All posts tagged: etude house

The 3rd Annual Skincare Dundies: Stud & Dud Cosmetics of 2017

This year has been different for me in a variety of different ways, including skincare. I was not nearly as experimental with new products, I found myself returning to cosmetics that were familiar & loved. I minimized my routine, not even bothering with it some of the time. I took a different approach to the 2017 Skincare Dundies, it will not be as extensive or feature the latest cosmetics as in years past. The focus will shift to my absolute tried & true favorite cosmetics of each category, accompanied by the most loathed product I have ever slathered on my face. Let’s try something new together, shall we? Oil Cleansers Loved: Tosowoong Apricot Seed Cleansing Oil This cleanser was included in one of my very first blog posts nearly three years ago now, that’s hard for me to even believe. I praised it highly in a post where I compared multiple oil cleansers, however this year was the first time I had repurchased it in quite some time & I am questioning why I had …

You Had Me at Aloe: A K-Beauty Aloe Gel Comparison

While aloe is considered a summertime favorite, it is a staple cosmetic for many K-pop idols & beauty gurus. I recently introduced aloe gel into my daily regimen as a replacement for traditional body lotions, but I have always had an aloe plant or cosmetic tub of the gooey stuff on hand. My mum is a redhead that seemingly gets a sunburn if she glances outside & I had a fascination with the oven as a kid so enough said! If you’re unfamiliar with this desert plant, the smooth leaves with a spiny ridge are fragile along their centers. The leaves crack easily, oozing a slimy & watery gel from inside. Aloe is a well researched ingredient & historically used through various cultures. It provides soothing medicinal benefits for skin irritations or burns, it provides some antibacterial advantages as well. Aloe vera’s main claim to cosmetic fame is it hydration properties because the ingredient is 99.5% water. The Products When I began using aloe as an overall body gel last spring, I would purchase an …

The Skincare Sample Week Challenge II

I apologize for the hiatus! If you follow me on the social media then you might have noticed I am officially a French resident, my first “celebration” of this move was to get sick! I noticed while I was packing for the move from Austria that my skincare sample stash was starting to overflow so it seemed like a perfect time to do another round of Skincare Sample Routine Week! My initial post in April goes into more depth about my attitude towards free samples, personal methodology for de-cluttering & some conclusion statistics on my “sample findings”. The initial post is linked above if you would like to read more, otherwise TL:DR version is I throw away most free skincare samples & I only keep samples I genuinely want to try. The Challenge Before we jump into the samples, I will just preface with a few variables because cosmetics & reviews are such a personal thing! I have a dry & dehydrated skin, my MAC shade in NC20. I do have scent sensitivities that can trigger migraines, but …

Review: Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF 50+

Etude House’s makeup line is internationally renowned, but their skincare products tend to get a bad reputation for their strong fragrances & lack luster ingredient lists. I have seen a lot of improvements in the last few Etude House skincare lines though, this sunscreen is definitely more than just cutesy packaging. Etude House was originally created in 1985 & acquired by Amore Pacific in 1990. Etude literally translates to “Study of Chopin”, which is a French culture scene of young women trying new things. However the most obvious attribute of Etude House is their princess theme, which is obvious by their cutesy packaging & their brand motto is everyone is born a princess. I could find little information on Etude House’s sustainability efforts, but their parent company has done a number of female empowerment campaigns over the last few years & incredibly active in sustainable cosmetic production. PURPOSE This is a physical sunscreen that offers UVA & UVB protection. It is strong enough for normal daily activities, but does not claim to be waterproof or sweat resistant. This product claims to …