Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My christmas 2013

So I'm kinda back! Exams are basically done, and I have a couple of days to just chill out. "Chilling out" basically means hibernating for a few days. 

Though I won't be home for Christmas, the tree is up and the house has a festive mood going on. Since this is the first Christmas blogging, I thought I'd show you a sneak peek into our Christmas decorating shenanigans - mainly, my tree. 


The Tree 

Every year, I'm basically the one who decorates the tree - and we usually put it up like, December 26th. Really, really late. 
And we keep it up till March... lol. #lazy





I'm the one who puts up the tree, and I'm also the one who picked all the ornaments out. Our house doesn't really have strong Christmas family traditions, you see. So none of our ornaments have a particular story, or were made by ourselves.

The more ornate ornaments were handmade... just not by us...
That makes it just as special, right?
...lets pretend it does.............

On a side note, we don't have a Christmas stocking tradition! I have never had a stocking in my entire life.... :(
Do you get stockings stuffed? 





Some of you guys might remember, but I wrote a "facts about me" post a few months back. In it, I mentioned that I was obsessed with anything handmade. That includes ornaments, lol.
So when I saw all these fancy ornies (lol...ornies) in a store, I jumped on them and hoarded them all.




There are a few ornaments that weren't purchased, but came in little chocolate baskets as decorations. I just stuck them on the tree. Recycling! 

On a side note, LOVE those Chocolate baskets that everyone gifts during Christmas. I can gobble everything in a basket by myself, hohohohohoho.
(On another side note, those baskets look so full, but basically it's just a single chocolate bar and a pack of hot chocolate mix... humph.)









The strand of pearl/crystal/glass/plastic balls (or whatever they are) are basically the only thing on the tree that is "ours". No Christmas tree of mine is finished without The Strands.

I have no idea where we got them, but we've had these strands for the longest time. I remember playing with them when I was a baby.
I also remember "leashing" my baby brother with them and dragging him around the kitchen.


Cabbage... flower... cabbageflower.

One of the "recycled" ornaments is this white cabbage-y looking flower thing. My mom went to this random flower arranging class a few years ago, and came home with a basket... of fake arranged flowers.

When that basket eventually fell apart, I kept the biggest parts and stick them on the tree every year. I'm such a good hoarder recycler. Pat on the back, pls.





Oh my goodness The Shiney. Look at all that glitter oh myyyy. Oh myyy. My eyes just feast on the glitter and I find an inner happiness in the depths of my cold hard Christmas-deprived soul.
Am I scary yet






More random pictures

That's enough of the tree, now let's look at the random little knick knacks! (i.e. I went camera-happy and just took a few more random, stumble-around-the-house-while-pressing-the-button photos).


These 4 little houses are Christmas houses! Can you tell?
My cousin bought us these last Christmas, and they're actually so cool. Each house has a tiny button, which plays music when you press it. The houses are sold separately, but if you have all 4, there's a special "set" effect.
I LIKE. *___* 

(And the random Santa on the side is from a wine bottle. Lol.)


This is a former Godiva chocolate basket, which we got as a gift a few years back. Everything inside was really, really yummy... there was just so little of it. I was sad.
But the sled packaging thing was really cute, so I was happy.
Csb?

(And the random bow on the sled is from... I'm not sure, but I picked it up somewhere and stuck it on there.)


I'm pretty sure my mom made this half-wreath thing, but I can't be too sure. It looks like she made it. I'll have to ask her about it.


My friends, this is my dog's worst enemy.
She's absolutely terrified of this mini Santa figure (I think it's because it towers over her, and she's scared of big stuff).
It's hilarious, though. Every time I bring it out from the basement, she goes running. 


I like the fancy-ness of Santa's outfit. He's carrying a fancy shmancy snowflake, while wearing a fur trimmed robe thingymajig. #fashionablesanta


Santa is carrying a bunch of fruits and a bunch of ice-frosted tree branches! #natureman




I bought this snowglobe when I was in 6th grade. I had a snowglobe phase. 
On a random side note, the falling "snowflakes" are HUGE. Why are they so huge? If snowflakes were that huge in real life, it would be quite scary. 

So that finishes today's review! I really liked rambling today, hehe - it's a nice breath of freshness from the usual product reviews. 





So! What about you?
- Have you decorated yet? 
- Do you decorate? 
- What are some of your Christmas traditions?
- Do you have stockings? (I am so jealous.......)
- Do you go "all out" with Christmas decorating? 
- What does your tree look like?
- Do you have special ornaments that you made yourself? 
- Do you buy 100% of your tree ornaments? 
- Why am I asking so many questions?
- Can you tell I'm excited?


If you wrote a Christmas/holiday-related post on your blog, please link it in the comments below! I'd love to read it! 
YAY, THE HOLIDAYS.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

[Review] Laneige Original Essence White Plus Renew

I'm curious - are you happy with your skin?
Can you say that you don't need any skin-related oomphs?

I'd have to say that I definitely need some extra oomphs to make my skin look nicer. I (usually) don't go to school with makeup on, so the least I can do is have nice, bright, clear skin. It's like... a public service thing, lol.
We don't want anyone screaming over my midterm/final state-of-self. 

Anyways, today I'll be talking about a Laneige product; this is the "Original Essence" in the White Plus Renew line. This product is from the popular online store, "ibuybeauti" - one of the few online stores I trust 100%, and personally purchase from.



Laneige's "Original Essence" is apparently their #1 top seller - on their website, they list it as the #1 most popular and purchased product. 
(#2 is the famous Water Sleeping Pack, #3 is the equally famous Laneige Cushion.)
I've seen lots of reviews for this product, and dang. It looks like a lot of people have had positive experiences with it.

This product has also won a number of awards as well, such as an award from Naver, and the Ceci k-beauty awards. 




Description 







"For the most beautifully radiant skin via 6 functions; lustre, moisture, brightness, evens skin tone, slows melanin rate and reduces dullness."

- For all skin types
- Day and night use 
- L-proved remedy
- Camellia Sinensis Leaf and Yeast extracts 

7 years of research has gone into this product. Approximately 1,200 women in Asian cities were asked what they think about beauty, and many of them responded that "bright and flawless skin" was the most important (and desirable) feature to have. 

A partnership with "L-proved remedy" and Laneige's own "Melacrusher" and boom - Laneige's Original Essence (White Plus Renew) was born in early 2013. 

The product claims to "up" your skin 2 tones up - in 2 weeks, with a whole package of benefits. Evening skin tone, reducing dullness, you name it... it claims it. 


The "Melacrusher" technology works on your skin to actively remove the melanin veil on your skin. (Melanin is natural to your body and is the "thing" that gives colour to your skin, iris and hair.) Laneige states that 4 "mild ingredients" are used in the product to give you a complexion 2 tones brighter. 




Size 
- 40ml of product in each bottle.




Price and "ibuybeauti"


You can buy this product at ibuybeauti for $44.99. This is definitely one of the cheapest and fairest prices I've seen for this product. I have seen this exact same product selling for $70 in other stores.

I think it's also worth noting that ibuybeauti includes a number of freebies! Samples and face masks, and sometimes they add in bigger freebies as well, depending on how big your order is.

I recently purchased my Dr. Jart toner/lotion set from ibuybeauti... and good lawd. I thought I received the wrong order because of the number of freebies in that box, seriously (you can see a picture of that haul in my Twitter images).

Customer service is extremely fast as well, and they are completely reliable in service, reliability and authenticity of the products. Many of the items are the lowest I've seen online (ex: Laneige Original Essence, and the Dr. Jart ctrl-A set).


Definitely, definitely, definitely one of my all time favourite stores.





My skin... before.

I really wanted to try this product because of all those claims. We're in going into Winter now, and my skin really shows it. I get dull, crackly skin. It looks gross and it feels "bleh". 

On top of this, I've been experimenting with a bunch of nail polishes lately. I'm not sure if it's just me, but nail polish makes my skin EXTREMELY dull, like I'm a walking corpse. I kid you not. (Seriously, is it just me? Do I have an allergy to nail polish I don't know about? Hmm.)


On top of that... I was majorly breaking out. I think it was stress and hormones, but it was a huge mess. This review is actually a bit late because I've had such a crazy issue with zits, and I had to take a break off using any products (other than the bare, bare, basics) for a while. 


...basically, I look lifeless. 
So any product that claims to fix this issue is immediately on my radar. 




"Whitening? Y u tryin 2 b WHITE?! UR NOT HAPPi WITH ASIANISM? KOREANISM? KOREA? PRIDE?"

If you're big on Asian cosmetics and skincare, you've probably heard of the immense craze over "whitening" products. Please note that I won't be (deeply) discussing any controversies in whitening/brightening products in this post. If you've got any opinions about the matter, feel free to leave a comment! 

I'm not using this product to look "like a white girl". I'm using this product for the reasons mentioned above - to brighten and give my skin a... sense of life. To look like I'm a living human being, and not a walking dead person. 
A "yellow" person could have dull or bright skin.
A "black" person could have dull or bright skin.
An "olive" person could have dull or bright skin.
A "white" person could have dull or bright skin.
I'd personally like bright skin over my dull. 




How to Use 

Credits: Laneige.co.kr

I started using the product in early November, and have been using it until now. Though the instructions say to use the product every morning and evening, admittedly I wasn't too diligent with it. There were some days where I just scuttled off without using it. Scuttle scuttle!~




The essence is easy to use, and it's pretty thin and lightweight. It's not creamy, nor does it sit on your face and feel like it's clogging up every pore. It absorbs pretty quickly and leaves my face feeling soft and moisturized.




Before and after 

To be honest, I'm a little "iffy" on showing you these pictures - I tried my best, but lighting was just so difficult to get right. (Taking the "before" and "after" pictures were difficult to get under the same lightning at the time.)

Right side of face (note the change of the dark spot)

All in all, this isn't just a "claim" product. Laneige's Original Essence offers many different benefits, and I can say that it actually works. Though it's not too clear in the before/after photo, it really did brighten up my skin. It reduced the redness on my face, and helped fade away dark spots.




My experience 

I honestly think that this product works. To recap, the 6 claims were:
- Lustre
- Moisture
- Brightness
- Evens out skin tone
- Slows melanin rate
- Reduces dullness

I've actually seen these claims actually work out. The redness around my nose and cheeks are most effected, and it's definitely improved. My skin has generally brighten up and any little dark spots I had on my face faded significantly. I definitely saw the product working.

I'd have to warn you, though - Laneige claims that you see progress in as little as 2 weeks. Some people have seen results in 2 weeks. I didn't. It took longer for me to see results (this may be because I skipped a day or two). I started seeing results in the 3-4 week mark.

This product has made enough of a difference to see not just by myself, but by other people as well. My family (who sees me everyday, and wouldn't notice anything unless it's huge), has seen a change.
Friends have also noticed a difference and said my skin's definitely improved and it's "less red and stuff".

It works - and if this is a kind of product that you need, I think it's worth giving a shot.




Pros 
- Visible change
- Moisturizes skin
- Brightens up skin tone
- Evens out skin tone, reduces redness
- Helps to fade out dark spots
- Doesn't feel greasy
- Absorbs quickly


Cons
- Pricey
- Need to be diligent and use this regularly to see results
(not really a "con", but just a warning for the lazier people, hehee~)




Rating 
Note: I don't give half marks. 
5/5 

It's one of the better skincare products I've tried so far, and one of my favourite products from Laneige. It works, and I've seen the changes!

...I'm so picky with ratings, and because my ratings are only out of 5, it's difficult to rate a product sometimes (I never give half marks). There's a big difference between a "4" and a "5" though, and I don't think this product deserves a whole point lower.
You feel me?




What about you?
Do you use "whitening" products? Would you be interested in trying this?

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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