Cosmetic-Love is a pretty big online shop that deals with Korean beauty products mainly. They sell heaps of genuine and recognised brands in Korea such as Laneige, Etude House, Tony Moly, Missha, Skinfood, innisfree, The Face Shop and more. This allows international fans of k-beauty to purchase products from the top brands. They also share information and updates on various social networking sites, so it might be worth your while to check them out and follow them if you wish (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Blogger)
Currently, Cosmetic-Love is having a huge sale with discounts on every item! Furthermore, their original prices aren't even too expensive so it's a good place to stock up if your on a budget. The site is very easy to navigate and there are lots of easy ways to get free things (reward program, blogger opportunities, with every purchase and poll rewards!)
Honestly, it took a while to get this product to me, but luckily, they emailed me beforehand to notify me of delays so at least I was prepared for it. A great thing to note about shipping is that economy shipping is free worldwide and they post 1 business day after receiving payment. Personally, I love anything that has free shipping so this is a giant positive for me.I was super pleased with the condition that the product came in. It was really well protected; bubble wrap and foam pieces! In addition, I was sent all these little samples which I was very happy about and have used by now :) Just a little heads up, the skinfood cream smells reaally nice and brightens well, whilst the super aqua cream is moisturising and lasts for a long time on the skin. Plus, you receive a nice, bright business card of theirs which really attracts me to their website.
The Sweet Recipe Candy Stick is $7.54 on Cosmetic-Love site and comes in 3 different flavours: Strawberry, Orange and Lemon. In the picture below, you can see the different swatches and read some more information on the products (but only if you can read Korean. Otherwise, like me, just enjoy the pretty pictures).
I chose the Orange flavour because I wanted something that would really stand out, and be that happy medium between the strawberry and lemon shades. It came to me heavily protected with bubble wrap and I must say, the packaging is SO cute! Etude House is pretty well-known for their adorable packaging and they do not disappoint here! The candy cane shape is very sweet and perfectly reflects that Sweet Recipe theme of the collection.
But here are some nice pictures of my journey to tinted lips using the Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Stick in Orange:
1. So firstly, I concealed my lips using a DiorSkin Sculpt concealer. You can also conceal lips using proper nude lipstick or even the Etude House Cotton Fit BB Cream which I've seen some bloggers do (and it works really well!)
2. Then I used the Sweet Recipe Candy Stick as a BASE colour for my lips. I applied it carefully and not just all over my lips. In fact, I left the corners of the upper lip nude to achieve an Angelababy lip look. This is so my mouth appears smaller, but more full and emphasises on cupid bow lips.
(On a side note, this is why I need Youtube and videoes. It's so difficult to explain the method to achieving this look!)
3. Then, finally, I used a red lipstick and applied it to ONLY the inner parts of my lips. This is the key part of achieving tinted lips. I blended the two colours by dabbing the red with my fingers and spreading it outwards. Also, to finish add a layer of clear lipgloss so your lips don't look too dry from all that product on it!
So overall thoughts on this product? There are a ton of good points on this lip stick, but there are also a few little things that I didn't really love.
Here are the ratings I would give:
The effect of the candy stick was really nice in that it moisturises the lips and smelt just like oranges. I really liked that natural sheen it gave me as well, however it didn't appear to be as bright as the stock photo and it doesn't stand out as much as I'd like it to.
This is the true downfall of the product. At first, I was super happy with this since everything functioned properly. But the actual application is quite faint and after a few times of using it, the stick no longer winds back down again. Instead I have to push the makeup part back into the tube now, and that really gets me grossed out because I hate touching lip products with my hands for fear of the lipstick getting dirty.
I ADORE the packaging! What more can I say about it? It's so cute and sweet looking :)
I find this product really cheap, as Etude House products generally are. Plus, right now there is a 10% discount on it at the Cosmetic-Love site which makes it even more affordable.
The Candy Stick was pretty great and I'd use it daily, however I'm not sure if I'd opt to buying this again, since I have experienced quite a few problems with it :(
But I've had a great experience with Cosmetic-Love and I'm very glad that they chose to send me this product. They're a wonderfully ranged store where I'm sure you can find anything to suit your beauty needs :) Thank you for sponsoring me!
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