Ai For Beauty

I am an Accountant by day, a Beauty enthusiast by night (and weekends!), based in the USA. Although I believe that real beauty comes from within, having good skin definitely helps improve one's confidence. I love trying different Asian beauty products and sharing my honest and independent reviews on these products, as well as sharing any beauty-related knowledge I have learned.

Got Chapped Lips? Try Peripera Butter Pang!!

Hi Beauties!

Got dry AND pale lips? Try the Peripera Butter Pang! I have been loving these so much because not only are they oh so moisturizing they are also tinted.


These are like tinted lip balm. The tint does not transfer much and lasts about 4 hours (see picture below). I wish the tint lasts longer, but my lips sometimes get dry pretty fast, so at those times I’ve had to keep re-applying anyway.


Another attribute of the Peripera Butter Pang is that the shade changes color depending on the skin temperature; when the skin is heated, the shade gets deeper, and when the skin is cooler the shade becomes lighter. I honestly don’t see the shades changing, but maybe that just means my skin is always on the warm side temperature-wise.


These Peripera Butter Pang lip tints come in 3 shades (Cream Butter, Peach Shea Butter, and Pink Butter), but I have only the Cream Butter and the Peach Shea Butter shades.

Shade #1 Cream Butter: This shade is light, natural-looking, pink. I think this is a good shade for everyday wear if you’re going for that natural look.


Shade #2 Peach Shea Butter: This shade is an reddish orange color. I don’t like wearing a bold red shade on my lips, especially for an everyday look for work, so this shade is the perfect natural reddish color. I think this color would look food on any skin tone, but I think it looks best with a warm skin tone with yellow undertone, like mine.


The main active natural ingredients of the Peripera Butter Pang are the Shea Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, and Camellia Japonica Seed Oil (Japanese Tea Oil, also commonly known as Tsubaki Oil)- all of which have moisturizing properties. There is also Red 27 dye in the ingredients. This is the ingredient that contributes to the change in the shade color according to skin temperature.



To recap, here are the things that I love about the Peripera Butter Pang:

– It’s so moisturizing, just like a lip balm!

– The shades are natural-looking, perfect for everyday wear

– The tint doesn’t transfer much

There really isn’t much about this product that I don’t like. The only thing I don’t like about this product, but can still tolerate, is that the tint doesn’t last all day. Again, my lips tend to get dry pretty fast (within 4 hours), so I have to re-apply anyway- Interestingly, after re-applying once, usually the color seems to stay longer!

By the way, I purchased these tints from Amazon:

So, I have finally revealed one of my two most favorite lip tint products! What do you guys think? Had you heard of this product before? If so, how do you like it? If not, have I inspired you to try it? I hope I have! ^^

What other moisturizing lip products have you tried that does NOT transfer? Place a comment below and let’s start a conversation! Also, don’t forget to subscribe to this blog with your email address to get updated newly-published blog posts and follow me on Instragram, Facebook or Twitter @aiforbeauty

Stay Beautiful!

Labiotte Wine Lip Tint

Hi Beauties!

How cute are these lip tints?? Really, the Koreans (and also the Japanese actually) always come up with the cutest packaging haha….I know these tints were very popular the first few months after they came out, so I know my review is super late, but I know some of my readers have been waiting for my review on these tints, so here it is!

But first, I’ll give you a second to admire the packaging….


Now, let’s get down to business!



Just like other lip tints, these lip tints are drying, not moisturizing at all. In terms of longevity, I’d say yes and no….here’s what I mean:

As you can see from the picture above, after 8 hours (and with eating and drinking), the tint was still there, but more on the edges of my lips so basically not only the tint was not moisturizing enough for my dry lips, it also seeped into the fine lines on my lips. Doesn’t look so good, does it?

One good news is that the tint does NOT Transfer! I really wanted to like these tints, but honestly the transferability is the only thing I like about these tints.

Also, I noticed that everytime I wore these Labiotte Wine Lip Tints, my lips got itchy and then super dry! So I think I might be allergic to something in the ingredients 🙁


These tints come in 6 shades, but I bought only 3 of the shades.

PK01 Blush Pink

As you can see, this shade is really sheer; I have naturally pale lips and I had to apply 2 layers for the color to show. If your lips are naturally pigmented, I don’t think this shade would show. If you don’t mind applying 2 layers of the tints and want to go for that natural look, then these tints would be a good color.

CR01 Rose Coral

As you can see, this shade is an orange-y shade. It’s also pretty sheer, so I had to apply 2 layers too for the color to show. Again, if you’re going for a natural look, then this would be a good tint to wear.

RD02 Nebbiolo Red

Unlike the other 2 shades I had, this red shade is actually a lot more pigmented. If I was not allergic to this product, this shade would’ve been my favorite shade in this line.


When I first purchased these tints, I was expecting them to smell like wine- but they don’t smell anything like wine or alcohol.  For me that’s a good thing because I don’t think I would want some alcohol-smelling product on my lips!


I really wanted to like these tints, but unfortunately I don’t. It’s not moisturizing for my lips at all and it doesn’t look good anymore after several hours with drinking and eating. Also, something about the tints always made my lips itchy, so I had to stop using them.
Does anyone else have an allergic reaction to these tints? I would love to know your experience with these tints in the comment below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to get updated on newly-published blog posts and follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter @aiforbeauty.

Stay Beautiful!

AIRY Lip Tints: Peripera AIRY Ink Velvet

Hi Beauties!

If you follow me on my Instagram (@aiforbeauty), you might have seen a couple posts I have on the Peripera’s AIRY Ink Velvet Lip Tints. To avoid confusion, let me just mention that Peripera has the original Ink Velvet lip tints and the AIRY Ink Velvet lip tints, which are the ones I am reviewing here. Shereen Meiyee from Beautyinhanguk personally hand-picked one of these tints for my Bespoke Box order a few months ago. I have tried Peripera’s other lip tints before (and posted a full review here), and I am not a fan of the other Peripera’s lip tints- but I really like these AIRY Ink Velvet tints.

Before I show you the different shades of these tints, lets talks about these tints in terms of the 3 attributes I always look for in lip products:

  1. Moisturizing
  2. Longevity
  3. Transferability

After that, I’ll talk about the shades and other attributes of the tints like texture, scent, taste, etc.


Lip tints are known to be drying…That’s not the case with Peripera’s AIRY Ink Velvet lip tints. They’re not drying but they’re not moisturizing like lip balms either. I have very dry lips that sometimes flake. I’ve read other reviews where the reviewers said these tints are good for dry lips because they make the lips look like they’re NOT dry. Unfortunately, I have to respectfully disagree to an extent. When my lips are just dry (not flakey), yes these lip tints “hide” the dryness. However, when my lips are flakey dry, even these lips tints cannot hide the dryness 😔 However, I still think these tints are still better than other tints in this aspect.


As you can see in the picture below, there was still some tint left 4 hours after application this was without re-application and after eating and drinking. The tint does tend to stick to the dry outline of my lips though, when my lips get dry during the day. At the end of my 10-hour workday, the tint was pretty much gone, without re-applying.



The picture above is meant to show that the tint doesn’t transfer much but make sure that you’ve blotted right after application and wait for the tint to dry on your lips, which usually takes only a minute. I noticed that if you touch your lips to anything immediately after applying the tints, there is more transfer of the tint.


The texture of these tints is my favorite aspect because Peripera’s AIRY Ink Velvet has that “airy” velvety texture on the lips, just like the name suggests! I had never come across any lip product with this texture before!

All of the shades have the same subtle floral scent…and taste! It tastes like rose – not that I intentionally tasted the product; I always accidentally get a little taste of it when I apply the product on my lips. If you don’t like having to inevitably taste the product, not sure you would like this.


Now that we’ve gotten all those details out of the way, let me show you the most fun part- swatches of the shades!!

Shade #1 Heart Grapefruit

I would describe this shade as a reddish-orange shade, which I think would look good on those with a warm skin tone.

Shade #2 Pretty Orange Pink

I think this is a more vibrant more orange-y shade than shade #1. I think this would look good on those with a warm skin tone that is lighter than mine. To be honest, this is probably my least favorite shade, just because it looks a bit too vibrant on me and I usually go for a natural everyday look. Maybe this is a shade that I can use or special occasions.

Shade #3 Sold Out Red

While shade #1 Heart Grapefruit is a reddish orange color, shade #3 Sold Out Red is an orange-ish red color. If you’re someone like me who wants your makeup to make a statement with a red shade but still look natural, I think this shade is for you.

Shade #4 Beautiful Coral Pink

This shade is more of a hot pink color that gives a more youthful look; although, on camera it looks more mauve-y.

Shade #5 Elf Light Rose

This is the most natural shade for my lips as it is the shade that is closest to my lip color (when I actually do have some natural color on my lips). I tend to reach out for this color the most for that natural makeup for work. I also think this shade works for skin tone with warm undertone, as well as skin tone with cool undertone. If your skin color is darker than mine though, this shade might make you look too washed out, in my opinion.


Overall, I do wish that these tints are more moisturizing and lasted longer. However, so far this is my third favorite lip tints out of all the lip tints I’ve ever tried! Which lip tint products are ranked #1 & #2 on my book? Stay tuned to my blog to find out!

What is your experience with these tints?

Which shade is your favorite?

Cellnco Vitamin Solution Radiant Whitening Ampoule

Hi Beauties!

I was reading Sokobeauty’s blog about the Cellnco Vitamin Solution Radiant Whitening Ampoule a few months ago and decided to purchase this product from w2beauty a couple months ago. The product claims to help fade dark spots that resulted from past acne- and you all know that I have some serious dark spots!


Reading through the ingredients, I saw that this ampoule has both niacinamide and L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). I have heard that these two whitening ingredients cancel each other out when used together. Here, the L-Ascorbic Acid is one of the last ingredients on the list and the niacinamide is high on the list, so that usually means there is more niacinamide than L-Ascorbic acid. I was still not expecting much out of this product though, due to the potential offsetting interaction between those two ingredients.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Alcohol Denat., Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-10, Biosaccharide Gum-1, PPG-2-Deceth-12, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Carbomer, Arginine, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Adenosine, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Extract, Artemisia capillaris flower Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) root Extract, Leonurus Sibiricus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Atractylodes Japonica Rhizome Extract, Ailanthus Altissima Bark Extract, Cnidium officinale root Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Dextrin, Gardenia Yellow Color, Fragrance


Let me just jump directly to the results I was seeing after using this product for about a month.

Below is what my dark spots looked like on both my cheeks just before I started using this ampoule (i.e. Day 1).
After 1 month, I could see the dark spots becoming lighter…and fewer.

Also note that after that first month, I had a new acne that left me with a new deep dark spot on my left cheek. I continued using the ampoule for a second month. I saw significant improvement on the new dark spot on the left side, as well as continued fading of the dark spots on the right cheek.

I am happy to see that this ampoule actually works!!


Ok, so let’s talk about the details of the product itself! It has a clear-colored gel-like consistency. I say “gel-like” because when spread out on the skin, it is lighter than gel, but still thicker than water. It is sticky on the skin though.

For those who are sensitive to fragrance, this ampoule does have fragrance. It has the scent of an orange that is not so subtle but also not overpowering. I do like this scent. Also, the ampoule is moisturizing as well. Sometimes I can get away without applying further moisturizer because the ampoule feels moisturizing enough!

My skin hydration level was 51.4% before applying the ampoule, and then 63.1% after application of the ampoule


Overall, here are aspects of this ampoule that I like and dislike:


– It fades my post-acne dark spots!
– The orange-y scent
– Light gel consistency
– Moisturizing
– The durable, elegant tear drop bottle


– The stickiness on the skin

This ampoule contains 7.0 oz/ 50 ml of the product and it lasted me a couple months. As I mentioned, I purchased this from w2beauty for $28. I think this ampoule is worth a try if you’re trying to fade your post-acne dark spots. If your skin is sensitive to L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), I think you should still be ok with this ampoule because the L-Ascorbic acid is lower on the ingredient list- but I would just patch-test it first before you apply it on your whole face, just to be safe.

I do wonder though if this ampoule is really ok for those with sensitive skin, so let me know your thoughts! Even if you don’t have sensitive skin and have tried this product, I would still love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below! What other products have worked for fading your hyperpigmentation?

The CUTEST Sheet Masks: Unitouch Miss O Facial Masks

I normally do not dedicate a full review/blog post on sheet masks, but I love these sheet masks so much that I have to dedicate a full review blog post on them! First of all, how cute are these masks?!?!?! I have never seen sheet masks this cute haha…No wonder they’ve been posted all over Instagram!

About the brand

The brand, Unitouch, is a Taiwanese brand that fully uses natural plant essence oils instead of chemically-synthesized oils. They have 4 lines of products: Perfection Perfect Series, Garden Series, So What?! Series, and Miss O Oh Lala Series. The masks that I am reviewing here are 4 of the 5 masks in the Miss O Oh Lala series.

My New FAVORITE Sheet Masks!!

With any sheet masks, I always feel that you can’t see a significant difference (besides moisturization) after only 1 use. With that said, here I will talk only about how these masks feel when I applied them on my skin.

Before I go deeper into the masks, let’s talk about why these are my new favorite masks:

Firstly, I have always loved sheet masks that are thin (the “almost-invisible” kind of thin) and flexible (i.e. easy to fit onto my small face). These Unitouch Miss O sheet masks are thin enough to be flexible to fit onto the face but not so thin that I would worry about ripping it while unfolding it. Essentially, these sheet masks are just the right thickness for me.

Secondly, with other sheet masks that I have tried (and I have tried A LOT of sheet masks), the essence is always dripping from the masks while I was unfolding the masks. Unitouch Miss O sheet masks also have a lot of essence, but the essence doesn’t drip from the masks.

Now, let’s go on to the sheet masks…

Miss O Oh Lala Sheet Masks

This line of the Unitouch products contain 5 sheet masks, but I only purchased 4 of them:

Relax Facial Mask– This masks helps to clean and heal the skin. It has a natural and VERY subtle scent. Below are the main ingredients and their benefits to the skin:

– Citrus Paradisi Extracts: this is basically grapefruit extracts, which contains natural antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
– Avina Sativa Extracts: Oat extracts, which helps fight inflammation, soothes the skin, and moisturizes the skin.
– 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid Extracts: This is a stable Vitamin C ingredient that helps whiten and brighten the skin, as well as protects the skin from ultraviolet B damage and improves collagen formation in the skin.

Good Night Facial Mask– Hydrates and brightens the complexion. The main ingredients include

– Lavandula Angustifolia extracts: lavender plant extracts, containing soothing and calming properties for the skin, as well as antibacterial properties.
– VITIS VINIFERA EXTRACTS: Grape Seed extracts, containing natural antioxidants
– SODIUM HYALURONATE EXTRACTS: sodium salt of hyaluronic acid, which keeps the skin well-hydrated that then slows down aging.

Makeup Facial Mask – This mask is meant to be used before putting on makeup. It looks like the primary ingredient is water, but it also includes ingredients like Butylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol that thins out the viscosity of the essence on the mask. I mentioned this mask is meant to be used before putting on makeup, which for me usually means in the morning. However, since I never have time in the morning for a face mask, I used this at night, just like the other masks. It’s as good as the other masks, but I can’t say that it feels like a primer or anything like that- so I think this mask can be used at night too.

Outdoor Facial Mask – This mask is meant to be used to soothe the skin after being out in the sun all day. Like the Makeup Facial Mask, the primary ingredient is water, with thinning ingredients like Butylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol. Since I am rarely outside in the sun for long enough to get sunburnt skin or anything like that, I used this mask under “normal” circumstances- not with sunburnt skin. The mask feels like the other Unitouch Miss O masks; I didn’t feel anything special, compared to the other Unitouch Miss O masks.

So that is it for my full review of the Unitouch Miss O Facial Masks. I purchased these masks from Beautibi using the links below. I would recommend you to try these masks and let me know your thoughts!

Relax Facial Mask:

Stay Beautiful!!!

23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Set

Hi Beauties!

A few weeks ago, I was one of the lucky winners of an international giveaway that was hosted by Amabie Beauty ( for their store, and for their review page). The giveaway was for travel sets of 23.5N products.


Since I have combination/oily skin type, they sent me the 23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Travel Set that consisted of the following products:

– Toner

– Serum

– Gel Mask

Normally I use products for about a month before writing a full review of them, but since these are travel sizes, I could use them only for about 2 weeks.

About the brand

23.5N is a brand that uses natural ingredients from Taiwan in its beauty products. Their products contain no paraben, no artificial coloring, no fragrance, and no animal testing.


Common Ingredients among all 3 products:

Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tea Extract, Peppermint Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, and Methylisothiazolinone

If you want to know the ingredients of each item, here it is below, from the shop amabie website:

Toner: Aqua, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tea Extract, Glycerin, Terminalia Catalpa L. Leaf Extract, Peppermint Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

Serum: Aqua, Carbomer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tea Extract, Butylene Glycol and Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Peppermint Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

Gel Mask: Aqua, Tea Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Tremella Fuciformis Extract, Niacinamide, Benzyl Alcohol, Mantha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.


As you can see from the table from cosdna below, there are three irritating ingredients in these products, but they are also  lower in the ingredients list, which means that there is not much of these ingredients in the 23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing line. Also, my skin is normally sensitive to alcohol ingredients, but these products did not irritate my skin at all. Keep in mind though that this product line is made for oily skin, and I have combo/oily skin, so if you have dry skin, you might want to dry their set that is for dry skin.

Now, let’s discuss the top ingredients contained in these products and then go on to discuss my experience with each of these products.

Water: well, I think everyone knows what water is ^^

Sodium Hyaluronate: This is an ingredient that is derived from Hyaluronic Acid, which is a substance that is naturally found in the dermis layer of the skin, which is the layer that provides elasticity of the skin. Hyaluronic Acid holds on to the water inside the skin to hydrate the skin and give the skin volume/plumpness. As we get older, the level of hyaluronic acid decreases, making the skin lose its plumpness and youth. Basically, then sodium hyaluronate attracts and holds on to water in the skin to give it hydration and make the skin plump.

Green Tea: Contains a lot of anti-oxidant and anti-aging benefits as the polyphenols in green tea helps neutralize free radicals and as such slows down the aging process.

Glycerin: Absorbs water from the air.

Ingredient Function Acne Irritant Safety 


‧Solvent 1
Sodium Hyaluronate


‧Moisturizer 0 0 1
Green Tea


‧Antioxidant 1




0 0 2
Peppermint Extract


Benzyl Alcohol







‧Preservative 6


‧Preservative 7
Terminalia Catappa L. Leaves (Indian almond) Extract no matched results



23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Toner

Oil-Control Functionality

When I am feeling lazy, sometimes I only wash my face and then put on toner- no  skincare afterwards. Normally, my forehead would get oily about an hour or so after the toner. With this toner, my forehead never got oily! The toner also seems to control my sebum overnight and throughout the day too (note: I used this once in the morning and then again at night).

Consistency & Fragrance

The consistency is a liquid lightweight consistency, like a typical toner.

For those of you who care about fragrance, this product has no fragrance. I tried several times to catch a hint of scent, and I think it has a hint of a tea scent, but it’s not noticeable unless you dip your nose in the product like I did….literally!


The only thing I’m not a fan of with this toner is the color. It has a brownish color, like the color of tea. Because the color of the product is brownish, I can’t really tell how well it wipes the makeup and dirt off my face!

This is the color of the toner on a cotton pad
After I wiped the toner on my face








23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Serum

Oil-Control Functionality

I tried the serum on its own as well (i.e., without the toner and the gel mask), once in the morning and once at night and kept the rest of my skincare routine constant. I think the serum also works on controlling the sebum. My forehead did not get as oily as usual during the day and when I used it at night, my forehead did not get as oily the next morning.

Consistency & Fragrance

Since it is a serum, the consistency is a bit thicker than the toner.

Just like the toner, there is a very very subtle tea scent, but again it’s barely noticeable- I don’t think most people would be able to detect a scent.


The color of the serum itself is the same as the color of the toner. I don’t mind that color on a serum. The serum also gets absorbed by my skin quickly and does not leave a sticky feeling- don’t you just hate it when your skincare product makes your skin sticky?! This serum actually made my face soft and smooth once it was absorbed by the skin.

Of course the serum works very well with the toner, and ideally you would wear these products (the toner, serum and gel mask) in combination with each other. Realistically, though, sometimes you could only buy one! If that’s the case for you, I think you should try the serum first. Additionally, serums are usually more potent than toners.


23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Gel Mask

Oil-Control Functionality

Having tried the toner and serum and finding that they do control sebum, I was expecting the gel mask to also control sebum. Unfortunately, I was sad to find that the gel mask does not seem to control sebum when used on its own without the toner and serum. When used in combination with the toner and serum, however, my sebum was controlled overnight and throughout the day.

Consistency & Fragrance

As the name says, the product has a gel consistency that turns more watery on the skin. It is very lightweight, fast-absorbing and is not sticky. It also leaves your skin so soft! Fragrance-wise, I feel that the tea scent on the gel mask is a bit more detectable than the scent on the toner and serum, but it’s still very very subtle.


As you can see from the picture above, the color is a tea color, just like the toner and the serum.


Overall Thoughts

As I mentioned, ideally all three products used in combination would give you the optimal effect, but let’s face it- sometimes we can’t buy all three products. If you could buy only one of these products at a time, I would recommend trying the serum first. Unfortunately, I just checked the shopamabie store and found out that the serum is not sold separately!!! 😔 Well, in that case, I would then recommend you to try the toner first then because it does control the sebum.

I am happy that I got the opportunity to review these products- Thank you again, Amabie Beauty!

These products can be purchased at the links below:


23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Toner- Travel Size


23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Gel Mask -Travel Size


Let me know what you think if you have tried any of these products or any other 23.5N products!


Stay Beautiful!!

A’Pieu Base Maker SPF 30 PA++

Hi Beauties!

Around the same time that I got the Erborian Glow Creme that I reviewed a couple of weeks ago, I also received the A’pieu Base Maker as part of my Beauteque BB bag. This is basically a face primer with SPF. A’pieu is a sister brand of Missha and is targetted for those in their 20s. The brand caters to sensitive skin by including mild ingredients in its products. To make the products interesting, the brand also collaborate with popular animated characters like Doraemon and Crayon Shin-Chan.

The A’pieu base maker, however, is not one of the brand’s collaboration products. As you can see from the picture above, the packaging is just the classic and simple bottle that you squeeze the product out- nothing too fancy or complex. The one I have here is in shade #102 Bboyan.

The product itself has the consistency of a typical sunscreen- white and relatively thicker than most primers I’ve used. It really feels like you’re applying sunscreen. I think that might be because of the SPF content.  It’s also a little sticky.


The first thing I noticed when I applied this to my face was the grey cast, which I am not a fan of (see below pictures).

Right side has the primer, left side is my natural skintone.
With primer only- no Foundation

As you know, the main purpose of a face primer is to help the foundation last longer during the day. I put the A’pieu Base Maker to the test! Below are pictures for when I had just applied my bb cushion on top of the primer, and then how the base maker performed throughout the day, as a face primer. Sorry for the different lighting for left side of the first picture below!

Upon Application
6 hours later…
9 Hours Later…

Since my face gets oily as the day goes on, I am always worried that my makeup moves around. However, with this primer, 6 hours after application, you can see that my makeup stays put.

Primer + BB – Upon Application
6 hours later…

In terms of coverage, I think this primer does have a good cover; it covers my blemishes and pores pretty well.

The product does have a scent, for those of you who are sensitive to scent. It has a floral/powdery scent at application, but I don’t think it lingers much after application.


I don’t like the white cast it gives upon application. I also don’t like the thick consistency. It does have good coverage, but I feel that there are other primers out there that also have good coverage and provides moisture that do not give a white cast. I am currently just using this up, but I will not be repurchasing.

Ok, so that is it for my review this week! As always, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @aiforbeauty or twitter @aiforbeauty or Facebook @aiforbeauty OR suscribe to this blog to get email notifications whenever I publish a new post!

Hope you all had a good weekend and how you will have a good week this week!!

Stay Beautiful!

Ice Cream Lip Tints! Etude House Dear Darling Tints- Swatches & Review

Hi Beauties!!

I finally got my hands on the Etude House Dear Darling Tints that launched pretty recently. I purchased these tints from w2beauty. I was going to publish this review in August, but since July 29 was National Lipstick Day, I thought this would be the perfect weekend to publish this review!

As you can see from the packaging in the picture above, these tints have a summery kind of tone/feel. As you will see next, the colors also have a summery feel to it. These tints feel light on the lips and are also sheer in finish, making them look so natural on the lips, good for day-to-day wear to school or to work.


See below for swatches on my hand and lips, and also pictures of my whole face to show you how each shade goes with my overall skin tone. The pictures with my overall skin tone and swatches on the lips are not filtered at all so you can see exactly how they look under the natural lighting I had.
PK006: I was actually surprised that this shade is transparent, so the tint is basically like a sparkly lip gloss.

OR205: This shade is a true orange shade. I think it would be suitable for those with a warm skin tone.

PK005: This shade is a light pink that looks very natural. I think that besides PK006, this is the shade that is most sheer.

RD307: When I look at the color in the bottle, I thought this would be a true red, but this red shade is actually more of an orangey-red color, rather than a true blood red. This kind of red I think suits those with a warm yellow-undertone skin tone like mine. Also, I normally don’t like wearing bold red- I personally think it makes me look so scary, but I would definitely wear this kind of red shade as it still makes a statement but not too bold. This one is less sheer than PK005.

PK004: This is my favorite shade! This is the kind of shade that I tend to gravitate to. It is a little bit of a plum-ish color that still looks natural on my skin tone. I think it is as sheer as RD307.

RD306: This shade looks like really dark red in the bottle, and that might look a bit intimidating, but the shade itself isn’t that dark. It is a darker and more true-red version of RD307 though. While RD307 is more orange-y, RD306 is more reddish.

I think all these colors match a warm yellow-undertone skin tone like mine, which I was pleasantly surprised to find. My personal favorite shade of the six shades, though, is PK004, the second darkest shade.


At first I thought these tints were just cute and was not expecting much out of them performance-wise. However, I have to admit that they surprised me! As always, when it comes to lip products, I will talk about these tints in terms of the moisture they give to the lips, the longevity of the tint and the transferability of the tint.


I am actually pleasantly surprised that these tints are NOT drying. I don’t think it provides moisture the way lip balms do (and most tints don’t either), but unlike most lip tints, they are also not drying.


I was also surprised to find that these tints lasted on my lips pretty much all day! Here are picture from when I was testing for the longevity of the tint. In the picture I used PK004, but I tested another shade (I think it was RD306) and found the same results.



Here I was at work, sipping out of my cup while having the lip stain on my lips- and no tint on the cup! I think it is safe to say that this tint does NOT transfer…at all!! Although, I did notice that when I applied lip balm on TOP of the tint, then the tint transferred everywhere…so usually I would apply a ton of lip balm before applying the tint.


As I mentioned, these tints all have a pretty sheer finish, although the darker shades are a little less sheer than the lighter shades. Because of the sheer finish, these tints are good for everyday wear to school or to work. For me, however, because of the sheer finish, my upper lip sometimes does not seem to retain the color when I smack my lips together to apply the tint as I do normally; all the color from my upper lip seems to transfer to my bottom lip, which easily retains color (I know, so weird!!)- so I just have to remember not to smack my lips together when I apply these tints.


A word of warning: Although these tints smell like candy, they taste bitter. I accidentally tasted only a little bit when I put the tints on, so it may not be a big deal for a lot of people. Just thought I would mention this, but I do wish Etude House had made them taste like candy too…or at least tasteless…

Ok, so that is it to my LONG review on these tints. Overall, these tints do surprise me, in a good way. If you are looking for tints that give you a sheer, natural look to wear to school or to work, you should give these tints a try. If you are sensitive to lip products that taste bitter though, I don’t think you will like these tints. Again, I could taste only a little bit of the tint when I put them on.

Let me know in the comments below whether you decide to try these tints! I purchased these tints from w2beauty – they send you the products directly from Korea. You can also find these at Amazon (Prime), if you are in a rush to get your hands on them! If you have tried them, I would love to know your thoughts!!

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Holika Holika Enamel Lip Tints

Hi Beauties!!

As you know, I have super dry lips and so I am always looking for moisturizing lip products. I also hate it when I see my lip product transfer to everything my lips touch…cups, glasses, utensils, etc…so I am always looking for lip tints that do NOT transfer. Thirdly, I also tend to be too lazy to touch up my lipstick/tint more than once a day and I naturally have very pale lips.

I came across these Holika Holika Pro:Beauty Enamel Volip Tints when I was watching Liah Yoo’s video here.  Firstly, Liah Yoo is one of my favorite Youtube Beauty Gurus who have the same skin type as me and similar interests as me. Secondly, the packaging caught my eyes because it’s so sleek and shiny!

This Holika Holika lip tints come in 6 shades: (click on the link to go to the Amazon page where you can buy the product in that shade)

#OR01 Citrine Peach
#OR02 Spicy Orange
#PK01 Muse Pink
#RD02 Ambitious Red

I purchased only #CR01 Flash Coral and #RD01 Twilight because I thought those are the colors that would match best with my honey beige skin tone, and in this post I want to focus my testing on the formula instead of on the colors. Below are swatches only of these two shades- for swatches of all 6 shades, I would suggest going to Liah Yoo’s video.

If you’ve read my other reviews on lip products, you know how picky I am about lip products- very picky!! As always with lip products, the three attributes that are important to me when deciding how much I like the product are:

  1. how much the product transfers (if at all) to things my lips touch
  2. how moisturizing it is
  3. how long-lasting the tint is.

I will also mention the scent, because some people might be sensitive to scents, and applicator of the product.


Ok, so this is actually the part that disappoints me the most – the tint transfers EVERYWHERE!! At first I thought that maybe I had to wait some more for the tint to dry so it wouldn’t transfer, but no matter how long I waited, it still transferred to whatever my lips touched.


As you can see on the picture below, the tint is almost gone 4 hours after application, after some eating and drinking. Also, the tint clings onto the dry area of my lips- so the moisture that the tint gives upon application doesn’t last that long…at least not on my lips. Eight hours after application, the tint was basically all gone. I tried the shade #RD01 Twilight and got the same results.



Unlike most lip tints, these lip tints are VERY moisturizing…almost as moisturizing as a lip balm! Also, most lip tints have a matte finish, but these Holika Holika lip tints have a glossy finish, which I love too.

Scent & Applicator

In terms of the scent, it has a sweet, candy-like scent. It is pretty subtle though, and you don’t actually taste the scent if you know what I mean. Essentially, when you put the tint on your lips and accidentally lick your lips, it’s not sweet it just doesn’t taste like anything.

In terms of the applicator, the lip tint has a slanted doe-foot applicator as in the picture below. I think the slant helps with applying the product onto the lips. I don’t mind the applicator, but I do think it might be easier to apply the tint to my cupid’s bow if the applicator was more sharp at the end.

Overall Thoughts
I love that the tint is very moisturizing. I don’t like the fact that the tint doesn’t last that long, but I guess I wouldn’t mind re-touching once, or even twice, a day as part of a compromise for the moisturizing properties. However, what discourages me the most from re-purchasing these tints is the fact that it transfers so much so easily…everywhere!
Have you tried these tints? How do you like them? I’m curious to hear whether other people have the same experience as me with these tints. Please leave a comment below with your thoughts!
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Erborian Glow Creme Illuminating Face Cream

Hi Beauties!!

Do you like having a glowy face but not like using powder highlighters? If you can relate to that, then you might want to try the Erborian Glow Creme Illuminating Face Cream.

I purchased this as part of the $50 Klog Box from Soko Glam. I don’t think Soko Glam carries it anymore, but Sephora now carries it. The product claims that it helps give the face “a pearly glow and a radiant complexion”. You can see the “glowiness” when you squeeze out the product from the tube like you can see in the picture below. The consistency is between a cream and a gel…so I guess a light cream consistency.

You can use it as a primer, under your foundation, or as a creme highlighter, on top of your foundation.  I usually use it as a primer. I do notice my face looks more glowy when I use this as a primer under my foundation.  I wasn’t sure how to capture this on camera though! Also, just a quick note that this product does not have SPF, so if you want to use this as a primer, you still need to apply suncreen underneath.

Effectiveness as a Primer

First of all, since I use this as a primer, I wanted to see how effective it is as a primer. The purpose of using a primer under your foundation is to make your makeup last longer. Does this product live up to that expectation?

Ok, if you have read my post on my favorite bb cushion, the Missha M Magic Cushion, you’d know that cushion holds up well and lasts all day all on its own- so for my testing purposes of the Erborian Glow Creme, I used another foundation that I know does not last all day on its own. Check out the pictures below:

At Application
8 hours later
At Application
8 hours later

I did not retouch my makeup at anytime during the day when I took those pictures. I think it works pretty well as a primer.


I also have to say, this product does have a floral fragrance. It’s not subtle, but it’s also not overpowering…at least not for me. If your skin is sensitive to fragrance, you might want to take caution.


The main ingredient of this product is licorice extract, which is known for the following benefits for the skin:

– potent anti-oxidants: fights damaging free radicals

– promote skin elasticity and slows down wrinkle formation, and fight inflammation (plant sterols)
– helps reduce hyper-pigmentation (glabridin blocks the enzyme that causes the skin to darken)
– Helps regulate oil production, which helps prevent acne as acne is caused by the clogging of the skin pores due to overproduction of oil. (Licochalcone)
– Also has moisturizing properties

I can’t confirm  that it slows down wrinkles since I don’t have wrinkles yet. I also don’t notice my hyperpigmentation reduced or my combo/oily face getting less oily with this product. What I do notice though is that the creme does add moisture to the skin, per my testing using a skin tester below. (I tested on two different areas of my face).

Overall verdict:

I do like this product because it helps give me that “glow effect” and adds moisture to my skin. I also love the scent. However, other than that, I don’t think this product does anything else, and at the price of $42, I will not be repurchasing.

Has anyone tried this? I would love to know your thoughts if you have tried this product. Also, let me know in the comments below if there is any other product you’d like me to try and review. 🙂

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