Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Review: Watsons Firming Essence Mask

Product: Watsons Firming Essence Mask

What I like about it:

Picked this up on a whim on an amazing sale and was pleasantly surprised! As advertised on its package, the sheet mask adheres to your face really well, it's very thin and soft and has the hallmarks of a quality sheet mask. The essence is plentiful as well.

For the Firming Mask, the key effect is hydration. I do find the mask effective and I particularly like the fit of the mask. The mask is also advertised as free from parabens and alcohol which is great for sensitive skin. The mask is also supposed to contain retinol which is a key anti-aging ingredient (I spot this in the latter half of the ingredients list which means there is a tiny amount). The other 2 star anti-aging / firming ingredients are Adenosine and a peptide.

What I dislike about it:

Apart from hydration, I'm not sure if the mask would really have the 'firming' effect as advertised.

Overall, I'm very happy with the mask (especially at the sale price point!!) and the ingredients list is above average.

Would recommend!

Rating: 5/5

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Review: LUNA Poten Lip Tint

Product: LUNA Poten Lip Tint

What I like about it:

Korean make up and lip products especially are an absolute favorite of mine. The shades, packaging, formula and price point are just amazing. 

Luna is a popular product and the lip tint is one of the star buys.

I have mine in a beautiful pink #4 and it's an amazing pink shade that is very flattering and natural on my skintone.

Best of all, the lip tint has an amazing "taste/scent", it's a watermelon taste :)

The staying power is good despite the thin watery formula.

What I dislike about it:

The colour isn't that strong for a tint and I find it personally drying.

Recommend for that amazing pink shade popular in Kdramas.

Rating: 3.5/5

Review: Dr Wu Intensive Whitening Toner With Vitamin C+

Product: Dr Wu Intensive Whitening Toner With Vitamin C+ 

Intensive Whitening Toner is formulated with latest whitening technologies, V6-Laseryl and Clair Blanche-II, which can effectively act on different steps of melanin synthesis process, especially at the source of melanogenesis by blocking the composition of tyrosinase.

What I like about it:

This is a really cool skincare line from Taiwan. I really like its roots as a dermatologist based skincare line, and that its catered for sensitive skin.

Vitamin C is an excellent product for brightening and anti-aging but it can be difficult to incorporate into a stable skincare product.

Dr Wu's whitening toner is more of a gel. The instructions state to use it in circular motions all over your face, morning and night.

I like the gel / slightly-sticky texture. This makes for a very unique toner, that is not just balancing your skin but also hydrating.

It works very well to exfoliate my skin and does have an overall brightening effect. At the same time, it's not too sensitizing for my skin.

What I dislike about it:

There may be a slight breakout period as the toner is quite potent.

Overall, effective skincare at an affordable price point. Toner available here.

Dr Wu's line is very popular, and the star product is the intensive renewal serum with mandelic acid.

Rating: 5/5 

Monday, 26 March 2018

Review: Hanyul Optimizing Serum

Product: Hanyul Optimizing Serum

The Hanyul Brown Pine Leaves Optimizing Serum contains 83% concentrated traditional ingredients that will help re-balance distressed skin and restore your skin to its original brightness. It also boosts your skin’s ability to quickly regenerate, resulting in firmness and brighter tone.

What I like about it:

An amazing serum that helps boost absorption and helps to rebalance skin. I really like this serum, it works amazingly and I see an improvenment in skin texture and the minimization of pores.

The bottle is really well made and the scent is mild and slightly botanical. It does not irritate my sensitive skin.

What I dislike about it: 

It's a wonderful booster product that should be paired with a moisturiser.

Rating: 5/5


Monday, 12 February 2018

Review: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Product: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

What I like about it:

Good ingredients, lightweight.

Works well for undereye circles.

Overall, a great drugstore product that works very well for the day-to-day without breaking the bank.

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Review: Viva Naturals Organic Jojoba Oil

Viva Naturals Organic Jojoba Oil, 4oz, Cold Pressed & 100% Pure for Hair, Face, Nails, Skin, Stretch Marks & Sensitive Skin

Product: Viva Naturals Organic Jojoba Oil

What I love about it:

This brand of jojoba oil works well for my skin and hair with no complaints. The dropper is useful and the bottle is a dark glass.

I use it in multiple ways:

- oil mixed with cleanser for an effective deep makeup remover
- topper on top of my serums for extra hydration
- hair and cuticle treatment

What I dislike about it:

A pump would perhaps be more useful so the product won't have any contact with air at all, but given the shelf stability of jojoba oil, it doesn't seem to be a problem. 

Overall, I love how inexpensive and useful this oil is for absolutely everything beauty-related!

Available here!

Review: L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil La Creme

Product: L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil La Creme

From their website, this is a lightweight cream infused with 6 precious flower oil extracts that deeply repair hair from lengths to tips. The fine cream is instantly absorbed on hair, while 6 flower oils luxuriously nourishes the fiber & smoothens out cuticles on the surface for soft, sumptuously smooth and nourished hair.
Instant absorption. Non-sticky. Non-greasy

What I like about it:

It is an amazing product that leaves my hair very soft and shiny. True to what it claims, it is non-sticky as well and the smell is fresh and light.

I also really like the fact that it can double as a heat protectant which saves me time and money.

The packaging is also very nice and the pump makes it extra easy to dispense product.

What I dislike about it:

I really like this product so no complaints!

Overall, highly recommend this product as an all-in-one leave in treatment and heat protectant which makes my hair shiny and soft.