Wednesday, February 29, 2012

[Sponsored Review] Caolion Sensitive No BB Cream It's Real Blemish Balm

Caolion is a Korean brand that's relatively on the high end side compared to Etude House which is more drug store. The first three letter of Caolion stands for "Culture Association Originality" and they pride themselves on their natural ingredients while aiming for the best skin care.

The packaging on this product is really interesting and adorable!

The bottom part is filled with tissue paper. 

Inside the tissue paper are two sponge applicators (shaped like a heart) and the bb cream. The bb cream comes in a squeeze bottle.

Pull the tissue paper out and you'll find instructions on how to use the product and other information about it.

The bottom with the ingredients and the date it was made.

My first impression of this product was literally, "OMG! It stinks!" It has this very strong citrus smell that's been mixed in with herbs. The box says the product is not formulated with any fragrance but it does contain citrus fruit oil so maybe that's where the strong citrus smell is coming from.

Since I wasn't so thrilled about the smell I barely used it the first couple of days. I gave it to my sister to and she kept telling me how much she liked it so I decided to give it another try. In terms of coverage it's sheer to medium coverage with a dewy-to-matte finish. In comparison with the bb creams you see out in the Asian market today it's more of a tinted moisturizer but it's not really a tinted moisturizer in itself too because the formula is thicker and I don't find it as moisturizing.

Speaking of it being thick, I do find it to be much thicker than my other bb creams too (especially my Holika Holika bb creams). It's so thick in texture that that only way to blend the product on your face is by using a sponge. I tried using a brush and my fingers and it just didn't work. You really need a sponge applicator for this product. Nevertheless, once it's been blended it feels really lightweight.

Caolion claims that this products helps with covering troubled skin, blemish, and redness but because the coverage is a little sheer it really didn't do that for me. I can still see some of the redness on my face showing as well as some blemish.

It comes in only one color and it's much lighter than my actual skin tone that when I do have it on I appear whiter in complexion. I mean I guess I do notice that it blends in with my skin tone too but there's still that whitish glow it gives off.

It didn't work for me the way I wanted it to but my sister is completely in love with it so I can't really say that it's a bad product either. I think if you have a fair complexion and is not looking for something that'll give you a full coverage this will probably work for you. Since Caolion is on the higher end this product is pricey retailing at around $40-50 USD (or $48.99 on Wish Trend) for a 30ml bottle.

This product was sent for review purposes from. Wish Trend is a website aim at providing all the latest Korean "trends" to people all over the world. They are based in Korea. 

They recently started this thing called "Wish Box" which is kind of like Birchbox and MyGlam but not really at the same time. For $29.99 (plus $9 shipping), you receive this pouch filled with 3-5 full size beauty product from Etude House, Nature Republic, Skin Food, Missha, Tony Moly, Ciracle, etc. They tell you exactly how many products you'll be receiving and from which brand. The only thing that remains anonymous is the name of the actual product from those brands.

Click here for more details on the Wish Box. 

Disclosure: This product was sent for review purposes but everything is of my complete honest opinion. I am not being compensated for this. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

[Review] Kleancolor Nail Polish - Part 1

If you're a long time follower of my blog you'd know that I made the biggest nail haul of my life recently. I bought a bunch of Kleancolor nail polishes from eBay and Amazon for roughly a dollar each.

I absolutely love these polishes! They are by far a lot better than most nail polishes around this price range. I mean Forever21 have polishes priced around $2-3 and they are horrible. These Kleancolor polishes are so much better and half the price!

There are a couple of things that I dislike about it though. I know that all nail polishes have a chemical-y smell to them but the smell of these are much stronger than most regular nail polishes. Another thing I didn't like is that some of the polishes' formula are thick and the brush is just so-so. 

Because they are glitter polishes they look much better with a base color than by themselves. Out of all the ones from this batch I recommend the 236 Chunky Holo Black because it's different from all the other Chunky Holos (mainly just because of the added holographic hexagons). 

Overall, they are worth checking out and if  you end  up not liking it you won't feel so guilty because they are very inexpensive.

228 Chunky Holo Candy, 233 Chunky Holo Teal, 235 Chunky Holo Bluebell

234 Chunky Holo Purple, 231 Chunky Holo Scarlet, 230 Chunky Holo Fuchsia

232 Chunky Holo Clover, 229 Chunky Holo Poppy, 203 City Never Sleeps

155 Chunky Copper, 236 Chunky Holo Black

Over Revlon's Plum Night
Most of the Chunky Holo nail polishes will come out looking like the one on the left except for Holo Chunky Black which looks like the one on the right.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

[Review] Wet N Wild MegaLast Lipsticks

A couple of weeks ago I went on a lipstick binge and bought a couple of the Wet N Wild MegaLast lipsticks. I normally don't wear lipsticks so I didn't want to spend a lot on them which is why I opted for these. Plus I heard really good reviews on them. They retail for $1.99 but I bought mine for around $1.50 each after using a coupon at CVS.

The lipsticks are creamy and the application is easy and smooth. Wet N Wild says that they last up to four hours and I'll believe it. They do last for a good amount of time and they're also very pigmented. They're not as moisturizing as I would like them to be but for $2 they're not bad. I would suggest applying a lip balm before the lipstick because your lips will start to dry up after a couple of hours (which is the reason why I'm more of a lip balm person than lipstick). The packaging is okay. It's not horrible and it's not great either. It's kind of flimsy but still strong at the same time.

From the six lipsticks that I picked up my favorite was Bare It All. It's a great nude lipstick -- I love it!

915B Spiked With Rum, 910D Red Velvet, 914C Mocha-licious, 907C Mauve Outta Here, 905D Smokin' Hot Pink, 902C Bare It All

Thursday, February 16, 2012

[Review] Innisfree Nail Polish

A couple of months back I bought a bunch Innisfree nail polishes. I've been meaning to post this review for a while but I haven't had the time so when I was asked by a follower a couple of days ago I thought it was about time (sorry for taking so long, Cindy!). 

The nail polishes cost about $2-3 USD each at retail price but much more if you're getting them from eBay or something. They're really nice nail polishes. I have no problem with them chipping. They are definitely worth it but they do take a while to dry. I'm not sure about you guys but I hate waiting for my nails to dry so I don't use these nearly at much. They also don't have those metal balls that you usually see in your nail polish. I kind of wish they did because those metal balls (at least from what I know) are to help with the consistency of your nail polish.

I'm sure all of these polishes have names but since I can't read Korean I'll just list them by their numbers. Also, out of the 12 polishes that I have number 49 is my favorite and my least favorite is number 43 -- the big hexagon glitter is really hard out.

No. 10, 17, 28, 33

No. 37, 42, 43, 44

No. 49, 57, 59, 60 

43 on top of 10 & 42 on top of 17

Monday, February 13, 2012

Nail Polish Haul

I'm usually don't buy nail polishes all that much but I went a little crazy this month and bought a bunch of Kleancolor nail polishes. I bought a set of 12 from eBay and a set of 24 from Amazon. They were about a dollar each or so?

I also bought two Revlon nail polishes last month (Whimsical and Plum Night) as well as Glass Slipper from Sally Hansen and Essie's Shine of the Times.

Now the question is how I am going to make room for all of these and what kind of nail design can I come up with since most of them are glitter polishes?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

[Sample Review] Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Nose Pack

I thought it's about time I started using the samples that I receive from stores, orders, etc. This review format is going to be a little different than my other reviews because these are based off samples. With samples I'm not able to get a good grasp on how I like the product. Everything in the "sample review" will all be based on first impression.

The first sample review will be on the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Nose Pack. I received this in a little care package and since I adore Biore's nose strip I wanted to see how this compare. The Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Nose Pack usually come in a pack of  6 and retails for $2-4 USD.

From the picture it seems like you can use the nose strip on your forehead and chin too but I used it on my nose. Since I don't know how to read Korean I ended up using it the same way I would if I was to use my Biore nose strip.

The nose strip have a herb-like smell to it which I am assuming comes from the name of the product. The actually nose strip did not perform like I wished it would. It was able to get some whiteheads but that was about it. Seeing that it's advertised as removing blackheads it did not do any of that. The blackheads on my nose was still there after removing the strip.

Overall, I'll probably just stick to my Biore nose strips because they work better for me.

The Results:

Saturday, February 4, 2012

[Review] Catrice Nail Polish

L to R: 120 Plum Play With Me, 230 Clay-ton, My Hero, 240 Sold Out Forever, 200 From Dusk To Dawn
I received these Catrice nail polishes awhile back from my friend Evy. They are some of my personal favorites which is unfortunate because you can only buy them in Europe.

The polishes are long lasting and they never chip on me. For a drug store brand I think they are really good and inexpensive too. I think one cost 2-3 euros which is about $3-4 USD.

They are definitely worth getting if you're going to be or in Europe!

L to R: 120 Plum Play With Me, 230 Clay-ton, My Hero, 240 Sold Out Forever, 200 From Dusk To Dawn - two coats each.
The color 240 Sold Out Forever is supposed to be a dupe of Milani's Dressmaker which closely resemble Chanel's Jade. 230 Clay-ton, My Hero has gold shimmers but my camera couldn't pick up any of it. Both 120 Plum Play With Me and 200 From Dusk to Dawn are cream polishes.

Friday, February 3, 2012

[Review] Holika Holika Juicy Shine Lip Balm in Watermelon

I purchased this lip balm from Holika Holika in early January from G-Market. Since it was on sale during the time I bought it I got it for 2,330 won which is roughly $2 USD. It retails for 3,500 won though (~$3 USD) so it's still an inexpensive lip balm in general. Of course if you're getting it overseas then you might have to pay a little more. I think it goes for around $7 USD on eBay which is a little too much for what it's worth. 

This lip balm is okay. It's not great but it's not entirely bad either. The lip balm is moisturizing but it doesn't last long. I think you can go probably 2-3 hours tops without reapplying maybe even less. The tint is nice. It gives your lip a nice subtle red color but it's not overpowering. It's also very glossy (hence the name "juicy shine").  I think my favorite thing about this lip balm is the smell. I cannot tell you how much I love the smell of this. It smells exactly like watermelon but a little sweeter. 

I had some trouble with the packaging. For awhile my lip balm would twist up and down perfectly fine but I recently noticed that it can only twist up. It won't twist back down anymore so if I happened to twist it up too much I would have to push it back down with my finger. And if you're applying directly to your lips then the product slip to the sides (see picture below) which can be kind of annoying.

I'd say, if you're able to get this for around retail price then it's worth a try otherwise I would skip it if it's going to cost you more than $5 USD. 

This is how much you're getting.

There's some glitters but it doesn't show up when you're using it.

When you use it the product slip to the side like this.