Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Mentholatum Lano Soft

Lano Soft from Mentholatum has flown straight into my very short list of beauty faves!

Name: Mentholatum Lano Soft
Price: RM 19.50 for 3.8 g
Made in: China

Unlike what its name suggests, Lano Soft isn't purely lanolin based – it has got extra bits and pieces added in, like jojoba oil for its balancing properties and argan oil to nourish and regenerate.

Not only does this lip balm provides serious moisturisation, it also lends my puckers a whole lot of shine. It is still hard at work hours and hours after my initial application, and it even perseveres against a cuppa and my incessant lip smackings. It is so lovely that I have completely forsaken my other lip balms (sorry guys!)!

For those who aren't sensitive to lanolin or any of the ingredients listed below, please do give Lano Soft a try. This subtly fragranced lip balm costs RM 19.50 at all leading pharmacies and major supermarket outlets.

The full ingredient list for Lano Soft:
C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Lanolin, Linalool, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning

Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning promotes skin turnover, and that will in turn bestow smoother, clearer and brighter skin. Armed with Bio-redox α™ (an antioxidant) and bio-enzymes to optimise skin condition, this boosting product means business.

Name: IOPE 아이오페 Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning 바이오 에센스 인텐시브 컨디셔닝
Price: ₩ 60,000 for 168 ml
Made in: Korea

For those wondering, use this product right after cleansing and before toner, lotion, skin or whatever you call it. The volume markings on the bottle serve as a guide on the amount to be used each time and from personal experience (to be explained below), I wouldn't skimp just to save some dough.

At first I wasn't impressed because it didn't do anything of note. A few months later, I came back, and I finally saw its worth. My face has a good, elastic bounciness by the next morning if I dab it on at night. But why didn't this effect materialise the first time around? I was using too little! So peeps, again, be generous when you shake it out!

It is recommended (I certainly vouch for this method!) to apply it with the inclusive cotton pads to maximise absorption.

This 168 ml bottle is encased in frosted glass, which is befitting of the hair-raising ₩ 60,000 price tag. Now, my butterfingers won't be happy but at least my sense of aesthetics will be pleased (thank goodness for silver linings!).

The full ingredient list for Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning:
효모발효여과물, 정제수, 나이아신아마이드, 글리세린, 프로판디올, 부틸렌글라이콜,케토글루타릭애씨드, 효모발효물, 글라이코리피드, 낫토검, 녹차추출물, 테아닌, 글리세레스-26, 아데노신, 카보머, 카페인, 카프릴릴글라이콜, 콜레스테롤, 펜틸렌글라이콜, 폴리글리세린-3, 피이지-8, 하이드로제네이티드레시틴, 포타슘하이드록사이드, 1,2-헥산디올, 페녹시에탄올.