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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! 🙂

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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 🙂

2012 Gmarket Haul #3

20 Mar

Date Ordered and Paid: March 8

Date Shipped:  March 14

Date Delivered: March 17

(I have to pay duty, tax and fees so I have to pick it up at the post office AGAIN)

Date Picked Up: March 17

Total cost:  Gmarket (approx USD40) + shipping (approx USD20) + Duty, etc  (approx USD40)

Total Weight:  2.72Kg

 I chose not to write immediately about my Gmarket package because I want to avoid a lengthy ranting post. And YES, I was again disappointed of paying so much at the post office just to claim my detained package.

Since I have started buying from Gmarket, it was only once that it was delivered at my apartment. I know that Thailand has rules but it can get so frustrating… I also don’t understand how they assess the value of the products for they don’t open my boxes anymore (they opened only my first package from Gmarket). Like this recent haul for instance, the value that Gmarket declared was USD40 (which is the truth) but the post office’s assessment was USD100 and duty was computed from the value of the items in the package. Duty is a whooping 30% of the declared value. So for this haul, I paid more for the products I bought. Good times, eh?!

Anyway, I stop with my ranting and let’s proceed with what I bought. This haul was mainly skincare and cosmetics. I know I shouldn’t be buying from Gmarket since I just came back from Seoul but I realised that most of the products I bought are for family and friends so I reckon that I should have my own goodies, too 🙂

Who sent my package this time? 🙂

Tee-hee 😉

 Let’s have a look inside the box… Four different boxes mean four different sellers.

Let’s start with…

 The Coogi Cleantox Foaming Cleansers have good reviews in Gmarket. It is on a 1+1+1+1 promotion . I have yet to try them.

 The products that I got from Mizon are:

– All in One Snail Healing Cream on a 1+1+1 promotion (I have tried using the snail cream and I am liking it so far. Its formulation is light which suits my oily skin. I will make a longer review after at least two weeks use of the cream.)

– O’ Spa Interning Special Two in One Booster on a 1+1 promotion (This is a toner which is good for oily skin – as I have read from a user in Gmarket. I have yet to use it.)

– O’Hui Creamy Eyeshadow (I only swatched the eyeshadow and it is (a little too) shimmery and pigmented.)

 Mizon delayed this entire haul. I was kinda disappointed since I have read about rave reviews about this seller. I was also expecting for some samples as I was keen on trying their other skincare products. Sadly, though there is none and they have been generous with other buyers. Anyway, I got good deals with the products so I’ll let it pass.

I was too overwhelmed with the many shops and products in Myeongdong that’s why I did not purchase from It’s Skin. Thanks to Gmarket I was able to try some products.

The products that I got are:

– Makeover Crack Color in Silver (This looks good in the pictures but when I tried it, it doesn’t crack as much as the other nail polishes. I will keep on trying though and experiment since it’s a really pretty and unique colour for a crack nail polish)

– Power 10 Formula VB Effector (This is the product that’s good for oily skin. I have yet to use it. I’m excited to try it!)

– Babyface Petit Blusher No. 4 (I love it’s coral color. I haven’t tried it but I swatched it on my hand and it looks good. The package is just so cute to ignore :))

 Here are the freebies that It’s Skin sent me:

– Power 10 Formula GF Effector (It’s for supplying moisture to skin. I haven’t tried it)

– Mini Bebe Hand Cream

 I like Holika Holika products so these are what I got:

– Jewel Light Waterproof Eyeliner No. 5 (I have swatched this in the Holika Holika shop and I like the color and how easily it glided on my skin. I  have yet to try this on my eyes. )

– 3 Seconds Starter Hyaluronic Acid (I really wanted to get the Collagen type but I clicked on the wrong one but it’s alright. I have yet to try this, too.)

– Prime Miracle Snail Emulsion (I have tried the emulsion on my hand and it has a light feel, not thick and sticky. It has a faint fragrance that I don’t like, I can’t quite tell what it is, though. I haven’t tested it long enough to know if the smell fades.)

 I was surprised to see this in the box as I don’t remember ordering it :). So, it’s a freebie, yay! It was made in 2010 or 2011 I think, so it should expire soon. I have tried this twice and it was a breeze using it. It’s not really too brown so it looked natural on the eyes. Just a little dab of the brush on the gel liner would go a long way. I know I should finish this soon but I don’t know when I can. It’s a good product but they don’t sell this anymore. This doesn’t come with a brush.

More  Holika Holika freebies and samples: Makeup Starters, a box of cotton pads, a sample toner and emulsion of Black Caviar Wrinkle Recovery, and Luminous Silk Starter for BB sample (this is one of the new products).

 Yay for the samples and freebies again. I also would like to commend Holika Holika for delivering the goods so promptly. I ordered when it was on sale so I have expected them to deliver the products a bit late. I was surprised to see that these were the first to arrive in the Gmarket warehouse. I super recommend Holika Holika. It’s Skin was fast, too 🙂

So, that’s my Gmarket haul for this March and my 6th or 7th order from Gmarket since last year. I am not a Gmarket-addict, right?!

Please let me know which ones you like me to review, as well as the links for the products.

Have you tried shopping at Gmarket? Care to share your experience and haul?

To Gmarket users in Thailand, are your Gmarket packages detained in the post office, too? How much extra do you have to pay? I really appreciate if you share your experience. Thanks.

Cheers, everyone! 🙂

Haul from Seoul: Holika Holika

10 Mar

Holika Holika Strawberry Pore Cover Mousse Starter and Holika Holika Jewel Light Waterproof Eyeliner No. 1

I only got two products at Holika Holika in Myeongdong because  it was overwhelming entering shops like theirs (cosmetics/skincare) because of a wide range of products that are cutely packaged and are relatively inexpensive. I cannot show you a swatch of either products because these are not for me  (these are for my sister who requested me to get them) and I didn’t get similar items for myself. 

Below are the freebies:

Holika Holika Freebies

Oh the Holika Holika box contains cotton sheets 🙂

Wish I had more time shopping there! We were only given two hours to shop in Myeongdong. I was literally rushing in and out of the many shops in the area that I have overlooked many things. There’s always a next time, right?

Have you been to Myeongdong?  Did  you have fun shopping there?

More shopping haul posts to follow! Cheers 🙂