Monday, 19 December 2016

Vivi January 2017 (feat. EXO) and birthday present from Joy

Vivi is a magazine I've been reading on and off since 2008. I haven't purchased an issue since 2011. The January 2017 issue features all of EXO (well, except for Lay) so I decided to purchase it. I was good and resisted getting every single issue this year even when they featured Baekhyun and D.O. Of course, I also have a soft spot for Chen and Suho... it was hard resisting.

I got it at Kinokuniya for $18.50 (this is why I can't commit to buying an issue every month). It came with an EXO clear file, and a 2017 calendar. To be very honest, I think that the magazine is overpriced for what I paid for it, but I'm glad I purchased it in person:D Due to its weight, I would imagine shipping would be expensive.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Etude House My Little Nut Dear My Enamel Lips-Talk (Christmas 2016) PK004 Review

I'm so excited for Christmas! I received this lipstick from my Black Friday Testerkorea 'mini' haul the day before my birthday. Perfect timing tbh. I'm so glad nothing melted because it was 36 degrees that day.

Lip products are my weakness. I have to admit I was drawn by the packaging of this lipstick. The shade I purchased (PK004 Puzzling Pink) is not a new shade. In fact, it came out in 2015 when the Dear My Enamel Lips range first came out and Joy from Red Velvet was promoting it. This year, the lipstick got repackaged and then repackaged again for Christmas. There are of course, other shades in the Christmas collection that are My Little Nut exclusive but I thought I'd be practical and get a shade I can wear everyday.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Makeup and Skincare Empties + Review November 2016 (Project Use Up All the Samples 2k16)

Can't believe this month is nearly over! I had an exciting and eventful November... I went out a lot. This month, I met Wengie in person. She was a lot skinnier in person than I thought she would be. Although I'm not a religious viewer of her Youtube channel and I don't read her blog, I thought she was very cool in person. She was very nice and offered me hugs:)

I also watched Chihayafuru part 1 and 2 of the live action. In the Christmas holidays, I plan to watch the anime to catch me up to speed now that I am interested in the storyline. I want to see if Chihaya eventually gets the Queen title.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Benton Prize Packs

Benton Cosmetics, famous for their Snail Bee line, Aloe BHA line, and having no filler ingredients, officially launched their website in July 2016.

You can visit the website here.

As part of the celebration in launching their official website, Benton ran a few competitions. They have had four competitions so far, and I have entered and won a prize in all four of them -_-b Benton is so generous with their prize promotions, though I was shocked to see that there were price hikes to accompany the launch for all Benton products throughout ebay, Jolse, BeautynetKorea, Testerkorea, eopenmarket, RoseRoseShop etc.

Their first event was to leave a congratulatory message to win a sample prize pack.

The second event was to leave a review on their website to win a full size of the newly launched Fermentation Essence or the Fermentation Eye Cream.

The second event took around a month to gather 50 comments to receive the products... when the prize shipped, I was very surprised and pleased that Benton commented us all back individually with a tracking number. Get this... the package was sent via EMS!

The third event happened a bit more unexpectedly, as I heard about it on reddit. You had to name a product contains dimethicone, and you will receive a sample pack as a prize.

The fourth event was to guess the name of Benton's new hand cream from the description.

Event 1 & 2:

Sunday, 6 November 2016

New Clothes, Shoes, and a Bag from August to October (Liz Lisa, Marcs, Lolita/Himekaji)

Yes, so now that I discovered I have a disposable income, I've decided to put some of that money towards Liz Lisa items. I have loved their designs and clothes since I first opened the December 2007 edition of Popteen.

Here is my shopping adventure for non-makeup/non-skincare related items from August - October 2016.

I went to the celebration of a new service line at an accounting firm that I was previously with and that Cathy now works at. I don't know what we were talking about, but she said that she had some Liz Lisa clothes she was going to try and sell. I told her I really liked Liz Lisa stuff but didn't have any, but I think I like the style as I frequently wear the knock off pieces Holly gave me in 2014. Being a generous person, Cathy said she will give them all to me ;u;

So on the day Rayray, Cathy, and I went handbag shopping I went over to Cathy's house to pick the clothes I wanted. Many, many years ago, Cathy said she also had a pair of white rocking horse shoes she didn't want. Score! I gave her a pair of my Amo lashes that she really liked seeing me wear.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Makeup and Skincare Empties + Review October 2016 (Project Use Up All the Samples 2k16)

This month has flown by! I'm not sure how but I think part of it was just constantly being so busy at work, and trying to keep on top of everything and not dropping the ball. I don't think I'm burning out, but I'm starting to lose that bright spark of organisational commitment I felt when I first started. Maybe I'm browning out?

I had a lot of fun with watching the Melbourne Cup with my colleagues. We went out for lunch, and after that, we all got an early mark to go home. Yay.

I'm glad that the festive season is approaching! I love Christmas decorations and the Christmas spirit. I'm not excited about the weather heating up again... I don't miss the 45 degree days. I have to be a bit more protective about changing up the storage for my lipsticks on hot days as I don't want them to melt or go bad in the heat. My MAC Lady Danger lipstick had a rough day yesterday and experienced a little bit of wax bloom.

I think I used up plenty of full products this month:D

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Makeup and Skincare Empties + Review September 2016 (Project Use Up All the Samples 2k16)

My laptop decided that my only user profile on Windows 7 is corrupted and locked me out of it. It also decided to delete EVERYTHING except for my Word and Excel files. Those are the most important things I guess... I think I have most of my drawings and most of my photos backed up. Not everything though, especially my pictures of makeup and such. Also, all of my pixiv/dA/Facebook photos. Also ALL of my EXO photos, cosplay reference photos T_T Photoshop, MTT, Paint Tool SAI... all gone.

I think I need to save up for a new laptop rather than spend it on makeup in the future. So sad. Anyway, after this post I'll probably post a cumulative purchase for August, September and first half of October. Let's move onto the empties!

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Makeup and Skincare Empties + Review August 2016 (Project Use Up All the Samples 2k16)

Happy Father's Day! I wrote my dad a nice card, but we didn't end up doing that much today. He was going to paint the window sill in my room. That didn't happen as he realised that he needed two coats of paint, and each coat needed 10+ hours to dry. The paint project will be for next week.

I ended up accumulating *cough shopping* a lot during August. I have no idea how that happened. I received a package from beautynetkorea (ordered from beginning of July), ibuybeauti (ordered from beginning of July), package from Etude House (end of July/beginning of August), a 'package' from a reddit user, my first handbag, two Liz Lisa dresses (from Cathy), new pair of rocking horse shoes (from Cathy) and Liz Lisa shoes from ebay. I'll probably do separate posts for those...

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Makeup and Skincare Empties + Review July 2016 (Project Use Up All the Samples 2k16)

I always take my photos right at the end of the month or the first weekend of the month. However, I've been finding that I haven't been able to post on time due to computer problems or just general laziness. No wonder why it feels like I only posted very recently... because I did.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Lip Product Collection April 2016 (Whoops)

It has been eight months since I last took inventory of my makeup collection. My last one was in October 2015. Since lip products are my weakness and actually difficult to use up, I thought I would do a post dedicated to them and then check back again in October to see how things have changed.
I aim to par down my current collection and make the most of the older products I have before treating myself to new purchases, possibly at the end of this year. I have my eye on a few Aritaum Colour Lasting Tints, Aritaum Mirror Gloss Tint, Peripera Peri's Ink, and the TonyMoly Get It Liptone. By then, new products would have come out and maybe I won't even want any of these items by then.

(I wrote 98% of this in April but didn't post this until July *sigh*)

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Gifts from Lydia and Kevin

At the beginning of June, Lydia just returned from a trip from Japan and Korea. She got me some last minute gifts before she headed off to London. She is currently living there and having fun. Her friend also came to visit from Hawaii which is why she also off loaded some Hawaiian Macadamias to me.

Kevin went to visit Taiwan at the beginning of 2016. Even though I have seen him countless times since then, he has always forgotten to bring me the souvenirs he purchased for me until our graduation day.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

ibuybeauti Etude House Juice Bar review

What no buy? Seriously though, I thought I did a good job because I actively tried NOT to purchase makeup. And I didn't. Much. Everything else was skincare or haircare *hangs head in shame* I did just start a new full time job and received a promotion in the space of 6 weeks so I thought it was okay to treat myself.

I've never purchased an eyeshadow palette before. I wanted my first to be a limited edition as there were so many beautiful collections I didn't buy when I started going on an Etude House binge in 2012. The Etude House Juice Bar was released as a summer Play Color Eyes palette and was sold out everywhere at some point. By the time I realised I wanted it, I had to find it on ebay. I paid 20.55USD (27.83AUD) for it through ibuybeauti's ebay store;u; 

Of course, it is now available everywhere for a bit cheaper than that. The palette itself retails for around 18,000won in Korea.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Nature Republic EXO Hand and Nature Hand Cream Review (D.O Shea Butter and Baekhyun Wild Berry)

EXO is my kpop weakness. Do I need more hand cream? Do I want this hand cream beyond the EXO branding, the packaging, and the photocards? Well...

The answer is no. I still purchased these hand creams anyway.

These Nature Republic Hand and Nature Hand Creams are from the same series as this set of hand creams I reviewed a few years ago. They were repackaged at the end of 2014 and got an EXO makeover at the end of 2015. You can purchase the regular packaging if you do not like the EXO branding.

I drafted this post on the 24th of April, but haven't posted it until the 24th of July. As a result, I have actually used up quite a bit of both hand creams and can give a more accurate representation of my opinions on both these hand creams.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Makeup and Skincare Empties + Review June 2016 (Project Use Up All the Samples 2k16)

I got a bit itchy for new products this month (what is this no buy I put myself on:/) and purchased the Melano CC toner and essence, a Lucky Box, an eyebrow product, and a new cream. In terms of Priceline purchases, I got a face oil and a hydrating toner mist from Swisse.

Makeup and Skincare Empties + Review June 2016 (Project Use Up All the Samples 2k16)

I got a bit itchy for new products this month (what is this no buy I put myself on:/) and purchased the Melano CC toner and essence, a Lucky Box, an eyebrow product, and a new cream. In terms of Priceline purchases, I got a face oil and a hydrating toner mist from Swisse.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Makeup and Skincare Empties + Review May 2016 (Project Use Up All the Samples 2k16)

May was a happy month for me. I went out to Free Comic Book Day and wore a dress I made. A few strangers came up to me to tell me I looked cute:) This month I used up quite a few staple HG products. I find that six months is usually the sweet spot for me, and a few of the full sized products I used up were opened in December.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Makeup and Skincare Empties + Review April 2016 (Project Use Up All the Samples 2k16)

April was a big month for me. I started my second full-time job ever in a field where I can use my degree. I also treated myself to a limited eyeshadow palette I have been eyeing since February. It started getting sold out in various online stores so I decided to grab it off ebay for a few dollars extra before it completely sold out. 

My dad came back from a business trip to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore, then went to Melbourne for a different business trip the week after. A few days he came back he got very sick. Several days after that, my mum caught whatever he had. I was so worried I was going to get it too because my mum kept on coughing everywhere and her doctor told her to not pass it onto my brother and I. Both my parents took sick days off to recover and have since fully recovered.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Aesop Samples Round 2

So we meet again Aesop. My dad gave me some Aesop samples he got from staying at a fancy hotel in Malaysia during a business trip. I am always keen on trying new samples (even though I am actively trying to reduce my sample collection) and so I happily accepted them. These are the samples he gave me--

Friday, 22 April 2016

The Backup Box (Large Items)

In my last post, I wrote about the smaller items I had in my backup box. Here is part two which houses bulkier items. The majority of these items were purchased from Priceline or Coles when they had a sale.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

The Backup Box (Small Items)

I spoke about the items I recently opened up from my backup box yesterday. I have divided my backup box into two sections: small items and large items.
Small items are products which actually fit inside my backup box. Large items are items which are heavy or too large and I have them sitting next to the backup box inside my wardrobe.
In this post I will give a short overview of the types of small items I have in my backup box. As you can see, have enough mascara and eyeliner to last me at least another year and a half.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Using My Back Up Cosmetics and Skincare

What do you do when you finish a product? Open up another one of course! Here are the items I opened up from my 'backup stash' this month. I still get that rush of getting something new everytime I open up a product, even if I have had it in a box in the back of my closet for the past year.
Below, I will talk about why I decided to open the item and how long I have actually had it for.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Cosmetic-Love Mini Haul and Review

Nature Republic released another new EXO collaboration in mid December 2015 (pretty much on my birthdayT_T). I have been getting itchy about getting the lipbalms because it came in a Cherry flavour and it had a cute Baekhyun cartoon on it. Also the 2nd photobook/catalogue. After thinking about it for three months and checking out multiple online retailers, I decided to settle with two sets of the handcreams from Cosmetic-Love.
I like that Cosmetic-Love allows you to change the currency to something other than USD and KWN. I found it very helpful to see how much everything costs in AUD. There is also free shipping worldwide which I find to be a better deal when purchasing bits and pieces. However, I don't find the site particularly easy to navigate and I keep on missing out on the 'prices from' text on the bottom of selected items. 
There was a 10% discount on Nature Republic so I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to pick up some handcreams. I am currently on a self-imposed no-buy and I used this as an opportunity to celebrate my small win of getting some contract work. I consistently work through and use my handcreams so I wasn't worried about hoarding these.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Aesop Skincare Samples

You know how I said I was going to finish using up my samples? I seem to keep on getting more to add to the pile (no, it's not a bad thing and I'm actually quite happy about it...).

In the first week of April, after finishing a contract role, I followed my friend Joy to the Aesop store in Myer where she stocked up on some products. She asked the sales assistant to give me samples to try as I have never used anything from Aesop before. Joy is a very thoughtful, intelligent, and strong person. We have been hanging out a lot lately and have gotten quite close in a short space of time

The sales lady was very generous and heaped samples onto me after asking about my skin type.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

The Cost of My Everyday Makeup Routine

I have seen this topic floating around and I was interested to see for myself what my everyday makeup routine translates to in terms of dollars. Please keep in mind I am only counting makeup, not including skincare such as sunscreen and mist (which is not a setting spray, so I include it in skincare).

Most of these will be approximate prices because many of these items were purchased overseas and I want to calculate this using the Australian Dollar.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Makeup and skincare empties + review: March 2016 (Project Use Up All the Samples 2k16)

It's already April and I still haven't found a full time job T_T On the plus side, I have gotten a few offers for contract jobs from other people who work in the field whilst twiddling my thumbs and going to interviews.

I also made another decent dent in my sample collection! Looks like everything I used up this month was skincare. Hopefully I'll finish a lip tint in April.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer Review

I purchased my first eyeshadow quad in 2013. Although the Dolly Wink shadows are already vibrant and vivid, the shadow would always be gone from my eyes by the end of the day. I came across lots of recommendations for the Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer and decided to purchase it in early 2014. Many bloggers have said that the quality of this eye primer is on par or even better than Urban Decay's Primer Potion (which back in 2013, Urban Decay was not available in Australia).

I believe the box, but not the product packaging, has now been updated.

Contents: 10ml

Price: 5,500won

Directions: Use fingers to gently apply primer to upper and lower eyelids prior to eyeshadow application. Also applicable prior to eyeliner application.

Proof 10 Eye Primer supplies coverage to eyelids and around the eyes to enhance eyeshadow color and integrity for a longer lasting, perfect 10 look.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Tony Moly Delight Tony Lip Tint #3 Orange Cha Cha Review

Previously, I have reviewed the #1 Cherry Pink version of the TonyMoly Cat Chu Wink Tony Tint. The original Tony Tint has been reformulated a few times with the Delight Tony Tint the latest offering (from memory, it was reformulated at the end of 2014).

The TonyMoly Delight Tony Tint comes in three colours:

1. Cherry Pink
2. Red
3. Orange Cha Cha

This lip tint contains Jojoba seed oil to help condition lips and express vivid colour.

Contents: 8.3ml

Price: 3,200won

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Etude House Eau De Perfume Bite Me Review

'Bite Me' is part of Etude House's 2014 Valentine's Day 'Seven Special Moments' collection. The entire series has names which depict different key stages of a relationship: from the honeymoon phase to the breakup phase, and unrequited love. My favourite name of the series is 'Love Me Forever'-- it just sounds so romantic and captures that princess-prince fairytale element of Etude House's brand.

There are seven perfumes in the series:
1. No More (green floral)
2. Bite Me (citrus)
3. Take Me (powdery floral musk)
4. Why Not Me (floral musk)
5. Fresh Me Up (floral musk)
6. Love Me Forever (fresh floral)
7. Before You Go (fruity floral)

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Koji Dolly Wink Transparent Eyelash Fix Glue Review

A good eyelash glue makes the difference between being able to enjoy your day or night without your false eyelashes falling off or poking you in the eye. A good eyelash glue should also be easy to dissolve with makeup remover and easy to clean off lashes.

My favourite lashes are Matsuwaka Tsubasa's Dolly Wink. Strangely enough, I don't have a good impression of Koji through the products I have tried by the company, but I have a very good impression of Dolly Wink which is produced by Koji *shrug* 

There are two types of eyelash glues in the Dolly Wink collection: transparent (clear) and black. There is also a tiny tube of glue included when you purchase eyelashes. The formula for the squeezy tube and the brush tube are different. The version I have here is the transparent brush version.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream Review

BB creams are by far my favourite type of makeup. It just makes your skin look flawless by covering up scars and blemishes, and much less cakey and heavy than foundation. A good bb cream should contain skincare benefits and act as an all in one primer, foundation, and suncare. Of course, you should still wear sunscreen on top of your base makeup as you won't use nearly enough to provide adequate suncare protection.

I remember watching a short segment about Lioele on Arirang. Their bb creams are one of the best sellers of the brand. Several Youtubers I have watched such as Bubzbeauty, ElaineMokk, and Shaaaanxo have talked about this particular bb cream. I decided to try the Triple the Solution formula rather than the Beyond the Solution formula as I wanted heavier coverage.

This product makes your skin moist as yoghurt and hyaluronic acid supply moisture and nutrition. It is a low stimulating product since it doesn't contain the ingredient of organic ultraviolet screen. The index of SPF 30 and PA ++ not only controls the generation of skin blemish but makes your skin bright.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Etude House Dust Cut Mist Review

I have not had much experience with mists before, but I know that they are a popular item in Korea. Whilst I was at Priceline, a group of Korean girls came in to ask the sales assistant about mists and he had no idea what they were talking about. To be fair, they are not that prominent in Western skincare. From memory, I have only seen a Sukin Toner in a mist bottle at Priceline. The Priceline website tells me they also stock a Natio and Model Co toner mist.

Drawn in by the advertisements by former f(x) member Sulli, I picked up a bottle of the Dust Cut Mist on my trip to Singapore in February 2015.

This is a mist that protects skin from harmful environment by forming a protective outer barrier and providing care with its plant extracts that clarify dull and exhausted skin.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Style Nanda 3CE 3 Concept Eyes Mini Collection

3CE has their packaging and presentation on point. I love the sleek, minimalistic range with its professional look. Yes, it does remind me of M.A.C though I did not get the appeal to either 3CE or M.A.C for a long, long time. My taste in makeup has finally moved from teenager to early-mid twenties and suddenly everything about 3CE looked cool. It also helps that they have gorgeous models to promote their items: from makeup to clothes. I am not as much into fashion as into makeup and skincare, so their clothing advertising hasn't won me over yet (thank goodness- otherwise I would be spending more money). 

Here are the few things I have from their line.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Daiso Silicone Face Mask Review

Silicone face masks first became popular in Japan from 2014 to 2015. I remember I first heard of the silicone face mask on Reddit, and then got reminded of it again when watching Beauty Bible. In 2015 S/S Episode 1 (2015.05.01), the hosts learn about some popular Japanese items, the first being the Daiso Silicone Mask. You can see here that there are many a review of the Daiso Silicone Mask from Japanese Youtubers.

The mask was so popular it was constantly sold out everywhere after it was introduced on television.I had a similar experience when I was hunting for it myself as I went to four different Daiso shops within Sydney. I was so glad and surprised when I finally walked into a newly opened Daiso and found the silicone mask there.

The Silicone Sheet Mask has:
  • Wrapping effect- worn over a sheet mask, it prevents the mask's serum from evaporating until air condition. 
  • With ear loops to prevent the sheet mask from slipping when you move.
  • Used in the bath without a sheet mask, it works as a face-steaming mask.
  • Made of silicone material that does not have the unpleasant odour peculiar to rubber.
  • Can be washed and reused.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Tony Moly Cristal Blusher #8 Gold Glamour Review

After going through a mini bottle of Benefit's famous silver-pink highlighter High Beam, I was interested in trying a gold tone powder highlighter. I thought that a warm toned gold would complement my warm skin tone. Besides, I saw lots of swatches of similar gold toned highlighters (such as NARS Albatross and TheBalm Mary Loumaniser) and was curious to try it out.

Previously I have reviewed another blusher from the Cristal Blusher line by Tony Moly and was happy with the product. 

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Eyemazing x AMOYAMO Poison Sugar No. 815

Do you love the unique Harajuku look?

Singing unit and Zipper models Amoyamo (Amo and Ayamo) collaborated with Eyemazing for a second time in 2013 to produce another line of lashes. As you may or may not know, purple is my favourite colour and I was instantly drawn to these lashes the instant I saw some Hong Kong YouTubers show these off in a haul. I love Amo's pastel aomojikei and byojaku (sickness) makeup look.

Brown lashes have become more popular in the past few years with many Japanese brands releasing them from around 2012-2013 onwards. At times, black can look harsh and brown matches people who have dyed their black hair lighter colours. I have never dyed my hair and I was a bit weary of how brown lashes would look on me.

Olive Brown x Olive Gold x Lavender

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Innisfree Green Tea Kit Review (Green Tea Serum, Green Tea Balancing Skin, Green Tea Balancing Lotion, Green Tea Balancing Cream)

Okay, this is long, long, lonngggg overdue. Innisfreeworld had a promotion in early 2015 (around March until May) where if you participate in an ordering tutorial you could claim a free Green Tea Kit.

The Innisfree Green Tea Kit contains some items from their best selling Green Tea line and forms one of Innisfree's 8 Solutions. I will also be giving some quick thoughts on products in their order of use:

1. Innisfree Green Tea Serum 5ml
2. Innisfree Balancing Skin 10ml
3. Innisfree Balancing Lotion 10ml
4. Innisfree Balancing Cream 5ml

Monday, 7 March 2016

Mizon Olive Honey Hand Cream Review

More hand cream reviews because I have dry hands and love using hand creams. I decided to pick this up from Rose Rose Shop because of their free shipping on Mizon items. Also, I love anything with honey in it so I thought it was a good opportunity to try something new.

It will give your hands plentiful moisture and soft texture with olive oil and honey extract.

Extra virgin olive oil 2,500mg, honey extract 500mg.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Birthday Presents: Bobbi Brown and Urban Decay

A late birthday present I received from Lydia. I'm so touched that she wanted to get me a present for my birthday last year. She gave it to me when we met up at the end of February.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

M.A.C Lipsticks Mini Haul!

Lydia 'volunteered' to help me buy some M.A.C lipsticks when she went to visit Hawaii... back in May/June 2015. She has since decided to go back to visit yet again in December 2015 and I was wondering whether or not I should ask her to buy a few more lipsticks for me (I have my eyes on Velvet Teddy and Morange aarrggghh). But I didn't as I already have quite a few lipsticks.

Previously, I did not really have any M.A.C items except for two lipsticks from the 90's that don't exist in the current line. They are so old that the packaging is different. Anyway, I was really glad I got the colours I got.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint in PK001, PP501, and OR202 Review

My friend Cathy came back from her first trip to Korea in 2013. She got a cute bear key chain and two samples of the Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint in Cherry Red. Cherries are one of my favourite fruits. I love how the look, I love their scent, and I love their flavour. I also love lip products. After trying out the samples, I wanted to get a full size of this tint! Since I already had a red lip tint (the TonyMoly Kiss Lover Live Tint), I decided to get the tint in Cherry Pink.

After using the Cherry Pink for a few months and having a good impression, I decided to pick up some other colours in the range. Unfortunately, the Cherry Lavender PP501 and the Cherry Coral OR202 are from the Spring 2014 5th Year Anniversary collection. I'm sorry I was not able to write a review for these items before they became discontinued.

The three I have are:

1. OR202 Cherry Coral (Spring 2014 Limited Edition)
2. PP501 Cherry Lavender (Spring 2014 Limited Edition)
3. PK001 Cherry Pink

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Aritaum Honey Melting Tint in #7 Coral Candy Review

The Aritaum Honey Melting Tints were a trending product in 2014. I tried out some of the shades during my trip to Hong Kong, but it wasn't until my trip to Taiwan I saw these for a really good price at 86Shop that I took the plunge and purchased one. Boy, am I glad I did.

The Honey Melting Tint has honey in the formula to help moisturise your lips to give a natural but vivid tint.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Quick Review: It's Skin Power 10 YE Effector 60ml Jumbo Size Review

Got problems with your skin? It's Skin Power 10 Effectors have a range of serums to help target your skin concerns!

The YE Effector is said to be a dupe for Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair (I guess they're both in brown bottles...). At the time of purchase, this was the top seller Effector and was the only one that was available in the jumbo size. It has to be good it's the best selling of the ten (now 13, I believe) serums AND in demand enough to be produced in a jumbo size right?

For elasticity and hydration, this serum helps with skin turnover.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Makeup and Skincare empties + review Feb 2016 (Project Use Up All the Samples 2k16)

My second month of empties for 2k16 is here and I decided to do what I said I wouldn't do-- keep a bag full of my rubbish to see what I've used up. Here are my empties for February 2016.

Monday, 29 February 2016

Majolica Marjorca Honey Pump Lip Essence Review

Lip gloss. You either love it or hate it. I used to love it, and I still love it. A little bit of gloss on the bottom of your lip really finishes a look and it can be worn on its own, on top of a lip tint, or on top of a lipstick.

I have never tried Majolica Majorca products before, and I got this Honey Pump Lip Essence as a free gift for purchasing the Lash Expander from Watson's in Taiwan. After watching Sheseido's advertisement, I am confident I can become a pretty girl with their products:D

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Kose Softymo White Cleansing Oil Review

Cleansing oils have become very popular recently, and for a good reason. They do a damn good job at removing makeup and sunscreen as a first step cleanser. To date, I have used a sample of The Face Shop Oil Specialist Pore Cleansing Oil and a sample vial of the Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil. I decided to purchase this Kose one as it was most accessible for me. My other noteable experience with using Kose products was with a whitening face wash I picked up from Hong Kong. It made my face so white that my aunt asked me why I looked so sallow...

Kose White Cleansing Oil has a rice bran oil and mineral oil base. It is supposed to encourage 'whitening' by stopping melanin production. This cleansing oil is advertised to be able to take off waterproof mascara and clean makeup within pores to produce clear skin. 

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Style Nanda 3CE Lip Lacquer Super Coral Review

3CE, or 3 Concept Eyes is the makeup line from popular and trendy Korean fashion brand Style Nanda. I love all the shoots and different looks that Style Nanda does with each of the products.

Initially, I wanted to try Bubblegum (a purple) but I decided that Super Coral would be more everyday appropriate and versatile. Super Coral is a beautiful colour that leans on the pink side of coral. I see a lot of yellow in the colour.

Contents: 6.4g

Price: 18,900won

There are 12 lip lacquer colours in the line. I purchased mine from Bonjour in Hong Kong for 79HKD at the beginning of 2015. All 3CE products come with a safety strip, so beware of that as there are a lot of fake products floating around on the internet.