24 Dec 2013

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful festive season! Stay safe, stay kind, stay pretty!


23 Dec 2013

Blogger Secret Santa

I recently took part in the Blogger Secret Santa organised by Kelly Lubbee of Sunflowers and Spears. Such a cool idea for bringing bloggers together (and getting spoiled, of course!)

Well, today I received these lovely gifts from the gorgeous Megan Briant of  antlers & antidotes. Thank you so much for the thoughtful presents- I love them all!


17 Dec 2013

New Perfume: Etude House Princess Etoinette Eau de Toilette!

My (really awesome) husband decided to spoil me yesterday with Etude House's latest fragrance, Princess Etoinette Eau de Toilette- lucky me! The 30ml bottle cost KRW20 000 and came with a lovely, free compact mirror as part of the launch promotion.

The packaging is incredibly cute- and I'd expect nothing less from Etude House! I love the vintage-style atomiser and the lace decoration attached to it. Everything about this perfume transports me to another place in time.The floral scent is lovely, but definitely meant for those who like florals. Top notes include pink pepper, bergamot, pear and raspberry with beautiful peony, rose, jasmine and muguet (Lily of the Valley) middel notes and cedar wood, sandal wood and musk bottom notes.

Like most Etude fragrances, this one lasts for hours and develops beautifully as each hour passes. Be warned though, a little goes a long way! One or two spritzes is more than enough to last the day- anything more and it'll be way too overpowering.

If you like floral scents- especially peony- you'll really love this one. I certainly do!



15 Dec 2013

Review: Etude House Surprise Concealer Kit #2 Dark Circle Brightening

A little while ago I did a review on Etude House's Surprise Essence Concealer which fared rather well in covering blemishes, but didn't cover my dark circles as well as I'd hoped it would. So, I decided to try the Surprise Concealer Kit to combat the side-effects of my sleep-deprived lifestyle. The Surprise Concealer Kit has two types to pick from: #1 for covering imperfections and #2 for covering dark circles.

I got #2 Dark Circle Brightening online for KRW7 000. The concealer palette has two colours: peach, for neutralising dark tones and beige for brightening up skin. The palette also contains a small mirror that doesn't really have a function because it's way too tiny to work with. The Brilliant Light Scattering Formula promises to flawlessly and smoothly cover dark circles for hours. 

Application is very simple and easy. Using your fingers or a small foundation brush designed for the eye area, dip it into the peach colour first and pat or stipple the dark area until it's well-blended. Next, do the same with the beige colour.

The two colors have completely different textures. The peach tone is creamy and oilier, while the beige tone is matt and has a thicker texture. I was really happy with the coverage of this kit- it hides my dark circles very well, but I have to be extremely careful when applying the beige tone as it tends to settle in the lines under my eyes and has a bit of a cakey texture if I use just slightly too much. When they advise to apply only a small amount, they really do mean it! I'd recommend only using it in the inside corners of your eyes (it also works great on pigmentation or other imperfections!). The peach tone, however, is divine and does everything you'd expect from a concealer- I just wish it lasted a bit longer, but having to touch up isn't a deal breaker for me because of the fact that it goes on so smoothly.

This is the best dark circle concealer I've tried to date and will happily repurchase. I do, however, caution those with darker complexions to try it out before purchasing, as the shades might not match your skin tone as well as it should. I think Etude House could benefit by expanding their shades as they have quite a large international customer base. For those with fair to medium complexions who have mild dark circles, this kit will definitely do the trick!

2 Dec 2013

Facebook Giveaway Winners!

I'm so excited to announce the winners of the double Giveaway I hosted on my blog's Facebook page this past month. I waited for my page to first reach 50 likes before running the giveaway, so that more people would be able to enter and share. Well, let me tell you that I've been completely taken aback at how the likes have grown! Kate loves pretty currently has 101 likes and (if I can be perfectly honest) I didn't even think I'd reach 50 when I first started the Facebook page for this blog!

I'd just like to thank you again for your wonderful support and kind words- it means so much more than you know! So, without further ado, here are the lucky winners of the South Korea and South Africa Giveaway:

Congratulations ladies and thanks for entering! Please contact me with your details and address, so I can send your lovely gifts to you. Hope you enjoy the products!

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