Korean Brands

Etude House VIP Girl

Etude House has updated it’s Korean portal (yes, there happens to be an Etude House US Portal too now!) with a brand new color story entitled Etude House VIP Girl.

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I was just discussing with you yesterday how Sephora has opted for an interesting neon look this year and here we have Etude House doing pretty much the same with bold, bright colors that are sure to get fans in a colorful mood for Spring!

I can honestly say that nothing truly calls to me with this particularly collection. I took note that this is a rather interesting collection for Etude House as normally I associate the line with “sweet” and “kawaii” however this is a bit more…I dunno….wild for lack of a better word.

As with all Etude House campaigns this includes color selections for a sweet or a bold look or in this case a “Hot Girl Style” or a “You Say Pink Style”. I think it’s safe to say that the “You Say Pink Style” is the more subdued look of the two.

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The collection places heavy emphasis on the new lipstick shades which are all quite loud and outrageous. Hmmm how very un-Etude House like! Four new shades are available of the lipstick.

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Also available is a lipstick base quite which is like what I had purchased last year with the Etude House Peach Spring Collection. This is used to mute out lips and intensify the color of your lipstick.

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A liquid eyeliner is also up for grabs. Interesting as I believe this is my first time seeing a liquid liner available from Etude House.

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Two new shades of gloss in “VIP” packaging are also released.

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Four shades of eyeshadow which have captured my attention. These appear to have a base shadow and a liner shade smack in the center. The colors are somewhat boring but I like the looks of them regardless.

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A new mascara is also being released which is something I can safely skip as I’ve never had much love for Etude House mascaras anyway.

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And finally 5 shades of a new nail varnish! I’m not much of a nail girl but my friend Michelle is so I’ll be picking these up as a little gift for her as I screwed up an order of nail polishes from Japan on her a few months ago and these would really have her hyped I think plus I think she’d adore blogging them or at least I hope she would.

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All in all the collection looks quite nice but I’m not feeling any great love for it…I honestly wish they’d have released some sort of new primer or a more fresher, sweeter look for Spring like last year’s release. This is quite fitting with the theme of things at the moment but I’m just more for a lighter, fresher look for Spring.

I thought it was quite interesting that the mascara was priced at 9,500 KRM at the moment….is it me or is that a bit of a price jack? Will have to do my homework but I thought the mascara was cheaper. On a side note Won is converting ridiculously awesome to USD at the moment so do take full advantage if you have friends, family, or easy access to Korean cosmetics, skincare, etc….

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Laneige The Snow Eye Palette 01 Review, Swatches and FOTD

Phew still hauling out the Holiday Collections and trying to get them all reviewed! How sad is it that the holidays are fully over and I’m still working my way through the makeup pile trying to pump out reviews?

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Wanna visit Laneige Holiday 2008 with me today?

I’ve already wrote a review on the Laneige The Snow Eye Palette 02 and today I’m bringing you the 01 version. Yes, yes a bit out of sequence there but I was feeling the love for the 02 palette a little more than the 01 version.

02 was a cool, frosty pink looking affair with hints of golden shimmer and 01 is a bit darker, still cool none the less, with blues, golds, and a tiny hint of frosty silver white. I’m not going to go into great detail about the formula of the shadow or the texture as you can gleen most of that from the review I did prior to this on the other palette however I will say that I felt like these shades blended a little bit crummy when compared to the 02 palette. I had a harder time coming up with a good look using the navy blue and ended up just lining my lower lash line with the shade as it was too dark to really do anything else with. I find I like navy blue less and less lately, I’ve never had much of a problem with it in the past but as of late it just makes my eyes look old and tired. For the most part I believe they created the blue to use solely as a liner but I like to be a bit inventive and use the liner as a shadow and in some cases that works out well for me but for the most part I felt like the navy in this palette was just drowning my eyes out.

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The palette is made up of a shimmering silver white shade which is used as a base, a sparkling gold which can be used to contrast the silver, and finally a navy blue liner shade. All the shades have a shimmer finish and are quite lovely however blending is a bit of a pain as the silver and gold just don’t go well together. Two shades I avoid mixing are silver and gold for some reason they seem like apples and oranges to me. I finally decided on using the silver as a base, the gold on my lid, and the blue as a liner for my bottom lash line. As you can see below it didn’t come out too badly but does kind of look messy.

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I’m actually quite pleased with the palette overall so long as I don’t actually have to use the colors together to create a look. I think they’ll look great alone or maybe with other shades in my collection but together I wasn’t feeling the love.

Props for the awesome packaging and snowflake design. I loved the dual flip compact which has the shadows on top and a mirror and a compartment below to house the sponge and brush applicators. I’m also a big lover of the snowflake design which was extra pretty for the Holidays and even for just now during our deep winter.

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All in all I love Laneige and aside from my rants here and there I was happy to add the Laneige The Snow Eye Palettes to my collection.

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Innisfree Trouble Care BB Cream Review

The Muse loves the fact she can bring you a review for a BB Cream that’s 1. easily available online for purchase and 2. quite an inexpensive beauty budget find.

Which BB Cream am I talking about?

InnisFree Trouble Care BB Cream, available at Sasa and quite an inexpensive beauty find at $15.30 USD.

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If you’re unfamiliar with BB Creams please read my introduction of BB Creams here.

Innifree Trouble Care BB Cream is actually quickly turning into HG (holy grail) material for me and that’s saying something as I’m quite picky with BB Creams. Strangely enough it’s not even made for my skin type as it’s for oily, acne skin types. Taking into account it was made for oily skin I was worried about using it on my dry skin but it turned out it worked like it absolute dream!

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One of the first things I loved about the formula was the perfect shade of milky beige cream it was, this was a perfect fit for my skin and once I applied it was equally as light on as it adjusted to my tone perfectly. On top of the perfect shade selection it also had a beautiful formula that glided onto my skin, absorbed easily, and made my skin feel dewy and fresh. I was surprised as being made for oily skin I feared it would dry me out but it was wonderfully refreshing on and created a flawless canvas for my makeup. Everyone always raves to me about the benefits of using their BB Cream as a fabulous concealer but honestly I’ve never had success using BB Creams as an under eye concealer. However, Innisfree Trouble Care BB Cream worked perfectly as both a foundation and a concealer! It really did a rather fab job of covering up all my woes including puffiness, fine lines, and dark circles.

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This comes in a pump style bottle just like Etude House Magic BB Cream but I’m not loving this at the moment since the depressor has a bit of a problem where the slightest pressure distributes way too much product. You don’t need a ton of the cream to cover your face as it’s richly pigmented and sadly I find it amazingly wasteful that I can’t get it working correctly to pump out only a tiny amount. Each time I use it a big dollop comes flying out! Aside from this minor rant I absolutely love this one and Muse Approve it for purchase!

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Why I loved it:

  • Richly pigmented, a little dab will do my entire face
  • Leaves me with a flawless, even complexion that’s younger, fresher, and healthier
  • Creates a perfect working canvas for my makeup
  • Acts as both a concealer and a foundation
  • Feels natural and breathable on my face
  • Formula is moisturizing and absorbs easily into my skin

Who I think would love it:

  • Anyone who wants a beautiful, fresh complexion
  • Anyone with Fair, Medium Fair, and Lighter Skin Tones
  • Those who have a certain dullness to their skin and want a bit of freshening up
  • Anyone who likes a multitasking product that gets you out the door faster!

I do think this is a near perfect product however it seemed to be quite rich for anyone with oily or acne skin even though the formula is made exactly for that skin type. Once it’s on your skin it’s quite light and natural feeling however during application it has a bit of a thick, creamy formula which worries me for people who fear clogged pores.

I used the Innisfree Trouble Care BB Cream in my latest review FOTD for Prescriptives, I’ve included one picture below of me wearing it but if you’d like to see more do visit that post. Over the course of the next few days you’ll see me wearing it in other FOTD’s and I’ll def post to say as such.

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Overall, it’s probably one of the better BB’s I’ve tried and I absolutely adore it and highly recommend picking one up. I’m thrilled I can offer an easily accessible BB Cream that’s available as an online purchase as normally BB’s I’ve featured in the past aren’t available stateside or online and if they are online it’s for a crazy amount of money.

All in all I loved this one and it’s definitely staying close by for daily cosmetic rituals.

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Pieces of Life: The Currency Edition

Just a friendly note from your Muse about Asian Spring Collections, currency, and other general babblings about saving your money.

I know quite a few of you have recently e-mailed me about how exciting you’re finding the Lunasol Spring Collection and I totally agree it’s very, very nice. I have my eye on a few items from Lunasol at the moment, Jill Stuart, and a few other high street Japanese brands however I am playing it safe at the moment as the yen is very strong.

At the moment a palette of 5,600 yen will be jacked up at nearly $10 with the current conversion rate. Wince. It’s not only USD that’s feeling the brunt, if you’re converting from Singaporean dollar or sterling at the moment it comes to almost the same amount only off by a mere $1 USD and some change. I do urge you to wait if you’re purchasing items that aren’t LE at the moment as the conversion rate really does drain the pockets.

This is of course in terms of direct purchasing from Japan and not going through a secondary online shopping party. I noticed that palettes are racing up to $75 USD at certain online shops which I really find intense and a tiny bit absurd. The Muse loves herself some makeup but $75 per a palette…that’s a bit much.

Korean Won looks particularly gloomy as well but remains at a 100% return on the US dollar which is perfectly fine in my opinion however I do expect a tiny bit more on my dollar when converting and became a bit spoiled with that aspect but at least I’m not losing money during the conversion which is always a plus.

TWD, SGD, and Sterling are iffy at best. Particularly sterling, as always, converts like rubbish but not too severe.

Well anyway I can go on and on I fear but the moral of the story is at the moment if you’re shopping Spring Collections abroad do take into consideration your current conversion rate, stop, think, and ask yourself if you really need it right now or if it can wait until currency conversions are looking a tiny bit better. If it’s LE I do suggest snapping it up but if it’ll be around you can always wait a bit and get it later on.

Of course, I should take my own advice in this but the Muse is known for wanting instant gratification when it comes to makeup and she fears she’ll give in to her urges prior to thinking about it which will bite into a large chunk of her Spring Collection budget! Yak! Groan!

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Innisfree BB Mousse Review

The Muse was totally cheapin’ it when she seen that Sasa got some Innisfree products in stock. The price jack was around $4-$5 from regular Korean retail so I really wasn’t feeling the need to indulge…so indeed I was being total cheap about it. After fighting with myself I realized if I had a friend in Korea airmail it over that it would probably work out to be the same price anyway so I decided what the heck and snagged myself the InnisFree BB Mousse.

The product originally caught and captured my interest because I’ve used BB Mousse’s in the past and really like them. Etude House actually makes one as well which I adore so purchasing one from Innisfree really wasn’t too hard a decision although the formula isn’t suitable for everyone.

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I’ve tried a few products from the Innisfree makeup and skincare line up prior to this and all are of good quality so I didn’t doubt in anyway that the Innisfree BB Mousse would be just as good. Please do read my article on BB Creams if you’re clueless at the moment about what they are.

All the BB Mousses I’ve tried including Innisfree BB Mousse share one common flaw which would be pigmentation of the product. BB Mousses have a knack for offering very sheer coverage but honestly they aren’t technically supposed to offer coverage anyway so I guess this is only a minor problem.

Basically using a BB Mousse simply offers a very light, brightening finish with the benefits of a high SPF of 30. This particular mousse by Innisfree also supposedly tightens pores and makes skin look fresher and clear. I can’t speak for pores as my pores are barely visble however the mousse does offer a fresher look to my face and a brightening effect however it is NOT full coverage but more of a prepping primer for face.

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I can easily use Innisfree BB Mousse as my foundation as it brightens my face, erases dullness, and preps my face for my other makeup items such as blush and highlighters. This is typically why I use foundation anyway as I do not have problems with my skin aside from dullness which I seek to erase with the use of foundation so using this mousse does just that plus it offers a nice, fresh look to my skin. The formula of the product is a silky, foaming mousse which has little pigmentation but it does manage to offer a somewhat white like finish after application which quickly tones down to suit the shade of my skin. Interestingly enough the product distributes from the can as a wet texture but quickly absorbs into the skin leaving behind a powdery, silky, almost matte finish. In terms of color it’s a very pale ivory shade which does tone down a little bit once it’s on the skin however I do not think darker tones can really use this as it doesn’t adjust as well a regular BB Cream does.

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I think the product is particularly good for those days you want a very light application of makeup. A little of this, a bit of cheek stain, and some gloss will make a rather lovely Summer day makeup. I’m unsure if I’ll make full use of the product on days that I am going for a full makeup look because the staying power isn’t fabulous and by 3 hours in my face is already looking dull again and in need of a pick me up. For days that I want a really minimal look or days I’m just running around doing small errands this is an ideal product. It happens to be an oil free formula which makes it particularly good for Summer as the coverage is not only light but also oil free, lord knows we don’t need anything to make our faces shiny in the Summer!

If you’re inclined you can use the mousse as a prep prior to foundation as it’ll work at providing SPF plus the promise of tighter pores and the brightening effects are a nice primer for your other coverages.

Who needs this?

  • Anyone with tired, dull skin that needs a bit of a pick me up!
  • Those who want a minimal look for hot Summer days.
  • Anyone who wants a minimal, natural makeup for on the run days.

Those who should avoid it:

  • Anyone who needs medium-full coverage in foundation
  • Those who use foundation to cover serious skin problems

All in all I really liked the product in general but it didn’t really have any added benefits or extras that any other BB Mousse I’ve tried had. The price is $14.90 USD and it normally ranges at around $8-$9 USD within Korea so it’s not too bad a deal but there are cheaper options available in mousses for sure but as hard as these are too get I do believe the price of nearly $15 USD is a fair deal. I do think it’s worth checking out for yourself if you’ve never used a BB Mousse prior to reading this post.

You can see me wearing the InnisFree BB Mousse and no other foundation in this morning’s Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Lipstick post.

You can grab it at Sasa who ships worldwide and free with your purchase of $75 USD

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