Ayo everyone! I was quietly enjoying my well deserved holiday but had to go back to work Wednesday afternoon… to pick up my YesStyle parcel, which I had sent to the office =.=. The things I do for you, eh! XD No, seriously, I just couldn’t wait to receive this parcel because I had ordered some good products to try – a nice BB Cream selection from Korean brand Missha, and some other items which were nicely recommended to me!
For once, I had time to play with my “new toys”, and I decided to make a small review for you with all the pictures! Check it out!
First things first: the parcel. Just like when you order clothes on the website, you’ll receive the infamous white box with the YesStyle logo on it.
What I like with YesStyle is that they always pack things well and with care.
What I ordered this month: I ordered several Missha BB creams, that Shu Uemura eyelash curler (a lot of beauty addicts swear by it), a Bobby Brown cream eyeliner (as recommended by friends, as I need to replace my MAC one), Etude House’s false underlashes, and an eyebrow pencil by Revlon that I wanted to try. I also got some freebies!
Now that I’ve shown you my selection, let’s move on to the individual reviews…
‘Cause I’m preparing an overall BB Cream review, I decided to start by testing some from Missha. Why Missha? Simply because I heard they (possibly the only ones) make BB cream in a darker shade than the ones usually sold by the other Korean brands. It is an important detail, especially if, like me, you don’t have typical Korean fair complexion. Blemish Balm reviews are everywhere on the net but they are rarely done by someone with a darker skintone. So I might give it a go.
For noq, I will just share my initial view on the products. Once I start using them daily (probably after I return from my holiday in Korea, next month), I will post a complete review of those products.
This BB Cream is hypoallergenic, and is said to whiten, have anti-aging properties, and provide sun protection to the skin. Containing organic and botanical ingredients, its formula offers high coverage and long-lasting hydration.
OK, I have to admit, I’m quite impressed by the result. It is a well known fact that only a small amount of BB cream is needed as they generally have high coverage. The small drop could have covered half of my hand if I hadn’t removed some of the product with a tissue (I wanted to keep some untouched skin on my hand to try the other BB creams that I bought). It has a light texture, as has been said, and is quite good in terms of coverage (I always try it out on my vein marks to test for coverage).
I am a bit concerned after the first use: I bought the shade, #23 Natural Yellow Beige, and the little drop I put on the back of my hand looks pink to me. Same when I spead it out at first, but soon the beige pigments start to show up when oxidising, finally evening out my skin tone. I do have a darker tone on my face than hands, so the real test will come when I start using it daily.
As for the packaging – the tube looks really nice, which I guess explains why this BB cream is more expensive than others. I was expecting a squeezable tube, but it’s actually made of hard plastic.
The M Perfect Cover BB Cream gives even and natural-looking coverage coupled with soothing, moisturising properties of a cream. It is suitable for all skin types including acne-prone skin, and can be used as a makeup base or foundation. It has whitening and anti-wrinkle action and UV protection (with SPF 42 PA+++!!).
One of Missha’s bestsellers, and the only one that is available in a darker shade (Missha BB creams are available in the following shades: #21 for fair, #23 for medium, #31, for darker or tanned complexion). I was really hesitant to choose #23, as #31 is not available on YesStyle and I was worried #23 would be too light for me. But still, I decided to give it a go.
This BB cream has a thicker and creamier texture compared to the M Signature Real Complete BB cream. Even though it has the same shade number (#23), this one is actually darker. I tested it for a night out, and I can say I am quite impressed: it have a soothing effect on my skin. I had some skin trouble recently, and I had to change my cleanser, so it was a real test for #23. It doesn’t offer very high coverage (but then again, it did say it has natural coverage, so…). Anyways, it does even out skintone and gives the appearance of smooth skin. Concerning the shade, I really need to apply just a little bit on my face as a thicker coat would make my skin lighter than usual (in an obvious way), so small drops evenly spread are just enough!
The third (and last BB cream) that I bought is the M Cover BB Balm Pack. Unlike the others, this one is available in a compact case and in a rich creamy texture for the ones who haven’t got enough time to do their makeup the morning. It is particularly suitable for oily skin, and is said to have mattifying properties. It contains caviar, squalane and collagen, for a light, natural, buildable finish.
Once again, I was expecting to get the same shade as the others, as it is the same number (#23). But when applied, it actually goes on lighter than the others. As it is a balm, not a cream, its texture is much lighter and offers less coverage. I can’t tell you much about it at the moment, but I do like that it comes in a compact case – very handy for on-the-go use. Because it is lighter, it might fit better on my winter skin. I will let you know if I end up liking this product!
One thing people don’t always realise, is that BB cream needs some drying time so that the pigment can blend into the skin. When first applied, it always seems much lighter than it really is, but you need to let it settle a bit to see if it fits your skintone. See the difference:
OK, I did made a mistake on what I wrote on the picture, I actually let it dry for 15 minutes, not 5 minutes. See the difference? M Signature seems to blend nicely on my hand (because my hands are much lighter than my face), M Perfect Cover is slightly darker (a bit like the colour of my face), and M Cover Balm is still lightest, but not really upon application.
The last Missha product that I bought is this BB cream cleanser. Yes! BB creams have a thicker texture than normal tinted moisturisers, making them harder to remove than regular foundation. This product has been designed to eliminate all traces of BB cream and let your regular cleanser do the rest.
This cleansing oil needs to be applied onto dry skin first, massage and rinse with lukewarm water. A process that’s a little bit unusual (I had trouble getting used to it). The oil became soapy water when water was added, but didn’t foam or leave any greasy feeling on my skin once rinsed off – my skin was very smooth. I have acne-prone skin (oily on the T-zone), so it is important for me to cleanse the pores properly and not leave any impurities (in order to avoid breakouts). This product, enriched with botanical extracts, also easily removes waterproof makeup. So far, I haven’t had a bad reaction to the product and my skin is quite happy with the results!
This product is a little bit expensive, but I would definitely buy it again! People tend to spend a lot of money on expensive creams, but for me, the most important thing is deep cleansing with a smooth finish. This product is quite perfect for me ^^
Etude House Under Lash
I am a sucker for false eyelashes. I now have a large collection of all kinds of falsies, bu I was lacking a pair of “underlashes” (the ones that go under the eyes). I love Etude House because their packaging is always adorable These ones were really cheap and they come with glue. Very handy, if you ask me XD.
I just finished my M.A.C cream eyeliner pot, so I thought i would be a good idea to try this one. People recommended this as well, and although I’m not particularly a fan of Bobbi Brown, I am very happy with it! It has a very creamy texture, is easy to work with and to apply, especially if you do creative make-up (like I do…). The shade is a natural black, so it is also perfect for daywear. I might do a comparison one day, with another eyeliner cream that I have ((Etude House Code B, which has a vinyl finish).
Oh I’ve wanted to try this one out for the longest time! All YouTube beauty gurus swear by it and I was very curious to see what all the fuss was about…
Well, let’s say, once again, that I was pleasantly surprised. The Shu Uemura curler curls my lashes perfectly and allows an easier mascara application, as they are left nicely placed and curved. This curler has been specially designed to provide the perfect angle for those with doll-like eyes. Japanese are the best XD My eyes have a funny shape, and my eyelashes are short, straight and badly lined. It is a luxury, but this little luxury will sure make my life easier!
I also compared this product with the Kirkland one that I bought along with my makeup brushes, and it’s one I usually use. I used to be happy with it, but the black rubber kept falling out, so I was wasting more time trying to find it in my purse than actually curling my lashes. The only thing the S.U. was lacking was the little grips on the handles, but I just transfered them from the Kirkland’s.
Please bear in mind you may not find this product on the website, probably because it is out of stock. It did happen once and I suppose you’ll just have to wait a few weeks when they put it back up for order – so be patient and also act fast when you see it available!
The last product that I bought is an eyebrow pencil. This 2-in-1 has an eyebrow marker on one end and a highlighter on the other. The highlighter reminds me a lot of Anastasia’s, an American brand specialising in eyebrow makeup (and good quality as well). This is a good alternative if you don’t live in the U.S., or you just want something similar. The eyebrow shade looks a little bit dark, but it does suit my skin tone nicely. I usually use eye shadow to colour my brows, but this is handy if you don’t have time and are on the go.