Cute K-Beauty Packaging + Products

Tony Moly – LipTone Get It Tint HD

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peripera – Sugar Twinkle Liquid Shadow

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Etude House – Blend For Eyes (Cherry Blossom Edition)

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too cool for school – Dinoplatz Bacio Brachio

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A’PIEU – Heart On The Cheek

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too cool for school – Dinoplatz Escalator Mascara

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3 CONCEPT EYES – Love Cheek Maker

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A Few Inspiring Things from the Past Week

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Flower by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1984

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Tilda Swinton in T Magazine China by Luis Alberto Rodriguez

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Packaging inspired by vintage makeup compacts from Lisa Eldridge’s ring collection

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Blindness Spring 2019 Menswear


Kanye West & Kid Cudi – Freeee

Summer 2018 Runway Makeup Trends

Chanel

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Coral blush with a orange-red glossy lip. Blue gradient eyeshadow going up to the brow.

Miu Miu

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Black winger eyeliner just in the outer corner of the eye with a balmy lip.

Valentino

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Glossy lip with a bright pink glimmery blush on the cheekbone going up towards the outer brow bone.

     

Maison Margiela

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A matte neon pink lip with the centre removed. Light brows and natural base.

                               

Fendi

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Black winged liner covering the whole lid. Light pink natural lipstick, defined arched brow.

                          

Marni

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Coloured eyeshadow in blues and greens. Swiped in thick lines or a cat eyed shape. Balmy lips and natural skin.

        

May Beauty Favourites

Here are a few of my beauty favourites this month. I’ve been trying to buy more natural products because I think my skin prefers it. Of course it is a lot better fore the environment too. What are your monthly favourites?
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Seventeen Instant Glow Tan Cream Bronzer

I bought this during my discounted Seventeen makeup haul – view my post here. This is a cream bronzer housed in a pan style container. Because of this I can apply it with a Beauty Blender instead of other cream bronzers I’ve had in the past that are in stick form. The consistency is light and blends easily. The colour is great for me and gives a natural tanned look. I would recommend seeing if your local Boots is selling off old Seventeen branded products as this is only £1.50.

Buy it here.

Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask

I’ve been using this mask for about a year now but more so in the past month when doing my at home facial – read my post here. It’s a hydrating mask that works quickly. The scent is fruity and refreshing. It leaves the skin soft and the product is natural (not vegan as it contains beeswax and honey).

Buy it here.

Lanolips 101 Ointment

I’ve been using this lip balm for the past couple of months now. Before I used to religiously buy the Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm but I couldn’t buy it locally anymore and happened to see this for sale. The product works just as well. It’s a lot more convenient too because it is in a squeezy tube. The balm can become quite solid in cold conditions so sometimes you have to warm it up by massaging the tube to get the product out. I think the branding is quite cute, I like to see it on my bedside table. The actual product is made from a natural wax that is produced by woollen animals to keep their wool protected. The balm is therefore natural and cruelty free.

Buy it here.

Nuxe Nuxellence Éclat Radiance Anti-Ageing Care

I bought this from a small sale I saw in Boots, I think I must have got it for around £5. Only looking it up now for this review do I see that it’s about £30-40 normally – what a discount! I’ve used this cream everyday. The smell is really nice, the packaging and scent reminds me faintly of parma violets. The weight of the cream is light and pleasant to use, it’s made from 90% natural ingredients. I use it in the morning and it can be used alone or as well as moisturiser. It’s designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and smooth the skin.

Buy it here.

Tosowoong Black Sugar Facial Scrub

This is a great exfoliator for my skin. I don’t feel like the sugar is too rough on my skin and I like to rub it on my face until it dissolves into a oily residue which feels hydrating. The smell is just like what you’d expect from a sugar scrub and leaves the skin lovely and soft.

Buy it here or similar here.

Nature Love Natural Deodorant Stick in Cucumber Aloe

I have been purchasing and testing natural deodorants for a few years now and this so far is the best I’ve tried. I picked it up in TK Maxx so it could be worth looking there for it as I can’t find many sellers online. It’s 100% natural and works really well. More recently in the summer months I have noticed it not being as foolproof but definitely in less humid weather it prevents the majority of body odour. I would give this a go if you are looking to try natural deodorants.

Buy it in Tk Maxx.

Pony Effect Everlasting Cushion Foundation

I feel like I’ve mentioned this so many times on my blog but this cushion foundation is the one I’ve been using the most this month. The coverage is really great and it has good longevity. I think the packaging is sleek and really functional for taking on holiday and even touching up throughout the day. Read my longer review here.

Buy it here.

At Home Hydrating Facial

I’ve wanted to have a facial in the past few weeks but decided to try and do it at home replicating what I’ve had done in the past. Although I don’t have the same massage techniques as a qualified professional, I feel that I could quite easily do a similar process. This way I can use the products I like and save the money I would have spent. This is the routine I have been implementing and it’s been working well so far, let me know if you have any tips.

Makeup Removal

I will often start by removing the bulk of my makeup usually with a facial wipe. Sometimes I will use a facial oil if I am not using waterproof mascara. The oil is great for also using a massage technique that can help circulation because of the slip is creates on the skin.

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil 200ml
Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil with Coconut and Argan Oils 177ml
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil 200ml
Simple Facial Cleansing Wipes – Pack of 6
Facial Massage Jade Roller
Méthode Jeanne Piaubert Stimuloval Roller
The Body Shop Wooden Handle Facial Massager

Cleanse

I like to do a second cleanse to ensure all the makeup is off my skin. My favourite is a hot cloth cleanser that you steam off. This opens the pores and makes the skin extremely soft because it is not stripping like a gel-type cleanser. I like to use muslin cloths, the texture provides some exfoliation too.

Ren Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser
Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream 170g
Pai Skincare Organic Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser 200 ml
MuslinZ Baby Muslin Squares (Pack of 6, White)

Exfoliation

To exfoliate I love using a brown sugar scrub. They smell amazing and once you’ve dissolved the sugar particles by gently buffing the skin it produces an oily residue that is hydrating and luxurious feeling. You can also do a facial massage at this stage.

Skinfood Skin Food Black Sugar Perfect Scrub Foam
Majestic Pure Brown Sugar Scrub 12 oz
Oatmeal & Almond Face Scrub with Crushed Walnut Shells – Organic, 100% Natural

Masking

I like to then use a mask. Depending on my concern I might use a sheet mask if I want a lot of hydration or on a regular day I will just use a relatively natural mask. You can use a clay based one for blemishes but they can be quite drying and may make the previous steps of the facial void because we are working towards building moisture.

TONYMOLY Pureness 100 Mask Sheet (Variety Set – 10 Sheets)
Garnier Moisture Bomb Pomegranate Hydrating Face Sheet Mask
Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask 100ml
Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask To Go 30ml

Oil

After removing the face mask I immediately like to use a facial oil in order to retain as much hydration as possible. I love rosehip oil because of its healing properties but the smell is not to everyones taste. There are a lot of other similar plant-based oils that are worth considering.

100% Pure Rosehip Oil 60ml
Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil 30ml
BeBarefaced Vitamin E Face Oil – Facial Vitamin C Night Serum With Hyaluronic Acid

Moisturiser + Eye Cream

The final step is moisturiser. I like to use a relatively thick one overnight. Eye cream is also an important step and you can tailor this to whatever concerns you have like dark circles or anti-aging.

Embryolisse Concentrated Milk Cream 75ml
Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream 60ml
Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado 15ml

Bright Summer Beauty

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TOO FACED Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Collection £39.00
STILA COSMETICS Convertible Colour in Coral Peach Cream £16.00
TATA HARPER Volumising Lip and Cheek Tint in Very Charming £34.00
LIXIRSKIN Vitamin C Paste £32.00
ZOEVA Winter Strobe Spectrum Palette £20.00
3 CONCEPT EYES Pink Rumour Dangerous Matte Lip Colour in Tell The Truth £13.00
OSKIA Cupid’s Bow Lip Balm £28.00
STILA COSMETICS Correct & Perfect All-in-One Correcting Palette £32.50
3 CONCEPT EYES Love 3CE Heart Hand Mirror in Peach Pink £10.00
3 CONCEPT EYES Love 3CE Glossy Lip Stick in Luck You £16.00
RMS BEAUTY Signature Set in Pop Collection £42.00

K-Beauty Shopping List

Dear, Klairs – Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream SPF40 PA++

This is a best selling BB cream in Korea. I had a free sample and was really impressed by it. It has good coverage and feels just like moisturiser when you apply it. It has colour correcting qualities and is also cruelty free.

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By Wishtrend – Vitamin 75 Maximizing Cream

I also had a free sample of this and it’s like a gel consistency. I think this would be good for morning when I don’t want a thick cream. I think gel creams can be quite hydrating which was the impression I got from my sample.

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Holika Holika – Piece Matching Nails Lacquer

I’ve not really heard anything about these but I liked the colours especially the light blue.

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COSRX – Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

This is supposed to be good and it’s quite affordable. It is described as a morning gel cleanser, possibly comparable with the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. I’ve been looking into gel cleansers because I want something light and refreshing in the morning and not too stripping.

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The Face Shop – Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil

In reviews this cleansing oil apparently works really well. Having run out of my The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil I am in need of a new one (The Body Shop one has awful packaging). I had a sample of the DHC Cleansing Oil but because it is olive oil based I wondered why it was so expensive. To me it seemed so similar to olive oil I couldn’t justify the price.

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Missha – Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist

This essence is supposed to be dupe of the SK-II Facial Essence so I really want to test it out.

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3 CONCEPT EYES – Maison Kitsune Primer Setting Powder

The packaging of the Maison Kitsune collaboration is so cute that I want to own at least one thing from the collection. This powder seemed most useful to me but I did just buy one so I may consider something else like the Soft Cheek tins.

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CLIO – Kill Cover Liquid Founwear Ampoule Cushion Special Set With Refill SPF50+ PA+++

This cushion foundation is meant to be high coverage and long-lasting. I just bought the Pony Effect Everlasting Cushion Foundation so I will probably order this when it runs out.

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Etude House – Bling Bling Eye Stick

These eyeshadow sticks seem so affordable and a decent dupe for those expensive Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour. I’ve not tried an eyeshadow stick before but I feel like they would be so quick and easy to apply.

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Innisfree – Skinny Waterproof Microcara Mascara

This has a lot of good reviews. The brush is so skinny that it seems foolproof to apply and good to get into the really small lashes. I think it could be used just for bottom lashes if the formula is more lengthening than thickening.

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3 CONCEPT EYES – Mood Recipe Gel Crayon Eye Liner in Bonnie

I think this is fairly expensive for what it is but the colour Bonnie seems so perfect to me. A really nice warm light brown. Sometimes I buy cheaper eyeliners hoping for this sort of colour so I feel like I would save more money in the long run if I just spent more knowing I’d get the right shade.

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Have you tried any of these products and what did you think?

Long Lasting Lipliner Hack

This idea came to me as I woke up. In a recent post on here I raved about the long-lasting formula of the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks but how I thought the shade range wasn’t great. I loved how they last all day and that I didn’t need to worry about touching up my lip line – I am fussy about wanting a fuller looking shape.

I decided to use the Maybelline product as a lip liner – simply using a lip brush and applying the product precisely as if it were a liner. I used the shade Seductress – a browny nude. Then I went about using a different lipstick. This nude shade works with most beige/pink colours.may.pngTherefore throughout the day I kept the shape of my lipline in tack but only needed to reapply the lipstick. This is good for me for two reasons. One, if I had applied the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink all over it becomes quite thick and does start to bunch and come off in the middle of the lips. Using a normal lipstick means being able to apply a fresh coat. The Maybelline product is very difficult to remove. Secondly, I can choose a different lipstick shade that I prefer more.

This led me to think about applying the Matte Ink with only a lip brush all over and seeing if it looks better because of it being a thinner coat. I will have to experiment with this too.

Let me know if you tried my hack and what you think. 🙂

Recent Beauty Makeup Buys – My Impressions

These are some recent makeup purchases and my thoughts on them.

Pony Effect – Everlasting Cushion Foundation SPF 50 in Natural Ivory

I bought this a few months back. The shade I chose was perhaps a little on the light shade but depending on how much you apply you can fade it out so it pretty much matches. The actual cushion is quite hard so you really have to press your sponge into it (I use a Beauty Blender). The coverage is actually very good. I can apply it lighter if I want a natural look or really build it up. The long wearing formula is accurate. So often my foundations will have almost completely disappeared by the end of the day but I found this actually stays on. The high SPF is great too for summer. It came with a free refill which is good but with all cushions I worry about how much product is really in it.

Essence – Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara in Blondy Brows

I bought this because I wanted to try a lighter brow mascara than my actual brows to see if it would lighten them and this was a very cheap option to test it out. For the price I am very impressed. It lightens them and provides some hold. Although there doesn’t appear to be much in the bottle as it is very small, I would probably repurchase it again.

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Peripera – Ink Color Cara in Black Maple Road

I use this on my bottom lashes and I love it. I have ordered another shade because I think this colour isn’t that suitable on my top lashes. I would recommend this shade for people with ginger hair as the colour is a warm orange. The formula is really amazing, the best waterproof mascara I’ve tried. I’ve not seen any smudging. It is probably more of a lengthening than volumising formula. The price is great and I like the small dinky bottle.

Peripera – Ink The Airy Velvet in Legend Brown Red

This is so comfortable on the lips, it is like a watery liquid lipstick – a very unique formula. The smell is fruity but in a pleasant way. I have already ordered another shade called Dry Rose Brown because I like it so much. The shade I own is a reddish brown that probably doesn’t suit me that well just because I prefer more pinky shades. However I would recommend this for anyone to try.

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Essence – Eyeshadow Box in In Love With Rose

I found this in a small shop whilst in the Netherlands last week and had to buy it because of the cute packaging. I have only used it once so far but the shadows are extremely buttery and I love all the shades. I am always loving glittery pinks. They are better applied with fingers than with a brush to get better pigment but I think for the price and packaging it is worth trying out.

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L’Oreal Paris – Infallible Eyeshadow Paint in Nudist

This was an impulse buy that I hadn’t heard much about but the colour really drew me in. Nudist is a warm brown, perfect for everyday. Just the shade I am always looking for. This is such an easy product to use and great for lazy days. I apply it over eye primer, just swipe it on above and below the eyes and blend it out with a brush. I would say the formula doesn’t last intact all day on me even with primer. It does start to move around and crease but for the ease of use and the colour I would happily continue to use it and buy other shades.

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Maybelline – SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Seductress

I already have two other shades in this and I saw they had released new colours. I think the shade range is so off in general. All the colours are in my opinion terrible which is a shame because the product is so interesting. You apply the product and it lasts all day without having to touch up. It is great for me because I dislike having to touch up lip liner and I always worry about the shape of my lips not looking as full as I want. With this product it just stays there. I love it for days out when I may not be able to touch up my makeup or I just don’t want the hassle. I’ve not used any product as long wearing as this before. It does come off a bit in the centre of your mouth but in a nude colour you can’t really notice. The formula is very odd, you have to apply it and not touch your lips for nearly half an hour but they can remain a bit sticky all day. The smell is not great, a kind of cake-like vanilla scent. The colour I recently bought in Seductress is better than the other two I own in Loyalist (very pale nude) and Lover (dark mauve) but it is a very brown nude that I don’t love. I would recommend this to someone who wants a long lasting lipstick but I do think the colours are not great.

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Blossom ❀ Themed Beauty & Fashion

I love cherry blossom and because it’s sakura season in Japan here are some themed beauty and clothing options ❀ ❃ ✿

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Shiseido – Water in Lip in Sakura £3.57
MAC – Cremesheen Lipstick in Peach Blossom £17.50
3 Concept Eyes – Love Cheek Maker in Kind & Love £14.89
Glow Recipe – Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturiser £35.00
Urban Apothecary – Cherry Blossom Luxury Candle £30.00
BKR – Air Kiss Glass Water Bottle £28.00
H&M – Tokyo Sweatshirt £17.99
Zara – Printed Waffle T-Shirt £9.99
L’Occitane – Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette £38.60
Prada – Ruffled Floral-Print Blouse £760
The Body Shop – Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Cream £14.00
Shu Uemura – Porefinist² Sakura Refreshing Cleansing Oil £25.43