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Elisha Coy Always Nuddy BB 24 Blemish Balm Review & Swatches

May 14, 2009
Elisha Coy Always Nuddy BB 24 Soothing & Moisturizing Anti-Irritant Blemish Balm ($10.20 for the mini 15 ml size)

Elishacoy’s BB cream (Blemish Balm) is meant for sensitive skin as it contains (purportedly) non-irritating fine particle ingredients including sanghwang mushroom extracts, chamomile, portulas oleracea extracts, sodium hyaluronic acid, and peach extracts.

I know I promised to review this months but I actually forgot all about it for several reasons, the larges one being that I plain disliked it. I have this bad habit of shoving products I dislike to one side and forgetting to review them for you all. I promise to be better about that!

Well I guess first I should discuss what’s right with this BB cream so as not to sound too negative! It’s got better coverage than most BB creams which is a huge plus, it’s a nice non-super-beige or yellowy shade, and it mattifies the complexion quite well.

Now what’s not so right: well my biggest issue with this BB cream is that every time I wear it, I find these big, painful cystic breakouts forming all over my face. Definitely not pretty! Since that totally defeats the purpose of using a BB cream, of course this is a no-go for me. The Elisha Coy BB Cream also makes me skin feel slightly tight and itchy throughout the day, and all in all it just doesn’t work for me.

I’m glad I decided to try the mini version of this before going for the full-sized as it obviously didn’t work for me. I ordered this at the time time that I ordered my Innisfree BB Mousse, and that one’s been working wonderfully well for me–I love it! If you’re looking for a nice, super-light BB cream with great SPF protection, check that one out, I’ve got a review of it lying around somehwere.

Innisfree Oil Free BB Mousse SPF 30 PA+++ Review & Swatches

February 3, 2009
Innisfree Oil Free BB Mousse SPF 30 ($14.90)

I tried to be a good little beauty blogger and to resist temptation, but I ended up buying half the things I posted about HERE and I’m not the slightest bit ashamed! Primarily because I just can’t seem to muster up that much guilt when I order things from Sasa–buying cosmetics from overseas doesn’t really count as shopping, right? 😉

Innisfree’s Oil Free BB Mousse contains botanical nutrient extracts and essences from organic plants to nourish your complexion, with the added bonus of SPF 30. I’m sure it’s pretty obvious that the main reason I wanted this was that it came in mousse form–the concept of foundation in a can is oddly appealing.


The first day I used this I shook the can, squirted a dallop of product into the palm of my hand and applied it to my face–and the results? Well lackluster at best. Coverage was ultra sheer and my skin was oily within 2 hours or so.

However I was determined to make this work and gave it another shot a few days later–and figured out how to make this really work for me! I actually ended up wearing 2-3 layers of this and discovered that it gave me medium coverage and resulted in pretty much flawless looking skin–my pores were deemphasized and it just looked like I had great skin. Innisfree’s BB Mousse dries to a nice matte yet silky looking finish and while it’s not the best for oil control, I love it as a tinted moisturizer-like product, a foundation prep, or simply as a great non-sticky SPF.

Palmful of Innisfree BB Mousse

Spread onto my hand–it’s surprisingly liquidy.

Pretty flawless, no?

I’m usually very anti-heavy layering of products on my face, but with Innisfree’s BB Mousse even after two or three layers I can hardly tell that I have anything on my face, the mousse is that light. I love that I get such great SPF protection in such a non-sticky product, and I can definitely see myself repurchasing in the future. I’ve actually been wearing this exclusively for the past few days–it’s really been working well for me!

Skin79 Super Plus Gold Label Blemish (or Beblesh according to Skin79) Balm Review and Swatches

December 2, 2008
Skin79 Super+ VIP Gold Collection Gold Label Blemish (Beblesh) Balm

Before I get down to the actual review, I thought you’d all enjoy some fun Engrish lol! Here’s what the box says:

It is 3 effects functionl beblesh balm. By Adeonisine and Arbutin ingredients which are effective in whitening, wrinkles improvement cultivate more bright and elastic skin. Intercept ultraviolet rays UV A and UV B at the same time and protect your skin exposed from the sun more thoroughly. Abundant nutrition of GOld and Caviar extract cares sin intensively to make shiny, healthy skin.

There’s more but I’ll spare you! Now horrible translations aside, this is really a fabulous (and inexpensive) little product that contains a goldmine of wonderful ingredients. With ingredients like gold and caviar extracts, along with almond oil, citrus fruit oils, sunflower extract, camellia extra, aloe, and a host of other great natural and botanical goodies, how can you not love this stuff?

BB creams are basically supposed to be your miracle product–that all in one magic concoction that will take the place of all your other cosmetic and skincare products. Skin79’s claims to to moisturize, whiten, improve wrinkles, protect from ultraviolet rays, and take the place of your primer and foundation, and control oil–that’s a heavy load for such a small product to bear!

Have I noticed an improvement in my complexion since I started using this? Well surprisingly enough, yes. While my skin doesn’t really look any whiter (that’s no big loss since I’m perfectly happy with the color that I am now), it has been looking brighter, clearer, and all around happier. I began using this when I was experiencing a bad bout of breakouts, and this helped to calm them right down while covering them up. As for wrinkle reduction, well I just don’t know as I don’t have any wrinkles just yet (knock on wood) and I hope to keep it that way for many years to come–and this product at least helps in that department with the SPF 25 PA++ it provides.

A small little squirt of BB cream

When I first squirted some Skin79 Gold Label BB cream onto the back of my hand I was surprised by how thick a consistency it had. As you can see in the photo above it can more than hold its own against the forces of gravity, and at first I had a little trouble getting this to spread smoothly on my skin. The trick seems to be to warm the blob up between your fingers a little and then to apply it all over your face.

Blended a little.

While the product is somewhat moisturizing, I prefer to wear it over my serum and a light moisturizer just for the added hydration, particularly during the colder winter months. This is the last step of my skincare routine, and it provides enough coverage that I don’t feel the need to wear additional foundation on top on those days when I’m going for a more natural look. Coverage is light to medium, and so for full coverage you’ll either need to layer more on or top with a little foundation on those areas where you have some ruddiness, but Skin79’s Gold Label BB cream does provide you with a nice canvas.

I know I mentioned that the product is rather thick up above, but don’t be scared off by that! Surprisingly once it’s all blended into your skin it feels really light and airy and you won’t even notice that it’s there–no thick or heavy feeling on your face at all! The one major negative is that this stuff only comes in one shade (a light-ish beige) and so while coverage is sheer enough that if your skin is light enough you can probably pull it off, it definitely won’t work for those of you who are tanner. For reference I’m NW15-20ish and this works great for me!

I got mine on ebay for just under $20 including shipping and for that price I definitely think it was well worth it!

A Much Delayed and Very Brief Palgantong Morning Set Review

December 2, 2008
Palgantong Morning After Set ($15 or so)

A (not so great) Pink Puff

Theatrical Powder in Pearl Beige

One Touch BB Cream

I purchased this months and months ago from Sasa and I’ve had the photos on my desktop forever but for some reason I’ve just never gotten around to reviewing this set. The fact that I hardly ever use it could have something to do with it–it’s not that it’s not a great set, it’s just that I have so many other products that are that much better.

The Palgantong Theatrical Powder in Pearl Beige is a shimmery pearlescent light beige shade that actually quite reminds me of my favorite La Mer powder in Tranluscent, but it just doesn’t look near as good on me as the La Mer does, so I find myself neglecting it. It is a gorgeous powder though and a really great value: it’s super finely milled, light as air, and has a beautiful shimmer to it.

The One Touch BB Cream, while decent, is definitely not one of my favorites. It’s rather thick (as are most BB creams), but my problem is that once it the thick feeling remains and my face feels sticky/uncomfortable and rather greasy. Setting it with powder helps momentarily, but after an hour or two my face looks oilier than I’d like.

I do like to carry this set with me when I travel since I then have a face color and powder conveniently packaged together in a little zip bag, but in general this doesn’t get much love in the ABS household.