Beauteque Head to Toe Bag Lip Essentials (May 2015)

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This month’s head to toe bag is all about lip essentials! Recently the media is all crazy about lip products and ‘the pout’. I myself was hunting down some eccentric lip stains for spring/summer, so when the theme was unveiled, I was actually positive about this! ❤

Before we start unbagging, lets talk about Beauteque‘s subscription bag. 🙂

The Beauteque’s Head to Toe is not exactly a monthly sub, but they do release a new theme each month and you can purchase a singly bag each time if you fancy the theme! You can also find some previous bags in their site. 🙂
The Head to Toe Lip Essentials is still available for purchase at $26.00 on their site.

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE:

7 full sized products in every bag
-a value between $65 to $85
-products from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, America

SHIPPING:

Beauteque ships to US, Canada, Europe, Japan Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand mailing addresses with some fees. US customers are able to enjoy free shipping with purchase on their site tho!

Some previous bags- read my reviews to get an idea! 🙂
Head to Toe Milk
Feb- Pink Beauty
Head to Toe Breakfast
April: Tony Moly 

The bag arrived a week ago. The 7 products were housed in this grey velvet-embroidered bag.

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It’s 18cm x 11cm, looks pretty nice but reeks a little. I guess the smell goes after awhile.

Info-card (front and back);

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I am most excited about the Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips-talk in PK005. I do like this lipstick range and tried their other colors before. PK005 is a light pink, which is almost salmon-ish. It works for people with very fair skin but not so much with darker skins (makes me look like a tanned barbie in summer … :O ).

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The design is super cute! ❤ I like the pink and embossed lipstick and all, but the ribbon ring on the tube is a flaw. It breaks so easily! My previous blooming lipsticks are mostly void of the ring.

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I wouldn’t call this a long-wearing lipstick, but it applies nicely and has a nice color. It is perfect for gradient lips if paired with a darker pink. 🙂 I like that Etude lipsticks come with so many choices and make an adorable gift for any girl friend.

The lip brush that came in this bag looks interesting. it is actually detachable and retractable.

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Just pop one end into the other and the brush shows iteself. It is quite….err bushy (?) and doesn’t seem to be right for precise application. Thank god this bag contains a lip liner to fix that.

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Idk, it isn’t the best lip applicator. I was looking forward because my Vivito painting pod needed one.

I’m sure you will feel blessed when you use this, because its the Holy Berry Tint by Holika Holika! (sorry for bad jokes)

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It tastes like artificial berries lol. I don’t think it is any better than Tony Moly’s or Benetint, but if you just need a quick stain to head out the door, then this is alright. I will put this on in 3 seconds to answer my door or run to the store.

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Mine was in 02 Raspberry. Well, you could use this to mix with a basic BB cream in an empty cushion pact to make a blush! I have been experimenting with various lip colors and I think it is a fun idea for people with too many BB creams and lip tints to spare. (I mixed my unused Clarins BB + Innisfree lip tint mousse + Peripera tint to create this salmon pink blush which I love using daily! 😀 )

The Etude House Soft touch Auto lipliner is a product to have in terms of application and price. It does remind me very much of the Tony Moly lip liner received from a previous bag. This one is slightly darker and tugs less.

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I don’t wear a lot of red lips, but this bag is starting to re-inspire me. 🙂

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This photo is under the sunlight so the real color is slightly darker than that.

We are no stranger to lip patches~ The Tony Moly Lip patch (I know the info card says Etude house..) is pretty much the same as compared to other hydrogel lip masks I have tried.

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Cooling and silencing 😛 This product is just what you need if you suffer from dry, chapped lips.

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It is another product to introduce to my countrymates. We don’t often see a lip mask around here you know..

Aritaum is a brand I have been waiting to see more of in subscriptions. We got their Baby Lips Balm in this bag. Mine was Power Hyaluronic Acid.

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I have not tried this, but I guess any lip balm is pretty handy to have in your handbag. This version is said to hydrate without stickiness. Of course, there is nothing worse than having gel-like lips which adheres your hair as the wind blows. :/

I’m glad that Beauteque chose to add in a lip scrub as well! The Nature Republic by Flower Lip Scrub is a granulated scrub that helps soften and smoothen lips.

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I was always confused as to when to use a lip scrub! I kept forgetting that I should scrub when I wash my face in the mornings, and not after I have applied all my skincare steps because then i will just wash everything around my lip area off. I did try to remove scrubs with a cotton and then apply lipstick on but its just a mess and granules can taste blergh. So scrub when you cleanse! 😀

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Okay, I like how well-rounded this bag is. You get everything from a scrub, a lip liner to an applicator. They aren’t the best choices for me, but I do like how varied this is. I do wish they’d include a hot item from VDL/ 3CE/ Clio instead of that lip brush and lip tint. It’s a personal preference but eccentric color choices like violet or burgundy would have elevated the bag to a must-have.

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You can get the regular BB bags and other product offers here: Beauteque.com (also sign up immediately for a $3 rebate) or find their other monthly subscriptions at Beautequemonthly.com. For mask lovers, rejoice because Beaeteque is now offering Mask Maven too (10 mask/ month sub)!

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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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Etude House Color in Liquid Lips review [PK001, PK005, PK008, PP502]

Etude House Color in Liquid Lips is a range I have wanted to try for the longest time. I keep stalking sites and finally hit the purchase button. I thought I needed to chuck out some old lips products and replace them with something new and exciting. 😀

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This product comes in 20 different shades- from beige to reds and pinks and even violets. I personally adore cooler shades so I picked these to add to my lip arsenal;

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I have purchased the;

Etude House Color in Liquid Lips – 3.5g No.PK005 Pink In Dolly
Etude House Color in Liquid Lips – 3.5g No.PK001 Pink In Ribbon

Etude House Color in Liquid Lips – 3.5g No.PK008 Pink In Funk
Etude House Color in Liquid Lips – 3.5g No.PP502 Purple In Friday
Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips Talk (Pink Talk) – 3.4g No.PK012 Greed Pink
Etude House Dear My Wish Lips Talk – 3.5g No.PK001

Okay the bottom two are just Etude’s other lipsticks but I just had to repurchase to compare them all. 😛

Here are the swatches on my arm;

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Close up, 2x application

 

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Single swatch under natural light

These are the ingredients in the shade PK001, but they are pretty similar except for the color and fragrance added;

 

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Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil Mica (CI 77019) Diisostearyl Malate Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Dicalcium Phosphate Silica Silylate Stearalkonium Hectorite VP/Hexadecene Copolymer Tridecyl Trimellitate Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate Kaolin Red 28 Lake (CI 45410) Propylene Carbonate Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Diglyceryl Sebacate/Isopalmitate Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate Sorbitan Isostearate Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate Silica Methicone Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate Tocopheryl Acetate Dehydroacetic Acid Fragrance(Parfum) Red 6 (CI 15850) 

Full ingredients list of other shades available here.

From the list above, they did claim that the sweet almond and sunflower seed oil would keep lips smooth and moisturized for long time. I do agree that it is glossier than some lip mousse/tints out there and more forgiving on dry lips, but it does not make chappy lips go away. I still think a lip scrub is necessary because this product is not a lip balm/ gloss and loose bits will show 😦 

It’s staying power might be compromised for the sake of moisturization. This liquid lip product fails in that department as it transfers even minutes after application. I use a lip primer underneath to make sure it lasts longer but that didn’t improve too much.

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The colors rubs off easily even 10 mins after application (above). PK005 (the lightest) seems to be runnier than the rest. Probably the formulation is slightly different. 

My advice is to apply the lip color, blot it once with a tissue and reapply– the classic beauty 101 technique. It does last up to 3 hours, but reapplication is not too tedious. I wished it leaves a pretty after-tint after all the food and drinks like it’s sister; the Etude House Blooming Talk in PK001, but it didn’t.

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However, it does create a gradient lip easily. You can just use your finger tips to spread the color over properly primed/concealed lips. The result is quite beautiful. I have also tried creating a gradient with PP502 on top of PK001 and it’s prettayyy~ ❤

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Here are my kiss swatches (lol 😛 ) for your imagination on how the actual color is on a white background and the amount it transfers. 

You can view the original ad/ Etude’s own swatches here. (and yes, they are abit lighter than how it turned out for me, probably due to the model’s pale lips)

 

Pricing

Prices around $7-8 are pretty decent, and if you take shipping into consideration, anything under $9 is totally a great bargain. Here are some price comparisons (true at the time this blogpost is published);

Roseroseshop $7.38 + shipping cost
Testerkorea 6650won (~$6.40) + shipping cost
Cosmetic-love $7.95 (free shipping)
Etudehouse.com $9.50 + shipping
Beautynetkorea $9.27 (free shipping)
Ebay seller F2plus1 $8.98 (free shipping)

Well, TTK might have the cheapest price, but the colors I wanted were always out of stock back then and I was slightly frustrated with the wait times.. I got mine from RRS and am very satisfied that I did. 🙂

Pros
Affordable
Easy to apply
Not too drying on the lips
Good color payoff on one swatch
Many delicious shades to choose from

Cons
Staying power leaves alot to be desired..
Color may differ according to its base/ wearer’s lips

 

I probably will not repurchase unless the other colors strike my fancy because I have enough to last me awhile, and I am looking for other matte liquid lipsticks to try out at the moment. It is quite fun to use and I will recommend at least buying one to try if you love a color pop in your daily FOTD, or suffer from dry lips with no luck finding a cheaper lip mousse/tint sort of product. This might be it. ❤

 

Roseroseshop Kbeauty haul April 2015

Apologies for being absent for quite awhile now…I was dealing with a few changes in my life and just had to take on the hiatus. I was glad, however, that I came home to this! ❤image

My Roseroseshop order finally arrived. It was all superbly packed and labelled perfectly. 🙂

Ordered 22/3/2015
Order shipped 27/3/2015
Received 7/4/2015

All-in-all, it took almost 16 days and communication was great. They actually replied and gave a RM tracking number. 😀

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Everything was bubble-wrapped and nothing was damaged even after traveling half the globe. 🙂 Can you tell which packet I was most excited to rip apart? 😀

I just had to get these Herb Day cleansing tissue from The Face Shop. They are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Well, not to the level of those Japanese Biore wipes, but these are so affordable and great for sensitive skin.

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I got my first pack from Beauteque and the rest is history! I have got a huge re-crush on makeup remover wipes since. They are so convenient to have and refreshes your face instantly.

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These were manufactured this year and lasts all the way till 2017, so I am pretty pleased.

I also just had to get the Skin food cotton pads. Cotton pads all the way from Korea?? Yes, please!

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I hear good things about it, and I love the embossed design.

Also finally got the OST C20 serum to test out since they were so cheap on RRS! Like the cheapest perhaps? I doubt that it will be fresh…like meh, maybe some old clearance stock or something but…

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It was manufactured in February 2015!! Gosh thats great 😀

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I am just finishing up my other vitamin serums so this will be the next in line!

The most exciting part of this haul is perhaps these babies;

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Yes, 6 different shades of lippies! ❤

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From top:
[ETUDE HOUSE] Color in Liquid Lips – 3.5g No.PK005 Pink In Dolly
[ETUDE HOUSE] Color in Liquid Lips – 3.5g No.PK001 Pink In Ribbon

[ETUDE HOUSE] Color in Liquid Lips – 3.5g No.PK008 Pink In Funk
[ETUDE HOUSE] Color in Liquid Lips – 3.5g No.PP502 Purple In Friday
[ETUDE HOUSE] Dear My Blooming Lips Talk (Pink Talk) – 3.4g No.PK012 Greed Pink
[ETUDE HOUSE] Dear My Wish Lips Talk – 3.5g No.PK001

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I absolutely adore the packaging! To-die-for.

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The first moment I set eyes on their pink range, I knew I had to get it.

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I also saw this shade (PK001) on Get it Beauty, and was totally blown away as it received such good reviews and was voted the best red lippie in SK for the blind test.

These Color in Liquid lips are quite new as they were just released a few months back. They were always OOS on TTK and I got frustrated so shifted over to RRS. I’m so glad I did urgh…all the wait and no gratification was killing me~ 😛

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So gorgeous… ❤

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I’m wearing each every day. Perhaps a full Etude House lip review coming up next? 🙂

And of course, samples!!~ I’m happy with these. Some are new and I looove to try the Cosrx one.

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My haul isn’t super deluxe but I love every bit of it. The shipping is slightly steeper than TTK’s ladder (there is a jump between $12-18) but all-in-all, it is well worth it. RRS has such a competitive pricing now that some sites are raising their prices, but I wish it was easier to navigate….. a button to sort out new products and possibly better tab system would have gotten me shopping there like 24/7.

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The RRS haul is a winner and I can’t wait to shop with them again~ 🙂

Nep, not sponsored. 😛