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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

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Peripera Pearly Night Space Globe Ink Velvet Tint Review

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Hello Everyone

I’m back with some Peripera products to review for you all. I know how much you all love this brand and I was as ballistic as the rest of the Korean Beauty universe when I saw this picture on my instagram, advertising the release of this absolutely stunning Christmas edition products. The compacts have moving glitter packaging, the lipgloss has hearts and stars in them. There is a BLACK lipgloss!!!( Who is with me on this?! I am a BIG fan of non conventional lip colours like black and blue. ) And the lip tints have snow globes on the tops of the packaging. I don’t think I need to elaborate on how much I am obsessing over this collection. 

So this is the picture of the products I got:

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Here you can see the glory of the snow globe:


I got both of the glosses, two out of four of the tints, one of the two highlighters (because the pink one was sold out) and the lavender cushion foundation, of which there is a pink one exactly like it.

I work in the afternoons so reviewing of these in one go would not only destroy my lips, but it would take me at least a day, so I decided to break it down into categories. Today I will be talking about the Snow Globe Liptints. 

They are the same as the permanent line of Peri’s Ink Velvet, except off course for the white tops, instead of black, and the snow globes on tops. Some of you may know that I have quite a weakness for the this entire brand and I own eight other tints aside from these two. Here is a picture below showing you some of the ones I have. 

IMG_5527.jpg The Airy Velvet is their latest range and it’s a very soft matte velvet. Then there is the Peri’s Ink Moist in the shiny containers which is a line of glossy tints. The orange one is from the original, ever so popular Peri’s Ink line. And the fourth one is from the Peri’s Ink Velvet line, the same as the snow globe ones, but they, although not special in colour, came in limited edition Power Puff Girl packaging. (I just realised I haven’t even reviews the Airy Velvet and the Original line for you yet. I’ll do that ASAP too.)

Click on the burgundy words for links to my reviews of these:

 

And here is a picture of the two snow globe ones I got from the Pearly Night collection:

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I got #1 Sellout Red and #6 Celeb Deep Rose. 

Here are the swatches:

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If you look closely you can see how the product pulls into the crack and does bleed and stain. Duh… it’s a liptint. It’s meant to stain. I just want to point it out to people who perhaps are not a fan of the long lasting staying power of a tint, and these are famous for being extra hardy.

Here is what they look like on my lips:

#1 Sellout Red

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It’s a bright slightly orange toned ferrari red. Perfect for Christmas of for the girl who likes to rock red lipstick, like me.

And here is #6 Celeb Deep Rose

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I can’t really explain this in any other way than saying it’s like pumpkin spice. It actually reminds of of Lime Crime’s Pumpkin but not as orange. It’s also quite similar to an OCC liptar I have called Merlange and it’s described as Terracotta Red.

These are like liquid matte lipsticks more than being the conventional tint, but they stain like a tint. They last about 4 hours on me. 

I would definitely repurchase. I actually just realised that the Power Puff Girl one is also #6 so now I have a backup. Let it be a lesson. Make a list of the permanent range you already have and don’t fall for the packaging, if you don’t want a backup. 😉 I think the fact that I’ve accidentally bought  multiples of these is proof of how much I appreciate them.

Have you tried any of these? How did you like them?

Xoxo

Amanda 

 

Oka (Wrinkle Care) Mask Review 

Hello everyone

Some of you may know that I have been gifted some masks to test when I visited the KBeauty expo at Kintex last month. One of the brands that gifted me some products is called Oka. That is what’s really great about attending expos such as these. You get to become acquainted with brands you’ve never heard of or otherwise might never have heard of before, and it really broadens one’s horizons.

This is what I got from Oka:

The first thing I tried is the Wrinkle Care Mask. Firstly, how freaking adorable is the packaging on these masks? I want to cut the faces out and use them for scrapbooking, they are so pretty.


I don’t know if you can notice from the picture, but the packet is quite chunky. I was expecting it to either be a lipmask or some mega thick mask, but it turns out the mask is quite thin but there is serum for days in that packet! I was literally able to lather my whole upper body, stomach and thighs with the excess serum after applying the mask AND serum onto my face.

Here is what I looked like during the application:


As you can tell, it’s a thin sheet, which is the way I like it.

Here is the back of the packet:


The instructions said to put the mask on for 15-20 minutes: I’m never much of a timer when it comes to things like this. I just go with the feeling of it and to me when the mask starts to feel like it’s drying on my skin, I take it off and tap in the excess serum.

Here is a list of the ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Propanediol, 1,2- Hexanediol, Diglycerin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Centella Asiatica Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Octyldodeceth- 16, Carbomer, Arginine, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine.  

I’m going mmmmm that makes sense: Avocado, Royal Jelly and Collagen… those are all really excellent ingredients so it makes sense why it’s so good! My skin did feel amazing afterwards. It definitely felt like a high quality mask to me.

Would I purchase this? Yes, I want to buy them in bulk and get my hands on the ones I haven’t had the opportunity to try yet.

I will be posting a review of the other mask that I got from this line soon!

Until next time

xox

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

 

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

 

Beyond Alice Glow Lip and Cheek Review

Hello Everyone

Today I will be sharing another review with you from Beyond Cosmetics and it’s another Alice In Wonderland colaboration. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand: Beyond is a Korean cosmetics brand that is completely against animal testing and so they are animal cruelty free, which sadly seems to be very few and far between in Korea with regards to cosmetic brands. They have a Alice collaboration every year or so, and I feel like it’s a metaphor for being friendly with the rabbit, or venturing down the rabbit hole with their out of the ordinary pledge to being cruelty free.

I review 4 of their ‘through the looking glass’ lipsticks for you which you can read here, if you haven’t seen it yet. Today I will be reviewing one of their Alice in Wonderland lip and cheek products.

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As you can probably tell, the packaging sells the product. I actually prefer this packaging to the theme they have on the Through the Looking Glass’ collection.

Here it is in the packing:

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This is what it looks like swatched:

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And this is what it looks like on the lips:


I must say I probably won’t use it on my lips, at least not this particular one. The colour isn’t flattering on my fair skin, but it will much better on more tanned skin tones. I will definitely try some of the other, more bolder colours.

It’s a beautiful mauve colour and I love the concept of it being versatile. I’m a bit weird in that I don’t really like the concept of cream blushes because I feel like they’d get dirty quickly, yet I don’t have any qualm with putting lipstick straight on my cheeks as a blush substitute when in a crunch, and let’s face it, it’s one and the same thing. 🙂 This product has opened my mind to the possibilities and I was excited to see the results.

The verdict: I like this product as a blush that can be applied after foundation, but not so much as a lipstick. It looked sheer on my lips and the colour just doesn’t suit my skintone.

Would I repurchase? Yes, I’m going to try some of the other colours. I have the cushion foundation as well, which I will be reviewing for you soon.

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How do feel about multipurpose products or even just cream blushes. Would you give t a shot? Have you tried any great ones lately? Let me know in the comment section below.
Xoxo
Amanda

 

 

Tony Moly Kiss Lover Style

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I have finally gotten my horizons broadened when it comes to Korean lipsticks. For the longest time I was only ever purchasing anything makeup related from Etude House, but I thought this year I want to expand a bit and so I’ve decided to try a few products from Tony Moly. To me this brand is one of the most underrated Korean beauty brands, especially since it’s one that is available at international stores like Sephora.

One of the biggest benefits of living and earning in Korea is the easy access to great quality beaut products, and the ability to join membership clubs and that way get to know first when there is a sale. I was blessed to get my hands one two of these lovely lipsticks on a sale.

Kiss Lover Style is a line that attracted me because I was looking red lipsticks in a matte finish. The packaging of these are slim and sleek. They come in narrow black metal bullets with an angled lipstick product inside:

 

Here are the ones that I got:

RD 01

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This one is a dupe for some of the most love red lipsticks by MAC. I will do a review on it sometime in the future.

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This one is a bit more orange or terracotta than I would’ve liked it to be, but I can still pull it off fairly well.

These wear really well, and I am super happy with them especially since they are dupable to high end brands but come with the price tag of a drugstore lipstick. That isn’t a rare find in Korea, but either way I am very happy with them. There are so many more in this collection that I still want to get my hands on, and off course when I do, you’d be the first to know about it.

Have you found a great red matte lipstick recently? If so, please let me know in the comment section. I have a slight obsession.

xoxo

Amanda