It’s Skin Be A Flower Tone-Up Highlighting Cushion

Hi friends! Welcome back to my blog and this week is more of a swatch and explanation type of blog post rather than a review. I’m sure we all know why I got this. It’s from Its skin and just look at how incredible packaging. If you guys have been following me for a long time, you would have known that its skin was one of the first brands I tried when I first got into k-beauty. They’re always known for their clever and cute packaging with innovative products. Remember the cookies and cream hand cream? smells and looks exactly like cookies and cream and it’s super affordable!

Alright, without further or do – this cushion is not your typical foundation cushion, it’s actually a highlighter cushion. Don’t make the rookie mistake like me and apply this directly onto your face without checking what exactly it is. It has highlighter fluid inside and there are little shimmers to it.

with SPF 50 PA +++
Made in Korea

In Shade: 02 GOLD

How I like to use this cushion is I apply this is layers on my cheeks for a beaming highlight. You can also use this as a luminous base for your foundation as well. If you guys are familiar with liquid highlighters such as the cover fx custom enhance drops, this kind of reminds me of it but less metallic looking. You can mix liquid luminizers with your foundation to achieve that effortless, dewy appearance to your skin.

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Anyone can really make a DIY cushion for a foundation, blusher, bronzer, highlighter and etc, if you’re interested in a tutorial post, please let me know on the comments so I can make one for you guys! It’s quite simple but it’s always nice to share some DIYs and learning new beauty hacks.

 

[HOW TO] Shop smart online

I did an Instagram poll not too long ago asking if my audience liked to purchase their skincare/beauty products online or instore and surprisingly, a lot of them preferred to shop online. As a fellow beauty lover, I am quite the same. I prefer to not have any real-life interactions and prefer to shop freely. There are countless online shops everyone seems to shop at. My favorite online stores to shop at are:

Amazon
Yesstyle
EBay
Jolse

There are other shops I do shop at however, I prefer shopping from these sources because I usually can find products I enjoy at a very fair price.

My tips finding a good bargain or a hidden gem:

  • When shopping anywhere, see if there is a drag box available on the shop menu where you can ascend items from lowest to highest price.
  • Always look for a sale tab to check out what the store has promotions/offers for that week.
  • Coupon codes are usually available on the front page of the website, sent to your email (be sure to double-check your junk mailbox), and also, some online reviewers may have a discount code for you to use to look around before you check out.
  • Take your time and look through categories on the shop because unlike instore, we won’t be followed around and asked if you need help so you can self serve and also do your own research prior to committing to a purchase.
  • If you shop on eBay, sometimes sellers give you the option to “make an offer“, which means you can haggle your way to finding the best price for your item. I believe you get about 3 chances so make some reasonable offers because the seller needs to make money as well.
  • I always get excited when there are new releases, specifically if they’re from my favorite brands. Most online stores have a “NEW” items tab for you to check out their new store releases.

Watch out for counterfeits!

  • It’s really difficult at times because sometimes when a brand is really well-known and popular, you may come across a counterfeit. There are a few ways you can dodge counterfeits on eBay and Amazon.
  • Do your research, always look up comparison photos between the authentic and counterfeit because you would be very surprised how well these items can be replicated.
  • For eBay, check for reputable sellers with a HIGH amount of orders and reviews. Be sure to look specifically at the negative reviews to sell what people were complaining about to avoid the same issue occurring to you.
  • For Amazon, it’s a bit different simply because eBay tends to be a platform with resellers while Amazon actually has retailers and also third-party sellers. If you were to purchase from a third-party seller and they were fulfilled by Amazon, the third-party seller ships the product to Amazon then Amazon ships the item to you. This does not mean that Amazon will check if whether your item is authentic or not.
  • If you’re really unsure, search up the seller’s name on google to find any additional feedback or reviews on their products and legitimacy. I would look into finding long, detailed reviews and ones that provide actual images, rather than generic answers that are short and sweet. Don’t be fooled with the “verified purchase” beside their names because some businesses actually think they’re sneaky enough to hire people to create fake accounts, purchasing their own products and writing an amazing review.

In no way, I am trying to scare you all but rather share some precautions I take when online shopping because you truly never really know. If you have any further questions, please feel free to drop me a comment below or DM me on instagram!

[REAL TALK] Influencer survival guide and Genuine content/ product reviews

Hey friends, I wanted to start on a new series for my blog where we can discuss, rant and share our experiences with similar issues from topics that aren’t really discussed. I want to welcome both creators and also non-creators to join me on this topic.

Disclaimer: This post was made to open a discussion and allow people to whether influencer or not, see the ugly side to social media reviews and what to look out for.

Today’s topic, I will be shedding some light on product reviews. Whether it’s on youtube, Instagram, Makeupalley, Sephora or Influenster. There are billions of reviews on the internet, some are helpful… some, not so much. I specifically want to target Instagram reviews today. I personally don’t trust Instagram review for multiple factors.

  • You may come across some brands have really close deadlines when you receive the product – leaving you with limited time to try out the product and have an opinion on it.
  • Some influencers (big or small) are afraid of giving bad reviews about products simply because they want to be on the brand’s good books – this can be harmful to the community and also those who are just consumers because the information listed/review is inaccurate and not truthful.
  • There are some influencers I have caught where they just misinform their audience, whether that was done or purposely or not, I am not aware of that. Brands sometimes make insane claims about their products and I think influencers should be responsible for what they choose to say for and about the product. It’s vital for influencers to do their research about the brand, ingredients, and products prior to posting. I’ve been seeing a lot of posts where people just copy and paste the product description of the brand’s website. This is irresponsible behavior and needs to change.
  • Take everything you see through the internet with a grain of salt. Brands will sometimes as you to write POSITIVE reviews on Sephora. Shady, I know. This is why I usually check reviews on youtube or blogs because these are evergreen content, you can always access them and people are likely to the tell the truth when exposed in that sort of nature. I find a lot of people are more comfortable speaking freely on blogs rather than Instagram (there’s also no character limit).

My tips how to survive as an influencer at any size:

  • Whether you’re big or small, stay humble and always stay true to yourself and create genuine content.
  • Be serious about yourself and brand because no one will take you seriously if you most certainly don’t. Hold yourself accountable to things you post and say on social media and own it!
  • Stay professional, I know it’s funny and some of us may think it’s “cool” to be vulgar on social media but at the end of the day, remember that you have an audience of all sorts of ages. Be respectful and thoughtful with the content you choose to share to your audience.
  • Set up a schedule for everything you do. No, not an internal schedule in your brain. An actual one! One that you can refer to, whether’s it’s on your phone as an alarm clock or calendar.
  • Ask yourself if whether you are here for the long term or short term and set some goals what you want to achieve and your end game goal. We often get sidetracked with ideas and what our peers are doing with their accounts. What do YOU want to do with your account? Think, plan and make it happen.
  • If you dislike the products you’ve tried and feel “uncomfortable” to share your feedback, you don’t have to post it at all. What’s worse? Misinforming your followers and readers or being honest and critical? You decide. I personally will post it anyway because I know my negative/honest feedback will always help someone!
  • Don’t be afraid of being honest. A lot of brands will understand and take your feedback, you could benefit others and also the brand by providing them your honest feedback and experience. And if a brand, dislikes your feedback simply because it wasn’t positive then forget them! At the end of the day, it looks bad on them because they don’t know how to handle criticism.
  • You should with brands you enjoy and have experience with. Never settle for less and work with just any brand even if you feel bad rejecting.
  • Never take things personally especially on social media. There are trolls, people who are unaware, brands that may reject your PR inquiry. Point being is, you need to understand that there are people that won’t see you eye to eye and you may face rejection. Brands will always welcome you try again later. Learn to take “no” as a positive answer and give yourself the opportunity to level up your content game.
  • Never see rejection as a failure, always try and try harder every time. If you give up so easily, that means you never really wanted it and if you make excuses for yourself… one after another, that means you were never really passionate about it. You just wanted something to come to you easily and fast.
  • Most of us already think our content is perfect or/ and does not need to change. Truth is, sometimes we need to welcome change and accept it so that we can see growth. How will you know if you don’t even try? 
  • Be patient with yourself, experiment around, change your content and learn what works and what doesn’t. Step out from your comfort zone and try something new!
  • Don’t buy things for the sake of the gram. It’s just silly. Do you see how silly that sounds even reading that? Check out my blog on decluttering and getting organized, where I discuss being more of a smart shopper.

 

I hope this helped you and if you’re curious to know more about this subject or want me to share something along on the lines to this topic, please feel free to suggest it in the comment section or DM me on Instagram. I love hearing from you all! I hope you all have a fantastic and blessed week.

 

[ANTI-HAUL] Vol. 3

It’s been a long while since I’ve done one of these and well, I can tell you guys one thing – all the things I’ve said in my previous anti-hauls are things I still stand by. I’ve purchased a ton of things in the past simply because I fell into the hype of things and they turned out to be products I don’t care for nor reach so I think it’s important to share these sorts of things to remind ourselves and others that we just might not want it as much as we thought we do.

Disclaimer: Some of the products I will be mentioning are owned by controversial people however, I’m only speaking about the products themselves, not the people behind them.

KYLIE SKIN (ENTIRE LINE)

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I’m not even sure why I’m listing her on my anti-haul but I’ve tried her lip products in the past and quite like them. Would I repurchase them? Absolutely not, I prefer Colour Pop lippies and they’re super affordable compared to hers. There’s so much controversy over her walnut scrub when people forgot that Ole Henricksen has one out as well and there doesn’t seem to be any negative/backlash on that scrub; makes me question if consumers are just biased and use to bashing on celebrities. I also find it quite odd that she doesn’t have an oil cleanser/cleansing balm or even an SPF product. Anyway. I wish her the best for this skincare line.

HUDA BEAUTY NEON OBSESSION PALETTES

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I would be lying to all if I didn’t admit that I was going to purchase the Neon Pink one. That was the very first one that attracted me from this line however I already own one of her mini obsession palettes in gemstone and also her desert dusk palette. They’re both nice products however I just don’t reach for them and I’ve tried better shadows. I would not recommend anyone to get her standard palettes. You’re better off getting the mini palettes because there’s quite a bit of product and usually really fun, neutral colours to work with.

BODY SHIMMER PRODUCTS

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There is way too much buzz on body shimmer products from Patrick Ta to ABH and Huda Beauty. Guess who’s not buying those products? -points at self- I get the whole idea of wanting to look like a shimmering, glowing goddess for summer but if anyone who knows me, I am pretty much anti-tanning. Although I respect those who enjoy tanning, I’m not a fan of it. You will likely see me hide under shades, wearing pants/mostly long sleeves and holding a UV umbrella. I know, I’m quite extreme but this is coming from someone who is a hermit and also doesn’t want to tan.

ANY COLOUR SPRAY TEMPORARY HAIR DYES

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I know this is a fun concept, I get it, however, I don’t think it’s worth damaging your hair. Remember when hair chalking was a thing? I don’t think this is any different from hair chalking. What it is basically depositing pigment into the hair and it washes right off. Sounds harmless right? Wrong. The U.S. FDA announced that “the products may contain ingredients such as dyes or colorants, chemicals, and preservatives, which are not allowed and may cause allergies and adverse reaction on the scalp, head, eyes, and skin.” I’ve had my fair share of moments dying my hair whacky, bold and fun colours but those days are over for me. I think if you want something temporary, just wear a wig. I personally would never put an aerosol can with hair dye in it anywhere near me. It most certainly wouldn’t be healthy to breathe in.

If you liked any of the products that I mentioned in today’s anti-haul, please continue to enjoy them. This is just my personal take in what products that simply don’t interest me.

Anyway, that’s it for today, folks! Until next time. 🙂 Please feel free to share what things you will be anti-hauling this month/year.

 

 

[Lesson] Cleaning & Declutter

I recently went on a mass declutter and actually took out my drawers and got rid of more makeup that I imagined to get rid of. During the process, I found myself quite eager to get rid of the products. I assumed I would be uncomfortable and sad from it but guess not. It was about time to declutter anyway. As a small beauty influencer, I still do receive quite a bit of PR and that quickly can accumulate a lot of space. So what I did for myself was, I kept products that were new aside so I can pass it forward to family and friends. I threw away old, expired makeup because no one wants to use that! Some products were only used once, which sucks!

What I learned from this declutter:

  • (For influencers) – Do not accept PR that you do not care for.
  • Do not purchase products that are not something I would use for the long-term – a lot of my purchases were for short-term use and that’s extremely wasteful.
  • Just because products with pretty packaging are pretty to look, doesn’t mean you need it.
  • If you already own that shade or a similar shade, do not get it. No one would notice the difference.
  • If there’s a sale, doesn’t mean you should buy anything from that sale. There’s always going to be a sale. Use up what you have first then considered buying more later.
  • Just because someone owns something nice, doesn’t mean you need to go out and purchase it. You are an adult now, understand and remember that you have priorities and bills to pay.

What I should be asking myself before I make any beauty purchase:

  • How many uses can I get out of this?
  • How long is the shelf life on this and does it make sense to own it now or later?
  • Will room temperature changes affect the product or not?
  • Am I allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients listed?
  • Is this the correct shade for me? Have I swatched it at the store/read the colour description carefully?
  • How much product do I have left for my _____? example: foundation, lipstick and etc.
  • Is it a necessity or a want? Can it wait?

For those of you who are social media on a regular daily basis or with friends who are shopaholics, I know how hard it can be at times to not give in but just remember that if it does not spark joy or something you will use for the long term for yourself, why buy it? I’m always on social media because it’s part of what I do. I sometimes fall into the trap of buying things I don’t need because I saw it on my feed. I follow a big mix of different beauty accounts; some are drugstore, affordable beauty and some are boujee/high-end accounts. The high-end ones always get me because either the packaging looks great or it’s super popular on social media where you would see it at least once a day.

I hope you found this helpful in some shape or form, I thought I might shed some light on a topic that people do not normally talk about.

[REVIEW] Rovectin Skin Essentials Aqua Activating Serum

Hello friends, I’m back with another review and it is another Rovectin product!

Thank you Jin & Sungman from Rovectin for sending over some goodies for me to try. This is the 2nd product I have been testing out this past 2 months.

Available on: Yesstyle | StyleKorean

Brand Story

Rovectin was originally created for cancer patients suffering from dermatologic side effects caused by anticancer treatment and radiation therapy. Recommended by doctors and dermatologists, Rovectin offers the most advanced skincare formula developed by global cosmetic producer, HCT Group, upheld at the highest level of efficacy and safety standards, even on the most vulnerable and sensitive skin.

Rovectin truly believes that beautiful and healthy skin plays a huge role in a person’s quality of life. They strive to successfully address skin-related concerns and individuals who suffer from irritated skin conditions and provide them a solution to enhance their confidence. In addition to contributing a portion of profit to cancer-related NGOs, Rovectin has closely worked with patient groups and has held educational sessions at specialty care centers for cancer survivors.

Claims

  • The deep-hydrating Aqua Activating Serum helps address the problem of dehydration of the skin while revitalizing and brightening it.
  • Formulated with the Aqua Cell Activator™, including Hyaluronic Acid, Selaginella Lepidophylla, and Vitamin E, the powerful serum fuels your skin with hydration and nutrition while promoting smooth and firm skin.
  • Contains the updated components of Peptide to penetrate deep into the skin for improving the appearance of wrinkles and lines as well as addressing the signs of aging.
  • Free from Paraben, Mineral Oil, Artificial Fragrance and Coloring, and Steroid.

How to use:

1. Prep your skin with toner or essence.
2. Dispense a moderate amount of the serum and spread evenly on your face.
3. Pat for better absorption.

Ingredients

water, propanediol, glycerin, 1,2-hexanediol, niacinamide, isononyl isononanoate, adenosine, arginine, sodium hyaluronate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, caprylic/capric triglyceride, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, amodimethicone, trehalose, pvp, butylene glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, acetyl hexapeptide-8, disodium edta, tocopheryl acetate, peg-11 methyl ether dimethicone, malachite extract

Key Ingredients:

  • Adenosine is yeast derived and has proven anti-wrinkle benefits due to its ability to energize skin’s surface so it looks smoother and younger.
  • Aloe Vera is one of the most well-known, popular ingredients in skin care that treats damaged, wounded, irritated and sensitive skin. It contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, humectant and soothing properties that can prevent the skin from further irritation.
  • Vitamin E Acetate is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight against free radical damage, promotes cell regrowth and heals the signs of aging by providing moisture and skin strengthening properties to protect barrier and moisture loss.

My Skin Type and concerns:

Combination | PIE | Congested | Dehydrated | (Occasionally) Sensitive

My thoughts

Firstly, I wanted to comment that I really respect this brand and for what they stand for because there aren’t really that many brands that are specifically available to the public where they cater their products to medically treated patients. Most products for medically treated patients are mainly prescription based so it’s really refreshing to a brand so passionate on not only helping patients recover and heal but also offer them a better quality life. When we are comfortable in our own skin, we start to feel a lot happier. Specific ingredients were picked to formulate these products to ensure that they are effective and mild enough where it doesn’t irritate the skin.

My initial reaction to this packaging was how awesome it looked! It had nice frosted packaging and the choice of font, design of the bottle looked really cool. I also liked how it had a pump to it and how easy it was to control the amount of product you want to be dispensed. I found the serum VERY cooling and hydrating! It has such a lovely gel consistency to it applies beautifully into the skin. Although there is no visible residue to this product, I found it leaving a slight tack consistency to it, nothing unbearable but I thought I might want to point that out.

TIP: If you ever stumble across any tacky products, simply apply moisturizer on top of it and the tack/stickiness should go away.

Overall:

  • Texture: 5/5 – This has a lovely gel texture to it and spreads so beautifully into the skin. It leaves the skin cool, soothes and refreshed. It dries to a matte finish on the skin and appears to look like skin.
  • Scent: 5/5 – There is no detectable scent to this and I found it very comfortable to wear. I personally prefer products without fragrance because they are potential irritants, most scents do bother me and it’s an unnecessary addition to the product.
  • Price: 4/5 – For a serum, I think the price is quite fair for what you’re getting. I think a lot of the reason why it is priced the way how it is because the technology, science, development involved in this to create this product and the fact that it is created for specifically medical treated patients.
    Performance: 5/5 – I find it effective and does exactly what it claims.
  • Packaging: 5/5 – I have no complaints with this packaging. Everything about it is great and even though the packaging
  • Overall: 4/5 – It’s a nice product, I had no issues using this product and am happy with it! This is something that would be PERFECT for summer simply because of the lightweight gel consistency to it and how cooling and hydrating it is. I believe those who have oily skin, would really appreciate a product like this.

 

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MAKEUP ROUTINE w/ CONAIR BEAUTY TOOLS

Hello friends, I hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far! I’m back to share two fantastic and affordable beauty tools with you all!
If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I posted on these goodies a while ago and in case you missed a post, here it is! INSTAGRAM POST 🙂

There’s a lot of beauty tools in the market from facial massagers, LED skincare treatments, makeup application tools and etc. I think most of us use a beauty tool in our life. Before we had ACTUAL beauty sponges, I was using my fingers to apply foundation/face products because it worked and they’re completely free! What I mean by actual beauty sponges, there is a lot in the market that absorbs far too much makeup. I find the ones that have the ability to expand, absorb less makeup. Correct me if I’m wrong but I’ve had better experiences with those than the traditional makeup square sponges that you can buy in bulk; those absorb pretty much all the product I tried to apply on my face.

Brill Communications x Conair was kind enough to send out some of their new makeup applicators to try out and share with you guys. I wanted to show you all how I use them and how they’ve made my makeup application game a lot easier simply because they are multi-function and are not limited to only foundation/bb cream application.

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Let’s start off with the brush set first, this is my favourite out of the two products simply because of the interchangeable heads and the fact how travel-friendly it is. It’s compact and the powder brush applicator is really soft. The sponge applicator head allows you to blend in foundation, cream blush, and cream bronzer.  How awesome is that? It just melts right in the skin and you can also wet it so it can expand. The brush applicator allows you to evenly apply powder-based products. I used this with my face powder and powdered blush and I liked how it had an even and seamless application.

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As for the beauty sponge, it may look like a standard sponge but it’s actually battery operated and offers a one-speed sonic advantage. Top it off, it has a stand! I know for sure I have trouble storing my makeup sponges because they pretty much bounce off everywhere and with this stand, it makes things easier and you can easily find it too. Now if you’re a fan of the concept of an oscillating sponge, you can simply just remove the stand/battery and just use it as a regular sponge. Like any beauty sponge, this can be wet and is super easy to clean; it’s not stiff like some generic brands and I find it’s quite comparable to my favourite Danielle, Real Techniques and Eco Tool Sponges. I find this expands really easily and it’s really bouncy, making application super easy.

TIP: For control and precise application, place your finger in the sponge’s hole and apply makeup throughout your face. You can also wet this sponge and it expands quite a lot. A lot more than a competitor brand. It also absorbs a minimum amount of makeup so you’re wasting that much product when using this.

Thanks for tuning in for this week’s blog post. If you’re interested in seeing more beauty related posts, please feel free to request what you would like me to share next. Hint: check out my Instagram feed and scroll around to see what you want me to review about or dupe.