My Top Ten All Time Favourite Glitter Nail Polishes
Guest post for Powder Doom by Alyssa

For those of you who don’t already know me from my blog Random Acts of Pastel, I love all things glittery, especially nail polishes! I mean, there are really very few things in this world more satisfying than looking down at your purrrfectly glittery paws, don’t you think? 

The only problem is, so many glitter nail polishes look much better in the bottle than on actual nails, or don’t provide as much coverage as you hoped they would. As a long-time glitter polish enthusiast, I’ve tested and tried so many different glitters, and in turn I’ve created an (ever growing) shortlist of my all time favourites. You can thank me later with glittery photos and suggestions of your own?

1. Butter London “Fairy Cake”
I’m a big fan of anything hologram, and this hologram glitter by Butter London is no exception. A magical rainbow of colours, this polish works great as a topcoat, or on its own with two coats for extra coverage.

My (Semi) Recent Purchases

Hi lovely followers! Recently, both of us have slowed down our general beauty purchases for various reasons, making our haul posts few and far between. However, I quite enjoy making haul posts, so here’s what I have purchased over the last three months.

Essence I <3 Extreme Volume Mascara | $4.99 | link: I am constantly on the hunt for mascara I actually like, but I heard great things about this one so I bought it at Ulta. If you have any suggestions for mascara, both of us are looking for good ones. Nice volume and decent length would be nice.

Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara | ~$12 | link: Speaking of recommendations, a wonderful reader recommended that both Arabelle and I try this brand of mascara because she really liked it, so when I went to a Japanese supermarket and saw it, I purchased it! At enormous markup but it was completely worth it; the product I’m looking forward to trying most out of everything here. Isn’t the packaging cute?

Sana Super Quick Gel Pencil Eyeliner | ~$12 | link: This was an impulsive purchase but one can never have enough black eyeliner so it’s completely justified. 

Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer in Deep Tint | $42 | link: Repurchased my favorite summer base product since my entire collection of drugstore foundations were breaking me out. Just enough coverage for my acne scars but light on the skin and good lasting power with a finishing powder. 

Etude House Sun Prise Natural Corrector SPF 42 PA ++ | ~$11 | link: I wanted to try a new sunscreen so I decided on this one, which is supposed to act as a makeup base as well as a sun protectant. This does leave a cast on the skin, which slowly adjusts to your skintone. As an African-American, I was very surprised that it actually adjusted darker, but it needs time. This product + powder and concealer would make a great light makeup base. However, I think this breaks me out. A tad heartbroken. 

Etude House Sun-Prise Water Essence Gel SPF 30 PA++ | ~$11 | link: I gravitate towards Asian sunscreens since they don’t break me out and they are better for my skin with no white cast. I purchased this from Gmarket along with the other sunscreen pictured above! I haven’t used this one yet but I think I’ll like it because it looks like the newer version of the sunscreen I used last summer – mentioned here.

Glycolix Elite Gly-Sal 5 Percent-2 Percent Pads | $16.40 | link: My skin had been reacting to absolutely everything I was using, so I decided to stop using all of my skincare for about a month except a light moisturizer, and then try something new for my acne. Found this product, and from two weeks of use, I must say I like this. Works well for my skin and my active breakouts are almost gone. 

What have you purchased recently, lovely followers? Comment on the post using Disqus! o/ See you soon and as always, leave a comment or an ask if you would like a review.  

haul: gmarket! (featuring etude house and coggi)

I purchased all of my basic skincare for pretty much the year from Gmarket recently since I had a couple coupons that were about to expire and I was running out of absolutely everything. Included in this haul were toners, emulsions and a sunscreen from Etude House, and a sunscreen from Coggi, a Korean brand I haven’t tried yet. One of the things that I like about ordering from Gmarket in bulk is that there are always free samples and sometimes buy one get one free deals. The key is to purchase from there in bulk because buying one or two things will not balance out the shipping (in which, I would recommend purchasing from ebay or separate Korean skincare websites).

List of the items I purchased and mini descriptions of the products after the cut! (。^_・)ノ

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haul: etude house!

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Hi everyone~ Here’s a list of the items I purchased from Etude House through Gmarket that I mentioned in my previous teaser post + pictures/descriptions. I’m not going to link to the individual items on the Gmarket website, but if you’re interested in buying any of these items, you can purchase Etude House products on eBay, iMomoko, Sasa, and Gmarket. See the list of items and samples I got plus descriptions beyond the cut! o/

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mini review: Etude House Dr. Oil Dual Primer

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Hey everyone! It’s Chi-Chi again~ I’m bringing you a mini-review of the Etude House Dr. Oil Solution Shine Free Dual Primer that I purchased last month. I was hoping to find a primer that wouldn’t clog my pores, break me out and keep my makeup on for more than two hours (yay for ridiculously oily face some of the time). See what I think and a couple pictures beyond the cut!

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My mini-haul of SkinFood and Etude House came in&#160;! &lt;3 As promised, here&#8217;s a mini-review with links to the items. xD I got this haul from a seller on soompi who does surveys.
Etude House Dr. Oil Solution Shine Free Dual Primer (link): Packaging says &#8220;moisturizing and pore coverage makeup primer improves foundation makeup expression and longevity.&#8221; All I can say to that is &#8220;we&#8217;ll see.&#8221; I just opened the box and&#8230;it has a pore coverage cream stick thing (great description I know but I&#8217;ll take more pictures soon) as the cap and the tube part contains the liquid primer part. Apparently the pore coverage part of the primer is the cream stick and the moisturizing is the liquid part. MY MIND IS BLOWN. More pictures to come.
쁘띠 달링 네일즈 MATTE (Petite Darling Nails | link): I got this because it was cheap and I love nail polish. I got the shade that is the farthest left one when you click on the link. My first impression is good because it&#8217;s a beautiful shade of coral-toned nude with amazing drying quickness. I was really surprised. o.o It will take me about a week to give a full review because I need to experience the longevity of the polish (or lack thereof)&#8230;but it was a little under two dollars so it does not have to be amazing. 
블랙슈가 마스크 (Black Sugar Mask | link): The most popular SkinFood product ever and I must say, without going too in-depth (saving for my review review)&#8230;I love this stuff! It works very well, is not too rough on my skin, smells amazing, and when left on the face&#8230;the face just feels smoother and happier. *_*
I&#8217;ve already taken more pictures of everything and have started using all of the products (except for the nail polish because there is no sunlight here and it does not photograph well) so I&#8217;ll make a longer post soon when I am able to give a good review. o/ I&#8217;m already planning my second Skinfood/Etude House haul so that will be coming to me&#8230;sometime in May or early June. Depends when my seller comes back. High-res

My mini-haul of SkinFood and Etude House came in ! <3 As promised, here’s a mini-review with links to the items. xD I got this haul from a seller on soompi who does surveys.

  • Etude House Dr. Oil Solution Shine Free Dual Primer (link): Packaging says “moisturizing and pore coverage makeup primer improves foundation makeup expression and longevity.” All I can say to that is “we’ll see.” I just opened the box and…it has a pore coverage cream stick thing (great description I know but I’ll take more pictures soon) as the cap and the tube part contains the liquid primer part. Apparently the pore coverage part of the primer is the cream stick and the moisturizing is the liquid part. MY MIND IS BLOWN. More pictures to come.
  • 쁘띠 달링 네일즈 MATTE (Petite Darling Nails | link): I got this because it was cheap and I love nail polish. I got the shade that is the farthest left one when you click on the link. My first impression is good because it’s a beautiful shade of coral-toned nude with amazing drying quickness. I was really surprised. o.o It will take me about a week to give a full review because I need to experience the longevity of the polish (or lack thereof)…but it was a little under two dollars so it does not have to be amazing.
  • 블랙슈가 마스크 (Black Sugar Mask | link): The most popular SkinFood product ever and I must say, without going too in-depth (saving for my review review)…I love this stuff! It works very well, is not too rough on my skin, smells amazing, and when left on the face…the face just feels smoother and happier. *_*

I’ve already taken more pictures of everything and have started using all of the products (except for the nail polish because there is no sunlight here and it does not photograph well) so I’ll make a longer post soon when I am able to give a good review. o/ I’m already planning my second Skinfood/Etude House haul so that will be coming to me…sometime in May or early June. Depends when my seller comes back.