Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Korean Beauty Haul

It's been a long time since I got myself some Korean Beauty Products. I was kind of obsessed last year, I used to get myself little things every now and again, but then I just stopped all of a sudden. I've been keeping an eye out on new product launches and reviews on YouTube for the last while and finally decided to pick up a few things.

The first thing I picked up was the Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121. It's a foundation brush and one that I've been seeing a lot of around YouTube. I haven't tried it yet because I wanted to wait until I'd gotten all my stuff in the post so I could photograph them together and that's been so hard because this was the first thing to arrive (#bloggerproblems)! I can't wait to try this out and see how it compares to my Real Techniques sponge. I bought this brush on eBay for around €12 (you can find it here)

Also from eBay, I picked up the Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Pack. It's a mousse mask made using egg whites and is supposedly going to make your face "as smooth as the egg surface". Again, I haven't really used this yet, but I have smelt it and it smells amazing!

From beautynetkorea.com I picked up the Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist, the Etude House Beauty Shot Face Blur, the Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint in PK002, and the Etude House Color Lips Fit in PP501. I've tried the Cherry Lip tint before as a sample, and really loved the colour (it's the bright pink one) so I decided to finally get the fully size. The other tint I just kind of stumbled on while browsing the site and decided to get because I really loved the purple colour! I've heard that the Innisfree mist is really hydrating, and my skin has been kind of dry lately so I'm excited to give that a go. The Etude House Face Blur I've seen a lot of rave reviews about, and it was the main thing I wanted to get (this, and the face brush). 

I also got a load of free samples from beautynetkorea, all from TonyMoly. I'm really impressed with this site, they offer free shipping and the prices are really great too, with everything coming together for around $30. I got my package about a week after it shipped, but I find that's the case with almost everything I order from Korea.

The last thing I picked up was the PeriPera Peri's Tint Water in the shade Cherry Juice. I'm not going to lie, one of the reasons I bought this particular tint was the packaging, which is designed by Mari Kim. I really loved her art, and have been following her on Instagram for over a year now.

I got this tint from twofacemall, only because I had some credit on my account. To be honest, I was really unhappy with the service I got. They emailed me a few days after I placed my order to say that shipping to Ireland had become difficult and that they recommend I get a tracking number or else they would not be liable if my order went missing. Which is fair enough. The problem was that they never gave me the tracking number until today, even though the item arrived last week and had been shipped the week before. Not only that, but they haven't been great about responding to my emails either. I don't see myself using this site again any time soon.

That's it for my haul (and mini rant!). Let me know in the comments if there's anything that you really want to see a review on! I'll try my best to have a post on each, but if there's something you want a review on more than the others, give me a shout and I'll make it happen!

Monday, 13 July 2015

Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks - New Shades + Giveaway!

Wet n Wild has fast become one of my favourite brands since it launched in Ireland last year. Their products are great quality, and so affordable. My favourite product of theirs has always been the Megalast Lipsticks (anyone remember how I hunted down Sugar Plum Fairy?), so when they launched new shades, I knew I'd be heading into Pennys to pick up a few.

A few weeks later, I was sent some to review, but as it turns out there were only two shades in five I was sent that I did not already buy myself, so I will be holding a little giveaway and you can win five of these fabulous lipsticks!

Wet n Wild promises that these will last up to 4 hours, and the Megalast Lipsticks really do live up to this claim. I also don't find them drying at all, which is always a risk with matte lipsticks.

From Left to Right: Dollhouse Pink, Pinkerbell, Cherry Picking, Purty Persimmon

Dollhouse Pink: This was one of the two shades I didn't already own. In terms of the shade, I personally am not a huge fan of this one. I feel it really washes me out. This would look great on those with fair skin though! The formula is great, it applies nice and smooth, but it does show dryness if you have any dry patches on your lips.

Pinkerbell: The other shade I didn't already have. I'd heard ages ago that this was a dupe for Mac's Nicki Minaj lipstick, which is the main reason I stayed away. I have that one too, and can confirm it's a dead on dupe, the only difference is the finish (this is matte, Mac's is satin). Neither the Mac version nor this really suit my skin tone, which is really sad because it's such a beautiful colour! I do think it would suit other skin tones well though. This one doesn't have the nicest application, it's quite uneven and I find that when you try apply it in one area, it moves it from another, leaving empty patches.

Cherry Picking - This one is a really beautiful pinkish-red. Now, this is one of my favourites - the colour is stunning, suits my skin tone, the application is amazing, and it's completely opaque in one swipe. I absolutely love it!

Purty Persimmon - This is another favourite of mine! It applies beautifully, is super opaque in one swipe and best of all, it suits my skin tone! It reminds me a little bit of Mac's Morange, but a more redish version. Which is perfect for me because Morange was just too orange for me, making me look ill. Purty Persimmon gets the balance of red and orange perfect for me.

From Left to Right: Sand Storm, Mochalicious, Ravin' Raisin, Vamp It Up

Sand Storm - This one's a lovely brownish nude shade. Again, it applies really well, and I think this would be a great shade for Autumn. I've actually been wearing this one a lot recently.

Mochalicious - This one to me is a true 90's brown. I'm on the fence about the colour, some days I love it and then some days I think it's just too brown for me. Also, this one has a funny smell, kind of like oatmeal or porridge. I don't know it this is only true to my one, which I got in America a few months ago, or if the ones you get here also have that scent. Anyone get this lipstick here and notice this? Or is it just me?

Raivin' Raisin - A gorgeous dark purple, it reminds me of Sugar Plum Fairy in the tube but it's actually very different when applied. RR is straight up purple, while SPF has some pink tones in it. They're both stunning shades either way!

Vamp It Up - This is definitely not for the faint hearted! It's a very very dark purple, borderline black. It's a little bit uneven, but not nearly as much as Pinkerbell. Application can get a bit messy, so you do have to be very careful when putting this on. Vamp It Up is said to be a dupe for Mac's Cyber, so if you were thinking of getting that, you might want to try this one instead!

The Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks are available in Penneys and Dunnes Stores, for €2.99 each.

Now, onto the giveaway! The five shades you can win are Purty Persimmon, Sand Storm, Mocalicious, Ravin' Raisin and Vamp It Up. The giveaway is open until July 27th 2015 to those in Ireland and the UK only.

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Monday, 6 July 2015

June Favourites 2015

I feel like I say this almost every month, but it's already July? The summer is really flying by! I feel like we just finished exams, but the summer is almost half over already.

So today I've got my June Favourites to share with you. I don't have a lot of beauty favourites this month but I've a few more random favourites to mix things up a bit.

Let's start off with the beauty favs. Bioderma launched in Ireland back in May and they've started making their products available in more pharmacies in the last month. I got my hands on a little bottle in Hickey's in town, to see if it was worth the hype. I really love this micellar water, I think it's a tad bit better than the Garnier one, but I plan on doing a comparison of both soon just to see them in action side-by-side.

Mac Mocha blush is all that I've been wearing on my cheeks the past month. I've had this for a while now, and  used to use this a lot before I started expanding my blush collection in the last year or so and it got pushed to the bottom of the pile. The Max Factor creme puff blush in Alluring Rose was what I'd been obsessed with for the last few months, but all of a sudden I wanted to go back to a nice natural pink shade so I started reaching for this again.

It's been pretty hot this month so I've been making sure to use some sunscreen to protect my skin. The one I've been using is the Shingmulnara Ultra Light Sun Gel (SPF 30) that I got in a beauty box last year. It's really lightweight, has a nice scent and is really easy to work with.

Jurassic World was by far my favourite movie this month. I've always been a huge fan of the original film (and I even liked the second one too), and I read (and loved) the books last year too. When my friend told me they were making another one, I was ecstatic, but also worried it could end up a disaster like the third film (let's all forget that one exists, ok?).
Thankfully, I really enjoyed JW. I loved that the we could see the park fully operational, and the handful of references to the original film had me teary-eyed at times. I may have to go see this again soon...

Staying on the topic of Jurassic World, my sister got me the Nintendo 3DS Lego game for my birthday. I love the Lego games for Playstation, my cousins have a few and we always play those whenever we visit them. I'd never played one on a handhold console before, and thankfully I wasn't disappointed! You get to play through all four films, and there's nine levels for each. You even get to play as dinosaurs! It's just a really fun game overall, I loved it so much that I've already decided I'm getting the Avengers Age of Ultron one that's being released at the end of the year!

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have already seen these. My fashion favourites this month were my yellow satchel from River Island, which was on sale for €25, and my Disney Vans. I got the Ariel pair because, well, they're just amazing. What makes them even better is that they are so incredibly comfortable, the soles are so soft!

I never got around to finishing Season 4 of Game of Thrones last year, mostly because I'd already read the books up to there so I knew what was going to happen. When the last two episodes of Season 5 were going to air was when I started watching again. I still haven't finished the last book, and I'd heard they were moving away from the books too, so I decided to tune in again, because it was all going to be a surprise this season. And it was! Maybe not the first few episodes, but most of it was quite shocking and new to me, which made the show interesting again.

One thing I didn't enjoy though was how much more brutally violent the show is becoming. There were some deaths that were particularly horrific (both this season, and the death in S4 'The Mountain and the Viper'), and I didn't have the stomach to watch. I hope they tone things down a little in the next season.