April 13, 2014

Etude House Moistfull Super Collagen CC Cream [REVIEW]


A few weeks ago cosmetic-love.com sent me a new CC cream by Etude House, called the Etude House Moistfull Super Collagen CC cream ($20.74 at cosmetic-love.com).  I've never owned a CC cream before--but was pleasantly surprised to see that it worked better for my skin than most BB creams.

Unlike BB creams, which offer more concealing, anti-aging, and skin correcting benefits, CC creams are meant to "color correct"--such as getting rid of redness and evening out your skin tone.  It's not meant to camouflage more serious skin issues, however, so it's a great, lightweight cream to reach for if you already have good skin or don't need a full coverage foundation.

And Now for the Etude House CC Cream

The Etude House Moistfull Super Collagen CC cream is like most CC creams--a very lightweight, easy-to-blend formula that's meant to even out redness and minor skin imperfections.  It comes in two shades, both of which are very light, but I opted for the lightest shade, Light Beige.  This color is a touch warm-toned (just found out recently I have warm-toned skin!), so it was a perfect match for me.  In MAC Foundations, I'm usually between NW15 to NW20, depending on the season.

Oh hay.
Here is my bare skin with no foundation or concealer applied.  As you can see, my skin isn't perfect (in fact, it's been really bad lately), and I often deal with redness, hormonal acne, and discoloration from old acne scars. 

And now here's the CC cream on my arm, first swatched then blended out.  I also has a plethora of eczema scars on my arms, and you can see right away the difference it makes--the red, scarred areas are virtually invisible, yet the formula looks so lightweight it resembles my actual skin.

No complains so far :)

This was a video still from a video, hence the weird face!
And finally, here is the CC cream on my entire face.  Really works wonders, eh?  The redness in my skin is completely gone, yet my skin still looks a touch dewy--a really wonderful combination.  The formula is easy to blend as well; light as a feather, and just one drop can cover half of your face.  My skin is naturally dry, so I welcome all of the moisture it can get!

On the downside, however, after a few hours it did get a bit too dewy for my liking--so for more long-lasting wear, I'd recommend dusting a touch of powder on top, especially if you have oily skin.  This will take care of any excess shine in a jiffy and help the CC cream last longer :)

Overall, I'm totally loving this CC cream...I just love how lightweight it is on my skin, and how well it covers up the redness on my face.

If you want to buy this, it's currently available on cosmetic-love.com for $20.74 for 50mL.  Also, hint hint: They offer free shipping, and I got my package in a week, despite their HQ being in Korea :)  So they ship super fast.  Right now I live in Minnesota.


Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review by cosmetic-love.com but all opinions are my own.

April 2, 2014

Dara 2NE1 Inspired Makeup Look [VIDEO]

Today features a look inspired by Dara from 2NE1, one of my favorite k-pop bands.

But with my own little twist, because I can't resist :)

The look is really heavy on pink contour around the temples and cheeks, but I also added my own little flair--by adding white dots around my eyes and accentuating the lines by using my own little technique.  It was something I developed a few weeks ago while trying to figure out how to mimic watercolors on my face...it's different but I quite like the effect.

To see how I made this look, check out the video below:



March 31, 2014

My "No Makeup" Makeup Look

I know this might sound odd to say as a beauty blogger, but I don't like wearing too much makeup.  Most days of the week, I don't wear any makeup at all; usually I'll pop on a tinted lip balm, but that's as far as I'll go. 

On some days of the week I do need to look more "put together" for clients, so here the very natural makeup look I wear.  Here's what I do:

1. I prime my face and add YABY Foundation to my face.  I mainly concentrate this in the center of my face, since this is where I have the most redness.  As a side note, I'm not actually too fond of this foundation, but it's the only one that currently matches my skintone (I'm pale and yellow-toned).

2. Under my eyes I add MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter.  Now this is a product I'm quite fond of--it's not so much a highlighter than it is a light concealer.  The formula is very thin but works wonders for brightening and concealing your undereye area.  You may have seen me use this in previous videos, and that's why I use it so often...because it's really awesome!  It's reminiscent of YSL's Touche Eclat but with less "glow."

3. I add a touch of illuminating lotion to my nose, chin, and forehead.  For this I use NARS Illuminator in Copacabana.  You just a small dot--a little goes a long way.

4. I always use lip balm.  Here I'm using a cheap lip balm by Julep, but oftentimes I reach for a tinted Baby Lips formula.

And that's basically it!  What do you guys do to look "natural?" :)

- Minsooky
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