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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Nail Polish Review - Bijou Blue & Secret Admirer

I bought both at Rite Aid for under $2 each!
Wet 'n Wild Shine Nail Polish Bijou Blue - $0.99
This is a very nice teal color with a bit of shine. It requires at least two coats for opacity, but as you can see in my picture, there are still spots. So to be safe, put on three coats. It matches the color in the bottle exactly and looks super pretty! My only complaint is that it's clumpy.
See the translucent spots on the ring fingernail. 

You can see how it clumped a little, making the polish uneven.

Sinful Colors - Secret Admirer : $1.99
This is a beautiful black with tiny, silver sparkles. It truly glints in the sunlight, and because of how compacted the sparkles are, it looks like silver-black from afar. It was very easy to apply, but once again necessitates two coats for opacity. 

In extreme sunlight it looks more like gunmetal.
Overall, I favor Sinful Colors over Wet 'n Wild for ease of application, opacity, and smell. Plus it's cheap!

This review presents my honest opinion and was not endorsed by either company. All products were bought with my own money and all photos were taken by me.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Asmama Order Review

My order from Asmama, a Korean accessory store ( , arrived a few days ago. It's entirely in Korean, and doesn't ship to the US, so I had to use Google translate and ask a friend with connections in Korean to order for me.

I ordered DBSK Hero's Crystal Cross earrings, DBSK Xiah's crown earrings, Cubic Star Earrings, and Crystal headbands.

Shipping options were EMS (extremely high prices!), air mail (1-2 weeks, 25,0000 won), ship mail (3-6 weeks, 15,000 won)
Insurance: 2,000 won
Tracking: 8,000 won

I used ship mail with insurance, and, disappointingly, it took 6 weeks.

DBSK Hero's Crystal Cross Earrings
8,000 won ~ $9

These are much bigger and heavier than I expected them to be! But they are very sparkly in the light and I was surprised that they came with 925 Sterling Silver hooks. Excellent for $9 earrings.

DBSK Xiah's Crown Earrings (w/ one-touch hook)
9,000 won ~ $10

On the other hand, these were way smaller than I expected! And when the one-touch "hook" is opened, one side wiggles a lot, making it a bit difficult to clip into place. True to their description, these are platinum plated, because they have not caused an allergic reaction. They are very cute, especially how the black crystal shifts around as I walk. These would be perfect if not for the wobbly one-touch "hook."

Cubic Star Earrings
3,500 won ~ $5
These crystal star earrings are plain and simple. Very sparkly.

Crystal Headbands in Black, Gray, Blue
11,000 won ~ $11.5 each

These totally caught my eye on the site. All the bands are ribbon wrapped, comfortable to wear, and the beads are tightly wrapped around the headband. It's a pity I didn't get a gray one too, like my friend did, because the grey and black are really pretty. Blue, on the other hand, is AB, so it looks like plastic. Like all the other items, they are very sparkly! 

In total: 
Items: $55. 67
Shipping + Insurance: $17.65
Bank Transfer fee: $8.33

Although I really enjoy my items, shipping seems way too expensive for a few accessories. If I do order again, I would do it in a group to divide the bank transfer fee and shipping fee.