Friday, February 17, 2017

SK-II's Valentine's Day Party

SK-II got an early start on Valentine's Day with a party at Mid Valley Megamall's Centre Court! The February 8th event was graced by three well-known Malaysian celebrities: Nicholas Teo, Bella Dally and Nazim Othman.

Teo, who made it big in Taiwan, crooned his way into the hearts of his fans and those present with a song titled 'Because of You'.

Newlyweds Dally and Othman shared the results to their SK-II Magic Ring skin consultation which revealed their skin age and they also elaborated on their skincare tips and date night preparation.

No matter what your relationship status is, I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine filled with love. Thank you for having me, SK-II!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Meishoku Organic Rose Skin Conditioner

Name: Meishoku 明色化粧品 Organic Rose Skin Conditioner 明色スキンコンディショナー
Price: ¥ 950 for 200 ml
@cosme rating: 4.8
Release date: 22.8.2011
Made in: Japan

While I was picking up Meishoku's Organic Rose Moisture Soda Mist, I saw Skin Conditioner right beside it. It was too pretty to be left alone, so of course I had to toss it into my trolley. Yeah trolley, because 美華泰 is awesome!

Like Naturie's Skin Conditioner, I mostly use Meishoku's version whenever I am in need of some pampering in the form of a lotion mask. I whack on a couple of cotton pads soaked in this precious liquid and let them sit on my face for 10 minutes.

As a pre-lotion, Skin Conditioner goes on after my acidic treatment and before my treatment toner of choice (oftentimes the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence). Hmmm, remind me to show you guys my evening skincare routine one of these days. It has gotten unnecessarily complicated. Haha!

The liquid has the appearance of plain water, albeit slightly more silky, packaged in an adorable pink chubby bottle.

It has astringent properties, which helps to suppress shine, thus improving skin condition. Apparently it restores skin to its original (or close to it) mildly acidic condition. I don't know how true this is... firstly, I am a skeptic (the chart on Meishoku's page raises more question marks than it resolves them) and secondly, I don't have pH strips on hand for verification purposes.

It works just as well as the Naturie version but it is not as attractive price wise (nor is it available here), which makes this purchase hard to justify. As mentioned above, I bought my bottle from 美華泰 for NT$ 356 (discounted from NT$ 395).

Do you have a favourite Skin Conditioner that you would like to share it with me?

The full ingredient list for Organic Rose Skin Conditioner:
Water, Alcohol Denat, Butylene Glycol, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Ethylparaben, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Lactic Acid, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Sorbitol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract, Fragrance, Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Sodium Lactate, Methylparaben.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sunplay Sport UV: Body Mist & Lotion

It may be raining non stop, and therefore cooler in my neck of the woods (24℃, yo!) but that doesn't mean that I can neglect sun protection!

Sunplay Sport UV Body Mist SPF120 PA++++ (RM 58.90 for 165 ml) says body on the can, but directions covers facial usage, so I am guessing that it is safe to use it errwhere. My misgivings on aerosol type sunscreens are well documented, and I shall link it here to save you the trouble to look for that particular post. Otherwise, I have no other complaints and only compliments. I know, rare for me, haha! The barely there scent, the light as air (almost) texture and the easy breezy application makes this sunscreen a delight to wear.

Shake 4-5 times before use. Hold can 6-8 inches away from skin and spray onto body evenly. Do not spray directly onto face. Spray onto palm and apply evenly on face. For desired result, re-apply as needed or after towel dry, vigorous outdoor activity. Do not stay too long under the sun even while using a sunscreen product.

Sunplay Sport UV Lotion SPF120 PA++++ (RM 43.50 for 35 g) feels like nothing once it dries down. And that is where the good things end. It leaves a crazy white cast that won't look out of place if you are on the fairer side but on me, it just calls attention to the fact that my neck and face are two shades apart. Besides that, my nose gets super clogged whenever I apply this. Methinks comedogenic ingredients are lurking... anyone care to shed some light and share their experience with this sunscreen?

The full ingredient list for Sunplay Sport UV Body Mist SPF120 PA++++:
Water, Octocrylene, Homosalate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Acrylates Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer (and) Cyclopentasiloxane, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Caprylyl Methicone, Polysilicone-15, Butylene Glycol, Punica Granatum Flower Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Saussurea Involucrata Extract, Fragrance, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Bisabolol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Panthenol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Ectoin, Sodium Hyaluronate.

The full ingredient list for Sunplay Sport UV Lotion SPF120 PA++++:
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide/Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Alcohol/Water, Triethylhexanoin, Titanium Dioxide/Silica/Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Butylene Glycol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane/Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polysilicone-15, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Methylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice/Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride/Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Ectoin, Sodium Hyaluronate.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Bracelet Of Charming Delights With Guardian Malaysia

This year, show off your dreams and aspirations upon your wrist with Guardian Malaysia's new Dreams & Aspirations collection. Using crystals from Swarovski, these sparkly charms are sure to shine as bright as your dreams.

From the feline outlines and light siam crystal of the Carefree charm to the darling peridot crystal of the Family charm, Guardian Malaysia's charm designs are meant to evoke a playful yet elegant tone. The 10 charm designs are Carefree, Trendy, Fashionista, Style, Health, Home, Adventure, Presents, Family and Friendship.

For just RM 12.90, customers can start their collection with a bracelet that comes with one Lucky charm. The Dreams & Aspirations collection pack is under the Purchase With Purchase promotion. With every purchase of RM 30, customers are entitled to purchase one pack which consists of two charms at just RM 19.90, and charms may vary in a pack.

There will be Special Edition charms every month. For January, the Prosperity charm rings in the Lunar New Year. In February, the True Love charm will be released in time for Valentine's Day while the elegant Grace charm will be sold in March to commemorate International Women's Day. Each Special Edition charm costs RM 11.90 but supplies are limited, so don't miss out!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Mamonde True Color Lip Stick #19 For You

I went a bit batty filling my cart with products from Amore Pacific recently and this post will focus on the most exciting purchase (the others are mostly repurchases, haha), the Mamonde True Color Lip Stick.

Name: Mamonde 마몽드 True Color Lip Stick 트루컬러 립스틱 #19 For You 포 유
Price: ₩ 15,000 for 3.5 g
Made in: Korea

This unique matte formula has been developed with a Silk Gel Complex to ensure smooth and vivid application as well as Camellia Oil Complex and Organic Oil Complex (a combination of oils from rosehip, orange and lavender) to provide long-lasting moisture to the lips.

The results? A lipstick that is epically comfortable to wear, gives the tiniest bit of shine (pretty impressive for a matte lipstick) and is amply endowed in the pigment department. There is no need to worry about accentuating flakes or settling into lines. It is probably one of the most wearable matte lipsticks around!

I picked #19 For You, which is one of the three shades worn by Park Shin-hye to promote this lipstick range. Seriously, this lady can sell ice to an Eskimo! I have never been attracted to anything earthy red (also popularly known as marsala, the 2015 Pantone Colour of the Year), so it actually flattering my complexion was mind-blowing.

You should be able to find a colour that you want to live in from the 15 shades brought in at Aeon 1 Utama, Aeon Mid Valley and Aeon Bukit Indah for RM 69. My love affair with Mamonde continues...

The full ingredient list for True Color Lip Stick #19 For You:
옥틸도데칸올, 폴리메칠실세스퀴옥산, 옥틸도데실네오펜타노에이트, 디카프릴릴카보네이트, 디메치콘, 폴리글리세릴-2디이소스테아레이트, 티타늄디옥사이드 (CI 77891), 마이카, 합성왁스, 적색산화철, 실리카, 디메치콘/비닐디메치콘크로스폴리머, 펜타에리스리틸테트라이소스테아레이트, 마이크로크리스탈린왁스, 폴리에칠렌, 칸데릴라왁스, 폴리하이드록시스테아릭애씨드, 폴리글리세릴-2트리이소스테아레이트, 디이소스테아릴말레이트, 디스테아디모늄헥토라이트, 적색202호, 향료, 청색1호, 메치콘, 카나우바왁스, 동백오일, 카프릴릭/카프릭트리글리세라이드, 로즈힙꽃오일, 오렌지오일, 라벤더오일, 동백꽃추출물, 동백나무잎추출물.