Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Review: Dr. Wu Intensive Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid

Product: Dr. Wu Intensive Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid

What I like about it:

Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from bitter almonds. Dr. Wu's formula is one of his star products and this is a powerful exfoliant that works! My skin is perceptibly smoother and softer after use.

The key benefit is that mandelic acid is more gentle and thus very suitable for sensitive skin or for more people who go out into the sun often or just want a more gentle introduction to AHAs.

What I dislike about it:

It comes in a really tiny bottle but a little goes a long way. Also, the instructions indicate that you should only use it 3 - 4 times a week so you really don't need a lot.

Overall, this is a perfect exfoliant for my sensitive skin and addresses skin texture and anti-aging issues really well.

Rating: 5/5

Monday, 18 June 2018

Review: Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

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Product: Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

What I like about it:

A powerful cream that works. The "brightening enzymes" / chemical exfoliants definitely do their job, and put into a hydrating cream, this helps to reduce any irritation from the stimuli to your skin. 

At the same time, I find it gentle enough for nightly use. 

The star ingredients are alpha-arbutin 1% (a gentle but powerful exfoliant to brighten and correct discoloration) and papaya enzymes (generally quite gentle as well). Additionally, the cream contains hyaluronic acid which helps to boost its moisturizing properties. 

What I dislike about it:

Tub packaging is always a negative for me. Unhygienic and difficult to use while decreasing the potency of ingredients. 

The smell is not quite pleasant either, but I would rather that than an overly fragranced formula which irritates my skin. 

Overall, I love the effects of this formula and the brightening and smoothing effects on skin. 

Rating: 5/5 

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 lip products 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.

The lip tint has an amazing watermelon "taste/scent".

The formula is quite interesting, its watery and thin on application but the staying power is pretty good.

What I dislike about it:

The colour isn't that strong for a tint and unfortunately, the formula made my lips dry.

Recommended to use by prepping your lip balms with moisture before application & for that amazing trendy pink shade worn by Korean actresses / KPOP stars.

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