A Peek at my Skincare Diary #1: Short and Sweet

Gasp! A Saturday post? Yeah, I forgot to schedule some new posts whilst I was panicking over an essay. I have some time to get some posts up and scheduled now, though, so you all have something to read while I am contemplating the inner workings of the mind for my degree!

I initially planned to start this series two months ago, around the time of year I share my skincare wardrobe. Instead of presenting it all as a giant wardrobe last year, I thought it would be interesting to keep a diary and record what I was using on a day-to-day basis. But then I suddenly stopped taking care of my skin, going nights without bothering with a moisturiser, although I could never forgo my thick layer of lip balm. But it meant I stopped keeping track of my skin using my diary, too.

So very slowly, I’ve been reintroducing my skincare routine based on what I am feeling. I’m not sure how long it will last seeing as my exams are really quite fast approaching and I habitually tend to wreck my sleeping and skincare around that time…

But anyway, here’s what I have been reaching for when I actually did bother with basic self-care.

Morning

Dr Organic Hemp Oil Lip Serum

After using this in the morning for at least a year now, I think I am finally using up the last of it! This has an oily but also gel-like texture that’s quite unusual, but I do like it as I want something thin that won’t interfere with my lipstick. It’s only £2.49 from Holland and Barratt, too. I wear it in the morning as soon as I have washed my face, and it stays on mostly until I get to the lipstick stage, when I press it off a bit with the back of my hand before applying lipstick. Of course, the smell will take some getting used to if you’ve never used hemp before – it can be a little unpleasant.

Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion

I think this is actually the first emulsion type product I have tried, and I really like it. It’s most similar to the Western ‘lotion’ although not quite the same thing to me. It’s basically a light moisturiser and sinks in super well which is great in the mornings when I need to layer sunscreen and makeup on top without pilling but also don’t want my skin to be too dry.

I’ve been meaning to write a full review for ages but now I realise there’s not much to say! I’ve been using this for months and I’m only halfway through the bottle, but I will finish this up. I probably won’t repurchase it in favour of something with more ‘wow’ to it.

Kose Suncut Aqualy UV Protect Gel SPF50+ PA++++|Full Review Here

Something about this sunscreen texture is super pleasant so I never shy from reaching for this. It also works really nicely under makeup without pilling which I am very grateful for. However, if oil is a major problem for you then this might not be the best option at all. I really liked using this over the last winter (I just… accepted my oiliness haha) although admittedly I didn’t wear sunscreen every day… I’ll look at other options because I’m a blogger, after all, but this will definitely be repurchased in the future. It’s been over a year of sporadic use and I’m finally getting to the last quarter of the bottle.

Evening

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser| Review Here

A very gentle and pleasant cleanser! For days of light makeup only. It will also make a good attempt at non-waterproof mascaras without stinging the eyes at all which is a nice bonus, and the rose smell is lovely. I actually don’t have many rose-scented products – for some reason the M&S body product sets that haunted my childhood come to mind – but maybe that can change! My only gripe is the price for the amount but honestly, for this lovely of a cleanser, I would not mind repurchasing it anyway.

Etude House Moistfull Collagen Eye Cream

Again, this eye cream actually isn’t anything special. But I’m twenty and only looking for a standard eye cream that isn’t too rich or too thin, and it doesn’t need to have anti-ageing ingredients at this stage. This is actually the perfect consistency – sort of buttery but not greasy at all – and the scent is actually quite minimal. All that means this is super pleasant to use for me and I’d happily buy it to use again. I’ve almost reached the bottom of my tub which means I need to stop buying new emulsions and essences and buy a new eye cream!! Any suggestions for products with a similar consistency?

COSRX AHA Whitehead Power Liquid

As I often lost track of my routine I have erred on the safe side and avoided my acids. I’m trying to reintroduce it starting weekly but even that is kind of a struggle at the moment! Besides the slightly funky smell which I am sort of used to now, there’s not much to say thus far.

Lanolips 101 Ointment|Review here

Dr Pawpaw Original Balm|Review here

One of my favourite combinations recently. I like to use a thin layer of Lanolips before applying a thick layer of Dr PawPaw, which makes my lips super soft in the morning and easy to exfoliate or even just wipe away the dead skin after morning cleansing. Both are slightly pricier options for lip balm and the PawPaw I feel could easily be replaced with Vaseline or Carmex. As you can see, I currently prefer products in tubes, even over stick-type products.

Overall, this routine takes less than ten minutes out of my morning and evening, and hopefully I can build it up a bit more over the next few months without going too heavy as the summer approaches.

I hope you enjoyed this snippet of skincare and hopefully, as this project develops, we’ll be able to see how my skincare routine evolves and adapts to change to all the seasons!

Until next time,

X

Review: Banobagi Vita Genic Jelly Sheet Masks

I may have mentioned in my blogging process post about a draft or photo or two that was just buried in my notes and folders. Well, I dug up some photos that looked really nice and re-shot a sheet mask selfie, and boom. The pretty shots here were taken last May (!!!!!!) so for me to say that this review is overdue is a severe understatement!

The Vita Genic masks were a gift to me from a friend in Scotland who I met in October of 2016. You’d think I’d have used them all up by now, but that’s a real testament to how often I use sheet masks (i.e. not a lot). From a quick search, I can see that a pack of ten costs about £12.50 on eBay (and very overpriced on Amazon…) so they’re quite inexpensive as masks go.

The sheet mask packets are a bit big and round, so depending on how much room you have for your masks they might be a little big for your container.

I have all four varieties available:

  • Green – Calm & Balance/Relaxing, Vitamin B, containing Jeju Aloe Water
  • Red – Firming/Lifting, Vitamin A, containing Jeju Cactus/Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract
  • Yellow – Tone Up/Whitening, Vitamin C, containing ‘Jeju Halabong Fruit’ extract
  • Blue – Moisturising/Hydrating, Vitamin E, containing Jeju Oxygen Water (LOL)

The sheet is made of 100% cotton. It fits really nicely on my face. Of course the chin and nose are a bit funky but that’s always the case with me. The sheet is super comfortable and adheres well.

It’s the return of the awful sheet mask selfie!

The essence, true to the ‘jelly’ part of the name, doesn’t drip even though there is loads of essence in the packet! I’m talking 30ml! There’s enough to slather on your whole body. I used it to ‘top up’ my mask as it began to dry out, and I had enough to do it TWICE. (I probably could have managed a third time if I had another hour spare.)

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TWICE.
(K-Pop gifs are SUCH FUN. Why didn’t I do this sooner???)

As for the effects? I never usually pay heed to how a mask affects my face, to be honest. I wear them as an occasional treat more than anything else, or just so I can do both my skincare and my revision in the evenings at once! I did feel very refreshed after using it although there was nothing in particular to note.

Overall, I really like using these masks and they are certainly something I could see myself rebuying in the future.

Until next time,

X


Days since last buying lipstick: 34

I Think My Moisture Barrier is Damaged.

…and I haven’t been using acids! WHAT.
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My skin was in a state of dryness just after Christmas where just about my whole family looked at me and went, ‘why are your cheeks so red???’ Making me panic and check the mirror and yes, my inner cheeks were unusually red. Now, I am prone to a state of ‘Asian flush’ when I drink (we were all reminded of that during the Christmas lunch…) and my family compared it to that too, but I hadn’t been drinking!

It’s true that acids aren’t the only cause of damage to the moisture barrier (I’ve been browsing horror skincare tales on Reddit too much, really) and in my case, it was most likely the winter cold or something else. Either way, not pleasant.

The signs I noticed were:

  • unusually smooth skin that didn’t match the rest of my face in texture. It was even like dry lips, but not flaking! It didn’t feel overly tight, though.
  • The unusual flushing.
  • Itchiness! I felt the strong need to scratch my inner cheeks sometimes!
  • At its worst, my usual go-to products stung my cheeks on application.
  • Some people have mentioned over-oily forehead before as a sign but my forehead is always, always oily. It has, however, felt textured quickly after cleansing which I can’t be 100% sure is unusual.

I’m already writing up plans for the annual skincare routine post but for now, it’s been stripped back a few layers. There’s not much in my routine at the moment to help with fixing a damaged moisture barrier but this is what my next payday earnings will go towards 😉

Until next time,

X

Review: The Creme Shop Sheet Masks

Since hearing that TK Maxx in the UK had begun to sell K-beauty items, I have made a point of dropping by more often to scour their messy shelves full of open products. You do find gems there occasionally. They’re also fantastic for the odd bit of gorgeous stationary in the notebooks section!

Most recently, I bought two packs of sheet masks from The Creme Shop Fusion Mask line. The Creme Shop are actually a US brand (based in LA) but the masks are made in Korea, which they mention proudly along with the fact that their products are cruelty-free.

The mask multipacks cost £4.99 for a pack of five individual sheet masks, which means each mask is about £1. This is a decent price in my opinion, and its US source is probably the reason why seeing as actual Korean-branded masks are usually sold for £2-3 individually at the same store! Price markups are scary.

Now, here’s a little pointer I have to mention. I noticed soon after purchasing my masks that they had an expiry date in 2016. We are well into the second quarter of 2017 now so that is a little concerning (Although not as bad as some 4-year old mask horror stories I’ve read!) I did patch test the essence just to make sure it wouldn’t immediately burn my face, and during my first use I kept the mask on for less time than I normally would have (twenty minutes as opposed to my usual hour or two) just in case.

I decided to make an exception and not return these masks seeing as sheet masks are individually sealed and my skin is generally unreactive. However, in future, I will definitely be checking for expiry dates and erring on the side of caution as to not buy them.

I don’t think in the UK we have expiry dates on cosmetics, just shelf life recommendations, so I don’t think there are any laws concerning any expiry dates on cosmetics anyway. With the rise of global products in cosmetics and especially the popularity of sheet masks recently, I hope regulations on cosmetics expiry dates and retail are considered soon in the future.

EDIT: From the cardboard packaging I had assumed these were expired, but on the individual mask packets the expiry date is listed as 2019. EH. It really shouldn’t be this misleading.

Without further ado, here are my thoughts on the Fusion Masks! I bought two varieties – the Green Tea and Latte, and the Honey and Lavender.

(Displayed on packaging for both masks)

Fusion Masks – The benefits of 2 masks in 1

The Creme Shop’s fusion sheet mask is designed to deliver the benefits of two masks with just one application.

Directions:

  1. Cleanse and dry skin.
  2. Pull out sheet mask from package and place mask on face. Use the excess essence in packet on neck and parts of face not covered by mask.
  3. Leave mask on for 20-30 min or until dry.
  4. Remove mask. Do not wash off or pat dry. Allow skin to absorb remaining nutrients.
  5. Proceed with routine skin regimen.

For a cooling effect, store your mask in the refrigerator.

Not only is each mask infused with two nutritious ingredients, it is also rich in the ultimate moisturiser: hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid’s superpower: Retains moisture. One gram can hold up to six liters of water. When skin lacks moisture, it can become cracked, aged and dull. Hyaluronic acid keeps skin young and perfectly dewy.

One of the first things I noticed was that The Creme Shop really play up the Korean inspiration of their masks. Since sheet masks became the next new thing, we have seen brands from Superdrug and Garnier to Estee Lauder and Charlotte Tilbury bringing out their own variations. I am aware that some brands do manufacture theirs in Korea as well. The Creme Shop is the first brand I have seen put Korean text on their packaging. Honestly, at a glance, I thought it was a proper Korea-based brand and that is what made me check out the products in the first place. Interesting move.

Green Tea and Milk 

Green Tea’s Super Power: Combats age. Antioxidants in green tea create a barrier to protect skin from free radicals while preventing deep, fine wrinkles.

Milk’s Super Power: Smooths out skin for a soft, silky complexion. Proteins and lactic acid in milk nourish the skin and gradually repair skin discolouration.

Ingredients:

Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Xanthan Gum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tricadeth-10, Betaine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Milk Protein Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

Compared to the Honey and Lavender, I found this mask to be more pleasant to use. Largely because the smell is less strong and more tolerable, and doesn’t induce the visual of putting straight-up bar soap on my face. Otherwise, the fit was alright. There is a bit of awkward nose shaping but that’s not really new.

There is quite a bit of essence dripping from the mask so I did end up with extra to rub down my neck and arms.

Honey and Lavender

Honey’s Super Power: Filthy rich. Honey is rich in natural sugars and minersla, providing skin with essential nutrients. As a humectant, it traps in moisture to create silky, hydrated skin.

Lavender’s super power: Kills softly. Lavender is known for its therapeutic purposes, but is also effective in combating acne. They key to unblemished skin.

Ingredients:

Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Xanthan Gum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tricadeth-10, Betaine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan, Lavender Extract, Honey Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Lavender Oil, Allantoin, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA

Okay, when I opened this particular mask, I noticed the bubbles. When I took the mask out, I also noticed the bubble on the eye holes. This being a lavender mask, it totally smelt of lavender soap.

I found it was dripping in essence, and if I had not been erring on the cautious side, I would have used it all. The essence is clear and runny.

The mask fit was decent. As usual, there’s a lot of excess around my chin but the rest of my face fits alright. I should also note that the cotton is standard – thicker than My Beauty Diary, about the same as Etude House. If you’ve tried any sheet mask chances are you’ll be familiar with this type of sheet.

Overall, a decent experience with these masks but I’m not sure I will go out of my way to buy either of these in future!

What have been your beauty finds at TK Maxx recently?

Until next time,

X

Long, Rambly Review: Canmake Perfect Serum BB Cream

Hi everyone! I have a review for you all today, for the Canmake Perfect Serum BB Cream. It’s my first Japanese makeup product, so quite exciting for me! Finding a match for my skin has been challenging so far and I’d heard on the Reddit that Japanese BBs tend to run more yellow than Korean choices so I was curious to find out.

Brand: Canmake
Product Name: Perfect Serum BB Cream
Bought from: This Ebay Seller who shipped from Japan and it took just under two weeks to arrive on economy shipping.

Cost: About £9.60 for a tiny 30ml. This is pricey for me, but I justified this by saying my current go-to foundation is £30 for the same amount so if it worked out for me, that would actually be a good saving.

Packaging:

Slightly flat, squeezy tube. The tube is about the same size as my hands which are abnormally small already, so it would be a great travel choice. It’s very pink and very pretty and difficult to capture with its foiled design.

Shade Range/Match:

There are only two shades, 01 and 02. I am about NC15-20 with strong yellow tones, and 01 is what I bought to try. It’s definitely around NC20 so if you are lighter than that I can’t recommend 01.

I have plenty of confusing thoughts about how this shade matches me. When I first tried it out it looked similar to my favourite Estee Lauder Double Wear in 1W2 Sand, although later on it oxidised to be a very orange peach colour that looked darker than my facial skin tone. It photographed fine, though.

Later, when I was taking the selfies for today’s post, I mixed it in with a little of Missha Perfect Cover BB in #21 (which is too light for me, ashy and grey-cast) (if you’re wondering, I mixed it to a 2:1 ratio) and it looked fine in real life and matched pretty much perfectly in natural light (although maybe a small difference in facial tone that I can overlook). However, it photographed lighter and makes my neck look dark. I don’t really know why.

Finally, when I did an arm swatch, it looked like Canmake 01 was lighter than my favourite 1W2 Sand! …Which I just did not understand having previously thought it was darker. I think both react differently to application on my face and arm.

Finish/texture:

This is medium coverage with a satin finish. It can be applied lightly for a light coverage base and built up to be not quite full. It has a thick cream texture but I can’t feel it on my face.

I hate taking selfies when my face is like this, but it was necessary to show you this coverage! This is the product mixed with a little Missha. (On its own, Missha has a little less coverage so I think they work together fine without affecting the coverage too much.)  It evens out my skintone really well.

I found that this applied best with a cushion puff or similar sponge-type applicator. You really don’t need much – like half a pea size for my whole face. It can settle into dry patches or other awkward areas such as around the mouth, but both sort of ‘smooth out’ and look a lot better on my skin after a little while (i.e. after the oil starts to melt it together).

You’ll still need a concealer for the undereyes, definitely. It covers my blemishes very well but for super red/pesky ones you may also want something separate. I think this does a fantastic job, overall though, and when I reach for this I’m not usually going for a flawless look.

If you tend to have flakey patches as I do around my spots, this stuff does cling to them but not… horribly? Buffing my skin a little during the morning cleanse has helped a little and overall I’m not too fussed by this.

Wear Time:

This does nothing for oil control. It does tend to disappear on my nose, and seems cakey on my upper lip but even my high end foundation does this when applied lightly, so nothing new. Powdering makes it last fractionally longer. I guess at this point I’m just accustomed to it.

Overall, this has great coverage and would be ideal for normal, slightly oily skintypes at NC20 or a little darker. It’s a shame the shade range is not bigger because I think it’s a great product that covers imperfections really well without being matte and completely full coverage. It’s also a cheaper alternative to my current favourite.

My main reason for buying this was for the coverage and yellow toned shade so it’s a total shame that I am a little too light for this at the moment. Maybe in the summer I’ll fit it a little better (but not if my sunscreen can help it!).

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you want to see reviews of the other BB creams mentioned here as I haven’t reviewed those here before.

X

Review: CosRx Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol

Sometimes, I am just not feeling up to doing a review for certain products. That is, unless I have repurchased because I don’t normally repurchase and it means that I can’t quite live without it or haven’t found something that is like it. CosRx ‘s A-Sol is one of those things. I purchased my first half-bottle from someone in the Reddit community who didn’t quite get along with it, and my second bottle is here now!

By the way, Fiddy from Fifty Shades of Snail has a fantastic review of this product here.

CosRx’s A-Sol is an unusual product in that it doesn’t really follow traditional routine patterns. It’s an undefined product. It’s not strictly a toner or a spot treatment. It can be one or both. It may be too drying for use as a toner, though.

This product contains Natural BHA to control oil while helping to clear recurring pimples. A non-drying acne treatment solution for sensitive skin.

Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol is a skin-type solution product that solves the daunting problem of complex skin trouble with a combination of Propolis, AHA, natural BHA and natural moisture-retention ingredients, as well as helping with control of sebum and clearing of dead skin cell. Natural Skin Returning A-Sol contains little oil, helping with managing sebum and pores, to give the skin cleanliness with no shine or trouble.

Well, first off, I’m gonna say ignore that second sentence. Look at these ingredients!

Propolis extract, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Lactic acid, Water, Glycolic acid, Betaine Salicylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Cassia Obtusfolia Seed Extract, 1,2-hexanediol, Ethyl Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil

The packaging also states that the main ingredients are Propolis Extract at 60% and Betaine Salicylate (a gentler form of Salicylic Acid) at 1%.

It contains quite a bit of alcohol, so depending on your skin sensitivities, this can be super drying and definitely not for sensitive skins. My own skin is very non-sensitive, so I haven’t experienced much to that effect.

To me, it smells of alcohol and tea tree. My new bottle seems to smell more alcoholic than my first one.

As mentioned, I have been using this for almost a year now and this new bottle is my second. I’ve found it to be a pretty potent acne preventative and good at healing existing spots, too. However, it doesn’t do much for huge red swollen things in my experience. I slather it all over my acne-prone areas (as in, the entire central area of my face) after cleansing and follow it up with something hydrating.

So let’s revisit the claims of the product

  • Control oil – I never expect anything from shine-control skincare, so no surprises for me when I discovered that this, too, did nothing.
  • Helping to clear recurring pimples – hell yes. It won’t do all the legwork, but it certainly helps to calm and heal fresh spots.
  • Non-drying – unless your skin doesn’t like alcohol. Fine by me, though.
  • Sensitive skin – again, alcohol (and to some extent the small amount of tea tree oil).
  • Control of pores – again, no expectations here. I have the BHA power liquid that has done wonders for that.

Packaging

This comes in an opaque white 100ml bottle with a pump and clear lid. With my first bottle, I noticed that the liquid seemed to get all over the pump and lid despite not getting anywhere else and I’m not messy with my skincare.

With my second bottle, the lid and pump were already a mess, which may be a shipping problem rather than a product problem. It also seems that the bottle isn’t filled with product all the way to the top. It’s a minor gripe, to be honest, but my BHA and AHA bottles were filled to about 3mm from the top whilst this one is only filled to 10mm from the top!

Overall, I really do love this product for spot treating, and nothing else. One bottle lasts me a year-ish as well so I consider this a great investment in my routine.

Thanks for reading!

X

Sunscreen Round Up and Comparison! (Biore, Missha, Vichy)

You know what? I recently did a review and mentioned how I was not into skincare as much as I usually am, and now I am on it again, scouring skincare instead of makeup online. This was unexpected. It must be something about the colder temperatures, as well as me slacking off on my routine, temporarily wrecking my skin in this transitional weather and forcing me to up my skincare efforts again.

This is JUST the best season for a sunscreen post, right? RIGHT? Honestly, it was actually sun-shining earlier for a whole 2.5 seconds – I was too slow reaching for my camera. Other than that, it can still feel dim in the daylight, so pardon the lighting in the photos.

Funnily enough, I really have been on the prowl with sunscreens recently. I have been trying out more and I think I am finally ready to present to you a round up of the ones I have used recently and my opinions on them. I won’t be writing about them in my usual waffle and will do my best to keep this concise, yet informative.

A Note About Sunscreen Labelling Differences 

Sunscreen labelling differs from region to region. In Japan and Korea, SPF stands for the UVB protection and PA stands for UVA protection. Only Japan has sunscreens going up to PA ++++  at the moment due to different regulations, so in Korea the highest is PA+++.

In the UK, the UVA protection stars sometimes seen on packaging actually demonstrates the level of protection of UVA compared to UVB. This is important, because it means that you want five stars just for equal protection.

Here’s an example. If you have an SPF 15 with a 5* rating, then your sunscreen is also offering that much protection for UVA. An SPF30 with 5* could potentially be offering more UVA protection.
It’s annoyingly more confusing, right?

So an SPF15 with 5* would offer more UVA protection than an SPF30 with 2*.

That said, the Body Shop UK uses a PA rating for their Multi Protection Essence (and even breaks out the PA++++ rating!) which I hope we will see more of here.

Biore Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++

  • Bought from a trusted Reddit seller including delivery.
  • Depending on how it is bought (alone or with bigger haul) price differs a lot. I bought mine for around £7. This usually goes for anywhere between £8 to £12 on Amazon and Ebay!
  • It comes in a 50ml size. Occasionally, jumbo sizes are sold in Japan at 90ml or something and there’s also a rose edition apparently but these are unicorn rarities.
  • At £8 a bottle, it’s £16/100ml, which is the cheapest of my sunscreens.
  • Citrus-y scent.
  • Dry, satin finish.
  • No white cast at all!
  • Not great in the oil control department.
  • Will not repurchase – I hear the Biore Watery Gel is almost identical and comes in a bigger bottle at around the same price, so I may purchase that if I need an ‘indoor sunscreen’.

Biore Perfect Milk SPF 50+ PA ++++

  • Bought from a Japanese Amazon seller with free delivery.
  • Not to be confused with other similarly-named products from Biore’s milk suncreen range. This is the one in the blue bottle.
  • I bought it for £7.90.
  • It only comes in a 40ml size, making it the smallest bottle in my stash.
  • At £7.90 a bottle this makes it almost £20/100ml, the second most expensive sunscreen I own.
  • Matte, powdery-dry finish.
  • Needs a little shaking before each use to avoid separation of product.
  • Slight white cast.
  • Really, really good at oil control – this can keep me matte for an extra 3 hours longer than usual without a speck of shine. Of course, this also means it can be drying to anybody with less than an oil slick for skin.
  • A definite repurchase next summer.

Missha All Round Safe Waterproof Sun Milk SPF 50+ PA +++

  • Bought from RoseRoseShop’s Ebay store with free delivery.
  • Not to be confused with other similar products in Missha’s sunscreen range. This has a blue lid.
  • For the 70ml bottle, it cost me £11.21. So £16 per 100ml.
  • Comes in a 70ml bottle as well as a smaller size of 40ml. The 70ml bottle option makes it the biggest bottle of facial sunscreen I have. Despite the bigger 70ml size, the bottle is flatter so it’s still pretty good to travel with.
  • Matte, dry finish.
  • Slight white cast on application that remains minimal and pretty much unnoticeable when dry. It dries more quickly than the Vichy Ideal Soleil.
  • Lack of powderiness compared to Biore Perfect Milk means it’s also less drying.

Vichy Ideal Soleil Mattifying Dry Touch Fluid SPF 50
(It says it has UVA protection but no indication as to how much??)

  • Bought from Chemist Direct for £9.33 and discounted delivery (which I got by signing up for emails).
  • Not to be confused with Capital Soleil or the Ideal Soleil Velvety Creams, which have similar bottles.
  • Only comes in a 50ml bottle.
  • Retails at £16.50 for 50ml, making it £33/100ml and the most expensive of my sunscreens. I bought it on sale for £11 (£22/100ml)and even then it is still the most pricey.
  • Has a soft feel, a creamier texture than the other sunscreens I have. Laughing at ‘Fluid’ in the name.
  • Dry, matte finish without powdery-ness. Doesn’t go on instantly dry like the Perfect Milk and takes a minute to dry. In fact, it’s really creamy and moisturising when applying  compared to the other options. Comparable to my body sunscreens, even.
  • Slight white cast.
  • Oil control not as good as the milk sunscreens.

General comments and comparisons on facial sunscreen
Unlike body sunscreens, facial sunscreens are sold in smaller bottles than their bodily counterparts. This makes it easy to throw them in a bag for travel.

As you can see, due to my skin type being moderate-very oily, I prefer the matte finishes and the more oil control, the better. Milk sunscreens can be drying so I wouldn’t recommend them if you have dry skin.

I also don’t have any sensitivities to skincare ingredients that I am aware of, but I have read generally, that the level of alcohol in the Biore sunscreens that make them light and pleasant can also be pretty irritating. The scent can be too much for some people, too.

In conclusion, I will continue to use them all up, but the ones I am going to repurchase are the Missha Sun Milk and the Biore UV Perfect Milk for the summer.

I hope this comparison was useful. Thanks for reading! Until next time,

X


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