In view of this I've been a bit - relaxed about project 50 pan. If my money goes to Korean cosmetic ebayers rather than on the counter of Kokoblacks then that's a good thing...? Or at least a lesser evil. Lets tackle one addiction at a time, I think. Yes? Yes.
This was a bundle from ebay - three Etude House's and one Holika Holika. I was cruising for facial sunscreens, then my finger slipped and WHOOPS other stuff fell into the order as well. The UV Wonder Shield goes on VERY white and dries fast, so as long as you apply thinly it's pretty great. Summer will be the true test, but it's fared admirably in our erratic Spring.
The creme blush looks like a tiny boutique tube of oil paint; and the bottle for the Oh My Goodness Trouble Break Mist (lolsors) is an artwork. What's also impressively handy about the spray is that it still works if the product is upended - so you can spray it over one shoulder. GENIUS. No idea if it does much, but it smells lovely and seems to calm a fair bit of redness. It's a salicylic acid product, though I can't say what else is in it because it's all in Korean.
And then we have NON-internet shopping adventures! I went to Kit Cosmetics a week ago, which is a dangerous place to be when jonesing for a retail fix. I came away with a Kit lip+cheek tint, two Lipstick Queens and a Mario Badescu. Bless MB and their price adjustments, everything in that line is wonderfully affordable now. I also discovered after I bought it that my sister uses the same cleanser, great minds and all that. The lady helping me gave me two samples from the MB line as well which are the CUTEST things. MB do samples really, really well.
Also I've been yearning for the Lipstick Queen Chinatown pencils for a long, long time - and theyve finally been fully restocked and they come with their own sharpener and oh boy glorious. I also revisited the Butterfly Ball collection and bought Moment, which is very similar to Trance but a little lighter on the blue shimmer. S'cool, they'll both be used. I really wanted to get the crazy blue lipstick they had on display (it just adds a light blue sheen to your lips. Ultra-science) but there was a weird typo on the price board and they were listed for $55. Thus I put that one aside to investigate online later.
The Kit Cosmetics homebrand is a big old favorite of mine - I've enjoyed everything they've done, especially their lipglosses. So I figured that even if I was too chicken to apply this (very deep berry) to my cheeks, I could still use it as a lipgloss. Look at me justifying, for shame.
And then - there's iHerb (can I take a moment to point out that all these orders took place over at least a few weeks? Good good), where I managed to make two orders within four days of each other. So dangerous, iHerb. So dangerous. This is the first lot:
The Ecotools sponge brush (I'm sure it has a cooler name) was something Anissa bought that I thought looked awesome. I thought the fan would be far smaller than it was. The other two brushes (Everyday Minerals) were just shapes I hadn't seen before - an eye-kabuki and a Yachiyo (is that right??) so I was intrigued by what they do.
We of course have Aveeno and Palmers in Australia, but I haven't seen these products before. The Aveeno has hydrocortisone in it, which I probably wouldn't recommend for HC newbies (I think all Australias HC products are pharmacist-only) but I've been splashing around in it since I was 13 so I'm not concerned.
Also I tried the Palmers on the side of my wrist and now I can't stop compulsively stroking my balm patch. My arm hair is blonde, but it's straight and sticks up all over the place and it's ridiculous. Think I'll wait for the bald patch to grow back and make the call then.
This is the second lot:
Um, yes. I suppose I feel less guilty when it's cleaning products? But my lord am I excited about these. I've never seems Mrs Meyers in Australia, and while we do have Method it's about 3x as expensive, and I haven't seen these products here. Worth mentioning as well - iHerb have tweaked the shipping costs. This at-least-3kgs box cost $16 to ship. Damn, iHerb. Daaaaamn.
You can't really tell, but this is a really heavy solid-plastic bottle that I'll totally be refilling instead of replacing. Damn it looks so good.
And here's the various cosmetic swatches. Phew, blog fatigue. I feel like I've been writing this for a million years.
No way I'm going to review everything here, so let me know if there's something you're really curious for.
And NOW to bed.