Korean Beauty Haul 2015

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My website is finally back up again, and I have changed my webhost so hopefully I don’t have any problems this time

So, you guys know I love Korean makeup and skin care – last time I did a Korean beauty haul post, I went absolutely crazy with the purchases.  I actually had some Korean won left over from my trip in 2013, so my friends Calene and David kindly offered to spend it for me on their trip to Korea (especially since I have no idea when/if I’ll be going back :().  So huge thanks to them for running around Korea for me!

I’ve only included the Korean branded products in this haul, I’ll be doing a MAC lipstick mini-haul and review later, along with reviews or first impressions of each of these (and hopefully a video LOL) :D  Now onto the products!

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When I poured out all the products onto my bed upon first opening, I was immediately drawn to how beautiful the packaging was on this!  I actually had no idea that Mamonde was having a limited edition version of their Cover Powder Cushion, but I’m really happy that they were because this is probably my favourite product of the haul, purely based on visuals alone.  IRL it looks even prettier because it’s kind of shimmery, PLUS it came with an extra cushion!

This is the Mamonde x Marymond limited edition version of the cover powder cushion, in shade 23 Natural Beige.  More info & swatches will be in my review next time.

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If you guys have seen my terribly outdated skincare routine video (please don’t watch me overwork my skin LOL I’ve drastically changed my routine now) – I raved a little about the Etude House Mascara Cleaner.  Well the packaging has certainly changed since 2013 and it now has a grey lid – but I’m hoping the product is the same (or better – if they can make it so that it doesn’t sting the eyes)!

The Dr. Mascara Fixer has been pretty raved about online so I had to try it!  This is the Perfect Lash version (pink/red) – there is also a lengthening one which I will probably purchase online, if I love this one.

Daydreamt-Wonderpore-02Last time I went to Korea, my friends both Calene and Jess purchased huge bottles of the Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener, and at that time I didn’t buy it because I had already gone ridiculously over budget.  But I finally get to try it now!  I am notoriously bad about being consistent with my use of toner/essence so we will see how this goes.

(P.S. I super love how this photo turned out because the Wonder Pore looks so glossy and like it could pop out of the screen, but that might just be me LOL)

I received the Skin Food Green Gram Cleansing Foam as a gift from David’s family friend in 2013, and I had no idea that I would love it as much as I do now.  IMO the Green Gram Cleansing Foam is far better than the Egg Pore one, so I was so sad to hear that it has been discontinued!

Luckily, Calene and David found it in a pack thing with the (I’m guessing, new?  ’cause I saw a CF on Youtube) Andes Salt 0.9 Moist Essence & Cream.  I was in a very yolo mood so they bought it for me, even though it was quite a bit more expensive than the Cleansing Foam alone – so we will see how my skin fairs with the 0.9 set (so far so good though).

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I have reviewed the Etude House Cookie Blush before – and later decided I liked it, so I am now the owner of the same blush in a peachy shade (#10).  Hopefully this doesn’t make me look too yellow-y!

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I’ve purchased a 3CE lipstick before and thought the colour was very pigmented so I wanted to give their new line a try!  This is the 3CE Lip Colour in Tell the Truth.  A pink lippie with an orangey undertone.

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I can’t get enough of trying out new primers and this one was really intriguing because it claims to be able to be used on it’s own OR with other makeup.  I’ve read some good things about this so I’m excited to give it a go!

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Too Cool For School has yet to impress me, but after seeing everyone rave about Artclass by Rodin, I really wanted to try it, especially since my Urban Decay Naked Flushed contour has hit pan.  Swatches soon!

That’s all for my Korean beauty haul.  I have a heap more pics but they will be in the individual product reviews/impressions posts.


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Too Cool For School – BB Foundation Lunch Box Review

So, I’ve run out of my Holika Holika Aqua Petite Jelly, which I reviewed ages ago.   I should update that post with my current opinion on the product – that is, I really like it as a sheer kind of base in conjunction with either a higher coverage foundation/bb cream or concealer.

I was going to buy it again, but before I made the decision to repurchase, I had a quick look around the internet and saw that fairly new Korean Cosmetic Brand Too Cool For School, in their After School range, released what they call a ‘BB Foundation Lunch Box” – an adorable tube thing that includes a BB Cream that looked to be similar to the Aqua Petite Jelly.

After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - #2 Watery Skin After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - #2 Watery Skin I purchased it in #2 Watery Skin, which looked a little darker than the #1 Shade.  Generally, most Korean cosmetics are too light for my NC25-30 skin so I always purchase the darker shade if available.  At first, looking at the product on the spatula I thought it was too dark – but luckily it looks fine blended in.  It also has SPF 37, which is a plus.

I bought it from Ebay for about $AUD 24 – I know it can be risky buying cosmetics online but I don’t think the brand is high-end enough to really have fakes/duplicates made for it, tbh.  I found out later that you can also purchase this from the city, on Swanston St in Melbourne (next to So Good Jewellery – 215 Swanston St) for around $25, which might be more worth it than having to wait a few weeks for the product to arrive.

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As you can see, it has a spatula applicator thing, very much like the Aqua Petite Jelly – but don’t be fooled!  This BB Cream is far less sheer than the Holika Holika and, while it is still watery, it is also a little thicker. What drew me to this product is the fact that it is All-in-One, with a mirror, concealer, highlighter and BB Cream – it’s super travel-friendly.  And the packaging is adorable.

After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - Concealer & HighlighterAfter School BB Foundation Lunch Box - Concealer & Highlighter After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - Concealer & Highlighter  Swatches: Firstly, this is the BB Cream/Foundation portion of the product – After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - #2 Watery Skin Unblended After School BB Foundation Lunch Box - #2 Watery Skin Blended It is very smooth and easily blendable, but it is quite sheer (though not as sheer as the Aqua Petite Jelly). I really wanted to like this.  Really wanted to.  But I can’t say that I’m a fan though.  The lack of coverage really doesn’t do it for me, and unlike the Aqua Petite Jelly, it doesn’t feel as light on my skin – perhaps the scent kind of contributes to this.  Also, I don’t get the same radiant looking effect that I do with the Aqua Petite Jelly – this BB cream makes me look really grey with it on, which is definitely a bad sign.

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The concealer is okay, but it doesn’t have much staying power.  It is definitely inappropriate for the under eye area, far too cakey and hard to blend for that.  It does alright in covering blemishes… but as I said, it comes off easily.

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The highlighter is really my favourite part of the product – it isn’t irritating and it creates such a lovely glow!  It’s also very blendable and looks good highlighting the nose bridge and cupid’s bow.  Use it sparingly and you will have a pretty glow, but overuse it and the product will look weirdly white on the face.

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Overall Breakdown:

The Good:

  • Compact & Travel-Friendly
  • Everything in One
  • Highlighter

The Bad:

  • Scent makes it feel heavier/more irritating
  • Greyish undertones
  • Lack of Coverage (but this is ok if you only need sheer coverage)
  • Low staying power



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(Korea) Coupon Crazy: Makeup and Activities

Posted on 10-09-2013 | Tags: , , , ,

Hey guys, thought I’d publish this before all the coupons expire. If you’re planning a trip to Myeongdong and areas that are sort of near to Seoul, I’ve complied a bunch of coupons for that area, thanks to Koyuki Palace. Just show the coupon in the store! I printed the booklet out just because I wasn’t sure if you could just show it on your phone.

It isn’t a complete list but it does contain most of the makeup stores in Myeongdong.

Download Coupon Booklet (.docx)


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(Korea) Day 3, Part 2: Lotte World Adventures

After visiting the Hello Kitty Cafe, we took the subway down to Jamsil station to visit Lotte World!  It’s the biggest indoor themepark or something like that, so easy to get to because it’s attached to the subway station; the station also has a lot of shops and a mall kind of thing.  It even had this massive fountain inside, ide.  Click/hover the images for descriptions, at the bottom.  And maybe a surprise story.

Oh yeah, all this time I forgot to mention how much of a freaking coupon queen I was during this trip, LOL.  Before the trip, I compiled a booklet of makeup, travel and activity coupons that I found on various places on the internet because I’m cray.  I’ll do a post on that really soon, and let you guys download the booklet in case you’re going to Korea any time soon, hahah.  But yeah, I had a Lotte World voucher inside, so we got a discount yay!

Anyway, to be honest I was a bit disappointed that the theme park was indoors because it was the first beautifully sunny day we had seen in Korea.  It was  pretty, but I didn’t think the indoor place was amazing.
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(Korea) Review: Primer Comparison

Posted on 27-07-2013 | Tags: , , , ,

Hi guys! So it’s a bit early for Makeup Monday, but this is my makeup post for the week haha. It’s a review of two primers I purchased in Korea! I’ve finally, finally uploaded a video and while it isn’t perfect (I WAS NERVOUS AND I THINK YOU CAN TELL LOL) I’m proud to take the first step into making videos haha.

Next time I’ll try to be more upbeat and less nervous.

Anyway, there’s some text at the bottom so it’s best to turn off the captions by pressing the little CC button

Review: The Face Shop Velvet Skin vs. Banila Co. Purity

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Products MentionedWhy Use a Primer?Sensitive Skin?Where to buy in Australia
I purchased 2 primers in Korea, or 3 if you count the Etude House “Goodbye Pore Ever”, but since it’s quite a small tube I don’t feel like it’s in the same category.

Velvet Skin Face It Primer The Face Shop 14900KRW (~ 14AUD)

Purity Prime Primer Banila Co. 22000KRW (~ 21AUD)

I think I got some discounts in-store though, but I can’t find the receipts :c

Anyway, in terms of Western primers, couldn’t bare to fork out $30-$40 bucks on a higher brand primer, so I’ve only ever tried the Australis Primer, which got some good reviews. I wasn’t really a fan, though. Especially after trying the two primers I bought in Korea- the matte feeling you get after applying them is much nicer than the watery application of other primers.

Not only do they make your makeup go on smoother and last longer, but I’ve also noticed that it also makes it a lot easier to remove at the end of the day using a makeup remover. Usually I have to be a little harsh with my skin during makeup removal but with a primer it easily glides off with a saturated cotton pad!

That means that in the long run, you’ll be gentler with your skin and it will show Both of these primers work really well, it just depends on what you’re looking for.

Purity Prime Primer – Banila Co Ingredients
There was no English translation of the ingredient list, and I don’t think it will be accurate if I try to list them all out with the help of my Korean friend David LOL So I will just do a summary of the ingredients. Special thanks to David for helping me translate!

Purity contains a lot of natural oils, such as orange peel oil and lavender, pine tree extract. These are supposed to soothe your skin.

Free of 7 Irritating Ingredients: Paraben, Artificial Color, Artificial Fragrance, Animal Extract, Benzophenone, Mineral Oil, Artificial Antioxidant

Interestingly, the advertisement also has a test for whether your skin is sensitive. If 3 or more of the following are true, you have sensitive skin:

  • The external environment changes, and you feel your skin is irritated or ichy
  • When you press your forehead with your finger nail, the mark stays for long time
  • when you change make up, you feel sore? or have trouble
  • You can see veins due to thin skin
  • You feel dry skin, or have white ….secretion? (LOL) from your skin

HOWEVER, this primer does contain dimethicone, which means the product sits on top of your skin and can trap oils and cause break outs. But… the purpose of a primer is to provide a barrier on your skin before you put on makeup, so dimethicone is not necessarily a bad thing. I find that it is not a problem for my skin, but some may find it irritating. If you are unsure, cleanse your face well before use to lower the chance of bacteria and oils being trapped under your primer.

Velvet Skin – The Face Shop Ingredients List
Please note that there are a few other dimethicone-based ingredients in the full list, but I did not include them as dimethicone is already listed.

  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Cyclohexasiloxane
  • Diproplene Glycol
  • Dimethicone
  • Silca
  • Disterdimonium Hectorite
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Propelene Carbonate
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Methylparaben
  • Alpapha-Isomethyl Ionone
  • Butylohenyl Methyl Propional
  • Citronellol
  • Fragrance
  • Linalool
  • Benzyl Slicylate
  • Limonene
  • Geranoil
Roseroseshop, Gmarket, Ebay or even The Face Shop Australian stores. I think it’s cheaper online though.

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