Showing posts with label Korean cosmetics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Korean cosmetics. Show all posts

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!~~~

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

[Review] Innisfree Juicy Gloss Pencils

Heyoo.

School's catching up to me - fast. But apparently, my agenda (yeah, I still keep one of those) tells me that my year won't be too bad, though. Much better than last year. Last year was just "......omg", but this year is a simple "..omg"!
Y'know what I'm sayin'?

Okay, enough of that bamboozle. Today's review will be on the Innisfree Juicy Gloss Pencils. After reading some positive reviews on these, I was so pumped to try them! Lip crayons/pencils have been quite the rage then, and it's still pretty popular in Korea right now. These pencils are from KollectionK, a well known online Korean cosmetics shop.


I haven't had a positively raving review in a long time now.
Will these be The One?




The Innisfree juicy gloss pencils come in 5 different colours - there's probably one for everyone's taste! Onto the review, hooha!




Description

"It's a lip pencil containing moisture that softly melts on the lips. The cute case looks like a crayon. It's easy to carry and good quality. This moisture lip gloss is naturally dyed and melted gently on the lips."
- Easy dialling type with vivid limited edition designs (twistable)
- Highly moisturizing, emollient
- No sticky texture!
- Vitamin E and Camellia flower oil included for moisturized, healthy lips




Colours available 
#1 = Lemon
#2 = Green grape
#3 = Strawberry
#4 = Grapefruit
#5 = Cherry

The glosses come in 5 different colours, as stated above. "Lemon" and "Green grape" are the only 2 colour changing glosses of the bunch, and are quite sheer in colour.

The other 3 colours (Strawberry, grapefruit, cherry) do not change in colour and are extremely pigmented. There are many ways to use these pencils - you can use a little bit, and create a gradient on your lips... or you can use it all over (the lips, not your face).





Price + where to buy

As these glosses are quite popular, you can buy these glosses at multiple places. Prices range, but KollectionK sells these for $10.39 USD (fair price). I wouldn't recommend paying $12+ for these.




Swatches

I've taken some pictures for you guys, so you can see what the glosses look like in colour! Which colour do you like best?


Window


#1 = Lemon
#2 = Green grape
#3 = Strawberry
#4 = Grapefruit
#5 = Cherry


Sunlight
Flash
On paper


Onto the lip swatches!


I applied the colour all over my lips - (obviously) these lip swatches aren't done in gradients or whatnot~ 3, 4, 5 are so pigmented it's crazy.

You can use these pencils in a variety of ways, the colour on my lips aren't necessarily what you'll get if you use them yourself. You can easily control how much you want to apply.

For the 2 "colour changers", Lemon and Green grape - as you can see, they're quite similar.
However, Lemon is slightly more on the "orangey" side. Green grape is on the "pinkish" side.



Texture, application, scent

These pencils are ridiculously smooth. They looked quite "plastic" and "hard" at first. I thought they'd tug at my lips and just be a nightmare to apply.

They're SO smooth, though! Smooth to the point that I was very, very surprised. They're super moisturizing as well (certainly living up to their claims!). In the swatches, I didn't apply lip balm at all. I usually apply a layer or two before lip swatches, but this is the first time I haven't.
BRAVO. Saves me time!

As for scent - each gloss has a distinctive scent. Compared to the Tonymoly bunny bars (which all smelt pretty similar), these glosses are very different. I LOVE IT.
Favourite scents = Lemon and green grape
Least favourite = Strawberry (smells too strong, too artificial and... "medicine" like)



Wear time

1 word - forever. 
Okay, maybe not forever. But certainly longer than any other gloss (or lipstick) I've tried!

#1 and #2 (Lemon and green grape, the colour changers) don't last as long as the others. But 3, 4 and 5 last for a long time - maybe 6-7 hours. Grapefruit and cherry last the longest. Those two colours leave such a pretty stain at the end!



Extra thoughts 

How amazing are these glosses? I have to say - it's been such a long time since I've raved about a product before, but finally! This is a rave-worthy product!

They're super glossy, super moisturizing and come in a variety of colours. There's something for everyone here.
If you like sheer glosses, try Lemon or Green grape.
If you like super pigmented glosses, try strawberry, grapefruit or cherry.
If you like tints and "natural gradient" lips, this is it.
If you like bold lips, this is it. 
I love these.

On top of that, they're super affordable! I always love Korean cosmetics because most of them are so affordable and easy to find what I'm looking for. $10 in Canadian drugstore cosmetics =/= $10 in Korean cosmetics (well, not easily for me. I find it so hard to find a Can. drugstore product I LOVE).

The application was smooth and hassle free. Truthfully, I sometimes have difficulty applying lipsticks, especially if they're this pigmented. Y'know my Etude House Blooming lipsticks that I reviewed? Those were way harder to apply, because it was so pigmented and the colour just kept settling into the lines and... argh. I needed to exfoliate a lot.

But these? No.
The colour doesn't really settle into lines - not as bad as the Etude House Bloomings. I didn't even apply lipbalm or exfoliate before using these!
It was "bam bam gotta go bam" and I'm done.
Easy. No hassle.

(Wow, that was deja vu...)



Likes
- So pigmented
- Quick and easy application
- Creamy, smooth texture
- Affordable
- Lovely scents
- Something for everyone
- Moisturizes lips (+doesn't flake, etc.)
- Long wear time
- Adorable packaging
- Twistable - and it doesn't break/get stuck/damaged. YES. 


Dislikes
- Strawberry scent is a little too strong for me



Repurchase? Yes. 
I'll buy lemon, green grape, grapefruit and cherry.
All the colours except strawberry - I just don't think the colour matches me too well, even if I apply a little bit (and scent is too strong).

I absolutely recommend this for anyone. If you've got $10 around, just take the mini-plunge and buy a pencil! You'll never know if this is your next HG - it was for me, hoho.



Rating 
Note: I don't give half marks. 

Colours: /5 (darn that "strawberry" colour!)
Price: /5
Quality: /5
Wearability and ease of use: /5

Overall rating: /5

When was the last time I gave 5/5 for so many traits?
(Never, right? Don't remember.) 


Thanks for reading this review! Hope you liked it! 






What about you?
Have you tried these? Do you like lip crayons? What's your favourite colour here?



Note: The products in this review were sponsored for review purposes. This review is 100% honest. My opinion cannot be bought. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

[Review] Missha M SUPER BLACK Brush Pen Liner

If you're reading this right now, I'm guessing you've tried (or heard of) the Dollywink liquid liners.

Today's review will be on a similar product! It's Missha's "M SUPER BLACK brush penliner". Have you ever used a pen liner like this?






Description 


Pictures taken from Missha.ca


Packaging - The product comes in beautiful, classy packaging. It's royal blue with gold letters and accents on it, really pretty! Other than the name of the product, the actual pen doesn't offer any information (expiration date, etc) - you'll have to get that from the box itself. The cap is surprising secure and tight, and opens and shuts with a spring to it.


Brush - As for the brush itself - it's quite thick (thicker than Dollywink's), but the fine tip at the end allows you to create a super thin liner look, if desired. It's flexible, but still offers ease when applying. I personally find regular liquid liners (not in pen/brush) super hard to apply because of the flimsy brush.


Colour - The colour itself is a dark, intense black.


*Important note - This product does not claim to be waterproof.


Size 
The liner has 0.6g of product. The pen is similar to Dollywink's size (12.8cm).


Price 
This product currently sells for $15.99 on Missha.ca


Swatches 

Thick and thin lines



Rub test!


I tried rubbing the top half of the liner off - but it barely moved. The skin around my hands got quite red after (thats how much force I used)! It's safe to say that this liner is solid, strong and won't rub off. Bravo!



Waterproof?

*Important - This product never claims to be waterproof. It instead claims that the "super black polymer provides long lasting benefits against water, sweat and sebum - unless rubbing it."

This is a product that contains "mild pigments for delicate eye area", and thus the eyeliner is easily removed by steeping and rubbing with water.


When I had running water over the swatch, it didn't move at all. It does live up to the claim that it's waterproof (unless rubbed). The times I wore it, it never rubbed off on me as well, and I have oily eyelids.


This is what happens when I swiped my wet hand (not too forcefully) 3-4 times. It's very easy to remove. It's safe to say that if you use a cotton pad or Q-tip to remove your liner, all the pigment will be easily removed.



My experience

I really believe that everyone should have at least 2 types of favourite liners - waterproof and non-waterproof. It's nice to have both for different days. You may need a solid, iron-like, waterproof liner for those days you know you'll get teary.

But for those days when you want to take off your makeup easily, with a wipe or some water; you'll need that other one.

However, I never really had a "HG" non-waterproof eyeliner before. This is because all the ones I tried were so... shoddy. Even if it wasn't waterproof, they'd completely fail the rub test.

SO YES. I have found my other HG liner! I'll wear this liner mostly in the fall/winter time, because I get insane allergies (hello, teary red eyes) in the spring/summer.

I really, really LOVE that this liner is so strong and stays on for the entire day with no flaking, etc. And at the end of the day, when I stumble home from a nightmare a late night lecture, I want my makeup off ASAP. No fiddling with oil-based removers, no extra nonsense like that. I want water + cotton pad = GONE. This liner offers me exactly that, and I love it dearly.

This is truly one of my favourite products from Missha! (And one of my most highly rated!)



Rating
Note: I don't give half marks. 

Color: /5
Price: /5
Quality: /5
Wearability and ease of use: /5

Overall rating: /5



Recommend? 

Yes, I would absolutely recommend this product - but this is for people who are looking for a non-waterproof, liquid eyeliner. I'd recommend anyone to have a non-waterproof, easily removable liner! The quality for price (for this product) is excellent; this is a quality liner. I paid a lot more for my past liners, so the $16 doesn't bother me much. Even dollywink eyeliners are more expensive than $16.
I'd strongly recommend this for anyone to try! Give it a try, and tell me how it goes! *u*

But if you're looking for a waterproof one; you're in the wrong place!

If you live in Toronto - an official "Missha" store just recently opened. They're currently still having promotions and lots of sales (I saw so many red tags when I went), so if I were you, drop on by! C:

If you live in elsewhere, Missha does have stores around the world - as well as online stores!




What about you?
Do you strictly use waterproof liners, or do you like "easily removable" ones? 

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.)








Manufactured date
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

The green shirt picture came out a bit weird, but... hm!



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?
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