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Plagiarism For Dummies Ch.2 : Here We Go Again !

Published April 1, 2015 by Beauty-full Dreams

Those of you who’ve been following me long enough (thank you ❤ ) know that 2 years ago I had to deal with plagiarism when a so-called “blogger” copied & paste part of my Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Stick Review. I warned everyone who could be tempted to do the same that I will never tolerate plagiarism. Obviously today’s case didn’t read this post…

Still, the “Protected By Copyscape Do Not Copy” yellow logo on the top right should have been a good indication. It’s clearly not here just because it looks pretty. Neihter is the “translation by myself” mention in the credits of my news, it means “Back off, it’s my work”. Maybe I should write it in French for you to understand ??

Best part ? She’s one of my followers and I follow her blog too. Never thought I would find out through WordPress Reader ? How dumb (and hypocritical) was that ?!

Like the other thief (yes, because stealing somebody else’s work is a theft, ma chère), I won’t display her name or blog link. She ripped off my translation & description to gain more traffic and already benefited enough from it, there’s no way I’m gonna offer her free publicity on my very own blog to boot.

Yet, I can prove that she copied a whole paragraph (the one where I describe each product & translate all of their names) from my Etude House Dreaming Swan post and made it pass for her own writing 3 days later. Same layout, same way to put the number of colors/designs either in brackets or in a sentence, same words describing nail polish shades she can’t have seen for herself, even the exact same sentence, who the hell are you kidding ?!

She claims she got it from Etude House Instagram : liar ~ Etude House Instagram pics never showed the whole collection, the shades/designs for each item nor the names of all the products. And Etude House fb, twitter, blog, website, yt channel didn’t either. I got my info from a PR pic that wasn’t publicly released by Etude House, that’s why I didn’t include it in my post.

I know that a good chunk of the beauty bloggers out there -not restricted to Korean cosmetics, btw- are only here for sponsoring and perks (there’s absolutely nothing wrong with sponsoring and getting free stuff, but when it’s your only motivation to maintain a blog, that’s low) but pushing the fame-craving to the point of stealing other people’s work is just pathetic. And it won’t be tolerated by me.

To your sorry a** and other losers like you :

Steal one more thing from me & face the consequences.

You’ve been warned.

 

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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.

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 😉

Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Sticks Swatches

Published February 15, 2013 by Beauty-full Dreams

I was kindly requested by Lydia to swatch my Etude House Candy Sticks, so here they are !

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The 3 Candy Sticks : Orange Candy, Strawberry Candy and Lemon Candy

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1 swipe of Strawberry Candy / Orange Candy / Lemon Candy

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2 swipes of Strawberry Candy / Orange Candy / Lemon Candy

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Look at the nice glossy finish 🙂

I only swatched them on my hand so I can’t tell you how they feel on the lips nor what their lasting power is. But I can tell you they glide really easily, they have beautiful glossy colors that show well and they have the yummy smells of strawberry, orange and lemon candies ^^

Be careful when applying them, though, as they’re not regular lipglosses or lipsticks but tint glosses. Which means that the color will get a little bit darker after a few seconds of application and that if you do too many swipes, it will be pretty difficult to remove all the color. Even my beloved Baviphat Milk Moisture Lip & Eye Remover couldn’t get rid of the tints completely. On the other hand, even if you accidently rub off the gloss, the base color will still remain on your lips.

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After rubbing them strongly with my finger tip…

I will post a full review of these Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Sticks next week. Meanwhile, you can grab them on Gmarket (Etude House is having a 20-30% sale until tomorrow), but be quick because most of the Sweet Recipe items were already sold-out 2 days ago !

And if you want me to swatch or review a particular item, do like Lydia and leave me a comment, I’ll gladly oblige 😉

My Etude House Sweet Recipe Order From Gmarket !

Published February 11, 2013 by Beauty-full Dreams

When the Sweet Recipe spring makeup line was revealed by Etude House, I had an instant crush on some of the items. Thus on February 1rst, the official release day of the range, I rushed on Gmarket to buy them ^_^  And my parcel finally arrived this morning !

Here are the photos of my order :

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The long (well, not so long) awaited parcel 🙂

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They’re finally here !

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Only a few layers of bubble wrap between me and them 😉

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My beloved products !

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But first, the Holika Holika Luminous Silk BB #2, for my mum. Look at this delicate and feminine packaging !

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A few other Etude House items : Happy Teatime Green Tea Cleansing Tissue, Happy Teatime Milk Tea Cleansing Cream and Look At My Eyes Pearl Shadow Base

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The Sweet Recipe cosmetics !! Let me introduce you the Baby Choux Bases (Mint Choux and Peach Choux), the Cotton Candy Ball, the Candy Sticks (Orange Candy, Strawberry Candy and Lemon Candy) and the Dear My Jelly Lips-Talk JPK003 (Cotton Candy) 🙂

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The 3 fruit-smelling tint glosses…

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… and the gorgeous jelly lipstick ^-^

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I also received 2 gifts from Etude House : a Pearl Extract Mask and a Missing U – I Can Fly bathrobe

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It’s really soft and warm 🙂

So, as you can guess, I am very happy with my order ! Buying from Gmarket is easy once you know how to do it and shipping is fast. If you want me to explain how to place an order from Gmarket, just ask me, I’ll make a post about it.

I haven’t tried my Sweet Recipe items yet but everything looks great ! Reviews are coming pretty soon, so stay tuned !

Etude House Sweet Recipe Spring Makeup Collection Revealed !

Published January 25, 2013 by Beauty-full Dreams

Etude House is about to release its most delicious makeup line ever !

Two days after the CF feat. SHINee members and f(x)‘s Krystal and Sulli introducing the Jelly Lips-Talk, one of the new items from the upcoming Sweet Recipe spring makeup collection, Etude House has just revealed the entire line of products through its website. Inspired by the famous Hansel & Gretel tale, the Sweet Recipe collection will include :

Ice Cream Nails, 4 lovely nail polishes dressed as ice cream cones showing off their sparkly sherbet colors : Candy Fondant Mint Chocolate Chip, Energy Up Lemon Sherbet, Sour and Sweet Apricot Candy and Sparkling Strawberry Star Candy

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Baby Choux Base, a moisturizing makeup base that’s supposed to make your skin as smooth as a baby’s. The Baby Choux Base comes in 3 colors, Mint Choux, Berry Choux and Peach Choux

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Chocolate Smudge Liner : 2 adorable eyeliners (Dark Chocolate Brown and Milk Chocolate Brown) shaped like Valentine’s Day chocolates that can double as creamy eyeshadows

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Cupcake Eyes, a collection of 5 duo eyeshadows that strongly reminds me of the Sweet Eye CuPcake line (also by Etude House). The 5 varieties are Sweet Berry/Lemon Mousse, Mango, Maple Syrup/Chocolate, Blueberry/Strawberry and Chocolate Chip/Mint

The new Cupcake Eyes

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… VS. the old Sweet Eye CuPcakes

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Candy Stick, 3 tint glosses (Strawberry Candy, Orange Candy and Lemon Candy) looking like Christmas candy canes that contain bilberry, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange and lemon extracts

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Dear My Jelly Lips-Talk, a jellybean-inspired lipstick that comes in 8 colorful shades : light pink (I’m sorry I can’t figure out the name 😦 ), Strawberry, Orange, Mango, Lemon, Cotton Candy, Grapefruit and Prune

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Credits : Etude House

Etude House Sweet Recipe spring makeup collection will be on sale starting February 1rst, so don’t miss it ! Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on the Candy Sticks and Jelly Lips-Talk 🙂