I’m Obsessed with Korean Cosmetics: The Spring Haul – Part 1

So first things first, I’m finally starting to get adjusted to teaching elementary school. I’m so thankful to have caring and understanding co-teachers that have guided and helped me figure everything out. Johnny’s been a HUGE help too, since he’s already been at an elementary school for over a year now. I finally finished unpacking my apartment, and things are definitely feeling more cozy and welcoming. I really like my new apartment! The neighborhood is so much better than my old one. But in good and bad news, McDonald’s still doesn’t deliver to my new place. But I do have a Starbucks (!!!), SkinFood, Innisfree, Olive Young, Aritaum, Missha, Etude House and a Face Shop about an 8 minute walk away. It’s DANGEROUS…and the next 2 posts are evidence.

Let’s start with some lip glosses, shall we?


Starting from left to right:

1. Etude House Dear My Jelly Lips-Talk in JPK002: So first of all, the name of this product is fucking ridiculous. But besides that, it’s in adorable packaging, which is about 90% of the reason I bought it. I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for cute packaging! The color is a bright pink, and it goes on sheer. It’s very moisturizing, but if you’re looking for a lipstick with tons of pigment, skip it. It’s perfect for me since I don’t like to wear super bright colors to work. There’s just enough color, but my students won’t be calling me sexy teacher or anything…

2. Etude House Dear My Essence in Lips-Talk in EBE101: Let it me known that I am in love with this lipstick/gloss hybrid. It’s shiny like a gloss, but also has great pigmentation. It’s not very long wearing, but it’s very moisturizing. The EBE101 color is a really pretty dusty rose color. It’s a great dupe for the MAC Sheen Supreme lipsticks, which I already have, but I don’t want to use it all because it’s crazy expensive here. So, this Etude House one has become my everyday lip color!

3. Innisfree Vivid Tint Rouge in 10: When I first picked up this lip tint, I called my good friend immediately and told her she had to pick it up. I’m normally not a big fan of lip tints, as most of the colors are just not right for my skin tone and make me look like I’ve been sucking on a red popsicle. Not the look I want. Then Innisfree came to the rescue and changed my life. These tints are unlike anything I’ve seen in Korea. They are super pigmented,  are super long wearing, and have a creamy consistency. All I need to do is prep my lips with some lip balm, and dab a bit on my lips and BAM. So much color, so little effort. I was told that they sold out within days when they first came out, and I’m so lucky I got my hands on one. The color 10 is a mauve/pink combo that’s again perfect for me to wear to school without looking too done up.

4. Etude House LUCIDarling Fantastic Rouge Gloss in 6: This is just your standard lip gloss. It’s got great pigmentation and it doesn’t smell or taste weird. I HATE HATE HATE the Innisfree glosses for this reason…they smell and taste like lemon soap. Honestly, this gloss is nothing special, but I just really, really liked the color. Again, it’s that dusty, mauve-ish, pink that just keeps popping back in my life. It’s just a great, everyday color.

5. Innisfree Creamy Tint Lipstick in 4: Innisfree describes this lipstick as a “highly pigmented long-lasting moisture lipstick that delivers rich color in one stroke”, and I’d have to agree 209457345%. It’s creamy, it’s moisturizing, and trust me, the color DOES NOT BUDGE. You may need a special lip makeup remover, as it does tend to leave a bit of tint at the end of the day. It has a slight matte finish, which I tend to like when I’m wearing super bright lip colors. I got color 4, which is a bright coral color. It’s perfect for spring and summer!


Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer: Eyelid primer is an absolute essential for me because I just so happen to have the oiliest eyelids on the face of the planet. The rest of my face is tolerably oily, but my eyelids are a different story. I had been looking far and wide for a primer here, and I stumbled upon an article that featured this beauty. It’s pretty much an exact dupe for the cult classic Urban Decay Primer Potion, and it’s only 6,000W. SCORE AND SCORE. Don’t be afraid of the color, as it fades right into the skin. I use it on my eyelids and set with a bit of the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder and do a fierce cat eye liquid eyeliner for my day time makeup. It keeps my eyeliner from getting all over my oily lids and keeps them shine free forever. I just looked in the mirror and my eyelids are barely getting gross after about 14 hours. Magic.

Innisfree Peel Off Base Coat: I’m not exactly sure how I ever lived without this in my life. If you are big fan of glitter nail polish, I have just told you about your savior. No more scrubbing or sitting with foil and cotton on your fingers. Use this base coat, and you can literally just peel your glitter polish off without damaging your nails. It is a miracle. Now, if you have a habit of picking at your nails, I wouldn’t recommend this because it’s just going to peel all of your polish off…unless that’s what you want!

The Face Shop Quick Dry Drops: Are you the type of person that starts painting your nails about 20 minutes before you need to get to bed? Well, if you are, these quick dry nail drops are your answer. I’m not exactly sure what sort of magic is in them, but no lie, your nails are dry to the touch after 1 minute, and completely dry after 5 minutes. It’s perfect for people on the go, or people who spontaneously decide to paint their nails at 11:30pm (cough cough).

Part 2 will be up on Friday! I’ll be featuring a gorgeous orange lip and cheek tint from Innisfree, a new sleeping mask, 2 primers, and a new daytime moisturizer that is apparently ANIT-HUMIDITY (!!!!!), which we will know will be pretty helpful in about a month.

Have any of you ever tried the products I’ve recommended so far? What have been your favorites?


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