Ever since I left Asia, I have not really followed the famous Japanese line, RMK, but their latest spring/summer collection sure got me drooling all over *lol* Girls in Asia, definitely check this out and let me know how everything is!
The Aloe Sun BB cream (shown on the left) contains aloe to hydrate and soothe your skin and is recommended for acne-prone and sensitive skins. Compared to the Gingko BB cream, the texture is slightly runnier which makes it easier to blend. It also has SPF20 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays but other than that, I do not see much of a difference between this and the Gingko Green.
As for the Mushroom Multi Care BB Cream (shown on the right), it is definitely my favorite out of the three! It contains aloe and mushroom extract, adenosine, arbutin and SPF 20 to help whiten and slow down the aging process for a brighter, more radiant complexion. It is recommended for mature skin and dull complexions. Like the Aloe Sun, the texture of this one is more runny and it feels very hydrating. It feels very light, almost like one of those watery moisturizers but gets absorbed into my skin instantly. My skin just glows after I put this on but I do not ever get oily on my t-zone when I use this. The smell of this one is also stronger than the other two but that does not bother me.
I am *so* glad I jumped onto the BB cream bandwagon! This is definitely one of the products of the year for me!
The Skinfood Gingko Green BB cream, one out of the three BB creams Korean beauty brand Skinfood makes, contains Green Tea, Gingko Leaf, Vitamin B and Lecithin to provide both skin protection and skin correction. Basically, what that means is it has the properties of both a makeup and a skincare product. It can even out skin tone, camouflage undereye circles, acne scars and add radiance to the skin without the heavy mask-like effects of a foundation. Prolonged use of the product will also help improve the overall texture of the skin and fade scars caused by acne.
BB Cream, aka Blemish Balm, is *the* hottest beauty product in Asia right now! The product originated in Germany and was initially used by dermatologists to help patients who have gone through laser skin surgery to soothe and regenerate the skin.
Remember the Gyaru gals with bleached hair, uber tan skin, white makeup and crazy outfits that swamped the streets of Shibuya in the late 90s? With time, this culture has evolved into many different subcultures. Today, let’s look at one of them, Oneegyaru.
According to ricoche.net, Oneegyaru gals are typically in their early to mid twenties and they are a more sophisticated version of the original Gyaru. Oneegyaru gals still tan and bleach their hair but the crazy panda eye makeup is ditched for an understated look. They also like to wear higher end labels like Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel. A good Oneegyaru celebrity icon is Koda Kumi. Oneegyaru gals can also be seen all over the sticker picture machines.
Flip through any Japanese magazine and you will definitely see Shiseido Anessa Neo Sunscreen SPF50 ($38) – yes it is THAT popular in Asia. So when it first came out in Hong Kong, I literally ran out and got myself a bottle. But sadly, that turned out to be a not-so-great idea.
Like most Japanese sunscreens, this goes on greasy but dries to a very matte finish and I mean very. In fact, it is so matte that it made my nose slightly flaky. Plus it gave my skin a ghostly white cast which was so not hot! So yes this may come with a high SPF and pretty models in their ads, but I will not be buying this again.