15 January 2014

Korean Makeup Haul (Part 1: W2beauty and a tale about my eyebrows.)

This post is going to be fairly exciting to write, I'm buzzing in my seat. My cosmetics from Korea arrived today!!! I like getting things in the mail. I also like makeup. Put the two together and............. BAM!!! I overslept classes but their arrival was the best wake up call. I think the reason why I'm so excited is because I'm a sucker for packaging and everything is too darn cute! Jw always tells me that his mom offers to send me cosmetics from Korea, but I always feel too shy/bad to take on her offer... but I am filled with regret now. HOW did I not know how much joy Korean cosmetics could bring me? I am LOVEEEE with practically everything I've tried so far. I am never this excited with ELF and my Sephora purchases. Probably because their packaging is meh.

Okay, before I go on about my stuff I'm going to tell you about W2Beauty.com, the website I made my purchase from. It's based in Korea and it's run by a girl named Alice. Alice is the sweetest thing ever. I got a ton of samples from her, and when I first made my order, she sent me an email thanking me and also telling me that my package would probably be delayed because it was the holiday season (this was on 27th december) so it was going to be hard to get my items. I responded telling her it was alright, and if possible, could she send me more Banila Co samples? (Because Banila co is totally cute and my goal is to own everything by them.) And she was like yes, okay, but she said it in a very cute way. So on January 6th my order hadn't been shipped yet, so I sent her an email enquiring about my order, in case it had been forgotten. She replied and told me that it was because one item I ordered was out of stock everywhere, and that I could expect my order to be shipped out in ~2 days. Two hours later, I received an email telling me my order was shipped. It turns out she went out of the city center (i'm assuming out of Seoul, i dunno) to get that one little eyeliner pen from Etude House for me. YEAH. I felt soooo bad, and she even apologised some more and told me she would give me more samples (yay!) for the late delivery. Can you say WOW? And she delivered – she gave me my banila co samples along with other samples. She also put in one hard candy (haha) and a box of cotton pads, which was perfect because i ran out and was going to get some today. So yes, in short, she's awesome and i am a VERY happy camper. I feel like she deserves recognition (more customers?) for her efforts so buy from her: http://w2beauty.com :D :D ANDDDD WITHOUT FURTHER ADOOOOO

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^^^ SAMPLES
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^^^^ Banila Co Tea Party Foam Cleanser / Etude House Goodbye Porever Primer / Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner / The Face Shop Jeju Facial Mist
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^^ Tony Moly Crystal Light Gold Beam / Skin Food Vita Water Drop CC Cream / Holika Holika Face 2 Change Liquid Roller BB Cream
IMG_0432 ^^^ Etude House Lash Perm 3-Step Volumecara / Tony Moly Party Lover Colouring Browcara / Shara Shara Petit Friend Lip Crayon / Saemmul Lip Crayon
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^^^ Etude House Dear Girls Big Eye Maker / Cute Eye Maker / Blush Brush (haha) / Tony Moly Crystal Blusher / A'pieu Monoshadow
This is the first time I'm trying Korean cosmetics out but I'm already preeetty pleased with the results. I've tried Laneige's Water Bank range previously but that was when they were first brought into Singapore with only one counter, so
I never bothered going back it was inconvenient to get more. Jw just walked in to ask if I liked it. I said yes. He said "well obviously, its Korean." Eh. These are what I've tried so far: IMG_0442 I know it has only been a day (so perhaps the tea party cleanser and wonder pore freshner should be excluded from this first), but the results from what I've used have been P E R F E C T!!!! Maybe it's like, a placebo effect. Maybe it isn't. My most favourite out of the lot has to be the Tony Moly Browcara. I have my eyebrows embroidered but I always try filling them in, because it's fading off, and I have to go back to Singapore to get them touched up. I end up looking like an angry japanese cartoon after I fill them in, be it with powder or pencil. The reason why they're so dark is simple: they're basically tattooed, so going over them will make them darker!! It's very rare that I go out with perfect, not-so-dark-coloured eyebrows. And today I used the browcara and my eyebrows were PERFECT. The browcara made it thick and tinted so i didn't have to worry about filling them in! H A P P Y A S A L A R K The last time I went out with perfect eyebrows, I spent 30 minutes on them. It went like this:
  1. Fill in brows with Anastasia Brow Genius Kit (I have the shade in medium brown, the lighter shade btw).
  2. Realise it's too dark. Pat foundation over.
  3. Somehow, this method of lightening your eyebrows works for other girls, but not me. Brow powder has smudged. There is a gray ring around my eyebrows. Two caterpillars have control of my forehead.
  4. Wipe the gray areas away with a Q-tip. Pat more foundation over, so that eyebrows look light gray.
  5. Pencil them in with Maybelline Define-A-Brow.
  6. Eyebrows are dark, but look beautifully arched!!! Try to keep the shape. Pat BB cream over.
  7. Eyebrows look patchy.
  8. Sigh. Think of 3498576 ways to salvage my brows and look decent for Classics class, because I have no idea why it's important. Maybe because it's a small-sized class so I think that great brows will get me noticed and I will somehow end up with 20/20 for participation.
  9. Use eyeshadow (Benefit's Big Beautiful Eyes liner shadow) to draw my brows on. They are perfect. Go for class. Jw sees them and says "today your eyebrows look nice".
That story is very true. It happened two days ago. Wow, I think that is enough word vomit for one night. In short: W2Beauty = good. Korean makeup = good. Nice eyebrows = good. I'll put Part 2 of my haul up (more babbling about products and how they ~*change my life*~) when everything has been tried and tested. See you!

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