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:

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