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Beauty Review: Missha M Everlasting Lacquer Rouge and Innisfree Color Glow Lipstick

Being a Black woman in Korea is difficult sometimes. You can’t find foundation in your color (unless you go to MAC or Nars), there are very few products for your hair, people try to touch you all the time, etc., etc. Another problem I’ve run into is finding lipsticks in Korean stores that are pigmented enough for me.

I have naturally brown, 2 toned lips. My top lip is darker, and my bottom lip is a bit lighter. Any lipsticks I use need to be pretty pigmented to show up properly on my lips. I’ve found that most Korean lipsticks are just not pigmented enough for me. Sheer lipsticks are okay for work, but when I need something with a bit more uumpf, I’ve been opting to go to MAC…and MAC is pretty fucking expensive here.

I thought all hope was lost until I found the two products I’m reviewing today: the Missha M Everlasting Laquer Rouge and the Innisfree Color Glow Lipstick.

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You see that pigmentation?! Swoon!

Let’s start with the Innisfree Color Glow Lipstick. It’s part of the new fall lipstick collection out now at Innisfree. The only color that really spoke to me was the #5. It’s a rich berry color that just screams fall. It’s the one of the only lipsticks in a Korean cosmetics brand I’ve found that delivers full color in one swipe. As I said earlier, I have naturally brown lips, so it may show up considerably darker on someone lighter than me.

My one gripe with this lipstick is that it has a glossy finish, and it’s definitely not long lasting in any way whatsoever. When I’m wearing bold colors, I actually prefer them to be on the matte side. Be prepared to have to reapply pretty often. I also noticed a bit of feathering after a few hours. All in all, I’d give it a solid 3.5 our of 5.

Next up are the Missha M Everlasting Lacquer Rouge lipgloss/lipstick hybrid. They are a lipstick (?) that applies like a gloss, and the texture is quite runny when you first apply them, but they dry incredibly fast to a matte finish. Everyone keeps comparing them to the Rimmel lip lacquers, but I’ve never tried those so I have no idea how they compare.  They come in 5 colors, and I picked up the orange (OR01) and the red (RD01). In the pictures they look incredibly similar, but the top left is the red color, and the bottom right is the orange. In the swatches you can see that they are two completely different colors. I have many, many thoughts about these, so I’m going to list them in a pros and cons list so I can organize them.

Pros:

  • They are incredibly pigmented. The swatch on my hand is from one swipe.
  • Beautiful matte finish. When I say matte, I mean like dried paint matte. There is an optional shiny gloss that you can get to put over them, but I opted for the matte finish.
  • They are really long lasting, and they don’t transfer onto coffee cups or your boyfriend. Trust me, I’ve tried. They do not budge. At all. Again, it’s almost like paint for your lips.
  • I’ve found that they are really great for layering. Since they don’t move, I use a little swipe as a primer for my other lipsticks.
  • The red and orange colors are gorgeous on dark skin.

Cons

  • They are ridiculously drying. To be honest, it almost feels like you have paint drying on your lips. If you use MAC’s Ruby Woo, imagine that dryness times a million. It’s sort of absurd how drying they are. You have to make sure to exfoliate your lips extremely well before using, and maybe even dab a tiny bit of lip balm over the top to keep yourself from going crazy.
  • Towards the end of the day, they are pretty flaky. Again, if you make sure to exfoliate well, it shouldn’t be too bad.
  • They DO NOT COME OFF. I know I said this is a pro, but it’s also a con. If you are tired of the color, or it starts flaking on you, or you want to take it off in the middle of the day, it’s pretty much impossible without a makeup remover. The swatches on my hand lasted through multiple hand washings and a shower, where I scrubbed to no avail.
  • The applicator. I normally adore doe foot applicators, but this is one product that would definitely be better in a lipstick tube or with a brush applicator. These glosses are just too pigmented, and dry way too fast for a doe foot applicator. It makes the application really messy and it’s just not precise at all. I actually ended up buying a brush wand to use instead.

What are your favorite lipsticks? Let me know in the comments!

(ps, I wanted to do a review on my favorite MAC lipsticks, let me know if that’d be something you’re interested in!)

 

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Curly Hair Care in South Korea

It’s no secret that I have curly hair. For those into hair typing, I have a mix of 3b/3c hair. It’s quite fine, and is easily weighed down my too many/too heavy products. Other than cosmetics, my other main concern with moving to Korea was how I was going to get my hair products. Thankfully, iherb.com exists for my specific hair products (which I’ll talk about in a second), but I have also made some amazing Korean hair care discoveries that have reduced my need to order from iherb constantly.

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Time for a Review! Missha’s Time Revolution: The First Treatment Essence

Hey everyone! Long time, no see. I’ve been super busy planning my summer vacation, and the countdown has officially begun! Only 7 more weekends and Johnny and I will be on our way to see 2 new countries: Malaysia and Singapore. I’m so excited, I can’t even deal. Going on vacation gives me something to look forward to, and I’ve been on cloud nine since the final tickets and hotels were booked. I can’t wait! I bought an amazing new bathing suit from a store in Dongdaemun, and I’m already starting to put together travel outfits in my head. Seriously, travel is a life changer. If any of you have any tips/must see/must eat suggestions for either country, please let me know in the comments.

So about 2 months ago, one of my awesome and amazing readers told me about my now holy grail product. I call it my miracle water, made out of angel tears. It’s changed my whole life (AND my skin)! Without further ado, let’s get into a review of the Missha Time Revolution: The First Treatment Essence.

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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!

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So Just What The Hell is a Serum? An Intro into Korean Skincare

This post is long as fuck. Grab a snack and get settled.

Given all of the cosmetic stores and endless options for skincare in Korea, is it any surprise that many Korean women typically use up to 14-18 different products DAILY on their skin? When it comes to skincare, less is definitely not more. It’s none of this, “I just use a face wipe and that’s it.” business. So what are all the different products that women use? How do they use them? What do they do?! And how do I apply them? Well, I’m here to give you the biz-nass.

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