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Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion Review for Pale Skin!

If you’ve got pale skin and are thinking about getting the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion, read on to see my thoughts on it for pale skin!

Hera is a Korean brand of cosmetics.  I got a refill compact of the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion in the shade 13 Ivory, to try out, and also because I just love the name Hera, haha.  Any other Greek mythology buffs out there?

The pros of this cushion:

Shade 13 Ivory is light enough for me!  It is a light neutral shade.  For reference, I am in the shade Y205 Alabaster for the MUFE Ultra HD foundation, and Y215 Yellow Alabaster for the MUFE Water Blend foundation.  I have been matched to NC15 for MAC, but I think NC5 or NC10 would be better if MAC made those shades.  I have a neutral skin tone, but lean towards yellow.

Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion Shade 13 Ivory

Nothing on my face except the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion in shade 13 Ivory

It is a dewy foundation.  It will make your skin glow, if you’re into that, which I am.

It offers light coverage, which I like, but this could be a con for some.

It’s moisturizing, so it’s good for dry skinned people like me.

It has SPF 34.  I would still use my regular sunscreen underneath though, as with all foundations.

It smells good.  The scent doesn’t linger on your face though.

It looks good in photos and in real life at a distance (when I see myself in a mirror, I think, the skin looks good)

Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion Shade 13 Ivory

On the skin: Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion Shade 13 Ivory with a layer of Maybelline Fit Me pressed powder, and Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light

The cons:

It never sets.  I find the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion always feels sticky and tacky on my face.  I definitely needed to powder or else my hair gets stuck on my cheeks.

If you touch your face without setting with powder, foundation will come off, and the foundation also slides around on your face.

If you powder, it will look cakey and bring out any lines you have.  I think it still looks good in photos and if you’re not standing too close to people, but closer up, the cakiness shows.  Not pleasant!

I think it oxidizes a shade darker.

There does not seem to be much product in the cushion.  I used the cushion for 3 weeks and it looks empty.  I’m pressing the puff into the cushion pretty hard, and not much is coming up anymore (see photo).

Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion Shade 13 Ivory

I tried storing the cushion upside down so product can drain to the top of the cushion, but that did not help. I don’t even use that much product because I prefer a sheer layer of foundation!

I wondered if the product dried up because I don’t have the actual compact to store the refill in (I just got the refill cushion to try).  But the refill has its own cap that closes securely, so I don’t think drying up is the reason.

Do I recommend the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion? I don’t.

Honestly, with all the k-beauty craze going on, I’m disappointed that I haven’t found any Korean cosmetics that I like.  When I first used this cushion, I really thought I was going to like it.  Although the shade match is great for pale skin, and it will give you a lovely glow, the stickiness, cakiness, and “emptiness” of the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion after less than a month of use is not my cup of tea.  I guess I am happy that I finished a foundation  for my Use Up That Makeup goals though!  I got the cushion from Jolse

 

All items mentioned were purchased by myself.  All opinions are my own.

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Use Up That Makeup! June Makeup Basket and Progress!

Wow June is here.  Can we please just stop? Anyway, it’s time for another edition of Use Up That Makeup! The June Makeup Basket and Progress pictures!  Read on to see some nice dents I’ve made in my makeup.

First things first – the progress pictures for a few products in my May Makeup Basket.  I’m pretty proud! *puffs up*

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Missha’s The Original Tension Pact Natural Cover Review for Pale Skin!

I recently got my hands on some Korean beauty items and I am excited to write about my first impressions, especially the foundations.  Finding a foundation for pale skin is hard enough, but add in Asian skin undertones and you sometimes have a whole new level of difficulty.  Anyway, I thought testing some Korean brands would make finding foundations with the correct undertone a bit easier.  My first review and first impressions will be on Missha’s The Original Tension Pact Natural Cover in the shade 21.  Read on to see my thoughts!

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Nature Republic Argan Essential Oil Hair Mist Review

Nature Republic is a Korean brand that offers a variety of cosmetics and skin care inspired by nature.  I was walking around my local Nature Republic store the other day and they were having a big sale on certain items, so I decided to try the Nature Republic Argan Essential Oil Hair Mist.  It is supposed to provide nutrition to damaged hair and make it soft and tangle-free.  Read on to see my thoughts!

Nature Republic Essential Argan Hair Mist Review

When I saw the Nature Republic Argan Essential Oil Hair Mist, I thought it could be a nice thing to use on the daily because it seems fast and because it is a mist, it wouldn’t weigh down my hair with oils.  My hair is rather coarse, so I was hoping this hair mist would soften it a little.

The Nature Republic Argan Essential Oil Hair Mist comes in a typical spray bottle and sprays as a fine mist.  The liquid inside looks just like water.  I don’t see any oiliness in it at all, so I’m not sure how much nourishment my hair is going to get with this.  When I sprayed it, I did get a strong whiff of alcohol.  Alcohol is one of the ingredients listed, and I’m not sure why they would have it in there if it’s supposed to nourish and soften hair!  My hair is rather oily though so this may not be an issue for me.  Other than that, there is no other discernible fragrance.

Nature Republic Argan Essential OIl Hair Mist Review

So, per the instructions, you can mist this over your wet or dry hair.  The first time I tried this, I tried it on dry hair.  BIG MISTAKE.  My hair looked stringy and greasy, and only on the top layer where I spray it too, so it looked extra weird!  I tried combing it out and it helped a little, but a minute later, my hair would be back to stringy yuckiness!

Nature Republic Argan Essential OIl Hair Mist Review

Greasy, stringy hair after misting this spray on dry hair

Nature Republic Argan Essential OIl Hair Mist Review

After combing through, but a minute later, it’s back to intense greasy stringiness 🙁

I would never recommend using this product on dry hair, period.  Maybe if I were at the beach and could pull off a wet beach hair look, but for all other days, it’ll just look greasy.

Next I tried the hair mist on freshly washed hair because the moisture should distribute the product for evenly.  My hair does not look stringy or greasy when the hair mist is used on wet hair, but it does feel a bit weighed down after my hair dried.  I think the Nature Republic Argan Essential Oil Hair Mist gave my hair some more texture when used in this manner though, which is nice.  As for whether my hair feels softer…I honestly cannot tell!

All in all, I would not recommend this product.  It looks terrible when sprayed on dry hair, and if you spray it on wet hair, it can weigh it down once dried.  However, it does give some texture once your hair has dried, which is nice.  I also don’t know how much nourishing oils are in this product since the spray looks just like water.  It also contains alcohol, which I don’t know, but it seems like it would be damaging to hair in general.   My hair is pretty coarse and each strand is thick though, so it may be ok for my hair.  I will try to use it up since I bought it, or just save it for days at the beach, but I will not be repurchasing.

All items mentioned were purchased by myself.  All opinions are my own.

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