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!

Korean Beauty Haul Part II + Review

 

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Hello everyone! My long-awaited Korean beauty haul part 2 is here!!!!!! *yayyyy*

The exciting news is that I am now officially a partner with Jolse Cosmetics. They are a Korean cosmetics stockist and they sells everything from Road Shop (drugstore equivalent) brands to Korean high-end brands like Sulwhasoo and History of Whoo. I can select any items I want so the items above are the items I have chosen myself. This is also an opportunity for you guys to request anything from me to review, leave a comment down below or on Instagram to request whatever you want!

Before making any assumptions, I have been a paying customer of Jolse for a while so I think I am qualified enough to judge their shipping, customer service, etc from a customer’s point of view. Their shipping is amazing, they ship my items the next day after my order confirmation and I get them fairly quickly (about 1.5-2 weeks with their free shipping). Yes, the whole entire website has free worldwide shipping no matter how much you buy from them! But if you don’t like waiting, they have EMS shipping which costs $22 but you’ll get your items in a matter of days. Their customer service is also super responsive, they reply very quickly and I am really satisfied with their service. And yes, I have had a few VERY bad online customer service before *coughs* Jeff….. *coughs* but never at Jolse Cosmetics.

Also, I’m really sorry for slacking on posting this blog post. I have been way too busy with uni assignments and uni in general that I keep pushing this post until now. Anyways, let’s get started with the haul.

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Skinfood Propolis Serum In Foundation USD$25.5. Available here.

This foundation is a skincare-focused foundation from SkinFood that contains 5% propolis extract. If you’re wondering what propolis is, it is a component used by honeybees that is a beneficial skincare ingredient and I think that is a genius idea for them to come up with a skincare-infused foundation. This foundation is super moisturising and dewy so it is an amazing foundation to wear during winter (especially for dry-skin types). The coverage is light-medium buildable so it might not cover very well for if you are into heavy coverage. For me personally, the coverage is perfect.

This foundation feels super high end to be honest, I am so surprised when I opened it and felt how heavy it was on my hands. The bottle also features a click-dropper mechanism that you have to turn the cap until it ‘clicks’ to reveal the foundation dropper. This foundation also features a whopping SPF 45 PA+++ and is available in 2 shades.

PROS:

  • High SPF 45 PA+++
  • Hygienic click-drop mechanism
  • Packaging is sturdy and feels very high-end
  • Build-able coverage
  • Great for dry skin
  • Fairly long-lasting for a dewy, moisturising foundation
  • Has skincare benefits (propolis extract 5%)
  • Super affordable!

CONS:

  • Fragranced (I personally do not mind, but if you are sensitive to scents this might bother you)
  • Only comes in 2 shades (probably as expected as it is catered towards the Korean market)
  • Needs to be set with powder / setting spray or it will transfer and slightly move.

Will I repurchase? Maybe.

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TonyMoly Cheektone Contour Duo USD$7.2. Available here.

This mini contour duo is just the cutest! It contains 2 different contour shades and their packaging looks like something from… Pantone?

I absolutely love this contour duo. It’s not powdery, blends extremely well and such a perfect shade for my skin tone. The colour leans very neutral; not too grey and not orange which I find is the perfect contour shade on myself. It comes in 2 shade choices; CT01 and CT02. CT02 is the shade shown in the picture.

PROS:

  • Blend-able
  • Amazing colour for paler skin with yellow to neutral undertones
  • Not powdery at all
  • A small compact that isn’t bulky at all unlike other contour palettes
  • Extremely afforable
  • Great for travelling

CONS:

  • None

Would I repurchase? 1000000000% absolutely yes.

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Etude House Play 101 Stick #11 USD$9.5. Available here.

Another contour product! YAY!

So I got this because it was endorsed by PONY and I am her biggest fan but it turns out that it’s a little disappointing.

Now, first of all, I really love how its in a stick form and how blend-able the formula is but I HATE how orange it is. Orange contour is super unflattering and I do hope that I would never be caught dead with orange stripe going across my face. The good news is, however, Etude House has just come up with a wider selection of the contour colours and from what I can see in their promotional images, they look cool-neutral toned that is absolutely right up my alley. They can be purchased here. So HORAAYY!! I will be keen on trying the rest of the contour colours and hopefully they will match me well.

PROS:

  • Blend-able formula
  • So convenient that it is in a stick form
  • Available in blush, highlighter and primer form too!
  • Affordable

CONS:

  • Not a great contour colour
  • Orange city

Would I repurchase? NO! But I will purchase the other colours because the actual formula is great.

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Aritaum Full Cover Liquid Concealer USD$7.2. Available here.

This is probably one of my most favourite concealers, even better than my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. As the name suggests, it’s a full coverage concealer in a squeezy tube and comes with a whopping 25mLs of product. Yes, you read that right, 25mLs! That’s only 5mLs less than an average foundation.

It’s a very thick concealer but spreads easily and blends well too. If you have fine lines under your eyes I suggest you set this concealer immediately after application as thick concealers usually emphasise fine lines if not set. I really think this concealer is worth a try anyways because of how affordable it is.

For me personally, I love this concealer and I reach for this pretty much nearly on a daily basis because of the coverage. The only downside is that it’s only available in 2 shades catered for Asian /paler skin tones as expected from a Korean brand. If you do fit into the category though, it’s a definite must-have.

PROS:

  • Amazing coverage
  • Comes in a hygienic squeezy tube
  • An extremely large amount for a concealer
  • Very affordable. Probably the most affordable item out of the entire haul
  • Doesn’t break on me after wearing them for hours

CONS:

  • Only available in 2 shades

Will I repurchase? Definitely yes.

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Missha Signature Super Light Foundation USD$15.7. Available here.

If you have been stalking my IG page, I posted a brief post about this foundation and you might have probably known that this is a dupe for the Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation. This is an absolute spot on dupe for the $90 foundation and I really can’t be happy enough for finding this dupe.

The texture is watery and lightweight just like the GA counterpart and it features a super high-end looking packaging with the ombre glass and gold cap. The texture spreads well and gives a very beautiful skin-like finish but has a slightly higher coverage than Giorgio Armani’s. I also prefer this than the Giorgio Armani because it contains 5 different types of flower extracts (snow lotus, camellia, jasmine, lime and daisy) that is great for your skin. It’s like a skincare and foundation in one. I notice that Korean brands tend to put skincare ingredients for added benefits in their foundation which makes me love buying Korean brands even more! Give me all the skincare ingredients in the world, I would be so happy.

PROS:

  • Lightweight
  • Skin-like finish
  • Blend-able
  • Higher coverage than Giorgio Armani
  • If you’re pale, Missha has a better paler options than Giorgio Armani’s. The colour selection of GA starts a little darker.
  • SPF 20 PA++
  • Affordable, 6x cheaper than Giorgio Armani

CONS:

  • Fragranced
  • Only available in 4 shades (seperated by undertones, W21/W23 and C21/C23)

Will I repurchase? Yes!!

So I hope you enjoyed this little post about my Korean beauty haul. See you in my next post!

*The products mentioned in this review are sent to me for PR purposes but all opinions and views are honest.

 

 

PART I: Korean Makeup Haul + Nakeup Face Waterking Cover Cushion Review and Swatches

Yay for hauls!! This is my first part of my Korean makeup and skincare haul. I rarely post about Korean cosmetics since I figured that most of you are more familiar with Western brands and Korean brands might seem a little strange for some of you (tbh, sometimes they do come up with extremely strange names for their products but let’s not discuss about that). Korean brands are mostly super affordable and it’s divided into roadshop brands which is equivalent to drugstore brands, mid-end brands and high-end brands. The products in this post features almost all roadshop brands with the exception of ones in the swatches and Nakeup Face which I am guessing is more of a mid-end brand, judging from their price point and packaging.

The main reason I absolutely love Korean cosmetics is because of their affordability and how great they are for the price, they also come up with super innovative products that sometimes can be borderline strange but it’s something that you’d just want to try out.

Here’s what I bought and a quick first impressions of the product:

1. Missha M Magic Cushion Moisture Line Friends Edition. Okay, the actual reason I purchased this is because of the duck packaging. I personally use the Line application on my phone so I am so excited that Missha collaborated with Line and that is why I purchased them. It comes with a replacement air puff and a refill and it costs 11,600KRW which translates to about AUD$13. That is definitely VERY cheap for a limited edition item with a refill pack that comes with it.

I purchased mine in the shade 21 which I kind of regretted because it’s too light on my skin. I really think that Missha’s shade range for their cushion foundations run very light. I do recommend the shade 21 to those who are NC15 or below though! As far as the finish, I really loved it. It gives off a very dewy glow and it’s a very moisturising cushion foundation so it’s definitely perfect for winter.

2. April Skin Magic Snow Cream. April Skin is a fairly new Korean cosmetics brand which I found out through Facebook ads. They did a pretty aggressive social media marketing for their brand, much like those detox teas on Instagram but targeted towards the Korean demographics. I bought this product mainly to even out my skintone and it’s more of a brightening base much like my Le Blanc de Chanel primer that I love very much. It does a very great job and it’s honestly very moisturising and lightweight that you don’t even feel it sitting on your skin. It doesn’t give off any coverage, if you’re curious but it does its job very well as a brightening primer under makeup. I bought this product for 19,000KRW which is AUD$22.

3. A’pieu X Doraemon Air Fit Cushion Blusher. This is pretty much my first ever cushion blusher and I can tell that I am very impressed with it. The format of the blush is pretty much like your average cushion foundation but packed in a smaller packaging with a mini air puff cushion which I think is super cute! The cushion blusher gives off a very natural finish and is sheer so it’s not exactly for an intense blush look but rather a natural pinched cheeks look. These cost 5,800KRW which is AUD$7. Do note that this particular packaging is a limited edition packaging just like the Missha cushion foundation.

4. Guerisson 9-Complex Cream. Don’t be grossed out yet but this product contains Horse Oil which is supposedly the new “it” skincare ingredient in Korea. The texture is very butter-like and it comes with a spatula. The cream itself is very moisturising and the Horse Oil properties promises to effectively heal scars as the structure of its fatty acids is similar to those that comes from humans. The tub costs 15,000KRW which is AUD$17.5.

5. Etude House Dreaming Swan Shine Volumer. I can’t say much about this product. It’s pretty much just your average shimmery liquified eyeshadow with a standard doe foot applicator. This was a limited edition product and the packaging was designed by the talented fashion illustrator Kerri Hills. The top part of the tube has a very cute ballet slipper illustration and a ballet dancer illustrated on the box. The tube costs 6.750KRW which is AUD$7.

Now the last part I am going to talk about is the Nakeup Face Waterking Cover cushion foundation. Nakeup Face is a sister brand to April Skin which I mentioned above and I was very intrigued about this particular product because it promises full on coverage whilst still giving that natural, dewy cushion foundation look. If you have ever tried several cushion foundations, I can tell you that none of them really have great coverage. They’re mostly light to medium coverage at most.

Another feature of the product that I was also excited about is the packaging. I mean, all cushion foundations are usually cased in this boring round compact but this one screams luxe to me. The cushion is cased in a mirror finish compact with embossing of the brand in front. The inside features an all black look which I really liked and the mirror inside is huge! Here are some pictures of the Nakeup Face Waterking Cover cushion..


Gorgeous, right? My first impressions of the product is that the claims are 100% true. They offer such great coverage, much like the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation but in a compact form and natural dewy finish at the same time. I honestly really like this product and I am definitely going to wearing them a lot especially during colder days. The only complaint I have is the shade. I’ve mistakenly chosen shade #21 which again is too light for my skintone and it is definitely very obvious as its a full coverage product. I do own several cushion foundations in the same shade but they are strangely very different to each other. Below are the comparisons of shade 21 from different brands.

As you can see above, the Sulwhasoo cushion is the darkest and followed by Laneige. I would really recommend you searching swatches of cushion foundations before buying them so to not make the same mistake that I did, but apart from that the cushion is one of the best cushion foundations that I have tried!

So what do you think? Are you planning to purchase some soon? Let me know! 🙂