Huxley is the new revolutionary K-beauty brand that awakened many on the actual possibilities of harvesting oil and moisture out of desert plants for usage in skincare. Cactuses are the only dominant plants that can get enough water and nutrients in the harsh, dry conditions of the dessert to survive and thrive- so how do... Continue Reading →
the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-wear weightless foundation contains a powerful blend of non-acnegenic ingredients such as the marine-sugar cane algae extract, mineral powders to control oil, while shea butter and glycerine provides hydration to the skin. At the same time, the foundation is also paraben, sulfate and phthalate-free, as well as vegan friendly and gluten-free. Titanium oxide adds on an extra layer of sun protection in this nifty foundation. It comes in a wide spectrum of 30 skin shades including warm, cool and neutral undertones
Sofina has an interesting patented technology that produces super tiny, flat, oval-shaped Zinc Oxide particles that are large enough to effectively block out UVA rays, yet do not produce any stiff whitest cast that most physical sunscreens do. A quick check on CosDNA and a comparison of the two products below:
However, upon application to my hair ends, I could feel the Oshima Tsubaki Camelia oil working its magic. Due to the heaviness of the oil, the frizziness and waviness were immediately tamed and straightened. Also, the shine and moisture in my hair ends were obvious. While it did not last the entire 8 hours at work, it did manage to keep the flyaway hairs away for most of the part. Application to dry elbows and knees also kept it quite smooth during the entire day.
The Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule has a transparent, watery consistency that absorbed quickly into the skin, leaving my skin moist, smooth and refreshed. Since it is free of parabens and fragrances, it felt extremely comfortable on the skin and left a non-sticky finish. I usually apply ampoules in this sequence at night – wash, tone, ampoule, essence/serum, moisturiser, spot treatment. 2-3 drops usually does the work, and it is a good base to work on before slathering on the moisturiser.
Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence improves skin barrier protection and deliver vital nutrients to keep the skin hydrated, smooth and soft. Coming in a fuss-free 60ml pump bottle, I am using the newly formulated Gen 2 essence with the ingredients including Snail Secretion Filtrate, Bee Venom, Benton also added in aloe leaf juice and hollyhock roots which further provide hydration, locking in moisture to keep skin young and radiant. The Bee venom also tricks the skin into thinking it got “stung” and induces an extra surge of collagen production.
The COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is a mildly acidic gel cleanser at ph5, which claims to gently deep cleanse the skin to remove excess sebum and dead skin cells while maintaining skin pH balance. It contains Betaine Salicylate, a natural BHA exfoliator that unclogs pores, tea tree oil that controls oil, reduces acne, blemishes and improves complexion, as well as citric acid (AHA) for anti-aging benefits. This cleanser seems to be big on plant-based extracts, containing essences from lotus leaf, evening primrose and Japanese cedar leaf, which aids to naturally purify, hydrate, and brighten skin all at once.
The MUCOTA ADLLURA AIRE 05 Home Care treatment is a highly popular Japan brand which is often used by hair salons. It is a hair mask cum home treatment for mildly dry and damaged hair, and works to improve hair’s texture by restoring its soft silky texture and shine. It contains moisture-rich honey, and nano-sized CMC (cell membrane complex) particles, which is the same particle that makes up the external layer of our hair cuticles. This allows quick, deep conditioning and moisture penetration to form a protective coating on each hair cuticle, reducing chemical and environmental damage and further moisture loss.
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-