. Usually I don’t feel this clean when I use a foaming cleanser and not an exfoliating cleanser with microbeads. I’m really impressed.

BB BOOMER:

I don’t have much to say. It has a pearl finish, but it is nothing out of this world. It just gives a dewy effect if worn alone. I put on the BB cream on top of it, since it is a primer—and the pearl finish wasn’t so noticeable. As far as brightening goes… I don’t really see brightening… I would assume brightening means making my skin look literally bright, or radiant… not dull.

TIME REVOLUTION WHITE CURE SET I:

Toner: It is very light weight—watery consistency (which is obvious from toners) but it absorbs well into the skin. It smells good. Smells like the History of Whoo Whitening Skin Balancer just a little I don’t know… Musky?

Lotion: Smells like the toner, it is also just as light weight, which I found unusual. At least because I’m so used to the Proactiv Repairing Lotion feeling, like well… a lotion. It also absorbs well.

Real Expert Serum: It is thicker than the lotion but again, it absorbs well. I really like that everything smells the same. All the steps in Proactiv don’t smell the same, and I end up hating that—but you have to tolerate it.

BB CREAM DELUXE SAMPLER:

All I did was swatch these on my wrist, since its lighter than my hand and around the same skin tone as my face. Here are swatches. This is the order they are in: (from top to bottom) M BB Boomer, M Perfect Cover No. 23, M Perfect Cover No. 31, M Signature Real Complete No. 21.

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These are all my first impressions. By no means is this a review. I will be reviewing the BB creams more in depth on a separate post and I will describe how the Time Revolution White Cure Set goes after using it for a longer period of time. I’m still thinking about it– After I try and review all these BB creams I will be comparing all these BB Creams to each other, pros and cons, etc. We’ll see. Lots of posts to come during the winter break.

That is all. ^^

Thank you for reading~

Posts Delayed :(

So it’s just that time of year where finals and research papers start eating away at your time.

I haven’t really found the time to actually sit down and focus on something that wasn’t school related. But, I promise, after I’m done writing my last two research papers– I will be posting reviews! Maybe even this weekend, because tomorrow I finally get my Missha package! Gah, I’m so excited I really hope I like everything.

I will probably review BB Creams first. As for the two I have, maybe over the Winter break I’ll go to Chinatown and get the Lioeli Dollish Veil BB Cream. All depends, because I know the Lioeli Beyond the Solution BB Cream is too pale for me. Maybe I’ll get it if my skin brightens up and I finally lose all of my tan. By then I should be an NC20 or 25… Pretty sure I’m an NC25 or NC 30 now.

For sure, during the Winter Break I will be using the Missha Time Revolution skin care regimen religiously so that I can review it while my skin is at its best… because well, why do it while my skin is stressed? Who knows maybe I’ll start right when I get it and see how it works on my skin during stressful and non-stressful times.

My point of this post was to tell you that I will get to reviewing soon, once college gets the hell out of my way. But I get distracted easily so I rambled.

Hehe, see you soon.

Missha Thanksgiving Weekend Sale – What I Ordered

Today is the last day for Missha’s Thanksgiving Weekend Sale. I was able to enjoy 40% off of all their products and free shipping for any orders over $40 (I can see a pattern with the 40). Also, while supplies lasted, their Pure Source masks would be added as a free gift (only ONE and RANDOMLY selected). Their signature BB Cream, M Perfect Cover BB Cream was on sale for $8.99—a sales perk I could not take advantage of because no. 23 was out of stock. The final and great perk, was the free gift included with orders totaling $60, $100 and $200.

Missha Sale Home Page

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This post will be picture heavy because I took a snapshot of everything I ordered, just so you could get a description and image of what each product is and does.

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The image above is a crop out of my email confirmation, as you can see the order totaled $71.96. But you can also see, there were a lot of free gifts included with my order. It is my first time shopping for Missha products, but I have read a good amount of positive reviews and with a sale like this, I thought, what the heck? The value of the order, without the sale and included free items would have totaled $219.92. I say, I saved a lot of money with this Weekend Sale.

The first product I’ll talk about is the one I was most interested in. The one thing that bothers me about my skin is my hyper-pigmentation– I get dark spots so easily, and it is so hard to get rid of. When I went to Everyday Beauty Supply, they had given me samples of The History of Whoo Whitening Lotion and Whitening Skin Balancer. It worked well, but to get the whole “system” would cost me an arm and a leg. So I am opting to try this out and see if it works.

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The next item is the Super Aqua Refreshing Aqua Foam. It does not match with the set mentioned above, but I didn’t want to get the Pure Revolution one. I love refreshing cleansers for the morning to use with my deep cleansing brush. Lets just hope my face doesn’t break out… even though its pretty hard for my to break out with cleanser.

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As for M Perfect Cover BB Cream in no. 23 Natural Beige, I just want a BB cream with more coverage than Skin 79’s Triple Solution BB cream, for those days I feel really tired. When I’m tired, my face is dull and I have a lot of redness accompanied with larger pores. I didn’t get it for the sale price of $8.99 but rather the sale price of $17.99 (40% off).

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The final product I paid for was the Pure Source Sheet Masks. I only got two because I don’t want to use too many new skin care products. I’ll put up a review– like for all the other products mentioned– in the near future.

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Now onto the free gifts. There are only two, it would have been three but the Pure Source Sheet Mask was not included… don’t know why.

The first free gift came with the Time Revolution White Cure Set I. The free gift is the Time Revolution White Cure Blanc Activator. I read that it goes after the toner, and before the other serum (which I did not purchase). I guess I will be using it before the moisturizer.

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The next free gift was the M BB Boomer. I received this because my order totaled over $60. I’m looking forward to this, because I wanted a primer for quite a while, and if it does what it says, I might end up using the M Perfect Cover BB Cream more than my Skin 79 BB Cream.

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Because I am a first time buyer, and I had just recently made an account on the Missha website, they had given me a “coupon” to use in order to receive the M BB Deluxe Sampler for free. I’m looking forward to using all these BB Creams and the Deep Cleansing Oil. I don’t have trouble removing BB Cream but if the M Perfect Cover BB Cream is thicker than Skin 79, I might need it.

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That’s it for what I bought from Missha. Thank you for reading. Hopefully I’ll be able to receive my order soon and be able to review the products with a few weeks of usage (especially the skin care ones).

DISCLAIMER: The images posted above are screenshots of misshaus.com– all I did was use my iPhone 4S to take screenshots and crop it. I do not take credit for it.