3CE 3 Concept Eyes Creamy Lip Color in #9 Kitsch Biker Review

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Hello everyone!  I'm sure if you are into Korean beauty products you must've heard of Stylenanda's 3CE (3 Concept Eyes) make up line. It's been wildly popular here on the blogosphere and  amongst many foreigners. I think even more so than amongst Koreans. Whenever I go to Stylenanda, in Hongdae or in Young Plaza, the makeup booths are always, alwaysjammed with international visitors. I'd say their most popular items are their lipsticks. They've got two lines for their lipsticks - the regular line and the cream lip color line. 

The gorgeous Park Sora modeling this color. 
(The above four pictures are taken from Stylenanda's website - en.stylenanda.com)

A sleek black box for a sleek metallic black case.

Today, I'll be reviewing 3CE 3 Concept Eyes Cream Lip Color in #9 Kitsch Biker. There are currently  twelve colors in this line. At 18 000Won (around $ 17 U.S.D.) it's more expensive than the other 3CE lip products. 

A security seal! I'm always so happy to see one of these. 

It has a flat round top which is very modern feeling but very impractical in terms of application.

Isn't the color just gorgeous? It's an incredibly bright red based orange. Honestly, this is my go - to - night time - sexy lip color. I'm pretty pale so this looks brighter against my skin than someone who's a bit darker. I'm not daring enough to wear it in the day time yet. I'm fine with bright pinks but red and orange is a whole different matter.

I've got another picture with it on me, on my Instagram but since the photo quality wasn't that good, I didn't want to include it in this post.

The color is definitely true to the bullet. It's a bright red based hot orange. It has a glossy finish. The color is so intense that I can't even tell which is swatch is with one swipe and which is with two... can you? 

Performance: This lipstick is so opaque and creamy that one layer is all it takes to get full blown bright and wild color. It's creamy enough that it won't accentuate any dry areas. Although it feels pretty light and not sticky, I definitely feel like I'm wearing something on my lips.  For the first two hours after application, my lips feel relatively moisturized.  After that, it starts to feel drying but the color still holds strong. After an hour or so of talking, the glossiness does deminish by a lot but the color still looks good and solid.  It is highly transferable so if you decide to give someone a peck, they will have a red tell-tale sign. However, even after doing so, color still looks rather solid on the lips. Without eating, I'd say this actually lasts for a good few hours. After eating, I'd say a lot of the color comes off but it does leave your lip with a slight bright pinkish red tint (with no signs of orange).  

Because it is so creamy and opaque it's hard to get a nice and precise application. I highly recommend using a lip brush. 

The Good:
- very creamy
- very opaque
- not sticky
- won't accentuate dry lips
- unscented
- long lasting
- moisturizing

The Bad:
- highly transferable
- expensive (18 000 Won is around $17 U.S. which is similar to MAC lipstick prices)
- need a brush for precise application

Overall: I'd say this is a pretty impressive lipstick. I'd love to it out in other colors as well but Kitsch Biker has definitely earn a unique spot in my lipstick collection. 

Missha The Style Green Tea Lip & Eye Makeup Remover

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

While I was in Missha picking up the Fresh Bouquet Cleansing Oil, I saw this and made a random purchase. I guess the words Green Tea appealed to me so I picked it up! This is one of those dual phase removers where you have to shake the contents to mix the liquids. It's half clear and half lime! When you pour it out onto a cotton pad, it's just clear.

"Green tea lip & eye makeup remover helps soft cleansing, containing pure and fresh green tea extract."

- containing pure green tea extract, it removes impurities and makeup residues on the sensitive lip and eye areas, leaving your skin refreshed with its mild texture
- green tea extract with mild oil and abundant moisture leaves your skin moisturized
- containing mistletoe extract and portulaca oleracea extra, it helps reduce irritation while helps softly cleanse makeup on sensitive lip and eye areas.
- containing camellia extract and chamomile extract, it helps reduce irritations on the skin with a soothing benefit.

Price: 5 000Won for 90ml

Packaging: It's a funny shape bottle. It looks like a leaf from the top and it's super easy to hold because of that. After removing the lid, there's actually another stopper. It's a white, delicate bit of plastic so you got to a bit careful when removing it.

Scent: It has a soft, typical, sweet artificial smell. I can't notice it unless I deliberately bring my nose up to the bottle.

Performance: Honestly, since this was a spontaneous purchase, I had pretty low expectations for it. However, it really blew me away! I always wear waterproof and smudgeproof eye makeup (to prevent panda eyes) but this took everything off. After shaking to mix the liquids, I put a bit of this remover onto a piece of cotton pad, and hold the cotton pad to my eyes for about 30 seconds, when I removed the pad, almost all of my eye make up was off. I flip over the cotton pad, and massage gently to removed the remaining makeup. Then, all my eye makeup is off!

My eyes are really sensitive. Sometimes even water irritate it. This product did not cause any discomfort whatsoever. Even when it got into my eyes, it didn't make my sight blurry not did it sting. I'm really impressed.

This product feels like really light on my skin. It's not as oily as other removers I've tried in the past. It definitely didn't leave behind nearly as much of an oily residue as any of the other make up removers I've used before. My other favorites include: Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye and Lip Makeup Remover and the Innisfree Apple Juicy Makeup Remover. Those work really well but they do leave your eyelids with some oily residue.

Picture Time - gross, I know, but it's necessary to show the effectiveness of this product. 

On my eyes:
1. Aritaum Wannabe Longwear Eyeshadow stick
2. Maybelline Quad in Chai Latte
3. Physician's Formula eyeliner in purple and black - water resistant and smudgeproof
4. Tony Moly Gel Fit Eyeliner in Black - waterproof
5. Benefit's They're Real mascara
6. Kiss Me Long and Curl mascara - waterproof and layered over the Benefit's They're Real mascara
7. Iope BB Cushion XP - for the undereye area

The Good:
- light consistency
- no oily residue
- removed everything with ease
- affordable
- didn't sting my eyes
- didn't make my sight blurry
- Missha is against testing on animals

The Bad:
- green tea extract is only 1%. Although I really like this product, I do find this to be disappointing because the name is misleading. 

Overall:  I've tried a lot of make up removers, and this is definitely one of my favorites, simply because of the way it feels like water. It's like cleansing water that removes all kinds of makeup!  I highly recommend it!

Korean Beauty Haul #3

Monday, May 12, 2014
IHi everyone! Long time no post. Today I have a collective haul post for you. Living in Korea is great if you have control but if not - watch your wallet or stop watching YouTube and reading blogs!

I post up my hauls to give you shopping suggestions but please feel free to request a review on anything in this post!

Innisfree Mineral BB Cushion - remember in my first haul I picked up the refill? It turns out it can't fit it in the Hera case so I had to get one with the Innisfree case. I think this is now discontinued as I can't find it in the stores anymore. They've replaced it with two newer versions: Water Glow and Long Lasting. I'm tempted to give the Long Lasting version a try as Korea's humid summer is coming and I'm desperate for something that won't slide off my face.

Pure Heals Propolis 90 Ampoule - I've been seeing this product around on blogs but I couldn't find it in Korean stores until I happened by shop in Seoul Station. It was pretty affordable at 14 000Won (around $14) so I picked it up.

The Face Shop White Tree Snow Exfoliaating Foam Cleanser - I forgot my cleanser when I went to Busan and The Face Shop was having a sale so ... I bought it. The exfoliating bits are like soft sand and it smells good.

Etude House Face Conditioning Cream - I saw Bubzbeauty rave about this on her April Favorites video. I really trust her reviews so I had to this out.

Tony Moly Nutra-Energy Essence - I really love the Miracle Serum in this line but since Summer is coming soon, I wanted to try the essence.

The Face Shop Super Perfect Sun Cream SPF 50 +++ - gotta have sun cream for the sunny summer weather. I plan to be outside a lot. 

V21 Volume Brightener x 2 - I saw this on Filia's blog (mysugarcoffee.blogspot.com). She raved so highly about it that I had to get it.

Banila Co. Prime Primer Hydrating - I'm sure that most of you are familiar with Banila Co.'s famous primers. They claimed to be the #1 best selling primer in Korea last year. I'm not sure about this year as Korea's always coming out with newer and better things. I've decided to give the Hydrating version a go. So far I'm really liking it. It doesn't have that silicon feeling at all!

3CE Creamy Lipstick in #9 Kitsch Biker - this was a gift that came with a Vogue Girl magazine. It's a hot orange based red lipstick.

Tony Moly Cristal Blusher #12 Pink Heart (핑크하트) - I heard this was one of their best selling colors so I had to try it out. I've about six of these blushers and I'm pretty satisfied with the quality.

Tony Moly Perfect Eyes Gel Fit Waterproof Liner in #7 Black - I tried this out in the store and was blown away by it's durability. I've been using it everyday since I got it - super impressed.

Missha Flower Bouquet Cherry Blossom Cleansing Oil - I really enjoyed my 30ml sample of this so I got the big bottle now. Sadly, they've changed the packaging and made the entire bottle pink. I prefer the previous packaging much more. (Not in the picture).

Missha The Style Green Tea Lip & Eye Makeup Remover - no reason, just a random purchase!

Aritaum Fresh Essense Mask - these are my favorite paper masks in Korea. They had a 1 + 1 sale so I bought 18. I've already used a few.

Etude House Moistfull Super Collagen First Trial Set - this line was released recently by Etude. It comes with the Ampoule Essence, Cream, and the CC Cream. So far, I'm really enoying everything!

Mise En Scene Perfect Repair Hair Treatment - I used a sample of this during my trip. After I blew dry my hair, it was so incredibly shiney. I went out to buy it the moment I landed back in Seoul.

Mise En Scene Perfect Repair Serum - I think this is the new version of Mise En Scene Damage Serum. It was on sale for 50% of so I picked it up. I'm really looking for products to make my hair shiney these days.

Writting this post really made me realize that the amount of shopping that I do is too much. There are so many cosmetics stores in Seoul that I tend to collect a few items each day. I see the stores everywhere I go. Literally everywhere - subway stations, shopping areas, streets that it's really hard to refrain myself especially during sales. 

I hope you enjoyed my haul post and please feel free to make a review request!

Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream Review

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Hello everyone~ how are you doing today?

Today, I'll be reviewing the cream I've been using for the past two months - Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream. Back a few months ago, during the Winter here in Seoul, this cream was extremely popular. It was showcased in Get It Beauty and Star Beauty show which lead to tons of Korean women buying this. What makes this cream and this line of products different from the rest is its special ingrediant: Ceramide - a lipid molecule.

I was hesitant to buy this as it is extremely hyped up and ususally I don't do so well with hyped up products. But as this Winter seemed drier than previous winters, I was really desperate for a cream that would get rid of the dry patches I got. 

I bought this at Olive Young in Korea but you can also purchase it at Sephora. 
Price: 45 000 Won (@ Olive Young) / $57CDN (@ Sephora Website)  - 50ml / 1.6 Fl.Oz.
Claims According to Sephora Website:

What it is:
A lightweight cream to moisturize the skin. 

What it is formulated to do:
This lightweight cream with the power of microcapsule ceramides hydrates the skin barrier from within, preventing chronic water loss. Dry, rough skin instantly becomes plumped with all-day, time-release moisture. It enhances the skin’s natural strength and function for smoother, softer skin. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates 
- Phthalates 

-Ceramide 3: Provides time-release moisture. 
-Licorice Root Extract: Soothes and provides anti-redness properties. 
-Portulaca Oleracea and Aloe Vera: Calm irritated skin and hydrate. 
-Panthenol: Alleviates signs of sensitivity and softens skin.

Claims on the Packaging:
- nutrient - enriched cream
- plumps & seals for dull, dry skin
- Dermatologist Tested

- strengthens the skin's natural protective barrier
- enriched texture cream hydrates deep with ceramides for long lasting moisture
- rough and dull skin into a hydrated healthy glow

Directions: For best results apply Ceramidin Cream over Ceramidin Liquid morning and night.


It comes in a simple squeeze tube - like toothpaste. It remains me of ointment. Absolutely nothing fancy about it. The casing of the tube is harder than regular toothpaste tubes so you have slightly more control over how much you want to squeeze out. As I got nearer to finishing this product, I was able to roll the tube up to sqeeze out the remaining product. It's quite expensive so I want to use up every last bit.

Scent: This does have a scent. It's smells like medicine but it's quite faint so I didn't find it bothersome. It does go away after a minute. 

Performance:  Although it looks like a heavy thick cream, it really doesn't feel so. It spreads out on the skin easily and absorbs quickly. It leaves the skin feeling really moisturized and not stickly at all. After I first apply this, I can feel a cool sensation from the cream for a few minutes. When I first used this product, I thought it was making my skin oily but later on, I realized that my oilyness was due to the changing seasons and not this cream.

I applied this cream during both day and night. During the day, I apply this before makeup. It really allows my bb/cc cream to apply extra smoothly onto my skin without any problems.  I love how my bb/cc cream don't roll up under this product. In terms of longevity of my base makeup, I don't think this cream necessary made it stay on longer than usual. It does provide a subtle glow to the skin that shows up even after I've applied my bb/cc cream. I notice that on the Star Beauty show, one of the girls mixed this in with their bb cream to create a more moisturized application so you can do that as well. During the night, I apply this as the final step to my skincare routine. By morning, my skin still feels really moisturized and supple.

I really think this product does what it claims to do in strengthening the skin's barrier in the long run and keeping the skin moisturized for a long time. It's really amazing as a hydrating cream for people with sensitive skin as it hydrates like a heavy cream but does not feel heavy. It also didn't clog any pores. When I broke out last month, I cut a lot of products out of my skincare routine but I trusted this product enough to continue using it. Dr. Jart made a lot of claims but for the most part I really think this product fulfilled them. It also got rid of my dry patches slowly.

However, although this product really keeps the top layer of skin moisturized, I think you still need a light cream or serum under it.  With this on, my skin feels soft and supple but I noticed that after I clean my face of this product, my skin didn't feel all that soft. So to me, this product is almost like a sleeping pack that you wear all day. It's good for sealing in moisture and for protection but I don't think that it really adds moisture deep into your skin, you need another product to do that. It never claim to provide  moisture deep into your skin in the first place anyways. Perhaps this is why it recommends you to apply this over the Cermidin Liquid.

The Good:
- did everything that it claims to do 
- great for sensitive skin
- creates a hydrating and protective layer throughout the day and night
- without Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates
- absorbs quickly
- the packaging is travel friendly as it isn't bulky.

The Bad:
- expensive, especially outside of Korea.
- moisture seems to be only at surface level 

I think this is a great, gentle, cream for surface hydration, especially in the Winter time and for people with sensitive skin - we all know how hard it's to find a product like this. However, please also check out the Ceramidin Liquid when you're considering on purchasing this product.  This product has been great at moisturizing the top layer of my skin but that's just it. It's a simple product. No brightening, no scar removing, no oil control, no other frills. 

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