My first ever pressed powder was Maybelline Clear Smooth. I can't even remember what shade I bought but I remember why I had to buy it. First, it's a familiar brand and second it's not pricey. I am definitely an ignorant rag compared to my older sister whom I considered a GODDESS of all cosmetics at one point in time but I trusted this product with what little knowledge I had! True to my expectations, it's a good product... and by good product I mean it didn't break me out nor did it made me look like a clown.
My second pressed powder was Elizabeth Arden in Light 2. It came with a lipstick in Fiesta. It was a gift from my sister and she kept the other lipstick. I was hesitant at first because of the black and gold packaging which I had to admit was not so young-looking. And with my knowledge of cosmetics, yes, I can THINK TWICE before accepting/rejecting ELIZABETH ARDEN haha! Ok... I'm hopeless. But really, I accepted it and I was very glad that I did. Since it was my first time to use such top quality product, I was truly amazed! It provided smooth coverage and I can't even notice my humongous pores! It was ultra fine and I didn't need to apply that much. It amazed me that this powder was able to keep up with my OJT-testconstruction-thesis-stressed face!!! The lipstick was superb. It didn't dry my lips out unlike other lipsticks, lipgloss and lipbalm =) I was running out of the powder cuz I was using it too often so I had to find another one that wouldn't hurt as much in terms of price. My sister recommended that I get Revlon's PhotoReady Powder. So we went to Loft and checked it out. My shade was no longer available and we had to look for a substitute!
Aside from the really cute packaging, what had me buying this product were the words of my sister! I definitely trust whatever she says! Haha! She told me that this product was getting good reviews online and was worth a try. It wasn't even pressed powder. This is Canmake UV Silky Fit Foundation and I have no regrets of buying it. At around Y1000+, this product is definitely worth it! The first time I wore it, my sister only had positive remarks to say. It brightened up my face and made it look fairer. It really has a silky finish most especially when it sets in :) Apart from that, it didn't break me out and it has SPF30++ PA formulation that blocks the sun's rays. I also bought another blush-on since I was already running out. I got Sweets Sweets' powder blush in Coral Pink. It's a Japanese brand and my sister and I aren't really familiar with it. I bought the blush on because I was looking for something that didn't have glitters in it! Hahaha! It was the only one on display that didn't have glitter :p Here's their website: http://www.sweets-sweets.com/
I really thought that trip to Loft would conclude my attempt to make myself a "noona nomo yeppeo" HAHA! But no! My seemingly endless unemployed days were turning into wallet-sucking-out days. I blame online shops for this self-turmoil not to mention PayPal and my father's credit card! One fateful day, I just had to see ETUDE HOUSE on a random ad while I was watching a show featuring Infinite on Youtube. I clicked and voila! There goes my hard-earned Yen! I've never ever spent that much on beauty products! After an awful lot of days, the postman finally arrived and I had my first ever Etude House box!
I only bought 12 products but I was surprised at how big the box was! Later, I realized that it was mainly because of the Wonder Pore Freshner and that cute little yellow owl!
All the items were bubble-wrapped and they even tossed in a weird looking inflated plastic balloon of some sort to serve as cushion in unfilled areas of the box. They remind me of my cousins' floaters - only these are minis LOL. So here's what I bought:
Dear Darling Tint in Orange - smells so yummy (like Jelly Ace and ice pops!)
ShiniStar Lip Balm #01 - Onew! Onew! LOL
Look at my Lips Rogue in Pink (#14 PK003) - cuz I don't have this certain shade of pink yet!
Lovely Cookie Blusher in Orange (#3 OR2012) - cuz I don't have an orange-y blush-on yet
Oh~m'Eye Lash Curling & Clean Mascara - MY FIRST EVER MASCARA!
Oil Blotting Sheets - I ran out of them and since I'll be spending a month and a half in Pinas, I better stock on them!
Wonder Pore Freshner - for my not so yeppeo pores... JOOKUH!!!
Spray mist bottle for the Wonder Pore Freshner - unless I wanna carry around the whole half liter in my bag!!!
Nail Polish in 5 colors - all glittery and they're not mine! They're for my sister who loves to do her nails. I can never do my nails - there isn't much to do LOL!
Etude House Japan was generous enough to toss in that cute yellow owl. It's actually a neck pillow and it's comfy :) They also included Baking Soda Facial Foam Wash, Lip & Eye Make-up Remover (the label was very FUNNY cuz it only said LIP & EYE REMOVER... scary!) and a very princessy, pink, sequined make-up pouch! And oh, I didn't pay for shipping. It was free but it really took longer than expected. But still, it's FREE :)
I am very very happy and excited with my first box of Etude House products even though I haven't used them yet. Hopefully they'll be good for me and my skin and won't break me out!!!