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Skin Food: Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek (Apricot)

13 Oct

Average online price: $6
Retail price: 6,000 ($5.50)

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Sorry about the faded print. I actually bought this a few months ago!

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Left: Here’s the company’s picture of the Skin Food Lip & Cheek–Apricot (so you can clearly see what the package looks like when you buy it). Right: This is mine currently. My finger is there for scale.

Cons
The application isn’t very hygienic. To open it, you side the top panel off. You could actually slide it all the way off if you want to. You have to wash your hands every time you want to use it unless you’re not too worried about getting dust or anything inside. I’ve had to clean it once in while with a tissue or Q-Tip to clean out some specs of fuzz.

It’s a pretty light peachy-pink hue. It might seem too light, but I like to wear it with a brighter pink lip tint.

Pros
The smell is wonderful. It smells like sweet, sugary peach-apricot candy. I love the smell. I find myself smelling it every time I open it.

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I really like to blend this with my Etude House 55 Kissful TintChou (#2). Any bright/hot pink or red lip tint would do. I use the Skin Food Lip & Cheek balm as a base then add the bright lip tint to the inner/middle part of my upper and lower lips. It gives a nice, sweet-looking pop to your lips!

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This is how I often overlap the Skin Food Lip & Cheek with my Etude House Kissful Tint Chou (#2). The Skin Food product is a base on my lips, and the lip tint is the brighter pink color on the inner parts of my lips.

It’s not overly moisturizing, but it gives a semi-matte finish. It does feel soft on your lips and doesn’t feel drying (see my note at the bottom of my post).

The staying power is decent for a cheaper lip color.

It blends nicely. I like to use is as a blush. Actually, I’ve been mainly using it as a blush rather than on my lips. But it works great for both!

I give this 4.5/5 stars.

I bought the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Tokyo) and it is a very similar color–the Skin Food is slightly more light. But the Skin Food product is much more moisturizing and comfortable. Plus, it just looks much better and smells really good!

Etude House: Dear Girls Oil Control Pact

13 Oct

Average online retail: $10
Store retail: 8,500 ($8)

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Cons
This doesn’t help as much as I thought it would. It’s a good way to set makeup. It gives a nice, soft finish. However, it’s no match for my oily skin. I look shiny in about an hour. I don’t usually reapply it because I don’t want to make the powder dirty with bacteria.

I usually need to use oil sheets to soak up the shine afterward.

Pros
This has cute packaging. It comes with a nice pad to apply it. Although I bought a new pad so I could have a clean one. There’s also a pretty design etched into the powder pact. All of this is superficial though.

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It does give a nice finish and helps set makeup.

You only need a light layer.

It doesn’t look cakey, feel thick or give a white cast (as long as you use a light amount).

I give this 3.5/5 stars.

Missha: Black Definition Mascara (Feminine Lash)

13 Oct

Average retail online: $15
Store retail: 14,800 ($14)

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Cons
This is a little pricey, depending on your budget. It’s much cheaper than a lot of other mascaras.

Nothing “wow-d” me about it.

Pros
It lasts all day.
This mascara has a nice, sleek tube.

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The mascara gives a very natural look. It applies well without clumping, and it looks elegant.

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Without Black Definition Mascara (Feminine Lash).

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With Black Definition Mascara (Feminine Lash).

It’s easy to take off with makeup remover.

I give this 4/5 stars.

The Face Shop: Color Control (CC) Cream (02 Natural Beige)

13 Oct

Average retail online: $20.00

Store retail: ₩24,900 ($23) I don’t know why the in-store price is cheaper. Be careful about authentic products.
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This is the Aura Color Control Cream.  “Face It CC Cream is a color-controlling cream that brightens your complexion.”
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This is the first CC cream that I’ve used. My skin is oily and prone to breaking out, so I thought I’d see if this CC cream was a better fit for me. CC cream is targeted to help people with covering up redness and help prevent break outs, more so than the average BB cream.

Cons
I would wear this to work, where I am moving around and get hot easily, and here are my thoughts:

The oil control isn’t great. I would look very shiny and oily after a few hours.

The color is a little too yellow for me, although it may fit others better. It did blend to my skin OK though.

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Can you tell which side has the CC cream?
The left side is with the CC cream. The right side is without any makeup.

Pros
This covers up the redness well, but not necessarily any better than other BB creams.
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It didn’t break me out. I still had a few occasional break-out episodes though.

I really like the packaging–I haven’t seen anything personally like it. It looks like a powder pact, but there’s a small hole in the middle on the inside. You push a button and the product comes out. It’s easy to control the amount. It’s also very hygienic.
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It also comes with an applicator pad, which I never used. But it feels nice and is a cute hot pink color.
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Light beige shade (above): Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream
Yellow beige shade (lower): The Face Shop CC Cream

Here is a comparison of this and a Lioele BB cream I reviewed.

I give this 2.5/5 stars.

I bought this and used all the product. This shows that it was a fine product, however, I’ve used better BB creams. I wouldn’t necessarily buy it again.

Etude House: Look at My Eyes (Ethnic Bronze Bangle)

10 Feb

Average retail online: $7
Store retail: ₩5,500 ($5)

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I am really loving bronze and gold colors right now. It’s popular with K-Pop stars to cover their lids in a bronze color and line their lids with dramatic, winged liner.

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Cons
Without a primer, this shadow is fairly translucent, but it still adds a nice amount of golden shimmer to eyes.

Pros
With primer, this shadow looks great and lasts all day.

I noticed this shadow looks different depending on what I put it on. On my Urban Decay primer (matte/nude) it looks more bronze. If I put it over my Etude House cream base (shimmery/cream), then it looks much more gold.

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Etude House’s Look at My Eyes (Ethnic Bronze Bangle): 1. Just eyeshadow, 2. eyeshadow over Urban Decay Primer Potion, 3. eyeshadow over Etude House Look at My Eyes (Pearl Shadow Base).

For the price, this is a nice shadow. It’s fairly cheap and comes in a cute, small container with a heart pattern etched into the shadow.

I give this three and one half out of five stars.

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Etude House: Look at My Eyes (Pearl Shadow Base)

10 Feb

Average retail online: $4.50-$7.50
Store retail: ₩4,500 ($4.10)

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I wanted to try some of Etude House’s basic shadows in the “Look at My Eyes” line. Look at My Eyes has 11 Jewel shades (dry/shimmery), 3 Icing shades (creamy/shimmery), 8 Cafe shades (matte), and at least 16 other new shades.

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Cons
I wish this was a bit more creamy. It’s creamy enough to rub with your fingers, but it’s a bit dry still. After I spread it out, it adds shimmer but doesn’t necessarily leave a good layer for applying shadow on top. If I put this on over my eyeshadow primer (Urban Decay Primer Potion review here), then my eyelids look cakey.

Pros
For the price, I’m happy with the purchase. Recently I haven’t been wanting to go all out with my eye makeup, so I just smear this over my eyelids to give them a radiant glow.  I usually line the corners of my eyes as well, too.

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I have Etude House’s Pearl Shadow Base just on the eye on the right.

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Even though it doesn’t create as smooth/vibrant shadow colors as my Urban Decay primer, it still gives that extra smoothness and boost that a less pigmented shadow will need. In the pictures, I put my Etude House, Look at My Eyes Jewel (Ethnic Bronze Bangle) shadow on top. Without the cream base, the shadow looks more transparent.

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Left: Etude’s Look at My Eyes (Ethnic Bronze Bangle) over the Pearl Shadow Base. Right: Just Ethnic Bronze Bangle.

I give this three out of five stars.

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Take a Look
Here’s my typical eye look using Etude’s bronze shadow with Etude’s shadow base. I also used my Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner.

Etude House: Eraser Show, Eye Remover Tissues

9 Feb

Average retail online: $6-12
Store retail: ₩6,000 ($5.47)

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Here’s another Etude House review for you. I have more items to post, too–you can probably tell I went on a mini-shopping spree at the Etude shop!

Con
I really don’t like the packaging. The design, graphics and font are cute, but the functionality is bad. A “sticky” flap seals the tissues–however, it’s not very sticky. After only a few uses, I’ve needed to pinch some laundry clips on it to keep it shut. I bought some Face Shop facial tissues that had a nice plastic snap top, and I never needed to worry about them drying out.

Pro
I love that I don’t need to pour a liquid onto a cotton pad to remove my eye makeup. I use to end up with cotton pads and tissues scattered around my bathroom each day. I like that I can just grab a wet tissue and wipe off my makeup.

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With my eyes, it does a good job wiping away my makeup. I’ve used this on my face, too, when I ran out of my face tissues. It worked OK, but I definitely needed two for my face, and even then it wouldn’t wipe everything off. I always wash my face afterward anyway, though. I also didn’t notice it breaking me out or anything.

It doesn’t smell bad. It smells like a mild floral lotion scent.

I would buy this again–at least until I found some eye tissues with better packaging!

I give this four out of five stars.

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