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Etude House Online Store Haul + Pink Pass Membership

Hi guys! 🙂 A few days ago, I decided to buy a few products from the Korean official Etude House online store. I’ve bought many things from offline stores but it was my first ever time ordering online. To be honest, I am a bit impatient when it gets to waiting for package and that’s really the main reason I usually buy items at the retail stores. Also, Etude House store is like right next to my company so I didn’t really bother. 🙂 But there are certain events that are only for online and I wanted to take advantage of that. So I ordered on a Sunday and got it 3 days after on Wednesday which is pretty fast! In addition, I decided to register for the Pink Pass membership at Etude House! You just pay 10,000 won ($10) and for 6 months, you get to use a ton of coupons such as 1+1, 30% off, $5 off, birthday coupon, etc. Also, they give you a free kit worth $15~20.

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The goodies came in a cardboard box with Etude House logo on it. I loved how neatly the labeling and box were. Also, I picked up a kit from the Etude House store.

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I love, love, love neat packaging! Everything was wrapped tightly and securely. Since I bought this stuff during the sale period, I didn’t get any free samples. But it’s okay! The Thank You note had a coupon code on it and if you get lucky, you can win a full size product! But most of the time, you get pearls (which are for the Korean Etude House Website). You can use the pearls to buy products and enter events. 🙂

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I spent a lot of time trying to buy what I really wanted and needed. Here are the products I ordered. 🙂 The Face Conditioning Fixer I bought with beauty points from the Etude House retail store.

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Here are the choice of kits you can get when you become a Pink Pass member. I really wanted the Face Blur kit. But the Face Blur product seemed really small and I didn’t know if it would fit my skin. I’ll probably ask for a sample of that so I can test it out before buying.

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Here’s what is inside the kit! From left to right: Etude House passport (lol), Wonder Pore Toner (mini size), Real Art No-Wash Cleansing Water and round cotton pads.

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The idea of the passport to me is very creative and cute! Some people said that the passport idea is kind of childish and suites the younger teens. But since I love cute, cuddly, kawaii things, I thought it was cute. ^^

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Flight is from Etude House to Princess Fantasy in your life. I would love to go to fantasy wonderland ♥ haha

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Inside the passport, it’s full of coupons. This one is a 30% off your purchase coupon.

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Buy an air puff and get one free coupon.

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And in the back, there’s a little memo section where you can write notes..?

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I think this part of the passport will be good for keeping record of which coupons you used, your wishlist, etc.

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And lastly, the Etude House employee gave me a comb for becoming a Pink Pass Member. So happy! ♥ I used to have this comb back when I was in middle/high school. Seeing it again made me kind of nostalgic. Do you guys have any items or things that cause nostalgia? Thank you for reading!

Disclaimer – All product(s) were purchased by me. 

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Laneige – Time Freeze Intensive Cream Review

Hej, today I’m going to review the Time Freeze Intensive Cream by Laneige. It’s been about 3 months using this cream and I thought it would be the perfect time to do a review on it. For the next review/haul I do, I plan to take photos in a different spot and also diversify the photos I take because my photos seem so dull and boring 😦 so stay tuned! Oh, and also get my DSLR fixed asap!

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Product info

Name – Time Freeze Intensive Cream

Brand – Laneige

Price – 65,000 won ($58)

Volume – 50mL

Packaging

– Came in a silver mirror-like square shaped card box (looks blue in the photo)

– Comes with a small manual and spatula

– Spatula is good to use if you are a germaphobe

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Front and back of the packaging

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What is says

“Anti-aging cream keeps 3-balance of elasticity.”

– Peptide Water provides plentiful moisture for skin.

– Dynamite Collagen_EX tightens the aged collagen inside of skin by producing new collagen and improves skin’s elasticity.

– Strengthens the external layer of skin, making it radiant and healthy.

How to use

– After using essence, dispense 2 bean-sized amounts onto your fingers and gently apply on the cheek, forehead, and jaw areas.

Whitening/Wrinkle Reduction Dual Use

Effects: Helps whiten the skin and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles

Directions: Apply a moderate amount and spread evenly on skin

Ingredients

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I like how futuristic and minimal the Laneige containers look like. Although the cream itself is the most important factor I considered when buying, I think the designs of beauty product are very important too.

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When you open it, it looks like this

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After peeling off the Laneige seal, there’s an easy to use lid to open and seal tight.

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The colour of the cream is ivory and the consistency is very stubborn. When you look at it, It doesn’t have any stickiness or elasticity at all, just pure thick whipped cream-like consistency. But when you apply it onto your face, it’s a different feeling.

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This cream is actually for the Winter season and Fall season since it has a thicker consistency than the usual cream. So if you’re looking for a skin-protecting cream, this is the one. However, I don’t recommend it for hot weather as it can feel heavy on the skin, with make up applied on top.

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Here’s a photo of my hand before application.

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For the first few times, I applied with a spatula but then I got lazy and just started using my fingers. The idea of using a spatula for putting stuff like that on the face is a very creative, hygienic approach. However, that means you have to keep both your hands and spatula clean which was just a bother for me. And from my experience, no matter how clean you keep the product and no matter what you use whether it’s a spoon, a knife, a spatula to put it on, the cream inside WILL get dirty somehow. It’s the same as bobby pins. No matter how many you buy, they will disappear. That’s the downside of these types of packaging.

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And here’s my hand with a thin layer of cream applied. You can see that overall, my hand has become shinier and glossy. When I applied to my face, the consistency was very creamy and fitting. I could feel the cream really soaking into my skin instantly. It’s like the feeling of putting on a sleeping pack but much more absorbent. It kept my skin moist for about 30 mins. But after that, I couldn’t really feel the residue of the cream left on my face, which was very good for me since I have oily combination skin. I was left with like a layer of skin protectant which was very effective for me during the cold Winter season in Korea.

I wouldn’t say that it was the best cream for acne or blemishes because I didn’t feel like any of my imperfections were getting any better but good for whitening and firming. Another good thing about this cream was that I could see some of the wrinkle lines on the side of my eyes were fading. Not a lot but slightly.

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The best part about this cream is that I got compliments from people that my skin whitened. Honestly, I prefer having a more natural, healthy looking skin colour but in Korea, it’s a good compliment to tell some one that “you have pale white skin.” I’ll do a post on “Korean beauty standards” soon.

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And to finish off, these were all of the samples I got for just one purchase! I was very pleased with how much they gave me. I think this is the best part about Korean beauty products. You get to test a ton of different products out before purchasing them, which is a very clever marketing strategy. Way to go Korea! I only tried out the IOPE toner and lotion which I enjoyed. I am thinking of buying them in full sizes too when I finish using this cream up.

Pros

– Very firm feeling when applied onto the face

– The “oiliness” of the cream will absorb into the skin pretty fast

– Protects your skin from the cold

Cons

– Not the most practical packaging

– Not suitable for all 4 seasons

– Quite expensive for a single cream which is 50ml

Ratings

Design – 8/10

Whitening – 7/10

Price – 6/10

Absorption – 8/10

Disclaimer – All product(s) were purchased by me. 

Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream Review

So today, I decided to purchase the Moistfull Collagen Cream from Etude House. The moistfull collagen series had been a bit hit (especially in Korea) for a while now and since I turned 22 and realised that my skin was ageing, I decided to give this a try. Also, I heard that collagen really helps hydrate dry skin, which was just what I needed during this season. And I also became determined to focus more on skincare than makeup. And honestly, let’s face it… you can hide EVERYTHING with makeup. Even a tiny amount of BB cream or CC cream can make you look like a different person! A slight winged eyeliner can make you look like a goddess for goodness sakes! Makeup will help you hide all those nasty zits and blackheads and stuff like that.

But later on in life when you meet the love of your like and gradually get married and etc. You don’t wanna look like a wrinkly old woman in front of your hot man! Well, i’m sure I don’t want to! So that’s why I realised that skincare was my number one priority. If your skin looks healthy, you don’t need to put loads of heavy make up on to cover that beautiful, natural, original face of yours! I believe that having healthy skin will boost your confidence even more than putting on makeup. And my mum always told me that I needed to start taking care of my skin when I was just a junior in high school! She was right.

But for those of you who’ve had flawless all your lives, you guys are truly blessed so I hate you! haha just kidding. Despite my own thoughts, every woman is beautiful and you should take care of yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.

Anyways, enough with the blabber! Let’s get on with this review 🙂

Disclaimer: All of the words written in this blog post are 100% my own opinions!

So, here’s a photo of the product(s). A small bottle of essence came with the cream. The packaging was okay. Both bottles are plastic. And the cap looked kind of cheap.

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And here’s a more detailed description of the product. As a summary, it just says that it contains 30% hydrolysed collagen. Hydrolysed collagen is a type of marine collagen that is extracted from clean water seas. It also easily absorbs into the skin. The Moistfull Collagen Cream contains real baobab leaf extract (btw, baobab is a tree that originates in the African desert. It is said to store up to 120,000 litres of water. It’s also called a ‘moisture storage’). And best of all, both of these products are: paraffin, rubber, benzophenone and talc free!

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So the Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream retails for 15,000 won which is approximately $14.28 which is a fairly good price. It only contains 60ml (2.02 fl. oz.). The essence that comes with it was 20ml (0.67 fl. oz.). I was expecting it to be a lot bigger in person but I was wrong.

Here’s a photo of the real packaging.

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So here’s a photo of the products!

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They both came in plastic containers, which kind of suites the whole collagen collection since you can see that they look really shiny and gel-like.

First off here’s the essence. So I don’t know if it’s just Korea, but Korea has a variety of skincare products like freshener, toner, essence, skin, emulsion, etc. (I don’t know why they call lotion ’emulsion’ lol)

So after washing you face, you’re supposed to start off with the facial freshener -> essence -> eye cream -> emulsion -> cream -> mist

After I washed and toned my face, I ignored the other steps and went straight on to applying the essence. The essence came in a really small bottle. I thought it was a rip off at first but after swatching it on my hand, I realised that i’d be able to use the essence for about a month. A little goes a long way!

Here’s a swatch of it on my hand. As you can see in the photo, the consistency is extra liquidy. It felt sticky too. It smelt like fresh cut grass or something that smells really fresh.

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And here’s a photo after I rubbed it in. It absorbed in right away. I didn’t feel much of a difference after I applied it other than it feeling sticky.

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Overall, the emulsion was alright. I didn’t feel that it hydrated & moisturized my skin completely. But after letting it set for a few minutes, I could feel that my skin became silkier.

* Although these are photos of my hands, I did test them on my face. I just couldn’t get around taking photos of my face. Sorry about that!

Next is the cream. Here’s a close view of the cream…It looked like pudding in a cup! But the smell…I honestly didn’t like the scent. It’s hard to describe the smell but it smelt like freshly cut flowers or something. But it’s really my own opinion. If you enjoy the smell of fresh lemon or grass or wild flowers, then this is the product for you! But apart from that, it looked interesting.

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Here’s a more detailed of the cream. I dabbed a little of it on my finger. It has a sheer, jelly-like consistency. Also, it had a very bouncy feel to it. You could tell right away that the cream was very supple indeed.

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I swatched the cream on my hand. It felt like water+vaseline+lotion mixed together. I actually liked the feeling of it on my hand. It wasn’t runny at all. The content didn’t droop down when I shook my hand.

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I rubbed the cream into my skin and instantly, I could see a glow. It felt really smooth and moisturising.

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After the essence and lotion had absorbed into my face, my face became really moisturized. My face felt so soft and smooth I kept touching it LOL. The cream itself wasn’t that heavy but it still nourished my face and kept my face moist for a long time.

Overall, I think the Moistfull Collagen Cream is a must-have item. Despite it only containing 60ml, it’s definitely worth the price. I’m really excited to use this product daily. I hope it does wonders to my skin!

Overall score out of 10

Moistfull Collagen Essence – 7/10

Moistfull Collagen –  9/10

Happy New Year everyone ❤