☆Review☆ illi Total Aging Care Body Lotion

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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!!

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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.

Review tiiiiime…. now!

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☆NIKO’S Routine/Regular Products☆ PART 3 [SPF | UV PROTECTION]

One of my biggest regrets in life is not having listened to my mother for all of my youth and adolescent years as she nagged me to wear sun protection when I left the house. I have milky, ghostly white skin, and if I’d listened to her instead of trying to be a little rebel– who hated the texture of American sunscreens more than anything– I would probably look like a porcelain doll right now, instead of being covered in countless freckles and sun damage in general.

To be honest, a lot of the pressure came from being a pale kid living in California. There’s some sort of strange culture here where I was mocked on the rare occasion when I actually did wear SPF as a child, because the other kids would laugh at me and say ‘you’re already so white, Niko, get some sun and try to get a tan for once!’ To a very minor degree, I was mocked and ridiculed for  wanting to protect my skin on outdoor days, and just how paper white my skin was in general.

I’m sure you can imagine how shocked and confused my young pre-adolescent self was when I was learning about asian culture, and how pale skin and sun protection is coveted there. It gave me a sort of renewed confidence in my own appearance– that I wasn’t a freak for being tan or non-white like my classmates– and empowered me to become interested in caring for my skin by protecting it from sun damage!

Now, many years later, I have quite the collection of sunscreens– some of which I find don’t work for me as I’d like, but also a small handful which I love and use regularly, which I’d like to share with you today:

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Each serves a variety of purposes, from providing more moisture when my face feels dry, to being water + sweatproof, for outdoor and swimming activities– these are my staple sunscreens, and after having tried so, so many out there, I feel pretty confident in saying that these are the right ones for me!

Let me tell you a little about them, starting with the facial UV protectors!

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☆NIKO’s Routine/Regular Products☆ PART 2 [1st & 2nd Cleansers]

Ask anybody who truly knows me, and they’ll tell you that, even as a person with severe chronic fatigue– who can fall asleep at the drop of a hat when they don’t intend to– I will go to the ends of the earth to make sure that my face has been washed of any and all makeup, sunscreen, or sweat before I go to sleep. I refuse to initiate rapid eye movement until I have double-cleansed my goddamn skin.

And while that may sound a tad… aggressive… to some, this is really one of the first things you should learn to embrace if you want to get into skincare, or try to improve the condition of your skin, in general: always wash your face before you go to sleep!

When I was a teenager, even if I wore the same makeup for two days, went days without soap so much as touching my face, wore sunscreen and didn’t wash it off for a whole weekend ‘so I didn’t have to put as much on the next day’ (I really hate my past self– so much marching band sun damage….), I always managed somehow to have flawless skin. I was known for it, in some circles.

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author’s note: do not attempt to wash face with bonsai tree.

But now, as an adult, I’m not so lucky– but I am smarter, so I have these products to help me stay clean, and the products I’ll mention in the next post, routine PART 3, to protect me from UV rays!

If there’s one more thing I can add before I list the products, it’s that I personally feel like a lot of the product and cleanser pH hype is a bunch of… well, hype. Try and use products that make your skin feel best– not what rates best on the pH scale (as I did with the CosRX Low pH Cleanser, which was not kind to my skin, but I used because pH, guys! pH!!). My current cleanser sits a bit high, around a 7.5-8, but I’ll explain later how it makes my skin feel, and why it’s right for me in spite of that.

With that said, here we go!

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☆SWATCH + MINI-REVIEW☆ SON&PARK Beauty Filter Cream

When you have skin as sickly-ghost-pale as mine, you often need to devise creative methods of tampering with your skin/base makeup in order to get the shades you buy to eventually acquiesce to match your actual skin tone. The most recent method I’ve devised– which I plan to write a comprehensive post containing many different products and example photos on soon– is to use asian whitening/”tone-up” creams in place of a white mixer, so I can buy a foundation or BB cream based on formula instead of just ‘this is almost remotely white enough to suit me’, then mix in the whitening primer to make it closer to my face shade.

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I bought this SON&PARK Beauty Filter Cream– a whitening tone-up cream- for that very reason (that is, to try for mixing in with my makeup, and to have a wider variety of products, including a high-end one, for when I write that future post), and I’m going to be upfront in saying, the most shocking thing about this product for me was the size of the container.

let me just… here’s a size comparison.

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it fits in the palm of my ridiculously tiny baby hands, too…

…but you guys are here for some info on the product, not to stare at an old can of my father’s caffeine free Diet Dr. Pepper, right? Then, onto the swatches + mini-review~

[and no… it’s not called a mini-review because the product is really tiny…]

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☆[REQUEST] REVIEW☆ Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment

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!

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Well, here you go, friend!

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☆SWATCH + REVIEW☆ PeriPera Colorfit Tint Water Gel in 07 redbeanpress

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.

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in the packaging– which I think is supposed to look like a juice bottle!

Enter: Peripera Tint Water Gel in 07 redbeanpress.

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☆REVIEW☆ Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Gel-Cream

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~

Here goes!

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☆NIKO’s Favorite Sleeping Packs– 2 Reviews☆ Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask + Laneige Water Sleeping Mask [Refill Me! Lavender Ver.]

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!

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guest starring my mame-shohin bonsai; his name is “まめまるさま”[Mamemaru-Sama] and he is over 5yo but under 5in tall ♡♡
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!

Let’s get started!

 

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☆My Pale Asian BB Cream Collection — 4 Swatches☆ Skin79 Lovely Girl, Dr. Jart+ Premium, BRTC Jasmine Water, Missha Perfect Cover 13 BB Creams

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!!

Let’s get started~

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☆REVIEW☆ Sidmool Natural Whitening Waterfull Cream + Sidmool Vitamin C Energy Waterfull Gel

I thought it might be best to dive right into my blog with a review of a couple of products I’ve been really loving for the past few months– two light moisturizers by a lesser-known, ‘natural’ Korean skincare brand called ‘Sidmool’.

Please excuse any awkwardness in formatting, as this is obviously my ~first ever~ blog review of a cosmetic product, but I’m going to try my best to be in-depth, and share the sort of information that I like to see when I read other peoples’ blog reviews, myself!

Here goes!

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