Budget friendly beauty products haul

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One of my favorite place for cheap beauty products is Dollar General.

  1. Curlykids curly gel moisturizer -$4 (or $3.97 at Wal-Mart. It’s a styling gel more than a moisturizer for hair. I’m Asian with straight fizzy hair, this seems to tame it well.
  2. Everday underwear washing soap 内衣专用洗衣皂 – imported from Shanghai, it’s like $1, I found in one of the supermarket in Chinatown New York. Smells excellent and I really need something to wash my monthly accidents. cclea
  3. Now for the Dollar General gems. DG nose stripes, made in Korea, which is known for making awesome beauty products.
  4. Nu pore wipes found in DG, it’s only $1, made in Korea.
  5. Charcoal & black sugar mask, made in Korea, found in DG.
  6. Soft whisper *head and shoulder dupe* dandruff shampoo, only $1, found in DG
  7. DG hair spray, $1, found in DG
  8. Cantu kids hair conditioning detangler- again, I’m an Asian, I love hair products created for mixed people
  9. Lava heavy duty hand soap-picked it up from Food Lion, like one dollar something and I thought I might need it.
  10. Cleanlogic green bath & Body care natural cotton stretch bath & shower body cloth- most expensive out of the bunch, but I totally need it.

This is just an overview, without details about each product, but such a bargain that I have to put it out there

I’ll come back and update more after I’ve use them for a while

Unboxing MemeBox Presale The Best Hits Skincare Box

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I ordered on March 30, but I actually got it today because I was in New York when this is being delivered. I almost couldn’t get this package because the carrier didn’t know where my package. Aside from that hassle, this is a box of goodies. The listed price for this box was $45. Here is what’s in the box.

 

 

1. Elizavecca

Hell-Pore Clean Up Mask $22

2.Elizavecca

Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask $11

3.Botanic Farm

Black Soybean Milk Pudding Sleeping Pack $25

4.J.one

Jelly Pack $40

5.Secret Key

Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel $10

6. Etude House

Cat Headband $5

 

7. Nooni

Nooni Cleansing Set (it’s not sold as in the set like this, but it should cost around $6

 

it claimed to have value up to $130, I came up with $119. For the price of presale at $45, you can’t beat that.

HUGE Korean Beauty MEMEBOX Haul 2015 Pony Shine Easy Glam Yeondukong Summer Fun Box Vol.2 Hair Box #HairGameOnPoint

Since I’ve discovered memebox, I’ve already made like three huge purchases, literally buying for head to toe.

I don’t wear super heavy makeup and I don’t like to wear mascara or eyeliner often as they tend to dry out my eyes. If you are a lazy bug like I am, you are always out looking for makeup items that would simplify your steps of beautifying yourself. I’m a believer in less is more when it comes to makeup. Wearing tons of makeup, layering after layering is going to worsen the condition of you skin. Maybe in another topic I should write about my current face base makeup. For many years, I’ve stick with just bb cream and I failed many times in contouring, well, I did it all wrong back then, lol.  I would say that after I got into contouring, I couldn’t stop.  It did took me a while to find the right products for myself.

Well, let’s focus on just the HAUL for this post. My most recent two boxes are mostly eyeshadow makeup so I’m talking more about eyemakeup routine. I now use eyebrow pencil from It’S SKIN Baby Face Natural Eyebrow (01natural black) to draw my eye line and to my surprise it doesn’t fade, smear or smudge like usual eyeliners would, and this sister used waterproof back then. In my opinion, most waterproof eyeliners do nothing to prevent itself from fading and smearing on my lids, it crumbles instead of smears. Not anymore after I use It’S SKIN Baby Face Natural Eyebrow. I find it workable with other eyebrow pencils for some strange reasons, special the creamier ones.   However, I don’t use these creamy eyebrow pencils as an eyebrow pencil, they are a bit to wet for my taste. For my eyebrows, I like something that’s more dry but it is still a pencil because eyebrow powder just didn’t do the trick for me, I’ve tried both US brands and Korean brands, I ended up using those for my eyelids. Luckily, I’ve found my holy grail more than a year ago, which is my SANA – New Born EX 3-in-1 Eyebrow Mascara and Pencil (B02 Grayish Brown), However, it does rub off if I touch my eyebrows accidentally, so I like to wear a base color with CLIO Tinted Tattoo Kill Brow, which is a brow tint that gives a very natural look for brows. The color is very subtle and I’m glad I got the darkest color out of the three options (03) dark brown. I first discovered this in Koreadepart , but the shipping is too high for one item so I turned to eBay. I did purchased MEMEBOX I’M NANA Eyeshadow Palette from Koreadepart though, shipping being around $8 for one palette and one pencil, that’s the only place I could get it (I think it’s also available on Gmarket but Koreadepart still has a better price overall). It took forever to ship, it was around their holiday or something. However, I’m happy to get this palette because I love those cocktail colors.

Enough being said,  drum rolls for unboxing! It’s a bit unorganized as usual and please excuse the picture quality, it’s my iphone4

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My most recent purchases from MEMEBOX

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Pony’s Glam 2, Pony’s Glam 1 Originial, Pony’s Glam season 3 (brown), (Orange), I’m Nana Eyeshadow Palette

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All of my favorite eye makeup items, including Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum, L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Green Ivy, I’m NANA eyeliner

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Yeondukong Summer Fun Box Vol.2

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Pony’s Favorite Set #01 Brown

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Brown on left Orange on Right

Pony's Favorite Set #01 Brown

If you read my previous post, you would know that I bought the Pony’s Season 3 Eyeshadow palette in the orange one and I love it. I haven’t had a chance to work this quad out, but I’m sure it’s going to be pretty gorgeous like the orange one. If you are struggling between the three and you think you’ve enough nude shades in the house, you should get the orange one. I don’t know if it’s just me being a pale Asian having problems with western brand eyeshadows, they don’t work very well with my skin color and I have trouble finding the right color lipsticks as well. The only western color makeup that has worked with my skin is FLOWER by Drew Barrymore, however, none of her current eyeshadow palettes attract me enough to buy them.

I’m so glad that Pony’s choices of color really work for my skin color and my features in general. I only purchased one palette on my first order and was hesitant to get other items in her line. After I became really satisfied with her eyeshadow palette, I’ve decided to buy her lipsticks as well. I was only going to order 02 Spring Romance, but the set for BROWN + Rose Garden 01 was really attempting. I don’t have a nude palette so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to get her BROWN eyeshadow palette and lipstick came with it. I would say it’s a great, the Rose Garden came with it it’s super gorgeous and it’s semi-matte. I didn’t think I was going to like it as much, but I think I would be one of my favorite go to color. The color is toned down than 02 Spring Romance,

wearing ros

Me wearing Pony’s rose garden

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me wearing 02 Spring Romance

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Haven’t use any of these to comment, but I love the color as it appears on the bottle.
Meme Nails Base Coat

XO MEMEBOX

Meme Nails Base Coat

This looks milky to me, I think it would do the job to even out the nail color.
Play Nail Art Gel Coat

ETUDE HOUSE

Play Nail Art Gel Coat

My favorite top coat is discontinued, it’s a japanese brand, but they don’t make anymore of those and it has been the best top coat ever, I wish this one I got could replace it. 
Meme Nails Nail Strengthener

XO MEMEBOX

Meme Nails Nail Strengthener

Looks super pretty and it could be wear alone if I just want bare nail look with a hint of healthy inner color

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One swipe of her lipstick, so bold and bright and no fading for hours

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CONS: a bit difficult to remove it thoroughly, so i don’t wear this everyday

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Yeondukong Summer Fun Box Vol.2

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Yeondukong Fix Lip, bold orangy red

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1.Yeondukong Easy Blushing Stick #02 Lively Coral 2.Yeondukong Easy Highlighting Stick #01 Sheer Gold 3. Yeondukong Easy Shading Stick #01 Contouring Brown

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1.Yeondukong Easy Blushing Stick #02 Lively Coral
2.Yeondukong Easy Highlighting Stick #01 Sheer Gold
3. Yeondukong Easy Shading Stick #01 Contouring Brown
Yeondukong Summer Fun Box Vol.2

Yeondukong Summer Fun Box Vol.2

I’m amazed at this set, very comparable to high-end multiple sticks.

Shading stick is creamy and easily blended, Blushing Stick is ok, nothing surprising, but oh my, the highlighting stick is really awesome, I didn’t think I was going to like it because I don’t do highlight as I try to stay away from things that’s glittery and shimmery, but this is just glowing, but not glittery. I rub a product of the product on my finger tips and apply from the checkbone up to my temple and a dab just a bit on my cupid’s bow, wow, it makes me have that natural inner glow, it’s super natural.

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The hair box, everything was in box except for the shampoo, it was on the side

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Hair Box #HairGameOnPoint

Hair Box #HairGameOnPoint

Yes, I’ve use everything in this set, no complaint and I wish to buy more of this~ If you want to know how

I have to say that CC cream in syringe smells really good. I got this because I want to try out the Mise en Scéne Perfect Serum, it’s decent. I have no problem using up these which is great because a lot of hair products I’ve tried, they are so bad that I have to throw them away before finishing.

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The orginial Easy Glam, Pony’s first palette.

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Close up for GLAM2

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Glam2 comes with a decent dual end brush sponge applicator

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BOX with names on back

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Box with names on the back

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GLAM3 BROWN

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ROSE GARDEN (L), SPRING ROMANCE (R)

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BROWN (L), ORANGE (R)

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ALL my favorite current eye shadow palettes

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IM NANA

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Pony Blossom Lipstick #02 Spring Romance

PONY x MEMEBOX

Pony Blossom Lipstick #02 Spring Romance

BEAUTIFUL color just as expected, bolder than Rose Garden

$12.00
Pony Shine Easy Glam Seasons 1 & 2 Value Set

PONY x MEMEBOX

Pony Shine Easy Glam Seasons 1 & 2 Value Set

$35.00

I got this edition right before the launch of Pony’s new & improved shine easy glam 

The new & improved took out the applicators and both palettes are equal in size.

Maybe too many people complain on how small the Glam 2 really is and a lot of people side GLAM 2 has a lot of fallouts. I don’t know if the formula really changes, if you got both, let me know it has changed.

I haven’t use the GLAM 2, I’ve so far used the EASY GLAM 1, I really like it, no crazy fallout or anything. From the online description, it seems like the new & improved shine easy glam changed the formula and it would deliver bolder color.

I’ll update on that later and do more in dept comparison then

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Disclaimer: Bought with my own money for sheer honest review

SEPHORA Favorites Skin Wonderland 2015 and Real Techniques 301 Flat Contour Brush

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After splurging on makeup items in September (I’ll post on those later, all of my favorite eye shadow from memebox), I promised myself not to spend anything on makeup/cosmetics. Things always go in the other direction and I ended picking up a set of

SEPHORA Favorites Skin Wonderland 2015 & Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection 301 Flat Contour Makeup Brush

Great buy though, I just want to post this before I forget to blog about it.

I rarely buy any sets because they always contain at least one or more item that I wouldn’t like when I sample them in the store. This set is the exception, I like all of them when I tested out in store so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to buy this set. The size for each individual items isn’t super tiny either, they all would last more than one use. Its as described, pampering from head to toe. Surprise that this kit isn’t available online for some strange reasons. I found the other similar kit, which is $68 not $39.

SEPHORA Favorites Skin Wonderland 2015 (Sephora inside JCPenney)

  1. Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm (7ml) USA
  2. Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser (30ml) USA
  3. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (1oz) USA
  4. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF15 (2.2g) FRANCE
  5. Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment (15g) USA
  6. Josie Maran Cosmetics Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Apricot Vanilla (2 fl oz) USA
  7. Kate Somerville Skincare Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (15ml) USA
  8. Marula Pure Beauty Oil Foaming Cleansing Oil (30ml) USA
  9. Olehenriksen Truth serum collagen booster (0.33 fl oz) USA
  10. Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio Repair Gel Mask (15g) USA
  11. Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate (15ml) USA

is it worth $167 as described?? I’m calculating the price based on lowest original retail price per ml/oz

  1. Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm (7ml) $29.90
  2. Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser (30ml) $5.60
  3. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (1oz) $5.00
  4. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF15 (2.2g) $12.00
  5. Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment (15g) $19.00
  6. Josie Maran Cosmetics Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Apricot Vanilla (2 fl oz) $8.75 ($12)
  7. Kate Somerville Skincare Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (15ml) $17.50 ($22)
  8. Marula Pure Beauty Oil Foaming Cleansing Oil (30ml) $4.79
  9. Olehenriksen Truth serum collagen booster (0.33 fl oz) $12.42
  10. Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio Repair Gel Mask (15g) $4.50
  11. Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate (15ml) USA $25.00

29.90+5.60+5.00+12.00+19.00+8.75+17.50+4.79+12.42+4.50+25.00=$144.46

so I guess the makeup bag is worth $22.54

[the price in parentheses is the price for those items at that size, in which the company does make smaller sizes]

So it’s a pretty deal overall. I would say I do recommend this one especially if you want to try out those expensive skincare at smaller size before you commit to buy them in their original size.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection 301 Flat Contour Makeup Brush

I got my kohl’s cash coupon so I decided to splurge on this brush before my coupon expires. After all that discount, I paid in total about $13.57 instead of $26.00

Kohl’s has this collection of brushes in bundle with style 300 (tapered brush), which is the other that I was going to get, but I took a close look at them, the qualities are not the same as the ones that are packed separately. They are retail for $49 for three brushes, but I would still buy them separately, if you see them in store, you would know what I’m talking about.

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Disclaimer: Bought with my own money for sheer honest review

First Impression: ETSY purchase with KAVdesigner

I came across to Etsy way back in the days when I was looking for homemade skincare and later on experimenting DIY skincare myself so I never end up buying anything from Etsy. A lot of products on Etsy are by independent designers so they are quite unique and not something you could find commonly in stores. Yes I have to admit that I browse Etsy for inspiration more than shopping. Just last month when I was looking for a minimalism necklace, I stumbled across this dress from this Israeli designer KAVdesigner,  it’s so beautiful. I’ve always wanted a pink dress that’s simple but elegant and this dress is IT.

Dress in detail: I couldn’t tell that the v-neck is actually asymmetric, I thought it’s simply a V, but it’s not~ one side has extra band that’s sewn to the V neck. It has two pockets and its somewhat loose fitting. I ordered size 2, it fits perfect for my 36-38D. It’s not an A-line dress though, it’s slightly curve in on the waistline

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PROS: SUPER pretty color and high quality fabric, simple design perfect for those who are pro-minimalism. True to description, well made

CONS: Pricey,  even at discounted price, but I’m buying for an handmade dress so it ain’t bad.

Their stores are not based in the US so my dress was shipped from Israel. The tracking provided by the seller wasn’t trackable and the seller told me it could take up to 21 days (she made a typo when she gave me the tracking number). I’m glad my package came early (like 5 business days) and no signature was required.

Bottom line: I’ll probably buy from Etsy again, but I wish there is a Etsy shipping center standing behind this so buyers don’t have to worry about tracking the package on themselves in case if there is a lost or damage.

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My Beautiful KAV V neck midi dress with sides Pockets

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Disclaimer: Bought with my own money for sheer honest review

WALMART FLOWER COSMETICS BEAUTY HAUL, BEST concealer so far (FLOWER’s HOLLYWOOD SECRET CONCEALER KIT)

I’m not usually a fan of US drugstore aka supermarket cosmetic products,

but boy I Couldn’t say enough about these, They look high-end without the splurge.

YES, all proudly made in the US and exclusively sold at Wal-Mart

These are my current favs from FLOWER brand by Drew Barrymore

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TWO PERFUMES: CHERISHED and RADIANT (The perfume line has two scents, sultry, cherished, and raidiant).

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*Just pick these up today, couldn’t resist for their packaging. they smells weird when I first spray them, but when I wear them together, magic happens! I don’t know what that is ! I didn’t get sultry because I couldn’t see myself wearing that alone.

OH, BTW, I also saw Garden, which must be the new scent from this Brand.

The two I purchased here are discontinued size, the newer ones are 1oz (30ml) each, which is twice the amount of mine.

If you are going to buy these from the Wal-Mart webisite wants to know the description of these scents, I’ll link the scent descriptions below so they would help you determine which scent to pick.

Cherished

Radiant

Sultry (not shown here)

Two Lipsticks

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LS20 Rosey Garden, and LS10 Nude Narcissus.

HOLLYWOOD SECRET CONCEALER KIT

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SERIOUSLY, THE BEST concealer palette I’ve yet found!!! The BEST, i mean the best!

Great coverage (if you use the right tool, which calls for a dense concealer brush) I use elf’s concealer brush (the yellow tip bristle)

GREAT color combo for my skin color

1 (TOP LEFT) Brightening primer, perfect for highlighting, I use it instead of regular shimmering highlighter, I don’t use it as a primer. Instead I use it on my forehead, nose bridge and cupid’s bow. Also great for highlighting brow bones

2 (TOP RIGHT) light concealer  for under my eyes, corners of my mouth, nose and also fix for lips

3 (BOTTOM LEFT) darker beige concealer, great for my moles and acne marks, blends with 2 to match my skintone

4(BOTTOM RIGHT) green color corrective concealer for reddish spots, rarely use thou

cons

*sadly only available in one shade, but it’s perfect match for me.

*DREW does have a brow kit, too bad the colors don’t work for me (mostly blonde and brown shades)

but my brows are gray-grayish brown

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Disclaimer: Bought with my own money for sheer honest review