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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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Holika Holika Prime Miracle Snail Emulsion

9 Jul

I got the Holika Holika Prime Snail Emulsion in one of my Gmarket hauls. I got it because I have been curious of this line, I was in need of an emulsion at that time and I like anything snail.

the box (I’m sorry for the reflection)

the bottle (doesn’t it look like a space ship? :))

First Impressions: The box looks chic and even the packaging itself is pretty, despite it being made from plastic. It comes with a pump (I forgot to take a picture of it), so it is very hygienic.

ingredients

Description: From the box – Total solution emulsion, which the included mucin found from the skin restoration effect of snail solves mixture of problems [sic]. I also found this description from an ebay seller: It controls dullness of skin, wrinkles, and trouble marks and contains 65% of snail mucin.

Directions for use: Pump an adequate amount of the product and apply it onto face after toner. Lightly pat your face for quick absorption.

Smell: I don’t like its strong smell which reminded me of a Chinese medicated cream like Chin Chun Su Facial Cream.

Consistency: It’s a little thick compared to typical emulsions that I own (which tend to be more liquid-y). It feels a bit heavy on the face, as if there’s no room for the skin to breathe. Even with air-condition on, I sweat as soon as I apply this on my face.

one pump

when blended…

and absorbed

Experience with the product: Unfortunately, my face itched and broke out the first time I applied it. I gave it another chance after two weeks and used it only at night. Surprisingly, I don’t wake up an oily mess which is always good. It brightened my face, too. Although it gave me a temporary glow, that’s the only noticeable result I had experienced. I still get breakouts from using it that’s why I don’t use it that often.

*Please note that my personal review of this product might be different to yours, considering our different skin conditions (mine is oily and sensitive), weather conditions (it is hot and humid everyday in Bangkok), and whatnot. I am just sharing what I have personally experienced with two month’s use of this product.

 I am still using the Holika Holika Prime Miracle Snail Emulsion but I don’t use it that often anymore.

Have you tried this product before or any products infused with snail mucin? What is your experience? Care to share?

Cheers! 🙂

My Two Weeks in (Nail Polish) Colour

2 Jul

I was clearing and organizing my nail polish stash when I realised I haven’t used at least a third of the bottles in my collection. Some nail polishes were just swatched or used only once. I definitely need to show them some lovin’ so I decided to change my nail polish colour at least twice a week.

So here are the colours I wore for the past two weeks:

LA Colors Color Craze Polish 2011 Aztec Orange

Ordered from Cherry Culture, I have just recently used this. This nail polish actually looks redder  in real life but my camera picked it as orange (well, it is named Aztec Orange, right?) because it has gold flecks. I liked its consistency – thin but not watery; it was an easy and quick application. It came a little sheer than what I have expected but three coats can do the job. I only used two coats, though. Be careful when you smell it (I have a tendency to smell things, lol) because its typical nail polish scent is so strong and heady. Anyway, I changed it before it chipped so I can’t tell you exactly how long it could have lasted.

Price: US$ 1.50 + shipping

Availability: I purchased it online but I saw it at one of the malls here (with limited colours) and is priced at approximately US$ 10.00

Tony Moly BK01

This is the first time in my life to wear a black nail polish (not counting the black crack nail polishes I used before) and I was surprised that I liked it. It made my hand looked so bright, too so thumbs up for this. The Tony Moly BK01 is a creamy nail polish but it was a breeze to use, it never came out streaky. I used two coats with base and top coats.

Price: THB 90.00 (approx. US$ 3.00)

Availability: It can be found in Tony Moly shops and online.

Revlon Fearless

Revlon Fearless is also a creamy nail polish which is so pigmented. I only used one coat and the colour is similar as the bottle. This red nail polish may have a hint of orange in it but so far, this is one of my favourite red nail polishes. Its consistency is a little thick but it was easy to apply considering its formulation. One thing I don’t like about it is its small narrow and rounded brush but I’m sure it can work out somehow like I did. I actually got a lot of compliments when I wore this at work.

Price: THB 139.00 (approx. US$ 4.50)

Availability: It is sold at selected drugstores and Revlon counters in leading department stores.

The fourth nail polish I used is Holika Holika No.11, it is a creamy gray nail polish. I already made a separate post about it here so please check it out if you want to see how it looks.

If you would ask me what my favourite among the four is, it is the Tony Moly BK01. I was just surprised that a black nail polish would suit me and that I didn’t get any bad comment from the people around me, like it was just so natural. 🙂 The colour was a little flattering for my skin tone too. It did not only make my hands look brighter and fairer, but it was of good quality and reasonable price, too.

Do you like to apply nail polish? What’s your current favourite? Care to share?

Hope you all have a good week ahead!

Cheers 🙂

International Makeup Swap – Thailand/ France

24 Jun

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to share with you the package I recently received.

Sonam, my new friend from France, messaged me more than a month ago and asked me if I will be interested for a swap. Since I haven’t done any swap from France yet, I willingly agreed. We have exchanged e-mails getting to know more each other and finding out what each of us like. Like with my other swaps, we also did not set any price/ amount of goodies we will send each other.

Before I show you what products I got, I would like to send my appreciation and thanks to Sonam for being so nice and generous. I’m really happy to know you and become your new friend 🙂

So let’s take a peek of what’s inside the box…

a boxful of goodies

*Please leave a comment if you have any questions or if you want me to review any of the following products…

Basic Stockholm lip gloss – Maybelline My Gloss – essence Stay with me lip gloss in 01 Me&My Ice Cream – Revlon Lipglide  in 55 Peachy Sheen  – Sephora gloss lipstick no.37G

Catrice allround concealer palette – wet n wild color icon eyeshadow trio in Sweet as Candy and Walking on Eggshells – Catrice Absolute Eye Colour in 030 OMG I Want That! and 040 Never Let me Go!

L’oreal Color Infaillible in 013 Burning Black – Catrice 020 We Support Green Peas, 170 Don’t Drink and Dive, 110 Gilbert’s Grapefruit and 230 Where is My Caddy-Li-Lac – Catrice Made to Stay 040 Lord of the Blings – Astor Perfect Blush 001 Perfect Pink – essence multi colour blush 20 Fashionista – L’oreal Accord Perfect Blush 265 Golden Apricot

Primark Beauty nail polish (dark blue, mint green and red) – L’Oreal Resist & Shine Titanium Matte 500 Mat – Miss Cop Vernis Pop Fluo No.04, No. 01 and No. 05 – Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer 560 Rusty But Sexy

essence lipstick 53 All About Cupcake – Maybelline Great Lash Blackest Black – Astor Shine & Shape Mascara 001 Transparent – The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream – Olay Firm & Lift Eye Gel – Reserve Naturelle eyelashes

Makeup sponges – Paname Nail File – Catrice Kohl Kajal 080 Don’t Mean to be Green and 080 Lucy in the Skies – Miss Cop eyeliner –  essence long lasting eye pencil 10 Almost Famous – essence lipliner 09 Nude Coral and 06 Satin Mauve – Catrice gel eye liner and smokey eyes brushes

Dessange hair serum – Renee Blanche shower gels milk & mint and cherry – Yves Rocher Micellar Cleansing Water

Herborist hand care crystal mask-Le Petit Marseillais shampoo, mask and conditioner

owl bracelet and hoop earrings

Thanks again, Sonam for all these wonderful goodies. I received so much from you! I actually had no idea what she sent me because I told her I want to be surprised 🙂 Some items may have broken and spilled but it’s not really a problem because I can still use them all. I’ll certainly enjoy using and playing with them.

She hasn’t received my package yet 😦 even if I sent it a week earlier. I hope she gets it this week and that she likes what I got her. I had fun shopping for her.

Update: Her package was sent back to me. I had to phone La Poste in France and ask them about the whereabouts of the package and I was told it has to be returned since it was not picked up at the post office when my friend did not get any claim stub at all. As much as I want to complain I can’t anymore as the package was on transit. To cut the long story short, I resend the package via EMS and she FINALLY got it after so much drama. If you want to see what I got her, check out Sonam’s blog entry here.

Like I said in my previous swap posts, aside from receiving goodies that are not locally available, making new friends from different parts of the world is what excites me the most! I’m happy to have made a new friend again.

Have you tried doing a swap? Care to share your experience?

Cheers! 🙂

Skinfood Nail Vita BR608

15 Jun

After a week of glittery nails, I settled for a plain, nude nail polish because I have to attend a trade show for work. I still have quite a few unused nude nail polish and I chose my bottle from Skinfood. It’s called Skinfood Nail Vita BR608.

Colour: I call this colour, cappuccino, because it looks like one 🙂 It’s light brown and almost nude.

Smell: It smells like a regular nail polish.

Consistency: It is a toss between runny and sticky which made application a breeze. It is a little sheer and I guess three coatings would give a creamier and opaque appearance.  I only used two with a top coat.

Brush: The brush is rounded and narrow (sorry, I forgot to take a picture).

Swatches:

Taken in different lightings

Staying Power: I was surprised that it did not chip even until the 6th or 7th day, albeit signs of cracks show which are hardly noticeable.

cracked but not chipped

Availability: It is available in Skinfood shops and counters in selected department stores. Skinfood products can be also ordered through online sellers based here in Thailand and anywhere else 😉

Comment/s: I haven’t worn a nude nail polish in a long time so I was surprised that I liked how it looked on my nails. My nails looked clean all the time and I feel such a lady, you know, prim and proper 😉

Will I buy again/ Do I recommend?: Yes, especially if you are looking for an everyday work “wear” colour and quality is tops, too.

Have you tried this nail polish before? Care to share?

Happy weekend, everyone!

Cheers 🙂