Review: Etude House Magic Any Cushion SPF 34 - Magic Peach

♫ 동방신기 (TVXQ) - 수리수리 (Spellbound)
My groove song while typing this post is so apt, it's kinda freaky just magical. (⌒_⌒;)

Something magical...
You might have heard whispers and rumours about this product. You might have seen the teaser video and photos.

Well, come tomorrow March 1, Etude House's newest offering and addition to the Any Cushion range will be officially launched. It's none other than the Magic Any Cushion!

Picture from @etudeglobal Instagram
The Magic Any Cushion comes in 3 colour-correcting variants: Magic Peach, Magic Pink and Magic Mint. These are basically compact cushion versions of their previous Sweet Recipe Baby Choux Base, which had the similar colour selection and functions. Each shade targets different skin tones/problems:
  • Magic Peach - for dull/yellowish skin tone to brighten yellow tones
  • Magic Pink - for pale skin tone to counteract sallow undertones
  • Magic Mint - for reddish skin tone to correct redness
Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion
The shade I received to test (I was lucky enough to be randomly chosen via a Facebook event) was Magic Peach.
Magic Any Cushion - Magic Peach
Click for list of ingredients
The packaging of the Magic Any Cushion is similar in size and shape to the Precious Mineral Any Cushion. However, unlike its predecessor, the Magic Any Cushions are colour coordinated, whereby the Magic Mint compact will be mint-coloured, Magic Pink will be pink, and Magic Peach will be peach. The Magic Any Cushion has an oval pattern with the product name printed on it, and the top half of the compact has a matte/satin finish, while the bottom half is shiny.

The one I have here is Magic Peach, and the compact is a soft pastel peach colour. ♥
Love the princessy logo design!

The compact comes with a big mirror under the cover, which makes it super handy for traveling or touch-ups. Despite its slightly bulky packaging, I like it because you can bring it for traveling without worrying about it spilling out and messing up your makeup bag. Also, no mess with your fingers since you pat it on using the puff! It comes with a special 'air puff' just like the BB cushion, but in pink instead of blue.

Besides the plastic cover, the 'cushion' has a protective sticker seal over it, so that it doesn't dry up before you unseal the product to use. Once you remove the sticker seal, it looks like this:
The cushion is fully saturated :)
Pick up the product by pressing the air puff into the cushion, and gently pat it all over your face.
(For detailed instructions on how to apply the product, and how to clean the air puff, head on over to my previous review here.)

For me, 1 layer (maximum 2 layers) is enough to make my skin look dewy, brighter/whiter and more even-toned. Since it has SPF 34, you can skip sun screen (in a pinch), and it acts very well as a base or primer for foundation or BB cream.

I say base/primer, because if you're looking for medium or full coverage, the Magic Any Cushion doesn't really cut it. The Magic Any Cushion range is to target specific skin tones, after all. However, if you're looking for a sheer, light product for light makeup days, or (lucky you!) have good skin with minimal problems, you might want to give this a try. (。◕‿◕。)

This is my finished look, using only the Magic Any Cushion, loose powder on T-zone, lip balm, eyeliner and blusher. (I don't use mascara on most days, lol)

You're probably wondering what's the difference between the Magic Any Cushion and Precious Mineral (BB) Any Cushion, so here are some comparison pics.

Hope you liked my review (phew, that was a lot of pics!), and do let me know what are your thoughts on this product in the comments! (✿◠‿◠) Many thanks to Etude House Global for sending me the product to try! ♥

Review: Hada Labo Light Peeling Lotion

♫ S.M. THE BALLAD - Breath (TVXQ Max Changmin & f(x) Krystal)

You must be thinking, peeling lotion? How can a lotion have peeling effect?

Well, no worries! The product we know as toner is actually called lotion for most (if not all) Japanese skincare brands. Hada Labo, well known for its lotion series, is now introducing a new product targeted for oily and combination skin type. See your skin brighten up luminosity with Hada Labo’s Mild Peeling Lotion!

The Hada Labo Mild Peeling Lotion has a unique formulation that not only sloughs away dull skin and impurities, but also stimulates cell renewal. It delicately tightens pores to prevent clogged pores and breakouts, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and improves skin elasticity and firmness. Besides that, it also has moisturizing properties that deeply hydrate the skin, providing a natural, radiant and beautiful matte complexion.

How the gluconic acid works
Gluconic Acid is a main ingredient used in the formulation of this lotion. It is naturally found in fruits and honey. It works as a mild exfoliant to soften and remove accumulated dead skin cells on the skin’s surface so that nutrients can be easily absorbed into the skin. This will also help improve the skin’s hydration resulting in smooth and supple skin.

Handy flip cap packaging
It looks and feels just like water!
Like all Hada Labo lotions, it comes in a plastic bottle with a flip cap. This makes it easy to dispense the product without any wastage. This Hada Labo Mild Peeling Lotion is non-greasy, pH balanced and free from alcohol, colorant, fragrance, preservative, animal derivatives and mineral oil. Even so, I expected it to have at least a faint scent, but I was surprised to discover that it was completely scent-free! It looks and feels just like pure water, lol. It also doesn't have that sticky, 'boing boing' texture reminiscent of the Super Hyaluronic Acid range.

Despite the term 'peeling lotion', it is very mild and suitable for every day use after your cleansing routine. I use it together with the Hada Labo Deep Clean & Pore Refining Face Wash. While I do not see any obviously noticeable results on my skin, I have to say that it it very gentle and does not irritate my skin nor cause any breakouts. :) Even though this product is targeted more towards those with dull and oily skin that is prone to acne, it works fine on my normal combination type skin.

The Hada Labo Light Peeling Lotion (170ml) retails at RM 49.90, and is available at all leading pharmacies outlets nationwide.

*This item was sent to me by Mentholatum Malaysia for review without financial compensation. All opinions expressed are completely honest and strictly my own.

Review: Hada Labo Deep Clean & Pore Refining Face Wash

♫ S.M. THE BALLAD - 呼吸 (EXO CHEN & 张力尹)

Healthy beautiful skin begins with clean skin. Regularly cleansing your face will help to remove impurities, dead skin cells, accumulate dirt and sebum - all which lead to dull, lifeless skin. Last year, Hada Labo launched a new range of facial cleansing products to target specific skincare concerns.

Hada Labo face wash for different skin problems
The Hada Labo face washes come in 3 variants to target different skin concerns:
  • Deep Clean & Blemish Control Face Wash: for oily and acne-prone skin
  • Hydra & Whitening Face Was: for dry and dull skin
  • Deep Clean & Pore Refining Face Wash: for visibly large pores and oily skin
The one I've been using is the Deep Clean & Pore Refining face wash, as I often apply makeup (need to deep clean) and concerned about clogged and enlarged pores (hence pore refining sounds good).

Hada Labo’s new face wash products are formulated with Bentonite Clay that has over 70 traces of minerals from the natural volcanic ash sediments. The clay that is included in the face wash formulation effectively absorbs excess dirt, oil and impurities from the skin. Despite its fine texture, the clay is able to exfoliate dead skin, thus cleaning up the pores and improving the skin’s texture.

Just like any other Hada Labo products, Hyaluronic Acid is also a key ingredient. It has excellent moisture retention capacity and is able to replenish the skin’s essential moisture while preserving the optimum moisture balance while it cleanses, allowing the skin to stay hydrated and plump.

Ingredients list
The face wash has a soft, creamy, slightly tacky (sticky) texture due to the clay component, but it lathers up nicely into a thick foam with a little bit of water. Unlike most other facial cleansers, the foam takes a bit more effort to rinse off because of its tacky texture, but the result is smooth, refreshed and moisturized skin.

Soft, creamy, slightly tacky texture
Lathers up nicely with a little bit of water
The Hada Labo face washes are pH balanced and free from alcohol, colorant, fragrance and mineral oil, making them suitable for all skin types.

I don't use this in the morning (I prefer a milder cleanser for morning) but I like to use this in the evening after a day out. My face feels smooth and clean without that tight feeling that you get with some cleansers. I highly recommend using this in the shower, as the foam is easier to rinse off using warm water. Oh, and this cleanser goes really well with the Hada Labo Mild Peeling Lotion that is used as a toner after cleansing. :)

The Hada Labo Face Wash (100g) range retails at RM 20.90 each, and is available at all leading pharmacies outlets nationwide.

*This item was sent to me by Mentholatum Malaysia for review without financial compensation. All opinions expressed are completely honest and strictly my own.

Tutorial: Simple Hearts Manicure

♫ BTOB - 뛰뛰빵빵 Beep Beep

Valentine's Day is over, but love and hearts are always here to stay, right? ;) I posted this cute little heart manicure on Facebook last week, and today I'll be showing you how to do it yourself. It's really easy!

First, you'll need to prepare some things:
  • Base coat
  • Top coat
  • Dotting tool (or a bobby pin if you don't have one)
  • Piece of paper
  • 2 nail polish colours of your choice

Step 1: Start by applying base coat on your nails. You don't want the nail polish to stain your nails!

Step 2: Apply two coats of your base nail polish colour. I chose pink because it's cute and girly - perfect for Valentine's Day. :3

Step 3: Drop a blob of your second nail polish colour on a piece of paper, then dip your dotting tool to pick up the colour.

Step 4: Using the dotting tool, draw two small downwards sideways strokes to form a tiny heart ♥ shape at the corner of the nail. I chose red because it pops on the pink base, and matches the Valentine's theme.

Step 5: Seal with a top coat, and you're done! (≧∇≦)

It's that simple, and you get super cute nails without much effort! You can use also different colours according to the occasion and your preference. (✿◠‿◠)

That's all for today; I hope you liked this short but sweet little nail art tutorial. ^o^

Psst... Valentine's Day is over, but you can always do this for White Day (14 March)!

Review: Anna Sui Lip Rouge D 373

♫ 周杰伦 - 大笨钟

I'm back! :D Sorry for the long hiatus, I guess I've been taking a longer-than-necessary Chinese New Year break from blogging, lol. (⌒_⌒;)

Anna Sui Lip Rouge D
I'd like to share with you a lipstick that I've been using for CNY - Anna Sui Lip Rouge D #373. I purchased this at the Johor Premium Outlets (JPO) early last month, when my family and I attended my cousin's wedding.

Pretty in purple! ♥

The lipstick casing is made from plastic; a black heart-shaped cover with engraved roses and hearts, while the inner plastic casing is purple with printed lace motifs and the Anna Sui logo. It's very light, and does look rather like a toy lipstick because of the plastic, lol. Nevertheless, it's definitely one of the prettiest lipstick designs I've ever seen! (≧∇≦)

Hand swatch
The shade I chose, #373, is a sweet pink shade with very visible shimmer and glitter in the bullet. It goes on fairly sheer, and gives the lips a nice pink glittery sheen. Probably not a shade for those who dislike shimmer or glitter, though.

Click for larger image
The texture is smooth and doesn't dry out the lips, although it does have a very slight gritty feel due to the glitter. Lasting power was average - you'll definitely need to re-apply after a meal. What I love is that it has the signature Anna Sui rose scent. (✿ ♥‿♥) You know I'm sucker for rose-scented products.

This is my first Anna Sui lipstick, and I'm glad I managed to get this for a steal at JPO. I think this shade has been discontinued, but after using this one, I'm tempted to go out and buy one (or two) more of Anna Sui's lipsticks. Roses and pretty packaging? It's calling my name already! (。✪‿✪。)