First Look w Chosungah22

*Products in this post were purchased with my own funds. This is in no way a sponsored post*

Happy New Year!


Chosungah22 [Korean Website] [English Website]

I always browse Gmarket. I love going out to the stores to shop, as you get more freebies…but…it is really hectic inside. There are times that out of sheer frustrations, I have left the store empty handed. This is why Gmarket has been useful for me.

Not to mention, they have some awesome deals going on.

This was one of my purchases. One of my last for 2015.

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Bounce Up Pact Master/바운스 업 팩트 마스터 in Shade #1 (2 Compacts + 2 Refills)
My Favorite Kit/마이 페이보릿 키트 in #3
Ink Jet Lip Tatt/잉크 젯 립 탓 in Red
Compact Mirror
I paid about 34,000w, which is roughly $40Cdn.

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Bounce Up Pact Master/바운스 업 팩트 마스터 in Shade #1
The compact is actually interesting. It is squishy. Yup, I can press my finger into it, and it leaves a dent. That being said, it does feel nice. It is more powdery than I am used to, so I do need to make sure I actually moisturize well. In any case, sturdy case, good puff.

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My Favorite Kit/마이 페이보릿 키트 in #3
My only issue with this, was that it had a perfume scent, and there was this plastic black piece on the cream. I’d assume that it dislodged itself in transit, and settled on the pretty colour T___T.
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The dark pink cream blush in the lower right side, is far more accurate in this picture than the ones above.

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Ink Jet Lip Tatt/잉크 젯 립 탓 in Red
The felt tip is firm, and I like the colour. It actually comes in 3 colours: red, orange, and pink. It was a blind purchase, so they sent me red. I don’t think it is really my red, but I’ll play around with it and see.

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Compact Mirror
I actually really like this mirror. I wouldn’t pay the full price for it, but definitely made my purchase better.

Final thoughts?
I probably wouldn’t spend the retail price to buy the compact. I think that with that price, I could get my go to’s instead. But, this price did allow me to see what the hype was about for some of the products. The price let me try some things out without burning a hole in my wallet.

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First Look w Chosungah22

Bringing back stuff from home…

I was back in Toronto about a month ago.

The day I was worried about (due to nightmares of me slipping while walking down…which I kind of did. the heels slipped a bit…) finally came. I got to stand by my friend AY as she married the love of her life, HS.

It was a good day.

But, boy, was it one hell of a week. I was severely jetlagged, and didn’t end up packing up properly for my trip back home to Korea.

I ended up forgetting a lot of stuff -____-

But I did manage to bring a few things back with me xD

Bringing back home...

Bringing back home...
I miss Pantene. I’m using Korea stuff here, but I missed Pantene a lot. My hair dresser might hate me for saying that, but **blows a raspberry**. I also brought back the last Batiste I had at home, as well as the Herbal Essences dry shampoo that I shipped to my place from Walmart. I brought back travel size shampoo for my times at the Jimjilbang.

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I had accidentally dropped the bronzer I had when I came to Korea. I had put it back together, but it just wasn’t the same. So, seeing as I was back home, and picked up like 10 for cheap at the Lisa Cosmetic Warehouse sale before, I brought one back with me. The Marcelle is a necessity. There is some good stuff here, but it is always nice to have a bit of home with you.

What would you want to bring, or miss from home?

Bringing back stuff from home…

Last week on Instagram…

As the weeks wind down…it is time to reminisce.
Have to figure out what I want from this blog of mine.
Have to figure out what it is that I want for the next year.

In any case, there are things to ponder.

But, for now, let’s poke around in my Instagram :)

Let’s talk about this. Dalkgalbi. A dish from Chuncheon, which I don’t love, but don’t mind eating. This was insane though. So spicy, and that cheese in the middle. It killed me. Really. I am apparently lactose intolerant to Korean Cheese. But it was so freaking good. I want to go back. After eating this, my coworker and I went to watch Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2. Good times.

I told you that I cannot resist Daiso. I really can’t. The gel pens are 2 for $1, and so smooth. Love it.

Chicken Mania always gets me with the shrimp chicken.

One of the meals that I had last week. A very good, go to meal for me.

When I had a transfer in Haneda Tokyo airport, I bought some of the Sakura Matcha Kitkat bars to share with coworkers. I saved one for myself. But, dang. It was so odd to eat. It was good…but it is so hard to describe. I honestly couldn’t describe it.

It snowed last week. I was so excited. The problem is, that it didn’t last long lol.

Donkatsu lunchbox. I’ve been pretty tired, and well, working more then I normally do. Comes with the position. So, I honestly made a meal only 3 times the whole week. It was bad. But, necessary.

I’m wearing Stila Caprice. A lip thing I got at the Lisa’s Cosmetic Sale a few years back. I wanted to be more adventurous in Korea, so I brought it with me. I need to get a few more wears before tossing it.

Olive Young/올리브영 and Watson’s/왓슨스 was having their sale. Up to 50% off. I was browsing the Instagram hashtags, and couldn’t stay away. I got the Peripera/페리페라 Ink Tint Mini set for 17,000w (very roughly ~$18CAN), Kiss Me/키스미 Mascara for 10,000w (very roughly ~$11CAN), and got the Embryolisse/엠브리올리스 from Watson’s for 24,000w (very roughly ~$25CAN). I went back again…I’ll share that later… T_T

Last week on Instagram…

13th International Beauty Expo Korea

October 15-17, 2015 – @ COEX Hall C, #rd Floor in Seoul – WebsiteExhibitor/Floor Plan
Organized by Korea Cosmetic Industry Cooperative, and managed by SeoulMesse, I had the opportunity to attend the 13th International Beauty Expo Korea.

I had wanted to attend in 2010, but I had gotten sick the night before. I was super disappointed that I had missed out. So, I was thinking about it last week, and did a Google search…when I found out that it was next week (or rather started October 15th!) I applied for the Pre-registration, which meant that I could have the entrance fee waived. I mean, the entrance fee is nothing compared to what I have paid in the past for IMATS Toronto. 5000won/ ~$6CAN. ONLY that!

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The space was also quite large, with generous aisles.

There was this place, Unni’s Pouch (언니의파우치), which is a new beauty app. If you downloaded the app, you got a few tote bag (for the first, i think, 150), or a small makeup pouch if you weren’t part of the previous group. I got the small pouch, but I actually think its cute.

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Being one of the sponsors, Incoco Korea was there as well. I have seen the silver blue packaging back at home, but have never tried it for myself. I picked up a few…but I gave them to the teachers at my branch. Wasn’t to surprise them a little this week.

The designs were all 50% off, so it varied from about 4,000won – 6,000won. Not bad at all.

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International Beauty Expo Korea
International Beauty Expo Korea
It was nice to see a booth I actually knew. KONAD was all bright and happy. They were saying that it is easy to use the metal places for gel polishes as well. I need to try it out…

Also, they seem to have skincare as well!

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No Joke…I was intimidated by this booth -___- I don’t know why lol

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Scalp consultation. I kind of wanted to do this. I did, however, figure that I wouldn’t get a good reading. I’m annoyed by how my hair is going lately. I should look into Viviscal which Melody Iafelice has mentioned a few times on Instagram.

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Forestree
Lots of samples out for you to try out.

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This booth was pretty amazing! It was like an airbrush system, with a little vial of magic. They would let the air and serum massage the deep set wrinkles, and it would slowly soften them up…to the point where it wasn’t as visible!

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International Beauty Expo Korea
In terms of polish. I had actually wanted to check out Nfu-Oh…but they didn’t make an appaerance this year. Though they had last year. I was super sad about that. There wasn’t a lot of regular polish. A Lot of the salons in Korea specialize in the gels. As such, they were geared for all that heavy duty stuff instead.

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International Beauty Expo Korea
I had to get to work, so I had to leave earlier than I had expected. But it was an interesting experience for sure. Wish I had a Korean friend with me so that it would have been easier…I did see some translators, so I’m sure if you were working with a larger company you could use that service.

I honestly wish I could have taken more pictures, but for a lot of the booths, they were so hard to get to. A lot had events going on, where gaggles of women were standing to complete the mission. Other areas, I just had no idea what they did…

In any case, a good experience for sure :)

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Working with the Exfolikate

Disclaimer: Products in this post were purchases with my own funds. Reviews and experience are of my own, and I have not been compensated in any way.

Exfolikate

Ah…
I know. I shouldn’t be using scrubs. I’ve passed that age bracket now.

The problem is…ever since my days of St Ive’s, I have been a tad addicted.

I’ve actually reserved this for really important times…when I need that flakey skin dissolved quickly.

You apply very gently, and move it in circular motions. Let it sit for the required time (30 secs max), and get on your way.

Despite the warning, I don’t experience redness, and I can see that the edges of my recovering pimples have been removed a bit more. That means, when I apply my foundation, I won’t get the way too noticeable telltale signs lol

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I like that it has a foil seal.

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Looks a little odd, with its interesting colouring…ha
It is a little on the thick side, but on wet skin, it moves quite well.

The problem is that it is expensive. For the price, I can probably use something else. Luckily I have gotten it as part of sample kits that Sephora has offered once in awhile. Since I only use it in certain areas, the small tubes last me quite the while.

Working with the Exfolikate

CoverGirl ‘Notice Me Nudes’ Quad

Ooops. Have to revise that… I WAS a Beauty United Blogger. Since the move to Korea, it isn’t like I could still be :P

*Disclosure: I was a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my previous affiliation with this group I received products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own*

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own*

CoverGirl Notice Me Nudes Eyeshadow Quad

I got the new quad back at the end of 2014. I know…as per the usual, the reviews are churned out late. But, luckily you can still snag them! They are available at Well.ca for $10CAN. The stock picture on the Well.ca website is really…inaccurate. A quick Google search will show you better colours, if mine don’t satisfy you :)

So, I don’t have a lot of CoverGirl shadows in my collection.

Why?

Well, I guess I never had a lot of great experiences with them. I had a few with the old blue packaging, but they were always too dry and stiff to really work with. I think I ended up breaking on up to use in clear polish.

CoverGirl Notice Me Nudes Eyeshadow Quad

In any case, I wasn’t expecting much from this new Quad that CoverGirl released. But just looking through the cover, I wished that it would go well…

and lucky for me, it did.

First off, though you can use the sponge applicator it comes with (which isn’t crappy like built in applicators tend to be), I like using my finger tips. This might not be an option for you, if you have larger fingers, or long nails. I know I can only use my ring finger, as it is flesher than the others.

CoverGirl Notice Me Nudes Eyeshadow Quad
CoverGirl Notice Me Nudes Eyeshadow Quad

Now, what I like about this, is the shimmer. Oh dear goodness…THE SHIMMER! I actually used #1 as a highlighter for my cheeks for the holiday season. It gave enough of a shine, without being too crazy. I found it similar to some of the other liquid ones that I had. #2 is also a nice somewhat taupe-y shadow. Again with the shimmer, it gives a nice all over colour for the lazy days. Depending on your brow colour, you might get away using #3 for the brows (I used to use Annabelle’s So Foxy, and eyeshadow, for my brows). #4 gave me the most trouble, as it was falling out all over the place. So using a bonder, and a primer, is a necessity for this one. You might want to use tape to pick up any strays as well.

If you aren’t a fan of shimmer, you may want to skip out on this one. But if you do like it…it is really something you want to check out. You can use the sponge applicator it comes with (which isn’t the usual flimsy sponge applicator we get from drug store products). I actually just like to use my finger pads, as I get to rub the rest of the shimmer wherever I want…Yes…I’m weird.

CoverGirl ‘Notice Me Nudes’ Quad

Gimmicky or Innovative?

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own*

First…
Happy Birthday to JW. Here’s to another year, and another decade! Wishing her all the best, while I’m all the way over on the other side T___T

CoverGirl Bombshell

This was a first for me. As such, I found it VERY amusing to play around with.

What is it that I am talking about?

CoverGirl Bombshell

CoverGirl Bombshell
Well, that is the new Covergirl Bombshell Powder Brow + Liner!

I mean LOOK at this thing…

CoverGirl Bombshell

Basically, the applicator is a firm, yet soft sponge, which allows you to draw on your brows, or liner your eyes.

Lining your eyes wasn’t a problem for me…it was the brows that gave me all sorts of hell lol.

CoverGirl Bombshell

Ingredients:
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Because the powder is so dense, and very pigmented, I found it hard for me to use a lighter hand (I’m just like that though, I use a heavier hand for a lot of things). What I actually had to do, was to pat it on in the central areas, and then use a brush to work it through the rest of the brow.

CoverGirl Bombshell

Another plus to the product, was the fact that it was pretty resistant to smudging. I mean, it isn’t completely fixated to the skin, but it does a decent enough job to stay put. I did see a bit of fading, but I usually do with my oily skin.

What I actually don’t get, is why the shaking balls are in the applicator, rather than in the powder product. I mean, you would think that it was used to keep the powder in a powder state, and not clump up. But it acts like an adult rattle instead. Interesting…

In any case, this was something fun to try out. If you think that you have a better steady hand than I do, something to check out.

You can find this on Well.ca for $10CAN, in black and in brown.

Gimmicky or Innovative?