Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream

Before KBeauty became full blown popular (is it really?) in US, Dr Jart is one of the first few brands that entered my memory, it did so as the Grandmother of BB creams(gray and thick enough to paint your wall with). Many years has passed and now it's a having regular spot at Sephora, in the skincare side. 

When the new Cicapair collection first landed in the US market, I was immediately drawn to the derpy tiger on their post and claims that it contains some magical herbs on which the wounded tigers roll onto after intense battle. Yup, I like the sound of that gimmick.

As with most Korean brands in US, the price is always inflated but the annual Sephora sale brought it down a little. It's available at Amazon (I bought a set without safety seal, I am little iffed) and other Korean etailers if you don't mind waiting.

The full size is a 50ml in metal tube, sealed outside with clear plastic strip and an inner metallic sticker. There is a sharp pointed rod on the cap to poke the inner sticker.
The herb-scented cream is a slightly greenish thick paste that spread around easily (but it isn't melty or oily). I used it day and night, as a single moisturizer on day and final step occlusive at night. My skin is highly dependent upon my surrounding so when it was cracking dry, the Cicapair cream sank right in without much residue (and it never broke me out).

 As a thick moisturizer, it was amazing at keeping my face feel alive when the temperature was below freezing and it certainly calmed my windblown skin when it was exposed to the elements and/or over exfoliated. 

 I didn't get to test it thoroughly last year since we only got a day or two of below-freezing days (Stratia Liquid Gold was potent enough as my winter moisturizer). Now that the weather is cooling down, I have been slathering it on after physical scrub or chemical peel (6% AHA) and I know I can count on it when it gets colder in the coming weeks. 
(Did I mention my skin gets really dry?)
Water, Propanediol, Centellaasiaticaleafwater, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Ca- Prictriglyceride, Panthenol, Diisostearylmalate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Dis- Tearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Bu-Tter, Glycerylstearate, Niacinamide, Mac- Adamiaternifolia Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alco-Hol, Hydrogenatedpoly(C6-14 Olefin), Hy- Drogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenatedpolyisobutene, 1, 2-Hexanediol, PEG-8, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyacrylate-13, Palm-Iticacid, Tocopherylacetate, Beeswax/Cire D'abeille, Glycerin, Stearicacid, Phe-Noxyethanol, Polyisobutene, Asiaticoside, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Madecassic A-Cid, Asiaticacid, Spirulina Platensispow- Der, Alcohol, Polysorbate20, Ethylhexylgl-Ycerin, Lavandulaangustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Sorbitan Isostearate, Adenosine, Cer-Amidenp, Citrusgrandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Hydrogenatedlecithin, Disodium EDTA, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leafoil, Anthemisnobilis Flower Oil, Sodiumhya-Luronate, Centellaasiatica Extract, Theob-Roma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Dextrin, Ho- Uttuyniacordataextract, Anibarosodora (Rosewood)Wood Oil, Centella Asiaticameristem Cell Culture, Madecassoside, Citric Acid, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Ar-Temisia Absinthium Extract, Arnicamonta-Na Flower Extract, Gentiana Lutearoot Extract, Sucrose Laurate, Sodium Glycero-Phosphate, Selaginella Lepidophylla Extract, Potassiummagnesiumaspartate, Ly-Solecithin, Magnesiumgluconate, Calciumgluconate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodiumascorbylphosphate, Sodiumbenzoate, Xanthan Gum.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Majolica Majorca Pure Pure Kiss Tinted Lip Balm in 59

Pure Pure Kiss is part of Majolica Majorca's ever so lacklustre fall 2016 collection. I supposed I must have picked this up as a cart filler, as it was single-digit (three digits in Japan) and looked cute and dainty.
The pinkie sized lip balm has a simple lacquered tube with print, nothing fancy but it's of good quality compared to similar balm from Revlon ot Maybelline.
 
The bullet is dainty and pointed. It's neither hard or squishy and each swipe leaves a moderately glossy layer that's not waxy and somewhat moisturizing.
59 is a clear pinky coral that turns a little peachier the longer it's on.
As a lip balm it's decent (better than may American drugstore ones) and nice to have around. I don't feel bad getting it but it's just not a must-have.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Burt's Bees Gloss Lip Crayon in Tahitian Sunrise

Oh, another lip crayon! I promise, after going through all my backlog of random crap I bought with drugstore coupons, I will go on a purge and be selective. 
Burt's Bees Gloss Lip Crayon is another new comer in the chubby crayon world, when it's no longer popular (now it's all about warm brown and/or matte). Being on the more expensive side (10ish), the package is also easier on the eyes and hand. I remember whole range is more muted and muddy so I picked the bright and happy one named Tahitian Sunrise.
If this were released earlier, I would have been crazy about the formula (but then I probably wouldn't have picked it up as I only paid 3-5 dollars per item back in the days): It's smooth, easy to glide, pigmented, comes with soft gloss and stays on without leaving any stain.
Tahitian Sunrise is a creamy, near opaque coral rose that looks...I don't know what it looks because it's a strange color that just sits there, looking a bit bold, glossy and red. I might like it if the texture is more sheer or the color is more muted but for its current state, no thanks.
While it's not as some auntie mauve from auntie brand, I think the combination of  near garish bright color, texture and near opaque coverage looks rather dated, not even in a glamorous retro way.

Despite the great formula, Tahitian Sunrise is not something I want to wear for a second time. I mean, at least I can do clown makeup with the other brights that didn't work out.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Innisfree Mineral Eyeshadow Singles

Last year around Thanksgiving, yet another K-beauty store opened up in Korea town (the one that charges 18 for Innisfree Lipstick. Never forget). Beside the ripoff lipstick, I also grabbed several Innisfree mineral eyeshadow singles. They were mostly muted neutral with wearable brights here and there, something I don't usually see with Korean make up brand (most of the K-beauty items I tried were lip tints that ended up magenta on me).

And of course, Innisfree just had to overhaul the whole range, replacing it with the square refill just a few weeks after my purchase. I have tried the new range and there were big changes so I might review the oldies.
My initial purchase from Black Friday (non- sale). These were 7 dollars a piece with simple plastic that you can depot. The newer singles are 6 dollars each in store. 
All of the old mineral eyeshadow singles have number and Korean names (that I can't read). My picks were 03 Champagne beige. 26 Burnt orange red, 28 Glittering dirty purple and 29 shimmery purple taupe.
 
04 Glittery light gold and 06 light copper brown.
07 Golden brown and 12 rose gold.
The eyeshadow are smooth, pigmented and very easy to spread. At the price point, it's much better than the powder singles from Maybelline and Colourpop (the two are level to me). For the glittery shades, they are brilliant but not tacky. 

Here is 12. I just realized that on the eyes the finish of the glittery ones are very similar to Aritaum shine fix eyes, they both apply better with finger but the Aritaum are more intense, come with fun colors and last better. 
Added some of the burnt orange red on top  of 12. I think it made me look a bit vengeful. Next time I will try with matte shades.


Anyway, my favorite from this bunch are 28 clear glittery purple taupe and 29 the shimmery purple taupe. While 29 works great as defining shade (pigmented but can be smooth into a sheer veil that's not too smokey), 28 adds a glossy touch that's also brightening. 
 
28 on top of 29
Overall the quality of these are great and I made sure to pick up some of the new shades from their newly opened Soho store. 

Out of the few Korean brands makeup I have tried, Innisfree seems really competitive (unlike the pricier Too Cool for School that already closed down) with their affordable prices, wearable colors, good performance and a huge selection. I think this is one to stay...
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