- Sunday, 15 March 2015 -

Korean Makeup Haul (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

Hello my lovelies! Firstly, I want to wish all the wonderful mamas out there a very happy Mother's Day and I hope your day is just as beautiful as you are! If I could insert a hundred heart eye emojis into this post I would, because I can't stop drooling over the cuteness that is Korean cosmetics: their packaging, their presentation - everything about Korean makeup screams kawaii. I've always been mesmerised by novelty makeup, ever since I was a teenager and got my grubby hands on my first Lip Smackers cola lip balm, a frenzy began, and I needed to feed this newfound addiction. 

I've read reviews stating that Asian makeup is lightyears ahead of its time, whereas Western makeup is formed for function, Asain makeup injects fun and quirkiness into their products as well as fulfilling their purpose. A tad jaded by UK cosmetics and wanting to experiment and experience something fresh and new, I placed a mass order on Amazon, ranging from snail gel to heart shaped lipstick; I had to have it all. I played it safe and strayed away from any unknown brands, purchasing from the likes of Etude House, Holika Holika and Tonymoly - all of which provide super cute products, that really put the 'fun' into functional.  

Wanting to branch out from my usual allegiance to MAC, Illamasqua and the likes, I purchased the two most beautiful lipsticks I've ever laid eyes on. To the left stands Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips in a ravishing deep red. With application proving unbelievably smooth, it glides on the lips leaving them vivid and glossy. The colour is also quite malleable, only really needing topping up after hours of use. On the right is Holika Holika Heartful Silky Lipstick and of course the first thing that catches your eye is its charmingly cute shape. The lipstick itself is richly pigmented and applies silky smooth and creamy with a lovely matte finish. 

There's no way around it; the mere thought of this next product makes me squirm. With its key ingredient being mucus, otherwise known as snail slime, this gel has amazing regenerative properties, keeping your skin even, banishing blemishes, smoothing scars and acting as a great moisturiser. The gel itself boasts no aroma (thank GOD) and after a fortnight of applying it before bed, my skin has definitely perked up, appearing brighter and smoother. This product has been described as "miracle gel" as it acts as an all rounder solution for just about anything.

 This Minnie Mouse compact from Etude House is the epitome of cuteness. I love how it's divided into an assortment of pearly colours: pink, peach and lavender, giving your face gorgeously glowing definition. The Minnie Mouse range is exclusive to Etude House and I absolutely adore its polka dot packaging. The only qualm I have with the compact is that I so wish it came with an accompanying mirror, however I won't let something so trivial take away from its cuteness!

Shaped like a cupcake and smelling of strawberries, this next product is good enough to eat! Another Etude House creation, the Sweet Recipe Cupcake All Over Colour is a cream textured colour for lips, cheeks and even eyes! The smell is scrumptious and although I've only experimented with it on my lips and cheeks, I'm happy to report that the colour is creamy, pigmented and oh so delicious!

I'm always on the hunt for a good highlighter. I love how that with a simple stroke, highlighter can transform a dull appearance to a shimmering elegance. Having experimented with mostly creams in the past, most highlighters I've tried tend to either sit awkwardly on the face or wipe away any traces of foundation altogether (No7 Highlighter Stick, I'm looking at you). I applied Etude House's Secret Beam highlighter across my cheekbones and on the bridge on my nose, giving my face a dewy look. I've fallen head over heels in love with this powder as it brightens up my complexion, definitely making it my new go-to highlighter.

This next product is a new discovery of mine: the Tonymoly Hello Bunny Perfume Bar. Usually when I'm out and about, I like to carry with me a small sample of perfume or body spray in my bag, just to keep me feeling fresh throughout the day. However, sometimes these fragrances can be quite overpowering, usually to the point where I start sneezing my head off because I've applied too much. If this is sounding way too familiar to you, well, I think I've found the perfect solution! The Hello Bunny Perfume Bar is essentially a creamy stick of perfume that you can apply on your wrist, neck etc for a subtle scent. Available in a range of aromas, I opted for Baby Powder. The bunny bar is small enough to fit in your purse and I can't help but find myself smiling as I'm greeted with the adorable kawaii packaging. 

What I haven't photographed individually but is displayed above, are the Tonymoly Fruit Princess Lip Gloss and the Holika Holika Honey Sleeping Pack. The lipgloss is fresh and fruity, formulated with shea butter, it leaves your lips hydrated and smelling lush for hours. The Holika Holika sleeping pack has three options: blueberry, acerola and canola, all different for different purposes. I chose the blueberry sleeping pack, as blueberries are rich in anthocyanins and vitamins that help skin to look supple and youthful. Smelling just like honey, the consistency is think but applies smoothly. Even though I've only tried it a handful of times, it leaves my skin feeling bouncier - definitely a routine to invest in.

Have you ever tried any Asian products before?

  1. You've picked up some of my absolute favourite products here, Claire! Etude House lipstick formula is probably one of the best, and they have such a wide range of shades and finishes. I find their skincare a bit abrasive, but their makeup is always a dream - and gorgeously packaged.

    I was in korea when the 'snail craze' started (before that it was tomato...) and the funniest memory I have is being inside a Missha store, and the lady asking two gentlemen buying gifts for their SO if they knew what snails were.
    I don't think I've laughed so hard in my life.

    little miss fii || Fii x

  2. Oh I do adore the look of every single product you picked up. I love how cute everything looks and they all sound so amazing I may just need to purchase some myself to try! Great post really enjoyed it :) x

    Jordan | Keep Dreaming ♥

  3. Oh my goodness, I was just about to go on a Tonymoly rampage on ebay so I'm glad to see you like some of their bits! I've never tried anything Korean before >.<
    Would you recommend Amazon over ebay? I'm not sure how the prices compare but I trust Amazon more for this sort of thing.

    Lovely post!

    Chloe x

  4. Love this - you've transported me back to my teenage self. I love korean/kawaii/supercute everything basically x x x

  5. The packaging of these products is seriously adorable! I want to try some Korean skincare products but just don't know where to start! xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  6. Aww how cute! I want it all ^^ love kawaii things! xx


  7. I'm a sucker for anything cute and I spend far too much time online looking at cute things from Japan - I recently went through a squishies phase, and I'm still not over it! I love that Minnie Mouse compact, so, so cute! - Tasha

  8. I definitely want to try some Korean makeup! Everything looks so cute x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  9. When I went to japan I bought only clothes, wasn't much into make-up at the time, but everytime I click on the Etude House website I am drawn to those awesome looking lipsticks!! Are they worth a try??


  10. Everything you've picked out is so adorable <3 <3 <3 The bunny perfume I'm just dying I think this is a necessity to have in my life right now haha

    She Will Be

  11. That heart shaped lipstick is so cute =]


  12. They have the most cutest packaging!
    And their products steal my heart completely when they're cruelty-free.<33
    My thing is definitely lip balms and sweet smelling lotions.

    Vegetarian Courtesy

  13. I haven't tried any Korean products before... I haven't even thought of doing so until now - you have just sold me to the idea! I love the 'cute factor' and if they work well too - win win! xx

  14. I love the look of everything! I feel like they were all made for me! I never know where to look for kawaii type products either even though I lust after them so bad, so thank you for the recommendations! <3
    Jemma xx

  15. It's all so beautiful! I've never tried any of these but they look amazing! That Minnie powder and heart lipstick are a must have! Awesome post xx

    Sophie Elizabeth

  16. wow everything looks so beautiful!
    the lipsticks look just amazing :)

    Melissa || www.melissazia.co.uk

  17. You have picked up some amazing things :D xx

  18. Have you tried out the new asian beauty shop in Newcastle, Mask House UK? I got some amazing face masks from there

  19. This post is so cute it hurts my face! I tried lots of different Korean products via Memebox and I have always enjoyed using their products (despite how odd some of them have been). What do you think of the Snail cream, does it live up to the hype?x

  20. Beautiful picks, I love their cushions & lip tints. Not to mention the cuteness of Minnie Mousse, I usually don't use mine to prolong it's design :)
    Passing Fancy​