I hardly go out now, and I order anything and everything online, if possible. With the new habit of buying skin care online, I have taken another step further to buy cosmetic and apparel online too!
BB creams must have been around for a while now, but as usual, I am 3-steps behind with any exciting news; or any news at all.
I started to use BB creams last year. I love the lightweight feel on the skin, but hate the grey hue. I am fair (NC15-20) but I don’t really like ashy sick complexion.
It’s super convenient to use BB cream while out on vacation. I don’t get to enjoy the luxury of good skin, so BB cream helps camouflage some flaws and gives an instant confidence boost yet feeling like wearing nothing at all. BB cream comes with SPF24 PA++.
We are soon leaving for our anniversary vacation, so I decide to buy new BB creams. (I used Maybelline and BioEssence, reasonable good coverage, but they have the grey hues and stickiness on touch)
I ordered Skin79 sampler pack on Qoo10, the seller shipped from South Korea quite quickly. I like that it dries matt (most BB creams leave a dewy and sheen on the face) and non-stickiness on touch. The downside is that it has very minimal coverage, so I decide to research into a good concealer to go with the BB cream.
Ordered the Skinfood Salmon Dark circle Concealer #2 – should probably get #1, read on to find out why. I also ordered the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder, in place of pressed powder.
The Skinfood Salmon concealer comes in a jar, not the ideal packaging, as it gets exposed to environmental elements and germs more easily.
Ways to maximize product lifespan:
1. use a small spatula to scrap/scoop the required amount for each use; wash and dry the spatula after each use. (Personally I do this for all jar packaged skin care) To bring out in bag, I bag the jar and the spatula in a small pull-string pouch; you may use a ziplock bag if you wish.
2. always make sure your finger is clean if you are dipping right into the jar; avoid double-dip method, products left on your face may be transferred into the product, hence the risk of contamination
The concealer is a thick paste, yet glides and spreads on skin quite easily. My hand is fairer than the skin on face, hence the contrast.
#2 shade has orange/yellow undertones, and it’s a tad dark. I can’t comment on #1 shade, but I am considering getting that on the next buy.
A small jar (5gm) of the Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder is perfect for traveling. It’s also perfect for me, since I rarely leave home now. I may toss this after the 2 weeks’ vacation.
Image on left before any products; image on right being the after products application.
1. Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream
2. Skinfood Salmon Darkcircle Concealer Cream
3. Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder
Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream
Love that it dries matt and non-sticky on touch. It is said that Skin79 BB creams are amongst the darkest shades of BB creams. I was concern about the dark shade. If you look at the before/after photo, my skin is indeed darker after applying the products. Then again, it is really not obvious and it gives a healthy color to my usually sick pale complexion.
Coverage: light-medium, not for skin with too many imperfections (like mine, that’s why I am getting add-on to make up for the lack of better coverage)
Skinfood Salmon Darkcircle Concealer Cream
The concealer leaves light patches of yellow undertones on the areas that I applied the product on. It settles and blends in better after a while (10-15 minutes – oxidize process).
The concealer is medium coverage for acne scars or breakouts, and it doesn’t appear cakey of thick, so if you want to achieve a more natural evening out of tones, this is the product you need.
Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder
Weightless. Lightly scented. Does what it says it does – sebum-control.
The white powder may give an instant ghostly tone at first, it settles in quickly though. Soft and smooth at touch after application.
Refer to the before/after photo, you will notice that the shine on the ‘before’ photo is now gone. The matt effect is quite lasting too.
(No other products on eye area, except the concealer)
If you look carefully, the area around the eyelid (upper and under eye) there is a slight tint of yellow tone. It looks a little ‘goldish’ on the photo.
That is the reason why I want to get my hands on #1 shade, hoping that it has less orange/yellow undertones.
Salmon concealer is more moisturizing, and I think it is essential. Many concealers in the market is thick and dries to cakey cracks. A moisturizing under eye concealer should minimize the appearance of dark circle, and not emphasize on other concerns such as fine lines and creases.
I don’t usually have dark circle, but I am developing brownish under eye circle due to overworking? I forgot to check the photos of the ‘before’ for eyes; I am left with this photo because the rest is trashed due to out-of-focus images. 😛