Sunday, August 24, 2014

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a potent 99.8% naturally-derived and paraben-free botanical elixir that works all night to regenerate, repair and replenish the skin barrier while you sleep. The rich blend of naturally replenishing botanical oils including squalane, evening primrose, and a blend of essential oils known for their therapeutic, balancing, and antioxidant effects, works with the skin's natural nocturnal activity to dramatically restore skin by morning. (Source:

What better way to get acquainted with a brand than with its star product?

Name: Kiehl's 키엘 Midnight Recovery Concentrate 미드나잇 리커버리 컨센트레이트
Price: RM 220 for 30 ml
Made in: USA

This push-button dropper glass bottle feels and looks very clinical, nonetheless, it is something that I am happy to display on my vanity.

Upon twisting the bottle open, my olfactory receptors are greeted with a heady combination of lavender and rose. Despite this unusual marriage, the aroma still manages to entice!

I wear it at night after my usual serum. I dot three drops all over my face and then pat it in with my palms. Thanks to the light base oil - Jojoba Seed Oil - it does not feel heavy even though it takes its own sweet time to sink into my skin.

Its effects are nothing short of miraculous: soft, supple and nourished skin. I can't deny being leery of facial oils at first (do I really want to slather oil on my oily mug?) but trialling this product made me realise that facial oils are popular for a good reason. And... I want more! Any recommendations?

Midnight Recovery Concentrate is available at all Kiehl's stores in Malaysia: Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Suria KLCC, Mid Valley Megamall, Bangsar Shopping Center, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Empire Shopping Gallery, Sunway Pyramid, Komtar JBCC, Gurney Plaza, Queensbay Mall, The Spring Shopping Mall Kuching and 1Borneo Hypermall.

The full ingredient list for Midnight Recovery Concentrate:
Caprilic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Squalane, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Oenothera Biennis Oil/Evening Primrose Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil/Jojoba Seed Oil, Coriandrum Sativum Oil/Coriander Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil/Lavender Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Linalool, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil/Rosemary Leaf Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol, Lavendula Hybrida Oil, Cucumis Sativus Extract/Cucumber Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa Extract/Tumeric Root Extract, Limonene, Citral, Sclareolide, Rosa Spp/Rose Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale Extract/Jasmine Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seel Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil, Fmla 685449/18 Code F.I.L.:D39273/5.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash

Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash rounds up the Face Wash range introduced by Hada Labo sometime last year. The gentle formula is specifically designed for individuals with skin sensitivities and comes without fragrance, alcohol, colourant and mineral oil.

Name: Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash
Price: RM 20.90 for 100 g
Made in: China

The ingredient list is pretty clean (well, at least in my books). We can all do with a sulphate-free cleanser, and I am sure that some of you would be comforted to note the absence of parabens.

Despite not having sulphates, it foams well thanks to the presence of Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate and Sodium Cocoamphoacetate (just to name a few of the surfactants). Licorice Extract, Calendula Extract and Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract are the star of the show for they are the ones that do the heavy duty job aka minimise the risk of allergies and skin irritation.

Not only does it sweep impurities away, it also conditions the skin, leaving it soft and moisturised. Yes, we are looking at a foaming cleanser that is kind to the skin! It has got to be a first? Haha! Hada Labo never fails to deliver when it counts.

No fancy frills with this but it still works brilliantly. Better yet, at RM 20.90, it is easy on the wallet! If you are interested in any of Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash's sisters, I have ranked them for ease of reference. You can find the unabridged version here.
#1 Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash
#2 Hydra & Whitening Face Wash
#3 Deep Clean & Pore Refining Face Wash
#4 Deep Clean & Blemish Control Face Wash

What have you been loving and hating lately?

The full ingredient list for Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash:
Water, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate/Water, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate/Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine/Water, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer/Water, Citric Acid, Acrylates Copolymer/Water, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Potassium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid/Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glycerin, Disodium EDTA, Methylisothiazolinone/Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate/Water, PEG-14M, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Water/Propylene Glycol/Calendula Officinalis Extract/Glucose, Water/Butylene Glycol/Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioner

I am certain that the Hatomugi Skin Conditioner will be used up within a month. I have been very generous with it... practically smothered myself in this stuff. How could I not when it is made in Japan, the land of high-quality production?

Name: Naturie ナチュリエ Hatomugi ハトムギ化粧水 Skin Conditioner スキンコンディショナー
Price: RM 29 for 500 ml
@cosme rating: 4.6
Made in: Japan

You have a couple of options on how to apply this: fingers, cotton pads and also sheet masks. My favourite is slapping on four to five sheets of cotton pads saturated in this lotion for 10 minutes. It provides immediate hydration and also cools down the skin (a beneficial by-effect in this humid condition).

The formula contains alcohol but it is enriched with Job's Tears Seed Extract that stops it from drying out my skin. In fact, the alcohol content helps the lotion sink in quickly - chief consideration in rating a product's compatibility with my skin - without leaving a sticky film.

Hatomugi (Japanese for Job's Tears) is popular as a traditional herb for maladies of the stomach, spleen, lungs and the large intestine. For the skin, it normalises the cell turn-over cycle and also aids the production of Hyaluronic Acid, keeping skin smooth and nourished.

The amount of product you get for the price is incredible - a whopping 500 ml for merely RM 29. You can't get a better deal than this! I was given my bottle but there is no question about it, it is a 100% repurchase. If you don't have it, you need it. Grab one when you pay SaSa a visit!

The full ingredient list for Hatomugi Skin Conditioner:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Coix Lacryma-Jobi (Job's Tears) Seed Extract, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Dipropylene Glycol, Alcohol, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

[News] Laneige Watery Cushion Concealer SPF35 PA++

To create a more photo-ready look, Laneige has launched the Watery Cushion Concealer SPF35 PA++, a liquid-balm hybrid concealer that provides high coverage with a strong adherence and spreading ability.

Staying in line with current natural make-up trends, this new innovation contains moisturising properties with whitening functions while providing excellent coverage for blemishes, dark circles, acne scars and dull skin around the eyes and nose area:

1. Liquid-Balm Hybrid technology with high coverage that makes our skin look flawless and smooth
The emulsion-type concealer provides high coverage as it moisturises the skin and tightly adheres to it, while adding a compact layer of wax over the skin. Upon application, the product instantly provides a high sustaining power by protecting the skin from sweat and sebum.

2. The moisture flocking puff provides double effects of hydration and moisture
Unlike other existing stick concealers in the market that consist only of oil and wax, the liquid balm in Watery Cushion Concealer SPF35 PA++ contains 35% moisture that is stabilised by the low internal-phase emulsification process. This emulsification technology enables the product to provide a strong adherence to the skin while ensuring the skin receives maximum moisture.

Upon application, water is transferred from the water-retaining flocking puff to the skin to deliver an optimal amount of moisture from the liquid balm. The flocking puff is able to hold moisture 11.62 times its weight to enable the skin to receive 10 times the amount of moisture.

3. Lightens blemishes with a brightening effect
Watery Cushion Concealer SPF35 PA++ makes dull skin look lively and bright while actively lightens blemishes with the presence of arbutin, a natural ingredient that contains whitening properties. Arbutin, a skin whitening cosmetic substance approved by the Korean Food & Drug Administration (KFDA) is a functional ingredient obtained from huckleberries. It has an effect of controlling liver spots and blemishes by controlling the activation and generation of melanin cells.

Watery Cushion Concealer SPF35 PA++, which comes in 3 shades: #1 Splendid Cover, #2 Natural Cover and #3 Soft Cover, is priced at RM 90 and will be available at all Laneige counters starting September 2014.

Disclosure: Press release.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Clarins White Plus Total Luminescent Intensive Brightening Serum

You know those products that take only one evening of use to work its magic on your skin? White Plus Total Luminescent Intensive Brightening Serum is one of them. Dear readers, it has a twist though...

Name: Clarins クラランス White Plus Total Luminescent Intensive Brightening Serum ホワイト-プラス インテンシヴ セラム
Price: RM 295 for 30 ml
@cosme rating: 4.3
Made in: France

This serum has a liquidified gel consistency. It leaves a sticky film that takes a good two minutes (at the very least) to absorb completely, which debunks the instantly blends and dissolves claim.

For reasons unknown, this serum leaves my face extra bouncy. Hydrated and firmer skin is always a bonus! I can't say the brightening aspect is worth shouting about, for I did not note a difference in skin luminosity. The whole purpose of this serum is defeated because it gives off more hydrating benefits (in this case, brightening is more of an afterthought?). Nonetheless, I am loving it a whole lot - the hydrating serums in my arsenal don't work half as well.

All those praises sung upon the scent of Clarins's products? They are right on the mark. It is heavily fragranced but it manages straddle that fine line without going into overbearing territory. To you however, it could be too much, so do give it a good sniff at the counter first.

Will you give this serum a look?

The full ingredient list for White Plus Total Luminescent Intensive Brightening Serum:
Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernal Extract, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Biotin, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Spergularia Rubra Extract, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Xylitol, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract.

(Source: Promotional images are from