27 Dec 2015

Review: Nature Republic The First Sun Liquid SPF50+ PA+++

I'm speeding up my reviews on product empties. Hence, this would be my second blog post on sunscreen this weekend. I bought this after gets hooked by The First Essence from this brand. I am expecting this to be as good or better than my other sunscreens (I was using It's Skin 2PM Sunblock at that time), since its first essence was pretty impressive.

The sunscreen has a simple packaging that highly resembles The First Essence. The plastic bottle is also quite users-friendly and can be easily carrying around in your bag.

The texture of this sunscreen is closer to the Innisfree No Sebum Sun Milk that I shared previously. A type of powdery liquid that sinks into your skin, leaving a powdery finish with white cast. Both Innisfree No Sebum Sun Milk and Nature Republic The First Sun Liquid are quite drying for my normal skin. It would work better for those with oily skin. I should probably read the product claims more carefully from now on. I totally wasn't expecting a sunscreen that claims to do moisturizing and sebum controlling can be sooo drying.

Review: Regen Cos Premium Eye & Spot Patch

I bought this eye hydrogel mask from Hermo few months ago when my eyes are extra dry and all the Petitfee ones are sold out. I've read some really good customer reviews about this eye & spot patches hence I was hoping that it could reduce my dark eye circles and under-eye fine lines.

RegenCos is famous for its 2-step synergy lifting mask, which is developed specifically for women who want to have that 3D V-line facial contour by specialists with years of experience working in Korean surgical industry. I've bought a few of the masks myself, and have also recommended them for my friends who want to have tighter contour. The mask is not bad, not impressive for me (although my friends really love it), but the quality is quite good. As such, I trust the brand enough to buy their hydrogel eye patches although the price is twice higher than Petitfee (which has been sold out the moment I need it).

Review: AMPM 10 Peptide Ultra-light UV Lotion SPF30+ PA++

Combating freckles is a life-long mission for someone like me who are genetically prone to having freckles. And sunscreen is a must. Without sunscreen, the mission is impossible. Hence, I am always on the quest of finding the perfect sunscreen despite my aversion to having that sticky layer on my skin. I always buy and try new sunscreen to see which one works "perfectly" for me. I also keep two sunscreens on my dressing table all the time for that reason - one is the "light-weighted, preferred" sunscreen, and the other one is the "tested, disliked, but need to finish to avoid wasting it" sunscreen. Luckily enough, when I opened this AMPM sunscreen, my less favourable It's Skin sunscreen is nearly finished so I didn't have to keep two sunscreens on my dressing table. Also, when I was using this AMPM sunscreen, I enjoy it so much that I didn't have any motivation to open another bottle of sunscreen. It also quickly becomes one of my "holy-grail sunscreens" after Biore Watery Essence.

25 Dec 2015

Review: Skinfood Watery Wrap Mask

The reason why I fell in love with this specific mask from Skinfood was quite romantic. I walked pass Skinfood at Sunway Pyramid one day, and spotted this beautiful little thing from the shelf. It cast a "you-would-never-forget-about-me" spell on me the moment I opened the lid and took a sniff. I'd never smelled something so sweet but fresh. It is the kind of smell you would sleep with a smile on. Without second thought, I picked this up from the store and brought it home. It conquered my heart completely just by its smell - how simple can that be? I wasn't even looking for a sleeping mask the moment I walked into the store.

I didn't learn how to take good photo shot when I took this picture. How can I not realize that I've blocked all the light??? Otherwise it would look like Queen of Snow under the light. Sorry my princess.

23 Dec 2015

Haul Review: Introducing the Mask Heaven Iqueen Malaysia

Hi pretties and handsomes! Today, I am back with another haul review, this time from a Taiwanese-based retailer. This is also my second haul review after Althea Korea. I am so sorry for not writing enough on hauls, although I do shop a lot from various online retailers. Guess that they are too famous and well-established already to need my reviews -- I might as well save my time reviewing all other product empties that I've accumulated throughout the year, right?

But, the one that I'm gonna share today is pretty new to Malaysia though. They just got landed in Malaysia about a year ago in January 2015 if I remember it correctly. Unlike Althea Korea which is a new and emerging "brand", Iqueen Malaysia inherits from Iqueen in Taiwan, like an international chain-store or something. So, at least some quality assurance under the common brand umbrella.

So, is Iqueen Malaysia a good place to shop from?

20 Dec 2015

Mega Review: Introducing Nano White skincare line as parts of my teenage memory

Today, I am going to go through the first skincare line that I'd used, the Nano White range by Tohtunku. I am not sure is it exclusive to Malaysia, but I can't really find it anywhere outside of Malaysia so I guess it is only for Malaysians. The range is widely available in local drugstores such as Watsons, Guardian, AEON Wellness, Caring, as well as online retailers at very affordable prices. I started using this before entering university, about 8 years ago, for almost the whole of my university life before discovering Hadalabo. Hence, I choose to share about it now, not only because it is quite popular (widely available) in Malaysia, but also because it represents my youths as the first skincare range that I'd used. Let's read on to find out more about it.


"Nanowhite is the only skincare range with the 'happy' Endorphins that opens up pores for better absorption and nano molecules that are 1000x finer* for deeper penetration into your skin, so that the powerful whitening ingredient, Omega White-C, can work faster and more effectively. With nano-happy skin, you'll get fairer much faster. And that's a reality."
Image courtesy of Nanowhite Malaysia

18 Dec 2015

Sheet Mask Review Episode 1: November 2015 Facial Mask Collection

This is the second part of my special beauty episodes on facial masks. The first part is all about the beauty tips of facial mask and how do one achieve a bright and dewy skin with continuous use of sheet mask, hence the trend of "a mask a day".

You can check out the full tip here!

Let's begin with a short list of all facial masks that we are going to talk about in this episode:
  • Hey! Pinkgo Girl Brightening White Yogurt Lifting Lace Mask 
  • Innisfree Brightening Second Skin Mask 
  • L'herboflore Chlorella Anti-Oxidant Firming Mask 
  • Lindsay Lavender Modelling Rubber Mask 
  • Mamonde Evening Primrose Revitalizing & Soothing 
  • Mamonde Peach Blossom Shiny Hydrating Mask 
  • Mamonde Rose Moisturizing Mask
  • My Beauty Diary Damask Rose Mask 
  • My Beauty Diary Vanilla Moisturizing Aroma Mask 
  • Sexylook Sakura Duo-Lifting Mask
  • Tsaio Deep Moisturizing Mask 
  • Xaivita Goat Milk Whitening Cellulose Mask

17 Dec 2015

Sheet Mask Review Episode 0: How do I get Bright and Dewy Skin Despite Severe Sleep Depreviation?

Hi beautiful! I am going to have something special for you today, which is to share my latest discovery about how to retain that glow on your face when you don't have enough sleep for the past few days. This is not experimental, merely a coincidental finding due to several coincidences.

So, what are the coincidences? Firstly, I wasn't having enough sleep for the past month (November), spending time blogging, researching, shopping and reading. I have a full time job, so to catch up on reviews, late evening is the only time I have. Secondly, I didn't apply enough skincare last month as well. Most of my skincare especially first essence, toner, emulsion and hydrating essence were near the bottom. I didn't open any new ones -- didn't feel like trying anything new yet. And thirdly, I introduced sheet-masks into my routine after being lured by my colleagues and some of my Insta-fellows. I am a lazy girl when it comes to using masks. Except for sleeping masks, I find other masks time-consuming and too much of a hassle to use. Prior to this, I only have sheet-masks 1-2 times per MONTH.

The outcomes of "less sleep, less skincare, more masks" are interesting. Despite more sensitive skin, more blackheads and whiteheads, more breakouts (only 1-2 but I rarely have any breakouts), more sebum production in my scalp (my skin produces oil whenever I have hormonal imbalance or don't have enough sleep), I have polished, healthy-looking and brighter skin than normal. My skin glows. I mean, what else do you think has caused this? I get less sleep and my body is showing its complaints in every possible ways it can find except for letting it out on my face. Even more contrary, my skin condition "looks" even better than before. I can't find any other reasons except for the sheet-masks that I have been doing quite regularly this month. And it wasn't intentional either. I just want to add some contents into my Instagram and I happen to buy a variety of masks during the October Sales.

So, you'd probably have guessed it now -- the tip is:

16 Dec 2015

Review: Innisfree Wine Jelly Sleeping Pack

This is a long overdue review on the Wine Jelly Sleeping Pack from Innisfree. I am supposed to write about this sleeping mask 6 months ago but I was... you know... "too busy" hence the delay. Anyhow, late is better than never, right?

So the Wine Jelly Sleeping Pack is the first Korean sleeping mask that I'd used. I used to use only Japanese or Taiwanese products before I was exposed to Korean brands such as Nature Republic and Innisfree. So, I didn't know that Korean skincares have such a high quality with very affordable prices. I always thought that brands in Watsons, Guardian and Sasa are meant for someone below 30s. And when I am 30++, I will have to use more expensive brands in Parkson, never imagine one day that I will order skincare products online or buy from a concept store.

I know that sounds idiotic, but that is how "underdeveloped" and "backward" beauty industry is in Malaysia. They are not competitive enough to offer us with more brands, better deals and discounts, due to low demand and supply. And even lower demand due to higher prices. Even Dove shampoos that I loved so much in the past are imported from Thailand! Does that mean Malaysian women are not spending enough or willing to spend on skincare then? I am not sure. But let's hope for an improvement in the near future.

Sorry for the grumbles. So let's get started!

Review: Innisfree Eco Safety No Sebum Sun Milk SPF50+ PA+++

I hate sunblock. It is the last thing in the world that I would want to have on my face, due to all the stickiness and unpleasant feeling of having a layer of "something" on my skin. This aversion mainly originates from the first sunscreen that I use, Nano White Omega Day Shield SPF50 PA++. The Nano White one made my skin so dry and patchy, I couldn't finish even 1 bottle of them in a year, so you know I really dislike it. This dislike turns into disliking every sunscreen in the world.

Nano White Omega Day Shield SPF 50 PA++

Unfortunately though... I am genetically prone to having freckles. So my aversion to sunscreen becomes a big dilemma for me: to use (and prevent my hyperpigmentation from worsening) or to not use (and see those evil spots surfacing day by day)? In the end, of course, I am forced to give in, in order to control the evil brown spots from spreading further. So, you can see that there is a love-and-hate relationship between me and sunscreen. Due to that, I am always on the quest of finding the "best" sunscreen out there in the market. If I really have to use one, at least I find one that I hate less, right?

Innisfree Eco Safety No Sebum Sun Milk SPF50+ PA+++ is among the "luckies" that I'd chose. The decision didn't come arbitrarily, I have read a good few reviews on it before placing an order from Koreadepart. Most people claim that it is light-weighted, non-greasy, moisturizing, and have gentle formula. Two sunscreens that I like so far, namely the Biore Watery Essence and the Hada Labo UV Moist Emulsion are quite good, but they both contain alcohol especially the Biore one. So, if I can get something that is mild and gentle as well as light-weighted, why don't I just give it a try then?

6 Dec 2015

Review: Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion

I have reviewed about the Balancing Skin in my previous post (link).

The Green Tea Balancing Lotion from Innisfree is light milky-lotion type product. I would say that this has the least viscosity among all other lotions that I've used. It is a lotion, but feels like water when you rub it in. I would say this remains my favourite lotion in terms of texture.

I got this lotion for free (sample size, 70ml) when I bought the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum for RM 90 at Innisfree Malaysia Sunway Pyramid store opening special. The 70ml sample has lasted me for about 4 months only using it in the morning, which is quite long-lasting considering that it only contains 70ml of products.

In terms of effectiveness, this lotion is not sufficient to moisturize at its own. You will need a toner, a serum and a cream for best results. However, this works great as a complimentary product - which means, it is ideal for layering. You can layer this before a cream and it won't feel sticky or heavy. Instead, it enhances the absorption of products you apply later. I have never encountered any lotion which works more like a serum or watery essence. It doesn't carry a lot of big molecules that block products absorption. Instead, it works like an effector or a booster lotion, which is amazing.

This lotion is ideal for younger skin. Mature skin might find this too weak. This is also not suitable for those with flaky and very dry skin, unless you use the Green Tea Seed line from Innisfree as well. This smells equally refreshing and mildly enticing like other Green Tea products from Innisfree. 

Packaging ★★★☆
Texture ★★★★
Scent ★★★★
Ingredients ★★★★
Performance ★★★★

You can get this from: Innisfree Malaysia | Althea | Hermo
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.

Review: The Saem Urban Eco Harakeke Toner + Emulsion

I wanted to save this review for later after I'm done with my thousands other reviews. But some of my Insta-followers actually showed a lot of interests over these two, which prompts me to jump shift and write about this first as I don't want to keep you guys waiting for too long.

I bought the Urban Eco Harakeke Toner and Emulsion pair from Hermo last year but only started using it in June this year (I have to finish my Nature Republic Saccharomyces and Innisfree Green Tea lines first). For 1-2 times a day, this toner and emulsion pair has lasted me for about 5-6 months, which is pretty standard.

1 Dec 2015

Review: Laneige White Plus Renew Trial Kit

Have you ever dreamed of becoming Snow White when you were in your childhood? Have you ever wondered why some people have skin so beautiful and flawless as if they are made of snow or glass? Have you ever wondered what makes the gorgeous actress narrating the only female Empress in Chinese history, Wu Mei-Niang looks so stunningly beautiful in bold red? Let me tell you -- it's her near translucent skin tone.

Historically and culturally, women have been preferring paler and flawless-looking skin, since it implies that they belong to the upper class society where they don't have to work under the sun. Although warmer skin tone (tanned skin) is prevailing in the West now, most Asian women still prefer cooler skin tone. This is also why most Asian cosmetics have at least one brightening line.

It's sometimes hard to choose the right brightening products for your skin. They are either too harsh or too drying for your skin. You also want to avoid products with harmful ingredients such as heavy metals that can give instant results but permanent damages. Since I am far from being an ingredients expert -- I prefer brightening products from reputable brands since I can at least have some confidence that these brands won't use controversial ingredients to safeguard their brand images. This's why I choose the White Plus Renew line from Laneige.

Since this will only be a simple review on the Laneige White Plus Renew line, let's keep the introduction short (short???) and go straight to the point.

The trial kit consisted of:

# White Plus Renew Skin Refiner 15ml
#White Plus Renew Emulsion 15ml
#White Plus Renew Original Essence 10ml
#White Plus Renew Original Cream 10ml
#White Plus Renew Capsule Sleeping Pack 3ml

There are 5 other products from the same line that are not included in the trial kit. Except for the bubble cleansers and sunscreen, I'm interested in trying the rest of them:

29 Nov 2015

Review: Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating & Revitalizing Gel Mask

I discussed about Hanaka Intensive Renewal Facial Mask as a "meh" for me in my last review. However, this doesn't mean the end of the world for those who're interested in Taiwanese skincare products, as today, I am going to share one of my favourite Taiwanese mask from a very reputable yet affordable brand called "Neogence".

For some of you who don't know about Neogence, it is a reputable pharmaceutical brand in Taiwan where all of its products are formulated by practicing doctors. The brand itself was founded in September 2005 and entered Malaysia around August 2009. As of 2015, it has made its presence in major Asian and Western countries including Singapore, Hong Kong, China, UK, Thailand and Canada.

26 Nov 2015

Review: Hanaka Intensive Renewal Facial Mask

I am a bit obsessed with Taiwanse masks lately. Although I still have a lot of reviews lining up, I choose to write about Hanaka mask first. See how I love you, Taiwanese masks? Ok, that's just my lame excuse to buy more Taiwanese mask, LOL. But, it is true that Taiwan produces the best affordable-masks in the world, which's why I always come back to them. The Taiwanese are also estimated to use somewhere between 80 - 150 million sheet masks per year. So you can imagine the vigorous competition going on in there. How can you not get high quality masks at cheap cheap prices when masks are just everywhere?

There are a lot of Taiwanese brands that I love, such as AMPM, Neogence, Dr. Wu and so on on skincare; but also others that specialize in producing masks such as My Beauty Diary, My Scheming, Hey! Pinkgo Girl, L'herboflore, Hanaka etc. If you ask me, I feel that Taiwanese masks are by far the world no.1 in terms of their cost-performance ratio. Of course, Korean masks are really nice too, but I feel that Taiwanese ones move faster and have cuter and more appealing designs.

Hanaka Intensive Renewal Facial Mask is one such masks that has been quite popular in Malaysia online beauty market. Many online retailer such as Hermo, Beautystall, and individual 11street sellers are carrying them. They come in a pair, a black one for deep-cleansing and a white one for exfoliating. Both are wash-off type masks carrying 250g of product with freaky cute designs.

Since I have already got Coni Beauty Black Jelly and DMC deep-cleansing mask, I would save Hanaka Blackhead Pore White Mask for later and just grab the Hanaka Intensive Renewal Facial Mask. I wonder why they call the black jelly mask "Pore White Mask" though. It's black, not white at all, or are they serious about calling it "pore white" as in "whitehead"? You know, pores can't get white. Ok, that's just my lame joke. Let's move on.

19 Nov 2015

Comparison Review: It's Skin Power 10 Formula GF, WH, VB, Propolis, & YE

I bought the Power 10 Formula from It's Skin quite some time ago, around Xmas time last year, so that’s about one year already. I should have been reviewing them earlier, but first I am a lazy writer when it comes to writing about things that I am not that excited about, and second I don’t have incentives finishing the products earlier so I can’t convince myself to write about them. I want to at least finish using them before calling them “useless”. So, yeah, you would have guessed by now that this is going to be a negative review on these products. Read on if you are still interested in knowing the bitter honesty.

28 Sep 2015

Review: Innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral Skin and Lotion

I talk about the Jeju Sparkling Mineral line from Innisfree approximately 3 months ago when I discuss how I love their Mineral Essence as a light-weighted yet highly moisturizing essence. Today, I am going to discuss two other items from this line, the Mineral Skin and Emulsion. This would then complete my collection of the Innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral basic skincare line. I still have another review on its Cleansing Mousse coming up, but I'll keep that for later.

As discussed previously, the entire concept of this popular line from Innisfree comes from mineral water, which is water in its purest form with all traces of mineral removed. The water molecules of the mineral water are then small enough to penetrate deeper and faster into your skin than normal water. Remember all the stories you heard about people getting medical benefits from bathing in hot spring water? This should be how the theory works.

Intrigued by this refreshing yet highly moisturizing skincare line, something that you really need in a hot climate country like Malaysia, I decided to grab four items from this Jeju Sparkling Mineral line. Let's find out what I thought about them below.

Both Jeju Sparkling Mineral Toner and Lotion have cute, bubbly-looking round-shaped designs. Both comes in twisted-opened caps with a narrow 1-2 cm passage that allows you to pour the contents out. Although you can recycle your bottles easier this way, I always prefer skincare items in pump which is more hygienic and convenient to use.

1 Sep 2015

Review: Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water

It's not a secret that cleansing is the most important part of our skincare regime. Without properly cleaning your face, skincare actives will be blocked at the entrance and cannot go any deeper into your skin and do their jobs. The same goes for makeup -- your makeup will fit better onto your skin if you have flawless complexion. Like how you prefer drawing on a clean paper instead of a dirty one. And if you don't do your cleansing properly, you will be getting all the terrible consequences -- from premature-aging, dullness, blackheads to acne. So, it's really time to start taking the cleansing step seriously now.

In fact, I have been practicing double cleansing before I know that this concept exists -- the moment I learned that sunscreen should be removed with a makeup remover. You guys know that I hate sunscreen (I have reiterated on that many times before in my previous posts) and anything beyond that including makeups. So, the idea of not properly removing all sunscreen of my face at night grosses me out.

Since I rarely put on makeup, my double cleanse is very simple, it is either "sunscreen-only" or "sunscreen-and-more":

  • [sunscreen-only]: cleansing water/gel + foam cleanser 
  • [sunscreen-and-more]: cleansing oil/sherbet cleanser+ foam cleanser 
  • [no-sunscreen-weekends]: foam cleanser only 

So far, my favourite cleansing oil/sherbet cleanser is Banila Co Clean it Zero. I have a few cleansing water/gel in my favourites list though: Senka Perfect Gel, Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water, and Nature Republic Jeju Sparkling Cleansing Water. I am a picky customer when it comes to choosing the right cleansing water/gel/oil for my skin. I prefer something watery, non-sticky, easy-to-wash, gentle and will leave my face feeling clean.

Today, I am going to share with you guys one of my favourite cleansing water -- the Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water.

29 Aug 2015

Authentic or Not? Haul Review: Althea Korea and Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

This review should come earlier (so do my other reviews), but I have been quite busy recently, and my internet is down so my deep apologies for the delay. I have been shopping a lot lately and have accumulated many new empties. Apparently I finish using my cosmetics faster than my speed of blogging, so many headaches seeing the list of the "to-be-reviewed" products getting longer.

Anyhow, back to the topic. I have done quite a lot of reviews on products, but have not done any on hauls, although I enjoy reading haul reviews of others. Sharing is caring; so now I be the Santa Claus.

Reasonably Priced

I started to shop from Althea Korea approximately 1-2 months ago, when I jumped into their 1+1 promotion on Facebook. If you browse through their website, you can see that most of their products are selling at lower prices but still within a reasonable range compared to many beauty stores out there. I have loads of experiences shopping online, so I know overly-low prices might be a blow-off because it is too good to be true. Come on, this is business, not some charity organization, right? Althea, however, is considered "reasonably priced" because it is not too low but still lower than most retail outlets.

26 Aug 2015

Review: It's Skin 2PM Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++

I got this sunblock from Hermo after I stomped across it at It's Skin Sungei Wang and fell in love with the scent and texture of this sunblock. I didn't get it directly from the Sungei Wang branch though because the price is twice more expensive than Hermo. Somehow, Korean brands that enter local market tend to price their products way too high compared to their original prices in Korea. I am not sure why, but it is either for greater profits or due to reasons like tax and operational costs.

I fell in love with the sunblock immediately after trying it on my hand. The texture is very moisturizing, soft and velvety, and what's more surprising is the scent of this product! It smells exactly, or very similar to the It's Skin Prestige Creme D'escargot, a very famous snail cream from the brand. It is very floral and sweet, something that can make you feel happy. 

Review: Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence Limited Rose Edition

First essence or treatment essence whatever you call it is getting more and more popular recently, thanks to SK-II that leads the trend. The Korean beauty market has released loads of these first essences or booster at much cheaper prices. Although I personally don't think any of these SK-II dupes can beat SK-II, but considering the prices, these Korean boosters might be preferred choices by most girls. Personally, I like to take first essence as the "essence of a brand". I might not try every products in each brand, but if you ask me to at least try one, I will pick their first essence. For that reason, I now have Lirikos Marine Triple Treatment Essence, Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence and Hera Cell Essence and many more in my wardrobe waiting for reviews. I like how these first essences are watery in texture but have skin-renewing properties. Our skin metabolism reduces with ages and that's the time when pigmentation, wrinkles and pores come to knock the door. I am hoping that these first essences can play a major role in delaying them by enhancing our skin metabolism rate

The first essence I have recently finished using after my Nature Republic Saccharomyces Ferment The First Essence would be the Secret Key STE Limited Rose Edition. Officially, Secret Key STE is retailed at 32,000 KRW (or RM 108.90) but you can get it at cheaper than the stated prices if you shop smartly. I am not sure why, but I guess Secret Key lacks the originality and popularity to compete with major Korea brands so they have to push their prices lower. Also, I have seen them making their ways to the Southeast Asian markets. Many Hong Kong, Indonesian and Malaysian bloggers are sharing about the Secret Key STE. High value-for-money might be the major strategy that Secret Key uses to attract fans. 

8 Aug 2015

Review: Innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral Essence

Innisfree introduces the Jeju Sparkling Mineral line in spring/summer 2015. The entire concept of this line comes from mineral water or deionized water where water molecules are smaller than normal water. This mineral water can then penetrate deeper and faster than normal water, carrying along all other active ingredients with it. If you are wondering what mineral water is... mineral water is water with all traces of minerals removed except for carbon dioxide.

4 Aug 2015

Review: Ryoe Cheongamo Scalp Deep Cleansing Shampoo + Rinse

As mentioned in my previous post, I am very particular when it comes to haircare, due to my terrible scalp condition (infected, dry and flaky and itchy) as well as tangled and fizzy long hair. As such, I can't just use a deep-cleansing shampoo to solve all my problem because although it can detoxify my scalp, it will really dry out my hair. I have tried quite a lot, from Clear, Head & Shoulders, Dove anti-dandruff to Tsubaki head spa. Except for Tsubaki (which I finished two bottles), I gave up on the rest not even half bottle emptied. They make my hair super dry and frizzy. However, if I only use nourishing shampoos such as Dove oil-care or Mise en Scene Pearl Shining, they didn't soothe and detoxify my troubled scalp. See the dilemma? So after learning about Ryoe, a korean oriental herbal haircare brand from hermo (OK, I am not paid to do any advertisement for Hermo, I just used to shop with them a lot in the past year), I was thinking "why don't I give it a try", which is why I ended up with this Ryoe Cheongamo scalp-deep cleansing shampoo and conditioner set. It is often referred to as the green Ryoe as well.

2 Aug 2015

Comparison Review: Best Hair Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment for Dry and Flaky Scalp and Hair

Before we begin, I must explain to you about my scalp condition. I have extremely sensitive scalp with terrible bacterial / fungus infection due to my previous bad habit of sleeping or laying on my bed with my wet hair (and scalp) after shower. My past years of studying in Canada also makes my scalp condition worse due to the harsh and dry weather. I have changed so many shampoo brands over the years, from Dove to Head & Shoulder, Palmolive, Pantene, Schwarzkopf, Clear, Tsubaki, Loreal Paris, Sunsilk, Tresemme, Mise en Scene and finally Ryoe. None can really solve my problem. I still have itchy scalp from time to time, whenever my scalp produces oil when I am sweating, or when the air-con makes my scalp really dries. I have tried so many brands and used so many shampoos, be it good or bad, which I think are experiences worth sharing for all of the clueless shampoo-hunters out there. If you happen to have dry hair and itchy scalp and is struggling to find the shampoo suitable for you, or if you want to know a brief comparison between shampoos, do read on!

So I will begin with some of the worst shampoos I have tried:

#Schwarzkopf extra care shea cashmere shampoo + conditioner (RM 13.65, 175ml) 
(the worst, makes my scalp super oily and itchy, the oil is hard to be washed)

#Dove intense repair shampoo + conditioner (RM 15.00, 375ml)

(dry hair can be frizzy but I don't recommend that you use intense repair shampoo unless your hair is damaged from perming and dying, it doesn't moisturize well and might irritate your scalp)

#Dove dandruff care shampoo (RM 15.00, 375ml)
(does nothing to my scalp; dry out my hair, no conditioner)

#Palmolive brilliant-shine shampoo
(a long long time ago shampoo that I used; experience hair fall after this!!)

#Pantene moisture 
(terribly itchy scalp and more hair fall after 1 month of usage)

#Sunsilk smooth and silky 
(so oily and nourishing, only forming a coat on your hair with no other benefits, it is cheap for a reason)

Next comes the normal shampoos that are neither bad or good. They just do their normal cleansing job with no additional benefit to my hair/scalp conditions.

22 Jun 2015

Review: Coni Beauty Beauty Whitening Black Jelly Mask

I bought this black jelly mask from Watsons Malaysia after reading some good reviews about deep-cleansing products made with charcoal. Charcoal is getting more popular nowadays especially in the Taiwanese deep-cleansing mask market. Quite a lot of brands actually carry them: Coni Beauty, DMC, Bonanza, Hanaka, Shills, Annie's Way, EJG and so on... just to name a few. According to my research, charcoal is a good absorbent and is safe to be used on your skin. One teaspoonful of activated charcoal USP has a surface area of more than 10,000 square feet, which makes it a powerful dirts absorbing substance. Charcoal is also known to disinfect wounds too! Does that sound exciting? Let's get started!

So why did I choose Coni Beauty instead of DMC, Hanaka or Bonanza? 

>> it is featured in the famous Taiwanese beauty show "女人我最大"
>> it contains black rose extract, which claims to be a rare and precious beauty ingredient
>> it is endorsed by Ady Ann (安以轩) so I guess some quality assurance??

3 Jun 2015

Review: Biore Makeup Remover for Eye & Lip and Makeup Removing Facial Foam

Before I encounter Banila Co, I rely on eyes & lips makeup remover to remove my point-makeups (actually, I am still using a point-makeup remover now "Bifesta" but I always remove my point-makeup with Banila Co unless I put on a lot of eye makeup that day). And since I rarely makeup, I don't usually need a lot of them, one small bottle can last me for quite some months.

I still remember that, my first point-makeup remover was Silkygirl from Watsons / Guardian. I didn't finish that bottle, and don't quite remember how it performed now. I still it was a "meh". My second bottle was from ZA. That one was quite good and can remove makeup effectively. And this Biore one was my third, I thought of giving it a try after got very pleased with its Watery Essence Sunscreen, so I bought it after I run out on my ZA.

As you can see, the bottle has a nice pinkish design that is transparent so that you can estimate how much products are still left. Even the remover is pinkish in color. I am not sure is it naturally like this, or did they add artificially coloring into it to increase the wow factor. The mother company is Kao from Japan. They are known to be very delicate when formulating their products so I suppose that this makeup remover is quite gentle then.

But after using them for about 3 months or so, I can say that I am very very disappointed with the performance. It doesn't clean my makeup well enough!!!

17 May 2015

Review: Innisfree Green Tea Seed Cream

I bought this Innisfree Green Tea Seed Cream from Hermo during their sales event, as a good compliment to my other green tea products (seed serum, balancing skin, and balancing lotion). I often use skincare from the same series to find out whether or not they work for me, especially for new products that I'd never used before. Mixing products are not necessarily bad, depending on your needs and skin conditions, but it may make it hard to identify which improves your skin and which doesn't so I tend to buy the same sets of products from the same brand. 

Most Innisfree's cream comes in a garden pot design. This might not be good for hygienic reason (excessive exposure to the open air), but really fits the brand eco ideology.

5 May 2015

Review: Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Toner and Emulsion

The first Korean cosmetic brand that I bumped into was Nature Republic, which opened up my door into K-beauty. So I had a special feeling about this brand although it was no longer my favourite. In fact, some people told me that Nature Republic is not popular in Korea but more popular among the westerners. The first Nature Republic product I encountered was its best-selling aloe vera soothing gel. I was attracted to its fresh texture and sweet scent so much that I stepped into the store and explored its other products, which is how I found this Super Aqua Max line. I couldn't get enough of the smell of this so I grabbed their toner + emulsion during their 2+1 sales. Nature Republic Malaysia had year-round sales although their prices are higher than most online retailers so you can actually get good deals at the local stores if you follow their news. 

Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Toner

Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Emulsion

25 Apr 2015

Review: Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin

I am a responsible person (oh, really?). So, if I were to write a review of something, I would make sure that I research thoroughly about the products and their ingredients, and finish using them before writing something about it. That's good in the way that I mean what I say, right? At least I finish using them before I comment that they are either good, or bad. 

The downside of course, is that it will make my blog pretty outdated. Most products I comment on would have been outdated or been on the market for quite some time the moment I start writing about them. Impatient people (like myself) would have already grabbed one before I even post the review. 

Hence, it comes across my head one day that why don't I just kick asides all my insistence and principles and just write a quick-review or mini-review about these products. Just talk about them briefly is better than just storing them high on the shelves, waiting for my mercy one day to finally remember about their existence, and start writing about them, right?

Anyway, enough with all my grumbles and long-windedness. Let's start with our star today, shall we?

The Green Tea Balancing Skin from Innisfree is a light yet hydrating toner. It is not 100% watery with just a little bit of viscosity but is not sticky at all. 

I got this toner for free (sample size, 70ml) when I purchase the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum for RM 90 at Innisfree Malaysia Sunway Pyramid outlet, which is quite a good bargain. About 1/3 size of this toner lasts me for some 3.5 months only using it in the morning, which is surprisingly long-lasting for a 70ml product. Imagine buying the full size! 

The toner has a pretty green plasticky design with a twisted-open cap. It smells similar to other green tea products from Innisfree, some kind of fresh yet enticing smell (not exactly herby, but not like perfume either). 

In term of effectiveness, I think it does a good job as a hydrating toner that can instantly boost up my skin in the morning. My skin does not produce any oil during the day in my super-air-conditioned office (of course, with the help of green tea seed serum and green tea seed cream), compared to the Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination that makes my skin oily every 4-6 hours. 

I think this toner would be most suitable for those in their early to mid-20s. It is light-weighted, yet hydrating enough for those who pretty much have good skin already. It smells wonderful and is considered affordable. Priced at RM 57, it is quite close to a Hada Labo toner. Of course, these two are very different products. I have used both, and feel that Hada Labo is suitable for all age groups even for those in their 30s. Hada Labo contains Sodium Hyaluronic Acid with gentle formula, which is suitable for all skin types whereas Innisfree Green Tea is more targeted at younger skin. The downside of Hada Labo is its boringness: something so gentle and so simple for a curious cat like myself who loves exploring new things! Yea, I have been using Hada Labo for ages since my university years and got so bored of it that I wouldn't even want to use it anymore although its reformulation makes the product really Malaysia-weather-friendly.

So, the bottom line is:

19 Apr 2015

Review: Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Foam

I am a lazy person when it comes to writing about cleansers, probably because I often just open and use them right away after I receive them, and they will be in their worst shapes when I am about to finish them and start reviewing them. For the matters, I rarely take photos of my cleansers. It will ruin all your good imagination about them, which is definitely not something that I intend to do.

Anyway, today I am going to talk about this Green Tea Pure Cleansing Foam from Innisfree. Let me show you a picture of it in its beautiful and original shape first.

And then drop a bomb by showing you THIS:

12 Apr 2015

Is it Effective: An Ingredients Analysis on Claire's Cloud 9 Blanc De White Cream

I bought this Cloud9 Blanc De White Cream during Hermo's Christmas Sales 2014 for RM 89.00 (NP: RM 105.00). Since fakes of this product prevailed on the internet, I decided to get it from Hermo (a trustable local online retailer) even at a higher price. I had been using it continuously every night for some 3 months and is now ready to share my thought on it.

2 Apr 2015

Review: Coni Beauty Flora Spring Fragrant Soothing Jelly Mask

I bought this Coni Beauty Flora Spring lavender sleeping mask after I tried their Whitening Black Jelly charcoal deep cleansing mask. Although I really like their deep cleansing black jelly mask, I didn't quite enjoy using this lavender mask. I think this is a huge disappointment for me!

29 Mar 2015

Review: Kitsui Meal Replacement

I was looking for some good alternative to the expensive Herbalife when I found this Kitsui Meal Replacement. I decided to get this because it was in green tea flavour and was only about RM 2.67 each.

I must say that this meal replacement has the most unattractive design. Plain and simple. Maybe too simple. 

Comparison Review on Hada Labo Moisturizers: Hydrating Milk, Whitening Milk and Hydrating Cream

candidate 1: Hada Labo Hydrating Milk
candidate 2: Hada Labo Whitening Milk
candidate 3: Hada Labo Hydrating Cream
This comparison review is based on the older version of milk and cream.

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