My AM/PM Korean Skincare Routine

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Hello everybody! Today I have a quick post for you about how I’ve adopted a new skincare routine. I have been experimenting with products since the beginning of this year, and I think I’ve finally figured out the combination that works best for me. I have sensitive combination skin with an oily T-zone and dry patches on my temples and jaw. I also have some redness and hyperpigmentation due to eczema and acne around my jawline, mouth, and eyes. Lastly, I’m extremely prone to hormonal breakouts and closed comedones. As you can see, I needed a skincare regime that is gentle, moisturizing, won’t trigger breakouts/eczema flare-ups, and will lighten the discoloured areas. So far this routine has worked out great, and my skin is super happy! So read on if you’re interested in learning a little bit about Korean skincare!

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Manicure Monday and 31 Day Challenge Mashup: Day 29 (Supernatural)

Today’s challenge is Supernatural, which gives me an excellent excuse to paint glitter on my nails and draw unicorns.

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Nail Polishes and Materials Used:

  • Pink – Innisfree #116
  • Purple – China Glaze Sweet Hook
  • Topcoat – Essence Absolute Pure
  • White acrylic ink

Yaaaay unicorns! This manicure is pretty simple – I used Sweet Hook in a gradient over 2 coats of #116, then smoothed it out with some topcoat. I then used my calligraphy pen to draw the unicorn and the sparkle shapes. I think I might add some glitter later, because unicorns absolutely require glitter.

Thanks for reading!

❤ Chelsea

31 Day Challenge: Day 24 (Inspired by a Book)

Today’s challenge is Inspired by a Book. 

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Nail Polishes and Materials Used:

  • Purple – Kit Spring Awakening
  • Hot Pink – Kit First Kiss
  • Pastel Pink – Innisfree #116
  • Topcoat – Essence Absolute Pure
  • Pink AB jelly resin rhinestones and gold studs

I decided to make some cute, cheerful spring nails inspired by Flower Fairies of the Spring by Cicely Mary Barker. I loved the Flower Fairies books growing up! They were filled with beautiful illustrations of fairies and gardens, and some of them had cute stories.

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Thanks for reading!

❤ Chelsea

31 Day Challenge: Day 20 (Water Marble)

Today’s challenge is Water Marble.

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Nail Polishes and Materials Used:

  • PurpleOPI Purple With A Purpose
  • Hot Pink – Kit First Kiss
  • Peachy Pink – Zoya Happi
  • Pastel Pink – Innisfree #116
  • Holo Glitter – Wet ‘n’ Wild Kaleidoscope
  • Topcoat – Essence Absolute Pure

As you can see, these are not truly water marbled nails. You have nooo idea how hard I tried to get the stupid marbling to work properly. I think my polishes just don’t play nice with water…I tried lots of combinations and brands but to no avail. So I gave up and painted some faux water marble stripes with a fine brush. I used a base coat of Purple With A Purpose, then painted stripes with Happi, First Kiss, and #116. I topped off the stripes with Kaleidoscope for some extra glitter.

Thanks for reading!

❤ Chelsea

Swatches: Innisfree Eco Nail Colour in #85 and #116

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Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you guys a review of some polishes from Innisfree’s Eco Nail Colour line. Innisfree is a Korean cosmetics company that focuses on using natural, environmentally-friendly ingredients in its skincare and makeup products. As such, their nail polishes are big 3-free, meaning that they don’t contain phthalates, toluene, or formaldehyde.  They have a wide range of polish colours, mostly in pastel hues, and tons of cute glitters to choose from.

I’ll be reviewing two shades: #85 Raspberry Yogurt from the Yogurt collection and #116 from the Macaron collection. #85 Raspberry Yogurt is a warm-toned pink, milky jelly with multi-size pink and purple hex glitter. #116 is a simple pastel pink creme with a slightly cool undertone.

Packaging: 8/10

Left: #118 Raspberry Yogurt. Right: #116

Left: #118 Raspberry Yogurt. Right: #116

The polishes come in stubby 10 mL bottles. The lids are matte white and feel sturdy. The brushes are short, but they actually reach the bottom of the bottle so you don’t need to tilt the bottle awkwardly when the polish is running out. However, the short length made it a little awkward for me to apply polish neatly. Sadly, one of my brushes had some bent bristles in it, which left a little streak on the nail. Lastly, the glitter polish doesn’t contain a mixing ball even though the creme does. I’ll never understand this logic, haha.

Formula: 10/10

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2 coats each of #85 Raspberry Yogurt and #116.

As you can see, the swatches are a bit more bright and saturated-looking than the bottle colour, but the difference isn’t too extreme.

Firstly, these are big-3 free! The smell isn’t strong either, and dissipates quickly. Application was a breeze. #116 was thick but smooth and went on without streaks or bubbles. It was nearly opaque in 1 coat, which is great for a pastel pink. #85 was surprisingly liquid for a dense glitter polish, but it wasn’t too runny. It applied without streaking or bubbling as well, and the glitter actually went on quite evenly. Lastly, the drying time was pretty good on both polishes. #85 dried a little bit more slowly than #116.

Value: 8/10

I paid $5 and $6.50 CAD for #116 and #85 respectively. I think that for the quality and amount of polish I got, the prices are ok – about the same as China Glaze and the cheaper OPI (in terms of $ per mL). I’ve paid more for polish and gotten lesser quality, so I think these are a good value even though they’re slightly expensive. However, you can get them for about $2.50 (!) from Korea Depart if you’re willing to buy a lot of stuff to offset the shipping costs. So I’m giving them a high score for value.

Overall Impression: 9/10

  • Pros: Big-3 free, excellent formula, not too strong-smelling
  • Cons:  Slightly clumsy brush, slightly expensive

Here’s a few places where you can pick up some Innisfree polish for yourself! If you find any other shops, let me know.

2plus1: http://stores.ebay.ca/f2plus1
Ruby Ruby Shop: http://stores.ebay.ca/rubyrubyshop
Jessie Market: http://stores.ebay.ca/jessiemarket
Korea Depart: http://en.koreadepart.com/
Myra Korean Style: http://www.myrakoreanstyle.com

Thanks for reading!

❤  Chelsea