Monday, February 8, 2016

Catalina Geo Color Capsule Make Up Base Blue



Without - With

Name: Catalina Geo 카타리나 지오 Color Capsule Make Up Base 컬러 캡슐 메이크업 베이스 Blue 블루
Price: ₩ 47,000 for 35 ml
Made in: Korea

If you think this make up base looks familiar, then you are partially correct because I have reviewed the white version earlier on. But the one I have here is blue, so it deserves a whole new page to itself! As a side note, I believe that Catalina Geo and I-Miix are the same entity - they changed up their names as a marketing strategy.

The pearl blue shade adds radiance to fair skin, and reduces minor imperfections. You don't need to dip your face in a vat of this stuff; a pump is plenty enough. You wouldn't want to turn into a smurf, right? Haha! Jokes aside, the effect is subtle but it imparts enough impact that it would be wise to bring it down to the neck.

I would like to reiterate that dabbing vigorously is a must with this product. My friend sweeping away bits of crushed pearls stuck to my face is not a memory I like to relieve often *hangs head in shame* For those interested, my previous review is just a click away for a deeper understanding of the formulation, texture and longevity.

And, Happy Chinese New Year! Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous Year of the Monkey! *mwah*

The full ingredient list for Color Capsule Make Up Base:
Water, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil, Squalane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 60, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ultramarines, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Algin, Agar, Carrageenan, Methyl Paraben, Allantoin, Carbomer, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Disodium EDTA, Cellulose Gum, Propyl Paraben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Yeast Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance.

Disclosure: BNTGirls sample. Head on over to BNTNews for more exciting news, may it be K-Beauty, K-Fashion or K-Pop!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

CNP Laboratory Propolis Energy Ampule

Made with Propolis, Sophora and Imperate Extracts, the CNP Propolis Energy Ampule is nourishing, moisturising and has healing properties to rejuvenate the skin!


Name: CNP Laboratory Propolis Energy Ampule 프로폴리스 에너지 앰플
Price: ₩ 25,000 for 15 ml
Made in: Korea

If you only dab a drop or so a day, this tiny bottle should last quite a while. Alas, I don't do it that way. I add a drop to my serum and moisturiser both day and night, so that works out to be four drops a day? I foresee my bottle finishing up really quickly; I should be almost done with my bottle by the time this review goes live, haha!


In case you aren't keen to emulate my example, you can apply it prior to your serum. It is meant to boost your routine and supercharge your skin with high concentrations of active ingredients. It is worth noting that this light-bodied ampoule feels a bit sticky when used alone but this problem disappears when combined to other products.


On the off chance that you may want to take it a step further, you can even dispense a drop to alphabet creams or foundations. It lends the skin a celestial sheen which looks both natural and healthy. But not too much at once, for everything may just slide off, considering how high the temperatures here can soar.


The reason I am so liberal with the product is because it noticeably softens skin and accelerates healing, whether they be new or old spots. With results like these, can you blame me for being so heavy-handed with the ampoule? In addition to all those good points mentioned above, it doesn't possess much of a scent. Well, light and floral don't count as scents for me, haha!


I have already bought a backup at Watsons, where it retails for RM 103.10. It is also available in Muse by Watsons and on hermo.my.

The full ingredient list for Propolis Energy Ampule:
Water, Propolis Extract, Beta-Glucan, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Madecassoside, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Arginine, Honey Extract, Allantoin, PEG-8, Siegesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Rabdosia Rubescens Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Codonopsis Lanceolata Root Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Monday, February 1, 2016

3 Simple Steps To Pimple-Free Skin With Oxy

Combating pimples is as easy as ABC with Oxy's 3 step regimen!


Step Wash


Oxy Deep Cleansing Wash contains Salicylic Acid, Isopropyl Methylphenol and 5α Avocuta to remove dead skin cells and control oil secretion, thereby effectively removing impurities, dirt and oil buried deep within pores. It gives a squeaky clean sensation but it can leave my face feeling a little tight (my face seesaws between dehydrated and oily) so I top it off with generous heapings of moisturiser.

Oxy Deep Cleansing Wash is available in 50 g (RM 8.50) and 100 g (RM 13.90).

Step Treat


After cleansing, apply Oxy 10 on blemishes. Oxy 10 kills acne-causing bacteria with 10% Benzoyl Peroxide. Oxy 10 may be too strong for you if excessive flaking occurs; if that is the case, opt for the milder Oxy 5 (5% Benzoyl Peroxide) instead.

Oxy 10 comes in two sizes: 10 g (RM 11.50) and 25 g (RM 19.90). At these prices, it shouldn't be a problem to get both! One to keep on the vanity at home whereas the smaller one goes into the travel skincare pouch (to deal with zits that will inevitably pop out before a holiday!).

Step Lighten


Whack on Oxy Anti-Pimple Mark once the pimples dry up. This gel is packed with Arbutin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate and Salicylic Acid to lighten marks and dark spots. It also smoothens skin, prevents blemishes and revitalises skin cells! Now, how's that for this little 12 g (RM 14.80) wonder?

All Oxy products can be found at leading pharmacies and supermarkets.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Getting Cashback At Qoo10 Malaysia With ShopBack

Cashback programs gained traction in the States a few years back, and everyone I knew (that lived there) used them to save ridiculous amounts of money. Now, we can do it too with ShopBack, the top Malaysian cashback site!

It has many affiliates to choose from, such as Asos, Rakuten, Reebonz, Qoo10, SaSa, Taobao and Zalora. Sign up for an account and the world is your oyster!


Now the first thing to do before you click away is to access your site of choice through ShopBack in order to receive commissions. Then shop as usual. Once you have paid, you will receive your items directly from the retailer.

Take Qoo10 for example; you can visit this page for Qoo10 discount/coupon codes and stack the extra discounts on top of your commission. It is important to note that these cashback arrangements do not pay out immediately but I am certain we don't mind a bit of wait for our monies to clear into our accounts!


And seeing as it will be the month of love in a couple of days, you may want to head over to ShopBack to indulge in some sales in honour of Valentine's Day. You will be spoilt for choice with the great deals galore!

Have a great February and I wish you all the love in the world!

Disclosure: This blog post is made in collaboration with ShopBack.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss Pink

Did you know that Physicians Formula is now sold in Malaysia? Imagine my utter delight when a package from them landed in my postbox!


Name: Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss Pink
Price: RM 50.80 for 3.8 g
Made in: USA

The pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss in Pink goes on the palest pink and after 60 seconds, it deepens my lip colour to a fuchsia berry shade; which I have to say isn't the most unflattering for my skin tone. It will work for others, but sadly I am not one of those lucky people.


Before - After

The quality of the gloss itself took me by surprise. It isn't as tacky as expected and once the shine wears off, it leaves behind a rich pigment a.k.a. a stain. An extremely long-lasting stain. Put it on, and don't expect to be free of it for the rest of the day.


The full-size mirror comes in handy when I check for particles of food between my teeth or when I touch up the areas where makeup has disintegrated. I haven't found use for the LED light yet but I am sure I will put it to the test one of these days; when I have the need to look for something in the cavernous depths of my bag?


It is a good option for anyone who likes a brush applicator. Perhaps swatch it at Watsons first before you spend the RM 50.80? If you give any of the 3 shades a try, please make your opinions heard below.

The full ingredient list for pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss:
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ozokerite, Propylene Glycol Ricinoleate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, BHT, Citric Acid, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol [+/- Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Iron Oxides, Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Red 6 Lake, Red 27, Red 7 Lake].

Disclosure: Press sample.