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Asian Makeup Haul

25 Jun

My taste for makeup knows no limits! Well, my wallet would disagree. Ha.

From my previous trips to both China and San Francisco, I’ve brought back a few items that seemed just too good to pass. The products stem from a variety of different Asian brands, categories, and uses. What many of them have in common are series of hype and reviews garnered lately on the internet that have prompted me to check it out myself.


Here is the first batch of items (listed from left to right):

  • Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack: Black Tea
  • Canmake Perfect Stylist Eyes: #3
  • Miniso Hello Kitty Eyeshadow
  • Les Merveilleuses De Laduree Cheek Brush
  • Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume and Curl Mascara: Black
  • Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Cleansing Oil: Green Tea
  • Etude House Fresh Cherry Lip Tint: OR201
  • KAO Megurhythm Hot Steam Eye Mask: Bulgarian Rose


Second Batch (listed from left to right):

  • [Samples] NOV III Cleansing Foam and Washing Cream
  • Daiso Makeup Brush Holder
  • Daiso Charcoal Face Wash (I had such a great experience with these before that this time, I decided to buy two!)
  • Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner: Black
  • Sana Soya Milk Whitening Milky Lotion

I’m already using the Shu Uemura Cleansing oil and yes, it’s literally one of the best makeup removers out there. No tugging or pulling. It removes all kinds of hard makeup from the face. As for the others, I’m excited to try them out.

What do you think of my haul? Do you recognize any of these items? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!


Korean Makeup Haul

18 Aug

From last year, actually..

I bought these products online last year when I was crazy about Korean makeup. I was dying to try them. Well, I did….and the results? Some are good; some not so good.

The package

The package

One popular source for Korean makeup is Koreadepart.com. I must admit that the affordable prices there is one of the reasons why the website is so attractive to buyers. Most products ranged under $10. The higher-end ones usually from $10 to $20. Reasonable prices.

When my package arrived, everything inside was curled in bubble wrap. (Did I pop them? yes I did. And the ADD rush afterwards cost me the whole afternoon. Just popping and popping~)

unpacked ~

The smaller items were wrapped in more separate layers, which I thought to be very professional of them. And considering the fact that everything was shipped from Korea, all the way across the globe, it was pretty impressive that nothing was damaged.

The six items I ordered totaled around $60, including shipping.

The shipping and handling process was different with Koreadepart. They charged a fee of $20 initially. A day or two after, they refunded me around $8; the rest went towards the shipping.

Therefore, if anyone plans to make an order, they should set aside $20 for shipping. Koreadepart weighs the package and calculates shipping afterwards.

Items I ordered:

  • Etude House Strawberry Sponge Rollers   $3.41
  • Etude House Missing U Hand Cream (peach)   $4.59
  • Etude House Sweet Recipe Cupcake All Over Color (peach sugar cake)   $5.37
  • Holika Holika Jewel Waterproof Eyeliner in #10   $3.80
  • Etude House Fresh Cherry Lip Tint (OR201)   $5.17
  • Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel   $23.61

First item on the list, the Strawberry Hair rollers.

The purpose of these things is to curl your hair while you’re sleeping. They’re supposedly soft enough to wear to bed. I tried these for several nights. Albeit the cuteness of their strawberry resemblance, they’re not comfortable for sleep. But it could just be me. Maybe others can tolerate them. As for the curls in my hair, the results were alright, and enough to keep the bottom of my hair bouncy the next day. For a little volume I would recommend these, but don’t expect professional red-carpet curls.

Rating: 2/5

20140815-151921-55161528.jpgNext! The Etude House Hand cream.

A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! Can’t ask for more than peach smelling cream stored in an owl-shaped jar. This thing was the size of my palm. The cream was very rich. Enough to soothe my occasional dry hands. The smell is very light; very much like soft babies floating in baskets of peaches. Not 100% peach, yet not 100% baby powder.

Rating: 4/5

Etude House Sweet Recipe Cupcake All Over Color.

I ordered this in peach sugar cake. The orangy-pink color helps radiate this girly peach glow on the cheeks. However, don’t expect to use this on the lips because it’s an unflattering color. I wouldn’t compare this to NARS — but this is a good price for a decent blush.

Peach sugar cake

The highlight of this product is the addicting smell. It literally smells like fruity peach! (Embarrassing fact: sometimes when I’m bored in the car I bring this out and wave it about my nose to remind myself of the sweetness in the world. lol)

I’m a sucker for cute packaging and this is an example. It’s how they get me all the time.

Rating: 4/5

Color #10

Color #10

Holika Holika Jewel Eyeliner.

Despite what others say, this isn’t a twist eyeliner. You have to sharpen it like a pencil. And the shavings are a rubbery texture. It’s plastic and not wood.

Color 10 was a creamy, dark brown color. Nothing over the top.

But the color was the only good thing about this eyeliner. I guess for $3 you can’t really complain… ergh I’m gonna do it anyways.

I read great reviews about this eyeliner. Heck, people were fawning over it. And I was excited to test it out myself. But the results? Disappointing. I don’t know where to begin. Several days after receiving my package this was my sole eyeliner. It started out great. Then, within several days it no longer glided smoothly. It smudged and tugged and melted easily. It required constant sharpening. Within weeks the pencil shrunk to the size of my thumb. After that it found a place in my trash bin…

Rating: 1/5 (the 1 point is for the color)


Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint.

A bottle of yet another peach flavored sweetness. I can’t get enough of peach. It’s one of the colors you can’t go wrong with. So delicate and modest.

Overall, I found this to be a trustworthy lip color. One of those days you feel like a mummy dragging about, you just need a little pop of red on your lips to feel alive. That’s what this is for.

Rating: 4/5


Last but not least, Laneige Multiberry Peeling Gel.

Not for sensitive skin. It causes breakouts. The product is very rough with its micro-beads. And though the name says peeling gel, it doesn’t peel off any dead skin cells like other peeling gels/creams do..

I tried to love it. But my face broke out constantly after each time I gave it a chance. So… nope :/

Rating: 1/5

I also got these samples for my order. I thought that was nice of them.

Overall, it was fun to try out these products. And Koreadepart seems like a great website to order from. But for someone who is new to this genre of makeup I’d recommend further research on products before buying them!

Have a nice day!

My Beauty Diary Cherry Blossom Masks Review

28 Jul

I used to say skin care doesn’t matter. I’m wrong–and someone can slap me for it.

Fruits, water, and vegetables aren’t the only elixirs to beautiful, healthy skin. You need more than these. You need…

MASKS! Mud masks, paper masks… it matters not!

Over time, I discovered that my skin fell into a dull mode, uneven and overall lacking any aesthetics. Resembling like that of a dead, sick, corpse. Like I was casted in the Walking Dead. (Will someone teach Rick Grimes how to hold a gun properly? He can’t shoot the ground and the zombie at the same time.)

"This isn't a democracy anymore"

An example…

Maybe I’m exaggerating. But I meant half of it. My skin wasn’t bright and glowing and I had no idea why.

After some extensive researching over the internet for a little help, I found the solution to be something I’ve always overlooked. It’s like one of those situations… when you look at a category of makeup that you THINK you won’t ever need but you know you’re wrong somewhat! Because you subconsciously know it’s important, otherwise it wouldn’t be on the shelves. It’s simply your laziness talking.

When I see masks, I’d tell myself “No, I don’t need them. Waste of time. Doesn’t work..etc. etc”

And then, I found these babies…

The packaging is so cute.

Wonderful packaging~

The brand is My Beauty Diary, and they sell a variety of masks addressing different problems. I chose these Cherry Blossom ones because I needed something to alleviate dull, dead-looking skin.

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting anything after I put them on my face and felt a cool, refreshing feeling for about 30 min.

But the results were quick and amazing. They do make your face evenly toned, and just overall BETTER looking. The masks also have whitening benefits because the skin on my face went a few shades lighter and brighter.

After the 30 min. I left the mask residue on my face instead of rinsing it off. When I woke in the morning, the dullness was defeated to a point but not entirely gone. I guess this is why there are 10 masks in one package. You’re supposed to use these about twice a week to get results over time.

Not a bad bargain at all. I always think that products rushing in too fast results are suspicious. Therefore, these masks seem about right.

For those who want to buy, they cost about $10-$15 for a pack of 10 sheets. I bought mine from Sasa.com in a similar price range and it took them two weeks to deliver to the US. Nevertheless, other websites such as Ebay and Imomoko sell them as well.

It’s time to take better care of my skin and wake as no longer as the alligator I once was…but a sleeping beauty 🙂

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