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Etude House Be My Universe Lipstick Review

Hi Ladies and Jellyspoons.

Happy hump day! I am back and this time I’ll be reviewing some new lipsticks from Etude House. No, my addiction for Etude House will never die. They recently came out with a holiday collection called Be My Universe, and it’s a planet/space theme, and I am obsessed!

These are the products that I managed to get:

There are two eyeshadow palettes and five lipsticks, but I’m trying to be economical so I only picked out a few of the items.

Today I will exclusively be talking about the lipsticks, but I’ll get to the palette soon as well.

Some of you may be acquainted with the brand and know by now that they recently came out with a permanent collection of lipsticks that are bought separately from the casing, which gives you the freedom of mixing and matching your lipsticks to the bullet casing of your choice. These are the same, so keep in mind that I chose the 3 cases for mine out of the 5 Limited Edition Be My Universe cases, but you can put them on the permanent line of cases as well, and you can rearrange them to suit your style and fancy.

These are the lipsticks (refills)

And these are the cases:

And for interest, here is an image of two of the permanent line cases that I have:

Yes, they are all stinking cute! (I need to review these for you as well.)

These are the ones from the Be My Universe collection:

I got these three:

From left to right:

RD 305 Stellar Red; PP 502 Space Purple; PP502 Aurora Purple.

Here are the swatches:

RD 305 Stellar Red is a Dear My Glass Tinting, and it’s an incredibly unique colour in that it is glittery metallic! I felt like a Christmas ornament while wearing this. I think the glittery ones are the ones everyone should get if they want anything from this collection.

PP 502 Space Purple is from the Dear My Matte Tinting line . It’s standard non purple purple for Etude House. They often come out with colours that are called purple but either wear bright pink or is just burgundy instead of purple. I still love it, although I would’ve adored a more violet purple.

And here is my absolute favourite: PP 502 Aurora Purple.

I’m obsessed with the colour, the iridescence, and the glitter. It’s just perfection! I have a similar one by RMK but they are not 100% the same. Here are the swatches:

And here they are side by side:

 

RMK although glittery is much more grainy and uncomfortable; the colour is more burgundy than purple and the glitter is not that iridescent and blue.

The Dear My Glass Tinting ones wear for 2 hours or more depending on how much I eat and drink. The Dear My Matte Tinting lasts a good 4 hours.

Will I repurchase? Yes, I am actually considering getting a back up for Aurora Purple and I’m sad that they would come out with something so fantastic and NOT make it permanent.

I’m going to be alternating my blogs from brand to brand, just because I have so much to review at the moment. Keep your eyes peeled for the eye shadow palette review and more reviews from the recent Peripera collection.

That’s it’s from me.

Xoxo

Amanda

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Oxygen Ceuticals Product Introduction and Thoughts

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Hello Everyone

I recently attended a Korean Beauty Expo here in Seoul, and I happened to pass by a booth where the people were really friendly and asked me whether I wanted to experience a facial treatment from them. I was very happy to oblige, and I had an extremely positive experience with them. Here is blog I wrote about that. My experience with them was overall a very happy experience. The people were so kind to me and really tried their best to make me comfortable during the process, which to me was such a refreshing treatment in the first place.

After I had promised to write about my experience they asked me to please send them a link to the article, which I did, and they were so happy with it that they asked me whether I’d be willing to review some of their products as well, which off course I am. I wasn’t sure if they wanted me to try them one by one, but they actually ended up sending me a large box with 11 full sized products! I was so happy to try them and report back to all of you.

This is what the box looked like after I opened it:

IMG_5436-1And here is what I got:

 

Moisture Aqua Serum, Purifying Foam Wash.IMG_5468

Ferment Fluid, Acell-300 FluidIMG_5462

Toning Gel, Cell Couperose Cream, PP Cream

IMG_5465Age Defying Eye Serum, Contour Firming Eye CreamIMG_5467TP Sun Cream, O2 Cushion Foundation.

IMG_5470Off course when the products arrived I didn’t know in which order to use them, and going from a 5 step regime to an 8 step regime can be pretty daunting, so the photographs have them all in the wrong order. I will explain to you here in which order I was told to use them, and I’m also going to write another review in a 3 weeks time about my experience using these products for a month.

  • First off you use the Purifying Foaming Wash. It’s a very mild gel wash. It’s not super foamy, but that’s probably a good thing. I was worried that I would need something more exfoliating that that, but I could see the difference after only 3 days.
  • Step 2 is the Toning Gel. The toning gel is a lovely light blue gel that quickly absorbs into the skin and you don’t need more than pea sized amount to cover your whole face.
  • Step 3 and 4 is done simultaneously: In the morning you use the pink oil, Ferment Fluid and mix it with Moisture Aqua Serum for better absorption. In the evening you set aside the Ferment Fluid and replace it with the Acell-300 Fluid. The serum is a very light milky gel like cream, as are most serums I’ve come across, and the other two products are oils that act as barriers against dirt, pollution, free radicals etc. As someone with naturally oily skin, I was a bit nervous about applying the oil to my face, but it didn’t break me out or cause any sort of blockage.
  • Step 5 is the Cell Couperose Cream. This is a soft white cream that gets applied to the skin like lotion. It’s not very heavy and it absorbs into the skin like a dream.
  • Step 6 is the PP Cream. PP stands for Post Procedure. I suppose this one is great to use after have undergone their laser treatment which I explained in my previous blog about this brand. They also do several treatments, depending on your condition, such as burn treatment, acne treatment etc. Because I don’t have problem skin, this product serves as a regular moisturizing cream, and along with the other products, it’s worked wonders.

I was then given a box which contained 2 products: and eye serum and an eye cream.

  • Step 7 is the Age-defying Eye Serum. This has the same consistency as a regular serum. It has a slight gold milky tinge to it. I was told to rub this all over my eye lids and around the eyes. I was afraid that it would affect my eyes, causing allergies or just messing with my contact lenses, but it did none of the above.
  • Step 8 is the Contour Firming Eye Cream. It’s a cream similar to the Cell Couperose Cream but off course only targeted at the eye area. I rub this all over the eyelids and all around the eyes, where crows feet develop, and on the dark circle areas.
  • Step 9 is applying their O2 Cushion foundation along with your normal makeup routine. I have been loving this product and using it for 7 consecutive days. I was given a refill as well, but I honestly don’t see how I will be able to go back to my stash of other foundations because I love this one so much.

I must be honest, since it’s winter here, I have not tried the sunscreen, but I am spending the month of January in Southern Africa and I will need a good SPF so I will try it out then and report back when I return.

This post was really just an introduction to the products that I’ve got. I have been and will be continuing to take weekly images of my face and close up of the products and what it actually looks like out of the packaging. I will also be doing separate reviews of each product, since this combination was selected for my 30 year old, combination, fairly problem free skin type. They will evaluate your skin and we will all end up with different combinations of the products, and there are several other products in the line. I have only been using this for a week and my skin is already showing so so much improvement. The rough, blocked pores (you know when you rub your face and it feels gritty or textured from having blocked pores/blackheads ) next to my nose is cleared; the ever present blind pimple on my chin is gone, and my pores look smaller and my skin looks overall much smoother and wax like.

That’s it from me. I look forward to telling you all about this in about 3 weeks.

xox

Amanda

 

 

Peripera Pearly Night Lipglosses Review

Hello Everyone

I am back with another Peripera review for you. On Monday I reviewed two of the Snow Globe Velvet Ink tints for you, and today I will be talking about the two glosses in this collection.

This is what they look like:


Those who know me well know that I am big fan of unconventional lip colours like blue, black, violet, green etc. So when I saw a BLACK lipgloss from South Korea where it’s really hard to even find a purple that doesn’t wear bright pink, even though it’s purple in the packaging. I’ve also prepared myself for the possibility that it might show up as almost nothing because glosses aren’t really known for being extremely pigmented.

Space Trip:
Girls Pink Night:


So I went ahead and swatched them and this is what it looks like:


Yeah, I mean it’s even more of a bummer than I expected, because there are stars and hearts in the bottles, but the opening is designed in such a way that no matter how many of them you get to stick to the doe foot applicator, it scrapes off just inside the opening and you’re inevitably left with only the finest glitter. The lack of actual black colour in Space Trip is also a big womp womp womp for me.

Here is Space Trip. The one in whom I put ALL of my high hopes:


And here is Girls Pink Night:


Girls Pink Night at least has some tiny bit of pink pigmentation whereas Space Trip has zero to nothing.

I honestly think it’s would’ve been a better idea to just give us a separate little container with the larger glitter pieces, the hearts and the stars, so we can apply them with a pair of tweezers of a gloss dipped q tip. That way you can at least GET the glitter on your lips, as opposed to it just looking so stinking cute in the containers but you can’t actually get them out. I also think that these products had the world of potential but then it’s like they didn’t even try.

Okay so I posted about this on Instagram and one of my friends suggested that I pry open the rubber seal with a pair of tweezers. I did!!! This is Space Trip. 

Girls Pink Night:


I feel like these could still look a bit more awesome when applied over a matte lipstick or liptint. Space Trip would look amazing over a black or purple matte lipstick, and Girls Night Pink over a pink. I will post looks like these on my instagram in the future. 

Will I repurchase? To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of glosses in the first place because I used to wear them to death as a teen and my grandpa told me I look like I stole bacon. It put me off of ever wearing them, but when companies come out with something so seemingly awesome, I fall, and I know I shouldn’t.

That’s it from me. I’m going to crawl into my black lipstick loving corner, sip my tea, and be sad.

xoxo

Amanda

Peripera Pearly Night Space Globe Ink Velvet Tint Review

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Hello Everyone

I’m back with some Peripera products to review for you all. I know how much you all love this brand and I was as ballistic as the rest of the Korean Beauty universe when I saw this picture on my instagram, advertising the release of this absolutely stunning Christmas edition products. The compacts have moving glitter packaging, the lipgloss has hearts and stars in them. There is a BLACK lipgloss!!!( Who is with me on this?! I am a BIG fan of non conventional lip colours like black and blue. ) And the lip tints have snow globes on the tops of the packaging. I don’t think I need to elaborate on how much I am obsessing over this collection. 

So this is the picture of the products I got:

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Here you can see the glory of the snow globe:


I got both of the glosses, two out of four of the tints, one of the two highlighters (because the pink one was sold out) and the lavender cushion foundation, of which there is a pink one exactly like it.

I work in the afternoons so reviewing of these in one go would not only destroy my lips, but it would take me at least a day, so I decided to break it down into categories. Today I will be talking about the Snow Globe Liptints. 

They are the same as the permanent line of Peri’s Ink Velvet, except off course for the white tops, instead of black, and the snow globes on tops. Some of you may know that I have quite a weakness for the this entire brand and I own eight other tints aside from these two. Here is a picture below showing you some of the ones I have. 

IMG_5527.jpg The Airy Velvet is their latest range and it’s a very soft matte velvet. Then there is the Peri’s Ink Moist in the shiny containers which is a line of glossy tints. The orange one is from the original, ever so popular Peri’s Ink line. And the fourth one is from the Peri’s Ink Velvet line, the same as the snow globe ones, but they, although not special in colour, came in limited edition Power Puff Girl packaging. (I just realised I haven’t even reviews the Airy Velvet and the Original line for you yet. I’ll do that ASAP too.)

Click on the burgundy words for links to my reviews of these:

 

And here is a picture of the two snow globe ones I got from the Pearly Night collection:

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I got #1 Sellout Red and #6 Celeb Deep Rose. 

Here are the swatches:

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If you look closely you can see how the product pulls into the crack and does bleed and stain. Duh… it’s a liptint. It’s meant to stain. I just want to point it out to people who perhaps are not a fan of the long lasting staying power of a tint, and these are famous for being extra hardy.

Here is what they look like on my lips:

#1 Sellout Red

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It’s a bright slightly orange toned ferrari red. Perfect for Christmas of for the girl who likes to rock red lipstick, like me.

And here is #6 Celeb Deep Rose

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I can’t really explain this in any other way than saying it’s like pumpkin spice. It actually reminds of of Lime Crime’s Pumpkin but not as orange. It’s also quite similar to an OCC liptar I have called Merlange and it’s described as Terracotta Red.

These are like liquid matte lipsticks more than being the conventional tint, but they stain like a tint. They last about 4 hours on me. 

I would definitely repurchase. I actually just realised that the Power Puff Girl one is also #6 so now I have a backup. Let it be a lesson. Make a list of the permanent range you already have and don’t fall for the packaging, if you don’t want a backup. 😉 I think the fact that I’ve accidentally bought  multiples of these is proof of how much I appreciate them.

Have you tried any of these? How did you like them?

Xoxo

Amanda 

 

Kocostar Slice Mask Sheet Apple Review 

Hello Everyone

I’m probably going to be driving you nuts with all my reviews from the Korean Beauty Expo, but I can’t help it 😉 Some of you may know by now that I’ve been to a Korean Beauty expo and was given a lot of free things for reviewing purposes. These masks have been all the rage of Korean beauty enthusiasts on social media lately, and there’s no wondering why. Instead of having the run of the mill regular sheet mask, they have come out with little slices of fruit and vegetables. So you get two sheets of mask stickers that you can place not only all over your face, but anywhere you’d like. The world is your oyster.


I really like all things apple flavoured so I started off but trying the apple one, and I will be reviewing all four of them one by one and not too closely together so I can have a true idea of how they are on the skin.

This is what the apple one looks like:


I was considering taking out only one sheet and using only that, but I decided to use them all because I had this nightmarish fear that they would dry up in the packet by the next day, and go to waste. (Ps I still haven’t found a way to look cute with a sheet mask on, so in the words of Charlotte Lucas: “don’t judge me. Don’t you dare judge me.” 😀


Here is the back of the packet and the list of ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Neofinetia Falcata Callus Culture Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Allantoin, Betaine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Arginine, Cellulose Gum, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance. 

And this is what the little slices look like when they are done. I really didn’t want to throw these away, they are so cute!


This mask really did do wonders for my skin. My face looked really clear and smooth. The pores were less visible and the little spots were soothed. I am also impressed with the amount of excellent natural ingredients there are in it.

Will I repurchase this? That’ll be a hard yes from me, for sure. They are also great stocking stuffers.

That’s it from me, guys. I will be alternating my mask reviews for the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled for the next Slice Mask review. Also, which one of these would you like to try? Let me know in the comment section  below.

lots of love

Amanda

 

Oka (Wrinkle Care) Mask Review 

Hello everyone

Some of you may know that I have been gifted some masks to test when I visited the KBeauty expo at Kintex last month. One of the brands that gifted me some products is called Oka. That is what’s really great about attending expos such as these. You get to become acquainted with brands you’ve never heard of or otherwise might never have heard of before, and it really broadens one’s horizons.

This is what I got from Oka:

The first thing I tried is the Wrinkle Care Mask. Firstly, how freaking adorable is the packaging on these masks? I want to cut the faces out and use them for scrapbooking, they are so pretty.


I don’t know if you can notice from the picture, but the packet is quite chunky. I was expecting it to either be a lipmask or some mega thick mask, but it turns out the mask is quite thin but there is serum for days in that packet! I was literally able to lather my whole upper body, stomach and thighs with the excess serum after applying the mask AND serum onto my face.

Here is what I looked like during the application:


As you can tell, it’s a thin sheet, which is the way I like it.

Here is the back of the packet:


The instructions said to put the mask on for 15-20 minutes: I’m never much of a timer when it comes to things like this. I just go with the feeling of it and to me when the mask starts to feel like it’s drying on my skin, I take it off and tap in the excess serum.

Here is a list of the ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Propanediol, 1,2- Hexanediol, Diglycerin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Centella Asiatica Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Octyldodeceth- 16, Carbomer, Arginine, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine.  

I’m going mmmmm that makes sense: Avocado, Royal Jelly and Collagen… those are all really excellent ingredients so it makes sense why it’s so good! My skin did feel amazing afterwards. It definitely felt like a high quality mask to me.

Would I purchase this? Yes, I want to buy them in bulk and get my hands on the ones I haven’t had the opportunity to try yet.

I will be posting a review of the other mask that I got from this line soon!

Until next time

xox

Amanda

3 Days Love Skincare Treatment Review


Hello Everyone

Today I am going to share my experience at a booth at the KBeauty Expo that took place in Ilsan on the of October. I was just wandering around the booths when I got approached by the people are 3 Days Love. They wanted to know if I’d be willing to have a treatment done by them, so I agreed to it.
From what I could see by the banners and posters that were hung around the booth, this procedure involved some form of acupuncture and it got me curious. They laid me down on a bed and proceeded to removed my makeup. They then applied their a light version of their cream called Soft Peel Cream (The silver packaging) and started massaging it into my face. I was confused because from what I could tell, the lady didn’t use any pins; she didn’t use any equipment but I could clearly feel the millions of little pinpricks of acupuncture all over my face. They then explained that the cream they were using contains little microscopic pieces of coral that they call Bio Micro Needles and get lodged in the skin. The cream penetrates the skin through the little hollows in the pieces of coral, and the acupuncture-like pinpricks stimulate the skin and promote regrowth. It’s a reverse peeling process.


They then applied a second cream (The gold packaging) with more pieces of coral, or perhaps larger pieces, and the pain was a bit worse the second cream. The first cream called Soft Peel Cream was used to wean one into the pain level, and the second one, called Hard Peel Cream,  was more painful than the first. I must admit that it was quite a painful experience, and I wouldn’t recommend to anyone who is very sensitive or doesn’t have a high threshold for pain, but in saying this I want to add that sometimes a little bit of pain is worth it.


Here are the samples of the after care treatment that they gave me:


Luckily the following steps are aimed at soothing the pain and leaving your skin as little irritated as possible. The first of the post treatment steps is a cooling spray called Peptide Mist. They covered my eyes and sprayed the mist onto my face. It was really refreshing after the painful treatment. The man explained that it’s a spray that doesn’t need to be tapped into the skin because it automatically absorbs into one’s skin.
Next they applied a light cream called Derma Touch S.C Cream, which also aided in recovering my skin from pricks of the coral creams. I actually expected my skin to be extremely bloodshot and irritated, but my skin had no signs of irritation or redness, so I felt confident that even though the treatment was painful, it wasn’t bad for my skin.

They then applied the Recovery Balm (BB cream) that not only acted as makeup, but as soothing and rejuvenation after the treatment. As you can see in the pictures, you can’t tell that I just underwent an acupuncture like treatment.

One of the men at the booth sat me down and explained the process to me in full. He kept insisting that shouldn’t use anything other water to wash my face for the following 3 days, and from day 4 I can start using a mild foam wash.  He told me that my skin was going to start peeling within that time period. I’m now going to give you a day to day feedback after the procedure.

Sunday: (The day on which I got the treatment) I had to go to choir straight after I went to the expo. I had no time to go home and rest. My skin hurt with every movement. I could clearly feel that my face was riddled with little prickly pear thorn like pins. It was very painful. I felt miserable and grouchy and sore. By the time I came back from choir, my skin still hurt. I washed my face with water and applied the 3 steps that they gave me in sample sizes, including the bb cream, and went straight to bed.

Monday: Today my skin looks absolutely flawless. The spots on my nose are gone. The pores are tighter and my skin looks overall more clear and mattified. The pain is completely gone. The only noticeable feeling is a feeling of tightness.

Tuesday: my skin feels tight and dry. There are signs of peeling, as little patches of dry, dead skin cells are showing. I have been told not to scratch, even though it might get itchy. I applied the 3 step post treatment products one extra time, just because I felt like my skin needed more nourishment. I also had my braces readjusted today and had some filing done on my teeth, so the constant open mouth position also made my skin feel tight and stretched.

Wednesday: I woke up this morning with a lot of flaky skin around the outer edges of my face: around the jaw and up the cheeks after washing my face little rolls of dead skin came off and the peeling is much less visible to almost gone.

Thursday: My skin feels very firm and healthy. There were still little patches of dry skin here and there but it all came off after washing is with a mild clay facial wash.

They also gave me a sample of their Whimela Skin Implant Cream which is a light, daily version of their Peel creams. It can be used daily because you can hardly feel the bio micro needles. It is not only good for maintaining the effects of the treatment, but it also has whitening properties.

Here is what the Whimela Cream looks like:

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My conclusion: Yes, these products really work. My skin did feel and look amazing afterwards. I must say though that I was told that this treatment is aimed at people older than 35, and I just turned 30, so perhaps it’s a bit premature for me to be getting into procedures such as these. It was overall a very informative and interesting, although painful, experience, and I would recommend it to anyone who is open to trying different things.

 

Here are the pictures that I took from the brochure they gave me:



 

For information on the rest of the product range that this company has to offer, please visit 3 Days Love.

That’s it from me, till next time.

love

Amanda