Innisfree Mineral Highlighter #9 (Pink Cotton Candy)

Product Review: Innisfree Mineral Highlighter #9 (Pink Cotton Candy)

I love highlighters! But a lot of times I find some of them too glittery like a disco ball exploded (ahem, many ‘powder balls’ tend to be that way). I just used up the Missha powder balls (which were good but I can no longer find them on the website), and I want something that’s not stark white, preferably pink because it’s flattering on light skin. Enter Innisfree Mineral Highlighter, just under USD$9 on It’s pink, it’s mineral, and it’s exactly what I was looking for. Read more…

Holika Holika Nabi Cream Vitality, 50g, US$11

Product Review: Holika Holika Nabi Cream Vitality (Pink) SPF25 PA++

Holika Holika is Enprani’s youth brand and most of the products are designed for the 18-25 age group. I used to sell Enprani and was fond of the products, so I had some expectations when I tried this.

Holika Holika has stores in Toronto (at Pacific Mall, and also Queen Street West), but the prices are jacked up at least 50% from their retail prices in Korea. The Nabi Cream, for example, is CAD$24 but I bought mine from for just US$11 (including shipping). I have tested the Nabi Cream at the store, and the texture was what I was looking for – it’s thick, kind of like the Dr. Jart BB Cream texture (balmy, not milky), but when I received it in the mail I felt that it was not really what I wanted after all. Read more…

Laneige Time Freeze Wrinkle Filler

Product Review: Laneige Time Freeze Wrinkle Filler

I have a sample tube of Laneige Time Freeze Wrinkle Filler when I purchased the IOPE Air Cushion XP, and though Laneige is for the younger group, I was pleasantly surprised by the efficacy of this ‘wrinkle filler’. For the past 6+ months, I have been using Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer and Olay Regenerist Fill + Seal Wrinkle Treatment, both were actually very good at what they do with my forehead fine lines caused by dehydration. On photos, they do not show at all. I have been using the Olay one more consistently, and even though it is supposed to have long term benefits, it is still, in my opinion, just a temporary optical kind of product.  Read more…

OST C 20 Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum, 30ml, US$16.99 at

Product Review: OST C 20 Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum

Vitamin C is one of the must-have ingredients for anti-aging and ‘whitening’, and the serums can be very costly. I was glad I found this 20% concentration serum at, at just US$16.99 for 30ml(!). It’s made in Korea from a brand that I was not familiar with, but the product is packaged right – tinted glass bottle with a dropper dispenser. Also, it’s fragrance free! 🙂 Read more…

Skin Food Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher

Product Review: SkinFood Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher in 02 Milky Rose

Cream blush in pink is what I read in Japanese magazines best for ladies in their 30s and up to look youthful. Gone is the powdery finishes – those make your skin look dry and hence older. I have been transitioning towards dewy finishes for my base makeup for quite some time now, and optically it works better, with more youthful looking skin than the matte, powdery look. 🙂 Read more…

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