TRAVEL & BEAUTY

Monday, September 18, 2017

Pony Effect Metallic Matte Lip Swatches ⎮Memebox

Good morning! Today I want to share some fun swatches with you all, and these are the metallic matte lip colors from MEMEBOX Pony Effect collection. This collection has been around since July 2017, so it is not exactly new but it is still a beautiful and fun collection :) I was kindly gifted these by Memebox, so if you are interested to trying these for yourselves you can click here (FYI not affiliate link)
So there are altogether 8 fun shades in the collection, and the one thing that surprised me was that despite the bold, loud colors, some of the shades appeared quite wearable after swatching them on my lips! You can build up on the color for a bolder look.

So let's kick everything off with the first color! This one is the lightest out of the bunch and it's called "Gold Digger", which is a pretty milky metallic peach shade that I personally thought was quite wearable.
Next up is "Unicorn" and this is a bright pop of pink with a tinge of salmon undertones to it. This color looks to be more of a shimmery shade than a proper metallic compared to the first one. Nevertheless it is a very pretty color.
The third shade is "Lovesick" and this is a nice sultry burnt garnet sort of shade that is very fitting for fall. I do like that it has a slight hint of copper to it. Very unique and pretty.
Next is "Bae" which is probably one of my favorites! It is a beautiful pop of iridescent red that gives a hint of fuchsia whenever the light hits it. A great accent color for any makeup look.
 "Surreal" is a fun deep purple grape sort of shade with a beautiful blue metallic sheen. This is another gorgeous and unique color for when you want to go all out.
"Possessed" is the shade that I was least expectant about, but once swatched I actually ended up liking it. It gives me that brick brown 90's lips vibe which is so cool.
"Cold Blooded" is this striking cobalt blue color with flecks of iridescent silver to it. So pretty and very mesmerizing! The pigmentation is so rich after 2 coats.
Last but not least is "Witchcraft" which is more of a granite grey color with pretty silver flecks. It looked black at first but in the light it gives a cool granite color.
So there you go! Which of these 8 fun shades would you try? I personally love "Bae" "Possessed" and "Surreal" lol..I couldn't decide between them! Thank you for reading until the end and don't forget to check out my video! See you in the next post.

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GIVEAWAY! COSRX Clear Fit Blemish Cushion REVIEW + Longevity Test⎮Does it LAS...

Today I will be reviewing the new COSRX Clear Fit Blemish Cushion that has been the talk of the town of late! I was kindly sent this for review by COSRX themselves as part of the HUGE gift bag we all got from the first Seoul Blogger Brunch, and since my haul video I had many people asking me for a more thorough review.

True to most k-beauty brands, this cushion comes in only two shades. Number 21 & 23. Today I will be focussing my review on the #23 (Natural Beige) and I am also hosting a giveaway on it! If you are interested to enter, please click here.

This cushion contains SPF 47 PA++  and contains 21% Centella Asiatica leaf water & extracts, which is essentially a crucial ingredient in this cushion. It's a type of water plant or herb that has anti aging properties, as it improves the synthesis of collagen and skin tissues. It can also boost antioxidant activities and so is ideal for people with acne prone and sensitive skin.

The one main thing that impressed me about this cushion is its coverage and finish. I really love the fact that a little really does go a long way, the only thing I don't love so much is of course the actual shade itself. I find it to be a little bit too late for my darker south east asian skin tone! Still I tried to make it work by applying a little bit of the product at a time without pressing too hard on my skin with the pad.
So as you can see on the left side of my face the shade appears to be a tad bit lighter compared to the right side of my face. However, once you blend it out properly and apply blush and bronzer the finish looks better and the color will look more blended in. This was me at 10:00 am, about to head out of the door! Don't forget to check out my full video for the longevity test from morning to night!

MY VERDICT

Longevity: 8/10
Towards the end of the day, my skin did start peeking through the cushion due to the humidity throughout the day. For some people, this may look too dewy and thinned out but because I have dry skin I personally don't mind. You can top up with loose powder or touch up throughout the day if you wish. I just decided not to for the purpose of the review.

Shade: 7/10
Although the shade was still light, it is still workable but I would have loved it if they came out with more shades to fit all undertones! This one was very yellow and "ashy" for my skin so it would be great if COSRX could come out with more to fit all skin tones!

Finish: 9/10
Probably one of my favorite finishes! It's not too matte or dewy but a perfect satin finish, suitable for both oily and dry skin textures. Very workable and build-able.

Value: 9/10
It currently retails for $24 on Stylekorean, which I think is a pretty decent price range for COSRX. Interested in trying it out for yourself? Click here.


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Thursday, September 7, 2017

KOREA DIARY Ep. 15: Seoul Blogger Brunch 2017 ⎮When K-beauty Bloggers meet!

Today I want to share my wonderful experience at my first (but definitely not last!) Seoul Blogger Brunch which was held on 26th August 2017 at "Hearth Seoul", a cute & cosy cafe around the Gangnam district. I was kindly invited by Star Lenges of 87pages blog who was also the host of this great event. I gained so many great insights into the booming world of K-beauty and skincare and met so many inspirational ladies and gents who shared the same mutual love for skincare and K-beauty! Also there were so many great brands there to present the up and coming new products and K-beauty trends, it was really a cool first hand experience!

Many of the ladies I met were either bloggers/vloggers/instagrammers or youtubers, or like myself all of them lol. It was really interesting to hear other people's perspective on their definition of K-beauty and the products they are currently engaged in now. I had the pleasure of also meeting Lisa, the owner of "Be Mused Korea" that was recently launched! She is also a Youtuber and blogger which made me admire her even more. It is also my dream that one day I could have my own line of skincare also ^_^ (still dreaming and saving up money!)
Lisa "Be Mused Korea"
The event kickstarted off with a friendly cheer of wine and chatter before being escorted out for a quick group photo outside. I must say the wine definitely helped as the ice breaker! Many of the ladies knew each other before or have met through other events, but I- being a complete newbie to the seoul blogger scene needed a bit of time before I could ease myself into the crowd. Nevertheless, I enjoyed myself immensely with these lovely ladies!
Group Pic with Bloggers & Brands!
Top Left/Right: Lala/Yo Home Girl
Bottom Left/Right: 7seasonsstyle & 87pages/ Sumomosuki
Top Left/Right: The Soul of Seoul Blog/ Oh My Gloss Blog & Beauty Bemused
Bottom Left/ Right: Luna from "Tiam"/ Suha from "Troiareuke"


Towards the end of the event we were literally LOADED with goodie bags from all brands! and when I say loaded..I mean LOADED! All the brands were so generous and gave us so many products to try. I am really grateful! I have a super long haul for you all to check out if you are interested to see what goodies I got from the event! So don't forget to check it out :) 

PHOTO CREDIT: Soo Choi  
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