Saturday, December 5, 2015

[Gift Ideas]- Fragrance for Ladies+ My Top 5

I'm so excited that it is finally December, I just love all the festive decoration, food, shopping, gifting, just everything minus the exams. I thought it would be fun to share some gift ideas, not really holiday specific but it could be used at any occasion. Let's kick things off with fragrances. I'm going to share with you my top 5 recommended fragrance for women and top 5 for men. Keep in mind that fragrance is quite personal, it might smell nice on the testing paper but it may smell different on the skin.

I have talked about all of these fragrances in previous posts, but for your convenience I decided to put them in a list. I will also list out the notes, price for each one, and link the blog post I wrote about them. I hope you enjoy.

Top 5 Fragrance for Women

1. Chanel -Chance Eau Vive


    • Top Notes
      Blood Orange, Grapefruit, Citruses
  1. Heart Notes
      Jasmine, White musk 
  2. Base notes
    Vetiver, Cedar, Iris
Lively, Energetic, Playful


1.70 Oz (50 ml) $88 CAD
3.40 Oz (100ml) $117 CAD

2. Chanel No.5 premiere

(Check it out from my November 2015 Favorites)
Top Notes
Neroli, Ylang-Ylang, Aldehydes
Heart Notes
Jasmine, Rose
Base notes
Vetiver, Sandalwood, Vanilla

Romantic, Elegance, Warm

1.20 Oz (35 ml) $80 CAD
1.70 Oz (50 ml) $112 CAD3.40 Oz (100ml) $150 CAD

3. Salvatore Ferragamo- Signoria (Eau de Toilette)

Via Sephora: This is a 3.4 Oz Bottle

Mine was the 0.7 Oz version
(Check out my Fragrance Collection)

    • Top Notes
      Lychee, Grapefruit
  1. Heart Notes
      Rice, Rose
  2. Base notes
    Milk Mousse, Cashmere Wood
Romantic. Fresh
0.70 Oz $50 CAD
1.70 Oz $85 CAD
3.40 Oz $115 CAD

4. Guerlain- La Petite Robe Noire (Eau de Toilette)

(Check out my Fragrance Collection) Notes:
  1. Top Notes
    • Burgamot, 
    • Almond, Sour 
    • Cherry, Red Berries
  2. Heart Notes
      Rose, Tea, Taif Rose, Licorice
  3. Base notes
      Anise, Tonka Bean,Vanilla,Patchouli, Iris

Playful. Romantic. Sexy
1.70 Oz $85 CAD
3.30 Oz $115 CAD

5. Dolce & Gabbana - light blue (Eau De Toilette)

Picture shows a 0.25Oz travel size
Via Sephora: Above 0.25 Oz is this packaging

(Check out my Fragrance Collection)

Deep and true

0.25 Oz $32 CAD
0.80 Oz $61 CAD
1.60 Oz $85 CAD
3.30 Oz $115 CAD

So those were my Top 5 Fragrance picks, if you want to read about other fragrances, you can check out my fragrance collection by clicking this link, I hope this post help you find the perfect fragrance for someone on your list, or yourself!

Yours Truly,


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FYI: Not sponsored. I found the notes of the fragrances from, prices are in Canadian dollars and I found them on and

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

November 2015 Favorites


I hope you all had a great month. I was buried under exams and assignment.  I did not get a chance to try a lot of new products this month. instead I found myself using pretty much the same products from previous months. However I did do some shopping during October, I just did not have time to test and play around with them. If you want to see a shopping haul, first impressions or reviews, let me know! Also follow me on Instagram @judyy116 since I usually post Insta Hauls, food etc. more often. You can also get a sneak peak of some upcoming posts there!

1. Nivea Nourishing In-Shower Body Milk

I am the type of person that does not have the patient to put on lotion, wait for it to sink in, then put on clothes. I  also do not like the sticky, greasy feeling from applying thick creams even though I feel like the thin, almost liquid type of lotion does not do anything for my skin. So instead, I usually opt out for body lotion. When I saw this product on the commercial, I really want to give it a try. I have been using this everyday since I got it and I have to share it with you!

Here is how I use it. I would shower as usual, then apply this all over just like a normal body wash. After that just rinse it and dry myself with my towel. It is that easy! It leaves my skin super soft, smooth, moisturized and smelling awesome! The first time I used it, I thought the product was difficult to rinse off, because my skin was feeling really silky ( it reminds me of hair conditioner residue). Then I realized that there will be a layer of lotion on the skin (Duh!), the "residue" feeling goes away after I dry myself. My skin feels as soft the second day and I can still smell the product. It is not a perfume scent, it smells like the normal Nivea face cream!  I encourage anyone who hates body lotion but needs moisturization to try.

2. Laneige Skincare + makeup

At the end of October, I finished all my previous skin care products. I decided to switch over my skincare products to Laneige skincare line. I bought the Laneige Hydration Trial Kit for $38 CAD that includes a multi cleanser, power essential toner, balancing emulsion, water bank serum, water bank moisture cream, and water sleeping mask. I also got a full size brightening sparkling water foam cleanser. So far I have been loving all the products, my skin feels hydrated and has no allergic reaction! I already bought the full size of the face cream and serum during vib sale! I think I'm ready to do an updated skincare routine post. There are no alcohol contained in any of these products!

I also finished my favorite foundation, the covergirl outlast fabulous foundation ( review here). I bought the Laneige bb cushion during the vib sale too. I'm in the shade light. This is so convenient to use, it looks natural on the skin too. I love that you get to control how much product you put on the skin without wasting a lot of product on your hands. This is about $44 CAD but it comes with a refill, so technically it's $22 per cushion.

3. Chanel Perfume

I have been obsessed with Chanel fragrance lately. I am especially in love with Chance-eau vive and Chanel no.5-premiere. Chance-eau vive is fresh and gives me feel energy, whereas the no. 5 makes me feel warm, sophisticated. I really like to use no.5 during colder days. The Chanel no. 5 premiere is a lighter, less concentrated version of the original no. 5 and it smells really nice. I never really enjoyed the smell of the original no. 5, it's way too strong and does not suit me at all.

4. YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in No.70 Le Nu

I found this mini YSL Trio during the VIB sale, I never knew they came out with this set because it wasn't on the website. I'm so glad I found this because this nude shade is perfect for me. It is really hard for me to find a nude shade that looks natural and doesn't make me look sick. The other nude lipstick that suits me is Naked from Urban Decay.

Swatches on top is Marc Jacobs. Bottom is YSL
5. Sephora VIB Rouge Marc Jacobs Lipstick

One last thing... I qualified for VIB Rouge during the vib sale and I received a mini Marc Jacobs lipstick in the shade So Rouge as a welcoming gift. This is my first time trying a Marc Jacobs lipstick and I think I'm loving it. It is a beautiful true red! I believe this is a VIB Rouge exclusive shade, I'm so happy to receive this.

I think this is everything new from this month, I still love everything from previous months. I am currently trying out a retractable kabuki brush and a eye shadow quad from Chanel,  so far so good, maybe it will be in my favorites next month! December is going to be crazy, good luck everyone!

Yours truly,


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November IPSY Glam Bag Unboxing


I am super excited to see my Glam bag in the mail (Finally!) Is it me or IPSY did not post that many hints for the Glam bags lately. I have no idea what to expect this month. I was a bit worried when I picked up my package from my mailbox because the package was super light weight. I thought I might be getting foil packets or tiny samples. Little did I know....

THIS BAG IS AMAZING! Before I even swatch or touch the products, I know it's going to be amazing!

I can't believe it, (For the first time in forever...) there's no skincare, hair care or manicure related things!!!! I mentioned before I don't really use any additional hair products and I am very particular with my skincare products, so I get a little disappointed when I receive them.

This post will only be a haul for you to see what's in the bag, and maybe a little first impression. Since I am way too excited this month's bag, I wanted to share with you before I test it out! Let me know if you want to see a review/ follow up on any of the products.

The first thing I saw was a Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet black. I am going to insert a photo from so you can see what the mascara wand look like.
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This is supposed to be a volumizing and lengthening mascara but I have a lot of mascaras that I am currently trying out, so I am going to save this for later. This retails for $22.50 CAD at Sephora.

The next thing in the bag is a single eye shadow in the shade "Carnival" from INSPR Beauty. I have never heard of the brand. I went on to their website at to find out more about their products, but I couldn't find the product I received. They have only one type of eye shadow which is the Classic Pressed Eye Shadow with 35 shades. If the eye shadow I received is from the Classic Pressed Eye Shadow line, then this product is meant to be a multi-tasker. You can apply this dry or wet. They said that if applied wet, it will be like a cream shadow or eyeliner. I am excited to give it a try! I believe you can only get this product on INSPR Beauty's website. The full size of the product is $13 USD (BTW, I think what I received is full size because the full size is also 0.05 oz) .

Moving on. This next thing smells super nice, I could smell it before opening the package. It is a Mattifying Emulsion MT+ Sheer from Figs & Rouge. I am kind of confused because it says this line is for flawless effects skincare but it also says it's a primer to prevent shine and filling pores. Now I know I said there were no skincare, but I saw "primer" so I think it should be a primer that actually acts as skincare?! Good thing it says it's for normal to combo skin and for sensitive skin. (Yay! It's calling me) I am going to give this a try, because I really want to know what it is and what it can do for me.

I went on to the company's website at, there were not prices labelled on it, when I was looking for the price, it actually took me to another page. It took me to and that is where I found out that the full size of this product (30ml) costs £24.00 (About $48.60 CAD) and the product I received was 15ml! How generous !!! I should also mention that this is made in the UK and it is paraben free.

The next item is quite interesting. I have heard about something like this but I have never tried it. It is the Blush Papier by Mai Couture. They are makeup papers, which essentially meant colored blush paper in Human language. Mine is in the color Montecito, which looks like a mauve color with sheen, or like a dusty rose color. The full size contains 50 sheets and you only need 1 sheet for both sides of your cheeks, this retails for $17.50 USD. They also have paper foundation, bronzer, highlighter!  If this thing works, it's going to save me so much space when I travel (or in my handbag)! Then, I don't need to worry about spilling any liquid in my bag or the powder shattering when I run around and the best of all it won't take up any space and don't add any extra weight to my bag! Here is a swatch for you...

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I think it's a really cool concept. I tried it on today and it builds up easily. If you are on the go, I suggest you use a very light hand unless you have a blending brush to blend it out. The color turns out to be a shimmery peach. orangy color. It's beautiful! I also tried to do a swatch but somehow my camera just didn't want to focus on the color.. I also want to add that for I only used about half a sheet for both sides of my cheeks plus swatching. A little does go a loooong way because I find that there's too much blush on one side of my cheek. I think a quarter of the blush paper will be good enough for me. By the way, I just want to mention that this is made in Taiwan! (I just have to!) You can check them out on

The last thing in the bag (well ,it was in the bag it was in the envelop). I didn't notice this brush was in the envelop, when I counted the products in the bag I only saw four products. I was so ready to go on to complain then I saw this in the bag (phew..) This is a blending eye brush in no.776 by Bdellium tools.  I have to be honest, when I first saw the brush, I really thought this was meant for water coloring. I guess because I haven't seen any makeup brushes with a yellow handle and white brush head, it really looked like my paint brush. The bristles are super soft, even though I couldn't really tell by just looking at it. But it truly is super soft, it doesn't poke my lids at all. I always wanted more soft and fluffy blending brush. This is just perfect! This brush retails for $9 USD on their website.

This is what the brush looks like.
Studio 776 Blending
Photo from:

Now this concludes my unboxing for my November Glam Bag. As you probably noticed, I am super excited about this bag. This bag contains 4/5 companies I have never heard before that seems to have really awesome products! I can't way to try all of items out and I hope they are as great as I hope they are. This bag was well worth my money, especially when I paid around $20 Canadian (currency difference and shipping). With my estimate, this bag is worth around $66.41 CAD!!!! I am sooooo happy!! If you are also subscribed to IPSY, I hope you got an awesome bag too!

Yours Truly,


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Monday, October 12, 2015

[Review] Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

Hi everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers!!

Today I have a mascara review to share with you. It is the Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom mascara. Disclaimer: I received this free from Bzzagent to try and provide my honest opinion, this post is not sponsored.

Let's get started...

Here's a little company description,
Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom Mascara by Lash Blast - Soft, full lashes that are never stiff or brittle. New petal shaped brush and soft, mousse formula, with natural beeswax, brings out every lash. Ophthalmologically tested and suitable for contact lens wearers.

My Lashes
I have decent length lashes, but they are stick straight. Every time I curl my lashes and put on mascara, my lashes fall right down and becomes stick straight again. It usually takes me a long time to use mascara and achieve the look I want.


It comes with a beautiful bright fushia pink tube, the shape of the tube is same as the other 3 mascara from the lash blast line. It has little flowers printed on the tube. The packaging is very girly and it makes me happy.

The wand

I love that Cover Girl separates the actually mascara from the wand in its store packaging. I can see clearly what the wand bristles look like and feel the bristles without getting mascara on my hand. The  bristles are made of rubber and are very flexible. I like that the wand is not too thick, this give me better control when I'm using the mascara close to my lash line. 


First time using this mascara, the product is quite wet. But from my previous experience with the lash blast fusion mascara, this formula gets better with use. I find that the formula in this mascara is quite different from the lash blast fusion, this one has a more airy, not as dry consistency. 

Application/ Result
This mascara is so easy to apply with the perfect sized wand, I can apply it close to the root of my lashes without getting mascara on my lids. My lashes became visible with one coat. With two coats it achieve the soft, voluminous , natural looking lashes. I also tried the third coat, it gives more of night time looking lashes. I would probably stay with 1~2 coats though because I like more of the natural look. Another great thing about the Full Lash Bloom is that even with multiple coats, my lashes never look stiffed, and they don't feel stiff when I touch it. There were no clumps and definitely buildable.

Top photo: with and without the mascara comparison

Wear Time
The one I tried is not a waterproof mascara. However, it lasted more than 9 hours on my lashes, from school to work without any rain, tears. Something I noticed is that there were no flakey fall outs on my lids, around my eyes nor in my eyes. No smudging and no transfer. 

I would give this product a....


I gave it a 5/5 because even though it didn't hold my curl after applying the mascara. The product didn't claim to hold curls, plus it does not have a waterproof formula. Even most of the high end mascaras doesn't hold them. I really have nothing bad to say about this mascara, I think it's better than some of the high end mascara I tried. Lash blast is really one of my favorite mascara lines. Thank you Cover Girl and Bzzagent for the wonderful mascara.

Yours Truly,


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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

September 2015 Favorties


I know everyone starts their posts/ videos with, " I can't believe it's October", but I really wish September can be longer. I like that September feels like a fresh start, for school and as a reminder to complete my 2015 resolution because 2016 is coming!

Just an FYI, some of the photos are from previous posts, and some I found online because Vancouver has been so gloomy lately, I did not have a chance to take photos for the products properly.

1. Bioderma Sensibio Mask

Sensitive, intolerant skin soothing, moisturising mask - Face
Photo from

This is a Soothing mask for sensitive skin. It claims that it is intensely moisturizing and soothing. It says to only use once or twice a week. I use this after I clean my face. You would apply this like a normal facial moisturizer. I like to apply a thick layer and rinse it off after 10~15 minutes. I like that there's no scent to it, just like the Biorderma cleansing water. My skin feels more calm after using it, it doesn't not dry out my face after rinsing it off. However, I would still apply more normal facial moisturizer after this. 

2. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Photo from:
As you could probably tell, I'm trying to test out products for sensitive skin.  I can't believe I just recently tried this when I have been hearing people talking about this for so long, the formula is great , no scents , no bubbles just  gently cleaning the face. It takes out my make up residues like  no other face wash.

3. Kao Steaming Eye Mask

I got this in Japan over the summer, but you can find this almost any where. This has been such a popular product  and I totally understand why! It is a steaming eye mask that helps sooth your tired eyes. Every time I stay up late at night  or when I have been using my phone, laptop  for a long time, my eyes gets very dry and sore. I will just spend 10 minutes, have the mask on and relax. I find that it helps me sleep better  or allows me to to continue my day without dry tired eyes. I also recommend this to any one who goes on the plane often, especially long distance. This works so well on the plane and prevents my eyes being dry and uncomfortable.

A more detailed review will be on the blog soon.

4. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

I just posted my review on this last week, you can read it here if you have not already.  I have been using this every single day and it definitely got rid of my dry patchy lips.  Now, I can't sleep without putting this on.

Some updates since the review I posted. I have been using the sample size for a month now, I'm not even half way done! Sometimes I apply this on my lips in the morning before I put on make up, I because it lasts longer on the lips.

5. Etude House Puff& Brush Cleaning Mist

I think most of us don't have the time to clean our brushes every time we put on makeup. Sometimes I  feel too lazy to clean the brush. Yes, I know it bad for my skin and it also hinders the performance of the brushes. To mitigate that, I bought an extra set of brushes to alternate. However, I don't have duplicates for all of my favorite brushes. I picked this up from Etude House just to try it out. This allows me to spot treat my brushes after I use it and let it dry. By the second day I'm putting on makeup, those brushes feel like clean, fresh brushes again. The container is a spray bottle, so you spritz some on the brushes and just swipe across a towel or paper towel to get rid of the makeup. For my beauty blender,

6. Chella Eyebrow Pencil

I mentioned this product in my other posts. For a while I have been using my Urban Decay Naked Basics for filling in my brows. Then comes September, I came across this product while I was going through makeup stash. Then I started to use it again, and since then I have been using it every single day. I am so sad I'm almost out of this product. I received this in my May IPSY bag, you can read my unboxing here

I also mentioned in my haul, that this product reminds me of the Anastasia Brow Wiz, so I wrote a side by side comparison post for the two products. You can find it here. The post also gives a more in depth review of the product.

The only thing I don't like about this is that it is so inaccessible for me (Fellow Canadians). Because this product costs $28 dollars and the shipping is $15.  As much as I love this product, I am hesitant on spending my money on shipping.

7. Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Fresh Foundation

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I don't think I have ever mentioned this foundation in my post. I have been loving this for a while now, I think ever since it came out. I use this almost every single day I put on foundation. This give a nice coverage but with a very natural finish. It is not a flat matte finish, but there are not shimmer or illuminating finish. It is light weight with buildable coverage. It is able to stay on my skin all day, even in the summer times. I think this is very comparable to the Estee Lauder Double Wear. I have both of the foundation and I find myself reaching for this more than the Estee Lauder one. If you would like to see a side by side comparison between the two product, let me know!

8. Etude House Dreaming Swan Veiling Pact

I talked about this in my recent Etude House haul, you can find it here. I have this compact in my purse, I use it through out the day to touch up my makeup or blot of some oily areas. The powder is so silky smooth and it does not get caught in the dry patches. However, I am still not used to using the puff, I think I still prefer using a brush. But carrying a puff is more convenient so I'm okay with it.

9. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in #62 Monte Carlo

I bought this from the duty free shop in the Taiwanese airport. It was much cheaper than Vancouver. I don't think this is from the recent collections but I love this color anyways. It is a wearable red color, I would describe it as more of a warmer red color. It is so perfect for fall and winter! 

Rouge Coco Shine is also my favorite Chanel lipstick line. I like that the color is not as saturated, it sheers out on the lips, so I would say it is a more forgiving lipstick. It is also quite hydrating but it lasts on the lips for quite a long time. 

I also found a dupe for this lipstick from the drugstore, if you want to see a dupe/ side by side comparison between the two products, leave me some comments or let me know!!

Well, I know this post is late but here you go. Nine of my favorites for the months of September! I hope you enjoy! There will be more reviews coming up in the next few weeks. Thank you for stopping by.

Yours Truly,


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

[Review] Laneige Sleeping Lip Mask


While I was reading Vogue Taiwan, I saw them featuring a new sleeping lip mask from Laneige. Honestly, I was not familiar with the brand except that their cushion BB foundation is super popular.
I was really curious about this product, since I always have dry lips. So I picked it up from SOGO (a department store). I think I paid around $700 NTD or less, which was about $29 CAD

To my understanding, Laneige is a Korean brand that carries both skin care and makeup line. They are known for the Cushion BB Cream, sheet masks and skin care products.

Here's a brief description from Laneige. This product has 2 major benefits.
1) The Moisture Wrap: It locks in moisture by packing hyaluronic acid and their exclusive technology.

2) Berry Mix Complex: This lip mask contains raspberry, cranberry, strawberry and blueberry that are rich in vitamin C to treat dry flakylips.

I have been using this every night since I came back to Canada, which was about 3 weeks ago. As the weather gets colder in Canada, the air has become more dry. I would apply a thick layer of the lip mask on my lips before going to bed. When I wake up, I can still feel the mask on my lips, so I would use a cotton pad to exfoliate my lips a little. Then my lips becomes soft and not flaky. I would still use a lip balm in the morning and I have notice a huge difference!

The Product

The product itself is pink, maybe from the berries( hopefully!) I can taste the strawberry. Which is nice because some unscented lip product straight up tastes like plastic. The texture is just like a balm and it is not sticky.

The Packaging

The jar is also pink. It comes with a spatula, for convenience and sanitation reasons. The jar is make of glass and it is a little heavy to travel with.

I also want to add that, when I purchased mine, they were having a promotion for applying membership. So I got a small travel/ sampled size with my purchase of a full sized. After 3 weeks, I am still using the sample one, and I barely created a dent on it. There for a little does go a long way, I wonder how long it will take for me to finish the full size.

I believe this product is fairly new, at least it is launched this year. However, I  couldn't find this product in any physical Canadian Stores, but it is available on Amazon.

This is going to be a...


I gave it a 4.5/5 because I really like this lip mask but I wish it comes in a smaller size so I don't have to worry about the product going bad before I finish it.

So this is my review for the Laneige Sleeping Lip Mask. I hope you like this review, let me know if you have heard about this product or have you tried it before?

Yours Truly,


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Monday, September 28, 2015

September IPSY Bag Unboxing


I know I missed out last months post. But here's what I thought about the August bag in general. I think the August bag was a pretty good bag. I already owned the dry shampoo and I love it! I was really excited for the HD powder, lip gloss and liquid eyeliner. I have yet to try the HD powder, but the lip gloss and eyeliners are really great. I also got a tube of natural face mask, I'm a little scared to try it just because of the sensitive skin, but I'll give it a try soon. I wasn't able to test out all the products fully because I received the bag during my exam  days and I went on vacation right after I finished the exams.

Now onto the September bag...

The bag seemed extra stuffed this month. When I open it, I realized it was just that one of the product was too big to fit into the glam bag. I'm pretty excited for this months because in feel like IPSY has been stepping up their game lately.

1. Formula X nail polish in Ignite

I already own this polish, I love the rich deep red color. It's very pigmented and looks glossy on the nails. Because this is a sample size, the applicator is different from the full sized one. Also, the staying power is pretty average, it lasts about a week without visible chipping.

Full Size: 0.4 oz  (product I received was not full size)
Price: $13 CAD

2. NYX x IPSY Eye Shadow Trio

I am so glad this trio comes with neutral colors even though they are shimmery. During application, there was not much fall outs. The colors are pigmented and pairs well with each other. I really appreciate how IPSY included a trio instead of a single shadow.

Details: Only available for IPSters

3.  Tre'StiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon

Recently, I have been loving pencil form lip sticks. I find that it is much easier to control and it allows a crisp and clean edge on the lips. I received a Trestique eye shadow crayon from ipsy before, it was creamy and pigmented. So I have a higher expectation for this. Fortunately, this is even creamier and pigmented than the eye shadow crayon. I love that it is unscented. The color I received was a rosy nude color, I think it is a bit too light for me to wear it on its own. I would put a gloss over it or use a lip pencil first then apply a thin layer on top.

Size: 0,2 oz, they did not specified how much product the full size contains
Price: $28 USD (Full size)

4. Acure Organics Unscented Argan oil face and body wipes

I am loving this product. I'm so glad this is full size! I have been using it everyday since I got it. This is more gentle than my long time favorite makeup removing wipe, the Kirkland from Costco. I can use this on my eyes and it doesn't sting my eyes. I love that the sheets are thin, which makes the sheets more flexible. After removing the makeup, my face feels moisturized but not greasy. On the packaging, it says that you do not need to wash your face after using these towelettes, but I still do, just in case. Another great thing is that it does not break out my face like some of the makeup removing wipes I tried before.

Size: 30 wipes (full size)
Price: $6.99 USD, On sale now for $3.50 USD

5. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration

It is a thick moisturizer that is not too greasy. In the description, it says this is meant for head to toe. However, I don't like it on my face, I like lighter formulas on the face. Having said that, I love it everywhere else besides the face. As the weather transitions into autumn, my skin has been very dry. I usually apply this on my skin in the morning, it absorbs quickly and it does not leave any sticky residue.

Size: 2oz, 6oz, 12oz
Price: $15, $37, $48CAD

This is going to be a...


I gave it a 5/5 because I really like everything is the bag. It was a great month for me! 

Yours Truly,


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Saturday, September 5, 2015

[Haul] Etude House


If you follow me on Instagram, you might know that I'm currently on vacation in Asia. One great thing about Asia besides food is the cosmetics and skin care. There's drugstore everywhere. Especially in Taiwan, there's our own drugstore, Japanese and Korean beauty stores. They are usually very affordable, always on sale, gifts with purchase or with super cute packaging. Today, I'm going to share my collective shopping haul and shopping experience from Etude House.

Etude House is a Korean makeup/ skin care brand that is super affordable and has super cute packaging (It gets me all the time!) It also gives you a lot of sample, gift with purchase when you hit certain purchase amount. They also do bundles, where you can pick a couple full size items to get a discount price! 

I think I went into about 5~6 different Etude House in Taiwan. Every time I go in the employees welcome me with some samples and a basket. They will also let you know what bundles or good deals they have. Every time I go in and purchase 1~2 items, I will walk out with a bag of samples, gifts and a 4-page receipt. Yes, 4 page. ( they list our all the free items you get). I qualified for membership on my first purchase. With this cute membership card, I believe I get extra gifts and a 10% discount(?!)The stores are really cute, like pink castles. Overall, I really enjoy shopping there, truly make me feel like a princess.

Now onto the haul. Because I bought them in Taiwan, I'm also going to include their name in Taiwan for those who wants to look for them. Also, this is just a haul. I'm only providing some first impressions based on swatching them in the store. If you want a more in depth review on certain products, let me know.

Color In Liquid Lips 五彩繽紛~琉光水釀唇釉

This is in the shade OR205, it's a vibrant orange color. This liquid lipstick is opaque and non drying. I love the sweet scent too.

Dear My Blooming Lips-Talk (Dreaming Swan) Limited Edition

Honestly, I'm attracted to this collection because it is limited edition, and it has ballerina all over it! The packaging is so beautiful and so cute. It is a collaboration with Kerrie Hess, a famous illustrator, she illustrated for Chanel, Lancôme, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, etc. this ballerina collection includes blushes, lipsticks, liquid eye shadow, powder and makeup case! I really wanted everything!

Anyways I picked up the lipstick in OR225. Obviously another orange color. I just love how the color makes my face looks more energized! The lipstick is creamy and none drying. Application is very smooth and it doesn't highlight dry spots.

Look at the packaging, the pink tube with a little bow, ahhhh!!!! Asian makeup always have cute packaging !

Dreaming Swan Veiling Pact SPF 25PA+++漫舞芭蕾~輕柔裸妝感粉餅 (限量版)

This powder is also part of the ballerina collection. The powder is finely milled. No glitter and has a slight coverage. It also gives a natural finish without looking cakey. You can use this powder with or with foundation. I plan to just use this on top of concealer, when I don't wear foundation. It's perfect for everyday quick and simple makeup.

It has the pink packaging again, it also has a cute ballerina illustration on the outside. When you open the compact, there's a mirror, and two layers. The first layer has a puff, with makes it easy to use on the go. The plastic layer provides protection to the powder underneath in 2 ways. First, it prevents you from putting used puff with germs directly on top. Second, it prevents you from scraping or touching the powder by accident when you are opening or closing the compact. Now the actual product, it has a pair of ballet slipper embossed on it! I don't want to ruin it tho!

Silk Scarf Repair Hair Essence 浪漫香吻柔順保濕護髮精華

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This is like a hair serum that smooths out frizz, keep your hair hydrated, and prevents split ends. It has a nice floral scent. It's light weight and doesn't make your hair look greasy. You only need a little drop and can be use on damp or dry hair. I am really excited to use this during the colder/ drier months.

The following 3 products came in a bundle discount. At first I was just going to buy the cleaning must, but with just a few bucks I get to try other products too so that's what I did.

Puff & Brush Cleaning Mist 50ml (full size) 洗刷刷~彩妝工具清潔噴霧

This is a spot cleaner for brushes and beauty sponges. I've never tried Asian brush cleaner so I thought I would give it a go. Plus I heard some great reviews on it, so I'm very excited to try it out.

Brush Shower Cleaner 50 ml 洗刷刷~彩妝工具潔淨露

This is a deep cleaner that you can soak your brushes it. I would use this probably once or twice a month since I will be spot cleaning the brushes anyways.

Any Air Puff (Pink) 面面俱到~服服貼貼氣墊粉撲(粉)

This is just a normal puff that you can use for liquid, moose or powder foundation. I'm going to save this for replacing the current puff in the ballerina compact.

Black Charcoal Chin Pack 好驚炭零皮脂下巴膜

It was interesting to see a chin mask.i got it our of curiosity and because I was few bucks away from more free stuff. ( their marketing strategy tho...)

Here are some bigger kits I received for free

Membership gift 入會禮- Sweet Traveler Kit

Just a typical traveling case that allow you to pack liquids and lotions etc.

Wonder Pore Clear Kit 緊囊妙劑~十合一毛孔對策潔淨兩件組

It's a deluxe sample from their pore cleaning collection, it comes with a face wash and a toner.

Gift With Purchase

No- Wash Cleansing Water 卸驚艷~親膚調理潔淨卸妝水

This is like the Biorderma where you can remove your make up with this "water like" cleanser. I'm going to compare it to my trusted Biorderma.

Baking Powder B.B Deep Cleansing Foam 蘇打粉BB深層洗面乳

Apparently this is for taking of bb cream, I heard that because bb cream has great coverage (Asian type) and a lot of other functions it makes it difficult to remove. Also, if it's not remove properly and completely it will be really harmful to the skin (like all makeup). It's pretty cool to see how they designed a face wash for cleaning bb cream!

Baking Powder Pore Cleansing Foam

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I've already tried this product and I love it . It has a citrus scent to it. It doesn't strip my skin, but my skin feels clean after washing it with this product. It also doesn't break me out or irritates my skin.

I'm not going to go through all the samples I got, this post would be too long! But you will be able to see them in future [Try it out] posts. But here's an overview of the products I got.

Etude House has separate websites for Asian countries; for example, www; for Taiwanese viewers or for international viewers.

I hope you enjoyed this haul. I'm so obsessed with this brand and I will go in to every Etude House I see on the street even though I know that all sell the same thing. Let me know if you have any recommended product from the brand or other Asian makeup brand! Also let me know if you want a review on any of the product specifically.

Yours truly,


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