[SWATCH] Powder blushes

Recently, I got hooked on buying blushes because I think they really help to complete your makeup look. It makes you look more radiant and in the pink (pun intended) of health.

These are 3 powder blushes that I bought not long ago, 2 from MISSHA and 1 from Muji. Apologies for the dent in my Muji one, I am a horrible klutz T___T

As you can see, the Muji one definitely pales in comparison when it comes to colour payoff. It’s not very surprising: Japanese beauty products have rather low colour payoff, and their Korean counterparts have been catching up (albeit rather slowly).

I really like the MISSHA cotton blushes – #My Candyshop is good for creating sweet and fresh looks, while #Sunny Afternoon helps in looking lively, thanks to the bright colour. The orange coral shade also comes with slight hints of shimmer, so you can apply it on your cheekbones for a nice pop.

On the other hand, I use the Muji blush when I want to create a more understated look that is natural – good for when I want to look like I have minimal makeup, but still want to look healthy even though I slept for less than 5 hours.

All three are nice blushes, so take your pick based on what you prefer!

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[REVIEW] MISSHA Cotton Blush

I recently got really addicted to blushes because I think they add a very lovely flush to the face, so I had been eyeing these blushes for some time after seeing on Instagram (oops). When I went to Korea and saw that these were going for 1+1 (basically buy 1 get 1 free), I knew it was the right time to finally get my hands on these.


Product Description

Non powdery soft velvet texture to give soft blending.

Natural staining transparent vivid colour.

Silky Elastic Powder high sebum control effect with soft colour fit.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 6.10 (Althea)


Ingredient List

For the shade #My CandyShop

Talc, Nylon-12, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Mica, Hexyl Laurate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Diphenyl Dimethicone/Vinyl Diphenyl Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Acrylates/Stearyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Magnesium Myristate, Aluminum Hydroxide, 1,2-Hexandiol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Glyceryl Caprylate, Acid Yellow 23 (Yellow 5), Vat Red 1 (Red 30), Red Oxide of Iron, Black Oxide of Iron

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Some key points:

Mica: creates a natural shimmery finish, since it can be milled to a fine powder. Because it is naturally produced it is a particularly well-loved ingredient among organic and natural beauty brands, and is safe to use on almost all skin types with little to no side effects (source)

Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer: absorbs excess of sebum or acne-producing oils (source)


Sunny Afternoon
My Candyshop
Sunny Afternoon
My CandyShop

Packaging: Simple, compact, and easy to carry around – scores on all grounds!

Colour: Sunny Afternoon is a slightly darker, more reddish shade with speckles of gold glitter, while My Candyshop is a peachy/apricot flush. I love using Sunny Afternoon when I want a more intense look – let’s say if I know that I will be having photographs of myself taken/wefies etc. and I want my makeup to actually show up in the photos. However, I would say that My Candyshop is probably more suitable for daily, natural makeup looks because it makes you look like you have a healthy flush.

Both are very healthy and vibrant colours that work great with those who have warm undertones, and should fit most Asian skin tones!

Colour payoff & intensity: My Candyshop’s payoff is not that good, so for those of you who do not have very fair skin (me included) you have to apply at least 2 or 3 layers for some colour to show up.

Sunny Afternoon is much better in terms of payoff though, but be careful not to apply too much at one go because you may end up with super rosy and glittery cheeks. Maybe not so much a bad thing if you are going for a photoshoot, but it’s not something you want to sport at school.

Staying power: I haven’t found any need to touch up on my blush, and I still do see a fair bit of the blush even after a long day, so I think it’s safe to say that these work great even for the days where you are out for more than 12 hours.


Final Verdict

At around SGD6 per blush (I got this for less), I think this is really worth the money. It’s got a good range of beautiful colours for you to choose from, whether you have warm or cool undertones, fair or tan skin; its colour intensity is pretty decent for a Korean brand, and it stays on for as long as you need it to.

I think this could even double up as eyeshadow because the colours are really gorgeous and there’s little fallout, which makes this an even better choice if you are looking for an affordable blush.

I really want to buy more shades of this because it’s so good, and I think I would probably even bump it up to be my favourite blush of all time because it’s just so good.

The only issue I have with this is that my skin is quite ‘bumpy’ from acne, so it makes those pesky pimples look a little more obvious than I would like, but that’s just really a personal skin issue that happens with all powder blushes.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮✮

6 Favourite Beauty Products in 2018

2018 has been one of my favourite years in terms of experimenting with new makeup and skincare, so I’ll round up some of the ones I loved the most last year. I know this post is a little late, but better late than never, right? 😉


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10

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The BEST foundation I’ve ever used. I’ve even stopped using BB creams because this stuff is even better, be it in terms of coverage or staying power. I also love that it doesn’t clog up my skin, so it’s great to use even if you have oily skin with easily-clogged pores.

It’s a tad expensive, but a good foundation like this is honestly worth the investment, even more so than a luxury lipstick. This is coming from a lipstick lover, so you know how much I treasure this foundation. You also don’t need a lot of product because of the high coverage, so a little can go a long way.


the SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer

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Best concealer I’ve ever used – and the cheapest one ever! This stuff is creamy, promises super good coverage, and doesn’t oxidize. I’ve been using this (rather small) tube for months and still haven’t finished it – super worth it!


MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream

 

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I didn’t really dare to take the leap when it came to using snail mucin, but when I finally did with this product, I was absolutely blown away. I find this perfect for soothing and clearing up skin irritations, acne, and sunburns while hydrating skin. Now, where have you been my whole life??


COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol

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Probably my favourite toner this year for being really effective (at least for the most part). This is very good for clearing up acne and preventing breakouts from happening, so acne-prone people should definitely try this.


CLIO Kill Brown Waterproof Brush Liner

CLIO Kill Brown Waterproof Brush Liner

No one should be left feeling like a noob at using liquid eyeliner, not when CLIO has provided one of the best tools available. I find that the brush is much easier to control and use than the pen, so you can easily brush (haha) across your eyelids and create a clean line. Plus points for being waterproof.


Colourpop Ultra Blotted Liquid Lipstick

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I couldn’t end this favourites list without a lip product, and after much deliberation I finally decided that Colourpop’s Ultra Blotted Lip was truly the gem of the year. Comfort, great staying power, and beautiful colours – this highly affordable product truly provides them all.

[MISC] 6 Cutest K-Beauty Product Packaging

It seems like it’s not just K-idols that are attractive – K-beauty products are well-known for having some of the most adorable packaging around, and we all sometimes fall prey to buying products for the packaging (oops).

Here are 6 of the cutest K-beauty product packaging you can ever find (we have excluded special collaborations in this article). Be warned, I’m not responsible if you are tempted to buy all of them!


1. Peripera Peri’s Mini Fridge

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You might have heard about how good & affordable Peripera’s lip tints are, but did you know that Peripera makes the cutest packaging for their products as well? This mini fridge set contains miniature versions of Peripera products (that really work!), which is also a great way for you to try out all of Peripera’s famous products before you commit to buying the full-sized products.


2. MISSHA Wish Stone Tint Water Gel

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MISSHA’s water gel lip tint promises high coverage and vivid colours, but when you’re not using it as a lip tint, you can definitely put this on your table as a beautiful crystal display (works even better if you buy more of them to form a pile). When you’ve finished the lip tint, you can even customize this into a cute accessory piece – talk about killing two birds with one stone!


3. Etude House Soft Drink Tint

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We all know Etude House has some of the prettiest packaging around, but this really takes the cake. As if a soft drink tint isn’t adorable enough, it even comes in a vending machine packaging? Just take my money already!


4. THE SAEM Chocopie Hand Cream

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Choco pie is a very famous snack in Korea that most tourists would definitely buy as a souvenir to bring home, but a chocopie hand cream is seriously ingenious. It makes you wonder if the person who thought of this design was eating a chocopie at that time. What I do know, however, is that looking at this makes me hungry already.


5. THE SAEM Yam Yam Lip Syrup

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THE SAEM is clearly winning this packaging game with this lip syrup that reminds you of, well, syrup. Apparently it is infused with the scents of different syrup flavours, so you really feel like you are applying chocolate sauce on your lips. Too cute!


6. CHATEAU LABIOTTE Wine Lip Tint

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This is for all your alcoholics out there (yes, you, don’t deny it). These are formulated with French wine extracts, hence the wine packaging. You could probably buy lots of these to fill a shelf and pretend that you are a wine connoisseur who has a wine collection at home. Alternatively, you could simply whip this out in public and enjoy a few curious stares from people who think that you are applying wine as lipstick.

[REVIEW] MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream

I struggled very long with the thought of using snail mucin on my face. I heard about its fantastic healing properties, but couldn’t really get past the eek factor. It wasn’t until I had read umpteen reviews about how amazing this product is, and a time when my face broke out so bad that I was in full-blown panic mode, that I finally got around to trying this miracle ingredient.


Product Description

SUPER AQUA SNAIL CREAM
Harnesses the unique power of snail slime extract and botanical stem cells to capture skin’s youthful beauty

1. Visibly Restores Vitality
With a 70% concentration of snail slime extract, this soft cream works hard to brighten, revitalize, and renew the look and feel of skin.

2. Hydration Synergy Effect
Moisturizing Baobab tree extract combines with deep sea water for a quenching dose of hydration that leaves your complexion looking touchably soft and smooth.

3. Fights Signs of Aging
Helps fortify skin by improving the look of multiple key signs of aging: rough texture, dullness, loss of firmness, and fine lines/wrinkles.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 56.90


Ingredient List

Snail Secretion Filtrate, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Arbutin, Bis-PEG-18 , Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Sea Water, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Centella Asiatica Meristem Cell Culture , Xanthan Gum, Fragrance(Parfum), Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Limonene

Look at the top ingredient – snail secretion filtrate!! MISSHA is definitely not stingy with the amount of snail mucin they’ve put into this product.


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Packaging: This packaging is. So. GORGEOUS. Imagine my excitement when I saw the pearlescent lid – totally looks like a pearl nestled in the box! I do think that the rest of the packaging (plastic and all) is quite typical of MISSHA’s skincare products, based on previous experience.

Texture: Please don’t imagine that because this cream uses snail mucin, it will have some gooey, sticky texture. This is actually quite watery/aqueous – I can easily apply a thin layer evenly, and it will get absorbed by my skin very well without leaving behind any sticky and oily residue. It doesn’t feel thick at all on my skin and neither does it clog up my huge pores, so I think this is definitely great for people with oily skin.

Effectiveness: I haven’t had much trouble with signs of ageing, but I have to say that this snail mucin is miraculous. I saw results IMMEDIATELY after the night I used this, and everyone commented on how my face suddenly glowed. It was honestly that great.

As I mentioned earlier, I started using this because I had a terrible breakout – my face had all these red patches, acne scars, and clogged pores for no good reason (that I can think of). By the next day, half of all my skin problems were gone and my skin looked almost back to normal. After using it for about a week, my skin actually looked even better than it ever had before! It was almost clear of acne, and people around me remarked that it looked more smooth and fair. It’s been a long time since I had a good, long period of almost-clear skin, and it honestly just felt like a miracle.

UPDATE: I tested out how good the product is in terms of hydration and sebum control, and I have to say that I am SO impressed.

MISSHA Snail Cream
Before

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After

Hydration level went up by 22.7%, and oil level decreased by 6%!

Note that I did not conduct the ‘after’ test immediately, but waited a while for the product to settle in.

 


Final Verdict

Not every ‘holy grail’ product you find online is really worthy of that holy grail status, but this product is definitely worth any accolade you can give it. It’s been a long time since I dreamt of clear skin, much less that dewy, bouncy one that every Korean seems to sport. However, I’m starting to think that it’s not as far-fetched a dream as I once thought, thanks to this amazing snail cream from MISSHA. This is honestly my favourite cream of all time, hands-down. I am absolutely blown away by how great this is, and I’ve been going around telling people that snail mucin is seriously that thing we’ve all been lacking in our skincare routine.

I know the price is not exactly budget-friendly, but this is one of the rare few products that I’m telling you that you have to get despite the price. This is that product you can buy to save you all the money from acne patches, moisturizers, anti-ageing cream, highlighters, facials etc. This is seriously value for money when you find out how good this product is in keeping your face looking the most radiant it has ever been. I promise you that this will be one of the best skincare products you can ever invest in, and once you start using snail mucin in this MISSHA cream, you’ll be more actively looking for this ingredient in other products than you ever imagined.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮✮

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[REVIEW] MISSHA Matt M Lip Rouge

I know the matte lipstick trend is slowing dying out, what with everyone looking for glosses again, but I personally still prefer having something longer lasting because I’m always munching on something and I hate having to touch up often.

I have yet to try a lip product from MISSHA, so I thought I would give this matte lipstick of theirs a go when I was buying some other products on Shopee.


Product Description

Airy fit, matte textured lip rouge applies on softly for an even color and true matte finish. Color coating technology helps create vivid, glamorous colors on lips with a single touch. Provides UV blocking benefit to protect lips.

Official Retail Price: USD 15.00


Ingredient List

Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Octyldodecanol, Hexyl Laurate, Titanium Oxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ceresin, Polyglyceryl-2, Triisostearate, Microcrystalline Wax, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Diisostearyl Malate, Ozokerite, PEG-10, Dimethicone, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Leontopodium alpinum Extract , Jasmine Extract, Mango Seed butter, Shea Butter, Sundrops Flower Extract, Ricinus Communis Seed oil, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Hydrogenated Lecithin , CI 19140, CI 45410, CI 15850:1, CI 15850, Aluminum Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin , Perfume, Tropolone, Silica, CI 77019

My first thought when I saw this product was that it looked a lot like my Etude House Dear My Matte Tinting Lip-Talk, so I went to have a look at its formula:

OCTYLDODECANOL, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, OCTYLDODECYL NEOPENTANOATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), POLYGLYCERYL-2 DIISOSTEARATE, SILICA, MICA, SYNTHETIC WAX, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, POLYETHYLENE, POLYGLYCERYL-2 TRIISOSTEARATE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, RED 6 (CI 15850), DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, FRAGRANCE, RED 7 (CI 15850), METHICONE, BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090), COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX, PUNICA GRANATUM FRUIT EXTRACT, WATER, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT

What I find interesting is that they definitely share a lot of ingredients in common, but Etude House’s lipstick contains an added butylene glycol, which is an alcohol that can cause skin irritation (if you remember my other posts about it in LANEIGE products).


One fascinating thing about this lipstick is that it actually offers SPF17. While we try to protect our skin from sun damage, we tend to forget that there is skin on our lips that should be protected as well, so this was quite a nice bonus.

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Packaging: Eerily enough, the packaging looks almost identical to that of Shu Uemura’s Rouge Unlimited lippies. To be fair, the differences are quite obvious, but the design inspiration is definitely there as well. Whichever came first, I do like the simple and classy packaging that comes with no frills.

Colour: I thought the actual product colour matched the name ‘Maple Latte’ a lot better than the product shot provided by MISSHA, to be honest. It turned out to be a lot more orangey-brown that I had expected, because it just looked like pink in the official swatches. Actually, I won’t say that I dislike the colour it turned out to be because it’s actually a kind of brick-red that I got to love recently – great for people with warm undertones and are rather fair, just that when I bought this I was looking for something that could pull off a more ‘sweet’ and ‘feminine’ look. I think shades Love Dream and Dear Rose were more like what I was gunning for.

The payoff is great, and the colour slides off easily so you don’t have to tug hard on your lips for more colour. I do find that application can be a bit messy on your lips if you’re not careful because it can overrun your lip line.

Staying power: I have high expectations of mattes and I thought that this was quite okay, but nothing super mind-blowing. There aren’t any lipstick stains on my cup when I drink, but a fair bit gets off when I eat. You will still have some colour remaining by the end of a long day so you won’t have super pale lips, but a touch-up is still needed to look fresh.


Final Verdict

This is an okay lipstick – nothing in particular that I really liked, but nothing that I didn’t like about it also. I would describe it as the kind of staple in your lipstick collection that is good for an easy and predictable makeup routine.

My only minor regret about this product is that I got it in a colour that didn’t quite match my expectations. Ah well. Maybe I’ll get around to buying the pinks next time.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮

What’s your favourite K-beauty brand?

The K-beauty world is amazingly diverse with so many different brands, so I wanted to do a fun poll on which one is the most popular among my readers.

Do take part and cast a vote for your favourite brand! 🙂