Monday, June 24, 2013

The Move to Bloglovin'

I'm sure many of you have seen the announcements regarding the removal of Google Reader and Google Friend Connect on July 1st. If you'd like to keep updated with my posts, then an alternative to GFC is by following me on Bloglovin'.

Or if you haven't already, you can import all the blogs you are currently following from Google Reader to Bloglovin' with just a click of a mouse!

Clicking the link below will let you continue following all the blogs you are subscribed to on Google Reader without having to individually follow them again. It only takes a few seconds to do too!

Bloglovin' is a great alternative to continue being updated on the latest posts from the blogs you follow, and although I am sad to see Google Reader go, I'm glad that there's still a way for me to keep up with the blogs I follow!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Gmarket Haul 3

It's been such a long time since I've made an order from Gmarket and I found out that they've raised the shipping costs even higher! :( Although I wouldn't mind waiting a bit longer to get my packages with lower delivery costs, I do love the fast shipping as I usually receive my items a few days after they are dispatched from Korea.

I recently made an order with a couple of friends and the items that I picked up are below. Links are also provided.

The top is a chiffon material and I purchased it because I really liked the lace detailing. It was actually the most expensive item I bought but I'm really happy with the quality. The shorts were pretty much just an impulse buy because I thought they were cute, really cheap, and I love floral patterns. I don't regret buying them though!

The skincare items I purchased.

Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil: 8,960 won (on sale, originally 12,800 won)

I've been wanting to try a cleansing oil for a while now and I've read a lot of great reviews on the Etude House one. This one is actually one of Etude House's best selling products so my expectations were a little high. I've used it a few times now and I can say that I'm happy with it so far! It removes makeup really well, it has quite a thin consistency for an oil, and also smells pretty nice.

Etude House Petit Bijou Peach Touch Eau De Toilette: 11,340 won (on sale, originally 18,000 won)

I really wasn't planning on getting this but it was so cute and cheap... I couldn't resist! I'm horrible at describing scents but I think this one has a light and fresh fruity smell. It's definitely wearable and worth the AU $10 I paid, but I probably wouldn't have gotten this had it not been on sale.

Etude House Baking Powder Pore Cleansing Foam: 5,850 won (on sale, originally 6,600 won)

I have been using this cleanser for almost a year and this toner for a few months and they are both products that I really like. Since the ones I am using are both running low, I decided to repurchase them. The cleanser is extremely cheap for a product that works well as I do feel a difference in my skin afterwards. The toner is very refreshing and does what a toner is supposed to do, and I liked it enough to repurchase and continue using it.

Freebie from The Saem. It's a mini set of their Harakeke toner, emultion and cream and it's so adorable!

I've been meaning to buy a silicon case for a while and although this isn't silicon, I thought it was so adorable and very suitable for the Winter season we are currently in here in Australia. It says that it's actually a "jelly" case and I find that it's not as soft as silicon but not as hard as plastic... so it's kind of like a "soft plastic". Well, the quality is great and I can see myself purchasing other cases from this store again.

The last item I purchased was this weighted hula hoop with massage balls. Youtuber BubzBeauty has mentioned weighted hula hoops in a few of her videos and blog posts over the past year and so after doing a bit of research, I decided to buy one for myself. Apparently hula hoops can help to really tone your abdominal muscles and it's an easy way to add in an extra bit of exercise without leaving the house.

I've heard that using this hurts a lot and some people say that they have ended up with bruises afterwards but so far I personally don't think it's that bad? The hoop was really cheap on it's own but because it is heavy, the total amount I paid including shipping was actually around AU $43.

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And that concludes my haul! I may review a few products in the future but if there's anything in particular you want reviewed, drop a comment below!

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Essie's Nice is Nice + Rimmel's Your Majesty Gradient

When I paint my nails, my routine includes watching a movie or catching up on a few of the many television shows I like whilst the polish dries. That being said, I haven't had the time to paint my nails + watch anything for the last two weeks due to the fact that I've been studying for my exams (aside from Fast 6.. exams or not, I HAD to see it), and I have actually been sporting this mani for over two weeks now! There are a few chips here and there though nothing major, but it's definitely time to remove it... I'm surprised that it lasted so long.

I used three coats of lilac polish Essie - Nice is Nice as a base and sponged Rimmel London's Your Majesty on the tips to create that gradient/ombre effect. 

The gradient is quite light and subtle as the pastel lilac and silver shades blend together nicely. It was such a simple way of sprucing my nails up a little and it is also an extremely easy look to achieve.

Essie Nice is Nice swatched alone

Essie - Nice is Nice and Rimmel London - Your Majesty

Well, despite having all my exams crammed within three days, it meant that I was lucky enough to start my semester break quite early. I sat my last exam of the semester this morning and I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to the holidays and catching up on all that lost sleep. 
If you still have upcoming exams, I wish you all the best! :)

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