Korean Beauty Haul

Monday, December 26, 2016
It's been so long since I've been in the beauty blogosphere/ Youtube that when I wrote the title of this post, I spelt Haul ... Hall. On another note, there's something about December that really got into my head.  I've purchased a lot of things that I've been eyeing and there is really nothing in this haul that I haven't been thinking of for a long time. I'm usually not an impulse shopper but since I've steer clear of shopping for the past few months, I think things just built up and over a random stressful evening, it just all came out. In no means is this a show off. I really enjoy reading other people's hauls to get a feel of what's worth purchasing and just thought you might want to see as well.

Innisfree Ampoule Intense Foundation (C21) - I love Innisfree and loved their Ampule Cushion. However for the foundation, I'm really on the fence about it. It's oxidize like crazy on me and really not as glowy nor moisturizing as I had imagined. 

Innisfree Oat Mild Moisture Sun cream - I've heard really good things about this sun cream and it lives to the hype. Unlike many other sun creams I've tried, this one smells amazing. It's a bit citrusy and really fresh. It's not the most moisturizing but it doesn't turn me into a grease ball.

Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask - this is decently good although I still prefer my Innisfree Honey Sleeping Pack more.

Missha Matt Lipstick in Maple Latte - this is a treasure. It's a bit of a pumpkin, brown but still manage to get a bit of mauve it. I LOVE it and I'm not used to finding such a unique colour in a Korean brand. 

Missha Eye Fit Stick Shadows - yes, they're back! I've reviewed three colours earlier this year and I honestly love these stick shadows so much, I had to get them in different colours. 

Aritaum Real Lash Fixer - my eyelashes are tiny, sparse, and basically invisible. I really liked the Etude House Lash Fixers so I have high expectations for this one. So far, it has not disappointed. Unlike the Etude House one, this is a fixer and mascara in one.

Same Tip Concealer - I believe this is the brightener. You really have to layer a real concealer or foundation on top of this because it's super light. 

Innisfree Lip Treatment Tint in Honey in Orange - I've been using Honey in Cherry all winter that I knew it was time to get this one. Between this and cherry, I prefer the cherry one. Despite the 'tint' part being minimal, Honey in Cherry's got a livelier pink. Honey in Orange is somehow less moisturizing and doesn't do much to liven up my lips.

Laneige Hydration Trial Kit - although I've taken better care of my skin since purchasing Cosrx, I kind of wanted to get back on the full Korean Skincare ways. I'm not getting younger and it's crazy dry here. I've always been a fan of the Lineage Sleeping Pack but really haven't tried much of anything else so I thought this would be a good way to pick out the winners. So far, I'm really enjoying everything but especially the cream and the serum. 

That's it for my beauty haul.

Recent Favourites

Friday, December 23, 2016

1. Sephora Lip Stain Cream in #13 Marvelous Mauve
I put off purchasing this colour for the longest time. Why? Because it had always looked horrendous in the warm lights of Sephora. However, I'm glad to say that in normal lighting, this is such a pretty and trending colour.

2. Innisfree Lip Treatment Tint in #1 Cherry in Honey
I've reviewed this in the past before and after taking a break from it during the summer, I'm so happy to bring it back into my daily use. My lips have been crazy dry and chapped ever since it got cold here. I would put lip balm on and that'd was only like putting a bandaid on top of a crack. This lip treatment is a bit thick but it feels so wonderful on the lips and it looks beautiful too! It's like a lip gloss with a tinge of pink. My lips stay hydrated for quite a few hours and when the product wears off, they still feel a ton better than when I was just using lip balm. Plus, it tints my lip to a bright pinky natural colour. I'm actually considering getting a back up because this is all that I've been using all day everyday. The only downside is, I've noticed a little bit of leakage. To remedify this, I've been keeping it a small ziplock baggy.

3. Nars Lip Pencil in Cruella
I don't usually wear red lipstick but I thought it was really appropriate for a Christmas party I attended it earlier. The good thing about Cruella is that it's was really long lasting. Even though I had a sloppy burger, it didn't leave a bloody rim around my mouth. Instead, it stained and gracefully faded. Another thing that I really like about it is that it's not really the classic, bright Christmas red. It's still classic but slightly darker. It was surprising easy to apply for such a pigmented colour even for a red lip noob like myself. My friend loved it so much, she purchased it as well.

4. Elf Contouring Blush and Bronzer in Turks et Caicos
I picked this up spontaneously and did not expect to like it as much as I do. In pan and even in picture, the blush looks like a boring tan colour and the bronzer looks like chocolate. However, I'm glad to say that on my skin, they translate to different shades. The blush adapts to a much pinkier brown colour and the bronzer buffs right into the blush giving my cheeks even more definition. 

5. The Body Shop Body Butter and Shower Gel in British Rose
This smells like the softest, truest roses. None of that powdery rose scent, this is definitely a more modern, soft, feminine rose scent with a hint of Peony. I actually liked it so much I got the Eau de Toilet which I don't like as much. It smells completely different as the Eau de Toilet is much sweeter, which overpowers the softness found in the body butter and shower gel, and a much stronger peony note that masks the rose scent. 

6. Dawn over Riddarfjarden by Eugene Jansson
I had the pleasure of visiting the AGO to see Mystical Landscapes earlier this month. Although my friend and I were mainly there to see Monet and Van Gogh, the rest of the collection of was also impressively good. I love landscapes but I've mostly been into the Group of Seven. Eugene Jansson was a Swedish artist painter, and amongst some of the art displayed there, Dawn over Riddarfjarden was one of my favourite.

7. TV show -  Brooklyn Nine - Nine
This show  is a no brainer. No thinking at all. I've binged watch almost all three seasons while knitting (yes, I've picked up knitting). It's a comedy, police sit-com and about 20-ish minutes per episode. The main characters are slightly unlikeable but that's what makes them human. Although I've recommended this to several people, none of them liked it.

That's all my favourites for now. I apologize for the lack of updates. I've recently been addicted to online shopping so I'm sure you'll be seeing more posts soon!

What's On My Current Reading List

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Hi everyone, as winter is coming, I've been reading in my spare time. Reading was always one of my favourite past times in my childhood but like so many others, I had less and less time for it as I grew older. Today, I'm sharing with you what's on my reading shelf. As you'll see, I'm not really one to focus on a specific genre. Really! I'll read almost anything. Typically it takes me about two days to finish a book. Keep in mind that I wouldn't consider any of the books I'm reading now heavy at all. Hopefully this helps give you some reading suggestions.

1. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
I've been waiting to read this one for ages. After finishing Girl on the Train, which I really liked, and Gone Girl, I've been hooked onto the murder/thriller genre. When I first saw The Couple Next Door, the cover really intrigued me and I'm finally reading it now. Basically it's about a couple whose baby goes missing while they're over at their neighbours having a barbecue. A lot of secrets are revealed as they try to find out what happens.
Edit: I've finished this MEH in my opinion. If you didn't like Girl on The Train, you definitely won't like this one. At first it was okay but the plot became predictable and the characters one dimentional _ dislikeable. 

2. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
Where'd You Go Bernadette was the first book I read from Maria Semple and like The Couple Next Door, it was the cover that really got me. I truly enjoyed Where'd You Go Bernadette as it was witty and fast pace. I've heard that Today Will Be Different is similar to WYGB but anything from Maria Semple, I'll read. That's how sold I am from WYGB.
Edit: This is even better than WYGB. Unlike most books, I took my time and truly slowed down to savour this one. This is a character driven book that really made me think about other people's perspectives as well as life in general. I highly recommend it!

3. Bridget Jones Diary: Edge of Reason By Helen Fielding
It may seem a bit controversial but I actually read all the other books in the series (including Bridget Jones' Baby - my favorite) this month except this one. I've already seen all the movies so I don't think I'm spoiling anything for myself. All the Bridget Jones books have been funny and sweet so I'm taking this one slow to savour. If you're a fan of Bridget Jones, I highly recommend the Confessions of a Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. 

4. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
I've never read anything from this author before but I'm really enjoying the book so far. It's about a couple who finds a baby and kept it to raise as their own. Later they find out their decision to do so has caused another person grief. The movie for this recently came out in theatres but with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Girl on the Train on my to watch list, I doubt I will have time.

5. Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
The is the second book for Ruth Ware. The first one was In a Dark Dark Wood. I truly wanted to finish that one but there was a mix up and I've lost the book so I decided to move onto her second book for now. Woman in Cabin 10 is a mystery book as you can probably tell from the title. It's about a woman on a boat who witnesses another woman thrown off. However the number of passengers on the boat remains the same the next day. So it's a guessing game of whodunnit and how.

6. The Day The Crayons Quit By Drew Daywalt
I'm completely new to the realm of picture books but this one with all the sassy crayons captured my heart. Highly recommend!
Edit: I've also finished reading The Day The Crayons Came Home and it's even better. How's that possible?!

7. Eligible: A modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld
This is my first book from Curtis Sittenfeld and so far it's definitely harder for me to get through than the other books. Although the title describes it all, it's basically the Bennets meet Darcy and Bingley but in modern day America. 

That's it for now! What are some genres that you enjoy and books you recommend?

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