Touch In Sol – New Releases & New Website

Hello!

If you have been a long-time reader of the blog, firstly thank you, you’re a gem and deserve a lifetime of burritos. But secondly, you might remember a post about Touch In Sol from nearly a year ago. I mentioned in the post about their incredible mascara and my wish for the colour cosmetics to hit Australian stores. Well, we are in luck! Touch In Sol are launching  a brand new website really soon, giving us easy access to their stunning range of cosmetics. A few goodies have landed here at Beauty Bender HQ, so I thought we would have a quick chat about the products that will now be available to us Aussies.

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Brow Gellin Gel Eyebrow Styler *

I love me a pomade style eye brow gel. I find that this type of formula is best for long-lasting, defined brows. The Brow Gellin is a little different however. Instead of the normal pot, this is delivered in a pen like design. It is a little deceiving  though as the pen comes apart into a brush and pot type of set up. It first glace the pot is quite small and it may make it a little difficult to use.  Although the brush does fit in the pot with ease, it doesn’t look like there is a whole lot of product and it does make me think that the more I use it, the harder it will be to get product out. This particular gel is light, blendable and quite natural looking. The brush is surprisingly good; it is soft but firm enough to get that much desired definition. I found this formula super easy to use and a littler drier than some pomades, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I find that it doesn’t move or smudge and dries really quickly. I really really like the formula, like, really really like! But I think the cool practical packaging may not be so practical in the long run. But you can make up your own minds. This is by far my favourite of the Touch In Sol brow range.

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Browza Super Proof Gel Brow Liner*

Browza is Touch In Sol’s version the much loved Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. The packaging states that Browza is a water proof, sweat proof  and smudge proof gel brow pencil.  The packaging is simple and includes a little spoolie. The pencil itself is a little larger than I expected, but with a light-hand it works just as well. The formula certainly does glide on and is easily blended in for a natural look.  Browza works well for a brow pencil but my only critisism would be that the spoolie is just a little too soft and doesn’t really comb my crazy brows into place, nor does it assit in the blending of product.

Light Bright Brow Spot Highlight*

I really like the concept of this product, Light Bright is essentially a highlighting pen that is used to highlight the brow bone, inner corner and basically any sweet feature on your cute little face. While the formula does require a little blending, the result is beautiful, yet subtle. Perfect if you tend to stray away from instagram-style, crazy shimmery brow bones. I really like using Light Bright on natural looking makeup days to accentuate my eyes without going overboard.

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Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Shadow Duo*

Now this is one of the new releases that I was most excited about. I  have read reviews of these little wonders and just had to get my hands on some. The idea behind this little wand is a long-lasting, high-pigment foiled eye shadow without any trouble. Firstly you spread on the liquid foil to add pigment to the eye but to also act like a glitter glue. The next step is the foiled glitter shadow, and man does this pack a punch – It is just stunning. Once placed on top of the base it transforms into the most glittery metallic magical eye shadow you’ve ever seen. There is very minimal fall out and the product lasts all night. There is no fussing about with glue, there isn’t sparkles all over your face (unless that’s the look you’re going for), there isn’t any gross creasing and sparkles all up in your eyeballs. Metallist is easy, dramatic and oh-so sparkly. It is perfect for a night out, or just adding some sparkle to any look. I believe that it comes in 5 shades, all of which are fabulous. I have Margaret which as you can see is a rose gold/champagne hybrid.  If there is something that NEEDS a place on your wishlist, it is this.

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Swatch on the top is just the base and swatch below is both the liquid and powder.

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Stretchex Stretch Lash Effect Mascara *

Where do I begin with this holy grail item? Never have I come across a mascara that gives me such butterfly like lashes. Stretchex is super black and the formula is not thick nor is it runny. It glides on the lashes without much effort and immediately my lashes are lengthened beyond belief. They are also separated, curled and voluminous. There are no clumps, no flaking and my lashes just look unreal. It really is the all in one mascara. Because of the buildable formula, it is easy to layer and build up on its own or on top of other mascaras for a more dramatic look. This little yellow and black beauty is a staple in my makeup bag and I couldn’t be more thrilled that it will now be easily available to me.

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‘scuse the bare face, but this is with only one quick coat of Stretchex mascara.

Style Black Gel Liner *

These little gems are a whole heap of fun, they aren’t your ordinary eyeliner. These gel liners although black have a special little sparkle. Each of them have a coloured fleck that will add a whole other level to your eyeliner game. These are gel based and glide on like an absolute dream. Once they are set, they are not going anywhere. These don’t smudge, transfer or move around at all, no matter how oily your little lids are. They really add a pop of something specail to your look and are worth at t he very least a swatch.

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Go Extreme High Definition Lip Lacquer*

These are another range of products that I am particularly excited about. The Lip Lacquers are soft, slightly mousse-y but super hydrating. They are glossy without being sticky, or slimey and I would compare them to NYX Butter Gloss but with a touch more pigment and more longevity. The smell and taste is slightly chemical, which isn’t my favourite, but the comfort factor it is biggest redeeming feature and gets it over the line. The packaging is super cute and the applicator works really well. Although these are marketed as a lip lacquer, I would describe them more as a hydrating lip gloss.  I am interested to see what other shades are available in the range.

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One Step Closer Lip Crayon Bar *

These little babies seriously surprised me. My experience with lip crayons are usually very balm and sheer formulas that are perfect for over the top of liquid lipsticks etc. But these are suuuuuuuper pigmented while still being balmy and glossy. They are so pigmented that they act like a lip stain as well. Again, there are really comfortable on the lips.

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Are you as excited as I am for Touch In Sol’s new website and colour cosmetics to launch? What do you have your eye on?

Until next time,

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

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Korean Skincare Review // Style Story (Feat. Elizavecca Milky Piggy Bubble Mask, Witch Piggy Hell Pore, COSRX Blackhead Power and Tosowoong Enzyme Powder)

I’ve been intrigued by K-beauty products for a while now. There is just something about the interesting, innovative ingredients and concepts, and affordability. Plus, who can go past the adorable packaging?! The only thing is, that it isn’t easy to get your mitts on. Unless you use a mail forwarding service, or you’re happy to risk out-of-date or inauthentic purchases on EBay, chances are you haven’t been spoilt for choice.

 

Enter Style Story. Style Story is an Australian-based, online Korean Beauty retailer that showcases some of K-Beauty’s favourite brands and best-sellers. They work hard to be at the forefront of new releases, and making exciting new products and cult favourites available to us here in Australia. Their website is easy to navigate and full of great brands and information. I love how detailed the product pages are, not being fluent in Korean can be difficult when deciding on products and even reading product information, but on Style Story all the information about use, benefits, and ingredients are right there at your fingertips. I have also noticed that most products are offered in different sizes and even samples, which makes it a little less daunting when trialling new products. I managed to get my hot little hands on a few best sellers to try and thought I’d give you a little run through.

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I’m sure you’ve seen glimpses of Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask* over social media.  The carbonation effect has become a bit of a novelty, but I was interested in seeing whether the mask itself delivers on its claims. The Bubble Clay mask promises to purge the skin of excess sebum and trapped dirt to leave the skin pure, clear and more radiant. The Charcoal and Mud are great for clarifying the skin and giving it a  deep clean, while adsorbing any excess oil.

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Now I understand where the name comes from – Milky Piggy

Verdict – The mask is really easy to apply and smells quite pleasant. It starts bubbling up within seconds of applying and you can instantly feel it tingle – which I love. After 5 minutes, I look like I’ve come down with a case of elephantiasis or some horribly disfiguring skin condition, but I can feel it working its magic. After I washed the mask off my skin was actually glowy and fresh. I am really surprised by the results. I thought the mask was a bit gimmicky and wasn’t sure whether there would be any benefits. But my skin was soft, smooth, mattified  and just all round healthy looking. As this mask doesn’t dry right down, I would imagine it being great for my dry skin counterparts. If you love a mud based mask and, like something a little different and a bit of fun, I would absolutely recommend Milky Piggy.

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This is my fresh face after using all of the products in this post.

Elizavecca Witchy Piggy Hell Pore Control* also ended up on my desk at Beauty Bender HQ,  I had read reviews for a few products of the Hell Pore range, but not specifically this serum. The Style Story gave me a little overview:

‘Pore problems can be hell-ish. To target the root cause of visible pores it is important that skin has the right balance of moisture. Pore problems can be solved with the correct hydration. Elizavecca’s Hell Pore Control Hyaluronic Acid Serum features 97% of star moisturising ingredient hyaluronic acid, blended with soothing botannicals.’

Hell Pore Control is meant to calm irritation, regulate moisture and oil levels, as well as plumping, brightening and hydrating the skin. As a huge lover of Hyaluronic Acid, this little guy sounds right up my alley.

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Verdict – This is another winner from the ‘Piggy’ range. The serum is fragrance free, gentle but really effective. It plumps up my skin, calms any redness and gives my complexion and overall healthy glow.  It can bit quite sticky, so using a moisturiser afterwards would be a must if you don’t like this residue. I really like this serum and I am so glad I have had the opportunity to try it. After having such positive results from both Elizavecca products, I really want to get my grubby little paws on some more.

COSRX has a large cult following and is always at the top of best seller lists. The brand is built upon the motto ‘practical and high performance cosmetics’ which shines through their products and branding. With a huge variety, there is something to suit every skin type and concern. I managed to nab a BHA Blackhead Power Liquid and the Acne Pimple Master Patch*. The Master Patch are little stickers that are placed over active acne to heal and prevent further infection. After putting so much effort into my skincare lately, it is rare for me to develop a whitehead or open pimple. So as of yet, I haven’t been able to give these little babies a run for their money, but the reviews I’ve read have been very positive.

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As a chronic sufferer of blackheads and texturized skin, anything that promises to reduce them is right up the top of my wishlist. If you’ve read my Best In Beauty ’16, you would have seen that I want to dive into the world of BHA’s a little more. Where better to start than with the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid*? ‘It is an oil-soluble chemical exfoliant that clears dead skin cells from deep within pores to minimise their appearance and prevent breakouts.With its light texture, COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid works with your skin to soften and clear it over time. It also provides skin brightening benefits for a more even skin tone.Unlike most Western BHA products, COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is formulated with betaine salicylate rather than the more common salicylic acid.’

Verdict – I have been using this guy for maybe 8 weeks now, and so far the results have been great. I’ve noticed a decrease is congestion around my nose and forehead, plus the appearance of my pores isn’t as obvious. The liquid doesn’t sting or feel too harsh on the skin. Plus, it doesn’t dry out my skin at all. It does leave behind a slightly sticky residue, but it doesn’t worry me, as I apply serum and moisturiser afterwards. I really love this liquid and my introduction to BHA’s has been a very positive experience.

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The last product I have is the Tosowoong Enzye Powder Wash*. This brand is completely new to me, however the concept is not. As the name suggests, a Powder Wash is a dry grainy powder that is added to water to allow the active ingredients to come alive and get to work on your skin. The Tosowoong Enyme Powder is perfectly PH balanced which will work really well with sensitive skin. This little guy claims to clean out pores, leave skin clean and soft, while not stripping the skin of essential natural oils.

Verdict – This little delicate scented powder has really surprised me. Once added to water it foams up well and lathers on the face beautifully. It isn’t drying and doesn’t leave that tight feeling across the face. My skin feels soft and clean and completely hydrated. It is an unusual concept if you’re used to a liquid daily cleanser, but once you get the hang of it, it is fabulous. Another wonderful discovery.

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As you can see I have loved all the products I have played with so far. And my wishlist for my next order is a mile long. Here are few more products I think are worth checking out:

  • Too Cool For School Pumpkin Sleeping Mask – I love anything pumpkin based and have really embraced this sleeping mask trend. This mask sounds great for dull, dry, lack-lustre skin.
  • Banila Clean It Zero – Yet another highly raved about product. As an everyday user of a cleansing balm, this little jar has been on my radar for a long time. Since everyone speaks so highly of it, and my personal experiences with oil-based balms, this little guy should be a winner.
  • Secret Key Gold Racoony Hydro Gel Eye Patches – These little patches claim to counter the appearance of eye bags, dark circles, puffiness and pimples. I think they would be ideal to top off a pamper session.
  • Laneiage Lip Sleeping Pack – I have chronically dry lips and think the K-Beauty have the answer, a lip sleeping pack. I would love to see how this goes on my flaky little smoochers.
  • Too Cool For School Rules Of Pore Get Ready Dual Primer – I am yet to try a K-Beauty primer and this little guy sounds like the perfect place to start. It claims to cover pores to keep skin soft and silky smooth while prolonging the longevity of makeup.
  • Skinfood Peach Sake Toner – I have read so many rave reviews on SkinFood’s Peach range. Targeted towards oily skin with enlarged pores, I would love to give this a run to see the results. Plus, I am a peach-sucker.

 

Have you used any K Beauty products? What were your faves? What else should I be adding to my wishlist at Style Story?

 

Speak soon,

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.