Where to find your Favorite Characters

In Korea, it’s very common for popular cosmetic brands to have collaborations with famous characters. Below I have provided some of the latest collabs with your favorite cartoon characters. Most of these are still available for purchase in store, and if you are not in Korea, you can always search for these online and order.

Note: These collection comes with more items than shown in the photo below, I am just featuring a few of the items in the collections.

#1

Character: Frozen

Where to buy: Artbox, Olive Young

Brand: Peripera

Note: I have tried the Olaf pride up pressed powder and I do recommend it! It’s very soft and fine milled powder.

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#2

Character: Disney (Mickey Mouse, Monsters INC., Winnie the Pooh)

Where to buy: The Face Shop, LAP (Mickey and Minnie Mouse only)

Brand: The Face Shop, LAPCOS

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Photo credit: https://www.instagram.com/ecom0920/

#3

Character: Pokemon:

Where to buy: Tony Moly

Brand: Tony Moly

Note: Each hand cream has a different scent: Pickachu: Vanilla, Jiggly puff: peach, Squirtle: Water Lily, Bulbasaur: Green Tea, Snore Lax: Lavendar, Eevie: Baby Powder, Charmander: Citrus, Togepi: Lemon. This collection is pretty huge, there are also facemasks, body butters, BB cushions, and nail polishes.

 

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#4

Character: Astro Boy

Where to Buy: Tony Moly

Brand: Tony Moly

Note: I have tried the Mighty Atom (AKA Astro Boy) cushion blusher ‘Christmas edition’ and it smelled delicious, like strawberries. It was great.

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#5

Kakao Friends: The Face Shop

Where to buy: The Kakao Friends Store, The Face Shop

Brand: The Face Shop

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#6

Character: Moomins:

Brand: Code, Demeter

Where to Buy: Olive Young

Note: I have tried one of the lip balms from this collection, not featured below in the photo (this collection is huge!) The lip balm was tinted, smelled beautiful and fruity and came adorably packaged. I recommend this if you want something from this collection but don’t want to splurge on it.

 

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#7

Character: barba papa

Where to Buy: The Style Nanda

Brand: 3CE

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#8

Character: Rilikkuma

Where to Buy: Watsons and Apeau

Brand: Apeau

Note: I have tried the cushion foundation in the yellow packaging. I don’t recommend it, It dried out my skin and did not look natural. If you want something from this collection, I recommend you get the eye shadows (which I have swatched in store) or lip products instead.

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#9

Character: Adventure Time

Where to Buy: Watsons

Brand: LaF

Note: I have the number 03 and 07 ampoules. Each ampoule is for a different problem area. I recommend these. However, only the disposable outer packaging is Adventure Time themed, and the actual ampoule eyedropper container is not themed.

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#10

Character: Alice in Wonderland

Where to Buy: Beyond

Brand: Beyond

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#11

Character: Shrek, Kungfu Panda and other Dream Works characters:

Where to Buy: Olive Young

Brand: Olive Young

Note: I have used many masks and the How to be Lovely scrub from this collection. everything I have used from this collection is great and I do recommend. The scrub feels refreshing and isn’t too harsh for your skin.

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#12

Character: Finding Dory

Where to Buy: Etude House

Brand: Etude House

Note: This is just a re-package of Etudes House permanent line Moistful collagen collection. I have tried this collection before and it’s really great. I believe it’s now hard to  find this Dory collab in stores but you can find it online.

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#13

Character: Dumbo

Where to Buy: Etude House

Brand: Etude House

Note: This is also a re-package of the moistful collagen collection.

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#14

Character: Missha

Where to Buy: Missha

Brand: Missha

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#15

Character: Sailor Moon

Where to Buy: Watsons, Olive Young

Brand: Miracle Romance

Note: This collection is quite pricey, I recommend to buy these when they are on sale. When I swatched the eyeliner in stores, it was really good and tried so quickly. It also did not smudge whatsoever.

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Photo Credit: https://jupjip.wordpress.com

#16

Character: Gudetama

Where to Buy: Holika Holika

Brand: Holika Holika

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I really hope you enjoy this post. Although I did not try everything that I have featured, I can tell you that if you are a fan of any of these characters, then I recommend you at least buy something from these collections, even if it’s the cheapest thing in the collection. It’s worth it just as a collector.

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Reviewing: Etude House Rosy tint Lips

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Hey guys, long time no post! Actually, I have been busy with the whole E2 Visa application process. I’m just trying to get to Korea but the whole process is long and tedious and requires a lot of patience. Anyway, more on that later. For now, lets get straight into talking about the product that’s up for review: Etude House Rosy tint Lips a product introduced for fall 2013. Guys I’m sorry that I am not reviewing any new products but living in Canada means that I have to order all my Korean makeup products online via ebay. I’m not planning on buying any new Korean makeup products until I actually go to Korea because it will be cheaper and I don’t want to buy too many things before now and then since my luggage is building up more and more. So, you will have to excuse me for reviewing older products for now which may or may not still be available in Korean stores but are certainly available for purchase online.

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When I first saw the colors available in this line I wanted to buy almost all of them. This product is awesome! However, I only ended up purchasing 2: Tea Rose and After Blossom. Tea rose is a slight coral nude color and After Blossom is a deep berry burgundy color. The scent is a strong rose/floral scent and the texture is thick and creamy (not sticky). But dries completely matte, a lot like a liquid matte lipstick. The product is dispensed from a hole in the sponge tip by squeezing the tube (really hard).

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Here are the pros:

1. These are super pigmented and if you wear lip concealer before applying these lip tints, you will get the true color.

2. Since it dries matte, and is considered a “tint” it is very long lasting. You don’t have to worry about constantly re-applying throughout the day.

3. Beautiful colors and amazing color selection. The colors shown in the photo from Etude House is a true representation of how they will look on your lips as long as you use a concealer before applying (if you have a dark natural lip).

4. The sponge tip applicator may be a pro to some and a con to others, depending on your preference. Although it’s ideal for blending the lip color when doing an ombre/gradient look, some may not like how the sponge gets dirty looking once the product stains the white sponge tip.

Cons:

1. This product is really hard to squeeze out of the tube. obviously this is not a major set-back but it can be pretty annoying and is a real workout for your hands – especially if this product is left in a cold environment for too long, I learned this the hard way when I accidentally left it in the back window of my car during the freezing Canadian winter.

2. Although the scent is appropriate for the flower garden theme of these lip products, the floral/perfumy scent may be sickly to some and may remind others of their grandma.

Overall, I love this product and I plan to buy more colors when I go to Korea (if they are still selling these in stores that is).

Reviewing: Etude House Kissful lip care line

I have a total of 3 products from the Kissful lip line: the Kissful lip care scrub, Kissful lip care concealer and the Lip perfume – the Kissful lip care scrub being the most recent addition to my collection. However, instead of just reviewing the lip care scrub, I have decided to review all 3 of the products I own from this line since they are somewhat related (all lip products).

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This line is extremely cute – but then again, what else would you expect from Etude House? The packaging features a picture of a cute girl that for some reason, gives me a very vintage vibe.

I’ll begin with the lip scrub since that is the first step you would take when applying these products. The scrub is a clear gel (not sticky at all) with very fine sugar crystals which help to scrub off the dead skin, giving you softer lips. According to the instructions, you should first apply and gently massage into your moist lips and wash away with lukewarm water. I recommend dampening a cloth by running lukewarm over it and gently dab it on your lips until the scrub is removed/dissolved.

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Ok, let’s get right into the Pros and Cons of this product:

Pros:

1. This scrub smells AMAZING! A very strong, authentic juicy peach smell.

2. This scrub is gentle and wont hurt or scratch your lips but is strong enough to effectively remove the dead skin.

Cons:

1. The packaging is a little disappointing for Etude House. There is just a cheap sticker with a matte finish covering the tube. I can tell that the image printed on the sticker may wear off over time.

2. The taste is a little strong – the sugar part tastes good but there is a bitter aftertaste. I know your not supposed to eat it, but since it goes over your lips, you can’t help but taste it sometimes.

3. If you have extremely dry lips with a lot of dead skin this product may be too mild. You may need a scrub with coarse sugar crystals in it.

Here it shows the ingredients in this product: Vitamin E acetate, Marine collegian, chamomile flower extract, macadamia Shea oil and mango seed butter.

Overall I do recommend this product as it does work. However, I don’t have much to compare it too as I have only ever used one other lip scrub before. (Bubblegum from Lush, and I don’t like it) But if you only have minor dead skin on your lips, or sensitive lips, I think this would work well for you. I don’t think I will be re-purchasing it though because I’m not crazy about the packaging and I do want to try other lip scrubs (like the one from Tony Moly in the cute lip shape container).

Now on to the lip concealer! First of all, why would you need a lip concealer? Well it’s the perfect tool if you want to try out the hot Korean makeup trend: Gradient lips/ Ombre lips. It’s also useful if you have a dark natural lip and you want to get the true color of your lipstick to show up on your lip. Another use I can see is if you have really full lips and you want to make them appear smaller for the cute innocent look.

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According to this product, it evens out redness in lips, creating a smooth and natural surface for long-lasting lipstick application. Does this product live up to its claims? Lets find out.

Pros:

1: the color really matched my skin and totally erased my lips.

2. I really appreciate how this lip concealer is in a chapstick tube instead of a pot like many other lip concealers on the market, because it makes it easier to apply to the lips.

3. If you blot this on your lips and then spread evenly by  dabbing with your finger, this product will not be drying. However, you wont get very great coverage using this method.

Cons:

1. Like the lip scrub, the packaging looks cheap. I love the cute picture of the girl, but I just don’t like how it’s just printed on a cheap sticker.

2. This product is very very drying if you apply it the way you would apply a lip product (directly gliding it over your lips generously) This method gives you the best coverage but emphasizes/creates dead skin on your lips (even if you use the lip scrub prior).

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Overall, I only recommend you buy this product if you do not have dry lips. I do not recommend you use this in the winter.

Finally I will review the lip perfume! This is the first product I bought from this line. I bought it in 2011 while I was in Korea for vacation. Even though the name may be confusing (what is a lip perfume??) this product is just a lip gloss. This product comes in 4 different flavors: Peach, Pink Grapefruit, Passionfruit and Green Apple.

I bought the one in Peach.

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Pros:

1. Amazing mouth watering peach smell, the same smell as the lip scrub (but no flavor).

2. Adorable packaging. There is no cheap sticker on this product, it came in a cute little box and the lip gloss is in a lip pot that is very high quality.

3. The lip gloss gives your lips a beautiful sheer tint and a lovely shine.

4. Very moisturizing and hydrating for my lips.

5. The product feels sticky on your fingers but I do not find this product sticky once it’s on my lips.

Cons:

1. Some people may find the packaging to be unhygienic since you have to put your finger in the pot in order to apply the product.

2. The lack of flavor may disappoint some people as the smell makes you so tempted to lick your lips but the flavorlessness is just disappointing.

Overall I recommend this product! I’m not sure if it’s still available in stores because like I said, I bought it in 2011. But for those who order their Korean makeup online, it’s still available.

Reviewing: It’s Skin Babyface Pore Powder

Hey guys and gals, I am officially welcoming you to my blog! This is my first ever review~ It seriously took me forever fiddling with the aesthetics of this blog, I’m still not 100% happy with it but it will do for now. Anyways, to kick things off I will do a haul and  review for some Korean makeup products that I have accumulated over the past month. The seller I bought these particular items from is quite generous with the samples which I appreciated. If your interested in buying from this seller you can see her website name on the business card in the photo below.

I made different 4 different orders from different sellers, so this is just the first batch that I will be hauling/reviewing for you.

I made different 4 different orders from different sellers, so this is just the first batch of products that I will be hauling/reviewing for you.

Before starting though, I want to tell you a sad story about my previous makeup collection. In summer 2012, I went to South Korea to study Korean for a summer program hosted by my University. Going to Korea, I used Air Canada and I was allowed to bring my checked suitcase and one other checked backpack that I strapped onto my suitcase, I was also allowed to have 1 carry on bag (backpack) and my purse. However, they changed the rules when it was time to comeback home. I checked my suitcase (which was COMPLETELY full, like I had to sit on it in order to close it) but this time, I was not allowed to check the backpack that I strapped onto my suitcase on the way to Korea unless I payed a fee (that I was unable to make at that time). SO I literally had to ditch that backpack in the Incheon Airport. That backpack had a lot of my clothes in it: skirts, shorts, dresses, shirts even a lot of the new clothes I purchased while in Korea. It also had ALL my skincare and makeup in it and there was no way I could transfer any of it into my carry on because of the liquid and gel rule (not to mention, my carry on bag was full to the point where the zipper broke) Anyways, one of the products alone in my makeup bag was over $40… I was so depressed. I’m sure there would have been a way to arrange for them to hold my bag and get one of my friends in Korea to pick it up and send it to me but I had no time to wait in line at the service desk because I would miss my flight and the people who I did manage to talk to were not at all helpful… so I ended up just ditching my backpack on a chair while no one was looking to make it seem like I just forgot it haha… it was so sad. So since then, I have been trying to slowly rebuild my makeup/skincare collection. Obviously, I had to repurchase my skincare right away because it’s something I NEED but as for makeup, I just made due with some drugstore products and some of the products I found around my house because it would cost WAAAY too much to buy everything again. However, the positive part of this story is that now I get to try new things as I slowly rebuild the basics of my makeup collection and I also get the opportunity to review them for you 🙂

First thing on my list is the babyface pore powder. Basically, I just wanted a loose translucent powder to set my foundation. There were many options in the magical land known as ebay – however, when I saw this one I knew I had to get it! (I am a SUCKER for cute packaging) You got to admit, this is the cutest little thing ever! And as an added bonus, this line is endorsed by the baby face king himself, Nichkhun ❤ ❤ (fangirl moment)

Note: this is not the same product that I am reviewing, but it’s from the same line

However – if I knew then what I know now, I would not have bought this little guy. Keep reading to find out why.

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The scratches on my hand are from my kitty, Honey Bun :3 hehe

First of all, I will tell you what I like about this product:

1. It is freakin cute! It has personality, I mean just look at that face :’)

2. The powder is really fine and soft and blends in well. It’s also colorless and does not make me look more pale than I am like some other “translucent” powders I have tried in the past.

Ok, now for the Cons:

1. I was really disappointed by the size of this product. It’s waaay to small! Like seriously for what your paying for, the size is very disappointing! You can see in my photo that I have placed a quarter next to him so you can get a sense of his size (yes I will refer to this inanimate object as ‘him’ – that’s because he has a face :’))

2. When I tap him to try and get the powder to come out of the little holes, nothing comes out so I literally have to smack him down and even then, barely any product comes out I think the only way is shake it like crazy and then you will probably have a mess on your hands.

3. Ok, so i’m not sure if he is to blame or if it’s my primers fault, but he really finds a way to settle into my fine lines on my face, lines I didn’t even know existed until I bought this product. (but again, may be my primers fault)

Overall, I do not recommend this product, unless you just love to collect makeup because he really is just a pretty face.

If you are looking for a good translucent powder to set your makeup, (especially if you have oily skin, or plan to visit Korea in the summer – because if you don’t have oily skin you will!) I would recommend the Etude House BB magic Pact. It comes in two shades No. 1 Light Beige and No. 2 Natural Beige. It really brightens your complexion and absorbs oil well – much like oil blotting sheets. As well, it transfers translucently to your face. It also smells great and the purple compact is so fancy, like a princess! I have already hit pan on mine. I recommend you use a makeup brush when applying though just so you don’t cake it on and get the perfect finish.