Monday, 22 October 2012

Asian Beauty Haul: The Face Shop, Skin79, Missha, Etude House


During the Summer just gone, both my sister and my best friend flew to Korea and Hong Kong respectively. I took up their kind offers for custom purchases, and asked for a few things :P Some of the items shown below were purchased on my trip to Hong Kong last year - I just never got round to posting about them or opening them.. ><

Please excuse the lighting in these photos.. I had trouble finding a place with enough natural light.

From Left to Right: Lioele Water Drop BB - Lioele Aqua Make Up, Skin79 BB Triple Functions (Hot Pink), The Face Shop Hydro Splash BB Cream, Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in No. 21

The main product type that makes up my Asian beauty haul are the BB creams shown above.

The Lioele Water Drop BB Cream was actually a repurchase that I made in HK last year. I already own a bottle of this goodness, but I thought I'd get a back up just in case I run out. I mentioned it with a short review here in my April favourites last year. I've never actually bought a back up or a repeat of any of the make up that I own.. so you could say that this just shows how much I adore the stuff!

I also bought the Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream during my trip to HK, but it remains unopened in its box.. I had a small panic attack earlier when I was read a blog post on fake Skin79 BB creams.. but confirmed that mine is genuine. Phew :)

The Face Shop's Hydro Splash BB Cream was one that I'd been eyeing up in HK but never got round to actually purchasing. Due to it's hydrating properties, I saw it as a product similar to the Lioele Water Drop BB Cream and my interests in it grew despite a lack of online reviews. I then asked my best friend to help me purchase both this and the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream (another product that I had been coveting for quite some time).

I've heard such good things about the Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream and the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream, so these are the two that I'm most excited to try out.

The other half of my haul is made up of 2 lipsticks, a blusher compact, a concealer and a face powder..

Clockwise from Top Left to Bottom Left: The Face Shop FACE it All About Lipstick in Moisture PK103,  Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips-talk in OR204, The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Angel Skin Loose Powder, The Face Shop FACE it Baked Shimmer Blush in 01 Pink Aura

The Face Shop's Lovely ME:EX Angel Skin Loose Powder was a recommendation by a Colormix sales assistant in HK. I was looking for a pressed powder and had decided to purchase the Maybelline Clear Smooth Shine Free Face Powder, but there were none left on the shelves. When I asked the sales assistant if they had any in stock, she recommended the Angel Skin Loose Powder as a better alternative - this was at a time when The Face Shop stores began to pop up all over HK and in drug stores so I wasn't sure if she was trying to make a sale or giving a genuine recommendation.. but hey. I bought this product instead, but have still to use it..

The powder comes with a soft powder puff, and there is a plastic partition with evenly spaced holes for the product to be dispensed. Brand new, there is a plastic sticker on top of the dispensing holes in order to keep the project hygienic and untampered with.

The next product is The Face Shop's FACE it Baked Shimmer Blush in 01 Pink Aura. 

Admittedly, I saw this in a YouTuber's monthly favourites, and it's apparent pigmentation and similarity to the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks led me to lust after this product.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos of the swatches that I made, but the colour, shimmer and pigmentation of this product are wonderful - there's not too much shimmer and I can see how different sections of this baked blusher could even double up as a highlighter or eyeshadow.

I was most attracted to the packaging for the Etude House Blooming Lip-stalk when I took out of its box...

The pearly pink and the metallic pink bow are such a cute combination! So princessy!

The Etude House lipstick is in OR204 - a slightly pink coral colour with a gorgeous imprint of the Etude House logo on the bullet (as pictured below), whilst The Face Shop's FACE it All About Lipstick lipstick is in Moisture PK103 - a medium pink lipstick with slight shimmers that is stated to 'keep lips moisturised for the whole day' with a 'cream gel type of formula which softly melts on the lips'.

I really do hope that these lipsticks do not disappoint - they have already got me eager to try them out with their appearance in both packaging and bullet colour.. 

The last product is Skin Food's Salmon Dark Circle Concealer. I am constantly on the hunt for a good under eye concealer, and although I have yet to try this, I have heard about the moisturising properties of the oil contained in this little tub, along with the effectiveness of salmon coloured concealers in neutralising the shadows under the eyes..

I'm a little apprehensive of its oil properties as I'm not sure whether it will be beneficial in keeping this concealer from creasing and settling, or if it will be a nightmare and cause me to develop spots, milia, and all sorts of lumps and bumps under the eyes..

Overall, I can't wait to try out each of these products and see if they provide what they promise to deliver!

Have you tried out any of these products? What are your thoughts?


Thursday, 11 October 2012

Decisions: Under Eye Concealer

(Psst: Boots currently have 3 for 2 on all skin care, cosmetics and health care products - perfect for the new season and the change in weather that it brings!)

I've been looking for a good under eye concealer for quite a while now. I need something that's non-drying, doesn't settle into fine lines, and has good enough coverage for my serious panda eyes. Yes - a lot of qualities to look for in a single product. My brief research on Makeupalley, YouTube, and through fellow bloggers has led me to put the following on my list:

1. Bobbi Brown Concealer and Corrector - apparently the corrector is better for brightening and cancelling out those panda eyes.. so am considering this over the concealer

2. Maybelline Dream Lumi in Radiant

3. Laura Mercier Secret Concealer - found this to be recommended as much as the BB corrector

I've tried the raved about Collection 2000 concealer but it is seriously awful for me - it cakes, settles in lines, is thick, and just makes it ten times worse - I always end up going without than with when I experiment with it. I'm currently trying to make do with the E.L.F. under eye concealer and brightener from their Studio line, but despite not caking, it's too sheer for me and I feel it doesn't last long - even if I set it with powder.

If you've tried out any of these products, what do you think? 

Do you have any recommendations for eye creams or under eye concealers?

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Sharing is caring :)

So, I have been MIA as usual, and now that I have finished uni and have yet to graduate or change my status to 'employed', my time has been split between sleeping, watching dramas, housework, looking for work, planning graduation, and meeting up with friends.

If any of you have been in this position, you will know that there comes a time when you realise you cannot go on like this for much longer. For a start, you start to resent doing the same things every day. Secondly, you discover that although you would quite like to get out of the house and do other things, these activities all tend to require money (plus travel expenses) and that you actually have no ability to fund these activities whatsoever.

So then. What have I decided to do?

I've decided to come back to blogging. To blog regularly. To bring some form of structure back into my life!

I hope that you will welcome me back into your lives :)

Sneak peak of future post!
I cannot wait to carry on sharing with you all :)

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