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Tony Moly Latte Art Milk-Cacao Pore Pack Review

If you know me at all, you know that I love coffee. I usually drink one or two pots a day, and while I favor darker roasts, I’m not cool enough to drink it black – I like to dress up my lattes with flavored syrups, whipped cream, and sprinkles, both for the taste and also because it ends up looking really cute!

So it’s probably no surprise at all that, when I first discovered that Tony Moly’s Latte Art line was a thing, I immediately decided to try at least SOME of the products. After all, they’re not only based on delicious cafe beverages, some of them are even packaged to look like hot drinks!

Thus far I’ve had the pleasure of trying two products from Tony Moly’s Latte Art line: the Milk Tea primer (which I looove and will write a review about soon) and this Milk-Cacao Pore Pack. I really enjoy both products to the point that I’ve been recommending them to people online, but recently I was telling some people on Reddit about how cute and effective the mask is in particular. I honestly think that this mask is a perfect gift idea for anyone who likes cute cosmetics and coffee, so I figured that I should make a review of it to help anyone who was interested in snagging this item during their holiday shopping – whether it’s as a gift or just for yourself!

tony moly latte art milk-cacao pore pack

See, how cute is that?! It’s in the shape of a tiny mug of coffee and cream. The dark, “coffee” color is the deep-cleaning part, and the milky cream color is the moisturizing component. You’re meant to mix them together in whatever ration that you like – as you can see, I’ve mixed about a third of this container so far.

This might sound a little fussy, but it’s actually very easy because the little “stirring spoon” that you see sitting on top of the mug is actually your spatula slash mixing spoon!

spatula

As you see here, the lid has a little groove where your spatula can click into place, so it’s very easy to store. I’ve dropped and knocked over my mug and the spatula stayed in place, so it’s a relief for klutz-o-trons like myself! It’s for this reason and the sheer cuteness factor that I’m willing to give this product a pass about the jar packaging. Since the product rinses off so easily (more on that later), washing off the spatula when you’re done is a snap, and you don’t have to worry about storage… for jar packaging, this is about as good as it’s gonna get, I think.

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Tony Moly Petite Bunny Bar Lip Gloss Review – No. 6 Juicy Orange

The other day, I posted some photos of a few of my recent Korean beauty purchases. One of those items was the almost sickeningly cute Tony Moly Petite Bunny Bar Lip Gloss in #6, Juicy Orange. I tried it out today, so I thought I’d give my thoughts for anyone who was curious about this product and, in particular, the orange shade.

Here's the gloss next to one of my other purchases, an Etude House nail polish.
Here’s the gloss next to one of my other purchases, an Etude House nail polish.

Obviously, the packaging is insanely adorable. Each shade has a different “expression” on the bunny’s face, too, which I love. Apparently my bunny is doing his best Grumpy Cat impression, as he looks totally unimpressed…

Here's the open gloss - you can see that it's just a solid stick that you can swivel up and down from the base.
Here’s the open gloss – you see that it’s a solid stick that you can swivel up/down from the base.

The color in that photo is a little misleading, IMO – yes, the solid gloss part looks SUPER orange, but when you apply it, it’s really not such a strong shade at all. In fact, it’s rather sheer, so you can build it to your desired strength. To me, the color applies as a nice, glossy peachy-melon color, but it’s possible that my lip’s natural pigment is giving it more pink undertones than it actually has. According to random strangers, my lips are very pigmented on their own (yes, when I worked in a salon/beauty shop I’d have random customers try to buy my “lip gloss shade” when it was just me wearing a clear lip balm… oops?) – you can see here:

This is my natural lip tone, no balm or anything.
This is my natural lip color, no balm included.

First of all, this lip gloss is really effective as a balm as well. I didn’t need to put any balm on underneath it, the gloss applied smoothly and evenly all on its own. It’s also actually hydrating, so my lips don’t feel dry within 5 minutes (my lips are REALLY dry, so this is awesome for me – even a lot of supposedly “heavy duty” lip balms don’t moisturize enough for me, much less supposedly hydrating lip colors).

The balm has a very mild, not-too-sweet orange scent. It’s nowhere near as strong as, say, those old Bonne Bell Lip Smackers we all used to collect in middle school, but the flavor is there.

A liberal application of gloss gives a nice, smooth, peach-melon shine and a dose of moisture as well!
A liberal application of gloss gives a nice, smooth, peach-melon shine and a dose of moisture as well!

As you can see, this isn’t a super-pigmented, pow-boom-bang knock ’em out lip color – it’s more of a light gloss that allows you to play with some colors that you might not normally wear (such as orange!) without going too far out of your comfort zone if, like myself, you tend to prefer a more natural look for everyday wear.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of my bare lips and glossed lips, just in case it helps people see the color a bit better:

I have to admit, it feels a little weird taking so many pictures of my mouth!
I have to admit, it feels a little weird taking so many pictures of my mouth!

As for wear and longevity, it seems average. A decent amount of the color WILL come off if you do the napkin test, and if you’re drinking/eating you’ll probably wear the gloss away. However, since this gloss is so sheer and acts very balm-like, reapplication isn’t a big deal since you’re not likely to go overboard with the color even without a mirror; additionally, since you can forego lip balm with this product, you can just reapply as you would your normal balm. Plus, that cute packaging is just begging to be used around other people, right?

I’m really happy with this purchase – it’s soooooooooo cute and the color suits my recent peach/melon/coral craze perfectly. I’m also loving the hydrating effects of the gloss, since most “tinted balms” end up disappointing me on the moisture aspect. I’d definitely like to buy a few more of the colors – if they’re all as texturally smooth, hydrating, and have the same sheer pop of color, having a few shades in my cosmetic wardrobe sounds like a really excellent idea.

I purchased this balm from rinishop for $5.44, however you can also find it on Amazon from quite a few sellers, usually in the $6-7 range. W2 Beauty also carries the entire range of colors.

That about wraps it up – thanks for checking out my Tony Moly Petite Bunny Bar Lip Gloss review – it’s a really fun, cute product that gives great color and moisture, so I definitely recommend it!

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Small Korean Beauty Haul (Featuring Holika Holika, Etude House and Tony Moly)

I’ve alluded to it before, but last month I went a little nuts and bought a TON of Korean cosmetics/skincare. A few of those products turned up today, so I decided to see how my Kindle Fire’s camera handled taking some haul photos. The verdict? Um… passable, I guess, but it was a pain and I definitely need more practice with setting up shots so I can avoid that obnoxious glare! I think that’s my biggest hurdle when taking these photos. Well, that and the fact that the Kindle doesn’t have any sort of preview display that I can see when I’m taking photos of anything other than myself, haha.

Small Haul - Wide Shot

I used the June GLOSSYBOX‘s packaging as a backdrop – just to be patriotic since it’s July, and also because that box was so pretty! I’m not sure if the colors/pattern helped or hindered my glare issues, though…

Anyhow, on to the goodies! Click the read more to expand and see my mini Korean beauty haul, crappy photos and all~

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