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?)

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Online Shopping Blurb

Sigh, so I’m bored out of my mind and thought why not give my blog just a liiiiitle bit of love by posting a small blurb?

I came across a video on YT for a Korean cosmetics haul and the person had ordered from Koreadepart. Now, I’m all for websites that ship internationally and sell products at cheaper prices. So I went ahead and ordered something I have wanted for a while!

I will post a full on review of my experience with the site when my package arrives (hopefully soon, it already shipped) and how to place your order (even though it’s pretty simple, but some things are different)!

I’m so excited! I have been dying to try the new BB/CC cushion product trend, so I ordered one from The Face Shop, at a dramatically cheaper price! Sigh, preparing for that summer sun and heat. ><! I want to avoid heavy BB creams and foundation for the weather to come and I want something compact for my trip in the summer–so this product better be my savior!

Hopefully… Again, no promises, product reviews will start appearing when finals are over and summer vacation begins… If I don't find myself a job. You know, gotta make dat bank! But watch, when its hot as hell (literally) and I'm sitting in front of the AC, posting reviews will certainly be of priority– before or after studying Korean of course!

Time to refresh mind for quiz,
See you all in a new post soon (some day, some time?)

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!

THEFACESHOP Cereal Mask Sheet in Walnut & Pine Nut Review

On the 18th of November, I had decided to go with my cousin to Herald Square. But after being there, and getting what we wanted to do out of the way, I dragged her down to H-mart and remembered, “There’s a TFS on this block!” So I went and bought nail polish, and a couple of these interesting masks to try out.

Here’s some background on my skin: I am Hispanic, Dominican to be exact. I have oily, acne prone skin which has been controlled by Proactiv. After about 5 hours, I have to use a blotting sheet, and I have quite large pores. Another note, I easily get dark spots and acne scars.

The masks I picked out were the Cereal Mask Sheets, specifically Walnut and Pine Nut, right under in small letters it says “for radiant, nourished skin”.

TFS Cereal Mask Sheet (Front)

This is the front side to the packaging for these TFS masks. Click to enlarge for more clarity.

It says the following about Walnuts and Pine Nut:

The Benefits of Walnut: Though known for promoting brain activity, Walnuts also smooth and illuminate rough skin.

The Benefits of Pine Nut: Used for ages in Korean home remedies to invigorate and nourish, Pine Nuts, which are rich in Gamma Linolenic acids, soften skin and improve elasticity.”

TFS Cereal Sheet Mask W&PN (Back)

This is the backside. Click to enlarge for more clarity.

The directions say to wash face and apply toner, basically start off your first couple of steps before moisturizer in your skin regimen—followed by carefully taking out the mask and fitting it onto your face. The treatment period is from 15-20 minutes. You DO NOT rinse off your face when you take off the mask, you gently pat and massage the left over essence into your skin. That’s exactly what I did.

The ingredients are listed in the back:

Close Up of Ingredients

Here are the ingredients, I tried to crop it a bit, but it didn't work. Sorry.

Here I begin my review:

This mask is—amazing. The mask sits well on the skin after fitting it, no slipping or crazy positioning to get it on right. The smell, is not too strong and its pleasant, it smells like a toner (nothing too strong or out of this world). But because it has alcohol, it might be a little irritating if you’re not used to it. The smell wakes me up and it’s as refreshing as it feels.

The mask has a large amount of essence, but it doesn’t drip. It keeps the mask moist enough for the 15-20 minute treatment period. After taking off the mask, enough essence was left on the skin to smooth out or massage into the skin. The next morning, my skin is very supple, soft and moisturized. I didn’t even have to use a moisturizer—because if I did, it might have been too heavy for my skin. After toner, I have two steps left in my nighttime skin regimen, and with the essence I had to skip them.

I guess I haven’t used the mask too much to see a large difference, but my skin does feel a lot refreshed after I use it. It had a glow to it, but I guess since my skin is more on the oily side, it could have been the essence making it a little too shiny (that’s why I only use it at night). The following day though, after my daytime skin regimen, I didn’t have to use my Skin 79 BB Cream (which I will post up a review for in the next few days). I didn’t even have to blot my skin a lot either, and it was a rainy and ugly day! Days like those make my skin rebel against me with extreme oiliness, redness, and large pores.

Conclusion: I loved the TFS Cereal Mask in Walnut & Pine Nut, it left my skin feeling radiant as it claimed and I will definitely be repurchasing more the next time I go to Koreatown or Herald Square. I would have definitely liked for the essence to be a little less “heavy” on the skin, but either way, for $2 it was a bang for my buck!

Black Friday Pandemonium

Today’s the 20th of November, only 5 days until the day everyone who’s into the holidays (or the word SALE) is anticipating for.

Now, I have quite a list of people to get gifts for, but that’s only because they’re friends and family. I still have a few more people to get gifts for and I have no idea what to possibly get them.

But after the Fall semester coming to an end, and being too old to get gifts from my parents and family… I feel like my hard work and studies deserve a little gift. Even if it’s just one. I’m debating on finally getting rid of my frost blue Blackberry Curve 8520 and upgrading to the iPhone 4S. I’ve gotten pretty used to simple software on phones and have been using my iTouch since it first came out. Also, the idea of getting an Android phone scared the buh-jeebus out of me. I feel like if I get one, two days later a better one will be released. I wanted the Samsung Galaxy II in October, and when I log into myAT&T, there’s another one there.

I have been waiting for this upgrade since my phone started to go crazy, at the beginning of the semester. I’m paying for this with the money I received from REACH for passing more than half of my AP exams over the years. (I’m good at saving my money.)

But if that obviously doesn’t work out, I’ll go to Chinatown and Koreatown to shop for some make-up and skin care. I just looooove The Face Shop (not to mention Kim Hyun Joong is EVERYWHERE) and there’s a cute shop, Everyday Beauty Supply in Chinatown that has so many brands for its size. Bought every BB-cream, Kerasys and Lioeli product I own there. I forgot the name of one of the workers there, but she was so adorable and generous with samples.

Hmm, I got that out of my system. I like the idea of drabbling on my blog. If I do go shopping, I will do a haul and review each of the products. Maybe I’ll review the ones I have now once I find a good camera to take pictures of the products.

감사합니다,

언니~