Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cle de Peau Ombre Couleur Quadre 203 Thulite Review, Swatches, EOTD

At ¥ 5,000, the refill for a Clé de Peau quad costs the same as a Lunasol or a Sonia Rykiel eyeshadow palette. If you want the accompanying compact, be prepared to fork out an additional ¥ 2,500. It is not the most pricey eyeshadow that I own but it comes close to the top!

Name: Clé de Peau Beauté クレ・ド・ポー ボーテ Ombre Couleur Quadre オンブルクルールクアドリ 203 Thulite
Price: ¥ 5,000 for 5 g (compact and two applicators are sold separately for ¥ 2,500)
@cosme rating: 5.5
Release date: 21.7.2010

Thulite comes with four eyeshadows. The colors are not all that unique but the texture is amazing. Think buttery soft, silky smooth powders in subtle shimmery finishes... Pigmentation is medium buildable like most Shiseido eyeshadows.

The colours from the left: carnation pink, iridescent ivory, greyed-black with a tinge of navy, pink taupe.

Natural light

Muted flash


According to Clé de Peau, the Ombre Couleur Quadre range is resistant to smudging, creasing and fading. Not true. My oily lids and humid surroundings have bested any and all formulations and Clé de Peau is no exception. I even wore it with an eye primer underneath, so there you have it.

I love Thulite but it is not a must have for those who own a lot of eyeshadows. The colours are too easily dupable. That said, I would not mind getting some other quads from the same range, those combinations are infinitely more interesting!

(Source: cledepeau-beaute.com/jp/)

Have you tried Thulite yet? Any thoughts to share?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Clinelle Review: Moisture Booster, Blemish Clear Mask, Blemish Clear

Wrapping up my review on Clinelle (see part 1 reviewed here), I bring you the last three products, along with my final thoughts on the brand as a whole.

Moisture Booster

Name: Clinelle Moisture Booster
Price: RM 72.90 for 20 ml
Made in: France

Moisture Booster is a serum loaded with Sodium PCA, which is supposed to hydrate the skin. This serum also contains a plethora of botanical extract with soothing properties.

It feels like a gel and not watery like Hyaluronic Acid serums. A hydrating serum without Hyaluronic Acid as an ingredient is very novel to me.

This serum smoothes across the skin easily and absorbs instantly leaving no greasiness behind. It kept my skin in a nice hydrated condition. Having said that, it did not go the extra mile by improving suppleness or plumping fine lines.

I use two pumps on my face twice a day which lead to it depleting quickly. My bottle did not quite manage to last the full month.

The full ingredient list for Moisture Booster:
Aqua (Water), Cyclomethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sodium PCA, Glycerin, Ammonium Acrylolydimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trehalose, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Allantoin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Methyparaben, Panthenol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Chlorphenesin, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Propylene Glycol, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Centellia Asiatica Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Camellia Sinesis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium Citrate.

Blemish Clear

Name: Clinelle Blemish Clear
Price: RM 28.90 for 15 ml
Made in: France

Containing elements such as Isodecyl Salicylate and Zinc PCA, this gel helps control oil and calm inflammation.

It goes easily on the skin without smelling foul like some other blemish treatments. It does not dry out affected areas and as it claims, it is fantastic at mattifying my oil slick nose.

I will report back with a thorough review once I pit it against a pimple. Fingers crossed that I won't have to cross that bridge!

The full ingredient list for Blemish Clear:
Aqua (Water), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Hull Powder, Isodecyl Salicylate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate/VP Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Zinc PCA, Methylparaben, Glyecrin, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Allantoin, Pyridoxine HCI, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Citric Acid, Chlorphenesin, Biotin, Tromethamine, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA.

Blemish Clear Mask

Name: Clinelle Blemish Clear Mask
Price: RM 39.50 for 50 ml
Made in: France

For a clay mask, Blemish Clear Mask is pretty mild. It does not dry out the skin nor make it feel tight. This mask made my skin feel clean and smooth and washed off easier than other clay masks but it still required a bit of work.

I did not notice any improvement to my skin after consistent usage; enlarged pores are as prominent as ever and comedones are still embedded deeply in my skin.

I use a generous amount every single usage and I usually apply this mask once or twice weekly so I can see myself draining the whole tube quickly.

The full ingredient list for Blemish Clear Mask:
Aqua (Water), Beeswax, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Nylon-12, Butylene Glycol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Illite, Kaolin, PEG-75 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Sclerotium Gum, Lauryl Alcohol, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Pentylene Glycol, Chlorphenesin, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol, Bisabolol, Citric Acid, Methylparaben, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Tetrasodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Carbomer, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Oleanolic Acid, Sodium Metabisulfite.

Would I purchase other products from Clinelle? Certainly! They have some duds but the number of gems outweigh them. They also have released some interesting products for example the Advanced Night Repair duo and the Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Serum, which I am very interested in trying out. In addition, Clinelle skincare does not break my bank and they have safe formulations... what more can I ask for?

Disclosure: Press samples.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Clinelle Review: Deep Cleansing Gel, Purifying Toner, Moisture Glow

Clinelle is here to help! Their dermatologist-tested products are created to free skin from rapid internal and external environmental aggressions. Clinelle has stepped up to the plate by coming up with a combination of botanical extracts, natural essential oils and antioxidants to repair, refine and reshield skin and they do not including the following ingredients in their formulations:

✤ Artificial colouring
✤ Artificial fragrance
✤ Comedogenic ingredients
✤ Lanolin
✤ Mineral oil
✤ SD-Alcohol

Deep Cleansing Gel

Name: Clinelle Deep Cleansing Gel
Price: RM 33.90 for 100 ml
Made in: France

This has been a fantastic year to me, cleanser wise. I found lots that I really liked i.e. Ole Henriksen's Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser, Naruko's Tea Tree Oil Out Acne Clay Cleanser and now Clinelle's Deep Cleansing Gel. This gentle cleanser dispenses as a gel which gives a mild lather. It has a pleasing smell.

A pearl sized amount is sufficient to cleanse my face.

It goes deep within the skin without causing irritation. You would think that this cleanser would strip all the moisture from your skin from its name but it is the complete opposite. My face feels so firm and soft.

Although it does not completely obliterate acne, I noticed that my skin did clear up slightly and I I have lesser breakouts after I started using this cleanser. Considering that one tube can last up to two months, the price is certainly friendly to the wallet.

The full ingredient list for Deep Cleansing Gel:
Aqua (Water), Disodium Cocoglucoside Citrate (Disodium Cocopolyglucose Citrate), Acrylates Copolymer, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Butylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Methyparaben, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Bisabolol, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Menthyl Lactate, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Propylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract.

Purifying Toner

Name: Clinelle Purifying Toner
Price: RM 33.90 for 200 ml
Made in: France

It is so hard to find a toner without a drop of alcohol in the pharmacies these days. Most of them are alcohol based, so this toner will be up your alley if you are in the market for an alcohol free toner.

This toner clears away oil, purifies and soothes my skin making it feel soft and refreshed after use. It is the perfect companion to a beauty tool that I purchased and started utilising a few days ago. No other toners draw out impurities like Clinelle's Purifying Toner!

It has an unusual herbal scent, it is not exactly pleasant yet it is not offensive either. I got used to it after a week. Aside from the scent, I have no other gripes about this toner.

I truly believe that this toner along with the Deep Cleansing Gel helped maintain my current blemish free complexion over the last couple of weeks.

The full ingredient list for Purifying Toner:
Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Isodecyl Salicylate, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methyparaben, Citric Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Propylene Glycol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Allantoin, Panthenol, Pyridoxine HCI, Niacinamide, Biotin, Tromethamine, Chamomillia Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA.

Moisture Glow

Name: Clinelle Moisture Glow
Price: RM 38.90 for 50 ml
Made in: France

This moisturiser has a thick consistency like a sunscreen. It feels rather tacky at first and eventually dries down. It leaves my skin feeling plump, moisturised and not oily.

A pea sized amount is sufficient for the entire face. You would need more if you want to apply it to your neck.

After two hours or so, I begin to see my T-zone oiling up. It is surprising behaviour for a moisturiser for oily skin types - Clinelle should have injected more mattifying ingredients to it.

And since everybody loves the oil blotting film test, here is how it fared after two hours:

I have stopped using it in the day time and usually reserve it as a night cream. Although it has a rich texture, it does not break me out.

That being said, it might interest you to know that there is something magical in this moisturiser that makes my skin glow (yes even before the oilies take over). It really lives up to its name, which is why I would recommend it to people with drier skin types.

The full ingredient list for Moisture Glow:
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cyclomethicone, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium PCA, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Isohexadecane, PEG-75 Stearate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Dimethiconol, Panthenol, Tocopherol Acetate, Allantoin, Polysorbate 80, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Sorbitan Oleate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Citrate, Potassiun Sorbate, Disodium EDTA.

The products mentioned in this entry are for normal to oily skin types. Clinelle products are sold at pharmacies and beauty specialty stores nationwide where they regularly go on sale.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Majolica Majorca Blood On Review, Swatches, BOTD

Majolica Majorca came out with a few items for spring and I couldn't resist asking my sister to help me get Blood On which is described as a true red that will excite girls. Blood On comes in a single colour (cool berry red) and is limited edition.

Name: Majolica Majorca マジョリカ マジョルカ Blood On ブラッドオン
Price: RM 39.90 for 5 g
@cosme rating: 4.9
Release date: 21.1.2011

The texture is more like a potted lip balm than traditional creamy cream blushes. It is easy to blend, doesn't streak and isn't too emollient. You can go about without worrying that it'd turn your cheeks looking greasy as the day wears on.

As much as I love cream blushes, sometimes I find the colour disappears after some careful blending. Not so with Blood On. The colour shows up well; it has sufficient pigment to build to your desired intensity. Two layers gave me a natural barely there healthy flush. No brushes are needed here; your fingers do all the work!

Lasting power was pretty decent. It stayed on my cheeks for at least nine hours without budging. However, it wore off rather quickly on my lips.

I am wearing Blood On in the picture below.

When I first saw Blood On, I thought that it looked very similar to Jelly Pong Pong's Flower Cream. I had to pull it out for comparison purposes... They are very different once they are placed side-by-side:

  • Blood On is very berry like and cooler in tone
  • Flower Cream is a vibrant apple red

Blood On's popularity in Japan was so overwhelming that Majolica Majorca decided to bring it back for a limited period starting June 1st. Only 5,000 pieces will be available and I'm expecting it to sell out very quickly. Not too long a wait from now, so on your mark, get set, go!

The full ingredient list for Majolica Majorca Blood On:
Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Mineral Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dextrin Palmitate, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Diisostearyl Malate, Glyceryl Diisostearate, CI 15850, CI 19140, Dipropylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Simethicone, CI 45380, Titanium Dioxide, CI 77499, Triisostearin, CI 42090, CI 15850, Trimethylolpropane Triethylhexanoate, Aluminium Hydroxide, Methicone, Tetradecene, Polysilicone-2.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Nestle Kit Kats: Gateau Du Mont-Blanc, Big Little Strawberry, Strawberry Cake

It has been far too long since I last tantalized your taste buds with Kit Kats! Hopefully my skills hasn't rusted (^ ω ~)

Gateau Du Mont-Blanc

Name: Nestlé Kit Kat Gateau Du Mont-Blanc
Price: ¥ 168
Contents: 58.8 g
Release: October 2011

Of all the places in the world, I bought Gateau Du Mont-Blanc from Giant (a hypermarket) in Singapore. I wish Malaysian Giant would bring Japanese Kit Kats in but that would only happen when pigs fly. I saw it being advertised in the local newspaper and at the very next moment, I was already at Giant juggling boxes upon boxes to the till.

Mont Blanc is a dessert made from sweetened chestnut puree topped with whipped cream. The chestnut element was absent from this Kit Kat but I did get a strong whiff of coffee (I read that roasted chestnuts has a similar aroma to that of roasted coffee beans). It is also very sweet and buttery. I can't make up my mind whether it is good or bad because of the coffee.

Big Little Strawberry

Name: Nestlé Kit Kat Big Little Strawberry
Price: ¥ 210
Contents: 64 g
Release date: 21.3.2011

Big Little Strawberry was nestled amongst other delicious snacks in the bag handed to me by Cherie when I met her a while ago. Thanks again babe! She sure knows my weakness for all things sugary.

I like the sour note in this variation because it would be too sweet otherwise. It having wafer coated in milk chocolate probably further helped it from overdosing my taste buds with sugar.

Strawberry Cake

Name: Nestlé Kit Kat Strawberry Cake
Price: ¥ 525
Contents: 12.3 g ×13
Release date: 5.12.2011

Strawberry Cake is very sweet and a little on the artificial side. It tastes like a creamier version of the Dutch Lady strawberry milk that I used to drink as a child. Hmmm, it's not weird at all to compare a drink and a snack right? Haha!

Sad to say that I prefer the Big Little Strawberry variation by the tiniest little margin. I'll still finish my bagful of mini Strawberry Cake Kit Kats; just because they are super sweet doesn't mean that they aren't delicious!

I'm ending this post with a picture of Kit Kats that I didn't purchase. There's always a next time! *sniff*