Koreadepart Experience & Mini Haul!

This was such a nice way to end my last day of classes. On Wednesday, May 15, USPS left that horrid pink slip in my mailbox saying I missed my delivery (which mind you I did not, cause they didn’t bother walking up a flight of stairs or buzzing the intercom to see if anyone was home—which everyone was… They always do this. -__-). Once I saw “Foreign” under sender, I already knew what it was…

My order from KoreaDepart!

Now this post is going to be a long one! I want to get in my little haul, and thoroughly talk about KoreaDepart. So please don’t abandon me just yet! Haul first, site info later! But as always, a bit of rambling.

I had never ordered from KoreaDepart but it seemed popular and had nothing but good reviews, so I decided what the hay? I’ll order something small and see how it is, if I love, I’ll order more. Lo-and-behold, I friggen loved it.

Here’s how the process or journey went:

  • Order placed: May 2, 2013
  • Order shipped/refund placed*: May 3, 2013
  • Order left Incheon Airport: May 7, 2013
  • Order delivered (and missed): May 15, 2013

* to be thoroughly explained~

After all the pictures, I will explain everything! (You know cause, everyone would rather see pictures than a bunch of words…) Just so no one gets confused and can enjoy Korean goods at great prices! I’ll be posting pictures of the packaging, what I ordered and the samples.

So let’s get on to it. ^^

KD Box

Here’s the box, all logo’d up and everything. Click to enlarge.

See the wrapping?  Imagine if there were fragile products? Bubble-popping galore!

See the wrapping? Imagine if there were fragile products? I’d be in bubble-popping galore!

All items, surrounded by two layers of bubble wrap on all sides. Click to enlarge.

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Here's my little order, a bit more clearer. Click to enlarge.

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My order all neatly spread out. Click to enlarge.

My order all neatly spread out. Click to enlarge.

My lovely little tiny order. I ordered relatively few items, because–well, it was my first time, and I wanted to just test the waters. Another, I ordered something else, but it was sold-out so they refunded… This is it: The Face Shop’s Natural Sun AQ Eco Cushion Sun Cover (note the “Cover”, I intended to get the “Original”… but I’m looking forward to this one more now!), two Aritaum Air Cushion Sunblock Puffs (to use alternatively with the Cushion) and three Blotting Films from The Face Shop… because who wants to pay $5 USD a pack at TFS locations here in NY? Not me.

Samples I recieved in a separate little packet, never tried anything from Skinfood before.

Samples I received in a separate little packet, never tried anything from Skinfood before.

A little sneak at the gem of my order! Click to enlarge.

A little sneak at the gem of my order! Click to enlarge.

Sigh, so far, I’m really liking this pretty little gem. Purchased it for summer because it’s perfect for travel, has SPF 50 PA+++, and it’s lightweight. I intended to purchase the Original one, because it’s the one that was in The Face Shop (only in Flushing, canvased them all only found there… It’s been a month though, maybe they got shipments!) And the lovely 달자 (whom I HIGHLY recommend) had written a review, here (along with many other cushions, sparking my interest). The one I ordered is from the same line but is not the “Original”, it is the “Cover” version. But, no more of that, I will use and get a firm grip on my opinion, then post a review! 😀 Kekeke, I’ll let that one simmer.

Now, onto the whole KoreaDepart lecture!

First of all… shipping. Amazing. Ordering things from Hong Kong, and S. Korea usually takes 3-5 weeks to arrive here in the US (from my past experiences) and for it to arrive in just 2 weeks was awesome!

Ordering on the site, is easy actually. They do provide a beginner’s guide on ordering and have an FAQ section here. They’re pretty thorough at explaining, from what I saw. But, I didn’t use the guide before I ordered; I just peaked after… out of curiosity.

It’s simple: Browse –> Add to cart –> check out! (Sounds like it came out of Dora the Explorer LOL.)

The first thing they’ll ask is if you would like EMS mail or registered mail as shipping option. This is asked because depending on your choice, you have to pay a prepaid shipping cost. Since a lot of my visits are from Asian readers, I’ll point this out: If you live in an Asian country you will pay a fixed price, you won’t have to deal with the whole prepaid price shenanigans. These countries include: China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, the Phiippines, etc.

For everyone else, here’s the explanation!

Registered mail prepaid cost is $25 USD. EMS is (I think, don’t quote me!) $30-$1000, there are other options in between. DO NOT PANIC, THIS IS NOT YOUR FINAL SHIPPING COST! When your products are being packed to be shipped, the box is weighed. The final weight, will determine your final shipping cost.

If your shipping cost is less than your prepaid cost, they will refund you the difference. If it is more than the prepaid cost you paid, you will be charged the difference. Here is an explanation from their site. I paid the $25 USD, but the real shipping cost was $8.54 USD. So I was refunded, $16.46 USD.

I paid with Paypal, so the refund thing was easy. The day it shipped, I got my refund. It’s not that confusing! If I’m correct, I think G-Market does the same thing. After that, it was all smooth sailing tracking with the link they provided. No good after it left Incheon airport though… tracking does not update after that for Registered Mail.

Final Verdict: (If you made it this far… congrats! LOL.) I love this site. I have this whole wish list, which unfortunately, is half influenced by everything I’ve read on 달자’s blog… and things too expensive at the TFS locations or Asian beauty shops here in NY. I’m going to be purchasing again really soon, so yea. I totally recommend. They have such a wide selection of brands and products, for such great prices! It beats putting my faith on eBay and the time it took for the products to arrive was another plus! I’m so happy to have discovered this site.

Hopefully, I helped out–without being boring… I think I was though. ><
But, thanks for reading! As always~
(Time to watch more Supernatural… Cause… who needs sleep?)

Updates & Apologies

I broke my promise… Again…

I have no excuses and I’ll just say… I lost that little spark or push that made me want to sit down and write reviews. As far as skincare and masks go… I’ll see what I get up and post. There is one I do want to review because it has been helping me tons!

It’s almost the end of my winter break and only now I am I writing an update and actually posting anything on my blog. I feel so bad. ;__;

EVEN AFTER GETTING NAGGED TO UPDATE ALL YEAR– You know who you guys are! (Cause I know you’ll get the email and read this. Pfft… you guys glad now? Hehe ^^!) Better late than never, right??

I’ve decided, since opinions always shift… that I would begin looking back at some of my old posts… If my opinion changed, I would edit it. You will know I edited it if on the title there is an (E)! Simple as that. If I have something new to say, towards the end of the post there will be an “Update” section in bold and italics. There will be a date by it too– I don’t know, maybe having the date would help? LOL.

The amount of products I have purchased since my last posts have been pretty vast? Mostly eye products though, maybe… just maybe… I’ll push myself to do reviews on that.  I have purchased a lot of eye shadows from The Face Shop and a powder pact too. Definitely will be putting these products at the top of my Reviews Pending List.

Just be patient with me? Okay? Just need to get back on my feet.

See you soon? (No promises! But I’m trying~)

Thank you for still sticking by~!! And thanks for still viewing (…or should I say visiting?) my blog!

(E) The Face Shop FACE it Magic Cover BB Cream in 2호 Natural Beige Review

I got this one by mistake because I originally went to The Face Shop for the FACE it Power Perfection not Magic Cover. It was a mistake, and as much as I feel a bit comfortable with the product—I’m not sure I would repurchase.

PRICE/SALES INFO: The price—I paid $28 for this BB Cream at The Face Shop located on 32nd Street in Koreatown. Pretty okay price… considering what the prices are for the Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream, Hanskin Magic BB Cream and the Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream. I’m sure you can find this BB cream and the others I mentioned online. Some sites that seem to be pretty secure to me are Mikanjan.com and prettyandcute.com. Just check to see if they do sell TFS. If not, Amazon and eBay are good alternatives, but please, PLEASE be cautious in case you stumble upon anything fake.

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On the box, it claims that– “The PERFECT COVER Fix powder magically covers fine skin flaws through dense coverage to enable the skin to appear fair. It adheres to the skin comfortably and helps make-up last for an extended period of time.” On the side of the box in English it also adds on to say– “BB Cream covers skin flaws meticulously resulting in the appearance of a naturally perfect skin.” “-Sunscreen and wrinkle improving dual function cosmetic-” “Containing the Acetyl Hexapeptide and evening primrose oil, it maintains the skin firm and healthy.”

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PACKAGING: The packaging is much like the Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream. It is in that same tube with a pump—which I don’t like for the same reason as the Missha one. Since this is a BB cream with more coverage, the packaging gets really dirty and it’s not as easy for me to remove.

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TEXTURE/FINISH: The texture is not thick but it isn’t light either. It is pretty similar to the Missha BB Cream I reviewed. It has a matte finish which I am not all too crazy about. Matte finishes highlight what my trouble spots and dry spots are. And I have combination oily skin, and the oily parts… shouldn’t look dry. It is light though to the point where I know it’s there but I can’t feel it. Long lasting power too~ The finish is matte, but it is soft to the touch which makes it pretty easy to blend.

COVERAGE/SHADE: It has medium to pretty full coverage. It covers better than the Missha BB Cream, and it is pretty amazing. A little goes a long way! My everyday method of putting on BB cream is pretty much like the method Jen from Frmheadtotoe showed. I’ll link the video at the end of the post. 🙂 What I do differently is that I mostly pat and with this BB cream I can slightly cover my dark circles, freckles and dark spots much better with light, buildable layers. On days where I’m not rushing, I’ll apply with a latex sponge wedge.

The 2호 shade is light for a “Natural Beige”. It’s not as grey as the Skin79 BB Cream which makes it look a little “darker” than it but lighter than Missha’s 23호.

After ten to fifteen minutes the BB cream does oxidize pretty well. It’s really light when you first apply it but for me (NC25-30) it adjusts well enough. But I don’t mind, the slightly lighter shade only makes my skin look a bit brighter and not ghostlike.

From left to right, top to bottom: the first is bare wrist, the “swatch”, freshly applied and then the last is after it oxidizes. Click to enlarge.

ADDITIONAL POINTS: Because I have oily skin, I do have to blot. I usually do so after about 4 hours and with this BB cream I don’t blot. Because it has a matte finish if I get slightly oily, I’ll leave it since it gives a dewy look and not oily in a disgusting way.

As I promised, here is the video in which Jen explained the application of BB Cream. I think it’s really helpful.

(Update – 2013.01.21): I’ve pretty much gone to all the TFS location (except for the newer one at Chinatown…) and at the one in Flushing, one of the women gave me samples, saying its really popular in S. Korea because of the coverage it offers. I didn’t object to the samples though, (I’ve had this BB cream for almost a year now) since samples are always good for travel, hehe.

As far as application goes, my method has changed. The only oily part of my face is now my T-zone, my cheeks are drier than they used to be when I first published this post. I apply Missha’s BB Boomer after my moisturizer and while my skin is still moist, I mix the same amount of the Magic Cover BB cream with my Skin79 BB cream (just to make it less drying or matte…). Still covers well and makes my skin look brighter! I really like doing this during this winter season, the weather has been crazily drying my skin out.

 I hope this post was helpful, I saw no review for this except for one… so hopefully it is!!~

Thank you for reading and I’ll be posting more frequently for sure!

Nars Lipgloss Review (All Night Long, Chihuahua, Dolce Vita)

Nars Lipglosses are the only lip products to make it to my HG list.

They come in various permanent and limited edition shades. Each are $24 and available on Nars’ site. A selection shades are available at Sephora, Saks, Henri Bendel, and other locations which you can find on the brands website, narscosmetics.com

The shades I’ll be reviewing are All Night Long, Dolce Vita, and Chihuahua. I bought all of these at the Sephora in JCP, online, and Sephora at Herald Square.

The lightest of the two is Chihuahua, the other is Dolce Vita. Click to enlarge.

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This one is All Night Long. Click to enlarge.

One thing I have to say about these lipglosses is that they are so pigmented! I’m not a lipstick person because my lips are not much in the first place– fine lines, and dry lips are no territory for lipstick. At least not for me. I prefer these lipglosses as an alternative and I just love them.

All Night Long is a deep berry or plum color and it’s perfect for this season. It is a lipgloss so it isn’t such an opaque color. My lips are pretty pigmented on their own and this color is probably as daring as I can go for color.

Dolce Vita is described as a dusty rose– or a pink rosy color going a little dark. Really pigmented and smooth. Covers the color of my lips well.

Chihuahua is a light nectar pink… I see it as a baby pink with a bit of a warm tinge. Its the perfect pinky nude for my skin tone. I’m NC 25-30, I’m not pale but I’m not tan either. (I really don’t know what to say about my skin tone.)

In comparison, Dolce Vita is more pigmented than All Night Long and Chihuahua, and Chihuahua more than All Night Long. But you’d have to go to your closest store that sells these lipglosses to figure out which is best for you and which is more pigmented than others.

The lipgloss applies smooth and is not sticky. Unfortunately, the smell isnt exactly the best in the world. But it is tolerable, at this point I don’t even notice it. The color pay off is amazing, and a little goes a long way. The color last fr a long time and once the shine and gloss is gone, you’re left with what looks like you have used lip tint. The doe foot applicator is pretty precise, I’m not a fan of brush tip applicators. I don’t really have to explain a lot about it… I assume we’re all fairly familiar with these applicators. The packaging is sleek, and has that velvety soft feel like the packaging on other Nars products. I’ve never actually had a problem with them getting dirty, and either way, it’s super easy to clean in my opinion.

There’s no way that for the price you’re going to get bad quality and have it reach the end of the tube in a matter of weeks. On the contrary, it is money well spent. I’ve had All Night Long for a year now, even though I didn’t use it this past spring and summer. Dolce Vita, I bought a month ago and Chihuahua in early spring 2011. And yea, it isn’t the most hygenic thing ever to have lipgloss for so long. But meh, still pretty damn good to me. ^^

If you can afford it, you should totally give them a try. If not, you can try one and if you like them, I think it’s a good investment.

I hope this has been helpful.
Next post… either another TheFaceShop mask, or Skin79 BB Cream.
See you next time. Bye~

Missha Thanksgiving Weekend Sale – What I Ordered

Today is the last day for Missha’s Thanksgiving Weekend Sale. I was able to enjoy 40% off of all their products and free shipping for any orders over $40 (I can see a pattern with the 40). Also, while supplies lasted, their Pure Source masks would be added as a free gift (only ONE and RANDOMLY selected). Their signature BB Cream, M Perfect Cover BB Cream was on sale for $8.99—a sales perk I could not take advantage of because no. 23 was out of stock. The final and great perk, was the free gift included with orders totaling $60, $100 and $200.

Missha Sale Home Page

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This post will be picture heavy because I took a snapshot of everything I ordered, just so you could get a description and image of what each product is and does.

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The image above is a crop out of my email confirmation, as you can see the order totaled $71.96. But you can also see, there were a lot of free gifts included with my order. It is my first time shopping for Missha products, but I have read a good amount of positive reviews and with a sale like this, I thought, what the heck? The value of the order, without the sale and included free items would have totaled $219.92. I say, I saved a lot of money with this Weekend Sale.

The first product I’ll talk about is the one I was most interested in. The one thing that bothers me about my skin is my hyper-pigmentation– I get dark spots so easily, and it is so hard to get rid of. When I went to Everyday Beauty Supply, they had given me samples of The History of Whoo Whitening Lotion and Whitening Skin Balancer. It worked well, but to get the whole “system” would cost me an arm and a leg. So I am opting to try this out and see if it works.

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The next item is the Super Aqua Refreshing Aqua Foam. It does not match with the set mentioned above, but I didn’t want to get the Pure Revolution one. I love refreshing cleansers for the morning to use with my deep cleansing brush. Lets just hope my face doesn’t break out… even though its pretty hard for my to break out with cleanser.

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As for M Perfect Cover BB Cream in no. 23 Natural Beige, I just want a BB cream with more coverage than Skin 79’s Triple Solution BB cream, for those days I feel really tired. When I’m tired, my face is dull and I have a lot of redness accompanied with larger pores. I didn’t get it for the sale price of $8.99 but rather the sale price of $17.99 (40% off).

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The final product I paid for was the Pure Source Sheet Masks. I only got two because I don’t want to use too many new skin care products. I’ll put up a review– like for all the other products mentioned– in the near future.

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Now onto the free gifts. There are only two, it would have been three but the Pure Source Sheet Mask was not included… don’t know why.

The first free gift came with the Time Revolution White Cure Set I. The free gift is the Time Revolution White Cure Blanc Activator. I read that it goes after the toner, and before the other serum (which I did not purchase). I guess I will be using it before the moisturizer.

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The next free gift was the M BB Boomer. I received this because my order totaled over $60. I’m looking forward to this, because I wanted a primer for quite a while, and if it does what it says, I might end up using the M Perfect Cover BB Cream more than my Skin 79 BB Cream.

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Because I am a first time buyer, and I had just recently made an account on the Missha website, they had given me a “coupon” to use in order to receive the M BB Deluxe Sampler for free. I’m looking forward to using all these BB Creams and the Deep Cleansing Oil. I don’t have trouble removing BB Cream but if the M Perfect Cover BB Cream is thicker than Skin 79, I might need it.

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That’s it for what I bought from Missha. Thank you for reading. Hopefully I’ll be able to receive my order soon and be able to review the products with a few weeks of usage (especially the skin care ones).

DISCLAIMER: The images posted above are screenshots of misshaus.com– all I did was use my iPhone 4S to take screenshots and crop it. I do not take credit for it.