Korean Beauty Trends: Gradient Lips

13 Oct

While I’m sure many other people outside of Korean use this trend, I didn’t notice or see it at all until I came to Korea. Even since I’ve been here, I feel like it started being more popular.

I love this look. Gradient lips make your lips really pop without making them too dramatic. Gradient lip styles have bolder, bright color on the inner, middle parts of your lips. You can either just use a lip tint on the inner parts, or first cover the edges in a concealer or lighter shade.

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Korean actress Han Ji-Min is sporting gradient lips in this photo.

One of the keys to gradient lips is … lip tint. I can’t wear bright pink or red lipsticks, but I realized how amazing lip tints are.

Lip tints add bright and bold splashes of pinks, reds or oranges to your lips without needing to cover them in a solid color. Plus, I really love lip tints because the color adsorbs into your lips and looks much more natural than lip stick. You can add just one thin layer, or you can continually touch it up throughout the day and slowly build up the color.

This is a great tutorial of how to do some different styles of gradient lips.

You can check out my review of a Skin Food product that I like to use for my gradient lip look!

Skin Food: Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek (Apricot)

13 Oct

Average online price: $6
Retail price: 6,000 ($5.50)

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Sorry about the faded print. I actually bought this a few months ago!

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Left: Here’s the company’s picture of the Skin Food Lip & Cheek–Apricot (so you can clearly see what the package looks like when you buy it). Right: This is mine currently. My finger is there for scale.

Cons
The application isn’t very hygienic. To open it, you side the top panel off. You could actually slide it all the way off if you want to. You have to wash your hands every time you want to use it unless you’re not too worried about getting dust or anything inside. I’ve had to clean it once in while with a tissue or Q-Tip to clean out some specs of fuzz.

It’s a pretty light peachy-pink hue. It might seem too light, but I like to wear it with a brighter pink lip tint.

Pros
The smell is wonderful. It smells like sweet, sugary peach-apricot candy. I love the smell. I find myself smelling it every time I open it.

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I really like to blend this with my Etude House 55 Kissful TintChou (#2). Any bright/hot pink or red lip tint would do. I use the Skin Food Lip & Cheek balm as a base then add the bright lip tint to the inner/middle part of my upper and lower lips. It gives a nice, sweet-looking pop to your lips!

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This is how I often overlap the Skin Food Lip & Cheek with my Etude House Kissful Tint Chou (#2). The Skin Food product is a base on my lips, and the lip tint is the brighter pink color on the inner parts of my lips.

It’s not overly moisturizing, but it gives a semi-matte finish. It does feel soft on your lips and doesn’t feel drying (see my note at the bottom of my post).

The staying power is decent for a cheaper lip color.

It blends nicely. I like to use is as a blush. Actually, I’ve been mainly using it as a blush rather than on my lips. But it works great for both!

I give this 4.5/5 stars.

I bought the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Tokyo) and it is a very similar color–the Skin Food is slightly more light. But the Skin Food product is much more moisturizing and comfortable. Plus, it just looks much better and smells really good!

Etude House: Dear Girls Oil Control Pact

13 Oct

Average online retail: $10
Store retail: 8,500 ($8)

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Cons
This doesn’t help as much as I thought it would. It’s a good way to set makeup. It gives a nice, soft finish. However, it’s no match for my oily skin. I look shiny in about an hour. I don’t usually reapply it because I don’t want to make the powder dirty with bacteria.

I usually need to use oil sheets to soak up the shine afterward.

Pros
This has cute packaging. It comes with a nice pad to apply it. Although I bought a new pad so I could have a clean one. There’s also a pretty design etched into the powder pact. All of this is superficial though.

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It does give a nice finish and helps set makeup.

You only need a light layer.

It doesn’t look cakey, feel thick or give a white cast (as long as you use a light amount).

I give this 3.5/5 stars.

Missha: Black Definition Mascara (Feminine Lash)

13 Oct

Average retail online: $15
Store retail: 14,800 ($14)

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Cons
This is a little pricey, depending on your budget. It’s much cheaper than a lot of other mascaras.

Nothing “wow-d” me about it.

Pros
It lasts all day.
This mascara has a nice, sleek tube.

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The mascara gives a very natural look. It applies well without clumping, and it looks elegant.

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Without Black Definition Mascara (Feminine Lash).

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With Black Definition Mascara (Feminine Lash).

It’s easy to take off with makeup remover.

I give this 4/5 stars.

The Face Shop: Color Control (CC) Cream (02 Natural Beige)

13 Oct

Average retail online: $20.00

Store retail: ₩24,900 ($23) I don’t know why the in-store price is cheaper. Be careful about authentic products.
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This is the Aura Color Control Cream.  “Face It CC Cream is a color-controlling cream that brightens your complexion.”
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This is the first CC cream that I’ve used. My skin is oily and prone to breaking out, so I thought I’d see if this CC cream was a better fit for me. CC cream is targeted to help people with covering up redness and help prevent break outs, more so than the average BB cream.

Cons
I would wear this to work, where I am moving around and get hot easily, and here are my thoughts:

The oil control isn’t great. I would look very shiny and oily after a few hours.

The color is a little too yellow for me, although it may fit others better. It did blend to my skin OK though.

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Can you tell which side has the CC cream?
The left side is with the CC cream. The right side is without any makeup.

Pros
This covers up the redness well, but not necessarily any better than other BB creams.
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It didn’t break me out. I still had a few occasional break-out episodes though.

I really like the packaging–I haven’t seen anything personally like it. It looks like a powder pact, but there’s a small hole in the middle on the inside. You push a button and the product comes out. It’s easy to control the amount. It’s also very hygienic.
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It also comes with an applicator pad, which I never used. But it feels nice and is a cute hot pink color.
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Light beige shade (above): Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream
Yellow beige shade (lower): The Face Shop CC Cream

Here is a comparison of this and a Lioele BB cream I reviewed.

I give this 2.5/5 stars.

I bought this and used all the product. This shows that it was a fine product, however, I’ve used better BB creams. I wouldn’t necessarily buy it again.

Etude House: Look at My Eyes (Ethnic Bronze Bangle)

10 Feb

Average retail online: $7
Store retail: ₩5,500 ($5)

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I am really loving bronze and gold colors right now. It’s popular with K-Pop stars to cover their lids in a bronze color and line their lids with dramatic, winged liner.

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Cons
Without a primer, this shadow is fairly translucent, but it still adds a nice amount of golden shimmer to eyes.

Pros
With primer, this shadow looks great and lasts all day.

I noticed this shadow looks different depending on what I put it on. On my Urban Decay primer (matte/nude) it looks more bronze. If I put it over my Etude House cream base (shimmery/cream), then it looks much more gold.

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Etude House’s Look at My Eyes (Ethnic Bronze Bangle): 1. Just eyeshadow, 2. eyeshadow over Urban Decay Primer Potion, 3. eyeshadow over Etude House Look at My Eyes (Pearl Shadow Base).

For the price, this is a nice shadow. It’s fairly cheap and comes in a cute, small container with a heart pattern etched into the shadow.

I give this three and one half out of five stars.

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Too Faced: Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

10 Feb

Store retail: $36

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This was my first pricey eyeshadow purchase. Actually, I haven’t bought more shadows like this because I haven’t needed to. I’ve already had this palette for about 6 months, and there’s still plenty left.

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Cons
Even with primer, the Heaven shade doesn’t show up much. It’s suppose to be a highlighter for your upper lid, but I can’t really notice it when I have it on.

Just a suggestion: I wish the company would put a mirror inside the palette, rather than just have the same image as on the top of the package. It would be really useful.

Pros
I really like the packaging. Rather than have a snap lid, there’s a flap on the lid that’s  magnetic. I hate when plastic lids get loose and then don’t shut well anymore.

The colors are really pigmented. I only need to lightly dab my brush in the shadow,  and it’s usually enough. Also, I wear these over a primer usually. It helps give the shadow a really smooth and even appearance.

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1. Silk Teddy, 2. Push-Up, 3. Erotica, 4. Nude Beach, 5. Honey Pot, 6. Cocoa Puff, 7. Heaven, 8. Velvet Revolver, 9. Sexpresso

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All over Urban Decay Primer Potion (Eden): 1. Silk Teddy, 2. Push-Up, 3. Erotica, 4. Nude Beach, 5. Honey Pot, 6. Cocoa Puff, 7. Heaven, 8. Velvet Revolver, 9. Sexpresso

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This eyeshadow palette also comes with three cards that give one way to wear each of the three color palettes. The cards slide in and out of the top of the package.

How I Wear It
My favorite colors to use in the palette are the “Fashion” shades–Nude Beach, Honey Pot and Cocoa Puff. I’m really liking nude and bronze colors with some shimmer, so these are perfect!

Nude Beach looks more like separate sparkles when I apply it–I can’t see a background shade, just sparkles. Because of this, I like to use it under my lower lash line. I usually apply it over my Etude House tear drop liner, and it will give my eyes the ultimate glitter pop!

I give this five out of five stars.

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