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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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!