Friday, April 6, 2018

Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask EX

The Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask EX harnesses the power of White Mulberry Extract, Walnut Extract and Hyaluronic Acid to deliver nourishment and reinvigorate the skin during sleeping hours.


Name: Sulwhasoo 설화수 Overnight Vitalizing Mask EX 여윤팩
Price: ₩ 52,000 for 120 ml
Made in: Korea

This creamy (think moisturiser!) mask forms a barrier that feels both comforting and protective. It feels rich but there is no heaviness to it at all as it doesn't clog the pores up. The other wonderful thing about this mask is the faint gingery herbaceous scent.


I haven't seen any adverse effects from this nor have I seen any improvements... it has been four months of on and off use, and my skin looks the same as always, which is a complete 180 from what other users have experienced.

Reviewers mentioned that it is incredibly effective and, and they also noticed overnight results. Maybe it is because mine is the EX version (supposedly an upgraded formulation)? I did a comparison and found that it contains far less botanical ingredients than the version without EX tagged on it.


Without any outstanding benefits, it falls into a want, instead of need category. Get it if you have got moolah to spare. Otherwise, stick with some others like Laneige's Water Sleeping Mask.


The damage on this one? RM 180. It is sold at a number of places including Mid Valley Megamall, Pavilion, Sunway Pyramid and Suria KLCC.

The full ingredient list for Overnight Vitalizing Mask EX:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Squalane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, DI-C12-13 Alkyl Malate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Honey, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Morus Alba Root Extract, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Seed Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, C12-16 Alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, C14-22 Alcohols, Dextrin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Trehalose, Tromethamine, Palmitic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, PEG-100 Stearate, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

Over the past several months, Deciem has come under fire over its never-ending string of missteps. Right now, I have decided not to dwell on the negative, but to focus on the positive: the Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%!



Name: The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%
Price: US$ 7.90 for 30 ml
Made in: Canada

I apply this antioxidant solution in the AM, because I read somewhere that antioxidants should be applied before the skin would be most vulnerable to environmental sources of oxidative stress; examples would be UV rays, air pollution and cigarette smoke.

I use three drops for my face and neck after my serum, and before my moisturiser. Sometimes (fine, most of the time, heh), I skip my moisturiser and reach for my sunscreen straight away. The fluid and silky texture is somewhat silicone-like, and will leave a film on my face no matter how long I massage it in or let it sit.

If you can look past the initial warming sensation and the scent (I am not bothered by it whereas some say it is off-putting), it has the potential to work wonders; well, more so on drier skins, and I think it would help too if you are based in a temperate climate. Do note that I have combination skin and I live where it is sunny all year long.

I haven't noticed anything extraordinary happening, but I figured that I am getting ahead by using it preventively. In years to come, I will hopefully reap the payoff for my perseverance with a healthy complexion that is free from textural irregularities!

There is a chance that it will cause irritation, so I would recommend patch testing first to see whether it works for your skin. Find it at theordinary.com for US$ 7.90.

The full ingredient list for Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%:
Propanediol, Resveratrol, Ferulic Acid.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Hada Labo Blemish & Oil Control Hydrating Lotion

Take a stand against overactive oil production and restore balance to the skin with this anti-inflammatory and astringent blend of hatomugi, houttuynia cordata and chamomile flower extracts.


Name: Hada Labo Blemish & Oil Control Hydrating Lotion
Price: RM 64.90 for 170 ml
Made in: China

I use this easily absorbed lotion morning and night by patting over skin with clean fingers, or a cotton pad if I am in a hurry. I try not to make a habit out of it because it is wasteful, but sometimes I just can't help it, haha! I love how effectively this lotion deals with my oily skin yet leaves it looking dewy.


The plants give it a subtle herbal fragrance, while the menthol content invigorates. I pair it with the matching foaming wash (RM 42.90 for 160 ml) and together they make quite a difference. This range is pH balanced, free of colourant and mineral oil.


Find them at all leading pharmacies nationwide.

The full ingredient list for Blemish & Oil Control Hydrating Lotion:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Squalane, Triethylhexanoin, Methylparaben, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tranexamic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Menthol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Camphor, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen Seed Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Mentholatum Lip Crayon Lip Balm

The all-new Mentholatum Lip Crayon Lip Balm injects a kiss of colour to the lips, while its ultra-moisturising formula of argon oil and meadowform seed oil keeps them moisturised throughout the day.



Name: Mentholatum Lip Crayon Lip Balm
Price: RM 19.90 for 3 g
Made in: China

This menthol-infused lip balm brings on a cooling sensation and leaves the lips perfectly glossy, though never sticky.


Clockwise from bottom left:
✤ 01: Paradise pink
✤ 02: Pale pink
✤ 03: Indian red
✤ 04: Congo pink

I keep it minimal with one quick swipe or I can choose to build the colour up with additional swipes. The muted 03 shade is my favourite, but the rest of the hues are nice too.


From left: 01, 02


From left: 03, 04

The minty smelling Lip Crayon Lip Balm retails for RM 19.90 at all pharmacy and hypermarket aisles.

The full ingredient list for Lip Crayon Lip Balm 01:
Octyldodecanol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Petrolatum, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ozokerite, Diisostearyl Malate, Phenyl Trimethicone, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Polyethylene, Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Dimer Dilinoleate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Ceresin, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1), Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phytosteryl Oleate, Menthol, Red 6 Lake (CI 15850:2), Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Propylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Bisstearamide MEA, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipropylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Sucralose, Tricaprylin, Ceteareth-20, Cholesteryl Isostearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Squalane, Cholesterol, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearic Acid, Tin Oxide, Dimethicone, Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sucrose, Saccharide Isomerate, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide.

The full ingredient list for Lip Crayon Lip Balm 02:
Octyldodecanol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Petrolatum, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ozokerite, Diisostearyl Malate, Phenyl Trimethicone, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Polyethylene, Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Dimer Dilinoleate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Ceresin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phytosteryl Oleate, Menthol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Red 6 Lake (CI 15850:2), Propylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Bisstearamide MEA, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1), Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipropylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Sucralose, Tricaprylin, Ceteareth-20, Cholesteryl Isostearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Squalane, Cholesterol, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sucrose, Saccharide Isomerate, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide.

The full ingredient list for Lip Crayon Lip Balm 03:
Octyldodecanol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Petrolatum, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ozokerite, Diisostearyl Malate, Phenyl Trimethicone, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Polyethylene, Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Hydrogenated Castor Oil Dimer Dilinoleate, Mica, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Ceresin, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1), Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phytosteryl Oleate, Menthol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Bisstearamide MEA, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipropylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Dimethicone, Methicone, Carmine, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Sucralose, Tricaprylin, Ceteareth-20, Cholesteryl Isostearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Squalane, Cholesterol, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearic Acid, Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sucrose, Saccharide Isomerate, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide.

The full ingredient list for Lip Crayon Lip Balm 04:
Octyldodecanol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Petrolatum, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ozokerite, Diisostearyl Malate, Phenyl Trimethicone, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Polyethylene, Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Dimer Dilinoleate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Ceresin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phytosteryl Oleate, Menthol, Red 6 Lake (CI 15850:2), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Mica, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Bisstearamide MEA, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1), Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipropylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Sucralose, Tricaprylin, Ceteareth-20, Cholesteryl Isostearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Methicone, Squalane, Cholesterol, Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearic Acid, Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sucrose, Saccharide Isomerate, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide.

Disclosure: Press samples.

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.