Vacation-Loot!

Hello Darlings!
How’ve you been?
I’m finally home from vacation, and back on track with some K-beauty goodies!
So, we basically went on a Scandinavia tour, via car, so imagine my skin condition after long drives with the aircondition maxed, lordy, dryer than a dessert!
So I’ve been using a lot of sheet masks, and we’re back to basics!

Anyway!
While walking the streets of Copenhagen I stumbled upon a local Sephora, which we don’t have in Norway, and I know for a fact that they have an overpriced section with some K-beauty goodies, so of course, I bought some stuff!

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Firstly the Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Special Kit, and I know, the eye stick has been featured on my “Rant of the week” a while back, but I really wanted the gel cream!
And since they only had the set I bought it. Did I mention that it was overpriced? Let’s just leave it at that.
I’ve only tested it twice, because I of course ran out of my beloved Etude House Water Jelly Cream right before we headed home again. And I really like it, I did think that it would resemble the sleeping pack that I love, and I was not wrong! So I’ll post a first impression of it later, promises.
The eye stick on the other hand has to find itself another home, any takers?

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I also bought the Panda’s Dream Smudge Out Mascara, it was just standing there next to the registrer, calling my name!
And I love it, but holy balls, it’s one smudgy mess to wash off. We’re talking triple rounds with the current oil cleanser I’m using. Not sure if I should switch to a different oil cleanser or maybe just stop triple layering my mascara. We all know I’m not going to do either, because nothing beats that badass panda eyes look in the evening.

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And last but not least, sheet masks!
I’ve heard many great things about Dr.Jart and figured it was about time I got on the hype train, the one I don’t trust but am to curious not to get on sometimes.

I haven’t tried any of them yet, but stuck to the trusted snail hydrogel mask from tony moly, this is one gem I stumbled upon the last time I was abroad and visited Sephora, that goddamn store, draining my wallet one visit at a time.

So yeah, that’s a little update from me, I also received the July Mishibox this week, so I’ll blog about that as well, because the content was awesome!

Have you tried any of these products?
Let me know!

Peace& Love
-Mocka

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July empties!

Hey everyone!

In today’s post I’ll be taking you through the skin care products that are either empty as we speak, or running very low.

So let’s get to it!

The Multi Function Formula Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule from Mizon   ↓
Okay, I’ll be honest. This bad boy has been close to empty for some time now, but I took a break from it a while back and recently started using it again. Well, the little that was left. ANYWAY. It’s completely empty now, and I’m considering repurchasing it! If you’re interested in Mocka’s review on the product, you’ll find it here!

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Photo borrowed from Google.

The Moistfull Collagen Water Jelly Cream from Etude House   ↓
This is a great little cream if you want something cheap that will last a long time, smells lovely, and last but not least; takes it’s job of moisturizing quite seriously. You can read my review on it here! I’ve finished about 7 tubs of this gel cream, and although it’s not FANTASTIC, it’s great for the price! Definetely a repurchase for me.

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The Multi Function Formula Snail Repair Eye Cream from Mizon   ↓

I’ve had two or three tubes of this little gel, and now that I’ve emptied the most recent one, I know that I will repurchase! I’m not sure how effective it is, but I love it’s thin consistency and gentle cooling effect. And I just think that it’s a great little eye cream to have on hand. Plus it’s mega cheap!

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Photo borrowed from Google.

The Jeju Lava Seawater Boosting Ampoule from Innisfree   ↓
Now, this little sh*t didn’t exactly last long before the “Repurchase or not?-question” became real! The thing is, when it arrived, about one third of the product just wasn’t there, and then, about a week ago, me being the idiot that I am, managed to knock it over TWICE in about 7,5 seconds. So, yeah. But I do like the product and I might repurchase it. You’ll find my first impression here. Lol, you know you’ve messed up when you spill the remaining half of a product down the sink before you get your review out.

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The Jeju Horse Oil Soothing Gel Cream from The Saem   ↓
Oh my Gosh. I just love this one. I’m usually not a fan of body lotions but this has seriously impressed my balls off. It absorbs into the skin like a dream, leaving it soothed, moisturized and smelling delish! After application the skin has a natural glow and doesn’t feel sticky or oily when touched. Score! I don’t use it every day or night, but whenever I’m going out and my arms/legs are showing, I put some on. Bye bye dry patches, hello amaze! If you’re interested in the first impression, you’ll find it here.

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So that’s it for my July empties! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

– Vicky  ❤

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I gots me some of that Mishibox Magic!

Hello Darlings!

Can I just start off with giving creds to Mr. Boyfriend for actually getting all the hints I’ve been dropping the last couple of months before my birthday?
With hints being bombarding of Mishibox talk 24/7.
If you’re no stranger to our blog you might have noticed that we love testing new products, reading about them, putting them in our basket, clicking them home, and waiting. Well, we hate the waiting, but everything else is pure skintastic magic!
And when it finally arrives, YAY, Christmas day!

Anyway, I do enjoy a surprise every now and then, so I’ve been considering buying a subscription box, but I never really got around to doing it, so when the SO started asking me about what I wanted for my birthday the answer was simple, and he actually bought it! So hyped!

You know what’s even more hype? The first box arrived yesterday, and I swear it was like a birthday and a mini christmas morning all at the same time!

Now, I will talk about what’s in the box, so if you’re a subscriber and haven’t received your June box yet, you might not want to keep reading on. But if you’re as curious as me, keep reading hun!

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First of all, I love the box, pink, with a little bunny on it, what more can I ask for? Or any other bunny-loving pink-sniffing k-beauty blogger?
Anyway!
Again, spoiler alert, here’s what the box contains!

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Now, this is my first box ever, but I have to say I’m very impressed with the content of it, I haven’t gotten around to testing any of it yet, seeing as I leave the country tomorrow, but I will bring with me a little something something to test while we’re on the road!

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First off, we have this little fellow!
Cleansing water from Thank You Farmer, this is just adorable! And I have heard good things about this brand, so I’m looking forward to trying the product, it’s also sample sized, so super for when you’re on the go!

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Then there’s the A.C. Cure Spot Solution from Proud Mary, not that I’ve actually ever heard of Proud Mary, but if this products works I can totally get why she’s proud. This will also be tested on the road, seeing as my skin is being a total a’hole right now with allergy season and too much BB cream usage.

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YES! LEMON! I like lemons, but the good sour ones, not the bitter mushy ones.
This is the Chamos Acaci Lemon Ultra Whitening Cream, it’s supposed to control sebum and whiten, what’s not to like about it?

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This is just so friggin cute!
It’s the Pink Fruity Wash Off Mask from Half Moon Eyes
I have never tried these types of masks, so I’m actually quite curious as to how they are when applied, I’m guessing it’s just like any other face mask, but hey, they come it these cute little portion sized packs, of course it could be something else entirely or just the same, I’ll just have to test it to know!

Lastly, but not least, the product I’m currently trying while writing this post
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Esfolio’s Red Ginseng Essence Mask Sheet
There’s basically nothing like a real good sheet mask, to me that is.
These are just a must if you want that extra boost of moisture and bounce, these as in sheet masks in general, so far I’m liking this, but I’ll have to report back to you guys on how much I liked/hated it.

So there you have it, pretty simple and fun products I can’t wait to try and hopefully love!
What surprised me the most is that I’ve never used or heard of these products before. I have heard about some of the manufacturers, but not the specific product.

Anyway! In a few hours I’m leaving for my summer vacation and won’t be blogging the upcoming week, I’ll try my best to IG some goodies, but you know, those drinks with umbrellas and shopping might take all my energy, sorry, not sorry.
I’ll be back the week after with juicy new content, but until then Vicky will have to guide you guys in our adventure through the jungle known as everything Asian Beauty related!

Have you tried any of these products?
Let me know!

Hope you guys have a lovely week!
Peace&Love
-Mocka

The Big BB Cream Battle; Part 3!

Hello Darlings!

Yes, I know, I’ve been off the radar for a while, with summer and all I’ve been offline for some time, and I will be going away on summer holiday this weekend, so this might be my last post for a little while, I will try to IG a little bit, fingers crossed that there’s wifi!

Anyway, you’ve probably been waiting for this mofo, so let’s get this battle over with!

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First off, there are reviews out on these bad boys already, here’s the Missha one, and here’s the Holika Holika one, be sure to read them first, before getting the scoop on which one you shouldn’t be without!

I started this journey being a realistic optimist, thinking that at least one of these would make my skin days better than ever before!
After having tested them both together and separately I’m sad to inform that this post should’ve been a rant of the week, BUT, that’s my experience with them, you might find them amazeballs!

Let’s take a closer look at them separately;

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Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream Shade 21.

Name: Missha M Perfect Cover B.B Cream
Product: BB cream
Good For: anti aging, brightening effects, disguise blemishes
Description:The Perfect Cover BB Cream from Missha offers medium coverage that disguises blemishes, evens out skin tone, protects from sun damage (SPF 42 PA+++), and even provides anti-aging and brightening effects. Perfect for those on the go — this multi-purpose BB cream makes your life (and your makeup bag) a whole lot simpler.
Price: 13$ (ebay)
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My first thought when trying this was that it was superduper grey, and that I would end up with a sick grey-cast on my face after applying it. Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I applied it, and the way it provided cover to the spots and red areas on my face was really nice!
The finish is semi matte with a little too much glow for my taste, so I applied this, then a thin layer of setting powder, just to get that matte gorgeousness going!
The first week I used it I was really over the moon, thinking that it was indeed the beginning of an amazing bb cream relationship!
Well.. My skin has never looked worse. I’m literally back to where I began, and it sucks, you guys. Friggin’ blows.
My chin suddenly got all of these gnarly red zits that were huge and irritated! My temples are still covered in small bumps, and my forehead is CC city. Goddamnit.
So I saw it fit to just shelf this for a little while, get my skin calm again before I continued the battle of ze grand BB creams.

Enter the Holika Holika one!

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Name: Holika Holika Petit BB Clearing
Product: BB cream
Good For: Pore care, cover imperfections, soothe skin.
Description: Clear those pores while getting beautifully smooth coverage! Holika Holika’s  Clearing Petit BB Cream is the answer for your troubled, sensitive skin. Infused with blemish-preventing Tea Tree Oil, redness is reduced and irritated pimples are soothed. It’s also specially formulated with sebum-absorbing powder to control excessive oil production, a common issue for those of us with troubled and sensitive skin. The smooth and natural-looking finish helps to perfectly cover any imperfections for a flawless finish!
Price: 5$ (ebay) Basically, this is dirt cheap.
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This one I did test before I tested the Missha in depth, they both got half a face each for a week before I tested them separately.
But I did wait a little while after the Missha one before I tested this one.
It applies easily, a bit thicker than the Missha BB cream, but both spreads evenly and easy.
This too is too glowy for my taste, so again, I covered this with a little finishing powder, which gives me the matte look I love.
I had high hopes for this one, it’s supposed to contain tea tree, which is a God in the fight against acne prone skin, but it didn’t really help that much in my fight.
The first couple of days I thought that this was helping my skin, rather than f’ing it up, but maybe I was just a happy go lucky fool?
Because my skin didn’t really like this BB cream either.
It’s not as bad as the other culprit, but I’m slowly concluding that my skin is not made to be a BB cream covered canvas.
Now, at this point I reached a crossroad, I could clear up my skin by not using any of the products, which meant going out into the world feeling like shit and looking like shit, which to be honest, no one wants. OR, I could cover up the shit my face was covered in, with the bad guy that gave me a shitty looking face.
Guess what I did?
I made it worse!
But, all in the name of science you guys!
I split my face in two equal parts, not literally tho. And used the Holika Holika on one side and the Missha on the other, just to test if one was worse than the other.
Want to know the results?
HAH, I hate them both. 
Again, my face and BB creams don’t go together. So up until yesterday I continued to mix them for maximum coverage until I today decided that I should just ride this shit out, and stop all BB cream usage until my skin gets better, wise choice right?

BUT, keep in mind that this is my experience with the products, I’m sure that other mortals have better experiences with these seemingly amazing products!
So how did they do in their battle?

I’ve rated them both earlier;
The bold part in parentheses are the old scores, and I’ve also added the Price VS Performance part. Which means, how well does the product perform considering the price.

 

Holika Holika Clearing Petit BB Cream:
Packaging: 7/10
Scent: 7/10
Texture: 8/10
Performance: 6/10  (7/10)
Coverage: 6/10      (7/10)
Price VS Performance: 7/10

Total Score: 7/10

This product gets:

💄💄💄💄💄💄💄 7/10

Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream
Rating:
Packaging: 6/10
Scent: 5/10
Texture: 6/10
Performance: 6/10  (7/10)
Coverage: 5/10    (7/10)
Price VS Performance: 4/10
Total Score: 5/10  (6/10)

This product gets:

💄💄💄💄💄💄 5/10

So based on my experience with these two products and how well they performed without taking into consideration that my skin couldn’t handle either of them, I would have to say that for me, the Holika Holika one is the winner. Not only is it dirt cheap and provides good coverage, but it was also the lesser of two evils for me, and having the sensitive skin that I have, that fact alone scores major creamy points in my book.

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So there you have it, typos and all!
Holika Holika earns a gold star from me!

Remember, this is my experience with these products, you might not have the same, and the products can work wonders for some, and be bad for some. Your Mileage May Vary, and we’re all different, you should always check the ingredient list and read about the products you’re considering before purchasing it, but hey, no pressure!

Have you tried any of these products?
Let me know!

Peace&Love

-Mocka

Two new arrivals!

Hey everyone!

Today’s post will revolve around two products that arrived very newly. I’m talking about the Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence from Innisfree and the 100% Organic Cold-pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil from The Ordinary! I decided to include both of these products in one post as opposed to giving them seperate “first impressions” like I usually do. I did this because I’ve already experienced the deep essence before, so I couldn’t really write a first impression post about that one. And Mocka has already reviewed the rose hip seed oil here, as she purchased it before me. But I might do a review on it myself later on, cause you can never get too many opinions on a thing, right? Or can you?  :O

Anyway, let’s see those beauties   ↓

 

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Ahh…

So as you may have guessed, I purchased the rose hip seed oil from The Ordinary after Mocka got on the hype train and ran me over with it! She raved HARD about this product for quite some time and wrote a glowing review on it a while back. Apparently this baby comes from The Skin Clearing Heavens! Needless to say; I was wrapped in a dated newspaper and sold like cold salmon on the street. And as far as I can tell, I’m really loving this sh*t. I think it’s keeping my skin in check, but it’ll take some time before I can confirm this for sure. But what I can say is that it adds some moisture and nourishment to whatever cream you mix it with (if that’s how you choose to apply it, of course). It takes a mediochre moisturizer to the next level, if not even further! It adds a lot of thickness without clogging pores or causing me to break out. Loooove.

When it comes to the Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence, this one’s no stranger to me! That’s right, unlike the rose hip seed oil I’ve had this deep essence in my routine at a much earlier stage of my K-beauty obsession. I was slapping that sh*t on my face every day and every night until I ran out. And I don’t know why, but I just didn’t repurchase it after it was gone. And now that I finally have, it’s safe to say that I have a new-found love for it. It smells soo good, and I feel that it helps hydrate my face just a little bit more than usual. Result!

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Both of these products have been successfully introduced into my current skin care regimen. Although one can never be too sure about any product, I have high hopes for the future. Yep, I can see myself using them both in my everyday routine, for quite some time. At least until something potencially better comes along!

Feel free to give me a shout if you’d like to hear more about these two!
Until then,
Vicky  ❤

 

Review: Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream

Hello everyone!

Today I will be sharing my thoughts – and all over experience with a product that you haven’t seen on the blog for a while. I am of course talking about the Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream! Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t. This cream is rather obscure compared to others, but then again, I know that many of you are deep diggers and hard sniffers like me and Mocka! Now, I must admit that I no longer use this moisturizer. But I did use for about three weeks before it got axed. And you’ll find out why if you continue reading!


The basics   ↓
Product type: Cream
Purpose: Hydrating, whitening, nourishing, smoothing, anti-wrinkle care and moisturizing.
Step in skin care routine: Last step, unless you apply a sunscreen (day) or sleeping mask (night).
Price (Ebay): 17.17 USD

More details   ↓

Colour: White
Scent: Flowery scent.
Consistency: Quite thin for a cream. Spreads out nicely.
Appearance on the skin: After application you’re left with a satin finish.
Feeling on the skin: Feels nice, silky and refreshing on the skin. Oh, and very luxurious!
Container: Medium size, quite heavy and probably too fragile for travelling as it appears to be made of frozen glass instead of the more typical solid plastic. Comes decorated with some kind of cloth, cute.
Packaging: White box with black decor.
(Copy-pasted from my first impression on the same product.)

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So what do I like about the Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream?
Honestly, not a lot. To me this product turned out to be a big disappointment. (You’ll find out more about this in the next paragraph.) I don’t know if it’s the product alone, or if it’s because of the high expectations I had. Anyway, the only thing I enjoyed about the Dynasty Cream, was the pink-ish paper “cloth” thingy that covered the lid when I first recieved it. It was cute, okay? Sadly it stops there.

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And what are the cons?
In my personaly opinion, the Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream comes with several cons. First of all, the scent. I’m not a fan of it at all. To me it’s a bit overpowering. So it’s pretty safe to say that a person with a very sensitive sense of smell, would most definetely find this scent overbaring! Up next is the container, which is very little travel friendly, because it’s heavy and fragile. Yes, it is indeed made of glass and if you read the first impression, you’ll know that mine had some serious leaking going on when it arrived! What’s more? It isn’t really that moisturizing? And how about the fact that it broke me out like a mofo?! Gurl, get out.

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Conclusion
For me this will certainly NOT be a repurchase! I should never have bought the product in the first place, and if I had managed to find the correct ingredients list on CosDna, prior to buying it, I never would have. The Dynasty Cream’s moisturizing ability is simply not good enough, and I own cheaper creams that do a better job. The strong scent and the fact that it caused breakouts, leads me to think that this cream is riddled with perfume and quite possibly other “no-no’s”! Oh, and let’s not forget the stupid ass container.

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Rating   ↓
Colour: 10/10
Scent: 5/10
Consistency: 6/10
Feeling on the skin: 6/10
Appearance in the skin: 6/10
Moisturizing: 5/10
Container: 5/10
Price: 5/10

Overall   ↓
🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸  
5/10

“And remember; I always recommend taking a closer look at any new product before purchasing it, just in case you’re allergic or sensitive to one or more of the ingredients. Personally I always check before buying a new product, because I know my skin is of the extra vulnerable type, as I do have dehydrated combination skin with acne prone areas. You can find the ingredients, what they are and what they do at CosDna.” -Myself, lol

That’s it for my review on the Dynasty Cream from Beauty of Joseon! As always, I hope you enjoyed it and maybe even found it a bit helpfull. Please let me know if you’ve tried this product and if so; what your experience with it was/is. 


Vicky 

The Big BB Cream Battle Part 2!

Hello darlings!

Yes, you read the headline right, today I’m continuing the adventure of the BB cream battle!
If you haven’t read part 1 yet, go check it out right now!
Last time I reviewed the Missha BB cream, and today I’m taking on the Holika Holika one!
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Let’s just get down to business, shall we?

Name: Holika Holika Petit BB Clearing
Product: BB cream
Good For: Pore care, cover imperfections, soothe skin.
Description: Clear those pores while getting beautifully smooth coverage! Holika Holika’s  Clearing Petit BB Cream is the answer for your troubled, sensitive skin. Infused with blemish-preventing Tea Tree Oil, redness is reduced and irritated pimples are soothed. It’s also specially formulated with sebum-absorbing powder to control excessive oil production, a common issue for those of us with troubled and sensitive skin. The smooth and natural-looking finish helps to perfectly cover any imperfections for a flawless finish!
Price: 5$ (ebay) Basically, this is dirt cheap.
Cosdna

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Packaging:
This actually came on it’s own, just wrapped in plastic, fair enough, considering it only sets you back 5 bucks.
It’s an eye pleasing blue color, or so I think, each to it’s own I guess.
Basically it’s a nice little tube of skin goodness.

Texture & Scent:
Again, I said this in my previous post, how does one define the texture of a BB cream?
Anyone who has ever tried a BB cream, or even a foundation for that matter, knows the consistency; not runny, but not as solid as a heavy white cream.
It doesn’t really have a distinguished scent.
There I was, biting my nails, pulling my hair, waiting for this monster of sniffiness to arrive, the god of tea tree ugghness, with the tremble of a thousand leaves I sat patiently and afraid, but when it finally arrived, I was pleasantly surprised! And that almost never happens. Forever a grumpy cat.
Application:
Application, really?

 

I use a sponge for this one as well as any other foundation/BB cream I put on.
At first I really thought this was going to be way dark, but hurray, it’s not!
It blends well with my skin and is easy to apply, it just glides smoothly across my face.
Now, when I’ve applied it, it sinks in pretty fast, but it is indeed a little darker than my skin tone, this is something I’ve always had a problem with when it comes to every single foundation/ BB cream, I’m just too fair to get a match. Unless I sign up for match.com, or maybe tinder just to stay hip. Lawd, this humor.
Anyway, to get this to fit my skin tone I apply setting powder on top, just dab it on, and it lightens the BB cream slightly so that I don’t get that awful “I only sunbathed my face this summer and covered the rest of my body” – look.

So that’s the good old info, what are my thoughts on it so far, you ask?
So far I’m enjoying this BB cream a lot, it’s one of the first that doesn’t make me break out in annoying little spots, that never really wants to go away.
It doesn’t feel heavy or greasy, and sinks in pretty nicely, if you ask me.
Only thing I don’t like about it is that I can’t get it in another shade, that it’s standardized, I mean come on, not everybody has the same skin tone, and I really want a product that gives me that good to go look without using any extra magical little things.
But I do love it at the same time, so I will continue using it!

Rating:
Packaging: 7/10
Scent: 7/10
Texture: 8/10
Performance: 7/10
Coverage: 7/10
Total Score: 7/10

This product gets:

💄💄💄💄💄💄💄 7/10

So that’s it on this little gem so far, next up on my agenda is the last part of the battle, the comparison of the two, and of course the winner, and why it won!
Stay tuned!

Remember, this is my experience with this product, you might not have the same, and the product can work wonders for some, and be bad for some. Your Mileage May Vary, and we’re all different, you should always check the ingredient list and read about a product before purchasing it, but hey, no pressure!

Have you tried this product?
Let me know!

Peace&Love

Mocka