Wednesday, 10 September 2014

4 Mini Korean Beauty Reviews

Hi Lovelies! 

Today's post is an assortment of mini beauty reviews, made up of beauty products that I had planned to fully review, but never got around to (for whatever reason). Rather than let the photos languish forever on my computer, I will just give you my quick thoughts on these ^^

Some of these date back quite a bit! 

Etude House Juicy Cocktail Gradation Nails #5 Princess Marry

A super cute nail polish set from Etude - the polishes are quite tiny, however it's not expensive for the set. I think I paid about $8 for it? 

The base polish is really sheer - I wouldn't wear it on its own since it would make my nails look a bit unhealthy, against my yellow skin tone colouring. The middle shade is your typical clear polish with really fine gold shimmers. If you wanted you could just use the base and then this glitter shade for subtle gradation nails. 

The third polish, the top off polish has larger pieces of gold glitters in it. If you like an even coating, you have to layer on this polish quite a bit, as the glitters apply sparsely and don't really group together. 

Overall, you could probably create your own set using similar polishes, but this is inexpensive and cute, so not a bad buy ^.^


Mizon King to the Kong Berry Aqua Step Up Cream 

Comes in a massive 300ml tub! Packaging is humorous and fun, and the texture of the cream is interesting. 

Rather than a cream, this is more of a gel...haha, it looks like hair gel too :P

The little dots in the cream are moisture beads that burst as you apply the gel to your skin. 

Feels really cooling as you apply it, and absorbs clear. 

Considering it says that it'll supply moisture deep into the skin, I didn't actually find it very hydrating. It's very lightweight, and absorbs super quick, leaving my skin feeling like it hasn't had a hit of hydration at all. But if I apply a second layer, my skin ends up feeling a bit sticky instead. 

Didn't really enjoy using this, unfortunately. 

Petitfée 98% Hydro Gel Eye & Spot Patch

This was an impulse, random purchase from a while back. I had started noticing dark undereye circles at the time and decided to get this to see if it worked. 

The patches feel super cooling when applied, with a bit of a superfresh tingly type of sensation? 

But I have to say the shape of the patches were puzzling as they didn't actually fit my under my eye - not even close! It's a weird C shape that doesn't sit well under the eyes. 

I didn't notice any brightening effects either. As for spot treatment, they didn't do much to minimise any of my breakouts! 

But I have to say these patches stuck to the skin surprisingly well - you could go about your daily business while wearing these and they wouldn't fall off. 

Don't think I'd recommend these overall - a bit pricey for what it is, and no noticeable results as far as I could tell. 

Tony Moly Luminous Goddes Aura Make-Up Mist

Last mini review!

I'm kinda obsessed with glowy or dewy skin, and one of the products you can use to fake the look is an oil based face mist. The first dewy mist I tried was Etude's mist from their Collagen range, and boy did that one break me out! Which was a shame since I loved how dewy it made my skin look. 

So fast forward a few years, and I decided to brave another oil based mist, and happily this Tony Moly one did not break me out. The dewy effect this gives is more subtle than Etude's but that's a good thing since it's harder to be mistaken as greasy or oily rather than dewy :P

I use this when my skin's a little dry, when I rush through my skincare, so my bb cream ends up looking a bit dehydrated - and this fixes it right up, so that I don't look so powdery, and giving my skin a healthier sheen. 

If you are looking for a dewy-giving face mist, then give this one a go - it's not expensive, and it works ^^

Hope you enjoyed these mini-reviews. Thanks for reading! Apologies for the lack of blogging - work has been so busy, and I was getting over a 2 week cold too. 

My full time work contract will be dropping back to part time in a few weeks too, so I'll probably have heaps of time to devote to blogging starting next month, lol. 

Anyways, chat to you soon!

 xoxo Tulip

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Pre-Birthday Clothes Shopping Haul

Hi Cutiepies, 

Just a short, quick clothing haul post to break up all the beauty posts ^^

So today was my rostered day off, and I was finally getting over a 2 week cold, and tomorrow's my birthday, so I decided I wanted to have a girl's day out with my Mum. We went to Harbourtown, which is basically a DFO shopping centre in the city. 

I hadn't been in so long, but it turned out to be good timing because a lot of the stores were having really good end of season sales <3

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Innisfree Smart Foundations - Perfect Cover and Super Moisture

Hallo lovelies! I'm back with not one, but two foundation reviews for you today ^^

A lot of you expressed interest in the newly released Innisfree mini-foundations in my April Beauty Haul, so sorry for this somewhat lateish review. 

Innisfree Smart Foundation Perfect Cover & Super Moisture

Now I don't know about you, but I'm forever buying new foundations and bb creams, even if I already found one I like, because some sick, twisted part of me is always thinking 'oh, I bet there's something even better out there!' 

And then I end up with like 10 different opened bb creams/foundations, that I need to use up before it expires...

Well, Innisfree decided to release 4 'smart' foundations in mini sizes, so that it's not only easy to use up, and cheap, but also easy to mix the foundations to customise any particular skin needs for that day! 

I ended up buying two of the range - the Perfect Cover, because I was on the lookout for a fuller coverage product, and the Super Moisture, because of my dryer skin type, and because I like a dewy look. I bought them for about USD$8 each online. 

Innisfree Smart Foundation Perfect Cover & Super Moisture

Packaging wise, it's quite plain. The 15ml foundation comes in cute, travel friendly squeeze tubes, with a plastic twist cap. The only differences between the packaging for the range is a slight colour variation of the tubes, as well as the titles on the packaging. 

I feel like there's enough foundation for about 3 weeks max if you wear foundation several times a week - on the upside it means you can easily finish it and not waste the money you spent on it, but the downside is that if you love it, you'll need to buy it in bulk!

Innisfree Super Moisture (SPF 30 PA++)

Claims to be a moisturising foundation, that makes skin look glossy and feel hydrated. 

The Super Moisture foundie is light and creamy in texture (it's not really like a runny Western foundation, but more similar to Asian bb cream), and has that signature Innisfree herbal scent. 

It can be applied however you like, so I just apply with fingers. It spreads easily, and works best by patting it after you spread it onto the skin. 

I find it to be a light coverage product - it doesn't cover blemishes or really bad redness, but it does brighten the skin so that blemishes and other skin issues aren't so obvious. 

It does have a glossy finish, though it's not a very obvious effect - which is good because it won't look like greasy skin. Skin just looks healthy and bright, and a little glossy. I wouldn't recommend it for oily skin types though, or anyone who likes a matte finish. 

I didn't find it to feel heavy or greasy on the skin - it does feel a little hydrating but not very obviously so. Lasting power is a little lacking - without primer there's fading of the foundation on my forehead and jawline within 5 hours. 

I like this foundation, but it's not overly amazing. If I want a lighter coverage, glossy look I tend to stick with my bb creams, so unfortunately there's not a huge need for this in my collection.

Applied with fingers, over primer
No concealer/powder
Applied without primer/concealer, no highlighter used 
You can see it doesn't really cover the blemishes around my mouth

Innisfree Perfect Cover (SPF 33 PA++)

Claims to be a hydrating, high cover foundation that covers blemishes. 

Again though this is a foundation, the consistency is very much like an Asian bb cream, slightly thick and creamy, but which thins out as you apply it. To apply this I squeeze a bit onto the back of my hand, thin it out by 'mixing' it with my finger and then dotting spots onto my face, before spreading it all over. 

I like the coverage this foundation gives me - it doesn't cover active blemishes, dark circles, or bad redness very well, but it's got great coverage for uneven skin tone/pigmentation, slight redness, and fading acne scars. 

The Perfect Cover doesn't feel heavy on the skin - I only apply the one layer, just like I would with bb cream, and although it does have a more 'makeup look' finish, it doesn't look or feel cakey or thick. 

The finish is semi-matte on the skin, and really brightens my skin tone. It can look a little 'flat' on my face without blush/highlighting contouring because of the higher coverage, but a bit of blush fixes that. 

The foundation feels a bit velvety on the skin, but is fairly smudge-proof as long as you aren't rubbing at your face. Lasting power is quite good, didn't have any complaints there. 

This is one foundation that I really liked, however there are a lot of negative reviews of this out there, and I can understand why. This claims to have perfect coverage, but it doesn't cover all imperfections. I'd recommend this if you're after coverage for uneven skin tone and faded blemishes, but if you're currently dealing with acne or bad redness/acne scarring it won't meet your coverage expectations. I've read it's not long lasting on oily skin either - I've dryer skin so I didn't have any issues with that. 

No primer, concealer, powder
Only blush as contouring
Didn't quite cover redness around nose, or active pimples next to mouth, but I only applied one layer and didn't build up
Perfect Cover Shade 21 vs Super Moisture Shade 21

All in all, the Super Moisture is an ok foundation, but lacks coverage and long-lasting wear time, so I won't be repurchasing it. 

As for the Perfect Cover, I'm kind of torn - I like how it looks on my skin, yet it didn't deliver perfect cover for my active blemishes. I guess for the price, it's quite a good deal, and it does give slightly better coverage than other foundations I use at the moment, but I still prefer something with flawless coverage. I think I'll keep looking, but this will stay on my backup list for now. 

If you have any perfect cover foundation recs, do let me know! 

Thanks for reading ^^

xoxo Tulip

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

My Makeup Journey Makeup Over the Years

Time for a trip down memory lane - today's post is all about my makeup journey over the last few years - I wanted to see how my makeup style has evolved over time.

When I first started blogging, I honestly had very little clue about beauty and makeup. I could put on foundation, and could handle a curler and mascara, but that was it. 

Kind of laughable now that I look back, how I wish I knew better back then! Unlike some girls who took to the ins and outs of makeup very quickly, at a young age, I didn't become 'good' at putting on my face until well into university. 

But here we go. Let's start with a 'before' pic *cringe* 

The first photo is from late 2010! I had very bad acne scarring at this stage, after a year course of Roaccutane, which although gradually diminished my acne problem, left my skin very prone to scarring. Because of that I would refuse to leave the house without heavy foundation on - my HG foundie at the time was the very expensive Clinique Anti-redness foundation (RRP $50).

The only other makeup I wore was a gold glitter eyeshadow, and mascara - haha excuse the smudging - it was a very, very hot day when this pic was taken! 

You can also see I had overplucked eye brows, and didn't know how to wear coloured lipstick hehe. 

Fast forward one year, in late 2011 I started my blog! What sparked it? I finally got a paypal account and bought my first pairs of circle lenses and Japanese branded false lashes. I loved reading gyaru blogs, and wanted to make myself look like a doll too. 2011 was also the year I was introduced to the wonders of bb cream - my first one was the Etude House Precious Mineral bb cream - one I still use today~!

Anywho, I became obsessed with false lashes, because my eyes were my insecurity, and lashes made a huge difference. It took me a few attempts but I learnt how to put on falsies by watching youtube tutorials :P

It's late 2011 now, my blog was still small and slowly growing, but I loved it and was having so much fun. 

My makeup style was pretty heavy on the eye makeup with long, dolly lashes (upper and lower), eyeliner, and dramatic patterned circle lenses. Neutral eyeshadows only. 

Still had too thin brows, and no lip colour! Asides from my eyes my weird lip shape was another big insecurity for me, and I was too afraid that a coloured lipstick would emphasise it, so I stuck to slightly tinted lip balms only. 

In 2012, my beauty interests started to shift a bit. Where I had started blogging with an interest in dolly Japanese makeup, I was now starting to take an interest in Korean uljjang beauty style, which seemed more natural but still so pretty looking. 

Big eyes were still the look I was going for, but I was not wearing dramatic false lashes as often. I started wearing winged eyeliner, and focused on a clean glowy base as my signature look...

I also started learning how to use brow pencils too, and started matching my brows to my coloured hair with brown pencils or brow mascara. 

Shifting into 2013, heading into my second year blogging, and hallelujah I finally started experimenting with lipsticks. Very natural looking lipsticks of course, but a step in the right direction at least, lol. 

I was beginning to think that if I was going to go through the effort of making up the rest of my face, I should at least finish off with something on my lips too...

I was still loving the winged eyeliner as my go to look, and was skipping mascara or falsies more and more - mostly out of laziness.

In late 2013, I was starting to discover the joys of a bright and cheerful lip colour! It took me a while but I got over my fear of bright lips, and after a few hits and misses I started to figure out which bright shades suited me best ^^

My eye makeup was still pretty much the same - I still preferred my simple neutral colours, but I was starting to experiment with less feline eyeliner flicks, for a more straight, slightly downwards eyeliner look. 

I also started wearing more natural looking lenses, for work, and I found that I really liked a more natural look on me. I still like to wear really dolly lenses when I do blog posts, but I wasn't as insecure about my eyes as I was back in 2010/11 any more.

And now we come to current times - Mid 2014. 

I had a brief flirtation with lash extensions - I loved them a lot, but alas the frequent refills and the related expenses was too much for this beauty fanatic T.T 

I'm back to the dolly lenses and makeup - but it's only for blog photoshoots, my makeup is still relatively natural for work. Haha even within the last few months I can notice yet another change! It went from super dolly, with thick, droopy eyeliner, to slightly more natural lip shades and softer eye pencil liner...

I'm still chasing the perfect brows - I've been trying to grow mine out so I can achieve that straight 'Korean brow' but it's challenging because my brows have a natural arch to them. I've been trying to fake it with brow pencil, but it's a bit hit and miss if I do say so - but hopefully it'll come with more practice >.<  

Anyway! This is my current beauty'll probably continue to change, because there's always going to be trends and looks that are going to influence me somewhat...but yep, it was interesting to compare my makeup looks over the last few years.

Have you changed your beauty style over the years too? Dramatically or just a little? 

Thanks for reading! 

xoxo Tulip 

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Garnier's Micellar Water #smartbeauty Challenge

In a far, far away land called Dressing Table, the cute and pretty inhabitants were protected by a mysterious super hero. No one knew the true identity of this mysterious figure (with his dashing pink cape that fluttered in the wind), or where he came from - all that was known was that this mysterious hero fought valiantly for all of Dressing Table, with the amazing power of Time Saving

This valiant hero fights grime and removes makeup, with a super gentle, perfume free formula, that soothes and cleanses skin. Armed with his trusty cotton bud and cotton pad arsenal, foundation, lipstick and non-waterproof eye makeup is a cinch to eliminate. No harsh rubbing  or rinsing necessary. 

Skin is left soft and nourished, cleansing afterwards is optional, as this Time Saving hero is a multi-functional, all in one package. Not only does he eliminate dirt and day old makeup, but he cleans up at the same time too...

And he's generous - with an approximate 200 uses, you can rely on him to come to the rescue for months to come. 

Day by day, Dressing Table and its inhabitants have never been so refreshed...though they might never find out this Time Saving hero's true identity, they hope he'll continue his valiant efforts...

*My entry for the Garnier x Kidspot #smartbeauty challenge*

This was sent to me as a PR sample, and the conditions of my agreement to participating in the challenge was to create a blog post review about the product, using the prompt TIME SAVING in an experimental and creative way. This is where my brain went...

I know it's different from my normal reviews, and this may have come off more of an advertorial rather than a review, however I actually was already onto my second bottle of this before I was even sent one of these, and I featured the Micellar water in my July Beauty Faves too, so I do actually really like this remover, and use it everyday. I'd recommend it if you don't wear a lot of waterproof makeup - it takes a little longer to remove waterproof mascaras and lip products, but it's great for removing all other makeup gently and quickly. 

Thanks for reading! 

xoxo Tulip 

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Sunkissed Beauty - Arbonne Golden Coast Palette

Hi lovelies! You saw my review on the Arbonne Country Palette a few days ago, right? (Link here if you haven't)

Well, today I'm going to follow up with their other recent release - the Golden Coast Palette. As the name suggests, this beautifully and vibrantly packaged all in one set is inspired by the Australian beaches and coastlines.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Beauty in Bloom - Arbonne Country Garden Palette (Limited Edition)

Spring is nearly upon us (or at least those of us in the Southern Hemisphere), so today I want to show you Arbonne's new, limited edition, Spring makeup release - the Country Garden Palette. 

The Country Garden Palette is an all-in-one makeup compact set, with a sheer pink lipstick, 4 eyeshadows, and a blush and bronzer duo all in one. It's also created with a vegan formula (yay!), and dermatologist tested. 

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