4/16/2014

Innisfree Green Tea Fresh, Balancing, and Moisture Lines 2014 Renewal


Hey guys!
Back in February I fell in love with Innisfree's Green Tea Pure Sleeping Pack so you can imagine how stoked I was to see that they were coming out with more options in their Green Tea lines for different skin types! I haven't seen anyone else post about these yet so I hope you'll find this informative (though to be honest there isn't much information about the lines right now in English).

Last year, Innisfree made available the Green Tea Pure line and the Green Tea Seed line. In my opinion, the Seed line is the heaviest and most suitable for dry skin. The Pure line is also a moisturizing line, but it is more of a gel texture than the Seed line.


Cue 2014--Innisfree has rolled out the Green Tea Fresh line for normal/combination skin and the Green Tea Balancing line for oily skin. Additionally, they renamed the Pure line to Moisture.


Each lineup now boasts an essence, "skin" (lotion), and a moisturizing cream for each skin type. You can mix and match if you need to, plus there are still many of the other Green Tea Seed & Pure items available to use in combination.


According to Innisfree's latest CF, the Jeju Green Tea they use in the products are steam-pressed an hour after harvest, rather than being dried and boiled like regular green tea. I wonder if this also contributes to the scent of the products? The company has also stated that they will sell products within 3 months of manufacture to guarantee freshness.

You can check out an their English subtitled CF below.



I absolutely couldn't resist trying the new lines out first, so I ordered a few of them from RoseRoseShop. So far I do believe the Balancing cream really does help with sebum control compared to the original, as I can see a difference how much oil it absorbs versus the original, yet it's still very soft and hydrating. The Fresh essence is nice but I am not sure it does anything other than smell good and hydrate (it's more like a gel-lotion than a liquid). The Balancing skin seems like a good product for those who may not want to go as far as a cream moisturizer with oily skin.

I will do full reviews of these soon, promise!

If that wasn't enough info for you, here's a Korean info-graphic for you:

Click to Zoom --more Green Tea family info

Review: TonyMoly Kiss Kiss Lip Scrub


Mwah mwah mwah (those are kisses), hey guys!
I have two quick reviews for you today starting with Tonymoly's Kiss Kiss Lip Scrub.

You can get yours from Honest Skin for $7.00.

If you use my discount code A5L1J8R6LK you can get 5% off your order until the end of 2014!


Inner barrier 

There was enough product on the inner lid alone for one use

Scrubby bits that look and feel like Saint Ives

(Warning: nasty dry lips pics)

 Bare crackly lips...ew...

 With scrub

After wash off!

Pros:
  • Adds moisture to lips
  • Takes off most dead skin
  • Leaves lips bright and soft
  • Smells good
  • Not too abrasive
Cons:
  • Small product amount
  • Did not get off all dead skin
Review:
Tonymoly Kiss Kiss Scrub comes in a small lip balm sized container. Surprisingly, not much product is needed so the size isn't too concerning. The thick cream inside has tiny scrubby bits in it, and it smells like peach or apricot (I can't tell). It reminds me a lot of St. Ive's Apricot Scrub because of the smell and the texture, though I think the grains are smaller.

I saved the review pics for a day when I had ultra dry lips (ramen + soda in winter the night before = headache and dry lips the next morning). My lips were literally peeling in some spots so I had to get all that dead skin off. Normally I use a wet wash cloth and that's it. This scrub was a much more comfortable way to achieve near the same results because it contains macadamia and jojoba oil to moisturize at the same time.  I would've liked this to be a bit more emollient, but I appreciate that it's not greasy feeling.

There was one little scale of dead skin left near the inside of my lip when I was done, but that might've been my fault because I'm always afraid of pulling my lip ring. This is a pretty simple review because I like the smell, I like the product, and there isn't much bad to say about it. :)

Rating: 4.75/5 would buy again 

This product was sent to me for review purposes from Honest Skin. As with all my posts, this is my genuine, unbiased opinion.

Sunshine Award

My friend Laven over at Berries in the Snow nominated me for this award so I figured I'd do it since this is the first time. :) Thanks again doll!



 Here are the rules:
1.  Post a picture of the Sunshine Award
2.  Post 11 random facts about yourself
3.  Answer 11 questions from the nominating blogger
4.  Link back to the blogger who nominated you
5.  Nominate 11 wonderful blogger, that you feel bring sunshine to the blogging world. (Be sure to notify them)
6. Write 11 questions for your nominated blogger

♥ My 11 Facts ♥

1. I love eating fried milkfish and rice with lots of white vinegar. 

2. When I was little my family called me a fish because I never wanted to get out of the water (pool, beach, bath, etc.). 


3. I like to bake things for other people that I don't necessarily like or want to eat. I just do it for the challenge sometimes.

4. I hate raspberries and red peppers. Hate.

5. I get super annoyed by people humming. I don't know why it drives me nuts, especially if I don't know the song.

6. I hate wearing socks in the house and I always stick my feet out from under the blanket.

7. I prefer being cold...I also fall asleep better when I'm freezing.

8. My current man-crush is Lee Hyun Jae (the drummer Do Il from Shut Up Flower Boy Band).

9. I have pet names for all my favorite kpop women lol. My Wife Hyuna, Goddess Nana, (Ice) Queen Jessica, etc.

10. I'm currently watching My Love from the Stars; Shut Up Flower Boy Band; Rich Man, Poor Woman; and I'd like to keep watching Love in Tokyo too haha. I started 2 of them more than 7 or 8 months ago and I still haven't gotten around to finishing them. The only shows I watch regularly are Once Upon a Time and SHIELD, even though I hate that show and I think it's really predictable.

11. My favorite bottled waters are Fiji, Evian, and Icelandic Glacial...

Laven's questions for me:

1. What is your Must-have beauty product? For me, skincare is more important than beauty products because without a good canvas makeup can only take you so far. If I had to choose one item, it'd be Estee Lauder's Double Wear Zero Smudge Waterproof Eyeliner. 

2. What do you prefer: reading a book or listening to audio book? Reading. I have never been able to pay attention to an audio book because it frees my mind up to do other things and think about other things.
3. What made you laugh today? 

A picture of me shopping for Korean makeup...because I'm an asshole hahahaha.

4. Potato-Chips or chocolate? Oh my god this is the worst question ever. I love chips, but chocolate is so good too! I would probably choose chocolate though because I gravitate towards corn/tortilla chips over potato chips.
5. Your favourite spring color? Lavender and mint green! I love pastels.
6. You prefer watching a DVD/Bluray or going to the cinema? I love going to movies, even though nowadays it seems like people have no manners at all. I still love midnight releases.
7. Are there any items you are potentially hoarding? Have you seen my Korean sample and skincare/makeup collection? :P My lip game is insane. I'm pretty sure I have a lip of the day for at least 2.5-3 months.
8. What is your weakness? I can't say no to yummy desserts...
9. Your favourite ice cream? Either apple pie ice cream from Baskin Robbins or Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie from Ben and Jerry's. Oh, I like P.O.G. sorbet and green tea ice cream or mango sorbet and green tea ice cream. It's a match made in heaven like peanut butter & jelly, except better.
10. Tea or coffee? Black or green teas. I don't drink coffee and I hate fruit teas.
11. Do you prefer BB creams or CC creams or foundation? BB Cream. I still haven't found a CC cream that works well alone per se.

I think most of my friends won't do this, lol so I am nominating anyone who reads this post

Questions for you:
  1. What is your guilty pleasure that you wouldn't otherwise admit to anyone?
  2. If you were an animal, what would you be?
  3. What's your current ringtone?
  4. Love or money--choose one.
  5. Who is your favorite villain?
  6. If you could invent any beauty product (as magical as you wish lol), what would it be?
  7. If you could visit anywhere (fictional or real), where would you go?
  8. What's your favorite book?
  9. If you could change one thing about your appearance, what would it be?
  10. What brand do you wish you liked more?
  11. What is the worst skincare or makeup product you've ever tried and why?