Review: Skinfood Apple Vinegar Fresh Foam

5.22.2012


And more Skinfood reviews!  I have to admit I have a soft spot for Skinfood, something about their pretty packaging and "food"/healthy/yummy focus just strokes me the right way.  I don't find the brand exceptional compared to other Korean cosmetics brands, but I can never resist trying "just one more thing."  Ah, such is the power of the packaging.....

I got this as a sample with one of my previous Skinfood purchases, however, I didn't use it till now because 1.) I rarely use samples unless I'm traveling and 2.) I'm not crazy about Skinfood foaming products since the Skinfood Aloe Vera Foaming Cleanser and Skinfood Honey Black Tea Jelly Foam were less than impressive. However, after finishing the sample packet, I must say I was pleasantly surprised this time around!

Purchased at: It was a sample.

Cost: $15 at YesStyle

Skin-reviving foam cleanser whisks away dirt, excess sebum and other skin dulling impurities to reveal perfectly clean and hydrated skin. Enriched with honey and pomegranate extract for softer and well-moisturized skin, the minerals and organic acids in apple cider keep skin nourished to improve over-all skin health.

Directions: For a thorough clean, gently massage foam on skin for a few seconds and rinse off with lukewarm water. Pat skin dry.


Texture: A most fascinating clear gel! A little goes a long way because this gel magically foams up when you lather it with water and really lives up its name. I forgot to take a picture of the foam, but Koyuki Palace has a good shot of how this foams.

Scent: Exactly like slightly vinegary Granny Smith Apples! Or sour apple lollipops. It's an artificial scent for sure, but quite fun and pleasant. Once it foams up, the vinegar scent becomes less prevalent and the scent becomes more sweet.

Cleansing Effectiveness: It doesn't remove eye makeup (ei Dolly Wink Liquid Liner) at all nor BBcream. That said, this is not advertised as a makeup cleanser, so this is not a criticism as much as reminder not to use this for removing makeup. On bare skin, I think this does a nice job of gently removing oil without feeling too drying. Since it's foam, there is no rough tugging and my face felt refreshed afterwards. I think my skin also look a bit brighter and more radiant too!  There was no residue left behind.

Overall
I think as a general face cleanser, this does just as promised. This would be useful for people who wear very little makeup or just sunscreen everyday. I am not sure about long term improvement, but I didn't have any irritation after use.

Repurchase? Or rather, would I ever purchase a fullsize? Probably not since my cleanser must also be a makeup remover.  This is one of the decent, but nothing special products to me. The gel texture is very cool and the scent pleasing, but practically speaking, it is useless to me since it doesn't remove makeup.

I would recommend this to people who do not wear makeup and have perhaps, mild acne problems since apple vinegar is supposed to be beneficial for acne, itching, and age spots.  This retails around $6 in Korea and a little goes a long~ way (the tiny sample pack lasted me 4 washes).

I would NOT recommend this for people with sensitive skin or those who dislike the scent of (apple) vinegar. Because apples or no, you can smell the vinegar.

Either way, I wouldn't part with more than $10 for this product (unlikely unless you live in Korea or have a local Skinfood shop).  So unless you can get this for under that, I'd say just look for comparable products in your local drugstore.

Other reviews:
Koyuki Palace
Mischievous Mack

Korea Trip 2010, Part 19: Food Porn + My Bday + Hair Curling

5.20.2012


WHAT!? How has it been two weeks since my last post already O_o?! Ehehe, I'm not going to lie that a chunk of my time was spent catching up on the many season finales (Castle! OUAT *cue recapper guilt*! The Office! New Girl!). Anyway, to get myself into the groove again, here is the next installment of the slow-moving Korea Trip series.

This one is a fairly short post with lots of food pics~ Around this time I also celebrated my birthday and got my first perm! It didn't turn out so bad considering I was curling already semi-curly hair ^_~ (see last picture in the post).

Lastly, I could not for the life of me think of a good title for this post.... gah....

Continued from Part 18: Random Sights of Busan
To start from the beginning go to Part 1: Flying to Tokyo

A Lone Egg and An Empty Nest

5.04.2012


And so Robin Family series comes to an end :(  I checked the nest last week and all the birds had literally flown the coop....  I can't believe how quickly they grew up ;_;  The last time I saw them I estimate they were only 4-5 days old since their feathers were just starting to poke out.

On the upside, the rhododendron flowers are in full bloom.


You can see the nest worn down on one side, where the mom bird would perch when feeding the hatchlings.

You can see a peek of blue....

I got really caught up with work for a week and right on the dot, two weeks after hatching, the baby robins were gone! I was actually really depressed that I never got to see them again.  Since I hadn't seen any robins around the bush for awhile, this weekend I went up right up next to the nest to take a look inside.  Remember when I said I think only 3 of 4 eggs hatched?


Well, now I've confirmed it :(  There was one egg buried at the bottom of the nest; apparently unhatched eggs are either shoved out or buried.  I thought about retrieving the egg to get a closer look, but I have a fear that I'll accidentally crack it and a half formed robin will spill out ><   I guess I'll just leave everything as is.  Robins lay 2-3 broods a year from April to July so I am hoping we have another robin family will move in but so far...no such luck~

Also, I thought I had gotten some pretty sweet photos of robins but gosh, lots of people have gotten much better pictures!  Like Kathy, who got friggin amazing shots of a robin nest that was also, coincidentally, in a rhododendron bush (maybe robins like rhododendrons?).  You can see how robins grow day-by-day and I am so jealous she got to see the hatching ;_;

Cinco de Mayo tomorrow - have fun :)

Korea Trip 2010, Part 18: Random Sights of Busan

5.02.2012


This is a mini-post of random non-food pics I took in Busan.  Above is by far one of my favorite pics among the thousands I took. Allow me to proudly present....the most stereotypical young Korean couple ever ^_^!  I saw them at the bus stop and I was quite entranced by how romantic they were in a way that is distinctly un-American.  Given I am Korean and have seen enough k-dramas to last me a lifetime, but seeing it real life was something else.

Let me preface this by saying that they were clearly a loving couple, enviably so actually. I wouldn't mind wearing a couple outfit (don't judge me!).   In any case, there was something slightly kooky and very endearing about their matching outfits (right down to the sandals!), gigantic DSLR cameras, and bright red umbrella to block the sun.... I think this pic captures everything that is quintessentially Korean - quirky, sun-hating, romance-loving, and utterly selca-addicted!

Continued from Part 17: The United Nations Memorial Cemetery
To start from the beginning go to Part 1: Flying to Tokyo

Review: Skinfood Broccoli Sun Cream SPF42+++

5.01.2012


I run through sunscreen pretty quickly because I use it everyday, especially since I have started wearing BBcream less and less now, especially on the weekends. I just hate getting makeup smeared everywhere and lately, I'd rather have a face that doesn't smear makeup on the collar of my coat than perfect skin :P

In the past I have also reviewed the Skinfood Carrot Sun Cream SPF 30++ and SkinFood Quince Whitening Sun Lotion. Currently, I alternate between this sunscreen and a Missha sunscreen I'll review later.

This sunscreen cream contains a variety of vitamins and broccoli extract to revitalize skin tired from summer weather. It provides high UVA and UVB protection for outdoor activities.

* Use: 15-20 minutes before going outside, apply to exposed areas such as face, neck, arms, and legs, avoiding eye areas.

- Skinfood product page
Purchased at: Believe it or not, I got this in Korea two years ago and just popped it open recently. This is a relatively unpopular product, so you can get it for pretty cheap compared to BBcream (ei Amazon).

Scent: ooo...I like! Skinfood has a way of nailing some of the strangest scents, like mushroom, lettuce...now broccoli. The scent is very light and and reminiscent of steamed vegetables. It's odd but not at all unpleasant.

Texture: It's a classic "milky" sunscreen that runs more liquidy than creamy. In fact, it's a little baffling to me why this is called a "cream" since it's so liquidy.  It's just like the Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock SPF 70, which I never reviewed on my blog but have used extensively in the past because of its high SPF. Anyway, this absorbs very quickly and does not leave any streaks. In fact, it absorbs so quickly, if you don't spread it fast enough, you'll end up using more to cover your whole face.

Effectiveness: Well, it's SPF42 and doesn't leave white streaks on my face. Like any sunscreen, it should be reapplied every few hours if you are sweating.

Appearance on face: It goes on smoothly and absorbs fast. It tends to make my face very oily/shiny though. I haven't taken pictures wearing this sunscreen but other reviewers have said that it does not have a white cast despite the high SPF.

Overall
I probably wouldn't buy this again or recommend it because it's not particularly amazing to me.

Pros:
- Milky sunscreen absorbs faster
- Delicate, natural scent
- High SPF

Cons:
- Leaves a shine on your face. Nothing powder wouldn't fix though I guess.

I'm not sure what it is, but I just feel very lukewarm about this product even though there is nothing wrong with it. Let's just say that there are plenty of comparable 'milky' sunscreens in America (Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock SPF 70 and Shiseido Anessa Sunscreen SPF30 for starters) that it's hardly worth the trouble of importing.

Last thing, I'm not sure why, but people seem to be having entirely different experiences in terms of consistency (see reviews below). Basically some people (like me) are getting "milky" sunscreens and others are getting "thick" sunscreens. It almost sounds like everyone is using two different products. Maybe some people are getting expired or fakes? Mine was at least 2 years old, though unopened and unexpired, but maybe the age made it more liquidy....  Anyway, just thought I'd throw that out there.

Other Reviews
Chocolate Cherries Allamanda - very positive review that calls this "thick and hard to blend." wtf?! Are we using the same product?
Review Galore - Slightly drying and sticky. No white cast.
Cosmetic Candy - describes it as a "thicker lotion"...weird because mine was almost watery....
Mischievous Mack - pretty much agree with everything she wrote.

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