The one question that I've been pondering forever is the secret behind pretty much all Korean celebs' gorgeous flawless skin that just seems to glow so naturally on its own. I guess you can say it's a glow caused by skin oil but not in a bad way like you haven't washed your face for days but in a way that gives a natural youthful vibe to the skin. After some research, I found out that it is not because they all just have perfect genes but rather created by cosmetic products which are oil based. In order to create this honey baby like skin full of natural glow, you must use products that give off an oily illuminating finish. That's one huge reason why I bought these products, hoping to at least somewhat achieve that very natural complexion which would really complement the natural day time look. The products in the weekend makeup haul are listed and reviewed in details below.
According to the official description, the Star Cream with SPF25, PA++ provides natural glowing skin and helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and enhance the brightness of complexion by Adenosine and Niacinamide. It contains starfish collagen extract which improves skin firmness, elasticity and vital hydration, thus explains the name "5-IN-1". I have heard some say it is an even higher upgraded version of the popular CC cream. It's ingredients are listed in the picture below.
2. ETUDE HOUSE Nymph Aura Volumer Baby Glow Stick
The purpose of this stick is to instantly provide the skin with a transparent, youthful glow with just one dab. The very well known Taiwanese professional makeup artist Kevin who is featured so often in various TV
shows also recommended this product in his blog entry sharing his makeup haul from his most recent trip to Korea in 2013. The list of ingredients can be found below.
I must say I was very pleased with this product! It glides on so easily and the glow is so natural! It feels great on my skin without feeling too oily. The stick's sweet smell makes the application process that much more enjoyable, if that's even possible lol. I used this product before applying the star cream but you can also apply it after your finish your base makeup. Both ways work =). I rate this product 4.5/5.
3. MISSHA Wrinkle-Free Smoothing Lipstick Primer SPF14
This lipstick primer is suppose to feel light on the lips, smoothly fill the wrinkles and helps with the lip vitality. It's main ingredients are wrinkle-free elastomer gel, smoothing fitting agent and copper peptide, acetyl hexapeptide, palmitoyl pentapeptide which are the top anti-aging ingredients used in the world right now.
I purposely didn't apply lip balm before I went to bed the night before because I wanted to test if the lip primer was really moisturizing. My lips were quite dry in the morning and had many fine lines, but the primer wasn't hard to apply at all! It glided on smoothly and felt moisturizing. It was able to conceal my natural lip color with a subtle nude shade while softening the fine lines. I really liked this product and I would definitely purchase it again so I rate it 4.5/5.
4. MISSHA Beautiful Lip Tint in the color Rose Red
This lip tint is suppose to keep your lips moisturized while giving it a natural tint. It contains natural botanic colorants and cooling ingredients from Xylitol that makes your lips feel refreshed. Also, it is said to be 6-FREE which are Paraben-free, Talc-free, Oil-free, Silicon-free, Benzophenon-free and Phthalate-free.
I really liked the subtle pink shade it gave my lips. Even though the color was said to be red which I couldn't understand why since the shade was clearly pink to me. Because of the cooling ingredients used in the tint, my lips felt a bit odd at first but the coldness goes away quite quickly. One downside to this product is some people might find it hard to apply since the texture is quite watery. I didn't think it was that big of a problem though. What I loved the most about this product was it was very long lasting! Even after I ate dinner that day, the light pink shade was still visible. Also, I tested it out on my hand by washing it with an eye & lip makeup remover. After rubbing multiple times on the back of my hands, the pink was still there even though the shade a bit lighter. Nevertheless, its resistance to water and the remover took me by surprise! I rate this product 4.5/5.
I used these 4 products and created a natural light makeup perfect for day time in the summer. Whether you are going to class or work, I think this look is just right; not too much but is able to give off that energetic and lively glow. The Etude House glow stick really brought out my features and gave my skin a beautiful natural glow and I don't need to worry about the sun since the Star Cream gave me a great protection layer. I also loved the lip primer which really did moisturize my lips and lighten the lines. After applying the lip tint, the pigmentation is perfect for occasions when you just want a natural shade that people could possibly mistaken as your natural lip color!
1. IT'S SKIN Star Cream
2. Etude House Baby Glow Stick
3. Lioele Perfect Jumbo Concealer
4. YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch
5. NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna
6. Dior Illuminating Powder
7. Navalli Hill Blush Compact in Macaroons
8. Giorgio Armani Micro-fil Loose Powder
9. Miss Hana Eyebrow Liner in Light Brown
10. Integrate Eyebrow Palette in BR731
11. Lunasol Limited Edition Christmas 2012 Eye Shadow Palette
12. Navalli Hill Eye Shadow Cream in #10 and #17
13. MSH Love Liquid Liner in Black
14. MSH Love Long Mascara
15. Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara
16. MISSHA Lip Primer
17. MISSHA Lip Tint in Rose Red
Like I mentioned earlier, it is important to achieve that natural glowing skin for this look so only conceal the flaws with a great concealer after applying the Star Cream. Skip the heavy foundation and spend more time on concealing any redness, scars, spots, etc. Keep in mind that you want to look like you just have naturally gorgeous skin as much as possible. As for the eyes, stick to neutral shades for the eye shadow. Lightly apply a subtle champagne gold shade then apply a medium brown eye shadow up to your crease. Use a slightly darker brown and apply to lower eyelids with a flat eye shadow brush. Because we are trying to achieve a natural look, do not apply any false lashes. Simply curl the lashes and apply lengthening mascara. When applying liquid eyeliner, do not flick the liner too much. Just apply it straight outwards following the curve of your upper lash line. For the lips, avoid any very pigmented shades or high shine glosses. If you have great lip color naturally, you can skip the lip primer and just apply any lip balm and then the lip tint. Again, we want to try to make it look like we naturally have healthy pinky lips.
In order to complement the crazy heat right now in Taiwan and to 100% give off the summer vibe in the coming month, I went to see my nail artist on Monday and we came up with this adorable design full of macaroon colors which is huge this season. I'm totally in love with my nails right now <3
If you are interested in purchasing these 4 products, please visit my Facebook page at Beauty ChAmber and private message me =).
Lastly, I am going to announce the winner for the DHC skin care sample kit. Kathy, congrats! Please private message me your mailing address through my Facebook page<3
For this week's free giveaway, I will again be picking out 2 random visitors who comment on this entry and this time, I will be giving away full sized Miss Hana products!!! For those who never heard of this brand, you must visit my page and check out the amazing selections they have to offer! So stay tuned and comment. You wouldn't wanna miss this giveaway! <3