Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Etude House and Gmarket Haul

Hi everyone! Wow, a whole month has flown by since my last post. I truly apologize that I haven't had time to post as often as I'd like. Please understand and I will try to post whenever I can, although it will probably be very infrequent compared to before.

This past month, Etude House had a 30% off winter sale! Korean brands like Etude House have their own mini shops on Gmarket (search for 에뛰드하우스★직영샵). I try to check Gmarket's beauty calendar at the beginning of every month to see which brands are having sales. Another thing I do is follow Facebook pages for Korean beauty brands like Etude House, because if the brand is having a sale in Korea, often it will also have the same sale on Gmarket! Shopping the sales can be a great way to accommodate the shipping costs, especially for the U.S.

Here is my beautiful haul! It looks small but took a lot of thought and will power to only buy what was "necessary," keke.



The small item in front is the Etude House Drawing Eye Brow pencil in 01 Dark Brown. I forgot to take pictures of it so I'll have to update another time when I do. I'm looking forward to using it once I do since I've read good things about it.

I'd been dying to dye my hair (get it? keke), and eying the Etude House Bubble Hair Coloring. I've scoured over the internet and have seen very mixed reviews, but the Korean price is so affordable and I've yet to try a bubble hair dye, so I'm willing to take the chance! However, funny thing happened...once I bought the dye, I decided to go ahead and keep my natural black hair for just a little bit longer. The color I choose is #7 Mocha Pink, which I know won't give me results as light or dramatic as the color on the box but probably a medium-dark brown with a slight pinkish tint. I bought two boxes just in case one isn't enough for my long hair, and if it is, so that I'll have a second box ready for touch up when my roots grow out.


I really like the Etude House Skin Mal:gem toners I'd gotten from my last Gmarket haul, so I went ahead and got two more from the line. The line is very affordable and the first two work very well for me. They can also be used with sheet masks or as moisturizing sprays. This time I got the Moist and Deep Moist varieties, which are for dry and very dry skin types. I'm hoping these will be very helpful for the dry winter season.



I needed a new facial cleanser since I was almost out of my Innisfree one, so I decided to try this Etude House Baking Powder Cleansing Foam - Moist. It's really inexpensive and unlike most Asian facial cleansing foams, it doesn't dry my skin at all! That's a nice surprise and also a relief since the weather is starting to get cold here and my skin will become more dry and less combination (oily in t-zone). I'm quite happy with it and wouldn't mind buying it again in the future.


The cutest item in my haul! It's from Etude House's new Missing You Hand Cream line. This season it's called "I Believe I Can Fly" and features birds. I got the Kakapo, which is a parrot (I did not know that until now!). The scent is apple and it smells yummy! Not like a real apple but more like apple candy. To be honest, I chose this one out of the four because I love the color (mint color has been my favorite lately/this past year). To be honest, I kind of want to get all four! But I know that's a little excessive because I don't need them.


Continuation of my love for mint color! I finally upgraded my 3gs iPhone and got the 4s (wasn't impressed with the 5), so I needed a new case. I found this adorable ribbon bunny ear case and love it! The pink heart has a suction on its back so that it can be used as a stand, but truthfully it doesn't work well.


I also got this Ardium iPhone case, which I'd seen on Shop N' Chomp's blog. It wasn't my original intention to get the same case as hers, but when I'd browsed through Ardium's selection, I narrowed it down between this one and the same one but with inverted colors (mint outside, peachy pink inside). I chose this one since I get to look at the pretty mint color inside, keke.





Can you tell I really love it? hehe Well, I probably wouldn't have a reason to post all those pictures of it in any other post, keke.

Ahhhhh shopping for Korean products really makes me miss Korea. I wish I could take another trip there again soon! Until then, at least I can shop on Gmarket, keke.

I hope everyone has been doing well and had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Christmas is fast approaching! I can only imagine how busy everyone will be with the holidays and end of the year coming. I hope to share some reviews with you in the upcoming months! Miss you all. ♥

23 comments:

  1. Welcome back! I'm glad to see you posting again!
    BTW those are some great Gmarket tips, I've seen Gmarket before but it was always so intimidating to navigate, but your tips really help a lot, from there I can find products I'm looking for easily ^_^

    I like that you describe your first impressions of the products you haul instead of just throw a few pictures up, I feel like I learned something. ^_^

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  2. Aw thank you, Tiffany! Gmarket can be very overwhelming! To be honest, I spend a lot of time nitpicking through my shopping cart before placing an order, because I want to get the best value when factoring in shipping costs, hehe. I hope you'll feel more comfortable navigating Gmarket and finding what you're looking for!

    Ah hopefully in the future I can write reviews for the products that would be helpful, but it's nice to be able to write posts like this where I can briefly share how much I like something like the hand cream and iPhone cases. =)

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  3. OMG! you make me feel like buying the casing. I got the bunny in pink. But when I see yours, I feel like want to collect them all! haha. anyway, nice haul. pls do a review on the items you bought. Thanks! :)
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  4. I love everything u bought :D I bought the mal:gem before and loved it.. didn't know where to get it as I got it from the Philippines.. Now I know where and thank you :D I love your iPhone case too.

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  5. OMG how cute is that cell phone case :) And the hand cream...Korean products have way better packaging than in the States!

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  6. Your haul is amazing!!!>__< I really love Etude House and know that in Gmarket and the prices are quite affordable but I have never encouraged to buy something because of the high cost of shipping u.u
    Thank you so much for this tips!^^
    And I hope you have a nice day!

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  7. really want to try Etude House Skin Mal:gem *-*
    and your ribbon case is very cute! ^_^ like this color as well hehe

    http://anya-jang.blogspot.com/

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  8. Your tips help me get started on Gmarket, thank you. At least know one or two things now, I'll just have to start picking up a little Korean. I'm the same way as you with picking over the cart. Also, I'll sometimes save my cart and look at it again a day later just to make sure I want to get everything, and I'll experiment with what adds more shipping (everything is different, sometimes they go by price sometimes by weight). I also compare prices before I buy too ^_^ OBSESSED!

    I was glad you posted, you're one of my favorite bloggers because I think your taste is so in line with mine ^_^

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  9. cute and lovely hauls! I love shopping at gmarket too ^_~

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  10. Lol I know what you mean! I also think the ribbon bunny in pink is cute! And the Ardium cases didn't have an option of all mint colored, so I was tempted to get the one that has peachy pink outside and mint inside. ^_^ I'll def try to put up some reviews of the beauty products!

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  11. Aw thanks Iyah! The Skin Mal:gems are awesome! Did you post all of your hauls from your Asia trip already? I can't wait to see all of the cute cases you get for your iPhone too! You have the 5 now, right?

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  12. Ah I totally agree, especially when it comes to their affordable products like cell phone cases and drugstore packaging! I'm such a sucker for cute packaging. =)

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  13. Aw thank you! I know what you mean. It takes me quite a while to figure out what I want to actually buy because of shipping costs. However, if you don't mind spending the time to figure it out, it can save compared to buying from other websites that offer free or cheap shipping because they already include it in the product prices. =)

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  14. Thanks! Aw you should try Skin Mal:gem, it works really well for me. I also love that it's often on sale at Etude House, like 30% off, 50% off, or BOGO free! :)

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  15. Thanks Janet! Gosh, everytime I make a gmarket haul, it's not too long after that i find something else I want on there! ^_^

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  16. You are def on a K-cosme kick ;) Your phone case is adorbs!!

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  17. I love your new iphone cases. Loving the minty colours. Welcome to the 4s club! hehe
    And that hand cream is adorbs!!

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  18. I love your phone case and that hand cream jar is just adorable :3 I started to follow you via GFC! http://yejenny.blogspot.fi/

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  19. The more I see kakapo, the cuter it gets. You know how I thought that kakapo and eastern grass owl were butt ugly previously LOL

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  20. cute Gmarket haul! something I'll miss being in Japan (a bit ironic lol) anyways I bought a similar phone case (the bunny ear case) in 2 different colours really cheapily as well!

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  21. The Unprofessional Beauty BlogJanuary 11, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Wow this is a great haul. I miss shopping in Gmarket. I'm your new follower :)

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  22. I just want to ask if they do have a facial lotion which contains a holy basil extract? I've read about this article http://organicindia.mercola.com/tulsi-tea.aspx where it can be an alternative to green tea extract which my current facial lotion have.

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  23. You have the best hauls! Phone case twinsies! ;)

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