Long time no see… and I have some explaining to do.
It’s been a good 7 months since I came on this site and I’m so sorry to all of you that followed me looking for makeup reviews and advice!
These last 7 months have been a bit turbulent to say the least, I had my life supposedly on track when a sudden breakup happened. It was a long relationship; we had been together 4 years, had moved in together and we were engaged. The situation was so overwhelming and unexpected that I just didn’t know what to do.
I left Korea with intentions never to return and moved back to the UK to the comfort of my family and friends. When I felt ready 3 months later I decided to move back to Korea!
Now 6 months later here I am! I now have the time to put into this blog and I’m finally ready to attach it to myself. Before I was scared, but now I feel determined whilst I am in Korea to really help you guys.
I’m ready to get back to writing and maybe open a youtube channel if people would be interested. I have plenty to review and it’s time to put some hard work back in!
If you have anything you would like me to review.. let me know!
Well isn’t that a name and a half?!
Today I will be reviewing the Care Zone Doctor Solution Nordenau Water BB Cream which can be purchased from Olive Young in Korea!
This BB cream is a necessity in my make-up box, I love the texture and it’s affect on my skin. I have used it for around a year and a half after one of my favorite beauty bloggers recommended it.
BB is short so Blemish Balm so I use it as a way to make my skin smooth and add a layer of cover over my concealer which can look patchy. The cream does a fantastic job as it gives my skin a lovely shine; the finish is a little dewy but in my opinion that makes my skin look healthy.
The coverage is okay… I wouldn’t say it’s super long lasting, but that is why I use it as a base. It moisturises my skin and then kind of disappears which exactly what I want as my foundation is obvious enough.
One of the negative points of this BB cream is that it comes in only one colour. So unfortunately if you have darker skin this BB cream will not be available to match your tone. However, for Asian and pale skin tones I have heard great things by everyone that wears it, as it blends in well with your skin colour.
This formula is specifically for DRY-TROUBLED skin, which is why I love it. I have dry sensitive skin, which tends to get angry when my hormones are playing up. However, people that have oily skin, unfortunately this might not be the best fit for you.
I still think the BB cream could be useful for people with oily- troubled skin as the dewy finish does fade throughout the day. However, because I have dry skin I can’t give you the best recommendation. I would say try it and see how it goes!
I love this BB cream and think it is one of the best creams out there (it does not come in a cushion form). However, because of it’s lack of longevity and one colour I can’t give it a perfect 5, I give it a 4.5 out of 5!
Today I’ll be reviewing the new Babyface Oil Drop Tint from It’s Skin!
This lip tint currently comes in 3 colours; red, pink and orange. I picked up the red tint from my nearest It’s Skin to give it a try and tell you what I thought about it!
Oil tints are meant to be slightly more moisturisng than normal lip tints. I often complain that the only flaw of lip tints is that they are extremely drying. I hate having chapped lips and with it being winter in Korea this happens A LOT!
The Babyface Oil Drop Tint was better than other lip tints in this department. My lips didn’t feel as chapped after using it, which made me super happy. In addition the colour lasted a long time, not as long as the Banila Co. Lip Tint, but after several hours you could still tell I had used tint which I was loving.
The only downfall of this tint is that after several hours the tint pooled in the lines of my lips which caused a strange affect. The colour remained on my lips, but this pooling caused the lines in my lips to be an obvious deep red in comparison! It did look a little strange, which might be perfect for Halloween…but not quite normal for an ordinary day, haha. I think the only way to avoid this affect is to keep applying the tint, but that is too demanding for me and I’m scared the tint will just make the lines a deeper and deeper red.
A great, non-drying lip tint, which I would recommend to people that are okay with touching up often to avoid those dark lip lines.
That is why I would give this lip tint 4 stars!
EDIT- given this lip tint several more attempts and it has been getting worse and worse… it is not only going in the ceases of my lips but also darkening the chapped part of my lips… I had a meeting with my boyfriend’s family a day after I used the lip and my lips looked awful.
Demoting this from 4 stars to 0 stars and will be throwing out my lip tint.
Really unhappy with the this tint.
I’ve just added a feature to the page that I hope you will like.
At the top (below the showyourseoul title) I have added a ‘Current Favourites ♡’ page!
This is a page with my current favorite beauty items which I have split into categories, for example: lip tints, BB cushions, mascara, concealers etc.
I’m hoping this helps people that are looking for specific products in South Korea.
Each product can be found in the named brand store here (for example Banila Co. can be found in the Banila Co. store), but if there is no brand store I have put in brackets where it can be found (for example A’Pieu don’t have a store but can be found in The Saem). I cannot guarantee everything will be in every country, however there is a mix of Korean and Western products.
Reviews for each product will be coming later!
I hope it helps. ^^
Before I came to Korea I never really used lip tints. I didn’t really understand what they did and I had only heard of Benefit lip tint from my sister.
But in Korea you see A LOT of women with brightly coloured lips and this is because of lip tints. Here they seem to be a staple in many women’s daily make-up choice, with even the older elementary school students trying them out. (Some of my 6th grade students got scolded for trying them out and coming to school with super pink lips!)
Lip tints come in lots of different colors and every beauty company has their own version!
One I have tried and used more than I expected is Missha Water Full Lip Tint.
I have fallen in love with the Cherry Coke color and use it as my go-to red tint!
The tint goes on perfectly, however it does tend to fade after a couple of hours so be sure to put it in your bag for touch-ups.
The other problem I find is that it is drying on my lips, however I usually put my lip tint on and then put my lip balm on top.
I would give this product 4 stars out 5. One of my favorite tints, BUT too drying to get the coveted 5 stars.
One of the last cleansing foams I will review is Etude House Baking Powder Pore Cleansing Foam. This option is perfect for people that don’t like the feel of cleansing oil on your face!
I used this before I got into the Etude House Real Art Moisture Cleansing Oil (link provided).
This made my skin feel smooth however, it is a little harsher on the face. For this reason I think would be better for oily skin types. On my skin it dried it out slightly so if you have a dry complexion like me it might not work so well.
I still liked it, so I’ve kept it for when my cleansing oil runs out. Furthermore, it has multiple sizes so you can try the product first and if you like it buy a bigger size!
It is a really nice product with a nice smell and good foaming action. But because it can dry out your skin I would give it 4 stars!
Another eyeliner that I am trying is Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner bought at Olive Young.
I was in a rush to put it on the first time I used it, but it went on flawlessly. I only had to erase some mistakes I made because the tip was so thin.
The liquid didn’t smudge and held all day.
I am very impressed and would say this is a clear winner so far for me.
Once this is used up I will contine to update as I have been recommended to try- Holika Holika’s Wonder Drawing Eyeliner Pen, Missha’s Super Brush Pen Liner and Tony Moly’s Perfect Eyeliner!
If anyone has tried them, let me know. ^^
I would give it 4 stars out of 5
The second eyeliner pen I’ve tried is Skinfood’s Viva Waterproof Tip Liner–
‘I just gave up..’
This pen was not very good at all. It was a lot easier to put on compared to the Clio eyeliner pen, but the formula was not long lasting. A waterproof eyeliner should stay on without any water, but this just kept smudging. I really dislike it when eyeliner transfers to my upper eyelid, especially as a lady that has hooded eye lids.
I hate waste, but I couldn’t even force myself to use it all, instead I just gave up.
I would give it 1 star?
I’m going to give the showyourseoul a major overhaul!
I think it will be beneficial if I rate each product in an individual post because it will be able to help people that are searching for a particular brand.
I just want to be able to help you guys so I was thinking that is what I would want as a reader…
If things start moving about don’t worry!
After a mini break I’m back to let you know about my new favorite BB Cushion.
South Korea is the home of the BB Cushion, I think it originated here with Amore Pacific owning the only factories that make all the BB Cushions you see in Korea. Every makeup shop has it’s own version and they all use a different formula.
I have tried several BB cushions and I have finally found one which I am really happy with. ^^
The latest BB Cushion which I am very impressed with is Laneige Pore Control BB cushion.
I never really knew about warm tones and cool tones of skin; however watching a Laneige advert with their newly released colors I thought it might be good to try.
I purchased the Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion in the color 13C (Cool Ivory). Warm tones have the original names and the new cool tones have the word ‘Cool’ in front of them.
I was very surprised with the color. It matches my skin perfectly and my friends complimented the match saying it looked like I had no BB cushion on. I would definitely recommend it to cool toned girls… you can often see this tone because your veins are blue under your skin rather than green!
The color is perfect for me but I’m probably going to try a different cushion type as my pores aren’t really a problem. There are 3 cushion types by Laneige, such as Anti-Aging, Whitening and Pore Control.
I would definitely recommend giving it a try if you can!