Monday, 20 October 2014

4 Mini Korean Beauty Reviews (Etude House, Holika Holika, & Skineye) - Part Two

Hi Lovelies, as promised here's the second part to yesterday's Mini Korean Beauty Reviews ^^ 

Left to right starting with Holika Holika's Aqua Petít BB Cream, Etude House's Proof 10 Auto Pencil, Skineye's Honeycomb Cream, and Etude House's Juicy Cocktail Gradation Nails.

In Part One I reviewed the Holika Holika BB Cream, and Etude House's Proof 10 Auto Pencil, check it out here if you haven't yet. 

Let's continue with the remaining two products! 

Skineye Honeycomb Cream

I'd never heard of this brand until I came across it on Beautynetkorea, and I don't think it's a well known brand either (at least not in the Western/Internation beauty blogosphere). I had been interested in Honey/Propolis skincare for a while, and when I saw the pictures of this cream I was immediately caught. 

The cream has an unusual texture - it has a few stages - it turns foamy when left on its own, and turns creamy when touched, which amuses me greatly (sad to say I'm easily entertained). 

Does this remind you of cotton candy/fairy floss? 0.o
Turns a bit 'chunky' once you scoop it out
Ta-dah! Turns into a rich cream when spread

So the cream is best suited for dry skin types as it's fairly thick and very nourishing. It takes a while to absorb, so if you don't wait for it to absorb in the morning your base makeup will end up looking quite dewy or maybe even greasy for normal-oily skin types. I personally like this cream a lot as it's really hydrating and nourishing on my dryer skin. 

The only con is that the cream needs to be carefully applied as it leaves a white film if you don't massage it in enough, which is time consuming and a hindrance. Due to that I won't repurchase now that I've finished the tub, but overall I would recommend it if you have dry skin and dry patches as this cream is nourishing enough. 

Etude House Juicy Cocktail Gradation Nails in #3 Love Violet

I already reviewed this in #5 Princess Marry in the last mini reviews post here. Love Violet differs slightly though, in that these polishes have a more 'jelly' like texture and finish. The glitter top base (the final glitter layer) is also a bit finer than compared to Prince Marry.

I also really liked this set - I thought the jelly texture just made the nails look really cute, and the gradation effect is more obvious in this set. 

The 'jelly-ness' of the finish doesn't quite come across when photographed, but it's more obvious in real life

Also with Princess Marry I said that you could find suitable dupes for the colours in that set, but I haven't come across any jelly like textured polishes that could compare to the Love Violet set. 

These are great for Summer, and also make cute stocking fillers or gifts too ^^

Definitely recommend this if you like purple and glitter polishes!

Yay, that's the end of this post ^^

I'll be back with longer individual reviews soon, but since you seem to like these mini review posts I'll be sure to do them more regularly. 

Don't forget to enter my two current giveaways if you haven't yet. Only 3 days to go now >.<

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Thanks for reading lovelies~

xoxo Tulip

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

4 Mini Korean Beauty Reviews (Etude House, Holika Holika, & Skineye) - Part One

Hi Cuties! Since my last 4 Mini Korean Beauty Reviews Post was quite well received, I've decided to do another one for you tonight ^^

But! The post still ended up quite long, even though it's meant to be mini reviews. So I decided to post in two parts - one part tonight and the second part tomorrow night. 

Being a beauty junkie I tend to buy a lot of different products all the time, but for one reason or another I don't fully review everything. Some products I won't review if there are already many reviews, or if I don't think it's fully relevant (or won't get much interest), and other times I might not review something if I liked/disliked it, but not enough to devote a whole post to it. 

But now that I thought to do mini reviews I've gone back through my beauty stash and found a few things I would like to quickly comment on. 

Here's the selection I've chosen to review.

Left to right starting with Holika Holika's Aqua Petít BB Cream, Etude House's Proof 10 Auto Pencil, Skineye's Honeycomb Cream, and Etude House's Juicy Cocktail Gradation Nails.

Tonight I will review the bb cream and the eyeliner. Let's begin, shall we?

Holika Holika Aqua Petít Jelly BB Cream

I've had this bb cream for ages now, but as you can see I've not used much of it! Back in 2013 there was so much hype about this bb cream - beauty bloggers loved this bb cream a lot, and I couldn't find any negative reviews so I bought it. 

Super cute packaging - comes in a glass curved bottle, an inbuilt spatula in the lid, and a latex sponge for application
More of a custard texture - or maybe mushed up jelly instead of bouncy jelly texture as claimed ^^
Lumpy texture, but thins out once you spread it

Sad to say this is one of the worst bb creams I've ever tried. 

Although it has aqua in the name, and claims to be formulated with mint water for hydration this bb cream is not workable on dry skin types. It has a lovely cooling texture (not exactly jelly as marketed, but more like thick custard?), but once you spread it onto your skin it dries up quickly, making the skin looked very parched and powdery. If you have any dry patches this bb cream shows it right away, and if you have peach fuzz, the bb cream tends to cling to it too.

Shows the finish once spread out
Heavy swatch. Looks hydrating and smooth here, but once it dries it's quite drying and powdery

Applying it with a damp sponge yields better results, but again after an hour or two skin starts to look dehydrated and powdery - disaster! 

I would not recommend this bb cream, especially for dry skin types. 

Etude House Proof 10 Auto Pencil in Brown

I like brown liners because the colour is softer than black. As I wear quite simple makeup everyday I found that black liner was quite harsh on me so when I switched to brown last year I haven't looked back since!

Still looking for the perfect smudgeproof brown liner I decided to try Etude House's Proof 10 liner. 

The good things I can say about this pencil is that it doesn't tug on the lids, and it is indeed quite smudgeproof! 

However it has one con, and it's a fairly huge problem for me - and it's the shade of brown. Instead of a lovely chocolate brown or dark brown shade I would like, this one has a heavy undertone of gray in it which I hate. It doesn't photograph nicely, and it just looks faded on my lids. 

There are other shades available in this range, so do check it out if you want something affordable and smudgeproof, but if you want a brown shade I'd suggest you skip it (unless you like the gray-ness of the colour). 

I will end the post here lovelies. Tomorrow night I will upload the final two mini reviews - the honeycomb cream and the purple polish set ^^

Part Two *coming soon*

Don't forget to enter my two current giveaways if you haven't yet. Only 3 days to go now >.<

Win an Etude House BB Cream and Jelly Lipstick, plus lots of samples! Click here to enter

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As always Thanks for reading lovelies~

xoxo Tulip

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

My Korean Beauty Haul ^^

It's been ages since I last did a beauty haul post! I've been resisting the temptation as much as I can lately, but when I saw that Beautynetkorea was having a 15% off sale for members I decided to treat myself ^.^

Here's what I picked!

L-R: Mizon Night Repair Rich Cream, Tony Moly Tony Tint, Secret Key Choco Browcara, Baviphat I Love Tint Gloss, Etude House Cherry Tint, Aritaum Full Cover BB Cream, Holika Holika Magic Waterproof Eyeliner, plus free samples

So not only did I get 15% off this haul, plus earning points for credit, I also got a bunch of free samples, plus a full sized Tony Moly lip tint! Beautynetkorea often puts in either a full sized freebie or generous sample sized freebie for orders over $50. Last time I ordered I got a mini Tony Moly foundation (review coming soon!), which is always a nice incentive to order :P

But anyways! Most of these items were purchased to replace other items I had or finished. 

I've finished up my Mizon snail cream and decided to replace it with a different cream by the same brand, just to mix things up. I didn't want to get my skin too used to the same skincare, so I thought I'd switch over, and I'd been eyeing this Melting Rich Cream for a while. 

I've been using brow mascara a lot more than brow powder these past few months but the one I'm using at the moment is past its used by date (think I've had it for like 3 years now!).Don't think I've tried any Secret Key before, so I'm looking forward to it! 

The Etude House Lip tint is a repurchase as I'm not too far off finishing the one I have now - it's my everyday go to lip product <3

I'm still on the hunt for my HG brown pencil eyeliner, so the next one to try is this Holika Holika one. I'm currently using Etude's Auto Proof eye-liner, which is the best smudge free liner I've tried to date, but sadly I hate the colour! Instead of a chocolate brown which is what I want, their brown shade has an grey undertone to it, which I really dislike. 

Another new brand I'll be trying is Aritaum - after hearing beauty youtuber Sunnydahye mention how much she liked this Full Cover bb cream I decided I wanted to try it too ^.^

And last but not least is a cute little lip product from Baviphat which I am super loving! I can admit shamelessly that I bought this purely for the apple shaped packaging~

But after trying it yesterday I am super impressed with it - the pigmentation is ah-may-zing. It's a bit difficult to remove, but it's well worth if for how pigmented and long wearing the formula is. I actually jumped back online and purchased another two colours last night because I need to have more! 

Just to let you know, the Beautynetkorea 15% off sale ends tomorrow, and after that it'll probably go back to the normal 10% off sale for members, so check it out if you want to treat yourself to some Korean beauty goodies ^^

Anyway I have a long backlog of reviews and posts I'm trying to get done, so hopefully I'll have a new post up tomorrow. For now, chat to you later lovelies! 

Don't forget to join my giveaways if you haven't already (check my sidebar) - only 7 days to go! 

xoxo Tulip

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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Kawaii Beauty Corner Turns 3...............OMG!!!

A small token of my appreciation for all the support you've given to me and my little blog <3

One winner will receive an Etude House Precious Minerals BB Cream, and Sweet Recipe Jelly Lipstick in shade Grapefruit Orange. 

Terms and Conditions

  • All items brand new
  • Open internationally
  • Entrants under 18 should ask for parental consent before participating
  • One winner will be randomly picked via Rafflecopter
  • Giveaway closes at 11.59PM October 23rd 2014
  • Winner will be notified via email - if I don't receive a response within 48 hours the prize is forfeited and I will select a new winner
  • Do not share this on giveaway blogs/sites *please*

a Rafflecopter giveaway

It's only a small giveaway, but guess what, this is just the build up to a bigger giveaway I have coming later this month (multiple winners) ^^ 

Plus if you have Instagram, I'm also running a small giveaway there, with 5 Honey Sheet Masks plus Korean beauty samples up for grabs. Check it out @kawaiibeautycorner

Best of luck lovelies! Thank you again for all those who've stuck by me for these past few years, and thank you to the newer readers who've come along for the ride. 

xoxo Tulip

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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Annie's Way Arbutin and Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask Review

Hi Lovelies! In today's post I am going to share my review on a rather hyped up face mask available from Yesstyle

Annie's Way is a Taiwanese beauty brand, and their better known products are their Jelly Masks. Today I'll be reviewing the Arbutin and Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Mask, kindly provided by Yesstyle. 

This mask has an astonishing average rating of 9/10 on Yesstyle, so I was pretty eager to see what the hype was about! 

Described as a revitalising jelly mask, it treats skin with a combination of moisturising and whitening to minimise dark spots, and evening out skin. I have slightly dry skin type, and I love brightening products, so this was right up my alley. 

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Burt's Bees Royal Jelly Skincare - Radiance Serum and Eye Cream

Hello Lovelies! It's been a while! I am back to part time work at the moment, so plenty of time for me to get blogging again :P

Today's post is dedicated to Burt's Bees, and some of their honey bee Royal Jelly Range. Royal jelly is known to be very nourishing in skincare (apparently one little drop of royal jelly contains 134 nutrients!), so I was excited to be sent two items from the range to trial - the Radiance Serum, and the Radiance Eye Cream. 

Below are my thoughts. 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Beautynetkorea 15% Sale + 5% Credit Event is On~!

Woohoo, so Beautynetkorea (my fave go to online store for cute Korean beauty stuffs) is having a pretty fab sale on at the moment. All members get 15% off their order, plus 5% credit back to use on future purchases! Time to go shopping, I say ^.^

Now the variety of Korean beauty brands that Beautynetkorea stocks is pretty huge, so I decided to compile a wishlist of sorts, for any of you who might want to take advantage of this sale. 

Lipstick Junkie

The lipstick junkie is the girl who won't leave the house without a slick of colour gracing her lips. Peek into her everyday handbag and you're guaranteed to find up to 15 lippies rolling around in there. 

"I do use them all - honest!"

If that sounds like you, check out...

Peripera Love Fairy Tint Stick

Peripera has some really darling packaging, and these lip tints are no exception. Each shade has it's own sweet and pretty character illustration. 

Lip tints in the form of lipsticks, these will offer a splash of neon pink colour to the lips. 

Aritaum Honey Melting Tints

Aritaum's Melting Tints are hydrating lip balms and lip colours in one product, with a smooth, melted honey like application. Treat your lips to these!

Etude House Dear My Wish Lips

With it's princess-like pink packaging, how can you resist Etude's new moisturising, vividly pigmented Dear My Wish lipsticks? 

With a range of 10 colours branching from peachy nudes to vivid pinks, to lovely reds, you'll have plenty of trouble choosing just one~!

Skincare Addict

The Skincare Addict will stop at nothing to achieving beautiful, flawless skin - her vanity table is littered with all sorts of jars, bottles, and tubes. 

"Hydrating? Must buy! Skin brightening? Ooh, I like the sound of that - buy! Complexion clearing? Yes, give me!"

If that's you, then take a look at these...

Skin79 10 Seconds Mask

Refresh and brighten your morning complexion with a quick 10 second all in one mask. This multifunctional baby is a toner, emulsion, and essence all in one - super handy for when your skin needs a pick me up, or if you're in a rush in the mornings! 

Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum

Take your skincare regime to the next level by adding a serum to your collection. Skinfood's Black Sugar Serum has a concentrated formula which gently exfoliates, brightens, hydrates, and soothes wrinkles. 

Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream 

Any skincare addict is willing to try anything a bit 'out there' in the quest for great skin. Why not check out one of the hottest skincare trends at the moment, snail filtrate skincare. 

You heard me - snail filtrate (the snail's slime, not to be confused with actual snails)

Snail filtrate skincare is so popular in Asia at the moment - it's known to have healing properties in skincare, able to fight against damaged skin, acne, and ageing.

Kawaii Packaging Whore

A girl who looks at packaging first, she tends to collect makeup solely on how pink, animal shaped, or dessert themed the makeup item is. Actual effectiveness and functionality of the item has no real meaning to her - she's too busy posting pictures of her makeup collection on Instagram #KAWAII

"OMG so cute! What does it do? I don't care! It's too cute. I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE"

Kawaii-holics need to check out...

Etude House Sweet Recipe Cupcake All Over Colors

Sweet scented creamy formulation for cheeks, lips, and eyes, all packaged in adorable metal tins shaped to look like cupcakes. 

Tony Moly Petite Bunny Lip Glosses

Adorable bunny shaped lip glosses which offer a hint of sheer colour and shine to lips - each individual gloss has it's own facial expression. 

Holika Holika Sweet Cotton Pore Cover Mousse Starter

A cotton candy themed collection recently released from Holika Holika includes this mousse textured makeup primer, specifically targeted at smoothing pores. I wonder if it smells like cotton candy? ^.^

Boyfriend/Friend/Sister Looking for Gift Ideas

Looking for affordable gift ideas for a loved one? Fret not, here are a few ideas on cute gifts bound to please. 

This blush compact is just the epitome of feminine, with it's pink and gold packaging, and intricate rose petal design. 

Use each of the 5 shades separately, or swirl together for pretty, flushed cheeks. 

With it's funky packaging, Clio's moisturising jelly lip tints are perfect for the girl who's cool, fun, and trendy. 

For the girl who's like a star in your life, Skin79's Glow Powder is girlishly packaged with multicoloured pearls, which when swirled together adds a radiant, shimmery glow to skin. 

Every girl needs to pamper her skin now and then, why not try these hydrogel masks from Etude House? There are 5 sheets, each targeting a specific skin concern from hydration to pore tightening, to brightening. 

Skincare junkies are bound to be excited to recieve this IOPE serum - a well known quality skincare brand amongst beauty lovers. This Skin Boosting Serum is perfect for all skin types, moisturising, soothing, and balancing the skin.

And last, but far from least,

For the girl who likes cute or unusual packaging, check out Baviphat's Urban Dollkiss apple packaging range. The Urban Dollkiss range has an edgy cool concept, and their apple shaped products are bound to look interesting on any vanity table. 

The Specifics!

- The 15% discount and 5% credit back deal only applies to Beautynetkorea members - but it's super quick, easy, and free to join up if you aren't already a member

- New signups get credited $3 as a thank you

- The 15% off discount will automatically be applied as you go to checkout (not when items are being added to your cart)

- You earn credit through purchases - you get 5% back to use on future purchases (the normal rate is 3% I think)

- Free shipping - gotta love free shipping (registered or EMS options are available too if you want to pay for it)

- The 15% off promo runs until October 16th 

If you want to stock up on some Korean beauty goodies, then you need to hop to it lovelies ^.^ 

Beautynetkorea website here

xoxo Tulip Love

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This is not a sponsored post - though Beautynetkorea does pay to have their banner on my site, and occasionally sponsor me goods, this feature post came from my own free will, simply because I actually do shop there frequently, and because I think this is an awesome promotion too. 

I have not tried all the products featured here, I tried to pick items that were interesting or on trend at the moment~ If you have tried any of these, feel free to leave your thoughts on it in the comments ^^

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