4 Dec 2017

Review: Tomaru Pure White Blossom Brightening Toner, Essence and Soulful Morning Drop Power Cream Aqua Pump

For those of you who don't know, the same company that owned THE FACE SHOP in Malaysia recently expanded its line and opened up its first multi-brand stores in Malaysia known as Nature Smart. It carried brands like THE FACE SHOP, Beyond, CNP Laboratory, Tomaru, Dear Packer and many more, all under the umbrella company of LG Household & Healthcare in Korea!

Currently they are only available in Kuching but West Malaysian fans can get a hand on these innovative products from THE FACE SHOP e-store as well as Hermo!

In today's review, I'm gonna talk about three products I received from Nature Smart (aka THE FACE SHOP) about 4 weeks ago. They are from a new brand called Tomaru that harnesses essences of natural resources from the purest and most uncivilized lands in Korea:

  • Tomaru Pure White Blossom Brightening Toner
  • Tomaru Pure White Blossom Brightening Essence
  • Tomaru Soulful Morning Drop Power Cream Aqua Pump

  • Let's read on to find out more below!

    Review: Polatam Water Gel Extra Force Brightening Mask

    Polatam mask is a real treat! It carries a faint floral-herbal scent that reminds me of Crabtree & Evelyn stores. The kind of smell you get from natural, hand-made fragrance soaps or body lotion. I can dare say that my 20 minutes with it on is a feast for my skin and soul.

    I purchased my Polatam masks from Kurator, a local kbeauty curator that carries many products available on Glow Recipe. Polatam is one of their curation. So far the brand owner only produces sheet mask (and a cream recently) but based on my positive experience with their masks, I'm hoping that they will come out with more skincare products in the near future!

    Review: Common Labs Ggultamin C Real Jet Mask

    I have been seeing this mask flowing around on social media so I knew I had to get a hand on one. I bought all three flavours from Althea Korea last month, with some given to my mom. The one I am using today is the Vitamin C Ggultamin C Real Jet Mask. I saw a lot of dark spots emerging around the my right cheek so I wanted to get a quick fix which was why I chose the vitamin C flavour.

    29 Nov 2017

    Review: Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask

    I always enjoy eye cream with cooling ball applicator. It is cool to have massager attached to your eye cream as it can relax, soothe and depuff at once. That's also why I bought the Methode Swiss Eye Cream many years ago despite its high price tag, which turned out to be a complete gimmick. I had the courage to venture into eye product with roller once again when Laneige launched its new Eye Sleeping Mask several months ago, and here are my thoughts after using the product for a few months now.

    Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask was a love at first sight. I spotted it at Laneige Mega Road Show at Midvalley and was deeply attracted by its enticing lavender scent and lightweight texture. It also comes with a roller that feels cool to touch. I just finished using my Belif Eye Mask so I think it is time I got myself another sleeping mask for the eye area.

    Turned out, I was less impressed than I should! Read on to find out why below:-

    23 Nov 2017

    Review: Mediheal Aqua Chip Circle Point Mask

    Korean beauty industry has gone a step further into incorporating acupressure into sheet mask. This Mediheal Aqua Chip Circle Point Mask should be one of the firsts, if not the first, to introduce the concept of sheet mask with acupressure points. It is called "chip circle point mask" by Mediheal.

    Personally, I am a fan of acupressure message, which is the use of force to stimulate "meridians" in the body. The concept originates from traditional Chinese medical practices and has since generated a lot of interest and discussion in the medical field. The use of acupressure on your face helps to stimulate meridians on your face, clear "blockages" and ensure that your skin appears vitalized and lively. It is the secret to firmer, clearer and brighter looking skin. Clearing away blockages also helps to "detoxify" your skin, making it less prone to inflammation and breakout.

    Let's look at my thought on the new Mediheal Aqua Chip Circle Point Mask below!

    20 Nov 2017

    Review: SU:M37 Water-Full Radiant Hydrating Glow Special Gift Set

    I always want to try out some SU:M37 products. It is a premium Korean cosmetic brand specializing in fermented skincare, under the umbrella company of LG Household & Health. It is slightly more high-end than Belif but lower than The History of Whoo. The word "SU:M" refers to "breathing" in Korea whereas “37” is the optimal temperature for fermentation. Together, they represent the quality of SU:M37 products which are fermented at the optimal 37°C temperature for maximum results.

    My first SU:M37 product is the highly-raved Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick which I was unfortunately NOT impressed. However, this doesn't stop my curiosity about SU:M37. I grabbed their newly released Water-Full Radiant Hydrating Glow Special Gift Set when I saw it available on Ebay. SU:M37 products are quite expensive so I want to try the miniatures out before committing into the full size products.

    The SU:M37 Water-Full Radiant Hydrating Glow Special Gift Set I got consisted of the following items:

    • Waterfull Radiant Hydrating Glow Toner 20 ml
    • Waterfull Radiant Hydrating Glow Emulsion 20 ml
    • Waterfull Radiant Hydrating Glow Glow Serum 8 ml
    • Waterfull Radiant Hydrating Glow Cream 10 ml

    Below are my thoughts after trying out the products for 2 weeks:

    19 Nov 2017

    My September and October 2017 Skincare Favourites

    Hi guys! It's our bi-monthly favourite time! I normally don't do a lot of monthly favourites because I will share my favourites from time-to-time on my Instagram. However, since I have got a lot these recent months I want to talk about them here:

    • 3rific Premium Facial Oil
    • Belif The White Decoction -Ultimate Brightening Bubble Mask
    • Belif The True Cream - Water Bomb
    • Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Flower Eye Cream
    • Celeb Face Sparkling Cleanser
    • Dr. Wu Intensive Renewal Serum With Mandelic Acid 18%
    • Hada Labo Kiwamizu Lotion Mist
    • Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask
    • Loveisderma Hydra Max Serum
    • Make P:rem UV Defense Me Blue Ray Sun Gel SPF50+ PA++++
    • Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner
    • The Ordinary Buffet

    Review: My Beauty Diary Limited Edition Sheet Mask - Limited Edition Taiwan Tourism Spots

    I received these My Beauty Diary Taiwan Tourist Spots Limited Edition Sheet Masks from my friend last year. They were really cute and good, so I paid a buying service to buy me 2 boxes of the masks, which costed me a whopping RM 40 per box. There are 7 masks inside each box. The boxes come in practical drawer design so you could recycle and reuse once you have finished the masks! I really love the packaging but I figure that I gotta throw them away one day so there is no point keeping them. Otherwise, I might grab a few just for the sake of the packaging!

    All these masks share the same characteristics of being a thin and silky soft cotton. Despite its thinness, don't underestimate the amount of moisture it can hold. You can easily squeeze a few spoons of essence from the mask, so imagine having all of these force-fed onto your face? Sure your skin will look super plump and chok-chok.

    The masks are drenched in clear, runny, and non-viscous essence. They often do not smell like anything, just normal scent of sheet masks.

    The collection comes in four different types of masks, representing different tourist spots and respective skin concerns, namely Taipei spring water for moisturizing, Kenting algae for elasticity-improving, Huatung mountain for firming, and finally Sun Moon Lake black tea for soothing. They are retailed for NTD 250, which roughly rounds up RM 35.

    18 Nov 2017

    Review: Hera Cell Essence

    You should have heard of Hera Cell Essence if you are following K-beauty vloggers/bloggers. It is often compared to IOPE Bio Essence. I love IOPE Bio Essence and have raved about it in my previous review here. So, I am quite curious to try out this one since I am a kbeauty collector and I just couldn't resist the temptation to try out something different. I bought this from Gmarket long long time ago, and always didn't have the chance to use it. I was busy trying out other things and I didn't want to use many first essences at once to make sure there is no overlapping of performance. So I waited a few months after I finished the IOPE before started using this. Now let's take a look at this highly popular first essence in Korea!

    8 Nov 2017

    Haul Review: My 12kg Beauty Haul from Gmarket in October 2017

    Good morning peeps! It's a wonderful morning and I've been busy taking pictures of my latest Gmarket hauls, which led me to think why don't I just share about my latest Gmarket hauls with you guys then? I have been shopping from Gmarket on numerous occasions, and have posted about my shopping experience early this week, hence I think it's time I talk about my recent hauls from Gmarket.

    Haul Review: My Experience Shopping from Gmarket

    It's always been a dilemma shopping from Gmarket. On one hand, you get tonnes of free gifts for just one item you bought at below-the-market price. But on the other hand, you are many times prone to custom inspection than other places like Althea, Qoo10, Testerkorea and so on. Not to mention the skyrocketing shipping fee you had to pay buying from Gmarket.

    I used to be a crazy fan of Gmarket. I bought tonnes of stuffs from the site, especially during the time when it charged only KRW 5,000 flat shipping rate for all orders in April and May 2016. It was not until when I ran into a bad custom encounter that trimmed my desire to shop from the site anymore.

    In this review, I'm gonna talk about:

    • my general Gmarket shopping experience
    • some of my favourite and trustable Gmarket sellers
    • some of the things I bought from Gmarket
    • shipping and custom clearance

    2 Nov 2017

    Review: Lovemore It's Jeju Water Glacial Spring Essence Deep Hydrating Mask

    I bought this from Iqueen long, long time ago but only got to talk about it now. I was struggling a bit with other Lovemore masks, especially the special collection, so is a bit hesitated when it comes to trying another one from Lovemore.

    The Lovemore It's Jeju Water Glacial Spring Essence Deep Hydrating Mask is one of the brand's gwiyomi series, which utilizes the hydrating power of jeju springs in Korea. Those who know Innisfree should be familiar with Jeju Island and the wonder of its natural resources. This mask utilizes spring water from Jeju Island that captures all the essence and energy from the beautiful Jeju Island in Korea and delivers it all to your skin.

    28 Oct 2017

    Review: Illi Green Tea Brightening Mask

    I got this Illi mask from Koreadepart early last year, but since I'm such a slow user, I only got to use it now. I tried the other Illi mask and wasn't impressed hence I'm hoping that this will change my mind on Illi masks.

    23 Oct 2017

    Review: A. By Bom Super Power Baby 2 Step Ultra Floral Leaf Mask

    I always want to try out one of these A. By Bom masks having watched Meejmuse's video raving about it. The packaging itself is also super attractive and pretty with cute sakura petals and pinkish design! I got mine from 11street at a local reseller but you are advised to go for trustable seller if you want to buy the entire box. The box comes with a security code where you can check the authenticity of the product. This product is highly raved in the beauty community so there are occasions of fakes flying around so you must be careful when you get one.

    The Ultra Floral Leaf Mask is a 2-step mask that comes with sakura petal shaped patches and an actual sheet mask. This pink version is intended for brightening and wrinkle care purposes. There is one green version for hydration and soothing effects.

    16 Oct 2017

    Review: Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Flower Eye Cream

    I happened to drop by Kurator's first physical store at Isetan KLCC when I was looking for an eye cream. I finished my Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream and was looking for an alternative. And that's how I bumped into this Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Flower Eye Cream. This was not my first time hearing about Blossom Jeju, since Glow Recipe talked and raved about it many times in their videos. But this was the first step I swatched the product on my hands and oh my it captured my heart immediately, just in that one swatch.

    Since 1851: 26 Kiehl's Product Review Part 2

    I talked about my first encounter with Kiehl's in my part 1 review.

    In this part 2 review, I'm gonna share my overall impression on the brand as a whole, and my final thoughts using 26 of their products (some are samples) after 1.5 years now.

    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.

    I started using Kiehl's products back in January 2016, where I purchased the Clearly Corrective Clarity Activation Toner and claimed several samples of its Dark Spot Solution. I did notice an encouraging reduction in my freckles. I ventured into the masque, cream, and subsequently essence several months later. Kiehl's gave me a lot of samples since I spent over RM 3K on the store. Not just for myself, but for my family and friends. That's how I managed to try out so many of their products.

    Out of all those things I tried, only a few made an impression on me. Its clearly corrective line is awesome. Then its men's oil eliminator line as well as the blue-bottle Oil-Free Gel Cream are all great too. I also love the Iris Essence although that one wasn't as impressive as other first essences I've tried. I also love their calendula and mightnight recovery line too.

    I think most Kiehl's products are not considered cheap. Among which, its eye creams are definitely overpriced. A small 15ml costs around RM 150-250, which is really pricey given the volume of product you get. Its serum is expensive too I would say. So far I think the only thing I would repurchase would be the Dark Spot Solution, Iris Essence and Calendula Toner.

    Now lets' talk about the remaining Kiehl's products I've experienced:
    • Kiehl's Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution
    • Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate
    • Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate
    • Kiehl's Precision Lifting & Pore-Tightening Concentrate
    • Kiehl's Centella Recovery Skin Salve
    • Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream
    • Kiehl's Men's Oil Eliminator 24 Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer
    • Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream
    • Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque
    • Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Purifying Masque
    • Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque
    • Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque
    • Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++

    Since 1851: 24 Kiehl's Product Review Part 1

    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!
    • Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser
    • Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash
    • Kiehl's Clearly Corrective™ Skin Brightening Exfoliator
    • Kiehl's Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner
    • Kiehl's Clearly Corrective™ Clarity-Activating Toner
    • Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye
    • Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate
    • Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
    • Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream
    • Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Eye Opening Serum
    • Kiehl's Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence
    • Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate
    • Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

    Budget-Friendly Skincare Review: Best Affordable Skincare For Students

    I am writing this special review to put all my skincare items on a fair play ground. Sometimes it is "unfair" to expect a product that costs only a little to deliver a tonne. And it is also "fair" to expect something expensive to give great results. So when I do yearly "beauty awards", I am always stuck between "expensive-but-fantastic products" and "really-cheap-but-very-great" products. So I want to write this special review to share with you guys some of the awesome products that you can find at cheap cheap prices. This will also be helpful of some of the budget-conscious students and working adults who want to enjoy a beauty complexion without breaking their banks! I hope you find this helpful and let's begin with our review!

    Full List of Products discussed are as below:

    • A.H.C The Pure Real Eye Cream For Face Season 5
    • A.H.C The Real Eye Cream For Face Season 4
    • Avene Thermal Spring Water
    • Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++
    • Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch
    • Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
    • Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50+ PA+++
    • Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
    • Enchanteur Double Moisture Body Serum
    • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
    • Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening Face Wash
    • Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion Light
    • Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Water Gel
    • Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion
    • Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin
    • Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist
    • Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
    • Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Mask
    • Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
    • Innisfree Wine Sleeping Mask
    • Mandom Bifesta Cleansing Sheets
    • Mandom Bifesta Eye Makeup Remover
    • Mise En Scene Perfect Repair Serum
    • Naruko Night Gelly (Rose / Tea Tree / Magnolia)
    • Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel
    • Nature Republic New Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera Foam Cleanser
    • Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream
    • Petitfee Gold EGF Eye and Spot Patch
    • Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner
    • Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner
    • Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence
    • Senka Perfect Gel
    • Senka Perfect Whip Cleansing Foam
    • Skinfood Black Sugar Mask
    • Skinfood Rice Mask
    • St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
    • The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%
    • The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
    • The Ordinary Buffet
    • The Saem Urban Eco Harakeke Emulsion
    • The Saem Urban Eco Harakeke Toner

    15 Oct 2017

    Review: Blossom Jeju White Camellia Soombi 2 Step Vitamin+ Brightening Essence Petal Mask

    I received the Blossom Jeju White Camellia Soombi Mask from my first Kurator haul. I was one of the first 50 (I think) to shop from them hence is entitled to a piece of free mask. The mask itself is actually quite pricey at around RM 20 each since a box retails for RM 99 at Kurator. If I am not mistaken, Kurator is the sole distributor of Blossom Jeju in Malaysia and you can hardly find them elsewhere in the country, not even online. Another portal where you can find Blossom Jeju would be Glow Recipe but shipping would be a big issue if you buy from Glow so I always get my Blossom Jeju goodies from Kurator.

    The White Camellia Soombi Mask comes in 2 steps:

    • Step 1 - 100% pure camellia oil
    • Step 2 - sheet mask

    The mask looks really pretty like a flower petal. Blossom Jeju has short shelf life so their products expire within a year or so from manufacturing so do make sure to use yours as soon as you receive it!

    12 Oct 2017

    Review: Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil

    Hi guys I am back again with another skincare review! This time it is the Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil I got from Gmarket last year. I am a shopaholic who tends to shop faster than I finish things up. So I often accumulate a lot of stash in my wardrobe whenever there is big sales going on. Gmarket was running this $5 shipping discount in April 2016 and I couldn't resist the temptation to buy a lot from them. I accumulated so much stash that I only get to use this Goodal Oil some time in May this year. Anyway, enough with the intro, let's go straight to the product.

    10 Oct 2017

    Review: Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

    I own many toners, but none of them really provide a nice cushiony effect that is gentle and moisturizing at the same time. It is not until I met this Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner that changes my mind on toners. My previous toners are mostly either very refreshing like Kose or Dear by Enprani or nourishing like Whamisa. The closest to this would be Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion that is a bit sticky. If I were to compare, Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner feels like the light version of Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion. It is very gentle and moisturizing but not sticky at all. It provides a nice slip that can moisturize, balance and prep your skin for next skincare step without being tacky or overwhelming.

    Let's take a look at this highly-raved product among the beauty community recently!

    Expecting Tomorrow: 17 Cosrx Products Review

    (updated on October 2017; first published on 27 February 2017)

    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 sometimes ends in disappointment. It is not until I met Cosrx that I think skincare products can be non-cute and non-fancy but effective. And that's not a bad thing actually because when a brand spends less on fancy packaging it will eventually reflect back on the price.

    Cosrx is a brand that I will recommend others to use when they want something that are working yet non-expensive. They are a lot cheaper than normal Korean brands out there, sometimes as cheap as 1/2 the price you normally pay for normal Korean skincare items. They are cheaper than many Innisfree counterparts, without compromising on the quality.

    Just like The Ordinary and Pyunkang Yul, Cosrx is not a brand that is a love at first sight for me. I fancy fancier products like Belif, Innisfree, Laneige and what not so Cosrx seems too ordinary to be noticed. It is not until many of my Instagram friends start sharing it that I finally pay more attention to the brand.

    My first Cosrx if I am not mistaken is the BHA and AHA. Then slowly I collect all their collection one-by-one. I got most of my Cosrx products from Sweet Corea and Koreadepart. Hermo hasn't started to carry them when I was really into the brand. But now, a lot of places carry Cosrx, even Watson's and Wako Beauty.

    What is Cosrx about?

    If you are new to Cosrx, it is a Korean cosmetic brand that focuses on using the minimum amount of quality ingredients to achieve maximum skincare goal. They have many lines for different skin types, but their most popular ones are those for anti-acne, skin repairing, and exfoliating purposes.

    Cosrx starts off small so they have friendly customer service team to answer all your questions. All you have to do is to send them email or ask them on their official Instagram page. 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 all for the Cosrx brand overview, lets head right to 17 Cosrx products I have personally tested and loved/loathed:

    • Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
    • Cosrx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
    • Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
    • Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
    • Cosrx Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol
    • Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence
    • Cosrx Mela14 White Ample
    • Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
    • Cosrx Ultra Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap
    • Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream
    • Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream
    • Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask
    • Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask
    • Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch
    • Cosrx One Step Pimple Clear Pads
    • Cosrx One Step Moisture Up Pad
    • Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50+ PA+++

    9 Oct 2017

    Half Moon Eyes Morning Care Review with the Milky Jelly Toning Essence, Moisture Cream and Pink Fruity Cleansing Pack

    I received emails from students asking about skincare items that might be suitable for them. I talked about how Laneige Fresh Calming line will work great for those with combination, dehydrated and sensitive skin in my previous review. In this review, I am gonna bring you guys to this newly launched brand Half Moon Eyes with its cute fruity goodness that target teens and young adults with drier skin!

    The Half Moon Eyes collection is created from botanical and fruit extracts packed with antioxidants and pores tightening benefits. Among which, its cleansing pack made of dragon fruit extract is said to contain all the necessary nutrients to give you a pinkish glow!

    Available at Althea Korea, Half Moon Eyes (HME) currently comes in three items:
    • Half Moon Eyes Milky Jelly Toning Essence
    • Half Moon Eyes Milky Moisture Cream
    • Half Moon Eyes Pink Fruity

    Read on to find out more about my thoughts below!

    My Updated Morning Skincare Routine (Oct 2017 Version)

    Morning is the time when you have to get started as soon as you wake up from the bed. For night owl like myself, waking up itself is a painful thing in the morning. Often time I don't have time to get dressed or put on layers of products. I just have to rush off the door quick while at the same time looking fully awaken.

    So morning routine is very important for me. Products I choose are those that won't waste my time in front of the dressing table slowly waiting for them to absorb. They are also lighter in consistency and focuses more on hydration.

    Let's move over to the products I used for my morning routine one by one:-

    • Celeb Face Sparkling Cleanser
    • Whamisa Organic Flowers Original Toner
    • Hada Labo Kiwamizu Lotion Mist
    • Laneige Fresh Calming Morning Mask
    • Belif The True Cream - Water Bomb
    • Make P:rem UV Defense Me Blue Ray Sun Gel SPF50+ PA++++

    Review: Papa Recipe Bombee Whitening Honey Mask Pack

    Papa Recipe was one of the masks that you wouldn't pay much attention of if you go to Korea. It looks like one of those Taiwanese masks with cute packaging and lovely titles though. And frankly speaking, except for TT masks, most Taiwanese masks fail to impress me. They are not bad, but they are just too ordinary to be impressive. I thought the Papa Recipe mask was also a Taiwanese masks until Meejmuse talked about it in her video. Naturally, intrigued, I bought one to try it out myself. I got mine from Hermo several months ago at around RM 7-8. There are many fake ones out there so I am quite careful when buying the Papa Recipe masks.

    Anyhow, let's read on to find out more about what I think about the masks!

    8 Oct 2017





    • Lador拉德尔茶树头皮护理发膜
    • Laneige兰芝水活力保湿喷雾
    • Neogen妮珍新鲜谷物洁面慕斯
    • 扁康率 Pyunkang Yul
    • Make P:rem 滋润安心面霜
    • Beyond温泉补水沐浴乳
    • Sulwhasoo雪花秀清润舒缓面膜
    • Sulwhasoo雪花秀凝脂玉面膜
    • Nightingale 莹透光学赋活液
    • Kiehl's科颜氏 清爽防晒隔离乳
    • The History of Whoo后 秘贴循环精华
    • Laneige兰芝臻白修护洁面泡沫
    • Belif洋甘菊活肤露
    • Belif 斗篷草高效水分炸彈霜
    • Sulwhasoo雪花秀润燥精华
    • Clinique倩碧水磁场眼霜
    • Laneige兰芝致宠凝时夜间修护紧致面膜
    • Belif巴西莓果活力抗老精华

    Haul Review: Hermo Warehouse Sale 23-24 September 2017 (Klang Valley Edition)

    Well... this happened last month so it is kinda late for me to post it now. But let's just treat it as a beauty journal or shopping diary and see how this much-awaited Hermo Warehouse Sales looks like.

    Hermo had a warehouse sales on September 23-24 in PJ. This was their second warehouse sales. First one took place in JB where Hermo based. They said they did this under popular request. Well I get it. This is Hermo's first warehouse sales and people are expecting great deals. Let's take a tour below.

    7 Oct 2017

    A Comparison Review of 21 Facial Puffs, Facial Cottons, Cotton Puffs and Swabs Part 2

    I have talked about the properties, differences and uses of different types of facial cotton in my part 1 review.

    Basically we have 6 major categories of facial cottons that are commonly found in the market. There might be more but I just categorize them into 6:-
    • Cotton swab
    • Square cotton / Round cotton / Pocket cotton
    • Sponge cotton
    • Embossed Cotton
    • Multilayered cotton
    • Water jet cotton

    Their respective functions and characteristics were discussed in the part 1 review.

    In this part 2 review, we are gonna continue our more "detailed" reviews on facial cottons / puffs / swabs from different brands I have tried in the past 2-3 years.

    Full list of products discussed are as below:
    • MUJI Makeup Facial Soft Cut Cotton Unbleached 9 x 7cm 180s ★★☆
    • MUJI Peelable Cotton Pads 60s 8.5 x 6cm ★★★☆
    • Nature Republic Nature Deco Natural Mild Cotton Wipe 100% 80s ★★★★★
    • Shiseido Facial Cotton 165s ★★★★☆
    • Suzuran Attirer Pure Cotton Puff 240s ★★★★
    • The Face Shop Eco Dual Cotton Swabs 200s ★★★
    • The Face Shop Silky & Soft Cotton Pads 80s ★★★★★
    • Watsons Air-Laid Facial Puffs 90s (folded) ★★★★☆
    • Watsons Premium Non Woven Facial Puffs 180s ★
    • Watsons Round Facial Cotton Puffs 100s ★
    • Watsons Side Sealed Facial Cotton Puffs 100s ★★★
    • Ximivogue Cosmetic Cotton 1000s ★★

    A Comparison Review of 21 Facial Puffs, Facial Cottons / Puffs / Swabs Part 1

    Facial cotton or cotton pad is arguably one of the most important cosmetic tools. It is widely used in many places and for multiple purposes. You can use facial cotton to remove your makeup, tone and even exfoliate your skin! Alternatively, you can also use it as a quick 3-5 minutes lotion mask to keep your skin soft and plump.

    I used cotton pad in many ways, from cleansing, toning, to masking. I know some people think that they are a waste of money and product but I personally would argue otherwise! I think the key of using facial cotton is to make sure that you know which products to use them with, and how. Using only one type of cotton pad for everything head to toes is the reason that you think you are wasting your product, so do use them more wisely!

    There are many types of facial cotton, and they each serve different beauty purposes:

    • Cotton swab
    • Square cotton / Round cotton / Pocket cotton
    • Sponge cotton
    • Embossed Cotton
    • Multilayered cotton
    • Water jet cotton

    In this review, I’m gonna explain the materials use, properties, and functions of each facial cotton and review some of those I have tried in the past few years. A list of the products reviewed in this post is as below:-

    • 2358! Makeup Cotton 1000s ★★
    • Etude House My Beauty Tool Embossed Cotton Puff 150s ★★★☆
    • Etude House My Beauty Tool Paper Stick Cotton Swabs ★★★☆
    • Hera Cell Essence Facial Care Cotton 60s ★★★★☆
    • Innisfree A-Z Tool Kit ★★★☆
    • Innisfree Eco Beauty Tool Premium Cotton Pads 2.0 80s ☆
    • IOPE Bio-Essence Intensive Conditioning Facial Care Cotton 60s ☆
    • Laneige Facial Care Dual Cotton 60s ★★★
    • Lirikos Triple Treatment Facial Cotton 60s ★★★☆
    • Missha Cotton Swabs 100pcs ★★★☆
    • Missha Soft 5 Layers Cotton Sheet 80s ★★★★

    Review: Laneige Fresh Calming Morning Mask and Toner

    I am quite excited when Laneige launched the Fresh Calming line! It is actually a new skincare line designed for combination to oily skin as well as younger skin. We have many products focusing on moisturizing in Laneige but rarely do we come across those that targets young adults. These Fresh Calming orange babes are meant for those in their 20-25 with combination and dehydrated skin!

    From the line, I picked the Morning Mask and Toner. I am interested to try out the Gel Cleanser too but... you know... I have a lot of products to go and I don't want to keep too much one a cleanser as well.

    Let's take a look at the both of our Fresh Calming babes:-

    5 Oct 2017

    Review: SNP Diamond Brightening Ampoule Mask

    Actually this is not a new thing anymore. SNP came out with their ampoule masks long time ago and expanded to include a new MaYu line about a year ago. I was really interested to try out SNP ampoule masks but the Bird's Nest one I tried in the past were kinda meh. It was too sticky for my liking. It is not until recently that I picked up one of these SNP ampoule masks again. Let's read on to find out what I think about this SNP Diamond Brightening Ampoule Mask!

    2 Oct 2017

    Review: L'Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Sensi Balance Shampoo

    I am quite a product junkee. I like to jump from one product to another. And that includes body care products. Recently I found my holy grail shampo, the Innisfree Zero Shampoo which I managed to stick to for a good two bottles, but even that couldn't satisfy my very picky scalp. My scalp agrees that it has had enough of the Innisfree Shampo and wants something new. That's how I found the L'Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Sensi Balance Shampoo.

    This shampoo was recommended by my sisther's doctor. She has the same scalp problem as me and her doctor advises her to get something mild for her scalp. Luckily, it is not some magic potion that she has to order from distant countries. You can find L'Oreal products in many places including Shins in Malaysia.

    I got the 500ml bottle for RM 69. I have been using it consistently everyday for the past 5 months and have about 10% left in the bottle. I think the product can last longer if you have shorter hair.

    Let's find out what I think about the product below!

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