Another month, another lip balm review from yours truly. What can I say? I’m almost as addicted to trying out new lip balms as I am to Blade & Soul, or comic books, or skincare. It’s a definitely a thing for me. This time around, I’m reviewing two lip balms from Kiyi Kiyi Soap, a Minnesota-based brand that I found on Etsy while searching for Turkish Delight scented/flavored beauty products. I’ve mentioned before that I have a tendency to go on scent sprees where I just search for something with a specific note or flavor – cardamom, melon, cherry blossom, and now Turkish Delight.
Kiyi Kiyi Soap has a lot of unique flavors to choose from in their balm selection – this is what drew me to the shop in the first place, as mentioned above. I’d recently finished off Epically Epic Soap’s Turkish Delight lip balm and loved it, but their shop was on a break and I needed to replenish my balm supply ASAP. So when I found Kiyi Kiyi Soap’s Persian Love Cake flavor, it seemed much in the same vein:
Exotic Persian Love Cake lip balm! Rose water and sweet buttercream cupcake flavors combine in a tasty treat to nourish your lips with mango butter. Plus it’s pink!
This balm was made to recreate one of my favorite cake recipes – Persian Love Cake. It combines rose water and delicious buttercream frosting. Yum!
I’m really coming around to light rose (and floral in general) flavors in my lip products, so rosewater is pretty much exactly on target. And mixed with sugary buttercream? Um, sounds delicious.
When I discovered that they also had a Lingonberry flavor – blame the absolutely delicious Lingonberry preserve in my recent Try the World Sweden Box for getting me hooked on this one – I was totally sold. I tossed the two balms into my cart and the deal was done!
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Today I’m going to review a product that I’ve been using for about 4-5 months. I received the Tosowoong Syn-Ake Natural Pure Essence in a Memebox (Special #76 The Empress’ Secrets); when I first saw it in the box, I was really excited because A) I’d been using Tosowoong’s Time Shift Emulsion for months and loving it, so was happy to try more from the brand, and B) Weird ingredients are always fun to try out, right? So I set it aside as my ‘next in line’ essence/emulsion product once I finished the Time Shift.
I’ve now been using the Syn-Ake essence for several months, and I feel comfortable enough to make my Tosowoong Syn-Ake Natural Pure Essence review at this point. I wanted to post it yesterday for World Snake Day, but it didn’t quite make it – better a day late than never, though, right?
Obviously, the primary ‘draw’ of this essence is “SYN-AKE” – a synthetic imitation of venom from the Temple Viper. As an aside, if you find snakes adorable like I do (c’mon, they have such cute little faces), you can find pictures and information about the Temple Viper here. I actually checked to see if my local zoo (the fantastic Columbus Zoo) has one because I’d be kind of entertained by paying respects to the snake that’s inspired a product that I like so much, but sadly they don’t seem to have one in residence at the moment. Boo!
Okay, uh, derail aside – why on earth would people want to put synthetic snake venom on their face? Click the read more if you’re on the main page to find out 😉
It’s been quite some time since I allowed myself a K-Beauty haul – blame Memebox for keeping me so well-stocked on most of my essentials. Really, I have so many masks, moisturizers, essences, toners, and blushes now that I should be good for a few more years!
But of course, sometimes things come along that are just so cute that you can’t help yourself. This haul was the result of several such items coming to my attention and, eventually, becoming too hard to resist.
Everything in this particular k-beauty haul came from the iamlove-shop (click here to visit them on eBay), and was shipping quickly and securely. I’ve purchased from them a few times before and always had good experiences, so this isn’t much of a surprise!
As you can see from the above image, this isn’t a mega haul. I just tried to pick a few items that were really, really calling my name!
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So Try the World is a subscription box that I’ve had my eye on for quite some time. If you’re not familiar, each month, they have chefs curate a selection of 7-8 food items from a specific country of origin – for example, the Sweden Box that I’ll be reviewing here. The items are frequently artisan or smaller companies, so they’re not shipping you a bunch of snacks from Tesco and calling it the “England Box” or anything, don’t worry!
The reason that I held off for so long was twofold: one, I already had a snack box subscription – the fantastic, charity-oriented Love With Food – and two, at $39 per month, it seemed just a touch steep for what you get. If you have a ton of disposable income, sure, that’s a drop in the bucket and a thoughtfully-produced exotic food sub box like Try the World would be a no-brainer (for me, at least!) – but I’m not wealthy, and my expendable income is tempted by myriad things every month. So it’s a hard choice to commit to something like this, at least currently, you know? That’s $40 less of K-Beauty or Etsy bath & body stuff…
Last month, however, Try the World started offering a free box with new subscriptions (they still are, if you use a referral link like this shiny one right here): in this specific case, your sub would get you the Sweden Box delivered alongside a freebie Thailand Box. I poked around and read unboxings for both Sweden and Thailand, and both of them sounded really, really appealing, so I decided to go ahead and pull the trigger. Full disclosure: I totally helped justify it to myself by saying that I could blog about both boxes here, so please forgive the copious amounts of referral link in this post. Just being honest about how my mind works! 😇
In particular, the Sweden Box really called to me, so it will be the first Try the World review that I publish. If you’re on the main page, please click the read more now!
In my May wishlist post, I mentioned the Summer 2016 Seasonal Hokkaido Melon Mascarpone Kit Kat as being one of my must-tries. The new flavor has been getting a ton of buzz around the internet lately – mostly from people who, seemingly, aren’t aware that dessert cheeses like mascarpone are completely different in texture and flavor from, say, cheddar. Seriously, guys? If you’ve ever eaten tiramisu, you’ve already eaten mascarpone and chocolate. It’s not that weird!
That said, Kit Kat Japan is surely loving all this hype. They’ve been releasing limited edition flavors in Japan for years now – ranging from the relatively expected (Vanilla Bean, Strawberry) to the more unique (Creamy English Tea, Mango, the much-loved Green Tea, etc) as well as including some more traditional Japanese flavors (Kinako, Anko, Sakura, etc).
This isn’t the first year that Kit Kat has released a Melon variety – they’ve done various incarnations of white chocolate and melon (muskmelon, specifically) across several years, actually! I’ve just always had the misfortune to miss buying them, as they are almost always late spring/early summer limiteds and I kept finding out about them in, like, fall. Given how much I love melon (these muskmelon hard candies, for example, are pretty much The Greatest Ever), this was always a disappointment. So when the internet started screaming about the soon-to-be-released Melon Mascarpone Kit Kat, I grabbed my chance and ordered as soon as one of my favorite Japanese snack eBayers added them to their stock!
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