Etude House Real Powder Cushion swatches + review

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I had so many feels when I saw this on Etude House’s website. ‘Why didn’t I combine this with my Chiffon lipsticks order?!’ ‘Why doesn’t it come with a refill?!’ ‘Where can I find this for cheaper??’ 

And thus, a big search for this product commenced. I bought this product after much searching from Cosmetic-Love. So, you know I ordered it right away. I have to say, I’ve never tried an Etude House cushion before. I do have their Cotton Fit BB cream (W24) and their Stay Up Foundation (Sand), so, I do have some familiarity with their face products.

Etude House (and I do believe Innisfree as well) recently changed the packaging of their cushion cases. This cushion is much more slim and sleeker than their other cushions (and just cushion cases in general).

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Claims: Primer + BB Cream + Concealer + Powder Compact + Oil Control Powder

This innovative multitasking powder cushion provides all-day flawless face makeup with light and powdery finish.

Ingredients: Butylene glycol, dicaprylate/dicaprate, titanium dioxide (Ci 77891), methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, dimethicone, zinc oxide (Ci 77947), ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, boron nitride, dextrin palmitate, microcystalline wax, polybutene, polyhydroxystearic acid, glyceryl caprylate, lecithin, stearic acid, aluminum hydroxide, ethylhexylglycerin, ethylhexyl palmitate, isostearic acid, isopropyl palmitate, triethoxycaprylylsilane, polyglyceryl-3polyricinoleate, iron oxides (Ci 77492), iron oxides (Ci 77491), iron oxides (Ci 77499), fragrance

A quick run though on cosDNA shows there are some acne triggers in this product. PSA: Please be aware of any ingredients that may cause breakouts:) While I’ve used this, I haven’t noticed any breakouts (which is good because I wanna love this so much).

The texture of this cushion is really interesting in my opinion. It’s really stiff. If I compare it to cushions like, the Missha M Magic cushion or the Skin79 Cotton cushion, it is very stiff. Not soft or squishy at all. The puff is also not like a blue rubycell puff, so I’m not sure if that puff is also ‘anti-bacterial’ as those rubycell puffs claim.

I have my cushion in the shade Honey Beige and I have to say that the shade is slightly lighter than my skintone. I’ve tested the shade match on my hand (since my hands are in the sun most of the time – I drive a lot) and the match at first is a little light and pinkish but it oxidizes to match after a while. Shade matches against other cushions I have can be found here. If you didn’t know, I’m u/gingerlyz32 on the subreddit AsianBeauty.:)

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Here is how the cushion looks on my skin. I don’t powder my face since this cushion basically turns into a powder after application. Work quickly when using this cushion since it’ll settle into a powdery finish once it’s applied. On my combo/oily skin, this lasts pretty much all day (8+ hours) for me. One thing I should note though, the very first time I wore this out, I noticed that it had settled into my pores and sat very weirdly on my face. I wasn’t too sure why. The next time I tried it, I didn’t use a primer before hand and it wore very well on my skin.

One complaint I have about this cushion is that it settles into the pores on my nose. It’s not too much of a complaint since I can buff that out with a brush (with no product) but I wish just it didn’t do that. It doesn’t control my oils all day. I do have to blot when I use this product but that’s normal for me and I don’t mind blotting.

Overall, I’m really satisfied with this cushion and am super glad I picked up a refill. I can see this shade working well for me all year round.

Thanks for reading!

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xx,

Lorraine

 

AprilSkin Pink Cushion in Purple

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How do I explain this…

I was recently sent the AprilSkin Pink Cushion from 08liter in exchange for a review. Despite that, my thoughts are 100% honest. I’m not being paid for this review. There’s no benefit for me in writing this review other than you guys gaining more knowledge about this product:)

 

The packaging of the cushion is super reflective. And pink! Unfortunately, the box is entirely in Korean. But I did go onto AprilSkin’s website and found some very important information.

Just so we’re all familiar with the shiny packaging:) Everything is in Hangeul, so I can’t read a lick of it.

I grabbed these screenshots from their official website (AprilSkin).

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There are two ways to apply this cushion. The first way is applying it under your foundation/bb cream/cc cream and the second way is to apply it over your base. I prefer to apply it under my base makeup because I don’t want any cross-color ‘contamination’ going on with the puff. PSA: always clean your puffs.

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Above is the ingredients list of the purple cushion. I ran this through the cosDNA cosmetic analysis thing; link can be found here. While using this product for a litte under a month, I did not experience any breakouts. Which is great because…I really like this product.

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This cushion is a mochi type cushion, so the product is in between two sponges and it’s pressed, the product comes out. There is a slight scent to it. To me, it smells florally.

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On the left is the product unblended and the right is where it’s blended. As you can see, this does tint my skin a little bit and I have to say, I feel a little bit goes a long way. Like, that much on the puff covered half of my hand. Too much and you can look like a ghost (which was my  mistake the first time I used this).

I like using this with foundations that look a little orangey, like my NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in St. Moritz. That skin tint is a spot on match for me and this cushion definitely brightens up the shade.

I have combo/oily skin and this doesn’t control oil beyond 8 hours. But I feel like this improves the wear of the NARS Skin Tint (I’ve had trouble with that product for so long, omg).

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In both pictures I’m wearing the AprilSkin cushion and the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in St. Moritz. The bottom picture is approximately 4 hours after initial application and I have to say the oiliness I can see is pretty good for me. The cushion doesn’t feel heavy on my skin either.

I’m pretty impressed with this cushion and I can’t rave enough about it. If you’re interested in this cushion, definitely check out the other shades (pink, green, and beige) that AprilSkin has to offer! I’m thinking about picking up the beige shade, honestly, when I need a refill cushion for the purple one.

A huge shoutout and a big thanks to 08liter for sending this my way to test and review.

Thanks for reading~

xx,

Lorraine

Teradia TD Emulsion Serum: a first impression

20160630_145433AKA why-doorbells-exist-and-why-the-door-should-be-opened-when-a-delivery-person-is-at-the-door. This product was sent to me by Jolse for a completely honest review.

This product took the longest time to get in my possession. I won’t go into too much detail but here are the key points:

  • doorbell rings
  • brothers ignore the door
  • doorbell rings (day 2)
  • brothers ignore the door (day 2)
  • I notice there’s a slip on the door handle about a delivery
  • Mention to brothers about the next day’s delivery
  • I go off to my internship and text brothers about delivery
  • doorbell rings (day 3)
  • brothers ignore the door (day 3)

Due to a little confusion, I drove all the way down to the DHL facility to pick up my package (because DHL doesn’t deliver after 3 delivery attempts) and here we are at last. My review of this is a little rushed but I want to give this product a fair shot and don’t want to…half-ass anything, if that makes sense.

Packaging deets are all in Korean so, I can only guess these are descriptions about the product, ingredients, and expiration dates.

Thankfully, a little booklet is included in the box that goes over the science behind the brand and it’s range of products.

TERADIA TD REPAIR EMULSION SERUM

Teradia TD Emulsion Serum is a 2 in 1 solution product, which functions as both emulsion and serum.

TD repair complex has over 1 trillion nanodiamonds and thanks to its special FSD (Fast Surface Diffusion) system, you only need a small amount of Emulsion Serum to experience the power of TERADIA.

Camellia japonica seed oil, sorbitol, argania spinosa kernel oil, allantoin, calendula officinalis flower oil will help skin’s moisture balance.

Glutathione, niacinamide, panthenol and centella asiatica will bright your  skin tone and add glowing feature to your skin. Skin lightening, anti-wrinkle dual function cosmetic.

Since I’ve received this product, I’ve used it at twice a day (morning and night) on my T-zone area (mainly forehead and cheeks and nose). It’s very lightweight, moisturizing, and sinks into my skin quickly.

A complete cosDNA analysis can be found here. Unfortunately, it does contain mineral oil. I don’t have a good relationship with mineral oil since it did break me out when I used an oil cleanser (check out my Things That Broke Me Out page), so I’m a little hesitant to continue using this product.

There is a light scent when that reminds me of something herbally, however, the scent is really light.

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The pump on the bottle might need a little bit of finesse.

On the left, the product is somewhat blended and on the right, the product is completely blended. There is a little tackyness to it but it sets really quickly.

On the left is my face after cleansing and on the right is my face after applying my essence, toner, and the Teradia serum.

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My no makeup selfie with the Emulsion Serum😄 I can’t say for sure this product works since I’ve used it in such a small amount of time. Also, the fact that mineral oil is an ingredient in this product makes me hesitant to even continue using this product. I want to like it because ~nanodiamonds~. So far, I haven’t seen any pimples pop up while I’ve been using this, but to be very honest, I won’t continue to use this product. I’ve learned my lesson with mineral oil. Even though it may not affect others’ skin, it has affected mine, so I’m not even going to mess with it.

If you’re interested, Jolse has this up on their website + more pictorials on their nanodiamond technology. If you want to buy this product, unfortunately, it’s sold out.

Thanks for reading!

xx,

Lorraine

 

as stated in the beginning of my post, this product was sent to me by Jolse for a completely honest review:)

Rilakkuma x A’Pieu Lip Tints and Eyeshadow Quad Swatches!

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I have issues with cute things. I love them. When I heard about this collection, omg. I was devasted. 1) I was on a no-buy 2) I WAS ON A NO-BUY.

If you don’t know what a no-buy is, it’s essentially not buying anything makeup/skincare/beauty-related. However, I had luck on my side. I had won a bet against my boyfriend (side note: I ask him to monitor me during no-buys. Sometimes he does a good job…. …if you’re reading this… Hi, babe!) and he let me do one purchase. So, I of course, went with this collection for a couple reasons:

  • the base cushions looked really light for me
  • I’m not into blusher cushions
  • I’m pretty sure the bronzer cushion shade would match me😄

I feel like these were safe choices (in the sense that I would use them) and I’m super happy with them!

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In the entire collection, there were 6 lip tint shades but I only picked up five. The shade I didn’t choose looked really orange and I’m not too sure how often I would wear an orange lip.

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From top to bottom: OR01, PK01, RD01, CR01, RD02. There is a slight scent to them. To me it’s smells like fruity wine (as if wine isn’t made from grapes >__>). It smells like wine and something else I can’t put my finger on. I wore Rd01 when I went out to dinner with my friend and it did not last (I had a chicken sandwich and a salad, so that might’ve been why). There was also very little staining.

Lastly, I ordered the eyeshadow quad in For Your Shadow. There are 4 different eyeshadow quads and I picked up the most neutral of them all.

I swatched these without any primer and I have to say, I’m really impressed with the color payoff. This is my second Korean eyeshadow palette and I really am liking it.

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The lightest shade is almost my skin tone, though slightly darker. The rest of the shades come off pretty warm in my opinion. I really love neutrals so this palette has a good home in my collection.

Overall, I’m really happy with what I ordered and can’t wait to put these to use!

xx,

Lorraine

My Concealer (and mini) Makeup Routine!

I am a simple girl when it comes to my makeup. I blog about makeup but I never really mentioned how I do my makeup. So, here it goes.

I tend to not use a lot of products in my makeup routine. I really try to pare it down so I’m not rushing out the door in the mornings. If I have more time than usual in the mornings, then yes, I do include some extra steps. The makeup I do in the mornings is extremely simple. I intern at a research office and volunteer at a hospital, so I really don’t intend on walking around with a daytime smokey eye and hot red lip.

Here’s what my face looks like after doing my morning skincare.

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I filled in my brows and applied some mascara. I also applied some of Tarte’s Clean Slate Smoothing Primer on my nose and cheeks (where my pores are most visible).

Here are shots of my left and right cheek. As you can see, I had a breakout on my left cheek from a skincare product. I suffer from uneven skintone and my habit of picking at my skin (especially when I have a breakout)  doesn’t help my skin either. These are basically the two concealers I use pretty much everyday on my face.

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To cover up my imperfections, I use The Saem Cover Perfection Tip Concealer in the Shade 02.

This concealer is high cov-er-age! I love this concealer for covering up blemishes and other discolorations because of its pigmentation. To conceal my blemishes, I literally dot the concealer right next to the blemish and go in with a fluffy brush to cover it up. The exact brush I use is the ELF Flawless Concealer brush. It’s one of my favorite brushes from  ELF. I find that this concealer sets and doesn’t budge, quickly, so I work fast to cover up all that needs to be hidden. One major gripe I have with this concealer is the packaging – it leaks! I wish it didn’t because I love the coverage😦

To conceal my under eyes, I use the Dear Klairs Creamy and Natural Fit Concealer. Unfortunately, there’s only one shade. I like using this on my undereyes because it brightens up the area (due to it being only 1 shade and it’s lighter than The Saem concealer). However, my eyes do feel dry at the end of the day, so I tend to use an eye cream when I use this. I use the same brush that I blended out The Saem concealer with to cover up my undereyes. This concealer doesn’t set as fast as The Saem concealer.

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And here’s my face after applying my Laneige BB cushion (shade medium *the shade looks pretty light but in the sunlight, this matches me really well*), Bourjois powder, ELF mineral bronzer, and Wet n Wild blush. This is basically my everyday makeup. I also wear some lip products on the days I intern. If I had more time in the morning, I would apply eyeliner and/or eyeshadow. If you couldn’t tell, I prefer to have a more natural look to my makeup. I don’t like to cake up my face by using an excess amount of the product (ex: the triangle concealer method). I also don’t contour because I can’t for the life of me.

Some extra special shoutouts to the NARS Creamy Concealer (I used the shade Custard). That was my go-to before I ran out of it. I loved it for concealing my blemishes and my undereyes. However, that concealer would crease a little under my eyes – just as any concealer would since I tend to crease there the most.

Another special shoutout goes to the AprilSkin Pink Cushion. Which is this thing right here.

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This is color-correcting cushion in the purple shade. If I’m using a foundation that looks a little orange-y, shadewise, I’ll apply this cushion underneath. It doesn’t change the shade of the foundation, but it just makes it look a little brighter…if that makes sense. A review of this product is coming up soon!

If you’re interested in other concealer posts check out some throwback posts I did when this blog was just a baby (Maybelline v Sonia Kashuk and my gateway drug to Korean cosmetics – Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Concealer).

For an overview of a range of concealers definitely check out this post from Into the Gloss about Concealers. Their informative post goes over concealers that are best for each skin type, skin concern, blendability, etc! Definitely worth checking out:)

Thanks for reading!

xx,

Lorraine