Saturday, July 4, 2015

Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask

Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask has got to be one of the most awesome clay masque I EVER had the pleasure of using and it is not because of the awesome ingredient list (6,020 mg of Jeju Volcanic Clay and plant extracts such as Satsuma, Orchid and Green Tea) even though it plays a major part.


Name: Innisfree 이니스프리 Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask 수퍼 화산송이 클레이 무스 마스크
Price: ₩ 19,000 for 100 ml
Made in: Korea

Not only does it unclog pores (deep cleansing), it spot treats (calms blemishes), brightens (revitalises dull skin) and softens (baby smooth skin). It is also mild enough for regular usage (the brand recommends 1-2× weekly) and does not dry out or irritate my skin.


This mask is a thick and creamy mousse that glides on very easily. As with all clay masks, it is recommended that you apply a thick layer and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Remember not slather the mask everywhere unless it is absolutely necessary and restrict it to the regions of the T-zone and chin.


Unlike a lot of clay masks out there, Innisfree's version doesn't smell of anything - if it does, it is very faint, which is a much appreciated perk. It is like they figured that they would desist from torturing our olfactory senses while they whack all the impurities out of our skins.


To top it all, this mask comes in a handy aerosol can. No more digging around with fingers and worrying about hygiene issues! Getting this mask from jolse.com for US$ 20.98 was one of the best decisions I ever made in my journey for beautiful skin!

The full ingredient list for Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask:
Water, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Volcanic Ash, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Alcohol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearic Acid, Cellulose, Palmitic Acid, Bentonite, Cyclohexasiloxane, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Lactic Acid, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Mannitol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Arginine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Xanthan Gum, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Nitrogen.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Clinelle CaviarGold Firming Lotion



Name: Clinelle CaviarGold Firming Lotion
Price: RM 59.30 for 180 ml
Made in: Korea

Like the eye serum, this sparkle infused lotion is also formulated with Triple-Gold Lifting & Firming Complex to minimise pores, refine skin texture and allow better penetration of subsequent skincare products.

I thought that the large opening meant that I would have to squeeze shake the product out, thus a thick, viscous liquid came to mind but I was greeted by a thin, runny liquid. It threw me for a loop, haha! This consistency meant that it absorbs quickly without leaving a tacky film behind.

It forms a moisturising barrier over my skin - a tangible veil if I am being precise! I can't stop touching my face when I have this lotion on. My skin is markedly smoother with it than without it.

I have been using this product for four weeks now (closing in onto five) and I have noticed no difference aside from that initial boost in softness. As to why this is, it could be that my ageing mug needs more concentrated dosages (since I fared very well with the eye serum). If you have used this product, please feel free to chime in with your thoughts. Everyone reacts differently!

If you plan to buy something from clinelle.com, be it this lotion or another product, use the code FANWHTEKUVO20 to get RM 20 off your total (only valid for orders above RM 100)!

The full ingredient list for CaviarGold Firming Lotion:
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Trehalose, Forstyhia Suspensa Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Caviar Extract, Acetyl Heptapeptide-9, Colloidal Gold, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, CI77491.

Disclosure: Gift certificate.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hada Labo UV Perfect Gel SPF50+ PA++++




Name: Hada Labo 肌研 UV Perfect Gel 極潤 UVホワイトゲル SPF50+ PA++++
Price: RM 94.90 for 90 g
Made in: Japan

This 5-in-1 gel from Hada Labo functions as an essence, moisturiser, mask, sunscreen and makeup base. The texture teeters in between a lotion sunscreen and a gel moisturiser... it has the whitish sunscreen look with none of the spreadability issues - it blends easily and absorbs fairly quickly.

It leaves me with a tight sensation despite the Nano Hyaluronic Acid and Hyaluronic Acid content. Nothing to worry about because a rich lotion or a rich lotion and rich serum combo solves this hiccup. Funnily enough, while not being sufficiently moisturising, it somehow manages to accelerate my sebum secretion; my entire face instantaneously takes on a sheen after 2 hours.

The Japanese name for this gel, 極潤 UVホワイトゲル, directly translates to UV White Gel. It is a clear indicator that there is something more to this gel beyond slimming down our morning routines and this is confirmed by the incorporation of a Vitamin C derivative. This powerful antioxidant will enhance the efficacy of the filters in the formulation and also visibly even out skin tone to promote fairness and prevent dark spots!

I came across texts saying we should never rely on other products aside from sunscreens for our sun protection needs but UV Perfect Gel may just be the exception to the rule. I whack on a huge blob (as recommended by the brand), which a lot more than what I would normally use; so I think in this case, my bending the rules is excusable. Care to weigh in?

It is available at all leading pharmacies nationwide for RM 94.90. Time your shopping trips to coincide with sales because the price can drop to RM 70! Are you liking the sound of UV Perfect Gel?

The full ingredient list for UV Perfect Gel SPF50+ PA++++:
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dimethicone, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Polysilicone-15, Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Polysilicone-13, Bis-Ethyl-Hexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Polystyrene, Methylparaben, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Titanium Dioxide, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrated Silica, Aluminium Hydroxide, Hydrogen Dimethicone.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

P&G Prestige Promotion At KL SOGO

Just for Raya and in conjunction with the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival, KL SOGO Department Store is offering the following promotions for fragrances under P&G Prestige:


007 for Women is the latest dangerously seductive female fragrance from the captivating world of James Bond. Offering a unique mix of ingredients that blend signature femininity with a sense of intangible mystery, it is a modern interpretation of an oriental fragrance.

An initial burst of spicy Black Pepper enveloped in Rose Milk ignites an intriguing paradox of danger and sensuality. Alongside this, the instantly attractive, familiar fruity character of Blackberry is combined with the feminine softness represented by White Floral Jasmine. The rich, sensual drydown, which is the key to any Oriental signature is driven by Black Vanilla and tantalizing White Musk, with a touch of elegant Cedarwood.

Receive a 3-pc gift set (inclusive of a jewellery case), with the purchase of a James Bond 007 for Women EdP 75 ml and a body lotion 150 ml.

Also specially from KL SOGO Department Store (available after July 7, 2015 but you can pre-order now at klsogo.com.my), is the latest female fragrance from GUCCI: GUCCI Bamboo EdP 75 ml.

Soft and intense at once, GUCCI Bamboo's sensorial composition draws its inspiration from the GUCCI woman's harmonious dichotomy. Natural and resonant ingredients create a captivating olfactory story. Woody and warm notes vibrate through the heart and base. Deep Sandalwood, heady Tahitian Vanilla and unique grey Amber accords strike a complementary contrast with the inherent femininity found in exotic floral notes of soft Casablanca Lily, feminine Orange Blossom and delicate Ylang Ylang.

Take home a complimentary floral arrangement for every purchase of any 2 large-sized GUCCI fragrances (inclusive of the new GUCCI Bamboo EdP 75 ml).


GUCCI Bamboo EdP 75 ml & GUCCI Made To Measure EdT 90 ml (RM 766)


GUCCI Bamboo EdP 75 ml & Gucci By GUCCI Pour Homme EdT 90 ml (RM 775)


GUCCI Bamboo EdP 75 ml & GUCCI Flora Gorgeous Gardenia EdT 100 ml (RM 849)


GUCCI Bamboo EdP 75 ml & GUCCI Guilty Black EdT 75 ml (RM 862)

Disclosure: Press release.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion SPF50+ PA+++ (2015)

Originally released in 2013, Precious Mineral Any Cushion SPF50+ PA+++ is given a face lift in 2015. The new iteration has an improved staying power for pearly, bright skin all day long.


Name: Etude House 에뛰드하우스 Precious Mineral Any Cushion 진주알 맑은 애니 쿠션 SPF50+ PA+++ W13 Natural Beige 내추럴 베이지
Price: US$ 18 for 15 g
Made in: Korea

The first thing I noticed is the texture: watery, weightless and how quickly it blended in. I was able to achieve medium coverage with some careful layering - it evens out the skin tone without coming off mask-like. For dark circles, blemishes and the lot, a concealer will be required.


W13 Natural Beige, the shade shown in the pictures below, is a neutral ochre. It does not lean too much towards the pink or the yellow side. It is right smack in the middle. Well to me, everything is on the pink side (because I am terribly yellow) so take this with a pinch of salt and trust your sight instead, hah!


It targets those with a fondness for matte finishes. The sebum controlling formula (rendered ineffective against my oil glands) manages to last a full day on my face with slight pooling in the pores on the nose. Naturally, I had some help from a primer and a glow inducing setting mist to lock everything in (yes, I like my mug dewy!).


Without


With

While I prefer the Moist version, perhaps some of you will find this more to your liking? It costs US$ 18 on etudehouse.com.


Cushion reviews that may interest you:
Precious Mineral Any Cushion SPF50+ PA+++ (2013)
Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion SPF34 PA++
Precious Mineral Moist Any Cushion SPF50+ PA+++

The full ingredient list for Precious Mineral Any Cushion SPF50+ PA+++:
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Methyl Trimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Sorbitan Isostearate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Mother Of Pearl, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Stearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Alcohol, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Fragrance.

Disclosure: Pink Bird sample.