25 Jan 2016

Mega Review: Introducing the Organic Food for Your Skin "Whamisa"


I have the honour of being invited as a special guest to the Grand Opening Ceremony of Whamisa Malaysia last week.


God knows how excited I was when Whamisa opened their first store in Malaysia, since I had been eyeing for their products for such a long time! I learn about Whamisa through Glow Recipe, a highly reputable US-based beauty retailer carrying a wide range of organic and harsh-free skincare products. They have a strict list of ingredients while curating for products hence guarantee the quality of all brands get selected into their store. And Whamisa is one of them, also one of their best-selling brands!

friendly consultant explaining Whamisa products to another cute quest who attended

I received warm greeting from a nice Product Consultant Su En. She walked me through most of Whamisa products patiently. At the end of the event, I walked out the store smelling like flowers, Lols. If you are curious about the smell of Whamisa products, they smell very nice indeed. Very flowery and earthy, some kind of brewed flower petals smell that is strong but not perfumy.

neat and elegant concept design, don't you think?

So what is Whamisa and why so many people are raving about them?


19 Jan 2016

Review: The Face Shop Aqua Sun Gel SPF40 PA+++



Hi peeps, I'm back with another sunscreen review again! This is my 4th or 5th sunscreen reviews, and I must say that, no matter how some of us might hate it, sunscreen remains an important part of our skincare routine. If you have to just use 1 product, you must always choose sunscreen. It guards you against sun damages that cause aging, hyper-pigmentation and all other skin problems that you don't want on your face.

Of course, finding the right sun protection factor (SPF, PA) are equally important as well. For Malaysian weather, I advise that you always look for something SPF30 and above with at least a PA of +++. If you work in the office, then a sunscreen of SPF30 PA++ is still acceptable as well.

The sunscreen that I'm gonna review today is the Natural Sun Eco Aqua Sun Gel from The Face Shop with a SPF of 40 and PA of +++. That's a high UVA and UVB protection.

15 Jan 2016

Review: Innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream


I got so excited when this product was newly launched in Innisfree Malaysia. It was highly raved by many bloggers. And the agent whom I used to buy Innisfree products from before Innisfree officially opened a store in Malaysia also highly recommended this to me. She told me that this orchid enriched cream had won a skincare single item award in Cosmo Korea.

Fortunately enough, Innisfree Malaysia brought it in 2 months later so I didn't have to buy it online. The one I bought came in a set with a hand cream and a mini size heavy cream. 

9 Jan 2016

Review: Methode Swiss Thermal Oxygen Eye Cream

Actually, I wasn't planning to write about this eye cream at all. I didn't like it enough to talk about it. But somehow I feel that I should talk about stuffs that I don't like as well, so that it would make those people who want to buy this think twice before buying right?

I got this eye cream from Sasa Malaysia. I have a mixed feeling towards Sasa, which is more on the negative sides. I visited Sasa several times in the past, and got a lot of unpleasant shopping experiences there. The Beauty Advisors there see you nothing more than a money tree, most of them don't care about your skin or wallet, what they care is their commission.


You can read more about my experience with Sasa Malaysia here.

Review: Beauty Buffet Scentio Whitening Facial Foam

I bought this Beauty Buffet Scentio Whitening Facial Foam with Q10 during my last visit to Hatyai, Thailand. I've read a few articles raving about this facial foam as one of the best facial foam in Thailand. It's even said that almost every Thai girl uses this. Intrigued, I put this in my must-try list.


I also bought several other things at Beauty Buffet Thailand but this was one of the first fews that I've tried so I want to review it first.

Review: Innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral Cleansing Mousse



This would be my last review from the Innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral line, after the essence, toner and emulsion.
As shared previously, the Innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral line uses mineral water with very small molecules which allows it to penetrate deeper into human skin offering deep hydration. I really enjoy the toner and essence from this line, so I was curious about the limited edition Cleansing Mousse that was released at the same time.

Review: Nature Republic The First Essential Skin and Cream


As shared previously, I enjoyed using the First Essence from Nature Republic. It did a good job brightening up my skin and smelled really nice. Naturally, it prompted me to try out other products from this line - the toner and the moisturizer. In addition, I felt that the First Essence alone wasn't moisturizing enough for my normal to dry skin. So, without second thoughts, I grabbed those two during Hermo grant Xmas sales.

Question is, are they as good as the First Essence?

Before we begin, let's me touch a bit on the First line of Nature Republic. Basically, the First line here is made of fermented rice where rice with its natural brightening effects is broken down by bacteria, yeasts or other microorganisms into smaller and easier absorbing amino acids, vitamins and anti-oxidants. This allows the ingredients to penetrate deeper and faster into your skin to reverse skin discoloration and sign of aging.

Sounds cool? Let's move on to the products.


6 Jan 2016

Review: Methode Swiss Whitening Spot Eraser


This is the first anti-freckles serum that I bought during my earliest stage of skincare addiction.

I recalled that I found this anti-freckles serum when I was looking for a replacement for my Aqualabel Moisturizing Toner at SASA. The Beauty Advisor (BA) there persuaded me to buy other brands such as Neogence and Dr. Wu, saying that those would work better for my skin compared to Aqualabel. I later learned that they did so because SASA is going to take down Aqualabel from their outlet so those BA will not get a lot of commission if I buy Aqualabel. Anyhow, I was persuaded and ended up buying a whole set of (RM 250 instead of just RM 45 for the toner) Dr. G Super Aquasis skincare set. I also bought this anti-freckles serum under her persuasion a few days later.

I didn't even want to go into further how my skin has serious allergic reaction towards Dr. G line, and how those BA never tell me anything about the 14 days-return policy and went on to persuade me to buy products. They basically just regretted my unfortunate experience with Dr. G and immediately pushed me to try Dr. Wu. Again, I fell into their traps and bringing home some RM 500 of Dr. Wu Whitening Line.

5 Jan 2016

Comparison review: Mise en Scene Perfect Repair vs. Shine Care Serum

I guess you guys should be familiar with this hair serum. It's featured in the famous Korean drama "My Love from the Star", used by the sexy and popular artist Cheon Song-yi in the film. Of course, the main reason why it remains popular and relevant until now is the effectiveness of this hair serum. It can smooth and nourish your hair very well, leaving it silky soft and manageable. I fell in love with it when I first started to use it. It smells great and has a really smooth texture that glides nicely on your split ends, fixing everywhere it goes. Naturally, I am prompted to buy when another serum comes out from this brand, claiming to do a better job -- the Mise en Scene Diamond Shine Care Serum.

So, how does the Diamond Shine Care version compare to this million copies sold original version? Let's find out below.

APPEARANCE


Both hair serum have really beautiful packaging. If you ask me, I think the diamond one (right) looks better with classier and more expensive looking.


Believe in Truth: A Brand Overview and Reviews of 60 Belif Products Part 1: Cleansing Oil, Cleansing Water, Foam Cleanser, Scrub

(Last Updated: August 2017)


Disclaimer

This is the second time I revamped my mega Belif products review ever since my first one in May. I trimmed down all unnecessary explanation and broke this review into 6 major sections according to respective categories for your reading convenience. Links to each section as well as full reviews of the products discussed will also be included down below. Keep in mind that these are not affiliated links and I do not earn any commission from any of the links you clicked. All opinions shared in this review are my honest experience with the products. I wrote this out of my love for the brand Belif and did not receive any monetary compensation for writing this. However, do keep in mind that a few of the products shared below are given to me in the form of press samples but that does not change or influence my opinion on the products. This review also contains some honest feedbacks from my friends and family who used this brand under my influence.

About Belif

Belif originates from the word "believe", which reflects the brand's philosophy to deliver only the best things for your skin, using high quality, gentle and effective ingredients and formulation. Their slogan "believe in truth" represents the brand's beliefs of the "value of honesty" and the "power of the truth".

Belif inherits the spirit and herbal processing method of British herbalist Duncan Napiers. I am not sure how does they obtain all these herbal processing method, maybe they pay the franchises or something but Napiers website does sell some of the Belif products. Duncan Napiers is a British Herbalist in 1860 and owns several clinics that are still operating today in England. They carry a wide range of health and beauty products and some are also exported overseas.

Basically, Belif is like a Korean version of Dr. Wu, Neogen, Neogence, Kiehl's, and Hada Labo. Out of these brands, I like Belif the most because of how it feels on my skin, its scent, its performance and the wide range of products it offers. Belif products may not be the cheapest to get but you can always take advantage of the brand’s special promotions (I always go for the RM 350 – 50 + free gifts) to lower your cost.

All skin types can use Belif products, but I would recommend it for herb-lovers, sensitive, dehydrated/dry and imbalance skin. Belif products are mostly on the heavier side, despite its lightweight texture, so if you have oily skin (non-dehydrated, troubled or imbalanced), then they may not be the most helpful for you.

How to Read the Product Label




Full list of products discussed in this article:
  • Belif Cleansing Herb Water 
  • Belif Cleansing Gel Oil Enriched
  • Belif Crystal Cleansing Foam Fresh
  • Belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist
  • Belif The True - Whitening Cleansing Foam
  • Belif The True Tincture Cleansing Stick - Chamomile  | Full Review
  • Belif Mild And Effective Facial Scrub  | Full Review


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