Where do I begin… I found a new BB cream, pardon, BB serum, on one of my hourly eBay scavenges. I was at first attracted to the packaging. Cute, yeah? And then you add the words strawberry and serum and my little heart exploded with glee. You can also throw the word glutathione in there, but shit might start to get crazy.
Snowgirl Japan is one of those sort of weird, obscure brands to me. Not obscure in the sense of QBic, where nothing exists aside from some samples outside of eBay and wholesale sites, but obscure in the sense that I have yet to see a full-size product, and Snowgirl Japan isn’t really Japanese. I did some digging, and Snowgirl Japan is a brand under Siam Natural Products Company, which is actually a Thai company. So that explains the Thai language focus on the packaging. Who are these guys trying to fool? Fair enough, they threw some Japanese on there too, but come on. What’s wrong with “Snowgirl Thailand”? I think it’s got a nice ring to it.
This product seems to ONLY exist in these packets. No tubes or bottles here, which is pretty disappointing. Unless you put your opened packet into an air-tight container, it’s going to get gross and kind of dried up, which makes for some not-so-fun and slightly unsanitary application.
I’m always a bit leery about a company that has a free webmail account for an official email. Am I the only one…? To be fair, they have a website. But Gmail? Well, whatever. At least it’s not Hotmail or Yahoo. Then we’d have a problem.
UV Protection: SPF 60 PA+++
Sunscreen + Lotion + Foundation
From Bangkok Retail International:
If you are looking for a make-up (primer) that will not melt under the sun, check out this new BB Serum.
This skin care product is developed by Snowgirl Japan and is multi-purpose. It is a facial sunscreen, lotion and foundation at the same time. (Before there were only BB creams, but this is a serum and it has a different texture).
It has all the essentials for maintaining the beauty of your skin. It contains SPF 60 (Sun Protection Factor) to block UVB rays. And because of the fact that UVA rays are more harmful, this serum has a PA (Protection Grade of UVA rays) ranking of +++.
Why the Glutathione and Strawberry extract? Not only because these natural ingredients sound nice, they have real benefits like brightening the skin and help fade dark spots.
So, make your daily life much easier and productive (time is gold) by using this new affordable facial cosmetic. No worries about the texture of this cream, you can apply it easily without stickiness.
Ingredients: Water, Titanium Dioxide, Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Isopropyl Myristate, Niacinamide, Polysorbate 60, Butyl Methocydibenzoylmethane, Dimethicone Copolyol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEB-100 Stearate, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, L-Glutathione, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract. Sodium Polyacrylate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butyparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben.
This BB Serum is fairly light, and fairly yellow-toned. I am fairly pink-toned as an individual, so already I’m a bit apprehensive about how this will work with my skin. It turns out that it blends and oxidizes well, so no problem there. My issue is where the brand states that this won’t melt under the sun. Because holy melt.
Yeah, this is one of those BB creams that won’t allow you to wear moisturizer or primer underneath without getting all weird and blotchy. If you live in a humid climate or sweat a lot, it’s also going to shift all over your face. Definitely apply on fresh, dry skin and use a setting powder if you try this one out, or your cheek will look like mine in the above photo.
The strange shifting could also be because of the lightweight texture of this BB serum. It’s not very ‘serum-y’ per se, but definitely has a light, mousse-y feel to it. It also obviously smells like strawberries, which is nice, but can get old very quickly.
I’m going to go ahead and say this product has light coverage. It’ll even up skin tone and slightly mask light freckles, but you won’t be hiding any major acne spots with this alone. This also likes to sink into pores like crazy… and since using a primer only makes it worse for me, this probably won’t be on my repurchase list.
With the rest of my shit on. This BB serum, Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation, Forever 21 (Tony Moly knockoff) Sheer Highlighter, Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer, Lancôme Paris L’Extrême Lengthening Mascara, Ardell Brow Defining Palette in Dark, and some knockoff MAC Russian Red lipstick I got in Santee Alley.
Pros: Packets are large and affordable (~$6 USD for 3), lightweight, cute packaging.
Cons: Doesn’t stay fresh for long in the packet. Maybe try storing in a ziploc bag? No access to full-size product that I can find. MELTY and SHIFTY and PORE-SINKING.
Final Verdict: You can probably tell I’m not a huge fan of this one! I am interested in the rest of Snowgirl Japan’s product line though, so I might check those out in the future. If you want to test this for yourself, you can find it at Bangkok Retail International).
So a LONG time ago my friend Tania got the world’s cutest makeup brush at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s, I don’t remember which. I fell in love with it but could NEVER find it when I was out shopping, nor could I find it online. True sorrow. I had sadly given into fate and thought it just wasn’t meant to be.
And then Tania surprised me last week with a whole set of them! SO CUTE. Yeah, they’re a knockoff brand from TJM so the quality is far from high, but they are adorable and I am happy. One thing I did notice that is different on this set than on her older brush is the ‘Stella’ branding. On hers, it is much smaller and at first glance looks to be Stila. Wonder what caused the change…? Possible lawsuit? The world will never know.