July 30, 2014

I did my roommate’s makeup the other day! (Video)

You remember my roommate/housemate? I ranted about her in the past, but we’re on good terms now. Well, we were never onbad terms; there were just times that I found her roommate etiquette a bit…off. But past judgements aside, she’s a very nice person! This past week I’ve even gotten to play around with her face a bit! ^_^

She’s not a girly girl, so she didn’t want anything too dramatic. So instead, we went for a pretty, professional-ish look. Not quite a bare-faced look, if you know what I mean. One that makes you look pretty and put together (and maybe a widdle bit sexsy if you let down your hair), but still focusing on your natural beauty! It could double as a nighttime look too, I think, depending on how vivid your colors are. :3

And although I typically lean towards Asian Asian style, this look turned out more like Asian American. I reckon Asians in Asia would go for an even subtler look (with bushier eyebrows), especially for business.

Anyways, here is the video I made ^^ I can’t say I truly consider it a tutorial since I don’t explain much, but I do show the process! I blurred myself because I wasn’t wearing makeup and my skin has been rebellious lately :< Besides, the focus is my model, not me!

Watch in HD please~

Side Note:
When my boyfriend watched the video he said I sounded mean for commenting on her “dark skin” and saying that I chose the BB Cream because “it was the darkest one I own.” My mouth dropped when he told me this—I hadn’t realized that at all! I only meant to explain why I chose that particular BB Cream and why I highlighted the way I did. But he was right, it did sound really judgmental. I’ll put it out there that that was not my intention at all!!

It was my first time putting makeup on someone else (aside from my sister), so it was quite a learning experience. When she first asked me, I eagerly slapped on everything that I loved: my Etude House watercolor blush, my nose highlighters, and my pink lipsticks. Needless to say, it didn’t look as great as I thought it would…And that’s when I realized that what looks good on my skin tone (as well as how much) doesn’t necessarily work the same on her skin tone.

You’d think, “Well, duh!” but I somehow it didn’t hit me. Because in my mind, there are no rules to makeup. Do whatever will make you happy to look in the mirror! There’s no reason to be confined to certain colors based on your skin color, which is something you have no power over. If you’re determined, there’s bound to be a way to make it work. And while I still stand by this, it’s the very reason I naively used too much baby pink on her.

Thankfully she was very cool and laughed it off. She’s a very matter-of-factly girl and freely admitted that her skin is much darker than mine. That’s another reason why I didn’t catch myself referring to her as “dark.” I certainly didn’t mean it in an offensive way, and she didn’t take it that way. And since we’re not strangers, there was less pressure to dance around semantics.

So I definitely felt bad after my boyfriend told me, especially since I am sure there are people out there who resent their own skin color, but please don’t be offended by this careless phrasing. I’ll be more mindful next time :3

On a lighter note! I have a lot of fun playing with makeup and I only wish I had more extra faces to play with. My roommate is introducing me to a friend of hers today and I’m going to try Korean makeup on her. If all goes well I can put up an “ulzzang” tutorial for Caucasian faces! Suuuuper excited about that. (And I use quotes because “ulzzang makeup” is really just regular Korean makeup.) Hopefully the title “Ulzzang Tutorial for Caucasian Faces” is acceptable?

Do let me know what you thought of the video! It was my first lengthy video featuring people, so it’s definitely not perfect. But I hope to make more videos later, so friendly feedback would be very helpful! Thank you~~ :3

July 28, 2014

My Paula’s Choice package arrived!

Lately I’ve been a bit into Paula Begoun. She’s the author of the beauty book I’m reading, which has been very enlightening so far. I also like listening to her podcasts. I don’t learn too much from those since it mostly reiterates her book, but more than anything, I like her approach. Hearing her talk encourages me to do my own independent research and thinking when it comes to skincare. (Before I'd be really lazy about ingredients and just try it instead.)

Another thing I like about Paula’s podcasts is that she and her entire team are always patient even with (what I think are) the most annoying, pushy, and ungrateful callers. Granted, I'm still listening to her 2010 podcasts, and they of course have to be nice, but still I admire how they always find ways to speak gently. I’m very sensitive about things like this. Many bloggers and Youtubers who debunk skincare myths often come across as blaming you for being so stupid to believe those things. But in the case of Paula’s team, their frustration is always clearly on the companies and magazines for projecting those claims. At least, that’s how I feel~ And again, I’m not a loyal fan nor do I think they’re perfect!

Anywho! My skin has been bad lately, so in addition to a strict diet (in terms of what I eat, not how much!), I thought I’d try some skincare products from Paula’s Choice. My package arrived today and apart from being mad at the mailman, I’m oh so very excited to try them tonight!

I bought two things: a higher concentration of salicylic acid to replace my current 0.2% one, and a retinol product. (Been learning about these in her beauty book!)

They included lots of paper extras in my package…There’s a Paula’s Choice product catalogue as well as a step-by-step guide on one of their lines, which I think is helpful!

For my samples, I chose to try the gel version of the salicylic acid (I had purchased the liquid version), and two samples of an antioxidant serum:

They also gave me a booklet called 20 Beauty Myths Busted! Sadly I recognize a lot of it from my beauty book, but there are some new things that I didn’t know as well. I'll be sure to post about it later!

And finally, my favorite: stickers to label your skincare regimen!

I have a thing for stickers. I probably won’t use these since I don’t need them, but the idea of using stickers to label things is so cute~! Can you imagine putting cute little sun and moon stickers onto your daytime and nighttime cream? Speaking of which, I'm going to try making my own jar labels soon, too. :D

That's it for that package! I know this wasn't your typical cutesy Korean product haul, but I think all flavors of packages are happifying! I've got my fingers crossed for these products and I'll be sure to report back. Wish me luck! (For I will be very sad if they don't work...)

July 27, 2014

Mini Review: Etude House Every Month Cleansing Foam #6: Trouble Care (Tea Tree)

Going back to Etude House’s Every Month cleansing foam line, this is the June version: trouble care!

Etude House
Every Month Cleansing Foam 6 Trouble Care (Tea Tree)

Price in Korea: 3,500KRW

Scent: It smells moderately of teatree oil. I only notice it when it’s on my face, not as soon as I squeeze it out.

Texture: I use a foaming net. It foams up quite average. That is, it’s very dependent on my foaming technique. ;) It can be thick or thin, but the texture is not creamy (as opposed to the Avocado version.)

Cleansing Ability: It cleanses fine. It’s capable of removing my sunscreen and sebum, at least! There’s no residue leftover for my toner to pick up. I haven’t tasked it to remove makeup, though. It rinses off easily without rubbing and doesn't leave my skin feeling dry. However, I want to note that I currently don’t have dry skin. (Yay for that!)

Trouble Care: Has it prevented acne or helped my current acne? Nope! If only it were that easy for me... TT

Overall Opinion: Overall, I think it’s a decent cleanser. It cleans and does its job. I have nothing bad to say about it. It’s cheap, too! :D

Have you tried any cleansers from this line?

July 25, 2014

Etude House Lash Perm 3 Step Volumecara Review

Back when Etude came out with their Minnie Mouse line, they also “Minnie-fied” the packaging for one of their mascaras, the infamous Volumecara:

So aside from the revamped packaging (which I believe lasted only while the Minnie craze was on), this is quite an old product. I’m a major slowpoke, but here are my two cents anyways! (Long story short, it’s nice!)


Brand: Etude House
Name: Lash Perm 3 Step Volumecara Review
Amount: 9.5g
Actual Weight: 33g
Price in Korea: 13,000KRW

water, acrylates copolymer, iron oxides (CI 77499), paraffin,kaolin, copernica cerifera (carnauba) wax, beeswax, stearic acid, behenyl alcohol, hydrogenated polyisobutene, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, tromethamine, milk protein extract, glycerin, acacia senegal gum, potassium cetyl phosphate,1,2-hexanediol, hydroxyethylcellulose, isostearic acid, dimethicone, silica, inositol, butylene glycol, glycine, serine, glutamic acid, aspartic acid, leucine, alanine, lysine, arginine, tyrosine, phenylalanine, valine, threonine, proline, isoleucine, histidine, methionine, cysteine, potassium sorbate, phenoxyethanol

Here is the Minnie-fied box:

Closeups of the description, directions, and expiry:

*Notice the expiration; it lasts only 6 months?!

And here is the mascara tube:

This is the interesting part. The “3 step” part of this mascara refers to the 3 different settings in which you can twist the tube. Doing so adjusts the amount of mascara that gets loaded onto the brush, with Step 1 being the least and Step 3 being the most. Here’s a video demonstration:

(It’s about a minute long.)

The idea is that with each successive setting, you build up volume exponentially. As I mentioned, there isn't much difference between Step 1 and Step 2, but with Step 3 there is a lot of mascara on the brush:

In these pictures I’ve just followed instructions and applied Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3 in order. But of course, you can switch things up by using only one setting, stopping after Step 2, etc!

In the first picture I’ve applied it modestly, brushing on only one layer of each Step. In the second photo I was very liberal and applied two to three layers of each Step.

Length: It darkens and defines my lashes, which makes them look longer (especially at the tips), but the actual length of my lashes didn’t change much.

Volume:Volume is definitely buildable! As you saw above, both a thin, defined look and a voluminous, clumpy look are possible.

Curl: I don’t have pictures, but it holds my curl fairly well. My lashes began to lose curl at Step 3 (which would be the third coat.) I find that if I prop my lashes up while it’s drying, my tips will stay upturned.

Waterproof: With water, it might clump a bit; but otherwise, it stays put. It doesn’t smudge or run…just don’t touch it. A gentle dab or two (to get rid of the water) won’t do much, but actual rubbing will make it come off:

The more I put, the more easily it smudges off if I touch it. On the plus side, that’s essentially how to remove the mascara: just use water! Most of it comes off easily with a water, though I must admit that the last remaining bits can take me several more tries to clean completely.

Lasting Power: If it’s dry, it doesn’t really rub off:

It lasts throughout the day and doesn’t flake off on me.

I like it! I must say, though, I think the whole “3 steps! Breakthrough packaging that allows you to choose between 3 different styles!” is a gross exaggeration (and wickedly successful marketing scheme) for what is essentially just applying 3 layers. One could argue that this wand versatility does make some difference, and I agree. It does! But comparing the small difference it makes to how fancy they make their twisty packaging seem, I still find the two disproportionate. If anything, twisting the packaging takes more time for me to apply (swipe, put back in, twist—oh wait, I twisted it the wrong way—twist back, take out, swipe, repeat process.) It’s a bit frustrating in that aspect.

That aside, I still think it’s a very nice mascara! As a mascara, it adds volume, stays put, and rinses off easily. It doesn’t really lengthen so much as it accentuates what I already have, but I have no complaints! I will happily use it until it’s empty and possibly buy another, this time with less expectations on the magical twist packaging. :)