January 7, 2014
It’s a video! YAY!! It’s a makeup related video! YAY? So I made this video before I left Korea with the intention of putting it up before Christmas (you’ll hear the Christmas reference in the video, which BTW my mom loves them) but for those of you that didn’t hear, we arrived in Canada and two days later got hit with an ice storm that took out all our power. We didn’t have power until Christmas day around 3:00pm and so we were frantically trying to charge our laptops/phones via the car and coffee shops and upload the EYKAs on time since no power = no internet. After the whole ice storm no power thingy, we had a lot of stuff to do, such as throw out the contents of my parent’s fridge (such a waste of food, *SOB*), clean it, shovel snow, and visit Simon’s parents (who also had no power) so we were a lot busier than we expected to be! This was a very unusual but exciting Christmas, I’ll tell you that much!
So here is my late but totally not time sensitive makeup haul video! Etude House tends to have big sales and whenever they do I can’t help but pop in a splurge on a whole bunch I products. I’m rarely ever disappointed and this time around I thought I’d give a brief review of a few of the products I found that have now made in into my makeup collection. Also, this was not a sponsored video or anything, although I’d LOVE LOVE to be sponsored by Etude House because I use almost all their products! *Martina waves her hands frantically trying to get Etude House Korea’s attention*
A few things I didn’t mention about this mascara. It’s very small and compact so I actually keep in in my travel kit (which I’d love to video about, it’s my mini-kit of must have essential makeup travel stuff that all fits into a tiny plastic knick-knack box). Besides being small, it’s also very very natural looking, like it really separates your eyelashes and applies a thing coat to one eyelash at a time so you really can’t see any mascara it only makes your lashes look longer. If you want volume or darkness DO NOT get this, but for a long flight where I just want to look “natural” off the place, I use this. It’s long lasting, doesn’t smudge, doesn’t rub off. One tiny negative thing is that you need to constantly re-dip the brush because it’s so tiny it runs out of mascara quickly. Hardly a big problem, right?
These colour sticks are INSANE. They never come off, even in the water. I seriously was caught in the rain with this on and after rubbing my eyes (forgetting that I had on makeup) I was like, “OMG I JUST RUBBED MAKEUP EVERYWHERE!!??” but when I looked in the mirror it looked flawless. SO COOL! It’s comes off easily with makeup remover but not with anything else. The camera really didn’t do justice to the colours because there are about 10 colours and they all have lovely gold flecks in them that really catch the light. Hence the bling of the sea! The only negative side is that the chubby nature of the stick makes it harder to get in the corner of your eyes without smudging a huge streak up above your eyelids, so I usually sharpen it or just use a makeup brush to smudge it into the corner. If you want this to never come off, I applying a little eyeshadow in a similar colour to it and it really seals the deal. The makeup is scary good.
For how cheap this was I expected it to come off easily but it was really long lasting as well. My normal routine involves using BB Cream then I use this concealer to cover any stubbornly red pimples. I seal it in with powder (I use Benefit’s “Hello Flawless” pressed powder) and it just doesn’t come off! If I use BB Cream or any concealer without powder I find it smudges off a lot easier throughout the day, especially if you’re wearing clothing that rubs on your face…like a giant turtleneck…or a scarf. Why didn’t I think a scarf first? By the way, the turtleneck trend in kpop is getting out of control. OUT OF CONTROL I SAY! And TOP and I could never be together because he clearly has an addiction to turtlenecks. What was I talking about? Oh yes. There are two shades available, this one and a darker one, and as I said in the video this is a little to dark for me, but it seems to work in combination with my BB and powder. So lucky me!
This is such a fun little invention but it was a bit time consuming to put every single one of each finger. Once I got them on, I just sat back and watched an episode of Vampire Diaries (I’m only just starting season 3 don’t tell me anything!!!) and before I knew it my cuticles were all juicy and lovely. What was great about this was afterwards I used my cuticles clippers to clip off the dead skin and my nail cuticle pusher backer (the professional term of course) to push by my cuticles since they were so moist. It was like being at my only mini nail salon, only I was the worked and there was no one to beat the crap out of my hand with a scalding hot towel wrapped around my fist. That’s Korean style BTW. Anyhoo, I’m not sure I’ll have the time to use these frequently but they sure were nice and I think they’d make an awesome gift for valentine’s day or a girls/guys night in. That’s right, guys take care of their fingers too you know! Also, Simon has unfairly lovely fingernails even though he does NOTHNG to take care of them. Okay, so he uses the hemp hand cream from Body Shop but still, it’s cruel and unfair. *pouts*
These are probably my favourite on the list. I love love love these lipsticks and I was NEVER EVER a lipstick or lipgloss wearer. I hate the way lipstick feels, it’s heavy and dries out my lips and lipgloss makes my lips so sticky that all my hair gets caught on my lips. My lipstick of choice is that blue round container of Blistex Lip Medex that smells all mediciney and gross. HOWEVER! I bought this lipstick, or as they call it, Lip Jelly because of the adorable container and it was well worth it. It’s only $8.50 for this never ending lipstick that is so smooth and so moisturizing it just feels amazing! And it really isn’t a strong colour on your lips, it’s more like a stain or a tint but not a harsh one. And the more layers you add on the stronger the colour looks. I know my friend Jen (do you guise know the youtuber frmheadtotoe) when she visited Korea picked up some of these Jelly Lipsticks and the two of us babbled on about how amazing it felt on our lips while our husbands rolled their eyes behind us. DON’T THINK I DIDN’T SEE YOU!!! I SEE ALLLL!!!!! I especially love these in the wintertime because they moisturize your lips just like a lip balm. They even have these weird orange and yellow looking ones that are actually transparent with a tiny dash of colour to them. If you have an Etude house near by or you’re visiting Korea, don’t be weirded out by the brightness of the colours. Try them on your hand and you’ll be surprised to see how soft they are. Plus…the packaging is SO FREAKIN CUTE! AGHHH!!!!
So that’s it for my mini makeup haul. I tend to buy lots of random things whenever I catch a sale so if you guise liked my little haul video let me know! Any let me know if there is something you’d like me to review or something you’d like me to change. Did I talk to much? I know I ramble sometimes. Also, what crappy luck with the camera battery. This time I’ll prepare better, I promise! Hahah! Also, I really missed you guise. I feel like not publishing a video is not seeing my internet friends. Do I sound lame? WELL ACCEPT MY LOVE, OKAY!!?? *runs away embarrassed and crying*