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 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.
Shiseido Anessa UV Sunscreen packed in a sliver bottle, is waterproof yet light and runny to apply. However, it dries off to a waxy finish that might not be suitable for oily sensitive skin, and did not do well to control shine on the T-zone areas of the face.
I love how the Suisai Beauty Clear powder wash contains amino acids and natural enzymes that lathers up easily depending on the water you use. It creates a rich, dense foam that gently deep cleanses while it hydrates. It does not leave a tight feeling and would be great for daily use if the price was less steep.
The shu uemura petal skin foundation spreads well without caking, but might need a second layer to cover blemishes. It seems to be better for normal skin as it has medium staying power but starts showing shine in oilier T-zone areas after 2-3 hours. You can use it just as well with a beauty blender or sponge instead of splurging on that ridiculously expensive Petal 55 brush.
The Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence is waterproof, sweatproof and contains Hyaluronic Acid, Royal Jelly Extract & Citrus extract to keep skin hydrated while providing long lasting UV protection and can be used as a makeup base. Surprisingly, it does not contain any Titanium dioxide or Zinc Oxide, which usually are the main ingredients to provide broad spectrum sunscreen.