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Etude House Hydrogel Eyepatch

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Hello Everyone

I don’t know if all of you remember, but I’ve been sponsored by ‘n site called Amabie to review some amazing Taiwanese products and one of the products that I had received in the box was a beautifully ornate eye mask by a brand called Aeriaskin. I was so impressed with the mask that I was desperately trying to find something similar locally. I saw this at Etude House and off course I adore cats so I was immediately drawn to this. Much to my surprise I ended up looking like Batman rather than Catwoman. No, I am not complaining.

First off here is what it look likes when removed from the foil:

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I don’t know if you can tell but it’s quite a thick collagen (gel like) cat shaped mask in a mould or container. It comes with a film on either side for protection, so it’s definitely quite fancy.

This is what it looked like after I had removed it:

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And this is what it looked like on me face.

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I really felt more like a Batman than a Catlady, and ended up getting a lot of love on my instagram for posting this image, in which I felt so childish but in a good way.

The overall result of this mask is less puffy eyes; definitely less dark circles. The are the mask touched look plumbed up and the pores were smaller. I am super happy with the results of the mask, but I feel like the cosplay factor made it so much more worth it.

They retail for w3500 which isn’t the cheapest for a mask in Korea, but I’d still say it’s worth every cent and that you should definitely try it if you can get your hands on it.

That’s it from me.

nananana nananana Batman.

Lush Empties Tag

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Hello Everyone

Yes, I’m doing another empties tag. You’ll have to forgive me for inundating you with them, but the spring cleaning has got me in over my head with empty containers that now need to get out of my apartment, because they’re driving me crazy. Luckily South Korea is very efficient on recycling so these will all (except the hair mask container which goes back to LUSH) will go straight to recycling.

My husband and I fell in love with LUSH about 2 years ago when we realised that it is animal cruelty free and their products claim to contain natural ingredients. I was cherry blonde at the time and wanted to systematically go lighter, but I gave up on that idea when I started studying again, and my tuition cost me more than my salary. With that being said, a lot of the products I’ll be reviewing for you today is focused on blonde hair maintenance so don’t be alarmed that I’m now a blue-black brunette and reviewing products for blonde hair.

  1. First up is Daddy-O.

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Here are the site images, since my empty container doesn’t really do it justice.

I’ve decided to use the site’s images for their products since the empty containers don’t really show you what the product looks like.

Purple shampoo is for colour correction. If you’re naturally brunette and want to go blonde, you’ll almost always end up with a bit of orange or copper tones in your hair. Purple shampoo counteracts with the orange to neutralise the colour and make you look more naturally blonde. It’s scientific. The opposite colours of the colour wheel neutralise each other, the same way when I apply orange cream colour on my purple dark circles, they just about disappear. When I went blonde my hair definitely had a coppery tone to it that I didn’t like, and my husband has been going gray for a while now and sometimes gray hairs can go coppery as well, especially if you’ve coloured it. My hairdresser recommended this to us. It worked well for how long it lasted. It washes your hair really squeaky clean and it smells amazing, kind of like Fanta Grape but not in a tacky way. It is very purple. The water will wash out straight up purple which makes it magical in a way, since purple is my favourite colour. We repurchased twice and then we both just realised hey, $30 for a smallish bottle of shampoo is just not a price we want to keep paying, but that’s just Korea for you. All the foreign brands are way overpriced, so I’ll definitely get it again for my husband when we are in the States or home where it’s almost half the price per bottle.

Here’s a list of the ingredients:

Fresh Organic Lemon and Seaweed infusion; Sodium Lauryl Sulfate; Sodium Laureth Sulfate; Fresh Sea Water; Perfume; Cocamide MEA; Propylene Glycol; Glycol Cetearate; Fresh Organic Lime Juice; Extra Virgin Coconut Oil; Violet Leaf Absolute; Rose Absolute; Bermont Oil; Cananga Oil; *Limonene; Linalool; *Citronellol; Coumarin; Isoeugenol; Alpha Isomethyl Ionone; Benzyl Alcohol; Hexyl Cinnamal; Colour 42090; Colour 17200; Methylparaben; Propylparaben.

Would I repurchase? Probably not. I think it’s rather aggravating when a brand claims to be ‘natural’  and rigs their prices up because of that very claim, when it continues to use inorganic chemicals in their products. Would I recommend this to someone who doesn’t mind the chemicals and wants to maintain blonde hair without looking like a duracell battery? Yes, absolutely!

2. Next is Happy Happy Joy Joy.

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I was recommend this conditioner because I struggle with dry tips. I must say I really liked this one. It smells citrusy which is one of my favourite smells in hair products. It’s quite a thick cream white product and it feels natural. I must say it’s not as super moisturizing as I would’ve like it to be, but I believe it’s also because I used it with Daddy-O which really does do a great job of getting rid of excess oils in the hair and removing natural and unnatural buildup. I used this along with my Marilyn hair mask, which ended up being a great combination over all.

Would I repurchase? Yes, I think I will buy this again when I’m home where they charge much less than here in Korea. It’s definitely not a product that needs to be used on blonde hair only. It’s more of a general moisturizing conditioner, so I’d be happy to use it again even though my hair is now permanently blue black.

Here are the ingredients:

Rose Water (Rosa centifolia), Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Almond Milk (Prunus dulcis),Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cold Pressed Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Fragrance, Cetrimonium Bromide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium amara), Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora),Rose Oil (Rosa damascena), Glycerine, Tincture of Benzoin (Styrax benzoin), Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellol,*Limonene, *Linalool, *Citronellol. *Occurs naturally in essential oils

3. I then tried a different range and got told that the Fairly Traded Honey shampoo is a good one for brown hair.

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This was probably one of my favourite products by LUSH. I’m dead against any company that does unfair trading or supports child slavery so the ‘fairly traded’ part of the name really caught me. I also like honey and have long known of it’s health benefits. Ladies and Gentlemen, this comes with a price though. I spent $50 on a medium sized bottle of this stuff and I swiped my card expecting to pay the usually $28 of the Daddy-O shampoo. So when I got home and used the product and only much later realised that it ended up costing me, I had to reevaluate everything I loved about it. I loved the smell that is very much honey like and with an added earthy smell of the geranium oil and other oils they add to it. It’s quite sticky, but I think a fault that many people make is to use too much product, since it takes only about a teaspoon amount to froth up your whole head if you have short hair, and even with long hair you really should only be washing the roots, and it really does makes ones hair squeaky clean and free of build up.

I want to repurchase this so badly because it’s really nice, but the price point is just too high for me.

Here are the ingredients:

Fairly Traded Honey, Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sunflower Lecithin (Lecithin), Lauryl Betaine, Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens), Beeswax Absolute (Apis Mellifera), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), *Citral, Geraniol, Lilial, Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, *Farnesol, Hydroxycitronellal, Fragrance. *Occurs naturally in essential oils

4. Up next is another conditioner called American Cream. 

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This is a lovely conditioner and probably my favourite by Lush. It’s very creamy and has a sweet, almost old lady perfume sort of smell, but not in a bad way.  Strong hints of vanilla is what overpowers the smell for me, even though it has a ton of other ingredients as well. I found that it was quite moisturizing as well. It was also a more affordable purchase at close to $30 a bottle. I used this with both Daddy-O and Fairly Traded Honey, and it worked well with both, since both are really good cleansing shampoos and one would need good moisture after using them, especially if you have slightly dry tips.

I’m planning on repurchasing this in the future and using it once a week as a spoil, to my usual $5 conditioner. I don’t know if I’d justify using it every time though.

Here are the ingredients:

Honey Water (Aqua), Vanilla Pod Infusion (Vanilla planifolia), Propylene Glycol, Fresh Organic Oranges (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis), Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fresh Strawberries (Fragaria vesca),Fragrance, Lanolin, Cetrimonium Bromide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia),Clary Sage Oil (Salvia sclarea), Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis pierre), *Linalool, Coumarin, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.*Occurs naturally in essential oils

5. Last but not least Marilyn. 

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I wanted to get this for my short cherry blonde hair as my best friend has blonde hair and swears by this hair treatment. The product comes in a small black tub and costs closr to $30. It’s meant to be applied to dry hair, which to me makes one use a lot more product that one would with wet hair. You leave it in for 30minutes and then wash it out. I only got 4-5 uses out of this pot and my hair was pixie cut to a short chinese bob length. It smells absolutely amazing, with camomile being the strongest scent I could pick out of it. My hair felt amazingly soft and nourished after every use.

I would repurchase this if I were blonde, but right not my hair is blue black and I doubt whether I’d ever go blonde again before I’m grey. I enjoyed this product and was happy with it over all. I would recommend it anyone who can afford a good treatment on blonde hair.

Here are the ingredients:

Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum), Chamomile Infusion (Anthemis Nobilis and Chamomilla Recutita),Saffron Infusion (Crocus sativis), Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice (Citrus limonum), Cetearyl Alcohol, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum),Chamomile Oil (Anthemis nobilis), Soya Lecithin, *Citral,*Limonene, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.*Occurs naturally in essential oils

As you can probably tell all the ingredient lists are full of really great natural, organic elements but it also contains a ton of sulfates, parabens and alcohols which to me is a bit contradictory to their so called ‘we use fresh natural ingredients’ claim. I get that they didn’t say we ONLY use fresh natural ingredients, but I feel like a lot of their fans are duped into thinking their products are holistic and natural, which most definitely aren’t. It was only when I did some more research for my blog that I realised their shampoos are NOT sulfate free. That’s going to play a massive role in whether I ever purchase from them again or not, since I do feel a bit like I was played for the fool.

That’s it from me, folks. I’m sorry that it’s such a mouthful. Have you ever tried LUSH? How were your experiences?

xox

Amanda

Etude House Kissful Tint Choux Review

Hi Ladies and Jellyspoons

You can probably tell that I am trying my best to get an open mind about lip tints by trying all the ones I can get my hands on. I must say with working an 32 hour work week at a kindergarten, liptints are just fantastic because they hardly need any reapplications, if any at all.

Today I will be reviewing the Etude House Kissful Tint Choux. Here is their image for the product line.

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Firstly I wanted to find out what the ‘choux’ means in French, but it actually means cabage so it’s not related. ‘Chu’ however is the word they use for the sound of a kiss in Korean comics, so I’m thinking that would be a better bet. They usually start off with a limited selection of tint colours in a line and then slowly expand over the years, which to me is a brilliant concept. They scope out which colours appeal the most to their customers and the expand on those.

The colour that I got is #2 Pink Choux (호핑크 슈). This is what it looks like:

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Here is the swatch on my arm:

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This is what it looks like on my lips when first applied:

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It’s definitely quite glossy at first, but dries to be a lovely pink lip stain. 

What are you thoughts on lip tints? Do you prefer them to lipsticks? Let me know in the comment section.

xoxo

Amanda

 

SARIE Poinsettiarooi Lipstiffie 2016

 

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Haai Dames en Here

Dis my heel eerste keer om in Afrikaans te blog, selfs al is ek ‘n Afrikaner. Omdat my blog vandag gefokus is op ‘n Afrikaanse lipstiffie wat uitgegee was met ‘n Afrikaanse tydskrif, het ek besluit: Bogger dit. Vandag gesels ek met julle in die hemelse taal.

Ek is woon tans in Suid-Korea so hierdie blog is miskien bietjie mostert na die mael, maar ek het gevoel dat dit steeds geen skade sou doen om my opinie te rig oor die lipstiffie nie.

Van tyd tot tyd gee SARIE tydskrif een van 4 lipstiffies weg met elke uitgawe van die spesifieke maand. Laas jaar was dit met die Karen Zoid uitgawe, en vanjaar was dit saam met die October uitgawe. My man was huis toe vir ‘n begrafnis en ek het vir hom gevra om asseblief tog vir my die SARIE met die rooi lipstiffie te kry. Ek het ook die Karen Zoid uitgawe, maar dis nog by die huis, by ‘n vriendin so ek sal dit later moet toets en vir julle verslag lewer.

Daar was een van vyf om van te kies:


Ek was nie seker watse kleure daar beskikbaar sou wees nie, maar ek weet met my porsalein gebaat sal rooi nooit ‘n slegte keuse wees nie, en dis juis waarom ek vir manlief gesê het: solank dit rooi is, sal ek gelukkig wees.

So lyk die houertjies:


Soos jy kan sien is dit baie stylvol, met ‘n metaalrooi war amper “matte” voorkom, met SARIE ons inspirasie in silwer gedruk, en ‘n silwer bandjie om die middel.

So lyk Poinsettiarooi se toetstrepie op my gewrig:


En so lyk dit op my lippe:

Soos jy kan sien is die nie ‘n diep, donker osbloed rooi nie, maar eerder ‘n helder rooi met ‘n pienk ondertoon. Dis ‘n kleur wat by alle velkleure sou pas, en dis eintlik perfek vir somer. ‘n Mens kan nooit ‘n fout maak met rooi lippe nie.

My siening:

Ek glo vir ‘n ‘freebe’ is dit ‘n baie goeie produk. Dit ruik soos sherbet, maar nie oorweldigend nie en dit wend baie glad en egalig aan.

Sou ek dit aankom indien ek kon? Ja, absoluut!

Ek gee dit vyf sterretjies.

Daar het julle dit. Laat my asseblief weet wat julle dink in die ‘comment section’ hier onder.

Groete

Amanda

Château Labiotte Wine Lipstick Review

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Hi Ladies and Jellyspoons

I have a very exciting review for you today. About three months ago a new brand called Chateau Labiotte has hit the Korean cosmetic market by storm, because they’ve come out with an extremely unique and attractive concept of wine themed makeup products, including lipsticks, tints, blushes, eye palettes, mascaras, masks and you name it. You can look at the brand over here.

I have google searched the brand and found that the lip tints are by far more popular than the lipsticks, but I am one of the weird girls who prefer lipstick to lip tint, so I will be reviewing on that I was able to pick up. Off course, you know me, I want them all and will probably eventually get them all, but for now I had to restrain myself and limit my expenditures to one lipstick and one lip tint. I will be reviewing the lip tint next so you can hold your breath 🙂

Here are some of the other colours available. I have noticed that they are expanding on the colour range, so sooner or later they will be available in every colour you can associate with wine, I guess. They have five dry wine options, and five sweet wine options. I might be wrong, but it seems to me like the dry wine options are matte, and the sweet  wine options are creamier on the lips.

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I have recently coloured my hair black so I opted for vampy red / burgundy which some of you may know has always been my favourite lipstick colour. This one is called RD01 Malbec Burgundy (말벡버건디). 

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I was trying to get creative with my pictures, but I only have a champagne glass, which just didn’t work. As you can probably tell in the very first picture, the top of the product conceals a tiny little sponge tip with which you can smudge the lipstick if you want to the popular Korean ombré lip look. Above the label, you can pull open the little bottle to reveal the lipstick product itself. This is what it looks like:

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As you can see it’s got decent colour pay off and it has a lovely matte finish.

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As with any matte lip, it will show up little chaps or dry patches. It’s winter here and I am not 100% healthy, which always shows on my mouth first. I would suggest a good scrub before applying this. (I’m preaching to myself here)

The verdict:

I don’t have anything negative to say. The product feels like a high quality lipstick on the lips. It literally smells like wine. As far as i can remember they go for w12 000 per lipstick, which in my mind is worth it. They currently have around 10 different colours in two different finishes and they are expanding on that as well. I am looking forward to getting more of them and do a comprehensive blog, so keep you eyes on my blog in the next few months.

Let me know if you’d be into a lip product like this at all, and which colour spectrum you’d be into, so I could give you my take on it.

Lots of love and happy new year.

xox

Amanda

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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

NA-EORILTTAE Persona Cushion Liptint Review

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Hello Ladies and Jellybeans

I am busy with a 5 part blog series on products that I have been asked to review for Amore Pacific and their new brand called Na-Eorilttae.

Na-Eorilttae means “when I was young” in Hangul (Korean), and it’s a new innovative brand with its focus on clean, makeup and antibacterial applicators. Their cushion foundation puffs, lip tint sponges, brushes and spoolies are all designed to remain clean and free of any germs or bacteria; and their mascara and lipgloss containers are designed to not allow air to penetrate through the opening, while the product is being used; preventing the spread of germs and airborne bacteria, as well as preventing premature drying.

I have posted a review on their Edgeholic Door Mascara. You can find it here:
Today I will be reviewing one of two lip products: Persona Cushion Liptint is in a series of five different matte lipsticks. They are called lip tints, but they apply like matte lipstick from a tube. The products is dual ended. On the one end you get a retractable lipstick, and on the other a sponge tip that is meant to work as a spoolie with which you remove smudges or feathering, which can often happen when wearing matte lip products.  I was asked to choose one of five different colours, and this burnt orange colour appealed to me the most, since I love deep reds and oranges and it matches fall perfectly.

This is what the packaging looks like:

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And this is the sponge, which is one of their bacteria free applicators:

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Here is what the product looks like in the packaging:

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This is what the it looks like swatched on my hand:

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And here it is on my lips. (I’m an NW15-20 in MAC foundations for reference):

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These are definitely matte, but not like typical super drying matte lipsticks. It definitely has a creamier application.

I am very pleased with these products over all, and I will definitely be getting some of the other lipsticks for future reviews.

Here is where you can find them:

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They are currently on sale for w11 200 per lipstick, and the original price is w16 000. For me that is a reasonable price,  considering the quality of these products. Average Korean brands have a price range or w12 000 – w15000, so to me they are affordable and worth every scent.

There you have it, beauties. I will be reviewing three more Na-Eorilttae products in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled.

Love

Amanda