[Review] Etude House Beauty Shot Photo Blur

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ok guys! Here is the long awaited review of the Etude House Beauty Shot Face Blur! As soon I showed this in my Big Korean Haul and on my Instagram, everyone wanted a review! So I decided to do a first impression video on it, as well as a post :) I also bought this product from www.beautynetkorea.com.

So let's look at the breakdown...

I love the packaging of this because it's not only cute to look at, but it's also in a pump! I love pumps for face products!

How to use...
This is meant to be used as a face primer before your foundation and makeup.  I apply this to my skin with my fingers after I've moisturized and before I started applying makeup so it has time to set in my skin.

On the box, it claims that this product is supposed to smooth the skin, hide pores, and tone up your complexion (this means balancing out your skin tone). It also has an SPF of 15 which is always an added bonus in my book!

When you first apply it to your skin, it feels a little tacky. This is because it makes your make last longer! I did notice that when I used this with my normal BB cream, Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream (review here!), it does last longer.  

Whoa, this stuff is not kidding when it says it's a "photo blur". On my skin, this stuff literally makes my skin look photoshopped. It makes my skin look so perfect, radiant, and luminous! My dad even commented on my skin and he never does! It appears very bright and healthy! You can see that in the pictures, my skin looks photoshop and has a nice "glow" but I swear, I didn't touch the pictures!

Lasting Ability...
This is one area that it fell a little short in. Because it's a face primer, I was expecting it make my makeup last longer, but I didn't notice any spectacular lasting power in this. I'm sure it helped, but it wasn't anything drastic. However, because it makes my skin look so awesome, I can forgive the fact that it doesn't last forever. 

This is what my skin looks like in natural light and with all my normal makeup applied. I'm facing a window and you can see how bright and nice my skin looks! It seriously looks photoshopped! I can't believe it!

This is what it looks like under fluorescent lighting. It's awesome because it doesn't bounce light of my skin like crazy (which is what gives you that "mask" appearance in bright lights and photos) but it's just the right amount of luminosity!

On the back of my hand, you can see that it does hide some of my hair follicles, smooths my skin, and brights my skin ever so slightly. It's one of those products that's gives a natural "je ne sais quoi" kind of look :) 

How crazy does my skin look in this photo?!?!?! I swear, I did not retouch it one bit and the makeup I applied on top is makeup I usually wear! So the only difference is the Etude House Beauty Shot Face Blur! 

Packaging: ****
Benefits: ****
Consistency: ***** 
Appearance: *****
Lasting Ability: ***
Overall: *****

I just wanted to end this post in saying that this is my new HOLY GRAIL face primer. That's it :)

xoxo, Morgan 

[Review] Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream

Friday, January 16, 2015

This is one of the most famous BB creams on the internet and in Korea. It's gotten rave reviews from many popular beauty bloggers, including Michelle Phan, who mentioned it in one of her videos. So naturally, I had to buy it and review it myself :) 

So let's breakdown the...

The BB cream comes in a glass jar shaped like upside down jell-o. The cap is super cute, and it also comes with a nice sponge for application (I actually just use my fingers!) 

The jelly-like texture is supposed to provide your skin comfortable and moist without feeling too heavy. It's also supposed to be nice, dewy and radiant, which makes it a very natural looking foundation. It also has an SPF of 20, which is awesome because I like anything that protects my skin from the sun. I feel like nowadays, every foundation should have SPF in it! 

The shade I got was 02. Like many Korean foundations, BB creams and CC creams, there are only two shades and they come in light colors. Most likely if you're any darker than a medium tone in American foundation colors, this will be too light for you. Luckily, I'm able to blend this in my skin more with a little bronzer and powder. 

Like I mentioned, the texture is jelly-like (hence the name) and very light. Because of this, it doesn't offer the heaviest coverage. I would say the coverage of this is light to medium. Although it's not heavy coverage though, it is build-able. You can apply a layer, let it dry, and then apply another one. That way, you can customize the coverage, which is nice! 

Like the name implies, this BB cream is jiggly like jello-! The cap has a spatula built in it, which makes applying it even easier. I like to just rub it into my skin, after I've applied my daily moisturizer and primer :)

I LOVE the finish of this! As I mentioned, it is a little light for my skin, but that's easily correct with powder and bronzer :) It has a nice, natural finish which looks soooo good! It blends in with my skin, doesn't look cake-y, and doesn't feel heavy at all. Really, it doesn't even feel like I'm wearing makeup!

Unfortunately, this is not the longest lasting foundation. After about 8 hours of wear, it feels like it wears off a little. Of course, this is something that can be fixed with some powder, but don't expect it to stay put through a 12-15 hour day! 

This is what is looks like with natural sun light! As you can see, it looks very natural and blends in with my skin very nicely. 
Packaging: ****
Benefits: ****
Shade Selection: **
Coverage: ***
Build-ability: ****
Consistency: ****
Finish: *****
Lasting Ability: **
Overall: ****

[Review] Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX

Thursday, January 15, 2015

This is one of those products you hear so many people rave about! So when I went to Korea last summer, I knew I just had to pick this up. Laneige, which in French translates to "the snow", is a one of those brands that's not necessarily cheap, but it's not super high end either. I believe I bought this at an Amore Pacific store for about 25,000 won or $25.

Ok so lets get to the review!

This is just your typical packaging. It comes in a jar and the one I bought is 80 mL. It doesn't seem like a really big jar, but this should last you a fairly long time! 

On the back of the box, the only english is "The secret of water science". This is because Laneige skincare is know for its water-like properties. This provides moisture to the skin, which is the main benefit from using this sleeping pack!

What is a sleeping pack?...
If you're not familiar with sleeping packs, they are basically thin "masks" or a heavy moisturizers. For the most part, they are usually clear and aren't extremely noticeable when you have them on. Like the name implies, you wear it while you sleep and its supposed to work its magic overnight. Don't worry, this sleeping mask does dry to a smooth texture and doesn't stick or get on your pillows! That means comfortable sleeping :) 

Like I mentioned above, this has a fairly light and "bouncy" consistency. It jiggles kind of like jell-o in the container :) This makes is easy to apply a thin layer!

How to use it...
After you cleanse your skin and apply your normal night time skincare you routine, you finished everything off with a thin layer of this. That's it! Go to bed and you'll wake up with a fresh and dewy face. Just be sure to wash it off in the morning!

I absolutely LOVE this stuff. It makes my skin feel so fresh when I wake up and I love anything that will work for me while I sleep. How much easier can that get?! Plus, you can apply a fairly thin layer, so it doesn't feel heavy, but you still receive all the awesome benefits! Soft and supple skin :) 
It comes with a spatula! How convenient!!

[Review] YourTea.com Tiny Tea Teatox System

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

So I'm finally posting about my experience using the Yourtea Tiny Tea Teatox System. I posted about this when I first started a while ago, but just got to posting my video/website review about it now! I had to postpone posting them because of the 12 HoliDAYS of Beauty on The Beauty Breakdown Channel! Don't forget to read my first impressions of the tea! Anyways here are my thoughts!

What the program is... 

The Teatox I did was the 14 day one. You're supposed to drink the tea 3 times a day for 2 weeks 30 minutes before or after your meal. The box comes with a set of instructions that details this, but that's the jist of it.

The tea is specifically designed to help with: bloating, indigestion, problematic skin, cellulite, increase energy, reduction of excess weight, and increase energy.

For more information and FAQ, visit their website! It's more thorough with the information they provide!

You can see the instructions included in the box of tea below. 

The ingredients of this tea are listed on the website and on the back of the box. It contains all natural Chinese Herbal medicine, and it's actually gluten free!

Now for my experience...
I honestly had some mixed reviews about the taste. If you've ever tried Chinese herbal medicine or really any type of Asian herbal medicine, it tastes fairly similar to that! It's kind of hard to explain it any other way, but I guess you could say it definitely has that "natural" taste. Now for me, it wasn't that bad, but it wasn't super delicious. I started having an issue with the taste simply because I was getting tired of drinking the same tea, 3 times a day for 2 weeks. I ended up adding some lemon or honey just to change it up! 

Side Effects....
Unfortunately, I did experience some side effects. The main side effect I experienced was some nausea. Luckily, it wasn't too mad. It was more annoying than anything. I was describe it as mild nausea. I experienced this about day 3 or 4 and it only last for a day or two.  I also mentioned in my first impressions that I had a little bit of a headache the first day or so but that could've just been a coincidence. After that, it was smooth sailing! 

This may seem kind of odd, but the main benefit I experienced from drinking this tea was the psychological effect. I know, sounds crazy. But the idea that I had to drink the tea 30 minutes before practically every meal forced me to plan out what I was going to eat and make a conscious decision to choose something healthy. For me, that made it worth it. Plus, I did feel "lighter". I didn't lose any weight however (my weight fluctuates a little bit anyways). I did notice my bloating went down a little bit in my tummy area, which could've been the tea or my improved diet. Either way, I'm not complaining!

I enjoyed this Teatox and loved the benefits from it! The only thing I would change about it is I wish they offered different flavors in the pack! But since this is the first time I'd tried something like this, I would say my experience overall was a positive one! :) 

xoxo, Morgan

[Review] TONY MOLY Tony Tint Delight Lip Tint in 02

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I received the Tony Moly Tony Tint Delight as a freebie with my recent haul from Beautynetkorea! I love this site and think it's awesome they give you a free full-sized product after you spend so much money. I was excited because I'd heard some good things and immediately decided to try it out.

Let's look at....

The packaging...

This is just your typical lip tint packaging. I love the shape of the cap though, which is in the shape of a heart!

Like I mentioned, the shade number I have is No. 02

The applicator...
I have mixed feelings about this applicator. I like the shape because it is pointed, which makes it easier to apply this precisely. However, the doe-foot applicator is really long, which makes it kind of difficult to use the flat side to apply it to your lips. It kind of gets everywhere. You can also see in the picture that on the flat side of the applicator, there is a fair amount of product just sitting on it. Because the bottle doesn't scrape the lip tint off for you, you end up getting it everywhere. I had to actually use my fingers to wipe off lip tint that had gotten on the skin around my lips, and then I washed my hands so it wouldn't stain. 

The color and formula....
I like the consistency of this lip tint. It's nice and watery, which makes it feel very light. It's slightly sticky at first, but once it dries, it feels nice. It's a little on the dry side, but it's not the driest formula I've encountered. As for the shade, I love these type of red colors. They look so nice, and I don't feel like I need a ton of makeup on my face to pull it off. This is also a layer-able color, so if you want it to appear darker, you can apply one coat, let it dry, and then apply another!

The wear of the formula...
Ok, so this is where is gets tricky for me again. Since this is a watery lip tint, I don't expect it to last all day. Usually with these types of lip products, expect to reapply through out the day (so take it with you if you're leaving your house for a while!) Like most lip tints, it starts to wear off in random places, so it does look a little weird after a while. In the picture below, I had it on for a couple hours, and you can see it's wearing off on the edges of my lips and really staining the dry parts of my lips (near the center). It's not terrible but it's not the most flattering thing ever so you will have to touch it up every couple of hours! 

Here's a super close up to show what I'm talking about! 

The Breakdown....
Packaging: ***
Color: *****
Formula: ***
Lasting Ability: **
Overall: ***

[Review] Clio Virgin Kiss Lipnicure Lip Stain Color in #8 Guilty Pink

Monday, January 12, 2015

Ah, so this begins the 2 weeks of reviews everyday! For my first post in this series, I'm going to be reviewing their Clio Virgin Kiss Lipnicure in #8 Guilty Pink. Even though they're mainly known for their eye makeup, I wanted to give this product a go!

This first caught my eye while I was browsing in the Clio Store when I saw their bright display of all the beautiful, super pigmented colors. I'd heard some mixed reviews so I knew I wanted to try one myself. I picked this color in particular because it's unique, bright, and a color I think would look good on every skintone.

Let's look at:
The packaging...

I really love the packaging of this lip stain. It's cute, chic, and looks just like a little bottle of nail polish. 

The color, which is like I mentioned, #8 Guilty Pink. 

Here's a picture of the box if you're interested!

The english description...

The Korean on the side of the box....

The top of the box, which tells you what color you're buying. 

The applicator...
Whoa, this applicator is awesome. I love how it curves to your lips, which helps apply the color more evenly, and that it also has a somewhat pointed tip, which helps you apply it more accurately. This applicator is so nice and accurate, I actually don't find myself using a lip liner with it! It's also pretty sturdy, so it doesn't bend when you're using it!

The color and formula...
Like I said, I love this color. It looks nice on my skin tone and I can tell it would work well for others too. The swatch below is a pretty accurate depiction of what it looks like in real life, so it's VERY bright! And it's nice and opaque. As far as the formula goes, it's actually very creamy when you initially apply it. After it dries, it does feel a little dry. Nothing a quick layer of balm on the top of couldn't fix! It also, surprisingly, dries to a fairly matte finish, which I wasn't aware of until I started wearing it. 

The wear of the formula
OK, I'm going to be totally honest. I really want to give this lip stain an awesome review. But it's doesn't wear super nice. After a couple hours (or eating/drinking) you can see where it starts to peel/wear off. Sorry for the awkward pic, but I really wanted you to see how it wears off on the inside of the lips. However, I'm a little hesitant to dock to many points off because I have NEVER found a lip stain that wears off nicely. That's pretty much how they come off. Of course, in a perfect world, the lipstick would come off all at once and gracefully come off. But that's just not the nature of lip stains. So it's really up to your judgement! 

Packaging: *****
Color: *****
Formula: ****
Lasting Ability: ***
Overall: ****