3 March 2015

Etude house give me chocolate eyeshadows first impressions and swatches

Some products arrive on the market and they sell out really fast and these are products that sold out really fast, maybe in a day or so on testerkorea, as these are limited-edition.
I think a lot of the reason why these sold out is due to the packaging and I have to admit that when I saw them that was why I wanted to purchase them.
These are the etude house give me chocolate eyeshadows and below I will swatch and show you how they look in their packaging.

This is the outside packaging.
They have card slip cases on the outside and are sturdy but functional.
They show the ingredients on the reverse in English as well as a speel that these are great as chocolate is always a good answer for any issue in life.
I have to agree but in the case of these they are a no calorie chocolate treat. Also will last longer than a chocolate bar in my house.

Inside they are a little smaller than the outside packaging but they are still a good size at 4.5g. Also they are great as they feature a good split between a chocolate shade and corresponding shade that will contrast well.
(Only two of the three are on this picture as cherry truffle was purchased later from BNK)

These are the three different varieties of the give me chocolate duos and each contain varying mixes of matte and shimmer shades.
On two the colours are shimmers but on the centre colourway, cherry truffle, the brown is the colour with a slight shimmer rather than the red, and both of salted caramel shades are shimmers.
From left to right these are #3 Cacao fudge, #1 cherry truffle and #3 salted caramel.

Here are the swatches for these eyeshadow, in the same order as above (Cacao fudge, cherry truffle and salted caramel) and as you can see they give some coverage but like a lot of other chocolate palettes these are definitely neutrals.
The Cacao fudge has the darkest brown and in contrast with this is a shimmery lemon yellow which blends into my skin but would look lovely on darker skin tones.
The Cherry truffle was purchased after the others and is strangely my favourite with a brown with a bronze tint and a cherry red which is matte. These are best contrast colours too for me and will be great as a more statement eye colour.
The salted caramel sounds like it should be a deep gold and chocolate brown but this is a shimmery pinky red and a mid tone shimmer brown. A great colourway if you love your shimmers.

The main issue for me with these though is the fallout, due to high levels of talc probably, and the fact that the pigment isn't amazing but I think if you used a thicker layer as well as a primer these will be great eyeshadows, especially if you wanted to mix and match between the different duos.
I look forward to using these especially the bronze shade brown and the cherry red and shimmery lemon.


Garnier micellar cleansing water range has expanded.

Micellar waters are definitely one of my holy grail items as I always use them as a first step in my skincare routine, night and day.
So when I saw that Garnier had released two more Micellar Waters for their range I was quite excited.
Their original micellar water is probably my favourite from those that I have tried so I'm quite happy to have bought the other two in the range in order to compare to the original formula Garnier micellar water.
The two new micellar waters from Garnier are both suited to combination skin (The pureactive is for combination to oily skin) and both are also fine for sensitive skin.
I know that some people who have more oily skin have had problems with the standard micellar waters as they don't tend to deal with the oil well and may leave your skin too shiny.
The Garnier micellar water with the green top is actually mattifying as well which will be an added benefit for anyone wants a matte finish after they have cleansed their skin and both of these new types will help with excess sebum and will also cleanse the skin of dirt and makeup.
Although I haven't tried both of these new types I am looking forward to trying them so that I can review them.
This post mostly is a heads up for anyone who hasn't seen the new varieties and is interested in trying a different type of micellar water or find that the current micellar waters don't deal with excess sebum well or leave your skin too glowy.
I just hope that these products are not too harsh on the skin and are as good as the original.
I would also love a more hydrating one for those with dry skin in the range too.
More info on these waters can be found here on the Boots website and they are also 3 for 2 atm.

Tonymoly broccoli sprout cleansing cream

The fact that I am in love with Tonymoly products isn't really a secret, especially if you have ever seen my instagram. 
I have been collecting their hand cream and skincare fruits and animals for a while so when I saw that they had a cleansing cream I was quite excited.
I quite like cleansing cream and often use them instead of cleansing oils a lot of the time simply because they are faster and easier to use.

I suppose the first thing that strikes you when you see Tonymoly products for the first time is the packaging.
As this is the broccoli sprout product the packaging is fitting with rubber leaves that are ever so pretty and the general appearance of a plant pot enclosing the sprout.

The labelling is a mix of English and korean and is simple but in context with with the cute packaging. 

Indeed even the inner cover for the product is functional, stopping it leaking, but great in the elegant simplicity. I love love love Tonymoly.

But it isn't just about the packaging with this cleansing cream.
The product itself is great too for such a low price point ($6 approx when I purchased).
It is a silky smooth cleansing cream with sparsely distributed exfoliating particles which rub against the skin before disappearing to add nutrients to the skin.
It cleans well without stripping the skin excessively or adding abundant greasiness. 
This is used as a second cleanse before I tone and it is a nice cream cleanser and like a lot of the Tonymoly products I have used before I would buy it again even at the 8,500 won price tag Testerkorea stocks it here.
A effective cleansing cream in cute packaging that is sturdy but decorative.
A huge win win on both packaging and product.