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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Foreo Luna Mini

Color: Turquoise Blue
Price: £79.20
Local of Purchase:

According to Foreo's webpage:
  • Clearer, brighter and healthier-looking skin
  • New way of cleansing that is deep, yet gentle
  • Skin is freed of dirt, oil and makeup residue
  • Pores are cleansed of blemish-causing impurities
Getting Beautiful Skin Just Got Easier
Not only is the LUNA™ mini a seriously stylish device, it also delivers on its promises. Just 1 minute’s use morning and night will leave the skin looking naturally beautiful with a healthy-looking glow, while dirt, oil and makeup residue are driven away. Simply apply your cleanser of choice, wet the LUNA™ mini, turn it on and cleanse your way to clearer and cleaner skin.
T-Sonic™ – the Future of Skincare
The next big thing in skincare has arrived with T-Sonic™ technology – a radical new approach to cleansing that is both deeper and gentler at the same time. By channeling transdermal sonic pulsations across the skin’s surface, the LUNA™ mini will transform the look and feel of the skin within just 3 days. It works by cleaning pores of impurities to reduce the causes of blemishes, while smoothing and refining your skin’s texture for incredible results.
Deep Cleansing Never Felt This Good
Nonporous, the LUNA™ mini keeps bacteria buildup away for a far more hygienic cleansing surface than standard sonic brushes. Each one of the LUNA™ mini’s 1,300 nonabrasive touch-points are coated with smooth silicone for cleansing that feels so good, it’s like getting a mini-facial. These touch-points are specially configured into 3 zones – so whatever your skin type, the LUNA™ mini has the answer!
Beautiful Skin Anytime, Anywhere
With its smart, compact design, the LUNA™ mini is fully rechargeable for up to 300 beauty treatments per USB charge, so it’s perfect to take on the go. It’s also completely waterproof which means you can use it in the shower, plus there’s no need for any replacement brush heads. With a 2-Year Limited Warranty and a 10-Year Quality Guarantee, there’s every reason to invest in your skin.
My Opinion:

I'm a really lazy person, so when it comes to washing my face, I really do need a gadget with a timer so that I would wash my face for a full minute.

I've been using the Clarisonic Plus daily, but even with the delicate brush head I could only use it once a day (usually in the evening), if I use more than that, my skin would be irritated.

I've got the Luna Mini, because I've read people comparing it with the clarisonic, and since the Luna doesn't needs to change a brush head every 3 months, I'll be saving US$88 per year.

I had the Luna for nearly 6 months, and I've concluded that it does cleanse your face properly and is not as irritating as the Clarisonic, I can use it both in the morning and evening without a problem, but it doesn't cleanse the neck and decollete area as well as the clarisonic.

When I finish washing my face, I always wipe it over with a toner and I noticed residue around my neck area, this might be due to the smaller brush head of the mini, so what I've been doing is washing my face with the luna in the morning and the clarisonic in the evening.

When I run out of brush heads for the clarisonic, I might consider getting a full size luna to confirm if it works better around the neck and decollete area.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mario Badescu Drying Cream

Contents: 0.5oz
Price: HK$129.00
Local of Purchase: AntonG
According to Mario Badescu's webpage:
Acne cream that conceals! Drying Cream is an effective treatment to dry up small under the surface bumps and pimples. Just a few dabs smoothed on the erupted areas prevent pimples from getting larger and spreading out of control. Aloe rich cream conceals and heals erupted pimples.

How to Use: Apply sparingly on pimples by dabbing with fingertip until cream blends into the skin. Best when applied after moisturizer, before make-up.


Deionized Water (Aqua), Zinc Oxide,Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice) Gel,Cetyl Alcohol,Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum) Extract, Colloidal Sulfur,Ervol,Octyl Palmitate,Ichthammol,Polysorbate 80, Titanium Dioxide,Polyglycerylmethacrylate (and) Propylene Glycol
My Opinion:
Recently I've been breaking out more than usual, so the hunt for acne related stuffs has started again.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is a staple item in my bathroom cabinet, and I can't do without it. I always repurchase when I'm about to run out, and while I was restocking, I've picked up the Drying Cream as well.
While the lotion is amazing, it's gunky and pinkish, so I can only use it at home. As a result, I've needed something that I can wear in the morning. The sales lady told me the cream serves the same purpose and since it is translucent I can wear it in the morning.
I've been using this for nearly a month, and have concluded that these 2 products serves different purposes, while the drying lotion will dry up the acne over night or significantly reduce the lifespan  of an acne. (is that an appropriate description for an acne??? never mind, as long as you got what I mean), the drying cream works more like a prevention.
I've been dotting the drying cream around the center of my face and chin, where the pores are more prominent and prone to acne, and since then my face has started to clear up. I haven't seen any new break outs and I have my fingers crossed. This product doesn't feel dry, it actually feels abit heavy, but I've noticed that I've been oozing less oil. I think this product is actually balancing oil secretion and keeping my pores unclogged.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Splash Away Foaming Cleanser

Contents: 30ml
Price: HK$35.00
Local of Purchase: Sasa

According to Estee Lauder's webpage:
Treat your skin with this refreshing foam that cleanses gently yet thoroughly.

Creamy formula rapidly lathers into a rich foaming cleanser that works for all skintypes and is ideal for normal/combination skin.

Gently removes makeup and other impurities. Unclogs pores. Leaves skin healthy, fresh and luminous.
Use it 2 ways: Morning and night as a daily cleanser to purify skin. Or twice a week as a 3-minute purifying mask.

Pamper your skin and reveal its radiant natural beauty.
This multi-action formula thoroughly cleanses skin without drying, leaving it soft, smooth, supple, comfortable. Perfectly Clean.


Our advanced, proprietary technology Calms, Comforts and Clarifies your skin, reducing irritation that can accelerate the appearance of aging.

This next-generation cleansing technology combines natural skin-loving botanicals and minerals with our proven skincare expertise. Gentle enough to use daily, powerful enough to transform your complexion. Beautiful skin begins now.
Ingredients:  Water, Potassium Myristate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Behenate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Potassium Palmate, Potassium Laurate, Potassium Stearate, Polygala Senega Root Extract, Nymphaea Alba Root Extract, Berberis Vulgaris Extract, Dipotassium Gylcyrrhizate, Caffeine, Sodium PCA, Sodium Myalluronate, Trehalose, Sucrose, Urea, Cetearyl Alcohol, Peg-3 Distearate, PolyQuaternium-51, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
My Opinion:
I'd usually stick with drugstores products when it comes to cleanser, because I don't believe that a product that stays only on my skin for less than a minute is going to do much.
I've only got a sample size of this product because I needed something small for my trip, I've finish this bottle and I did like it, but I don't think I'll be repurchasing, because I could have gotten a full size from the drugstore for the same prize.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle Peel Pads

Contents: 60 pads
Price: US45.00
Local of purchase:
According to skinstore's webpage:
Peter Thomas Roth's Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads are designed to exfoliate the skin for the superior glow of a professional facial peel, while also preparing the skin to allow Un-Wrinkle and/or any treatment products to better absorb into the skin.
These unique peel pads contain a blend of Alpha, Beta, Gamma Hydroxy Acids and Amino Acids (the building blocks of peptides). These, combined with powerful botanical extracts and antioxidants, reveal beautiful, clear, radiant, glowing skin.
  • Allows for better penetration of UnWrinkle or other treatment products.
  • Promotes cell turnover.
  • Helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
  • Provides cell regulation and skin barrier repair.
  • Helps to minimize pores and clarify the skin.
  • Leaves skin soft, smooth, firm and revitalized.
  • Contains Vitamins A, C, E and D.
  • Deluxe double-sided pads deliver both gentle anti-wrinkle action and exfoliation.
  • Alcohol and fragrance-free.

Ideal for all skin types.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycolic Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lactate (Lactic Acid), Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Ppg-5-Ceteth-20, Butylene Glycol, Arginine, Linolenic Acid (Vitamin F), Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Retinol (Vitamin A), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D), Alanine, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Salicylic Acid, Caprylic/Capric, Triglyceride, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea
Directions for use:
Use daily on clean skin in the AM and/or PM. Gently apply to the face, neck, decollete and top of hands (leave on for approximately 1 minute or up to 3 minutes). Rinse thoroughly with water to neutralize peel and pat dry. Slight tingling after application is normal.
My Opinion:
I was really dissapointed when I got this from the mail, the seal was broken and the product has leaked out, the package was a mess.

Since this was an international order, the shipping for returning it would have been enough for me to order another bottle, so I've decided to use what was left instead of returning it.

I'm half way down my tube, and seriously did not notice any difference on my skin at all. I've read alot of raves about this product, so I'm starting to doubt that the product has gone bad because the seal was broken... For the past week I've been using this overnight without rinsing off and still did not felt any difference on my skin texture.

I think I might give this another try, but I'll definetly order this from another store.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Giorgio Armani Maestro

Shade: 2
Contents: 30ml
Price: HK$630.00

According to Armani's webpage:
A formula that is easy to apply with unified distribution, and covers imperfections. An ultra-fine oil-pigment suspension that perfects the complexion, instantly igniting skin’s natural luminosity. A water and powder-free base.
An unforgettable and unique texture created by patented Fusion Technology. The Fusion makeup technology delivers the thinnest color film that blends perfectly and corrects skin imperfections without buildup.
Application Tips:
  •  Shake the bottle and put three drops in the palm of your hand.
  • In rapid and fluid movements, spread the foundation out from the center of face to the edges. Make sure to concentrate the application in the center of the face where most imperfections are found.
  • Blend from the center of forehead to the temples, from the nose, across the cheeks towards the ears, and then from the chin, up along the jaw line
My Opinion:

I got this during the winter and never got around using it, because this product is not for dry skin (although I do not have dry skin), I was unable to use this during the winter, I clings to any dry patches that you have, even though I wasn't aware that I had any dry patches.

Recently I got this out again and finally started to enjoy it. First off, this is a really light foundation, and it was so light that sometimes I even forgot that I was wearing makeup. Although is light you can layer it, I usually wear 1 thin layer all over and add a second layer on the center of my face. It evens out any redness and it blurs out the pores.

For the 1st half an hour this might look a bit cakey, and the strangest thing about this foundation is that the longer it stays on your skin the better it looks. It melts into your skin.

In terms of color matching, I think their shades are very forgiving, and although I got this in shade 2, I could have gotten away with a few other shades as well.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sasatinnie Swallow's Nest Rejuvenation Mask

Contents: 6 sheets / @30ml
Price: HK$88.00
Local of Purchase: Sasa

According to Sasa's webpage:

According to the package:
Smoothes skins and activateds skin cells. Improves skin cell activity and moisture holding power with the exceptional anti-oxidizing effect of the hight quality swallow's nest essence and placental essence. The EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) helps with the anti-ageing  function, skin reveals its youthfulness and suppleness.
To use: After thorough cleansing and toning, place the mask on face. Spread the mask to both sides of face, fix the mask by holding the mask to both ears with the ear hooks (on both sides of mask). Lift the ear hooks beside the chin and fix to both ears for lifting purpose. Wait for 10-15 minutes, take off the mask and slightly massage until complete absorption of remaining essence. No washing is needed. Apply daily skin care procedures as usual. Dispose the used mask. Suggest using 2-3 times a week.
Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Propylene Glycol, Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract, Milk Ferment, Niacinamide, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Tocopheryl Acetate Hamameus Virginiana Extract, Butylene Glycol, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyalyronate, Methylparaben, Methylisothiazolinone.
My Opinion:
This is my third box of Sasatinnie paper mask, and I think I still have another box of back up, but when I'm done with my last box I don't think I'll be repurchasing.
I've initially really liked these paper masks, but I think other drugstores paper masks has really improved during the last couple of years while Sasatinnie has remained the same....
Another issue that I had with the Sasatinnie's paper mask is their ingredients list, although each box claims a different purpose, I've noticed that their ingredients lists were exactly the same, at least the ones that I have purchased before share the same ingredients list.

I mean how could they claim different results while the ingredients were exactly the same....

Friday, April 4, 2014

Yankee Candle Tarts Wax Melts

Scent: Vanilla Clouds
Price: US$1.99 (got this during discount for US$1.00)

Up to 8 hours of fragrance

About This Fragrance 
Quiet dreams float on this airy vanilla blend with hints of cool eucalyptus and sunny lemon

My Opinion:

This smells nothing like vanilla or lemon, it has a very strong scent that I'm unable to describe, it wasn't unpleasant, just unexpected (not something that I'd usually pick up) and this stuffs lasts forever. I had it burning for weeks and is still strong. I might repurchase, but it appears that this scent has been discontinued.