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[BB Cream] – MOAR BB Creams!

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2013-08-10 19.26.06Alright I will admit I have an obsession with BB creams…I currently own more than I can use, and am still curious about other new BB creams…I are cray. (click here for previous post of a collective BB Cream review)

Today, we will be looking at 4 different BB creams from 3 different brands, from left to right in the picture:
1) Holika Holika Petit BB Cream
2) ZA Total Hydration BB Cream UV White
3) Skinfood Aleo Sun BB Cream
4) Holika Holkia Snail BB Cream

Let’s start with Holika Holkia Petit BB Cream. My friend actually gave me this one. She said that it gave her whiteheads. I’ve only used it once, so I will reserve final judgement until I’ve tried it more. Though, I will say that I’ve had a very bad first impression with this one.

Colour: Grey-ish. The colour is the main reason I didn’t like this BB. I absolutely hate grey undertone BB creams, that was the reason I threw out my Skin 79 one. The grey undertone accentuates my dark circles and acne scars etc. Basically all the bad stuff on my face. It also leaves me pale and ghost like, which isn’t exactly what I am looking for.

Texture: A bit on the creamy side. Feels thick while it sits on my face, and tends to settle into lines. I think I may, underline may, change my mind about it, if I put on a little less, but we’ll see.

Coverage: A LOT, but also makes the colour difference very obvious

Scent: Strong floral scent

Sun Protection: SPF 30 and PA++ (which is basically Asian way of saying you won’t get darker, because white skin is very important for them, the more + the better).

Properties: if you can read Korean, please let me know, because I have no idea.

Price: 5000won (about $5) 30ml

Made in Korea

Overall rating: 2.5/5 barely passable, but is worth another try

Picture of the cream with flash, you can see how white/pale it is. You can’t really tell that it’s grey, but compared to the other BB creams I have it does fall on the grey side.
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Here it is again, in natural lighting. 2013-08-10 19.23.53

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Next up, Skinfood Aloe Sun BB cream. This is an easy review. This basically is not that different from the other Skinfood BB creams I’ve reviewed (Red Bean and Mushroom).

Colour: The number 2, shown here, has a pinky-yellow undertone. The number 1 in Skinfood BBs has a yellow-white undertone, which is too pale for me. I also want to point out unlike the other brands of BB creams that I’ve tried, where different lines tend to have a variation of colours, Skin 79 for example has this problem; Skinfood BB creams, regardless of the line, has all the same colour, which makes it really easy for me to try them.

Texture: Creamy but slightly liquid, thinner formula, and easy to spread. More balanced formula not too dry and doesn’t feel greasy, unlike InnisFree.

Coverage: Decent, but usually requires two layers. Does help even skin tone and gives a sheer glow

Scent: Light floral scent, but stronger than the Red Bean Skinfood is still my current go to BB cream.

Sun Protection: SPF of 20 and PA+

Properties: Hydrating and soothing. Although each BB from Skinfood is suppose to have different properties, I really feel no difference between them.

Price: 10,000won (about $10) 50g or 50ml

Made in Korea

Overall rating: 5/5

Here it is with flash. If you compare it with the Holika, it is definitely a bit darker in colour, but lighter in texture

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Under natural lighting. You can see the pink undertone here more. And on the very right, there’s no colour difference from my skin at all, just a sheer glow to the skin, which I love!
2013-08-10 19.27.26 2013-08-10 19.28.12Next on the list, ZA Total Hydration BB Cream UV White. This was an impulse buy from Taiwan. The reason being the annoying amount of times I’ve seen the commercial, it was insane. But this was actually my HG while in Taiwan, more than my Skinfood. Originally I didn’t want to try it in Taiwan, as I still had some Skinfood left, and I wanted to use it up, but gave in because I wanted to see if it was any good, and worth hoarding. Unfortunately, logic got to me and I never hoarded this BB cream (as in the logic that I have more BB cream than I can use up XD).

Colour: Similar to Skinfood, pinky-yellow undertone

Texture: A little dryer than Skinfood, and that was why I liked it better in Taiwan. Taiwan is a humid humid, sub tropical island, and is HOT, meaning I sweat a lot, and my skin produces more oil than it normally would in Vancouver or even Korea. This BB stayed on my skin for the long haul, and didn’t grease up my face. Like Skinfood, it’s easy to spread and has a thin formula

Coverage: Good, just needs one layer. Evens out skin tone, and has a semi-matte finish

Scent: light floral scent, has a bit of sunscreen smell to it as well

Sun Protection: SPF 50+ and PA+++. Suppose this means it’s got more SPF than 50, but Taiwan’s FDA equivalent will only allow cosmetics companies to label up to 50, if it’s more you can only show by adding a “+” sign to it, so we will never know if it’s 60 or 100. Whatever it is, I still think it’s important to put sunscreen underneath any base make up, regardless of the amount of SPF labelled. The reason being we don’t put on enough of base make up for it to protect our skin effectively. Of course it’s still great to have some SPF in base make up, it’ll give a little extra help for the protection, if like me, you don’t put on a thick layer of sunscreen either.

Properties: Whitening (claims to do this in 10 days: I’ve never wore this 10 days in a roll, so I can’t tell you if that’s true.), non-comedogenic, and long lasting (definitely true).

Price: 300NT (about $10), 20g or 20ml

Made in Taiwan (I think it’s a Taiwan brand)

Overall Rating: 5/5

Here it is with flash. The colour of this BB is similar to Skinfood, but it has a bit more yellow undertone, possibly because Taiwanese girls are generally more yellow than Korean girls. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, and that was also something I liked about it.
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Again, in natural lighting, on the very right, you can barely see any colour difference with my hand. I kind of regret not hoarding these. 2013-08-10 19.29.31 2013-08-10 19.30.56Last, for this post anyways, is the Holika Holika Snail BB cream. This was a gift when I purchased about $145 worth of stuff from Holika Holkia (yeah don’t ask…). That was in Korea, and this came with a face cream and a toner from the same Snail line. I brought this along when I went on a 10 day Japan trip, and I did not like it. The main reason I don’t like it, actually has nothing to do with the product itself, but the packaging: it explodes. At first I thought it was just the plane ride, but I cleaned it up after I got home, and it still exploded…it just makes a big mess. That being said, since this is the sample size, I don’t know if the regular size would be like that.

Colour: Here’s another example of how BB creams from the same brand but different line can have a colour difference. The Snail BB cream has a bit more yellow undertone than the previously mentioned Petit BB (also from Holika). There is less of a colour difference (on my face) for this BB.

Texture: Lighter, more liquid than other BBs. Thins out better than the Petit, but still feels thick on the face.

Coverage: Covers quite well, but again, makes the colour difference obvious

Scent: Like all Holika Holika products, it’s got a strong floral scent.

Sun Protection: SPF 30 and PA++.

Properties: The BB is suppose to be moisturising, cause of the whole snail slime thing, it isn’t, it’s more greasy than moisturising.

Price: I am not sure of the price, as this was a gift with purchase, and I was never really into the whole snail slime hype, I would never pay money to get this. The tube I have is 10ml.

Made in Korea

Overall rating: 3/5 it wins the Petit BB by 0.5 because of the better colour match and thinner formula, but still barely passable.

Here it is with flash, and you can tell that it exploded because it was pretty much dripping out of the tube, and I had to quickly catch it with my hand.
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And I guess I can’t really do a BB cream post without the mandatory grease test. Sorry it’s so crowded, I ran out of room. The arrows point to the respective BB cream blobs. The first to turn up grease was the Holika Holika Petit BB, followed by Snail BB, then Skinfood, and lastly ZA (as you can see it’s got the lightest grey circle).
IMG_20130810_1Conclusion:

My suggestions for someone who has skin like me (normal to dry skin, oily T-zone, and semi-sensitive skin). If you live in northern cold and dry places like Canada (Vancouver is more mild but nothing compared to more southern cities like LA or Asian cities like Taipei), I’d suggest Innisfree or Skinfood. Innisfree is definitely more greasy than Skinfood, so it depends on your own preferences. I personally like Innisfree better than Skinfood during the cold winter months, but during the mild temperatures of spring and fall I would reach for my Skinfood. If you live in southern humid and hot troipcal/subtropical places like Taiwan or LA, I’d suggest ZA. It is very long lasting, especially considering how much I sweat while in Taiwan, I absolutely love it. During the more humid weather of Vancouver summer (all two weeks of it) I would reach for ZA. As for the two Holika Holikas, well, I think it’s safe to say, I would reach for them if they were the only BB creams I have left in my make-up bag, which is not likely to happen.

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Posted by on August 17, 2013 in All Things Prettified!, Make-up-holic

 

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[Innisfree] – The Green Tea Seed Cream

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Alright, so this was a cream I got back in Korea. I had used a sample and liked it, and decided it was going to be the face cream I bring back to Canada. And it actually was the only cream I brought back…which wasn’t very smart, because I had to start using it right when I returned…should have hoarded more…All well.

As I have mentioned before I have a fairly good impression of Innisfree (I never know if it’s two words or one) as a whole. The eco-friendliness, the whole local ingredients thing (they get their ingredients from Jeju Island) just sounds good to me. I am disappointed that Innisfree is not widely available outside of Korea.

Texture:

The texture of this cream is basically a light cream, not very heavy at all. It’s actually kind of similar to the Age Fitness line of Biotherm. It’s fairly rich, so I use very little on my skin. But the quantity is not that much either, It’s been almost 3 months since I’ve been back to Canada, and I’ve already used up half of the jar.

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Packaging: 

I actually forgot how much I paid for this cream (it’s been a while) I think something around the lines of 21,000 won (about $21CND/USD), I may be wrong. The actual jar is plastic and a bit misleading. If you look at the first picture, the sides stick out after the bottom edge of the cap, but if you open the jar, the actual  part where the product is held does not follow the contour of the jar, it actually goes straight down, so the bulged out parts of the jar is just empty space.

Product: 

Here’s the claim on the jar: ” Enriched with Green Tea Seed and Green complex from pure Jeju island. Green Tea Pure revives dry, stressed skin by supplying abundant moisture.” Excuse the bad English, that’s a quote from the jar. I take it that it’s basically good for dry skin and moisturises. Well good, cause that’s what I look for in a cream. Does it actually do that? Well…I am a bit disappointed by the performance of this cream so far. In Korea, perhaps due to the humidity of the country, it felt better on my skin. After using this cream for about a month, my skin was pretty dried out in Canada. I ended up having to use a serum to go under the cream (I got a sample of Estee Lauder’s Advance Night Repair from Sephora, absolutely LOVE it) so that I could continue using the cream. I suppose I shouldn’t expect too much from a cream that’s suppose to be made for the more humid environment of Asia. I am giving it a 7/10, because it does still moisturise, though not as much as I want it to. The other thing that’s really lovely about this product is the scent. It’s a very light green tea scent and I just really like it. It also does not feel very heavy like other creams might (the carrot cream from Skinfood for example is super heavy). With all the cons I have listed, it’s probably still one of the best creams I’ve bought from Korea. I suspect this cream will be gone in a few more months, and I haven’t decided what I will replace it with.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2013 in All Things Prettified!, Skin Food

 

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[Nail Mania] – Innisfree polish swatch

Hi, my name is Sandy and I am a nail polish hoarder…haha I feel like I am in AA or rather NPA (Nail Polish Anonymous) LOL. But seriously, my year here in Korea, I’ve hoarded about 21 bottles of nail polish (including top and base coat). My original intention for not bring any nail polish to Korea was to let my nail take a long needed break, and plus it adds weight to my luggage. Well that didn’t last very long, 2 weeks in Korea I already bought a set of 3 nail polishes. And it all went down hill from there. Can’t really blame me, Korean nail polishes are so cheap! After spending 5 to 7 dollars on OPI and China Glaze, you can’t really expect me not to be tempted with good quality nail polish that’s less than 5 dollars pretty much everywhere. I love Etude House nail polish, they are cheap and good quality. But I found myself falling for a different brand lately. I had actually looked at this polish about 5 times, but never bought it because I felt that I really shouldn’t hoard that much nail polish home. Well…now that I’ve gotten it, I want more!

Innisfree nail polish is probably one of the best ones I’ve tried here in Korea, Holika Holika comes in a close 2nd, but HH has less colour selection, same with Etude House. The Faceshop is a hit or miss, I got a metallic one that worked great, but two jelly ones didn’t work that well (streaky and difficult to get an even coat, and takes forever to dry). But this Innisfree, suppose is free of some harmful chemicals (I can’t tell you which ones…it’s all in Korean, but I would imagine formaldehyde to be one of them), dries pretty fast, and most importantly, there’s a huge colour selection.

Anyways, the reason this particular colour drew my attention was because a friend of mine had told me she really liked Deborah Lippmann’s glitter polishes. This one reminds me of the one that’s call Candy Shop. Mind you the Innisfree version doesn’t have as much glitter as the DL brand, or at least from what I can see in the picture. Here are some swatches.

2 layers, under natural light. I really like this pink.

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I am actually not a big fan of glitter polishes because they don’t always look good, since the glitters always have a mind of their own and goes where ever they please. Secondly, they are a bitch to remove. I am not sure about the ease of removing this, but I actually like the random spots of glitter on this. The pink is also very pleasing to the eye. This is number 81 and I am thinking I want to buy more…

They also have a colour that’s a dub for Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday and Glitter in the Air. There’s also a pink one with silver and pink glitter instead of the teal and pink glitter one I have…man this is a deep dark black hole that I really shouldn’t jump into…but I suppose it’s too late haha.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in All Things Prettified!, Nail-mania

 

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[BB Cream] – Innisfree Eco Natural Green Tea BB Cream

image And here I thought I was done with all the BB cream testing…

A friend of mine had been mulling over if she should get me to buy her a BB cream from Holika Holika, so I got curious and did some research on the Holika Holika BB creams. However, instead of wanting to buy HH BB cream (HHBB haha), I got curious about the BB cream from Innisfree instead. One of the blog reviews I saw was comparing the two, and the blogger gave more points to the Innisfree BB. So I am blaming all this money spend on her haha.

Packaging:

The Eco Natural Green Tea BB Cream is one of 3 BB creams Innisfree offers. However, with the limited amount of English on the packaging, it seem the 3 BB creams are just different versions of the same green tea BB cream. One had the word “cover” on it, which I assume meant it was more of a concealer rather than base. I can’t recall what the other one said, but all three had green tea on it. I went with this one, because this was the one I saw the review on. That being said, I think Innisfree did a overhaul of this BB cream not long ago. Most of the pictures I saw were with a pump head, and claims to have calendula extract in the BB cream, which was what really got me curious about this BB cream. The one I got, however, only lists the green tea and says nothing about calendula extracts. The packaging is the normal squeeze tube type of packaging, nothing too exciting.

Brand:

I have a fairly good impression of Innisfree as a brand. The “free” in their name suppose means that their products are free of many harmful chemicals, and they also seem to be fairly eco conscious and organic. They have a packaging recycling program, where if you return empty containers (from their brand) you can receive points that can go towards your next purchase. I haven’t bought enough of their stuff to do that, but I did get a membership card from them, just so I can get the sales when they do go on sale. Innisfree price range is a bit higher on the Korean brand scale. Nothing like Dior or Clarin’s, but compared to The Faceshop and Skinfood products the prices are a little higher. The tube of BB cream I got was 16,000 won (about $16) and my Skinfood BB creams were about 10,000 won (about $10).

With that out of the way, here are some swatch pictures. From left to right, dab, smudged, and blended. The top darker colour BB cream is my Skinfood Red Bean BB cream.

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Indoor florescent lighting

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Outdoor natural light

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Outdoor direct sunlight

Colour:

The colour of the Innisfree BB is a lot lighter than the Skinfood BB. Innisfree has 2 colours to choose from, this is the number 2, the darker of the two. Number one was pale white, I had a little inside voice gasp when I saw the colour. Skinfood colour definitely suits my skin better, that being said, there’s so little coverage from the Innisfree that the colour match doesn’t really matter. Innisfree also has a more yellow undertone rather than the pink that Skinfood has.

Texture:

The texture of this BB cream is a bit on the greasy side, and you can see this from the blotting paper test that I did.

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Both BB creams made the blotting paper turn pretty much black, but you can still see that the Skinfood (left) is a bit less dark than the Innisfree (right). I took this picture after I patted the sheet on to my hand. The Skinfood BB took a few seconds to turn dark. As shown in the picture below
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You can see that the Skinfood (left) is just showing through, while Innisfree is already dark (oh hello foot XD sorry about that). I wish I had taken a vid instead. The Innisfree went dark right when the paper touched the BB cream, while Skinfood slowly soaked through.

Coverage:

As mentioned before, Innisfree has little to no coverage. I don’t even feel like it did much to even out my skin tone. Even a second layer did next to nothing for my blemishes and uneven skin tone.

Overall:

I’d give this BB cream a  5/10. That being said, I’ve only used the product once, and I probably won’t have enough time left here in Korea to decide if I like this enough to hoard home, but currently my decision is a no. The blog review I saw described Innisfree as a light weight BB cream that’s good for hot summer days, I am going to have to disagree. I could feel the greasiness of this BB cream the moment I put it on, and I think it would be more suitable for winter months, so this may be good for the cold, dry winters of Canada.

Edit:

Alright so it’s been a few more days since I’ve used this bb cream (total of 4 days), so wanted to do a short update of my overall impression of this bb cream. The whole not enough coverage thing was dude to the way I applied the bb cream the first time around, it actually does pretty well at covering spots and uneven skin tone. The colour difference is fairly noticeable if I apply too much on my face. The one thing I don’t like is the creasing. This bb cream immediately creases on my eyelid, that’s how oily it is. That being said, it seems to be doing wonders for my skin. I’ve been having less skin issues, my pimples are actually healing…it’s either the bb cream or because I am soon to be getting my monthly “gift” from mother nature. The bb cream definitely warrants more testing.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2013 in All Things Prettified!, Make-up-holic

 

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