ETUDE HOUSE : August Pink Bird Box Haul + First Impressions

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Hello everyone! As you can see, I received quite a few products this month in my August Pink Bird Box and let me just say I got a little too excited when I opened the package. If you haven’t seen my blog post on last month’s box, click here to read my little blurb on my collaboration with Etude House.

Here’s what I received:

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Disney Dumbo x Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream Jumbo + Face Mask Sheet. 

The cream moisturiser is actually part of Etude House’s permanent collection which is their Moisture Collagen packaged in an orange jar, just repackaged into an adorable jar featuring Disney’s favourite elephant – Dumbo. I know for a fact that Etude House’s Moisture Collagen cream is one of their all-time best sellers and it’s kind of a shame that I have never actually tried it before, so thank you Etude House now I finally have the chance to (and a whopping 110 mLs of it)!

I’m not going to go into too much detail on the performance of the product since I have only tested it once but as an initial impression, this cream really sure does provide a lot of moisture but doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. The texture is a little silicone-y (it does contain Dimethicone and Silica). Just one little thing that I didn’t like about the cream from skimming through the ingredients list is that it contains alcohol and fragrance which I usually avoid in my skincare.

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Play 101 Stick Contour Duo in #2. 

If any of you read my Jolse haul and review post, I have reviewed the Play 101 Contour stick and I said that I didn’t like the product at all because it was way too orange for contouring. This one though, I LOVE! The colour is perfect for contouring and both highlight and contour shades blend so well on the skin (didn’t look cake-y over my foundation). The slim pencil also enables you to contour the sides of your nose really effortlessly. etudepinkskulla.jpg

Pink Skull Color Eyes Shadow Palette in #1 Lovely Skull + Pink Skull Twin Shot Lipstint in RD304 Funky x Skull Shot.

If you have been following Etude House for a while you would have known that they always release limited edition collections every now and then. Well as for fall/winter 2016, they have come up with a limited edition collection named Pink Skull – all revolving around girly punk themed products that honestly reminds me of Avril Lavigne circa 2000s. Anyhow, I was lucky enough to have received 2 of the products from the collection which is one of their eyeshadow palettes and the gloss duo.

The Twin Shot Lipstint is a dual ended gloss-type product. The red shade is a mousse consistency that is extremely pigmented and easy to apply. It could be classified as a liquid lipstick although not the traditional liquid-to-matte lipstick; this one does not dry to a matte finish. The other side is a blackened purple gloss with holographic shimmer running through it. It’s really pretty and I absolutely adore the gloss (it’s also not too sticky). Etude House also promotes the gloss as something you could mix but I personally find that the liquid lipstick and gloss didn’t go too well with each other meaning that they just smear around your lips and doesn’t layer well. I think that the best way to wear the product is to actually use them separately instead of mixing both shades together.

Okay, so I saved the best for last! I am really excited for the palette and I think that it’s one of Etude House’s stand-out products and I do really hope that they would make it permanent someday. The palette that I received is in #1 Lovely Skull contains a total of 6 matte shades and 3 shimmers. Below is the close-up of the palette along with the translated names (shoutout to my lovely friend and a Snapchat fam of mine who was kind enough to have translated these shade names for me!)

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The palette really reminds me of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance and the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons which I adore so you know where this is heading. The shadows are definitely not the best out there but it’s so great for the price. The mattes are fairly pigmented but buildable and extremely blendable which is amazing! Again, this is not my full opinion so do stay tuned for my final thoughts on the palette.

I hope you enjoyed this post on Etude House’s August box and don’t forget to like and comment on this post and share them on your social media if you enjoyed it! 🙂 x

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July 2016 Favourites + Fails

Hi lovelies! I’m back for another monthly favourites! There is a LOT of things happening in the month of July and I have been so lucky to have attended a few events so that I can share with you guys what I have been loving and not loving. Let’s get onto it shall we?

 

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FAVOURITES

Marc Jacobs Air Blush in shade Kink & Kisses. Available here.

The formula of this blush is amazing and the colour is a gorgeous soft pink shade that doesn’t lean too peachy (I tend to stay away from overly peachy blushes because it will make me look too red). The blush also contains 2 shade in each pan so you will be able to use 3 different shades in 1 blush. Win! I definitely think it’s worth the money. This was given to me by Sephora Australia and it is not available yet but it will come very very soon to your nearest Sephora store!

BH Cosmetics BH Liquid Lipstick. Available here.

Seriously one of the best affordable liquid lipsticks out there. The formula is similar to Anastasia Beverly Hills’ liquid lipsticks but at a fraction of the price. The doe foot applicator wand is small enough to get into the corners of your lips and it isn’t overly drying. They’re also super pigmented and never patchy. The only downside that I can think of is that it doesn’t come in crazy colours like some other more expensive brands do.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation. Available here.

So, this foundation isn’t new but I used to not like this foundation at all when I first got them. It’s a little weird, I know.. safe to say I’ve now fallen head over heels for this foundation and it’s all for the right reasons. It just gives off the most natural looking finish but with a super high coverage and the foundation lasts quite a while on me. I find that it’s an absolutely perfect foundation for events so I will continue using it and I would probably purchase another shade after I have all my makeup organised.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. Available here, here, here.

If I have 2 words to describe this palette: it’s EVERYTHING! This one is Anastasia Beverly Hills’ first permanent eyeshadow palette and it comes with a total of 14 shades; 8 mattes, 2 satins and 3 shimmers. It’s no surprise that the little old makeupswatchesau loves matte warm eyeshadows a lot and this palette pretty much ticks all the boxes. Apart from the amazing colour selection, the eyeshadow formulas in this palette is extremely pigmented and buttery soft. My favourite eye look using this palette would probably be a red toned halo eye using Golden Ochre, Burnt Orange, Venetian Red, Love Letter and Vermeer on the centre of the lid.

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick. Available here.

Avon has gifted these to me and I am so happy that they did because I wouldn’t have discovered this gem if they didn’t. I might have talked about these lipsticks but don’t quote me on that. The texture of these are unbelievable – it’s so similar to the texture of those $150 Christian Louboutin lipsticks so that is definitely saying something (I own 2 of them so yes, I can definitely say that they’re similar). It’s super matte for a tube lipstick but doesn’t dry out your lips like your traditional matte formula M.A.C bullet lipsticks. It’s pretty hard to describe them, they’re matte and creamy all at the same time.

W7 Glowcomotion Highlighter. Available here.

The link I attached is from an independent eBay seller but you can find these at your local Chemist Warehouse / other W7 Cosmetics stockists. It’s one of those brands that you kind of look past by everytime you’re at Chemist Warehouse but this product is an absolute bomb! They retail for only $5 and the pigmentation is amazing. Obviously, don’t expect them to be better than high-end highlighters but they are pretty close that $5 is definitely a really really great buy. I love it. The shade is also very similar to the cult product Mary Lou-manizer by TheBalm.

My Makeup Brust Set (largest brush). Available here.

Now to be completely honest, I don’t use all the brushes in the set because I find that they don’t perform very well for their job but the largest brush in the whole set is amazing! It blends my foundation so flawlessly and I am so impressed by how soft they are (densely packed, nicely cut). I do think they are pretty durable since I have washed them a couple of times and they seemed to be doing just fine. This brush definitely gets an A+ from me so please, please if one of My Makeup Brush Set employees are reading this, please come out with an individual brush so we can all enjoy how great they are.

FAILS

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in shade Rose Matter.

You should probably know by now that I own more than 15 (maybe 20 or 25 – I lost count, I’m sorry) of Jeffree’s liquid lipsticks and I love them (they’re not the best, in my opinion but they’re still great and I definitely can’t live without the Gemini and Mannequin shade). Other than that, though, I was so disappointed with the shade Rose Matter. First of all, the colour was way off from all the swatch pictures. They look neon dark pink on me while the swatches look like they’re nude baby pink. Definitely not nude at all. I understand they look different on different people so that is understandable and I’ll give it a pass. It’s the crazy amount of transfer I experienced made this pretty much a fail for me. I’ve never had any of my other Jeffree liquid lipstick that transfers as much as Rose Matter so it’s pretty shocking that this goes to my fails for this month. Conclusion: not going to re-purchase although they look super pretty inside the bottles.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick Summer 2016 Collection in shade Queen Bee, Watermelon Soda, 714. 

If you have seen my snapchat on these, I went on a little rant about the quality of his Summer liquid lipsticks. I was so disappointed by how poor of a quality these are and I am not going to lie about it. Queen Bee (yellow) is super streaky and patchy and they’re extremely thick so it wasn’t the easiest to apply. I don’t really know what to use these as, this colour is probably the worst out of the bunch. The other colours Watermelon Soda and 714 is also super streaky and patchy. I tried to layer coats after coats but they seem to patch and streak even if you build them up. I also didn’t like the scent, they smelt like part chemical part watermelon that you’ve forgotten in the sun kind of scent which isn’t the most appealing. I definitely much prefer his Rootbeer scent which IMO smells so good. The only shades I loved from this collection was Nude Beach and Virginity but other than that, a 3/5 under-performing shades is pretty disappointing. Definitely not worth the hype.

Kat Von D Ink! Liner in shade Baudelaire.

These were gifted to me by Sephora Australia but they are disappointing. The colour isn’t pigmented enough even though the lasting power is pretty decent. I definitely much prefer the Rimmel liquid liners over these as that performs so much better and a lot cheaper.

So I hope you guys enjoyed my July Favourites + Fails post! Remember, these are all my own personal opinions and what might work/not work for me doesn’t mean that it will do too on you. I also am not bashing the companies or products; I always give each and every product a fair chance so I can give my feedback to you guys and help you decide whether they are worth your hard earned money or not. Hope you had a great weekend lovelies, see you in my next post ❤

ETUDE HOUSE Sweet Box: Play 101 Blending Pencil Review [Pink Bird Program July Box]

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Hi everyone! So, if you have followed me on Snapchat I recently announced that I am now officially part of the Etude House Pink Bird blogger! Thank you very much to Etude House for giving me this amazing opportunity. I am so excited to share with you all the new releases from Etude House as well as giving them reviews so that I can help all of you guys to decide whether it is worth the purchase or not.

Now getting onto the actual box.. Etude House packaged the whole entire thing in this super pretty blue box which I was so surprised at when receiving them in the mail. This month’s box features a collaboration with a Korean accessories brand called ‘Dear My Universe’ and you can see their entire range here. P.S their range is absolutely adorable.

The box comes with 1 Dear My Universe bag and 2 Play 101 Blending Pencils in shade #5 and #20.

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Left to Right: Play 101 Blending Pencil in #20, Play 101 Blending Pencil in #5.

As you can see above, shade #20 is an orange-based neon red whilst the #5 is a camel brown colour. It is recommended by Etude House that the shade #20 is used for the lips while shade #5 is used for the eyes. The texture on both is creamy and blend-able.

The concept of Play 101 by Etude House is basically an all-in-one makeup that is put into a stick form. Etude House has come up with an eyeliner/lip liner type of product previously in their Play 101 range but has recently expanded into this larger chubby stick form pencils. The pencils can be used for eyes, lips and cheeks interchangeably which is why they are available in various different colours and textures for you to do your entire makeup. I really think that the concept is great especially for an everyday makeup or makeup on the go. A smart move for Etude House!

The pencils retail for USD$9.80 each here.

Play 101 Blending Pencil Shade #20.

The texture is creamy and matte and it can be used as a lip + cheek product. The pencil is also scented like roses which I personally do like, but if you are sensitive to scents it is better to stay away from it.

PROS:

  • Blend-able
  • Great for that Korean gradient lip-look.
  • Pigmented and doesn’t cling onto dry patches.
  • Extremely affordable.
  • Multi-functional product, can be used for the lips and cheek.

CONS:

  • Scented (again, I personally love the scent but if you are sensitive, you might not like this).
  • May be a little on the drying side as it is a matte formula.

Play 101 Blending Pencil Shade #5.

The texture of this pencil is also creamy and blend-able which is very important if you are looking for a pencil-type product for your eyes. They also set so it does not move around the eyelid area throughout the day. I definitely am very impressed with this particular product and shade and I find that it is such a great colour for a light wash of colour on the eyes paired with a simple eyeliner look.

PROS:

  • Blend-able and extremely creamy
  • Very easy to use and a fool proof product for beginners.
  • Can be used as a base for under your shadows.
  • Extremely affordable.
  • Multi-functional product.
  • Sets onto the eyelids, extremely long wearing.

CONS:

  • None

I’ve included a little clip of Etude House’s mini tutorial on this particular product. You can see that the product is extremely multi-functional and it is starring one of my favourite makeup artist Jung Saem Mool.

You can also see the image version of the entire Play 101 Blending Pencil line here.

You’ve made it! I hope you enjoyed this post about the new Etude House Play 101 Blending Pencils and make sure you stay tuned for next month’s Pink Bird August Box!