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Gmarket Haul 2014

5 May

Gmarket is one of my fave online shopping sites and yes, I often buy from them. If I am not mistaken, this haul is my 3rd for this year (and it is only May hehe).

This is the first time I try to buy only from one shop so it is relatively the smallest (in terms of box size) haul I made. Tony Moly had a shop sale then so I decided to grab that chance to score some savings. I got mostly makeup (as if I am in dire need of them haha), lip and eye makeup remover and a peeling gel.

Here is my loot:

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Please let me know if you would like me to review any of the products mentioned above.

Have you made any beauty shopping lately? Care to share?

Cheers! 🙂

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2013 Gmarket Haul #2

20 May

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I recently did another haul at Gmarket because it’s my birthday month. Yes, I need to justify why I am so I shop online plus I didn’t want to lose my membership status (with inactivity at Gmarket for 3 months, you lose your current membership status and become a NEW member again). So with this recent haul, I will finally be upgraded to VIP status next month, woohoo!

Anyway, on to my haul… let’s first start with my order dates and info…

Date Ordered and Paid: May 10

Date Shipped: May 15

Date Delivered and Received: May 16

It’s really amazing that everything was so quick, considering that right after I paid my order, Gmarket e-mailed and advised that there will be a delay of shipment (I assumed that there is an upcoming public holiday) which was perfectly fine with me. I also would like to applaud both Korean and Thailand post offices for a really efficient and prompt delivery. I got my order in less than a week. Bravo! Two thumbs up for them.

Before we check the contents of the box, guess who “sent” my package this time? 😉

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The postal box was so big (no. 5) because of the boxes but here are the packages inside.

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Let’s get started with the contents of the packages:

IT’S SKIN

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I got It’s Skin Power 10 Formula WH Effector with Arbutin Essence, Color Play Black Jewel Lip Rouse and Lady-holic Lipstick with three samples of Power 10 Formula YE Effector with Yeast Extract. All the products are bubble-wrapped and delivered quickly considering that I bought them during a sale.

HOLIKA HOLIKA

ImageI also ordered at a time when there was a promotion going on but this was the first package to be delivered (yeah, I check the status of my order all the time). The products I got from Holika Holika are Face to Change Color Control Cream (CC Cream), Daily Garden Lip & Eye Remover Acerola and Lip & Eye Multi-Base. The sample I received was a Face 2 Change Moist Cushion BB in no.21 which I will give away to my sister because it’s too light for my skin tone. I have tried using the CC Cream but I haven’t used it enough to write a proper review about it.

MIZON

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I got the Snail Recovery Gel Cream from Mizon. This is by far the only snail cream brand which I have repurchased again. With it’s 1+1+1 and discount price, it’s definitely a good buy PLUS it works wonders for my skin!

IMYSS

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I got the Imyss Beautytoc Lucky Gold Egg Vibration Foundation and Puff because I have long been curious with these vibrating foundation puffs. I have to admit though that the reason why got this particular brand was because it was inexpensively priced at around KRW12,000. I also bought a refill and I was disappointed how the refill wasn’t properly wrapped. It was just placed inside the plastic with the free mask sheet and lollies so it’s unhygienic but I can wash it anyway, so no big harm done. Aside from the free mask sheet and lollies, I also got a plastic cover featuring Kim Hyun Joong (when he was still endorsing Tony Moly).

YUMMY GOODIES

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I have started ordering food from Gmarket because most of these goodies can’t be bought here in Bangkok or priced at an exorbitant amount. I got Market-O Real Brownies (love it!), Market-O Classic Mini Chocolates, an assortment of potato and corn chips (I was expecting Sunchips because that’s what I thought I ordered but it’s alright), and Margarette (these are yummy peanut cookies). If for these delectable goodies alone, I can’t wait to make another order at Gmarket, lol.

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I love everything that I’ve got! Thank you Gmarket for an efficient service!

I was proud of myself, too for controlling my urge to buy more but as I check Gmarket all the time, I am eyeing more things each day. Shopping at Gmarket is indeed addicting but satisfying, too (except for my wallet hehe).

Have you tried shopping at Gmarket? What are your recent hauls? Care to share? Also, please let me know if you want me to review of any of the products I purchased. 🙂

Cheers, everyone! 🙂

2013 Gmarket Haul #1

22 Feb

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Hola! I’m finally (hopefully!) back in the blogging world. I know I’ve been MIA for a looong time; life just got in the way ;). Anyway, I am back to share my first haul for Gmarket this year. I’m always excited when I purchase off Gmarket and waiting for my package always makes me giddy.

Date Ordered and Paid: February 11

Date Shipped: February 18

Date Delivered: February 21

I was extremely pleased with my order this time being so fast and drama-free. I would like to say I was surprised to see my package waiting for me at my apartment lobby but I was checking the tracking system all day yesterday so I was expecting all the glory that my Gmarket box represents. 🙂

Who sent my package this time?

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Love him! ha-ha

Let’s a look inside the box, shall we?

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…and the family picture of the boxes.

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Let’s begin with:

Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream

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Would you believe that I got this for a dollar (US$1)? This snail cream was one of the reasons why I opted to make a haul. This product is too cheap to pass. I haven’t tried this before although I have tried the Mizon All-in-One Snail Healing Cream which I really loved. Despite being on promotion, the snail cream was also delivered fast. I also found a Mizon seal indicating it’s authenticity in the box. So it’s a thumbs up, for me.

MP4 Player

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I was back to jogging on the weekends and although I can use my phone for my music, I needed a basic (and yeah, inexpensive) MP3 player to accompany me on my runs. Surprisingly, I can’t find one in my local Tesco so I decided to search for one in Gmarket. Designed in Korea and made in China, this no-brand MP4 player was easy to use. It was in Korean when I got it but then after trying and exploring it for an hour or more, I finally found the English language. It came with an installer CD but it can’t be read on my laptop but when I tried to put songs into it, it also worked. Oh, despite it being called an MP4 player, it is not compatible with MP4 format, but then again I only need it for my music. It came with earphones, lanyard, USB cable, cloth for wiping, wire holder and some downloading (?) coupons? (Note: If there’s anyone in Korea who wants it, please message me. I got so much that it will just be wasted here as I can’t use them)

Lotte Charlteok Pie (롯데 찰떡바이)

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Ever since I have tried, Samjin Charlteok Pie last year, I’ve been craving for this for a long time. It is rice cake that is covered and filled with chocolate. I like it a lot! One box comes with 6 pieces of pies. This seller shipped this so quickly as well.

Ryoe Hambitmo Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner

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I haven’t opened nor smelled it but I am excited to use it. I am in dire need of a herbal shampoo as I feel that I am having more hair fall each day 😦 I read that it smelled like ginseng which I don’t really mind because I have used a few herbal shampoos before. I’ll post a review once I use this shampoo and conditioner.

So that’s it! I really did not buy a lot this time, just goodies that I really need. I am looking forward to making more Gmarket hauls again. If you need links or reviews of the products, please do not hesitate to message me.

Hope you all enjoy your Friday and the weekend.

Cheers, everyone! 🙂

Peripera Rose Nail Polish PK019

14 May

Hi everyone! I’m back 🙂 I’m sorry for being MIA (again!) for a little over a week as I have been caught up with a lot of deadlines at work as well as other issues on the side. As I haven’t been able to fix some of the pictures for my blog entries yet, I’m doing another nail polish swatch again. I was planning to try playing with my new dotting tool but I still haven’t gotten the hang of using it, meaning, I still can’t create perfect dots, tsk.

Anyway, after wearing layers of glitter nail polish for the past week, I decided to just wear a simple (almost neutral) pink nail polish from Peripera with the shade PK019 (Peripera is a South Korean cosmetics brand). I reckon that a plain nail polish is easier on the eyes plus I really have no inspiration for a nail art these days.

Pretty Packaging

I love how they paid attention to the details of the brush handle and the packaging as a whole. It made the product look chic and special.

Product

Rose Nail Polish PK019 is a limited edition 2011 F/W collection. I also got PP109, which is a purple colour and you can see the swatch here. I got both colours from Gmarket. Unfortunately, Peripera is not available here in Thailand.

Claim

In Peripera’s page in Gmarket, it claimed that the Rose Nail Polish can be applied with only one layer, will dry after one minute and can last up to one week.

Result/s

I can really attest to all of their claims – a thick stroke of the nail polish is really enough for one layer; it dried in around 1-2 minutes and it did not chip  for days. Although it comprises of a creamy and thick consistency,  it was easy to apply especially with the help of its flat, wide brush.

Peripera’s flat, wide brush vs. Revlon’s rounded, narrow brush

Here are some swatches…

with top coat  and flash

no flash

and I tried to put one coat of Revlon Whimsical on my ring finger

(I had to redo my ring finger because when I applied two layers of Whimsical, it got messy and was quite odd-looking. I should have just used one coat.)

Will I recommend/ buy again?

I got the Peripera Rose Nail Polish PP019 since November 2011 and it’s still in good condition consistency-wise. I do recommend this nail polish especially to those who are looking for a good quality product at a reasonable price (At Gmarket, three bottles are sold for KRW9,000 ~ approx US$8.14 + shipping, of course). I’m planning to buy more colours the next time I order from Gmarket.

Have your tried any of  Peripera nail polishes before? Care to share your experience?

Hope you all have a fun and stress-free week ahead!

Cheers 🙂

It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VB Effector

29 Apr

If I can ask Snow White’s evil stepmother’s magic mirror who the oiliest of them all is, I am certain that he will reply that it is me. I know I am being exaggerated but I do have a really oily skin. Living in a hot and humid country makes it all worse. I have tried a few skincare products to find the solution for this problem but to no avail.

When I read about rave reviews of It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VB Effector in blogs, I know I have to get hold of it, too.

It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VB Effector with Vitamin B6 is “an oil-free essence containing B6 which controls the secretion of sebum. [It] also balances the natural moisture and oils…”

First Impressions: It comes in a cute plastic container that doesn’t take up much space on my dressing table. It also comes with a dropper so more brownie points for being hygienic. The white dropper also comes with a cap to avoid getting dirty or dusty. Oh, ingredients and directions for use are all in Korean so it should be hard to those who can’t read Hangul (but Google can do the trick :)).

Smell: The only thing I don’t like about this product is it’s smell. It’s really meant to be odourless but the scent reminds me of hospitals. It’s a combination of a sterile smell, disinfectant and medicines. It’s not heady, though and I think, I’ve gotten used to it already 😉

Colour and Consistency: It’s also colourless and oil-free so it’s not thick like your typical essences/ serums. It’s watery and light. Since its consistency is light, after application, it is quickly absorbed by the skin in probably three seconds. The VB Effector on the skin feels cool (not alcohol-cool) that you can feel the skin “breathe”.

Directions for use: I use this product after applying toner. (For me, just 3-4 drops of essence are enough for my entire face. ) I gently massage it on my face and pat my face after so the skin can absorb it more. I let it set for a few minutes before I apply emulsion/ moisturiser.

Results: I have been using it for more than a week now and I can attest that this product works. I usually get oily after 2 hours of make up application and this little wonder has helped me become less of a greaseball. I can stay oil-free after 4-5 hours! How awesome can it be! When I feel that my face gets shiny, I just use oil blotting sheets and voila, there’s not much need to reapply more makeup (I use powder sometimes, though). I also noticed that my pores have gone smaller and my skin got brighter (although, I’m not 100% certain that this is because of the VB Effector as I am using other skincare products that claim to do these wonders).

Availability: I got my VB Effector from Gmarket. I’ve seen a Thai website for It’s Skin but I haven’t visited the physical store.

Price: US$10 (+ shipping and duty) at Gmarket. It’s THB950 (approximately US$31) in Thailand (as per It’s Skin Thailand website)

Will I buy again?: Yes, I will and I recommend it.

I’m really happy I found and bought this. It really works wonder on my terribly oily face. I should have gotten more bottles when I made my last Gmarket order.

*It’s Skin is a South Korean brand and the Power 10 line has many variants to suit many different skin needs such as whitening, hydrating, moisturising, and more.

What oil control products do you use and work well? Care to share?

Hope your Sunday went well. Cheers 🙂