KBEAUTY | AmorePacific The Essential Creme Fluid

Ingredients:

Water, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Propanediol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Arginine, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate 2, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance.

I really wanted to like this bc it sounds like a lightweight but moisturizing lotion and I got it on sale in a kit from Sephora that came with a trial cleanser. Personally with my large pores and combination skin, the moisturizer doesn’t really absorb into the skin, leaves a shiny finish and doesn’t really make my skin feel moisturized throughout the day. I also noticed Dimethicone is pretty high on the list – while it doesn’t make me break out it seems to give me blackheads more easily.

On Sephora’s website they recommend melting it with your fingers then applying to your face. I do think that helps with the absorption a bit but I prefer something I can apply without warming up (aka most gel moisturizers)

I personally will use this up as a neck and body lotion for the remainder of its life, as it is 90ml (3 oz) for $98 (it seems overpriced but for 3 oz it’s not as bad as some 1.7 oz out there). It also has a light fragrance… I can’t put my finger on what it is but it’s somewhat pleasant but remind me of older ladies.

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LIPSTICK | Maybelline Spice for Me

Orange brown toned pumpkin like lipstick

Per ush Maybelline’s lipstick doesn’t disappoint. I got “Spice for Me” bc a random Taiwanese blogger I follow (Lure Hsu) said it goes with her skin tone.

Personally I think this color is too deep for my taste, but it’ll be fun in the fall. Maybelline lipsticks generally have a slight… fragrance. If you smell it in the store and don’t mind it, I think their lipstick line is amazing for the price

This line of “made for all” lipsticks has mauve, red, pink, fuschia, ruby and plum. If I actually wore red lipsticks I’d try the red, but none of the other colors intrigue me

~$5+ for 0.15 oz

LIPSTICK | Sephora #lipstories #3 Oui!

Texture is very creamy, easy to rub off and moist feeling. If you’re a regular lipstick wearer you might notice that moist lipsticks are probably the most pleasant to use. Or definitely the type that I gravitate towards using daily.

A lot of the ‘long wearing’ stuff looks terrible if you eat anything oily. So I don’t actually mind reapplying – I actually wipe off my lipstick before eating bc I don’t want to eat a lot of lipstick. Oui! is a nice natural color but not an everyday color for me bc I still love my coral pinks

For Sephora the price on this is really reasonable, although the packging isn’t very luxurious (it’s a thin cardboard over plastic) – idk if this could live in my purse without being destroyed

$8 for 0.14 / 4 g Made in Italy – fancy

LIQUID LIP | L’Oreal – I Achieve

^ as you can see it is not kiss PROOF but doesn’t completely rub off

This lip product has a thin texture so it’s not your typical liquid lipstick. It dries down and is not sticky like the Maybelline ones. The only gripe I have is I feel like they don’t have a lot of super wearable colors? I chose an orange bc I would actually wear this.

The packaging is def nicer than a lot of liquid lips I’ve seen, esp for drugstore.

$10+ for 0.23 oz / 7 ml

SPF | Anessa Essence UV SPF 35 PA+++

Bought a 20ml size in case I didn’t like it. I used it for 2-3 days in a row and got pimples over my cheeks o_O nothing in my skincare’s really changed so it seems like this is too rich for my skin, with or without moisturizer underneath. Compared to the Gold sensitive UV aqua booster mild (picture below) the texture is thicker and less white. I remember trying this sunscreen at the Korean or Taiwan airport on my hand but the texture is different… Maybe I should buy it in Asia at a store in case it’s not authentic. All in all, at least I can use it on my body, and 20ml is easy to carry for touch ups. I want to try the whitening UV gel next since it says it prevent spots and freckles… which I have

If you’re not familiar with Anessa, it’s one of the subsidiaries under Shiseido that is supposed to provide more protection. I was first intrigued after seeing Citrine post about it (see her site here) since I’ve been getting a lot of freckles with old age. Apparently the gold one is very waterproof and good for outdoor activities.

I got mine on eBay here

~$14 for 20ml (0.67 oz)

LIPSTICK | Lisa Eldrige in Go Lightly

If anyone follows Lisa Eldrige, she recently had a video where she spent an absurd amount of money on Audrey Hepburn’s Cartier lipstick holder, in which she found a tiny bit of Audrey’s used almost gone lipstick that’s similar to this shade. With the name “Go Lightly” I can only assume it is a reference to Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Admittedly the price of this is a little over how much I would usually pay for a non-brand lipstick, but I trust that Lisa would make great products in her decades experience as a makeup artist.

This color is a bit brighter than I would want, it’s creamy and medium pigmented – for full coverage you’ll have to layer more

Price: ~$35 converted to USD for 0.12 oz / 3.5 g + $3 shipping

SPF | Clarins UV Plus SPF 50

My friend recommended this to me, but this feels a bit heavier than some sunscreens with a similar fluid texture that you have to shake before using.
I am 26 with combination oily skin that’s somewhat fresh out of breaking out frequently. I feel like Clarins might be for more mature skin, as this makes my skin more dewy and oily throughout the day (doesn’t break me out though, which is great). I will say that a little goes a long way bc this doesn’t dry quickly. The first time I applied it I used my usual amount with other fluid sunscreens and it was WAY too much, I looked pretty oily.

Keep in mind the 2nd ingredient is dimethicone and the 3rd ingredient is alcohol denat, I’m surprised it doesn’t dry my skin out.

Price: $43 for 1.7 oz – the price point also seems like it’s more for mature skin

MASCARA | L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof

I’ve been into makeup since my early high school years and always heard about Telescopic from Youtubers or people who look like they have nice lashes. I was really excited to finally see a waterproof version since my straight, thin Asian lashes lose a curl super easily. To start, obv it has a rubber bristle brush, which helps a lot with separating and non clumping. For me, this was the perfect darkening/lengthening mascara that keeps my lashes separated. Would definitely repurchase – although I noticed after several uses, it volumnizes at the base of your lashes more than defining it, I assume bc the formula gets dry?

Price: $9+ for 0.24 oz / 7.3 ml

ACNE | Aesop Control acne treatment

Pros

  1. Not drying/irritating
  2. Pleasant scent
  3. Effective on small blemishes
  4. All natural (plant tased)
  5. Invisible

Cons:

  1. Kind of expensive
  2. Not effective on cystic acne

If you like natural products and have minor acne issues, you will love this.

I was told to use this after moisturizer, but depending on how thick your moisturizer is you may want to consider applying it before.

I got mine in Australia, in the state it looks to be $23 for 0.3 oz / 9 ml