As an Asian beauty enthusiast, I am always up for trying unorthodox ingredients. (Unorthodox, at least, for my corner of the world.) A cream that features straight animal fat as a star ingredient is certainly something I’ve not tried before. My skin, though fundamentally normal in its sebum production, does tend to lean on the drier side which has resulted in my affection for richer, heavier creams. Products like the Benton Steam Cream are touted as being some of the heaviest creams out there, but I haven’t found them to be all that rich. Enter the horse oil cream. My dry-leaning skin, combined with my first experience of tret-face this year, meant I was looking for a seriously beefy (haha) cream to nourish and maintain that all-important moisture barrier.
People are really, really dispassionate about their oral care. That much becomes painfully clear every time I go in search of fun stuff to clean my teeth with. Everything is designed to be as clinical and high-performance as possible, and almost nothing aimed at adults is marketed as being luxurious, enjoyable, or even just fun. Why does the process of taking care of my teeth have to be soulless?
Finding interesting flavors of toothpaste and mouthwash is not the most terrible thing the world. Looking for stuff marketed specifically towards kids is the easiest way to find things, though there are some brands that market interesting flavors towards adults as well. Most toothbrushes suffer from what I like to call the “sport shoe aesthetic“, making it almost impossible to find a functioning product that doesn’t scream “I’m a high-powered science-y stick full of science-y performance! Look at my grippy nubs and tacky colors!!!”
Finding floss that isn’t just the standard mint is also on the same level of difficulty. I finally managed to come across this Cranberry flavored vegan floss made by Radius. Cranberry sounded much more appealing than the cupcake- or bacon-flavored gag gifts I’ve seen around, so I jumped at the chance to try this floss.
For my next round of Sixteen92 scents, I picked up everything that was released for the 2017 Anniversary weekend. There are seven scents to review here, so let’s get to it.
To continue my first toe-dip into the fragranced waters of Sixteen92, I also ordered samples of last year’s full summer collection. One of the scents, Bruise Violet, was promoted to the permanent collection, while the rest were brought back as re-releases this year.
For my review of the 2017 summer collection, see this post. My review of the 2017 Anniversary Collection is coming soon, I’m just waiting on my bottle of The Cocktail Party to arrive so I can finish that one up.
I have a deep burning desire to have a collection of products that disguise themselves very cleverly as an adorable bowl of fruit. Unfortunately this dream of mine is slightly unraveling as I discover that the creams inside those fantastic fruity packages are not quite what I had hoped for.
Very soon after trying the Tony Moly Peach hand cream, I of course had to add the Tangerine version to my collection. It definitely fulfilled certain expectations, and much like it’s sister product it also failed in some other expectations.
This is another entry in my love of things that look like other things. I’m not usually one to go for overly cute or gimmicky packaging, but I cannot resist the fruit-shaped allure of Tony Moly hand creams.
When I discovered Asian beauty, there was an entire world of trends that were completely alien to me as a consumer in the West. One of these was the cushion foundation. The terminology was totally new to me at the time, and it took me a while to actually figure out what a ‘cushion’ was in the beauty product sense. It’s a light, liquid foundation that comes suspended within a sponge inside a compact. You dispense the product by pressing down on the sponge with a puff applicator and then pat the product into your skin. The benefits are that they can achieve good coverage with a very even, sheer application, leaving a fresh and often dewy finish.
I was extremely interested in trying this novel method of makeup application, though a lot of the hype about cushions has come down since I first heard about them. After some research, I decided on the IOPE Air Cushion to be my first cushion experience as it is extremely well reviewed.