Thursday, September 5, 2013

[Review] Tonymoly Appletox Honey Cream

Tonymoly always has super cute packaging. Amiright?



I've always wanted to try their Appletox line. The green apple (peeling cream) and the red apple (honey cream) looks absolutely adorable! Today, half of that dream has come true, heheh. I was able to try out the Tonymoly Appletox Honey Cream, thanks to Jolse! They're currently having a "discount event" right now, so I'd highly recommend you to check it out. (If you follow me on Twitter, that's the cause of my mini "cosmetics-induced panic attack", lol.)











This product has been on my eye since forever. The first time I saw it on eBay, I went slackjawed and said "I need this", only for the packaging itself! Because really - who can resist The Apple of Cute?
I think the stem is the cutest part. It's just so.... 3D. (Okay, I'm so weird.)


Click "read more" to see more pics + full review!


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

[Haul] Korean cosmetics haul + Back to School! [Tonymoly, Etude House, Skinfood, Holika Holika, etc.]

Heyo!

It's been some time since my last Korean cosmetics haul (it has, right? uhh) and I'm back with another! I stocked up on products (and clothes) before the upcoming school year. I don't start classes until the 9th, see. I'm too busy to (frequently) shop during the school year, so hopefully these will last me until the Winter break!

The majority of these products were purchased by myself at Pacific mall (a huge asian mall), eBay and Eaton Centre (a mall in Toronto). Only the Etude tint, colorpop and Laneige pack were sponsored - thanks, ibuybeauti!

The picture below are taken all at Pacific mall: Holika Holika, Missha and Tonymoly. All of the stores had "Back to School" (B2S) sales, and there were lots of products marked down! I personally don't think it was marked down enough for me to go insane, but meh - better than original retail price, still more expensive than eBay.





On the picture above, do you see the red dot on the upper left hand corner? That was a product from Holika Holika - the packaging was absolutely gorgeous and elegant! It looked so expensive, so I was curious and asked the SA how much it cost.

It was $200+. *o*
 Whhhhaaatt...

Anyways - to the haul! I'll start off by showing my Korean (and a bit of Japanese) cosmetics, and then finish off with my "Back to School" clothing haul. 








List of items in this haul

1. Tonymoly sheet masks (10 green tea, 2 aloe)
2. Tonymoly lip scrub 

3. The Face Shop sheet masks (3 green tea)
4. The Face Shop eyelash curler 
5. The Face Shop acne solution foam cleansing 
6. The Face Shop pure water facial mist
7. The Face Shop jelly jello lip tint (02 enamel red)

8. Etude House CC cream - silky 
10. Etude House Fresh Cherry tints (PK001 and RD301)
11. Etude House Nymph Aura Volumer Baby Glow Balm (02 natural beige)
12. Etude House gradation nail sets (#2, #9)

13. Missha Perfect M BB cream (#23)
14. Skinfood sheet masks ("Time Magazine" food mask set)
15. Shiseido "pureness" deep cleansing foam 
16. eBay false eyelashes (3 packs) 

17. Mizon honey black sugar scrub 
18. Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel 
19. Kiss me Heroine make "long and curl" mascara
21. Dermal sheet masks (4 "red ginseng")
22. Bioderma micellar water 


Masks




Somebody save me - I have a true addiction to sheet masks. I kid you not. This stack was supposed to be bigger, but somehow I managed to summon all the willpower I had to not buy an extra 20. These face masks are from a variety of stores: C+F, Dermal, Tonymoly, The Face Shop, Skinfood. 

To be honest, I'm not a really big fan of Tonymoly masks. I find them just "average", and nothing that really benefits my skin. It's just nice to use every once in a while, that's all (+my addiction). 

The C+F and Dermal masks are my HG. I absolutely love them - and they're often much cheaper than Tonymoly, The Face Shop, Etude House, etc.! 



Lip products 



I bought the The Face Shop "jelly jello" lip tint and the Tonymoly lip scrub at Pacific mall. The jelly jello (love that name) tint was only $4 or something! TFS was having a "Back to School" sale, and I was able to grab this for 40% off the original price. 

The Tonymoly lip scrub was pretty expensive, though - no sales on that particular product. I think I paid $13 (with tax)? It's pretty pricey for such a tiny little thing. 



Face products (cleansers, skincare)



Okay, I admit - I probably bought way too much. I haven't even used most of these yet. The Sieseido cleanser is a repurchase for me. I used to use it back in 6th-9th grade, before I switched over to Laneige. I just thought I'd buy it again to relive my love for it! (It's so pricey though aurgh my wallet)

I know Bioderma isn't Korean or Japanese, but while I was buying the Shiseido, I decided to pick this up as well. It was on sale! How could I resist?!

I probably have way too many mists now (I rarely use any), but I also picked up that The Face Shop pure water facial mist. Why, I do not know. 

Can't wait to try this stuff! What do you want to see reviews on first? :)



Face products (makeup)



So many people were crazy about my last Etude House CC cream giveaway, and really showed interest in it. I hadn't used a CC cream before then, so I was curious about all the hype. My cousin went to Korea and while she was there, I asked her to pick this up for me! This is the silky version. 

The Missha BB cream is another repurchase for me. It doesn't match me currently (thanks, summer sun) , but I do find that it's alright in the wintertime. I just bought it... really, really early. 

The Etude House Balm (the circle thing) is a random purchase for me. I do not know why I bought it. I didn't even check the colour before buying it (I bought "02 natural beige"). I'm scared. .-.



Eye products 





The Face Shop eyelash curler was a measly $2.75. I used it before, and it was decent. It's a pretty good deal, and there's nothing to complain about, yay! 

The eBay eyelashes were a first time buy for me - they were approximately $1 per box. PER BOX. You really can't go wrong with $1, can you?! 
And also - they sell these exact lashes at Pacific mall, but charge $10+. Do not buy them, and just buy them on ebay. (They buy it there themselves, it's the exact same thing)

The Kiss Me mascara is also a repurchase, my HG mascara! It was $20, but I think it's pretty worth it. I haven't had good experiences with drugstore mascara here (Maybelline, etc), so meh. 



Nail products 



These Etude House gradation sets (09 and 02) aren't bad! They're pretty amazing, and I really, really like them! I have several other sets, so I'm not that new to these. I've never tried these particular colours though, so I'm excited! 

Okay, so that finishes up my Korean (and Japanese and "Western") cosmetics haul! I think I went a little overboard, but... YAY OVERBOARD. 





Onto the clothes that I bought! 
I didn't take detailed pictures, it's just basically a sneak peek. I'll most likely start having OOTDs on my blog soon, and these will be in them! 

These clothes were purchased by myself at Eaton Centre. It's a bunch of stuff from Club Monaco, F21, Roots and Abercrombie and Fitch (they have pretty stuff sometimes, I cannot resist). 



Club Monaco 





They had a freak sale a few days ago, and I went freaky. 50% off already marked down items? Count me innnnnnn. Some of the clothes I bought weren't 50% off though, sobsob. T__T They were just too pretty to wait until a sale came around. 

The scarf is SO soft, it's like... so soft I can't even. And it's so full as well, so poofy but thin! Y'know what I'm talking about, right? 
And it was $10. Original price: $80 or something (can't remember). 



Abercrombie and Fitch 







I bought 2 shirts, and a couple of jeans (not all of the jeans were pictured... because... why?). The sparkles and stuff on the blue shirt was just omg. I cannot get away from the sparkle. 

True, they're very shoddily sewn onto the shirt - but... sparkles! Me likes The Shiney! 

And I bought more skinny jeans. It's for the upcoming autumn/winter season, when I wear my children my lovely, lovely boots and tuck them in. I love boots so much, I can't even explain. *u* 



Roots and Forever21








I'm not sure why the pictures of my green F21 shirt came out so... "sketchy". No idea, but in real life it doesn't look like that! I love it, it's one of my current favourite shirts (wearing it right now hehehe). 

The Roots sweatpants... these are my first pair. Everyone raved about them, but I never really "got" the craze until now. Why are they so comfy?! These are for my hobo days, and those "its too cold to go out to school but I need to in order to get an education but argh why" days. 

Those Forever21 socks! How can I say no?! (I can't seem to say "no" to a lot of stuff, hnng). They're adorable! A piggy! A kitty! Made in Korea! Me likey. 
They were $1.50, too. *u* Hohohh I'm gonna go buy more soon.


Well, that's it for my Korean cosmetics and Back-2-School haul! 





What about you?
What'd you buy in your last haul? What'd you get for B2S? What do you want me to write a review on? Am I asking too many questions?

Friday, August 30, 2013

[Circle lens review] Neo Glamour Gray

I'm addicted to the Neo glamours, I swear!

Small diameter, 3 tone lenses have always been my favourite - the big eyed "dolly" look does not go well with my face, I assure you. Small diameters are more comfortable for me, and don't give a freaky deaky look. Also, the blending of the 3 colours in Neo Glamours are so pretty and natural looking.

I know what the Neo Glamours are like in terms of size, comfort and wearability, but I've never tried a gray lens. Thanks, Eyecandys!




Eyecandys is one of the biggest and well known circle lens sites online. They've got an absolutely adorable store layout, it's the cutest (and most elegant) I've seen so far! It's easy to browse around and look for the circle lens design that you want. If you're new at circle lenses, have no fear - there's an information section for new lens wearers. I'd recommend giving it a peek.


On to the review!


Here's what I received - a pair of the Neo Glamour Gray lenses in a cute little "star" mesh sacky (uh, what do you call those things?). It also came with the cutest little lens case I've seen. Monkey case, whoop!



These 3D "Mio Friend" cases are really cute, and they come seperately and securely packaged. They also come with a little tweezer, which has been helpful for me. I don't really use tweezers to take out my lens from the actual case (admittedly, I use my clean fingers to do that - is that bad?) but they've been a lifesaver at taking out the lens from the vial. Those little suckers can stubbornly stick to the bottom of the vial!

Eyecandys is also randomly giving away these lens cases when you make a purchase! ARGH I WANT THE FROGGIE. T___T






Description of Neo Glamour Gray

These lenses give a "sweet and natural look". It's one of Neo Vision's bestsellers on Eyecandys, and there have been lots of people who are super happy with these.

Name: Glamour Gray
Brand: Neo
Origin: South Korea
Water content: 42%
Diameter: 14.2 mm
Base curve: 8.6
Life: 1 year (I do not recommend using any lenses for more than 3 months)

Colours avaliable (8): Gray, brown, hazel, honey, blue, aqua, violet, green
Price: Currently $29.60 [here]





Design

Y'all know that the Neo glamours are one of my favourites, the design is lovely and very, very natural looking. The lenses themselves aren't too big either, but do give a little wee bit of enlargement. The following design description is from my Glamour green review. 

This lens does have a pretty unique, interesting design. Instead of having a solid limbal ring like most circle lenses, they have jagged edges! These lines do look a lot more natural than a normal, solid limbal ring would. 

It begins with black/dark gray colour lines, and changes to an "icy" gray, then finishing off with a deep yellowy gold colour.






Pictures 



Up close, the lenses have almost a "blue" colour to them, instead of gray. But from further away, it definitely looks more gray than blue.

Really, how freaky do I look like with the "up stare" + no lashes? Tell me, hahaha. ("Indoor lightning" pictures of the worn lenses will be posted in the next few days, don't fret!)




My thoughts

Store service was quick and nice, and I had the pleasure of talking to one of their employees, Chloe. As for shipping, it was pretty fast! I think I received these lenses within 2 weeks, and they were decently packaged (They came in an envelope, not a box).

Hum, I do like these lenses! As always, the Neo Glamour lenses are super comfortable - I honestly do not feel these in my eyes, and they don't irritate me in the least. The 42% water content is nice and comfortable, heh. I think I can wear these lenses for a good 6-7 hours before feeling anything. Inserting them in, wearing them, and taking them out - each "stage" of using these lenses was easy, simple and comfortable. No hassle dassle~

When I wore my green Glamours, I mentioned that sometimes the lens didn't "stick" to my eye, and moved around a bit. It kind of looked like a "halo" effect, but not as nice - it looked like a misplaced lens. This weird effect only lasted for a bit before returning to normal, and it wasn't a big deal.

But with the gray Glamours, I don't have this mini-problem whatsoever. It doesn't move around, and gives me no trouble at all.

As for design and colour - I do like it! I'm not too big of a fan of gray lenses because I don't think the colour looks as good on me, but it was alright. The colour payoff was good, and the lens colour covered my natural brown eyes excellently. The colour doesn't look too obvious from a distance - in my opinion, it looks really natural and gives a good "oomph" to your eyes. There's a slight, pretty change to the eyes.



Rating
Note: I don't give half marks - and I like random red "A"s. 

Colour: /5
Enlargement: /5
Comfort: /5
Overall rating: /5



Recommend?

If you're looking for a pair of lenses that are natural (in both colour and size), I'd highly recommend these lenses. They'll be perfect for a natural look! These lenses have made me love the Glamours all over again. Maybe when these expire ("Expire" means 3 months for me), I'll buy another exact pair! (I say "maybe", because I'm not yet sure if the other colours will blow me away and make me want to buy those, hah.)

If you're looking for a large size, "look at me" lenses, I wouldn't recommend these. They're not big, and offer little enlargement; and the colour is too natural to be used for standout, obvious lenses.



More pictures 

Here's some more pictures of the lenses in action! (Lighting again was a bit everywhere, please excuse.)




Hope you enjoyed the review!






What about you?
Have you tried the Glamours before? What do you think of the grays? Do you like "natural" lenses?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

[Review] Missha Super Aqua - Ultra Waterfull Cream

Hello, hello! 

I hope you're finding the Korean cosmetic reviews quite useful! I thought I'd take a little different route today - as adorable and awesome Korean cosmetics are, I'm sure you know that Korean skincare is just as popular (and awesome).

Today's review will be on Missha's "Ultra Waterfull Cream" from their Super Aqua line! I've been really interested in this product because of its beautiful packaging, and the fact that it looks similar to Laneige's moisture cream! Lovely thanks goes to Missha Canada.





I'm pretty sure you've heard of Missha before - it's a super popular Korean makeup and skincare brand. I haven't ever seen a Missha store here in Toronto though; whenever I wanted to buy my Missha products (like some of their skincare and makeup),  always had to buy it through Debbie (a Korean store in Pacific mall, or online).

Glad to say that I don't have to do that anymore! Did you know that an official Missha store just opened in Pacific mall?! I was walking around the mall and wanted to get my usual C+F masks from Debbie, but found a Missha store instead! The store looks so sleek and fancy compared to the old Debbie, hah. o.o They're in the midst of their grand opening right now, so there's promotions going on at the moment as well.

On to the review!


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

[Review] Etude House Color Pop Drawing Show Creamy Pencil Set

Well, I think that's got to be my longest title yet.

The very first eyeliner I had ever tried was my cousin's. We were going to a fancy shmancy dinner and I wanted to try makeup for the first time. But when I tried lining my eyes, it was so difficult. It was a pencil one, but omg - it felt like I was trying to line my eye with a piece of rock. The colour just would not show on me, and I must've stabbed that thing onto my eye a hundred times, trying to get even the tiniest bit of colour.
So from that day on, I've had a huge appreciation and love (and awe) for super creamy eyeliners. Seriously.

Today I'll be reviewing a set of Etude House eyeliners - they're the "Color pop drawing show creamy pencils". Ever since I've tried the Holika Holika gel liner pencils, I've been obsessed with these pencil/gel eyeliners. I've never tried Etude House liners, so a kind thank you goes out to ibuybeauti!




As always, let's take a quick look at "ibuybeauti" store. They're an online store that sells many different Korean cosmetics. Their website is very easy to surf through, as there are subcategories made for easy browsing. The store carries well known brands, such as Etude House, Tonymoly, Innisfree, Lioele, Holika Holika and more!





The thing that most stands out to me is that they carry other brands as well. All korean cosmetics stores sell the brands mentioned above, but oftentimes I can't different brands. It's definitely harder to find CNP, Dr. Jart, Espoir, Hera and (my favourite) Laneige. High five to IBB for carrying them, though!

You may have heard of ibuybeauti's store - but did you know they also have a well known Youtube channel? If you watch "Get It Beauty" on YT with English subtitles, chances are that you've watched it on ibuybeauti! They subtitle and upload such episodes for everyone, Korean and non-Korean, to watch!


Click "Read more" for more pics + swatches!


Monday, August 26, 2013

[Review] Etude House Ice Cream Nail Polish

Tell me, how freakishly adorable are these nail polish colours? [Picture heavy post]

SHOPPER'S NOTE: 
If you register for an account at w2beauty and spend over $30, you can receive an immediate $5 off. Use the sponsorship code (at registration) 26284308




 I'm not one to wear nail polish often, and my friends know - I have a slight obsessive (and weird) tendency to peel off my nail polish after a couple of hours. But some of the Etude House ice cream nail polish colours are so darn adorable, I've kept them on for as long as I could! I'll be reviewing the set today, a hearty thanks to w2beauty.




W2beauty is an online store run by Alice - the store sells a huge variety of brands and products. Some brands include: Etude House, Tonymoly, Holika Holika, Iope, Laneige, Mizon, even Sulwhasoo! It's like a wonderland of Korean cosmetics - with free shipping~ *___*



Now on to the review! Huzzah!







Click "read more" to see more pics + swatches! 


Saturday, August 17, 2013

[Review] Mizon - All in one snail repair cream

Using snail extract has been a huge hit in the (Asian) beauty world lately. Every single company seems to have their own line of snail slime for skin! I hadn't ever used any snail products before, so I was super happy that I got this chance, thanks to Jolse / iamloveshop.

First, let's take a little look at the store itself. Jolse is a very well known store on eBay (iamlove-shop)  - if you buy Korean cosmetics regularly, you may have seen their store selling your favourite products! They carry more than 4,000 "health and beauty" products in their store. Sponsored or not, I have never been disappointed with their service. 

Let's get on to the review!







Packaging 

The packaged box is pretty sturdy - the opening of the box also has the Mizon authentication sticker on it. It's slightly holographic and right on the opening. If the sticker is tampered (or if there is no sticker), don't use the product and be alert!

This is a skincare product best used at the "first step of skincare". It contains 92% snail extract, which has been known to provide the skin with numerous benefits. There's a whole slew of things that this cream claims to fix!

1. Excellent skin recovery strengthening (snail mucin recovers damaged skin and strengthens it for the future.
2. Fine wrinkle care 
3. Trouble marks care (fixes the reddish/dark sensitive trouble marks)
4 Widened pores (this product has beta-glucan, peptide and greentea extract)
5. Moisture and nutrition supplying (protects your skin from loss of hydration and nutrition.)
6. Protect your skin with external stimulatus (soothes sensitive skin)
7. Elastic skin (fills your skin up, makes you look more awake, and vitalizes your skin.)









The jar itself is heavy - I'm guessing it's made out of glass. It gives it an elegant, "expensive" feel to it, haha. It's not too travel friendly (you can always transfer a bit of product into a more portable jar, though)!




When you twist open the lid, there's a thin, white film covering the product in. This is a way to keep out dust or  bacteria (to a certain extent), as well as avoiding spills. 







Review

The cream is a soft, white colour. Even though it's marketed as a "cream", it doesn't feel as heavy as a cream. It's more a moisturizer/emulsion, but it's got a bit more moisturizing capabilities. 



I was surprised to feel that this "cream" does dry up pretty quickly. I was expecting something similar to Laneige's Water bank moisture cream, but I guess (in this aspect), it's just not the same! 


Scent: Admittedly, the smell of snail juice does make me a little queasy! But this product doesn't have a gross, "ew" smell.

There is slight, peculiar scent to it, but the smell does go away very, very quickly. I also didn't get any allergic reactions from using this cream, so the fragrance (if there is any) doesn't irritate me.


Price: currently $18.84 on Jolse.

Some stores sell this same product for almost $50. As good as it is, I would not recommend buying this product for more than $25. Why pay $50 when you can get it for $18.84, right?

Directions: At your first skin care step, apply roper amount of it to over face and let it be absorbed into your skin.

Application: As you can hopefully see, it's got a bit of a gel-feeling to it. It's quite liquidy, and spreads very easily to your entire face. It does dry up (or absorb), very quickly, so I constantly have this urge to put more and more onto my face.








Admittedly, I did think it was a waste to pick out this snail emulsion (before I had used it). I don't know why, but I really wanted some miracles to work with this thing! For some reason, I just thought that it wouldn't work for me as well as it did for other people.

I applied this cream at night, and basically shrugged to myself, telling me to use my Laneige creams the next night.

But when I woke up in the morning, I was taken aback! The redness on my skin had disappeared quite quickly, and I couldn't really see any redness on its usual spots (cheeks, nose, forehead, etc). When I touched my face, it did feel plumper! It's not as "skin-plumping" or moisturizing as Laneige's water bank moisture cream, but it does moisturize better than Laneige's water sleeping pack_ex.

I do think that this product was well worth the $20. I've tried many different products from other companies, some drugstore, many high end. However, cheap Korean cosmetics have always offered quality that often rivals high end makeup brands in the US. It's definitely worth the $20!

The morning after:



There was a lot of redness before, but I do strongly think that the Mizon all in one snail repair cream has helped a lot with this problem! Bravo!




Pros
- Affordable ($20 for a tub)
- Moisturizing
- Snail extract (trendy and popular to use!)
- Easy to find
- Excellent quality packaging (not travel friendly, though)
- Easy to find (most online stores sell this cream)



Cons
- Slight smell (in the beginning of application only)
- Does not come with spatula (big pet peeve!)


Repurchase?  
Even though this cream works excellently (a little more moisturizing than my beloved Lanegie Water Sleeping Pack_EX), I do think I want to venture further into the skincare world and try new things.

Yay, random pictures! (and they hold a hint on what an upcoming review will be about - can you guess what I'll be reviewing soon?)







What about you?
Have you tried this cream before? What kinds of cream do you use? Have you tried snail products before? 
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