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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.
This is the Aura Color Control Cream.  “Face It CC Cream is a color-controlling cream that brightens your complexion.”
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.

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.


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

This covers up the redness well, but not necessarily any better than other BB creams.
before after
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.
It also comes with an applicator pad, which I never used. But it feels nice and is a cute hot pink color.


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: Eraser Show, Eye Remover Tissues

9 Feb

Average retail online: $6-12
Store retail: ₩6,000 ($5.47)


Here’s another Etude House review for you. I have more items to post, too–you can probably tell I went on a mini-shopping spree at the Etude shop!

I really don’t like the packaging. The design, graphics and font are cute, but the functionality is bad. A “sticky” flap seals the tissues–however, it’s not very sticky. After only a few uses, I’ve needed to pinch some laundry clips on it to keep it shut. I bought some Face Shop facial tissues that had a nice plastic snap top, and I never needed to worry about them drying out.

I love that I don’t need to pour a liquid onto a cotton pad to remove my eye makeup. I use to end up with cotton pads and tissues scattered around my bathroom each day. I like that I can just grab a wet tissue and wipe off my makeup.


With my eyes, it does a good job wiping away my makeup. I’ve used this on my face, too, when I ran out of my face tissues. It worked OK, but I definitely needed two for my face, and even then it wouldn’t wipe everything off. I always wash my face afterward anyway, though. I also didn’t notice it breaking me out or anything.

It doesn’t smell bad. It smells like a mild floral lotion scent.

I would buy this again–at least until I found some eye tissues with better packaging!

I give this four out of five stars.

Play! Etude

Innisfree: Dual Effect V Mask (Green Tea)

29 Jan

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



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.


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.


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

scary picture

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.

Pretty and Cute

Etude House: Kissful Lip Care (01 Peach)

20 Jan

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

kissful top edited

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.

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.

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)

The Face Shop container
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.

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).

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!


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.

The Face Shop tissue 2

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.


I give this five out of five stars.

Skin Food: Milk Shake Point Make-up Remover

4 Mar

Mmm — food therapy! So far, I love all of Skin Food’s products. This is an eye and lip makeup remover. You should try it out!

I’m not using it as much as I want to because I don’t want to run out!  I really like this product. I can’t think of any negatives.

It smells good — like a mild regular lotion or baby powder smell. This product works so well. You only need a tiny amount to get all of your makeup off. I like putting it on a cotton pad, but I ran out and don’t like using tissue paper because it absorbs too much product and wastes it.

The end of the bottle has a little hole, so it doesn’t come rushing out. In fact, if I mess us my eyeliner or something, I like to take a Q-tip, press it against the bottle, put some remover on it and then I can use it to fix my mistake.

I give this five out of five stars.