August 30, 2015

Another good Korean sunscreen! Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF45/PA+++ (dry skin review)

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Another good Korean sunscreen! Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF45/PA+++ (dry skin review)

Yet another good Korean sunscreen! This one has a lightweight cream texture, but without the dewiness and oiliness. It only makes me dewy if I apply a ton. Other than that, it basically feels like nothing on my skin.

Pretty self-explanatory packaging this time! Here are the English sides of the box it comes in:

The full list of ingredients can be found here on Missha's US website.

Here is the tube. It's made of soft plastic, so it deflates when you use it:

I thought the shiny cap was quite pretty ^.^

It smells light and refreshing, I want to say like flowers?

It’s a lightweight cream. It spreads easily and requires a bit of blending, but it doesn’t tug at your skin:

On my face: It feels gooey and sticky at first, but it absorbs within a few minutes. After that, there is no dewiness or oiliness. My skin feels matte, and at the very most, slightly tacky. There's no white cast with this one.

Now if I apply a ton, that is, closer to the 1/4 tsp that you’re supposed to apply, then my skin gets pretty dewy:

And after all that completely absorbs (in about 10 minutes or so), my skin feels like it has a thin coating of oil on it. It's as if I had applied an oil ampoule. It doesn’t feel heavy, though.

Basically, it really depends on how much you apply! If you apply a little, there’s not much texture once it absorbs. If you apply a lot, you get a bit of oil coating left on your face.

Foundation’s texture: When I apply a lot of this sunscreen, it makes my BB cream look slightly less powdery, but not by a whole lot. Here is a close up picture:
In the first photo you can see that it looks a bit powdery and dry, whereas in the second photo it looks more streaky. It basically looks more "melted together."

It's noticeably smoother close up, but not so much from an interpersonal distance. If you want a greater effect on your foundation, I’d go for something creamier or oilier.

Foundation’s lasting power: It did not weaken my foundation’s lasting power.

I like it a lot and would definitely recommend it! Good texture, great scent, and a sliiightly positive effect on my foundation.

I will say, though, that if you have very dry skin, this sunscreen probably isn’t your ideal. It’s good, but maybe not great. It doesn’t offer the dewy moisture that other sunscreens (like the Skinfood or The Saem) do.

Other than that though, I have no complaints! It all comes down to your personal preference, really. :)

Thanks for reading! If you have any specific questions about the sunscreens I have (like which one is creamier between the two), feel free to ask ^^

August 28, 2015

Love this product! Etude House Color in Liquid Lips PK001 Mini Review

Great color, great payoff, good lasting power—no complaints here!

The color is bright magenta pink. It’s pretty loud, definitely not a soft pink:

It’s very opaque. 3 dabs is enough to cover my entire lips with vivid color. Most of the color does rub off on my napkin much like a normal lipstick would, but it also leaves behind a noticeable tint.

As far as texture goes, it’s a liquid lipstick. It’s like a creamy, non-sticky lip gloss:

It smells like fruit-flavored cough syrup to me.

I love it and would recommend it!

Thanks for reading!

August 25, 2015

My "dont bother me" outfit

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My "dont bother me" outfit

Some days, I just do not want to deal with people. And on days like that, this is the type of thing I wear:

This is, for me, what I would consider a “tough girl” look. The reason I wear this sort of thing is because I have this theory that:
  1. If I dress "tough,” people will be less likely to bother me...kinda like resting bitch face!
  2. If I dress tough, I’ll feel tough, too! I've found that the things I wear have a huge effect on how I carry myself.
  3. Although this look involves a ton of makeup, it's still considered more normal than excessively cute and dolly stuff.
So for this particular outfit which I wore to run errands, here are the individual components!

The jumper dress I am wearing is from Forever21. Layered underneath it is my “Someday” shirt, which you can see better here: My Korean 90s style outfit

It’s an incredibly wide T-shirt, which actually suits this look better. Had I worn a form-fitting shirt, I would have looked petite, refined, and put together. The fact that this shirt is sliding off my shoulders and bulging out of the sides gives a sort of “I don’t care” feel.

As for the accessories, I am simply wearing a grey and black snapback. (It's helpful for hiding greasy hair, hehe.) I don’t have much jewelry, so I took full advantage of my ear piercings instead. The little wing on my cartilage is my favorite part ^^

Moving onto shoes, I am wearing my Demonia leopard creepers paired with white lace socks!

I actually didn’t plan on wearing these socks, but I had nothing else available. It turned out fine, thankfully! This lace sock/creeper combination reminds me of feminine goth, like the alternative stuff you see on Tumblr. On the other hand, plain white socks would have looked more boyish and straight-up street fashion-y. Both work, in my opinion!

And finally, my makeup. My makeup today consists of winged liner, red lipstick, and arched eyebrows:

I never thought I'd say this, but arched eyebrows are reaally growing on me! I don’t use them for dolly looks, but they do seem to work well for this one! My makeup looks a bit dirty here because of the contrast, but it wasn’t that bad in real life ^^; Here are some selca (pulled from my Twitter) to balance it out :3

I’m wearing my brown silicone hydrogel lenses (review here), which I highly recommend if you need comfy, everyday lenses. I often forget that I’m even wearing these, which is bad because I almost fall asleep with them on -_-

Thank you for reading! What's your “don't bother me” look?

August 24, 2015

It’s SO creamy! Etude House Play 101 Pencil #16 Mini Review (Also, I'm selling mine!)

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Etude House Play 101 Pencil #16 Mini Review

This is a really well done pencil. It’s the softest pencil I have ever tried, both in terms of eyeliners and lip liners. And for anyone that doesn’t know, this product is designed for use on your eyes, your lips, as well as your cheeks. It’s basically an all-around makeup product, packaged into a pencil:

Color: It’s a light pink color that is extremely buildable, since it’s so soft. If you press lightly, it’s a pale pastel pink. If you press normally and/or layer it, it becomes a bright, vivid, neon pink. It’s still a light pink, though, not a dark pink.

Here it is taken in late afternoon:

Texture: It’s super soft and creamy, to the point that it’s almost tricky to use! If you press too hard (which is easy to do, since it’s so soft), the tip of the pencil can crumble and leave little chunks on your eyes and eyelashes. In a way, it almost looks lumpy on my eyes compared to gel liners, which just apply like matte color:

I’m not sure why this is, to be honest. (Maybe I'm bad at using pencil liners?) But that being said, I’d still take it over a hard-to-apply eyeliner any day! It’s super easy to work with, and I think that with a little bit of practice and grace, you can do wonders with this. Plus, you can use it on your lips and cheeks too. Overall, great product! Good job, Etude!

Anyone in the US wanna buy mine for $2.50 + shipping? (It sells for 6,000KRW in Korea and $7.80 on Etude’s international website, and the 50 cents is because of Paypal's merchant fees TT) I think it’s a great product, but I don’t like it on my skin tone. I haven’t used much of it, maybe around 1/4 – 1/3 of a cm? I’ve only used it to swatch on my hands and a few runs on my eyes. I haven't used it enough to need to turn the bottom to make more come out.

I’m only going to offer it to other Americans at the moment, simply because shipping internationally is so expensive in the States! It’s also hard for me to guestimate how much it’d cost, so the whole thing would be quite up in the air for both of us. But if nobody in the States wants it, I’ll open it up to internationals :)

If anyone Americans want to buy it, please email me! My email address is: chichibanban (at) gmail (dot) com
To keep shipping costs low, I was thinking of just wrapping the pencil in some tissue paper and putting it in a regular sized envelope. I know that sounds ghetto, but the shipping shouldn’t be more $1.00 that way. (I weighed it and the whole thing came out to be 12g, which according to is 49cents for shipping!)

I still have the box, though, so I could also flatten that and include it inside the envelope if you want. It’s all up to you! I just wanted to minimize shipping fees to keep the price as low as possible ^^

Thanks for reading!