2 days ago I reviewed SkinFood Sugar Cookie Blush. I stand by my word that it's as hard as stone and hard to get powder off, yes. I almost wanted to throw it in the dustbin or swap it away on MUA or sell it on eBay. But I decided to give it one more chance, and applied it in another way.

What did I do? I moisturized a cotton pad, swiped it lightly over the blush and then apply on my face, and WOW, what did I see? Such a lovely peachy pinky (more on the peachy side, though it appears more pinky in the pan) blush but not exaggerative and doesn't look fake either. What a lovely blusher! It quickly gained a place in my heart as well as on my dressing table too. I'm glad I just found the right way to apply it, otherwise it would be a big loss to me. :-P

Tip: Don't make the cotton pad too wet, just a bit moist is already more than enough. And since it's not really in powder form, so it's not caky or flaky and not very possible to overdo it, it gives a subtle glow, but it's not long lasting. For details you can correct it with a moist cotton bud.

The blush has been intensively tortured by me. :-P

Sorry for the poor quality photo but in reality it's such a lovely pink blush.

Once again apologize for the poor quality photo and messy background. :-P
Something else you should notice, it appears pink in the pan and peachy on my cheeks.

Voilà. What do you think? Let Fan know! :-D

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evenings full of the
linnet's wings.

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear the lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.


Beautiful poem hé, this is a poem from famous Irish poet W.B. Yeats, but now I'm talking about a Korean cosmetics brand as beautiful as the poem, named Innisfree.

This sub-brand belongs to Amore which is one of the largest cosmetics/skincare company in Korea. The core of Innisfree is to pursue nature-from-nature cosmetics, which should be nearly 100% organic. The packagings are amost all green, simple yet stylish.

It's not a low end like SkinFood or Etude, and yet not expensive as Banila Co, Laneige either. Koreans seem to be well aware of the power of organic products so it's a big hit in there, and they're becoming the trendsetter. In China, Japan and South East Asia you can find various Korean cosmetics brands.

Ok, back to Innisfree. If you're a fan of any South East Asian based beauty forum I'm sure you should have already heard of this brand, this is how I discovered it. The frequently discussed items from them are Trouble Care BB Cream and Rose Marble Blusher.

Trouble Care BB Cream:

Rose Marble Blusher (to be honest, this doesn't look attractive to me at all, it even frightened me, don't know why) :

They both get rather positive reviews so normally they should be my choice too, but instead, after some careful research, I chose their Mineral Skin BB Cream, because first, it got good reviews on the official site (I managed to translate all the reviews using Babelfish, hard labour :-P), second, I'm into everything made from mineral, and third, I like the packaging, so when I saw it for the first time, I was sold. :-P

So voilà, this is what you can expect me in the next few days: a review of Innisfree Mineral Skin BB Cream. :-D

So my first purchase from eBay Korea has arrived, it's Skinfood Sugar Cookie Blush. I was told it's a baked product.

Strange enough, when I got it today, I surprisingly found out that it's not a peachy colour as I imagined and as the official swatch. It's pink (I always try to avoid pink blushes cause I'm already too old for that, I suppose) and the seller didn't send me the wrong shade... And, being a baked product, it's not multi-coloured and has no veins either, not even the beautiful sheen I saw on photo. I thought it would be big, being 9.5 g, but it's pretty small, at least the packaging is cute.

Needlessly to say, I was a bit disappointed. It's just a simple blush and there's nothing to make it stand out. It's such a pulse buy. Fortunately it's not expensive.

But I haven't tried it yet, so how can I already draw the conclusion?

I had a close examination on sunlight, and finally I detect some peachy hints, thought not enough to call it a peachy blush. The shade is No.2, they only have 3 shades now: pink, peachy, light lilac (don't know how you can put purple on the face but some says it looks mysteriously charming on pale skin)

First, it's dome shaped, firmly packed, very hard to get powder off, it's literally as hard as a stone...!!! I used various blush brushes trying to get powder but didn't notice a single bit of colour on the brushes and nor did I notice any change on the surface of the blush either. I even wanted to throw it hard to the flour or grind it into fine powder, but I don't think that would work either. And when I finally managed to get some powder on the brush, here came the problem of pigmentation...!!! I swiped my brush ten times on the blush and faithfully swiped it on my face, what did I see? Nada. :-\ I've been telling myself that it's really a highly popular blush in Korea and loved by the teenagers but still, it doesn't work on me at all. I'm so disappointed cause I really had high hope for it...

PROs: Cute packaging. Very cheap.

CONs: Poor pigmentation. Hard to get powder off.

Verdict: Won't repurchase it again. Hate it.

Two days ago I've just discovered a fantastic cosmetics brand, and it's yet another Korean brand.

Banila Co

It's considered to be a Korean version of Benefit. Well I'm not interested in Benefit cause first the price is outrageous second I've seen mostly negative reviews about it on MUA so I don't bother to get some products through eBay, though the packagings are cute (once again, never judge a book by its cover, certainly not with cosmetics).

But now I'm seriously interested in Banila Co. I got to know it from a South Asian based beauty forum, some girls are showing their Banila Co hauls. The packagings are lovely and retro and arose my interest. I immidiately jumped to their official website.

Pity, everything in Korean, which is Martian language for me, seems they're not interested in expanding their realm to international market. But I could still find my way and got a general idea of it.

Am not sure if it targets at younger crowds or not but the price is obviously higher than that of Etude, Skinfood, etc. Maybe around the same range of Laneige (but still, prices for Westerners are still very cheap)?

Most Korean cosmetics brands would use famous Korean singers/actresses as their spokeswoman but Banila Co uses a young and fresh Western girl as their spokeswoman, which fascinates me.

And the next surprise is... They have lots of baked products and they're rather sysmatic...! Some of the products are obviously dupes of MAC Mineralize series. I'm especially interested in their blushers and eyeshadows. Beautiful veins and lovely packagings. I was hoping to first search some reviews and then decide what to buy.

Strangely enough, rather than that forum previously mentioned, I didn't find much info about this brand. But upon further search, I found out a Korean site that acts like eBay and some sellers are willing to sell items to overseas. But the sellers won't send items directly to the overseas buyers, they first send items to a warehouse (??) if I'm not mistaken and the warehouse will arrange the international despatch part. The only problem is, they only offer EMS service so it's not that cheap (8 Euro for 0.5 kg and up to Belgium). But when I'm in China I might be tempted to buy something cause sending from Korea to China is a lot cheaper than sending to Europe of course. :-D

These blushers (at a generous 12g) are sold for 18000 Korean Won, equivalent to €10.

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Obviously another baked blusher:

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Baked eyeshadows:

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So, dear readers, what do you think about Banila Co? Let Fan know! :-D

Banila Co, make in style.

Imagine your cosmetics baked in an oven with unique colour and sheen... Most people would say, how fancy! Baked in an oven? What difference does it make from traditional makeup?

Since last year I've been curious with this whole new concept. And I just had to have it...! :-P

Ever since then I've been doing research of it and narrowed down my selection to a few brands and products. Basically, almost all makeup products can be baked, including foundation, eyeshadow, blush, highlighter. According to the ratings on MUA, I chose Laura Geller baked blush Roseberry.

Finally, just two weeks ago I bought it off eBay so it's much cheaper compared with the RRP (£24.5), but unfortunately when it arrived, it's partly broken. So I ground the broken part into very fine powder and found it just fine to use (and easy to carry too!). :-P

There's a lot of product in a big pan, being 9 gram, much bigger than regular blushes. It's dome shaped, very cute. It's medium dark rosy pink (on the cool toned side) with mysterious veins, whose colour is just a tad darker than the blush itself (sorry, I sound a bit incoherent). Some people say that they see copper shade in their Roseberry but it's not my case.

I don't detect any obvious shimmer but it's not completely matte either. And it's absolutely not bling bling on your face, so if you're not into shimmer or glitter, this might be something for you.

When I first opened it, I thought Oh my god it's dark...!!! And I realized that I must use a skunk brush to apply it (I use Pout AirBrush to apply heavily pigmented brush, I find it so much better than MAC #187). If you apply too much, just dust a thin layer of loose powder over it.

The colour that you see is slightly different than when applied on your face, in the pan it's cool toned pink but once on your face it turns slightly red. Or is it only me? No one on MUA reported this problem, so maybe it has something to do with my skintone or the other cosmetics that I use...?

Although it's pink, but it doesn't give a fake procelain doll look. I guess this shade is more suitable for ladies between 25-40. Would be perfect in winter.

PROs: Generous of product, 9 gram. Long lasting without fading. Glide on easily and smoothly. Easy to blend. Universal Colour, it suits from fair skin to dark skin. Very good pigmentation. A little goes a long way. No paraben or mineral oils, which means it's suitable for sensitive skin, another big advantage...!

CONs: Price (but you get what you pay for, so it's not really that expensive, I only hope they can make a smaller version, let's say, 5 gram, and adjust the price accordingly). Only available in the USA and the UK, or on eBay (as far as I know).

Verdict: 9 out of 10. Highly recommended. Fan's pick! YAY! :-D

Any question? Suggestion? Advice? Let Fan know! :-D

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