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The Sweet Recipe Collection is a Sweet Temptation

Published March 27, 2013 by Beauty-full Dreams

Hello my beauties ! I’ve been pretty busy these days so I couldn’t review the rest of my Sweet Recipe items like I intended to… Luckily, I have some free time now, so expect more posts from me 🙂 But before telling you everything about the Jelly Lips-Talk, Cupcake All Over Color and Chocolate Highlighter, let me show you the latest addition to my little collection :

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Etude House Sweet Recipe Chocolate Smudge Liner in Dark Chocolate !

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I’ve been wanting this eyeliner right from the start (guess why… ) yet I wasn’t sure about the color.

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But who could say no to  such a cute little chocolate ?

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I haven’t tried it yet but I think the color will go well with my black lashes 🙂

So, here’s my own collection of Sweet Recipe cosmetics for now :

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Reviews coming soon ^^

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Etude House Sweet Recipe Cotton Candy Ball Review

Published March 12, 2013 by Beauty-full Dreams

Next in my Sweet Recipe series, here’s the review of the Etude House Sweet Recipe Cotton Candy Ball !

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Like all the other Sweet Recipe items, this Cotton Candy Ball has a fun and colorful packaging that immediately makes you want to grab it 🙂 This time, it’s a transparent milkshake cup (think Lioele Vita Shake Pack) decorated with the cute Sweet Recipe logo, showing off what looks like soft marshmallows made of cotton candy. These blue, pink, white and yellow bits are actually cotton balls specifically designed to help you remove any type of nail polish in a fast and efficient way.

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Etude House Sweet Recipe Cotton Candy Balls truly deserve their name : they’re really as soft and fluffy as the fun fair sugary treat ^^

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I have a little story regarding this item : when I was a little girl, my mum had the exact same cotton balls to remove her nail polish. But they disappeared from the stores a long long time ago so when I saw the Sweet Recipe Cotton Candy Balls, I bought them for her. When I received my parcel and look at the label on the back of the packaging, I was very surprised to discover that they were actually made in France, my home country !

Sweet Talk :

“This is 100% natural nail remover cotton that gently absorbs and is easily used by tearing off desired amount of pieces. (…) Use when removing nail colors that are difficult to clean off (Ex. Colors with glitter). When used as extended cotton spread  Cotton transforms into a thin 15cm spread once pulled and extended from one end. One cotton ball is sufficient to remove nails colors on all ten fingernails when cotton is soaked thoroughly with nail remover.”

The Naked Truth :

In order to check all these claims, I started by unrolling one of these sweet cotton balls…

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… and, yes, it really turned into a 15cm piece, the extra bit you see was due to pulling a bit too strongly. Because, if the lenghth is accurate, Etude House doesn’t mention how tricky it really is to spread these Cotton Candy Balls as the light and fluffy cotton easily tears off.

Next, the nail removing part ! Once again, I seeked my mum’s help and asked her to paint her nails 😉

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She used various Etude House and Peripera nail polishes, including the super glittery Etude House Dear Darling Bling Bling Extreme Pink (see the pic above).

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Then she soaked the spread cotton ball with nail remover (Maybelline Gentle Remover – Weak Nails, one of my few non-Korean beauty products) and started to remove the polishes. And the results were ?

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Ta-da ! Everything came off very easily, from the neon orange to the matte yellow and, of course, the very shiny Bling Bling hot pink ^^ She only painted 8 of her nails but, as you can see, there’s still room on the cotton piece, so yes it’s enough for 10 nails 🙂

Here are the nail polishes she used :

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So, Etude House Sweet Recipe Cotton Candy Ball in a nutshell…

Nice texture ? Yes

Nice color ? Yes

Easy to use ? Yes

Effective ? Yes !

Good value ? Yes ! ($1.88/30 pieces)

Etude House Sweet Recipe Cotton Candy Ball is a great buy ! Not only does it look like a cute cup of fluffy marshmallows but it’s very effective, even against the hardest nail polishes to remove. And one ball being enough to clean 10 nails, it’s also very cost-effective !

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Plagiarism Won’t Be Tolerated

Published March 8, 2013 by Beauty-full Dreams

To whom it may concern,

I was browsing some beauty blogs this morning to see the different opinions about the Sweet Recipe cosmetics when I found your blog. When I read ‘your’ Candy Stick – Orange Candy review, I couldn’t believe it : on my screen were displayed several of my own sentences taken from my own review, but incorporated into your text to make it look like you actually wrote them. Disgusting and pathetic.

Who are you kidding ? Do you really think that deliberately adding a grammatical mistake or changing a single word to the whole sentences you plagiarized will turn them into your own work ?

I’m not for name-dropping and I surely don’t want to publicize your blog so I won’t disclose your name here (at least for now). But steal anything from me again and, trust me,  I won’t go easy on you. And this goes for anyone who could be tempted to do the same.

You’ve been warned.

Gmarket Etude House Sweet Recipe 2nd Order

Published March 4, 2013 by Beauty-full Dreams

Look at what I received this morning…

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… a Gmarket parcel !

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Any guess about what I ordered this time ? 😉

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Let me give you a hint : it’s probably the sweetest makeup ever 🙂

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You guessed it right ! I couldn’t help buying more Etude House Sweet Recipe items ^-^

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But first, a fresh bottle of one of my absolute must-have cosmetics : Baviphat Milk Moisture Lip&Eye Remover !

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And It’s Skin Sensitive Cream for my mum 🙂

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Here they are : I now proudly present Etude House Sweet Recipe Chocolate Highlighter, Dear My Jelly Lip-talk JBE101 and Cupcake All Over Color OR202 !

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The best white chocolate bar to date : looks yummy, beautifies your skin and has zero calory 😉

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I wanted to buy this shade last time but I wasn’t sure how it would turn out so I waited to see it swatched…

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… but I was right from the start, this “Slice of Tangy Lemon” and its pretty pink sparkles were made to join my makeup collection ^-^

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How about a Sweet (Recipe) Cupcake (All Over Color)  for dessert ? 😉

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This Peach Sugar Cake has a lovely blush color and the sunny smell of a tasty peach 🙂

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Freebies time : Etude House Baking Powder Cleansing Foam Moist and It’s Skin Pure Moisture Gel & Toma Jelly Cream !

Coming up next : the Etude House Cotton Candy Ball review !

Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Sticks Review

Published March 1, 2013 by Beauty-full Dreams

Finally, it’s time for the Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Sticks review ! So, grab a (soft) drink, sit back, relax and enjoy these yummy little treats made in Korea 🙂

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Let’s be honest, a big part of the Sweet Recipe line success lies in its highly attractive packagings, and these Candy Sticks are no exception. They truly look like a colorful spring version of the famous Christmas candy canes and that was enough for me to buy them 🙂

Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Sticks come in 3 different colors :

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Lemon Candy,

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Orange Candy

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and Strawberry Candy.

As you can see, the curvy part comes off to reveal a matching tube that comes out thanks to a twist-up base. What you don’t see though is that these lovely Candy Sticks are no ordinary lipstick, lip gloss or lip balm but a tint gloss 🙂 And a color-changing one, to boot !

Here’s what the colors look like on the back of my hand :

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Lemon Candy : 1, 2 & 3 swipes

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Orange Candy : 1, 2 & 3 swipes

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Strawberry Candy : 1, 2 & 3 swipes

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The 3 colors swatched together : top left = Lemon Candy, bottom left = Orange Candy and right = Strawberry Candy

But color-changing products adapt their shades according to the pH of the skin, so the results are a bit different on the lips. Take a look at these pics :

(left = 1 swipe, right = 2 swipes)

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Lemon Candy

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Orange Candy

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Strawberry Candy

These Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Sticks are really easy to apply since they glide perfectly on your lips. One major plus is that they’re not sticky. As you can see on the photos above, they turn into beautiful colors that show nicely without being too obvious. And each candy cane has a wonderful smell of lemon, orange or strawberry hard candies 🙂 They even get a matching taste, in case you lick your lips accidently 😉

Sweet Talk :

Etude House promises us a “lasting, vibrant” tint gloss that “instantly turns into a lovely color” and that makes your lips “smoother and more resilient” thanks to its “5 plant extracts (bilberry, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange, and lemon) and xylitol”, the xylitol adding a “refreshing feeling”.

The Naked Truth :

Well, lots of things to say about these sweet little sticks. First off, if the colors are indeed lovely, the change is far from being instant : allow a couple of minutes for the actual color to show completely. That’s why you should be very careful when applying them, wait for the full color change of the 1rst swipe before deciding whether to add more. Otherwise, you may end up with a much stronger shade than expected. “Vibrant” ? Not really, as the colors are more on the natural side. “Lasting” ? Depends on your what you’re looking at. The gloss part (which by the way is much glossier on photos than in live, my It’s Skin Macaron Lip Balms are more shiny than these candy canes) rubs off pretty fast, leaving marks on everything that comes in contact with your lips (glasses, food, skin, etc.). On the other hand, the tint part will stay until you remove it, and even a bit after… Because the Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Sticks are a pain to get rid of. Here’s a pic of my hand after using a cotton pad soaked with my beloved Baviphat Milk Moisture Lip&Eye Remover once  :

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Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Sticks do contain the 5 extracts plus xylitol, as stated. I translated the full composition below :

Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Triethylhexanoin, Diisostearyl maleate, Caprylic / Capric Triglycerides, Glycerol sebacate / isopropyl palmitate, Polybutene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Ozokerite, Ceresin, Synthetic wax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydrogenated castor oil isostearate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Ethylene / propylene copolymers, Xylitol, Bilberry fruit / leaf extract, Sugar cane extract, Lemon extract, Orange extract, Sugar maple extract, Polyethylene, Glyceryl Caprylate, Water, Fragrance, Red 202 (CI 15850:1), Red 218 (CI 45410:1), Yellow 4 (CI 19140)

Still, I’ve never felt the promised “refreshing feeling” of the xylitol. As for the “smoother and more resilient” lips, don’t count on it either : the Candy Sticks aren’t moisturizing so you’re going to end up with a bit dry to very dry lips instead, depending on your initial condition.

Oh, and last minute advice : beware of the twist-up system, even if you use it carefully and never let your Candy Stick fall, it might randomly get stuck and you’ll have to push back the tube yourself. I know, it happened to 2 of my sticks out of 3 !

So, Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Sticks in a nutshell…

Nice Texture ? Yes

Pleasant smell ? Oh yeah !

Easy to use ? Yes

Comfortable ? Not so much if you have dry lips

Effective ? Nope

Long lasting ? Globally, no. But you’ll have a hard time getting rid of the tint…

Nice color ? Yes

Good value ? Yes ($4.27/2g)

Despite their pretty shades and wonderful fruit candy smells, these Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Sticks are quite disappointing. Now if you don’t have dry lips and don’t mind rubbing your lips with point remover until the tint finally goes off completely, you can give them a try. Or if you’re looking for a really cheap alternative to permanent makeup 😉