Sunday, 1 February 2015

Store Review - Skinlosophy

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about a fairly new Asian Beauty store from Australia called Skinlosophy! As most of you know, I live in New Zealand, and we only have a couple of stores that physically sell Asian Beauty products. These stores are all in one mall, in one city, in the entire country, and I don't live in that city. -.- We also have one online store called Hikosencara, and these stores sell the "mainstream" or "marketable" cosmetics and skincare like Missha, Etude House and TonyMoly. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the mainstream brands, but there is so much more out there in terms of Asian Beauty and Skincare, and Skinlosophy fills a little of that gap with brands like 3CE, BanillaCo, Iope, Nature Republic and Sulawasho, so I was incredibly excited when Skinlosophy reached out to me to send me some Korean beauty goodies! ^.^

Website Practicality
I find the website design aesthetically pleasing, it's very clean and fresh looking! I love that there is a very obvious search bar (sometimes they get a little hidden with busy backgrounds) and that you can browse through brands, types of products (lip products, face products etc) or price range.

It's easy to create a login, sign in, add products to your cart and check out. I really like that every product has a description, ingredients list (great for people with allergies or sensitive skin) and pictures of the products.

Price Comparison
This is a little difficult because Skinlosophy is in AUD while Hikosencara is in NZD and Roseroseshop is in USD. I've converted them all into NZD but since the AUD is so low in comparison to USD this could change by a couple of dollars!

Skinlosophy - Kiss Kiss Patch $3.21 + Shipping $10.71 = $13.92
Hikosencara - Kiss Kiss Patch $4.00 + Shipping $3.50 = $7.50
RoseRoseShop - Kiss Kiss Patch $2.09 + Shipping $4.78 = $6.87

All of the prices are relatively similar for the products, but you can see that the shipping is where the difference in pricing really lies.

Shipping and Packaging
My package arrived after six working days, and came in a standard little box. All of my items were securely bubble wrapped and nothing was broken!
Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Pack is a wash off type essence pack with very soft texture.

It forms very fine lather like genuine mousse, helping remove excess sebum and impurities without leading to tight sensation in addition to the functions of whitening, moisturizing and nourishing. 

The contained protein and vitelline extracted mainly from eggs are great skin moisturizers to refine your skin and make the skin shine with radiance.

Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack will turn your skin to become as smooth as the eggs surface. This is for all skin types, to use day and night.
When I saw the packaging for this product I was really intrigued! Eggs are supposed to be amazing for controlling pore size, but the smell of egg whites makes me want to vomit (literally, unfortunately) so I've never really been able to try out an egg white mask properly. The second I pumped out some of the product I was overcome by giggles. It has the exact same texture and feel as shaving cream! Don't worry if like me you can't stand the smell of raw egg whites because this product smells like lovely flowers.
I can't comment on the claim that it will whiten your skin, but it definitely made my skin feel a lot more moisturized! I used this mask at night, and in the morning my skin was quite oily and shiny but still moisturized, so I'm not sure if I would use this mask in the morning if it makes my skin produce excess oil.

I find the appearance of the mask quite hilarious, and it feels really funny to use! It pumps out a thick velvety foam that you massage it into your skin. Leave it to sink in and you will feel the mask bubbling a little bit while the foam deflates. Look out for a full review in a couple of weeks! ^.^

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Pact is an oil controlling pressed powder encased in a cute green packaging.

Formulated with nourishing Jeju natural minerals and mint extracts, this powder takes away shine from your face to leave you with fresh looking skin.

This powder pact is translucent in colour, making it perfect for every skin tone.
This powder compact has the most beautiful embossed leaf pattern around the edge of the powder. It's super compact, so great to keep in your handbag for touch ups and comes with a plastic separator to keep the puff from sitting in the product! The powder isn't too finely milled, so you do need to make sure that you press it into your skin quite well, otherwise it tends to look a little cakey. I find this product does a great job of setting my makeup and helping it stay matte throughout the day.

3 Concept Eyes Lip Pigment is a multitasking product that can work as a lipstick and a blush.

With a creamy formulation, the product blends seamlessly into lips and skin for an opaque or sheer finish.

Blend this lip pigment with other shades for original, flattering colours to suit your individuality and style.
This product is quite small and great for traveling since the lid screws on securely! You guys all know that double duty products own my heart, and since this product doubles as a lip and cheek product in a really flattering colour, I am so sold! I also really love that you can buy other colours to mix your perfect shade as well as a white mixer to create lighter shades. This product isn't nearly as bright orange as it looks out of the tube, but more like a salmon orange that's really flattering on my pale warm skin. It's also quite forgiving on dry and deep wrinkled lips, so I am a happy girl!
What I Love
- Well priced products
- Fast and secure shipping
- Easy to navigate website
- Good selection of Korean Beauty products that are hard to find in New Zealand stores

What I Don't Love
- Moderately expensive shipping

Final Thoughts
I really enjoyed my shopping experience with Skinlosophy! The products are well priced, the shipping was quick, nothing was broken and the website is really pleasant to navigate! I would definitely recommend Skinlosophy to New Zealand and Australian residents because the products will get to you a lot faster (6 day wait in comparison to a 26 day wait) which always makes me feel a lot more satisfied! Plus for all my Australian beauties, Skinlosophy offers free shipping on orders over $99 (and I'm sure the shipping is even quicker for you too!). ^.^

Do your local malls stock Asian Beauty Products?

Friday, 30 January 2015

First Impression - Missha Cell Renew Snail Essential Moisturizer

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about my first experience with Snail Slime Skincare! If you're gagging a little I definitely don't blame you, this little pottle has been sitting in my tester drawer for quite some time because I didn't believe that it would help me and assumed it was super gross. How wrong I was.
 What Does It Do?
Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Essential Moisturizer
Cell Renew Snail Series, The solution from nature for radiant & healthy skin
  • Skin repairing lotion & essence to balance and firm damaged skin to be healthy
  • Dual functional cosmetics of anti-wrinkle and whitening benefits
  • Dual functional cosmetic of wrinkle repairing and whitening benefits [Colorant-free / Paraben-free / Mineral oil-free] Containing snail slime extract 40%
  • Moist and concentrated essential moisturizer creates moisture protection shield on skin to prevent skin damage and improve skin flexibility for smooth and firm skin.
Recommend to
  • mid 20s ~ 40s
  • Who wants more than two benefits by one product
  • Who wants to improve skin elasticity for firm skin
  • Who has worries of sagging and dull skin tone
  • Who wants an overall turnover of skin by preventing and improving damaged skin
Hot Issue of Snail Slime Cosmetics! In 1980’s, Bascunan Family in Chile started raising snails to provide them to France for food. It was amazing that small injuries or infections of snail keepers’ hands heal up quickly without leaving a scar and their hands get brighter and softer as time goes by. This led Fernando Bascunan, a dermatologist, carry out scientific studies to find that snail slime contains natural complex making the skin regenerated. This proves that snail slime makes damaged skin cells heal up without infections and helps recover damaged snail shell. The same principle applies to human skin.
Highly moisturizing and nutritive MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Series has been developed to improve skin texture by containing full vital snail slime to prevent and recover skin damage while strengthen skin barrier to minimize skin irritation. (1)
Ingredients: Snail Secretion Filtrate, Water, Glycereth-26, Butylene Glycol, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, PEG-32, Cyclomethicone, Niacinamide, Adansonia Digitata (Baobob) Seed Extract, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate, Ethoxydiglycol, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Betaine, Squalane, Sea Water, Portulaca Oleracea (Purslane) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Adenosine, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Cardiospermum Halicacabum (Balloon Vine) Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Centellla Asiatica Meristem Cell Culture, Polyacrylate-13, Cetyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Oleate, Polyisobutene, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Xanthan Gum, Octyldodecanol, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Dimethiconol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Hydroxyisohexyl 3 – Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Limonene
This snail slime skincare item has a milky white colour and gel texture. It smells pleasantly like flowers and not at all like snail slime (which is surprising considering it is 40% snail mucus). This moisturizer has a soft matte finish, feels surprising light on the skin and doesn't make me oily! I've been using this cream morning and night for one week and I actually swear I can see an improvement on my acne scarring. I have no solid proof (I try not to take photos when my skin is icky because it makes me sad) so I will get back to you on that claim!

Would I Purchase This Product?
It's expensive, but I would actually purchase this product! I feel like I haven't said this in forever, but even though this product is near $70NZD. I really like the texture, scent, finish and results I've seen. My curiosity has also been piqued in relation to other snail slime products! ^.^

Have you tried Snail Slime skincare? What are your favourite Snail Slime products?

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Review - Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation; 110

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about the Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation in shade 110! This is the lightest shade that Maybelline produced in their Fit Me range, and is actually quite pale and yellow toned, which is great for me of course! ^.^
This foundation comes in a short but chubby roll up tube, which is the perfect handbag size for touch ups. The key part of this foundation is the "Anti shine core" which is supposed to keep you shine free. I have moderately oily skin, so I was pretty excited when this popped up! This product was released in 2014 and I've had my tube for a wee while, but haven't gotten around to reviewing it yet.
The shade is quite pale and yellow toned, which matches my skin tone really well! This product is included in my super pale product swatches so you can click here to see how it compares to other shades of super pale products!
This product is really easy to apply, especially if you're in a rush! I simply run the stick over my skin, and focus on where I would like the most coverage to be. If you want higher coverage I would suggest using a brush to blend the product into your skin, if you want lighter coverage I would suggest using a damp sponge instead. I do have acne, so I feel like rubbing this little stick all over my acne is super gross, so i use a clean finger or brush to apply this stick to areas with acne to avoid cross contamination. Ick.
I found that this product had very light coverage. I could see all of my freckles and acne scars even though I used a domed kabuki brush to blend it in. You could build up the coverage, but it starts to look a little cakey.
This product claims that the "Lightweight powders in the anti-shine core instantly dissolves excess oil". I would like to disagree with that claim, because I find that this product actually has less oil control than my regular foundations. I can wear it for about 3 hours with no problems, but once I get past the 3 hour mark it's shine city.

What I Love
- Inexpensive
- Quite a good colour (a touch too dark)
- Easy and fast to apply

What I Don't Love
- I can't wear it for more than 3 hours without looking sweaty
- Unhygienic for people with acne
- I don't really think the anti-shine core does anything
Final Thoughts
I really didn't like this product. It was incredibly hyped up when it was first released, as the perfect contour and highlight stick (which I agree would be quite good if I could find a highlighter shade) but it fell really flat for me because I just can't wear it for more than three hours. I do find a lot of products that won't last more than three hours on my skin and it's really pointless to hold on to them all, so in this case, this product will go to a more loving home!

Have you tried this foundation? Did the "Anti-shine core" work for you?

Monday, 26 January 2015

Manicure Monday - Port De Bras

Hello Princesses!

Today I have some potentially very boring nails for you, but quite exciting nails for me! I was given this polish by my best friend forever and ever for Christmas and I absolutely love the soft muted lavender colour, but these are also my traveling nails, because I'm going to Taipei on Wednesday! 
I'm planning on getting a couple of sets of fancy gel nails while I'm over in Taipei (because they do the best gel nails ever!) so I won't have any Manicure's posted in the month of Febuary, but the rest of my posts will still be updated along with a couple of little video's of what I get up to in Taipei! ^.^ I'm so excited!!
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