Irresistibly Cute // The Face Shop x KaKao Friends

Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends - Sunscreen Cushion and Lip Creamer.
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends - Sunscreen Cushion and Lip Creamer.
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends - Natural Sun Eco Sunscreen Cushion.
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends - Natural Sun Eco Sunscreen Cushion.   SCENT  is essentially non-existent. I love how this has none of that typical sunscreen smell.   TEXTURE  is just like foundation cushion, which is a blendable lightweight liquid form. Feels good on the skin, no irritation at all and not too greasy even for my combo/oily skin (very rare for sunscreen!).   SPF  is 34 with PA++. Not the maximum protection against UV rays, but it is protecting you against both UVA & UVB rays (as indicated by the SPF & PA notations).
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends – Natural Sun Eco Baby Sunscreen Cushion    BLENDABILITY  is just ok when I use the applicator pad to apply to skin (top, using hand for more clear demo). You can still see the white-cast on my skin even after tapping it many times. When I use my fingers to gently rub (bottom), then the sunscreen blends in. On my face, it looked noticeably white-casted - While the whitened-skin look is popular in Korea where whitened skin is highly treasured, the cultural norm where I live is a little different. I would have to rub it in for me to be able to use this cushion.    
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends – Natural Sun Eco Baby Sunscreen Cushion    // LIKE //  - Super cute collectable packaging...who  can resist those KaKao Friends characters! - Sunscreen has nice texture and doesn't irritate my skin.  - Love that there's no sunscreen scent and it's non-greasy!   // DISLIKE //  - Not easily blendable with cushion pads (had to use fingers to finish blending). - Lower SPF & PA. Would love to see higher for my face. - Reapplying over foundation or any other coverage would contaminate the pad and create an unsanitized mess on the pad for future uses.   // BUY or NO BUY //  Sadly, I have to recommend "no buy". It's so so cute, but the application flaws makes it hard to blend, unsanitized & not very practical. However, I end up replacing the sunscreen inner with my Amore Pacific CC cushion, so I still get to enjoy the Joe Cool bunny case!
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends – Melting Color Lip Creamer
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends – Melting Color Lip Creamer    SCENT  is that of Jolly Rancher or fruity candies. Super yummy and doesn't smell too artificial!   TEXTURE  is very creamy! It's actually pretty tough to blend it evenly when applying directly from the tube. I think it's best to use a lip brush for a smoother, evenly-blended look.    COMPARISON  to Etude House Dear My Jelly Lips (Top: JPK002. Bottom: JOR203), this lippie has more depth and is more pigmented.    
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends – Melting Color Lip Creamer    PREP  is needed because of its creamy texture. Best to prep lips with Vaseline Lip or the equivalent. My first try was a complete failure as I didn't prep my lips - Couldn't get the lip color to stick!    COLOR  is lighter once applied on lips than what you see in the tube and from the swatch on my arm. This is true for all colors in this collection, so don't be afraid to go for the "bolder" colors if you are buying. The one I have is #12 - The lightest color. I picked it because it looked pretty red in the tube, but as you can see here, it came out more mauve pink. 
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends – Melting Color Lip Creamer    // LIKE //  - Same as the sunscreen, it's hard to resist the super cute collectable packaging. - Soft color that's perfect for everyday & can also build up to fuller colors. - Love the sweet fruity candy scent that's not too artificial!   // DISLIKE //  - Require special prep in order for lip color to stick. - Not very convenient as the best application is with a lip brush.   // BUY or NO BUY //  It's a "no buy" recommendation for practical reason. I have lipsticks that don't require prep or brush and they go on smoothly. If you're MU expert though and don't mind the extra steps, this would be a fun addition to your collection..be warned that you'll want to collect them all!

Do you have a tough time resisting these adorable KaKao Friends, too?  Hope you've enjoyed this post and thanks for stopping by!


Skin Care On The Go

Skin care routine when I'm traveling
I don't skim on my skin care ritual when I'm on the go for these reasons.

ONE // Most important one - Your skin deserves the best pampering, whether you're at home or not!  I won't compromise my skin health and if it means getting up a little earlier or staying up a littler later, I'll do it.

TWO // Not changing out your products too much will help normalize your skin. Plus, you don't want to be dealing with skin reaction when you're traveling!

THREE // Using the same products that you would at home is the best remedy for homesickness.  As much as I love traveling and seeing new places, I get homesick every now and then.  Seeing familiar things help ease that a little bit.

FOUR // Having a few options for those special treats (sheet masks, clay mask, eye-refreshers, etc) is like carrying a mini-first-aid kit with you in case your skin needs some extra attention in your new location.

I stick with my core products and bring full size or travel size depending on my destination

I know it looks like a lot in this photo, but my core ritual consists of only 8 steps with the rest on rotation depending on how my skin feels.  If I'm visiting home, I bring my full-size since I don't have to worry about multiple transit points or the need to do carry-on only.  If I'm traveling to destinations, then I bring travel-size.

The white triangle includes my 8 core steps.  1.   Pre-Cleanse // Tatcha Pure Camellia Cleansing Oil 2.  Cleanse // Fresh Soy Cleanser (Not Shown) 3.  Tone // SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (Transferred to a travel-size spray bottle) 4.  Treat Specific Needs // Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster (for brightening) 5.  Treat Specific Needs // Clarins Double Serum (for anti-aging) 6.  Treat Specific Needs // Clinique Pep-Start (eye cream) 7.  Moisturize // Clarins Multi-Active Moisturizer (day and night)   8.  Apply Sun Protection // Tatcha Silken Pore-Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35   
The yellow triangle includes special treats on rotation.  1.   Hydrating // GlamGlow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment (use as overnight leave-on sleeping mask) 2.  Firming // GlamGlow Gravitymud Firming Treatment + Dr. Jart+ Firming Solution Sheet Mask 3.  Brightening // Fresh Peony Brightening Night Treatment Mask (leave-on) + SkinFood Blanc Pearl Caviar Cream Mask Sheet 4.  Eye Treatment // GlamGlow Brightmud Eye Treatment + Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist 24 Eye Mask + DHC Revitalizing Moisture Strips for Eyes. 5.  Pore-Clearing // Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
If you're curious about these products, you can check out the stories I had posted before (just click on each product)

Tatcha Pure Camellia Cleansing Oil

Clarins Double Serum (I've found a site selling this at a more reasonable price!)

Tatcha Silken Pore-Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35

Dr. Jart+ Sheet Mask (I wrote about Dr. J's Brightening Solution mask)

Like this post if you agree with me that our skin deserves the best pampering no matter where we are!

I'd also love to learn about your skin care ritual...Leave a comment below!

Thanks for stopping by :)


The Sunscreen Worshiper // Why I Wear Sunscreen Everyday, Rain or Shine

Put some sunscreen on! Poolside at Maui Andaz.
Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Body Cream
Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35
It's fun in the sun, but don't forget your sunscreen!
I am dedicating this post to my best friend's husband (who still needs some convincing) and all those who work hard to spread their professional knowledge on and personal experience with sun protection...

I was bad in my younger years - Worshiped the sun instead of my sunscreen. I also neglected my poor face when it came to sun protection.  Now I am left with a losing battle with my dark spots.  At the same time, I know I'm one of the lucky few who have escaped skin cancer.  I am extremely grateful for my "second chance" and take my sun protection very seriously.

This story is about more than just showing you products I love...it’s also giving me a chance to share what I know about sun damage and I hope, after reading this story, you will convert to sunscreen-worshiping, too!

worship these sunscreens

for your face

Sunscreen for face is tricky as it tends to clog pores and not always ideal for oily/combo skin.  However, with new technology in skin care, there are more options these days that are more gentle to the skin.  After some trial & error, I've finally narrowed down to these gentle and lightweight versions that don't stir up the oily pot and work well with layering.  And for those with normal or dry skin, I encourage you to try them out, too, as some of these have great skin care benefits while protecting your face from UV radiations!

P.S. I'm also including some tidbits about sun damage, sunscreen labeling and sun protection in each section. My goal is to share what I know, so that you are armed with information to make informed decisions about your own skin care ritual!


Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35
Learn what SPF truly represents and what the SPF numbers are telling us about how much sun protection we are receiving.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70
Explaining UV Rays and the differences between UVA and UVB.
La Roche Posay Anthelio 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 60
Learn about how much SPF we need in order to be effectively protecting our skin from UV rays.

// Where to Buy //

Tatcha // Tatcha or Sephora // $68.00 (2 0z) or $13.00 (0.33 0z) //

La Roche Posay // ULTA or Walgreens // $29.99 -  $30.00 (1.7 oz) //

Neutrogena // ULTA or Walgreens or any local supermarkets // $12.99 - $13.99 (1.4 oz) //

worship these sunscreens

for your BODY

The smell of Coppertone is one of those sensorial experience I could never forget.  You just knew when someone’s wearing sunscreen with that intense smell back in those days.  And I think for this and many other reasons, most of us forgo applying sunscreen from the neck down on a normal day.  The truth is that UV rays don't discriminate and it is as harsh on your body skin as it is on your face.  But thank goodness for technology and now we have these less-scented, lightweight, no-white-streak options that don't make us go "ewk" while protecting our body skin.

Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Body Cream
Reasons for wearing sunscreen even on a cloudy day & for the need to wash it off every night.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70
Reason you need to use sunscreens that read "Broad Spectrum SPF" or "PA & SPF”.
Cera Ve Sunscreen Body Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50
The amount of sunscreen you need with every application in order for your skin to get the true SPF stated on packaging.

// Where to Buy //

Clinique // Sephora or Nordstrom // $23.00 (5.0 oz) //

Cera Ve // ULTA or Walgreens // $14.22 - 16.99 (3.0 oz) //

Neutrogena // ULTA or Walmart  or any local supermarkets // $11.47 - $11.99 (3.0 oz) //

what do you think?

I am really curious to know your thoughts because I sometimes feel like I'm preaching the importance of sun protection and some people may want to tune me out...but I truly mean well and just want everyone to understand what the UV rays are doing to our skin and how we can protect it while still allowing us to enjoy the great outdoor!

It was very hard to narrow down all the tidbits to just one post.  If you have questions or would like to know more, feel free to ping me via email (tiffany@hulawithme.com), Instagram (@hulawithme), or leave a comment in the comment box at the bottom of this post.

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