Kailijumei Barbie Doll Powder Review

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Hello Ladies and Jellyspoons

Today I have a totally different product to review for you. It’s the famous Hong Kong branded lipstick by Kailijumei. These lipsticks come in classy red casings which operate the same as the Channel lipsticks in that you click it to open. It also comes with a little mirror attached to the side of the bullet. The lipstick product itself is what sells this brand in the it comes in a clear jelly like formula and it contains a tiny little flower and flakes of real 14k gold inside it. The clear product gives the lipstick a glass like appearance and it reminds me a lot of the forbidden rose in the west wing of The Beast’s castles in Beauty and the Beast.

One of my students at my former workplace gifted me one for teacher’s day and I was ecstatic about it, since they are not currently available in Korea as far as I am aware, and they’ve always had me intrigued. I got Barbie Doll Pink. This is what the product looks like in the casing:

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I really appreciate the slick design and the click to open function.

Here are some pictures that won’t really do the lipstick justice, because one really has to see it to fully take in its beauty:

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The product works the same way those dollar store lipsticks work in that it is heat activated and changes colour on the lips, but these are designed to have the same colour on everyone, and doesn’t change according to one’s mood. It also applies like a gloss but dries out like a tint and the colour takes a bit of time to develop on your lips.

This is what it looked like when I first applied it:

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It’s quite glossy and the distribution isn’t as even as I would’ve liked.

Here is an image taken 20 minutes after application:

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The picture doesn’t really show the colour correctly and I’m struggling to get the right lighting in this monsoon weather, but I’d definitely say that the pictures on the net could be deceiving. It for sure didn’t come out as pink as I thought it would. I’d imagine it would look slightly different depending on the natural colour of your lips.

Would I repurchase? Yes, I’d like to try some of the other colours of which there are many. I would just like to add that these lipsticks have a vile jelly candle taste to them. I can’t even rightly describe it. It’s not as sweet as glycerine, but it has a similar franck taste to  it.

Overall I’d say it’s a fun product to try out and it’s definitely as beautiful as they claim if not more. As a lipstick in and of itself, without all the hoopla of the colour changing and the clear product, it leaves a lot to be desired.

That’s it from me, form a rainy Seoul.

xox

Amanda

 

Tony Moly Pikachu Eye Shadow Palette

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Hi Ladies and Jellyspoons

So some of you might have heard by now that Tony Moly came out with a rather extensive range of Pokémon themed cosmetics ever since Pokémon Go became all the rage. I promised myself that I wouldn’t get sucked into it, but then they had a sale and I have a soft spot of the saleslady at the Tony Moly at Seokgye station and I cracked and got me a palette. I remember how important Pikachu was in my bog collection as a kid in the nineties and how my friend who lived across from me wanted her and I got her one on the same day as I got my own, from a chips packet, so the thought of Pikachu brought many happy memories from my childhood and I thought, why not get some things to remind me of that?

Aside from the palette I also got a mask and some hand lotion samples, which I will review for you on another day.

Here is what the palette looks like:

The above picture was taken with some cosmos flowers here in South Korea:

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I really like yellow, so I honestly did not even open the palette before buying it. It was the packaging that caught me.

This is what it looks like when opened:

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Yay, some neutrals. One can never have too many of that. I also love the little plastic film with Pokémon themed pictures printed on it. How cute is it? I love that most Korean eye shadow palettes come with mirrors, while the palettes are still slim and sleek and never heavy or bulky. The brush will quite honestly be tossed, since I use either Mac or Real Techniques eye shadow brushes on a day to day basis.

This is what the colours look like close up from left to right:

 

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I have been using them a bit before taking pictures and so it was quite hard for me to have my camera focus on the surface.

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And here are the swatches:

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To me the gold shimmer was bit underwhelming, but I suppose that’s because I’m used to Mac and Urban Decay neutrals, and they are hard to top. For what it is and how much I paid for it, I’d say it’s definitely worth it. There is also a Jigglypuff version that I want to get and I am in luck because they currently have a sale. I will review it as soon as I get my hands on it.

I am overall happy with the palette. It’s tiny and compact and have colours that will suit most all skintones and eye colours. It’s work appropriate, and even though the colour pay off isn’t A plus standard, it’s buildable. And if all else fails (which it hasn’t) you’ve always got the adorable packaging to be grateful for.

That’s it from me.

xox

Amanda

 

Mediheal Dress Code Blue Mask Review

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Hello Guys

I’ve been intrigued by these masks for the longest time, as they have been all over instagram, but I just for the life of me couldn’t get my hands on them. I actually went out looking for them, but it was all in vain. To cut a long story short I found them very unexpectedly at Incheon International Airport, in one of their little curio shops. They only had the blue and the purple so I grabbed two of each.  As far as I know there are also red and black ones and maybe some others in this line, which I’ll try to get my hands on as well. Some of you may know that I dearly love to try dramatic sheet masks. They are fun and make you look awesome, instead of making you look like the Groke. I’ve tried masks that are like these but just plain black and only focusing on the eye areas. I’ve also tried an Etude House one that made me look like Batman. These are like intricate masquerade ball masks and they really are more girly, but I love it.

This is what they look like in the packaging.

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I will write a review on the purple one once I’ve tried it.

Here is a picture of the back of the mask, with a list of the ingredients, and the instructions.

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This is the first sheet mask from Mediheal that I’ve tried, that is a full face mask. I’ve tried their three step nose patches and I have a few of their charcoal eye masks in my stash that I still need to try and review for you. I must say for W2000 a piece, these are far superior to the average w1000 mask, and I was not holding my breath because companies usually charge more for colour printed masks than they do for the clear ones. Animal masks for example can go for up to 3 times the price, just because it’s an animal mask. These are definitely value for money though and I am very happy I eventually found them.

This is what it looked like applied to my face:

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They say one should never smile while wearing a face mask, since it could cause wrinkles, but I must say my heart is smiling.

This is what the mask looked like after I removed it:

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I really appreciate the art and the effort behind these masks, and they can cheer you up no matter what mood you’re in. This mask did a great job of moisturizing my face without feeling too oily. I believe the blue one says BERRY, I’d imagine blueberry. The texture of the liquid is not too milky but not too gel like either. Just right,a nd there was a lot of product left in the foil packet which I used to rub into my neck, decolletage and breasts. They would make great christmas stocking stuffers and I like that you don’t have to break the bank to get your hands on a few of them.

That’s it from me.

lots of love

Amanda

 

 

 

 

4D Horse Fat Essence Mask

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First off, I know the horse fat in the title is off putting, but I honestly bought the mask before I realised it actually contained horse fat. I then did some research and found that horse fat is actually something that is used in many skincare products because for years it has been known to do wonders for wrinkle prevention and the general care and maintenance of healthy skin. They claim that horse oil is very similar to human sebum and that’s why it works so well on our skin.

I was more intrigued by the concept of a four dimensional mask. And although the mask is still technically 2 dimensional in its shape as a flat sheet mask, I understand the concept because this mask doesn’t just cover the face, but it comes with loops that wrap under the chin and hook on the ears.

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It kind of looks like an alien in a textbook I used to teach from here in Korea. But this is what it looks like ones applied:

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As you can tell it the first layer already hooks on the ears, but then the bandages that wrap under the chin also hook on the ears, so the mask covers the entire face area, even under the chin and behind the ears. I must say, as someone with very very small ears, I don’t know if this will fit everyone’s face very well. It was a tight stretch for me.

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I felt a bit like the troll meme character.

It was overall a lovely experience. I’m always up for a new adventure and a new mask. I bought this at Daiso for w1000, and I have another one called the Bird’s Nest 4D mask, so reviews will be up for it soon as well.

Here are the ingredients:

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I won’t be repurchasing because I’m systematically going vegan, and this goes against my beliefs. The product did do what it said it would, but I’m sure they could’ve found good oils in plants rather than in animals. That doesn’t sit well with me.

Have you had any experience with 4d sheet masks? How did you find them?

xox

Amanda

Etude House Hydrogel Eyepatch

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Hello Everyone

I don’t know if all of you remember, but I’ve been sponsored by ‘n site called Amabie to review some amazing Taiwanese products and one of the products that I had received in the box was a beautifully ornate eye mask by a brand called Aeriaskin. I was so impressed with the mask that I was desperately trying to find something similar locally. I saw this at Etude House and off course I adore cats so I was immediately drawn to this. Much to my surprise I ended up looking like Batman rather than Catwoman. No, I am not complaining.

First off here is what it look likes when removed from the foil:

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I don’t know if you can tell but it’s quite a thick collagen (gel like) cat shaped mask in a mould or container. It comes with a film on either side for protection, so it’s definitely quite fancy.

This is what it looked like after I had removed it:

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And this is what it looked like on me face.

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I really felt more like a Batman than a Catlady, and ended up getting a lot of love on my instagram for posting this image, in which I felt so childish but in a good way.

The overall result of this mask is less puffy eyes; definitely less dark circles. The are the mask touched look plumbed up and the pores were smaller. I am super happy with the results of the mask, but I feel like the cosplay factor made it so much more worth it.

They retail for w3500 which isn’t the cheapest for a mask in Korea, but I’d still say it’s worth every cent and that you should definitely try it if you can get your hands on it.

That’s it from me.

nananana nananana Batman.

SNP Fruits Gelato Brightening Mask Grapefruit Review 

Hello Everyone 

I’ve been super crazy about hauling masks lately but the frustrating part is that I do so many extracurricular activities in the evenings that I hardly get a time to try them. I’ve decided that has to change so I’m going to be inundating you with mask reviews for a while and I’m sure that’s okay. 

What’s really nice about South Korea is that you can find them for very cheap almost everywhere. I found this mask and 2 others from a convenience store. 

I was toying with the idea of making collective blogs but I realized with the empties tag blogs I’ve been doing lately it makes it so long and quite exhausting to write, but then again some of you like it so, please tell me what you prefer: collective blogs or a bunch of separate ones. 

SNP is a brand that I haven’t tried yet, as far as I know so that and the fact that they’re made of ice cream made me very excited about trying these. 

This is what the packaging looks like: 

And the back: 

From what I can understand from the images the instructions say to cleanse thoroughly and then apply the mask, and leave it on for 10-20 minutes. Then when you remove it you should dab the excess liquid into the skin. I also like to remove the remaining liquid from the pouch and to apply that to my neck and décolletage. 

This is what it looked like on my face: 

I don’t know if you can tell but this is literally the thinnest sheet mask I have ever tried and I’ve tried many. It almost made me wonder whether there was anything on my face. I also really likes the texture of the mask as it was slightly milky but not super creamy. Almost more gel like in a way. It’s hard to explain. It did wonder for my skin: and my pores looked much smaller and my skin felt amazingly moisturized and plump. 

Will I repurchase? Yes, but I’ll have to find a ten pack of these because they’re that amazing! 

There you go Ladies and gentlemen. Have a lovely Thursday. 

Xox
Amanda 

Lush Empties Tag

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Hello Everyone

Yes, I’m doing another empties tag. You’ll have to forgive me for inundating you with them, but the spring cleaning has got me in over my head with empty containers that now need to get out of my apartment, because they’re driving me crazy. Luckily South Korea is very efficient on recycling so these will all (except the hair mask container which goes back to LUSH) will go straight to recycling.

My husband and I fell in love with LUSH about 2 years ago when we realised that it is animal cruelty free and their products claim to contain natural ingredients. I was cherry blonde at the time and wanted to systematically go lighter, but I gave up on that idea when I started studying again, and my tuition cost me more than my salary. With that being said, a lot of the products I’ll be reviewing for you today is focused on blonde hair maintenance so don’t be alarmed that I’m now a blue-black brunette and reviewing products for blonde hair.

  1. First up is Daddy-O.

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Here are the site images, since my empty container doesn’t really do it justice.

I’ve decided to use the site’s images for their products since the empty containers don’t really show you what the product looks like.

Purple shampoo is for colour correction. If you’re naturally brunette and want to go blonde, you’ll almost always end up with a bit of orange or copper tones in your hair. Purple shampoo counteracts with the orange to neutralise the colour and make you look more naturally blonde. It’s scientific. The opposite colours of the colour wheel neutralise each other, the same way when I apply orange cream colour on my purple dark circles, they just about disappear. When I went blonde my hair definitely had a coppery tone to it that I didn’t like, and my husband has been going gray for a while now and sometimes gray hairs can go coppery as well, especially if you’ve coloured it. My hairdresser recommended this to us. It worked well for how long it lasted. It washes your hair really squeaky clean and it smells amazing, kind of like Fanta Grape but not in a tacky way. It is very purple. The water will wash out straight up purple which makes it magical in a way, since purple is my favourite colour. We repurchased twice and then we both just realised hey, $30 for a smallish bottle of shampoo is just not a price we want to keep paying, but that’s just Korea for you. All the foreign brands are way overpriced, so I’ll definitely get it again for my husband when we are in the States or home where it’s almost half the price per bottle.

Here’s a list of the ingredients:

Fresh Organic Lemon and Seaweed infusion; Sodium Lauryl Sulfate; Sodium Laureth Sulfate; Fresh Sea Water; Perfume; Cocamide MEA; Propylene Glycol; Glycol Cetearate; Fresh Organic Lime Juice; Extra Virgin Coconut Oil; Violet Leaf Absolute; Rose Absolute; Bermont Oil; Cananga Oil; *Limonene; Linalool; *Citronellol; Coumarin; Isoeugenol; Alpha Isomethyl Ionone; Benzyl Alcohol; Hexyl Cinnamal; Colour 42090; Colour 17200; Methylparaben; Propylparaben.

Would I repurchase? Probably not. I think it’s rather aggravating when a brand claims to be ‘natural’  and rigs their prices up because of that very claim, when it continues to use inorganic chemicals in their products. Would I recommend this to someone who doesn’t mind the chemicals and wants to maintain blonde hair without looking like a duracell battery? Yes, absolutely!

2. Next is Happy Happy Joy Joy.

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I was recommend this conditioner because I struggle with dry tips. I must say I really liked this one. It smells citrusy which is one of my favourite smells in hair products. It’s quite a thick cream white product and it feels natural. I must say it’s not as super moisturizing as I would’ve like it to be, but I believe it’s also because I used it with Daddy-O which really does do a great job of getting rid of excess oils in the hair and removing natural and unnatural buildup. I used this along with my Marilyn hair mask, which ended up being a great combination over all.

Would I repurchase? Yes, I think I will buy this again when I’m home where they charge much less than here in Korea. It’s definitely not a product that needs to be used on blonde hair only. It’s more of a general moisturizing conditioner, so I’d be happy to use it again even though my hair is now permanently blue black.

Here are the ingredients:

Rose Water (Rosa centifolia), Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Almond Milk (Prunus dulcis),Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cold Pressed Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Fragrance, Cetrimonium Bromide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium amara), Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora),Rose Oil (Rosa damascena), Glycerine, Tincture of Benzoin (Styrax benzoin), Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellol,*Limonene, *Linalool, *Citronellol. *Occurs naturally in essential oils

3. I then tried a different range and got told that the Fairly Traded Honey shampoo is a good one for brown hair.

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This was probably one of my favourite products by LUSH. I’m dead against any company that does unfair trading or supports child slavery so the ‘fairly traded’ part of the name really caught me. I also like honey and have long known of it’s health benefits. Ladies and Gentlemen, this comes with a price though. I spent $50 on a medium sized bottle of this stuff and I swiped my card expecting to pay the usually $28 of the Daddy-O shampoo. So when I got home and used the product and only much later realised that it ended up costing me, I had to reevaluate everything I loved about it. I loved the smell that is very much honey like and with an added earthy smell of the geranium oil and other oils they add to it. It’s quite sticky, but I think a fault that many people make is to use too much product, since it takes only about a teaspoon amount to froth up your whole head if you have short hair, and even with long hair you really should only be washing the roots, and it really does makes ones hair squeaky clean and free of build up.

I want to repurchase this so badly because it’s really nice, but the price point is just too high for me.

Here are the ingredients:

Fairly Traded Honey, Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sunflower Lecithin (Lecithin), Lauryl Betaine, Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens), Beeswax Absolute (Apis Mellifera), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), *Citral, Geraniol, Lilial, Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, *Farnesol, Hydroxycitronellal, Fragrance. *Occurs naturally in essential oils

4. Up next is another conditioner called American Cream. 

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This is a lovely conditioner and probably my favourite by Lush. It’s very creamy and has a sweet, almost old lady perfume sort of smell, but not in a bad way.  Strong hints of vanilla is what overpowers the smell for me, even though it has a ton of other ingredients as well. I found that it was quite moisturizing as well. It was also a more affordable purchase at close to $30 a bottle. I used this with both Daddy-O and Fairly Traded Honey, and it worked well with both, since both are really good cleansing shampoos and one would need good moisture after using them, especially if you have slightly dry tips.

I’m planning on repurchasing this in the future and using it once a week as a spoil, to my usual $5 conditioner. I don’t know if I’d justify using it every time though.

Here are the ingredients:

Honey Water (Aqua), Vanilla Pod Infusion (Vanilla planifolia), Propylene Glycol, Fresh Organic Oranges (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis), Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fresh Strawberries (Fragaria vesca),Fragrance, Lanolin, Cetrimonium Bromide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia),Clary Sage Oil (Salvia sclarea), Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis pierre), *Linalool, Coumarin, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.*Occurs naturally in essential oils

5. Last but not least Marilyn. 

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I wanted to get this for my short cherry blonde hair as my best friend has blonde hair and swears by this hair treatment. The product comes in a small black tub and costs closr to $30. It’s meant to be applied to dry hair, which to me makes one use a lot more product that one would with wet hair. You leave it in for 30minutes and then wash it out. I only got 4-5 uses out of this pot and my hair was pixie cut to a short chinese bob length. It smells absolutely amazing, with camomile being the strongest scent I could pick out of it. My hair felt amazingly soft and nourished after every use.

I would repurchase this if I were blonde, but right not my hair is blue black and I doubt whether I’d ever go blonde again before I’m grey. I enjoyed this product and was happy with it over all. I would recommend it anyone who can afford a good treatment on blonde hair.

Here are the ingredients:

Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum), Chamomile Infusion (Anthemis Nobilis and Chamomilla Recutita),Saffron Infusion (Crocus sativis), Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice (Citrus limonum), Cetearyl Alcohol, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum),Chamomile Oil (Anthemis nobilis), Soya Lecithin, *Citral,*Limonene, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.*Occurs naturally in essential oils

As you can probably tell all the ingredient lists are full of really great natural, organic elements but it also contains a ton of sulfates, parabens and alcohols which to me is a bit contradictory to their so called ‘we use fresh natural ingredients’ claim. I get that they didn’t say we ONLY use fresh natural ingredients, but I feel like a lot of their fans are duped into thinking their products are holistic and natural, which most definitely aren’t. It was only when I did some more research for my blog that I realised their shampoos are NOT sulfate free. That’s going to play a massive role in whether I ever purchase from them again or not, since I do feel a bit like I was played for the fool.

That’s it from me, folks. I’m sorry that it’s such a mouthful. Have you ever tried LUSH? How were your experiences?

xox

Amanda