Her World Beauty Club Beauty Bag

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As you guys may know, I signed up with Her World’s new Beauty Club a few months ago, when there was a pop-up store at ION in February. Everyone who signed up stood to win a Beauty Bag worth >$200, so when I received a letter in the mail from Her World, I was ecstatic!! It definitely made my day after getting home from work 🙂

What’s in the bag:

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  1. Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment, ~$20
  2. Bioré Marshmallow Whip Foaming Wash, $13.90
  3. Gatsby Oil Clear Sheet, $3.90
  4. Laneige BB Cushion (Pore Control), $59
  5. VDL Lumilayer Primer, ~$9.60
  6. Clio Kill Cover Pro Artist Liquid Concealer, $20.90
  7. Browhaus HD Mascara, $17.90
  8. Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum, $36
  9. Asience Intensive Treatment Oil, $14.90
  10. Bioderma Sensibio H2O, ~$10.80
  11. The Body Shop Body Butter, ~$7.80

…Which adds up to a grand total of…

$214.80!!!!

Whoa!! That’s a lot :O I really love how the Her World editors curated this bag – this is truly filled with well-designed products, and tailored for the Singapore weather. I’m saying this because I /have/ tried a number of these products (or similar ones) beforehand, and they really are great for me.

  • I’ve tried the Fresh lip balm before – tinted lip balms are the best here. Because the weather is so hot, my lips get chapped really easily, so some colour and balm together is the best for fixing up dry lips!
  • The Bioré face wash was actually my HG foaming wash for years, before I discovered Asian Beauty. It’s not that I don’t like it anymore, but just that I’ve started to try the Hada Labo one instead now!
  • The Laneige Pore Control cushion is mattifying, and does a great job at oil control in our humid weather 🙂
  • As you guys already know, I have the Clio pot concealer and love it! It’s really a pity that they chose #05 Sand to distribute in the beauty bags though – it’s WAAAAY too dark for me (it’s like, NC30?), so I won’t be able to keep this 😦
  • I actually have a bottle of the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum, and it really does live up to its hype – it does a very good job at hydrating my face, even with my leaning-to-dry skin! My only issue is that this line is quite… heavily scented.
  • Bioderma’s micellar cleansing water is, as I understand, fairly similar to the Bifesta one. Micellar water is much lighter on my skin as compared to typical oil-based makeup removers!

Thank you Her World Beauty Club team for the generous gift 🙂 You can sign up for the Beauty Club here: www.herworldplus.com/beautyclub

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What’s New: Quarter One, 2015

Exciting times! I’ve decided to do a collective haul post instead, covering what I’ve purchased and received in January, February, and March. Also, it’s my birthday today, so I’ve got quite a few things in the past few weeks 🙂


January: TesterKorea

Okay, this is the earliest haul of all – I purchased these in late January and only received them in February! There was an issue with the sourcing of the Laneige Cushion – I originally ordered the PushButton LE cushion (super super cute. doggy spots all over the case), but they were out – so they replaced it with the Anti-Aging version instead. *shrugs* Early anti-aging for me then! I’ve always loved TK’s customer service – they’re really friendly, and reply super quickly 🙂 (80% of my big hauls are made at TK!)

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Anyway, this is my first ever ~expensive~ TesterKorea haul!!! Previously I’d been purchasing small items, averaging out at 6,000KRW per item – but this time round I went big and got a few small, expensive purchases haha. The Banila Co. Clean It Zero, and the TonyMoly Rabbit Bars aren’t mine though! TK was especially generous with samples this time around (considering the delay in sending the package out even with EMS!).

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I ordered a bunch of Laneige, IOPE, and Clio items! After using my mum’s MAC pot concealer, I thought I should get one for myself too – so I picked the Clio Kill Cover concealer (it’s a little dark on me though.), but it’s a good deal for $14. I’ve found that this is fairly high coverage, which is great for those stubborn blemishes my Shiseido concealer can’t hide.

I also got the IOPE Air Cushion XP (N21) ($38) and Laneige BB Cushion (Anti-Aging) (#13) ($35), vs $50-60 RRP).

…As well as the CC Creams ($33 and $28 respectively, vs $45-60 RRP). At present, I’m more into CC Creams – so you’ll see a review of all my CC Creams soon! I have yet to open the BB Cushions, so that review will come in say, June.

TesterKorea /had/ the most amazing discounts (with 30% off everything), but they’ve recently reduced their discounted selection heh. Either way, if I’d purchased these products from local stores, it’s likely that I would’ve spent twice as much :O

Since I’ll be leaving my my teens soon, I thought that it might be a good time to start getting lipsticks… so I got a beautiful IOPE Color Fit Lipstick ($25, RRP $34) after much time spent deciding what colour to get. I chose an IOPE lipstick because a few shades went absolutely famous after Cheon Song Yi wore them in My Love From The Stars… BUT I made a mistake 😦 I got #29 Metallic Rose, and while it does look very pretty, it’s metallic. It’s got glitter in it. I like matte lip colours, so I’ll be selling this away too…


February: Tom Ford

I’ve also received some fantabulous samples from Tangs – between my mum and I!

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Mum and I received one Tom Ford miniature Lip Color each – I chose Indian Rose, and she chose True Coral. These are way too beautiful to use…….. I’ve just taken them out occasionally to ogle (please don’t judge me omg)


March: Etude House

Yiyi kindly gifted me some Etude House products! I’ve not tried many of their products, so this is the time for me to see how effective their products are.

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Moistfull Super Collagen CC Cream SPF33 PA++ – W13

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This color controlling cream contained with magic color capsules modifies and adjusts to your natural skin tone on contact, creating a vibrant and healthy looking complexion. CC cream with rich essence for a more moisturized and firm skin with 30% of super collagen.
3 in 1 smart all in one cream – whitening – sun protection SPF33 PA++ – anti wrinkle

What a huge bottle of CC Cream!

Precious Mineral BB Compact Bright Fit SPF30 PA+++ – N01

Just look at the packaging :’) so girly and princessy! The puff is mega soft as compared to the MAC puff, and there’s the Etude House logo embossed into the powder. I’ve heard that this BB Compact is not bad, so I’m definitely keeping this in my bag – imagine how cute it’d be to whip this out of my makeup pouch :>

Look At My Eyes Cafe – PK005

Smooth, Silky Eye shadow that supplies eyes with a profound, dramatic look.

SUCH a cute colour – I love how this is a basic shade that I can cover my entire lid with 🙂 Plus, this can double up as a cutsey blush colour in a pinch!

Pure Water Baobab Moist Cream

This is a highly moisturizing cream that daily absorbs Baobab’s pure moisture into skin for a clear and moist complexion, containing sufficiently moist Baobab Water and skin purifying Moringa seed extract. Like a burst of water drop, its light watery texture absorbs smoothly into skin with abundant moisture.

I saw this in-store with yiyi, and mentioned how cool Baobab trees are 😀 She definitely remembered it, and she got it for me because of that, and because…. of how much it looks like a baby food jar HAHAHA.


March: Carousell – Shiseido & Laneige

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Got a bunch of Shiseido and Laneige stuff off Carousell!

– High-concentration multiberry extract yogurt pack that nourishes skin from deep inside and leaves skin supple. Hydrates, nourishes and regenerates skin for supple and firming skin.
– Sogurty™, a specialized fermented yogurt, promotes collagen synthesis, and enhances defense ability of skin from harmful external causes to leave skin healthier and firmer. Its anti-inflammatory effects also soothes skin from skin troubles.
– Multiberry complex (various berry extracts from raspberries, blueberries, wolfberries, cranberries, and strawberries) delivers abundant nutrition and antioxidants to eliminate harmful free radicals.
– Exfoliation for smoother skin texture. NAG (N-acetyl-D-Glucosamine), one of the NMF(Natural Moisturizing Factor), and Niacinamide (a component of Vitamin B3) softens and clears micro size dead skin cells left after exfoliating for even denser and smoother skin texture.
– Richer plain yogurt texture: Fresh creamy texture of yogurt nourishes skin with soft touch.

Of all the things I got here, I was most excited about this Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Pack :> It smells absolutely divine – and no surprise here! The label says ‘DO NOT EAT’. This is probably going to be my second option for a night cream (instead of my Ettusais Premium Amino Caviar Cream) – I think I have an affinity for pink creams.

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And to be honest, these 4 were the main reasons why I got the Shiseido samples. L-R: Shiseido Ibuki serum, Lacquer Rouge, Perfect Rouge, and the Natural Finish Cream Concealer – the main reason! This is kinda my HG concealer – the one I’ve been using for >5 years haha. (Honestly, I think I’m going to sell away the Ibuki skincare kit :<)


March: Qoo10 – Wishtrend & 9Wishes

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I purchased the C20 Vitamin C serum from Wishtrend (via Qoo10) for my mum at SGD$12.99 (which is an amazing price by the way!!!), as I don’t think it’s very suitable for my skin – and Wishtrend was super generous by including a Klairs sheet mask, and a COSRX sample! Definitely surprising that Wishtrend treats Qoo10 customers similarly to their original site customers. I’ve been extremely excited to try Klairs and COSRX after finishing my current routine of products, so this is definitely a possibility, purchasing again from Wishtrend. (C’mon, they even threw in a 10% coupon – what’s there not to love about Wishtrend?)

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I also purchased the 9Wishes Vanishing Balm, because I saw preeeetty good reviews of it on Qoo10! This is my ???th CC Cream – and I have a love affair with CC Creams. You’ll see a comparison and swatches of this soon, in my upcoming post: Battle of the CC Creams! I got this for $19.90 for 50ml, which is definitely comparable (or just cheaper!) to the other CC Creams I’ve purchased so far.


Fun fun times 🙂 Gonna start work soon, so this is likely my last collective haul over the next 3 months! (More than enough new products for me to try (i.e. ogle) anyway woohoo)

Haulidayin in Taipei and Hong Kong

It was a blast shopping in Taipei and Hong Kong! Sure, it may seem as though the same things are sold there as in Singapore, but… not really no. Prices are wildly different, I must say.

Combined haul between me and my mum! I’m actually surprised that my biggest haul product this time was… sheet masks :O

Products opened up! I actually purchased 4 more boxes of the usual MBD masks for friends but… that was before I remembered to take a picture. Also LoveMore masks for my mum.


1. Sheet Masks

Sheet masks have their own post because of how special these masks are there! I purchased them from a few brands: 1. L’Herboflore, 2. My Beauty Diary, 3. Lovemore, 4. FaceQ, 5. SexyLook. I forgot to include the Lovemore masks in the haul pic!

Here is the link to the general sheet masks (on the way!) post, and to my L’Herboflore experience.


2. Cosmetics

Maybe I haven’t looked closely enough, but I really haven’t seen brands like Banila Co in Singapore. I was about to buy Banila Co’s CC Cream on RRS, but then I saw it in Bonjour HK!

Banila Co: Whitening Moisturizing Color Control Base, i.e. it Radiant CC Cream (SPF 30 PA++)

This was purchased on sale from Bonjour HK, for 98HKD – which is about $17SGD, versus 22,000krw (~$28SGD). It was actually the cheapest I could find around Mongkok – I visited at least 5 of each (Bonjour, Colormix, and Sasa) and I found that Bonjour had the best prices more or less!

1. This handy pump dispenser provides for more hygienic access to the CC cream

IMG_47722. What the CC cream looks like, unblended

IMG_47763. What the CC cream looks like half blended

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Do note that my hand is slightly tanner than my face!

First impression: ★★★★★ +++ HG LEVEL!!!!!

It’s no wonder that the Banila Co CC Cream came out as one of the top contenders on Get It Beauty – it certainly is moisturizing, provides basic sun protection, and brightens your face. Definitely dedicating a review post to this (and other CC creams) soon!


Banila Co: Prime Primer

The Classic and Hydrating primers were 96 and 104 HKD (~SGD$17) respectively. One is for my mother, one is for me – she hasn’t decided which one she likes more. The former is very much like a standard silicone primer – translucent, pore-covering, while the latter is more like an emulsion.

After trying on both products over the past couple of weeks, I’d say that for someone who doesn’t like the feeling of heavy products on her face, I prefer using the Classic one over my pore-y zone (nose, inner cheeks) only, due to its heavy silicone content. On the other hand, the hydrating one can easily be spread all over my face without any icky feeling, and holds my makeup in place throughout long days.

Note: These are quite heavily scented, as compared to the CC cream. While the initial application annoys my nose for a while, the scent eventually fades, which is fine if you ask me.

First impression: ★★★★☆


 Bite Beauty: Mix N’ Mingle Lip Minis (Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo)

Not exactly a part of my trip, but Judith got this for me in Sephora USA 🙂 It’s a beautiful Fig/Date combo, albeit really tiny.

First impression: 4half


3. Skincare

Kanebo Media UV Protect Milk (SPF50+, PA+++) and Biore UV Bright Face Milk (SPF50+, PA++++)

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These were purchased in Taipei and Hong Kong respectively. The latter was around $8SGD in Bonjour HK, while it retails for ~$15.70 in Watsons Singapore.


DHC Eyelash Tonic

To be honest, these were just backup purchases for me! I noticed that 3 months of religious usage left me with 50% of the tonic – so this should be one year’s supply. Prices varied from 310 – 379NT (~$15SGD), while my previous purchase from TesterKorea was about 14,000krw (~$20SGD) – and it retails for $27.50 in Watsons Singapore.

This is a HG product for me, and will be reviewed in due time 🙂


4. Samples

Laneige: Perfect Renew Trial Kit

This gift set was purchased for my grandma, so I’m not too sure how it actually is! However, she said it wasn’t quite suitable for her sensitive skin – so I would recommend AGAINST it for people with sensitive skin.


Iope Gift Sets

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I purchased two Iope gift sets for my mum – the Plant Stem Cell Skin Perfection Special Gift Set, and the Moistgen Skin Hydration Special Gift Set! Here’s what’s inside:


Banila Co: The Best Collection

Perfect for me to try everything out! I love this entire set – the deluxe-sample-sized products are great for me to bring along in my makeup pouch, especially considering how much I love the CC Cream. This set came with an extra gift, the Lip Therapy Lip Treatment Stick. Surprisingly, I love it – it moisturizes my lips like butter, and it tastes yummy!


Edit: I ended up dumping all the pictures in this post!

P.S. I just tried pairing my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion with my Clio Kill Black Brush Liner.
O M G why have I never done this before!!! Previously I’d always have issues with smearing eyeliner due to my oily lids, and I just felt this twinge of disappointment about how my eyeliner wasn’t /pitch/ black – but now, with my HG duo, I have the smoothest, blackest, most long-lasting eyeliner :’)

“Haulidayin” – #2

While I was away at Grad Night, my most recent order finally arrived. I ordered some stuff off Qoo10 on 27th November, and both arrived on 2nd December – pretty fast, considering they came all the way from Seoul! My Testerkorea orders tend to take 2-3 weeks to arrive in Singapore – Qxpress is tons faster I must say.

I included my Asos swing earrings since Mary passed them to me during the sleepover. Pink faux pearl swing earrings!


1. Mizon 90% Toners (3 x 210ml for $15)

There was this great 1+1+1 deal for $15 on Qoo10, sold directly by Mizon themselves, and since I was in need of a toner I decided on this set. They’re actually ₩12,150.00 on Roseroseshop each – which would add up to around $45!! Mizon’s pricing schemes really confuse me, since their products are supposedly the cheapest on RRS… Anyway, thank goodness the toners were packaged in sealed plastic – the Bulg Rose toner leaked a little inside 😮

I’ve never tried these toners before, so I selected one of each:

  1. Witch Hazel, for ‘Pore Tightening’
  2. Camomile, for ‘Skin Soothing and Moisture’
  3. Bulg(arian) Rose, for ‘Deep Moisture and Sensitive’

From Mizon Korea

I was actually most excited for the Bulg Rose toner! I love anything remotely rose-scented – I think the only scented product I own is my rosewater spray. While they smell pretty good, I haven’t managed to try all of them yet, so I’ll post a review soon.

Mizon also packed in 2 free samples – No.1 Moist King’s Berry Mask Sheets! They actually retail for ₩2000 each.


2. Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence (3 x 50ml for $20)

I think this has been raved about more than enough online, so I won’t go into too much detail. This essence is usually compared to the SKII Facial Treatment Essence, and as such probably the Missha First Treatment Essence (I have a sample of this! I’ve yet to try it) as well. I’ll… also do a comparison of the 3 soon! Probably plus the Mizon dupe too.

My mum received a tiny 4ml sample (so cute!) of it a couple of months ago when we were shopping in the Innisfree flagship store in Ngee Ann City, and since she didn’t want it, I dumped some of it into my Missha Magic Cushion…. and then I realised I liked it. I slathered the remaining what, 1ml all over my face? and waited for results. Not sure what I expected with one use, but hey I liked it so I ordered more from Qoo10!

The essence cost me $20 for 50ml x 3, while it costs $53 for the same 150ml on innisfreeworld.com. I really love sample sized-items – they’re so much more portable, and I can keep most of the product fresh by keeping the rest away. I’d say there’s really little scent to it, as compared to many other heavily scented Innisfree products.

img_soybeanEssence_view1From Innisfree Global

Building up my Asian Beauty Collection: RoseRoseShop

Ever since I discovered Asian beauty products last September, I’ve been on the hunt for both the best cosmetic and skincare products from around the region. It’s a well-known fact that Western cosmetics are more well-received here in Asia, with most women ‘moving up’ the ladder from normal drugstore cosmetics to brands like Chanel and YSL. It’s definitely influenced my choices; the couple of years before that, I’d been in and out of Sephora countless times.

I thought the Asian 6/8/10/12-step skincare regime was fairly ridiculous – I mean, can you imagine spending an hour on just your skincare at night!? I couldn’t even be bothered with a Western moisturizer in the past; my mother would force her thick, sticky, uncomfortable creams on my face when we were in travelling in Winter countries, and I would begrudgingly smear it on my face. Before discovering Asian beauty products, I thought skincare had to be so… gross, for a lack of a better word.

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I made an order right after my final exams in November, and the giant package arrived about 3 weeks later (even though I had ordered EMS). While that was fairly disappointing, RRS kept in constant contact with me and was efficient in dealing with all my issues, i.e. the slow delivery + the 3 out of stock items (Mizon Snail Ampoule, Good Night White Sleeping Mask, missing Baroness Collagen Mask Sheet). I was satisfied with their service, but I may possibly be sticking with TesterKorea in future due to their more balanced shipping prices.

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As you can see, I hauled pretty big on this one – and you may notice that there are no free samples! :O Apparently, RRS doesn’t always hand out free sachet/deluxe samples – they may provide you with some free products. My ‘free sample’ this time was the Aloe Modeling Mask Pack on the top right – it looks fairly generous to me! It was definitely a pleasant surprise 🙂


Mizon All-In-One Snail Repair Cream, Aloe 90 Soothing Gel, Hyaluronic Ultra Suboon Cream, Water Volume Aqua Gel Cream

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I got the various low-priced creams from Mizon to try out. I also ordered the Good Night White Sleeping Mask (Tube), but they shipped it without cause it was OOS 😦

Of these tubes, I’ve tried the top 2 (the bottom 2 shall only be opened when I’m done with more stuff!) – the All In One Snail Cream for it’s magical/amazing/fantabulous absorbing properties, and the Aloe Vera Gel when I was in Taipei and Hong Kong, as a body gel. I felt as though it was average as a soothing gel; it didn’t penetrate the surface of my skin, but instead it only moisturized the surface. Of course, I’ve also tried the famous Snail Recovery Gel.

First impression: ★★★★☆


Mizon Collagen Power FIrming Eye Cream, Snail Repair Eye Cream

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I first started using eye creams last year, when I got a small sample of the Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream – and it was. It stung my eyes, and I didn’t really like it in a tiny jar – so I got milder Asian eye creams 🙂 I’m already working on the first tube of Collagen Power Firming Eye Cream, more for future preventive measures. Apparently, eye creams don’t work magic on my sort of dark eye circles – the dark, purpley ones that just don’t seem to go away no matter what you do. Eye creams typically only show results after 6 months or so of consistent use, so there’s that anyway. I have however heard rave reviews of the Snail Repair Eye Cream, so after I’m done with the Collagen I suppose I’ll have higher hopes with the Snail-y goodness 🙂

First impression: ★★★★☆


Mizon Skin Power Original First Essence

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My mum has been an avid user of SK-II since… ever, so I’d heard about the benefits of Galactomyces/whatever yeasty ferment products are good for your skin. Over in r/AB, Missha’s Time Revolution FTE and ‘ANR’ are totally raved about – so I decided to go for the cheaper Mizon option for now, as I don’t really want to drop $70 on both products (I found it for ~$65 on Qoo10!). While I’ve read that some people have had amazing results after using this for a couple of days, I didn’t notice any special glow or whatnot – in fact, you already know I have issues with fragranced products, and this smells of GINGER. Ick! After a week of use, I’m fairly neutral about it – I’m sure I’ll be able to review this better after longer, more consistent use though.

First impression: ★★★☆☆


Mizon Multi 24 Enrich Magic Salve

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I have not tried this yet, but this seems like it has the consistency of a typical balm. I purchased this as a balm for cracked heels, but I’ve found another cream that works well in the meantime so I likely won’t be opening this anytime soon. It doesn’t have any strong scent.

First impression: ★★★★☆


It’s Skin Power 10 Effectors

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When I first saw this series on the ‘special care’ section on TesterKorea, I was super excited to try these out! This series of It’s Skin Power 10 Effectors seemed so cool – they’re cheap (~6000krw / SGD$8), comes in a wide variety, and are perfect to treat various skin concerns at one go – but they were a huge disappointment for me. I actually ordered more of these in the whole series, but 75% of them were actually HEAVILY FRAGRANCED. To the point that when I patch-tested these, the product’s fragrance was so overwhelming it was literally all I could smell – I had to wipe the gunk off my face 😦

I only decided to keep 6 of them, for various reasons:

  • The LI (Licorice) Effector is unscented, and should help with lightening some PIH on my face.
  • The GF (?????????) Effector is also unscented, and should help with soothing redness (sunburns? I doubt I’ll ever get any now that I’m so invested in suncare)
  • The Syn-Ake’s scent was bearable, and I read pretty good reviews of it online. It’s part of the 2 in their ‘premium’ line, along with the Propolis which I sold
  • The VC (Vitamin C) actually smells of lemon. Which is fine. I also wanted to try a milder VC serum (after BFF suggested against the C20 – she was raving about it when she first got it, but after a couple of months it was like ‘meh it’s okay only’)
  • The VE (Vitamin E). I… actually only kept this because I never asked RRS why my VE effector was full of these flaky things. I couldn’t find many pictures online, and I don’t know whether or not to use it – maybe I’ll drop an email to It’s Skin sometime to confirm this. I won’t even use this for now.
  • The YE (Yeast) Effector is actually the most famous of them all. With the big hype on fermented skincare products in recent years, It’s Skin formulated a Yeast serum to target anti-aging and address hydration. I kept it because the scent was bearable, and it’s the star product – I can’t not give this a try before dismissing the entire line.

First impression: ★★☆☆☆


A’Pieu Take My Hands Nail Paraffin Pack

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I have not tried this yet, but the instructions say that this tub can be reused 3-4 times. Add hot water/pour it away and it’ll help treat your fingers and nails! Sounds exciting!

First impression: ★★★★☆


A’Pieu NonCo Tea Tree Spot Patches

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This stuff is amazing. It gets the oil out of my nose overnight – as my bff claims, she ‘uses this like tissue paper’!! These however aren’t as amazing as the 3M hydrocolloid acne bandages; I feel like these two products serve different purposes (those are better for those with pimples with a head). I actually bought 30 of these this time around after using 1 before – no doubt I’m gonna finish them hehe!

First impression: ★★★★☆


The Face Shop Rice Bright Cleansing Cream

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Did not really like this. I depotted this into a pump bottle from Daiso, and it was just really… oily. Not very cleanse-y, but just oily. Didn’t really get my makeup off either. At least I can use it as a sunscreen remover for my body?

First impression: ★★☆☆☆


Miscellaneous 3W Clinic Masks

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These masks were really cheap off RRS! They end up around $4-5 per packet of 10 – which makes it a super good deal. I must however mention that they are…. quite fragranced. I didn’t really try all of them yet, but the fresh milk/white one was really scented! Not good if you’re sensitive to fragranced products.

First impression: ★★★☆☆


Miscellaneous Baroness Masks

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I really liked these masks! I tried on the Collagen one the night I received this haul, and was pleasantly surprised with the quality and how hydrating it was! These, like the 3W clinic masks, were similarly priced – but somehow I felt a lot more satisfied using these masks.

First impression: ★★★★☆


Modeling Mask: Aloe

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I was a little surprised at first when I saw this at the top of the box, then I realised that this was the free ‘sample’ that RRS provided with my haul! I actually prefer this to the small foil samples they typically send out – those are not very helpful in letting me decide whether I like a product or not. But FYI I have not tried this yet!! Very strange new trend in Korean masks – modeling masks! You get a little bowl and a spatula and you mix some of this powder up with water, and it becomes a paste that you spread on your face. Then it dries up after 20 minutes and you peel it off! I… will try this one day.

First impression: ★★★☆☆


I’ve already been using this stuff for a couple of months, and this was definitely a happy-learning-about-AB haul 🙂

#Haulidayin – #1

Hello!

I guess I finally found the time to set up a blog – and I suppose this’ll be a place for me to pen down my thoughts on food and beauty i.e. lifestyle woo!

Etude House held 3 Princess Days Events a while ago – free shipping over USD$30, 15% off your order, and 50% off their famous I Need You sheet masks. This comes up to around $0.50 per piece. To be honest, previously I’d never even considered buying from Etude House because their image is just so girly. But a triple deal like this doesn’t come so often – who can pass up sheet masks?! Judith and Mary wanted some too, so we had to do some P&C to figure out how to get it under 1.7kg and over $30. I got 40 sheet masks – 2 of each!

So exciting!

I’m pretty sure this haul of sheet masks is gonna last me the entire of next year…

I also got a couple of other products to fill up the $30 – one Play 101 pencil in #29, a ‘creamy’ burgundy, and a Rosy Lip Tint in #7. I’ve come to really like both products 🙂

Swatch of the Play 101 pencil in #30. Immediately after it’s drawn on, you’re able to smudge it into a smokey eye – but wait any longer and this thing does. not. budge. No guarantees on oily lids though – with oily lids + the crazy humidity here, I’m actually not too sure whether this would last a full day out.

The sponge tip can be removed and washed easily. The top part of the swatch is blended – it gives a fairly sheer coverage on your lips.

This Rosy Lip tint colour is pretty much an MLBB colour – it’s slightly coral and great for everyday use if I’m out! I have dry lips, and it’s quite amazing how this doesn’t really accentuate the flakes on my lips.

Also, from RRS – the famous Snail Recovery Gel! My first impression of it:

The good:

  • I really like the consistency of this product, you don’t need a lot to spread over your face.
  • It dries quickly – for someone who doesn’t like the sticky feeling of gels/creams on your face, this is good.
  • Because it’s quick dry, it’s great as a makeup base. It locks your hydratants/nutrients in; if you don’t have time for a full skincare routine in the morning before rushing out, this keeps me hydrated enough under BB cream/foundation.
  • Inexpensive – about SGD$5 for one tube of 45ml!?
  • Not to mention this is always fairly fresh. I ordered this in November, and the production date was in October.
  • Fragrance-free – I don’t like my products to be heavily scented. This one, thankfully, smells of… nothing.
  • It’s in a squeeze tube!!! Not a jar!!! Keeps me from getting all those snails underneath my nails.

The not so good:

  • Because it dries so quickly, I’m not actually sure how much moisture it’s providing? The quick dry effect doesn’t leave my face feeling as hydrated after an hour as compared to the Hada Labo 3D Perfect Gel. Personal preference!
  • Is this a not so good? It’s 74% snails – I’m still fairly unfamiliar with this ingredient! I’m really interested in trying out snails (I’ve got more snailz on the way), and so far there haven’t been any negative effects on my skin. But if you’re icky about snails, this probably isn’t for you…
  • Is it as effective as some other creams? Maybe not. It does hydrate, but doesn’t cause me to wake up with a glowy face.