Etude House Baby Choux Base #01 Mint Choux

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I love base and primer products. I’ve realized during the last 12 months that primers and base products are my best friend. And that I can’t live without these products. This base is green and works against redness in your skin and covering up blemishes, and it does the job.

One of my friends told me that when it comes to base make-up it’s worth it to spend the extra money and get a more expensive one. This one was 11000 KRW, so it was really cheap. I’ve always been pleased with Etude House base creams that are in the green shade, but I do agree with my friend – if you want a really good base product, that will make your skin look flawless it is worth it to spend the extra money.

Pros with the Etude House Baby Choux Base:
* Medium to heavy coverage, depending on usage-amount
* Good with covering redness in skin
* This product is very affordable
* Helps against sebum/skin oily-ness
* This green shade is perfect on pale skin
* Doesn’t make you look too pale
* Does help with making your skin look more flawless

Cons with the Etude House Baby Choux Base:
* Not that good with covering red spots/blemishes
* Feels a bit dry on the skin, but doesn’t really dry out skin

This is what the product looks like when you apply it on your hand
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And here’s what it looks like on your skin when you’ve blended it into your skin
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UPDATED: My Love From Another Star – Yves Saint Laurent lips

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As soon as I get enough money to buy these, I’m going straight to the Yves Saint Laurent counter in the Hyundai department store closest to my house. I’m totally obsessed with Jeon Ji Hyun and this drama. She’s so stunning. And these lip products are flawless on her, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll fit me as well. Right now the lipstick is selling out all over Seoul I’ve heard. I only used one lipstick from YSL before so I’m very excited to try this one.

What lip products Jeon Ji Hyun wears  playing the role of fierce actress Cheong Song Yi in the Korean drama “My Love From Another Star”:
Rebel nude Yves Saint Laurent Vernis 105 Coral Hold up
Tint Gloss volupte shade 203 Coral Gondola
Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick shade 52
LOLITA LEMPICKA’s ‘MON ROUGE No.11

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Also there’s this way to do the make up only using Etude House products and save some money:
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Products used: 
* Etude House Dear My Blooming Lipstick RD304
* Etude House Woo~ Baby Lip Plumper #1

Another recommended product is the IOPE Water Fit Lipstick in shade #44 Forever Pink:
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Note: Currently Aritaum (korean make-up store) and IOPE ( make-up brand) are making a lot of commercials with Jeon Ji Hyun, about My Love From Another Star styled make-up. They’re selling their products like crazy, I checked the store in local Hongdae and they’re all out of the lipsticks. I’ll update whenever I get my hands on one of these.

Extra fun!

Here’s a few of the products that Jeon Ji Hyun/Cheon Song Yi uses that I’ve bought:

DISCLAIMER: I did not edit these pics below at all so you can see it’s the real Products.

Hanyul Rice Essential Skin Softener and Hanyul Optimising Serum
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Hanyul Ja Woon Dan Moisturising Cure Balm
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Lolita Lempicka Mon Rouge lipstick in the shade “11”
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Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture “52”
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IOPE Water Fit Lipstick “44 Forever Pink”
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Swatches below of the YSL lipstick and the IOPE lipstick
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Small Review/Haul – Make Up Products I Tried In Korea

I first have to assure everyone that there WILL be more posts and that this is just very small part of the make-up I bought since I came back to Korea in January…

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Etude House Lash Perm Waterproof Mascara

I really enjoy using this mascara, because it definitely lives up to the “waterproof” part. Just one problem – it’s tricky to get off. That’s why I after a while started losing more lashes and therefore went back to my old favourite make-up remover from Tony Moly “Tony Moly Clear Magic Lip and Eye Remover” (picture below), which is amazing. It really removes all waterproof mascara. I tried Clinique‘s waterproof mascara but I found that it does smudge, unfortunantely. It really made me disappointed. However, the Lash Perm Waterproof Mascara from Etude House stays on all day, even on the bottom lashes. Avoid rubbing your eyes though, cause that can make it crumble or flake a little. Also this product is well used, as you can see on the container, as the text from it is almost gone, so this is definitely one you can trust my opinion on.
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IMG_6432 I went to a dermatologist here at a hospital in Seoul and this is actually the facial wash they use at the dermatologist department of the hospital. It’s Neutrogena’s Sensitive Skin Solutions Foam Cleanser and I really like it, it’s so soft on the skin. Since I came back to Korea my skin has been worse and this really helped my sensitive skin issue I’ve been having these last few months. It’s such a savior.

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FROM THE TOP:
1. It’s Skin Aloe Toner:
This product is amazing. I also got it on sale and it was recommended to me by a girl working in the It’s Skin store. I explained to her the skin troubles that I’d been having lately and she straight away said that I should buy this one. Also it was the cheapest toner they had (around like 6000 won/6$) so I was a bir suspicious to it to begin with. But it’s amazing.
2. Skinfood Thermal Cleansing Water: This product works, but not to the extent that it says it should. The product is supposted to be able to clear off any make-up off your face but actually it didn’t do that at all for me, no matter how long I stood trying to get it off with the Cleansing Water. Disappointment.
3. Missha Perfumed Fresh Deodorant Aqua: The first week of using this deodorant I was really impressed by it, but all of a sudden, after that first week, it COMPLETELY stopped working. I definitely don’t recommend anyone else to try out any of the korean brand deodorants. I don’t think there’s any Korean deodorant product that really works on foreigners….

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Nature Republic Collagen Dream 70 Eyecream

As it says it contains collagen, it’s supposed to give you that puffy eye-look that young korean entertainers have under their eyes, but I didn’t really see that much of an improvement on that in me. It does however make me look less tired, but I also notice if I’ve forgotten to use it. I don’t think I’ll buy this product again, by now it’s half empty, but that’s mostly for me to see if I can find an eye cream that is more suitable for me. It’s not very expensive, and worth trying out.

Make-up awesomeness

Also! I’ve properly learnt to contour my face to my advantage using bronzer, thanks to seeing some tutorials made by Tanya Burr. It truly helps my face look more defined, I’m so happy! Also, I had “orange” eyebrows (Colour My Brows in “Light Brown” from Etude House, I wanted kind of a “Orange Caramel Lipstick MV” look that night, yet more casual, I guess) going out this saturday with friends, also I was wearing circle lenses. If you can’t tell, I’m the girl wearing red in the pictures below. This was such a fun night, my friend Josh came over from London and stayed at my house for a week and this was the last night 🙂

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You know how I mentioned that I really have been craving doing a “Orange Caramel ‘Lipstick'”-makeup tutorial earlier today? Well, I absolutely couldn’t resist trying out the look.

MAKE-UP I USED TO DO THIS LOOK:
– Nature Republic Snail Therapy BB Cream #01 Light Beige
– Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer #Ivory
– Mua Pearl Eyeshadow Shade 7 (Forest Green)
– Tony Moly Gel Eyeliner #Black
– Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder
– NYC Smooth Mineral Powder Blush #Tender Pink
– Laura Key Duo Bronzing Powder
– Brown eyeliner (pen)
– Maybelline Falsies Feather Look Mascara
– Etude House “Colour My Brows” Eyebrow Mascara #2 Light Brown

I decided to do my own version of the make-up, using orange eyebrows and green eyeshadow, the girls of Orange Caramel have different all of them and these are the colours I had at home. I’ll also feature pictures below of Nana (there’s the most detailed pictures of her) of the look that inspired me to do this make-up. I’ll definitely do a tutorial for this supercute look in the  future!
Here’s the pictures of my finished “Orange Caramel Lipstick”-look :







My favourite thing imported from South Korea

I absolutely adore sheet masks, they really do improve the quality of your skin, especially if you use them regulary. Therefore, I had to pick up a 10-pack of the ETUDE HOUSE COLLAGEN ESSENCE MASK sheet masks at GIMPO AIRPORT before leaving Korea.
My friend tried one mask and was amazed by the difference in his skin.
I mean, if you notice a positive change directly, you kind of know that it’s a good product. And sheet masks, of any korean brand, have never disappointed me.
I definitely recommend that you try them out 🙂

Time to review some of my favourite korean products – ETUDE HOUSE

REVIEW ON ETUDE HOUSE PRODUCTS

**~**I’m starting from the left and working my way to the right in the picture above to avoid any confusion to anyone reading this^^**~**

Etude House Sleeping Facial Pack (Skin Brightening)
This product I was at first very uncertain about. I bought it from internet when I was still in Sweden and since it’s called “Skin Brightening” and my skin already is as pale as it possibly could be I was really unsure if this product could benefit me at all. This is also the first Sleeping Pack I ever tried – Sleeping Packs are never used in Sweden so I was crossing my fingers that this would help my skin.

And it did help my skin. I can notice a big difference from when I use it whilst sleeping and when I don’t. My skin quality in general has improved since I started using it. Also I think it makes my skin less red in the morning, which is such a releif, and something I struggled with in the past. My skin hasn’t reacted badly to any “brightening”-parts of the product and it’s just made waking up and looking in the mirror a nicer experience for me. I definitely recommend this product.

Dr. Oil SOLUTION Anti-Shine Dual Primer
This product I got when going into Etude House and asking the cashier to help me find a primer of some sort that helps against “bad skin” (my skin is very oily and sensitive at the same time, and I often used to get a lot of blemishes) and she showed me this product and another one. The other product she showed me was easily to dry out the skin, she said and therefore I went with this product. The primer from my experience has not, as I thought it would, helped keep my make up in place. But it has done the work it promises “to avoid making the skin shiny after applying primer and make-up”. Therefore it’s a product I’m satisfied with owning, but I might not buy again soon as I don’t see it making a huge difference to my skin’s appearence. The lid of the product has a very cute pot for cream to cover pores on the nose and I enjoyed using this product for it being so easily to apply and use without me needing to have previous experince speaking the korean language. It’s supposed to help with pore coverage, but in my opinion my “TONY MOLY Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm” works better for that usage, especially over the T-zone areas.

Dr Mascara Fixer for perfect lash
This clear waterproof mascara fixer promises create perfect lashes, with sesame extracts it promises not to weigh lashes down at the same time as making lashes lengthened and dramatically fuller. In my esperience this product definitely makes your mascara stay put for the whole day. It makes the mascara you’re using last a lot longer. Although you also preferably need a make-up remover of some sort to take it off easily. It does make your lashes look longer and fuller aswell and I am very satisfied with this product in every single way. If I were to grade it, it would be a 5/5. If you want longer-looking lashes and for your mascara to stay in place longer, then this is a product I definitely recommend.

Etude House Silk Scarf Hologram Hair Serum
This hairproduct smells amazing, promises to give an exceptional shine to the hair and also work as an anti-frizz serum. I bought it impulsively, needing hairproducts badly to get my hair from looking so awfully frizzy all the time. The product does give a nice shine, but the feel of the product is that it makes your hair look too oily and unwashed when using anything but a very very small amount into semi-dried hair before blowdrying. Does not look good if you sleep with the product in wet hair and then try to style it in the morning. I will not buy this product again. I have found hair products that are much more effective and less lacking than this one and if I were to give it a grade it would be a 2/5.

Tear Drop Eyeliner – 03. Shiny Pearl Tear
This product is really cool to use as a base for your eyemake up after using a concealer to brighten the eye. It really adds some extra spark and shine to your eyemake-up and it looks really cool. This colour is definitely my favourite out of the ones to choose from as it has a light white/pink/rainbow-ish colour. It looks really pretty and is easy to use. Also very fun to use at the corner of your eyes when doing a bright make-up with eyeshadows around the eye, as it gives the eye some extra pretty spark. Like a pearl!
Sometimes the product can crumble a little however throughout the day and dry out a little, but my grade for this product is still 4/5.

Woo~ Baby lip plumper
As soon as I saw this product I knew I had to try it. So it’s another impulse-buy of mine. I’ve never before seen a korean “lip plumper” however so I had to try it out. The product when used feels a bit like spreading toothpaste over your lips (this was also said by my friend when she tried it out). Shortly you’ll notice a big difference of the feeling of your lips after applying the product. I own the blue one out of the two ones. I was hoping to achieve some awesome Jeon Jihyun lips from this product, but that hasn’t happend yet. I haven’t noticed much of a difference, I guess when it’s on the lips it makes your lips look slightly bigger. It’s a really pretty lipgloss to carry along in your bag and also it’s BLUE – so it’s quite an awesome product. But to put a grade on it, it’s a 3/5, from what it’s supposed to do and how it actually works. I wanna try the coloured one too.

This is what I meant I wanted to achieve when I said “Jeon Jihyun-lips”, I guess maybe I was expecting too much of the product?;

BB Magic Mist
I wanted to try out the facial mist-thing as it’s something I’ve never seen used by anyone before moving to South Korea. Also as a daily user of BB cream I thought this type of facial mist would suit me the best. To be honest, after buying it, I don’t really use it often. I have some korean friends who use facial mist all the time, but I don’t see the point in it. I do however see a difference in using it after half the day has passed, as it does make my make-up look better applied than it usually looks after half a day of usage. It smells nice and supposedly you have to pat the mist into your face after spraying it, so it doesn’t smear your make up.


Dr Lash Ampoule Long & Volume
This product wouldn’t really have crossed my mind to use if I hadn’t seen the commerical with the girls from 2ne1 using the product. In my experience, the product you apply when you’re gonna sleep hasn’t made my lashes longer, maybe at the most improved their volume, but maybe this is due to my failiure to commit to this beauty product routine. The lash essence primer is quite nice to use though and sometimes makes a difference when applying mascara. For now I’ll score the product set a 2/5.

Etude House Sweet Eye Cupcake 3. Peach and Honey
I love this eyeshadow and it’s also one of the first products I bought when arriving in Seoul. It’s super cute and the colours mixed with each other in a half the lid brighter cream-white colour and other half of the lid pink peach-coloured, it looks really pretty. And, gives you compliments! I can’t count the amounts of times I’ve gotten complements when wearing this duo-eyeshadow. Many have told me also that I look like I’m doing a gyaru-make-up look when wearing this. It’s super cute and the cream-white colour is sparkly whilst the pink-peach colour has a more metallic shine to it. Combined together, both of the colours look really good. I’m definitely going to buy more of these eyeshadows before leaving Korea.

Bling Bling Eye Stick – 01. Shooting Star
This is a really cute alternative to using eyeshadow. It’s super easy and the colour I have is super cute when wearing it. Usually I use it as an extra accessory to my ordinary eye-make-up though – at the corners of my eyes I usually use a little of it. It can tend to look a bit smeared if you use it close to any crease of your eyes. I like the product, but I’m not a frequent user of it. The name of the shade “Shooting Star” is also the name of my favourite kind of ice cream from Baskin’ Robbin’s, it’s got the flavour of blueberry icecream with popping candy inside it. I definitely recommend it to anyone who has a Baskin’ Robbin’s in their town, it’s super delicious!

Missing U Hand Cream
I’m a happy owner of the two furthest to the right in the picture – Harp Seal and Panda. The harp seal smells a little minty and the panda smells like lovely peach and the panda is my favourite out of the two because of it’s nice smell. They both work really nicely for dry hands. The products are small enough to bring along in your handbag and therefore easily accessable. And also they are suuuuper cute!


Surprise Essence Concealer – 01. Light Beige
This liquid concealer is another one of my impulse buys. It’s really good to use if you get bags under your eyes as it covers that very well and if you use the product as a base for your eye-make-up it brightens the look of your eyes, making you look less tired and more bright-eyed. It’s super creamy, but in my opinion it doesn’t cover bad skin that well so I prefer using it as a highlighter for the eyes and the nose, and for that purpose it works super well. It’s definitely one of my favourite products I bought here.


Colour My Brows – 02. Light Brown
I’ve seen many videos on Youtube of people recommending to use this product as an eyebrow filler to make your eyebrows stand out more and look prettier. The light brown colour has a little glittery metallic colour to it. But as I have bright blue eyes, it made the colour in my eyes stand out a lot more. Therefore the eyebrow colour ended up looking really cool on me, even if it’s another colour than my hair. The eyebrow-wand is really easy to use and the shade of the eyebrow colour is really light. It’s very cool. I don’t use it every day, but I really like using it with some certain make-up types that I do. It does contrast really cool with my eye-colour so I definitely recommend it to anyone with blue eyes or blue eye-contacts^^