Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Junniku's "1000" Giveaway Paloozah!

I don't know why I call myself "Junniku" for giveaway titles. Hmm.


So...
Happy holidays! Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! Happy holidays!


I haven't really had too many giveaways on this blog so far. I'm calling this my "first" giveaway because it is, in a way. This is the first giveaway that's provided by me (i.e. not sponsored).


To celebrate the holidays/1000+ followers/your awesomeness, here's a Korean cosmetics giveaway! I've actually been planning this for the longest time. Ever. My friends have been like "...you're never gonna do this giveaway... -__-"
But taaadaaah~

I just really wanted to thank you guys for being so nice to me, and putting up with my nonsense. My blogging schedule has been crap, I rarely post these days because of school (ahem, I'll be posting regularly in a month or two). But you still stick around! Y'all the best.


Giveaway details 
- Giveaway ends: Dec. 19th. 2013.
- International giveaway (shipping shouldered by me)
- 2 winners will be chosen by Rafflecopter 
- 2 different prize packs

- You choose what prize pack you'd like (If you win, I'll contact you and you'll pick then)
- If both winners want the same prize, first winner drawn will take it (2nd winner drawn will receive the other pack)

- Must follow all the mandatory rules. No exceptions. 
- Must be 18+ to enter, or have parental permission to join.
- False entries will automatically merit disqualification.
- All items are 100% new. Not swatched, not expired, etc. 
- Sealed/unopened



So there's 2 prize packs. 



Prize Pack 1 ("The Etude")
Includes:
- Etude House Moistfull Collagen skincare kit 
- Etude House "dear my blooming lips talk" OR204
- Etude House "dear darling tint"
- Etude House "Precious Mineral" BB cream (Shade: Sand Beige)
- 2 Etude House "ice cream" nail polishes OR204, PP501.
- The Face Shop "pink cushion" blusher
- Tonymoly bunny bar #3 "Juicy apple"
- Palladio pink eyeshadow 
- Missha pink hand cream
- 10 different face masks (From Tonymoly, The Face Shop, etc. I've included my favourite "C&F" masks as well, so you can try and see the magic!~)
- Lots 'o samples (Tonymoly, Skinfood, Etude House, Missha, and more.)


I realize the pictures are hideous and dark. ;o; Sobsob.









Prize Pack 2 ("The Horse") 
Includes: 
- Mizon "Rice Real" cleansing foam 
- Tonymoly bunny "moist" mist 
- Tonymoly "blackhead out oil gel" egg
- Tonymoly backstage gel eyeliner "01 black"
- Tonymoly bunny bar #4 "Juicy Cherry"
- 3 The Face Shop nail polishes 
- 2 The Face Shop nail masks (lemon and paraffin)
- 3 Essie nail polishes (from the highly-raved-about summer 2013 collection)
- eBay lashes (I tried a box out, and they're actually really fun to play with!)
- Missha green hand cream 
- 10 different face masks (From Tonymoly, The Face Shop, etc. I've included my favourite "C&F" masks as well, so you can try and see the magic!~)
- A ridiculous amount of samples (Tonymoly, Skinfood, Etude House, Missha, and more.)



*Picture of 10 masks not pictured. It's basically the same as the above set's.^



That honestly took forever to write out... anyways!




Giveaway Rules 
Mandatory: Follow me on GFC (publicly) and Bloglovin'. (Both platforms, please.)

- All other entries are "bonus".
- No giveaway blogs/accounts may enter.
- Failing to follow on GFC+BL = disqualified.
- This is not a "join and dip" giveaway. If you're planning on unfollowing/whatever nonsense, just save your time and don't enter in the first place. 
- Winners have 48 hours to respond to my email. If no response is given, new people will be chosen.



- Fill in the Rafflecopter entry below. 



a Rafflecopter giveaway



Giveaway banner 
(host it on your blog for more entries!)




Note: Just to clear something up - you don't have to comment which prize you want. The Rafflecopter doesn't offer a choice to "pick" which prize pack, either.
- The 2 winners will be contacted, and that's when they tell me which pack they want.

For the comments, you can just answer whatever christmas gift you want from family/friends/yourself/etc this year. I'm curious!~~~

Sunday, November 10, 2013

[Review] Etude House Precious Mineral BB cream (Bright fit)

Hello!

Wow... I've been gone for a long while, haven't I? I'm really sorry about that! This year's first term of uni is going to be an absolute pain so I'm pretty much frantically studying/cramming if I'm not in lecture. Basically.
I'll be posting a lot more after mid-December, though! ;o; Sobsob.


Today's review will be on the much-hyped about Etude House BB cream precious mineral (bright fit). This post is sponsored by a small store called "Psychedelico Milly". Have you heard of them before? They're a small "big cartel" store that sells accessories, apparel, bags and cosmetics. More on them later!


So without further ado, here's the review on Etude House BB cream~ (Honey Beige, W24)




Description

"Precious mineral BB cream promotes silky complexion with pearl infused sheer coverage. Contain-sadenosine and arbutus for anti-wrinkle and whitening efficiencies. SPF for UV protection"




Features/claims:
- UV protection (SPF 30)
- Whitening, anti-wrinkle
- Anti-darkening (isn't that the same thing as UV protection...?)

- Prevents skin from becoming oily/dull by controlling sebum balance
- "Natural antioxidant powder" prevents oxidization, to get you vivid+clean skin tone
- Pearl ingredient extract = whitening, moisturizing, prevents melanin accumulation to give you bright/clear skin.
- Seaweed extract = moisturizes skin




There are 4 different shades in the "bright fit" range. I'll be reviewing the "Honey Beige/W24" shade.



Packaging: Standard, it's good and hygienic, and the pump packaging allows for better control in how much you want to use, without wasting too much product. (I really don't like BB creams that come in jars... looking at you, Holika Holika.)


Scent: Floral scent, the scent fades away after a couple minutes.

Price: $15.50 at Psychedelico Milly
(Not a huge difference from eBay stores, I'd consider it a fair price if you're not a fan of eBay. I've seen these BB creams extremely overpriced in other stores, so be careful when buying!)




Swatches
I actually ended up choosing a shade that was pretty dark on me. One of my friends uses this BB cream, and she's the same shade in MUFE HD as me, so I just got the same shade she uses for this. Uhm... it was darker. Though it may be harder to tell in the "face" picture below, it's definitely not similar to mufe hd n120. I'd fit the "natural beige" shade much better, so I guess I'll use this when I get darker.




I compared this BB cream to the same BB/foundations I used in the last Iope review.



1. MUFE HD N120
2. Etude house CC cream, silky
3. Etude house precious mineral Bb cream (w24) bright fit
4. Etude house nymph aura volumer balm #2
5. Missha perfect M BB cream #23 







Application

The BB cream part - the BB cream was creamy, and it spreads smoothly and nicely over the face. I had no complaints about the actual application. For BB creams, I like using my hands (compared to a sponge, brush, etc.) because the warmth of my hands really makes the product go on smoother and just generally gives off a better finish than when I use a brush or something.




Look! I used a bit of the BB cream on Mrs. Orange (Mrs. Tangerine? Idk). Mrs. Orange has pretty big pores, which she's very insecure about. But this BB cream seems to have covered them quite well to some extent, and Mrs. Orange is a veddy veddy content old gal.



Clearly... I'm bored.

Though it was on the "creamy" side, it felt pretty lightweight on my face. No problems there! It kind of reminded me of the Lancome Teint Idole foundation, minus the "foundation feel". The BB cream gives off a pretty dewy look, it's got a shiny, healthy glow to it.

Coverage is decent, better than other BB creams I've tried, but still won't cover up dark pigmentation spots, scars, etc. too well.





My experience
A lot of people have raved about this BB cream, many stating that this is their "HG". Humhum. I don't think this is "HG" material for myself, though. 

To me, it's just a standard BB cream that offers a bit of coverage, while giving a bit of SPF. It's nothing "sent from the Gods" or anything like that. Decent and standard.

I see myself using this BB cream on those lazy days, when you don't feel like reaching for your usual foundation or something. The days when you don't want to look too done up, but are going for just a "my skin but (a bit) better" look.



Repurchase?
It's decent and standard, and would be great for people looking for a natural, healthy skin tone (without too much coverage).

But for me? No, I don't think I will. 
NOTE: There's nothing wrong with the BB cream.

But if this is $15, I'd rather just keep the $15, save a couple more dollars and get myself an "IOPE air cushion refill". It offers the same amount of coverage, it's really easy to use, and it gives you a helluva lot more SPF.



Pros
- Offers decent amount of coverage
- Natural, dewy look
- Affordable
- Easy to buy
- Ease of use (pump packaging, and it's travel friendly)
- 4 different shades


Cons
- Pales in comparison to BB creams that do the same, but can offer more (more SPF, more skin benefits, etc.)



Rating: 3/5
Wasn't an amazing product, but it did what it had to do. Though I didn't buy into the hype of this Etude House BB cream, I should remind you that it's just my opinion. Lots of people have had good experiences with this - I'm just not a fan of Etude House BB creams overall, as I always find them lacking in some way or another.



Psychedelico Milly
This BB cream was from Psychedelico Milly, a "big cartel" store. Though it's a pretty small store (compared to the huge online asian stores you're familiar with), I had fun browsing around.

They sell accessories, apparel, bags, cosmetics and more - products are shipped from Vancouver (Canada) or Seoul and the cosmetics are 100% authentic. No fishy business here.

If you're not a fan of using eBay, and want to support a smaller, "cozier" store, PM's definitely not a bad place to shop from!






What about you?
Have you used this BB cream before? What'd you think about it?


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