Shu Uemura × Super Mario Bros. Holiday 2017 collection

Haulage! Shu Uemura × Super Mario Bros. (Holiday 2017)

Shu Uemura just released their new collaboration with Super Mario Bros./Nintendo (I KNOW!) and it is an awesome collection!

Sadly, there’s no nail polish, though I did snag the Invincible Superstar Premium Curler and Peach’s Favorite Premium Brush Set.

Super Mario World for Super Nintendo brings back memories!

Here are some selected items from the collection:

shu uemura – peach's eye and cheek palette
shu uemura – peach’s eye and cheek palette
US$115 / CA$125
shu uemura – ultime8 sublime beauty cleansing oil
shu uemura – ultime8 sublime beauty cleansing oil
US$91 / CA$99
shu uemura – peach's favorite premium brush set
shu uemura – peach’s favorite premium brush set
US$69 / CA$89

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Store Review: Tester Korea (July 2017)

I know I’ve been AWOL a lot this month—that’s summer for you! But here’s a nice, pic-heavy post of fancy goods (this will make sense, soon) to help make it up.

Earlier this summer, I tried out two more Korean online beauty stores in an effort to find more shopping options for my burgeoning Asian makeup/skincare addiction. I normally shop with Cosmetic Love (referral link is in the sidebar), but I don’t want to be left hanging if anything happens to themSweet Corea was the first of the two shops (and I’ve already received a second order, which I’ve yet to post about) and Tester Korea was the other.

Here’s what I ordered, with all prices in USD (more detailed pictures follow):

  • A’Pieu Lasting Nails in GR02 [$2.31]
  • A’Pieu Triple Wear Foundation in Sand [$9.25]
  • A’Pieu Wonder Tension Pact in Perfect Cover × Marymond 23 [$11.84]
  • Innisfree My Palette × Jean Jullien #3 (Small) [$7.40]
  • Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 글리터 8 [$4.62]
  • Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 쉬머 10 [$4.62]
  • Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 글리터 13 [$4.62]
  • Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 쉬머 26 [$4.62]
  • Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Super Water Proof Mascara [$13.73]
  • Nature Republic Rose Petal Moisture Mask [$12.40]
  • Scinic Iceland Water All In One Ampoule [$14.80]
  • SkinFood Blackbean Mascara Fixer [$5.50]
  • TonyMoly Double Needs Base Mascara [$4.64]

Bonus: due to a recent trade deal between Canada and South Korea, I think most Korean products imported to Canada are exempt from duties and customs! Otherwise, I’d have been leery of ordering this much in one go.

Shipping to Toronto, Canada from Seoul, South Korea was $17.38. Yes, this was a pretty big order considering it was my first time trying Tester Korea! I usually keep my first orders small, but they let me add quite a lot to my shopping cart at that $17 shipping level…so I added more stuff. To be fair, the only really heavy things were the Scinic and Nature Republic skincare items; the A’Pieu Triple Wear Foundation was a bit heavy, as well. Everything else was fairly small and lightweight.

My order took 12 days to ship, which was vexing, but I’d also ordered just before a holiday in Korea, so it’s understandable. From the shipping date, it took three weeks to arrive in Toronto, which is pretty good considering Canadian customs has been very slow over the last year. My Korean orders tend to take 3–4 weeks to arrive.

They packed my order very well and securely. My husband brought my package in and he had a good laugh at my new “Fancy goods”:

Tester Korea, fivezero's haulage, July 2017, fancy goods customs shipping label

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Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Cream for Face SPF50

Shiseido — Ultra Sun Protection Cream for Face (SPF50) Review

I’ll be very honest here: I never really bothered to use sunscreen—unless I was at the beach or something—until I hit my 30s. I’m not an especially outdoorsy person, though I’m fond of long walks on not-too-hot days. I generally need to fry for a few hours under a tropical sun to burn at all, and I tan quickly. And I quite like the look of my skin when tan: I turn a burnished gold! But I never seek it out, of course.

Tanning easily and burning rarely sounds like a nice combo, doesn’t it? But in my early 30s, I started to notice that the more delicate areas of my skin—neck, chest, shoulders, backs of knees—would develop a rash within a half hour of being in even moderate sun, and even through thicker clothes! No burning and flaking, or even much redness—just an itchy, slightly bumpy reaction which lasts for a couple of days (ugh).

It appears to be a sun allergy, which can develop when you haven’t been exposed much to the sun (um, I live in Toronto, so yeah) and it can improve with more exposure (no, thanks).

This new reaction prompted me to get with the sunscreen program, which really is a good thing, since who wants sun-damaged skin and heightened risk of skin cancer, right?

Now, applying sunscreen to my body is pretty easy, but I’ve long known that sunscreen—at least the kind that’s usually added to foundations—can give me acne. Aaaargh.

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