Too Cool for School Glam Rock Double Proof Brow in Ash Brown (02) via Tester Korea

Too Cool for School — Glam Rock Double Proof Brow in Ash Brown (02) Review

Apologies for the delay in reviewing the final Korean beauty product sent to me by one of my favorite Korean beauty online shops, Tester Korea: winter’s coming and the kids and I all got hit with a middlingly-bad bug, causing runny noses and phlegm-y throats. Ugh! We’re finally on the mend, now, and I’m personally thrilled because it means I can smell my perfume again!

So… I have reviewed my experience with Tester Korea in the past; they have a different selection of brands from a few others that I use, and their prices are very competitive. My favorite thing about them is you can request brands and products and they’ll try to get them in stock!

Today’s review is for Too Cool for School Glam Rock Double Proof Brow in Ash Brown (02).

My eyebrows are black, but also on the sparse side. To be quite honest, I tend to sort of leave them be; I’m not really keen on the very “done” brows that are in style these days, and kind of prefer the more natural look. This may mostly be due to my own laziness, though. Hehehe.

Only on occasion do I bother with filling them in with some grey brow powder… When I first started dating my now-husband in college—over twenty years ago, eep!—I literally never did anything with my brows. I mean, I wouldn’t even get strays, since I guess I kept pulling them out during high school, and eventually they never grew back. Anyway, he actually thought I plucked my eyebrows to within an inch of their lives, Marlene Dietrich-style (or did those stars actually pluck all the hairs and redraw the entire brow?). Nope! I just have pathetically sparse brows!

Marlene Dietrich
Well, my eyebrows aren’t that thin.
(I wonder what nail polish Marlene is wearing.)

These days, I normally use Clinique Brow Shaper in Charcoaled. I have usually found that if I use any kind of brown, it usually has too much red in it and ends up looking very odd against my skintone.

I was a little bit leery looking at the Too Cool for School’s Ash Brown shade, but eventually I figured that all those Korean ladies can’t be wrong! Luckily, I chose well and the Ash Brown works really nicely for my coloring, despite looking a bit too brown in the tube.

Too Cool for School Glam Rock Double Proof Brow in Ash Brown (02)

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The Face Shop Gelato Tint in Cherry Mousse (06) via Tester Korea

The Face Shop — Gelato Tint in Cherry Mousse (06) Review

Over the next week or so, I will be reviewing several Korean beauty products sent to me by one of my favorite Korean beauty online shops, Tester Korea. I have reviewed my experience with them in the past; they have a different selection of brands from a few others that I use, and their prices are very competitive. My favorite thing about them is you can request brands and products and they’ll try to get them in stock!

Today’s review is for The Face Shop Gelato Tint in Cherry Mousse (06). As with Mamonde, I haven’t tried too much of The Face Shop’s makeup products, so I was looking forward to trying this lip tint.

And, as I did with the Mamonde foundation, I think I chose the wrong color again! The Face Shop Gelato Tint comes most adorably packaged in a case that looks like a small ice cream cone! The screw-off cap is rubbery and looks like the ice cream part, with sprinkles on top. SO CUTE.

The Face Shop Gelato Tint in Cherry Mousse (06)

I chose the yellow one, since I’m fond of the color, and I didn’t particularly care for the other shades available (pinks, reds and oranges). I thought the yellow might have been a sort of sheer coral. Well, I should have found out that the yellow shade name is actually Cherry Mousse. So obviously, it is a bright freakin’ fuchsia! The brightest fuchsia in the six-shade lineup! And oh, by the way, literally none of the colors really align with the ice cream colors. Duh.

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Mamonde Blossoming High Cover Cushion Perfect Liquid (21) via Tester Korea

Mamonde — Blossoming High Cover Cushion Perfect Liquid Review

Over the next week or so, I will be reviewing several Korean beauty products sent to me by one of my favorite Korean beauty online shops, Tester Korea. I have reviewed my experience with them in the past; they have a different selection of brands from a few others that I use, and their prices are very competitive. My favorite thing about them is you can request brands and products and they’ll try to get them in stock!

Today’s review is for Mamonde Blossoming High Cover Cushion Perfect Liquid SPF34/PA++. I’ve been a fan of a couple of Mamonde’s skincare items, and I’m glad to be trying something from their makeup line for the first time.

Blossoming High Cover Cushion Perfect Liquid is a liquid foundation/BB cream that comes in a cushion compact, the form factor that started in South Korea and has become all the rage in the West over the last few years, as well.

Mamonde Blossoming High Cover Cushion Perfect Liquid in 21

Personally, I think cushion compacts are good for travel and touch-ups, but otherwise I never use them. I don’t think you get very much bang for your buck: for example, this one contains 0.45 oz / 13 g, compared with standard liquid foundation bottles which typically contain more than twice that amount, around 1 oz / 30 mL. Secondly, I hesitate to use the included sponge too much, since you keep touching it to your face, back to the cushion, and so on. Not hygienic! At home, when I use a liquid foundation, I use clean hands or a clean makeup sponge, and never double-dip-dirty. The only reason I ever use a cushion compact is to have it on the go, since they’re so easy to just slip into a handbag—I just need to remember to wash the applicator sponge, and its tray in the compact, when I get home. Well, that, and they do come in very cute compacts, sometimes!

Mamonde Blossoming High Cover Cushion Perfect Liquid in 21

From Mamonde:

  • Makeup is flawless thanks to finer cover powder made with Fine Pixel Cover™ technology and the reflecting effect of the Volume Up Light Powder™
  • Glow and shine with the Hydro Coating LiquidCover™! Puff made of soft material makes makeup stay to the skin to look smooth and flawless!
  • Liquid foundation in an airtight package to retain its color!
    More convenient than foundation and more exquisite than cushion!
  • Hydro Coating Liquid™ developed from Preserved Flower Technology gives a glow and shine to the makeup, and the combination of film forming material and moisturizing ingredients form a barrier over the skin to give a shiny, hydrated-looking finish to the makeup.

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a;t fox Tea Toc Water Cream via Tester Korea

a;t fox — Tea Toc Water Cream Review

Over the next week or so, I will be reviewing several Korean beauty products sent to me by one of my favorite Korean beauty online shops, Tester Korea. I have reviewed my experience with them in the past; they have a different selection of brands from a few others that I use, and their prices are very competitive. My favorite thing about them is you can request brands and products and they’ll try to get them in stock!

Today’s review is for a;t fox‘s Tea Toc Water Cream. I’d never heard of this Korean brand before, but apparently they do have a presence in a couple of US-based CVS and UK-based Boots drugstores. The brand’s tagline is “afternoon tea time!” and many of their products include tea as a key ingredient.

a;t fox Tea Toc Water Cream

Tea Toc Water Cream is a lightweight, translucent green gel that claims to reduce sebum and moisturize the skin. It contains green tea (Camellia sinensis) as an active ingredient, as well as a veritable cornucopia of additional plant extracts such as Centella asiatica (of which I’m a fan), licorice, aloe, rosemary, and chamomile. I was slightly worried about the presence of rosemary extract, since I have had allergic reactions to other products containing it (although I cannot be sure rosemary was the culprit). Luckily, I have had no reactions to Tea Toc Water Cream. Either rosemary isn’t really an issue for my skin, or it’s not present in the right quantity (or perhaps form?) in this product.

The cream can be used as a normal facial moisturizer, or as a sleeping mask. The instructions advise using twice the amount for use as a sleeping mask.

a;t fox Tea Toc Water Cream

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The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil

The Face Shop — Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil Review

This review is part of my week of facial cleanser reviews!
Here are the links to the other products I talked about:

Monday
Rodial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream

Tuesday
DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

Wednesday
The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil

Thursday
Julep Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil

Friday
philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

This review has been a long time coming! The Face Shop’s popular Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil is the first Korean cleansing oil I ever tried. I’ve been using it off and on over the last year and a half, and I think it makes a very good starter cleansing oil if you have never used on before.

First of all, it is quite inexpensive. I paid a little under US$8, shipped, on sale at Cosmetic Love (link in the sidebar) back in 2015. The price has gone up a bit since then, but it’s still available for under $10 at Jolse. If you’re in Canada, the official Face Shop site has it for CA$18. There is a non-Light version available, as well (CA$15).

The packaging has also changed a little bit, but I think it’s just in the labeling. The bottle and its very nice pump mechanism appear to have remained the same. Here’s the new package:

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil
Image: thefaceshop.ca

Get pure, fresh skin with our Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil. Enriched with jojoba oil, it dissolves impurities found on your skin’s surface while hydrating the epidermis.

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fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag "Snow Globe" (December 2017)

Ipsy — December 2017 Glam Bag “Snow Globe”

Firstly, I want to note that I recently discovered Ipsy offers a 12-month subscription for the cost of 11 months (so US$110 for a year, rather than $120 if you pay month-to-month). Well, I’ve been paying month-to-month this whole time! So I sent an email to Ipsy support and they gladly switched me over to the discounted year-long sub. Woohoo! So, if you’re a diehard Ipsy subscriber who never considers cancelling, hit ’em up for your 1-month discount!

Onto the loot! My December Ipsy Glam Bag finally contains a makeup brush! I had actually gotten a bit annoyed with the flimsy brushes I was getting, so I downrated most of them—then for a good stretch, Ipsy failed to send me any brushes at all. Lisa Frank, SLMissGlam, and Luxie brushes came and went and never found their way into my Glam Bag.

Finally, this month, I got another Luxie brush. It’s a pretty usable eyeshadow brush, and at least now I have the opportunity to rate it better so that I’m hopefully back in the pool for brushes.

Once again, however, I didn’t get the one nail polish they had on offer (a blue shimmer from Lottie London). I wonder how many Ipsters got that polish and are bitching about receiving nail polish?!

Ipsy Glam Bag, December 2017, Snow Globe

Ipsy December 2017 Glam Bag: “Snow Globe”

Image: ipsy.com

What I Received

  • Luxie Precision Shader Onyx Brush (239) (full size; ~US$24.26)
  • MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash (1 g sample; 13 mL for US$23)
  • NIP+FAB Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum (20 mL sample; 50 mL for US$19.95)
  • Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Orchid Ornament (1.5 g 2-color duo; full size 5.76 g 6-color palette for US$12)
  • TonyMoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream (10 mL sample; 60 mL for US$25)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Glam Bag Cost

$10 + $4.99 (shipping to Canada) = US$14.99

Total Bag Value

$24.26 + $1.77 + $7.98 + $3.13 + $4.17
= US$41.31

The Luxie brush obviously provides the bulk of my bag’s value this month. It seems to be a Luxie × Ipsy edition, so I can’t find an exact MSRP, but the Onyx brushes seem to run approximately 35% more expensive than the Rose Gold line.

fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, December 2017, Snow Globe

fivezero’s Ipsy December 2017 Glam Bag

Image: ipsy.com

Ipsy Coupon Codes

None of the brands I received have a code with Ipsy at the moment, so here are a few other good ones:

  • SLMissGlam: 30% off any purchase with code SLBLUEIPSY (through 12/31/2017, US & CA only)
  • Seraphine Botanicals: 25% off any purchase with code IPSY25 (through 01/31/2018, US & CA only)
  • trèStiQue: 30% off any $30+ purchase with code IPSYWINTER17 (through 12/31/2017, US & CA only)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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TIA'M Anti-Pollution Salt Facial Scrub Salt Scrub [Jolse]

TIA’M — Anti-Pollution Salt Facial Scrub [Jolse]

Recently, I’ve been feeling that my chemical exfoliant, COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, isn’t playing especially well with my skin, and I’ve been looking to change products. I have a couple more chemical exfoliants sitting in my skincare queue, but I have also considered trying out more physical exfoliation. I haven’t really used much physical exfoliation since learning about the environmental damage of plastic microbeads, which ruled out my former favorite facial scrub by La Roche-Posay.

It was just my luck that I was chosen by Jolse, a favorite online Korean beauty retailer, to review a new facial scrub.

TIA’M is supposed to be a sister brand of COSRX, though I can’t find any official detail on this online apart from info on other blogs. The brand was previously known as O.S.T., and their most famous product was their Vitamin C serum (it’s now known as My Signature C Source, and I have that waiting in my fridge!). But before I try that serum, I have TIA’M’s new facial scrub to try.

It’s called TIA’M Anti-Pollution Salt Facial Scrub, and it comes in an 80 mL tub for about US$15 shipped (at Jolse).

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