Starting the year off with the very first beauty-related post of 2016, which is a makeup and skincare acquisitions post! I haven't done a post like this in a while, since I've become more mindful of the things I buy. These items were bought around late last year, and not all at the same time. I happened to have a lot of stuff by the end of the year, so I thought I'd share them with you, and do some super-quick reviews while I'm at it!
I loved it so much I that I used that tiny sample as sparingly as I could. I told myself I'd get a full bottle once I ran out of my favorite Colorstay, so I went out and bought it as a year-end present to myself. Turns out, that the shade that I got wasn't the same as the one in the sample. It looked the same when I swatched it, so I only realized it as I was applying it on my face the next day. I went back to the store after a couple of days to exchange it, but they didn't have stocks of my shade left. Sigh.
VDL Real Skin Foundation in M01Sooo, because they didn't have my shade of foundation, the SA suggested that I buy this foundation, which is two shades lighter than the one I bought. When I went to check VDL's site, I found out that my shade was in the middle of M01 and V02 (they only have four shades, I have no idea why), so I went along with her suggestion. (It's a good thing VDL was on sale, since buying two bottles at full price would be crazy for me! As a bonus, they gave me a ton of samples of the foundation. I still have about 29 samples as of this writing, haha.) I haven't tried it on my bare face as it's too light for me, but I think the Real Skin Foundation has lighter coverage than Perfecting Last.
O.S.T. Original Pure Vitamin C20 SerumIn K-beauty there are always certain items that are almost always sold out everywhere.. this is one of them. It's a highly–raved about item that received awards in 2013 and 2014. Basically, it's a Vitamin C serum, for brightening, but according to O.S.T. it has 40 times more than orange, 120 times more than strawberries, and 200 times more than Mandarines, which is why it's more effective than others. I know that's probably just sales talk, but these pictures made me want to run out and buy 10 bottles immediately. Luckily, a local seller of Korean skincare items, The Skincare Curator, had a bottle on hand. I've been using it since 2016 started, but I haven't properly looked at my face in the mirror yet, so I can't tell you if it's effective or not. I'll do a review after a month or so.
COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid + AHA 7 Whitehead Power LiquidSometime last year I stumbled upon this thread on the Asian Beauty Reddit, where they talk about the pH of cleansers and how it affects your skin's moisture barrier. I got so engrossed in this ~*~science of skincare~*~ business that I eventually found threads where they talk about chemical exfoliation. I've been dealing with my acne scars ever since high school, and nothing's really worked, so I thought, why not? COSRX's BHA and AHA offerings were much cheaper than most brands' (Paula's Choice, Mizon), so I was able to buy both, also from The Skincare Curator. As for how effective they are, I'll do the review next time as well.
ARITAUM Pore Master Sebum Control PrimerI needed a new primer as I ran out of my Canmake one, but couldn't find a good affordable one online. I wanted to get NYX's Pore Filler but it was out of stock everywhere, and it costs ~P800 in physical stores. I saw this while I was buying K-beauty stuff, and I read one blog saying it could be considered a dupe of Benefit's POREfessional. I thought I'd give it a go since it was only ~P400. Sadly, it doesn't do anything for my extremely oily T-zone, so I don't recommend it.
VDL Festival Lipstick Love Mark in 302 MarcusFreebies from VDL. Like I said, I bought the foundations at two separate times, and I received the same one during both. The color.. how do I even describe this? A sort of plum/rose color, like granny color lipsticks. I can't describe it since I don't normally reach for these types of colors. I tried it and it looked nice, even on me. I'm not sure if I should keep one though, because I rarely wear lipstick anyway.
ARITAUM Color Lasting Tint in 02 Baby WinkMy first ever ARITAUM tint. I got curious ever since I watched this episode of Saeun's HiddenTem, where she chose it as the best lip tint because of the staying power and finish. When she said that it was moisturizing, I wanted to try it immediately. Luckily, I found it on my trusted source of K-beauty goods, bhappywithme on eBay. This was the only color left that wasn't pink, so I got it. It still looks a bit pink when first applied, but it looks nice once blended out. Also it looks orange-y on me, so it's fine. I love it. I might buy more if bhappywithme gets more colors.
A'PIEU Bebe Lips Glossy in GRD01Glossy lip tint in stick form. It's not super glossy, just that it's not matte. The color is a blue-based red that looks pink on me, so I'm not that fond of it. I only like it because of the cute pen packaging.
Nichido Juicy Lips in Pink ChampagneGiven to me as a gift by my mom. It looks more red in that swatch but it's actually more pink in real life. It's not a pink that I'd normally wear. Weirdly enough, when I wear it on top of certain lip tints, it looks softer and more LARME-ish. I rarely wear it, because lipstick.
Hello Kitty Lip Cream PI got this as a gift from Laura. It's so cute! Ashley and I both got one. (I don't know if it was intentional, but Laura bought one with blue packaging and the other, which is this one, with pink packaging. Of course, Ashley got the blue one and I got this one, because both chose our favorite colors ehehe.) I didn't want to open it yet because I'd just opened my new Baby Lips, but I got curious so I tried it anyway. It's just as the packaging says, a lip cream. Super faint pink tint. It says peach, but I can't remember if it's peach-flavored or just peach-scented. It glides on well, and it goes great with my lip tints. More importantly, the scent doesn't bother me as much as the berry Baby Lips, so I might just use this once I run out of my mint Baby Lips. (Plus the packaging is 10x cuter, no contest!)
Last but not least, masks and samples! I have APIEU Green Recipe Sheet Mask (Apple), Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask (Strawberry), Coenzyme Q10 Mask, Etude House BB Cream samples, and a ton of samples of the VDL Lumilayer Primer and Perfecting Last Foundation. The Innisfree mask and the BB Cream samples were gifts from Hanie. All the others were freebies. Love how K-beauty stores are so generous with freebies!
And that's it! I said in the beginning that I was only going to do some quick reviews, but this ended up becoming longer than I thought. Actually, I got the idea to do quick reviews from Allie, who did one before. I might do more of these in the future, in between longer reviews and such.
Have you tried any of these products before? Any you'd like to try? Like I said, I'll still make detailed reviews of some of these, so if there's anything you're particularly interested in, just let me know! ∠( ᐛ 」∠)＿