Posts Tagged ‘Korean beauty’

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[Haul] Recent Beauty-Related Purchases (some from coupons!)

May 5, 2014

 

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Alright, so there are going to be a lot of pictures in this post! I’m going to show some items in detail, and some aren’t pictured in the picture above. I posted a haul not that long ago with some Korean cosmetics. I’ve got some more shots of those in this post.

Since there will be a lot of pictures, I’m putting it all below the cut!

Let’s start off with a list of what I got recently (not including items from previous haul post!)

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[Haul] More Korean Beauty Products!

April 24, 2014

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Okay…I know I need to get it in gear and write some reviews soon. I’ve had so much new stuff to try out. I need to take some time to form some opinions! I’ll be going home to visit my parents this weekend, which means I can film videos. Hopefully I’ll get a couple filmed and uploaded while I’m there. I’m thinking an April Favorites video and an April Ipsy bag video!

Anyway, on to the haul!

I mean to take more pictures…but I’ll just take more detailed pictures when I actually post the reviews/first impressions.

What I bought (click on the link to buy it on Amazon):

Free samples I received:

  • Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel
  • Apieu Essential Source Snail essence
  • Snail Bee essence
  • Nose pore strip
  • Etude House Hello Wash body wash
  • Etude House Fresh Cherry tint
  • Etude House BB cream
  • another sample I can’t read…I thin it’s BB cream. Will have to research!

So I’ve linked the products above to their Amazon pages (if it’s available). Some of these items I purchased through Ebay and some I purchased through W2Beauty (which I’ve mentioned before!)

I’ll be trying this all out soon and coming back with first impressions or reviews! The Etude House toner is actually a repurchase, even though I haven’t finished the first one yet!

Do you have any of these items? What do you think about them?

 

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[Tips] My Nightly Skin Care Routine

April 15, 2014

So today I read a post entitled “4 Overnight Beauty Products You Should Be Using,” and it got me thinking about my own nightly beauty routine. (Oh how it has changed over the recent years!) I’ve gone from super lazy, to a dedicated skin care routine, back to lazy, and finally to a (still dedicated) routine that I can actually stick with!

The article I linked to above gives a very simple skin care routine to follow for night time. Even though I’m super lazy at times, I’ve been making an effort to stick to a multi-step skin care routine, because I really want to take care of my skin now so that I’m not sorry later. We all know sleep is extremely important to healthy skin, but (as the article says), you either get 8 hours or you don’t! I have a feeling most of us don’t…so we need to up our skin care game even more!

I think the steps listed in this article are great–if you want a basic night time skin care routine, use those steps as a guide! If you’re willing to put even more time into your skin care routine, then use the basic routine but add steps where necessary. Your skin care routine should be tailored to your skin and its needs. If you’re new to skin care (especially multi-step routines), I recommend shopping for skin care products on a website that breaks the products down by skin type. HSN’s skin care page does this. Analyze your skin and figure out what you want to see happen–do you need to brighten your skin? Even out the tone? Hydrate it because it’s dry?

It took me a long time to figure out what my nightly skin care routine should consist of…but I think I’ve finally got a routine that works for me! Below I’ll list step by step what I do to keep my skin healthy, even when I’m not getting enough sleep (or water)!

Let me know in the comments section what your skin care routine is! I’m always looking for new ideas! (Questions/other comments are welcomed as well!)

My Nightly Routine

download1. Remove makeup.

I like to use the Almay eye makeup remover pads just on my eyes and then take a makeup wipe to the rest of my face. I’ve been testing out some oil cleansers, too, so if it’s an oil cleanse night, I skip the makeup wipe and just cleanse with oil.

 

51ceAil70ZL._SL1500_2. Cleanse.

I’m currently using the Simple Foaming Cleanser and the St. Ives Apricot Facial Scrub. I alternate between the two of these. I use the St. Ives up to 3 times a week, and the Simple cleanser the rest of the week. Whenever I cleanse with the Simple foaming cleanser, I use my Luna Mini!

3. Exfoliate (twice a week).

I use a Japanese brand product for exfoliation. It’s called Cure, and it’s the most gentle exfoliate I have ever used. I only use this a couple of times a week.

 

wonderpore4. Tone.

Right now I’m trying out the Korean brand Etude House Wonder Pore Toner!

5. Treat acne.

I don’t always do this, but I’ve been having breakouts lately! So I just grab a Noxzema acne pad and swipe it all over my face.

 

missha-misa-yei-hyun-eyecream-30ml5. Moisturize (or serum)

I tend to use my serum in the morning, so at night, I just apply a moisturizer. I’m testing out a Korean one now.

6. Eye cream.

I do use a separate cream for my eyes. Right now it’s the Etude House Collagen Moistfull cream!

So I know that may seem like a lot, but night time is when my serious skin care happens! What products do you use, and do you have tips for a night time skin care routine?

Thanks for reading! If you have any requests or want reviews on the products mentioned, let me know in the comments!

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[Haul] New Korean Products from W2Beauty!

March 25, 2014

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So I had an entire haul video filmed for this haul, and I was really happy I was able to do that instead of making a post about it….but then…the video came out all dark! I have no idea why, but you can’t really see anything clearly. -_-  I even checked the video while I was filming to make sure everything looked alright! It was just ruined, so I decided to do a post instead, since I have pictures of everything before I used it.

Then I took a closer look at my pictures, and most of them are blurry. -sigh- I’m so irritated. Haha. Anyway…here’s my haul post.

*note: this is not a sponsored post

Click to see the haul! (More pictures below the cut too!)

 

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[First Impressions] Holika Holika Holy Cat Eyeshadow Trio

March 20, 2014

holy cat lookSorry the pictures of my eyes aren’t great quality…=/ It looked better on my computer screen, and now that I’ve resized it it doesn’t look so great. Meh. Just keep in mind the colors show up better in real life than they are here in the pictures. The khaki color and the black are more pigmented than the pink, but you can definitely see the hints of pink and a bit of peach in real life!

So anyway, I ordered this a couple of weeks ago on Ebay (I had originally ordered it from another website. They didn’t have it so I got another Holy Cat eyeshadow in a different color! Still waiting on that shipment ^^) So I looked online for this one since I wanted to try both. This is the Holy Cat Eyeshadow Trio in #2 Khaki Smoky Cat by Holika Holika (a Korean brand).

I tried to translate the Korean on the back of the product, but I didn’t get very far! Haha. It says something about making your eyes look confident like a cat’s? I think? And it says it’s a lovely eyeshadow trio in the shape of a heart (the black part). But since it’s eyeshadow, it’s self explanatory and we don’t really need to know what it says on the product.

In my earlier post, you can see a picture of the packaging, WHICH I ABSOLUTELY LOVE. I also love that the name is “holy cat.” I couldn’t resist. Had to get it. =)

I’m pleased to say I do like the product, quite a bit! This is only the first time I’ve used it, so I can’t give a full detailed review, but I am happy to give my impressions of it as of today. As I keep using it, I’ll note any different observations and write a more detailed review. However, I think it’s quite possible to review an eyeshadow fairly quickly, since it either works or doesn’t.

First off, I swatched the colors on my hand. The black and khaki come off fairly pigmented, but I was a bit surprised at the pink shade. It didn’t come off well at all, so I swatched it a bit darker and could see the pink. The pink shade is mostly just sparkle, but I actually like that. You can still see a light wash of pink on the eyes, and quite a bit of sparkles! The other two shades are really sparkly as well! If you like matte eyeshadows, this won’t be for you. I happen to love sparkly eyeshadows, so I was excited to try it out today.

I used the pink all over the lid, the khaki in the outer half of my eye, and the black in the outermost section of my eye, blending them together. The shadows are really soft to the touch and I think they blend well. I’ve had them on for 8.5 hours so far and haven’t really needed to touch up. I did touch up the pink just a little bit ago because it looked like it faded a bit, but I really didn’t have to do that…you could still see it, I just wanted a bit more color. They haven’t creased yet either. I used ELF’s eyeshadow primer (the $1 one). The only other thing on my eyes is a highlight on my brow bone (a shadow softie from Almay in a pale yellow shade).

So I think the shadows go on well, can be built up color wise, blend well, are really soft, and last for a long time. Since they are super sparkly, I have noticed some sparkles that have fallen down under my eyes and onto my face, probably just from blinking. I don’t mind it, since I love sparkles, but I just wanted to put that out there. In my opinion it’s not really that noticeable anyway.

I’m excited to try out the other color of the Holy Cat eyeshadow. Can’t wait for that package to come in!

Thanks for reading!

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[News] Look What Arrived from Korea Yesterday =)

March 20, 2014

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It’s an eyeshadow trio by Holika Holika called “Holy Cat.” I think the shade is called #2 Khaki Smoky Cat.

Trying it out today! Will write a first impressions later and a full review later on.

The two free samples were Mizon’s Returning Starfish Cream, which is basically a night cream with starfish extract. (I have no clue what that’s supposed to do).

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[Review] Etude House Collagen Moistfull Eye Cream

March 4, 2014

20140221_182021So, in the Korean Beauty Haul I posted recently, I got a couple of sample satchets of this Etude House eye cream. I figured I’d use up the samples and then write a mini review on it, since I can’t really write a full review without testing the product for a longer period of time. That being said, I think first impressions and such are really important, and usually if I love a product to start with, I continue loving it =)

All of that mess up there to say I’m going to review a sample I received. Geez. I need to cut down on the words sometimes.

Alright, so basically so far I like this eye cream! I can’t read any of the “product claims” and whatnot, since if there are any on the sample satchet, they’re in Korean (and let’s face it, my Korean is not that good yet!). Just judging by the name, I assume the cream is supposed to be very moisturizing and the collagen ingredients should help refirm the skin. Not sure if it’s supposed to have an effect on wrinkles…so….yeah.

For reference, I’m only 23, so I don’t really have many wrinkles yet, or flabby skin. I can’t really comment on how the cream does with wrinkles or re-firming the skin, plus I’d have to use it longer! But I CAN say it is VERY moisturizing. My undereyes feel great when I use this. It doesn’t have a cooling effect or anything, it just feels very moisturized and healthy. Also, when I wake up in the morning, my undereyes are still hydrated! I like that it sticks around overnight. I don’t like putting on moisturizers and creams only to wake up dry =/ Most eye creams I’ve used soak in more, so my undereye area isn’t as hydrated in the morning. I really like that about this cream!

Additionally, I didn’t notice any offensive smell, so that’s always a plus! It also didn’t irritate my skin in any way.

I’ve already gone ahead and purchased a full size of this, so maybe I can do an in depth review later?

Pros: EXTREMELY hydrating, lasts a long time, no smell, no irritation
Cons: Not sure it takes care of wrinkles, but I don’t have many anyway
Verdict: Try it out and see how it goes for you!