Sunday, January 31, 2010

Jadilla J Whitening BB cream review + samples

So my quick take is:

Coverage: Sheer to medium, safe texture as the VOV castledew one. The coverage is buildable up to a little more than medium.
Oil-control: 10 hours without powder. Since I don't like powder, and I think 10 hours is enough, I haven't tried it with powder yet.
Color: conservatively, would suit NC/NW 15 (or fairer) to NC/NW 35 skins. It looks a little darker than the VOV Castledew BB cream, but upon application, I can't see the difference.
Finish: believable glow
Special properties: slightly moisturizing, whitening, evens skin-tone slight anti-aging, SPF 30
Overall: Very similar to the VOV castledew BB cream except for the higher SPF. I think sensitive skins should stick with the VOV Castledew BB cream. I did not react to the Jadilla J BB cream, but the VOV BB cream contains jojoba oil, whereas this one contains sweet almond oil. Jojoba oil is supposed to be less possible to clog pores. On a scale from 0-5 of which oils are more likely to clog pores, jojoba oil rates a 0, while sweet almond oil rates a 2.

5ml--$4 + shipping (should be below $2 within US)
Please email me about larger sizes.

Review: So this is the Jadilla J Whitening BB plus with SPF 30, which is my friend Julia's HG, who introduce me to BB creams. It claims:
1. Super Sun protection, since it has SPF 30, with PA ++, which I suppose is sufficient for most of my days, since I spend most of my time in the office, and only go out for lunch, it should be enough for me.
2. Super Skincare, since it claims to contain superior moisture, sweet almond oil, and soothing ingredients aloe vera. Both are favorites of mine, since sweet almond oil evens skin tone, while I just love aloe vera for the moisturized, yet not sticky feeling upon application. The BB cream also contains Arbutin, which should be quite safe since it passed the Korean FDA regulations, and the Koreans seem to be even stricter on cosmetics than us.
3. Super Whitening. I noticed that "whitening" in BB creams is not so much lightening the skin tone as lightening spots, which will allow more even skin tone, although I imagine that with continue use, it might lighten the entire skin tone slightly, but I would not count on it, since Koreans use toner, moisturizer, serum and night creams for whitening, and sometimes even cleanser. Those skincare products contain much more effective whitening ingredients, so I think since no one counts on BB creams for "whitening" anyway, it would not contain very effective ingredients in that regards.
(Just a side note, Koreans use BB cream because 1. foundation is supposed to be damaging in the long run, while BB cream is supposed to be good for your skin. 2. it gives a much more natural look than foundation, which is why many BB creams give a glowy rather than matte finish; However, it also provides quite good coverage. 3. It is good for sensitive and blemish prone skin since it claim to calm the skin and not irritate it, hence the name blemish balm. 4. It evens the marks left by acnes, and freckles. This is a property I have witnessed first hand.)
4. Super Makeup: This BB cream can act as primer+foundation+concealer, if you don't need anything too heavy.

Friday, January 29, 2010

VOV Castledew Whitening BB Cream review + samples

Coverage: Sheer to medium, but buildable to a little more than medium without looking unnatural
Oil-control: 8 hours without powder, and 12+ with powder. I washed it off looking flawless at 12 hours
Color: conservatively, would suit NC/NW 15 (or fairer) to NC/NW 30 skins. I suspect NC/NW 35 will look good in it too.
Finish: believable glow
Special properties: slightly moisturizing, whitening, slight anti-aging, SPF 15
Overall: Happy with this product

5ml--$4 + shipping (should be below $2 within US)
10ml--$7.5 + shipping
15ml--$10.5 +shipping
20ml--$13 +shipping

Now read on if you want to hear to whole story (which is rather long)
This is the VOV Castledew Whitening BB Cream, also the first BB Cream I have tried. As I explained in my earlier post. I was traveling in May for 10 days. Because I had to fly, I did not feel like carrying on board my morning cleanser, toner, moisturizer, serum, primer, foundation, and nighttime cleanser. I also know myself well enough to know that if I did not bring any of my essentials, I would buy them wherever I was. This is when my friend Julia introduced me to BB creams. As she helped me pick out which clothes to bring, she told me that I can actually bring along BB cream to substitute my heavy glass bottles of primer and foundation. Since she did not actually suggest I do without, I was open to suggestions. She was very generous, and gave me this BB cream to try out, since it did not work out for her, it being a little pale. (The funny thing is no one said the color is too pale when she was wearing it, but she herself felt it was too pale. I thought the color match was okay...)

I was skeptical, but since there was only three days till my flight and I refuse to check in a heavy case with only my cosmetics, I tried it anyway. It was surprisingly good. The color was just right for me. (She bought the first color, bright skin beige) I am NW20 (in mac terms), while my friend was NC 30. The color worked for me perfectly. Since BB cream changes color after being on skin, I imagine it would work for people from NC/NW15 to NC/NW30.

The consistency was medium, a little thicker than an average foundation, but it was really easy to spread--much easier to spread than foundation. It gave a glowy finish that's believable, not too dewy. The coverage was good, for me at least. I would say the coverage is sheer-medium, so it was enough for me. The coverage is buildable to a certain degree. I think you can get a little more than medium coverage without feeling heavy. The SPF level was 15, which is good enough for winter, but since it was May, I applied SPF 90 under it anyway.

Applying it on my hand, I found it rather moisturizing. After a day, I found that my hand looked just fine, without any reactions, so I deemed it safe enough to put on my face. I somehow got the courage to skip moisturizer under it, since like I said, it felt rather moisturizing on my hand. Surprisingly, my skin didn't feel too dry, although I would definitely not do this in winter.
So I went on my vacation with only my cleansers, serum, and bb cream (I bought sunscreen later). After ten days of usage, my skin looked good, and more even than it was before. The whitening ingredients in the BB cream lightened my past acne spots, and I did not break out even though it was that time of the month. I was very happy with it. However, my skin did feel a little drier although it was nothing serious. After slathering on some moisturizer, my skin was as moist as 10 days ago.

However, Julia (who has found her HG) said that this is mere puppy love for me. She said that when I find my HG, I should feel like I am using advanced skincare products. I don't know. I think this is pretty good, but I didn't doubt my friend. So I'm on the quest for my HG BB Cream!

The reason and terms of this blog

I had my first try of BB cream two years ago. I was traveling, so I wanted to bring with me something that will be easy and fast to apply in the morning. BB cream fit the criteria very well since it can cover for both primer, and foundation, plus skincare. Although I found BB cream is not moisturizing enough to substitute for moisturizer, my tube did provide enough moisture so that I did not need to carry a bottle of moisturizer since I was only traveling for 10 days. I expected to find my skin not as good as it was before the travel, since I had followed a rigid and complicated skincare regime for several years. However, to my surprise, not only was my skin not wrecked, some acne scars actually faded, and I had no breakouts that 10 days even though it was my time of the month. As I researched more about BB cream, I found that it is also better for the skin than foundation. So I continued using my tube of VOV whitening BB cream for several months. I was happy with the results, but a friend who had apparently found her HG (holy grail) BB cream told me that a HG should do much more for me in terms of how long it lasts and the benefits. She explained to me that her BB cream actually lasts 10 hours a day on her, looks very natural even though it offers medium coverage, and give that very healthy radiant finish on her skin. Her HG is Jadilla J Whitening, so I tried it.

My experience with Jadilla J proved the age old adage that what works for others may not work for me. For one thing, my friend was older so needed more anti-aging properties and she also had dry spots on her skin. However, after seeing how well her HG BB cream works for her, I am determined to find my own HG even if it means I will have to purchase 50% of the BB creams out there. I am sure that in my quest, I will find many BB creams that are good, but do not work for me. To minimize my costs and help some people in the process, I will sell samples of the BB creams I tried at low costs. I will put the samples in 5ml jars that can be purchased on ebay. Before using each jar, I will wash and sanitize them with alcohol even though they are new. I will also use a foundation brush when testing each tube of BB cream and since BB creams come in tubes rather than jars, it is very hygienic. I do not have any skin conditions, except an occasional pimple, which really only happens once a month or so.

If you prefer not to purchase samples, that is fine. I just hope that you will find my reviews of the BB creams I am going to try somewhat helpful. For references, I am NW20 with combination skin.
Oh, and my work takes me to Korea at least once every two months, so if you already know which BB creams you like (lucky you) and do not need sampling, I can also sell genuine full-sized BB creams to you at low costs (most of the time lower than ebay). I can also CP other Korean cosmetics for you! 

Price: Each BB cream obviously costs differently, so I cannot tell you the price now, but you can be assured that I will not sell you the samples at highly escalated prices. You can decide how much you want to sample. I offer 5ml, 10ml, 15ml, 20ml, 25ml, 30ml...up to full size.
I will also give discounts if you want to buy more samples. The standard discount is 5% off if you buy more than 3 samples, 10% off if you buy more than 8 samples, and 15% off if you buy more than 12 samples (within the same purchase). However, if you buy much more or have special circumstances, I can be sensitive and give you a bigger discount.

Shipping: I will charge you the exact shipping price I will pay. I live in Boston, MA, US. So if you live within US, and require only normal shipping, the cost will probably be rather cheap. For example, if you live on the main US territory, I am guessing the shipping cost of one 5ml jar will be around $1.6. You can dictate the shipping service and I will charge you accordingly. Obviously, if you want to buy more, I can combine shipping and save you some money.
I will usually ship within 2 business days, except on times when I'm on business to Korea. I will post a notice when I am going to Korea, so that you can tell me if you want me to bring something back.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at

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