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Friday, November 21, 2014

LUX Super Damage Repair Intensive Hair Mask




Contents: 200g
Local of Purchase: Mannings
Price HK$59.90

Ingredients: Water, glycerin, stearyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate, dimethicone, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, behentorimonium chloride, cetrimonium chloride, argania spinosa kernel oil, mineral oil, arginine, lysine HCL, lactic acid, glutamic acid, amodimethicone, C12-14 sec-pareth-7, C12-14 sec-pareth-5, methyl cyclodextrin, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, DPG, PG, PEG-7 propylheptyl ether, PEG-180M, PEG-150 stearyl alcohol/smdl copolymer, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, iodopropynl butylcarbamate, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, fragrance, fd&c yellow no.5, d&c red no.33, fd&c blue no.1. 

My opinion:

I've really liked it when I've first started with this hair mask, it was a bit more nourishing than my Tsubaki Damage Care, and it did slightly weighted down my hair, so I've only been using this once a week.

About half way thru the tub, I had a hair disaster, my hair was badly damage from a Brazilian Blowout (long story), and this did nothing to help.....

I've ended up chopping 4 inches off, and still trimming my bangs weekly to get rid of the damaged hair. In the process of rescuing my hair, I've concluded that this product only works for fairly healthy hair that might be slightly dry but without much damage. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Lucidol-L Hair Powder Airy





Contents: 10g
Price: HK$49.00
Local of Purchase: Mannings

This was awful, i've tried it twice and for both time it left my hair disgusting. This powder was suppose to give you volume, but what I got was dirty hair with no volume.

I've applied this in the morning and did not notice any additional volume, and by 11 in the morning, my hair was so greasy that I had to put it in a bun. I've toss it away.





Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Toit



Contents: 100ml
Local of Purchase: Bonjourhk
Price: HK$599

Notes:

  • Grass
  • Red Apple
  • Pear
  • Rose
  • Magnolia
  • Rosemary

My Opinion:

I've previously tried the Un Jardin Sur Le Nil which is from the same collection and I remember liking it, but I also remember complaining about its longevity. So when I saw this in the store I was kind of sceptical, but the price was really attractive in comparison to what I've paid for my previous bottle, so I cave in.

While Sur Le Nil, has a citrusy scent, this one is really green, it reminds me of green grass and summer. Although I did enjoy the scent, it has the same issues with longevity, it didn't last on me, it has started to fade after about an hour and it was all gone by midday.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Physicians Formula Eyebrightener Multi-Colored Eyelighter





Shade: Classic Eyelight
Contents: 0.07oz / 2g
Price: US$6.39
Local of Purchase: drugstore.com

According to drugstore.com:

Brightens dark or dull eyelid area with subtle hints of pearlescent color for a natural-looking finish.
  • Can be used on all skin types
  • Includes mirror & brush applicator
  • Hypoallergenic & fragrance free
  • Dermatologist approved
  • Safe for sensitive eyes & contact lens wearers

Come out of the shadows and into the light!
Accentuate and brighten your eyes with illumination instead of traditional shadowing! Brighten dark-looking eyelids with the discreet use of corrective colors for instant, natural brilliance. This unique "eyelighter" is an original impressionistic composition of colors designed to catch the light and radiate a soft glow. It's the easiest way to enhance your eyes with a simple sweep of a brush!
Ingredients: Mica, Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Nylon 12, Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate 2, Cetyl Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Manganese Violet, Yellow 5 Aluminum Lake


My Opinion:

I think the name of this product is just spot on, "eyelighter", a highlighter for your lids. Although it looks like an eyeshadow, it does not have much pigmentation, only a sheen, and it works pretty well in brightening your lids.

I do like this product, but I still prefer Benefit Lemon Aid over this, because it's matte and I can wear it alone without makeup and it wouldn't look too obvious.





Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bio-Essence 24k Bio Gold Eye Contour Lifting Serum with Bird's Nest Essence



Contents: 20g
Price: HK$209.30
Local of Purchase: Watsons

According to Bio-Essence's Webpage:
 
• Lifts droopy lids and makes eyes look bigger
• Enhances metabolism and micro-circulation to burn off excess fats under the skin
• Has powerful anti-oxidant properties to prevent free radical damage
• Eliminates wrinkles and crow’s feet
• Accelerates cell regeneration to restore softness, elasticity & radiance
 
Directions:
Apply a small amount around the eye contour. Gently massage in circular motions until the gold flakes are thoroughly absorbed. Use once in the day and night, can be applied under your eye makeup.
 
Ingredients: Deionized Water (Aqua), Lentinus Edodes Extract (Bio Energy Fluid), Bio Rice Fermentation Essence, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Angelica archangelica Root Extract, Propylene Glygol, Glycerin, Pine Pollen Extract, Green Tea (Camellia sinensis Leaf Extract, Bio Mineral Amino Acid Essence, Sodium Chloride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, Methylpropanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Swiftlet Nest Extract, Acrylamide/Ammonium Acrylate Copolymer, PEG-12 Dimethicone, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Allantoin, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Royal Jelly Powder Fragrance, CI 19140, CI15985 & CI 16255, Gold Flakes.
 
My Opinion:
 
I was out of eye serum, didn't knew what to try next so I went to Watsons and asked the lady for a recommendation, I was told that this was being discounted and that alot of customers came to stock up.
 
Honestly I wasn't sure if I wanted this, because as I've mentioned on my previos article, when it comes to eye care I always opt for high end products, but the sales lady was really nice, and since I've asked for her recommendation it would appear rude not to take on her recomendation.... (Remind me not to ask for recomendations again...)
 
Anyway, back home when I've opened the product I've instantly disliked the packaging, the bottle was just too bulky.
 
I've been using this for nearly a month, and noticed that it only provides minimum hydration, and my undereye area has been dryer than usual, I've been using a richer eyecream on top of this to balance it out.
 
I think this would work for a teenager, but definetly not for me or someone with really dry undereye area, I'll try to finish this, but won't be repurchasing.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cellbone Mandelic Skin Rejuvenator





Contents: 1fl oz/ 30ml
Price: HK$380.00
Local of Purchase: Mannings

According to Manning's webpage:

Main Ingredients
8% Mandelic Acid
4% Hydrogel
2% Lactic Acid
1% Salicylic Acid
Gamma Poly Glutamic Acid
Vitamin B5

Functions
A breakthrough rejuvenating serum to create divine, clear, and poreless complexion by combating acne, blackheads, comedogens, and hyperpigmentation, to regulate sebum production without losing hydration, and to promote cellular turnover for antiaging benefits – all accomplished with only minimal to no irritation
Mandelic Acid is a strong AHA yet much less irritating, renowned for treating acne due to its antibacterial properties. Its efficacy in regulating sebum production and to promote cellular turnover help to clear blackheads, to minimize pores, and to diminish wrinkles and fine lines. Mandelic Acid also improves melasma and freckles by lightening and eventually breaking up hyperpigmentation
Hydrogel is a hydrophillic substance that provides lasting hydration, moisturization and lubricity to skin
Gamma Poly Glutamic Acid improves fine lines and skin elasticity, and promotes clearance of stagnant melanin to brighten skin
Salicylic and Lactic Acids gently exfoliate to reveal a much more delicate and soft skin surface
Vitamin B5 to generate cell growth and promote tissue repair

Suitable For
All Skin Types

Directions
Apply a few drops on dry skin twice daily, follow with Cellbone’s Hydration Gel and/or Moisturizer of your choice.

Cautions
You may experience slight tingling sensation, light flaking, and/or mild redness after using this product. These conditions are normal and will diminish with time. Stop using if these conditions persist
For external use only, avoid direct contact with eyes
Store in a cool, dark place
 
Ingredients: Water, Mandelic Acid, Gamma Poly Glutamic Acid, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Gamma Polyglutamate, Butylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, Panthenol, Glycerin, Cucumber Flower Extract, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Salicylic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Menthol
 
My Opinion:
 
AHA, BHA, Retinol and all those acidic stuffs leaves my skin looking amazing, but recently my skin has been really sensitive and it won't take any of my usual stuffs, so I've done some googling and found out that mandelic acid was better suited for sensitive skin.
 
I've been using this product for nearly 2 weeks and it hasn't stopped purging, although it did not dry out my skin, I've been full of spots, I've read that it was normal, and that I should stick with the product for at least 4 weeks, but I'm kind of sick of breaking out all over.
 
So far I did not notice any improvement on my skin texture, but I'll stick with it for another week and keep you updated on my progress.




Sunday, October 5, 2014

Maybelline Clean Express Miracle Nourishing Oil

Contents: 120ml
Price: HK$79.00
Local of Purchase: Mannings

According to Maybelline's webpage:

  • Removes dirt, oil and makeup thoroughly.
  • Nourishes skin with essential Vitamin E.

  • My Opinion:

    I've never been a huge fan of cleansing oil, even the ones that everybody seems to love like Shu Uemura or DHC it didn't work for me, it either broke me out or didn't cleanse well.
     
    Although I do have a favorite cleansing oil, which is the Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil, but it retails for HK$185/120ml,  and I appear to go thru a bottle every 3 weeks. So no, I have to look for something more economical.
     
    So far the Maybelline Cleansing Oil has been doing a great job in removing my makeup, and is half the price of the Fancl Cleansing Oil, the only downside is that the maybelline one does not have a scent so it basically smells like oil on your skin, in which case I'm not a huge fan. I can see this working for someone who doesn't like their skin care product scented, but personally I prefer something nicely scented.