Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Trilogy No.15 Limited Edition Beauty Oil

Simple is as simple does. Just look at the golden accents on the amber glass bottle! ❤

Name: Trilogy No.15 Limited Edition Beauty Oil
Price: NZD$ 42.99 for 30 ml
Made in: New Zealand

Trilogy's blend of oils including rosehip, cherry and baobab (in addition to twelve other precious oils from around the world) helps repair the skin's barrier and protects the skin against free-radical damage.

This lightweight treat is quick to disappear imparting behind nothing but silky smoothness. For once, an oil without a greasy glow! Four drops will do the trick for the face and neck; I doubt you will end up like an oil slick even if you drizzle more, but let's not risk it.

It works miracles overnight, leaving plump, well-rested skin in its wake. I use it after I dab my serum and then either leaving it at that or, if I need extra 'oomph', following after a moisturiser.

This oil is fragrance-free, apart from a woodsy musty note, which will delight those who are averse to fragrance in their skincare. For those who are new to oils or even old hands; this one is tailor-made for you. And if I must nitpick on something, it isn't quite as satisfying to apply as other oils - I simply cannot get a good massage going with it!

If you can find it, scoop it up! I heard that the brand may even bring back this oil due to popular demand, so keep your eyes peeled. I bought mine for RM 108 at TNS Skin Lab.

The full ingredient list for No.15 Limited Edition Beauty Oil:
Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernal Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Coco-Caprylate, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Prunus Avium (Sweet Cherry) Seed Oil, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, Pongamia Glabra (Karanja) Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccanus (Kukui) Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Seed Oil, Passiflora Incarnata (Passion Flower) Seed Oil, Pistacia Vera (Pistachio) Seed Oil.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mamonde Brightening Cover Watery Cushion SPF50+ PA+++

The spring cleaning bug has invaded. I have been furiously purging, scrubbing and organising. Me taking a break by reviewing my brand new Mamonde cushion is an attempt at staying sane throughout it all.

Name: Mamonde 마몽드 Brightening Cover Watery Cushion 브라이트닝 커버 워터리 쿠션 SPF50+ PA+++
Price: RM 90 for 15 g
Made in: Korea

This cushion delivers a cooling sensation during application, as if it is dousing my skin with moisture. The matte finish was a surprise; I thought that it'd be more luminous with a name like Brightening Cover Watery Cushion.

Well, to its credit, the coverage is rather considerable - it dials down the bits that I can't be bothered by (redness, discolouration and such). For things that really vex me, for example, chronic dark circles and severe hyperpigmentation, this alone won't cut it.

Now on to the part where I have to throw shade: the inclusive waterfit puff causes the cushion to pool in pores, cling to dry patches and look cakey. I can't even begin to describe how horrifying it was to see myself in the mirror!

After a couple of false starts, I had the sense to apply this cushion with my own sponge applicator. Guess what? All of these problems disappeared!

Discard the puff and use something else. It is more trouble than it's worth.

I featured shade No.21N Medium Beige in this post, but I am more of a No.23N Natural Beige. If you are looking for a cushion for the warmer months, then you could do a lot worse than this one. Find all five shades at all Mamonde beauty counters as well as 11street.my and lazada.com.my for RM 90.

The full ingredient list for Brightening Cover Watery Cushion SPF50+ PA+++:
정제수, 사이클로펜타실록산, 부틸렌글라이콜디카프릴레이트/디카프레이트, 징크옥사이드, 에칠헥실메톡시신나메이트, 티타늄디옥사이드 (CI 77891), 티타늄디옥사이드, 사이클로헥사실록산, 피이지-10디메치콘, 어성초추출물, 글리세린, 나이아신아마이드, 라우릴피이지-9폴리디메칠실록 시에칠디메치콘, 메칠메타크릴레이트크로스폴리머, 아크릴레이트/에칠헥실아크릴레이트/디메치콘메타크릴레이트코폴리머, 디메치콘, 디메치콘/폴리글리세린-3크로스폴리머, 디소듐이디티에이, 디스테아디모늄헥토라이트, 멘틸락테이트, 부틸렌글라이콜, 소듐클로라이드, 수선화비늘줄기추출물, 스테아릭애씨드, 알루미늄하이드록사이드, 에칠헥실글리세린, 카프릴릴글라이콜, 트리메칠실록시실리케이트, 트리에톡시 카프릴릴실란, 폴리메칠메타크릴레이트, 폴리포스포릴콜린글라이콜아크릴레이트, 황색산화철, 적색산화철, 흑색산화철, 향료.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Mentholatum Lano Soft

Lano Soft from Mentholatum has flown straight into my very short list of beauty faves!

Name: Mentholatum Lano Soft
Price: RM 19.50 for 3.8 g
Made in: China

Unlike what its name suggests, Lano Soft isn't purely lanolin based – it has got extra bits and pieces added in, like jojoba oil for its balancing properties and argan oil to nourish and regenerate.

Not only does this lip balm provides serious moisturisation, it also lends my puckers a whole lot of shine. It is still hard at work hours and hours after my initial application, and it even perseveres against a cuppa and my incessant lip smackings. It is so lovely that I have completely forsaken my other lip balms (sorry guys!)!

For those who aren't sensitive to lanolin or any of the ingredients listed below, please do give Lano Soft a try. This subtly fragranced lip balm costs RM 19.50 at all leading pharmacies and major supermarket outlets.

The full ingredient list for Lano Soft:
C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Lanolin, Linalool, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning

Name: IOPE 아이오페 Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning 바이오 에센스 인텐시브 컨디셔닝
Price: ₩ 60,000 for 168 ml
Made in: Korea

Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning promotes skin turnover, and that will in turn bestow smoother, clearer and brighter skin. Armed with Bio-redox α™ (an antioxidant) and bio-enzymes to optimise skin condition, this boosting product means business.

For those wondering, use this product right after cleansing and before toner, lotion, skin or whatever you call it. The volume markings on the bottle serve as a guide on the amount to be used each time and from personal experience (to be explained below), I wouldn't skimp just to save some dough.

At first I wasn't impressed because it didn't do anything of note. A few months later, I came back, and I finally saw its worth. My face has a good, elastic bounciness by the next morning if I dab it on at night. But why didn't this effect materialise the first time around? I was using too little! So peeps, again, be generous when you shake it out!

It is recommended (I certainly vouch for this method!) to apply it with the inclusive cotton pads to maximise absorption.

This 168 ml bottle is encased in frosted glass, which is befitting of the hair-raising ₩ 60,000 price tag. Now, my butterfingers won't be happy but at least my sense of aesthetics will be pleased (thank goodness for silver linings!).

The full ingredient list for Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning:
효모발효여과물, 정제수, 나이아신아마이드, 글리세린, 프로판디올, 부틸렌글라이콜,케토글루타릭애씨드, 효모발효물, 글라이코리피드, 낫토검, 녹차추출물, 테아닌, 글리세레스-26, 아데노신, 카보머, 카페인, 카프릴릴글라이콜, 콜레스테롤, 펜틸렌글라이콜, 폴리글리세린-3, 피이지-8, 하이드로제네이티드레시틴, 포타슘하이드록사이드, 1,2-헥산디올, 페녹시에탄올.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Mamonde Introduces Flower Facial Masks For Different Skin Needs

One mask is not enough!

So, for me, multi-masking is the way to go. I tailor my pampering seshs by addressing different concerns with their own remedies at the same time. Alternatively, I can opt to layer, which consists of applying a mask, washing it off, then topping with another mask.

This brings me to the new flower based (rose, heartleaf houttuynia, calendula and evening primrose) line of masks from Mamonde. It is a great way to get a customised treatment depending on your needs for the day.

Dull and fatigued skin... use the Petal Purifying Bubble Mask (RM 85 for 100 ml). Comes crammed with green tea and peppermint extracts and visible rose petals, this mask revitalises stressed skin caused by environmental aggressors to reanimate dull-looking skin.

Thing to note: massage the fine bubbles (they will form approximately 1 minute in) with moistened hands.

Oily and clogged skin... use the Pore Clean Clay Mask (RM 85 for 100 ml). The naturally occurring mineral clay is infused with grounded heartleaf hottyunia and walnut shells to sop up sebum and at the same time, exfoliate dead skin cells.

Thing to note: wash off after 15 minutes.

Sensitive and dry skin... use the Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask (RM 85 for 100 ml). A magical mix of calendula petals blended with centella, aloe vera and cucumber extracts calms skin and locks in moisture.

Thing to note: finish off your regimen with this product.

Flaky and dehydrated skin... use the Enriched Nutri Sleeping Mask (RM 85 for 100 ml). Formulated with evening primrose, camellia and sunflower oils, this mask fortifies the protective layer of the skin, thus lowering the chances of external pollutants from harming the skin.

Thing to note: burst the capsules as you spread the mask to release the nutrients.

Killer combos:
✤ For luminosity × moisturisation: Petal Purifying Bubble Mask + Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask
✤ For detoxification × nourishment: Pore Clean Clay Mask + Enriched Nutri Sleeping Mask

These are just two of the many medleys that you can dab your hand at. I hope you have just as much fun (and relaxation) as I did!

Have a new year full of sparkling moments and I will see you soon! ❤️