I recently decided to satisfy my lust for new Korean skin care and beauty products with a massive Gmarket haul. (Okay, maybe not massive, but the bill was not a small one.) Although shipping from Korea to the U.S. can be a bit pricey, Gmarket does offer sales on certain beauty brands that you can check at their monthly beauty calendar.
Here's the huge EMS box my haul came in. It was like Christmas (in the summer)!
Most of the items are safely packaged in bubble wrap to make the journey across the world.
Here's the beautiful unveiling! I get all googly-eyed looking at this, hehe. The majority of my purchase were from Etude House 에뛰드하우스 직영샵 and It's Skin 잇츠스킨숍, which had a 30% sale at the time. Both brands have mini shops on GMarket so you can buy directly from the companies, as opposed to sellers.
Etude House Precious Mineral Sun BB Cream in 03 Sand Beige. This is their latest BB cream that was just released and promoted this summer. It has a slightly cool feeling on the skin, SPF 50+/PA+++ and also a matte finish. I'm liking it so far and will review it later this month.
Etude House Skin Mal:gem - Smoother. Malgem 맑음 is "the Korean word for cleanness, clarity and pureness," and Skin Mal:gem is a series of toners in different types. Smoother is the exfoliation toner.
Etude House Skin Mal:gem -Essential.This type is the "oil balance moisture care freshener." This toner contains olive fruit oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and multiple fruit extracts. You can see the oily layer that you need to mix with the watery layer by shaking the bottle before use.
Etude House Dear My Blooming Cheek in PK001 and OR202. I haven't tried these yet (I don't like to use beauty products until I've photographed them for my blog, hehe) but I just wanted to comment that PK001, on the left, is more pink or warm than the cool tone in the picture below.
Etude House also included a Skin Mal:gem kit with samples of Skin Mal:gem Smoother and Skin Mal:gem Deep Moisture Freshener. I'm looking forward to trying the Deep Moist which is intended for dry skin.
I also received a medium-sized pink cosmetics bag from Etude House.
It's Skin Prestige Creme D'Escargot Snail Cream. I've read nothing but positive reviews about this snail mucin cream and really want to give it a try once I'm done with my Etude House Darling Cream. This is a much pricier snail cream so I'm curious to see if it will yield more impressive results.
It's Skin Macaron Lip Balm in Apple and Strawberry. Aigoo...these were so hard to photograph since my camera really picks up light reflection, so the plastic looks much shinier than it does in person. However, without the plastic cases, these adorable lip balm pots look like macarons!
It's Skin Macaron Lip Balm in Pineapple. I didn't realize Gmarket was still having a promotion of either a free Holika Holika Lip Gloss or It's Skin Macaron Lip Balm! If I did, maybe I would have only purchased one instead of two, hehe. Still, I'm not complaining. =)
I also received these samples of It's Skin UV Away Perfect Sun Block, SPF 50+/PA+++.
As a non-beauty-related item, I purchased this pair of cute, light beige wedge heels. They were only about $18, not bad right?
It's a wee bit tight on me (me and my wide duck feet, wahhhh), but I really like the color as well as the style.
And lastly...not beauty, skin care or fashion-related...but still "fun" for me: Korean Grammar books!!
Okay, maybe not that exciting, but I'm happy because I can continue to study Korean on my own now.
I'm looking forward to playing with all of my new goodies and will report back with my thoughts on everything! I also have some new pairs of circle lenses that I will be reviewing soon.
I hope you're all having a lovely week!