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Oxygen Ceuticals O2 Cushion Review

Hello Ladies and Jellyspoons

I know it has been more than a month since any of you last heard from me, and I solemnly declared that I would post more regularly this year – turns out the new year new me is still stuck in 2017. I have a legit excuse though: I visited my home town for the first time in 3 years and I thought I’d have time to blog while there, but that only happened once, then I thought I’d make time when I’m back but I’ve been unbearably jetlagged for 2 weeks and my husband finally arrived back in Korea aw well only yesterday. That being said, I have no more real excuses and I have a TONNE of things to review for you so prepared to be overloaded. 🙂

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I will be sharing my thoughts and experiences with you on a cushion foundation that I was sent along with so many other full sized products by a company called Oxygen Ceuticals. They are a new and upcoming brand that focuses their products and treatment on Oxygen and the benefits of using it on ones skin. I urge you all to go and check them out on Instagram. They truly deserve all the love they can get. You can find several other reviews that I wrote for them on my blog as well.

I have long shown to be biased when it comes to cute packaging, so when I opened my box of goodies I immediately gravitated towards their O2 Cushion foundation. The compact is a light iridescent indigo. The packaging is sleek and looks costly, without the unnecessary bling of a Channel compact.

It opens up into a sleek white container. Here are the pictures side to side of my first refill and my brand new one:

I have had my fair share of experience with cushion foundation, and since it the most fitting foundation type for my lifestyle, since I apply my makeup on the bus (yes, it’s completely normal in Korean society) what annoyed me most is when I accidentally pushed too hard with the puffer into the sponge that contains the product, and actually end up with makeup all over my hands and nails and even under my nails, and that’s a pet peeve of mine, because it’s hard to get clean white nails after you’ve gotten foundation underneath them. The O2 Cushion was designed so that the puffer is bigger then the sponge that contains the product, which means you won’t ever get the product all over your fingers and under your nails. This is a big deal for me.

The puffer is also designed to very gently press the foundation into your skin. I have made cut through the centre of the old puffer so you can see how it is designed:

The little layer of material that isn’t connected to the sponge makes it so comfortable and effortless to apply the product.

This is the amount of coverage shown on my hand:

As you can tell, the foundation provides minimal coverage for freckles and blemishes at first glance, but what I have found is that it is buildable. I like the way the product sits on the skin without making it look cakey, and without being overly oily either.

 

Some of you know that I struggle with an autoimmune disorder that causes really bad dark circles and ill health in general. After spending a lovely month in South Africa and then returning to the freezing cold, highly polluted city of Seoul, I have not been doing great health wise, so to show you my bare face has actually taken some guts. I must say considering that I am not wearing primer, concealer, colour correctors of any form of photo manipulation, this foundation does a fantastic job at hiding my ever present dark circles. It also covers minor blemishes almost completely.

I am very impressed with this product as a whole. I’ve tried a couple of high end cushion foundations, but none have really impressed me half as much as this one. I can get away with applying no concealer which to me is a big deal. I used to have to apply a thick layer of salmon coloured base on my dark circles, smoothe that over concealer, apply the foundation, then apply a highlighter on top of that just to look half human.

That’s it from me. I will get my mojo back real soon and be back in a regular schedule with regards to my blogs.

xox

Amanda

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Innisfree Creammellow Lipstick Review

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Hi Ladies and Jellyspoons.

I have another Creammelow review for you today, but since I wrote the previous review so many months ago, I thought I’d review the both of them for you today. Creammelow2.jpg

The first one I got is number 8 and tranlates as Glossy Red. 

Here is what it looks like on my lips:

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As you can tell, it is very creamy and the colour is really strong with this one. I didn’t have to apply extra layers at all. I like the way it glides on without being patchy or sheer.

The next one I got is number 10 and it’s called Latte Brown.

Here is what it looks like on the lips:

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This one is a lot more sheer, but I love the colour since it a unique nude and it will look different on everyone depending on the natural colour of your lips.

Here is a picture of the product line. They retail for w12 000 and I want all of them 🙂

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There you have it beauties and beaus. I will be getting more of these soon and off course you’d be the first to know what I think.

Lots of love and best wishes for the new year.

Amanda

I refrigerate my makeup.

Hi Ladies and Jellyspoons.

I thought I was the only crazy one who thinks it’s necessary to keep my lipsticks in the fridge. For me, especially in summer, it makes sense to keep them cool this way. Especially since I don’t like using the AC too much.

Well, I decided to do some research on this and found out that there is actually method in the madness:

If you’re someone who likes buying special editions that are out of production, or like buying back ups for lipsticks that you love, this is a great idea. Lipsticks, just like food, contain oils that over time will go rancid. (Gross thought right there) It’s true. So keeping your lipsticks, liners, foundations and perfumes in the fridge will prolong their life.

Be careful though not to have them in too cold a fridge. The oils in the lipsticks will surface, causing the lipsticks to no longer glide on smoothly.

I don’t know about you, but when I pay $28 for a lipstick, (yes, that’s what Mac lippies go for in Korea) I want to make sure I preserve them as well as I can. 🙂

Where do you keep your stashes? Anyone else put their makeup in the fridge?

xox 

Amanda

NA-EORILTTAE Blooming Dew Edgeholic Lipgloss

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Hi Ladies and Gentlebeasts

As some of you may know by now, I have been asked to test out five products by a new Amore Pacific brand called Na-Eorilttae. I have already reviewed two of their products: a Mascara and a lip tint. Although I was gifted these products to try and to write about, I vow to give you my 100% honest opinion. This is also not a first impression. I have been trying these products for more than a week, so that I can have a decent review of them.

Na-Eorilttae means “when I was young” and it’s an innovative Korean cosmetic brand with its focus on germ free makeup and makeup applicators.

Today I will specifically be talking about their Blooming Dew Edgeholic Gloss. The lip glosses among other products are designed with a trap door function that locks, the moment you use it. Allowing the liquid to come out of the tube, but not allowing air to be sucked back in. This brilliant idea helps to keep the products fresh and germ free for longer, since it won’t catch any airborne bacteria, as well as preventing the liquid from drying out.

I was asked to choose one of five different colours. Here they all are:

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I chose the one second from the right, and it’s called Dazzling Plum (RB01)

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I must say the lock system is pretty impressive. The product comes out and no air gets sucked back in. Just be careful not to squeeze out too much, because you won’t be able to get it back in again.

I have swatched it on my hand for you to see the colour and consistency:

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And here it is on my lips:

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I am not usually a lipgloss wearer because I used to wear it to death when I was a teen, and my grandpa said that I looked like I stole bacon. Haha

I must say I will be wearing this one a lot from now on and I’m sure I’ll get into wearing lipgloss more often. One thing I can say though is that there is a taste to it when you lick your lips. The easy solution is to not lick your lips. 😉

They are currently on sale on their website for W10 000 a piece and they give you a free lip brush as well.

You can find them here: Naeorilttae

Pros: lovely vibrant colour; non drying on the lips; won’t dry out in tube; affordable.

Cons: can taste artificial on the lips.

The verdict:

I personally really like this product and I’d like to get more of them, especially since they are on a sale at the moment and they come in five lovely different colours.

I hope you have enjoyed this review. For more reviews on Na-Eorilttae and other Korean cosmetics brands, don’t forget to follow my blog.

Lots of love

Amanda

NA-EORILTTAE Persona Cushion Liptint Review

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Hello Ladies and Jellybeans

I am busy with a 5 part blog series on products that I have been asked to review for Amore Pacific and their new brand called Na-Eorilttae.

Na-Eorilttae means “when I was young” in Hangul (Korean), and it’s a new innovative brand with its focus on clean, makeup and antibacterial applicators. Their cushion foundation puffs, lip tint sponges, brushes and spoolies are all designed to remain clean and free of any germs or bacteria; and their mascara and lipgloss containers are designed to not allow air to penetrate through the opening, while the product is being used; preventing the spread of germs and airborne bacteria, as well as preventing premature drying.

I have posted a review on their Edgeholic Door Mascara. You can find it here:
Today I will be reviewing one of two lip products: Persona Cushion Liptint is in a series of five different matte lipsticks. They are called lip tints, but they apply like matte lipstick from a tube. The products is dual ended. On the one end you get a retractable lipstick, and on the other a sponge tip that is meant to work as a spoolie with which you remove smudges or feathering, which can often happen when wearing matte lip products.  I was asked to choose one of five different colours, and this burnt orange colour appealed to me the most, since I love deep reds and oranges and it matches fall perfectly.

This is what the packaging looks like:

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And this is the sponge, which is one of their bacteria free applicators:

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Here is what the product looks like in the packaging:

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This is what the it looks like swatched on my hand:

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And here it is on my lips. (I’m an NW15-20 in MAC foundations for reference):

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These are definitely matte, but not like typical super drying matte lipsticks. It definitely has a creamier application.

I am very pleased with these products over all, and I will definitely be getting some of the other lipsticks for future reviews.

Here is where you can find them:

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They are currently on sale for w11 200 per lipstick, and the original price is w16 000. For me that is a reasonable price,  considering the quality of these products. Average Korean brands have a price range or w12 000 – w15000, so to me they are affordable and worth every scent.

There you have it, beauties. I will be reviewing three more Na-Eorilttae products in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled.

Love

Amanda

Na-Eorilttae Edgeholic Door Mascara

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Today I am starting off with a 5 part series of reviews of NA-EORILTTAE cosmetics. I was asked to review these products, but I will be giving you my 100 percent honest opinion on these products regardless.

Na-Eorilttae means “when I was young” and it is a new innovative South Korean beauty brand with its focus on antibacterial makeup. They wanted to find a way in which the spoolies, sponges and puffs of their products remain clean and bacteria free. It’s definitely more high end than the average Korean products I review, and you can feel the quality not only in the packaging, but the products as well.

Today I will start off by reviewing an eye product:  Edgeholic Door Mascara (Power Volume).

Edgeholic Door Mascara plays a great part in the brand’s antibacterial innovations, in that the container is designed to lock once you’ve removed the brush, sealing off the product and not allowing air to penetrate through the opening which could potentially cause premature drying and the spread of air born bacteria. This is a big deal for me, since I always end up with a container half full of dried up mascara.

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My lashes are quite long, although quite fine as well.  I was asked to choose one of five different mascaras, and I chose the Power Volume one.
Here is what the product looks like:

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As you can see: the packaging is very classy. Black with a gold print and gold twist open top.

Here is what the brush looks like:

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It’s an avaraged sized brush, and there doesn’t seem to be anything special about it, but I am very very impressed with the results.

Here are the before and after pictures: (please excuse my dark circles. I have a cold and my concealer game isn’t on point today)IMG_1200.JPG
As you can see, my lashes are curled back and really given so much volume without looking clumpy or gross. I really don’t like using a lash curler so I love that these make my lashes look curled. I can’t tell whether this one is meant to be waterproof, but it sure feels like it is. I had to use a makeup wipe to remove it.
I must say I was very apprehensive about testing a Mascara, especially with a sponsored blog because I have had allergic reactions to some other brands like Etude House and Lancôme, and that is no indication of the quality of the product, but rather just one pesky ingredient that doesn’t gel with me. Although Lancôme is high end, there is an unknown ingredient that just doesn’t go well with my ultra sensitive eyes and skin. This mascara does however work well without any level of sensitivity, and I’ve worn it for a good week, every day at least.
These are not available on the site as of yet, but I’ll be able to give you an update on the price soon.

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Pros:

waterproof, non drying and antibacterial.

Beautiful colour

Massive volume without clumping

Luscious lashes for days.

Cons: not available yet, but hold onto your seats
Would I purchase this? Yes, absolutely! For someone who struggles with finding a good mascara that doesn’t cause adverse reactions, and someone who always ends up with dry mascara long before it’s finished, I would buy this without a second thought.

There you have it guys. I’ll be reviewing a lovely lipstick next, so keep your eyes pealed.
Love
Amanda

Fourth of July Nail Look 1

Hey Ladies and Jellyspoons

Since it will be the United States’ Independence Day soon, I thought I would try a little nail look inspired by the USA flag.

Here it is:

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I used:
Faceshop’s Trendy Nails in BL606
Tony Moly’s GR10 (glittery stars)
Etude House’s xoxo Minnie 1

I searched all the Korean cosmetic brands for glittery stars and couldn’t find it anywhere so I eventually found this one at Tony Moly and I’m so pleased with it.

If you don’t catch enough stars on the first try, I’d suggest using a pair of tweezers. Tilt the bottle to the side and keep trying to catch the stars with your brush then take the tweezers, nip the stars one by one off the brush and place them where you’d like them on your nails. You can’t just keep painting them on with the brush because it will make the nail polish very thick and gooey on the nails and we don’t want that.

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I hope that you’ve enjoyed this post. I will try another look before the 4th if I have time. My studies are keeping me crazy busy at the moment, so please understand.

Have a great week!

Xox

Amanda