Friday, July 7, 2017

Kicho Argan Brush Cleanser & Cleanser Wipes

Kicho offers two options for cleaning your brushes: a thorough wet wash and a quick-dry method.

Argan Brush Cleanser (260 ml) is specifically designed to thoroughly clean (green tea, iris, calendula, lemon, sophora root and citrus extracts) and condition delicate bristles (argan oil). It lifts makeup off my brushes and restores them to their pristine selves. Plus, let's face it, the nice smell is a big help!

There are 2 ways I use the it. No.1: swirl my brushes in circular motions in the solution until clean, then rinse. No.2: spritz both sides of my brush before gently blotting clean with a towel.

The second point leads me to the Argan Brush Cleanser Wipes (1 box (×5)) because I use it to spot clean my brushes too! It is great for extending the amount of time to go between washes. And, if you must share your brushes - I would highly discourage it, by the way - keep a wipe close by to curtail the spread of bacteria.

I wouldn't substitute wipes for regular deep washes with the fluid, nonetheless, I would recommend it if you are always travelling... I would toss a sachet in my makeup kit if my trip lasts for more than a week though I don't believe it is a must-have. It is like that last slice of pie. An indulgence? Yes. A necessity? No.

They cost US$ 20 and US$ 15 respectively on

The full ingredient list for Argan Brush Cleanser:
Water, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, SD Alcohol 40-B, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Polysorbate 20, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance.

The full ingredient list for Argan Brush Cleanser Wipes:
Water, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Ethanol, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Polysorbate 20, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance.

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

Friday, June 9, 2017

Mamonde Malaysia Partners With 11street!

On top of its 5 beauty counters in Aeon 1 Utama, Aeon Mid Valley, Aeon Bukit Indah, Aeon Tebrau City and Aeon Queensbay Mall, Mamonde Malaysia launched the sale of its products on for the convenience of customers who prefer shopping online.

With this launch, shoppers can expect exclusive online only items and special deals (for the month of June only, so hurry!) such as the Basic Skincare Set at RM 49 (49% savings), First Energy Serum Set at RM 119 (20% savings), Highlight Lip Tint Set at RM 50 (GWP) and Mascara (Volume) Set at RM 59 (GWP). Awesome deals will continue in the second half of 2017 with an exclusive workshop for 11street customers.

One last thing to note: be sure to buy products with the logo below to guarantee authenticity.

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Skin Aqua Super Moisture Essence SPF50+ PA++++

Name: Skin Aqua スキンアクア Super Moisture Essence スーパーモイスチャーエッセンス SPF50+ PA++++
Price: RM 55.90 for 80 g
@cosme rating: 4.5
Release date: 13.2.2016
Made in: Japan

Capitalising on Super Hyaluronic Acid, Nano Hyaluronic Acid, Amino Acid and Collagen, Super Moisture Essence provides the skin with hours of hydration and also protects the skin from signs of ageing. The pale yellow cream has a silky texture, weightless feel, and is designed to apply smoothly on top of other skin care products and under makeup for an even and soft finish. Meant for both the face and the body, this broad-spectrum sunscreen is allergy-tested and free from colourant, fragrance and mineral oil.

It is available exclusively at Watsons nationwide for RM 55.90.

The full ingredient list for Super Moisture Essence SPF50+ PA++++:
Water, Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Triethylhexyl Trimellitate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaisostearate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Polystyrene, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arginine, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hada Labo Lifting + Firming Part II

Continuing my previous work...

The Lifting + Firming Cream (RM 78.00 for 50 g) boosts the skin's moisture levels to banish dryness and tightness. Although the range as a whole gets a thumbs-up, this velvety moisturiser has got to be my top pick. It leaves the skin so much plumper and firmer by the next morning.

Brand-new on the market from Hada Labo is the Lifting + Firming Wrinkle Care Cream (RM 74.90 for 30 g). It targets age sensitive contours around the lips and eyes. The rich cream (like one of those balmy eye creams!) nourishes the skin, imparting a smooth appearance.

Finally, there's the Lifting + Firming Mask (RM 52.90 for 20 ml ×4). The mask is a good size albeit thick, but the essence left my face so sticky that I ended up rinsing it off. Someone living in a drier climate will be very happy with this mask. Me? Not so much.

Are you a fan of the original Lifting + Firming formula? Are you excited about the new iteration?

The full ingredient list for Lifting + Firming Cream:
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Behenyl Alcohol, PEG-20 Sorbitan Isostearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Pullulan, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Lactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Tetrapeptide-5.

The full ingredient list for Lifting + Firming Wrinkle Care Cream:
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Squalane, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Pullulan, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cholesterol Stearate, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, PVP, Phenoxyethanol, Agar, Methylparaben, Polysorbate 60, Disodium EDTA, Lactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Tetrapeptide-5, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Elastin.

The full ingredient list for Lifting + Firming Mask:
Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Diglycerin, Squalane, PPG-6-Decyltetradeceth-30, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Methylparaben, Beheneth-5, Pullulan, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Triethanolamine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Lactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Beta-Carotene, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Tetrapeptide-5, Tocopherol.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hada Labo Lifting + Firming Part I

The new and improved Lifting + Firming formula uses a blend of hydrolyzed elastin, hydrolyzed collagen, elasgrow, fermented soymilk as well as 4 types of hyaluronic acids to penetrate the epidermis layer for significantly tighter, firmer and more lifted skin.

Lifting + Firming Lotion – Rich (RM 67.50 for 170 ml) delivers moisture deep into the skin and preps it for subsequent products. In a pinch, this lotion can be used as a mask to bring dull skin back to life. Just be prepared to whiz through the bottle because a lot of liquid is needed to saturate the cotton pads.

Featuring Pomegranate Extract and Lycopene, Lifting + Firming Essence (RM 89.90 for 30 g) improves the skin's elasticity. The fluid consistency absorbs quickly, resulting in skin that's healthier-looking.

Then there's the Lifting + Firming Milk (RM 70.90 for 140 ml), an emulsion that adds a great deal of comfort to taut skin. Its lightweight texture makes it perfect for layering and if your skin oils up easily, it can even replace the cream step!

This range is available in stores and online now, you can view and buy it here. I will be reviewing the rest of the products in an upcoming post. Please keep an eye out for it!

The full ingredient list for Lifting + Firming Lotion - Rich:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Diglycerin, PEG-20 Sorbitan Isostearate, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methylparaben, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Carbomer, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-11, Triethanolamine, Pullulan, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Isohexadecane, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate, Polysorbate 60, Polyquaternium-51, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Tetrapeptide-5, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Elastin.

The full ingredient list for Lifting + Firming Essence:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Octyldodecanol, Dimethicone, Inositol, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Methylparaben, Arginine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glycerin/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Punica Granatum Flower Extract/Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin/Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Carnosine, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer/Pentylene Glycol/Water, Lycopene/Zea Mays (Corn) Oil/Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene/Zea Mays (Corn) Oil/Tocopherol.

The full ingredient list for Lifting + Firming Milk:
Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-12 Olefin), Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diglycerin, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Sorbitan Stearate, PEG-20 Sorbitan Isostearate, Pullulan, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Methylparaben, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Cholesterol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Tetrapeptide-5.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Get A Brighter Beam With The All New Philips Sonicare DiamondClean!

Having not-so-white teeth and bad breath can be unpleasant to many. More than that, however, improper oral healthcare routines cause a deeper problem than just on the surface of your teeth, sinking deep into the gums and affecting your entire mouth, thus posing a potential risk for gingivitis and periodontal diseases. These diseases can cause excruciating pain, loss of teeth, infections and indeed affect daily life and overall health.

Philips Malaysia is once again taking the lead in educating Malaysians on the importance of thorough cleaning and taking a smart approach in ensuring good oral healthcare with the launch of the new Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush.

Performing over 31,000 brush strokes per minute, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean offers five modes for superior cleaning – clean, white, gum care, sensitive and polish. The clean mode ensures ultimate plaque removal while the white mode does exactly what it says – whitening the surface of teeth to remove stains. The gum care mode combines the clean mode with an additional gentle massage for the gums to improve gum health. People with sensitive teeth will not have to worry, as the sensitive mode is extra gentle to cater to their needs. Finally, the polish mode brightens and whitens the teeth, giving a nice finish to the total brushing routine.

Additionally, the unique diamond-shaped bristles on Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush heads – Philips Sonicare's best whitening brush head yet! – provide a wider surface area and denser bristle pack that effectively yet gently sweeps away plaque and extrinsic stains, providing an exceptional clean and significantly whiter teeth.

Sold at a recommended retail price of RM 999, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean in black is available at the Philips Brand Store in Publika Shopping Gallery, The Gardens Mall and Sutera Mall; at Philips Experience Stores in Menara Axis, Petaling Jaya and in Penang; and at retail partners and distributor stores nationwide and online via The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean in purple is available only at dental clinics.

For further information, visit

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hada Labo AHA + BHA Mild Exfoliating Face Washes

Name: Hada Labo AHA + BHA Mild Exfoliating Face Wash
Price: RM 31.90 for 130 g
Made in: China

The latest Hada Labo AHA + BHA Mild Exfoliating Face Washes are powered by Bentonite Clay (draws impurities) along with Glycolic Acid (AHA) and Salicylic Acid (BHA) for clearer, smoother and healthier looking skin. Additionally, they are alcohol, colourant, fragrance and mineral oil free.

The creamy paste transforms into a luxurious lather to lift grime, oil and environmental pollutants without stripping away moisture. Continued use of the AHA + BHA Acne Control Face Wash will result in fewer flare ups and reduced skin reactivity due to the infusion of Wild Pansy Extract. The AHA + BHA Oil Control Face Wash contains Alpine Plant Extract to discourage excess oil production and over time visibly minimises the appearance of enlarged pores.

I am using them interchangeably because I simply fail to tell the difference between the two. If this little nugget of information isn't a deterrent, then browse any leading pharmacy aisle for them!

The full ingredient list for AHA + BHA Acne Control Face Wash:
Water, Lauric Acid, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polyquaternium-7, Cocamide DEA, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydroxyacetophenone, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Glyceryl Caprate, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Laureth-23, Glyceryl Stearate, Salicylic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Glycolic Acid, Amylopectin, Dextrin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phytic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Viola Tricolor Extract, BHT.

The full ingredient list for AHA + BHA Oil Control Face Wash:
Water, Lauric Acid, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polyquaternium-7, Cocamide DEA, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydroxyacetophenone, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Glyceryl Caprate, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Laureth-23, Glyceryl Stearate, Salicylic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract, Glycolic Acid, Amylopectin, Dextrin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phytic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-4.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Veet Sensitive Touch

If you are at a loss on how to handle the Veet Sensitive Touch then let me this video get you started:

Name: Veet Sensitive Touch
Price: RM 119
Made in: China

It goes without saying that this is the device you need if you are very particular about eyebrow shaping. There is something satisfying in getting even hair lengths on both sides every time (or is it just me? Haha!). A double sided comb attachment allows you to choose from two different lengths: 2 mm or 4 mm.

Shall we take a look at the obligatory before and after pictures? Please ignore the sparseness and the lack of an end. Hair just refuses to grow!

Pruning the garden (heh!) is just as easy with this device. The comb attachment stops the bikini trimming head from coming in contact with the skin, which means that there won't be nicks and bumps on sensitive areas. Not to worry as it is close enough for a neat bikini line.

To minimise damage, it is not recommended to submerge the body of the device in water. So there goes the convenience of using it in the shower, and cleaning it immediately after! This is the only con that I can think of but be sure to read the instructions before you proceed.

This cordless personal grooming trimmer has grown on me - I can't see myself without it! - and this is why I think that it is well worth the RM 119 price tag. Each blister pack also comes with one AA battery, one styler cap, one cleaning brush and one beauty pouch.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Parasola Essence In UV Cut Spray EX SPF50+ PA++++

Name: Parasola パラソーラ Essence in UV Cut Spray EX エッセンスイン UVカットスプレー EX SPF50+ PA++++
Price: HK$ 79.90 for 90 g
@cosme rating: 4.6
Release date: 20.4.2015
Made in: Japan

Spray type sunscreens with PA++++ rating are becoming so common now. One only wishes that Korea stop churning PA+++ sunscreens. Why can't you pick up a perfectly good trend??

Besides giving my olfactory senses a treat with the delectable floral fragrance, Essence in UV Cut Spray EX also packs a punch with hydrating agents (Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide 3), anti-oxidants (Trisodium Ascorbyl Palmitate Phosphate, Coenzyme Q10) and an anti-ager (Hydrolyzed Collagen).

The convenience makes this waterproof sunscreen indispensable. Shake it, spritz liberally and I am good to go. No more wasting time (and energy) rubbing it in! My only concern is not being able to tell whether I have covered every inch since it goes on invisible and all...

This stuff rules! But since it is not sold here, the next best option would be Sunplay's Sport UV Body Mist SPF120 PA++++.

The full ingredient list for Essence in UV Cut Spray EX:
LPG, 水, メトキシケイヒ酸エチルヘキシル, イソドデカン, カプリリルメチコン, シクロペンタシロキサン, エタノール, 加水分解ヒアルロン酸(ナノヒアルロン酸), 加水分解コラーゲン, パルミチン酸アスコルビルリン酸3Na(高浸透型ビタミンC誘導体), セラミド3, ユビキノン(コエンザイムQ10), セリン(アミノ酸), ヒアルロン酸Na, ポリテトラフルオロエチレン, (ビニルジメチコン/メチコンシルセスキオキサン)クロスポリマー, グリチルリチン酸2K, イソノナン酸イソトリデシル, ポリブチレングリコール-3PEG/PPG-8/5グリセリン, PEG-10ジメチコン, ビスエチルヘキシルオキシフェノールメトキシフェニルトリアジン, テトラエチルヘキサン酸ペンタエリスリチル, メチルグルセス-10, ジエチルアミノヒドロキシベンゾイル安息香酸ヘキシル, セスキイソステアリン酸ソルビタン, ラウリルPEG-9ポリジメチルシロキシエチルジメチコン, グリセリン, オクトクリレン, トコフェロール, 塩化Na, BG, トリ酢酸テトラステアリン酸スクロース, エチルヘキシルグリセリン, オクチルトリアゾン, フェノキシエタノール, 香料.

Friday, March 17, 2017

L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream

Exceptionally concentrated in shea butter (25% to be precise), the L'Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream intensely soothes and nourishes the skin. It is also enriched with linseed, marshmallow, sweet almond, honey and apricot oil for long-lasting hydration.

Name: L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream
Price: RM 195 for 200 ml
Made in: France

It is a thick, buttery and great smelling cream. I slather it on damp skin before bed to take advantage of the skin's overnight renewal process, heh. I have used it daily for a month and I see and feel the transformation - soft and smooth joints instead of their usual scaly appearance.

That said, it is high maintenance... I have to rub and wait and repeat (many times) for it to sink in somewhat. For drier climates and/or skin, this will be perfect for your needs. If your preference leans towards the more lightweight side, you are better off with something else, mayhaps the Shea Butter Body Lotion?

Before - After

For RM 195, I expect something more luxurious, and plastic just doesn't cut it. Would I recommend? Sadly for my wallet, yes. It is a treat for the senses as well as the skin!

The full ingredient list for Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream:
Aqua/Water**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin**, Tapioca Starch**, Cetearyl Alcohol**, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract**, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium PCA, Sorbitol**, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil**, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil**, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract**, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract**, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract**, Ceteareth-33**, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mel/Honey Extract, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Chlorphenesin, Polyacrylamide, Propylene Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Alcohol, Laureth-7, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Coumarin, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene**, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol.
**Natural origin ingredients.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Thelavicos Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask

It has been absolute chaos at my home, with people coming in and out to touch up interior paint, me cleaning up after them and so on, so, a pick-me-up in the form of a sheet mask was required.

Name: Thelavicos 테라 비 코스 Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask 뉴트리션 하이드로 겔 마스크
Price: ₩ 33,500 for 1 box (30 g ×5)
Made in: Korea

The innovative dual function Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask features Swiftlet Nest Extract, Soybean Ferment Extract, Adenosine, Niaciname and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide to help dull-looking skin appear brighter and more resilient.

The gel-textured fabric was a perfect fit and adhered like second skin. There was no slipping, sliding or dripping once it went up. All in all, it was a delightful affair! Even the gentle scent helped in generating relaxation. At the risk of sounding cliché, I thought that I was de-stressing at a spa somewhere; definitely not in my room breathing in paint fumes, haha!

In action!

It doesn't give immediate results i.e. face didn't look brighter, but there was a general sense of well-being. My skin felt thoroughly pampered, and was soft to the touch. The sticky film that the essence left (unfortunately, it doesn't completely absorb!) was the only flaw in an otherwise pleasurable experience.

Before - After

The full ingredient list for Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask:
Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Niacinamide, Alcohol, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Potassium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Swiftlet Nest Extract, Butylene Glycol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Schisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Asiaticoside, Propolis Wax, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Xanthan Gum, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Dextrin, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance.

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

First Cosmetics Mulbit Vitamin Sparkling Mist Part II

As mentioned in my first impressions post, the Mulbit Vitamin Sparkling Mist has four different coloured tablets where they all have their own functions:

Strengthening skin barrier

Name: First Cosmetics 퍼스트코스메틱 Mulbit Vitamin Sparkling Mist 물빛미 비타민 탄산미스트
Price: ₩ 49,000 for 81 g (0.9 g ×90)
Made in: Korea

I have moved on from blue to green (an obvious choice, since Greenery is the Pantone colour of the year and all, heh!), and I don't think they differ from each other that much (or at all). My skin doesn't feel much more regenerated nor does it feel younger. It just feels calm, replenished and hydrated.

I try to finish a newly concocted batch within 4 days since the shelf life of the product is non-existent rather short due to the lack of preservatives. Despite not having preservatives, it is equipped with fragrance, and while some reviewers likened the smell to an old lady's perfume, others find it tolerable (including myself, haha).

Before - After

A word of caution before I sign off: do follow the instructions to the letter, otherwise, your mist mechanism will die on you, like what it did on me. So, it is rather fortunate that BNTNews sent another box in, saving me the effort to source for a new spray bottle.

The full ingredient list for Mulbit Vitamin Sparkling Mist:
Sodium Bicarbonate, Adipic Acid, Sodium Carbonate, Glucose, Sucrose, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, PEG-150, Trehalose, Adenosine, Niacinamide, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Biotin, Riboflavin, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Powder, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Fruit Powder, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Fragrance, CI 16185, CI 19140, CI 15985, CI 42090.

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

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 acid 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 questions 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.