10 Reasons to Getting Ipsy Makeup Bags

When I first heard of these makeup subscription services, I was so excited. For only 15 CAD and 10 USD per month, I get to try a whole variety of makeup and tools that are from big brands? This was too good to be true!


At that time, I was really into YouTube make up guru Michelle Phan and I was digging her, so I decided to subscribe to her monthly makeup Ipsy bags.


First, you go to the website www.ipsy.com and answer questions on your physical descriptions and choose what kinds of makeup you want to receive. Afterward, you pay and if there is no waitlist, you are in and you will receive your monthly makeup bags!


I subscribed for a year and have stopped since then and here are my thoughts on the Ipsy subscriptions specifically.


Get it:


  1. If you don’t mind getting makeup from random brands.
  2. if you are just starting out collecting makeup
  3. if you like trying new makeup
  4. if you don’t mind receiving nail polish after nail polish and having makeup tools one month after another
  5. if you don’t mind receiving whatever colors you might get whether they are dark brown eyeshadows this month, lighter brown eyeshadows next month and medium brown eyeshadows the month after that
  6. if you like receiving new makeup bags every month
  7. if you like the feeling of opening up a present every month
  8. if you have extra 15 cad dollars a month and you want to consume for the heck of it
  9. If you want to support Michelle Phan
  10. If you like popping bubble wraps every month


Overall, it was fun subscribing for a year trying out new makeup and tools but I realized I was collecting make up for the sake of it. I couldn’t possibly use all the make up I was receiving and I am not the type just to review and to throw them away or to give them away. I did give away makeup to friends here and there but overall, I felt like it was a waste of money but of the products as well.  


One reason that propelled me to write this post was that I recently finished using a lip product from the previous Ipsy bags I received which was around 5 years ago!! I used that lip product quite often but it still took me that long to use it up.


This is one of the reasons why I stopped buying makeup products because I didn’t need all of that. I already have a lot and I actually want to use them up and not just for the sake of buying them after seeing a great review or a haul from YouTube or blog posts. The feeling of using up makeup products or anything for that matter is a very satisfying feeling. Is anybody else with me on this?


I might go back to subscribing makeup subscriptions in the future but only if I use up my current make up stash which would be in 2028. It does take a while to use them up IMHO


Have anyone of you tried subscribing to other makeup box or bags and if so what were your thoughts? Please share and comment down below!


Thanks for reading!


Until next time,



Minimalist Min(ie)


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Monthly Makeup: Lip Review / Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

I will be doing a monthly review of makeup related products and this is the lip product I wore almost every day in December 2017 and here is my take on it.


Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid lipstick

Item Description:

THE liquid lipstick that started the craze! Unleash long lasting, high-pigment color with a swipe of the wand. In 43 to-die-for shades, this creamy, comfortable formula glides over lips like a gloss and sets to a true matte finish.

Source: Katvondbeauty website

Suggested Usage:

-Outline lip with applicator tip.

-Fill in lip with high-pigment color.

-Artistry tip: fill in lip with angled part of applicator.

-Keep lips still for a few seconds, then apply a second coat for unstoppable wear.

Source: Sephora website


Isododecane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Polyethylene, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Dicalcium Phosphate.

Source: Paula’s Choice 


[Above] How it looks when I first put it on. It actually looks more creamy but the picture is not doing justice 😦


[Above] After 10+ hours including eating and drinking



  • Packaging: It’s a typical slender looking lip product. I am the type who doesn’t care too much about the packaging and I would rather pay less money for less fancy packaging than pay more for the fancy look. The product’s cover was tight when closed, and nothing leaked so that’s good on my end. It does look stylish with the ink motif design on the cover, but yeah other than nothing much.
  • Color: It comes in 43 colors total, so that is pretty awesome! The colors range from pink to black so they are quite diverse and would suit a lot of people’s needs! The color I got was called Double Dare and I purchased it after seeing one of my favorite make up artist Pony put it on her, and it looked so gorgeous!! I mean herself is gorgeous but the color reminded me of dried up rose petals. The color looks especially stunning as the time goes on which is even more awesome. The color is quite pigmented and might look outdated(?) because it looked bold on my lips but in an aging look way. However, as I wore it throughout the day, the color became more muted and looked really pretty at the end of the day. For more muted(?) look, I would wipe off the excess so it doesn’t look as shiny and creamy (if that’s not your thing).
  • Texture: It is quite creamy when I put it on my lips; however, the color comes off quite easily when I accidentally touch my lips with my fingers or eat or drink.  As the time goes by, the texture becomes matte but if I wiped my lips for any reason, the color would come off, so I thought that was quite odd and interesting.
  • Scent: Like a chemical?
  • Performance: The color is pigmented, and quite long-lasting and for most times, it does stay well even though I’ve eaten or drank throughout the day. Like I mentioned before, the color does come off or it would leave a ring on your cup, but somehow, the pigmentation seemed to infiltrate my lips that the color stayed on the whole day. The product is not hydrating, so I had to put on my lip balm few times a day.
  • Availability: Easy access as it is available online and offline from various beauty online stores.
  • Price: 24 CAD at Sephora stores so it’s not drugstore price but it’s not sooo steep that it did not turn me off from purchasing it.

Overall thoughts

When I first tried it on my lips, I didn’t like the color because I thought it was too shiny and aged my look and I left it alone for a while. When I tried it the second time, it was the same effect, shiny and outdated but I persisted having it on the whole day and that was when I noticed the color tone looked prettier and muted as the day went by. Also, the color is very pigmented, so it stayed on the whole day as you can see from my pictures. I didn’t even re-apply any lip colored product other than lip balm to hydrate my lips so that was good because I did not have to worry about my lip color fading.

Overall, I do like the product, but I will wear it when I need my lip color to stay for the whole day. The color is quite bold so I wouldn’t wear it if I am going for a natural look. Unless I have nothing else on other than my lips, then I might consider wearing it to lessen my whole face looking tired and listless. Because of the price, I wouldn’t rush out to get all the colors, but because I only have to apply it once a day, I wouldn’t mind exploring other colors if need be. I am not the type to test out new things, but to observe from far away, and then pounce and to see for myself.


Please share your thoughts if you tried any other Kat Von D Everlasting lip product!


Thanks for reading!

Until then,



Minimalist Min(ie)

Power of Red Lips

Whenever I thought about red color in makeup I automatically thought of as old or rather mature color. It could be when my first encounter with makeup was my mom’s red lipstick and when I put it on and looked in the mirror, I thought I looked terrible but in a way oh so mature!


I eventually broke off with red color during my high school years and even in my 20s because I thought it felt too old on my complexion.


It’s so different when highschoolers nowadays, especially in Korea, where they were the blood red colored tint to school and that’s a trend. I think in my days which was in the 90’s,  the “it” color was the dark, brownish color that made our lips look sort of dead or we had just smeared mud pie onto our lips or something. Oh, the 90’s.


I don’t know about you guys, but I change my makeup looks every week to spice up and to use the rest of my makeup products that I don’t use all the time. I also carry a makeup pouch and change the contents, which are mostly lip products, every month. Does anybody else do that?


Last week, I left my makeup pouch from my weekend job, so I didn’t have my makeup pouch on me. I was carrying Peripera tint in orange and it is quite pigmented so I sported flushed color lips throughout the month.


I could have used my other lip products that needed some love, but I tried to wear basic chapstick with no other color and see how I looked. I am pretty big on lips so I wanted to see how I looked and felt with my natural colored lips.


Oh boy. I thought I could be confident at this age, let alone relying on a lip product, but oh my goodness… I felt like I looked so dead without some color on my lips.


Here are what I used in the month of September for red lips: 



Picture of my almost everyday natural lip color


Peripera Tint in Orange




From far away, the lip color looks more blended. This makeup is what I wore when I went to an outdoor music concert a few weeks ago. 

Quick Review:

Okay, this is technically not red, but it is still a bright color, so I will include this lip product in this post. This is what I used every day and the formula was quite liquidity. The formula was wet and it took some time to dry it out but afterward, the color was also really pigmented. After it dried up, the color stayed intact for a few hours even though I’ve consumed water and food during those times. This was a sample size that I’ve gotten from past beauty subscriptions box so the bottle was quite small. I saw the regular sized bottle online and reading other reviews, and from my personal experience,  you have to be really careful with these bottles. If you tip them, which I did, the liquid formula spilled everywhere and tinted the surface and to make it worse, it was extremely hard to take it off, so be careful!!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam




Quick Review:

I only used this lip color for my night outs which I went clubbing last night with two of my married friends. There will be a post about that because it was quite a night and not in the best sense. Anyways, this is a gorgeous red color that suits my skin color which has the warm yellowish undertone. It’s wet but dries matte and the color is pigmented that it also stayed intact the whole night and that is after consuming a bowl of ramen, a pint of beer, appies and a couple of shots. It freaken stayed on the whole night and I just needed to put lip balm to smooth my dried lips but sheesh, the color stayed put!


Aritaum Water Sliding Tint No.14 Carribbean Red


Quick Review:

I’ve heard good reviews about this lip product so when I visited Korea last year, I purchased it. It is a stick form, but the formula is liquidity. Also on the packaging, it states that it cannot be put back when twisting to get the product out. Because of this, I try to be careful when twisting the product to get it out and I normally dab it onto my lips. The color is quite gorgeous, and it again suits my skin tone quite well. One thing though, it says it is a “tint” but the color was not as pigmented as the Periperi one. Although, I must add, when I put Peripera tint in orange and added this tint on top of it, it was like a match made in heaven. It worked quite well and gave a vibrant orangey/reddish top that brightened up my looks.


With both Peripera Tint in Orange and Aritaum Water Sliding Tint No.14 Carribbean Red and after eating and drinking, the pigment still stayed put. 

What is your must-have red lip color? Please leave a comment down below! 


Until next time,

Minimalist Minnie


Tony Moly Backstage Gel Eyeliner VS. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Hello, everyone!

Wow! Haven’t been blogging for a loong time! I work 7 days a week, so I have been quite busy, and I was sick for a month. Well I still am stuck with mucus and I cannot smell or taste anything but at least I can write, so here I am!

I have also started a Youtube channel with a friend, Alina,  and the channel is called That was Clothes so please subscribe and support! 🙂

I mentioned I work on weekends and I work day shifts which mean I start from 8 am to 4 pm. Working at 8 am on a Saturday and Sunday is tough and I would have to wake up around 6:45 am ish to get ready and to put makeup etc. I sometimes carpool, so it would be even earlier. Ughh…BUT bills gotta get paid, and I like the job, so it is fine for now. .

Around a month ago, I realized I can just put my makeup at work and that I can have that extra 15 minutes of sleep and, believe me, 15 minutes of snooze is WORTH IT!

One day, I brought my makeup stash to put on at work and realized, I forgot to bring my Tony Moly Backstage Gel Eyeliner in black which I always use on my eyes. I was devastated because I need my eyeliner and for all, you girls who NEED eyeliner (most of the time ;)) will get me!! Anyways, I pondered, and I decided I will get another gel eyeliner and I thought, what is a famous gel eyeliner? And it hit me! Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner! I have heard rave reviews, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to try it out.

Here are the pros and cons of each product and the summary down below!

Tony Moly Backstage Gel Eyeliner




Get the precision of a liquid liner with the ease of a gel-based formula. With an easy brush applicator, the eyeliner glides on smoothly and precisely, then quickly dries down to a long-wearing, water-resistant finish.


01 | Black: Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ceresin, Caprylyl Methicone, Talc, Ultramarines (CI 77007), Silica Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Propylene Carbonate, Butylparaben, BHT, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil

Product Info

Colors: 01 Black, 02 Brown, 03 Pearl Brown, 04 Khaki Black, 05 Pearl Black, 06 Choco Brown, 07 Deep Burgundy




  • Packaging: It is not bad. It comes with a free brush which I use everyday and it works out. The only thing is to be careful when transporting this item. If put with different makeup in a makeup bag, the wand might break off, or become loose, as it can be fragile in that way. I would recommend putting in a place where it can be held, so it will not move around.


  • Color: It comes in 7 colors in total, so that is pretty sweet! When I purchased the eyeliner, it only came in 2 colors!! Black and pearl brown. I would definitely NOT recommend buying pearl brown unless you want to use it more under liner shading purpose. I haven’t tried any other colors, so if anyone out there who did, share the joy by commenting down below!
  • Texture: It glides smoothly on my skin when drawn on my eyelids. Mine dried up a bit, but still not too bad. I noticed one of the ingredient list included was grapeseed oil, so I am planning to put some of the oil into the pot so and hopefully, that will revitalize its life. .
  • Scent: None
  • Performance: The color is pigmented, and quite long-lasting and for the most times, it does stay well during hard, sweaty workouts. I say ‘most’ because sometimes I find that the eyeliner runs (smudges a bit) at the end. It is not consistent, but it does do the job for the most part. Also, I mentioned, it does dry up (especially during winter) but if I push the brush harder into the pot (without putting oil or anything), it works out.
  • Availability: Fairly easy access as it is available online from various beauty online stores.
  • Price: Drugstore price is quite affordable. It is approx. 10 CAD.


Bobbi BrownLong-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Minimalist Minnie: Bobbi BrownLong-Wear Gel Eyeliner


A pigment-rich gel eyeliner with 12-hour wear, it offers the precision of a liquid liner without the fuss.

What it does:

This award-winning, long-wearing eyeliner offers the precision of liquid liner with the ease of a gel-based formula—all with 12 hours of waterproof and sweat- and humidity-resistant wear. It glides easily onto lids, and then dries to a flexible finish that will not flake or fade.

Suggested Usage:

-Dip the tip of the Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush (not included with the eyeliner)  into the gel formula (coat both sides of brush head).

-Wipe off excess on tissue before applying to eye. Work quickly as product becomes transfer-resistant once dry.

-To remove, use Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover (sold separately).

From Sephora website


isododecane – cyclopentasiloxane – polyethylene – trimethylsiloxysilicate – disteardimonium hectorite – propylene carbonate – lecithin – phenyl trimethicone – hydrogenated polyisobutene – methicone – barium sulfate – bht – phenoxyethanol [ /- iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499) – mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – carmine (ci 75470) – chromium oxide greens (ci 77288) – manganese violet (ci 77742) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – chromium hydroxide green (ci 77289) – bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) – ultramarines (ci 77007) – ferric ferrocyanide (ci 77510)]


Product Info:

Colors: Black Ink – jet black, Espresso Ink – black brown, Chocolate Shimmer Ink – dark red brown, Denim Ink – navy blue, Indigo Ink – bright blue

Size: 0.1oz, 3g


  • Packaging: It is a standard pot. Nothing fancy. One thing to note, this product does not come with an eyeliner, so you would have to purchase a separate one. The original Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush was $35 CAD (MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE PRODUCT??!!) I could not cough up the money,so I got a Sephora version Sephora Collection Pro Angled Liner Brush #22 for $20 CAD. That was expensive as well, but I bought it to try it out. After I tried it, it wasn’t anything special, so after using it, I refunded it.



  • Color: It comes in five colors and I haven’t tried other colors, but they do look nice.
  • Texture: This product also glides smoothly on my skin when drawn on my eyelids. This was a new product compared to my Tony Moly one (to take note), so the texture was still smooth and not dry.
  • Scent: None
  • Performance: I am comparing black (Tony Moly) and dark brown (Bobbi Brown) so I cannot compare the colors 1:1.  The color is pigmented, and quite long-lasting and for the most times, it does stay well during hard, sweaty workouts. I say ‘most’ because sometimes I find that the eyeliner runs (smudges a bit) at the end. It is not consistent, but it does the job for the most part. 
  • Availability: Easy access as it is available in makeup stores such as Sephora and various online beauty stores.
  • Price: 32 CAD!!!


Overall thoughts:

  • I would hands down recommend Tony Moly Backstage Gel Eyeliner because it has the similar benefits to what Bobbi BrownLong-Wear Gel Eyeliner offers, but at a much lower price. Bobbi Brown did not have three times the benefits as compared to how much it cost so yay for Tony Moly! Also, I found out, if you want the dark brown/black effect, simply lighten the pressure when using the eyeliner and if you want the black color, just press harder into the product and it comes out darker! With this one product, you can have two effects, so I would definitely recommend this product. I have been using this product for almost a year, and I still have a lot left. I would not stock up on these eyeliners as they do last a long time, so just get them as you run out.


How was your experience using these eyeliners? Do you have any awesome eyeliners you would like to recommend to others? If so, please comment down below!


As always, thank you for reading and take care 🙂

Until then,

Minimalist Minnie


Review: Tony Moly Banana Lip Balm (sample size)

Hello everyone!


Here is an another review on a lip product!


Now, I do not like to review all the products that I buy or have, but I do like to review products that are well known (to my knowledge) that are supposedly “fantastic”, or products that I had bad experience with.


For this product, for my experience, this is one worth not buying. Now I have read that there are quite good reviews on this product but they have been reviewing the regular size (which I do not think there should be any difference) and not the sample size which I have reviewed for this post. Nevertheless, I have written up pros and cons so please keep on scrolling down~ go go go!


Tony Moly Banana Lip Balm (sample size)




A deliciously scented lip balm that contains banana extract, coconut oil, milk protein extract, and Ceramide 3. Provides nutrition and moisture to treat dry and fatigued lips. Infused with a soft & sweet banana milk scent. Restores soft smooth & healthy looking lips. Features a pocket size with strap easy to carry around.


How to use

Apply a proper amount to lips to keep moist. Reapply as needed.



Petrolatum,Polybutene,Silica Silylate,VP/Hexadecene Copolymer,Diisostearyl Malate,Tocopheryl Acetate,Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891),Fragrance(Parfum),Polyethylene,Dehydroacetic Acid,Polyglyceryl-2Triisostearate,Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140),Silica Dimethyl Silylate,Musa Sapientum (Banana)Fruit Extract,Ceramide 3,Cocos Nucifera (Coconut)Oil,Milk Protein Extract,Water,Butylene Glycol,1,2-Hexanediol,Phenoxyethanol

                                                                                                                                           (from Ulta website)



  • Cute packaging. C’mon. It is shaped like a freaken banana so major points for that. A lot of people complimented on the packaging and said how cute looked!
  • Can use as  key chain after the product is finished because there is a strap attached to it! I am planning to put it with my keys
  • It is better than nothing! I do have to apply the product on my lips several times until my lips feel comforted so it is better than not using!



  • The product did not smooth or restore my lips to healthy looking lips like it stated on the website! I expect my lips to feel comforted and not chapped after using a lip balm and this product did not do what it was supposed to do! After putting the product on my lips, I did feel something was on my lips, but it still felt chapped and dry flakes were still present. When I put lip balms that actually work in the past, my dry flakes seemed to be smoothed over but this one did not do it.
  • No smell. Now, this can be considered pros because I know a lot of people do not want their beauty or skin care products to have strong scents. I do not mind scent here and there  but when a product is packaged as a banana, I expect some sort of banana scent coming out of the product and well, this did not deliver the scent like it stated on the website!
  • Last but not least, and this can be a minor thing, but when I tried to squeeze the last remnants of the product, because I like to use up most of my products, it was a bit hard because the packaging was quite stiff. But like I said, this was a minor issue and I am just being nit picky here.


Overall: Recommend or no?


No!! I will not buy this product again!


I will only recommend to those who are obsessed with all banana packaging and only for those people!


Please leave a comment down below if you have any favorite lip balm or any horrible lip balm that you have tried in the past.


Thanks for reading!


Until then,



Minimalist Minnie


Bye Bye Summer, Hello Sunscreen (?)

Hello everyone! It has been sooooo long since I last posted. I am currently enrolled in a course called English for Journalism from Coursera  and it goes on for 5 weeks so I have been pretty occupied with that.
It is not a excuse…(maybe a bit) but I finally have a new post!
First of all I am sooo into Korean drama called The Moon Embracing the Sun!! It is pretty old (2012) but it is soooo good!! Soo sad…but so good! I am currently listening to the OST on You Tube right now…sigh
I have been using sunscreen (or suncream, both the same thing) since I was 16 years old and it has been more than 10+ years! I read in magazine articles saying we should always wear sunscreen to prevent premature aging, and wrinkles, so I have been using them for a long time.
I still did not truly believe in putting sunscreen until I went tanning while I was on a Vegas trip. Before then, people commented how great my skin was and I only half believed them (self doubt…uggh).
I went tanning for the FIRST TIME in Vegas under a hot hot sun, and afterwards, I noticed my skin looked quite leathery! I was horrified and tried to find a remedy but to no avail. Afterwards, my skin never returned to normal. It could be also due to aging but it was a pretty drastic change from before. It has been 8 years since the Vegas trip, and I am still living with the consequences. So in retrospect, NO TANNING! 😔 (well at least for me)
*Quick note: My skin type is sensitive, and combination/dry. I am always interested in anti-ageing, and hydrating skincare.
So I have been using few sunscreens (for face only) and would like to give some pros/cons and wanted to share with you guys. Also while I was writing this post, I learned more about health factors and harmful chemicals that are in sunscreen so that changed my thoughts on some of these sunscreen.
I have read several blog posts and a lot of them referred to EWG (Environmental Working Group), which is a non profit organization that promotes to protect human health and the environment, as their main source, so check them out for safe and healthy eco- friendly products! When I was reading blog posts from sources such as Expatdoctormom and thegreenmama  two toxic ingredients stood out to me and that is oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.
Just to sum it up a bit before this post gets too long, oxybenzone gets absorbed into the skin and interrupts with your hormones so if you are putting them on a baby, that is definitely not good for the baby!
Retinyl palmitate is photocarcinogenic which means it is a substance that causes cancer after illumination.
I don’t mean to scare you guys off but just by reading these articles and posts, it scared me off, so I am just sharing my concern.
When I did the reviews of these sunscreen, I did not consider the ingredients, but I feel like I will do another post with these harmful chemicals in mind for another post.
My first sunscreen was called Aveeno Baby Sunscreen Lotion SPF 55
Claims to:
“Provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection combined with skin soothing colloidal oatmeal sourced from nature, to protect baby’s skin from the sun’s harmful rays while gently caring for baby’s delicate skin. This non-greasy, skin-moisturizing oatmeal formula is waterproof, helps prevent moisture loss and is as mild as water to the skin. #1 Pediatrician recommended brand. Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Mild as water. Helps prevent moisture loss. Fragrance free, waterproof, non-greasy”.
                                                                                                                                           -Walmart website
– It is a pretty decent size (110ml) for the price (approx. 14 dollars cad)
– It felt gentle on my skin (the first time I tried it)
– Easily accessible for purchase at a local drugstore
 – My skin felt irritated when I purchased  the second time and mind you, I tried other sunscreen between these two bottles
– Left a white cast on my face
– It felt heavy (most sunscreen feel heavy on my face but this one especially)
Will not repurchase: I would not purchase this again as it felt irritable on my face
Claims to:
“Get daily protection against sunburn with NEUTROGENA® ULTRA SHEER® WATER-LIGHT® Daily Face Sunscreen SPF 60. This sunscreen has a water-light texture that spreads easily over skin, absorbing instantly to an invisible weightless feel. It features HELIOPLEX®, an advanced sunscreen technology with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, which shields skin from the sun’s damaging rays. The dermatologist-recommended sunscreen is waterproof, oil-free and non-comedogenic.. Use it alone or under makeup and moisturizers. This lotion comes in a 40-millilitre tube”
                                                                                                                                            – Walmart website
– My skin did not feel sticky and absorbed quickly as the sunscreen was in a liquid form
– It felt gentle on my skin
– Did not leave a white residue
– Easily accessible for purchase at a local drugstore
– It is not a complete dupe but it had a similar consistency to Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion
– It is a small size (40ml) for the price (approx. $15 cad) so it was used up really quickly. I did purchase few more bottles but I just could not justify the price 😔
Will not repurchase: There are still so many sunscreens I would like to try so I probably will not purchase again. It just got used up too quick.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen SPF 60 
Claims to:
“Ultra Sheer® Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 100+ is proven to protect skin from over 99% sunburn damage. Plus, with an unbeatable PFA, nothing provides better UVA protection. Infused with a light, fresh scent, this elegant formulation is fast-absorbing, non-whitening, water resistant and lightweight. Neutrogena’s Dry-Touch technology provides an ultra-light, non-shiny finish and leaves skin soft and smooth”
                                                                                                                                      – Neutrogena website
– Easily accessible for purchase at local drugstore
– Price point perhaps (88ml for approx. $14 cad)
– It felt sticky (not dry touch as it stated on the tube)
– My skin felt irritated
– Left white film residue on my face so I had to blend it hard to blend it away
Will not repurchase: I actually stopped using after few pumps and I rarely do that..but I did. I will not repurchase and it actually made me question the brand.
Nuganic Customize Sun Block SPF 50 PA+++ (It was part of the deluxe sample from Memebox , a Korean beauty website)
Nuganic Customize Sun Block SPF 50 PA+++



– Felt gentle for my skin
– Glided smoothly
– Did not leave white cast on skin
– Whitened face naturally (if you like that sort of thing)
– Small size (40ml)
– Price was a bit hefty (I believe it was approx. 50 USD)
– Not easily accessible (It used to be available online but I cannot seem to find it anymore)
Recommend: I would still recommend it and I might revisit it later but I still want to try other products. I searched it on memebox website but I could not find the product. Does anyone know where to get it? Please leave a comment down below!
So these are some of the products I have used so far.
What I am currently using:
Claims to:

The photostable formula with Mexoryl XL®, a patented broad spectrum filter, along with other powerful filters, protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays. Photostable, the formula doesn’t lose its efficiency during sun exposure. Enriched with Vitamin E, it protects the skin against dehydration caused by the sun. This highly water-resistant cream texture hydrates the skin well. Ideal Soleil, the most pleasant textures with Mexoryl, no.1 recommended filter by dermatologists*.


The photostable formula with Mexoryl XL®, a patented broad spectrum filter, along with other powerful filters, protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays. Photostable, the formula doesn’t lose its efficiency during sun exposure. Efficacy tested under dermatological control.”
                                                                                                                                                    -Vichy website
– Good size for the price (I would wait to go on sale. I purchased mine for approx. 25 cad and original price is approx. 30 cad)
– Whitens face naturally. If you put it on high points of your face, it brightens the face like a highlighter but not like an actual highlighter)
– It does leave a bit of white cast but most of then disappears and it is easily blend able (I tap on areas, too)
– The price can be seen as a bit pricey if it is original price but if it is on sale, it is pretty good! (5 bucks difference XD) I still feel it is a good price for the product compared to other pricey items.
– It still left a bit of white cast but still blend able!
Recommend: I would recommend. This is something I would seriously consider except I want to try this sunscreen which I will mention later down below.
I use eye sunscreen because skin under the eye is very gentle and sensitive so I thought eye area needs a special attention.
Claims to:
“This eye cream improves the look of delicate skin around the eye area while moisturizing, preventing the appearance of wrinkles and protecting against UVA and UVB rays.”
                                                                                                                              -Shiseido Canada website
– I do not get major problems under area my eye area (other than wrinkles) but no sun spots so I guess it is working(?)
– Easily accessible online or offline
– It is small so it is convenient for travels
– It is pricey (approx. 32 cad) for eye sunscreen but I have not seen eye sunscreen that was widely known as this product. Does anybody know any good eye sunscreen?
– It is small (15ml) so I do have to purchase it quite often
I bought TheSaem Light Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA+++ sunscreen from Korea when I visited there in April 2016. It was on sale 1+1 which is buy one get one free and total cost was approx. 10 cad.
TheSaem Light Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA+++


– It was creamy like I was putting on a skin care lotion
– It was like skin care lotion so it blended easily and it did not leave any white cast
– This may sound weird but because it did not feel like a “sunscreen” as in thick and creamy, I did not feel protected by wearing this sunscreen
– Smell is quite perfumy so that turned me off a bit
Would not recommend: I want my sunscreen to act as a sunscreen. This may sound like a hypocrite, but I am  looking for a sunscreen that is “sunscreen like” if that makes sense. I am looking for a product that is easily blendable and does not leave a white cast on my face. I don’t like the perfume smell as well.
Sunscreen that I would like to try in the future:
My Vichy sunscreen was running out so I wanted to try the Avene sunscreen which was referred by my favorite Korean make up artist PONY; however, the saleslady said the brand La Roche-Posay ranks higher in quality so I got La Roche-Posay SPF 50 Sunscreen for children instead.

Jpeg                                            La Roche-Posay SPF 50 Sunscreen for children

I am excited to try this out and the saleslady also said La Roche-Posay and Vichy are from the same mother brand but La Roche-Posay is higher quality brand as it contains less chemicals.
I also wanted to try out Innisfree Oat Mild Moisture Sun Cream as one of my favorite You Tuber SSINIM said it felt like a Kiehl’s sunscreen so I wanted to try that out.
This was a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong post so I will end it here.
What is your favorite sunscreen recommendation?  Please leave a comment down below!
Thanks for reading! Until then,

Minimalist Minnie Continue reading “Bye Bye Summer, Hello Sunscreen (?)”


Review: Freeman Facial Purifying Paper Mask in Star Fruit

So I decided to wear a face mask for the night because why the heck not?!

Anyways, I tried this face mask called Freeman Facial Purifying Paper Mask in Star Fruit that I received as a sample and this was the one where I put it on for the whole night (not listening to the directions) last time and basically ruined my face! And when I say ruined, I meant my face got small bumps all over my face( not trying to be too dramatic here ha)

I had one left, and this time I followed the directions carefully which stated to put on for 5-10 minutes. I wanted to do a review of the mask and so here it is.



After couple of minutes, I felt my face sting. Now for the sake of the review, I waited patiently and when it hit 10 minutes, I immediately took it off.  Afterwards, I did not see any difference and sighed with relief that it was my fault back then when I did not read the instructions properly.

The next day….TADAHHH..



My face got ruined again…

Oh my…

The bumps…all over my face. Now it was not bad compared to the first time my face got ruined but still bad. These pictures are not doing justice because it looks worse in person compared to the pictures.

But mind you not! I just did an Avene review from my last blog. If you have not read it, read it HERE!

I took out my trusted Avene and put it on my face day and night hoping it will do the job.

What I did was after I washed my face, I would put a regular toner that is gentle and would put Avene on top of it. I would put my everyday eye cream on my eyes at night and carried on.

The next day, the irritations were prominent, but it seems the redness went down a bit.

A couple of days later, the bumps and the redness subsided a bit and I knew Avene was doing its miracle again!

I was religious on putting on the Avene cream day and night and after a week, my bumps have almost disappeared! After a week, there were little of remnants left but almost well as new!


This post was not supposed to be another review of Avene product but it seems like it is.


  1. It was not too expensive as I received in one of those monthly subscription boxes.


  1. The size of the mask was way too small for my face. Mind you, I was comparing masks to Korean masks that I normally use and they were fine.
  2. Seems too harsh for my sensitive skin

Also another thing to note is, when I use Korean masks, I leave them on for the whole night (even though it says to leave them on for 20 minutes) and the next day, my skin is still soft.

What are your favorite face masks for sensitive skin? Please share!

Until then, thanks for reading!

Minimalist Minnie