Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Skinfood Store: Reviews of Egg White Pore Foam and Black Sugar Mask

One of my stops last month during my tour of Korean beauty stores was Skinfood.

Some info on Skinfood:

"Feed your skin, it deserves a treat" is SkinFood's basic philosophy. SkinFood creates delicious cosmetics from familiar ingredients such as sugar, rice, vegetables and fruits. From yummy strawberries to crunchy apples, refreshing aloe vera and invigorating coffee, SkinFood offers over 900 products that pamper, protect and please your skin."

Entering the store

 The back room is for manicures and nail art.

Everything was so darling!

Top Sugar:  Black Sugar Mask Wash Off

Gotta give it to Koreans for their presentational skills.

I went with some of the top products showcased in the store.
$10 for 5.7 oz. Not bad.
This was wrapped in cellophane when I bought it.

I was a little surprised by the ingredients.  I guess I had assumed from Skinfood's motto that it would contain a lot less things that I couldn't pronounce.  

The highlight of this cleanser is the egg white extract, which contains amino acids.  Amino acids has deep cleansing properties (bye bye blackheads!) and help with anti-aging by supplying nutrients that keep skin smooth and elastic.  Sounds amazing, right? 
I started looking up products on cosdna.com, and it's really neat!  You can see if there are acne-triggering ingredients or irritants.  When I looked up Egg White Pore Foam, there were unfortunately some red flags.  You can see them here.  For example, Stearic acid, sesame oil, and olive oil can cause breakouts for some people. For me, the natural oils sounded great to put on my face and then wash off (and my skin doesn't get bothered by them) so wasn't a deal breaker just yet.

 The cleanser was easy to squeeze out.  The cream is really thick and has a pretty pearly sheen to it.  There is a fragrance that is kind of floral.  It may be overpowering to some folks.  I could do without it.  But I'm very particular about scents.

I know it has nothing to do with how good a cleanser is, but I loved how easily it foamed up.  You need very little product to get this going.  Heeeeeey.

From what I've been reading, foamy cleansers can strip the skin.  I didn't feel any noticeable tightness in my skin afterward.  But I imagine this product drying out your skin during the cooler weather.  

My skin felt really bouncy and clean after washing.  My makeup came off, but getting the eye makeup off took a little more work.  AND this stuff stings your eyes like a mother!! I would do a two-step cleansing and maybe start with an oil cleanser that gets your eye makeup off before using a foam cleanser.

Soooo...I was going to write that I would use this during just the sweatier times of year. It feels like it really gets all the residue off of your face. And I DID feel like my pores were less noticeable. 

Then I read some bad news from other bloggers. A lot of them agreed that the pH level of the Egg White Pore Foam is super high, which compromises your skin health.  The high alkaline level allows your skin to be an environment susceptible to dryness and bacteria causing infections and acne.  Apparently, we should use avoid using skincare products with a pH of 6 or higher. According to this blogger, Egg White Pore Foam has a pH of 10.5!  This freaked me out so I think this cleanser will be for my makeup brushes...and feet.  If you don't have skin problems, you probably don't have to worry. But I read that it could lead to issues after long term use. Boo.

Although the Egg White Pore Foam cleanser was a disappointment, I really loved LOVED the Black Sugar Mask!
Around $14 for 100g/3.38 oz

This product also came wrapped.

The main ingredient is sugar.  Black sugar is rich in potassium, iron, calcium, and other minerals.  It's also what exfoliates the dead skin cells.  It also contains several seed oils, shea butter, and fats.  According to cosdna.com, sorbitan laurate and the candelilla wax could be possible irritants.  

Under the cellophane wrap was a sticker with a description, instructions, and the ingredients (again).

 Once you take off the top, there is another lid covering the scrub.  It's just loosely sitting on top of the rim.

 When you take off the lid, you notice (a) it kind of looks like poop (b) the lovely LOVELY lemon scent!

It doesn't come with a spatula, so I used a spoon to scoop out (too much).  You probably need less than half of that.  The consistency is what you'd imagine for a sugar scrub.  It reminded me of tamarind candy paste.

After cleaning your face, don't towel off.  Massage the scrub gently onto your damp face.  Massage lightly to avoid over exfoliating and hurting your precious face skin.  Adding water while you massage helps to melt the sugar (keeping it less granular) and decrease the chance of irritation. The syrupy/jam part of the scrub thins out or gets absorbed into the skin (or both?) ...as you can see here.

You don't need to massage it until it disappears. I just massaged for about 40 seconds. You should avoid eyes (obvi) and mouth area.  I don't think I avoided the mouth area enough.  After leaving it on for 10-15 minutes,  I washed it off with lukewarm water.

I was left with soft, supple, and brighter skin. No stickiness. And although there is no greasy residue, I did feel like my skin was slightly moisturized- probably from some of the fatty/oily ingredients.  But it was a healthy feeling.  The scrub also got rid of my whiteheads.  It is recommended to use this scrub once a week.  I would definitely recommend this! It is supposed to be cheaper alternative to Fresh's Sugar Face Polish.  You can purchase it online here.  The Egg White Pore Foam is also available on the same site if you are interested - just beware of the pH level!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Recipe for the Juice Generation PB Acai Bowl

I FINALLY tried one of those acai bowls that I saw popping up all over fitness articles and Instagram (apparently a popular breakfast choice for fashion bloggers).

I headed over to Juice Generation, which was the place that fueled my luxury $8 peanut butter blueberry smoothie habit.  At those prices, my trips to Juice Generation lasted a week. 

After scanning the menu, I was torn between the PB Acai Bowl and the Aloha Acai Bowl.  The PB includes acai, banana, omega-3 peanut butter, strawberries, cacao nibs (tiny chocolate chunks), almond milk, and hemp granola.  The Aloha ingredients are acai, banana, almond milk, strawberries, pineapple, bee pollen, and hemp granola.

I went with the PB Acai Bowl, and OHHH YEAAAH, was it good! And really cute.  

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Life in Pics: Active Summer...But Still Beast Eating!

It's been really interesting trying new things this summer!

My friend Lauren and I attended a Blogger Summit.  I actually learned a lot from business owners and veteran bloggers in the fashion and tech industry.

 I totally ate it right before taking this photo! There was huge gap between the curb and street. That's one habit I have...I can't stop laughing if I fall or nearly fall.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Picking and Choosing Your Favorite Skincare Products at Sephora for $25

Who doesn't love those deluxe samples?
I just found out yesterday from @yourskinwithin that Sephora has a Customized Skincare Favorites Bag option where you can choose 5 deluxe skincare samples for $25. You just click on the link above and then add your goodies to your basket.  You can also get multiple ones of your favorite product by changing the quantity at check out!  The basket will show each item to be $20 until you get to your five products.  After that, you should see the discount applied to bring your total for these favorites (and a cute bag!) to $25!

Friday, August 7, 2015

"Lobster, Lobster, Lobster" : Our Trip to Maine

Andrew and I took a trip last September to Acadia National Park, and my mission was to eat my way to our destination and back.  To be more specific, eat lobster every day. Spoiler alert: I accomplished my goal. Or fulfilled a dream of mine. Both statements are equally true.

Our first stop in Maine was Ogunquit, which means "beautiful place by the sea" in the Native American Abenaki language.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

So what happens at a Korean Beauty Sample Sale?

Peach and Lily had its very first sample sale with skincare up to 90% off and makeup products at $5 or less ($5 each, 5 for $20, 20 for $60).  

It was my first beauty sample sale, so I had no idea what to expect.  

Lauren joined me! My partner in BB crime (blogging and beauty). I know, can I be any more cheesy?

It was an hour wait time to get into the building.  Apparently, there were too many people at the initial start of the sale so the coordinators had to scoot a whole bunch of customers from inside to the outside. Good thing the line was in the shade, and I had my iPad for listening to podcasts while getting emails out. 

We got inside 2 hours after the sale officially started.  A lot of damage can be done in 2 hours. As you can imagine, shelves were already ransacked. Oh, I trust my people to come hella early and get in on those discounted prices.  You can see how the well stocked this event was in the beginning here (click on the gallery). The link also gives updates on product availability.

Like at many sample sales, you have to check in your big personal items like purses and backpacks.  You got a ticket and go claim it after you do your shopping.  I am over-explaining here. You guys know how coat check tickets work.  Then we received purple shopping bags aka roomy paper gift bags.

My favorite area was the Club Clio makeup tables with eye, face, and lip products. $5 dolla!!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Affordable Dupe for MAC, NARS, and Smashbox?

According to the blogosphere, NYX is famous for replicating the results of more expensive brands.  For example,  some of the NYX eyeshadows are dupes for MAC shadows. 

The NYX Studio Perfect Primer and NYX Studio Perfect Primer are supposed to be very similar to Smashbox primers.  

image via totalbeauty.com

And NYX Cosmetics Powder Blush in Pinched is a copycat of the NARS blush in Orgasm.

I really love my NYX Matte Lipstick in Alabama.  The pigment is fantastic, and it has a nice matte texture.  I also found the color to stay put for a long time.  It is known to be a dupe for MAC's Viva Glam 1. The other night, my friend Susi was wearing the lipstick in Perfect Red, and I was amazed at how well it stayed on her lips throughout dinner!

Happy Saving!