I went through a bit of a Korean/Asian beauty phase recently:
It started when a beauty editor I follow on Insty wrote about the Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly. As I consider myself a bit of an early adopter when it comes to beauty trends* the online hunt began since I
wanted needed some jelly foundation in my life. The online hunt had some collateral damage. Mizon Smoothie Apple Peeling Gel, SKIN FOOD Gold Kiwi Sun Cream and Tony Tint Cat Chu Wink (a stain in case that wasn’t immediately obvious) found a new home too.
I’ve included a few other Asian beauty friends along for the ride in this fun filled review session. Let’s begin, shall we?
Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly
This is my first “jelly” foundation. The idea with this is that the water base disappears, leaving just pigments behind. Meaning it’s light. Maybe that’s what the “petit” in the name refers to. It’s definitely not the bottle size.
As another reviewer said, it’s really more like a pudding than a jelly (if we’re going to get into dessert comparison semantics). It also would be most suitable to people with normal to oily skin as it doesn’t offer much in the way of moisture. Since my skin is more in the normal to dry range, I prefer something with more “slip” to it. I even tried applying a thicker night cream before this to make it easier to apply and blend but no dice.
The other issue is the colour range. I got #2 which is the darker of the two, and even that is too light for me. I have to bronze up afterwards to avoid looking like a ghost face. Also, back to the lightness of the texture. I actually find this more of a medium matte finish. So once it’s on and I’ve piled on the bronzer, it’s all a bit too cakey for my liking.
I’ll see if I can make it work by mixing it with another product, but on it’s own it’s NQR.
Mizon Smoothie Apple Peeling Gel
This is apparently a cult beauty product. Not sure about that, but it’s certainly a unique one. I ordered this, promptly forgot exactly what I was supposed to to with it, and then spent ages online trying to find instructions again**. Here’s the basics in case you’re curious.
So is it fun? Yes. Does it smell like apples? Surprisingly not really. Does it work? Hard to say re: long term effects, but it makes your skin smooth. Since it’s working with both fruit acids and gentle physical exfoliation, the double team should in theory be more effective than just one alone. Buy it for the experience if anything. Like I said, it’s fun (and strangely satisfying) to roll your “skin” off your face***.
SKIN FOOD Gold Kiwi Sun Cream
I brought this to Europe with me and used it on burn prone parts of my face. It’s moderately thick, and it leaves a bit of a white-ish cast, but it sinks in quite fast and that the whiteness fades quickly enough for neither of these to be an issue. I’d probably avoid it if you’re taking photos though since it would likely cause the dreaded sunscreen glare in pictures.
It covers your UVA and UVB bases, and apparently the golden kiwi extract has some sort of antioxidant properties. It definitely smells vaguely kiwi-ish and the smell sticks around (I don’t mind it).
It’s good value for such a high SPF - I don’t think it was more than about $10. I’ll keep using it on high sun exposure days, but might look for something a bit lighter (in both texture and SPF) for everyday wear.
Tony Tint Cat Chu Wink
Who names these things? Whatever, it’s all part of the charm.
I got this to replace my beloved The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain which I’m almost finished (and is probably far too old to be hygienic anyway). This…is a bit different. Less of a tint (which is what my old one from The Body Shop is), and more an intense stain. If you put this on your lips, they will be red. It would make a great primer pre-red lippie, but I use my current stain to add some colour to my naturally quite pale lips in a subdued way (I can then just pop on some lip balm). There is nothing subdued about this.
So yes, this will have its uses. Just not what I bought it for.
Aside: this sets super quickly and is hard to get off. God help you if you ever try to apply this to your cheeks.
Daiso Face Masks
I bought a few different kinds of these masks and can’t really tell them apart. You put the fabric mask thingy on your face, wait a while. Take it off and then pat in whatever product is left over. I don’t notice any major difference in my skin using them (maybe more plump? Who knows) but they’re a nice ritual.
Daiso Nose Pack
Again, kind of a cult following going around for this, and to be honest, this one baffles me. I used to use peel off masks back in high school and to me this is like a fairly crap version of one of those. It’s a creamy gluey texture which you apply to your nose, wait for it to dry, then peel off.
Supposedly it pulls out the blackheads and pore congestion with it. Meh. Not so much. You’d be better off spending the ten minutes you wait for this to dry doing extractions.
Tiger Balm Medicated Plaster
First thing’s first - these are not for your face. I discovered these in Italy, of all places after a beach massage on my feet and legs. They were killing me after walking for a full day in flat sandals (foot pain is worth it for not looking like a tourist in Rome). The masseuse stuck two of these on the tops of my feet afterwards and told me to leave them on for a few hours. They felt lovely and menthol-ey (to the point my friends were asking what the smell was, so keep that in mind). I picked up a box on my way back through Bangkok airport and will use them on sore muscles from the comfort of my own home. Where no one can complain that I’m stinking up the joint.
*Hello? I was all over BB cream back when it was pretty much just Dr. Jart+. And coconut oil? Please, I’ve been all up in that for years.
**I just had another look. There’s definitely a lot more out there now so you’re in luck!
***Alright that sounds disgusting. You know what I mean.