[Review] Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam

Friday, January 23, 2015

If you've been watching my channel, The Beauty Breakdown, you know I've been raving about this product! It's the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam! I figured I should do a proper review on this. I picked this up in Korea, when Innisfree was having a buy one, get one free sale. I got this and another cleanser for around 8,000 won! Which is like $8 USD! I wish I would've bought more :(

Let's get to the breakdown...

Packaging...
There's really not much to say about the packaging.. it's pretty straightforward. It has that "sterile" look that all Innisfree products have...


Consistency...
This cleanser is pretty thick! And a little goes a long way! You only need a pea-sized amount and that's enough to clean your entire face and neck area. 

Benefits...
The volcanic properties from Jeju Island in this product are supposed to control you sebum (Oil) and helps keep your pores clean. You can see the littles beads in it, which burst and add to the nice clean feeling it gives! 



Makeup Removal...
This cleanser powers through makeup! It does a great job of making your skin feel super clean without making it feel tight and dry. You might have to follow up with some makeup remover for stubborn eye makeup though.... but I do that anyways so as long as it gets rid of most of my makeup, I'm happy! 

Lather...
This cleansing foam is soooo luxurious. It lathers up really nicely and gets super sudsy. I like this because it really does feel like it gets deep into my pores without trying my skin out. I'd really recommend this to all skin types! It's not too drying for dry skin types but it gets rid of excess oil, which makes it great for oily skin types. 

Scent...
It has that really refreshing and clean scent more Korean cleansing foams have. It smells soooo good and I really look forward to using this cleanser!

Overall...
Packaging: ***
Consistency: ****
Lather: *****
Benefits: ****
Makeup Removal: ****
Scent: ****
Overall: ****(and a half!)

[Review] Tony Moly Backstage Gel Eyeliner in Pearl Black

Thursday, January 22, 2015

This is another must-buy in Korea. This was actually my FIRST purchase in Korea... the first store I saw when I visited Myeongdong was Tony Moly and I bought this Backstage Gel Eyeliner in Pearl Black.

So let's look at the breakdown...

Packaging...
The packaging of this is pretty straight forward. The bottom contains the gel eyeliner and the cap contain a brush. I love that you can see what color this is through the bottom without having to open it *if you're like me and want to own multiple ones of these, this is important!*


Brush...
As you can see, the top is where the brush is. The brush is decent, not the must accurate because it's on the thicker side, but it works! 


You'll have to excuse mine because it's a little dirty! haha. 

Color/Opacity....
The color I bought was Pearl Black. I wanted something a little different, but not too crazy so this seemed like a happy medium. It's definitely not the darkest or richest black, but this is good because if it were too dark you wouldn't be able to see the glitter in the product. Unlike other "glitter" eyeliners, this one you can actually see the sparkles on your eye, which I love and I think it makes you look more interesting! 


Consistency...
This eyeliner glides on very smooth. However, I would say this is more of a "cream" eyeliner than a gel. This is because it's on the drier side. So be sure to keep the cap tight if you decide to buy this product because it will dry out very easily if you don't! You can kind of tell what the texture is like through this close-up. 



Long-Lasting....
This product is very long-lasting. It doesn't really smudge around when it is dry and it doesn't budge really. Be sure to use a primer though if you have oily eyelids just to be sure though! 

Water-proof....
I would say this eyeliner is not really waterproof. As you can see, it holds up under water, but once you touch it/swipe it, it quickly smudges. 


Overall...
Packaging: ***
Brush: ***
Color: ****
Consistency: ***
Long-Lasting: ****
Waterproof: **
Overall: ***(and a half)


[Review] Etude House Oh m'Eye Line Liquid Eyeliner

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This Oh m'Eye Line Liquid Eyeliner is another one of those Etude House products that you have to try because everyone seems to love it and it's so cheap! When I bought this in Korea, I believe I paid around 4,000 won, or $4 USD. Without further adieu... here's the review (haha... oh my rhyming skills).

Let's get to the breakdown....

Packaging....
This is just your typical liquid liner packaging. I actually like that the handle is extra long because it feels like it gives me more control.

Oh, Etude House. You kill me with you puny names. 

My only complaint about the packaging is that I wish the scraper on the inside (like the mouth of the container) were more narrow so it would scrape off more product. Haha I don't know how else to better describe it, but you can see in the picture that when you first pull the brush out, there's almost too much eyeliner on it. I personally like thinner liner, but it's really not that big of a deal. 


Brush...
With a little work, you can wipe so of the excessive off. As you can see, the brush is very fine and pointed. I love this because it gives a very precise line. It's not very study though, so for beginners, this eyeliner will probably take some practice to master. I have deemed myself an eyeliner professional... so for me... it doesn't really affect me. But you can definitely still use this if you're not that comfortable with liquid eyeliners yet! 

Accuracy...
Like I mentioned above, the finally tipped brush allows for very accurate lining. 

As you can see from my swatches, you can create very thin lines and very thick lines. 

Opacity...
This eyeliner is nice and dark :) I love dark, dark eyeliners. For me, the darker the better. So I was satisfied with the opacity of this eyeliner. 

Waterproof and Long-lasting...
This eyeliner is waterproof, as long as you don't rub or touch it while it's wet.  It also wears very nicely throughout the day. I didn't notice it fading whatsoever (Note: I don't have oily eyelids at all) so I really liked this eyeliner. 

Removal...
This actually comes off fairly easily with warm water and soap. You will also probably need a little makeup remover to get the rest off. This eyeliner was actually interesting the way it comes off because it reminds me of eyelashes glue. It's almost rubbery and it almost 'rolls' off. No need for scrubbing and it doesn't smudge all over your face when you're trying to take it off. I try to show what I meant by 'being similar to eyelash glue' in the picture. 

Overall....
Packaging: ****
Brush: ***
Opacity: ****
Waterproof/Long-lasting: ****
Removal: ***
Overall: ****

[Review] Missha Super-Extreme Waterproof Soft Pencil Auto Eyeliner

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I picked up this Missha Super-Extreme Waterproof Soft Pencil Auto Eyeliner last time I was in Korea because they were having buy one eyeliner, get one free! This one seemed impressive, so without much thought I picked this one out!

Let's checkout the breakdown...

Packaging....
I picked this eyeliner out because it looked fancyyy to me. It almost looks like Lancome eyeliner packaging. Plus, I love that it's an automatic pencil, so no need for sharpening!

Color...
The color I have is "Black"...
 Like I said, it's an automatic pencil so that's nice. It rolls up when you need more product. 

Softness/Smoothness...
This eyeliner is the perfect combination of softness, but not too creamy. It glides and fairly well and doesn't tug at your skin. 

Pigmentation...
This eyeliner is definitely not a pigmented eyeliner. It's more along the lines of a soft black versus a really dark black. The bottom line is one swipe, the middle line is two swipes, and the third line is three swipes. You can see that even on the three swipes, it's still not very dark.  

Smudge Test...
I waited for the eyeliner to set and dry and dragged my finger across the lines. It smudged very easily and pretty bad as you can see in the picture below. 


Waterproof Test...
Well it may not be smudge proof, but this has to be waterproof since it says "waterproof" in the name right? WRONG. It washed off really easily in the water. I mean, if you're looking for eyeliner that washes off easily, this would be good for you! haha. But for me, I like long wearing and dark eyeliners. 

As you can see, it wiped off pretty easily after getting it wet. 

Overall...
Packaging: ****
Softness: ***
Pigmentation: ***
Long-Lasting: *
Waterproof: *
Overall: **

[Review] Tony Moly Magic Food Banana Sleeping Pack Mask

Monday, January 19, 2015


If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm obsessed with sleeping packs! I love sleeping packs because I love the idea of going to bed and then waking up beautiful! haha. So when I saw Tony Moly had come out with their new Banana Sleeping Pack, I had to buy it and try it out! I bought this item from www.beautynetkorea.com, which is a website I love! 

Let's get to the breakdown...

Packaging....
Seriously, how can you not love this packaging?! It's adorable!! My only issue it that it obviously doesn't stand up on it's own. Also, I'm probably going to have a hard time getting all the product out of it when I get towards the end since it's a squeeze tube.


The bottle itself it fairly squishy, so you just squeeze the product out of the top! 

Benefits...
This sleeping pack contains chamomile and banana extracts, which are supposed to make your skin radiant and nourished. It's supposed to contain 10,000 ppm of banana extracts (I tried to look up what that meant, but I couldn't find anything. If you know what it means, let me know!)

What is a sleeping pack...
A sleeping pack is just a mask you apply at night. Like any sleeping pack, you're supposed to wash your face and apply your normal skincare. Then, apply this, go to sleep and wash it off in the morning to reveal soft and supple skin!

Consistency...
This sleeping pack is actually pretty thick! It's a heavy cream when applied to the skin. It's definitely not the lightest sleeping pack, so if you have oily skin, I probably wouldn't recommend this. It also feels a little sticky, even after it dries :/ It's really not terrible, but I could definitely feel it on my skin as I slept. It's slightly uncomfortable, but if you're used to sleeping with masks or heavy creams, then you probably won't mind. If you're really sensitive to that, I might pass on this if I were you. 
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Scent...
I had to add this in this review that this stuff smells EXACTLY like Banana Laffy Taffy. The smell dissipates after it sits on your skin for a while, and you really only smell it when you first apply it!

 Results...
I had mixed feelings about this sleeping pack. I liked how soft and moisturized my skin felt, but I was looking forward to washing it off in the morning because I don't care for the feeling of heavy creams. As soon as I washed it off though, my skin looked PLUMP. It looked like it had sucked up all the nutrients and moisture and my skin looked really nice. Keep in mind, I have dry skin though, so my skin does well with heavier products. To break it down, if you have oily, acne-prone skin, or don't like the feeling of heavy creams, I would pass on this. If you have dry skin and don't mind the feeling, give this a try! 

In the picture below, I rubbed the product into my skin. You can see the gloss from the product and that it creates a nice layer on the skin. 

Overall...
Packaging: ***
Consistency: **
Price: ***
Results: ****
Overall: ***

[Review] Etude House Etoinette Crystal Shine Lips Lipstick in PPK004

Sunday, January 18, 2015

This pretty little lippie definitely deserves a proper review! I featured this Etoinette Crystal Shine Lips Lipstick in both my November Favorites and Best in Beauty for 2014  so I decided to go ahead and review it for those of you who prefer to read versus watch! 

So let's look at the breakdown...

Packaging...
This packaging is to die for! I love the cutes-y packaging especially because it's big girl makeup in princess packaging! 




Formula...
The formula of this lipstick is nice and smooothhhh. I love how it glides on my lips and isn't drying at all. It actually feels like a combination of a lipstick and a lip balm so it's very comfortable to wear. 

 Lasting-Ability....
This really isn't the longest lasting lipstick, but it also doesn't fade right away. It lasts a couple hours, and then you need to reapply it. Honestly, reapplying lipstick is not something that I really mind, so for me, I don't really dock points for that. What I do dock points for is when a lip product fades away terribly (ex. leaving lips dry, leaving specks of glitter, clinging to dry areas, etc.). Fortunately, this wears off similar to a lip balm, so it's easy to just whip it out, reapply, and go on with your day!

Color...
This really is one of my favorite pink lipsticks. For some reason, I feel like I have a hard time pulling off pink shades. I don't know if it's because of my skin tone, but pink shades on my never look quite right. However, this shade (PPK004) is one of those colors that a "my lips but better" shade. It looks good with any makeup combination, or no makeup at all! 

Andddd this is what it looks like on me! BTW, want to know what is making my skin look soooo nice and photoshopped (I swear I didn't retouch this photo!)? Read my review of my new HOLY GRAIL product! Trust me, you'll be happy you did!  

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