Brands · Cosmetics & Skin Care · Face · Foundation

Review + Coverage Test: The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit in N203

Hello readers! It’s been a while since I talked about liquid foundation. I have been struggling to find a shade light enough from drugstore brands. I had an opportunity again to shop on Althea and stumbled upon this new product from The Face Shop. I always assume that I have to get any shade with 23. I’m usually natural beige in korean bb creams. Guess what? I got the wrong shade again. It’s too dark on me but still it’s not that obvious if I put a separate concealer on top and setting powder.

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Description from Yesstyle:
A light fitting liquid foundation which perfectly covers blemishes with wrinkle improvement and sunscreen protection functions, creating sleek and glowing skin.
The combination of red and blue pigment helps brighten up dull skin tone, leaving bright and clear skin whole day long. Effectively retains skin moisture to achieve smooth and moisturized makeup for hours. How to use: Take a moderate amount and gently spread over face according to the skin texture. Slightly dab the foundation to enhance makeup adherence.

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Ingredients:

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Pros:
– Affordable, 670 pesos on Althea
– Locally available at TFS branches and Althea for online
– Does what it claims, it literally looks just like second skin
– Doesn’t dry out the skin
– Lightweight
– Did not cause breakouts
– Doesn’t accentuate pores
– Can cover redness and mild hyperpigmentation
– Subtle dewy finish
– Airbrush finish

Cons:
– Has fragrance
– Doesn’t cover extreme dark spots
– Available in 4 shades only
– Gives flashbacks

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I’m using this for 1 week already. There isn’t any breakout. Let’s get to the positives first. I like that it feels light. It doesn’t dry out the skin and doesn’t accentuate dry patches or huge pores. As you can see in the photos above, it covers redness really well and also light spots like my mole. It has a subtle dewy finish even if it’s set with powder. Right now I have combination skin so I don’t mind the glow it gives. It does what it claims, it just looks like my second skin after application. This is for everyday natural makeup that’s ideal for work. It has an airbrush finish that can make the face look flat. I think something is not appropriate for school if you have to bring your color back with all the brow, contour, highlight and blush.

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The coverage is light to medium. The upper part is applied with a dabbing motion using my finger. A brush was used for the bottom part. Since this has dewy finish, it isn’t long lasting. It fades after a few hours even if set with powder or spray.  The glow is still there throughout the day but I’m not after that. The fragrance is not in the last part of the ingredients list. It has this light floral-powdery scent like your usual bb cream. It has 4 shades only and I got the wrong shade. Korean cosmetics always have SPF and flashback is an issue. N203 is dark on me but it’s lighter than my color when there’s flash. I wouldn’t wear it on night outs and other events with flash photography.

Am I satisfied? Yes and no. Yes for the lightweight feel and no for the coverage. Other BB creams have better coverage than this. I’d wear it during day time. Like I just want to look a little prepped with glow and cover mild blemishes. It’s perfect for no makeup look. I won’t recommend this on extremely oily skin and if you’re commuting in a hot and humid country.

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Aritaum · Brands · concealer · Cosmetics & Skin Care · Foundation · It's My · Lips · Make Up · Royal Skin · THE FACE SHOP · Tony Moly

Unboxing: Althea Angels Welcome Gift + Haul

In my past haul, I ordered from Althea and shared my shopping experience. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re selling korean cosmetics, ranging from popular to new brands. Did I mention they have different payment options? You guys know that many here in our country are still comfortable paying cash instead of credit/debit cards. You can pay through credit card, Paypal, convenience stores, over the counter (OTC) banks, online bank and cash on delivery (COD) in selected areas. Since I really like my past order from them, I applied to become one of their ambassadors last month. I’m very thankful and I didn’t expect to be selected. Here’s what I got:

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Althea Real Fresh Skin Detoxer Set

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They teamed up with Get It Beauty to create 2-in-1 cleanser packs. That’s new in my skin care vocabulary. There are two variants; Rose and Green Tea. Rose is for balancing out skin’s moisture while Green Tea is for soothing. How to use? Apply on dry skin while massaging then rinse with water. They have subtle foam than can be easily washed off. Since they have real bits of rose and green tea, there might be a slight color change.

Bag, mirror and pouch

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I planned to change my makeup bag and their pouch just came right on time. There’s also a cloth bag included which I’m planning to use daily or as a shopping bag. The mirror is probably one of my favorites. It has a small handle that makes applying makeup easier.


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It’s My Angle Foundation Brush
I’ve never had a makeup brush before. This brush was in my wish list. It’s the perfect opportunity to get it. I chose this mainly because I can buff or just simply swipe the foundation with it for a smooth finish. I’m still testing it and observing if there’s a change in the bristles after washing for a couple of times.

The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit in N203
I always have a hard time finding the right shade from drugstore brands. I decided to give k-foundations a try again. I chose the darkest shade which is N203. I based the shades from Youtube reviews rather than looking at their photo swatches. It was a bit dark on me when I first swatched it but made it work. Click here for full review.

Tony Moly Delight Tony Tint in 01 Cherry
I already reviewed their Tony Tint last 2012. That one is watery, sets quickly and pigmented. While Delight Tony Tint has a gel consistency and gives subtle color. I just picked this for my sister because she’s obsessed with tints lately.

Aritaum Full Cover Liquid Concealer 2017 Edition
Aritaum released a new version of their bestselling liquid concealer last year. I reviewed the old version which you can read here. This one’s in a 5g tube with wand applicator. I havent fully tested its strength yet but so far I’m liking it. Full review and coverage test soon!

Royal Skin 24K Gold Snail Soothing Gel
I’m still searching for a moisturizer. I miss using snail products so I picked this soothing gel. I looked for the ingredients and it contains alcohol and fragrance. If ever I’ll use this on the face, I’ll just avoid the areas prone to contact dermatitis. Of course, there will be a full review on this as well.

Have you tried any of these products? Which one got you interested? 🤔

Benton · Brands · Cosmetics & Skin Care

Review: Benton Cacao Moist and Mild Serum

Hello readers! I’m back to do a quick review of one of my recent moisturizers. I reviewed the cream version of this last year. I really liked it but find it quite heavy for my oily skin and the weather here is always hot. I’m glad Benton came out with a serum type. Just in time for the summer!😊

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Description:
Cacao Moist and Mild Serum is a hydrating & nourishing serum that is smoothly absorbed into the skin. The serum is suitable for dry skin and skin with a poor oil-water balance because hyaluronic acid hydrates and minerals from high cacao content nourish skin. The serum helps to keep skin revitalized and glossy. Free of colorant, fragrance, alcohol, and PEGs.

Ingredients:
Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Aqua (Water), Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium
Hyaluronate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Flower Extract, Madecassoside, Allantoin, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Betaine, Panthenol, Carbomer,  Arginine

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Pros:
– Affordable, 30 grams for $17
– Simple plastic serum bottle
– Gel-like consistency
– Fragrance-free
– Quickly absorbed
– Lightweight
– Did not cause breakouts

Cons:
– Not for very dry patches

You know what I like most about Benton? They keep their packagings simple. I’d rather have a product that’s in a simple bottle but works than something that looks fancy and doesn’t do anything. It’s in a plastic bottle but it’s sturdy. I dropped it once and it didnt crack. The consistence is a gel serum. It’s lightweight and doesnt feel like I’ve put it on. It’s absorbed by the skin in a few seconds.

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It doesn’t interfere with makeup. I applied makeup smoothly over it. It doesn’t make my skin oilier. It does give off a glowy finish making skin look healthy. If you’re confident in bare skin, you’re good to go with this. Good news if you have sensitive skin like me, it’s fragrance free. We all know fragrance can cause irritations. This is ideal for all skin types. The only con for this is it doesn’t smoothen my very dry patches.

But overall, it’s a good product to moisturize the skin layers. It has a lot of good ingredients, as expected of the brand’s mission. I find that it instantly nourished and hydrated my skin plus the fresh look it gives. If you have normal to oily skin, you can use it all year round, not just in summer. ☺️

Brands · concealer · Cosmetics & Skin Care · Make Up · The Saem

Review: The Saem Cover Perfection Ideal Concealer Duo in 1.5 Natural Beige

I like to use concealer instead of thick foundations to cover hyperpigmentation. In my past Althea haul, I bought The Saem’s concealer because it was on sale. I tried it for a month. I have a love-hate relationship with it. I thought 01 is too light for me and 02 is too dark for me. So I had high hopes that 1.5 will be the closest shade for me.

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Description (from Althea’s website) :
The Saem’s Cover Perfection Ideal Concealer Duo comes with both a liquid (evens out larger surfaces areas like under the eyes) and a cream concealer (cover up smaller spots like blemishes and scars) on either end to complete a gorgeous canvas. This dynamic duo also contains SPF of 27 and 28, keeping your skin protected from the sun all day. Size: 4.2g + 4.5g

Ingredients (from Althea’s website) :

the_SAEM_Cover_Perfection_Ideal_Concealer_Duo_1_02Pros:

– Affordable, got it for Php360
– Simple and travel friendly packaging
– Fair amount of product
– Little goes a long way
– Light to medium coverage
– Liquid covers redness and minimal dark spots
– Cream covers spots that are darker

Cons:
– Limited shades
– 1.5 looks orange on me
– Can accentuate dry patches
– Gives intense flashbacks
– Caused my breakouts
– Wears off throughout the day

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For my skin condition, I’d say both the liquid and cream can give light to medium coverage. It can be full coverage if your concerns are only redness and minor spots. I can’t describe the exact scent of it. It smells like wax and a little hint of paint but it goes away. It didn’t bother me. A second layer of the liquid covers my redness really well. One layer of cream gives good coverage.

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Korean makeup is really nice but I dont like that majority of them have SPF. This gave intense flashback when I used my phone’s camera. Cream has SPF 27 while the liquid has SPF 28.  It looks orange on me in natural lighting but looks white on me with flash. So saan ako lulugar? Haha! It caused my recent breakout of cystic acnes.

This is a really good concealer if you dont have sensitive skin. It will probably impress you if you can get your shade match. Both have good coverage and very affordable. It can last for 2 to 3 months max if you’re using it frequently. This is not for events where there’s flash photography. Always moisturize and prime first to avoid dry patches. I just dont like that it broke me out. Until now skin hasn’t recovered from it yet.

Brands · Cleansing · Cosmetics & Skin Care · Face · Torriden

Review: Torriden Cellmazing Centellareal Soap

The challenge to find a cleanser is still not yet over for me. I’m taking a break from my holy grail tea tree cleanser. So I’ve been switching to different products until I find a good one. Let’s start this year with Torriden’s soap. This was in my past haul. I visited Althea’s website again and I couldn’t find its product page. I don’t know what happened. Now I dont have its description.😧

Anyway, here’s what it looks like

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There’s a date stamped on the plastic. I’m hoping it’s the manufacturing date.

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Pros:
– Affordable
– SLS/SLES-free
– Has a clean scent
– Doesn’t melt quickly
– Gives enough lather
– Doesn’t dry out skin
– Doesn’t leave film/sticky residue
– Skin feels clean

Cons:
– No ingredients list on the label

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I got this on Althea’s website at 178 pesos (approx $3). It’s 100g and has a square cut unlike the usual soaps. I suggest cutting it in half if you have small hands like me. Keep the other half in a dry place. That also helps with the curing process. This soap has a clean scent which reminds me of medicine/hospital.😅 It doesnt melt easily but it gives enough lather. It doesn’t leave a film when rinsed. My skin doesn’t feel dehydrated and there’s no tightening.

There’s no ingredients list on the box. But you can see it in the description found on Torriden’s website. Centella asiatica or gotu kola is its main ingredient. It has anti-inflammatory properties. The brand claims that it’s SLS and SLES-free. Those are used to make lather but can cause irritations to some. It’s nice that they are not needed to make this soap.

I consider this a maintenance if moisture and hydration are your concerns. I didn’t see any improvements on existing acne. It doesnt heal them or cause breakouts. It’s a basic cleanser. Good choice if you’re just starting to get serious with your skin care routine. Or if you’re using drying medications or products.

Brands · Cosmetics & Skin Care · Face · Onsaemeein · Skin Care

Review: Onsaemeein Galactomyces

I was browsing Althea’s website and found serums that are less than 1000 pesos ($20). I’ve always wanted to try galactomyces ever since it became popular in k-beauty world. Now what is galactomyces? It’s an extract from a fungus used in making sake/japanese wine. The fermented extract is in skin care for anti aging, brightening and repairing.

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This one from Onsaemeein is 100% pure. That’s what caught my attention. I was skeptical because I dont know if it give a positive or negative reaction. I said in my past haul that I’ll review this after a month. I’m using this for more than two weeks now. I’m ready to give my final thoughts.

Description:
A 100% Galactomyces fermented essence improves skin texture and wrinkles, brightens skin tone and maintain skin moisture oil balance. Use after cleansing and toner. Apply moderate amount and pat for absorption.

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Pros:
– Very affordable, 420 pesos (approx $8)
– Frosted glass bottle
– With dropper
– Pure ingredient
– Feels like water
– Pore mininizing
– Mattifying
– Controls oil
– Skin tightening

Cons:
– Triggered my contact dermatitis

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It’s runny like water. It’s absorbed in just a few seconds. It wouldn’t be a problem when you’re in a hurry. I was amazed during the first few days of using this. I immediately saw how great its oil control is. It’s mattifying which made my makeup last longer. It tightens the skin like I just had botox. My pores are also reduced when I’m using this.

This is such a great product. I just wish it didnt trigger the areas where I’m prone to contact dermatitis. I’m still using this on my nose, nasal folds, sides of mouth and porous areas. It’s ideal for those with oily skin who want anti-aging products. Start with a little amount then increase as your skin adjusts. Other skin types can use it too but add your moisturizer after.

Brands · Calmia · Cleansing · Cosmetics & Skin Care · Face · Haul · Onsaemeein · Rire · Skin Care · The Saem · Torriden

Althea Shopping Experience + Haul Unboxing

Lately, there’s no product in malls that caught my attention. So I went back to online shopping. I knew Althea since the first day they opened but never really ordered from them. It’s the only cosmetics shop in Korea that accepts cash on delivery payment (COD) for Philippine-orders. It is a good thing. Most Filipinos do not use card for transactions. We’re more comfortable with cash payment.

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I ordered from Althea last Monday. They sent an email about my order confirmation right away. Updates can also be seen in your account. Here’s the time table:

Monday
January 15 (around 1PM) — Order received and Processing order

Tuesday:
January 16Preparing for shipping

Wednesday
January 17Shipped with tracking number

Saturday
January 20Received my order

And here’s the complete tracking from Korea to our house in PH

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They update the online tracking fast unlike other couriers. You’ll receive a text message from the courier notifying you that your order will be delivered within the day. The delivery guy will also send a text asking if you/someone can receive the package. If no one is available, you can tell the guy and they’ll deliver it the next day. After 5 days, my package was delivered right at my doorstep. Best of all, I didn’t have to pay 112 pesos for customs tax and duties.

I’d recommend COD if there’s someone at your home who’ll pay & receive your order. But for me, it was difficult to do that because I’m sort of living alone. So if Im not at home, no one’s gonna receive it. The staff at our lobby can do that for me if my package was paid already. I’m going to use card or bank transfer next time.

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Everything was in bubble wrap even if the box itself is already protecting the products. There were no dents on the product boxes. I signed up on the site way back. I already have a wishlist of products. I ran out of concealer and almost finished with my moisturizer. I was looking for serums and found a lot on their website.

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Onsaemeein Galactomyces
I’ve never tried this active ingredient before. But I know it became a trend in k-beauty community. Onsaemeein offers it in 100%, no other ingredients included. I’m using this for more than a week now. My skin feels tight like I had botox. I’m liking it so far. I’ll review this after a month.

Calmia Oatmeal Therapy Cleansing Tissue
I needed a new makeup remover because Bench/ Cleansing Baby Wipes are rough which in my opinion is not good for facial skin. I just tried Calmia tonight. The tissue is soft and big enough to remove my full coverage makeup. It smells good too. I just wish they were 30 to 50 pieces.

The Saem Cover Perfection Dual Concealer
I only wanted to try The Saem’s liquid concealer. But I know I’ll be looking for a cream variant in case I’m not satisfied with the coverage. I bought this duo to test both of them in half the price. The weights are different from the solo cream and liquid concealer. I’ll see which one I like better then I’ll buy that alone next time.

Torriden Cellmazing Centellareal Soap
I was also looking for a facial wash. I’m taking a break from my favorite cleansing soap. I got this one on sale. Centella Asiatica is one of the main ingredients based on the website description. I’m using this for a week. I’ll do a full review on this after a month.

RiRe Luxe Full Cover Concealer
This one’s just an extra order. I added it in my cart because it’s so affordable. Where can you see a concealer worth 140 pesos, right? The packaging doesn’t look cheap. I havent tried it yet. It claims to give great coverage. It weighs 1.5 grams so I’m hoping little goes a long way.

Overall, I’m satisfied with my shopping experience on Althea’s website. They have different payment options like paypal, credit card, cash on delivery and bank transfer. I received the products in great condition. I’ll buy again from them once I’ve finished these all up. I’m already window shopping and adding some items on my wishlist. There are unique finds here like unpopular brands which are promising.