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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 Petite Blusher Delight


Hi Ladies and Jellyspoons

Today I will be reviewing some blushes, and this time it’s by Tony Moly. The Petite Blusher Delight blushes are very similar to Etude House Lovely Cookie blushers, but they come in black packaging and they come in a line of only 3 different colours, or which I was able to hunt down 2.

Here they are:

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As you can tell, they are similar to the Etude House blushers in that they are in the almost exact same dome shaped, macaron cookie style casing, and they come with ribboned puffers as well. 

#1 Petite Pink is a lovely baby pink with a slight silver sparkle. 

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It’s not overly sparkly, but just ever so slight so that one can almost not really pick it up on a swatch or while you’re wearing it. I personally prefer blushes to have less shine and more colour, so this one work perfectly for giving my pale face just enough of a healthy, rosy glow. 

Here’s the swatch:

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The next one I got is #2 Petite Peach:

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Petite Peach in the pan is not what I would call peachy. It’s more a magenta. It also has a very slight silver sheen, but even less than Petite Pink, but once you swatch it definitely comes off more peachy. 

Here’s the swatch: 

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I tried without success to hunt down #3 Petite Coral. I will not give up though, and once I do get my hands on it, I will add it to this blog and reblog it.

My thoughts:

Honestly, I’ve been wearing these more frequently than my MAC and Benefit blushes. They are cute and compact. They are really affordable at the ₩5000 (roughly $5) price tag, and they are of a fantastic quality, that is only to be expected from Korean cosmetics brands. 

Have you tried any Korean blushers lately, or are you perhaps interested in trying one but you want to know whether it’s worth it? Let me know and I’ll look into it. 

xoxo

Amanda

 

 

Etude House Melancholy Budapest

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Hi Ladies and Jellyspoons

I’m here with another release by my favourite Korean cosmetics brand. This time they really are making me poor with the lovely new Melancholy Budapest eyeshadow collection. Isn’t that just the saddest and cutest name at the same time?  I’ve always wanted to visit Hungary.

Etude House Look At My Eyes is their permanent eye shadow collection, and with its huge range or colours and finishes and their less than $5 price point, is it any wonder why they are such popular products. They also have palettes in which you can depot them, which as some of you may know, is a big deal for me. From time to time they come out with special edition collaborations with one or two special edition shadows, but this time they’ve come out with a large selection of high quality special editions, and I literally want them all.

I managed to get six of them and as far as I can make out there are about 30. I will do an update as soon as I’ve got my hands on a few more of them. I created a little Christmas tree instead of a balloon show 😉 There are the ones which appealed to me the most.

Here are the swatches with a flash and with natural light:

From the top to the bottom:

PK015:

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Here’s the swatch:

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PK 015 Is a coral with pink undertones.

BR425:

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And the swatch:

BR425 Is coppery metallic gold. 

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RD307:

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And the swatch:

RD307 Is a antique metallic copper wit rose gold undertones.

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PP501:

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And the swatch:

PP501 Is a duo chrome metallic lilac with a blue sheen. 

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BK803:

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BK803 is a navy blue with sky blue glitter flecks. 

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BL 606:

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BL6O6 Is a metalic navy blue with a slight red duo chrome.

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As you can see, these are fantastic quality and the entire range, wheter it be special edition or permanent of the Look At My Eyes eye shadows are price beteen W3000 and W7000. I already know that a lot of them are dupes for MAC and URBAN DECAY shadows. I will do an extensive blog on that in the future. The permanent collection is designed so you can depot them and put them in a palette. I have been meaning to review my palette for you for the longest time, and promise do so in the month of February. 

They have another constellation themed collection that is coming out soon, and I will make sure to pick a few up within the next month. So keep your eyes peeled.

What do you think of these? Have you been to Budapest? It has always been on my bucket list and I will have to make a plan to make it happen. 

xoxo

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

Beyond Alice Through The Looking Glass Lipsticks 


Dear Ladies and Jellyspoons
This collection review is going to come piece by piece because as you can imagine, these products are flying off the shelves and selling out like hot cakes, and I wasn’t able to get my hands on everything yet.
Beyond Cosmetics has decided to do another lovely collection featuring Disney’s Alice In Wonderland. I WISH that I was able to snag the previous collection, to review for you, and because I am low key obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. I was very blessed to be able to get my hands on four of the six  lipsticks with the new collaboration and I got the cushion foundation as well. Today however I will only be talking about the lipsticks, as to not make my reviews to lengthily and bore you to death. I had to specifically order the two red ones because they were already out of stock, and then I wasn’t able to get the orange ones as of yet, but I’ll add them to the blog as soon as I can. For now I will be reviewing numbers  1, 2, 4 and 6.
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As you can see, the lipsticks come in the most beautiful clear containers (representing the looking glass) with tiny little silver iridescent silhouettes of Alice on the inner shaft of the container.

What has not been featured on this photograph is that the lipsticks are two toned, each featuring a trippy, spade (from the card game) triangular shape in an alternative colour.

Number 1. Cherry Peony (체리 피오니)

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Cherry Peony is a pinup red with a peachy coral center.

Here it is on my lips:

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As you can tell, it’s more balmy than it is a lipstick, and the two toned ombre isn’t very noticeable. I am not too disappointed because the packaging concept is absolutely fantastic!

Number 2. Rose Quarts (로즈쿼츠)

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Rose Quarts is a baby pink with an opaque center. Again, it doesn’t show up wondrously on the lips, but they tried. I wonder if there is perhaps a special way in which to apply two toned lipsticks to show both the colours…

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Number 4. Redsy Pansy (레디쉬팬지)

 

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Redsy Pansy is another pinup red but this time the center is fuchsia (guava).

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Here you can pick up on the ombre better than the others, in my opinion.

 

Number 6. Coral Cosmos (코랄 코스모스)

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This one is my favourite with regards to colour combinations. It’s a deep fuchsia with a peachy center.

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The verdict:

Pros:

Amazing packaging!!!

Reasonably Cheap. w12 000 each

Creamy, balmy texture.

Not drying.

Lovely, fruity smell.

Cons:

Ombre or two toned not very impressive.

Some of the colours are quite similar.

Nothing purple or blue or outlandish like the fairy tail.

Would I repurchase? Yes, absolutely! These are my new favourites, because Alice!!!

Tell me your thoughts on these. I will be adding the last two of the collection to this review soon. That’s if I can get my hands on them.

xoxo

Amanda

 

 

 

 

Etude House Fantastic Color Eyes Cherry Blossom 

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Dear Ladies and Jellyspoons.

I just recently reviewed Rose Garden, which is the other palette that was released for spring of this year. Feel free to have a look at my blog to see that review. I will now be reviewing Fantastic Eyes Cherry Blossom. Etude House occasionally comes out with 2 palettes like these. Last year in Sept they came out with two Halloween palette which I wish with all my heart I know of, but I somehow missed it. I was however blessed to be able toe get both of the spring collection palettes of this year.
This is Cherry Blossom: 

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Observe the packaging. Etude House never lets us down on the packaging. (Which is why I’m always broke. Not eve sad about it)
The palette comes with 6 beautiful spring shades, a mirror (which I’m covering with the box) and a double ended shadow sponge.
Here are the swatches from left to right:

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Cherry Coke is a satin chocolate brown with gold irredensance.  It’s quite pigmented and perfect for a brow fill or a crease colour.

Cherry March is a matte hot pink. It’s quite sheer and needed double layering, but that’s the case for most mattes and it is not the shade you want to be highly pigmented on your eyes, since it can make one look sickly if used wrong. I’m pretty sure I’ll be using it as a blush as well

Baby Peony is the perfect discription of this colour. It’s a light baby/ peony pink in matte. It is also quite sheer and I’d also want to try using it for both the eyed and the cheeks.
Hello Spring is the most gorgeous lustre of pink and silver and pearly glitter. It’s definitely something to layer on top of another colour to bring on some sparkle. It’s definitely the most unique and my favouritr shade in this palette.

Flower Walk is a metallic chocolate brown with rose gold undertones. It’s another favourite of mine. It will make a perfect crease colour for blue eyes and it has very good colour pay off and pigmentation.

Warm Morning is a metalic caramel brown/ rose gold. Beautiful colour pay off and pigmentation as well.
This palette definitely get 5 stars from me. I’m strongly considering buying a back up. The price point is only $13 so one can’t go wrong.
There you have it, Lovelies. I’ll post pictures of looks very soon. I’m just recovering from an Easter get away and my face isn’t picture ready. ☺️
Have a lovely week!

Xoxo

Amanda

Etude House Fantastic Color Eyes Rose Garden

 

Hi Ladies and Jellyspoons

I have a load of new Etude House reviews coming up in the coming week, so please keep your eyes peeled.

I’m starting off with the first of two eyeshadow palettes that came out this year.

 

Here is Rose Garden or Rose Blossom (There seems to be two names for it):

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It’s a palette containing six beautiful spring coloured eyeshadows, most red and gold toned. This palette is perfect for blue eyes.

Swatches from left to right:

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 Juliette is light champagne pink with a fine pearlescent shine. It’s perfect for a brow bone highlight. 

 

Honey Bouquet is a glittery metallic gold. This one is similar to the lustre eyeshadows from Mac, which means it’s quite glittery and may cause a bit of fallout. The pigmentation is cry strong, but I see it as a glittery top colour. 

 

Antique Touch is a lovely antiqued gold. It’s very pigmented. I’d say it’s similar to Woodwinked from Mac.

Handtied is a vivid red satin. It reminds of Daydreaming by Mac in the Halley Williams collection.  It’s lovely in the crease for blue or green eyes and could also be used as a blush.

Vintage Rose is an extremely sheer rose gold. The pigmentation on this one is a tad disappointing as it looks much brighter in the palette. Lovely none the less.

My Girl is a rusty orange red satin with Amos a great colour pay off and pigmentation. It reminds me of Coppering by Mac

 

I’d give this palette at least 4 stars, but because the price point is so low and the quality is so high, I’m giving it 5 stars. $13 for a 6 colour palette with a mirror is something to admire. So I’ve got to give it to Etude House. They always win with quality and awesome packaging. 😍

Like I said, there are many reviews to come this week. Have a lovely week!

xox

Amanda