Price: 7500won (~$7.5)
Color : Darling Angel (Peach/pink)
Are you obsessed with cream blushes??? I am, they look so bright and young and fresh, and blend so easily! (that was a lot of 'ands')
But first the name.... Etude House - Angel Kiss Lip and Cheek in Darling Angel - That is a serious mouthful! Why in the world does the name need to be so loooooooooong!!!
I feel bad for the Koreans trying to translate it!
And the packaging.... eww. I'm not really into angel motifs. It's both too plain (just a clear jar with a pink cover and no style) and over designed (the useless 'angel wing' wrapper and the ugly picture on the cover.)
What do you think? I normally like Etude's packaging, even if it tends to be overly pink and frilly.
Inside, is ALOT of blush. For a cream blush. It's kind of huge, and deep.
It's also made of Glass, for anyone who wants to buy it, so it's kind of heavy to ship.
So the actual blush.
You can see that the color is a pale peach/pink. I used to be obsessed with peach/pink blushes, mostly because I had warmer toned skin and hair (I am am even paler now, if that's possible).
Now, I am not as keen on peach pink, because it doesn't work with my coloring. However this is a nice color. It is in between light pink and peach, so it is a more flexible color, with good range. For a peach, it has a slightly cool tone. It applies a bit more peach than it appears.
The texture itself is really nice, soft and creamy. It feels like one of those cream foundation compacts, as in thick and dense, but smooth and creamy.
It is also Super pigmented!!!! It blends really well, but I have to be careful in application, its really easy to take too much. I have to use about 1/4 of what I would for a Canmake cream blush. Again, it really does blend well, so just be careful!
So between the giant size, and the super pigmented, it's really good value for the money.
It also lasts well, for a cream blush. Better than I am used to.
oh.... and as a lip product - It's useless. But really when is a cheek product ever good on the lips? Really????
All in all, the product is really solid, I really want another color, maybe just pink!
Matte polishes tend to be disastrous.... I like the look (sometimes), but it works out better with a mattifying top coat, then buying seperate matte nail polishes.
So streaky and so Neon!!
This color, kind of sucks. It has the weirdest texture!!! It is thick and CHALKY and flaky. It is actually really horrible to apply.
You have to put a lot on (since it is so thick), and the finish is really bad, unless you apply it perfectly.
Ugh, it's awful.
Indoor light - looks pastel!
On the plus side, It is neon. Really neon. Under florescent lights, it looks like something from the 80's. The color is kind of awesome. This is a color that REALLY changes in different lighting, you can see in the pictures it can look pastel, bright, or Neon. It's weird.
But the polish is terrible...
On the plus side, it didn't stain my nails!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't know why but skin food has two honey lipglosses, one is in a pot and one is in a tube.
I've already reviewed the one in a tube!
But, don't stop reading they are VERY different.
Obviously, the honey pot is adorable. If you suspect that is why I bought it, you would be right.....
But look at it! And the little honey scoop thingy for application, it is even made out of real wood. How cute is that!
Within the unimportant packaging is a golden transparent lip gloss. It's texture is completely unlike the tube gloss (which was sticky). This is lovely and smooth. It's like a clear vaseline.
The usual Skinfood Cherub!
So, like vaseline, it is great on the lips!!! I really like this as a night gloss, since it is very moisturizing, and thick. Since it isn't sticky, it doesn't get in my hair(or on my pillow).
As a lip gloss, rather than a night treatment, it has a nice shine, and stays on well for this sort of gloss. It's a bit boring, since it is colorless, essentially flavor and scentless.
Beyond that, it isn't very exciting. But it does a good job at being a lip gloss.
The only problem I have is with the packaging.....
What???? Is that the whole reason i bought it????
Well yes, but the silly thing is so deep!!!! It's like an inch between the rim and the product.
And it is narrow, so you can't use your finger without getting lip gloss under your nail(it is to deep to swipe with the pad of your finger).
So you Have to use the little applicator. But the little applicator just sits on the side (they were clever and there is a little piece of platic that keeps the applicator with the gloss), but since the applicator is just out there, it get's dirty!!! And the little ridges hold onto dirt!
So after you have used it once, you don't want to use the applicator again!
But you can't use your fingers....
It's really weird.
Mmm. Honey. I love the idea of a honey lip treatment! It sounds delicious and wonderful!.
So I bought 2 different honey treatments from Skinfood. I will review the honey pot soon!
This is a lip gloss. The packaging is a little bit cute, I like the gold pattern of honey combs, and the gloss really looks like honey.
The gloss itself is on the thick side (really, it's what you expect from something with honey!), it has a very slight honey scent, and tastes sweet(but not like honey!)
As a lip treatment it is not very good.... It's not moisturizing, it doesn't make my lips soft...
As a lip gloss, it's not very good..... It's a bit too sticky, and doesn't last!
It applies clear, and has a nice shine, but that's about all it has going for it....
It was cheap, and It's not a bad gloss, just not great.
Korean In-Store Brand Brushes (Etude House, Holika Holika, It's Skin, etc.)
So, do you uses make-up brushes??? When I first go into makeup, I didn't, I thought they were stupid.
I was also woefully inept at all things makeup.....
I have since come to appreciate a good brush. My eyes look better with properly applied eye shadow, beautifully rimmed with creme eyeliner. My eyebrows are even straighter, and more dramatic.
So I've purchase a number of brushes from Korean In-store Brands.
I have Etude House, Skin food, It's Skin, Holika Holika, and.... um.... Oh, one from Tony Moly.
To be honest, I'm probably missing some....
The thing is, all the brushes are the EXACT same!!! It's so weird. The only difference is the packaging, and the name printed on the handle.
But the brush, the shape/size, texture, same same same!
So I thought I would do ONE BIG review for Korean Brushes....
The prices range from about 3000 won to 12000. The most expensive is the foundation brush.
I have a few different size eye shadow brushes, and a couple of eyeliner brushes.
See! Same same same!!! All the little ones are the same, just different sizes!!!
Honestly, I love them all.....
They are beautiful quality for the price.
I've had this one since 2009! It still looks the same!
I've never encountered any shedding. The bristles hold their shape really well, they are soft, with a bit of structure. I have cleaned them countless times, the labels have worn off, but the bristles and handle are still like new!
The handles are a bit stubby for their height, and kind of soft(a little like rubber). So they are very comfortable to use.
So, if you use makeup brushes, pick up some by a Korean in-store brand. I love them....
I am in love.
With this cleanser..... (Maybe that was a little bit too dramatic) This really is my favorite cleanser. Of all cleansers.
What it is a creamy foaming cleanser, with a light honey scent(very light). The cleanser itself is a light golden yellow. It's thick, and foams into tiny little bubbles.
Why is it so awesome?
It's so simple.
I like all kinds of fancy cleansers, multiple steps, oils, powders, scrubs, etc.
But when I get up each morning, and sleepily wash my face, I don't have the energy or patience for anything complicated, I just want a quick simple cleansing, that leave my face feeling fresh, clean, soft, not dry and ready to face the day. That's what this cleanser is.
Are you thinking that I could get a simple cleanser from anywhere, any brand? Well yes, basic cleansers are everywhere. But rarely does one do the job so well.
It's not that the Honey Nutri cleanser does anything different or new, it just does things better. When I wash with it, it has a nice texture and is easy to use, it washes away cleanly. When I am done, my skin feels just a bit softer and younger, a bit fresher, than with other cleansers. After days and days, my skin always feels that lovely.
Most simple products are mediocre. This is perfect at being just a simple cleanser!
Holika Holika Candy Pop Nail Polish
Price: 2000 won ($2!)
The Candy pop Nail series is all bright 'summery' gel polishes.
This color is my least favorite of the Candy Pop series. But I still like it....
It's kind of weird, because every other Candy pop color is clear, and gel like (is that what those kinds of polishes are supposed to be called), but this color is kind of creamy....
It's like half candy pop, half regular Holika line (blue tops are all creamy goodness).
So it's just very out of place, and doesn't do either way that well....
It's a solid 3 coat polish, which is how many I have on in the picture.
The color itself is nice. It's not my favorite, but It's a very wearable color for me, since it's a pinky purple!
Anyway, don't be scared off from the Candy Pop series by this review. The rest of the line is stunning!
It my absolute favorite time of year, no it's not thanksgiving, It's National Novel Writing month!!!
I've been participating for 5 years. Sadly, last year was the first year I failed to finish :(
This year I plan on making up for it!
Who cares that I have 3 presentation, 4 assignments, 2 midterms and a 25 and 12 page paper, all sue this month????
So please join me, write your own awesome novel!!!
Since I accumulated a number of BB cream samples, I thought I would swatch them for you!!!
Super Magic BB by Hanskin
Supposed to be whitening and wrinkle preventing Etude House Precious Mineral - Sheer glowing skin (color 2)
SPF30 Banilla co - Let me BeBe
SPF37, and supposed to be illuminating' Hanskin Control Skin BB
For less than perfect skin It's Skin - i code W
SPF17 PA++, and wrinkle control Hanskin Nutritive
As you can see, not a single good color for me in the bunch!!! They are all on the darker side for BB creams
Banilla co's was the lightest, and very yellow.
It's skin and Hanskin's Nutritive we the most neutral toned.
Etude's looked super orange when blended in! Yikes!!!
Hi Fellow bloggers! I was tired of my old blog look, so I changed it!
I think It's Much better!
The background picture was taken in Cambodia, of the Lake, Sras Srei.
I took the picture at 5:30-6 in the morning!!
I also added a home button on the left, under followers, since my page doesn't have a header... Hopefully it will make navigating a little easier!!
Well let me know what you think, if anything is working, or hard to read!!
For Halloween, I though I would review a couple of colors of orange nail polish. I bought this color, cause I liked it, not for the Holiday, but hey, it works for Halloween!
This is one of the Many Holika polishes in my collection, because Holika makes GORGEOUS Nail Polish.
This bright, almost pumpkin orange is no exception. The texture is perfect, it's creamy, with 2 coat coverage, but smooths itself out, eliminating streaks. The finish easily looks impeccable. I really love the creamy polished by Holika, they are such great quality!
The color, I love. Its so truly, unapologetically orange. The color also makes my hands look good. It's not too yellow (makes my skin look dull), or too red (makes my skin look pink). It's just right.
So in the end, Iove it!!
Does anybody else think my skin looks blue???? I swear the nail polish is true to life!!
Do you see the adorable little penguin? He's(or she's?) so adorable!
I was on my way out of Korea (*sob*), and in the Incheon Airport (Seoul), shopping at the little Etude/Missha shop.
Where they upped the prices soooo much it was ridiculous!
But the little Lip gloss pot was so cute! It says hug me (which is odd...)
Plus it's an apple scent, I LOVE the smell of apple!!!! So I kinda overpaid for it.
Inside, is this really hard lip cream. It's hard like pots of cocoa butter.... Which is not a bad thing, since it melts at body temp, and moisturizes really well.
It's really smooth. The penguin is colorless, and with just the barest sheen. It's the perfect texture to toss in a bag, for those days when I am chapped, or just dry, or planning on doing some kissing.....
Doesn't it sound wonderful???
..... I vaguely remember it being wonderful, but, I haven't been able to use it more than 3 times, because the cover sticks. The little pot is made out of metal, and the top gets wedged on the bottom so firmly, I, even with a screw driver and pliers, can not get it open. My Dad and Boyfriend, cannot get it open.
The stupid thing WILL NOT OPEN!!!!
I managed to get it open once after it got stuck, It just mysterious opened one day.....
But I couldn't leave it open, I had to put the top back on.
That was back in July.
Hello, strange. Have you noticed I have an obession with weird beauty things? The foot pad healers are one of my more recent forays into the odd.
I picked up a few, Kokubo- Aloma in Rose,a Germanium and heating one from Sasa, and from Daiso, a "Natural Diet" one!
I was Backpacking in Cambodia, so I thought My feet would be sore. So I thought they would be worth a try.
Inside each packet are two little sachets. Inside is a powder/granules. One side being sticky. You peel off the cover, and stick a square on the bottom of each foot.
Then your feet begin to sweat, it's oddly uncomfortable. My feet weren't warm, but I had a strong urge to wash.
After ~10 minutes, the pads have dark spots, where the sweat has soaked into the pads. And then you take them off.
Except for the sweat, they didn't do anything.... I know that they are supposed to make your feet sweat, that's the point, but It's not like they made my feet feel more relaxed, or fresher, or helped with swelling.
They were sweaty then nothing...
It was odd.
The heating one was the best, since it did heat up, which could be nice.
I haven't had much luck with eyeshadows. Singles tend to be of terrible quality, quads and trios are much nicer, but then, there is always one color I use more than all the others. One color that I always want in a single.
This Trio was finally one that I loved each and every color. They blended seamless, and looked fantastic.
But.... It broke, and It's skin stopped making it....
So There is no EOTD, because I dropped the compact, and it turned to a powdered mess.
But I wanted to show you what once was a lovely compact, and share my woe.....
It's skin - Color play - Trio Eyeshadow
Price : 6000won I think....
It's a baked shadow, with a light, dark and in between shade. I got a trio of cool bronzes. The compact is super simple, a mirrorless matte black.
The show really doesn't look like much.... But trust me, it was gorgeous....
I bought another Matte, yellow polish from The Face shop. Does anyone remember my DISASTROUS encounter with a yellow matte polish last year??? If not, go read my post! My nails were YELLOW for 6 months!!!!
I don't know what I was thinking when I bought this Neon Yellow. I bought the Neon green too.
I think it's the fact they are Matte, and Matte are so hard to find! I'm not sure If I even like the look of matte polish....
Do you like Matte Nail polishes?
So the Neon yellow, as you can see, it is bright. Under florescent lighting, it is blindingly bright.
The color is really cool. It is so different. I have never before, and never again since seen a color quite like it.
The polish itself is creamy, and super thick. It's like paste, and goes on like glue. This is quite possibly the worst Nail polish to apply. No definitively, I have never encountered a worse nail polish.
I bought it when It first came out too, so it's not like it is old and dried out. It started out nasty and thick.
It's really really hard to get a smooth coat. If you look at a closeup of my nails, they look uneven and streaky, it is just that thick.
It also stained my nails. Even with a base coat. Mind you, it was only a slight yellow tint, like day old highlighter, but what a pain!! Not to mention, it is expensive (for a Korean polish, they are generally 1-2$.)
Verdict, AVOID Face shop's Matte polishes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!