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Etude House Lucky Dog Dear My Glass Tinting Review

Hello Everybody.

Happy year of the dog. I am back with another Etude House Lucky Puppy review and today I will be talking about one of their special edition lipstick. I have recently reviewed one of their eye shadow quads with for of their special edition eyeshadows. You can see it here.

Every season Etude House comes out with a beautiful collection of special products and special casing. At the beginning of every new year a lot of makeup brands here use the Chinese zodiac as a theme. Last year etude house had an extensive range of special edition eyeshadows with chickens and chicks to represent the year of the rooster, and this year they are representing the year of the dog with a gorgeous puppy themed line featuring corgis, maltese poodles and dachshunds. I really wanted to get all of the lipstick cases but they were all sold out so I only managed to the corgi one.

Here they are:

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I really like all of them, but I like the corgi one the most so I am very happy that I snagged this one before it was sold out. I was also able to get this beautiful makeup pouch for free because I was stocking up on souvenirs for my family and spent over a certain amount.

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I’m going to explain to you how the cases work. Just like with Paul and Joe makeup, Etude House came out with a line of several permanent cases and several permanent lipstick, but you buy them separately so you can mix and match them to your own quirky style.

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Here some of their permanent line cases:

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I personally own two of them SO FAR. (I want them all) Here they are:

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Here are some of the colours you can choose from:ETUDE_GLASSTINTING_SWATCH4

I will be reviewing them separately since there are still so many that I would like to get. But just one tip: sometimes the special edition lines have special packaging but not special products. My watermelon case currently contains the same colour as my corgi case because I foolishly thought they’d bring out special edition colours which wasn’t ‘the case’. lol.

I got Choker Red #303 and this is what it looks like:

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Choker Red is a beautiful tomato red in a creamy yet shiny finish. All the Dear My Glass Tinting lipsticks have the same consistency, and then they also have a whole matte line called Dear My Matt Tinting which I am yet to try.

Have you tried any of these lines and their cases? Which ones do you like? I feel like I need to get them all before leaving Korea permanently, and that’s not a good thing because I should be saving.

Have a lovely weekend.

xoxo

Amanda

 

 

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Etude House Lucky Puppy Eye Shadow Review

Hello Everyone

Happy year of the Dog! Did you know that the chinese zodiac for this year is the dog? I was born in the year of the rabbit, but I love dogs so much! Etude House has recently come out with a beautiful line of puppy themed makeup called Lucky Puppy. I wasn’t able to get the whole collection, for as you can imagine, it flew off the shelves, but I was able to pick up one of their special edition lipstick cases, and an eye shadow quad with four individual eye shadows that can be depotted and put inside the quad.

Today I will be talking to you about the eye shadows, and showing you how to remove them from their individual packaging, and putting them inside the little palette.

Here are the individual shades:

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From left to right:ย RD 305, GR 709, PP 511,BR 420

 

 

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From bottom to top: RD 305, GR 709, PP 511,BR 420

This is the quad, and what they look like in the palette:

I’m going to also show you how to remove the individual pans for their packaging and place them into the palette.

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Just below the hinge of the packaging, at the back, there is a pinhole, concealed just below the edge of the sticker. If you rub your fingernail over the sticker you will see there is a small indentation there. Open the packaging, making sure to hold it close to a soft surface like a towel placed over your bed or your dresser. Then take a pin or needle and poke it through the pinhole and pry the pan out. There will be a dollop of glue holding the pan in the casing but the glue is soft and it doesn’t take much effort to pry it up. Then carefully remove the pan and press it into the palette, making sure you know where in the quad you want it before placing it inside. Unlike other palettes that use magnets, these rely on the glue for the pans to stay put.

This is what my full quad looks like:

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I really love all of these colours, although they are all very different and I won’t wear them all at the same time on a regular basis. The great thing about Etude House is that they have larger palettes and SEVERAL other colours to choose from so you can mix and match them and swop them around in your palettes depending on you look of the day.

Which of the Lucky Puppy items were you able to snag, and which ones would you have liked to get? I will be talking about my Lucky Puppy lipstick and makeup pouches in my next post.

Happy Humpday!

Amanda

 

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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

Peripera Inklasting Lavender Cushion Review

Hello Everyone.

I have promised to get down to this review for the longest time and it’s been a very long time since I’ve reviewed a cushion foundation for you, while I have a whole collection of them waiting to be reviewed. So as promised, here is my review of Peripera’s Inklasting Lavender Cushion that came out with their Pearly Night holiday collection.

There are two different cases for these. The one is pink with pink floating stars glitter, and the one I got is lavender purple with matching floating glitter.

This is what it looks like:

I convinced that the makeup is exactly the same as the ones they’ve always had, but the cases are special. So although this is called the Inklasting Lavender, I believe it’s just the case that gives it the Lavender name.

Peripera is a highly successful brand when it comes to tints. I believe that not only because I’m obsessed with their tints myself, but because I get a significant amount more views on my site when reviewing their products than I do for reviewing any other brand. Not kidding. I was flabbergasted! So I figured even though I haven’t read or heard anything about their cushion foundation being above average, I trusted that it would be just based on the success of the brand. And let’s face it: I got caught by the packaging.

This is what the container looks like when opened:

Yes, my cushion sponge is dirty. Because I couldn’t wait to take pictures before digging into it. I’m sorry ๐Ÿ™ˆ

The product looks quite brown in the container, which scared me a bit, because I’m very fair, and I feared that it might be too dark. Here are the swatches on my hands:

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After:

One can see the freckles on my hands are still there. The blueness is the veins are still showing. KT didn’t look super impressive until I tried it on.

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I had used this product without any concealer, pimple plaster, primer or anything whatsoever because I wanted you to see how much it really covers.

I felt like it did a great job at covering my blemishes, and my severe dark circles from chronic illness are significantly lighter after application. The product isn’t heavy or oily in any way, so if you’re looking for full coverage I’d recommend something heavier. My face feels breathable (if that even makes sense) and to me the coverage and over all performance of the foundation is satisfactory. The colour is also much fairer on the skin than in the container so my fears of it being too dark was unnecessary.

I really like this foundation, and not just because of the awesome packaging! I will definitely be buying refills.

That’s it’s from me. Till next time!

Xoxo

Amanda

Etude House Be My Universe Pinky Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette Review

Hello Ladies and Jellyspoons

Today I’m going to reviewing one of my favourite Christmas collaborations by Etude House called Be My Universe. Be My Universeย is a stunningly beautiful space themed special edition Christmas collection, featuring 5 lipsticks,ย  2 eyeshadow palettes, and 2 hand creams,ย ย I already reviewed the three of the five lipsticks that I bought from this collection here, and today I will be reviewing one of their eye shadow palettes called Pink Galaxy.

Pink Galaxy is one of two beautiful eye shadow palettes. I will probably get the other soon as well, but this one appealed to me the most as the colours seemed to be best suited for green or blue eyes, or blue-green eyes, like myself.

Firstly, this is the packaging:

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I’ve been carrying this palette in my bag for the last week or two (however long I’ve had it) and I’ve been carrying it in the box to keep it from being damaged. I absolutely love the iridescence and the little stars that is on everything.

This is what the palette looks like unboxed:

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Once you open it, you’ll see this amazing little clear plastic cover with stars on it. (I saw this on the website and thought it was photoshopped onto the eyeshadows.)

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Now for the best part. You can probably tell that he blusher has a Saturn imprinted in the powder, and yes, it’s awesome!

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They named the shadows in Korean and I thought it would be fun to translate them.

 

I’m going to start at the top:

Here are the swatches:

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์•ˆ๋“œ๋กœ๋ฉ”๋‹ค Andromeda:

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This is probably the most unique colour in the palette. It’s dark taupey black with red undertones and shimmer. I’ve used this as a brow filler in a push comes to shove situation when I realised at a choir performance that my brow pencil ran out. I thought it was going to be disastrous but I ended up getting a lot of compliments on it so I might continue using it for that. It’s also perfect for the smokey eyed look.

๋ฌธ๋ผ์ดํŠธ Moonlight:

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This colour is a disaster. As yo can see in the swatch, it does not even show up. It’s one of those colours that you can use to add shimmer to a look as an afterthought. I have used it as an inner corner colour and it wasn’t terrible, but it was quite powdery and required a lot of work to actually make it show up at all.

๋จธํ๋ฆฌ Mercury:

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Mercury reminds me of Vanilla by MAC, although I can make swatches because I’ve run out of mine, as it used to be my go to brow bone highlighter. With that being said, this is perfect for fair skinned folks to use as a brow bone highlighter.

๋น„๋„ˆ์Šค Venus:

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Venus is one of those colours that I know I should use more but just never reach for. It remind of those longs lists of must have colours for blue eyed girls. The ones where I pick out the shimmery ones and never get the matte ones. I can use this in the crease or as a bronzer or contour colour, but it cal also be used for people with olive skin tones as a brow bone highlight.

๋ ˆ๋“œ์›œํ™€ Red Wormhole:

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This is definitely in my top two if not my favourite colour in this palette. I must admit it’s not because it’s the most unique colour. It’s actually quite comparable to MAC Cranberry. But it’s so so beautiful and the colour payoff is fantastic.

Here is a picture comparing the two: (Cranberry at the top and Red Wormhole at the bottom)

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Cranberry is ever so slightly more pink, but it’s close enough in my opinion. Etude House hasn’t always had the best reputation at creating good eyeshadows but this to me is proof that they’ve really upped their game.

ํƒ€์ž„์›Œํ”„ Timewarp:

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Timewarp is also a unique colour and the colour payoff isn’t too rotten. At first glance it reminded me of Satin Taupe by MAC but it’s browner and less purple, but it does wear quite pink. Not pink pink but like rose gold.

ํ•‘ํฌํ”Œ๋ž˜๋‹› Pink Planet:

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Pink Planet is much more peachy in real life than it shows up in the picture. It’s a beautiful satin finished blush but could also be used as an eyeshadow. It’s the type of blush that works well on fairer people so it’s definitely not an all inclusive colour.

I definitely feel like this is worth the investment despite the underwhelment of Moonlight. The products are definitely better than what I expected. I’m going to try my best to get my hands on the other palettes, but I never care much for hand creams that come in collaborations like these.

Have a lovely weekend! Until next time

xox

Amanda

Oxygen Ceuticals Purifying Foaming Wash

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Some ofย  you are aware that I have been approached by Oxygen Ceuticals and asked whether I’d be willing to review some of their products on my blog. I agreed and ended up receiving a box with 11 full sized products. In my previous articles I shared my experience in receiving and extensive facial from them at the KBeauty Expo in South Korea. I also wrote an article about the products I received and the step by step instructions as to how to use them. In that article I promised you step by step reviews of these products, and here I am. I will be reviewing the step one in my skincare routine.

They have several different facial washes but the one they sent me is called the Purifying Foaming Wash and it is targeted for people who either just underwent procedures on their face or for people with sensitive skin. I love how this company not only provides facials, scar healing treatments, infrared treatments and many more, but they provide an extensive range of products to use after these procedures, or for people like me who have fairly problem free skin, but want to take care of it either way.

This is what the product looks like:

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And here is that back:

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It claims to gently remove impurities without making your skin feel tight and stretched like when you use a really drying cleanser. I can vouch for it gently cleansing my skin, and although it does an incredibly thorough job at cleansing, my skin doesn’t feel dry or too tight after using it. I suffer from blackheads on the nose and textured, clogged pores next to nose. I was worried that I need something with microgranules to help scrub away impurities, but with having a fairly sensitive skin I also didn’t want something that would leave me red and broken out, because that defeats the purpose.

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I was surprised that the product is actually so light and although it does froth up bubbles, it is not extremely foamy like cheap over the counter facial washes that contain Lauryl Sulphate and other horrible cancer causing chemicals. Oxygen Ceuticals as a whole uses safe chemicals and natural ingredients and elements to balance the pH of the skin and stimulate natural regrowth with the use of oxygen.

This is what the products looks like:

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Can you see the little bubbles. I’m assuming that’s what they meant with “Bubble-rich pH 0.5 cleanser” because it is not the foamiest product once it’s massaged onto the skin.

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This is what I looked like after just 3 days of using these products. Don’t let the dark circles scare you. I am anemic and suffer from Coeliac disease, and I assure you no cream will make my dark circles lighter ๐Ÿ˜‰ but a strong concealer can hide it.

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My skin is completely clear, aside from the little reoccurring blemish on my chin that was at this stage busy healing. My skin is cleared, my pores are much smaller and smoothed over, and even the omnipresent blackheads on my nose have disappeared.

I am overall extremely pleased with this facial wash and will have to repurchase the big bottle once this one runs out.ย  I will be reviewing the rest of the products in step by step sequence over the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for that. For more information on these products and where to get them, please visit the site atย Oxygen Ceuticals.

That’s it from me, till next time.

xoxo

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.

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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 itโ€™s wouldโ€™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. 

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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