Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Saem Pure Seed Cleansing Oil (Perfect)

I realised that mineral oil based cleansing oils are not that bad after finishing the Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil. With that in mind, I went ahead and got The Saem's Pure Seed Cleansing Oil in Perfect (there is also a Moisture version!) delivered to my doorstep.

Name: The Saem 더샘 Pure Seed Cleansing Oil (Perfect) 퓨어 씨드 클렌징 오일 (퍼펙트)
Price: ₩ 12,000 for 200 ml
Made in: Korea

Seven botanical oils – Rice Bran, Coconut, Tea Tree, Jojoba, Macadamia, Rosehip, Grape Seed – blend together to deeply cleanse the skin. Dirt, makeup and excess sebum won't stand a chance against this cleansing oil!

The fresh green scent is wonderfully relaxing and is a good one to choose if you are in dire need of destressing after a long day. The oil has a watery texture (I would say around 30:70) that is easy to work with. Sadly, the lack of viscosity makes it less luxurious than its oilier counterpart, but it is still suitably pampering enough.

I use 2 to 3 pumps in the evening, massage in with fingertips, and then emulsify with water. By the time I am finished (all in all, maybe 2 minutes?), my skin feels soft and clean yet amply nourished. It is perfect to take off all of my everyday makeup, which consists of the usual suspects including mascara and eyeliner.

Tested against Majolica Majorca Lash King Mascara, Integrate Cat Look Liquid Eyeliner and Etude House Color in Liquid Lips

I was a little apprehensive at first because my skin reacted really well with my previous cleansing oil, but I am happy to report that nothing has changed. They are about the same price per ml, with Kose at RM 0.21 and The Saem being RM 0.22, plus they are both not sold here, so that puts them on an equal footing. Can you tell that I am crying as I type this out? Haha!

Although it is meant for double cleansing, I would be interested to know if anyone uses just this oil alone? Let me know in the comments or on any of my social media accounts! It is sold at for US$ 18.58.

The full ingredient list for Pure Seed Cleansing Oil (Perfect):
Mineral Oil, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisotearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Stearate, Argania Spinosa Tree Kernel Oil, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera Seed Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Gnaphalium Leontopodium Flower Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Origanum Majorana Leaf Extract, Water, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Catalina Geo Color Capsule Make Up Base Blue

Without - With

Name: Catalina Geo 카타리나 지오 Color Capsule Make Up Base 컬러 캡슐 메이크업 베이스 Blue 블루
Price: ₩ 47,000 for 35 ml
Made in: Korea

If you think this make up base looks familiar, then you are partially correct because I have reviewed the white version earlier on. But the one I have here is blue, so it deserves a whole new page to itself! As a side note, I believe that Catalina Geo and I-Miix are the same entity - they changed up their names as a marketing strategy.

The pearl blue shade adds radiance to fair skin, and reduces minor imperfections. You don't need to dip your face in a vat of this stuff; a pump is plenty enough. You wouldn't want to turn into a smurf, right? Haha! Jokes aside, the effect is subtle but it imparts enough impact that it would be wise to bring it down to the neck.

I would like to reiterate that dabbing vigorously is a must with this product. My friend sweeping away bits of crushed pearls stuck to my face is not a memory I like to relieve often *hangs head in shame* For those interested, my previous review is just a click away for a deeper understanding of the formulation, texture and longevity.

And, Happy Chinese New Year! Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous Year of the Monkey! *mwah*

The full ingredient list for Color Capsule Make Up Base:
Water, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil, Squalane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 60, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ultramarines, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Algin, Agar, Carrageenan, Methyl Paraben, Allantoin, Carbomer, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Disodium EDTA, Cellulose Gum, Propyl Paraben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Yeast Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance.

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

Thursday, February 4, 2016

CNP Laboratory Propolis Energy Ampule

Made with Propolis, Sophora and Imperate Extracts, the CNP Propolis Energy Ampule is nourishing, moisturising and has healing properties to rejuvenate the skin!

Name: CNP Laboratory Propolis Energy Ampule 프로폴리스 에너지 앰플
Price: ₩ 25,000 for 15 ml
Made in: Korea

If you only dab a drop or so a day, this tiny bottle should last quite a while. Alas, I don't do it that way. I add a drop to my serum and moisturiser both day and night, so that works out to be four drops a day? I foresee my bottle finishing up really quickly; I should be almost done with my bottle by the time this review goes live, haha!

In case you aren't keen to emulate my example, you can apply it prior to your serum. It is meant to boost your routine and supercharge your skin with high concentrations of active ingredients. It is worth noting that this light-bodied ampoule feels a bit sticky when used alone but this problem disappears when combined to other products.

On the off chance that you may want to take it a step further, you can even dispense a drop to alphabet creams or foundations. It lends the skin a celestial sheen which looks both natural and healthy. But not too much at once, for everything may just slide off, considering how high the temperatures here can soar.

The reason I am so liberal with the product is because it noticeably softens skin and accelerates healing, whether they be new or old spots. With results like these, can you blame me for being so heavy-handed with the ampoule? In addition to all those good points mentioned above, it doesn't possess much of a scent. Well, light and floral don't count as scents for me, haha!

I have already bought a backup at Watsons, where it retails for RM 103.10. It is also available in Muse by Watsons and on

The full ingredient list for Propolis Energy Ampule:
Water, Propolis Extract, Beta-Glucan, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Madecassoside, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Arginine, Honey Extract, Allantoin, PEG-8, Siegesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Rabdosia Rubescens Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Codonopsis Lanceolata Root Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Monday, February 1, 2016

3 Simple Steps To Pimple-Free Skin With Oxy

Combating pimples is as easy as ABC with Oxy's 3 step regimen!

Step Wash

Oxy Deep Cleansing Wash contains Salicylic Acid, Isopropyl Methylphenol and 5α Avocuta to remove dead skin cells and control oil secretion, thereby effectively removing impurities, dirt and oil buried deep within pores. It gives a squeaky clean sensation but it can leave my face feeling a little tight (my face seesaws between dehydrated and oily) so I top it off with generous heapings of moisturiser.

Oxy Deep Cleansing Wash is available in 50 g (RM 8.50) and 100 g (RM 13.90).

Step Treat

After cleansing, apply Oxy 10 on blemishes. Oxy 10 kills acne-causing bacteria with 10% Benzoyl Peroxide. Oxy 10 may be too strong for you if excessive flaking occurs; if that is the case, opt for the milder Oxy 5 (5% Benzoyl Peroxide) instead.

Oxy 10 comes in two sizes: 10 g (RM 11.50) and 25 g (RM 19.90). At these prices, it shouldn't be a problem to get both! One to keep on the vanity at home whereas the smaller one goes into the travel skincare pouch (to deal with zits that will inevitably pop out before a holiday!).

Step Lighten

Whack on Oxy Anti-Pimple Mark once the pimples dry up. This gel is packed with Arbutin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate and Salicylic Acid to lighten marks and dark spots. It also smoothens skin, prevents blemishes and revitalises skin cells! Now, how's that for this little 12 g (RM 14.80) wonder?

All Oxy products can be found at leading pharmacies and supermarkets.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Getting Cashback At Qoo10 Malaysia With ShopBack

Cashback programs gained traction in the States a few years back, and everyone I knew (that lived there) used them to save ridiculous amounts of money. Now, we can do it too with ShopBack, the top Malaysian cashback site!

It has many affiliates to choose from, such as Asos, Rakuten, Reebonz, Qoo10, SaSa, Taobao and Zalora. Sign up for an account and the world is your oyster!

Now the first thing to do before you click away is to access your site of choice through ShopBack in order to receive commissions. Then shop as usual. Once you have paid, you will receive your items directly from the retailer.

Take Qoo10 for example; you can visit this page for Qoo10 discount/coupon codes and stack the extra discounts on top of your commission. It is important to note that these cashback arrangements do not pay out immediately but I am certain we don't mind a bit of wait for our monies to clear into our accounts!

And seeing as it will be the month of love in a couple of days, you may want to head over to ShopBack to indulge in some sales in honour of Valentine's Day. You will be spoilt for choice with the great deals galore!

Have a great February and I wish you all the love in the world!

Disclosure: This blog post is made in collaboration with ShopBack.