[REVIEW] THEFACESHOP x Kakao Friends Sweet Apeach Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Panthenol Soothing Gel Cream

This was one of the products I bought last year when THEFACESHOP released its collaboration with Kakao Friends’ Apeach. I’m a hugeeee fan of Apeach, so I bought this kind of like a collectible item. Nonetheless, I’ve also been wanting to try the brand’s Dr. Belmeur line for some time, so I guess I killed two birds with one stone this time round ~


Product Description

The gel-type cream containing 2.5% panthenol creates a moisture barrier to soothe sensitive skin and help provide longer-lasting hydration.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 42

 


Ingredient List

Water, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dicaprylyl Ether, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Alanyl Glutamine, Phytosphingosine, Soluble Proteoglycan, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Natto Gum, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Monarda Didyma Leaf Extract, Corchorus Olitorius Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Malachite Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius Flower Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Amodimethicone, Carbomer, Polysorbate 60, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Trisodium EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Tromethamine, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum

Some ingredients to take note of:

  • Butylene Glycol: potential irritant
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract: good for soothing irritated skin
  • Parfum: potential irritant
  • Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice: good for moisturising and conditioning skin
  • Monarda Didyma Leaf Extract: to heal irritations and wounds
  • Salvia Officinalis Leaf Extract: astringent and antiseptic qualities
  • Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water: antioxidant
  • Malachite Extract: after-sun product
  • Natto Gum: moisturising

As you can see, it’s packed full of ingredients that really help to moisturise and soothe skin; ironically, it also contains ingredients that can  potentially irritate your skin as well. My advice is to test this out at a store for yourself if you have sensitive skin, just in case the irritant supersedes all the other ingredients on you.


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Packaging: How is this not cute??? Every time I open the tub, I’m like patting Apeach on the head. It is so, so, so adorable. If you are an Apeach fan and you don’t like this, please don’t call yourself a fan. Even if you are not an Apeach fan, you should still like this. It’s really one of the cutest skincare products I’ve seen in a long time.

Texture: It’s very aqueous, so it gets absorbed by my skin very easily. I didn’t think that it was actually very oily, although my device seems to tell me that it may be slightly oily. I’m guessing this may be because of the squalene present in the product (squalene is obtained from shark liver oil), although I can’t be sure.

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Hydration level went up by 2%, and oil level went up by 0.6%.

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

Effectiveness: I love how cooling the product feels on my skin after application, and I’m guessing this has to do with all these extracts in it, especially the aloe vera one. My skin immediately feels hydrated for sure. I’m guessing that you don’t see a huge difference in my skin hydration levels above because it’s already quite well-moisturised.

I also like to use this on my face and arms when I get a little sunburnt from being out in the sun for too long, and it always heals by the very next day!


Final Verdict

Cute packaging aside, this soothing gel cream from THEFACESHOP has been a very good skincare product that I use quite regularly and interchangeably with my MISSHA snail cream.

SGD42 is definitely not cheap, especially considering its small product size (50ml), but really good skincare products hardly come cheap, unless you strike gold with some drugstore find. I probably wouldn’t call this a must-buy because you have similar, cheaper alternatives (Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera is still unbeatable at SGD5 tbh), but it is definitely not a purchase that will leave you wishing it was never made.


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] THEFACESHOP Moisture Touch Lipstick

Reblogging an old post of mine! This lippie’s formula still remains one of my favourite – find out why!

THERAGEFFECT

THEFACESHOP has Suzy as its ambassador, and it’s not hard to see why. With natural beauty, elegance and a touch of innocence, Suzy is known in Korea as the nation’s ‘first love’. I liked her role in Dream High a lot, and it was because of her that I took special notice of THEFACESHOP as a brand.


Product description

• Layers of moisture create a protective barrier: Infuses lips with a serum containing 10% squalene, leaving lips feeling luxuriously moist layer after layer 
• Multiple layers of lipstick allows for smooth and vivid coloured lips: With the highly dense colour compact system, colour becomes more vivid and true to its original colour as it is repeatedly applied. 
• Shiny layering looks like a clear coating has been applied: Conditions lips and makes them look shiny and smooth with no visible wrinkles

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 19.90

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[SAMPLE] THE FACE SHOP Yehwadam Revitalizing Serum

I’m on a spree to try out all these samples I have lying around, so here’s one of the first few that I’m trying! I’m actually quite excited about this because it’s from TFS’ ‘luxury’ line 😀


Product Description

This revitalizing serum is formulated with extracts of seeds, roots, flowers and fruits from Korean natural ingredients to provide the finishing touch for a healthy, vibrant look.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 77

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Ingredient List

WATER/EAU• GLYCERIN• DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL• PEG/PPG/POLYBUTYLENE GLYCOL-8/5/3 GLYCERIN• GLYCERYL POLYMETHACRYLATE• DIMETHICONE• LACTOBACILLUS/SOYBEAN FERMENT EXTRACT• 1,2-HEXANEDIOL•PEG-150•PROPYLENE GLYCOL• PHENYL TRIMETHICONE• PANTHENOL• METHYL TRIMETHICONE• C14-22 ALCOHOLS• SQUALANE• MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL• CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED EXTRACT•PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT• LYCIUM CHINENSE FRUIT EXTRACT• CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) FLOWER EXTRACT• LONICERA JAPONICA (HONEYSUCKLE) FLOWER EXTRACT• TRIETHYLHEXANOIN• ARACHIDYL GLUCOSIDE• BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER• STEARIC ACID• CHOLESTEROL• PEG-100 STEARATE•BETA-GLUCAN• SACCHAROMYCES/POTATO EXTRACT FERMENT FILTRATE• SACCHAROMYCES/BARLEY SEED FERMENT FILTRATE• POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE• ALGAE EXTRACT• BUTYLENE GLYCOL• CYCLOPENTASILOXANE• DIMETHICONOL•CERAMIDE NP• HYDROGENATED LECITHIN• PEG-10 RAPESEED STEROL• GLYCERYL STEARATE• GLYCERETH-20• NELUMBO NUCIFERA FLOWER EXTRACT• PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL• CARBOMER• ALGIN• SODIUM POLYACRYLATE• AC RYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER• ADENOSINE• MICA (CI 77019)• TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)• IRON OXIDES (CI 77491)• TROMETHAMINE• TRISODIUM EDTA• PARFUM/FRAGRANCE

This is one particularly long list of ingredients. What jumps out at me are these:

  1. Main ingredient: water. Not a bad thing, it’s always better than having too much of some irritant.
  2. Lots of natural ingredients. This could be the only product I’ve seen so far with so many natural ingredients used. Soybean ferment extract, algae extract, barley seed extract, potato extract ferment, honeysuckle flower extract, shea butter, nelumbo nucifera flower extract etc. You can imagine how well formulated this must be!
  3. Presence of fragrance. Sadly, this product is not void of fragrance, so do take note if you have sensitive skin.

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Packaging: Nothing much to comment on the packaging for a sample, but I do think the full-size bottle looks quite classy, definitely befitting of a luxury skincare product.

Texture: I was a bit surprised that it was a beige-coloured gel/cream, rather than liquid. I’m quite used to liquid serums, so I had to double check if the packaging indeed said serum. It’s not too sticky or thick and spreads easily on skin, although I would definitely have preferred something more aqueous. It also smells faintly of some herb/plant, although I can’t really pinpoint what.

Effectiveness: It’s hard to tell from samples, but I do have to say that it delivers as promised about giving you brighter, healthier-looking skin. It also delivers hydration, so you can use it as moisturizer as well. However, don’t expect it to solve other skin problems such as acne, huge pores etc.


Final Verdict

I’ve read a few good reviews online for this product, but I don’t see myself buying this anytime soon as my current skincare priorities include hydration and getting rid of acne.

If you want to invest in something for dull skin, this might be a good option for you to consider. You can try asking for a sample of this (if there is a physical TFS store in your country) before you decide to invest in the full-size product 🙂


Rating

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

[SMUDGE TEST & SWATCH] Battle of the Liners – Part I

I’m back with another smudge test!

This time round, I’ll be checking out the pencil liners in my make-up collection. Eyeliner is a must-have in my daily routine because my eyes really need that extra depth, but liquid liners are not always my kind of thing to struggle with in the morning. As a result, I have ended up amassing pencil eyeliners in a bid to find one that works for my oily eyelids.

Products swatched and tested:

Colourpop Crème Gel Liner

TFS Inkgel Pencil Eyeliner

Innisfree Always New Auto Liner

Etude House Play 101 pencil

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If I had to rank the products by how smudge-proof they are, it would be like this:

  1. TFS Inkgel Pencil Eyeliner
  2. Etude House Play 101 pencil
  3. Colourpop Crème Gel Liner
  4. Innisfree Always New Auto Liner

Are there are any other products you’d like to see being swatched and put through the smudge test? Comment and let me know! ~

[REVIEW] The Face Shop x KAKAO FRIENDS APEACH Blossom Lip Tint

So I like APEACH, I like TFS, and I like lip tints – this combination is deadly enough to make me surrender into buying this.


Product Description

  • Glossy lips without any sticky feeling.
  • Fresh & tight application.
  • Excellent glassy gloss.
  • Adorable Sweet Apeach design! – Shake it and enjoy the flattery Cherry blossom glitters!

Official Retail Price: SGD 15.10 (Shopee)

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Ingredient List

I haven’t been able to find a full ingredient list online, but let me know if you have a source for this!


They didn’t have many choices for shades and I really wanted APEACH so I went for a pink that I was used to buying for lip tints. This was how it looked like in the marketing materials:

It wasn’t too bright or obnoxious a pink, and I imagined that this would look very good when used for a gradient lip look, so I went ahead to pick this colour.

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Packaging: It’s hard to disagree that this lip tint’s packaging is waaaaay too adorable. Besides having APEACH printed on the tube, you have a tiny APEACH in a snowglobe – how cute is that!! It’s so gorgeous that you could probably use it as a decoration for your table, your shelf, practically anywhere that you bring this tint along with. It’s almost like having a pretty snow globe with you everywhere you go. It’s not heavy either, although I do think that it is slightly bulkier than most other lip tints I’ve used.

Colour: I would describe this colour as a strawberry pink, I guess? It makes for a very sweet and bright look, and you can see that the colour applies rather evenly on skin despite being so watery. The strawberry pink colour helps to pump your lips a little, and I found it to very good for creating gradient lips. The payoff is lovely as well, but I do think that I take more than one application in order to have a significant bit of colour on my lips.

I do also think that this may have a formula that is rather similar to Innisfree’s Eco Flower Tint. The colours seem to share similarities, but without the ingredient list for this lip tint, it’s tough to check and say for sure whether these two tints from different companies are close dupes of each other.

Staying power: I personally feel that lip tints should be very long-lasting (since they tint/dye your lips), but not all tints are made the same. This, however, has been fantastic beyond my expectation. I can expect to eat a full meal, drink water, and still expect to see about 70% of colour still on my lips. At the end of a long day in office, I still see traces of the colour even though I haven’t touched up even once. Now, how great is that?


Final Verdict

Cute packaging aside, we all know the K-beauty world is awash with lip tints. What really differentiates one tint from the next is definitely the colour shades, the staying power, and the price as well.

This lip tint isn’t the cheapest tint available out there, but I do think that for the gorgeous packaging, the sweet colours and the long-lasting power it boasts, this particular tint is definitely worth putting in your shopping cart, especially if you are a APEACH or Ryan fan.

Do take note, however, that this isn’t available in Singapore (if you are a SG reader) and I don’t think TFS SG will be bringing it in at all, so you will have to buy from an online retailer or some kind seller in order to get your hands on this.

UPDATE: TFS SG has brought the APEACH collection to Singapore! However, they’ve left out the sunscreen, so you still can’t get it here 😦


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Clear Sunscreen Stick

I have to be honest – the main reason why I bought this was because of the Kakao Friends packaging (or more specifically, Apeach). TFS in Singapore didn’t decide to import this collection, so I had to source for it online. I found one seller on Shopee – it was super expensive at $29.90, but I really wanted it so I bit the bullet.

However, I was really disappointed when what I received instead was Ryan, and not Apeach. I realized that I didn’t indicate any option to say whether I wanted Ryan or Apeach, and frankly I don’t know if such an option even existed in the first place. Anyhow, I still needed sunscreen so I wouldn’t exactly say it was a wasted purchase, just slightly disappointing.


Product Description

This sunscreen comes in a stick form that can be used conveniently even outdoors without white residue or sticky sensation. Ingredients such as Sunflower Sprout Extract and Vitamin E help keep skin smooth and fresh for long hours without turning dull.

• ECOCERT CERTIFIED SUNFLOWER SPROUT EXTRACT
• NMF (NATURAL MOISTURIZING FACTOR)
• NO ANIMAL SOURCE INGREDIENTS
• FORMULATED WITHOUT PARABEN & DERMATOLOGICALLY TESTED

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 29.90 (Shopee)


Ingredient List

OCTYLDODECANOL • DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE • C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE • ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE • OCTOCRYLENE • DIBUTYL LAUROYL GLUTAMIDE • SILICA SILYLATE • ISONONYL ISONONANOATE • ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE • BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE • DEXTRIN PALMITATE • ETHYL OLEATE • DIETHYLAMINO HYDROXYBENZOYL HEXYL BENZOATE • MYRISTICA FRAGRANS (NUTMEG) EXTRACT • DIBUTYL ETHYLHEXANOYL GLUTAMIDE • ETHYL STEARATE • CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC GLYCERIDES • ETHYL LINOLEATE • BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER UNSAPONIFIABLES • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • ETHYL PALMITATE • HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SPROUT EXTRACT • MENTHYL PCA • TOCOPHERYL ACETATE • PARFUM/FRAGRANCE

I was a little concerned that a lot of these ingredients look a lot like artificial chemicals so I went to check them up.

Octyldodecanol, our key ingredient here, is a ‘long chain fatty alcohol’ that apparently runs a risk of being a human irritant – ‘strong evidence (only for products for use around the eyes, on the skin, or may be aerosolized (airborne))’. Dicaprylyl Carbonate is a diester of carbonic acid and caprylyl alcohol. C12-15 Alkyl Benzoat is composed of benzoic acid and long-chain (C12-15) alcohols. The list goes on, but I think it’s a bit worrying that so many of these look like potential skin irritants.


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Packaging: Like I mentioned earlier, I really wanted the Apeach packaging so I was quite disappointed when I got the Ryan one instead. It’s still adorable, but just not what I was looking for. Other than that, I think this is actually pretty good because it’s so lean and compact. It’s about the same size as my portable charger, so I can easily keep this in my makeup pouch if I ever need to touch up on my sunscreen on the go.

Texture: The first time I used this, my first thought was that it looked and felt like petroleum jelly. I had never used sunscreen sticks in my life before, so this was really quite alien to me. It’s not sticky, which is great, but I feel that it is kind of oily and my skin is really not a fan of oily stuff.

Effectiveness: It’s tough to check whether this product is really fending off the harmful sun rays for me, but I’ll evaluate this based on its product claims:

This sunscreen comes in a stick form that can be used conveniently even outdoors without white residue or sticky sensation: There’s definitely no white residue – the product is not even white to begin with, haha. It’s also not sticky, so you don’t feel icky  (what a rhyme) especially when you sweat.

Ingredients such as Sunflower Sprout Extract and Vitamin E help keep skin smooth and fresh for long hours without turning dull: Smooth and radiant skin? I’m not exactly convinced about this claim, because my skin hasn’t really looked like it has improved just from using this product. If anything, my skin just felt the same, if not slightly oilier.


Final Verdict

I love how convenient this product is but I’m honestly not impressed by the results it has shown. The price is also quite a huge deterrent – unless you are a big fan of Kakao Friends, I highly doubt you would want to fork out such a huge sum to buy a sunscreen stick that doesn’t really deliver fantastic results.


Rating

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

[TIPS] K-beauty products for makeup beginners

When I first started using makeup (which was actually in December 2016), I was absolutely confused. I bought my first makeup products in Korea, and I completely had no idea what I was looking for. BB cream? Eyeliner? Eyebrow pencil? Lipstick? Those were probably the only 4 I knew, and even so I didn’t know which brands and which products were good. I struggled through my first few products because the application wasn’t always great, and some products just didn’t do well on my skin.

In this post, I’ve recommended products which I personally feel are a) worth every cent, b) easy for beginners to use, and c) basic products that most people would use, so I’ve excluded stuff like highlighter, contour etc. Do read on! 🙂


Primer: banila co. Prime Primer Hydrating (SGD 25)

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I didn’t use primer early in my makeup journey, and if you’re on a really tight budget, I honestly think you can skip this step. While the brand is not available in Singapore (officially), you can either get it on Althea, other E-commerce platforms like Shopee, or even in Malaysia. This primer is really good for ensuring your skin stays moisturized and that your makeup stays in place – great for most skin types.


Foundation: Innisfree Skinny Fit Foundation (SGD 29)

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They weren’t joking about the skinny cover fit in this product, which is why I love using this. I think this foundation has really good coverage, stays on for long without much oxidizing, and feels very light on the skin. There are a few downsides of course, such as lack of shades available and low SPF, but generally still good for its price.


Setting powder: Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder (SGD 10)

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Never thought before that you need setting powder to lock in your makeup and keep oil under control? You’ll know what you’re missing out on once you get around to trying this. This is a holy grail product of most K-beauty bloggers. Perfect dupe for more expensive setting powders in Sephora, smells great, and is cheap!! One small tub can last you for months on end, so imagine how much value you’re getting out of your $$$$. This is actually much cheaper on sites like Althea, and of course in Korea (bought 3 for around SGD 10, just imagine). This powder sets your makeup for you to go from dawn to dusk, and prevents your skin from becoming an oil well.


Eyebrow pencil: Etude House Drawing Eye Brow (SGD 5.90)

No product photo as of yet, sorry!!

This eyebrow pencil from Etude House is another product frequently touted for its great quality and low price. This was the first eyebrow pencil I used, and I stuck to this for more than one year before I tried the Shu Uemura Hard Formula. I love it because it is seriously very cheap, can last for very long, and is super easy to use. If you thought drawing eyebrows is going to take you at least 30 minutes, this product will certainly change your mind.


Eyeshadow + Blush: Innisfree My Palette (SGD 8/colour)

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My colours look like I’m confused (I was, kinda – when I bought this, I was sneezing my head off at the store like no one’s business) but actually I found this very useful for doing a whole face of makeup haha. The browns, in particular, are very useful for doing both eyeshadow and contour. I like the pigmentation and how easy it is to blend, which is especially useful for beginners who can’t deal with chalky, tough eyeshadow (actually no one can).

This is slightly pricier at $8 per cube/colour, but I think that a nice brown is a good investment because it works as both eyeshadow and contour.


Eyeliner: TFS Inkgel Pencil Eyeliner (SGD 15.90)

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Some people don’t do eyeliner, but some people live by it. If you’re a beginner, please don’t jump straight into liquid/gel liners. Even I still struggle with them and stick to pencils 90% of the time 😦 This one from TFS is one of my favourites because it really glides on your eyelids easily, and is smudge-proof & waterproof. No one will be able to tell that you’re just starting out in makeup if you get your eyeliner on point, and this product definitely can do that for you.


Lipstick: Peripera Ink the Airy Velvet (SGD 6.90)

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The truth is that there are many great lip products out there, but one that is particularly noteworthy is this product from Peripera, famed for its lip tints. Gradient lip? Full lip look? Last you from one meal to the next? This one’s got you covered for just SGD 6.90.


Total spending: SGD 100.70

This amount looks terrifying (yes, makeup is unfortunately really expensive), but I’ll further streamline this for you by cutting out the eyeshadow+ blush, and primer:

Total spending: SGD 67.70

It’s definitely still a big sum, but this is money that you can consider a good investment because you will use it well – trust me, these products won’t be left untouched on the shelf just after one use,  unless you bought a shade you don’t like.

Are there any products here that you also used when you first started doing makeup, or that you agree are great for beginners? Let me know in the comments!