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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 🙈

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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After:

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

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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 Universe is a stunningly beautiful space themed special edition Christmas collection, featuring 5 lipsticks,  2 eyeshadow palettes, and 2 hand creams,  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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안드로메다 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.

문라이트 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.

머큐리 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.

비너스 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.

레드웜홀 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.

타임워프 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.

핑크플래닛 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

oxygen-ceuticalsHello Everyone

Some of  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 😉 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.  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 at 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.

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

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

 

Oxygen Ceuticals Facial Treatment (My experience)

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Hello Everyone

Some of you may know that there was a Korean beauty expo this month at Kintex. I was never able to go to any in the past, but this time with choir and work I was able to go on Sunday morning, but just for a couple of hours. I just wanted to network with companies so I can test their products. I ended up walking away with massive bags filled with samples and masks, some feminine hygiene products and more. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to buy anything because they on accepted cash, and I only had my debit card with me.

My very first experience there is with a company called Oxygen Ceuticals. A girl at the booth approached me with some samples and started small talk. I briefly mentioned to her that I am a blogger and that I can review some of their products for them if she were interested. She then said: Oh, yes, we are looking for someone to work with. They then asked me whether I’d be willing to have them perform a skin care treatment for me, and off course, I was game.

They made me lie down on a bed and then proceeded to cover my hair with a towel and remove my makeup. I was a bit concerned about that because I was representing my blog and didn’t want to look like I survived a zombie apocalypse, but they assured me that they’d put some BB cream on afterwards, so it wasn’t a problem. After the makeup removal they messaged a serum into my skin. I don’t know if was perhaps to get rid of the excess makeup.

 

​The first step of the actual treatment was an application of a foam like cream. They massaged this into my face, after placing cotton swabs over my eyes.

In between sessions they would wipe my face clean with pink egg shaped sponges. They then used a tool that looks like a massive injection. They used it to blow oxygen all over my face. There was a young lady who kindly explained to me what they were doing and telling me to remain calm, but that the oxygen would be really cold. Honestly, it felt amazing. The lady started off by doing only one half of my face and then the other to show me the firm and lifting effects of the oxygen.

After that they placed these little light blocking sunglasses over my eyes and told me not to be alarmed. They then proceeded to place a massive mask over my face and continued to explain that this was infrared light and that I shouldn’t open my eyes. It looks scarier in the photos that it felt to me, but I suppose it can be scary if you suffer from claustrophobia, which luckily I don’t.

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They then painted a coat of cream onto my skin. I mean literally painted it on with a brush, which I thought was pretty cool actually.  They then cover my eyes with cotton pads, and placed gauze over my face. You can already tell that my skin looks really healthy and in a good condition. It wasn’t in a super bad state to begin with but I could definitely tell my skin felt tighter and looked cleaner with less visible pores.

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They used the infra red light on my skin because I don’t have a problem skin at all. Here are some of the options you have though:

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And here is the final step where they started packing a rather heavy yogurt like substance onto the gauze. I was so sleepy at this point, I didn’t want them to wake me up. haha.

Here are the last images during and after the gauze and white paste was removed.

Here are some of the pictures I took from the brochure:

Here is their more technical explanation of how their equipment and products work and why they are successful.

This is an example of a patient with severe burning and an explanation as to why their products and treatments work.

 

And this is the machine they use.


My thoughts:

I’ve always had the idea that oxygen is good for you internally and externally. These products worked on me, as I am sure they will on you. Don’t worry if your skin is not in a great condition. They will do an evaluation of your skin and they will be able to establish exactly which treatments and products are best for your individual needs.

I highly recommend this to anyone who has acne, scarring, severe burning, or someone like me who just wants to take proper care of their skin.

I have also been gifted a stash of cream and sunscreen samples to try for you. So keep your eyes peeled for that.

Till next time, from a chilly Seoul.

Amanda

Mediheal Dress Code Blue Mask Review

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Hello Guys

I’ve been intrigued by these masks for the longest time, as they have been all over instagram, but I just for the life of me couldn’t get my hands on them. I actually went out looking for them, but it was all in vain. To cut a long story short I found them very unexpectedly at Incheon International Airport, in one of their little curio shops. They only had the blue and the purple so I grabbed two of each.  As far as I know there are also red and black ones and maybe some others in this line, which I’ll try to get my hands on as well. Some of you may know that I dearly love to try dramatic sheet masks. They are fun and make you look awesome, instead of making you look like the Groke. I’ve tried masks that are like these but just plain black and only focusing on the eye areas. I’ve also tried an Etude House one that made me look like Batman. These are like intricate masquerade ball masks and they really are more girly, but I love it.

This is what they look like in the packaging.

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I will write a review on the purple one once I’ve tried it.

Here is a picture of the back of the mask, with a list of the ingredients, and the instructions.

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This is the first sheet mask from Mediheal that I’ve tried, that is a full face mask. I’ve tried their three step nose patches and I have a few of their charcoal eye masks in my stash that I still need to try and review for you. I must say for W2000 a piece, these are far superior to the average w1000 mask, and I was not holding my breath because companies usually charge more for colour printed masks than they do for the clear ones. Animal masks for example can go for up to 3 times the price, just because it’s an animal mask. These are definitely value for money though and I am very happy I eventually found them.

This is what it looked like applied to my face:

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They say one should never smile while wearing a face mask, since it could cause wrinkles, but I must say my heart is smiling.

This is what the mask looked like after I removed it:

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I really appreciate the art and the effort behind these masks, and they can cheer you up no matter what mood you’re in. This mask did a great job of moisturizing my face without feeling too oily. I believe the blue one says BERRY, I’d imagine blueberry. The texture of the liquid is not too milky but not too gel like either. Just right,a nd there was a lot of product left in the foil packet which I used to rub into my neck, decolletage and breasts. They would make great christmas stocking stuffers and I like that you don’t have to break the bank to get your hands on a few of them.

That’s it from me.

lots of love

Amanda