FAQ: Tips & Tricks for Online Kbeauty Shopping

Hi friends!
I had quite a few reoccuring questions on my instagram on the same topics.
This is an FAQ post for what to do and avoid online kbeauty shopping.

I only purchase from reputable sellers that have a high rating/ranking on eBay or for the individual websites, I check various online review sites and youtube videos to ensure the seller is legit and will not scam me for my money. You will/may have came across various online sellers who sell kbeauty products for a ridiculous cheap price from retail value. Take precautions and ensure the seller has a good rating, check the country of origin where they are shipping it from and always read the negative reviews. Some negative reviews are irrelevant complaints but always check them to see if people were sent a counterfeit product.

  • How do you check the item’s country of origin/location?

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  • How long do shipments take and do products ever get damaged? What do I do when the products are damaged during the shipping process?

Shipments usually take me 20-30 days for the item to arrive to Canada. You may need to check with the seller or on the item’s description, there probably will be a diagram/table indicating shipping time estimates.
As for damaged products, I rarely have issues like that but when something like does happen – contact the seller and see what options they give you.

 

If you have anymore questions, please leave a comment below this post or feel free to dm me/comment on my ig photos. I will compile these questions together and either revise this post or make another one (part 2).

Happy Shopping!

I am back (≖︿≖✿)

or.. am I? I feel like I have went on hiatus from my blog for far too long. It’s time to come back and do some product reviews!

This is the line up of upcoming product reviews/topics I will doing this week:

  • Commleaf rose sleeping pack
  • Masking everyday and what are my current favourite masks
  • How to: Emergency Savings
  • My current makeup routine and favourite – in depth reviews of each product

OK! I will see you all soon.

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[UPDATE] Where have you been?

*DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT A BEAUTY-RELATED POST. PLEASE CHECK MY OTHER POSTS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THAT. THIS IS A LIFE UPDATE POST. THANK YOU & GOOD DAY*

Hello Friends! I know, I know.. I have not been as active on my blog but I can explain… So I wasn’t as clear on my Instagram as I should have been. I got laid off my previous job and I was fortunate enough to get back in my feet within minutes. I was secured a position as the exact same role and duties at another place with a higher salary. I guess some things can be a good change.

My previous company was trying to exit from the market for a while and they finally did. I started noticing few to no calls and sales so they had to do what was best for them. However that being said, I had A LOT of administrative filing, paperwork and data entry to do to restart from square one. It is exhausting but very rewarding. I promise you that I will be more active here in about 2-3 weeks or so. Things are starting to really fall back into place for me and I can finally organize my thoughts on what I can do for my blog. I have many of you to thank for providing me fantastic ideas on what topics I should cover on my blog. I absolutely love how you guys are curious of what skincare products I like or dislike, places where to shop/shop smart and etc. In my perspective, I think anyone can achieve anything they want to achieve whether it’s your social media, work, life and etc. You just got to have the proper tools to guide you. The best guide I can thank and give credit for is google. I google EVERYTHING, guys. Yes, everything. Everything I want to know… usually there will be a post, website or forum on it. Do I always go by it? absolutely not but it is amazing to connect with others online to share yours thoughts with.

For a while, I was quite embarrassed to admit that I lost my job but the more I thought about it. I didn’t lose my job because of me nor did the employees… It was just poor management lead from one thing to another. Things that are way beyond any of control. Yes, I will admit it was quite traumatizing initially but as time progressed, I started to realize how skills and attributes I have developed from my previous jobs and most importantly now. To think, at the age of 21.. my very first job was at a grocery store. I had no experience in anything, no sense of direction where to go for job wise and somehow I was fortunate enough to land my feet on an administrative role. How cool is that? Just for anyone’s reference, I majored in arts. I didn’t find a passion in it therefore I decided to stop pursuing. It was more of a hobby for me. Sure, I have a creative mind and skill but I felt very annoyed when someone told me to draw or paint something. I would much rather do it for my own pleasure than do it for others. As selfish as it sounds, I am being very transparent on my feelings.

Anyway, if you gotten this far on my post. Thank you, I will speak to you all soon!

[BEWARE] If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

Hi friends! Welcome back ~
So, I’m pretty sure many of you have already read my k-beauty shopping tips post. I suppose this is a continuation to that.

I found this seller on my recommended ebay feed and the first thing I noticed was the price for the Skin79 was quite low.
Here are several reasons to be aware of and why I believe this seller is a fraud:

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  • Products he/she selling is irrelevant to K-beauty or any sort of beauty related product
  • BE VERY careful of the item location, notice it says “Seoul, Korea”, while the other items are listed “China”
  • The seller is based off another country – it IS possible that they are reseller who is selling FRAUD products
  • Be sure to check seller rep by the star beside their username and always check the feedback ratings

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  • That extremely sketchy description gives it away “red/gold bucket”… who says that? LOL bottles, you mean?
  • Fraud sellers always use very specific key words such as “HIGH QUALITY, 100%, REAL, (BRAND) NEW, CHEAP, AFFORDABLE, GREAT VALUE and etc”, there will be sellers who like to live on the edge and even try to write “AUTHENTIC” and play it off as it is. If you don’t believe me, see sites like aliexpress, alibaba, wish and etc and read their choices of wording the product’s description
  • Always take cautions purchasing on Ebay. This is quite concerning to see that 44 of these potentially fake bottles were sold to people.
  • Your skin over a cheap price tag + it potentially being counterfeit
  1. Counterfeit makeup can potentially do a lot of harm to not only your skin but your overall health. You and I both do not know what these unauthorized factories are doing behind closed doors, nor have these products were FDA approved.

Please do your research on counterfeit makeup if you have not already.

Here is a list of website links to articles on dangers of counterfeit makeup:
1. 13 Terrifying Dangers Of Counterfeit Makeup
2. CBC – Counterfeit May Pose As Risk
3. Health Line

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  • Other additional things you can do whether you are purchasing on ebay or not is to always ask the seller to provide clear images of all angles of the product and also to show proof of purchase
  • Click here to see the differences: Skin79 Counterfeit vs Authentic

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Until next time, friends.
Hope this helped, I’m looking into doing a series for this. What do you think?

[REVIEW] Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water

You thought it was just only one review for today but.. SIIKEEE! I’m back for another one!~ This product is the final product I have recieved from the StyleKorean Lucky Clover Box.

Ok guys, I am very serious when I say this is the first product that caught my eye in the box and it was also the very first product I tested out! Look how much I have used within a month! That’s quite a lot of product that was used! I barely make dents like that in products that fast because I’m constantly juggling through various other products. It gets overwhelming but I wanted a consistent routine so I used it quite often to get an idea how I feel about this cleansing water!

Product:
200ml – $18 USD
Available on StyleKorean

Claims:

  • Cleanses Impurities
  • Sebum Control
  • Calming & Hydrating

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What is tea tree oil used for?
Tea Tree oil is applied on the skin to treat acne and various infections.
Tea tree oil can reduce skin inflammation, allergic skin reactions and disinfecting the skin by killing bacteria and fungus.

Ingredients:
Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Water, Water, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate, Polyglycerl-10 laurate, Sodium Chloride

My thoughts:

The product is very mild where it does not irritate or make my skin feel itchy after wiping it on my face with a cotton pad and does not strip my skin moisture while clearing out the excess dirt/makeup off my face however that being said it doesn’t do an amazing job removing my makeup residue. I really like tea tree scented products, it has such a pleasant scent to it! The moment you open the cap, you can smell the tea tree. It is suggested to use the product by soaking it in a cotton pad and placing it around your waterproof/colour based products and it will mildly cleanse, hydrate and refresh the skin. I found that it did a good job removing my lip products and eyeshadow + liner pretty well but it didn’t remove all of my waterproof mascara, which is kind of expected because the mascara is extremely heavy duty.

  • Texture: 5/5-thin watery consistency and spreads evenly throughout the face
  • Scent: 5/5 – LOOOOVE tea tree scented products
    Price: 4/5 – Reasonable pricing and you get a lot of product for what you pay for.
  • Performance: 3/5 – Does a decent job, I still had a BIT makeup residue! *kiss me x heroine mascara
  • Packaging: 5/5 – Simple, gets to the point and easy to read

 

 

*Overall* – 4/5 – I will repurchase this because it doesn’t strip my skin or irritate it. My skin has it’s moments where it constantly changes in sensitivity. Luckily when I use this product, I don’t have to worry it making my face itchy once it dries up. My other cleansing waters tend to make me feel very itchy after I use it so I have to be extra careful with those.

Ok guys, that is all for tonight. I hope you all have a good night.
Take Care!

 

 

 

[ REVIEW] HYGGEE ALL-IN-ONE H2 SOAP

Hi friends!

I hope you all are enjoying your Wednesday! We’re already in half of the week, won’t be for long til we enjoy another relaxing weekend! I came on here today to share my thoughts on another StyleKorean lucky clover box product! ~
I have recieved from the StyleKorean Lucky Clover Box that was sent to me! This is the HYGEE All-In-One H2 Soap and it’s a facial cleanser in a soap bar form! I don’t know of many soap cleansers in the market other than the well known dove soap bar but I haven’t used that in yeaarrrs plus it was quite stripping on my skin. Can I just say that I am really liking the embossed logo design on the soap.

80g – $21.60 USD
Claims:

  • Tightens your skin
  • Is very sensitive and mild product
  • Improves skin tone

I was quite blown away with the ingredients because I can read majority of the ingredient names! Majority of my beauty products, I can hardly say that because most of the stuff I own has some sort of long chemical name.

The FULL Ingredients:

Coconut oil powder, silver, raisinseed oil, plumseed oil, avacado oil, armeniae oil, omijaseed extract, casterseed oil, glycerin, licorice, bamboo salt, (Cosam) Shurbby sophora, White lotus, goldthreat, codonopsisi, mung beans. pine incense and hydrogen gas

First thing I noticed when I removed it from the packaging was the scent to it. It has this very clean, fresh, linen scent to it. It also lathers very well! It actually lathers a lot better than the heimish green foam cleanser I got from the box. It did list that this is not suitable for removing makeup and only for secondary cleansing use, which is fine with because I don’t normally directly apply any sort of cleanser on my skin expecting it to remove all of my makeup. I always go in with an oil cleanser to ensure most of the product is off anyway.

As for brightening wise, I did notice my skin looking like a shade brighter and it was not stripping at all. I’m very concerned when cleansing products lather/ bubble up too much because those tend to be the most stripping on my skin. I also saw the ingredients has glycerin as one of their ingredients; glycerin is an excellent ingredient for beauty products because it helps combat skin dehydration!

Texture: 4/5 – Soft, foamy lather
Scent: 3/5 – Not a bad scent but can be a bit too strong for those who are sensitive to scents
Price: 2/5 – very expensive for a soap bar cleanser and it doesn’t seem hygenic in my opinion
Performance: 4/5 – brightens the skin and does not feel stripping or leave some strange residue behind!

Overall: 3/5 – Meh! personally would not repurchase this but it is nice for those who want to try new things and types of cleansers. It’s great for sensitive skin folks but the only downside is it’s in bar form. Unless you wash your hands thoroughly first, lather it on your hands and then apply on your face.

Cheers~