Wednesday, April 16, 2014

O'slee Rosehip Q10 Moisturizing Lotion

If you are familiar with O'slee, of which I have sung praises for some time, then be prepared for a rambly post on one of their offerings - Rosehip Q10 Moisturizing Lotion.


Name: O'slee Rosehip Q10 Moisturizing Lotion 玫瑰果Q10保濕乳液
Price: RM 59.90 for 60 ml
Made in: Hong Kong

Rosehip Q10 Moisturizing Lotion is billed as a daily moisturiser with the antioxidant Q10 to help restore and retain moisture. You read that right, it is in fact a moisturiser and not a lotion (or toner as it is known to some of you).

It is presented in a glass bottle which lends it some heft. In a blind test I would have thought that it belongs on a counter in a department store.


Think the love child of a lotion and a regular cream and you will get the texture of this moisturiser. The lotion aspect lends it some fluidity but in no ways is it runny.

This moisturiser is just what the doctor ordered in this bothersome weather. It is light (I can apply under my sunscreen without making my face an immediate ball of grease) and showers my face with moisture (leaving it softer and more supple).


O'slee has always impressed with their stellar ingredient lists so I was really upset to fish out the following ingredients: Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben and Paraffinum Liquidum. I know some of you are bothered by glycols and parabens (whereas I am not in favour of Dimethicone and Paraffinum Liquidum), which is why they made the list.


Without - With

It is heavily fragranced and that could be a deal-breaker. For those who do not mind, you might find yourself intrigued by the herbal twist to an otherwise average rosy scent. To purchase, visit oslee.com.my.

The full ingredient list for Rosehip Q10 Moisturizing Lotion:
Aqua, Isohexadecane, Rosa Canina Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Glycerin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Myristate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Allantoin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Propylparaben, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Paraffinum Liquidum, CI 19140.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Mentholatum Water Lip Tinted Color Milky Pink, Raspberry Red & Rose Pink

I start the day with a lipstick and end it with a lipbalm. What about midday when the sun is at its peak? That is when the following products come in...


Name: Mentholatum メンソレータム Water Lip ウォーターリップ Tinted Color 色つきタイプ
Price: RM 13.90 for 4.5 g
@cosme rating: 3.2
Made in: Japan

These limited edition tinted lipbalms protect your puckers with SPF20 PA++. The Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera Extract enriched formula replenishes and retains moisture, while Honey and Collagen increase elasticity. They melt on the lips leaving a nourishing film that lasts for two hours or so (considering I was not snacking or sipping on some beverage).

Milky Pink ミルキィピンク is a shimmery baby pink.



The full ingredient list for Milky Pink:
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Polyethylene, Diisostearyl Malate, Lanolin, Petrolatum, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Microcrystalline Wax, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dimethicone, Alumina, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, CI 73360, Dipropylene Glycol, Water, CI 15850, Mineral Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Honey, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Soluble Collagen.

Raspberry Red ラズベリーレッド is a fuchsia pink.



The full ingredient list for Raspberry Red:
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Polyethylene, Diisostearyl Malate, Lanolin, Petrolatum, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Microcrystalline Wax, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Alumina, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, CI 73360, Dipropylene Glycol, CI 15850, Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Mineral Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Honey, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Soluble Collagen.

Rose Pink (known in Japan as Peach Gold ピーチゴールド) is a shimmery apricot.



The full ingredient list for Rose Pink:
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Polyethylene, Diisostearyl Malate, Lanolin, Petrolatum, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Microcrystalline Wax, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Alumina, Iron Oxides, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, CI 73360, Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Mineral Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Honey, CI 15850, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Soluble Collagen.

I would not necessarily say that they would be a substitute for lipstick for they lack the colour payoff but they do make a fantastic gloss without the associated stickiness. The only shortcoming is the sheerness of the formula. Even the brightest of the bunch, Raspberry Red, fails to show up on my pigmented lips.


Milky Pink - Raspberry Red - Rose Pink

There are four shades in total on mentholatum-lip.jp, which means that we are missing Baby Beige ベビーベージュ. The hoarder in me would have liked to go all Pokémon Trainer (and collect them all!) seeing the excellent quality.


Dolls, remember to keep your pout in tip top shape with SPF protection!

Disclosure: Press samples.

Monday, April 7, 2014

L'Egere Aqua Soothing Essence-In CC Cream SPF20

L'Egere's Aqua Soothing Essence-In CC Cream received love from Taiwanese bloggers even before its mention in the beauty talk show, 女人我最大. I had to cover it seeing that it lacks attention in the English speaking world.

(Source: facebook.com/Legere.beauty/)

Name: L'Egere 蘭吉兒 Aqua Soothing Essence-In CC Cream 水透亮CC霜 SPF20
Price: NT$ 450 for 35 g
UrCosme rating: 5.1
Made in: Korea

It is mind-boggling to see water droplets (I am easily pleased) forming once you begin the blending process. They quickly dissolve and impart a cooling sensation, which in turn minimises the appearance of pores.



As with the majority of CC creams that I have tried, it offers the sheerest of coverage. A concealer is a must in order to camouflage flaws i.e. dark circles and hyperpigmentation. It was pretty good colour wise - I thought that the shade matched me really well. I doubt that it will fit all skintones though... if possible, sample it first before you part with your money.


The finish is almost semi-matte and extremely skin-like. A little bit of dewiness would have been more flattering but I see it being a hit amongst people afflicted by an oily T-zone. It becomes more natural when sebum starts to seep through as the hours tick by.


Bad point? It vanishes. Is it because it fuses to my skin a bit too well? And that is it really. I have no other criticism for it. Then again, I do not wear a primer nor a powder (in my books, CC creams are best for minimal makeup days) so these products might help prolong its wear.


All in all, it is one of the better CC creams that I have tested out this year and you can't go wrong with it (if durability is overlooked). It smells nice too! You can buy it for US$ 29.99 at loveshoppingholics.com.

The full ingredient list for Aqua Soothing Essence-In CC Cream SPF20:
Water, Cyclomethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide, Cyclopentasiloxane, Beeswax, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Arbutin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499, Methylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Propylparaben, Astaxanthin, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Silica, Menthoxypropanediol, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Ceramide 3, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Oxy Deep Cleansing Wash & Oxy Blemish Control Moisturizer SPF15

Oxy skincare products are aimed at teenage skin but it is not to say the rest of us can't have a go. And I am certainly convinced after using Deep Cleansing Wash (not so much Blemish Control Moisturizer SPF15, sorry!).

Deep Cleansing Wash



Name: Oxy Deep Cleansing Wash
Price: RM 13.90 for 100 g
Made in: China

Salicylic Acid and Isopropyl Methylphenol in this cleanser penetrate deep into pores while antioxidant Vitamins C and E neutralise free radicals. Deep Cleansing Wash is the first step in the Oxy regimen to combat acne.

Suitable for blemished skins, this cleanser is thick in consistency and softly infused with a citrusy scent. It forms a rich lather with water to break down impurities, excess sebum and dead skin cells. Rinsing off reveals fresh and clean skin, not to mention spotless too!

It comes in a tube which is very convenient for travelling. At the rate I am going, I will need to replace this tube in a month - a fair amount of time considering the usage frequency.

The full ingredient list for Deep Cleansing Wash:
Glycerin, Water, Palmitic Acid, Butylene Glycol, PEG-2 Stearate SE, Myristic Acid, Lauric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Potassium Lauroyl Glutamate/Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Lauramide DEA, Alcohol, Potassium Chloride, Lauryl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Salicylic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, o-Cymen-5-ol (Isopropyl Methylphenol), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Water/Butylene Glycol/Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Chromium Oxide Green (CI 77288), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Lactic Acid.

Blemish Control Moisturizer SPF15



Name: Oxy Blemish Control Moisturizer SPF15
Price: RM 14.90 for 45 g
Made in: China

Salicylic Acid and AC. NET along with Aloe and Chamomile Extracts work together to keep skin clear and moisturised. Props is given to Oxy for including Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate as an ingredient for protection against UVB radiation. SPF15 may seem abysmal to some but it sure beats nothing.

The consistency is a little like sunscreen, where it is runny yet leaves white streaks behind if effort is not placed in slathering properly.

Strangely enough, the light and absorbent formula imparts a sheen. This could be detrimental in a few hours when the glow inevitably turns into grease. Following up with a powder or Oil Control Mattifying Gel reviewed earlier on is highly recommended. Do tote around a pack of blotting films too (just in case).

The full ingredient list for Blemish Control Moisturizer SPF15:
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin/Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer/Propylene Glycol/PVM/MA Copolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Polysorbate 60, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Salicylic Acid/Dextrin/Xanthan Gum/Amylopectin, Triclosan, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Water/Butylene Glycol/PEG-60 Almond Glycerides/Caprylyl Glycol/Glycerin/Carbomer/Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid/Oleanolic Acid, Propylene Glycol/Water/Pyrus Malus Extract, Water/Butylene Glycol/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Propylparaben, Fragrance.

Cost-wise, you are looking at shelling RM 13.90 and RM 14.90 respectively at all leading pharmacies and major supermarket outlets nationwide. Who says skincare products can't be both cheap and cheerful?

Disclosure: Press samples.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Etude House Color Lips-Fit PK003 & BE101

Aren't Sulli and Krystal great endorsement models? They stop you in your tracks and pull you in effortlessly...


Name: Etude House 에뛰드하우스 Color Lips-Fit 컬러 립스핏
Price: ₩ 9,000 for 10 g
Made in: Korea

Scents seem to be a big part of the Etude experience and this is where I will start off this review. Color Lips-Fit gives out the exact same scent as a Justea White Grape Green Tea drink (any white grape drink for those who don't have access to Justea). Even thinking about it is enough to tempt me into getting a can. You and I both know what I am buying when I pop over to the convenience store in a little while!



PK003 Fantasy Fit Pink 판타지 핏 핑크 is a pinkish imperial red.


BE101 See-Thru Fit Beige 시스루 핏 베이지 is muted pumpkin.


The colour payoff is phenomenal. One swipe and you could tame the most pigmented of lips. Now, if only the colour range is more wearable, we would have a winner on our hands. The colours available are a bit too out there for my skintone although I could probably make OR201 work (that is a story for another day).

They dry completely matte – the finish that you would expect from a matte topcoat or a matte polish - thanks to the addition of Silicone Oil and Silky Powder in the formulation. I know it is completely bizarre to compare a lip tint to a nail polish but that is the first thought that came to me when I observed my reflection in the mirror.


PK003 - BE101

These tints can withstand some light snacking and a drink or two but not a full meal. They come off in patches which is not the most attractive look so do be sure to top up with a fresh layer.

An overview of all eight shades:


(Source: Promotional images are from etude.co.kr/)

Disclosure: Pink Bird samples.