Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Testerkorea haul and review #2 (Nature Republic EXO Standees, masks, photobook|| O HUI, Laneige edition)

*Sigh* I actually wrote this on 4th of September and it got deleted! The entire thing. Here is my review again that I managed to salvage as an image that I lovingly retyped -_-

This haul was from a while ago, so these are my thoughts on the old site, before Testerkorea had a total site overhaul in June, 2014. I have not ordered from them since. Unfortunately, my second shopping experience was not as fantastic as my first one, but it was still great service!

Order Timeline

Email for manual order: 11/02/14
Confirmation of order: 12/02/14
Payment sent: 12/02/14
Payment confirmed: 20/02/14
Items shipped: 25/02/14
Arrived: 04/3/14

As you can see, the order process was a pain. It took around a week and a half for everything to be shipped. The package arrived surprisingly quickly through standard shipping though (four working days)!

Oh, so many foam pieces!

Here's what I got:

Nature EXO Assembly Miniature Full

1500 won
Nature Journey to Nature EXO Photo Book

5000 won
Nature EXO Snail Solution Hydrogel Mask Sheet 25g

1000 won
Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint (PK001 Cherry Pink)

6000 won
Peripera Peri’s Tint Water (Candy Juice)

7000 won
Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX 4ml*10ea

4000 won
Laneige Moisture Skin Care Set (2 Items)

12000 won
OHUI The First Cell Revolution Essence Advanced 1ml*10ea

3500 won
OHUI Hydra Formula Moisture Deep Cream 1ml*10ea

3000 won
Etude House Baking Powder BB Deep Cleansing Foam 150ml

7500 won
Innisfree Color Glow Lipstick (Burgundy Pink)

Total Amount: 110,000 won + Shipping Cost 
13,370 won = 123, 370 won
This is the single most expensive haul I've ever done! I really wanted to throw in the Skinfood Avocado Oil as well... maybe next time. Actually, I feel a bit bad about spending so much money right now.

The entire haul... it looks like so little haha.
Nature Republic EXO standees, photobook, and Snail Solution Hydro Gel Masks.
The highlight of my entire haul. I decided to purchase from Testerkorea because they had the standees at a very reasonable price. I'm feeling a bit annoyed because a month after I purchased these standees, Testerkorea offered these as a set rather than as individuals for only 9900 won and dropped the photobook to 4000 won. They also added in the EXO-M and EXO-K post it note standees as a set for around 3800 won. Damn. Because the Australian dollar is dropping so rapidly and I am currently unemployed (but I was employed at the time), I am very sensitive to these changes >:(

I decided to purchase the Baking Powder BB Cleanser because I've read good reviews about it taking off BB cream. I've already repurchased a second tube from Jolse. I think it's a bit drying and needs a follow up with another remover, but it has a great lemony scent and scrubby bits that I like.

I think Candy Juice (and Mandarin Juice) used to be a Gmarket exclusive colour. Now you can get it as a regular colour. At first, the tint has a really lovely fruity smell. After a month or so of infrequent use, the brush started to shed a lot inside the bottle and Mari Kim's beautiful design is all smudged off the applicator handle. Not sure if I'd buy it again. I'd repurchase the Cherry Pink Tony Tint if I wanted a watery pinkish-red again and wouldn't even consider the Cherry Pink that Peripera does.

Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint in Cherry Pink is my love. Great tint and colour. It's so beautiful and easy to apply. It smells like grape candy. I will make a repurchase. I wish I picked up the limited edition Cherry Coral (** end of September edit. I purchased it on ebay for $6.28. Score!). major regret right there. Only picked up the Cherry Lavender in June.

Innisfree Color Glow Lipstick in Maple Burgundy was a birthday present for my mum. It's such a lovely reddish colour. It's a bit sheer, but it is buildable. I love the design and packaging of the lipstick. So chic and sleek.

O HUI Hydra Formula Moisture Deep Cream samples (x50) and The First Cell Revolution Essence Advanced (x50)
I'm always curious about higher end brands and their products. A lady in Chinatown recommended O HUI to me. I immediately thought 'I can't afford that brand! And my skin is definitely not mature enough for this type of skincare.' She told me that O HUI is a department store brand that is great for dry skin. She let me try a few of the products and I got convinced to buy some samples. These samples lasted me for approximately four months of continuous day and night use. Each packet lasted me around two days (four applications) throughout Autumn and Winter.

I would reconsider repurchasing the cream (smells like pineapple) but not the essence. The essence is too rich for my skin right now, and I do think the stem cell lines are aimed at more mature skin types (yes, whatever that means). The cream is very luxurious and made my face feel fabulous. It gave me an oily sheen ('glowy look') which I almost never experience so I did not mind it much.


I love the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX! I decided to buy it in samples because it was cheaper than buying the full size in a jar again (Sasa is now selling it for over $30 AUD compared to the $21 AUD I paid for it last year. This does not include the fluctuating exchange rate).

The Moisture Balancing Emulsion and the Power Essential Skin Refiner made my skin so soft and beautiful. I am considering buying the set in full size. Unfortunately, that means I will have to blow $70+ AUD for both items. Perhaps it will work out cheaper if I keep on buying the sample sizes?

Free samples:)

I received two packets of five free samples for this haul.

1. Missha Super Aqua Snail Cream (I've already used this. It smells like cucumbers and only lasted one application. I liked the gel texture and wish there was more for me to test out to decide if I like it or not)

2. Missha Time Revolution Immortal Youth Cream x 2 (the cream is very thick and heavily scented of something floral-like. I prefer the O HUI cream, but this one is nice too, I suppose)

3. Missha Wrinkle Filler BB cream

4. Shara Shara Hinoki Spa Serum

5. Shara Shara Hinoki Spa Cream

6. Skinfood Gold Kiwi Toner x 2

7. Skinfood Gold Kiwi Cream

8. Skinfood Egg Pore White Foam

Overall Thoughts:
My only dissatisfaction was how long it took to confirm my order. The team member who responded to me seemed rude in their reply the first time around, but that may have been due to language barriers or other types of miscommunication. Thankfully, their second reply was much nicer and more polite.

Most of the time, you can get good deals on Testerkorea, but the little things you put in your cart can dramatically increase the cost of shipping (especially sheet masks!). Next time, I think I will stick to ordering full sized items only when there is a sale and then include only a few packets of samples rather than enough samples to make up a full product. I've noticed that their samples can be overpriced and that you can find it is much cheaper to purchase on ebay. This however, depends on the brand and availabilities. Please be a smart shopper and remember to compare prices first!

So, that was my last experience with their old site. What has been your experiences ordering from Testerkorea post June 2014?

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