Saturday, 27 February 2010
I still want to show you one of my latest sets I am really curious about. I have read so much on Diorsnow from the famous beautybloggers online (Oh..Pretty and Fuzkitty are quite enthousiastic about it) that I jumped on the bandwagon and bought a trial set on sasa.com. I still want to try it first before I splurge on a new product, if possible.
It contains a tonic-kind lotion, a serum, a sunscreen and a powder foundation in a really matching colour.
All of these products have a high level of UV protection against the ageing sunrays...
The next powder compact with UV protection is from VOV: VOV White UV cover pact SPF 50+ in 23.
One of my commentors asked to make a mini-review of it when I posted a picture of it in this post. And yes, it fall under my title that it has UV protection, and a lot of it, according to the description: SPF 50 ++ and PA +++
It has the size of a larger mobile phone. It has a beautifully pearly white exterior. I think it looks both rather sophisticated and still fresh.
The compact has a double layer when opening. The top part contains a powder puff, so you can store your puff rather conveniently in the top part.
The lower part has the powder foundation. It looks much paler on this picture than in real life.
I picked colour no 23, which was the darkest colour of the selection (here). I found it to be the right dept of colour, however, I also find it to be a bit too yellow, as I am a neutral to cool toned Caucasian woman. Still, I like the yellowness in the foundation during the cold winter I encountered, because I had lots of redness in my face, and around the nose, so the yellowness cancelled out the redness efficiently
I am a rather pale Caucasian woman, or, it sometimes seems that I am paler than the rest when I walk in the cosmetic store in the Netherlands, and most foundations offered always seem too dark for me.
In Great Britain I seem to have more luck when I browse the cosmetic departments, as I often find that they cater for lighter skintones as well. I even find lots of foundations offered to be too light. In the Netherlands, in contrast, they only seem to cater for the slightly tanned women.
The compact has a light to medium old-fashioned powder scent, which wears off after wearing it for 5 minutes.
One of the benefits of the texture of the powder is that it zaps up the oiliness that I have in my t-zone. It also blurred out the unflattering view of larger pores. It lasted for an average period. I had to reapply after approximately 3 a 4 hours (the t-zones).
The coverage is rather light. I would not wear this as a foundation product on its own, because it does not have the strenght to cancel out my irregularities. Still, as a blotting powder for an combined skin and to reduce the redness of the nose it is quite efficient. Thus, it is absolutely suitable to carry around.
Sun protective powers:
I am not quite sure yet, because the feeble winter rays have not been sufficient enough to make a judgement. However, I would not take the chance to use a foundation alone as a sun protector, even if it says it really has a high protection. I prefer to use a real sunblock underneath and still have some extra protection from the foundation. So I cannot say that much about its UV protection.
It comes quite cheap when ordering on gmarket: It only costs $10.59 AND you will get a gorgeously scented lipgloss of your choice (out of 4 colours) with it. Well, that is a better deal than I would get in the local drugstore. Still, gmarket is not cheap with shipping, so it only makes a good deal when you already have some things to order from gmarket, and you can add this as an extra.
It is absolutely a good deal when you have NC 25 kind of undertone, or lighter when you pick colour no 21. It is efficient enough to blot the oiliness away, and it is absolutely not irritating. The downside is that you order it by gmarket, which can be a bit of a hassle for some.
Friday, 19 February 2010
Working overtime can be helpful because you will earn a bit more. So I have been purchasing a lipstick this week. The glamourous Chanel Allure lipstick in Comedia.
Comedia is a more natural colour of the Allure line. Chanel Allure has some stronger colours that look absolutely stunning. I chose the Comedia colour for its pink colour with a cool tone in it.
Thursday, 18 February 2010
I was happy to know that there were no parabens included. I am not really against parabens, but I prefer not to have them in my skincare. The press has been a bit too negative about parabens in skincare, so I would not like to take my chance.
Moreover, I have really sensitive skin, and I think it reacts against parabens as well (althought I am not sure because it is extremely difficult to find out what exactly causes a certain allergy/reaction).I am not going to discuss all ingredients into detail, because I do not have that much knowledge about all ingredients. And it would bore some of my readers to death.
So, did it perform up to its claims???
Well, the functions described at the sachet are really some multitaskers for a mask. I mean, I want to have it all, but can a mask really be ánd soothing, ánd purifying, ánd refining, ánd hydrating???
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
- You first have to spray it on and distribute it over the entire brush, reaching all the hairs.
- You have to get a paper or normal towel to remove the spray and the remains of the makeup
- Not all makeup is removed after this process
- The brush is still quite moist and wet after this process!!! Actually, the brush has to dry for at least a day to get dry!!!
- which is just as much time as drying my brushes when washing them the standard way
- The scent is absolutely too poignant...it lingers for a couple of hours in the room when using it.
- The same scent will be there when you will use the brush (when finally dry)...
So it is not really an alternative to the normal cleansing method.
I am not the only one who is 'meh' about it. The reviews on makeupalley are not really raving as well.
Remember, these are just opinions. I try to be as honest as possible on my blog, so when I am positive about something, I actually like it and it works for me (at that moment).
Saturday, 13 February 2010
So, what did I buy this time? I bought a variety of things: a dairy, a blusher, a compact foundation, a t-shirt and the adorable Hello Kitty hand cream from Etude House.
Yes, the adorable hand cream I coveted from Etude House.
Etude House did not gave me any freebies, unfortunately. I probably did not buy enough from them. I am a bit dissapointed by this, because I have seen several bloggers online blogging about their Gmarket haul from etudegmark and they got TONS of freebies...
The seller is Etudegmark, item nr.1 76327913 and you can find it over here.
Some sellers do give out freebies, such as this dinky little fellow, who is a part of a couple of pens I received when buying a planner:
Don't you think he looks like the Tin man from the Wizard of Oz who got his heart? Or one of those robots from those old-school science fiction series of the 1970s.
The pens themselves really write good as well! They are not your average BiC, and they almost glide over the paper...
The diary I chose for this year is a dainty peachy colour with this adorable puppy badge.:
Woof, he is wearing a turquoise neckband:
This was listed as the C033 wishing smile diary-pink, item number 131360394 from seller 박스앤캔 (listed here).
Ofcourse, I am still the blush and makeup addict...thus I placed a baked blush in my cart from Prorance in M 16.
The name of the blush is a bit Korealish: "finish water glow"...I do not know how to connect this with a lovely flush on the cheeks...
I haven't tested it yet, but I am sure it will look like a lovely blush. I have seen some other colours from Prorance swatched online, and they looked so glowy without these obvious glitter particles that do not look so flattering on me.
It was quite cheap (approximately $10) and it came with a free lipgloss in the colour of your choice. (the Color Song Glossing)
The next lovely sweetie is a pasport holder from Jetoy. This cute black cat has the ability to blink, depending on how you hold your pasport.
One of my favourite Korean Brands Lotree has a new spring collection, and it looked attractive enough to purchase as well:
The compact is based on mineral powder. The purple compact in the middle is a sort of brightener/highlighter product, and the pink poofy thing on the right is a blush.
I bought this from seller 제니 e-shop, 177368251 (here).
I told you I bought a tshirt too, but I haven't made a picture of it yet...
So, I have a couple of new things to test and I will review some of these items soon.
Sunday, 7 February 2010
Yesterday I posted a sort-of-tutorial of how to order t-shirts and other apparel on gmarket. Today I want to show you some shirts that drew my attention.
First I want to say that I will be listing t-shirts of two sellers. I am not commissioned or paid for by these sellers, because they have no idea who I am and visa versa. I just thought they have cute tshirts, and I ordered from them both without any problems so far.
(the next set of tshirts are from THEDADA7)I really like this sad little girl with the big hat. She is listed under the English name of Dropgirl, but I could not find her listed in the Korean list yet. Mmm, mayby I could ask gmarket on facebook for the right name.
The detail is so cute with the little embroidery on the sweatshirt:
Valentine's day is almost here, so I had to list a t-shirt with LOVE on it. I really like the way the model wears the t-shirt, with the black tulle skirt and the kick-behind shoes.
It is listed as: 셀프(보라) - the colour in the brackets is the navy colour.
If you are looking for confort and something really roomy for lounging and lazy days, look no further than this smiley hoody. The model looks like she is swamped by it
The listing for this sky blue tshirt is: A08 베이비리본-연하늘
Last, a tshirt that is really Spring/Summer 2010 because of the added lace.
Saturday, 6 February 2010
What attracts me to these tshirts is that they look really quirky and modern. Somewhat I was so ignorant to think of Asian fashion as always cute and kawaii, which is really nice, but not for every single day. The tshirts I spotted on gmarket, often from Korean brands such as TheDada, are trendy and fun without being sugary sweet.
Another thing that I find interesting is that they are relatively cheap, compared when you buy these on the Dutch highstreet or online at topshop.com or another British online store (who charge you between 25 euros ($30) or more for a trendy tshirt). Moreover, I have seen some designs I have not seen at the topshop site or at the highstreet...
On gmarket they are priced between $4.50 and $8.
How is their quality?
Well, until now I think they are of a adequate quality. Perhaps it depends on the brand of tshirt, but the one I bought has been thin enough for being a tshirt (LOL, if that makes sense) but thick enough for sturdiness. I washed it twice already, and it is still looking quite new.
I am a bit weird, because I bought a tshirt with a Dutch text on it...Why would I buy a tshirt from a Korean seller with a Dutch text on it? Honestly, Dutch language is not so hot in the country where they speak it. And assumingly, people from other countries will find it sounding 'exotic' or something...I do not know.
So, this tshirt says that it is a particular kind of paint for painting walls...
Example of loosely fitted tshirt (which looks semi fitted on a British size 12/14, American size 10, Northern European size 40/42)
How to order if you do not speak/write Korean:
I have to admit that ordering tshirts from gmarket are really complicated. The list of tshirt in one listing can be as long as 200 different kinds, in 5 different colours each!!! And now, how to pick the one you want?
One of my first techniques has been writing down the Korean characters corresponding with the Tshirt. I compare these with the long long list from choices you can make, and often I get a corresponding word.
검정 - black
인디 - indigo
민트 - mint
연보라 - mauve
크림 - cream
The second thing, more easily, is to befriend gmarket on facebook (here)! You can post on their wall placing a link of the seller and the item you would like to have, and they respond quickly. For example, this was my post...
And yes, I added the tshirt to my cart for a future purchase. I am still waiting for the gmarket order I ordered a couple of days ago.
Shopping tshirts can keep you busy for quite a long time, so beware if you are addiction-prone and do not want to spend too much time staying glued behind the computer.... ;P