IOPE Air Cushion XP C23 quick review

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So I just got this IOPE Air Cushion XP refill in C23. I have tried a couple of C21 shades from other brands and they seem to be lighter than I imagined. I just wanted to get a 23 shade to see how dark they run. Apparently these IOPE cushions come in natural (N), shimmery (S), and cover (C).

I got mine from Testerkorea (see my full haul unboxing here).

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I just had enough cushions lying around and I thought this refill might fit into one of those cushion cases, and in case this isn’t my thing, I did not spend too much on the full product.

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Ruler to scale

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Okay, what the huh…both IOPE and Innisfree are from Amorepacific so I didn’t see why they wouldn’t make them all fit into each other’s case. Maybe it is a chaebol thing ya’know.. family rivalry (clearly I watched too much k-dramas).

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On the other hand, the IOPE refill did fit a little better into my Easybeauty firm’s “It’s my cushion” case. It does not lock into the case snuggly but I’m okay with that lol (cheapo 😛 ). The refill rotates within the case but I can hold it in place and save a couple of bucks, thank you very much.

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Back and front

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So this cushion looks like any cushion I have seen. Sponge, puff and all. It was protected by a film.

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Finger swatch~ Pretty warm shade, with almost the same density as the Innisfree’s Intense Ampoule Cushion without being heavy at all on my skin. Sorcery! :O

How to use:
After basic skin care,use it as a makeup base. Re-apply it anytime you need a sunblock.(You can use it both before and after makeup)

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The IOPE cushion picks up better than the Innisfree’s cushion at the beginning. The sponge also does not slip easily (personal finger size thing though)

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I wore it out for a few days now and am very impressed with this. While the Innisfree one is perfect for touching up and soothing stressed/oily skin after a long winter day, this one is perfect for a quick makeup on my bareface and it covers slight imperfections on the go. I didn’t even need my HG primer as the base.

The formula is perfect! ❤ It probably doesn’t cover eye bags (I tried covering eye liner on my forearm with it) but it does cover up the slight redness I have on the sides of my nose.

Pros
– One of the higher SPF cushions (SPF50 PA+++)
– Proven effectiveness and raved by many
– Covers well (buildable)
– Not too drying unlike most cover products
– Blends beautifully
– Ever so slight scent which is beautiful

Cons 
– Full sized product might be expensive

– Can’t think of anything else so far!

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Verdict?

Where have you been in my life?! 😀 I am definitely buying one more in a lighter shade to use in winter and this one for summer. There is just something magical about the formulation. It isn’t so different from the Innisfree Intense Ampoule one but gosh, the finish on my skin is just so…photoshopped! 😛

Maybe it is the IOPE-placebo working but I assure you placebos do not exceed a week long lol. I think every lady out there should fork out abit more than 10 bucks and try this for themselves once (the refill I mean).

Testerkorea Haul #3

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Read my other testerkorea hauls unboxings here and here.

Okay, I have to admit that Testerkorea’s prices are unbeatable for lightweight items (because shipping is taken into account). They might be reselling their free samples for moneys but at least they ain’t taking too much profit from normal priced items. We do receive pack samples (5 foils) for presumably every $30-40 purchase. 🙂

Order date: 24/12/2015
Shipped: 30/12/2015 (but it only left Korea on 14/1 wth Korea post?!)
Received: 20/1/2015

That’s almost a month, but they were probably waiting on one item that had to be ordered from the manufacturer. (read on)

My order this time is a bit larger than the previous two. It is packed to the brim in a squarish box!

 

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The shipping costs were 9,670 won via normal air mail so the total came up to 76,380 won (or approx $75).

I shared part of this haul with my cousin since I was over at her place and decided to pull her to the ‘dark side’ aka Korean beauty obsession.

 

I was most excited to get this: the Iope Air cushion XP refill. Yeah, I’m cheapo like that. I have two other casings and decided that I should just take one in case I don’t like the formulation or something. When I bought this, it costs approx $13- much cheaper than most ebay sellers. 😛

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I’m excited to test this one out since it is highly raved and so-called the “mother of all cushions”. Stay tuned for a separate review post~

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Next up is a blusher that keeps going OOS. Yeah, like that Peripera cushy blusher..I gave up. 😦 The A’pieu finger blusher is cute and all, but I didn’t appreciate how cute the size was.

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Ruler for dimensions

The blusher is a pretty light pink, but too light to be seen under natural lighting. Idk…I’m not loving this much :/

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Maybe I’ll stick to using my lip tints/ cheek & lip products for a better blush payoff.

I’m also convinced that their 3CE products are genuine. Since the internet is plagued with fake cosmetics from this brand, I was apprehensive to order more.

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I guess they were waiting on this item for so long before my order could be shipped. It is still in it’s original wrapping with barcode and all. 🙂

YES to purple lippie. ❤ ❤

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I’d say this is quite worth the wait? The lipstick does make my order 😀 I’m pretty pleased with the color although it might look dark pink-ish under low lights.

I adore how pigmented the Innisfree Creamy Tint Lip Mousse was (got another shade before this) and had to pick a lighter pink (#1) for gradient-making. 😛

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Be warned though, these highly pigmented lip stuff are often pretty dry on the lips. Chapped lips will show and it won’t be pretty…

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It is a nice color and quite wearable daily.

Yup, I needed a better lash curler after that disastrous (cheap) one from Y.E.T. That brand is just bleh. Now this is what you call proper. It is the Natural Republic one and comes with an extra silicon replacement. It does not have a spring but you can control the amount of strength nicely.

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For this price, I totally recommend this curler. 😉

Another two little items from Natural Republic were my hand sanitizers. I’m slightly germophobic so this would always come in handy.

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The duo was packed into a separate plastic with my blusher, spot patches and etc.

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They are both super tiny (30ml each) and costs $2 something each. Oh well, at least the divine peach and grape smell makes up for it. I do think drugstore ones would be cheaper but they don’t smell this good.

I’m also having a hand-cream mania moment and had a difficult time eliminating all the 9293713 other hand creams loaded in the cart. The e-choice hand cream is a bit more than $1.50 (only!) and smells exactly of honeydew. Urm..yum?!

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And did I mention PENGUIN? Oh. ❤

Some beauty tools: Missha makeup sponge (so worth the price!), 2 cushion sponge replacements, Innisfree spray bottle (for more Blithe misting water experiments~) and my staple Missha oil blotter.

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Okay I didn’t snap individual pics of the Skin Food point makeup remover, Innisfree hydrogel masks, Skin food nose strips etc etc but man, I’m just so glad I got my order already.

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Here is a list of what I ordered;

Name Price(won) Qty Total(won)
TOTAL 66,710
E CHOICE Melon Hand Cream 60g 1,000 1 1,000
STYLENANDA 3 Concept Eyes #602 V Striking Neon Purple 3.5g 17,900 1 17,900
INNISFREE Creamy Tint Lip Mousse 7,000 1 7,000
INNISFREE Eco Beauty Tool Spray Type Dispenser 30ml 1,050 1 1,050
NATURE REPUBLIC Nature`s Deco Eyelash Burler Make up Tool 2,450 1 2,450
THE FACE SHOP Daily Perfumed Hand Cream 30ml 2,310 1 2,310
HOLIKAHOLIKA Penguin’s Dream (Limited Collection) 2,730 1 2,730
INNISFREE Green Tea Hydro Gel Mask 25g 1,400 1 1,400
MISSHA Oil control Film 50ea 1,540 1 1,540
IOPE Air Cushion XP Refill 15g 12,600 1 12,600
SKINFOOD Black Bean Nose Pack 7pcs 2,380 1 2,380
[S] Skinfood Seaweed Waterproof Point Make-up Remover Tissue 2pcs*10ea. 2,100 1 2,100
MISSHA Magic Cushion Case Replacement Sponge 2 pcs 1,050 1 1,050
A’PIEU NonCo Tea Tree Spot Patch 12pcs 350 1 350
MISSHA Speedy Solution Anti Trouble Patch-1ea 350 1 350
NATURE REPUBLIC Hand & Nature Sanitizer Gel 30ml 1,400 1 1,400
NATURE REPUBLIC Hand & Nature Sanitizer Gel 30ml 1,400 1 1,400
INNISFREE Hydro Gel Mask 25g 1,400 1 1,400
MISSHA Fresh Colorful Make-up Sponge (25pcs) 2,800 1 2,800
A’PIEU Finger Blusher 10ml 3,500 1 3,500

 

I’ll be waiting on my next. Obviously TTK is a great (and dangerous) place to shop but you have to be as patient as a saint.

Memebox Night Care~ ☾✫

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I’m happy that Memebox is finally gaining some momentum lately. Before ,memefans were worried and I can’t deny I felt the same way. So to quench my memethirst, I picked up this box even before the info card was released.

If you have been buying em Memeboxes, you might have found out that Memebox no longer prints their product info onto cards but publish them online instead. The Memebox Night Care came with this card;

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Info-card:
http://us.memebox.com/info-card/1st-box-of-the-year-night-care

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I was most excited about this product. Tosowoong Natural Pure Snail Essence (60ml, $24) is a little smaller than the lotion size which I have received in previous memeboxes. The bee venom lotion is my current favorite moisturizer and I do need a new essence so I will incorporate this into my routine soon~ ❤

The next interesting product is the Switch Patch Elephant 3-Step! Black Head Nose Pack (7g, $3) which combats black heads. I have tried similar products in the Korean market, but from different brands namely Holika Holika. 

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Description: The step 1 is a cotton mask sheet enriched with witch hazel water, lemon balm extracts, and grapefruit extracts and works to melt and extract the excess blackhead and sebum. The step 2 is a peel-off type nose pack made from lemon extracts and aloe vera leaf water. Lastly, the step 3 bio-cellulose mask sheet stretches out 8cm and effectively soothes and firms back the enlarged pores with a gentle blend of lavender, chamomile, and eucalyptus extracts.

In short: soften-> strip-> soothe! 🙂

We memefans do love a wide variety of products to try. The AVEC MOI Mask 4 Set
(8g + 16g + 16g + 4.5g, $33) 
consists of;
1. Shea Butter Special Care Foot Mask 16g
2. Camellia Special Care Hand Mask 16g
3. Intensive Nail Pack 4.5g
4. Pony Tail Silky Treatment Pack 8g 

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These looks promising, although I have not heard of the brand Avec Moi before. I think the one that piqued my interest the most is the foot mask. I don’t recall when I last use one. This will be essential for after foot peels! 😉

I think this next product would be the most-tried one from this box. Already, some ladies receiving the Night Care box gave some reviews on the MYPU Black Pearl & Gold Velvet Gel Eye Patch (1.1g X 60ea). Okay, first of all why would you name your company brand ‘mypu’. I guess it means something..?

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I’m glad my tub came in intact because some girls claim that theirs leaked. This eye patch is not only for eye use, but you can also apply the patch to your laugh lines!

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It is formulated with a blend of premium collagen, hyaluronic acid, black pearl extracts and other essential concentrates to keep your under-eye skin moist, soft and firm. Sounds like a dream for anyone with fine line concerns.

The D’RAN Wonder Lifting Eye Cream (25g, $35) really steers the theme of the box towards anti-aging, now that I realized. It is always great to have an eye cream because they are so expensive to buy myself! I might have more than I need for my age lol.

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The cream contains a long list of good stuff; beta glucan, macadamia see oil, argan oil, jojoba seed oil, and EGF. I wish I have this much eye creams when I will be 30.

The following product is a repeat for me because I have received it in the LB #2 months back. The Heart Face Ultra Pore Care Sleeping Pack (100ml, $14) is not my fav sleeping pack despite it smelling a lot like the Laneige water bank one which I adore. There is definitely a mixed review on this pack.

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I wish this had worked for me but it didn’t. It is a tad stickier and thicker than Laneige’s formulation, and is of a grey-lucent color. I didn’t see any huge improvements upon using the sample-sized one before so I think this would have to go to someone who appreciates it more than I do.

With the current influx of five-item boxes for $29 + $6.99 (shipping) and cheaper brands like Pure derm, etc…I think it is rare to get a box of this value. That was the redeeming point for me. However, I might not have bought this had the info card been released sooner. Obviously many would not share the same opinion. We all have different skin anyways.

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Hopefully there will be more exciting things cooked up at Memebox. I already see lots of new boxes on the site~ ❤

New January Code!
PGD7AT
Get $5 off on orders when you buy 3 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE3
Get $8 off on orders when you buy 4 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE4
Or just click on this link  ( for $5 off $100 orders or $10 off $150 orders) and your discount will be automatically calculated at the checkout. (you can stack this)
 
You may also find all the other Memeboxes with it’s shipping date and all the promo codes you need on this memebox-dedicated page.

Happy Memeshopping! ❤