Too Cool For School – BB Foundation Lunch Box Review

So, I’ve run out of my Holika Holika Aqua Petite Jelly, which I reviewed ages ago.   I should update that post with my current opinion on the product – that is, I really like it as a sheer kind of base in conjunction with either a higher coverage foundation/bb cream or concealer.

I was going to buy it again, but before I made the decision to repurchase, I had a quick look around the internet and saw that fairly new Korean Cosmetic Brand Too Cool For School, in their After School range, released what they call a ‘BB Foundation Lunch Box” – an adorable tube thing that includes a BB Cream that looked to be similar to the Aqua Petite Jelly.

After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - #2 Watery Skin After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - #2 Watery Skin I purchased it in #2 Watery Skin, which looked a little darker than the #1 Shade.  Generally, most Korean cosmetics are too light for my NC25-30 skin so I always purchase the darker shade if available.  At first, looking at the product on the spatula I thought it was too dark – but luckily it looks fine blended in.  It also has SPF 37, which is a plus.

I bought it from Ebay for about $AUD 24 – I know it can be risky buying cosmetics online but I don’t think the brand is high-end enough to really have fakes/duplicates made for it, tbh.  I found out later that you can also purchase this from the city, on Swanston St in Melbourne (next to So Good Jewellery – 215 Swanston St) for around $25, which might be more worth it than having to wait a few weeks for the product to arrive.

After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - #2 Watery Skin After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - #2 Watery Skin

As you can see, it has a spatula applicator thing, very much like the Aqua Petite Jelly – but don’t be fooled!  This BB Cream is far less sheer than the Holika Holika and, while it is still watery, it is also a little thicker. What drew me to this product is the fact that it is All-in-One, with a mirror, concealer, highlighter and BB Cream – it’s super travel-friendly.  And the packaging is adorable.

After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - Concealer & HighlighterAfter School BB Foundation Lunch Box - Concealer & Highlighter After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - Concealer & Highlighter  Swatches: Firstly, this is the BB Cream/Foundation portion of the product – After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - #2 Watery Skin Unblended After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - #2 Watery Skin Blended It is very smooth and easily blendable, but it is quite sheer (though not as sheer as the Aqua Petite Jelly). I really wanted to like this.  Really wanted to.  But I can’t say that I’m a fan though.  The lack of coverage really doesn’t do it for me, and unlike the Aqua Petite Jelly, it doesn’t feel as light on my skin – perhaps the scent kind of contributes to this.  Also, I don’t get the same radiant looking effect that I do with the Aqua Petite Jelly – this BB cream makes me look really grey with it on, which is definitely a bad sign.

Concealer: After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - Concealer After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - Concealer Blended

The concealer is okay, but it doesn’t have much staying power.  It is definitely inappropriate for the under eye area, far too cakey and hard to blend for that.  It does alright in covering blemishes… but as I said, it comes off easily.

Highlighter: After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - Highlighter After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - Highlighter Blended

The highlighter is really my favourite part of the product – it isn’t irritating and it creates such a lovely glow!  It’s also very blendable and looks good highlighting the nose bridge and cupid’s bow.  Use it sparingly and you will have a pretty glow, but overuse it and the product will look weirdly white on the face.

After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - #2 Watery Skin

Overall Breakdown:

The Good:

  • Compact & Travel-Friendly
  • Everything in One
  • Highlighter

The Bad:

  • Scent makes it feel heavier/more irritating
  • Greyish undertones
  • Lack of Coverage (but this is ok if you only need sheer coverage)
  • Low staying power



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Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder Comparison – Compact vs Loose Powder

It isn’t Makeup Monday, but I got sick of seeing words alone on Daydreamt’s homepage hahaha.  So.  I recently purchased the Too Cool for School BB Foundation Lunch Box, and along with this, I made a sort of repurchase of my favourite powder by Korean cosmetic brand, Innisfree – the Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder – BUT this time in Loose Powder form, rather than the Mineral Pact.

Innisfree No-Sebum & Too Cool For School

At first I thought the Powder was a little overhyped for what it did, but I don’t often hit pan on my products so clearly does something right.  I like how it is translucent and it also brightens my skin.  I love my Mineral Pact (shown below) – with it’s very finely milled powder which does a good job of setting my heavy under-eye concealer and base makeup.

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Pact Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Pact

I was going to repurchase it, but because I couldn’t find anywhere on the Internet that pointed out the differences between the Powder and Pact: they look very similar, with the same basic packaging and the same apparent ingredients: “with Jeju natural mineral and natural originated mint” – so I decided to give the loose powder a go and give you guys a comparison.  It was $AUD 10.99 on Ebay (5 grams, ~$2.20 per gram) – just a little cheaper than the Pact which I found for $AUD 13 (8.5 gram, ~$1.50 per gram).  This means that the Pact is actually more bang for your buck, but outright you will be paying slightly more for it.

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder

Packaging: First of all, a lot of things are similar when it comes to the packaging of the products – the color of the container and the fact that it comes with a really lovely powder puff with the Innisfree label.  Innisfree does a great job at keeping their packaging minimalist and clean.

The clearest difference is the fact that the Powder does not have the mirror that the Pact does – and for some this may only be a small difference, but for me this is a bit disappointing.  The Pact mirror is possibly my most oft-used compact mirror because when you’re at the powder stage, it’s good to take a final close look at your makeup to ensure nothing is creased or unblended.  Also, mirrors that come with say, eye shadows or blushes, almost always end up messy and covered in fall-out product.  But the mineral pact mirror is protected by the powder puff and the pressed powder is not very messy or colorful, so the mirror is always pretty clean.

The mineral powder comes in a screw-on container, as opposed to a snap on lid like the pact.  This makes sense for a loose powder, since no one wants fallen powder anywhere if for some reason the container is dropped.

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder

The product is dispensed through the typical few holes in the container which allows a little bit of product out at a time.  I generally shake the closed container with the powder puff inside, to transfer some product onto the puff to use it.  The pact is a little more straightforward, just allowing you to rub the product onto the puff directly.

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder
Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder
Product: In terms of the product itself, it’s hard to identify a real difference.  It’s the same, finely-milled translucent powder in a loose form – and the powder does well to set your makeup and prevent too much shininess. The loose powder seems to be somewhat finer, but the difference is not very noticeable.

On it’s own, used to lessen shininess, I have to say that it does not last all day so it will require touching up.

The product feels very light and not at all cakey – sometimes when I use heavier powders, I feel uncomfortable applying it to my skin, but this product feels so light on my skin that I don’t feel like it’s going to clog my pores or anything like that at all.

It also claims not to contain 6 common causes of skin irritation: Parabens, Talc, Artificial Fragrances, Animal Ingredients, Artificial Colors and Mineral Oil, so I’d assume it’s good for sensitive skin.

Overall:  I really like the powder overall and definitely recommend it to anyone who is in the market for a good, low priced and non-irritating setting powder.  If picking between the two products, I would probably go with the pact because of the mirror and the ease of using it… but it depends on the medium you’re using to apply it.

If you use a kabuki brush, then the loose powder is better because it is easier to get the product without digging into the pact.  If you use the powder puff, the pact is much easier and less messy to use.



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Video: CC Cream Comparison

I finally got around to filming and editing a new video!  It’s a CC Cream Comparison: Banila Co vs. The Face Shop. Kinnnd of late since I feel like the CC Cream ‘trend’ is over, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to talk about it.

The ‘CC’ in CC Cream stands for ‘Color Control’, which basically means they evens out skin tone and provide other benefits that BB Creams don’t. When CC Creams were first introduced, they generally weren’t supposed to replace BB Creams, but were to act as a base- although these days many CC Creams claim to do it all: coverage, sun protection, whitening, etc. While Banila Co’s ‘It Radiant‘ CC Cream follows the more traditional route, The Face Shop ‘Face It‘ Aqua UV CC Cream does seem to attempt to do it all.

I compare the two CC creams in the video

Products Mentioned
The Face Shop – ‘Face It‘ Aqua UV CC Cream in #2 Natural Beige (~$AUD 30)

Banila Co – ‘It Radiant‘ CC Cream (~$AUD 38)

I purchased mine from Korea, but you can purchase them on ebay, roserose shop or on cosme-de.


Hope you guys enjoy the video!  Since the weather has warmed up a bit, I also took some photos of the products because I felt like being a bit artsy

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Also, lately I’ve had a bit of a video blank :P  Let me know if you have any ideas about what videos I should do next


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Study Mode

Posted on 02-11-2013

I’m trying to get into study mode but it’s so hard when the weather is so good outside. Sorry for another wordy post instead of a picture-filled one.

I’m one of those people that has to lock themselves in their rooms to study ’cause I get NOTHING done. I feel so screwed for exams…

As you guys know I have a reward system for myself where I study and reward myself with RELAX TIME. So over the past few weeks my relax time has been spent watching Heirs and rewatching Ouran Highschool Host Club with Bryan. We finished the series, I love itttt, such a good lighthearted anime. The manga was pretty good too, but I think the anime encapsulated the important parts of the storyline well although I’d have liked to have seen more Hikaru/Tamaki/Kyouya x Haruhi storyline.

I like watching Heirs. I have only ever seen like 3 Korean dramas in my life so that’s probably why it’s not THAT cheesy/typical to me although obviously having watched anime and read a billion shoujo mangas, I can see dat cheesiness. I think I just like that I know the whole cast pretty much, even though I know close to nothing about Korean actors/actresses.

Oh yeah I was going to do Summer school after exams, but they aren’t letting me ’cause of prereqs which I am completing this semester so I probably won’t do it yet. I guess that’s okay since I need a break anyway.

I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL HOLIDAYS.


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Clio Eyeliner Review – Liquid and Pencil

Posted on 19-09-2013 | Tags: , , ,

I went a little eyeliner crazy during my trip to Korea early July.  To list them, I bought 4 Clio auto pencil liners in the Gelpresso Waterpoof Pencil Gel Liner range, one liquid liner (which came with 2 free auto pencil liners) and I also bought 2 gel liners from Innisfree, which I will discuss another day. For now, the focus is on Clio, a fairly “new” brand in Korea, owned by Banila Co. (you may have seen SNSD’s Jessica all over their store). The face of their products is the beautiful Lee Hyori:

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First Impressions
Having read reviews about all of them, I was expecting a lot. Now when it comes to pencil liners, my luck just sucks. No matter what primer I use, pencil liners almost always give me racoon eyes by the end of the day. I tried the Star Purple autoliner from Clio for one of the days in Korea and I found, to my despair, that it smudged under my eyes- although not as badly as other liners I’ve tried. But because of this, I lost some faith in the rave reviews I had been reading about Clio liners. I was satisfied with the Shine Beige color I purchased to line my tear duct and lower lash line. But when I got home and tried out the liquid liner, my faith in Clio was restored. It’s an amazing eyeliner.

My 24hr tattoo from K-palette is fraying, and I noticed that it does flake if you try to layer it, although that may just be because it’s old. First thing I noticed was how firm the brush was- compared to my K-palette (which is comparable to Dolly Wink), the brush is very firm. I actually like it because it gives better control, although it feels a little tiny bit harsher on the eye than I’m used to. I read somewhere that the liner doesn’t do well without a primer, but in my opinion eye primers are essential anyway so I don’t do a review without first applying my trusty Urban Decay Primer Potion first.

I had a job interview the other day and just as I finished all my makeup, a huge allergy episode where sneezing and tears ensued. Despite the teary eyes, the eyeliner was still as perfect as when I first drew it on. Usually my eyeliner line isn’t perfect due to dips in my skin texture, with my K-palette I found that eventually it became hard to control and created bumpy lines, but Clio just went on smooth and stayed put. I’m not saying Clio is better than K-palette because my K-palette has served me very well for the past year or so, but I am very impressed by Clio’s Liquid liner lately.

After a few months…
After a few months of using the autoliners eyeliners, I have found that it is only the #5 Star Purple that is really disappointing. The other colors: #1 Beige Shine, #6 Metallic Silver , #4 Dark Choco and Khaki Green are excellent! The Beige’s staying power isnt -amazing- but I must say that Dark Choco is fantastic for lining the lower lash line, even with watery eyes and oily-combination skin like me.

Price
The limited edition special set I purchased retails for 18000 won, but I got it on sale for about 14400KRW. That’s about 14 bucks? For 3 eyeliners, that’s a really good price considering the K-palette & Dolly Wink are about 16-18 bucks for a single liner, however, there is definitely less product, as the pen is shorter in comparison. Still a good deal since they provided the 2 bonus eyeliners. You could choose from either bonus eyeliners, or a mascara. But since I don’t care about mascara, I picked eyeliner. The autoliners retail for 12000krw full price, so you’re getting quite good value in the limited edition set. Alone, the autoliners were on sale at 9600krw each. So cheap compared to Australian autoliners omg. I’m glad I went crazy that day and bought everything HAHAHa.

Overall Rating


For a live demo of the eyeliners and more Korean eyeliner reviews, watch my video here.


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