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Giveaway: Win an Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion

29. June 2015

Happy Monday everybody! I know, Mondays are usually the most unpopular weekday since it means that our precious weekend has passed and we have to go back to work. Nevertheless, in order to sweeten up this week for you I have prepared a quick giveaway with the Korean cosmetics online store Q-depot :D

 Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion

You have the opportunity to win an Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion kindly sponsored by Q-depotThis flawless cushion foundation creates beautiful pearly bright skin with its full coverage and smoothing effects. Cushion foundations are quite a trend in Korea and you will find cushion products from almost all Korean brands. Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion is the first cushion foundation by Etude House and has gained a lot of popularity since then. Check out Q-depot’s description for the Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion >>here<<.

Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion

Here are the rules for taking part into this  Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion giveaway:

1. The giveaway is open internationally.

2. You can take part through the Rafflecopter form below.

3. I will look through the entries and delete any wrong entries, so cheating won’t do you any good.

4. Please, be fair and do not like my blog, and unlike it after the giveaway has ended. This is my way to thank these people who like to read my blog.

5. The chosen winner has 3 days to anwer my Email and send me his/her address.

6. The giveaway ends on July 10th, 2015.

7. I’m not responsible for any damages/ lost items through postal services. The product will be send by Q-depot with standard shipping without tracking number.

It is mandatory to sign up to Q-depot and to like their Facebook page. By signing in you’ll receive 5 US$ coupon useable for a minimum purchase of 69 US$, too.  Moreover, in order to unlock the additional entries I would appreciate if you are following my blog. In case you are selected as winner you can select between three different shades for the Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion: light beige (N02), honey beige (w24) and natural beige (W13). Good luck to everybody participating! ♥

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If you want to know more about cushion foundations you might want to check out some of my previous reviews:

Missha Magic Cushion Case

Pongdang Mulbit Glow BB Cushion

Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion

Also, I’m hosting a giveaway for my 2nd Bloganniversary >>here<<, so be sure to enter that giveaway, too!


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Review: Pongdang Mulbit Glow BB Cushion

19. June 2015

After using and loving the Pongdang Donkey Milk Emulsion for quite some time now I’ve been really interested in trying more products from Pongdang and the next thing I discovered was the Pongdang Mulbit Glow BB Cushion. There are so many cushions right now and I’m tempted to buy more, although I do not really need anymore :D

Pongdang Mulbit Glow BB Cushion

Pongdang is a Korean brand by people’s. It has a small product range with simple products focussing on the ingredients as it seems to me. They have a webpage >>here<< but it is in Korean. The products have a clean design, which is what was most obvious for me for this brand. You can find their products on Wishtrend. The Pongdang Mulbit Glow BB Cushion is a cushion foundation containing 13 different marine extracts for providing moisture to the skin. Apart from that the cushion has SPF 50 and PA+++ in order to protect the skin from UV radiation. The cushion claims to be brightening, moisturizing, and long-lasting.

Pongdang Mulbit Glow BB Cushion

The cushion foundation comes in a cardboard box made from recycled paper. The design is very simple, typical for Pongdang products. You will find English and Korean description on the cardboard box, too. You can find the ingredients in COSDNA >>here<<, but they are also listed in English on the packaging. Pongdang Mulbit Glow BB Cushion contains various sunscreen components like titanium dioxide, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl salicylate, Tinosorb S, and 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor. The latter is labelled red in COSDNA. The key ingredients are also separatelly listed on the cardboard box. Furthermore the product is 6-free, which means it contains 6 non-added formulas. It is written in Korean on the cardboard box which these 6 are, but unfortunatelly I didn’t find the translation. The 13 marine extracts are Marine Collagen, Brown Algae, Agar-agar, Seaweed, Laver, Gom Pi, Gulfweed, Sea Staghorn, Holmes, Sea Mustard, Kelp, Hypnea Cornuta and Fusiforme. You can find further description on Wishtrend, too, or on the official Korean webpage >>here<<.

Pongdang Mulbit Glow BB Cushion

The cushion foundation itself comes in the regular cushion pact. It comes with a mirror and an application puff inside, too.

Pongdang Mulbit Glow BB Cushion

The puff feels different than the puff for Missha or Innisfree Cushion and it doesn’t seem to be a ruby-cell puff. Therefore, it doesn’t feel that soft as my other puffs. Another thing I noticed is, that the puffs from my previous cushion foundations have kind of a cooling effect, which is not the case here.

Pongdang Mulbit Glow BB Cushion

The inside is the same as for all cushion foundations. There is a seal for the soaked cushion inside and the lid to protect the cushion from trying closes properly, too. The sponge is also soaked thoroughly and one touch with the finger will be enough to get a propper amount of the BB cream. Unfortunately, there is only one shade available, which is quite light compared to my skin color at the moment. My face is usually a bit lighter than my hand, but still this BB cream leaves a bit of a white cast due to the bright color in general. Maybe it fits better in winter…The container with the cushion can be removed from the case, so it seems as if there are also refills for this BB cream, but I didn’t see them anywhere online yet.

Pongdang Mulbit Glow BB Cushion

The coverage of the Pongdang Glow BB Cushion is medium to high. It covers all my freckles and discoloration and gives the skin an even color. Due to the product description I expected this BB cushion to be similar to the Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion, which is one of my favourite bb/cc creams at the moment. The Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion leaves my skin feel moisturized and gives it a natural glow. The Pongdang Glow BB Cushion on the other hand has more of a matte finish and despite the name it doesn’t feel moisturizing at all. Also, the application is very difficult, especially with the included sponge and makes areas like my nose and chin look flakey. It is not buildable either and starts to flake once you try to apply another layer. Moreover, it is not touch-proof and you will leave marks on your complexion every time you touch your skin. With a ruby-cell puff the application works better, and you can create a nice(r) finish, but still the texture is not easy to work with. The scent of the BB cream is a soapy one, but it is not intense.

Pongdang Mulbit Glow BB Cushion

After loving the Pongdang Donkey Milk Emulsion so much I had high hopes for this cushion. According to the description, the dewy finish and the moisturizing properties of the Pongdang glow BB Cushion intrigued me to try this, but I must say that I don’t think that the product fulfills these claims. The name therefore is also not properly chosen, since I don’t see any dewy finish at all. Maybe, it works better on other skintypes, or maybe I did something wrong here…anyways, if you want to try this because of a dewy finish go for the Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion instead. Although this cushion is not my favourite I’m still curious about all the other items from this brand. I have heard that their regular BB creams are good, too. Maybe it is better to check out one of them instead. The Pongdang Glow BB Cushion retaills for 19.55 US$ at Wishtrend and has a volume of 20 g. Also, check out the June promotions on Wishtrend before grabbing your products. Keep in mind their friend-referral program: You can receive a 5 Us$ referral coupon if you use my invitation code 17939205 upon registration and you’ll receive this voucher immediately.There will be a specific field in your registration form called “friends invitation program” where you can put the code mentioned above. This way new customers can safe 5 US$ which is a great possibility to safe some money.


♥ And remember to take part in my 2nd bloganniversary giveaway! ♥


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Review: Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion

27. March 2015


Apart from the Missha Magic Cushion Case this is actually the first CC cushion I’m trying, the Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion. This post is picture-heavy and the two larger images appear blurry, but when you click to enlarge you’ll be able to see everything in detail. Sorry for that ♥  I saw this cushion first time in one of Pony’s youtube videos and I knew I had to get this (again). Here are my impressions:

Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion

Innisfree is an eco-friendly Korean skincare and makeup brand focusing on natural ingredients and recycle packaging. The design of their products is simply and neat and nicely reflects the ideology of the brand. Innisfree products are ususally free from harmful ingredients. The Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion is supposed to be a “Long-lasting moisture cushion” that keeps your skin “hydrated for a long period by restoring moisture to your skin”, according to the description of the product. It contains jeju green tea and jeju mineral powder and since it is a CC cushion the finish delivered should look natural and brighten up the complexion. The cushion comes in a cardboard box made of recycled paper and printed with soy ink. I bought this cushion from innisfreeworld, and it was a special kit for the 15th anniversary. The cardboard box contains one filled cushion and one refill, and I received a second refill as part of the deal. I picked shade No.21, which fits nicely to my skin color, but I think that it will be too light for me once summer is starting. If you want to have a closer look at the descriptions on the cardboard box feel free to enlarge the image below. You’ll also find detailled description about this product in the Innisfree store.

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The ingredients are listed on COSDNA and you can look them up >>here<<. They are safe to use :) Apart from niacinamide and some sunprotectors, like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide,  the cushion has also listed some plant extracts. The refill contained in the box is separately packed in a plastic bag as you can see below, and contains some short description, too. The Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion has SPF 34 PA++ and is available in three shades, #13, #21 and #23.

Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion

The Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion comes in a round plastic container. The lid of the container contains a mirror and you will also find a sponge (Eco air magic puff) inside the container. Everything together makes these cushion products really portable and handbag-friendly. The backside of the cushion container contains some description again and has the production date imprinted, too.

Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion

The product itself is separated from the container by a second  plastic pan, with a plastic lid on its own. For the first time use, when you open the lid you’ll find the cushion still sealed.

Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion

Removing the seal will reveal the cushion soaked with the CC cream. With help of the Eco air magic puff, which has a very soft and dense material the cushion can be applied. The touch of the CC cream feels very refreshing and moisturizing. It has a herbal scent, typical for most Innisfree products. You can see the swatch of the CC cream on my hand below and you can tell right away that it has a glowy finish. So the thing which intrigued me in first place about this product is the fact that it contains ampoule, that imeans that it has extra skincare benefits, especially for dull and dry skintypes.

Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion

The coverage of the CC cream is medium and the consistency of the CC cream is fluid and not so creamy as most CC/BB creams from tubes. If you have lightly reddened skin, like I do have below, the Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion will provide enough coverage. I usually apply one layer, and if I still see some red skin I add a second layer on top and it doesn’t look cakey at all. I also think that the glow is not too strong, but rather natural, when comparing my before image with the one on the right. In natural light the skin doesn’t look greasy or anything. I also used the Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder before applying the cushion and it makes the glow a bit more matte but yet visible. Applying loose powder afterwards will create a matte finish, but still makes your skin feel moist on the inside, which is great!

Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion

All in all, I’m very pleased with my first cushion product. The finish looks natural and it is really perfect for taking it along with you. And since it is hydrating it does not make my nose and chin flaky at the end of the day, and even when I think I need a touch up I can do without worries. For dry and combination skin people I would recommend to try the Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion!

You can get the Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion from:

Innisfree Official: refill 14US$, varoius cases 9.50US$ for 29.95US$ 

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Review: Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cushy Blusher

14. March 2015


I’m totally in love with the Too Cool For School Dinoplatz line and can you imagine how happy I was when I saw this Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cushy Blusher in my MeMeBox Mystery Gift Box, which was my last order with them. Apparently, the main reason I’m so in love with this line is the product design. It is so unique and creative, showing dinosaurs in different situations. It is so funny to look and discover the hints on the packaging. This liquid blush is no exception!

Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cushy Blusher

Too Cool For School is a Korean brand, known for a unique packaging design. Their products are in the mid-pricey region and slightly more expansive than Etude House for example. The Dinoplatz line has a characteristic design showing dinosaurs in different scenaries. The colors of the packaging are white and a mint color. Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cushy Blusher is a liquid blush, which comes in a tube with a cushion applicator. It is available in three different shades, being 01. Beach Break, 02. Surfs Up, and 03. Lava Martini. The last one is the shade I will show you today. Below you can see the georgeous packaging of the cardboard box:

Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cushy Blusher

It looks like a beach house and you can actually open the window and take a peak into the box, where you will discover a surfing dinosaur. On one side of the house the shade of the blush is written, on the other sides you will find some information on the product. The description in written in Korean and also the ingredients, which is why I cannot make any remarks about that. However, the key ingredients for the blush are damask rose oil, gamguk flower extract, and madonna lilly flower extract.

Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cushy Blusher

Inside the cardboard box you will find the tube of the blush and one additional cushion. Since this blush comes with a cushion applicator it may get dirty and unhygienic more easily as other blushers. Therefore the idea of putting an additional cushion ist great!

Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cushy Blusher

It is easy to take of the cushion and replace it, but not that easy that you might have to fear for it to get loose.

Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cushy Blusher

The backside of the tube contains some information on the product again, like the shade and the volume. The tube contains 20 ml, which is a lot! It has a shelf-time of 12 months after opening. The production date is imprinted on the tube, too, but was written at the bottom of the cardboard box aswell (I didn’t take a picture of it).

Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cushy Blusher

When pressing the tube for the first time you will see how the cushion absorbs the blush. When pressing the cushion a couple of times on your skin it will be soaked completelly and it is ready for application. The shade Lava Martini is the darkest shade of the three available ones. It looks like a rose/pink color in the advertorial pictures. On my swatch below you can see that the applied color is much lighter. It looks very natural on the cheeks. The blush has a moist consitency and feels moist while applying, too. In contrast to my TCFS School Art Class Blusher, which dried off powdery, this one has more a shiny/creamy finish (The review is quite old, and the images are blurry after I uploaded my blogspot blog to wordpress, are you interested in a new review or comparison for this?). The application for this blush is a bit tricky, at least that is my impression: since the color is very light I encountered that it can also be easily blended away by the cushion if you tap if several times. You have to find the perfect pressure on the tube and amount of dabbings for yourself to create the desired pigmentation. Once this is settles, the blush looks very natural and since it feels so moist and has a nice finish it seems a nice blush for summer. About the longlivity of this blush: since it is very sheer I didn’t have the feeling that it was lasting all day. The swatch on the back of my hand was rubbed away easily, too, so don’t expect to much lasting power here. The blush has a soft floral scent to it.

Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cushy Blusher

This TCFS Dinoplatz Cushy Blusher has pros and cons, but in general it delivers a natural finish and feels moist and nice. People with dry cheeks will like this blush therefore. Also, the idea of having a cushion blusher is nice and makes this a good friend for travelling. The product retails for 20.83 US$ at W2Beauty or at testerkorea for 9800 Won (~10 US$)…I don’t know why the price difference is so high this time…


 ♥ PS: Don’t forget to take part in the Instagram loop giveaway! ♥


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Review: Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion No.21

15. July 2014


This is a review of a cushion sample of Laneige’s Snow BB Soothing Cushion. I was wondering previously what would be the best way to present a sample for a cushion bb and I guess that this is the answer :D This sample comes with a tiny version of a cushion and a small puff and it is the most original sample I tried until now. It even comes in a little cardboard box and looks like a shrinked full-size product. Very elegant :)


Laneige is a Korean brand, part of the Amore Pacific Group. The brand name comes from the french word for snow which is “la neige”. The brand name reflects the beauty of young women between 24 and 32 years by focusing on water as source of life. Therefore the products design is more mature and clean, reflecting the image of moisture obtained through water. Laneige was also the first brand releasing a cushion type product, which is the here described Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion. It is designed to be a 5 in 1 product and claims therefore to have whitening properties, sun protection, soothing effect, sweat-proof and long lasting. The BB cream has SPF 50 +/PA+++ and this blocks UV rays and sunlight and protects your skin from damage.

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This cushion comes in 5 different shades: true beige (No.13), natural beige (No.21), sand beige (No.23) and brown beige (No. 31). The key ingredients are bead tree, Korean thistle and natto. Bead tree helps brightening dull skin. The extracts of Korean thistle, Sylimarins, block the melanin generation. Natto contains gamma PGA which serves as whitening booster through moisturization. The other ingredients are listed in COSDNA. Most of the are greenflagged, but there are some acne triggers, so if you have sensitive skin, keep in mind to test it first.


As I said, this is a sample of the cushion and it comes in a tiny plastic jar. Inside the jar is a cushion with the BB cream and a puff for application. It is quite cute and moreover very perfect if you carry a small purse :D I mean, the compact full-sized product is already travel friendly, since it comes with a mirror, too. On the bottom of the plastic jar you’ll find the production date (keep in mind that this is not an expiration date) and the symbol for how long it is good after opening (it says 12 months here). The sample contains 4 g of product and I could use it for more than a week.

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The swatch on my wrist looks a bit to dark for my skin, but on my face it blends in nicely and is a good match for my natural skin tone. The finish is very natural and semi-matte. The scent of the Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion appeared herbal to me. It wasn’t unpleasant, though. While application with the sponge a light cooling, refreshing feeling is noticeable, too. On the bottom you’ll find a picture of my face with and without the BB cream. You can see how it covers up nicely any rednesses and evens out the skin tone.


I have the slight feeling that this cushion BB can be too dry for already dry skin. In the evening the BB cream had flaked around my nose and chin. But this can be improved by wearing a primer. I usually wear The Face Shop Primer before. Nevertheless, the finish is very natural and beautiful. I think this is the biggest advantage of all the cushion products, because you use a puff for application and in this way the excess BB cream is taken up by the puff again. For those worried about the hygiene: the puff is washable, but you have to be carefull not to squeeze it. :)

Laneige’s Cushion BB creams cost between 30 and 40 US$. You can find the Snow BB Soothing Cushion on ebay and the newer versions called Whitening and Pore Control at W2Beauty. If you use my affiliate link or enter the code 088505 in the registration form you’ll receive a 5 US$ voucher, which can be used immediately for purchases over 30 US$. I’d love to try the other cushions from Laneige, too :) Anybody tried these, too? what are your impressions?