fivezero's jolse haulage (April 2017), COSrX, Holika Holika

Haulage! Korean Shops (And New Canadian Shipping Problems)

I’ve been getting a little obsessed with the state of my skin lately, and while it’s been super fun ordering Deciem products (items from The Ordinary, Hylamide, and NIOD lines are now in my possession!), this also meant that I hit up the online Korean beauty shops, too.

Little did I know that with my most recent Jolse order, I snuck in just before a Canadian shipping issue!

In the past, I pretty much stuck to Cosmetic Love (referral link):

  • The site is super easy to navigate, and generally I don’t have any issues with it. I personally find it nicer to look at than some of the more popular Korean beauty sites. The photos also tend to be slightly better.
  • Brand and product selection seem good to me, though there have been a couple brands I’ve been vaguely interested in and had to look for elsewhere.
  • CS is good, though I’ve never had to do more than get a quick response about a minor issue.
  • Prices are a bit higher than some other sites, but shipping is always free so I like not having to tally up the final cost. I really hate when the shipping charge differs depending on the size of your order (is it by weight? by price? gah!) and then I have to shift products in and out of my cart to get the max stuff for my money. The price is less of an issue to me since I just shop their sales, anyway. With free shipping, I can order, like, $20 worth of stuff during a sale and not have to think about spending $100+ to get free/cheaper shipping elsewhere.
  • Delivery has never been a problem for me. Yes, it takes a few weeks, and maybe a bit longer, but that’s not the store’s fault. They always ship very promptly and it’s Canadian customs that’s the hold-up. Luckily, I’ve never gotten dinged by customs, but I keep my Korean orders to around US$40 max. (Technically, orders totalling CA$20 or less are duty-exempt.)
  • They give a useful amount of samples—though it’s usually just handfuls of those single-use pouches of Tony Moly Tomatox Magic Massage Pack and Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum. I don’t think I will ever need to buy those two products.

But last year, I finally branched out a bit and ordered one test product from Jolse via Amazon (some Innisfree sheet masks, which I haven’t even bothered to use because shortly afterward, I decided I’m not really a fan of sheet masks).

Innisfree It's Real Facial Sheet Masks (15 pc)

Innisfree It’s Real Facial Sheet Masks (15 pc) (US$19.08)

Then last month, I placed a trial order from Jolse proper (and I forgot to use the $3 sign-up discount, gah!):

  • COSRX Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence (US$16)
  • Holika Holika gudetama LAZY&JOY Ceramide Capsule Cream (US$18.68)
  • Holika Holika Naked Face Illuminating Powder (US$11.88)

They sent a lot of different samples, which is awesome, but on the other hand, it’s a little useless to test a skincare product with just a single one-use sample. Cosmetic Love, by comparison, send about 10 of a product sample, but I almost always get the same two products so it’s not great that way, either.

Here are the samples I received:

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Haulage! Drugstores & Cosmetic Love (Oct 2016 & Feb–Mar 2017)

Finally, everyone in the household is on the road to recovery! I managed to stay relatively illness-free, except for once when I think I might have given myself food poisoning and had an upset stomach for a night. We were all so overwhelmed over the last week and a half that my husband actually had to remind me that we forgot about our 17th wedding anniversary over the weekend.

I should really get my computer to remind me about stuff like this.

So, we celebrated last night with some dinner delivered and half a movie (The Nice Guys, if you’re interested—and that’s how we have to roll nowadays, early to bed). Plus, we’ll add a li’l anniversary money to our fun budgets!

Speaking of fun budgets, here’s some stuff I hauled over the last couple of months from drugstores. And I’m including some stuff I got from Cosmetic Love late last year, but totally forgot about under my desk.

All prices are what I paid, not necessarily the MSRP.

The full list:

  • A’Pieu Start Up Pore Primer [free sample]
  • Banila Co. Glam Muse Luster Lipstick in LPP 656 [US$11.52]
  • Bee By the Sea Sea Buckthorn Lip Balm in Vanilla [CA$3.19]
  • Bulgari Omnia Paraiba EDT 25 mL Purse Spray [CA$19.99]
  • butter LONDON 6-Piece Petite Lacquer Collection [CA$17.50]
  • Cargo HD Picture Perfect Concealer in Light Medium [CA$14]
  • Cargo HD Picture Perfect Liquid Foundation in 2N [CA$21]
  • Cargo OneBase Concealer + Foundation in One in 025 [CA$14]
  • CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion [CA$13.99]
  • CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Fresh Complexion Oil Free Foundation in Medium Beige (210) [CA$5.99]
  • Crawford Street Rose Geranium 2-in-1 Soothing Cleanser [CA$11.99]
  • Essence The Gel Nail Polish (Soft Matt) in Va-Va-Voom [CA$2.99]
  • Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer Perfect Lash [US$5.74]
  • Gosh Nail Lacquer in Galaxy (612) [CA$4]
  • Green Beaver Natural Toothpaste in Frosty Mint [CA$4.63]
  • Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum [free sample]
  • It’s Skin Macaron Lip Balm, Holiday Edition, in Green Apple [US$4.87]
  • L.A. Girl HD PRO BB Cream in Light/Medium [CA$7.49]
  • L’Oréal Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile in Coral Trianon [CA$7.49]
  • L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation in Nude Beige (203) [CA$14.99]
  • Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream [US$11]
  • Lioele Dollish Cera-V CC Cream [US$15.25]
  • Mizon Hyaluronic Ultra Moisturizing Cream [US$8.38]
  • Revlon ColorStay Makeup, Normal/Dry, Buff (150) [CA$16.99]
  • Revlon ColorStay Makeup, Normal/Dry, SPF 20 Nude (200) [CA$16.99]
  • Revlon Nail Enamel in Daydreamer [CA$8.99]
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love Is On [CA$4.99]
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Bow To the Queen [CA$7.47]
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pardon My Garden [CA$7.47]
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Talk Is Chic [CA$7.47]
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon Au Naturel 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Bare Necessities (753A) [CA$6.39]
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon Au Naturel 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Nude Awakening (754A) [CA$7.99]
  • Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus Waterproof Mascara in Amp’d Black [CA$4.79]
  • Wet n Wild 1 Step WonderGel Nail Color in Left Marooned [CA$4.79]

Photos and comments:

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New Release: Etude House — Wedding Peach Collection (Summer 2016)

Collection: Etude House 2016 Summer, Wedding Peach

Korean beauty brand Etude House has released a limited edition Summer 2016 collection based on the Japanese manga Wedding Peach.

The collection consists of several makeup items, including 7 Play Nail colors. Unfortunately, the polishes don’t seem to have any names: just numbers.

Etude House Wedding Peach, 2016 Collection with Play Nail Polish

Etude House Wedding Peach, 2016 Collection with Play Nail Polish
Images: jolse.com

The 8 mL polishes are USD$4.98 at Jolse.

Happy shopping!

Etude House Play Nail in Sining Beautiful Deer [sic] (282), swatch

Etude House — Sining Beautiful Deer (Play Nail) Swatch & Review

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday in North America, so Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Whether you’ve got kids, are expecting, or have fur/feather/scale babies you love, I hope you have a wonderful Sunday! I’m lucky enough to be in all three groups this year—having a toddler, a baby due in a couple months, and a tank of tropical fish—and I don’t think I’ve ever felt more “mom-like”, haha!

Of course, I want to wish specially my own mom the happiest of Mother’s Days. I hope Dad takes you out for a nice Korean dinner! (They’re not Korean; they just like to eat a lot of Korean food. Mmmm, bibimbap. And I could probably eat kimchee every day if I had easier access to it.)

I would like to share one mom-related tidbit: my 2-yr old has finally learned his colors! As someone who blogs about nail polish colors all week, this makes me so pleased! He’s known his ABCs and 123s (and myriad vehicle names, because that’s all he’s interested in) for probably six months, but colors would stump the heck out of him. He’d know the names of colors, but if you were to ask him what color an object was, he’d just cycle through the colors: “Blue? Red? Green? Yellow?!” Then, about a month ago, he seemed like he’d gotten the hang of them, but we couldn’t be certain if he was just memorizing the colors of his toys. Over the last week or two, however, he’s definitely figured it out, as we can point out new things to him and he will get the color right about 80% of the time. (He occasionally gets stumped with purple, calling it pink or blue first.)

So, this morning, I showed him my new bottle of (Korean!) nail polish and asked him what color it was. He announced “Red!” and beamed when I applauded. Best Mother’s Day gift.

Collection: Etude House 2014 Fall, Zoom in the Zoo

I recently picked up this Etude House nail polish on sale for about US$3 at Cosmetic Love (referral link). It’s from a 2014 fall collection called Zoom in the Zoo.

I have no idea about the color’s name! Is it meant to be “Shining Beautiful Deer”? “Singing Beautiful Deer”?! I don’t even know if it’s a name given officially by Etude House, or just one that was made up by the retailer! There is no English name given on the polish’s packaging, just the number 282, so I really have no idea as I can’t read Korean. Maybe someone who knows Korean can help out?

Etude House Play Nail in Sining Beautiful Deer, label
What does it say?!
Etude House Play Nail in Sining Beautiful Deer, bottle
Here’s the front of the bottle, just ’cause it’s cute.

So, at the moment, I have no choice but to leave the polish name as it was spelled on the retailer’s site. Sining Beautiful Deer [sic] (282) is a classic, medium-deep red cream with a touch of cranberry.

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New Release: Etude House — Berry Delicious Collection (Spring 2016)

Collection: Etude House 2016 Spring, Berry Delicious

Korean beauty brand Etude House has released a limited edition Spring 2016 collection called Berry Delicious. I’m assuming the 10 nail polishes included in this makeup collection are called Strawberry Souffle Nail, though I don’t know what makes it different from Etude House’s regular Play Nail line. Souffle makes me think of something fluffy and bouncy!

You can see the stock swatches of 10 shades here.

Unfortunately, the polishes don’t seem to have any names: just numbers. There appear to be four cream shades, three confetti shades, and three shimmer shades.

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New Release: Etude House — Galaxy Express 999 Collection (Winter 2015)

Collection: Etude House 2015 Winter, Galaxy Express 999

Korean beauty brand Etude House has released a limited edition Galaxy Express 999 collection! For those who don’t know (myself included), Galaxy Express 999 is an anime from 1977.

Wiki:

It is set in a space-faring, high-tech future in which humans have learned how to transfer their minds and emotions with perfect fidelity into mechanical bodies, thus achieving practical immortality.

I know nothing about the anime apart from that blurb, but the packaging was too cool for me to ignore. There are ten shades in all; there was just a stock photo of the bottles for five of the shades. You can see the stock swatches of all the shades here.

Unfortunately, the polishes don’t seem to have any names: just numbers. There appear to be seven holographic glitter shades and three confetti glitter shades.

Etude House Galaxy Express 999, 2015 Collection Play Nail Polish
Etude House Galaxy Express 999 Collection Play Nail, 2015:
Image: Cosmetic Love

The 8 mL polishes are USD$4.59 at Cosmetic Love (referral link).

Happy shopping!

Empties for Fall 2015

I have no makeup empties this quarter! Aaaargh!

Also, I really need to start taking pictures of my products before I use them and they get all grody. Seriously. No one wants to see the mangled Body Shop Body Polish tube I used up!

Here is my list of empties for Fall 2015 (Sept., Oct., and Nov.). All prices are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.

Andalou Naturals Argan & Sweet Orange Moisture Rich Stem Cells Conditioner. I bought this on sale for $7.99 at Well.ca, after I noticed that I was getting a thinning spot on my scalp. Shortly after, I also developed postpartum hair loss, which is just great. (My hair is currently half the thickness it used to be, and I’m anticipating hair growth to return in the form of a mullet.) Now, the Stem Cells claim in this conditioner is pretty much nonsense, because dead fruit stem cells in your hair products aren’t going to make your human hair regrow. That’s ridiculous. I really like the shampoo in this line, but the conditioner is just average. I don’t find that it does anything particularly well or badly, though it does smell nice. One complaint is that it is really, really thick and is hard to squeeze through the small hole in the cap. I wouldn’t repurchase this.

Andalou Naturals Argan & Sweet Orange Moisture Rich Stem Cells Conditioner
Image: iherb.com

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