Foodaholic Gold Energy Hydrogel Mask Review

Hello again Sanseoulites! While it has been awhile I promise I have missed each and every one of you a great deal. After taking a brief hiatus I am ready to get back to work and share my insights. After discovering a new site to order k-beauty products from I knew I had to try them out. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

The Website : Skin 18

They are currently running a promotion for FREE MASKS!!! All you have to do is pay shipping. Just make sure to follow the rules on their page. You can only get 1 of each type of mask. Check them out here.

I ordered an assortment of 15 masks for only $10! I had sticker shock when I went to check out. LOL The package arrived within two weeks which is pretty standard. It came from Hong Kong & had a low value which I know my international friends appreciate.

All the goods from Skin18.

All the goods from Skin18.

After I received these it took me awhile to decide which one I wanted to try first. The lucky winner was the Gold Energy Hydrogel Mask because duh GOLD!! Part of me was curious to try this just because of the brand name Foodaholic.

Foodaholic gold energy hydrogel mask

goldmask2

Description and Benefits via Skin18:

  • “FOODAHOLIC Hydro Gel Mask-Gold Energy contains a propolis extract with abundant nutrition that glow your skin. Its collagen and peptide help you to maintain vitalizing and elastic skin. The mask that contains a high content of essence replenishes moisture, nutrition, and soothes your skin as well as improves skin elasticity by deeply penetrating into the skin. Its separated mask sheets adhere closely to the skin and enable you to do daily activities while having the mask on.
  • Hydro Gel Mask Pack is a water-soluble gel-type mask pack that contains a high content essence. Active components deeply penetrate into the skin by reacting to the temperature of the skin to replenish moisture, nutrition, and restore elasticity of the skin. This non-sticky mask pack has an excellent moisturizing and lifting effects with a silky texture”.

Directions:

  • Wash face.
  • Apply toner.
  • Apply the 2 piece mask.
  • Leave on for 30 minutes.
  • Remove & pat in any remaining essence.

Price:

FREE from Skin18. Just pay shipping. You can find it here.

My Experience:

gold hydrogel mask

Doesn’t that look pretty? I took the mask out of the package & was amazed by how bright the gold looked. When I removed the paper backing I realized that this mask came in two pieces. The only other time I had ever used hydrogel was with eye patches so I figured it would be a similar experience as far as texture & moisture were concerned. Placing two slick mask pieces proved to be more of a challenge than I was expecting.

Gold mask

The gold looked very translucent once applied & as you can see I had some gaps around my eyes, but at least it stayed in place. I took this off after 40 minutes & even then it still felt extremely moist. I think this is a mask I could have slept in. It did have a slight sticky feeling, but once I let the remaining essence soak in I noticed that it went away.

My overall thoughts:

I was very pleased with this site & the mask. I noticed immediate results. My skin can sometimes dwell on the oily & dehydrated side so to see my face looking plump & radiant…well all I can say is OMG! I was doing a little happy dance on the inside. In the future I plan on reordering from Skin18. Just remember that even though they are offering these freebies; let’s show them some love & buy a few other items as well.

If anyone has tried any other hydrogel mask that you loved then let me know in the comments below. I’m always looking for new beauty products to try out.

Until next time my dears,

XOXOheart gif

Mishibox Review June 2015

After waiting what felt like an eternity Mishibox has finally launched! I was so excited to see what their first box contained. In an industry that is currently oversaturated with beauty boxes it makes it hard to stand out from the crowd. Many have tried and ultimately failed so I chose to remain cautiously optimistic. Just a reminder that if you signed up for the June box it did NOT automatically renew you for the July box. You must sign up again to start monthly service. You can do so here.

What is Mishibox?

Mishibox is a monthly Korean beauty box subscription. They currently only ship to customers within the United States.

How much does it cost?

If you sign up for the July box you can lock in the rate of $18.95 per month. Starting in August the price will increase to $19.95 per month. All prices include free shipping!

What will be included?

4-6 Beauty products consisting of full size & samples.

Information card (directions) will be in English.

Ingredient list will be available on the website after they are translated.

The Unboxing

mishibox june 2015

I love that this came in a pink box. I typically love all things girly.

mishibox 2015

mishibox reveal

Everything arrived packed in tissue paper & paper scraps. I thought it was a cost efficient way to ship items. The products appeared to be dusty at first, but that is just the result of the packaging. Wipe them off & they are perfectly fine.

mishibox june

THE GOODS!!!! So excited to see 3 full size items in their first box.

mishibox june infocard

Can you say Heaven? An information card in English to tell you what the product is, how to use it, & the retail prices.

mishibox june unboxing

June 2015 unboxing!

The Products

Banila Co. Cleanse It Zero

Banila_Co_Clean_It_Zero_100ml

I actually just received my second order of this cleansing balm because I love it so much. Samples are nice when I am traveling or waiting for replacements to arrive. This goes in the win category for me.

Benton Honest Cleansing Foam

honest_cleansing_foam_large

Source

Benton has been on my must try list for awhile. I have a few other samples as well so now I have a complete line to try out. I know the Ph is high, but I am hoping that the Cosrx AHA/BHA toner I recently purchased will return my skin to the Ph level it needs to be.

Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack

Benton snail bee mask pack

Source

I am usually excited to receive sheet mask, but I am currently on the fence about this one. I love any product that contains snail, but I am hoping that I will not have any sensitivity issues to the “bee” portion. I will let you all know later if I loved it or if my face turned into a tomato. I have seen countless bloggers highly recommend this mask so fingers crossed!

Holika Holika Aloe 99% Soothing Gel

Holika Holika Aloe 99% soothing gel

Source

Be still my beating heart. Since I am from Texas aloe & I have been longtime friends. The weather here is hot & humid a good portion of the year so this is a blessing. I will use aloe from head to toe. So much win Mishibox!!!

Holika Holika Jewel Light Waterproof Eyeliner (assorted colors)

holika holika jewel swatches

Source

I received color 01 (black jam). Let’s be honest here okay. It’s an eyeliner. Super exciting I know. On the plus side I can actually use this color so thank you basic black. I tend to view these as filler items for subscription boxes. I don’t mind a makeup item every now & then, but I hope it is not a monthly occurrence.

Skylake Oriental Herb Cool Shampoo

skylake oriental herb cool shampoo

This caught my eye. My poor hair is hating the heat & even my beloved coconut oil is not doing the trick. My hair is a wavy frizzy hot mess! All I can say is thank God for buns. This shampoo has a strong smell; it’s almost like a stateside tea tree one I am quite fond of. I am honestly excited to try this out. With my luck I will fall in love & my wallet will cry, but I will cross that bridge later.

Overall Thoughts

I thought this was a solid first box from a new company. Good job Mishibox! I think this box will be a great choice for those who are new to Korean beauty products & those of us who are on a budget. What really impressed me was how they have responded to the feedback they have received. They sent out emails with surveys attached that allowed us to pick the amount of Ph in our cleansers (high, low, or doesn’t matter).

mb7

The fact that they even acknowledged the feedback they received scored HUGE points with me. To create a survey & attempt to make everyone happy, within reason of course, shows that they are willing to go above & beyond for their customers. Now I am understanding of the fact that they are new & I’m sure they already have products that they need to send out, but in the future I can see them catering to their customer base on a more personal level. If you haven’t already done so make sure to go sign up with Mishibox  so you can join in on the fun too!

Until next time my dear SanSeoulites.

XOXO heart gifheart gif

Would you try the PLACENTA mask sheet???

IMG_2593

The word placenta is almost as bad as the word moist. I shudder when I hear it. Ick! Although it’s now 2015 using placenta is not a new beauty or health fad.

Many beauty benefits are believed to be derived from placenta for skincare, but I have yet to see a set standard that the medical and cosmeceutical communities can agree upon. Most of these help fight aging by reducing the appearance of wrinkles, freckles, and blemishes along with a reduction in sagging skin.

I decided to review the 3W Clinic Fresh Placenta Mask Sheet this week because I wanted to see if there would be any noticeable effects.

3W Clinic Placenta mask sheet

3W Clinic Placenta Sheet Mask

Directions:

1. Wash face.

2. Apply toner.

3. Apply mask sheet.

4. Leave on for 20-30 minutes.

5. Remove mask sheet and lightly pat remaining essence for better absorption.

Price:

Roseroseshop has a set of 10 available for $1.84! They currently have 13 different types to chose from.

Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Ethyhexanoate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Allantoin, Hydrolyzed Placenta Protein, Disodium EDTA, Perfume.

Here’s the CosDNA analysis.

Does it contain placenta?

Yes, it contains Hydrolyzed Placenta Protein, but it is so far down the ingredient list that I doubt there is much at all.

What is Hydrolyzed Placenta Protein?

Hydrolyzed :  Break down (a compound) by chemical reaction with water.

Placenta Protein: TLDR version – hormones and other “bad stuff” is removed in order to be used.

My Experience:

I have used other 3W Clinic mask so I did not expect any sort of variation. Here’s what the mask looked like once it was opened.

Placenta sheet mask

I actually thought this mask was going to cover my entire face and neck once I pulled it from the packaging. I was pleasantly surprised to see that once I applied the mask there were no air bubbles so all of my face was covered. The mouth portion was way too big so I had to pull it up, but other than that I had no complaints.

Fast forward thirty minutes later and I remove the mask sheet. It was still very wet, but somehow my face felt sticky. I almost decided to wash my face, but instead I relied on the patting method & allowed it to dry some more. In the end it felt like I had a very thin film resting above my skin.

My Overall Thoughts:

I’m sad to say that I was not impressed with this mask. It was just well…meh. I have used the lemon and the snail from the 3W Clinic series and I liked them so much better. I will probably use the ones I have, but I do not think I will repurchase them. I would give this mask a 2.5 our of 5 stars.

Until next time SanSeoulites,

XOXO  heart gif

The 3B Box April 2015 Unboxing

Hello SanSeoulites! I am super excited to tell you about a new subscription box called The 3B Box. 3B stands for beauty beyond borders. I signed up for this box in January and I finally got off the waitlist. Yay! This is a newer Asian skincare company based in the United States that charges $12/month for roughly 4-5 products. Most of the products will be samples, but that is part of the reason they are so inexpensive. They are also in the process of setting up shop to sell full size products so for now we all have to be patient. I highly recommend signing up for their waitlist. They currently only ship within the US, but we can all cross our fingers and hope for international shipping.

The reveal:

The 3b box april 2015

Everything arrived in a pouch which was fine by me because I can always reuse it.

3b box april 2015

This box included a few full size products (I definitely wasn’t expecting that), and after looking at spoilers from others who already received their boxes I realized that some people received the TonyMoly  Aquaporin Moisture foam cleanser while others had the TonyMoly Intense Care Snail foam cleanser.

Here’s the information card that came along with everything.

3B information card

Products:

skinfood silicon cleansing pad

tonymoly foam cleanser

Skinfood Silicon Cleansing Pad A popular way to help thoroughly cleanse and exfoliate the skin, this silicon cleansing pad uses tiny bristles to invigorate the skin and clean out pores. Long term use results in a clear and radiant complexion. Apply favorite cleanser to face and use cleansing pad to gently massage skin. Rinse with lukewarm water.

TonyMoly Aquaporin Moisture Foam Cleanser – This Korean micro-foam cleanser effectively clears out deep impurities without stripping skin of its natural moisture. It contains no parabens, mineral oils, benzophenone, or tar color. Apply a small amount onto wet skin and gently massage into a lather. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

I was really happy to get both a foam cleanser and the silicon cleansing pad together. To top it off I was in need of more foam cleanser and this showed up just in time. I can’t wait to try it out. I have used a cleansing pad before stateside, but I haven’t seen them sold as a single item.

Benton aloe soothing gel & bha skin toner

RoseRoseShop has a great deal right now. You can buy both here for only $16.18! Below is what the full size products look like.

-benton-aloe-bha-skin-toner-200ml-aloe-propolis-soothing-gel-100ml

Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner – Designed for all skin types, this Benton toner is great for treating troubled skin that is prone to acne, redness, and dryness. Aloe helps soothe and moisturize skin while salicyclic acid exfoliates, reduces sebum, and promotes anti-inflammatory benefits. Snail mucin supports natural cell regeneration and replenishes moisture to increase skin firmness. Apply on skin using cotton pad after cleansing.

Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel – This gel contains 80% aloe and propolis to help soothe irritated skin, fade acne scars, brighten skintone and maintain hydration throughout the day. Apply gel to face and neck after cleansing and toner. Lightly pat into skin for greater absorption.

After discovering the world of AHA and BHA the Benton skincare line has been on my “must try” list. I have heard nothing, but great things about them. Hopefully these will become my holy grail products in the future.

Innisfree Bija Sheet Mask

Innisfree Bija Sheet MaskFormulated with Jejubija (Bija) herbs, this natural mask revitalizes the skin while providing key nutrients. After cleansing apply sheet mask onto face for 10-20 minutes. Upon removing, pat excess product into face for greater absorption.

I am a huge fan on the Innisfree line so I can’t wait to try this sheet mask out. Innisfree is actually having a sale on sheet masks. They are buy 10 get 10 free! Just click on the link above to be transported to sheet mask heaven.

Overall thoughts:

The 3B box has definitely made a great first impression on me. I love everything in this box. You should give it a try too! Sign up here and then be patient. They are continually moving people off of the waitlist so hopefully the wait won’t be too terribly long.

Have you tried any of these products before? Tell me your favorites.

Etude House Dr. Ampoule Dual Mask Sheet Review

etude house dsm stock photo

Hello fellow SanSeoulites! Recently I decided that I wanted to try out a the Dr. Ampoule Dual Mask Sheet from Etude House. I figured it would end in one of two ways. #1 I would absolutely love it or #2 my poor face would be a soaking wet mess. Let’s just say I hoped for option one. They come in five different varieties: brightening, time, lifting, vital, and essential. After looking at this photo I kind of feel like I need them all.

Etude_House_Dr__Ampoule_Dual_Mask_Sheet

*Photo credit Jolse

I decided to try out Time mostly because I wanted to help “fight aging”. I know there is no stopping it, but there is no reason I can’t do it gracefully. 😉

Description via Jolse: 

  1. 2 step intensive mask of natural cellulose sheet and ampoule
  2. Removes dead skin cells and makes skin soft, smooth and elastic
  3. Moisturizes and boosts suppleness.
  4. Artificial pigment free, talc free, mineral oil free, benzophenone free.

Benefits via Sasa:

This Dr. Ampoule Dual Mask Sheet[Time Care] contains amino acid, nano peptide, adenosine that makes skin feel luxuriously soft and look radiant. Vitamin A protects the skin to wrinkle skin. Oats replenish nutrients that skin needs. Astaxanthin has rich antioxidant capabilities to enhance the skin.

Directions via Etude House:

Step 1. Extract and apply #1 serum to face.

Step 2. Remove and unfold mask sheet and apply to face. Leave on for 15~20 minutes and remove mask. Allow remaining essence to absorb into skin.

Price:
Etude House – $3.50 (shipping can be expensive)
Jolse – $4.44 with shipping for only $2.50
Korea Depart – $13.45 for a pack of 5
***Disclaimer – I received no compensation for this review and the links are only provided as a way to help you find the product.***

My Experience:

eh sm4

etude housedr ampoule time sheet mask

In the photo you can see that the mask is labeled 1 and 2.  You simply open section one first, apply to your face, & then open section two and put the mask on. I recommend tearing off section one first for easy application. The back of these masks do have directions in English, however, it is very small to read. Just look for them at the bottom below the bar code.

etude house dr. ampoule

Silly me forgot to take a photo of how the serum looked so you will just have to take my word for it. When I opened it I discovered a clearish white gel that had a very thick consistency to it. I was doubtful this mask would even work at this point.

dr ampoule time dual sheet mask

The mask itself seemed like any other sheet mask from Etude House. It contained a lot of essence so of course I decided to use the extra for my neck and hands. I love the fit of these mask mostly because they are the right size for my face. (Yes, I  am pint size).

I decided to leave the Dr. Ampoule Dual Mask Sheet on for roughly 30 minutes, but when I removed it I realized that my face felt like it was still soaked. I attempted to remain optimistic and patted my face to absorb the rest of the liquid. Even then it was still very wet so I decided to see how long it would take to air dry. After ten minutes everything had absorbed into my skin. I WAS ECSTATIC! The mask worked and did not leave any sort of film. I was very afraid that I was going to have to simply wash everything off afterwards.

My overall thoughts:

I liked this mask and in the future I would like to try out the other varieties so I will definitely repurchase. My cons would be the texture and the heaviness of the product.  If the texture is something that would bother you then I would not recommend this mask series. I don’t mind how long it took since that is usually the amount of time I leave sheet mask on anyway. I would give this mask 3.5 out of 5.

Until next time my dears,

XOXO heart gif

Honest Skin Beauty Haul

Honest Skin logo

As I procrastinated writing my next mask review I received a letter that a package was waiting for me via the post office across town. *sigh* This poor box came from Korea and sat in my town for a few days before it was mistakenly sent back overseas. This meant it had to be delivered a second time and now it was at the wrong post office. After driving across town I discovered that they did not have my package, but someone used one of their trucks. This pretty much summed up my feelings.

kanye mad face

Yes, I was having a total Kanye moment.

Eventually I made it to my original post office and my package was finally safe! For those who are not familiar with Honest Skin let me give you a quick summary.

Once Upon a Time there was a company that sold Korean skincare and make up at LOW LOW prices. Then one day they magically raised prices while offering free shipping. The princess being the savvy shopper that she is said “I don’t think so!” and proceeded to take her business elsewhere. The end.

I was actually very fond of Honest Skin before the price changes. Now I will only buy from them is I cannot find a better deal on an item. At least then their free shipping will be beneficial. Now one thing I do like is how they mark their packages. I have a lot of international friends who have dealt with the nightmare that is customs and VATs.

honest skin custom form

Everything was marked for a very low price. My package arrived in good condition, but at that point I had forgotten what I ordered in the first place! Opening the box didn’t really help me either.

IMG_2427

See this is bubble wrap city, but in my opinion that is how all my items usually arrive safely. Now behold the glory of my Honest Skin haul.

Honest skin Korean skincare

Yay, look at all the pretties! I was a bit sad that I only received two samples this time, but companies don’t have to provide them at all so I will take it. Here’s a closer look of all the goodies. *All stock photos courtesy of Honest Skin.

Skinfood Toner

Skinfood Lettuce & Cucumber Watery Toner

Description: (via Sasa)
Skin Food Lettuce & Cucumber Watery Toner is a hydrating and soothing toner that refines and moisturizes skin. Contains vegetables extracts (Cucumber water, cucumber extracts, lettuce, β- glucan, purslane, witch hazel, xylitol) It has a refreshing watery texture that cools and calms skin immediately. It gently soothes and restores skin’s moisture content, especially after exposure to sunlight.

Suitable for all skin types.

Holika Holika feet mask

Holika Holika Baby Silky Foot One Shot Peeling

Description: (via Sasa)
Holika Holika Baby Silky Foot Mask Sheet is feet exclusive sheet managing thickened foot horn intensively and caring tired foot fresh and moist Highly enriched essential foot sheet which makes your feet fresh and moist.

Etude House air cushion

Etude House Precious Mineral MOIST Any Cushion

Description: (via Etude House)

A cushion soaked in foundation, it can be bb or cc cream too, housed in a chunky compact with second lid/compartment for the puff and also to keep the foundation from drying.
Smooth texture like a moisturizing cream to keep face hydrated all the time even in winter.
6-in-1 almighty cream foundation cushion: Moisturizing + Whitening + Anti-wrinkle + UV protecting (SPF 50+ / PA+++) + Tone correcting + Glossy effect

 


What it does

– Moisturizing: Made of baobab water (26.7%) for intensive hydrating skin. It also contains Hyaluronic acid 4 times more than other cushions to last hydrating longer.
– Creamy-Glossy Skin: With ‘Glow-Lock Complex™’, it formulates transparent layer on skin to enhance glossy function and prevent losing moisture, which is its secret receipe to keep skin hydrated even in winter.
– Sleek Skin: Creamy texture provides sleek skin condition.

 


Details

– N02 Light Beige
– W13 Natural Beige
– W24 Honey Beige

 


Etude House hand cream

Etude House Missing U Hand Cream

 Description: (via Etude House)

Formulated with natural mixture of herbs, Shea Butter and Olives to moisturize, heal and soothe hands. 

The Face Shop hand cream

The Face Shop Lovelymeex Mini Perfume Hand Cream

Description: (via The Face Shop)

 *A cute and lovable design

*Compact size to be able to carry anywhere

*High moisture! Zero stickiness! Excellent absorbance!

*Light texture but contains high moisture, high nutrition that cares for hands keeping them soft and silky.

I am beyond excited to try all of these new goodies out, but a bit sad that I won’t have this site to use anymore. Guess I will be on the lookout for new places to purchase all of my k-beauty products from. If you have any suggestions please comment below!

Have a good day everyone!! heart gif

  

My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Mask Review

Hello my dear SanSeoulites! This is the first post of a series I like to call Mask Mondays. Today I will be reviewing the Black Pearl sheet mask from My Beauty Diary. They are a very popular brand from Taiwan. I have included a chart below that contains most of the different varieties that they offer. I am a visual type of person so a photo like this allows me to quickly scan and pinpoint my skin needs.

my beauty diary chart

***Source

Black Pearl Benefits:

Brightening

Firming

Moisturizing

Regenerating

Whitening

Contains collagen

Company Description via Sasa:
“My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Mask provides intense whitening and nourishment. Containing luxurious Tahitian black pearl essence with rich vitamins, minerals and amino acids, it provides nutrients to tired and dull skin. Natural pearl shell extracts contains the smallest molecular structure of protein amino acids. It can instantly infuse into skin, making it soft and luminous.
Deep sea red algae and mallow extracts can hydrates skin, restoring skin’s natural moisture. Patented moisturizing ingredients CosphingoTM maintains skin’s natural state of healthiness. It hydrates and locks moisture, restores skin’s softness and smoothness. Does not contains Paraben preservatives, alcohol or fluorescent agents.”

Directions for use:
Apply on cleansed and toned face for 20~30 minutes. If there is essence left, use fingers to massage gently for better absorbance. No need to wash away. Continue with lotion or cream to lock the nourishing ingredients into skin.

Price:

Sasa  has a box of 10 available for $13.50

Walmart is a great choice if you live in the United States. They are $13.75 for a box of 10 and shipping is on the cheaper side.

Minnano Japanese Grocery is my local choice. They only sell individual masks, but that is a plus if you want to try out different varieties. You can read about my experience here. Current prices: 1 x $1.60 or 3 x $3.99.

***Disclaimer – I received no compensation for this review and the links are only provided as a way to help you find the product.***

My experience:

When I found this mask I was surprised by how small the packaging was compared to other companies. A part of me thought I had just bought the dreaded knock-off version. Once I consulted with the beauty community they put my fears to rest. While I purchased a few different kinds I could not wait to try the Black Pearl!

MBD1

I hadn’t even opened the package yet and I was already in love.

Once opened I discovered that this was a cotton sheet and you peeled the mask off of the plastic backing.

MBD2

To my surprise this packet contains a lot of essence…I mean A LOT!!! I hade a soaking wet mask and enough to save for later. I will probably buy a few cotton masks to soak in the remaining essence. I know a lot of people leave these masks on until they dry or go to sleep while wearing them, but I decided to play it safe for my first time so I only left it on for 25 minutes.

This mask was waaaaay too big for my face, but I made it work! The scent was not strong and I had no adverse reactions. After I removed the mask I patted the remaining essence onto my skin and neck. My immediate impression was that my skin seemed brighter, although that was a temporary effect. I wish I had time to use something like this is the morning to give myself a bright and dewy look.

My overall thoughts: 

I liked this mask and now that I know how to use it I will try out a few more of these. I will definitely repurchase in the future. It’s way too easy to run down to Minnano to pick up a few. If I had to rate this I would give it a 4 out of 5. The fit of the mask was the only con I had. With that being said I only have one other question.

What’s your favorite mask from My Beauty Diary?

Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips

Yesterday I went to collect the post & realized that my order from Honest Skin had arrived. I think it is safe to say that at this point I may be slightly obsessed enamoured with Etude House. Everything is so pretty in pink (<— You see what I did there? 🙂 If you have not seen this classic then I suggest you do so.) Maybe I enjoy this girly brand because I am the only female in my house or it could be because I am dreading turning 29. Either way girly makeup is just what the doctor ordered! I decided to be bold & purchased RD302 & PK003 from the Dear My Blooming Lips collection. Here’s the lovely lippies now.

lipstick1

I am absolutely loving the detail here. The soft pink with the bows. I feel like Aurora from Sleeping Beauty.

lipstick2

See I told you I wanted to take a risk. Look at how bright they are. ^_^  In my next photo I had to resort to using a bright flash, but it was the only way to show the surprising details!

bright

They have these super cute whimsical hearts engraved in each one. I kind of want to just keep these on my vanity & not use them. For comparison purposes I will include my swatches & the ad from Etude House.

labled-eh-swatches

I wanted red & I got it. The pink is after two coats so I was happy to see that I can play around & adjust the color to my liking. The application was surprisingly smooth for a brand that many consider to be lower end. (In my eyes even the Korean lower end or drug store brands are still leaps and bounds ahead of most of the brands here in the United States). Plus the price did not hurt. The Etude House website has these available for $8.50 a piece. I got these during a flash sale by Honest Skin for $1.98 each!!! How crazy is that? Even with the $5 shipping that means I actually received these for $8.96. Not a bad deal if you ask me.

So far I am impressed by their cuteness factor and easy application. I still have to test how long a single application will last, but overall I am very pleased. If these color swatches below are correct then I will have to add to my collection.

etude-house-dear-my-blooming-lips-talk-swatches

Which color is your favorite?

PS. If any fellow blogger is interested in joining a link up party you may do so here. It’s a great way to network & promote your blog. tumblr_inline_mqbyznc0zS1qz4rgp

My First Memebox Box Party

Hello my dear SanSeoulites! I’m late to the game compared to many other beauty bloggers out there, but I have an unrequited love with Memebox. This week they had their Big Box Party aka RESTOCK TIME! If you have never heard of them let me give you the TLDR version. Pretty sure you will love them as much as I do once you give them a chance. Memebox curates Korean beauty boxes containing skincare & make up along with a shop for individual items or sets. They have both an international & U.S. shop based in California so if you order from the U.S. then your order will arrive very quickly. Since I live in the U.S. I had to stay awake until almost 3:00 am on a daily basis to attempt to snag one of these in the thirty seconds they will be available due to the quantity & the site itself crashing. Was I crazy for doing this? I’m not sure, but I was definitely exhausted by the time day three came around.

IMG_1888

These are some of the boxes that I was hoping to pick up.

 The only night I was successful in purchasing boxes I wanted was the first night when boxes were restocked one by one before going “live” on their Box Party Page. I snagged a Soothingsista that I missed the first time & My Cute Wishlist 4. I was hoping that the first box from the My Cute Wishlist series would be restocked, but so far no such luck.

soothingsistaunboxed20141203-111834-40714658

The photos show the contents of both boxes. Photo credits: www.memebox.com and  https://sandmbeauty.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/memebox-review-my-cute-wishlist-4/.

I’m excited to grow my k-beauty collection, & hopefully Memebox has another restock in the future. The big question lingers though….Would you swap your sanity for a restock?

<

The Etude House Waiting Game

Hello my fellow SanSeoulites! Back in November I placed my very first order with Etude House. They offered 50% off their popular sheet masks along with free shipping for orders under 1.6kg. Being the great deal that it was I purchased a stack of sheet masks for 48 cents a piece along with a two part sheet mask, two black charcoal chin strips, & a lip gel patch.

Etude House Haul

 

As a somewhat new Korean beauty addict I waited patiently (okay, I may have stalked my postman) for my order to arrive. During this time I emailed Etude House numerous times to request my tracking number. When I finally received a reply the woman was a bit snarky & claimed it had been sent before, but she still gave me it to me again. At this point I didn’t care, because I had my magic numbers. I cannot stress this enough, if you plan to order through their website then CREATE AN ACCOUNT  first. This will allow you to track your order along with being able to earn points for future use. Currently 3 points is equal to $1. After a month passed I was very worried about my package. The company did email me to let me know that it was stuck in Los Angeles & offered me a 20% coupon code to help make up for it. When I finally received my order nearly two months had passed. I was a bit apprehensive when it arrived. In my head I imagined a squished leaky box, but everything arrived in perfect condition! .

Feel free to check out my photos below. I am currently trying these out & my favorite has been lemon of all things!

Leave me a comment & let me know. What’s your favorite kind of sheet mask?

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.