The Faceshop Mini Pet Hand Cream Review

Hi there, here I am with another cute product. (I’m always a sucker for cute packaging) The Korean brand called The Face Shop has created a range of cute selection of adorable hand creams. They come in 4 different scents:

  • Baby powder-baby powder perfume
  • Sweets fruit-mango & peach perfume
  • White floral-jasmine & white musk
  • Fruity Floral-Green Peach, Plum & Cherry Blossom perfume

I ordered the whole 4 set of the cute little animals since they make great gifts for people. I gave my sisters the Baby powder and Fruity Floral scents as part of their Christmas presents. They were so happy with them and adored the cute packaging. My sister even keeps the hand cream on her desk at work, she loves having the cute little pet sit on her desk. Since the tubs were so cute, I obviously had to at least keep one for myself. I chose the sweets fruit scent but in the end had to swap with my sister. (She wasn’t happy with the baby powder smell).

Price: £3-4 each from Korea. £5-6 each from UK ebay sellers. (I purchased mine for $17.99 (£12.21) for the whole set of 4 from a Korean ebay seller called ideaseller_kr )

What it does : moisturizes your hand keeping them soft and silky with ingredients that contain high moisture & nutrition.

Packaging: The hand cream is in a adorable plastic tub that makes it look like the little animal is peeking out of a flowerpot. (well that’s what I think). The tubs are wrapped in a see through plastic to show that it’s new and has no outer box packaging. The tub is roughly 5cm tall and contains 30ml of cream. Since it is basic hand cream, there isn’t much writing. Only a small sticker is on the bottom with some Korean writing and a list of all the ingredients that it contains.

Ingredients:DSCN4810

Water, glycern, dipropylene glycol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cyclomethicone, cetyl alcohol, dimethicone, dicaprylyl carbonate, isopropyl, myristate, butyrospermum parkll (shea butter), mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, camellia sinensis leaf extract, milk protein extract, argania spinosa kernel oil, triceteareth-4 phosphate, glycol stearate, peg-2 stearate, ammonium acryloyldmethltaurate/vp copolymer, peg-100 stearate, glyceryl stearate, sorbitsn stearate, sodium acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, isohexadecane, polysorbate 80, xanthan gum, butylene glycol, disodium edta, methylparaben, phenoxyethanol, frafrance, alpha-isomethy ionone, benzyl benzoate, citronellol, coumarin, limonene, linalool

 

 

 

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My View: Since it’s just a hand cream, there aren’t many benefits or properties that the hand cream claims to have. Except for the cute packaging, which I’m guessing is the main reason why people are purchasing this product and it’s quite cheap for hand cream. (that’s the reason why I purchased it) The cream is very light and absorbs quite fast which is very good and means that it’s not sticky after applying. All the scents aren’t too strong and they all have a nice scent, but that’s my opinion. (I haven’t opened the White Floral yet, might give it as a giveaway competition when I get enough followers, so wait and see ^__^) Depending on how much you actually place on your hands, the scent does last for a couple of hours.

In my opinion, it was a reasonable price for the hand cream that does what it’s supposed to do which is to moisturize your hands. Though for me personally i think the tub is a bit big to take in my bag, it’s roughly the size of my hands (and I have small hands). So I leave mine on my desk at home, since it’s a waste to put it in a draw especially when it’s cute! That’s why I prefer tubes of hand creams compared to tubs, as I don’t like getting cream underneath my nails. Which is why I use a tiny spoon or spatula, which would be very weird for people to see when I’m outside. Probably think that I’m eating a yogurt. Lol. The scents of the creams aren’t too strong, which is find for me since there is still a faint smell of the cream after a few hours.

So will I repurchase again? Maybe if I was giving it as a gift for someone that likes cute things but otherwise no. Since they’re many different hand creams to try. On the bright side, once I finish the hand cream I can reuse the tub again and store other things.

Have you tried any of the Mini Pet range? Let me know your thoughts on the product!

Hope you have a lovely day!

 

ETUDE HOUSE My Beauty Tool Lovely Etti Hair Band Review

Hi there!

Today I’m going to do a quick post about Etude House’s My Beauty Tool Lovely Etti Hairband! Etude House is a well known brand that produces girly cute products and is one brand that I like to look for when I’m searching for products. As you may have seen from various beauty bloggers and vblogs. Most of them seem to be wearing the Cat ear Hair band in photos. (I know a lot of readers will be a bit confused since Etude House calls it a hair band, where as I would call it headband. So I will be calling it hairband just for this post) And as a massive cat fan myself, I feel in love with the headband and immediately purchased one, why wouldn’t you. It has cat ears, people!

As I through my skincare routine or my mask time, my hair always gets in the way especially the small wisps of hair. So obviously the solution is to use a hair band, and why not let it be cute to make you feel happy when wearing it. So let’s get on with the review.

Price: £3-4 (from Korean seller) £6-9 (from UK seller). I purchased mine for £3.29 from a korean ebay seller called beautynetkorea they also have their own website

Packaging: well what can I say about the packaging, since I’m sure not many people really care about it. I’ll just keep it simple. It’s a plastic packaging with a pretty cute designs, with the heart doily pattern, spots and a little image of a cat. (not sure if you can see in the photo)

Directions: wear the Etti hair band to hold you hair up while putting on makeup or using a mask

My View:  IT’S SO SOFT! I love the material it’s made from, it’s very soft and has cute cat ears! The Hair Band is great, it does what it’s suppose to do which is to hold your hair up so using masks, skincare, makeup etc. And it does, especially since the band has a wider width unlike most hair bands it covers most part of the head. I prefer to fold it in half, since I’m not use to using a wide width hair band. Obviously if you have long hair, it’s best to tie your hair up when using it. (I was being lazy when I took the photos) There is only one size, but is said to fit all head sizes since the band has an elastic part which also helps with the band staying in place.  As mentioned before, I purchased mine from a seller called beautynetkorea, who dispatched the product very quick and was nicely packaged. It took about 8/9 days to arrive to me in the UK from Korea, which was very fast. And was sent in a small little box, which was nice since even though the product couldn’t break easily.I even received 2 free samples of Tony Moly Panda Dream’s White Hand Cream. I LOVE FREE SAMPLES!

Overall, the Etti hair band is VERY SOFT, CUTE & HAS CAT EARS! A+ in my book!

(Yeah I look a bit terrible in the photo, this is why I try not to take photos of myself)

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London Day Out (16-2-2016)

I love having days out with either my friends or my family. My friend and I decided to have a London Day Out with her & her kids since it was half term. We had originally planned to go to London’s Sealife Aquarium, and well that didn’t work out as planned. Since it was half term, nearly all the places in London were crowded with kids and tourists. This meant that walking through London was going to be a challenge. One word of advice when it is kids holiday times, always book your tickets in advance to make sure you can actually go to the attraction. Normally in the past, we were able to just walk up to the attraction and purchase tickets on the day. After queuing in a long line for a few minutes, we were told that all the tickets were sold out and we should try in at 3-4pm to see if there was any tickets left. I was quite surprised since I never heard of a aquarium having sold out of tickets before and it wasn’t the greatest feeling knowing that you had stood there for a while before being told. So we decided to go to Ripley’s Believe it or not in Piccadilly Circus.

Once arriving at Ripley’s, there wasn’t actually much of a queue which I was glad about. (If you traveled by train to London, it’s best to get the 2 for 1 deal to purchase tickets. Much cheaper than) The total cost for 2 adults and 4 kids were roughly £100 with the 2 for 1 deal. The building has 4 levels of different weird things, from shrunken heads to pictures made from lint. Many interesting things, that was still very weird. And let’s just say that it’s fine to take prams into this place but requires finding staff workers to take you through the lifts, since everywhere is stairs. I won’t say much about the things I saw here, since it’ll be much more interesting to see them yourself than me explaining it. Though here are a few things I saw to tempt you.

 

Overall even though I wasn’t sure the kids would like the place, they seemed to enjoy themselves looking at the weird things considering that the kids were 4-9 years old. They had fun especially through the mirror maze (photo below, sorry about it being blurry but you get the gist), which is one of the attractions that everyone should go to (well for those that don’t mind dark places and are quite careful. The first time I went in it, I bumped into the mirror many times. This was why they suggest having your arms straight forward. Lol) S1050999There is another attraction in the building called the Laser Race but due to the long queue, we decided not to do this. But this is a place that is worth the money to visit and a must for those like weird things.

Afterwards we decided to go for lunch at Ed’s Easy Diner near Leicester Square. For those that don’t know, Ed’s Easy Diner is an American themed diner that specializes in burgers and milkshakes. So obviously I had to have a burger and milkshake. I chose a Chicken BLT with onions rings, coleslaw & fries (£12) and an Oreo milkshake (£5).

The food and drink were delicious though the experience would have been better if the service was better. When we entered the place, we weren’t greeted with anyone. There were no waiters around except the kitchen staff who didn’t say anything, and with a sign saying you have to wait here until you’re taken to your seats. We stood for a few minutes until nearly when I was going to sit down a staff appears. That staff member seemed to be the only one that was only working, took a while before I actually was able to place my order as he was most of the time not to be seen. 2 more waiters then appeared after receiving my food asking if we were okay with our food. (Where were they hiding?) Overall the price of the food was a reasonable price considering that the plate was actually huge and the milkshake was so thick with ice cream. It actually made up for the service at the beginning. Though this was my first experience at this place, I’m sure that it might have just been this one place. But will definitely try again Ed’s Easy Diner in another location though.

As we were heading to the end of the day, we decided to take the kids to M&M world and Nickelodeon store. For both of these shops, the prices to me were quite high compared to other shops that you can buy these things. Though M&M world have many items that you can’t actually purchase in normal shops, this might be why the prices were so high. A magnet with a Letter and a couple of small images of the M&M characters was about £7. Walking around the shop is interesting to see the different characters and items that they have from cups, M&M dispensers & choosing your own M&M colours as the shop is quite large. I do love the personalised M&M though. (I might have to try it sometime for a special occasion.)DSCN4513

The Nickelodeon shop is actually quite small and mainly filled with SpongeBob stuff compared to the other characters & shows. But being a SpongeBob fan, I was quite happy. Even though some things were expensive, especially the clothes. I had treat myself after that long day. I purchased (you might have seen the photo from my instagram):

  • A long V-neck monochrome shirt for £26 (bit expensive but why not?)
  • A sweater for £6.50 (such a great deal)
  • A Patrick Star vinyl figure (wanted SpongeBob but couldn’t find it, even the staff tried looking for it for me)
  • Spongbob recycle bag for £2.99 (actually broke on the side which I was kind of disappointed about. The side split.)20160216_194610

Anyways that was my long exciting day out with my friend and her kids. Hope you enjoyed reading this, and maybe you found it interesting and try new things!

Have a nice day! (Hopefully your weather is  better than here, currently it’s very windy here in the UK)

XXX

Origami Hearts 💖 Tutorial Part 2

Hi there. Here’s Part 2 of my Origami Hearts tutorial. I was going to place them into 1 post but it seemed quite long. This tutorial shows how to make the Basic Heart. Check out Part 1 to create the small hearts here.

The 2nd basic Origami heart requires a square piece of paper preferably with the same colour on both sides of the paper, you will see why it’s better than having one coloured side paper. For the tutorial purposes, I have used one sided colour paper.

  1. Place the square piece of paper on the table and turn it 45 degrees to the right so that the square is in a diamond shape
  2. Fold the left corner of the diamond shape into the middle, then repeat with the right corner. Your paper should be the same as the photo
  3. Then take the corner that is in the middle and fold it to the end of the paper. Repeat the same action on the right hand side of the diamond.
  4. Turn the paper over, then take the left hand side of the newly created shape and fold into the centre. Repeat this on the right hand side to create a thinner diamond shape.
  5. Then turn the paper over and fold in half. Take the middle corner point on the left side of the paper and gently open to the left. The side should meet the edge of the paper. Repeat this on the right hand side, opening to the right side.
  6. Flip over the paper and repeat Step 5 again. You should have this shape at this step. Open up the paper and take the bottom corner that is touching the table and fold it into the middle. Then take both corners and fold it into the centre to create the bottom point of the heart. Turn the paper over and repeat the same step with the bottom corners.
  7. You should have a neatly folded heart which you can either write a message inside the middle of the heart (continue steps below) or you can glue the bottom tips together so it doesn’t open up.

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    If you would like to write a message then:

  8. Open the heart up, you should see the diamond shape inside the heart. Fold this down on both top and bottom sides to create room to write.
  9. Then write the message inside, and close the heart

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    In the end, you should have a heart that looks like this. As you can see, I have white tips on the top of my heart. This was the reason why it’s best to have the same colour on both sides of the paper. DSCN4788

Let me know if you have any problems or questions. Might try and do a video tutorial when I have the time. Hope you have fun making these hearts! If you tried this tutorial, remember to take a photo of your creation and share it on instagram with @sweetgeeklife so I see how well you have done! ^_^

Origami Hearts 💖 Tutorial Part 1

Valentine’s Day is only a day away. And for some that means trying to find some quick and easy last minute gifts or some last bits and bobs to add to your gift. I know that some people prefer handmade gifts and what better than receiving Handmade Origami hearts to show how much you love that person. Since I always make origami many hearts when it’s close to Valentine’s Day to give to people, I thought I’d show a quick tutorial to my readers to try themselves. Don’t they look lovely and it doesn’t even have to be for Valentine’s Day either, that’s what I love about Origami hearts since it can be used in various ways.

I thought I’d share some heart crafts that everyone can easily make even for those that don’t know how to do origami.

The first tutorial is for Lucky Hearts. For those that have heard of Origami Lucky stars or Origami Wishing Stars, then the tutorial should be quite familiar for you as it consists of the nearly the same concept. And for those that haven’t, Lucky stars are made using a long strip of paper which is then folded and pushed to create the star shape. Here’s a photo of some Lucky Stars that I have made:DSCN2518.JPG

(I love making them in different colours and it’s so much fun)

Anyway back to the tutorial, you’ll need strips of paper  (depending how many hearts you want, 1 strip makes 1 heart) roughly 1-2cm wide depending how big you want the heart to be. In the tutorial I have chosen to use 1.5cm wide and length being the size of an A4 paper so roughly 29.5cm. The colour of the paper can be your choice with it being coloured on either sides or just one side.

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  1. Place the strip of paper on the table (If your using one coloured side , the make sure the blank/white side is facing you when placed on the table)
  2. Starting on the left hand side, fold one corner to the top line as shown in the photo to create your first triangle.
  3. Fold the triangle to the right, making the same triangle shape again. Keep altering the triangle to keep wrapping the paper around the main triangle. Continue this making the same triangle shape until you get near the end of the strip, leaving 1-2 cm.
  4. With the leftover cm of paper fold a small triangle and slip into the previous slit of the triangle to secure the paper
  5. Along the longest edge of the triangle, push down gently in the middle to form the middle of the heart.
  6. Then flatten the two tops of the heart tips and cut a semi circle to the top points to create the desired heart shape tops

You should now have a small Heart ( well kind of. I wasn’t really perfect with my folding to make sure that it was close to the edge) which you can make more and place in a jar as a gift or as decoration.

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Check out Part 2 for the other Origami Heart tutorial! Let me know if you have any problems or questions. Might try and do a video tutorial when I have the time. Hope you have fun making these hearts! If you tried this tutorial, remember to take a photo of your creation and share it on instagram with @sweetgeeklife so I see how well you have done! ^_^

Bloglovin’, Instagram & Pinterest!

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Hi there!

Yes that’s right, I’ve started making accounts in other forms of social networking. A bit late, but like I always say ‘Better late than never‘. 😜 So for those that prefer a particular social networking site,  you can still keep updated on what my blog posts are about. (Sorry about that Bloglovin’ link straight away, supposedly the link has to be on the top so I can link my account up to claim the blog etc)

Follow me on my Pinterest Account (though I’ve just started using Pinterest and not quite sure what I’m suppose to update yet): sweetgeeklife

Instagram Account (a closer look at my life & blog posts, might include a couple of cat pics every now and then :)) : @sweetgeeklife

Might include a Facebook page in the future, but will wait a while. Anyways hope to hear from you all soon!

Have a nice Day!

 

🐵 Gong Hei Fat Choy! 🐵 🎊

Happy Chinese New Year to all my readers! (even if you don’t celebrate it) For those that don’t know, today the 8th February 2016 is Chinese New Year! The Year of the Monkey!  🐒 The day where in my household it consists of many phone calls from relatives wishing ‘Happy New Year’, good food and red money envelopes. Truthfully our family doesn’t really do much for the new years since there isn’t really much to do especially if you don’t live near Chinatown in London. But like most people we celebrate with food, which I’m always grateful for.

So i thought I’d share with my readers some of the delicious Chinese New Year desserts that I’m enjoying today (though i enjoy these desserts all year round ^_^)

  • Gok Jai (many different spelling variations)-a traditional dumpling pastry filled with either a sweet or savoury filling that is deep fried. These were given to us by a family friend, who must know that I have a sweet tooth since they went with the sweet option. Yay! These Sweet Gok jai dumpling are filled with both white & black sesame seeds, dried coconut, sugar and peanuts. Traditionally these dumplings are fried, but nowadays many online recipes prefer to go with the healthy option of baking them. These are very simple to make and are very delicious with the sweet crunchy filling.DSCN4688DSCN4689
  • Jian Dui (also known as sesame balls)-a deep fried pastry sesame covered ball made from glutinous flour with a sweet filling. These were made by my mum, who loves to cook. With various sweet fillings to choose from, my mum prefers to make Sweet Sesame Balls with a red bean filling. The savoury option is something that my mum likes to do, though most sesame balls are sweet filling. My mum makes her savoury option for those that don’t like sweets, the filling includes chicken, carrots, water chestnuts & mushrooms. (would have photos of these but they were all eaten by the time I realized that I didn’t take any. You can always google search them )
  • Red Bean Nian Gao or Red Bean Steamed Cake (various names which I’m not sure which is the right-a steamed cake, well I say cake but it has the texture that is springy. This is since the Nian Gao is made of glutinous rice flour, which makes the cake chewy with red bean added to it for extra flavour. 20160207_210536

Hope you enjoyed reading about some of the Chinese desserts that are available. I’m stuffed from eating so much today by the time i finish writing this post. ^_^ Hope everyone has a nice day!

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(My Chinese New Year Monkey Papercut)

December 2015 WOWBOX Review

Hi there! I know it’s a bit late but i thought I might as well post this review up. Anyways for Christmas, I decided to purchase a one off WOWBOX subscription box for my little sister (really I just wanted it for myself). WOWBOX is a monthly japanese subscription box that contains candy and snacks from Japan. They have three different sizes which vary the amount of items received in each box.

  • Small  $14.99 (roughly £11)
  • Medium $24.99 (roughly £18)
  • Large $34.99 (roughly £25)

What’s great about WOWBOX is, they have three different types of themes you can choose from. With all three being quite different. They have:

  • Original Fun & Tasty-contains candies & snacks that are a bit different from the basic and fun to eat.
  • The Classic-contains candies and snacks that are quite popular and well known in japan. Such as pocky sticks
  • Kawaii & Beauty-contains candies and snacks that are suppose to be low calories and good for the body for those that are into eating healthy.

Since I sometimes purchase basic Japanese candy from Chinatown in London, I decided to go with the Original Fun & Tasty Box, since i wanted to try new things that I wouldn’t necessary be able to purchase in the UK. Since a wide range of Pocky sticks are available to purchase in Chinese supermarkets. Using a discount coupon from another review, I was able to purchase the Original Fun & Tasty medium box for £15.28 ($22.50) with free shipping. The box was dispatched on the 9th December 2015 from Japan and arrived in the UK on the 29th December 2015, so it took roughly 2-3 weeks but this might be because of it being close to the Christmas holidays.

WOWBOX has their own personalized box which contains the logo on the top lid like some subscription companies. The material is made of a sturdy box, so when it arrived there were no tears or dents made and was sealed tight with tape making sure it couldn’t open. So my items would survive the treacherous long journey from Japan to the UK. So what did i get in my December subscription box, upon opening you are presented with a nicely designed information sheet with one side saying the month of the subscription box and the other being the actual information sheet of all the products listed. And a nutritional sheet about the items given, for those that like to consider these things when eating. Personally I think it’s a nice touch, but I don’t really look at these things ever.

 

So what was inside my box? Well here they are:

  1. Corn Potarge – a corn snack that tastes like creamy corn soupDSCN4579.JPG
  2. Umai Dama (chocolate) -a airy puff that is filled with chocolateDSCN4569.JPG
  3. Bikkuri Man Chocolate 8-a wafer snack with a chocolate filling that comes with a special cardDSCN4573.JPG
  4. Donut Biscuit-a vanilla flavoured crunchy bite sized biscuit that has a sugar coatingDSCN4568.JPG
  5. Pokemon Chewing Candy (pineapple)-a chewy pineapple flavour candy that features a Pokemon character on each wrapper. DSCN4566.JPG
  6. Pucchibi (Soda)-small blue chewy candy that is soda flavourDSCN4564.JPG
  7. Kajiriccho Soft Candy (Hip Hop Berry)-a chewy candy that tastes like soda and berries with small little pieces in the middle. Kind of reminds me of the cable sweets that you can get from pick and mix sweets.DSCN4565.JPG
  8. Texas Corn (Fried Chicken)-crispy corn snack that tastes like chickenDSCN4576
  9. Yawaraka Yawaraka Soft Candy (cola)-a soft chewy cola flavored candyDSCN4578.JPG
  10. Giant Caplico (Usa Pyon Vanilla)-a ice cream cone filled with two types of foamy chocolate.DSCN4571.JPG
  11. Crisp Choco (Hot Cake Maple)-crunchy corn flake snack that tastes like maple syrup.DSCN4562
  12. Tanoshi Ramenya-San- a DIY kit to make dumplings and ramen candyDSCN4570.JPG
  13. Niginigi O-Sushiya San Gummy-sushi shaped gummy candy in apple, banana and lemon flavourDSCN4574
  14. Fit’s Link (No Limit Mint)- chewing gum that is minty and provides freshness that is suppose to last for 50 minutes DSCN4567.JPG

Overall to me this box was worth the price that it is since it came with many news items that I enjoyed and might not have necessary been able to purchase in the UK. The items were pretty big size for some of the products, and had sweet & savoury items. This was good as it was fun to share with my family and try new things. The box had free shipping, which means you only pay for the box and NO UK custom tax fees. This was a good thing, since personally I’m always worried about having to pay extra for Customs tax fee. Wished I had bought the bigger box now, since the Pokemon Soda looks pretty good. Maybe I will try another box or try another subscription company. Anyways hope this inspires you to try a couple of items or the subscription box. Great gift for those that love Japanese candy and snacks or want to try something new.  You can purchase by visiting the website at www.wowbox.mogmog.us or by clicking on the word WOWBOX

Hope you have a nice day!