Sunday, February 24, 2013


Since a short time ago I'm interested in trying out ampoules. I wanted one especially for trouble skin but these were either sold out or too expensive for me. Luckily [Holika Holika] recently released some ampoules from their new ONE SOLUTION line. The ampoules are available as WHITENING, ANTI-WRINKLE and CLEAR. Of course, I got the latter!
Description: Winter Green Extract 100% High-concentrated ampoule with trouble care.
The metallic green & silver outer packaging has the description in English and Korean on it. Inside is the rather small, green glass bottle which contains 30ml. The twist-off lid got a dropping pipette for easy dosage.
Beside Wintergreen Leaf Extract, which is good in relieving skin from infections, it also contains Alcohol, Fireweed Flower/ Leaf/ Stem Extract, Purslane Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Soybean Sprout Extract, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Water, Fragrance and more.
The consistency of the CLEAR AMPOULE is colorless and watery but not as runny as a toner. It absorbs quite fast without leaving a greasy film on my skin.
What I don't like much is the strong herbal scent. I can't describe its scent well but it smells weird for me.
Currently I use the ampoule only in the evening after a toner and I like that it makes my skin less oily. It also helps to 'remove' skin troubles faster bit doesn't make my skin completely blemish-free.
Anyway, I will also get a Pore Tightening Ampoule from another Korean brand soon and will review that one as well!
How to use: After using toner, pump 2~3 drops on your fingertips. Apply to the entire face and gently pat the skin to enhance absorption.

Price: around 10,- €/ US$13.50  
Bought at: eBay (f2plus1)  

What I love: 
It absorbs fast, makes my skin less oily and clears my skin.
What I don’t like: 
The scent - it's just not my taste. 

Will I buy this again? Maybe I would! Will see how it works over long-term first.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

[ETUDE HOUSE] Dream On Pact Slim & Cover *Light Beige*

I used already some different powder pacts and till now I always liked the ones from [ETUDE HOUSE]. When I got the Precious Mineral BB COMPACT back in 2011/ 2012 I also received the Dream On Pact Slim & Cover. As far as I know this product is already discontinued but I still wanna write a short review about it.

The Dream On Pact is or was available in 3 different shades of beige - I got the brightest one: #1 Light Beige. From the same product line were also available some bases, a foundation and a loose powder.

Description: The Secret to Dreamy Bright Complexion. Compact Powder makeup maintains sheer, oil absorbing texture for radiant coverage with UV protection. Contains hyaluronic acid and encapsulated oil control powder to smooth, moisturize and nourish complexion.
The outer packaging and the cute designed powder case are kept in a pearly pink
The outer packaging got the description in English and Korean on it. 
The powder case contains 0.47 oz. (14g) of the pressed powder and comes with a mirror and a sponge.
The powder contains ingredients such as Talc, Mica, Silica, Zinc Oxide, Ultramarines, Alcohol, Fragrance and more.
#1 Light Beige is the right color for those with rather pale skin. I didn't notice a strong scent but the coverage is good. Anyway, a better coverage than the face powders from the Dr. OIL SOLUTION or the SHINI STAR line.
I still don't get why it's called "Slim & Cover", though.
I like the Dream On Pact, not only because of its good coverage but also because it keeps my skin matte for a few hours. On the other side I noticed some breakouts the first times but I'm not really sure if it's the powders fault.
I can recommend this powder pact to people with normal or combination skin!
How to use: Use puff to gather and apply pressed powder to cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. Gently pat to finish.

Price: around 10,- €/ US$14 
Bought at: eBay (zinopark) 

What I love:
The pretty design and good coverage. 

What I don’t like:
I got some breakouts! Not sure if it came from the powder, though.

Will I buy this again? It's already discontinued and I will try out other pacts.


Recently I don't buy many BB Creams because I want to finish the ones I already own first, but when I saw that [NATURE REPUBLIC] released a limited 'tweety! (LOONEY TUNES)' edition I had to grab its tweety! BB CREAM. I got NO. 01 BRIGHT SKIN and it's also available in a darker shade. 
This product line consists of four (4) products:
- LOVELY MASK (7 different sheet masks)

- BB CREAM (2 shades of beige)
- POWDER PACT (2 shades of beige)

Description: This feather-light BB cream makes your skin look bright and clear. SPF25 PA++
Whitening + Anti-Wrinkle + UV Protection

The cute BB cream comes in a yellow tube with a pic of Tweety on it (each color got another picture of Tweety). The product contains 35ml and has a white twist-off lid.
The outer packaging is kept in yellow and brown and is printed with soy ink. Inside the packaging are some pics of Bugs Bunny, Sylvester and Road Runner
The description is written in English and Korean.
7 NON ADDED FORMULAS: Paraben, Talc, Mineral Oil, Benzophenone, Ethanol, Organic Pigments and Sulfate.
Some ingredients inside this BB are Evening Primerose Oil, Lavender Water, Rosemary Leaf Water, Portulaca Oleracea Extract and much more.
NO. 01 BRIGHT BEIGE is a light beige without a pink or yellowish undertone. The color suits my pale skin tone quite well.
The light creamy texture, with its soft scent, changes to a rather watery consistency on the skin. Because of that, it doesn't cover skin blemishes perfectly.
Being a moisturizing BB Cream without a very good oil control I would recommend it more for those with normal or dry skin. It's also better for people who don't need to cover many blemishes.
How to use: Apply an appropriate amount lightly to the skin.

Price: around 7,- €/ US$9 
Bought at: eBay (f2plus1) 

What I love:  
The cute design! Good for hot days (summer).

What I don’t like: 
Not a good oil control and a light coverage. 

Will I buy this again? No, I won't!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

[ETUDE HOUSE] nutrifull SHEA BUTTER *sleeping pack*

I seldom buy skincare products made for dry skin because my skin is rather oily. I still get dry and flakey areas from time to time and so I came to [ETUDE HOUSE]'s nutrifull SHEA BUTTER line.
This line consists of the following products:

- essentializer
- cream
- eye cream

- sleeping pack

I got the sleeping pack only!

Description: Enriched with Ecocert certified Organic Shea Butter and Cloudberry ingredient, this overnight leave-in treatment forms a moisture barrier to nourish and moisturize for a supple, radiant skin by morning.
The outer packaging of the nutrifull SHEA BUTTER sleeping pack is kept in beige/ brown and has the description in Korean and English on it.
The product itself is inside a plastic jar which has the same color combination as the outer packaging. The jar contains 100ml and underneath the twist-off lid is another white cover.
The two main ingredients are Organic Shea Butter and Natural Cloudberry. This product line is free of 5 ingredients: Paraben, Talc, Benzophenone, Mineral Oil and Artificial Colorants.
The white and creamy sleeping pack has a very soft floral fragrance.
I use it once a week and apply it before going to bed. It takes a few minutes to get absorbed and it feels a little bit sticky the whole night. Probably I just applied too much of it.
In the morning my face looked oily but felt moisturized. 
It's not perfect for oily skin but I still like to use it because of my -sometimes- dry areas.
If you have normal or dry skin and want to try out this product line, I can recommend the small skin care kit which includes the essentializer, cream and sleeping pack.
How to use: After toning, smooth evenly on face before sleeping. Do not rinse off - the productwill absorb. Cleanse in the morning with warm water. For an extra nourishment, use after Nutrifull Butter Cream.

Price: around 12,50,- €/ US$17 
Bought at: eBay (f2plus1) 

What I love:
It moisturizes well and has a very nice scent.  

What I don’t like:  
Not really made for oily skin! 

Will I buy this again? It's nice but I don't think I will repurchase it. Wanted to get the eye cream, though.