21 Jan 2018

Review: The Face Shop The Solution Soothing Face Mask

Actually this mask wasn't in my plan for tonight. I was planning to use the Jayjun Baby Pure Shining Mask. But since I added Nightingale Aqua Peel into my routine, and it tingled a lot, I had to opt for this instead!

The Face Shop The Solution Soothing Face Mask is a newly released facial mask by the brand in 2017. The entire line resembles Innisfree's Skin Clinic Mask. I like both, and I think you guys can give both lines a try if you are interested in using scientifically-proven ingredients on your face.

17 Jan 2018

My All-Time Favourite Sofy Bodyfit Guierang Sanitary Pads Review

Many of you are probably curious about the popular Korean sanitary pad "Guierang" from Sofy. I believe all of us here are hanbang lovers in some ways. But have you ever imagined having hanbang in your sanitary pads? Yes?

Today, I'm gonna share my one year and a half on Korean herbal sanitary pad. How I got to learn about its existence, my experience using it every month, and where to buy it. I will also touch briefly on other local brands that I have tried and my general impression on them!

Let's read on for more review below!

Review: Vmax Sensibalance Scalp Mask

I learn about Vmax Sensibalance Scalp Mask through my little sister, who is also suffering from dandruff and itchy scalp issues. Her dermatologist advised her to get the L'Oreal Paris Sensibalance Shampoo and exfoliate her hair regularly with the Vmax Sensibalance Scalp Mask, and they both work well on her. Now she is less troubled by her scalp problem, and can walk under the sun confidently and happily.

Her success story attracts me to try this Vmax Sensibalance Scalp Mask out. However, it is quite a hassle to get it since the brand is only available at Penang Auto-City. Vmax is a locally-owned brand. You can find their info online, but I think they are no longer updating their sites. And the stall is also closed at most times. I got my Scalp Mask by contacting them through the number they put on the banner hanging around the stall. The price is RM 70 including shipping.

And yes, you can get them to ship to you!

Below are my thoughts on the product after almost finish using it.

16 Jan 2018

Review: A.H.C The Pure Real Eye Cream For Face (Season 5)

I think I have finally accepted the fact that eye cream CANNOT reduce your eye bags, dark eye circles and fine lines. NONE of the eye cream I have tried, from cheap to expensive, actually does something to improve on those area. They may temporarily diminish the appearance of your fine lines, but the lines will eventually make their ways back. I think unless for actives, it is hard to expect eye cream to do more. Often time, eye cream I use is only for preventative purpose. They can hydrate, moisturize, nourish and even provide anti-oxidizing effects. But if you expect fine lines diminishing, dark circle reducing and eye bags reversing effects, then eye cream isn't very helpful.

Having said all these, if eye cream cannot really do wonder for your eye area, why spend a fortune on it? After my trials and errors with eye cream, I finally come to term with this very affordable yet super lightweight and nourishing eye cream from the brand A.H.C recently. As a product junkee, I of course would not stick to only one product. I still love those I have tried from SK-II, Belif, and Blossom Jeju. But if you ask to choose ONE, I would say let's go for A.H.C.




  • Acwell 艾珂薇pH5.5 双重护理洁面乳
  • Hera 棉花
  • Laneige兰芝纯净保湿早安慕斯面膜
  • Biore碧柔防晒
  • Innisfree悦诗风吟燕麦保湿滋润去角质啫喱
  • Lirikos俪瑞思锦颜密集精华乳
  • Huxley仙人掌籽双效营养保湿精华油
  • Pleasia桃子薄荷牙膏
  • Primera芙丽美娜三重去角质磨砂啫喱

English review of the products can be found here.

15 Jan 2018

Review: Make P:rem Radiance Peeling Sleeping Pack

This is a long overdue review for me. I have been wanting to write about it but keep holding back to make sure that I use it for long enough before talking about it. Now that I have been using it for more than 6 months, with less than half left in the container, I think I am ready to review it.

Make P:rem Radiance Peeling Sleeping Pack is the first Make P:rem product that I bought. The concept of having chemical exfoliant inside a sleeping mask is really appealing. Besides, I am also curious about PHA, which is something new for me after AHA and BHA. I wanted to see if this so-called gentler approach to AHA a more effective solution for my skin.

December 2017 Haul Review with Gmarket: Missha, Lirikos and Mediheal

I am gmarketing again recently! And here are my hauls which I'm gonna share with you guys below!

Review: Petitfee Gold and EGF Transparent Gel Mask

I am not really a fan of Petitfee eye mask. I tried it before and was not impressed. The reason why I bought this Petitfee facial mask was simply out of curiosity. I was shopping for masks from Koreadepart some months ago and just happened to drop this into my cart. I guess I wouldn't have used this mask if not because of the expiry date.

This Petitfee Gold and EGF Transparent Gel Mask is an anti-aging mask. It promises intense hydration, vitality, nutrition, as well as dramatic firming and cooling effects.

Review: L'herboflore Cherry Blossom Whitening Mask

I have mixed feeling about L'herboflore masks. They are always pretty and attractive with the fancy packaging and great materials used. But the use of the preservative methylisothiazolinone is a big no-no for me. This is a potentially-irritating ingredient with health complications that should be avoided in all non-wash off type product. So imaging putting this inside your mask and force-feeding all that into your skin! Scary, isn't it???

Anyhow, since I bought them, I don't want to waste them so I am forcing myself to finish using all of these masks. Today, it is the Cherry Blossom Whitening Mask.

14 Jan 2018

Review: Innisfree Premium Cotton Pads For Toner

I bought the Innisfree Premium Cotton Pads for Toner having seen it available at the store. These were new releases from Innisfree last month (or two months ago if not mistaken) and there were other ones like 1/2 sponge cotton pads and 5-layer cotton pad for masking or cleansing. I bought this instead because I happened to need cotton pads for toner and wanted to see if this works better than SASA's Suz Attirer or Shiseido.

Let's take a look at the newly released Innisfree toner for toner!

Review: Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask - Rose

Innisfree renewed its Real Squeeze Mask line about a month ago. It has more than 20 flavours now if I am not mistaken, with new flavours like coconut, oatmeal, ginseng, fig, and so on added to the collection. There are basically three major type of essences, which are rich cream type, watery essence type and serum essence type. They also used very thin but firm cellulose sheet as the material.

I bought three flavours - rice, green tea and rose from Innisfree store a few weeks ago. Today, I'm gonna share the rose one that I used. Let's read on to find out more about the upgraded Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask!

7 Jan 2018

Review: Loveisderma UV Clear SPF50 PA+++

It is hard to find a sun lotion that is lightweight and easy to be absorbed by the skin. Many sunscreen like the ones I tried from AMPM, Belif, Hada Labo are lightweight but not refined enough to be absorbed by the skin without giving you any greasiness or stickiness. Having said that, I must admit that  I am a bit picky with sunscreen. Sunscreen is really a yay or nay product for me. I won't wear it, or wear enough of it, if the texture is really unpleasant. I don't like heavy sunscreen, or sticky ones. But I also don't like sunscreen that "pretends" to be lightweight when they are not. Sun lotion that often feels slippery or hard to get absorbed by the skin belongs to this "pretension" category.

And yes, Loveisderma UV Clear SPF50 is in that category.

Review: Loveisderma Hydramax Serum

Loveisderma is a bit more aggressive recently. They are sending me a few of their products and I am seeing their products almost everywhere on the Instagram. Among which, this Loveisderma Hydramax Serum has gained the most popularity and attention in the Insta society! I got mine from Loveisderma several months ago and after using the product for several months now I am quite ready to share my own 2 cents on it!

Review: Laneige Marshmallow Sun Cushion SPF50+ PA+++

I have a lot of sunscreen that comes in the form of gel, cream, liquid and even powder, but never really cushion. Primera came out with a sun cushion last year but I never got a chance to really try it out. I know Belif has one too for baby but that is not launched yet in Malaysia. It was not until Laneige revamped its sunscreen line recently that I got to try out one of these very innovative sun cushions from the K-beauty industry!

6 Jan 2018

Review: 38 Products I Regretted Buying in 2017

I did a super long products regret review last year. I think I ranted over 50 products that I have tried and disliked in 2016. I'm not gonna spend so much time on products regret for 2017. Rather, I will select 10-20 products that I seriously regretted buying this year. Ended up, I ranted some 38 products in 2017 that I think is a complete waste of money! Let's look at them below! They are all products I bought with my own money. For sponsored products you can check out my "Best of Beauty Awards 2017" for some honest comparison with other products in the same skincare category.

My 2017 Skincare Product Regrets focus on things I bought. Most of them are full size or travel size. Miniatures and samples are too insignificant to warrant the feeling of regret no matter how I dislike using them. Some of these might be things I bought in 2016, but since I don't record the exact date when I bought these things, my list will be based on memory and the dates I started using.

Full list of my 2017 beauty products regret:

  • AMPM RX 10 Peptide Total-Defense Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++
  • A'pieu Perfect Tint Remover
  • Banila Co Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Essence Oil
  • Beauty Of Joseon Dynasty Cream
  • Belif Mild And Effective Facial Scrub
  • Belif The True Tincture Cleansing Stick - Chamomile
  • Belif UV Protector Fresh Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel Cream
  • Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Bright Dark Spot Correcting Night Mask
  • Hada Labo Kiwamizu Lotion
  • Hello Everybody Verbena Scalp Scaling Mask
  • Innisfree Black Green Tea Cream
  • Innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral Essence
  • Innisfree Oat Mild Moisture Peeling Gel
  • Innisfree Orchid Enriched Essence
  • Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Clarity-Activating Toner
  • Laneige Water Science Mist
  • LJH Vita Propolis Cream
  • Manyo Factory Ultra Moist Rebirth Ampoule
  • Melvita Nectar Bright Brightening Duo
  • Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling - Wine
  • Neogen Real Flower Cleansing Water - Rose
  • Nightingale Toning Eraser Level 2
  • Tony Moly Intense Care 94.5% Essence
  • Whamisa Organic Flowers Original Toner
  • Yuripibu Black Tea Firming Mask
  • Yuripibu Cucu Maronza Eye Cream
  • Yuripibu Lotus Water Mask

3 Jan 2018

Carolyn's Best of Beauty Award: 2017 Best and Worst Skincare Products Part 2

I talked about the best and worst skincare items in 2017 in my part 1 review here. As promised, below are my part 2 reviews of beauty products I finished or started using in 2017. Enjoy~
  • Cream / Heavy Moisturizer
  • Gel Cream / Light Moisturizer
  • Facial Oil
  • Sleeping Mask
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm / Lip Mask
  • Facial Scrub
  • Chemical Exfoliation / Peeling Pads
  • Clay Mask / Wash-off Pack
  • Facial Cotton
  • Hair Shampoo
  • Scalp Treatment
  • Hair Treatment / Hair Serum / Hair Conditioner

1 Jan 2018

Carolyn's Best of Beauty Award: 2017 Best and Worst Skincare Products Part 1

Time flies fast and now it is time to do my 2017 Best of Beauty Award again! 2017 is a rather stable year for me. I have moved on from being adventurous and started practicing brand loyalty. I also found my skincare niches and knew what I wanted before buying anything so I bumped into less gimmicky products this year. I also learned to avoid "stocking up" on things, even for my holy grails because the world just moves too fast and there will be newer and more economic ones coming up. I have tried most of the cosmetic brands out there (that I am interested in), and was also sent a few new ones to try out from generous brand owners.

These are skincare/makeup products, either full size or miniatures, that I have been using quite deliberately in 2017. For this year, I'm gonna put both best and worst skincare awards in one post to make things easier for you guys:

  • Cushion Foundation
  • Cleansing Oil / Cleansing Wipes / Makeup Remover
  • Cleansing Water
  • Foam Cleanser
  • First Serum
  • First Essence
  • Toner
  • Mist
  • Eye Cream / Eye Mask
  • Moisturizing Serum / Treatment
  • Brightening Serum / Spot Treatment
  • Anti-Aging Serum / Treatment
  • Acne Treatment
  • Lotion

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