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Celebrate Halloween With The Spookiest Korean Cosmetics !

Published October 31, 2015 by Beauty-full Dreams

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Korean cosmetics are well-known for their cute & innovative concepts. Good news for the fright lovers out there : Korean brands are just as creative when it comes to give you chills with scary packagings and horror-themed items 😉

So grab your broom and your favorite black cat and follow me through the Dark Side of Korean beauty !

 

“Welcome To My Nightmare”

Skulls, coffins, giant spiders, weird bats, pentacles, black magic, witchcraft… you name it, Kcosme deliver 😀 Today’s main provider is Baviphat‘s sister brand Urban Dollkiss with its Tattoo Days & Black Devil lines :

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Let’s not forget Etude House’s Halloween Collection, Witch And The City, which you can admire in all its glory in my previous post 😉

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“Dead Rising”

Fans of zombie movies rejoice : you too can look like your favorite undead characters, thanks to Tony Moly and Tosowoong 😀

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By the way, those who’ve been following me for a while might remember that Skin1004 Zombie Pack was the first of this kind 😉

 

“If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)”

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Like I mentioned last January in my A Year In Kbeauty : The 5 Weirdest Concepts Of 2014 post, Holika Holika purposely designed this Pro-Beauty Bloody Oil Tint to give you vampire lips ^^

 

Ever dreamt of recreating the shower scene of “Psychose” in your own bathroom ? Want to scare the Hell out of your roommate ? Well, Tony Moly made your wish come true ! This twisted shower gel packed as a blood pouch won’t go unnoticed and the scented gel will leave red prints on whatever you touch. Perfect for wannabe horror movie directors on a budget 😉

 

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“Vampire, Vous Avez Dit Vampire ?”

LadyKin gives you the key to eternal youth : turn into a vampire (or should I say Vanpir ?) and absorb Dragon’s Blood ^^

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Don’t worry, despite the gorgeous illustration above, Dragon’s Blood is the name of a thick red resin from a tree called croton lechleri, known for its great healing properties 😀 And it’s your skin that’s going to absorb it 😉

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How could I talk about vampires without mentioning their infamous kiss ? Thank Too Cool For School for its Vampire Kiss lipstick, your best ally for drop-dead gorgeous lips no man will ever resist 😉

 

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Last but not least, enjoy some creative Halloween looks from famous makeup artist Chosungah‘s 16brand :

 

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Credits : Baviphat/Urban Dollkiss, Etude House, Tony Moly, Tosowoong, Holika Holika, LadyKin, Too Cool For School, 16brand

 

Disclaimer : No dragon, vampire, witch, bat or other spooky creature of any kind has been hurt during the writing of this post 😀

Comments are welcome, I don’t bite… well, most of the time v–v

 

See you next time for the very first Winter Holiday/Christmas Collections !

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Gmarket Haul : Etude House, Tony Moly, Holika Holika & The SAEM <3

Published March 21, 2015 by Beauty-full Dreams

Hello, my Beauties ! I know I still owe you a post on Laneige’s new Two Tone Lip Bar but I’ve just received my parcel from Gmarket and I can’t resist showing you my latest purchases ❤

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 (as usual, click to see the big picture 😉 )

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I haven’t bought Korean novelties for quite a while so I’m super excited to try these ones 😀

The SAEM items were on sale so I ordered a new Urban Eco Harakeke Cream Ex for my mum, she really loves this cream 🙂

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Since I had to restock my Holika Holika Petit BB Moisture, I also added the Clearing version (it’s supposed to keep your face sebum-free) and the Jewel-light Waterproof Eyeliner in #08 Pink Topaz

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These are the new packagings of Holika Holika Petit BB, the old one looked like this :

 

I’ve had my eyes on the Pink Topaz eyeliner for a long while but each time I ordered, it was already sold-out. Now I got it at last !

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Tony Moly had Spring sales so I bought the Magic Food Banana Hand Milk and, from Tony Moly’s brand new 2015 Spring/Summer Makeup Collection, a Kiss Lover Style Lipstick (SG02 – Pink Light) and 3 Delight Dalcom Glosses (Pineapple, Tangerine & Grape) 😀

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I also got the Perfect Lip& Eye Remover as a gift ^^

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Tony Moly Magic Food Banana Hand Milk truly looks like a real banana 😀 And it has the wonderful smell of a ripe banana too !

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The top is made of hard plastic but the body is made of rubber so it feels close to holding an actual banana too 🙂

 

And now, swatches time !

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Tony Moly Kiss Lover Style Lipstick SG02 is a beautiful strawberry pink with a nice glossy finish 😀

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My new “Delight” 😉

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Tony Moly Delight Dalcom Glosses are very comfortable to wear on your lips, they have beautiful, barely pigmented colors, nice matching fruit scents, they’re absolutely not sticky and they have an amazing mirror shine ❤

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On the last 2 pics, you can also see Holika Holika Jewel-light Waterproof Eyeliner – Pink Topaz 😉

 

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for : Etude House Color In Liquid Lips ! And Etude House gave me a Play Nail polish and Face Blur sample with it 😀

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After much hesitation, I picked the OR201 shade, Juicy In Juice. Originally, I wanted to buy the PP501 (Purple In Candy) one but I was afraid it would turn out too flashy.

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Ready for the swatches ? ;p

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As close as I tried to get to its true color, it’s actually slightly more pinkish in real life.

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Etude House Color In Liquid Lips OR201 Juicy In Juice in all its glory : a gorgeous peach-coral shade, loud, opaque, pigmented and almost neon, I absolutely love it ❤ And it feels amazing on your lips, as if you’re wearing nothing yet it keeps them moisturized ^-^

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(for those who don’t know yet, all my pics are taken without flash, indoor and under natural light 😉 )

 

Last but not least, Etude House Play Nails #6 Innocent Strawberry Syrup :

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It’s a pretty sheer nail polish so it took 3 layers to get this result. I’m glad I got to try it, this shade is beautiful, it’s very easy to apply and it has a super glossy finish !

 

As you can guess, I’m so happy with this order !! Once again Etude House color charts & pics were totally off, the Color In Liquid Lips shades are so much more beautiful in real life ❤ Now that I know, I’ll probably buy more of them later ^^ Also, I have a major crush on Tony Moly’s 2015 Spring Summer lipsticks & glosses, so maybe more of them too in my next order 😉 And some Etude House Play Nails would be nice too 😀

 

Reviews coming soon !

 

Chu From The Zoo : Holika Holika Golden Monkey Glamour Lips 3-Step Kit !

Published February 5, 2015 by Beauty-full Dreams

After turning our skins into a pig nose, Holika Holika is now trying to give us monkey lips ! Yes, you read it right and no, I don’t drink & I don’t do drugs (but someone at Holika Holika visibly does…) 😀

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Holika Holika Golden Monkey Glamour Lips 3-Step Kit is a special treatment for dry lips that’s meant to give you moist, firm & sexy lips in 3 easy steps

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Just like the Pig Clear Black Head 3-Step Kit, each sheet is actually made of 3 sachets, one for each step. Here we have the Lip Peeling Patch, a peeling cotton sheet, the Volume Lip Pack, an hydrogel mask and the Honey Lip Essence, a non-sticky moisturizing lip care.

 

So how do we use this ?

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Step 1 : After washing your face, take the Lip Peeling Patch out and gently rub on your lips. Then gently wipe your lips with a tissue or rinse with water.

Step 2: Take the Volume Lip Pack out and place it on your lips. Wait for about 15 mn before removing the patch. Gently pat your lips and around your mouth with your fingers so that the remaining essence can be absorbed.

Step 3: Spread the Honey Lip Essence evenly on your lips. Apply generously to make the dry areas feel better.

 

But why the monkey thing, I hear you wonder ? Well, Golden Monkeys from the Yunnan province are known for their natural big pink lips 😀

 

Credits : Holika Holika, translation by myself

 

 

Next time, feel the punch of pastel with eSpoir new Spring Collection !

 

A YEAR IN KBEAUTY : THE 5 WEIRDEST CONCEPTS OF 2014

Published January 4, 2015 by Beauty-full Dreams

Some concepts are so innovating that they come out as plain weird ;p Which doesn’t mean that these products are bad or anything, they’re probably quite good actually and, if I have the chance, I’ll be happy to try them 🙂 I just find them and/or the way they are marketed pretty funny ^^

So, here are the most bizarre items released in 2014 :

Berrisom My Lip Tint Pack

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A lip pack that acts like a lip tint !

 

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Apply a thick and even layer of Berrisom My Lip Tint Pack on your lips, wait for 5 to 10 minutes then peel off the dried pack. Et voilà, your lips are tinted for the next 12 hours ! (Be careful though to keep your lips slightly open when you apply the pack & when you wait for it to dry 😉 )

 

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Available in 8 colors : Bubble Pink, Lovely Peach, Sexy Red, Pure Pink, Candy Orange, Chic Purple and the brand new Virgin Red & Vivid Scarlet

 

 

EZN Shaking Pudding Hair Color

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Hair colors have already been sold in liquid, gel, cream, oil, spray, powder, foam and God-knows-what forms so why not a pudding texture. The problem is the big fat pudding on the packaging and in the CF creates a not that great mental image of applying something thick, gelatinous and sticky on your hair… That aside, from what I heard EZN Shaking Pudding Hair Color is a great hair color with vivid shades (if you can stand its very strong smell).

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Haru Lady Up Vibration Facial Cleansing Brush

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3 vibrating brushes to help you to thoroughly cleanse your face and pores may be efficient,

 

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too bad this cleansing tool looks like an alien or an alien hand ;p

 

Holika Holika Pro-Beauty Bloody Oil Tint

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Holika Holika kinda comes back to its roots with this item, back in the good old days when “magical” was the keyword, products sold in potion bottles and jars and the guys from CNBlue posed dressed as vampires/sorcerers holding a black cat ❤ Ah, nostalgia… (I’ll never get over the fact they gave up the magic for a generic cutesy look)

Anyway, this Pro-Beauty Bloody Oil Tint is a tint-in-oil product, like It’s Skin Babyface Oil Drop. The oil part is here to moisturize your lips and gives a shiny finish while the tint obviously colors your lips. Just shake the tube to mix them together and apply 🙂 So, where’s the catch ? Well, Holika Holika didn’t create it like any ordinary lipwear, it’s specifically designed to give you vampire lips, hence the “bloody” part of the name ! How about that ? 😀

 

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Skin1004 Zombie Pack

If you’re a horror movie fan, you know that zombies have been all the rage for the past couple of years. Here’s your chance to (temporary, thank God) become one while using this mask !

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This lifting, whitening, pore-tightening mask cracks while drying, creating strange zombie-like lines on your face 😀

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See it in action here :

 

 

Credits : Berrisom, Dongsung Pharm/EZN, Haru, Holika Holika & Skin1004

 

coming soon : brace yourself for the very 1rst trend of 2015 !

 

 

12 Days Of K-XMAS : Shuffle It All – My Own Glittery Favorites

Published December 21, 2014 by Beauty-full Dreams

On the 5th Day of Christmas, I decided to share with you some all-time Korean gems from my own vault ❤

 

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Pretty pearlish and glittery polishes : Modi Glam Nails S02 “Soul Touch”, Scandal B5851 “Pistachio”, Castledew Color Shot Nail 9799 “Emerald Fairy”, Konad R59 “Sky Blue”, Missha Lucid Nail Polish “GPP02”, Konad R10 “Light Gold” and Scandal S060 “Mocha Sparkle”.

 

And because beauty knows no season and some spring & summer items can turn into great allies for a Christmas/New Year look, let me show you how to make the best ot the following cosmetics :

 

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Peripera Sweet Meringue was last year’s spring collection but the solid white “glitters” inside make perfect snowflakes 😉 The 4 colors are : Soda Meringue, Lemon Meringue, Strawberry Meringue and Mint Meringue.

 

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Holika Holika Jewel-light Waterproof Eyeliner One Carat Diamond and 18k Gold are both tear liners but used as regular eyeliners, they’ll make your eyes sparkle like no other ! On the other hand, the pigmented lamé finish of summery Etude House Proof 10 Liquid Liner Blue Coolpix and Turkey Green will add depth to your party makeup 🙂

As you already know, last year’s summer hits from Etude House, Bling In The SeaProof 10 Color Eye Stick Sand Gold, Ocean Wave Blue and Proof 10 Bling Eye Stick Sea Ripples, make terrific shimmery eyeshadows. But have you thought about using the Sand Gold one as a tear liner, or, much more daring, leave a trail of the Sea Ripples green glitters under your eyebrow or at the outer corner of your eyes ?

And how about a light swipe (use a big powder brush) of Etude House Sweet Recipe Chocolate Highlighter, if you have fair skin, or The SAEM Allys Ajell Jelly Cushion Shadow #4 “Cushion Beige” (for darker skins) all over the face instead of your usual powder for a subtle extra glow ?

 

 

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Tony Moly Body Glow Lotion – Too Sexy comes from this year’s summer collection but this bronzer will give a sexy touch to your arms, legs and cleavage ! Just use it sparsely and blend it well into your skin 😉

Etude House V-line Slim Maker #1 Wood Brown & Sun Gold is meant for contouring but, just like the Sweet Recipe Chocolate Highlighter, it makes a nice shimmery powder. Mine is the Aloha one but it has just been renewed into a holiday special edition 😉

More than making your favorite eyeshadows last longer, Etude House Look At My Eyes Pearl Shadow Base can also turn into a nice cream highlighter if applied under your eyes, in the middle of your forehead, on the bridge of your nose, on your cheekbones and in the middle of your chin 😀

And if Etude House Sweet Recipe Dear My Jelly Lip-talk  “A Slice Of Tangy Lemon” is too discreet for a Christmas & New Year look, don’t forget that its pink glitters and glossy tranparent finish will boost any of your regular lipstick ^^

So, I hope you enjoyed this post and found my advice somehow interesting !

 

Next time, let’s get Frozen once again with Peripera !

Holika Holika I Want Chu 03 Mojito Kiss & 04 Cherry Coke Kiss Review

Published March 8, 2014 by Beauty-full Dreams

Hello my beauties, I’m back from my break ! Lots of news & reviews to come on Beauty-full Dreams, but first let’s talk about Holika Holika I Want Chu Mojito Kiss & Cherry Coke Kiss ^^

Back in my 1rst year of uni, flavored lipwear was all the rage and I got myself a pretty cool collection of vanilla, coconut & pomegranate shimmery lipsticks, lemon, coconut, strawberry, grape, green apple, melon & mint extra shiny glosses and strawberry, cherry, apricot, pineapple & tropical fruit fragrant lipbalms ^^ So, years later, I definitely couldn’t miss out on these babies :

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Holika Holika I Want Chu is a line of 4 flavored lipbalm sets :

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No. 01 Strawberry Smoothie Kiss (Refreshing Strawberry + Yogurt), No. 02 Milky Soda Kiss (Pure Milk + Refreshing Soda), No. 03 Mojito Kiss (Sour Lemon + Cool Mint) and No. 04 Cherry Coke Kiss (Sweet Cherry + Bouncing Cola)

As you noticed, they’re all sold by pairs and here’s the twist : these lipbalms are meant to be used by couples to share delicious sweet and sour kisses 🙂

Of course, the cocktail-loving, 90’s nostalgic me picked Mojito Kiss and Cherry Coke Kiss :

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As you can see, the men’s lipbalms have mustaches printed on them, while the women’s ones have lips. Holika Holika chose rather tamed flavors for men, like yogurt, soda, mint or slightly more exotic cola, so they don’t run away screaming in horror when you ask them to put girly cake & candy flavors on their lips ;P

Holika Holika I Want Chu Mojito Kiss is a lemon & mint duo. I’m a bit disappointed they didn’t use lime like the actual cocktail but I guess that the contrast between a green lime lipbalm and a blue mint one wouldn’t have been enough, visually speaking.

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Holika Holika I Want Chu Cherry Coke Kiss is obviously a…

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famous 90’s drink

line in a famous 90’s song

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… cherry & cola duo ^-^

Despite their different flavors, these lipbalms all share the same characteristics :

1/ they smell incredibly good !! They don’t smell like real fruits & stuff but their scents remind me of the taste of candies I used to love as a child :

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Sour Lemon

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Cool Mint

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Sweet Cherry

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Bouncing Cola

2/ they’re pretty sheer & glossy on the lips :

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Mojito Kiss (left = lemon, right = mint)

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Cherry Coke Kiss (left = cola, right = cherry)

3/ they’re doing a fine job as lipbalms, thanks to their many moisturizing and nourishing ingredients like glycerin, sunflower seed oil, jojoba, candelilla wax, tocopheryl acetate (= vitamin E), kiwi, lemon, apple, honey, acerola, melon, mulberry root, raspberry, blueberry and strawberry extracts, etc.

Sweet Talk :

“Romantic Lip Balm for delicious kiss you will never forget !”

The Naked Truth :

“Romantic” ? I don’t know. “Delicious” ? You’ll be the judge. But overly sweet, that’s for sure. And I don’t mean sweet as “our feelings are so pure kissing you feels like floating on a cloud” but rather “your lips taste so sugary, one more kiss and I’ll get cavities”. These lipbalms do have a faint flavor when you lick your (or somebody else’s) lips but you’ll barely taste it because of the sugar overload. Seriously, I have a sweet tooth and they’re even too sugary for me !! And the worse part is that if the lipbalms are very easy to remove, the sugar taste remains long after them ! This is a very surprising move because men in general (and Asian men in particular) aren’t that keen on sweet stuff, and even those who are won’t stand the level of sugar of these I Want Chu lipbalms…

So, Holika Holika I Want Chu Mojito Kiss & Cherry Coke Kiss in a nutshell…

Nice Texture ? Yes, they glide easily and you don’t feel them on your lips

Pleasant smell ? Oh yeah !!! Why the taste doesn’t match the scent ?? So unfair 😦

Easy to use ? Yes

Comfortable ? Yes, even on dry lips 🙂

Effective ? As a lipbalm yes, but not for the flavored kisses 😦

Long lasting ? Like any lipbalm, you need to reapply it through the day. Good luck getting rid of the sugar taste though !

Nice color ? Yes, sheer & glossy

Good value ? As lipbalms, yes ($8.77 per set, each set includes 2 tubes of 3.7 g each). As flavored lipbalms, don’t waste your money on them…

Holika Holika I Want Chu is a big letdown : the concept is fun, the lipbalms are effective as such, they smell incredibly good & give a nice glossy finish to your lips but the overpowering sweet taste ruins everything ! Too bad, without this sugary mess these lipbalms would have been one of the best products of 2013…

See you next time for my long overdue thoughts on Etude House Sweet Recipe Dear My Jelly Lips-talk ^^

Etude House Bling In The Sea, Dear My Jelly Lips-talk and Holika Holika I Want Chu Swatches

Published January 20, 2014 by Beauty-full Dreams

As promised, here are some swatches from my latest Gmarket order :

Etude House Bling In The Sea Proof 10 Color Eye Stick BL602 Ocean Wave Blue

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Even though it has a blue sticker on the cap, is called “Ocean Wave Blue and looks blue when you open it, this eye stick is actually a green shade

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A green-blue aqua kind of shade if you prefer, but still green 😉 And extremely shiny ❤

Etude House Sweet Recipe Dear My Jelly Lips-talk JPK004 Grapefruit Syrup

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My 3rd Sweet Recipe Dear My Jelly Lips-talk ! So after “A Mouthfull Of Cotton Candy” and “A Slice Of Tangy Lemon”, please welcome my new “Grapefruit Syrup”

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I’m kidding ! Although a neon glow-in-the-dark orange lipstick would be fun 😀  I just like the way it looks hit by a ray of sun, but its real color is this :

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And like all the Dear My Jelly Lips-talk lipsticks, don’t take the bright solid color of the tube for granted :

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Holika Holika I Want Chu “Mojito Kiss” & “Cherry Coke Kiss”

I Want Chu is a set of 2 lipbalms, 1 for you & 1 for your boyfriend, aiming to add some extra flavor to your kisses ^^ There are 4 different sets but I only picked 2 : “Mojito Kiss” & “Cherry Coke Kiss”.

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Mojito Kiss = Mint + Lemon

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No flash, inside. Left = Lemon, right = Mint

These lipbalms all have a delicious smell but they’re pretty sheer, although glossy, on the skin. Except the Cherry one, which is a bit more pigmented :

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Cherry Coke Kiss = Cherry + Cola

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No flash, inside. Left = Cola, right = Cherry

That’s all for now ! Next time, I’ll tell you if It’s Skin Apple Peeling Tissue is really worth buying, so stay tuned 😉