CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara Review!

Hello everyone!

Happy Saturday :) I’m reviewing today a mascara that the lovely people over at Influenster were nice enough to send me recently. It’s the CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom mascara ($7.99) that has been advertising like crazy on tv and pretty much at every drugstore in the US. It’s pink, it’s cute, and claims to give you a full set of lashes so what’s not to love? Lets see if this stuff makes my lashes bloom like a flower!

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Here’s what the mascara looks like. The packaging is pretty and it’s something I could see myself buying for the color alone (I know, so lame lol). The wand isn’t my favorite as these wand bristles are short and usually don’t fully separate my lashes but I’m not discarding it for that reason alone.

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So here’s my freshly prepped face: I applied a bit of Chanel foundation mixed with argan oil and a bright lipstick. I curled my lashes but did not apply anything else to my eyes so you can see what they look like before the mascara.

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And here’s what one coat of mascara looks like! Wow, my lashes look pretty long and have a lot of volume. I’m so impressed!

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This is a close-up of what one coat looks like. It’s not clumpy and looks moderately natural but still makes them look pretty dark. I wonder what 2 coats will do?

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2 coats makes my lashes look a bit longer but I don’t see too much of difference. It still looks fairly natural but I noticed that it wanted to start to clump so I stopped right before it wanted to look ugly. The results are pretty amazing though!

I have to say that I wasn’t expecting much from this mascara because I hadn’t had much luck with CoverGirl in general so I was really surprised that this mascara actually worked. My lashes are medium to long so I can get away with not wearing mascara during the day but at night I love to have super long lashes. I can tell that a mascara works when my lashes tough my eyebrows and that was definitely the case with Lash Bloom.

All in all I am very impressed with this mascara and really recommend it to anyone looking fur volume and length. Although it’s not waterproof, it definitely holds up for at least 4-5 hours without flaking and isn’t too heavy. I will be purchasing this when I run out!

Nymph Aura Volumer #4 Review!

Hello everyone!

Happy belated New Year’s! I know it’s been a while but I hope everyone’s holidays were great as well as your New Year’s celebrations :)

I’m back with a review on a product that I got for Christmas and have been curious about since I saw it online: Etude House’s Nymph Aura Volumer in #4. I have the 3 previous versions with the #3 being my favorite so I thought that I just HAD to have this one as well. It’s pretty much the same thing as the rest, nothing really different except the color. If you want to see my thoughts on it, keep on reading!

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These are all 4 volumizers in case you were wondering what they were. They’re meant to add luminosity to your skin when you mix it with your foundation or whatever base you use. The volumer that I’m reviewing is #4, which appears to be golden, almost a skin-like color. But don’t let that fool you, the actual color may be a little different in real life.

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So in the above pictures you can see the packaging and ingredients, all similar to the other volumers! It comes with 25g of product which, I can tell you from experience, lasts a very long time.

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I swatched it on my hand so you can see the actual product. It claims to be golden but it actually looks really similar to volumer #2. The consistency is certainly the same!

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To compare the 2, I swatched #2 and then number #4 side by side so you could see the difference; #2 is a more pinky and #4, although slightly golden, has an almost red undertone.

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Because the color of my hand distorts the tone and undertones of the products, I swatched them on a white tissue paper so you could understand what I meant about the red undertones volumer #4 had. It stands out a lot more on the tissue paper and reveals it’s true colors. If you suffer from redness in the face, like myself, it’s not ideal to add more red to it.

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Here’s a picture of myself wearing my everyday makeup but I highlighted a my cheekbones, nose bridge, chin, and cupid’s bow with the volumer and as you can see, it’s super subtle! It doesn’t show up red and it’s not as shimmery as the #2 volumer which is ideal if you’re not into the super dewy look.

I bought this product thinking it was going to be an almost super dewy foundation-like volumer due to pictures of the product online but ended up with something super different: a regular highlighter. Had I known it was going to be the exact same thing as #2 (except different color), I may have skipped on buying it. I don’t necessarily regret it but I honestly have only used it a few times because it’s just not that special. It doesn’t leave my skin dewy because it dries really quickly and the shimmers fade after a few hours so it’s not long lasting.

If you have #2, I say skip on buying this volumer. It’s nothing special and it’s not the cheapest ($15 on Amazon) for the quality. Now, if you’re into super subtle highlighting and wan’t something that’s easy to use in a champagne color, this isn’t a bad choice. I should mention that it has a slight perfumey scent but it’s very light so I can’t imagine it being a big deal since it dissipates pretty quickly.

Hope you enjoyed this review! Have a great rest of your weekend :)

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint Review in Light!

Hello lovelies!

I’m back with a review that I’ve been wanting to post for a while now. If you’re familiar with the website Into The Gloss, the creator of site Emily Weiss came up with her version of a foundation that wasn’t really a foundation, called the Perfecting Skin Tint, but more or less a product that would even out your skin while still looking like skin. While you might be thinking “isn’t that what a BB or CC cream is for?”, I promise you that this product isn’t like anything you’ve ever tried before. At least for me that was the case. It’s also made with ingredients that are good for your skin like honeysuckle and even diamond powder to give you a natural glow. This stuff has to be good, right?

Let’s see what it’s all about:
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No box, no nothing. Minimalistic. Just the way I like it. It does slightly remind me of my eyedrops, though…

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Here are the ingredients in case you were wondering~

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It looks small but he’s a comparison to my beloved Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua for reference. The Glossier tint is 35 ml and Chanel has 30 ml so it actually has a bit more than 1 fl oz inside!

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I took a picture of me wearing my Chanel foundation just for comparison’s sake. It evens out my skin and has just enough coverage for my hormonal spots that I hate so much.

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Here’s a picture of my naked face save for some mascara. I had a bad rash going on (which is why it took me so long to post on here again) that you can still see in this pic even though it was towards the end. You can also see all the redness that I suffer from and my random reckless.

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Before showing you what it looks like on my face, here’s what the color and texture look like. It’s very thin and barely pigmented. Needless to say, it lives up to being a “tint”.

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This is what it looks like next to the Chanel foundation. The Chanel foundation on the left has a yellow undertone that works well with my redness and the Glossier tint is on the right and has pink undertones that might not work well if you also suffer from redness. It’s also very runny so I had to take this picture pretty quickly! :P

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Now here is what I look like with the tint on half of my face. Despite being very lightly pigmented, it actually did a decent job at evening my skin tone! But, even though you can’t tell due to the lighting in my room, my face looked pale and pink. Not a good look.

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Here’s a closeup of what it really looked like. If you compare my face to my neck, it’s obvious that my face looks pink/red and it doesn’t match with my neck at all. I didn’t bring the tint down to my neck because my neck is so much whiter and the the tint shows up so much more pink than on my face. Ahh so upsetting :( But at least the finish is slightly dewy and healthy!

So as you can probably tell, this skin tint just wasn’t for me. My face is just too red and isn’t flawless enough for me to wear this confidently in my everyday life. Had the color been right, I could probably just mix it with a drop of my own foundation and make it work but unfortunately that’s not the case. I think the undertones could afford to be slightly more yellow for this shade because it makes the skin look livelier as opposed to red that just shows up too obviously on light skins. Also, the smell bothered me a lot. I don’t have a sensitive nose, especially not for perfumey scents, but the smell was not pleasant at all. Unfortunately another strike for me.

I think it would be good for the girl who already has good skin but needs some evening out to do. This tint only comes in 3 shades so if you fit the shade range give it shot.

Not all was bad though, I got these awesome stickers that now adorn my iPhone!

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I’m still around, see? :)

Hello everyone :)

Hope you’ve all been well. It’s been way too long since my last post and I’m deeply apologetic towards you all for that. I’d been trying to get myself back on the happy horse after my aunt passed away but the more I tried, the more difficult it got. Although I’m a lot better now, the past few months had been tough on me which is why I refrained from posting anything because I just didn’t have the energy. I know I had said that I was a lot better a few weeks after I came back from the funeral but I really wasn’t. I wanted everything to go back to normal but these things take time which I failed to realize.

Thankfully now, 3 months after she left us, I think I’m almost 100% me again. Sure, I still miss her like crazy but I’ve come to accept she’s not here anymore so I’m able to lead my life like I normally did before.

But no more sad thoughts! I’m gonna get back to reviewing beauty products, telling you random things, and posting pictures of random things I find funny. Like this one:

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Anyway, I’m back for good. Hopefully with fabulous hair like this little one.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Push Up Liner Review!

Good evening everyone!

As promised, I have a review today for a product that I was quite excited to buy when I originally saw it at Sephora. This liner is a gel formula that’s supposed to be waterproof and last all day as well as super precise due to the pen tip. Basically it’s just a regular gel liner but in a pen. Not extremely innovative but convenient nonetheless so I was definitely intrigued!

If you want to see what it looks like and how it held up, keep reading.

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This is what the product looks like. It looks just like a regular pen, nothing too special.

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Here’s me bending the AccuFlex™ tip just to see how flexible it actually is. It’s very flexible! It’s supposed to be soft to create an smoother line and the pointy tip is supposed to help you create the perfect cat wing every time.

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So here I took a picture of myself with absolutely nothing on my eyelids. I decided to pair the liner with my favorite red lipstick because I thought it would compliment it will :) I was on my way out with some friends so it was the perfect time to try it out! I hadn’t fixed my brows yet so I apologize if they hurt to look at : P

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I swachted the liner on my hand in a thin and thick line. The formula is quite soft and manageable so it’s easy to draw whatever thickness you prefer.

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Here I am with the liner applied to one eye. I really like it! It’s super pigmented and didn’t take a whole lot to get it done this way.

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I took a frontal shot so you can see both eyes with and without the liner. It definitely makes my eye look bigger and makes everything looked more polished.

I want to apologize because I completely forgot to take an “after” picture of what the liner looked like after going out for some wine. I was so tired when I got home and regret it so much right now. But it held up pretty well after about 6 hours!

So do I or do I not like this product, you might ask. To which I respond like this:
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I like it!

Well, although I’ve given it a thumbs up I have to admit there are some “buts” that need to be addressed. The formula glides on like a dream but dries incredibly fast. This will be a problem to those who don’t have experience with gel formulas or are skilled in drawing a quick cat eye. Additionally, it’s important to almost get the outline right at the first, maybe second, try because it builds up horribly and looks thick. Not a great look at all.

I’d also like to add that if you by any chance happen to apply too much, it will definitely flake on you. I learned this after wearing it again and accidentally lined a second time after it had already set. I learned my lesson and it hasn’t happened again.

I think that, while this product is good, I could probably do without. Don’t get me wrong, I still really like it but I do think that I’m an impulse buyer so that was one of the biggest reasons I even bought it in the first place. I recommend that if you’re an eyeliner beginner, maybe skip out on this. You need practice to get it right and to look good so it’s not friendly for first-time users. If you do, you might find yourself in this situation:

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Hope this review was helpful to those of you who plan on buying it!

TONYMOLY BCDation #2 Review!

Hello everyone!

Long time no see right? A lot of you know I’d been going through a tough time but so it’s taken me a while to get back in to the swing of things but I’m back :)

So I FINALLY got around reviewing this TONYMOLY BCDation and I’m excited to show you my thoughts on it. The word BCDation comes from 3 different words: BB cream, CC cream, and Foundation. Basically it’s supposed to be 3 things in one so this product had me sold.

Lets see how this product turned out.

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Here we see the lovely Vicoria from f(X) in the product ad. There are 2 shades of BCDATION: #1 in Pink Beige and #2 in Natural Beige.

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I ended up going for the #2 shade because my face has a lot of redness and the yellow undertones cover it up. The #1 shade in Pink Beige would have made my redness more apparent :/

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So here’s my bare face with redness and all. My pores in the middle of my face are pretty big and I have a few breakouts on my chin (mostly hormonal) that are making my face even more red. My panda eyes are also pretty visible O.O

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I swatted the BCDation on my hand so you could get see the color. My hands are darker and more yellow than my face so it didn’t look the same once I applied it. I should’ve swatched it on my neck! >.<

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Here is what the BCD looks like on half of my face. It has completely covered up ALL of redness and the breakouts on my skin! It’s also pretty dewy, the finish I love the most :D

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But of course, being a pale person always comes the issue of finding the right shade. Sighh* As you can see, it actually turned out to be a rather orangey product and stands out a lot in person. I wish my camera could have captured the color better because in person it is very apparent that it doesn’t match me. If the color would have been yellow, I could have made it work a bit better with another pale foundation but the orange just doesn’t work too well on me.

So what’s the verdict, you ask?
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I’m on the fence about it! Everything worked out except the undertones and the fact that it broke out my forehead for some reason. It’s a bit too moisturizing for my skin so I’m not sure if this will work out for oily, acne-prone skins.

So as always, I bring you the Pros and Cons.

Pros:
~Dewy
~Medium coverage
~Moisturizing
~SPF 30
~Affordable (18.99 on Amazon)
~A little goes a long way!

Cons:
~Color range (only Pink Beige and Natural Beige)
~Heavy for oily skins

I recommend this product in this particular color if your undertones are warm and are at least a NW20-25 in MAC shades. I think it’s a great product especially if you have dry skin and are looking for a dewy finish.

Hope this review was helpful!

Have you missed me? :)

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Because I’ve missed you :) Although I’ve been struggling with getting things back to normal, it hasn’t been easy but I’m getting there. I’ve been trying out some products that I think you might enjoy reading about. Please look forward to their reviews soon :)

Hope you’re having an awesome Sunday~!

A Small Update

Hello everyone : )

It’s been almost a month since my last post and I think I owe it to my faithful readers to explain why it’s been so long. I’m not a very good at expressing my feelings for the most part but I’m going through a rough patch. On June 30th, my mother died. Not my real mother, but my aunt who I called my mother since I was a little kid because she helped raise me (my parents are divorced). She died of a heart attack but had already been undergoing dialysis for over a year and had become very ill. Her heart gave up on her on the morning of the 30th and it’s almost like she took my heart too.

It’s been difficult to smile and laugh, to not cry and sob, but I’m getting through it. I talk to her like she’s still here and everything I do I make sure I think of her first because she’s looking down now and I don’t have the luxury of getting scolded by her anymore. Please give the women you love the most in your life an extra big hug every time you see them because anything can happen in this world and you never know if that will be the last time you feel their embrace.

Anyway, I’m doing better now so I promise I’ll be back to blogging this upcoming weekend. Blogging always makes me feel happy because I’ve found some great friends though it and a great community. 

Have a great week : )

“The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away” Job 1:21. Rest it Peace Ma. Salud Chavez.

Introducing… Hey! Pinkgo Girl Masks from Taiwan!

Hello everyone!

I was recently sent some masks to review from a brand that’s new here in the States called Hey! Pinkgo Girl. This brand specializes in masks that cater to everyone’s skin needs: anti-againg, skin brightening, oily skin, moisturizing, and more. With ingredients like white tea, seaweed collagen, black pearl, and Tahitian sea water, these masks are bound to have good effects on the skin.

Take a look at the masks I was sent:

ImageHere are the masks in order from left to right: Herbal Essence Astringent mask (oily skin), Triple HA Seaweed Collagen Moisturizing mask, and Marine Hydration mask.

ImageBecause my skin is normal to oily, I started off trying this particular mask first. I have sensitive and acne prone skin as well (so blessed, I know) so I figured this would break me out the least if it indeed didn’t work for my skin. I put this on my face in the morning after I washed my face and left it on for about 20~25 minutes, longer than the suggested 15~20 minutes because it came with an insane amount of essence. When I took the mask off, I patted the rest of the essence onto my skin and it absorbed very quickly. It’s very light, just like a regular essence and left my skin feeling really smooth. Best part is that it didn’t break me out! Woohoo! I really liked this mask and would definitely recommend this to anyone with oily skin that can’t find a proper mask for their skin type.

ImageThe second mask is the Triple HA Seaweed Collagen mask. This mask is recommend for every skin type, especially those with dry or aging skin. The serum in this mask is quite light so if you have dry skin, this may not be enough. I would use this more as an addition to your skincare rather than rely on it for deep hydration because it worked really well on my skin and moisturized my skin just enough. It has hyaluronic acid so I used it before my moisturizer and felt my skin retained more moisture. I’d definitely try this one again!

ImageThe second mask is the White Tea and Vitamin C mask. If you want brightening properties due to dull skin, this mask will benefit you the most. It also contains lemon which is used by many in DIY masks for skin brightening or scar improvement. I can’t say that I saw a big difference because I only used it twice but my skin did look a bit brighter and felt energized afterwards. I would have to try a whole box of this to determine if it actually brightens the skin significantly so I can’t give a thorough review but I’m willing to try them out since I didn’t break out!

ImageLastly, here is the Marine Hydration mask. This one is recommended for people with dry and sensitive skin. It contains ingredients like marine collagen, Tahitian sea water, and chamomile. I think this mask was the most moisturizing of them all even though it was still pretty light. I wore this at night and woke up moisturized skin without any redness or pimples so this one is definitely sensitive skin approved! 

ImageOne of the coolest things about these masks is that some of them come in lace! How cool is that?! This is my first time seeing something like this and I was definitely surprised when I opened them up lol!

ImageThe lace ones come with ear holes so they can stay in place while you move around. They’re longer than the other ones because they also cover part of your neck so it gets some mask lovin’ too :)

ImageThe regular masks are thin and adhere really well to the skin. I like these better than the really thick kinds because it almost feels like the thicker masks absorb all of the product and leave nothing for your skin to drink up.

ImageHere’s just a picture of me after I wore the mask and added a couple of drops of Argan oil to my skin. I really liked the way it looked :)

 

ImageHere are some masks that haven’t yet launched in the US but will soon. I will do a separate review on these soon!

Final thoughts: I really loved these masks. I’m the type of person that breaks out if I happen to touch my face on accident so my skin is super sensitive and the fact that I didn’t break out once is almost like a miracle to me. It may seem like I’m just being nice because I was sent these for free but you guys know that I can be a bit too honest when a product isn’t good but this was not the case. I actually already have these bad boys in my Amazon cart right now!

I’m not sure if you noticed a pattern in my mini reviews but these masks are very light. Like I said before, I wouldn’t rely on these for deep hydration because they seem to be more of an essence rather than a serum, like other masks tend to have. These are best as an addition to your regular skincare routine, ideally before your serum and moisturizer and because they’re pretty affordable, you can use these every day! The box comes with 10 and costs anywhere from $12.99 to $13.50.

This is their website. It’s not in english yet but take a look if you’d like: http://applegirl.com.tw/index.php/main/product

Here’s the link where you can buy them on Amazon

Hope you guys enjoyed reading about this new line and get a chance to try them out!

P.S.: Did you notice something different about me? Maybe not, but today is my birthday. I turn 25! :)

 

 

Hada Labo Shirojyun Arbutin Whitening Lotion vs. Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion

Happy Monday everyone!

Today I have a review that I’ve been wanting to do for a while but hadn’t gotten around to. A lot of us Asian beauty fanatics know how big Hada Labo lotions are in Japan and how effective they are. They’re so popular that 1 is sold every 4 seconds in Japan. How crazy is that?! I know from personal experience that this is definitely true because I’ve been using these lotions for 3 years now and my skin has improved a lot. They’re also inexpensive so having plump, translucent skin is something anybody can achieve.

That being said, I was asked by a friend about the differences between the 2 lotions. They look similar and feel similar on the face but what’s the difference? Which one is better for who’s skin type? Does Shirojyun actually “whiten” your face?

If you want to know which one you will most likely benefit from, check out this comparison of the Hada Labo Shirojyun vs Gokujyun lotions!

ImageThese are both lotions: the one on the left is Gokujyun and the one on the right is Shirojyun. Both bottles contain 170 ml of product.

ImageSo here’s the lotion I started out using first. This lotion is supposed to help with fading spots and creating a brighter complexion overall. It contains Arbutin which helps with lightening and I believe it also has hyaluronic acid to moisturize the skin.

ImageThe consistency of this lotion is similar to any old toner as it’s really watery and disappears on the skin pretty quickly. It has no scent so it’s good for sensitive noses. 

ImageThis is the Gokujyum lotion. It’s ideal for those who have drier skin or just need additional moisture. The hyaluronic acid retains more moisture on the skin preventing it from getting drier quicker. 

ImageAlthough both lotions are slightly cloudy in appearance, the consistency is very different. I put some drops of this particular lotion on my hand and spread it out a little bit. It takes a lot longer to sink in because it’s thicker than a regular lotion. It’s not quite as thick as a serum but somewhat close to it. Proper application is key with this lotion so pressing the product into your skin rather than just smoothing it on is the right way to use it.

Thoughts on the Shirojyun lotion: This lotion is very effective at lightening spots and the complexion. I used it for 2 years straight and it was so effective that my face and neck are completely different colors than the rest of my body. In fact, I stopped using it because I kind of worried a bit that my face would look too different from my body. My overall complexion is a lot more clear and my spots have been fading so this is a great product if you have those concerns. I wouldn’t rely on this product for moisture, however, because it’s almost like water and dissipates quickly on the skin. If you suffer from pigmentation and dull complexion, this lotion is best for you.

Thoughts on Gokujyun lotion: If you suffer from dry skin, you will love this product. It’s super moisturizing and makes the skin feel soft and plump. I’ve found that during the winter this product is a lifesaver due to harsh winds. My skin is normal to oily and extremely sensitive so in the beginning, I broke out a little bit because it was a tad too heavy. It took my skin a few weeks to get used to this product but my skin has never felt so nourished when combined with the Josie Maran Argan oil. I think this will work for all skin types but if your skin is oily, you may have to use it sparingly.

I hope this comparison was helpful in trying to find which one will work best for your skin concerns. Additionally, Hada Labo makes a separate lotion for mature skin (the red bottle) but my skin hasn’t gotten to that point yet so I have not tried it. That one may be an option if you are looking in to anti-aging benefits!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask away!

 

For my next review, TONYMOLY BCDation:

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