Thursday, May 29, 2014

2014 Korean Haul - Aritaum & Skinfood

Hello there!
I am going to post combined hauls from different stores cos I realised that I didn't buy that much from each place to have enough material for one whole post.

I am leaving for Bangkok tomorrow! I was really looking forward to it because I'll be going with my best friend and I haven't been to Bkk in 6 years. But because of the political unrest, we only made the decision to go ahead with our plans 4 hours ago *cue rapid packing *. I really hope this would be an awesome trip!

I'll just jump right into the haul!

Iope Air Cushion XP - N23
32 000 KRW
I got this for my mum, explains the darker shade. She really wanted to try a bb cushion and I got this because there was a 15% sale for Amore Pacific members. Plus I really enjoyed this myself.
Do note that the price stated is the discounted price. It normally retails for 40 000 KRW if my memory serves me right.
Hanyul Pure Artemisa Cleansing Foam
14 400 KRW
I really wanted to try something from Hanyul ever since it got so much hype from "You who came from the stars". The main female lead used their toner and lotion, and there was sooooo much hype about those products. I was considering on getting them, but I still have my Shiseido white lucent set that I haven't used so I really couldn't justify getting those.
Plus it's always good to start small when trying a new brand! The cleanser was also one of the products that was under the 15% sale. It is a moisturising cleanser which I am crazy about recently.
Aritaum Wonder Colour Hair Dye - Choco Brown
3500 KRW

I have always been a fan of Korean hair dyes, I have tried quite a few from Etude House and other brands. I decided to go ahead with this after watching a youtuber review about this. It is pretty small, so it's perfect for touching up roots.
Laneige White Plus Renew Skin Refiner
24 000 KRW
Laneige White Plus Renew Emulsion
26 400 KRW
I got this for my mum who LOVES this range. I have used it before, I do enjoy it but I am not sure if I would repurchase it.
*Prices are also after 15% discount

Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence
40 000 KRW
This is the new and improved version of the whitening essence. It is one of the top sellers and has quite abit of hype around it. I had it on my list of to buy items and thank god it was on sale :D
Aritaum Honey Melting Tint - Bitter Rose
6400 KRW

When I was researching for new must buy things in Korea, I saw this and apparently it is super popular with the Korean girls. It definitely did not disappoint me though. It is super creamy and moisturising. Unlike other tints that are drying, this feels like a lipstick but lasts like a tint.
I got this colour because I felt that it is very work appropriate and it is a gorgeous dark rose shade. It smells like roses too!
Aritaum Honey Melting Tint - Sugar Syrup
6400 KRW
A super cute bubble pink! I wore this quite a bit when it was in Korea. I really love how it brightens up my entire complexion. It smells different from the Bitter rose shade too though. Smells rather peachy but very delicious.
Skinfood Premium Tomato Whitening Essence
17 000 KRW
The premium tomato range was very highly advertised this season, so I had to try this out also they were giving all those freebies that came with the essence, I could not pass this up hehe.
Black Sugar Perfect First Serum
21 000 KRW
I have tried a sample of this product and really enjoyed it, had to get it!

Soft Eyelash Curl
3500 KRW
I am still using the one I got 3 years ago and it is getting ratherrr grimy. Love the curl that this gives and I especially love how soft the rubber piece is. I really like buying beauty tools from these Korean chain makeup stores because they are often very inexpensive but of very high quality.
That's all for today! Ill keep the haul posts coming once I am back from Bangkok.
Lots of exciting things happening in my life right now, one of my oldest and bestest friend is getting married next week super excited for that, definitely going to be the event of the year for us! Also I GOT A JOB :) Landed my dream job in the beauty industry and I am so thankful for the opportunity and also for every word of encouragement from all my friends and family <3

Friday, May 23, 2014

2014 Korean Haul - 3CE


I'm finally back from Korea. I thought I was able to sneak in a post with Alice's laptop but it died the 3rd day we were there... Fine I was very lazy too.

This trip to Korea was... different. I don't know why but it didn't feel the same way like it did as compared my past few trips. I don't know if that's a bad thing, but I did not do as much shopping as I thought I would.

Anyway, lets go on with the haul. I am kick starting the 2014 Korean Haul series with 3CE because it was the place that I really wanted to go to the most.

I went to the main store at Hongdae because my friend wanted to check out the Stylenanda flagship store. Plus you get to take free pictures from their picture booth. Sorry the Singaporean in me could not resist that.

The Stylenanda store in Hongdae is pretty hard to locate, so I really recommend that you go ask the tourist information in Hongdae for directions. They'll give you a map and very good directions.

The 3CE products definitely did not disappoint in terms of quality. Actually just looking at the store assistants and pictures of the models using the makeup just made me wanna give them all my money hahaha.

I would say that this brand is better for it's coloured makeup (think lipsticks blushers eye shadows). I did swatch their BB creams and stuff but I thought they were pretty average. The star of the brand for me has got to be their lip products. It is significantly more pricey as compared to the other Korean brands though.

3CE Lip Colour - #406 Milky Tangerine
18 900 KRW

Creamy Lip Colour - #12 ME ME!
18 900 KRW
I love the formulation of this lipstick so much I got 2. I especially love how unlike other moisturizing lippies, it leaves a very pretty natural stain once it's gone. 
Creamy Lip Colour - #6 Jazzy Pink
18 900 KRW
This was the colour that the model wore, so I had to get it. It is not showing well in the pictures but it is more of a dark bright pinkish red. Bright but not over the top. Super pigemented and moisturizing.
Cream Blusher - Baby Peach
12 000 KRW
I had this on my list so for some weird reason, I felt compelled to get this haha. Not really, I was considering between this and another orange shade, but I felt that this was the most wearable shade among all the others. I really love how this feels on the skin too. The colour is SUPER PRETTY.
Enriched Treatment Face Oil
27 000 KRW
I had this on my list too! But what really draw me to this was how good this smells. I am using this once I am done with my Kiehls Midnight Recovery Oil. It really feels very light but moisturing on the skin. It works pretty well for my hair too!
I did spend more that what I expected at 3CE, but I am loving everything I got. They are also very popular for their lip tints but ALL the Korean brands out there do stains and tints. Good ones so I could not justify paying twice the price just for the brand.
Do give this a shot, but I would not suggest going completely crazy in the store because there are other brands out there that does products, especially lip products that can definitely give 3CE a run for their money.
Till next time then :D