Most outstanding and utterly superb Cosmetics of 2014

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2014 has been an exciting year and  filled with new Cosmetic discoveries from around the world.
I also feel that  experimenting with Asian brands and products in 2013 gave me a good base of judgement to be able to review and present to you the products I have tested this year. After using some duds, some life changers, but mostly solid quality products I thought I would present to you my favorites of 2014. Because why settle for the mediocre if there are miracle products around!


Feeling Vampiric with Tonymolys tint
Best Lip Tint:
Tonymoly Kiss Lover Live Tint in Vampire red
I have tried a lot of lip tints by now but Tonymoly has wowed me with their amazing staying power and pretty shades. I recommend any of the Cats Wink line but this shade is my absolute favorite.

I like this lipstick so much I used it as my blog header!
Best Lipstick
Heng Fang Balm Lipstick in Burgundy #2
I haven't had good luck this year in terms of Lipstick. The ones I tried were quite mediocre and not very memorable. This one is unforgettable though! With its cheap price it impressed me with the most amazing Burgundy shade I have ever worn. It made me feel instantly great while being very comfortable to wear.

Best Eyeshadow
Etude House Look at my Eyes Cafe
I have to admit that I did not use many Korean eyeshadows so far. My favorite was this collection by Etude House since they are very smooth and have lovely pigmentation. They have less fallout than most shadows and are superior to my Mac pots.

Blueberry Pie cheeks
Best blush
Etude House Cookie Blusher in Blueberry Pie
An adorable blusher that gives a very multi use shade. The lovely quality together with the low price makes me want to try the entire palette.

It looks so natural Johnny Clyde didn't notice he was wearing CC Cream!

Best Foundation product
Welcos Zombie CC Cream
This stuff is amazing! It convinced my super critical Mother, which says a lot. I can use it in so many ways that I usually skip my concealer and powder.

Best Powder
Catswink  Powder Pact
One of the most adorable products in my stash, it is also the nicest powder I have ever used.
With my dry scaly skin, powders are usually a no no, but this little cutie has enough coverage to hide pores and evens out my skin tone giving me a very doll like complexion without making my face look dry or enhance any flakes. This is better than many high end powders I have tried, great buy indeed!


Best Cleanser
Missha Super Aqua Oxygen Micro Cleanser
This stuff is magic! I don't really like foam cleansers but the perfect PH together with the fun application method makes this very fun to use. The fact that it cleanses really well is also a plus!

Best Cleansing Oil
Klairs Black Deep Cleansing Oil
I am not a huge fan of cleansing oils so I usually just experiment with samples and see if they are any different. Honestly most of them are pretty similar and underwhelming. Klairs cleansing oil, in the other hand, feels very nice on the face yet it has better cleansing powers than other oils I have tried. The ability to loosen more sebaceous filaments than others is a big plus as well.

Best Toner

Dear Enprany Moistfull Booskin
The only toner that actually made a difference to my skin. It is wonderfully hydrating and everything I expected from Hada Labos Lotion but didn't get.

Best Emulsion
Nature Republic Snail Therapy Emulsion
The first emulsion I have tried that really makes a difference. It adds both hydration and moisture to your routine while being light yet powerful. Besides the snail super powers it also smooths out scaly skin very well.

Chosungah Wonder Milk
This is a mystery product that definitely verges on the miraculous. It is a true multi function product. Depending on your preference and skin type you can use it as a toner, lotion, emulsion or even your moisturiser. I use it instead of my emulsion and it is so good that I could even skip my cream. I never was able to skip my cream before since my skin is sooo dry. How Wonder Milk is able to do so is a mystery to me but it is one of my favorite products I have tried this year.

Best Acid
Pharmaceris Mandelic Acid
I have tried both the 5% and the 10% version of this product and they are both amazing.
This cheap Polish find is by far the best acid I have used yet. After experimenting with Asian, American and European acids, this one simply has it all.
I recommend this to people who are sensitive to acids and people of color.
It is much milder than most acids, something that also reduces the risk of getting Hyper-pigmentation for people with darker skin tones. Since it is like a mix of an AHA and BHA it often gives more results to people who didn't see good results with other acids.

Best Active
C20 Vitamin C Serum
You might have heard a lot of hype surrounding this. I am the first one to be very critical as soon as a product starts getting very popular, but this serum does not disappoint. It is truly amazing and I can not believe that it actually helped diminish some fine lines. Detailed review coming soon!

The adorableness!

Best Sleeping Pack
Too Cool for School Pumpkin Sleeping pack
I haven't found my HG sleeping pack yet but this one has been the best so far. It feels very nice and leaves my skin velvety soft.

Best Sunscreen
Biore Rich Watery Mousse
This stuff is the bees knees, the cherry on the cake, the cat's pyjamas. Yep that good! All you sunscreen haters need to try this out. It changed my view on sunscreen and now I can't go without.

The hand cream is a little more relaxed than this excited Kakapo
 Best Hand Cream
Etude House Kakapo Hand Cream
This might not be the best hand cream ever made but it smells absolutely delightful and feels great when applied to your hands. I am incredibly sad how difficult it is to find since I need more!

Best Hair Product
Boutique Bebe Concentrate Vita Nutritive Mist
I  received this in a Memebox and thought it looked pretty boring. One of those days that I had super frizzy and coarse hair I decided to give it a try and sprayed the heck out of it onto my hair. To my astonishment my hair was silky smooth the next day without removing my curls. No product I have ever used has been able to achieve such a feat. I am only sad because the bottle is so small for all my hair.

My skin after 3 weeks of using Ladykins Vanpir cream

Best of the Bestest Best
Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Cream
Wow, no seriously. WOW
This stuff is so good I can't even rave enough about it. Since I published my review on this product I just have fallen in love with this even more! After the review I started testing other products which simply didn't live up to it. Due to some health issues I also had a minor breakout on one part of my face which meant that I had to cut out everything out of my routine in the middle of Winter. For me that is a skin death sentence. Yet my precious Vanpir cream has managed to keep my skin soft, supple and moist even without using any other products besides a cleanser and an acid. Yeah that is a feat!
I am almost out and I dread the day it is finished since I am on a shopping ban until I finish all my other moisturizers.

Yep that is exactly how excited I am about my precious Vanpir!

What are the products that you have fallen in love with this year? 
If you would hold a best skincare award ceremony which products would win?

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Woeful Windsday

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Woeful Windsday

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Krampus is a mythical creature recognized in Alpine countries. According to legend, Krampus accompanies Saint Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children. When the Krampus finds a particularly naughty child, it stuffs the child in its sack and carries the frightened child away to its lair, presumably to devour for its Christmas dinner.

Happy Holidays to everyone that has something to celebrate!

A little music to get you into the spirit of gloomy weather and cozy candles.

Etude House My Castle Hand Cream in Sweet Cookie review

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Etude House My Castle Hand Cream in Sweet Cookie (30ml)
SWEET COOKIE - This is a most sweet and happy "Sweet Cookie Castle" hand cream with sweet vanilla fragrance.
Apply frequently whenever hands feel dry.

When these creams popped up during my usual skin care searches I squealed so loud I scared the neighbors!
I absolutely love Korean hand creams and have amassed quite a lot, which I am using up so fast that I am always on the look out for more. Both me and my husband use hand creams several times a day and are quite particular about our creams. I prefer tubes since they are much more practical.
So my selections at the moment only fit under two categories: Good hand cream in a tube or good hand cream with a packaging that is so adorable it is worth the hassle of sticking my fingers in the jar only to reuse the packaging later.
Being a big fan of anything pastel, cute and fairy tale inspired I had to get this castle cream right away!

The castle is smaller and daintier than I expected, there is still a good amount of cream in the jar.
The inside is shaped in a way that you can get to the cream easily unlike some other whimsical shapes I have tried.
The print on the outside is stuck on so it is not waterproof, I hope it still stands the rough handling of the husband and doesn’t get shabby too fast.
This is something I only think about since I want to keep this castle for ever and ever!

The smell is amazing!
It reminds me of coconut pudding with a touch of rum.
Sweet and milky (Johnny says like Dandelion milk) but not overpowering at all.
I am glad Etude House has been calming down with the strong hand cream scents.
It takes a while to fade but is only noticeable when you smell your hand after the first 3 minutes of application.
The cream is smooth and buttery.
Thicker than expected but not too thick.
It is more buttery than the Kakapo cream but still sinks in relatively fast without leaving any residue.

I think it is meant as a cold weather cream and does its job as such.
Not the most hydrating hand cream I have ever used but definitely one of the richer ones.
All in all I really like this cream.
It is definitely not my favorite hand cream of all time but if there wouldn’t be so many I want to test I would buy it again.
Ok, I lie. I will probably get some more since they are so freaking cute, I mean to try the other scents of course.

Ingredients: Here
Ph: 5

Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooh

Purchased at Roseroseshop
Available on Ebay

Skinfood Miracle Food 10 Solutions Cream review

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Skinfood Miracle Food 10 Solutions Cream (50gr)
Alleviate ten different skin concerns with a single formula. This nutritive cream features the extracts of ten miracle foods to treat and restore skin. SKINFOOD''s PHYTO MIRACLE™ extraction process yields maximum extract efficiency, while SUBMICRON™ Technology ensures maximum skin cell penetration for comprehensive, total skincare.

Skinfood Miracle Food 10 Solutions Cream review

A little while ago the lovely lady behind W2Beauty sent me this gorgeous cream to test.
I picked it out since after the initial attraction to the amazing packaging I was intrigued by the miracle claims and all the wonderful ingredients it contains.
I am very happy that I got the opportunity to test this (Thank you Alice!) since it has quickly become a favorite Winter cream of mine.

The jar is super sturdy and fancy looking.
It is made out of thick glass that was tinted in metallic blue ombre shades.

Skinfood Miracle Food 10 Solutions Cream review

The jar looks mid to high end with its engraved lid and pretty design.
The only thing that is part of the glass is the front label which is paper.
The box is super pretty too and comes with Korean text only until you open it up.
Inside there is information about the cream in English.
Unfortunately there is no English ingredients list.
All in all this packaging is fancy schmanzy and makes me feel special.

Skinfood Miracle Food 10 Solutions Cream review

The texture of the cream is very smooth and buttery, it is on the thicker side but feels quite watery when applied to the skin.
It doesn’t become watery like some other creams do, but seems to have a nice balance between hydration and oils.
It feels refreshing when applied and soothing at the same time.
My dry skin welcomes that feeling very much especially after spending the day in the windy coldness that is the outside.
The scent is very faint and hard to pinpoint, it reminds me of summer but I am sure no one would agree with me.

Skinfood Miracle Food 10 Solutions Cream review

I use this cream day and night and it works wonderfully both underneath foundation and on top of an extensive routine.
The cream does not sink in super fast but it doesn’t leave a sticky feeling either.
It seems to be one of those creams which leave a light protective film on the skin.
I welcome this during this time of the year since the weather absolutely destroys my face.

Skinfood Miracle Food 10 Solutions Cream swatch

During the day it manages to keep my face protected (even with a lighter routine) and during the night it works as a wonderful occlusive sealing in all that goodness I applied before.
My skin is smooth and velvety when I use this.
It manages to keep my flakes at bay while giving me a good moist skin feeling.
I definitely noticed how my face has been much better during the colder season than last year and I mainly have this cream to thank.
I feel like it is a great night cream for any skin type and good moisturizer for normal to dry types. Skinfood has not disappointed once again.

Ingredients: Here
PH:  5.5

One of my favorite creams I have tried so far. Definitely recommend it.
Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooh

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Woeful Windsday

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"Morticia trims the Addams Family tree with delightfully dark baubles" by Charles  Addams.

Yule Extravaganza: Moi's Merry Skincare Gift Selections

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As mentioned in this post Sam from Colorcrrush and I thought that we would make special Asian Cosmetics gift guides for our readers.
I ended up writing a rather long post focused on skincare trying to cover any gift giving aspect and preference I could think of.
Head over to Colorcrussh to see the whole post.

Have you already gotten all of your Christmas gifts?
Some of mine are still in the mail, lets hope they don't get lost!

Woeful Windsdays

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Konstantin Ivanov's original sketch for the set of The Nutcracker (1892)

The Nutcracker original 1892 production

Yule extravaganza: Sam's Christmas Asian Beauty ideas

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Dear readers of Moi Sanom's Blog!

I have the honor to be writing a guest post on this lovely blog today, nice to meet you everyone! My name is Sam and I am writing over at We both are big fans of Asian skincare which is also the reason how we met in the depths of the World Wide Web. Since Christmas is rolling around the corner, we wanted to give you some sparkly special content and I hope you'll like what we came up with.

We decided to collect some ideas for Asian beauty related Christmas ideas! I actually wanted to post this last Sunday on the 1st advent but life happened and got between me and my posting routine. My boyfriend's older brother's son was born on Wednesday! Family has a new member when I return next year, as I am living abroad in Korea at the moment. :) So I apologize for the delay - please imagine a cozy Sunday 1st advent evening when reading this post and make yourself a hot cup of tea/coffee/cocoa of your choice. (On a related note, we had our first snow in Seoul this week!)

Me and Moi Sanom noticed that a lot of our readers in the last weeks were really curious about possible Christmas ideas for our beloved moms/sisters/cousins so here I present you.... Asian beauty related Christmas ideas for every budget! :) It's a mix of very affordable items such as Etude House, more fancy ones such as Laneige and quite expensive special ones from Stila. Enjoy! 

Some of the things here I am eyeing myself... I am still debating whether to get the Laneige Sparkling Party set or not. I should probably save some money.. but then again, it's only Christmas once a year, right? Most items can be found either on Wishtrend or Jolse - only a few I did find on Gmarket but I tried to limit those so that you are actually able to get the stuff in case something caught your eye :)

Happy shopping everyone and don't forget your loved ones this month! Thank you Moi Sanom for doing this collaboration and I hope to do even more interesting things together in the future!



Woeful Windsdays

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Conrad Veidt in Das Indische Grabmal (1921), directed by Joe May

How to combat Dull and Dry skin

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I have dry skin. Not just dry but super duper dry.
And dull skin is my nemesis! My kryptonite even.
I have been fighting it for years, and adding glitters and sparkles to my skin is a no no for me.
I like matte skin! I like everything matte, I might even be obsessed with matte.
But dull does not equal matte! Mattifying my dull dry skin simply looks ridiculous!
There is two goals I have that drive me to experiment with skin care, besides the fact that it is fun of course. Make my skin so moist it stops hurting and get glowy beautiful healthy looking skin that isn’t shiny.
After switching around my routine non stop for a few years I have picked up a few tricks and tips and I have finally achieved the healthy glow I was looking for.

My goal is getting hair and skin as glowy as theirs, OK, maybe a little less...
Fermented products are magic in a bottle
I know that taking fermented products and probiotics orally has already been proven to be incredibly healthy and important to our bodies.
I know that there is not so many studies done on these types of products applied topically, but there is no denying that it has positive effects on the skin.
There is a large variety of products containing fermentations in Asian skin care, something for everyone even! I personally prefer toners and booster since they have a high concentration of the magic ingredient and don’t clog up my routine.
They are usually water like substances that seem to have no effect, until you notice that your skin is surprisingly fresh and glowy. I have seen it happen even though I was a skeptic and I was very sad when I ran out of fermented products in my routine!

My favorite is Iope Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning but the Mcgirly line from Too Cool For School is also excellent!
Fermentation is like natural highlighter in a bottle!

Regular exfoliation
Hydroxy acids are miracle workers for so many reasons.
One of them is keeping dead skin cells, aka dullifiers, away without having to scrub around your skin and possibly irritate it.

Try Mandelic acid for sensitive skin or skin that hasn't responded to other acids.
For anyone else Papa Recipe has an excellent AHA and Cosrx has some very gentle BHA products.

Summer 2013, just moved to Germany and had very few products. My skin was dry and dull
Summer 2013, just moved to Germany and had very few products. My skin was dry and dull
Respect your moisture barrier
Oh PH, why are you so elusive and complicated?
Here are two wonderful articles talking about PH and the Moisture Barrier.
The jist is this, if you treat it well and keep it intact your skin will feel and look better.
It will stay more hydrated since your skin will be less prone to dehydration and your acne will very likely be kept at bay.
Respect the moisture barrier and be rewarded with gorgeousness and glow!
Cleaner. CLEANER!
Cleanse well and smart
Thoroughly clean skin is a must for a healthy and glowy face!
Dirt not only clogs your pores and can contribute to spots and blackheads, but it can also stop all your wonderful products from penetrating to your skin.
As mentioned in the previous point, the moisture barrier needs to be intact, so harsh and stripping products with a high PH are out of question.
Since it is hard to find a foaming cleanser with the right PH, gels, oils, creams and lotions are often a safer bet.
If you use a lot of makeup, oils and creams are the easiest way to thoroughly cleanse it away.

Misshas Micro Visible Deep Cleanser is a foaming cleanser with the right PH, CNP Cleansing Perfecta is a great gel cleanser and Etude House Happy Tea Time Cream Cleanser is also lovely. Oils are also a great way to cleanse while keeping your PH well balanced and my favorite is Klairs Gentle Cleansing Oil.

Facial oils are a godsend
Dear facial oils, I love you so!
I dabbled in oils before, but never realized that sometimes cosmetics are better than things you find in your kitchen. I noticed that well formulated mixtures of different oils can be superior to just applying Olive, Coconut, Almond and company to your face. One of the steps that creates the biggest difference for me is mixing oils with hydration!
Which brings me to the next point:

Try Iope Essential Facial oil for normal to dry skin or The Saem Harakeke Seed Oil (aka Salem House Cat seed oil according to Johnny) for normal to oily skin.

They are just trying to prevent dehydrated skin, Wendy!

Hydrate until you are water or become one with the wetness!
You need hydration and lots of it!
Drinking a ton of water isn’t enough unfortunately since the water you drink can’t reach your Epidermis.
Hydrating super products need to be applied topically to get the full effects.
If you have dry skin but after using the thickest and richest of creams you still haven’t noticed an improvement, try hard core hydrating gels instead.
There is no way you can have glowy skin when it is dehydrated.
Besides, it doesn’t feel good either.

Try Mizon Twilight Volume Cream, Iope Essential Relief Cream or Hada Labos Lotion or Perfect Gel.

1 year ago. Fancy hair and no makeup, accessorized by some dull skin
1 year ago. Fancy hair and no makeup, accessorized by some dull skin

Always always moisturize
Having oily skin is unfortunately not a healthy glow.
But oily skin isn’t an excuse for not needing to moisturize either.
Just because your skin doesn’t feel dry or look dry, doesn’t mean it won't need it.
It is just like not giving a flower water because it doesn’t look like it is dying of dryness.
If a product you have used makes you more oily than before it is the wrong product!
There is something out there for everyone and when you find the right one your skin will look better, not worse. Also there is this little phenomenon of dehydrated undernourished skin that produces more sebum than usual since it is trying to make up for the lack of it. This is not a myth, I have seen it!
Gel like creams are great for oily and combo skins, some recommendations can be see under Hydrating gels above.

My favorite moisturizer is Ladykin’s Vanpir Cream, it is suitable for any skin type. Skinfoods Miracle Food 10 Solution Cream is a great occlusive and night cream for any skin type. It has done wonders to my winter skin recently, both day and night.

They are fantastic!
Be it wash off or sleeping packs, be they for clarifying or hydrating, anything goes.
Make sure that they don’t strip your skin off moisture even if the don’t contribute to it.
Masks are fantastic to give your skin that extra boost it needs every once in a while.
There is a large variety in the market for every skin type and concern.

My favorites are:
Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask to cleanse and clarify your skin without drying it out or Too Cool For School Pumpkin Sleeping Mask for a boost of hydration and glow.

Not that kind of mask, but I couldn't resit putting gorgeous Wesley here

Omega 3
I have been reading up on supplements a lot recently. I was always a believer of getting our nutrients through diet, but sometimes that is not as easy as it sounds.
I am currently married to a fish hater, and to be honest eating fish alone is a challenge.
Especially living in Berlin where fresh fish is rare and expensive.
Good oils are beneficial in so many ways, and I am clearly lacking quite a bit due to the lack of fish and avocado in my diet. Yes avocado too, every time I eat it I get the evil eye from Johnny (he isn’t picky though he just has an unnatural hatred of avocados).
I started taking fish oil supplements to prepare my skin for winter time.
I have to say I don’t know if it is the oils or my routine but my skin has looked better than ever!
I can highly recommend giving supplements a try. It is challenging getting enough of a nutrient through diet and the healthier you are on the inside the better you look on the outside!

Dullness be gone! October 2014 celebrating good skin
Dullness be gone! October 2014 celebrating good skin

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