Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou Review

I love lip balms, glosses, tints, all those sorts. (Not too big on lipsticks yet. The ones I've tried haven't been moisturizing enough for me.) All the reasons why I decided to purchase Etude's Kissful Tint Chou.

Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou comes in 4 colors:
01 Red Chou
02 Pink Chou
03 Strawberry Chou
04 Tangerine Chou

I decided to try out 01 Red Chou.

As per visual directions (since I can't read Korean), all you have to do is apply three dots on your lower lip, pucker up, and you're good to go! Sometimes I add a few more dabs if I'd like some more tint.

Etude's Kissful Tint Chou comes in a nice squeeze tube. You only need to squeeze ever so gently to get a little, which is really all you need. A little goes such a long way with this product!

Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou in 01 Red Chou swatch.

Bare lips.

With Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou applied.

- Nice buildable color.
- Easy to use tube application.

- Staying power isn't that great. Tint doesn't really seem to sink into my lips.
- Not moisturizing but it is just a tint.

Verdict: Would definitely purchase again. I'd love to try the other colors if ever possible! :)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Paul & Joe Alice In Wonderland Giveaway!

Lisa of makeupandlife.com is having a Paul & Joe Alice in Wonderland giveaway! It was released for 2010 and is considered LE! The giveaway closes September 14th, 2010. Go to her blog to enter now! :)

Adventures in Lip Balm Making

Attempt #1: Caudalie Lip Conditioner & Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou

Right when I was about to start my Caudalie Lip Conditioner review, it broke off! I had just gotten it too. ;_; Imagine the sound Phil from Modern Family made when Claire didn't wake up early enough to buy an iPad for him. That was what I sounded like.

Anyway, I surfed the net for information on how to "salvage broken lipstick" because that was about as close as I could get to my minor dilemma. I found a cool YouTube video featuring a product called LipstixRemix but I didn't feel like waiting to fix this. Then I found an interesting post by Elizabeth of My Beauty Spot on how to make tinted lip balm using your stove or hair straightener. I opted for my stove.

My list of supplies:
- medium sized silver spoon
- tin to pour lip balm in
- Caudalie Lip Conditioner
- Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou
- Oven mitts

First I put the remnants of my Caudalie Lip Conditioner into the medium sized spoon. Using a cotton swab, I scooped out the rest of the balm onto the spoon. Using the middle section of the cotton swab, I broke up the lip balm into smaller pieces so that it would melt faster.

Squeezed out some Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou onto the lip conditioner.

After putting on my oven mitt, I held the spoon over the stove top, rolling the balm around so that it wouldn't burn at the bottom.

Finally, the lip conditioner had melted all the way but the lip tint hadn't yet. I wanted to wait until the lip tint had melted all the way but I think that was a bad deicison. My concoction started smoking. O_O

If I ever attempt this again, I think I'll pour the concoction into my container once the lip balm is melted and then I can just mix the tint up with a cotton swab.

After pouring the liquid mix of lip conditioner and lip tint into my tin, I noticed a stench in the air. I think I burnt it. :/ I wanted to finish everything though so i placed the tin into the freezer.

Here you can see grits on spoon, after I've poured out the melted lip conditioner and tint. Perhaps that's the burnt part?

A few minutes passed and upon looking at my DIY attempt, it was solid! Exciting. Then I took a whiff of it. Not so exciting. The original Caudalie lip conditioner smelled like vanilla. This is a burnt version of that. Not good.

I do like how solid the balm turned out. I can swish my finger around in it and it won't collapse in the middle like some jelly-like balms might. The scent is all that bothers me. I guess I shouldn't cook it as long next time.

*Edit* I coudn't do with the smell of the balm. I ended up emptying out the contents. Round 2 it is.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Soapalaya Soaps Powder Puffs

A while back, I stumbled upon SoapalayaSoaps thanks to Catherine of Strawberry Mochi. I ordered a few blended soaps from Soapalaya and fell in love. My favorite scent from the shop is Basmati Rice. I love showering with it because it fills the entire room and surrounding area with such a luxurious scent. It's to die for, seriously. I couldn't wait for Alex (of Soapalaya) to release a perfume version one day. Thankfully, she has now! I'm definitely going to be purchasing a Basmati Rice version for myself asap! I'm so excited! :D

Anyway, what I really wanted to blog about was her beautifully handcrafted powder puffs. Aren't they gorgeous??

Here is her Elegant Cream Moire Satin Powder Puff with Pearls set. I think it's so cute and dainty. I love the touch of pearls in the center.

Love the big ribbon on this Square Taffeta set.

I imagine my friend T would "la-la-love" this one, as she always says. It kind of reminds me of Minnie Mouse. Haha.

Isn't the fabric on this one just lovely?

Does anyone use powder puffs or dusting powder? What is the main function behind these? Is it like a powder version of perfume, sort of? I was trying to figure these things out so that I could find a reason to buy one, if not simply for the gorgeous-ness. :)

Basic Skin Care Routine Directions

A few of my friends and I have been talking a lot lately about what it takes to achieve good skin. The steps required. The products. What is necessary and what isn't? How much is too much?

Here is my take on the "basic" skin care routine.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Miu Miu Bow Satchel Love

A girl can dream.

Photo credit: PurseBlog

Etude House Dream On Pact Slim & Cover SPF25/PA++ in #2 Natural Beige Review & EOTD

How cute is the packaging of Etude House?? :)

I was able to get this CP'd recently from Singapore. Kind of a bad decision. It wasn't until after I solidified the CP did I find out that Etude House prices in Singapore are super jacked up. :( Anyway, I really wanted to try Etude House and this one was one of the items I decided to purchase. I opted for Shade #2 Natural Beige because I didn't think Shade #3 True Beige would be easy to find. The things you settle for when you're in a rush..

Description from Etudehouseusa.com: The secret to dreamy bright complexion. Compact powder makeup maintains sheer, oil absorbing texture for radiant coverage with UV protection. Contains hyaluronic acid and encapsulated oil control powder to smooth, moisturize, and nourish complexion.

Directions: Use puff to gather and apply pressed powder to cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. Gently pat to finish.

The design of the compact is so cute. Makes me smile. :)

Here is the little puff that's included. There is a plastic plate holding it so that it doesn't sit directly on top of the powder.

The day that I did the review was almost a record hot day where I live. I was also doing the review upstairs where all the heat was concentrated so you can somewhat imagine how shiny I was while trying to take pictures for this review. Given these conditions, this may not be the best all-around review but at least it'll give you an idea of Etude House Dream On Pact in "extreme" conditions.

Here is one of three before and afters. Left image shows you the right side of my face before application and right image is after application.

Another comparison picture. This heat is nasty.

The comparison is reversed in this picture. Left side shows the Dream on Pact applied and the right side shows my bare skin.

Again, I should restate that the day I wrote the post was a really, really warm day. Four hours after application, I noticed that the side where I applied the Dream On Pact was a little shiny again. Not as shiny as my left side (Applied no foundation to this side) but it was still a little shiny. I'll do an edit once I test this foundation on a better day.

My impressions on the Etude House Dream On Pact:
+ Nice floral scent, not too strong.
+ Contains SPF 25
+ Flawless finish, no cakeyness (but that could also have been because it was a warm day)
- Oil control doesn't last all day. Lasted for about 4 hours before I had to touch up again. It is, though, a compact powder meaning you can carry it around with you and touch up whenever you like. Perhaps it isn't meant to last all day.
- As cute as the compact case is, it's made out of plastic. For my jacked up price of $23+, I wish it was made of something a little sturdier.

About the color match: Shade #2 Natural Beige isn't the best fit right now since it's summer time and I've tanned a bit. Hopefully, it'll be a better match in the winter time, if I lighten up by then. For reference, I was N30 the last time I was MAC color tested. That was a while back though...

Where to buy Etude House Dream On Pact:
- EtudeHouseUSA.com
- EBay: 031tansango, codinara, zinopark
- GMarket (I can't supply you with sellers yet though since I've never shopped here)


Thank you to my girls who went far & wide to get me Urban Decay's highly coveted Naked Palette for my birthday! I've put off using it for a few days because it's so pristine and pretty but I finally gave in.

I'm still really new to eyeshadow application but this was kind of a fail. Hah. The excuse I gave myself in the end was that I was going climbing later and didn't want to look overdone.

Colors from the Urban Decay Naked Palette used:
- Sin
- Buck
- Darkhorse
- 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Whiskey (is this the creamiest eye liner or what?? seriously!)

Top lashes: Tarte 4 Day Stay Lash Stain & Majolica Majorca Enamel Glamour Volume On
Bottom lashes: Hourglass Superficial Lash

Friday, August 27, 2010

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer Review

I had a random urge one day to try these out. It was probably during my Burt's Bees infatuation phase. I don't even like shimmer on my lips. At around $5 per Lip Shimmer, I thought, "Why not?" I purchased 3 colors: Rhubarb, Champagne, and Guava. Rhubarb was the only one I really liked out of the three.

Description from site: A kiss of color and pearlized shine perk up our world famous 100% natural lip balm, while natural ingredients like vitamin E and coconut and sunflower oils moisturize and soothe your lips. Choose from 11 yummy, all natural shades: Champagne, Raisin, Merlot, Rhubarb, Watermelon, Nutmeg, Fig, Cocoa, Toffee, Guava and Papaya.

Bare lips, without anything on.

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Rhubarb applied. What a sweet color! The more you layer it, the darker it gets.

I didn't really like how the Guava shade looked on my lips. It's a pale purple with lots of shimmer and when applied, made me look like my lips had lost circulation. Definitely not my color.

Way to shimmery for me. But I'm sure there are some out there who just love their shimmer. I remember that in either Guava or Champagne, the glitter was kind of chunky actually.

Pros of Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers
+ Minty, tingy feeling
+ Moisturizing
+ Very pigmented

- Too shimmery/glittery sometimes (not a fan of frost)

Would I repurchase. Sure, but probably in a new color since they have such a nice little range. I'd like to try the Watermelon color if I could find it.


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Where to Buy Laneige?

Where can you buy Laneige products? I've seen this question asked left and right so I decided to do a little post on where you can find Laneige products. I've gotten mine from a "local" Amore Pacific store. (I quote local because it's not actually that close but it's still within decent driving range.)

Here are a few sites I've found that sell Laneige products online (They may not carry Laneige's entire range though). I've used the prices of a few of their most popular products (in $USD) as a general reference to price ranges:

Water Sleeping Pack_EX Price: $23
Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel Price: $20
Water Bank Essence Price: $29
Have to Pay For Shipping? Free shipping with purchases over $49.99

Water Sleeping Pack_EX Price: $25.90
Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel Price: $23.90
Water Bank Essence Price: $31
Have to Pay For Shipping? Free Shipping on orders over $75.

Water Sleeping Pack_EX Price: N/A
Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel Price: $27.99
Water Bank Essence Price: N/A
Have to Pay For Shipping? No. Free shipping worldwide.

Water Sleeping Pack_EX Price: $27
Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel Price: $22
Water Bank Essence Price: $37
Have to Pay For Shipping? No. Free shipping on every order.

Water Sleeping Pack_EX Price: $30
Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel Price: $30
Water Bank Essence Price: N/A
Have to Pay For Shipping? For orders under $150, shipping is $9.99. Orders over $150 get FS.

Water Sleeping Pack_EX Price: $29
Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel Price: $29
Water Bank Essence Price: $45
Have to Pay For Shipping? Yes (S&H for me would have been $13 for one item.)

Here are some sellers on eBay that sell Laneige:
crediblemen (is selling Laneige's Water Sleeping Pact_EX for $19.99 + FS)
beautyparcel (is selling Laneige's Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel for $21.99 + FS)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Laneige: A Skin Care Range Guide Part 4

Laneige: A Skin Care Range Guide Part 4

Laneige: A Skin Care Range Guide Part 3

Laneige: A Skin Care Range Guide Part 3

Laneige: A Skin Care Range Guide Part 2

Laneige: A Skin Care Range Guide Part 2

Laneige: A Skin Care Range Guide Part 1

I really like skin care products and I adore Song Hye Gyo. Put the two together and you get Laneige! (Now, if only I could afford to try more of their products but alas, they're a high end Korean skin care/cosmetics brand and I need to pace myself with my purchases.) I've tried a few of their products (surprisingly was not taken with the Water Sleeping Pack_EX :O) and liked the majority. A good friend is coming back from Korea in less than a month and is hauling me a few goodies so I can't wait till then to test out the products and then do my reviews! :)

Laneige currently has nine different categories of skin care listed on their site.

Mor Lip Delights

I must admit, I am a sucker for packaging. And Mor Cosmetics has hit just the right spot with their brightly colored tins, their use of gorgeous gold filigree, and tantalizing choices of flavors/scents in their Lip Delights. Although, that's not to say the rest of their packaging isn't fabulous as well (Check out their Emporium White Collection! What I would do to have that available as gift wrap).

My top three picks from the Lip Delight collection would probably be:

Lychee Flower Lip Delight
Description: Brightly coloured tins filled with delectable glosses, beckon to be sampled like sweet confections. Kaleidoscopes of colour, like the peacock plumes, recall Bollywood nights and harmonious fantasy. Like music to the mouth, the sheerest of sheens provide rich indulgence for lips that dream of being quenched.

The scent is produced with sparkling sweet lychee flowers united with ripe Berries, soft powdery Florals and the slightest hint of Green Forest Woods.

Passionflower Lip Delight

Peach Nectar Lip Delight

Aren't they cute? I'll have to check out the scents next time I'm at a stockist! :)