Happy skin in girly hot pink- Skin 79 Super Plus Beblesh Balm (Triple Functions)

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BB cream has been one of the most hyped-up skincare/ makeup product in recent years, and now all the big brands (and little brands) have them.  However, if you have tried them you will know that even though they all look quite similar, their performance on your skin differs a lot.  And today I’d like to share with you my favourite BB cream so far: the Super Plus Beblesh Balm (Triple Functions) by the Korean brand Skin 79.  From what I see in the stores, the brand also makes a few different types of BB creams, but so far I have only tried this one.  And I’m already on my second bottle- this shows how much I love the product, as usually I prefer trying out new brands, no matter how much I love the previous product.  This BB cream claims to: whiten, provide UV protecture (SPF25, PA++), and prevent wrinkles.  So far I have not seen any whitening in my skin, but I suppose it looks more even when I have this on : ) 

I love the hygenic pump bottle, although it is a bit annoying since you cannot see how much product is left.  It claims to have 40g of product in the bottle but I guess there is no way to tell for sure.  A bottle lasts a super long time for me though.  I use it almost every day and it was months before I used up a bottle.  image

You can see the product on the back of my hand here.  It looks a bit grey when first pumped out, but when on the face it looks perfectly normal.  This BB cream only comes in one colour, so I suppose it is good to have a try before buying it, although I would say the colour will suit most skin tones.  The amount you see here is sufficient for the whole face.  The coverage is medium, although you can pat on a bit more for extra coverage.  For me, though, this does not eliminate the need for concealer but it provides enough coverage for me since I don’t usually wear foundation.  I also love how it isn’t oily but isn’t drying- I don’t know how they do it, the texture is somewhat perfect, and it feels very light on the skin.  However, you’d still have to moisturise before putting this on, otherwise it doesn’t settle as well on the face.image

Here is a look at the back of the bottle, for those of you who are interested.  It is honestly one of the best BB creams I have tried so far, and with it flattering shade and balanced texture, I don’t see how anybody can not like it.  Have you tried it and do you agree?

A solution to every skin problem- Leaders Insolution masks

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Another day, another Korean skincare product I love.  If I have to pick my favourite mid-priced paper masks, this brand would be it.  When I first tried out Leaders Insolution masks two or three years back, they were about US $2 apiece.  For some bizarre reason they are now up to about US $3.  Still not very expensive, but the price hike means I usually wait till there is a sale to get them.  I got this bunch recently in a Groupon deal, so I got 2 dozens in a row!  They come in 4 varieties (although the brand makes about 8 types of paper masks I think), although so far I have only tried the yellow (collagen), lime (teatree) and green (aloe) ones.  The pink one is a vitamin mask.  My favourite so far is the teatree one, as it is soothing enough to be used for blemished skin, but not drying at all.  I think of it as a moisturising mask for blemished or sensitive skin.  The aloe and collagen ones are good for everyday moisturisation.  If purchasing them separately I would get the collagen (yellow) one since I feel it’s slightly more hydrating without feeling sticky at all.  The masks all have a bit of scent but it isn’t too strong or very artificial, and it doesn’t bother me at all.  In fact, I kind of enjoy it.  It makes the experience more spa-like.  image

What I love most about this mask is how well it adheres to the face.  Let me show you my forehead here with the mask.  It goes with my face shape really well, which means my skin gets to absorb all the goodness in the mask sheet, and will not waste valuable serum.  Unlike some other paper masks, this one is relatively hassle-free, meaning very few places to fold or overlap, which also means less drips (important if you’re doing other things while doing the mask).  If you have the time, I recommend you to leave it on for at least 20 minutes.  30 to 45 minutes is even better (the mask is so saturated with serum that it will not dry up), and when you get tired of it, just squeeze the remaining juice into your palms and massage on your face, then rinse with water.  This is one of the few masks which I am able to just finish off with water (as opposed to a very mild cleanser) as it doesn’t leave any oily film on my face. 

Generally, a nice, all-rounded mask which I like to have a few pieces at home for my every skin need.

Super natural energy- Eboost Dietary Supplement

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I have to admit to not being the most energetic person- I wake up tired most mornings, still craving more rest.  Worse still, caffine has never seemed to do much for me.  It wakes me up a little bit, then I’m back to being tired.  I also don’t really like drinking plain H2O.  This is why I jumped at a chance to try out this product.  It is produced by a company called Eboost, which is from the US, but I bought them here.  It’s a box of 20 packets of powders which you dump in a cup/ bottle of water and it fizzes up.  The company also makes energy shots and effervescent tablets.image

The one I bought is a Pink Lemonade flavoured powder.  I love pink drinks, and pink lemonade is my favourite kind of lemonade.  But for those of you who like less girly drinks, you can also try their Orange and Acai & Pomegranate flavours.  The tablet and shot ones only come in Orange though.image

As you can see, the power is slightly yellow looking, but once you dump it in water it turns pink ❤  Each packet has 6.8g of powder according to the package, and although they tell you to mix the drink in 12 fluid oz. of water (that’s about 300+ml to the rest of the world), I took the advice of some other reviewers and dumped it into a large bottle of water (about 700ml).  I don’t really need the energy rush but I can do with a little pick-me-up.  It was after lunch and I’m feeling awfully hard to focus since my stomach is busily digesting my meal (this happens every day).image

This is the result.  It looks  a bit murky but only because the bottle is gray-tinted.  I bet it would look pretty and pink in a clear glass.  The flavour is slightly tangy and has sa faint sweet taste.  It doesn’t taste much like lemonade, but it still tastes better than plain water for me.  There is not much fizz once the power is all dissolved (and it did so without needing me to stir), so I’d suggest you using cold water to mix it.  In any case, don’t use hot water as it will destroy the Vitamin C goodness!
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For the sake of those who want to try this product, I have taken a photo of its ingredients.  Its energy source comes from green tea leaf extract, which I suppose is a natural source.  I’m not sure if it is considered as caffine though.  But in any case, I think it works.  As I sipped through the bottle in the afternoon, I don’t feel so tired and my eyelids have become less droopy.  I have never drank other energy drinks (like Red Bull) before, so I can’t compare products.  However, I have read many reviews that said Eboost doesn’t have the “energy crash” which you may get by drinking other energy drinks.

The one thing that isn’t very attractive is the price.  If you buy it on the Eboost website it is much cheaper than buying from a UK retailer, but unfortunately there is no overseas shipping at Eboost.  It now comes down to about HKD $13 for each packet for me (that’s about US $1.5).  But I suppose it’s still cheaper than buying coffee!  It’s also much more healthy, as you can see in the supplement facts above, it has loads of vitamins and minerals. 

All in all, I think these little packets will be brilliant for trips, hikes and the office, and I may keep one in my bag as well- just in case.

Nice-smelling Vaseline- Kiehl’s Lip Balm No.1 in Cranberry

Kiehl’s Lip Balm No.1- the world famous lip balm which is basically overpriced Vaseline.  I remember using the one in the tub before, and that was before any of the flavoured ones came out.  It was quite meh, and I can say that because I have tried most of the lip balms in the market.  Ok, maybe not, but I have tried at least 50 over the years.  Those who know me probably know that I am a bit obssessed. :-p

So, back to No.1.  This tube one which I have got (and I only got it because I had no lip balms on me and my lips were bleeding) smells like cranberry, but not really.  I don’t really know what it smells like, but it is faintly sweet and fairly pleasant.  I like it better than the non-scented version.
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As for the texture, it is very different from the tub ones.  It is thin and frankly speaking, exactly the texture of Vaseline.  And it feels like Vaseline too on my lips.  Not very emollient, not enough slip.  Of course, there is plus side.  It is not sticky at all.  It doesn’t stick to anything.

To be honest, I cannot recommend this product to anybody.  If you have dry lips, it won’t provide enough moisture; if you are blessed with moisturised lips… you won’t need this product.  I wish I knew why Kiehl’s changed into this formula; do you?  And do you like it?

(On the other hand, I have kept this in my bag and find it to be a decent cuticle cream. Always good to have multi-purpose goodies in you bag right?)

The step zero of skin care- Banila Co Clean It Zero

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If you have seen my other post, you will know that it is only recently that I have discovered the Korean brand Banila Co, but apparently this cleanser have been around for 2 years already, and is a top seller of the brand according to the saleslady who sold me this.  It is a 100g tub of cream-like, oil-based makeup remover/ cleanser which smells like strawberries.  Cute.image

Using the cleanser is quite simple- you simply use the spatula provided to scoop a little bit into dry palms (I use approximately the size of a large marble), then massage the balm all over your face (must be also dry).   Afterwards, you rinse your face with water (which emulsifies the balm, taking off your makeup at the same time) and you’re done.  If you have used any type of cleansing oil before, this cleanses in the same way, only less messily (at least the balm won’t drip off your hands even before you clean your face).  From what the saleslady said, you can stop after using this cleanser, but I follow up with my usual routine (which is some sort of liquid cleanser on a Clarisonic), and that works well.image

To be honest, I’ve only used it for several days, but so far it hasn’t made me break out or dry out my skin.  One thing to note, though, is that just like cleansing oils, your eyes will get all cloudy if you use this stuff around the eyes.  But this is to be expected for every kind of oil-based makeup remover uner the sun.  I don’t think there will be any non-cloud type of cleanser any time soon (for that would defy science, right?), but a simple way to make it more bearable for the eyes is to rinse it lots of water afterwards.

What about you?  Have you tried balmy oil-based cleansers and do you prefer this or the liquid type?

Kissy kissy- Banila Co The Kissest Plumping Tinted Stick

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I recently come across this Korean brand Banila Co, which has both cosmetic and skincare products that look alarming similar to Benefit products.  This lipstick- The Kissest Plumping Tinted Stick- is among my first purchase.  The colour I have is “Passion”.   
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As you can see, the tube is made of plastic, with a colour similar to the lipstick shade as the case and a silver metal as the inner twist-up tube.  The tube is of medium thickness, which I think is great for application.    The lippy itself is sheer but buildable, not creamy and only very slightly sticky.  It feels more like a balm than a lipstick, but doesn’t provide very much moisture.  I use it on or under balm.       image

As you can see in this photo, I have 1, 2 and 3 layers on the back of my hand respectively.  The colour builds up very nicely.  One layer gives you a sheer wash of colour, and more layers give you a more solid look.  I originally thought “Passion” will build up to be quite red, but actually it gives a bright pink stain:  image

That’s about 2 layers on my lips.  Oh by the way, the “plumping” bit.  My lips are quite full to begin with, so I don’t actually need any plumping, but I don’t believe this lipstick plumps.  At least it doesn’t feel like it does.  It feels ever so slightly minty when first put on, but nothing compared to the tingly feeling of Lip Venom.  My lips certainly don’t look any fuller, just more pigmented.  However, judging by its stain-like texture on the lips, it is no surprise to me that it doesn’t deliver much in the plumping department, so no disappointments there!

On a final note, this lippy has SPF13 as well, which is a rather nice touch for a lip stain.  Of course, you will need to apply at least 1 full layer for the SPF to have any effect on your skin, but it is always good to have some skin protection in cosmetics, right?  This is one of the reasons why I love Korean makeup!