I have been meaning to post this massive haul for a while because I have accumulated a lot of stuff since January (even though I said I was not going to buy any more makeup haha… RIP My Bank Account)
Since most of these products were hauls from earlier this year, I have used them quite thoroughly and some I even finished…with that said, I do have some sort of a review/opinions on them.
OK. Let’s get started…its going to be a long post..
Also..because I bought these products at different times, the photos may not have the same background or the same filter..hope you don’t mind.
The first item that I am very proud to share with you is my vlogging camera! This was a huge purchase for me this year. I have been meaning to purchase a vlogging camera because I wanted to commit to vlogging this year. I wanted to make this year memorable and I am pretty surprised that I did actually vlog everyday so far (haven’t uploaded all of them but…)
I got the Canon G7X Mark II because this is the most popular camera that a lot of vloggers use. I like how it is so compact and easy to carry around. This was the only camera we took to our Canada trip and it was all we needed. This with our iPhone X camera = easy photos.
This camera makes vlogging so much easier and I like how it has the flip screen so that you can actually see yourself while vlogging. I haven’t played around with any of the features yet but I really like the auto-stabilizing feature.
I just wish I can vlog myself doing something fun rather than just being a hobo at home lol.
Another purchase that is not beauty or skincare related is the 방탄소년단 or BTS’s albums. I made the purchase around the time I was submitting the primary applications for medical schools (around May). I had just spent around $2000 on the primary applications and was feeling pretty depressed.
I saw that the BTS Love Yourself Tear album was on sale at Target and was debating on purchasing it. I became a fan of BTS through my ex-roomie Joanne lol…
I told my mom that I was feeling depressed that I was spending so much money on med school apps and she comforted me and told me that she will buy me the album haha I don’t know what led her to make this decision but I was all for it heehee
So we went to Target. And I came back home with not only the Tear album but also the Her album.
Yeah. LOL. No ragrats.
Alright! Let’s now start with skincare products!
I was very curious to try out the Skinfood Rice Mask Wash Off. I read various reviews on this product and it is suppose to gently exfoliate the skin as well as brighten the skin tone.
I actually really like this mask. The scent is a bit perfumy but it doesn’t smell too bad. It has small rice granules but it doesn’t hurt when you rub the product onto the face. It isn’t the hard uncooked rice granules but it feels like the rice granules that were soaked in water because it is a bit more squishy.
I am not quite sure if it exfoliates my face or brighten my complexion but it does leave my face feeling soft. I will use this product whenever I take a bath and my mom also wanted one for her bathroom so I actually purchased another one. And while I purchased a second one, I also got the Skinfood Strawberry Wash Off Mask as well. My brother wanted a mask that will really exfoliate his face because he has a lot of black heads and the review for this product was really good so I bought it.
The strawberry wash off mask smells divine. It smells like strawberry jam and it has the strawberry seeds in the product that acts as an exfoliant. It does feel much rougher than the rice off mask but not as rough as that apricot scrub thingy. It also contains sugar granules that will also aid in exfoliating.
My brother really likes this mask but he said it doesn’t help too much with his black heads. I will use this probably once a month because it does feel too rough for my skin. I’d much rather use the rice one instead.
The next two items I purchased from Sokoglam.
Above is the cute sample bag with the Neogen Cleansing water sample that I have yet to try.
I purchased the KLAVUU Pure Pearlsation Revitalizing Facial Cleansing Foam and I freaking love this product.
It was a bit expensive because I think it was around $30? However, a little will go a very long way with this product. Literally a pea sized amount is all you need for a very thick lather. It lathers really nicely and feels so velvety soft when you rub it into the face.
What I love about this product is that it does not dry out my face. I never liked using foam cleansers because I hated how it left my face all tight and dry. This cleanser does not leave my face tight! I use it after I remove my makeup with a makeup remover and I love how my face feels afterwards. I highly recommend this product!
Another product I got from Sokoglam is the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop. This product is one of the bestsellers from Klairs and so I have been wanting to try it for a while.
I honestly do not like this product. I have not noticed anything while using this product. Like it was said to reduce sunspots and brighten the skin, but whenever I applied the product, my face felt kinda hot. It also felt too greasy for my oily face and I just didn’t like using it. Also, I am not sure if it’s just me but the product seemed to turn a bit yellow. And when I looked it up online, vitamin C will turn yellow after a while which means it has deactivated. Umm..yeah so I don’t know if I should keep using it or not since I have more than half the bottle left. Maybe I’ll use it for my body rather than my face. I’m kind of scared that it might break me out. Plus it smells kind of metally or like….coppery…yeah…
Anyways…moving on to the next product.
I ran out of my eyecream and so I got the Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream. I use this product in the morning after toner and I am not quite sure if it does anything to be honest..
It is not a bad product. It has a gel like consistency and actually absorbs into the skin pretty nicely. I just don’t notice anything with this product. I probably will not repurchase this product.
The next two products are from Jolse.com. I have talked about this website before in a blog post and it is the main website where I purchase Korean Beauty and Skincare products.
I got The Face Shop The Therapy Serum Infused Oil Cleanser and The Face Shop The Therapy First Serum.
I have wanted to try oil cleansers for a while because I hated rubbing my face with cotton pads or makeup wipes. My face became pretty sensitive these days and I wanted a more gentle cleanser that will remove my makeup.
I HATE this oil cleanser. This stings my eyes so badly and it does not remove my mascara AT ALL. I wear waterproof mascara and though it claims that it removes waterproof makeup, it does not. It also tastes super chemically and I feel disgusting whenever I use this.
The First serum was known quite famously as the serum that Suzy from Miss A uses or advertised. And I think the product is ok for what it is. It is a serum but I mostly used it as a toner/essence. I would put this serum on right after cleansing my face and it hydrated my face pretty well. It had a flowery scent but it wasn’t too strong and it did not sting my face at all. It actually went on nicely and I loved how it had a pump. Much more hygienic. I actually finished this product a few weeks ago and to be honest, I don’t really miss it.
It did leave my face hydrated but I think it isn’t quite worth the price. I would rather spend a little more and get the Missha Time Revolution Essence instead because that was much more hydrating than this one. It also has a lot more product as well. I don’t know. I wasn’t disappointed with it but I also wasn’t blown away.
This sheet mask from Pure Nature was actually a gift from Jolse.com. When you purchase items from the website, they will give you samples and sometimes generously give you a free sheet mask. This sheet mask was alright. It was hydrating and was very richly soaked in essence.
The next products were something that I have been eyeing for some time now on Sephora. It is the Drunk Elephant Night Bright Duo.
This is the mini duo travel size product of the T.L.C. Framboose Glycolic Night Serum and the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. I really like these products. I only use two pumps of each and it leaves my face feeling very hydrated and plump.
I did notice the texture on my face improving whenever I use the T.L.C. Framboose Glycolic Night Serum. I really want to get the full size but it is crazy expensive so I think once I use these little guys up, I will just repurchase them again. I don’t know. I mean if I am going to stick to these guys, then it makes sense to get the full size instead of purchasing the small ones each time since this duo wasn’t really cheap either. It was $28 for these mini duos…
I don’t know..I hate that I love these products so much…Haaa
Is there a dupe for these products? If there is please let me know.
The next product is actually a repurchase item. It is the Elta MD Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Facial Sunscreen. This is my favorite sunscreen because it is the only one that does not break me out.
It is quite pricey for the amount (I think around $32 for 48 g) but it is all worth it to me. It goes on like a moisturizer and so in the morning I will just wear this instead of wearing a moisturizer. It also contains niacinamide and zinc oxide, two ingredients known to reduce rosacea and hyperpigmentation, and it also reduces the likelihood of future breakouts. I highly recommend it for those of you with sensitive acne prone skin.
This next item is also a repurchase. I’m pretty sure I have gone through several bottles of these. I honestly was hoping to replace it with the oil cleanser but since that The Therapy oil cleanser did nothing for me I repurchased the Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water that actually removes waterproof mascara.
I don’t have much to say about this product other than that it is very dependable because it does its job like it is supposed to (unlike that oil cleanser lol i’m salty)
I also got the Simple Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes as well. This was alright. It wasn’t as wet as the Neutrogena ones but it got the job done. It removed my face makeup without stinging my face.
I don’t think I will repurchase these though. I like the Neutrogena ones better because they were more saturated with the makeup remover.
I wanted to try Krave Beauty products ever since they launched. But I decided to wait until their sunscreen came out and then place a big order. Krave Beauty is the skincare brand that uses mild products and is formulated to gently restore the skin on your face with mild ingredients. It is the brand that was created by Liah Yoo, a skincare guru on Youtube. I have been subscribed to her for a long time and I really respect her and the work she does.
She does amazing skincare videos with thorough research and I have learned a lot about various skincare products through her. She was the one who introduced me to the Elta MD Sunscreen!
So when she created her own brand of skincare I was all for it. I loved everything about it. The packaging, to the brand focus “Press Reset”, etc.
I knew she was formulating a sunscreen (because I follow her on Instagram) but unfortunately the sunscreen was not going to be available in the US due to FDA not approving one ingredient that is common in Korean sunscreens. And so unfortunately the sunscreen is only released in Korea, though I believe she is trying to get it released in the US, the process might take a while. So I just decided to purchase the two items that are available in the US.
The first is the Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser. This is such a unique cleanser. It is a gel based cleanser but the substance is kind of jelly like.
It smells like matcha and I’m all for it because I love matcha. It does lather up but does not create foam, just a bit of bubbles. It feels soft and silky when I rub it onto my face and when I wash it off, it does seem hydrating. Like it doesn’t strip my face of all the oil and does not make my face feeling tight.
I carry this cleanser it my gym bag and I love using it in the morning after I work out. I definitely will repurchase this product again when I run out.
The next product from Krave Beauty is their KalelaluyAHA. This is an AHA toner that acts as a mild exfoliant.
I really like this toner. This product contains 5.25% AHA and when I first used this product, it did make my face a bit tingly. So I used it three times a week as it is suggested on the box and the tingly sensation didn’t occur anymore. It left my face feeling smooth and I did notice that my texture was reduced as well. I think this product with the Drunk Elephant Duo worked together to really improve my skin lately. I have been getting less texture and significantly less breakouts!
I will definitely repurchase this product when I run out. I highly recommend Krave Beauty and if you want more information on the two products, check out Liah Yoo on Youtube!
The last skincare item that I purchased recently is the Mamonde Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask. A few weeks ago, my dad’s friend from college visited our house. He is a cosmetic scientist in Korea and was on a business trip in Houston. He discussed what he does and also what he formulated. He was a freelancer and whenever a specific brand wanted to make something like a CC cream or facial cream, etc., they would contact him and his lab to formulate the product. He said that he created products for La Mer, it Cosmetics, Amore Pacific, etc. So cool!
Anyways, he said the skincare product that he recommends the most is a sleeping mask. Instead of a nighttime moisturizer, he said that a sleeping mask is much more hydrating much more beneficial to the skin. He said any sleeping mask will do but the one that is more gentle is the Mamonde one. He also had very nice skin and so I decided to trust him LOL i mean he is also an expert so…
I got this product from Ulta. I didn’t know Ulta carried Mamonde. Mamonde is a Korean brand and although I have known about it for a while, I wasn’t quite curious to try it until recently.
I got this product I believe two weeks ago and I have been using it every night since. I have noticed a drastic change in my skin. My skin in the morning was much more softer and much more hydrated than before I used it. I put on a thin layer and really pat it into the skin so that it absorbs completely before I go to bed. It doesn’t feel sticky and so sleeping with it is not a problem. I really like this product but I want to try other sleeping masks before committing. I want to try the Laneige one as well as the Glow Recipe Watermelon one.
So yeah that was a lot of skincare products. I also have two hair products that I purchased from Sephora a while back.
These are two Briogeo products. I got the travel sized Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray and the Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Creme. I really loved the scent of the Rosarco milk. It has such a nice, delicious, sweet scent and I kept on smelling it on my hair throughout the day. It left my hair feeling softer as well. I am thinking about purchasing the full size but I don’t know…I’m debating it.
I also really liked the curl cream. I got a perm in April and though it is sort of fading now, but when I use the cream, my curls are much more defined and more lively. I actually have already added this product to my cart. I’m just waiting until I use up the Briogeo gel from my 23rd Birthday Haul/Presents.
This next product are some essential oils that I got from Marshalls. The brand is called Aroma Aria and it comes with five different essential oils. I have been feeling really stressed ever since I finished the MCAT to the point where I could not sleep or eat properly.
I have been battling with insomnia for sometime but it had gotten to a point where I would wake up every 2 hours. I tried taking baths, melatonin, but none of it worked and so one of my friend recommended essential oils. Lavender oil is supposed to calm the mind and relax the body and so I picked these up from Marshall. This product comes in a roller ball applicator and so I just rolled it onto my wrists and behind my ears.
But unfortunately, my stress and anxiety was so bad, it did not work. I still had trouble staying asleep and so I had to go to my physician.
Anyways, with that said, these roller balls are still on my nightstand and I like putting them on before I go to sleep. The lavender scent does relax me and there are also different scents like tea tree and orange that is supposed to energize and brighten the mind etc.
It is also nice to carry around in my purse as a quick wake-me-up-scent kind of thing lol.
Now we move onto the makeup portion of my massive haul!
This is the Peripera Ink Skin Tint in #4 Peach Tone Up. I have spoken about this product in my Monthly Makeup Commitment: July 2018
This is a tone up cream which is supposed to brighten up the skin before putting on other base makeup. This also contains SPF and just like other SPF sunscreen product, I have noticed that this product breaks me out. This is super disappointing because I really like the velvety texture of this product. It is a watery texture that goes on very smoothly and is very blendable. It does lighten up my face a little and it also works great to lighten up dark foundations. I used this product as part of my July M.M.C and mixed it with my Clinique foundation because the color was a bit too dark on me. However, I decided to give my foundation to my mom because I finally decided that I just don’t like wearing foundation.
And so I don’t really know what to do with this product. I might try it again now that my skin has cleared up from previous breakouts but I’m kinda scared that it might break me out….what to do…
I picked up this Wet n Wild Contour Brush from HEB. This brush is very soft and was so cheap! I think it was on sale for 69 cents! I highly recommend this brush! I use it as a highlighting brush because the angle is just right to apply my highlighter with ease.
I will definitely be going to HEB to pick up more Wet n Wild brushes from now on.
So I have finally ran out of my EGLIPS Powder and have purchased this Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. This product was definitely on my list for a while but I didn’t want to purchase it until I finished the EGLIPS Powder.
I like this powder a lot. It is very matte and gets rid of that shine instantly. It also sets my concealer very well. I did notice that it did leave my skin looking a cracked and Sahara desert like when I put too much on. So I just swirl my brush a couple of times, tap off the extra and just pat it gently across my face to set the concealer. It then does not leave my face cakey but a bit semi-matte.
The next product is a mascara. This is the Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara in Waterproof. I got this product because I had a coupon from CVS for $3 off of Covergirl product. So I think I got this mascara for like $3.
Unfortunately, this mascara gave me a stye infection. Literally the day after I used this mascara, my eye was all puffy and red. And so I threw this mascara away.
But it’s ok. I didn’t like this mascara anyways. It made my lashes all droopy. It was a waterproof mascara but it did not hold my curls at all. It also did not give my lashes volume at all either.
I also picked this Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color from CVS. I had a coupon for $4 off of any Revlon so I got this product for like $5. I got the shade Devotion and the color is a muted coral pink which is right up my alley. It also has a rosy undertone which is gives a perfect MLBB vibe.
This would be a perfect lip shade to wear to work or to interviews, etc.
And because I didn’t have a mascara anymore, I decided to return to my favorite drugstore mascara, L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise. This is the best drugstore mascara because not only does it add volume, it also holds up my lashes all day long.
I saw that they released a mascara primer/base and so I got that as well.
I love the mascara so much. It gives my lashes volume, makes them super black, and it also keeps my lashes curled. Cannot recommend this mascara enough.
The primer/base on the other hand, it is quite disappointing. It actually is too liquidy and heavy and so when I put it on my top lashes, it brings them down. It does not hold the curl at all. It smells kind of perfumy but the scent doesn’t bother the eyes at all which is good. I just wish it was a bit more light in texture so that my lashes don’t go down. Since it was still around $10, I am still going to use it for my lower lashes. I don’t usually put mascara on my lower lashes but honestly, I feel bad just wasting this product so….
I don’t recommend the primer/base if you have super straight an fine lashes.
I have never used a makeup setting spray before and I was always curious to try it. Jaclyn Hill raves about this Morphe Continuous Setting Mist for a good reason. This setting spray has such a beautiful spray nozzel. It is an aerosol spray like those Febreeze sprays and so it just spews the mist evenly across the face.
It does have a fragrance but it isn’t too strong and it doesn’t sting my eyes at all. I spray it all over my face after I finish my makeup and it really does make my cakey face all blended together into the skin. I was quite surprised how much I like this. I now understand the hype for setting sprays. This one is really great.
These next two products are the Clinique Cheek Pop in Ginger Pop and Sorbet Pop. I have been obsessed with these Clinique Cheek pops. I have been eyeing them for a while and I got an amazon gift card from answering a survey and so I went ahead and decided to get Ginger pop for around $19 on Amazon. This color was the first cheek pop that I got and I fell in love. The color is a nude coral color with a rosy undertone. It is a powder blush but it somehow melts into the skin beautifully and blends out really well.
This blush however is no longer in my collection because I gave it to my mom. She came into my room and nonchalantly told me that she ran out of blush so I gave this to her. She really loves the undertone of this blush and it suits her really nicely. My mom has a slightly deeper skin tone than me and it looks really natural on her.
In early July, Clinique Korea released four new shades to their cheek pop line. They collaborated with four Korean Beauty Youtubers to make these shades that best fit the Korean market. When I saw that they were only releasing to Korea I was heartbroken. I searched high and low and found a seller on Ebay and purchased Sorbet Pop which was this gorgeous pastel orange peach shade that was in collaboration with Sunny from Sunny Channel on Youtube.
I love watching Sunny and she does amazing cover makeup tutorials. She is so talented and I was so excited that she did this collab.
Being the blush hoarder that I am, I wanted to get all four new shades but I held myself back and just purchased sorbet pop. I was kind of afraid that this blush would not show up on my face since I got a bit tan during the summer but surprisingly, I’m not tan enough because it still shows up. It is such a gorgeous shade. I love wearing it by itself as well as pairing with Melon pop.
I’m gonna collect these blushes now. ok. I’m sorry bank account.
Like I said earlier, I gave my mom my Clinique foundation. I’ve been actually foundation-free for a while but still kept the Clinique foundation just in case. But I came to the conclusion that I do not like wearing foundation so I just gave it to my mom (also because she came into my room and nonchalantly told me she ran out of foundation).
So I got this NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Vanilla. I remember Kathleenlights really raving about this concealer and how it is full coverage but gives a matte flawless, smooth look. I have been using the Glossier stretch concealer but that concealer is more on the dewy, light weight while this concealer is more matte.
The texture of this concealer is definitely more thick than that of Glossier but it is super blendable. It also leaves the skin matte and soft, just like it claims. It gives the skin a velvety texture and I really like it. It also feels like I’ve set the concealer with powder and it also is very long lasting. I used it on Sunday and I was running errands out but it still managed to stay on my face nicely.
I’m excited about this purchase and I think it was worth the splurge because I see myself reaching for this whenever I want a more full coverage concealer.
The last product was more of an impulse buy. It is the Kat Von D Tattoo liner in Mad Max Brown. I have been watching Serim’s Life or 샒의삶 on Youtube and she has been uploading vlogs from her Europe trip. She purchased this product in Sephora and she talked about how long lasting it was.
This liner is really long lasting although it isn’t a waterproof liner. I’m pretty surprised because it is sweatproof. I have been sweating all day but this liner stayed with me through it all. I am not a liner person but this makes wearing eyeliner so much easier.
Wow. So that was all the products that I have purchased recently…Well since the beginning of this year.
I really wish I can say that I will not be purchasing anything but that seems to be a lie so I’m not going to say it 😀
Anyways, thank you so much for reading if you got this far lol.
Definitely let me know if you have tried any of these products as well as your thoughts on it!