The Lipstick Tag

Hello again SanSeoulites! I am finally back to having a small amount of free time so I can share my super awesome blog posts with you all. I was tagged in this post by Chubbychicsdiary and I absolutely L-O-V-E her blog. It’s almost like having a penpal. Yes, I am showing my age here. Who doesn’t remember having one in school & being so excited to learn about someone else’s life? Now onto the fun part.

The Rules
1.TAG 3 bloggers to answer these same questions.
2.Those bloggers will TAG 3 more bloggers of their choice with the same questions & rules.
3.No tag backs

The Questions

1. How many lipsticks do you own?

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I have 17. It’s such a small collection, but even then it is taking forever to make my way through this stash.

2. What was your first ever lipstick?

When I was younger my first was the drugstore brand NYX. As I got older my first fancy lippie was from Estee Lauder. My wallet may have cried as a teenager, but I felt luxurious. (Sidenote: I grew up in a small town and there was no such thing as Sephora or MAC. *gasp*)

3. What is your most worn lipstick?

On a daily basis when I am in a rush I usually reach for one of my Tarte lipsticks if I am going for a nude or natural color. If I am feeling more adventureous then I usually gravitate towards Memebox.

4. What is your favorite brand for lipsticks?

I love my MAC lipstick so much that I don’t want to use it. I discovered it when I had my make-up done for graduation & I fell in love.

5. What is your favorite finish?

I love glossy, but I think my hubby makes it a mission to remove it from my lips so I usually just stick with matte.

6. What is the last lipstick you bought?

The last one I received was Vivito from the Soothing Sista X Memebox collaboration when I lucked out during a restock party so it has been a few months.

7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag?

I usually carry whatever lipstick I’m currently wearing or my lip balm from Banila Co.

8. What lipstick do you use to rock a red lip?

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I alternate between two. The first is from Etude House and you can catch the review I did here. The second is from Memebox. I was actually very surprised at the quality when I received these. They have a smooth application and are pretty long lasting.

9. How do you store your lipsticks?

I have my cute acrylic case & I make it work even though I think it was meant for nail polish.

10. What lip products are you currently lusting over?

I have been wanting to try the Berrisom My Lip Tint Pack. You apply it to your lips, wait, & then peel it off for lasting color! It looks like so much fun.

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I hope you all have enjoyed The Lipstick Tag! There are so many people I would choose so with that being said…I nominate everyone reading this!!

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Etude House Dr. Ampoule Dual Mask Sheet Review

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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.

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*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:

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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.

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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.

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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,

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Honest Skin Beauty Haul

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Which color is your favorite?

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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.

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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?

 

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