Posts From October 2008

The Muse’s Honest Opinion About GMarket

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I wanted to address G-Market today in a post since I get many, many, many e-mails asking me about it, have I ever used it, what’s it like, how do I use it, etc….

Instead of the hassle of going through 200 or more e-mails on the topic I thought a post would be appropriate in answering the questions I get daily about it.

I’ve been collecting Korean Cosmetics for about a two years, possibly a year and a half, unsure exactly when I started. I get asked daily where I get my Korean makeup and the answer is I have a friend who lives in Seoul (the largest city and capital of South Korean) who ships me over random items that I ask her to purchase for me.

I have not seen anyone else aside from E-bay and Gmarket who sell Korean Cosmetics. I haven’t really seen many stores in Manhattan either that carry Korean makeup but maybe I am looking in the wrong locations. If I do come across a shop that carry the lines they are normally very out of date items.

If you live within a heavily populated Asian community you my be lucky enough to have a few Japanese, Korean, Chinese specialty shops that carry cosmetics from abroad.

If you’re unfamiliar with Gmarket allow me to briefly explain.

Gmarket is much like E-bay however instead of bidding on items you are purchasing them out right for buy it now prices. All items are priced extremely low and as close to retail as anything I’ve seen on the Internet and many popular brands I’ve discussed at Musings such as Etude House, Banila Co, VOV, etc…can be located at retail prices on Gmarket.

Even though Gmarket prices are amazing I have some rants about the service which is why I do not recommend using it unless you have a ton of cash to spare.

I’ve tried Gmarket twice and have noticed a few problems with the service and they are as follows:

Virtually no Customer Service at all.

During my first order I had some confusion of whether the funds I sent over actually went through so I decided to shoot over an inquiry about my order. This was 3 months ago and still they have not replied. Lucky enough the order arrived safely but having my money hang out in limbo while no one replies stinks.

No English speaking reps or members.

I don’t believe anyone that works for Gmarket or anyone who is a registered member that is selling speaks in English. I’ve successfully contacted a seller when asking a question only to receive a reply in Korean. This wasn’t a problem as I had someone translate it for me however if you’re virtually clueless about the Korean language this can be frustrating. This leads me to believe that the reps that work at Gmarket, run Gmarket, Etc…do not speak English either. Although Gmarket has a English sub-site I don’t believe anyone technically speaks English.

Shipping Prices are obscene at first glance!

Now shipping via Gmarket is fairly reasonable however as you add items into your cart from other sellers or even one particular seller the price goes up and up and up and up! This figure is a set estimate and you’ll later receive a credit on the shipping amount however it’s ridiculous having to set out $40, $60, or more dollars when you have 8-10 items in your cart! As mentioned you do get a credit however that credit is not put back into your Paypal account it’s set as G-Cash for spending on Gmarket. If you so choose you can transfer it back to Paypal but it won’t be worth it as they deduct a considerable amount in fees to do this!

Shipping, Paypal, and Other Woes….

Gmarket ships fairly quickly however the interface on Gmarket has a huge learning curve and I don’t think, after using it twice so far for orders, I even understand how it works! Figuring out where my money is, where my order is, when it shipped, how to track it, etc…is like brain surgery! The site isn’t user friendly in my opinion! Now when paying via Paypal can be quite a bit of a nail biting experience as waiting for the funds to go through, etc…makes me slightly nervous as my Paypal sits in limbo for 2-3 days. On top of this waiting for your credit back, for shipping, takes a fair few days. I just get a tad bit nervous when my money is sitting around and not doing anything!

All in all I currently avoid Gmarket like the plague and do all my Korean Cosmetics via CP purchases from my friend. If I can’t get items from her I tend to look around E-bay and see what pops up cheap! I don’t recommend using Gmarket if you get antsy about your money the way I do. I also don’t recommend it because of the silly estimated shipping fee problem!

The Muse suggests asking around MUA or on Asian based Forums for a CP. Be friendly, make a friend, and I’m positive they’ll be happy to help you get what you need from Korea! Don’t forget to offer to return the favor!

Hope this answers all your questions about Gmarket!

If you have further questions, ask away in comment field!

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Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou Review

I absolutely love staining my lips and cheeks! Stains work so well at giving a natural, flushed looks to both lips and cheeks.

I’m particularly partial to staining my lips prior to gloss as it gives that extra pop to gloss! One of my very favorite products for staining my lips was from Bourjois Paris and came in a pen applicator! I was so sad they stopped carrying these soon after their original release.

I’ve since been through a slew of stains but I’ve located a new favorite when I recently purchased Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou!

Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou is available in four shades which are a pink, red, orange, and sheer pink.

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I tried the red shade only but I’ll be going back shortly for more colors as it’s a very good stain. The stain comes in a cute little tube with squeeze applicator. Dab a small amount on your finger and smooth on or apply directly from the tube. The formula is a silicon like texture that smooths on dry and leaves behind a pinch of color bringing blah lips to life with a beautiful flush of red! This is beautiful with or without gloss! I like the interesting texture as although it’s a gel formula it still feels rather dry when applied which makes it ideal for lips as it doesn’t apply in a streaky mess! The stain lasts for a good four hours or so before fading even when drinking or eating which is great as all I have to do is touch up my gloss and go as my lips are already nicely flushed with color!

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As you can see below the color choice I made was quite red however I thought it looked quite natural on and not scary or kool-aid like in appearance. My lips are quite red already however this enhances the natural color of my lips!

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I really liked this one and it’s one of Etude House’s better items. It also happens to be extremely cheap at $4 USD. I paid retail price as I have a friend in Korea who purchased it for me however I’ve seen it on E-bay ranging from $9.99-$12.99 USD and I think it’s well worth that price even though the tube is tiny!

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I’m Muse Approving this one! Definately loves it!

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Do you stain your lips?

How about your cheeks?

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Sana Make Essence Concealer

You do realize I’m not NEARLY done with my concealer reviews right?

I got a ton more up my sleeve, I’ve just been giving you a breather in between!

I now have my eye on Sana Make Essence Concealer which is a yellow based concealer for concealing dark circles.

Sana Excel already makes a compact concealer for 800 yen that I have yet to try however the regular Sana brand has this new Make Essence Concealer that caught my eye since it has such a strong yellow base which is good for reflecting off of dark shadows and circles while concealing them up.

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I’ll have to get my hands on some of this soon and review because I’m curious how good it is! The normal Sana line up is pretty good so I suspect that perhaps Sana Make Essence Concealer will be just as good.

If you live in Japan this is available now for 950 yen at a local drugstore! I believe it’s brand new as this is the first time I’ve seen it.

Review to follow shortly!

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Sana Curler Review

Update: Read the Sana Make Essence Concealer Review

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MAC Red She Said

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MAC Red She Said is up and available at the MAC Website!

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Excited?

The Muse is!

I’m very excited about MAC Holiday this year as I’ve noticed I really love reds and MAC has plenty to be had with it’s exciting multi-part collection release!

MAC Red She Said is the main color story release that includes the new Mineralize Eye Shadow Trio that everyone is so hyper about. I’m personally not so interested in the shadows but I do want some of the lippies released with this collection!

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Trio

  • Persuasive
  • Word-of-Mouth
  • Outspoken
  • Danger Zone
  • Threesome
  • Inter-view

MAC Dazzleglass Lipgloss

  • Date Night
  • Baby Sparks
  • Miss Dynamite
  • Love Alert
  • Sugarrimmed

MAC Beauty Powder Blush

  • Stark Naked
  • Enough Said

MAC Lipstick

  • “Red” She Said
  • Crazeee
  • Pomposity
  • Soft Pause
  • Quiet Please

How about you?

What are you loving?

What do you have to have?

Tell the Muse!

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Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Shimmer Brick

My little eye spies a new Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick at Nordies!

This brand new shimmer brick is entitled Copper Diamond and available for $40 USD exclusively at Nordstrom at the moment!

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Although the packaging is brand new the Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Shimmer Brick looks quite similiar to the limited edition gold version that I already have. This is one of those must see items in store before I decide if I need it as the resemblance to my Bobbi Brown Gold Shimmer Brick is uncanny!

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Do I want it? Hells yes! But first the Muse must investigate further to see how similiar these two are!

Seen this?

Putting it on your wish list?

Tell the Muse!

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Bobbi Brown Holiday Collection 2008

Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes Palette Review and Swatches

Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Review

Bobbi Brown Concealer Palette Review

Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick Review

Bobbi Brown Metallics Palettes Review

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