Sorry I haven’t written in a while– recent minor surgery, along with a severe sinus infection (which is blurring my vision to the point where it’s quite hard to type a draft on my laptop) have kept me somewhat occupied with simply getting by every day, not leaving much time to find a seasonal job or run a fun blog as I’d previously hoped I would be doing right around now.
But I’m forcing myself to get my head (quite literally) back in the game, because having sat around for the past 2+ weeks just trying to cope with pain has been excruciatingly boring, too, and I’m desperate to do something productive again for the first time in a while!!
Soo anyways, believe it or not, I’m not here to complain about how awful my life is, I’m here to review a body lotion by the Amore Pacific brand illi, from their Total Aging Care line. I’d already tried the Total Aging Care cleansing oil back when Fiddysnails gave it a rave review, and it was somewhat common around the r/asianbeauty community– so I already knew that I would love the smell of this lotion, barring the unforseen circumstance that the Total Aging Care line didn’t maintain consistent fragrancing among all of the products.
Thankfully, they smell more or less the same, as I’ll describe later, and it seems my dry, itchy shins (no mistake there, it’s not my entire legs, or even whole calves– just the fronts of my shins get extremely itchy and dry on occasion) have finally met their match.
An amazingly lovely friend of mine from allll the way back in high-school [who actually works at a local Sephora now!] has taken note of my knowledge of (mostly asian) skincare and makeup products recently, and hit me up to ask if I knew anything about the Dr. Jart+ Cicapair line. As luck would have it, the only item I’ve used from the line– the Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment (what a mouthful…)– is the one he was interested in finding out more about, so I offered to write him a full review of the product including ratings on a five point scale, photos, etc. He seemed genuinely interested to see what I had to say, which brings us to where we are now!
Let me start by saying yes, that’s the actual name of this product in shade #07. redbeanpress; All one word. I felt the need to clarify because all of the preview press I’d seen, as well as the site I bought this from, advertised and sold me shade #07 as ‘Dona Redbean Juice’, though I was reassured by the fact that I had still received shade 07– and after years of using asian beauty and other lifestyle products, studying east asian linguistics (including a lot of Japanese language), and even travel to Japan, if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that inconsistency among translations to English are more than commonplace. In cosmetics, especially, I rather expect them, and am almost more surprised by products with perfectly translated pachaging, hahah.
But anyways, I bought this product mainly because it was advertised directly on the promo material/stock photos as a MLBB– AKA ‘my lips but better’ (also, they use that phrase in Korea? nice~) lip tint– which sounded like a dream come true imo. I live for the longevity of Korean lip tints/stains (I pretty much stopped using all american lip products, save for the occasional–and also long-lasting– liquid lipstick. I literally haven’t bought a twist up lipstick in years), but they’re always such shocking shades of hot pink, red, and orange, which doesn’t match my daily look very well.
Enter: Peripera Tint Water Gel in 07 redbeanpress.
Let me be completely upfront about this: this cream is one of my absolute favorite skincare products of the moment. Among the holiest of grails. One of the HGs to end all HGs.
Initially, I actually learned about this specific item through noticing a lot of people raving it, among other creams and products from Dr. Jart+’s Ceramidin product line, over on– where else,– r/asianbeauty, then decided to buy it after being ‘talked into it’ on this “Talk Me Into/Out Of” thread I started this spring– both on a whim, and out of curiosity as to whether other people thought the product was worth the hefty $45 price tag.
Well, as I said, I left that thread feeling pretty darn convinced, proceeded to order the cream from Amazon Prime, and all I can say was…. heckin geez, I was not disappointed, not even in the slightest.
If you’re in the market for a cream that feels soothing on your skin, is restorative and nourishing (without feeling heavy at all), has a buttery smooth texture, and can easily be layered for extra moisture, I’d recommend following the cut to find out more, because honestly I can’t say enough good things about this magic in a jar, hahah~
One of my favorite things about going to sleep at night is putting on my sleep pack/mask– the final step of any devoted nightly skincare ritual! I’ve used countless sleeping packs over the years since I really became ‘hardcore’ into asian skincare, but right now there are two that really stand out to me, to the point where I really don’t use any others but those two– depending on what needs I want to address that night, as they have different ingredients and textures which serve different purposes!
I thought I might do an in-depth review of both of those masks, given my undying love for both of them, because I feel the world really needs to know about their greatness, hahah!
I’m sure any of you out there with skin even close to as pale as mine know the struggle of trying to buy Asian BB creams– almost all come in the two tones, “21” and “23”, both of which are simply fated to be several shades too dark for your skin. Sometimes, they branch out into lighter or darker shades like “19” or “25”, but they’re generally only suited for the target market of warm-toned, average asiatic skin, in variations of paler and tanner– not usually for pale, neutral-toned white people like myself, or people of darker races.
To be honest, I wonder how even countries as ultimately racially homogenous as Japan and Korea (where most all residents are obviously Japanese and Korean, respectively) can fit into the same two shades in all of makeup, because even the Japanese and Korean people I know here in the US all have such a wide variety of skin tones (one of my Japanese friends gets so ridiculously tan in the summer, his skin tone could easily pass for afro-latino!).
But I digress– in this post, I’ve assembled four of my favorite light, neutral to cooler-toned asian BB creams, with hand swatches and a full-arm comparison swatch, in various lighting. I hope it might prove helpful to other pale people like myself who have been known to spend hours scouring the internet for swatches of the lightest bb creams and swatches of them in use on lighter skin!!