22 Jan 2014

Review: Etude House Oh m'Eye Line Liquid Eyeliner

I am totally petrified of liquid eyeliner. There, I said it.

I tried it once when I was in University and... FAIL. I ended up looking like Madame Medusa from the animated film The Rescuers- a look no self-respecting woman should ever strive for ;) And so, for the past couple of years I'd been avoiding it like the plague. Well, until now, of course. I finally mustered up the courage and bought Etude House's Oh m'Eye Line liquid eyeliner in December last year and it had been laying in my makeup drawer till yesterday morning, when I decided to take the plunge and try it out.

This waterproof liner comes in three shades: #1 Black, #2 Grey and #3 Brown. At only KRW 4000 it's really affordable and comes in a 5ml plastic pot with a fine tip brush. It promises a smudge-free, long-wearing experience that is easy to apply, dries quickly and provides a rich pigmented result.

I got the liquid liner in #1 Black and was surprised (almost shocked) at how easy it was to apply! All it took was five minutes, making sure to do small sections at a time and this was the result:

The applicator brush is a dream! It grabs just enough product and glides on effortlessly to create a perfect line. If you need a little less product you can easily wipe the tip on the inside of the pot to get rid of the excess. Etude wasn't kidding when they said this stuff is richly pigmented! I didn't have to go over the line again at all. A single swipe is all it takes to create a beautiful, matte line that lasts for hours and hours. I even rubbed it after it dried to test the smudge-free claims and it passed with flying colours.

When it was time to remove the product, I also decided to test the waterproof claims and tried removing it by splashing some water onto my face and it still stuck. It loosened up a bit after rubbing, but only came off completely after I used some coconut oil on a cotton disc ( I use it as a makeup remover.) Another thing I noticed is that it peels off, rather than dissolving- a sure way to determine that it won't run if it had to come into contact with water. I'd be confident enough to go swimming with this stuff on!

As a true beginner when it comes to liquid eyeliner, I can recommend this to anyone. It applies like a dream and came through on all of its claims. I'll definitely be repurchasing- in fact, I'm looking at getting the brown shade sometime this week. The packaging might not be as cute as Etude House's other products, but it's definitely one of this brand's strongest offerings!


19 Jan 2014

10 000 Blog Views!

Got a lovely surprise when I logged into my account this morning and saw that this little blog of mine has been viewed just over 10 000 times in the past 4 months! It makes me so happy to see it growing a little more each month and to see myself, slowly but surely, getting the hang of this new hobby of mine. Thanks for all the love and support!

18 Jan 2014

Review: Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 'Pink Lemonade'

This past Christmas, I received Revlon's Colorburst Lip Butter along with many other stocking fillers which I'll be reviewing soon. The shade I received is one of their 2013 releases, called 'Pink Lemonade'. These lip butters have been on the market since 2011, but this is the first time I've tried them and I am in love!

As you might know from my 20 Grooming Tips I Swear By post, I'm not crazy about lipstick. It tends to dry my lips and the texture is a bit too much for me, which makes this product just amazing! Delivering on its promises, it really is incredibly hydrating and leaves my lips shiny and soft without that dreaded sticky feeling. They sell for about $7 (R135) each.

There are so many different shades to chose from, varying between pinks, nudes and peach in both sheer and vivid tones. The 'Pink Lemonade' shade is a lovely, sheer pink tone that is great for everyday wear. These lip butters have no discernible scent, which was strange at first, since I've become so used to highly perfumed Korean products, but this doesn't bother me and might even be a preference for some.

While the Colorburst Lip Butter doesn't last very long (about an hour or two), I really like that it keeps my lips soft and moisturised with a hint of colour. I also like that fact that there's a wide variety of shades to chose from, the next of which will have to be 'Sorbet'! If, like me, you want some colour along with the benefits of a good lip balm, you'll love this product!


16 Jan 2014

Review: Etude House Sweet Recipe Cupcake All Over Color

I've really been loving Etude House's Sweet Recipe Cupcake All Over Color recently. It's a creamy eye, lip and cheek tint that smells delicious enough to eat! There are five different shades to choose from- I opted for OR202 Peach Sugar Cake which is a really soft, pretty peach colour that suits my medium to light complexion perfectly. I bought mine online for KRW6 500.

While they say you can use this on your lips eyes and cheeks, I prefer to just use it on my cheeks as the staying power isn't the greatest and it tends to rest in the folds of your eyelids. As a cream blush it looks wonderfully fresh and dewy. It's winter in Korea now, so my skin is a little dry and the creamy texture really gives a nice glow to my skin. I use my dual fibre makeup brush to apply it, but I recommend using a powder blush to set it, as this will help it last a bit longer.

While I wish that this product had better staying power, I absolutely adore the colour, fragrance and texture. The fact that it doesn't clog my pores and make my skin breakout also puts it in my good books.

8 Jan 2014

Review: The Face Shop Face It Velvet Skin Primer

Today I'm reviewing one of my absolute favourite beauty products ever (and I mean, ever!) To be honest, I was shocked when I realised this past weekend that I hadn't reviewed this little gem yet, so I had to remedy this asap! 

Ladies, allow me to introduce The Face Shop's Face It Velvet Skin Primer.

I've never really been big on skin primer, because the ones I have tried in the past were awfully disappointing as they left my skin feeling and looking terrible. But this past summer in Korea was incredibly hot and humid and my foundation was melting off by 10AM in the morning, which forced me back into the big search for a skin primer.

I tried several Korean brands and all of them were just terrible- too sticky, too greasy, too white, too shiny etc. etc. I was at my wits end until I read about the Velvet Skin Primer. I never went in store to test it and going on the good faith of the reviews I had been reading, I purchased the 30g bottle online for KRW14 900.

This oil free, scent free primer promises to hide pores and fine lines, create smooth skin texture and absorb excess oil. The packaging is very practical with a hygienic pump dispenser that dispenses enough product for a single application. It should be applied after your day moisturiser and before foundation or BB cream.

The highlight of this product is, hands down, the texture! Gorgeous and velvety, it softens your skin the moment it comes into contact with it, leaving it not only silky, but also hydrated without being greasy. It helps create the perfect canvas for the application of your foundation and/or BB cream. I find that it helps to prevent makeup resting in the fine lines below my eyes and have also experienced a dramatic increase in the longevity of my foundation- no retouching at all throughout the day! By 5PM my foundation still looks fresh and there is no sign of melting or oiliness in my t-zone.

As you might know by now, my skin is very sensitive and it doesn't take a lot for it break out, but the Face It Velvet Skin Primer hasn't caused a single blemish since I started using it in August 2013. Since it's an oil free formula, it is ideal for oily to combination skin, but we're currently in the middle of winter now and as such, my skin has become very dry and this stuff is still working to my benefit. 

It's not often that I find a product that I feel I cannot live without, but this one has earned its spot on that very short list! The Face It Primer is a perfect example of just how innovative Korean beauty products can be- they are able to confidently compete with high-end brands at a fraction of the cost. This product is affordable, good quality and delivers on it's promises- what more could a girl ask for?


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