Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Review: Etude House 0.2mm Air Therapy Mask

Product: Etude House 0.2mm Air Therapy Mask

What I like about it:

Absolutely amazing mask, the extra thin and soft mask "0.2mm" really works to help the product penetrate your skin.

The mask is affordable and address all sorts of skin concerns with the different flavours.

Unique variations include Damask Rose, Lotus, Ceramide, Snail and Collagen.

What I dislike about it:

Easily available, very affordable and works well.

I personally like and enjoy Etude House products, however if you have tried their skincare products and don't find them suitable for you, another brand's masks may be more suitable.

Rating: 5/5

Review: Kohaku Hada Toner

Product: Kohaku Hada Toner

What I like about it:

I like the consistency, watery, which makes it easy to layer. The amber extracts also really intrigue me. Kohaku is also a great brand for sensitive skin, free of parabens, fragrance etc.

What I dislike about it:

This is useful as an extra step (or for those who are fans of the Korean 7 skin step method) but I don't find it particularly hydrating and there is a slightly sticky finish.

Perhaps a better option is Hada Labo if you are looking for something more hydrating, or Pyunkang Yul Essence toner for something equally gentle and nourishing.

Rating: 3.5/5

Review: Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Transformation Gel

Product: Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Transformation Gel

Wake up to a more even and luminous complexion with Invigorating Night Transformation Gel. This multitasking anti-aging serum is loaded with a concentrated multi-source AHA complex—including glycolic and lactic acids—and microalgae. This potent retexturizing gel formula is designed for daily use, so you can see results night after night. The cooling gel texture is lightweight to absorb quickly, even as it delivers skin-nurturing hydration. 

What I like about it:

As promised, this does help my skin as an effective chemical exfoliator and I wake up with glowy fresh skin the next day. I layer this with an effective moisturizer on top, but it is quite hydrating on its own as well. 

The best part is that it is mild on my sensitive skin, works very well but is also hydrating. The gel texture and scent is a little strange but it would feel comfortable for oily skin types. 

What I dislike about it:

It is slightly expensive but well-formulated as an effective AHA serum. 

Rating: 5/5 

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Review: InnisFree Minimum Facial Cleanser

Product: InnisFree Minimum Facial Cleanser (for Sensitive Skin)

What I like about it:

The pump is really convenient, and it pumps out a really plush, fine foam (that is not drying!).

The cleanser feels amazing on the skin & it has really great ingredients (free from parabens and fragrance!). It works well as a gentle but effective cleanser.

What I dislike about it:

The tube seems small but it lasts a long time (1 pump each wash is enough). Also I quite like the <100 ml tube since it's great for travel.

An amazing, non-drying, cleanser for sensitive skin, highly recommend!

Rating: 5/5

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Review: Duofilm (for warts, how to use and review)

Product: Duofilm (for the treatment of warts)

Duofilm is used on the skin to treat common skin and foot (plantar) wartsSalicylic acid helps cause the wart to gradually peel off. This medication is also used to help remove corns and calluses. (Read more here)
How it works and tips:
Wart removal is a tedious and nerve-wrecking experience. After consulting a doctor, she advised there there are 2 routes (1) freezing it off (2) topical treatment.

After doing some research on cryotheraphy treatment (freezing with liquid nitrogen) on warts (PROs: immediately effective; CONs: a little painful, pricey) and given that I have sensitive skin, I decided to go with a topical treatment - Duofilm.

After doing some research & experimenting, the best way to use Duofilm that I've found is as follows:

(1) after showering, the wart is wet / softened, so you can try to file it down / peel the layers
(2) apply a thin layer of Duofilm on the wart
(3) wrap the area firmly with a plaster
(4) repeat daily until effective

Pros & Cons:

The pros to Duofilm is that it's an at-home treatment, and its rather inexpensive! Also easily available on Amazon instead of having to go down to a doctor:

The only con is that this manner of treatment is best suited for smaller warts, and you have to have PATIENCE and dedication in sticking to the 4 steps above!

I'm glad that my issue was finally resolved after many weeks of patience, and hope this works for you too!

Rating: 4.5/5

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