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Blogger Beauty Chat: Coco from The Beauty Wolf

One day I was browsing through Bloglovin’ and an adorable Korean beauty blog caught my eye. You know they say that nice images are about 70% of the reason why people love blogs, and well, Coco from The Beauty Wolf just may win the prize for the most amazing and colorful product photos of all time. I became instantly obsessed, pouring over her entire blog within a few hours.She loves Parks and Recreation, monochrome, and she’s also obsessed with the only rapper in the world worth being obsessed over, Kanye West. We’re basically twins. I just knew I had to reach out to her for an interview and find out her favorite products and skincare tips, because obviously someone with such great taste is bound to be awesome. Without further ado!

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1. What is your inspiration behind your blog name?

This is a long convoluted story so I’m going to give the most succinct version I can, haha. I’m a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma tribe. In my About Me section you’ll see the words Mismiki Nashoba, that name is Choctaw, the words direct translation is Beautiful Wolf. When I first started my blog I really felt like a lone wolf out there, hence the blurb “I’m The Beauty Wolf, roaming the plains of makeup and forging the rivers of skincare.” As corny as it sounds, I now I see myself as more of a mama wolf out there finding the best things I can for all my beautiful follower pups! Doing my website is so much fun, I have a blast making it and I really hope people enjoy it!

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2. What are your favorite Korean beauty products? Least favorite?
I’m a die hard devotee of the entire Benton line! I would have a major crisis if I didn’t have all of those on hand at all times. I’ve gotten everyone close to me hooked on that line due to my constant praise of their products. I’m also a huge fan of the O.S.T Original Pure Vitamin C20 serum. My least favourite products, hmmm, I was sorely disappointed in A’pieu Blending Luminous Cream and the Tony Moly Intense Repair Snail line.

3. Your product photos are absolutely amazing. I’m obsessed with the adorable designs you create. What is your inspiration behind the photos?

Wow, thank you so much! I really was afraid everyone would think my pictures were just entirely too weird and skip right over my blog. My inspiration is just my weird brain haha. My apartment is very modern and minimal, everything is either black or white, every piece of clothing I own is either black, white, or grey, but for some reason my artistic expression has always been surreal and colourful. I was always known as the arty kid growing up. When I used to draw and paint it was always weird busy stuff, I guess that aesthetic just carried over when I picked up collaging. I used to have an Etsy store selling my art prints but now I just do them for the website 🙂
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4. What is your basic skincare routine? Do you have any special tips or tricks?

Skincare is such a fun thing, I worked for years as a professional makeup artist but I also hold a certificate in esthetics so it’s my side love. When I’m not testing products my morning routine consists of Missha First Treatment Essence, then my Benton toner (I’m switching between the BHA aloe toner and the Snail Bee toner lately). My tip there would be when doing the toner step I’ll mix in a few drops of the OST vitamin C20 serum, it really helps to cut the stickiness of the OST.After that I do my Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence, next I apply Benton Snail Bee High Content lotion (or Benton Aloe Propolis soothing gel hit up with some drops of Baobab or Argan oil, a tip I got from Kerry of Skin & Tonics!), I follow all that up with Benton steam cream. To finish it all off I apply an SPF50 sunblock. I’m always testing new ones and have yet to find my HG, the sunblock struggle is real!
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5. What are your must have products for your makeup bag? 

I can’t go anywhere without a good lip balm. I still have yet to find anything better than my trusty Aveda Lip Saver. I also have to have a mist with me, right now I’m loving Nature Republic Bee Venom Mist Essence. I also have to carry some Duo eyelash glue for whatever lash I decided to glue to my face that day. Other than that I always have a rotating harem of lipsticks and stains. I just went and had a peak in my bag now and saw Etude House Minnie Kissing Lips lipstick in Mini Red, Etude House Soft Touch Auto Lipliners in Milky Brown and Soft Rose, and a Tony Moly Kisslover lipstick in Coco Beige. Not gonna lie, I bought that last one because my name is Coco, but I ended up loving it. It’s a good dupe for Mac’s Peachstock.

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Korean Beauty Haul: Benton, Innisfree, and Missha

I went on a bit of a Korean beauty binge…even though I’m leaving the country in 6 weeks and have enough cosmetics to fit an entire suitcase. Oh well. Gotta live it up, right?

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I ordered the Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream late last week from W2beauty.com. I fell in love with the skin (toner), essence and lotion samples, and decided to hit up Gmarket to order the full size products. After placing my order on Tuesday morning, I had my the rest of my precious Benton collection in my hands Wednesday afternoon. Gotta love the delivery system in Korea!

I developed a slight rash on my forehead from testing a new product (or maybe it’s hormonal…?), and within one day of using the Benton collection, it has cleared up dramatically. I’m 1000% sold and can’t wait to do detailed reviews.

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I also went to my favorite Korean cosmetic store, Innisfree, to buy some things on my must purchase list. I wrote on my Facebook page last week about both the orchid night cream and the orchid enriched cream and how much I loved the small samples I tried. I had my heart set on the night cream when I went into the store, but knowing that I was moving to a warmer climate soon, I ended up getting the enriched cream instead. It’s just heavenly and feels super luxe.

Next up is the Innisfree No-Sebum primer, which despite being a silicone based primer is absolutely fabulous. This is my 3rd or 4th time repurchasing and I think I’m going to stock up before I move to Vietnam. I don’t think I’ve done a detailed review, so if that’s something you’re interested in, let me know in the comments.

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Last from Innisfree is the Olive Real Cleansing Foam, and it’s phenomenal (Thanks Jennifer for the recommendation!). It’s wonderful at removing the excess makeup from my skin without stripping precious moisture, and it’s a perfect match for my Clarisonic. I forsee myself stocking up on this before I go.

And last is a impulse buy from Missha. They were having a 50% off sale and the Super Aqua Moisture Deep Cleansing Cream was only 5,500W! Steal. I like using cleansing creams in the morning for a more gentle cleanse and this has been working beautifully.

Have you purchased any new Korean beauty products lately? I’ve set myself on a spending ban, but I may be a bit sneaky if it’s something you really, really love.

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The One Product I Dislike: Banila Co. Prime Primer in Classic Matte

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I have tried many Korean cosmetic products and I have to say I’ve had a 90% success rate with all the products I’ve tried. It’s rare that I find a product I dislike, and even more rare that I find a product I absolutely detest. For me, the one product that I just haven’t liked is the Banila Co. Prime Primer in Classic Matte. It’s the actual worst. Allow me to let Jean-Ralphio from Parks and Rec to further spell it out for you.

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I like to keep things positive around here, and that’s why I rarely feature negative reviews, but I feel like this primer is worth the write up. I bought the Banila Co primer about a year ago, after seeing it in stores with “BEST IN BEAUTY” signs next to it. Nothing catches my eye quicker than seeing those signs, as I’ve had success with every single thing I’ve tried that’s won some sort of beauty award. That, topped with all the positive reviews I saw online, I just knew that I’d have a winner. NOT.

The Banila Co. Prime Primer in Classic Matte has a silky texture like any other silicone based primer, but my issue with it is that it’s SO slippery. To me, it feels like putting a weird silicone oil all over your face. I’ve tried using the least amount possible, and it always feels slippery. And what’s worse, is that since the primer is all weird and oily and cray-cray, nothing adheres to it. All the makeup I’ve tried layering on top just slides around and never really sets. It’s the weirdest thing!  And matte? No way. After sort of getting it to stop slipping around, my makeup manages to last a paltry 3 to 4 hours with it. Sigh.

I thought it was maybe a summer thing, since I bought it during peak humidity and heat in Korea. Nope. I tried giving it a chance in the fall and in the winter. No dice. Still slippery and oily and sad. It’s sort of frustrating when you buy a product that’s super hyped up, and it doesn’t work for you. Doesn’t it make you feel like something is wrong with you? But hey, everything isn’t for everybody.

Have you ever bought into the hype, only to be disappointed? Let me know in the comments!

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Ask me anything!

sheryllkoreaI went through my blog archives a few days ago and realized that I blogged so much more about my general life in Korea my first year I was here. I talked about my school life and favorite cafes and all sorts of fun stuff. I have to admit that my second year in Korea is a bit routine, and I haven’t really branched out of my comfort zone. And as adorable as elementary school kids are, I haven’t had a big connection with them and I haven’t had nearly as many funny stories to tell like I did with my middle school kids.

Of course, now that I have like 7 weeks left, I’m frantically trying to put together a list of all the places I want to go and things I want to do before I leave. On the list are the theatre district in Seoul, a visit to the Hello Kitty cafe (again…because, duh), and a visit to Namdaemun market in Seoul. I can’t believe I’ve never been! And, of course, I gotta stock up on my cute stationary, socks, shirts and cosmetics before I go.

So since I’m leaving Korea soon, and I’m finished with classes for the next 2.5 weeks, I thought I’d open the floor to all of you. Are you moving to Korea soon and you’d like to know sort of what to expect? Are you just curious about Korea in general? Want to know my favorite thing about Korea? My skincare must haves? Leave a question in the comment section, or on my Facebook page, and I’ll pick the most interesting ones and answer them.

I’ll keep the comments open on this post through the weekend, so you’ll have plenty of time to ask. Can’t wait for your questions!

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Innisfree Apple Juicy Emulsion Lip and Eye Makeup Remover Review

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Since I moved to Korea, my tastes in skincare have drastically changed, especially in the makeup remover department. I used to be quite fond of the oil based removers, you know the kind you have to shake to mix together. But I found that those type of products just sort of smear the makeup all over your eye, meaning you have to use more product to remove all the mess that trying to remove your makeup caused. It’s a disaster. So, months ago when I read Alice from W2Beauty’s interview on Skin and Tonics, and saw that she recommended the Innisfree Apple Juicy Emulsion Lip and Eye Remover, I knew I had to go out and get it. You know I love me some Innisfree!

The Innisfree Apple Juicy Emulsion Lip and Eye Remover is packaged in a plastic opaque bottle with a pump top. One of the only negatives about this product is that the packaging is opaque so you can’t see how much you have left, a problem I’m dealing with right now and I try to shake out the remaining product to use at night. The pump makes the product hygienic and dispenses the perfect amount so none of the product goes to waste.

I’m going to be the first one to tell you that the scent of this particular product is strong, especially for something that’s used around the eyes. It smells just like a basket of green apples. I was sort of scared to use it at first, because literally the last thing I want to put on my eye is a product that smells like a bath and body works candle, but don’t be afraid. The scent has no affect whatsoever on how the product works, and I’ve actually never experienced any burning or stinging whatsoever.

It has a thin, yet creamy consistency, that very much reminds me of a cleansing balm. It’s silky smooth and the texture is actually my favorite thing about the product. You don’t have to worry about product dripping into your eye and causing blurriness, or worse, stinging. It’s thick enough that it doesn’t slide your eye makeup all over your face, but not so thick that it just coats your lashes. I sort of wish I could use it all over my face.

The best way to use it is to put a few pumps into a cotton pad, place on your eye for 5 to 15 seconds (depending on how heavy/waterproof your makeup is) and gently wipe away. I only have to use one cotton pad per eye, and I wear a lot of eye makeup daily. It just melts away the makeup and leaves your eye area super clean. It’s so easy to use that I don’t even have to be in front of a mirror to use it. I usually take off my eye makeup while I’m straightening up my apartment for the night.

I’m already on my second bottle, and I’m going to purchase a third on payday. It’s a fantastic eye makeup remover, and I don’t see myself going back to the oil based ones anytime soon.

You can find the Apple Juicy Emulsion Lip and Eye Remover at your local Innisfree. I can’t remember the exact price, but I don’t think it’s anymore than 15,000W. I remember it being somewhere in between 10,000W to 12,000W.

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