Monday, June 27, 2011

[Review] Etude House Aloha Two Two Kiss Lip Gloss & Tint #03

In my last Korean cosmetics haul I bought this lip gloss and tint pencil from Etude House off their Aloha line. I think I mainly bought this because I saw it used on one of the Etude House video and thought it was nice.

I am pleased to say that out of all the Etude House Aloha items that I bought this was definitely my favorite! I absolutely love it.

The gloss and tint are at the ends of the pencil. The tint is the red and the gloss is the yellow.
In the middle it shows the name of the product and it also shows which one is the tint and which is the gloss.

The cap that covers the product is so cute too!

Here's a swatch of both...
Gloss (Left), Tint (Right)
The color is very flattering. It gives your lips a nice red color without overwhelming it. It's very moisturizing which I like a lot since my lips are always chap. There's a nice jelly-like shine to it that reminds me a lot of my L'Oreal Jelly Lip Balms. It last about 2-3 hours but even after that you can still see some tint to your lips. There's a nice strawberry-like smell to it that I really like.

I think something to dislike is probably trying to sharpen the pencil. The outside is plastic-like so it might be hard to sharpen. Although, I'm not sure if the plastic is just an outer lining.

Overall, I love love love this lip gloss & tint pencil from Etude House! I think I'm going to pick up the other two that I'm missing just so I have the complete set.

And if anyone is interested my Korean Cosmetics Pre-Order is still going on. This lip gloss & tint pencil cost $10 + shipping from me to you.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

[Review] Etude House Collagen Moistfull BB Cream & Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream

Last month I bought two bb creams, Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream and Etude House Collagen Moistfull BB Cream. These two are my first bb creams that I’ve purchased. I have used bb creams before but never own any.

Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream #23
SPF 42 / PA +++

Etude House Collagen Moistfull BB Cream #2
Whitening and Anti-Wrinkle
SPF 30 / PA ++

The Missha bb cream comes in a tube with a pump and the Etude House bb cream comes in this plastic container-ish (the type of packaging is at the tip of my tongue so in the meantime I’m going to stick with this vague description) with a pump as well. I prefer the container of the Etude House bb cream because it is sturdy and of better quality. However, I prefer the pump on the Missha bb cream because the pump on the Etude House bb cream is very flimsy. It’s like they got everything right about the packaging except for the pump.

Top view of the pump

I’m not familiar with MAC shades so I cannot specify what shade I am but from Temptalia’s guide I’m light to medium so I guess NC20-NC30?

Both the Etude House bb cream and the Missha bb cream are creamy in texture. The Etude House bb cream is slightly lighter than the Missha bb cream even though both are supposed to be natural beige.

Swatch of BB Cream in another lighting.
At the beginning I thought that the Missha fit my skin color more but as I use both bb creams more and more I realize that when I first apply the bb creams the Missha one blends in well with my skin color but after it oxidizes it is a little darker with this gray-ish tone to it. The Etude House is lighter when applied but when it oxidizes it’s closer to my skin color.

In terms of coverage both bb creams have a medium to full coverage. I think the Etude House bb cream have slightly more coverage though. However, they’re buildable if you want more coverage. They both have a matte finish.

Both of the bb creams have a smell to it. I can’t really describe the smell of it but it’s not bad. I think the smell for the Missha bb cream is just a little more overpowering than the Etude House bb cream.

With oil control, my face started to shine within 3-4 hours with both bb creams which isn’t a big deal to others but I hate having to blot the oil off my face every couple of hours. I mean it’s not that I’m lazy or anything but I just don’t normally like doing retouches ---- Okay, maybe I am lazy (LOL!)

Overall, I think both bb creams are good. I’m not in love with them but I don’t dislike them either. I wouldn’t pick one over the other because I think beside the color both bb creams were pretty similar.

If there's any bb creams that you think I should try out, please leave me a comment! =)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Korean Cosmetics Haul

I made a trial order last week for some Korean cosmetics (from the Korean Pre-Order). It was really just to try out the service and see the product that they carry. I basically ordered some of the stuff from the Etude House Aloha and Tangerine line and some Innisfree nail polishes. 

I placed the order around Wednesday last week. I paid about roughly $2 per item for shipping (I had 21 items). The items were shipped out on Friday and I received them on Monday. It took a total of three days for me to get the items which is crazy since it was coming from South Korea.

Bronze Skin Maker
I wasn't planning on getting this but I decided to get it after seeing it used on one of the Etude House videos. 

I'm Jumbo Eye Liner
I played with it yesterday and so far I'm liking it. It does take awhile to dry though.

Cocktail Syrup Nail Kit

Ice Sherbet Face Primer

Two Two Kiss Lip Gloss & Tint

Cream Choux Blusher

Innisfree Eco Nail Polishes

I wasn't planning on going to Trade Secrets but since my friend and I were at the mall we stopped by. I purchased Essie Shine-E and a Deborah Lippmann nail polish in Call Me Irresponsible for $1.50 each.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

[Review] Revlon Crazy Shine + One To Give Away

Yeah, I know it looks all crappy looking -- my little sister just got done using it before me.
I got this nail buffer from Ulta last month for about $1-something (after coupon). It's usually priced around $3-something at Ulta but I saw it at Target the other day for around $2.99.

The back side of the nail buffer is a light murky green color. It's supposed to help smooth out any roughness on your nail.

After using the green side you would use the white side to polish your nail. Here's a before and after picture:

As you can see it really does make your nail "shine." Revlon claims that it'll be 400% shinier but I don't know about that. Then again, how are we even supposed to measure that?! The shine is supposed to last 3 days but I find that it last a little longer than that like 4-5 days.

Overall, I really like this nail buffer. I like it so much more than the four-step nail buffer from Sephora. The way the Revlon nail buffer is shaped it really gets into the corners of your nails really well. I know with the four-step buffer it's a rectangular shaped so it was harder for me to get to the corners of the nail. Plus, the Revlon Crazy Shine nail buffer is very inexpensive.

Because I love this nail buffer oh so much I decided to pick up another one for one of you! I'm having a "feel good about yourself" kind of day so leave a comment telling me what you like about yourself (it can be something non-physical) or you can tell me about your summer plans -- you can also leave me a comment telling me both as well!

By the way, as a little side rant -- it's so hot here! It's like warm weather plus crazy humidity. I dread going outside because I feel so sticky after I come back in. =(

**Open worldwide but keep in mind that it'll be sent first class so it could take weeks to get to you. One entry per person. You must be a follower. Giveaway opened until June 19th, 2011 - 11:59 CST. Winner will be randomly drawn.**

Monday, June 6, 2011

[Review] Baby Foot

Ever since I saw Baby Foot on LotusPalace I've been wanting to try it out. I bought Baby Foot off a seller on eBay for around $19.

There's a flap on the front of the box that opens up to show the basic instruction along with some pictures.

The back of the box had more specific instruction and ingredients listed.
The key ingredients are Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, and Salicylic Acid. When I told my sister about this she was all like, "So that is made out of aspirin, lemon, and milk?" LOL!

When you open the box the "sock" are sealed inside a bag and even more detailed instructions are enclosed.

Inside the sealed bag is one pair of "sock"

Pretty much what you do is cut along the dotted line at the top of the sock and slip your foot inside. Once your foot is inside massage the gel substances around your foot. You have to wear this "socks" for two hours so your skin will absorb the gel.

Wearing this sock for two hours was gross. It was slippery and you had to walk slowly otherwise you'll slip and fall since the sock is just a plastic bag. I remembered reading somewhere that it's okay to wear a pair of actual cotton sock over the plastic sock so I ended up doing that.

I assure you my cotton sock is not small for me it's just appear that way
because it's over the plastic sock.
After wearing the plastic sock for two hours you would take it off and rinse your feet with warm water. In about a week your dead skin will start peeling off.

It took about 3-4 days for me to see that dead skin peeling off. It was very gross and it amazed me how many dead skin I had on my feet. The peeling of the dead skin was not as gross as the pictures you see online or those that are provided by the company. I think it's more subtle then those dramatic pictures.

All the major dead skin at the bottom of my feet were completely off within a week but it took a couple more days for the dead skin around the side to completely come off.

After the peeling process my feet are a lot smoother but sadly that's the only thing Baby Foot did. The product claim to get rid of callus but it didn't get rid of any of mine. I have two calluses, one on each foot (both at the top where most callus occur--I got them after getting many blisters in the same area). I was expecting Baby Foot to help out with that but it didn't. Only the skin around that area peeled off otherwise it did nothing to remove the callus or even make it less visible (then again mine are not that visible to begin with but still).

Overall, it was nice that the dead skin on my feet were removed but at the same time I could have probably done that with a pumice stone or maybe a foot filer.

I guess it's pretty clear now that I'll probably not recommend this product but if you want to try it for the sake of trying then by all means feel free to do so. I just don't think it is worth $19 on something that can be done using a $3 pumice stone.

I know I also have Milk Foot which claims to do the same thing as Baby Foot. I was going to let my mom try it out but she doesn't like the idea of wearing it for two hours so my sister will be testing it out. Once she's done with that I'll update you guys with the results. =)