Konglish Beauty

Etude House Follow Me Lip Tint

Posted in Etude House, Korean brands, lipbalm, lipstick, review by konglishbeauty on July 16, 2010

The latest product in the Etude House 2NE1 collection is a colour changing liptint balm called “Follow Me Lip Tint”. This is the type of tint which changes colour when exposed to air, much like the Smashbox O-Glow or Dior Lip Glow balms.



Review: Skinfood Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek Creams

Posted in blusher, haul, Korean brands, lipbalm, lipstick, review, Skinfood by konglishbeauty on June 19, 2010

I recently hauled all 6 of the Skinfood Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek Creams which are multi-use creams which you dab on with your finger or a brush. They’re great as cream blushers and also as a matte look lip cream but they’re slightly drying on the lips so might need some balm or gloss paired with it.

They’re a good alternative to the pricier Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges but not a complete dupe. Texture-wise they feel smooth but not sticky and have enough slip to blend out lightly. On the cheeks they can leave a slight shine but that can be lightly blending away. I have oily/combo skin but I have no problem with these causing breakouts or clogging pores. They don’t have a silicone feel to them and they’re not greasy or oily. 

They’re medium pigmented so they don’t go on quite as intense as they look in the pan but are definitely not sheer. Overall I’d say that they’re easy no-brainer products to use. Most people intuitively will find it simple to just dab a touch of these onto the cheeks for a bit of colour.

I bought them thinking they were nice and have grown steadily to love them. For a start the colours are lovely. Of the 6, Apricot and Lychee are the palest but they work for a REAL no-make-up look on my cheeks and are great as a nude lip colour on me. They have good lasting power throughout the day and being finger-use products, I carry them around and touch-up if I need to. The devil-in-the-detail that makes me love them though are the fact that each is very lightly scented in its namesake fruit- an unnecessary but cute extra.

L-R: Pomegranate, Berry, Grapefruit, Apricot, Peach, Lychee

They’re a great price: you get 6g of product for 6000won which is plenty for cheap. These are so almost a 5 out of 5 from me except that……. the packaging is the downer. The product is in a metal tin with a sliding lid, identical to ELF’s Candy shop lip balms or Vintage Sister lip balms. It’s cute but it means that it conducts heat easily and there are numerous stories all over Korean make-up blogs that these Lip and Cheek creams melt in warm weather causing a right royal lip and cheek cream mess in bags. Summers in Korea can get pretty hot with temperature soaring well above 30 degrees. Nightmare. This is definitely not a product to carry around in your pocket.

If you can work around that somehow then these are are definitely worthy of a look. I’ll leave these at home in the warmer months or put them in a small baggy. I feel like stock-piling these as I don’t want to ever be without them.

Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 (I couldn’t quite forgive the packaging!)

Etude House Lip Perfumes

Posted in Etude House, Korean brands, lipbalm, lipgloss, review, Uncategorized by konglishbeauty on May 15, 2010

I’ve recently bought all four of the Etude House Lip Perfumes after swearing I wouldn’t get them when they first came out. The idea of “Lip Perfume” is a bit hit or miss because your lips are right under your nostrils so anything fragranced on your lips will smell very strong, linger persistently and can interfere with taste as taste and odour in the mouth are so closely tied. However a recent bout of extreme dryness of my skin and lips revived an interest in richer lip balms and so I’ve been exploring some new products.


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Smith’s Rosebud Salve haul

Posted in haul, lipbalm by konglishbeauty on November 17, 2009

These have just arrived in Korea! These would be Smith’s Rosebud Salve, a multipurpose emollient balm for lips, cuticles, heels and anywhere susceptible to dry chapped skin.

Olive Young are carrying the entire range. To be honest this is one of those stupid “I bought if for the packaging” purchases (hangs head in shame). I don’t love the balm. I prefer a slightly thicker richer texture for lip balm, and these feel too thin and slippery for me. You can tell on application that they’re a mostly petrolatum base as they feel almost exactly like Vaseline.

I bought one of these years ago, lost it and never repurchased. However the excitement of seeing them in Korea and seeing all the new varieties invoked the pokemon disease in me (one of Musings Of A Muse trademark phrases: main symptom is an unquenchable desire “to collect them all!” ).

There are six variations: Original Rose, Strawberry, Minted Rose, Boysenberry, Mocha Rose and Eucalyptus Mint.

They look slightly tinted but really the colour is non-discernible. The scents are nice, but face quickly (probably not a bad thing). The tins are ADOREABLE. I shall be using these at home, and not carrying them around, lest I dent them. They’re sitting on my dressing table and make me ridiculously happy everytime I stare at them.

Win !!!

They are overpriced in Korea. There’s a set of three which you can buy in tin, as shown above. The three balms in the tin are the original, Strawberry and Minted Rose. If you buy the set of three in the tin you do make a saving but it’s a pitiful 3000won. Bah.