Monday, June 25, 2012

[Holika Holika] Soda Pore Cleansing *Light Cleansing Oil*

Last year [Holika Holika] released the Soda Pore Cleansing line which is similar to [ETUDE HOUSE]'s Baking Powder products. I already reviewed the O2 Bubble Mask and the Powder Wash. Today I'm gonna review the cleansing oil of this line: the Soda Pore Cleansing Light Cleansing Oil. This one shall be good for oily skin - it's also available as a B.B Deep Cleansing Oil (removes even waterproof make-up).

Description: Rich with Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamin E rich Grape Seed Oil. Skin feels moisturized and smooth even after cleansing.
The blueish, translucent bottle contains 150ml and is made of plastic with a sticker around it. It comes with a pump and you can find the description on the bottom (Korean only).
The Light Cleansing Oil contains some of the following ingredients:
Sparkling Water, Argan Oil: Removes make-up, BB cream and skin wastes. Deeply cleanses pores.
Grape Seed Oil: Essential Fatty Acid and Vitamin E protect the skin from external stimuli and removes skin wastes.
Lemon, Alpine Herb: Supply rich nutrients and brightens the skin tone.
Harrogate Sparkling Water: Supplies abundant minerals to the skin.
The Cleansing Oil is colorless and has a lemon/ citrus-like scent. I use 2~3 pumps and massage the oil over my whole face to remove make-up. I noticed that this oil isn't as 'runny' on my skin as other cleansing oils I tried before. It rather feels like it 'sticks' on my face like a gel...
When I get the product in my eyes it starts to burn!! That's something I don't like.
For the example pics I used the following products (left to right):
Lipgloss, Lipstick, Mascara, Kajal, Eyeshadow(s) and BB Cream.
I applied a few drops of the oil on my arm/ the make-up (pic above).
After massaging the oil onto my skin (pic below):
I removed it with a tissue and as you can see there're just a few residues of the mascara and kajal left. After I washed my arm with water it was gone as well.
How to use: Use a adequate amount and massage it over your face. Remove the residues with warm water or a cleansing foam.

Price: around 16,- €/ US$20
Bought at: eBay (BELLOGIRL)   
What I love: 
The oil does rather stick to my face and isn't too runny. The scent is also nice, plus it removes make-up quite well.

What I don’t like: 
The product burns in my eyes. Not so good coz I use it as eye make-up remover, too.
Will I buy this again? No, will try other ones (as always).

Sunday, June 24, 2012

[ETUDE HOUSE] Silky Perfumed Conditioner

I got long and thick hair! When I wash my hair I always need to use a conditioner otherwise it's super hard to comb. A while ago I reviewed the Silk Scarf CONDITIONER and now I'm gonna review another conditioner from [ETUDE HOUSE]: the Silky Perfumed Conditioner.
The product is not very new and I know that I'm not the first who's reviewing it... Anyway, a Shampoo and Treatment is available as well but I didn't try them!

Description: Formulated with camelia, macadamia nut and sunflower seed oils to promote healthy, shiny hair.
The conditioner comes in a 280ml violet bottle with a pump on top. I like those pumps on shower gels or shampoos coz it's easy to use under the shower.
The creamy, white texture makes it easy to massage it inside my hair. [ETUDE HOUSE] calls the scent fruity and floral and I like it more than the scent of the Silk Scarf Conditioner - that one was a bit too sweet for me.
After I rinsed the product out of my hair the scent was almost gone again but it makes my hair soft and easy to comb. That's what I need it for!
How to use: Wet hair and dispense conditioner onto hands. Work conditioner through hair and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Repeat if necessary!

Price: around 10,- €/ US$12.50
Bought at: eBay (rubyruby76)  

What I love: 
The scent and it makes my hair easy to comb. 

What I don’t like: 
The scent doesn't last for a long time. 

Will I buy this again? No, I just wanted to try it out. Too pricey for using it always!

Monday, June 18, 2012

[baviphat] ISLAND GIRLS BB Primer Fix

When I started with korean cosmetic, [baviphat] was one of the first brands I used and liked. I loved the cute packagings of their skin care lines and also received samples of BB creams and primers. A primer I liked, and got as a full size later, was the ISLAND GIRLS BB Primer Fix. I got that one at eBay, as most of my stuff. Unfortunately, I bought it from a chinese seller because it was way cheaper BUT it turned out that it was a fake. So, if you buy products at eBay be careful!!

Description: A must-have item for adhering effect of BB cream and bright skin. 
Contains Lotus Extracts and Aloe Extracts for easy application of makeup, while subtle pearl tint provides brightness to skin. Mineral-rich ingredients such as pearl and coral powder will offer a fresh sensation of makeup for extended hours. 
The BB Primer Fix comes in a cheap-looking brown tube with a sticker around it. I don't really like its design! The tube contains 45ml and has a flip-top lid.
The description is in Korean only but the product contains the following main ingredients:
Art Pearl, Shiny Satin Pearl: For bright and vivid skin expression.
Long Lasting Silicone Gel: Adhering effect of BB cream and covers uneven facial textures.
Mineral Effect: Pearl and Coral Powder maintain fresh make-up condition.
The consistency is lotion-like and has a very nice soft scent. The primer is ivory-white but changes to a pearly pink on the skin. It's easy to spread over my face, feels moisturizing and gives my face a glowing finish. I also noticed that it brightens my skin tone!
The whole product reminds me a little bit of the Nymph Aura Boosting Primer.
The only thing I don't like again is the oil-control. My skin gets oily after a short time but I will have this problem with almost each product.
How to use: Evenly apply suitable amount on your face before using BB cream.
You can also mix the primer with your BB cream!

Price: around 15,- €/ US$18.50
Bought at: eBay (BELLOGIRL)       

What I love:   

The glowing finish and moisturizing feeling.

What I don’t like: 
The packaging looks kinda cheap. It has no good oil-control.

Will I buy this again? I think I would! But probably will rather get one for oily skin.

Sunday, June 10, 2012


When it comes to face powder I'm not a big fan of loose powders. I always prefered compact powders because of their better coverage. Some time ago [TONYMOLY] released a BABY DOLL BB POWDER which is quite in demand. I wanted to try it out as well and ordered #1 Light Beige. It's also available as #2 Natural Beige for darker skin types.
Other products in this range are the BABY DOLL BB MAKEUP BASES in #1 GREEN or #2 VIOLET.

Description: Powdery type blemish balm which controls greasy skin. Less dusty than the already-existing "soft touch" - and because the product closely adheres to skin, the base makeup lasts long. Unlike the already-existing "soft touch", this BB powder absorbs greasy sebum to make the skin look moisturized and fair. Jojoba oil helps to replenish moisture, and macadamia nut oil guards the skin to keep the skin fully protected.
The BB POWDER is housed in a translucent jar with a pinkish twist-off lid. The jar contains 15g and includes a super soft powder puff.
Underneath the sponge/ puff is something like a 'sieve', so you won't get too much of the powder at ones.
When you remove the plastic cover (sieve) you can see the whole product.
The fine powder is very soft and strong perfumed. #1 Light Beige is a bright shade and I find it a little bit yellowish but looks still ok.
It has just a very slight coverage - it's rather a translucent face powder. 
The description says the BABY DOLL BB POWDER is a powder type blemish balm and you apply it after a make-up base. I personally apply it after a BB Cream coz I need a better coverage.
The BB POWDER is a nice product for ppl with flawless skin who doesn't need to cover up many skin blemishes. For others a Powder Pact might be the better choice.
The oil control is just so-so for me. My skin starts to get oily after a few hours again.
Nevertheless, I like the soft & matte finish and will use the powder on those days when my skin needs less coverage!
How to use: Apply to the face after base make-up with sponge.

Price: around 13,- €/ US$16 
Bought at: eBay (hsckoreanimports)       

What I love:   
The soft feeling and matte finish! 

What I don’t like: 
The coverage isn't strong. Better for ppl with flawless skin. 

Will I buy this again? I don't think so! Still prefer Powder Pacts.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

[SKINFOOD] FRESH APPLE *Mild Pore Peeling Gel & Sparkling Pore Cream*

Recently I received my ordered FRESH APPLE products from [SKINFOOD]. I reviewed already the FRESH APPLE Smooth Pore Cream and got now the Mild Pore Peeling Gel, the Sparkling Pore Cream and samples of the Toner, Emulsion and Serum.
This product line is recommended for oily skin with enlarged pores

A No Sebum Spot Serum is now available as well!!

Description: Unripe green apple extract and carbonated water controls sebum production and tightens pores.
[Fresh Apple Story]
Unripe is an apple that tastes bitter and unripe which cares sebum and contact pores, which is eventually beneficial for pore care.
[Carbonated Water Strory]
Primary carbonated mineral water is one of the world's three "mysterious orient" water is called a freshness to the skin will be soft.

FRESH APPLE Mild Pore Peeling Gel:
The peeling comes in a greenish tube, same as those of cleansing foams. It has an metallic twist-off lid and contains 150ml. It has exactly the same design as the Smooth Pore Cream - just bigger.
The description on the back of the tube is completely in Korean, so it's hard for me to read the ingredients.
But I found out that it contains 150mg Carbonated Water and 750mg Green Apple Extract. These two are the main ingredients as well.
The consistency is gel-like and has a slight whitish color. The Mild Pore Peeling Gel can be used by all skin types coz it doesn't contain any harsh granules like many other face scrubs.
I apply it to my dry skin and rub it over my whole face until the product starts to peel off, then I wash it off with warm water.
Like all products in this line it smells for me like cucumber but that's probably the green apple. It doesn't have that sweet apple scent you might know from other apple products.
How to use: After washing and towel-drying, massage onto face in circular motion, and rinse with warm water.
Price: around 14,- €/ US$17.50 
Bought at: eBay (gooditem2012)  

What I love:  
It's gentle enough for sensitive skin! 

What I don’t like: 
There is nothing I don't like. 

Will I buy this again? No, it will last for a long time and should be enough. 

FRESH APPLE Sparkling Pore Cream:
Description: A cooling and hydrating pore tightener with fresh unripe green apple extract and carbonated water that controls sebum production and tightens pores. 

The face cream is inside a greenish (glass) jar, has also a metallic lid and contains 50g.
On the bottom is the description and Korean and English (can be opened).
As many other products the cream got a second cover underneath the lid. The main ingredients are Green Apple Extract (5,000mg) and Carbonated Water (2,500mg).
The refreshing gel cream does moisturize well and get absorbed quite fast. It has a whitish color and the same green apple scent as the other products in this line.
A very nice face cream! I wished it would sparkle/ tingle a bit on the face, though, since it contains carbonated water.
How to use: After emulsion or serum application, dispense an ample amount onto the palm and smooth over the entire face. 

Price: around 17,50,- €/ US$21.50
Bought at: eBay (gooditem2012)    

What I love:  
It refreshes and moisturizes my skin without getting too oily.

What I don’t like: 
Nothing yet!

Will I buy this again? Maybe I would but I'm not sure! 

FRESH APPLE Sparkling Pore Gift Set & Sparkling Pore Serum:
Beside the two full size products I also got some samples. The Sparkling Pore Gift Set contains the Sparkling Pore Toner and the Sparkling Pore Emulsion with each 5ml content.
Both products are colorless while the Emulsion has a thicker texture than the Toner - it's still rather runny, though.
The Serum has a white lotion-like consistency and I find it a bit similar to the Peach Sake Pore Serum
Price: around 3,60,- €/ US$4.30 (Gift Set);  around 1,60,- €/ US$2 (5 Serum Samples)  
Bought at: eBay (rubyruby76)