23 Mar 2017

Review: Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

Actually, I was a bit unsure which one I should go for at first, this or the Belif Peat Miracle Revital Eye Cream. This one is loved and raved by one of my favourite vloggers Meejmuse. It also has lighter and bouncier texture. But Peat Miracle one claims to reduce fine lines. I need to decide which one I want to get first because apparently I cannot buy both at the same time due to budgetary concern. Then I ended up with this having went to Belif store and trying it on my hand and face numerous times. I also claimed a sample of each of them to try it out at home. I find this more moisturizing, bouncier, and works better for my under-eye fine lines. Having used it for almost a year now, I am ready to talk about this in details!

You can also refer to my shorter review on this product here if you don't feel like reading the full review.

19 Mar 2017

Swatch Review: Laneige Water Drop Tint Apricot, Memebox Pony Blossom Lipstick Orange Dahlia and Aritaum Colour Lasting Tint Peach Puree

Today, I am gonna talk about three lip makeup with similar shades and how they perform compared to each another. They are... Laneige Water Drop Tint Apricot, Memebox Pony Blossom Lipstick Orange Dahlia and Aritaum Colour Lasting Tint Peach Puree.

18 Mar 2017

Althea Haul Review: Taking Advantage of Whamisa 20% Discount

I forgot this is my which-th Althea haul, but yes I am Althea-ing again! This time, I took advantage of Althea brand introduction special 20% discount to grab a few times from them! Read on to find out more about what I bought this time!

16 Mar 2017

Review: Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar

I learned about the many benefits of vinegar rinse through youtuber Hover. She has oily and sensitive scalp which will produce funky scent when it starts producing oil hence she talks about hair products a lot and some of those she recommended are pretty good. So when I saw her raving about this Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar I didn't hesitate to get one for myself especially that this is retailed at less than RM 50 in Malaysia. I adore its claimed benefits of keeping the hair itch-free, healthy and shiny all day long and I couldn't wait to try it on mine. Let's see how it works on my dry, flaky and sensitive scalp!

15 Mar 2017

Review: Leejiham LJH Tea Tree Line, The Best Skincare for Oily, Dehydrated and Acne-Prone Skin

If you guys read my article about the skincare routine of my bf who has dehydrated, oily and acne-prone skin, you will be familiar with this brand Leejiham or LJH. This is the game-changer for my bf. He has seen great improvements in his skin texture and health ever since he incorporates them into his routine. I have received a lot of emails asking about these products in details so I thought of doing a separate review on them so that you guys can have a better understanding on these awesome skin soothing and anti-acne products.

If you are unfamiliar with LJH, it is a doctor cosmetic brand in Korea that combines medicine and cosmetics in their products, kinda like Dr. Wu and Noegence. It received several awards since its establishment in 2000 and was ISO 9001 approved in 2012. 

The LJH Tea Tree Line utilizes tea tree extract as its main ingredient. Tea tree is a well-known anti-acne, anti-inflammatory and anti-septic ingredient. It has been used in many skincare brands such as The Body Shop and Naruko so the ingredient should not be new to many of you. Tea tree should not be confused as green tea. It is a botanical extract obtained from Australian native plant melaleuca alternifolia instead of the stem of green tea. The most common form of tea tree exact is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has been found in many research to have excellent anti-oxidizing, anti-bacterial and acne-reducing properties. It is as effective as benzoyl peroxide but without the associated negative effects like drying and flaking of the skin. It also can reduce the presence of harmful bacteria on the skin that might lead to acne and blemish.

But tea tree oil has one downside as well. It has really strong scent that many dislikes. Cosrx that uses only a fraction of tea tree oil in their products ended up smelling quite funky so tea tree products without the associated funky scent will be great. And this is how the LJH tea tree line kicks in. It has all the benefits of tea tree without the funky scent of tea tree oil. Most importantly, it works really well on the skin too! Let's take a look at them one-by-one!

14 Mar 2017

Review: Banila Co It Radiant CC Cream SPF 30 PA++

Actually, I didn't want to write a full review on this at the first place. I planned to just include it in my yearly summary of my favourite and least favourite products without going into the details. But since 2016 has just passed, I think I will just review about it now than to wait for another 9 months. I promise you that this will be sweet and short.

Review: SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick

The product that we are gonna talk about today is considered a cult favourite. Almost everyone is raving about it... Soko Glam, Glow Recipe, Meejmuse and Gothamista. So I still ended up getting one although this is not something I will usually buy given its price tag. For me, a cleanser is meant to be rinsed off your face with less than a minute of skin contact so there is no point buying an expensive one, unless if it is really THAT good. Let's take a look at this cleanser to see it is indeed THAT good.

13 Mar 2017

Revew: J.One Hana Cream

J.One Jelly Pack made quite a big hit in Korea when Ha Ji Woon recommended it on Get it Beauty show. As a product junkee myself, I of course went into buying one of this but ended up giving it away because I dislike its texture. I find the Jelly Pack very sticky and uncomfortable when applied on the skin. It will take forever to sink in and will stick to my hair and even attract dirt to my skin. So the J.One Jelly Pack was a failure for me.

But I didn't give up on J.One products completely. I jumped the wagon again when Ha Ji Woon came out with this capsule cream J.One Hana Cream. She claimed that this cream will be able to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on your skin. And its Nobel price winning ingredient fullerece acts as an oxygen magnet to supply moisture and nutrition to your skin. Sort of like an all-in-one anti-aging cream.

Althea Sent Me A Present! Haul Review: Althea Vitamin Box

Browsing through Althea Korea website has now become my new routine. I enjoy every moment of clicking through their websites, getting to know every single new launching and promotion. Just like Memebox, Althea Korea frequently comes out with value boxes with trendy and newly introduced products inside. Buyers can then buy these at much cheaper prices compared to buying them separately. The haul that I am going to talk about today is their 13th Althea Box - the "Vitamin Box".

Inside the box, there are seven vitamin-enriched products to meet your beauty requirement for the week. Althea claims that this box will boost your skin from head to toe with its nutritive vitamin contents!

Inside we got:

  1. Mizon Vita Lemon Calming Cream
  2. Petitfee Oil Blossom Lip Mask
  3. A;t Fox Gyoolpi Tea Fresh Mist
  4. Gwa II Na Ra Banana Body Cleanser
  5. The Saem Max Perfection Firming Multi Cleanser
  6. Holika Holika 3 Seconds Booster Vita Complex
  7. Let Me Skin Ultra H20 Modelling Mask
The best thing is they are all full size products! Let's start with what to use on Monday:

11 Mar 2017

Review: Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack #Vivid Sharlet

This is a swatch review.

I bought this Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack from Sungai Weng a few weeks ago.

And here is my thought on it.

Review: Banila Co White Wedding CC Cushion and White Wedding Dream Cream

I am not quite a makeup person but today I want to talk about two makeup items I recently bought from Korea. I think you guys are familiar with Banila Co and its popular Clean it Zero Sherbet Cleanser as well as CC Cream. Banila Co came out with this white wedding line few months ago and I had the opportunity of buying its cushion foundation and white wedding dream cream myself. Let's look at them separately.

Comparison Review: Primary Raw Soy Milk Azulene Gel Cream vs. Soy Milk Facial Cream

Today, I want to bring your attention to two beautiful creams from Primary Raw. A lot of people call Primary Raw an art, not just a skincare, which I would beg to agree. They bring visual satisfaction in a way that you will be happy and contended just by looking at them. And they are not just beautiful, but also packed full of antioxidants, emollients and botanical extracts to deliver wholesome meals to your skin! Let's cut straight to the products!

There are two types of moisturizers from Primary Raw, namely the Soy Milk Azulene Gel Cream and the Soy Milk Facial Cream. Azulene Gel Cream is more suitable for oily and dehydrated skin whereas the Soy Milk Facial Cream works great on normal to dry skin. Both creams are made of Soy Milk, also known as DoYou in Korean. This is a highly popular ingredient in Asian cosmetics as Asian women believe that using soy products on their skin will give them tofu-like smooth and soft complexion. Of course, it is the silken tofu that I am talking about here.

I used to be a fan of Sana Soy Milk products when I was in Canada before I met Hada Labo. I was sold simply because of the soy milk product inside. So you can expect the popularity of soy milk ingredient in Asian cosmetics.

8 Mar 2017

Since 1851: An Overview of 24 Kiehl's Products

Kiehl's has the reputation of being one of the longest-establishing cosmetic brands to-date. A lot of Taiwan personality and Western celebrities swear by their products, which include beauty guru Nu Er and actress Barbie Hsu. I have always wanted to try one of Kiehl's products but is always hesitated due to its higher price tag. I guess Malaysian consumers have relatively weaker purchasing power if compared to other countries so imported goods especially those from developed countries like US or UK can be quite pricey.

My first Kiehl's encounter actually comes quite unexpected. I just happened to pass by Midvalley outlet one day and thought of stepping inside to experience some of Kiehl's products. I met a really nice consultant Kiki who gave me very useful skincare tips and also loads of Kiehl's samples. I think this good service is uniquely Midvalley. I also went to other outlets but some staffs at other Kiehl's outlet was kinda rude to me so I will always go back to Midvalley whenever I need any skincare advise or samples.

If you follow my Instagram, you'll notice that I share a lot of my Kiehl's encounters. I talked about how I sent some of Kiehl's samples to my aunt via mailing service. I also brought my mom and my bf into the brand. My mom was a loyal user of Belif products, but she did purchase some Kiehl's products out of curiosity. My bf is more committed, having purchased a full set of skincare from the brand after trying out the samples and finding them really effective. As for me, my target has always been the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, which I have reviewed about previously. Of course I also tried out other Kiehl's products since I am a skincare junkee, which I will review soon. Read on to find out more about 24 Kiehl's products we have tried!

If you are new to Kiehl's, it is basically a pharmacy-turned-cosmetic brand. They started off selling fragrance, inventing skincare for men, and slowly evolved to producing pharmaceutical skincare the "Dermatologist Solutions". You can find out more about the history of Kiehl's here. The brand pledges to use only naturally-derived ingredients to maintain skin health. It only provides a money back guarantee 30 days from purchasing if you are not satisfied with their products. In addition, they also do their corporate social responsibility by engaging in a lot of charity works and recycling campaigns. It seems that they are more into building their own heritage than just commercialization. Let's find out more about Kiehl's products with long heritage below!

3 Mar 2017

Skincare and Makeup Regrets 2016: Product Empties that I'll Not Repurchase

Choosing the worst skincare or makeup products is always a difficult thing to do. This is because personal opinions on beauty products very much depend on the user's skincare needs and moods from times to times. I need to be extra careful when calling a product obsolete or ineffective because it might be misleading for others since everyone's skin is different.

So I am very careful when it comes to choosing my top-10 or worst-10 products. Below I will include a list of my worst-10, as well as a full list of product empties that I will not repurchase in the future and why. Keep in mind that YMMV when it comes to skincare hence it is important that you patch test, research and explore further before making your final judgements. I hope that this review will be helpful for those of you who are interested in buying any of these products and please do not hesitate to drop me questions if you have any on any of the following products.

All products included in this review are product I finished using in 2016. You can check out this post for my 2015 review. For my favourite skincare and makeup products in 2016, please click here.

10 Worst Makeup and Skincare Products in 2016 (exclude cosmetic tools, wipes and lip balm):
  • 3W Clinic Intensive Uv Sunblock Cream SPF50+ PA+++ 
  • Aromatica Rose Absolute First Serum
  • Biotherm Aquasource Night Spa
  • Goodal Phytorain Murumuru Seed Hydra Serum
  • Hanyul Ja Cho Moisturizing Care Balm
  • Secret Key Black Snail Original Cream
  • Thayers Cucumber Witch Hazel Toner
  • Tony Moly Aquaporin Sherbet Cleanser
  • Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner
  • Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar

28 Feb 2017

Beauty Workshop with Cosrx, Hermo Malaysia and Joan Kim

I had the honour of being invited as a special guest to a Cosrx Malaysia Beauty Workshop Event with Joan Kim organized by Hermo. Actually I wasn't aware that Joan will be there when I attended the workshop so it was quite a surprise to see her there. The workshop was carried out in SFG Cafe at Sunway Nexis. There were about 50-60 of us invited to the event.

This event was meant to promote the new invention from Cosrx - the One Step Moisture Up Pad. 

Review: Belif First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask

Have you ever experienced working until late at night for weeks, finding your eyes area become easily irritated, dry and painful? If you have, then this mask is the right product for you.

Actually this eye mask is kinda like a dark horse for me. I bought it some times ago last year but only using it sparingly because I didn't really need it back then. I only used eye cream as and when needed.

It was not until recently that I started to pay more attention to this product, when no other eye products can do a better job at soothing and calming my eyes area. I wasn't having enough sleep in the past two months due to work-related reasons hence the one inch area around my eyes got super sensitive and dry. The condition was so bad that even my beloved Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream couldn't help. This eye mask then rode in with a dark horse to calm, hydrate and soothe my eyes area. I love it so much that I want to write a full review about it!

27 Feb 2017

Skincare Routine For Men with Dehydrated, Oily, and Acne-Prone Skin

I recently received several emails asking me about the skincare routine for oily and acne-prone skin. I personally don't have acne or oily skin so it is quite difficult for me to pinpoint products that are suitable for those skin types. Hence, I decided to do a skincare routine review for men with oily and acne-prone skin based on my bf's routine. Although this is called a skincare routine for men, but I will try to make it as gender-neutral as possible to benefit ladies with similar problems as well!

This is actually a Korean skincare routine, but if you observe carefully, you will notice that most products I use are non-Korean products. However, this doesn't prevent this routine from being labelled as a Korean skincare routine. You can read further on Korean/Asian skincare routine from my explanation here.

I find that some Western products actually work better for oily and acne-prone skin whereas Korean products tend to focus more on hydrating and brightening. Hence, mixing and matching ensures that I am using the best products instead of blindly sticking to Korean-only products.

Expecting Tomorrow: An Overview of 16 Cosrx Products

I am a packaging person when it comes to skincare. Often time I buy a product because it looks too cute to be resisted. And this normally ends in disappointment. It is not until I met Cosrx that I change my mind on how skincare brands can be non-cute and non-fancy but effective. Plus, non-fancy clothing also brings down a lot of the prices which come back to benefit us the consumers!

How I get to know Cosrx? Actually my relationship with Cosrx isn't a love at first sight. It is too ordinary and plain to be noticed. But out of sudden almost all my Instagrammers and vloggers I follow are sharing about it, even Fiddy Snail, Meejmuse, Joan Kim and Liah Yoo. It got me curious and here starts my official relationship with Cosrx.

I got most of my Cosrx products from Qoo10 and Koreadepart. Some I got during Cosrx exhibition to Malaysia. Hermo is carrying it at the end of last year which was quite unfortunate because I have already got most of my Cosrx directly ordered from Korea. But if you live in Malaysia and want to get a hand on Cosrx products, Hermo is the fastest way you can get all these products.

If you are new to Cosrx, Cosrx is a Korean cosmetic brand that focuses on using only quality and minimum amount of ingredients to achieve maximum skincare goals. Most of Cosrx products are targeted for oily and acne-prone skin. They also carry an entire hyaluronic acid range for drier skin but their AHA/BHA products are the most popular ones.

Cosrx is also unique in the sense that they have really down-to-earth customer service attitude. You can always e-mail or leave a comment on their Instagram account. They will always try their best to give you the best feedback. But even if you don't, you can get most of your answers from the bloggers, youtubers and Instagrammers who share about those products anyway.

That's how I get to know about Cosrx. Next we will go straight to the 16 Cosrx products that I have tried and my impressions on them:

Is It Effective? Review: The 3.5 Times Brightening Effects of Laneige Clear-C Advanced Effector and Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence

Normally, 1 plus 1 is equal to 2. But for Laneige Clear-C Advanced Effector and White Plus Renew Original Essence, it is 3.5. In this review, I will be sharing my thoughts on these two brightening products from Laneige and whether or not using them together will bring greater brightening effects to the skin.

15 Feb 2017

Review: Yuri Pibu Artichoke Power Essence

I always thought that things will never work out between me and emulsion. Yes, emulsion, the lightweight, lotiony moisturizer that is runnier than a cream but denser than a toner.

Almost none of the emulsion I have tried come to my favourite, not even the Belif one! Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion and Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid are light enough, but they are the rare exceptions in this case.

But what I have today actually changed my thought on emulsion-type product completely! It is the Yuri Pibu Artichoke Power Essence. This little bottle is packed full of emollients and antioxidants with an emulsion-like consistency. It is so well made that I guess if all my emulsion are made this way then I would happily slather them all over my body even on my hair!

Let's take a look at the product!

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