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Outfit | December 28th Smokey

Weather: 10°C/50°F Spots of gray

There must be something in common weather patterns where the temperature warms up right before intense coldness. I wore this right before the official turnover to 0 to -5 celsius as the norm. Wearing cropped pants in the winter is a little unusual but considering the buses, subways, and shops are pumping the heat like crazy it’s nice to be able to just take off my coat and feel comfortable in an instant.



What I’m wearing

Top : Muji

Pants : No-name shop

Shoes : GU



 

Review: Cosrx Snail 92 all in one cream

If you’re not wearing snails, you’re not doing skincare.

I have no problem experimenting with unusual ingredients on my skin. A bird’s nest mask for one evening and a placenta mask for the next. There seems to be something new and amazing coming out every month that is going to revolutionize your whole routine within its first use. One of the gimmicky-sounding products to come out and actually prove its benefits is the humble little snail.

COSRX is my go to for my sensitive skin routines, I picked up their Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream a while ago. Snail comes with a few promises: anti-aging, hydration, and damage protection. It’s supposed to stimulate the skin to form collagen, protect from free radicals, repair damage and on and on and on. Now that I’ve been using it for a few months I’m ready to give it a full review so let’s get into it!

COSRX describes this as:

Made with all-natural domestic 92% snail secretion filtrate, the Advanced Snail 92 All In One

Cream acts to prevent aging and promote a healthy, rejuvenated skin while keeping in the hydration of a snail cream.

This product is a thicker cream version of their sister product, the Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. The cream contains 92% snail secretion filtrate combined with a few emollients and occlusives to bind it together for a stable cream. If you want an even more minimal ingredient product and even more snail power than you’ll prefer the Advanced Snail 96 essence.

Ingredients: Snail secretion filtrate, betaine, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, sodium hyaluronate, cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, arginine, dimethicone, carbomer, panthenol, allantoin, sodium polyacrylate, xanthan gum, ethyl hexanediol, adenosine, phenoxyethanol

If you’ve had previous reactions to snail related products on the pass obviously do not use this! CosDna has a few red flags for acne; Cetearyl alcohol(2), Stearic acid(2), and Dimethicone(1). Two for potential irritation; Cetearyl alcohol(2) and Carbomer(1). All these are relatively low for the acne and irritant scale, so most users aren’t likely to have any reactions.

The cream comes in a stackable jar with a screw lid. When opened, there is a plastic lid protecting the product and a little spoon for scooping the product out. If you have issues with sanitation, this is plenty to keep your cream relatively germ-free. The only con for me in the packaging is it can be hard to open if my hands have moisture from previous steps in my routine.

The cream itself is very obviously snail. It’s goopy, smooth, and super sticky. There is no scent to the slightly translucent white cream. The slimy texture is easy to spread across the face without any pulling. When applied, there is a bit of stickiness left behind but no shine. I have combination skin, and after consistent use, I can confidently say this will work well on oily, normal, and dry skin types. The hydration it supplies is not too greasy and could benefit all dehydrated skin.

How to use:

1. After cleansing, at the last step of your basic care, apply an adequate amount to the face, dividing up the portions and applying each small portion to different areas. Lightly tap the area to help absorption.

2. Gently massage the whole face using your palms about 2-3 times to ensure full absorption.

Note: My brows were filled in differently (arched in the before, straight in the after) and I am not lifting them in either photo

Does it actually do anything? Well, for me absolutely! I’ve started get a few fine lines on my forehead and after consistent use for ~4 months they are hardly noticeable. Now, this is in combination with the OST Pure Vitamin C 21.5 serum (review here) so my results are really a cocktail of the two.

My skin loves this stuff. It feels bouncier, hydrated, and happy. I’ve found it to be most beneficial as the first step in my night moisturizing routine, right after cleansing, using a quarter-sized amount on my face and neck absorbs in an instant. I can easily skip it a night without any difference, but if I skip this for multiple days there is a noticeable dehydration in my skin. The jar itself is ~ $16USD for 100ml of product. I’m about half way through my jar with almost once a day use over 4 months.

If you are looking to add snail to your routine or replace your snail cream for something with fewer additives, give this a try!

Available for purchase

Korean domestic – COSRX site

Internationally – Sokoglam | Wishtrend | Memebox

Quickie Review: 3CE Tattoo Lip tint

I was in the area of a 3CE store on the launch day of their tattoo lip tints and thought I’d give them a peek. This will be a mini review since I didn’t buy any of them; not because I didn’t like them but because I don’t really use lip tints (I never know when an eczema flare will pop up on my lip 🙁 ).

The tints’ texture are in between a gloss and jelly. The doe foot applicator makes it easy to apply a precise lip line or to build a gradient. When first applied, there is a nice hydrated glossy finish but it faded within an hour to a flat tint. I previously had lip balm over my wintery chapped lips, and despite my dry patches, the tint looked even in color.

In terms of wear time, I got about 5 hours without a noticeable difference. Once I started to eat and drink it wore off quite quickly. At that point, it had the same effect all tints have on me where they disappear everywhere but cling to their death onto my driest patches. There was transfer on cups and napkins, so be aware while it was minimal this is not 100% transfer proof.

Overall I would say if I’d say it’s a lovely, even-wearing formula and if you love tints you love these.

These retail for $13.00 USD for 4.2 grams of product.

Available for purchase on StyleNanda

3CE #Coma applied with a finger and lightly blended, 1 hour after initial application

Left to right: #Yay or Nay, #Luztic, #Coma, #Coolest, #Candy Jelly

#Yay or Nay is a bright popsicle orange. #Luztic is an orange based red. #Coma is a deep red with a hint of burgundy. #Coolest is nothing like the website’s photos, bright warm magenta. #Candy Jelly is a cool-toned magenta.

Stain left after wiping with makeup remover

Minimal transfer, but definitely transfers

Ingredients: Water, Octyldodecanol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Ethylcellulose, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Red 27, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acid Red 92, Hydrogenated Didecene, Dipropylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Sorbitan Stearate, Benzophenone-9, Laureth-8, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Red 33, Yellow 6, Caprylyl Glycol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) butter, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening primrose) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract

Video: Warm Opal Pony Effect

Playing around with the Pony Effect shimmer master palette I came up with this opalescent look. Using a blending brush keeps the look soft with an airbrushed finish. The look is finished with light pink cheeks and a peachy lip. Products used are listed below:

Cheek
3CE Cream blusher – #new pink

Lip
NARS Sheer lipstick – Barbarella
Demeter Lip sense balm – Cherry

Tools
Urban Decay Shadow brush
Sigma Airbrush blender
MAC 219
Stilazzi Lip brush

Eye
NYX Jumbo eye pencil – Milk
Pony Effect Shimmer master palette
Majolica Majorca Long long lash

 

Outfit | December 10th Just black

Weather: 3°C/38°F Spots of gray

I think of this comic every time I wear all black. This pairing isn’t too bad, the top has a hint of yellow and the pants have a hint of blue but either are not too extreme. While this isn’t the case with this outfit, I have figured out a trick to better black matching. The key is to pair items with similar fabric. Black linen with black linen. Rayon with rayon, etc. It must be with how to dye is absorbed in the different fabrics. Another tip? High waisted jeans with tiny pockets will really give anyone a pretty good butt.



What I’m wearing

Top : H&M

Pants : Aland

Shoes : Madewell

Scarf : Redeye



 

Outfit | December 5th Cozy

Weather: 10°C/51°F Clear and sunny

Korea does oversized sweaters pretty well. The shapes and cuts take the larger fit from frumpy to stylish. Like this sweater, in particular, the core knit is brought almost to the elbows before the sleeves start. The drape then hugs the shoulders for a flattering fit. I can easily do a half tuck for a longer leg line but thankfully it’s not necessary. I paired this with ultra skinny jeans because I like that box on peg legs look.



What I’m wearing

Hat : Redeye

Sweater : Aland

Pants : Aland

Shoes : Madewell