I have done a few mini-hauls so far this year but I've be busy with other things and haven't had a chance to post about any of them. With the exception of the Avecko haul I posted last weekend, my orders have small, filled with necessities, or otherwise not deserving of their own post.
Still, this haul was quite the surprise when I opened it, for less-than-pleasant reasons.
If you are squinting at that picture and wondering "is that a ziploc bag?!" you would be correct.
In this post:
- What I purchased, and why
- What it cost me, and how long it took
- What exploded en route
- Physical sunscreens from my magical Sunscreen Fairy Godmother
What I purchased, and why
reviewed here) and it's a few years old.
- Etude House Color Pop Mini P12 (SAMPLE)
You can read it here. I quite like it!
- Sulwhasoo Goa kit 2 items - Goa Ampoule and Goa Cream (SAMPLES)
|Prunus mume. Image source|
You can read my review here; buying samples and decanting is cheaper than buying full size.
What it cost me, and how long it took
Total cost of this haul: $0.00
Seriously. This was part of TK's giant New Year's sale, so things were already at a 30% discount, and I had some "My Money" credit from a cash back new customer offer + refund from a leaked bottle of OST Vitamin C serum. It completely covered my entire order including the shipping.
I placed my order on 12/30/2014, it shipped on 1/13/2014, and I received it on 1/29/2015. Days Elapsed: 30
Testerkorea has really been struggling to ship out their products quickly; I am not sure if they're running into supply issues or what the cause is, but it seems like since November of last year, orders have regularly been on standby up to 3 weeks or more for some people.
TK has provided me some excellent customer service (more on that below) so I will continue to purchase from them, but I would caution anyone who is looking to make an order that there may be a delayed turn around time.
What exploded en route
So what's up that ziploc bag?
When I first opened my TK box, I spotted what looked like a hot pink makeup bag, and I wondered if it was some sort of free gift, or a fancy package, so I dug it out to take a closer look.
It immediately spewed bright pink all over my hand like liquid
I thought this was pretty remarkable considering that only one of them had exploded (at this point, we didn't know which one) so thumbs up for the stellar customer service.
As it turned out- once I had armed myself with nitrile gloves and a giant metal mixing bowl, gingerly placed the bag into the bowl, and marched into the bathroom to attempt to defuse this pigment powder keg (without coating myself, the sink of our rental, or anything in proximity with a violently pink stain)- the culprit was The Saem Saemmul Real Tint. Spoilers: this tint has impressive colour payoff and great staining power, as the persistent pink stain on my hand was going to prove over the next 24 hours.
Too bad about the packaging; it looks like the packaging does not tighten all the way closed so I would not recommend purchasing this online as it seems to be a design defect instead of just bad luck.
I actually store this product upright, in a ziploc bag, because it gets everywhere the second you disturb it. Like glitter. You've been warned.
Physical sunscreens from my magical Sunscreen Fairy Godmother
|You can't go out like that, you need some PA+++, my dear!|
She apparently felt badly that my search for a physical-only sunscreen that was gentle enough for daily use was going so poorly; I have discovered many phys-only sunscreens are also designed to control oil, which is very drying to the skin. Either that, or I'd order samples that would sell out before shipment and I'd get refunded. So, she decided an intervention was needed and sent me a care package.
The package came with European chocolates, and ultra gentle physical-only sunscreens. Score! Did I mention European chocolate? Because there totally was some- just none of it survived to picture taking time.
She received a care package in return, filled with goodies to keep her winter-abused hands and feet (and face) happy; I'm still very touched that she thought of me and my plight and cherry picked these for me. :3
I am currently using the one on the left, but you can find them on ratzillacosme's site, linked here from left to right:
- Sunkiller Baby Milk SPF 45 PA+++
- Sunkiller Mild Milk SPF 38 PA+++
- Nivea Sun Protect Mild Milk SPF 50 PA+++
And that's it for this week's Weekday Randomness!
Upcoming review for this weekend will be the Mizon Mela Defense Toner and Essence, which comes in absolutely gorgeous packaging.
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