Monday, 30 March 2015

The Big Korean Skincare Beginner Orientation Post: Where to start.

Evening lovely gals and gents!

Although Korean skincare is getting more popular abroad, I personally feel there is still a lack of comprehensive starter posts. When I first got into Korean skincare I researched excessively to get the best results for my money but it was quite tough to get the basics down. With this post I'll hopefully help everyone interested but not informed enough to start a Korean skincare routine yet! I'll cover basic differences from other routines, a basic guide + explanation about the different skincare items, what they do and where they would fall into your routine.


(I got a little carried away with Photoshop the other night....)


"What exactly is a Korean skincare routine? 
How does it differ from what I usually do?"


Korean skincare items are formulated very different from their Western counterparts. Instead of a one-will-do-it-all solution, Korean skincare focuses on products for special concerns to target. They have a lighter formula so that you can combine them to your liking without freaking out your skin.  (...hopefully.) You could for example start your routine with an acne treatment if you have pimples, follow up with a treatment to lighten the acne marks you may have and an anti-ageing treatment on top if your concern is mature skin. This is one of the many reasons why Korean skincare is widely considered to be more effective in targeting real concerns than many Western creams and serums. As a result, your skincare routine can have as little as 3 (cleansing, moisturizing, sunscreen) or as many as 10, 12 or even more steps if you're into that. (My usual routine consists of 4 - 5 products that I will feature in a different post; however, if I don't have enough time in the morning I also don't have a problem cutting my routine down to the basics.)

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Foundation Review | NARS Sheer Glow - Worth the Hype?

Good evening everyone!


I am usually a reasonable shopper. I have my limits for most things (100-150€ for a real pretty winter coat, ~50€ for a real pretty dress, 20-30€ for make-up etc.) and adhere to them quite well. However, sometimes, I just get weak. Do you know this feeling when for some unknown reason you just have to have something? There is no reasonable explanation why you should pay 50€ for a foundation but you find yourself purchasing it eventually anyways...?  If you do, then you know exactly how I felt about this foundation.



In my case, there were two factors that spiked my interest: First, I saw Youtubers hyping this foundation into the heavens and it did look quite nice in most videos. Second, NARS is absolutely not available in Germany. The brand was sold for a quite short period of time but, as beauty-unconscious as most Germans are, could not really stand on stable ground and eventually disappeared again from the German market. That is not the case for beauty-obsessed Korea: NARS has some counters in high-end department stores. So if I wanted to try anything, I had to buy it while I was still in Korea or probably pay double for importing it. I guess you already know how that ended.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

COSRX Giveaway Winners!

Good evening everybody!


Thank you so much for over 400 entries on my latest giveaway! I'm glad it was received as enthusiastically as I envisioned it when I first got the idea for it. I have a lot of empty 10ml droppers left so I'm already thinking about what the next giveaway could be. Wishes, anyone?! :D

Since I find it extremely boring and also not very personal to just click on "random winner" and be done with it, I decided to do a little winner of me handpicking the lucky two people! NO I TOTALLY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FREE TIME. In the time I needed to write down all the names, I totally could've written two pages of my thesis. Oh well. (Next time I'll print it but I wanted to be enviromental friendly and used my old academic papers that I wanted to throw away anyways.) So without further delay, I present you the very oldschool winner picking video I made this afternoon :D



CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU TWO!


Will write an email to you both asap. Please please please respond as I don't have the time to record another video!! :P Sorry for everyone who didn't win this time but I'll think hard of something to present you another giveaway shortly. Thanks for watching and I hope it was as much fun for you as it was for me :)

Good night everyone! (Now I REALLY have to write my thesis....)
Lots of love,

Sam

Monday, 23 March 2015

REVIEW | Etude House V-Line Slim Maker No.2 Sun Pink/Cherry Brown [Contour Set]

Hey There!


Today is quite a special day because........ it's my first time *ever* to try contouring! Now, as a very fair person it is quite difficult to find shades that suit my skintone. Most contour kits are either way too dark even when used with a light hand and, worse, way too warm so it lookes really weird on a cool/pink-tones person like me. Also, in Germany contouring is not really a thing; the only thing people use here are highlighter and bronzer and those always have shimmer or even glitter in them. Ugh. shudders Since those products make me look like a badly self-tanned discoball I have stayed away from contouring as long as possible - but I really would've liked to try it. So I was super excited when I saw that Etude House was launching their newest comtouring products, the V-Line Slim Maker. They come in two shades: No 1 Sun Gold/Wood Brown and No 2 Sun Pink/ Cherry Brown which I'll review today.