[TROIPEEL] The 99% skincare and 1% makeup cushion: H+ Healing Cushion: Review



Watching Eddy and Joan rave about Troiareuke for this past year made me wanna try it out for myself, but unfortunately couldn't since it wasn't available online and the only way to purchase it was to contact them via Facebook and PAY EMS charges that end up being an extra $40 or so (I honestly hate how expensive shipping fees are TT Can't they lower them a bit?), So when one of the Troiareuke team offered to send me 3 products to try out, I was really happy. I still had to pay that 40 bucks for the shipping (ugh) but still it was worth it since Troiareuke/Troipeel have always been on top of my To Try Brands.
And since I'm a huge fan of bb cushions, I had to get one of their cushions and see about this 99% skincare 1% makeup thingie I've always heard about.
They have 3 types of cushions:

- Troipeel H+ Healing cushion
- Troiareuke Acsen A+ Cushion
- Troiareuke Seoul Aesthetic cushion

I initially wanted to try the A+ cushion but since it only comes in the shade 23, I had to get the H+ cushion instead since it comes in the shade 21.

Description and claims:






Volume: 15g


Main Ingredients:



Packaging: 10/10

The H+ cushion comes in a simplistic white packaging with green accent and reminds me of medicines which goes well with their concept: Prescribed Cosmetics.




It comes with two beige air puffs that are larger and thicker than the typical blue air puffs.



Also, the box it comes in has tiny gold shimmers as you can see in the picture below


They use a mochi cushion system that prevents the product from oxidizing, and thus everytime you use it the bb cream will be as fresh as a new one.



Scent: 7/10

It has a quite strong floral scent, but once you apply it it fades away.


Shades: 5/10




This bb cushion comes in only one shade which is the major downside of this cushion. Hopefully they make more shades (and offer the 13 or 21 shade for the A+ cushion since I heard it's much better than this one)
They claim that it is supposed to match the skin later on (I can't really tell since I have a fair skin), but I noticed that it gets a tad bit darker (nothing major though) 30 minutes or so after applying it. 
Undertone: This cushion has a neutral undertone.
SPF: 50 PA+++ which means you might look like a ghost if you took pictures with flash while having this bb cushion on (or any other korean bb cushion for this matter)

In the picture below, I swatched some bb cushions/creams I have to give you an idea about its color (PS: The missha bb cream one is inaccurate because I found out later that I used an expired one instead of the new one)



Coverage: 8/10

Many people say that this cushion offers a high coverage but I don't really agree. It offers a medium coverage that is higher than many cushions out there but still nowhere near a full coverage, but still it's really surprising considering the amount of skincare it has. So if you have some major redness or breakout you might need to use a concealer as well.



Finish: 7.5/10

I was expecting this cushion to have a dewy finish but it ended up having a semi matte finish instead (I'm not complaining since I'm not really a fan of overly dewy foundations), and it's not sticky either.
Another thing I like about this cushion is that it hides most of the pores instead of emphasizing them, that being said, you might need to apply a primer if you have huge pores (but then this defies the purpose of this cushion and would prevent the skincare in it from reaching your skin.)
But of course, no cushion is perfect and this one isn't either. even though it's supposed to target those with dry skin, it unfortunately does cling to some of my dry patches, so keep this in mind and make sure your skin is exfoliated.



Moisture: 8/10

This cushion claims to have a water wrapping system that forms a thin moisture layer on the skin surface to prevent the trans epidermal water loss and give a long lasting moisturized skin, and true to its words, it does feel moisturizing on the skin and doesn't dry it out even after few hours from having it on.



Lasting power: 6/10

The Troipeel H+ Cushion didn't really last longer than 5 hours before it started separating around my nose. Keep in mind that I didn't use a primer nor set it with a powder, so it might last longer than this.

What about its skincare benefits? 10/10

As you might already know, I have a dehydrated, combination acne prone skin with kinda sensitive cheeks (what a lovely skin I have), so I tend to break out whenever I have a foundation for longer than 8 hours, let alone if I sleep without washing it off, that's why (for your sake guys) I slept one day without taking it off, and guess what? Nothing happened! no breakouts, no new blackheads!
I also kept a basic skincare routine and used this for two weeks to see if it would improve my skin, and I noticed that it reduced my redness and my pimples tend to heal faster and my skin tend to break out less.
Another thing the Troipeel H+ Cushion claims is that it can be used even after laser (and microneedles treatment), so I convinced a friend of mine who are getting a laser treatment to try it after her treatment session and see if her skin would be irritated or anything, and thankfully it didn't (she would have killed me if anything happened to her skin)


Do I recommend it?

Yes! It is a really decent bb cushion that offers lots and lots of skin benefits for those of you with an acne prone skin! It is kinda pricey but then again many people use IOPE, LANEIGE, HERA, Sulwhasoo and many other bb cushions that are from the same price range or with a higher price tag.
That's true that this one isn't as long lasting as the other bb cushions mentioned, but the skincare benefits are really worth it if you have an acne prone skin.
Also, if you can pull both 21 and 23 shades or just don't mind it and had to choose between the A+ and H+ cushion, I'd recommend you go for the A+ cushion since it lasts longer and depending on what a friend of mine told me, doesn't cling to dry patches either.

You can buy it:

Troipeel H+ Cushion
- Amazon (Prime) for $41.98 (Click here for an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial)
Troiareuke Acsen A+ Cushion
Amazon (Prime) for $39.98 (Click here for an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial)




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[COSRX] Oil Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (with birch sap): Review




Last year, COSRX came with so many new products for those of us who have a dry or dehydrated skin, and one of these products was their Oil Free Ultra Moisturising Lotion. I had many opened moisturisers back then + the weather was getting warmer so I decided to control the urge to get it and wait until the next fall/winter.
And back in November, I finally got my hands on it since it was included in the COSRX Silky Skin Texture Package that was kindly sent to me by Wishtrend (I've done an unboxing/first impression here), So please read on to find out what I think about it!

Description and claims:
Designed with all natural Birch Sap, the OIL-FREE Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap is made to improve your skin tone and texture for hydrated, healthier skin. Universally used as the magical ingredient of beauty in urban legends, Birch Sap has been passed down in stories in Russia, Northern Europe, and Japan as the beauty secret of the Queen of the forest, many members of the royal family, and the Fountain of Youth. So diverge in the Birch Sap story and see the magical results for yourself !
The omnipotent, all-in-one OIL-FREE Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap is designed to hydrate with excellent spreadability to easily absorb into the skin for a smooth, silky finish. Perfectly designed for oily, dry, and sensitive skin, the OIL-FREE Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion improves skin reconstruction while repairing damaged skin to enhance the appearance of your skin tone and texture.

Price: 19000 KRW

Volume: 100ml

How to use:
1) Day & night, after cleansing, prep the skin with toner and apply a thin layer, avoiding the eyes and lips.
2) Reapply on areas experiencing severe dryness.
3) OIL-FREE Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion can be used with all other BHA, AHA or Vitamin C items without skin irritation.


Ingredients:

Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/, Sodium Acryloyldimethyl, Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Lactate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Hexanediol, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil

As you can see, this isn't actually completely oil free as it claims...

What skin type might like this?
All skin types as far as I know. I have a dehydrated skin and I love this (but I had to layer something else on top of it at night during the winter), and my sister has an oily/combination skin and she likes it as well, she only applies a thin layer (one pump) though.

Packaging:



This lotion comes in a typical COSRX bottle: a simple yet sleek frosted hard bottle with a pump and a clear cap. And like most of their moisturizing products, the colors are white and light blue.



Scent:
This has a quite strong scent that fades quickly after the application. It has a pleasant citrusy-herbal scent that I personally like, but it might bother you. (if you have already tried the COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pads, they smell exactly the same)

Texture:
This lotion has a lightweight gel texture. It absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn't leave any sticky residue.



Effectiveness:
This lotion is definitely more hydrating than I thought it would be, yet is super lightweight. It spreads out easily all over the face and gets absorbed by the skin quickly without leaving any greasy residue.
I think this lotion can be used by almost all skin types, but in different amounts. When my skin is feeling extra dry, I can apply up to 3 pumps of this lotion (don't apply it all at once but layer it instead: apply one pump, let it absorb into the skin, and then a second and a third), and I use less when my skin doesn't feel as dry. for those whom skins are on the oilier side, you can use 1 pump only, this way you'll get the moisture your skin needs without overdoing it.
As for those of you with extremely oily skin, I would absolutely recommend the COSRX Snail Mucin 92 All In One Cream (that I've reviewed here already) instead, since it would moisturize your skin AND control your sebum secretion as well.


What's good?
- Moisturizing without being too much on the skin
- Lightweight
- Easily absorbed by the skin
- Doesn't leave a greasy or a sticky residue
- 100ml of products that would last me for ages, for a reasonable price
- Smells good (at least for me)

What's not good?
There are none for me. (but for those with extremely oily skin, they might want to get something even lighter)

Will I repurchase it?
Most definitely!

Where to buy?
- Wishtrend for $20 (use my code 125028803 upon registration to get $5 off your first order)
- StyleKorean for $15.97



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[COSRX] One Step Moisture Up Pads: Review



COSRX is one of the few brands who focus on proven ingredients and effective formulations and avoid any non-sense ingredients that do nothing but raise the risk of skin irritation. That's why whenever they drop a new product, I get excited and try to get my hands on it, let alone when this new product is a moisture version of the One Step Pimple Pads that's I'm so in love with (and that I reviewed recently here).


Description and claims:


Formulated with hyaluronic acid, propolis, and natural BHA, the One Step Moisture Up Pad increases the absorptivity of the skin for maximized hydration that lasts all day while replenishing the natural balance and removing irritants and dead cells from the skin for a happy, healthy skin. Perfect for sensitive, easily irritated skin, the One Step Moisture Up Pad is the perfect little solution for a simpler, more effective skin care routine.

Price: 17500 KRW

Volume: 70 pads

How to use:

1) Using the embossing side, gently wipe the entire face, avoiding the eye areas. 
2) Flip the pad to the soft side and wipe the entire face once more. 
3) Close the lid tightly after each use to prevent the pads from drying.

Ingredients:

Propolis Extract (70%), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine Salicylate (0.5%) , Panthenol, Allantoin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate, Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil

What skincare routine step is this?
This product can supposedly replace a basic skincare routine minus cleansing and sunscreen. But you can use it instead of your hydrating toner or lotion. Check my Skincare101 series in case you are confused about what products go first in a korean skincare routine.


What skin type might like this?
As a one step skincare routine, these pads can be used by practically every skin type, but for those with dry/dehydrated skin, this would work better as a toner/lotion replacement.

What kind of people might like this?
Those who are pressed in the morning and don't have time for a full skincare routine, or who come back home super tired and all they want is go to bed (I'm just making excuses to justify my laziness xD)

Packaging:
The packaging is exactly the same as their best seller COSRX One Step Pimple Pad. The only two differences are Mr RX position and the color: this one's jar is light blue while the pimple pad one is red.








Scent:
It has a citrusy scent that reminds me of FA Cologne.
Pads:
These pads are soaked in enough essence to use on your face, neck and the back of your hands and have two sides: A textured side to gently exfoliate the skin, and a smooth side to allow the essence to soak into the skin.The textured side isn't really rough so even those with sensitive skin can use it (except if you are allergic to one of the ingredients of course)




pH level: 5

Effectiveness:
Right after using this moisture up pad, my skin feels instantly moisturised without stickiness.
I've been using it every morning for the past couple of weeks and I noticed that my skin became less flaky and bumpy, which is totally understandable since these pads contain heaps of propolis extract and Hyaluronic acid that can't not hydrate the skin, coupled with mild exfoliation to gently get rid of all the upmost layer of dead skin cells and allow all the goodies soaked in the pad to get deep into the skin.
Will COSRX ever disappoint me? I don't think so.

What's good?
- Really moisturizing and hydrating
- Convenient
- Easy to use
- Can replace a basic skincare (except for cleansing and sunscreen) on the busy days (especially for those of you with normal/combination/oily skin that doesn't need much layering) 

What's not good?
I honestly can't think about anything.

Will I repurchase it?
Most definitely!

Where to buy?
- StyleKorean for $16.67
- Wishtrend for $19 (you can use my referral code 125028803 upon registration to get $5 off your first $30 or above order)


So what do you think about these pads? Have you got your hands on them yet? if not, do you think you need to add them to your skincare routine or are you more interested in the other BHA/AHA pads? let me know in the comments below!

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StyleKorean K-beauty Haul: Huxley, Etude House, Heimish, C20, Elizavecca



Here I'm back again guys with another haul, and this time, it's from StyleKorean!

Stylekorean is an online store based in South Korea, and sells Korean beauty products as well as some kpop albums (Can't wait for my fav's comeback to try ordering my albums from them). They have a wide range of products from different brands (some of them are hard to find anywhere else like Huxley, 3CE, Chosungah, Belief, G9Skin etc etc), they also often have sales in their store and sometimes they even offer free shipping (which I managed to miss multiple times... Good Job me!)

I had no problem ordering from them. They shipped my order the next day, and since I choose EMS, I received my items after 3 days. The shipping cost is based on the products' weight as well as the shipping destination, you can get more infos here if you want.

And now moving to what I got!

Huxley Oil Essence: Oil-like, Essence-like



I first heard about this product from some youtubers, and since I love hybrid products and my skin feels extra dry nowadays, I knew that I had to get this product, but unfortunately couldn't find it anywhere that could ship to my country. A couple of weeks later, Stylekorean staff asked me if I was interested in trying any of their newest products so of course I had to pick this one up, and that's how I actually ended up ordering more products (that I paid for from my own money) from them since I was running out of some of my favs.
I've only used it once and I'm already in love with how moisturising it is without being heavy on the skin. I'm gonna review it for you guys in the next couple of weeks once I've tested it enough, so keep an eye on my blog ^^

You can get yours here

OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum:


I've long came to terms that I simply can't live without this serum. It helps my skin in so many ways I can't not fall in love with it (this is already my 7th bottle... so you can tell how much I love it). I'm not gonna talk about this one any further since I'll probably never stop raving about it. Check my review here if you wanna know why I like it.
You can get yours here

Heimish All Clean Balm:


Another product that I totally fell in love with last year (check my 2016 favourites list here if you want). This the better version of the banila co clean it zero balm imo, and even though I don't wear makeup often, I like to double cleanse my face everyday (Check my Skincare101 series here where I talked about Why it's really important to double cleanse), thus the reason I almost run out of it and I had to restock.
You can get it here

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask:



I've tried this mask a couple of times already but never purchased it myself. It's fun to use from time to time but I can't remember if it did do anything to my skin, that's why I decided to purchase it and try it out properly this time.
I got mine here.

Etude House Dear Darling Oil Tint: PK003 and RD302


I was looking for some new lip tints that won't dry my lips out nor make them look more chapped than they already are, and stumbled upon these ones. I've included two of them in my order to try them out, but before I even received them I ended up buying the remaining colours xD
I'm gonna wait for the other colors to come to make a full review + swatches post, so all I'm gonna say now is that I LOVE them.

You can get them here

Do I recommend this shop?
Yes.
They don't offer the cheapest prices over there nor free shipping, but they do have a large selection of products that are hard to find elsewhere, or for pricier brands like 3CE, Dr jart, Sulhwasoo.. etc that are really expensive on other stores but are available for a reasonable price on Stylekorean. Also, if you are used to making huge orders, this would be a really good option for you since the shipping fees won't be as pricey as when you order only few products, and you end up spending less money. 


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[COSRX] One Step Pimple Clear Pad: Review




When it comes to skincare, COSRX is without doubt my go-to brand. I've probably tried about 80% of their products (and loved most of them if not all) yet only reviewed 2 or 3 of them... and this mostly is due to the fact that I only remember to review them once I use them up and even after I repurchase them I just forget to include them in my reviewing schedule since they are basically the base of my skincare routine.
That's why, I decided, throughout the following weeks, to review some of the COSRX products I'm currently using. And today, I'm gonna review one of their last year's best sellers and one of the products that made it to my 2016 best of skincare list: the infamous COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad.

Description and claims:
Easy to use, anywhere & everywhere, the One Step Pimple Clear Pad is designed for
on-the-go emergencies and made with all-natural ingredients to reduce the irritations while
deeply penetrating the pores to clear unwanted gunk to transform your skin into the beautiful,
flawless being you are!

COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad clears up existing pimples and helps eliminate blackheads. Pads unclog pores and dissolves deep down oil with Betaine Salicylate.
One-step pimple clear pads that reduces acne breakouts and promotes clearer skin. Promotes exfoliation of dead surface cells resulting in enhances cellular renewal with Betaine Salicylate. Leaves skin cleaner, clearer and blemish free.

Claims:
+ Natural BHA enables immediate trouble care and purification
+ Makes pure skin by removing waste and sebum in pore
+ Controls sebum
+ Supplies moisture to skin



Price: 17500 KRW

Volume: 70 pads

How to use:
1) After cleansing, gently wipe the face with one pad, avoiding the eye area. 
2) When using for specific target areas such as the forehead, nose, or chin, be careful not to irritate other parts and try to lightly wipe at only the oily or troublesome area. 
3) After use, make sure the lid is screwed on tightly so the solution doesn’t dry. 
4) Do not wash off, and continue with your normal makeup routine ! (Up to 3 times use per day is recommended ; 1-2 times use per day is recommended for dry skin or for teenagers.)


Ingredients:
Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine Salicylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Allantoin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate

What skincare routine step is this?
This can be used multiple ways:
- To remove your heavy makeup before cleansing
- Instead of your toner (which is how I usually use it)
- as a spot treatment/sheet mask by putting it on top of your troubled area and leaving it for about 5 min before taking it off.

What skin type might like this?
All skin types, especially acne prone skin.

Packaging:







The 70 pads come in a large white jar with red accent, and a picture of Mr Rx printed on the twist off lid.




The jar is larger than the pads themselves which makes picking them up easier.



Scent:
The first thing I noticed when I opened the jar is that these pads smell like COSRX Oil Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion which is a nice scent that I can't really recognize but has a hint of citrus and something else to it.

Pads:



The pads have two different sides:
- An embossed side that is supposed to exfoliate the skin, get rid of impurities and regulate sebum production. It's not as rough as I expected it to be, which is better considering this is used everyday and you don't wanna over exfoliate your skin.
- A smooth side that is supposed to hydrate, promote smoother and better skin texture which I'm not really buying since the pad is soaked in the same kinda essence on both sides, and the rougher side is the one supposed to smooth out the skin right?
Anyways, these pads retain a lot of essence in them, enough for your face, neck and hands (I might sound cheap but whenever I'm almost out of it and I'm yet to receive another jar, I cut these pads in half and use them, and even then they still have enough essence for my whole face).

pH level: 4.5

Effectiveness:
Like you might already know, I really love COSRX, but still, I wasn't expecting much from this product since it only contains 1% of BHA only, but after trying it for a while I was surprised how my skin was loving it, my skin texture was improving and my tiny pimples on my forehead were decreasing and my skin looked much clearer. It doesn't improve your skin overnight like some youtubers claim, but it does a really nice job in the long run.
Other than using it as a toner, I've been putting these pads on my cheeks whenever I feel some pimples are about to show their ugliness to the world to stop them from appearing or at least from being as awful ad they were about to be.

What's good?
- Very convenient to use
- Can be used both as a toner and as a spot treatment
- Improves the skin texture
- Reduces the severity of breakouts
- Not irritating

What's not good?
- If you are used to strong acids in your skincare routine, this one would probably be too gentle for your liking.

Will I repurchase it?
Yes! it's my 3rd jar already actually.

Where to buy?
- Amazon (Prime) for $16.28  (Click here for an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial)
- StyleKorean for $16.67
- Wishtrend for $16.72 (you can use my referral code 125028803 upon registration to get $5 off your first $30 or above order)

So what do you think about BHA pads? Have you tried any? How do you compare these to other BHA pads from other brands you've already used before? Let me know in the comments below!

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