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! The Ordinary by Deciem, Part I (March 2017)

Haulage! The Ordinary by DECIEM (March 2017)

I’ve been wrestling a lot with my skin lately, thanks to not sleeping nearly enough since my two kids and my husband have been hit by norovirus, colds and coughs.

When I don’t sleep enough for a few days running, my skin instantly reacts by developing cystic acne along my jawline and generally just looking like crap. So, dry and flaky winter skin, plus hormonal/stress-induced acne. Not happy days.

I’ve been trying to sleep more (not really possible sometimes, though) and drinking more water, but all of this prompted me to seek out some topical assistance over the weekend. I settled on trying out skincare from The Ordinary, who specialize in pared down skincare products with just a few essential ingredients—all at amazingly reasonably prices.

The brand was launched in 2016 by Toronto-based skincare company DECIEM, and it has been a crazy hit, so I felt pretty safe in trying out several products from them all at once.

Here’s what I ordered (they’re sold online in Canada at their official site, which is where I placed my order, and at Well.ca (referral), who carry The Ordinary and another DECIEM brand, Hylamide, and were already sold out of most items). All prices are in CA$.

  • The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% ($7.90)
  • The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi-Technology Peptide Serum ($14.80)
  • The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG ($6.70)
  • The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($6.80)
  • The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA ($5.80)
  • The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ($5.90)
  • The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane ($7.90)

The Caffeine Solution is for my husband, who has undereye circles he would like to address. He’d also like to try the Azelaic Acid for his mild rosacea.

I was tempted to pick up something from one of DECIEM’s other, higher-priced lines, but in the end I decided that I’d wait to see how I liked the Ordinary products, first.

The website stated that due to high demand, my order might not be fulfilled for 10 days. However, they literally shipped it the day after I ordered (Sunday) and it was delivered to me in Toronto on Tuesday. Now that’s service!

This is how the parcel looked:
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fivezero's IPSY Glam Bag "Much Love" February 2017

Ipsy — February 2017 Glam Bag “Much Love”

Everyone’s doing a little better today—no more fevers, just a little congestion—and Peanut made it back to school today, yay! I managed to use some of my Peanut-free time to write up my February Ipsy Glam Bag post. There are loads of goodies this month.

Seriously, Ipsy is totally killing it for me these days—and I got another nail polish!

When I saw that I was getting one of two shades of Trust Fund Beauty nail polish, I had my fingers crossed for $12 Latte, since I already have a mini of the other color, I Give Good Tweet. When I opened my Ipsy bag on Tuesday, out fell the deep, mauve-toned brown I had been hoping for. Awesome. (I’ve lucked out once before, when I received Urban Decay’s Lounge eyeshadow instead of Fireball, which I already had.)

I’ve also recently accumulated a lot of Ipsy points, mostly via referrals, so I have to give a huge thank you to those who used my referral link to join Ipsy! I was able to redeem some of the points for a couple of things last month, so I received those with my February Glam Bag.

Ipsy Glam Bag, February 2017, Much Love
Image: ipsy.com

Last time, I complained about how Ipsy’s point rewards always sold out too quickly, and that there weren’t enough of them. Lately, I’ve found it easier to jump onto the new rewards: they seem to upload refresh them on Friday nights (my time is EST). The point amounts required seem to have increased a little, but they’re also kind of inconsistent with regard to the dollar value of the rewards, too. I’ve seen an item retailing ~$6 cost ~400 pts, and an item retailing ~$40 cost ~800 pts. Who knows? Anyway, I don’t know if they really did anything or if I am just checking the rewards more often and lucking out, but it does feel like it’s been improved!

SoI love, love, love my Ipsy bag this month! Here’s what I got (four out of five are full-sized products!):

What I Redeemed 800 Ipsy Points For

  • Ren Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream (200 Ipsy Points for 30 mL deluxe sample; 50 mL full size US$45 / CA$56)
  • Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Crown of My Canopy (300 Ipsy Points for 5.4 g full size; US$4.99)
  • Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals (300 Ipsy Points for 5.4 g full size; US$4.99)

What I Received

  • Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Last Looks Cream Blush in Flush (3 g full size; US$24)
  • Naked Cosmetics HD Finishing Powder in Banana (0.35 oz full size; US$23.99)
  • NYX Butter Lipstick in Lifeguard (4.5 g full size; full size US$6)
  • True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask (7 mL sample; 50 mL full size US$90)
  • Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in $12 Latte (17 mL full size; US$15)
  • Ipsy makeup bag
fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, February 2017, Much Love
fivezero’s Ipsy Glam Bag, February 2017, Much Love
Image: ipsy.com

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Juice Beauty: 25% off any purchase + free shipping on $30 orders with code ipsy217 (through 03/31/2017)
  • Naked Cosmetics: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 03/31/2017)
  • NYX: 25% off Butter Lipstick with code BUTTERUP (through 03/31/2017, US only)
  • True Botanicals: 15% off your first purchase with code TRUEIPSY15 (through 03/31/2017)
  • Trust Fund Beauty: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 03/31/2017)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Clinique — Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Review

I received Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief in a GWP size a long while ago (November 2015, to be accurate) and I recently dug it up in an effort to use up all my skincare.

Skin Types: All
Lush cream-gel penetrates skin, enhancing natural hyaluronic acid—nature’s perfect moisture magnet. For 24 satisfying hours, skin is plumped, dewy, glowing—from the inside out. Oil-free.

It doesn’t mention this on the website, but the packaging says you can also try it as a 5-minute moisture mask. I find this slightly confusing: if you use this as a moisturizer, which is how it’s advertised, it would just stay on your skin all day, anyway. If you use it as a mask, you’d just apply it and rinse it off after the suggested 5-minutes? Why?!

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief GWP
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief GWP

In any case, I really like this moisturizer! I don’t think I’ve ever tried any of the Moisture Surge moisturizers, so I feel kind of dumb, now. They’ve been around forever, haven’t they?

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Happy Boxing Day! (gift icon from Vecteezy)

Haulage! Boxing Day 2016

Happy Boxing Day!

Sephora is holding a sale, as usual, with a small selection of products marked down to C$15 each.

I hauled (with 8% cashback from eBates.ca†):
fivezero's Sephora Boxing Day 2016 haulage, order

  • philosophy Purity Made Simple (12 oz), C$15
  • tarte Pretty Posse (Tipsy blush and Golden Pink lipstick), C$15
  • Smashbox Light It Up 3 Palette Set (eyeshadows [Vanilla, Flamingo, Russet, Totally Nude, Amethyst, Dark Cocoa: 2.95g each], contour [Contour, Bronze, Highlight; 4.14g each], lipstick [Cognac, Pretty Social, Inspiration, First Time Matte, Jam On It Matte, Bing Matte; 2.4g each]), C$21
  • Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer (15 mL deluxe sample, freebie)
  • Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base (sample, freebie)
  • Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer (sample includes 4 shades, freebie)
  • Sephora 10 HR Wear Perfection Foundation (sample includes 3 shades, freebie)

I’m running low on my 8 oz bottle of Purity (which has lasted me forever), so I’m stoked to get a 50% bigger bottle for so cheap!

I also picked up a few nail polishes by Sally Hansen (Xtreme Wear), L.A. Girl, and Pure Ice from Wal-Mart, but they don’t put the color choices on my online receipt, so I’ve already forgotten which ones I ordered!

Have you picked up any Boxing Day deals, yet? Happy shopping!

referral link
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The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream (new reformulation), travel size

Throwback Thursday! The Body Shop — Vitamin E Moisture Cream Review

Today’s Throwback Thursday is, like the Ananya review I posted a couple of weeks ago, another product from The Body Shop.

I’m not sure when it was first released but its MUA reviews go back to 2002, in which the first reviewer mentions having used the product for seven years, so I think this product certainly dates back to at least the mid 1990s.

Review of The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream

The fact that in over twenty years I’ve never tried such a popular product doesn’t surprise me: I’ve never been the biggest fan of The Body Shop, since the majority of their products don’t seem to work well for me (exceptions have been the newer Colour Crush nail polishes and some of the perfumes). Recently, I’ve been bingeing a bit on their products and decided to purchase a small travel sized version of this ’90s classic.

Paula Begoun’s Beautypedia totally pans this product, though I noted that they haven’t reviewed it in its reformulated version. The version on Beautypedia’s site lists a metric buttload of parabens in the ingredients, but the new formula from The Body Shop is paraben-free, and also contains hyaluronic acid.

From The Body Shop:

An iconic, best-selling facial moisturiser that’s lightweight, easily absorbed, and protects and locks in moisture for all-day hydration, to leave skin feeling fresh, silky-soft and looking more radiant. Now formulated with vitamin E, plumping hyaluronic acid and wheat germ oil, its moisturising effects can help ward off dryness. Use after cleansing and toning, as part of your personalised skin care routine.

  • Suitable for all skin types, even dry skin
  • Enriched with vitamin E
  • Improved formula features biofermented hyaluronic acid from Pomacle, France
  • Enriched with Community Trade shea butter from Ghana
  • Enriched with Community Trade aloe vera from Mexico
  • 48-hour moisture infusion
  • Non-greasy, fast-absorbing formula
  • Paraben-free

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Valcena — Multi Active Hydratante Day Cream Review

This is the second part of a series of Valcena reviews I will be doing! The following are Valcena products I’ve got in my queue. Starred (*) items are ones that have been sent to me by Valcena for review; the others I have purchased at Winners:

  1. Eau Lactée Cleansing Milk *
  2. Cleansing Gel
  3. Cleansing Scrub
  4. Éclat Anti-Age Face Mask (mini) *
  5. Roller Glacé Eye Contour Cream *
  6. Nutri-Lift Sérum *
  7. Nutrition Absolue Day Care
  8. Multi Active Hydratante Day Cream * (today’s review)
  9. Multi Active Régénérante Night Cream
  10. Hydra Nourrissant Body Lotion *
  11. Rose Absolue EDT Natural Spray *

Valcena Paris were kind enough to send me a package of some of their most popular products for honest review.

Valcena press samples 2016

They included some mini sizes, as well (two of which I already owned personally, and one of which they already sent in full-size, so that was a bit funny!), and a lovely note from the PR contact:

Valcena press samples, minis, 2016

Today I will be reviewing an item they sent to me, the Multi Active Hydratante Day Cream, which is the partner to the Multi Active Régénérante Night Cream I reviewed earlier.

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