How many times do you fall for cute packaging especially makeup products? I fall for it all the time and K beauty products always tug at my inner cute packaging addict self. The Tony Moly Panda’s Dream compact is shaped like a cute panda and as a lover of Pandas I just had to get this. This is supposed to be a mattifying powder and that is something a dry skinned gal like me rarely needs..but the Panda was too cute to resist and so I got it 😀
I don’t use this as an all over setting powder..I use it under my eyes to set concealer and it works brilliantly for that purpose.It does not settle into fine lines, and it makes the under eyes look air brushed! It is a nice finely milled powder and the shade I have is 02 which is the yellow and the darker option they have. 01 is more pink toned.
I have used it this so much that it no longer has the cute panda imprint on the powder. The pic above was taken almost a year ago ..that is how long I’ve been wanting to blog about this powder!!!
Again, since I have dry skin I find that the powder holds up well throughout the day and my under eyes look fab! This powder has good reviews in the Asian Beauty circles so I am guessing this works well as an oil control powder for oily skin folks.
Overall, I love using this as an under eye setting powder. The adorable packaging is an added bonus! What is your favorite under eye setting powder?
Hello! I love trying Korean beauty products in general since they are effective and fun at the same time. I have not really tried too many lip products from the K beauty world and was pleasantly surprised with the Holika Holika Velvet lip pencil.
The packaging is real cute (as most Korean makeup is) with the polka dots reflecting the color of the actual product. The pencil is twist up (yay!) and for being less than 5 $ that’s impressive. I picked this up a while ago from the K beauty site called Cosmetic Love. Ulta has now started carrying this online which is awesome!
I picked this up in the shade CR04 as per the sticker on the side. It is a nice coral color perfect for summer time in particular. Ulta is offering 6 shades in total.
This immediately reminded me of the NARS Velvet matte lip pencil. The formula is not the same for sure but quite close. I found the NARS Velvet lip pencil to be a bit more moisturizing. However, I think this is still pretty good especially considering the price difference. Holika Holika also wins an extra gold star for being a twist up pencil 🙂 The application is quite smooth and I found it to last very well too. When it does wear off, it wears off in a uniform fashion leaving behind a faint tint which is okay.
Overall, this a is a fun product and I really like the shade. Now that they are available at Ulta albeit at a slightly higher price than online K beauty stores, I might pick up a few more shades.
Have you tried the Holika Holika Holi Pop Velvet lip pencils?
I love pretty packaging. That sure can be a problem sometimes especially when shopping for makeup! I fell for this highlighter from Clio because of how beautiful the compact looks. Adding more pretty things to your makeup drawer is okay right..especially if it is a highlighter 😉
The compact is plastic but looks and feels sturdy. The art work is printed on it and also on the outer box. I didn’t have the heart to throw away the outer box since the print looks like a water color painting.
There are 3 shades of this highlighter available. 01 pearl white is the one I picked up. The other 2 shades are gold toned and rosy toned. Having a medium color skin tone, I kind of shy away from white based highlighter since they can look frosty on my skin coloring. I decided to take a chance with this one and am happy I did!
As you can see it is a baked product and gives a lovely sheen to the skin. It is not a chunky highlighter nor is it the very intense type of highlighter people seem to like these days. This is a soft and subtle highlighter like the Bobbie brown shimmer bricks can be. It looks lovely when buffed into the skin.
The compact comes with a nice mirror and also a brush which feels really nice. I have not used the brush but I am sure it will work fine in a pinch.
As you can see, this highlighter lets your skin peak thru a bit when it is buffed into the skin ( I swatched the highlighter with a brush) and that makes it look a bit more natural. I love the glow it imparts and it stays put all day too.
Overall, I am extremely happy to own this highlighter. I might just go ahead and pick up the other shades too some time soon 😀
Recently I dived into K Beauty and found out I love all things snail 🙂 I tried out a trial sample of the It’s Skin Prestige Cream d’ escargot which was amazing for my skin. I just couldn’t bring myself to bite the bullet and buy the full size bottle which costs around 65$. There are so many snail creams out there, what if I find one that works just as well but is cheaper?
So, off I go to Amazon to check the bazillion snail creams they have there and stumbled upon the Moonlab Gold Snail Vital up Essential Cream. It was selling at a price of 10$ so I decided to see if they really have snail filtrate and gold in there. I found out that this cream was being sold for around 88 dollars in Singapore (Thanks Google)! So this had to be a fake one right? Nope! Turns out that the seller is the actual company that makes these creams so this was not a knock off. Maybe the company is doing some sort of promotional price and since it was only 10 bucks I decided to buy it.
A few days later I got the cream in the mail. The box and the cream tub looked nice and luxe. I liked the silver lettering on the coffee maroon lid. The cream came with a nice spatula too. My first impressions were immediately dampened when I saw the expiration date on the outer box. The cream was all set to expire in 10 days! You get what you pay for 😛 That was the reason this guy was only 10 bucks.
So I decided to test the cream out for 10 days and another 10 days post expiration. The ingredient list looked real good which was one of the reasons I got it. Take a look.
It has Sodium Hyaluronate, Snail filtrate, glycerin, niacin amide…. all as the first couple of ingredients. This is the stuff my dry skin loves.
The cream has a nice pleasant smell. I can’t describe it..its not overly floral but it is a very faint floral scent which is not over powering. The texture of the cream is a bit stringy compared to the the It’s Skin Prestige Creme d’ Escargot snail cream. However, it feels really nice when applied to the skin. The cream sinks right in and my skin did feel moisturized the next day morning.
I am not sure if those gold bits did anything for my skin. I used to find small specks of it on my face sometimes..other than look like I went for a late night craft lesson I doubt it did anything.
Overall, it was a decent moisturizer. But was it amazing..nah. I did not find my skin looking any brighter or radiant. It did not do anything for my blemishes, redness, dullness etc. I don’t see myself re purchasing this one again ( especially not if they sell old stock that expires in 10 days). There are so many snail creams out there for me to try!
Have you tried the Moonlab Snail cream? or any of their other products?
Hello folks! We just did a major move back to the U.S from Asia with a 14th month old and survived! 😀 The stress of moving, long haul flights and the dry weather of Boston has taken a toll on my skin. That called for a special spa night at home with a face mask and wine !
I had picked up the Tosowoong Pure Snail mask from the website Cosmetic Love a while back and since it said skin soothing decided this is the one for the current lifeless skin situation 😀
The sheet mask was nice and sturdy so I doubt it would tear easily. The mask was well soaked with the essence but not dripping in essence like some masks which meant a no mess no fuss application. There was enough essence left in the packet to apply on my neck and hands (I usually apply left over essence from the packet all over my body).
The instructions tell you to put this on for 10 to 20 minutes but I landed up keeping mine on a for atleast 45 minutes since it felt so relaxing!! I found the mask really soothing and relaxing to keep on the face. The essence does not sit on top of the skin so there is no uncomfortable stickiness to deal with while the mask is on and also when you take it off.
My skin looked brighter and felt plump and moisturized after I took off the mask. Like I mentioned, since the essence soaks into the skin there is no overly sticky gross feeling post masking. I had applied the sheet mask at night before bed and found that my skin felt great even the next morning.
The ingredient list also looked pretty good to me which is why I decided to buy this sheet mask. As you can see there is Niacinamide and snail secretion pretty high up on the list (yay!).
Overall, I really enjoyed using this mask and plan to repurchase this one in the near future. Have you tried any of the Tosowoong sheet masks?
Hello folks! We are currently in the process of moving back to the United States and packing is a nightmare! I hope to keep posting at least once a week as I usually do here at the blog. Blogging helps cut off the stress and hassle of real life 🙂 Since we have a super active toddler this time around for a big move, packing is painfully slow. One way to de stress post packing is to put on a face mask!
I picked up the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic clay mousse mask a while back but I started using it only a few months ago. The volcanic clay range from Innisfree is quite popular so I thought I’d try this clay mask. I have dry skin and usually finding a clay mask that does not dry it out further is a challenge. When I went to the Innisfree store, the sales person recommended the mousse version, saying it is less stripping than the original clay mask in the jar packaging.
The packaging gets an A+ from me. The aerosol can comes with a pump that dispenses the mousse easily. The dispenser also has a plug to prevent any leakage so this is excellent to travel with.
The mousse, as the name suggests is very creamy and you need very little to cover the whole of your face. I have been using this mask once every week for at least 3 months now and I still have quite a bit left in the can. The instructions tell you to leave this face mask on for 15 to 20 minutes.
The first thing that hits you after you rinse off the mask is your ghost white face! Hah! That is the work of Mr. Titanium Dioxide who figures at number 4 in the ingredient list. I am not sure why they have included it since it does not have any long term benefits that I know of. I usually do not use a cleanser after washing off a face mask, but in this case I do it most of the times just to get rid of that white cast.
The mask does leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. The guys responsible for that are Glycerin and Butylene Glycol who come up on top of the ingredient list. Overall, I do not find the ingredient list all that special (At least for my skin). In fact, as I type this post out I notice there is alcohol in the list ( not good for my dry skin). Th soft smooth feeling goes away in the morning and I have not seen any long term effect from using this mask. My skin is the same as it was before I started using this mask. My all time favorite clay mask is the Coast to Coast red clay mask (REVIEW HERE) which used to be sold at Ulta a while back. Unfortunately, it is very hard to get my hands on it unless I ask someone from Australia to send it to me (Coast to Coast is an Aussie brand).
Overall, this clay mask was Meh for me. I am on the look out for a good gentle clay mask for my dry skin. Any suggestions?
Hello folks! By now I am guessing most regular readers of the blog know I have dry skin and I am always looking for hydrating products. I have not tried too many sheet masks and recently decided to look into them a bit more seriously. I picked up the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask in Shea Butter from the Innisfree store I found during one of my travels a while back. The shop assistant recommended this one for dry skin so here we are!
The packet like most sheet masks felt heavy and opening it up, I found a well soaked sheet mask. The liquid is quite thick and is best described as white color lotion. The material of the mask felt quite sturdy at first when I took it out of the packet, however it did tear while I was removing the mask after I was done. The mask was not too messy to put on, and was quite big! The instructions said to put it on for 10 to 20 minutes after cleansing and toning your skin.
The mask unfortunately has a baby powder smell which I hate. Even the L’occitaine Shea face cream I tried had the same baby powder smell. I wonder why all things Shea have to smell that way 😦
Removing the face mask after 20 minutes, my face looked like it was slathered in white lotion (with the smell, it almost felt like baby lotion on my face). They say in the instructions to gently tap the skin to absorb the excess stuff. I kept the lotion on for a good 40 minutes beyond which I could not tolerate the slimy feel. It became increasingly sticky and my face felt like it was covered in sticky sweat. After washing off the excess, my skin did feel soft and moisturized but nothing too amazing to go thru that awful sticky feeling.
Overall, it is a decent face mask and good for some hydration once in a while if you can tolerate the sticky feel. I most probably will not purchase this one again since I am not a fan of the smell nor that sticky feeling.