Testing Out Korean Make-up: Son & Park

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The bag of Korean products that I’d purchased two months ago had been sitting underneath my bed for God knows how long.

So I took them out and had a little fun today!

Son & Park is a Korean brand created by two celebrity make-up artists. They’re best known for their Beauty Water which is a major best-seller in Asia as the product is incredibly versatile and effective but today, I’m testing out the Skin Fit Foundation in shade 23 Natural, the Gel Bonding Eyebrow and the Lip Crayons.

Let’s start with base. This Skin Fit Foundation falls right in trend with the dewy no make-up make-up look that is so popular in Korea (and most of Asia) right now. It feels light and effortless, but still manages to even out my skin tone. This is due to the green, colour-correcting core that cancels out redness. The built-in brush is convenient, though a little stiff. While blending, I seriously wondered if it was applying evenly but that may be just in my head because the finish was flawless!

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Moving onto brows, I must say this product blew my mind. The Gel Bonding Eyebrow is, as its name suggests, a gel brow product but is quick-drying like I’ve never seen before! You have to be nimble or the gel will end up in uneven patches but switch over to the spoolie side and just brush off the excess! Unlike a powder product, it doesn’t remove easily which is great news for me. I sometimes rub off parts of my brow by accident and that’s not a cute look, especially when you don’t have your brow pencil in your bag for moments like these.

Last but not least are the Lip Crayons which were probably the most fun to play with! Naked Coral reminds me of Kinda Sexy by MAC, just with more of a shine instead of a matte texture. It’s a whole lot more hydrating as well!
Dry Flower is a strange name but the shade is gorgeous so I suppose that makes up for it! It’s what they call a “your lips but better” shade. It is also worth mentioning that Dry Flower is an awarding winning shade and a bestseller!
Your Son & Park fire engine red comes in the Lip Crayon Flash Red that pops so much more in real life than on pictures. It doesn’t translate well on photos sadly. Finally, we have a vampy brown berry shade in the form of Wicked Burgundy. The last three are all quite matte but so hydrating and light, you don’t feel the lipstick at all!

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The Verdict

Son & Park might be a little up there price-wise when compared to drugstore brands but the quality you get for what you pay is incomparable. The packaging is simple but sleek and the products are innovative and easy to use. The downside is that their products are not readily available everywhere yet as Son & Park is an upcoming brand.

Son & Park Official Website: http://m.sonandpark.com/
Son & Park Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sonandpark_korea/?hl=en
SOKO GLAM: https://sokoglam.com/collections/son-park

 

 

 

Love Diamond Heated Eyelash Curler

If you have hard-to-curl, stick straight lashes, you’ve come to the right place. For most of us Asian ladies whose lashes are naturally softer, shorter and grow towards the earth, naturally curly lashes are the ultimate dream. So to make up for it, we stick fake pieces of hair to our eyelids which is why falsies and lash extensions are so popular in Asia, if you’ve ever wondered.

Luckily, I’ve been blessed with long lashes but I don’t have much of them so using an eyelash curler is painful for me because once in a while, you’ll find a lash hanging onto the torture device for dear life. Perhaps it’s just me but I seem to lose lashes more often than not when I use a traditional eyelash curler so at one point, I decided that that was no longer an option.

In my quest for curly lashes, I discovered lash lifts. These look amazing for the first few weeks until the fourth or fifth. New lashes then grow out stick straight again so you have an array of curly/non-curly lashes. It just looks messy, even more so with mascara on. Another downside of the lash lift is that it costs NTD500 (approximately USD16) each time. Yes, it might be cheaper than what salons in other cities are asking for but it is still expensive when you add it up and it’s time consuming to visit your salon on a regular basis.

So I decided to DIY. My plan was to go and buy myself a lash lift set but Amazon didn’t ship that particular product to Taiwan. I then went out to Taipei Main Station where the back alleys are fringed with beauty shops. You can get EVERYTHING at these shops: gel nail polish, blackhead extractors, conditioners, makeup cases and whatnot. Everything except lash lift kits. I was later told that the Taiwanese government had banned the practice of lash lifts as the chemicals were proven to be cancerous. Many of these perming chemicals were made in China, so no surprise there.

“Maybe you could try using a heated eyelash curler?” the clerk said.

In my early modeling days, stylists would often carry one so I knew what she was talking about. After a bit of Googling and some very persuasive before and after pictures, I decided that it was worth a shot. So this is how I bought my very first heated eyelash curler!

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The product was designed by a famous Taiwanese make up artist and is called Love Diamond. It had received so much praise online that I knew I couldn’t go wrong if I purchased this one. I ordered mine on Yahoo (at this link), which is a very popular platform for online shopping in Taiwan. It was NTD950 (USD31) plus an extra NTD60 (USD2) to get it shipped to the nearest 7-11 convenient store near me. Two days later, it arrived and voila!

PACKAGING: Girly metallic pink with a silver lid and comes with its own pouch. An instruction manual/guarantee booklet is provided in Japanese and Traditional Chinese.

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PROS:

  • Heats up quickly
  • Can be plugged in unlike other heated eyelash curlers that are battery fueled. However, it does come with a battery version cover.
  • Does not burn the skin

CONS: None. Absolutely none that I can think of except the name perhaps…Love Diamond has nothing to do with what the product does but then again, not all Taiwanese are fluent English speakers and the name doesn’t affect the performance at all.

HOW TO USE:

  1. Plug in the device.
  2. Slide the silver button upwards.
  3. The reverse side of the curler is usually RED and will then turn YELLOW when it is heated and ready to use!
  4. Set curler against lashes for 10-15 seconds and move in a slow, upwards direction
  5. Apply mascara.

BEFORE

As you can see from this picture, there are NO apparent lashes. The only makeup I have is on my brows. My natural lashes are stick straight and point down at a 45 degree angle. You wouldn’t be able to see my lashes even if I had applied mascara.

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AFTER

No explanation needed. The photos speak for themselves! Of course, mascara was applied for the full effect.