Beauty Haul from GMarket Korea

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I’ve always wanted to order from Gmarket, and this month I finally bit the bullet. And no, I’m not referring to the Singaporean Gmarket which got rebranded to Qoo10 (even though it’s been like 3-4 years since the rebranding happened, my mother still refers to Qoo10 as Gmarket) – I’m talking about the one that ships directly from Korea! This is where I can find tons of products and brands I wouldn’t typically be able to find in Singapore – Espoir, Verite, and whatnot at amazing prices.

Let’s start with Gmarket itself – can I just rave about how amazing their service is?? Seriously – I don’t even get my packages from Qoo10 (domestic delivery) this quickly. Let me just show you my timeline:

Sunday Afternoon, 5th April: Sent in order (auto EMS shipping)
Sunday Evening, 5th April: Request received for 50% of sellers
Monday Afternoon, 6th April: All packages on the way to Gmarket Korea’s warehouse
Tuesday Morning, 7th April: All packages received at Gmarket Korea; preparing for international shipment
Wednesday Evening, 8th April: International package posted
Thursday Afternoon, 9th April: Package on SQ609
Friday Midnight, 10th April: Package received by Singpost
Friday Noon, 10th April: Received package at doorstep

HAS ANYONE RECEIVED PACKAGES THIS QUICKLY BEFORE??? IN 5 DAYS??? NO!!!! Ok maybe I’m exaggerating, but seriously. I’ve never received service /this/ fast from Qoo10, TK or RRS before – as much as I still love them, Gmarket wins, hands down, in terms of delivery time. Judging from my previous experiences from Korean international shipping, I honestly expected this package to be delivered in May. Instead, I’m sitting here writing this post in May (terribly late, but I wanted to get a good sense of all my products before I included first impressions for all the products).

Moving on… This is the giant box my haul came in! It really surprised me – that’s my phone, a Note 3 mind you, sitting on top of the box. I had no idea why the box was so huge – did I really order so many things?? The memo noted that it was only 3.3kg!

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…And I figured out why once I tore open opened up the box. HAHAHAHA it turns out the Gmarket warehouse had literally just dumped in all the boxes they’d received – I guess the guy sorting my packages just decided to throw everything into the biggest (???) box he could find??? It was a hilarious sight opening this up though! However, one negative point here: AK-Plaza didn’t exactly package my VDL Eyeshadow palette very well in the small box, so it could have been flung around in the small box in the big box. Shame on you tsk if it’s an eyeshadow palette IT NEEDS BUBBLE WRAP!  (this is extremely reminiscent of the Lorac Mega Pro Amazon shipping issue.)

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One, two, three…. Six boxes! 6 boxes inside a giant box. Funny ah? Let’s start with the small samples!

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I ordered my products from individual sellers, which meant that I was unlikely to get any samples at all – ordering 1 item from a seller will sadly not warrant samples. I may attempt to include ‘please include samples!’ in English and Korean the next time I order! I received a sheet mask + OHUI foil sample from one seller (can’t quite remember which), and a small set of samples from VDL…. And if you scroll to the top and bottom, a giant pink Pantone VDL shopping bag!!!!!!! 😀 I guess the general lack of samples was wholly made up by the Pantone x VDL bag ❤ ❤ ❤

Okay, let’s start!

Note: my pricing brackets are formatted like this, if you’re curious: xxxKRW in Korean retail pricing / xxx SGD in Singapore retail pricing, or KRW to SGD if it’s unavailable in Singapore.


Hera CC Cream City Defense (SPF35 / PA++)

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Retail: 45,000KRW / ~SGD$50
Gmarket: SGD$40

While watching Meejmuse’s channel, she mentioned that her one CC Cream favourite was the Hera CC Cream! The original price was preeeetty high, so I didn’t manage to get one from TesterKorea the previous round – instead I got a small 10ml sample tube off Carousell. I would liken this CC Cream to the IOPE one, as it’s not a whitening base like the Laneige and Banila Co.

As I was scouring Gmarket, I noticed that Hera came up with a new and improved! version of the cc cream in 2015, with ‘City Defense‘ properties. One of the biggest trends I’ve noticed recently is ‘city defense’ products, with brands like Clarins coming up with Sunscreen products, and Etude House with Dust Cut products. These protecting properties typically leave a film on your face to protect against dust and pollutants we face every day in cities, and considering I live in Singapore… yes. Either way, the packaging is gooooorgeous! Maybe not as sleek as the original Black/Silver packaging, but this silvery packaging represents City Defense so well.

First impression: ★★★★☆


Luna Water Essence Founpact (SPF35 / PA++)

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Retail: ~SGD$40
Gmarket: SGD$27

I was actually most excited to try this product out of aaaallll the products I ordered. This was featured on Get It Beauty a while back, and supposedly it has a mega high water content! However… The first time I used this wasn’t very successful or anything 😦 It kind of sat on top of my skin like a film, and was pilling up on the surface. I will try this again with another foundation brush… Hopefully it’ll produce better results 😦

Edit: So I tried it with my beloved Shiseido 131, and while it did give me a very airbrushed, perfect finish, it’s really not the look that I’m going for. It still clung like a thick layer on my skin, unlike the CC Creams I’m so very used to – I just don’t think heavy coverage foundations are suitable for me 😦

First impression: ★★★☆☆


eSpoir Face Slip Nude Cushion (SPF 50+ / PA+++)

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Retail: 35,000KRW / ~SGD$44
Gmarket: ~SGD$26

I have too many cushions!! I first saw this cushion on a Singaporean YouTube channel, which is linked here – Shu An mentioned in the video that when they asked the air stewardesses how their skin looked so glowy and dewy, they pointed it out in the in-flight shopping magazine and were like, ‘eSpoir!’ I like how it supposedly gives a really light, natural finish, which is what I typically go for. Slowly, slowly – I’ll open this soon!

Note: This is also made by Amore Pacific.

First impression: ★★★★☆


Verite UV Multi Cushion DX (SPF 50 / PA+++)

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Retail: ~SGD$55
Gmarket: ~SGD$34.50

Actually… This cushion just represents me being greedy :p Once the rose gold/copper sides caught my eye, I was like YES. I NEED THIS. Same as the eSpoir – I’ll review this in due time.

Note: This is aaaaalso made by Amore Pacific. In fact, this technically even has Amore Pacific prepended to its name!

First impression: ★★★★☆


VDL Expert Colour Lip Cube (Guylian)

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Retail: SGD38
Gmarket: SGD$20

:’) This marbled chocolate (Guylian!) design was calling out to me, telling me ‘pick me! pick me!’ …so I did. I picked 3 of this (for me, my mum, and my aunt!). This is a great choice for me, as it’s really moisturizing, with a sheer pop of colour. The special cube shape of the lipstick allows for better application around cupid’s bow 🙂

First impression: 4half


VDL Beauty Metal Cushion Foundation EX (Candy Bar) (SPF 50 / PA+++)

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Retail: 32,000KRW / SGD$40
Gmarket: 21,000KRW / SGD $26

You may have already seen this in my April Favourites post, but to be honest, I was a bit irked by the metal design initially – however, after seeing how versatile the metal surface is on Get It Beauty, it’s been my favourite foundation since I started using it (with my Shiseido 131 Foundation brush)! It wears decently in humid weather (can’t help it…), with minimal touchup required – I’m pretty darn satisfied with that 🙂

First impression: 4half


VDL Expert Colour Eye Book 6.4 (Pink)

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Retail: 48,000KRW / SGD$60
Gmarket: ~31,000KRW / SGD$40

This needs no words. Pantone x VDL = life

aghhhh that pastel pink

First impression: 4half


Mise en Scene Hello Bubble Foam Hair Color

7N Mocha Latte Brown, 7P Vintage Rose Pink

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Retail: ~15,000KRW / ~SGD$20
Gmarket: 2 f0r 12,900KRW / 1 for SGD$8

I’ve been looking to dye my hair for a while now, but I decided against it (last minute :() at the salon, as I wasn’t sure if my internship would allow my dyed hair. My friends have been recommending bubble foam hair dyes, so when I came across this on GMarket I was like yup this is it – Mise en Scene is one of the top haircare brands in Korea at the moment, and no surprise here – it’s owned by Amore Pacific as well. If I’m not wrong, scouring the shelves of Watsons only yielded pretty basic hair dyes like from Revlon and whatnot, which cost around $20 per pack – so I’m hoping that this is much better!

First impression: ★★★★☆


Son & Park Skin Fit Foundation (SPF45 / PA++)

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Retail: 35,000KRW / SGD$45
Qoo10: SGD$20

Son & Park are the two makeup artists who frequently appear on Get It Beauty, so in my eyes they’re fairly famous and trustworthy makeup artists. They are well-known for being the makeup artists who create the hottest trends in Korea – one of them was Cheon Song-Yi’s makeup artist on My Love From The Star! When they came up with their own makeup brand and I spotted it on Qoo10, I was all up for trying it out.

What’s so special about this foundation stick is that: 1. Green primer base in the middle of the stick, which helps to neutralize redness, and 2. The micro-brush on the other end of the stick to help blend out the foundation! Typically, I don’t go for heavy coverage, but I think this stick is a great option for me to venture into that world 🙂

First impression: ★★★★☆


Mise en Scene Perfect Repair Hair Serum

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Retail: ~SGD$13
Qoo10: 2 for $12.90 = SGD$6.50

Mise en Scene yet again 😀 Actually, I purchased this serum (set of 2!) off Qoo10 before I made my GMarket haul. I do suffer from extremely wiry hair – it’s just poofy and messy, and gets oily easily in this humid weather. A while back, my hairstylist suggested I start using hair serums and oils more frequently. I don’t like handling oils – no matter how much I wash my hands, there’s still an icky sensation left, but when I tried this oil-based serum for the first time… whoa. My hair was glossy, and my hands were happy! (Sometimes, when I really don’t feel like dirtying my hands, I drip the serum on a wide-toothed comb and run it through my hair. Works just fine for me!)

First impression: ★★★★☆


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GMarket has quite a bunch of coupons available, including Paypal, Visa, and new member coupons – they can all be found on the homepage of GMarket Global. These will definitely help to offset the expensive fees for EMS – my shipping actually came close to $20-25 :O

I know that quite a number of these products can’t really be found on RoseRoseShop, or TesterKorea, the typical shopping sites… Given the low-low-low Korean prices, easy-to-use platform, and lightning-fast service, I’d definitely recommend anyone to try out GMarket. Lots of Singaporeans have reviewed GMarket online, and the typically haul breakdown includes cosmetics and clothing!

On a similar note, maybe I’ll try out KoreaDepart in a few months – it has a base rate of USD$5 for shipping to Singapore! I hope this post helps enlighten anyone who wants to order from Gmarket 🙂

♥ April Favourites ♥

April Faves

Let’s go! My top 5 April Favourites are: (in no particular order)

1. Kicho Pore Cleansing Brush
2. Curél Foaming Body Wash
3. Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule
4. VDL Beauty Metal Cushion Foundation EX
5. Shiseido Foundation Brush 131

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1. Kicho Pore Cleansing Brush

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This pore brush technically isn’t a new buy, but I’ve only just started using it after deciding that I was too lazy to charge my Clarisonic Mia. I got this from Sasa late last year, and its finely-packed bristles are amazing for gentle cleansing. Paired with my Hada Labo foam cleanser, it makes sure that my face is always clean at the end of the day!

2. Curél Foaming Body Wash

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After we ran out of the usual body wash, we wanted to try something new – Curél, as you might already know, is a brand my family is pretty familiar with. While foaming face washes are typical, we’d never tried foaming body washes – and this is great! This is softly moisturizing and cleanses my skin gently. One issue is, it’s so gentle that it might not be strong enough for sweaty days out.

3. Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule
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An old purchase, but I’ve never noticed how effective this snail ampoule was until April. With my internship, I’ve barely had time to run through my full routine every night, so I’ve been experimenting with using 1-2 products per night to help combat the dry skin from the aircon >( After much experimenting, I discovered that this snail ampoule was the 1 product that made a huge difference when I woke up in the morning – paired with my Hada Labo Lotion, and Laneige Sleeping Pack, my face is baby soft when I wake up :’)

4. VDL Beauty Metal Cushion Foundation EX

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A new purchase!! This was part of my GMarket haul, which I will be uploading sometime soon 🙂 What caught my eye about this VDL Metal Cushion is its metal palette; I can mix the foundation with other products (including concealer and emulsions), and I can use a brush with this… which brings me to:

5. Shiseido Foundation Brush 131

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I’ve always been eyeing a brush like this; After I spotted the 1028 foundation brush in Watsons, I really wanted to get one (but somehow I never did). I decided to get the original, Japanese drugstore version off Carousell… and w o w is basically all I can say!??! This brush is the best applicator for liquid foundations I’ve tried (at the moment); it gives me this polished, natural finish that I’ve never been able to obtain, even with Rubycell puffs, the BeautyBlender, and the Zoeva Silk Finish brush. This… brush is absolutely golden, and I will likely be reviewing this separately one day.


Let me know if you’d like to find out more about any of my April Favourites! 🙂

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)

insiteTV: Sweet 20s Beauty Drama and Pony’s Beauty Diary + Other Favourites

Short post today! For some of you girls, I know makeup isn’t easy – so I’ll be starting a Beauty 101 Guides/Tutorials series soon 🙂 In the meantime, I just wanted to share a few YouTube channels/series that I really like. Before I got hooked down this path, I started watching makeup tutorials online and I found that videos were truly the most informative method for me to learn how to do makeup/skincare better!


Sweet 20s Beauty Drama

This series just debuted on insiteTV’s channel about a month ago, and I’m already hooked! It’s super cute – it focuses on Yoonha’s life (academic/romantic), and has special segments in each mini-episode where she does her makeup. Okay actually it’s kinduv just an advertorial for Innisfree’s cosmetics/skincare but I think the looks are gorgeous, and their products work great anyway! Either way, it’s mega cute if you like Korean Dramas! 🙂 I’ve linked the playlist below, but it’s not in order ok! Super super super cute I can’t wait for the next episode!! :>

EDIT: In case you’re interested, I’ve found the main cast on Instagram. Here is the cast list:
Bae Yoonha is played by Hwang Seung-Eon (황승언)
Kang Woo is played by Lee You Jin (이유진)
Tae-Jun is played by Shin Ji Hoon (신지훈)


Pony’s Beauty Diary

Probably every Asian Beauty fan’s favourite channel!! Pony is an amazing Korean makeup artist and she puts up extremely informative videos (on insiteTV) about both skincare and makeup application 🙂 She’s also recently started her very own channel, which you can find here. If you’re interested, you should definitely check out her attempt at transforming herself into the Black Widow/Scarlett Johansson – it was almost spot on!!! This is one of my favourite videos she’s posted – Rainy Day Makeup!


Get It Beauty

have to recommend Get It Beauty. Get It Beauty is one of Korea’s top beauty shows, recommending and reviewing the top products in various categories depending on the focus of the episode. They also have a segment called ‘Talking Mirror’ which I absolutely adore – it’s a mirror that interviews celebrities about their skincare/makeup/health routines!

2013/2014’s Get It Beauty Host was Yoo In Na, but they’ve since moved on to a new host for 2015, Lee Ha Nui.You can watch it on Soompi here, but you’ll have to use a VPN like Hola! Unblocker if you’re not in the USA. I’ve embedded a preview the Speedy Makeup episode from 2014 below:


Bonus: Meejmuse

My yiyi recommended her to me – she’s a Korean-Australian and she reviews both Asian and Western beauty products 🙂 Since I tend to prefer videos involving Asian products, I haven’t watched her entire ensemble – but you might enjoy the diversity in her reviewed products! Linked below is her top Korean products video.


Okay that’s all for today! I think that these videos will settle you for a long, long time – I haven’t even completed Get It Beauty, and Pony’s looooong history of videos took me months to finish! I hope these videos help you down your path of beauty 🙂

ION Orchard: Beauty Season + Her World’s 55th Anniversary Promo

Rushed this post out today after I got home from Orchard!!! This has probably got to be some kind of record – I don’t think I’ve started on a post and published it within such a short amount of time before.

ION Orchard is hosting Beauty Season from now til 4th March 2015! This means that participating stores will be giving away a limited number of samples (every day). This is a great chance for everyone to sample the products they’ve been eyeing!

For the sake of reviewing products for this blog, I’ve set myself on a task to…. review EVERYTHING. Let me preface this – I am not encouraging hoarding products that you won’t use. All of these are brands that I (or my family) am familiar with, and am interested in trying out.

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To participate in Beauty Season, just log on to beauty.ionorchard.com/home on your mobile, and register with your details. From there, you’ll be able to redeem your samples at each of the stores – obviously limited to one set per person!

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Select the brand that you’re interested in sampling (the images show the product you’ll be sampling), and head towards the store. The page will include the store’s location, and the exact details of the product you’ll be sampling (size/sachet etc.).

If you’re worried about unfriendly salespeople, DON’T BE WORRIED. Just suck it up and head into the stores and show them your screen, swipe to redeem your product, and they’ll hand you the sample once you fill in some details. Maybe it’s just luck (?) but every single one of the salespeople I encountered today were super friendly! In fact, most of them gave me a runthrough of how their product sample works, what it targets, and how long it will last. Super satisfying experience!

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Once you have received the brand’s sample, you’re able to add a review. Adding a review and showing it to the staff will provide a discount in-store, with the exception of Sephora and Estee Lauder. Not only so, you stand a chance to win a full-sized version of the product sampled!! Ok it’s one winner per brand but you still definitely stand a chance haha 😀


Astalift

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What they’re giving away: 20 Whitening Travel Kits, 10 Lunamer Acne Kits, and 10 Lunamer Brightening Kits

Pictured: Lunamer Brightening Kit (Includes Astalift Lunamer Lotion-1, Clear Wash, Brightener, Emulsion-1 and Facial Cotton)

Astalift was extremely generous with their samples. I’m excited to try this out, as Lunamer is a new line targeted at younger women (Astalift, if you don’t already know, is well-known for their anti-aging products).


Beauty By Nature

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What they’re giving away: 100 samples of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil (5ml) Daily (Pictured)

The saleslady was extremely friendly 🙂


Bobbi Brown

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What they’re giving away: 100 sachets of Skin Smoothing Pore Perfector (1.5ml) daily


Dior

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What they’re giving away: 100 sets of Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet (1ml) and Rouge Dior Brilliant sample kit

Very excited to try both!! I love trying new lip products, and since I don’t have a signature scent yet… I heard Dior’s scents are pretty good 🙂


Dr. Ci:Labo

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What they’re giving away: 100 sets of 1-week trial packs of Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Moisture EX (1.5g/sachet)

Pictured: When you head to their store, they will invite you to like their Facebook page as well. Go ahead and do so – they’ll provide another sample kit as well, which includes an Enrich Moisture Lotion, Herbal Gel O2 Charge, and Mild UV Lotion sachets.

I have heard of their brand before, and since the latter products are targeted at sensitive skin, I can try it out on breakout days 🙂 The saleslady said that the lotion is meant for anti-aging, so my mum would probably benefit from it more than I would.

The saleslady here was extremely helpful and friendly 🙂


Estee Lauder

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What they’re giving away: 100 sets of 1-week trial pack of Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Spot Correcting Essence (4ml/sachet) (i.e. bottle) daily

Definitely giving this to my mum 😡 She picked up the sample, and was like “isn’t this more like for me??”


Kiehl’s

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What they’re giving away: 50 sets of 1 week trial samples of NEW Dermatologist Solutions Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector SPF30 Daily

Pictured: The saleslady gave me some samples for their other products as well! This included the Purifying Foaming Cleanser, Ultra-Facial Oil-Free Toner, Clearly Corrective White Hydrating Moisture Emulsion, as well as the Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream.

I’m especially excited to sample the dark-circle perfector – the saleslady said this sample should last me a week. I’m always up for trying new things to minimise my horrific panda eyes!!

The saleslady was extremely helpful and friendly 🙂


Laneige

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What they’re giving away: 100 sets of 7-day sample kit of White Plus Renew Original Cream (1ml/sachet)

Stepped into Laneige to check out the Multiberry Yoghurt Pack (i.e. wanted to let mum smell it.) Saw the promo for the first time :’) Laneige is a mid-high end skincare brand, so anything’s fair game for me. I recently purchased some of their anti-aging samples in Bonjour Hong Kong.


Mt. Sapola

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What they’re giving away: 100 samples of Body Lotion, Lemongrass (18ml)

Will use this soon 🙂 I’m not a regular user of body lotion, but my calves are especially dry and could do with some moisturizing. Mum recommended this brand.

The saleslady was extremely helpful and friendly 🙂


Next

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What they’re giving away: 100 bottles of Next Hair Building Fibres (25g)

I… think this is hair roots mascara in powder form. Reminds me of Ji Sukjin and his hair powder stain on the ceiling keyboard :D. Extremely surprised at the size of this – this looks like a full-sized product already! Mum was very excited to receive this 🙂 (obviously it will not be very useful for me. whoops)

The saleslady was extremely helpful and friendly 🙂


Sephora

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What they’re giving away: 150 pieces of mini Colorful Eyeshadow Mono from Sephora Collection

Pictured: ~ in Mirror, a shimmery gold.

I also received a 2-piece trial set from Dior, including Capture Totale Serum and Dream Skin – these are NOT part of ION Beauty Season, but a perk from being a Sephora Black Card Member!

The saleslady was extremely helpful and friendly 🙂


Shu Uemura

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What they’re giving away: 100 sets of 7-day samples of Blanc:Chroma brightening and polishing gentle cleansing oil (4ml)

SUPER excited to use this – I think I’m the most excited to use this out of all of the samples received today. I love using cleansing oil – it’s much milder on my skin as compared to furiously rubbing my mascara off with makeup remover. Shu’s is supposedly the best in the market, and I’m excited to see how it compared to my DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.

The salesman was extremely helpful and friendly 🙂


Skin Inc

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What they’re giving away: 100 bottles of Skin Inc’s encapsulated Serum (5ml) daily

Pictured: Vitamin A Serum (5ml)

You get to pick a serum of your choice (i.e. Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Collagen, Q1o etc.)! I’ve already tried the Q10 and it was not bad, so I picked Vitamin A to help with brightening of dark spots and whatnot. I’m already familiar with Skin Inc and quite like their products 🙂


YSL

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What they’re giving away: 100 sachets of Forever Youth Liberator Essence in Lotion (2ml) Daily

Pictured: 3 sachets of ~


Herworld

Also, it’s Her World’s 55th anniversary, so there was a pop-up store/bar in the atrium at ION Orchard! If you purchased this month’s copy for $5, you get a mocktail, and the samples pictured below.
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Additionally, if you subscribe/extend your subscription, you get reduced rates ($55 for 12m, $89 for 24m (you save $55)), as well as a Perfect Renew Early Anti-Aging Trial Pouch ($65) from Laneige. Super deal!
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What’s included: Multi Cleanser, Perfect Renew Skin Refiner_EX, Perfect Renew Emulsion_EX, Perfect Renew Essence_EX, Perfect Renew Cream_EX (and a pouch)

I also signed up for the Her World Beauty Club woo!! Thrilled to see what new benefits joining the club will bring 🙂


THAT’S ALL this is the end of my PSA post. Have fun at ION Orchard 😀

Also, obviously I will be reviewing the above products in time. So many posts queued right now ><

#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.