Sunday, 21 December 2014

Banila Co Clean It Zero Review

Hey lovelies, today I'm going to review the Number 1 rated Cleansing Balm, judged by the popular Korean show, Get it Beauty. Described as a whole new concept of oil cleanser, the Banila Co Clean It Zero stands out from other cleansing oils due to it's solid, moist sherbet-like texture, instead of the traditional runny oil. 

Beautynetkorea kindly sent me this to review for you, so let's jump right into the review ^^

Banila Co Clean It Zero Review

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Etude House Pearl Aura Review: Brightening Essence & Brightening Essence Lotion

Etude House Pearl Aura Brightening Essence, Brightening Essence Lotion

Heya cuties, I'm back with some new Etude House skincare reviews! 

A few months back I blogged about Etude's new Pearl Aura skin brightening products (a brightening essence and a brightening lotion), and Beautynetkorea were kind enough to send me the products to trial! 

I have a bit of an obsession with brightening skincare, as I love the look of healthy glowing skin (as do many of you), and that coupled with Etude's irresistably girlish and pretty packaging made me lem after the range quite hard *_*

Friday, 5 December 2014

Tony Moly BCDATION Review (BB, CC Cream & Foundation in one)

Over the last year we've seen some innovative and exciting trends come about in base makeup - after the huge popularity of bb creams along came cc creams, and then cushion makeup, which sent the Asian beauty blogging community into a tizzy. 

And amongst that excitement Tony Moly released their own unique product - the BCdation. 

It's exactly as it sounds - the BCdation claims to be the new replacement for bb cream, cc cream, and foundation, as it combines all the best qualities of the 3 items into one single formula. 

Sounds kind of crazy, huh? 

Tony Moly BCDATION REVIEW

I was excited to receive a mini sized sample during a shopping haul on Beautynetkorea, because I had been eyeing it since its release. The full sized product comes in a rounded cylinder packaging, whereas the mini sample came in a squeeze tube, so I won't say much about the packaging. 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Honey


Today's little beauty haul, and the newest fragrance to my collection - Marc Jacobs' Honey. 

Priceline had a two day sale on all their fragrances (30-70% off), and I just couldn't resist popping in after work today. 

I've had Honey on my wishlist since last Christmas, so when I found it reduced from $119 to $71, I was super excited! 

I like sweet floral scents, so Honey is just about right up my alley. 

Honey is made up of,

Top notes: pear, mandarin orange and punch
Middle notes: honeysuckle, orange blossom and peach
Base notes: honey, vanilla and woodsy notes

It's sweet but not too sweet, and quite fresh, so I'm looking forward to wearing it ^.^

And isn't the yellow bumble bee design just super cute? So bright and cheerful <3

I ended up testing other fragrances while I was in store, which was probably not a great idea because now I have more fragrances to add to my wishlist! Out of curiosity I decided to test Marc Jacobs Oh Lola, and it also smells so good (not as good as Honey), but still nice enough that I might pick it up next time it's on sale. 

I also thought Vera Wang's Lovestruck was nice too >.<

But anyway, this is just a small update today. Hopefully I can get a review up for you tomorrow evening!

What sort of perfumes do you like? 

xoxo Tulip


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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

30 Beauty Questions Tag


Thanks to the lovely Hailey O MUA for tagging me to do the 30 Beauty Question's tag. 

I don't normally do tags, but I thought some of the questions were interesting, so here's my answers ^^ 

1. Do you remember your first makeup item?

No...if I were to hazard a guess I think it would be a cheap eyeshadow or lip gloss set, that I would've gotten as a Christmas present?

2. Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?

I think I'm asking for the impossible here, a mascara that's smudgeproof, waterproof, curl holding, and extremely lengthening...

And no I have yet to find my HG mascara! 

3. What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation?

Medium to full, but only because I have old acne scarring and some facial redness. If my skin were better I'd definitely only want light coverage >.<

4. Favourite high end brand?

Have yet to fork out for high brand cosmetics, so Benefit is as high end as I've gone at the moment.

5. What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven't?

Yve's Saint Laurent or Chanel are at the top of my list

6. Favourite drugstore brand?

For Western brands I really like Sanctuary Spa for skincare, and as for makeup I'd have to say Essence.

For Asians brands I'd say my faves are Etude House, Innisfree, and Mizon.

7. Do you wear fake eyelashes? 

Yes, though not so much recently. There's something about a wispy, fluttery set of falsies that I just really like! I have a lot, but I'm much too lazy to wear them lately.


8. Is there any kind of makeup you can't leave the house without?

BB Cream, brow pencil, and lip tint as the bare minimum.

9. What is your most cherished beauty product?

Hmm, I'm not sure about most cherished, but BB Cream has got to be the best thing I ever discovered. 

10. How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once?

A few times a month normally. 

Both, depending on mood or financial comfortability (is that even a term, lol). I'll pick up an essential or repurchase an empty now and then. But I usually like getting a few (or lots!) of goodies at once. 

11. Do you have a "beauty budget" or you spend freely?

Hehe, I'm not at the point where I'm able to 'spend freely'. I try to stick to a budget of within $60 per haul, but some months I might do a couple hauls. 

12. Do you utilize coupons, rewards cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics?

The only rewards coupons I get are from Priceline, and I definitely use those! 

13. What type of product do you buy the most of?

Lip products - I like lipsticks, lip crayons, and lip tints a lot.


14. Is there a brand that you absolutely can't stand?

There's this mineral makeup brand called Bellapierre, that I associate with negatively. Basically because I was so shy and timid when I was younger, I ended up paying $200 plus for a mineral makeup up set. The salesgirl was super friendly but kind of pushy, and I didn't know how to say no after she spent like 20 minutes applying the makeup and telling me all about the products >.<

I can't stand the brand only because it makes me feel so dumb for letting myself be steam-rolled into buying - it's not really the salesperson's fault because she must've been working on commision, but I felt so cheated because the makeup was super overpriced for what it was. Ugh. But it's ok, it taught me a lesson in being more 'tough'

15. Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates?

This is going to sound kind of bad - not really. I try to look at reviews before buying products, but unless I remember reading about it having parabens or sulfates, I don't really search it out. 

16. Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup?

The internet :P

17. Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine?

I definitely like trying new skincare! Part of being a beauty blogger I guess ^.^

And I heard it's good to mix things up so your skin doesn't get too used to the same products. 

18. Favourite bath and body brand?

I'm not really a bath and body person, but I do like Sanctuary Spa a lot

19. If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose?

That's an impossible question to answer! 

20. What brand do you think has the best packaging?

Hmm kind of torn between Etude House and Tony Moly. Probably Etude House? 


Yeah, if you're into 'cutesy' packaging, I'd have to pick Etude House.

21. Which celebrity always has great makeup?

I don't really follow celebs...hmm maybe CL from 2NE1, as she always has dramatic winged eyeliner on ^^


22. Do you belong to any online makeup communities?

Beautyheaven

23. 5 Favourite Beauty Gurus

I can only think of 3 at the moment...


24. Do you like multi-functional products like lip and cheek stains?

Yessssh, I love multi-functional products! Especially in skincare <3

Anything that saves time, and offers value for money I'll love :P

25. Are you clumsy in putting makeup on?

With eyeliner I can be, and occasionally lipstick too, lol


My eyelids are uneven, plus they're differently shaped (one's rounder than the other) so it's tricky to get both eyes looking similar >.< 

26. Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?

No - unless bb cream counts?

27. How many hair products do you use on a typical day?

Three.

Shampoo - Conditioner - Hair Oil

28. What do you apply first, concealer or foundation?

Foundation/BB cream first

29. Do you ever consider taking makeup classes?

Not really

30. What do you love about makeup?

I guess it boosts my self esteem. And also because makeup is pretty to look at, collect, and play with <3


Feel free to the do the tag and comment below with the link, I'd love to read your answers ^.^

xoxo Tulip


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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Save the Children x Etude House - Make a Pink Wish Christmas Release 2014

Ahh, time flies fast. I can hardly fathom that it's time to introduce this year's Etude House Christmas collection again - I mean, it feels like I only blogged about last year's collection not so long ago! 

This year is a little different, with Etude House teaming up with the charity organisation Save the Children, for their Christmas collection. 


Make a Pink Wish is definitely a festive collection with it's primarily green, red, or gold packaging. And each purchase from the collection results in a 100W (equivalent of around USD $1) being donated to Save the Children (where the proceeds will go to primarily Africa I believe). 

There are no new products, but instead Make a Pink Wish is a festively repackaged collection of some popular Etude products. I think these would make lovely affordable Christmas gifts for friends, coworkers, and family. 

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First up we have a duo set of hand creams - these Make A Pink Wish Tree Bouquet Hand Creams are mini sized (25ml ea), which are perfect to carry around. Each set contains a   Rich Butter cream and a Rich Collagen variant, which makes them sound lovely for dry hands especially. 

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You can also purchase the hand creams separately, in the full portion size of 100ml if you prefer. 

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This is the Petit Bijou Cotton Snow Body Set, which contains baby powder scented body wash and body lotion. These products contain Aloe Vera and Chamomil, as well as baby powder scent to soften skin and relieve stress. 

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This cute little lip care set contains three 3.5g lip balms in Cherry, Peach, and Strawberry scented variants. With three balms you can keep one in your handbag, one on your desk, and one at your makeup table ^^

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Next up is a skincare item - the Moistfull Collagen Cream, from Etude's popular Moistfull Collagen Skincare range, has been repackaged in tube format for this X-mas collection. 

Formulated with Boabab extract and marine collagen, this is a cream that provides hydration for bouncy skin. 

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Packaged in gold is the Moistfull Super Collagen Cream, for skin that needs a bit of an extra boost. Formulated with a 63% Super Collagen, this cream makes skin smooth and elastic. 

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And last but not least, the only makeup item in the collection. It's the repackaged Precious Mineral Any Cushion compact. 

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Available in two shades, the bb cushion offers all day radiant and moist skin. The formula brightens, controls sebum, evens out skin tone, and even has anti-wrinkle properties. 

If you're after gift ideas or stocking fillers, definitely check this collection out!

You can take a look at the collection at Cosmetic Love, though I'm sure more sites will be selling it soon. 


Thanks for reading! 

Do let me know what are your thoughts on this Christmas release ^.^

xoxo Tulip


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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Mizon's Snail Repair BB Cream

Hi Loves, I'm back with a bb cream review tonight~

Since discovering snail filtrate skincare, and because I was such a fan of Mizon's Snail Repair Cream, I decided to try the bb cream from the range too. I featured the Snail Repair BB Cream in my March Beauty Faves, but it's only now that I get around to reviewing it >.< 


Anyways, it's fairly affordable in my opinion - I got mine off Beautynetkorea, where it costs about USD $11.


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