Skinfood Fresh Cheek & Lip Trio – 03 Cherry Tomato, 05 Fruit Mix, 06 Plum Mellow


₩11,900 (approx $10)

Out of all the numerous makeup “road-shops” in Korea, Skinfood definitely has one of the top three spots in my heart.

Here’s a tribute to one of my favorite makeup items I have purchased from its stocks: the Fresh Cheek & Lip Trios. (생과일 립앤치크)

3cheek_1A year ago, we had a bit of a scare. Skinfood was teetering between bankruptcy and tenacious survival, according to articles at the time.

I happened to be in Korea then, searching for the Skinfood Propolis Serum that seemed to be OOS everywhere for months. When I received the news regarding the whole impending bankruptcy, I got scared that Skinfood might go the way of Ameli and decided to stock up on the Cheek & Lip Trios I loved.

3cheek_11There were only three kinds left in the Kangnam store (near Shin-Nonhyeon Station):

  • 03 Cherry Tomato
  • 05 Fruit Mix
  • 06 Plum Mellow

And everything was on sale, so I couponed things up and snagged all three for $12.

3cheek_23cheek_4I normally detest the idea of dipping fingers into products, because what does it say about longevity and hygiene? But these little tin cans are adorable, and adorable trumps everything.

They also smell delicious, like soft fruit jelly. But not overwhelmingly so.

3cheek_5Color coordination is on-point. In every tin is a nice balance of light, medium, and dark shades that complement each other; the shades mix well, too.

03 Cherry Tomato has a special place in my heart because I used it as a lip topper for my wedding makeup. I’m on my second tin.

3cheek_63cheek_83cheek_9These lean on the glossy side but packs enough pigment to make an impression.

They do dry down and lose the gloss after awhile. Think a mix between Dior lip balms and MAC cream blushes, as odd as that sounds. I wouldn’t call these plain glossy.

3cheek_7I personally dislike using cream blushes, especially if it’s multi-use. I’d rather use cheek for cheek, lip for lip; keep things separate.

The Cheek & Lip Trio works better for me as a lip tint, so a lip tint it shall be.

3cheek_10 03 Cherry Tomato

3cheek_1205 Fruit mix selfie

Long live Skinfood.

[INFLUENSTER] Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick – Joyride, Interview


Provided by Influenster

My fourth voxbox, and my first ever makeup voxbox.

I adore Huda’s liquid matte formula and the shade “Trophy Wife,” so was excited to try her power matte lipsticks.

HUDAvox1HUDAvox3HUDAvox4HUDAvox9Two shades were generously provided: “Joyride” and “Interview.”

If the color spectrum runs orange -> dusty pink/red -> chocolate, these two leaned heavily on the orange. I believe they were the lightest shades of the bunch.

HUDAvox5Here is the ingredients list.

HUDAvox8Left is “Joyride,” right is “Interview.”


HUDAvox7Again, the left is “Joyride,” right is “Interview.”

The shades are on the warm side, brownish nudes that can be worn comfortably. It’s more taupe on-lips than in the tube.

The formula is creamy-matte and goes on thick. The scent was interesting. It reminds me of Crayola lightly dipped in vanilla, waxy and sweet.

HUDAvox10Left: Interview, Right: Joyride

Keep in mind, the sun was barely out (cloudy day) so the colors look less saturated. I really liked “interview,” but “joyride” was a tad too muddy for my liking. Just personal preference. “Interview” is gorgeous!

The lips go on thick but stay. I’ve been out eating with “interview” on, and it didn’t leave me even after a reuben + chai latte.

HUDAvox6This is one of those lipsticks that you “feel” on your lips. It doesn’t feel like a second skin, but the feeling is akin to putting on a leather jacket on the outskirts of spring.

I like the formula enough to maybe try the shade “pay day” someday. 🙂

Holika Holika Heartful Lipstick – Almond Choux, Black Tea Pong


Price: 8,300₩ (approx. $7.30)

On sale: 4,150₩ (approx. $3.66)

I’ve heard a terrible rumor that they’re discontinuing the Heartful lippies down at Holika Holika. I’m disappointed to hear this, as these are one of best “roadshop” lipsticks I’ve ever tried.

Price has halved from 7.3 bucks to 3.66 bucks… meaning they’re trying to get rid of inventory. The rumors must be true.   😦

Heartful_3I got “BE01 – Almond Choux” and “BE03 – Black Tea Pong.”

Heartful_2The Heartful line has two types of texture, “Chiffon Cream” and “Melting Cream.”

Chiffon goes on a tad more matte but both are creamy and moisturizing enough to wear in winter.

Heartful_4Ah. Can’t say much about packaging design. Pretty slapdash… but sturdy enough to stash in your pouch. The top stays on.

I do like how we can see the color.

Heartful_5Look at this beauty. This redeems the flimsy packaging and then some.

Left is “BE03 – Black Tea Pong” and right is “BE01 – Almond Choux.”


Heartful_7From left to right, BE03 – Black Tea Pong” and “BE01 – Almond Choux.”

The colors seem boring but are strangely unique; I couldn’t find anything similar in my stash. Black Tea Pong, being the “Creamy Melting” type has the more slippery texture. Almond Choux is a wee more matte but I wouldn’t call it drying.

Heartful_8Really enjoyed the color of Almond Choux. For the price you’re paying, this is as good as it gets.

PS  Made the mistake of applying black tea pong first… its staying power is decent, meaning the lippie refused to leave my lips. This is why my lips look crazy smudged with Almond Choux.

DIY Lip Palette

selfpalette3Lip samples I’ve accumulated over the months.

The thing with these samples is that I rarely remember to use them. And there’s always one or two colors I’d never use in this lifetime. But they’re so cute with their mini lip brushes and teensy pockets! So I hoard them.

Until months later when I realize I want to declutter.

selfpalette4And declutter I did. Messy, but compact.

I started mixing everything in an “Elf shadow quad pan” (that I sanitized) and heated the bottom with a hair dryer.

Created one sheer lipstick, one lipgloss, one matte-ish lipstick.


From top to bottom:

  • Dior lipstick (Be Dior, Wonderful, Tribale, Smile)
  • Honest Beauty Lip Gloss (Creative Kiss, Dreamy Kiss, Inspired Kiss) + YSL Glossy Stain (Rouge Splash, Onde Rose, Plump Lip)
  • Clinique lipstick (nude pop, punch pop, love pop, cherry pop) + a dab of NARS matte lip pencil (Let’s Go Crazy)

Pretty happy with the outcome. All three are shades I’d use in a heartbeat.


Here’s what I used:

  • Lip card samples
  • Tiny spatula (used the pointy end of a sanitized angle toothbrush)
  • Hairdryer (it will get hot, so do use oven gloves!)
  • ELF empty palette (I got them for less than $1 during their sale)


Have fun mixing & melting.

Sephora Hall of Famers Gift 2017 – Exclusive Bite Lipstick

giftedbysephoraSokobabyBlog2Sephora’s known to send out little gifts to its BeautyTalk users. As someone who used to be an avid user, I really appreciated the surprise gifts. T’was one of the many perks of being a Beauty Insider.

Unfortunately (and fortunately!), BeautyTalk is shifting gears to a new platform, which means the old ranking system is phasing out. Which means, good bye to “Hall of Famer.” (HOF)

HOF2As a farewell, Sephora decided to surprise the “HOF” Beauty Insiders with a gift.

They reeeally sprung this on us. Every HOF got a random email informing us that a package was arriving from Sephora. A good majority thought we were hacked. We were quickly assured that this was legit.

HOF3(why I adore Sephora)

HOF4HOF5This cute pouch…

HOF7Held the contents:

  • 3 adorable pins, custom made for HOF rankers.
  • A HOF custom-color lipstick from Bite’s Lip Lab!


This beauty. The shade is titled “Hall of Famer,” a nod to the eponymous HOFs.

It’s the same formula as the Amuse Bouche line.

HOF9I’d call this a hot pink + fuchsia mix. (A royal-fuchsia?)

It has the customary Bite scent to it, a fruity tingly scent that screams Bite.

HOF10Buttery smooth. It spreads evenly into a shock of fuchsia goodness.

Beware: it stains quite a bit! Don’t get this on your clothes.


I don’t own many fuchsias/hot pinks, so this was the best I could do in regards to dupes.

From left to right:

  • Bite “Hall of Famer”
  • Nature Republic “Orchid Blossom”
  • Clinique “Punch Pop”
  • Wander Beauty “Vacay”

Wander Beauty “Vacay” was the closest shade I could find in my stash. It’s a beautiful unique hue, especially if you love a zingy fuchsia.

HOF13Thank you Sephora 😀

Wander Beauty – Wanderout Dual Lipsticks (Jet Set/Vacay;Wanderberry/Barely There)


Price: $30


Two weeks ago, I was contacted by  Sephora, who kindly gave me a chance to review products from a recently launched brand: Wander Beauty.

wanderduallipstick10Wander Beauty is a brand launched in 2015 by the gorgeous model Lindsay Ellington, who has dedicated this brand to: “…modern women who’s traveling and doing her makeup in a taxi like I did this morning.” (hence, the “wander” part)

That’s a sentiment I can appreciate. Much as I love the leisurely Sunday mornings when I take a full hour to enjoy makeup, the reality is that I barely get 15~20 min. Streamlining is a must; anything that’s pouch-friendly and shortens application time is a yes in my book.

Wander Beauty launched in Sephora this March.

wanderduallipstick1I was sent two “Wanderout Dual Lipsticks,” in the colors “Jet Set/Vacay” and “Wanderberry/Barely There.”

They’re long-lasting lipstick duos that come in two shades: one bright, one neutral. I’m told the products are free of fragrance, mineral oil, and parabens. Plus, cruelty free!

wanderduallipstick3I’m a sucker for pretty packaging. Just loving the burgundy/gold tones; this is gorgeous.

That little GPS arrow is calling to me.

wanderduallipstick5From left: Vacay, Jet Set, Wanderberry, Barely There.

wanderduallipstick7wanderduallipstick6Each lipstick holds ” 2.04g/0.07oz ” worth of product. It’s about half the amount of a normal lipstick, but you do get two, which equals to ” 4.08g/0.14oz. ”

I personally can never finish a whole lipstick, so this is perfect.

wanderduallipstick8Swatches. From left to right: Jet Set, Vacay, Wanderberry, Barely There

These swatch beautifully, super creamy. Jet Set’s a fun hot pink, Vacay a muted light pink, Wanderberry a deep garnet red, and Barely There a muted rose.

wanderduallipstick9wanderduallipstick13(Top: Sunlight, Bottom: With Flash)

The bright colors are definitely more pigmented than the neutrals. The nudey neutrals are much sheerer. “Jet Set/Vacay” leans cool, and “Wanderberry/Barely There” leans warm.

And finally lip swatches:

wanderduallipstick11(I’d like to disclose: my lips were in a terrible condition when I swatched them! Very dry.)

All of these pics were taken on the same day, same hour, in sunlight. No liner, no primer.

You can tell the consistency differs with each color. All of them feel creamy going on, but to each a different kind of creamy, if that makes sense. Wanderberry is more of a creamy matte, while Vacay is slippery + creamy. 

Level of matte-ness: Wanderberry >> Barely There > Jet Set > Vacay. 

Pigmentation: Wanderberry >> Jet Set > Barely There > Vacay

wanderduallipstick12My favorite color so far is “Barely There,” while my favorite consistency is “Jet Set.” I personally love sheer lippies, but the neutral ones are probably too sheer for someone who loves opaque lips.

Currently, the only one I’m on the fence with is “Vacay.” I can’t for the life of me pull off cool-toned light pink, especially if it’s sheer. My dry lips reveal all sorts of crevasses and flakes with sheer, light pink! T’is a beautiful color but I don’t see myself reaching for it often.

Meanwhile,”Barely There” seems like a lovely MLBB!

wanderduallipstick4One of the best things about these: you can mix it up.

If you’re feeling bright colors, just pop in two bright colors and off you go. Feeling nudes? Grab two neutrals. There’s a bit of a mix-and-match element to these duos, which is good fun.

Thank you Sephora, for giving me a chance to try these lovelies out!


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