ELF Matte Lip Collection: Collector's Edition ♡ ft. 12 Shades of ELF's Best Selling Matte Lip Colors

ELF Matte Lip Collection: 12 Best-Selling ELF Matte Lip Colors

Today I am sharing with you swatches of the ELF Matte Lip Collection that I have recently purchased, despite swearing that I would never buy ELF Cosmetics again due to some very horrible experience in the past. 

I decided to give it another chance as ELF Cosmetics' prices are always so temping, plus their Matte Lip Color is actually amazing stuff. So in my recent order I bought the ELF Matte Lip Collection in the Collector's Edition and it features 12 of the best-selling ELF Matte Lip Colors. 

ELF Matte Lip Collection: 12 Best-Selling ELF Matte Lip Colors

ELF Matte Lip Collection retailed for USD $30.00, unfortunately the set is no longer available to purchase as there were only 500 sets available, but the matte lipsticks included are available to purchase individually and it is retailed for USD $3.00 each.

ELF Matte Lip Collection: 12 Best-Selling ELF Matte Lip Colors
ELF Matte Lip Collection: 12 Best-Selling ELF Matte Lip Colors
ELF Matte Lip Collection: 12 Best-Selling ELF Matte Lip Colors
ELF Matte Lip Collection: 12 Best-Selling ELF Matte Lip Colors



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Korean Kiwi Beauty Haul + Online Store Review ♡ ft. Lash Serum, Milk Mask Sheet, Alice in Wonderland Eyeshadow & Lip Pencil Set

Korean Kiwi Beauty Haul

I have been buying Korean beauty products from eBay for years, but lately it has come to my attention that some of the prices isn't as affordable anymore compared to some NZ based companies that sells similar items. So when I asked for NZ based K-beauty stores recommendations, a few bloggers has recommended Korean Kiwi Beauty.

Since this is my first time shopping from Korean Kiwi Beauty, I will be sharing with you my first impression of the products I have purchased, my overall shopping experience, price comparison with other K-beauty online stores / eBay prices, payments option and delivery.

HAUL & FIRST IMPRESSION

 Korean Kiwi Beauty Haul
Korean Kiwi Beauty Haul

 BEYOND ALICE IN GLOW CREAM SHADOW

If I remember it correctly, Beyond x Alice in Wonderland is a pretty old collection and I think it was launched sometimes in 2015. 

I remember that this collection was rather hard to get my hands on because non of the regular online stores I buy from stocks the brand Beyond and the ones being sold on eBay is double the price expensive. So when I saw that Korean Kiwi Beauty stocks these cream shadows it got me really excited! 

Beyond Alice in Glow Cream Shaodw in #03 Grapefruit Squeeze looks like a gorgeous shimmery peachy coral in the pot and when I did a arm swatch, the color shown up on skin as a light shimmery pink; but when I applied it on my eyelid, it shown up as almost clear with lots of shimmer. It has a grainy texture and it didn't apply too well either with fingers or with a makeup brush. The eyeshadow doesn't stick too well on skin and I find that it's better used as a glitter topper. 

PRICE COMPARISON
 Korean Kiwi Beauty - NZD $15.00 
 eBay Seller Rinishop - USD $10.29 (approx NZD $14.23)


 ETUDE HOUSE MY LASH SERUM

I have read a lot of reviews which many people claims that the Etude House My Lash Serum made their eyelashes softer, shiner and longer within one week of usage. Although my eyelashes are quite healthy, I still wanted to try this serum in hopes that my eyelashes grows longer so that when I curl my lashes with an eyelashe curler, they stay up.


PRICE COMPARISON
 Korean Kiwi Beauty - NZD $7.00
 Etude House Official - USD $5.90 (approx NZD $8.26)
 eBay Seller F2Plus1 - USD $4.99 (approx NZD $6.90)

 Korean Kiwi Beauty Haul
 Korean Kiwi Beauty Haul
Korean Kiwi Beauty Haul
Korean Kiwi Beauty Haul

 PERIPERA INK LIP PENCIL SET

PeriPera Ink Lip Pencil Set features a trendy graffiti theme tin case and the set contains eight lip pencils in nude, brown, pink, red and purple shades.

These lip pencils claims to be highly pigmented with a velvety smooth finish that glides on the lips softly and effortlessly. They are the twist-up type of lip pencils, so there is no need to worry about sharpening the pencils.

I find that majority of the shades are pigmented and each of them leaves a slight stain when wiped off with a makeup remover cloth. The texture is velvety smooth and soft as it claims and it glides on the lips without tugging. The only thing that really bothers me about these is that the pencils snaps so easily upon application!

PRICE COMPARISON
 Korean Kiwi Beauty - NZD $30.00
 eBay Seller RoseRoseShop - USD $18.87 (approx NZD $26.48)

Korean Kiwi Beauty Haul

 A'PIEU MILK ONE PACK MASK SHEETS

A'Pieu Milk One Pack Mask Sheet is available in seven kinds and I bought the Strawberry one for brightening effect and the Coffee one for firming effect. I have also received the Chocolate one as a free gift and it works as a smoothing effect.

This is one of those mask sheet that I tried and instantly see result! My face was glowing after I used the chocolate mask sheet, it also smells like coconut which got me so obsessed!

PRICE COMPARISON
 Korean Kiwi Beauty - NZD $2.50
 RoseRoseShop - USD $0.73 (approx NZD $1.04)

PAYMENTS OPTION

Korean Kiwi Beauty accepts credit cards and direct bank deposit payments.

I feel that I have to especially mention their payments option because nowadays online stores rarely allows the bank deposit option, even those stores based in New Zealand.

Sometimes it becomes a hassle if I am unable to pay via credit cards and the stores doesn't accepts bank transfer and I'm left here hanging... like... "I want my order but I can't pay via credit card, so what do I do now?!".

DELIVERY

Korean Kiwi Beauty was quick to dispatch my order despite paying via internet banking between different banks.

I placed my order on Sunday afternoon at around 4 pm and on Monday morning at 8 am I have received an email with a tracking number to inform that my parcel has been dispatched! My parcel arrived on Wednesday, all well packed and nothing came missing or damaged.

Shipping is free on all orders within NZ, no minimum order rules unless if you order sheet masks only. They also offers delivery to Australia.


OVERALL

Korean Kiwi Beauty stocks a lot of brands, but they don't have a wide selection of products and I find that majority of the products they stocks are items that you rarely hear about. So some of the products could be Limited Edition collections that was launched years ago, or they could be the products that has been in the market for years, but no one raves about them.

My overall shopping experience with Korean Kiwi Beauty is great! As you would know that customer service is one of the most important things to me when it comes to shopping online or in-store, if the seller is rude or unprofessional, it's likely that I would walk off or never return again.

As stated in the price comparison under each products, Korean Kiwi Beauty's prices is not expensive compared to eBay and other international online stores. Most of the time eBay is cheaper in their pricing, but you would have to wait weeks to receive your parcel, and while Korean Kiwi Beauty is a few dollars extra, they do arrive in less than a week! Also, I wanted to compare Korean Kiwi Beauty prices to other NZ based K-Beauty online stores too, but they don't stock the items I featured in this haul, so I'm going to have to wait until I bought an item that all the stores stocks to be able to compare the prices.


have you shopped from Korean Kiwi Beauty?
what is your favourite Korean beauty online store?

Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick ♡ Review + Swatches

Today I am sharing with you my review of the Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect. This lipstick was my first ever purchase from the brand and it is what made me fell heavily in love with Charlotte Tilbury's beauty products.

Although Bitch Perfect is not the best lipstick out there and it's not my absolute favourite; I find that the overall performance, the quality, the packaging and the luxurious feel of the product makes up for the high price I paid for and it is worth every penny spent.

Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick

CHARLOTTE TILBURY
BITCH PERFECT LIPSTICK

Charlotte Tilbury described her signature K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick range as happiness in a tube, it features a tropical plant called The Lipstick Tree which helps to protect your lips from UV damage and fighting oxidative stress so that lips are left soft, soothed and hydrated. 

The K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick has a color-rich formula that glides smoothly over the contours of the lips without bleeding or feathering and it contains light-diffusing pigments that capture and reflect light for a full-bodied effect, which means the lipstick will deliver that fully-plumped lips look with a luminous, multidimensional finish. 

Charlotte Tilbury's signature K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick range is available in ten luminous shades to suit any skin tone, with color selection from backstage nudes to red carpet reds.

Bitch Perfect is described as a coral pink with a cream finish.

Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick

PACKAGING

The K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick is housed in a heavy-weighted textured rose gold tube that looks simple yet luxurious. It has the CT logo engraved on the top of the cap and the lipstick name is printed and stuck on the bottom of the lipstick. I really like that the tube is sturdy and the cap is able to shut tightly without being hard to pull open, so when I throw it in my handbag, the cap doesn't come loose and smear all over inside the bag.


Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick

TEXTURE

Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick has a grainy texture that doesn't feel smooth upon application, but it isn't uncomfortable to apply either. I am unsure if it's just Bitch Perfect, or other shades in the range has this grainy consistency too. 

FORMULA

Although Bitch Perfect has a grainy and not so smooth texture, it has a creamy formula that feels very comfortable to wear during the day. The formula is a little thick and it feels slightly heavy upon the first hour of wear, but as the day wears on, it feels more and more comfortable on the lips.

I find that Bitch Perfect wears differently depends on the condition of your lips. Dried chapped lips or smooth exfoliated lips, either way, the lipstick goes on beautifully, it doesn't emphasize dry patches or sink into lip lines even if your lips is in the worst condition. I do find that when you have chapped lips, it feels slightly drying during wear and when you have prep your lips beforehand, it feels a lot more moisturizing.

Charlotte Tilbury has suggested to wear the Bitch Perfect Lipstick with their matching Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pink Venus and since I don't own that color, I have sometimes worn it with their Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk. With or without lip liner, Bitch Perfect wears nicely without bleeding outside the lip line throughout the day.

Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick

PIGMENTATION

Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick is very pigmented, the color shows up on my light to medium skin tone as a soft peachy pink and it also delivers a pumped luminous look.

LONGEVITY

The longest I have worn Bitch Perfect is up to six hours, I drink and had little snacks in between.

On the day that I have fried chicken for lunch, Bitch Perfect only worn for four hours.

Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick is not transfer-proof, so the lip color does transfer badly onto cups and food, but it doesn't bother me.


have you tried Charlotte Tilbury makeup?
what is your favourite products from Charlotte Tilbury?