June 2013 archive

So I finally got around to taking pictures again

So, I finally picked up my camera and decided to start taking pictures of my life again. I’ve had so much fun editing and choosing which pictures to share. I’m so glad I’m slowly, but surely, starting to feel better. Johnny and I have been taking advantage of the hot, but not super gross weather. The worst of summer is definitely yet to come, and I’m trying to take advantage before I am reduced to standing in front of the air conditioner during all of my free time.

These pictures are from the time Johnny and I went to the Han River and rode bikes, when I went wandering around Seoul trying to find the Bangsan Baking Market (amazing), when we went to Caribbean Bay, and another  random day when Johnny and I went on a hike near my house and then played in some fountains afterwards.
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Hope you enjoyed the photos! How is everything going in your world? Let me know in the comments!

Summer Collections: Skinfood Jungle Fruits and Innisfree Jill by Jill Stuart with a cameo from some facial mists

Hi Everyone!

This post was supposed to be written a million years ago. I took the pictures for it a while ago, edited them, uploaded them. I was planning on writing the review on the way to Busan, but I mistakingly thought the train we took on the way there had WiFi. Not. I tried to stay as unconnected as possible, so I could really relax. I had an amazing time, including TWO trips to Spaland aka the best jjimjilbang in all of Korea. I’m still thinking about it. Swoon.

Anyway, let’s move on. So, every major cosmetic store in Korea is debuting their summer collections. I picked up some stuff from the new SkinFood Jungle Fruits collection, and the Innisfree Jill by Jill Stuart line (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!).

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So the new SkinFood summer collection has really pretty, neon colored nail polishes. I really like SkinFood nail polish, but the formula for these polishes is HORRIBLE. Terrible. THE WORST. I asked my friend if she had the same problem because I thought maybe something was wrong with me but she told me she didn’t like them either. They are super goopy and not smooth at all. Plus, the color changes once it’s on your nails. The purple turned blue on my nails after I applied my clear top coat. So sad. I had SUCH high hopes for these polishes because the colors are perfect for summer but they are a big fail.

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Now, one of the products that I do like from the SkinFood Jungle Fruits collection is the bronzer/blusher. Of course, it’s too light for my skin to actually be a bronzer or a blush, but it’s a great highlighter. The one big problem I have with a lot of Korean makeup is that it’s all way too shimmery or glittery. I love shimmer and glitter like the next girl but sometimes the makeup in Korea is like something you’d find in Claires for 14 year olds. It’s just SOOOO glittery. Thankfully, this bronzer/blush isn’t too bad. I’ve been using it as a subtle highlight on my cheekbones, or as an eyeshadow. Here’s a swatch on my skin for reference.

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Next, we have 2 eyeliners from Innisfree’s Jill by Jill Stuart collection and one eyeliner from the SkinFood Jungle Fruits collection

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Overall, I am very pleased with all three of these liners. They all glide on effortlessly, and have great staying power. ¬†All three have great pigmentation. I will say that both collections have colors that are pretty basic, although the Innisfree colors were a bit more exciting for me. I do have one gripe about the Innisfree liners…you have to sharpen them! I feel like in this day and age, all liners should be automatic. This explains why the Innisfree liners look a bit worn down. It’s because I had to sharpen them. Boo. And since they are gel liners, they are a bit soft and have a tendency to break off and smudge. This could all be solved if they were automatic liners. Sigh. That said, I do like them all and I’ve been wearing all three liners in rotation.

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TOP: SkinFood Seaweed Waterproof Auto Eyeliner

Middle and bottom: Innisfree Jill by Jill Stuart Gel Liner

The bottom color didn’t photograph well, but it’s a very deep purple with tiny flecks of purple sparkle. Eyeliner is the one time sparkle is acceptable in my world. Bottom line, I really like them all, minus the whole sharpening thing.

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And the products I’ve been the most excited about from both summer collections are the Innisfree Jill by Jill Stuart shadow pencils.

Let me tell you. I LOVE shadow pencils. They are just so easy and convenient. Especially when it’s summer and it’s so hot and you don’t want to do anything remotely resembling makeup. One swipe delivers gorgeous pigmentation and beautiful colors. Most of the colors again were again to sparkly for my liking, but I was swooning over the three that I chose.

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I got one in a deep blue, an army green, and a peachy pink color. Be warned though, they are only slightly blendable as they don’t move within the first few seconds of application. They’re made for just one swipe of color. Thankfully, these little chubby beauties are automatic, which means no sharpening. Like I said earlier, the colors are pretty budge free, but I have ridiculously oily eyelids and I have to wear an eyelid primer with them so they don’t crease. I asked the saleswoman if they are waterproof, and she said no, but they definitely don’t come off with just a bit of water. I had to use my Bioderma makeup remover to get them off. And if anything else, the packaging for the Jill by Jill Stuart line is adorable.

facialmistsSo I admit that I used to be one of those people that didn’t understand the point of facial mists at all. Why do I need to spray fancy water on my face? But, since I’ve been living in Korea, I’ve realized that these little beauties are a necessity, especially during the summer. I seriously have at least 6 of them, but these are the two from Korean brands that I use.

There are a few things I look for in a facial mist. The spray has to be very fine, the scent should be mild and it shouldn’t finish sticky or tacky. Both of these facial mists, the Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist and the Etude House I’m Blooming Sebum Control Mist fit the bill. I use facial mists to refresh my melting face, especially now that the temperature is steadily rising. I also sometimes use them to set my makeup. I use them for a quick pick-me-up after lunch, and before I leave for the day. I’ve found that facial mists leave my skin looking dewy, not sweaty. The Etude House Sebum Control mist is great at getting rid of that icky “omg it’s 35734 degrees outside and I had to run to the bus stop and now I’m gross and sweaty” skin.

I also started using the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence and the Night Repair ampoule and I’m in love. I’m halfway through with the bottle, so a proper review will be coming soon! What are you most excited about in the upcoming summer collections? Let me know in the comments!