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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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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

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

Tony Moly Pikachu Eye Shadow Palette

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Hi Ladies and Jellyspoons

So some of you might have heard by now that Tony Moly came out with a rather extensive range of Pokémon themed cosmetics ever since Pokémon Go became all the rage. I promised myself that I wouldn’t get sucked into it, but then they had a sale and I have a soft spot of the saleslady at the Tony Moly at Seokgye station and I cracked and got me a palette. I remember how important Pikachu was in my bog collection as a kid in the nineties and how my friend who lived across from me wanted her and I got her one on the same day as I got my own, from a chips packet, so the thought of Pikachu brought many happy memories from my childhood and I thought, why not get some things to remind me of that?

Aside from the palette I also got a mask and some hand lotion samples, which I will review for you on another day.

Here is what the palette looks like:

The above picture was taken with some cosmos flowers here in South Korea:

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I really like yellow, so I honestly did not even open the palette before buying it. It was the packaging that caught me.

This is what it looks like when opened:

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Yay, some neutrals. One can never have too many of that. I also love the little plastic film with Pokémon themed pictures printed on it. How cute is it? I love that most Korean eye shadow palettes come with mirrors, while the palettes are still slim and sleek and never heavy or bulky. The brush will quite honestly be tossed, since I use either Mac or Real Techniques eye shadow brushes on a day to day basis.

This is what the colours look like close up from left to right:

 

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I have been using them a bit before taking pictures and so it was quite hard for me to have my camera focus on the surface.

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And here are the swatches:

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To me the gold shimmer was bit underwhelming, but I suppose that’s because I’m used to Mac and Urban Decay neutrals, and they are hard to top. For what it is and how much I paid for it, I’d say it’s definitely worth it. There is also a Jigglypuff version that I want to get and I am in luck because they currently have a sale. I will review it as soon as I get my hands on it.

I am overall happy with the palette. It’s tiny and compact and have colours that will suit most all skintones and eye colours. It’s work appropriate, and even though the colour pay off isn’t A plus standard, it’s buildable. And if all else fails (which it hasn’t) you’ve always got the adorable packaging to be grateful for.

That’s it from me.

xox

Amanda

 

Etude House My Little Nut Lipstick Review

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Hi Ladies and Jellyspoons

It’s been a long while since I was able to post on here, but I promise that this coming year will be more fruitful. This past year I have been blogging for a site called DupeUp. You can have a look at them over here. I will not be blogging for them this coming year, but I will from time to time share my blogs with you, that have been published there. I want to also take a moment to thank everyone for your support over the years and welcome those who have recently started following me. I only have love and appreciation for all of you.

Today I will be sharing my thoughts on some Etude House products. Those of you who have been following me for a while know that I have a very loving relationship with the brand. I find it very hard to restrain myself whenever they bring out a new collection, especially involving lipsticks.

This year they came out with a Nutcracker themed Christmas collection called My Little Nut. 🙂 I love the name. Not only am I obsessed with all things Russian including Tolstoy, ballet and the guy who plays piano for our choir (kidding), but I also really like Christmassy things. They have 7 lipsticks, 2 eye shadow pallets, mascaras in different colours, lip tints, hand creams, and cushion foundations. (I already have so many Etude House cushion foundations that it would be a crime if I got any more, but it is tempting.) I plan to eventually get my hands on the rest of the lipsticks and the eyeshadow palettes, but I will only be reviewing two lipsticks today.

Here’s the collection of lipsticks. I will be reviewing two of them today. Depending on what I get in my Christmas stocking (touch wood) I might be able to review more of the collection in the near future.

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First of all, look at the packaging of these!

 

Those little soldiers are just too adorable! I believe there are only two variants of the boxes, as that is the case for the casing of lipstick itself. Here they are:image2-1

The first one I had my eye on is Nutcracker Pink PK01. What caught my attention is that it’s not just the average dark pink, but it has the most beautiful fine pink shimmer in it. I hope you will be able to see what I am referring to:

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I should really get a back up of this one. It glides on so smoothly, as do all their Dear My Enamel Lips products, which I believe these are just special editions of. The packaging looks the same in shape, but the regulars are in a matte pink plastic casing, where these are shiny pink with the extra Nutcracker themed gold details.

The next one is called Red Chilly Peppers RD 305

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It reminds of Chilly by MAC, in colour only, as this one is more of cream sheen finish. I was never one for brownish reds, but since I’ve coloured my hair black, it seems to look better on my than when my hair was brown or blonde.

Here is swatched on my lip:

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AS you can see, the creamier consistency definitely makes it much more opaque then it comes across in the tube. Even though it is labelled red, it’s really more of a terra cotta brown.

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There remind me a lot of the Dear My Wish Lips Talk collection, especially Red Chilly Peppers. They apply really smoothly, but I would recommend a good lip scrub for those living in dry areas or struggling with chapped lips. The opaque finish and the creaminess makes it easy for any dry patches on the lips to be emphasized.

 

The verdict:

Pros:

They are affordable

Great quality

Applies smoothly yet evenly

Not drying at all

Cons:

Opaque and creamy can make chapped lips look bad

Limited edition so if you love it, you can’t go back and get another one

You would want them all and it might hurt you savings a bit.

Would I repurchase? Yes, in fact I feel the need to buy some extras in case I run out.

 

There you have it beauties and beaus.

Tell me which part of the collection interests you the most and why, in the comments bellow.

Merry Christmas and lots of love

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

Peripera Peri’s Tint Crayon Review 

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Hi Guys

I’ve been dreaming of getting my hands on some Peripera products for about 3 years now, but I always seem to spend my money at EtudeHouse instead (as most of you already know.). I didn’t know whether they were worth the price tag, but I was sold on the packaging, because it’s anime and it’s adorable. Need I say more?

So I finally made my way to Watson’s and picked out a dark vampy red tint named #1 내숭제로  (Naesung zero)

Here it is:

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The packaging on its own is a cuteness overload:

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img_8068 The product is a retractable pencil similar in size to Clinique’s Chubby Sticks. Again I’m drooling over the cuteness of the packaging.

And it comes with a slanted edge which I adore because it’s perfect for creating a lip liner, but sadly this will wear off after only a few uses.

And here is the lip swatch:

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It turns out to be a matte pin up red colour, similar to Russian Red by Mac at first, but once it dries it’s just a good old lip tint. I was afraid that this product would stain my lips for a while, as I did notice a product called tint remover in this brand, but I’m happy to say it DID NOT stain my lips. In fact it wore a good 4 hours after which it started to fade. When I brushed my teeth before bed, the last residue came right off without me even trying.
They retail for ₩9000 which is equivalent to $8 I believe, and I’d say they are worth the bucks for sure.
There you have it folks.

I hope you’ve had a lovely hump day!

Amanda