Archive | May 2013

Etude House I Can Fly Lip Balm Kakapo

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Today I will be reviewing the green lip balm in this line.

Etude House is a Korean cosmetics brand, known for their quality and adorable packaging and this item is not an exception.

These four egg shaped lip balms are in conjunction with four bird hand creams. Each egg has a matching bird containing hand cream, although they are sold separately.

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You can probably tell that this add was not made by a native English speaker. This is something that makes Etude House products all the more cute. The outlandish names are only a result of direct translations for Korean to English.

Here is a picture of the lip balm that I’ve purchased so far:

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The container small and compact and just perfect to carry in a purse or pencil bag .

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The contents come in a round/ dome shape which to me is better than the normal screw out applicators because you can apply the product to both of your lips in one quick swoop. All four of these lip balms come in a peach flavour, although they come in different colours to match the hand creams.

Here is a picture of the Kakapo hand cream. It is sold seperately, although they are from the same line.

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The packaging is a catch, I must admit, but I am equally satisfied with the quality and consistency of the products inside.

Here are two reviews that I have done on two of the hand creams so far.:

https://makeupwithkokerface.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/etude-house-i-can-fly-missing-you-hand-cream-no-2/

https://makeupwithkokerface.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/etude-house-i-can-fly-handcream/

They go for 5500 Korean Won/ About $4 and 80 cents US. (The hand creams and the lip balms cost the same price) 

If  you have any questions, or would like to suggest products to review, please feel free to let me know in the comments below  🙂

Have a lovely weekend!

❤ Amanda

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Etude House I Can Fly Missing You Hand Cream Kakapo Bird

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Above is the picture of the full set of hand creams from the I can fly line. I’ve already reviewed the yellow one, but today I will be reviewing the green/turquoise one.

The packaging that I got with mine is all in Korean, but luckily I found a picture on the internet with it all in English. 

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As you can see from the image above, this is a nature conservation campaign. I couldn’t pick up how much of the item’s cost actually goes to nature conservation, but I’m happy to oblige none the less, because these products are so adorable and definitely value for money.

Kakapo is the green one on the top right. 

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It comes in this adorable little box that makes it look like the bird is sitting on a branch. The box is made out of recycled paper and printed with soy ink. I love the nature conservation feel of the whole item. They really went out of their way to make this green and eco friendly.

Here is what it looks like unboxed. The container is somewhat like a Russian doll. You unscrew the head of the bird and the contents are inside. It’s very well designed, because there is only one way to screw the head on, so you won’t have the head on backwards or anything. I really like that. The container is made of hard plastic so it won’t break or crack open if you drop it. It’s a perfect size for a handbag, office drawer etc and it’s so cute that it makes a great ornament as well. Image

And here is what it the hand cream looks like. It’s in the flavour Sunny Sunny Apple. The scent is great and not too overwhelming. It’s also not the kind of cream that makes  you feel dewy or greasy. It’s just right.

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My previous container lasted me a month and I don’t apply a ton of hand cream every day. I do feel though that it’s still value for money. One can always put something else in it once the cream is finished.

Here is an image of the two that I have of this line so far. 

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The yellow once comes in the flavour Peach Peach Peach. Here is a review on it:

https://makeupwithkokerface.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/etude-house-i-can-fly-handcream/

Etude House made another line that goes with this line. It’s a line of lip balms. I will do a review on that soon as well, but here is a picture in the mean time:

ImageI hope you like these products as much as I do and I hope that you can get your hands one them. If not, let me know and I can put one for you on ebay or something.

Until next time

  ❤ Amanda

Etude House Color POP Dear My Lips-Talk

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I was actually looking for another shade in the Dear My Blooming Lips line, but they were sold out as they usually are, because the colour I want is clearly very popular. I bought this on a whim because I saw a 1plus1 sale and wanted to take advantage of it. 

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Here is a comparison of the Dear My Blooming Lips Talk packaging compared:

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Although this colour could be classified as a red or as a dark orange, it is put in the orange line. You can tell by the ring around the lipstick. (Which by the way, is detachable) and the barcode reads OR for orange instead of RD for red.

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I love that the packing comes with a colour sticker, because I might want to press this lipstick into a palette one day and the sticker will most definitely come in handy. I must say that it will be hard for me to depot any of my Etude House Lipsticks because they are just so adorable. 

Here is a swatch. It’s similar to Lady Danger, but it’s not a matte. It’s more of cream sheen and has a little more yellow to it than blue. In other words it’s a more vibrant red, almost orangy kind of red.

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Etude House is well known for their crazy names and cute packaging. The crazy names really come from being translated directly out of Korean into English. 🙂 This one is translated to “Although Not Orange”. I would say “Off orange/red”. The product even smells like orange, which I really am impressed with. 🙂

And here it is on my lips:

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I like this colour more than Russian Red, because it’s something that I can wear on a daily basis. It’s not an exclusively evening wear red lipstick.

I will be getting more from this line in the future. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. 

Until next time

❤ Amanda

 

Mac Nicki 2 Viva Glam Lipstick

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I’m sorry that I have to corrupt you with this hideous picture. 😉 I will be doing a review on the lilac purple lipstick and I will do another one of the orange one later. 

I must admit when I first saw this advert I really trolled about it. I don’t like the way it looks on her and I quite honestly can’t stand her either, BUT I’m obsessed with purple, so I decided to buy it despite my dislike of her.

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I don’t like the way it looks on its own on my NW 20 skin, but I did some research and found that it looks great with an ombre look. So I got out my old Avon Cranberry which I don’t like to wear on its own either, because it looks too vampy, and I combined the two colours.

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It gives it just enough colour to not make it look chalky. I really like the way it came out. 

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I also heard that it goes well with Mac Magenta lip liner. I will get this soon and do another post. 

All Mac lipsticks smell like vanilla and Mac is known for its good quality when it comes to their lipsticks especially, so even though this colour is not my top pic, I don’t regret having bought it.

Viva Glam is a foundation started by Mac where they collaborate with musicians to create lines that get associated with the artist. These colours are colours that Nicki would wear and that’s why they are named after her. The entire cost of an item sold in this line goes into an AIDS foundation. I think it’s a wonderful idea, because it will attract both fans of the musician and fans of Mac and the fund will make a large amount in aid of AIDS.

Nicki 2 comes in a amplified cream texture. It’s really moisturising, though ones lips do need priming and for people like myself, who don’t have very distinguished lip lines, it will require a liner of some sorts.

  This is what the packaging of Nicki 2 looks like:

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As you can see, it does not look exactly like the lippies from Mac’s permanent line. The name is printed in red and the inside of the bullet shaped casing is read too, with the signature of the artist.

I do feel that people with richer skin tones look tons better with the colour on its own. I have seen many pics of black girls who really and I mean really rock this colour, but I just don’t feel that flatters my porcelain white skin unless I add some deeper purples to it. 

Here is a swatch:

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I hope you have enjoyed this post. Like I’ve said before, don’t let the colour put you off. This lippie has a lot of potential, if worn right.

Until next time

❤ Amanda

M.A.C. GOLDEN HOURS MINERALISED EYE SHADOW PINWHEEL

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This eyeshadow along with another pinwheel from this collection is the very first purchase I ever made from M.A.C. It was released in a series of 5 pinwheels, in Autumn 2012. As far as I know, these were only released in Asia. I bought them in Korea. I have heard people ask about them in forums and it seems it was not internationally released. 😦

I will do another review on the pink one as well.

Here is an image that I got off Google, displaying the whole set: 

(http://prochats.she.com/fayetsui/files/2012/09/mac01.jpg)

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I decided on the brown and pink because it complements blue eyes the best out of this set. I would probably get the purple one as well, if I did not already have purple single shadows from M.A.C.

Here is an image of Golden Hours, taken without a flash:

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And just for the hell of it, I am posting two more pictures, with and and without a flash, displaying the inside of the pinwheel:

With the flash;

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Without the flash:

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As you can see, the pinwheel consist of 4 colours that are all golden metallic in one way or another. 

The colours in clock wise order. (My names for them)

1. Golden Chocolate Brown

2. Golden Caramel Brown

3. Coppery Gold

4. Golden Banana

Here are some swatches, with a swath along the side of ‘Amber Lights’ by M.A.C. (Another golden colour.)

With the Flash:

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Without the flash:

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As you can probably tell in the images above, this pinwheel’s colours don’t have as great pay off as the single M.A.C. eye shadows. Amber lights’ swatch is only one layer, where the pinwheel’s swatches are 3 or 4 each. I expected the Coppery Gold colour to be more like amber lights, but it is disappointing. 

When I first bought these, I thought they were amazing, but that was because I did not have any other M.A.C. shadows to compare them too. They have a lot of chunky glitter that does unfortunately cause quite a bit of fall out. 

Here are a few images of the look that I created with this pinwheel. (Also using Painterly Paintpot, Amber Lights, M.A.C Kohl eye liner pencil in Smolder and my go to mascara. )

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I used the Golden Chocolate Brown colour to fill in my brows. Then I applied Painterly Paintpot all over my lids, all the way up to the brow. I then applied the Golden Caramel Brown colour all over the lid to just below the crease line. I then applied Golden Banana as a highlither, below the brow. I then filled in the crease with Golden Chocolate Brown and applied Coppery Gold on the ball of my lid. I was however not happy with the pay off of Coppery Gold, so I applied Amber Lights over it to create a more golden effect. Then I took my Kohl eyeliner pencil and drew a line just above the upper lash line. I then took my finger and smudged it out. I also applied eyeliner to my waterline. I then put my mascara on as normal and then I had to wipe my cheeks with a wet wipe before applying my BB cream, because the pinwheel has a lot of chunky glitter and it caused quite a bit of fall out. 

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The colours in the pinwheel do make my blue eyes stand out, which I like, but just look at all that glitter!!!

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I am not terribly regretful of buying this eye shadow, but I can honestly say that if you have any of the naked palettes or any browns and golds from M.A.C’s permanent collection, I would not buy this. I honestly won’t try to replace it when it’s finished either. 

For a student who cannot afford spending 60bucks on 4 eye shadows, these kind of shadows are a much better option, as they go for 18bucks instead of the regular 15 bucks per eye shadow and you end up getting 4 colours. And then again, for that price, one can’t expect them to measure up to the regular shadows. It’s give and take.

I hope you have found this post helpful or interesting in any way. 🙂 Sorry that I made it sooo long! 

Till next time. 

❤ Amanda

M.A.C. GOLDEN HOURS MINERALISED EYE SHADOW PINWHEEL

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This eyeshadow along with another pinwheel from this collection is the very first purchase I ever made from M.A.C. It was released in a series of 5 pinwheels, in Autumn 2012. As far as I know, these were only released in Asia. I bought them in Korea. I have heard people ask about them in forums and it seems it was not internationally released. 😦

I will do another review on the pink one as well.

Here is an image that I got off Google, displaying the whole set: 

(http://prochats.she.com/fayetsui/files/2012/09/mac01.jpg)

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I decided on the brown and pink because it complements blue eyes the best out of this set. I would probably get the purple one as well, if I did not already have purple single shadows from M.A.C.

Here is an image of Golden Hours, taken without a flash:

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And just for the hell of it, I am posting two more pictures, with and and without a flash, displaying the inside of the pinwheel:

With the flash;

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Without the flash:

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As you can see, the pinwheel consist of 4 colours that are all golden metallic in one way or another. 

The colours in clock wise order. (My names for them)

1. Golden Chocolate Brown

2. Golden Caramel Brown

3. Coppery Gold

4. Golden Banana

Here are some swatches, with a swath along the side of ‘Amber Lights’ by M.A.C. (Another golden colour.)

With the Flash:

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Without the flash:

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As you can probably tell in the images above, this pinwheel’s colours don’t have as great pay off as the single M.A.C. eye shadows. Amber lights’ swatch is only one layer, where the pinwheel’s swatches are 3 or 4 each. I expected the Coppery Gold colour to be more like amber lights, but it is disappointing. 

When I first bought these, I thought they were amazing, but that was because I did not have any other M.A.C. shadows to compare them too. They have a lot of chunky glitter that does unfortunately cause quite a bit of fall out. 

Here are a few images of the look that I created with this pinwheel. (Also using Painterly Paintpot, Amber Lights, M.A.C Kohl eye liner pencil in Smolder and my go to mascara. )

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I used the Golden Chocolate Brown colour to fill in my brows. Then I applied Painterly Paintpot all over my lids, all the way up to the brow. I then applied the Golden Caramel Brown colour all over the lid to just below the crease line. I then applied Golden Banana as a highlither, below the brow. I then filled in the crease with Golden Chocolate Brown and applied Coppery Gold on the ball of my lid. I was however not happy with the pay off of Coppery Gold, so I applied Amber Lights over it to create a more golden effect. Then I took my Kohl eyeliner pencil and drew a line just above the upper lash line. I then took my finger and smudged it out. I also applied eyeliner to my waterline. I then put my mascara on as normal and then I had to wipe my cheeks with a wet wipe before applying my BB cream, because the pinwheel has a lot of chunky glitter and it caused quite a bit of fall out. 

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The colours in the pinwheel do make my blue eyes stand out, which I like, but just look at all that glitter!!!

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I am not terribly regretful of buying this eye shadow, but I can honestly say that if you have any of the naked palettes or any browns and golds from M.A.C’s permanent collection, I would not buy this. I honestly won’t try to replace it when it’s finished either. 

For a student who cannot afford spending 60bucks on 4 eye shadows, these kind of shadows are a much better option, as they go for 18bucks instead of the regular 15 bucks per eye shadow and you end up getting 4 colours. And then again, for that price, one can’t expect them to measure up to the regular shadows. It’s give and take.

I hope you have found this post helpful or interesting in any way. 🙂 Sorry that I made it sooo long! 

Till next time. 

❤ Amanda

M.A.C. Expensive Pink

Mac Expensive Pink is  one of those colours that you will see every blogger rave about. You’ll se it a lot in blogs and on Pinterest just because it’s so freakin’ amazing. It’s one of the best selling colours from Mac’s permanent eye shadow collection, so go figure 🙂

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And here is a picture taken of without using a flash. 

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It’s a duo chrome peach/ light gold colour. In the pan it just looks like a shiny peach, but on the eyes it has a duo chrome. (meaning if you turn your face in different angles, the colour changes.) I don’t think the name is very fitting. I would call it Expensive Peach or Forbidden Fruit or something like that, because it is clearly not pink in any way. 

This is how the sticker at the back of the pot looks. I have removed the sticker and placed it on the depotted pan instead for using it in my pro palette. ( As you can see, I burnt it while removing it from the pot. ;( )

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It’s a veluxe pearl, which means it’s got really fine glitter sheen to it, although it does not have fall out like some glittery eye shadows. The glitter pieces are so, so small, so it does not look like craf tstore glitter at all. 

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Here I am wearing it over Painterly Paintpot, just to make sure it stays on long and does not crease. It also helps not to use a ton of powder shadow and it prevents fall out. I would recommend either a Paintpot by Mac or a Primer Potion by Urban Decay. It will make you shadows last so much longer in the pan and so much longer on your lid too, so it definitely helps for the budget and it makes it look so much more professional.

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Lastly, I am putting in a finger swatch of the colour:

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I hope you like this post. It’s a must have colour for every skin and eye colour. It is said to be really great for blue and green eyes. I can definitely vouch for that. If you are getting married or working on brides’ makeup, I would recommend this colour above any other.

Till next time

❤ Amanda