Beauteque Head to Toe Pink Beauty Bag~ February 2015 edition

Its not everyday you can get a pink-themed beauty bag in your mail~ This February, Beauteque brought us some amazing products via their Head to Toe Pink bag! Not only do the products play to the theme, they also came in a cute cutout pink makeup bag and info card! ❤

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Just look at that gorgeous bag. It has got to be my favourite bag received from Beauteque’s subs so far~ And yes, only Beauteque offers beauty bags that actually come with real awesome bags!

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This bag costs $26 and shipping costs vary (USA- $4.95, CAN- $6.95, EU- $8.95). Each of their bags contains 7 beauty products in total! As of today, it is still available for purchase. 🙂

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Description reads: You don’t need to visit the city of love to fall in love when the bag of love is waiting for you at your doorstep! Fall in love with the bag of love this month filled with pink treats from us to you. Glam yourself with the Head to Toe Pink Bag which includes a variety of beauty products perfect for the afternoon out with friends, or a night with that special someone!

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I am most excited for this product;
Shiseido Hada Senka Lotion ($15.95)

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There are a few Japanese brands that I love and Shiseido is one of them. My HG sunscreen and basic cleanser comes from Shiseido so I really looked forward to trying this ever since I saw the unboxing (or unbagging) on IG.

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This lotion feels like a creamy milk and smells like milk too if anything. It reminded me very much of Hada Labo’s milk lotion which I adore as well. The formula isn’t sticky at all and upon spreading, it absorbs into the skin, leaving it moisturized and so sooofft… ❤

I love it! I am substituting this lotion into my day routine after toner and essence. Since winter refuses to leave..(smh I know) my skin needs all the moisture it can get!

Tony Moly Easy Touch Auto Lip Liner ($7.25) in 02 Rose Pink

This is another product that I really need! It feels like jackpot when you needed something and your beauty sub came with it (/^▽^)/~

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One end is a lip brush and the other is the liner pencil. The brush is so handy for blending and helping your lipstick application look as natural as possible. I wore a dark lip out tonight and gosh this goes so well with my MAC Viva Glam.

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Okay the above swatch was taken under bright lighting but the real color is darker and has slight shimmery bits. It applies smoothly and is almost creamy. It is also easy to blend out. The pencil contains about 2cm of product and is pretty sturdy, unlike other cheap lip liners that may fall out…Verdict? It’s a keeper! I’d look out for the color No.03 Red wine (Tony Moly made 5 color variations of this liner). 🙂

Next up is a product that I have tried before. It is the cute Etude House Moonlight in Spoon Blending Sleeping Cream ($3.95).

We received the Rosehip one, which is a flavor(?) that I have not tried. 😛 I personally think the green tea and blueberries ones were fab and smell so good. However, if you attempt to use it all up at once, you might find that it is a little too rich to absorb. People complain about getting hair and lint sleeping in with the pack but I usually use my patting water first and then massage in half of this spoon for a better outcome.

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Description from Etude House: This is a Blending Sleeping Cream containing Rosehip extract, Lavender, Chamomile and Mint. Blend together Sleeping Cream’s golden herb water-gel and richly nourishing cream contents to moisturize skin overnight for a lucid, bright moonlight-like complexion.

And you have to agree this makes such a cute gift too. 🙂 I’m looking forward to skewer bath bombs and other adorable beauty products from Etude!

It’s Skin Todak Todak Capsule Wash Off Mask ($5 both) looks so adorable sob. “Todak Todak” is actually a Korean sound for patting lol. It means that you would pat in some goodness with this product perhaps and keep your skin supple.

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The pomegranate pack smells so delicious! It read it also contains shea butter. I loved their apple (green) one and am pretty pleased to have gotten these to try out. I’m giving my housemate the other one to test out~ 10ml of product is alot and you can use one capsule for two applications perhaps. 😉

My dream is to buy a transparent fish bowl and fill it up with different mask capsules from It’s Skin, Innisfree and Banila co. ❤ One day…

I did not expect the next product in this bag, but I was ready to try it.
The Femme Couture Highlighting Luminizer ($11.50)  has split and caused a watery mess upon opening.

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You can perhaps see from the photo below…yeah unicorns bled to bring us shiny, pinkish glow. 😦

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I was not happy with this. I wished at least the smell would justify the mess it made on my sofa (which covers I washed after the whole shoot) but it didn’t. I might, or might not use this again, depending on how desperate I am, but I guess I would rather use the strong smelling Soap & Glory one I got last Christmas.

The Tony Moly Circle Lens Mascara ($6.50) would have a difficult time to impress me because I already have my staple HG mascara and I personally prefer more natural makeup looks.

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It didn’t do such a bad job to be honest. The wand is really slim, as compared to other volumizing mascaras out there. This means that it is perfect for a dramatic lower lash coat and you can apply this in a zig zag vertically rather than getting it all clumped up when applied horizontally.

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Yes, it is not as dark a black as the Dejavu Fiberwig one (more of an ashy grey), but the formula is comparable. I tried this on and it didn’t budge for 5 hours but I cannot be certain about oilier, hotter days because it was 0 degrees Celcius out today…. I would keep this for party times. 🙂

Lastly, the ever so lovable blending sponge ($15.95) in a ribbon sealable bag. *dies* (✿ ♥‿♥)

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The sponge is so dense but bouncy it reminds me slightly of the TCFS Marshmallow puff sponge. This one does not reek of latex (thank goodness) and is go easy to grip. The sharper tip works to blend out of edges like the side of your nose, meanwhile the rounded end is for the cheeks and forehead.

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Okay, lets be real. Some prices quoted were jacked up obviously, but I think they all do total up to at least $50 and lets not forget about how pretty the pink bag it came in looks. I enjoy the curations of this beauty bag alot and look forward to the next one: The Head to Toe Breakfast bag! Do check it out if you have not, the spoilers look amazing ❤

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You can get the regular BB bags and other product offers on Beauteque.com (sign up immediately for a $3 rebate) or find their monthly subscriptions at Beautequemonthly.com.

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This bag was sent for review purposes but the opinions are honest and true to my experience.

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Sasa.com Mini haul

I have ordered some rather atypical items from Sasa.com during their free shipping event )with $29 purchase). I’m pretty stoked because it is below the customs limit and I can pick up the mascara I wanted at a sale price 😀

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I know they always put in tons of packing ribbons in a medium-sized box although I only ordered some items.

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They also put in a delivery note (invoice) in the box. I was rather surprised they mark this one down (a little) because my previous, which was a year ago, was detained by the customs and I had to pay like 20% plus service. 😦

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Everything was bubble-wrapped into two.

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All the haul lol (its quite small, I know). I also received a card with a code but I don’t read Chinese so… My order took about 2 weeks to arrive to Central EU from Singapore (perhaps..because it says Singapore post) and costs me under $30. Let’s go through my strange picks lol.

First up is the Nature Republic Foot & Nature Peeling Foot Mask. I wanted to try this ASAP but I have just used the Saem foot peeling a few days before this arrived so maybe next year :/

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Looks like any other foot peels and this one has lemon extracts.

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Same directions of use as well. I have never tried one from Nature Republic before~   Next item is something we don’t normally find in Europe; Hot packs! We keep seeing in Asian dramas where the hero/heroine will be using hot packs in winter. I’m surprised why these aren’t marketed here where it is super cold for months!

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Got these Hakugen 10x Stick-on hot packs. They are quite heavy (like wet wipes). I think I just need to stick this on the inside of my coat and it will react to release some heat. Idk how it works but I have faith in these babies~ ❤

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I have used the break-to-warm ones and those last only temporarily. Hopefully these are better.

Imju Dejavu’s Fiberwig mascaras are my HG and my favorite so far is the long mascara (red) which does not budge the whole day and looks extremely natural. I just had to get this one to compare since it was on sale for only $13.

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Why, I adore my Japanese mascara and liners. :’)

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The wand is a slight curve and applies beautifully. I do think this formula is runnier than the original red wands. It does volumize and curl my lashes beautifully. I will wear this longer to decide if this is better than the original.

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Unedited! The packaging looks fab. :3

Lastly I picked up some anti-cough powder by Nin Jiom. I have tried their syrup before and loved it. Since it is the winter season, I have decided to pick a box up (and also meet the requirements for free shipping).

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Oddly we don’t find something like this in central EU. When I was little, mum would buy me anti-flu or cough powders that contains menthol or vitamins to prevent the onset of the disease especially during monsoon months or dry spells/ Indonesian haze months. Those cost like what… $1?

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Sadly though, these sachets taste nothing like the syrup one. This is bitter like medicinal herbs and watermelon extract powder. I made a warm drink with this and added Manuka honey to it and it tastes 100x better!

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Just some quirky Asian things that makes me reminisce of my childhood.   I would make another purchase with Sasa.com again if they offer free shipping. I enjoy their selections of Japanese and Taiwanese products, though Korean ones may be lacking. It is a fab site to stalk whenever there are holidays. Keep an eye out for their Christmas, New year’s or Chinese new year sales!

Beauty Swap with Eugenie (geniesfavproducts)

I have done beauty swaps with my fellow coursemates from all over the world before, especially from Asia and several interning ladies from Turkey and Portugal, but this is the first time I have done an official beauty swap with a blogger from Hong Kong!

Eugenie found me on MUT forums and we exchanged several PMs before agreeing on the value of approx. $30-40. I was so excited to do all the shopping!

She was kind enough to send me the tracking number and all, and in less than 10 days, I got my parcel!

Bonus: colorful bird stamps~

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The items were nicely bubble-wrapped into 3 according to their size and shape.

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I was super excited because she sent me heaps lots of samples and stuffs!! I don’t mind samples at all because I travel alottt (and I really mean alot) and these sure comes in handy. The first bubble-unwrapped:

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1. Crabtree and Evelyn hand therapy (Lily)- 25g
Have always wanted to try this brand. yay!! and I don’t recall having anything Lily-scented.

2. The Body Shop- Mango Lip Butter- 8.5g
Mmm~~

3. IOPE Super Vital Moist Creme- 8ml
This Korean brand is so expensive! I am glad to be able to try it.

On to the 2nd bubble wrapped goodies!

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Clockwise from top-left;

4. Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Emulsion- 5ml
Tried some Sulwhasoo products years back when I was hauling with my friends from Korean sites. It’s another luxury brand.

5. Clinique 7 day Scrub Cream- 7ml

6. Channel Sample perfume
Cool spritz vial.

7. Clinique Lash Power lengthening mascara 01 Black Onyx
This is super cute! Smallest mascara I have ever had!

8. Clarins UV Plush Up BB cream SPF40++- 3ml
Yay BB cream!! And Clarins at that too. I used to have lots of Clarins when I had troubled skin back in high school.

9. Murad Energizing Pomegranate Lip Protector- 3.5g

I feel loved already! Last and the most exciting unwrapping;

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Top to bottom line, left to right;

10. Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm- 15ml
I think this is full-sized! I love lip balm products. Always need them for winter so this is awesome~

11. Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil- 2ml
Coincidently I ran out of my facial oil. This lady is a psychic or what? 😀

12. Laneige Waterbank Eye Gel x 2 and White Plus Renew Cream x 1 foil samples
Always adore Laneige! Well, who doesn’t?

13. Diorsnow UV Shield BB Creme SPF50++ samples
Dior? Feels like a million bucks!

14. Innisfree Wine Peeling Jelly Softener x2
Gosh, another brand I absolutely love, Innisfree!!!

15. Chanel All-in-One Healthy Glow Cream SPF30+++
Healthy glow? Oh yes!!

16. Kiehl’s Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit Body Lotion x 2 + Cleanser x 2
Nashi Blossom?? I haven’t tried any of that. These are going on a trip with me!

17. Innisfree Wine Jelly Mask- 20ml
Perfect for summer. I’ll try this overlooking a vineyard hehehe

18. Bioglo Red Ginseng Body and Facial Scrub

19. Luke Collagen Hydrogel Eye Patch
Good for late night staying up for studies

20. Tony Moly Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid
I am trying this first thing when I get home!!! So excited for this~
The Holika Holika one didn’t work out for me previously. Probably I didn’t have too much callus to begin with..

Wow, that is a lot of things to try. I love all of them and can’t wait to test them out. She was so generous I feel my package was inadequate lols.

I would love to thank Eugenie once again and all the best in her pregnancy!
Do check out her blog.