Korean beauty products I can’t get enough of

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I’m having a relationship with Korea. Yes, it’s been sealed. Other than the fact that I’ve been seeing Korean hairstylists every chance I had in the past two years, my respect for Korean beauty products has turned to love and devotion. My beauty regimen had always been monotonous. My vanity kit can actually be narrowed down to just face powder which already contains sunscreen, concealer, blusher, brow powder, brown eyeshadow and warm pink/peachy pink lipsticks. Three Korean beauty products that I’d buy again and again are TonyMoly Timeless Ferment Snail BB Cream, Etude House Play 101 pencil in brown and Etude House My Lovely Cookie Blusher in #7 Rose Macaron. It’s not the manic kind of love, hahah, I’m not even close to cushion compacts.

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I haven’t reviewed TonyMoly Timeless Ferment Snail BB Cream. It sounds freakish, but I got it because among the various brands and formulations I tested, it didn’t make me too white nor grayish. It comes only in one shade and self adjusts which is just perfect for my coloring. It has a high SPF of 45. It contains snail slime, touted to be regenerating, well, we all know how Koreans are so radical when it comes to beauty and skincare. It’s not too thick, but evens out and literally brightens my complexion. BB creams or blemish balms contain moisturizers, so expect some midday shine. On hectic days, I just dust a thin layer of my trusty Ben Nye Banana powder over it, smudge brown Etude Play 101 pencil and dab Rose Macaron on the apples of my cheeks. I’ve noticed a significant improvement after using this BB cream in terms of feel and appearance.

I tend to be a loyal consumer when the connection works.

Picture 682-2FOTD details: TonyMoly Timeless Ferment Snail BB Cream, MAC NC30 concealer, Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Banana, My Lovely Cookie Blusher in #7 Rose Macaron, Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown, MAC Espresso eyeshadow, Play 101 49 pencil, NYX Soft Matte Lip cream in Antwerp.

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Hitching on the Snoe bandwagon

Snoe White Special Black Beauty Bar

I’m settling the conclusion to my Awesome Poresome retexturizing polish review in these yet two more Snoe product reviews. I like to use the scrub on days when I feel my pores are congested with makeup plus grime. Used it daily on my last trip to Manila and sensed it helped combat aggression like I got less of the breakouts that are typical when my system gets perturbed while traveling to highly urbanized cities.

About the retexturizing claim, I haven’t seen it yet, so I added the cult Snoe Special Black Beauty Bar to use more often. The black soap is loaded with AHAs for cell renewal, whitening stuff like arbutin and high in beta-carotene tomato extract (reminding me of Burt’s Bees tomato soap).

Snoe Special Black Beauty Bar

On first use, there was mild stinging, but with no redness, which means my sensitive skin might be liking it so I’ve been using it like 3 days now. As of late, the skin is somewhat brighter, the acne marks are lighter, and the nose area is starting to peel finely, I’ll  let you know if there’s significant improvement after finishing the entire bar.

Snoe Let it B Wasa B

I’m now officially BB-fied:)

The phenomenal Korean BB (as in beauty balm or blemish balm) cream is the proverbial virus that has attacked all the major cosmetic companies in the world. It’s the new tinted moisturizer, the new foundation, the new concealer, the new base, the new sunblock, all rolled into this one beautifying product.  The BB formula originally started as a dermatologist-prescribed product for laser patients in Europe. Now there are also CC creams to control and correct, color and conceal, whatever they do in the name of beauty.

BlauEarth reader Camille mentioned Snoe BB cream. When I checked the only local Snoe outlet, Red Dot, BB creams actually come in many formulations. I was more intrigued by the anti-oxidant properties of wasabi in Snoe’s Let it B with WasaB, which is, as Snoe claims, a potent mixture of calcium, vitamin C, potassium, antimicrobial properties and more for promoting oxygenation of cellular tissues as well as strengthening skin’s defenses against free radical damage, plus an SPF of 30++.

I picked Vanilla Cream over Perfect Beige and Warm Honey (the darkest shade). Snoe is an all-Filipino beauty company, so I surmise it must be suitable for Filipino skin. I was scared Vanilla Cream looked so much lighter, with a hint of pinky glow, when I tested it at home. Layered under a very light dusting of MAC Studio Finish powder NC35, the gleam was diffused while creating a radiant, even demi-matte finish. It photographs well, imo. Wore it here, the shade blended in, no visible demarcation line. The consistency is frightfully thick, yet was pain-free to apply. I think I felt a strange slight warmth on the face, yayay, it must be wasabi heat.

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