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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Since I decided to go back to school, I had to buy some cute Korean school supplies from G-market! (I swear I don't work for g-market, I just love it so!)
Here's what I got
They look boring on the outside, but inside, they are crayons (not markers!), which is so cool, because they are ERASEABLE! So at the end of the year I can sell my books back!!
It's super cute, but only a 1/2 year planner, which I did not realize! But It's got adorable details, like little customizable cover pieces (Time tables, or motivational sayings, and other random ones!)
I love Sticky notes, the little packet has list notes, timetable notes, indicator tabs, and just regular!
Best thing EVER. It counts down or Up. So I will say set 30minutes, and then keep working until the timer goes off! It's great for keeping me motivated!
It's so odd. It staples paper, without staples! It really works!
So those are my new supplies. I think I am disproportionately excited.... But they are so awesome!
I have moved! Not to Asia this time ( :( )
I am in Toronto! I've decided to go to university this year.
I am a bit nervous, I don't know anyone here! So if there are any readers out there in Toronto, and want to hang out, send me a message :)
There is one word to describe this color - Gorgeous!
I LOVE IT!
You might be thinking it's just another baby blue.
Sure I could see that, baby blue is pretty common.
But this nail polish by Holika Holika is just gorgeous. It is really bright and fresh. So instead of being a boring pastel, the color really pops. It's oddly strong for a pastel. You have to admit the tone is gorgeous, it is super flattering, my hands look younger and brighter in this color.
It's so good.
(Sorry about the rant :D )
The polish is also a wonderful texture, thick enough for easy 2 coat coverage, but this enough it applies like a dream. The finish is gorgeous, even when my nails are less than perfect.
This whole line by Holika has some of my favorite polishes!
Price: 5000 won I think....
Ages ago I wrote a post about how much I adore the Shisedo Tsubaki line of hair care. It works so well for my dry dyed hair.
Of course I had to buy the condition treatment too!
It comes in a squeeze bottle, but the look coordinates with the rest of the series.
It's slightly thicker than the conditioner, but works the same.
It is no more conditioning than the conditioner, even when used as a hair mask. In fact, when I ran out of conditioner, I started using this instead, and there was no difference!!! My hair was not greasier, not more conditioned, no noticeable difference at all!
I wouldn't say it was a disappointing, but it is completely unnecessary if you already own the shampoo and conditioner!
Etude House Orjel Light Lipstick - Take 2!!!
Ages ago, when I first moved to Korea I bought the Etude House Orjel light lipstick color 4, and I didn't like it! But a lot of readers commented how they had liked it, and I had read on other blogs how much they liked it....
I hated color 4, it was sooo drying, it made my lips flake, and ewww, that is Not attractive!!!
I was in the airport in Korea, on my way back from Thailand, and I bought a bunch of lipsticks from Etude House and Missha (they were merged together into this weird round store....
By accident I picked up a second Orjel light. I was trying to get a soft pink from one of the other lines, but I got the soft orjel pink....
Luckily for me, it was the color I wanted, not soem really ugly unusable shade!
So I started using it.
I LOVE it.
I was wrong. I still hate color 4 but color 2 is different. (I even pulled out the peach color, and tried it again, it dried my lips out again!)
It isn't drying. It doesn't last long, but It isn't at all drying, it is soft, and the color is gorgeous.
It's sparkly, but only a bit. It's sheer, with enough tint to alter the shade of my lips.
It looks gorgeous, natural but better!
it has become my go to everyday lipstick. It's so sheer, it is almost a gloss, with a soft satin finish.
SO If you are looking to buy from the Orjel Light line at Etude house, be warned, it seems to be quite inconsistent.....
Etude House – Hand Bouquet Rich Butter Hand Cream in Steam Milk
Price: 5000 won (Less than $5)
5% Shea Butter
Than Hand Bouquet cream comes in 2 types. Steam milk or Collagen. I LOVE the collagen cream. So I bought the steam milk.
I don’t like it nearly as much.
It’s a thick off white cream, with such a mild smell it is barely noticeable.
The cream itself absorbs well, but not completely.
It’s really thick, but not as thick as the Collagen version.
All in all I do like it. I keep this one in one purse, and the Collagen version in another.
The tube packaging is really handy. I have a number of pots of hand cream(or jars if you will), which makes application a pain, because your fingertips always get greasy, and I end up with moisturizer under my finger nails.
The tube is great, because it lets me dispense it on the back of my hand, or my palm, or wherever, without involving my fingertips!
It’s kind of weird thing to like, but it’s handy when you don’t want to sit around and wait for your moisturizer to absorb.
Holika Holika UV Magic Shield - Body Spray Sun
SPF 50+ PA+++
Price : 10,000 won ($9.75)
I can't believe I haven't posted about this before!!!! This is an AWESOME can of Sunscreen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am always looking for an alternative to my Anessa sunscreen, since it is so expense(worth it, but at $40-50, it's a lot!)
So I picked up the UV magic shield, thinking it might be ok. It has a high SPF which is my preference.
What it is is the perfect Aerosol can of sunscreen. It applies in light layers. It is easy to apply, and it's easy to apply more or less. It's white going on, but absorbs super quickly, and doesn't leave a white cast!!!
Best of all is how it feels, It feels like nothing. It's NOT greasy, It's NOT thick, It DOESN'T smell funny!!!!!
So you can see how it applies white. But that was a super heavy coat! Then it fades to invisible.
It looks similar- But its NOT!
When I got back to Canada I tried to find a substitute for the Holika Magic Shield. I found the Presidents Choice SPF50 Aerosol. It was More expensive than the Holika(before shipping) an $9.
The president's choice sunscreen is the worst stuff EVER! It sprays out so much that after one quick spray It's running down my arms(ewww). Then it dries in this gross way, like dried out slime, it get's crusty, and sticky, and feel greasy, all at once! Plus it attracts dirt, so my arms look like they have streaks of dirt.....
Can you see the drips? This is as lightly as I can apply! SO GROSS!!!
In comparison the Holika Magic Shield, applies evenly, lightly, making application super easy. It absorbs into the skin, and feels like I'm not wearing any sunscreen!!!
I LOVE the Holika Holika UV Magic Shield Body Spray Sun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Last time I was ordering things from Sasa, I tossed in a couple of random cheap items. The salt scrub by Creer Beaute was one of them!
It comes in a small packet, filled with a light blue salt scrub. It’s only about 40g. Really it’s a tiny packet, considering it is a full size product! I could buy a whole bottle of St Ives apricot scrub (150ml!!!) for less!
But that really isn’t that point is it? No one orders stuff from Sasa, or anything from Asia, because of the cost comparison. I could get lots of stuff here cheaper, but the stuff here is boring, or sucks.
So the scrub from Creer beaute…. I was disappointed when I first saw it, I mean it is tiny…. And the package isn’t re-sealable. Maybe it’s supposed to be a one shot sort of thing (probably).
Then it sat in my closet for ages! I guess I was saving it for something special…..
It wasn’t until my nose started peeling like crazy, I’ve started using retinol, and ugh, it makes my skin look gross, all peely and uneven. YUCK!
My St Ive’s wasn’t cutting it, nor was my yogurt scrub from Etude house.
I needed something heavy duty.
Something I wouldn’t normally use on my face.
So I pulled out the little packet from Creer Beauty.
OMG, my nose has NEVER been so smooth. This stuff is hardcore. My nose was so smooth it was shiny!
It was amazing.
The salt scrub has a floral perfume scent, which is pretty strong. It contains large salt granules, that are way too harsh for the face.
It is a really strong scrub, I saved my leftovers, which are perfect for feet, elbows and other problem areas.
In the end, The scrub was really worth the money. It’s a problem solver, not an everyday product, and it keeps just fine in a Ziploc bag!
It's Skin Color Play Sugar Gloss
Price : 3000won (I think)
Color : 08
What's with all the Korean Makeup Brands Having sugar lip glosses? Holika's Sugar syrub gloss, Skinfood's honey gloss, and more.... It's odd.
Why I picked color 08, an orange pink, I don't know......
Maybe I was trying to find something that goes with my Canmake cream blush that is
Regardless, the Color is completely different on!!!You can seen in the picture it doesn't look orange (or peach) at all!!!
I do have very pink lips, but still! It basically looks clear with a little bit of sparkle!
It has a lovely taste/scent, it's fruity and lasting. It's reminds me of some sort of candy. Maybe that explains the name.... Honestly, I love a lipgloss that taste nice, I end up tasting it, it's good if you are getting friendly ;) , and it's just a nice change from lipstick!
It starts out thick, but melts a bit when on. So it applies thinly, and doesn't last at all. It's also not very shiny. It becomes more matte very quickly.
All in all it's not a successful lip gloss. The color is too ambiguous and weak, the taste is nice, but it isn't shiny and doesn't last.
I may be addicted to hand creams…. My hands always end up so dry! I think It’s because I hand wash so many dishes.
A lot of Korean brands have been coming out with Fruit shaped Items, possibly ripping of the Japanese B&C which has been doing fruit shapes for ages.
So has Tony Moly. Now Bavi Phat is into, and the Face shop, and I am sure I have seen stuff at other shops!!
The Faceshop apple hand cream smell divine! It smells like apple, still like perfume, but there is a freshness, and a realisticness to the scent that makes it enchanting.
The cream itself is really nice. It’s surprisingly white(Most moisturizers tend to be cream colored). It absorbs well, and has an almost gel-cream like texture. It does leave a bit of a greasy layer. I know some people hate that!
It’s really not bad though, it just leaves hands a bit slick. Just a bit.
All in all it’s a really nice hand cream, but other than the scent it isn’t anything special!