About the Missha Time Revolution Line…

So… I promised to write a review about the products I purchased a long, long, looooong time ago from the Missha Time Revolution White Cure line.

Unfortunately… I had a love/hate relationship with the products.

The lotion and the toner were not heavy… But they left a sticky feeling on the skin. At first, I really loved liked it. Then the summer came… And I didn’t like it as much, but I still liked it.

What really made me hate the two, was for the same reason as the BB cream… It made me break out by the next morning. I was so mad. It actually had potential! If I had some dark spots from acne, it would fade them quicker than just using my regular skin care routine.

The Real Expert Serum, was a similar story. Except it took much longer for it to make my skin break out. I still use though. I apply it, sometimes on stubborn dark spots. If I use it all over–Hello pimples!

I think, out of all the three, I liked the serum the most. It’s relatively thicker but it wasn’t sticky like the toner and the lotion.

I don’t know, I’m not gonna repurchase. I didn’t even keep the lotion and the toner. The lotion was 3/4th of the way full and the toner… A little less than half. 😦 It hurt me to throw it out. But no hope. That’s why I has no pics…

I guess Missha just isn’t for my skin. The only thing that hasn’t broken me out was their Super Aqua cleansing foam that I purchased.

Sigh, that’s why I took so long to post on it. I wasn’t going to right one to be honest but, you have to post bad reviews too right?

Buying and constantly trying new products isn’t a walk in the park… Literally, we’ll hit a few bumps.

Updates & Apologies

I broke my promise… Again…

I have no excuses and I’ll just say… I lost that little spark or push that made me want to sit down and write reviews. As far as skincare and masks go… I’ll see what I get up and post. There is one I do want to review because it has been helping me tons!

It’s almost the end of my winter break and only now I am I writing an update and actually posting anything on my blog. I feel so bad. ;__;

EVEN AFTER GETTING NAGGED TO UPDATE ALL YEAR– You know who you guys are! (Cause I know you’ll get the email and read this. Pfft… you guys glad now? Hehe ^^!) Better late than never, right??

I’ve decided, since opinions always shift… that I would begin looking back at some of my old posts… If my opinion changed, I would edit it. You will know I edited it if on the title there is an (E)! Simple as that. If I have something new to say, towards the end of the post there will be an “Update” section in bold and italics. There will be a date by it too– I don’t know, maybe having the date would help? LOL.

The amount of products I have purchased since my last posts have been pretty vast? Mostly eye products though, maybe… just maybe… I’ll push myself to do reviews on that.  I have purchased a lot of eye shadows from The Face Shop and a powder pact too. Definitely will be putting these products at the top of my Reviews Pending List.

Just be patient with me? Okay? Just need to get back on my feet.

See you soon? (No promises! But I’m trying~)

Thank you for still sticking by~!! And thanks for still viewing (…or should I say visiting?) my blog!

(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~

(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!

Nars Lipgloss Review (All Night Long, Chihuahua, Dolce Vita)

Nars Lipglosses are the only lip products to make it to my HG list.

They come in various permanent and limited edition shades. Each are $24 and available on Nars’ site. A selection shades are available at Sephora, Saks, Henri Bendel, and other locations which you can find on the brands website, narscosmetics.com

The shades I’ll be reviewing are All Night Long, Dolce Vita, and Chihuahua. I bought all of these at the Sephora in JCP, online, and Sephora at Herald Square.

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One thing I have to say about these lipglosses is that they are so pigmented! I’m not a lipstick person because my lips are not much in the first place– fine lines, and dry lips are no territory for lipstick. At least not for me. I prefer these lipglosses as an alternative and I just love them.

All Night Long is a deep berry or plum color and it’s perfect for this season. It is a lipgloss so it isn’t such an opaque color. My lips are pretty pigmented on their own and this color is probably as daring as I can go for color.

Dolce Vita is described as a dusty rose– or a pink rosy color going a little dark. Really pigmented and smooth. Covers the color of my lips well.

Chihuahua is a light nectar pink… I see it as a baby pink with a bit of a warm tinge. Its the perfect pinky nude for my skin tone. I’m NC 25-30, I’m not pale but I’m not tan either. (I really don’t know what to say about my skin tone.)

In comparison, Dolce Vita is more pigmented than All Night Long and Chihuahua, and Chihuahua more than All Night Long. But you’d have to go to your closest store that sells these lipglosses to figure out which is best for you and which is more pigmented than others.

The lipgloss applies smooth and is not sticky. Unfortunately, the smell isnt exactly the best in the world. But it is tolerable, at this point I don’t even notice it. The color pay off is amazing, and a little goes a long way. The color last fr a long time and once the shine and gloss is gone, you’re left with what looks like you have used lip tint. The doe foot applicator is pretty precise, I’m not a fan of brush tip applicators. I don’t really have to explain a lot about it… I assume we’re all fairly familiar with these applicators. The packaging is sleek, and has that velvety soft feel like the packaging on other Nars products. I’ve never actually had a problem with them getting dirty, and either way, it’s super easy to clean in my opinion.

There’s no way that for the price you’re going to get bad quality and have it reach the end of the tube in a matter of weeks. On the contrary, it is money well spent. I’ve had All Night Long for a year now, even though I didn’t use it this past spring and summer. Dolce Vita, I bought a month ago and Chihuahua in early spring 2011. And yea, it isn’t the most hygenic thing ever to have lipgloss for so long. But meh, still pretty damn good to me. ^^

If you can afford it, you should totally give them a try. If not, you can try one and if you like them, I think it’s a good investment.

I hope this has been helpful.
Next post… either another TheFaceShop mask, or Skin79 BB Cream.
See you next time. Bye~

Urban Decay Eyeshadows (Lounge & X)

Yesterday after classes were over I went to Sephora with my friend and I picked up two Urban Decay eyeshadows I really wanted.

After seeing many swatches online, and seeing it in store I just had to get it.

The two eyeshadows are Lounge and X.

Lounge is an eyeshadow that is duochrome. It is gorgeous– it’s a reddish brown eyeshadow with teal shimmer. It’s like teal over red, even without light shining in it you can still see the teal. It blends out beautifully. It’s pigmented, my brushes pick up the eyeshadow easily and I haven’t had to deal with any fallout. It isn’t powdery either.

X is similar in that it is a gold shadow with a rosy tint. A shadow with these two colors together? It’s just so pretty and different. It doesn’t look orange in anyway– it’s what it is… a rosy gold that flashes a shimmery gold that isn’t overwhelming. It’s also pigmented, blends out nicely, and is a nice look even by itself. I feel like it is a tiny bit powdery but that’s how I feel about Sin and Hustle from the Naked 1 palette. Even though the shadow is pigmented, I feel like my brushes don’t pick up the shadow too well. And I used four different brushes. But it’s okay, just have to try a bit harder in picking it up.

Here are few pictures and swatches of the shadows:

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What I found interesting about these two shadows, is that if you layer X on Lounge, it makes X look just a little more rosier because of the red base in Lounge. Other Urban Decay colors that pair well with these shadows is Buck blended out on the crease, or Darkhorse to darken the crease and blend it out with Buck to make it a little warmer. For Lounge, Hustle works well to darken the crease out into the outer “V” or take Perversion and blend it out from the outer “V” to the crease if you want a more dramatic nighttime look.

I give Lounge a 5/5 stars and X a 4.5/5 star rating (just cause I have to put in a little more effort to pick up the shadow with a brush).

As far as I know, these shadows are available at Sephora, Ulta, and Urbandecay.com for $17 each.

Thanks for reading~

See you next time.

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.