THEFACESHOP - CC Intense Cover Cushion VS Aura CC Cream Review

Posted by Nadia on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Filed under: , , ,
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I have been using BB cream for almost 3 years now so when CC cream was introduced in the market, it's only matter of time before I give it a go! I purchased THEFACESHOP Aura CC Cream first a month ago, before deciding to try out their CC Intense Cover Cushion.  I have combination skin (oily T zone) and here's my review.


Unlike other brands where CC creams are usually in a tube, this Aura CC Cream comes in a compact packaging. There's a button that you need to press to get the product out. The texture of the CC cream is on the thicker side. It comes with a sponge for you to even it out on the face. It takes a while of getting used to the whole mechanism with a liquid product instead of powder, but it's doable.

I noticed if I pressed the liquid out and use the sponge to put it on my face, most of the product would end up on the sponge instead of my face (kinda wasted) and it's also a bit difficult to sponge it out evenly on my skin. So instead of directly using the sponge (excuse my dirty sponge picture), I would use my finger first to make a few spots on my face and then use the sponge to even it out. I find this way more practical due to the thick texture.

I would give it A+ for coverage! However, some parts of my cheeks felt drier after using it for 2 weeks so I tried adding in emulsion (Etude House Aloe Moistfull Emulsion) into my skincare routine. My skin got better so I continued using the Aura CC Cream.

THEFACESHOP CC Intense Cover Cushion

The CC Intense Cover Cushion also comes in a compact packaging. It comes with a free refill when I bought it (this month's promotion only so hurry!). However, as the name says it, it has a cushion that you press with a sponge instead of dealing with any liquid! This CC Cushion design looks better too probably because it's a newer product-release compared to the Aura CC Cream. It also comes with a sponge just like the Aura CC Cream.

I like how I still experience liquid coverage without the liquid hassle. The cushion design eases application of the product directly onto the skin. I've been using this for only a few days, so far it has been good. I was informed by the salesgirl that this will have less coverage compared to the Aura CC Cream. It's true that the Aura CC Cream has better coverage due to the thick texture. However, I feel that this CC cushion gives enough coverage for daily wear. Unless you plan to make up for an event, the CC cushion is sufficient.

It also comes with SPF50+ which is truly essential for any product if you live on this side of the earth. But I would still suggest putting on a separate sunblock before putting on the CC Cushion for maximum protection.

What do I think?

My verdict? I love both! Though I have my heart set on the cushion just a lil' bit more. It's just so much more convenient and I like to know my products have SPF!


I recently became a fan of THEFACESHOP products. I once tried their Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam 2 years ago but was disappointed with the results. I had pimples after using it for a month so I had to stop before it gets any worse. I've been jumping around with cleanser products since then until my friend recommended their Chia Seed range. I was a bit hesitant because of my previous experience, but I somehow got curious and still wanted to give it a try. Surprisingly - it works wonders and more!

What I'm trying to say is when it comes to choosing products for your skin, it's really trial and error. There's no specific product that would work on all skin types. So go ahead and experiment!

Saying goodbye to 2015

Posted by Nadia on Sunday, January 3, 2016. Filed under: , , ,
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2 days late for a new year's post! I thought I'd skip reviewing my 2015 due to extreme laziness because when I tried to think back if anything major happened, I blanked out. So I tried to sit down and gave it a little more thought trying to put it in words.

I had a major milestone in 2015 - I started wearing the headscarf / hijab on the first day of Ramadan. The decision itself came months before that (or maybe even a year) and I finally made up my mind that the time has come for me to start wearing the headscarf. It was also a journey of rediscovering faith. You know how we all have a checklist for things to do? It's like I have this imaginary list with hijab and praying at the bottom somewhere. So it always felt like it's something I have to do but I just didn't get around of doing it yet. I had my turning point a few months before Ramadan making me want to rediscover my faith, start to know Islam a little bit better and making it a top most priority. First day of Ramadan came, and I did it! I prayed everyday so Allah would give me courage to start wearing the hijab, and to never take it off. Alhamdulillah, it has been a good journey. It was a bumpy start, but I'm blessed with supportive family and friends.

We went to Gold Coast for our family vacation this year! Surfers Paradise was so good, we already made plans to come back on our last day. We stayed at Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and got ourselves a sea-view room. Our morning view was amazing! It was just the start of winter so it was nice and cold (and sometimes freezing cold at night). We visited the Warner Bros Movie World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, rode in the Aqua Duck, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and even made a short road trip to Brisbane.

I started watching K-Dramas again thanks to my SIL. I watched tons of K-Dramas back in Uni but that was like 6 years ago? It was Hari Raya and we were hanging out at Opah's house watching TV. We flipped through some channels and ended up watching a Korean drama. She insisted I must watch The Heirs and passed me the CDs when we got back home. Took me a few weeks before I finally watch it and guess what - I was hooked. Again. and Again. I even ended my last day of 2015 and started my first day of 2016 watching a K-Drama, Oh My Venus! I might start to do reviews on the ones I liked. K-Dramas I've watched in 2015 and my ratings (5 stars max!):

  • The Heirs (2013) - 
  • Master's Sun (2013) - 
  • Birth of a Beauty (2014) - 
  • High Society (2015) -  (Wasted my life watching this)
  • Oh My Ghostess (2015) - 
  • The Mask (2015) - 
  • Healer (2015) - 
  • Remember You (2015) - 
  • Kill Me Heal Me (2015) - 
  • Fated To Love You (2014) - 
  • Marriage Not Dating (2014) - 
  • Sassy Go! Go! (2015) - 
  • Oh My Venus (2015) - Ongoing 
  • Whoahhh, 13 dramas in 5 months! All those hours! Hahaa...

    And finally, I started blogging again :) Not sure how consistent I would be blogging from here onwards but I'll try to keep this space updated as much as I can.

    And that wraps up my 2015 before diving into 2016.

    Happy New Year!