Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Megaholic Rubber Extension Mascara

Ha... Like I need anothe mascara... But I just cant stop myself from grabbing an anime gal-illustrated packaging. Especially when she whipped out that mascara wand to get ultra long mascara.

Let's see if this one helps my stubby lashes to appear longer...

I am not sure which manufacturer make this Megaholic rubber extension mascara... anyways, it looks cute and attractive, dont you think?

This one rocks comb-style applicator. I am not too used with comb style, took me a while to get used to it... and the comb doesnt help to separate my lases at all. it ends up clumped together. wiggling the comb during applcation is simple way to help separate the lashes.

now the formula... thick and ultra black and glossy. just like how I like my mascara to be. and it does help make my lashes longer. Count me happy with the result! Piling on would make my lash appear blacker thicker and longer.

I am pretty worried how to remove this one... it doesnt say anything related to its waterproof ness and how to remove it. thankfully it removes easily with warm water. this is one of those film type or tubing mascara.

Now if you'd excuse me, I need to go back to the shop and get myself another tube of this mascara... I am in love...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Naris Up Acmedica Oil Control Powder DX Clear

I do not need another teeny weeny compact powder. But I just cant stop myself when I see one. May be it is the size... may be it’s the idea that I can stuff this even to my smallest bag...

Naris is Japanese drug store brand which make a few pretty nice powders and other make up stuff. From the name of the product, I think this is supposed to be good for those with troubled spotty skin. With oil control too!
I do like the packaging of this one. That pimple like thing on the side of the cover aside, the packaging is nice and well designed. The top compartment fits the baby blue colored puff. When you flap the partition, it reveals the pressed powder and tiny mirror! Just love the fact that my puff wont be doused with too much powder anymore! Yay!

Now the powder itself. As you can see it is very very white. The texture is unfortunately not the most finely milled around. And the powder is not translucent, I am pretty sure it will look ashy on deeper skin tone. Even on me, it does look ashy if I don’t spread it evenly.
Ashy look aside, it does pretty good job maintaining more matte looking T zone. I need to blot after 3-4 hours. Not bad...
Another thing... it smells a little like sulphur if you sniff close enough. But i don’t detect the smell when I apply the powder though.
Is it worth it?
Yes if... you are super fair and you want more oil control
No if... your skin has deeper tone, you don’t want to deal with internet shopping

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mandom Lucido-L Hair Treatment Water

When I thought hyaluronic acid is just for wrinkles… Mandom says it is good for hair too. Whoa… Must try!

This Hair Treatment Water spray contains not one, but two types of hyaluronic acid to quickly moisturize, straighten dry or bed head hair. Sounds like something my ultra dry, regularly straightened hair really need.

Reading thru the ingredient list, the hyalyronic acids they mean here are: hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate.

Anyways, I love the spray. It mists my hair nicely. Smells refreshingly good too… a little floral aquatic with dash of powder. Not too strong, just nice to mask the smokey hawker center smell from my hair, but not overriding perfume I wear in the morning.

My hair does feel a little smoother after spraying this. But not to the extent of straightening my bed hair. May be because my hair is extra rebellious… those with softer hair might benefit more. It does make my hair tangle less , even though the moisturizing effect is not so visible after spraying.

This was given to me by my mom, who picked the product mistakenly during her trip to the drugstore. So, I couldn’t really comment on the money-worthness of this product. Nonetheless, a nice addition on my work desk! Better fragrance and benefits than other mists I purchased so far.

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream

After hearing and reading so much fuss about this product, I decided to give this a try. After all, an online retailer sells the sample sized stuff of this one.

What’s interesting is the ingredients, the company claimed to use only purest, all natural ingredients. Olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly and propolis. Sounds good. Let’s see if it is worth all the noise.

Texture wise, it looks a little like petroleum jelly, just less glossy. It is not fragranced, but somehow has this faint smell of something sweetish, the kind of sweet that I don’t really fancy. Lucky it was very faint and upon application the smell just dissipates.

Feels firm when touched in the jar, but quickly melt and get absorbed easily upon rubbing. Just like any balm, my skin feels moisturized after application.

Some people suggest using this as make up remover as well as moisturizer. Curious to try it, I swiped my favorite Urban Decay 24/7 Eye pencil on back of my hand and applied the cream after the eye liner sets. Light massaging took off the make up! Not bad. I am not sure if I want such heavy cream anywhere near my already oily lids thou…

For the other miraculous claims, I haven’t used it long enough to see if it improves my light scar or skin texture in the long run.

So far, this looks like promising product, but given the smell, I prefer my Badger Balm much more. Smells better and does the moisturizing job well too. And 37-ish USD (that’s before international shipping) for 4 oz (about 110gr) of product is just too too ridiculous. I’ll stick to my lovely Badger Balm.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Missha Procure 365 Hair Mist in Green Aqua

Missha is more famous for its BB cream than anything else. Since I needed mist to get rid (or more like… mask) the smell of hawker centre / canteen after lunch, I grabbed this one.

All the instructions and notes are in Korean, so I don’t have a clue what other benefit shall I expect from this one other than adding a dash of freshness to my hair. The website, thankfully is available in English…

Missha's Procure Hair Mists not only leave the hair smelling great, but have built-in UV protection as well. Get a great-smelling mane with the added benefit of UV protection in one easy spritz. This product is guaranteed to becoming one of your beauty staples.Choose from Green Aqua, Fresh Flower & Sweet Fruits’

UV protection! Wow! But I couldn’t find any SPF number here… the only number I see is ‘10-15’ which I think I could safely assume it is how far I should hold the bottle from my hair to evenly spray the product.

as it is called, ‘Green Aqua’, the product smells fresh and aquatic. Really light and non obtrusive, but enough to get rid of that nasty stink from food court.

It doesn’t do anything to my ultra dry hair; however, if I sprayed it enough, I can feel my hair getting a little beach-textured. You know… that feeling when you spray your hair with a little salt water to make the nicely tousled ‘surfer gal hair’. I don’t think this could replace salt-water spray or other styling product though.

Bottom line, this is nice to use after lunch. But does nothing otherwise. Plus, if you couldn’t get it in retail price or you dislike online shopping, this is not worth it.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pigeon UV Protection Compact Powder in Pink

Pigeon is one of my favorite baby products brand. I love the fragrance, the logo, everything… and today, I decided to venture to Pigeon’s products for adults.

Pigeon is Japanese company produces mainly baby and mother products… toiletries, pacifiers, diapers … In some Asian countries; I’ve seen some products made for adults, mainly face powders. This one claims to contain jojoba, chamomile and microfine Zinc Oxide for UV protection. No SPF number seen anywhere in the packaging though.

The pressed powder is packaged in pretty standard plastic compact with mirror and puff inside. The puff is so thin and the velvety material tends to shed and stick to the mirror though. The brand offers several shades like ivory, gold, beige, etc… I picked pink, because I think that would be more suitable for me. Unfortunately it is waaaaayyy to fair for my skin tone. That’s what you get for buying without seeing the actual color! Heh…

The product is fragranced, powdery fragrance. Quite pleasant IMO. And it is pretty pigmented, so… don’t get one which doesn’t match your skin tone… you will look ashy! Not the finest powder I’ve tried… but hey… with that price (reapprox USD 3.30) and quantity (20gr) I don’t think I can complain of anything.

Don’t think I will use this, but I love the mirror… So I’m keeping it for the mirror!

@ Anonymous:  I got mine in Guardian -one of the shopping malls of Jakarta.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Makarizo Advisor Hair Recovery Instant Treatment with Silk Protein

Makarizo is one ‘professional’ hair care range that’s rather famous in Indonesia recently. It claimed to have its formulation done in California, however, brief googling couldn’t lead me to American page about this brand. All activities are done in South East Asia as far as I can see. So I think, I would assume this is an Asian brand.

My perpetually dry and occasionally split end-ed hair really needs something to make it appear healthier. So I grabbed this one to ‘repairs & nourishes dry or damaged hair and split ends, adds gloss and sheen, blow dry heat protection and UV protection’. Okay, for the last claim, I couldn’t find any SPF number in the packaging, so I don’t know how they claim the last one.

Moving on to the product, this clear heavy serum is supposed to be applied on your hair anytime it needs extra sheen. Feels siliconey. Too bad I couldn’t find any ingredient list near the packaging.

 It does add a little sheen, but I don’t feel like it saves my dry hair too much. The fragrance it sports is rather strong jasmine scent. Doesn’t bother me at all after applied on hair, as long as you don’t pour the whole tiny tube and use it at once.

the teeny weeny 8mL tube lasts me a good 2 weeks, with about every 2 days use, not more than a few drops each use. I use them when my hair is dry.

A fun add on for your regular hair routine, but doesn’t help much IMO… .

Neutrogena Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration SPF 25 with Helioplex

Ive been looking for light, moisturizing SPF for my arms for ages by now. For some reason, I keep on bumping into either SPF cream/milk without moisturizing property or those thick gooey smelly SPFs. Until I bumped in to this…

According to the direction, I is supposed to be used for face, neck and chest… but I am using it for my arms and hands, as I prefer to split moisturizer and SPF for face. But too lazy to do the same for my arms…hehe…

The texture of this one is just perfect. Light cream with just enough moisturizing feel. the formula sports fresh fragrance, if you smell hard enough, you might be able to detect the SPF-ey smell. Not as noticeable as other SPFs though.

Doesn’t feel oily too! Perfect for spring/summer!

Another plus… it doesn’t ‘slid off’ / ‘washed away’ when I wash my hands. With that, this has become my desk essential!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Kose Cosmeport Rose of Heaven Hand Cream

I have been a fan of most products from rose themed Kose’s Happy Bath Days brand. The Japanese giant always manages to make cute pink rosey packaging and on some products, the fragrance is simply nice.

Rose of Heaven is another brand from Kose Cosmeport. The brand includes various toiletries, including this hand cream. It says ‘fragrant rose honey and rich organic moisture soothe your heart and skin’. Let’s see if it is up to the promises…

I totally love the texture of his hand cream. It does not feel sticky. It doesn’t feel like you’ve washed off a layer of something after rinsing your hand with water. And, I washed my hands a lot. So… this is really important for me. The cream is consistency is somewhere between your regular light lotion and heavy hand cream (like Crabtree & Evelyn’s). My hands feel instantly moisturized and comfortable.

The bad thing is the fragrance… it smeels like funny rose. Not green-rose, fresh-rose or even grandma style rose… just funny. It might be the honey fragrance they put in. luckily, the fragrance is not that strong, that I still like it enough to grab and use it from time to time when I’m in my desk.

Overall…if you can stand the fragrance and you are patient enough to wait for your parcel to come (I got mine from, this is a good buy.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Rosette Hello Kitty Cleansing Paste for Normal Skin

I think I hauled everything Hello Kitty and Rosette from That feline charm…ohhh..cant resist!

Actually by the time I purchased this, I have no idea what is cleansing paste. Anything with such a pretty design and that little puddy tat kitty cat on the packaging…I will buy! Look at the box! So pretty! Seems like Rosette really knows what to do to make me buy their products! This Japanese brand offer various cute skincare products.

And the tube… just adorable! I wont throw the tube away after I’m done with what’s inside!

I simply adore the packaging concept. It has this plastic cover inside the tube, which you are not supposed to take off by the way. This cover keeps the paste clean and dry. Just gently lift the stopper to reveal the pale yellow thick paste. Press the plastic cover to push the product out when needed. I say…genius!

Pale yellow paste contains sulfur for softening the skin and preventing chapped skin and acne! How lovely. Gentle for face, but will help a lot with those with troubled skin elsewhere… bacne… arm acne etc…
It has nice clean-powdery smell. I only detected only a hint of sulfur smell. Nothing intrusive really.

The cleansing paste is … well… paste. The texture is like regular creamy Asian facial wash (only thicker) which will produce nice soft bouncy foam and leave your skin squeaky clean. My face is mostly oily (with some occasional dry patch on side of cheek), so this is perfect for me. Cleanse my oily face totally! It might be too drying for others with dry or sensitive skin though.

Is it worth it?
Yes if… you are Hello Kitty fan, you want squeaky clean face, you want to keep your cleanser clean and nice
No if… you hate online shopping

Overall.. I am pretty sure I’m gonna purchase this again! Really good product. This comes in 2 variant; for normal skin (pink) and for dry skin (baby blue). USD 7.8 a pop from, I do think this is a good price

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Etude House nail polish GR608

Look at that unique neon yellow! I just have to have it!!!

Or not… (as I found out later)
Just like anything else from Etude House, this Korean brand really nailed it every time they design their packaging. This mini nail polish is no exception. Small and cute. And with seasonal colors such as this strikingly unique yellow greenish neon, I think it would be a greater idea not to invest (uh, yes, I ‘invest’ in my polish and make up item = p) in big bottle such as the regular Essies or OPIs.

And with its KRW xx price tag, it doesn’t hurt bit even to grab more colors! Sounds like heaven, right? No…

The color is…as you can see… sheer neon yellow with greenish tint and jelly finish. Etude house seems to consider this one Greens from its color coding (GR608), but I think this is more yellow than green. In the bottle it reminds me of the color of certain type of young unfurled banana shoot… anyways, on nail, I feel like using yellow highlighter… that level of sheerness… even after 2-3 coats. By looking at how sheer this is, I don’t think I would recommend anyone to pick this color. The scotch tape swatch below is single, double and triple coat...

First of, the formula. It is so hard to make it even and nice. And somehow it takes forever to dry. Normally, even the longest drying of OPIs or Orlys, I don’t have to use my hair dryer to work. This one… even the first layer need hair dryer to help with the drying.

Granted, yellows are not the easiest color to formulate in nail polish it seems. If this were not yellow, I would have thrown it away after witnessing the result on first coat. however, I still wanna give this yellow a try , As the color is very sheer, I need to pile more coat… there goes the second coat. And … it dries... forever and a day.

With hair dryer, fan and every single method I know, I still couldn’t manage to make it dry even after 2 hours. Mind you, this is only the 2nd layer. So I gave up, and sleep with my half dried polish, knowing I would have to remove it and apply fresh polish in the morning. For curiosity sake, I left it on just to know how long will this polish really dry out. 

Surprise me, it hasn’t dry fully even in the morning. Slight knock on the table make dent on the polish.

One bottle goes to the newly opened polish graveyard.

Big Ruby Supercool Nail Tattoos

I am sooo excited upon pressing the ‘order’ button from Big Ruby! I want… no… I NEED… Nail tattoos! Totally! And today, it arrives on my doorstep! Yay!
Big Ruby is proudly American brand and proudly animal lover too! Plus they made really cute and cool designs for your nail. And…they deliver internationally! What’s not to love from this brand?

I ordered 3 designs from Big Ruby: gardens, tweet and sea creatures. With my order, Big Ruby also sent me the really cool skull&crossbones tattoos (available for limited period of time as freebie...I think...)! Just in time for my Pirates of Caribbean fever (yes… I am still suffering from the Pirates fever until now…) Each design comes in individual resealable plastic sheet containing 86 designs… smaller ones for your mani and bigger ones for your pedi.

These tattoos are easy peasy to use. Reminiscent of temporary tattoos from my childhood! Just cut the design you want, peel off clear plastic sheet & press the design face down to your nail (or skin). Then add a drop or two of water and keep on pressing the design firmly for 15 seconds or so. Slowly peel off the white paper backing and… voila! Instant nail art. LOVE…

I really really recommend applying top coat on your design. Else you end up like me… being too excited and touched the newly applied design and make an ugly mark on it. Be patient… and don’t get overly excited… dont forget your top coat!

Second try, I applied single coat of OPI Rapidry top coat. so far it has been 3 days and my tattoo is still sitting pretty and glossy, even though tip of my nail mani has shown wear and tear chipping. I am happppyyyy with this!

Would recommend this cool stuff to any lazy nail art lover. Granted, these doesn’t shimmer or glitter like regular girly girl decal… but this totally has the cool vibe on it. Im not affiliated with Big Ruby, but in case you are interested, they are here --

Monday, August 1, 2011

Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Shadow Pencil in Morphine

What can I say... the color is amazing, the texture is amazing, the lasting power is amazing
I first fell in love with Urban Decay colourful and creamy 24/7 pencil eye liners. Graduating from the eyeliner, I saw Morphine. The color is simply... amazing... light purple with iridescent glow. It just makes my eyes appear fresher and bigger when applied properly.  
This chubby pencil is so creamy and glides easily without tugging. Easy to work with (as long as you don’t let it set), easy to blend with the 24/7 eye liner pencil. It applies evenly too.
The loveliest thing is... the color stay put and vibrant all day long. My lid is super oily, most shadow wont stay fresh and will migrate by the time the clock hits 4pm. Not this one. 
I am sooo going to buy more... totally recommended!

Innisfree Strawberry Yoghurt Pack

It looks like strawberry yoghurt, smells like one and feels like one...

I am loving the smell, texture and look of this one. This pack or mask, comes from Innisfree, a Korean brand famous for its green, natural, eco-friendly approach.
Don’t read Korean, don’t know Korean too... so i don’t have any idea what is this mask supposed to help my skin for. Anyways, it is housed in small plastic container with foil cover, this is meant for single use. But I find the amount included more than enough for me and mom...
this one is simple to use, just apply on clean face and relax. Enjoy the strawberry smell and try not to lick the mask off... wash off after that episode of Glee or True Blood finishes. Voila ... soft, nicely moisturized face. I don’t use extra helping of moisturizer after this mask, as i feel my skin is moist enough.
Highly recommended for mid-week pick me up! If you don’t have to pay extra for the jacked up outside-of-Korea price...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Nature Republic Real Flower Sleeping Pack Rose

Staring at the big pink rose bud shaped jar made of plastic... at times I wonder, why did I picked this one up?
Needless to say, I don’t fancy the jar. For once, I don’t really like packaging of something I like. I think it is the fact that the pink plastic is rather sheer and I can see the outline of the tube inside. However, it is still a decent strong jar which does its job to keep the stuff inside , inside.  Not like Baviphat’s peach shaped gel cleanser which manage to spill its liquid inside my luggage.
Anyways...back to nature republic... just like many Korean stuff, it has plastic lid to hold the mask inside after you open the jar. Stuff inside is looks & feel like strawberry jell-o with bits of dried rose petal. Obviously it has serious powdery rose smell going on. Smells like dried tea roses I usually bought for my tea.  The scent definitely lingers sometime after application.

Sleeping pack is just like regular mask, but you apply it before you sleep and. Leave it on while you sleep. I do enjoy applying it, as it feels cooling & refreshing, like after I applied mist, but much more fun. Take it off when you woke up and enjoy your newly revitalized, nourished skin. Just apply the pack light-handedly, I find applying too much will (logicially) my face little sticky.
Just wash the pack with warm water to cleanse it off. I don’t read and speak Korean, so I don’t know what does Real Flower promises to make my skin. I get smooth moisturized skin, even though it doesn’t last long.
The only bummer is the fact that is sticky when it is semi-dry, because this stuff doesn’t dry.
This stuff is fun, if you are used with using sleeping pack and you enjoy tea rose scent. And, considering the only temporary effect I got, I do think it is only worth it if you pay retail price or close to retail price.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Missha Crystal Nail Polish in HGRO1

Polishes in Korea were incredible! I am spoilt for colors & brands & ultra cute packaging. But as I found out later, not all Korean polishes are the same… this one is from Missha, Korean brand famous for its BB cream. One of my favorite Korean polish. Here’s why…

See the packaging? Isnt it cute? Heart shaped bottle with wide brush. Very easy to work with. And the width of the brush just happen to fit my nail width nicely. I just need to brush once and I got all my nail covered nicely & evenly with the polish. Here’s the brush side by side with a ruler just to show you how wide it is. Stout and wide.

The color is dark-green pearl-shimmery. I am not so good at describing such complicated polish color. Bottomline… So pretty.

Ahem... please pretend not to see that blotch of polish on the side of my nail.... moving on...
And the formula is heavenly. It spreads evenly and dries fast. Pretty opaque, two coats are enough to create evenly covered nails. Somehow it has this funny floral-something smell…not the regular polish smell. I don’t fancy the smell, but it is not so obtrusive when I’m typing. The funny smell goes away after 2-3 hours.

This picture is 2 coats of Missha polish. Most Korean polish I tried doesn’t really stay long, they either chipped super easily or worn off super fast compared to OPIs. This is does pretty decent job staying on my nail. During lazy days, I use only single coat of Missha and it looks pretty even after 2 days, if I don’t do too much house work. Double coat usually stays nice longer. And mind you, I dont use top coats.

One bummer is the packaging (again). While first it looks pretty, after I open it, I couldn’t resist my urge to twist and close the bottle tightly. And the result…somehow the heart shaped stopper and heart shaped bottle body couldn’t get aligned properly, and the result is just plain funny.

Overall I like this one from Missha…a lot! While the price is more expensive than other brands I got in Korea, this is still waaay cheaper than OPIs or Essies.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Banila co. the Kissest Plumping tinted stick in LOVE

Banila co. Entered my radar only recently, since it doesn’t have any shop in Singapore. But the products looks pretty and I just cant resist to grab some...

The name says it all... it is lightly tinted balm which promises more plump lips. Sounds good...
I do think the packaging is so chic... chic plastic neon pink, without looking cheap.
The texture is totally comfortable... just like your regular lip balm with mint fragrance and taste. The Kissest is not as moisturizing as regular balm, but still more moisturizing than regular lipstick.
 The fragrance is not so strong, but the taste it kinda strong. And you can feel slight tingle on your lips after applying.
The color is sheer pretty pink which I do think will suit nearly anyone. It stains my lip a little, leaving lovely pink color.
Is it really plumping? Erm.. a little bit... just a little bit. I don’t think the plumping action is really noticeable.
Minimal plumping aside, this balm is comfortable to wear and I just adore the color. like the color so much... I think I will grab another color!
In summary..
Packaging: light plastic tube with neon colors
COlor offerings: 3 colors- 2 shade of pinks and one tangerie
Texture:  similar to lip balm
Staying power: lasts about 3-4 hours (thanks to the staining property)
Is it worth it?
Yes if... you like tinted balm, you want sheer colors
No if... you cant stand fragranced products, your lips are sensitive to plumping product

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Etude House Aloha lipstick pencil Two Two Kiss in 4 Honolulu Red Shine

I fell so totally In love with Etude House’s Miss Tangerine line. When I saw they are coming up with Aloha...I cant help but grabbed some for myself without even testing them!

Dont ask me what does Two Two Kiss means... it just look pretty and I grabbed it. Pencil style - One side it is gloss and the other is tint! It smells of yummy fruity caramel, just faintly. The fragrance is gone after application and it is virtually tasteless.
While the tint & gloss looks strong and vibrant in the packaging, it is actually sheer. The tint just nice to add a little pop on my lips. It is pretty glossy when worn alone too. Both are pretty moisturizing and unfortunately, doesn’t last very long. They actually feel and apply like balm!
While the color of the tint is more magenta and the gloss is more coral, the gloss pack some subtle shimmer, not really visible when worn though. Tint is slightly staining on my skin, the gloss goes off easily.
Beside this one, I also purchased Two Two Kiss in Pink Hula Hula. Click to see the swatch. Unlike Honolulu Red Shine, Pink Hula Hula changes color slowly upon application.
In summary...
Packaging: easy to use pencil
Color offering: mainly poppy summer appropriate colors
Texture: glossy, slightly moisturizing
Lasting  power: 2 hours appprox.
Is it worth it?
Yes if... you like light, bright colors
No if... you want more pigment packed lippie, it is hard for you to get Etude House around

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tony Moly Appletox Smooth Massage Peeling Cream

Totally looks like apple, don’t you think? Complete with the stem and instructions (in hangu) as leaf. This really shows that not all fruit shaped cosmetics are alike... some brands, like Tony Moly, pays little more attention to details and shape!

I am not so sure when did the fruit shaped packaging craze started, nowadays, you cant escape them if you purchase Korean cosmetics. Tony Moly, is Korean and its shop is full of uniquely packaged stuff- like this apple. This one totally deserve its own ‘do not eat’ warning on it...
Enough about the package, lets see the product!

The English website promises :
Multi-functional cream that effectively removes Keratin and double up as a massage cream with a nourishing pack function. Containing Green Apple extract, AHA and Papaya extract, this Appletox pack provides excellent exfoliation of dead skin cells and aged Keratin. Skin is kept smooth and radiant.
Just slap this product on your clean face, then continue with gentle massaging to peel off the dead skin and dirt. With smell as fresh as crisp apple, who wouldn’t want to use this?
Even though it looks creamy and smooth in this picture... it is not. The white cream is little rough, filled with fine grains of scrbbies thats easy to work with. Just don’t use this everyday...1-2 times a week would suffice. Lithe warning, those with sensitive skin might want to massage really softly here.
After a while, it would turn a little hard and you can see the white cream would turn slightly greyish/mixed with dirt & dead skin. Rinse up with water , et voila! Cleaner, clearer skin! Just to make sure no product left on my face, I followed up with my regular cleanser and then slap on my favourite moisturizer.
I couldn’t be happier after scrubbing my face...
In summary...
Packaging: just like apple!
Texture: white creamy with fine scrubbies only felt when rubbed with fingers
Is it worth it?
Yes if ... you want effective scrubbing cream without needing to scrub really hard, you want clearer skin pronto
No if... you  have sensitive skin, you cant stand fragranced product, you don’t want to bother looking for the product via internet

Sunday, July 10, 2011

SANA Pore Vacuumer Hot Gommage

Sana...sana... sana... you never fail to bring some unique, fun borderline gimmicky product from Japan...
Now, seriously... who needs 2 sexy secret agents, complete with killer high heels and what looks like super deadly weapons to clear and make pores smaller?
Oh wait... I do need one! Hahaa...

Introducing agent vacuumer 1, she’ll instantly heat up your pores. And her partner, agent vacuumer 2 who will vacuum out clogged build up. That’s not all... this product also contains Ghassoul mud from Morocco! Sounds like solution to my pesky blackheads.
This gommage comes in aluminium tube, looking just like your toothpaste. With toothpaste is white creamy with black dots. The scrubbies are a not too fine, not too grainy either.
Just apply on your clean dry face with dry hands. Then wet your hands a little to activate the heating action. Slowly massage while enjoying the warm sensation on your skin. Wash with water afterwards.
Be careful not to add too much water at once. First, it will goes messy and runny on your face. Second, the heating might be too shocking for those not used with self-heating masks or gommages.  Better start very small then work it up slowly.
Does it work wonders? Hmm... sadly no. It works just like any other scrub I already own and commonly available in your nearest drugstore. I don’t think the heating action helps to clear up my pores. It works as effective as regular scrubs.
Fun to use, unique concept, but not so much different than other products. Bottom-line, you don’t miss much if you skip this one.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Etude House Dr Oil Solution Anti-Shine Mist

I’m nuts about mists nowadays. Luvre to mist my face mid-day to give much needed freshness boost…

Another one from Etude House, one of my favorite Korean cosmetic brand. Dr Oil Solution is range of products from compact powders to this mist.

It promises me to moisturize my tired skin while reduce oily shine to improve foundation coverage & longevity. With ingredients such as lavender, tea, cranberry and grapefruit extract… this sounds perfect for my combo skin!

Adore the color scheme of the box and the shape of the bottle! I get retro feeling from this product. It just look lovely sitting on my office desk…

The solution inside is liquid, with fine powder suspended. If left sitting for a while, the white powder will settle down and you would need to shake the bottle first to mix the powder before spraying on your face.

I love the spray of this one. It really sprayed fine mist on my face, not squirts the product. Lightly fragranced, but not noticeable after the product dries down. This certainly give the much needed refreshment mid-day. Does it moisturize? Or reduce my shiny T zone?

Unfortunately no. my skin doesn’t feel more moisturized. Shine is still there too. I usually use this one after blotting my face, just to get the refreshing feeling.

Overall, you don’t miss much if you skipped this one. I purchased this in Korea, so the price is reasonable. However, I don’t think it is worth it if the price is more than Korean retail.

In Summary…
Packaging: simple travel friendly spray bottle with retro feel, creates wonderful fine mist
Is it worth it?
Yes if…. You like misting your face from time to time
No if… You can’t use cosmetics with alcohol (it is listed in the ingredient list), you don’t want to bother buying from the internet/local jacked up price

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Etude House Double Repair Hair Essence

I tried and hated other hair essences or serums. They tend to make my hair feel... heavy and some time oily. I dont usually get my hair care products from Etude House, Korean brand which offers alot of cute cosmetics... but hey... I did...Honestly, i don’t know why i picked this one up ...

Great news is... I don’t regret this purchase! I even grabbed another bottle the next day!
First ... I like the packaging. Simple transparent plastic pump bottle which is air-travel friendly is perfect! One squirt dispenses perfect amount of product for my ultra dried hair ends.
The serum has thin gel-like consistency, but becomes liquid enough to coat my hair easily. Feels siliconey and a little oily at the same time. Totally makes my hair feel so smooth and much more manageable! Instant love...
Slightly fragranced with soft fruity floral notes, very light. It is gone within first hour of application.
Have I told you I am totally in love with this one? LoL...