Banila Co. Releases 2013 Winter Collection FLASH

And just when you thought that brands were done releasing products for this winter season and you can finally repair the damage done to your wallet, Banila Co. decides to step in. Right now all I can think is "Seriously? You are kidding me." But unfortunately I kid you not, and this winter collection has some to die for packaging.

Here are the 9 products that Banila Co. has released.
1. 잇 샤이니 쉬머 빔 파우더 
Name: it Shiny Shimmer Beam Powder
Price: 25,000 
Size: 10g
2. 플래쉬 아이 팔레트 섀도 Jessica season2
Name: Flash Eye Shadow Palette Jessica Season 2
Price: 28,000 
Size: 5.2g
Colors: (from left to right) Gold Beige, Gold, Deep Brown, Yellow Beige, Deep Peach, Deep Wine

3. 드 라 루즈
Name: de la Rouge
Price: 14,000 
Size: 3.5g
Colors: (from left to right) RG30 Purple Burgundy, RG29 Purple, RG28 Plum, RG27 Pink, RG26 Red, RG25 Ready Rest Burgundy (?)

4. 트리플 원더 오토 젤 라이너
Name: Triple Wonder Auto Gel Liner
Price: 14,000 
Size: 0.5g
Colors: (from left to right) Reddish Burgundy, Style Khaki, Golden Brown

5. 플래쉬 볼륨&스키니 듀얼 마스카라
Name: Flash Volume&Skinny Dual Mascara
Price: 18,000 
Size: 4.5g
Colors: (from left to right) Deep Brown, Deep Black
6. 플래쉬 아이 브로우 카라
Name: Flash Eyebrow Color
Price: 12,000 
Size: 8g
Color: Natural Brown

7. 투 아이즈 듀오-스퀘어드
Name: Two Eyes Duo Squared
Price: 14,000 
Size: 1.5g + 2g
Colors: (from left to right) Deep the Knight- Deep Navy Purple, Lavender | Roman Holiday- Chocolate Brown, Rose Pink

8. 플래쉬 멀티 틴트 블러셔
Name: Flash Multi-Blush Tint
Price: 14,000 
Size: 20mL
Colors: (from left to right) OR01 Coral, PK01 Pink

9. 투 키세스 듀얼 틴트
Name: Two Kisses Dual Tint
Price: 14,000 
Size: Gel Type 7.8g + Emulsion 6.5g
Colors: Peach Empire- Orange | Red Queen- Red
I swear I really hate Banila Co. right now for releasing this, but other than that.... the packaging is so beautiful. love food crazy rabbit

So far Koreadepart is the only shop that is currently selling this (although many are temporarily out of stock > <), but I will update this post once more shops have this in stock!

Banila Co. de la Rouge $14.34
Banila Co. Flash Volume & Skinny Mascara $18.54
Banila Co. Flash Eye Palette Shadow Jessica Season 2 $28.49
Banila Co. it Shiny Shimmer Beam Powder $25.37
Banila Co. Triple Wonder Auto Gel Liner $14.24
Banila Co. Two Kisses Dual Tint (Peach Empire) $14.44
Banila Co. Multi-Blush Tint $14.44
Banila Co. Two Eyes Duo Squared $14.63


Twofacemall (free shipping, use 7PA7N600 for $2 discount on $50+ order):
Banila Co. Triple Wonder Auto Gel Liner $20.50
Banila Co. Flash Eye Palette Shadow Jessica Season 2 $34.50
Banila Co. it Shiny Shimmer Beam Powder $31.50
Banila Co. Flash Eyebrow Color $17.50
Banila Co. Two Eyes Duo Squared (Roman Holiday) $20.50
Banila Co. Two Eyes Duo Squared (Deep Night) $20.50
Banila Co. Flash Volume & Skinny Mascara (Deep Brown) $22.00
Banila Co. Multi-Blush Tint (Coral) $20.00
Banila Co. Multi-Blush Tint (Pink) $20.00

W2Beauty (free shipping, get a $5 voucher when you enter my code 04308009 at registration):
Banila Co. de la Rouge $16.13
Banila Co. Flash Eye Palette Shadow Jessica Season2 $32.26
Banila Co. it Shiny Shimmer Beam Powder $28.80
Banila Co. Flash Volume & Skinny Mascara $20.74
Banila Co. Two Eyes Duo Squared $16.13
Banila Co. Multi-Blush Tint (Pink) $16.13
Banila Co. Multi-Blush Tint (Coral) $20.74
Banila Co. Two Kisses Dual Tint (Peach Empire) $16.13
Banila Co. Flash Eyebrow Color $13.83
Banila Co. Triple Wonder Auto Gel Liner $18.93

Review: Laneige Winterland Magic Makeup Collection

It's here! It's finally here! The review that you've all been waiting for. ...who am I kidding. But I did get a couple of requests asking for this one, so I tried my best to review this ASAP. Allow me to present to you... the Laneige Winterland Magic Makeup Collection.

I've been debating how to review this since it's two different products (lipsticks and eye shadows) put into one box, and decided to review them together instead of separately.  I will be talking about the lipsticks first in each section, then the eye shadows. ^^

라네즈 윈터랜드 매직메이크업 콜렉션
Name: Laneige Winterland Magic Makeup Collection
Price: 42,000
Size: Lipstick- 1g * 3 | Eye shadow- 1g * 4
Description: Special combination of makeup products representing the theme of this year’s holiday collection

-Limited edition multi-makeup palette to add variety to your dazzling holiday season look, comprising of the top three colors of mini Silk Intense Lipsticks and four crystallized shades of eye shadow. 

-Specially designed case depicting a festive and magical holiday fantasy that includes a special holiday makeup look book. 

Dimensions: 16.3 cm * 3.2 cm * 9.5 cm
So... the box containing the products is inside of a box, and for some reason I decided to photograph both. 

Dimensions: 16.3 cm * 3.2 cm * 9.5 cm
The box itself (plus the one it was contained in) is absolutely gorgeous! The circle/globe has parts that have a foil effect, and some of the sparkles and dots surrounding it have it as well. I feel like the limited edition packaging Laneige made for this holiday season is one of the best out of all the other brands. You can find the manufacture date on the bottom of the box. 

Voila~ The edges of the box and lid have a magnet on the inside, so it's easy to open and close. 

It includes a little booklet on the inside of the cover that tells you how to create two looks: Pure Fantasy and Glow Fantasy. The QR code (which for some reason has a water droplet graphic on it) leads you to a video tutorial for those two looks. 

Warning: This video could possibly make it difficult for you to resist the temptation to buy this.

Height: 6 cm | Diameter: 2.6 cm
The packaging for the lipsticks are soo adorable and festive looking except for one thing... they're tiny. They're about the size of your average chapstick (with less product). Although I knew that 1g isn't a lot, I didn't expect it to be this small. Take a look for yourself: 

Height of Lipstick: 2.8 cm | Total Height: 7 cm
For the price of 42,000원 you would've thought they'd make the sizes slightly larger. Oh well. 

On the bottom of the lipstick you can find the color and name of the lipstick. 

The eye shadows are more reasonably size and are covered by a piece of plastic that has the names of the colors printed on it in white (you can kind of see it on the darker one). Laneige also included a double-ended sponge and brush applicator for the eye shadows. I don't know much about the best quality for brushes and sponge applicators, but I think the quality is quite nice. ^^ It definitely doesn't feel cheap, and the brush is really soft. 

The lipsticks have a powdery scent? I don't really know how to explain it. It's not like baby powder, but more like... candy powder? Kind of like those chalky candy necklaces from when I was little. You guys all know what I'm talking about right? Those bright pastel circles put onto a string, something that was evident in almost every childhood... 

You can't smell anything at all when you apply it to your lips. The scent is faint even on the lipstick itself, but it smells so nice ^^ 

This collection includes a miniature size of the 3 most popular Laneige Silk Intense Lipstick colors in SYR36 베이지 색 쉬폰 (Beige Chiffon), LR104 핑크 가든 (Pink Garden), and SR105 블론드 코랄 (Blonde Coral). Yes the famous Laneige Silk Intense Lipsticks that Song Hye Kyo wore in "That Winter The Wind Blows". 

One swipe only
As you can see, all of the colors have very soft silver glitters in them. While it's not so noticeable in Beige Chiffon (there's hardly any), it is really noticeable in Pink Garden. Blonde Coral not so much. The glitter you see in the 3rd picture is mostly from Pink Garden. These lipsticks are creamy and they have great pigmentation (I only swiped it on my arm once), moisturize really well, and glide on smoothly. However they do accentuate dry spots so make sure to exfoliate! 

Even after placing them under running water and rubbing really hard, there was still a light tint on my arms.

Beige Chiffon is a really pretty light nude color, although I suppose it wouldn't look good on people with really dark skin. I have a neutral feeling for this color, mainly because sometimes it makes me look lifeless. People with pale skin would look great in this color. 

Pink Garden is my least favorite out of all three mostly because of the more noticeable glitters. Don't get me wrong though, the color is still pretty and the pink is a great shade for a more girly look. Any skin tone would look good in it. ^^

Blonde Coral is a beautiful color and slightly less pink than Pink Garden and more... peachy? I think it's my favorite shade out of these three! All three colors are great for a natural look, but this one is just... it's kind of like the perfect combination of Beige Chiffon and Pink Garden (not exactly color-wise but in other aspects that I don't know how to explain). All skin tones would look nice in this color as well. 

The lasting power for these lipsticks are pretty good (about 4-5 hours without eating or drinking), and they don't come off easily when you drink something (only a faint imprint on the cup). ^^ Also another good thing about them is that the color is buildable. 

Close-up of the eye shadows
The only eye shadows I've used before are from Clinique and I think Laneige is almost on par with theirs. Not because of the pigmentation, but because of the absolutely beautiful soft sparkles. These have just the right amount of glitter in them that make your eyes really sparkle. I'm personally not a fan of metallic or matte eye shadows, so I like these a lot. The four colors are four crystallized shades of the Laneige Pure Radiant Shadow (I think these are shades made specifically for this limited edition palette and aren't available in any other product).

Pearl Light Pink, Pearl Pink, and Pearl Coral aren't heavily pigmented at all and from far away they would probably look somewhat similar. They are really sparkly though, but it is a little bit of a disappointment that they don't have that great of a pigmentation. Pearl Khaki is the most pigmented out of all four and while it looks brown in the pictures above (probably because of the sparkles?) it's actually kind of a mix between olive and brown. 

After placing my arm under running water, a little bit of the sparkles have been washed away but the colors are still there and they're still sparkly. However, after rubbing them the sparkles got all over my arm and hands, and the only color remaining was Pearl Khaki. So people who rub their eyes often might not want to get this in risk of getting glitter all over your face. And if you prefer darker colors, then these definitely aren't for you.

Excuse the messy hair and dark circles ^^; 
I kind of mixed the two looks, Glow Fantasy and Pure Fantasy, into one. I used Pearl Light Pink on my eyelids and Pearl Pink on my outer lids like they did in Pure Fantasy. I also used a little bit of Pearl Khaki at the end of my eyes, and Pearl Coral as a highlighter under my eyes. After that I drew a faint line using a black eyeliner from Clinique. Then I applied a very thin layer of Beige Chiffon on my lips (so it's barely noticeable) and cheeks as a faint blush like the model did for the Glow Fantasy look. 

One thing I noticed after applying the eye shadows is that the sparkles kind of fall below my eyes in the process. Also the glitter is a little difficult to remove. I was wearing the eye shadows before I took a shower, and even afterwards there was still some glitter around my eye area. Nothing a little bit of makeup remover can't fix though ^^ 

-Gorgeous packaging
-Lipsticks are moisturizing and have great pigmentation
-3 different colors available for those who were having trouble picking one 
-Perfect for natural looks
-Good lasting power
-Easy to apply lipsticks and eye shadows
-Included eye shadow applicator with nice brush
-Very pretty soft sparkles in eye shadows

-Pink Garden has noticeable glitter 
-Lipsticks accentuate dry spots and are very small
-Eye shadow sparkles tend to fall below the eye and near cheeks
-Eye shadows have light pigmentation other than Pearl Khaki

Overall Score: 4/5

Recommend/Repurchase? I definitely recommend this for people who have been indecisive in picking which color to try out for the Laneige Silk Intense Lipsticks. If you have the money and you're a fan of sparkly eye shadows, then this one is for you. I sort of want to purchase another lipstick but in a different color, but the price is definitely making me hesitate. 

Where to buy:
W2Beauty $52.39 On sale: $47.15 (free shipping,  get a $5 voucher when you enter my code 04308009 at registration)
iBuyBeauti $54.99 (free shipping)
Twofacemall  $45.50 (free shipping)

What about you?
Have you ever tried the Laneige Silk Intense Lipsticks? What color did you try or would like to try? 

On a side note did anyone watch the SBS Gayo Daejun parody of "The Master's Sun/The Heirs"? I think it was really interesting, and I was so happy to see Bona and Chanyoung together again ^^ 

W2Beauty Haul #4

Wow fourth haul already? I really have been shopping a little too much but... well, when Innisfree and Laneige released their Christmas collections I just couldn't resist! Plus W2Beauty was having a 10% discount for Black Friday.

Ordered: 11/29/2013
Shipped: 12/05/2013
Received: 12/23/2013
Shipping took slightly longer than usual because of the holidays, but it's understandable. At least it arrived before Christmas. ^^ 

Dimensions: 34 cm x 25 cm x 21 cm
What it looked like when I first opened the package. 
Here is everything unpacked!
What I Bought:
From left to right:
The Saem Chagabalhyo White Liposome 100 Serum $35.71
Innisfree Sweet Vanilla Perfumed Diffuser $26.24
(2) Innisfree Eco Nail Color Collection  $12.34
Laneige Winterland Magic Makeup Collection $52.39 (currently $47.15)
Nature Republic Nature's Deco Double Eyelid Tape $2.73
Not pictured:
Etude House Cat Paw Stove $19.98 (seen in picture above)
A'Pieu Essential Source Snail Vital Cream $31.33 (currently $29.76)
Alice forgot to send the A'Pieu Essential Source Snail Vital Cream but I emailed her about it and there will be one on its way here soon. I always feel bad whenever I need to email shops about a problem with my order but it can't be helped. > < Hopefully I'll receive the cream soon so I can review it. Also, I bought the double eyelid tapes not because I want to get double eyelids or whatever, but because my double eyelids have been uneven lately due to lack of sleep. 

Samples + Gifts:
Close-up on samples and smaller gifts
After Alice found out that I was a fan of G-Dragon she offered to send me a makeup box with him on it. And then she sent me a surprise photo/poster book of him from The Saem! ^^ Thank you so much unnie. 

What I really like about shopping at W2Beauty is that you don't receive just samples (which I hardly ever use) but also lots of sheet masks and other gifts as well, such as a hand cream. Plus there's free shipping and a rewards program. 

If you're a first time buyer at W2Beauty you can sign up here or use my code 04308009 to receive a $5 voucher that can be used on a minimum order of $30. Alice currently has some sales going on right now (which you can see here) so check it out and see if there's anything you'd like! She also has some of the Christmas gift sets (here) that some brands released for this holiday season.

Let me know if there is anything that you would like reviewed first! Thanks for reading~

Review: Innisfree Eco Nail Color Collection

Along with the Sweet Vanilla Perfumed Diffuser from Innisfree's 2013 Green Christmas collection, I also got this limited edition Eco Nail Color Collection. I absolutely love Christmas colors and decorations, so once again I was tempted by the packaging. I mean.. just look at it! And those glittery colors...

이니스프리 에코 네일 컬러 콜렉션
Name: Innisfree Eco Nail Color Collection
Price: 7,500원
Size: 7 ml * 3 + 2 sheets of stickers

Height: 7.9 cm | Diameter: 7.5 cm | Side Length: 4.7 cm
Height of Bottles: 7.4 cm | Nail File Length: 5.1 cm
The nail polish bottles are made out of glass (I think). I love the bottle cap decorations, with the hanging ornaments and stars. Plus the dots on the bottle itself is really cute. The nail stickers come with a nail buffer to help cut off the parts that go past your nail. 

You can see the name of the color and the manufacture date on the bottom of the bottles. 
From left to right:
37호 산타클로스의 마법 (No. 37 "The Magic of Santa Claus)
36호 별빛 내린 선물 꾸러미 (No. 36 "Frosty Starlight Gift Package)
38호 12월, 눈내리는 마을 (No. 38 "December, Snowy Village)
I'm sorry for the very rough English translations > < Google Translate isn't always accurate, and when I tried to translate it to Chinese so that the translation would be slightly more accurate, it was exactly what the English translation is. If any Korean speakers out there know the actual translation, please let me know!
The pictures don't show it very well, but the brushes are kind of wide. While it does help make the application very even and smooth, it's also kind of hard to apply the nail polish without getting onto your finger (although that might just be me since I fail at applying nail polish). It's really hard for me to pick a favorite out of all these colors!

No. 37 is an absolutely gorgeous red with gold and red sparkles. It's not sheer at all, and is very easy to apply. (the above pictures are all one coat of nail polish only). 

No. 36 is a very pretty gold glitter nail polish with larger "confetti" pieces of white snowflakes. The snowflakes are thin so they don't really stick out from your nail, but a top coat is necessary to prevent them from sticking out in the future. Also it takes forever to fish out the snowflakes > < 

No. 38 is so pretty and reminds me of falling snow (kind of). It has large to small square pieces of white, skinny strips and small flecks of gold sparkles, plus red and green sparkles. It's really easy to apply and spreads out evenly (although the red and green sparkles require a little bit of fishing and distribution)

I admit the stickers are a little bit childish, and they're more suited for people with long nails. Since they aren't custom (obviously), they won't always be a perfect fit. 
All you have to do is apple the sticker to your nail, then using the file, cut off the "overhang". It's fairly easy, but I would have preferred smaller nail stickers to decorate the nails myself (although some of these are kind of cute!). 

And so here's how I did my nails for Christmas~ I honestly wasn't thinking of coordinating them until I was done, so they might not exactly "match". It takes about 20 minutes to completely dry.

I don't know if you can see, but when I added a top coat to the sticker on my thumb (on the bottom picture), it kind of shriveled up on one of the sides. > < I don't know why, it didn't happen to any of the other stickers other than the ones I put on my thumbs! The same thing happened on the other hand, but not on any other stickers. But oh well... it makes me happy looking at them ^^ 

-Reasonable price
-Easy application
-Cute packaging
-Gorgeous colors
-Doesn't take too long to dry (~20 minutes)

-Snowflakes require a lot of fishing around
-Stickers on thumbs shriveled up after adding top coat (although this can be easily avoided, just don't add the top coat)
-Brush is a little too wide, but not by much

Overall Score: 5/5

Where to buy:
-Twofacemall $14.50 (free shipping)
I originally bought mine from W2Beauty for $12.34, but unfortunately Alice is no longer selling them

After trying Innisfree's nail polishes I have to say that I really like them and they're better than Etude House's. Sadly this set is available for only a limited time, so you should go buy them before they're gone. Apparently these are selling out fast in Korea, Alice went to over 30 Innisfree shops and a lot of them were sold out! 

Christmas is coming to an end, but I hope everyone had a great time and received the gifts they want ^^ 
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