Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion

The Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion contains 5 types of Hyaluronic Acid, helping the skin to hold on to moisture and making products applied after even more effective.

Name: Hada Labo 肌ラボ Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion 極潤プレミアムヒアルロン液
Price: RM 63.50 for 170 ml
@cosme rating: 5
Release date: 26.8.2015
Made in: Japan

Each type of Hyaluronic Acid provides the skin with the following benefits:

Hyaluronic Acid
Forms a layer of moisture retention barrier on skin's surface to prevent moisture loss.

Super Hyaluronic Acid
With 2 times moisture retention capacity of Hyaluronic Acid to lock-in and retain large volume of moisture inside the skin for super hydration.

Nano Hyaluronic Acid
With fine molecule size that can penetrate deeply into skin to provide moisture deep down into the inner skin layers.

Absorbent Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid with strong holding feature that allows it to stay longer on skin even after sweat or washing.

3D Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid that is closely bound together to form a 3D moisture net that wraps the skin to provide superior and long-lasting moisture retention.

I can't rave about this enough - it is so, so hydrating. In fact, it healed the dry patches around my jawline in just 2 days. My skin is very temperamental these days, and it can change from normal to sandpaper within a night. You can tell I am crying as I type this right? Haha!

I usually use this is a pre-serum moisture boost. The order goes like this: boosting treatment, toner, this lotion, serum, followed by a moisturiser to lock everything in.

I think it would be good in countries with low humidity too, in which it will absorb into the skin in a jiffy. Here it takes longer to sink in but the good thing is, it doesn't feel sticky even though the liquid gelatinous texture may suggest otherwise.

No sticky film unlike the regular Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion, plus it has superior end results! Find it at Watsons for RM 63.50.

The full ingredient list for Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Diglycerin, Triethyl Citrate, PEG-32, Glycosyl Trehalose, Carbomer, Sorbitol, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-75, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Disodium Succinate, Methylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Polyquaternium-51, Succinic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Aphanothece Sacrum Exopolyaccharides, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Holika Holika Skin & Good Cera Ultra Essence Mist

It is simply impossible to go wrong with mists. And what do we get when we add a whole host of plant extracts and oils to the equation? Utter fabulousness. Nope, that is not a made up a word!

Name: Holika Holika 홀리카홀리카 Skin & Good Cera Ultra Essence Mist 스킨 앤 굳세라 울트라 에센스 미스트
Price: ₩ 13,900 for 100 ml
Made in: Korea

The Holika Holika Skin & Good Cera Ultra Essence Mist satisfies all the three criteria that I have for mists:

Sinks in quickly
I can't stand mists that leave a sticky film. I want to refresh my face, not make it worse!

Smells amazing
I want something that comforts and nurtures the skin and my mood the moment I spritz some on. I almost thought that the aroma was lifted out from the shelves of an Aromatherapy Associates boutique!

Sold where I am at
We have Holika Holika stores in Malaysia but it is far cheaper for me to buy it online. The same line's Skin & Good Cera Super Ceramide Cream sells for RM 102.40 in Malaysia versus ₩ 18,900 (≈ RM 70) in Korea. Just make sure that you log a purchase from reliable retailers.

Aerosol mechanism
A hidden fourth criterion (I can count!), and it is not as important as the three above. The fine gentle breeze just makes life so much easier. No more worrying about the bracing spray washing away my makeup!

My #1 mist for years has been Sampar's Skin Quenching Mist. I am not bothered by the price (I know I was in that old review, haha!) just its lack of presence in our shores. I should have stocked up when the brand was still around but I did not know any better then. At least now I have a replacement in Skin & Good Cera Ultra Essence Mist!

The full ingredient list for Skin & Good Cera Ultra Essence Mist:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Ceramide 3, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Fig Extract, Algae Extract, Eruca Sativa Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Lavender Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Orange Oil, Chamomile Flower Oil, Geranium Flower Oil, Triethylhexanoin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Citrate, Sodium PCA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Dipropylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Caudalie Divine Oil

Name: Caudalie 꼬달리 Divine Oil 디바인 오일
Price: € 23.70 for 100 ml
Made in: France

Huile Divine (French for Divine Oil) is based on four vegetable oils, Grape Seed Oil, Hibiscus Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil and Argan Oil, which make up 60% of the composition. Caudalie's patented blend of anti-ageing extracts, Resveratrol, Viniferine and Polyphenol, attribute to the remaining 40%. As with all products Caudalie, Divine Oil is free from parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, mineral oil and sodium laureth sulfate.

This is how the oil is described:
Moisturises, nourishes and enhances the face, body and hair, thanks to its unique formula made with exceptional blend of oils combined with our patented anti-oxidant Polyphenols. It envelops the skin with a subtle, floral and sun-kissed fragrance with woody notes.

Divine Oil is a multi purpose oil - you can use it on your face, body and hair. For the purposes of research, I bought the biggest size, 100 ml. The lengths I go for beauty blogging hahaha *clears throat*

The presentation is really something. The bottle is impeccably made and aesthetically pleasing - an amber glass with a cluster of grapes grooves at the back, topped with a wooden lid. I know I extolled the virtues of spray dispensers in an older review, but after a revaluation, I decided that drizzers are the way to go. They are much more convenient and less prone to making a mess (splotches of oil everywhere).

The oil works brilliantly. It melts into the skin without leaving greasy traces, so you need not recoil at the mere thought of looking shiny. Divine Oil promises to moisturise, nourish and enhance, and surprisingly (or not) it actually delivers! I reserve it for my hair and body because I have a multitude of different oils serving my face.

If green moss on tree barks can smell sophisticated, then Divine Oil has captured the very essence of this unique spin to a T. The scent is a let down. I expected more from it after reading so many glowing reviews. But hey, I get it because scents are very personal!

At RM 130 for a 100 ml bottle at KENS Apothecary and Sephora Malaysia, this is one of the best budget beauty products out there.

The full ingredient list for Divine Oil:
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Isoamyl Cocoate*, Coco-Caprylate*, Parfum (Fragrance), Ethylhexyl Palmitate*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Tocopherol*, Palmitoyl Grape Seed Extract*, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract*, Citric Acid*, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol.
*plant origin

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rohto ChuLip Sweet Pink & Vivid Pink

Want a sweet treat without the accompanying calories? Check out these all-new adorable dome-shaped tinted lip balms!

Name: Rohto ロート製薬 ChuLip チューリップ SPF22
Price: RM 18.90 for 7 g
@cosme rating: 4.2
Made in: Japan

Fans of the ChuLip lipbalm will be happy to know that ChuLip has just released 2 new colours to its new range ChuLip Tinted. Sweet Pink スイートピンク is a blue-based baby pink shade. Vivid Pink ビビッドピンク on the other hand is a muted rosy red colour.

Sweet Pink - Vivid Pink

These minty balms are infused with Vitamin C and Vitamin E derivatives to keep lips plumped and hydrated. They are also packed with Olive Oil, Shea Butter and Rosehip Oil for an extra burst of moisture.

They are light, non-greasy and frequent reapplication is a must, but surely, that is all part of the appeal. The fun factor is further amped up by the accompanying pink candy fragrance.

Sweet Pink - Vivid Pink

The all new ChuLips have hit the pharmacies and supermarket outlets – go forth to purchase and immediately lose, only to find again once you have gotten a replacement *darts eyes*

The full ingredient list for ChuLip Sweet Pink:
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Triisostearin, Synthetic Wax, Ceresin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Petrolatum, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Microcrystalline Wax, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mica, Flavor, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Pentylene Glycol, Menthol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, CI 73360/Red 30, CI 45410/Red 27, Dimethicone, Tocopherol, Sucralose, Aluminium Hydroxide.

The full ingredient list for ChuLip Vivid Pink:
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Triisostearin, Synthetic Wax, Ceresin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Petrolatum, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Microcrystalline Wax, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mica, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Flavor, Pentylene Glycol, Menthol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, CI 19140/Yellow 5, Tocopheryl Acetate, CI 15850/Red 7, CI 45410/Red 27, Tocopherol, Dimethicone, CI 45380/Red 21, CI 73360/Red 30, Sucralose, Aluminium Hydroxide.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Hansaeng Cosmetics Rin Bi-gyeol Yun Cream

I was bemused when the Rin Bi-gyeol Yun Cream landed in my postbox. As you may or may not remember, I reviewed the Rin Bi-gyeol Soo Cream nearly a month ago. In a nutshell, they contain similar-ish ingredients but Soo leans more towards the moisturising side whereas Yun is for nourishment purposes.

And what's the difference between a moisturising and a nourishing cream? This page will help you!

Name: Hansaeng Cosmetics 한생화장품 Rin Bi-gyeol Yun Cream 린 비결 윤 크림
Price: ₩ 44,000 for 50 g
Made in: Korea

Rin Bi-gyeol Yun Cream is a moisturiser composed of fermented ginseng and an oriental medicine flower complex (called 단화연 in Korean) that is made up from 10 valuable extracts including Phellinus Linteus and Mulberry to deliver highly enriched nutrients to the skin, leaving it supple and smooth.

It is a non-sticky cream that absorbs fairly quickly into the skin. Sensorial wise, it is rather like the Soo cream aside from the balmier texture. The colour also distincts them; Soo is a pale blue whereas Yun comes in a delightful caramel shade.

My skin has been parched and crappy and riddled with holes - no thanks to an excess of pimple creams – a bit like the desert really. The Rin Bi-gyeol Yun Cream has been stepping up to the plate in inserting plumpness to my face. A dollop in the morning and night, and my skin looks dewier and a lot more alive than it would do otherwise.

It costs ₩ 44,000 for 50 g at lamy.co.kr. A fair price really, considering how nourishing it is!

The full ingredient list for Rin Bi-gyeol Yun Cream:
Water, Glycerin, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Petrolatum, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Synthetic Wax, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Dimethicone, Lactobacillus/Panax Ginseng Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cercis Chinensis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Uncaria Sinensis Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Liquorice) Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Angelica gigas Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Papaver Rhoeas Petal Extract, Pueraria Thunbergiana Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Squalene, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Codonopsis Lanceolata Root Extract, Magnolia Liliiflora Bud Extract, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Betaine, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, C14-22 Alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopherol Acetate, Adenosine, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, CI 19140, CI 15985.

Disclosure: BNTGirls sample. Head on over to BNTNews for more exciting news, may it be K-Beauty, K-Fashion or K-Pop!