Monday, March 3, 2014


Hi loves! I've moved to a new blog @ beautysimplysaid. I would very much appreciate and love to see your continued support. Thank you and see you on the other side :)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Review: IOPE Air Cushion XP SPF50+/PA+++

On a visit to a local Korean beauty store my intentions were to test and purchase the Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion which other bloggers have been raving about. However, they only had no.23 in store which seemed too dark and a tad orange for my skin. Quickly my attention was diverted to its neighbour IOPE Air Cushion XP. The SA told me that IOPE was a more prestigious sister brand under the Amore Pacific beauty group. Of course, I already knew this because I do my research ;) The product isn't marketed anywhere on the packaging as a BB cream but the SA told me it was (I'll just go with it - correct me if I'm wrong). With next to no convincing I snatched one up in the shade C21: Ice Vanilla.

Retailing at $59AUD (you can definitely find it cheaper online), it also came with a refill. Working out to be under $30 per compact, around the price of a mid-range BB cream. I also wish it had came with an extra puff or had them for sale separately because we all know how nasty and unhygienic those little things can become. But the magic does lie in the packaging and in particular the puff. 

In simple terms the cushion technology is suppose to improve BB application by making it smoother and more natural looking. It's achieved in 3 ways: 
1. Cooling down the skin by 3 degrees celsius using air cushions on pressure and double barrier packaging which keeps the product cooler. Cooler skin is ideal for makeup application as well as touch up. 
2. Breaking up the particles in the cream and hence creating a finer product. 
3. Breakthrough puff allows for a more effective application and better moisture retention. Resulting in glowingly flawless skin. 

Now for the gruelling part of the review. My skin is definitely nowhere near perfect as a result of acne scarring. For comparison purposes I did pick the most severe area, my cheeks. I do apologise if you find the images below slightly gross. The before and after: 

As you can see I have hyper pigmentation, redness and large pores. After one swipe the product did counteract most of it. Especially that horrendous scar towards the right. You can also see that my skin is immediately more even and radiant. Application is easy, a gentle press of the puff onto the cushion dispenses the perfect amount. You have to be careful not to press too hard or it may cause an overspill of product. I must admit the puff did work very well and I did feel a cooling sensation. The puff feels really refined and application was quite even and no much is absorbed either. The shade C21 was also good match for my skin. 

Overall, I love this product as it provides decent coverage and yet it is still so lightweight. It blends quite quickly into the skin unlike other BB creams that take more time to adjust. I can't comment much on its "sweat-proof" abilities as I don't really sweat that much but it does last until the end of the day. The oil control is average meaning if you're oily like me you may need to powder on top as I do. It is a more natural finish so its coverage isn't supreme so if you prefer more coverage this one isn't for you. I however love light-medium coverage for everyday and prefer to switch to fuller coverage foundations for special occasions.

This product has definitely left me with a temptation to try similar products like Laneige's mentioned earlier and also Clio CC Cushion. So even though I love it I want to try others before I repurchase. 

Rating: 4 out of 5 

UPDATE: I've also tried Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion which I have reviewed on my new blog. Click here to read it now! :)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: The Face Shop Eco-Therapy Arsainte Crystal Water Super Gel

It's been a very very long time since I've been able to sit down and commit to a post but this product is worthy of a comeback post for me. I've been using it for 3 weeks now and the results were completely unexpected. I've tried countless moisturisers but none have impressed me all that much with the exception of a few SK-II ones I've tried which are very costly. 

Some background on my skin: Since my early teen years I've been battling to balance my out of control oily/dehydrated/combination/acne-prone/hyper-pigmented skin. This product despite its simplicity has definitely gave my skin the turnaround I have been waiting for. It has completely changed my perception on my skin and skincare. I've tried quite a few hydration products none have which had the optimum hydration level for my skin's needs. Most over hydrated = oily or weren't hydrating enough = oily. It drove me insane! Why is my skin being so difficult?

I purchased the Super Gel on a visit to The Face Shop at TGV Sydney. At the time my skin was acting like never before. I've always had combination skin with a very oily t-zone but never before have I had dry patches. It was flaky and dry especially around my cheeks. Either a result of the colder and more windy weather we have been experiencing here or the Givenchy HydraSparkling products I had been testing out. As a call for help, I asked the SA to recommend me a product that simply hydrates - nothing embellished. She recommended the Super Gel and the Chia Seed range. I was drawn to the Super Gel more as it was formulated with a "7 Free Formula" (Paraben, Benzophenol, Animal Material, Mineral Oil, Triethanolamine, Sulphate) and absorbed quickly into the back of my hand as I tested it whereas the Chia Seed felt slightly more sticky.

The first few days of use it definitely got rid of my dry patches but something magical happened after one week. My combination/oily skin began to normalise. My t-zone was less oily to where I can go without blotting/touch up until after 2pm (7 hours+ wear). Whereas before on a normal working day I would find myself unbearably shiny before 12pm (less than 5 hours).

To be honest I never would have thought that this product could have made such a difference on my skin especially in less than 1 month. I guess I've been brainwashed into believing in the magic of multi-benefit skincare. Sometimes it's best to get back to the basics I guess. This is definitely my winter staple and I'm hoping that it would continue to provide the magic come the hotter seasons. I use it as a daily moisturiser after applying serum in the morning and sometimes at night as well.

The only complaint I have about this product is that it comes in a jar. I would prefer a pump bottle but hey I'm not complaining about the generous 100ml size which is very affordable especially considering I only paid $34AUD for it. 

I highly recommend this product for anyone who has oily/combination skin due to dehydration like myself. The "7 Free Formula" is definitely less harsh on your skin especially if its sensitive and the scent is a light citrus which is very refreshing for an early morning wake up.

Rating: 4.8 out 5 (only because of the packaging)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Review: KOSE Sekkisei Medicated Lotion Mask

I recently mentioned these masks in my review of KOSE's Sekkisei Medicated Lotion. I personally used these with the Sekkisei Medicated Lotion but you can use them with any lotion you wish to. They are basically compressed paper mask tablets that are activated when soaked in your favourite lotion. I purchased this anniversary pack from at 14.40USD for a pack of 25 pieces. 

Using the mask is quite a fun and easy process. 
1. Take one tablet
2. Place in the cap of the Sekkisei Lotion (or another sterile container)
3. Pour in the lotion until the tablets are fully saturated
4. Remove and apply the mask 



I absolutely love this mask with the Sekkisei lotion. I haven't yet used it with other lotions so I can only review its results with the Sekkisei Lotion. I would say for the price it works wonders in actually helping with pigmentation and refining my skin. I'd have to say this is one of my top 5 masks. It's a great way to give the lotion a boost throughout the week.

I personally like to rotate between different masks throughout the week and this one is easily absorbed so it is great for a pick me up. I do turn to the my higher-end masks for special occasions such as SK-II's Facial Treatment Mask and Shiseido's White Lucent Brightening Mask.

I love the Kose Lotion Masks and My Beauty Diary Black Pearl masks for more frequent treats for my skin throughout the week and they are super afforadable. I wouldn't say this mask is great for hydration but performs well in balancing out my skin.

My only complaints are the fit of the masks and the strong alcohol scent that can be irritating to the eyes. The mask itself and the eye openings are a bit small for my face. Also it doesn't adhere as much as I'd like as the lotion is quite thin in consistency. 

Rating: 7/10
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