Friday, 24 July 2015

Korean Beauty Haul [Roseroseshop]

This was my first purchase from Roseroseshop. Roseroseshop has a great variety of korean makeup and skincare products at very affordable prices. However, their shipping is weight based and quite pricey. For 3 small items it would have costed $9USD (<1.5kg) for shipping. In the end, if you include shipping cost with their affordable item prices, it equates to buying at other sites such as Jolse. (who has higher item prices but free shipping) 

My order was made on the 9/07/2015 and was delivered to me on the 24/07/2015.  It took a total of 15 days, which is reasonable. They also included a number of free samples. Overall, I am satisfied and would recommend the website.

Now on with the haul!


1. 
Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream
I love the Innisfree green tea seed serum and so decided to get the accompanying cream to go with it. 

2.
Apieu Pure Block Natural Sun Cream DAILY SPF45 SPF+++
Suncreams can be a yes and no on my skin. I've tried many and my no.1 favourite sun block is the Biore UV Aqua Rich. However, I cannot find anywhere reliable and cheap in shipping to repurchase it so I opted to try out this sun block. I tested it on my hand, and first impressions is that it smells strongly of your typical sunscreen, very light in texture, easily blend-able and leaves no white cast. However, it does leave a dewy and moisturised finish. Hopefully it will work with my oily skin. 

3.
Mamonde Soft Bloom Make-up Base
I found out about this product from a korean beauty youtuber. I wore it under my cushion foundation for the first time today and I am enjoying it so far. It brightens up my complexion without given it a white case which I  appreciate.

4.
Aritaum Sugerball Velvet Blusher in no.3 Peach in Coral
I was deciding between the velvet or cushion version, however since I have oily skin, I decided to go for the velvet blusher which is a powder form. It is a nice muted peachy nude colour and has tiny glitters which cannot be seen unless someone look closely at your face. 

5.
The Face Shop Gel-set Smudgeproof Autoliner in no.1 black
 I have finally found my holy grail eyeliner. Every liner smudges on my eyes, but boy oh boy, not this one. It is a rich intense black colour and stays put on my eyes all day long!

6.
Peripera Lumi Pang in PK10 Kiss Presentiment
Peripera came out with new and limited edition colours in the Pang range. I instantly fell inlove and needed to own them. I love the Peripera pang lippies and have reviewed them here. I hope they don't discontinue them. PK10 in the lumi range is a bright bubblegum pink. bright and fluorescent. 

7. 
Peripera Rouge Pang PK10 Chemi Explosion
The rouge pangs are pigmented, moisturising and affordable. When I saw swatches of this particular limited edition shade, I knew I had to own it. PK10 is a bright pinky-salmon shade and it so beautiful.


If you want reviews on any of the products mentioned, feel free to let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for reading! 

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum Lucky Box



 The Green Tea Seed Serum is a holy grail item in my skincare routine. When I saw the Lucky box deal, I couldn't resist and ordered one. I was running low of my current green tea serum bottle so this lucky box deal was a bonus.

This isn't a review, but more so an unboxing and revealing of the items included in the box. Enjoy!




Brand
Innisfree
Product
Green Tea Seed Serum Lucky Box
Price
Items included
Green Tea Seed Serum 80ml
Lucky Handy Mirror 
Cotton pads x20
and
1 LUCKY ITEM.


The box which includes a total of 4 items retails for the price of the green tea serum if you were to buy it by itself which I think is a very good deal. 


The lucky item was between the full sized green tea oil, cream, cleansing bar, cleansing foam, and 50ml serum+capsule pack. Obviously  I knew the chances of getting the oil and cream were unlikely since the two retail at a high price point. 


The Lucky item I ended up receiving was the Green tea cleansing bar retailed at $10-$15. I haven't used any facial cleansing bars before, so I am looking forward to trying this one out!





The cotton pads are your standard pads you can purchase at any asian beauty shops. They seem like they are good quality.


The mirror is very cute. Its make is exactly like a button pin is made (minus the pin and addition of a mirror ofcourse.) The leaf design is very cute and appropriate of the Innisfree natural brand. It is a good quality mirror you can throw in your hand bag and use on the go. 



I am really happy I purchased this lucky box. I knew my luck wasn't going to get my one of the high priced products. Searching the net, I found majority of those who have bought this lucky box received the cleanser bar and foam. For the price, I think it is an amazing deal.


Until next time, Thank you for reading!



Sunday, 19 July 2015

The Face Shop Oil Control Water Cushion Review

Cushion Foundations. They are everywhere and loved by many. I finally gave in and bought my first cushion and I have to say it won't be my last. This review is on The Face Shop Oil Control Water Cushion. Let's get started!


Brand
The Face Shop
Product
The Face Shop Oil Control Water Cushion
All Proof
Moist Cover + Fresh Fit + Long-lasting
SPF 50+ PA+++
Shade
V201 Apricot Beige
Content
15g / 0.52 oz.
Product Description
Cushion foundation recharges skin with moisture wile controlling sebum for long lasting freshness.
Moist-cover effect promotes a healthy look while covering up imperfections and pigmentation.
Sebum control formula helps keep makeup shine free.
Sweet proof effect keeps makeup in perfect condition for hours.
New microfoam keeps makeup feel as fresh as when it is first applied.


Packaging
Standard packaging for cushion foundations. The compact feels and looks sturdy and not cheap. The air puff is standard and good quality.

Shade
Although I normally get the darker shade when purchasing korean foundations, the sales assistant was positive I was the lighter shade. The tester even matched my skintone. 201 is definitely too light for me. However, to make it work I wear it and use a darker foundation and bronzer on the outer edges of my face.





Application
Easy application using the air puff that comes with the cushion foundation.
5/5

Finish
Non-sticky and non heavy feeling finish. My face feels and looks soft. Being a 'water' cushion, It does not leave a dewy finish. However, it does leave a healthy natural glow to the skin. No dryness is accentuated and overall my face is soft and does not feel cakey or heavy.
5/5



Coverage
The coverage is medium-high and quite excellent for how light it applies and looks on the skin. It covers redness and does not clog pores or make them look enlarged. It is build-able and doesnt end up looking cakey as long as you layer up with light applications.
4/5

Oil Control
I wore this foundation from 12pm - 10pm without primer or setting powder and retouched once on my nose and cheeks(for some reason I didn't retouch my forehead). By the end of the night only my forehead was shiny and oily. This cushion also transfers easily without a powder if you touch your face. So I recommend you set this cushion with a spray or powder or touch up throughout the day.

Update 25/07/2015- Wearing a primer base and powder really helps. By the end of the day, my skin still looked as fresh as it did when I first applied the cushion. No shiny or oily-ness and no cakey-ness.

4/5




Longevity
Like I mentioned above, I wore the foundation for 10 hours. By the end of the night, my face still looked pretty good (minus the shiny forehead). Having no setting powder or primer, my face did not look cakey and the foundation did not crease or move about. Only on the areas where I did touch up a bit earlier looked just a little cakey but only close up. Overall, I am really impressed with the longevity of this foundation.
5/5



Pros
Didn't break me out
Non-sticky finish
Satin/ natural finish
does not need primer or setting powder (for those with normal to dry skin types)
Medium coverage - covers redness and uneven dull skin
Long lasting

Cons
Oil control not adequate for those with oil skin types ( primer/ setting powder reccommended)
Transfers easily if you touch your face
not waterproof- tears and water will mix in and break down the cushion (not pretty)
Does not fully cover dark pigmentation and acne scars


Final thoughts
I am really impressed with this cushion foundation. It is long lasting, leaves a natural and light finish and has great coverage for its light formula. I am just sad that I bought the wrong shade.

5/5





Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The Saem Urban Eco Harakeke Fresh Cream Review


Brand
The Saem

Product 
Urban Eco Harakeke Fresh Cream

Content
60ml

Where to buy?
$17.98 @Jolse


Product
Product Description:
The pure moisturizing energy of Harakeke from the pristine nature of New Zealand! The moisture cream instantly delivers a refreshingly hydrated sensation to the skin

There is an entire Harakeke Fresh line of skincare. In this line, there are two versions of the cream you can choose from. Urban Eco Harakeke Fresh Cream and Urban Eco Harakeke Fresh EX Cream. The Ex cream supposedly contains 100% Harakeke extract and coconut oil while the normal cream contains 80% Harakeke and no coconut oil. Since I have oily-combination skin I decided to go with the normal cream.

Claims of this cream (cited from Jolse):
1. 'King of moisturizing' found in New Zealand - Harakeke. 
2. Harakeke holds moist between skin texture therefore accomplishes moist and radiant skin. 
3. Harakeke means "Breath of swamp and lowland" in New Zealand natives language. 
4. More effectual moisturizer than Aloe Vera.
5. Every products of Urban Eco Harakeke Line contains Harakeke and Manuka Honey of New Zealand's eco friendly brand Living Nature.
6. Contains 80% of Harakeke.
7. Cape Weed soothes skin while Manuka Honey supplies moist and nutrient to skin.
8. Vitalizes tired skin by hydrating it.
9. Free of Paraben, Colorant, Mineral Oil, Benzophenone, Animal Component.






Packaging
Sturdy hard plastic tub with plastic screw on lid. It also comes with a spatula which is hygienic when getting the product out.
5/5

Texture
The moisturiser has a very light non-sticky gel texture. 
5/5

Application
This cream applies like a dream. So smooth and light. It is non-oily or sticky and leaves my skin feeling baby soft and smooth.
5/5



Scent
The scent is a very mild and refreshing. I want to say the scent is alike to the scent of aloe/cucumber.
5/5

Effect
This moisturiser is by far my favourite moisturiser. It applies so smoothly, smells refreshing and makes my skin instantly baby soft and plump with moisture. There is no oily-ness or stickiness.
It does not make my skin produce more oil than normal and doesn't clog up my pores or cause breakouts.
5/5

Pros
Mild fresh scent
Non-sticky
Non-oily
Does not cause breakouts
Does not clog pores
Makes skin feel plump and baby soft
Great for all skin types

Cons
None!





Thank you for reading!
What are your current favourite moisturiser? Let me know!