Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sugao Review: Cheek & Lip, Air Fit CC Cream Smooth SPF23 PA+++

Sugao (素颜) - meaning bare, natural face - is a Japanese makeup series that draws on naturality, sheer lightness and softness in achieving natural beauty. The star of the show for me is, without a doubt, the Cheek & Lip (RM 59.90 for 6.5 g). It has a light, fluffy mousse-like formula that blends easily.


Available in 3 colours - Natural Red, Active Orange and Brilliant Pink - this 2-in-1 hybrid product is best applied with the most underutilised makeup tool: fingers. I work a small dot onto the apples of my cheeks (or the centre of my lips) and use tapping motions to blend out.


The soft lustre of colour that Brilliant Pink lends my cheeks is nothing short of flattering, but it doesn't quite work as a lip colour for me (anything this pale just doesn't show up on my lips). Instead, I use it as a primer, and it provides a matte surface to enhance the colour of any lip product that goes on top of it.


Formulated with Rohto's patented Air-Fit Technology, a tiny blob of Air Fit CC Cream Smooth SPF23 PA+++ (RM 69.90 for 25 g) covers a surprising amount of ground with the breathable airy formula blending seamlessly with my skin.


At the risk of spoiling the party, I do think the claims are stretching the truth a little (minimising imperfections, blurring pores and absorbing excess sebum), but it is marvellous at brightening the complexion (I am using 02 Pure Ochre), evening out redness and creating that pulled-together look.


It relies on a good canvas to work with because it will sit on flakes, pool into dry areas, and highlight dry patches. If you have PIH or dark circles, you will require a separate, heavy duty concealer. But if you are going for the au naturel look, then the Air Fit CC Cream Smooth SPF23 PA+++ is the man for the job!


Shop for Sugao at selected Watsons outlets as well as watsons.com.my.


From left: Brilliant Pink - 02 Pure Ochre

The full ingredient list for Cheek & Lip Brilliant Pink:
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethylhexanoin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mineral Oil, Vinyl Dimethicone/Lauryl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lauryl Dimethicone/Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Hydrogen Dimethicone, BHT, Aluminum/Calcium/Manganese Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Red 6 CI 15850, Red 7 CI 15850, Yellow 5 CI 19140, Aluminium Hydroxide.

The full ingredient list for Air Fit CC Cream Smooth SPF23 PA+++:
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Triethylhexanoin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Triethylhexyl Trimellitate, Mineral Oil, Vinyl Dimethicone/Lauryl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Iron Oxides, Lauryl Dimethicone/Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Aluminium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Hydrated Silica, Aluminum/Calcium/Manganese Oxide, Methicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Mentholatum WaterLip Tone Up CC SPF20 PA++

Whether you are basking in the sun or seeking shelter from the rain, Mentholatum has got your lips protected with the WaterLip Tone Up CC SPF20 PA++.


Name: Mentholatum メンソレータム WaterLip Tone Up CC ウォーターリップ トーンアップCC SPF20 PA++
Price: RM 16.90 for 4.5 g
@cosme rating: 4.2
Release date: 27.7.2016
Made in: Japan

This ultra-nourishing formula of vitamin E, olive oil and jojoba oil is available in two shades: Pure Red ピュアレッド and Rose Pink ローズピンク. Pure Red is a warm toned pink, whereas Rose Pink is a cool toned pink (as far as the eye can tell anyways). You can tell the difference if you concentrate hard enough (on paper!), but they can hardly be distinguished once they go on the lips.


From left: Pure Red, Rose Pink

The colour payoff is very much subdued - a sheer pink, just enough to make my lips look flushed and healthy. My apologies if my swatches give the impression that Pure Red and Rose Pink are terribly pigmented; I went over that same spot at least a thousand times (greatly exaggerated but you get the gist, heh).


From left: Pure Red, Rose Pink

At RM 16.90 each at all leading pharmacies and major supermarket outlets, buying one (or both!) won't be a burden!

The full ingredient list for WaterLip Tone Up CC Pure Red SPF20 PA++:
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Polyethylene, Diisostearyl Malate, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Lanolin, Petrolatum, Microcrystalline Wax, Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Polyglyceryl-4-Oleate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Barium Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, CI 19140, CI 15850.

The full ingredient list for WaterLip Tone Up CC Rose Pink SPF20 PA++:
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Polyethylene, Diisostearyl Malate, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Lanolin, Petrolatum, Microcrystalline Wax, Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Polyglyceryl-4-Oleate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Barium Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, CI 15850.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Scinic All Day Fine Pore Clay Green Mask

The Scinic All Day Fine Pore Clay Green Mask absorbs pore clogging dirt and oil (French Green Clay), supplies moisture (Jeju Carbonated Water, Glacial Water) and calms skin (Orange Peel Extract, Jujube Extract, Fig Extract).


Name: Scinic 싸이닉 All Day Fine Pore Clay Green Mask 올 데이 파인 포어 그린 클레이 마스크
Price: ₩ 18,000 for 100 g
Made in: Korea

I was taken aback when I unscrewed the lid - it has an extremely underwhelming appearance - because it almost looks like a lump of dung! I thought that I was breeding something in there but no, the living and breathing jiggly mess is due to the Sodium Bicarbonate content.


The creamy consistency helps it to spread like butter and wash off easily. It doesn't feel as drying as the average clay mask, so that was a nice touch. It smells a little on the green side, albeit in a chemical way. It is very familiar and yet hard to pinpoint. I have got to stew on it further before I can come out with the appropriate analogy, heh.


The mask is incredibly effective at drawing out dirt, toxins and oil build-up but that just means that after using it, I am quarantined to my room for a week. The breakouts it brings forth is nothing short of scary. This is why, late nights combined with unhealthy snacking isn't good *laughs but you know I am crying*

Does it warrant a repurchase? Definitely!!

The full ingredient list for All Day Fine Pore Clay Green Mask:
Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Montmorillonite, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, PVP, Perfluorohexane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Alcohol Denat., Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Onsen-sui, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Uncaria Gambir Extract, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Bicarbonate, Tromethamine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Perfluorodecalin, Pentafluoropropane, Potassium Alginate, Cellulose Gum, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 77492, CI 77499, Fragrance.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Skin Aqua UV Mild Gel SPF30 PA+++

You may have seen anti-pollution skincare flashing across your screen. Ever wonder why they have been gaining traction?


Name: Skin Aqua スキンアクア UV Mild Gel マイルドジェル SPF30 PA+++
Price: RM 40 for 110 g
@cosme rating: 4.7
Release date: 13.2.2016
Made in: Japan

It is all due to PM2.5 – tiny particles in the air that are two and one half microns or less in width (about thirty times smaller than that of a human hair!). They not only clog pores, but can also penetrate the epidermis layer to accelerate cellular ageing and even cause hyper-pigmentation. Crikey!


The hard-working UV Mild Gel SPF30 PA+++ is designed to address this very matter by repelling polluting particles (including the dreaded PM2.5), while defending against UV rays. The watery formula absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving no white marks or greasy residue. And as with all Skin Aqua's products, it contains a blend of hyaluronic acid, amino acids and collagen to prevent ageing.


Whatever your skin type, this day-to-day sunscreen won't lead you astray. Sold exclusively at Watsons for RM 40.

The full ingredient list for UV Mild Gel SPF30 PA+++:
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaisostearate, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Stearoyl Inulin, Polystyrene, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arginine, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Polyquaternium-51.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mamonde Holiday 2017 Collection

Packaged with beautifully designed boxes (the Mamonde garden harbouring butterflies and birds!), Mamonde's holiday collection consists of three amazing sets for you to pamper yourself and your loved ones.

First Energy Duo Set RM 219 (worth RM 319)
This set has some of Mamonde's best-sellers, the First Energy Serum, the First Energy Essence and the hydrating Floral Hydro Line.


Holiday Makeup Set RM 209 (worth RM 260)
The Holiday Makeup Set comes with two Creamy Tint Color Balm Intenses (No. 05 Blooming Rose and No. 11 Velvet Red) and a Brightening Cover Powder Cushion (choose between Medium Beige (21N) and Natural Beige (23N)).

You'll be pleased to note that the Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense matte pencils are also sold separately in limited edition packaging for RM 50 each (worth RM 55).


Holiday Hand Cream Set RM 69 (worth RM 116)
This set features four hand creams (Rose Bouquet, Gardenia Dream, Camellia Petal, Jasmine Cashmere), all bearing their own unique scents, properties and functionalities.


This holiday collection can be purchased through Mamonde beauty counters at Parkson KLCC, Parkson Gurney Plaza, Aeon 1 Utama, Aeon Mid Valley Megamall, Aeon Bukit Indah, Aeon Tebrau City and Aeon Queensbay Mall. They are also available on 11street.my and lazada.com.my.