1 May 2016

Double Review: Innisfree Eco Science Cream & Lotion

I recently did a review on the Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream-my current favorite day lotion- and mentioned that I needed a more potent moisturiser during the dry, cold winter season here in Korea. I was hesitant to try a thicker, richer moisturiser as these generally wreak havoc on my skin because they tend to clog my pores and even burn and irritate my very sensitive skin. But after seeing the Innisfree eco science products popping up all over my social media last year, I decided to give it a try.

The eco science line consists of the following:

  • skin (toner)
  • lotion
  • serum
  • wrinkle essence
  • essence
  • eye cream
  • cream 

I purchased both online at the Innisfree minishop on Gmarket. The cream is KRW28,000 for 80ml and the lotion is KRW23,000 for 100ml.

What it promises:
"The anti-ageing cream/lotion that combines Jeju marine plants with Bio Seaplant Science to fortify the natural strength of skin."
The cream comes in a pot, which isn't the most hygienic type of packaging, however considering how thick it is, it makes sense that it doesn't come in a bottle with a pump dispenser like the lotion which is much thinner in texture.


Texture and Scent:
The cream has an incredibly thick and somewhat sticky texture. I was pretty surprised when I saw this as I was convinced this would breakout my skin something awful! It's hard to place, but I'd say the texture is something akin to petroleum jelly (but less greasy) mixed with a typical moisturiser.

The lotion is pretty much the same as the cream, but formulated to be much lighter and more runny than the cream. As a result, it also absorbs much faster. Both products have the same citrus/ medical sanitiser/ herbal scent which isn't too great to be honest, but luckily it disappears after absorption.


My Thoughts:
While this line is technically for anti-ageing purposes, I found that it was a lifesaver during the winter period when my skin was extremely dry, sensitive and often wind-chafed. The thickness of the cream actually did wonders to regenerate and heal my skin during the night and the lotion was light enough to use as a day moisturiser under my makeup. I found that my skin felt softer and looked healthy and glowing after just a few days of use and didn't experience any breakouts or irritation. I would caution against using the thick cream under makeup though, as it will cause your foundation to oxidise horribly and leave your skin looking rather oily.

It's not often that I find products that genuinely protect and nourish my skin during winter, so I was thoroughly impressed with how well these two products performed. The pricetag is a tad higher than other Innisfree skincare products, but considering the quality and how long they last I am happy to fork out the extra cash. Two thumbs up for these superb products Innisfree, you deserve it!

1 Apr 2016

Review: Mizon Pore Clearing Push Out Volcanic Gommage


Today I'll be reviewing the Mizon Pore Clearing Push Out Volcanic Gommage (which means 'to erase or exfoliate'). I've always liked clay masks since my skin has always been on the oily side and they're pretty good at reducing oil and clearing out pores. I also really like the Mizon brand as their All in One Snail Repair Cream is a product that has served me very well in the past. I purchased this online at the Mizon minishop on Gmarket for KRW12,400 for 60g of product.

What it promises:
"Volcanic ash extract from Jeju island absorbs excessive sebum and skin wastes to tighten pores"

Straightforward plastic pot with a twist top, but no spatula is provided, so if you don't like dipping your fingers you can always buy one at cosmetics or dollar stores. 

Texture and Scent:
After my disappointment with the horrid texture of the Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mask a few years ago, I was very pleased to see that this mask has a lovely, creamy texture. It's so simple to apply and dries pretty quickly, but is still very easy to rinse off after wetting your face and massaging the product into the skin. Anyone who's tried a clay mask knows that the scent is nothing to write home about as it tends to have a slight wet soil smell to it.

My Thoughts: 
I didn't really expect much from this clay mask, if I can perfectly honest. The price was good and I was simply looking for a bit of pampering, but was pleasantly surprised to see that this mask actually works pretty well. Instead of leaving it on my skin for the recommended 3 minutes, I left it on for about 10~12 minutes and after rinsing, my pores were unclogged and my skin was left feeling fresh and baby soft. It didn't tighten my pores as far as I could notice, but I don't really have a problem with particularly enlarged pores, so it's not really something I care about too much. 

While this mask isn't particularly drying, it is meant for oily skin, so I would advise against using it if you have dry skin as it could exacerbate it. As for those of you with oily or combination skin, I highly recommend trying this.

24 Mar 2016

Review: Etude House BIG Cover Cushion Concealer in Shade 'Vanilla'


January 2016 saw the launch of Etude House's BIG Cover range which includes several types of concealing products, including a Concealer BB, Cushion Concealer, Cover Stick Concealer and a flocked Tip Concealer. I'm a huge fan of concealer, so was pretty eager to test this new range as I had tried the Surprise Essence Concealer as well as their Surprise Concealer Kit back in 2013.

Today I'll be reviewing the Cushion Concealer in shade 'Vanilla' which I purchased in-store for KRW11,000 for 5g of product. 

There are six shades available:
  • Illuminating (for an illuminating effect)
  • Mint (for redness)
  • Peach pink (for dark circles)
  • Vanilla #17 (general concealing)
  • Beige #21 (general concealing)
  • Sand #23 (general concealing)

What it promises:
"Cushion Concealer includes a finger cushion puff to cover flaws naturally anytime, anywhere with customized correcting color for complete flawless skin" 

Both products are SPF30/ PA++

Water, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Cetyl
Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Propanediol, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide (Ci 77947), Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Disodium Edta, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Chloride, Sorbitan Isostearate, Stearic Acid, Adenosine, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ozokerite, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Fragrance


So admittedly, the packaging is very gimmicky as 'cushion' everything has been all the rage since 2014. The actual finger cushion puff isn't much different to the normal flocked tip version, except for the fact that it is dome-shaped and has a click button to dispense the product. I suppose it is nice for stippling the product around the eye area, but I still need to use my fingers or makeup brushes to blend the concealer properly. I also think the tip has the potential to become really gross after a while, so unless you're gonna use this up quickly, it might not be the most hygienic option for you. 


Texture and Scent: 
So here's where I simply have to applaud Etude, because the texture and coverage of this concealer is a vast improvement from the previous ones I've tried. I love how creamy and dewy it feels on my skin right after application, particularly the under eye area where I predominantly use it to brighten up my skin. However, as soon as it dries (which is pretty quickly, so application should be done fast) its flaws start showing up. It has a matte finish and anyone who's into concealing knows what a bitch a dry formula can be, as it cakes up on dry skin and settles in the lines around your eyes- never sexy. There's a mild baby power/floral scent which disappears soon after application, so it shouldn't be a problem for those who are sensitive to fragrance.

My thoughts:
I picked the shade Vanilla since it's one shade lighter than my natural skin tone and thus creates a natural brightening effect. I do love that it gives plenty of coverage to hide my dark circles and it does a good job of brightening up the under eye area, but I really dislike the awful matte finish. This is not Etude House's best formula to date; after a few hours of wear it really does exacerbate the look of fine lines under my eyes. As for the rest of my face, it works just fine, so it's kinda hit or miss with this one. 

I am quite impressed with the staying power of this concealer and also find that it's better at covering blemishes than other concealers in that it doesn't exacerbate flakiness despite being such a dry formula, but I won't be replacing my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer just yet. Used as a general concealer, this product should be fine, but if you specifically conceal around the eyes, this stuff is a definite no-go. 


13 Mar 2016

Review: Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream

After returning to Korea in August last year I've been on a total cosmetics binge that has led me to discover some awesome, and at times, truly godawful products. I've never been much of an Innisfree fangirl, mostly because I'm a total sucker for cutesy packaging (... I know, I know) but I'm so glad I finally jumped aboard, because their skincare products definitely fall under the former.

Their green tea line as a whole is quite big and consists of 4 lines that are formulated for different skin types i.e.
  • 'Green Tea Fresh': for oily skin
  • 'Green Tea Balancing': for normal to combination skin, and
  • 'Green Tea Moisture': for dry skin
  • 'Green Tea Seed': for dehydrated skin
  • There are also extra care products which include a sleeping pack and mists.

Today I'll be reviewing the green tea balancing cream that I've been using since I got here, and have twice repurchased, since my husband is also crazy about it. It retails at KRW15,000 for 50ml of product. Do note: Innisfree has monthly membership sales that can see the sales price drop by as much as 50%, so look out for those.


What it promises:
"Enriched with squeezed green tea from the pure Jeju island to deliver abundant moisture and nourishment deep into your skin.

This moisture cream is formulated with pure moisture from our freshly squeezed green tea to retain long lasting dewiness." 

Eco-friendly, low carbon polypropylene pot. Pots aren't the most hygienic forms of packaging since you need to dip in your fingers, but this isn't a deal-breaker for me. Also, you can purchase a separate cosmetics spatula at your local dollar store if you are particularly concerned about contamination.

Texture and Scent:
When I think of cream, I tend to visualise a heavy texture and abundant moisture but the texture of this is quite thin and watery/ gel-like, which means it absorbs easily and never feels too heavy on my skin. I wear it under my makeup without any exacerbated oiliness and the scent  is really lovely and fresh!

My Thoughts:
I really love this cream. It provides lightweight moisture and leaves my skin feeling dewy and supple, however when winter arrived I quickly had to switch over to a more intensive moisturiser as this wasn't quite enough to combat extreme winter dryness. As for spring, autumn and summer, it works just fine on my combination skin and didn't cause clogged pores or breakouts. Definitely a staple in my skincare routine and highly recommended.


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