You can check out my First Haul, Spring Haul, and Summer Haul too. I did not have a Fall/Autumn haul, so here’s part 1 of my winter haul, featuring reviews of the beauty items I received. I’ll post part 2 soon which will feature fashion items.
Did you know that YesStyle gives out free gifts everyday? You can claim your free gift by using their app! The free gift I received with my order was the I’m Sorry for My Skin travel set – it’s one packet full of travel size skincare and body care. What a great idea! I haven’t used it yet since I haven’t traveled… Pandemic woes. Hopefully after the pandemic ends, I can use it! It’s no longer available, but here are some similar options you can try:
Benefits: A 3-step mask pack containing cleanser, sheet mask and nourishing cream to provide skin a special treatment. It includes a cleanser, mask and cream for a minimalist but complete skin regimen. The Oxygen Cleanser removes dirt, makeup and dead skin cells with its unique gel-to-foam formulation. Follow with the 4th-generation Bio Cellulose Mask to provide skin with deep moisture and nutrients for protection. Finish with the Cell Energy Cream to lock in nutrients and moisture.
How to use:
1. Create a desired amount of lather with the 02 Oxygen Cleanser. Massage the foam on your skin gently for 30 seconds, then rinse off with lukewarm water.
2. Remove the first layer of the Bio Cellulose Mask from the package, and apply on face.
3. Secure the first layer and apply the second mask layer. Make sure to avoid the eye and lip areas.
4. Remove the sheet after 15-20 minutes. Pat in any remaining essence until absorbed.
5. Apply the Cell Energy Cream on face. Pat until absorbed.
💕If you want to try this spa kit, use code “3PEARLS” for a discount! Shop tons of K-beauty at YesStyle. ✏️This is a 3-step at home spa kit, or as the name implies, anywhere kit! ✏️The first step is the facial cleansing soap. It applies clear but as you wash your face, it foams and turns white. This was a relaxing process. ✏️The second step is the sheet mask. It’s a very unique sheet mask texture: very porous and light! It was a little stiff, so I had to press it into my face more than I do with other sheet masks. I kept it on my face for 15 minutes. ✏️The third step is the facial cream. The cream is thick and has a slightly herbal scent, reminiscent of ginseng tea. I checked the ingredients list, and there is, in fact, ginseng extract in the cream! It’s a very rich cream and there’s enough in the packet to apply to both your face and your neck. It is super moisturizing! It also didn’t irritate my skin. 🛒Final thoughts: I recommend this product as something to buy and bring with you when you travel for a night. That way, you can treat yourself! It’s in one easy package to take with you, and no extra packaging to bring home with you after.
Have you tried either of these beauty products? Let me know in the comments!
Hi everyone! It’s September now, but I’ve been super busy so I haven’t had the chance to write up my YesStyle Summer Haul until now. On top of any sales going on at the moment, use my code “3PEARLS” to get an additional discount off your entire order!
For my summer haul, I got a bunch of clothes and accessories … and YesStyle also sent me a beauty product to review. Read on to check it all out! Feel free to read about my past hauls too: My First Haul and My Spring Haul.
Let’s go over the accessories I purchased first! Then, I’ll move onto the clothing (and saving the beauty product for last.)
Alloy Heart Choker – ★★★★★ – Looks just like the photos online! Love this choker. I only wore it once, but it didn’t irritate my skin like some alloy necklaces (I have sensitive skin and tend to get rashes from alloy jewelry). Since it was so cheap (about $2), I took the risk and I’m glad I did! It’s really cute.
Heart Layered Faux Leather Garter in black – ★★★★★ – I was worried about the sizing because I didn’t want it to be too tight around my thigh, but this was super comfortable and stretchy! The faux leather is decent quality too, and I’m tempted to get another one in a different color…
Heart Choker in white – ★★★★☆ – This white heart choker is really cute! It has a snap button in the back and a few options to fit different neck circumferences. It’s comfy to wear, but the faux leather isn’t very high quality. After wearing it for the first time, there was some creases and peeling. It’s only about $3 though, so I can’t complain much. Stil rating this 4 stars!
Metal Heart Waist Chain – ★★★★★ – Love this heart waist chain! It’s so cute and would go great around both skirts and shorts (or even over a dress!). It matches the Alloy Heart Choker perfectly too. If you want a matching choker and waist chain, I highly recommend that you get both of these.
5. Asymmetric Short-Sleeve Plaid Cropped Blouse / A-Line Skirt– ★★★☆☆ – This set is soooo cute! If you want to buy both, make sure to select both items and add to your cart (it’ll show up like two different purchases). You need to add the blouse and the skirt to your cart separately. I got this set in Size M and the skirt fit (fully elastic waist, which I love!). The top has shirring in the back, but this was too big/too loose around my bust. I think this top will be better for someone who is bustier than me (alas, I’m very flat-chested…). Giving 3 stars since I wish it was easier to buy it as a set, and wish that the measurements were more accurate for the bust. I only tried this set on at home briefly and took some photos, but it’s like new! Feel free to purchase it from me here on Depop. 😉
6.Square Neck Puff Sleeve Blouse – ★★★★☆ – I haven’t worn this blouse yet, but it is very cute and fits well! I knocked off a star because the fabric is more thin than I expected (kind of see-through), and came with loose threads. It’s a beautiful red color though, and I look forward to wearing this blouse!
7. Sheer Short-Sleeve T-Shirt– ★★★★★ – Love this shirt! It’s high quality, and the photo does not do it justice. It has a beautiful shift in color and a metallic tint. It’s sheer mesh, but looks really cool with a funky bra under it. You can also style it with a camisole, or even wear it under something (like under a jumper!). There’s a lot you can do with this T-shirt.
8. Ruffled Camisole in pink– ★★★★★ – I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this camisole! It was so cheap that I was expecting the quality to be low, but it’s even nicer quality than the camisoles I got from H&M. It’s a comfy and stretchy ribbed texture, and I’m glad the straps are fine as well (if straps aren’t adjustable, I tend to have issues with the straps being too long due to my small shoulders).
9.Short-Sleeve Bustier Crop Top– ★★★★☆ – This is a super cute top, but it’s too big around the bust for me (even with a push-up bra). It would be better suited for someone bustier! The quality is not the best though, and I had to snip off a lot of loose threads.
10. Shirred Ruffled Cropped Camisole Top in red – ★★★★☆ – This is a really cute camisole top, and it has adjustable shoulder straps. However, the fabric was way shinier in person than I expected. In the photo above, I did not use flash. So you can imagine how bright/shiny it’ll look if flash photography is used! It’s still a beautiful camisole though. I’m just not sure I can wear it often.
11. Halter Top – ★★★★★ – I was really impressed with this halter top! I never had a halter top before, so this is my first one (unless you count halter swimsuits). This is a ribbed ivory/cream colored halter. It’s cropped but not too cropped, and you tie it around your neck. It’s super comfortable to wear and really flattering! The quality is great. From the product listing, you can also get the matching jeans, as seen here.
12. Lace-Up High-Waist Denim Shorts in dark blue – ★★★★☆ – Love these shorts! They’re so comfy and cute, and I love the lace-up details. I knocked off a star because they didn’t come pre-laced, and there were a lot of loose threads. Sizing was accurate and this fit comfortably! You can also tighten it / adjust the size a bit with the lacing (pull it tighter if you want it to be smaller). I am tempted to get another, but I’m not sure if I want one in black or one in light blue…
13.Cutout Shorts – ★★★★☆ – So in my Spring Haul, I got the Cutout-Side Pleated A-Line Skort, but this was not an accurate listing because it was just the overskirt and did not have shorts with it. I got these shorts to go with it, and they match perfectly even though it’s from another set! The quality isn’t the best, but it is cute and comfortable. The material is super stretchy. There’s a side zipper as well.
14. Plaid Pleated Mini Skirt in pink – ★★★★★ – I love this skirt so much! The material is thin and perfect for summer, and it’s actually a skort – it has built-in safety shorts! There’s a side zipper but the material is stretchy too. This skirt comes in different colors too, so if pink isn’t your style, you can choose another color!
16. Gingham Mini Skirt – ★★★★★ – I was really impressed with the quality of this skirt! It’s super stretchy and comfy, and looks very flattering. I love the gingham pattern and ruffle hem. It’s even better quality than the skirts I have from H&M and Forever21.
What are your favorite items from my haul? If you did a haul recently from YesStyle, I’d love to hear about what you got too! Remember: if you’re gonna shop there, be sure to use my code “3PEARLS” to get an additional discount off your entire order!
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Do you remember my blog post where I first introduced these products? I’ve been using these products for about a month now, so I am ready to share my honest review of all 3 products from the I’m From Fig Line. If you’d like to shop at Wishtrend, be sure to use the code “LiLi15” for 15% off your purchase.
Here are the products in the new I’m From Fig line:
The first thing I noticed about the Fig Scrub Mask was it’s delightful fig scent! It smells just like the fig jam I use. It smells natural and relaxing. The container also comes with a plastic spatula.
The scrub has granule-like particles (reminds me of sugar scrubs!). It’s a gentle exfoliant, and when I applied it and gently scrubbed, my skin wasn’t irritated at all. Most scrubs irritate my skin, so I was pleasantly surprised that this scrub did not hurt my skin or cause any redness.
I’ve been using this scrub about once a week, and after I use the scrub, my skin feels fresh, clean, and rejuvenated.
The Fig Boosting Essence comes in a generously sized bottle (150 mL), and it has no scent that I could decipher. The texture is like water, and it feels light and absorbs quickly into the skin.
I apply this after my toner at night, and I apply this first thing in the morning.
The Fig Cleansing Balm has a smooth texture and melts into the skin easily. It removes all my face makeup easily (BB cream, highlighter, blush), and it removes my eyebrow product and lipstick well. It doesn’t remove my eyeliner completely, but it’s easy enough to use an eye makeup remover first and then use this cleansing balm on the rest of my face. It is gentle and feels moisturizing too! I haven’t worn makeup much in the last month, but when I do, I use this balm after I use my eye makeup remover.
The Fig Cleansing Balm comes with a plastic spatula, and one spatula scoop (pictured above) is enough to use to cleanse your whole face. After I use this cleansing balm, I hop in the shower and still use my foaming cleanser as the next cleansing step.
If you want to try these products from Wishtrend, be sure to use the code “LiLi15” for 15% off your purchase!
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Hi everyone! I’m back with a summary of more products I received from Wishtrend. If you’d like to shop at Wishtrend, be sure to use the code “LiLi15” for 15% off your purchase.
The last Wishtrend review I wrote was for the Quad Active Boosting Essence, which I’m still using daily as the second step of my skincare, both mornings and nights. I’m about halfway through the bottle now, and will finish the bottle. Read on to see what I will be trying next…
I recently tried fig jam, and absolutely love it, so it seems fitting that I have a fig based skincare line to try next.
Check out the packaging for these products below:
I’m trying the products from the new fig line first, and will share my thoughts via reviews soon. If you’ve tried any of these products, let me know your thoughts in the comments! I’d also love to hear about your experiences with other products from these brands.
Right now, in celebration of Earth Day, YesStyle is giving away a free tote bag with purchase until April 26 — you can shop beauty here, and use the code “3PEARLS” for an additional discount off your order.
This was my first time trying a product from the K-Beauty brand Beauty of Joseon, and I decided to try the Revitalize Sleeping Mask. Technically, I am using a different sleeping mask daily, but I’ve been applying it as a night cream and not using it as a sleeping mask. Therefore, I have been using the Revitalize Sleeping Mask as an additional layer once in a while when my skin needs more moisture. I waited until I was done with the jar before writing this review.
The beautiful vintage-style packaging caught my eye first! I love the paper cover over the jar, but under the paper cover is an actual lid. It’s also made from sturdy plastic. I’ve accidentally dropped the jar a few times, and it never broke.
This is a sleeping mask, so it is meant to be applied as the last step of your skincare routine at night. This product is advertised as providing its users with brightening and anti-wrinkle benefits, and some ingredients include black soybean, ginseng and orchid extract.
From my experience, the texture is light, cool, and gel-like. It absorbs quickly into the skin, although it feels a bit sticky when first applied. I am not sure if it is fragrance-free, but it does not smell artificial. There is no definitive smell in my personal opinion, and it did not cause any skin irritation. It’s a great sleeping mask for added moisture, but I didn’t notice any brightening benefits.
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This is an essence that is advertised to have anti-inflammatory, anti-pollution, and anti-bacterial effects. It’s formulated with 3 Complex Ingredients (Morus Alba Bark Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Schisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, and Propolis. It also has supporting ingredients Black Tea and Honey to help moisturize the skin.
Here is how the item arrived:
The essence was generously bubble-wrapped for protection, and Wishtrend also included a cute set of Klairs postcards.
The Quad Active Boosting Essence box included instructions for use and an ingredient list in English. This essence is meant to be used after your toner but before your serum. I currently don’t use a serum, so I’m using this essence after my toner but before my moisturizer. My current skincare routine is toner, this essence, eye cream, moisturizer. Sometimes I’ll do a sleeping mask after my moisturizer if my skin is feeling dry, or a sheet mask after my toner for some relaxing self-care.
The container itself is simple and clean. I like that it’s a clear bottle: this makes it easy to see how much product is left. It’s glass, so be careful not to drop it.
Upon opening the bottle, I was pleased to see a seal. With a seal like this, you know that the product is brand new and has not been tampered with. The screw-top cap is also secure and easy to unscrew and screw back on.
The essence itself is super light and feels like water! It absorbs quickly into the skin, and doesn’t have any scent. I tried smelling it directly from the bottle: and nothing. This product would be suitable for sensitive skin, or for people who are sensitive to fragrance and prefer fragrance-free products. I’ve been using this product for over a week now, twice a day (morning and night) and I haven’t noticed any negative reactions. My skin feels moisturized and comfortable, and I look forward to continuing to use this essence. I have an ampoule I want to try, and I may add that ampoule in after this essence.
At the end of last year, Wishtrend revamped their website! They sent me a Fresh Box to review, and after it got lost in the mail a bit, I finally got the box. Wishtrend is an online K-beauty store that sells brands like Klairs (which they acquired), I’m From, Skin & LAB, COSRX, and more.
It’s been a long time since I’ve collaborated with Wishtrend, so I’m excited to revisit this online shop! Do you remember when I reviewed the Klairs Moisture Rescue skincare line? That was back in 2015. If you want to shop the revamped website, use the coupon code “MAR10” for 10% off.
Now, onto the Fresh Box opening:
The branding of the box is so cute! Back in 2015, items were shipped in a plain cardboard box. Now, the inside of the cardboard box has the Wishtrend brand printed all over. All the boxed beauty products were bubble-wrapped, and sheet masks were in the reusable fabric pouch on top. Nothing was damaged!
In addition to beauty products, Wishtrend sent me a pen, sticky note pad, and stickers! These were a cute surprise.
Jolse selected 30 bloggers to review either the AMERICANO or LATTE MASK sheets from brand HIDDENCOS. I selected to review the latte mask sheet in the hopes that it wouldn’t have a strong coffee scent. I assume Americano would be more harsh in the coffee department, right?
The premium arabica coffee extract provides rich moisture and nutrition to the tired skin.
Anti-aging adenosine and whitening niacinamide tends the skin clear and elastic.
Patented Phyto Oligo ingredient protects and tends the skin smooth with moisture.
The package came in a bubble mailer. If you’ve purchased from Jolse before, you’ll know they package their items really well! I’ve never received damaged items from them before.
There were 5 sheets to use, so several opportunities to experience this new Latte mask.
I never drink coffee, but I do like the smell of lattes even though I don’t drink them. When I opened the first sheet mask package, I was surprised by the strong latte scent. It was a sweet scent, reminding me of a mocha frappucino. The scent was a bit off-putting at first since it was so strong, but when I placed it on my face, the essence felt lush and I quickly got used to the scent.
Most sheet masks are relaxing, but this one was exciting and invigorating! Perhaps it’s that sweet coffee scent that wakes you up…! Too bad I don’t have time to use this sheet mask in the morning.
We can’t forget to talk about the packaging. Look how cute it is! I love how it looks like a cute to-go cup for a coffee. The packages were easy to tear open too; I never had a problem opening them up. After using two of these sheet masks in the same week, I noticed my skin felt more moisturized despite its exposure to harsh New York City wind and cold.
Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Have you ever tried any Hiddencos products? I’d love to hear about your experiences!
Jolse sent me three of the Rivecowe Bubble Mask Packs! On the Jolse website, this mask is described as “A bubble carbonic mask pack that eliminates body wastes and tends the skin moist.” What I think they mean is this: this mask pack cleans your skin and pores and will not strip your skin of moisture. Jolse also states this: “The oxygen bubbles should cleanse the make-ups clean while tending the skin.”
On CosDNA, you can check out the ingredients in this product. The list is mostly safe, with a few ingredients that are possible irritants. I didn’t notice any negative reactions from using this product though, and my skin can be sensitive. This is my first time trying a Rivecowe product, and it’s also my first time trying a bubble mask.
Since this mask is meant to cleanse makeup as well, I used the Rivecowe Bubble Mask Pack before showering. I didn’t have much makeup on since I used it after work (I only had tinted moisturizer on), but it was worth seeing if it would clean that off. Generally, I use a face wipe first, then an oil cleanser, and then a foam cleanser.
When I first ripped open the package, I noticed bubbles already forming! This was surprising. It was difficult at first for me to unfold the mask since it was stuck tightly together, but I was able to open it up without damaging the mask itself. I placed it on my face, and was relieved to see the holes fit relatively well. The bubbles formed very quickly, and grew in volume!
Using a timer, I kept the mask on for five minutes. I could hear the bubbling noises, which was a bit disorienting but also quite fun! There was also something relaxing about chilling with a bubbling mask on my face. The bubble noises seemed to get louder over time, but I wonder if that was in my imagination.
There is fragrance contained in this product, but it was mild (which I like!). I’m glad the smell wasn’t overpowering. I was comfortable keeping this mask on for five minutes, although when the bubbles got really big, they started getting into my nose (and I was paranoid about them getting into my eyes). I was all good though!
After I took off the mask, there were some remaining bubbles on my face.
I simply rinsed off the bubbles, and then I noticed that my skin felt a little tight, but it did feel clean. The tightness wasn’t a bad feeling though! It didn’t feel dry.
All in all, this was a fun experience and I’d definitely use these masks again! I don’t know how effective they would be to clean off actual makeup. I’m also way too lazy to ever use this as part of my skincare routine, but it’s definitely something I’ll keep in mind to do once in a while. I would recommend this product to people who want a fun cleansing experience!
Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Have you ever tried this type of mask? Have you tried any other products from Rivecowe? I’d love to hear about your experiences!
This was my second time attending KCON (I should probably write a throwback post about my first time…), and again, I attended for only one day. The difference here is I attended in 2016 for Friday only, but this year, I only went on Saturday. I knew I wanted to go on Saturday because TWICE was performing that night and that’s the group I was at the con for. My friend Ashley went on Saturday too, and she was there for NCT 127, so it worked out. We got to sit next to each other at the concert as well!
Photo taken by Brian Ngai
For the actual con, we got there pretty late (in the afternoon). I’m not sure how bad the lines were in the morning, but for us, the lines weren’t too long of a wait. The only problem we encountered was trying to find the area where we could pick up our wristbands (which are like badges for entry). The wristbands were really secure, so no worries about losing your “badge!”
During the con, it was fun learning some of Twice’s Signal dance at the dance workshop area. Signal was stuck in my head basically all day… but I didn’t mind at all. It’s such a cute and catchy song (and all the hearts in the dance are too adorable)! Ashley and I also got to sample yummy Korean snacks and beverages in the K-Food section.
We also browsed the K-beauty vendors (I didn’t buy anything, but I did get some free samples). The Innisfree booth was pretty generous with samples, and there was also a claw machine you could play to try to win full-size products. Claw machines were definitely a trend, since I also saw (a gigantic) one at the Toyota booth.
Photo taken by Brian Ngai
For lunch (or I guess “linner” since we ate lunch at like 4pm), we got food from the food trucks. I had fried dumplings, a Korean fusion taco thingy, and a refreshing yuzu fruity iced tea. Afterwards, I couldn’t resist getting a butterfly pea flower bubble tea with lychee jelly. Everything was delicious (although pricey).
Before sharing my concert experience, I might as well share my outfit rundown (even though it isn’t j-fashion):
Flower crown headband: a gift from my friend Arien
Earrings: purchased from KCON 2016!
Top: Offbrand (literally picked up from a random street vendor near where I live)
Shorts: Delia’s (got this forever ago, when there was a Delia’s store in the mall I used to go to in New Hampshire with my family)
Waiting in line for the concert felt like waiting forever (especially in the heat), but Ashley and I made some new friends. It’s cool how Kpop brings strangers together! We chatted about Kpop, but also about anime and travel among other things. Once we got inside the concert venue, I could really feel the excited energy from everyone there.
The concert itself was amazing! Even though I was only there for Twice, all the performances were impressive and I had fun watching all of the guests.
I zoomed in with my phone and recorded lots of snippets during the concerts (and sometimes watched through my phone to see somewhat better). I was grateful to the screens at the back so I could see close-ups and such!
I freaked out when Twice had their special stage! They covered one of my favorite Miss A songs, Bad Girl Good Girl. Click here to check out my fancam! I recorded a ton of fancams even though I was sitting really far from the stage. My iPhone did a fairly good job at zooming in!
There was SO MUCH CONFETTI AND STREAMERS at this concert. I feel bad for whoever has to clean up the venue afterwards… Even though I sat way up in the area for cheaper seats, confetti still managed to land around me.
When I left the concert, I even found some of the small pieces of confetti in my KCON bag.
If you followed me on Twitter during KCON, you would have seen me live-tweeting throughout the concert. After the concert ended, I stuck around a bit to snag the following photo:
Last but not least, here’s my loot from KCON 2017:
Most of the stuff was free, which is definitely a plus! Not pictured is a free baseball cap I got from AT&T which had the finger heart gesture on the front (and cool silvertone rings on the side of the brim). I forgot to include it in my haul photo since I was wearing it on this day and it totally slipped my mind. Fun fact: I first discovered the finger heart gesture on V App!
Here are the cosmetic samples I got from Innisfree:
I haven’t had the chance to try any of them yet, but I look forward to checking them out! Right now, the sunblock I’m using on my face is from Innisfree. Have any of you guys tried Innisfree products?
If you went to KCON 2017, I’d love to hear your experience! Feel free to share via comments.