(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.

From left to right, top to bottom: the first is bare wrist, the “swatch”, freshly applied and then the last is after it oxidizes. Click to enlarge.

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!


THEFACESHOP Cereal Mask Sheet in Walnut & Pine Nut Review

On the 18th of November, I had decided to go with my cousin to Herald Square. But after being there, and getting what we wanted to do out of the way, I dragged her down to H-mart and remembered, “There’s a TFS on this block!” So I went and bought nail polish, and a couple of these interesting masks to try out.

Here’s some background on my skin: I am Hispanic, Dominican to be exact. I have oily, acne prone skin which has been controlled by Proactiv. After about 5 hours, I have to use a blotting sheet, and I have quite large pores. Another note, I easily get dark spots and acne scars.

The masks I picked out were the Cereal Mask Sheets, specifically Walnut and Pine Nut, right under in small letters it says “for radiant, nourished skin”.

TFS Cereal Mask Sheet (Front)

This is the front side to the packaging for these TFS masks. Click to enlarge for more clarity.

It says the following about Walnuts and Pine Nut:

The Benefits of Walnut: Though known for promoting brain activity, Walnuts also smooth and illuminate rough skin.

The Benefits of Pine Nut: Used for ages in Korean home remedies to invigorate and nourish, Pine Nuts, which are rich in Gamma Linolenic acids, soften skin and improve elasticity.”

TFS Cereal Sheet Mask W&PN (Back)

This is the backside. Click to enlarge for more clarity.

The directions say to wash face and apply toner, basically start off your first couple of steps before moisturizer in your skin regimen—followed by carefully taking out the mask and fitting it onto your face. The treatment period is from 15-20 minutes. You DO NOT rinse off your face when you take off the mask, you gently pat and massage the left over essence into your skin. That’s exactly what I did.

The ingredients are listed in the back:

Close Up of Ingredients

Here are the ingredients, I tried to crop it a bit, but it didn't work. Sorry.

Here I begin my review:

This mask is—amazing. The mask sits well on the skin after fitting it, no slipping or crazy positioning to get it on right. The smell, is not too strong and its pleasant, it smells like a toner (nothing too strong or out of this world). But because it has alcohol, it might be a little irritating if you’re not used to it. The smell wakes me up and it’s as refreshing as it feels.

The mask has a large amount of essence, but it doesn’t drip. It keeps the mask moist enough for the 15-20 minute treatment period. After taking off the mask, enough essence was left on the skin to smooth out or massage into the skin. The next morning, my skin is very supple, soft and moisturized. I didn’t even have to use a moisturizer—because if I did, it might have been too heavy for my skin. After toner, I have two steps left in my nighttime skin regimen, and with the essence I had to skip them.

I guess I haven’t used the mask too much to see a large difference, but my skin does feel a lot refreshed after I use it. It had a glow to it, but I guess since my skin is more on the oily side, it could have been the essence making it a little too shiny (that’s why I only use it at night). The following day though, after my daytime skin regimen, I didn’t have to use my Skin 79 BB Cream (which I will post up a review for in the next few days). I didn’t even have to blot my skin a lot either, and it was a rainy and ugly day! Days like those make my skin rebel against me with extreme oiliness, redness, and large pores.

Conclusion: I loved the TFS Cereal Mask in Walnut & Pine Nut, it left my skin feeling radiant as it claimed and I will definitely be repurchasing more the next time I go to Koreatown or Herald Square. I would have definitely liked for the essence to be a little less “heavy” on the skin, but either way, for $2 it was a bang for my buck!

Black Friday Pandemonium

Today’s the 20th of November, only 5 days until the day everyone who’s into the holidays (or the word SALE) is anticipating for.

Now, I have quite a list of people to get gifts for, but that’s only because they’re friends and family. I still have a few more people to get gifts for and I have no idea what to possibly get them.

But after the Fall semester coming to an end, and being too old to get gifts from my parents and family… I feel like my hard work and studies deserve a little gift. Even if it’s just one. I’m debating on finally getting rid of my frost blue Blackberry Curve 8520 and upgrading to the iPhone 4S. I’ve gotten pretty used to simple software on phones and have been using my iTouch since it first came out. Also, the idea of getting an Android phone scared the buh-jeebus out of me. I feel like if I get one, two days later a better one will be released. I wanted the Samsung Galaxy II in October, and when I log into myAT&T, there’s another one there.

I have been waiting for this upgrade since my phone started to go crazy, at the beginning of the semester. I’m paying for this with the money I received from REACH for passing more than half of my AP exams over the years. (I’m good at saving my money.)

But if that obviously doesn’t work out, I’ll go to Chinatown and Koreatown to shop for some make-up and skin care. I just looooove The Face Shop (not to mention Kim Hyun Joong is EVERYWHERE) and there’s a cute shop, Everyday Beauty Supply in Chinatown that has so many brands for its size. Bought every BB-cream, Kerasys and Lioeli product I own there. I forgot the name of one of the workers there, but she was so adorable and generous with samples.

Hmm, I got that out of my system. I like the idea of drabbling on my blog. If I do go shopping, I will do a haul and review each of the products. Maybe I’ll review the ones I have now once I find a good camera to take pictures of the products.