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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Video: Everyday, Wearable Makeup Look

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

This weeks video is an easy, everyday makeup look! The focus is mainly on the eyes and the rest of the face is kept pretty mild/subtle. I usually wear this look every day and it really does last the whole day- especially if you apply some Urban Decay Primer Potion first!

Sorry the volume is dodgy again, just max out the youtube volume and it should be okay- I think I finally got the balance between my voice and the music right for once, though! Hope you guys enjoy this

The order that I did everything is a little weird, I hardly do everything in a set and organised order so yeahh LOL. I’ll explain why:
1. I curl my lashes after my base makeup and before my eye makeup, because I can’t get the curler close to the root of my lashes as the curler just destroys the eye-makeup! Also, mascara always smudges on me so I prefer to apply it before eyemakeup on the off-chance that it will mess up my eye makeup.

2. I put my lipstick on early because I feel like it has to kind of set on the lips before applying the lip lacquer, but that might just be me making stuff up LOL

Products Mentioned
Liquid Eyeliner in Kill Black – Clio Gelspresso Liner in Dark Choco & Beige Shine – Clio Matte Lipstick in Peachstock – MAC Naked Palette – Urban Decay The Falsies Mascara – Maybelline Eyelash Curler – Shiseido (not shown)
Lipocalypse Lip Lacquer in Celestial – Rimmel Cookie Blush in 02 – Etude House Perfect Eyebrow Kit – Etude House

Next week I’ll be doing a video about eyeliners!


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(Korea) Huge Makeup & Skincare Haul

Posted on 22-07-2013 | Tags: , , , , , ,

As you guys know, I went to Korea with the intention of splurging the money I worked over the Summer for on Korean skincare and makeup!  I really went nuts, tbh.  LOL.  So much so that I was a bit worried about the budget by the end of the day… but luckily I wasn’t that far out of my allocated budget anyway hehehe.

I actually have two more Etude House lipsticks which I didn’t include, a Skin Food lipstick, two more Clio Eyeliners, an extra Aloe jar and I also took out the makeup I’m giving away as gifts to friends and relatives.  This is purely my Korean makeup haul, but I also purchased 4 Mac Lipsticks (they’re like, half the price in Korea!) and a Shiseido eyelash curler.

Korean Makeup Haul

All the purchases~ (the Marc Jacobs was already on my dresser)

Samples

The free samples & face masks I’m keeping

Top Row: Tony Moly Tomatox Massage Pack, Laneige Water Sleeping Pack, Banila Co CC Cream, Face Shop Velvet Skin Primer, Etude House Lip & Eye Remover
Bottom Row: Skin Food Black Sugar Mask, Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel, Innisfree Lip Concealer

Top Row: Face Shop CC Cream, Banila Co Purity Primer, Laneige Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist, Etude House Goodbye Pore Ever Primer, Etude House Liner Remover Stick
Bottom Row: Peripera Nail Polish, Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel

Innisfree Eco Gel Liner in Black & Brown, Clio Expresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner, Clio Kill Black Liquid Liner (Limited Edition pack)

In Focus: Nature Republic Moist Steam Cream

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Top Row: Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Pact, Skinfood Green Gram Cleanser, Tony Moly Water Jelly Tint, Etude House Color My Brows, Innisfree Green Tea Eye Pure Eye Cream
Bottom Row: Innisfree Dark Circle Concealer, Etude House Perfect Brow Kit, Skin Food Sugar Bebe Cookie Blusher No.3

In focus: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Liquid Nose Pack

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Not mentioned (but pictured): Etude House brushes

I’ll be doing reviews very soon!  Sorry for the poor quality, my room’s lighting sucks :C


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