Korea (& Japan) Haul – Eyeliners Review

In my recent Korea trip I bought a total of 3 eyeliners, and long with another 1 from Japan, I’ll be doing a quick review in this post.

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Etude House Proof10 Auto Pencil (brown), BCL Japan Browlash EX Water Strong 24h Makeup Liquid Eyeliner (Deep Brown), EH Proof10 Geliquid Liner (Black), The Face Shop Ink Graffi Liquid Liner (Full Black)

Some years back I had the chance to buy Bobbi Brown’s gel eyeliner during one of their sale, and I have been pampered, spoiled badly by this incredulous eyeliner pot that is extremely smudge-proof (trust me, I’m an oily babe in a humid world) and very nicely pigmented.

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Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner (Brown)

I prefer pigmented eyeliners (read: very obvious so I can try that winged look) that doesn’t smudge even after a whole day in tropical weather. I also want it to be fairly cheap (S$10) as I don’t really want to spend S$20 on a BB eyeliner all the time (and that’s AFTER a big discount!)

Based on that, as quickly as I can now, here are my first thoughts:

Etude House Proof10 Auto Pencil (brown): Touted to be easy-to-apply and suitable for the water line, this pencil is actually not easy to apply, and the color is rather subtle. However the staying power is quite strong so I guess it’s good for basic “no makeup” look?

BCL Japan Browlash EX Water Strong 24h Makeup Liquid Eyeliner (Deep Brown): Got this in Japan, it’s really watery as can be seen in the swatch. Not really to my liking….

Etude House Proof10 Geliquid Liner (Black): Dark. I like. Cheap too.

The Face Shop Ink Graffi Liquid Liner (Full Black): Ditto the above.

I haven’t tried out the last 2 long enough, when I do I will update this page again.

 

Meanwhile, stay beautiful!

Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask (Rose) Review

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I have the impression that innisfree products are mild with good quality, so it is with this Innisfree sheet mask in Rose.

Price: About 9000 won for 10 at Dongdaemun wholesale market basement area (shops sell it slightly higher)

Size is just right, liquid is not too thin and I didn’t really smell much scent. The masks I frequently use, Taiwan’s My Beauty Diary (MBD) masks are more scented and watery hence drips more.

Anyway I try to use sheet masks once a week (or 2 weeks) after bathing, and use the remaining essence on the rest of my body to make full use of the mask. Lol.

To me sheet masks shouldn’t be expensive, it should be something for hydration, that I can use 2 in a week and not feel my heart aching from the price. Masks like Innisfree and MBD is really good for that as it is really cheap (MBD is S$12-14 for 10). There’re plenty of cheap Korea brands of masks like Nature Republic, the Face Shop, and even this discount brand called Ekel.

When I had to clear expiring MBD masks in 2 weeks and was putting masks every few days, I realised my skin looked really supple.

So ladies, pamper yourselves with a mask this week!

Korea Haul – Iope BB Cushion Matte 23 & Etude House Face Blur Review

Hello Beautiful!

In this post I will give my thoughts about 2 products: Etude House Face Blur and Iope BB Cushion since they’re what I classify inside “foundation” category.

tl;dr: Both products are worth your money to try out.

First up, Etude House Face Blur:

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This is a raved product. A light cream that spreads easily, this pinkish beige cream can be easily blended onto any skin colour. Usually I will apply toner and a light moisturiser on my clean face, then apply the Face Blur cream. It covers my pores but not my scars, so a BB cream or concealer is still needed for areas needing coverage.

My verdict: Well, I like the lightness of this cream and that it doesn’t feel sticky in the perennial Summer and humid climate I’m in. Lovely!

Price: Roughly S$20+? I got it for S$15.

Next, Iope BB Cushion in Matte 23:

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Another very much raved product, Iope BB Cushion is a very popular cushion foundation in Korea, with the dewy versions being the most popular – Iope BB Cushion XP. The one I have is the matter version, slightly less dewy but still retains the moisture. I chose the matter version as my country is really humid so a dewy version will technically make my face look oily in no time.

So, tropical and humid climate  – Matte; Dry climate – Natural or Cover XP.

Briefly, you will use the special cushion puff and press it onto the sponge to get the product out, then pat it in gentle motions on your face (do not rub it like the usual liquid foundations).

When I apply it to my face, it gives a cooling sensation and it is also very easy to pat it onto my skin. However in terms of coverage it’s not spectacular, perhaps cause I didn’t really dare to press too hard into the sponge. I usually do light makeup and I find it really user-friendly, and the big mirror makes it easy to see where i should apply it.

My verdict: I can see how it is one of the popular and affordable cushion foundations people go for (it comes with a refill too!). Works well like what it’s supposed to do so i’m happy with it!

Price: S$30+? (2 Cushions + 1 remover set cost around 60,000 won in Korea if i remember correctly)

That said, I’m still looking for the holy grail products to make my not-perfect skin look blemish-free and porcelain-like, like how i always notice some ladies look like on the streets.

More things to buy, i foresee!

Cluster Lash Extension Review- Why It’s Not Recommended For Anyone

Warning: Do not do semi-permanent cluster lash extensions!! (those that last a week or so)

tl;dr: Perhaps try out lash by lash extensions instead. This procedure stick individual lash to your individual real lash, and is usually using better quality and lighter smoother lashes that will just drop off together with the natural life cycle of your real lashes.

In fact, my friend had no irritation after her first day and still has nice lashes 1 month in.

Anyway, do read on to find out my bad experience with cluster lashes.

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Hair Rebonding DIY – Shiseido Crystallizing Straight Review

I’m so excited to share this find with you, cause it really works and it’s cheap!

Ever since I discovered the beauty of online shopping, I’ve been shunning the brick and mortar shops for my purchases. Previously it was shopping at sites like Ebay, then it became Qoo10 and TaoBao.

After all, why pay at least 50% more for shop owners to pay rent when I can save that for more hauls? lol. Not to mention that it’s so easy to shop online, and easier to make decisions as such sites have buyer reviews – with pictures even – for me to make more informed decisions.

Well back to the source of my excitement:

Shiseido Crystallizing Straightening Cream!

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Price: S$40 for a set that can last 2 rebonding at least, or 1 rebonding session with 2-3 roots touch-ups.

According to the seller this product is the same cream used in professional salons.

tl;dr: Get this if you want nice straight hair at the comfort of home!

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Seoul 2016 Beauty Buys

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Hello Girlfriends!

I’ve earlier this year been to Seoul for about a week, and of course I went slightly crazy and bought all kinds of cosmetics and skincare products.

I will be reviewing my hauls in the coming weeks when I’m free to do so. But just an overview of what I bought:

  • Iope Matte BB Cushion in M23 (came with their makeup remover)
  • The Saem Aloe Vera Gel, Snail Plumper, Snail Peeling Gel, Snail Deep Cleansing Foam, Pumpkin Heating Mask, Kissholic Lipstick, single eyeshadow
  • Etude House Dear My Wish / Booming Lipstick, Balm+Colour Tint, Proof10 Gel-Liquid liner, Bling Bling Eye Stick, Blusher, Shockara Mascara, Color My Brows. (I later also got their Gel eyeliner, BB Cushion Concealer and Face Blur)
  • Face Shop Liquid Eyeliner
  • 3W Clinic Collagen Hand Cream
  • Missha Lasting Painting Tint
  • Mamonde Creamy Tint Balm Intense
  • Some sunblock x 2 that was on sale
  • Innisfree, Nature Republic, Saem sheet masks
  • (Innisfree Sandalwood perfume was for a friend)

But…some part of me still thinks I didn’t buy enough and wanted to buy more even when I got back (and i did lol). I guess Korean products really do attract people with their nice packaging, good effects and wonderfully affordable prices. It’s like even if you’re on a budget, you can still get basic but good skincare and makeup there (think The Face Shop, Etude House). AND they give A LOT OF samples!!! wheeeee!

Generally besides those shops carrying individual brands such as in streets of MyeongDong and Ewha, there’s also neighbourhood shops selling cheap stuff. I saw really cheap hand creams and masks from lesser known brands like 3W, like around 2000 won?

Well I don’t know if you can get access to Korean products readily in your country, but if you do, why not try some of them out? If you already do and have good ones to recommend, do let me know cause I’m looking out for more beauty hauls!

Yep that’s about it, I will definitely return with updates! Meanwhile, Stay Beautiful! 🙂

Kinepin Double Eyelid Fibre Review

I was born with single eyelids, which made me look fierce and tired though the bitch resting face isn’t truly my mood at that moment. Yeah I know, the Western world adores “Phoenix eyes”, a good example being Sang In from the Asia’s Next Top Model:Sang In

However I guess many girls especially Asians can identify – it’s not like I’m going to be a supermodel (or that I can be one) so having an “exotic and unique” single eyelids or prominent cheekbones and jaws doesn’t really appeal to me.

Anyway in my quest for nice double eyelids I’ve tried double eyelid tapes and glues, and I guess glue worked better than tapes but I got lazy and sometimes would just use a plastic eyelid fork (or even toothpick) to create a tiny crease that will last a day if I’m lucky.

Some time back I was buying bulky items from Taobao (https://www.taobao.com/), a China website owned by Jack Ma, so I also purchased this “Kinepin Double Eyelid Fibre”.

For those who cannot read Mandarin, Jack Ma also owns Alibaba which carries this brand as well, among many other things. Link is here: Kinepin Double Eyelid.

I can’t rave enough about Taobao and the tremendous savings I’ve had buying from there. From lights, furniture, kitchen & toilet fittings to clothes, accessories, and even cosmetics and food, they have EVERYTHING. But I digress. That will be for another post.

Ok anyway back to the topic, what on earth is a Kinepin Double Eyelid Fibre?

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As shown above, it is a card with many sticks that you pull one out, then pull apart and fix upon where your natural crease would be, if you were to have one.

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