I guess we established the Muse is very much obsessed with sun protection. SPF 500? Sign me up on that dotted line.
I’m the type of person that’s slathering SPF on my face when there’s six feet of snow on the ground and heaps more falling from the sky. The moral of this story is the sun is evil and if you aren’t protecting your skin you’re insane. Get to a store right now and get some SPF, I demand it. You don’t want to be using your skin as a leather handbag in 10 years people.
I’m always looking for a good way to get my SPF on. Something easy, something not greasy or oily, etc….Anything really that will help my skin to stay as young looking and healthy as possible. Sun? Very nice to hang out in. Skin and Sun? Not good together.
Jump ahead for the latest way I’m protecting my skin!
Loving Skin79 Diamond Collection Sun Protection Balm Moist at the moment. This is the funniest and really quite an easy way to protect yourself from the sun with an SPF 50.
Basic application is an absolute snap as this is a balm which allows you to spread the SPF onto face after your moisturizing, primer, and foundation but before your makeup. It comes in a pink jar with sponge application. Simply swipe the balm onto the sponge and pat gently onto skin and blend. It has a fresh scent as well which is quite pretty if you don’t mind scented skin care. The product does every so slightly leave a white cast to skin but blended out with makeup in place (blush, etc…) that will quickly clear up. The formula is very light, very sheer, non greasy or oily. After it’s in place it doesn’t really feel like you have anything on at all.
Overall, I absolutely adore the application of this and just the idea. It’s a rather unique way to get good strong sun protection. If you’re as obsessed as I am with SPF this could be worthy of a pick up. It is a Korean product and not available within the US but a quick trip to evil-bay should yield results.
Skin79 is a Korean Brand responsible for creating some incredible BB Creams. I recently purchased one of the new Skin79 Diamond Collections which includes a slew of great goodies for one low price. Included with the set was the Skin79 Diamond All-Day Sun Powder.
Jump ahead to hear the review.
This retails for 24,000 (around $19) won but comes sold in a kit for a mere 53,900 won (around $43). The powder is ideal if you’re wanting extra sun protection and a transparent powder to set your foundation or BB Cream. This has an SPF30 and protects from UV rays A and B. It’s rather great as it offers sheer coverage, evens out skin tone ever so slightly, plus has the added benefit of an SPF 30.
The powder comes housed it the most convenient packaging. A sifter jar holds the powder and the top screws off to reveal a built in puff for smoothing the powder onto face. The puff does a great job of blending the powder onto skin and keeps the task mess free.
The powder itself is very silky and smooth, quite lightweight so once in place it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything at all. It doesn’t cake or flake on dry skin but provides nice even coverage. Although transparent for the most part it does give skin a very nice even finish. It sets BB Cream and foundation as well as mattifies skin ever so slightly.
Overall, I love the idea of a finishing powder that has a strong SPF and multitasks to set my foundation and even out my skin tone. Plus the packaging can’t be beat, loves it!
I purchased this directly from Korea but I have seen it on E-bay for close to regular retail of around $19.99. This isn’t too bad a deal especially if you’re as freaky as I am about sun protection.
If you’re wanting to forgo the nightmare of greasy, oily SPF (many are you know!) this is a great alternative.
Hyun Joong as the model/spokesperson for Tony Moly.
Just makes me want to run out and buy a case of Tony Moly BB Cream, love me some Hyun Joong!
I can’t look at Banila Co lately without a new palette popping before my eyes. Obviously these are selling really well since Banila Co releases one every few months. The new Banila Co Collection, S Night Standing includes a brand new palette along with several other very interest pieces.
Jump ahead for a peek!
S Night Standing seems a little bit of a privy to Fall but it could also be a chic Summer Collection. The palette is a range of blues, pinks, and a few odd shades. It’s not one of the best palettes I’ve seen from Banila Co from the colors to the packaging but I think collector’s and fans alike will probably want to haul it regardless.
Here’s some of the release, also not pictured, two new nail shades are being released with these items!
Banila Co S Night Standing Eye Palette 22,000KRW
Banila Co Kiss Collector Color Fix Lipstick (S Night Standing packaging) 12,000KRW Each
Banila Co S Night Standing Marbleized Eye Shadow 12,000KRM Each
It’s quite a nice selection for collectors of Banila Co but nothing catches my interest or shouts out at me as a must have! Can probably safely skip it!
How about you?
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Etude House Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo was released as part of the Etude House Precious Mineral Skin Project Collection. Someone mentioned that this was actually supposed to be apart of a collection all it’s own. A collection in fact like the peach one! Imagine a cherry themed Etude House collection? Omg love! It’s too bad that Etude House didn’t go through with the idea but I am happy they included the Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo with it’s Precious Mineral Collection anyway!
Jump ahead for a review!
Etude House Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo is a tiny compact that houses duo cream blushes. The shades you’ll receive are a nice off pink shade and a brighter peach almost coral color. You can use the blushes separately or together to create various looks. Combining the two shades creates a rather bright orangey coral that’s very pretty and flattering for Summer.
The formula of the blushes is the real surprise. Although creamy in texture these dry down to a matte powder finish which lasts and lasts and lasts. I was quite impressed with how long wearing these were! Although a Spring Collection, they make a fine Summer makeup addition due to their long wear formula.
The color blends easily, seamlessly, and flawlessly onto skin. Cream blushes can prove tricky during application but this is simply a matter of smiling, locating the apples of your cheeks, a quick dab and a swirl and you’re done. Beautiful, flushed cheeks. The blushes are pigmented enough that you can get decent color payoff from either shade but are also allow for sheer, subtle application if you prefer. Anyone with oily skin can appreciate the powdery finish.
Overall, a rather great little blusher from Etude House and a winner for Summer. I paid $4-5 retail for this from Korea but I’ve seen it on E-bay for around $10 bucks plus free shipping. I do think it’s worth the price jack as it’s a very nice blush that’s universally flattering for all skin tones plus it’s long wear formula makes it a great blush all around.
PS I’m kinda wishing it was cherry scented, that would be awesome! Don’t you agree?
Muse Approved for purchase!