[ ♡ ] Rediscovery – Korean samples plus extras

I’ve been cleaning out my vanity lately because I keep buying new things so I have to find place for them and I’ve rediscovered a few things I forgot about for a while, mostly samples.

Whenever you buy cosmetics from Korean stores/places you usually get tons of little samples and I’ve just been collecting them and finally I pulled these out and decided to test them out. I now have a little spot on my vanity where I keep samples that I need to test out. So here are the first set that’s on my vanity.

From Etude I found a few things:

This is an spf sunscreen. Haven’t used it yet but I will soon.

These are etude as well. The circle packet is a bb cream and the two on the right are lip and face tints.

I used these already.

Next I tried this apple body wash from Etude:

I like this little package but I don’t like the smell of this product. Instead of a country apple type smell, you get a sour apple smell. I just don’t like it and will probably not use it again.

Then I have this caudelie sample I still haven’t used.

Then I found my elf shimmery whip. This was in my first ever elf order years ago and I don’t even know if its still good but I’ll still give it a go. I’ve recently discovered a new love for cream/gel highlighters so I’m excited to put this to the test.

And then I found this little coastal scents eye pigment sample and tried it out as well.

It’s a pinky shade and I don’t love it but mostly because I just don’t like dealing with loose powders in general.

Ok so here is the look I did using the bb cream, tints and eye pigment:


The bbcream is too light for my skin as all bbcreams are so I probably will not use that again. It also is a sheer cover which I don’t like but it does give you a dewy glow without looking oily. The tint is ok, sort of sheer but the color is nice. Again, pigments look good but are too messy for me to deal with so I probably will not use the pigment again.

I’ll let you know how I feel about the other samples that I didn’t use yet when I do use them so stay tuned!

♡ PaNhia


[ ♡ ] Spring Cleaning, dusty dusty

My sister recently moved out of my room and into her own space in the basement so I’m in the process of rearranging and cleaning my stuff. This comes at a perfect time because it’ll be May in a few days and my wardrobe needs to be changed for the season.

I’ve put a new clothing rack into my room because my old one broke from the weight of the clothes (lol) but I haven’t cleaned and organized it yet so once my closet is complete, I’ll put up some pictures. I’m in the process of moving my summer heels back up to my room and putting my boots away.

I’ve also gained some much need ground space for my stuff so I thought I’d share. Next to my vanity I’ve stacked up my two train cases and my little basket of wallets/wristlets etc.

I’ve used my new silver train case at least once or twice but I didn’t think of how heavy it would be when I first bought it. As it turns out, I don’t really like using it because on its own, its pretty heavy already and then add to that my makeup and I’m just asking for back problems. I’ll probably use the pink one most of the time unless I need to carry a lot of stuff for a longer period of time.


I also got this little round basket a while ago from a lotion gift set and decided to put my wallets, wristlets and clutches in it. As you can see, I’m pretty handy because I have my hammer and level. Yes, they are pink and yes I use them, well at least the hammer. I’ll be using the level when I put up my ikea wall shelves.

I’ve also started storing my palettes differently.

I keep most of my makeup in drawers so I end up not using a lot of it, especially not palettes so I decided to them in this letter organizer so that I can see them and reach for them easily. This is actually a pretty big letter organizer from Target I got a few years ago for around $15. I don’t own a lot big palettes so there’s only a few coastal scents in there. That little pink book is my inspiration book where I write down looks I want to try including hair and makeup and I also put clippings in there.

And lastly, I’ve been trying to clean my vanity counter but I’ve been having a hard time because although my sister moved out, she left her makeup because there’s no natural lighting downstairs for her to do makeup. I did add a little storage tower though.

I got these two little tower trays from the bath area of target for about $5 each. They’re really cute because they’re a good size and they have dipped opening in front and they stack. I put my cotton puffs in the bottom and sponges and lashes on top. This is really convenient for when I use my toner in the morning. I also have a tub of Equate wipes from Walmart and a brush holder from Etude when I went to korea.

I’m still organizing my other stuff but once its all done, I’ll update with more pictures.

♡ PaNhia


[ ♡ ] Spring look – orange & Cat eyes

I came across this picture on a blog called Noona Blog. I had to save it because I just loved the entire look. It reminds me of Etudes new Miss Tangerine collection.


I will definitely be trying this look. She looks so laid back and cute. I love the orange lipstick and winged cat eyes. I also imagine that outfit to be very chic and easy to wear. I don’t have a lipstick quite that orange but I’m on the hunt!

Speaking of orange lipstick, Etudes new collection Miss Tangerine features just that, orange. Here is a cf featuring Dara of 2ne1.

photo credit: noonablog.com

♡ PaNhia


[ ♡ ] Goodies from Korea – Etude, Holika Holika, Missha, Skinfood

My friends arrived from their Korea trip a few days ago bringing back a goodie bag for me. Before they left, I gave them a thorough list of what I wanted complete with brand, name, description, Korean price, US price, where they can find it and a picture of the products (LOL, I know.) Choua did a very good job of finding everything for me. Here are some shots of what I got:

The goods arrived in a Holika Holika Bag but I transferred them to this aerie bag after giving some of the stuff to my sisters.

The receipts. I love the smell of a fresh Korean cosmetic receipt 🙂

2 packs of face masks from Holika Holika. There’s 5 in each pack so I have 10 total. Each set was only 5000 won which is about $4. I’m excited to try these out.

Some stickers with a funny little note 🙂

My most anticipated item: Etudes O2 white toners. I actually got 3 but gave one to my sister. I bought this when I went to Korea two years ago and really fell in love with it but didn’t want to pay the US price for it. It’s about $20 not including shipping and handling if you order it online but it was only 13000 Won in Korea which is like $10.50 US dollars so I just saved over $30 on three.

Here is what it looks like. My old one is on the right and the new one is on the left. I like the old bottle better.

I also got a gel liner from Skinfood in brown. I got this in brown because a regular brown color like this wasn’t included in the smudge pot stila set.


The other item I was really excited to get, Missha Oil wipes. I got these because they’re super cheap compared to the clean & clear ones. The Clean&Clear oil wipes are about $5 for a pack of 50 wipes. Each of these are 2200 won and I got 10 packs. That’s about $1.75 a piece which is a great deal! They’re more expensive than they were before though. When I bought them two years ago, they were only 500 won (40 cents.) It’s ok though because overall it’s still a better deal.


I also got two cute planners!

And finally some samples. Some are not pictured because I gave them away. Samples are my favorite part of Korean shopping.

Getting all these things just make me want to shop in Korea! I’m so excited to start planning my trip!

♡ PaNhia