Month: November 2014

Holika Holika Real Skin Finish Review (Oily/Combination aka “Purple” Variety)

Today I’m going to finally post my Holika Holika Real Skin Finish review. This is a product that I’ve recommended to a few people across the internet, and it was the first Holika Holika product that I tried and loved – so you could say that this product is entirely responsible for starting my love affair with the Holika Holika brand!

I’ve seen a lot of confusion over just what, exactly, the Real Skin Finish is even meant to do for your skin. Well, it’s kind of a multi-purpose product. It functions as a makeup base, a CC cream, a brightening product, a sunscreen, and even manages to give you some hydration as well. There are two varieties available: the purple is meant for oily/combo skin types, and the pink is meant for people with dryer skin. I have the oily/combo skin variety, so that’s what I’ll be talking about today. If you’re interested in the pink version, Muse posted a good review here.

There is also a “premium” version of this product with higher SPF and some other ingredients, but I don’t have it so I can’t really give you any honest comparisons.

holika holika real skin finish

Let’s start with the fact that the container is soooo freaking cute! It’s a shiny lavender plastic tub (I know, not really hygienic, but as this stuff is pretty thick I kinda understand why, I guess) with possibly the prettiest Butterfly-emblazoned cap that you’ve ever seen. Witness:

butterfly cap

Cute, cute, cute. I will note that it appears my camera washed out the pale lavender a bit – it’s looking pretty pink in some of these photos. I expect it has to do with the shiny/reflective plastic that’s on the cap, making it a little hard to get a true color. It’s definitely a pastel lavender IRL, not light pink.

open cream

The cream itself is a very, very pale pinky-lavender, really almost white. However, don’t worry – it blends easily and won’t make you look like a mime or anything! Like so many Asian “whitening” products, this relies on the sunscreen ingredients to give you a slight white cast for the brightening effect. If you use too much and don’t blend it well, you’ll look a bit pasty, so you do need to take care and make sure that you don’t go overboard! It’s for this reason (and the sub-par SPF 25 rating) that I’d recommend you still use another, stronger sunscreen product if you plan on being in sunlight – depending on your skintone, you may not be able to use enough of the Real Skin Finish to get the full SPF 25, and even then, SPF 50 is really a better choice. However, on overcast days when I know I’ll not be going outside (or when I’m on a nocturnal schedule and I’ll be indoors), I do sometimes just leave my SPF at this product since it should be sufficient for days when my sun exposure is so limited.

Obviously, since this has sunscreens and those can be very clogging for most people, you’ll want to wash this off with a good makeup remover or oil cleanser at the end of the day. Even though it feels really hydrating, don’t be tempted to use it as a night cream!

Click the read more for swatches and a full review!

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AWESOME Glow Glow Balm Review

So… the AWESOME Glow Glow Balm. I received this product in my Pinkaholic Memebox, and it’s one of the products that I’ve been using pretty frequently.

glow glow balm

I briefly covered my feelings on this product in the previously mentioned unboxing post, but I figured I’d go a little more in depth since a few people seemed particularly interested in the Glow Glow Balm.

Here are the details that were given on the Memebox information card:

This ultra hydrating and soothing balm made with argan, olive, macadamia oils delivers soothing hydration wherever you need it. With its concentrated formula, a little goes a long way. It balances the moisture levels in the skin, and gives skin a healthy, glowing sheen. It can be used together with a facial cream for extra moisture and glow, and it can also be used in place of a lip balm, a hand cream, and a highlighter.

How to use: After cleansing and toning the skin, apply a small amount of balm onto the skin and massage into dry areas.

Full Size: 45g for $42

They also created this “how to use” video, so you can get a look of how it mixes with other products, looks on lips, and see all of Memebox’s ideas for different ways to use the balm:

Click past the read more to get my thoughts!

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Superbox #54 Pinkaholic Memebox Review & Unboxing

I know, I know. I’m really behind on my Memebox review posts, largely because I just haven’t had the drive for beauty blogging lately. On the bright side, this means that I’ve actually had a chance to use a couple of these products for a month-ish already, so full reviews will be incoming & I can give a better overview of them in this post.

Today’s unboxing will by the Superbox # 54 Pinkaholic Memebox review. Here’s the premise of the box, according to Memebox’s site:

Life is so much better in shades of pink!

Pink cotton candy clouds, baby pink lips, happy pink balloons, little presents with big pink bows, bubbly pink champagnes, sweet pink peas… at Memebox we’re so obsessed with all things pink!

If you’re a fellow pinkholic, this is the box for you! Filled with every shade of pink that you can possibly imagine, and all lovely pink-y things, this box is an explosion of pretty, pink beauty things that will surely satisfy all you pink manias!

I’ve always loved pink (when I was little, I often told people that my favorite color was “cotton pink” which apparently confused my mother to no end – but I meant, like, cotton candy, you know?) and obviously, if you’ve been reading my blog here, you know that I love cute packaging. So I was instantly sold on this particular superbox as soon as I saw the listing!

first look

Here’s the first look. The hot pink Memebox packaging really suits this box, you know? If you’ve never received a Memebox before, they come shipped in BRIGHT PINK bubble mailers and then a hot pink box within the mailer. I love it!

pinkaholic memebox

…And here’s everything laid out and unboxed. It really is a whole lotta pink products, eh? I personally think they did a really good job and selecting products that were PINK PINK PINK yet still very functional and useful.

Let’s get down to the blow-by-blows for each product. As always, if you’re viewing this from the main page, please click the read more to see the entire post!

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Skinfood Steam Milk Bubble Mask Review

When I posted this Galactus-size haul, the product that everyone seemed to be most interested in a review for was this baby, the Skinfood Steam Milk Bubble Mask. I suspect a lot of that attention was because, at least for us non-Korean-speakers, it’s a slightly confusing product. Is it a mask? If so, then why does the product description on the Skinfood site call it a cleanser? Yet Urban Outfitters’ website calls it a mask (no, I’m not linking to them, because, to put it as politely as possible: fuck Urban Outfitters for a myriad of reasons)… is it a cleanser that can double as a wash-off mask?

steam milk

After testing this product both ways for a little over a month, my verdict is: it’s both. Or at least, it seems to perform quite sufficiently for both roles! I think that I personally like using this product as a wash-off mask a little more than I like it as a cleanser, but I’m probably getting ahead of myself a bit by saying that now. I’ll go over how it works both as a cleanser and a mask, and you can be the judge over which way you think it’s meant to be used!

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