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    Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar

    Peach shades have been long time favourites of many when it comes to makeup, especially lipstick and blush. More recently, thanks to the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, it’s started a whole peach eyeshadow craze. I’m not complaining though, because I am one of those people in the craze, haha. Since the peach eyeshadow craze is pretty new, there aren’t many palettes out there similar to the TF Sweet Peach. So naturally when I came across this Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar Palette, the question “Could it be?! Could this palette finally dupe the Sweet Peach palette?” came immediately to mind.

    Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar Palette

    In the Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar palette, it looks like many shades are similar to the Sweet Peach. However, after swatching both palettes side by side, it’s clear that the answer is still no, it’s not a dupe. At all. Only two shades are similar enough to be dupes, which are the shades Bellini and Tempting from the Too Faced palette. Even though it’s not a dupe for the Too Faced Sweet Peach, it is still a very gorgeous peach palette. There is a good variety of light to dark shades, and a good mix of mattes and shimmers (also one glittery!). There is a shimmery light gold shade, called Bubble Bath (most right) that is a beautiful highlight shade, and Raw Cacao (most left) is amazing to smoke out any eye look.

    Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar Palette

    Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar Palette

    Picture from Etude House Official Website.

    Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar Palette

    Picture from Etude House’s Official Website.

    Even though I’ve heard amazing things about this palette, I was a little worried about the formula and pigmentation of these. I’ve tried some Etude House single shadows that were just …meh. However, I’m happy to report that the formula of these Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar palette eyeshadows are pretty good. They’re very soft and buttery, and the pigmentation depends on the shade, but overall is pretty good. The only shades where the pigmentation are a miss for me, are Raw Cacao and Soft Peach.

    Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar Palette

    These eyeshadows are very easy to pack on for full-on colour, with a brush or your fingers. They also blend seamlessly into each other. However, these don’t last very long on their own on my oily eyelids, but that’s pretty normal. With an eyeshadow primer underneath, these can last the entire day.

    Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar Palette

    How much you get: 1g (0.03oz) each x 10 shadows

    Retail Price: $26.40

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    Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar Palette

    Overall, it’s a pretty good palette. Would I run to the store (or their website lol) to get it right away? Probably not. The palette has a good mix of peach shades that are pretty unique and not easily dupable, but they’re honestly not something I would wear every day. But of course, that’s just me! If peach is your thing, and you’re sick of using the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette all the time, this is for you!

    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

    *PR Sample. This was sent to me by Jolse for review purposes. This does not affect my review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. You can read my full disclosure here.
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    Peripera Fashion People’s Box INK Lip Pencil

    Ok yes, I admit, I’m kind of in the middle of a crazy K-beauty obsession right now. I’m not so much into the makeup styles they have… I mean, creating puffiness under my eyes with makeup on my already existing dark circles? No thanks. They look amazing on some people, but definitely not on this gal right here! Anyway, my point is, lol, that Korean beauty products aren’t just for creating Korean beauty looks. They’re amazing to incorporate into your daily makeup routine as well. One product that Korean beauty is known for (and for good reason) is their super long-lasting lip products. When you speak of Korean beauty lip products, one brand always comes up – Peripera! Today I’ll be reviewing the Peripera Fashion People’s Box INK Lip Pencil (phew what a mouthful!) to see if they live up to their name!

    The Peripera Fashion People’s Box INK Lip Pencil is a limited edition set, and you can’t buy the lip pencils separately. The set comes housed in a metal box with a graffiti design which can be used to hold all your lip pencils, after removing the plastic of course! There are 8 mini lip pencils in here which has 0.3g of product each. This retails anywhere between $25 to $30, but Jolse has it for a discounted price of $21 (which is less than $3 each). In the set, there is a great colour range, from nudes to pinks, to reds and there’s even a purple.

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    Jolse ($21)

    These pencils twist-up so you don’t have to worry about sharpening them. Since they are pencils, you can be very precise with your application. Lip pencils have a reputation for being drying and drag on the lips when you’re applying it, but I’m happy to report that these are very creamy and glide on easily! They don’t cling onto dry lips or accentuate the lines on the lips.

    I’m just going to come right out and say it – YES! A 100% YES – these definitely live up to the Peripera name! They are super pigmented, very creamy and long lasting. When you first apply it to the lips, it gives a somewhat glossy finish that’s kind of meh because I’m not really a glossy lip kind of gal. However, it does start to wear off after an hour and leave your lips with a GORGEOUS stain. That’s where the magic happens! These easily last through drinks and meals, and yes, makeout seshs too (you’re welcome ;)). I find that I only need to reapply if it’s been a LONG 10 hour day. Even then, these are so small and easy to carry in the purse.

    Umm before we get into the swatches, yes I have bed hair. It was a Sunday morning when I took these pictures. And yes, that is a pajama top, hehe. Okay, on to the swatches!

    #1 Beige – This is my least favourite shade out of all 8. I’m not a fan of super light nudes, and this one is very, very light! It’s a beige nude shade that is the same shade as my light-medium skin tone, only slightly pinker. If you’re fair or pale, this would look really pretty though! The best thing about this colour is that even though it’s so light, it doesn’t look patchy on the lips. It’s still opaque and creamy. However, since this is such a light colour, it doesn’t stain the lips at all. Because of this, it only wears for an hour or two before having to be reapplied.

    #2 Yellow Orange – My bad! This shade is actually called Yellow Orange, not Yellow Beige. It’s a gorgeous wearable orange shade that has just the right amount of pink in it. This has rekindled my love for orange lipsticks! I used to wear them every day. I honestly don’t know why I ever stopped!

    #3 Grapefruit – This is one of my favourite shades! It’s the perfect in between red and pink shade that complements my skin tone so well. It makes my overall complexion look healthy and fresh and awake. I’ve been wearing this shade when I have to get out the door at 8am for 9am classes because I look like a zombie otherwise. It’s fun and bright, but not too bold, which I like!

    #4 Pink – This is a very girly and feminine pink shade. It’s a neutral pink with just a liiiiittle bit of blue undertones. I don’t usually wear pink shades like this, but this one is really pretty! I’m passing this one on to my cousin who lives in pink lipsticks.

    #5 Red – This is a red that has some pink in it. Geez, I suck at describing colours, don’t I? Anyway, I was hoping this would be like a true, crimson red so I was a little let down. I find that this is even more pink than Grapefruit, which is weird, considering it’s called Red. It is still a really pretty colour, though.

    #6 Fuchsia Red – This one is a bright, bold hot fuchsia pink shade. Fun fact – I can never remember how to spell fuchsia. I’ve always spelled it as fuschia, just because it seems to sound that way haha. Back to the topic at hand, this is a gorgeous summer shade! Fuchsia is not a colour I would typically wear, but this actually complements my skin tone quite well!

    #7 Rose – This is my everyday go-to shade. I’ve been wearing this every single day, only swapping it out for Grapefruit sometimes. It’s the perfect MLBB shade for me that isn’t too muted, but isn’t too bold either. This leaves a really pretty natural stain on my lips that looks like I naturally have gorgeously coloured lips (nobody has to know ;)).

    #8 Violet – It’s violet, like the name suggests! I have yellow undertones, and colours like this is a little too contrast-y on me. I’m giving this one to my sister, who is much fairer, with more neutral undertones. The stain that this shade leaves is a bright pink shade.

    Overall, these are a must have in my opinion! If you love long-lasting lip shades, but you’re oh so over all the drying liquid lipsticks and lip tints, check out the Peripera Fashion People’s Box INK Lip Pencil. They’re super creamy, goes on smoothly and doesn’t cling to dry lips, they’re pigmented, and they come in 8 completely different shades. For less than $3 each, you cannot go wrong with these!

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    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

    *PR Samples. In collaboration with Jolse, I picked these ones to review for you guys because they looked interesting! All opinions and thoughts are 100% honest and my own. I would never recommend anything to you that I wouldn’t recommend to my family and friends (because you guys are literally my beauty family)! You can read my full disclosure here.
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    TONYMOLY Cheektone Powder Blushes

    If you spend way too much time scrolling through Pinterest, ooh-ing and ahh-ing at clean room decor and fashion pieces (guilty!), secretly wishing your makeup products have the same minimalistic vibe, TONYMOLY has got you covered! Even if you don’t obsessively scroll through Pinterest (wait.. why not?), but you like things that are aesthetically-pleasing (and you’re a crazy obsessed makeup hoarder (HI FRIEND!)), you’re still going to be obsessed with these. TONYMOLY has a whole range of Pinterest-worthy makeup products, and today I’ll be reviewing one of those – the TONYMOLY Cheektone Powder Blushes!

    TONYMOLY Cheektone Powder Blushes

    Right?! Was I exaggerating about how beautiful the packaging of these are? Probably. But you have to admit, they’re gorgeous, in like a simple, minimalistic sort of way. The packaging of this entire range of makeup products are inspired by paint swatches (Google TONYMOLY Liptones, those are beautiful as well). Sadly, the names of the shades aren’t as pretty as the packaging, though. There is a total of 7 shades to choose from. I picked out P02 Floria Pink, P03 Wink Coral, and P05 Deep Kiss Lover (this name irks me more than I’d like to admit). If you’re more into cream blushes, they have 4 of those to choose from as well.

    TONYMOLY Cheektone Powder Blushes

    These retail for slightly more than $7 a piece, but Jolse has them for a discounted price of $5.61 a pop. There is 4.2g of product, which is quite a lot of product. As a reference, MAC Blushes (with the huge pans and huge price tags!) are 6g each, so these TONYMOLY Cheektone Powder Blushes have around two-thirds of the amount that MAC Blushes have. They’re less than a quarter of the price of a MAC blush, though. So much math. These TONYMOLY Cheektone Powder Blushes (as with all TONYMOLY products) are made in Korea.

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    Jolse

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    TONYMOLY Cheektone Powder Blushes - P02 Floria Pink TONYMOLY Cheektone Powder Blushes - P03 Wink Coral TONYMOLY Cheektone Powder Blushes - P05 Deep Kiss Lover

    P02 Floria Pink is a light, cool-toned, baby pink shade that has no shimmer or glitter. I’m in love with this shade because with my warmer undertones, sometimes my face can look a little too warm. Adding a pop of this helps to brighten up my complexion, making me look fresh and awake. P03 Wink Coral is a light peachy shade that has no shimmer or glitter. This, for me, is the perfect MNFBB (My Natural Flush, But Better! nobody says that.) shade. Lastly, P05 Deep Kiss Lover is a burnt coral shade with a slight golden sheen. All these shades do not have glitter in them, the shimmer you see on my cheeks is from my Becca Rose Quartz Highlighter, which now that I think about it, I shouldn’t have put on. Oops!

    These are marketed as “long-lasting, fine powder blushes that go on smoothly as if adding a translucent layer of colour on top of the skin”. The texture of these blushes feels slightly different, depending on the shades. P02 Floria Pink and P03 Wink Coral have an amazingly soft and velvety finish. They give that “translucent layer of colour”  they promise and look very natural on the skin. These have just the right amount of pigment so you don’t have to be afraid of getting clown cheeks. They apply to the skin evenly and doesn’t look patchy or cling on any dry parts. P05 Deep Kiss Lover, however, clings on a little bit to dry skin. I have combination skin so the skin on my cheeks is slightly dry. Not only that, the golden sheen actually causes it to highlight the tiny bumps I have on my cheeks.

    The longevity of these blushes is incredible. Blush is something that I always put on in the morning and by noon, it’s nowhere to be found. However, these are the only blushes that stay put throughout the entire day.

    TONYMOLY Cheektone Powder Blushes

    Overall, these TONYMOLY Cheektone Powder Blushes are amazing! They put so much thought into this entire range – the packaging is gorgeous, the colour selection is good, and the formulas of these (well, except P05) are impeccable. They are buttery soft, have just the right amount of pigment and last all day (even on my combination skin!). To top off all the amazing qualities, these are so affordable too. If you want to get these, I highly recommend getting either P02 Floria Pink or P03 Wink Coral (or both!), as they are very universally flattering. I’m in love with these blushes and I’m thinking of getting the other 4 shades, and of course, trying out the cream ones!

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    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

    *In collaboration with Jolse, I picked out this product to review and was sent it free of charge. This does not affect my review. All my opinions are 100% honest and my own. You can read my full disclosure here.
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    Sheep Oil Cream For Your Face?

    TGITFW (TG it’s the freaking weekend) guys! I started a new semester at uni two weeks ago. It’s only week 2, and things are starting to pile up! The 3-month break threw me off my uni game (more than) a little, guys. Help. Anyway, today I’m reviewing a product from my February BNT Box (long due, sorry!) and it is the Kicho Sheep Oil Cream (“wait.. what?!” I know, that was my initial reaction too!). I’ve never heard of a sheep oil cream before I received this. I mean, I’ve heard of horse oil creams before because they’re a big hit in Korean beauty. But a sheep oil cream? Then I went to Perth, Australia and I see that they’re all over the place! It’s called lanolin cream in Australia, though.

    Kicho Sheep Oil Cream

    Kicho is a Korean beauty brand that prides themselves on creating products that satisfy these points – Basic, Harmony, Needs, Pure and Honest. Their products are simple and not overly complicated, they work in unity with your skin, they give your skin what it needs, their products are made of natural ingredients, and most importantly, they always deliver what they promise.

    I love the packaging of this Kicho Sheep Oil Cream! The product comes in a glass jar and a metal lid which looks very luxurious. And have you seen that outer packaging?? It’s a sturdy box that has floral patterns all over it, and it should also have a holographic Kicho sticker on the side of the box (which I forgot to photograph) to show its authenticity. There is 60ml of product in this, and it retails for $58. Pretty pricey, right?

    Kicho Sheep Oil Cream

    The main ingredient of this Kicho Sheep Oil Cream is, of course, lanolin! Lanolin is a fatty substance found naturally in sheep’s wool. Lanolin is widely used in beauty products because it is the closest oil to our skin’s natural sebum. The extraction of lanolin does NOT harm the sheep – I would never try it otherwise! Lanolin is an effective ingredient in hydrating and soothing the skin. Apart from the lanolin, this Kicho Sheep Oil Cream also boasts an 8-berry complex that’s full of vitamin C which is an effective antioxidant to brighten, firm and moisturise the skin.

    Kicho markets this Sheep Oil Cream as suitable for all skin types, but I had my concerns. Since I have oily skin, I was a little worried that this oil might be too rich for my skin, and cause my skin to break out.

    Kicho Sheep Oil Cream

    The cream itself is a pale yellow colour and has a faint citrus scent. The citrusy scent is actually very refreshing and smells really nice (well, if you’re a fan of citrus scents, that is). It’s not overpowering and it doesn’t linger on the skin so even if you’re not a huge citrus fan, it probably won’t bother you. The texture of this is a lightweight cream and it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. However, it does feel slightly greasy to the touch after applying it. Because of this, I would only use this cream during the night time.

    So back to the question in mind – does this really work on oily skin? Well, my friends, the answer is both yes and no. No, because it’s too oily to use in the morning. Any makeup that you put on top of this will just slide right off! I use a different moisturiser with SPF in the morning anyway so this doesn’t bother me. But yes, because it doesn’t break me out and it actually does what it says. I put this on as my night time moisturiser and wake up with smooth, hydrated, and bright skin. I don’t really have any problems with ageing skin yet, because I’m only in my early 20s, so I haven’t noticed anything on the anti-aging side of things.

    This Kicho Sheep Oil Cream would be an amazing product if you have dry skin. Dry skin is usually caused by the lack of sebum in our skin. Because lanolin is so close to our natural skin sebum, it will help to hydrate the skin. When your skin is moisturised, it will get rid of the dry flakes that cause rough skin, leaving you with baby smooth skin. I have combination skin (mostly oily, though) and some dry patches on my lower jaw area and this product has really helped get rid of those.

    If you have combination or oily skin that is in need of a little brightening, smoothing and some hydration, this would be a good product to check out. If you don’t mind having a separate day time moisturiser, that is. At $58, this is a little pricey, but I don’t mind splurging occasionally on a good skincare product.

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    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

    *This product was sent to me in my February BNTGirls box. BNTGirls is a group of bloggers and we’re sent a box of Korean beauty products to try out each month. This does not affect my review and all opinions are 100% honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here.
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    Beauty Tips Korean Celebrities Swear By

    Annyeonghaseyo! Today we’re talking Beauty Tips Korean Celebrities Swear By! I’m sure you’ve noticed their gorgeous, glowy skin, and how some of them are 42 and yet look 24! You might have heard that Asian genes are responsible for women looking younger than they really are and, umm, I’m Asian and I’d like to be blessed with that please! But in all seriousness though, Koreans take their skincare very seriously, y’all. If you’ve ever Googled it, you’ll know what I mean! You’ll find 10-step skincare routines, 15 minute cleansing routines, and 5 serums-at-a-time routines.. and that’s just the more common ones! Relax, we’re not gonna go into anything crazy like that today, haha. Yes, we’re still gonna talk about the beauty tips Korean celebrities swear by, but only the ones we can actually do 😉

    Double-Cleansing

    This doesn’t only apply to Korean celebrities, but every. single. Asian girl swears by double-cleansing. You know how after you wash your face and there’s still foundation on the cotton pad after you apply your toner? Yep. Double-cleansing is essentially just washing your face twice. First with a cleansing water or oil to remove makeup and dirt, and then with a foaming cleanser to remove oil, dirt and bacteria. I started double-cleansing a few years ago, and it has changed the way my skin looks so much. Everyone and their mothers (literally!) should start double-cleansing because it helps remove all the dirt on the skin, so you don’t get clogged pores which result in acne.

    My favourite cleansing water right now is a tie between the Bioderma Sensibio H2O Water and the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water (which is half the price of the Bioderma!). If you prefer a cleansing oil, I’d highly recommend the Banila Co Clean It Zero Sherbet Cleanser which takes off even the most waterproof makeup. They are all (very!) gentle cleansers that are effective at removing makeup. The foaming cleanser that I’m currently using (and loving!) is the Paula’s Choice RESIST Perfectly Balanced Cleanser (full review here).

    Beauty Tips Korean Celebrities Swear By

    3-Second Rule

    Now I won’t lie.. this one is pretty near to crossing the crazy line! I personally haven’t tried this, but Ha Ji-Won swears by this tip, so it must be pretty darn good right? I mean, she looks nowhere near 38! The 3-Second Rule is basically never letting your skin go product-less for more than 3 seconds. Meaning you have to get product on your face within 3 seconds after cleansing your face. The reason for this is to never let your skin get dehydrated. Yes, sounds crazy and it must be impossible to get your toner on in 3 seconds right? Ha Ji-Won suggests keeping a hydrating beauty mist in your shower (or where ever you wash your face). This is her secret to keeping her skin hydrated, elastic, and looking young.

    My favourite hydrating beauty mists of the moment are the Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray and the Cosrx Centella Water Alcohol-free Toner. If you want to try a cool, semi-DIY beauty mist, check out the First Cosmetics Mulbit Vitamin Sparkling Mist (review here). If you’re not much of a beauty mist gal, Ha Ji-Won has her own beauty product, the J.One Jelly Pack, which she applies straight after cleansing her face (within 3 seconds to be exact!). It’s a multitasking product – a primer and moisturiser in one, with hydrating and intense firming properties.

    The ‘Tok Tok’ Technique

    The ‘tok tok’ technique is a much cuter way of saying ‘patting your skincare in’. This is one of the best beauty tips Korean celebrities swear by – patting in your skincare instead of sweeping/rubbing it in. The ‘tok tok’ gets its name from the sound it makes when you (gently!) pat your skin – try it haha! Patting your skincare into your skin enhances absorption of the product. This technique works especially well for serums, beauty oils, essences, and even moisturiser.

    Never Skip Sunscreen. Ever.

    Korean celebrities never skip sunscreen. Ever. Ever, ever, ever. This is definitely something I’m guilty of, but I’ve been doing better! I haven’t skipped sunscreen in two months now. It takes one extra step, but protects your skin from premature aging, pigmentation and skin cancer.

    I’ve been loving the Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid for Face. It’s super lightweight and doesn’t feel greasy on the skin. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel tacky.

    Patience is a Virtue

    I had the pleasure of meeting model and actress Lee Sung Kyung during a Laneige event last year. She let us in on her super simple secret that creates flawless makeup application that lasts all day. If you find your foundation sliding off your face within an hour of applying it, you need to try this! After patting in your moisturiser and sunscreen, give it a couple of minutes to absorb. With your fingers, gently press into your skin. If it still feels damp and tacky, the product hasn’t fully absorbed yet. Wait until the product is fully absorbed before applying your foundation!

    Sleeping Mask Please!

    Sleeping masks are one of the most important steps in a Korean skincare routine, even in supermodel and actress Song Hye-Kyo‘s routine. Sleeping masks work their magic while you sleep at night, leaving you with smooth, hydrated skin when you wake up. A good sleeping mask applied at night can replace your primer the next morning!

    The sleeping masks that I personally swear by are (get ready… it’s gonna be a long list!) the Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Mask. This is amazing if your skin is feeling particularly dry that day. Put it on, and you’ll wake up to baby smooth skin! I also love the Etude House Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack for intense hydration. These two are amazing at hydrating and smoothing the skin, but are definitely thick and tacky. If you like something more lightweight, you can also check out the L’Oreal Hydrafresh Genius Water-Bursting Mask!

    Those are some of the best beauty tips Korean celebrities swear by! If you want to get radiant, youthful-looking skin, try out these simple (except one that’s pretty crazy. yes, i’m looking at you, 3 second rule) tips. Also, beautiful skin doesn’t just start and end with what you put on the outside, it also depends majorly on what you put inside (sounded less wrong in my head)! So drink more water and eat your veggies, kids! hehe.

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    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

     

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