Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Review: ATRUE Real Black Tea True Active CC Cushion


I have just realised that I have never ever reviewed cushion makeup before which is shocking considering it has been around since early 2012. I own multiple BB cushions but this is my first tine trying a CC cushion. Let's see how my experience turns out!



What is it?

Brand: ATRUE Cosmetics
Name: ATRUE Real Black Tea True Active CC Cushion
Type: Makeup Cushion / Face Makeup
Shade: 02 True Beige
Size: 12g (but comes with refill so another 12g in total!)
Price: US$38.00

This CC Cushion utilizes a formula that benefits from a foundation which holds multiple functions that help rejuvenate and illuminate the skin tone. Such features help maintain the skin’s overall brightness and transparency. (taken from ibuybeauti)

The main difference between CC cream/cushion and BB cream/cushion is that CC has lighter coverage as it focuses more on skincare. 




Atrue's high performance cosmetics and skincare features one key ingredient: TEA! See my review on the ATRUE Starter Kit here.

It is very light and slim, perfect to put in your bag for touch ups through out the day. The sleek dark burgundy/maroon plastice case holds inside a standard cushion applicator and a mirror. The cushion sponge is slightly smaller in size compared to the HERA UV Mist Cushion. 

There is a protective plastic cover that keeps the cushion moist and the applicator sponge in place. 





Cushion makeup is basically a 'cushion soaked in makeup'. You press on the cushion for the liquid makeup to be transferred onto the applicator sponge. Then in patting motions, you apply the makeup. Do not sweep the sponge across as that won't allow you the experience the best effect. If you do, skin can end up looking flaky and dry. 


There are two shades for the ATRUE Real Black Tea True Active CC Cushion. I have the darkest one in 02 True Beige and from the photo above, you can tell that it is still incredibly light. It is similar to the Hera UV Mist Cushion in C21 and a little darker than TonyMoly's BCDATION. 

If you are a shade NC/ NW25 + I do not recommend this product as it will definitely be too light. However you can definitely use it with bronzer/contour to even out the skin tone.


The coverage is medium at its' best. One application gives a light-medium coverage that I am definitely taking a liking to these days. For your information, I am trying to wear less/no face makeup / convert to CC cream. It covers redness really well but pigmentation and dark spots can still be seen. Dark eye circles will need extra coverage.

ICK Clara Grey lenses review here

I am around NC20 and the second shade is still too light for me. But I really like the finish so I have been trying to balance it out with blush and some light contour. 

Do I recommend it?

For a product that is around US$38.00 I would have expected no less. It gives a natural finish (not glossy or matte) and lasts the whole day, around 10 hours. The formula is light, perfect for both the extremes of seasons: winter and summer. 

I have not tried many CC creams, in fact the only one I have used before is The Face Shop Aqua CC Cream which I love! The ATRUE Real Black Tea True Active CC Cushion does have more coverage though.

Until next time, annyeong!

*all content are my own personal opinion
*product sent for review


Friday, 17 April 2015

Review: It's Skin Power 10 Formula LI Effector with Licorice


The It's Skin Power 10 Formula Effector range is either a love-it or a hate-it product. The VC Effector is by far the most popular in the range but I wanted to try how my skin would react to licorice, and to see the effects for myself.


Sunday, 12 April 2015

Review: ICK Clara Grey Circle Lenses

I have always wanted to try grey contact lenses because grey gives such a sultry yet piercing outcome for your looks. Luckily UNIQSO was kind enough to send me these lenses for review!



*Use code "yoonyee" for 10% off*

I chose the ICK Clara Grey because the brown rims are more natural than black. The colour looks lighter in the promotion pictures, so I was disappointed when mine came out a darker grey rather than a light grey.

My eyes are brown for reference.



 More information:
Brand: ICK
Diameter: 15 mm
Base Curve: 8.6 mm
Water Content: 42%
Power Range: 0.00 ~ -7.50 
Expiry: 1 year





Comfort: 7/10

Water content is high but the large diameter of these lenses might make you feel uncomfortable. After 4 hours you will need eye drops. However for the large part, my eyes felt nothing.


Enlargement: 10/10

These lenses look huge! I have now figured out that I cannot go larger than 14.8mm, personal preference wise. I have fair sized eyes, so they aren't small but these lenses overwhelm your eyes. If you are looking for enlarging lenses, this is it!



Design: 8/10

The brown ring around the lenses give a lovely natural touch to brown eyes as they seem to blend. The two tones (grey and brown) makes these lenses more wearable than black rims.

Colour: 7/10

I was expecting a lighter colour on the eyes due to the promo shots but these end up looking dark grey on me under indoor lighting.




 Feel free to leave any questions in the comments section!

Until next time, annyeong~

*Product sent by UNIQSO for review
*All content are my own








Saturday, 11 April 2015

Review: Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask

The Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask is definitely a cult favourite amongst beauty bloggers. Along side the Skinfood Rice Wash Off Mask, these two are a must-try from Skinfood.


 The tub has a screw on lid to make sure the contents do not dry out or become contaminated. Packaging is completely made out of sturdy hard plastic. The top of the mask saying "Skinfood Black Sugar Mask -" is actually a sticker.


 Rather than smelling like pure sugar, it smells like lemon soap. It is a citrus-scent you mostly get with body care products. And true to the star ingredient in this mask, it does become incredibly sticky if you do not wash your hands after. Two years back I made the stupid decision of 'swatching' this product when I was out shopping before I realised that oh wait, I cannot wash my hands.


 Sugar granules are not at all abrasive, but mind you I have combination skin. If you are looking for a really gentle alternative, you can try the Rice Wash Off Mask. The scrub dissolves the longer you massage it into your skin.


This is an exfoliating mask that you leave on for 20 or so minutes before you rinse off. What I like to do is to massage my face with the sugar mask for around 5 minutes, leave it on for 20 and then rinse off in the shower with warm water.

The result?

BEFORE


AFTER


Skin feels softer and looks brighter. Skin texture is more refined and skincare products are quicker to absorb. The affects will last long-term after repeated use. Blackheads and pores do not disappear after one use and require intensive care. All in all, I do like this scrub very much. I did not break out from this or had any adverse side effects.

If your skin can handle sugar exfoliation, I am sure you would like this product as well. It saves you the trouble of mixing your own scrub.


Until next time, annyeong~

*product sent by jolse for review
*all content are my own

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Review: Skinfood Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder

The Skinfood Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder was recommended by my friend so I thought I would try it out. I rarely use powder, but when I do I use pressed powder. Pressed powder and loose powder do have different finishes so I am pleasantly surprised by my first loose powder experience.



The packaging is bulky, large and not at all suitable for on-the-go touch ups. Unless you want to risk finding everything in your bag covered in white powder. It isn't heavy as the container is made of plastic that mimics the feel and touch of wood.

When it first arrived, the packaging was protected with a layer of plastic (as seen above) which luckily for me, prevented a catastrophe.

Skinfood is a unique brand that focuses on 'food therapy' where they infuse beauty products with natural ingredients that is good for the skin. This Peach Sake powder smells similar to peach sake, that is not at all overwhelming.



The distinct difference between pressed powder and loose powder is in its' form. Pressed is solidified and set in a pan before added into the outer pact, whereas loose powder is incredibly messier. 

Loose powders will always include a puff for you to use but it gets messy very quickly. You can always use a powder brush instead, the outcome will be the same.



There is a sticker blocking the powder from coming out of the designated holes... I wish it did a better job at it.

I use the powder by tipping it upside down (WITH THE PUFF) so the product is transferred onto the applicator. I made a terrible mistake of removing the puff too quickly before I set the powder down so it resulted in a powder bomb on my bedroom floor.

But the finish given by this loose powder is exactly as described, silky. With pressed powders, it is very hard to achieve the pore-less silky finish so I was definitely impressed.

Results:

My skin has been horrible lately.. No editing done except for controlled lighting.
It brightens up the skin and gives an airbrushed finish. Shine is minimized, but the effects do not last as long as I would have hoped. Pressed powder is better at controlling shine and oils. After 3 hours, you will need to touch up.

Skin feels softer to the touch and pores are minimized. One problem I had with pressed powder is that it sometimes emphasises dryness but this product doesn't. It can look a little 'cakey' but settles down naturally.

Powder has the longest shelf-life compared to other makeup products so finding one you really like is a worthy investment.

If this product is to your liking, get yours now at Jolse for US$11.98. 

I hope you enjoyed this quick review!

See you lovelies next time, annyeong~

*product sponsored by jolse
*all content are my own
*I've been experimenting with different review styles. Do you like posts with headings or does it not matter? ^^
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