To culminate our six months of being BNT Girls, all six of us (Rini, Alene, Carina, Kine, Joanne, and me) have recreated looks from the Girls’ Generation music video for the song “Mr. Mr.” There are nine girls in the popular K Pop group and each of them wore a look that reflects at least one Korean beauty trend. It was a bit difficult for me to choose a look because I’m not too familiar with each girl, but in the end I went with Sooyoung. I liked the look because it featured the ever-perfect dewy Korean skin but with the oomph of a red lip and bold eye.
When I opened up my BNT Box and saw “Verikos” I was happy because the brand hadn’t let me down. Based on the shape of the box, I was expecting a cream moisturizer or something similar but when I actually read what it was, I couldn’t contain myself. The Verikos Deep Cleansing Oil Balm is a product similar to the famous Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm, which are both not available locally. All three are essentially deep cleansers that remove makeup and provide skin with a deep clean that isn’t drying.
This gorgeous pressed powder is the third BRTC product I’ve had the pleasure to test out, thanks to BNT News. The first was the Bright Eye Vitalizer Cream (review) which I use pretty much every morning before applying my makeup, and the second was the Bubble Refining Cleanser (review) which I use once a week for a deep clean. So this Jasmine 3D Moist Pact Moisture-Coated Pressed Powder for Dry Skin is my first taste of makeup from the brand, and it seems that BRTC’s ranges don’t stop at just skincare, because this powder belongs to the “Jasmine Moist” System, of which this is step 6 of 8. I love the idea of addressing your skin’s problem from skincare down to makeup.
You guys know I have combination skin, but there was no way I was going to pass on trying this out because it has an SPF of 50+! Perfect for touch ups during the summer.
The Jasmine Moist Pack promises to moisturize skin, protect it from the sun, and brighten skin tone.
So this 3CE Under Eye Flash (12.11 USD) is the third item from the brand that I’ve been lucky enough to try, thanks to BNT News. It’s a soft pencil liner that you can use to brighten and/or add depth to your look. It’s extremely soft, pigmented, and long-lasting.
Photo grabbed from the 3CE website
There are six different shades to choose from and they all look like shades I would love to try, but I’m very happy to have gotten African Sunset! My second choice would be Romanticism, followed by Pitter Patter (pretty much just because I love the name).
Some things just come your way at the best possible time. And while I seem to always be late (actually, the very last) to the party when it comes to these BNT boxes, the timing of this January box could not have been better. The other day I was thinking of how I badly needed a new gel liner and brown liquid liner, and yesterday I ran out of my cleanser then totally forgot to buy a new tube while I was out. When I got home, the January BNT box was waiting for me with all three of those things in it (among others)! Let’s start with the cleanser, since that is the very first thing I tried out.
Product Description: Botanical patent ingredients supporting sebum control and temporary pore contraction create refreshing and smooth skin through inducing contraction of enlarged pores by various reasons, balance care and elasticity increase.
The BRTC Bubble Refining Cleanser* is actually the second part of a seven-step (!!) pore tightening system. I can’t imagine having to go through so many steps. That sounds a little extreme to me, but I’m sure the individual parts work fine on their own, otherwise this would not have been sent alone. Anyway, I have one other BRTC product that BNT sent a month back and I really love it, so I was very excited to try this cleanser. As with the Bright Eye Vitalizer Cream, the packaging on this has a cool medicine-like feel.
So I’m finally on Christmas break! :) The first thing I did was take an evening off to do absolutely nothing but relax. I lit a candle, took a long, hot shower, slathered myself in yummy-smelling lotion, and I organized my room because fixing things calms me down.
I also got back to organizing my blog line-up and I realized that the Verikos Aloe Calming Oil* had yet to be featured. This is another one of the skincare products that I received in my BNT box, and I have to mention that I had a deadline for featuring all of the products which I did not exactly meet because I got my hands on the box a little late. I’m also not comfortable talking about skincare prematurely, which I’ve mentioned before. I have, however, had a chance to use this organic oil a couple of times and I think a quick look at it should be fine.
The box reads: “Aloe Calming Oil raises skin that is under stress by an outside hazardous article moistly and comfortably.”
One of the four skincare items I received in my BNT beauty box was the BRTC Bright Eye Vitalizer Cream.* To me it was the most interesting product in the box simply because I had never seen an eye cream in stick form before. I was happy to receive it and start testing it out immediately because I never really replaced my Lancome eye cream samples from a few months back. I’ve been testing out the people-don’t-even-need-an-eye-creams-at-all theory and it’s been all good so far, but I did miss that extra pampering step.
This particular eye cream looks almost medicinal because of the packaging. I feel like I’m about to use some really advanced technological device when I pick it up–but it’s really just a simple twist-up stick. Still, I appreciate the very hygienic-looking packaging. I suppose it does remind me a bit of vitamins, which this product is packed with, apparently. The BRTC Bright Eye Vitalizer Cream is a “vitamin eye cream” that has both anti-wrinkle and whitening effects as well as moisturizing properties.
Of all the ways to do brows, using a liquid brow pen is the only one I had never tried. Seeing the Graymelin Tattoo Eyebrow pen* actually made me nervous at first. I have thick brows to begin with and liquid brow pens are usually best for girls with sparse brows because they allow you to draw in fine lines that mimic hairs. I imagined that using something like this on my brows would make for lines that were too harsh around the edges, while in the center it would be useless. So I suppose it’s a good thing that I received this just to put my assumptions about brow pens to the test! I love simple packaging and design. I feel like it’s so much easier to screw up than elaborate design, so I appreciate when it’s done right. This is an example of simple packaging done right (in my opinion, at least). I suggest storing products like these in a vertical position with the tip facing downward. That way, the liquid will always be at the tip. If you find that it’s too much product at the beginning, store it on its side, but towards the end of its (product) life, you’ll probably need to have it standing on its head. :)
Good morning! :) (edit: this went up late, but it’s morning somewhere, right? hehe) Here’s the second of the things that came in my BNT Box: Mizon’s Returning Starfish Cream (RRP at around $28).* A lot of the products in the box are skincare items, so these posts about them will have to be more of introductory and first-impression like in nature. If I like the product well enough, you can expect to see it again in the future.
As with all the other things in the box, this from a Korean brand which, I’m quickly learning, almost always means adorable packaging. This seems to be new packaging as well because when I was reading about the product online, the pot was a little bit different.
So what is “Returning Starfish Cream” exactly?