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A S T R O P H O R I A: July 2014

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A S T R O P H O R I A: July 2014

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Review ★ Innisfree Long Wear Cushion SPF50+/PA+++

Hello everyone!

I still have yet to receive my Beautynetkorea package even though it's been about a month LOL, so my haul post will be delayed. Anyways, I will be reviewing Innisfree's Long Wear Cushion in place of that post. I wanted to try this product after watching Pony's (Park Hye Min) video on the long wear, and water glow cushion. I'm also a big fan of Innisfree's products, and I have yet to be let down by any of them :3. The water glow cushion is meant for those with dry skin, or those looking for a dewy finish; while the long wear cushion is recommended for combination/oily skin since it is supposed to hold up well throughout the day! This product is also advertised by the beautiful Yoona ^^.

It's summer here (and for some of you, it might be summer all year round), so the last thing any of us want is to put on a lot of makeup which might just smudge or melt off during the hotter days~ I'm sure a lot of you can understand the sensation of actually feeling the makeup on our faces LOL. The long wear cushion is meant for those long and/or really hot summer days where you don't want to wear heavy makeup! It claims to last 12 hours, and combat shine and sweat- that sounds really great, doesn't it? As usual, please continue reading under the cut if you're interested in this product c:!

(taken from the box, slightly reworded)
A long wear cushion formulated to keep skin bright and smooth all day while staying strong against sweat and sebum. It leaves the skin feeling smooth, refreshed, and soft with an even skin tone that calms pores and bumps. It contains sebum control powder that keeps skin looking brighter for longer without darkening or dulling out.

It comes in 3 shades: 13 - light beige, 21 - natural beige, and 23 - true beige. I got this in 21~ It goes for about 20,000 KRW, which is about $20.

(Image taken from the Beautynetkorea listing)
Use the puff to evenly apply it to your face, and gently pat to finish.

Long lasting, smooth fit, natural coverage
Mineral powder, Jeju green tea
The exterior packaging of the product is the typical Innisfree packaging. It isn't gimmicky, nor is there anything particularly special about the box. It is printed with soy ink, which is typically better for recycling and the environment in comparison to typical inks used on printed products. Also, it is made of recyclable cardstock~ I do not believe that there is an ingredients list on the box, but if there is, it's in Korean. I do not believe Innisfree's products contain harsh chemicals (usually following the 6-free rule), or an extensive list of ingredients though.

Manufacture date, which is fairly recent c:
The packaging itself is pretty much the generic cushion pact. There are refills available for this product too! The sponge looks similar to the Isa Knox X2D2 sponge, but it's a lot softer and flexible. I prefer to use a beautyblender over the included sponge, just because it's easier to evenly distribute the product around the eye and nose area. Honestly, I was not a believer of the beautyblender when I initially got it, because I used it with one of my Chanel foundations and it looked really blotchy. However, I have become a believer after using it with some of my cushion products and CC creams LOL. It's really pricey (and I used a gift card on it... I don't think I could bring myself to actually spend that much on a sponge), but I would recommend anything like it over the sponges included. I went a little off-topic there, but I just thought I'd share my two cents on it hehe.

It has a sweet, herbal, earthy scent which is Innisfree's signature scent (for face products anyways). I don't have any strong feelings about it, but I think it's rather pleasant. It appears very light when initially applied, however it blends into my skin well after patting it onto my skin and letting it set. The thing I love about these cushion products is that they do not feel heavy on the face at all, in comparison to foundations. It has a cooling sensation when it is first applied to the face, which is interesting but it's a very short-lived feeling. It is also very lightweight, so it feels as if there's nothing on my face. The last thing we want for our makeup is to physically feel the face makeup on our face. I do feel that it is a bit too light for my skin though, but I think it should be fine in winter, when I'm not as tanned. I'm around an NC25 right now, so the 23 shade might have been a better option; but it wasn't available in most of the stores.

The finish is great for those with combination/oily skin, because it has a matte, powder-like finish. It's not the kind of matte that gives off a cakey look; it looks very natural. It minimizes the appearance of pores slightly, and creates a smooth canvas for any additional face makeup such as blush and bronzer. I do not think it accentuates dryness as much as other cushion or liquid face products, but it will definitely do so if you have flaky patches which are noticeable to the eye. Nonetheless, that's easily remedied by applying moisturizer before your base and whatnot. This is not the product for you if you have very dry skin (regardless of the weather); but this might work for you if your skin is oilier during the summer despite being categorized as dry in general. It has medium coverage that is slightly buildable. Although it covers up redness and light blemishes very well, it cannot cover up dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Concealer is recommended if you need additional coverage!

This product definitely lives up to its name too! It's summer right now, but it's not too hot out.  It doesn't live up to the 12 hour claim, but I don't think people should keep their makeup on for that long anyways because it isn't good for the skin. In my personal experience, it lasts around 7-8 hours with the No Sebum Mineral Powder applied, and around 10 hours with MUFE's setting spray (which is one of my new HG products, by the way!). Presumably the mineral powder in the product itself (not the extra that I use on top of it) in it helps keep your makeup lasting longer~ However, some areas begin to look blotchy once the makeup starts to fade a bit due to oil from the skin, which is expected after such a long time too.

Overall, I think it's a great product. I can't seem to find anything wrong with it, and I do think it is worth the price. It has everything one could hope for in a product (except the coverage, perhaps). It's great as an every day cushion, especially in the warmer seasons where you don't want to put on a lot of makeup. In my opinion, it has a nicer finish and a longer lasting power in comparison to high-end foundations that I use. Due to it's high SPF, it isn't a good idea to wear this to events where you know flash photography will be used because it will give off a white cast in photos (ie. picture day, clubbing, etc.), as with most BB/CC creams. Honestly, I would purchase a refill if I ever ran out!

Also something to note: the refill does not fit with the other Amore Pacific cushion pacts (ie. Iope, Laneige, Etude House, etc.). So you can't just purchase the refill and put it in one of those pacts.

+ Long lasting
+ Lightweight
+ Blends smoothly into skin
+ Matte finish
+ Natural looking
+ Refills are available
+ SPF 50/pa++ to protect your skin from sun damage
+ Medium/slightly buildable coverage
+ Great sebum control

C O N S 
- None


W H E R E   T O  B U Y ?
I bought this from rubyruby76 for $16.14, on sale. This usually goes for around $20, and you can find it at the following places: Jolse ($22.50), Beautynetkorea ($22.50), Amazon ($19.59 + $4.30 shipping).

Have you tried any Innisfree products? If so, which ones are your favourites?

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

June/July Haul #1 ★ Aritzia, Anthropologie, etc.


I haven't done a fashion haul since last year; actually, I haven't done a haul post in awhile. Honestly, I don't even go clothes shopping very often since I'm one of those people who repeats various outfits if I really like them LOL. Or I just feel really 'extra' or overdone wearing certain clothes u_u. But I thought I'd get some clothes for the season, because most of my wardrobe is fall/winter clothes or neutral colours. I also have a lot of navy blue, and black clothes. I usually go for versatility, instead of buying clothes solely for the season or trend, so it feels like I got my money's worth (especially if it's above $10-20 LOL). I don't think I've bought any articles of clothing since winter.

Anyways, this is my first instalment of my summer haul. I put June/July for this one, because I purchased all the Aritzia clothes at the end of June, while they were having their private sale~ Other than that, everything else was bought during this month. My next haul post will be on the makeup/skincare products I bought in July; it will be up whenever I receive my package from Beautynetkorea!

I apologize for the colour cast differences LOL. The lighting kept changing throughout the time I was taking the photos.

Talula Narita skirt & Talula Chouette skirt! I really wanted the pink one for some time, but I couldn't bring myself to splurge on it at full price (or even the current sale price). So good thing it was on sale, and the last one in its size in store :D. 

Talula Kent blazer and La Notte jersey shirt. That was the jersey shirt worn in one of my selcas on instagram~

Anthropologie Petticoat and Sinaloa tank. I've never bought clothes from Anthropologie, considering how expensive a fair amount of things are at full price. But I really like the style of their clothes, so this was my first time placing an order on the online store because it's quite inconvenient for me to go to the actual store in Toronto. Although it may have been better to do so, since I got dinged for customs and duties for my order.

[SIDENOTE&STORY] It really irks me when the delivery people don't make an effort to deliver a package, so they just leave the slip in your mailbox or on your doorknob saying that you weren't there to accept it. 

Today I went to pick up my Anthropologie stuff from the post office because of what I mentioned above LOL. So the girl at the post office desk was pretty rude LOL. She didn't accept my driver's license because the address was different from the package, which shouldn't really matter that much if the names match. So she kept telling me to go get proof of address. I came back (after walking 40 minutes back and forth), she takes my slip, and then she gets a phone call. It's her relative or something, and she's having a cheerful conversation on the phone and gives me the 'one moment' finger gesture, like WHO DOES THAT AT WORK? LOL. [/ENDSIDENOTE&STORY]

I spent a lot of time debating between the black and white ruffled tank, but I went with the white one since a lot of my friends said white would be better. It's a little sheer though :c. If I had more money, I would have bought the black one too. The petticoat tank top is still on sale on the website/in stores.

The print tank was a splurge; but the quality feels good, and the ruffles/lace add some weight to the top. I thought the stitching was really nice~

Anthropologie Ingress pullover. This one was love at first sight online LOL. I really like loose fitted sweaters, and the lace pattern and ribbon make it so adorable ;;. The back also adds an interesting touch to the pullover, so it looks a little more special :3. It feelings really soft, including the lace!

Free People and Garage cardigan. I got the Free People cardigan on sale for 75% off ^^. I like how it looks open, more than buttoned up. I got the Garage cardigan because I don't actually have a loose fitted black cardigan, while I have a lot of loose/oversized cream cardigans~ I like having contrast in my outfits :3, so I think this would be good to pair with light coloured/white clothes. Plus, it's alright for summer since it's open-knit and lightweight!

That concludes my haul post 8D. It hasn't been surprisingly hot this summer, in comparison to last year. But here's to hoping it doesn't get ridiculously hot within the next month.

Also, please stay tuned for my Back to School giveaway, which will be up sometime early August!

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Review ★ Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

Hello everyone!

I'm still trying to be more active ;_;~ I recently got my package from Jolse, so I'll do a haul post along with some reviews once I get my Beautynetkorea stuff. That also gives me time to test some of the skin care products I purchased before reviewing them!

Anyways! In March, I bought a bunch of products from Sasa, including this Bioderma cleanser. I was looking for something effective and light on the face, because my skin broke out badly and I didn't want to use a cleansing oil in case that made things worse. I still have some scars on my cheek from that time u_u.

There are numerous reviews raving about this product, so I decided to try it out. It is pretty much an award-winning HG product, as well as a cult favourite to many. The vast majority of reviews speak of this product very highly. It is supposed to be great for those with sensitive skin because of its gentle formula! Also, many people say it tones down redness, since it doesn't irritate their skin when they remove their makeup or use it to cleanse. Whereas some cleansers may be too mild, or the person is just rubbing their face too much.

Anyways! Like my recent posts, please keep reading under the cut if you're interested~


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Monday, 14 July 2014

Review ★ Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion in Peach

Hello, I have another review for you all!

I'll start off by saying that the product name is pretty long. I've never purchased any Etude House face makeup, so this will be my first time using one! The Any Cushion (referred to as such because the title is really long) is supposed to act as a base prior to applying the rest of your makeup. Cushion makeup has been really trendy as of late! From bases to BB/CC creams, to even blushes and eyeliners (Etude House's Lock & Summer line)~

Note that this isn't the Any Cushion BB cream, but a base makeup under the same line/name!

The Any Cushion comes in 3 variations: Magic Mint, Magic Peach, and Magic Pink. It's basically the cushion version of the Sweet Recipe Choux Bases which came in either a jar or a tube. Magic Mint is meant to cancel out redness, Magic Peach is for brightening up dull skin tones, and Magic Pink is meant for pale skin tones with red undertones.

I purchased the one in Magic Peach because I have yellow undertones, and plus, who doesn't want brighter, healthier looking skin? Continue under the cut for the rest of my review ^^!


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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Review ★ Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing Oil *LIGHT*

Hello friends!

I finally got around to buying more cosmetics and skincare products online, instead of solely the ones from Sephora. Hopefully everything will arrive before the end of July for a July haul post ^^~ I'm going to try making a post every 1-2 weeks to keep my blog active!

Today I will be reviewing this cleansing oil from Holika Holika! Cleansing oils have become a huge trend, but I think a lot of people are reluctant to try them out because of the word 'oil'. Most people try to remove traces of oil from their skin to avoid looking greasy or breaking out, but some oil is necessary to keep your skin healthy. Anyways! It's works in a similar fashion to waterproof makeup removers, but with skin care benefits. Most cleansing oils do a really great job at removing all traces of makeup, without clogging pores.

This one is the light cleansing oil, so it is supposed to be suitable for oily skin too. It also comes as the Soda Pore BB Deep Cleansing Oil, which is supposed to remove even the toughest of waterproof makeup and impurities. It does not contain mineral oil, so you don't have to worry about it irritating your skin or causing breakouts.

I'm going to start using the read more cut, so that it saves on space. The comment link is also relatively small and kind of blends in with everything else, so I think it would just be easier to use a cut.


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