pHind Out the Truth: Using pH Test Strips for Skincare – A Review of pH Dip Sticks

At this point in my life, using pH test strips is the closest thing I’ll get to an adult science fair.  It’s strangely gratifying when you successfully match up a test strip to the color guide.

Before I get into my experience using these strips, let me start at the beginning.  I had heard vaguely here and there about pH in skincare, such as the pH level a product must be at for optimum efficacy.  But only recently did I start learning about the natural pH of skin (it’s slightly acidic) and its importance to the skin’s moisture barrier.  Skin & Tonics did a great post explaining this concept.  Since I have skin on the drier side, I paid attention and basically agonized for a day over whether my skincare was destroying my moisture barrier.

Anyway, I decided to stop agonizing, bought these paper pH strips, and began testing away!

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Unused strip resembles a pH of 5 on the diagram

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HanYUL Doin’? Review of Hanyul Luminant Cushion + Epic BB Cushion Comparison

I am officially cutting myself off from buying any more BB cushions until I can get through the ones I own. My latest acquisition is the Hanyul Luminant Cushion, adding to my collection of cushions by AmorePacific, IOPE, Laneige, and HERA (links are to past reviews).

02 AmorePacific IOPE Hanyul Laneige HERA Cushions ReviewI’ll review the Hanyul cushion first and then compare all my cushions.  Update: I did an even bigger cushion roundup in this post.

Hanyul Luminant Cushion Review

I bought the Hanyul Luminant Cushion PURELY because it’s shilled by Jun Ji Hyun (Cheon Song Yi from “My Love From Another Star”). Ugh, I’m so obsessed with her glowing skin. Ji Hyun, just start the protective order proceedings now.

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Like a Kid in a Candy Shop: Comparison Swatches of Laneige Water Drop Tints in Orchid Violet, Neon Pink, and Peach Coral

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Seriously, don’t they remind you of sweets and macarons?

I now have three Laneige Water Drop Tints in the milky/pastel family. (Although none look pastel once on the lips because they’re rather softly pigmented.)

02 Laneige Water Drop Tint Orchid Violet Neon Pink Peach Coral ComparisonDon’t they look scrumptious all lined up? Continue reading “Like a Kid in a Candy Shop: Comparison Swatches of Laneige Water Drop Tints in Orchid Violet, Neon Pink, and Peach Coral”

Violet Tendencies: Laneige Water Drop Tint in Orchid Violet Review

01 Laneige Water Drop Tint Orchid Violet ReviewCapitalizing on the radiant orchid trend of this year, Laneige Water Drop Tint now comes in Orchid Violet. Orchid Violet would more accurately be called Orchid Pink. In the tube, it looks like a milky radiant orchid, purple with a hint of pink. But on my naturally pinkish lips, the sheer-to-medium coverage results in a soft pink with a hint of purple. Concealing my lips beforehand didn’t really make it more purple.

02 Laneige Water Drop Tint Orchid Violet Review

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In direct and indirect sunlight

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White on Time – Laneige White Plus Renew Purifying Mask

Every Asian product ever would promise to “whiten.” I don’t want to break it all down but this whitening business is pretty suspect. In any case I’ve used a moderate amount of “whitening” and “brightening” creams/potions/masks to treat my entire face of freckles and nobody has mistaken me for Michael Jackson yet. What DID homeboy MJ use though..? We need some of that for our age spots!

But I digress. My friend kindly brought me a sample from Laneige so of course I have to jump on it. I LOVE MASKS can’t you tell?

The latest experiment is with the Laneige White Plus mask.
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More Cushion for the Pushin’: Laneige BB Cushion & HERA UV Mist Long Stay Cushion Reviews

01 Hera UV Mist C21 Laneige BB Cushion Light Review Laneige BB Cushion in Light ($34) and HERA UV Mist Cushion Long Stay in C21 (Cool Vanilla Cover) are basically sisters. They’re nearly identical in shade and finish: a peachier NC15 and a satin finish that remains a little sticky unless you powder over it. The coverage of both is buildable to medium: capable of evening out skintone, covering redness, and softening (but not concealing) the look of spots.

This is one of the rare instances where Renee and I have the same item. Renee has the Laneige BB cushion in a slightly darker shade. She likes the even, natural, and luminous finish and the light to medium coverage.

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My Laneige Serum Intense Lipsticks from Another Star: Review of YR25 Neon Orange & LR07 Love Me Pink

I first grew curious about the Laneige Serum Intense Lipsticks because Cheon Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun) applies shade YR25 Neon Orange in one episode of “My Love From Another Star.”  In that episode, she’s shown sitting at her vanity with the whole range of Laneige Serum Intense Lipsticks organized before her, and she selects this shade to wear before meeting up with Do Min Joon.

So naturally, I bought the exact same lipstick.  While I was at it, I picked up LR07 Love Me Pink01 Laneige Serum Intense Lipstick YR25 LR07 ReviewThe lipsticks have a creamy texture that melts onto your lips.  The finish is moist and shiny.  Coverage is medium and buildable to full.  Due to the creamy texture, lasting power is just so-so. Continue reading “My Laneige Serum Intense Lipsticks from Another Star: Review of YR25 Neon Orange & LR07 Love Me Pink”

Face Off: Laneige Multi Cleanser Review

Laneige Multi Cleanser ($22 for 6 fl. oz.) makes many claims for a facial cleanser, but unfortunately it doesn’t live up to several of them.

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“For all skin”? ::eyebrow raise::

First, it’s supposed to be for all skin types. Although it lathers up beautifully into a gentle-feeling cushiony cloud of dense foam (far denser than any typical cleanser; it’s similar to a Shiseido cleanser I tried many years ago), skin is left feeling clean. Too clean. After other cleansers, my fingers can still glide over my skin, but after Multi Cleanser, my fingers drag and skip over my skin. So it’s too harsh for dry skin. (Yet it’s strangely satisfying in the summer to feel all the oil stripped from your face.)  Update: I tested the pH level to be 8, which explains the squeaky clean feeling.  Also, the dense foam takes several extra splashes to rinse it from your hairline or (ew) nostrils.

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Ooh La La-neige Water Drop Tints: Review of Peach Coral, Neon Pink, and Scarlet Red

01 Laneige Water Drop Tints Peach Coral Neon Pink Scarlet Red

Laneige Water Drop Tints are glossy, creamy, moisturizing lip stains.

02 Laneige Water Drop Tints Peach Coral Neon Pink Scarlet Red

Without eating or drinking, they last 5 or 6 hours.  Scarlet Red probably lasts even longer than that.  The lighter colors fade in intensity after an hour or two and are buildable to medium but not full coverage; even after fading however, you can still feel them on your lips providing some moisture.  The colors leave a slight stain.  Even though I was disappointed with the sheerness and subtlety of the lighter colors, I still use them a lot because they’re very convenient, long-lasting lip colors. Continue reading “Ooh La La-neige Water Drop Tints: Review of Peach Coral, Neon Pink, and Scarlet Red”