Tuesday, 24 March 2015
IBuyBeauti.com Haul ft. Guerisson 9 Complex Horse Oil Cream
(All affiliate links look like this)
My 3rd IBuyBeauti.com haul is here! I have been looking forward to this haul ever since I've placed my order, because I bought the horse oil cream that S.E. Asians have been raving about. I heard that it's so good that a lot of China Chinese had to go to Korea to stock up, to make sure that they get the authentic product. So, obviously I have to give it a try!
Opening the box, I was half excited and half baffled. Excited because the horse oil, vitamin C capsule and blue eye liner pencil looked amazing, plus ibuybeauti.com have given me a lot of free samples too, including 5 sheet masks and 2 sachets of Mioggi's toner! How generous!
The baffling thing is, there appeared to be 2 lip products in colours that I would have never chosen. Were they samples? But I did remember picking up some lippies, surely these can't be?! After checking the website, I realised that I did pick them for my haul, and ibuybeauti.com did give me the correct colours, but they looked nothing like the ones on the images provided by the brands! Luckily, I had a voucher gifted by ibuybeauti.com as a thank you for my previous review on their website, so it didn't hurt me as much (US $21.50 worth in total). It was certainly disappointing though!
I've been on the hunt for a neutral lipstick for weeks now, and I thought that the Aritaum World Glam Coating Tint in No.3 Paris looked gorgeous in the above picture (by Aritaum). The 2 images of No.3 Paris looked a bit different but I never expected it to look that far off in real life? It's basically brownish orange. Thing is, I can't do coral/ orange. There are coral colours I love but I can't use, however, I wouldn't even pick this one up from the counter...
Texture wise, it's an oily tint that feels comfortable on the lips (reminds me a bit of YSL's Volupte Tint-in-Oil), and it has a translucent colour. It is a tint though so your lips will be stained even after wiping it off (this one leaves a brown stain...). It is heavily perfumed, so even if I got the colour right, it's still uncomfortable to use as it made me feel like I've applied perfume on my lips.
I think this picture by So Natural is worse than Aritaum's. That looked no where near the colour I've received. The name did imply that it is a coral colour, but it could have been more pink? The actual product has definitely more orange in it.
Overall, however, I like this product more than the Aritaum one. Texture wise, it's just like its name (Sensual Colour Fit Macaroon Whip Mousse Lip), very moussy, non sticky, and left a feeling that baby powder does (on my hand). The wand doesn't really help spreading it evenly on the lips though, as it leaves brush strokes around. It is recommend to dap the product on the lips or cheeks, and then use your finger to spread/ dap it out to give a nice blur effect on both lips and cheeks. It's a real shame about the colour, and I can't even trust the colour chart to choose one I like.
I've been wanting to try Etude House's Play 101 Pencil since Korean Beauty Guru Pony has featured them in her tutorials. IBuyBeauti.com is at the moment the cheapest place online (selling globally) I've seen for these pencils (yet their shipping fee isn't more expensive than others either), so I almost bought them all! I ended up buying the one I actually wanted and needed, and save up my money for other awesome goodies!
The Play 101 Pencil chart is perfect, it shows me the exact colours for each pencil (#37 teal colour is more or less true to the actual colour), and it tells me the different texture of each colour, and what they are best used for. For example, the creamy #37 is waterproof and won't budge as soon as it dries (which is in 2 to 3 seconds!), so it's perfect as an eyeliner. Blue eyeliner is one of the SS 2015 eye makeup trend, though I'm not keen in the light blue they featured (a bit too whitish?), I think this will be very nice and summery!
I think texture wise it's a touch harder than Clio's Gelpresso eye liner, and the pigments is less dense than it too, but I'm happy to finally own one of the Play 101 pencil!
My most expensive product from this haul is Dr.G (Gowoonsesang) White Aura Vita-20 Capsule Ample (Ampoule/ Ampule), costing me USD$34.90 (approx. £24.40) for 30 Vitamin C capsules. The packaging is so pretty though, and those capsules always makes me think that something really good is being protected inside!
This time, it's an ampoule that contains 20% Vitamin C that brightens the skin and targets hyper-pigmentation problem. The oil base ampoule protects the Vitamin C (it deteriorates in water and air), but also moisturises the skin. It felt really greasy at first (0.32ml of ampoule per capsule, which is all for one use), but it absorbs quite fast after spreading it out evenly.
To be honest, I don't really think that my face need a whole capsule worth of ampoule. It contains approximately 5 drops of product, and normally 2 to 3 drops, especially oil based ones, are more than enough for my entire face, so it kind of felt wasted or I'm being over pampered. My skin looks great after the ampoule is fully absorbed though, so i guess it's worth it. It works out to be just over USD $1 per day for 30 days, so I think it's not too bad. That's the beauty of Korean cosmetics, premium (it's not even highest end yet) quality at a much more affordable price! Anyway, I hope it will lighten my spots and even out my skin tone as it said it would.
And finally the famous Claire's Guerisson 9 Complex Cream, (USD$24.50, approx £16.40) by the same pharmaceutical company (I'm guessing a bit like Dermalogica) that created Cloud 9 (also another famous brand for their spot/ scar removal cream). Claire's claimed that horse oil contains high-purity Ceramide that helps skin recovery and spot/ scar removal, which is very similar to human's. I'm not sure about this but I'm happy to give it a try, after all, I'm already slapping snail mucus, pig collagen and bee venom all over my face, horse oil is hardly anything shocking compared to those!
The buttery cream comes in a very fancy looking jar, with a fancy looking spoon. It smells really nice, like citrus mix shampoo! The cream is very thick before you apply it to the skin, but then slowly melts into a moisturiser consistency after applying it on the skin. The cream is very easy to spread and absorb, leaving the skin moisturised. It is definitely more suitable as a night cream, but it doesn't leave any greasiness after it's been fully absorbed.
I've only tried it for a night so can't really tell you much, but hopefully it'll live up to the hype. This and the Vita-20 capsule, surely I should have spotless skin?!
Again, very happy with shopping on ibuybeauti.com, it's just so easy to navigate and the pictures and English product descriptions are really helpful! I can't blame them for the brands' overly edited stock photos, they distribute it to all retailers. However, ibuybeauti.com are very helpful, so if you have any doubt about colour matching, feel free to ask them in a comment or email them for privacy. They are much more interactive than other retailers and have been answering many of these questions on their site.
Note: If you spend over USD$100, you'll get not $5 but 5% off!