Sunday, August 30, 2015

Tint The Milky Way

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received the product for a review purpose, but the opinions are my own based on my experience.]

Summer is almost over! But that doesn't mean I can't put such bright colors on my lips. I've been searching for the nicest lip tint. This time I'm going to review Peripera Peri's Tint Milk from Jolse, an online shopping destination for all K-cosmetic lovers. The website is so user-friendly, one of the features that I like about it is they will save your recent viewed items. If you scroll it down, you'll find their official reviews as well as their weekly best sellers. Moreover, they gave me a bunch of samples too! Don't you love it when an online shop goes the extra mile? So without further ado, here's my own review!

Peripera Peri's Tint Milk review
Peripera Peri's Tint Milk.

Description: Like creamy milk, this tint gently blends upon lips. Non-sticky texture blends easily without any blots.

Directions: Apply with its tip from the center of lips.

Those of you might not know that Peripera is a sub-brand of Clio cosmetics, it belongs to inexpensive range as you can find it in many drugstores. The first Peripera product that I know is their widely known tint water.  But back then, I was so into my Tony Moly lip tint (though the packaging sucked), so I pulled myself away, didn't give it a shot.

Peripera Peri's Tint Milk review
The applicator.

Packaging wise, I love the red-haired girl on the lid. It's designed by Mari Kim, you know, one of her most popular artworks is on 2NE1's MV (I bet all the Blackjacks have heard about this). On top of that, it has an inner cap to prevent the leaking. The wand is very easy to use since it's a doe-foot applicator. It's all back to your own preference, however it's a tint, therefore I think this type of applicator can perform better as it's softer and fluffier :D Yes! I tend to look for doe-foot applicators over brushes when I buy lip tint or lip gloss.

Peripera Tint Milk swatch

Based on the container, you probably think both shades are very bright. However, they appear to be lighter and sink well with the natural lip color. The milky pink has a baby pink shade when it's applied, while the milky peach looks more like an orange shade than peach in my opinion.

The texture is thicker than usual liquid lip tint. One challenge that I found working with this tint is that I've got to immediately blend it because its formula stains right away. Since it stains right away, the lasting power is above average. It can stay longer than 3 hours, but reapplication is needed once you eat. I apply lip balm first prior to application, though I often forget, like at times when I'm doing touchup, these things are still quite moisturizing. I don't experience any chapped lips while using them. Lastly, this tint has sweet scent which doesn't bother me at all. So far I'm enjoying it!

Price: USD 8.08
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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Dewy Kisses

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received the product for a review purpose, but the opinions are my own based on my experience.]

Hi dearest bumblebees! Been away for too long, a month to be precise, I know. A little life update from me; I spent my summer vacay in the States, but I couldn't present such amusing stories for you. Because for comparison, west coast was fun. However, east coast, as much as I could recall, was a hell of a lot fun. So I went to the City of Angels, San Fransisco and (uhm) Las Vegas with my mom. It's weird how I still couldn't get over NYC, Boston, Atlantic City and the other cities along the east coast that I visited like 2 years ago, meanwhile I don't feel like going back to west coast at all. I didn't take plenty of pictures too. Again. Weird.

Anyway, here I'm back in town, bringing you a new product from Jolse, called Dewy Kiss Lip Balm by Missha. Chapped lips have been stories of my life, I tried a lot of lipbalms from Chapstick, Burt Bee's, Nivea, Maybelline, Palmer's and so on, they're doing pretty good job, but I wonder if this very adorable pinky packaging could do the same too. I won't go chattering those other brands, so let's just get straight to the review!

Missha Dewy Kiss Lip balm review
Description: Scented lip balm for sweet and moist, kissable lips. Containing cupuacu butter and asimina triloba extract to care lips without stickiness.

Directions: Use finger or brush to apply over lips.

Missha Dewy Lipbalm Review Jolse
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They didn't state the ingredients on the packaging so I had to copy-paste it directly from Missha's official US website:
Microcrystalline Wax, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Octyldodecanol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Paraffin, Jojoba Seed Oil, Mango Seed Butter, Meadowfoam Delta-Lactone, Sunflower Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phaseolus Radiatus Seed Extract, vena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Mentha Rotundifolia Leaf Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Coconut Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Nephelium Lappaceum Branch/Fruit/Leaf Extract, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Garcinia Mangostana Peel Extract, Asmino Triloba Tree Fruit Extract, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyethylene, Glyceryl Behenate, Beeswax, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Trihydroxystearin, Polyglyceryl-6 Octastearate, Caprylic/Caprylic Triglyceride, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol,Silica, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Water, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, CI 15850, CI 19140
The key ingredient is theobroma grandiflorum, aka cupuacu butter as mentioned in the description above. To be honest though, I didn't know what it was so I browsed through Google and found the detailed explanation about it from Lush. I'd just mention some of the fact to make it brief yet clear, k?

So cupuacu is a tropical tree in Amazon rain forest. Apparently the tree is still related to cacao the tree where cocoa beans are obtained. Long story short, the cupuacu butter is obtained by cold-pressing. The butter is consists of various beneficial fatty acids. Because of its rich content of; phytosterols to benefit dry, damaged skin, polyphenols to combat free radicals in the tissues, and fatty acids (including palmitic, stearic and oleic acids) to protect and moisturize, it can act as skin hydrator and plumper. Though it's not recognized as an SPF, cupuacu butter also well known for it's ability to absorb damaging UVA / UVB rays for natural sun protection.

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Double-sealed for hygiene and protection.

Now let me carry on the actual review, I got myself the lipbalm in shade dewy berry not because I like berries. I was actually a bit hesitant I might be licking my lips if I picked this one. It was just the fact that pink wins most of the time. HA!

Missha Dewy Kiss Lip balm review
First time opening the pot, there were some 'steam' most likely due to the shipping.

The lipbalm comes in a tiny plastic pot, weighed 7g and available in three different flavors; berry, grapefruit, citron. It has jelly-like texture, it's slick but the balm doesn't rub off easily on my finger (yeah, I'm using my clean finger). The pink shade unfortunately wouldn't be seen on your lips, it will only look hydrated, moistened without awkward glossy finish or stickiness. I tried to lick my lips while having this lipbalm on and thank goodness, it doesn't have any unpleasant taste at all, just bland. Just like how it's named, the scent is sort of like berries, sweet but a bit sour in a good way for me, since it's not strong.

All in all, I think it is a must-have product for those who like a potted lippies in a cute packaging, and who search for translucent lipbalms with slightly fruit scent to keep their lips soft and hydrated.

Price: USD 6.98
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Monday, June 01, 2015

Clean Makeup Brushes 101

It's a new month! Summer is coming real soon! I can't wait for the long happy holidays :P Anyway, let's get to the point, shall we? I'm going to share my own guide and also a little review of these things that have helped me cleaning my go-to makeup tool.

As I have to do makeup (almost) everyday, my go-to makeup tool for applying liquid base on my face has changed from a beauty blender to brushes and a cushion puff. Hence, they are in need of cleaning. Although brushes don't harvest bacteria as much as sponges do, I still believe it's best to clean them at least every week.

Etude House Puff Brush Cleaning Mist review
Etude House Puff & Brush Cleaning Mist and
Etude House My Beauty Tool Brush.

Description: This is a mist type puff & brush cleanser that removes dirt and gently melts away makeup residue without the use of water. Useful for maintaining a clean and hygienic puff and brush.

  1. Spray sufficient amount onto puff or brush you wish to clean and wipe off with dry or wet tissue.
  2. Gently pat while wiping until no residue remains on tissue.
  3. Use puff or brush after completely drying off cleansed puff and brush in cool area.
Etude House Puff Brush Cleaning Mist reviewEtude House Puff Brush Cleaning Mist review
Product description and directions. Can't find the ingredients anyways, maybe it's the Hangul.

Unlike what it's named of, this mist can hardly clean my cushion puff. Oh, I'm using this technique from Laneige to clean my cushion puff, I find it more delicate to clean it that way. For that reason, even though it's said "no-wash", I don't recommend using this product without washing the brush afterwards because it can't completely clean the residual makeup that way.

So here you go, my guide to clean the brush using Etude House Puff & Brush Cleaning Mist:

Etude House My Beauty Tool Brush review
Spray the mist on both sides, wipe the brushes on tissues until the makeup residue melts.
Avoid the part of the brush where the handle meets the head as it can break down the glue over time.
Etude House My Beauty Tool Brush review
Fill a cup with lukewarm water and gently swirl the brush tips in the water.
Repeat this step until the water runs clear from the brush.
Etude House My Beauty Tool Brush review
Voilà! Now your brushes are clean, squeeze any excess water and lay them flat to dry.

Price: KRW 4,500

By any chance, is there anyone who has tried Etude House Brush Shower Cleaner? I've been wondering if it performs well because back then it was such a hard decision whether purchasing this one over the Brush Shower Cleaner since it comes in a huge bottle (5 times the amount, to be precise) and only priced twice as much. Too bad there were no tester for both products on the store or else I might be picking the one that smells more divine. So bumblebees... Let me know please in the comment section down below ;)
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dreaming Swan

Bumblebee-ya~ Anyong haseyo! This month surely flies so fast. June is coming so soon and therefore, summer season will start. Told ya I've got so many things from Seoul, but laziness pervades me and I've used up most of the cosmetics I bought. HA! However this one that I'm going to review is one of the stuffs that I asked my friend to get me when she was visiting South Korea. She visited the country all way to the south, well I mean, Busan. I'm so jealous and happy for her I mean, because when I went to South Korea, I could only visit Seoul as I was on tour and the Busan or even Jeju package wasn't available back then. This gives me another good reason to visit South Korea, I'd love to travel on Spring or Fall mainly because of the weather, not too cold nor too hot.

So yeah, this one I'll be reviewing is one of the Etude House's latest releases. As a fan of the brand, I surely can't skip this collection called Dreaming Swan which was inspired by the ballet. It's a collaboration between Etude House and Kerrie Hess, an illustrator from Australia. Honestly though, I've never heard of her before, but apparently she has worked for Chanel, Kate Spade, Lancome, Ladurée, etc. Just wow, isn't it?!

Etude House Dreaming Swan Shine Volumer review
Etude House Dreaming Swan Shine Volumer.

Description: A pearl-cream multi shadow that absorbed smoothly on every area that needs dazzling shimmer.

What it promises:
  • Transparently and delicately shiny pearl that makes moisturized lovely eyes.
  • Powerful instant fitting system keeps pearl not to fall out for delicate and clear pearl expression.
  • Bounce-up gel type texture to express 3D-effect volume.
  • Non-sticky and moisturising texture to provide shiny volume on broad area.
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Product's description, directions and ingredients.

Personal thought of mine about the packaging. As any other usual Etude House's packaging, it's prettier on the box rather than the actual product. Thankfully there are prints of ballerina's shoes and bow on the lid. I got mine in shade #3 twinkling tutu.

Etude House Dreaming Swan Shine Volumer twinkling tutu review

Texture wise, it's more like creamy liquid with tons of gold glitter that glides very easily and dries instantly too, so make sure to blend it nicely before it dries. While it's said on the direction that it can be used for the bridge of the nose, I seriously don't recommend you to use it on that area. It will look too glittery and you'll end up looking unnatural.

Etude House Dreaming Swan Shine Volumer twinkling tutu review
Swatch on my hand using the wand and blended afterwards.

It's not an easy product for the eye area either, though it's meant to be a highlighter. The promotional photo makes it looks as if it's practical to work with, when in fact it takes me loads of trial and error. I think the problem is on the wand. Its diameter is too thick for an eye makeup product, since it picks so many liquid and it'll look messy if you directly apply it to your eye area.

The trick of using this product is to make sure you only pick a little, apply it first on the hand (to reassure you really pick only a little of it), and now you're safe to put it on bottom lash line area. However, that's too complicated! Nowadays I use it as a highlighter for my eyebrow bone because that way it's easier to blend.

Price: KRW 7,500

K-drama updates anyone? I'm currently watching School 2015, Kim SooHyun is def my most favorite child actress, she stars as a lead in there. I think it's a cute mystery teen drama, dunno why the rating is low. Hopefully the rating will climb up until its finale. Who's with me here that agrees BTOB's SungJae is a noona killer? LOLOL. He's adorable on that drama, but nay in a variety show. Because I like Jackson much better in Big Byung. Anyways, this drama produces only great OST until now.

Tiger JK feat. Jinsil Of Mad Soul Child - Reset.
Baechigi feat. Punch - Fly With The Wind.
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Friday, May 01, 2015

Dinoplatz U.F.O Multibox

Well hey, bumblebees... May Day! May Day! And that's a reason why I have time to post a review. Lately I've been busy but not really with my work, thus blogging seems like a difficult thing to do. However, I sneak some of my leisure time to write something because I like writing especially when it comes to beauty!

This... is a product that I've used since I came back from Seoul, bought it fresh from their road shop in Dongdaemun and I thought the name of the brand says it all; Too Cool For School. I fell in love completely with the warm reception. The sales girl couldn't talk in English yet tried her best to explain me about the special promo going on. I was so glad that she suggested it to me because it's such a great save!

I heard about this brand before because my friend told me their beauty blender is just one of the best she's ever tried, but back then Too Cool For School was closed down in Jakarta (which anyway they've recently reopen in Taman Anggrek Mall, with a different distributor though).

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Too Cool For School Dinoplatz U.F.O Multibox.

Description: Dinoplatz U.F.O Multibox is a wacky square type of package, in addition to the cushion BB foundation, there is a built-in pore balm, concealer, and makeup palette of lip & cheek. When you slide from under the case, it's as if an alien is coming down (the makeup palette). The BB foundation finish is shiny and able to adjust unevenness of the skin for us to achieve a smooth pottery skin.

too cool for school dinoplatz multibox review
Dem feels of a brand new sponge.
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Apparently cushion sponge is just unusually soft and smooth.

You can tell now, I was unfamiliar with cushion type of makeup. I thought it wasn't hygienic so I hesitated to try but I WAS WRONG! This is just the greatest beauty invention yet! Whoever came up with this idea, I thank you for now I don't have to bring a tube of my BB or CC cream in my makeup pouch as I do my makeup at my office (sleeping time is precious when you work 8 hours a day y'all know). Moreover, touch-ups could be done as easy as 1 2 3.

too cool for school dinoplatz ufo multibox
BB foundation cushion is on the top.
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It looks nasty, but should I care?
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My bad, it was perfect when I first unboxed the packaging.

I got mine shade #23 Janna, but those with fairer skin and cool tone can pick the #21 Pola because it's more pink in color. Nothing I dislike about their concept, it's so practical, compact, and everything works like a charm. They gave you mirror too inside and it's very usable. 

too cool for school dinoplatz ufo multibox swatch
Swatches on my hand.

Being so rich in SPF, it kinda give me a white cast though it's not in a moderate amount which is a great thing for SPF 50. The coverage is just awesome, especially the creamy concealer. For the lip & cheek, I can say it's great for subtle blush, but it's not recommended for lip as it's drying (or maybe just my poor lips). Pore balm is barely visible on my swatch, I don't actually use it too because big pores ain't my thing xP

Last but not least, this was the special promo that I told you before. The sales girl tried to explain me what would I get inside this box. I was so stupid too for thinking I'll get two multibox, not the refill one like this. Eventually I got what she meant, but I insisted to get the cushion sponge separately, so then perhaps she told me (in Korean language that I don't even understand) that I'll get the sponge inside the refill. I think I finally surrendered to her as she didn't give me the cushion sponge by telling me "no need". HAHA. Yes, we'll get that cushion sponge inside the refill, I double checked their website.

too cool for school dinoplatz ufo multibox refill
Gotta save this for my summer trip.

Overall I'm impressed with this product, it lives up to my expectation. Not a downside, but it's a bit pricey for the size (12g for only the BB foundation). I've used it up in two months, but I'm happy that packaging idea looks so cool, the shade suits my skin tone, and more importantly the formula doesn't break me out.

Price: KRW 38,000

Miss A - Only You.

Guilty pleasure; I've been raping the replay button for this song. I watched all their live show too. Pssh!
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