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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
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

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

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

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.

    Friday, October 3, 2014

    September 2014 Empties

    1.   Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF 50+ PA+++ - This is the new packaging, but I think is still the same product that I've reviewed before.

    2.   Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Butter

    3.   The Face Shop Calendula Eden Essential Moisture Toner

    4.  CND Scentsations Hand and Body Lotions in Honey Suckle and Pink Grapefruit - I'm not a huge fan of CND Hand and Body Lotions, because I found them too watery and not hydrating enough, but they do smell amazing.

    5.   Marks and Spencer Floral Collection China Blue Anti-Prespirant - This is just a anti-prespirant, it did its job.

    6.   Essential Damage Care Nuance Airy Hair Mask - I don't even remember how many tubs of these I've already went thru, definetly will be repurchasing.

    7.  L'oreal Ever Pure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Volume Shampoo -  I didn't have time to write a review about this product, but I've already finish my first bottle and I love it, for a sulfate free shampoo, this was really good, it lathers well, cleanses well, wasn't drying, wasn't expensive, it was just great. Will definetly repurchase.

    8.  Loreal Youth Code Rejuvenating Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream - When it comes to eye creams, I usually stick with high end prodcuts, but I though that this one was better than alot of the high ends that I've tried before.

    10.   Maybelline Pure Makeup - This used to be my summer go to foundation, and when I found out that these were being discontinued, I've stock up, I think this is my fourth bottle, and I'm actually kind of bored of it, but I've still got one more backup to go thru before I'm done with it.

    11.   Garnier Light Gentle Clarifying Foam - I've previously tried a sample size of this and kind of like it, so I got this again in full size and have really enjoyed using it during the summer, because it feels really fresh and clean.
    12.   L'oreal 6H glam shine lip gloss in the shade Forever Pink - I'm not really a gloss girl, so it always takes me forever to finish a gloss, actually I didn't really finish this, it just went bad, and I was really surprise to have found a back up of this gloss in my drawer, so I must have really liked it.
    13.   Boots Beer & Egg Intensive Hair Treatment Weightless Hair - This used to be one of my favorite hair masks, but recently I've been getting bored of my usual favorites, I thing I'm going to to take a break from this product.
     14.  Bath and Body Works Hand Wash in Winter Candy Apple - This smells amazing, and if it ever comes back again during X'mas, I will be repurchasing.
    15.  John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze Clear Shine - I've got a bottle of the Fekkai Salon Glaze when I've finish this bottle, and honestly I think John Frieda is way better than the Fekkai one.

    16.  L'oreal Color Rich Nutri Shine Lipstick - I've gotten several of these color rich nutri shine lipsticks and 2 of them has started to smell funky, was it just mine, or does the formula goes bad really fast.

    17.   Sally Hansen Polish Remover - I'm not too fuzzy about polish remover, and I buy whatever is being discounted.

    18.   SANA Uruoitashi Moisture Mist  - I got this mainly for the bottle, so even though the product is gone, I've been refilling the bottle with whatever toner I'm using.

    19.   Mentolathum Sunplay Water & Sport SPF130 PA+++ - I've several bottles of these around, one in the bathroom, one in my purse and one right beside the door (in case I forgot to apply sunscreen before I walk out the door), so it's no surprise the I've finished 3 bottles of these in this month.

    20.   Avalon Organics Shampoo Scalp Treatment Tea Tree - I've initially gotten this for my husband who was complaining about oily scalp. Since he started to used this shampoo, I did not hear any more complains, and I've started to use this as well, and kind of like it, although I never notice any problems with my scalp I did like the scent and it left my hair clean without dryness. I've already purchase another bottle.

    22.   ULTIMA II Extraordinaire Supreme Pure Collagen Perfect Skin Resurfacing Treatment

    23.   Vaseline Aloe Fresh Moisturizing Daily Body Gel with 100% natural aloe vera

    24.   Bath and Body Works Wallflowers Fragrance Bulb in Pink Sangria

    25.   Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet - This was a sample that I got with purchase,and it has a whipped cream texture, which I'm not sure if I like it enough to purchase it in full size, but I took it with me on my last trip to Thailand, and it was hydrating enough even without any serum underneath.

    26.   Caudalie Gentle Cleanser - Another sample that I got with purchase, while I wasn't sure about the moisturizing sorbet mentioned above, I'm pretty sure that I did not like this cream cleanser,  my skin didn't felt cleanse after using it.

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    Etude House Hair Tools Bang Cut Kit

    About 8 months ago I got some straight bangs and found that it requires alot of maintenance, I basically need to trim my bangs every 2 and a half week, and since I don't have that kind of time and money, I've decided to do it myself.
    After going thru a bunch of youtube videos, I've decided to get this kit and started to trim my own bangs. First off, the scissors sucks, it's so blunt that it takes forever to trim my bangs, so I got rid of it, and gotten a pair of decent scissors.
    My first attempt took me nearly half an hour to trim 1/2 inch, because after watching so many videos I've learnt that I shouldn't just cut my bangs straight across, but to nip it vertically. However, after a few cuts, I found this technique to be time consuming and I did what I should not, I've cut it straight across, and was left with blunt bangs.
    Honestly, I kind of liked the final results and have been cutting it straight across every 3 weeks. I think I'll keep on cutting my hair until I'm tired of bangs and want to grow it out.

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    August 2014 Empties

    Although I haven't been blogging as frequent as I've hoped for, I've been working really hard to finish some of the old stuff that I had and I'm proud to present this whole bunch of empties:

    1.  Ultima II Immediate Rescue Stick

    2.  Dr .G Gowoonsesang Aroma A1 Skin Lotion - Although this stuff does works with acne, I found that it runs out really fast....

    3.  Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deeeeep Conditioner - This is now availabe at Watsons and Mannings.

    4.  Avalon Organics Vitamic C Refreshing Cleansing Gel - My husband doesn't really care about face wash, so I was really surprise when he told me to repurchase this cleansing gel.

    5. Dettol Natural Nourishing Body Wash - I always have a bottle of Dettol Body Wash in my shower, and this was a sample that I got with purchase, is not drying and it smells really good. Will definetly get this in full size.

    6.  Dettol Anti Bacterial Sensitive Body Wash - While I've really liked the Nourishing Body Wash from Dettol, I didn't really care for this one, it smells boring, but since I got this in a pack of 2, there's still one more to go, but won't be repurchasing.

    7.  Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo - This is my second bottle, but I'm not repurchasing it because I love it but because there aren't that many reasonably priced sulfate free shampoo here for me to choose here.

    8.  Bath & Body Works Sparking Pink Champagne Deep Cleansing Soap - According to the package it claims pink sugar with sparkling notes of mandarin and fizzy champagne. I did like it, but I'm not crazy about it, and since this is no longer available, I'll just try something else next time.

    9.  Huggies Baby Wipes - These are unscented baby wipes that I use to cleanse everthing, my face, brushes, hands, etc.

    10.  Lux Super Rich Shine Concitioner - OMG these were amazing, I use hair treatment/mask as conditioner, because normal conditioner just aren't enough for my dry hair. I think this is one of the few conditioners that I've tried that works worderfully for really dry hair.

    11. Nivea Creme - I always have this at home, it's a household essential.

    12.  Nuxe Eau de Mousse Micellair aux 3 Roses Foam Cleanser - This is another deluxe sample that I got in a kit, and I've enjoyed it while I have it, but I don't think I'll be willing to pay that much for a cleanser.

    13.  Olay Aquaction Intensive Nourishing Emulsion

    14.  Bath and Body Works Wallflowers Fragrance Bulb in Pineapple Mango - I love the scent of Pineapple during summer and have really enjoyed these, but please bear in mind that these do smell really sweet.

    15.  Bath and Body Works Wallflowers Fragrance Bulb in Pink Sangria

    16.  Reniu Coconut Shampoo

    17.  Revlon Equave Sun Protection Detangling Conditioner - This is my favorite leave-in conditioner, apart from conditioning and softening my hair, it provides sun protection. Reviews are coming up soon.

    18.  Sunplay Watery Cool SPF65 PA+++