First Mac Haul from Lotte Department Store in Myeongnyun: Mac Studio Fix Fluid Skin balancing Complex & Skinfinish Natural Compact Review

Buying international makeup in Korea is quite expensive, because you have to pay a lot of taxes. But again buying base makeup in Korea is a waste of money for brown girls like me, because they have very limited ranges of shade available in their beauty market, so almost every time you end up buying the wrong shade. I’ve tried a variety ranges of base makeup products of K-beauty, none of them ever was an exact match for my skin which is an olive-yellow combo. All I ever got was something close to my tone, I often had to use yellow food color or two to three foundations together to have that “closer” tone. Anyways, I was tired of going through this foundation shade dilemma and also realize that buying two to three foundations and the food colors always actually costing me nearly same the amount of buying international products with the tax and etc.

Not only international makeup is expensive in Korea but also not available everywhere. Only stores like Lotte department Store, Shinsegae etc. carries those international brands. The nearest one from me is the Lotte department store, which is three subway stops away from me, in Myeongnyun. Last month on one evening, I went there for specifically a Mac foundation and a compact powder.

I did a little research before going and the reason I chose Mac is because they have a quite variety of shades and comparing the price with Estee Lauder or Makeup Froever, they are cheaper.

Anyways, the foundation cost me nearly 48,000 won and the compact was for 47,000 won. With the purchase they offered me a free sample of Mac prep + prime natural radiance base lumiere primer. There was a nice guy at Mac outlet, who helped me a lot to choose my shade. MY husband was quite impressed and surprised to see how good the salesman is with the makeup! He was even more surprised because it is very rare for guys in my country to know or be familiar with makeup stuff. Also for my makeup lover readers, I want to mention that, the salesman’s was covered with makeup and was quite flawless! 😉 I mean not the whole eyeshadow and eyeliner kinda makeup but more like a natural makeup with base makeup, shaped eyebrow and lipstick.

I totally love the consistency of the foundation, not so liquid not so creamy. But the foundation container doesn’t come with any pump, which is kinda painful when you are in hurry. I heard later that you have to buy the pump separately. I mean Mac is quite a big industry, it wouldn’t cost them much providing the container with the pump. The guy there chose nc42 shade for me for the foundation and medium tan for the compact. To be honest both of them were just the perfect shade for me, but the point to be noted that, if you do a little research you will find out that Mac base makeup products have a tendency to oxidize few hours after applying, which is making my makeup look “too natural”. I mean, come on, who doesn’t want to look extra and not so natural after spending hours in applying makeup. So, I kinda regret choosing nc 42, I should rather go with nc 40 or 37. Same with the compact, I would go rather lighter than medium tan next time. But, for now I can make it work with using light concealer but it’s kinda makes me late every time I’m in hurry.

Here’s some of my pictures using the both of them together, as you can see compare to my other makeup, the base look kinda pale. These pictures are edited and filtered otherwise you could’ve understand the difference better :

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Munira Chowdhury, 26/02/2018

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Valentine’s day 2018 in Korea: outfit and makeup idea

Hello everyone! Although my today’s post is for ladies, but I wish you boys a wonderful valentine’s day with your loved one’s! So, in this post I have two makeup tutorials and one outfit suggestion for you. The outfit suggestion is even more suitable if you live in Korea.

The first makeup tutorial is a peach makeup, which is a halo eye makeup using the color combination of the fruit(peach).

For this makeup I used the following products-

-MAC Cosmetics #prepplusprime
-maccosmetics #studiofixfluid foundation #nc42
-maccosmetics #studiofixpowder #mediumtan
-MISSHA 미샤 pro touch face powder no 23
-missha.official under eye brightening concealer in natural biege
-missha.official perfect concealer in natural
-missha.official colorbeam shader in crystal
-missha.official the style liquid sharp eyeliner
-missha.official salon de lash

-eBay eyelash
-Makeup Revolution ultra contour palette
-It’s skin 잇츠스킨 babyface petit mascara
-itsskin.socialog babyface creamy lip liner 01
-itsskin.socialog life color lip crush matte 04, 03
-토니모리 – Tonymoly cheektone powder p05
-tonymoly.official lovely eyebrow pencil
-BH Cosmetics #takemetobrazilpalette
-CATRICE cosmetics ultra black luxury lashes volume mascara

You can find the tutorial here-

For this makeup I chose a different outfit, modern hanbok or modern version of traditional Korean clothes.

I bought this dress from Gmarket. Actually it was a surprise gift from my husband, not sure about the price but should be around 40,000KW.

The second tutorial is about easy and classy smoky eyes. So, long I’ve been busy with creating halo eyes or cut crease, I forgot my first love, which is smoky eyes! ♥

This tutorial is only about eye makeup and here’s the list of the products I used-

-Beauty Glazed glitz glam eyeshadow collection
-MISSHA 미샤 color beam shader incrystal
-Missha salon de lash glue
-더페이스샵 (THEFACESHOP) pencil eyeliner in newyork black
-It’s skin 잇츠스킨 babyface petit mascara
-eyelash form eBay

And here’s the link of the tutorial-

This palette that I used here, is also a gift from my husband, Beauty Glazed glitz glam eyeshadow palette which is the dupe for the palette with same name by Glamierre. I was literally speechless by these gifts from him, I had no idea my husband can choose makeup palette or dress (specially when it is a hanbok) for me, all by himself. This man keeps making me falling on love with him more! ♥ Although the palette is a dupe, and a lot cheaper than the real one, but it’s quite pigmented and easy to work with. You may notice some fall out but you can easily swipe them off with a brush!

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Munira Chowdhury, 14/02/2018

Charcoal Mask & Pack I Am Using

So charcoal mask is the newest hype in the beauty world! Almost every day we see those ad online where someone peeling off those charcoal masks of their face while pulling off those stubborn white heads, black heads and all the dirt and debris! To be honest I find those videos quite satisfying! ♥ But to tell the truth, you can achieve the “pulling off unwanted stuff” effect just the same with other things like gelatin or egg white. But the advantage of any ready-made pack or mask is you do not need any preparation there. Just take the amount from the tube and apply directly. These days have been busy, and hardly I find any time for taking care of myself. So, most of the times, I rely on store bought masks. Also the reputation of Korean skin care products helped me made my decision to give them a try.

 

The first charcoal mask/pack I ever used was from Freemen, Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask. I bought this one from Mustafa Centre, Singapore. The price was  5.6SG$. The texture of the mask is like a regular scrubber with tiny exfoliators. The instruction in the packet says to put it in damp face for 5/6 minutes and to massage slowly afterwards. Though if I’m running late, sometimes I keep it for like 2 minutes. And I still find it quite efficient as of 5/6 minutes time. The mask really does some good cleansing, specially for clearing out the dead cells and skin. For me, it is such a good scrubber. But, it doesn’t fully clears out the white heads and black heads from the root. But if you need a quick cleansing before going somewhere, this one is such a good option. I would recommend to use a moisturizer afterwards as it dries your skin out like any scrubber. I usually use it 1 or 2 times a week.

Next one is from Coibana, Nasnon Charcoal Pore Clear Pack. This one is a peel off pack. It has a gel texture. This pack does a better a job of clearing black and white heads than the Freemen mask, but honestly I believe with a gelatin mask you get the best result. But most of the gelatin contains pork fat, and because of being a Muslim, it’s not allowed for me. Halal gelatin are not always available and also they are quite expensive. Like for 30 grams, you have to pay nearly 3.5$. I bought this pack on sale, it was a 1+1 offer in 9$. So, you see this was quite budget friendly offer! The instructions in the pack says to keep the mask for 20~30 minutes in a damp cleaned face and to peel it off afterwards. If you want better action try to make a thick layer while applying, but keep in mind that it would take more time to get dry. When I first applied three days ago, I created a thin layer and it dried within 30 minutes. But, the pack was only able to take the top of  the white and black heads. Last night I applied a thick layer, while it did pull off some of the white and black heads from the root, it took nearly 45 minutes to dry.


If you closely look at the pictures, you will see tiny white dots in the peeled off mask in my fingers. It definitely doesn’t work the way as they show it on those online/ TV ads. But still I think it does a good job.

Hope you enjoyed the post!

-Munira Chowdhury, 31/10/2017

Review: Take me to Brazil palette by BH Cosmetics

Hello everyone! I hope you had a great Saturday with friends and family, drinking and eating the best and still the great vibe is going on! As for me, after so many weeks my husband and I are staying the full weekend in house doing almost nothing and to be honest I kinda enjoying that 😄 Not everyday you get the chance to sit idly with your loved one and to me it’s one great opportunity.

Anyways, as I mentioned in my one post few days ago, My husband went to a conference couple weeks ago. He went for 4 days so I was home alone and as a penalty for leaving me here, he bought me a palette from BH cosmetics😍 Guess which one is that 😉 Yup, TAKE ME TO BRAZIL!!!! I first saw that one in Amazon, and I loved it the very first time I saw it. So when he asked me which palette I want, I immediately responded with take me to Brazil palette 😘

The palette has a combination of 30 vibrant and bright colors that are bound to remind you of a colorful Brazil festival. As we took it from Amazon with shipping it cost us a total of 34000 KW.  All the colors are really pigmented but you need the right brush because with the wrong one they may look like less pigmented. So, while putting them on the lids try using a flat eyebrow brush or your fingers will work just fine. And while putting them on your crease line try to use a blending brush which is not too fluffy or stretchy. The palette has the color combination just perfect for any occasion. You will find red, green, yellow, blue, purple everything in one palette. But if you are a fan of nude makeup, you totally should avoid this one 😁😁

Here’s a look of the palette and my pictures of trying it:

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As you can see even on my brown skin they are shining like hell 😝😝

As you already know I have a small youtube channel, where I sometimes post makeup tutorials, I posted there a video of me using this palette 😜 So you can watch me using this palette 😃 And here’s the link:

This video also contain the full makeup routine of the picture above and details of the product is listed on the description box.

Have a happy holiday, people 😅

 

Munira Chowdhury, 23/07/17

Review: Elizabeth Arden eye & lip beauty perfection 

So, yesterday my husband was coming back from a conference in Jeju, and he suddenly called me from airport. He was at a duty free shop then and asking if I want something. I was like, wow, really! Since when my husband became so concern about makeup and stuff! He was roaming around the shops and telling me all the available brands, and what I want from them. Hearing all the brands I kinda got confused and couldn’t decide what I need. So, I totally let him decide saying just pick some eyeshadow.

And guess what he chose! Yup, Elizabeth Arden Eye & Lip Beauty Perfection! To be honest, I never really used anything from that brand, so I was really excited this morning when I was using it for the first time. Here’s a look of the palette:

So, it is a combination of eye and lip palette. It contains 5 creamy eye shadows & 4 lip glosses. The colors are perfect for a nude makeup or nude look. The shades are creamy, so they are not like the regular eye shadow. But they come easily in the brush and also they are pigmented in a good way. So are the glosses. But as the eye shadows are creamy it may mess in your crease line few hours later, so I will suggest to set them with a tiny bit of translucent powder or shiny eye shadow. The total cost was 33$.

So, enough talking, let’s take a look what it actually looks when you use it!

Just as I mentioned, perfect for nude makeup^^

Let me know about your thoughts of the palette, whether you used it, or if you like it or not ^_^

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Munira Chowdhury, 07/07/17

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Coibana Nasnon viva lipstick Review

Recently I came to know about this brand, Coibana, while browsing through famous online shopping site here, G market. I was not sure about buying them but then I saw there’s a sale (lol) snd also the color was really nice. There was an 1+1 offer from three colors: Red, Pink & Orange. I took red and pink one, named Daring Red & Lively Pink. 

Actual price was 82,000KW, while the sale price is only 10,000. Now, you understand why I had to try them, lol 😉 The package is good and they have a nice mild smell.

You can see from the swatch, the colors are pretty nice. Most importantly they stay for quite a long time. More than 4-5 hours without reapplying, even you eat in between. Highly recommended!

Munira Chowdhury, 14/05/17

First shopping from Nature Republic 

Where there is a sale, you will find me always! Ha ha! So, two days ago, I was roaming around the mart, and saw a sale going on in Nature Republic. I never bought anything from them. So, just out of curiosity, I thought of give it a try. 

So, here goes the review:

Air Skin Fit Blur Pact: I broke my compact two days ago, so I had to buy one. There are two shades, I took shade number 2, the darker one, because of my brown skin. The package is good. Though they say it’s the darker one, still it’s pretty bright for me. It’s a nice compact powder but the sad thing is they didn’t provide any nice cushion puff. It’s too hard and you will surely feel a discomfort while using it to apply the compact on your face. The price was less than 13000KW. Can’t remember the exact one, sorry.

Stick Highlighter: I like this one so much! It’s just has the perfect texture of a stick highlighter, really get set on your face and easy to apply too! Price was 5600KW. A bad thing about this ones packaging is it has a plastic lid which often cause disturbance llike falling down when you open the cap of the stick. They could’ve stick the lid with the cap, so it doesn’t come out every time somebody opens it.

Pure Shine Melting Tint: I can’t remember the exact price price of this one either. Should be less than 4000 won. This one got a nice flavor, a melting texture and stays on the lips for a very long time. I love the color so much. But there’s another thing about this tint. It doesn’t have a system, where you rotate the lipstick in a direction and the part on the bottom comes up and vice versa. But a pen like system where you push the button and it keeps coming out. And here comes the problem, once you press the button it just comes out from bottom but doesn’t have a system to lower it down again. So, if you don’t know it before buying, you’re screwed like me. I kinda ruined it pushing the button so much and can’t lower it down now.

All the prices mentioned here are sale price. Here’s a pic, where I used all three, so you could see how they work!

Munira Chowdhury, 14.05.17