Drugstore Basic Trio REVIEW

 For me, whenever I leave the house I have to wear 3 products – foundation, concealer and an eyebrow filler. It’s pretty basic stuff but it means that I feel well presented, but not too made up so it’s sort of my everyday go-to look. So today I’m going to really quickly review 3 basics easily available from any UK drugstore and they are the:

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer

Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Pencil Continue reading “Drugstore Basic Trio REVIEW”

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Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum REVIEW

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Cost: £14 (Free P+P)

Seller: Ebay


Brand Reputation

Innisfree is South Korea’s first all natural skincare and cosmetics company and is owned by Amore Pacific. Products include many organic ingredients and many from Jeju Island. Some of their bestsellers include Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, Water Glow Cushion and No Sebum Mineral Powder.

What Does It Claim?

A moisturizing serum with the organic Jeju green tea water and green tea seeds to hydrate your skin from within.

1. More moisturizing and fresh with the 100% squeezed green tea
Rich in amino acids and minerals, green tea from the fresh Jeju green tea leaves hydrate your skin

2. Dual Moisture-Rising Technology from the green tea and green tea seed oil
The fresh green tea water deeply hydates your skin and the green tea seed oil creates a strong moisture barrier to keep your skin moisturized for a longer period.

3. The first skincare applied after face wash, so it holds moisture inside your skin to prevent any moisture loss.

Ingredients

Green Tea Extract (75.9%), Propanediol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Ethanol, Glycerin, Betaine, The green Tea Seed Oil (208mg), Prickly Pear Extract, Orchid Extract, Tangerine Peel Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Orange Extract, Tangerine Extract, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sorbitan Olivate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cocoa Extract, Dextrin, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

Doesn’t contain: parabens, synthetic colorants, mineral oil, animal-originated ingredients, imdazolidinyl urea

The thing that pleased me most was that green tea extract was the first and main ingredient. Sometimes a product will market itself containing an ingredient that may not even be in the actual thing. A bit about green tea and it’s properties: the medicinal properties of tea are attributed to flavonoid phytochemicals called polyphenols. The polyphenols found in tea mainly belong to the subtype called catechins. Green tea has more catechins than black tea (about 25% vs 4%). Numerous studies have shown tea polyphenols to have protective effects against free radicals, cardiovascular damage, some cancers, infections and toxins, and there have been a number of encouraging studies of skin benefits of green tea. Studies have demonstrated that topical green tea formulations reduce sun damage. Green tea appears to exert sun damage protection by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation rather than by blocking UV rays. Therefore, green tea may synergistically enhance sun protection when used in addition to a sunscreen. A small study also showed benefits of 2% polyphenone (via a particular type of green tea extract) in papulopustular rosacea. [From http://www.smartskincare.com/treatments/topical/greentea.html]

So, from a little research I’m pleased with the ingredients, especially the benefits of the green tea, (it’s also organic and from Jeju Island, and everybody loves Jeju Island), however, it would be even better without the added fragrance.

Appearance + Packaging

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One side of the packaging. It’s nice that Innisfree have included information in English, and I’m not sure if you can see it, but it also tells you where to include it in your routine

The outer packaging feels like it’s made from recycled packaging and the text is printed with soy ink, which fits into the brand’s naturalistic image. The actual product is housed in green hard plastic with a brown pump. The pump releases the amount recommended for one application, (but of course if you need more, use more.) If you apply all you products to your neck as well as your face, (you really should), you may want to use two pumps.

I’m not sure why, but the green container makes me feel happy – maybe because it connotes nature and leaves and all that summery stuff?

IMG_4228IMG_4227 Initial Thoughts

Before buying this I used the h20+ Oasis 24 Hydrating Booster, although only about 3 times a week. I invested into the Innisfree serum wanting to try it out in conjunction with a new Japanese toner I had bought, and also because I rarely finish products unless I really like them (or can’t afford to buy anything new fml). When I first started using this serum I really enjoyed to scent and found my skin to be getting softer each day I used it. However, the effects started wearing off after a few weeks and I wondered if it was just my new toner and BHA helping my skin, and whether this was a dud product in my skincare routine. However, when I took it out completely from both my morning and evening routines I found my skin dryer and more irritated than before. Once I started using the Green Tea Seed Serum again, my skin was fine. So all in all, I think it’s a really good, moisturising product that really helps keep skin smooth and calm.

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Second Thoughts

After using the product for a longer period of time, I still think it really does something that I can’t comprehend to make my skin look… well, just better. However, I do think that it is not as moisturising as I initially thought. Especially when I was using a BHA almost every day, I found if I didn’t use enough moisturising toner and a rich balm my skin would start getting really dry and my redness would flare up. And so, I came up with the conclusion that, in times like winter, and when I’m using BHA solutions using this serum isn’t enough to keep my skin properly hydrated. However, as the weather is getting really hot, I’ve really enjoyed using it, and I think it is a really good item to add to your routine as it’s light and easily absorbed leaving your skin supple but not sticky.

Overal Opinion

+ A decent – good moisturising serum that maintains moist and soft skin

+ Easily absorbed

+ Smells awesome (fresh and clean)

+ Great in summer as it’s light and refreshing

+ Lasts a long time

– Slightly pricy

– Probably not suitable for very dry skin, or for those who use a lot of BHA/AHA exfoliants

– Maybe not as effective if not used with moisturising toners and lotions etc

Rating: 3.5/5 or 4/5

Would I Recommend It?

I think I can comfortably say that if you want a simple serum that does (to an extent) what it says on the tin, but I think the rating I give it varies in accordance with a multitude of factors. For instance, as this is summer, and the weather is super hot at the moment, I would give this a higher rating, however, in winter, I would probably recommend something a bit more rich. By itself, the serum does hydrate your skin, and it’s a dream to use of a stuffy night, so if you’re looking for a serum to buy and use this summer and want to use a product that’s highly recommended by a lot of people, definitely give it a go if you can.

Verite UV Multi Cushion DX Shade 23 REVIEW

It’s my first blog post as CAMIKAMI, and I hope it won’t be my last~

So a bit about why I decided to start with the Verite UV Multi Cushion. Basically, because there were’t any in my time of need. A few months ago when I was researching the BB cushion I couldn’t find many, (or even any), in depth reviews for this product so that’s why I took matters into my own hands and decided to write a review myself for those interested in it. WARNING: scroll down to the bottom for the brief review and rating


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Cost: £26.36+£1.69 P+P

Seller: Ebay

What my package included: Product + refill + two free gifts

Brand Reputation

I couldn’t actually find very much regarding brand information so I can really only go on what I can see for myself. Verite is under Amore Pacific and products are not widely distributed as far as I can see because it is quite difficult to source their products outside of Asian countries as stockists like YesStyle and roseroseshop do not stock them, (I resorted to Ebay). Both versions of the multi cushion have been very popular nether-the-less, with the later version, (DX), winning an Allure Best of Beauty Award in 2014. Verite products are usually in the middle price range bracket and use simplistic packaging with brand emphasis more on skincare rather than make up.

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On the left: no makeup On the right: one layer of BB cream. You can tell its slightly more yellow and a tad darker than my natural colour, but I guess it makes me look like I have sun kissed skin

What Does It Claim?

  1. Powerful moisturising (using ingredients like Hydro Essence Water & Beta-glucan)
  2. Coating cover (using LayerFit technology)
  3. Anti-wrinkle function
  4. Whitening
  5. UV protection
  6. Cooling effect

Ingredients

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Arbutin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Lecithin, Beta-Glucan, Ceramide 3, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Soy Sterol Acetate, Stearic Acid, Adenosine, Acetyl Glucosamine, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Arginine/Lysine Polypeptide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Alcohol, Isostearic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyglyceryl-8 Stearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Propanediol, Phytosphingosine, Hyaluronic Acid, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499, Fragrance Ingredients wise, the BB cream is not horrendously bad, but at the same time it does have a few dodgy ingredients. It contains some ingredients like titanium dioxide, Stearic acid and Dimethicone that are slightly comedogenic and may pose risk of irritation to very acne prone skin, though unlikely. The two ‘worst’ ingredients are Ethylhexyl Palmitate and Isopropyl Palmitate which both score 4 on COSDNA as they are fragrances. Fragrance in general is something to avoid, especially if you have sensitive skin. Below is a link to a trusted, and beauty bible status website that gives the low down on why to avoid fragrance in skincare: http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/sensitive-skin/_/fragrance-and-skin-care-smells-like-trouble

Appearance + Packaging

Like other products in Verite’s lines, the packaging isn’t faffy, but rather very sleek and aesthetically pleasing in my makeup bag. It comes in a box with the refill, instructions and the actual BB cream. It is housed in shiny white casing with a rose gold coloured rim which makes it seem pretty high-end (even though it kind of is). It just fits into the palm and is very lightweight. There is also a decent sized, good quality mirror in the lid which helps application on the go although, over time, it’s gotten a little grubby so you can keep it clean with a damp tissue. IMG_4152 IMG_4150 Initial Thoughts

My previous BB cream had been Skin79’s VIP Gold Collection Super+ Beblish Balm so this was my first BB cushion. Rather annoyingly shade 23 was slightly too dark for my winter half asian skin, and since I have no intentions to tan during summer it will remain ever so slightly dark. I would probably have gone for a 22 if it existed as 21 would be much too light. Formula wise, when I first used it I loved how it provided medium coverage and left my skin supple with a lovely dewy look. It didn’t fully cover my rosacea, but left my cheeks looking a healthy pink so blusher wasn’t necessary. However there was a problem of grease on the forehead and nose and slight fading meaning my vivid red cheeks started coming out to play at around lunchtime. However, I enjoyed using the product and the cooling sensation it gave when applied, (making it summer friendly). Coverage was great, (I get very few breakouts), and my skin was smooth and moisturised. However if you do have break outs I would recommend using concealer under the BB cream. Some may not like the fragrance of the product but I don’t really mind it.

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No makeup with suncream
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One layer of BB cream. You can see that there is a semi dewy finish and it evens and brightens out my skin tone, however you can still see a bit of redness.

Second Thoughts

This has now been my everyday base makeup for nearly two months (1 month, 3 weeks to be precise) and I still like the product, but perhaps not as much as I did initially. One of the biggest issues now is getting the product out. Perhaps it’s time to deploy the refill, but now I find that I have to struggle to get an adequate amount onto the sponge to put on my face. It’s like the sponge has completely stopped absorbing the product underneath. I even turned the sponge the other way round in hopes that the remaining product had just absorbed into the other side but that didn’t really work and I just ended up with loads of product under my nails. So I wasn’t really happy that I had about two weeks of product that would be difficult to use because the sponge had in effect stopped doing it’s job. (Seriously, it only had one job.) Another reason I became slightly iffy with it was because it didn’t sit very well on top of the suncream I was using during that time, (I’ve since now switched), so, especially if you use a thick, gel consistency formula you may have to adapt. And as another negative, although I didn’t expect anything so I can’t really say it’s a negative, just a heads up. No whitening. No evening of skin tone. Nothing. To be completely honest, even when using several other BB creams, I think the whole whitening function is (very) gimmicky and people just perceive their skin to be lighter as a placebo effect of clever marketing. However I still like healthy, flawless and glowing skin that it gives me and and coverage I get that’s suitable just as much for evening as for daytime.

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Here is a spot. (Lovely). I didn’t use any concealer but the spot wasn’t that red. However, if you have irritated or angry spots, I would recommend using concealer under the BB cream rather than over

Overal Opinion + Rating

+ Classy, functional packaging

+ Moisturising, medium coverage with a semi dewy – dewy finish (dependant on moisturisers and skin type)

+ Contains high sun protection (but should be used over at least SPF30 suncream)

+ Suitable for day and evening use with buildable coverage that can be touched up on the go

+ Comes with refill

– Pretty pricy (although does comes with refill)

– May not be compatible with oily – very oily skin tones

– Very limited colour range (Only 2 shades)

– Contains fragrance so may irritate skin, and lasts on skin for a few minutes after application

– Hygiene issues with applicator

Below is the unblended colour against naked skin so you can see whether shade 23 will fit your skin tone: IMG_4165 Would I Recommend It?

With this being my first cushion BB cream, I cannot recommend with certainty without knowing and trying what else is on the market. From my own experience, if you fit in the colour bracket, have relatively clear skin and are looking for slightly more coverage than other brands like Skin79 and Laneige then I would very much recommend this. Also bare in mind that the same product works differently on different people, so even though I found a few things that didn’t work well for me, this could be your HG BB cream. I’ll use it until it’s finished but I’ll probably look around the market to seek out the illusive HG~

RATING: 4/5

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