2017 December Empties


Technically, these are empties I’ve been hoarding since October (minus the Rip-Van-Winkle status old makeup items I chucked way before in an attempt to spring clean)

Once again, I listed my empties according to these two categories.. but these are mostly items I’ve saved. Likely, I liked them enough to keep for months!

  • Loves (will/already have repurchased)
  • Likes (likes enough to use it again someday)
  • Underline (already repurchased)

2017empties_2December FS/DS Loves!

  • Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum (Saves me from flaking skin)
  • Soap&Glory Smoothie Breakfast Scrub (Best body exfoliator. Smells like heaven.)
  • Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara (One of the few mascaras that doesn’t give me panda eyes)
  • L’oreal Hydrafresh Moisturizing Cream (Moisturizer that doesn’t feel greasy or peel when applying makeup)
  • E Nature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack (great sleeping mask)
  • It’s Skin Powder 10 Formula Gf Effector (great essence)

December FS/DS Likes!

  • Etude Hydro Glow on Primer (perfect for glowy makeup. non-greasy)
  • Davines Love Shampoo (unlike other Davines shampoos, the smell is great)
  • Su:m37 Essence (costly but good)
  • Nexxus Therappe Shampoo (smells delicious and doesn’t dry my hair out)
  • Maui Moisture Shampoo Hydrate + Shea Butter (hydrating. smells great.)
  • Tata Harper Clarifying Mask (smells great and works as an okay exfoliator)
  • Lush Rose Jam Bath Gel (smells like a confectionary)

Empties Category:

2017empties_3Hair&Body: 3 FS + 4 DS

2017empties_4Skin: 3 FS + 5 DS

2017empties_5Makeup: 2 FS + 3 DS

+ Bonus: Empties from some time in Spring 2017.


Etude Ice Cream Lip Tint- Dear Darling Water Gel Tint in “Watermelon”


[Etude Water Gel Tint -RD307 WaterMelon]

Price: 5,000 won = $4.46

(around $11~$12 on amazon)

Come summer, I drench myself in coral and peaches. And as someone who adores anything cutesy …and at this price point? Couldn’t pass this up.

I grabbed this in June 2017, when I was visiting my family in Seoul.

watermelon2You get “0.15 oz / 4.5g” worth of product.

Before I delve into how the tint does performance-wise, I’d like to explain the muse behind this adorable design.

PD0013_SPThis is called a “Subak-bah,” which literally translates into: “Watermelon Bar.” It’s one of those ice-cream-sherbet bars that have been around forever in Korea, since 1986 to be exact. (which makes it older than I am!)

Unlike the real deal, you can eat the green part, and seeds are sunflower seeds/nuts coated in chocolate. It tastes pretty good, but I like it more for the nostalgic value than anything.

watermelon3Considering the newly packaged “Dear Darling Water Gel Tints” are being called “Ice Cream Tints,” I’ve a feeling that “Subak-bah” was the motive for this particular color.

Etude is calling this a “Watermelon Red,” but it actually goes on like a reddish coral.

watermelon4Not very opaque, but pretty. The right picture holds the truer hue. Looks glassy but settles well. (feels a tad bit like Benefit’s Chacha Tint on the lips)

And it’s as hydrating as a non-oil tint can get.


Color dupes. From left to right:

  • Etude Dear Darling Water Gel Tint _ Watermelon Red
  • Aritaum Color Lasting Tint _ 02 Baby Wink
  • Tony Moly HD Liptone Get it Tint  _03  Peach Punch
  • Skinfood Lip&Cheek Trio _ 03 Cherry Tomato (first color)

All the dupes are products I use daily in spring & summer.

They’re gorgeous red-corals, though if you’re looking for a straight up red tint, you’d be disappointed!