Archive | January, 2013

Innisfree: Dual Effect V Mask (Green Tea)

29 Jan

Average retail online: $2-6
Store retail: ₩2,000 ($1.85)

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Cons
I don’t know if it was this product, or a sample of The Face Shop’s Sleeping Mask I tried the next night, but I broke out with a few pimples after using the products. I hadn’t had bad breakouts for a while.  But, I don’t remember getting any after using my first Innisfree Dual Effect V Mask.

I’ve also used other masks before, and I was fine.  However, I know Innisfree is a very popular brand in Korea. It’s a more high-end brand, similar to Missha, I think, rather than brands such as Lioele, Etude House and The Face Shop.

Also,  the dual mask might be confusing at first. I think I just make things complicated though.

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This is the bottom part of the Innisfree Dual Effect V Mask. The hole is for your mouth, and the flap on the bottom goes near your neck.

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This is the top part of the Innisfree Dual Effect V Mask. The slits go over your eyes, and the hole is for your nose!

I bought two Innisfree dual masks.

First mask: I couldn’t unfold the masks right–I couldn’t tell which part went where on my face. I ended up with a glob of sheet mask crumpled all over my face! -_-

Second mask: I figured out how to put on. Still, I’ll stick to a one-piece mask next time.

WARNING: Are you ready for a scary picture? People who aren’t use to face masks may think it makes you look like a scary serial killer–which it does! o_o

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Pros
The scent is nice. It’s a calming, refreshing, and sweet floral and citrus scent.  It really moisturizes well.

Also, if you’re looking for a mask that covers more than your face, this is great to use. Since the mask is two pieces, it covers under your chin and covers your neck area.

I give this four out of five stars. Only four, just in case it was the cause of my break me out. I’m being a tough cookie.

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Etude House: Bubble Hair Coloring (Dark Brown)

27 Jan

Average retail online: $11-12
Store retail: ₩7,000 ($6.50)

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FYI: This will not be my typical cons/pros format. I’m just going to tell you about Etude House’s Bubble  Hair Coloring.

This hair dye comes in seven shades–No. 1 Deep Black, 2 Dark Brown, No. 3 Natural Brown, Wine Red, 5 Sweet Oranges, Gold Bronze, No. 7 Mocha Pink. I bought Dark Brown because I have light hair, and I wanted to dye it darker.

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I read many great reviews about it.  When I opened the box, I was happy to see all of the materials inside. It comes with a nice pair of gloves, as well as a plastic sheet to drape around your shoulders. It also comes with a conditioning hair treatment (which I definitely needed later >:c).

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Bubble Hair Coloring is foam dye. All you do is add the pink pouch to the white foam dispenser. The box has English instructions, which helps with figuring out what to do.

A good amount of product is inside, so I had no problem covering my hair with dye. After I smothered it all over my hair, I left it on for 25 minutes. The box says to leave it on 20 to 30 minutes.

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And 25 minutes later … my hair hasn’t changed at all. Also, my hair was a tangled mess–that’s where the hair treatment became necessary.

I had no product in my hair before dying it, and my hair was clean. I don’t understand how this hair dye did nothing to my hair–I am very unhappy and $6.50 short. Hmhp.

Maybe this hair dye only works for people with dark hair that want to make it lighter?

But then, why is there a black shade?

Play! Etude

Etude House: Oh~ m’Eye Lash Curling & Clean

26 Jan

Average retail online: $8
Store retail: ₩4,000 ($3.80)

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In need of new mascara, I spontaneously decided to try this. It was on sale at the store for ₩2,800 ($2.60) and thought it was a great deal. Overall, I’m glad I didn’t spend more.

Pros
You can’t beat the price–around $4 for a mascara is cheap. This mascara is good enough to get me by without spending a lot.

The wand is a nice shape. It lets me comb through my lashes nicely. It has a small angled flip on the end, letting me curl my lashes slightly.

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Cons
It smells like plastic. The smell oddly reminds me of my clarinet’s smell (when I played about 10 years ago). However, I’ve never not liked a mascara because of the smell. I figure some people want to know the scent.

My number one problem is how long it takes to dry. I noticed that it will leave marks on my lids after I apply it–some 15 seconds later. I hate this. I hate constantly rubbing my eyes and trying to fix my makeup. I also hate needing to clean mascara streaks off my glasses!

I don’t really care for this mascara much. I think the price suits  the quality. I won’t be buying it again, but I would like to try some other Etude House mascaras. Do you know any that work well? Comment below! Thanks ^_^

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Can you tell which side has Etude House’s Oh~m’ Eye Lash Curling & Clean on? That’s right–it’s on the left side of the picture. The eye on the right side has no makeup on.

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

Play! Etude

Etude House: Kissful Lip Care (01 Peach)

20 Jan

Average retail online: $8
Store retail: ₩4,000 ($3.80)

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I got a steal on this. I bought this at the Cheonan Etude House shop for ₩2,800 ($2.60). It was on sale. This was my first time in an Etude House shop. It was adorable and packed with people. I want to do a separate post on the shops after I take photos. Back to the review!

If you’re looking for a lip tint, this isn’t for you. The Kissful Lip Cares come in three fruity flavors/scents: peach, strawberry and cherry. This is a lip moisturizer or lip balm, not a lip tint. It doesn’t change your lip color. Although, maybe the cherry has a faint tint since red is a more vibrant color.

This is Etude House's Kissful Lip Care (01 Peach). It doesn't change your lip color.

This is Etude House’s Kissful Lip Care (01 Peach). It doesn’t change your lip color.

Cons
For the price, the lasting time is expected I guess. The packaging says,

“3 effects (firming, soothing, moisturizing) lip care that keeps lips moisturized and healthful all day.”

However, I need to apply it all day for it to keep my lips moisturized. It especially won’t last if you’re drinking or eating anything. I’ve read others say it lasts a long time, but it doesn’t for me.

Pros
Although I said it doesn’t last long, it applies well. When I put it on, my lips feel smooth and soft.

The scent smells delicious. It has a peach-guava smell. It reminds me of these fruit popsicles I use to eat when I was younger. It’s a very sweet, light smell, and you can almost taste it too–not that you’re supposed to.

Also, the packaging is adorable–expected of an Etude House product!

I give this three out of five stars.

Korean Cosmetics: Share Your Opinion in This Poll

14 Jan

The Face Shop: Tissue Specialist, Green Tea Cleansing Wipes

14 Jan

Average retail online: $11-12
Store retail: around ₩6,000 ($5.70)

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This is the first product I bought from The Face Shop, another Korean cosmetic company. The lady at the store told me this is better for oily skin (compared to the Olive Cleansing Wipes). However, on The Face Shop website it says that both are suitable for all skin types. This pack comes with 40 moist tissues.

Cons
I can’t tell if it’s the tissue or my ProActive, but I noticed my face has been on the dryer side after I wipe and wash my face. Other than that, I can’t complain about much. It might not be the tissues anyway (sorry, I won’t risk not using my ProActive).

Pros
The smell isn’t bad–it’s a refreshing citrus-flowery scent. Also, the wipes lift away my makeup well. I wear BB cream, and it does a good job wiping it off. I use the leftover to clean off my eye makeup. I do need to clean my eyes more with my Skin Food Milk Shake Point Make-up Remover.

One issue I had with my Lioele Make-up Cleaning Tissue is that the tissues began to dry up after a while. The Face Shop wipe container seems to have a lot of liquid stored inside. Not so much that it spills out, but I’m making my way to the bottom of the package, and the tissues are quite damp and moist. One difference between the packaging is that The Face Shop package has a plastic snap lid, while the Lioele package had a “sticky” tab.

My face is freezing for the split second that I put the tissue on my face!

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The Face Shop Tissue Specialist, Green Tea Cleansing Wipes have a round, swirly design embedded in the tissues.

The tissues come in a long, rectangular shape. They are roughly the size and shape of the package.

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Final Comments
I need to try the Olive Cleaning Wipes and compare the two. More to come.

For information on The Face Shop Tissue Specialist Green Tea Cleansing Wipes, click here.
For information on The Face Shop Tissue Specialist Olive Cleansing Wipes, click here.

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I give this five out of five stars.

BB Cream Chart (Lioele, Missha and Dr. Jart)

6 Jan

This post will show swatches, side by side, of different BB creams that I’ve already reviewed. I wanted to share an overview of the BB creams I have tried, so I will also tell you the main points about each one.

First off, here is a picture showing the four BB creams that I’ll discuss: Lioele’s Triple the Solution BB Cream, Missha’s Perfect Cover B.B. Cream (No. 21 and No. 23) and Dr. Jart’s BB Black Label.

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A) Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream, B) Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream No. 23, C) Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream No. 21, D) Dr. Jart BB Black Label

A) Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream, B) Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream No. 23, C) Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream No. 21, D) Dr. Jart BB Black Label

A) Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream, B) Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream No. 23, C) Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream No. 21, D) Dr. Jart BB Black Label

BB Cream comparison