Thursday, 16 April 2015

April Wishlist: Lilac & Ros├ęgold Edition.

Hey there!


I am currently so so stressed; I started a part-time job which is nice but they let me do short shifts 3-4 times a week which is not how I thought it would be. Will probably only do this for 2 months and try to get another job with less shifts but longer work hours instead, it sucks a lot of time out of my schedule to just go there for 3 hours almost every day (u_u) But for now, I am of course happy to have a regular income - I was completely panicking when I ran out of my scholarship slowly.

On another note, the date for my interim audit with my Japanese professor has been scheduled for next week Wednesday and you probably won't hear anything from me until then - I have to prepare and nail this because I don't want to disappoint my professor. I am so nervous! My professor is kind of strict so I'm afraid he will shred my thesis to pieces. Sigh. I'm a sensitive soul, guys.

Since I didn't want to be completely silent for over a week, I compiled this quick April Wishlist - I actually haven't done a wishlist post in months! (probably.... because I was unemployed, ha.) But I personally love to do and also read this kind of posts - I'm always curious to see what other bloggers are lusting over at the moment :) 


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Monday, 13 April 2015

Skinfood Royal Honey Cover Bounce Cushion SPF50+ PA+++

Hey There!


I survived my first week at my new part-time job and I must say... it's SO relaxing to be a cashier at the supermarket compared to being a barista at Starbucks, haha. I loved to work at Sbux but it was also stressful as hell, especially if you work at the main station and are as clumsy as I am. No liquids or other goods that I could break at the cash, ha. Everyone is really concerned if the work is stressing me out too much but they have no idea. No idea at all. (I still might return to Sbux in summer, they just pay better...)

Anyways, are you ready for a new addition to my cushion stash? I think it's no secret that I am a huge fan of BB cushions ever since I tried my very first one which was the IOPE Air Cushion XP - since then, I am on a neverending journey of testing ALL! the cushions! :3 Today I proudly present you the newest cushion addition from Skinfood (actually the very first Korean brand I came in contact with when I still lived in Japan), the Royal Honey Cover Bounce Cushion (who invents those names..?!)





Details

-Covers blemishes and creates honey textured glowing skin.
-Gives firmness and brighten skin tone.
-Protects skin from strong UV rays.
-SPF50+ PA+++

Volume
15g

Color
No.1 Light Beige / No.2 Natural Beige

How to use
Apply appropriate amount using built-in puff and tap lightly for even application.

Packaging

In case you're wondering why I only have the refill - I find it pretty wasteful to have a case for every single cushion (that I might or might not even love) that I own and also because refills are perfect to test out the product, I usually only buy refills before committing fullsize (to a case.) I would have loved to get the Skinfood case as the design is really cool in my books but gotta think about the environment at least once in a while, eh? ;D


I find the Skinfood puff SO PRETTY! The other side is a peachy pink which is such a nice touch compared to all my other cushion puffs which are all dark blue. Unfortunately I slathered it into the cushion before I took a picture because I was so excited and now it's stained. Duh. -1 point for Hufflepuff (HA, GOT THAT JOKE? So subtle today.).

I got the lightest shade, No 1 Light Beige because I'm ghostly NC10-15ish pale.

This is more satisfying than opening a brand-new Nutella jar. You will understand.


Size comparion - Skinfood's cushion is slightly bigger than Laneige + IOPE and therefore don't fit in their cases (as was expected.)

Unfortunately, there wasn't a single ingredient's list in English around - luckily we got the original packaging and the author lived in Korea for half a year so I proudly present you my crappy self-translated ingredients list. (I knew those language skills would come in handy sometime.) I also added the list to cosdna for future reference. I am not sure if this is indeed the full ingredients list as it appears to be quite short and there are no actual color agents etc present here - I am fairly certain a big bunch is missing, but that is everything that was printed on the packaging :/

Update: ...special thanks to Vy who introduced me to a Korean cosmetics data base app so you get the full ingredients list now! :)

Ingredients (now complete): 

Water, Titanium Dioxide, CI 77891, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Cyclohexasiloxane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyerin, Niacinamide, Octorylene, Zinc Oxide, CI 77947, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, CI 77492, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Quaternium-18 Bentonite, Vinyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Ozokerite, Copernicia Cerifera, CI 77491, Chlorphenesin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aluminium Hydroxide, Honey Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, CI 77499, Adenosine, Fragrance
I also added the now complete ingredients list to cosdna, which you can view here.

SWATCHES

...the glory that is an untouched cushion. <3

As you can see, the color is pretty darn perfect for me. It is barely visible because it blends into my skin so well! Best foundation match so far.

Comparison swatch because it always makes it easier to see the color when put into perspective. The Royal Honey Cover Bounce Cushion is ever so slightly darker than Laneige's Pore Control in their lightest shade No 13, but a good tad lighter still than IOPE's lightest shade 21.

PERFORMANCE

As always, no primer no anything, just my bare skin and the magic of what are my beloved BB cushions. :3 Slight light adjusting was made because my apartment is always too dark.

Before & After:


You can see here how awesome-ly smooth and flat my skin has become! I am so happy that I barely get angry bumps anymore, I almost don't care about the red PIH. I def. feel a lot better in my skin with "just" red flat scars than huge nasty bumps ruining the texture of my skin :(


....I have to say, this was kind of love at first sight. I absolutely adore the finish, the shade, how it matches my natural skin tone and how it slightly illuminates my face yet doesn't look like much foundation at all. The coverage is medium, a tad buildable, but not much. I don't necessarily go full coverage anymore on a daily basis as I honestly don't care if you can see my PIH a bit, it's just life and they will fade eventually. The cushion itself has quite a strong sweet honey scent - I personally don't mind but on the contrary quite like it, but someone who hates bold fragrances, this could already be too much as the scent lingers a lot.

The Royal Honey Cover Bounce Cushion doesn't budge much - it dries after 1-2 minutes, which gives you lots of time to blend it all out (although I barely had to). When it dried though, it doesn't transfer much and has a good staying power, definitely better than the IOPE. It is also not as dewy as the IOPE but for me, it has the perfect balance between dewy and semi-matte; it looks very healthy and fresh to me and I can imagine this being amazing for summertime.

However, I have to mention that for me, I absolutely cannot use this product with powder - you see it without powder on the pictures; I tried to settle it with my usual powder twice and everytime it became very uneven and patchy. Not sure if it's just the specific combination or a problem in general. Also, on the days after I took these pictures my skin was more dry and this cushion definitely emphasizes those dry spots, damn. So if your skin tends to get flakey or has very visible dryness I wouldn't recommend this cushion to you. I have used this over the period of roughly a week and haven't noticed any worsening of my acne, so let's hope it stays like that.

Overall, I am very happy with this and love the natural and dewy finish! If you are looking for an affordable cushion in a cute case that has medium coverage, fair skin shades and a dewy finish, the Royal Honey Cover Bounce Cushion might just be your thing! Feel free to ask away if I forgot to mention anything in the post :)  Also, the cushion is on sale at the moment at Jolse for 22$ (with case) or 12,73$ (refill only) as well as all other items from Skinfood so make sure you get one as soon as the sale lasts! :)

Disclaimer: Jolse has been so nice to send me this product for review purposes. All pictures have been made by myself and my opinion stated are my own & honest words and have not been influenced by a third party.


Happy start in the week everyone!
Lots of love,

Sam

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Updated Skincare Routine! (Dry Skin + Acne)

Good evening everybody!


When you read this post I will be working - I scheduled this post and hope this time it goes up in time again! :p I got paid yesterday from the little mini job I did at my boyfriend's parents store and it is still Glamour Shopping Week in Germany so I did some little shopping - "unfortunately" I just recorded a haul video yesterday so I have to add some scenes later ^^"

Speaking of which - today I proudly present a highly requested video by my readers which is my updated skincare routine. I teased quite some time ago that my routine completely changed after I learnt that my skin in fact wasn't oily at all but quite dry - and since this routine has worked so well for my skin overall and my acne problems (don't really have any active acne for almost a month, big yay, anyone??) I really wanted to share it. I'll talk in my video how I treated my skin before and what changes I made. A complete AM + PM skincare routine sheet can be found at the end of this post in case my rambling is too confusing :D


...like I said here, I recorded this video twice but both times I forgot to talk about one specific product! (here it is the OST C20 Vitamin C serum, in my first take I forgot to talk about my BHA product.... did I mention youtubing is hard? :p) I tend to forget a lot of things I planned to tell you guys once I hit record. My latest haul video went quite smooth though and I didn't have many mishaps so I may just get into the groove soon ^^

Read on for a visual guide with pictures on my updated skincare routine :3

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

BATTLE OF THE SNAILS: COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence VS MIZON Snail Recovery Gel Cream

Hey There!


I have been incredibly busy with working - I got a bullshit part time job, yaaay! Moneyyyy! It's just cashier stuff at the supermarket but my colleagues are nice and it's actually pretty fun. I only work 6-10hrs a week so I still have enough time to graduate this year - however, I did work 11hrs/day for a few days and helped out at my boyfriend's parents business. They sell gourmet fish and meat so when Easter approached it was SUPER busy all day long and I almost collapsed into my bed immediately because I was so incredibly tired. Money though! :D

Today is a serious topic - BATTLE OF THE SNAILS! I had the idea for this post in my mind for the longest time, but I needed to test out the COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence long enough in order to be able to fairly compare it to the Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream (as fairly as you can compare it as both products are not exactly in the same product category.)




The lovely warrior snail was created by Ammonite-Amy!

Are you ready for battle? Let's get started!