Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Pretty and Cute Review

Hello my darlings.

I thought that I would share my recent purchases from Pretty & Cute. For those who don't know, Pretty & Cute is a company based in Oregon, USA that sells Korean and Japanese cosmetics.

I want to start by saying that their customer service is wonderful. They are polite, knowledgeable about the products they sell, and quick to respond to questions and concerns.

Another thing I really like about the company is the fact that they have free shipping within the U.S. on orders $50 and over. When they send a package out, your items are well packed with styrofoam peanuts to insure that nothing gets damaged. And even the free shipping is fast!

Pretty & Cute also has some great special offers that you can take advantage of! You get a free sample with EVERY purchase, regardless of how much you buy. They give a free (random) gift with orders over $39 and you can get 2 free face masks with a purchase of $65 or more. (Be sure to check the link I've provided for more details.

So, the first order I made was a small one. I bought Holika Holika Milky Veil Pore Cover BB SPF30 PA++ and Holika Holika: Milky Veil Oil Zero Powder.
This was my very first BB cream and I love it. It's so much better that traditional foundations; it's lightweight and it helps to keep my skin clear and soft. I was a little concerned that you couldn't select a shade to match your skintone, but the shade was perfect for me.
The powder came as a bit of a surprise. It was pure white, but when I put it on it doesn't make me look "powdery". Both of these products do what they are supposed to and I really like them, however I would like to experiment with other products and brands of BB cream.

My second order mostly consisted of things that I was buying for my best friend but I got a few things for myself. I got Face Q Red Pomegranate + CoQ10 Mask, FaceQ Grape Seed + Green Tea Mask and Crystal Band Top Or Bottom Lashes.
I've only used the Grape Seed and Green Tea mask so far and it made my skin so soft ^^ I was a little disappointed when I saw the lashes though. One side looks thicker and fuller than the other, but maybe they will look better once I have them on.
 I ended up getting a super cute pair of lashes as my free gift and the sample I got with this order was Holika Holika Water March Moisture Pink Full Cream.

My third order also included things for another friend of mine but it was mostly for me. I got 2 Etude House: Toilet Kitty O'Day, one in Cutie Tropical and the other in Tender Powder, ElishaCoy: Vitamin Pore Cleanser (Mini), Holika Holika: Snow White Magic Film Mask Sheet, and Lioele: Perfect Jumbo Concealer.
The Hello Kitty perfumes are so cute and they have very light scent that won't overpower. The pore cleanser from Elisha Coy is ok, but it dries me out way too much. It would be suitable for someone with very oily skin rather than someone with slightly oily skin like mine. And I really like the concealer! It does a much better job at covering blemishes and redness than any drugstore makeup I've tried (Cover Girl, Neutrogena, etc.), but I can't really say how it compares to to higher end brands like Lancome or Clinique because I've never tried them.
For my free gift I got another pair of lashes. I also took advantage of the "2 free mask" offer and they sent me Holika Holika Cherry Blossoms Essence Mask Sheet and Holika Holika Pearl Essence Mask Sheet. And as my sample I chose Holika Holika Praha Blossom Skin, and I will definitely be getting the full size as soon as it's back in stock. It cleans all the oil and gunk from my face without making it feel tight or "over cleansed".

So, needless to say, I'm very pleased with everything that I've ordered and will be making several more purchases in the near future.

I would love to hear about your favorite foreign beauty products.

Until next time!
<3 Aina

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Angelic Pretty Dream Fantasy Lucky Pack

Hello, lovely readers <3

I just got my Angelic Pretty Lucky Pack. I ordered the Dream Fantasy Jumperskirt Set in Pink from the San Francisco site. They sold out in under a minute, so I feel very fortunate and thankful to have gotten one.

Anyway, onto the pictures!

It came in a large brown box and when I opened it up...

A large angelic pretty tote bag! This bag really is much bigger than it looks. It's actually the perfect size for an overnight bag or even as a carry-on for those long plane trips.
So, I opened the bag and found each item individually wrapped in plastic.

The blouse! It's a simple white blouse, not a lot of detail, but still very cute. And the ribbons are detachable. Unfortunately, it doesn't fit me very well, especially in the shoulders, so I'll probably sell it.

And the purse :D I LOVE this purse so much. It's soft and it will go with most of my other dresses. I wish it was a little bigger though XD

The super cute headbow. The lace is nice.

Those socks *_* They are so soft... and that little bunny! 

My beloved JSK <3 It's perfection. The bow isn't detachable, but the waist ties are.

The back has shirring.

And the print! It reminds me of Milky Planet, but cuter because of the little sleeping bunnies <3

I'm very happy I decided to get one this year. In my opinion, it's one of the cutest prints Angelic Pretty has ever released. 
If any of you got lucky packs (from any brand, lolita or not) I would love to hear about it :3
<3 Aina

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Mini review of Gothic Lolita Wigs

Hello, my loves!

I just wanted to say happy new year to the people that read my blog.

And I've finally decided to post a picture of myself. I'm not wearing lolita or anything special, but I am wearing a wig from Gothic Lolita Wigs.

Yep, that's me XD 

Anyway, this was the first wig that I've ever purchased and I love it. It's very soft and the curls hold well. It's a little hard to style, but that's probably because I've never really worked with wigs before. The quality is so much better than "costume wigs" like the ones stores sell at Halloween, so it looks more natural.

A few days after I got my wig in the mail, I went out and bought a wig brush and a wide tooth comb so that I can maintain it properly. I also purchased a different wig cap because I don't really like the one that they sent with the wig; It kept sliding off my head and it was a little uncomfortable.

All in all, I am very pleased with the product, the service and the shipping speed.

Let's make 2013 a great year.