Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Mamonde First Energy Serum

The World Cup has taken over my life (I have eyebags hanging down to the floor) but my passion for beauty products is still alive and kicking. So, while I am in between matches, please let me introduce you to the Mamonde First Energy Serum.

Name: Mamonde 마몽드 First Energy Serum 퍼스트 에너지 세럼
Price: ₩ 28,000 for 100 ml
Made in: Korea

81.31% of the First Energy Serum is harnessed from 'Flower Vinegar' obtained via natural fermentation of the honeysuckle flower over a year via a technology known as Floral Biotics. Along with antioxidant Lactobacillus, this first serum will keep the skin healthy and less susceptible to external aggression.

It has the freshness of a toner with the nourishment of an emulsion. Because of the thicker consistency, I apply this booster like how I would apply a serum: I use my fingers to gently tap it in.

There is also an Essence variant, which is lighter and more suitable for those with combination oily skin. Although the Serum version is recommended for those with dry skin, I think all skin types will benefit from this - I certainly do, and I have sensitive, dehydrated skin. My post on the Essence is fairly old now but still pretty much represents my view, is here.

Intensely fragranced, this could seriously overload your senses – it is not to be used if you prefer your products to be of the scent-free variety. Both First Energy products retail at RM 112 each and can be purchased at Mamonde's beauty counters.

Note: 0% GST prices.

The full ingredient list for First Energy Serum:
금은화추출물, 부틸렌글라이콜, 사이클로펜타실록산, 나이아신아마이드, 디프로필렌글라이콜, 에탄올, 디에톡시에칠석시네이트, 글리세레스-26, 디메치콘올, 락토바실러스발효물, 화이트윌로우껍질추출물, 정제수, 사이클로헥사실록산, 글리세릴폴리메타크릴레이트, 비스-피이지-18메칠에텔디메칠실란, 폴리소르베이트20, 세테아릴알코올, 하이드록시프로필스타치포스페이트, 피이지-60하이드로제네이티드캐스터오일, 잔탄검, 아크릴레이트/C10-30알킬아크릴레이트크로스폴리머, 글리세릴스테아레이트, 스테아릭애씨드, 하이드로제네이티드레시틴, 카라기난, 페닐트리메치콘, 아데노신, 폴리글리세릴-3메칠글루코오스디스테아레이트, 에칠헥실글리세린, 프로필렌글라이콜, 디소듐이디티에이, 페녹시에탄올, 향료.

Disclosure: Gift.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Mamonde Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask

The Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask features a magical mix of calendula petals blended with centella, aloe vera and cucumber extracts to calm skin and lock in moisture.

Name: Mamonde 마몽드 Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask 카밍 하이드로 슬리핑 마스크
Price: ₩ 18,000 for 100 ml
Made in: Korea

I was immediately taken by the hygienic double-lid and the inclusion of a spatula. I also definitely appreciated the cheery orange hue of the jar and the sweet, floral scent, which strangely enough, is not overpowering, but in fact quite pleasing.

The gel formula makes for a fuss-free application. I slap on a thick slab to benefit from an instant cooling effect and leave it on overnight to allow the ingredients to get to work. I wake up to a smooth, dewy canvas that's ready for makeup.

Ideal for those who want something a little lighter, this mask leaves zero traces behind, which makes it eminently suitable for those with oily combination skin types. I certainly won't say no to having a residue-free pillow case!

Fancy the sound of it? This 100 ml jar is priced at RM 80 at all Mamonde beauty counters as well as 11street.my and lazada.com.my. If you are looking for something more intensive, may I recommend its sister, the Enriched Nutri Sleeping Mask, also at RM 80 for 100 ml.

Note: 0% GST prices.

The full ingredient list for Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask:
정제수, 에탄올, 프로판디올, 글리세린, 1,2-헥산디올, C12-14파레스-12, 아크릴레이트/C10-30알킬아크릴레이트크로스폴리머, 트로메타민, 카렌둘라꽃, 소듐아크릴레이트크로스폴리머-2, 시트릭애씨드, 에칠헥실글리세린, 잔탄검, 치아씨추출물, 병풀추출물, 어성초추출물, 디소듐이디티에이, 알란토인, 부틸렌글라이콜, 소듐하이알루로네이트, 알로에베라잎추출물, 오이추출물, 메칠글루세스-20, 메칠프로판디올, 셀룰로오스검, 암모늄아크릴로일디메칠타우레이트/브이피코폴리머, 카보머, 향료.

Disclosure: Gift.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Ordinary EUK 134 0.1%

I added The Ordinary's EUK 134 0.1% to my cart once I read that it 'regenerates itself to offer round-the-clock antioxidant support'. Seriously, how amazing is that?!

Reassuring brown hue

Name: The Ordinary EUK 134 0.1%
Price: US$ 8.80 for 30 ml
Made in: Canada

EUK 134 mimics two natural skin enzymes: superoxide dismutase and catalase. These enzymes dismutate superoxide radicals and break down hydrogen peroxides to harmless molecules, consequently preventing free radical formation. The Ordinary claims it to be one of the strongest antioxidants, especially in the 0.1% concentration they use.

Like Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% (reviewed here), EUK 134 0.1% leaves an oily residue that doesn't go away no matter what I do. Unlike Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%, EUK 134 0.1% doesn't play well with acidic solutions, so I would use anything with an ingredient that niggles me at different times of the day or week. Y'know, just to make sure they don't cancel each other out.

As usual, it is hard to judge its efficacy because it doesn't show immediate results (aside from smoother skin) but I am confident that future me would thank me for being so diligent with preventive skincare. Fingers crossed that I won't have much to repair and reverse!

For those who find the consistency hard to swallow, you can dilute it with Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, 100% Plant-Derived Squalane or any of the moisturisers you have on hand. Buy at theordinary.com.

The full ingredient list for EUK 134 0.1%:
Propanediol, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride.

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.