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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

REVIEW: THEFACESHOP *NEW* Anti-Darkening Cushion & Flat Lipsticks

Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Hi beauties~


First things first, if you haven't followed me on Instagram yet - you can check me out at @gracemyu cos that's where I usually update regularly on new beauty launches and my day out!

To kickstart this post, let me tell you a little background about THEFACESHOP.
It's a Korean beauty brand that has been in Malaysia for more than 10 years (even before the K-wave in the recent years)! The first outlet was opened in Mid Valley Megamall in June 2006, and now in 2018, there are close to 50 THEFACESHOP outlets nationwide.

As a Korean beauty lover, there are two things that are MUST HAVES in your makeup purse - BB Cushion & Lipstick.

Coincidently, THEFACESHOP released new versions of BB Cushion & Lipsticks for the New Year 2018 - and I will be reviewing and giving my honest opinion on them today!

TBH I have sometimes a love-hate relationships with BB cushions because it is really easy to apply BUT I sometimes don't like the fact that they do not last long until the end of the day OR they do not offer enough coverage OR they tend to give a weird whitish cast upon application and you will not really know what colour you'll be getting. But since the latest release from the THEFACESHOP claims to be "ANTI-DARKENING" - I can't help but say I'm very intrigued!

As for lipsticks, they are the first makeup item introduced to me by my own mother and I used to always ask her to apply it on me when I was a kid so that I can look as glamorous as her. Well, since then I have so many lipsticks that I have lost count of but I always go back to those that give me a hydrating and creamy finish. So you can say I'm a classic bullet lipstick lover - and I hoard lipsticks - so I know lipsticks well enough to give a thorough review.
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Let's start with the BB cushions first --


Anti Darkening Cushion (Miracle Finish)

  • Reduces appearance of wrinkles, Brightens skin tone, Filters and screens harmful UVA/B rays
  • Keeps makeup looking as fresh as when you first applied it
  • The HD powder uses technology that helps spread pigment evenly to prevent colour from becoming dark
  • or dull
  • The Lemon Balm & Chamomile extracts to provide comfortable wear
  • The Persimmon leaf & Citrus unshiu peel extract to maintain your skin tone without making it dark and dull
PACKAGING

As a BB Cushion collector, this packaging reminds of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - pastel pink version! Its cover is made of pastel pink stripes with matte gold finishing and a classy gold stamping in the middle which says "Natural Story. Miracle Finish. Anti-Darkening".

Upon opening, you will be greeted with a mirror and a puff applicator which is easy to use. Underneath the puff, there is a white separator with a clasp to prevent the product from coming in contact with air. 







SHADES

There are 3 shades in this product range - N201 (yellow base), N203 (yellow base) and V203 (pink base). As for me, my shade is closest to N203 Natura Beige but when I wear N201 or V203, it somehow blends into my skin seamlessly too!




Unfortunately, these limited shades are skewed towards people with light/medium skin tones and I do hope TheFaceShop would bring in more shades selections for our tan-skinned friends.



WEAR-TEST

Skin sans base makeup.


Left side - one layer of N201 Apricot Beige. Right side - bare skin.
It looks lighter than my natural skin colour but it will blend seamlessly (without ozidizing) into my skin when I add to the right side of my face!


Closer look.
Notice that the appearance of my pores is diminished?!
MIRACLE FINISH, INDEED!
Also, it does a good job covering my dark circles without the help of concealer!


I tried N203 Natural Beige on my right side and somehow they look the same(?)!!
I'm not sure why though!

Anyway, I only used the Anti-Darkening cushion on my face as a base, without any concealer / blusher / highlight / contour / etc. so that you could see how this MIRACLE cushion works!
As for coverage, I would say it is medium, even with one layer of application only! I didn't build up because I wanted to avoid any potential caking.

However, I do need to set it with a powder in order for it to not move around on the face because I did notice that it would smudge whenever strands of hair touch my face.

Overall, I'm very happy with its performance because it does give my face a hassle-free smooth finish! I only needed like two minutes to cover my whole face - which is such a time saver when it comes to doing my base makeup!

I would rate this 4 out of 5
as it does provide me with almost everything I need for base makeup!

Anti Darkening Cushion is priced at RM104.83, inclusive of GST online and in-stores.



Flat Lipsticks

  • Provides delicate, defining finish with flat shaped stick which prevents colours from feathering or bleeding
  • Captivating colour expression & high-impact finish, only with a single touch
  • Highly pigmented formula delivers brilliant look of colour


These flat lipsticks come in 2 FINISHES: VELVET & GLOSSY
VELVET: Silky Texture System
  • ‘Silicon cross polymer’ that feels weightless & non-sticky, makes the texture glide over by filling up the fine lines of the lips.
  • ‘Oil gel’ creates silky smooth, wrinkle-free lips.
  • Enabling matt, powdery finish

GLOSSY: High Glossy Polymer Network
  • A ‘Polymer network’ is built when the formula is applied to the skin. It helps pigments to fit onto the lips and coats the surface evenly. Eventually, this results in an ultra-glossy shine and intense colour expression.
  • Enabling moisturizing finish, excellent gloss without stickiness.

Ingredients:
Moisturization: Argan Oil, Rosehip Oil, 
Trouble relief: Calendula Oil, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil












PACKAGING

At first sight, they look exactly like marker pens to me!
Especially when paired with a notepad, it does bring back my school days nostalgia.

Upon opening the cap, the top of the lipstick is ACTUALLY FLAT (hence the name flat lipsticks, duh~). With a flat top, it does add to the ease of application because it can double as a lip liner as well for precise application.




This is how you actually use the lipsticks.
Draw an X on your top lips to emphasize your cupid's bow and colour in accordingly!



Highlighter pen, maybe?

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SWATCHES











GLOSSY FINISH

CR01 Gemstone Coral

OR01 Punch Orange

PK01 Lily Pink

PK02 Rococo Pink

RD01 New York Red

RD02 Berry Up Red




VELVET FINISH

BE01 Solar Beige

PK01 Rose Pink

PK02 Be My Pink

RD01 London Red

RD02 Darjeeling Red

RD03 Cassis Red







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I apologize if the velvet finish turned out glossy instead because I tried using with a lip balm underneath to rehydrate my lips! Proves that if you prefer glossier finishes, you can put on a hydrating lip balm underneath for a touch of shine!


The lipstick lasts a really long time even without touchups! I like that the lipsticks colours are bright and vivid (my style). I usually prefer pigmented instead of muted colours because that's the point of wearing lipstick, yes? I sometimes don only base makeup, some mascara and blusher with a touch of lip colour then I'm set to go out (or just to snap some photos lol).

My personal favourite of all the shades is 💗 Lily Rose 💗 (glossy finish) because it somehow gives me a young innocent look



I would rate this 4 out of 5
for easy application, its longevity and great colour selections!

Flat Lipsticks are priced at RM45.00 each, inclusive of GST.



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The Face Shop has close to 50 outlets in Malaysia and you can also shop for them online at www.thefaceshop.com.my.

Monday, 15 January 2018

REVIEW: J.ONE Jelly Pack, Hana Cream & Jelly Pack Vita 2-Step Mask

Monday, 15 January 2018




Hello beauties!

I'm back again with yet another Korean beauty review and this round it's about J.ONE!
TBH there are so so many kbeauty around and I have a hard time keeping up with all of them but apparently, J.ONE is something to note down because it is a reputable brand that has a cult following!

J.ONE was created in June 2015 with it focused on being nature-friendly and it entered Sephora US (both online and offline in 300 outets) in 2016. Its products fall under skincare category, made for women on the go by incorporating skincare and creating the perfect base for a flawless canvas. I like that the fact that these products are free of Parabens, Synthetic Dyes & Fragrances, Mineral Oils.


It's best selling products are Jelly Pack and Hana Cream - both of which I have the opportunity to get my hands on and shall be reviewing today!
On top of that, I will also be trying out the Jelly Pack Vita Mask as I also got them together from Beureka.



J.ONE JELLY PACK 50ML


The star product of the brand, Jelly Pack is basically a "multitasking, anti-aging formula that works as a hydrating morning mask and makeup-gripping primer". It also can be used as a sleeping mask at night for a fresh, rejuvenated skin in the morning.

Created by Korean actress Ha Ji-won (from Secret Garden Korean drama series fame), she said she wanted to create a fuss-free product so that it saves time for her morning routine, instead of spending hours prepping before a shoot. Her enviable skin is proof that she takes her skin seriously thus after spending many months in one of Korea's top labs, she finally created her dream product and decided to share it with the world!

Beautiful bare-faced Ha Ji-won showing off J.One Jelly Pack on Korean beauty program Get It Beauty. Credit: Glow Recipe






It is said to be suitable for all skin types, and with me having dry combination + sensitive skin, I fully agree. It has a very thick gel-like consistency and has a clear, scent-free finish. If you watched the video above or by clicking this link, you can see that Ha Ji-won pumped about 5 times on the back of her hand for a full face application. She mentioned that she uses it as a hydrating mask without washing it off and uses sunblock once she massages it into her skin.

So I'm guessing she replaces her moisturizer step with this product as it is a leave-on mask and makeup primer in one. As for me, it takes about 10-15 minutes for the gel to dry down so I don't really agree with it made for busy people - because I need the gel to dry before I apply my makeup. However, if I think from the angle of skipping all the other face serums in between (after toner, before sunscreen) and only using this mask for ultimate hydration - then yes it is about the same duration of having many steps all scaled down into just one. Aside from hydration, this jelly pack also promotes skin firmness, which combats signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles (as Ji-won demonstrates in the video).

Some interesting ingredients to note --
Fullerene: Super-powered antioxidant that protects against free radicals.
Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrates and bonds water the skin for a plumper appearance.
Chamomile Flower Water: Soothes and hydrates.




Personally, I have only used this a few times so I can only give you my first impression of this product instead of a full review for now.

So far I have used it as a makeup primer and yes it does make my foundation last longer throughout the day. I do realize that my skin does glow naturally (just like Ha Ji-won) but honestly, I don't enjoy waiting for the mask to dry down, especially when I'm pressed for time.

I'm assuming I can only use this mask only when I do have 15 minutes to spare in the morning (which is rare). But I am keen to continue using this product regularly so that I can get skin like the creator, Ha Ji-won herself! 

J.One Jelly Pack is currently retailed at RM85 for 30ml / RM148 for 50ml at Beureka's Qoo10.


J.ONE HANA CREAM






After Jelly Pack was made and received a cult following, Ji-won went on the create Hana Cream - a night moisturizer filled with anti-aging goodness for the skin to replenish itself at night. Its contents are made in the shape spherical pearls, which makes product estimation and hygiene an idiot-proof process. The jar comes with a spatula to make scooping out so much easier.

Some key ingredients worth noting --
Fullerene: Super-powered antioxidant that protects against free radicals.
Sunflower Oil: Rich in vitamins, nutrients, and carotenoids, which provide a brightening effect.
Macadamia Seed Oil: Hydrates.
Peptides: Create a plumper, firmer appearance.

One would think night moisturizers to be on the heavier, oilier side but this moisturizer is moderately oily - in fact, it gives a soft velvety finish with a hint of baby powder scent after application. As I have yet to see long terms effects of this, I'm still glad to report that my sensitive skin did not break out or see any irritation upon using this product.


J.One Hana Cream is retailed at RM148 for 20g / RM205 for 40g at Beureka's Qoo10.


J.ONE JELLY PACK VITA 2-STEP MASK




The latest creation of the three, Jelly Pack Vita Mask is a sheet mask filled with hydration and anti-aging goodness in one! There are two steps for this mask - which also includes a small sachet of Jelly Pack as the second step. If you are interested to try Jelly Pack before purchasing, do consider getting this mask first so that you get to sample it!

I find myself reaching for this sheet mask often as I enjoy the "after-glow" effect it gives me. Best to use it before a big event to give your skin the natural glow it needs.


J.One Jelly Pack Vita 2-Step Mask is retailed at RM98 for 5 pieces at Beureka Qoo10.





If you are keen on getting on any J.One product I reviewed, Beureka is kind enough to provide a discount code for you to use!

Here are the steps to get RM10 off your purchase!
(valid until 31 Jan 2018)

Step 1: Click https://goo.gl/M7iDRn to go to Beureka's Qoo10 page.
Step 2: Follow Beureka.com's Qoo10 account.
Step 3: Click on the coupon icon and enter SHOP COUPON CODE password "BEUREKAX".
Step 4: Insert Blogger Code "GRACE10" for RM10 off!
* If you follow shop BEUREKA.COM, and insert Shop coupon code and Blogger code, you can get a discount of RM10 until 31 Jan 2018.




Disclaimer: Products were sent to me by Beureka for review consideration.
All opinions are solely my own.

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