Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Review and Haul: Etude House Global

Etude House Skincare Haul

*Etude House Global Review and Haul*


Today I have an Etude House Global review and haul post for you! I made a purchase during their Etude House Pink Day sale promotion last month where they had free shipping on their Korean makeup and skincare products so I decided to make an order. But do not worry if you missed out on that opportunity as they regularly have discounts and free shipping promotions over USD$50.

For the people who do not know what Etude House Global is, it is basically an online store opened by one of South Korea's most popular beauty brands: Etude House! Their Global website was opened for their international fans and provides international shipping, allowing an easier access to their products. All products are sold in USD and the website is in English so it is easily navigable. The web design is very simple with their signature pink branding and you can choose different language settings down the bottom. However one thing I think could be optimised on their website is their search function. It searches and displays all results that matches a specific word. If I were to search Wonder Pore Freshner, other related products would come up as well so that gets annoying when you're just looking for a specific product. But apart from that, their website is user friendly.

P.S. When you sign up, you get a 10% discount so make sure you make an order with a registered account!

Etude House Global Review: Experience and Service

Etude House Global Review

Order made: 25th of October 2016
Date shipped: 26th of October 2016
Order arrived: 14th of November 2016

Before I made the Etude House Global purchase, I created and registered an account online on their website. It isn't explicitly advertised on their website but I was emailed a 10% discount code to use within 60 days, so make sure you know what you want to order before making the account.

I made my order on the 25th of October 2016 and did not expect to see that it was shipped out the very next day. Any online store that has an active promotion usually suffer a delay in order shipment so this was a nice surprise. In comparison to other Korean makeup and skincare stores, this is pretty good. I had no trouble with their service whatsoever and the process was very smooth.

On the 26th of October, I was emailed information on my order shipment but needed to log in to my Etude House account to see the tracking number and information. Their tracking works all the way to the International Dispatch Facility but after that, it does not work. I tried using it on the AusPost tracking feature but it didn't. However this tracking comes with all orders, standard and express, so I treat it as a small perk.  

My order arrived on the morning of the 14th of November. It took a total of 12 days (not counting weekends) for the Etude House Global package to ship from Seoul, South Korea to Sydney, Australia. The package came in a large brown box decorated with QR codes and Etude House logos printed on the sides. When I opened the package I was expecting the products to be bubble wrapped, which is the standard and common way to protect products, but I was greeted by brown paper instead. I did not have any glass items in there and none of my products were damaged so I have nothing to complain about it. As well, it also means the whole package is recyclable so I am glad Etude House is going down the environmentally friendly route.

Etude House Global Skincare Haul

I only received one sample from the order (a downside for ordering with Etude House Global) and it was a tester for their Double Lasting foundation. Many other online stores offer more samples with orders but I have so many that I don't use so this isn't much of a problem for me.

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner Review

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner 500ml - USD$12.60

"A wonderful ultra pore solution which gives you 10 benefits in 1 single product. This product is total solution for pore care by preventing enlarged pores, promoting firmer skin and eliminating skin troubles from within" - taken from my review

This is a repurchase and I managed to get this 500ml version for only USD$12.60!. EBay and other online Korean beauty stores have the 250ml version for around this price so this was a no brainer purchase as the Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner is one of my favourite toners. It is perfect for people who have sensitive skin or is just starting out with skincare. I have written a Wonder Pore Freshner review previously here.

Buy Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner here.

Etude House AC Clean Up Daily Lotion

 Etude House AC Clean Up Gel Lotion 200ml - USD$10.50

 "A lotion that controls the oil-moisture balance to prevent any trouble arising.

– Hydrosoluble moisturizer contained: It contains Hydrosoluble moisturizer to banish oily/sticky skin and hydrate skin.
– Light & cooling texture: Various ingredients such as salicylic acid and hinoki cypress extract helps get applied lightly and moistly.

1. It contains salicylic acid to highly care skin troubles
2. Non-comedogenic tested and certified
3. Patent Ingredient composition for acne skin type acquired
4. Main ingredients: Salicylic acid, Hinoki cypress extract, Chaga mushroom, Saururus chinensis" 

 - taken from ibuybeauti

This appears to be their repackaged "AC Clinic Daily Gel Lotion" product.

When I made this Etude House Global order, my skin was very troubled. I was breaking out for a reason I could not identify and in my desperation, I decided to try the AC Clean Up Gel Lotion. This product has a few mixed reviews but I love the Etude House AC Pink Powder Spot Treatment so hopefully this will work well for me as well.

Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream Review Coming Soon

Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream 75ml - USD$14.28

"Enriched with as much as 30% hydrolyzed marine collagen and baobab leaf mucus, this concentrated moisturizer intensively hydrates skin, making it softer and more youthful-looking. Massage evenly over face after cleansing and toning and pat gently to finish. Best for everyday use." - taken from yesstyle's etude house moistfull collagen cream page

In 2014, I received a lot of samples of the Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream. This isn't surprising as this is one of Etude House's top skincare sellers. During my trip to Seoul (I have a huge collective haul post on the things I purchased in Seoul here), I brought the samples to try and I really enjoyed using them. The Moistfull Collagen Cream did not break me out and it provided a nice daily hydration, in conjunction with my facial oil. I will definitely be doing an indepth Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream review soon!

Etude House Moistfull Collagen Eye Cream

Etude House Moistfull Collagen Eye Cream 28 ml - USD$13.44

 "A lightweight and refreshing eye cream fortified with Baobab Tree extract and collagen helps keep the eye area smooth and free of lines and wrinkles. The feathery formula quickly penetrates skin’s surface to release rich moisture and collagen right where they are needed to prevent the formation of lines and wrinkles and improve skin elasticity." - taken from yesstyle etude house moistfull eye cream page

The eye cream, part of the Etude House Moistfull range, does not have a lot of reviews online and is less popular than the Moistfull Collagen Cream. However I decided to try this out because of my good experience with the facial cream and thought I could use more collagen in my skincare. I have a lot of fine lines around my eyes which gets accentuated whenever I apply my concealer so I wanted something to deminish them. A review for the Etude House Moistfull Collagen Eye Cream will definitely be coming after I try this out for a few months.

As well, I have planned to do a first impressions and review on these Etude House skincare products on my YouTube channel soon so please anticipate! You can subscribe to my channel HI YOONYEE and watch my video on the Best Korean Skincare here.

Until next time, annyeong~

*not a sponsored post

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Review: Colourpop Lippie Stix Brink (swatches and dupes)

 *colourpop lippie stix brink review swatches*

Hello everybody! Hope everyone has been having a good day.

Recently, I made a Colourpop purchase during their Free Internation Shipping promotion (which they have now extended to the end of 2016) and I bought two items. I purchased the Colourpop Lippie Stix in Brink (one of Lily May Mac's lipsticks as seen here) and Colourpop Lip Pencil in Chi. Today I will be reviewing the Colourpop Lippie Stix in Brink, so let's go!

Colourpop Lippie Stix Brink Review

Colourpop Lippie Stix are sold in a slim plastic twist up tube. It is very light, perfect for travel, and the lid pops on securely with an audible click. The shade name is on the bottom of the tube, allowing anyone to easily reach for the colour in a lipstick rack. However, the white colour, though distinct, makes the lip pencil easily dirty but is quick to clean.

Holographic prints are used for the logo on the lippie stix and box, giving a very unique look. The twist mechanic of the lippie stix is smooth to use, easily twisting up and down (there is no lock disallowing you to twist down) and the overall feel is sturdy.

Colourpop Lippie Stix in Brink has a very natural finish that is extremely comfortable to wear throughout the day. It is NOT extremely matte. The Colourpop Lippie Stix has one of the more comfortable formulas along with the Ultra Satin Lips and is a perfect lipstick for someone on the budget. However due to this finish, there is slight transfer.

Colourpop Lippie Stix Brink Swatches

The above picture is a swatch of the Colourpop Lippie Stix in Brink in a cool lighting, while below is in a warm lighting. All swatch photos on this post have been digitally edited to match the real life colour most accurately. In the below photo, I wanted to do a comparison between the dupes I have found, from left to right, the Sleek Matte Me in Birthday Suit, Colourpop Lippie Stix in Brink and the Urban Decay Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss in Beso. The colours are quite similar but you can see there is a huge difference in finish between these three lip colours. Sleek Matte Me in Birthday Suit is a liquid lipstick that dries completely matte while the Urban Decay Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss has a glossy finish.

Sleek Matte Me in Birthday Suit is only slightly more darker and pink compared to Colourpop Brink while Urban Decay Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss in Beso has slight purple undertones.

The finish of the Colourpop Lippie Stix, even though advertised as matte, is not as matte as liquid lipsticks or typical matte MAC lipsticks. However it has a very natural matte finish, with only a very slight sheen. Off topic, but Colourpop Brink also smells very sweet.

Colourpop Brink Dupes (Sleek Matte Me Birthday Suit, Urban Decay Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss Beso)

 While looking for Colourpop Brink dupes, these were the three colours and lipsticks that came to mind. The shade Brink is very common and not at all an unique one, but it is very affordable and a great alternative for the Sleek Matte Me in Birthday Suit (if you do not mind the difference in finish).

Colourpop Brink on Light Asian Skin Tone

This is how the Colourpop Lippie Stix in Brink looks like on a light Asian skintone. I have yellow/warm undertones and am around shade NC20 in MAC foundations. In natural lighting and real life, this colour is pure pink with a slight hint of brown, as opposed to what is seen on the Colourpop Brink page (attached below). I would not describe it as a 'warm dusty taupe' but more a 'warm dusty pink'. However I know there are problems with inconsistencies with Colourpop shades so your Brink might not look exactly like mine. My friend has Brink but it leans more brown, even though she has yellow undertones like I do.

The wear time is like any normal natural finish lipsticks. With eating and drinking, you definitely need to apply at 4 hours but it wears forgivingly (from the inside lip first) and doesn't bleed much even without a lip pencil.

Colourpop Brink on Light Skintones

 Overall rating? 8/10. It works as a lovely natural finish lipstick that is very comfortable to wear daily. The colour is also wearable for all occasions and the price of US$5 makes it one of the most affordable lipsticks on the market.

I will be doing separate review posts on the Colourpop Brink dupes : Sleek Matte Me in Birthday Suit and Urban Decay Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss in Beso soon. Please anticipate!

I have a separate YouTube video review on my experience with Colourpop, plus lippie stix and lip pencil first impressions here if you are interested.

Until next time, annyeong~

*this post was not sponsored. all items were purchased by me.

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