The first time I saw the Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Black Head 3-Step Kit, I was really doubtful despite the ultra-cute packaging. Next, wet your nose thoroughly before sticking on Strip 2 to ensure that it sticks evenly and closely to your skin. The strip will not work perfectly if there is insufficient contact area. After 15 minutes, ensure that the strip hardened enough before removing it. Note that the strip will not work if it had not dried completely. In my case, I saw many of the mini and medium-sized blackheads stuck on the strip upon removal-
During summer, foundations always tend to break down a few hours after application due to the humid weather. Hence, it is always important to apply a loose powder or make up spray to finish the make up and create a barrier to prevent oxidation and discoloration. Here, I have tried the ever-popular Innisfree No Sebum... Continue Reading →
I have always loved Kiehl’s for its natural formulations and the Kiehl’s Calendula Toner was one I always turn to whenever my skin kicks up its tantrums. Formulated with calendula petals, burdock root and allantoin -which are all traditional medicinal herbs commonly used in old skin remedies- the toner soothes and reduce skin inflammation while it hydrates and balances the skin pH. Best of all, it is formulated without alcohol, which makes it suitable not only for normal to oil-skin types, but also sensitive skin.
The Dr. G Green Mild Up Sun SPF50 PA++++ caught my eye for its water-based formulation and extremely friendly ingredients after a quick check at COSDNA. It primarily uses plant-based extracts and 100% Mineral or physical sun filters Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide to effectively block out UVA/UVB sun rays. While it contains certain silicones and alcohols, the amount was much lower and fared comparatively better to other sunblocks in terms of acne and irritant levels. It also contains Pathenol to strengthen skin’s protective barrier and has an unique anti-pollution formula to shield against blue light and environmental stressors.
The Banila Clean it Zero is a sherbet cleansing balm that claims to be an all-in-one cleansing step to remove make up completely, as well as clearing pore debris and rehydrating the skin. For light make up days, I took a dime size amount with the spatula provided, and applied it to a dry face, massaging it in an outward circular motion. The sherbet cleanser had a wax-like, solid texture and yet at the same time, felt mild, lightweight and non-greasy on the skin. It spreads evenly across the face without melting down, which was a pleasant surprise as most balm cleansers dissolve quickly upon contact with the skin.
The Japan Opera Lip Tint texture is glossy and closer to a lip balm or Vaseline, and glides on with a sheer color. This is easily build-able to give a deeper shade on the lips when desired. It feels really comfortable on the lips, like it is barely there. While the lip color holds up well, it still smudges somewhat after a meal or drink, and needs frequent application to maintain the same level of vibrancy or shine.
Japan Cosme No. 1 ranking AVANCE Lash Serum, which is made up of active ingredients silk essence, hyaluronic acid, pantothenic acid to encourage blood circulation at the roots to nurture existing eyelashes, prevent hair loss and speed up hair growth. Carrot extract and chitin helps to further enhance the effects and moisturize lash tips for longer, thicker lashes. Best of all, its gentle formula makes it suitable even for sensitive eyes.
Review of Kose Clear Turn White Vitamin C Mask. you can use it two ways. If you wish for a relaxing spa experience, heat it up slightly in a warm water bath for 5-10 minutes before usage. Else, you could go the usual way and chill in the refrigerator to help refine pores while the mask sets. After washing your face, prep with toner and smooth the sheet mask out evenly to fit your face. There are eye pads included so you could mask the skin around your pretty peepers as well. It was recommended to use the mask consecutively for a couple of weeks to see an obvious change.
Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner is suitable for normal, oily, combination and sensitive skin types, and contains hyaluronic acid, Phyto-oligo and wheat amino-acids to hydrate and restore skin pH balance. I would only recommend this if you have dry or normal skin types, or if you are tiding over for autumn and winter. If you have dehydrated or a combination sensitive skin type prone to acne and prefers a more watery, refreshing feel for toners, there are many better options out there.