Saturday, January 20, 2018

Best of Beauty Skincare Budget under RM100


Today I'm going to list out my best beauty pick under RM100 for 2017. It's new year and what better way to celebrate with my readers here with the best of beauty under RM100? Probably I will also post on worse products 2017/2018. My best beauty pick under RM100 for 2017/2018 would be.....

In random order

The price listed below are just estimation based on my last purchase price, they might vary during promotion or as time passes:
  1. Yadah Bubble Deep Cleanser -----------------RM35
  2. The Saem Harakeke Toner -------------------RM50
  3. Naruko Collagen Booster Firming Mask------RM59 per box of 10
  4. Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion------------------RM59
  5. Hada Labo Perfect Gel-------------------------RM100
  6. Hada Labo Eye Cream-------------------------RM59
  7. The Saem Eco Earth Power-------------------RM50
  8. Etude House Eye Brow Pencil-----------------RM19
  9. The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil-----------------RM45
I think these products are best for students or those who are on a budget, the products do what it supposed to do and the price is affordable. The cleanser, perfect gel, mask and lotion have other range in the same brands, find the one suitable for you. Read my review on each of the products by clicking on the links. All the best on 2018! 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Percy & Reed Volumising No Oil Oil for Fine Hair Review

Anyeong yeorobun~

Here is a review for Percy Reed Volumising No Oil Oil for Fine Hair. Bought this hair oil from Sephora, I found this brand concept looks chic and trendy, I chosen this hair oil for my fine hair. This multi-purpose hair oil claims to nourish, repair, add volume and protect hair from heat. Sounds good? Continue to read till the end to find out my conclusion about this hair oil.

 In a plastic bottle with pump dispenser

 Description behind the bottle

Product profile:
Product Name: Percy & Reed Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil For Fine Hair
Origin: UK
Content: 60ml
Price: RM85
Available: Sephora
Function: Hair Oil
Suitability: For fine hair

Description on the bottle
This little lifesaver containing violet extract gives you lovely locks which are smooth, sleek and shiny while also adding volume. It’s a multi-tasker too, nourishing and repairing hair, with pro vitamin B5 helping out with strength and wheat proteins protecting from heat. What more could you ask for?

Work 1-2 drops of the oil through towel dried hair. Apply from root to tip.

Salon Secret:
Warm the oil in the palm of your hand and lightly run a large brush over the oil. Apply to the hair with the brush, smoothing any flyaways.

Aqua, alcohol denat, parfum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,  PEG-12  demethicone, hydroxyethylcellulose, polyquaternium-4, Disodium ETDA, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed wheat protein, PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Glycerin, Magnesium Nitrate, Benzyl Alcohol, Viola odorata leaf extract, phenoxyethanol, Magnesium chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Butylparaben, Ethlyparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben.

Cosdna analysis here.

My thoughts:
A few of the ingredients mainly preservatives rated as safety concern. Better safe than sorry try not to in direct contact with scalp and wash hand after used. The oil consistency is not too thick nor too runny, scented in clear transparent colour. The scent linger on my hair and hands quite a while, which is quite annoying since I don’t really enjoy the scent. I used this oil both on damp and dry hair. It doesn’t weight down my hair which is good and it absorb quickly on hair without feeling oily. It doesn’t add shine on my hair, nor does it add volume, what a disappointment. It does smooth out flyaways hair that’s about it. Overall just an average hair oil with an expensive price tag, since many other hair oil with a cheaper price tag can perform the same result. This will not be a re-purchase item for me. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Clarisonic Mia 2 Review


This review is long overdue, it's none other than the much hype Clarisonic Mia 2 - Clarisonic best seller product. I have been using this for years, I should've review it sooner. Trying to catch up with all the empties in this few weeks. Let's go.

Product profile:
Product Name: Clarisonic Mia 2
Origin: USA
Price: RM729
Available: Sephora
Function: Facial Cleansing Brush

Clarisonic Mia 2, came with brush cover too

Brush head is normal type

 Top view

Side view

Deep Pore Brush Head (for Enlarge Pores) this is twin pack value buy

 Description on the box

  Description on the box

 Replace your brush head every 3 months

  Description on the box



Product Description from Clarisonic Website
Lightweight, compact sonic facial cleansing brush with 2 speeds: Delicate' and 'Universal'. Ultra-effective facial cleansing removes dirt, oil and makeup 6 x better than your hands alone. The Clarisonic Mia 2 gives you a gentle and thorough sonic facial cleansing experience at home or on the go.
2 Speeds: 'Delicate' and  'Universal'
With varying levels of sonic cleansing speed, you can customize your Clarisonic Mia 2® facial cleansing experience to address your specific skin concerns. Designed for compromised or fragile skin, Speed 1 'Delicate' is gentle enough to cleanse skin that's very sensitive.
'Universal' speed is for all skin types and provides sonic facial cleansing six times better than hands alone. Universal is developed for normal daily use and enhances cleansing by 26% compared to Speed 1.
1-Minute Pulsing T-Timer
For even and thorough sonic cleansing, Clarisonic Mia 2 features a T-Timer® that pulses momentarily to indicate it is time to move the facial cleaning brush to another part of your face.
Interchangeable Facial Brush
Choose from a variety of interchangeable facial cleansing brush heads for your Clarisonic Mia 2, each uniquely designed and engineered for specific skin types or conditions. Visit our Cleansing Brush Head Comparison Chart for more information.
2 Year Warranty
Clarisonic Mia 2 comes with a warranty covering any manufacturer defect-related problems resulting from everyday use of the product. Rechargeable and Waterproof.

How to use: (cite from Sephora Website)
Before first use, charge your Clarisonic cleansing device handle for 24 hours.
Remove eye makeup by hand.
Apply cleanser directly to damp skin or to a damp brush head.
Turn on your cleansing system and select desired speed.
Follow T-timer prompts while gently moving the brush head in small circular motions.
Recommended: 20 seconds on your forehead; 20 seconds down the nose and on the chin; 10 seconds each on either cheek. For best results, replace brush head every three months.

My thoughts:
I have been having this for a few years and still in good condition, very good quality product. It It makes my skin squeaky after cleansing but not drying. The brush is removable/changeable and recommended to change every 3 months and Clarisonic has many types of brush priced at RM125 each that you can choose from, from radiant, deep pore cleansing, normal, sensitive etc. I have tried most of it and I think the best one is the radiant and deep pore cleansing. Always go for the twin pack head brush which is value buy. If you are first time user, start with the sensitive brush first and then try other type of brush. I used to have clogged pores and dull skin before using this; since using this cleansing brush, the whiteheads/blackheads/acne underneath my skin are cleared (reduced my clogged pores) my skin are smoother and dullness reduced. Even Though the price is expensive, this product really delivers! Based on their quality, technology and innovation the price is a given. Superb quality superb price too. 

-Makes skin smooth and radiant
-Remove clogged pores
-Travel friendly
-Cordless and chargeable 
-Changeable brush heads
-Good quality, still in good condition after few years of usage


Monday, January 15, 2018

Kiehl's Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream Review


Today I will review Kiehl's Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream. I bought this because it is multi function. Can be used as sunscreen and it is also BB Cream. This is perfect when I just need a quick fix during my day routine. Besides it's helps to correct skin tone, perfect solution for me! 

In a plastic tube packing

Description behind the tube

Swatch on my bare wrist zoom in

Product profile:
Product Name: Kiehl's Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream
Origin: USA
Content: 30ml
Price: RM144
Available: Kiehl's
Function: Sunscreen / BB Cream

Product Description – from Kiehl's website
Instant perfection meets lasting correction; Clinically proven to correct skin tone irregularities with Vitamin C. Sheer, lightweight, yet buildable coverage, developed with amino acid coated natural mineral pigments, Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream conceals imperfections while working to correct skin discolorations and prevent formation of new ones. Formulated with a high level of Vitamin C (powerful clarifying action), it visibly corrects uneven skin tone and reduces appearance of pores and fine lines. Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream infuses all day hydration, improves overall radiance and clarity, and offers very high protection SPF 50 PA +++ sun protection (so additional sunscreen is not necessary). Additionally, it provides sheer, yet buildable coverage. As a result, our BB cream can be used alone or under a foundation.

-Free from silicone, mineral-oil, fragrance, paraben.
-Highest level of sun protection, SPF 50 PA +++
-Clinical correction of discolorations
-All day hydration
-Dermatologist and allergy tested for sensitive skin
-Non-comedogenic – won’t clog pores
-All day comfortable wear
-Available in 3 shades – Fair, Light and Natural

How to Apply:
DAY: Cleanser -> Toner -> Eye Cream -> Serum -> Moisturizer/ Cream -> UV (optional) -> BB Cream
NIGHT: Cleanser -> Toner -> Eye Cream -> Serum -> Moisturizer/ Cream -> No UV/ BB Cream is necessary


Ingredients analysis from Cosdna indicated that mostly safe ingredients with a few yellow flagged. 

My thoughts:
The texture of this BB cream is creamy but spreadable & buildable. Absorb easily on skin - doesn't wipe of skin, not oily, not greasy and not sticky. Slightly scented, smell a bit citrusy, it's like vitamin C's scent combined with cosmetics scent. The color is perfect match for me. After layering of skin care routine , gives a sheer finish with medium coverage - cover minor flaws and fine lines, however the coverage only about half a day. It's hydrating to skin and comfortable on skin. Bottom line, I like this multifunction BB cream, it's sunscreen and BB cream in one and also helps in correcting skin tone. I found this help slightly lightens dark spots with continuous usage. The downside is that this BB Cream is expensive given it's only 30ml, not budget friendly. 

-Not oily, not greasy, not sticky, easily absorb by skin
-Free from silicone, mineral-oil, fragrance, paraben
-High SPF 50 PA +++
-Lightens darks spot slightly with continuous usage
-Medium coverage with sheer finish 
-Hydrating and non drying


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Eye Cream Review

Another long overdue review - Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Eye Cream. I used this eye cream way back when I am on a budget. After using their hype product Hada Labo Hydrating lotion, I am intrigued to try their other products as well. I have been searching for a good eye cream for the longest time and never been able to settle to one that really works, I probably empties & threw tons of eye cream / gel that I haven’t review in this blog. To me eyes are the hardest area to care / treat since it is the most delicate, it is also the first area that shows signs of aging – dark circles, fine lines, eye bag, wrinkles and puffiness. Read until the end of the post to find out my verdict about this eye cream.

Simple and neat packing

With pump


Lightweight cream

Product profile:
Product Name: Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Eye Cream
Origin: Japan
Content: 15g
Price: RM55
Available: Watson
Function: Eye cream
Suitability: All skin types

Product description:
-With 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid to deeply moisturize the delicate skin around the eyes for immediate suppleness and softness.
-Contain (ACTIFLOW) to visibly lighten dark circles and reduce puffiness.
-Contains natural Jojoba oil and extracts to effectively smoothen fine lines and aging skin around the eye area.
-Skin pH balance, low irritation, free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol and colorant.

How to use
Use twice a day after lotion (toner). Apply using fingertips, dab a small amount under the eye area. Gently pat onto skin.

Water, Propanediol, Cyclopentasiloxane/Dimethiconol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, C14-22 Alcohols/C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides/Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Stearoxytrimethylsilane/Stearyl Alcohol, Jojoba Esters, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer/Isohexadecane/Polysorbate 80, Propylene Glycol/Diazolidinyl Urea/Methylparaben/Propylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate

According to Cosdna analysis overall safe ingredients except about 5 ingredients flagged yellow and 1 ingredients flagged red.

My thoughts
The packing is simple in white, plastic container with pump and cap. The cream is creamy but light consistency of lotion-gel like, white in colour and is scentless which is great since no colouring and fragrance.  It’s lightweight, easily spread and absorb by skin, not sticky or oily. It hydrate my eyes area well. It makes fine lines less visible and dark circles slightly improved. I won’t comment on puffiness since I do not have this issue at time being. This is a good basic eye cream for young skin, for mature skin may consider Lancome Genefique Eyes and Lancome Advanced Genefique Yeus Light Pearl. Compare to many eye cream I've tried this is better even though not the best, good for day eye cream but not for night. I prefer rich and deep moisturizing eye cream for night.

- Light weight, easily absorb by skin, doesn't ball up under layering
- Non oily, non sticky
- Hydrate eyes area well
- Fine lines less visible, dark circles slightly improve 

- Not rich enough for night usage
- Contain contraversial preservatives - Methlyparaben 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion Light Review

Anyeong yeorobun~

Today I am reviewing a much hype product, Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion they have the original version which the first generation Hada Labo Lotion – slightly denser than the light version. The original version is for dry/normal skin while the light version is more for normal/combination/oily skin. I used the original version years back and this review is a long overdue, I will review both version and compare both in this post. This is a popular product which is widely available in major drugstore. According to Hada Labo (website) they first launched in Japan in 2004, its star product, Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion is a clear favourite with beauty lovers and is ranked as the No.1 Japan lotion for 7 consecutive years and sold more than 30 million bottles. The key ingredients in Hada Labo products are Hyaluronic Acid (HA), Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a substance naturally occurring in the human body that attracts and binds water. It acts as a lubricant in our eyes, joints, skin, and other tissues; with age, skin produce less and less HA resulting to drier and less elastic skin, read more about the science behind HA below which cited from their website. Read until the end of the post to find out my rating for these products.

Light version in green theme

Dispenser noozle

The lotion is light - watery and runny

Product profile:
Product Name: Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion Light
Origin: Japan
Content: 170ml
Price: RM58.80
Available: Watson
Function: Hydrating Lotion
Suitability: Normal/Combination/Oily skin types

Product Description – Light Version
-Combines 4 types of Hyaluronic Acid to deeply hydrate skin, help preserve its optimum moisture balance, and prepare skin for enhanced skin care ingredients absorption.
-Contains Small-size Hyaluronic Acid which seals the gap of Medium-size Hyaluronic Acid to form a high density moisture barrier on skin surface to restore skin moisture.
-Skin pH balanced. Low irritation. Free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol and colorant.
-Light texture. Suitable for normal/combination/oily skin.

This is the original version - orange theme

Product Description – Original Version
-Combines 4 types of Hyaluronic Acid to deeply hydrate skin, help preserve its optimum moisture balance, and prepare skin for enhanced skin care ingredients absorption.
-Contains Large-size Hyaluronic Acid to form a layer of moisture retaining barrier to protect skin from moisture loss. It covers the Medium-size Hyaluronic Acid firmly to effectively provide skin with a powerful double layer moisture-locking shield to lock in moisture.
-Rich texture. Suitable for dry/normal skin.
-Skin pH balanced. Low irritation. Free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol and colorant.

Ingredients: (Light)
Water, Butylene Clycol, Glycerin, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Dissodium Succinate, Methylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate(Medium -Size HA), Succinic Acid,Methyl Glucose Ether, Sodium Acetylated Hyluronate (Super HA), Hyaluronic Acid (Nano HA), Sodium Hyaluronate(small-size HA).

Ingredients: (Original)
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Disodium Succinate, Methylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Succinic Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate

From Cosdna analysis, all ingredients are rated safe except for Methylparaben which flagged yellow. Methylparaben is controversial, it’s depend on your personal choice and judgement whether to avoid skincare with paraben.

Why Hada Labo is intensely Hyrating? (Acoording to Hada Labo website)

In youth, our skin is rich with HA—and our bodies readily produce it. With age and exposure to the sun's UVA and UVB rays though, our skin cells produce less and less HA. The result is drier, less elastic skin. With a reduced ability to retain moisture, skin also becomes wrinkled.

Dehydrated skin often has a higher skin pH level. HADA LABO products are formulated between a pH level of 5.0 and 6.5, helping balance your skin's pH level to maintain healthy, moisturized skin.

Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA) replenishes the skin’s hydrating ability with two times the moisture-retention capacity of Hyaluronic Acid. Super Hyaluronic Acid, a patent pending ingredient, anchors to the different layers on the epidermis. As a result SHA has superior moisture-retention properties.

How to use?
After cleansing with Face Wash, pour a pea-size amount into your palm and rub between hands to heat. Using the Hada Labo Patting Technique, gently pat onto face and neck until thoroughly absorbed. Wait until the product fully absorbed to apply additional moisturizers. Use twice daily after washing face.

Hada Labo Patting Technique:
With its concentrated formulations, only a small amount of HADA LABO product is required. In many cases, warming by rubbing between the palms of the hands and then systematically patting on the face and neck is the recommended application. This patting technique enhances absorption and the moisturizing power of HADA LABO. Paired with circulation-boosting massage and other pampering rituals, it yields luxuriously effective results. (refer link)

My thoughts:
The packing is in the bottle plastic with plastic lift cap, no pump. The Original version has an orange theme and the Light version green theme. The lotion is clear / transparent and scentless; consistency of the original version is richer and the lighter version much more runny. Both are easily spread and absorbs quickly. I prefer the lighter version, the consistency is just perfect. I found the original version slightly tacky. Both version of lotion indeed hydrate my skin really well. I don’t find difference in the effectiveness of both products, neither one is more superior to the other in term of effectiveness in delivering hydration to my skin. I prefer the lighter version since it is much runny and quicker to absorb compared to the original version besides I find the lighter version suitable for my combination skin type as recommended by Hada Labo. In addition it really preps my skin to absorb other layers of skin care. Bottom line this is hands down by far the best hydrating lotion I’ve tried, it really lock moisture on my skin and the hydration last throughout the day unlike any other lotion. Hyaluronic Acid I am impressed! Good bye dry skin!

-Colourless, scentless, no mineral, no fragrance, no alcohol
-Light weight, absorbs quickly
-Lock moisture on my skin and hydration last throughout the day
-Preps skin to absorb layering of skincare
-Reputable brand
-Available widely in major drugstore and online

Contains paraben which is a controversial ingredients

Friday, January 12, 2018

Naruko Taiwan Magnolia Brightening and Firming Night Gelly EX Review

Anyeong yeorobun~

Today review is for Naruko Taiwan Magnolia Brightening and Firming Night Gelly EX. If you follow my post, I did introduced this Naruko brand before. It is a brand from Taiwan founded by beauty guru Niu-Er. This brand basically based on natural plants ingredients, free of harmful ingredients such as parabean, talc silicone, mineral oil etc. Niu-Er spent 20 years studying & researching skincare ingredients and 7 years developing product, as a result Naruko was born. That’s impressive right? Coming back to the night Gelly, at first when I saw this product, I thought they misspelled the Jelly as Gelly, afterwards I found out that the Gelly actually derives from combination of the words Gel and Jelly due to the texture consistency resemble in between Gel and Jelly, thus the name Gelly. This night Gelly is a sleeping mask which you put on overnight and wash of in the morning, claims to whiten, moisturized and provide anti-aging/firming effect besides the essential oil for calming/therapeutic effect.

Product profile:
Product Name: Naruko Taiwan Magnolia Brightening and Firming Night Gelly EX
Origin: Taiwan
Content: 80g
Price: RM45
Available: Naruko
Function: Overnight Mask
Suitability: All skin types, especially recommended for dull, aging and flabby skin.
Came in a sturdy container bottle

 Came with lid and spatula 

The content inside

Product claims:
The Magnolia Brightening and Firming Night Gelly EX is an “intensively defensive” firming and anti-dullness jelly continuously repairing aging skin during the night. After upgrading this new formula, the efficacy of firming and removing wrinkles creating a strong radiant glow is strengthened effectively, initiating 3 major functions of anti-aging, delaying aging and whitening. The 3 major functions form an advanced important mechanism of the platinum skin age defending chain and starlux whitening net, helps ingredients to penetrate into the skin to delay aging and decrease generation of melanin. Therefore, you will wake up to a translucent and whitening glow after a sound sleep. Uniting 4 effects including ANTI AGING, DELAYING AGING, WHITENING, MOISTURIZING.

How to use:
1. Apply after skincare routine at night. Spoon out about the amount of 2 soybeans.
2. Evenly rub it around with pulp of middle finger and ring ringer, and take deep breath to feel the aroma of compound plant essential oils.
3. Extend it to skin in sequence of rubbing and pressing gently.
4. It is not necessary to rinse after applying it, you can go to bed after fully absorb and rinse off in the morning.
Overall the ingredients listed are safe except for Triethanolamine often abbreviated as TEA, which is known as irritant, organ toxic and environmental toxicity. Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualifications. Refer Cosmetic Database link to know more.

My thoughts:
This mask came in a sturdy bottle container with inner lid cover and a mini plastic spatula for hygiene purpose. The consistency of the Gelly close to gel like yet softer, bouncy, spreadable; white almost translucent in colour. The scent is of a flower/herbal and not the best scent to my nose, I dislike the scent but its bearable. It spread and blend well on skin without stickiness or tackiness. It felt like moist layer of invisible mask on skin but breathable. I found this mask brighten and hydrate my skin well, it does what it claims except for the firming and anti-aging which produce no immediate visible result. Since this product contains a lot of plant extract, it is best to empty within 6 months. Overall a decent night mask, personally I will not be re-purchase since I don’t enjoy the scent.