KBeauty 2016: Holiday Edition

Hey guys! I was hunting for a page that detailed all the holiday edition KBeauty products that were recently released, but I couldn’t quite find anything – so here’s a brief compilation of what the more well-known KBeauty brands have to offer! 🙂

Laneige

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Milkyway Fantasy Holiday Collection 2016:
Milkyway Fantasy BB Cushion (Whitening)
Milkyway Fantasy Two Tone Lip Bar
Milkyway Fantasy Two Tone Shadow Bar
Milkyway Fantasy Sleeping Mask
Milkyway Fantasy Basic Duo Set (Moisture)

Lirikos

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Wave Collection:
Hydrating Pulse Ampoule
Veil Cover Cushion
Melting Midnight/Sunrise/Sunset Hand Cream

Verite

Aurora Cover Cushion: Alice in Wonderland (Limited Edition)

Espoir

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Fake Fur Collection:
Fake Fur Eye and Cheek Palette
Fake Fur Nowear G-AMOR (Lipstick)
Fake Fur Makeup Pouch

IOPE

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Golden Glow Special Kit:
Golden Glow Face Oil
Lavender and Rosemary Moments Candle

Primera

Let’s Love: Winter Delight:
Natural Diffuser Winter Delight
Mango Butter Body Wash
Mango Butter Body Lotion
Mango Butter Hand Cream
Mango Butter Hand Cream Trio

Innisfree

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Green Christmas Collection:
Green Christmas My Cushion Case
Jeju Perfumed Hand Cream Christmas Gift Set
The Green Tea Seed Serum Christmas Special Set
Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask Christmas Special Set
Real Color Nail Christmas Set
The Green Tea Seed Cream (Christmas Limited Edition 100ML)
My Body Christmas Miniature Set (Cherry Blossom/Cotton Flower)

Etude House

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My Little Nut Collection:
My Little Nut Perfumed Hand Cream
My Little Nut Pearl Clear Any Cushion
My Little Nut Lucky Cheek Beam
My Little Nut Play 101 Blending Pencil
My Little Nut Play 101 Pencil
My Little Nut Curl Fix Mascara and Curl Fix Long Lash
My Little Nut Colorful Scent Eau De Perfume Holiday Set
My Little Nut Colorful Scent Eau De Perfume Roll-on Set
My Little Nut Fantastic Color Eyes
My Little Nut Dear My Enamel Lips-Talk
My Little Nut Kissful Lip Care Set

Missha

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My Twinkle Holiday (Gold/Silver):
Snow Jewel Mascara (Gold Tiara/Silver Parts)
Crystal Pigment (Merry Gold Dark Sugar/Holistar Rosette Red Punch)
Petite Lip Crayon (Jolly Coral Honey Muffin/Heartbubble Candlekiss Chewingpink)
Holiday Nail Kit (Ladies Party/Magic Snowball)

Nature Republic

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Surpdition:
Snail Solution Cream and Ampoule
Shea Butter Moist Steam Cream
Africa Bird All In One Moisturizer
Sheet Masks
Green Holidays Triple Color Tone Up Cushion
Green Holidays Eco Crayon Lip Rouge Kit
Green Holidays Forest Garden Chamomile Cleansing Oil
Green Holidays Nail Polish Kit
Green Holidays Hand Cream Trio (Shea Butter/Rose/Peach)
Green Holidays Body Lotion

The Face Shop

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The Face Shop x Kakao Friends
Pink Delight Body Wash
Pink Delight Body Lotion

Banila Co.

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Banila Co. x Pink Panther:
Pink Panther Clean It Zero
Pink Panther Foam Cleanser

VDL

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VDL + Pantone 2017:
Expert Color Lip Cube Marble Glow
Color Correcting Cushion
Satin Veil Finish Powder
Expert Color Cheek Book 6.4 No.6
Rouge Supreme Comfortable Lip Oil

Skinfood

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Skinfood x BBH – free gift with purchase of their Royal Honey, Honey Propolis, Truffle, Black Sugar, and Shea Butter products

Beyond

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SUM37

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Sun Away Cooling Sun CC Holiday Collection Set
[Although I believe this was the same cushion released last year as well]

Clio/Peripera

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Turn On The Light:
Waterproof Brush Liner XP
Nail Styler
Pro Single Shadow
Pro Duo Contour Blusher
Kill Cover Ampoule Cushion
Virgin Kiss Tension Lip Oil Tint
Virgin Kiss for Matte Lip
[Peripera] Peri’s Ink

That’s all for now! At the moment, it seems as though quite a few brands have released holiday looks for this season, but haven’t released any Christmas specific products. If I discover any more, I’ll definitely update this post.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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beautiology101

InsiteTV, now OnStyle, has recently released a new mini beauty drama – beautiology101! Previously, I mentioned how Sweet 20s was a short, cute, and sweet beauty drama, sponsored by Innisfree of course haha. Similarly, beautiology101 features all Innisfree products only, but hey what’s not to like about yet another “Kdrama” to watch!? (I use Kdrama loosely here; it’s not really a full one, yknow?)

Each episode starts with a cutesy intro, featuring Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Getting Back Together! The drama revolves around the life of Lee Bongju, a freshman at K-Beauty School: May The Beauty Be With You! Bongju comes from a poor family, and is struggling her way through her first year as a K-Beauty major – and of course magically, she has two guys who’re always there for her. Ah, the classic Korean love triangle – the quintessential Kdrama.

Watch the series here:

Lee Bongju: played by Han Ji Eun
Won Namgung: played by Kim Jae Young
Jung Haein: played by Lee Cheol Woo
Oh Duyi: played by JunQ
Yoo Jungyeon: played by Cho Hye Won
Geurina Hwang: played by Choi Ji Heon
Nan Goh: played by Jinhyuk
And of course all the makeup and skincare products are sponsored by Innisfree…

Which team are you on – Team Namgung or Team Haein? I was really rooting for Team Haein!!!

!!SPOILERS!!
My few comments watching this:

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  • Prepare your skin before applying makeup. This was probably the most actually useful tip reinforced in my head – in the mornings, I’m often in a mad rush and I have 20 minutes to wash up, change, and do my makeup. I can only work that fast, and more often than not, I forget to apply skincare before makeup. If a hydrating primer does the trick, why bother applying a gel? Probably not the right mindset in my head! Bongju is adamant that makeup should not be applied on damaged skin, and she’s right. Since I have dry skin in this humid weather, skin flakes are a big no-no – getting the pre-makeup skincare step right is the only, and obvious solution to this 🙂

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  • Girls who don’t wear makeup are invisible. Okay, probably not explicitly so, but really!! Everyone makes fun of Bongju when she doesn’t wear makeup, but once she puts on a little lip tint, draws on some brows, she’s suddenly /human/ again?!

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  • …But even if they don’t wear makeup, their skin is perfect… Because they use Jeju lava seawater on their faces. Everyone’s skin looks so good?! Haha, I guess Innisfree is just trying to promote their new Jeju Lava Seawater skincare line – I’ll admit though, after watching this series I am fairly tempted to try their seawater essence! I’ve never been particularly drawn in by Innisfree’s skincare products, but I don’t quite mind trying it out, considering how good everyone looks.

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  • There is a line between makeup, and too much makeup. What I did like was that they featured Geurina, Bongju’s classmate who’s been told all her life that she wasn’t beautiful – and in turn she wore lots of heavy makeup to cover up her ~natural beauty~. Spoiler: she eventually discovers her inner beauty, and wears less makeup!! And is of course prettier!!

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  • If you’re ever given an opportunity to do makeup on a Beauty Chaebol Chairwoman, apply skincare instead. I get that she wanted to be novel and be true to herself, but Bongju, you knew full well that she was going to attend a fashion show after you applied makeup on her! Rubbing Jeju lava seawater on her face isn’t going to magically make her face ready for a public media appearance!

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  • Don’t forget the love triangle. Of course there are two guys vying for her attention, and of course she’s going to leave but NO SHE ISN’T!! Poor Haein, having his heart broken right there while assy Namgung gets Bongju’s attention. Of course he doesn’t have to wait for her either because she loves Namgung so much she’s going to drop her job opportunity working for the largest Beauty Chaebol in the world’s CEO and run off the plane to come back to do the final project with him.

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  • Every poor girl will meet a chaebol’s grandson in some strange, completely unlikely manner, and he will fall in love with her. Hahahaha, it’s a Kdrama, I’ll accept it, but I find it pretty hilarious how of course she has to end up with him!

Plot holes aside, I thought it was a really cute drama 🙂 GO TEAM HAEIN!!

Gmarket Haul: January 2015

This… is completely long overdue. Finals are finally over, and it’s summer (for the next 4 months!) I’ve posted about getting some stuff from Gmarket in May 2015, and in January I thought it was fair time I restocked some of my stuff – here we go!

DR. JART+ CERAMIDIN CREAM

What it is: “A lightweight cream to moisturize the skin.”
Why I purchased it: my skin was cracking and peeling and tight and just dying throughout my Differin routine; I needed something to repair my skin barrier, and I thought ceramide would do just the trick.
What it cost: After discounts, about SGD28.00 / KRW23,000
How it performs: A thick, thick humectant – smells just like the Ceramidin Liquid. I still prefer that one!

VERITE ULTRA MOIST SKIN INTENSE CREAM

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What it is: A cream packed with ceramides and stuff
Why I purchased it: I wanted a cream with ceramides, I was looking for a Verite cushion…. the packaging was too cute cmon let’s not kid myself
What it cost: After discounts, about SGD35.00 / KRW29,000
How it performs: I actually kind of prefer this over Dr. Jart+’s – that one is more like a balmy paste, while this one is a smooth cream that spreads over my skin

VERITE UV MULTI CUSHION LX WONDER STORY #21

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What it is: A “repurchase” of my HG Verite DX cushion
Why I purchased it: I love my Verite cushion. I wore it to work, I wore it to school like every day, and it was running out – I needed a refill, and since they discontinued the DX, I had to go with the LX
What it cost: After discounts, about SGD28.00 / KRW23,000
How it performs: Cute case, but I actually haven’t opened the new LX yet!

TOSOWOONG PROPOLIS SPARKLING AMPOULE

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What it is: A propolis sparkling ampoule.
Why I purchased it: I needed something soothing and something that would even my skin tone, given that I’m trying to clear PIH
What it cost: After discounts, about SGD25.00 / KRW21,000
How it performs: It has a thick, gel-like texture that leaves my face supple and hydrated; however, not too sure about the long-term effects?

SAMPLES GALORE

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Cute – the Verite stuff came with loooots of samples! It included a 5 Skin Care Trial Kit, a lip tint, a mini Skin Intense Cream, and a mist; the other stuff came with IOPE’s Bio-Essence mini mask, Mamonde anti-aging cream, Laneige Original Essence White Plus Renew, and a Hanyul mask; Tosowoong threw in some samples too!

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I’m actually headed off to Korea in a couple of days, and I’m planning to try everythingggg there so I can take advantage of the Gmarket $5 shipping promotion when I’m back! Exciting times – I’ve never looked forward to summer this much before. Cheers!

Battle of the CC Creams: Banila Co. it Radiant CC Cream and CC Cushion

Those who’ve spoken to me about my beauty stash know that I have a love affair with CC Creams / Colour Correcting Creams. Yes, I said it – I don’t particularly like BB creams, no – I don’t see any magical glowy effects after using them, and they sometimes leave a cakey effect on my skin/dry it out/produce an oily t-zone. But with my not-so-recent discovery of CC Creams, I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole.

After starting off the journey of light-coverage base-makeup, i.e. CC creams, my complexion has been more radiant than ever. There’s this sheer glow I seem to find in the moisturizing properties of CC Creams; I don’t really need the medium-coverage properties of typical BB Creams, so CC Creams are perfect for me because they’re typically sheer coverage, and are marketed to help with sallowness/redness etc. Quick warning: this is not for someone who’s looking to cover multiple blemishes!

I’ll be posting a series of long-overdue reviews of the various CC creams in my stash – while I have made previous judgements on some of them, these will be my honest, latest, long-term-use reviews of these products.


Banila Co. it Radiant CC Cream

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Let’s start off with the very first CC cream I tried – the whitening, moisturizing, color control base produced by Banila Co. What made me get this? I remember catching a glimpse of this CC cream from an unfamiliar brand, Banila Co., on Get It Beauty. As I was shopping around in Bonjour Hong Kong, I caught it at 98HKD as I posted previously. Check out the clip here:

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Song Ji Hyo is the brand ambassador of Banila Co., and this product has won awards from Get It Beauty, Allure Korea, Sure, and Cosmo Korea. Sounds pretty convincing to me!


What I previously posted:

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

IMG_47774. Left side has no CC cream, right side has blended CC cream.
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!


HOWEVER,
What I can say now is that it’s really got this amazing, smooth and blendable texture that just melts into your face, and I thought it was love at first sight for me. At that point in time, I’d say that my skin was a notch lighter than it is right now – maybe that was why this CC cream seemed to merely brighten my appearance due to its lightness and pink undertones, cancelling out the olive-ness of my skin. I remember yelling at my mum to ‘come look!! I don’t even need undereye concealer with this!!’, but sadly, those days ended mid 2015.

As I got slightly tanner throughout 2015, I started noticing that I looked as pale as a sheet under fluorescent lights whenever I was wearing this CC cream – it simply didn’t suit me anymore, and I started having to mix in darker concealer/base makeup product to make this CC cream work for me. As you can see in the fourth picture above, while the right side of my hand looks brighter, if I was any tanner at all, the shade of the cream just washes me out.

Today, while I still agree that it’s great for brightening my skin tone and as a quick makeup base, I just don’t find myself reaching for it as often. It’s become more of a makeup blender for me.

Pros
– Smells lovely, quite flowery
– Smooth consistency makes it easy to blend
– Feels moisturizing on the skin
– Sufficiently brightening effect

Cons
– May only suit pale skin tones
– May not have sufficient coverage

Overall
– Shade/Tone: Pink undertones, suitable only for those < NC20.
– Consistency: Smooth, blendable
– Application: Easy to apply with fingers
– Coverage: Sheer-light
– Packaging: Pretty good, the standing pump tube is easy to dispense
– Fragrance: Lightly flowery and powdery, not overwhelming

Rating: ★★★★☆
Would I recommend this? Yes!

Details: 30ml, SPF 30 PA++, RRP 25,000KRW / ~SGD$35
Comes in variants including cc+sun, for men, as well as a similarly packaged line of bb creams


Bonus review: Banila Co it Radiant CC Cushion

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Just as an add-on to this review, I purchased the BE10 shade of the CC cushion from Carousell in April last year. With my expectations of the CC cream at that point in time, I had high hopes this product would be equally great – however, I was wholly disappointed with this cushion. What’s there to like about it? Uhhhh, not much here to check out. I’m gonna write about this in the order of how I opened it:

Taking a glance at the cushion case, it looked basic, nothing special nor different from any other cushion – clean-cut and sturdy on the outside. Popping open the case, I immediately noticed that the quality of Banila Co.’s rubycell puff is miles below the golden AmorePacific standard – it’s just like any other sponge to be honest. The worst part is, the rubycell puff literally disintegrated after a few months – yeah, no. That’s just gross.

You know how most cushions have a comfortable ‘click’ lock on their inner-cushion lids? This one had a slipshod click notch on the right-hand side of the lid, which meant that it was SO inconvenient for me to pop open each time – with others, I could easily tip it open with one hand. The liquid in the sponge… I don’t even know what it’s supposed to be. It’s so, freaking, watery, it literally drips out of the case if you store it vertically – which completely negates the point of the inner lid anyway!?

I admit that the shade BE10 is definitely too light for me, but even the way it sits on my face made me feel uncomfortable – it was so sheer, it might as well have not have been on my face – no color correcting or complexion-covering properties in this one. Can you see how the right side of my hand is orangey? The effect was more pronounced in reality – it’s this peachy shade that I simply don’t think suits Asian skin tones.

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Look at everything leaking out. Just a big no from me, sorry Banila Co. While your brand makes some pretty great stuff, you’ve successfully convinced me not to buy any of your cushion products again.

Pros
– Smells lovely, quite flowery – similar to the CC cream
– Glowy effect noticeable on my skin due to pink tones

Cons
– Oily consistency that feels like a film on your face
– Too watery, loose formula
– Shade doesn’t make sense – very orange on my skin, although it’s formulated for yellow undertones
– Terrible rubycell puff that disintegrates
– Poor packaging design, lacks ease of use
– Formula leaks out of the cushion

Overall
– Shade/Tone: ?? undertones, suitable for orange people ~NC20
– Consistency: Oily and watery
– Application: Unusable once the cushion puff disintegrates, which is really soon
– Coverage: None-sheer
– Packaging: Sturdy case, but poor design makes it annoying to use and formula leaks out
– Fragrance: Lightly flowery and powdery, not overwhelming

Rating: ★★☆
Would I recommend this? No!

Details: 15ml*2, SPF 35 PA++, RRP 35,000KRW / ~SGD$40
Comes in 3 shades: BE10, BP15, and BE20


I’ll be reviewing more CC creams, specifically some from AmorePacific soon. Update again… sometime!

 

Stress vs My Skin

I haven’t posted anything in 4 months 😳

Ever since my last (really rushed and haphazardly prepared) post, I’ve completed a whole semester of uni and it’s been the most stressful 4 months of my life ever 😳😳😳Everyone who tells you that JC is the toughest academic period in your life is lying!!! I spent weeks on end studying till early morning in school, returning home the same time my grandma wakes up, but I can’t say that it hasn’t been great either – I’ve had a blast exploring new places, meeting new people, and trying new things. Usually after midnight.

‘Winter’ break now barely feels like break, but to me, milliefeuille is truly a welcome respite from finance. Skincare is one of the things that’s relaxing to me – as much as my mother tells me to ‘find a less shallow hobby’, I believe otherwise – I’m improving my skin (i.e. largest organ yo) and improving my health. (I’ve also recently started going to the gym! 2015’s been an adventure for me)

Actually my long-winded story really just means that I really haven’t had time to take care of my face… Piling on long hours with makeup on, sleeping at ungodly hours, and the intense exam/project-period stress, my face was a rough wreck by the time finals ended.

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Really, this is basically all that goes on my face now. I don’t get to try any of the fancy new serums, lotions, or sheet masks that I bought in the second half of this year, because it seems that this is all that my face can tolerate now 😦 L-R / T-B:

  1. Mizon AHA 8% Peeling Serum, 8% Glycolic acid. I purchased this a while ago from Venus Beauty for $10, as it expires in April 2016. I haven’t been using it consistently, but I’m hoping this’ll help to get rid of CCs.
  2. Differin, 0.1% Adapalene. My friend recommended this to me as we’re both struggling with similar facial issues, and I (conveniently) got this from the school clinic. While various people claim that it works really slowly/not at all for them, every time I use Differin + Stridex, my face becomes a painful, flakey mess. I guess it works!
  3. PAIR Acne Cream, Ibuprofen piconol. I got my first tube a few years ago, and it’s actually one of the top selling acne creams in Japan. I haven’t been using this as often, because I’m worried that layering acne treatments will make them conflict/less effective.
  4. La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5. I tried this out of desperation, actually – I remembered reading one of the r/AB threads talking about HG non-AB products, and how this cream was great for healing super dry skin. The first time I tried it, it stung my skin but somehow it worked – I’m down to my second sample tube, and I’m actually considering purchasing this. Any thoughts?
    I also received samples of the Effaclar Duo+, which contains an AHA/BHA if I’m not wrong. Didn’t want that to overlap with other treatments, so I haven’t tried it yet!
  5. Stridex Maximum. This didn’t work magically in the first week I used it, but works magically together with Differin. I’ve been using this once a day (or else my skin flakes like hell), but it seems to really be getting rid of the clogged pores and CCs on my cheeks! My nose actually seems somewhat ‘cleaner’ 😮
  6. Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid. And of course, the best for last – my HG repair toner. No matter the condition of my skin, I’m always comfortable with smothering my face in this glorious liquid – maybe I just haven’t tried anything else with ceramides that this light and absorbent and hydrating, but this is one of the few products in my collection that I can use during a breakout, and is actually effective. Fyi though, when I first got it, it had this strange scent that I didn’t quite like, but I’ve come to find it soothing now.

Does anyone else have any HG products they use 1. during a breakout, 2. while clearing CCs, 3. with flakey, dry skin, 4. for fading PIH, and 5. as a HG cleanser? I really haven’t had this rough, uneven skin in years (plus the makeup I wear now!), so I totally hope this clears up soon! (by the looks of it, I’ll be glowing by January again 🙂 )

TFS/VDL/Belif Friends & Family Sale 2015 (Suntec City)

I received an email a couple of days ago the The Face Shop, VDL, and Belif would be holding a Friends & Family Sale this August!

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IMG_5625-2What my mum and I got (minus the extra free gifts)

Aqua Gel Oil (75ml, $68.00 -> $44.20); Numero 10 Essence (75ml, $46.00 -> $29.90)

The True Cream – Moisturizing Bomb (50ml, $54.00 -> $35.10); Delightful Body Bomb (150ml, $46 -> $23.00)

Essential Gel Mist Blue (100ml, $42.00 -> $21.00); De-wrinkle Treatment Spot Care (25ml, $71.00 -> $35.50)

Our free samples!!! This included a travel kit including Milky Moisturizer Hydra Balancing, Numero 10 Essence, and Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist, and samples for the Classic Essence Increment which we requested for. My aunt bought the full-sized version of this, and it was the last one… so my mum settled for samples for now (she has too many things to use now anyway!!) We also received 2 cute umbrellas, and a makeup organizer pouch!

Brow Contour Kit ($40.00 -> $24.00); Metal Cushion Foundation ($42.00 -> $25.20)

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We also received a ton of free gifts – the welcome member set included a Lumilayer Primer, Beauty Cleansing Foam, and Perfecting Last Foundation. I didn’t even take pics of the 1. Tumbler 2. Laptop Bag and 3. Lunch bag they gave us!!!

My aunt also purchased some stuff from The Face Shop – she gave us one of the free sample kits she received.

IMG_5636Raspberry Roots Special Set (Includes 2x Collagen Eye Patch, Depuffing Eye Gel, and Sleeping mask) (Free gift)

While the prices are quite amazing, I must warn you guys that the expiry dates are fairly near, with most of them expiring in mid-2016. I highly suggest against irresponsible hauling – if you’re not gonna be able to finish it by then, don’t buy it!! Or I mean like you could use it on your body, but still. Take note of the expiry dates before purchase!!!

The sale is held at Suntec City (where the 3 shops are side by side), from 27-30th August. Have fun guys!